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  • NASA/JPL's Airship Challenge (A NASA Centennial Challenges Program)

    11/25/2014 12:15:34 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 10 replies
    NASA/JPL ^ | 25NOV2014 | JPL Staff Writer
    Airships aren't just powered balloon-like vehicles that hover above sporting events. Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, are floating the idea that airships have potential for important scientific and commercial uses. NASA is considering issuing a challenge for developing stratospheric airships that can break records in terms of duration of flight at high altitudes. The agency has issued a request for information for this contemplated "20-20-20 Airship Challenge." Submissions will be accepted until December 1. "We are seeking to take astronomy and Earth science to new heights by enabling a long-duration, suborbital platform for these kinds of...
  • Woman says, ‘We’re ready for Ferguson,’ accidentally shoots self in head

    11/25/2014 7:47:21 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 84 replies
    Fox 13 SLC ^ | 24NOV2014 | Ashton Edwards
    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – A woman appears to have accidentally fatally shot herself in the head with a gun bought to prepare for possible Ferguson-related unrest, according to sources briefed on the police investigation. The shooting occurred Friday night in downtown St. Louis, the city’s Metropolitan Police Department said, in an area dominated by vacant lots beside a football stadium. The female victim, identified in a police report as Becca Campbell, 26, was a passenger in a car involved in an auto accident. Her 33-year-old boyfriend was driving, the sources told CNN. The boyfriend, who wasn’t identified, told police that...
  • WATCH: Up-Close Launch Pad Cameras Capture Antares ORB-3 Explosion in Frightening Detail

    11/24/2014 7:17:26 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 23 replies
    AmericaSpace.com ^ | 23NOV2014 | Mike Killian
    For the NASA press corps, specifically the photojournalists responsible for capturing suicidal up-close images at liftoff, camera setups for the recent launch attempt of an Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket on the Orb-3 mission was as usual, but the outcome was anything but. Everyone knows that a rocket can explode, and although the odds are incredibly small we understand the risks when we set up our launch pad cameras to document the impressive launches of America’s missions to space. As the old saying goes; spaceflight is not routine, and the still and video imagery presented in this article tonight highlight...
  • Effects of the Affordable Care Act on Economic Productivity

    11/23/2014 6:40:29 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 6 replies
    "Imprimis" (Hillsdale College) ^ | NOV2014 | Casey Mulligan
    CASEY MULLIGAN, a professor of economics at the University of Chicago, received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago in 1993. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard University and Clemson University, and is affiliated with the National Bureau of Economic Research, the George J. Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State, and the Population Research Center. He has written for the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal, and is the author of three books, including Side Effects: The Economic Consequences of the Health Reform....
  • REPUBLICANS LEAVE TOWN WITHOUT A PLAN TO FIGHT OBAMA (I told you so!)

    11/21/2014 10:25:30 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 121 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 20NOV2014 | Jonathan Strong
    President Obama's announcement tonight may bring a “constitutional crisis,” in the words of Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID), but Republicans in Congress haven't the damndest idea what they'll do about it. As they departed the House floor, many en route to the airport for a Thanksgiving recess, many GOP lawmakers seemed as interested in explaining why options floated by colleagues from their own party wouldn't work as denouncing what they describe as an unprecedented power grab by a president they just decimated at the ballot box. “That's the hundred million dollar question,” said Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH), “How do you stop...
  • Jail Time For Four Men Who Threw Pig's Head At Mosque In May 2013

    11/17/2014 10:05:49 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 44 replies
    OpposingViews.com ^ | 17NOV2014 | Lina Batarags
    Four men were jailed for throwing a severed pig’s head into a mosque in Lancashire last May. Shocked women and children watched as the four friends dumped a carrier bag containing the severed head in the parking lot of Blackpool Central Mosque. Preston Crown Court was told the four men had organized the crime—which came only two days after the murder of solider Lee Rigby in May 2013—as a prank, knowing it would be seen as an insult in a Muslim place of worship. The four men—Thomas Ashton, 21; Andrew Warner, 31; Travis Crabtree, 25; and Steven White, 28—are all...
  • GOP Activist Says Michelle Obama Resembles Gorilla

