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“This visualization explores the Orion Nebula using both visible and infrared light. The sequence begins with a wide-field view of the sky showing the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy, then zooms down to the scale of the Orion Nebula. The visible light observation (from the Hubble Space Telescope) and the infrared light observation (from the Spitzer Space Telescope) are compared first in two-dimensional images, and then in three-dimensional models.

“As the camera flies into the star-forming region, the sequence cross-fades back and forth between the visible and infrared views. The glowing gaseous landscape has been illuminated and carved by the high energy radiation and strong stellar winds from the massive hot stars in the central cluster. The infrared observations generally show cooler temperature gas at a deeper layer of the nebula that extends well beyond the visible image. In addition, the infrared showcases many faint stars that shine primarily at longer wavelengths. The higher resolution visible observations show finer details including the wispy bow shocks and tadpole-shaped proplyds. In this manner, the movie illustrates the contrasting features uncovered by multi-wavelength astronomy.”


Government “Shutdown” Is Over: A Nation Mourns

And….. it’s over before even a full day of smaller government could be savored. I had such hopes. Oh well, we’re sure to get a winner one of these days…. But all is not lost. Those #Resistance pussies got to wear their hats in crowds that were not strafed by weaponized drones (this time).

And was lovingly supported by President Trump…

In spite of the manifest dangers to public health…..

And I become even more sad when I reflect on how things were for one brief shining moment….


Don’t Ever Do This Or, So Help Me, I Will Kill You Numale Grin, also known as the Soylent Smile, is the worst thing to hit the internet since duck face, Kim Kardashian’s big fat greasy ass, and dress-wearing interstellar fruit trade novelist John Scalzi got together and made a retarded gay baby that does nothing except post shitty social justice screeds on Tumblr all day long when not white knighting for fishmouthed feminist fuglies on Twatter.

In league with the humorless screechy drama queens who interrupt sensible society with their obsessions, there is a cadre of cads, ever present and primed to overturn the works of more thoughtful and reflective citizens of the republic. These creepy comrades have managed to twist legitimate universities into Mobius contortions of civility and discourse which only appear to be two-sided. Protection From Words – Cobb

Of Home Truths and Shitholes We live in a surreal moment when it becomes ever harder to tell the truth about sensitive subjects. Donald Trump has strutted across our timid landscape like a wrecking ball, telling truths, putting noses out of joint. The toffs will never forgive him, but I suspect the American people have stronger stomachs and are up to the task.

War with North Korea Is Inevitable Dictators must surround themselves with a ring of sociopathic murderers. Only such people can be trusted to subject mass populations to hunger, disease, and lives of hopelessness. Only such people can carry out the orders that imprison many thousands for the slightest hint of disloyalty and then torture them beyond description.

*It’s the slow knife…the knife that takes its time. The knife…that waits years without forgetting…then slips quietly between the bones. That’s the knife…that cuts deepest -Talia al Ghul

The vast majority of people championing open borders have no monetary incentives. They are doing it because they view the issue in purely moral terms. They are pro-immigrant in the same way normal people are pro-life….. It’s also why appeals to reason never work with these people. We are ruled over by fanatics, convinced that anything worth doing is worth overdoing. They are like addicts seeking a high more intense than the one before it. You don’t talk an addict out of his blind quest for the ultimate high. He has to find that limit on his own. That usually means dying in a pool of his own vomit. That’s most likely the fate of our rulers. They will realize they have gone too far just as the trap door snaps open and they begin the drop. The Answer Is Always More

Into the great wide open you don’t have to O’d like a refugee: Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose, coroner and family say – NBC News The beloved musician’s system showed traces of fentanyl, oxycodone, temazepam, alprazolam, citalopram, acetylfentanyl and despropionyl fentanyl.

From Helping Shut-Ins to Sisterly Advice, Mail-Order Magazines Did More Than Just Sell Things

A Thermometer Just Broke At -62ーC (-80ーF) In The World’s Coldest Village.

The Woman Jack Nicholson Thought Was His Sister Was His Mother

Brooklyn Unveils ‘Mobile Shower Service’ Bus to Offer Free Showers for NYC Homeless


Government “Shutdown”: A Nation Mourns

You wanna stay out with your fancy friends
I’m telling you, it’s got to be the end

Don’t bring me down
No, no, no, no, no
I’ll tell you once more before I get off the floor
Don’t bring me down

You’re looking good, just like a snake in the grass
One of these days, you’re gonna break your glass

Don’t bring me down
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no
I’ll tell you once more before I get off the floor
Don’t bring me down


“THIS WAS A GOLDEN AGE, a time of high adventure, rich living, and hard dying . . . but nobody thought so. This was a future of fortune and theft, pillage and rapine, culture and vice . . . but nobody admitted it. This was an age of extremes, a fascinating century of freaks . . . but nobody loved it.

