Saturday, August 31, 2013

Why a Modern Smartphone is Better Than a Star Trek Communicator
NASA looking at a radio observatory on the lunar farside
Texas State Sen. Dan Patrick endorses Ted Cruz for president

Police Raid on German Home School Family Brings Back Memory of Darker Times

World Net Daily has a report on an incident involving a police raid on a private home whose family home schools its children in Darmstadt, Germany that resulted in the kids being forcibly removed by armed police officers.

Who is Right About Space Exploration, Neil Degrasse Tyson or Elon Musk?

Neil deGrasse Tyson, in a recent video podcast, stated that the commercial sector would not lead the way for the opening of the space frontier, taking aim at boasts by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk that he would personally colonize Mars.

President Obama Taunted Over Response to Syria Crisis

If nothing else, President Obama's painful public bumbling and indecision concerning whether or not to attack Syria has produced fresh opportunities for his enemies to taunt and to mock him. For a prideful man like the president, it must be agony.
When Preparing Raw Chicken, Do Not Wash the Bird
Using Ambient Electromagnetic Waves to Power Smart Objects
Why America and Canada Have Not Fought Since the War of 1812
The Navia Driverless Tram Could Be Part of a Mass Transit Solution

Friday, August 30, 2013

Environmentalists Declare War on Frac Sand Mining
Obama 'sense of drift' at NASA hit by two space experts

Union Boss Trumka Demands Fixes to Obamacare

The Hill recently reported that AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has stated the obvious about Obamacare. He said, rather belatedly, that "mistakes were made" in the writing of an implementation of the health care reform law.

The Revolt of the Hamburger Flippers

Workers at fast food eateries recently marched off the job to demonstrate for the doubling of the minimum wage to $15 an hour. It's a crazy idea, eliciting visions of $10 Big Macs and $20 buckets of KFC, but it is understandable in the current economy.

War with Syria, the British Are Not Coming

It seems that if and when President Obama goes to war against Syria, the British will not be coming. The British Parliament has decided that after all the UK will not be joining any coalition to help Obama smite Syria for using chemical weapons.
Garlic Mustard the Earliest Known Spice
'North and South' Epic Civil War Miniseries to Be Remade for the Discovery Channel
'Smart Glass' Would Control the Amount of Light and Heat that Passes Through a Window
3D Fax Machines Are Coming

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Nancy Pelosi to Ted Cruz, resistance to Obamacare is futile
Clint Eastwood in Talks to Direct 'American Sniper'
New Drug Mimics the Effects of Exercise in Mice
Thanks to the Fracking Boom, Trucks Will Run on Liquified Natural Gas
Neil deGrasse Tyson says that private business will not open the space frontier
NASA tests 3-D printed rocket engine injector

Kim Jung-un Proves that it is Good to Be God Emperor and Bad for Everyone Else

If proof is needed to be had that it's good to be a god-emperor and bad to be known by such a person, one should look no further than the story in the UK Telegraph about how Kim Jung-un had his ex-girl friend machine gunned.

Black Conservatives Segregated from King Commemoration

It was inevitable that there would be a commemorative rally in front of the Lincoln Memorial to mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. It was also inevitable, sadly, that a lot of African Americans would be excluded.

An Attack on Syria Likely to Have a Cyber War Aspect

If President Obama goes to war against Syria, the Washington Times suggests that it will not just consist of cruise missiles and bombs striking the Syrian homeland. There will be a cyber war element that will directly affect the American homeland.
Imagine Cloning John Lennon

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

How NASA Might Have Returned to the Moon
NASA Mulling Commercially Built Lunar Landers for Science, Technology Missions
Elmore Leonard, Creator of Chile Palmer, Karen Sisco, Raylan Givens, is Now Dead
Study: The World is Getting More Peaceful and Less Violent
China to land on the moon by the end of 2013

NASA IG: No American Astronauts Beyond Low Earth Orbit Before 2021

CNS News reports that the NASA Inspector General has concluded that NASA astronauts will not conduct any deep space voyages until at least 2021, a fact that seems to be almost entirely budget driven.

Gingrich: Iran is the Real Threat, Not Syria

As the Obama administration, by all accounts, is preparing for yet another military adventure in the Middle East, Newt Gingrich, the former Speaker of the House who might have been president, is asking some impertinent questions.
Taking the Elevator to the Moon
New General Atomics Nuclear Reactor Could Be as Cheap as a Fossil Fuel Power Plant
'Rambo the Series' in Development

How Jesse Jackson Got it Wrong About the Tea Party and the Confederacy

Jesse Jackson, on the day before the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's famous March on Washington, said, "The tea party is the resurrection of the Confederacy. It's the Fort Sumter tea party," according to the Washington Times.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Sarah Palin lends support for Ted Cruz Obamacare defund drive
Jimmy Buffett Celebrates Neil Armstrong with 'That Rocket That Grandpa Rode'

Can Obamacare Still Be Derailed by Legal Action?

