2023·04·22 Joe Biden Didn’t Win Daily Thread

McCarthy 2.0 seems a vast improvement over Speaker Dungsmear. So here’s the question. Was he once a conservative with a little fire in the belly that got captured by the system and now is finding the bellyfire again? Or is this all completely under duress?

For the moment, it doesn’t matter which one. But some day it will matter, and we will have our answer.

Lenin’s Birthday

By the old Julian Calendar in effect when and where he was born, Vladimir Illyich Ulyanov was born on 22 April (Old Style), 1879 in the town of Simbirsk in Russia. Alexander II (the LIberator, for he freed the serfs) was tsar of Russia. Before Ulyanov was done, his name had become Lenin, Russia was becoming a charnel house, terrorized into submission to Marxism, and the stage was set for Stalin (formerly Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili).

And that town of Simbirsk is still named Ulyanovsk in Lenin’s honor. The constant hagiography under the Bolsheviks has resulted in many Russians continuing to regard Ulyanov as a hero.

The 20th was Hitler’s birthday; it’s rather amusing that Queen Elizabeth II and Catherine the Great both are wedged in between and have their birthday on the 21st (in Catherine’s case, again Old Style).

RINOs an Endangered Species?
If Only!

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.

Justice

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.

—Ayn Rand Lexicon (aynrandlexicon.com)

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.)

Spot Prices

Last week:

Gold $2,005
Silver $25.42
Platinum $1,056.00
Palladium $1,589.00
Rhodium $8,450.00

This week, 3 PM MT on Friday, markets closed for the weekend

Gold $1,984.90
Silver $25.17
Platinum $1,134.00
Palladium $1,682.00
Rhodium $9,000.00

Gold was above 2000 still as of Friday morning, and got pushed down 21 dollars worth on Friday. Silver lost 21 cents on Friday. What I find interesting is the platinum group metals are starting to climb again.

Rocket Science

I’ve been exposed to rocket science in a formal setting. And I’ve been exposed to quantum mechanics. And many aspects of electrical engineering.

And I am here to tell you, rocket science ain’t rocket science, at least not by comparison.

A lot of what people call “rocket science” is really engineering, building devices that will work in a hostile environment. Hard vacuum (more of a vacuum than we can create here on Earth), radiation (both cosmic and solar-based), and temperature extremes. The simplest-seeming things can fail under those circumstances. And many materials we think of as “inert” will turn into bearded dragon poo up there. (No, not literally but you get my meaning.) Add people into the mix and then zero g –ahem, microgravity–becomes an issue, and the radiation protection becomes even more critical. And with people you have to build a pressurized environment, an enclosure strong enough to withstand an an enormous amount of outward force. 15 pounds per square inch doesn’t sound like a lot, but that’s a ton per square foot. Every square foot. Yes, they can breathe a richer atmosphere at lower pressure, but the issue remains.

And all this has to be done as lightweight as possible. Which means, basically, that the Apollo astronauts landed on the moon in an aluminum “tin” can.

Why is weight an issue?

That goes back to actual rocket science.

By now I hope it’s abundantly clear that out in space, Newton’s first and second laws (objects in motion will remain in motion (and objects at rest will remain at rest) until acted on by an external force; and the force is proportional to the mass times the acceleration) are not just approximations. They hold. (And even here they do, but friction and a solid surface to stop our response to gravity and thus provide the sensation of weight introduce complications.)

Which means if you want to quit going endlessly around the same orbit, and want to go somewhere, you must apply a force in order to accelerate and change your speed.

By far the most common way to do this is with a rocket. There are solar sails and ion propulsion units, and they can be much more efficient than a rocket, but they must necessarily operate much, much more slowly. They can’t be used to go into orbit from the surface of the earth, because they don’t work fast enough to overcome the effects of the 1g pull near the surface. To go up, you need more than 1 g acceleration upwards; one g of it cancels gravity, the rest goes into increasing your speed. Solar sails and ion propulsion won’t do that.

The force usually ends up being supplied by a rocket; a rocket will change your velocity nearly instantaneously, which is how you change which orbit you’re in (if you’re in orbit) or accelerate to a speed high enough to be in orbit (if you’re not). It’s essentially a deliberate perturbation of an orbit.

People often wonder how a rocket can work out in the vacuum of space when there’s “nothing to push against,” in fact this is a common (and specious) argument in the quiver of those who deny the moon landings ever happened. The objection actually gets partial credit, because it acknowledges (even if it mis-applies) Newton’s third law of motion, which is that every action has an equal but opposite reaction. If you push against something, both you and it feel a push, in opposite directions; if you happen to be on roller skates you move away from what you pushed.

The fact is that the rocket moves forward simply because it flings its own exhaust out its tail end. The act of pushing the exhaust out, pushes the rocket forward; it changes speed in that forward direction.

It doesn’t have to be “exhaust” by the way; pushing any mass out the back will do the job. However, it happens that exhaust of burning fuel is by far the easiest thing to arrange for. When they want to be generic, they talk of “reaction mass” being the mass you push against to change your speed.

So let’s say you are sitting in a space capsule in orbit, and you want to change to a different orbit…and after doing all of the calculations, you find you must change your velocity by exactly one kilometer per second.

You and your capsule put together mass one metric ton, 1,000 kilograms or about 2200 pounds (mass). And let’s say this mass does not include the mass of the rocket fuel you happen to be carrying. So what if you have a metric ton of rocket fuel with you? If you can shove it away at 1 km/sec, you will also move at 1 km/second away from where you shoved it. On the other hand, if you only have half a metric ton of reaction mass…you gotta push it away at 2 km/sec.

This is from conservation of momentum. The mass of the fuel, times its velocity after the maneuver, must equal the mass of your craft, times its velocity. The two velocities will be in opposite directions, so they cancel each other. Zero total momentum before (0x0+0x0=0), zero momentum afterwards (1×1000+ -1×1000=0 or 2×500 + -1×1000=0).

But there’s a gigantic gaping hole in this analysis. And that is the fact that we can’t accelerate all of the fuel at once. We have to do it a kilogram at a time. So, returning to our metric ton of fuel at one kilometer a second, we’d expect each kilogram to speed us up by 1 meter per second; all 1000 kilograms would therefore give us one thousand meters, or one kilometer, per second.

Right?

WRONG.

The first kilogram of fuel, pushed out the back of the rocket at 1 km/sec, is having to push a spacecraft with a mass of 1,999 kg…the actual spacecraft plus the fuel that hasn’t been burned yet. NOT 1,000 kg. So it will barely accelerate the spacecraft half a meter per second! The second kilogram will have to accelerate a 1,998 kg spacecraft, and will do a little better as a consequence.

Only the last kilogram will produce the full 1 meter/second of change in velocity.

So we need more than a metric ton of fuel to do this, even if the exhaust velocity is 1 km/second.

And actually even this isn’t quite right becuase you can subdivide the kilograms into grams, each with a very slightly different effect; you can subdivide the grams into milligrams…you’ll get more accurate results, the lower you go, but honestly the only perfectly accurate answer is some sort of continuous calculation.

