Sunday, June 16, 2024

This Too, Is What Climate Change Looks Like...

Not much else to say -- other than that it is. . . a tragedy.

This 1870s national treasure has been saved, thanks primarily to the efforts of the local firefighters and the US Forest Service jumper teams.

For that I am. . . grateful.

But it should never have been an issue. At all. Onward -- we all need to be better "fathers" to our vast natural resources. Out.


Friday, June 14, 2024

NASA: Voyager 1 Is Transmitting Normally, Again...

This durable, ancient and venerated craft. . . is back on the job -- more than 15 billion miles away from home.

Excellent news, from NASA -- here's the latest:

. . .The spacecraft has resumed gathering information about interstellar space.

NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft is conducting normal science operations for the first time following a technical issue that arose in November 2023.

The team partially resolved the issue in April when they prompted the spacecraft to begin returning engineering data, which includes information about the health and status of the spacecraft. On May 19, the mission team executed the second step of that repair process and beamed a command to the spacecraft to begin returning science data. Two of the four science instruments returned to their normal operating modes immediately. Two other instruments required some additional work, but now, all four are returning usable science data.

The four instruments study plasma waves, magnetic fields, and particles. Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 are the only spacecraft to directly sample interstellar space, which is the region outside the heliosphere — the protective bubble of magnetic fields and solar wind created by the Sun. . . .

Voyager 1 is more than 15 billion miles (24 billion kilometers) from Earth, and Voyager 2 is more than 12 billion miles (20 billion kilometers) from the planet. The probes will mark 47 years of operations later this year. They are NASA’s longest-running and most-distant spacecraft. Both spacecraft flew past Jupiter and Saturn, while Voyager 2 also flew past Uranus and Neptune. . . .

Smiling into a root beer float kinda' night. . . celebrating the undiscovered country V'ger now gazes out upon. . . woot!


Mid-Month Tangent: The Nascent Amazon Labor Union Is Now Affiliated With The... Teamsters...

This move offers much broader lobbyist support, and deeper pockets, as it is a near certainty that the litigation to force Amazon management to sit down and bargain is going to drag on for years, now -- after a Second Circuit decision on JFK8 slowed the process this week.

The case has been returned to the NLRB for further proceedings, but it will no longer contain an absolute ban on firing the union organizers. What it really means. . . is several more years, unless the Teamsters start a two minute drill, on the ALU's behalf. Do stay tuned, but here's a bit:

. . .“Today is a historic day for labor in America as we now combine forces with one of the most powerful unions to take on Amazon together,” ALU president and co-founder Chris Smalls wrote on X. “Our message is clear we want a Contract and we want it Now.” Smalls did not respond to a message and a phone call from THE CITY seeking comment.

Reached for comment on Thursday, an Amazon spokesperson told THE CITY the company had nothing to say about the affiliation news.

Union and reform leadership had been in talks with the Teamsters for several weeks on an agreement that would charter the union as an autonomous Teamsters local, including at a mid-May summit in Washington, D.C. The rank and file will vote to approve the merger in the coming weeks. . . .

That's our monthly check in -- on various union matters, at Jeff Bezos' modern day robber-baron of a behemoth (over 1.5 million employees). Out.


A Minor Point On Asylum Seekers -- After Disappointment About "Bump Stocks" At The Supremes...

This is little more than a doubly-disappointed. . . squib.

I do understand that Second Amendment absolutists are the firm majority at the Supremes. All that means is that there will be more senseless death, often at the hands of profoundly mentally-ill shooters in the future, as we've seen in the past -- it will undoubtedly occur. "Oh well", says the majority (and in the view of the majority, even Congress cannot change this — it is some form of mandated lunacy — by the Constitution). I disagree, but that is the reality of the alignments in this set of nine.

I write instead to note that in a separate decision this morning, conservative Justice Gorsuch joined the Brown-Jackson dissent, making four for the dissent -- about what steps the government must take, before declaring an asylum seeker removable, en absentia. That is a moderately encouraging development, as it suggests he will garner Roberts' vote, in more important immigration matters -- in the future.

