“The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”

Socialist Party presidential candidate Norman Thomas


Thursday, April 27, 2017

3 Muslims wake to find selves in hell



Hahahaha, it has not been a good week for ISIS fighters.

A handful of ISIS militant were setting up an ambush site in an Iraq reed marsh, apparently disturbing the habitat of a pack of intemperate wild boars who promptly mauled three guys to death and injured another five as they ran away screaming.
 
Then we learn that a Canadian woman and her team are discovering and seizing valuable ISIS weapons including tunnel boring machines, suicide vehicles, and countless small arms and IED's.
 
As a Muslim man, being set upon and killed by wild pigs and having your weapons stolen by an infidel woman have to be the low points in an already decrepit, humiliating existence.
 
Exit question: when a Muslim man dies at the hands(as it were) of a pig or has his weapons stolen by an infidel woman, does he still go to Muslim heaven? I seriously doubt it. I'll bet those three pork-tenderized jihadists woke this morning to find themselves in Muslim hell, whatever that is.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Our solar system may be teaming with life

Up until now nerds at NASA believed that the Galilean moon Europa, that orbits Jupiter, is the best bet for finding life somewhere besides Earth.

Recently however, the Cassini craft found that on the Saturnian moon Enceladus, there exists a form of hydrogen, which in addition to liquid sub-surface water and methane which we already knew were there, forms when water comes into contact with hot rocks, such as around geothermal vents on Earth. This shows that there is likely a heat source inside Enceladus that keeps the subterranian water in the liquid state.
 
We need to go ahead and design investigational craft to land on and explore both moons. This is pretty exciting stuff.

I've included helpful pictures of the Jovian moon Europa and the ice-covered Enceladus......both of which may harbor rudimentary life and may provide a sanctuary for humans for when hostile aliens decide to harvest Earth for all its resources.



Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Internet memes are great


Hahahaha........it was a bad day for that old man, but he'll get filthy rich off it. Besides, if one guy has to endure a few minutes of indignity to provide the Interwebs with hilarious meme material like this, his brief humiliation and suffering were worth it to the rest of us.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Let natural selection do its job


This bridge over a river in the Sierra Nevada range is the fourth largest span in the US, and the support structure is below the road bed, so naturally, young thrill seekers like to climb out on the trusses and take their pictures hundreds of feet above the canyon floor. 

Over 100 people have fallen to their deaths from this bridge either by accident or on purpose by jumping and while there are caution/warning signs up everywhere, kids like to take pics of themselves defying death. 

Recently a girl attempted to take a selfie out on the bridge, lost her balance, and fell 60 feet but somehow managed not to die. Predictably, people are clamoring for more protection and prevention to kids cannot crawl out there to defy death. 

But this seems like a self-correcting problem to me. The caution signs are all the deterrent the authorities are obligated to provide......natural selection will take care of the rest.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

On or near this date in NASA history

On March 29, 1974, Mariner-10 executed the first-ever flyby of Mercury, shortly after it executed the first-ever gravity-assist maneuver by which it used the gravity of Venus to accelerate(slingshot) toward Mercury.
Below is an artist's conception of Mariner-10 approaching Mercury and an actual image taken of Mercury by Mariner 10's camera.
Marvel at what scientists accomplished 43 years ago today and imagine what we'll be doing in another half century.



Sunday, March 26, 2017

My latest wood-working product

Posting has been light lately because I'm kind of tired of politics. I'll get back to it but in the mean time, here are a couple of pics of my latest shop piece. This is a chair I made from reclaimed oak pallets and planks I helped cut on a peckerwood saw mill in a friend's back yard. 

The design is based on chairs created by my current favorite furniture designer, Brazilian Carlos Motta. Click on the picture and you can see the sawmill blade marks I left on the wood. Pretty cool. I just need to get the custom cushions and it'll be finished. 



Monday, March 13, 2017

If you couldn't make money in space, Bezos and Musk wouldn't be interested in it


Apparently the US government is awash in new license requests for companies who anticipate business opportunities on the moon, or at least in space somewhere.

Humans haven't exploited the lunar resources because presumably it's too expensive for any single nation to undertake and until now, there hasn't really been a market for it. But with Bezos and Musk pouring money into the moon and Mars respectively, there's a lot of commercial interest.
 
There needs to be a multi-national mission to conquer the moon and Mars. Obviously I'm not a one-world government guy, but like the ISS, a cooperative effort by lots of nations would limit costs for each and the mission would be what it has always been in the movies and our imaginations.....just humans striving to live and conduct commerce somewhere beyond Earth.....and of course make it profitable by mining H3, the asteroid belt, low-grav manufacturing for more distant travel, manned outward-looking, "ground-based" telescopes, etc., and at some point, pleasure travel from Earth......
 
For instance, all inclusive vacation trips to "Hedonism XV: Lunar Love" (come for the Tang and a hyper dose of solar radiation, stay for the low-grav sex with strangers.......what happens on the moon, stays on the moon). Heh heh heh.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

I was right about Bill Gates being wrong


I caught a lot of criticism for saying that Bill Gates doesn't understand basic economics if he believes that robots should be taxed as "workers" because the loss of revenue to the government they represent is bad for the country.

Peter Schiff is a financial broker, analyst, and CEO. He sums up the inanity of Bill Gates perfectly........

"It's amazing how someone this smart can be so dumb! How many people directly lost their jobs due to computers? Robots are just more functi...onal computers. If the government had imposed large taxes on PCs and software its probable that no one would even know who Bill Gates is. All labor saving devices take people's jobs by definition. Does Gates believe all tools and equipment should be taxed, with the goal of making sure all work is done entirely by hand? If so, it's a good thing there was no stone age Bill Gates advising the cavemen." - Peter Schiff

Sunday, February 12, 2017

The illegal alien agenda Trump should have rolled out

Here's what Trump should have done regarding illegal immigration:
Look, nobody is really concerned about the garden-variety illegal immigrant who is working construction, landscaping, whatever and otherwise not being a criminal, we're worried about the violent, drug, gang elements in the illegal population.
The smart thing to appease the base and fulfill his campaign promise would have been to 1) use the full force of the US police machine to round up gang members, drug dealers, and other violent felons known to be in the country and very publicly kick them out. 2) given that there will never be mass roundups, introduce a plan for the rest of them that basically promises non-voting legitimacy if they pay back taxes, register with the INS to become taxpayers, stay out of trouble for the 10 years that they must wait to become a voting citizen, and finally pass the same citizenship test(in English) that all immigrants take.
If Trump had done what I proposed, he would be wildly cheered by his base and the democrats wouldn't have an opposing leg to stand on because they've advocated for the exact same thing.......kick out the violent criminals and create a path to citizenship for the good ones.
But they didn't ask me.

Protestors should stay on the sidewalk

Heh heh, this ought to give these protestors a moment's pause before blocking traffic over Trump-hate or stupid $15 minimum wage, or whatever they're upset about that day.
A state rep in Tennessee proposed a bill that would give TN drivers civil immunity if they accidentally run over protestors running around in the street.
Disappointingly, the bill doesn't allow you to run them down on purpose, but if the jobless reprobates jump out in front of you and you hit them, tough luck for them.
Below, BLM bums learn a hilarious lesson about the physics of protestors versus cars.