Tuesday, June 19, 2018

From Space News: What would the mission of the United States Space Force be?

President Trump’s recent directive to the Defense Department to create a new branch of the military, a United States Space Force, was not an idle musing. Trump’s proposal derives from a growing debate inside military and political circles about how to best meet the threat posed to American space assets by potential enemies: Russia and China, to be precise.

The last man to walk on the moon mentors the next people to walk on the moon.

SpaceX BFR can be used for massive space development, orbital, lunar and Mars colonization
U.S. eyes robot moon missions as it prepares for astronauts' return

Monday, June 18, 2018

A Robot Just Operated On A Human Eye for the First Time
Study: The States With The Most Psychopaths Seem To Be Blue The question arise, does the political culture of blue states cayse psychopaths or do that psychopaths cause the political culture?

Shot: Trump announces he's directing Pentagon to create 'space force' branch of military

Chaser: The case for a new branch of the military: United States Space Force

And then there is the soon to be former Senator Bill Nelson's take

"The president told a US general to create a new Space Force as 6th branch of military today, which generals tell me they don’t want. Thankfully the president can’t do it without Congress because now is NOT the time to rip the Air Force apart. Too many important missions at stake."
These Harvard kids got the lesson of their life in the Heartland

Why We’d Be Better Off if Napoleon Never Lost at Waterloo

"If Napoleon had remained emperor of France for the six years remaining in his natural life, European civilization would have benefited inestimably. The reactionary Holy Alliance of Russia, Prussia and Austria would not have been able to crush liberal constitutionalist movements in Spain, Greece, Eastern Europe and elsewhere; pressure to join France in abolishing slavery in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean would have grown; the benefits of meritocracy over feudalism would have had time to become more widely appreciated; Jews would not have been forced back into their ghettos in the Papal States and made to wear the yellow star again; encouragement of the arts and sciences would have been better understood and copied; and the plans to rebuild Paris would have been implemented, making it the most gorgeous city in the world."
Chicago taps Elon Musk’s Boring Company to build high-speed transit tunnels that would tie Loop with O'Hare

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Hmmm… What If Canada Wants Nuclear Weapons?
In the Hill newspaper: NASA’s unnecessary $504 million lunar orbit project doesn’t help us get back to the Moon

As part of the return to the moon program, NASA is planning to build a human-tended space station in lunar orbit dubbed the Lunar Orbiting Platform-Gateway (LOP-G.) The lunar space station would accommodate crews of four for 60 to 90 days. According to the space agency, the LOP-G crew “will also participate in a variety of deep-space exploration and commercial activities in the vicinity of the Moon, including possible missions to the lunar surface. NASA also wants to leverage the gateway for scientific investigations near and on the Moon.

‘WE DO NOT SEPARATE BABIES FROM ADULTS’: DHS DENIES ALLEGATION IT ‘RIPPED’ BREASTFEEDING BABY FROM MOTHER

Tales of the coming space age.

‘Lucifer’ Saved: Netflix Picks Up Series For Season 4 After Fox Cancellation
In Caves and Monasteries, Clues to Wine’s Startling History
We Just Got More Compelling Evidence That The Moon Is Loaded With Water

Friday, June 15, 2018

Elon Musk turns flamethrower on self-proclaimed 'socialists'
Seattle businesses rejected tax as ‘wrong approach’ to homeless crisis — now what will they do? Amazon is already working in healthcare, so what it proposes to do for affordable housing would be interesting to see.
Why football teams who sing their national anthem with passion are more likely to win or take that Colin Kaepernick

The right rocket for the moon and Mars

Harrison Schmitt makes a spirited defense of the Space Launch System that would have been more persuasive had it come out a few years ago. However, contrary to what the Apollo 17 moonwalker suggests, the BFR especially would be a far better method of taking large payloads to the moon and Mars.
Iranian Feminist Says Western Feminists Make Things Worse for Her Cause at Home
Redeeming Columbia an oldy but goody from Charles Krauthammer
Congressional Subcommittee Grills NASA on Skyrocketing Project Cost Overruns

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

United States - North Korea Singapore Summit Video (English) (Destiny Pi...





I particularly like the famous from space picture of Korea with the north suddenly lighting up as it enters the modern age.
Seattle reverses course on business tax after Amazon pressure. My surprise is that it took only a short time for them to figure out that if you tax employment you get less of it.

In 1975 a woman walks on the Moon.

How blockchain technology can track humanity’s lunar heritage sites
The Earth, space settlement, and the hard drive analogy
NASA's Bridenstine Setting into the new job
Erick Erickson's complaints that Trump is treating with a monster is, one one level, understandable. But American presidents have been meeting with dictators who deserve to end their lives on an end of a rope for a higher good for decades. FDR treating with Stalin to help win the war against Hitler comes to mind. Nixon going to China is another. The proof of Trump's strategy will only be known several years from now if East Asia becomes a safer place with no North Korean nukes and the country itself becomes a better and more prosperous place to live.

