About wjjhoge

An expert on nothing with opinions on everything.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

The Gentle Reader who has been following the details of the Kimberlin v. Most of the Universe, et al. RICO Retread LOLsuit winding its way through the Circuit Court for Montgomery County may remember that the motions to dismiss from served parties were due last Friday. Aaron Walker has been filing motions since a few days after The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin filed the LOLsuit last April. I filed my motion to dismiss in a timely manner after I was served. Erick Erickson and RedState have filed a motions to dismiss, and so has Breitbart. Glenn Beck and his companies have filed as well. As near as I can tell, that’s all the parties that have actually been served. Additionally, Michelle Malkin and Twitchy have filed even though they have not been properly served.

Aaron has published his motions over at Allergic to Bull. Here’s the motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted and lack of personal jurisdiction filed for Erick Erickson and RedState.

I’ve already published the Malkin/Twitchy motion to dismiss. I’ll have some of the others up over the next few days.

Stay tuned.

A $70k Per Year Minimum Wage

The Seattle company that has set a $70k per year minimum wage for employees has fallen on hard times. It seems that in a real world economic system some employees work harder than others and expect to be rewarded for hard work. They vote with their feet when they feel unfairly denied their share of the salary pie.

Another way of analyzing the problem is to consider poor performing employees as system losses. When a system has more losses, it runs down more quickly.


How Many Rings?

This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the double-ringed galaxy Messier 94. Just outside the bright core, a burning ring of star formation glows brightly in the light of warm interstellar dust. Encircling it all is the faint blue gl

How many rings do you think you see in this image of the galaxy NGC 4736 (aka Messier 94)? At first glance you may believe you see several, but astronomers now believe there is only one. Historically, Messier 94 was thought to have two strikingly different rings: a bright, compact band encircling the galaxy’s core and a fainter band of stars falling outside the main disk.

Astronomers have recently discovered that the outer ring, seen here as a deep blue glow, is probably an optical illusion. A 2009 study combined infrared Spitzer Space Telescope data with those from other telescopes, including ultraviolet data from the Galaxy Evolution Explorer, now operated by Cal Tech, visible light data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, and shorter-wavelength infrared light from the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS). This broad spectrum view of Messier 94 indicated that the outer ring is really two spiral arms.

The bright inner ring of Messier 94 is very real, a starburst ring caused by rapid star formation in the tight area.

Tucked in between the inner starburst ring and the outer ring-like arms are dusty arcs in the galaxy’s main disk that look like a collection of rings, but they actually are tightly wound spiral arcs.

Image Credit: NASA