Terror And Psychopathy

March 21, 2007

Terrorists are psychopaths – the 3% of the population that don’t see other people as human.

Psychopathy (p51, Viking hardback):

Most psychopaths showed signs of malice from the time they were children. They bullied smaller children, tortured animals, lied habitually, and were incapable of empathy or remorse…

Most experts on psychopathy believe that it comes from a genetic predisposition, although in some cases it may come from early brain damage.

Here’s one describing what its like to stab someone ( p262, Viking hardback):

You can feel his whole life trembling through the knife in your hand…You go to the floor with him to finish him…They always whisper one thing at the end: “Please.” You get the odd impression he is not imploring you to not to harm him, but to do it right.

Yesterday Al-Qaeda psychopaths violated humanity’s imperative to protect children:

Insurgents in Iraq detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle with two children in the back seat after US soldiers let it through a Baghdad checkpoint over the weekend, a senior US military official said Tuesday.

The vehicle was stopped at the checkpoint but was allowed through when soldiers saw the children in the back, said Major General Michael Barbero of the Pentagon’s Joint Staff.

“Children in the back seat lowered suspicion. We let it move through. They parked the vehicle, and the adults ran out and detonated it with the children in the back,” Barbero said.

The general said it was the first time he had seen a report of insurgents using children in suicide bombings. But he said Al-Qaeda in Iraq is changing tactics in response to the tighter controls around the city.

On Sunday, IRA psychopaths violated humanity’s imperative to help the injured (my ellipsis):

Hostile crowds stopped an ambulance as the crew tried to take a casualty from an Army helicopter crash in south Armagh (Northern Ireland) to hospital.

The Northern Ireland ambulance service said the vehicle was ambushed in Crossmaglen, Co Armagh, after the Lynx came down in bad weather on Sunday night, injuring two airmen and four police officers.

A mob hurled stones, fireworks and snowballs as the ambulance crew tried to help the victims.

Over time, the coalition will thin the population of Iraqi psychopaths.

Sadly, Northern Ireland will stay infested, since Blair’s “Peace Process” leaves the IRA free to breed.

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SpaceX Launches!

March 21, 2007

SpaceX, the startup offering lowest cost per pound to orbit just had a near-perfect sub-orbital launch. Besides showing the unique power of American innovation, SpaceX may also make America safer.

Here’s a video of yesterday’s launch from Kwajalein Atoll.

Until recently, space launch was a government monopoly, mostly because they used modified ICBMs. Then the software industry enabled some smart people get rich, and they – naturally – headed for the next frontier, space. There are now 10 companies working on orbital lift vehicles, and SpaceX is one of the leaders.

It’s founded and financed by Elon Musk:

SpaceX is the third company founded by Mr. Musk. Prior to SpaceX, he co-founded PayPal, the world’s leading electronic payment system, and served as the company’s chairman and CEO.

Before PayPal, Mr. Musk co-founded Zip2 Corporation in 1995, a leading provider of enterprise software and services to the media industry…

Mr. Musk’s early experience extends across a spectrum of advanced technology industries, from high energy density ultra-capacitors at Pinnacle Research to software development at Rocket Science and Microsoft. He has a physics degree…

His is a uniquely American career – from a Physics degree via R&D to successful technology entrepreneurship. Jeff Bezos of Amazon and the guy that wrote Doom are also building launchers. The administration is giving them just the right kind of help – opportunity, not subsidy:

In December 2004, United States President George W Bush signed in to law the Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act. The Act resolved the regulatory ambiguity surrounding private spaceflights and is designed to promote the development of the emerging U.S. commercial human space flight industry.

On January 18, 2006 NASA finally announced an unprecedented private sector opportunity. Instead of flying payloads to the International Space Station (ISS) on government operated vehicles, NASA would spend $500 million through 2010 to finance the demonstration of orbital transportation services from commercial providers.

There’s another market for SpaceX:

Operationally responsive (ie fast) launch has become an increasingly important national security objective, so demonstrating rapid loading of propellants and launch in less than an hour, as well as a rapid recycle following the first engine ignition are major accomplishments.

That will probably be the Pentagon looking to replace military satellites taken out by Chinese ASATs.

So the software industry, George W Bush, and the Chinese dictators have together solidified US control of space.