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  • Court Says Muslim Travel Ban Unconstitutional [semi-satire]

    02/17/2018 12:19:22 AM PST · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 18 Feb 2018 | John Semmens
    This week the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 9-4 to overturn President Trump's anti-terrorist travel ban from eight countries on the grounds that "it violates the First Amendment's guarantee of religious freedom. The President's assumption that the Muslim call for jihad from its adherents empowers him to block the immigration of practitioners of this religion into this country is mistaken. The protection of the First Amendment is absolute. It allows no exception for religious practices that entail violence. To single out one religion merely because it commands the coercion or murder of unbelievers is, therefore, unconstitutional." Chief Judge...
  • Interstellar object Oumuamua tumbling chaotically

    02/13/2018 7:02:10 AM PST · by Voption · 49 replies
    Behind the Black ^ | February 12, 2018 | Robert Zimmerman
    A new analysis of the data obtained when the interstellar object Oumuamua flew through the solar system in October 2016 suggests that it is tumbling in a chaotic manner, and that the surface is spotty....Dr Fraser explains: “Our modelling of this body suggests the tumbling will last for many billions of years to hundreds of billions of years before internal stresses cause it to rotate normally again."
  • Massive Flow on Mars

    02/12/2018 10:23:27 AM PST · by Voption · 19 replies
    Behind the Black ^ | February 12, 2018 | Robert Zimmerman
    Cool image time! The image on the right, cropped to post here, comes from a Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter image that shows a massive relatively recent and dark slope streak that emanates out from a single point on the surface.
  • The State of the World Wide Rocket Industry at the start of 2018.

    02/11/2018 8:32:50 PM PST · by Voption · 18 replies
    Behind the Black ^ | January 2, 2018 | Robert Zimmerman
    First, 2016 was the worst year for the Russian rocket industry in decades...Second, China has been aggressively ramping up its launch rate, and in 2016 moved clearly into the top tier of space-faring nations...Third, the United States is clearly transitioning away from a government owned and operated rocket industry to one owned and operated by the private sector. Since the retirement of the Space Shuttle, the federal government has not launched a single rocket that it designed, built, and owns. Instead, every payload put in space by the U.S. has been put there by a private sector rocket.
  • Urinating Illegal Stabs Man [semi-satire]

    02/11/2018 10:09:00 AM PST · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 11 Feb 2018 | John Semmens
    In Maryland, Salvador Gomez-Lopez, a native of El Salvador in the United States illegally will go on trial for stabbing a man waiting at a bus stop. The attack sprang from the victim’s objection to Gomez urinating in front of fellow bus passengers. Arresting police described Gomez as “drunk and belligerent.” In the US House of Representatives, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) gave an eight hour speech blaming Trump’s “anti-immigrant policies for this tragedy. The hostility of the President toward immigrants seeking a better life in America is the primary cause for this incident. If Mr. Gomez didn’t have to...
  • What’s the condition of the 1909 Lincoln, V.D.B. cent on Mars?

    02/09/2018 12:37:15 PM PST · by Voption · 19 replies
    Coin World ^ | February 2, 2018 | Wiliam T. Gibbs
    "When the Curiosity Rover was launched onto its nine-month-long journey to the planet Mars on Nov. 26, 2011, the rover carried as one of its many scientific packages a calibration target; a 1909 Lincoln cent. The cent is mounted near the bottom of the target, with its obverse facing outward."
  • A Good Health Check for Mars Reconnaisance Orbiter, but....HiRISE Camera a concern

    02/09/2018 10:52:22 AM PST · by Voption · 8 replies
    JPL via Behind the Black ^ | February 9, 2018 | Robert Zimmerman
    "...some HiRISE images taken in 2017 and early 2018 show slight blurring not seen earlier in the mission. The cause is under investigation. The percentage of full-resolution images with blurring peaked at 70 percent last October, at about the time when Mars was at the point in its orbit farthest from the Sun. The percentage has since declined to less than 20 percent. Even before the first blurred images were seen, observations with HiRISE commonly used a technique that covers more ground area at half the resolution. This still provides higher resolution than any other camera orbiting Mars — about...
  • Any Ideas for Touring Maine?

    02/02/2018 3:23:32 AM PST · by AbolishCSEU · 70 replies
    Now that I've cancelled my Stephen King tour for this summer in Maine, does anyone have any good ideas for tourism in Maine?
  • Swedish Police VS Russian Police

    02/01/2018 11:03:49 AM PST · by NorseViking · 9 replies
    Youtube ^ | Viking in Space
    This is what a police force run through cultrural marxism looks like, against a police force run through power and agression.
  • Dems Reject President’s DACA Proposal [semi-satire]

    01/27/2018 10:02:21 AM PST · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 Jan 2018 | John Semmens
    The Trump proposal to extend a path to citizenship for 1.8 illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children was assailed by key Democrats this week. Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill) called the proposal “far short of anything I could agree to. What about the other 30 million undocumented persons living in this country? Where’s the path to citizenship for them. On top of this, Trump’s ‘deal’ would require us to agree to fund beefed up border security, limit chain migration, and end the visa lottery—blocking millions of future migrants from enjoying the same opportunity that he would...
  • Trump Immigration Question Sparks Outrage [semi-satire]

