Systems like the attitude control, which maintains the orientation of the spacecraft; the gyro, a sensor that measures the satellite’s deviation from its set path; or the star tracker, a sensor that orients the satellite to distant objects in the celestial sphere, are the same across several ISRO missions.
"The building blocks are kept the same so we don’t have to tailor-make for each mission," said Mr. Annadurai
President Barack Obama announced Jan. 17 he plans to discontinue the NSA’s in-house retention of phone metadata, but expressed an interest in either phone companies or a new third-party retaining the information. Phone companies are reportedly uninterested in doing so…
What Pike and Church were uncovering turned out to be something much darker and harder to process than Watergate. With Watergate, there was a simpler narrative that reaffirmed America’s own fairytales about itself: Here was a bad apple, Nixon, and a few bad apples around him, eventually exposed and overthrown by the good guys—the valiant press, the politicians with integrity—proving that the American System worked after all.
But what the Pike Committee (and to a lesser extent the Church Committee) revealed was something much more systemic, much more complex and depressing to grapple with.
As Pike put it, in Watergate the American people were asked to believe that “their President had been a bad person. In this situation they are asked much more; they are asked to believe that their country has been evil. And nobody wants to believe that.”
“If I am traitor, who did I betray? I gave all my information to the American public, to American journalists who are reporting on American issues. If they see that as treason, I think people really need to consider who they think they’re working for. The public is supposed to be their boss, not their enemy.”—Edward Snowden
“US president Barack Obama said his director of national intelligence James Clapper ought to have been “more careful” in Senate testimony about surveillance that Clapper later acknowledged was untruthful following disclosures by Edward Snowden.”—
“Even after Smelley produced documentation proving where he got the money from, Putnam County officials tried to keep the money on the grounds that he could have used the cash to buy drugs in the future.”—via Rolling Stone
It’s true that free speech must be defended. We all know how Voltaire felt about it and those feelings are right. But, in that vein, and in the spirit of the good ol’ fashioned American free market, why shouldn’t a media company be free to fire anybody they want for any reason ever as every other (non-government, non-union) company can? If A&E doesn’t want to be associated with an intolerant, misguided, hateful man, then they should have every freedom to fire him. I’m a little surprised Palin, etc., aren’t using this opportunity to talk about how great limited government is.
But that aside, the reversal in the Palin, etc., argument—that it’s actually A&E who are being intolerant—reminds me of the case of Mohammed Bouyeri and Theo van Gogh. It’s easy to imagine Mr Bouyeri saying “well, you’re being intolerant of our beliefs.” But, as that case shows, tolerance has limits. The purpose of tolerance is to reduce hate, and that purpose is defeated when hate is tolerated. So it’s only natural for tolerance to stop when it encounters intolerance-based hate, regardless of whether that hate is verbal, physical, ideological, or imaginary. Tolerance stops at intolerance.
So it seems that Mr Duck Dynasty doesn’t really understand the homosexuality issue. Likewise it seems that Palin, etc., doesn’t really understand tolerance.
But she’s right that freedom of speech is “an endangered species”. But that’s because ourgovernmentisinsane, not because she doesn’t know how tolerance works.
As the banner unfurled, some glitter fell to the ground. The whole thing was pretty boring, as far as protests like this go and when security guards asked them to leave, they did…
When they got to jail, they found out they were being charged with a “terrorism hoax,” a state felony punishable by up to ten years in prison.
“When, as was the case before 9/11, security screeners were contractors employed by airlines, they had every incentive to do a good job: Airlines don’t want their planes hijacked or blown up. And they also had every incentive to be speedy and pleasant: Airlines don’t want to irritate their customers, or to make flying an unpleasant experience in general.”—
“The company has lowered the price of the kit again and again, most recently from $299 to a mere $99, practically making it a stocking-stuffer. All the better to induce volunteers to give 23andMe the data it so desperately wants.”—via Scientific American
Growing up I was taught that our government was one of, by, and for the people. I was taught that it’s practically my patriotic duty to vote and to speak my mind. I was taught that the United States of America was the world’s great melting pot, the land of freedom and opportunity, a great democratic, meritocratic powerhouse where the doors were open to any and all that respected our laws and valued our values. I was made to think that our government was in place to encourage life, maintain liberty, and facilitate the pursuit of happiness. We were, after all, the greatest country on Earth.
