Tuesday, October 31, 2006

---Kerry Goobers Up, Iraqi PM Gives Orders, Hubble Mission is Go, Elephants and Black Holes 

Publishing from Ubuntu Linux/Open Office Writer this time. Some trouble with hyperlink editing, but HTML in the Blogger.com publisher is remarkably clean, unlike the train wreck that results from posts written in MS Word.

Kerry says U.S. troops are stupid...

Voting | Vote | 2006 Elections - FOXNews.com
...essentially. Last week, I predicted that the Democratic Party principals wouldn't be able to keep their mouths shut until the mid-term U.S. elections were over. I just left out some obvious suspects, including Kerry and Rangel.

This can't be good....
My Way News [AP] - Iraqi PM Ends Some Joint Checkpoints
The PM of Iraq is showing off his independence, by ordering U.S. troops away from critical checkpoints around the stronghold of some of the most serious loons in the country, the Sadr militia. We could tell them about both ancient and modern history that shows that republican government cannot co-exist with private armies, but nobody is listening anyway---too busy throwing the gates open to anarchy.

Spaceflight Now | STS-125 Shuttle Report | 'Go' for Hubble servicing mission
Yes, I'll be the first to admit that Hubble makes really nice pictures, but isn't it a little soon for NASA to get back on this path? Confidence is good when it's justifiable. What are they going to do with all the waivers they signed off based on the expedient that the crew could bivouac on the ISS if anything went wrong? Oh well, they'll probably get away with it....

The elephant and the event horizon - fundamentals - 26 October 2006 - New Scientist Space
This example was also discussed on a recent presentation on the Discovery Science channel that I'm too lazy to look up again. This is part of the ongoing scientific Brain Beach faceoff between Leonard Susskind and Stephen Hawking over what happens to stuff that falls into a Black Hole when the Hole disappears through Hawking Radiation.
Hawking has always contended (until recently) that the stuff ceased to exist, which bothered Susskind to no end---a so-called Information Paradox. Susskind now claims that matter that falls in is both destroyed at the event horizon and passes through unharmed only to be destroyed by the singularity at the center. Then there's this idea from somebody named Maldacena that the "reality" seen at the event horizon---and possibly also in our Universe---is some kind of "holographic projection" of what exists at the boundary.
What do you suppose these guys talk about at parties?


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