“The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”

Socialist Party presidential candidate Norman Thomas


Friday, April 29, 2016

Denmark circles the drain


Denmark's governing body overwhelmingly passed a resolution to tax red meat as a way to combat climate change.
Whether they stupidly believe in the pernicious global warming hoax or see it as a way to impose further taxation, doesn't matter. Norse meat lovers may find themselves existing on the same diet as rabbits, in order to improve the weather outside.
A sane electorate would tar and feather these petty tyrants, but then we keep electing them to govern us......whose fault is it really?

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The VA is still a mess


Meet Robert McDonald, Obama's replacement for the VA chief. After the VA scandal revealed that dozens, and probably more, of veterans died waiting to be seen by a VA doctor. Further, the VA falsified federal documents that showed wait times were far less than they were. Why people only got fired for that and not imprisoned is anybody's guess, but at least McDonald came in, cleaned house, and got the VA in ship shape.......

Just kidding, federal documents showing wait times for sick and disabled veterans, are still being falsified to show far shorter wait times and the VA awarded themselves $142 million in bonuses, just since he's been in the director's office. 

It remains a profound mystery to me why any, ANY federal employee should be getting a bonus for doing his job, but to be given a bonus for doing it poorly, if not illegally, is beyond my comprehension. 

But then I guess the VA is no different than all the other grossly bloated federal bureaucracies, full of useless quasi-criminals sucking voraciously at the public teat and laughing all the way to the bank, at the American people who fund it all and put up with it.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Much ado about......politics


So 28 pages of the 9/11 report remain classified. Ridiculously, conspiracies abound regarding the omission, from it was an Bush-administration inside job, to the eeevil Jooos did it to gin up a war against the Arab nations.
What is more likely in my mind is that it details the complicit nature of the Saudis' knowledge of the attack or at least that they looked the other way while it happened, and the US government doesn't want to alienate them because of oil, their grudging participation in the war against ISIS, and because the Obama administration doesn't want Islam to be impugned in any way by linking it to 9/11.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

China takes a baby step toward off-world life


Ok so Chinese scientists announced recently that they've successfully grown a mammal in space. Then, in what might be the greatest leap since Mike Powell broke Bob Beamon's 23 year old long jump record, claimed that it proves that humans can reproduce and live in space. 

Not so fast my friends. I'm no reproductive specialist, but I did major in Biology, and I can tell you that a fertilized mouse embryo in zero gravity turning into a blastocyst(the mass of cells that gets implanted into the uterine wall for development) does not a human make. 

The Chinese basically replicated the first 5 days after fertilization and announced "Eureka, we've done it"! That's like calling some flour, a bag of chocolate morsels, and a few pot plants in your kitchen, a plate of brownies.

Every process on Earth, both organic and inorganic, has taken place under the constant strain of gravity. It's why tree trunks are made of rigid wood and not diaphanous strings of xylem and phloem, why swimming pools are possible, and why birds have wings. Imagine what everything would look like if we had evolved without gravity. 

And now imagine how human life might change if forced to exist for scores of generations in micro-gravity. 

I'm not saying we shouldn't colonize other planets or mine asteroids with far less gravity than Earth, or that the Chinese haven't accomplished something interesting along the path toward interplanetary colonization. I'm just saying that looking for ways to exist in life-long micro-gravity is probably the most daunting of all human undertakings......we weren't designed for it in any way. 


Monday, April 18, 2016

Wild animals and humans just don't get alone, ever


This is the species of tiger that killed that zoo keeper in Florida over the weekend. I don't know if somebody accidentally left his door open so he had access to his habitat while she was in there, or if she was over-confident in her belief that the tigers "knew" her and she alone could go into their enclosure unharmed.

Which ever it is, this is yet another example of the dangers of humans and wild animals in close proximity, not ending well. It never does.
 
Wild carnivores, whether in the circus, zoo, or as pets, are just biding their time until they have a reasonable chance of killing and eating you. They cannot be tamed.

Friday, April 08, 2016

Europa, or bust!


"ALL THESE WORLDS ARE YOURS, EXCEPT EUROPA. ATTEMPT NO LANDING THERE"
Did we learn nothing from Kubrick? wink emoticon
NASA is planning a landing mission to the Jovian moon Europa, which besides Earth is the most likely of all system bodies to harbor life, as liquid water is known to be plentiful there below the frozen surface.
Caution: If any black monoliths are discovered, abandon the mission, tout suite.

Friday, April 01, 2016

Trump doesn't understand the Geneva Conventions, does that alone DQ him?

Trump to Bret Baier on torture:....The problem is we have the Geneva Conventions, all sorts of rules and regulations, so the soldiers are afraid to fight."
Huh? The Geneva conventions aren't why our soldiers are afraid to fight. It's the idiotic, politically-correct rules of engagement on which the President and Pentagon insist, that prevent our guys from efficiently killing the enemy because they're afraid of being prosecuted and thrown in the brig. 
The Geneva Conventions dictate how prisoners of war and injured soldiers should be treated, not how you kill your enemy on the battlefield. Trump is an ignoramous.
Here, Trump indicates how much he actually knows about fighting a war.


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

If we're going to have cap. punishment, let's do it correctly

So this isn't a debate for or against capitol punishment, but if we're going to do it, what's the best way?

Electrocution, gas chamber, and lethal injection are all criticized as either too barbaric as it is sometimes painful and takes guys hours to die, too unreliable if performed incorrectly, too expensive, or all three.

Mississippi is thinking of bringing back the firing squad, like Utah has used up until recently as 2010.

Basically you give 5 proven marksmen rifles, four with live rounds and one with a blank. (The one blank provides what's known as the "diffusion of responsibility" and let's each marksman reasonably believe that he might not have fired the killing shot.)

You give the condemned person, restrained in a chair so he can't move, a hood and white shawl featuring a bright red heart over where his heart is as a high-visibility target. Then the shooters fire on command from 25 feet, or "can't miss", range. Death is immediate but it takes the doctor 30 seconds to walk in and confirm it so legally death takes 30 seconds.

There are insane citizens that support public hangings or the guillotine, and both do result in reliable, instantaneous death, but I doubt we'll be seeing those spectator events anywhere except Game of Thrones, which leaves us with the firing squad as the most humane, reliable, and cheap way to dispatch a dude who needs dispatching. IMHO.



Cali contemplates suicide


Stupid California liberals are poised to make their state the first with $15 minimum wage across the board.(Some suicidal cities have it, but no states currently do)

$15-MW is a win/win for liberals. Either they get to feel smug about "helping the poor" and receive lots of votes for it or, they enjoy the expanding welfare rolls as employers fire all but essential workers.......which also translates into democrat votes.

It's about votes, not helping the poor, always about votes.

iPhones, apparently now hackable

So the FBI finally got into the iPhone belonging to the dead San Bernardino shooter, with the help of a "third party", which probably means a pimply-faced, 17 year old, gamer who's forgotten more about hacking than the entire US government ever knew.
Here's how I imagine the converstation went down between Apple and the FBI:
FBI: Hey Apple, how's about helping us hack into your iPhone?
Apple: Um, no.
FBI: Hey Apple, we hacked your iPhone anyway so never mind
Apple: Hey FBI, how's about telling us how you did that?
FBI: Um, no.
Heh heh heh. I was on Apple's side, but that's still funny.