“Folks at NASA need to get out more”

This reminds me of a quote from the movie Species, but there are enough movie references at this link: NASA wants an all female crew to Mars to prevent sex happening during the trip?.

What makes NASA think an all female space crew might not end up being a mini version of the LPGA, women’s softball, or women’s soccer? Will NASA screen against that (how do you think that will fly with certain SJWs)?

NASA lost most people’s imagination when they concentrated on the Space Truck Shuttle.

Click thru for various stuff along the lines of Lesbian Vampires from Outer Space, Lesbians in Space and other bits of classic cinema.

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“Mad Science” means never stopping to ask “what’s the worst thing that could happen?” ‡

Yeah, this won’t end badly. Japan set to allow gene editing in human embryos.

But if adopted, the guidelines would restrict the manipulation of human embryos for reproduction, although this would not be legally binding.

Bharaputra Labs comes to mind right away. It also brings up a host of other SciFi books and movies.

‡ The title of this post comes from The Seventy Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries, from Schlock Mercenary. (It was originally “The Seven Rules…” but it turns out the people at Franklin/Covey have no sense of humor.)

So Who Wins in the Battle Between a White Liberal and a Native American Tribe?

My guess: the media is going to back the white liberal to the hilt. But I think the public won’t be fooled. ‘Inappropriate and wrong’: Cherokee Nation official throws cold water on Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test of Native American heritage.

Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. called the test cited by Warren’s report “useless” in determining tribal citizenship and alleged she was “undermining tribal interests” with her “continued claims of tribal heritage.”

“A DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship. Current DNA tests do not even distinguish whether a person’s ancestors were indigenous to North or South America,” Hoskin said in a statement.

A quick survey of Bing News (11:45 PM on the 15th) shows that while a local ABC affiliate in Arizona picked up the tribal statement, the big media outlets are still trumpeting her “DNA test” results. Will check again in the AM at some point.

Just like the media is vilifying Kanye West, just like they attacked Dr Rice, when she became Secretary of State, under GW Bush, they will treat any minority with disdain, if that minority dares to question the Democratic position on anything. And the current position is that Elizabeth Warren has a Native American Heritage – regardless of the the DNA or the Native Americans say.

Survey on Gun Culture From the (incredibly biased) Boston University

Too many questions that could lead to identification make actually taking the survey a problem Atrocious Study of Social Gun Culture Undermines Credibility of Public Health Research on Guns ‹ Gun Culture 2.0

In the first place, the study purports to be “designed to understand social gun culture among adult US residents (citizens and non-citizens) who currently use social media.” But few of the 77 total questions ask about participation in social gun culture.

The principal investigator is somewhat more honest in the flier put together to publicize the study, which makes clear the primary interest is in gun violence and gun control, not gun culture.

Which is fine, but don’t pretend you are studying something you are not.

As David Yamane mentions, the survey is poorly written and contains spelling errors. (Some that a decent spell-checker could have found.)

The actual survey can be found at this link. As I mentioned there are enough questions about identity, that it could cause some to not want to answer. I suggest use of a VPN (but I suggest use of the VPN always) and maybe fudging a few of those answers to remain anonymous. But then I subscribe to the Mike Royko school of survey questions – lie.

Predictions From 1970 – The First Earth Day

Are you surprised that they were wrong? 13 Worst Predictions Made on Earth Day, 1970 | FreedomWorks

8. “In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution… by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half.” — Life magazine

Hat tip to 90 Miles from Tyranny.

Catch 22 – Medical Research Edition

An interesting story about the War on (Some) Drugs™ hindering efforts to help people break opioid addiction. Regulations Make Medical Tourism a Necessity at A Geek With Guns

About the use of psychedelic drugs to combat opioid addiction in other countries. It is illegal in this country because of the War on (Some) Drugs™.

But even with all of this information at hand, the United States government continues to claim that psychedelics have no medial application whatsoever. So long as they maintain that attitude, it is mostly illegal to experiment with psychedelics for medical purposes in the United States, which creates an impasse. A researcher can’t experiment with psychedelics to determine if they can be used in medical applications so they continue to have no medial applications, which prevents researchers from determining if they can have medical applications.

Because there is NOTHING bureaucrats can’t do, including predicting the future of medical research. Or at least interfering with future medical research. Click through for the details.

All of Our Bridges Will Collapse and Planes Fall Out of the Sky

Purdue University should fire this person immediately. Prof: Academic rigor reinforces ‘power and privilege’

Engineering is too hung up on rigor and doesn’t pay enough attention to the important things like social justice. Or something.

Bridges stand up because of rigor. Planes don’t fly because of social justice or unicorn farts.

The loading on the wings has to be calculated. The range based on takeoff weight isn’t a wish or a guess. If you really want to blow your mind look up how a high-bypass ducted fan gas turbine engine works. And is kept working in the face of exhaust temperatures hot enough to melt the metals used in construction.

Next up: Medicine spends too much time worrying about the intricacies of organic chemistry and biology.

[Hat tip to Small Dead Animals.]