Quasar Dust, Grabby Aliens and Who Needs von Neumann probes | Q&A 181

I love the information I learn from these Q and As.   You don’t have to be a science geek to understand enjoy the information presented.   

In this week’s questions and answers show, I talk about supermassive black hole nucleosynthesis, the threat of grabby aliens and why would we ever bother building Von Neumann Probes

. 00:00 Start 01:00 [Tatooine] Are elements being formed in quasars?

03:50 [Corusant] What will the coverage of the Moon landings be like?

06:39 [Hoth] How close will Comet C/2014 UN271 get to us?

08:29 [Naboo] Why send out Von Neumann Probes? 09:56

[Kamino] Will we actually develop the technology for Von Neumann Probes?

12:34 [Bespin] Why do colliding black holes turn mass into gravitational waves?

13:56 [Mustafar] Should we broadcast signals into space?

18:05 [Alderaan] Would bowl-spin habitats help with lower gravity?

21:07 [Dagobah] What will the first pictures from Webb be?

22:31 [Yarvin] How do we know the Oort Cloud exists?

23:31 [Mandalore] What telescopes can fly with Starship?

26:46 [Geonosis] Could a heavy suit mimic Earth gravity?

28:41 [Corellia] Why do people want to colonize other planets?

Want to be part of the questions show? Ask a short question on any video on my channel. I gather a bunch up each week and answer them here.

Let’s talk about public health updates….

An example of how the media and the right wing especially change a story.   Dr. Fauci said the “we are out of the pandemic phase …” then that got turned into we are out of the pandemic and then summarized as “The pandemic is over”.  

A more complete quote was “We are out of the full blown explosive pandemic phase”.   Do you understand now why I investigate sources and look to see the original quotes especially when used by the right wing?   Enjoy the video.   

A comment from Tildeb and my reply. I hope you will read all of my reply because to answer the allegations I had to get lengthy.

Your denialism that this is even an issue is the problem I’m trying to address. I’m trying (and failing) to point out that denying the very real issues of implementing this ideology throughout institutions like education is a significant factor at driving a small subset of moderate voters into the arms of voting Republican. Because I think the Republican party is an existential threat to the US remaining a liberal democracy, I raise the issue that not enough people on Left realize that their denialism of these very real concerns are helping the Republicans win at the polls. Blanket support for any and all trans and race and gender ideology implemented by Democrats is a very real problem in this regard, as is the automatic vilification of any real liberal who criticizes this identity ideology. The Left is eating its own.

You automatically damn the person raising criticism as some kind of right wing bigot because, in your mind, there is no issue on one side and nothing but bigotry and disinformation on the other. Hence, I call this denialism similar to a creationist religious belief and any refutation by facts blasphemy.

For example, the BC School Trustees Association voted almost unanimously (97.2%) to continue the implementation of unisex bathrooms in all schools. So enlightened. Parents of girls prior to the vote told these trustees that their daughters aren’t using the bathrooms, are too uncomfortable using the facilities when a period arrives, that they are skipping school, wanting to stay home, refusing to go into a bathroom where the boys are peeing in the sinks and who enjoy ‘teasing’ girls – sometimes much younger girls – and sometimes assaulting them.

Facts don’t matter.

Along comes a champion of social justice and insists this is all made up, that anyone who raises an issue like this is a bigot, that such parents are transphobic, that such occasions are so rare that there’s really no issue at all so it’s hate and fear driving the criticism.

Sound familiar? Guess how those parents are going to vote when they have an opportunity to express their very deep anger at this treatment in the secrecy of the ballot box?

Oh right… it’s all made up. And besides, think of the suicide rate of the the poor trans sexual children we’re ‘saving’. So virtuous. So many still to save. Let the door knocking begin: do you have a moment and have you heard the “Good News”?


My response.   

Hello Tildeb. You are failing because it is a political driven issue that is not a real life problem in the world. The moderates that are being driven to the republicans is a talking point and something used to cause fear to prevent speaking up on trans rights. Polly said something similar a long time ago, she said it is only the trans part driving the Republican party as gays were accepted a long time ago. Turned out we see that is false also.

The people making this an issue are going to vote conservative anyway. The people making trans issues a problem are watching conservative media, they are conservative in thought, they feel more comfortable on that side of the spectrum. I am talking about those who are making it an issue. Not those who are unsure or feel that some parts may go too far. The ones pushing this such as yourself are actively pushing an anti-trans agenda. That is why you do not care about any other topic I post accept spending less money on the military to give the people more benefits. Notice the two issues you objected to on my blog? What do they have in common? Oh yes they are right wing positions and the data you used is from right wing sources. Ah enlightenment.