    11/16/2014 5:41:21 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 75 replies
    Addicting Info ^ | 15NOV2014 | Ryan Denson
    No, no, no, Republicans aren’t racist. What on Earth would make you think that? In another “isolated incident,” prominent South Carolina Republican Rusty DePass likened an escaped gorilla to First Lady Michelle Obama on his Facebook page. Commenting on a report posted to Facebook about a gorilla escape at a zoo in Columbia, South Carolina, DePass commented: “I’m sure it’s just one of Michelle’s ancestors – probably harmless.” When DePass was busted by online bloggers, he expressed embarrassment and apologized, saying: “I am as sorry as I can be if I offended anyone. The comment was clearly in jest.” But...
  • The Latest Effort to Enact ‘Gun Control Without Legislation’

    11/13/2014 6:29:06 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 19 replies
    The Blaze.com ^ | 10NOV2014 | Jason Howerton
    A “coalition” of local police departments, municipalities and clergy members are pushing for a “form of gun control without legislation” by pressuring gun manufacturers to start utilizing controversial “smart” gun technology, CBS New York reports. The advocacy coalition believes smart gun technology — which makes it so only the owner can fire the gun — and inventory tracking can help reduce gun violence. So far, 59 different jurisdictions have called on Glock and six other gun makers to “produce distribution records,” the report adds. “We want to use the power of the marketplace, the power of the free market,” New...
  • Obamacare Architect Exposes Progressive Totalitarianism (Gruber article)

    11/13/2014 6:23:34 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 21 replies
    Front Page Magazine.com ^ | 13NOV2014 | Bruce Thornton
    Professor Jonathan Gruber of MIT, who designed the Affordable Care Act, used to be the symbol of the Democrats’ technocratic bona fides, and an example of how big government with its “scientific” experts can solve social and economic problems from health care to a warming planet. Yet a recently publicized video of remarks he made at a panel in 2013, along with 2 other videos in the same vein, has now made him the poster child of the elitist progressives’ contempt for the American people, and their sacrifice of prudence and reason to raw political power. In the video Gruber...
  • The Economic Endgame Explained

    11/12/2014 9:31:54 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 18 replies
    PersonalLiberty.com ^ | 11NOV2014 | Brandon Smith
    Throughout history, in most cases of economic collapse the societies in question believed they were financially invincible just before their disastrous fall. Rarely does anyone see the edge of the cliff or even the bottom of the abyss before it has swallowed a nation whole. This lack of foresight, however, is usually not the fault of the public. It is, rather, a consequence caused by the manipulation of the fundamental information available to the public by governments and social gatekeepers. In the years leading up to the Great Depression, numerous mainstream “experts” and politicians were quick to discount the idea...
  • Actress / feminist activist, Rose McGowan, calls gay men more misogynistic than straight men

    11/06/2014 9:24:34 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 30 replies
    RedPillTimes.com ^ | 6NOV2014 | alexrpt
    Former 'Charmed' TV star, Rose McGowan, spat out more feminist ‘straight talk’ hate talk, with one small adjustment… the misogynists are now gay men. That’s a new twist. Discussing the protest against the Dorchester Collection hotel chain (owned by the ‘ant-gay’ Sultan of Brunei) with gay author Brett Easton Ellis in his weekly podcast, McGowan made these comments.
  • Vote Summary for 2014 (VANITY)

    11/05/2014 5:39:21 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 6 replies
    Myself ^ | 5NOV2014 | Jack Hydrazine
    Does anyone have a complete tally of Republican wins on the state and national level? How does this compare to wins back in 1994 and previous elections? Any commentaries on surprise wins or losses welcome!
  • Eye roller: Climate Change Threatens NASA Space Operations – AGW ‘could pose a risk

