This week the Guardian Newspaper & Martin Robbins  provided proof positive that there is no subject that can not produce liberal angst, even subjects that concerning things far in the future:

How can our future Mars colonies be free of sexism and racism?

The white, male European conquerors of the New World and 19th-century American pioneers of Manifest Destiny still colour the space age, so is it a myth that we’ll turn nice on Mars?

This produced plenty of snark:

Reason:

Seriously, you’re talking about starting a colony on Mars (which thankfully—and unlike large swaths of colonies formed on Planet Earth—has no native population) and you’re stuck on GamerGate?

PJ Tattler

Welcome to Generation Whatever. Forget Kirk versus Picard. There’s a new Captain in town named Barack and his bidding with the final frontier is finally coming to fruition. Sure, we can explore Mars, but why even bother? We’ll just screw that up, too:

Samizdata:

I mean read this whole article, then I defy you to look me in the eye and tell me they are not taking the piss out of themselves.

Clayton Cramer:

Of course this is the same newspaper that marked the 100th anniversary of the invention of the airplane by turning into a commentary about Americans inventing it to kill people.

But all of joking aside Mr. Robbins dream of the liberal beta male colonization of space forgets ignore a basic reality the nature of the Beta Male vs the Alpha male to wit the Star Trek TNG episode Tapestry

The very nature of both space exploration and colonization demands the Alpha male.

The Alpha Male is The person willing to take the chance, risk their life and live it to the full.

The Beta male doesn’t do this, he would like to do this, and on occasion may even rise to the occasion given the right inspiration but as a rule does not.

The Alpha male moves forward, doesn’t let complaint and risk stop him. The Alpha Male is James Kirk

The Beta male is Leonard Hofstadter and he is the type who offers tearful apologies if feminists are offended by his shirt.

Of course in fairness Kirk didn’t spend a lot of time in his shirt.

Star Trek Captain Kirk & his Crew inspired generation of kids & teen to want to go out into space and be like him.

And while some comic book & gaming geeks like myself like the idea that our hobbies are more accepted because of Sheldon & Leonard, the only thing about Leonard boys in school dream of being is laid by Penny.

In fairness there will likely be plenty of Leonards, and Rajs and Howards and maybe even a Sheldon or two on the team that gets the first Mars Colony ship into space.

But the Crew will be Full of Kirks and his crew who will be too busy going boldly where no man has gone before to give a damn what the Martin Roberts of the world think.

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Star Trek TNG Unification Part 2 1991

I read with some amusement this story concerning the delicate flowers empowered college women at Oberlin college reacting to Christina Hoff Sommers’ suggestion that if one’s major is not conducive to making a living perhaps one should choose a different one.

Mind you this is the same message she has given at other venues as well:

“A way undergraduate women can change the wage gap is to change their major,” Sommers said. “Of the college majors, naval architecture is 97 percent male. Early childhood education is 98 percent female, social work 88 percent female. There is a big difference in what they major in.”

If more women were to change their majors from lower-paying jobs such as childhood education to higher-paying jobs like petroleum engineering, the wage gap would not be such an issue, Sommers said.

Yet this dose of reality was so traumatic for the some in the student body (even before it was given) that some lashed out at those who invited her as enabling rape while others have answered with love letters to themselves or found the need for “safe spaces”

However while the proper reaction to such people is intense ridicule as the father of two sons one still in college I can’t fight the impulse to couple my ridicule with some practical aid:

Ladies if you will not believe that nasty scary Christina Hoff Sommers perhaps I can provide a witness more to your liking.

Meet Andrea XX

I have no idea why throwing bodyshaming/slutshaming at Miley is being allowed a free pass. It’s the propagation of heteropatriarchal crap.

— andria (@andria_xx) August 26, 2013

Her feminist bonafides are impressive:

“Honors BA in Social Justice and Peace Studies” and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Gender Studies.

Her blog is no longer up but two years ago she was about to defend her Masters Thesis in Gender Studies so we can safely presume that by this time she has acquired said degree and while a Masters in any subject doesn’t impress either Dr. Sheldon Cooper or Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler it should be enough to convince those hiding in Oberlin’s on campus safe rooms that her opinion can be heard without trauma.

So Andrea XX tell us,  just how valuable is an Honors BA in Social Justice & Peace Studies & a Masters in Gender studies?

