atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#6617: Hyperbolic hyperventilation

I have always mistrusted the ACLU. I was calling them the "American Communist Liberals' Union" in 1983. I feel vindicated by stories like the one I just linked.

You see, the ACLU extruded this:
BREAKING: We and partners have issued a travel advisory urging immigrants and people of color to use extreme caution when traveling in Florida.

The state is on the verge of passing a draconian anti-immigrant bill which will endanger our communities.
It then released a further warning:
The organization also released a statement in which it clarified it was warning "both Florida travelers and residents, especially Black, brown & Latinx communities, of the increased likelihood of racial profiling, unjust detention, and possible deportation if these anti-immigrant bills pass."
Can you guess what these "draconian anti-immigrant" bills say? I mean, based on what the ACLU is claiming, here, they must be pretty damned awful, right?

The bills merely "...prohibit sanctuary policies and require state, local, governmental and law enforcement agencies to help support federal immigration laws."

In other words, these bills simply require Florida to comply with existing federal law.

They don't enact any state-level restrictions. They don't emplace any state-level procedures or policies. All they do--all they do--is to require state officials to comply with the federal laws which are currently in force.

It used to be that someone employing this kind of horseshit would be laughed out of the public eye. And notice please that this is merely another resort to the same old last-ditch tactic the left employs whenever it's got nothing else: screaming "RACISS!" at the top of their lungs.

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I hope I remember to watch this. Falcon Heavy's first commercial flight--fingers crossed, everyone.

The Falcon Heavy made a rousing debut a little more than a year ago, launching from Florida and sending a cherry-red Tesla Roadster beyond the orbit of Mars. At the time, no one was quite sure how SpaceX would market the world's most powerful rocket, which did not seem to fit particularly well into any niche, especially after the company's own Falcon 9 rocket saw significant performance increases.

But in the 14 months since the large rocket's inaugural flight, Falcon Heavy has had a remarkable effect on the nation's space policy. In three key areas—national defense, science, and human exploration—the Falcon Heavy rocket has to some extent changed the discussion. As it turns out, the demand was there for a low-cost, heavy-lift booster.
Falcon Heavy is what I call a "Field of Dreams" platform: build it, and they will come.

There was no "niche" for Falcon Heavy because no one really had that kind of capacity. No one's going to build a spacecraft for a launcher that doesn't exist; you aren't going to spend a hundred million dollars building a satellite no one can put into orbit for you. "Look at our beautiful paperweight that we can't move out of the clean room. It's extremely expensive and will never fly! If only someone would build a rocket that can do it!" No.

But once the capacity is there to put up the payloads, the payloads will come.

Related, NASA goon says US can't get back to the Moon by itself. The hell we can't. Falcon Heavy has us 90% of the way there; it's the launcher which can get the vehicle to the Moon. We just need the vehicle itself. And guess what else SpaceX just tested recently...?

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That statement is literally correct. "There's no way we can do better without relying on hardware that's not located on Earth." Understand, that's an image of a black hole in a galaxy that's 55 million light-years away. There's no zoom lens; this image is it.

What we need is to put a radio telescope on the far side of the Moon, and then collect data from it and points on Earth, simultaneously. Even better, put radio telescopes in the Earth-Moon L3, L4, and L5 points. That'd give us a radio telescope aperture approximately 500,000 miles across, and the resolution would be spectacular.

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History is a lot more complex than our self-styled betters make it out to be. Complex, but also simple.

The post begins with the example of the Old West. Hollywood has shown us an image of it, but that image has been altered (to put it charitably) because the reality does not entertain. Shootouts, stagecoach and train robberies, harsh frontier justice--all that stuff makes for a smashing film, and because the purpose is entertainment that's all well and good...but anyone who looks at these shows and thinks, "This is what it was really like!" is (again, to put it charitably) wrong.
In the mining camps and on the open range, the six-gun seldom served as the arbiter of disputes. Instead, miners established rules in camp meetings, and cattlemen used their associations to carve up the range, round up their cattle, and enforce brand registration. Though not all attempts at dispute resolution succeeded, institutional entrepreneurs found ways to define and enforce property rights that created, rather than destroyed, wealth. In short, the West was really not so wild.
...but no one wants to watch a movie about cattlemen sitting at a negotiating table and discussing the placement of brands on cattle as part of today's agenda, after which the next item of business is the construction of a corral near the train station. Oh, and Pecos Bill has a motion he wants the committee to consider....

The reason being that these men were trying to earn a living.

One of the things I found most interesting about Deadwood was that it showed people trying to build. Al Swearingen is a bad guy--they make no bones about casting him as the villain--and at the beginning of the series, the town itself is orderly and peaceful but for Al Swearingen's machinations. But he nonetheless steps up to help the town when there's a smallpox epidemic, and has a hand in trying to get the region declared a territory of the US, actively working for that status for the Dakotas. But although that series is more true than most westerns, it's still something of a caricature.

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This is the comparison that the press will do its utmost to bury. "Worse than Watergate" is the comparison, and they'll try to bury it because it was perpetrated by a Democrat.

If proof is found that Obama did indeed use the FBI to spy on the Trump campaign--well, he can't be impeached for it (sorry to disappoint you Democrats who are promising to impeach Trump if you get elected President) but there are a great many politicians and government functionaries who would find their careers cut short after their roles in the thing were revealed.

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I do not deny that the climate is changing. Earth's climate changes all the time; it has not remained constant since the planet formed and it's always gotten warmer or cooler. It always changes.

The fact is, three million years ago, atmospheric CO2 was at 410 ppm--about what it is now-- and the average global temperature was seven degrees higher than it is now. Between then and now, several ice ages occurred. The Earth was warm; it cooled off, and warmed, and cooled, and warmed again. Many times.

There are people who want to wreck our civilization because they think that human CO2 emissions are going to cause "runaway global warming", but it's just not possible for that to happen. The Earth's annual carbon budget is ten times bigger than humanity's contribution to it, and the planet has been much warmer and much cooler than it is right now even with similar CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere. And we know that there were times when the atmosphere had four times as much CO2 in it as the present day atmosphere does. If "runaway global warming" were possible, it would already have happened.

What gets you labeled a "science denier" is when you contest (as I do) the idea that human emissions are a primary driver of climate change. The study referenced at that link demonstrates that it's not; while I don't say it's proof I do say it's a pretty good indication.

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Fun fantasy/RPG stuff.

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Madamoiselle Horseteeth sez climate change is causing illegal immigration. Then again she has a brain the size of a walnut.

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If you combine enough sine waves, you can make anything. The math involved will ruin your brain unless you really understand calculus, though.

When I was in college, taking Control Systems, I had some clue about this stuff, but not nearly enough.

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Useful photography information for noobs.

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Wednesday. Whee.

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