Saturday, June 30, 2012

Cassini Discovers Subsurface Ocean on Titan
Cruz Accuses Dewhurst of Distorting His Role in Chinese Tire Case
How I and Everyone Else Would Be Harmed by Health Care Reform
The funniest review of the screed written by Gail Collins, effete New York liberal and New York Times columnist, to the effect that Texas is trying to take over the world, is oddly enough in the Washington Post. My favorite part is at the end:
The good news, as I mentioned, is that Collins doesn’t know everything. Our plan to replace the Statue of Liberty with one of Sam Houston remains a tightly guarded secret, as is the bill we are drafting to make gun racks mandatory for all new vehicles. She remains blissfully unaware of the long-planned effort to move the nation’s capital to Austin, nor does she even begin to grasp the impact of salsa’s displacement of ketchup as the national condiment.

She is also unaware of our plot to move the manned space program from Florida to Brownsville, with the cooperation of SpaceX's Elon Musk

The Colorado Wildfires: A Personal Connection
'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' Contrary to History

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Coincidentally, California High-Speed Rail Killed by Environmentalists
Giving Money to Obama Event Registry Tacky Beyond Belief
Texas Senate Candidates Dewhurst, Cruz Spar in Debate
A Chinese respond to the charge they want to annex the moon.
It then features an interview with Shao Yongling, a senior colonel from the PLA's Second Artillery Command College, who explains that "sour grapes" is the reason for the article. "Because of some economic problems," America's moon landing "could be delayed indefinitely;" that China will reach the moon soon, therefore, is "very provocative to Americans.” One expects her to deny China's desire to control the moon, but she never does.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Jake Tapper, a real journalist, takes the measure of Aaron Sorkin's cable show about fake journalists, weighs it in the balance, and finds it wanting.
This is where Sorkin’s high-minded critique falls flat. McAvoy sanctimoniously laments the deterioration of public discourse and the news media’s complicity in it. But if that is the problem, his subsequent actions reveal a commitment to a uniformly partisan solution. McAvoy—and, by extension, Sorkin—preach political selflessness, but they practice pure partisanship; they extol the Fourth Estate’s democratic duty, but they believe that responsibility consists mostly of criticizing Republicans. This is done through the oldest trick in the book for a Hollywood liberal: by having McAvoy be a “sane Republican” who looks at his party with sadness and anger.
By "sane Republican" Sorkin means "liberal Democrat."
NASA: More Indications of Ice at the Moon's South Pole
How Charles Barron and David Duke Found Common Ground
Karen Klein Endured the Worst of Humanity -- and Enjoyed the Best
NASA Planned to Launch a 12 Person Space Station in 1975
Fast and Furious is like Watergate, Only with a Body Count

Monday, June 18, 2012

Romney assassination porn.
I usually don't watch Rizzoli and Isles as there are too few hours in the day to follow yet another cop show, even one with such cute characters. But for some reason I saw the anti-fracking episode last week, which was obviously written by someone who slept through Earth Science class in middle school and did not know any petroleum engineers.
Shenzhou 9 Succesfully Docks with Tiangong 1 Space Module
Texas A&M to Become Vaccine, BioWar Defense Research Center
Muslim Brotherhood Victory in Egyptian Election Spells Trouble
Why it is Glorious Jon Stewart and Mitt Romney Are Rich
In a post about space policy brought on by the convergence of a number of space related news stories, the launch of the Shenzhou 9, the landing of the X-37B, and the successful flight of the Dragon, Jazz Shaw offers the following maddening statement:
What I don’t get is the idea of going to the moon. It’s been done, and every reason I hear for going back always rings rather hollow.
Aside from the statement "It's already been done" being a rather stupid reason not to do it again, Shaw does not relate what are the reasons for going back to the moon that sound "hollow" to him and why they sound that way. It is not so much an attempt to advance an argument as it is to shut one down, saying, in effect, "Nothing you say will convince me, so just shut up about it."

