NASA ebooks library

NASA does ebooks

Naturally this caught my eye. NASA does really cool stuff for us. It’s hard to imagine a private company taking the time to make as much info public as NASA does. The breadth and depth of the info made available is amazing.
Damn those socialists!!!

NASA ebooks

Founding Fathers

The 2016 election would have Adams telling Jefferson ‘I told you so’. Trumps rise, would be according to Adams, exactly why we do not want too much Democracy. Look at who the commoner has placed as nominee, he would say. The people are drunk with democracy. Trump? You’re kidding me! Well, Jefferson would respond, you and the pundits still don’t get it. Trump has spirit! He’s rallying the people for a revolution! It’s exactly the fertilizer this country needs to stay true to our vision. You folks are going to be usurped if you don’t figure this out. And I’m watching John. Don’t give me any of your imperial presidency dung wrapped in those flowery words your so fond of. And, John, as a friend, don’t let all this get your dander up. He’s no more a huckster than any other politician. He just doesn’t shy away  from playing the game so far better than anyone. You guys better figure him out John. You don’t want to get so irritated Dr Rush gets his lancets out and does a bit of bloodletting!

Fact Checks of the Seventh G.O.P. Debate – The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/01/28/us/elections/100000004042852.mobile.html?from=promo

I made the mistake of watching the debate last night while I mourned the AZ Wildcats home loss, thereby breaking their longest home winning streak in the country.

Start of Rant. Soapbox please!
It’s hard to express the feelings as I watched this dog and pony show. (One historical aspect of all these campaigns, is the issues discussed are ALWAYS the same! Ear. Isolationism. Taxes. Immigration. Economy. Welfare. Oil. nothing new here) I think one of the primary ability, if not the primary ability a candidate has to have is the ability to know which lie to tell and when to tell it. Even when confronted with direct evidence from interviews, campaigns, etc. ALL these guys lied through their teeth. Despite that, nowhere does anyone call then liars! Their lies have been integrated into the process under fact checking. They lie. Facts are checked. And we go on thinking this is a normal. Have we fallen so low as to expect so little of those we choose to lead us? And what is perhaps sadder is that mind set incorporates itself into our culture and  as us as individuals.
Integrity, Truth. HUMILITY, Apology. Recognizing when someone HAS been effective.
When someone comes along who is truthful etc. The stock answer seems to be “Yeah, but they won’t get elected”. So we keep getting these false leaders and wonder what the hell is going on! Well we get what we ask for.
So I’m posting this link cause it is the most extensive fact checking I have seen in a traditional media outlet. And don’t get me started about media.
Rant finished.
Thanks

Antarctic Explorer, Henry Worsley dies

Henry Worsley

Henry Hurley photos from Shackleton Expedition

Slideshow/Story of Ernest Shackleton‘s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition

Frank Hurley bio

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This is a bummer! I have always loved the great age of exploration. Shackletons journey is one of the most remarkable ever! Despite all that happenend, not a single person dies! NONE! This amazing even to this day with all the fancy ger we have. And cell phones. Radios. Cameras. They were left in the hashest plae on Earth with no means to communicate to the outside world.

Since the crew was going overland, on the ice, dragging sleds behind them, Hurley was not allowed to take all the pictures, which we on glass plates, therefore heavy and fragile. The process used was the Paget process. He was also the first to take color photos in this setting.

Hubble and Jupiter

Hubble’s Stunning New Pictures of Jupiter http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/hubbles-stunning-pictures-of-jupiter-10152015/

Beautiful though to small and short video of Saturn. It’s pretty cool, the project to take regular photos of the outer planets.
And so now we start to make visible the history of a small part of space.

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This Army Veteran Has a Powerful Message About PTSD for Sarah Palin

http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/news/a41384/ptsd-sarah-palin/
Bethea explains some yucky truths about PTSD. In the process blows Idiots like Palin out of the water. And shows why people of her ilk are so powerful-they reduce intractable issues that require thought to easy to swallow idiocy. In the process explaining why Palin types are so dangerous.
Of course she represents the anti thought people which is another sad story running through our culture at the moment.

Those Bundy Ranchers Are Big Time Government Moochers – POLITICO Magazine

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/01/bundhy-protest-ranchers-actually-government-moochers-213510?o=1
Here’s a pretty succinct summation of property rights and public lands.
Fundamental to understanding these “independent ranchers” is the long term and hugely generous grazing and water rights and subsidies which make it possible for them to scratch a living on land that is marginal for grazing.

An excerpt from the article:

“Then as now, Western states continue to benefit from Washington’s ownership and management of federal lands. Without incurring the costs of conservation, reclamation and upkeep or the financial and legal liabilities associated with ownership, the states keep about 50 percent of revenue from mineral and timber extraction on federal acreage. The federal government also awards local governments grants to offset lost opportunities to levy property taxes on public land. Those are generous terms”.

Oregon standoff: Roseburg state legislator ignores local warnings, visits protesters | OregonLive.com

http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2016/01/oregon_standoff_roseburg_state.html

This whole thing is one of the weirdest things to come down the pike in awhile. These guys make me think I need a firearm to protect myself from them! After all isn’t govt supposed to uphold laws whether they believe in them or not? I think the pick and choose approach is called…what is it again? Right Anarchy! The hypocrisy would be laughable if these folks weren’t serious.