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.
Monday, April 30, 2018
“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
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
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
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
“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
“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.
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
#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
Clearly he should take to heart this: Commentary: Romney should open his mind to space exploration
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
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
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
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, 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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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, 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
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
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.
Thursday, April 05, 2018
Famed film and TV director #joss whedon recently let loose with an angry tweet in which he wished that President Donald Trump would die. The message has, understandably, elicited a great deal of pushback.
Wednesday, April 04, 2018
Historians will debate when #David Hogg’s #15 Minutes of fame started to run out, and he turned from the poster child of the victims of school shootings to the Kylo Ren on the gun control debate. Some will argue that it happened when he made what many took to be a fascist salute at the absurd, astroturfed anti-civil rights rally, the so-called “March for Our Lives.”
Tuesday, April 03, 2018
The world into which “2001: A #Space Odyssey” premiered 50 years ago was a completely different one than the one we live in now and yet had some similarities. The moon landing was over a year away. However, the planet was wracked with war, civil strife, and political acrimony so in a way the more things change, the more they stay the change.
Monday, April 02, 2018
The use of digital technology to make an actor appear as a different character is a relatively old one. Andrew Serkis has made a career of playing CGI created characters such as Gollum from the “Lord of the Rings” movies, making the moves and speaking the lines, but appearing very differently than his real self.