A Day in a Life …

… of Jupiter. A collection of Hubble images taken in 2007 was used to assemble this full, even coverage of Jupiter. The resulting mosaic has been mapped onto a sphere, and one full rotation is presented in the visualization.

Video Credit: NASA


Dust Rings and Exoplanets

HR4796A Dust RingSPHERE is the Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet Research instrument, and ithas been installed on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the Paranal Observatory in Chile. This picture is from its first light observations and shows a dust ring around a star known as HR 4796A.

The new instrument uses multiple advanced techniques, yielding dramatically better performance than previously possible. The first is improved adaptive optics to correct for the effects of the Earth’s atmosphere so that images are sharper and the contrast of the exoplanet increased. Second, a coronagraph is used to block out the light from the star and increase the contrast still further. Third, differential imaging exploits differences between planetary and stellar light color or polarization.

Image Credit: ESO

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

There are times when I wonder if The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin actually reads the pleadings we defendants file in the Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness or if, perhaps, he thinks that the judge doesn’t. Consider this allegation he makes in his opposition to the Malking/Twitchy motion to dismiss.ECF 67-p4On the contrary, we defendants had already addressed the non-existence of a RICO conspiracy in our motions to dismiss. This is from the Malkin/Twitchy motion.ECF 41-p18This is from my motion to dismiss.ECF 5-18All the other defendants who had filed motions to dismiss by the time TDPK filed his pleading had poked similar holes in his allegation.


Venus in UV

Global_dynamics_of_Venus_northern_hemisphere_node_full_imageThis false-colour movie was put together using ultraviolet images taken by the Venus Monitoring Camera on board ESA’s Venus Express spacecraft on 22 May, 2006. The spacecraft was flying over the northern hemisphere at distances ranging between about 39,100 and 22,600 km from the surface.

Video Credit: ESA

Exhibit J

I normally would save something like the following for a Team Kimberlin Post of the Day, but I’ve been laughing so hard and shaking my head for so long over this one that I’m going to share it now.

I’ve been slogging my way through The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s responses to four of the motions to dismiss the Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness. In paragraph 23 of his Response to Defendant DB Capitol Strategies Motion to Dismiss TDPK tries to allege that DB Capitol Strategies was engaging in fraud because it operated a legal fund in support of Aaron Walker’s suits against Brett Kimberlin in 2012. He cites as evidence his Exhibit J, a blog post from Crooks and Liars.Exhibit JThe best “evidence” he can come up with an unsourced blog post by Matt Osborne, Alex Brant-Zawadzki, Bill Schmalfeldt, and Melissa Brewer?


Is the Cabin Boy Appealing?

Perhaps he thinks so.db201401022012Zdb201401022013Z

My, my, my, how expected! The Cabin Boy is making noise about appealing the extension of the Hoge v. Schmalfeldt peace order, so I guess we can expect that he will be filing a notice of appeal with the Circuit Court and a petition for writ of certiorari with the Court of Appeals soon. The 30-day appeal window ends next Wednesday. He’ll probably file a motion for a stay of the extension pending appeal as well.


Around 50 years ago, Narcotics Anonymous published a definition of insanity (often incorrectly attributed to others such as Albert Einstein) as doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result. The Cabin Boy seems set on proving that he’s deranged.

Predictions for 2014

Here are my fearless forecasts for 2014.

• The Kimberlin v. Walker, et al. lawsuit will be completely dismissed against some defendants. The remaining defendants will file counterclaims and win those counterclaims in summary judgments. There won’t be a trial. The whole thing will be over before the summer.

• The Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness will not survive motions to dismiss, and there will be a lot more of them after The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin begins to actually serve defendants. He will affect service on most of them by 10 January, resulting in about a dozen more motions to dismiss being filed before the end of the month. All of his responses will be will be due by mid February. This case may be gone before Spring.

• The Kimberlin v. Kimberlin Unmasked copyright lawsuit will be dismissed as a dormant case.

• Neal Rauhauser will continue to evade arrest on his outstanding warrants for several more months.

• Bill Schmalfeldt will run out of new radio formats and simply broadcast a 400 Hz tone at 30% modulation. Both listeners will marvel at the increased information content.

