Sarah Palin is the “other” whom Yoda spoke about.

calendar   Sunday - August 23, 2015

ka pow

The guys from Mythbusters use a super high speed camera on a firing pistol. You really understand how things work after watching. Neat.

Alas, it’s Mythbusters, which means that either they’ve done something wrong, or they’ve left something out. I can’t spot any glaring mistakes here, but it would have been just so enlightening to see the same kind of pictures taken with a ported barrel and/or with scenar base (target boat tail) bullets. Just to see where the smoke goes. High speed fluid dynamics.

Enjoy the video.

:10 compressed air in the barrel ahead of the bullet is ejected, along with a very small amount of cooled powder gases that got past the bullet on firing before the bullet was fully seated in the rifling.
:11.a first flash. Notice that in the instant that the heel of the bullet leaves the barrel, the plasma hot gases overtake it.
:11.b heat wave overtakes bullet, roils into “jellyfish” shape as it goes ahead. This is mostly heat, and the plasma wave is moving much faster than the bullet is
:11.c second flash. As “jellyfish” gas cloud runs into normal air it flattens out and thickens up on the bottom, compressing cooling plasma which heats it up again. As bullet passes through cloud bottom, secondary ignition of compressed plasma occurs.
:12 harmonic elasticity as secondary flash attenuates and reacts to rapidly changing heat and pressures. Neat!
:14 bullet passes beyond both turbulent areas, and then the “rocket effect” from the barrel takes place. The bullet is long gone before the propellant gases get out of the barrel.
:16 ejecta ... ejecting. Not all the powder gets burned up. Small pieces of the primer explosive shoot out too, along with any loose fouling or metal scraped from bullet passing down a rifled barrel.
:27 watch it all over again, and see that the bullet is ancient history by the time the pistol’s action even starts to unlock.

1200 feet per second the text tells us. Jamie, seriously? You used a 9mm for this, not your .45? For shame.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/23/2015 at 12:23 PM   
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rising by the hour

Invasion Europe 2015

Sure, we put more troops ashore on D- Day. But they’ve got A-Day, B-Day, C-Day, ... every day of the week, every week.

I sat on this story a whole day, going back to it every few hours, and watched the numbers rise like a rocket. 1,000. 2,000. 3,000. 4,000. Horry Clap. It’s a frickin’ invasion.

4,400 migrants rescued in a day from waters off Libyan coast

Some 4,400 migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya in the space of 24 hours, the Italian coast guard said, in a massive international rescue operation involving several ships.

The migrants were pulled from 22 vessels, including rubber dinghies, off the North African country’s coast on Saturday.

Several Italian coast guard and navy ships were among those involved in the Mediterranean rescue operation, the Italian coast guard said, as well as vessels from the EU border agency, Frontex.

Humanitarian group Medecins Sans Frontieres, also known as Doctors Without Borders, said its own vessel, the Argos, had rescued 95 people from a very unstable rubber dinghy and taken on board another 206 rescued by the Italian navy. The ship is now carrying the migrants to Italy, it said.

Ships rush to rescue thousands of migrants stranded in Mediterranean

Lindis Hurum, emergency coordinator on the Argos, said via Twitter that those rescued included many young people.

I have never seen so many young people onboard the ship, and especially not so many children travelling alone,” she tweeted.

Do you get it? They’re sending an army, and they’re sending their breeding stock.

Many are fleeing conflict in Syria, Afghanistan and elsewhere, while others are escaping poverty or repression in Africa.

They include more than 158,000 who have arrived in Greece—many landing on small islands ill-equipped to deal with the influx—along with about 104,000 who’ve gone to Italy, around 1,950 to Spain and almost 100 to Malta.


I’d say that 8 or even 9 out of 10 of these people are males between 12 and 40. Doesn’t matter whether they’re coming in from Africa, or Near Asia. It’s the same. It’s an army. And if you look just a little closer, you’re going to find that almost no one in either group is a Christian.

