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Space shuttles, blogs and stupidity July 4, 2006

Posted by dr. gonzo in Miscellaneous, Politics, Space.

It’s July 4, I am bored as hell. The Sox are on, lame game though, 11 to 0 in the 4th? Go Sox I guess. Perhaps a post will soothe.


Hooray for the shuttle. It successfully lifted off despite pre launch worries. Now we must only cross our fingers for a safe return.


I always enjoy finding new things, blogs are great for that. A couple newer blogs I have stumbled on across WordPress. First in my blogroll, Doug’s Dark World. Doug offers up some liberal analysis of current events worldwide. Check him out. And A Fresh Voice, which is a liberal blog written by a teenaged pundit. Although a Republican troll has been lurking the blog.


See how fast you can type. I scored 58 and then 84 words per minute with a couple errors.


In relation to my post on July 3 about Asteroid 2004 XP14, the B612 Foundation has published many of the reports and presentations they gave during the recent conference in Vail, Colorado (mentioned yesterday) concerning NASA and their plans for dealing with the threat from Near Earth Objects (NEOs).


And now, a dose of stupidity.

The unabashed stupidty of Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska). He chimed in on the net neutrality debate which has been lighting up the blogosphere for the last couple months.

Stevens is the chairman of the Senate Committe of Commerce, Science & Transportation, thusly taking a lead role in the net neutrality debate from the legislative perspective.

The esteemed Senator actually said the stuff in the above link, my personal favorites:

“So you want to talk about the consumer? Let’s talk about you and me. We use this internet to communicate and we aren’t using it for commercial purposes.

We aren’t earning anything by going on that internet. Now I’m not saying you have to or you want to discrimnate against those people.”

No, of course not Senator. The people earning money on the Internet are part of a special class of cave dwelling citizens who don’t work at real jobs. Sheesh.

And then:

“They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the internet. And again, the internet is not something you just dump something on. It’s not a truck.

It’s a series of tubes.”

A series of tubes huh?

Upon his return from the July 4 holiday Sen. Steven’s and his committee will be taking up pressing public debates such as:

Telegraph lines, useful or a blight on the Trans-Continental Railroad? And, Rotary direct dial–what will all the operators do now?

Not to be outdone by the Senator the U.S. Air Force recently returned their heads to their buttocks, as if they ever removed them.

The Air Force is spending $450,000 of your money to commission a study of, get ready…drumroll please….blogs.

Maybe they will study the Internets (sic) next.

Tip of the hat to Will.


A quick note. I am looking for in depth information about the military police during World War I. In addition any resources on World War I U.S. military slang would also be very helpful. If anyone has any links or books to recommend please post them here, I would greatly appreciate it.


1. yinn - July 6, 2006

You mean just U.S. MPs, or those of any nation?

2. dr. gonzo - July 6, 2006

U.S. specifically.

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