• The utter stupidity of Obamacare will translate into Republican control of the Senate after the mid-term elections.

• A Republican will win a state-wide election in Maryland this year.

• No Democrat will win a state-wide race in Texas this year.

• Israel will not permit Iran to posses a nuclear weapon.

• Criswell (aka Xenophon the Troll) will get a prediction correct the day after the Chicago Cubs win the World Series.

• Your Mileage May Vary.

Our Money Saving Plan

One of the bogus promises made about Obamacare was that it was going to result in average savings of $2500 for each policy. USA Today reports that

More than half of the counties in 34 states using the federal health insurance exchange lack even a bronze plan that’s affordable — by the government’s own definition — for 40-year-old couples who make just a little too much for financial assistance.

Let it burn.

Prevarication Du Jour

As I mentioned yesterday, Xenophon (the Troll) keeps writing hallucinatory fiction about Brett Kimberlin’s lawsuits and the facts surrounding them over at Breitbart Unmasked (No, I won’t link to it.). For example,BU20131216a

Actually, I was the first person to use Maryland’s law prohibiting a convicted perjurer from offering testimony to stop The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin from testifying. That disability has been on the books in Maryland for around 150 years, and when a local prosecutor pointed it out to me, I made sure that my lawyer was aware of TDPK’s status.

Since that trial, Kimberlin has gone on record admitting his perjury conviction, and he’s tried to argue that it violates his rights. However, the law is settled on the matter. Perjurers may not testify in Maryland courts. Period. BTW, Maryland is not the only state with that rule.

In the current Maryland lawsuit, TDPK is the plaintiff, and Aaron Walker is one of the defendants. Mr. Walker’s raising of the issue does not “prevent Kimberlin from being able to defend himself in court.” Rather, it prevents him from using his own testimony to attack Mr. Walker in the frivolous and vexatious Kimberlin v. Walker, et al. suit.

(You can help Aaron Walker, Stacy McCain, Ali Akbar, Kimberlin Unmasked, and me defend ourselves in that lawsuit. Go to Bomber Sues Bloggers to find out how.)

Perhaps this reveals the real reason for the federal RICO lawsuit. TDPK may be venue shopping to find a place where he can testify. But why would that be important? Certainly, if his case were righteous, there would be documentary support for it. After all, it’s mostly about what people have written. And surely, there would be someone who could offer testimony on his behalf.

Unless, of course, the written evidence doesn’t support his allegations, and he can’t find anyone willing to lie for him.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Brett Kimberlin tells lies, but he doesn’t do it very well. Oh, he gets by in the short-term most of the time, but in the long run, he winds up getting caught.

Here’s something he told Judge Jordan during the damages hearing in the Kimberlin v. Allen lawsuit. From p. 99 of the transcript—

And, and he talks about, you know, I haven’t been exonerated. Well, he doesn’t know what happened with the Justice Department lawsuit. He doesn’t know. And, but he goes out and says, I know that he’s never been exonerated and all this stuff. Well, I’m not getting into that here, you know. But I can tell you for a fact, and everybody here, I’m not on parole. I had a 50 year sentence.

I’m no longer serving that sentence. So something happened, and that’s as far as I’m going to go with that.

“I’m not on parole.” As of March, 2013, the United States Parole Commission still had an open file on him.

Kimberlin’s first parole was revoked in 1997, but they let him out again in 2001. In 2006, he successfully completed five years of supervised parole and was released from supervision, but his sentence has not expired.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

RICOMadnessHere’s how The Dread Pirate Kimberlin begins his description of the “RICO Enterprise” in his Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. lawsuit.BKvNBC115NOVDEC11Note that TDPK alleges that the all of the 20+ defendants were a part of the “RICO Enterprise” from November, 2011. If true (stop laughing), that would mean that I was recruited into the enterprise at a time when my monthly traffic was less than 40% of my current average daily hit rate.

I wonder what the masterminds of the outfit saw in my blogging back then?

What I Saw in Court Today

I’ll have more later, but the most interesting bit that came out in the hearing this morning was that Brett Kimberlin admitted to the judge that he does not know the actual identity of Kimberlin Unmasked.

