Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Los Angeles Times Reporters Should Welcome Their New Koch Overlords
Obama Has to Go All in If He Arms the Syrian Rebels
Obama on Obamacare: 'Remain Calm. All is Well.'
Japanese 'Magic Mirror' Lets One Try on Clothes Virtually
New Theory: Earth-Like Moons in Other Star Systems Could Harbor Life
Ted Cruz attacked by MSNBC talkers for 'squish' comment at FreedomWorks
Ron Paul Claims 'Liberty was Also Attacked in Boston'
Storing offshore wind power in concrete 'batteries'
In 'Bones' and 'Castle' Peril Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
SpaceX noise liability bill moves through Texas House
Intimidation Allegations Could Send Benghazi into Cover-Up Phase
Coming Era of Natural Gas Abundence to Confound Central Planners

Monday, April 22, 2013

Rand Simberg offers a remarkable slam against Sarah Palin, similar to the one hurtled by Ann Coulter

Not doing that herself was one of Sarah Palin’s biggest mistakes. I liked most of what she had to say, but her voice grated even on me, and most people probably couldn’t get past it (particularly combined with the accent, though that was less of a problem, at least for me).

I offer the following so that the reader can decide for his or herself whether Palin's rhetorical skills are up to snuff.

Come to think of it, because I'm feeling peevish, here is an example of Rand's rhetorical skills. He is the fellow with the receding hairline and the tendency to mumble. Make your own conclusion.

'Veep' Episode 'Signals' Deals with Southerners and Israelis
Ted Cruz signs letter opposing internet sales tax bill
Rick Perry Headed to Illinois in Search of Businesses to Move to Texas
Orbital Sciences Antares Rocket Successfully Launches from NASA Wallops
The Koch Brothers May Bring Ideological Diversity to Newspapers
'Mad Men' writers developing early space program drama 'Cocoa Beach'
How the Boston Bombing Will Affect Gun Control and Immigration

Saturday, April 20, 2013

It is perhaps fortunate that "Boston Legal" is no longer on the air. Alan Shore would likely find himself representing Tsarnaev and since he never lost a case no matter how absurd his courtroom antics were, this would be bad.
Ted Cruz accused of hypocrisy for requesting federal aid for West, Texas

NASA, Bigelow sign space act agreement for public/private space exploration

Just as a side note, as some long term readers may remember, I made just such a proposal in the form of a Lunar Development Company in a piece published in the Houston Chronicle back in the early 1990s. I'm happy to see that some folks at NASA are catching up with my early vision.

NASA's Bolden cites Morpheus project as part of necessary risk taking

Monday, April 15, 2013

'Defiance' a Science Fiction Western Worth a Look
All prayers for all of those in Boston and those who care for them. Also, an admonishment, to be skeptical about what is being aired on the news right now. The fog of war exists in these kinds of attacks (and I think it was such) and it will take a while to sort things out. Finally, there will be retribution for those responsible. Count on it.
NASA Engineers Developing New Version of the Apollo Era F-1 Rocket Engine
Ted Cruz marks tax payment day with a dig and a pledge
In 'Walk of Punishment,' 'Game of Thrones' Gives a Lesson in Fiscal Policy
'Veep' Returns with 'Midterms,' a Disaster for Some, an Opportunity for Selina
Gov. Rick Perry Invites Connecticut Gun Maker to Come to Texas
No Reforms to Entitlements Pledge Shows Political Insanity
Howard Dean Should Run in 2016 as an Independent

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

MSNBC's Chris Matthews links Ted Cruz to murder of Texas prosecutors
The Man from Mars -- Chapter Twelve
SpaceX planning test of flyback stage for Falcon 9
Ted Cruz opposes Senate ratification of UN arms control treaty
Hunting for Payloads for NASA's Space Launch System
Sheila Jackson Lee to take on Ted Cruz on gun control
'Justified' Season Four Ends on a Sad Note
Elon Musk's Tesla Takes on the Texas Auto Dealers Association
Obama Brain-Mapping Initiative a Worthy Goal
Delay in Obamacare Provision Buttresses the Case for Repeal

Monday, April 01, 2013

Texas Gov. Perry Pushes Back Against Pressure to Expand Medicaid
Obituary of Yvonne Brill, female rocket pioneer, causes controversy
Season Three of 'The Walking Dead' Ends with Death and Mayhem
'Game of Thrones' Season Three Returns for More Sex, Violence, and Back Stabbing
Buzz Aldrin's New Book: Go Directly to Mars, Do Not Return to the Moon
The Government Should Stop Trying to Build Passenger Train Lines
Why Hollywood Celebrates Terrorists when They Kill for the Right Cause
Crowd-Funded Ad to Tout NASA Space Exploration at New 'Star Trek' Film
Texas Atheist Group Message: 'God is Dead. Have a Good Friday'
Global Warming May Neither Be as Global nor as Warm as Once Thought
Petition Against Ben Carson Shows that Some Bigotry is Acceptable

A number of media sources have reported that NASA is intending to ask for $100 million to start a new mission to snag an asteroid and bring it to an orbit around the moon for closer examination. However new information has come to light concerning a top secret program embarked on by the Obama administration to acquire space resources to further its various programs, such as health care reform and infrastructure construction.

It seems that the X-37B, a top secret military spacecraft that has been conducting orbital missions, has carried a space telescope into low Earth orbit with a number of sensors that are meant to detect Earth approaching asteroids that may be backed with precious resources. Late last year, an asteroid, dubbed Midas, was discovered.

Midas is apparently a 1 kilometer in diameter asteroid that has a specific feature that thus far was only supposed by scientific theory. It contains a great deal of platinum and other rare materials. But the platinum surrounds a carbon core that scientists theorize has been rendered into a gigantic diamond from billions of years of pressure and heat. The estimated value of the resources of Midas is about $23 trillion dollars.

The Obama administration means to divert Midas into an orbit around the moon and to contract with a commercial asteroid mining firm to extract its resources and, gradually so as not to spark inflation, sell the material on the open market. The theory is that even with the share that the private company will garner, a future United States president would have enough money to fund universal health care and a massive infrastructure construction project without adding to the deficit.

The last part of the scheme is already getting rumblings from congressional Republicans, who insist that any revenues to come from asteroid mining should be used to pay down the national debt, currently approaching $17 trillion. Political observers suggest that this may constitute the defining issue of the next presidential election.