Confessions of a Quackbuster

This blog deals with healthcare consumer protection, and is therefore about quackery, healthfraud, chiropractic, and other forms of so-Called "Alternative" Medicine (sCAM).

Saturday, July 23, 2005

WHAT'S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 22 Jul 05

WHAT'S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, 22 Jul 05 Washington, DC

NOTICE: Maryland has the WN search engine running. There's not enough space in WN for URL's of all relevant back issues. Just go to http://www.bobpark.org and click on "search."

1. SUMMER RERUN: DISCOVERY LAUNCH TUESDAY - OR MAYBE SEPTEMBER.
They won't know for sure if the fuel sensor is working properly until they fill the external tanks. There hasn't been a shuttle flight in 32 months. If they don't launch in July they won't have another window until September. The shuttle is still needed to make Hubble repairs and eventually dismantle the space station.

2. SUMMER RECESS: THE LAUNCH WINDOW ON CAPITOL HILL ALSO CLOSES.
For all they've been doing, you might have thought Congress was already in recess. Now they're in a hurry to get out of town by the end of next week. Better they left yesterday. Today, in the first space authorization in five years, the House endorsed the Bush "Vision for Space Exploration." The "Vision" calls for sending humans back to the moon in 2020. President Kennedy, in 1961, promised it "within a decade." It was done in seven years, but it's much harder now, and less urgent. The Cold War is over.

3. HYDROGEN HURDLES: THEY AREN'T POT HOLES, THE BRIDGE IS OUT.
In the other technology initiative of the Bush administration, House subcommittees on both energy and research heard Wednesday about some of the problems. They could have found out a year ago by reading the APS Panel on Public Affairs report on the Hydrogen Initiative http://www.aps.org/publicaffairs/index.cfm. But while members of Congress never tire of hearing about the absence of greenhouse emissions and how hydrogen could reduce dependence on Arab oil, they seem less interested in production and storage.

4. WORLD PEACE: THE INFLATION RATE EXCEEDS THAT OF REAL ESTATE.
Avant-garde film director David Lynch ("Mulholland Dr.") wants to raise $7B to create world peace through a massive Transcendental Meditation program. A corps of 8,000, trained in TM, would create a coherent unified field over Earth. I don't mean to be a cynic, but in the 1993 Demonstration Project to reduce violence John Hagelin had 5,000 meditating over an 8 week period for only $1M. He offered to end the war in Kosovo with 7,000 Yogic flyers (flyers are better trained). After 9/11, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi himself, in a full-page ad in the NY Times, turned to "the world's wealthiest." He proposed to create world peace with a corps of 40,000 flyers for $1B. "There must be a few peace-loving billionaires who can raise the money in one day," he said. We see from Iraq that not one cheapskate billionaire came through.

5. MISSILE DEFENSE: THAT'S EVEN BETTER THAN I THOUGHT IT WAS.
Air Force Lt. Gen. Henry A. Obering III, director of the Missile Defense Agency, quoted in today's Washington Post: "We have a better than zero chance of successfully intercepting, I believe, an inbound warhead. That confidence will improve over time."

THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND.
Opinions are the author's and not necessarily shared by the University of Maryland, but they should be.
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