    11/04/2014 7:22:57 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 25 replies
    WattsUpWithThat.com ^ | 4NOV2014 | Anthony Watts
    Apparently with the new Obama administration version of NASA, failure IS an option. One of the biggest space disasters ever, the Challenger disaster, was caused by FREEZING COLD WEATHER and idiotic management that ignored risks related to cold weather as warned by engineers. I have a pretty hard time believing that about a degree of warming is going to cause all these woes. That and the fact that NASA has had a nearly 9 year hurricane free window in Florida to not worry about launches. From EcoWatch: NASA programs are being put in jeopardy by the impacts of climate change,...
  • Passengers On Halloween Cruise Arrive Back In South Florida

    11/03/2014 2:38:49 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 24 replies
    AssPress via CBS Miami ^ | 2NOV2014 | AssPress Staff Writer
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — A Halloween cruise took a frightening turn as passengers were heading to Florida. The ship hit an unknown object, officials said, forcing it back to port. “All I know is that it just went black. The lights went completely out,” said passenger Sandra Douglas from Houston, Texas. “Then they came on for a second and then they went back out. And then the sirens started and they said this was the real thing. Then we had to go back to our floors to get the instructions and the life preservers and things like that.”
  • Virgin Galactic rocket plane deployed braking system prematurely

    11/03/2014 7:48:16 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 46 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 3NOV2014 | Stephen Clark
    Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane disintegrated in mid-air after two tail stabilizers prematurely extended, federal investigators said Sunday, a discovery that could shift the focus of the probe into Friday’s fatal crash away from the craft’s rocket motor. But the National Transportation Safety Board’s acting chairman Christopher Hart cautioned against jumping to conclusions. “What I’m about to say is a statement of fact and not a statement of cause,” Hart said. “We are a long way from finding cause. We still have months and months of investigation to do, and there’s a lot that we don’t know. We have extensive...
  • Oil prices are dropping but the fracking revolution rolls on

    11/02/2014 1:03:00 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 19 replies
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | 31OCT2014 | Shawna Ohm
    $75 dollars a barrel – that’s the price crude oil would have to hit for frackers in North Dakota’s Bakken fields to feel pressure to slow new production, according to Greg Zuckerman, author of “The Frackers” and a special reporter at the Wall Street Journal. “All these guys have hedged. They’ve got production [and] they’ve already got the acreage. They’re not gonna stop but maybe they’ll kind of slow new stuff.” Fracking in other parts of the country, though, is likely to be much more resilient. In Texas’s Eagle Ford and Permian basin, Zuckerman says oil prices would have to...
  • First stage propulsion system is early focus of Antares investigation

    11/02/2014 10:01:18 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 35 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 31OCT2014 | Stephen Clark
    The first sign of failure during Tuesday’s doomed launch of an Orbital Sciences Corp. Antares rocket from Virginia came from the booster’s first stage about 15 seconds after liftoff, according to engineers studying what triggered a fiery mishap that destroyed a commercial cargo craft heading to the International Space Station. The rocket’s 13-foot-diameter first stage, containing tanks with more than 50,000 gallons of kerosene and liquid oxygen propellants, is made in Ukraine and powered by Soviet-era engines built in the 1970s for Russia’s moon program. “Evidence suggests the failure initiated in the first stage after which the vehicle lost its...
  • CDC admits droplets from a sneeze could spread Ebola

    11/02/2014 9:48:32 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 27 replies
    NY Post ^ | 29OCt2014 | Bob Fredericks
    Ebola is a lot easier to catch than health officials have admitted — and can be contracted by contact with a doorknob contaminated by a sneeze from an infected person an hour or more before, experts told The Post Tuesday. “If you are sniffling and sneezing, you produce microorganisms that can get on stuff in a room. If people touch them, they could be” infected, said Dr. Meryl Nass, of the Institute for Public Accuracy in Washington, DC.
  • Elon Musk called the Antares rocket a 'joke' 2 years before it exploded