But right now I feel lied to and I feel betrayed. And I feel this way more than ever. It seems that every day there’s a new story that increases that feeling of being and of having been betrayed by the government I once thought was so great. And the worst part about this ever-increasing sense of betrayal is that there’s no indication that things will change. It seems, more and more every day, that the people comprising our government are happy to tax us but aren’t very interested in representing us.
If we define democracy as government of, by, and for the people, we must recognize that secret courts and secret laws are inconsistent with and act contrary to democratic government. And if we define American as a person or an agency that values life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and that works to encourage, maintain, and facilitate those values both for oneself and for one’s country, then we are being ruled by an increasingly un-American government.
I want to live governed by the American democracy that I thought we had when I was young, or at least some reasonable semblance of it. It seems so simple. Can we petition the White House to stop ruining everything?
The next time you feel like capitalizing “not”, “and”, “or”, or any other word in this wacky and wonderful language we share, try capitalizing other words in the sentence first.
So say someone in your office keeps stealing your quiche and you want to write a note indicating that your quiche is yours. You can write:
THIS is not your quiche.
This IS not your quiche.
This is NOT your quiche.
This is not YOUR quiche.
This is not your QUICHE.
The capitalization is not necessary anywhere. Not even on “not”, believe it or not—the word functions where you put it even if you don’t capitalize it. So why not capitalize the other words instead? TRY it out. Have SOME fun. Mix it UP.
I mean, if you’re going to make yourself look stupid anyway, you could at least look fresh, too.
In a world torn by sectarian violence, where tolerance is scorned as a weakness, where understanding is ridiculed by the cruel, where peace is a pipe dream of the past and where hope is seen only through the scope of a sniper’s rifle, one man dares to speak out with one bold promise for the future. His name is Pope Francis. And he’s not effing about. (Read that in your best movie trailer voice.)
Right, they’ll do it somewhere they can feel safe, somewhere they feel has some modicum of respect for things like liberty, transparency, rule of law and the public good of journalism. Somewhere like Brazil or maybe Russia.
With projects like this, though, good engineering is never enough. Politics and economics are more forbidding obstacles… A few, presumably not Californian patriots, have even suggested that somewhere like Texas—where the bureaucracy is less stifling—might be a more feasible place to try the idea out.
It seems like critics of the Hyperloop are either myopic or mostly missing the point. It doesn’t matter that the project isn’t “shovel-ready” because it’s not being pitched as “shovel-ready”, it’s being pitched as an idea. It doesn’t matter whether the numbers are bank-ready because at this point they’re not intended for the bank, they’re intended to show how expensive the California High Speed Rail is by comparison:
The head of the California high speed rail project called me to complain that it wasn’t the very slowest bullet train nor the very most expensive per mile.
At this point the Hyperloop is a well-sketched idea, a rough draft that needs editing and refinement. And it’s a great idea. In a time when America is regressing culturally and economically and in almost any other conceivable measure, a future-facing, public-minded, job-creating, industry-boosting idea like this should be seized, refined, and made to work, not disregarded because its inventor brought it up before it’s “shovel-ready”.
And I hope it’s built and tested in Texas because that’s where the American Dream has moved. California’s politicians have effectively wrecked the state.
"It’s your dog, it’s your dog poop," Mr. Gutiérrez said. "We are just returning it to you."
At a recent political event, Mr. Gutiérrez said, the mayor of Madrid sought him out.
“She said, ‘Well, it is not many mayors who think sending dog poop to voters is a good idea,’” Mr. Gutiérrez said. “‘How did you dare?’”
Mr. Gutiérrez shrugged.
And too bad this poor lady totally missed the point.
One woman walking her dog (it looked like a beagle) refused to give either her name or the dog’s.
“There is a campaign against dogs in this town, and what has this dog ever done?”
“The combination of increasingly advanced technology with a breakdown in the checks and balances that limit government action could lead us to a surveillance state that cannot be reversed.”—Sen. Ron Wyden