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Turkey Feathers. 18×24″, oil on panel.
This started as an action painting.
Just in time. Good with leftovers.
Israel’s hacking expertise is second only to NSA. Israel intensively monitors Gaza electromagnetic emissions. So how did Hamas evade detection? The definitive answer cannot be reached unless technological surprise can be excluded. With exclusion, there are only a few possible categories:
If technological surprise reveals, it will come as a thunderclap.
How did Hamas gain confidence their plans were undetected? Do they have a mole?
…As his public posture gets louder while Putin’s voice softens, why is Prigozhin still alive? The answer is the premise of the syllogism: Putin’s overriding goal is to win his war.
Prigozhin is in conflict with the Conglomerate Imperative: Grow by absorption. The M.O.D. wants to own Wagner. This does not mean an immediate acquisition; absorption could result in the loss of Wagner’s edge. But Putin’s clock is running; see Putin Disappears; Illness a Factor? Prigozhin risks a prolonged, violent succession struggle…
The delicate balance of need/risk has since been overturned by the Wagner Group rebellion. The necessity of Prigozhin’s liquidation was augmented by his status as standard-bearer of the extreme right wing.
Like Prigozhin himself, the extreme right wing combines:
The need to manage is illuminated by the incitements to violence of Aleksandr Dugin and Igor Girkin. They have followers, who may not be known or completely characterized by tendency towards violence. From this murky group come the assassins and revolutionaries of the Right.
The deeper the purge of this group, the safer Putin would be, while weakening the national will for extended war. The depth of a purge, shaping societal discourse, offers hints of how modest a “victory” Putin would accept.
Power Transition in Russia? Revolution? Part 3 — Has Revolution begun?, advised “Watch Prigozhin.” Since Girkin has already been arrested, Prigozhin’s place is taken by Aleksandr Dugin, and more obscure acolytes.
But top GOP lawmakers immediately launched a flurry of attacks on Weiss, despite the fact that he was first appointed under Trump, claiming that far from insulating the case from political influence, his appointment as a special counsel was an attempt at a cover up. The GOP has turned against Weiss because he has not substantiated their evidence-free claims that Joe Biden conspired with his son to enrich their family while he was vice president and they also claim that the plea deal originally offered to Hunter Biden was a “sweetheart” agreement.
I’m not personally a believer. Perhaps Republican campaign strategists are, or claim to be. Quoting from Ezekiel 18:19-20-21-23 The Message (MSG),
We continue from Congressional UAP/UFO Hearings Part 1.
Reminder. This discussion requires that tic tacs are alien spacecraft, or from some parallel universe or hyperspace related to “here”, which may be false.
The tic tac descends from 80,000 feet to near sea level in less than a second, or a few seconds, without breaking a sweat, which is attributed to advanced technology. What about the air? If it is a physical object, it pushes air. A napkin calc follows, with these simplifications:
Spoiler. We should see something resembling an elongated nuclear explosion. If you’re not math inclined, skip to the end table.
Air pressure at sea level is 14.7 pounds per square inch. This is the weight of a square column of air 1 inch wide, mostly contained below 80,000 feet.
14.7 lbs/inch^2 = 22800 lbs/meter^2 = 207,000 kilograms over the area of the tic tac end cap, which is 19.53 meter^2. This is the total mass of the air displaced by the tic tac in its journey from 80,000 feet.
To approximate the reduction of momentum transfer of the domed ends compared to flat ends, 207,000 kg is reduced by 1/3.
The atoms of what was an air column acquire momentum of
p = 2.24 * 10^10 kilograms–meters/second
The kinetic energy of this mass is
E_total = p^2 / 2m = 1.9 * 10^15 Joules
The number of moles of what was the air column = 6.9 * 10^6 moles.
Multiplying by Avogadro’s number, the number of atoms is
N = 4.15 * 10^30
The average energy of an atom after collision with the tic tac is
E_one atom = 1.9 * 10^15 / N = 4.6 * 10^-16 Joules
Where K = Boltzmann’s constant, and T is the Kelvin temperature, the average kinetic energy of a single atom is
E = 3/2 * KT
The temperature is
T = 4.6 *10^-16 / ( 1.38 * 10^-23 ) = 2.2 * 10^7 degrees Kelvin
= 30 million degrees Fahrenheit
One ton of TNT is equivalent to 1.9 * 10^15 Joules of energy
The former air column has acquired energy equivalent to 460,000 tons of TNT.
16 miles / second, Mach 80, 30,000,000 F, 460,000 tons TNT
8 miles / second, Mach 40, 7.5 million F, 125,000 tons TNT
4 miles / second, Mach 20, 2 million F, 31000 tons TNT
The calc is useful for a craft traveling at the velocity of thermal atoms. At slower speeds, this approximation becomes inapplicable.
We studied the air because we know more about air than tic tacs. What have we learned?
To be continued shortly.
Trash Talk, 30 x40″, oil on canvas.
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A nostalgia piece, inspired by a time when littering, not global warming or mass shootings, was a matter of concern. That such a time existed is, of course, imaginary.
For puzzlers: A media logo, perhaps the most beautiful, is hidden in the painting.
Larry, you can call me any time.
All three witnesses provided testimony of unprecedented credibility. Their participation in a quasi-judicial process demands respect. It demands regard of David Grush as an honest broker of facts, until proven otherwise.
Carl Sagan said, “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof.” The testimony does not by itself reach that standard. In the case of David Grush, it contradicts my understanding. I wonder if participants in relevant SAPs have themselves been deceived by excessive classification, robbing them of understanding their own activities. The U.S. has been collecting adversary aircraft since 1942, in the same time frame as claims about alien spacecraft.
Similarly, one could pick apart the gimbal camera in the F-18 targeting pod, or the alleged sloppiness in analyzing recovered materials. But for the first time, these issues do not subjectively diminish human testimony to the point of disregard. For the first time, we are faced by the inescapable question: What if it is all true?
The media tend to mix up the relevance of areas of knowledge. UFOs are not a question for aerospace engineering, which relies on Newton’s laws of motion — classical mechanics. Only in a few esoteric areas does aerospace touch on modern physics:
For practically everything else, aerospace relies on fields with mostly classical master equations:
This means that if you gave flying saucer parts to Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, or Northrup-Grumman, their engineers wouldn’t know what to do with them. It is a problem of modern physics. They could hire outside physicists, but there is a catch.
Contract physicists work with existing theories. No valid existing theory offers a hint at how a flying saucer might work. There have been many attempts; the floor is littered with broken theories that that fail to predict what is already experimentally verified.
You have to be smart to be any kind of physicist. The hierarchy of achievement is a cruel reminder to those blessed with extreme intellects, of the rarity of extreme achievement. Ignoring the hundreds of years of patient mathematical advance that enabled, there is a hierarchy:
In this cruel-to-the-ego list, building the Bomb counts for little. These days, it’s considered an undergraduate subject.
So Boeing can’t just hire the brains to crack the UFO problem. Their custody of crashed UFOs is pointless. Nevertheless, propelled by that which cannot be dismissed, the next article will speculate on:
and why we are unlikely to find the answer on our own terms.
To be continued shortly.