The Squares Cancel

Ever wondered if the New Horizons probe can find KBO’s out there before Earth-based telescopes?

How much closer to a KBO would NH have to be to get a better view than the best Earth based telescope?

New Horizons had 2 cameras: the LORRI (8.2″) and the Ralph (2.4″):

The largest telescope is the 409″ Gran Telescopio Canarias.

The light gathering power of a telescope/camera is proportional to the area of its aperture. So the Earth telescope has 2500x the power of the larger New Horizons camera. But light decreases as the square of distance – so New Horizon needs to be 1/50th as far from the KBO as Earth. Note, the “squares cancel” and the relative distance is proportional to the lens aperture.

For example, if the hypothetical Planet X is ~50 billion miles from the sun, New Horizons would have to be within 1 billion miles of it.

Killary’s Krimes

Disgusted at the smug yet wrong answer on Quora that Killary’s private email server wasn’t illegal, I thought I would “google” it. Page after page of liberal & MSM apologists for her! All critical/conservative pages removed. Google is now completely unreliable for any political searches. Try GoodGopher instead.

But it’s worse than that because the FBI/DOJ/Congress actively covered up her crimes by refusing to do a proper investigation:

  1. FBI never demanded access to the servers to see if they had been hacked
  2. CIA/NSA had all the emails + record of hacker’s internet access which FBI refused to look at.
  3. No attempt to investigate damage caused by leaked classified information.
  4. No attempt to investigate Killary’s email received by government officials,
  5. No more mention of tens of thousands of Killary emails on Weiner’s laptop
  6. No attempt to look at Clinton’s finances or foundations for bribes paid.


Just some thoughts on one of my favorite movies of all time – Bladerunner.

SyFy showed the theatrical release (1982) then Ridley Scott’s “Final Cut” from 2007. I was rather hoping I would notice more differences but no. A couple added short segments and a few slightly longer scenes.

The movie was set in 2019 ( the book was 2021) which seemed infinitely faraway back in 1982! So stark contrast between what could have been and what is.

  • Nuclear War with China / planet poisoned / dark overcast and constant rain.
  • Colonies on other worlds.
  • Flying cars
  • Replicants indistinguishable from humans.

SyFy had some show notes during the movie. The theatrical release adds an annoying voice-over by Harrison Ford because the studio editors thought people would be too stupid to get it. It also removed any question that it was nothing more than humans vs robots; the Final Cut adds those scenes back in ( Deckard was a replicant too; many things in the theatrical release are out of place without this subtext). The show notes claimed he was just a human in the book – and that’s definitely not what I remember! The book gave the impression that everyone was a replicant – all humans were off-world or dead from radiation. Between “memory implants” and mind control, most didn’t even realize, nor could they tell, they were themselves replicants. The director of the upcoming sequel recognizes this and says the movie will reflect that.

Replicants are like any other machine: they’re either a benefit or a hazard. If they’re a benefit, it’s not my problem.

Obama’s War on America’s Energy Infrastructure.

No, going into green energy is not a good thing if it is not economical, and it is not. Obama blew $150 billion, stolen from the taxpayers, on these essentially “crony capitalist”, anti-free market projects.

Obama Subsidizes U.S. Solar Energy

Spain’s economy was basically destroyed by the fanatical green energy movement there –
Spain’s Green Disaster a Lesson for America

Really it’s a kind of insanity that government officials think they know better than a free market does, and they repeat the failures of centralized command and control (socialist) systems over and over again. So excluding the bogus “CO2 pollution” argument, why do they want renewable energy? They claim it’s because we will run out of fossil fuels! However, as fossil fuels get used up or more expensive to extract, they will become more scarce and their price will necessarily rise. At some point, between rising prices and improved technology, entrepreneurs will bring economical alternative energy to the market. NO “GOVERNMENT SOLUTION” NECESSARY. Instead government distortions of the market simply result in our industries being less price competitive with foreign companies whose government economic policies are not so fucked up.

And no, it was never about “investment in green technology” – that was just the public excuse. R&D is already a tax write-off for companies. Instead, the money was a pay-off to Obama backers, to protect them from market forces of free enterprise and competition, but the economics of “green energy” are so bad that many of those companies went bankrupt anyway. Since it was not their own hard-earned money (like it would have been an entrepreneur), they could waste it on hookers and blow – and kickbacks to the Democrat Machine.

…These programs might be the greatest—and most expensive—example of crony capitalism in American history. Tens of billions of dollars went to firms controlled or owned by fundraisers, bundlers, and political allies, many of whom—surprise!—are now raising money for Obama again.

