Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Ted Cruz - Tea Partier - Wins in Texas

Fantastic News.

Rather than link a given site, I'd rather let you pick your own site to support with the click. Click the following line. 

Ted Cruz's dad escaped Cuba in the mid 1900's and started a business here in the US.  He knows what oppressive government is all about.  He knows what Capitalism is all about.   I believe this guy is a real deal.

And I'll bet the dems are soiling their underwear  yet again.
Very optimistic for November.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Largest, Hottest, Most Massive Stars Known

Click the picture to go to the APOD site and read a description, then click again a couple times to get the larger version.  Ooh, pretty.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

I Want My Universe Back !!!

How in the *&#@^%* did we end up with a person in the White House who is a Racist, anti-American, Marxist, Communist, Socialist Imbecile who can't string a sentence together without a teleprompter ?

Someone who has never worked an honest day in their life. Who is so racist and is and was surrounded by black theologists and Marxist revolutionaries that even if he was exposed to the good of America, he would have rejected it off hand if he even bothered listening.

Ditto his wife.

How did that happen.  Rhetorical question but feel free to spew.

Monday, July 23, 2012

The Colorado Theater Mass Murderer

He's insane. He was willing to kill young and old, man and woman to get as much attention as the media will give him. Which will be a lot because they're starved for things to talk about as they always are. 

That's it. That's all. That's all there is. 

Somehow I think the media secretly enjoys these events. "Finally...they have something to talk about". In my opinion, there is something about the Roman gladiator events that is inside most people. They can't shake it. They swarm over events like this. I'm not saying that's wrong or a bad thing, but I think it's going to be way over-discussed and over-analyzed. It already is in fact.

 I think evil like this shouldn't get as much attention as it gets, because it fuels the next POS that comes along.  I think it should get as little attention as possible.

Friday, July 20, 2012

1969 - Last Best Year for Living In America

Not for everyone of course, but for most of us this was the end of the era where America's Greatest Generation got back from kicking the world's ass in WWII, were living well, growing families, and raising us kids as patriotic Americans, well informed as to why America was the greatest country in the world.

Just briefly, here is part of why I say 1969 was that last year of the America I knew.

1970 started the government take-over of the Auto Industry by way of safety and environmental regulations and lays claim to the following notable events I ripped from Wikipedia

January 14Diana Ross & The Supremes perform their farewell live concert together
April 1 - American Motors Corporation introduces the Gremlin.
April 10Paul McCartney announces that the Beatles have disbanded
April 17 - Apollo 13 (Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, Jack Swigert) is launched toward the Moon. The spacecraft is damaged by an explosion of an oxygen tank and has to return without stopping at the moon.
April 22 – The first Earth Day is celebrated in the U.S.
May 1 - President Richard NixonVietnam War, sparking nationwide riots and leading to the Kent State Shootings on May 4.
September 10 - Chevrolet Vega is introduced.
September 11 - The Ford Pinto is introduced.
September 18 - Jimi Hendrix dies in London of drug related complications.
October 4 - Rock and blues singer Janis Joplin dies in her hotel room in Los Angeles, from an overdose of heroin.
November 3 - Democrats sweep the U.S. Congressional midterm elections;Jimmy Carter is elected governor of Georgia.
- No one of particular interest was born in 1970.
The one event that lead to the destruction of America?  Jimmy Carter's ascension into politics.   Ole Jimmy created the Dept of Education which turned public schools into non-patriotic, non-capitalist supporting communist indoctrination centers. Also gifted to us was the Dept of Energy which, in concert with the EPA, has seen to it that America remains heavily dependent on foreign sources of energy, mainly oil.  That this is diametrically opposed to its mandate is a given for any federally created or funded  department.

Enough of that.  Let's start celebrating 1969.

For as long as mankind could see the moon he wanted to walk on it.  Take this Chinese Gentleman, Wan Hu, circa 1500 and change...

This dude must have dreamed of walking on the moon most of his life.  He made a plan and executed it.  Unfortunately, science wasn't far enough along to allow him to come up with a good plan. Things didn't go well.  From Wikipedia -

"Early in the sixteenth century, Wan decided to take advantage of China's advanced rocket and fireworks technology to launch himself into outer space. He supposedly had a chair built with forty-seven rockets attached. On the day of lift-off, Wan, splendidly attired, climbed into his rocket chair and forty seven servants lit the fuses and then hastily ran for cover. There was a huge explosion. When the smoke cleared, Wan and the chair were gone, and was said never to have been seen again."

Bye Wan. At least you tried and as a result you contributed something to the effort.

Later in the process was a gentleman who contributed Greatly to the process.  Can you guess?

It was Jules Verne.   Jules Verne, giving consideration to where to best attempt a moon shot given the Earth's rotation and with respect to the inhabitants of Earth, decided on almost the exact spot where the Apollo missions would launch.  His vehicle of choice was in fact a large hollow bullet that Astronauts would inhabit and would be shot from a barrel, with consideration given and mechanical effects applied so as to not kill the persons aboard.