“I have a honors BA and I’m defending my MA thesis in two weeks. I am also apply for jobs and I can only find stuff in the service industry. I applied for a Hotel Front Desk Clerk job today. My degrees mean NOTHING. I am at the end of my rope.“

In fact it’s even worse that what it sounds:

andreaxx

Now while it is (almost) too late for Andrea XX to change direction if you are an Oberlin student you still have time to abandon majors that make you unemployable and make sure that you are at least in a position to pay off your college debt and have a life once you leave the safe room and enter the real world.

You won’t like the alternative, take andrea_xx’s word on it.

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Twenty years ago if you were unhappy with a business, let’s say a check out clerk was rude to you or you were served a rotten meal, you had some effective ways of getting back. Of course these methods still exist. You can never patronize that business again and tell your friends not to do so as well.

Last week a South Bend, Indiana television reporter ventured outside of her city and traveled to tiny Walkerton, a place she probably never heard of before, where she interviewed one of the owners of Memories Pizza, a family business, who told the reporter that because of their Christian beliefs they would not cater a gay wedding–if they were was asked. The reporter found the “gotcha” story in the sticks that she was seeking in regards to Indiana’s new Religious Restoration Freedom Act.

Then the militant left went on the attack. The owners went into hiding after receiving a death threat.

And then the online attacks poured in Actually they’re still coming. Memories’ Yelp page has been inundated with “reviews” from people who lives almost everywhere but northern Indiana. On the other hand, a high school coach from nearby Goshen took to Twitter to suggest that Memories be burned down. She has since been suspended.  As I mentioned in my post here last week, Yelp’s CEO condemned Indiana’s RFRA, although just last month his firm opened an office in Illinois–which has a similar law.

Years ago I was at a concert where Elvis Costello answered a heckler who was shouting that he should play “Clubland,” by replying with something blues singer Little Willie John once said. “I remember the good old days,” Costello quipped, “they’re gone now. ”

True, very true.

But there is some good news. Supporters of Memories Pizza and religious freedom started a GoFundMe.com drive for the owners of the restaurant–and it has received $800,000.

The internet is a two-edged sword.

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Nothing illustrates the difference between the liberal understanding of the MSM and the conservative understanding of the MSM

Here is a video that perfectly illustrates the collective liberal reaction to the concept that media icon Brian Williams was lying through his teeth to the public.

And here is a video that perfectly illustrates the collective conservative reaction to the concept that media icon Brian Williams was lying through his teeth to the public.

Any questions?

“Space,” it says, “is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space, listen…”

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

For all of those who are absolutely terrified by this report:

Using an oceanographic model of floating debris dispersal calibrated by our data, and correcting for wind-driven vertical mixing, we estimate a minimum of 5.25 trillion particles weighing 268,940 tons.

And to all those organs of the left ready to demand billions of your tax dollars be spent worldwide to NGO & even more billions be extracted by people who actually build things and provide employment let me provide you with the one thing that their argument dreads the most:

Context.   

Fact #1

Here is a map of the world

SkyWorld

That blue part is something we call  the Oceans.  

There are a total of 5 oceans, and they are the Arctic, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, and the Antarctic Ocean. Out of these five, there are three major oceans, the Atlantic, Pacific, and the Indian Ocean. They account for 90 percent of the area covered by oceans. The Pacific Ocean is the largest of oceans, its area is 181 million square kilometers, which covers nearly a third of the Earth’s surface. The Atlantic Ocean is the second largest, covering 94 million square kilometers, and the Indian Ocean is the third largest, covering about 74 million square kilometers.

Back when I was a kid there were only 4 oceans what is now call the “Antarctic Ocean” was considered part of the Indian, Atlantic & Pacific Oceans but I digress.  The point is the oceans of the world  They’re big, really big.

How big?

The planet Earth is a planet of oceans. The total area of the Earth is approximately 510 million square kilometers and the oceans cover about 71 percent of the Earth’s surface, which is about 360 million square kilometers.

Fact #2:

One of the things you will find traveling on the oceans are things called ships.  This is a type of ship we call an Aircraft Carrier:

aircraft carrier

 

A great example of an Aircraft Carrier is the US Nimitz Class.  Each one has a large crew and as far as ships go they’re pretty big.

