I just have a few minutes today.
I am off to take care of paperwork and orientation, after I was hired yesterday, part time, at a logistics company that needed my particular skills and abilities. Obviously it will effect my overall schedule a bit, but my hope is that as I will only be working 3-4 hours four days a week, I can get back on top of the podcast and get her going again.
Thanks for your patience!
Seventy-five years ago today, the Japanese cabinet, in the presence of the Emperor himself, voted to start a war with the US, Great Britain and the Netherlands. The Japanese had assurance from Nazi Germany that if war came to the Pacific, they too would join in the conflict by declaring war on the United States. One has to wonder if that assurance had never been given, whether or not Japan would have waited? In any case, a group of a few men, sitting in a room decided the fate of millions based on an idea that was clearly flawed with a grand strategy that failed to take into account the capabilities of the opponent. The price was steep. But totalitarianism was defeated.
It has been a year (tomorrow) since the San Bernardino attack was made by a pair of PLRI terrorists. IN that time, the FBI has faced a lot of difficulties and issues that forced us to look not only at the terrorists, but at ourselves and how far we are willing to allow the government to invade our privacy to “protect us” from the PLRI terrorists. The biggest question the FBI has been unable to answer so far, is whether or not the pair had help or if anyone had an idea of what they were planning to do? It seems far fetched that nobody had even a twinkling of it, but it is within the realm of possibilities. It seems like nobody had any idea that the OSU student was going to attack last week. If they did, they didn’t say anything.
Ultimately these attacks tell us more about ourselves than they do anything more about the terrorists. By this point, only the obtuse don’t understand what motivates and inspires them. The biggest question of all is whether or not we continue to allow the erosion of liberty for the false security the government claims it can provide?
It seems that Sarah Palin might be considered for the position of VA Secretary. Look, I get that she is a conservative icon and that she brings executive experience. But if you really want the VA problems solved, you need somebody who has been there. Someone with bona fides and someone who has relevant experience with the military and the VA. Otherwise, it’s just more of the same old: a few pressers that promise to “get tough,” followed by the same political nonsense and nothing ever gets changed. I’m not saying that she can’t do it, but I find it not very probable that she understands things the way the Vets in the system do.
Life imitating art. Remember the Big Bang Theory episode where Howard has to fix his space toilet and tests it by using his mom’s meatloaf? NASA needs people to “think outside the box” and come up with a way for astronauts to go poop in space. It’s actually true that one of the things that has had the least amount of attention through the space program is pooping. Do you know why? Because astronauts generally eat a very “low residue” diet. When Apollo 8 went to the moon for the very first time, Bill Anders actually went “low res” weeks ahead of the flight and made it through the entire mission (6 Days, 3 Hours, 42 Min) without going once. He watched as Borman and Lovell used the so-called “top hat” system, and just decided that he was not having any of that.
Of course the problem is that “low res” diets also lack a lot of nutrients that are necessary to survive a bit longer than 6 days. There is no way that an astronaut could be on one for the two years or so it would take to go to Mars. So… NASA needs to come up with a way to poop in space that doesn’t involve top hats and storing it in lockers aboard the ship. If you can do it, they’ll pay you $30,000…
I’m off and running folks. Have a wonderful day!
Posted on December 1, 2016, in 4th Amendment, American, Cabinet, Constitution, History, It's Science!, Space - The Final Frontier, Terrorism, WWII and tagged 4th Amendment, Big Bang Theory, FBI, Hirohito, Japan, Mars, NASA, Ohio State, Poop, San Bernardino, Sarah Palin, Veterans Affairs, World War II. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.