Author: Michael Siegel

Michael Siegel is an astronomer living in Pennsylvania. He is on Twitter, blogs at his own site, and has written a novel.
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The End of the Citizenship Fight

There was a great deal of speculation that the President would simply ignore the Court’s ruling. In any case, Trump has effectively conceded the point.

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AOC and “Squad” vs Nancy Pelosi

It’s a sign of how crazy the times have gotten that many libertarians and conservatives — including this one — now see Pelosi as the voice of reason.

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Thursday Throughput for July 4, 2019

This has happened to me. More than once. In her defense, I think she was probably just nervous. So I post it more for amusement than mocking.

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A Camp By Any Other Name Would Smell as Foul

I don’t want the extremely esoteric battle over what we call our immigration detention facilities to distract from what they are; a catastrophe, regardless of what you choose to call them.

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Thursday Throughput for June 20, 2019

I really hope to live long enough to discover that we aren’t completely alone, even if the neighbors are only one-celled organisms.

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Tenshot: Chernobyl

As a scientist, I have always been intensely curious about what caused the Chernobyl explosion. The HBO series does an outstanding job of explaining.

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Thursday Throughput for June 6, 2019

If Musk’s full system comes on line, the simple fact is that no one has done the kind of careful study needed to figure out the impact of this constellation.

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Tenshot: I, Claudius

I, Claudius has everything Game of Thrones had. Granted, there’s a few more British actors and not quite as many dragons. But it all happened in real life.

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Thursday Throughput for 5/23/19

When people’s children are more likely to survive, they have fewer of them. This is a great triumph of the modern era.

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Thursday Throughput for 5/9/19

Even with three nuclear disasters, the number of casualties is tiny. And it is especially tiny when compared to the environmental and human cost associated with fossil fuels.

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The Trouble With Incumbency

My point is that a Trump defeat would be the first time in modern American politics where a good economy wasn’t enough to keep an incumbent in office.

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If Facebook Is The Problem, Is This The Solution?

I don’t think the idea of using anti-trust law to keep companies from monopolizing online sales is completely stupid. Not totally. Not 100%. But that is the last tool I would reach for, not the first.

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Thursday Throughput for 4/11/19

Black holes were first theorized in the 18th century. But because they are…you know…black…we couldn’t image them directly. Until now.

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Thursday Throughput for 3/28/2019

This entire nontroversy is a result of two things colliding: one good and one bad. The bad part is that NASA’s spacesuits were built in 1978, The good part is that NASA has recruited more women.

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Tenshot: Into the Spiderverse

For me, the sign of a great movie is when I’m both enjoying the current scene and giddy with anticipation for the scene to come.

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Save Our English

The beautiful thing about English is that you don’t have to use such an awkward phrasing as “accused of having sex with an incapacitated woman against her will”. You can use only three words: “accused of rape.”