But does this legislation go far enough? Isn't there a risk that the EPA will continue to give undue weight to the theories of these egg-headed ivory-tower "scientists", favoring their pie-in-the-sky models over the solid real-world experience of industry representatives? For too long, we've seen nerdy socialist… » 11/20/14 9:19am 11/20/14 9:19am

"So, uh, listen, guys, I've figured it out. God is a warm, gentle, caring entity that totally loves us."
"Excuse me? Have you looked around you?"
"What do you mean?"
"We live in a fucking desert. It's nothing but sand as far as the eye can see. The only water is brackish. The vegetation has thorns. The only time the… » 11/11/14 9:26am 11/11/14 9:26am

Nnedi Okorafor has a great short story called 'The Magical Negro' which deals with this trope.

The Magical Non-White-Person (MNWP) seems to be an instance of the Wise Old Man (WOM) from Campbell's monomyth — the repository of wisdom who conveniently appears to impart the knowledge that the Hero needs to complete his… » 11/07/14 2:38pm 11/07/14 2:38pm

"Love is the fifth dimension? Ha ha, humanity, that's adorable. Everyone knows that hate is the fifth dimension. A hate strong enough can warp space and allow faster-than-light travel. And that's why we have to keep invading other planets — like yours — and killing every sentient being on them. It's nothing personal,… » 11/05/14 11:13am 11/05/14 11:13am

Just to clarify, the fallstreak hole and the rainbow effect are two different phenomena. That is, you can have a fallstreak hole without the rainbow optical effect. Here's one I photographed over Brooklyn (if you search Google for 'hole punch cloud' or 'fallstreak hole', you can find prettier examples). » 11/03/14 6:41pm 11/03/14 6:41pm

Is it correct to describe the feathering mechanism as "a safety device"? Everything I've read suggests that it's actually a flight control system, dynamically changing the flight profile of the spacecraft for the next phase of flight. Calling it a "safety device" makes it sound like an optional component, rather than… » 11/03/14 8:50am 11/03/14 8:50am