Thursday, June 14, 2012

May the force be with you, Max Page.
RESOLVE Rover Revealed by NASA for Lunar Prospecting
Obama's October Surprise Could Be Legalizing Pot
New Yorkers Need to Revolt Against Bloomberg's Food Nannyism
Brownsville, Texas Leading Candidate for SpaceX Space Port
Holographic Performers Have Legal and Artistic Implications
Paul Spudis celebrates the late great Chesley Bonestell
An oblique panorama of the floor of Tycho, the prominent rayed crater on the lunar near side, shows its magnificent, rugged central peak rising out of the inky darkness of the early lunar morning. That description sounds familiar, doesn’t it? In fact, when I first saw the new Tycho oblique, I seemed to recall a specific Bonestell painting that was very similar to it. It was one that Bonestell did for an early 1960’s book, Rocket to the Moon. The distant peak in Bonestell’s painting eerily foreshadows the dramatic LROC image by 50 years. Chesley Bonestell’s Moon lives! Fresh, uneroded features there are as sharp and dramatic as he portrayed them half a century ago. As lunar features slowly erode under constant sandblasting by micrometeorites and downslope movement of debris, they become smooth and rounded. The Apennine mountains at the Apollo 15 landing site are smooth because they formed almost 4 billion years ago, in the early dawn of lunar evolution. In contrast, the central peaks of Tycho were thrust up a mere 100 million years ago, a blink of the eye in lunar geologic terms.
One wonders what would have happened if the proposed Apollo mission to Tycho had taken place. It happened, in the way of mentioning, in Children of Apollo. Might make a good story set in the same universe.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Apparently among the people King Joffrey had killed in "Game of Thrones" was none other than George W. Bush whose head is shown on a stake along the walls of King's Landing in episode 10 of the first season. This is not, the show's producers maintain, a political statement ( I have my doubts here.) They just had W's head laying around and decided to use it. Eddard Stark was bad enough. Another reason Joffrey needs to be pulled apart with horses.

'Game of Thrones' Decapitation of Bush an Unintended Honor

Yes, Democrats, It's Time to Panic
Federal Government: Sand Dune Lizard is Not Endangered
Cassini Discovers Methane Lake in Titan's 'Tropical' Region
Joy Behar Another Liberal Behaving Badly for Romney Comment

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Today, of course, is the anniversary of D Day. No one said it better than President Reagan on the 40th Anniversary:
Losers in Walker Wisconsin Recall Election Need to Get a Grip
The mature way to deal with a political defeat is, after perhaps a period of heavy drinking, is to analyze the reasons for that defeat and, with lessons learned, plot the next victory. The unions and their liberal supporters have decided to go in another direction.
Compare Planets and Compare Comets and Asteroids look like a couple of good quick reference astronomy sites.
Bill Clinton Goes Rogue on the Bush Tax Cuts
Walker's Wisconsin Recall Victory Has National Implications
NASA Could Do Great Things With More Funds

More of Neil degrasse Tyson's One Percent Solution
Ray Bradbury, RIP.

Much more anon.

Addendum: Ray Bradbury, Prophet of the Age of Space, Has Died

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Also, Bradbury was mad at Obama for scrapping the return to the moon. On the other hand, he didn't like ebooks.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Ron Paul Supporters Claim RNC Blocking 'PaulFest' in Tampa
Rand Simberg has published a a particularly unhinged demand of Mitt Romney. In effect that in order to prove that his Mormon faith will not affect his judgment, Rand demands that he propose the cancellation of the Space Launch System, the heavy lift rocket for which all hopes of future American space exploration rest. One supposes that, following this logic, if Romney follows the likely advice that he is getting from his space brain trust, which includes space exploration and heavy lift supporters Mike Griffin and Scott Pace, that he will be considered a captive of the LDS Church since that decision supports Utah company ATK.
NASA, Congress Reach Accord on Commercial Crew Program
Bob Shrum Signals Democratic Establishment Has Written Off Obama
What Midway Teaches About the Folly of Neglecting the Navy