The Weekend Hole, Sat-Sun, Nov 12-13, 2016: Super Beaver Moon


Sometime between Sunday night and Monday night, the Moon will be closer to the Earth than it’s been since 1948, and won’t this be this close again until 2034. I’m not making plans to see that one. The orbit of the Moon is elliptical, so its distance from the Earth varies rather than staying at a steady, constant distance. Sometimes the moon is new and barely visible, and sometimes it is full or close to it. So there are always full moons that are closer than the others. These are often dubbed Supermoons, because they appear larger and brighter in the sky. And a full moon in November is called a Beaver Moon. Hence the title.

The Moon reaches its fullest at 8:52 AM EST, past moonset for most of the US. It will reach its closest point to Earth at 6:21 AM (or 6:22, depending on which article you read.) But the Moon will still be big and bright both Sunday and Monday nights, so if it happens to be cloudy one night, you might get lucky the next. This phenomenon of the Moon appearing bigger has nothing to do with a rising full moon looking bigger. So get out and enjoy your Super Beaver Moon, or Moon your Super Beaver, while it’s still a free country.

This is our open thread. Feel free to discuss Moons you like, Super or not, or even beavers.

32 thoughts on “The Weekend Hole, Sat-Sun, Nov 12-13, 2016: Super Beaver Moon

    • “Trump is our next President.”

      When assembled just that way, those are the five most disgusting words in the entire history of the English language (or of any language anywhere, for that matter). The only way to make them un-disgusting is to get rid of the word Trump — I suggest burning it at the stake and then putting the ashes on the top of an inter-galactic probe and sending it to whichever of the universe’s billions of galaxies can still accommodate the concept of an E=MC2 shitstorm.

      Adios Amurkkka. It was nice knowing you back in the days before you made HATE and FEAR the official footstone of your national philosophy.

  1. The grand irony of the election:

    “People” were mad at “Washington” because “Washington” doesn’t do anything for “people,” only for themselves and for the rich and the powerful. Joe Sixpack can’t find work, and if he does it doesn’t pay worth a shit.

    Damn Obama. Damn Democrats.

    The irony? The reason nothing gets done in Washington is that Republicans won’t allow anything good to proceed, to get done, to become law — because it will make them damn Democrats look good. And we can’t allow that, because if they look good to ordinary people they’ll get elected and make us look bad and we won’t get elected, and then the rich and powerful won’t get the money and they’ll quit giving us money and then . . . and then . . . and then the commies will take over and destroy Amurkkka by making it a place where money ain’t the god and . . . and . . .

    So “people” vote for Republicans because only Republicans can stop the Democrats who don’t do nothin’ but give everything to lazy bums and . . . and . . . illegals!

    Republican Party Slogan: THANK GOD FOR DUMB SHITS! WE GOTTA MAKE MORE OF THEM! PRIVATIZE SCHOOLS! STUPID IS GOOD! — they say as they admire the (stupid) image in the mirror.

    I give up.

  2. What’s Behind O’Reilly’s Fearmongering About Civil War In America?

    O’REILLY: The main beef seems to be that left wing protesters don’t respect an honest election. By the way, that’s a hallmark around the world. Every communist and socialist takeover from Cuba to Venezuela to Soviet Russia back in the early 20th Century featured violence and assaults on freedom. Here in the U.S.A., we honor protests, but increasingly we are seeing people who want our system destroyed.

    If a Civil War would get rid of O’Reilly, I’ll Lock and Load for the first time in 74 yrs. As someone once said, there’s a first time for everything.

  3. Paul Ryan wants Donald Trump to let him privatize Medicare, gut Obamacare

    “What people don’t realize is that Medicare is going broke, that Medicare is going to have price controls. Because of Obamacare, Medicaid is in fiscal straits,” Ryan said in an interview with Fox News Thursday. “So you have to deal with those issues if you’re going to repeal and replace Obamacare. Medicare has got some serious problems because of Obamacare. Those things are part of our plan to replace Obamacare.”

    Ryan has advocated transforming Medicare from a federal program to a private model where seniors would rely on federal subsidies to buy private insurance.

    Bullshit. The best solution — and the simplest — is to make Medicare universal, bankrupt the health insurance industry, and raise tax revenues (65% tax on high incomes including cap. gains, no corporate loopholes) and cut the “war” budget by $500 billion per year. At least the filthy rich, the health insurance and ‘defense’ industry former employees would still have health insurance. And so would everyone else. Finally.

    • Ryan is indeed full of shit. Start with the fact that Billy Tauzin gave Big Pharma a huge gift by preventing the government from negotiating for lower drug prices. THAT is the chief reasons Medicare spending is high.

      Secondly, Obamacare is not insurance. It’s a law that requires insurance companies to behave in certain ways. And if doing so makes them less profitable than they have been these last 36 years well boo fucking hoo. Nobody is entitles to a huge return on their investments. If they don’t like the returns, then maybe the insurance companies can cut their huge CEO salaries, for starters.

      Thirdly, Democrats didn’t fight for a public option and I’m guessing that if they did, the Republicans would have made sure it was killed for good. That could have saved both Obamacare and Medicare.

      Fourth, I cannot understand how the government could let one of the five major insurance companies buy the two companies whose function was to determine what constitutes a “reasonable and customary fee.” So if United Healthcare says they won’t cover the cost of your surgery because the cost is not reasonable and customary, it;s because they told themselves that. It was not an outside agency’s opinion.

      Lastly, you are right. Medicare for all. Somewhere along the line, insurance company executives got it into their tiny little greedy brains that the purpose of running an insurance company was to make a huge profit, and not to serve an important function in our society at a smaller but virtually guaranteed profit.

      • It’s hard for me to imagine the mindset that makes ALL! Republicans hateful of any form of universal single payer — of any plan that guarantees each and every person, regardless of means, will have health care available as needed. That thesis is part of what ‘we’ like to call ‘civilization’ — a word which no Republican dares to contemplate.

        By the same token, they had no problem adding a few trillion to the national debt to finance a pair of dumbass wars where no one (well, aside from the MIC) gained anything at all except maybe a funeral. WHY do ordinary voters continue to cast their votes for assholes who don’t give a shit about anything at all beyond the size of their bank account — or maybe the size of their hands????

        I — seriously — don’t like it here anymore. This country is doing its very best to fail completely and totally, all at the hands of Teh Stupid, and it’s getting really tricky to figure a way out, to avoid their collective fascist ignorance and idiocy without flying off to somewhere that’s still civilized (tricky for us because we have LOTS of really heavy books and knowledge stuff — escaping would be far easier for unburdened conservatives, seems to me).

  4. DU is still down, so no Sunday LOLCats today. I’m having to make do with laughing at the continuous examples of kitty logic exhibited here at home.😀

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