SpaceX Aims to Blaze New Trail for Rocket Technology – NBC News.com

“A few minutes into the flight, the Falcon’s second stage is set up to separate and continue the trek to orbit. The first stage, meanwhile, will be commanded to relight its rocket engines and slow its descent toward the Atlantic Ocean. If everything works properly, the launch vehicle will unfold a set of four landing legs, practice a landing maneuver — and then settle down into the sea gently enough to be recovered and reused.”

via SpaceX Aims to Blaze New Trail for Rocket Technology – NBC News.com.

Russian forces storm Ukraine naval HQ in Crimea – Yahoo News

“Putin said his move to take control of Crimea was justified by what he calls “fascists” in Kiev who overthrew pro-Moscow president Viktor Yanukovich last month after three months of often deadly street protests.”

The biggest fascist in Europe is Putin.

via Russian forces storm Ukraine naval HQ in Crimea – Yahoo News.

‘Record temperatures’ placed in context with station history | Watts Up With That?

To be included as a record, the NCDC has a rather loose requirement for including stations. Their website has some problems witht he map plotter at the moment, but if I recall correctly, there a station can be included if it has a 30-year record and each year has coverage of at least 182 days. Therefore, any station that has recorded temperature data for half of each year since 1984 will be considered as setting a new record.

Such as loose definition, however, is likely very misleading to the media, politicians, and the general public. When most people hear that a new “record high temperature” has been set, they usually have a longer period of time in mind. I suspect that most people would react differently to an announcement of a “record high temperature” if they understood that the records began when Ronald Reagan was president. Of course, it is convenient for political reasons to maximize the number of “record high temperatures” because it fits the mandatory narrative about global warming or climate change.

Skeptics have been quick to point out that many of the stations in question have short records lasting only relatively short time scales, so these so-called record temperatures are relatively meaningless in the context of the longer times that most people are thinking about. Skeptics are also quick to point out when even the skewed NCDC records go the wrong way. For instance, the fact that 2013 had more daily record low temperatures than daily high records was fairly well communicated on skeptic blogs. (BTW, this trend has also continued for January and February of 2014, with more record low records than record highs.)

via ‘Record temperatures’ placed in context with station history | Watts Up With That?.

The Last Psychiatrist: Who Can Know How Much Randi Zuckerberg Is Worth?

I don’t begrudge anyone the good fortune of right place/right time, take your money and run, but first drop a knee and be humbled before God reflecting soberly on the knowledge that you didn’t deserve it.   I love getting paid, do whatever you can do to get paid, but do not let the money whisper to you that you are worth it, it will be lying and you will believe it.  You hold a fetish of value and not actual value.

via The Last Psychiatrist: Who Can Know How Much Randi Zuckerberg Is Worth?.

PJ Media » Time to End Our Dependence on Russian Spaceships

Since the last space shuttle flight two-and-a-half years ago, our only means of getting NASA astronauts or anyone to the ISS has been on the Soyuz launch system, at an ever-rising cost, now over $70M a seat as of last August. Alternate competing U.S. means to replace it are under development in NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, but Congress has been continually underfunding the effort in order to instead funnel money to the Space Launch System, a giant rocket with no funded payloads and no apparent mission other than providing job security in the states and districts of those on the congressional space committees.

via PJ Media » Time to End Our Dependence on Russian Spaceships.

Quote of the Day: “We Are Going to Confiscate Your Firearms” Edition

“If you do become prohibited, we are going to come confiscate your firearms. But only people who have done something in their life – committed a felony, committed a violent misdemeanor, they are a fugitive from justice or they have … Read More

via The Truth About Guns http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2013/12/robert-farago/quote-day-going-come-confiscate-firearms-edition/

Mother Calls 911 on Boy For Playing With Airsoft Gun, Which She Knew Was Not Real When She Called

New information has been released about the two boys who were suspended from school for playing with an Airsoft gun on their on private property while waiting for the school bus. It appears a neighborhood mother called 911 to report the incident, but get this, she knew it was a toy gun and still called […]

via Guns Save Lives http://gunssavelives.net/news/mother-calls-911-on-boy-for-playing-with-airsoft-gun-which-she-knew-was-not-real-when-she-called/

Female inmates sterilized in California prisons without approval – Health and Medicine – The Sacramento Bee

"As soon as he found out that I had five kids, he suggested that I look into getting it done. The closer I got to my due date, the more he talked about it," said Christina Cordero, 34, who spent two years in prison for auto theft. "He made me feel like a bad mother if I didn’t do it."

Cordero, released in 2008 and now living in Upland, agreed to the procedure. "Today," she said, "I wish I would have never had it done."

The allegations echo those made nearly a half-century ago, when forced sterilizations of prisoners, the mentally ill and the poor were commonplace in California. State lawmakers officially banned such practices in 1979.

via Female inmates sterilized in California prisons without approval – Health and Medicine – The Sacramento Bee.

Down with E15

Don’t come crying to me when you need to drop your tank and replace your fuel pump. And your injectors. And lots of other things. Obama did enough damage to those of us who like older cars with Cash for Clunkers, and now this crap.

It’s a dilemma for drivers: Do they choose a gasoline that’s cheaper and cleaner even if, as opponents say, it could damage older cars and motorcycles?

That’s the peril and promise of a high-ethanol blend of gasoline known as E15. The fuel contains 15 percent ethanol, well above the current 10 percent norm sold at most U.S. gas stations.

The higher ethanol blend is currently sold in fewer than two dozen stations in the Midwest, but could spread to other regions as the Obama administration considers whether to require more ethanol in gasoline.

As a result, there’s a feverish lobbying campaign by both oil and ethanol interests that has spread from Congress to the White House and the Supreme Court.

On Monday, the Supreme Court rejected a challenge by the American Petroleum Institute, the oil industry’s chief lobbying group, to block sales of E15. The justices left in place a federal appeals court ruling that dismissed challenges by the oil industry group and trade associations representing food producers, restaurants and others.

via Too much ethanol in gas? High-blend fuel prompts debate; are older cars, motorcycles at risk?.