Saturday, May 26, 2018

Your good news of the day: Trump Set To Sign ‘Right To Try Bill’

The president will be signing the “right to try” bill next week, according to White House officials.
Under this legislation, a person who is critically ill would be allowed to request access to treatments not yet approved by the FDA.
Right to try has naturally drawn backlash from House Democrats and patient safety organizations, who worry sidelining the FDA puts patients in danger. Yes, removing bureaucracy when you're terminal is a horrible thing.  The bureaucrats, in their comfortable offices, they might not like the loss of control over you!
Advocacy groups such as the American Cancer Society oppose the bill.
Opponents argue it gives “false hope” to patients since drugmakers aren’t required to give unapproved medicines to patients who ask for them. They also contend that the FDA already has a program that helps patients access investigational drugs and approves 99 percent of those requests. Again, it's the state's bureaucrats who want to decide for you, and hate giving up that power.  It's your life, if you understand what you are agreeing to, more power to you.
When you're terminal, there is zero hope currently.  If you are willing and understand the risk, why not allow experimental treatments? 
Even if the results are negative, at least that helps researchers learn and make adjustments.

Waterspout at Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Say in slow, deadpan midwestern accent: "Panic has set in."

The Progression of Greatness

The Russians have already conceded defeat to SpaceX

“Musk said it’s ‘game over,’ and I [John Young] believe that’s true.”
Nextbigfuture analysis is that SpaceX has built a lead that will take 15 years for competitors to match with the Falcon 9 Block 5 and the Falcon Heavy. Around 2028, China might start test flights something approaching the Falcon 9 block 5 with the Long March 8.
If SpaceX delivers the fully reusable SpaceX BFR rocket for launching 150 tons into space at a cost of $10-30 million per launch by 2023, then it could be 2035 before any nation or company can match it. It would take $10-30 billion to develop such a competing system. SpaceX will be sucking up all of the commercial launches from any potential competitor.

Shave of the Day

PAA Old Salty soap, Omega Hi Brush synthetic, Filarmonica Doble Temple straight, Old Salty splash.

Two careful passes, plus some touch up.  No blood.  Good shave.


The porthole windows are a nice style touch

Freckles, they are good

Mysterious Beauty

The Alpha Male's AR

Crashed X-15

To make an omelet....

Prop Tech

Friday, May 25, 2018

Friday Night 1911

The Art of Speed

Be Prepared


Using a sling-bow to pull a tooth [gifv] from r/HumansAreMetal

The Booster truck lurks in the parking lot down in Silicon Valley, seeking empty gas tanks to fill.

Photographed in the wild by the daughter who works down there, they'll fill your car with gas, check the tire pressure and wipe your windshield all while you work inside.  Her company will pay for the service, although you've got to cough up for the gas.  Not something you'd likely see in Peoria.

And we thought politics was nasty now

Gouged out a guy's eyes.  That's bad azz.

Strange Sport

Skipping ropes from r/HumansAreMetal

This guy is nuts to get in the water with that thing

Going fishing for a snapping turtle from r/HumansAreMetal

A lot of bounce in that landing.

The Predator's Stare

Douglas Fairbanks directing “Robin Hood” with a giant megaphone for giving instructions to crowds of extras, 1922

Friday Open Road

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Sundance produces a far better analysis of the dynamic between the US and China than you'll find anywhere else

The MSM is insufferable in their intentional disconnect of the dynamic behind the North Korean denuclearization talks.  It was Chinese Chairman Xi Jinping who brought the DPRK to the table; and it was Chinese Chairman Xi Jinping who pushed North Korea away from the table in their manipulative efforts to extract trade concessions. Every other review of the geopolitical gamesmanship is chaff and countermeasures.
U.S. President Trump is holding massive steel and aluminum tariffs as an economic sword of Damocles over the head of Beijing during ongoing trade negotiations.  Chairman Xi sought to increase his own leverage by pulling North Korea’s Chairman Kim Jong-un away from bilateral peace and denuclearization talks.  However, POTUS Trump responded to the Beijing power-play by announcing a Section 232 trade review over the entire auto-industry; and then bolstered his counter-move by cancelling talks with Kim Jong-un.
This is a battle, a massive economic battle, between U.S. President Trump and Chinese Chairman Xi.  Period. 
Red Dragon didn’t expect President Trump to respond so effectively to the customary schemes notoriously famous in any Chinese negotiation encounter. I really believe Chairman Xi underestimates how adept POTUS Trump is at cutting through the obfuscation and obtuse moves.
President Trump simply doesn’t operate in the land of traditional diplomatic discomfort… he doesn’t have any inclination to play these insufferable games.
Within minutes of President Trump withdrawing from the June 12th summit, Beijing realized all of their trade leverage was just wiped out.  Playing deceptive panda isn’t going to work this time.

I hope I never see this in my backyard

Shave of the Day

Rabid Banana Intergalactic preshave cube, PAA Solstice soap, Green Ray/Tribble synthetic brush, DGE razor loaded with an Astra blade, Dapper Doc aftershave.

A fun and colorful shave.

CW's new super genius workout idea

Solo Head Ping-Pong from r/whitepeoplegifs

Actually a real thing

CW after his first workout with this.