Barack Obama – Should The Unthinkable Happen, There’s Always Canada

A poll conducted today in Canada revealed that almost 90% of Canadians would vote for Barack Obama. Hardly scientific, but highly interesting.

Should the unthinkable happen in the upcoming American election, perhaps Barack should consider crossing the 49th parallel.

I’m sure it wouldn’t take long to embrace hockey; after all, American teams have won the Stanley Cup more times than any Canadian team. Our football might be a little strange at first, but it wouldn’t take long to get used to 3 downs instead of 4. Can’t help you out much on baseball yet humbly offer the argument that Nat Bailey Stadium in Vancouver was voted the most picturesque outdoor ball field in the world – there’s even fireworks. Not the big leagues, but as a Canadian you would soon see the value in not caring as you sipped your beer and gazed at the mountains.

In Canada same sex marriage is old news, we elected our first black member of parliament while American civil rights activists were still marching on Washington, health care is universal, guns are not.  We pride ourselves on our “peace keeping” missions, not our military clout.  The Queen has long been sidelined, Scientology is not recognized, and your lottery winnings are tax free.

Should disaster strike Mr. Obama, keep Canada in mind. If America can’t recognize your value – Canada could sure use your help.

Dave Steuart Park ( Riverbank ) (map)

Canada Day 2012 Celebrations on the Riverbank

Sunspot AR 1598

In the past few days sunspot AR 1598 has burped a number of significant flares. The latest a strong X1, disrupted high latitudes over Asia and Australia and could result in radio blackouts.

Picture an X1 flare like a Category 3 0r 4 hurricane. Depending on whether or not it makes landfall it could be Katrina , or nothing more than a nuisance for sea going vessels.

The solar wind is a relatively calm 350 km/sec so it’s doubtful this solar outburst will give us any spectacular Auroras. There is however a 75% chance of  M class and 20% of X in the next 24 – 48 hours. In the next few days AR 1598 will be facing earth, and doesn’t appear ready to settle down any time soon.

The following link is to the official solar alerts and warnings site. Updated every 10 minutes it’s an eye opening window into the havoc flares can cause. Click on any of the icons for a description of potential hazards.

Sunspot AR 1598 recorded by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, from