Biography

RWP was born in Manchester, in the north of England, in the late 1950s, so he is very old. He really liked the north of England, which by 1965 was hip and had three TV channels, and where he went to a coed school. His parents, for reasons best known to themselves, then yanked him away, to Belfast and then Dublin, which had one TV channel that started up at 6 pm with the Angelus (Catholic call to prayer). He also had to go to an all boys school, where he realized he really missed girls. This probably let him focus on schoolwork, though, and at age 19, after he had finished college, he set off for America, where he still resides. He has a bachelors degree in biochemistry and a Ph.D. from Harvard in biophysics, and has lived also in Mainz, Germany, Setauket NY, and Richland WA. He currently divides his time between Nebraska, Rosslyn VA, and Florida.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Democrat hate has an expiration date.

In the panic that followed the Boston Marathon bombing, the Haymarket street on which Senator Deb Fischer's office stands was closed because of a bag of trash outside the door. The news was tweeted by the LJS here

Our delightful UNL Young Democrats modified the tweet, to the effect that the trash was actually Senator Fischer. To their very transitory credit, UNLHaters retweeted the tweet, signaling it as hateful, which is where I saw it. UNL Young Democrats then deleted the original, and it also disappeared from UNLHaters, even though they claim to have a policy of not removing deleted tweets. They claim they had used autoretweet on the Young Democrats tweet; this deletes retweets when the original is deleted. But, of course, this goes agains their stated policy, and their past practice. How convenient!

So UNL Young Democrats' cheap shot at Deb Fischer is consigned to the memory hole, and UNLHaters have lost another fragment of their tattered credibility.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

When it's warmer, it's 'climate'; when it's colder it's 'weather'

Just about this time last year, speaking out from its vast well of scientific wisdom, the Lincoln Journal Star opined editorially that the warm spring was an indicator of climate change.
Nonetheless, on a 91-degree March afternoon, it was difficult to believe that some still deny that global warming is real.
Tonight is predicted to set a cold temperature record for the date, the second time this has happened in a week. So far this month in Lincoln has been the coldest April on record. So let's make some minor tweaks to the above:
Nonetheless, on a 24-degree April night, it is difficult to believe that some still argue that global warming is real.
Both statements are equally stupid.
It's now a 34 degree May evening, and the rain-snow line is moving inexorably across Seward Co. towards Lincoln. The Weather Channel is forecasting 3 - 7 inches by tomorrow evening, but no one really knows, because May snowfalls are, well, rarer than snow in summer. Or late spring, anyway.

Monday, April 22, 2013

A poem for Dzhokhar

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a pothead
Tamerlan a bit of a hothead
His brother was shot
Dzhokhar he was caught
And in prison forever he rotted.

...but wait, there's more!

A nutcase named Amanda Palmer
Had a bit of a crush on a bomber
"My Dzhokhar's a cutie
I just love his bootie"
His murders don't seem to alarm her

Saturday, April 20, 2013

So much fail

Despite an orgy of self-congratulation, it is hard to look at the events surrounding the Boston marathon bombing as less than a litany of epic failures. The police are lauded for running towards the scene of the explosions -- doing their job, in other words -- while ignoring the fact that two amateurs were able to place and detonate two bombs in the middle of a densely policed area, with bomb-sniffing dogs on the prowl. The early investigation was a mess of misleading police leaks and completely false stories from the mainstream media. The authorities and media were apparently convinced by ideology, in the absence of any evidence whatsoever (in fact plenty of evidence to the contrary) that the bombing was done by conservatives, with tax-supported NPR actually claiming the date was chosen partly because April is the month of Hitler's birthday.

Meanwhile, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, a glaringly obvious suspect, who had been the subject of a foreign intelligence inquiry in 2011, had posted Islamist videos to the net, had a violent criminal record, and lived 3 miles from the bombing, was not interviewed, even though they had a decent picture of him.

The Tsarnaevs were captured because they held up a convenience store and shot an MIT policeman. If they'd kept their head down and driven to Canada, they'd have been long gone and hard to find. Despite massive police presence, they lost one brother after the Thursday night shootout in East Watertown, and then locked down the entire Boston metropolitan area, a futile and expensive act that hindered the manhunt.

Dzhokhor Tsarnaev, wounded, was hiding in a boat at 65 Franklin (B), 0.7 miles, or 13 minutes at 3 m.p.h. pace, from the shootout at Laurel and Dexter (A). The entire '20 block perimeter' the cops claimed to have set up was a joke (anyone who has lived in the Boston area knows the street layout is so irregular the term 'block' is meaningless). Not only was the bomber a few minutes on foot from the shootout, but he'd left blood leading up to and on the outside of the boat he was hiding in, and the cover ties were cut. The massive manhunt totally missed all that. Then when they found him they pointlessly unleashed hundreds of rounds, for no good reason and to no apparent effect.

Looking back, the younger Tsarnaev's education at leftist Cambridge Rindge and Latin seems to have left him with little more than a serious drug habit, a belief in 9/11 conspiracy theories, an unrealistic appraisal of his own abilities, and $2,500 in taxpayer money to pay for failing most of the courses he took in his first year of college.

Meanwhile, those of us on the right were slandered by the media and the government, which failed to protect a major sporting event, completely bungled a police investigation, consistently misreported events, locked up the citizenry in its homes for a day, and wasted untold millions of dollars. Is it any wonder we want to choose for ourselves how to educate our children, want to have the means to protect ourselves from criminals, and object to paying for propaganda directed against us?

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The 'Scientist in Chief' gets it wrong

Obama, whose stock of delusions of grandeur is never depleted, today, bizarrely, called himself the Scientist-in-Chief. He also made this claim:
The Apollo project that put a man on the moon also gave us eventually CAT scans.
It's rubbish, of course. CAT scans were developed by Sir Godfrey Hounsfield at the private British record company EMI, not in the United States, and owe absolutely nothing to the Apollo project.

It's wonderfully ironic that his examplar of a spin-off from government-funded research was in fact developed entirely by the private sector.