Mar 052018

This seems to be an effort by a single professor to influence the educations of her students, but do not be surprised to see it expanded further in an effort to make STEM less… STEM.

Pomona Physics Requires “Decolonization” Project

The course is Physics 101, required by *everyone* intending to go forward in Physics. It was tainted with Leftist nonsense such as “learn and discuss implicit bias, microaggressions and other similar topics.”

I can hope that at least one student turned in a report that extolled the virtues of “colonization.” Because physics is physics across the universe, but the *understanding*of physics is a result of a fairly specific set of events and discoveries made by a limited set of cultures. That people in *other* cultures can understand and utilize physics is only possible because of “colonization.”

No Western Science… no science.


 Posted by at 2:15 pm
Mar 042018

What I do know is that SLS is certain to get delayed again. By 2025 we will have paid close to $50 billion for SLS and Orion, and the best we can hope for is a single manned mission. And that one mission will have taken 21 years to go from concept to launch.

Ye gods.

Elon Musk is – probably optimistically – suggesting that the even-more-capable BFR will not only fly before 2025, not only fly people before 2025, but will fly people to *Mars* by 2025. BFR began development approximately 2012, and prototype bits of it are hoped to fly next year. BFR is an all-new giant vehicle using all-new engines and structures. SLS is a kludge of the 1970’s-vintage Shuttle external tank, main engines and solid rocket boosters with an upper stage derived from Delta and Centaur, launching from an existing but modified facility. NASA *should* have been able to slap SLS together in a handful of years.

 Posted by at 2:40 am
Mar 032018

After the school massacre in Parkland last month, the Civilian Enfeeblement Movementarians started yammering on about how this was proof that we need to ban standard capacity magazines. Uh… huh. Yeah, about that…

The “weapon and bullets were not high quality and were breaking apart,” one of the legislators, state Sen. Lauren Book, D-Plantation, told the Herald.

Cruz went in with only 10-round magazines because larger clips would not fit in his duffel bag, Book said.

It seems the shooting stopped when his gun jammed, a feature of crappy ammo and poor maintenance. Not because he ran out of ammo, or had a sudden change of heart, or someone else stopped him. he was able to do what he did with low-capacity magazines.

 Posted by at 2:52 pm
Mar 012018


Pentagon confirms that Russia is testing a cruise missile powered by an unshielded nuclear reactor


Russia’s new cruise missile has crashed in testing: US

Putin is claiming that the Russians have a nuclear powered cruise missile capable of defeating all current missile defense systems. Something like Pluto would very likely be able to do that… if it works. Mach three at a thousand feet altitude would be incredibly hard to shoot down, and would make a hell of a mess over the entire flight path; shock waves from the passing craft would cause structural damage and injuries, radioactive particles spat out by the reactor would leave a trail of waste behind.

It’s a little difficult to imagine what advantage such a system would *really* provide. Missiles like this would cost a lot more than simpler ICBMs, and it’s not like the US has an effective defense system against a massed ICBM attack. A nuclear-powered cruise missile is the sort of thing that the Russians can’t use *a* *little* *bit* against the United States; any use of such a weapon would result in a full-blown nuclear response, so it would only be useful in the context of a full-up war.

All that said: the news should be interesting over the next few weeks. It’s entirely possible that Putin is full of crap and they don’t have a Pluto; or there was a translation foulup somewhere, and the Russians never meant to imply they have a Pluto. But what if they *are* claiming to have a Pluto? Go ahead and imagine the unholy sh!tstorm that would result if the US announced that it had a new cruise missile with a nuclear reactor as a power source, a missile that would leave a 10,000 mile path of radioactive waste behind it. The press would go *insane.* It would be the biggest news of the day, and would lead to outrage and protests and all kinds of trouble. What will a Russian Pluto lead to? We shall see, I suppose.

 Posted by at 9:34 pm
Mar 012018

The government of South Africa seems to be looking towards the Zimbabwean economic miracle for their own model on how to deal with the presence of white farmers, with one of the major opposition party leaders saying they’re “not calling for the slaughter of white people–at least for now.” White farmers are being kicked off their land without compensation and being driven into poverty.

When trouble came to Syrians from other Syrians, Europe threw open the doors to millions of migrants. People are now wondering if the same should be done for the South African Boers.


There are two petitions referenced in that Newsweek story. One, as the title suggests, asks Trump to let the farmers migrate to the US; that petition as of this writing has a bit over 11,000 signers after having been up for more than a year (the writeup references “President-elect Trump”). The other asks the EU to let them move to Europe, and as of this writing currently has a bit more than 17,000 signers.

To me, the obvious solution would be to allow the South Africans to immigrate to Europe. Culturally they are pretty much the same and should be fairly straightforward to assimilate. At the same time, the African and Middle Eastern migrants who have flooded into Europe in recent years can be shipped to South Africa. Surely that’s an equitable arrangement.

Of course there is always the alternative take on the topic:

Cry Me a River of White Tears, White South African Colonizers

Which revels in the ongoing rapes and murders of the farmers and the taking of their property.