That sounds really, really hard. It’s like that numerical integration I was talking about a few weeks ago, with smaller and smaller step sizes. And indeed you could solve this that way, but you don’t have to. There’s a closed form solution.

But to see how that is, let’s work the problem in reverse.

Let’s start with the empty (or “dry”) spacecraft, 1000 kg. We know that at one km/second exhaust speed, it will take ever so slightly more than one kilogram of fuel to change our speed by 1 meter/second. To compute what it will take to do two meters per second, you can work it backwards: Assume your rocket is already doing one meter per second when you burn that kilogram+ of fuel to add on the second meter per second. But realize at the start of that your mass is 1,001+ kilograms, so in order to have done that first meter per second, you need enough fuel to accelerate 1001 kilograms; that will be 1.001+ kilograms of fuel.

You can imagine doing this a thousand times, adding a tenth of a percent of the mass of what you’ve already got to figure out what that particular meter per second of change in velocity is going to cost.

Now that I’ve phrased it that way…doesn’t that sound like compound interest?

We know how to handle that. In fact, we know how to handle continuously compounded interest (rather than periodic, step by step) so we can solve the issue of having to think about what each microgram of fuel does.

And it turns out, therefore, that to accelerate your spacecraft 1 km/second with fuel that has an exhaust velocity of 1km/second…you need not just 1,500 kg of fuel, no, you need 1,718.281828 kilograms of fuel.

YIKES! Almost two times as much fuel as actual spacecraft!

And it’s worse than that. You’re going to need a BIG tank to hold all that fuel, and the tank itself adds to the weight–or alternately, reduces the weight you can use for the astronaut, his life support, his food…and so on.

Well, I’ve talked around it a bit…but here it is. The equation at the heart of all of this is known, quite simply, as “the rocket equation.” There are several equivalent forms, which are solved for different things, but we’re interested in the mass of the fuel in this scenario, so let’s use this one:

This is usually credited to Константи́н Эдуа́рдович Циолко́вский…er, Konstantin Eduardovich Tsiolkovskiy (usually spelled Tsiolkovsky but the Russian ends with their “iy” so I’ll stick with that…see my rant about Chaikovskiy a few weeks ago). [And yes, that’s a TS at the front so you will probably have this insane urge to make the T silent.] He derived the formula in 1903.

OK, let me unpack this a bit. Δv is the desired change in the rocket’s velocity (1 km/sec). [the triangle is the Greek letter delta and is commonly used in mathematics and science to indicate “change.” So the change in the rocket’s velocity is often called “delta-vee.”] That’s divided by ve, the exhaust velocity (also 1 km/sec). The result of that division is 1, so you are now raising the mathematical constant e to the first power…which is just e. That is 2.718281828…it’s a transcendental number like pi (π) is, never falling into an endlessly repeating sequence and never ending. It’s a little bit easier to memorize the first few digits of, though, because the 1828 repeats itself (once) .

Now mf can either be a reference to a RINO politician (I may not have made myself clear on how much I despise them), or it could be the “final” mass, i.e., the mass of the spacecraft after all the fuel is burned. And m0 is the “starting” mass. The mass of the fuel is the difference between the two m numbers. So our final mass is 1,000 kg, and that must be multiplied by e to get the initial mass, which is 2,718.281828 kilograms. Subtract 1000 from that number to get 1,718.281828 kilograms fuel mass.

Now picture what happens with a mission where there are two 1 km/second burns. For the later of the two burns, you must start with 2,718+ kilograms total weight…so that is mf for the first burn. Which means the total mass before the first burn must be e times that. Well, that’s e2 times the original thousand kilogram dry weight of the spacecraft…which is 7,389+ kilograms, subtract a thousand for the dry spacecraft weight and you now need 6.398 tons of fuel. You get the same result, by the way, for a single 2 km/second “burn”; just put 2 in for Δv keeping ve as 1, and you see you have an e2 in the formula. That’s important: Many small burns (delta-vees) are the same as one big delta-V equal to the sum of all the small delta-vees. (If you think about it, that makes sense. Why does it matter to the rocket whether it fires continuously or intermittently to do the same job?)

You can see this is going in a really, really bad direction. The more delta-vee you need the more fuel you need…and it mounts up quickly! This is where compounding works against you, and believe me it sucks to be on the brown smelly end of that stick.

(If you’re thinking that (in spite of what I said about rocket science not really being rocket science) this sounds like pretty complex math, it is nothing compared to general relativity. Or quantum mechanics. Or electrical engineering. Where, OBTW it’s possible to raise e to a complex power involving the square root of minus 1…and some reaaaaally interesting stuff happens when you do that.)

There are some ways to mitigate this. Obviously…anything you can do to reduce the weight pays big dividends in reducing fuel mass. And if you can figure out a way to do your mission with a smaller delta-vee, that’s great too…this is why NASA loves gravity assists. Every bit of speed they can get out of a gravity assist allows them to make the spacecraft bigger–read, pack more scientific instruments on the spacecraft, OR use less fuel (a smaller rocket). Or some combination of the two. And this is why NASA sends returning astronauts through a fireball re-entry too: No fuel is used to slow down. Apollo would not have been possible if they had needed a 25,000 mile per hour delta-vee in fuel to land on Earth at the end…think about how that would affect the rocket equation!

But the most potent method is to increase the exhaust velocity. If you can make your exhaust velocity 2 kilometers/second, then going back to the first problem where you want to change your spacecraft’s velocity by 1 km/sec, you now have Δv/ve = 1.0 km/sec divided by 2.0 km/sec and you’re now raising e to the 1/2th power (e1/2)…which is to say you take the square root of e, and multiply your 1000 kg dry mass by that. The square root of e is 1.64872+. The initial mass of your spacecraft is now 1,648+ kilograms, not 2,718+ kilograms, and your fuel mass is 648+ kg, not 1,718+kg. Wow, you’ve saved over 62 percent of your fuel mass (almost exactly 5/8ths in fact), and you can have a smaller fuel tank or more other things in that spacecraft.

Of course when you decide to do a 2 km/sec delta vee, you’re back to needing 1,718 kg of fuel…but that’s much better than 6,398 kg!

Basically if you increase the exhaust velocity by some amount…you’ve increased the amount of delta vee from the same amount of fuel by the same percentage.

This is why rocket scientists…er, engineers, will sell their left testicle or ovary for a faster exhaust velocity.

OK so how do you do that? Your taking a mass (the mass of your rocket exhaust) and speeding it up. That’s kinetic energy, and thanks to conservation of energy, that energy must come from somewhere.

In a rocket, that comes from simple chemical energy. You burn the fuel. If your fuel is kerosene, and you burn it (with oxygen) your exhaust has a lot of energy in it, it will want to expand, the pressure builds…and you give it a nozzle to squirt out of. Voila! Exhaust velocity.

Robert Goddard used kerosene and liquid oxygen. (And, note: You have to carry the oxygen with you into space [which rather conspicuously has very little oxygen ready for use] not just the stuff you’re lighting on fire. Fortunately the oxygen counts towards the mass of the exhaust so it doesn’t really matter how much is oxidizer and how much is “fuel.”)