“But within three generations the entire solar system was on the jaunte [Internet]. The transition was more spectacular than the change-over from horse and buggy to gasoline age four centuries before. On three planets and eight satellites, social, legal, and economic structures crashed while the new customs and laws demanded by universal jaunting mushroomed in their place.

“There were land riots as the jaunting poor deserted slums to squat in plains and forests, raiding the livestock and wildlife. There was a revolution in home and office building: labyrinths and masking devices had to be introduced to prevent unlawful entry by jaunting. There were crashes and panics and strikes and famines as pre-jaunte [Internet] industries failed.

“Plagues and pandemics raged as jaunting vagrants carried disease and vermin into defenseless countries. Malaria, elephantiasis, and the breakbone fever came north to Greenland; rabies returned to England after an absence of three hundred years. The Japanese beetle, the citrous scale, the chestnut blight, and the elm borer spread to every corner of the world, and from one forgotten pesthole in Borneo, leprosy, long imagined extinct, reappeared.

“Crime waves swept the planets and satellites as their underworlds took to jaunting with the night around the clock, and there were brutalities as the police fought them without quarter. There came a hideous return to the worst prudery of Victorianism as society fought the sexual and moral dangers of jaunting with protocol and taboo.

“It was an age of freaks, monsters, and grotesques. All the world was misshapen in marvelous and malevolent ways. The Classicists and Romantics who hated it were unaware of the potential greatness of the twenty-fifth century. They were blind to a cold fact of evolution . . . that progress stems from the clashing merger of antagonistic extremes, out of the marriage of pinnacle freaks. Classicists and Romantics alike were unaware that the Solar System was trembling on the verge of a human explosion that would transform man and make him the master of the universe…..”    — The Stars My Destination, PDF


Something Wonderful: Making Paper, Beginnings

The origins of handmade paper date back to the early years of the Western Han Dynasty when the 2nd century BC Chinese started making the most primitive paper with bark.

“During the video Li strictly adheres to the ancient process, using only basic tools such as fire and a mortar and pestle to transform the raw bark. After cutting down a few trees for the paper, Li then cuts and mashes the trunks into pulp, solidifying the consistency of the solution through several rounds of soaking and drying.”

Bonus Wonderful: Plum prepares Authentic Lanzhou beef noodles, known as living culture fossil

I’m an old man, but I’m in love.


Let’s Review: Not-Fake-News Edition

20 Incredible Photos Of Life Deep In The Gulf Of Mexico

My stance is hardline. If you are here illegally, you are a non-citizen, you are breaking our laws and you do not have any rights to be here at all. Period. Full stop. And that includes your children whether you spawned them here or used them as props and dragged them across the border with you as a human shield. The only thing that needs to be comprehensively reformed are the morals and character of those in office and in law enforcement, to wit enforce the damn laws that are already on the books, cut off all benefits to non-citizens and severely punish those who knowingly employ them. Ace of Spades HQ

Should they succeed in undoing the election, in this or any other way, the Deplorables are likely to act with neither restraint nor mercy. Keep your supply lines short. Stay away from crowds. — Ol’ Remus @ Woodpile Report

The “be the change” movement. It is a religious, faith-based movement dreaming of saving the world through works and bringing about a paradise on earth. And so It defies reality and substitutes its own ideals, trusting that if people try, work, and believe hard enough, everything will all be better. Because it is a faith, it doesn’t need to make sense or have any basis in reality. And when it doesn’t work, that doesn’t mean the faith is wrong, it just means someone interfered with their perfect efforts. Those old people, those republicans, those white people, they got in the way, it would have worked if not for them!

If Oprah offered fast-food meaning on television, Obama offered fast-food solutions in politics. Paying for it was never an issue. Consequences were off the table as well. By clothing a self-centered appeal in altruistic clothing, people felt they were engaging in self-improvement, when they were only being manipulated by professional egotists.