Monday, June 11, 2018

It is remarkable how the former president keeps digging that hole. Bill Clinton: Norms of ‘What You Can Do to Someone Against Their Will’ Have Changed Wow. Just wow.
Dinesh D’Souza to Compare President Trump to Abe Lincoln in Upcoming Film: “Death of a Nation” The most delicious part will be watching people melt down at the comparison.
My take on Robert De Niro's obscene rant is not an original one but bears repeating. At a time when the reputation of the entertainment industry is at such a nadir, the last thing people want is a rich, old actor yell profanities against the President of the United States. Trump will benefit beyond evaluation by being the brunt of such hatred.

The expanded Apollo program continues.

47 Bizarre Facts About Unusual Deaths

Scott surges past Nelson with older Florida voters

The irony would be delicious if Bill Nelson, who tried to block Jim Bridenstine from being NASA administrator, would himself be out of a job this November.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

NETANYAHU BYPASSES THE AYATOLLAHS - OFFERS WATER TECH TO IRANIANS

From the Hill newspaper: SpaceX is not a threat to NASA

The piece is in response to an editorial that ran in the Houston Chronicle entitled Musk vs. Bean: Houston’s future as Space City at risk

The irrepressible Keith Cowing at NASA Watch is snarking at a recent piece in Climate Depot which calls Jim Bridenstine a "traitor" for changing his mind on the subject of climate change.

"Hilarious. When Jim Bridenstine was nominated to be NASA Administrator he was derided (mostly by people on the left side of the political spectrum) for having no scientific background i.e. anti-science and of being a climate change denier. As Bridenstine talked to actual climate scientists at NASA he became convinced that the scientific basis of human contributions to climate change was real - and said so. Now the political right derides Bridenstine for having no scientific background because he listened to actual scientists."

However, as a study cited in Forbes suggest, the climate change debate is a bit more nuanced than the binary solution set that both the warmists and skeptics maintain. The alternatives are not "Climate change is real and we're all going to die unless we do something drastic" and "Climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the deep state to seize more power over our lives." A remarkable number of scientists believe that human caused climate change is both real and not a big problem for the planet. Bridenstine is decorously not revealing which part of the spectrum he is on. It is not necessary for him to do so.

Tesla Roadster may offer SpaceX package with actual rockets, This reminds me of the Mythbusters episode in which the guys attached rockets to a car to test an urban myth about a guy who did that and wound up crashing into the side of a mountain.

What could go wrong?

Since I offered some snark about the late Anthony Bourdain earlier, it is only fair and balanced that I also include a story in which he did a good thing. The Critic Whose Olive Garden Review Went Viral Remembers How Anthony Bourdain Spoke Up For Her

Friday, June 08, 2018

Fox News star Charles Krauthammer reveals he has weeks to live in heartbreaking letter

There are no words a this time to express my grief. Perhaps anon.

More: One of the many reasons that we shall miss Charles Krauthammer is that he was a warm supporter of space exploration. Here follows a few of his writings on that subject:

Closing the new frontier

Farewell, the New Frontier

Pluto and us

Space: The visionaries take over

It is too bad that Krauthammer will not live now to see people return to the moon, likely on a commercial spacecraft.

How can you drink Champagne in zero-G? Winemaker builds a bottle to find out

CNN's Anthony Bourdain dead at 61

Despite the fact that man was obnoxious, especially in the episode about the food scene in Houston, this is a sad way to go.

Addendum: What’s up with Anthony Bourdain and his ‘no white people’ decree?

Steal the space ship, capture the asteroid, save the world.
Country Time: If Your Kid Gets Fined For Opening A Lemonade Stand, We’ll Cover It

Monday, June 04, 2018

Saturday, June 02, 2018

MILLENNIALS ANSWER: WOULD YOU RATHER DATE A TRUMP SUPPORTER OR MS-13 GANG MEMBER?

In other words would they rather have a nice night on the town with a Trump supporter or be raped, tortured and murdered by an MS-13 gang member? The answer, I am told, is disturbing.

NASA Releases Logo to Mark Apollo's 50th Anniversary

NASA Releases Logo to Mark Apollo's 50th Anniversary: Created by NASA graphic artist Matthew Skeins, the logo offers a nod to the past with a few elements borrowed from the original program emblem and a glimpse into the future.

What if we never stopped going to the Moon?

Barack Obama's revealing reaction to Donald Trump's victory

"The shock, disgust, confusion, and horror with which Obama and his team greeted the election results exemplified the very attitudes toward democratic procedure and populist conservatism that fueled Trump's rise. The only lesson Barack Obama drew from the election was confirmation of his own moral superiority."

Thursday, May 31, 2018

In ‘The Americans’ the Cold War ends with a whimper

The second most searing scene in the final episode of “The Americans” take place in a parking garage when Stan, the FBI agent who has been living across the street from the Jennings, blissfully unaware that they are Soviet spies, confronts them with a drawn pistol. The confrontation has been long in coming [VIDEO], six whole seasons that spanned much of the decade of the 1980s. For Philip, Elizabeth, and their hapless daughter Paige, the Cold War ended not with a bang, but with a whimper.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The Iranian regime may be entering a death spiral
Bill Nelson touts his space shuttle junket in Senate digital ad

Sen Bill Nelson, D-Florida, who is in a tough reelection fight for his Senate seat against Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, has released his first digital ad for the campaign, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Zack Snyder may remake Ayn Rand’s ‘The Fountainhead’