Your dooms day scenarios are not happening. Trans people are not sweeping all the women’s sports trophies. They are not pushing women out of sports. It is a ginned-up fear mongering attempting to hurt trans women, just as if a trans women uses the women’s bathroom they will rape your little daughter and assault your wife bullshit. Again, all out of the right-wing playbook. Never a thought that trans women might just need to relieve themselves. They have to be there to rape and assault.

I admit the left is not good at handling the messaging coming out of the right, simply because the corporate Democrats are afraid of upsetting their wealthy donors, who are the same wealthy donors to the Republicans. The days of the Ted Kennedy type liberal Democrat was almost over. But they are coming back and the people like that. tRump showed the people like fighters who will claim to stick up for their interests against the wealthy and big business. Of course tRump lied, but that is what the right does. But the liberals are making a resurgence and that terrifies the right, because they know the public supports the liberal positions. Why do you think there is such an attempt on the right to silence any mention of the positives of the LGBTQ+? It is clear, the majority of the public support the LGBTQ+ and that support has been growing. So the right has to stop anything positive while keep hammering how evil, bad, horrible, woman raping, girl destroying the LGBTQ+ really is. I wish I could post all the stories I see that are just this fear mongering to get the idea into the public, and you help do that for them.

The latest I read is the idea that in 20 years or so, there won’t be lesbians because all the girls who like girls will be trans boys. That trope has been pushed by TERFs in the UK for a while. But it is really playing into the right wings idea that peoples gender and sexuality is a choice that can be changed at a whim. It is not like that.

I understand Tildeb you are male? Could you tomorrow really say you believe you are female and go through years of abuse and social / medical treatments to transition? No, because you are male gendered in your head. That part that tells you who you are. It is the same for transgender people, the part in their head that tells them who they are tells them they are in the wrong body. To remedy that is not a threat to anyone else, but there are people who see it as a threat to their ability to force others to live by their narrow view of what must be allowed. Transgender doesn’t mean criminal psycho that the right is trying to make it

Tildeb dear, I call those using these issues against trans as bigots because it doesn’t affect them, and these issues are made up to appeal to bigots. Really. Oh my god women who look manly may be using the same bathroom, flee for your life! I don’t use female bathrooms I don’t know about you, but when I go into a bathroom I don’t inspect everyone coming in or going out to see if I think they are manly enough. I have known all levels of men in my life, and I can tell you what is shown up top never tends to match what is below. Are women doing that, have an inspection before use. I have posted of women stopped and assaulted trying to use the bathroom because some right winger did not think they were feminine enough. My gods that should drive real feminist crazy and does I can tell you the TERFs are a small but very loud group like magas. Judge a female on her looks, how dare you.

I do not automatically damn any idea or person. I have investigated the issues deeply and found they are crap made up to scare people. Be afraid, be very afraid, the gays are coming the gays are coming … oh, not scared of the gays anymore … okay … the trans are coming the trans are coming, be afraid be afraid. This too shall pass if the right wing doesn’t have its way with these anti LGBTQ+ laws.

Good gods I hope people see through you. Unisex bathrooms mean boys are peeing in the sinks. Girls with periods are afraid to go into them … because girls first are always afraid of boys and boys seeing a girl will have to rape them right? Then the girls are afraid because of their period … are girls just disrobing at the door and waving bloody clothing around while dripping blood. Shit as a boy that would have terrified me. And assaulting the girls of course the boys are. No girls are assaulting the little boys as that is not allowed in that boys are never weak but always the strong aggressors because that causes fear. Girls are little defenseless unable to protect themselves, unable to remember which boy it was and tell the teacher or authorities, but yes it really is happening. Sure believe me it is, and big foot and ET are having a baby on the school playground next week.

Hey Tildeb I seen those same parents on TV storming US school board meetings claiming that asking kids to wear face masks was making it so they couldn’t breathe and god created their faces to be seen so masks were the work of Satan. You know a cloth across a kids face on Halloween was ok but in school was an abomination of the worse kind.

Again all bullshit designed to cause fear. I bet if I tracked the article back it would be to a radical right wing outlet. Why do you not provide links to these big important news stories, is because they are always on a anti-trans site? How many parents told the school their girls would skip vs how many parents supported it. Was it two? Five? How many kids in the school? Just as an aside many countries use unisex bathrooms with no issues or trouble. I used them in Germany. No problems. Peed, popped, showered, brushed my teeth all the other stuff one did in a big unisex bathroom with no issues or problems. Good lord, google Chinese kindergarten bathrooms. No stalls, just toilets with small dividers and the boys and girls all doing it with no problem, the bigger girls help the little boys clean their bottoms. Maybe what we should do its not teach kids that thing between their legs makes the entirety of who they are and is the most important that must always be a hidden part of themselves. Kids don’t learn to fear that thing until adults teach them too.

