July 19, 2019

Any moment now... Celebrate the moon landing with President Trump.

50 comments:

Sebastian said...

Back in 1969, some people did something.

Gahrie said...

Back in 1969, some people did something

Yeah, but it was a bunch of White men, so we can't celebrate it. In fact we must condemn it, and praise the USSR for their diversity instead.

Yancey Ward said...

Did you know that if there had been a woman on the Apollo 11 launch, she wouldn't have been able to take a piss for 8 days and 4 hours?

traditionalguy said...

You won't believe this, but the Progressives are seriously trashing the Moon Shot Program as all white men. They seem to want want reparations for the USA not shooting blacks , asians and women to the Moon too. They need to watch the Honeymooners and see Ralph Kramden's best line.

That was a joke. The idiots are loose.

Mr. Forward said...

Fifty years after Kennedy put a man on the moon the Democrats can’t get to the Man in the Diner.

Nonapod said...

One of these days! Bang, Zoom!

StephenFearby said...

The new heros of the age.

Put your hands together to welcome the Jihad Squad!

http://ace.mu.nu/archives/jihad%20squad%2001.jpg

Darrell said...

Yeah, but it was a bunch of White men

No. There was that Black woman that did all the math in the basement. Nobody else could do it. I saw that on TV.

tcrosse said...

When those astronauts were on the moon I was on a submarine tender at Holy Loch, Scotland. A bunch of us were in the pilot house listening to the BBC radio coverage, when one of the guys got a phone call from his wife, across the Clyde in Gourock In those days the phone system on the north side of the Clyde was pre-WWII, mainly because the Luftwaffe never bothered to get that far. We could see both the moon, and the town of Gourock but we could hear the guys on the moon much better than we could hear my buddy's wife on the south side of the river.

MadisonMan said...

ALLEGED landing :)

Darrell said...

Margot Lee Shetterly was her name. There were others--"When the first five black women took their seat in the office in 1943, it was in a segregated office with a 'colored girls' bathroom and a table for the 'colored' computers," author Margot Lee Shetterly tells NPR's Michel Martin.

gspencer said...

If you want to listen to a minute-by-minute in 2019 with the minute-by-minute in 1969, for the entire flight, go to,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvQpaSKJaZA

Angle-Dyne, Samurai Buzzard said...
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Darrell said...

Apollo in real time. 11,000 hours of synced audio/video.

https://apolloinrealtime.org/11/

Angle-Dyne, Samurai Buzzard said...

Since nothing was happening yet, I scrolled back to the beginning of the video, and watched for about 30 seconds. Warren being crudely insane/insanely crude, take your pick. Too much crazy bottom-of-the-barrel appeals to the bottom-of-the-barrel to keep watching.

I don't consider myself to be in any way a political naïf, but I rarely watch video or listen to audio of political speech, and I admit to being a bit shocked by how crass she is, how far gone in toxic schmaltz and downright Der Stürmer-grade demonization of the opposition.

This is really squalid stuff. Trump's rhetoric is a gentlemanly, sophisticated appeal to the disinterested intellect and our higher natures in comparison.

I shall now go cleanse my palate with a some Apollo 11 videos.

etbass said...

Don't believe the Ruskies have put a person of any gender on the moon. Nor even a transgender.

etbass said...

The only country who does not use the decimal system put a man on the moon 50 years ago.

Angle-Dyne, Samurai Buzzard said...

The only country who does not use the decimal system put a man on the moon 50 years ago.

I'm pretty sure we figger in decimal in this country, etbass.

(I know you meant metric.)

Darrell said...

You mean "metric," don't you, Bucky?

etbass said...

Metric, right. And I know it is widely used but still not "the" standard.

narciso said...

No, their n1 booster (which had 30 engines) bles up 4 times, one spectacularly

gspencer said...

While greater accuracy was available when necessary, most 1960s NASA engineers used slide rules, carrying out calculations usually no farther than 5 decimals places.

EDH said...

Any moment now... Celebrate the moon landing with President Trump.

Breaking: Car Chase


Both headlines take me back.

So, OJ helped fake the moon landing too?

https://images.static-bluray.com/reviews/11155_4.jpg

Birches said...

But it's Elizabeth Warren talking?

Darrell said...

I talked to MITI managers in the early 1980s and Japan was ready to switch to standard measurments, which would have meant $100s of millions to American machine tool manufactures among others. If Japan switched surely many of the other countries would, too. Then Jimmy Carter made the announcement that the US would be going metric. Democrats fucking over American businesses as usual.

Browndog said...

The New York Times
‏Verified account @nytimes

America may have put the first man on the moon, but the Soviet Union sent the first woman, the first Asian man, and the first black man into orbit — all years before the U.S. would follow suit

7:00 AM - 18 Jul 2019

Freder Frederson said...

Metric, right. And I know it is widely used but still not "the" standard.

