Friday
Jan262018

The Sword of Damocles

Hung by an ass's hair, sharply pointing down, held above the heads of those that rule...  Mueller?

Metaphorically, any democracy governed without unity or clear majority, probably has or needs danglers.

Thursday
Jan252018

Slightly Used Sputnik

The White House has suggested Nasa need to do more.  And with that goal in mind they seem to be floating the idea of ending ISS (international space station) support by 2025 in order to restructure Nasa's budget priorities in a way that liquidates 2.08 billion a year.       

I can't say I'm in love with the idea.  Minus US support that turns the ISS into what, a new sputnik?  The US, at present, barely has human survivable orbital rocketry, apologies Tesla, the future isn't quite here yet and your track record proves it.  (MAR 20 2018 UPDATE:  Falcon rockets are beautiful +15 points and powerful +15 points, but you didn't land all 3 stages (-5 points) and didn't hit your indended orbit -25 points.  And what a show +1 points.  So all total, thats +1 step forward at least.  Oh, I hasten to include I'm not the Dustan Doud that works for SpaceX- such a common name - there are so many of us - nope I'm totally some other guy.)

The notion that we can build a moon base for somewhere around 16 billion dollars liquidated from an international pledged treaty in support of the ISS seems like a long con or recklessly numb skulled.  Sure that kind of money will buy seventy KC46 Boeing Pegasus jet fighters, but they won't be flying to the moon or setting up a base there. 

The White House has suggested Nasa need to do more.  And with that goal in mind they seem to be floating the idea of ending ISS (international space station) support by 2025 in order to restructure Nasa's budget priorities in a way that liquidates 2.08 billion a year.       

I can't say I'm in love with the idea.  Minus US support that turns the ISS into what, a new sputnik?  The US, at present, barely has human survivable orbital rocketry, apologies Tesla, the future isn't quite here yet and your track record proves it.  

The notion that we can build a moon base for somewhere around 16 billion dollars liquidated from an international pledged treaty in support of the ISS seems like a long con or recklessly numb skulled.  Sure that kind of money will buy seventy KC46 Boeing Pegasus jet fighters, but they won't be flying to the moon.  

I estimate a cost of 3 billion dolars just for fuel to get two cargo containers (say filled with a robotic crane/arm/scoop, solar panels and dump-truck-dozer-forklift and regolith solar sinter brick maker) landed on the moon.  If a human base is going to be bigger than two cargo containers, the crane will be needed to start piling up & solar sintering regolith and moving/attaching/burying additional landed cargo containers... although a entirely robotic base could do without meter thick solar flare shielding well enough.  

The true cost of a lunar base reminds one of the cost of landing colonies in America circa 1500.  The US isn't going to win a 2020's lunar colonial land grab by playing mister miser.  

Friday
Dec082017

On The Bus to America's Future

I think terrible metaphors are a fun thing.  

So if you are an American, welcome aboard.  Please take your seat next to all the other citizens riding the bus.  Why yes little girl, the bus does have a name, it is called the "US Economy."   You'll notice we've had a bit of a problem with the bus - it was going too slowly.  So our congressional mechanics removed that pesky steering wheel and wedged it against the gas petal.  No- I've been assured absolutely nothing will go wrong.  

Now, little girl, please take a seat at the back of the bus.  The front seats are reserved for households making more than $75,000 per year in income... maybe a few thousand less if you live in a Red state or a few thousand more  if you live in a Blue state - because on average Red states don't push the bus forward as much as blue states do so we need to penalize the blue states to make it more fair for the nice Red states so maybe someday they can eventually contribute more and make the bus go faster.  What little girl, that doesn't make any sense, yes it does it called political retribution.  Why, yes, again I've been assured this is a fine and wonderful thing, and of course hobbling the blue states will make the bus go faster.

Out the back windows of the bus you may notice the bus is dragging a bunch of odd things- even a huge honey wagon filled with debt, wars and junk.  Why yes, there are demons out there aggressively shoveling on more debt, but not to worry, this is normal and I'm told that as we pick up speed they won't be able to keep filling that titanic honey wagon dragging along behind us by a length of chain.  

"Caviar, fine wine and health care is now being served"  Oh, no, not to you little girl.  We would be going so so much faster now, but 62 percent of the money we burn to make the bus move goes to the one bus driver, and without out it driver couldn't have caviar and wine.    Why you ask does the bus driver get 62% of all the money?  Tut tut.  So full of a foolish questions you ask.  To work the bus breaks of course!  And they get to decide how much everyone else pays to push the bus - and they see fit to use your pittance rather than burn their own.  Don't worry about them pushing down the breaks, they would never do that, because that would slow the bus down.  Not to worry.  Isn't all this such a clever and special way to make the bus go even faster?

What little girl, the bus didn't let you off at your stop, "The American Dream?"  Well that's because the bus is picking up speed and only a few of the people in the front of the bus were able to jump out the door as we drove by.  And certainly nobody is willing to push the break- that big honeywagon of shit will keep rolling toward us if we stop after all.  Where is the bus headed now?  Nobody really knows- to a happy prosperous short term future I think.   And beyond that forests and mountains and cliffs and oceans.  And as we drive and drive along, happy at top speed, with that big slushy unstoppable wagon bouncing behind us with no steering wheel towards a great many obstacles....  

Everything will be fine.  Just fine.  That's what they tell me. Not to worry.

Friday
Nov102017

Veteran's Day

To those serving in active duty:  You are amazing!  Hearty thanks for your ongoing service to our nation  Really I mean it, not an easy job and you have earned so many thanks and made hard sacrifices.  Stop by, i’ll serve any active service members a free cappuccino as long as I have beans, cups, milk and water in my house.   Really, I can’t thank active service members enough.  I really feel like I should be doing more to support your ongoing efforts.  Tell me where to ship some cookies   Even if Veteran's day isn't usually about active service members, I'm still praying for you.  God bless you all.

Oh- and Veterans:   Thank you for once serving our country!   A Sincere Happy Veterans Day to you.

 

Monday
Oct022017

Is Terrorism a Side Effect of Intensely Divisive Politics?

This morning, my heart goes out to Las Vegas.

Winston Churchill said “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.”  Democracy might well be the best humanity can hope for in government, but that doesn’t mean democracy is impervious to attack.  Why would Russia buy adds on Facebook that seem highly divisive in order to reach 25 million voters more than once each?  I'm guessing it wasn't about law and order or peace and stability.  These early hours into this horror have the internet buzzing with morphing notions of who Steve Craig Paddock was, many of which repulsively reveal fringe America's hates and fears.  I don't know a thing about Paddock at this early hour, nor do most Americans, and the response appears to be a toxic reveal of prejudice.  With  my own fears on display here as well.

Increasingly divided politics, increasingly divided people, chasms of rhetoric, more misinformation and online fantasy news worlds that isolate rather than unite; these things do not encourage a healthy democracy.   

And then, perhaps, there is a tragic response to the stimulus that is incomprehensible to anyone not participating in that particular brand of feedback loop hive mind fart fantasy world.  

Right now it is too early to tell if the Las Vegas mass shooting had anything to do with anything.  It leaves questions: Is this how a calculating psychopath commits suicide?  How can one formulate an effective response without moving toward a police state?   Does anyone else feel dirtily manipulated from pulling up fake images and fake bio’s of Paddock before the reality slowly was revealed?

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