EDIT: 22:54 MT. Well let’s just say the top item didn’t age well…except perhaps for the deserved insults to Speaker Dungsmear.
I can only hope McCarthy keeps his promises.
Giving Our “Love” To the RINOs and the Dipshits Going After O’Keefe
RINOs an Endangered Species?
(Well this is the perfect time for this to come up in the rotation!)
According to Wikipoo, et. al., the Northern White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum cottoni) is a critically endangered species. Apparently two females live on a wildlife preserve in Sudan, and no males are known to be alive. So basically, this species is dead as soon as the females die of old age. Presently they are watched over by armed guards 24/7.
Biologists have been trying to cross them with the other subspecies, Southern White Rhinoceroses (Rhinoceri?) without success; and some genetic analyses suggest that perhaps they aren’t two subspecies at all, but two distinct species, which would make the whole project a lot more difficult.
I should hope if the American RINO (Parasitus rectum pseudoconservativum) is ever this endangered, there will be heroic efforts not to save the species, but rather to push the remainder off a cliff. Onto punji sticks. With feces smeared on them. Failing that a good bath in red fuming nitric acid will do.
But I’m not done ranting about RINOs.
The RINOs (if they are capable of any introspection whatsoever) probably wonder why they constantly have to deal with “populist” eruptions like the Trump-led MAGA movement. That would be because the so-called populists stand for absolutely nothing except for going along to get along. That allows the Left to drive the culture and politics.
Given the results of our most recent elections, the Left will now push harder, and the RINOs will now turn even squishier than they were before.
I well remember 1989-1990 in my state when the RINO establishment started preaching the message that a conservative simply couldn’t win in Colorado. Never mind the fact that Reagan had won the state TWICE (in 1984 bringing in a veto-proof state house and senate with him) and GHWB had won after (falsely!) assuring everyone that a vote for him was a vote for Reagan’s third term.
This is how the RINOs function. They push, push, push the line that only a “moderate” can get elected. Stomp them when they pull that shit. Tell everyone in ear shot that that’s exactly what the Left wants you to think, and oh-by-the-way-Mister-RINO if you’re in this party selling the same message as the Left…well, whythefuckexactly are you in this party, you lying piece of rancid weasel shit?
In Defense of Ranked Choice Voting
One of the biggest obstacles to direly-needed change is RINOs, and one of the weapons in their arsenal is the “Wasted Vote” argument.
Periodically a third party has arisen, trying to hold RINOs to account by putting pressure on them from outside of the party, since doing so from the inside has historically done very little good. But, even if you find a third party candidate who perfectly reflects your views, you’re likely to vote for the RINO anyway. Why? Because if you don’t, the Democrat might win, and that would be even worse. So if you vote for that third party (that few will vote for), you’re throwing your vote away and increasing the likelihood of the Democrat winning. (It’s half as much a gain for the Democrat, as actually voting for the Democrat would be. Not as much, but half as much. Because although you denied the R your vote, you did not flip your vote to the Democrat.)
The Republican Party Establishment knows you don’t love them. But they know you hate the Democrats worse, and they use that to continue to herd you into supporting them. With gritted teeth you cast your vote, but your vote counts the same whether you cast it enthusiastically. And the other alternative, pissing on the voting apparatus to express your actual feelings, is probably a felony.
But what if you could vote for that third party without increasing the chances of the Dem walking away with the prize?
This is what ranked choice voting, or instant runoff voting, can do provided it is properly implemented. (And this includes the votes, and only genuine votes, being counted honestly, of course. However, I’m going to compare it to what we have today, and pretend that is honestly done too. RCV can’t work if it’s not honestly administered, just like our current system isn’t working because it isn’t honestly administered.)
The idea behind RCV is to vote by expressing your order of preference. You could vote for the Patriot Party, then for the RINO Party as your second choice (and ignore the Democrat, the Green, the Overt Socialist Schmuckmonkey Party, etc).
What does this do? It nullifies the wasted vote argument. Your vote will be counted for the Patriot party, first, then instead of it being “wasted” when the Patriot Party loses, it ends up going to the RINO. Actually, it’s just barely possible that the Patriot Party would actually beat the RINO, if people weren’t all individually afraid to vote for it.