“The Fountainhead,” the film version of Ayn Rand’s first novel, was a box office and critical failure when it was first released in the late 1940s. Rand’s uncompromising story in which the hero, an architect named Howard Roark, blow up a building he designed because a committee of government bureaucrats changed the design, has had a reappraisal in recent years with some modern critics considering it a classic. The movie certainly made the careers of its two stars, Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal. A report by Deadline provided most of the details for this article.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Available now from Amazon, a story of alternate history:

Jeff Bezos made another announcement at ISDC

Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon.com and Blue Origin, made another announcement at the recent International Space Development Conference in Los Angeles. Besides saving the show “The Expanse,” [VIDEO] Bezos proposes to go back to the moon. He has a plan about how to do it and a vision as to why it should be done, according to Geek Wire.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Alan Bean explored the moon and then told the story in paint

It is usually not given for a human being to excel at one demanding profession, not to speak of three. However, Alan Bean was, during his eighty-six years of life, a test pilot, an astronaut, and an artist. He flew aircraft to the edge of the envelope during his early life in the Navy. As an astronaut, he became the fourth man to walk on the moon. Then, as an artist, he told the story of the first great age of lunar exploration in a unique medium, in paint.

From the Hill Newspaper Guess who’s unhappy about Elon Musk’s SpaceX

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Jeff Bezos’ Amazon has saved ‘The Expanse’

Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon.com and Blue Origin, was engaged in a wide-ranging panel discussion at the 2018 International Space Development Conference. He ruminated about such topics as the return to the moon, lowering the cost of space travel, and the industrialization of low Earth orbit. However, the greatest cheers in the packed ballroom came when Bezos announced that Amazon’s live streaming service is going to pick up the space-based science fiction series “The Expanse” for its fourth season.

SyFy’s cancellation of ‘The Expanse’ represents short term thinking

Friday, May 25, 2018

John F. Kennedy "Landing a man on the Moon" Address to Congress - May 25...

Shot:







Chaser:

NASA to begin buying rides on commercial lunar landers by year’s end



Matt Groening subverts the fantasy genre in 'Disenchanted'

“Disenchanted,” [VIDEO] Matt Groening’s sendup of the fantasy genre, is due to drop on Netflix on August 17, according to Deadline Hollywood. The series is set in the Kingdom of Dreamland where Princess Bean, who likes to drink to excess when she is not having adventures, resides. Her companions include a little green elf named Elfo and her own personal demon named Luci who looks more like an imp. The three adventurers are voiced by Abbi Johnson, Nat Faxon, and Eric Andre respectively.

Michael Bay comes to Netflix with 'Six Underground'

Michael Bay, the director of such big-screen blockbusters such as “Armageddon,” “Pearl Harbor,” and the “Transformers” movies has become the latest Hollywood A-lister to make the leap to Netflix [VIDEO]. Bay’s first project for the live streaming service is called “Six Underground.” The premise of the film is that six billionaires fake their own deaths and form a group dedicated to taking down bad guys. The movie will star Ryan Reynolds, best known for playing the title character in the “Deadpool” films. Screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, who previously wrote “Deadpool,” have written the script. “Six Underground” is due to go before the cameras in the summer for a 2019 release.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

NASA: Commercial Partners Key to Sustainable Moon Presence

NASA: Commercial Partners Key to Sustainable Moon Presence: As NASA shifts human exploration back to the Moon, U.S. commercial partnerships will be a key to expediting missions and building a sustainable presence on the lunar surface.
NASA’s Jim Bridenstine begins to win over Democrats

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine had his first congressional hearing before the Senate subcommittee that funds the space agency. He discussed various aspects of the NASA budget that the subcommittee is due to mark up, including the lunar exploration initiative and the troubled James Webb Space Telescope. However, the most critical exchange came with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii on the subject of climate change. [VIDEO]

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Private entrepreneurs are trying to find innovative ways to solve the housing crisis in Seattle. The one problem standing in their way is the city of Seattle.
‘Salvation’ will return on June 25 with season two

When we last left out intrepid heroes in “Salvation,” the oddest and yet most endearing science fiction show to appear on TV in a long time, it looked like that a nuclear holocaust might beat the asteroid to wiping out the Earth. A group of people chosen to survive the end of the world, no matter in what form it comes, is dancing in an underground bunker to “Fly Me to the Moon.” Meanwhile, Liam, the young genius who discovered the asteroid, has gone outside to tell Darius, the Elon Musk-like commercial space mogul who has chosen to die, something that will save the world after all. That synopsis doesn’t even mention the hacker terrorist group called Resist, the coup that overthrew the legitimate (and female) president [VIDEO] of the United States and the love triangle between Darius, a DOD official named Grace, and her boss Harris.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

On a December day in 1967, a pilot whose jet fighter is in the process of cracking up ejects a moment sooner and therefore lives when he otherwise might have died. A life that would have ended on the tarmac at Edwards Air Force Base continues on. Six years later, Major Robert Lawrence, United States Air Force, becomes the first black American to walk on the Moon.

IAF COMMANDER: ISRAEL FIRST TO USE F-35 JET IN COMBAT
It’s time for Netflix to hire Newt Gingrich as well as the Obamas

Netflix [VIDEO]has announced a production deal with former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. The former first couple will now create original content, including documentaries, scripted series, and features. Business Insider reports that the deal has sparked outrage on social media, with many threatening to cancel their subscriptions and boycott the live streaming network.

