Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign


SOUND: (Caller’s POV) Phone rings twice.

PRODUCER: (Telephone Filter) L-B-S.

JOHNNY: Hey, it’s Johnny Atsign.

PRODUCER: (Telephone Filter) Hi, Johnny. If you’re calling this late, it must mean you’re still out of town.

JOHNNY: Yep. I’ll be out on this case for a while.

PRODUCER: (Telephone Filter) Getting any fishing done.

JOHNNY: Not much yet, but it’s possible to fish for rainbow trout in one of the city parks in this town. But let’s get to why I called. The Grouch has been trying to forge a bunch of stuff recently, but The Bomber has an even longer record of faking stuff.

PRODUCER: (Telephone Filter) Uh, huh.

JOHNNY: (Fading out) There’s an episode from …

ANNOUNCER: From Westminster, it’s time for—

SOUND: Skype rings once.

JOHNNY: Johnny Atsign.

AARON: (Telephone Filter) Good morning, Johnny.

JOHNNY: What’s up, Aaron?

AARON: (Telephone Filter) The Bomber’s filed that report the judge ordered.

JOHNNY: Which one? The one about service in the RICO suit?

AARON: (Telephone Filter) Yeah, and some of the exhibits don’t add up

JOHNNY: And you want me to do some digging?

AARON: (Telephone Filter) You got it.

MUSIC: Theme up and under.

ANNOUNCER: The Lickspittle Broadcasting System presents W. J. J. Hoge in the transcribed adventures of the man with the action-packed Twitter account, America’s fabulous free-lance Internet investigator …

JOHNNY: Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign!

MUSIC: Theme up to music out. Continue reading

LL Orionis


This photograph is part of a large mosaic view of the complex stellar nursery in the Orion Nebula. The young variable star LL Orionis produces a stellar wind more energetic than the wind from our own middle-aged Sun. As its fast stellar wind smacks into slow moving gas, a shock front is formed, just like the bow wave of a boat moving through water or a plane traveling at supersonic speed. The small, arcing, graceful structure just above and left of center is LL Ori’s cosmic bow shock. It’s about half a light-year across.

Image Credit: ESA / NASA

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


One of Team Kimberlin’s false narratives is that The Dread Deadbeat Pirate Peformer Pedo Publisher Pro-Se Kimberlin has been the target of a vast right wing conspiracy. Nope. It would be more correct to characterized the #resistance to Team Kimberlin’s cyberthuggery as The Vast First Amendment Conspiracy, but since we operate in the open it may be that calling us a conspiracy is inapt. This ran four years ago today.

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Brett Kimberlin has claimed that there is a vast rightwing RICO conspiracy against him. That is, of course, nonsense.

The truth is the vast conspiracy is not against anyone. It is for the First Amendment, and it is neither leftwing nor rightwing. On the left you’ll find the likes of Seth Allen, the first victim in The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s current campaign of lawfare, and lawyers such as Zoa Barnes and Paul Alan Levy. On the right you’ll find the defendants in his two ongoing nuisance lawsuits in Maryland (Kimberlin v. Walker, et al.) and federal (Kimberlin v. National Bloggers Club, et al.) courts

And it resists attacks from enemies of the First Amendment such as Brett Kimberlin.

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I don’t know how TDPK feels about the results of his campaign of attempted brass knuckles reputation management, but punching back more than twice as hard has been rewarding.

Enceladus, Pandora, and Rings (Oh, My!)


Saturn’s moon Enceladus is backlit by the Sun in this Cassini spacecraft image from 2009. The dramatic lighting shows of the plumes that continuously spew into space from the south pole of 500 km diameter moon. The icy plumes are likely fed by an ocean beneath the ice shell of Enceladus. They supply material directly to Saturn’s outer, tenuous E ring and make the surface of Enceladus as reflective as snow. Behind Enceladus, Saturn’s rings scatter sunlight toward Cassini. Beyond the rings, the night side of the 80 km diameter moon Pandora is faintly lit by light reflecting off of Saturn.

Image Credit: NASA