Monday, April 20, 2015

ANOTHER 'WIN' FOR THE FORCES OF DARKNESS? Hawaii telescope builders again extend construction timeout.
HUGH HEWETT: Where the West begins. Where dependence ends...
FCC'S NET NEUTRALITY RULES open door to new fee on internet service. And you thought 'net neutrality' was just about 'neutrality'?
WASHINGTON EXAMINER: New voices on the conservative scene. The times, they are a-changin'. For the better, I hope.
FINALLY: a clear explanation of why the Left loves the death tax.
The Left loves the death tax not because it’s good policy, but because they want to stick it to both capitalism and perceived capitalists.
Translation: They hate success and the successful; they want everyone to be as impoverished, morally and financially, as they.

Read the whole thing.
YOU HAVE TO ASK: Where did the 'we are not complete loons' party go?
TO BE PRESIDENT? What does Carly Fiorina really want?
HOW LONG UNTIL INDIVIDUAL SAMPLING? Smart sewers will reveal what’s in Cambridge citizens' guts.
PAYBACK'S A BITCH: If the President can ignore the law, so should I....

It's called 'punching back twice as hard'.
SHOWDOWN WITH IRAN? US aircraft carrier sent to block Iranian shipments to Yemen. Has the President finally found his balls? Or is this just another red line (in the sea rather than in the desert)?
POPULAR SCIENCE: Where to achieve radio silence. I'm reminded of Robert A. Heinlein's Red Planet (1949), where one of the major characters always wore 'lead underwear' because of a concern with health effects of low-level radiation. Was he prescient?
MICHAEL BARONE: Was 2007 a flexion point, when everything started going downhill? Keep this in mind: the Democrats won both houses of Congress in 2006 and the Presidency in 2008; until 2014 they held at least one house of Congress and the Presidency; and until 2016 they will continue to hold the Presidency.

Do you see any pattern there?
INSTAPUNDIT: "the real point of immigration is to bring in a generation of docile Democratic voters." Yes.
THE NEW PRO-LIFE LITMUS TEST: ban abortion after 20 weeks.

I know this is a big issue for social conservatives, but if I were a Republican presidential candate, my message would be for them to calm down, quiet down, quit goading the Liberals. The increasing use of modern technology (the ultrasound) has already won the debate for them.

Now it's time for social conservatives to move on to something equally important -- encouraging adoption. Adoption agencies, particularly those who are religiously-oriented, are in need of their help.
AS IF WE DIDN'T ALREADY KNOW: Gyrocopter stunt shows government incompetence.

Read it all.
AVIATION WEEK: Close, very close, but no cigar.


A VARIATION ON THE 'FEATURE, NOT A BUG' PRINCIPLE: Philadelphia VA official promoted just hours after Inspector General said his department manipulated data.
NASA’S DAWN SPACECRAFT sends back stunning new picture of Ceres after a month on the dark side. (Of Ceres, not the force.)
A MODEST PROPOSAL: A better health insurance exchange model for the private and public sectors. Hint: it's not government funded, operated, or controlled.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

NASA’S MULTI-UTILITY TECHNOLOGY TESTBED (MUTT) drone looks like an airplane crossed with a stingray, and will test how 'wobbly parts' (i.e., flexible wings) work on aircraft.


It looks 'mean enough' that we should arm it and send it out to hunt terrorists....