After deciding the place for the launch (Stone's Hill in "Tampa Town", Florida; predating Kennedy Space Center'splacement in Florida by almost 100 years; Verne gives the exact position as 27°7' northern latitude and 5°7' western longitude.
Verne's analysis resulted in the following correct predictions:
  • The United States would launch the first manned vehicle to circumnavigate the moon.
  • The cost of the program would be $5,446,675 US dollars in 1865 (equivalent to $ 12.112 billion US dollars in 1969; Apollo cost $ 14.405 billion dollars up to the Apollo 8 circumnavigation mission).
  • The circumlunar spacecraft would have a crew of three. The names of the crew were Ardan, Barbicane, and Nicholl (Anders, Borman and Lovell on Apollo 8; Aldrin, Armstrong, Collins on Apollo 11).
  • The circumlunar spacecraft would be built predominately of aluminum and have a mass of 19,250 pounds (empty mass of the predominately aluminum Apollo 8 circumlunar spacecraft was 26,275 pounds).
  • The cannon used to launch the spacecraft was called a Columbiad. The Apollo 11 command module was named Columbia.
  • After considering 12 sites in Texas and Florida, Stone Hill, south of Tampa, Florida is selected in Verne's novel. One hundred years later NASA considered 7 launch sites and selecting Merritt Island, Florida. In both cases Brownsville, Texas was rejected as a site; politics played a major role in the site selection; and site criteria included a latitude below 28 degrees north and good access to the sea.
  • Verne's spacecraft was launched in December, from latitude 27 deg 7 min North, 82 deg 9 min West Longitude. After a journey of 242 hours 31 minutes, including 48 hours in lunar orbit, the spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 20 deg 7 min North, 118 deg 39 min West, and was recovered by the US Navy vessel Susquehanna.
    The crew of Apollo 8 was launched in December 100 years later, from latitude 28 deg 27 min North, longitude 80 deg 36 min W (132 miles / 213 km from Verne's site). After a journey of 147 hours 1 minute, including 20 hours 10 minutes in lunar orbit. The spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean (8 deg 10 min North, 165 deg 00 min West) and was recovered by the US Navy vessel Hornet.
The crew of Apollo 11 had this to say whilst returning to Earth.
During their return journey from the moon, the crew of Apollo 11 made reference to Jules Verne's book during a TV broadcast on July 23.[4] The mission's commander, astronaut Neil Armstrong, said, "A hundred years ago, Jules Verne wrote a book about a voyage to the Moon. His spaceship, Columbia [sic], took off from Florida and landed in the Pacific Ocean after completing a trip to the Moon. It seems appropriate to us to share with you some of the reflections of the crew as the modern-day Columbia completes its rendezvous with the planet Earth and the same Pacific Ocean tomorrow."
Neil Armstrong narrates the Apollo Mission Here

Note Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.  Great stuff that I guarantee you haven't seen before in terms of this personal interview

Hope you enjoyed it. Did I mention it happened on July 20?

Sunday, July 15, 2012

That Gold You Have Came From Colliding Neutron Stars

Then was delivered to Earth after it's formation by comets, meteors, and asteroids. How Romantic eh?  

Diamonds are created right here on Earth through the pressure and heat inside the Earth, then brought to the surface by Kimberlite pipes, which is impressive, but not nearly as romantic and sexy as something created in the intimate merging of a couple Neutron Stars.

Plus, it's unlikely we're going to get any more gold delivered since the heavy comet, meteor, and asteroid bombardment phase is well behind us by a few billion years. Plus, the asteroids that do happen by are little more than loose collections of dust and rocks, no doubt picked clean by Alien species.

Your new bride should be clamoring for Gold, not Diamonds. And incredibly, it's even less expensive.

Click the image for the whole story.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

It's Time to Build Thorium/Molten Salt Reactors

Completely safe.  Incredibly inexpensive. Reactor consumes 99% of its fuel.

We built one in the 1960's and didn't proceed because the fuel could not be used to make weapons.

Here is the shortest, most informative video I could find.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

There is Nothing Wrong With Being Prepared

I read stuff like this all the time but this time I have to post it because it is such a good read, and it does ring true based on myriad volumes of related stuff I've read over the last 4 years or so since the wheels came off the wagon.

A couple of excerpts to whet your whistle......

The fact is that economies are slowly melting down.  The problem is excessive debt in almost every corner of the world.  The only way to deal with the debt is through aggressive growth, but fabricating growth through more debt won’t work.  The idea that you can get the economy to move forward by creating even more debt just doesn’t wash.
I think it’s cognitive dissonance.  When confronted with something that’s really unpleasant, and to which there’s no easy solution, the average person will basically block it out and look for somebody to tell them that everything is fine.  The mainstream news media and the government are doing that as we speak.  Consequently, the average person doesn’t have a chance of understanding what’s going on.  The man in the street doesn’t have a clue what’s coming.

I think living standards of most people in the world, particularly in the West are going to decline precipitously.  The Federal Reserve recently reported that the net worth of the median American family has fallen nearly 40% since 2007 after adjusting for inflation.  Before this all plays out, I think the percentages are going to be far larger.

The title of the article doesn't do it justice.  To me, it's not about Gold, it's more about describing that we are in a global financial situation where no one has any ability to re-route this quadrillion ton freight train.  It's a big machine in a state of crashing in super slow motion and Bernanke, nor the Socialists in Europe have a chance in hell of making the crash go away.  The best they can do is throw money around and make it appear as if everything is gonna be Ok.  I don't believe it is.  I'm not an alarmist and do not by nature believe in alarmist anything but I think the train is too big this time.  

It never hurts to keep your eyes and ears open with a bent toward capital preservation and self-protection eh Monsieur and Mademoiselle?