The Daily Caller is reporting that Judicial Watch, a conservative watch dog group, may have one more legal card up its sleeve to toss a stink bomb into the implementation of Obamacare. It intends to sue the Obama administration.

Of Syria, WMDs, and Presidential Decisions

If he were given to schadenfreude George W, Bush might be enjoying the conundrum that the Obama administration finds itself over the use of WMDs by Syria. Secretary John Kerry is pretty sure it should impinge the moral conscience of the world.

Time to Break Out the Holy Water for Miley Cyrus

If Miley Cyrus wanted to draw attention to herself by gyrating and grinding and God knows what else at the MTV Video Music Awards, she certainly succeeded beyond her wildest dreams. And therein lays the problem.
Building Cartilage in a Lab to Repair Damaged Joints

Monday, August 26, 2013

Australian Researchers Manage to Hydrate Beer
George Orwell Explains Why He Wrote '1984'
Ted Cruz, Rand Paul to headline tea party anti-Obamacare rally

Going to Mars to Discover Life or to Establish New Life

Seth Shostak ruminated recently in the Huffington Post about the search for extraterrestrial life on other worlds, such as Mars, and whether NASA is pursuing the right strategy for doing so. It turns out that Shostak thinks it is.

Chinese Test New Anti-Satellite Weapons While Obama Remains Passive

The Washington Free Beacon is reporting that China recently launched three satellites that are apparently designed as weapons aimed at American space assets. One of the satellites has a robot arm with dual military/civilian purposes.

Over 30 Years of Federal Energy Policy Failure

Politico has an interesting survey of the history of federal energy policy, which is to say the government's various attempts to change the way the country accesses energy by fiat. It is a history of wasted money and failure.
'True Blood' Ends Season 6 with a New Direction and New Undead
Florida to Try Out Drone Warfare Against Mosquitoes
Timur Bekmambetov Mulling Remake of 'Ben Hur'
The Science and Technology of 'The Europa Report'

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Researchers on the Hunt for a Cancer Vaccine Using the Body's Immune System
TV Version of 'How Few Remain,' Novel Set in a Confederacy Wins Universe, in Development
Boeing Achieves Breakthrough in Thin Disk Military Laser Test
Ted Cruz proposes three health care reforms

Can Hillary Clinton Follow Reagan's Path to the Presidency?

New York Times' Gail Collins Aims Her Snark at the Space Program

Gail Collins, the New York Times columnist who was best known for a snarky book about how Texas has far too much influence over how the United States is run, turned her gimlet eye toward the civil space program.

Bob Filner is Bill Clinton Without the Oily Charm

The departure of Bob Filner from public life was as rancid as the man and his behavior. Her agreed to spare San Diego further embarrassment by resigning in return for a deal that relieved him of legal responsibility for his misdeeds.
'Hitler Wine' Uses the 20th Century's Worse Mass Murderers as a Marketing Tool

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Neil Armstrong's death and life remembered
Ted Cruz declines to endorse John Cornyn for reelection to Senate

Obama Administration Employs a Guy Who Advocates a Race War and the Murder of Whites

In any other administration and certainly in the private sector someone who has messed up as thoroughly as has Ayo Kimathi would have been summarily fired and likely investigated on suspicion of terrorism.

Why President Obama Needs to Go on the Rush Limbaugh Show

President Obama recently complained that radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh was standing in the way of his doing all sorts of great things for the United States. This has proven to be catnip for the Great Maha Rushie.

Ben Affleck is Playing Batman: The Greatest Crisis the Republic Has Ever Faced

President Obama likely could not be more pleased with the Ben Affleck as Batman kerfuffle than if he engineered it himself. It seems to have crowded out Benghazi, the IRS, NSA snooping, and all the rest as the outrageous outrage de jour.

Friday, August 23, 2013

'Area 51' Finally Unmasked by the CIA
Lockheed Martin to Build Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Power Plant Near China
'Europa Report' Puts the Science Back into Science Fiction
A California Farm Powered by Walnut Shells
How a Fuel Cell Called 'the Cube' Could Change the Way People Get Electricity
Could the Emperor and Obi-Wan Be Returning in 'Star Wars: Episode VII?'

Remembering Neil Armstrong.