At least that is how I see it, as Roberts himself well knows this decision today sits on a legal fiction. The consolidated cases decided this morning -- ones which will get far less press than bump stocks -- is Campos-Chaves, et al. v. Garland, and here is the best of the dissent:

. . .[T]he majority says that a noncitizen who receives a noncompliant NTA followed by a paragraph (2) notice can always “attend the hearing” to protest the deficient NTA. Ibid. That is entirely beside the point. Congress put the burden on the Government to send complete NTAs to noncitizens facing removal every time it initiates a removal proceeding. Instead of requiring the Government to shoulder that burden, the majority effectively shifts it onto the noncitizens -- individuals perhaps unfamiliar with this country and its laws -- tasking them with the responsibility of addressing the Government’s mistakes. That is not the statute Congress wrote. . . .

When the Government issues an NTA under paragraph (1) that lacks time and date information but follows up with a notice under paragraph (2) that sets the time and date of a removal hearing that the noncitizen subsequently misses, I fully understand the instinct to conclude that the Government’s initial lack of compliance was insignificant.

Some might even think it unfair that noncitizens could seek rescission of their removal orders based on an initial notice that seems only technically defective, given the Government’s subsequent action. My response to them is simple: Congress thought otherwise. The statute it wrote specifically establishes the what, when, and how of the notice that is due to noncitizens facing removal. The statute also allows noncitizens who have been ordered removed in absentia to seek rescission of the removal order if the required notice is not received. I can no more judge that policy decision than I can change it. Today, the Court makes the unfortunate mistake of doing both. . . .

This is me, trying to tease a silver lining, out of a day of dark gray clouds. . . onward. Smiling in the overnight wee hours, southward, too.


Thursday, June 13, 2024

Supremes Offer No Surprise -- Private Doctor Groups Cannot Sue To Limit Other People's Access To Long-FDA Approved Drugs (With A Better Safety Record Than Tylenol).

We have predicted for years that these Texas Tangerine Judge Kacsmaryk, and Fifth Circuit panel errors -- plain as the nose on Alito's face -- would be corrected at the Supremes. Now they have been. A safe, long approved family planning drug will remain widely available, nationwide. Supposed "pro-life" crisis actors in Texas and Mizzou cannot change that.

[And I should point out that this is a very bad omen for Judicial Watch's supposed suit against reparations. Those plaintiffs lack Article III standing, as well -- on much the same grounds.]

The full 38 page unanimous opinion is here. And I am smiling. The wheels of justice do turn slowly, but they do grind fakes. . . to a very fine powder in the end:

. . .For a plaintiff to get in the federal courthouse door and obtain a judicial determination of what the governing law is, the plaintiff cannot be a mere bystander, but instead must have a “personal stake” in the dispute. TransUnion, 594 U. S., at 423. The requirement that the plaintiff possess a personal stake helps ensure that courts decide litigants’ legal rights in specific cases, as Article III requires, and that courts do not opine on legal issues in response to citizens who might “roam the country in search of governmental wrongdoing.” Valley Forge, 454 U. S., at 487. . . .

Rather, some issues may be left to the political and democratic processes: The Framers of the Constitution did not “set up something in the nature of an Athenian democracy or a New England town meeting to oversee the conduct of the National Government by means of lawsuits in federal courts.” Richardson, 418 U. S., at 179; see Texas, 599 U. S., at 685. . . .

Indeed -- do take heed, Mr. Fitton, and Palatine Village Trustee Svenson. Onward, grinning into the sunshine. Be excellent to one another.


Wednesday, June 12, 2024

[U] Another Pharma-Crook Tangent: Martin Shkreli Is Enjoined Anew, In Brooklyn TRO… Stealing The Wu-.

More soon; here's the full federal order.

He must respond in writing by June 20. [And a unique feature of this Wu- recording is that he agreed not to play it for the public for 88 years, and never to make ANY copy of it. He's violated both conditions -- and after he already "sold" it.]

I doubt he’ll be able to afford competent counsel by then. Separately, his appeal of his life-time FTC banning from pharma petition (in the US Supremes) is due on the 21st. . . and candidly, there is really no defense for what he did to the Wu-property. He did it in a recorded and very public fashion, effectively stealing a property he had already sold, and seen the benefit of a $4 plus million payday, on.

