We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
If you've got the day off and plan on kicking back, I've recently added some goodies to my Special Videos area:
Sherlock Compilation — a 30-minute condensation of an episode in the new BBC series 'Sherlock', about a modern-day Sherlock Holmes.
The Mystery of 'North' — The story of a movie that was never released to DVD, and you'd never guess why.
The Challenger Disaster — It need not have happened.
The Columbia Disaster — No one to blame, nowhere to run.
The Concorde Disaster — One of the most beautiful eras in aviation ends because of the most insignificant thing.
The F-35 Debacle — How to shoot yourself in the foot, government style.
Straight Up — A very interesting documentary on helicopters.
Besides the 'Special Videos', there are a number of interesting things in my art gallery. There are three 'Web Vids' pages with what I consider to be the best short videos posted to the Web, lots of pictorials, and if you like watching movie 'trailers', I have my own version in the 'Bag O' Clips'.
But hold on a sec. What if you are spam? What if your entire existence is the just figment of some spambot's imagination, like something out of 'The Matrix' but without the AAA batteries? I just think we should keep all of our options open at this point.
If you actually are real, though, it's just a glitch in the system. Unlike the posts, the readers' email addresses are kept on a secure server, and if the two servers aren't sync'd up at the exact moment you hit the 'Submit' button, you get the dreaded "Beat it, deadbeat!" error message. Just hit the Submit button again and it should go right on through.
The version of the documentary "The Great Global Warming Swindle" presented here contains some errors that were removed from later versions. Perhaps the biggest is the claim that volcanoes produce more CO2 than mankind does. Passing errors along as facts only weakens the arguments of the rational folks who want to stick to objective science. The real battle, in my view, is to be found in Montford's book, The Hockey Stick Illusion. Then too, there are facts about warming that are not mentioned in this film, so it's not a good source of information for those who want to promote the truth.
Thanks for the tip. I'll find a later version at some point. I'll leave the current one up until then, though. Making the argument with a couple of small errors is a piss of a lot better than not making the argument at all.
In the description of "The Columbia Disaster" you refer to the "incredible save of Apollo 11" - what save are you referring to? I know there were a number of anomalies, some minor, some significant during the Apollo program, such as the docking and ABORT signal problems on Apollo 14, but I can't think of any "save" more incredible than the Apollo 13 mission.
You also mention not using "a recon satellite" to image Columbia. I'm not sure optical "recon" satellites would have to focal length to image objects in LEO, but ground based optical/laser telescopes are used for such imaging.
Whoops, good catch. I meant '13'. As for the recon satellites, that's why they didn't use one to look for damage, because of the fuel it would have used up repositioning itself. If ground-based units had the ability, they probably would have taken a little peek.