Monday, May 21, 2018

How NASA Will Unlock the Secrets of Quantum Mechanics Aboard the ISS
China launches communications satellite called Queqiao toward the moon

China launched the first part of its latest probe to the moon in the form of a communications satellite called Queqiao, which translates to English as “Magpie Bridge.” The name is derived from an ancient Chinese legend about two lovers who separated by the Milky Way who are helped by a flock of magpies which builds a bridge with their bodies.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

From the Hill: Ted Cruz and Bill Nelson give NASA a reality check on privatizing International Space Station

In the wake of the Santa Fe High shooting, calls for banning guns increase

Another school shooting, another round of controversy about “common sense gun laws.” Of course, besides the fact that the shooting in question violated the laws against mass murder, the 17-year-old student, who shot up an art class, violated the laws that were already on the books by possessing a handgun and a shotgun that he had apparently stolen from his father. He did not use a so-called “assault rifle.”

Saturday, May 19, 2018

A Brother on the Moon is now available for the Amazon Kindle.

On a December day in 1967, a pilot whose jet fighter is in the process of cracking up ejects a moment sooner and therefore lives when he otherwise might have died. A life that would have ended on the tarmac at Edwards Air Force Base continues on. Six years later, Major Robert Lawrence, United States Air Force, becomes the first black American to walk on the Moon.

Harry and Meghan went to church and got married

For some reason, I’m a sucker for royal weddings [VIDEO] and not just because of my ancestral ties to what people once referred to as the “mother country.” I love pomp and pageantry and the adherence to ancient traditions. I got up early to watch Charles and Diana get hitched and even when William and Pippa walked down the aisle. So, naturally, I was up at a ridiculous time on a Saturday morning to watch Harry and Meghan take their vows. The ceremony had a lot of the old traditions, to be sure. However, it also had a few American flourishes that the British Isles have never seen before.

Friday, May 18, 2018

What Jim Bridenstine said and did not say about climate change

Recently NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine conducted a televised town hall during which he took questions from space agency employees about a variety of subjects, ranging from the return to the moon program [VIDEO]to the need of diversity in the workforce to the necessity of holding down the costs of projects such as the James Webb Space Telescope. However, virtually every media account of the town hall focused on one answer to a particular question.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The problem with the TV show 'Timeless’

Let me stipulate that “Timeless” is one of my favorite shows. To be sure, I’m a sucker for dramas about space travel and time travel. The series depicts the fight of a group of time travelers as they try to prevent a vast conspiracy called Rittenhouse from messing up history. It has had some great stories, many of which illuminate historical events that are not well covered in school. Indeed, with the cliffhanger that ended the second season, I fervently hope that the show gets a third season. After what was done to “The Expanse,” [VIDEO] I’m pretty sure I don’t want another disappointment.

For some background, read: The First Black Astronaut and America’s Secret Outer-Space Spy Program

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Bill Nelson’s second epic fail in the Florida Senate race

Sen Bill Nelson, D-Florida, as readers have come to know, was a fervent foe of the confirmation of Jim Bridenstine [VIDEO]for NASA administrator. Bridenstine was confirmed anyway, on a party-line vote, and has gone on to shake up the space agency to get it set to form commercial partnerships to return to the moon. Nelson took a political hit from his attempt to plunge NASA into a leadership crisis for his political aggrandizement. Some might observe that it was bad enough that the senior senator from Florida has proven himself to be the second coming of Tail Gunner Joe (“Are you or have you ever been a conservative.”)

Radical Chic: That Party at Lenny’s

For those looking for other great writing from the late Tom Wolfe: Radical Chic: That Party at Lenny’s
From the Daily Caller: Lamar Smith Causes Cognitive Dissonance By Getting NASA Back Into SETI or why a 'climate denier' is so enthusiastic about looking for alien civilizations.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Advice to the New NASA Administrator
Why ‘The Right Stuff’ is Tom Wolfe’s greatest book

Even though Tom Wolfe died at the ripe old age of 87, it still seems as if he passed too soon. His non-fiction works that read like novels and his novels that illuminated aspects of human existence in the late 20th Century were masterworks of the English language. If one had to pick out the one book that rises above the rest and will endure long after Wolfe is gone, that work has to be “The Right Stuff.”

Back to the Moon, Again: Will the Third Time Be the Charm?

My own take on the question, thanks to the Wall Street Journal: Fly Me to the Moon, Mr. Bridenstine
Why Trump Is a President Like No Other

Monday, May 14, 2018

From the Hill Newspaper The NASA drone headed for Mars

Earlier: NASA plans to fly a helicopter on Mars

SyFy’s cancellation of ‘The Expanse’ represents short term thinking

The cancellation of “The Expanse” by the SyFy Channel is the latest chapter of a story that is all too familiar to science fiction television fans. A favorite show with a loyal following gets canceled because it has not met ratings numbers.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

John McCain is not a snowflake so stop treating him like one

Even as he proceeds to go kicking and screaming into that good night, Sen John McCain, R-Arizona, is creating controversy. The latest kerfuffle happened when a White House staffer made a crass remark about the elderly senator and war hero dying. The statement, which was leaked to the media, has caused spasms of outrage and horror. McCain, as his friends and defenders often remind us, endured torture at the hands of the North Vietnamese. Therefore the question arises, why is he depicted as such a snowflake that words are an unbearable affront? McCain chose the profession of politics and part of the job description is to receive insults. And it should be noted that he had given as good as he has gotten.

