Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Dragon Has Landed

Not quite.

On 8 April the first stage of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that had sent a payload to the ISS made a maneuver and managed to land vertically on a floating platform in the Atlantic. This makes it probably the most reusable rocket ever built.

Vertical takeoff, vertical landing rockets are literally the stuff of science fiction. This is how rockets in all the old books and movies (before the days of FTL and starships) used to operate. All you need to do is make this a nuclear thermal rocket and you have Buck Rogers. You have a single stage to orbit vehicle that can get men to the Moon and back.

In light of my previous pronouncements about the abysmal future of manned space flight, I have to say I am most pleasantly surprised.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Are Big Name Conservatives on the Take?

New alligations have surfaced regarding the sudden surge in anti-Trump rhetoric from supposedly "conservative" media figures. "Allegedly" here is what is happening:

Why are "conservative" talkshow hosts jumping on the bandwagon of hating Donald Trump? Why does Gleonard Becklestein rub Vicks in his eyes and cry, pretend he's Jesus and proclaim that "no true Christian" would vote for Daddy? Why does Mark Luving, who also has the same creepy white stubble as Beck, praise the war crime of the Dresdin firebombing, which was intentionally launched against a group of 300,000 civilian refugees in a city with no military targets, and served to needlessly prolong the war when driving on Berlin would have been so much quicker, and in the same breath he says the illegal Canadian Rafael Cruz is literally Ronald Reagan reborn?

Why are supposed "conservatives" (what does that really mean, anyway? Someone who wants to put Reagan's face on Mt. Rushmore?) so opposed to the one man who can unite America, audit the Fed, close the border, release the missing 9/11 Commission Report pages, fight back in the trade war against China and other countries, prevent nuclear war with Russia, and bring jobs back to America? Why are all the supposed "conservatives" saying they would vote for Hitlery rather than Trump? Why are all the supposed "conservatives" backing a spinless establishment Republican who has absolutely no chance of winning the general election, and who has proven himself as worthless and pathetic in Congress? An establishment Republican who will lie through his teeth, waving around a life-sized crucifix and the original Gutenberg Bible, while drinking strychnine, dancing with snakes, and convulsing on the ground speaking in tongues. An establishment Republican who is literally in bed with the Goldman Sachs.

Simple. They're paid.

Establishment GOP groups gives good money to commentators like Levin and Beck to support Cruz. The Senate Conservatives Fund purchased tens of thousands of copies of Mark Levin's books at cover price even though the books had been remaindered and could be sold for pennies, on condition that Levin promote Cruz.

David Barton, the head of another pro-Cruz super PAC, is also deeply in bed with Glenn Beck, and is in place to funnel millions into Beck's pockets to promote Cruz.

Erick Erickson, founder of, has been given at least $3 million by another establishment GOP super PAC to speak ill of Trump.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Ben Stein is a Smouldering Jackass

Ben Stein, who in 2007 said there was no problem with the subprime market just months before it collapsed, and who says now we are no longer in a "recession" (really a greater depression than the Great Depression) when real unemployment is 23%, is now criticising Daddy's economic prediction of a looming economic collapse in the US. You would think someone who's been wrong so often wouldn't be so cocky.

$20 trillion in debt, more debt than GDP, 1/4 of the workforce unemployed, Tens of millions of people living on handouts, countries around the world dumping the Petrodollar, China, Russia, India, and Brazil working together to overturn the global financial order, no US manfuacturing, most tech jobs in the US going to visas, most US doctorates going to visas, government spending $3 billion per day, more money than could ever be raised from taxes, what do you think is going to happen Ben? Sunshine and roses? Does any of the above sound good to you? The American empire is collapsing, the only reason Ben is not worried is because he's so old he'll croak soon so he doesn't have to see the fallout.

Here is the truth:

Did you know that when you take the number of working age Americans that are officially unemployed (8.2 million) and add that number to the number of working age Americans that are considered to be “not in the labor force” (94.3 million), that gives us a grand total of 102.5 million working age Americans that do not have a job right now? I have written about this before, but today I want to focus just on Americans that are in their prime working years. When you look at only Americans that are from age 25 to age 54, 23.2 percent of them are unemployed right now. The following analysis and chart come from the Weekly Standard…

“There are 124.5 million Americans in their prime working years (ages 25–54). Nearly one-quarter of this group—28.9 million people, or 23.2 percent of the total—is not currently employed. They either became so discouraged that they left the labor force entirely, or they are in the labor force but unemployed.This group of non-employed individuals is more than 3.5 million larger than before the recession began in 2007,” writes the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee.

Clearly, we have never recovered from the impact of the last recession.

No, the truth is that the middle class in America is steadily eroding and poverty is absolutely exploding. Credit card debt has soared to a new record high, and 48 percent of all U.S. adults under the age of 30 believe that “the American Dream is dead”.

The issue isn’t that people don’t want to work.

The issue is that people cannot find enough work.

And even if you have a job, that does not mean that you are on easy street. According to the Social Security Administration, 51 percent of all American workersmake less than $30,000 a year.

Tens of millions of Americans are now among the ranks of “the working poor”. So many families are watching their expenses soar while their paychecks go down or stagnate. If you are in this situation right now, then you probably know how exceedingly stressful it can be.