\ The Editor's Notes, by Ken Holder
Narrated by talk show host, Brian Wilson, “Down With Power” a Libertarian
Manifesto, by L. Neil Smith now downloadable as an audiobook!
Number 935, August 13, 2017

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The Editor’s Notes
by Ken Holder

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Our Publisher recently remarked to me that Sarah Hoyt has more common sense than anybody. Yes. She does. Now, common sense in political commentary—or ethical-, or philosophical-, or metaphysical-, or aesthetic-, or any other type of commentary for that matter—is likely to be … disturbing to many people. To which I say “Fuck ”Em, but then I am just an old geezer grump and nobody cares what I think or say about anything (if they have any common sense anyway!). Heh. Um. Whazzat ….

Oh yes, here is one of those Common Sense Doozies that Sarah comes out with on a regular basis. So with little more ado, indeed with none, I point you, dear reader, to:

All the Trouble in the World
by Sarah Hoyt

All the Trouble in the World is a great PJ O’Rourke book, which I highly recommend, but that's not important right now.

It occurred to me the reason we've got to this particular state of shambles is that we've given in to the therapeutic/do-gooder notion that we have to solve all the trouble in the world.
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Please do not leave this laying around were your Mundane or Naive or Naïve friends/family might see it. The light bulb going on over their head might burn them or something. Wouln’t want that, eh? No sir-ree Bob! Of course, it may be already burnt-out, in which case … I dono.


NEWVA rocket engine

I see that the old NERVA rocket engine is coming back. About time, too!:

Nuclear reactors on rockets may fuel future crewed trips to Mars
By Leah Crane

NASA is working on a nuclear rocket. The space agency has signed an $18.8 million contract with BWX Technologies, based in Lynchburg, Virginia, to start developing a nuclear reactor that could power the rockets that some day shuttle people to Mars.

Nuclear thermal propulsion uses a nuclear reaction to heat fuel, generally liquid hydrogen, which expands and shoots out of a rocket nozzle to create thrust. The technology can enable rockets to attain more thrust per unit of fuel than standard rocket engines can. This means only about half as much fuel is required as used in the main engines for the space shuttle programme – the gold standard of rocket engines for the past 40 years.
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When I was a kid (long years ago) I thought the atomic rocket would some day take me to the Moon and beyond. But no. And now too late probably. Perhaps my grandkids?


And another thing:

Tolerance is not a moral precept
by Yonatan Zunger

The title of this essay should disturb you. We have been brought up to believe that tolerating other people is one of the things you do if you’re a nice person?—?whether we learned this in kindergarten or from Biblical maxims like “love your neighbor as yourself” and “do unto others.”

But if you have ever tried to live your life this way, you will have seen it fail: “Why won’t you tolerate my intolerance?” This comes in all sorts of forms: accepting a person’s actively antisocial behavior because it’s just part of being an accepting group of friends; being told that prejudice against Nazis is the same as prejudice against Black people; watching people try to give “equal time” to a religious (or irreligious) group whose guiding principle is that everyone must join them or else.

Every one of these examples should raise your suspicions that something isn’t right; that tolerance be damned, one of these things is not like the other. But if you were raised with an intense version of “tolerance is a moral requirement,” then you may feel that this is a thought you should fight off.
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Finally, if you follow tech news, SJW news, or Silly-Season news you already know about poor James Damore, who thought that telling the truth would protect him from being punished for Bad-Think. Alas, bad-think is bad-think, and nobody is allowed. Nobody. Is. Allowed!

So for our Feature Article this issue we reprint his little essay in which he tried to point out that Die-Verse-City had to logically mean all points of view were respected and allowed. Silly fellow! Now he“s fired for having expressed unapproved opinions. Management is not Mocked! Management can not be questioned without paying the penalty. SJW (leftist, liberal, communist, fascist, Marxist) ideas are Unquestionable and questioning is Not Allowed!

He knows that now. Or does he?

May he live long and prosper, and remain Deplorable for all time!

Oh, and fuck you, Google. I use duckduckgo.com, which searches google.com but hides your information from them so they can’t sell it. And I am looking for another search engine entire. Any suggestions?


Oops, I just remembered I said I would talk about some recent reading of books. Next time?

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