Fallen Angels, Neptune’s Birthday 20110709-1


Mail 682 Saturday July 9, 2011

· Fallen Angels

· Trouble in Malaysia

· Bunny inspectors and victory gardens

· Neptune’s Birthday


Okay, I couldn’t resist

Croat scientist warns ice age could start in five years

"The reality is that mankind needs to start preparing for the ice age. We are at the end of the global warming period. The ice age is to follow. The global warming period should have ended a few thousands of years ago, we should have already been in the ice age."


Fallen Angels might become a survivor’s manual!

Mike Flynn

And of course a new Kindle edition is now available from Amazon.

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KL Goes Boom

Just the other day, I asked some friends in Malaysia on their thoughts

concerning the political climate. I said that Thailand was turning

into a powder keg and I wanted to know what the situation was in

Malaysia. The state-controlled media probably would not publicize any

imminent problems — so I speculated.

My friends all acted as if I were a paranoid American. One friend

said, "Man, Malaysia is the safest country in the world". He said

that I know how it is there and I should come to KL (Kuala Lumpur)

instead of BKK (Bangkok). I must confess, KL is one of the nicest

playgrounds I’ve lived in. Yet, today 1,400 protesters were detained

in KL as Malaysia exploded in a political crisis:


I am convinced this is part of a global wave of chaos that will

destabilize much of the planet. I suspect this will not stop until it

reaches Beijing and Moscow or the adversarial pieces lock into place

and slow the wave or turn the tide.


Most Respectfully,

Joshua Jordan, KSC

We do live in interesting times. I know that there is unrest in the Arab Moslem world. I had not heard that it was rampant among the Malays and in Indonesia. Singapore seems stable enough. Interesting times.

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The Victory Garden

There is a very great deal of mail on this subject.

SUBJECT: Michigan Woman Faces 93 Days in Jail for Planting a Vegetable Garden

Hi Jerry.

This is right up there with the bunny-inspector lunacy:


It’s not a bad-looking garden, either!


Mike Casey

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Another example of a govt agency or worker that we don’t need.


Apparently because nobody else plants vegetables in their front yard, these people can’t either. Fines and jail time for a victory garden, because vegetables aren’t “suitable” (pronounced “common”) enough to plant in the front yard.


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Getting what we pay them for?

Thought you might find this in the category of the rabbit inspectors. People who are being paid to have too much free time.



Bob Gates

There is a lot more mail on this subject. Many have commented. Of course this is local, not Federal like the bunny licenses.

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The last shuttle mission.

I was angry, watching people cheer Atlantis’s final take-off-we ought to mourn. Or maybe it is ok to cheer for now and save our tears for her homecoming. Dunno.

I just hope the people and companies now trying to find their way into space do so in a meaningful way. Maybe the current program must die so that something better can be raised up out of the ashes. Maybe this is the end of Heinlein’s false start and we will look back and realize that it was just a hiccup in history. Maybe it is a Good Thing that Nasa/government get their little fingers out of this particular pie and let everyone play in this particular playground. Maybe we are about ready for barnstormers and fairground attractions to help make us ready for the real thing.

I hope we don’t look back with regrets as Chinese or other interests surge ahead. I believe the West, and especially the U.S., will share access–even to our own detriment. I am not so sure about the East. High orbit and/or the moon represent the highest ground there is. I would rather we controlled it.

I believe we are very much able to make the step up and out. I just don’t know if we have the will to do so. I believe everyone–those who go and those who stay–will benefit from the industries that can be developed. Earthly pioneering did so for Europe at least, and I am Eurocentric enough to think that it has overall benefitted all peoples, even if unevenly.

People died on the way across the great plains to Oregon. They were mourned by those who loved them, and the survivors moved on. It was the risk they chose to accept. We will lose more than the handful of astronauts who have so far died on the road to the stars. It is ok. The species will go on. At least if we let people accept the risk and not try to make it as safe as a kindergarten.

Today I am more sad than excited.

I hope, though, for an exciting future.



I am not as concerned that it is the last Shuttle, because I have never been a big Shuttle fan for reasons I will get into in a longer essay; but I am appalled that this is the end of the Manned Space program. America will send robots to space, but not Americans. Of course others will go. They may not speak English. But they will go.

And perhaps America is not done yet. We can all hope for an exciting future. And help build it. We may again take a step farther out.

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Strip mining the moon


Charles Brumbelow

I can recall when the prospect of strip mining the Moon horrified “environmentalists”; possibly it still does. I’d rather strip mine the Moon than strip mine Colorado.

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Quiet Sun


Don’t know if you’ve seen this: http://ncwatch.typepad.com/dalton_minimum_returns/2011/06/quiet-sun-deadly-sun-the-resilient-earth-1.html

Somehow it makes me think of, oh, I dunno. Fallen Angels?


