∞ Sprites: A Chip-Sized Spacecraft Solution


"Peck’s work at Cornell’s Space Systems Design Studio has led to the development of Sprites, fully functional spacecraft each weighing less than a penny. You can think of a Sprite as a spacecraft on a chip without any constraints from onboard fuel."






Pennsylvania Judge Sentenced For 28 Years For Selling Kids to the Prison System

Mark Ciavarella Jr, a 61-year old former judge in Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison for literally selling young juveniles for cash. He was convicted of accepting money in exchange for incarcerating thousands of adults and children into a prison facility owned by a developer who was paying him under the table. The kickbacks amounted to more than $1 million.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has overturned some 4,000 convictions issued by him between 2003 and 2008, claiming he violated the constitutional rights of the juveniles – including the right to legal counsel and the right to intelligently enter a plea. Some of the juveniles he sentenced were as young as 10-years old.

Ciavarella was convicted of 12 counts, including racketeering, money laundering, mail fraud and tax evasion. He was also ordered to repay $1.2 million in restitution.

His “kids for cash” program has revealed that corruption is indeed within the prison system, mostly driven by the growth in private prisons seeking profits by any means necessary.


Why might this not be a HUGE national story and his name not household? I’ll give you one guess what color those kids were.

what in the everloving fuck

If you’re not concerned about the privatization of the prison industry and other nuances of the corporatocracy that we live in, then you’re letting them win

But ain’t we been saying this is going on ?

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Jeffrey Ross Hyman 

Douglas Glenn Colvin 

John William Cummings 

Thomas Erdelyi

Adios amigos

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el hauntologicado

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The amazing Angus McKie. One of my personal favorites. Check out pages more of his works here.


We watched “Independence Day.”  Here for your edification we present DER SCHTINGER.




Black people being inferior to white people was an official “deeply held religious belief” among Mormons until the 1970s and among Southern Baptists until 1995.



so i’m going to livetweet an episode of “Space: 1999,” because reasons

I’ve actually wanted to do this for a while now.  I started watching old episodes of “Space: 1999” on my phone a while back while working, because I was having trouble focusing and needed something to take away part of my attention so the rest of my active consciousness didn’t wander while doing some menial tasks.  And the first episode of the series, “Breakaway,” definitely fit the bill.  Quiet, slow and numbingly dull, it held *just enough* of my attention that I had a nice productive hour and didn’t feel like checking Twitter once every seventeen seconds.

I wasn’t old enough to watch the series when it was first appearing on TVs in the States; it existed in the far periphery of my sci-fi knowledgesphere in that I knew it was a thing and saw the occasional mention of it in “Starlog” and such, but I never saw any reruns or knew too much about it.  Most of my knowledge of “Space: 1999” came from reading Kibo’s old Usenet archives—again, a product of being desk-bound and bored at work, this time at my first ever tech support job.  He seemed endlessly amused at its simultaneous bland 70’s-ness and bizarrely outlandish plots, as well as how Martin Landau’s forceful overacting nicely balanced out Barbara Bain’s failed attempts to out-act the average end-table. 

Coming to the series now, I can see why Kibo derived so much entertainment from it.  “Space: 1999” appears to have been an attempt to merge the thoughtful, quietly atmospheric, hard-science feel of “2001:  A Space Oddysey” with the episodic drama of “Star Trek” while focusing on the more realistic aspects of sustaining life in space.  Granted, the narrative tool that they chose for the show is “a pile of nuclear garbage explodes and sends the Moon and everybody on it out into deep space,” so it should not surprise you to find out that the show very quickly devolved into head-slappingly dumb post-60’s political sci-fi tropes and Aliens Of The Week within, like, three episodes.  As such, the series is chock-a-block with memorable schlocky silliness,

I haven’t seen more than a handful of episodes so far, and I can’t yet say that I have the patience to watch the whole series, but the episode I will be livetweeting—“Space Brain”—is particularly silly, to the point where I could scarcely believe what I was watching when I first saw it.  So this should be fun.  If it is, I might do more.










Salute to the enduring spirit of the children of the slaves…

A lot of the men and women that had to endure this are still alive. Don’t let white people act like this is the distant past. It’s not.

Fucking monsters.

American history. American present.

Never forget

I didn’t want to reblog this because of how uncomfortable it made me feel and then I realized, that’s the exact reason I need to reblog it.

Look at these images, America. Look at them. This is your history. This is one of the things that has made you what you are. Do you know what these are from? Have you ever heard of the Detroit Race Riot of ‘43? Do you know about the Deacons of Defense? Can you imagine the kind of “crimes” that could necessitate beatings like the ones viewed here? Crimes like: being involved with a white woman. Being suspected of being involved with a white woman. Trying to vote. Using a white’s only bathroom. Integrating schools or churches or anything else.

Look at these images. This is your story and mine. This isn’t the distant past! This isn’t some kind of ancient history that we can gloss over. People who participated in these events—on either side—are still alive today. Their children and grandchildren may be reading this right now.

Look at them, damn you! Study them. Think about how they make you feel. How it must have felt for the victims. For their families. Put yourself back there. Imagine this. Picture living with this kind of fear.

Look at these images.

Most of these I’ve seen before, except the really violent ones. But arguably they are the most important.

United States and white people, this is our legacy and our history. Stop denying it.

This isn’t done until we stop benefitting from these atrocities.




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