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I'm Eric Korpela, an astrophysicist by training. My expertise is in interstellar matter (), UV instrumentation, radio instrumentation, and . I used to direct a small volunteer computing project called SETI@home (). I'm semi-retired, and theoretically working 17 hours a week. In practice that turns into almost as many hours as I was working before I retired.

My posts here will often be unrelated to my work. I find it hard to be chatty about things that have exhausted me during the day. My short term life goal is to learn all that is knowable.

My non-work interests are and .

Gah, I just can't watch these cooking shows Mrs. Volts is always watching. Too emotionally bruising.

We live in a nation where the media gives as much time to a manufactured “controversy” about President Biden serving lobster for the French President as they do to the former president calling to “terminate” the Constitution.

Ha! There it is.


DeSantis' lawyers were forced by the court to define "woke." The lead lawyer described it as "The belief there are systemic injustices in American society and the need to address them."


Slight correction: He said "termination" of the Constitution, not suspending.


“You support a candidate who's come out for suspending the constitution.”
“You know, he says a lot of things, you have to take him in context..”
“But that's an extraordinary statement. You can't come out against someone who's for suspending the constitution?”


I had hoped not to talk about Matt Taibbi on my radio program at all since he went to the dark side, irrelevant.
But now we'll have to spend the week mocking his lame story.


From now on, journalists should include the descriptor ("who has called for the termination of the US Constitution") whenever Trump is mentioned.

Unfortunately, there is far too much cowardice in the news media.

Too many media outlets are afraid of stating uncomfortable truths, truths that might offend the powerful or the public.

Telling the truth is not always a “neutral” act.

Journalists (and others) should still TELL THE TRUTH.

#News #Media
#Journalism #Journalists

Remember when Ivanka and Jared wouldn't let their Secret Service detail use any of their 6.5 bathrooms in DC, forcing the SS to rent a toilet that cost us over $100K? But, but, #HunterBiden...right? lmao😂


I wish it were more complicated than Elon just hates multiracial democracy. Elevating this conspiracy when Bolsonaro is searching for excuses to foment a Jan6-style insurrection is beyond irresponsible. It’s being an accessory. And that’s his whole agenda, undermining democracy.

The top Republican candidate for the 2024 presidential election just called for SUSPENDING THE CONSTITUTION

We should take this seriously.

Friendly reminder: December is the month we pay homage to DEC Microcomputers.

Sunday’s are going to be so confusing this month.

Sad #caturday. 

Today was Spawnie's last . He found us in 2008, when he was already about 5. He came in with a colony of ferals, so we assumed he was one of them, until he climbed in Angela's lap one day. We had named all the feral cats "Jordan" because in 2008 that was the unisex parents were using to frequently at the time. We assumed the new cat was a kitten, so we called him "Spawn of Jordan". Spawnie was FIV positive, so we didn't feel we could bring him inside.

Despite being a small cat, Spawnie never punched down. He was famous for chasing raccoons three times his weight out of the yard or forcing them under the deck. We figured that he taught them to fear him when they were young. Squirrels, on the other hand, were not a concern.

We finally let Spawnie move indoors in 2016 because he was getting sick frequently. Spawnie survived a 2 year long stint an insulin dependent diabetic, before getting better suddenly (that happens in cats). Unlike every other adoptee from outside, Spawnie never expressed a desire to go back outside. Luxury and comfort were what he desired. He spent his last days in front of the fire.

People who say #ElonMusk's selective disclosure of #Twitter internal docs "breathes new life into the #HunterBiden laptop story" miss the point. That's not the goal.

The goal is to inflate a different right-wing talking point, that "big tech is biased against conservatives". So Musk carries water for right-wingers who want to force tech companies to uncritically rebroadcast their propaganda AND he spins his Twitter acquisition as "essential to save 'free speech'."

That's what this is about.

Anyone still posting on Twitter is actively helping the fascists achieve their goals. Musk is banning leftist accounts and hate speech is up 61%.

Publicly posting the names and identities of front-line employees involved in content moderation puts them in harm’s way and is a fundamentally unacceptable thing to do.


you can have tens of billions and still not have a single assistant to remind you that this nonexistent “order” came when Teump@was still President.


The U.S. Supreme Court justices are the only judges in the country who are not governed by a code of ethics. This needs to change.

Here are three reforms that the Court can make now to shore up its legitimacy:

In preparation of Elon Musk's report on the Hunter Biden laptop and Twitter, please read my original piece on the laptop. The big issue was that the NY Post & Rudy Giuliani were using the existence of the laptop & iffy material on it to advance Russian disinfo that had been concocted to hurt Biden & help Trump. Giuliani was even working with a Russian agent to spread this false info. The laptop was part of this larger op.

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