Trump is greener than you think

Saturday, May 12, 2018

From Hot Air: A Long Awaited Plan To Curb H-1B Visa Abuse And about time too.
NASA plans to fly a helicopter on Mars

With Mars In Sight [VIDEO] having departed for the Red Planet for a late November landing, NASA is preparing for the Mars 2020 rover, an enhanced version of the Mars Curiosity that is currently rolling about the Martian surface. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine [VIDEO] announced on Twitter that the Mars 2020 would have another enhancement.

Friday, May 11, 2018

For those interested, here is a list of some of my recent space policy pieces in The Hill
Is Netflix ruining your sex life?

Netflix [VIDEO]has revolutionized the way that we consume video content, with its myriad of original content and system of dropping every episode of a single season of a TV series at once, thus giving rise to binge watching [VIDEO]. Indeed, the live streaming service seems to have altered the way couples spend the evening. The Urban Dictionary has a phrase, “Netflix and chill,” which means watch some Netflix and then have some sex.

How Mitch McConnell used Netflix to taunt a political enemy

Rarely does Netflix, the well-known live streaming service, enter into contemporary American politics. However, in the aftermath of the West Virginia Republican primaries, a graphic for “Narcos,” a program on Netflix about drug traffickers, was used to taunt one of the losers. Social media was, naturally, appalled.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Iran attacks Israel – and then wishes it hadn’t

The first concrete action that Iran took, besides issuing threats, in response to President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, was to bombard Israeli military positions on the Golan Heights. Israel, in turn, launched a massive air and missile campaign against Iranian bases in Syria. In the end, Iran was made, as so many enemies had been before, to regret that it had thrown down against the Jewish state.

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Who invented hummus?

From The Hill: Why Mars is not a priority for space exploration

This time it looks like America is really returning to the moon

NASA held an industry day for its plan for a commercial return to the moon [VIDEO], meeting with a group of interested companies. The space agency related its thoughts about what it would like for business services to the moon. In return, it solicited ideas from the commercial sector about a draft of a Request for Proposals (RFP). The final RFP will be issued on July 19, 2018. Companies will be required to respond 30 days later. NASA will release contracts for the next five years on December 31, 2018. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine [VIDEO]addressed the assembled industry partners, announcing that “this won’t be Lucy and the football again.” Just to buttress the administrator’s sentiment, the draft of the bill that funds NASA by the House Appropriations Committee fully supports the lunar program.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Trump withdraws from the Iran nuclear arms deal

As promised during the campaign and reiterated during the first months of the campaign, President Donald Trump officially announced that the United States is withdrawing from the Iran nuclear weapons deal. He denounced the agreement as flawed and one-sided and the Iranian regime as a duplicitous purveyor of terrorism. After a grace period that lasted several months, sanctions will be imposed back on Iran, which will include countries whose business dealings with the regime might be seen as being beneficial to its nuclear ambitions. The newly confirmed Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell has already informed German companies to wrap up operations in Iran and get ready to pull out.

Jeff Bezos getting hate for wanting to explore space

All of the sudden Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon and Blue Origin, is getting a lot of hate on social media. The reason seems to be that he is spending a lot of money in an attempt to open up the high frontier of space rather than making his business empire into a private poverty program.

Analysis Looks at Costs, Markets and Government Role in Private Space Stations

Monday, May 07, 2018

John McCain’s unkindest cut of all to Sarah Palin

Sen John McCain, R-Arizona, former Navy pilot, prisoner of war, and twice failed presidential candidate has the awful knowledge that he is going to die soon. The approaching abyss must daunt even a man of his considerable courage. On the other hand, McCain has time to prepare, to put his affairs in order, to say goodbye to family and friends, and, being who he is, to start settling scores.

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Trump statement on guns offends French government

When President Trump condemned the policies that Great Britain and France have toward the private ownership of firearms, his statement won an enthusiastic show of approval from the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association in Dallas. The French government, however, was not amused by the American president’s reference to the ISIS attacks in Paris that left 130 people dead. Trump suggested that had France allowed for the right of concealed carry, the ISIS terrorists would not have quite an easy time of it.

Saturday, May 05, 2018

John Kerry caught conspiring with Iran

It seems that former Secretary of State John Kerry has been colluding (though the term conspiring also comes to mind) with officials of foreign powers, including Iran, to try to preserve the Iranian nuclear arms deal [VIDEO] that he helped to craft. The effort, on its face, seems to be mainly brazen coming as it does in the wake of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netaynahu’s revelation [VIDEO] that the deal was a sham from day one. Still, it seems that Kerry had to try to preserve the tattered legacy of his and his former boss President Barack Obama’s signature foreign policy legacy.