Earlier yesterday, at another property -- we offered this:

Martin has long said publicly that he (plainly lawlessly) kept a burner copy of the Wu-, on one laptop or another. In Condor's experienced opinion, that act of defiance violated his felony judgment, and asset turnover order (see bottom of the last page -- surrender and forefeit "all property interests in Wu-. . .") -- among other things. . . without any doubt, whatsoever.

Well, the guy apparently held an illicit, lawless "listening party" Sunday night, streamed over Spaces YouTube. . . after he learned that the parties that paid over $4 million for it (and thus reducing his judgment debt to the feds by that amount) were set to play it in a museum in Australia, with the permission of the remaining members of the Wu-Tang Clan.

Now, this is a civil suit at the moment in Brooklyn, but his felony convictions case before Judge Matsumoto is now docketed as a related case, to this one. [Here's the 32 page memo of law.]

That is so, because his relatively light sentence (under seven years) was predicated on his not violating any other laws (beyond misdemeanor levels), by willful deceit, among many other matters.

In fact, the charity that sued him yesterday makes this point forcefully -- that he still has about two years to go, on his supervised release -- and stealing / misappropriation of others' intellectual property -- where he well knew, and knows -- per his own recent written admissions, that this set of actions were unlawful. . . is a very bad look:

. . .On June 9, 2024, Shkreli purportedly hosted a “Wu Tang official listening party” on his X account in which he played music from the Album to potentially over 4,900 listeners. Id. ¶ 24; Ex. M. . . .

Judge Matsumoto just might. . . take note.

Yikes. The guy is his own worst enemy.

Here's the complaint. Damages are sort of irrelevant, as he cannot pay them in any event -- but a referral to the AUSA in Brooklyn that he did these things willfully... that could leave a mark.

The man seems to want to return to... FCI Allenwood.

I N S A N E.

Here (Condor's take?) he risks a return to prison, for violating his felony supervision orders.


Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Holmes/Theranos Tangent: I Am Suffering Through Oral Argument -- So You Don't Have To. Grin.

There is really no dispute that an overwhelmingly massive amount of documentary evidence, much of it from Holmes' own mouth and keyboard and phone. . . supports the verdicts.

The panel is being very patient with her lawyer. . . hearing her out, but firmly pointing out that the appeal will be largely decided on a "clear error" standard.

There are no clear errors here.

End of story. Now the government is hammering that point home. Appeals don't generally go back and re-evaluate a jury's factual findings.

Listen and watch for yourself (if you can stand it -- update: they are on to Mr. Balwani now!):

Condor observes: Holmes will stay in custody at FCI Camp Bryan, in dusty West Texas -- until her sentence is served in full. Out.


Monday, June 10, 2024

Last Week's Replayed ESA Video Feed, On EarthCARE Orbital Deployment...

We mentioned this potential launch in the last week of May, from Edwards AFB, in California.

It went off without a hitch, and so here is a replay of that success. EarthCARE, the most complex of all of ESA’s Earth Explorer missions, will quantify and reduce the uncertainty about the role that clouds and aerosols play in heating and cooling Earth’s atmosphere -- contributing to our better understanding of climate change. Here's a bit from the launch video, it should start at about a minute before liftoff:

. . .EarthCARE is a groundbreaking satellite mission designed to unravel the mysteries of Earth’s clouds and aerosols. EarthCARE will shed light on the role that clouds and aerosols play in heating and cooling Earth’s atmosphere – contributing to our better understanding of climate change. During our live coverage, we’ll hear from mission scientists and spacecraft operators, then follow the launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 from California, expected at 00:20 CEST on My 28, 2024. Live from ESA’s spacecraft operations centre in Germany, we take you into the main control room around 01:12 CEST for the satellite’s acquisition of signal – EarthCARE’s first sign of life from space. . . .

Now you know! Onward, as ever. . . grinning.


He Tried To Live A Worthy Life…

And that's more than enough. . . .

Amy, and Marquette, will miss him.



Sunday, June 9, 2024

In The "Headlines That Exaggerate" Dept.: AZ's Data At ASCO Was Encouraging, But Won't Supplant Any First Line Immuno-Oncology Standard Of Care...