This of course all begs the question about whether that land *should* be taken by the government for the benefit of the black majority of South Africa. It was, after all, their land before the Dutch and the English showed up and took it for themselves. But beyond the concept of “statute of limitations,” there is, again, the lesson of Zimbabwe; you drive off the people who have been effective, modern, productive farmers for generations and replace them with *anybody*, your chances of productivity crashing goes through the roof. Who benefits when you do that?

 Posted by at 9:15 pm
Feb 262018

House Democrats introduce bill prohibiting sale of semi-automatic weapons

The Assault Weapons Ban of 2018 will prohibit the sale, transfer, production, and importation of:

· Semi-automatic rifles and pistols with a military-style feature that can accept a detachable magazine;

· Semi-automatic rifles with a fixed magazine that can hold more than 10 rounds;

· Semi-automatic shotguns with a military-style feature;

· Any ammunition feeding device that can hold more than 10 rounds;

· And 205 specifically-named and listed firearms.


This would basically make everything more modern than a revolver eventually illegal, since “transfers” would be illegal. Which means you could not leave your pistol or hunting rifle to someone in your will.

This is the dream of the civilian enfeeblement movement: the eventual removal of the means of defense from all of the little people. Keep this in mind the next time someone lies to you and says “nobody wants to take your guns:” this bill may not make confiscation plain, but it makes it plain that theydon’t want to let people keep them.

 Posted by at 6:13 pm
Feb 232018

So the day before yesterday I posted about some unforgivably stupid rubbish some twit wrote about how space colonization is an evil product of evil male privilege, or some such gibbering nonsense. Well, the editorial I complained about finally hit And even in that wretched hive of leftist scum and villainy, the views expressed by the writer of the anti-space colonization piece were just too much to bear. And the result is a series of astoundingly quotable bits of snark. There’s some stuff here that requires memorization and re-iteration at the appropriate times.

The first thing I noticed was a meme someone had slapped together. A bit of research indicates that it is sort of a bit of fan fiction, a crossover of “Warhammer 40K” and the movie “Avatar.” But had this bit of exposition actually appeared on “Avatar,” it would have turned that bizarre bit of blue-tinged hippie fluff into Pure Awesome:

“Spare us your pity, alien. You gush about your connection with nature, your primal wisdom, but what has it brought you?
“Where are your marvels of engineering? Your voyages of discovery? Your great insight into the nature of the universe? Even at our basest, when we dressed as you do, dwelt as you do, hunted as you do, lived as you do, we did more than merely survive. We built wonders. We made great journeys. We forged epics. You have not.
“You speak so proudly of the plugs dangling from your skulls, little realizing that they are but strings and you puppets. What little you have accomplished you attribute to the wisdom of your goddess, who is nothing but the voices of your dead echoing for all eternity. She moors you to the past, serving as a leash that keeps you as little better than apes, sad parodies of civilization that lack that special spark to become something more.
“We have come to your world in search of resources. Whether your actions drive us back or we take what we want and move on, the outcome is the same. We will depart from your wretched planet, leaving you behind. And in a thousand years, you will not have changed from this contact with another world. You will remain in your trees, hunting your prey, communing with your goddess, until your sun burns out and your world dies.
And above your tomb, the stars will belong to us…

As is The Way Of The Internet, this led me HERE, which deserves a good reading. Especially the bit about humanity in Star Trek. Snerk.


“Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love – they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.”  — Orson Welles, as Harry Lime in The Third Man.

There’s nothing worse than an empty mind with a deadline

“They build too low, who build beneath the stars.” – Edward Young 1681-1765

Pretty much everything humanity has achieved has its origins in mens’ desire to get laid.

What the sweet jibbering fark did I just read?

There’s one undeniably good thing about reading a piece of raging idiocy pretending to be important thinking: it can spur the creation, or at least quotation, of something far better.

All the things these anti-testoterone whackos yammer on about have led humanity from the muck and mire to the edges of the ocean of space itself. We have gone from a few million especially bright apes to now over eight *billion* people, a sizable fraction of whom live lives of comfort and health undreamed of in ages past. We are no longer threatened by the wolf or the lion. A scratch is now so rarely a cause of death that when it happens it makes the nightly news. We are not even troubled by the darkness that comes when the sun goes down; we casually flip a switch and go on reading or playing or working or fighting.  This is due to not only the desire to conquer and colonize, but to tinker, to puzzle things out, and to turn a profit. Those urges that feminist killjoys and their intellectually lethargic kiss-asses disparage are the ones that have made life *good* for billions of people. Those same urges will, if allowed to express themsevlves, lead mankind outwards, and will turn dead worlds like Mars into living worlds like Earth. We will turn cold sand and rust and a thin envelope of unbreathable carbon dioxide into oceans and forests and meadows and lakes and streams and great herds of beasts. We will turn the sterile asteroids into a billion habitats, each the size of a small nation, each boasting a thriving ecosystem and biosphere. We will turn the Oort cloud into cheesy theme parks and rest stops and gas stations, footsteps on the paths to the farther stars, where we will turn yet more dead worlds into living ones. We will conquer and colonize the universe and bring it to life. In much less than geological timescales, astronomers will  be able to look at distant stars and see the reflected spectra indicating water and free oxygen and chlorophyll, the results of terraformed planets and engineered structures on a scale we can not currently easily comprehend.

