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Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

Democracy Now had an excellent show this morning. First a great Canadian scientist showing and explaining how the images of the Webb telescope are informing us, then this segment of American scientists exposing this creep for his homophobia and some calling for it to be named the Harriet Tubman Telescope. I loved that.

orlbucfan

Let me as a NASA brat from the start respectfully enlighten you LD and Ms. Ain’t…. My folks, both whiteys, worked for the unmanned side of NASA, my Dad from the very beginning. James Webb came from the State Dept. Recall that this was the late 1950s, and NASA was started by the MICC cos the Russkies launched Sputnik. You can bet gays were steel closeted back then. My folks worked with them and AAs, and other mixed races whose IQs were stratospheric. They had friends from those groups. Webb was a consummate Politico-diplomat who kept NASA funded. He deserved this honor. The RW and the military drove people like my Dad nuts. He thought they were all a bunch of stupids. He was a LI Repuke himself who despised Nixon, and quit voting R cos of him. I have enormous respect for Harriet Tubman, and the great heroes of the Underground Railroad. You know that the late Barbara Jordan is one of my political heroines.🙂 But, this whole deal is a tempest in a teapot. NASA made the right choice. 🙂🪐💫🌏🛸🛸

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

Well we’ll agree to disagree on this obf. I have a more detailed response but I’m on my phone so perhaps I’ll get to it later. Go watch the documentary at Democracy Now.

orlbucfan

My old man is retired and a yellow Dawg Democrat. He’s also an audio freak. So, I don’t do much audio. But, I am familiar with DN. 🙂 Now, go back about 170 years in history. You are meeting with Ms. Tubman and other great heroes of the UR. You tell her about a Space Telescope that will park itself about a million miles from Earth. Not sure if folks knew about telescopes back then. It will record cosmic images of the boundary of our universe. She will look at you like you have flipped your gourd. You tell her that AAs and others of mixed races will all help design and launch this great achievement. Then tell her it was named after a dude who helped get the financing for space from the MICC. The start of NASA is my ‘hood. The JWST was designed for peaceful reasons and included the brains of a lot of countries. If I sound rad here, I am proud of it. 🙂

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

Well, I’m still on my phone but I will respond. In one of my courses for my Masters Degree in Computer Science (albeit back in the day when the computer took up the whole room and we submitted our programs on punch cards, Lol), I remember learning about a brilliant British scientist named Turing (can’t recall first name at the moment) who invented the computer (it was called the Turing Machine). Unfortunately he was harassed and prosecuted for being gay until he ultimately committed suicide. According to the documentary criticizing Webb, the same type of harassment and firing of scientists was going on under Webb.
I can’t say what Harriet Tubman could understand about the telescope, as a slave she was forbidden to even learn to read or write but she did have to use the stars to navigate the way to freedom. Nor can I say what Webb knew about the telescope, he was a politician. I’ll just add here that the ancient Egyptians as well as a West African tribe called the Dogon knew of a constellation called the Sirius star without the use of telescopes. It was not till the early 20th century that a telescope was invented that verified the Sirius star existence.

orlbucfan

I’ve got a B.A. in Classical English. It means I had to pass courses in both literary and linguistic courses. FWIW, I got it in 3.5 years. My family paid for it. Then when I came back to dumbville in the mid ’70s, my Mom raised cain about me going back and getting my MA. Plus, it was a way for me to establish bank credit. So, I did it in 2 years working a part-time job at a bookstore 🙂 in Daytona, and doing the rest on loans. Super low interest %. Mom was right. I paid those loans off and established the credit. Not only that, but my M.A. was in a field that is now divided into 2 separate fields of study. My MA thesis was PhD level, and my profs begged me to go on and finish my research. I was so burned out I didn’t listen, but no regrets. 🙂

wi64

Education wise compaired to the both you i’m just above Cult-45😁😁. I did try the computer programming Aint did but washed out as i could never get fast enough on the typing of those damn punch cards and if you make one punch card mistake you know what happens. The ancient’s knew a lot about the stars W/O the tech they had to aquire the knowledge somehow?

orlbucfan

Astrology founded both Astronomy and a lot of Math fields. Ancient Mathematicians were persecuted and killed cos they threatened the priests and their BS. My brilliant Math whiz sis had me watch a movie based on the actual life story of a brilliant math female in Egypt. Her lover smothered her to death per her pleas so she would not suffer the torture. Stupid has been around for damned too many years!🤬🤬🤢

wi64

A lot of Humans have a tendency to destroy what they dont or cant understand, more so if thier in a position of power.

