Wednesday, October 31, 2012
NASA is contemplating space journeys far beyond a near-Earth asteroid, the moon or Mars for its new heavy-lift rocket in development. The Space Launch System (SLS), as it is called, could instead visit the moon of Pluto or return samples from other outer planets.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
When Congress wrote 2,700 pages of legislation to create ObamaCare, that was only the starting point in the government's re-engineering of our health sector. Tens of thousands of pages of regulation or more are needed to provide detailed guidance dictating exactly how its maze of new programs must operate.
But deadlines are looming for ObamaCare for programs that are required to begin in 2014. And the administration is significantly behind schedule, with insiders speculating the White House is waiting until after the election to issue an avalanche of rules, many of which are sure to be controversial.
Four months before Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, President Obama quietly signed legislation expanding the federal program that offers taxpayer-subsidized flood insurance to ocean-front homeowners.
Pinellas-Pasco Assistant State Attorney Joshua Riba told the Times that Florida’s definition of gambling, rather counterintuitively, does not require betting.
Monday, October 29, 2012
Pub Sing at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire. This clip features New Minstrel Revue with the fiddler from Empty Hats.
I believe the title of this song is 'A Singer's Request'. It's the last track on this cd: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001YWDMSK/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=azrae...
Canadian Association of Police Chiefs Calls on Government to Approve U.S.-Style Internet Surveillance
Gary Johnson at America’s crossroads: Is government inherently evil
Whether you support Gary Johnson or not or whether you consider yourself libertarian or not, this article is worth reading. It does a good job of explaining the libertarian view of government.
Friday, October 26, 2012
The National Security Agency (NSA) says Americans should trust them to use their surveillance powers only for good. This from the group whose leader refused to say how many Americans they are spying on because it was “beyond the capacity of his office and dedicating sufficient additional resources would likely impede the NSA’s mission.”
In other words, the NSA is too busy illegally recording our private emails, texts, Facebook posts, and phone calls to figure out how many of us are already caught in their net. And, furthermore, there is nothing Congress can do about it.
Apparently, NSA thinks it’s beyond the court’s oversight, as well.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Described by some as “the Rosa Parks of the constitutional currency movement,” Mr. von NotHaus managed over the last decade to get more than 60 million real dollars’ worth of his precious metal-backed currency into circulation across the country — so much, and with such deep penetration, that the prosecutor overseeing his case accused him of “domestic terrorism” for using them to undermine the government.
Of course, if you ask him what caused him to be living here in exile, waiting with the rabbits for his sentence to be rendered, he will give a different account of what occurred.
“This is the United States government,” he said in an interview last week. “It’s got all the guns, all the surveillance, all the tanks, it has nuclear weapons, and it’s worried about some ex-surfer guy making his own money? Give me a break!”
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Four Third Party Presidential candidates participated in a debate in Chicago, organized by the Free and Equal Elections Foundation.
The participants included Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson, Green Party candidate Jill Stein, Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode, and Justice Party candidate Rocky Anderson. The hour and half even was moderated by former CNN anchor Larry King and Christina Tobin, founder and chair of the Free and Equal Elections Foundation.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Monday, October 22, 2012
Friday, October 19, 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012
So under Obama welfare spending has grown 32% and meanwhile, the 'fiscally conservative' Romney proposes more than $2 trillion in increased defense spending.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Ask politicians whether campaign contributions influence their decisions, and they’ll tell you certainly not.
Ask any citizen, and they’ll likely give the opposite answer.
With that in mind, we’re re-introducing a web-based embeddable widget — for anybody to use — that lists the top 10 donors and their contributions to any member of the House and Senate, their opponents, and the presidential candidates. Wired updated the widget in conjunction with Maplight, the Berkeley, California-based nonprofit dedicated to following money and politics.
Monday, October 15, 2012
Friday, October 12, 2012
New Minstrel Revue perform 'Mary Mac' at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville, Florida (2012-01-29)
Thursday, October 11, 2012
“When a relatively conservative institution like the U.S. military, which doesn’t like to take risks because risks get people killed, says it has enough tanks, I think generally civilians should be inclined to believe them,” said Travis Sharp a fellow at the defense think tank, New American Security.
But guess which group of civilians isn’t inclined to agree with the generals on this point?
Way to save money, cut costs and lower the deficity, congress!
;A Tea Party Republican known for his libertarian bent, Paul stated that he would not support any call for an American intervention in Syria. He criticized Romney’s approach as one that has not taken into account the complexities of the situation on the ground.
In his column, Paul criticized an “act first, think later” approach to foreign policy that has involved the United States in long and messy campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan — costing trillions of dollars and “tens of thousands of casualties in the loss of the lives and limbs of our soldiers.”
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Advertisement from the September 1997 issue of Next Generation for Wild 9 by Shiny Entertainment for the Sega Saturn and Sony PlayStation
The New Minstrel Revue perform 'The Minguelay Boat Song' at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville, FL.
There is a lot of talk from Presidential candidates about how to get America's economy moving again. But something virtually no politician is talking about is something called the petro-dollar.
Tonight, we'll tell you what it is and why China is pro-actively working to destroy it.
This is a Reality Check you won't see anywhere else.
View a document that further explains the petro-dollar here.
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Government does not create resources when it taxes people and prints money; it merely redistributes the wealth, while supporting a massive, wasteful bureaucracy along the way. Government is a giant, blood-sucking parasite on our otherwise healthy economy. For too long we have entrusted too much economic power and influence to irresponsible politicians in Washington. It’s the chaos that ensues after they run the system into the ground that will be so painful for so many people. But realigning our economy with the free market and away from government mandates and handouts must happen in order for it to thrive again.
