sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Mountain Porn

It makes me want to pack my 4x4 and go.

Ring Around the Moon?

Jade Rabbit
Jade Rabbit

The Chinese are sending a lander to the Moon (launch a couple days ago). A Chinese Long March rocket is scheduled to lift off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Base in Sichuan Province carrying a small robotic rover named Jade Rabbit, that will touch down on to the lunar surface in about two weeks’ time. China plans to put a man on the moon by the end of the next decade and then establish a permanent lunar base.

The Chinese might pull it off. They can fund the program with the interest that they earn by loaning money to the debt ridden United States, which has ceded its former primacy in space to other nations.

Ring Around the Moon
(Daily Telegraph - UK) A Japanese construction firm is proposing to solve the well-documented energy problems facing Japan - and ultimately the entire planet - by turning the moon into a colossal solar power plant. 
Tokyo-based Shimizu Corp. wants to lay a belt of solar panels 250 miles wide around the equator of our orbiting neighbour and then relay the constant supply of energy to “receiving stations” on Earth by way of lasers or microwave transmission.
These ideas are usually interesting and the research almost always ends up offering some sort of derivative benefit -- somewhere. But it's unlikely that anyone will fund the project unless there is a way to pay for it (beyond just replacing Japanese nuclear reactors).

US Lunar Studies

NASA continues to study the Moon primarily with lower cost satellites (such as GRAIL) and other experiments, some of which "ride" on satellites launched by nations such as India.  NASA's Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) instrument aboard the Indian Space Research Organization's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, remotely detected magmatic water, or water that originates from deep within the moon's interior, on the surface of the moon. So the US isn't out of the game entirely.

Then again, if one of NASA's main missions during the Obama Years wasn't to make Muslims feel good about themselves, more might be able to get done.


No Fly Zone

US Vice President Joe (Slow Joe) Biden is now the "China Czar". (Voice of America)

Biden presided over five summers of recovery, he was the ObamaCare Czar, the Colorado Gun Control Czar and has had his fingerprints smudged all over every national screw up. Why not sent him to China to represent American interests with the brewing dispute between the Chinese and Japanese over the Senkaku Islands sovereignty issue.

The guy is a national joke -- and the Obama Administration has been keeping him on ice ever since Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) told President Obama to keep his court jester out of the Senate. (VP Biden is officially "President of the Senate").

Maybe when he's done with his trip to Japan and China, VP Biden could go to Russia and see if Russian President Putin is willing to hand over Edward Snowden? He could be the Russia-Snowden Czar. And when he returns to the US, he could replace his "shotgun czar" responsibilities with "ObamaCare Rebranding Czar"?

Money Down A Rat Hole

The city of Detroit will receive $24 million in federal funds to hire 150 more firefighters. The city received the funds through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant program, says the Detroit Free Press. The grant is run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) said that the funds are "exactly the kind of support that will help Detroit's continued revitalization."

The grant is awarded annually, but it's a safe bet that the hires will be financially supported for more than one year by federal funds. It's also a safe bet that at least half of the 150 firefighters will be what are referred to in Detroit as "paychecks". The people never show up for work. They're simply on the payroll as part of political patronage.

A Crime?

Suzette Hall
Booking Photo
(Fox News) LONGMONT, COLO. – A woman who allegedly offered topless hairstyling services in northern Colorado faces criminal charges. But police say the problem isn't cutting hair without a top. It's cutting hair without a license.  46-year old Suzette Hall (booking photo left) was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of practicing cosmetology without a license.

It's good to know that the police are so bored and the crime rate is so low in Longmont, Colorado that they have time (and the inclination) to arrest a woman for cutting hair without covering her breasts.

The mug shot photo of the woman, presumably taken in the act of cutting hair with exposed breasts, does not suggest that she was the sort of woman that would 'entice' anyone. So where's the crime?

Castrated African Slave for Sale

The word for black(s) in Arabic is slave (abeed).

(h/t Atlas Shrugged) Saudi Offers “Castrated African Slave” for Sale on Facebook Daniel Greenfield, FPM, December 1, 2013

Who says that the Muslim world isn’t modern? Sure they could hold old-fashioned auctions for African slaves. But instead they’re leveraging the power of social media for their slave auctions.
Peace be upon you …
I have a [male] slave I bought from an African country and arranged for his visa and stay...
His description:
1 – Black skin. Tall 172 sm. Weight 60 kilos.
2 – Castrated (excellent for working with a family) you can check him with a doctor our yourself if you have experience in the matter.
3 – [His] health is quite undamaged and has no imperfections.
4 – Age 26 years.
5 – Religion muslim and [he is] obedient and will not disobey you except in what displeases God. Please, the matter is very serious and is not a joke.
No it’s not a joke. Saudi Arabia had an estimated 300,000 slaves in 1960. Slavery was then officially abolished, but unofficially continues to exist.

Saudis who travel outside their country sometimes bring their slaves with them, leading to run-ins with the law. One of the ugliest such incidents was the murder of a slave by a Saudi prince in London.