    10/29/2014 9:10:49 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 43 replies
    Mashable.com ^ | 28OCT2014 | Amanda Wills
    An Orbital Sciences rocket operating under a NASA contract exploded shortly after launch on Tuesday evening, much to everyone's surprise — except, perhaps, Elon Musk. Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, trashed Orbital Sciences for using outdated Russian engines during a 2012 Wired interview: "One of our competitors, Orbital Sciences, has a contract to resupply the International Space Station, and their rocket honestly sounds like the punch line to a joke. It uses Russian rocket engines that were made in the ’60s. I don’t mean their design is from the ’60s—I mean they start with engines that were literally made in...
  • Australia Won't Give Visas to People from Ebola-Hit Countries

    10/28/2014 9:19:35 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 31 replies
    NBC ^ | 28OCT2014 | NBC Staff Writer
    SYDNEY - Australia issued a blanket ban on visas from West African nations affected by the Ebola outbreak Tuesday, making it the first rich nation to shut its doors to the region and earning criticism from health experts and rights groups. Australia has not recorded a case of Ebola despite a number of scares, and conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott has so far resisted repeated requests to send medical personnel to help battle the outbreak on the ground. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison told parliament Monday that all non-permanent or temporary visas from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia were being cancelled...
  • No laughing matter: Clown terror spreads in France

    10/26/2014 10:02:59 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 34 replies
    AFP ^ | 26OCT2014 | Fran Blandy
    Paris (AFP) - A wave of panic sparked by evil clowns stalking French towns has spread to the south of France where police on Saturday night arrested 14 teenagers dressed as the pranksters, carrying pistols, knives and baseball bats. A police source said Sunday the group of teens were arrested in the parking lot of a high school in the Mediterranean port town of Agde, as several other complaints poured in about "armed clowns" in the region over the weekend.
  • Darth Vader Turned Away From Ukrainian Polls (VIDEO)

    10/26/2014 9:55:13 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 12 replies
    Ass Press via Yahoo! News ^ | 26OCT2014 | Ass Press Staff Writer
    A Ukrainian man who legally changed his name to Darth Vader and is running for a seat in the country's parliament was turned away from a Kiev polling station Sunday for refusing to take off his mask to be identified.
  • Solid Concepts 3D Prints Another Metal Gun, ‘Reason’, a 10mm Auto 1911

    10/26/2014 8:32:55 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 47 replies
    3D Print.com ^ | 26OCT2014 | BRITTNEY SEVENSON
    In yet another move which may send shivers down the spines of law enforcement agencies around the world, while at the same time exciting techies and firearm advocates, Solid Concepts has revealed yet another 3D printed metal gun. Just under a year ago, the company, which has since been acquired by 3D printing giant Stratasys, revealed the world’s very first 3D printed metal handgun, the 1911. Although there had been a number of interesting plastic firearms 3D printed up until that time, this metal firearm was the first capable of shooting several rounds of ammunition flawlessly. In fact the original...
  • Former SpaceX Exec Explains How Elon Musk Taught Himself Rocket Science

    10/23/2014 2:14:54 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 10 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 23OCt2014 | Richard Feloni
    Mario Anzuoni/Reuters Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla. While it's certainly impressive that Elon Musk has bachelor's degrees in physics and economics from the University of Pennsylvania, it's an absurd understatement to say that prepared him to run SpaceX, his spacecraft company. Jim Cantrell, who was an aerospace consultant at the time, became SpaceX's first VP of business development and Musk's industry mentor when the company launched in 2002. He says that Musk literally taught himself rocket science by reading textbooks and talking to industry heavyweights.
  • High Altitude Balloon Keeps Going

