Midday open thread: 'Antarctica is melting away,' anniversaries, and a 'Super Blood Wolf Moon'

Today’s comic by Jen Sorensen is No government, no problem:

While Rome burns, Republicans’ fiddle:

“Antarctica is melting away,” Rignot told CNN, “not just in a couple of places.”

The research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that the rate of that ice loss has not been consistent, with ice disappearing faster in each successive decade. […]

And that melt-rate has been accelerating in the most recent decades, up 280% in the second half of the nearly 40 years compared to the first half, Rignot and his colleagues calculated.

Ten years ago today: 


MIRACLE ON THE HUDSON: Ten years ago, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger pulled off the landing a lifetime — and became an instant American hero https://t.co/J7wOF0QegX pic.twitter.com/tl5DTm1gRq

— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 15, 2019

And a not-so-happy anniversary:

One hundred years later, it’s a calamity that still seems as darkly comical as it is unimaginable: A 15-foot wave of molasses raced — yes, raced — through Boston’s North End. But what sounds like a B movie directed by Roger Corman is no joke: Twenty-one people died and dozens more were badly injured. Unsuspecting men, women, and children were smothered — asphyxiated, really — by a tsunami of viscous brown syrup, and when the bodies were finally recovered, the Suffolk County medical examiner said they looked “as though covered in heavy oil skins . . . eyes and ears, mouths and noses filled.”

This could be cool if the clouds cooperate: 

… Mike Hennessy, the Buhl Planetarium manager at the Carnegie Science Center, says the coming “Super Blood Wolf Moon” sounds to him like something from a super-hero movie. […]

To see what he’s talking about, look to the sky late Sunday to see a larger-than-usual lunar eclipse with potential for it to be blood red.  

The name of the eclipse is fantastical because it describes three things happening simultaneously, two of which result in arguably the most spectacular astronomical displays, save perhaps for a solar eclipse or large meteorite burning through the atmosphere.

Rest in peace:

Legendary and beloved Broadway star Carol Channing has died, her publicist Harlan Boll confirmed to CNN Tuesday.

She was 97.

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: King booted off committees, censure resolutions to come. Barr’s wrong about impeachment. Throw out the rule book on presidential deference. Trump seeks to bypass Congress to cut Medicaid. The Gunshine State proves arming school staff ain’t so easy.

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