Elevate Me Up

Going up? Scientist sees elevator reaching 62,000 miles into space

Edwards believes a space elevator offers a cheaper, safer form of space travel that eventually could be used to carry explorers to the planets.

Edwards’ elevator would climb on a cable made of nanotubes — tiny bundles of carbon atoms many times stronger than steel. The cable would be about three feet wide and thinner than a piece of paper, but capable of supporting a payload up to 13 tons.

The cable would be attached to a platform on the equator, off the Pacific coast of South America where winds are calm, weather is good and commercial airplane flights are few. The platform would be mobile so the cable could be moved to get out of the path of orbiting satellites.

I like the idea of not sitting on a large tank full of rocket fuel when making that journey into space. This is really an interesting idea. This video gives a much clearer picture of what is involved. I just wonder what sort of wind issues this would encounter in the upper atmosphere. And what if it started to drag and then begin to wrap itself around the earth?

Get It While You Can

Senator says Cheney cursed at him while on Senate floor

Senate aides with knowledge of the encounter Tuesday said the vice president confronted Leahy about some of the Democrat’s criticism about alleged improprieties in Iraq military contracts awarded to Halliburton Co. Cheney, who as vice president is president of the Senate, is a former CEO of Halliburton.

Leahy responded by criticizing the White House for standing by allies who had accused Democrats of being anti-Catholic last year in opposing one of President Bush’s judicial nominees, said one Senate aide, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Cheney then responded, “F— off” or “F— you,” the aide said.

But we love Wonkette’s analysis best of all:

CNN is reporting that on the floor of the Senate yesterday, Dick Cheney told Sen. Pat Leahy, “Go fuck yourself.” We agree! Go fuck yourself — while it’s still legal!

UPDATE: Speaking of sodomy. . . Wonkette operatives tell us that the fighting words sprang from an exchange in which Cheney told Leahy he didn’t like what Leahy had been saying about Halliburton, to which Leahy replied that he didn’t like Cheney calling him a bad Catholic. So you’d see how “Go fuck yourself” is the only appropriate response.

Bless you, Wonkette.

Seriously though – that kind of visible contempt for his fellow lawmakers and lack of respect, dignity, or manners coming from our Vice President makes me really nervous for the state of mind of our leadership.

Not Funny Update: Cheney is now claiming he “felt better” after swearing at Leahy, and says he had it coming. It’s no longer just a silly outburst by a politician having a bad day; our vice president is condoning verbal abuse as therapy for personal frustrations – frustrations for things like, oh, say, having people question one’s war profiteering, or perhaps getting criticized for declaring war under false pretenses… Anyway, if I were petty and impressionable, I’d take these comments as justification to go tell anyone that crosses me to do like Cheney would have Leahy do. But I’m not going to go that low. That wouldn’t be the gentlemanly thing to do.

50 Ways to Leave Your Browser

SecurityFocus HOME Columnists: Time to Dump Internet Explorer

I could go on and on. Look, let’s be honest with each other. We all know this is true: IE is a buggy, insecure, dangerous piece of software, and the source of many of the headaches that security pros have to endure (I’m not even going to go into its poor support for Web standards; let that be a rant for another day). Yes, I know Microsoft patches holes as they are found. Great. But far too many are found. And yes, I know that Microsoft has promised that it has changed its ways, and that it will now focus on “Trustworthy Computing.” But I’ve heard too many of Microsoft’s promises and seen the results too many times. You know, fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. Who’s shamed when it’s “fool me the 432nd time”? Who’s the fool?

I’ve said this many times – IE is bad for business. I’m happy to hear they’ve reformed the IE team over at Microsoft lately, and we can hope for some future improvement in security and web standards. But in the meantime, there are much better alternatives out there.

Bill is Afraid

Michael Moore.com : Mike’s Message : Messages

I’d go on O’Reilly but, like a coward, he walked out on a screening we invited him to (with Al Franken just a few rows away!). I personally caught him sneaking out. Embarrassed, he tried to change the subject. He said, “When are you coming on my show?” and I said, “Turn around and watch the rest of the movie and I will come on your show.” He walked out. Fair and balanced.

So, he ran out of there like a scared puppy with his tail between his legs, eh? He who claims to be ‘Fair and Balanced’ cannot even sit through this thing? What a joke! The guy is like an ostrich with his head in the sand. Can’t even stand to listen to another point of view, but he will be the first to criticize it. The guy has zero credibility.