Thursday, September 29, 2016

Cruel And Unusual

No, that is not how I describe my last marriage, but I could.

Rather, when most people think of the guillotine, they think of the bloody French Revolution of the late 18th century, but France continued use of the guillotine in capital punishment cases until it was retired in 1977.

It is also entirely possible, even probable, that consciousness is maintained for a brief period after said head is removed from said neck. Cruel and unusual or humane?

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Orbital Speed

Have you ever wondered why a spacecraft could not just slow down on re-entry to just a few miles per hour using rocket boosters? Would it negate the need for a heat shield?

In other words, is it possible for a spacecraft to control its reentry in such a way that it avoids the atmospheric compression and thus would not require the expensive (and relatively fragile) heat shield on the outside?

Well, the reason it's hard to get to orbit isn't that space is high up.

It's hard to get to orbit because you have to go so fast.

Space isn't like the pic to the left.

Space is about 100 kilometers away. That's pretty far away — I wouldn't want to climb a ladder to get there — but it isn't impossible. If you're in Sacramento, Seattle, Canberra, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Phnom Penh, Cairo, Beijing, central Japan, central Sri Lanka, or Portland, space is closer than the sea.

Getting to space is easy. It's not, like, something you could do in your car, but it's not a huge challenge. You could get a person to space with a small sounding rocket the size of a telephone pole. The X-15 aircraft reached space just by going fast and then steering up. [You will go to space today, and then you will quickly come back.

But getting to space is the easy part. The problem is staying there.

Gravity in low Earth orbit is almost as strong as gravity on the surface. The Space Station hasn't escaped Earth's gravity at all; it's experiencing about 90% the pull that we feel on the surface.

To avoid falling back into the atmosphere, you have to go sideways really, really fast.

The speed you need to stay in orbit is about 8 kilometers per second. Only a fraction of a rocket's energy is used to lift up out of the atmosphere; the vast majority of it is used to gain orbital (sideways) speed.

This leads us to the central problem of getting into orbit: Reaching orbital speed takes much more fuel than reaching orbital height. Getting a ship up to 8 km/s takes a lot of booster rockets. Reaching orbital speed is hard enough; reaching to orbital speed while carrying enough fuel to slow back down would be completely impractical.

These outrageous fuel requirements are why every spacecraft entering an atmosphere has braked using a heat shield instead of rockets — slamming into the air is the most practical way to slow down.

How fast is 8 km/s, anyway?

I think the reason for a lot of confusion about these issues is that when astronauts are in orbit, it doesn't seem like they're moving that fast; they look like they're drifting slowly over a blue marble.

But 8 km/s is blisteringly fast. When you look at the sky near sunset, you can sometimes see the ISS go past... and then, 90 minutes later, see it go past again. In those 90 minutes, it's circled the entire world.

The ISS moves so quickly that if you fired a rifle bullet from one end of a football field, the International Space Station could cross the length of the field before the bullet traveled 10 yards.

Let's imagine what it would look like if you were speed-walking across the Earth's surface at 8 km/s.

To get a better sense of the pace at which you're traveling, let's use the beat of a song to mark the passage of time. suppose you started playing the 1988 song by The Proclaimers, I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles). That song is about 131.9 beats per minute, so imagine that with every beat of the song, you move forward more than two miles.

In the time it took to sing the first line of the chorus, you could walk from the Statue of Liberty all the way to the Bronx: [You'd be moving at about 15 subway stops per second.]

It would take you about two lines of the chorus (16 beats of the song) to cross the English Channel between London and France.

The song's length leads to an odd coincidence. The interval between the start and the end of I'm Gonna Be is 3 minutes and 30 seconds, and the ISS is moving is 7.66 km/s.

This means that if an astronaut on the ISS listens to I'm Gonna Be, in the time between the first beat of the song and the final lines... [Just to burn up in the atmosphere above your door.]