The Martin Jet Pack to Begin Tests with a Human Pilot
Carbyne, a New Form of Carbon, Could Have Many Practical Applications
The International Astronomical Union Accepting Public Input for New Planet Names
Howard Dean blasts Ted Cruz for Obamacare defund campaign

Is Returning to the Moon Really 'Unaffordable?'

ommenting on a recent article in NASASpaceflight.com, planetary geologist and return to the moon advocate Paul Spudis recently inveighed against what he sees as a practice of exaggerating to cost of sending people back to the moon.
Square One: “Unaffordable” Lunar Return

'Paula Deen' Shoots 'Trayvon Martin' in Upcoming 'Law and Order SVU' Episode

One has to hand it to the producers of "Law and Order: SVU" for cramming in almost every racially charged current event into a single episode. According to the UK Daily Mail, the often left leaning series has accomplished this.

Obama Administration Dithers in the Wake of Syrian Chemical Massacre

The Hill is reporting that the Obama administration is contemplating some kind of military strike against Syria in the wake of a chemical attack in a Damascus suburb that left over 1,000 people dead. Someone has crossed the "red line" and so retribution must follow.
Exploring and Developing Mars with Tele-Operated Robots
A Lunar Particle Accelerator -- How to Pay for It
'Vampire Academy' Latest Blood Sucker Story to Head for the Big Screen

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Coming Soon: The Great Genetically Modified Marijuana Controversy
The Military Once Deployed a Ring of Copper Antennas Around the Earth
Experts express disquiet over China's space ambitions

'Borgia Apocalypse,' Wrap Up to Showtime's 'The Borgias,' to Be an E-Book

Tactile Money Accessible to the Blind Being Tested
Ted Cruz may be too brilliant to be stopped, liberals fear
NASA's WISE space telescope to hunt for Earth approaching asteroids

Ashton Kutcher is Now Conservatives' Favorite Actor

Ashton Kutcher, the star of "Two and a Half Men" and the movie "Jobs" has gotten some respect from an unusual quarter for a Hollywood actor thanks to a speech delivered at the "Ultimate Choice Award" touting the values of hard work and opportunity.

The Obama Administration Secures the Border -- Between Mexico and Central America

The Washington Free Beacon is reporting a border control initiative that the Obama administration is undertaking with Mexico that is likely to inflame the immigration controversy in the United States.

The Race Card is Not Being Played in the Thrill Killing of Christopher Lane

The Daily Caller is reporting that at least one of the teens who shot Australian baseball player Christopher Lane, James Edwards, has social media filled with racist, anti-white sentiments. Edwards is charged with first degree murder.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Of Nazis on the Moon
Researchers Recreate Mouse Heart with Human Adult Stem Cells
How Rare Earth Elements Could Help Fix Afghanistan
Honda Seeks to Save the American Drive-in Theater from Extinction
Great Space Stations of Science Fiction Movies and TV
New Burger Making Machine May Make Hamburger Flipper Jobs Obsolete
Prediction: Era of Cheap Solar Power at Hand
Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Goes into Production for November, 2014 Release
The Risk of a Stroke May Be in Your Eyes
Study: Young Harry Potter Fans Tend to Be Obama Supporters
'Drinksavvy' Cups and Straws Can Detect Date Rape Drugs
Report: How NASA could go back to the Moon after all
Lewis Black vows to make fun of Ted Cruz

California's Retroactive Tax Grab Could Drive More Businesses Out of State

If anyone wonders why businesses are fleeing California for more friendly states such as Texas, one should look no further than the news of how small business investors are being socked with a $120 million retroactive tax bill.

Noam Chomsky Thinks Sarah Palin was Right About Obama

Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska, former vice presidential candidate, and current most powerful female politician on the planet, has been getting some curious respect from the far left, which is saying a lot about her influence.

Egyptian Military Takes Moral High Ground by Vowing to Rebuild Coptic Churches

While Muslim Brotherhood mobs are reenacting their own version of Kristallnacht, but with Coptic Christians playing the role of German Jews, the military government has ordered every church that has been burned to be rebuilt.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Global Exploration Roadmap recommends lunar exploration before Mars missions
Legislation could boost new hydroelectric power projects
Ted Cruz to renounce Canadian citizenship

The Case for Joe Biden Over Hillary Clinton

Just when you thought that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had a lock on the Democratic nomination, here comes Vice President Joe Biden riding to the rescue to save us from that horrible prospect.

Maybe Character Does Count in Public Office After All

lenn Reynolds, a law professor and purveyor of Instapundit, has an insight that used to be axiomatic in American politics. Maybe, he suggests, we ought to start electing people to public office who have a moral compass.

