Salvaging Star Trek: Enterprise “These Are The Voyages”

I wonder if, using publicly available materials, it would be possible to reedit Star Trek: Enterprise – “These Are The Voyages” to remove the framing story, or failing that, rework the framing story as time travel rather than the holodeck? The holodeck angle ruined the episode IMO. And the idea of Riker needing a holodeck adventure to make the decision to tell Picard about Pegasus just seemed out of character.  He might struggle with the decision, but I don’t see the holodeck as a tool he’d use to figure it out.

It would be easy enough to say that for the edit, one of Will Rikers ancestors was the chef on Enterprise, but I’m not sure how to deal with his other appearances on NX-01. Maybe they let him play around on the bridge during the last voyage, but appearances in TNG era uniform and as a MACO are harder to think of a way to work around.  That’s where I’m thinking of invoking time travel.  If he was sent back to actual events, for historical research or perhaps to make sure things went right(Maybe the Temporal Cold War had briefly reignited?), that might work.

Marty McFly was captured and tortured by Libyan Terrorists

So, this came up in a Facebook thread a while ago, figured I should put my theory here.

So, we should all know that at the end of Back To The Future, the Libyan terrorists that Doc Brown got the plutonium from shot Doc Brown at point blank range with assault rifles, and Marty returns from his near incestous diversion to 1955 to find the terrorists crashing into a photo booth, and Doc Brown getting up barely even winded.

There are issues here.  Plutonium, from terrorists?  Uranium, maybe, you can mine that shit.  But plutonium needs to be produced in a nuclear reactor, and is typically monitored very closely by national and international watchdog agencies.  There’s a country short on plutonium that has likely deployed their entire intelligence service to find it.  Intelligence services of other nations probably got involved the instant the IAEA was notified.

And odds are, those Libyans aren’t the only people in their org that know about the plutonium.  Their next senior commander is going to want it found as well, as well as wanting to find out what happened to their men.  And, oh, the odds the crash was fatal appear to be low.  I’ve been in much more severe car crashes and walked away.  With that many people and at least one unbelted, there were likely injuries, but they would have survived.  One of them might have even got away before police arrived and immediately called in the CIA.  Seriously, there’s just no way Doc and Marty are getting away from the police.

Doc and Marty would have been immediately picked up.  Marty was probably released fairly quickly, maybe the feds cut him a break as a stupid kid, maybe Doc Brown secured Marty’s release as a condition of cooperating with DARPA on developing new technology.  Hell, Doc’s bulletproof vest alone would be worth billions.  Point blank fire from multiple assault rifles on full auto and all that happens is you are knocked on your ass?  With minimal movement restriction on an old man probably not in the greatest shape? This would be one of the most fundamental advances in infantry combat since the machine gun.  A trained soldier in good shape could probably have killed all of those terrorists with little trouble.  This vest is close to being as implausible as the time machine itself!

At some point Doc Brown manages to access the confiscated DeLorean(perhaps his minders let their guard down while he was consulting on its analysis?) and escapes to 2015, setting up the second movie.  But Marty?  After the feds let him go, the Libyans catch him.  Perhaps one of the terrorists got away, perhaps other cells managed to track him down while looking for the uranium.  He’s put through hell to get him to talk.  Given that he was living openly in 2015, I suspect that at some point prior to his release he managed to convince the terrorists that he didn’t know anything, and they got that information transmitted up their chain of command.  Then the cell he was held by was probably wiped out by SEALs or something, so they weren’t worried that Marty could give the CIA useful information on them.

1985 Marty was a reasonably well put together teenager.  Not hugely special perfect teenager, but nothing extraordinarily horrible.  2015 Marty?  He was a bit of a wreck.  Nervous, even more afraid of being called a coward than he ever was in 1985.  Why?  Psychological trauma resulting from torture at the hands of Libyan terrorists, and possibly even some from the CIA.

House GOP Wants to Eliminate Pentagon Climate Change Research

House GOP Wants to Eliminate Pentagon Climate Change Research.

Seriously, what the hell?

Sea levels *are* rising.  The agricultural productivity of various areas *is* changing.  Droughts *are* becoming more common. Debate the causes of these things all you want, but these things are happening, and they *will* have implications for the national security of basically every nation on the planet.

