Seven Years. Eight Minutes.

I don’t think the air commuter world is ready for all-electric aircraft. Certainly the aircraft isn’t ready.

Electric airplane prototype takes first flight in Washington
The plane, built by startup Eviation, was built to carry nine passengers and up two pilots. It took off from Moses Lake, Washington, at 7:10 a.m. Tuesday, and landed eight minutes later.

Eight minutes. i suppose that’s slightly better than the Wright Flyer‘s first few flights. But for something that’s been in development for seven years, I’d expect better.

The aircraft’s “TARGET SPECIFICATIONS” include a planned, eventual range of 250 nautical miles. At best, a short range puddle jumper.

Max payload of 2,500 pounds. Divided over the alleged 9 passengers, and you’ve got 277 pounds apiece. Considering modern American’s girth, some of them may be able to bring a purse.

Hoped for max speed would be 260 knots. We’ll see.

Maybe. Probably not, unless someone invents a radical new electrical energy storage system. I’ve yet to see the battery with sufficient energy density to make passenger aircraft theoretically practical (excluding some LTA concepts).

 

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Too True. I Had To Laugh.

Babylon Bee on Hurricane Ian.

Authorities Warn That Hurricane Could Cause Florida To Have As Many Water And Power Shortages As California
“We’re preparing the way we always do,” said local Florida man Buggs Crullers. “By stocking up on enough beer, cigarettes, and lotto tickets to last us a couple of weeks! If it gets as bad as a normal day in Cali, we’ll be ready!”

I miss being in Florida by one Interstate exit. I am in Ian’s projected path. And I saw this shortly after returning from the convenience store.

Where I’d gone to actually pick up a lottery ticket for me and my sister.

Why not? I’ve got gas. I’ve got food, water, alternate sanitation, backup power, multiple ways to cook, flashlights, batteries…

That’s just normal ’round here. My sister always laughs when she sees something about city folk having maybe three days worth of food before they begin starving. SO what was left to pick up? You can’t exactly stockpile weekly lottery tickets.

Well, you could. But the expire right quick, and wouldn’t even make acceptable toilet paper. (Yeah, got that, too.)

 

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TZP Column: When Idiots Confuse Parade Magazine With The Supreme Court

Yes, a “urinalist” actually cited a PBS interview and Parade column as a SCOTUS decision.


The Supreme Court of the Public Broadcasting System?
Beg pardon? Where is that in the “annals of SCOTUS?” That’s from a 1991 PBS interview, years after Burger retired, and it reinforced a peculiar post-retirement 1990 Parade Magazine puff piece. If he believed that position had a constitutional basis, why didn’t he use his position as Chief Justice to espouse it, instead of waiting until retirement to write an opinion column not subject to Associate Justice ridicule and judicial dissent?
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Musical PTSD

Zendo Deb dug up a video of “One Hit Wonders from the 1980s.” I listened to it.

I shouldn’t have. But at the risk of triggering PTSD in other veterans, here ’tis

That was mostly an unpleasant flashback to a decade largely spent overseas, when the only available “entertainment” radio was AFRTS (A-Farts, of course).*

AFRTS — musically — mostly played the current pop chart, on endless repeat. There was also a disco program that pretty much everyone turned off. And a country program that tried. Then you got well-sanitized top-of-the-hour news. Everything else was sports, like it or not.

Until I got sick of it, and started doing my own programming (WMAL FM 107.9 The Voice Of Malatya!)**, it was AFRTS or nothing.

For the record, I recognized all but one of the “top twenty.” There’s one I even like. A couple more that were “Meh, OK.” The rest… it’s best that they were one hit wonders.


* Apparently they finally changed the name to “American Forces Network,” after decades of hating being called A-Farts.

** And that’s another story. Specifically the time the base commander at Diyarbakır AB took offense to my classic rock show… Although getting a phone-in request from Hawaii was amusing.

 

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When I heard about this one…

My first thought was pretty cringe-inducing.

Ban all meat-eating men from having sex because their love of pork is killing the planet, animal rights group demands
Stop men who eat meat from having sex because their consumption is killing the planet, animal rights group Peta has demanded.

No meat eaters? How ’bout if we just promise to not eat go down on you?

That’s facetious of course. Generally the women proposing thse “sex strikes” are just using it as the latest excuse for not getting laid…

.. because no one wants them anyway.

 

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That’s Specieist!

Knuckledraggin’ found an amusing image.

Canines?

Canines?!

What about my gender-neutral kittens?

I did that video as a joke about ten years ago. Some people found it hilarious. But a disturbing number took it seriously. I see YouTube has added a “context” message to my video.