It turns out that what the fuel is makes a great big difference. You can calculate how much total momentum change (“impulse”) a certain weight of fuel (and oxidizer) will produce, and that becomes the “specific impulse” which is symbolized Isp (not to be confused with an internet service provider). By the time you fiddle around with unit analysis, it ends up being measured in seconds. Yes, just plain seconds. But you can also look at it as the amount of time a certain weight of fuel can provide a thrust equal to that weight, which is seconds, also. The longer it does that, the more delta-vee it can impart to whatever it’s pushing.

You can in fact take the rocket equation, and work the opposite problem: If I have a certain amount of fuel, how much delta vee will it give me? You can rearrange and solve the above and get the other commonly seen form of the rocket equation.

The first two terms (to the left of the second equals sign) are the rearrangement (ln is the “natural log,” the reverse operation to raising e to a power). The second expresses ve in terms of the Isp of the fuel, instead of the exhaust velocity. g0 is standard gravity (9.8 meters/second/second, or 32 feet/second/second) since the thrust is in pounds weight instead of pounds mass.

So Isp makes a big difference, because exhaust velocity makes a big difference. What has the best Isp out there?

There is often a theoretical maximum, but just simple inefficiencies sap it…so that’s something else rocket engineers can work on. But the best rocket fuel out there is liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen, with a specific impulse of 450 seconds. This is what NASA used in the Saturn V, and in the Space Shuttle main engines (and is using in Artemis). It can be expensive to liquefy hydrogen–then you have to engineer systems that can take that cold as well as the heat from the burning fuel, but when you absolutely, positively have to wring everything out of a BIG rocket, it’s the way to go.

Other fuels do less. The solid rocket boosters on the shuttle had specific impulses of 250 seconds. Solid rocket boosters generally have low ISPs but they are dead simple, have a long shelf life (unlike liquid hydrogen, where if you scrub the mission you must de-fuel the rocket because you cannot refrigerate it in the tank…because refrigeration is heavy).

I’ve now explained why NASA aerobrakes, and does gravity assists. It’s not a virtuosic stunt, it’s absolutely necessary to maximize the amount of “stuff” you can send to Jupiter or Mercury or the Parker solar probe or…Apollo 11, where you can’t exactly reduce the weight of the astronauts to save fuel. [I’m sure they were encouraged to hit the restroom right before launch though.] The more you can do that sort of thing the better; which is why the advent of cheap computing has been a huge bonus…those seven-gravity-assist missions couldn’t have been planned with a slide rule.

One last thing…and hopefully by now it’s obvious. Why do rockets have stages?

Remember what I said about the (literally) exponentially increasing amount of fuel requiring bigger and bigger tanks? Well, there’s one way to mitigate that. And that’s to put the fuel in several tanks, and throw them away as you empty them since once they’re empty they’re just dead weight you do not want to have to push.

This works, and works well. We could not get to orbit, much less the moon, without doing this. The problem is, it’s expensive. You either throw away the rocket (old school) or recover the parts and rebuild it (new school, complicated work). It’d sure be nice if the rocket stayed intact going up and back down again, and just needed to be inspected and refueled…like an airliner. And it seems like we can almost do this.

But alas, we need more specific impulse. But 450 is as good as we’re going to get by chemical means. It turns out that specific impulse is higher the lighter the molecule of exhaust is, and you’re just not going to get anything lighter than water out of liquid propellants. So liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen for the win!

But I said, by chemical means.

Experiments have been done in using a nuclear reactor to heat hydrogen (by itself) and of course hydrogen (by itself) will have a much higher specific impulse. Testing in the 1960s gave a specific impulse of 850 seconds! BUT…the reactor is heavy and it would really suck if one of those blew up in flight, say shortly after launch or shortly before landing. So we’ve been reluctant to pursue that further. There are other more pie-in-the-sky technologies with much higher specific impulses, but in general they tend to be very low thrust. (The fuel can change the delta v a lot…but it will take a long time…and we can’t use that to boost from the surface to Earth orbit. These would be great, though for use in spacecraft once they are out in space and have the luxury of time.)

OK, so there’s an introduction to rocket science and engineering.

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!!!

https://youtube.com/watch?v=L3tnH4FGbd0

中国是个混蛋 !!!
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

乔*拜登没赢 !!!
Qiáo Bài dēng méi yíng !!!
Joe Biden didn’t win !!!

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cthulhu

Justice? You call THIS justice?!?!?

–little fish

TheseTruths

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Wolf Moon | Threat to Demonocracy

ALL FIVE!

  • sippy cup
  • TOTUS
  • The Fly
  • Empty Thought Bubble
  • Bloody Hands
cthulhu

Don’t need a blue check — it’s authentic!

GA/FL

What is TOTUS?

The Øbama logo on the teleprompter?

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Teleprompter Of The United States

kalbokalbs

The not so hidden hand of ValJar & hussein. manipulating BiteMe.

TheseTruths

Jim Jordan wins this round.

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pgroup2

Jordan’s attorneys probably warned FatRat that they would seek sanctions for a frivolous appeal if he didn’t drop it.

TheseTruths

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michaelh

It’s astounding that they can appear “stable” in any meaningful sense . . . always been amazing to me

GA/FL

The DC ped0 ring might be bigger.

TheseTruths

Florida gay pride parade canceled after anti-drag show law passes
https://www.wfla.com/news/florida/florida-gay-pride-parade-canceled-after-anti-drag-show-law-passes/

Officials in a southeast Florida city have canceled a gay pride parade and restricted other pride events to people 21 years and older in anticipation of Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signing a bill meant to keep children out of drag shows…

The legislation, which awaits the governor’s signature, would allow the state to revoke the food and beverage licenses of businesses that admit children to adult performances. The DeSantis administration has moved to pull the liquor license of a Miami hotel that hosted a Christmas drag show, alleging children were present during “lewd” displays.

Aubergine

Well, hallelujah!

cthulhu

Mellow…..

Wolf Moon | Threat to Demonocracy

What is the thing in his mouth that apparently makes the weird voice?

cthulhu
Wolf Moon | Threat to Demonocracy

Thanks!

cthulhu

About 5:50

….from 1975.

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Wolf Moon | Threat to Demonocracy

Ah – I remember those days. Great stuff. Some real hidden / missed talent just busting out on the scene.

Thanks! An excellent demonstration of the technique!

Wolf Moon | Threat to Demonocracy

CensorTube suggested this one…..

scott467

Has to be the most famous example 👍😁

scott467

The other one would be Joe Walsh, in Rocky Mountain Way… I couldn’t think if it last night!

Valerie Curren

That was refreshing, Thx!

michaelh

This was astounding to me . . .

[SWCSF Meeting] 6pm, Monday, May 1st, 2023
Meeting: Monday, May 1st, 2023

Presentation Topic: Sabotaging Ourselves
Does it feel like it takes a a miracle to get anything done in the business world?
While good process is essential in a well functioning organization, bad process is poison. The CIA (then the OSS) realized that massive inefficiencies could be used to slow down our enemies’ war machines. In the second world war they wrote a manual of such practices and distributed it behind enemy lines. Many of the practices from section 11 “General Interference with Organizations and Production” are widespread in corporate America today.

