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Posted on March 25 at 6:17 p.m.

Big dogs are far lighter than horses, and they would not damage plants - if they ever walked on them, which they rarely do.

The paths on SMF are better suited to hiking and walking, than riding horses or bikes.

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Posted on March 25 at 6:04 p.m.

The 30-meter aperture permits the telescope to focus more sharply than smaller telescopes by using the power of diffraction of light. The large aperture also collects more light than smaller scopes, allowing images of fainter objects. TMT will therefore reach further and see more clearly than previous telescopes by a factor of 10 to 100 depending on the observation.

In addition to providing nine times the collecting area of the current largest optical/infrared telescopes (the 10-meter Keck Telescopes), TMT will be used with adaptive optics systems to allow diffraction-limited performance, i.e., the best that the optics of the system can theoretically provide. This will provide unparalleled high-sensitivity spatial resolution more than 12 times sharper than what is achieved by the Hubble Space Telescope. For many applications, diffraction-limited observations give gains in sensitivity that scale like the diameter of the mirror to the fourth power, so this increase in size has major implications.

http://www.tmt.org/science-case

On UCSB Chancellor Henry Yang & Co. Building $1.4 Billion Telescope

Posted on March 23 at 10:32 a.m.

Generalizations of the reactions of liberals or conservatives is extremely lazy thinking. Labels and pigeon-holing are not only bad, but highly unscientific.

There are many liberals who are aghast at what happened. There are thousands of liberals and conservatives who, for the most part, work together every day with shared attitudes that are mainstream, and all contribute a great deal to society.

There are many conservatives and liberals who are fiscally conservative and socially liberal, with varying degrees of both. And the great independent faction that can vote either way, share many ideals of the left and the right.

I wish that topics could be debated on the merit, and not used as a means of bashing one side or the other - because that is a fantasy world. I bet most liberals at UCSB do not agree with what occurred, and thus to lump them all together as supporting this behavior is both reprehensible and wrong.

On UCSB Professor Charged with Theft and Battery

Posted on March 21 at 11:06 p.m.

The GOP is driven by ideology that they wish to impose on everyone else. Everyone else (except the few following that ideology) would like the freedom to follow what they believe. The GOP is the party of the old, intolerant and often unscientific; they will slowly die out.

I am surprised that Rand Paul understands that, because he once suggested on air that businesses could refuse to serve those they did not like.

On Republican Reboot

Posted on March 17 at 8:30 p.m.

Here is another debunking of the neo-nazis.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/gregsatel...

I believe the US has involved itself in unnecessary wars over the decades, and for that reason was pleased to see that Obama, who wanted to change the war mindset, was elected. He has extracted the US from Iraq, not gotten involved in Syria, supported minimal involvement in Libya, and is getting the US out of Afghanistan (after a doubtful support of the generals "surge" in that country) . We would have been in far worse straits had McCain been elected. (Funnily, Yahoo, a place of weird comments, was almost 100% against the latest statements by McCain about Russia masquerading as a country.) But the neo-cons have charged Obama with being weak because he did no saber-rattling over Crimea, completely forgetting that Georgia was invaded by Russia, during the admin of the "strong" Bush.

I do not believe that the US supported the uprising in Ukraine and have yet to see any factual evidence to prove those assertions. And all of the trashing of Obama by the neo-cons only helps adversaries. I heard a question today by a puzzled viewer - why are the right always calling Obama communist and socialist, when they express their admiration for the "strong" Putin. It is because they are blinded by hatred for Obama, which Paul Craig Roberts appears to have as well.

On Talk to Address Military Recruiters on High School Campuses

Posted on March 17 at 7:55 p.m.

Here is an article that debunks the neo-nazis in Ukraine propaganda.

http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/...

On Talk to Address Military Recruiters on High School Campuses

Posted on March 17 at 7:37 p.m.

"It was Washington that financed and organized the overthrow of the elected Ukraine government, using well organized and well armed neo-nazis to intimidate the unarmed police and ruling party, thus clearing the way for Washington to set up an unelected government of its well-paid stooges."

I'd like to see proof for that. I am aware that neo-con Victoria Nuland was hoping for a pro-Western govt in Ukraine - but I doubt very much that neo-nazis were financed by the West. Obama has hesitated to support other "freedom" movements elsewhere - I'd like to see real proof and real facts that he did so in Ukraine. Besides, Paul Craig Roberts' writing is nothing but long, emotional diatribes.

There are some in Crimea who do not want to be part of Russia (the voting numbers are a bit fishy), and the deposed Russian-puppet Ukrainian president was a financial disaster for the Ukraine - lived the life of luxury and was responsible for the massive debt of the Ukraine, and for that alone he should have been disqualified.

On Talk to Address Military Recruiters on High School Campuses

Posted on March 14 at 1:08 p.m.

The Libertarian mantra - teach a person how to fish.

Libertarian actions in that regard - zero.

On Why I Oppose the Gang Injunction

Posted on March 14 at 8:41 a.m.

I find any authoritarian action or opinion offensive.

I think that this woman's actions were offensive, and I hope there are repercussions.

I think that Darrell Issa's recent authoritarian act of cutting off allowable discussion offensive, and I hope there are repercussions.

In my mind, there is no difference between the two.

I think that those who cannot see that some people from both sides of the aisle overstep their roles, and highlight only one side - also highly offensive.

On UCSB Professor Accused of Assaulting Anti-Abortion Activist

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