Mar 06 2011

Idiotic Media Tricks

Published by at 10:08 am under All General Discussions

What moron thought this was a good idea:

Britain is to send teams of spies and diplomats into Libya to help oust Colonel Gaddafi, it emerged last night.

MI6 operatives backed by the SAS are to land in the east around the key rebel stronghold of Benghazi ‘within days’.

In addition, 600 soldiers of the Black Watch are on 24-hour standby to fly in and avert a humanitarian catastrophe as Libya erupted into a new wave of bloodshed.

Spies are no good if you point them out Einstein. And incursions are best left to be a surprise if you want to minimize casualties on your side. What a bunch of pathetic amateurs.

18 responses so far

18 Responses to “Idiotic Media Tricks”

  1. Wilbur Post says:

    The British gov should announce all the spies as disguised as journalists.

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  3. WWS says:

    Spies are also no good unless you have them in place about 10 years before you need them.

    Now? “Oh, don’t mind me, blokes, I just dropped in for a bit a’ tea!”

    Oh yeah, no one will ever notice. Morons.

  4. crosspatch says:

    AJ, please help get this story out. Anthony Watts has more over at his site.

    Basically certain faculty members of OSU is trying to destroy the academic careers of three of a Republican Congressman’s kids.

  5. crosspatch says:

    The plight of the Congressman’s kids now has a website:

    This guy home-schooled six kids after his wife died. He is a PhD, three of his kids are in PhD programs.

    He tore Rachel Maddow a new one on MSNBC during the campaign and the libs hate the man.

  6. crosspatch says:

    Oops, my bad, he lost the election so he isn’t a Congressman, but the rest is dead on.

  7. WWS says:

    Nasa Glory satellite failure – Sabotage?

    Not as unlikely as you may think. 2 climate satellite launches 2 years apart failed in *Exactly* the same way. Either our launch systems are now hopelessly incompetent and we’re incapable of fixing them – or else someone on the inside *wanted* them to fail.

    “Billions of dollars in continuing research grants and vast amounts of political power lie in ensuring that concern over global warming be kept at a boil. So if there were a person or persons concerned that the satellites might come up with the “wrong” answer, they might be highly motivated to make sure that they never got an opportunity to perform their respective missions. Of course, if so, it would behoove them to do so in such a way as to make it look like an accident.”

    “And interestingly, this is exactly the kind of failure that could easily be dressed up for that kind of show. All it takes to prevent a separation is to go up on the gantry after launch processing has been completed and add something to bind the fairing to the stage. Depending on what kind of separation mechanisms are used (mechanical, such as springs, versus explosive), duct tape might even do the job.”

  8. crosspatch says:

    I think there have been *several* failures of that particular launch platform not deploying the payload faring. I don’t believe that failure is limited to just climate payloads.

  9. lurker9876 says:

    Who’da remember that Apollo mission where they used the duct tape to come home?

    Anyway, after reading Rand Simpson’s support for the commercial space travel, then read this article pointing out some of the problems that the commercial space companies are facing and will face.

  10. WWS says:

    Of course that’s an equal possibility, Crosspatch. Probably if we ever want to get anything in orbit from now on we need to contract the job out to either the Chinese or the Russians – we don’t seem to be capable of it anymore.

  11. lurker9876 says:

    I remember when the shuttle was hailed as the low cost, returnable, reuseable space vehicle and that it can fly many times per year.

    Now we’re hearing the same thing about commercial space vehicles:

    What’s worse is that the writers of this article said that making the shuttle safer increased the costs.

    How can they preach the commercial space vehicle as the low cost, safe, and reusable vehicles? Seems to me that they’re not facing the reality of the situation.

    What’s worse is that even the big corporations are preaching the same thing.

    Oh, I get it, the big corporations know that they can survive with the liability insurance whereas the small companies will not be able to survive for a long time.

    The writers of the article are correct that commercial space development depends on the federal funding. So no way they can survive without NASA or something equivalent if NASA shuts down completely, which it could happen in the next few years.