Hawaii Uh-Oh | War was coming. We were all going to die. That is, if Trump’s repeal of net neutrality did not get us first. But in point of fact not a single new war involving the United States started in 2017. There was not even a single new war in 2017 by anyone at all. There were a total of 33 U.S. military deaths in the administration’s first year, up from 26 in the last year of the previous administration, in part due to final push on the last ISIS strongholds. But according to National Public Radio, 2017 was the year 600,000 Syrian refugees returned home in the first seven months of the year alone.

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Fake News: “And the winners are…”

The Highly Anticipated 2017 Fake News Awards | GOP

1. The New York Times’ Paul Krugman claimed on the day of President Trump’s historic, landslide victory that the economy would never recover.

2. ABC News’ Brian Ross CHOKES and sends markets in a downward spiral with false report.

3. CNN FALSELY reported that candidate Donald Trump and his son Donald J. Trump, Jr. had access to hacked documents from WikiLeaks.

4. TIME FALSELY reported that President Trump removed a bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. from the Oval Office.

5. Washington Post FALSELY reported the President’s massive sold-out rally in Pensacola, Florida was empty. Dishonest reporter showed picture of empty arena HOURS before crowd started pouring in.

6. CNN FALSELY edited a video to make it appear President Trump defiantly overfed fish during a visit with the Japanese prime minister. Japanese prime minister actually led the way with the feeding.

7. CNN FALSELY reported about Anthony Scaramucci’s meeting with a Russian, but retracted it due to a “significant breakdown in process.”

8. Newsweek FALSELY reported that Polish First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda did not shake President Trump’s hand.

9. CNN FALSELY reported that former FBI Director James Comey would dispute President Trump’s claim that he was told he is not under investigation.

10. The New York Times FALSELY claimed on the front page that the Trump administration had hidden a climate report.

11. And last, but not least: “RUSSIA COLLUSION!” Russian collusion is perhaps the greatest hoax perpetrated on the American people. THERE IS NO COLLUSION!

“Overall, I’d give this an A for persuasion technique. President Trump made his points without going over the top, and without giving his critics fodder for counter-persuasion. Considering all the ways this could have gone wrong, it’s impressive how many traps he avoided while hitting his targets. This is the sort of persuasion you only see from a very stable genius.”  — Scott Adams


Comment of the Morning

“America is a civilized nation, not a homeless shelter for the world.”

speedo @ 5:58AM in CNN Loses It’s Sh!thole – American Digest


First World vs Turd World: Compare and Contrast

There are  two items immediately below this item here on American Digest. The first (Something Wonderful: Speed Riding at night in Chamonix – American Digest) showcases an almost impossible moment in our long climb up from the mud and dust and remaining forever earthbound in the dust. It showcases a single man, at night over the French Alps near Chamonix-Mont-Blanc swooping high and low, pirouetting in his parachute, his brightly illuminated parachute — over  mountain peaks and valleys draped in  shawls of snow — descending down with skies on his feet, in an exercise of pure joy. It is a scene of clear crisp white nights. Its elements proclaim the triumph of man over nature. And it is all done to promote not only awe from those of us who do not have the skill and courage and means to replicate the feat, but to sell small cans of flavored water mixed with caffeinetaurineB vitamins (B3, B5, B6, B12), sucrose, and glucose… a global blend called  Red Bull.

The elements that must come together of make this moment not only possible but viewable pretty much sum up the acme of technology and civilization available on the Planet Earth in the Year of Our Lord, 2018 AD:

  • Advanced parachute design and the fabrics necessary to make said parachute.
  • A kind of extremely bright LED lights powered by extremely light and powerful batteries.
  • An insulated helicopter to film the stunt.
  • The powerful cameras and lenses necessary to make the film.
  • The clothes that keep the skier from freezing to death.
  • The skis on his feet.
  • The global internet distribution system that enables you to see the stunt.

On and on and on in a cascade of things replete with wonder and awe and, to the  savage, pure magic they cannot hope to emulate, only to — somehow, someway — sponge off of.

We call this convergence of intelligence, innovation, and invention the First World. From it vast improvements in life, in comfort, in spirit, in hope, and in freedom are spun off on a minute by minute basis to such an extent that a man brought in from, say, 1899, would be struck dumb and in need of severe anti-anxiety 21st century medication just to begin to get used to the reality we all take for granted from the moment that the alarm on our smart phone sounds in the morning.