Well talk about these practices, their impact on organizations, and the threat to US industry and national security posed by their widespread adoption. We are literally sabotaging ourselves.

See the resources below for more information and pre-meeting study materials for those that are keenly interested in this topic.

The Full Manual

Articles

Additional Reading

Wolf Moon | Threat to Demonocracy

The ChiNazis read all this stuff. Their ringers in Shallow State were excellent at it.

cthulhu

Part of this is the essential flaw in overbearing government. Let’s say you have a crew of eight guys making holes, and a government inspector looking at the holes to make sure they’re “approved”. Do you really gain anything if you have two inspectors? Four? Eight?

You could have an infinite number of inspectors, and no additional holes would actually be excavated…..

cthulhu

The FAA is threatening to “lead the investigation” into the SpaceX Starship explosion.

As if a Federal Bureaucracy is going to be as fast, as thorough, or as meaningful as someone who just had a few million bucks of rocket go boom…. They probably just want to sell the telemetry data to China with 10% to the Big Guy.

pgroup2

Let me spoil the FAA plan – it was intentionally blown. IOW it was not an accident and there is nothing to investigate.

Will that stop the govt? Prolly not.

slowcreekno

It is fatal congestion of sorts — death by bureaucracy.

Ultimate version of going out with a whimper.

Wolf Moon | Threat to Demonocracy

Good stuff! I remember the rocket equation from physics – and the feeling that our teacher was glad we weren’t going into it too deeply. Nice to see it again and “refresh my memory”!

RAC

Improvise & dodge quick 😃
https://t.me/intelslava/47080

scott467

We used to do that with bottle rockets, out the passenger door window 😁

While we were rolling, of course!

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RAC

https://vk.com/donbass.media?w=wall-90561387_1619208
“Trump said that if he wins the presidential election in 2024, he will resolve the conflict in Ukraine even before he enters the White House.”

kalbokalbs

Sorta like the Iranian hostage crisis, was resolved as Reagan took office.

eilert

He just needs to cut-off Joe’s bribe money to Zelinsky.

kalbokalbs

It is that simple.

Can’t happen. Too many greedy bastards taking their cut, from Ukraine slush funds.

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singingsoul1

As my husband says “everyone in top level of government or Industry is on the take if it is through Ukraine or China”.

phoenixrising

I think the conflict in Ukr will be over by Nov 2024, along with a few other things.

RAC

I read some of the replies to that post and there was a certain amount of distrust, but one can’t blame them after the way Minsk was flouted.

scott467

A little night music.

This song sounds (to me) like a song from the 1960s, but she wrote it.

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cthulhu

Remember Hall & Oates? Daryl Hall and John Oates?

Hall built himself a rustic cabin up in the mountains……and invited a bunch of people to drop by and play. Here’s an example…..

cthulhu

For another example, starting around 3:00, someone else is famous for a talk box…..

scott467
gil00

Thats one sleepy puppy.

singingsoul1

That puppy is well loved 🙂

barkerjim

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nikkichico7

Shared‼️😂👍 … that is sooooooooooo cat, sense a source of heat/sit on it. 😂

singingsoul1

Looks like a Siamese . If the kitty claimed the guy it might get feisty being removed 😂
I had a Siamese and she was like a dog guarding the house and me. That harmless little kitty could do some damage 🙄

gil00

Cold kitty.

TheseTruths

LOL! So typical.

barkerjim

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singingsoul1

Amen 😉

barkerjim

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slowcreekno

Word! The negative freedoms, freedom from some action or interference (the «Shall Not be Infringed» essence of the 2nd Amendment comes to mind) are underrated.

There are always the positive freedoms, that are enumerated. And some turn out to be less than what was advertised on the package — like free trade turning into a race to the bottom — indeed, «free» by itself has too many different meanings and must be qualified.

Is it free as in «free speach», «outta jail», «gratis» (free beer), GPL software… or as the song had it, «nothing left to lose», which is a rather on the austere side.

duchess01
duchess01

BE MY VOICE

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Valerie Curren

Literally true “today” (on Saturday) when our second grandchild was born! PTL

duchess01

PRAYING ON THE ARMOR OF GOD

Father God, I now follow your command to put on the full armor of God, because my battle is not against flesh and blood but against rulers, authorities, the powers of this dark world and against spiritual forces of evil in the unseen world.

I first pray on the Belt of Truth that it may be buckled around my waist, may I be centered and encircled by your truth dear Lord. Hem me inside all that is true and right, and may I be protected and held up by the truth of your living word, in my Lord Jesus name.

I pray on the Breastplate of righteousness, please protect my vital organs and my inner man, cover my integrity, my spirit, and my soul. Guard my heart for it is the wellspring of life, please strengthen and guard the most vulnerable places in my life with that which is right, good, and noble that I might not receive a fatal blow from the enemy, in my Lord Jesus name.

I pray on the Gospel Shoes of Peace. I choose to stand in the shoes of your good news, and on the firm foundation of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the solid eternal rock. All other ground is sinking sand, I pray that I will not slip or fall, but that my feet would be firmly fitted on your lordship, my Lord Jesus. I choose to stand on you, so that the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus, the eternal Rock of Ages. I receive your holy peace now my Lord, from the sole of my feet to the crown of my head, in my Lord Jesus name.

I pray the Shield of Faith into my hand now. As I take up the shield of faith, I ask that you might extinguish every dart and arrow, that is launched from the enemy to take me down spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally, and every attempt of the enemy to destroy my joy. I ask that my faith in you would make it flame out. Extinguish every flaming arrow that would come against me, my life, my family, my home, or my ministry. May my faith always be out in front of me like a shield. Give me the courage to “faith my fears” by choosing to walk by faith and not by sight, in my Lord Jesus name.

I pray on the Helmet of Salvation, that you might protect my mind from the thoughts that can lead me astray. I choose to take every thought captive, and arrest all intentioned ideas and motives that would harm others, or distract me from your holy will for me. I submit every captured thought to the Lordship of my Lord Jesus Christ, and ask that you would imprison those thoughts that are not of you my Lord. Transform my mind and renew my thinking that I may think God thoughts, and have a sober mind that is focused on your glory. Please protect me from being double minded that I may allow my mind, I reject to live an earthly life, because I choose to live a holy one, governed by you My Lord Jesus, the prince of peace, please have my mind to be saturated with the holy mind of Christ, in my Lord Jesus name.

Finally, I take up the Sword of the Spirit which is the holy word of God, I pray this powerful offensive weapon into my hand, and ask that your holy word would be fitting for every encounter I face. As the enemy gets close to me, please give me the insight, wisdom, and skill to wield the word of God to drive away the enemy, in my Lord Jesus name.

May the enemy and his team flee from me, upon hearing the word of God spoken by the power and direction of the Holy Spirit. Give me the sword of the spirit to cut through the wiles of the devil, so that I may discern the schemes of the enemy when he is near.

