By Pete Moore On October 19th, 2014 at 7:48 pm
I admit that I can’t get my head around much of this outer space stuff. When I read that a star is x million light years away, my head thinks of the speed of light, then it goes into meltdown trying to imagine the distance an object would cover travelling at the speed of light for x millions of years. I simply can’t process it. I did try reading Hawking’s “A Brief History of Time” but gave up. I couldn’t grasp some of it. Though I know that massive objects generate gravity, I don’t understand how. So when Brian Cox talks about Einstein’s theories and explained quantum theory for idiots, as I heard him do on the wireless a couple of weeks ago, I might as well have listened to something else. He did his best but that stuff just isn’t understood by what’s between my ears.
But I do understand what Dr. Michelle Thaller says below in a few short minutes, and what a mind blowing thing it is, yes? It’s such a fundamentally amazing idea, if what she says is true, I just had to share it here –
By The Troll On October 19th, 2014 at 4:16 pm
The Infamous Skunk Works made an announcement last Wednesday that most people missed. Lockheed Martin is building a Fusion Reactor that will fit on the flatbed of an 18 wheeler. If they pull it off the advancements that can be reached could change a lot of how we look at the world.
Fusion Reactors have been the wall in Nuclear Tech since the beginning of the Atomic Age. Fusion unlike Fission is clean, the only real waste product is the reactor and containment facility itself there are no fuel rods to dispose of. The following film explains what they are planning.
There are of course those that have their doubts that they can pull it off, being that it’s Skunk Works though I don’t believe they would have announced the project if they didn’t already have a working unit in a “classified” location.
By Pete Moore On October 19th, 2014 at 3:56 pm
I know, he’s a politician so therefore a proven liar, but Peter Hitchens nails him today, describing him as an “amazingly transparent man, who resorts instinctively to dishonesty, as a weed in a dingy backyard climbs towards the light”.
This was in response to Cameron’s absurd lie that he would impose an “emergency brake” on immigration, which was his reaction to Carswell winning the Clacton by-election for UKIP. All Cameron can do is reach for the spin becaue there’s no substance there. There never has been. His one productive job, between working at Tory HQ and becoming an MP, was as chief spinner at a now defunct TV channel. He couldn’t even get the job himself, having to rely on his future mother-in-law, Lady Astor, to put a word in with her chum who ran the firm.
Think about it. Cameron had the finest education money can buy from Eton and Oxford, and his one productive job was PR, i.e. spinning. You cannot possibly get more shallow than that.
And now Comrade Barroso has revealed the lie too, pointing out that Cameron’s plan would be illegal under EU law, which it obviously would be. The free movement of labour is not just policy, but a cornerstone principle. Cameron must know this, so he lied when he said that he will cut EU immigration.
The only possible way to do so would be to eject the EU from the UK, and Cameron will never propose or support such an idea. He’s as pro-EU as his LibDem partners in government, never forget. Nothing he can say will change this fundamental fact.
By The Troll On October 19th, 2014 at 1:35 am
That would be my exclamation if Obama was driving the car…..
Well it’s back to the Golf Course Obama appointed an Ebola Czar we ain’t got nuthin to worry bout now.
That is the mentality that we’re supposed to have. The problem is solved a czar has been appointed, now it will get fixed. If not, well hey I put “Him” in charge of it. Obama had nothing to do with why when we get hit with a pandemic, or a terrorist attack so many people died. He was after all on the links, and someone else was supposed to be handling it.
He appoints a bagman to manage our security against a virus and goes golfing…..
please read the posts title.
By Pete Moore On October 18th, 2014 at 6:49 pm
Rhod Gilbert does make me laugh, and not all stand ups can do that (witness the unfunny and strangely overrated Tim Vine). It’s not just that Gilbert is funny, but also his lugubrious way and the fact that he doesn’t swear like most comedians seem to now. Well, he doesn’t swear too much, which is quite unusual now.
(Note to Americans: he’s not retarded, that’s a Welsh accent) –
By Pete Moore On October 17th, 2014 at 8:19 pm
The Guvnor’s away again and I’m knackered. Looks like it’s a 5-minute stir fry job again. Have yourselves an Open Thread then, one decorated with a man riding the Wall of Death in a motor and a knocked up sidecar. With a lion in it.
Now that’s old school.
By Pete Moore On October 17th, 2014 at 8:01 pm
Because Friday night is Music Night: it all comes back to Sabbath …
Royal Blood are a British duo that formed only last year, but they’re already putting out some top stuff. For just two blokes they’re also putting out a pretty big sound. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, that Black Sabbath wrote every rule in hard rock and metal. Everything that came since is derived from those four lunatics from Birmingham, as is this one from Royal Blood. That’s not a criticism. On the contrary, I love the Sabs and this could well have been Ozzy, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward all those years ago. All the touches are there as well as some top, mesmeric riffing, and that’s what Rock’s all about in the end.
As always, regard the thread as an open one for your sounds –
By The Troll On October 17th, 2014 at 10:30 am
I saw this the other day, and thought of the Putin fan club that prowls these halls. The Benevolent Czar Vlad the 1st seems to be threatening. How can that be he is the world savior?
the following was not written by me
Putin Warns Of “Nuclear Power Consequences” If Attempts To Blackmail Russia Don’t Stop
Vladimir Putin slams President Obama for adopting a “hostile” approach in naming Russia as a threat to the world in his recent UN speech. From an interview with Serbia’s Politika newspaper, Bloomberg reports,
It’s futile for the U.S. and its allies to “blackmail” Russia over the Ukraine crisis, President Vladimir Putin said in a newspaper interview today.
Russia’s partners should remember the risks involved in disputes between nuclear powers, Putin said. He accused Barack Obama of adopting a “hostile” approach in naming Russia as a threat to the world in the U.S. president’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 24.
“We hope that our partners will realize the futility of attempts to blackmail Russia and remember what consequences discord between major nuclear powers could bring for strategic stability,” Putin told Serbia’s Politika newspaper on the eve of his visit to the Balkan nation today.
Putin said that Obama had identified Russian aggression in Europe as one of the three “major threats facing humanity,” alongside the Ebola virus and Islamic State.
“Together with the sanctions against entire sectors of our economy, this approach can be called nothing but hostile,” Putin said.
Attempts to pressure Russia with “unilateral and illegitimate restrictive measures” will impede efforts to settle the crisis, he said.
“How can we talk about de-escalation in Ukraine while the decisions on new sanctions are introduced almost simultaneously with the agreements on the peace process?” he said. “If the main goal is to isolate our country, it’s an absurd and illusory goal.”
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Opportune timing with markets weak for some nuclear sabre rattling…
By The Troll On October 17th, 2014 at 1:42 am
As the fire of Ebola spits sparks across the Globe we hold our breath, We pray it doesn’t happen, but the eruption of a wildfire of death is inevitable.
It’s inevitable because our Leader in the White House cares not about the spread of the virus, he cares only how his actions will effect the upcoming Election. The safety of the People is a distant second to the polls.
How his actions weigh on voter turnout is all that counts.
By The Troll On October 17th, 2014 at 12:13 am
This is one of my favorite Albums. There isn’t a bad cut on it, enjoy