Thousands of people, most of them Syrian refugees, were heading north towards the EU border on Sunday after being stranded for days on the Greece-Macedonia frontier.

The mass movement came after Macedonia police on Saturday reopened the country’s southern frontier, enabling thousands to travel north towards Serbia from which they seek to enter the European Union (EU).

Macedonia on Thursday declared a state of emergency and sealed off its southern border in a bid to halt the influx, leaving thousands stranded in no-man’s land.

But two days later, it lifted the restrictions.

By Sunday morning, more than 3,500 refugees and migrants had crossed into Serbia where they were given food and shelter from the chilly weather at a tent camp in the border village of Miratovac, the Serbian public broadcaster RTS reported.

They were then being bussed to the nearby town of Presevo where police handed out documents and helped them take buses to the border with Hungary, an EU member state, RTS said.

Police in Gevgelija on Macedonia’s southern border with Greece said they had issued transit papers for some 4,000 people in last 24 hours.

Around a thousand others were still waiting for the documents, allowing them to travel across Macedonia, while hundreds more refugees were pouring freely across from the border with Greece, AFP reporters said.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/23/2015 at 10:58 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - August 22, 2015

It flies!!

click over to Vilmar’s ... short video of the first flight of the Bugatti 100P, the most futuristic Buck Rogers airplane from 1937 that never was ... and now is.

The first iteration flew with only half as much horsepower as the original specification called for.

Built by hand from laminated wood


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/22/2015 at 09:02 PM   
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Extra Value Deal: Two For A Dollar

One Dead, One Dying After McDonald’s Knife Fight Over Dollar Store Umbrella In Harlem

because #GhettoLivesAintWorthShit

Hernandez holds Estevez down while Santiago stabs her from behind. Such teamwork.

A shouting match over a cheap umbrella ignited a deadly reign of terror on a Harlem street corner.

One man was killed and his girlfriend critically injured Friday morning when a breakfast brawl between two feuding couples exploded into a savage knife-stabbing frenzy, cops said.

“There was blood everywhere,” said an eyewitness to the carnage that occurred outside the McDonald’s at 125th St. and Lexington Ave. around 8:10 a.m. Minutes earlier, the warring twosomes were jawing about the ownership of the flimsy-looking umbrella.

A horrifying video obtained by the Daily News captured a man in army fatigues, a huge curved knife in his right hand, plunging the blade three times into the back of an unsuspecting woman.

The victim was wrestling with her attacker’s girlfriend, each one clutching and twisting one end of the umbrella in a bizarre tug of war, when she was stabbed from behind on the busy street.

The man wielding the deadly blade looked “like he had just come back from a safari,” and carved the woman up quickly, said an eyewitness.

Nobody stepped in to break up the street fight, with spectators instead intently watching it or milling around once it ended.

Jesus Santiago, 46, and his girlfriend Monica Hernandez, 36, were arrested, although no charges were immediately filed.

“A fight over an umbrella,” said community activist Jorge Senquis, 46, who watched the wild brawl. “Two women started fighting, and a guy comes in and stabs the guy and the girl. In that moment, it took everybody by surprise.”

Nancy Estevez, 46, was rushed to Harlem Hospital in critical condition with multiple stab wounds to her torso. The unidentified dead man, who was apparently armed with a box cutter, died at the same hospital.

The festering feud spilled onto the sidewalk and escalated once they were outside the restaurant. A second short video of the confrontation showed the two men wrestling on the sidewalk, with Santiago lying on his back before the other man runs away.
East Harlem barber Carlos Rodriguez, 30, said the neighborhood could use more cops. “That’s crazy,” he said about the fatal attack on the busy thoroughfare. “People are always getting hurt. The NYPD needs to have more security around here.”

Video and pictures of the murders as they take place, at this link.