Actually, it is incorrect to say that we have a standard at all. We do not have an official weights and measures standard (even though the Constitution gives Congress the power to mandate one). We have a mess of traditional measures along with the metric system. Everything on your car, assuming it was made in the last thirty years or so (except the wheels and tires), is metric. We switched from measuring liquor and wine (but not beer) in imperial measurements (pint, fifth, quart) and switched to metric measures in the 1970's. Some liquids (e.g., cans of soda) are still sold in ounces, but larger bottles are sold by the liter. Almost all food is labelled in both English and metric measures. To top it all off, an English gallon is different from a U.S. gallon.

Rusty said...


"I get that you want to credit Americans over the German-Americans though"
von Braun himself credited Goddard as being his inspiration.
There were very few people doing any practical liquid fuel rocketry. Goddard was the first.

Rusty said...


"We weren't such international thinkers, and teachers, back then it seems"
The modern foot measurement is now based on the meter. Speaking as someone who uses metrology every day I have instruments in both.

Rusty said...

Freder Frederson said...
Metric, right. And I know it is widely used but still not "the" standard.

"Actually, it is incorrect to say that we have a standard at all. We do not have an official weights and measures standard (even though the Constitution gives Congress the power to mandate one). We have a mess of traditional measures along with the metric system. Everything on your car, assuming it was made in the last thirty years or so (except the wheels and tires), is metric. We switched from measuring liquor and wine (but not beer) in imperial measurements (pint, fifth, quart) and switched to metric measures in the 1970's. Some liquids (e.g., cans of soda) are still sold in ounces, but larger bottles are sold by the liter. Almost all food is labelled in both English and metric measures. To top it all off, an English gallon is different from a U.S. gallon."

The National Bureau of Standards might take issue with that. I have measuring tools the accuracy of which can be traced back to the bureau. They have to be so that everyone is on the same page.

Rusty said...


"So do most weekend auto mechanics, rusty."
They don't usually deal in ten thousands of an inch, or micrometer of a millimeter. Been that way for decades.
I was introduced to the metric system in school long before 1976.

PM said...

Any idea how many loonies gathered in the Mojave Desert?

Rusty said...

" You completely missed my point about American education,"
Oh no. I got it. Just showing you that experiences differ. My school district taught the metric system. I took to it. Most other students didn't.
No Mary Ellen. Not the smartest man in the room by any measure. Just a lot smarter than you.
No response was necessary Mary Ellen.

etbass said...

Ten years ago, the interstate between Atlanta and Birmingham was posted with mile markers and kilometer markers, I guess to condition us deplorables to the better European ways. Aggravated me to think of how many potholes could have been fixed with those maker posts.

Darrell said...

Metric is not magic or more precise than standard English. Precision machinists use thousandths or tens of thousandths of an inch anyway--fractional measurements don't enter into it. And, of course, all scientific formulas have standard measurement expressions/equivalents. Celsius is less detailed than Fahrenheit--I prefer the added data.

rcocean said...

People still talk about a "Fifth of whiskey" even though it means nothing. And no one tells someone to get them 750 ml of Vodka. At least no one I know. They say "get me a quart of vodka".

Remember Jerry Ford - that dumbshit. He wanted to change the road signs to KM and have the US buy meat by the Kg. Nobody cares that all the STEM guys measure crap in Kg or Meters or whatever. Just keep your fucking Un-American hands off Miles, Pounds, Yards, and ounces. I don't want someone telling me to go 50 meters past the next stop sign to get my 12 centimeter long hot dog. Or they weather guy telling me, it'll be a hot 30 degrees tomorrow.

Michael K said...

Why don't you just brag on your profession and your family, like Bruce the Lawyer and Mike the Doc.<

Envy and jealously are as ugly as your so-called soul. Go away and play with Antifa or something. You just make a fool of yourself.

Seeing Red said...

We never changed our playing fields.

It was stupid.

Seeing Red said...

He ran. XXX meters for the touchdown!

narciso said...

Von braun, built on goddard's patents, and the work he had done for the Guggenheim foundation, in new mexico, but the latter just didn't have the resources financial and personnel wise that the german govt could provide, that included the labour battalions that built nordhausen,

Howard said...

Mary's getting sweet on you Rusty. You should pull her hair harder, she likes that.

Rusty said...

Howard. you know that tiny voice in your head that compels you to comment? Maybe you should ignore it for awhile.

narciso said...

the voices come through his fillings,

ken in tx said...

There are 25.4 mm in an inch. One of my vocational students got a job in a Speed Shop because he knew that.

Howard said...

I sense a love connection

Howard said...

yea, Ken. Keeping units straight is 95% of the job

PB said...
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PB said...

No metric system in US construction. Wall studs still every 16 inches and everything in yards, feet, inches and fractions.

Fernandistein said...

The real shames are using "pounds" rather than slugs to indicate mass, and the related issue of ignoring the altitudinal discrepancy between spring scales and balances.

Rusty said...

Nothing wrong with my ego Mary Whatever. But you and Howard seem to have something to prove. Are you normally this angry?