    10/23/2014 5:54:34 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 31 replies
    Hackaday.com ^ | 19OCT2014 | Brian Benchoff
    Here’s a post from the AMSAT-UK high altitude balloon blog. It’s a great story about a balloon cruising at about 12km above the Earth completing its sixth circumnavigation of the planet. That post is from October 4th, and two weeks later the balloon is still going strong. Right now it’s over the Baltic heading into Russia with no sign of stopping or popping any time soon. The balloon was launched July 12, 2014 from Silverstone, UK. In the 100 days since then, this balloon has covered 144168 kilometers and has crossed its launching longitude six times. Even if this balloon...
  • Woman is thrown out of Paris opera after cast refused to perform unless she removed Muslim veil

    10/22/2014 7:23:59 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 72 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 20OCT2014 | Peter Allen
    France's Socialist government today pledged to toughen up its anti face-covering law after a veiled Muslim woman was ejected from a major Paris opera house. In an incident which has divided opinion in the city's liberal arts community, cast members performing La Traviata 'objected strongly' to the presence of a woman in the audience wearing a niqab-type veil. 'A singer spotted her in the front row during the second act,' said Jean-Philippe Thiellay, director of the Bastille Opera, which was opened by Socialist president Francois Mitterand in 1989.
  • Paul Reubens Teases New ‘Pee-Wee Herman’ Movie

    10/22/2014 6:15:04 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 38 replies
    Screenrant.com ^ | 21OCT2014 | Chris Agar
    In addition to superheroes, it seems as if the latest Hollywood trend of trying to make the old new again applies to just about every property. By now, everyone knows all about the slew of big tentpoles coming out next summer (Jurassic World, Star Wars: Episode VII, etc.) looking to bring back established franchises, but this strategy goes beyond the genre films – bringing some smaller movies along for the ride. This November, the comedy sequel Dumb and Dumber To will hit theaters 20 years after the original was a hit, but Harry and Lloyd may not be alone for...
  • The End of Oppression (VIDEO)

    10/11/2014 10:20:55 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | 2JUN2014 | Josie Outlaw
    "The End of Oppression" is a six-part series of videos which show what it will take for humanity to finally outgrow and escape its long history of violence and oppression. Part One ("The Problem") explains why it is not greed, hatred, or merely the nature of man which is preventing humanity from achieving peace, prosperity and freedom for all. Part Two ("The Game") shows how tyrants use the game called "politics" to legitimize violent domination and to deceive decent people into advocating their own subjugation and enslavement. Part Three ("Good Funding Evil") illustrates how the legalized extortion known as "taxation"...
  • “Earth’s Impending Magnetic Flip” – Scientific American

    10/01/2014 1:38:33 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 96 replies
    IceAgeNow.info ^ | 30SEP2014 | Robert Felix
    “A geomagnetic reversal may happen sooner than expected,” says this article in Scientific American.
  • A man's ideal woman? She's in her mid-20s...whatever his age

    10/01/2014 1:00:30 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 92 replies
    MailOnline ^ | Fiona MacRae
    A study has found that men always want to be with women in their mid-20s The magic number for men of all ages was around 24 or 25-years-old Evolution and Human Behavior journal found women were more realistic They prefer to be with men who are around two or three years older Ask a man in his 50s about his ideal woman, and chances are she would be half his age. And if a 20-year-old described his dream date, he’d probably choose someone a little bit older. For, according to a study, no matter how old a man is he...
  • Nearly half of women in relationships have 'Plan B' man they can run away with

    10/01/2014 12:55:39 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 37 replies
    The Mirror ^ | 25SEP2014 | Agency staff
    A study found many keep another man waiting patiently in the wings should they end up single - and married women are even more likely to. Half of all women have a ‘Plan B’ - in the shape of a man whose arms they can run into if their current relationship turns sour.
  • Women who have been unemployed have fewer kids: U.S. study

    10/01/2014 12:49:28 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 14 replies
    al-Reuters ^ | 29SEP2014 | al-Reuters Staff Writer
    (Reuters) - Women who were unemployed in their youth tend to have fewer children into middle-age than women who worked, according to a U.S. study released on Monday.
  • Police Officer Comes Forward on Oklahoma Muslim: “I Wish I’d Killed Him” [FULL CLIP]