It’s just like the famous “Prisoner’s Dilemma” where your fear of other peoples’ actions prevents you from doing the optimal thing–and vice-versa. As long as Job Lowe is afraid to vote Patriot because he’s afraid you’ll vote RINO, you’ll have to vote RINO because you fear that Job Lowe will, because he fears you will.
So on the whole I like RCV. It gives you a no-risk way to vote against the RINO scum, and in favor of someone who deserves your vote.
The problem is, as done here in the US, it comes packaged with a “jungle primary.” A bunch of candidates get to put their name out there, and the top four (or so) candidates get onto the “main” ballot. This gives party establishments their way around the threat of a good third party bumping them off. Because they know that few people bother with primaries, and third parties don’t have the resources to run in a primary…so they throw two or three establishment hacks into the primary and they will probably beat the third party. The result is the RINOs end up with two of the four slots in the general election, and the Dems get the other two. Now there’s suddenly no third party candidate on the ballot at all.
If we were to combine RCV with the present system where each party could nominate exactly one candidate to appear on the November ballot, or at the very least, ensure minor parties could get onto the ballot with at least one candidate regardless of the primary, we would be getting somewhere, but the establishment is smarter than we like to give them credit for. They will support the jungle primary + RCV “solution” rather than the more appropriate one-candidate-per-party + RCV solution.
It’s not RCV that is the problem, it’s the primary structure grafted onto it.
It says “Justice” on the picture.
And I’m sure someone will post the standard joke about what the fish thinks about the situation.
But what is it?
Here’s a take, from a different context: It’s about how you do justice, not the justice that must be done to our massively corrupt government and media. You must properly identify the nature of a person, before you can do him justice.
Ayn Rand, On Justice (speaking through her character John Galt, in Atlas Shrugged):
Justice is the recognition of the fact that you cannot fake the character of men as you cannot fake the character of nature, that you must judge all men as conscientiously as you judge inanimate objects, with the same respect for truth, with the same incorruptible vision, by as pure and as rational a process of identification—that every man must be judged for what he is and treated accordingly, that just as you do not pay a higher price for a rusty chunk of scrap than for a piece of shining metal, so you do not value a rotter above a hero—that your moral appraisal is the coin paying men for their virtues or vices, and this payment demands of you as scrupulous an honor as you bring to financial transactions—that to withhold your contempt from men’s vices is an act of moral counterfeiting, and to withhold your admiration from their virtues is an act of moral embezzlement—that to place any other concern higher than justice is to devaluate your moral currency and defraud the good in favor of the evil, since only the good can lose by a default of justice and only the evil can profit—and that the bottom of the pit at the end of that road, the act of moral bankruptcy, is to punish men for their virtues and reward them for their vices, that that is the collapse to full depravity, the Black Mass of the worship of death, the dedication of your consciousness to the destruction of existence.
Ayn Rand identified seven virtues, chief among them rationality. The other six, including justice, she considered subsidiary because they are essentially different aspects and applications of rationality.
Justice Must Be Done.
Trump, it is supposed, had some documents.
Biden and company stole the country.
I’m sure enough of this that I put my money where my mouth is.
The prior election must be acknowledged as fraudulent, and steps must be taken to prosecute the fraudsters and restore integrity to the system. (This doesn’t necessarily include deposing Joe and Hoe and putting Trump where he belongs, but it would certainly be a lot easier to fix our broken electoral system with the right people in charge.)
Nothing else matters at this point. Talking about trying again in 2022 or 2024 is pointless otherwise. Which is not to say one must never talk about this, but rather that one must account for this in ones planning; if fixing the fraud in the system is not part of the plan, you have no plan.
This will necessarily be piecemeal, state by state, which is why I am encouraged by those states working to change their laws to alleviate the fraud both via computer and via bogus voters. If enough states do that we might end up with a working majority in Congress and that would be something Trump never really had.
Lawyer Appeasement Section
OK now for the fine print.
This is the WQTH Daily Thread. You know the drill. There’s no Poltical correctness, but civility is a requirement. There are Important Guidelines, here, with an addendum on 20191110.
We have a new board – called The U Tree – where people can take each other to the woodshed without fear of censorship or moderation.
