The desperate stupidity of Rachel Smalley

Who is the 'serious' journalist now eh Rachel?  Photo/ Scott McAulay

Who is the ‘serious’ journalist now eh Rachel?
Photo/ Scott McAulay

Rachel Smalley will tell anyone in the NewstalkZB newsroom that she is the only “serious journalist” in the place.

Desperately unliked except by management, she is also desperately stupid.

After having a mad anti-gun rant at the start of her fill-in for Larry Williams she then, less than an hour later, has this statement to make about the discovery and naming of a new planet.

The details of the new “earth like” planet are:

NASA said Thursday that its Kepler spacecraft has spotted “Earth’s bigger, older cousin”: the first nearly Earth-size planet to be found in the habitable zone of a star similar to our own.

Though NASA can’t say for sure whether the planet is rocky like ours or has water and air, it’s the closest match yet found.

“Today, Earth is a little less lonely,” Kepler researcher Jon Jenkins said. ?

The planet, Kepler-452b, is about 1,400 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. It’s about 60% bigger than Earth, NASA says, and is located in its star’s habitable zone — the region where life-sustaining liquid water is possible on the surface of a planet.

A visitor there would experience gravity about twice that of Earth’s, and planetary scientists say the odds of it having a rocky surface are “better than even.”

While it’s a bit farther from its star than Earth is from the sun, its star is brighter, so the planet gets about the same amount of energy from its star as Earth does from the sun. And that sunlight would be very similar to Earth’s, Jenkins said.

The planet “almost certainly has an atmosphere,” Jenkins said, although scientists can’t say what it’s made of. But if the assumptions of planetary geologists are correct, he said, Kepler-452b’s atmosphere would probably be thicker than Earth’s, and it would have active volcanoes.

So they named the planet after the discovery by the Kepler spacecraft…which was named after Johannes Kepler who was “a German mathematician, astronomer, and astrologer. A key figure in the 17th century scientific revolution, he is best known for his laws of planetary motion, based on his works?Astronomia nova, Harmonices Mundi, and Epitome of Copernican Astronomy. These works also provided one of the foundations for Isaac Newton’s theory of universal gravitation.”

Not kevlar, which “is the registered trademark for a para-aramid synthetic fiber, related to other aramids such as Nomex and Technora. Developed by Stephanie Kwolek at DuPont in 1965,?this high-strength material was first commercially used in the early 1970s as a replacement for steel in racing tires. Typically it is spun into ropes or fabric sheets that can be used as such or as an ingredient in composite material components.”

Kevlar is a versatile product that is also used in sailmaking, and yes for bullet-proof vests:

Currently, Kevlar has many applications, ranging from bicycle tires and racing sails to body armor because of its high tensile strength-to-weight ratio; by this measure it is 5 times stronger than steel.[2] It is also used to make modern drumheads that withstand high impact. When used as a woven material, it is suitable for mooring lines and other underwater applications.

This desperately stupid “serious journalist” made a complete arse of herself. If there should be any rethinking of anything it should be from management in using her to replace Larry Williams. She is just retarded with her pinko ranting and just plain wrong-ness.

Episodes like this just prove she is as thick as two short planks.


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