I won't quote the silly headline, but as you might guess, from Seeking Alpha -- it is click-bait. [I read it, so you won't have to. Hah!] The article -- at the end -- does do a fair job of summarizing the Summit data we mentioned last week, though. So there is that.

Yep -- the breathless headline implied that Astra is about to eclipse Merck -- in oncology. Not even close. Its main win was in end stage lung cancer, and given that lung cancer is far more often diagnosed in its early stages here in the US and EU and UK, Keytruda will remain the therapy of choice. For the small portion of patients who remain undiagnosed until near the end of their lives, AZ's candidate looks quite promising (albeit in an ever-shrinking patient base -- and one that won't live very long, in any event). Here's the rest, from the rather ham-handed SeekingAlpha outlet:

. . .Presenting data from its Phase 3 LAURA trial on Sunday, Astra (AZN) said its tyrosine kinase inhibitor Tagrisso, as a late-line option, cut the risk of disease progression or death by 84% in certain patients with lung cancer.

In another Phase 3 trial called ADRIATIC, which was also selected for a plenary session, AZN’s PD-L1-targeting immunotherapy Imfinzi (durvalumab) as a single agent reached the dual primary endpoints in small cell lung cancer (SCLC). . . .

Now you know. . . onward -- to a sunny morning, and later, a Zoom chat with my smartly far-flung in interests, globe trotting adult kiddos. . . grin.


Saturday, June 8, 2024

One Note: No One Recruited By Tom Fitton Has Standing To Bring The Action In Federal Court Against The City Of Evanston.

I didn't want too much time to pass, before I mentioned this bit of detail, based on my own investigative work, and familiarity with how the reparations programs are already working here in Evanston.

I am certain that the City will say so as well, but none of the recruited "whyte ppl" could ever qualify (and none of them even applied). Why? Because to receive funds from the City, each reparations claimant must have housing (rented or owned) inside the City, to which the $25,000 per person must be applied. [The intent of the plan is/was that it improves the housing stock, and thus the tax base, for all Evanston residents. Even the immediate sons and daughters of formerly enslaved persons cannot qualify for the program, if the money to be allocated cannot be channeled into the housing stock in the city. That's the "concrete benefit to all" that will additionally doom Fitton's nonsense.]

That's right in the granting ordinance. And I've verified that not one of them still lives in Evanston -- not one of them owns or rents any residence in Evanston. They didn't just need to show that their parents lived there, or they did, from some time between 1910 and 1969. . . they needed to show that they presently had real property inside City limits -- that would be improved by receiving the reparations -- and that, none of them can. . . ever do.

So, these crisis actors / jokers have no right to complain. They have no real injury. That's what lack of standing is all about. I did see that Palatine Trustee Svenson (their local counsel) has been on a few local news shows, preaching that the US Supreme Court "no longer thinks ending race discrimination is a compelling government interest". That is a utterly false characterization of the current law.

But -- after all, she's one given to being paid to serve all the people of Palatine, at the same time she shills for whyte supremacists. Why would we trust her, in any event? We wouldn't.

So now we wait for the City's formal answer, in about ten days, in Chicago federal court. But I can guaranty that "lack of standing" will appear prominently, therein. See TransUnion LLC v. Ramirez, 594 U.S. 413 (2021).

Cities have a largely wide open right to address (and I would argue, an obligation toward) remediation of prior discriminatory practices. And I personally possess originals -- of the redlined maps used by local whyte real estate brokers in the early 1960s, via a prior bequeath. So the evidence proving that people of color were not even allowed to see properties on the all-whyte blocks, in town. . . is beyond dispute. Fitton claims that program recipients weren't required to show prior discrimination, before applying. The public documents from 1910 to 1969 do that, as to any person of color living, or trying to live, in Evanston.

Fitton will be bounced out, on his oafish ear.



Boeing Still Has Some Work To Do, On Its Starliner Capsule Design Specs -- Latest From ISS...


hat Boeing Starliner capsule performed quite well this week, but continued to exhibit hydrogen tank leaks (in small volumes). Those leaks, among related issues, led to an about two hour delay in completing the docking with the ISS.