And remember Wheatie’s Rules:
1. No food fights
2. No running with scissors.
3. If you bring snacks, bring enough for everyone.
4. Zeroth rule of gun safety: Don’t let the government get your guns.
5. Rule one of gun safety: The gun is always loaded.
5a. If you actually want the gun to be loaded, like because you’re checking out a bump in the night, then it’s empty.
6. Rule two of gun safety: Never point the gun at anything you’re not willing to destroy.
7. Rule three: Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire.
8. Rule the fourth: Be sure of your target and what is behind it.
(Hmm a few extras seem to have crept in.)
This week, 3 PM MT on Friday, markets closed for the weekend
Little significant change…the biggest being palladium which is dropping. Since that gets used in catalytic converters this might be a sign car manufacturing is declining.
Thus far I’ve been monologuing almost entirely about the typical two body problem, a small satellite orbiting a massive primary, and below escape velocity. The orbits end up being ellipses (or possibly a perfect circle, if the satellite is traveling at the circular velocity, in a “horizontal” direction, at exactly the right distance from the primary.
Ellipses have eccentricities of 0 through 0.9999… (keep writing 9s forever), with zero being a circular orbit (considered a special case of the ellipse). That ellipse with an eccentricity of just below 1 is extremely narrow compared to its length.
I brought up the concept of escape velocity last time, too. That represents a spacecraft traveling in an orbit with an eccentricity of exactly 1.
Such an orbit is a parabola. And I’d better step back and talk just a little bit about conic sections.
Conic sections are the shapes you get when you slice a cone. And here is the paradigmatic diagram:
Slicing perpendicular to the centerline of the cone, you get a circle…you see the one in red, and because they cut the cone off at the bottom of the diagram (technically, it should extend to infinity), there’s another (unlabeled) circle there too.
Slicing at a shallow angle gives you some sort of an ellipse.
But notice the blue (purple) shape. You get that from slicing the cone at exactly the angle of the cone itself. The center line of that purple shape is parallel to the side of the cone to the left.
That is a parabola, and you can also get a parabola by graphing something like y=x2. You can multiply the x2 by some number, the y by some number, or add a constant to either side. You can even add x (or some multiple) to either side. It makes no difference, you get a parabola. Multiplying will change the size of the parabola, but it will not change the shape. (It’s always possible to rotate and zoom in/out on a parabola and make it identical to another parabola.)
If you cut at an even steeper angle, you get a hyperbola, just like shown in the diagram.
Ahem. No, that’s not quite true. I said the cone is supposed to extend to infinity earlier, and that’s true in both directions.
Here’s the correct diagram:
Notice the cone is now what we’d think of as a double cone (but technically, that’s what a cone is). Number 3 is the parabola. Because that plane is parallel to the top half of the cone, it never will cut through the top half of the cone. But in diagram 4 the cut is vertical, and the plane does cut through both halves of the cone. (It will also do so for any slant higher than the one shown in diagram 3.) That two-piece shape is called a hyperbola, and…well, we’ll get to it, I promise. (Evil laugh.)
If you imagine the cones and the plane extending to infinity, you’ll realize that neither the parabola or hyperbola are actually closed curves; they don’t loop back on themselves.
And if something is moving at escape velocity, it never comes back. So it makes sense that the parabola is the escape trajectory.
(Provided that the smaller body is moving precisely at escape velocity. If it’s moving faster, it’s in a hyperbolic orbit.)
OK, so where is the primary? In an ellipse it sits at one focus; where does it sit in a parabola?
Another way to define a parabola is shown below.
Draw a line like the one on the left, called the directrix. Pick a point not on the directrix, like the one near the c=a in the diagram, where the bottom of the red line is. This is the focus.
The parabola is the curve, such that every single point on the curve, is the same distance from the focus as it is from the directrix.
(This is similar, sort of, to the ellipse, where you can pick two foci, and every point on the ellipse is the same total distance to the two foci. It’s just that here one of the foci is replaced by the directrix.)
Notice that the distance from the focus to the “base” of the parabola is a, and the distance from the base to the directrix is also a.