With all kinds of prayers, supplication, and intercession I pray to you my Lord God as the one who fights my battles. Now that I’m in your holy powerful armor, I walk away covered and ready to face my day as you go before me, and please protect me in the midst of the spiritual warfare in this unseen world, in my Lord Jesus name.

Thank you my Lord, for the spiritual weapons of armor and prayer that you have given me. It is written no weapon formed against me shall prosper, and you will refute every tongue that accuses me. 

Thank you Father God, my Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit, that I am more than a conqueror in my Lord Jesus. I pray all of this in the mighty name of my Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ.

AMEN.

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duchess01

PLEASE PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER

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RDS

http://www.theburningplatform.com/2023/-4/22/urgent-moderna-hid-serious-side-effects-suffered-by-its-covid-vaccine-when-it-reported-clinical-trial-results-for-the-shot/
by Alex Berenson

It is now revealed that Moderna HID numerous reports of serious adverse events side effects, including miscarriages, from the “clinical trial” of the company’s “flagship” COVID-19 “vaccine”, mRNA-1273 in order to get the initial EUA granted for the “vaccine” from the FDA. HOWEVER, at the same time that Moderna was doing this, the company was ALSO reporting these serious adverse events side effects TO THE FDA.
Yours Truly finds no mention in the Berenson article of the fact that Moderna and the NIH / NIAID (Fauci) CO-DEVELOPED AND CO-OWN THE PATENTS FOR mRNA-1273. And that Moderna JUST PAID a $400 million “catch-up royalties payment” to NIH / NIAID.
(By the way, Ralph Baric’s lab at UNC was part of the Moderna + NIH / NIAID collaboration to develop mRNA-1273.)
The FDA just discontinued all use of mRNA-1273 as a “primary vaccine” for COVID-19 in the United States, replacing it with the Moderna “COVID-19 Bivalent Vaccine” as the new “primary vaccine” for COVID-19. However, mRNA-1273 is STILL IN USE in numerous other countries under the names elasomeran, SPIKEVAX, and TAK-919, among other names. Therefore, the royalty payments to the NIH / NIAID for the use of mRNA-1273 will continue.

michaelh

Sounds like a self-licking ice cream cone for the NIH. They fund the bad stuff and then get paid for their cut on the vaxes.

kalbokalbs

As they “regulate” the bad stuff – meds and injections.

AND, they rotate employment positions between CDC, FDA, NIH and Big Pharma.

Collectively, an incestuous, self-licking ice cream cone.

pgroup2

Do these ‘royalty’ payments go into the Treasury?

Or do they keep them at NIH as a slush fund?

RDS

IMO, the payments would likely stay with NIH / NIAID.

pgroup2

That’s not legal. NIH / NIAID is not sovereign and does not have any independent right to exist apart from the USA.

RDS

Yours Truly has found the following items so far regarding royalty payments to NIH / NIAID:

https://ofm.od.nih.gov/Pages/Royalties.aspx

http://www.techtransfer.nih.gov/royalty/information-nih-inventors

http://www.openthebooks.com/substack-investigation-faucis-royalties-and-the-350-million-royalty-payment-stream-hidden-by-nih/

If one is reading correctly, the NIH / NIAID keeps royalty payments made to the agency and then “distributes” them to the personnel who own the patents. It appears that these inventors may be either NIH / NIAID employees or other individuals.

pgroup2

So it isn’t the govt agency keeping the funds. That’s probably legal but hiding the recipients is dirty pool. If those patent holders got the patents using govt-funded things [labs; payroll; etc], then the USA has a claim on part of those royalty payments.

I bet Uncle Sam hasn’t been getting his share because otherwise they wouldn’t try so hard to hide it.

singingsoul1

My daughter has two patens she invented while employed in a corporation. The patent and any royaltees belong to the corporation since she was on their payroll .
I would assume is the same for Government?

singingsoul1

In any Industry the patens that a employ invents belong to the corporation not employee. How come it is different with NIH/NIAID ?

gil00

To fund more monkey and beagle killing outside the US among other things.

singingsoul1

My husband found out a friend has had open heart surgery. He is a Professor at an out of state University where they had to have the jab. He has been over a week in the hospital and he is young end forties. He is fit and active guy.

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Valerie Curren

this is sorrowful news 🙁

singingsoul1

Yes now people get hurt we know. My husband was shocked because his friend was so healthy.

Valerie Curren

May the Lord provide His comfort to all…

kalbokalbs

BREAKING: President Trump and Congressman Byron Donalds make surprise appearance in Ft Myers pizza shop as supporters cheer
https://humanevents.com/2023/04/21/breaking-president-trump-and-congressman-byron-donalds-make-surprise-appearance-in-ft-myers-pizza-shop-as-supporters-cheer?utm_campaign=64483

EDIT.

put

Final edit.

The JOY on common folks faces…

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Aubergine

Byron Donalds’ son stole the show! He was so cute and excited.

What do y’all think of Byron as a VP choice? Does he not have enough national experience, or is he a breath of fresh air?

I think the optics of him and his family with Trump and his would be awesome.

kalbokalbs

Totally Good with Byron, if Trump selects him. Zero concern with national experience / exposure.

  • Would be LOLF, daily watching Dumrats AND Pravda news conniption fits.

Kari remains my first choice. Perfectly good with Byron.

Kari and Byron seem to be unflappable and quick thinking, with their responses.

  • Both MAGA, America First, Make America Great Again…
gil00

I think he is testing the water for everyone all the way around. Cabinet positions, veep, next governor races, etc. He needs allies in power.

Aubergine

I like Kari, too, a lot. But I fear she is too polarizing. We have Trump for that.

kalbokalbs

She is. Trump will make the right selection.

Robert Baker

I guess if we compare him to a real example (VP Harris) national experience is not heavily weighted in the vetting process. He would probably pass but the more insightful way is to have a few press conferences where he answers questions. That would probably give more insight into his capabilities.

Aubergine

I’ve seen him speak a few times. He is a quick thinker, and a good speaker.

kalbokalbs

And, Byron stays on point…laser focus.

Aubergine

Yes, I agree.

singingsoul1

He can learn while VP and he seems a fast study 🙂

TheseTruths

I don’t know much about Byron Donalds, but everything I’ve seen has been excellent. And his son was adorable.

I like the names. It’s just fun to think about (might not be optimal):
Donald Trump, Byron Donalds
The Donald and Donalds 😅
Vote Trump and Donalds

Aubergine

I love it! I never thought about it, but it’s awesome.

para59r

No up side. He’s from Florida.
People are saying it will be Stefanik from NY. 28 Electoral Votes.
Kari Lake as good as she is can only bring 9 electroal Votes.
Trump is going to have to chase the biggest gain if he’s going to win.

Compared to Harris, Stefanik is more than okay, but not sure that’s how MAGA types will see it as there are stronger VP candidates out there but none can potentially bring that many electoral votes. What ya’ll think? Can Republicans win NY with Stefanik? Not sure about that part. Kinda doubtful but hasn’t looked at the numbers from the last race.