Friday, May 04, 2018

The 5 Phases Of InSight’s Journey To Mars

NASA’s InSight probe is designed to study the interior of Mars and achieve two science objectives. It seeks to discover through the interior processes and structure of Mars how rocky planets formed and evolved. The probe will also measure tectonic activity and the rate of meteor strikes on the Red Planet. However, InSight’s journey to Mars must pass through five critical phases.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

NASA: RESOURCE PROSPECTOR NO LONGER A GOOD FIT FOR LUNAR PROGRAM
NASA’s Kilopower experiment paves the way to powering lunar bases

With #NASA starting to get serious about sending astronauts into deep space, beyond low Earth orbit, with bases on the moon and eventually expeditions to Mars, the space agency is developing a technology called kilopower to give them enough power to operate. Kilopower is a small-scale #Nuclear Reactor capable of delivering one to ten kilowatts of energy. As a means of comparison, the typical American private home uses five kilowatts of power.

Fly Me to the Moon, Mr. Bridenstine

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

From the pages of the Wall Street Journal: Fly Me to the Moon, Mr. Bridenstine

Beto O’Rourke steps in it by defending the Iran nuclear weapons deal

Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas [VIDEO] has been touted as the great hope to knock #Ted Cruz out of the Senate. The trans-ethnic candidate has been relying on charisma, good looks, and a lot of cash from outside the state. However, he has taken quite a few policy positions on issues ranging from drug legalization to immigration that most Texans would tend to find off-putting. The latest problem to dog the long-shot Democratic candidate is the Iran nuclear weapons deal, which the Israeli Mossad revealed to be a sham [VIDEO]. O’Rourke is on record as being in favor of the agreement, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

From the Hill: NASA just proved it is serious about returning to the moon
Congressman Culberson offers a warning about the Space Launch System

Rep John Culberson, R-Texas, visited an aerospace contractor called Oceaneering Space Systems in Houston, the Houston Chronicle noted. The congressman, who chairs the House appropriations subcommittee, expressed concerns about delays that have occurred in the development of the heavy-lift #space launch system and the Orion spacecraft. Then, Culberson asked a strange question to an Orbital ATK executive that exposed the SLS’s potential obsolescence before it even flies.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Israel’s Netanyahu reveals secret Iranian nuclear weapons program

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed at a news conference that the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence organization, has acquired a treasure trove of documents that prove that the nuclear arms deal struck between Iran and the Obama administration is a sham. The documents revealed a secret #Nuclear Weapons program called Project Amad designed to build and test nuclear weapons. The announcement makes it more likely that #President Trump will scrap the Iran nuclear weapons deal and impose stiff sanctions. The Netanyahu announcement comes on the heels of an air strike on Iranian missile storage facilities in Syria. The announcement also tarnishes the legacy of former President #Barack Obama, who saw the deal as his signature foreign policy accomplishment.

In ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ a comic book supervillain confronts overpopulation

“Avengers: Infinity War” [VIDEO] is a big, sprawling movie that depicts a struggle against a supervillain named Thanos, confronting a great many characters from the Marvel Comics Universe, including the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor. Strange, and Spider-Man. Thanos is an interesting character because his motives are a bit different than those of the usual superpowered bad guy. He does not want to rule the universe, but rather kill half of the intelligent beings in it. He is motivated to attempt this mother of all genocides by what he thinks is the best of all reasons.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

NASA clarifies the Lunar Resource Prospector situation

The day before, the space exploration community was roiled by the news that the #Lunar Resource #Prospector, a long developed mission to send a rover to one of the moon’s poles, had been canceled [VIDEO]. The decision seemed to be somewhat at odds with President Donald Trump’s mandate for NASA to return astronauts to the lunar surface. However, the space agency’s administrator #Jim Bridenstine took to Twitter to try to clarify what was really going on in context of the overall plans for lunar exploration.

Friday, April 27, 2018

It is time for NASA’s Jim Bridenstine to restore the Lunar Resource Prospector

The recent cancellation of the #Lunar Resource Prospector mission has eyebrows raised in aerospace and lunar exploration circles. The Trump administration has directed #NASA to return astronauts to the moon. Space agency plans include using lunar resources, mainly water ice at the moon’s south and north poles, to facilitate that mission. So, the cancellation of that mission would seem to constitute a disconnect between NASA’s mandate and its mission.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Outrage over Alfie Evans gets push-back from British newspaper

Just as with the case of Charlie Gard last year, the saga of a nearly two-year-old boy named Alfie Evans [VIDEO] has shocked the conscience of the world. Alfie is suffering from an unknown degenerative brain disease and has been judged by his doctors to be beyond saving. An Italian hospital has offered to admit the boy to continue his care, but this option has been blocked by the British court system. As of this writing, Alfie is being taken home to die, even though he has survived for several days off of life support, unexpectedly as it turns out.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Why ‘Queen of the Desert’ starring Nicole Kidman failed

“Queen of the Desert,” which stars #Nicole Kidman as the traveler, writer, and “political officer” (a combination of diplomat and spy) #Gertrude Bell actually came out three years ago in a not very wide release. However, I only managed to see it recently when the film showed up on cable. I was intrigued because Bell was a contemporary of "Lawrence of Arabia," played in the movie by Robert Pattinson. Unfortunately “Queen of the Desert” was a big disappointment and pales in comparison to the more famous Peter O’Toole film about T.E. Lawrence.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Time To Revive ‘Deadliest Warrior’ With Fantasy Story Contestants

“Deadliest Warrior” was a series that once aired on a network called Spike TV. The premise of the series was that two warriors or groups of warriors were matched against one another with the outcome determined by a computer system. In the earlier seasons, the antagonists were generic, say a Viking against a Samurai. Later seasons would involve historical figures, say George Washington against Napoleon, each leading a small group of soldiers from their time periods and nations. The combat was preceded by analysis and some trash talking between various experts.