Time to Start Debating Alternatives to Obamacare

President Obama's latest jibe about Obamacare is to blame its various problems on Republican obstructionism, in effect blaming the messenger who has been telling everyone who would listen that the law is unworkable and disastrous.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Dark Invasion -- Chapter 5
SpaceX's Musk and Blue Origin's Bezos locked in battle for NASA's Pad 39A
Ted Cruz releases his birth certificate proving that he's American and Canadian

The Latest Diana Assassination Conspiracy Theory as Silly as All the Other Ones

Assassination conspiracy theories are not what they used to be. While people still tie themselves up in knots wondering who really killed President Kennedy, the latest industry is trying to figure out who actually Princess Diana.

Liberals Fret that Hillary Clinton is Running for President Too Soon

Both Breitbart's Big Journalism and Hot Air noted the angst that welled up on Meet the Press about Hillary Clinton being too prompt and too eager to start laying the ground work for her next presidential campaign.

Scott Brown for President is an Interesting Notion

At first glance, the idea of Scott Brown, the former Republican senator from Massachusetts considering a run for the presidency seems to be a little bizarre. He was defeated for a full senate term by Elizabeth Warren, who lied about being an Indian.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

'How I Live Now' to Feature Saoirse Rohan as a Girl in Peril in a Future War
Businessman Developes 'Super Honey' with Remarkable Healing Properties

Why Shale Gas is a Real World Version of 'Atlas Shrugged's' Reardon Metal

James Delingpole, writing for the UK Telegraph, had a fascinating insight. He suggests that shale gas is the modern day, real world version of Reardon Metal, the fiction substance created by an entrepreneurial industrialist in Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged."

Muslim Brotherhood Treating Coptic Christians like Nazis Treated Jews in 1930s Germany

Lost in the understandable horror at the carnage currently occurring in the streets of Cairo is the war the Muslim Brotherhood has been conducted against Egypt's Coptic Christian community. The war is quite a literal one, with property damage and bloodshed.
Needle Sized Robot Could Suck Blood Clots Out of the Brain
Obama Declares Health Insurance a 'Right'

In the face of rising public discontent over the impending train wreck that is Obamacare, President Obama used his most recent Saturday radio address to dig in and try to defend the indefensible.
Study; Garlic Reduces the Risk of Lung Cancer
Table Salt Enables the Creation of Silcon Nanostructures with High Tech Applications
John Boorman's 'The Lord of the Rings' Starring the Beatles
'The Shed' Displays Fun, Barbeque, and a Positive Image of Southern People
Who was the Greater Man, Churchill or Gandhi?
Painting Wind Turbine Blades Black to Decrease Bird Strikes
'Dorothy: A Medical Drama Based on 'The Wizard of Oz'
How 'Hamlet' was Web Blocked at the British Library

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Mark Levin's 'Liberty Amendments' Could Be Good for What Ails the United States

Mark Levin, a lawyer, author, and radio talk show host, has recently published a book entitled "The Liberty Amendments" in which he proposes to add ten amendments to the United States Constitution to restore the balance of political power.

'The Butler' Trashes President Reagan

Hollywood rarely gets history right, the idea being that the actual historical record has to serve the need for drama. But "The Butler," a new film directed by Lee Daniels and written by Danny Strong, seems to have another motive for getting it wrong.

Report: Hillary Clinton Yelled at Congressman for Calling Benghazi a Terrorist Attack

Hot Air describes the back and forth over the claim by Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill. that then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton started yelling when someone called the Benghazi massacre a terrorist attack.

Friday, August 16, 2013

George Clooney's 'The Monuments Men' About the Fight to Rescue Art from the Nazis
NASA's Bolden expresses confusion about asteroid mission
New Malaria Vaccine 100 Percent Effective in First Human Trial
'Battlestar Galactica's' Ron Moore Creating TV Version of 'Outlander'
Ted Cruz labeled a 'climate change denier'
Mission to Cruithne, Earth's 'second moon' proposed

The first new Clannad in too many a year.

Revelation: The NSA Violated the 4th Amendment 'Thousands of Times'

The Washington Post is reporting that, thanks to the revelations of one Edward Snowden, the NSA violated its own rules and court orders about surveillance of American citizens' emails and phone calls not a few times, but thousands of times.

Howard Dean is Headed for Iowa

Politico reports that none other than Howard Dean is headed to Iowa to address something called the Iowa Federation of Labor to discuss how to turn more states to the blue column. Naturally one wonders what he means by going to Iowa.