    09/28/2014 1:23:37 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 41 replies
    ConservativeTribune.com ^ | 28SEP2014 | Staff Writer
    Last week, radical Islamic jihad came to the heartland of America when a recent convert to Islam stabbed and beheaded a former co-worker at a food distribution plant in Oklahoma, reportedly while screaming “Islamic phrases“. The media doesn’t want to admit that radical Islam was the driving force behind the brutal attack, nor do they want to admit that the attack was stopped by the businesses owner, an armed citizen. Another piece of information surrounding this horrific assault is the fact that the beheader had a criminal record, and had tangled with law enforcement on previous occasions. One of the...
  • SpaceX chief: Commercial launch sites necessary step to Mars

    09/28/2014 11:45:03 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 24 replies
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | 27SEP2014 | Steve Clark
    It was a surreal moment, listening to the founder and chief designer of SpaceX talk about flying to Mars from Boca Chica beach, but talk about it he did at the Sept. 22 official groundbreaking for the world’s first commercial orbital rocket launch site. From the stage, under a tent set up for the occasion near the actual site where the launch pad will be built, Elon Musk fielded questions from reporters, who couldn’t have been blamed for not quite believing what they were hearing at certain junctures. “I’d like to fly to Mars,” Musk said. “But I think the...
  • Strange New “2014” Addition to the Georgia Guidestones

    09/24/2014 9:17:32 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 29 replies
    The Vigilant Citizen ^ | 23SEP2014 | Staff Writer
    A new block on which is inscribed “2014” was recently added to the Georgia Guidestones. This eerie and mysterious monument just became even more eerie and mysterious. A new block on which is inscribed “2014” was recently added to the Georgia Guidestones. This eerie and mysterious monument just became even more eerie and mysterious. georgia-guidestones-2014-block In my article Sinister Sites : The Georgia Guidestones, I took a thorough look at the Georgia Guidestones and at its ominous message for humanity. In short, it is all about massive depopulation, world government, a single language and a single religion. While this monument...
  • Many in Seattle are taking a stand against rise of micro-apartments

    09/21/2014 11:06:22 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 80 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 28AUG2014 | Daniel Beekman
    An uprising by residents in several Seattle neighborhoods has prompted a City Council proposal, backed by the mayor, that attempts to strike a balance between developers of micro-apartments, opponents, and the needs of a fast-growing city that is home to many one-person households.
  • SHOCKING: Home Invader Gets Blasted With Shotgun, Then Gets Tangled In Electric Fence During Escape

    09/21/2014 6:00:21 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 48 replies
    BearingArms.com ^ | 20SEP2014 | Bob Owens
    A robber near El Reno, Oklahoma, targeted the wrong home to attack. Instead of weakly cowering like an impotent Mom’s Demand Attention supporters, Cathy Kouba took action, flanked the surprised burglar by looping around the house, and then unloaded on him: Cathy Kouba’s home security system alarm jolted her awake Thursday night. She said she realized someone was trying to kick in her back door. “I have a daughter that’s handicapped and she was asleep on the bottom floor,” Kouba said. “And so for the fear of her being hurt, motherly instincts kick in and, you know, I worked hard...
  • SpaceX readies Falcon 9 rocket for cargo launch (TONIGHT 11:14pm PDT/2:14 EDT)

    09/19/2014 10:07:55 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 6 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 19SEP2014 | Stephen Clark
    The International Space Station is ready to receive more than 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments packed inside a SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule set for liftoff from Cape Canaveral early Saturday. Ground crews loaded last-minute supplies, including a habitat with 20 mice, sensitive research specimens, and other gear, into the Dragon capsule's pressurized cargo cabin Friday before hoisting the Falcon 9 rocket vertical at Cape Canaveral's Complex 40 launch pad. The cargo's installation Friday set the stage for a final countdown leading to an instantaneous launch opportunity at 2:14 a.m. EDT (0614 GMT), roughly the moment Earth's rotation puts Cape...
  • 5th grader finds Dead Kennedys CD at school library. Writes diary entry about it

