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Danger! Danger! Danger!

Jay Sekulow does his best imitation of the Robot in Lost in Space during the closing arguments of the impeachment trial of Donald J Trump.

Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Regiment


The Robert Gould Shaw and Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial, located across Beacon Street from the State House, serves as a reminder of the heavy cost paid by individuals and families during the Civil War. In particular, it serves as a memorial to the group of men who were among the first African Americans to fight in that war. Although African Americans served in both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, northern racist sentiments kept African Americans from taking up arms for the United States in the early years of the Civil War. However, a clause in Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation made possible the organization of African American volunteer regiments. The first documented African American regiment formed in the north was the Massachusetts 54th Volunteer Infantry, instituted under Governor John Andrew in 1863. African American men came to enlist from every region of the north, and from as far away as the Caribbean. Robert Gould Shaw was the man Andrew chose to lead this regiment.

Famous last words to a relative you'll never speak to again.

You go first....

Today's proceedings are totally engrossing. nt

If you want to understand Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, go after a fly with a swatter

If you want to appreciate Schrödinger's description of a particle as a wave, observe a fly in an enclosed space.

Some day the Marketing Dept of Sirius Cybernetics Corp will be the most hated org in the universe

Till then, there's Facebook.

How to spot a liar Pamela Meyer

The key point is that lying is a cooperative act; It's power emerges when else agrees to believe the lie.

Lies only work when people want to accept the lies.

TIMELAPSE OF THE FUTURE: A Journey to the End of Time

Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence...
... and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.

- Hellen Keller

The most profound thought I have ever experienced.

Has anyone watched The Breakfast Club and thought...

Gee, this is great material for a sexual harassment education class.

The Asteroid No One Is Talking About

In April of 2017, in the middle of another late-night of insomnia funk, I read a post on Reddit that caught my interest. The post was from a person who claimed to be a member of a team at NASA that had been working on a mission to deflect a very specific asteroid, and was leaking information relating to the mission because he, or she was upset and very worried about the Trump administration’s cancellation of NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission. Within minutes of the post appearing, it was deleted. Luckily, before it disappeared I did some searching on Google to try and confirm some of the claims, but nothing came up and I abandoned my effort thinking it was a hoax.

Fast-forward to Thanksgiving break and my kids and I are watching “The Martian.” As I watched, I recalled the post on Reddit and wondered… What if I submitted a FOIA request to NASA? I began to comb through my Google search history and found my searches from April which gave me the name of the report and the date: “IAC-05-D2.8-A5.4.1 — Trajectory and Threat Analysis of 1983 SA — October 18, 1983.” I found NASA’s FOIA request site and sent an email request with all the required information.

I never expected to hear back. At a minimum, I thought I might be told that no such report existed. To my utter astonishment, on Monday, January 22nd I received a large, heavy envelope with a copy of the 58-page report from NASA, as well as two other ancillary reports. Across the top of each page of the reports are the words “Top Secret” and just below, a stamp that reads “DECLASSIFIED 01-JAN-2013.”

There are no redactions.


Fair warning: The author reveals updated information later that indicates this particular asteroid has been reevaluated as not a threat, and then veers off into an argument by analogy about the impact of global warming. Still, it is an interesting read.

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