The McDonald’s is currently hiring.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/22/2015 at 02:11 PM   
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Oh Hella Yeah

Gotta love the Brit papers ... they give you the whole story in just one massive headline. And then you get a slew of pictures. Oh sure, there’s well written text too, if you feel like reading it.

Semper Paratus, Semper Intenti

Two U.S. servicemen and their student friend who disarmed Moroccan terrorist and beat him unconscious in train aisle as he opened fire on Paris-bound passengers with his AK-47

Air Force airman Spencer Stone ran at the gunman when he opened fire on the high speed service to Paris
Was travelling with Oregon National Guard member Alek Skarlatos, 22, who was travelling through Europe
With the help of Anthony Sadler, from California, and British national Chris Norman, they stopped the attack
Stone was cut in the neck during the confrontation and is in hospital - although his injuries are not life-threatening
The 26-year-old Moroccan national, who was known to security services, got on the train in Brussels
He came out of the toilet brandishing the gun and opened fire. Fortunately, the hero passengers overpowered him
Three people were wounded in the attack, including Stone. French police hailed the bravery of the bystanders
The gunman was taken into custody by French police at a train station in Arras. He is in custody in hopsital


Bound for gory? Next stop oughta be teh guillotine for this dirtbag

A US airman who foiled a terrorist attack on a France-bound train was knifed in the neck while disarming the crazed gunman.

Spencer Stone, who is part of the U.S. Air Force, spotted the 26-year-old Moroccan acting suspiciously and heard him trying to load his weapon in the toilet of the high speed train between Amsterdam and Paris.

He was travelling with Oregon National Guard member Alek Skarlatos, 22, who was on leave and traveling through Europe at the time after returning from a tour in Afghanistan.

With the help of their friend Anthony Sadler, from Pittsburg, California, and fellow passenger British IT consultant Chris Norman, they managed to wrestle the attacker to the ground, stopping what could have been a deadly terrorist attack.

Video footage of the aftermath has emerged, showing what appears to be the gunman lying on the floor, moaning with pain, with his hands and feet tied up with t-shirts after he was beaten unconscious.

The camera then pans around to the Kalashnikov resting on a seat surrounded by blood stains on the windows.

The 26-year-old Moroccan national, who was known to security services, got on the train in Brussels and attempted his attack soon after crossing the French border.

He came out of the toilet brandishing the gun and opened fire, wounding two people on board. Fortunately, the hero passengers were nearby and overpowered him.

The terrorist, named in reports as Ayoub el-Qahzzani, had at least nine full magazines of ammunition holding almost 300 rounds. He was arrested by police at a train station in Arras and taken to hospital where he is now in custody.

‘We heard a gunshot, and we heard glass breaking behind us, and saw a train employee sprint past us down the aisle,’ Sadler said from France. They saw a gunman entering the train car with an automatic rifle, he said.

‘As he was cocking it to shoot it, Alek just yells, ‘Spencer, go!’ And Spencer runs down the aisle,’ Sadler said. ‘Spencer makes first contact, he tackles the guy, Alek wrestles gun away from him, and the gunman pulls out a box cutter and slices Spencer a few times. And the three of us beat him until he was unconscious.’

‘The gunman never said a word,’ he added.

Skarlatos described Stone’s heroic actions to ITV News in the aftermath of the attack.

‘Spencer ran a good ten metres to get to the guy and we didn’t that his gun not working or anything like that,’ he said. ‘Spencer just ran anyway and if anybody would have gotten shot it would have been Spencer for sure and we’re very lucky that nobody got killed, especially Spencer.’

He added that he was in ‘good spirits’ in hospital, but was still shocked by what unfolded. 

Pentagon spokesman Commander William Urban confirmed that one member of American military had been injured, but declined to formally identify him.

US President Barack Obama praised the ‘courage and quick thinking’ of the men.

‘The president expressed his profound gratitude for the courage and quick thinking of several passengers, including US service members, who selflessly subdued the attacker,’ a White House official said.