Analysis: 80% of DOE green energy loans went to Obama backers

The electricity utilities are happy to sell you a “green energy plan” where you pay more for the same amount of energy, but getting the government to force everyone to do it by Dictate, just means a lowered standard of living for everyone. The facts are most people simply can not afford it:

  • 62% of Americans have less than $1000 of savings
  • 15% of households have negative wealth
  • 100 million Americans are out of work; 50% of working age Americans are not working ; the lowest labor force participation rate in 40 years.
  • 50 million Americans would starve without government food payments.
  • A record high 15% of Americans live in poverty.

Blacks are worse off under Obama/Clinton!

I was wondering about how polls could say 95% of black voters are for Killary, when all the numbers says blacks are much worse off now after 6 years of “Democratic leadership”.

Townhall – Blacks worse off under Obama
Expansion of black misery under Obama
National Review – blacks worse off under Obama

I’m thinking what brainwashed chumps! It’s like a litmus test of whether people are living a fantasy when they still support him.

I have heard that Clinton’s “tough sentencing” law in 1994 doubled black incarceration rates, which is true, but they’ve been climbing since Reagan’s Drug War in the early ’80’s. Total rates were declining a little since 2009, but crime started exploding in 2015 and I have not been able to find more recent stats on the rates…

Breitbart – crime spikes in 2015

A New Theory of Human Evolution

Ever get the impression that anthropologists don’t have a clue? Why do they have to revise their theories of human evolution everytime a new fossil hominid is discovered or new technology comes out? I have a wacky theory that all the ancestral hominid bones they’ve found so far are ancestral to our own. Without the DNA to go on, all they can do is comparative anatomy and guess what the intra-species variability is. When they start talking about “interbreeding species” of Denisovan, Neanderthal, and modern humans, that is just BS because a species is defined by its inability to breed with other species. I think you had various migrating vs isolated populations going back 8-10 million years that would independently change (drift or unique selective factors) and later on, migrate and interbreed again, until in the modern human you have this huge variation of genes that represent all the different kinds of hominids we descended from. Like the breeds of dogs, we had widely divergent ancestral types, but we all share the same genes…
Modern Humans one of many co-existing ape species

The Greater Fool

I have heard repeatedly people say they can’t fathom how anyone would lend money to a government for a negative interest rate. This is true only if they keep the bond to maturity, and they have no intention of doing so! If investors expect future interest rates to become even more negative, then the value of their existing bond, on the open market, will gain a premium over YTM. This is simply the “Greater Fool Theory” and is exactly the same as investors in the housing market expecting to flip their houses for ever greater prices, no matter how over-priced they are already.

Misery Index

Remember the Misery Index? Misery Index is just unemployment rate + inflation rate. Ronald Reagan campaigned on it when it hit an “outrageous 21%” in 1979. Since then the govt has just been making ever more elaborate lies about what the numbers are. See this good article –

, and the first comment:

real unemployment rate is between 20% and 40%

Every statistic about the US economy is now a lie as David Stockman looks at 5.5% unemployment:

At the present time, there are 210 million adult Americans between the ages of 16 and 68—to take a plausible measure of the potential work force. That amounts to 420 billion potential labor hours, if we accept the convention that all adults are at least theoretically capable of holding a full-time job (2,000 hours/year) and pulling their share of society’s need for production and work effort.

By contrast, during 2014 only 240 billion hours were actually supplied to the US economy, according to the BLS estimates. Technically, therefore, there were 180 billion unemployed labor hours, meaning that the real unemployment rate was 42.9%, not 5.5%!

Yes, we have to allow for non-working wives, students, the disabled, early retirees and coupon clippers. We also have drifters, grifters, welfare cheats, bums and people between jobs, enrolled in training programs, on sabbaticals and much else.…

Inflation in the land of the free is not so phantom though – Chapwood Index shows real inflation in US. In 2014, it was 9.7% – 1212% of official US inflation (0.8%)

The Chapwood Index shows the actual price inflation for the 500 items people buy most often. It has been 9-10% every year in Dallas for the past 4 years. So something less than 43% unemployment and 10% inflation and the misery index is pushing 50%!

Sick and Twisted Evil Plans of Obama

Yes he’s budgeted money to build a DNA database of Americans

Is this the tip of the iceberg which he will use in his “national race database“?

US has already been found to be surreptitiously collecting DNA of foreign nationals. Do you think it stops at the borders?

I am really dubious that the consumer DNA companies have not already handed over all our data to the feds. Yes, it would be illegal but the feds have been using illegally obtained information in criminal cases for 30 years now. It’s called “Parallel Construction