...they will have traveled just about exactly 1,000 miles.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


...everything humanity has ever accomplished beyond basic survival is motivated by a fundamental and irreducible fear of non-existence. Our conception of self and self-esteem generally is simply a buffer against the anxiety that comes with recognizing that someday we will cease to be. Culture is just a massive shared delusion to mitigate our fear of the unknown and ultimately of death. Thus we want to imagine certain works of art as timeless or to place value in family lines and offspring, to project ourselves beyond death. We take comfort in our value systems and the structures that arise from them, whether that’s through conceptions of biological kinship, national/ political identity, religious faith, etc. This includes belief in the inherent value of ensuring the future of humanity through scientific progress. Indeed much of modern western life is devoted to the avoidance of death, the various euphemisms and stock phrases in mourning, the entire funeral home industry that serves to remove death from the ordinary course of life, from the home and onto the embalming table or into the crematorium. We build up the artifice to avoid the brutal reality. In short, everything we’ve ever done and will ever do is motivated by little more than our existential terror in confronting death. Woody Allen did not write this, although he could have.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Presidential Debate Impressions

Hillary comes across as a bald-faced liar, albeit a professional one. Another way of saying the same thing is that Hillary Clinton is a practiced politician in her speech and manner. She looks ill. Her hair is a sprayed helmet. I wonder if she is wearing an earpiece. Is somebody feeding her facts and figures? Putting words into her mouth?

Conversely, Donald Trump flounders in business details.

It's turning into the attack Trump show. Whatever the topic is, Hillary digs into Trump. I guess that's the game, eh? The commentator is arguing with Trump! Hillary stands there and grins. I wish somebody would ask her about David Koresh and Vince Foster and so far, no Benghazi!

It is the attack Trump show so far.

Hillary is relaxing into it, continues attacks, Donald is stuck in the headlights.

Trump is doing better. The crowd cheers for Hillary. Crowd cheers back at Trump's reply. Hillary is making more personal suggestions. Trump says "it's not nice" to do that.

My first impression is that Hillary came off better, although it's a snarky, pissy performance by her. Trump didn't panic but I can't say he won the debate.

What bothers me is that Hillary is a known liar and so whatever she says is subject to question. The commentator guy was clearly on the establishment side and practically grilled Trump while Hillary gets a pass. Commentator guy interrupted Trump numerous times. Not once did he interrupt Hillary.

My next scary thought is that Hillary is probably going to be the next president because... omigosh, drum roll, please. The game is fixed. The history has already been written. Now, it's going to be crammed down our collective throats. In the end, we'll end up asking for their solutions. I hope my kool-aid is raspberry-flavored.

Two debates to go. You're only as good as your last performance, so Trump will learn and do better next time because he's that sort of guy. A lot of fighters will drop the first round to get a good take on their opponent. I predict an angry Hillary in the next debate. Her anger is the tell. If she's not angry, then the fix is in and she's going to be the next president.

More damning information is set to be released by Assange in October. That may overshadow any debate results.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Sunday Edition (.021)

Another week flown by, new government conspiracies to unravel, more lying and obfuscation, more denials, more claims of inequality, more threats from China and Russia and Syria and guess what? Libya is back in the news. Looks like the US may be considering sending soldiers. Oh, what a miserable web we weave when first we weave to deceive. Do you know any liberals? Any so-called progressives? Have you heard their reasons for taking away your freedom and liberty? And what did you do? Sit on the couch and complain to your wife?

• Oh, the humanity! They say the riots in Charlotte have resulted in looting at the NASCAR Hall of Home. Is nothing sacred? Breaking news corrects the story and says there was no looting at the NHOF. For a moment, I was incredulous.

• As race riots continue to plague Charlotte, North Carolina after a police shooting there, Rev. William Barber, president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, has taken center stage in helping to shape the public narrative by commenting on the issue in the news media. Now we find out that this guy, this NAACP leader, is financed by George Soros.

• Only the Left could dream up something so stupid as transgender sensitivity training. What a freaking waste of valuable time and money. They are imposing their LGBT left wing agenda on everyone, whether they agree with it or not. Of course, anyone refusing to conform to that nonsense is automatically purged from the military.

This is the same sort of insanity with respect to the universal prevailing politically correct narrative that assumes Islam is a so-called “religion of peace” morally equivalent to all other religions, despite the very bloody history of Islam. Anyone who works for the federal government that doesn’t always adhere to that stupidity, including our Generals, is automatically purged from the federal government.

Thus, for all intents and purposes, America has been rendered totally defenseless to the scourge of Islam, which our federal government doesn’t even view as being a scourge or our enemy, but instead as being a wonderful “religion of peace” morally equivalent to all other religions.