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Aubergine

Yeah, I wouldn’t throw away a good VP candidate trying to win New York. I just don’t think that mountain can be summited. But the black vote? Nationwide?

I don’t know.

kalbokalbs

RDS posted links and Deagel report yesterday.

For anyone that may have missed it, or didn’t click a link.

Easy, informative read at GWP, further below.

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https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2023/04/deagel-population-forecast-of-nearly-70-percent-fewer-americans-by-2025-is-starting-to-look-prophetic/

RDS

Thank you!

kalbokalbs

YW.

So grateful you posted, Deagel yesterday. Have read the Leo Holmann article a couple times.

Resonates very strongly here. Light bulbs popped on.

Deagel had / has links to US IC. Guessing, Deagel was never sposed to publicly, publish his report.

Deagel report smells of WEF, Soros, Gates…they had something to do with commissioning the study / report.

para59r

Caught RDS’s important posting, but would have missed this. Thank You!

eilert

Is this correct?
China lost 850000 people last year alone.

barkerjim
Dora

Even he knows it!
……………………
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Eric Adams: New York City Is Being ‘Destroyed’ by President Joe Biden’s Migrant Crisis
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2023/04/21/eric-adams-new-york-city-is-being-destroyed-by-president-joe-bidens-migrant-crisis/

pgroup2

[sniffle; sob]

para59r

He’s got to be pandering to different crowds when he does this, (not the first time). Give him a day and he’ll be back to licking Biden’s shoes.

Dora

Florida gay pride parade canceled after anti-drag show law passes
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https://www.wfla.com/news/florida/florida-gay-pride-parade-canceled-after-anti-drag-show-law-passes/

para59r

Sissy’s will be agitated with all the push back. Prepare for Hissy fits!

kalbokalbs

Folks simply need to stand tall. Never give in. Never give up. Never quit.

Aubergine

AMEN!

barkerjim

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Dora

A social worker with a Texas medical center told an undercover reporter that some kids are getting started on transitioning ‘as young as eight, nine.’ A New York adolescent medicine doctor said the gender center would prescribe puberty-blocking drugs to a 10-year-old.
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Project Veritas reveals gender clinics helping children ‘transition’ as young as 8 years old – LifeSite (lifesitenews.com)

TheseTruths

It’s criminal. They are experimenting on humans.

kalbokalbs

My guess it is all part of destroy society. Destroy the country. Make people sick, crazy, act irrational…

  • Toss in piss poor Covidiot treatment, Covidiocy injections, Remdisivir, Paxlovid…
  • Freely flowing fetanyl across the borders.
  • LE / DAs, DOJ turning a blind eye to crime.

^^^ Collectively, America’s contribution too, 14 of 15 gotta go.

singingsoul1

I barely can comprehend it. What type of parents do this there has to be money in for them. They sell their kids to be butchered.

Happy go lucky

The ultimate virtue signaling, the parents get euphoria from it.

singingsoul1

So sick 🙁

singingsoul1

That is soooo sick 😢

barkerjim
para59r

Shocked he did not include the Amish in his analysis. Everyone knows the Amish top the charts for violent crime. 😮🙄😏😉😆

barkerjim

At least, he doesn’t blame President Trump this time!

barkerjim
para59r

Dang! Can’t get anything passed these guys. 👏

TradeBait2

🤣

Dora

EXCLUSIVE: Lock him up! Hunter Biden’s baby mama Lunden Roberts demands the president’s son be thrown in Arkansas jail for refusing to hand over his financial records in child support dispute
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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12000567/Hunter-Bidens-baby-mama-Lunden-Roberts-demands-jail-presidents-son.html

pgroup2

She has no right to his records because they never played house together; ergo no lifestyle to support. The judge can simply order him to pay the maximum amount from the child support schedule and pay for the kid’s college. Also provide medical insurance.

cthulhu

That might have worked before he agreed to pay child support the first time. In this case, he’s trying to renegotiate payments downward because of a “change in circumstances” — and she gets to ask, “from what to what?”

pgroup2

Well, it’s not legitimate to ask for favors based on poverty while refusing to show it. If he has a lawyer, he’s getting bad advice.

In any event, he cannot be jailed unless he’s paying less than the court order AND refuses to show his assets. The judge will likely give him one or two chances and then he’s off to the graybar hotel.

And there’s no maximum. Some guy in PA [IIRC] was tossed in jail and last time I heard had been there for eight years. SCOTUS said too bad – it’s remedial.

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gil00

I may not live in Colorado but I agree with the points made and the similarities in how things are done in CA.

Why Colorado Is Topping The Charts In Violent Crime

https://www.zerohedge.com/political/why-colorado-topping-charts-violent-crime

gil00

Its rocket engineering 🤔 or rocket math but its too confusing to say that and explain it to the lcd? So saying “Its not rocket science!” doesnt make a brain hurt. Its an incredible amount of math though. Whew.

gil00

Lots of respect for the ability not only to comprehend the equations, but be able to find mistakes or new answers to old problems.

barkerjim

Just the link to a proof that the equation is valid, would be more math than most would have ever seen.

Wolf Moon | Threat to Demonocracy

It can get messy when there are multiple models (interpretations) that fit what one sees, at that point it’s time to try to design an experiment that must have different results depending on which theory is right.

It sometimes takes a while for this to work, as excuses are made, but a lot of non-working theory eventually dies when the fixes pile up but the core predictions (like new particles) don’t.

Ah, science. I miss the real thing.

Wolf Moon | Threat to Demonocracy

I never knew that “lookback time” had a name! But it makes sense. Basically, you can’t look, without looking back in time.

pgroup2

It can get messy …?

Life is messy, and that’s a good thing lest innovation be smothered.

slowcreekno

The «rocket science» saying has entered the public domain as it were, in the saying «It is rocket science» when something is supposedly more complicated than a ten or thirty-second blurb can convey.

And then it turned out, the top end of rocket science is an equation not terribly difficult nor terribly different from other similar equations in field such as finance. Now, that is too complex for everyone subscribing to the sentiment of that old song that goes «don’t know much about geometry, don’t know much about history. Don’t know much about the science book, don’t know much about the French I took» — what’s that, celebrating ignorance??

Well — maybe just me having spent a large fraction of a century becoming comfortable with wave equations and such — and the rocket equation isn’t conceptually that much harder than the power budget giving the radar equation.

Instead of losing the way amongst the trees of exponentials and logs and complex numbers and all of that, take a step back and see the forest in the shape of energy or momentum going out and coming back.

Wolf Moon | Threat to Demonocracy

LOL!!!  😂 

Valerie Curren

LOL This might distress you but I was also know as one of “the brains” in HS & even attended a “brain” party as an upperclassman, the only party w/ HS friends I ever attended. Unlike you though I’ve never attended any of my HS reunions, though I was tempted on my 10th for I was relatively thin, pretty, & had quite the good-looking guy on the hook (either engaged or married depending on when the reunion happened) but that was a pretty shallow & vain perspective (for me) at that time. My parents have attended All their HS class reunions from their late 50’s graduations…but then they were both popular & “in” while I was “out” with the misfits, exchange students, & outcasts…

& now have thoroughly embraced the “island of the misfit toys” vibe 😉

gil00

Thats a calming way to see the math. My son is in 4th grade and absolutely hates to write out long form anything. Only want to do it in his head. Maybe having to see all the stuff on the paper is confusing but upstairs he sees to problem better. He is so far 1 grade year ahead in math. Not sure how he will do once into geometry and algebra but if he continues staying ahead he will have time to figure it put anyway. Waves are good.