LieparDestin

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jul/15/democrats-are-facing-asymmetrical-warfare-its-time-to-wake-up-and-fight-back

It’s clear to Americans of all political stripes that we are in a crisis. Many of the basic rights and principles of our democracy have been completely overruled by a party that hasn’t won the popular vote in a presidential election in 18 years. There is a massive disconnect between the will of the people and the actions of the state. This is a situation unprecedented since the Civil Rights Era or potentially even Reconstruction, but the president has not treated it as such. Fundamentally, people, especially young people, want to feel like the president is fighting for them.

The Biden administration and the leadership of the federal Democratic party seem dedicated to broken and undemocratic institutions. Given the power these institutions are wielding, this feels hopelessly out of touch. The primary solution offered by the Administration has been to show up to vote in the midterms to potentially codify Roe, or more likely, stave off a federal abortion ban by the Republican party. None of the solutions proposed even come close to addressing the situation.

This is asymmetrical warfare, with the Democrats playing by an entirely different set of rules. While the Democrats remain dedicated to antiquated institutions and procedures, the Republican party has remade the state in its image without even commanding a majority of voters. The Republican party has long wanted to undermine many of America’s institutions: numerous serious presidential candidates, sitting senators, and sitting judges have proposed repealing the 14th amendment (the foundation of modern American law), the 16th amendment creating the income tax, the 17th amendment directly electing Senators, and more. Democrats have not seriously countered at all. They are dedicated to playing by the rules of a game everyone has long since stopped playing.

The primary response to the rollback of several fundamental rights has been “vote and donate”. Voting is of course necessary, and so are donations and all sorts of political activism. That doesn’t make it less insulting. People have voted. The last two elections have seen record turnout for Democrats. The party has unified control of government, despite all the caveats. The problem is, in the current system, voting will not work, and people know that.

It would take decades of uninterrupted Democratic control of the presidency to flip the US supreme court. With the current coalitions and political structure, it’s effectively impossible for Democrats to ever win a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. Even a simple governing majority requires a clear Democratic wave in the popular vote, and that majority would almost certainly require more red-state Democrats like Sinema and Manchin who would block legislation.

In short, “just vote” and using the current institutions is impossible, and voters recognize that. It is not possible to win back the right to abortion, basic environmental protection, schools free of religious indoctrination, basic regulation on guns, protect rights to contraception, marriage equality, and personal sexual activity without radical changes to the basic structure of American governance.

Winning elections doesn’t hurt anything, but it is not enough in an anti-democratic system that has been gamed to truly absurd extents. There’s no winning in this system, and that is apparent to most Americans, and to the vast majority of young Americans who disapprove of Biden. To rescue his presidency, and mobilize a real force at the midterms and in the future, Biden needs to boldly champion radical democratic reforms, use his power and dare the supreme court and the Senate to stop him.

orlbucfan

Which a semi-senile ahole like SloMoJoe WON’T do! Now, raise your hands. How many Nesters have read and/or are familiar with the Powell Memorandum? That simple blueprint written in 1971 (I think) spells out in clear B&W precisely where this country is at, and the dire shape it is in. It tells you the Far Right SOBs and the monied POS who backed them. This crap started right after Goldwater got pulverized by LBJ in 1964. I have been screeching about it for the 7 years our Nest has existed! I’m no psychic nor genius. I’m just a history/political nut who is informed!

LieparDestin

Seems like he has taken notes from a certain american senator known for fighting for the working class…

orlbucfan

T and R x 3, jcb!! 🙂 Thanks for doing your yeoman’s work in keeping our Nest Open so we Birdies/Progressives can vent. That gratitude goes for Ms. Benny, too. 🙂 Jayapal better not have kids cos she’s gonna have to answer to them. Sinema is toast. Manchin is banking on the fact that he’s a rich, corrupt, old fart who will be dead soon. Sad, isn’t it? 🙁

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

Some interesting US history just put up by the Gravel Institute. Really! The CIA, not the defense department, could secretly conduct a bombing war on a foreign country but had no idea of the seditious attack on our country on January 6? Somehow this don’t compute.

NEW VIDEO: The Most Bombed Country in History

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

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