Granada demo open thread

Posted: February 29, 2012 by tallbloke in Uncategorized

There was a huge demo of around 15-20,000 people in Granada tonight, protesting changes to labour laws and working practices.


The march came down the main street right past our hotel, where I got some snaps from our balcony on the fourth floor. They were using flash powder to set off mighty canon-fire which shook our windows!

So since people like to discuss other science issues besides the ones covered in current threads, here’s an opportunity to air them.

  1. Zeke says:

    ~Want ad~

    I need some technical assistance with crystallization, but in particular with crystallization under rapid cooling conditions. The questions will be specific and focused on some evidence of possible pair reactions during the crystallization process, in rocks from two specific locations. My only reading on the subject is sections of the book on igneous rock by Norman Levi Bowen.

    Thanks for any help or expertise.

  2. Zeke says:

    This total electron count map is unusual for this time of day. There are four hotspots instead of two, and larger than usual.

    What notable solar activity has there been in the last two days? [ Rog posted twice on the blog? –T]

    [ image captured to local server as date on image

  3. Tenuc says:

    Thanks Zeke, an interesting chart.

    According to…

    “The geomagnetic field was quiet to minor storm on February 28. Solar wind speed ranged between 357 and 477 km/s. What may have been a transient was observed as a sudden increase in wind density at 06:44 UTC at SOHO. The interplanetary magnetic field swung moderately southwards and caused brief minor storm conditions.

    Solar flux measured at 20h UTC on 2.8 GHz was 103.3 (decreasing 14.2 over the last solar rotation). The planetary A index was 11 (STAR Ap – based on the mean of three hour interval ap indices: 10.8). Three hour interval K indices: 11521223 (planetary), 12421322 (Boulder).

    The background x-ray flux is at the class B1 level.”

  4. Brian H says:

    Spanish treasurer:
    “We are a poor nation that has been living like a rich nation.”

  5. What about a tabloid headline? “Granada Explodes”

    Of course in the UK are more likely to think that your Ford has died.

    Meanwhile; keep your wits. Enjoy the difference.

  6. Brian H says:

    or another island has vanished forever beneath the waves of the rising seas?

  7. Zeke says:

    Thank you Tenuc for solar activity.

    Now the total electron count is much lower.

    So there appears to have been a discharge, possibly from the Van Allen radiation belts. Where did the electical charge go?

  8. My guess would be the afternoon burst of thunder storms in the area. I think watching the flux on these iono maps with an eye towards the changes in precip rates and amounts might be productive.

  9. Stephen Richards says:

    I don’t know what your problem is TB. They were celebrating your arrival, that’s all. Sleep well

  10. diogenes says:

    well…Felipe Gonzalez threw a LOT of money toward his home province of Andalusia when he was in power – not just Spanish money but EU money as well. The infrastructure in Andalusia is noticeably better than some other parts of Spain. The chickens are probably coming home to roost. If you keep spending more than you earn, then you have a recipe for disaster at some point.

  11. Just got back from Medellin, Colombia. Weather unbeatable, mountains awesome, women breathtaking, people friendly, hotel impeccable, food fantastic, taxis cheap, metro impressive, buses convenient and much more.

    The bad stuff? Getting there was no fun as the seats in the plane (made in Germany) were too close together. I am only six foot two (1.88 metres) so if you are any taller don’t try flying with an airline called “Spirit”!

  12. tchannon says:

    Rog has posted he is flying back and of course will have plenty to reveal.