It’s a Three-fer Tuesday here at the Castle for GorT:
Item Numero Uno: Launch of the second flight of the X-37B “mini space shuttle”
The Air Force launched the X-37B back into space on its second mission today. This vehicle represents a reusable, quick launch reconnaissance capability for the United States. Many suspect it is either (a) calibrating and evaluating sensor packages onboard or (b) collecting information over the Middle East. It’s a compelling idea.
Item Dos: Attention End of the Worlders – Asteroid Flying By Tonight!
A 3-mile wide asteroid (4179 Toutatis) is flying by the Earth tonight closing to a range of 4.3 million miles. For those interested in front row seats, you can tune into the Slooh Space Camera and Virtual Telescope Project. The show via Slooh will start at 3pm EST and again from some equipment in Arizona at 10pm EST. For those still trying to convert the units and do the math, the asteroid will still be 18 times farther away the Earth than the Moon is.
Item Three: Boehner’s Comments on the floor of the House
I heard a clip of the Speaker’s comments on a drive today and, regardless of other actions or inactions by the Speaker, was impressed. Here are some excerpts:
Let’s be honest. We’re broke. The plan we offered is consistent with the president’s call for a balanced approach. We’re still waiting for the White House to do the same. The longer the White House slow-walks this process the closer our economy gets to the fiscal cliff.
In analysis of the CBO and GAO numbers form the President’s proposal, only $400 Billion of the $1.6 Trillion of new tax revenue will go towards deficit reduction. The remaining $1.2 Trillion will go towards new or increased spending. Spending IS the issue.
GorT is an eight-foot-tall robot from the 51ˢᵗ Century who routinely time-travels to steal expensive technology from the future and return it to the past for retroinvention. The profits from this pay all the Gormogons’ bills, including subsidizing this website. Some of the products he has introduced from the future include oven mitts, the Guinness widget, Oxy-Clean, and Dr. Pepper. Due to his immense cybernetic brain, GorT is able to produce a post in 0.023 seconds and research it in even less time. Only ’Puter spends less time on research. GorT speaks entirely in zeros and ones, but occasionally throws in a ڭ to annoy the Volgi. He is a massive proponent of science, technology, and energy development, and enjoys nothing more than taking the Czar’s more interesting scientific theories, going into the past, publishing them as his own, and then returning to take credit for them. He is the only Gormogon who is capable of doing math. Possessed of incredible strength, he understands the awesome responsibility that follows and only uses it to hurt people.