Saturday Update

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Pro Wrestling Records Shattered
(LINK) STAMFORD, CT—The pro wrestling world was rocked last week when a new challenger arrived on the WWE circuit weighing in at 890 pounds, possessing 10-inch claws, and the strength to crush bones into gelatin. “He calls himself ‘the Grizzly’ and he is unlike any other wrestler anyone in the WWE has ever come up against,” said wrestler Seth Rollins from his hospital bed after a brief run-in with the massive opponent. What makes the Grizzly so unique? He is a trans-grizzly bear; the man recently decided to identify as human after being born an Alaskan grizzly bear. Along with his new identity, he has embraced his dream of becoming a champion human pro wrestler.
“The Grizzly has stated that his preferred pronouns are he/him/human and so we are going to respect that,” said A.J. Styles, wincing in pain as doctors attempted to realign his spine — another victim of the Grizzly’s punishment…
Ice Age News 
This will become a regular feature on Virtual Mirage as we report on the coming ice age and how it is impacting people around the world.
(LINK) Elephants in India are sporting colourful woollen jumpers after villagers knitted the super-size garments to protect the animals from near-freezing temperatures. 
Women in a village near the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Centre in the northern city of Mathura reportedly began producing the colourful, pyjama-like garments after staff at the centre warned temperatures were approaching sub-zero at night.

h/t John D., reporting from Norway where global warming is unable to reach due to global cooling.

The last time a full calendar month passed without a sunspot was August 2008. At the time, the sun was in the deepest Solar Minimum of the Space Age. Now a new Solar Minimum is in progress and it is shaping up to be similarly deep. So far this year, the sun has been blank 73% of the time–the same as 2008.  

Solar Minimum is a normal part of the solar cycle. Every ~11 years, sunspot counts drop toward zero. Dark cores that produce solar flares and CMEsvanish from the solar disk, leaving the sun blank for long stretches of time. These minima have been coming and going with regularity since the sunspot cycle was discovered in 1859. 

However, not all Solar Minima are alike. The last one in 2008-2009 surprised observers with its depth and side-effects. Sunspot counts dropped to a 100-year low; the sun dimmed by 0.1%; Earth’s upper atmosphere collapsed, allowing space junk to accumulate; the pressure of the solar wind flagged while cosmic rays (normally repelled by solar wind) surged to Space Age highs. All these things are happening again.

Some of you have asked me how we avoid dying in twelve years due to the encroachment of ice and glaciers. Since I’m neither a politician nor am I a Hollywood celebrity, I can’t give you answers like, ‘do away with air travel’ or ‘kill all cows on the planet’. I have two 4×4 vehicles that burn gasoline and I burn wood in my fireplace to stave off arctic conditions in Arizona. I’m trying to do my part.
Stay warm my friends!

14 thoughts on “Saturday Update

  1. That was a very timely post. I just walked Blue Maunder Minimum to the pick 'n steal and it was freezing. Normally it'd be springlike and balmy but not anymore, all thanks to the Ice Age.

    And yes, there's an awful lot accumulated space junk in orbit around Capitol Hill. Will it crash to earth in 2020?

  2. I was so looking forward to summer in Michigan in January.
    Was even thinking of buying another motorcycle.
    And lower heating bills.
    Life is so disappointing sometimes.

    And wrestling is rigged, I can't believe that's really a grizzly.
    Or really a human. Or really real…

  3. It would be a gift if a defunct Russian spacecraft would clear out Congress while it's in session. I'm thinking that the Democrats could be caucusing when it hits the Capitol Building.

    The ice age will clog the Brazos with ice bergs.

  4. Andy Kauffman said that professional wrestling is rigged and he's not around anymore…

  5. I thought Mr Paul Bryant out-wrestled a bear while on his way to becoming the best college coach ever. Alas, there's no video (which wasn't invented at the time)

  6. I know. I could be basking poolside instead of having to trudge through two feet of snow — in the cold.

  7. "…trudge through two feet of snow — in the cold."

    As apposed to in the heat?

    Thanks for the post.
    Paul L. Quandt

  8. You wouldn't have to trudge through snow all that long in the heat. The promise of global warming…gone.

  9. I am pretty sure the Russian won't allow any of their space junk crash on the Capitol Building due to their policy of taking care of their agents of influence. The Russians know how much it takes to create the network in the Democratic party they so successfully has built and they will not waste it. That is an investment with a very high return and they know the pay-back will be better in the next couple of years. The Democrats working for free for the Russians but they have such an enthusiasm in their effort to undermine the US and do a better job to destabilize the political system than the FSB could dream of. From the outside I guess the Democrats would even get a pretty decent salary if they had asked for it, but instead of money they seem to prefer fake news support in their effort to remove the elected President.

    It is strange to register the US Economy is going better, people make more money, increase the quality of life and business is booming. The trade agreements makes the future even more prosperous. The energy situation becomes better for every day and the US will be a net exporter in the near future. The defense is modernized and the other NATO members seem to understand they must pay their fair share thanks to Trump.

    What is left to finish is the Wall to create a safer society and gain control of the costs illegal immigration inflict the taxpayers. I suggest Trump makes Jeff Bezos and Amazon finance the Wall if they start to pay tax.

    Then it is just a couple of things left with repairing the infrastructure and start to educate more engineers.

  10. Good point. The Russians would be wasting a lot of their best agents who are elected democrat representatives.

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