22 February 2017

Astronomers find 7 Earth-size planets where life may be possible



Irene Klotz - Reuters - Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Astronomers have found a nearby solar system with seven Earth-sized planets, three of which circle their parent star at the right distance for liquid surface water, raising the prospect of life, research published on Wednesday showed.

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The star, known as TRAPPIST-1, is a small, dim celestial body in the constellation Aquarius. It is located about 40 light years away from Earth. Researchers said the proximity of the system, combined with the proportionally large size of its planets compared to the small star, make it a good target for follow-up studies. They hope to scan the planets' atmospheres for possible chemical fingerprints of life.

"I think that we've made a crucial step towards finding if there is life out there," University of Cambridge astronomer Amaury Triaud told reporters on a conference call on Tuesday.

05 February 2017

Obama Banned 91 Cuban Refugees two days before the Trump inauguration



It was lawful.  Tit. 8 U.S.C. Section 1182(f) states: 

Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.

Section 1182(f) authorizes the president to issue temporary bans on the entry of classes of aliens for national-security purposes. 

31 January 2017

In 2011, Obama BANNED all Iraqi refugees for 6 months...


30 January 2017

What Does Federal Law Say About Trump's Executive Order on Immigration?

Tit. 8 U.S.C. Section 1182(f) states: 

Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.

Section 1182(f) authorizes the president to issue temporary bans on the entry of classes of aliens for national-security purposes. 

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Prudence

Burke believed that in a statesman, PRUDENCE is chief among virtues. Any law must be judged by its long-run consequences, not by temporary advantage or popularity.

Liberals and radicals dash at objectives without heed to the risk of new abuses worse than those sought to be cured: they are imprudent.

As John Randolph of Roanoke said, Providence moves slowly, but the devil always hurries.

Order

There is an enduring moral order.

This order is made for man,

and man is made for it:

human nature is a constant,

and moral truths are permanent.

The Tooth

The Tooth

Variety

We marvel at the growing intricacy of our institutions, yet we are repulsed by the narrowing uniformity and deadening egalitarianism of radical systems we see in other countries.

To preserve healthy diversity, any civilization, including ours, must allow for orders and classes, differences of material condition, and other sorts of "inequality."

The only true forms of equality are:
(1) equality at death, and
(2) equality before the law.

All other attempts at leveling lead to social death.

Prescription

We see farther because of the stature of our ancestors.

Prescription means long established or of immemorial use:

antiquity is the chief sanction of many fundamental rights - including property.

Morals themselves are prescriptive.

We will not make "new" discoveries in morality.

It is dangerous to weigh and re-weigh every fleeting issue on the basis of shifting private judgments or rationalizations.

The individual is foolish, but the species is wise, Burke declared.

Imperfectability

Human nature suffers irremediably from grave faults. Imperfect Man can not create a perfect social order.

Human restlessness would compel mankind to rebel under any utopian domination, breaking forth again in violent discontent - or else we should expire of boredom.

To seek utopia is to end in disaster: we are not made for perfect things. All we reasonably can expect is a tolerable, just, and free society.


Moscow Delegation

Moscow Delegation
2006