  12. crosspatch says:

    Actually, if you want a commercial operation, the moon is the place to be. There are a bazillion reasons but some of them are obvious.

    1. There is gravity. That is pretty important if you are going to be there for a long time. The human body works best in an environment with some of that. It helps the sinuses drain, for one thing and toilets work better. You can also pour a glass of water and when you set something down on a table, it stays there. You can stack things in storage and they will remain there.

    2. You can build a fairly reasonable railgun launcher to get payload into orbit for pickup. You don’t need to blast payload off the surface with a rocket. Heck, it might even be possible to inject stuff directly into Earth orbit from the moon for pickup by remote controlled vehicles.

    3. If you are manufacturing something like semiconductors, it is pretty easy to create a vacuum chamber much better than anything you can produce on Earth, just let the air out. You can do this in orbit, too, but on the moon you can have a much larger facility without having to maintain its orbit.

    4. If you build your facility in the polar region you can have a constant supply of energy and possibly even have some water. A solar furnace could operate 24×7 at the pole where the sun never sets, it simply rotates around the horizon. As there is no atmosphere on the moon to attenuate that light, you get the same amount of energy no matter what the angle of the sun is relative to the horizon. If you point the collector directly at the sun, you get just as much energy at the pole as you do at the equator.

    Taking number 4 a step farther, if you build four collector/radiators at 90-degrees of rotation from each other slightly away from the pole and connect them with a pipe in a ring fashion, you have a constant supply of energy using a working fluid turbine system. A collector in the sun boils the fluid which drives a turbine. The working fluid exits the turbine and flows to a collector that is now in shade and acts as a radiator cooling the fluid for another pass into the sun. A very simple system of four collectors, four turbines, and a check-valve keep the fluid rotating around the body.

    The moon is the place to be. Once you start building spacecraft there, it becomes a handy launch point for stuff, too. No atmosphere, less gravity, and you get an added velocity boost from the rotation of the moon around the Earth.

  13. lurker9876 says:

    My husband says that we need to do more landing and take offs on and off the moon before going to Mars. We need that kind of experience. Dealing with asteroids won’t help us gain this kind of experience.

  14. lurker9876 says:

    So ya think that the WI Republicans won this battle?

  15. crosspatch says:

    They didn’t fix the primary issue and that is the corruption from public service unions shoveling money to the people they negotiate with. As long as public employee unions are allowed to take the union dues and shovel a portion to politicians, it will always be a corrupt system.

    Public employees should be allowed to donate to anyone they choose just like everyone else. Public employee unions, however, have a built-in conflict of interest that should disallow them from donating to parties or candidates.

  16. lurker9876 says:

    True. I thought that the bill now allows the public employees to decide whether to pay for the union dues or not.

    That should help some, right?

    Well, now we have the democracy ruled by the mob!

    I cannot stop but think of the 60’s as I witnessed the violent protests taking place at the WI Capital last night.

    This also reminds me of the protests in Greece AND what could happen if the US Congress attempts to reform the entitlement programs too drastically.

    I also got to thinking that perhaps the WI Assembly should have convened last night right after the WI Senate vote in anticipation of these protests.

    I see that the WI Senate Dems are going to return to the WI Capital to take advantage of the momentum. The recall process against the WI Republicans is accelerating. And the Dems are considering taking the legal avenue as well. Won’t work, matey.

    Today’s going to be an interesting day in WI as the National Guard is being considered for deployment.

  17. WWS says:

    I feel the sudden urge to sing “ON WISCONSIN!!!”

    what’s so funny is that apparently the Dems never saw it coming, even though those of us in the blogosphere have been talking about this for over a week! LOL – idiots!

    And NOW they want a debate – TIMES UP FOOLS!!!

  18. lurker9876 says:

    On Wisconsin!

    The Dems are really, really pissed.

    I see that the Dems are going to challenge Walker in the court. I don’t think the Dems have much chance there. Recall? Nah!

    Now the NPR’s future has become questionable. Especially if O’Keefe has MORE tapes and NPR knows it.

    Wow, everything’s crumbling around Obama, the Dems, and the unions!