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.


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


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