‘While the investigation into the attack is in its early stages, it is clear that their heroic actions may have prevented a far worse tragedy.

‘We will remain in close contact with French authorities as the investigation proceeds,’ the official added.

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calendar   Thursday - August 20, 2015

TNB: Seven shot, three dead after Rochester NY basketball game

Because #BasketballMatters

3 dead, 4 injured in Rochester, N.Y., drive-by shooting

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Three people are dead after seven people were shot after a basketball game at a Rochester Boys and Girls Club late Wednesday night.

“A car drove by and at least one of the occupants in the car fired shots from the car into the crowd that had gathered after a basketball game at the Boys and Girls Club,” said Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli.

Police responded to the scene on Genesee Street at 11:19 p.m. after receiving multiple 911 calls.

Three people killed in a drive-by shooting outside the Boys and Girls Club on Genesee Street Wednesday night have been identified.

Jonah Barley, Raekwon Manigault and Johnny Johnson were fatally shot, according to sources.

Four others were wounded in the attack after a basketball game in the parking lot of the club at 500 Genesee St.

Ciminelli said that there was no problem at the Boys and Girls Club. The problem did not seem to stem from the basketball game, he said. “It is still subject to change,” he said.

The four injured are males, aged 20 to 29. Medical personnel didn’t believe that any of their wounds appear to be life-threatening, said Capt. Michael Callari of the police department. They were all taken to local hospitals.

neighborhood ladies upset with the endless senseless violence

Rochester NY never made much sense to me. It’s in the middle of the nearly empty zone in western NY, in the middle of farms and forests, along the south shore of Lake Ontario. And suddenly you’re in the ghetto. A really bad ghetto. The murder capital of New York State. How the heck did one of these crash land way the heck out here?? This is Rochester - the land of endless cold. It’s below freezing for at least 4 months a year. It snows like mad too, worse than even Buffalo. And then you drive up out of the pit, back on the endless empty highway to Buffalo, and you wonder if what you just saw was even real.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/20/2015 at 06:22 PM   
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going down the gutters

Skunked again in Summer League. We lost the final week of regular bowling last week, 2-5, then had to face the same team again in the semi-finals. But hey, we were looking forward to trouncing them because the league bylaws said “no subs in the finals”. Or so we thought. Which means they couldn’t bring in a ringer, and would have to field whoever on their team who actually showed up.

But when we were getting ready for the warm up, who do we see but our anchor’s daughter, surprise, logging in for the other team. But she’s a sub! Oh God, time for the drama llamas.  So we take the rules to the boss man, and he explains that what he meant was, no new subs in the finals; all of them have to have an established average by that point. Right. No bowling for averages (something you do the first couple weeks of the season) during the last 2 weeks of the season. Makes sense. Right. Except that isn’t how he wrote it. Difference between a semi-colon and a period, different sentence structure as well. I hate having to play Constitutional Scholar at bowling league because people can’t write a coherent sentence or two to express themselves properly. Fine, so let the girl play. She’s a nice young woman, and a pretty good bowler to boot. But it really cranked her mom. Score one for our opponents, total psyche out before we even rolled a ball.

And then my team dove headfirst into the mire. All night long. Hey, I rolled my average or a little better, so don’t blame me. Our noob, who now carries a 101 average after 15 weeks of bowling and plenty of practice sessions with his girlfriend, our anchor, rolled FORTY ONE UNDER. Unholy toasted satanic kittehs, he threw a friggin SIXTY. 6. 0. 60. Five year old children throw a 60. Usually more. We were doomed. But it’s couples bowling, so what are you going to do? “yay buddy, go buddy, you can do it, rah rah rah” as he hammers the gutter frame after frame. It’s not like the lane isn’t 4 feet wide. All you have to do is stay on the thing and you’ll get some pins. Nope. Lost it by 48. So that was Game 1.

