Monday, March 26, 2012

Frontline of the Class War: The Old School SuperPAC, Priorities, and Slipups

The Republicans are right, there is a class war going on in this country. And they're the ones waging it against the middle and working class:
  • The Political Director for the US Chamber of Commerce pointed out that they're "the old school SuperPAC" because they don't disclose donors and try to hide how much money they spend on elections.  Which pretty much explains everything that's wrong with both SuperPACs and the Chamber of Commerce.
  • And if you've wondered why it's important to invest in science even if it has no clear practical applications, a nozzle originally designed by NASA for the engine of their new generation of spacecraft also happens to dramatically improve the efficiency of firefighting hoses: 
One series of tests using empty houses at Vandenberg Air Force Base compared [this new] system with a 20-gallon-per-minute, 1,400 pound-per-square-inch (psi) discharge capability (at the pump) versus a standard 100-gallon-per-minute, 125 psi standard hand line—the kind that typically takes a few firemen to control. The standard line extinguished a set fire in a living room in 1 minute and 45 seconds using 220 gallons of water. The [new] system extinguished an identical fire in 17.3 seconds using 13.6 gallons—with a hose requiring only one person to manage.

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