lomo martian reds and greens, darpa’s planes of the future, conservatives have a middle-school plan to deal with terrorists

little pine cones from mars

Back from her trip from Mars, all she got was these pine cones. She plans to plant them, so that one day earth will have Martian pine trees. They’re said to produce hydrogen as a by-product of their respiration cycle. So in the future we’ll be able to fill up our flying cars from trees.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has some plans for the future as well, Experimental Aircraft Program to Develop the Next Generation of Vertical Flight

One of the greatest challenges of the past half century for aerodynamics engineers has been how to increase the top speeds of aircraft that take off and land vertically without compromising the aircraft’s lift to power in hover or its efficiency during long-range flight.

The versatility of helicopters and other vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft make them ideal for a host of military operations. Currently, only helicopters can maneuver in tight areas, land in unprepared areas, move in all directions, and hover in midair while holding a position. This versatility often makes rotary-wing and other VTOL aircraft the right aerial platform for transporting troops, surveillance operations, special operations and search-and-rescue missions.

There is a picture of some of the concepts they envision for this vertical take-off craft, at the link. One of them looks like the craft the corporate army used in Avatar.

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I have relatives like this. many of you probably do probably do as well. No matter what you do , you just can’t please them, Republicans Are Furious at Obama for Prosecuting an Alleged Terrorist

When the Obama administration is killing alleged terrorists with deadly flying robots, Republicans complain that too many of them are being killed rather than captured. When the Obama administration captures alleged terrorists, Republicans complain that they’re being given inappropriate trials instead of being locked away for life.

On Thursday, Suleiman Abu Gaith, identified by US officials as Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law and a spokesperson for Al Qaeda, was indicted in federal court in New York City on charges of conspiracy after reportedly being handed over to the US by Jordanian authorities.  Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) promptly went ballistic, saying military detention was imperative. “By processing terrorists like Sulaiman Abu Ghayth through civilian courts, the Administration risks missing important opportunities to gather intelligence to prevent future attacks and save lives.” They added that Obama’s “lack of a war-time detention policy for foreign members of Al Qaeda, as well as its refusal to detain and interrogate these individuals at Guantanamo, makes our nation less safe.”

But Graham and Ayotte have their history wrong. During the Bush administration, hundreds of people were convicted in civilian courts on terrorism charges, many affiliated with Al Qaeda, without complaint from Republicans. There’s nothing about military detention that magically compels terror suspects to open up—for example, Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, one of two people apprehended in the US who spent several years in military detention during the Bush administration, did not begin talking until he was put back into the criminal justice system.

This is not about politics, it is about middle-school. Barack is one of the cool kids. Conservatives recent the hell out of that, so they are against whatever it is Barack is for. If Barack likes cupcakes, they’re against them. If he doesn’t like cauliflower, conservatives suddenly crave cauliflower. These brats make $179k per year, plus gov’mint health care benefits and a retirement plan.

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