The answer is not to keep asking government to do more. The answer is to extricate our economy and ourselves from the grasp of Washington DC as much as possible now, before our dependency becomes our downfall.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Advertisement for Gorf and Wizard of Wor for the Atari VCS (Atari 2600) from the Spring 1983 issue of Creative Computing's Video & Arcade Games
“Considering the lack of demand for electric vehicles, despite billions of dollars from the Obama administration that were supposed to stimulate it, it’s not surprising what has happened with LG Chem. Just because a ton of money is poured into a product does not mean that people will buy it,” Paul Chesser, an associate fellow with the National Legal and Policy Center, told FoxNews.com.
The 650,000-square-foot, $300 million facility was slated to produce 15,000 batteries per year, while creating hundreds of new jobs. But to date, only 200 workers are employed at the plant by by the South Korean company. Batteries for the Chevy Volts that have been produced have been made by an LG plant in South Korea.
Monday, October 8, 2012
"Nearly Flawless" might be a bit of an exaggeration. The engine that "shut down unexpectedly" appeared to actually disintegrate or explode as can be seen in this slow-motion youtube video (at about the 30 second mark): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6zsZiVa998
Having said that, the Falcon 9 is designed to function normally with failures in up to two of the nine engines and it did just that. Congrats SpaceX!
The Obama administration has already sent over $200 million dollars in “humanitarian” and non-lethal aid to the rebels, while the CIA has helped the likes of Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar funnel heavy arms to rebel groups in the region.
Friday, October 5, 2012
Delta 4 rocket launching the WGS 4 military communications satellite as seen from the West Melbourne, Florida area.
Rocket: Delta 4
Payload: WGS 4
Date: Jan. 19, 2012
Site: SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral, Florida
"The Wideband Global SATCOM 4 spacecraft, better known as WGS 4, rode a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket away from the Florida spaceport's pad 37B at 7:38 p.m. EST (0038 GMT) on a 40-minute ascent to supersynchronous orbit.
Liftoff occurred at the opening minute of a launch window set months in advance.
Valued at $464 million, the 6.5-ton satellite will enhance military communications over a turbulent portion of the globe when it commences broadcasting duties in a few months."
When Romney (or most politicians) refer to cuts, what they usually mean is that they are not going to increase spending as quickly. Spending, the debt and most likely the deficit will all continue to grow under Romney just as they will under Obama. Whatever net spending differences there actually are are so insignificant as to not be worth talking about.
Perhaps the biggest failure on Wednesday night was debate moderator Jim Lehrer of PBS. His questions were about as far from “hard hitting” as you could get.
The hour and a half debate was almost entirely about the economy, and yet almost all of the critical economic issues were ignored.
Yes, Obama and Romney have slight differences when it comes to tax rates and regulations, but those small differences are not going to do much to change the direction of this country one way or another.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
According to Guingona, the law is so broad and vague that it’s not even clear who should be liable for a given statement online, and if you’re found guilty, you can spend up to 12 years in prison.
Coming soon to America if we are not careful...
In his lust to build a new world order in the Middle East, a goal for which he roundly criticized President George W. Bush, Mr. Obama has unilaterally, unconstitutionally and unlawfully killed Americans there. He killed Osama bin Laden when he could have captured him, and he let a mob kill our ambassador to Libya when he could have protected him — all to justify a value-free foreign policy that has no lasting friends or enemies, just fleeting interests. He has killed thousands in foreign lands in secret, using drones that will soon find their way here and come back to haunt him.
Perhaps the next month will prove me wrong on Mr. Romney, but so far he is putting the electorate to sleep. I believe him when he claims to favor free market approaches to the nation’s economic ills, but I don’t believe him when he rails against big government and central economic planning, because his record belies his words. He is, of course, the father of the individual mandate — a totalitarian giant leap forward for the welfare state. He has stated that if elected and re-elected, he will borrow money every year he is in office until the last.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
The July / August issue of Sync, a magazine for Timex/Sinclair ZX80/81 and Spectrum users.
I think there should be at least two "third party" candidates in the debates. At least the first few. Even if they don't win they can at least force discussion of some issues that the big two seem to ignore...
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
The chairman cautioned Congress against adopting a law that would allow it to review the Fed’s interest-rate policy discussions. The House has passed legislation to broaden Congress’ investigative authority over the Fed and allow a review of its interest-rate policymaking. The Senate hasn’t adopted the bill.
If you have not yet done so, call or write your senator and urge them to support S 202 "The Federal Reserve Transparency Act" and sign the petition at http://www.auditthefed.com/
NDAA Plaintiffs Say Obama Flipped Out When A Judge Blocked The Act Because He Was Already Detaining People
Monday, October 1, 2012
Not QUITE as bad as it sounds but still, if the court is going to say it is ok to detain someone for using large bills, even if only temporarily, then better notification should be given to drivers that this is the case. Currently it doesn't matter since they apparently stopped this procedure in 2010.
The American people stopped Congress from passing disastrous so-called cybersecurity bills that would infringe on the free speech and privacy of internet users. Nothing short of amazing happened when Congress tried to ram through CISPA, SOPA, and PIPA. The defeat of these bills showed the power of grassroots activism as countless activists rose up and took action by calling their congressmen and spreading the word on social media.
Senator Joe Lieberman hasn’t been pleased.
Lieberman was the lead co-sponsor of the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 that failed to muster up the 60 votes it needed to overcome a filibuster in the Senate.
Now, according to the Daily Caller, Lieberman is pushing Obama to issue a cybersecurity executive order identical to the Cybersecurity Act of 2012: