Star trails and night sky time lapse over Tucson.

Happy February!! February is an awesome month, because that means the Tucson Gem Show is here! Amethyst is the birthstone for February.

“One of the most popular minerals for collectors, Amethyst, derives its beautiful color from traces of iron. Amethyst is purple quartz that had been a symbol of royalty in the Middle Ages for the English who incorporated the stone into items they wore. The name “amethyst” comes from Greek and means “not drunken”, which helps to explain why it is believed that alcoholics should possess it to keep them from having a drink.”


The sun setting over Tucson, Arizona.
How This Shitty Jet Could Provide 23 Years of Free College for Everyone
One failed jet vs. providing higher education to two generations.

I read this article and started crying.  

“ the point of this plane is “to spend money.”  He clarifies, “that is the mission of the airplane, is for the US Congress to send money to Lockheed [Martin].’ ”

I live in Tucson, Arizona and I have the anxiety inducing pleasure of driving past The Boneyard at Davis-Monthan.  ACRES of planes!!!!  Two years ago the military sent 12 or so brand new cargo planes straight to DM because we don’t need them.  Why were they purchased in the first place? 

The Air Force almost had to buy more of the planes against its will, the newspaper found. A solicitation issued from Wright-Patterson in May sought vendors to build more C-27Js, citing Congressional language requiring the military to spend money budgeted for the planes, despite Pentagon protests.

Someone got money to make that deal happen.