Miss Anchor and I both got a hambone in Game 2 ( XXXX aka a 4-gasm or a 4-bagger ) and our soulmates didn’t do too poorly, so we took that one by about 11 I think.

Game 3 and our opponents weren’t even trying. They were half drunk, and slagging the balls all over. It didn’t matter. We were up by 87 in the 6th frame, enough to wake a slim glimmer of hope that we could not only win a second game, but also hold the margin and capture wood. Oh please. Who am I fooling? The moment we start trying to win, out comes the suck in all it’s multi-colored glory. And in the 7th frame we started getting managed. It’s the classic spot to “rally” in. Even if you’re just pretending to. Suddenly, instead of 1s and 3s and gutter balls, they’re hitting strikes. Really? Where’d this shit come from? And they ate up our lead, and ate our lunch, stole our milk money, and kicked our school books in the dirt. Waaah!! By which I mean we lost, and lost hard, so that we weren’t even close to getting wood. So we’re sinking to the bottom of the standings faster than ever.

I know, I know. Summer league. Fun league. Not so competitive. Having fun. Trying. Almost like Date Night, only without the anticipation of anything afterwards.  At least I’m pretty sure we’ll face a different team next week. And then Winter League starts, for which we have only half a team.

I’m giving serious thought to just joining a singles league. That’s not bowling for the relationship-free folks, that’s bowling as a Team Of One. I’m tired of the let downs. A 60. JJCOAPS. A friggin 60. downer


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/20/2015 at 05:30 PM   
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Fuck Yeah, The Donald

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump debated the use of the term “anchor baby” with a reporter at a press conference in New Hampshire on Wednesday.

Trump was asked, “You said that you have a big heart, and that you’re not mean-spirited. Are you aware that the term ‘anchor baby,’ that’s an offensive term? People find that hurtful.”

Trump responded, “You mean it’s not politically correct, and yet everybody uses it?” He then suggested the reporter give him a different term to use, to which the reporter suggested “The American-born [children] of undocumented immigrants.” Trump said in response, “I’ll use the word ‘anchor baby.’”

Slap the ever-lovin’ leftist shit outta him Donald. Ten times harder, twice as long.

Speaking of longer and harder ...
Related: Mark Levin audio: Congress Can End Birthright Citizenship Without Amending The Constitution 14 minutes.

Well duh, of course they can. Legal precedent be damned, SCOTUS made a bad call. Go read the Congressional Minutes from when the 14th Amendment was debated and passed. In no uncertain terms whatsoever it was the clear and unmistakable intent that this amendment not create anchor babies.

Krauthammer is wrong. O’Reilly is wrong. Read the darned document.

Amendment XIV
Section 1.

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

This is the same kind of willful blindness with the “well regulated militia” part of the Second Amendment. “Subject to the jurisdiction thereof” means not a citizen of any other country. So those former slaves, all of who had been born here at that point, became citizen’s. And the newly arrived infant daughter of the Ambassador from Pilate-Pongo didn’t. Because her parents were citizens of Pilate-Pongo, and thus by the magical powers of attribute inheritance, so was she, the instant she was born. Because people understood in those days that children belonged to their parents first and foremost. Period. Full stop. End of story. Bye bye.

Pretending that foreigners are under US jurisdiction because they have to obey our laws when they’re here is the arguing of an uneducated child. It’s like people saying “Yeah, but the Theory of Evolution is just a theory” because they have no friggin’ idea what “theory” means when used in a scientific context. It does NOT mean “loose hypothesis” or “rough idea based on my feelings”. It means “we’ve been trying to break this thing for 150 years now and we still can’t do it, so it’s the nearest thing we have to Revealed Truth for now.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/20/2015 at 02:30 PM   
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Gas Prices Slowly Dropping


18 Days Ago:

Local gas prices then and now:

87 Octane Regular, average $2.39/gal
93 Octane Premium, average $2.75/gal

87 Octane Regular, average $2.19/gal
93 Octane Premium, average $2.73/gal

The regular gas market is extremely competitive. My state allows different prices for cash or credit, so these are all cash prices. And of course, in NJ it’s against the law to pump your own fuel, so these are also all “full service”.

