Y'all, this is a Senator Cavanaugh appreciation post in Nebraska.

She is single handedly preventing the Nebraska senate from moving on the gender affirming care ban for trans youth. She's been doing it over a week.

She said she won't stop until they pull the bill.

My coworker just texted me to apologize for being a โ€œperfectionjstโ€

It's very wearying to work in tech when the big names are pushing various flavours of snake oil one day, and being aggressively anti-worker the next. In many cases their core products are turning to shite all the while (Google Search springs to mind).

People who don't work in tech get angry about these things, but the closer you are to it, the worse it looks. There's no "actually it makes sense" - it doesn't.

The association with the industry means you're angry but also mortified.

Hard to overstate just how much worse off we would be if Ukraine had not stood firm.

The world is in a much, much better place than it was a year ago, and Ukrainian leadership, principles, and enormous sacrifice is responsible for much of the improvement.

All who believe in democracy owe a profound debt to Ukrainians.

And we should pay that debt immediately, with full and unflinching support for their defence, and every possible aid for reconstruction.

#Ukraine #Democracy #GeoPolitics

I donโ€™t know how to explain it, but time works differently in airports. 5 minutes and 5 hours are somehow the same. Your flight is delayed but arrives early. The carpets are from 1980. The water machines are from 2045. It is always happy hour. You have always been in the airport.

Apple made me some โ€œmemoriesโ€ of special military operations. Itโ€™s a good thing Apple makes me memories. Otherwise I would forget everything! #NAFO #nafofellas

There are obvious issues with a conspiracist with far right connections being on the Homeland Security Committee but as the inventor of the World Wide Web, George Santos makes perfect sense for Science

I think Iโ€™ve found an inconsistency in George Santosโ€™s story. More soon as I double check my analysis.

Multiscale variations of the crustal stress field throughout North America

Below is a map of the crustal stress field of North America. I love maps, and this beautiful map is one of my favorites. It is a comprehensive view of the tectonic forces at play in our very dynamic planet and how they are expressed in the lithosphere we live on. The map illustrates how stresses vary across the continent, the types of faulting they induce, and where the model disagrees there are opportunities for further research to answer the wealth of questions still remaining. I recommend reading this fascinating article and the linked documentation if needed for better understanding. Below is an overview.

Black arrowheads across the map indicate absolute plate motion. Even while other crustal stress forces (like gravity, and postglacial rebound) are at work within the plates, the plates are steadily moving or drifting. The North American plate is moving to the west-southwest at a little over 2 cm or about ~1 inch per year driven by the spreading center that created the Atlantic Ocean.

The authors use nearly 2,000 locations with borehole measurements, or well-constrained focal plane mechanisms, and sense of recent fault slip for the map. From these data they derive the horizontal stress tensor (SHmax) shown as short black lines on the map. The quality of the measurement is indicated by the thickness of the line, and the thicker the line, the higher the quality. SHmax is almost always nearly perpendicular to the fault plane, so the faulting will be perpendicular to the lines. Note the San Andreas fault running down the west coast - the SHmax lines are perpendicular.

The colors on the map indicate the style of faulting appropriate to the stress regime and varies from dark blue to light blue for normal (extensional, crust extends horizontally), green to yellow for strike-slip (fault slides past itself, like San Andreas), and red to dark grey for reverse faulting (compressional, one side moves over the other).

The authors find several broad patterns - โ€œcompressive: strike-slip/reverse and reverse faulting (RF) in eastern parts of North America, broadly strike-slip (SS) faulting in the center of the continent, normal faulting (NF) in the Basin and Range province, Rio Grande Rift, and the western Great Plains. Extensional stress fields are also seen in northeast Texas, sedimentary rocks of the Gulf Coast, and in parts of Mexico and Alaska.โ€

The picture is a little more complex for the west - โ€œPlate interactions are especially apparent in a narrow zone along the western margin that is subject to varying components of convergence and shear traction. The high-resolution picture of the stress field now available in many regions documents local and regional variability that is especially pronounced in parts of the western USA, as discussed below. In some cases, these variations allow us to identify sources of regional and local stress.โ€

The article looks into other factors such as Gravity Potential Energy (GPE), basically where the crust is heavier or lighter due to density, thickness, and other factors. Also discussed is the eastern seaboard where SHmax values do not fit well. The authors attribute it to the influence of the neighboring Atlantic Mid-Ocean Ridge. There are several more figures to reference and further discussion.

One of the reasons I love this map, besides its beauty and comprehensive study, is that it unifies much of the continental tectonics and makes a great reference when studying an area you are not familiar with. If youโ€™d like to learn more the link is below!

Multiscale variations of the crustal stress field throughout North America by Jens-Erik Lund Snee & Mark D. Zoback: nature.com/articles/s41467-020

#CrustalStressFieldOfNorthAmerica #FaultStyle #AbsolutePlateMotion #geology #Science @geology

Without algorithms it takes boosting to make the Mastodon machine move - so boost often, boost freely and boost abundantly.

Nobody is trying to sell you anything.

Nobody puts their ugly mug at the top of your feed.

Nobody buries your post and (sorry) nobody promotes it.

Posts may settle more quickly here as they fall thru timelines without artificial support.

Mastodonโ€™s rhythm therefore has a different feel which may feel unusual to birders.

Mostly, have fun. Be kind. Learn and share.

I genuinely don't remember making you all this stupid.

He talked about electric cars. I don't know anything about cars, so when people said he was a genius I figured he must be a genius.

Then he talked about rockets. I don't know anything about rockets, so when people said he was a genius I figured he must be a genius.

Now he talks about software. I happen to know a lot about software and Elon Musk is saying the stupidest shit anyone's ever said, so when people say he's a genius I figure I should stay the hell away from his cars and rockets.

Yes, everyone, I know who Wilhoit was and where the quote comes from. I was reading Crooked Timber comment threads when you people were in diapers.

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This is how people are acting in the U.S. right now. Yes, it does get ridiculously super cold for like one or two days, but it used to be very cold for many days.

But the NY Times editors and execs hired Maggie Haberman BECAUSE she is friendly to Trumpworld.

Probably Peter Baker, too.

The reason has to do with the business of US political news.
The problems aren't just about Haberman: they're structural about our media. (Media reform now.)

Hereโ€™s the story: in thread below. /1

#haberman #nyt #nytimes #media #news

@benjaminwittes @ViviannaVanGogh

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And THIS is how you tell a sea lion to STFU. ๐Ÿ”ฅ

In response to a post in which I said that russia is committing genocide in Ukraine, @ViviannaVanGogh asks me the following question. I would be pleased to oblige her with an explanation.

Remember the not-so-bad LastPass hack back in August? Turns out it had a worse second act: โ€œWhile no customer data was accessed during the August 2022 incident, some source code and technical information were stolen from our development environment and used to target another employee, obtaining credentials and keys which were used to access and decrypt some storage volumes within the cloud-based storage service.โ€


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