stuff that’s hard to do (cont’d cont’d)

Atlas-V / Centaur / GPS launch yesterday

~ vid ~
Yeah, now that’s how it’s s’post‘a work.
Reckon ‘em new Russian engines are better’n ‘em old Soviet-era ones.
Now, wait for confirmation of a good orbit, then it’s off for some pizza an’ beer.

(What? Well, because it’s nice to think folks might better appreciate all the money and effort that went into displaying that little blip on their car’s GPS screen or landing in the fog on the way to Grandma’s … or guiding ordnance into some scumbag’s bomb factory.)

Vrigin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane exploded and crashed during a test flight on Friday, killing one crew member and seriously injuring another …. [more]

Soylent Lilliputian

Nachos, wings, chips and cheesesteaks oh my!

…After Wednesday’s chicken wings, on Thursday Obama’s daughters can get a Cuban sandwich….

…Next week, students at Sidwell Friends can enjoy Philly Cheese Steaks; and they will have meatball submarines the following week. Veterans Day is not a holiday at Sidwell Friends, and beef nachos are on the menu. Nachos, wings, chips and cheesesteaks – lunch fare most American kids can only dream about now…

ToDaZeD Iron

Final Solution-ette Edition

I often muse about all the things that we’d need to change about patriarchy if we abolished men’s rule over women and the earth.

… I dream for concrete, down-to-earth, simple and easily applicable measures of stepping out of patriarchy into a female-loving, biophilic world.

OK. Now we know who we’re dealing with.
yeah, I know… but sometimes I have ZERO point-’n’-larff self control

This poooor woman is under the impression she is “ruled over by men.” So, instead of just becoming independent, she has …other “solutions” in mind.

Before we do anything, the very first measure to adopt is to take all men out of all positions of decision-making immediately, and actually out of any kind of social, professional position whatsoever.

Major serial killers, serial torturers, pimps, pornographers, severe domestic abusers, serial rapists, genocide planners, biocide planners and pedocriminals across the world will simply be euthanised: the decisions will be taken by women in a mass world tribunal for patriarchal crimes. This is by far the best solution, and is the most legitimate, ethical way of reducing male population to more reasonable levels. Such men would otherwise forever pose a threat to women, children, animals, the earth and society as a whole, and we know they have no chance of ceasing their violent behaviour after having reached such an advanced stage of sadism and sociopathy. It would be reckless to spend space, resources and energy in keeping them alive in prisons.


But that is the natural and logical conslusion to the #panikkk!1! about the “Rape Culture” on campus [campii?]. MIT did a big study about “sexual assault” on campus, but they muddied the terms.

among undergraduates who replied to a survey, at least 17 per cent of women and 5 per cent of men said they had been sexually assaulted

…Activists against sexual assault have argued that such campus “climate” surveys are crucial to exposing the extent of the problem, and such surveys were among the steps proposed this year by both a White House task force and a bipartisan group of senators.

The Obligatory Disclaimer: of f’n course I am against rape, assault of any kind, on any one, and creepy behavior in general — on a campus or otherwise. m’kay?

But when the terms are broadened and any kind of slightly risque conversation is called “sexual assault”, it stretches the bounds of credulity and makes the actual crime less significant.

The definition of “Sexual Harassment” is now so vague that dang near any behavior meant to be simply complimentary is included.

There was a similar result on sexual harassment. Among undergraduate respondents, large majorities of men and women said they had heard sexist remarks and inappropriate comments about people’s bodies; more than one-third said someone had uttered crude sexual remarks to them directly; nearly as many had been subjected to people’s tales of sexual exploits; and a smaller number had received offensive digital messages [I think they mean txting type “digital” - not, yanno, *digital*digital]. About one woman in six said someone had repeatedly asked her for a date, even after being refused.

Anyone out there make a fella ask more than once for a date? Any fellas have to work to get the attention of their dream gal?

Hearing “Nice rack, Baby” is NOT the same as being physically assaulted. It should not be treated the same. It should not be counted the same. And to even attempt to put them in the same category is infantalizing and insulting [to everyone], hysterical [meant in the most non-feminista way possible] and trivializing to the actual crime of rape.

Hearing about someone’s Big Conquest, or “Dayum, she got some junk inna trunk” is not a life-changing experience. In fact, unless one is a completely incoherent, jelly-tender, childlike veal calf of a proto-human, a simple “STFU” or “You wish” will quell the commentary post haste.

To equate such “oafish hookup melodramas* with actual physical assault is damned near as harmful as the “boys will be boys” response much cited by the feministas but never actually observed among decent people in the wild.

Here’s a video produced [to promote donations] by an outfit called “Hollaback!” – a nonprofit dedicated to ending street harassment. Apparently, a woman dressed in an everyday outfit of jeans and tshirt walked the streets of NYC with a hidden video for 10 hours to record the harassment she received from strangers. Here is the 1:56 Greatest Hits — the best worst examples of harassment she could find:

OR *clicky*clicky*

Maybe she was having an off day…

What I notice is that there’s no honkey-crakah boyz on her Greatest Hits list. Odd, that.

What I also notice, the most obscene or off-color remark is “Dayum.” Everything else is non-obscene and complimentary. Even a few “God Bless You” thrown in for good measure.

No grabbing. No touching. No lurching toward. Irritating? Maybe/Yes. Threatening? I don’t see it.

The one thing this gal did not do in her 10 hour walk is Holla back at her “assaulters“. Interesting, that…

I would have felt a tad under-valued at the $1,000 remark. “Is that all you see?!? You bettah check again, son.”

