In our seats, waiting to hear him play banjo with a bluegrass band and Edie Brickell. Then, the fireworks.
What a great show. I hadn’t realized how seriously Martin had gotten into his music in the last few years. He’s equally adept at both bluegrass fingerpicking and clawhammer, and he and Brickell did some beautifully spooky songs in the latter style. He also hasn’t lost his comedic touch. “It’s always been my dream to play the Hollywood Bowl on the 4th of July. Call me crazy, but I feel that, as I step on this stage, I’ve taken a big step in that direction.” (Paraphrase).
Only disappointment was that the show wasn’t long enough, and the fireworks (accompanied by a medley of Sousa tunes from the Air Force Band of the Golden West, ending with the classic Stars and Stripes Forever) less spectacular than I’ve gotten used to in recent years, but still well worth the money and effort to attend.
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One other thing. Paul Simon made a guest appearance, and sat in for a song.
For those wondering, that’s Apollo 11, taking off on July 16th, 1969.
Buzz Aldrin is starting a social media campaign to commemorate it.
I’m working on a piece that I hope gets good placement, on how it’s time to let go of Apollo.
Adrian Moore explains why he can’t take it any more.
John Walker reviews John Mankins’ new book.
“Just yell ‘Science!’“:
Where to begin? It doesn’t matter if Steyn has “no scientific credentials;” he’s perfectly capable of both spotting fraud when he sees it, and calling out a fraudulent huckster if he deems it necessary. And while it’s true that science, idealized, is “a matter of fact, not a matter of opinion,” this has no bearing on whether or not Michael Mann committed fraud. We’re not debating whether or not science is a fact-based enterprise; we’re debating whether or not Mann is a fraudulent scientist. Defining science simply has nothing to do with the debate at hand; it’s a definitional reductio combined with an argumentative non sequitur.
But that doesn’t really matter with these people. If they get backed into a difficult corner, they just repeat, by rote, the textbook definition of science; for some reason, this is supposed to absolve their pet favorite scientists of any wrongdoing, even if the scientists’ professional credibility is seriously in question. It just doesn’t make any sense to use such a rhetorical device in such a way, and it makes people look like idiots when they use it: “Hey, that scientist is correct; after all, science is fact-based.”
As I said, this is mostly a left-liberal phenomenon; progressives just love the empty-headed campaign to endlessly repeat “science” until their adversaries give up.
It is quite annoying, at the very least.
This is the kind of research that NASA should be doing, and would be if we were serious about space settlement. Instead, we waste billions on unneeded giant rockets. At least China is taking it more seriously.
I don’t know if it’s an act of patriotism, but I think that trying to prevent people from owning guns is the exact opposite of that.
What does it mean to be patriotic? A nice collection of thoughts from various people.
Not all of the left melted down and lost its mind over the case.
Just most of it.
Why do it any more?
Though I’ve had an account for years, I’ve never really “done” it. I spend very little time there, except when I get an email notification that someone mentioned me there. I never manually post, but these blog posts do get automatically added there.
…has gone live. Salmon are being caught.
The surprisingly strong case for it.
One of the many disappointments of the NRC report on human spaceflight is the almost total neglect of this topic. That’s at least partially because if was rooted in a neo-Apollo mindset, which must have boots on the ground, though it’s not clear what they’ll be doing.
If it’s not your boss’s business, why do you expect him to pay for it?
…the Hobby Lobby decision opens the door for closely held companies to deny coverage of all forms of birth control if they can plausibly argue that doing so would violate their conscience. The decision doesn’t apply to large, publicly held corporations, but even if it did, it is unlikely that many companies would go down that path. And even if they did, birth control would not be “banned” – employees simply would have to pay for it themselves. The notion that denying a subsidy for a product is equivalent to banning that product is one of the odder tenets of contemporary liberalism.
The cognitive dissonance required to be a leftist must be quite painful.
How it got in the way of its science.
It’s what happens to politicized bureaucracies.
The Houston Chronicle weighs in.
I don’t think this is quite correct, though:
Under the current Commercial Crew Development program, SpaceX contracts with NASA for a flat payment. If SpaceX comes in under cost, it gets to keep the profit. If it goes over budget, SpaceX has to make up the difference. This system gives SpaceX more flexibility to operate as it sees fit.
Shelby has inserted language in a Senate appropriations bill that would instead force SpaceX to work on NASA’s old cost-plus model. This would require the private company to track every step of its development, assign a cost to those steps and charge it to NASA, plus an additional fee. This stilted payment model forces engineers to be accountants and removes disincentives for bloated budgets.
Shelby isn’t forcing the company to cost plus. He’s doing something worse (and stupid), forcing them to account for it as though it were cost plus, but on a fixed-price contract.
Hyundai did a bad-ass stunt outside of Mojave.
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For those wondering (as I was) where that was, it’s on Hyundai’s test track northwest of town, according to Doug Messier.
It’s looking worse and worse:
Any private company that conducted itself in this way would be crucified. It happens from time to time, but rather rarely nowadays, as the duty to preserve evidence is well known in the business world. The IRS’s account of its own behavior is, frankly, shocking. I can hardly imagine what a federal judge would do to a party that took no steps to preserve documents, erased backup tapes, allowed employees to delete relevant emails and memos, and “recycled” the crashed hard drive of its principal witness, all while the lawsuit was pending.
I guess we may find out soon, as True the Vote’s motion is scheduled to be heard on July 11.
Let’s hope. Who will be the equivalent of Judge Sirica in this case?
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Lois Lerner, Colonel Mustard, and the Blue Screen of Death.
I hope that Megan is feigning credulity to maintain her own credibility when she finally comes down on these serial liars like a hammer.
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Issa to Koskinen: Want to revise your testimony?
FIRE is going to sue every school that has one until they are gone forever.
Good. They’re one of the ways that the ideology is imposed, and they’re in complete opposition to the purpose of a university. Go here if you want to contribute to the cause.
To celebrate the 45th anniversary of the first moon landing on the 20th, Astrobooks is offering the book for $15.95 through the end of July.
Her dissent may have actually had the effect of strengthening the opinion.
Can true liberals take the name back? Jonah Goldberg (with sadness) doesn’t think so.
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More thoughts at Ace of Spades HQ.
I haven’t read all his books, but The Rocket Team is a classic.
A bunch of reasons to have one.
I’m not particularly persuaded by the carbon footprint thing, though.
If you ignore all the stuff about the Hobby Lobby ruling, this is probably the nuttiest thing you’ll read today.
The case for libertarian populism. There are a lot of good ideas there.
Let’s treat Lois Lerner the way she and the rest of the IRS would treat us.
Why the angst?
Well, partially because it’s being dishonestly rammed down our throats to promote economically harmful policies.