On his first day, NASA’s new administrator sets an inclusive tone
Why George W. Bush is more deserving of a Nobel Peace Prize than Obama

One of the curious events that took place at the beginning of the Obama presidency was the #Nobel Peace Prize he was awarded for 2009 for the stated reason, “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” Considering Obama’s record since the award, one would be hard-pressed to find someone who got it and deserved it less. Al Gore and Yassir Arafat come to mind.

Monday, April 23, 2018

VP Mike Pence Participates in a swearing in ceremony for new NASA Admini...

From the Hill Newspaper: Winners and losers from Jim Bridenstine’s confirmation as NASA administrator
To protect the Earth ignore the environmentalists

#Earth Day, the holiday founded by Ira Einhorn, most famous for having murdered his girlfriend and then composting her body in the approved environmentalist fashion, has come and gone unnoticed by most people. The day is usually accompanied by virtue-signaling pronouncements about how we should preserve the Earth, illustrated by photos taken of our home planet by NASA. All of this save the Earth stuff is well and good, but the question arises as to 'how?' It turns out, if a recent Daily Caller article is accurate, saving our planet consists of doing things that the environmentalists don’t want you to do.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Mitt Romney snubbed by state GOP delegates, but still favored in Utah Senate race

Clearly he should take to heart this: Commentary: Romney should open his mind to space exploration

Is NASA’s Jim Bridenstine a ‘climate denier’ and does it matter?

Now that Jim Bridenstine [VIDEO] has been confirmed as #NASA administrator it is time to revisit one of the accusations that have been levied against him, that he is a “#Climate Denier.” The jibe is based on a statement that Bridenstine made on the floor of the House that cast doubt that climate change is an overwhelming problem that has to be addressed by upending the world economy. The matter came up during the final debate in the Senate.

Friday, April 20, 2018

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Has The DNC Gone Full Conspiracy Nut With Its Russian Collusion Lawsuit?

At first glance, the lawsuit filed by the DNC against the Trump for President Campaign, the #Russian government, and Wikileaks alleging that they conspired to influence the 2016 election and hand the presidency to Donald Trump seems insane. However, there is a method to the madness of litigating a #Conspiracy Theory. First, the suit forces the named defendants to respond. Second, it keeps the story of Russian collusion alive even as the very investigations continue to find no evidence.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Randa Jarrar’s insatiable hatred of Barbara Bush

Former First Lady #Barbara Bush was so universally beloved that President Trump [VIDEO]. Barack Obama, Sen. Ted Cruz, and Nancy Pelosi all united in expressing grief and condolences at her passing. She was the very personification of a grandmother, tart-tongued at times, but still brimming with compassion. However, as an English professor at Fresno State named #Randa Jarrar proved, there is always a jerk ready to grab 15 minutes of infamy with the help of social media.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Congressman Jim Bridenstine

The Left is in a blind panic over Jim Bridenstine’s confirmation as NASA chief

With the news that the confirmation of Rep. #Jim Bridenstine, R-Oklahoma as #NASA administrator is imminent, the Left has gone into panic mode. RL Miller, the chair of the California Democratic Environmental Caucus, has demanded a last-minute push to head off the conservative congressman’s confirmation. Miller accuses Bridenstine of being a “bigot” for his past opposition to same-sex marriage, similar to the stance once taken by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

David Hogg’s boycott of Laura Ingraham has failed

#David Hogg, the high school student, turned anti-gun rights advocate, and his handlers at Media Matters are in the process of learning the lesson that if you strike at the queen, make sure you kill her, to paraphrase Emerson. The advertiser boycott aimed at driving #Laura Ingraham from the airwaves has cost the #Fox News commentator nearly 30 advertisers. However, the campaign has swelled her audience by 20 percent. The development suggests that the boycott is doomed to failure and that Hogg and his adult enablers have been humiliated.

Monday, April 16, 2018

R. Lee Ermey has fallen to complications of pneumonia

The legend has it that when Stanley Kubrick [VIDEO] hired R. #Lee Ermey, an 11-year Marine Corps veteran [VIDEO], to be a technical adviser on his Vietnam War epic, “Full Metal Jacket,” he was so impressed by a demonstration of what a drill instructor does to recruits that he hired him to play a character in the movie. Ermey got a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal as a sadistic Vietnam War era DI who so thoroughly turns a hapless, overweight recruit into a killing machine that he found himself as the private’s first victim. Thus, Ermey lucked into his second career, playing a series of military and law enforcement authority figures in numerous movies and TV shows as well as himself on a number of reality shows.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Art Bell, host of ‘Coast to Coast,’ has been found dead

