Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Russian Documentary On Fighter Jets

"Fighters: Struggle For Superiority"

Damned interesting.

They seem oblivious to the obvious superiority of the F-15 and F-16...


Dissecting a Dogfight: Sukhoi vs. USAF At Red Flag 2008

Damn Su-30s are worrisome...

Should Doctors Ask About Your Guns?


Only Conservatives And Republicans Favor Lawsuit and Impeachment

More evidence--as if we needed it--of the crazification of the American right.

Increasingly, a large percentage of American conservatives seems to be living in its own little fantasy world.

It's astonishing to see how far this can go without politically disastrous repercussions...but there must be some limit to how far they can push it....right?

Monday, July 28, 2014

VA Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional (?)

So far!

I reckon the Supremes will ultimately have to decide...but so far, so good...

Fox "News": How Do I Dislike Thee? Let Me Count The Ways

Nothing really new here, but still worth a read

Friday, July 25, 2014

Can The F-35 Win A Dogfight?

Impeachment Fever--Catch It!: 57% Of Republicans Have Gone Insane Edition

So...has half of half of the two parties in our two-party system has gone crazy?

I mean...I guess 'Obama deserves impeachment' is no crazier than 'evolution is false' or 'anthropogenic climate change is impossible' or 'Obama was born in Kenya'...  So I guess there's really nothing too new here...

...but damn...

As I often do--and no, I don't know why--when I travel, I watched a bit of Fox News last week.

It's so crazy over there that it's actually a little scary. It's like a window into an alternate dimension or something. When I flipped it on last weekend, there was one of the Fox lunatics spewing incoherent vitriol against Obama, basically asserting (and I'm not making this up) that the world has never been this chaotic, and it's all BHO's fault...with a picture of a Buk missile launcher in the background. He didn't say that Obama was responsible for MH 17 being shot down...but that seemed to be one clear implication of the rant.

I seriously wonder whether or democracy can survive the combination of (a) gullible, semi-informed, semi-extremist rage and (b) a massive corporation dedicated to fueling the flames of anger and insanity.

The Existential Battle For The Soul Of The GOP

Impeachment Fever: Catch It!: 33% Of Americans Are Idiots Edition

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Greek Myth Comix: Deaths In the Iliad: A Classics Infographic


(via Reddit)

NRO: It's Time For Conservatives To Stop Defending Police


Wow. If the cops are losing the NRO, things really might be getting serious...

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wikipedia: Feminist Geography

Posted without comment.

Oh...ok...just one comment:
An early reproach of geography of women approach was that gender roles were mainly explained as gender inequality, such as housewives and mothers, in combination with the some concept of spatial constraint.
Er um uh...is...feminist grammar a thing...anywhere?

Darth Vader Polls Higher Than All Currently Plausible 2016 Presidential Candidates

Seven Hours of Sleep Ideal?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Drum: If The Left Wants Scapegoats, Just Look In The Mirror

I basically agree with everything in this post.

Except for bits about moving the country to the left...  I'm not sure I have any desire to do that anymore.

Oh, sure...we need campaign finance reform. And sane banking restrictions. Legalized weed would be a step in the direction of sanity, but it's hardly a major cause... Reign in domestic surveillance...if, indeed, we have the straight dope on it at this point...

But, really, I just don't long for a more liberal country anymore. Not right now anyway. Now that we've got the ACA--that was a truly desperate need--I'm happy to stop and maintain and assess. Job 1 is keeping the GOP crazies out of power until something resembling sanity returns to the party.

But that's all basically about an almost-afterthought in the Drum piece.

I think he's exactly right about the main points.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Centennial Peirce Congress

I'm off at the Centennial Peirce Congress.

Activity here will be light until Monday

Highlights thus far:

1. Stomped on Susan Haack's foot as I tried to beat a hasty/stealthy retreat out of a session before the next paper started. (Prompting my friend Jeff to say "oh, nice job" as I passed where he was sitting. Friends don't let something like that pass unremarked-on...) I mean I really stomped on that sucker. It wasn't a little tweak of the toes...

2. Shared an elevator with Murray Murphy, prompting the following exchange.

Me: "Murray Murphy! No kidding!"
Murray Murphy: (elevator doors open) "I'm afraid so" (shuffles off)

3. Sun-Joo Shin asked me to watch her purse while she went off to get coffee.

So, as you can see, it's been a very successful conference for me thus far.