Planned and Unplanned


SpaceX launches another 60 Starlink satellites into orbit — including one with an inbuilt ‘sun visor’ to make the constellation less visible from Earth

Total number of Starlink satellites now in orbit has now reached 482

SpaceX has permission from the FCC to create a constellation of 12,000 craft

System is designed to beam down cheap and easy to access internet to all

VisorSat is latest experiment to reduce Starlink’s brightness and make the constellation less visible from Earth

12,000 seems lke one heck of a lot of satellites. What’s to stop there being `120,000 or 1,200,000? No wonder astronomers are complaining:

Starlink received criticism from astronomers for tainting the natural view of the night sky as the satellites are highly reflective.

We could end up with the stars having vanished into a glowing sky.

1980s Donald Trump interview:

He was being asked even back then if he was going to run for President.

Only America seems to produce these larger-than-life personalities.

I’ve never really understood why so many Americans love him, and why so many hate him. Personally it’s not so much that I like Donald Trump so much that I simply can’t stand Hillary Clinton. And I can’t stand Hillary Clinton for the same reason I can’t stand Michael Bloomberg and many others: they introduce smoking bans.

For many people tobacco is simply a carcinogenic poison, but for me it’s a symbol of freedom: the freedom of people to do what they like. And the War on Tobacco is a war on freedom by people who hate freedom. Any ban on anything brings a reduction in freedom. And the political Left  hates freedom, because it wants a planned society, and a planned society is one devoid of freedom.

The political divide across the world is the same everywhere: it’s one between the lovers of freedom and the advocates of planned, regulated constraint. It’s a spectrum on which the Left occupies one end, and the Right the other, and each becomes more or less extreme in tandem with the other, sometimes overlapping. The Cold War was a rivalry between the planned, regulated Soviet Union and the (relatively) unplanned and unregulated USA. And the rivalry continues, even if Left and Right have become indistinguishable from each other.

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18 Responses to Planned and Unplanned

  1. smokingscot says:

    Just in case no one has seen what they (foul, intrusive, disgusting things) look like in real time.

    Just who the fuck does FCC think they are, or Musk, to bugger up our view of the night sky?

    Them and the Space Station, all potential lethal objects.

    • RdM says:

      I think these screen grabs from my friend, from stuffin space, show the beginning and end satellites of that chain (it keeps orbiting in real time) which may be like what they saw.

      Imagine when the whole sky is filled up with these, was it 30 visible at any one time from anywhere on earth?

  2. Fredrik says:

    “12,000 seems lke one heck of a lot of satellites”.
    Yup, I am sure the Chinese Communist Party would find it easy to shoot down a handful of
    communication satellites but 30,000+? Expect the Chinese to follow suite once they have worked out how to reuse rockets. So expect more of the same!

    • RdM says:

      The Chinese caused serious downstream debris from their test and one would hope that they would not repeat the exercise …

      “(2007 December 5) The official debris count from China’s anti-satellite missile test has reached 2,317 pieces big enough to be tracked and NASA’s Orbital Debris Program Office is estimating more than 35,000 pieces larger than 1 cm (see “China’s Anti-Satellite Test: Worrisome Debris Cloud Circles Earth,” Space.Com, Feb 2.) This makes the January 11 test the largest debris-generating event in history, far surpassing the previous record set in 1996″

      Another link with lots of links, albeit from as old as 2008 !

    • RdM says:

      Thanks Claudia for that great link!

      Reading on and to the references, I found this great realtime updated site:

      A friend was visiting this afternoon, I had the laptop connected to the large TV, and while I was away making coffee, he found in that the string of Starlink satellites which might have corresponded to that view from smokingscot’s post, clearly delineated across the Earth.

      Perhaps they haven’t directed them out yet? They eject them in a chain?

      60 per rocket?

      Anyway, I haven’t been able to find them again since he left, am wanting to search and find again the beginning and end of the chain, and capture screen grabs.
      Quite amazing. But they’re up there!

      And there is so much space debris up there as well!

  3. Lepercolonist says:

    Joe Biden said he would “eliminate” vaping if he is elected :

    From :

    Never touched beer, alcohol, cigarettes, or pot

    Joe Biden has never had a beer. He has never had a drop of alcohol, not even on Spring Break. And sure, when he’s gleefully finger-gunning behind Obama at the State of the Union, you’d be forgiven for thinking that he might be on his third bourbon.

    The reason? As a kid, he had noticed that his uncle Boo-Boo drank too much, and he wanted to avoid the same fate. “There are enough alcoholics in my family,” he said in 2008. In college Biden was always the designated driver, making him the darling of the parents.

    Biden had the same policy with cigarettes and pot. (In college, he once stopped dating a woman because she smoked–deal breaker.) “I don’t use anything that could be a crutch,” he told a reporter in 1970. “I use football as a crutch and motorcycle jumping and skiing–I ski like a madman. But those are crutches over which I have some control. I’m against chemical crutches.

    Stopped dating a woman because she smoked cigarettes ? What a loser.

    • Rose says:

      Does no research, believes what he’s told.

      Society for Risk Analysis 1995
      Dietary Contributions to Nicotine Body Burden
      “Recent USDA food intake surveys are used to perform a probabilistic analysis of dietary intake of nicotine. Using limited data on nicotine content of foodstuffs (tea, tomato, potato, green pepper, and eggplant) and the 198991 Continuing Survey of Food Intakes by Individuals (CSDII), the absorbed dose of nicotine is shown to be significant compared to present day environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) nicotine exposures.

      CSDII contains 3day dietary intake data for 11,912 individuals and weighting factors for extrapolation to the entire US population. Using tea as an example, the tea consumption cumulative distribution function for adults (>18 years) shows an average tea consumption of 142 g/d, noting that 62.7% of the US population has no tea intake.
      The average for those who drink tea is about 1.6 cup/day (using 250 g/cup).

      Using the available data for nicotine in 10 brands of brewed tea (2 instant and 8 leaves) tea nicotine concentration is modeled as a lognormal distribution (with a mean of 68.9 ng of nicotine per gram of brewed tea and a standard deviation of 75 ng/g). Oral nicotine bioavailability is modeled as a triangular distribution. Using a study of the oral nicotine bioavailability for a group of 10 male subjects, the most likely absorption factor was 44% with a range of 24% to 59%.
      The dietary tea dose was calculated using the daily tea intake, the concentration of nicotine in tea, and the absorption factor. Using @RISK simulation for 25,000 trials the average absorbed nicotine dose for those who drink tea is 12.5 mg/d. The median is about 5 mg/d. The 95th percentile for the entire US population aged 18 years and older is 22 mg/d.

      The dietary contributions of absorbed nicotine dose are significant when compared to present ETS exposures. A recent study of workplace ETS exposure results in mean and median absorbed nicotine doses of 11 and 3 mg/d, respectively. Thus, ETS exposure analysis based on total nicotine absorption needs to consider dietary intake. This includes the use of cotinine (a major metabolite of nicotine) which has been a widely used biomarker”

  4. RdM says:

    That Daily Mail link had, has, a really interesting video link at the end of the page, which people just skimming it might have missed.

    I’m not sure if they allow ‘hot-linking’, but it worked for me opening the link in a new tab.

    A computer generated text to speech, commentary, as well!

    A fascinating overview of what is being planned here. Look at that pattern!

    [video src="" /]

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