Art Bell was one of those strange one person phenomena that had to be heard to be believed. He started his broadcast career as a conventional political talker before veering into conspiracy theories, sort of like Alex Jones only less hysterical. By the mid-1990s he settled into his niche of discussing the paranormal and related topics with an eclectic number of guests. Bell’s style was not to necessarily agree or disagree with what the guest was saying but to let the person talk and, in essence, be the entertainment. Art Bell became the most listened to #Late Night Radio host as a result, controlling the airways in his “#Coast To Coast” show.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Donald Trump teaches a lesson in strategy by attacking Syria

Following through on threats issued in the wake of a Syrian gas attack on a civilian target, President #Donald Trump ordered a strike on three chemical warfare targets in Syria, including a “science research center” and storage facilities. The raid was carried out by naval and air units of the #United States, Great Britain, and France. By all accounts the attacks were successful, and the targets were destroyed. Despite boasting to the contrary, Syrian air defenses were impotent against the strike. Russian air defenses, despite a promise to shoot down missiles and aircraft, did not engage.

Friday, April 13, 2018

2001 Space Waltz

As the Google Lunar XPrize ends Israel is still shooting for the moon

The end of the #Google Lunar Xprize was not the end of the private race to the moon. Besides the five former participants, Moon Express, Team Indus [VIDEO], Team Hakuto, SpaceIl, and Synergy Moon, at least two other teams not in the competition, Astrobotic and Part-Time Scientists, are still planning private moon shots. Indeed, an effort is underway to revive the competition, to be called merely the Lunar XPrize. The new race to the moon will not include a cash prize but is looking for a sponsor.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Kremlin’s Dupe: Ted Kennedy’s Russia Romance
From the pages of The Hill Why NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is such a fiscal black hole
How President Trump is proving to be master of the diplomatic art of the deal

President Donald Trump is blustery and bellicose and tweets alarming and unseemly things. However, one thing that the media is not touching on very much is the fact that the self-described master of the art of the deal is moving the ball diplomatically where his predecessors found themselves stuck on the 50-yard line. The latest proof, as reported by Hot Air, is how #The Russians have taken an about-face on the hammering Bashir Assad is about to get for gassing his own people.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Tour of the Moon in 4K

National Geographic Channel developing ‘Hidden Figures’ and ‘The Right Stuff’

The #National Geographic Channel is dipping its toe into two possible scripted series based on popular films that depicted the early years of the space program, each from a slightly different perspective. “Hidden Figures,” the story of three #African American Women math geniuses whose efforts were crucial to America’s success in flying into space is being executive produced by Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping of Chernin Entertainment. They also produced the movie. Leonardo Dicaprio is executive producing a series version of “#The Right Stuff,” based on a 1983 film depicting the lives of test pilots, some of whom became the original Mercury 7 astronauts.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Astronauts to experiment with sperm on the International Space Station

With dreams of settling the high frontier of space back in the news, and with plans for lunar bases and Mars colonies being seriously discussed, one much-neglected issue has become a research priority. Can #Human Beings reproduce in space? Sex is indeed possible, and rumors abound about couples already becoming members of the “Zero-G Club.” However, no space colony is going to be sustainable for very long if people can’t have viable children. To that end, the #Astronauts on the International Space Station [VIDEO] are conducting experiments with human and bovine sperm.

Monday, April 09, 2018

Why Rick Scott should replace Bill Nelson as United States Senator from Florida

As has been long expected, Gov. #Rick Scott, R-Florida has announced his run for the #United States Senate, seeking to unseat Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida. By all accounts, including the Washington Post, the battle for the Florida Senate seat will be an epic one. John Fund, writing for the National Review, believes that Scott has an excellent chance of knocking off Nelson and picking up his seat for the Republicans.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Beto O’Rourke’s three big mistakes with Bill Maher

Beto O’Rourke, the handsome, charismatic congressman who is trying to take away Senator #Ted Cruz’s seat was recently obliged to apologize for agreeing with #Bill Maher that his opponent is a “giant a—hole. O’Rourke thus made his third mistake. As both John Wayne and Mark Harmon tended to say, “Never apologize. It’s a sign of weakness.”

Saturday, April 07, 2018

From the pages of The Hill: Two asteroid missions will help shape the economy of the 21st century
‘Chappaquiddick’ is a movie that reveals the mendacity of Teddy Kennedy

Even almost 50 years after the incident, the fact that a movie like “#Chappaquiddick” got made and was yet released to theaters is remarkable. The event that happened in July 1969, in the middle of the mission of Apollo 11, in which Senator #Teddy Kennedy drove a car off a bridge into a pond at Chappaquiddick Island, and subsequently left a young campaign worker named Mary Joe Kopechne to die was a blight on the legend of the celebrated political family. Kennedy’s actions during and after the accident ended his hopes of ever becoming president of the #United States, much to the benefit of the country.

Friday, April 06, 2018

Spielberg muses about giving Indiana Jones a sex change operation

Steven #Spielberg is not this generation’s most celebrated director for no reason. He knows how to tell a story, ranging from his profound dramas such as “Schindler’s List” and “Lincoln” to his more fun, popcorn epics such as the current “Ready Player One” and, of course, the #Indiana Jones franchise. So it is somewhat inexplicable that he recently mused out loud about giving his whip-wielding archeologist character and giving him a sex change operation, reimagining him as a woman.