Preventing the Pentagon and the CIA from researching climate change is asinine.  If we’re not prepared to deal with these things, we’re screwed.  When we intervene in a conflict caused by these things, and given the hawks infesting both parties we will intervene, we’ll go in with a plan that has less connection to reality than we’ve ever had, and we’ll be looking at a best case scenario of wasting resources to no effect.

X Factor New Zealand SACKS Natalia Kills and husband Willy Moon after ‘completely unacceptable’ conduct – Mirror Online

X Factor New Zealand SACKS Natalia Kills and husband Willy Moon after ‘completely unacceptable’ conduct – Mirror Online.

Harsh comments on performance is one thing, but this is a bit over the line.

Even harsh comments on dress- if she had tied it to him needing to establish a brand for himself, and a suit just wasn’t distinctive enough, that could have been relevant.  This style of rant would still be excessively aggressive to me, but it could have been relevant.

Seriously- even Simon Cowell, as much of an ass as he is, keeps his abuse to actual relevant things.

But she and her husband just went for the abuse.  And got what was coming to them.

Car fun

So, my car had serious vibrations- we’re talking wake the dead level vibration- past 65mph. Never went past maybe 63ish due to this. Figured it was the front end alignment I’ve put off fixing for too long.

Nope. Apparently, the rear tires were the primary cause of vibration. I let those tires go months past when a tire guy said they should be replaced like next week.

Got them replaced last week, and coming home from my parents yesterday, I was keeping pace with the car in front of me, glanced at the speedometer, I was at 80. No vibration.

Slowed down to 65 and hit cruise control. A bit later on I accelerated to 70 to see if the earlier vibration free speed was a fluke, again, no vibration.  New tires is the only change since the last time I had the vibration issue.

So yeah.  The tire guy who said hte rear tires needed replacement, was right and I should have prioritized that more.  Still need to fix the alignment.

Elkhart Four

Felony murder: Why a teenager who didn’t kill anyone faces 55 years in jail.

You can certainly argue whether the relevant law is a good law or bad law, but it is what it is.

And the law appears to require that the accused actually do the killing, not that it simply happens.  It seems to be “if they kill someone under circumstances that normally would not be murder, but it’s in the course of burglary, it’s counted as murder anyways”.  I’d have to dig up the full statute and maybe research case law, but if the quoted section in the article is accurate, that’s what the law says.  The murder charges never should have even reached a jury.

It’s up to the legislature to change such laws so that future incidents can be prosecuted as murder, not for the prosecutors to make shit up and the courts to let it fly.

I wonder about Indiana self defense law, too?  True, in most jurisdictions you don’t have to flee your home, and I’m ok with that.  The duty to flee should stop when you reach your home.  But the perceived threats are themselves running and hiding, it’s hard to imagine the requirement of an actual threat or the employment of a proportional response was met here.  Now, a lot of that depends on the homeowners perception- assuming they reasonably believe there’s such a threat and that lethal force is the only way to deal with it, they can be wrong about that and it would still count as self defense.  Requiring objective truth in such situations risks forcing the insane choice of suicide by asshole or prison.  Still, it sounds fishy to me.

What if Pi is rational?

Things I wonder about- Pi is an irrational number. However, there is, in principle, a small but nonzero chance that everyone who has proven Pis irrationality was wrong, and that Pi is, in fact, rational.

If this were to be the case, I wonder what the implications would be? Not much on a day to day basis right now, we use it to great practical effect under the assumption it is irrational and get the right answer(or at least something usefully close). But I wonder what would be impacted in more pure mathematics and number theory, and if there might be something humans might get into some day where this would have significant practical implications?

I suppose the implications would depend at least on part on where in the proofs people have gone wrong. This could potentially have implications beyond pi and its uses.

Now I’m not as crazy as this might make me seem- I’m pretty well satisfied that Pi is irrational.  While I have no idea what the proof is and might not understand the math involved anyways, it’s been treated as irrational for so long that if it wasn’t, *someone* would have noticed by now. I just wonder about weird things sometimes.


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