Getting Rush Limbaugh to Moderate Debates Would Be Brilliant

Someone at the Republican National Committee has had something of an inspiration. Instead of getting the usual suspects from the mainstream media to moderate Republican primary debates, why not get righty radio talkers to do it instead?

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Study Confirms that Aristolochia Used for Herbal Medicine Causes Cancer, Kidney Failure
'Omni' is Returning to the Internet with New Science and Science Fiction Stories
Ted Cruz scares the Republican establishment to death
SpaceX Grasshopper rocket performs sideways manuever in test flight

A Rodeo Clown Commits Lese Majeste Against Obama

One has to confess that Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas has scored quite a coup by inviting the rodeo clown who was banned for life in Missouri for committing lese majeste by mocking President Obama in a performance.

Chris Christie Should Embrace Sarah Palin, Not 'Stand Up' to He

One wonders what the Washington Post is thinking by suggesting that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie should "stand up" to Sarah Palin and the tea party. It depends on whether one thinks it's trying to be clever or is just being idiotic.

The Obama Administration is Confused About Egypt, as Chaos Reigns

To say that the Obama administration is a bit confused about events in Egypt would be to make an understatement. But then confusion pretty much characterizes the White House's approach to the world in general.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

How the Third 'Bill and Ted' Movie is Coming Along
New Diamond Ramen Laser Opens Up New Applications
Who Wants to Live Forever?
Leonardo DiCaprio Developing Movie About 'King Harald' an 11th Century Viking
Researchers Find a Way to Preserve Broccoli's Cancer Fighting Properties
Bryan Fuller SyFy Channel lunar colony adventure 'High Moon' goes to production
The Kite Patch Could Be a Shield Against Mosquitoes
Anti Ted Cruz Rally Backfires

Cruel Neighbor Threatens Legal Action Over a Disability Access Ramp

Vincent and Heidi Giesegh, a couple living in the town of Fountain, Colorado, just outside of Colorado Springs, have a 16 year old daughter with severe cerebral palsy. They also have a very nasty neighbor.

Let's Delay Obamacare to 2017 -- and Then Kill It

Another day, another arbitrary exemption to the dictates of Obamacare. This time, according to Forbes, the health insurance industry is getting a break on a particularly onerous pair of provisions, for its standpoint.

Scottish Academic: Mining the Moon for Helium 3 is Evil

Tony Milligan is a teaching fellow of philosophy at the University of Aberdeen and is apparently concerned about helium 3 mining on the moon. In a recent paper he suggested that it should not be allowed for a number of reasons.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

NASA's Morpheus Tests ALHAT Laser Landing Navigation System
Harrison Ford Would like to Play a Septuagenarian Indiana Jones
Cheap, Biodegradable Plastic from Switch Grass Drawing Nigh
"Xena: Warrior Princess' the Next Generation?
NASA JPL/Masten Space Systems testing landing software with Xombie test vehicle
Commentary: 'Stop and Frisk' Ruling Misguided
When the Delta Clipper Roared in the Skies Over New Mexico
George Mitchell, Texas Oil Man and Patron of Science, and the Giant Magellan Telescope
'Frankenbeef' Doesn't Taste Too Bad
Archeologists May Have Found a Piece of the True Cross in a 7th Century Turkish Church
Geraldo Rivera, Ann Coulter discuss Ted Cruz 'birther' issue

China as an Oil Importer Presents an Opportunity and a Danger

The Washington Times notes that while the fracking boom has started to make the United States all but self sufficient in fossil fuels, with the prospect of the country becoming an oil and gas exporter, China is being forced to import more of its energy.

Sarah Palin Praises John McCain's Foreign Policy Acumen

Sarah Palin recently uploaded a post to her Facebook page praising her old running mate John McCain's acumen on foreign policy and national security issues, especially in regards to Russia and Vladimir Putin.

Elon Musk Needs to Build a Hyperloop in Texas

If Elon Musk, the entrepreneur who is building rocket ships as CEO of SpaceX and electric cars as CEO of Tesla, has his way, people will be able to travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco or the other way around in 30 minutes.

Monday, August 12, 2013

'Falling Skies' as an Allegory for Super Power Conflict in the Third World
'Star Wars' Live Action Series Being Mulled
Driverless Cars May Present an Ethical Dilemma
Are You Smarter Than a 1912 Eighth Grader? Maybe Not
Researchers Test Drug that Could Prevent Heart Failure on the Cellular Level
Analysis: Ted Cruz rising to front runner in Iowa

It'll Take More Than a Cool, New Space Dude to Give NASA Its 'Swagger' Back

John Kelly, writing in the pages of Florida Today, ruminates that NASA needs to get its "swagger back." His solution is to appoint one of the new space entrepreneurs, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, or Richard Branson as administrator.