To be sure, the craft is absolutely safe for a return flight, and compressed hydrogen gas, or H2 is a very small molecule. But to be equally sure, these leaks are something to be addressed in re-design and re-engineering sessions. Again, likely delaying the Moon / Mars timeline, for crewed missions. And as we've often said, that's okay, by our lights. Separately, the teams have a schedule for the coming weeks' space walks -- to do repairs and improvements on the ISS structure overall, thus:

. . .NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station will conduct three spacewalks targeted for June. NASA will discuss the upcoming spacewalks during a news conference at 4 p.m. EDT Tuesday, June 11. Live coverage will air on NASA+, NASA Television, the NASA app, YouTube, and the agency’s website. . . .

For the first spacewalk, NASA astronauts Tracy C. Dyson and Matt Dominick will exit the station’s Quest airlock to complete the removal of a faulty electronics box, called a radio frequency group, from a communications antenna on the starboard truss of the space station. The pair also will collect samples for analysis to understand the ability of microorganisms to survive and reproduce on the exterior of the orbiting laboratory.

Dyson will serve as spacewalk crew member 1 and will wear a suit with red stripes. Dominick will serve as spacewalk crew member 2 and will wear an unmarked suit. U.S. spacewalk 90 will be the fourth for Dyson and the first for Dominick. NASA will announce participating crew members for U.S. spacewalks 91 and 92 following the completion of the first and will provide additional coverage details.

For the second spacewalk, astronauts will remove and replace the external high-definition camera located at camera port nine on the orbiting laboratory. This camera is one of several to provide external views of the space station. Additionally, crew members will complete a cable connection fit check for the alpha magnetic spectrometer, a particle physics experiment on the station’s exterior. If not completed during U.S. spacewalk 90, the astronauts will begin by collecting microorganism samples. . . .

[On the final walk,] crew members will remove and replace a rate gyro assembly, which provides data on the orientation of the space station. Astronauts will then attach a support bracket, called a modification kit, in preparation for future installation of the orbiting laboratory’s next International Space Station Roll-Out Solar Array on the 2A power channel on the port truss. . . .

Now you know. Onward, grinning -- with the sun giving way to darker rain clouds here now. . . ever, onward.


Friday, June 7, 2024

A Recurrent Nova -- But Not A One-Time Super-Nova -- In The Night Skies, This Summer? We Think So...

It was last seen in 1946, and the first written note of it being seen was in 1217. Some 800 years ago, and on and off since.

We till keep an eye out, between Hercules and Boötes -- for the event, likely to be visible to the naked eye for a week or so, post nova. Here's the full story, and a bit -- with an animation at the bottom of that linked article, from NASA:

. . .The first recorded sighting of the T CrB nova was more than 800 years ago, in autumn 1217, when a man named Burchard, abbot of Ursberg, Germany, noted his observance of “a faint star that for a time shone with great light.”

The T CrB nova was last seen from Earth in 1946. Its behavior over the past decade appears strikingly similar to observed behavior in a similar timeframe leading up to the 1946 eruption. If the pattern continues, some researchers say, the nova event could occur by September 2024. . . .

What should stargazers look for? The Northern Crown is a horseshoe-shaped curve of stars west of the Hercules constellation, ideally spotted on clear nights. It can be identified by locating the two brightest stars in the Northern Hemisphere -- Arcturus and Vega -- and tracking a straight line from one to the other, which will lead skywatchers to Hercules and the Corona Borealis.

The outburst will be brief. Once it erupts, it will be visible to the naked eye for a little less than a week -- but Hounsell is confident it will be quite a sight to see. . . .

We will keep you informed. Onward, grinning -- may have to drive all the way up north, to Ellison Bay, or even Sheboygan Bay, on one of those nights, for a purely blackened-out view of it. . . as there should be at least five nights of it, after the first sighting.


Kohl's Department Stores: Courageous Wisconsin Retailer! Declines To Sponsor RNC In Milwaukee; Did Sponsor DNC Events In 2020, There...

Kohl's is a very well-known and loved. . . old line Milwaukee name, and is perhaps the largest retailer based inside Wisconsin. [In the Summer of 2020, it sponsored several events I attended when Mr. Biden was nominated in Milwaukee.]

