Archive for October, 2010
This should be an easy quiz for those who have even a modicum of knowledge about aircraft.
Hey! I got it wrong, too!
I just cannot believe that the world is this gutless. Unfortunately, it is.
Regardless Republican “midterm” victories, you have a Boy Dolt in charge, pushing a “progressive” (that means LEFTISM) agenda, PEOPLE!
You also have Republicans that have yet to hear the message of YOU serve ‘we the people’, ‘we the people’, do NOT serve YOU.
“Hope and Change” positioned Mr. Obama as a conduit between an old America worn down by its evil inclinations and a new America redeemed of those inclinations. There was no vision of the future in “Hope and Change.” It is an expression of bad faith in America, but its great ingenuity was to turn that bad faith into political motivation, into votes.
But there is a limit to bad faith as power, and Mr. Obama and the Democratic Party may have now reached that limit. The great weakness of bad faith is that it disallows American exceptionalism as a rationale for power. It puts Mr. Obama and the Democrats in the position of forever redeeming a fallen nation, rather than leading a great nation. They bet on America’s characterological evil and not on her sense of fairness, generosity or ingenuity.
When bad faith is your framework (Michelle Obama never being proud of her country until it supported her husband), then you become more a national scold than a real leader. You lead out of a feeling that your opposition is really only the latest incarnation of that old characterological evil that you always knew was there. Thus the tea party—despite all the evidence to the contrary—is seen as racist and bigoted.
But isn’t the tea party, on some level, a reaction to a president who seems not to fully trust the fundamental decency of the American people? Doesn’t the tea party fill a void left open by Mr. Obama’s ethos of bad faith? Aren’t tea partiers, and their many fellow travelers, simply saying that American exceptionalism isn’t racism? And if the mainstream media see tea partiers as bumpkins and racists, isn’t this just more bad faith—characterizing people as ignorant or evil so as to dismiss them?
Comets are the most spectacular thing in the sky, at least, in the night time.
Comets are important because they represent the leftover bits and pieces from the outer solar system formation process, which took place four and a half billion years ago. As the planets formed, the first thing you got was tiny clumps of dust in the inner solar system, and in the outer system, dust and ice. The comets are what made the cores of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. But the planets are so hot that the chemistry changes completely, whereas the comets have remained frozen the entire time so that the chemistry is preserved.
Comets are basically made up of a number of different regions; a dirty ice ball, relatively small and black. When it gets near the sun, these ices start vaporizing, which forms an atmosphere. And then, when some of these dust particles are blown back away from the sun because of the pressure of sunlight, you form a dust tail and often a gas or ion tail.
Comets and asteroids have always gotten bad press. The dinosaurs checked out 65 million years ago because of an asteroid impact. But what we don’t hear about, is how important these objects are in terms of bringing the building blocks of life to the early planet. Comets almost certainly brought most of the organic material and much of the water to Earth. In a sense, we wouldn’t even be here without comets and asteroids.
Scientists like to put objects in boxes. Comets should look this way. Asteroids should look this way. But Mother Nature keeps knocking the boxes over and saying, no it doesn’t look that way. The few comets that we’ve seen, they all are very different from one another.
So the question is, are all these objects different from one another? The EPOXI mission is an extended mission for the Deep Impact flyby spacecraft. After we went past comet Temple 1 and drove an impactor into it, we spent a year or more observing extrasolar planets and we are now on target for a flyby of comet Hartley 2, which is interesting in the sense that it’s one of the smallest objects we’ve seen and it’s thought to be active over 100 percent of its surface.
If we understand the comets really well, it will tell us how all the planets got made. That’s why we choose comets to study.
Dietitian’s tip:Herbes de Provence is a combination of dried herbs, including thyme, marjoram, rosemary, basil, fennel, sage and lavender. This blend works well with meats, poultry and vegetables.
- 8 ounces pork tenderloin, trimmed of visible fat and cut crosswise into 6 pieces
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon herbes de Provence
- 1/4 cup dry white wine
Sprinkle the pieces of pork with black pepper. Place the pork between sheets of wax paper. Pound with a mallet or roll with a rolling pin until about 1/4-inch thick.
In a large, nonstick frying pan, cook the pork over medium-high heat until the meat is browned, 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Remove from heat and sprinkle with herbes de Provence. Place the pork on individual plates and keep warm.
Pour the wine into the frying pan. Cook until boiling. Scrape the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Pour the wine sauce over the pork and serve immediately.
Calories 156 Cholesterol 74 mg Protein 24 g Sodium 58 mg Carbohydrate trace Fiber 0 g Total fat 4 g Potassium 438 mg Saturated fat 1 g Calcium 8 mg Monounsaturated fat 2 g