Edward Snowden is No Jason Bourne

While Edward Snowden, safely ensconced in Moscow as this century's version of Kim Philby, continues to vex the Obama administration, the man who might have been president, John McCain, made a pop culture reference about him.

Phony Scandals? the American People Disagree

Most people who lived during Watergate remember when Nixon's press secretary, Ron Ziegler, groused about all the fuss being made about a "third rate burglary." President Obama made the same mistake about "phony scandals" plaguing his administration.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Michael Ansara, 'Star Trek's' Commander Kang, Has Passed On
NASA's LADEE Lunar Probe to Feature New Laser Communications Equipment
Palm Surgery to Change One's Fate
Donald Trump plays the 'birther' card against Ted Cruz
NASA Funds 'Torpor Inducing Transfer Habitat for Human Stasis to Mars'
'The Black List' Features James Spader in a Psychological Crime Drama
NASA's Bolden downplays planetary defense, science benefits of asteroid mission

Rand Paul Approved Drone Beer Delivery Service

The Daily Caller notes that there is a use of aerial drones that even Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky was able to approve of. It seems that drones were used to drop beer via parachute to patrons of an outdoor rock concert in South Africa.

Sarah Palin Goes After Chris Christie

Sarah Palin recently waded in on the Rand Paul/Chris Christie imbroglio and pronounced herself to be firmly on the side of Sen. Paul, according to the Washington Examiner. She went further to suggest that Christie is a big government Republican.

Harry Reid is Saying Some Pretty Alarming Things

Nobody quite has the knack of uttering alarming things so casually that does Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Whether they are calculated and for effect or something that just comes naturally is a matter for historians.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Richard Dawkins Gets into Trouble About Muslims

Richard Dawkins, the scientist and militant atheist, has gotten himself into a little bit of trouble. Dawkins has committed the sin of pointing out a sad, but accurate truth about the Islamic world that doesn't directly involve terrorism.

'Mars One' Excites Interest in a Martian Colony

Even though the headline on the CNN story says, "More than 100,000 want to go to Mars," that strictly speaking may not be true. At best, that number of people has expressed interest to varying degrees in being Martian colonists.

MSNBC's Scarborough: Obamacare Sort of like the Walking Dead

MSNBC's token faux conservative Joe Scarborough is not usually given to being insightful, but according to Newsbusters he recently hit it on the head concerning Obamacare. He basically compared it to the Walking Dead.

Friday, August 09, 2013

Report: Fracking to Usher in an Era of Cheap Energy

A recent article in The Atlantic suggests that the fracking boom is going to usher in an era of cheap, abundant gasoline, something that has not been seen in the western world since the Arab oil boycott of 1973.

'Elysium' Tries to Send a Message

Though they try to deny it, according to Fox News, the makers of the new film "Elysium" are ignoring the advice once attributed to Frank Capra, "If you want to send a message, try Western Union." Or, in the modern age, maybe twitter.

Also 'Elysium' attacks the vision of space colonies

Without Orders to Stop, the IRS Still Abuses the Tea Party

The Washington Examiner reports that, based on the testimony of an unidentified IRS agent before the House Ways and Means Committee, the IRS is still targeting tea party groups for special attention and harassment.

Thursday, August 08, 2013

How Can Ted Cruz be so smart when he believes so many 'stupid' things?
Democratic Rep, Adam Schiff hits Obama cuts in NASA planetary science

Did Valerie Jarrett Give the Benghazi Stand Down Order?

Investors' Business Daily posits a theory, based on circumstantial evidence, that the order to cancel the rescue mission of the besieged consulate at Benghazi came from Obama consigliore Valerie Jarrett.

Reince Priebus Needs to Escalate His Demands of NBC, CNN

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus recently started to play hardball with NBC and CNN, demanding that they cancel programming about Hillary Clinton or they can forget about airing Republican debates in 2016.

Barack Obama Vs. Sarah Palin: The Geography Lesson Edition

When President Obama appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" recently, he discussed a number of weighty issues with the famous late night show talk host. Not the least of these was the problem of building up infrastructure.

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

How Champagne was Created by Accident
What If NASA were to send a probe to land on Europa?

Bob Filner's Droit De Seigneur Takes a Rancid Turn

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's personal war on women apparently involved holding a wounded Marine as hostage for his particular pursuit of a modern day droit de seigneur with just about every female unlucky to be in his presence.