But the chain has said unequivocally that it will attach its brand to no events for the RNC here in 2024. I will let the readership draw its own inferences. Smile -- here's that story:

. . .About 50,000 people are expected to rally in Milwaukee from July 15 - 18, when Trump is expected to be crowned the leading candidate, according to the report.

The convention also takes place days after Trump is slated to face sentencing in Manhattan criminal court on charges he falsified business records to conceal hush money payments made ahead of the 2016 election.

Twelve jurors found Trump guilty on all 34 counts after hearing from former fixer Michael Cohen and adult film star Stormy Daniels, both of whom testified Trump wanted to bury salacious stories he feared would torpedo his campaign. . . .

Yep -- I am grinning, ear to ear. Onward, to a great weekend of fun by the lake.


Thursday, June 6, 2024

Here's A "Queen Charlotte" Crown -- Entering The ISS -- This Is STEM, On Fleek!

Look, the main reason I'm posting this, is to let young girls and young women see. . . that Astronauts wear. . . crowns. They come in many shades. Not to simply focus on appearance, for appearances' sake -- but to reaffirm that the best of us, as a planet will no longer look alike, talk alike, dress alike or even. . . think alike. And that will be our. . . superpower!

Do note that Suni, a woman of Asian Indian descent -- is here greeted by an African American woman (one who has been living in space for months now) -- and this, this my friends! -- is. . . the new face of space science! [If it doesn't start at the right moment for you, slide the bar to just about one minute in. . .]

So, I smile widely. . . "Walk your (Zero G) walk, grrrrlfriend!"


DELFI Diagnostics Secures Small Equity Down-Stroke From Merck's Innovation Fund, For Novel Blood-Based Cancer Diagnostic Tool Development...

Yes, this deal is plainly immaterial to Mother Merck (and it came through the captive Innovation Fund arm, to be clear), but it is a nice validation of the science DELFI is doing in Palo Alto.

The goal of course is to more rapidly, and accurately assess which patients will most benefit from emerging oncology treatments, including the Moderna vaccine candidate, and obviously. . . pembrolizumab. Here's the story, from a presser:

. . .The capital will accelerate and expand DELFI's development and commercialization of its cancer detection solutions. DELFI's fragmentomics technology applies artificial intelligence (AI) to whole-genome sequencing data to compare an individual's cell-free DNA (cfDNA) patterns and characteristics against populations with and without cancer.

"We are thrilled to enter this strategic agreement with the Merck Global Health Innovation Fund," said Susan Tousi, DELFI's Chief Executive Officer. "This investment will help propel our fragmentomics and AI technologies, with the potential to make a meaningful population-scale difference in detecting cancer early with high precision at a disruptive price."

"Early detection is key to improving outcomes for people with cancer," said David M. Rubin, Ph.D., Managing Director at Merck Global Health Innovation Fund. "We look forward to working with the DELFI leadership to build on the achievements to date and further expand lung cancer screening access."

DELFI has commercialized the FirstLook Lung test, which evaluates patterns of DNA fragments in the blood that reveal the presence of lung cancer. . . .

Now you know. Onward, grinning -- into some warm, sunny late Spring air. . . .


Wednesday, June 5, 2024

A Reconfigured Hubble Will Be Back "On Mission", Shortly: NASA

A bit ago, we mentioned that NASA would likely reconfigure Hubble, both as to software on-board, and ground support firmware, hardware and software. . . to run on only one gyroscope.

Today, NASA confirmed this fix for a failing set of gyros. Here's that story:

. . .While continuing to make science observations in one-gyro mode, there are some expected minor limitations. The observatory will need more time to slew and lock onto a science target and won't have as much flexibility as to where it can observe at any given time. It also will not be able to track moving objects closer than Mars, though these are rare targets for Hubble.

The transition involves reconfiguring the spacecraft and ground system as well as assessing the impact to future planned observations. The team expects to resume science operations again by mid-June. Once in one-gyro mode, NASA anticipates Hubble will continue making new cosmic discoveries alongside other observatories, such as the agency’s James Webb Space Telescope and future Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, for years to come.