It’s a just like the semi-major axis of the ellipse was a, and in orbital mechanics this a means exactly the same thing; it’s the size of the orbit. If a is big the parabola is big and therefore not as sharply curved; that represents the trajectory not being bent as much because the spacecraft never gets really close to the primary.
Does this actually correspond to anything in the real world?
About a light year away from the Sun, we believe there are vast numbers of small, icy “snowballs” in orbit about the Sun; that grouping is called the Oort cloud. That’s far, far away (260,000 AU, or 260,000 or so times as far from the sun as Earth is), so things aren’t moving too fast out there.
That’s far enough away that every once in a while another star will pass close enough to perturb these bodies, and some of them might be brought to a dead halt in its orbit. It starts to drop toward the sun.
It is so far away, that the orbit is almost exactly a parabola. If it’s dropping almost directly into the sun, it will be a nice tight parabola with the nearest point inside the orbit of Mercury (so a which is the minimum distance to the sun could equal 0.3 AUs or less); if it still has some “sideways” motion the snowball won’t get too close to the sun; it will be a very open parabola, very large in size, a might be about 5 if it gets only as close as Jupiter; it might be much higher than that.
If it is that far away it’s extremely hard to detect. But if it gets close to the sun, the ices in the snowball will heat up, and boil off, and the snowball will grow a tail. It will be a comet.
Most comets come from the Oort cloud, and effectively, we’ll only see the comet once, because it’s just under escape velocity. Sure, it will be back…millions of years from now! The recent “green” comet has a smaller (but still not small) elliptical orbit; it’s expected to come back in 50,000 years. Most famously, though Halley’s comet has an eccentricity of 0.96658; a is 17.737 AUs, and its closest distance to the sun is 0.59278 AUs, so it gets closer to the sun than Venus (roughly 0.7 AUs), but not closer than Mercury (roughly 0.4 AU).
Halley’s comet probably started out as a visitor from the Oort cloud, but it passed too close to one of the outer planets and its orbit was bent into a (still fairly large) ellipse.
How fast does an Oort cloud comet travel? Well, that’s simple: Figure out how far it is from the Sun and then calculate escape velocity at that distance.
Circular orbital velocity at some distance r, (i.e., how fast an object in a circular orbit must be traveling) is:
while escape velocity at that same distance is:
Notice that the difference is a 2 under the radical so the escape velocity is sqrt(2) times the circular velocity. sqrt(2) is roughly 1.414. Speed the earth up in its orbit 41.5 percent and we’re going away and never coming back. (It’s cold out there!)
So let’s see what happens if an Oort cloud comet hits Earth. Earth moves around the sun at 29.78 kilometers every second (yowza!); the comet must be moving at 1.414 times this speed or roughly 42 kilometers per second.
Now this could be a head on collision, if the comet’s a is 1 AU just like ours is, and it happens to be closest to the sun where Earth is and is traveling the other direction. Which makes a 72 kilometer per second head-on collision. Or it could be traveling in the same direction as earth, in which case the difference is “only” 12 kilometers per second.
Either way that impact would hurt. But far more likely is the comet heading almost directly into the sun, and therefore cutting across Earth’s orbit at almost a right angle. By the time you get done playing with vectors, that works out to very roughly 51 kilometers per second collision speed.
That’s damned fast. We don’t want to be hit by a comet; asteroids are bad enough.
But I would like to send a lot of Uniparty hacks on an escape trajectory out of here, someday. I might even be generous and seal the spacecraft so it holds air…for a while.
Obligatory PSAs and Reminders
China is Lower than Whale Shit
To conclude: My standard Public Service Announcement. We don’t want to forget this!!!
Remember Hong Kong!!!
Zhōngguò shì gè hùndàn !!!
China is asshoe !!!
China is in the White House
Since Wednesday, January 20 at Noon EST, the bought-and-paid for Joseph Biden has been in the White House. It’s as good as having China in the Oval Office.
Joe Biden is Asshoe
China is in the White House, because Joe Biden is in the White House, and Joe Biden is identically equal to China. China is Asshoe. Therefore, Joe Biden is Asshoe.
But of course the much more important thing to realize:
Joe Biden Didn’t Win
Qiáo Bài dēng méi yíng !!!
Joe Biden didn’t win !!!