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Armed Guards at Fast Food

When I traveled in China, I went to McDonalds with some Americans who

had to have it. I had never seen a Chinese McDonalds. When I

arrived, I noticed armed security guards, which complemented all the

other armed men running around the city. I commented to my companions

this was the only McDonalds in the world with armed guards. My

fellows said this was for my protection and also to retard the

beggars. Now, in the United States, we may see armed guards at our


On the heels of an uptick in violence that claimed the life of an

off-duty cop, Newark’s city council voted Thursday to require all

late-night restaurants that serve less than 20 people at a time to

have an armed security guard posted from 9 p.m. to closing.



Most Respectfully,

Joshua Jordan, KSC

Interesting times.

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Neptune’s 1st birthday…

Hi Jerry.

Ran across an interesting tidbit today: On Sunday it will be one

Neptunian year since that planet was discovered on September 23, 1846. So

don’t forget to wish Neptune a "Happy Birthday" on Sunday. 😉


Mike Casey

Happy Birthday

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"Despite suggestions to the contrary, the 14th Amendment is not a failsafe that would allow the government to avoid defaulting on its obligations."


Roland Dobbins

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A visibility test 20110709-x-lw


View 682 Saturday July 9, 2011 test – x-lw

Bookmark Test

[Note: this repeats some material from a previous post. That was part of the test. Apologies]

I have two ways of creating entries for this site. One is to use Word 2007 (soon to be 2010 I think), and put that into “Blog mode” as I call it by doing Office Button menu item Publish, select Blog. The first time I do that Word wants a bunch of information about the blog site, after which it now knows that site and offers to create a new post or download and edit previous posts. It has its tricks and turns. One quirk is that while it understands what bookmarks are and has a series of operations that will allow linking to bookmarks. What Blog Mode does NOT have is any way to insert bookmarks. None. Zero. I can open a new non-blog Word window, put in the line which I want to link to, insert a bookmark, mark and copy that line including the line above it, go back to Blog mod, and paste that in. This puts in the line and the bookmark. Alas it does it badly, and the result has been some of the idiocies you have seen sometimes here. That can be fixed by editing the html code – but Word Blog Mode does not offer me an html editor.

The second way to create an entry is with LiveWriter, which is part of the free Live package that Microsoft offers and would in fact incorporate into Windows were there not some buffoonery in Europe that says it is unfair competition for Microsoft to give awy with Windows what some European companies are trying to sell for money. They will let Microsoft give the Live package free, but you have to know to go find it and download it. Many users won’t know to do that, and may buy some other package instead. This is a fairness doctrine. To whom it is fair is debatable. In any event LiveWriter, like the lamented and no longer supported FrontPage – a superior program in my judgment – LiveWriter offers edit, edit source, and preview views of what you are working on. It will also let you bring in previous pages to edit – but there’s the first rub. LiveWriter does not believe that any page it did not create exists, or that has been my experience. This is in fact a test of that hypothesis: I am creating it in Word Blog mode. I will presently publish it. Then I will see if LiveWriter can find it.

A Test of Bookmark

I am going to create a bookmark to the line above and paste it in. Then I will link to it. I want to see what LiveWriter sees as code, assuming that LiveWriter will see this entry at all.

Here goes.

As hypothesized, LiveWritr never heard of this, and doesn’t believe it exists. I will now copy and paste this whole mess to LiveWriter to see what happens.

It has now been pasted, with the designation of test- x – lw as opposed to the previous designation. The link, while tedious to create, did work on line. Now what happens when I publish this? Here goes.

And that worked. I also note that the list of latest posts lists both x and x –lw. Of course it would. But does that mean that x can be imported to edit here in LiveWriter now? That’s the next test. And the answer is NO. Although the “x”  version is in the Latest Posts list on the site, it does not appear in the menu to browse for latest posts to edit in LiveWriter.

I suppose the nest test should be to do this in the opposite order: create something in Plain old Word complete with bookmarks and links, copy and pasted that into LiveWriter, publish it, forget Word Blog mode entirely. I’ll try that next. Meanwhile the tests are done for the morning. I now need to do a Computing at Chaos Manor column. Thanks for putting up with all this mucking about. You’ll probably see this adventure in a column, since it’s part of the silly stuff I do so you don’t have to.

Meanwhile, BYTE launches shortly.

Dana Rohrabacher has a comment on the last Shuttle. Dana has not abandoned the dream. I have a ton of mail about the lady arrested for trying to grow a victory garden, and I’ll put up a selection with remarks in mail. And much more. Stay tuned.