The more recent Nimitz Class carriers (CVN72-CVN76) have a displacement of 102,000t when fully loaded. They have a length of 317m and beam of 40.8m.

That works out to about 4.5 acres  for  a carrier

The carrier reaches a maximum speed of over 30kt, and accommodates a complement of 3,184 personnel (with 203 officers); 2,800 aircrew (with 366 officers); and 70 flag (with 25 officers).

Notice that number 102,000 tons we’ll be getting back to that.

Fact #3

Aircraft carriers have around for 100 years (103 to be exact) but didn’t become common weapons of war till after world war 1.  Man made plastic has been around for a little longer:

The history of plastics goes back more than 100 years – however, compared to other materials, plastics are relatively modern. Their usage over the past century has enabled society to make huge technological advances to take us towards the new Millennium.

But mass production of plastic goes back to only the 1930’s.

Two developments during the 30s swept the plastics industry into mass production. Firstly, manufacturers learnt how to produce plastics from petroleum – polystyrene, acrylic polymers and polyvinyl chloride were all made in this way. Secondly, injection molding, which had always been problematical, became much improved and fully automated in 1937. Both developments were good news for the consumer as they brought down the price of the end-product and put plastics within easy grasp of everyone.

and it was during World War 2 when both Aircraft carriers & Plastics came into their own:

World War II meant a huge boost for plastics. As a domestically generated resource which had by this time become relatively cheap, plastic was able to take over from imported materials. In terms of design technology, consumer products benefited from the new techniques which had been developed out of necessity during the war. The production of plastics which are still used widely today – such as polyethylene, polystyrene, polyester, PET and silicones – all grew during the wartime period. Silicones, for example, became widely used as water repellants and in heat resistant paints.

So we are talking about 75 years of plastic being a common mass produced item commonly used by the average person.

So what do these three facts about the history of plastic, aircraft carriers & the size of the ocean tell us…

They tell us that in 75 years of mass use by the general public the entire amount of plastic pollution currently in the world’s 360 million square miles of ocean is less in weight than three Nimitz class aircraft carriers.

When you put it that way this isn’t the crisis that’s it’s made to be which means you can’t raise money, get grants, shake down people for taxes and spending or get the UN to host your NGO to solve this problem.  Such a thing could take thousands of leftists off the gravy train.

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Apparently a Feminist author has written a book suggesting that the daily consumption of hormones to avoid pregnancy might not be the best thing for your body.

And he tells the story with a bit of a prologue

It would seem to be just common sense that the long-term use of artificial hormones — for birth control or for anything else — could have harmful side effects. When I was in college, a guy who was into weight-lifting called me over to his dorm room one afternoon and asked me to read the very detailed warning included with the steroids (Dynabol, as I recall) he had somehow obtained on the black market.These warnings were written in a lot of scientific jargon that my buddy didn’t understand, and he asked me to translate them into plain English. So I was reading along through this lengthy list of potential side effects and reached the phrase “testicular atrophy.”

Oh, hell, no.

It kind of reminds me of all those commercials for all these various drugs for you to ‘ask your doctor about” where rather nasty side effects are listed while calm and pleasant images are on the screen to distract you from the fact that they are worse than the problem that you’re already used to.

And a Radical Feminist blogger who had her own unfortunate experiences with the pill notes

I was fascinated by Grigg-Spall’s discussion of the “dark side” of the pill. Apparently data collected from Bayer concentration camp experiments was used in developing the pill (p 31). The pill has negative side effects for women ranging from promoting bone loss (p 63) to blood clots to depression, etc. The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified the pill as a class one carcinogen alongside tobacco and asbestos (p 59). Apparently, Depo Provera is currently used in sex offender rehab programs to decrease sex drive (p 68).

These are just some of the negative aspects of HBC that third wave feminists and pharmaceutical companies routinely downplay.

Do you see what I mean about common sense? You don’t have to be a research scientist to figure out that if “testicular atrophy” is a potential side effect of a guy injecting himself with synthetic male hormones, maybe it’s not such a good idea for women to be gobbling down a daily dose of synthetic female hormones.

And given the protests over frankenfood I would think that would be an easy sell, but apparently when we are talking about contraception suddenly the standard changes.