The Washington Post Failed to Change with the Times

One of the delightful aspects of the sale of the Washington Post to Jeff Bezos of Amazon is the schadenfreude one gets to have watching how some of the old line Post journalists wax sadly nostalgic about the change it entails.

Obamacare Exchanges System Likely to Go Live Unsecured Against Hacking

As if proof enough of the dimensions of the Obamacare train wreck has hitherto not been obvious, Reuters reports that the computer system that will allow people to sign up for the insurance exchanges is behind schedule.

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

'Lone Survivor,' a Film About a SEAL Mission Gone Wrong, to Premier Jan, 2014
Big Screen Version of 'The Man from Uncle' Set to Film September, 2013
Mary Lynn Rajskub to Reprise Chloe O'Brien in Revived '24: Live Another Day'

Armed Citizens Project to Empower Women with Free Shot Guns

Natural News is reporting that a Houston, Texas based organization called Armed Citizens Project has designated August 10 "National Empowerment Day" during which it will equip and train 500 single moms and other women with fire arms.

Japan Continues Naval Buildup with Izumo Helicopter Destroyer

The Associated Press reports that Japan has launched its largest warship since World War II, the Izumo. The Izumo is officially classified as a destroyer, but it has a flight deck and a fleet of 14 helicopters.

Jeff Bezos Buys the Washington Post to Change Newspapers for the Digital Age

Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, has bought the Washington Post for $250 million. The owner of the largest online retailer in the world is now also the owner of one of the most prestigious old fashioned newspapers in the world.

Monday, August 05, 2013

'Sleepy Hollow': Ichabod Crane as Time Traveling Action Hero
Revealed: The Queen's Speech in the Event of Global Thermonuclear War
Lori Garver leaving NASA

Coming Soon: Paying a Dinner Bill with a Smart Phone App

Coming Soon: Paying a Dinner Bill with a Smart Phone App
Art Bell, Purveyor of the Paranormal, Returning to the Airways on Sirius XM
'Sabraman' and 'The Burka Avenger': Two Very Different Superheroes
Korean War Counterfactuals: What If We Had Lost and What If We Had Won?
Ted Cruz compared to George Armstrong Custer for Obamacare defund push

How the Democrats Are Losing the Obamacare Fight

While Republicans squabble over how best to attack Obamacare, whether to defund it or to snip at it around the edges and hope for the best, Michael Barone suggests that the ultimate losers in the controversy will be Democrats.

Now America is Running from the Terrorists

The Obama administration may have avoided an Al Qaeda inflicted mass casualty attack by quickly closing down embassies in the Middle East, but it has not avoided a hit to its own credibility when faced with a renewed terror threat.

How Hollywood Collaborates with Tyrants

How Hollywood Collaborates with Tyrants
The New York Post, in noting a new book by Ben Urwand entitled "he Collaboration: Hollywood's Pact with Hitler," suggests that the film industry has a long tradition of kowtowing to dictators, something it does with China today.

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Study: Efforts to Restrict Sugary Soft Drinks Ineffective in Reducing Obesity

Study: Efforts to Restrict Sugary Soft Drinks Ineffective in Reducing Obesity

'Reign,' Mary Queen of Scots CW Drama, Criticized for Historical Inaccuracy

'Reign,' Mary Queen of Scots CW Drama, Criticized for Historical Inaccuracy
Legally Blind Man Uses Computer to Create Works of Art

Why 'Star Trek' Transporters Are Impossible -- at Least for the Time Being

Why 'Star Trek' Transporters Are Impossible -- at Least for the Time Being

How the Space Station (Almost) Got Its Name

How the Space Station (Almost) Got Its Name

'Star Trek' Shuttlecraft 'Galileo' on Display at Space Center Houston

'Star Trek' Shuttlecraft 'Galileo' on Display at Space Center Houston

'SkyTran' Maglev Monorail Pod System Being Built in Tel Aviv, Israel

'SkyTran' Maglev Monorail Pod System Being Built in Tel Aviv, Israel

Efforts ongoing to create a space port at Ellington Field, south of Houston

Efforts ongoing to create a space port at Ellington Field, south of Houston

Splitting hydrogen fuel from water using sun light

Splitting hydrogen fuel from water using sun light

Torturing evil action figures

Eric Cantor Offers President Obama Grand Bargain on Entitlements, Sequestration

According to the Washington Free Beacon, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor went on Fox News Sunday and gave President Obama an offer he will likely refuse but shouldn't; make a deal on restraining entitlements and sequestration can be gotten rid of.

Why Hillary Clinton and Not Sarah Palin?

Why Hillary Clinton and Not Sarah Palin?

