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  • Security Camera Confusion Misled Officers During Parkland School Tragedy: Police

    02/24/2018 4:18:40 AM PST · 31 of 98
    Prospero to GraceG
    "the 27 minute tape-delay in the CCTV system is not an “accident”, “flaw” or “mistake”. It is entirely by design."

    Broward County Sheriff’s Office Did Not “Miss Warning Signs” or Make “Mistakes”…
    Conservative Treehouse ^

  • Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Vector among rocket builders looking to Brazil for new launch site

    02/23/2018 4:31:18 PM PST · 17 of 22
    Prospero to Governor Dinwiddie
    For what it's worth, why not Hawaii? At least technically it's part of America.

    Is Sealaunch still in business?

    We have territory, uninhabited territory, within a degree of latitude from the equator. But the Interior Department is jealous of its guano-encrusted bird habitat. (Amelia Earhart's never-reached last destination.)

    Arthur C. Clarke once speculated about the many Third World locations that might have a future supporting ground support for space elevators, though our descendants might need to mine the Moon for sufficient materials.

    I think the James Webb Space Telescope launch is planned for an ESA Arianne 5 from the Guiana Space Centre, northwest of Kourou.

  • Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Vector among rocket builders looking to Brazil for new launch site

    02/23/2018 4:18:34 PM PST · 16 of 22
    Prospero to Elderberry
    Last time I ran the numbers, and I'd enjoy a correction, Equatorial angular momentum adds 300 meters per second from launch over KSC/CCAFB. One reason SpaceX might not have hustled for that extra push is their dependency on federal funding.

    As I recall the Outer Space Treaty of 1967 holds host countries liable for its provisions, and the move to launch overseas does not remove FAA/US liabilities from domestic companies.

    That treaty didn't become a public concern until the present century. It's worth a read.

    "Peace in Space, Good Luck on Earth."

  • The Jordan Peterson Phenomenon (The Canadian Professor Who Refuses to Bow to Political Correctness)

    02/06/2018 11:51:56 AM PST · 61 of 65
    Prospero to melsec
    Identity Politics & The Marxist Lie of White Privilege
    Dr. Jordan B. Peterson
    Sovereign Nations January 30, 2017

    Jordan Peterson on BBC 5 Live
    January 29, 2018
    The Canadian psychologist and author talks to BBC 5 live's Sarah Brett and Nihal Arthanayake about his latest book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

  • Iran cuts off internet access in several cities as mass protests continue

    12/30/2017 2:24:33 PM PST · 8 of 88
    Prospero to LukeL
    Gone are the days of shortwave radio.

    Being an "SWL" and "DX'er" since 1970, I beg to differ. It's certainly not what it was, but it's not gone yet.

    Check this incredible spin on the thing:

    University of Twente

  • Star Trek's George Takei accused of sexually assaulting an unconscious young male model in 1981

    11/10/2017 10:47:31 PM PST · 17 of 53
    Prospero to ichabod1

    I’ll bet Bill Shatner believes it.

  • Racial message found at Coastal Carolina University after appearing at schools around the country

    11/10/2017 6:02:01 AM PST · 32 of 45
    Prospero to The_Media_never_lie
    Has to be one of the most ingenious pieces of propaganda ever written; a perfect provocation guaranteed to be offensive only to the hair-triggered intolerant Left, in a way designed to ensure that same crowd will spread the remarkably simple message far and wide.

    We're told it's "racist," but how so? Is the message a lie, and if so, doesn't that mean those who oppose believe the opposite then is true, meaning they are the racists?

    Not only do the real racists self-identify, but they go on to distribute it further with their tongue-twisting rhetoric as they fail utterly to defend their positions.

    What a hoot!

  • N. Korean Soldiers and Family Members Exposed to Radiation Treated at a Hospital in North Hwanghae..

    11/01/2017 5:59:56 AM PDT · 5 of 6
    Prospero to TigerLikesRooster
    Hundreds killed at North Korea nuclear base: Report
    Debra Killalea and Tom Michael
    November 1, 2017
  • NASA Undeterred by the Threat of Space Radiation

    10/15/2017 6:29:02 AM PDT · 10 of 16
    Prospero to BenLurkin
    NASA 'undeterred by radiation' belies their own studies and conclusions and those of the NRC and others. It's only a problem, an assumed risk, for those who make the trip into deep space and not for the bureaucrats who sell budgets.

    Four centimeters of titanium does provide sufficient protection from almost all solar particle events or "SPE's." Counter to intuition, when the Sun is at it's most active its swelling of the interplanetary magnetic field refracts as much as 50 percent of the GCR's showering into the inner Solar System from outside. But those "GCR's" are often the very energetic stripped nuclei of iron and more exotic metals barrelling into our star system from every direction, and at near light speed. A ship-borne artificial magnetic field designed to refract such inbound GCR's would have to be initially effective beginning at 2000 kilometers distance away from a spacecraft. There is no advanced warning of their impending arrival from which one might gain shelter, unlike the risks posed by coronal mass ejections or other solar particle events.