At one time in the not too recent past, there were three (3) worlds. The First, the Second, and the Third. The Second world was thought of as those countries that were part of what was then known as The Soviet or Eastern Bloc. With the collapse of the Second world in 1991 those countries in the Second blended into the First and left only the Third.  And it left the denizens of the Third world with a deep, burning desire to move from the Third to the First. There were two major problems with this.

First, you had the strange and mindless compulsion of the Insane Intellectuals of the First World, to import — through fair means or foul — an endless stream of third world inhabitants into their nations without any thought as to what might become of them, or the nations they flowed into. This is now ending and it is ending in a slow and steady drift to the violent end such policies always engender: Guns.

It will end in guns for the second reason. The vast majority of Third Worlders do not assimilate into the First World but bring their third world cultures with them; cultures that are incompatible with and hostile to the First World no matter how many tasty ethnic food opportunities they offer to the Food and Travel channels.

Indeed, as we have seen in country after country, in state after state, in blighted urban core after blighted urban core, the extortionate techniques developed over the past decades by our own native underclass are soon picked up and practiced by our new, imported underclass. These advanced scamming skills also mean the added irritation of having to provide yet another series of language translators for all those too stupid or too obdurate to learn the language of the country that has given them, against all reason, shelter.

The result of decades of importing the real wretched refuse of endlessly teeming shores into America has been the planting and fertilizing of Third World cities in the heart of our cities. Mini-Mogadishus planted deep and growing helter-skelter inside our cities and suburbs. In  essence the nation, via its corrupt leadership, has helped to establish and fund armed hamlets of cultures that, at their bottom, despise us for being weak enough to allow them to thrive.  The result, here and in Europe, are armed hamlets of the Third World that  proliferate but do not, ever, assimilate. And proliferation without assimilation is a cancer on the body politic of this nation. 

But the Third World, it turns out, is  not really the bottom of the barrel in the 21st century. What lies beneath the Third World is the Turd World.

The turd world is exemplified by Liberia (American blacks’ 19th century effort at reverse colonization) and seen in all its putridity in the Vice video below the Chamonix video in   Mother of All Shithole Countries: The Cannibal Warlords of Liberia . And, as you might expect, the Turd World stinks: 

Many years ago, as we prepared our return to a tough posting in the Far Abroad after leave in the States, our son asked, “Do we have to go back to the ‘turd’ world?” That phrase, “redolent” with the wisdom possessed only by children, has stayed with me over these passing years. My son was right about the ‘turd’ world. What tips you off that you have arrived in a poor country, a truly, genuinely dirt-poor corner of the Far Abroad, is the smell. As you leave the airport, you notice a special “exotic” odor of rotting vegetation, garbage, and feces combined with a slight whiff of smoke. Once you’re there a bit, you no longer notice. When you leave and come back, it slams you all over again. The kid was right: we had been and still do live in the “Turd World.” The DiploMad 2.0

The Third World, a few decades back, was somewhat dangerous to visit but usually not assumed to be lethal. The Turd World is. It will, quite literally, kill you and eat you if you don’t pay the baksheesh demanded by what every group of thugs and cannibals you have let snare you.

The Turd World doesn’t care if you represent a political philosophy so full of the milk of human kindness that you will allow all of them to come into your nation without any vetting whatsoever. The Turd World doesn’t care if you offer it endless food and drink and medicine. That just makes you weak in their eyes. So weak, in fact, that in time  you will — for all your love of humanity — find yourself on their menu as soon as they have stripped you of all you have and all  you will ever have.

Bon Appétit! Suckers.


Something Wonderful: Speed Riding at night in Chamonix

Winter is what you make it. Hint: Full screen.


“If I grab you I will eat you… raw.”

“The stench is overpowering.” This clip is probably more than most can take, but when you are a demented American that insists upon bringing in “the wretched refuse” LIBERIA always wins the most rotten commode you can empty into the United States.

That’s only natural since Liberia, whose capitol is named after President James Monroes,  is the country that American blacks founded the first and last time they made a real effort as freed slaves to return to Africa. The whacked out and hustling spokesmen in this clip make it clear that Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are pikers when it comes to race hustling and extortion. In fact, if Sharpton or Jackson ever showed up running their games in Liberia, they would be lunch for these crack-powered cannibals.

Liberia: Think of it as BaltiDetroitChitown on steroids, with automatic weapons all around for everyone  from 8 to 80.