Robert Baker

Steve, I have seen your column on RCV on a couple of Saturdays and have thought it might be a good opportunity for you to add detail to your position by posing a few questions. I will say at the outset that my initial position is to discount RCV as a default without spending much time considering the issue. Maybe that is because it is an innovation and I don’t like change, maybe not. In any case here is your opportunity, if you choose, to sway my opinion.

Let me begin by singling out a portion of your text and asking a question>

“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.”

I understand and accept this is a theoretical argument with the built-in assumption that voting is fairly done. I will accept that default position as a given for the purpose of this question and any further questions that may arise. This discussion will focus on the proposition that RCV is better than SCV (single choice voting).

My question: Given your statement excerpted above, why do you believe that RCV actually threatens the established party?

barkerjim

The bad version is well shown in ChiRac mayoral elections!

Robert Baker

I’m in favor of RCV…without the primary. With the primary, I oppose it, because at least now with the current system the minor parties have a shred of a chance since they appear on the general election ballot.”

QUESTION: If you did away with the primary, where (as I understand your argument) the principle parties throw in ringers to skew the vote away from threatening 3rd party candidates, why would you need a RVP system in the general vote?

Robert Baker

So RCV is a cure for an argument based on the theory “that if you don’t vote for my candidate you will get something worse”. Whether that is true can be debated but your argument seems to amount to getting Republicans to vote in a way that even though their actual preferred candidate does not win, neither does the Democrat. That premise lies heavily on an assumption (which I do not hold) that a person whose preferred candidate loses has wasted their vote. Elections are held to elect a representative and unless a candidate is running unopposed there will be at least one loser. Your right to vote is not the right to elect the winner but the right to express your preference about who that winner should be. Beyond that there is no further guarantee. I see RCV as an attempt to make a yes-no decision into a if-then-else contest.

QUESTION: Why not work to change a primary vote by allowing each recognized political party a single candidate on the ballot?

cthulhu

The basic problem with RCV is that it relies on post-vote maneuvering. Because of this, it relies on elections being far more scrupulously clean than they have ever been — which is far and away from the utter depths of corruption found in the 2020 and 2022 election cycles.

Dora
Dora
TheseTruths

A tweet by MAGA War Room 😅
@MAGAIncWarRoom
Managed by Make America Great Again Inc
magapac.com

Latest poll conducted by esteemed pollster @catturd2

shows President @realDonaldTrump

extending his lead over DeSantis:

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Wolf Moon | Threat to Demonocracy

When the litter box is trusted over the whiney boy-girl of MSDNC.

Valerie Curren

Hey All,

My daughter woke at 4am when her water broke & headed to the hospital hours later for labor & delivery of her first child, our 2nd grandchild. I’m heading out in minutes after gathering Lots of stuff to ease the process, hopefully. Her father-in-law & hubby have been hanging in there for the Long Slog & my hubby is holding back until things get closer to completion, as his ADHD is going nuts right now.

Should be an interesting day   😍  

Would appreciate your prayers for this precious event.

God is So Good!

In Jesus’ Love,

Valerie

TheseTruths

All my best wishes, and prayers for your family! 🙏💐

Valerie Curren

Thanks TT. Mom & baby & dad are doing fine 🙂 PTL

pgroup2

You knew the job was tough when you took it.  😂 

Valerie Curren

Yup! 😉

Dora

What wonderful news!
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I’m excited for you!
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My prayers and most positive thoughts are with you and the entire family.
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Stay calm.

cthulhu

“Stay calm.”

–LOL

Valerie Curren

I actually pull that off pretty well 🙂

Valerie Curren

TY Dora! Baby was born about 3 hours after I arrived & daughter was at 4cm when I got there & -2 so things moved pretty quickly once I was there. Baby’s head didn’t even get misshapen in the delivery process because it was so fast–yikes! I stayed calm as did the baby’s dad but the pain was rough on my daughter for a bit but she hung in there & did great! She’s a Rock Star & a beautiful mom!!!

singingsoul1

Congratulation to your daughter , you and rest of the family. What a beautiful gift 

Valerie Curren

Amen, Singing, Thank you so much. The GIFT of Life!!! Thank you Lord!

singingsoul1

I am happy all went well 🙂 God is good 🙂

Valerie Curren

TY & Amen!!! Blessings 🙂

singingsoul1

😀

TradeBait2

🙏

Hope all goes spectacularly well!

Valerie Curren

There were a few hiccups but things went overall quite well & pretty quickly. Baby arrived about 3 hours after I hit the hospital & was delivered quickly enough to not even have her head misshapen in the process!

I ended up calling my daughter a Rock Star a number of times, which actually made me think of You & your writings 🙂

gil00

Gold in the Sierras after the heavy winter.

“Eureka! After California’s Heavy Rains, Gold Seekers Are Giddy.The mother lode of winter storms has sent water blasting through rock crevices and rivers in the Sierra Nevada, leading to more glittering discoveries by prospectors.”

https://12ft.io/proxy?q=https%3A%2F%2Fdnyuz.com%2F2023%2F04%2F22%2Feureka-after-californias-heavy-rains-gold-seekers-are-giddy%2F

gil00

RDS needs to wait and do some governing first. Im already disgusted by the RDS commercials on fox.

“Ron DeSantis’ popularity problem on Capitol Hill is getting worse.
The latest in a growing string of anecdotes about DeSantis’ lack of a personal touch during his six years in the House comes via former Rep. David Trott (R-Mich.). He sat next to DeSantis for two years when they both served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
The then-Florida lawmaker “never said a single word to me,” Trott said in an email this week to POLITICO Playbook. “I was new to Congress, and he didn’t introduce himself or even say hello.”
“I think he’s an asshole,” Trott added in a phone interview. “I don’t think he cares about people.”

https://www.politico.com/news/2023/04/21/i-dont-think-he-cares-about-people-desantis-struggles-with-former-hill-colleagues-00093281

singingsoul1

That come through about DeSantice.

TheseTruths

DeSantis is running commercials? He just won his governor’s race and hasn’t declared himself a presidential candidate, so what is he doing?

gil00

Its a pac but definitely a presidential commercial.

Aubergine

I can totally see it. The guy is a vain, self-centered tool.

phoenixrising

via Sputnik

Syria Demands That US Stops Supporting Terrorism in the Country

“Syria also demands that the United States stop supporting terrorism and separatist groups and immediately leave the occupied Syrian territories,” the ministry said in a statement.

The statement added that the US forces deployed in Syria had continued to smuggle oil out of the country in recent weeks. In this regard, the ministry urged the US administration to pay compensation to the Syrian people.