Launched in 1990, Hubble has more than doubled its expected design lifetime, and has been observing the universe for more than three decades, recently celebrating its 34th anniversary. . . .

Now you know -- we will now likely get at least another decade of science from this workhorse space 'scope. Onward.


Unsurprising Tangent: MDMA For PTSD, "Hits The Wall" -- Voted Down 10-1, At FDA Advisory Committee -- "Risks Exceed Any Benefit"…

Not terribly surprising, as this had a bit of the game plan the Sacklers employed (on oxy-) -- written all over it.

The relevant Advisory Committee at FDA yesterday voted 10-1 against approval, for a psychedelic candidate / controlled substance -- as a putative treatment for post traumatic stress disorder.

From Seeking Alpha, then -- a sensible squib:

. . .Psychedelic stocks Mind Medicine (NASDAQ:MNMD) dropped 10%, Atai Life Sciences (ATAI) -19%, COMPASS Pathways (CMPS) -15%, and Cybin (CYBN) -10% after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted against a therapy based on the mind-altering drug MDMA for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder, marking a setback to the nascent field of psychedelic treatments. The panel voted 10-to-1, stating that the benefits did not outweigh the risks and that the available data did not show its effectiveness. . . .

Now you know, And I'm so sorry, Dr. Timothy Leary, but that time, it seems -- is at an end. Smile.


Now, Eight Minutes To Liftoff... SUCCESS!

Will it go, on this -- the fourth time?

And we have. . . liftoff!

. . .And now, separation of the solid rocket boosters -- most of the risk to the mission has now passed. . . .

NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams are safely in orbit on the first crewed flight test aboard Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft bound for the International Space Station.

As part of NASA’s Boeing Crew Flight Test, the astronauts lifted off at 10:52 a.m. EDT Wednesday on a ULA (United Launch Alliance) Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on an end-to-end test of the Starliner system.

“Two bold NASA astronauts are well on their way on this historic first test flight of a brand-new spacecraft,” said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson. “Boeing’s Starliner marks a new chapter of American exploration. Human spaceflight is a daring task – but that’s why it’s worth doing. It’s an exciting time for NASA, our commercial partners, and the future of exploration. Go Starliner, Go Butch and Suni!”



Monday, June 3, 2024

[U: 06.04.2024] An Unfortunate Politicization: Mr. Biden Does NOT Possess The Power To Suspend Treaties With Any Executive Order. [Neither Did Tangerine.]

UPDATE: Apparently Mr. Biden intends to rely on Section 212(f) of the 1952 immigration act. But as many courts held (back in 2018-20), that section has been substantially modified by later amendments, and court decisions narrowing the permissible constitutional scope of its use, in specific circumstances. The actual EO is not yet available -- so we wait to see it. [But Tangerine's Muslim Ban 2.0 relied on 212(f), and was held an unconstitutional usurping of legislative authority.] So. . . we wait. End, update number 1.

This is a deeply frustrating bit of election year pandering, by my lights. I understand that Mr. Biden feels Team Trump is painting him unfairly -- regarding asylum-seekers. I get that.

But just as I pointed out for six years, here (and every federal court that has ever squarely considered it has held), the Executive Branch acting alone, cannot negate the treaties we've signed, on the treatment of anyone -- no matter where they cross -- if they in good faith make a claim for asylum on arrival or shortly after.

It is possible that Mr. Biden's order will come tomorrow with a finding of a national emergency, and very clear temporary only measures -- but absent those, this is. . . an unlawful proposed executive order. Here's that troubling MSM report, on it -- clearly election year fodder, which will be enjoined in the Ninth Circuit. . . eventually (if the reporting on it is accurate):

. . .The order would represent the single most restrictive border policy instituted by Mr. Biden, or any modern Democrat, and echoes a 2018 effort by President Donald J. Trump to block migration that was assailed by Democrats and blocked by federal courts. . . .

Dammit. This is no way to go. No way. . . at all. Onward -- just the same. We will fight it in the federal trial courts immediately, in the Southern District of California. And we will prevail. There is no reason to offer "optics only" executive orders -- when we know they are unlawful. We as the reasonable party ought to be above this nonsense. Out.