Space is running out of space [and time]

Humans have put 8,378 objects into space since the first Sputnik in 1957 and at the beginning of 2019 4,987 satellites were still up there, and 1957 are operational. From 1964to 2012 roughly 131 satellites were launched every year. In 2017 453 satellites were launched in space. In 2018, the number fell to 382. But 5200 are planned over the next four years and another 9,300 thereafter. That’s 15,000 satellites.

First, wow…. how far have we come where the cost of launching a bird is so cheap now. Secondly, the unintended consequences of these many birds are going to be pretty substabtial. No one should be surprised if some complications develop overhead and cause problems down on the planet.

Think we’ll get it sorted?

Cowards run from fights


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❝ Three Republicans aiming to prevent President Donald Trump’s second term in the White House wrote a scathing opinion column condemning their party for canceling its primaries and caucuses in four states…

Three Republicans aiming to prevent President Donald Trump’s second term in the White House wrote a scathing opinion column condemning their party for canceling its primaries and caucuses in four states.

❝ The authors took shot at the state GOP parties in South Carolina, Nevada, Arizona, and Kansas, all plan to cancel the 2020 election’s primaries and caucuses. The move would cement Trump’s nomination in the states and prevent any Republican from challenging him before the general election…

State Republicans officials have claimed that there are “no legitimate primary” challengers to Trump, and that taxpayers would be footing millions of dollars to pay for “an unnecessary primary.”

❝ But Sanford, Walsh, and Weld decried the move as un-American and the “latest disgrace, courtesy of Team Trump.”

The country club-clique inside the ruling party pretty much fear anything approaching democracy or dissent. Not the least when their Fearless Leader is a dumbass and a crook.

When Victorian Doctors Used to Finger Their Patients

❝ In the Victorian Era – specifically 1837 to 1901 – doctors treated woman by genital stimulation to induce “hysterical paroxysm” or an orgasm. This hysteria was supposed to be a build-up of fluid in the woman’s womb and doctors assumed that since men ejaculated and felt better then it stood to reason…

Female hysteria was a once-common medical diagnosis, made exclusively in women, which is today no longer recognized by modern medical authorities as a medical disorder. Its diagnosis and treatment was routine for many hundreds of years in Western Europe. Hysteria was widely discussed in the medical literature of the Victorian era. Women considered to be suffering from it exhibited a wide array of symptoms including faintness, nervousness, insomnia, fluid retention, heaviness in abdomen, muscle spasm, shortness of breath, irritability, loss of appetite for food or sex, and “a tendency to cause trouble”.

Part of the “tradition” still current in some conservative circles. No doubt.

RTFA. Stupid, ignorant, thoughtless by modern medical standards…cruel and absurd.

Thanks, UrsaRodinia