Climate change refers to long-term shifts in temperatures and weather patterns, mainly caused by human activities, especially the burning of fossil fuels.

On the upside, the Indiegogo campaign to save those poor kittens from global warming did get one donation.

From “Al Gore.”

 

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Not To Give Anyone Ideas, But…

Have these folks considered what could potentially happen when they deprive people of even the option of legal channels to resolve grievances?

Clinton-Appointed Judge Maxine Chesney Accused of Trying To Silence The Movement To Expose CPS
According to Andrea Wood, Maxine Chesney wrongfully labeled Wood a “vexatious litigant” without a trial or a hearing, claiming that Wood filed a frivolous lawsuit against Contra Costa County in California after the CPS agency there seized Wood’s children. Wood has appealed Chesney’s ruling, and said that Chesney is trying to silence her.

I don’t know the specifics of Wood’s case. Maybe she is “vexatious” (and sorry folks, but a video of indeterminate length is not the best source; gimme court filings). But hers would not be the first — or second, or third, or fourth… …or 100th — case I’ve heard of in which a biased judge used “procedural issues” to kill inconvenient cases.

Consider the 2020 classic: “The election hasn’t happened, so you haven’t been injured yet; no standing for you!” Followed by (from the same judge) “The election is over; dismissed for mootness!”

See, that way no one even has to look at evidence.

 

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TZP Column: Yet Another “Assault Weapon” Licensing Bill

This RINO’s previous support for gun control victim disarmament pissed off so many people that he’s forced to retire. So what else does he have to lose?


REPUBLICAN CONGRESSCRITTER FLIPS OFF AMERICA ON WAY OUT THE DOOR
Not much more information of the bill, H.R.8882 – To amend title 18, United States Code, to require a license to acquire or receive an assault weapon, and for other purposes, is available. No text is published yet.

Just what we can see, though, really suffices. A federal licensing scheme with zero “general historical tradition.” An unconstitutionally vague allowance for revoking licenses for unspecified reasons. What we have here is yet another example of an oath-breaking SOB knowing his proposal flies i the face of the Constitution and Supreme Court rulings, but forcing the people to waste money fighting it in court anyway.
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Alternatives To STASI/PayPAl

I just received this link via email. The news is a bit old, but I really haven’t seen much about it at all. It deserves to be aired out again.

PayPal’s Unholy Alliance With ADL Opens the Door to a Massive Security Breach
Two weeks ago, PayPal abruptly announced a major new partnership with the Anti-Defamation League to investigate the financial transactions of its users:

PayPal Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: PYPL), in partnership with ADL (the Anti-Defamation League), today announced a new partnership initiative to fight extremism and hate through the financial industry and across at-risk communities. This is the latest effort by PayPal in combating racism, hate and extremism across its platforms and the industry.

Let’s go to PayPal’s actual press release.

Through this collaboration, PayPal and ADL have launched a research effort to address the urgent need to understand how extremist and hate movements throughout the U.S. are attempting to leverage financial platforms to fund criminal activity. The intelligence gathered through this research initiative will be shared broadly across the financial industry and with policymakers and law enforcement.

Universal BS Translator: PayPal will (is) spy on their customers…

And share that data with an outside nongovernmental organization.

The intelligence gathered through this research initiative will be shared broadly across the financial industry and with policymakers and law enforcement.

UBST: And with the governments which people are criticizing. Note the lack of mention of subpoenas or warrants.

In addition to extremist and anti-government organizations, the initiative will focus on actors and networks spreading and profiting from all forms of hate and bigotry against any community.

UBST: And we won’t stop with potentially unlawful activities. We’re going to spy on, and share and report noncriminal speech we don’t like.

Perhaps this accounts in part for the drastic drop in PayPal donations I’ve experienced (one, in the past three months, which isn’t keeping up with my Internet access bills). It could well be that those more clued in simply don’t want to donate to — and thus be tied to — someone who routinely criticizes the governemt and politicians for constitutional violations.

Although another issue seems to be PayPal’s lust for telephone contact data. One person asked for an alternate means of donating because PayPal insists on being given the donor’s phone number (I suppose that makes it easier to collate data on users and their donors). Using a desktop computer, I was always presented with a “not now” button allowing me to skip the phone number requirement, but my source says that doesn’t appear when using a smart phone.

Please offer viable alternatives to PayPal in comments. I need something.

Although with the credit card reporting these days, cash might be best.

Huh. Doesn’t anyone else remember way back when the ADL had a decent reputation? Maybe not; I’m old.

 

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