In Space No One Can Hear You Cackle
In Space No One Can Hear You Cackle
Kamala Harris was at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland to talk about the importance of space exploration and satellites in combating climate change. Kamala should volunteer. In space, no one can hear you cackle.
The National Space Council is one of the 7,541 jobs in Kamala Harris’s portfolio that she is “handling”. Everything that Kamala does is surface only. She doesn’t do a deep dive on anything. She doesn’t roll up her sleeves and get down to the real nitty gritty. I’ma thinking Harris doesn’t have the intellectual wherewithal, but if I think that I am racist, so I won’t think that. Wink, wink.
Harris made a shallow visit to the border in El Paso back in June, for a few hours on her way to her Northern California home. And, to celebrate Space week, she told a bunch of child actors (overacting) that they would get to see “the craters on the moon with your very own eyes”. Have you seen the meme about aliens locking their doors as they fly by Earth? This kind of extra stupid is why.
Kamala visited Goddard late Friday, better to avoid the news cycle, to visit with Bill Nelson, former NASA astronaut, former U.S. Senator, and current NASA administrator, and discuss space and climate change. Here is a portion of the write up from PRNewswire:
During the visit, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson unveiled the first images from Landsat 9, a joint mission of NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) launched in late September. The images show Detroit with neighboring Lake St. Clair, a changing Florida coastline, and areas of Navajo Country in Arizona. They will add to the wealth of data helping us monitor crop health and water used for irrigation, manage vital natural resources, and track the impacts of climate change.
The new images, all acquired Oct. 31, also provide data about the changing landscapes of the Himalayas and Australia, adding to Landsat’s unparalleled data record that spans nearly 50 years of space-based Earth observation.
“I truly believe space activity is climate action. Space activity is education. Space activity is also economic growth. It is also innovation and inspiration. And it is about our security and our strength,” the vice president said. “When it comes to our space activity, there is limitless potential. … So, as we go forth from here, let us continue to seize the opportunity of space.”
Reread that last paragraph, please. Space activity is climate action? At what cost? I am a big space fan, since I was a kid. They can fire off rockets all day long, every day, as far as I care. But what about the CO2 that is the bugaboo of the climate freakazoids. Those rockets put out tons of CO2:
“For one long-haul plane flight it’s one to three tons of carbon dioxide [per passenger],” says Marais. For one rocket launch 200-300 tonnes of carbon dioxide are split between 4 or so passengers, according to Marais. “So it doesn’t need to grow that much more to compete with other sources.”
Right now, the number of rocket flights is very small: in the whole of 2020, for instance, there were 114 attempted orbital launches in the world, according to Nasa. That compares with the airline industry’s more than 100,000 flights each day on average.
But emissions from rockets are emitted right into the upper atmosphere, which means they stay there for a long time: two to three years. Even water injected into the upper atmosphere – where it can form clouds – can have warming impacts, says Marais. “Even something as seemingly innocuous as water can have an impact.”
Closer to the ground, all fuels emit huge amounts of heat, which can add ozone to the troposphere, where it acts like a greenhouse gas and retains heat. In addition to carbon dioxide, fuels like kerosene and methane also produce soot. And in the upper atmosphere, the ozone layer can be destroyed by the combination of elements from burning fuels.
It’s not just Kamala’s words that don’t match the, um, science. Watch her bizarre delivery:
Cackling Kamala is acting like she is imparting new thoughts, “Space activity is education. Space activity is also economic growth. It is also innovation and inspiration. And it is about our security and our strength.” No, duh.
At the end of September, Harris added more personnel to her public relations team:
Vice President Kamala Harris has added two crisis communications veterans to her staff to work on long-term planning, after a bumpy first nine months and with the 2022 midterm elections looming in the distance, according to a report on Wednesday.
Lorraine Voles, a crisis communications expert, and Adam Frankel, a speechwriter for former President Barack Obama, worked for Harris during President Biden’s transition and are well versed in White House and corporate messaging, the Washington Examiner reported.
Both “offered to be of assistance” to the vice president and will concentrate on “organizational development, strategic communications, and long-term planning,” a White House official told the newspaper.
Well, a crisis team has to have something to work with. Human cannot make something out of nothing (ex nihilo). My advice for the crisis management team is to hid Kamala in the basement or send her into space. In space, no one can hear you cackle.
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