The drive to colonize, to reach out towards something distant and say “mine,” will turn the universe green with life.

And what will the likes of Marcie Bianco do in the meantime? Complain. What will they build? Nothing. How will they be remembered? They won’t. There will be no place for them on the great monuments to the early colonists in the Alpha Centauri system. No great statues of them will be built in the Magellanic Clouds. Great nebulae will not be sculpted in their likeness. Their existence will be recorded, if at all, merely as footnotes in the great archives of all knowledge. Notes that will go millions of years without being referenced by historians, no more remembered or celebrated than the names of those early humans who decided that standing up to the sabertooth was too much effort.

 Posted by at 5:55 pm
Feb 232018

Two stories from worlds apart that illustrate the same basic flaws in the human operating system:

Muslims burn piles of Pampers nappies and call for a ban because cartoon cat’s whiskers printed on them ‘look like the Arabic spelling of Mohammed’

Apparently this:

Looks like this:

And thus idiots in India are protesting, burning stuff in the streets, demanding not only boycotts but also arrests.

Stupid, you say? Too dumb to happen here? But wait! There’s more!

Student Faces Expulsion for Joking that Square Root Symbol Looks Like Gun

Apparently people thought this:

Looked like this:

Because, well, sure. And of course, the cops were called and searched a students home. And it gets better:

KATC reported, “Any student accused of talking about guns or school shootings will be investigated by three entities: the school board, the sheriff’s department, and the district attorney’s office.”

The student who made the joke is banned from campus and will enter a hearing to determine if he will be expelled from the entire school system.


And yet somehow, the Left’s army of child soldiers can protest and howl and disrupt school all they like and not face expulsion… even though their whole schtick is based on the fear of guns being hammered into them by the media and peer pressure.


 Posted by at 1:11 pm
Feb 222018

A few decades ago, South Africa worked with Israel to develop their own nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them. This demonstrated not only technical competence but also a good working relationship between two distant and very different nations. But now…

Cape Town May Dry Up Because of an Aversion to Israel

Short form: Israel has been in a drought for some years but due to their skills with water management and desalination the Israelies aren’t suffering major water shortages. Israel offered assistance in that area to South Africa; the leading political party in SA, the ANC, decided instead to seek help from the Iranians. The Israelies sent experts to Cape Town; the mayor and major  municipal leaders refused to see them.

You know, I’m not one of those who sees the Jews as “the Chosen People” or any such. My religious views, such as they are, make no such distinctions. But looking back on the last hundred years it’s reasonably clear that establishing anti-Semitism as a government policy often leads to serious trouble for said government. The Germans under the Nazis drove out Jews; that cost Germany considerable treasure and talent (as well as wasted effort), and gave the US the A-bomb while the Nazis tried to make a go of the World Ice Theory. The Arab world has spent about a century wasting effort, lives and resources on driving Jews out of their lands and trying to drive them out of the tiny speck that is Israel; had they done otherwise, the Arab lands might today be as green and prosperous as Israel is. The Israelies are quite good at what they do because they have to be; to ignore their skills is Teh Dum.

The irony here is that if Cape Town reaches Day Zero, the taps shut off and things go even more downhill, it’s not unreasonable to expect a whole lot of people to blame Da Jooz for the problems.

 Posted by at 10:34 pm
Feb 212018

Oh, boy! Who wants to fill up your tank of stupid today?

The patriarchal race to colonize Mars is just another example of male entitlement

NBC News is actually promoting this rubbish.

These men, particularly Musk, are not only heavily invested in who can get their rocket into space first, but in colonizing Mars. The desire to colonize — to have unquestioned, unchallenged and automatic access to something, to any type of body, and to use it at will — is a patriarchal one.

Rather, the impulse to colonize — to colonize lands, to colonize peoples, and, now that we may soon be technologically capable of doing so, colonizing space — has its origins in gendered power structures. Entitlement to power, control, domination and ownership. The presumed right to use and abuse something and then walk away to conquer and colonize something new.

You know, I’m starting to wonder if perhaps there might be something to the recent line of thinking that the recent spate of school shootings really does have something to do with there being something wrong with the male of the species. But note that this, indeed, does refer to a relatively recent development. And I’m thinking that perhaps the rise of third wave feminism, the man-hating, matronizing, screeching-about-the-patriarchy-at-every-opportunity sort of insanity that has it that colonizing and bringing to life a dead world is not only a bad thing, but that the drive to do so is specifically male and thus any male who wants to make life better – which would be just about every male – is a terrible person… this rise of insanity is filtering down to boys and messing with their heads. You tell a boy that his natural instinct to build, to improve, to make things better, is bad and wrong, what does that leave him?

So, who’s with me: anyone who opposes the conquest of space is  an enabler of school shootings. Is that a crazy position to take? Sure is. Is it more crazy than the position taken by the anti-space nuts? Not by a long shot.

 Posted by at 4:32 pm