Oh an on the girls period thing. I grew up with a couple hell spawn of that gender. They bragged about how if they wanted to get out of a class or skip school they would use that issue, that “evil menstruation thing” and get out of class or school. One sibling must have had a running period flow for all of high school to get out of PE. Every few days of the week they had PE. All month. For years. They were proud of them selves. They are also all maga right wing Republicans now.

It is driven by hate, these attacks on the trans gender. Trust me I know it is not made up, the information claimed is but the hate is real. Is racism made up? But this tells me all I will ever need to know about you Tildeb. You don’t care about the death of a child as long as the child is a child acting as you don’t support. You now sicken me.

<blockquote> And besides, think of the suicide rate of the the poor trans sexual children we’re ‘saving’. So virtuous. So many still to save. Let the door knocking begin: do you have a moment and have you heard the “Good News”? </blockquote>

See I care about all children and especially the children in right wing family’s being indoctrinated who might be LGBTQ+ being told they are the worst possible thing their parents can imagine and so hated. I care about the sexually abused children being denied sexual education that might inform them they can tell on their parents who are doing it. Again due to the lack of good sexual education I went several years wondering if every time I was raped as a kid I would become pregnant like my hell spawn sisters. So you make light and jokes about saving kids, it seems what the right does. I will keep fighting for every kid I can against the bigotry of the right and the misinformation you push.

Oh and bless your heart.

Should the US Provide Frozen Russian Assets to Ukraine?

Annie has some really great ideas that could impact the war and Russia’s actions far more than the sanctions so far. The relief this could give Ukraine for the high debt it is incurring to save itself is something well worth looking at. I find it a very interesting idea.


Experts’ views of the Russians’ horrific war against Ukraine have changed over the weeks of battle–and the once-impossible scenario depicting the Ukrainians actually stopping the Russians has gained favor.

Now, with the Russians claiming they plan to push on to overtake Moldova, the threat of a widening war that the US has tried to avoid seems more likely. The urgency of a Ukrainian win has become even more evident.

But to hold on, the Ukrainians need far more support than they’re currently receiving.

In this video interview and the co-authored essay cited above, Laurence Tribe, a prominent legal scholar and Professor Emeritus at Harvard Law School, describes a way that President Biden can lawfully release for Ukrainian use frozen Russian government assets that the US holds–assets that may amount to…

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How effective have sanctions been against Russia?

The U.S. Justice Department is making sanctions evasion and export control a priority in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Justine Walker, head of Global Sanctions and Risk at ACAMS, joins CBS News anchors Michelle Miller and Mola Lenghi to discuss the impact on businesses trying to comply with U.S. laws.

Local Republicans Compromising Voting Systems In Pursuit Of Trump’s Big Lie: Reuters

Nathan Layne, reporter for Reuters, talks about cases in which local Republicans, duped by Donald Trump, have engaged in activities that compromised the security of voting systems in an effort to find evidence that supports Trump’s Big Lie about the 2020 election. 

Studies find microplastics in human lungs, blood stream; scientists investigating possible health…

Scientists from the Netherlands and the U.K. recently identified microplastics deep in the lungs of some surgical patients and in the blood of anonymous donors. Researchers say that it’s possible to take in these particles through the air we breathe. Leigh Shemitz, president of SoundWaters, and Paul Anastas, director of the Center for Green Chemistry at Yale University, join CBS News’ Lana Zak to discuss microplastics’ impact on humans and what can be done to mitigate plastic pollution.

Let’s talk yesterday

Yesterday started out with me feeling great and fired up and ended up with me in bed at 4PM.  So here is the story.   I have been trying to stay in bed later in the morning and going to bed later at night.   All that seems to do is push everything computer / blog related more into the critical territory of not getting done.  If we get up at the same time Ron wants to talk, wants to make plans, and seems to think he and the cat should have priority over the computer time.  Some people, right?    I on the other hand have a morning routine that involves starting coffee, starting computers if they were shut down, cleaning cat boxes, feeding cat(s), watering cat(s) (why I do that he is already big enough, but they say it is a requirement).   By then the coffee is ready, I take a new hot cup of coffee to my desk to begin glancing at headlines and replying to comments.    That normally gives me about two hours before Ron gets up and by then I am ready for a break anyway.   Odie after eating settles on my desk.   It is nice and quiet, and before the door to my office was borrowed and yet to be replaced, it was private time.   That has not been happening since we had the idea of us getting up together, which is not working out anyway.   So I am going back to getting up when I wake up at 5, or 5:30, or 6 am at the latest.   I will let Ron sleep until 7:30, or 8, or 8:30 as he wishes.   