    09/19/2014 9:19:08 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 38 replies
    Imgur.com ^ | 18SEP2014 | 5th Grader
  • The Irony of California's Ousting of Campus Christian Groups

    09/19/2014 11:56:01 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 23 replies
    A disturbing story came and went, barely noticed a few weeks ago. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is being unceremoniously booted off the campuses of California's 23 state universities. This begins with a process of "derecognizing" these as legitimate campus groups. Why? Though everyone is welcome at their ministry events, ICVF reserves leadership only for those committed to their goals and creed, just as a homosexual group would presumably reserve leadership for gays or those who affirm its pro-gay agenda. Or a Muslim group for Muslims. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is a network of campus ministries. It is evangelical in orientation and has...
  • Global Warming Could Cause More Cold Snaps ("Warm globally, cool locally" alert!)

    09/17/2014 9:48:38 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 34 replies
    Discovery ^ | 9SEP2014 | Patrick J. Kiger
    Remember that sudden, extreme plunge in temperatures throughout much of the United States in January 2014, which led to life-threatening wind chills that forced schools to close in the Midwest? Many were mystified to hear that it was caused by a disturbance of a previously obscure atmospheric phenomenon called the Polar Vortex. Well, if you hated shivering through that cold snap, you better stock up on thermal underwear. A new study published by U.S. and South Korean researchers in Nature Communications predicts that as the world gets warmer, parts of North America, Europe and Asia paradoxically could be hit by...
  • For RadioShack, the end is near

    Gentlemen and gentlewomen of a certain age harbor fond memories of trips to RadioShack. In days of yore, ham radios and homemade guitar amplifiers would emerge from the mysterious jumble of wires and audio components hawked by this unpretentious electronic retailer. Whatever one’s view of this American institution with about 27,000 employees, it is near death. On Thursday, RadioShack warned that it may file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
  • Brutally Cold 2014-15 Winter Shaping Up For The United States

    09/11/2014 8:58:45 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 62 replies
    Firsthand Weather ^ | 11SEP2014 | Matthew Holliday
    The 2013-14 winter was a season that I will never be able to forget simply because of the kind of cold Arctic outbreaks that occurred throughout that year. What’s even more remarkable is that the 2013-14 winter became known as that winter that simply would not end, and even this summer, we have seen times when the mid and upper level pattern strongly resembled what would be typical of a winter pattern. We had pretty severe Arctic outbreaks in both 2009-10 and 2010-11 winters but for entirely different reasons than last winter. The main driver of last winter was...
  • Jack Lew: Decision on executive action on taxes 'in the very near future'

    09/08/2014 10:55:38 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 53 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8SEP2014 | Joseph Lawler
    The Obama administration will make a decision on executive action to prevent corporations from leaving the country in the "very near future," Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said Monday morning. Speaking at an event on business taxes at the Urban Institute in Washington, Lew placed the responsibility on Congress to address so-called tax inversions, but said that the administration was prepared to step in if lawmakers don't move quickly enough. Inversions are tax maneuvers in which corporations buy firms in low-tax countries in order to place their headquarters in that country. Such deals have grown in number in recent months, with...
  • SpaceX Falcon 9 realigns for weekend launch of ASIASAT-6 (6SEP2014/12:50AM EDT)

