Neil deGrasse Tyson does Edward Snowden?

For whatever reason, Neil deGrasse Tyson wanted traitor-turned-Russian-outcast Edward Snowden’s opinions on some topics.  The best I can tell all we got was meaningless blather that with encryption alien worlds may never be discovered.  I think that’s pretty stupid actually.  There’s a LOT of communications that are most desirably unencrypted being as you really, really, want to get you message out there.  Kinda like he did for example, except if it was a sincere message, they wouldn’t charge for it.

I like Neil fine, but him discussing science with people of less than questionable values just cheapens his status.  Seriously, why would anyone care about Snowden’s views of extra-terrestrial life?  Even on his podcast, look at the comments.  No one is the least bit concerned about the alien discussion, it’s all about what Snowden did.  The science was completely dismissed and cheapened.

Don’t do that any more Neil.  Talk to stars who have a brain that most people look up to.

Martin O’Malley blames climate change for the rise of ISIS?

“One of the things that preceded the failure of the nation-state of Syria, the rise of ISIS, was the effect of climate change and the mega-drought that affected that region, wiped out farmers, drove people to cities, created a humanitarian crisis [that] created the … conditions of extreme poverty that has led now to the rise of ISIL and this extreme violence,”

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OK, so let’s go with this.  Let’s let him have his point.  Let’s say the mega-drought did create a humanitarian crisis and lead to violence and all that.  That’s simple logic after all.  When you have to live in cities, you want to cut off other people’s heads.  Happens all the time.  The PROBLEM I have with O’Malley merging every politically correct theory together as one is that this is what Syria has looked like since at LEAST the first century when Bedouin tribes started living there:


OK, how exactly did climate change make that worse?  Who do you suppose was farming there in the last couple of thousand years?  Given that ISIS has sprung to existence within the last decade, are we REALLY supposed to believe it was any better than this a decade ago?

Clue here, O’Malley is an idiot.

Climate change has nothing to do with Islamic terrorism.  Nada.  Islam has everything to do with Islamic terrorism.  Obama is terrified to admit that, O’Malley apparently is as well.  You can not blame everything that is wrong with the world on some generic guess that is global warming.  Most of the Middle East and North Africa have been deserts for tens of thousands of years.  Omar Shariff was prancing around those deserts at the ascent of movie making before O’Malley was even born.

Now, while you’re watching Omar Shariff in the desert, I’d love nothing more than to sit down with O’Malley during this movie and have him explain to me, in great detail, how a mega-drought in a desert would cause someone to cut people’s heads off while praising Allah.

And more importantly, does he really think, as President of the United States of America, that pissing in the desert will stop ISIS from killing non-Muslims?

We need a President that understands what the problem really is and addresses it in that manner.  Haughty political correctness is getting innocent people killed.

That Russian Progress Issue, Part 2

Last month, almost to the day, I posted a really neat video of a Russian Progress launch gone awry.  Today we get this headline:

International Space Station shifts orbit position after glitch, Russians say

A glitch at the International Space Station on Tuesday caused its position in orbit to change, but the crew was not in danger, the Russian space agency said.

Roscosmos said the engines of a Soyuz spacecraft docked at the station unexpectedly started during testing of the radio system that controls the docking procedure……

I’m curious what the chances are the two situations are related?  Russia seems to have a problem with premature ignitions.


National Air Conditioning Initiative

( From June 6, 2007 on )

From The Onion ( of course ):

“Climate change is real and it demands a real solution,” Bush said. “Therefore, I am committed to dedicating all of the technology, all of the brainpower, and all of the resources we need in order to keep America cool and comfortable well into the 21st century.”

I have as much faith in this as I do the carbon sniffer thingy that’s supposed to suck all the bad greenhouse gases out of the air and dump it in the ground like nuclear energy.

However, I am wise enough to know one’s a joke, and one’s not. Tell me what you think.

Which will work better to solve man-made global warming?

Best I can tell, eight years later, there still is no winner of the carbon sniffer competition.  But several of the finalists truly are promoting carbon sniffers.

Is Man-Made Global Warming a serious problem?

Houston’s first flash flood?

Was watching CNN’s coverage of the Texas floods this weekend with someone else, who’s a little more liberal than I am.  They ran a blurb basically with this headline:

Houston Issues First Ever Flash Flood Warning

There, you have it, yet another nail in the global warming square-Earth haters.  Never ever in the history of the world has Houston had to issue a flash flood warning.  Ever.  Implication made, it’s never rained like this in Houston.

I immediately did a “huh?”.

It floods all the flipping time in Houston.  It’s perfectly flat.  It doesn’t take much rain to flood a perfectly flat place.

Chron has a 53 slide presentation of historical Houston area floods.  That’s 53 slides.  This, according to the NOAA, is the wettest May going all the way back to 2008.  It’s beat that record tho.  One of the greatest US disasters was the Galveston flood of 1900 that killed anywhere from 6,000 to 12,000.

Galveston is less than an hour from Houston.

The reality here is that the rains in Houston are not that unusual.  When it rains there, it pours.  And about every decade or so, you’ll have floods.  Some worse than others.  A city officially declaring a flash flood warning has absolutely no relevance to the amount of rain that part of Texas gets.



Reality is just a thought?

This has been all over the net for years.  I still love it tho:

In the article Scientists Claim the Universe is a Giant Brain, they rely on a whole bunch of circumstantial evidence that the universe, as we know it, is actually a huge brain.  Well, a lot of stuff in the universe does look like brain stuff.  But, a lot of it looks like sand and dirt as well.  Hard to go terribly far with that concept.  But, it’s still cool to ponder.  And, oddly enough, that concept has actually been around a while in slightly different formats. 2001: A Space Odyssey, the book, basically implied that the “gods” were merely a body-less mind with super-powers.  Their desire to become physical was embodied by Dave Bowman’s transformation into the Starchild.  In essence, they were nothing more than a brain.  They probably looked like that pic up there.


Is the universe a giant brain?