The regular gas price is almost a lure, a come-on to get you up to the pumps. Somehow the price for premium never gets up on the big sign, and it’s definitely Buyer Beware out there.

Sure, local regular is 20¢ cheaper now than almost 3 weeks ago. But the actual price range goes from $2.15 - $2.57. That’s huge. And premium seems to be holding steady, down only $0.02, but the price range is $2.49 - $2.99.  89 Octane Mid-Grade is the same game, averaging $2.55 but ranging from $2.39 to $2.79.

Yikes. I can pay 18¢ more for a gallon of Regular at a high price than I can for a gallon of Premium at a low price. Son of a gas pump!

So use your Gas Buddy app. Or check prices online and plan your purchase ahead of time to get the best price along your route or just a short distance off of it. If you have to drive to the back of beyond on a special trip to save a nickel, you’re not saving anything.

In oil markets, Brent crude traded at just under $47, down more than 1 percent, while U.S. crude hovered near $41 a barrel, recovering from a fresh six-and-a-half-year low near $40.

Oil has already plunged 34 percent from its recent peak of about $62 a barrel in early May to now hovering barely above $40. This latest move lower seems to have finally extinguished hopes for a rebound in prices to the triple-digit levels seen as recently as last June, when West Texas benchmark crude was trading at more than $107 a barrel.

In turn, 85 percent of the S&P 500 energy sector has now succumbed to a bear market, marked by declines of 20 percent or more. Exxon and Chevron, two of the 30 blue chip components of the Dow Jones industrial average, have shed more than a quarter of their market value since their July 2014 highs.
On a long enough time horizon, anything is possible when it comes to the price of oil. For now though, the momentum of this boom-bust cycle still points to the downside.

Well, crude is at it’s lowest price in ages, so if it stays there awhile - and with the China situation on top of everything else I expect it to - then we should see Regular gas dipping well below the $2/gal line.  And I say it’s about bloody time.

Crude oil price graphics courtesy of oil price dot net. Local gasoline prices courtesy of GasBuddy dot com.


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Myself, I’d have been over teh moon

Epic FAIL Pic


Nothing says happiness more than a small child surrounded by tons of high explosive artillery shells.

Bring your kids to

EXPLOSION!! The Museum of Naval Firepower

today, and they’ll have a grand time learning all about the long history of using giant weaponry to splatter sailors into burning small bloody chunks before leaving them to drown in the remorseless icy ocean.  And hey, we’ve got mines and missiles too, even an old atomic bomb that somebody found out behind the dust bins. It’s not ticking at all, we’re almost completely sure of that!

Plus, now you can rent our halls for your own big events! Start your married life with a bang!

Explosion! traces the development of naval armaments from gunpowder to the Exocet missile...but the museum is not just about big bangs!

Nor are the human, social and moral consequences of warfare forgotten - visitors will be provoked as well as educated and entertained.

Because their precious childhoods are just incomplete without recurring nightmares that will take years of therapy to get past. So come on down today!!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/20/2015 at 07:36 AM   
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I Feel The Earth Move Under My Feet

You are now 334 feet further West than you thought you were. Congratulations.

Satellite Accuracy Shifts Prime Meridian 102 Meters East


Old vs New, Elegance vs Accuracy:

The original Prime Meridian bisected the Airy Transit Circle, a fancy telescope in The Royal Observatory

The new Meridian is centered on a badger set by a primrose bush

Once called the Prime Meridian of the World, the invisible line running north to south that divides the world into Eastern and Western hemispheres passed through the Airy Transit Circle — a 19th-century telescopic instrument at the Royal Observatory at Greenwich, England.