    The writers correctly admit that a four-centimeter thick titanium hull actually results in the spallation of a single heavy metal GCR nuclei from a single bullet into a shower of an only relatively less energetic shotgun shower of fragments that then pass dangerously through passengers. In other words, when it comes to GCRs, hulls that protect the crew from the dangers posed by the Sun, in the case of much more energetic and heavy GCRs, make a very bad encounter worse.

    It's calculated in terms of risk, not mitigation.

    Low Earth Orbit is somewhat shielded not just by our planet's relatively strong magnetic field, apparently unusual among the rocky planets of the inner Solar System, but also from proximity to the Earth itself. Like being on or near the Moon, Mars or Earth, the planet at our feet, so to speak, always provides shelter from half of the incoming GCR's. But unlike Earth, the sky above is wide open to at least half of these incoming interstellar bullets when standing on the Moon or on Mars, where an equivalent shelter might only be found 30 meters underground. It was hoped at one time that the strong highly local magnetic fields now mapped on the Moon, for example, such as the one near the landing site of Apollo 16, could provide sufficient shelter, but even though it might add to calculations reducing the cumulative risks to astronaut health, those fields don't stand off from the planetary surface the 2000 kilometers needed to begin bending away energetic GCR's in time.

    For NASA's astronauts (not for its dependent industrial lobbyists and bureaucrats) the risk to health is coldly calculated in an individual passenger's lifetime risk of radiation-induced death. Flights across the poles, chest and head xrays, even exposure to radon over a person's life all go into their calculations, along with the altitude and length of earlier spaceflights. Once their periodic estimations and tables conclude that an individual astronaut's lifetime risk of eventual radiation-induced death reaches five percent, that astronaut is grounded. The simple fact of the matter is simple and stark when it comes to proposed roundtrip voyages to Mars, using present velocities and standard Holman-transfer orbit schematics. Such a trip would cross that threshold, as acknowledged by the National Research Council in 2003. It would be no more of a death sentence than a smoking habit or from being on the Fukushima clean-up crew, but enough risk for NASA to ground every crew member upon their return to Earth and in some cases prevent their being on such a crew at all.

    Again, perhaps counterintuitively, older proposed crew members would have at least one advantage over youth. They are more likely to eventually die of other causes, over the shorter period of their estimated remaining lifetime. Just one more thing added to the cold actuarial calculations used to choose crew members. Nonetheless, even taking mitigating factors into account, like estimated solar activity during the time of the mission or the proposed time spent on the surface of Mars as well as life history into account, if NASA estimate's that an astronaut's ride along a planned mission into deep space will result in reaching beyond a five-percent risk of an eventual "radiation-induced death," that member won't be allowed to fly under their present guidelines and policy.

    There are mitigation strategies designed to reduce if not entirely eliminate the real risks of travel to Mars, but nearly all of these involve innovation, new technologies that will need to be tested and coldly evaluated, including hull designs. It seems many of the stories appearing in industry and national press dismissing the challenge presented by GCR's is designed to address the low-information federal budget staffer and lawmaker.

    Many in the space industry are hoping Congress never bothered to actually read the National Research Council's pre-Obama era studies on the subject more than a decade ago.

  • Earthquake Gilroy - Punee 3.0

    10/13/2017 7:59:57 AM PDT · 7 of 9
    Prospero to Vendome
    The NAPA VALLEY fires in context. From nearly a million miles, it looks as though Thursday would have been a really nice day in Northern California, except for the smoke:

    Catastrophic fires blanket San Francisco Bay, California visible from nearly a million miles away (890,686 miles or 1,433,420 km), or 3.7 x the mean distance to the Moon, Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 1846 UT from NASA's Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) on-board the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) stationed at Earth-Sun Lagrange point 1 [NASA/NOAA/USAF/LARC/DSCOVR-EPIC].

  • ISIS sharing this alternative image of Stephen Paddock

    10/02/2017 9:30:31 AM PDT · 1 of 50
  • Mitt Romney continues to be a moron

    08/15/2017 6:57:45 PM PDT · 79 of 114
    Prospero to usafa92
    You got that right. I logged onto Twatter tonight, for the first time in months, simply to drop a note to the President to tell him that I appreciated him even mentioning the hateful Antifa thugs and vandals - bravely, I thought - to that gang of thieves who call themselves "Journalists," and what do I see at the top of the inbox? Why it's Willard telling me the people who were throwing rocks and spraying acid on everyone in Charlottesville last weekend were morally superior to the genuine peaceful protesters trying to prevent civil vandalism there.

    And that peaceful group has no more control over that crazy driver than Donald Trump has over David Duke.

    Willard needs to get out more or stay inside. The big boy pants never did look like they fit.

  • I've put up most of my 9/11 recorded video on YouTube

    07/22/2017 6:36:46 PM PDT · 22 of 69
    Prospero to mairdie

    Thanks. This is genuinely useful, and I appreciate it.