    01/14/2018 11:46:21 AM PST · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 14 Jan 2018 | John Semmens
    During a private meeting at the White House to work on an immigration bill, President Trump is reported to have asked "why are we having all these people from shit-hole countries come here?" Meeting attendee Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill) called Trump's words "hate-filled" and "the worst words ever spoken in the Oval Office. Frankly, it's embarrassing to have a man capable of such language as the nation's Chief Executive. I don't know if it's a high crime, but it certainly seems at least a misdemeanor." Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Az), who was not at the meeting, said "I was aghast at...
  • TWITTER: Trump cancels London trip (Protesting Embassy “deal”)

    01/12/2018 2:47:11 AM PST · by 850.933.8511oz · 38 replies
    https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump ^ | 12 Jan 2018 | https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump
    Reason I canceled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for “peanuts,” only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars. Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!
  • Cars Burned to Celebrate New Year [semi-satire]

    01/09/2018 9:57:25 AM PST · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 7 Jan 2018 | John Semmens
    In France, burning cars on New Year’s Eve is becoming more popular. This year’s toll of 1,031 vehicles torched, predominately by Muslims residing in the country, topped last year’s 935. French Sociologist Michel Wieviorka maintains that we should consider these arsonists as “playful rather than criminal in nature. The vandals are mostly young men of foreign heritage coming from countries where automobiles are rare. On the one hand, there is a genuine and warranted expression of rage at a society in which cars are available to some, but not all. They are hitting out at the injustice of a system...
  • Worlds Largest Aircraft [taxi test complete]

    Eastern Kern County-based Scaled Composites has successfully executed a low speed taxi test of the Stratolaunch aircraft, the company said Monday in a news release. For the first time, the aircraft traveled down the runway under its own power, utilizing all six Pratt & Whitney turbofan engines. The world's largest airplane was designed and built at Mojave Air and Space Port to develop an air launch platform to make access to space more convenient, reliable, and routine.
  • Falcon Heavy Goes Vertical !

    01/06/2018 2:32:33 AM PST · by 850.933.8511oz · 27 replies
    CNET.com ^ | SpaceX
    After years of waiting, it's going to be at least a couple of more weeks before SpaceX debuts the world's new most powerful rocket, dubbed Falcon Heavy. The demonstration launch has been pushed back to late January, company founder Elon Musk said Thursday, before reiterating that he isn't positive it will go well.
  • Congresswoman Bumps Passenger [semi-satire]

    01/02/2018 9:10:02 AM PST · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 31 December 2017 | John Semmens
    On a United Airlines flight from Houston to Washington, DC, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex) added another bumped passenger to her growing list. When the passenger complained Jackson labeled her a "racist." Jean-Marie Simon, the woman Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee called a racist, is a photojournalist who helped document human-rights abuses in Guatemala during the 1980s. She currently teaches in a private school and is a registered Democrat. "All that stuff about what she did in Guatemala doesn't change the fact that she is white," Lee argued. "All whites are racists. She was probably trying to atone for her whiteness...
  • VIDEO– Passport System Collapses: Holiday Travelers Paralyzed in All U.S. Airports...

    01/01/2018 7:01:56 PM PST · by Revel · 61 replies
    True-Pundit ^ | 1-1-18
    We are getting reports that all international travelers in the United States are weathering horrendous lines as the computer system for passports operated by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol has failed late Monday night. On one of the busiest travel nights of the holiday season. A video of the nightmare in Miami’s airport is being played out throughout the United States. Twitter posts at Link
  • Saudi Prince Al Waleed bin Talal’s Ex-Wife Tells All: Orgies with Underage Girls [fake]

    12/31/2017 3:55:27 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 79 replies
    TruePundit ^ | 12-31-2017 | admin
    Saudi Princess Amira Bint Aidan Bin Nayef went on a rampage against the ruling Saudi regime in her exclusive statements to the French newspaper Le Monde, saying slavery in Saudi Arabia has different forms, but it is done in secrecy and permitted only among the primary beneficiaries of the princes of the House of Saud. She mentioned one of the most repulsive things: buying and renting the children, especially the orphans, from countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Djibouti, Somalia, Nigeria, Romania and Bulgaria.
  • Germany Building ‘Panama Canal on Railway Tracks’ Through South America

    Bolivian President Evo Morales met with German and Swiss officials in Bern, Switzerland, on December 14 to sign an agreement on building one of the largest infrastructure projects of the century—a coast-to-coast railroad across South America. The Central Bi-Oceanic Railway Corridor, or “Panama Canal on Railway Tracks,” will stretch from the Pacific coast of Peru, through Bolivia, and across Brazil to the Atlantic Ocean. The total length of the projected route is 2,333 miles. Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay also plan to add connection routes to the corridor. Germany and Switzerland will assist in the ambitious project’s construction and will also...
  • Mexico murders hit record high, dealing blow to president

    12/23/2017 11:13:48 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 21 replies
    reuters.com ^ | DECEMBER 23, 2017 | Reuters Staff
    Mexico has this year registered its highest murder total since modern records began, according to official data, dealing a fresh blow to President Enrique Pena Nieto’s pledge to get gang violence under control with presidential elections due in 2018. A total of 23,101 murder investigations were opened in the first 11 months of this year, surpassing the 22,409 registered in the whole of 2011, figures published on Friday night by the interior ministry showed. The figures go back to 1997.