However, this line of longitude now runs 334 feet (102 meters) east of where it did. What made it shift? A change in finding out which way is down — from using a basin of liquid mercury to relying on satellites around Earth, researchers have found.

“Zut alors!” cry the perfidious Fwench, always jealous that the Prime never ran through Paris (because their Empire sucked), “tres oui! Knowing how to get down properly is what being Fwench is all about!”

The article goes on to tell the hapless reader the difference between latitude and longitude, wobbly gravity, the importance of a decent pocket watch (but does not mention our hero Mr. Harrison, you blighters!), and the dangers of getting it wrong:

One example of such a disaster happened in 1707, when four British warships and more than 1,400 lives were lost because storms forced the fleet’s navigators off course, making them believe they were safely to the west of the island of Ushant instead of closing in on dangerous rocks near the Isles of Scilly*.

This is all supported by Official Science and a link to actual published papers containing lots of advanced maths, complex graphs, and impressively big words, so you know it’s correct:

Astrogeodetic and gravimetric DoV determination
Natural coordinates [Φ, Λ, H] are related to geodetic latitude, φ, longitude, λ, and ellipsoidal height h, by (Heiskanen and Moritz 1967):
where, ξ is the meridional component of the DoV, η the prime vertical component of the DoV and N is the geoid undulation. These equations relate the geodetic quantities [φ,λ,h] to the physical quantities [Φ, Λ, H] associated with the gravity field. If the geodetic coordinates [φ,λ, h] of a point have been determined with respect to a given datum, and if the natural coordinates [Φ, Λ, H] have been determined also (e.g., from astronomical observations and from spirit leveling), then one can obtain the deflection components (ξastro, ηastro) and the geoid undulation (N) at that point from Eq. (2). Today, such a geometric determination can be realized by making astronomical observations of Φ and Λ at a point whose geodetic coordinates [φ,λ,h] have been determined from GNSS positioning, and whose orthometric height, H, has been determined from spirit leveling. Such a geometric determination yields astrogeodetic DoV components that are specific to the particular datum to which the geodetic coordinates, φ and λ, refer.
Fig. 2

The reference ellipsoid from a point on its minor axis above the north pole. O = spheroid axis passing through the geocenter, Eq = ground level equipotential surface, Sph = spheroidal parallels, OA ′= geodetic meridian plane at K, SA = astronomical meridian plane at K

This actually makes perfect sense, even if it wasn’t featured as the centerfold in PNAS magazine. The one thing we’re left wondering is just how often Huma gets to control Hillary’s other handheld device.

See More Below The Fold


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/20/2015 at 06:43 AM   
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Check Out Trump!

Ladies and Gentlemen, I have previously called Donald Trump a clown.  He’s not.

I just finished listening to his Town Hall Meeting in Derry, New Hampshire, yesterday, August 19, 2015. 

His speech read like a summary of this and all my other favorite blogs for the last 3 or 4 years.  He is saying pretty much everything we’ve been saying.  It honestly looks as if he is paying attention to us and all the others like us.  It wasn’t a speech so much as his ad libing based on notes on a single sheet of paper, for about 20 minutes, followed by a question period of about 35 minutes that was pretty much his stream of consciousness.  (Shout out to my cuz, Dave K for that last phrase.)

He is going to be the greatest populist candidate since Kingfish Huey Long.  The entire video is nearly an hour long, so get a drink and get comfy.  It will be very worth your time.  Decide what you will, Donald Trump is now a serious contender for the Presidency of the United States of America and he just might go all the way to the White House. 

It’s not all gravy.  He mentions several times he will have Carl Ichan and others like him working on fixing the economic and trade problems faced by the U.S.  Those men are top movers and shakers of the international business world.  Given the power, they are certainly capable of setting up an economic resurgence for the U.S.  That’s the good news.  The bad news depends on how you feel about giving men who already run a fair piece of the world even more power.  Guys like Ichan are a two edged sword.

