Which Ray Bradbury story has a space ship from Earth which will have to spend decades in space to reach the nearest star system? But early in the voyage it encounters a faster-than-light alien ship early and the captain turns the ship around and heads back to Earth. He figures that since it was now clear the technology existed it made no sense to spend decades in suspended animation. After all, even if it took humanity 20 years to figure out the techonology, humans would still get there faster than chugging along with conventional rockets. Is it “R is for Rocket”?
The federal government has discovered a massive new reserve of oil and natural gas in Texas and New Mexico that it says has the “largest continuous oil and gas resource potential ever assessed.” "Christmas came a few weeks early this year," Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said of the new reserve, ... Read More
One of the most comforting talking points in politics is to claim that your political opponents are irrationally obsessed. I’m sure this is as old as time, but I first noticed it in the late 1990s. Many of Bill Clinton’s most ardent supporters responded to every new criticism by claiming the president’s ... Read More
The president wants them away from the border. Read More
With every twist of the news cycle, reports from London on the evolution of the Brexit negotiations between Theresa May’s government and the European Union get odder and odder. Consider, first, the essential choice on Brexit facing the Brits and how it’s being presented to them. Britain voted two years ago ... Read More
M aybe ballot security isn’t such a bad thing after all. Democrats, who the day before yesterday were insisting that voter fraud didn’t exist, now believe that it was used to steal a North Carolina congressional seat from them — and they may well be right. Republican Mark Harris has a 905-vote lead ... Read More