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Positron Dynamics is building propulsion systems that use antimatter. From their website: WITH CURRENT PROPULSION TECHNOLOGY IT TAKES DECADES FOR OUR FASTEST SPACECRAFT TO REACH THE EDGE OF OUR SOLAR SYSTEM AND THOUSANDS OF YEARS TO REACH OUR CLOSEST NEIGHBORING STAR; FAR TOO LONG. WE NEED ROCKET ENGINES THAT ARE 1,000 TIMES FASTER. More

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We got married in 1974, so this is the 45th year that we’ve been riding on his motorcycle together. We started this tradition of riding on New Year’s Day the first year (1975) we spent New Year’s together. We rode down to the ocean in San Diego. There have been several different motorcycles, and we’ve lived in four different states. Back then, he was in the Navy, and we were still reveling in a winter with no snow, and no below-zero temperatures. The last few years, we’ve been making a record of our ride. As long as we can still both get on and ride this bike, we’ll keep taking these photos. Today, in the Mojave Desert, at noon, it was still only 44 degrees, though. So, I think I prefer San Diego.

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In the video, Peterson and Rubin discuss their reasons for leaving the Patreon crowdfunding platform, which has been very beneficial for both of them. Peterson has stated in other videos that he makes approximately $80,000/month on the Patreon platform. Peterson has also stated that he makes roughly between $35,000 to $50,000 per appearance for his lectures or on-stage discussions and he additionally has a business that garners roughly $200,000/month in revenue.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Once an Engineer…

 

…always an engineer. When I checked into the Myrtle Beach condo last week, I found a few problems. Instead of calling Maintenance, I fixed them myself:

The toilet wouldn’t flush: I pulled off the lid and saw there was no chain connecting the handle lever to the plunger. There was a loop where the lever should have been (probably jury-rigged by a previous roomie engineer). I rotated the plunger and slipped the lever through the loop — worked ever since.

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Our civilization is an engineering civilization, and the prosperous life of the large population, which our earth now supports has become possible only by the work of the engineer. Engineering, however, is the application of science to the service of man, and so to-day science is the foundation, not only of our prosperity, but of […]

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Hear the stirring story of Christmas as told by a celebrity narrator, and accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and massed choir…. More

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Today is my oldest daughter’s 19th birthday. We are sitting around grousing about liberal ideas about “assault weapons”, while my wife makes salmon chowder (don’t whine: you should have married a Native American). I decided to google the definition of an assault weapon, because even though I’ve been a gun guy all my life and […]

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This case was discussed on Ricochet a couple of months ago. This women was convicted of potentially hurting the feelings of Muslims for stating the truth about one of Mohammad’s brides. More

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: To His Coy Mistress

 

To His Coy Mistress

Had we but world enough and time,
This coyness, lady, were no crime.
We would sit down, and think which way
To walk, and pass our long love’s day.
Thou by the Indian Ganges’ side
Shouldst rubies find; I by the tide
Of Humber would complain. I would
Love you ten years before the flood,
And you should, if you please, refuse
Till the conversion of the Jews.
My vegetable love should grow
Vaster than empires and more slow;
An hundred years should go to praise
Thine eyes, and on thy forehead gaze;
Two hundred to adore each breast,
But thirty thousand to the rest;
An age at least to every part,
And the last age should show your heart.
For, lady, you deserve this state,
Nor would I love at lower rate.

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Greetings, dear Ricochetti and hey there, prayer partners! The Lenten season of reflection and preparation for Easter (for those observing it) is upon us. Along with the cultivation of good, possibly new physical habits, might we consider an attitudinal one, as well? This could include any one or all of the following: More

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There are easy questions and there are hard questions, and it isn’t always obvious which are which. Quite the contrary: we routinely confuse the one for the other, and that confusion is the source of all kinds of error and misery.

The questions we have to ask and answer when building super-computers and the internet and rockets to the moon, those are the easy questions. They’re easy because they deal with relatively simple systems. However complex these marvels of engineering seem, they are the product of simple rules — often a great many simple rules — rigorously applied in well-controlled settings. They may seem hard because most of us don’t understand them, because they require for their implementation specialized learning and sophisticated mathematical skills. But the answers to these questions are calculable and verifiable: the scientists and mathematicians and engineers who derive and apply those answers can be confident that their numbers are correct and that their rockets (computers, robots, bridges, etc.) will work as expected.

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Two of my favorite videos I found in 2018. The first is sublime. Julie Fowlis on her 2017 concert tour to the US. She sings Scots Gaelic songs. This is for all of you that traveled for the holidays. More

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Another Happy New Year

 

It seems to be de rigeur on the Internet to wish 2018 “good riddance,” with the unspoken understanding that it was a terrible year of some sort. I haven’t seen anyone explain exactly why that is; we’re all just supposed to accept it as common knowledge.

For me, 2018 was not a bad year. It was actually a pretty decent year; things are going well for me in my job, and while my life is far from perfect, I have a lot to be grateful for. Yeah, sure, North Korea, government shutdown, Russian collusion, whatever. Politics will always be there. My wife is sitting next to me playing games on her phone, I just got a new subwoofer, and I’m about to open a bottle of cheap champagne from Walmart.

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Monkeys, monkeys, monkeys. It was 1986. And bad year, very bad, with unending writer’s block that crushed my spirit and left me thrashing about for any cure at all. I hadn’t written more than five sequential sentences in all the previous year. I’d tried all the popular cures: massages, meditation, Freudian psychoanalysis; each intriguing in […]

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As I sit here keeping an eye on the TV watching one of my favorite movies Serenity, wrapping up what could and should have been a long running show but failed due to inept scheduling, I ponder the last several weeks of my life with a smile on my face. From the end of October […]

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“…and I’ll make Mexico pay for it!”

Who cares if Mexico pays for it? We’re arguing over $5,000,000,000 in the budget; it’s an unimaginably huge amount in terms of my pocket book but the federal government wastes that much money on nothing every day. Yeah, I darn well would prefer if the feds didn’t waste all that money all the time. Border defense constitutes one of the fundamental duties of the government, and I’m willing to pay for it. The question then becomes what’s the best way to go about it?

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Grave of the Year: Mississippians Look Back on 1865

 

I have been a member of Ricochet for years now, but always as a lurker; I wasn’t sure if I had anything meaningful to add to the conversation. The Member Feed has always been my favorite part of the site, reading about he experiences and expertise of so many Ricochet members has truly been a joy. Lately, though, I have felt the urge to add my voice to the conversation, and perhaps I can contribute in a meaningful way. I am a professional historian, and my personal area of interest is 19th Century American history, in particular, the Civil War era. I have been writing on the subject of the Civil War for many years now, concentrating on how the conflict affected my home state of Mississippi. The following is a short piece I wrote for my blog; I chose it as it has a New Year’s theme. I hope you like it, and I wish everyone here a very happy 2019!

The coming of a new year is a good time to reflect on the changes that the old year has brought. For Mississippians, no year ushered in more change than 1865, as the Confederacy crumbled to ash and Southerners lost not only a war but a way of life. On January 1, 1866, The Natchez Democrat ran the following article that very eloquently explained the altered world that Mississippians had to learn to live with. The original article was very long, and I have edited it down to a more manageable size:

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Palestinian-American Sentenced to Life in Prison by PA for Selling Property to Jews The good news is that the sentence was light. According to the article in The Jerusalem Post: More

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