Wednesday Open Thread

“The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance.”

–Benjamin Franklin

20 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. mamajama55 says:

    Jared Polis and the Colorado delegation are touting mile-high Colorado as the home of the Space Command. The southeast coast of Florida, where Cape Canaveral and most of the space infrastructure is now,  will likely be under water in the next 50 years because of climate change.

    It makes sense – except for wildfires, occasional tornadoes and flooding, (and fracking-related earthquakes), we are less impacted from climate change here than some other states (certainly less than Florida). We have the technically educated workforce. People want to come here for the recreation and the sensible cannabis policies.

    But will Trump block it because we didn't vote for him?

  2. Voyageur says:

    On the other hand, we're fairly far north.  Space launch is easier near the equator because eart h spins faster there, reducing the amount of energy needed for escape velocity.

    Cape Canaveral rotates at 914 mph, a nice boost toward escape velocity.
    Also, proximity to the Ocean makes launches safer. A misfiring missile from Peterson Field could take out Grand Junction.
    For both reasons, Vandenberg Air Force base in Southern California is a much better site than anything in Colorado.

    Plus, a lot of our politicians seem to think the earth is flat and they would fight the idea.  

    We’re looking at you, Neville.

  3. Voyageur says:

    Oh, hum, another day, another sentencing before a federal judge for a top Trump campaign official.  Manafort, round two.

    It now looks like he’ll serve 7 1/2 years when concurrent time is deducted.

  4. Diogenesdemar says:

    No peeking ahead.  What’s the only thing in America whiter than the view out your window today?  . . .

    . . . Trevor Noah discusses.

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