Trump is supposed to be an evil reincarnated Hitler, or something like that. And yet his daughter and grandchildren are Jewish. And, furthermore, he has done something no President has dared to do: called for the move of the American embassy to Jerusalem. Trump was widely hailed as the harbinger of economic apocalypse. Trickle down won’t work, they said. As a businessman he his a bankrupted failure, they claimed. And yet the economic growth of the last year hasn’t been seen since, perhaps, the Reagan administration. They said he wouldn’t last a year before impeachment or resignation, and yet here we are. From All Your Base Still Belong to Us | Declination


Let’s Review 31: Non•flict Edition

Non•flict (n.) A bunch of nonsense you say to generate conflict. House of Eratosthenes

In fact, the first thing I thought when I heard about this false nuke alarm thing, before I even knew the details, when all I knew was that it was a false nuke alarm, my first reaction, “I wonder if it’s somebody out there who wanted to give the world a glimpse of what will happen if we don’t get rid of Trump.” I Can’t Accept Hawaii’s Excuse for the False Nuke Alert Rush Limbaugh Show

Around the world we see that just about everybody wants to live with the White Christian Dudes. We see this drive to live with White Christian Dudes every day along our southern border; Australians see it on their coasts and in the changing make up of their cities; Britons in the unceasing wave of migrants besieging their island. The DiploMad 2.0: In Defense of White Dudes

Mr.Trump on the Apertures: Stark Madness and Inmiscibility | For whatever reason, the worst of the Trumpian apertures are in Africa. On racial grounds, the media ignore that cannibalism flourishes, that albinos are hunted down and killed for the magical powers attributed to their body parts. (Dead serious .LA Times: “In parts of Africa, people with albinism are hunted for their body parts. The latest victim: a 9-year-old boy.”)

Trump Slashes Federal Bureaucracy, ‘Morale Has Never Been Lower’ The Environmental Protection Agency is on track to slash 47% of its total staff by the end of President Trump’s first term, according to a report in the Washington Examiner. After just one year, EPA chief Scott Pruitt has reduced his staff to levels unseen since the Reagan administration. If just those federal employees set to retire by 2021 do indeed leave, Pruitt will have cut more than 7,000 bureaucrats.

Hawaii Uh-Oh | The real peril is cheapened by the imaginary one.  The actual warning is blunted by the fake.  If there is one unequivocal danger those “38 minutes in Hawaii” engendered, it is desensitization.  The next time the missile alarm is sounded — possibly on the occasion of the real thing — thousands are doubtless going to say “well, there go those morons crying wolf again.

The strange thing about Hollywood is the future they imagine is usually rather unimaginative. It’s either a hellish apocalyptic world, where order has broken down, or it is a soulless nirvana of glass and stainless steel. While the later may lack the grit and chaos of the former, it always has some malevolent force at its core. I can’t think of an example of a movie where Hollywood creates a future that is nicer than the present. The stuff might be nicer, but the people are always less happy. Hollywood is not a town of optimists. Bright

Thought experiment regarding immigration from “shithole” countries: 1) Think of a so-called “shithole” country, and one that obviously isn’t (say, Haiti and Finland). 2) Swap all the people, leaving all their stuff behind. 3) Check back in 25 years. 4) What results do we expect?Gestanken-Experiment

If on the other hand, everyone must seek permission to association with others, then there can be no individual liberty of any kind. Places where people must get permission to speak and move are called prisons. Thinking Backward

Everything just got bigger: A universe of 2 trillion galaxies
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I believe in everything Luke Bryan believes in, and I bet you do as well. If not, what’s stopping you? It’s a year into the most amazing turn-around in America in my lifetime. I know, I know, “tomorrow is not promised.” True, but today is in the bag.

I don’t know about your neck of the woods but where I live, for easily a hundred miles around, everybody is happier than they were a year ago. I’m finally going to take the hint and look to become happier with every passing day. You should too. Why not? The Win is In.

And sufficient unto the day….


Boomer Anthems: Hound Dog

No, not his version. The real version. The Big Mama version.

“Before Elvis sang Hound Dog there was Big Mama Thornton. In 1952, she recorded “Hound Dog” while working with another Peacock artist, Johnny Otis. Hound Dog’s songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller were present at the recording, with Leiber demonstrating the song in the vocal style they had envisioned.

The record was produced by Leiber and Stoller as Otis had to play drums after it was found that the original drummer couldn’t play an adequate part. It was the first time Leiber and Stoller produced a recording, which went to number one on the R&B chart. Although the record made Big Mama a star, she saw little of the profits.”