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Strange Bedfellows


There’s an old saying about politics making strange bedfellows which seeks to explain how some straight-laced conservative folks could vote for a vulgar showman rather than his corrupt opponent and other conservatives would vote for the corrupt candidate instead.

It now seems that saying is being turned on its head—that the existence of a politician’s strange bedfellows (or even the failed attempts at having them) is becoming a key deciding factor in several careers.

Proverbs 5:18, 19 is good advice.

An X-Ray View of a Supernova Remnant


Cassiopeia A (Cas A) is one of the most intensely studied supernova remnants. This false color image from the Chandra X-ray Observatory shows the location of different elements in the remains of the explosion: silicon (red), sulfur (yellow), calcium (green), and iron (purple). Each of those elements produces X-rays within narrow energy ranges, allowing maps of their location to be created. The blue outer ing is supernova’s.

All the elements more complex that hydrogen and helium are forged by fusion in stars, and all the elements further up the periodic table than iron are produced by supernovae. This Chandra data indicate that the Cas A supernova churned out massive amounts of key cosmic ingredients. Cas A produced about 10,000 Earth masses worth of sulfur alone and around 20,000 Earth masses of silicon. The iron in Cas A has the mass of about 70,000 times that of the Earth, but oxygen is the clear winner with one million Earth masses of it being ejected into space from Cas A. That’s about three times the mass of the Sun. However, we can’t “see” any oxygen in this Chandra image. Even though oxygen is the most abundant element in Cas A, its X-ray emissions are spread across a wide range of energies and cannot be isolated in this image.

Image Credit: NASA

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


The Dread Deadbeat Pirate/Performer/Pedo/Pro-Se/Publisher Kimberlin’s multi-year campaign of lawfare has had the net effect of crushing what little influence he had on the Internet. That collapse had already begun in 2014 after he lost the first of his brass knuckle reputation management lawsuits agains Aaron Walker, Stacy McCain, Ali Akbar, and me. Here’s the TKPOTD from three years ago today.

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NoCommentsThe website that The Dread Publisher Kimberlin operates for the Velvet Revolution dot US not-for-profit carries stories about important topics. Its impact on the world of ideas is shown by the reply comments generated. As of midnight last night, the site’s front page shows:

DOCUMENTS SHOW HOW RUSSIA’S TROLL ARMY HIT AMERICA—zero

TOO FUNNY: TED CRUZ WINS PRESIDENTIAL STRAW POLL AT GOP SUMMIT—none

MORNING READS: “OPEN CARRY” SPARKS BACKLASH; COULD FACEBOOK SWING ELECTIONS?—zip

CONSERVATIVE STANCE IN DOE WRANGLING COMES DOWN TO ONE SIMPLISTIC, WRONG-HEADED, SELF-SERVING ARGUMENT—nada

SLAVYANSK FAMILIES FIND SHELTER IN UKRAINE MONASTERY—zilch

UKRAINE SHOWDOWN TO SHADOW OBAMA IN EUROPE—bupkis

RUSSIA PUSHES BACK UKRAINE GAS CUT ULTIMATUM—nothing

NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MARRIAGE BROKE CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAW—zzzz

OBAMA TO MEET UKRAINE’S POROSHENKO—[crickets]

UKRAINE FORCES SUFFER NEW LOSSES IN SEPARATIST EAST—nary a comment

All of which pretty well summarizes TDPK’s clout in the real world. When a left-wing site can’t get at least one moonbat to comment favorably on a snarky attack on Ted Cruz, …

#Loser.

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His main websites now have so little traffic that he can’t even get comments from members of Team Kimberlin. The Velvet Revolution site is essentially dead. The newest post are datelined 2016.The freshest material at the Justice Through Music Project website is from early November.And, as of the time this post was drafted, even the Breitbart Unmasked Bunny Billy Boy Brett Unread site hasn’t been updated since it seems that “Staff Writer” was reined in for calling to much attention to the problem of older men hitting on underage girls.TDPK started his lawfare to keep the public from hearing damaging—but truthful—information about himself. Just as his previous schemes to import dope or distract the police from a criminal investigation, his lawfare has blown up in his face.

Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.

Quote of the Day


If you take a bale of hay and tie it to the tail of a mule and then strike a match and set the bale of hay on fire, and if you then compare the energy expended shortly thereafter by the mule with the energy expended by yourself in the striking of the match, you will understand the concept of amplification.

—William Shockley