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Wednesday night lo-res lunar blogging

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Goodnight moon.

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almost never fails. Meteor shower, spectacular comet, eclipses...come a significant sky event and i turn into that old Al Capp character who went around with a rain cloud permanently stationed over his head.

Did get a good view of a partial eclipse of the sun, oddly enough on the occasion of, iirc, the first Clinton-Bush election. I was working election judge at the polls that day so had to "observe" it with a tree telescope on the hood of my constable's white car parked in the right place underneath.

Voters from about noon-1:30 p.m. got a free astronomy lesson while exercising their civic duty that day, and nobody was so impolite as to inform me that I was a loon.

Submitted by lambert on

See, of course, the PNAC's 200 report, Rebuilding America's Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources For a New Century (PDF, p 51):

Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor. ...

In general, to maintain American military preeminence that is consistent with the requirements of a strategy of American global leadership, tomorrow’s U.S. armed forces must meet three new missions:

• Global missile defenses. A network against limited strikes, capable of protecting the United States, its allies and forward-deployed forces, must be constructed. This must be a layered system of land, sea, air and space- based components.

• Control of space and cyberspace. Much as control of the high seas – and the protection of international commerce – defined global powers in the past, so will control of the new “international commons” be a key to world power in the future. An America incapable of protecting its interests or that of its allies in space or the “infosphere” will find it difficult to exert global political leadership.

Don't worry. Everything's going to be fine.

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