UPDATE—The bulk of the hearing dealt with administrative issues of the case. The next hearing will be on 13 January, 2014, and will deal with motions to dismiss.

Moons and Rings

Moons_and_ringsWhile the moon Epimetheus orbits beyond the edge of Saturn’s main rings, the tiny moon Daphnis carries on within the Keeler gap of the A ring. They’re different in size, but both moons create waves in the rings because of their gravitational influences.

Epimetheus (113 km across) is visible at the lower-right of this Cassini image, and Daphnis (8 kilometers across) is barely visible at one pixel wide in the embiggened image. Click on the image to embiggen it.

Image Credit: NASA

A Snapshot of My Twitter Mentions

I’m told that Bill Schmalfeldt is now claiming that I’m crazy because he thinks I follow his every word. I don’t, but I do see all of the tweets he sends me. (Click the image to embiggen it.)@wjjhoge_Mentions201311111420Z@WMSBroadcasting is one of Schmalfeldt’s Twitter accounts.

The Cabin Boy seems to think that I’m under some obligation to block him on Twitter. He has things backwards. The peace order issued against him says that he is supposed to avoid contacting me. If that isn’t convenient for him, too bad.

OTOH, I am free to look at his writing, and I occasionally do. The Cabin Boy sometimes writes things in which I have a legitimate interest. For example, Schmalfeldt’s rantings have been a source of leads for the legal team supporting the defendants in the various vexatious lawsuits filed by Brett Kimberlin.

Meanwhile, the adjudicated and confessed harasser keeps flouting that peace order.

UPDATE—Confessed harasser? Yep. He confessed. He posted this email on Twitter last August.BSemail2SAO

Round One to #BrettKimberlin

Judge Michael Algeo granted The Dread Pirate Kimberlin’s Motion to Compel and has ordered Google to give TDPK whatever identifying information it has on the anonymous blogger Kimberlin Unmasked.

More later.

UPDATE–This was in the Maryland Kimberlin v. Walker, et al. case

UPDATE 2–I don’t have a copy of the order yet, but it is my understanding that Google is to provide the current IP address and name associated with the kimberlinunmasked.blogspot.com account.

UPDATE 3—I do not know the actual identity of Kimberlin Unmasked. I refer to him/her/them as “Elvis.” I am not sure of the exact information that Google will provide to Brett Kimberlin, but, if the information that I have developed through my own inquiries is accurate, TDPK will not be amused by what he learns—or doesn’t learn.

A Supervolcano …

supervolano… on Mars? New research suggests a volcano, not a large impact, may have formed Mars’s Eden Patera basin. The volcano is a vast circular basin on the face of the Red Planet which had previously had been classified as an impact crater. Researchers now suggest the basin may be the remains of an ancient supervolcano’s eruption. The finding is based on images and topographic data from NASA’s Mars Odyssey, Mars Global Surveyor, and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft and the European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter.

Left: Reds, yellows show higher elevations in the basin and surrounding area; blues, grays show lower elevations. Right: The dark color indicates younger material draped across the Eden Patera depression.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Goddard (left) and ESA (right)

It’s Not Exactly Fraud …

… but it looks kinda shady. The Dread Pirate Kimberlin’s “charity” Justice Through Music Project runs a website called pussyriotdefensefund dot org. Just looking at the name, it would not be unreasonable for someone to assume that the site was involved in raising funds to help with the legal defense for members of the Russian rock band that have been prosecuted.

Here’s the top of the site’s home page. (Click on the image to embiggen it.)pussyriotdefensefund_orgZooming in on the text show this:pussyriot_zoomSee, Gentle Reader, the site’s not really a fraud because it comes right out and tells you that the donations go to JTMP.

BTW, TDPK has filed a federal RICO accusing me of mail fraud and wire fraud because I asked you to donate to funds supporting other bloggers and because I am now one of the beneficiaries of a fund to defend against a frivolous and vexatious lawsuit from Kimberlin. If you believe that the BomberSuesBloggers fund is a scam, please don’t contribute. If you think that blogs such as Hogewash! should be able to publish about potential scams, even if they might be run by Brett Kimberlin, then please go over to the BomberSuesBloggers site and find out how you can help.