So the radical feminist believes that the arguments of “sex-positive/mainstream feminism” are just coincidentally aligned with the interests of the pharmaceutical industry that promotes hormonal birth control. I’d bet that if a diligent researcher looked closely at the financing behind institutional feminism, they would discover that this alignment is not entirely coincidental, like how “mainstream feminism” sold out to the porn industry in the 1980s. People need to be more skeptical. Not everybody who says they’re your friend is actually your friend.

Liberals often accuse conservatives of being “science deniers” but apparently scientific principles, study and logic are only of value if they serve or can be twisted to serve their causes.

If man is just another animal on earth, not divinely inspired or created, why isn’t man’s tendency to subdue and the earth and other animals for their own benefit simply a natural part of the behavior of the human animal to be embraced, respected and celebrated as a natural part of natures’ circle of life rather than something to be controlled or held “responsible” for?

Remember if man is no different than any other species than we have no responsibility to any other i terms of survival or care.

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Overboard 1987

Since last year I’ve been writing about the inability of people on the left to name an actual Hillary Clinton accomplishment as Secretary of State.

Today Bill Kristol illustrated this inability on a grand scale.

Appearing on MSNBC the subject of Hillary 2016 came up.  Kristol contrasted her with Sen Claire McCaskill and challenged the table to name a single accomplishment of Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.

John Heilmann & Mika Brzezinski were sitting at that table so it should have been no problem for two professional journalists who have talked about Hillary’s inevitability for months to snap off an answer.

They did not.

Heilmann declined saying he would leave to the Hillary campaign as if it was not the job of a reporter to say such a thing, Joe Scarborough picked up on meme and repeated the question.  Chuck Todd danced around speaking of the difficulty of making the case as Hillary’s style is more subdued, not as visible as John Kerry.

When John Heilmann had a 2nd chance to speak the best he could come up with in the time he had to think, mentioned Hillary Clinton’s extensive travel,  as if she was the first Secretary of State to ever travel all over the place.

Meanwhile the great champion of woman’s issues Mika Brzezinski never said a word..

For a conservative like me this Hillary hilarity was priceless moment of comedy but for a liberal activist it’s something more serious, it’s a crisis of faith.

Picture being a member of the MSNBC partisan audience base sitting there at home watching. You’ve always taken the question of Hillary’s qualifications and accomplishments as a given. Suddenly you’re confronted with Bill Kristol’s direct question. A question so simple you’re tempted to laugh, instead you sit there in tongue-tied disbelief unable to answer yourself and watching the best and brightest of MSNBC fail to provide an answer for you.

That’s when the awful reality hits you.

The reason professional political reporters, people who have followed Hillary Clinton for decades and spent the entire Obama presidency sitting on that MSNBC set talking the issues of the day can’t name a Hillary Clinton accomplishment as Secretary of State off the top of their head, it’s because she doesn’t have any.

How such a person reacts to that revelation, anger toward Kristol for asking the question or re-examining what they’ve been told will say much about who that person is.

Update: The Morning Joe Site no longer supports subclips so here is the full segment

What makes it even more dramatic is John Heilmann scoffs at the idea that McCaskill is more qualified than Hillary Clinton and that’s when Bill Kristol asks the $64,000 dollar question:

“What achievement, one sentence, was did Hillary Clinton done, what is her achievement in politics that qualifies her to be President of the United States?”

Look at the faces it’s speaks volumes.

Update 2: Here is the sub clip from Youtube it’s absolutely wonderful

Update 3: I’ll be Guest Hosting Conservatively Speaking this weekend and Mr. Kristol will be joining me in the 8 AM hour to talk about the Hillary segment.

Update 4: Ed Morrissey

What’s even more amusing is the suggestion that we should wait for Hillary’s next book to tell us what her qualifications are. Clinton has been in the public eye since the Clinton days in Arkansas, 30 years ago. She ran for President in 2008 after eight nondescript years in the Senate, and then served four years as Secretary of State in a tenure bookended by the embarrassing “reset button” with Russia and the Benghazi failure that left four Americans dead. If she had a major accomplishment in all of that time, we wouldn’t need a campaign biography to discover it.

and At Ace of Spades HQ:

Hillary 2016: She’s Already Passed The Globetrotting Vacation Test

Update 5: Byron York reminds us that when asked Hillary couldn’t name one either.

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Glenn Reynolds on Global Warming.

