January 10th, 2020

#6989: ...and it's NASA saying this?

"In a galaxy 100 light-years away in the constellation Dorado," starts this bit about an exoplanet NASA found recently. "A galaxy"--I expect better than that from NASA. We're in the Milky Way galaxy. The next nearest galaxy to us is the Andromeda Galaxy and it's like 100,000 light years away.

Ah, well. It passed spell check!

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"This airplane is designed by clowns, who are in turn supervised by monkeys...." Boeing's 737MAX.
According to more than 100 pages of internal company communications (which were apparently withheld from the FAA during the certification process for the jet) Boeing employees could be heard mocking federal rules, openly discussing their deception of regulators, and joking about the MAX's potential flaws.
Well, that's just lovely, isn't it?

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How fitting that they picked Comic Sans for the font. "I survived World War 3 Jan 7, 2020-Jan 7, 2020." Heh.

"Once again, the Chicken Little chorus got everything all wrong. The sky isn't falling and Donald Trump pulled off a huge victory. Oh, and he’s still president."

Meanwhile, Ilhan Omar says she's got PTSD from the war with Iran. She claims that sanctions are a form of warfare, but she's just fine about emplacing sanctions on Israel because that's "very different".

Leftist, hypocrisy, blah blah blah, etcetera.

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Karl Denninger opines on the ludicrous House resolution against Trump being able to order air strikes.

He adds that he likes what's happened so far--and I agree with his assessment. A lot of people seem to have forgotten that Trump campaigned on bringing the troops home and ceasing our Forever War on Terrah (that's supposed to be "terror", said with a Texan accent softened by years in the Ivy League)(in other words, George W. Bush's voice). And it looks as if all of this is furthering that agenda.

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"The Obama administration was a great analog to the Federation. The people at the top spoke of lofty ideals, but really they were corrupt and cowardly, and they let an enemy without honor violate treaties without consequence." There's a lot wrong with the United Federation of Planets, and the only reason they every win anything stems from the writers of the various series making sure it ends up that way.

In reality, the UFP running itself like that--like the Obama administration, for example--would rapidly find itself losing members. I'd bet there would be plenty of alien races who'd say, "Look, you need to defend us from the Cardassians! They blew up two of our space stations!" And the UFP would say, "Well, we can't escalate the conflict, and we're having talks with them, blah blah blah" and the next thing you know there's another race that quits the UFP. "If you're not going to help us fight back, then we'll find someone who will!"

Heck, the Cardassians are treacherous enough that they'd probably be behind that group, you know?

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This describes in concrete terms something I've been thinking in inchoate terms for quite a while. China's economic expansion has been miraculous--too miraculous. The money has to come from somewhere, and if it appears out of thin air it's debt.

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Today was a dank and dreary day. Visibility was not more than half a mile and it was drizzling and overcast. Now it's raining; it's supposed to rain pretty steadily all night, then turn to ice and maybe snow.

Argh etc.

But! Its Friday, and I don't have to go anywhere, and tomorrow I can sleep as much as I want. Whee!