  • Not blasé about de Blasio

    07/07/2017 3:24:23 PM PDT · 10 of 10
    Prospero to Hojczyk
    We're all clear on the simple fact that de Blasio is a Communist, right?

    I haven't forgotten this Bolshevik's credentials. Why the man is ever mentioned on FreeRepublic without reminding everyone of this infection is beyond my understanding. It can't be repeated enough. The Mayor of New York City is a Card Carrying Communist, not some theorist or neo-Marxist, a full-blown Church burner who advocates the overthrow of the world, Joker style.

  • Retired generals to Mattis: Don't delay accepting transgender recruits

    07/01/2017 3:52:48 AM PDT · 27 of 79
    Prospero to Mark17

    No. You don't get it. This is not about sexual orientation, it's about gender expression. It's about getting passed "cis-normative" to "nonbinary" gender expression, based on the "scientific consensus" that claims "gender" is a "social construct..."

    This is about men wearing women's uniforms, or every soldier wearing the same uniform, or everything in between.

    (Where have I heard that 'consensus' thing mentioned, recently? Hmmmm, let me think.)

    Actually, it's really just subversion by postmodernist neo-Marxist nihilists and their weak minded enablers and running dog lackies.

  • Retired generals to Mattis: Don't delay accepting transgender recruits

    07/01/2017 3:41:21 AM PDT · 23 of 79
    Prospero to Eyes Unclouded
    I just have a hard time understanding how a mind, let alone the mind of a professional soldier, thinks when it spends peer and social credibility based on rank to lobby for postmodern tribalism and Identity Politics?

    What could possibly be the urgency in pushing a fashion statement based on neo-Marxism?

    I want to learn more about the junior officers that were passed over to elevate these junk social scientists.

  • 'None of it makes much sense': Experts are baffled by Comey's use of a fake [trunc]

    06/03/2017 3:45:37 AM PDT · 24 of 83
    Prospero to blueplum
    There are some real problems with this article. The article calls the document "fake" as "determined by the FBI," linking the latter phrase to an earlier Business Insider piece that says "The FBI determined by August that the document was likely a Russian plant consisting of bad intelligence."

    A paragraph later, "the document, which the FBI has now determined to be largely if not entirely fraudulent, reportedly factored into Comey's decision to bypass the DOJ last summer

    How is a document "largely if not entirely" fraudulent? It either is or is not, right?

    The later document, posted here, cites the earlier article, and drops all qualification, saying the FBI has determined the document is "fake," essentially citing itself.

    Boys and Girls, there is a strong downdraft in this rabbit hole. People are muddying the water like an everglade pond filled with alligators in a hurricane.

    I'm beginning to think the House IT staffers from Pakistan, the subversion of luckless and clueless Bernie Sanders and the murder of Seth Rich are all tied together, at least in the world of John Podesta.

  • U.S. Quietly Lifts Limit on Number of Refugees Allowed In

    05/27/2017 1:39:18 PM PDT · 12 of 34
    Prospero to PROCON
    The State Department remains my bellwether for discovering whether or not President Trump can succeed at "Draining the Swamp," because they don't call their headquarters "Foggy Bottom" for nothing.

    If the federal government needs an enema, that's where you stick the nozzle. I'd go so far as to suggest that State presents a more classic profile of the genuinely dreaded "Deep State" than Langley or Greenbelt. The Humanities have become a nightmare because of post-Modern, neo-Marxist nihilism, and because not every humanities graduate can find a home where at least some real talent is necessary, they can always drift along in the Foreign Service without any merit whatsoever.

    If you want to understand why Europe is committing suicide and who the people are who hate the United States for a living, head on down to Foggy Bottom. I'll wager three out of five employees at State really would like to transform the United States into Brussels, they hate you and I and don't care whether we know it. Trump simply has to get a handle on State or America will never recover its greatness in our lifetime.

  • Events Leading Up To Comey's Firing

    05/21/2017 9:37:05 PM PDT · 24 of 31
    Prospero to econjack
    Gibes with the rumors and reports on the wind from many sources. There are some timeline problems and unclear material facts (I can just about guarantee everything, both digital and analog happening in the Oval Office is recorded, and that started long before Richard Nixon).

    I think Gregg Jarett has some excellent, even sobering points in favor of substituting the Special Council, former Director Mueller, appointed apparently by the Swamp (see below, it's worth it) and the recusal in the "Russia" bullshit by Sessions was a bonehead play, one even the President hinted was so.

    Gregg Jarrett: Why Robert Mueller should resign as special counsel

  • Vanity: Classic Movie Fans - TCM to Air Leftist Dictatorship Fantasy Movie from 1933

    04/06/2017 12:14:53 AM PDT · 24 of 30
    Prospero to TigerClaws
    Way to go. "Gabriel" is precisely that. The FDR of the simple minded imagination of proto-leftist Hollywood. Watching it, one is reminded of the real possibility that the movie was somehow financed by the Politburo. A real anachronism with enough remaining "pop" to get a rise of resentment and fury out of any modern American conservative.

    Everyone should see it at least once. It reminds us, at least, how ancient our fight really is.