If there is one thing that gets people on the left in an uproar it’s the global warming climate change debate,  well not the debate per-se, it’s the existence of any debate.

We’re reached the point where people compare those who “deny” global warming climate change to Holocaust deniers and  call on them to be arrested.  Nate Silver’s 538 site was pilloried for daring to allow a scientist to even suggest that the costs of national disasters are not tied to global warming.  This is no surprise after all as Senator Boxer reminds us “We can just look out the window to see global warming climate change”

So given the wide range of people I follow on twitter many who I disagree with odds are you are going to occasionally see a tweet like this

Most of the time I just let this stuff go since I’m a busy guy and it takes more than a twitter conversation to change minds, plus I have  a soft spot for Arclight, he’s an engineer and often make the lonely fight for reality on nuclear power on the left,  but this one was such a fat pitch right over the plate I couldn’t resist taking the swing.

Now that would seem an obvious point but when you consider the left near religious fervor concerning  global warming climate change manta, it goes beyond a clever riposte.  It’s a matter of moral indictment.  Consider this response to my tweet.

The obvious answer is  Tim Imholt’s PhD’s excellent piece but more  interesting is the implicit dichotomy of those tweets.

Both Arclight & A Green claim the mantle of Science, not religion mind you where faith comes into play but science.  They claim that man-made Global Warming is scientific fact, no more disputable than the existence of germs.  A person who would deny it is akin to a doctor who insists on bleeding a patient to equalize the body’s humors.

Now perhaps one might excuse say,  Theodoric Medieval Barber of York‘s ignorance of the true nature of science, but not a modern man, after all his ignorance kills.

But if willful ignorance is not excusable, wouldn’t the harshest condemnation go to someone who by their own admission,   understands science and data, states as fact certain actions risk killing humanity itself, and still does them?

I submit and suggest that if you are a person (particularly a scientist) who insists man made global warming is real, insists ignoring it risks the lives of millions,  condemns those who would deny the truth of the danger of global warming climate change…

…yet flies when they could skype or teleconference, drives when they could bike or walk, and has a house full of energy-consuming gadgets and buys still more,  is by their own standards,  akin to a death camp guard who regularly berates the local townsfolk for denying the existence of the camp he works at.

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As it’s April Fools Day it’s appropriate to look at some liberal foolishness that is not restricted to today.

Obamacare is going to become popular even though gimmicks had to be used to pass it, democrats in the House had to be dragged screaming and kicking to pass it and ever Democrat in a swing state is ducking and dodging it.

When you make a law that dramatically increases costs for business if they hire fifty or more full-time employees they will simply absorb those costs out of their profit margin without raising prices, cutting employee hours or holding back hiring.

If you raise the minimum wage that a business has to pay any new employee doing unskilled work business will continue to hire unskilled labor at the same rate without cutting hours.

A criminal is more afraid of a law saying he can’t have a gun than someone who can shoot back.

If you give people benefits that exceed the value of work they will still decide they want to work.

If you teach people their failures come from others keeping them down, they will use it as an incentive to succeed rather than an excuse for failure.

A person who gets a degree in woman’s studies and ethnic studies will have people beating down their door to hire them at a high paying job for the rest of their lives.

The “greatness” of the greatest generation had nothing to do with the culture and values that they were taught and lived.

Increasing in the number of criminals in jail and decreases in the crime rate are totally unrelated.

When you set up a medical system that provides disincentives to medically treat elderly people they will still be treated.

It’s unacceptable for children to play games like dodgeball or get their ears pieced or be given an aspirin without parental consent but it’s perfectly acceptable to those same kids to have an abortion without telling their parents or choose their own gender.

A country that wants to expand their border or intimidate their neighbors can be restrained without the prospect of military force being used against it.

An internal investigation that clears a Republican governor is a white wash not to be trusted but an internal investigation that clears the IRS or State department in a Democrat administration is completely trustworthy and not to be questioned.

The only rich people trying to influence elections are the Koch Brothers and Sheldon Adelson.

People today are so much smarter than their ancestors simply because they live today.

I’m sure you can add plenty more, feel free to do so in comments but let me close with the most foolish liberal thought of all:

If you elect a totally inexperienced Chicago Pol based on the color of his skin to the presidency he will lead the country and indeed the world to peace and prosperity and if he doesn’t, it’s not his fault.

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