Today, if you work for the federal government, there is no freedom of conscience, you either conform or otherwise be purged. This is the age of political correctness and the tyranny of the Left.

• London's first Muslim mayor warns migrants not to assimilate the Western values that built what they are fleeing to, but to hang on to the religion and values responsible for what they are fleeing from.

(But if the West turns Muslim, where will Muslims have left to go?)

Indonesian cleric, Abu Bakar Bashir recently put it, "If the West wants to have peace, then they have to accept Islamic rule."

• Unsurprisingly, President Barack Obama has vetoed a bill that would have allowed the families of 9/11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia.

The move sets Obama up for a possible first veto override by Congress. Both chambers passed the bill by voice vote. The House sent Obama the bill just before the 15th anniversary of the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001.

Obama says the bill would “upset longstanding international principles regarding sovereign immunity.”

The bill would have given 9/11 families the right to sue in U.S. court for any role that elements of the Saudi government may have played in the attacks.

Fifteen of the 19 men who carried out the attacks were Saudi nationals.

Now we know why the missing 28 pages on 9/11 were kept under lock and key for 15 years: They show the hijackers got help across America from Saudi diplomats and spies in the run-up to the attacks. Because of the coverup, a Saudi terror support network may still be in place inside the United States.

A CIA memorandum dated July 2, 2002, stated unequivocally that the connections found between the hijackers, the Saudi embassy in Washington and Saudi consulate in Los Angeles are “incontrovertible evidence that there is support for these terrorists within the Saudi government.”

“Numerous” FBI files also fingered two Saudi government employees who assisted the 9/11 hijackers as “Saudi intelligence officers,” the newly declassified documents reveal.

Though much is still redacted, they also show the Saudi government’s ties to the hijackers and other al Qaeda suspects were so extensive that the FBI’s Washington field office created a special squad to investigate the Saudi angle.

But this special focus on Saudi Arabia occurred belatedly, only after the 9/11 attacks, “due to Saudi Arabia’s status as an American ‘ally.’ ” Astoundingly, investigative resources were not dedicated to Saudi involvement in financing and supporting terrorism prior to 9/11.

The explosive information was locked up in a top-secret, highly secured room in the basement of the US Capitol for the past 15 years, ostensibly to protect the Kingdom from embarrassment.

• Government is the problem. The exiting administration colludes and coordinates with the new incoming administration so a larger agenda may be pursued without the interference of party politics. Have you noticed Michelle Obama and George Bush cozying up to one another? What's up with that? I'll tell you what's up -- they both know if certain government secrets are not kept, the entire crew will end up in federal prison. The democrats and the globalists cannot afford to lose the presidency in November. Look at the following photos and explain to me why Bush and Michelle pay so much attention to each other? They are both farking idiots.

Americans have sold their freedom to the highest bidder. Corporations run the country and put their own candidates in office. The Obamas, the Bushes, the Clintons -- all these idiots should be strung up and flailed for believing and acting as though they are better than the rest of us. Not to mention, the murders, the false wars, the deception, the media manipulations and not least of all, the utter disregard for the truth. What truth? To these people, there is no truth beyond simple perception and that is what they use to fool the citizenry.

By the way, if you go along with the current social programs and the accompanying pollyanna philosophy of the globalists, bear in mind that the rest of us will never go along with your plans.

• Three of the world's richest and most intelligent men are hoping to be the first to find alien life.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Russian entrepreneur Yuri Milner and physicist Stephen Hawking have revealed exclusively to MailOnline that they will be listening to signals from 'Earth 2.0'.

Officially named Proxima b, the rocky planet is believed to have the right conditions to harbour life and is just four light years from Earth.

The trio are funding an ambitious $100 million (£76 million) project known as ‘Breakthrough Listen’, which will use the world's most powerful telescopes to listen to messages from ET.

Perhaps the biggest thing we have going on this week is the looming world market correction. The old bubble will burst soon. There is no way around it. Our government and our central banking system is responsible but that won't matter much as you sit in your mortgaged home wondering how you're going to afford to eat. Think it can't happen here? Think again.

See you next week, if you're still around.

Would you hold this Saudi king's hand for a million $? Sure you would.