And the creepy guy walking “with” her? Yeah – creepy. If she wasn’t making a vid, ducking into a store or a quick change of direction would have put a stop to that. But she was making a vid; a vid with a point. “This is horrifying!!1! Give us $$$$ and we’ll campaign to stop it!!”

Yeah. Good luck with that. You may gather serious funds from the soft-heads with that, but stamping out that behavior? Nevah. Gonna. Happen. and from the evidence in that vid, likely raaaacist, into the bargain.

whereas DougM gets a kitty

~ ( * ) ~

There is no “Why” in Progistan

But they looked really scawwwwy

Two high school students in Taunton (MA) have been suspended after they posted a photo of themselves holding Airsoft rifles. Thousands of people have leapt to their defense online, but their school isn’t backing down.

Progressive busybodies apparently go into Full Ballistic Panic Mode™ at a picture of air rifles.

“These students know what is provocative,” Superintendent Dr. Richard Gross said. “To tie that to one of our school events kind of puts it over the top which brings us into it.”

Students posing with non-lethal weapons on Facebook present a clear and present threat to life and limb. Or something.

Dr. Gross says police would have cancelled the homecoming dance if they had known about the Facebook post on Friday.

After all, it’s all fun and games until someone puts an eye out.

stuff that’s hard to do (cont’d)

Ouch! Looks like this is gonna require some rocket surgery.

~ vid ~

Tuesday, NASA attempted the launch of the Antares rocket in Wallops Island, VA. It ended with a massive explosion. The rocket was an unmanned supply ship bound for the International Space Station and reportedly no one on the ground was injured. [story & better vid]

Back in the ’70s, I was involved in over two-dozen Titan-III satellite launches, but none of ‘em blew up in our faces like this. I was also on a number of failure boards (including a couple other programs’ failures); but those all occurred after being released from their boosters well down-range, so we had no film or video to look at.

Offhand, it looks like an Antares stage-1 engine structural failure.
(That’s baaad, m’kay?)

Man, this is gonna leave the launch pad in a mess, too.
I hope those guys up in the ISS aren’t short of toilet paper.
It’s gonna be a while.

(What? Well, that’s why we prayed for ‘em to, not matter what, make it past the beach. Then it was the Coast Guard’s problem)
Historical ref
More videos of the Antares failure

free dog


 photo pants-up-dont-loot_zps6abc0005.jpg


Fancy Name for Theft

”civil asset forfeiture”

ARNOLDS PARK, Iowa — For almost 40 years, Carole Hinders has dished out Mexican specialties at her modest cash-only restaurant. For just as long, she deposited the earnings at a small bank branch a block away — until last year, when two tax agents knocked on her door and informed her that they had seized her checking account, almost $33,000.


The Internal Revenue Service agents did not accuse Ms. Hinders of money laundering or cheating on her taxes — in fact, she has not been charged with any crime. Instead, the money was seized solely because she had deposited less than $10,000 at a time, which they viewed as an attempt to avoid triggering a required government report.

Or she didn’t make $10,000 to deposit…

The government can take the money without ever filing a criminal complaint, and the owners are left to prove they are innocent. Many give up.

…the I.R.S., which made 639 seizures in 2012, up from 114 in 2005. Only one in five was prosecuted as a criminal structuring case.

The whole thing is worth a read for other examples of whom they “caught” doing perfectly legal things with their own after-tax dollars.

How can WE The People stop this over-reach?!?

On Thursday, in response to questions from The New York Times, the I.R.S. announced that it would curtail the practice, focusing instead on cases where the money is believed to have been acquired illegally or seizure is deemed justified by “exceptional circumstances.”


“Reminds »

One morning a husband returns after several hours of fishing at a camp site and decides to take a nap.

Although not familiar with the lake, the wife decides to take the boat out. She motors out a short distance, anchors, and reads her book.

Along comes a Game Warden in his boat. He pulls up alongside the woman and says, “Good morning, Ma’am, what are you doing?”

“Reading a book,” she replies, (thinking, “Isn’t that obvious?”)

“You’re in a Restricted Fishing Area,” he informs her.

“I’m sorry, officer, but I’m not fishing, I’m reading.”

“Yes, but you have all the equipment, for all I know you could start at any moment, I’ll have to take you in and write you up.”

“For reading a book?” she replies.

“You’re in a Restricted Fishing Area,” he informs her again.

“I’m sorry, officer, but I’m not fishing, I’m reading.”

“Yes, but you have all the equipment, for all I know you could start at any moment, I’ll have to take you in and write you up.”

“If you do that, I’ll have to charge you with sexual assault,” says the woman.

“But I haven’t even touched you,” says the Game Warden.

“That’s true, but you have all the equipment. For all I know, you could start at any moment.”

“Have a nice day, ma’am,” and he left.


Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist…

Always on the prowl to ensure everyone’s civil liberties get unionized, the ACLU has determined that targeted Internet ads are racist and threaten Equality™ on teh Interwebz.

Because decisions about which advertisements to display are in some cases based on data about race or factors closely linked to race, we are in danger of segregating the consumer experience on the Web…”

Certainly a Fairness™ issue for the ages. People who like to buy different things get targeted for ads to buy different things. How dare those racist KKKorporations not advertise crochet sets and cat scratching posts to people who follow 50 Cent on Twitter! We must stamp out the scourge of Internet Ad Inequality now! This exacerbation of White Privilege via the micro-aggressions of segregated ads subtly presented to us by Google and AdChoices cannot be tolerated.

No Popups, No Peace!


Cultural Ref