Kids react to the Walkman, the premiere portable music technology of *my* day…

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It seems the FAA has set up a no-fly zone over the “Bundy Ranch:”

http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_4_1687.html

From what I can tell, both sides here are asshats. But just like Waco, the FedGuv seems to be intentionally trying to turn a simply-resolved issue into an Example.

Lassa virus was unwanted passenger on N.Y.-Mpls. flight

Gee, what to do with someone obviously very ill? Why… put them on a commercial jetliner, of course!

Interestingness afoot:

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Nevada officials blast feds over treatment of cattle rancher Cliven Bundy

Looking at the wackyside of the internet, there are a lot of people claiming that they are getting armed and heading out to Nevada to stand against the Feds. I’d bet that most of ‘em are just blowing smoke… but if even a few follow through, the next few days might prove interesting.

In the video, BLM rangers tase a guy *three* *times*… to no apparent effect. Options:

1) The tasers aren’t really up to scratch

2) The guy is some kind of badass

3) The guy is wearing a metal mesh or metal foil undershirt

Beyond simply shrugging off taser shots, what kinda got me was that after tasering the feller, the rangers didn’t follow through. If you go to the bother of pulling a trigger on someone, whether that trigger is attached to a firearm, a taser or pepper spray, shouldn’t you then actually arrest them? Otherwise… why are you pulling a trigger on someone who isn’t doing something worthy of arrest?

Iraq ready to legalise childhood marriage

Children under nine years old could be legally married and wives forced to comply with sexual demands under newly tabled legislation described by critics as a setback for women’s rights

Oy_Vey

I propose a new rule: whenever the US goes into a nation and takes over, they are given ten years. If at the end of that time they are found to be a reasonable, rational land… they are welcomed back into the world. If they are found to still be backwards jacktarded aholes… they lose such things as international trade, the internal combustion engine, an electrical power grid and modern medicine.

Possible Mars Mission ‘Showstopper’: Vision Risks for Astronauts

Postflight examinations performed on about 300 American astronauts since 1989 showed that 29 percent of space shuttle crewmembers (who flew two-week missions) and 60 percent of International Space Station astronauts (who typically spend five or six months in orbit) experienced a degradation of visual acuity, according to a report published this year by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

The cause of this, perhaps surprisingly, isn’t radiation, but an increase in pressure in the skull. Because rather than being pulled downward out of the skull, blood tends to flow upwards in microgravity.  This would increase pressure on the brain, the eyes and the optic nerves.

Thus: a *proper* space station should have artificial gravity, not enforced 24/7 microgravity for months on end. A 29% chance of having your eyesight degraded might well be more of a turnoff for bajillionaires wanting to visit a space hotel than, say, a 0.5% chance of being blown up by the launch vehicle; therefore a space hotel with various levels (achievable by simply stacking Transhab modules into a long cylinder and “tumbling” it) would be an obvious way to go. Such a facility would allow *direct* measurements and comparisons of effects of various gravity levels. Does this eyesight degradation  issue rise linearly as G’s drop? Does it suddenly pop up at 1/10 G? Does it get better or worse if someone is regularly transitioned from 0 G to 1/6 G and back? These are the sort of things that could be quickly and relatively cheaply tested for.

Ebola breaks out on a scale never seen before

The latest outbreak has killed 88 people.  Worldwide panic does not yet seem entirely called for.

It’s April 1st. AKA “April Fools Day,” a day notable for bad jokes and hoaxes (such as “A Necro-Biological Explanation for the Fermi Paradox,” a reasonable facsimile of a dry scientific paper, posted on Arxiv.org, which attributes the silence of the universe to a near universal zombie epidemic). The problem is, “real news” happens on April 1s, just like any other day. and while most news stories are clearly not April 1st gags, some are real hard to tell if they are hoaxes… or signs that some people are really, really messed up. Like this one:

What Can Educators do to End White Supremacy in the Classroom?

This, sadly, appears to be entirely on the up-and-up, just bad timing. It describes the 15th annual “National White Privilege Conference” held in Madison, Wisconsin. What was discussed there is *entirely* insane. Just utter racist rubbish, of the worst self-hating variety.

One of the “educators” featured in the story is gettign her PhD in “Critical whiteness studies,” something I’ve never heard of before. So, I looked it up on wikipedia. And what I learned is this:

“Black studies” are taught by black folk to explain how great black folk are.

“Chicano/hispanic studies” are taught by chicano/hispanic folk to explain how great chicano/hispanic folk are.

“Womens studies” are taught by women to explain how great women are.

“White studies” are taught by black folk to explain how terrible white folk are.

Buh?

Throw in a lot of gibberish about “privilege,” a whole lot of anti-white race-baiting, a heaping helping of psychobabble and a dumptruck full of socialist/Marxist bullcrap, and you have “critical whiteness studies.”

Gah.

I’m starting to come around to the thinking of many of those on the far left, that views that they don’t agree with should be banned or made illegal. In my case, I’m about to call for a petition to the White House demanding a moratorium on “liberal arts” being taught in universities for a generation or two. Higher ed should be restricted to the likes of physics, chemistry, engineering, computer science, medicine, that sort of thing: STEM. And lay off the BS curricula long enough for the current practitioners to just simply *die.*

From 1975… which was approximately when I saw it. Wow, do I feel old…

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I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.

Air Pollution in World: Real-time Air Quality Index Visual Map

Wow. The US, for once, actually comes off pretty good compared to just about everybody except Australia. China, though… yeesh.

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