Jonah Goldberg, with an unerring eye toward focusing on what really matters, poses the question, what is so great about Hillary Clinton that makes her the obvious Democratic nominee in 2016 and the inevitable next president of the United States?

Pelosi Faces House Democratic Revolt Over Obamacare

Pelosi Faces House Democratic Revolt Over Obamacare

While a lot of attention has been focused on Republican infighting over spending, how to attack Obamacare, and national security issues, Politico reports that there is a growing rift within the Democratic Party as well.

Saturday, August 03, 2013

One Day Brain Diseases and Damage Could Be Treated with a Nasal Spray

One Day Brain Diseases and Damage Could Be Treated with a Nasal Spray

British Royal Adultery: Then and Now

British Royal Adultery: Then and Now

Virginia Man Gets Ensnared by Child Pornography 'Ransomware'

Virginia Man Gets Ensnared by Child Pornography 'Ransomware'

Thanks to 'Game of Thrones,' New Conan Film May Become Trilogy

Thanks to 'Game of Thrones,' New Conan Film May Become Trilogy

Fast Food Hamburger Better Than Organic Veggies

Fast Food Hamburger Better Than Organic Veggies

Researchers Try to Bring Clarity to the Gun Debate with Math

Researchers Try to Bring Clarity to the Gun Debate with Math

Late Term Abortion Ban Supported by Women, Independents, Hispanics, and Young People

Late Term Abortion Ban Supported by Women, Independents, Hispanics, and Young People

The recent law passed by the Texas Legislature that banned most late term abortions, defined as taking place after 20 weeks of pregnancy, was seen as just another short in the evil Republicans' "war on women."

What was the CIA Up to in Benghazi?

The facts surrounding the Benghazi "phony scandal" keep getting curiouser and curiouser. One wonders what the CIA is trying to hide and why it is trying to hide it from the media and congressional investigators.

Charlie Rangel: Tea Party 'White Crackers'

Charlie Rangel: Tea Party 'White Crackers'

The venerable Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y. called the tea party, "the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police." Niger Innis, an African American tea party leader, was almost amused.

Friday, August 02, 2013

NBC Developing a Variety of Miniseries

NBC Developing a Variety of Miniseries

'Incursion' Space War Series Being Developed for Starz

'Incursion' Space War Series Being Developed for Starz

Anthony Weiner: The Politician as Psychopath

Anthony Weiner: The Politician as Psychopath

Bellicose Arguments Between Paul, Christie a Good Thing for America

Bellicose Arguments Between Paul, Christie a Good Thing for America

NASA's heavy lift Space launch System passes Preliminary Design Review

NASA's heavy lift Space launch System passes Preliminary Design Review

Happy 25th Anniversary Rush Limbaugh

Happy 25th Anniversary Rush Limbaugh

CNS News notes that conservative radio talker Rush Limbaugh is celebrating his 25th anniversary of being a nation-wide radio conscience for the nation, a force of nature who changed the face of media forever.

Why Orson Scott Card is a Enemy of the People and Roman Polanski is a Hero

Why Orson Scott Card is a Enemy of the People and Roman Polanski is a Hero

PolicyMic asks a question that strikes at the heart of Hollywood hypocrisy about what is acceptable and what is not. "Why Do We Boycott 'Ender's Game' But Give Roman Polanski An Oscar?"

How Obamacare Tosses Special Needs Kids Over a Cliff

How Obamacare Tosses Special Needs Kids Over a Cliff

One of those things in the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, that Nancy Pelosi so famously said we would find out about it after it was passed was a provision that is going to severely hurt parents of special needs children.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Coming Soon: 'The Wit and Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister'

Coming Soon: 'The Wit and Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister'

SyFy Channel Mulling a Number of Science Fiction/Fantasy Series

SyFy Channel Mulling a Number of Science Fiction/Fantasy Series

NASA Funds 'Two-Dimensional Planetary Surface Landers' Project

NASA Funds 'Two-Dimensional Planetary Surface Landers' Project

Why Women Disapprove of Drone Strikes More Than Any Other Military Strategy

Why Women Disapprove of Drone Strikes More Than Any Other Military Strategy

False Memories Implanted in Mice, Shows How They Occur in Humans

False Memories Implanted in Mice, Shows How They Occur in Humans

'The Crazy Ones' Features the Return to TV of Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Geller

'The Crazy Ones' Features the Return to TV of Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Geller

Bob Filner's Personal War on Women

Bob Filner's Personal War on Women

When it comes to shamelessness where it regards bad behavior toward women, Anthony Weiner and Bill Clinton have to concede that Democratic San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has taken the top prize with his serial groping and disrespect of the ladies.
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