LILEKS (James) :: The Bleat 2014

Harmless fun, I suppose. Darkness is edgy! But nothing edgy is edgy anymore; edgy is mainstream, and none of it means anything except rejection of whoever thinks it’s a little too edgy, and those people general don’t care and keep it to themselves. Poor moderns; it’s hard to shock the bourgeoise if they’re busy doing something else, like raking the lawn or organizing the spice cabinet.

via LILEKS (James) :: The Bleat 2014.

jordan179 – Lockheed Martin Develops Compact Fusion Reactor

The type of device is called a high beta fusion reactor, and it uses deuterium-tritium fuel — a fuel with approximately a million times the energy-density of oil.  Deuterium is a mildly radioactive and common isotope of hydrogen, while tritium is a highly-radioactive and rare isotope of hydrogen which must be manufactured (but can be done so relatively easily in the relatively small quantities required for nuclear fuel).   This is the easiest and lowest energy hot-fusion reaction.

This is really-monumental good news.

First of all, this is Lockheed Martin backing the project.  They would not have publicly announced this if they did not have a proof-of-concept, and they have the resources to see this through.  If you read the article, you will see that they are thinking of specific military and commercial applications, and ones likely to find significant financial backing.

Secondly, the time frame is that they will have a prototype operational within a year and practical reactors in service in about ten years.  This means that we’re now within about a decade of beginning the conversion from a petrochemical to a nuclear fusion based power generation system — the first such reactors should be coming into service in around 25 years.

via jordan179 – Lockheed Martin Develops Compact Fusion Reactor.

Thirdly… go read the rest, and check his links.

Neo-Victorianism on Campus | The Weekly Standard

Jane’s reactions are understandable, if hardly grounds for expulsion. While there are thankfully few actual rape victims on college campuses, there are thousands of girls feeling taken advantage of by partners who walk away from casual sex with no apparent sense of thwarted attachment. That such behavior conforms to the ground rules for campus sex doesn’t matter. What campus feminists call “post traumatic stress disorder” and fear of getting “raped” again is often rather a female’s quite natural embarrassment at reencountering a sex partner whom she barely knew and with whom she has no continuing relationship. Girls losing their virginity are at particular risk of being emotionally ambushed by drunken hook-up couplings. Though sexual liberation has stripped virginity and its loss of any formally recognized significance, the lived experience can be more momentous than girls are prepared for.

via Neo-Victorianism on Campus | The Weekly Standard

DarwinCatholic: Sin Is How We Hurt People

But let’s be honest, most of us here and now have suffered more because of the “little” sins that we inflict upon each other than due to war or huge societal injustices. It’s only possible to imagine that God doesn’t care about sex and the many ways that we hurt each other with it and because of it if we narrow our frame of reference down to only the person we choose to care about, the person who wants to do something which is a sin.

Few of us have started wars, but many of us have started rumors. I don’t have the ability to wipe away social injustice, myself, today. But I do have the ability not to commit some petty injustice that would hurt one or two people.

via DarwinCatholic: Sin Is How We Hurt People.

Patterico’s Pontifications » Nurse Who Treated Ebola Patient Tests Positive for Ebola; CDC Claims Unspecified “Breach of Protocol”

The particular nature of the “breach of protocol” has not yet been announced. My guess is, they haven’t even identified one yet.

Wait: what is Patterico saying here?

I’m just going to come right out and say it: I don’t believe them. By saying that, I’m not saying it’s impossible they’re wrong. I’m just saying: I believe they would say this whether it’s true or not — because as a political matter they want to avoid panic and/or blame for Ebola. And we have seen many times before that they will say any old thing that benefits them politically, and the truth of the matter be damned.

via Patterico’s Pontifications » Nurse Who Treated Ebola Patient Tests Positive for Ebola; CDC Claims Unspecified “Breach of Protocol”.

Ranchers vent frustrations over wolf management – Capital Press

Stevens County Cattlemen’s Association president Scott Nielsen told department director Phil Anderson and his staff that they had lost credibility after cattle and sheep losses by the Diamond M Ranch and Hunters, Wash, sheep producer Dave Dashiell. Both have lost livestock to wolves. Dashiell estimated 200 to 300 sheep from his flock are still missing. The department said 33 wolf depredations are confirmed.

via Ranchers vent frustrations over wolf management – Capital Press.

For a wolf depredation to be “confirmed,” they have to show up in time to beat all the other scavengers.

The usual time-frame for those kills you actually are fortunate enough to find is three to five working days, by which time it’s almost impossible to find any wolf sign, and sometimes there isn’t much of a corpse to find, either.

You’re usually not lucky enough to find the kill at all, and that’s with cows– for sheep?  Good grief, you may as well hope to find a dead dog in a city and then confirm it was killed by a car rather than being run over after it was dead.

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