My final thought:  Trump is a Candidate, the others are nice politicians at best, lunatic traitors and thieves at worst.  There is also a small touch from John F. Kennedy.  Kennedy had only one speech, he just repeated it a lot of different ways.  The message was:  We are a great people and we will do great things.” When you heard him, you felt as if he was personally speaking to you and every citizen and legal resident of the United States.  Trump’s message is his slogan:  “Make American Great Again”. 

h/t Dave K

P.S. Drew and Peiper, I owe you guys an overdue explanation and perhaps a bit of apology.  Check your emails in a day or two.



Posted by Dr. Jeff   United States  on 08/20/2015 at 01:57 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - August 19, 2015

The Miller Lite Of Pocket Pistols?

Less Print! More Comfort!

Taurus markets curved pocket .380 that hardly looks like a pistol. Market campaign could be “Get Bent!”


Generally people aren’t flat and square, but their pistols are. Try and stick a regular pocket pistol in your pocket, and odds are that it will really stretch the fabric, especially at the corners. This is called “printing”, and everybody and their one eyed old hound dog can see that L shaped lump you’ve “concealed” and know just what it is.

Worse, you carry a little gun in your pocket, and it lets you know it’s there all the time. One corner or another will always be digging in, riding up, wearing a hole in the fabric, maybe worse. All those little levers and buttons rubbing you raw and collecting lint.

So Taurus built themselves a curved pistol. And named it ... The Curve. How original!! It’s a distinctly right handed affair that’s curved top to bottom and (I think) front to back. And then they added a blob to the front that houses both an LED flashlight and a laser aiming site. But the blob makes the shape look more like a wallet than a typical firearm. So what you get is more comfort. And less obvious printing.

The curved concept only goes so far. The barrel, frame, rails, and other internals are all properly straight and lined up. It’s only the external body of the gun that has the bends.

Notice that there are no sites to snag on things, just a couple of white lines. Good enough at 10 feet in a panic situation. Plus there’s that laser site, which is adjustable, for making accurate longer shots. And it even comes with a removable waistband clip, which helps keep your pocket pistol from sliding down and becoming your socks pistol.

The Curve. MSRP under $400. 10.2 ounces, 6 rounds, handles +P ammo, 4.1lb trigger pull. Locked breech semi-automatic .380 ACP. Comes with 2 magazines, cable lock with trigger shield, slide lock with key for “home safety”, and a hard case. Made in the USA.


Factory Link

Gun Blast! Review Link



Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/19/2015 at 12:39 AM   
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calendar   Monday - August 17, 2015

Bloop bloop bloop

The Turkeyson family pays us an evening visit. “Bloop bloop, book bloop” they chatter away as they walk down the side yard.

The whole family out for a stroll. Mom, Dad, and at least 4 little ones.

Meanwhile, Teh Kittehs, our pair of semi-feral kitties who live outside here and were hanging out on the nice warm concrete patio, hear the sound and run to investigate.

The parent birds stand over 3 feet tall walking upright, their muted summer colors making them hard to see in the gentle shadows even 15 feet away.  Teh Kittehs race around the corner of the marigolds and there they are, face to face.

HOLY SHIT, TURKEYS!!! RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!!! And the cats do a 180 in mid-air and take off at Warp Factor 4. The turkeys just stand there. But when we grabbed our cameras they strutted back up our little hill and into the brush at the top of the gully here. Too much fuss and bother.

Our digital cameras just can’t shoot fast enough, zoom fast enough, and doesn’t record in sharp detail fast enough. And even with fresh batteries, the flash won’t cycle as fast as I want it to. Sometimes, I think real film and real cameras can’t be beat. Does one even exist that’s “SLR” fast? How many thousand does that cost??

“Bloop bloop blip” and they were once again invisible.



Life here in the sticks.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/17/2015 at 07:23 PM   
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