    09/03/2014 8:53:01 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 6 replies
    NASA Spaceflight.com ^ | 3SEP2014 | Chris Bergin
    SpaceX appears to have completed an evaluation into potential commonality between a failure on a test vehicle and its Falcon 9 fleet, following its now-approved request to the Eastern Range for a Saturday morning launch of the ASIASAT-6 mission. The launch, to be conducted by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket, was delayed just ahead of fueling last week, in order to triple-check its fault detection systems. ASAISAT-6 Mission: Last week’s launch appeared to be going ahead as planned, as the SpaceX team entered the Delta Launch Readiness Review (LRR). The initial LRR had cleared the flow to proceed towards rollout...
  • B.C. Woman Sues Ex-Boyfriend To Pay For Failed Class After Breakup (Canada)

    09/03/2014 8:41:35 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 29 replies
    Canadian Press via HuffPo.ca ^ | 29AUG2014 | CP Staff Writer
    KAMLOOPS, B.C. - A 22-year-old B.C. woman is suing her ex-boyfriend to pay tuition for a class she says she failed due to distress over the breakup. Roopam Plawn, a marketing student at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, says in her notice of claim that she is seeking $500 for the class, $600 for anxiety, depression, insomnia and loss of working time and performance and $250 for "severe distress." She also wants Jasmeet Ahluwalia to pay court costs. Plawn says in the court document that she met the international student in September 2013, they broke up in early 2014, got...
  • Israel is 'Choosing not to Win', Says British Expert

    08/26/2014 8:25:45 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 17 replies
    Arutz-7/Israel National News ^ | 25AUG2014 | Gil Ronen
    Barak Seener of RUSI says Israel 'should have gone in harder,' must reclassify human shields as combatants and stop aborting airstrikes. ---------------------- Barak Seener, an Associate fellow at Britain's Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies, thinks Israel is “choosing not to win” the war in Gaza. Seener – who has provided analysis and expert commentary for a range of international broadcasters and news outlets including the Associated Press, Al-Jazeera, BBC, CNN, Chinese CCTV, Fox News, Sky News, Voice of America, Bloomberg, Reuters and Xinhua – told Arutz Sheva that Israel is pursuing a misguided approach to the...
  • SpaceX makes late call to delay ASIASAT-6 launch

    08/26/2014 8:18:35 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 3 replies
    NASA Spaceflight.com ^ | 26AUG2014 | Chris Bergin
    SpaceX has delayed the launch of its latest Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket – tasked with lofting the ASIASAT-6 satellite into orbit – for at least several days. The call was made by CEO Elon Musk shortly after the rocket had been erected at her Space Launch Complex -40 (SLC-40) pad, with the rationale based on giving the team more time to evaluate the health of the launch vehicle. Falcon 9 Delay: No specific reasons have been provided as to why the call was made, although engineers had been working on a helium leak throughout the past 24 hours or so,...
  • A Real Live Gnome in Pennsylvania?

    08/24/2014 10:17:04 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 45 replies
    Earthfiles.com ^ | 23AUG2014 | Linda Moulton Howe
    August 23, 2014 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - In 1200 A.D., a Swedish man named Frederik Ugarph found a hard wood statue only about six inches (15 cm) high of a little person wearing a conical hat in what is now Trondheim, Norway. The statue was standing on a pedestal engraved with the words: “NISSE Riktig Storrelse.” That means, “Gnome, actual height.” Owned and housed today by the Oliv family in Uppsala, Norway, X-ray tests indicate the wooden statue is more than 2,000 years old, perhaps carved from a tree that is no longer known. Another historic account of a “miniature person”...
  • Red Bull Soapbox Race is coming to Pioneer Square on August 24th (2014)!

    08/21/2014 10:09:15 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 7 replies
    ABOUT RED BULL SOAPBOX RACE Not to be confused with the youth soapbox derby, Red Bull Soapbox Race is a national race for amateur drivers, which is fueled by creativity and competitive fun – not to mention the need for speed. This unique non-motorized racing event challenges both experienced racers and amateurs alike to design and build outrageous, human-powered soapbox dream machines and compete against the clock in a downhill race. Teams are judged on three criteria: speed, creativity and showmanship. This criteria has inspired a piano, a baby carriage, a rodeo clown, a massive cob of corn, a jail...