Russia Radioactive Again?

According to our news media, Russia has been radioactive since at least the Trump inauguration, if not Chernobyl. Today, a scintillating story has broken, telling of released radiation following explosion of an experimental engine using “radioisotopes and liquid propellant.” The engine is speculated to be related to Russia’s development of a hypersonic missile.

The “radioisotopes” got my attention. Radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTG‘s) have been around for quite some time and used to power  niche items like isolated lighthouses and spacecraft. They use heat resulting from the known and predictable decay of various radioactive heavy elements to produce electricity.... [Read More]

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Bolsheviks, they Ain’t

The Democratic Socialists of America held their 2019 convention in Atlanta, Georgia between August 2nd and 4th, 2019.  Here is a 90 minute recording of a session from the second day of the convention.  Embedding of the video has been disabled by those who posted it; click the link below to watch in a separate tab/window. (The actual session starts around eight minutes in; I have set the video to start at that point.)

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Puzzle: Numbers in the U.S. Constitution

U.S. Constitution, top of documentThe U.S. Constitution contains all kinds of numbers: cardinal and ordinal numbers, absolute dates, measures of duration, quantities of money, fractions, and areas.  There are, as best I can determine, no irrational, transcendental, complex, or transfinite numbers in the document (although the latter may eventually be required if an amendment is adopted regarding the public debt).

You can probably guess the function of many of these numbers, but there are some curious ones lurking in there whose significance may be less than obvious.  Without looking at the document or performing a Web search, can you recall (or guess) in what context(s) the following numbers are used?  For the purposes of this puzzle, I use the text of the Constitution and the 27 adopted amendments as published by the U.S. National Archives.... [Read More]

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Muslim jihad in Africa July 2019

This post is a follow-up to my Ramadan Bombathon and June posts about Muslim jihad in Africa. This is a story of great violence wrought by jihadiis in a dozen countries. This violence is a continuation of centuries of violence along the edges of Muslim lands, but the scene in Africa has become increasingly deadly in the years since the 9/11 attacks on America in 2001. That event seemed to precipitate fresh infusions of cash from oil-rich Arabs, who gave support to Wahhabi madrassas that taught violent jihad, and who gave money for purchase of black market small arms to give to jihadiis all over the world.

Below I am simply listing incidents of violent jihad in Africa that made it to Christian niche media in the weeks since my post in mid-June. There were undoubtedly additional acts of violence that went unreported. None of this made it into mass media journalism in America, so all of it is probably news to y’all.... [Read More]

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Peter Thiel: “The Star Trek Computer Is Not Enough”

On 2019-07-14 Peter Thiel gave the keynote address at the National Conservatism Conference in Washington.  Video of this speech and of some of the others from the conference is now available.

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Madison Rising

While listening to The David Webb Show on SiriusXM yesterday morning, a clip from this version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” was played, performed by a band named Madison Rising:

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Conrad Black Writes a Manifesto

Mark Steyn interviews Conrad Black on his new book,  Canadian Manifesto. It’s a fun interview with a lot of historical references. Conrad Black posits that if the US would have stayed with Britain, the US could have controlled the British Empire. He also shared that Canada was offered the British West Indies after World War I but said no thanks. The interview is about an hour.

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Monday Meals 19-6-17: Edamame

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Edamame are soybeans that are boiled or steamed. You pop them out of their pods into your mouth. They are a great snack. Usually they are salted. Recently I have bought the frozen ones since they aren’t in season yet. Mmm, they are good.

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