I also have been trying to do more around the house to strengthen my muscles and get them used to moving again.   No heavy stuff or low bending.   But things like cooking meals which I enjoy, trying to do light housework like vacuuming using the Dyson stick vacuum we bought a few years ago because it was light.   For example, I made an egg meat scramble with ham, sausage, and bacon for supper for everyone a few nights ago.   I was not hungry yesterday morning, but Ron wanted to make deviled eggs, so I boiled 9 eggs and peeled them.   I called the dealership and let my inner anger boil over a bit by just not letting the service advisor talk on about things trying to again divert me.  I informed her that nothing promised had been given to us, no calls from management, no calls from the sales department, and no preliminary report of assessed damages. She started to say they did not have that yet because the vehicle was not finished.   I said I did not ask for the finished one did I.  I told her I was getting ready to go out to look at other car manufactures and wanted that information asap.   No argument. 

Ten minutes later I got a call back from Service Manager Bob.   We put Bob on speaker phone and had a long conversation with him.   He was more than decent.  He had been out with Covid.   He did not know we had not been contacted.  He did not know our concerns were not addressed, he said the salespeople were told not to contact us as we were at the dealership and told they did not have what we wanted.    He told us they had added on to the car wash building and the employee came around the corner not knowing the new addition and hit an aluminum pole.   The pole hit the front sweet spot to cause a lot of hood, sensor, fender, cosmetic damage, but no real mechanical damage.   Ron peppered him with questions on the front end, drive axles and stuff, and he said none of that was effected,  he said the pole crumpled as it was light weight.   I asked about the frame.   He said their insurance people checked all that to see if they should just total the car out and it was not that badly damaged.   He said the delay was getting the parts to fix it, they got the big parts and I guess painted some they had the right color, but the small parts they couldn’t seem to get.   I complained about our visit to the sales department because I had been told the service department would work with sales to help us trade with full value if there was a question.   He said he was the one that said that  (I thought he was out with Covid and just getting back) and he said that that he was going to check into the situation and see what the problem was.   Surprisingly about ten minutes later he did call back.   He said that the person I talked to over there did not understand the situation, and that me and the salesman we talked to did not hit it off.   Someone from the sales department was going to call us about setting us up on the waiting list for a 2023.   

After all this it was into the afternoon, after 1 PM.  So I started to make goulash.   Here are the pictures.   

large elbows

I decided to go with large elbows instead of small ones or shells.

seasonings I used

These are the seasonings I used.   I also used 3 beef bouillon.   I used a bit over a pound of 80 / 20 hamburger.   Cook the meat in the tomato sauce as the fats add flavor and more juice.    For the base I used 2 large bottles of tomato juice.   As you can see below, I like a brothy soup like sauce to add over the pasta in a bowl.  If you put the pasta in the sauce the pasta sucks up the liquid.   That is why you want to store the pasta wet in a dry container.   If your fridge is cold enough the wet will keep it from sticking together but the pasta won’t get soggy like it will if you store it in water.    


So it was after 3 when we ate, I had not eaten all day so the sliding scale for insulin was very little.   I did not plan to overdo so I did not take extra, which led to the problem that happened.   Ron had gone back to painting the new room, and I volunteered to pick stuff up.   As I worked in the kitchen I stayed away from the candy cupboard and felt proud of myself.   But the jar of peanut butter was sitting right by the toaster.  It kept calling to me.   Then when I opened the fridge I noticed the grape jam sitting right in front on the top shelf.   It was a sign from the sweetness god to have some.   So I made a large P and J heavy on the Jam.    Then I took a couple of the rolls we had with the goulash and made some jam rolls again heavy on the jam.   I finished cleaning up.  By 4 PM I was not feeling well.   I was so tired, my blood sugar was way too high.   I was also struggling with my back.   So I told Ron I was going to bed for a couple hours.   He knew I had done a lot and did not think anything of it.   I did not start to feel well again until 8 PM and then I took my blood sugar and it was 208.  More than 4 hours after eating.   I failed to tell Ron, it skipped my mind I guess.   I stayed in bed.

This morning I did mention in passing to Ron that the peanut butter had jumped right off the counter at me.  He wanted to know what I ate, all of what I ate.   He got really upset.   He chewed my butt saying that that much sugar with so little insulin could have put me in a coma or caused other serious conditions.   I will say it was the fastest I have seen him wake up in the morning in years.  I doubt I will get away with that for a while, he will watch what I try to sneak, even count the Oreos.  

So after I post this I am determined to answer / catch up with all the comments.   No posting news until then.  I have over 100 open news articles. (divided into four different tabs)   Maybe post a video or two as I watch them while answering comments, that will be okay.