The Syrian government does not recognize the so-called autonomous administration of northern and eastern Syria and calls the presence of the US military on its territory occupation and its theft of Syrian oil — state piracy.

Last year, Syrian Foreign Minister Faysal Mikdad estimated the damage sustained by the country’s oil and gas industry during 11 years of the civil war at $107 billion. He said Damascus would seek reparations from the US.”

singingsoul1

I think we should stop interfering in another country.

cthulhu

It would be nice if the government stopped interfering in our own.

singingsoul1

What a novel idea 🙂 🙂 🙂
The Biden cabal are control freaks we need to change that hopefully in the next election.

Valerie Curren

only possible if the fraud issue is addressed & corrected to some degree, which at this point seems like hopium (to me)…we didn’t vote them in so why should we think we could vote them out since they are entirely lawless…There is NO CONSENT of the governed with this latest FRAUDministration!  😡 

singingsoul1

True 🙁

Valerie Curren

sigh 🙁

kalbokalbs

Yup.

TheseTruths

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TheseTruths

I had the same thought. 🤪

Valerie Curren

Update on Clarissa’s labor, there’s meconium & she’s wrestling w/pain issues so is taking morphine by IV & contemplating an epidural. She’s doing well & is quite a trooper. There are some monitoring issues happening so they are changing placement to internal…sigh…

please keep praying…thank you

could someone share this info at Marica’s if you wouldn’t mind–TY

para59r

Done and prayers.

Valerie Curren

TYVM 🙂

RDS

Prayers and Good Energy being sent.
Marica’s blog is alerted.

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Valerie Curren

TY so much, RDS–Blessings!

Brave and Free

Praying 🙏

Valerie Curren

Always a good thing! 

para59r

In the last 15 mins, Intel Slava has been reporting on a developing situation in Sudan. 3 posts.

U.S. helicopters hovering over the U.S. Embassy in Sudan.

Multiple C-130s reported over Sudan.

The Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) have announced that they are both currently “Assisting” the U.S. Military in Evacuating American Diplomats and their Families from the Sudanese Capital of Khartoum utilizing at least 6 Transport Aircraft.

So it appears that both opposing forces are allowing the US to evacuate the embassy.
If I am reading other stories correctly, the RSF is backed by the US but they do not currently have the upper hand in the newly developing conflict that broke out this week.

para59r

Update

Intel Slava Z, [4/22/2023 7:31 PM]
https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/14.0.0/svg/1f1fa-1f1f2.svghttps://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/14.0.0/svg/1f1f8-1f1e9.svg⚡️Around 70 people have been evacuated from the US embassy as of now. Operation is still underway.

Intel Slava Z, [4/22/2023 7:40 PM]
https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/14.0.0/svg/1f1fa-1f1f2.svghttps://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/14.0.0/svg/1f1f8-1f1e9.svg⚡️This operation is only evacuating U.S. embassy staff and their families. Not regular U.S. citizens.

Intel Slava Z, [4/22/2023 7:43 PM]
https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/14.0.0/svg/1f1fa-1f1f2.svghttps://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/14.0.0/svg/1f1f8-1f1e9.svg⚡️The Operation to evacuate the US embassy in Sudan has ended successfully.

phoenixrising

Via Larry Johnson

https://sonar21.com/why-is-the-western-media-lying-about-russias-role-in-sudan/

News about the base was released recently … didn’t take see aye eh long to stir up things did it?

para59r

Funny, I went looking for news from msm news sources about Sudan when things started to heat up last week and could find nothing that was not goobly gook. Nothing to explain Sudan’s supposed military coup except they were doing it and the RDS was opposed and they were being backed by the US. No story did I read about any naval bases. Nothing. Good that Larry J was able to squeeze some rocks and bring us some truth.

michaelh

Important

China is building cyberweapons to hijack enemy satellites
https://www.lifezette.com/2023/04/china-is-building-cyberweapons-to-hijack-enemy-satellites/

Wolf Moon | Threat to Demonocracy

Good GRIEF. And we have their buttboy in the White House.

michaelh

yes it’s worse than that

Valerie Curren

ugh 🙁 I really just want to Wake Up from this demonic nightmare!

RDS

SteveInCO
Thank you for explaining what’s really behind that phrase, “It’s not rocket science.”
About Newton’s First and Second Laws — there must be something about the First Law that appears to “transfer” to the 2-year-old who keeps pulling things out of the kitchen “pots-and-pans” cabinet until Mom (the “external force”) comes along and stops it (lol.)

michaelh

Car Park Structures Could Be Collapsing Under The Weight Of Electric Cars

ByElla FordPublished on 2 days ago

https://finishtherace.com/ella-ford/car-park-structures-could-be-collapsing-under-the-weight-of-electric-cars/

U.K. car experts and engineers are concerned about outdated parking structures being over-weighted by EVs. But the problem is not just a British one.

In response, the British Parking Association has written new guidance on U.K. parking structures, calling for an increase in their weight capacity, The Telegraph reported.

EVs weigh more than the cars of the 1960s and 1970s, which is when several of the U.K.’s car parks were built.

The new guidance would mandate an increase in concrete floor strength from around 562 pounds per square meter to 674 pounds.

The BPA said the new guidance is precautionary and should not cause apprehension.

But this problem of outdated parking structures and the possibility for collapse is not uncommon to the U.K.

On Tuesday, a parking garage in New York City collapsed, killing at least one person.

The collapse of a parking garage in New York City on Tuesday that killed at least one person has put a new spotlight on aging structures used for vehicle storage.

The five-level building, which has multiple active infractions listed with the city, dates back to 1925 and was first licensed as a garage in 1957 for five or more vehicles per floor, WNBC reported.

The specific explanation for the structure’s inadequacy is yet to be determined, but updates have been made to it in the years since and it is presently licensed to accommodate 276 vehicles.

The incident happened after a recent study elevated concerns that many older parking garages may need to be re-evaluated due to the increasing average weight of vehicles, particularly electric models.

The report from the British Parking Association acknowledged that some electric cars weigh more than double what popular models in the same segments did in the 1960s, due in part to their heavy battery packs. This also often applies to modern cars.

For instance, a Tesla Model S weighs over a thousand pounds more than a gas-powered Mercedes E-Class, while a 9,000-pound GMC Hummer EV is 2,400 pounds heavier than the similarly-sized Hummer H2 that was last sold in 2009.

TheseTruths

I wonder if this could affect bridges as well.

RDS

Especially if the bridge is gridlocked due to rush hour traffic.

michaelh

But what about a line of EV’s on fire on the bridge?

kalbokalbs

Republicans S U C K…
GWP
Whose Side Are They On? Republican Senators Help Dems Advance Biden’s Judicial Nominees
On Thursday, The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced seven judicial nominees with the help of some Republican Senators.

Republican senators Lindsey Graham, Chuck Grassley, and Mike Lee are among those who voted for Democrat nominees.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2023/04/whose-side-are-they-on-republican-senators-help-dems-advance-bidens-judicial-nominees/