THE SPHINX—-JUST STUFF

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The Editor:  What is stuff, Lois ?

Miscellaneous Cat:  Just a sampling of events.  Wouldn’t it be great if any/all US presidents had to fly commercial instead of Air Force One.  They could stay in touch with the policy they make.

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/1ddd929a-a73b-11e4-b6bd-00144feab7de,Authorised=false.html?_i_location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ft.com%2Fcms%2Fs%2F0%2F1ddd929a-a73b-11e4-b6bd-00144feab7de.html%3Fsiteedition%3Dintl&siteedition=intl&_i_referer=

I would make them travel by bus.

They should put this guy in charge of the prison, instead of transferring him.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/01/22/guantanamo-commander-relieved-amid-probe-into-man-death-officials-say/

Here is a good example of an open border.

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/mesa/2015/01/27/mesa-qt-killing-suspect-subject-deportation-proceedings/22383351/

Here are two companies that have been ” screwing customers “.

http://fox13now.com/2014/10/08/wireless-company-fined-105m-for-unauthorized-charges-check-if-youll-get-refund/

http://www.macrumors.com/2015/01/28/ftc-fines-tracfone-for-throttling-practices/

Here is our interpreter at work answering the question from Amigo, are most professional politicians,  slimy,  sluggish,  loathsome,  creatures ).

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/de-blasio-interpreter-takes-center-stage-video-article-1.2092724

These slimy creeps should have to worry, like the average American, about just staying alive.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_izvAbhExY

 

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Yellow Balls in W33
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Explanation: Infrared wavelengths of 3.6, 8.0, and 24.0 microns observed by the Spitzer Space Telescope are mapped into visible colors red, green, and blue in this striking image. The cosmic cloud of gas and dust is W33, a massive starforming complex some 13,000 light-years distant, near the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy. So what are all those yellow balls? Citizen scientists of the web-based Milky Way Project found the features they called yellow balls as they scanned many Spitzer images and persistently asked that question of researchers. Now there is an answer. The yellow balls in Spitzer images are identified as an early stage of massive star formation. They appear yellow because they are overlapping regions of red and green, the assigned colors that correspond to dust and organic molecules known as PAHs at Spitzer wavelengths. Yellow balls represent the stage before newborn massive stars clear out cavities in their surrounding gas and dust and appear as green-rimmed bubbles with red centers in the Spitzer image. Of course, the astronomical crowdsourcing success story is only part of the Zooniverse. The Spitzer image spans 0.5 degrees or about 100 light-years at the estimated distance of W33.

Tomorrow’s picture: of mice and galaxies

THE SPHINX——GO TO SWITZERLAND

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The Editor:  What is happening in the land of Switzers,  Lois ?

Gulfstream 6 Cat:  The Rich and or powerful/ politicians have been meeting in Davos, Switzerland to decide how to keep the rest of us under their thumb and broke.

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/01/20/1700-private-jets-fly-to-davos-to-discuss-global-warming/

http://www.gulfstream.com/aircraft/gulfstream-g650er

The Editor:  What did they discuss, G6C ?

Short Pants Cat:  Shirley Temple,  and how to divide up the world’s nannies.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWJ0qGLYgDI

http://www.thejournal.ie/jeff-greene-davos-expect-less-1895134-Jan2015/

https://agenda.weforum.org/2014/10/theme-davos-2015/

http://www.infowars.com/harvard-prof-government-mosquito-drones-will-extract-your-dna/

The Editor:   What is their eventual goal besides squashing the middle class like roaches,  SPC ?

Thirteenth Century Cat:   To have a few million slaves on horses, mules, or donkeys to serve their pleasures.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_INwKKJKK4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYYTLJ8YHi4

Astronomy Picture of the Day

A Night at Poker Flat
Image Credit: NASA / Jamie Adkins

Explanation: Four NASA suborbital sounding rockets leapt into the night on January 26, from the University of Alaska’s Poker Flat Research Range. This time lapse composite image follows all four launches of the small, multi-stage rockets to explore winter’s mesmerizing, aurora-filled skies. During the exposures, stars trailed around the North Celestial Pole, high above the horizon at the site 30 miles north of Fairbanks, Alaska. Lidar, beams of pulsed green lasers, also left traces through the scene. Operating successfully, the payloads lofted were two Mesosphere-Lower Thermosphere Turbulence Experiments (M-TeX) and two Mesospheric Inversion-layer Stratified Turbulence (MIST) experiments, creating vapor trails at high altitudes to be tracked by ground-based observations.

Tomorrow’s picture: citizen science

THE SPHINX—–SUPER BOWL FACTS

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The Editor:  How is the Super Bowl City selected, Lois ?

Spalding Cat:  They bribe the NFL with tax money.

http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2014/6/8/5790704/nfl-super-bowl-demands-host-cities-minneapolis

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/super-bowl-2015-host-city-in-arizona-may-be-on-the-hook-for-millions/

The Editor:  Is there anything the NFL won’t do for money, SC ?

Poster Cat:  I don’t know, but they will fine a creep $ 20,000 for making an obscene gesture and then sell the poster.

http://ftw.usatoday.com/2015/01/nfl-selling-prints-of-marshawn-lynch-grabbing-his-groin

The Editor:   Have you been able to research the low-pressure footballs, PC ?

Sea Level Cat:  Our science guy said the coach and quarterback are pathological liars and should run for President.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qI3PR5P1dGo

This video should end any question about what liars these guys are.  A little was lost in converting from analog to digital, what they really were saying was you take the blame and ruin what is left of your reputation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTZlIkD3Jw8

Here is the only player telling the truth.

http://espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs/2014/story/_/id/12237417/marshawn-lynch-seattle-seahawks-uses-same-answer-repetition-super-bowl-media-day-here-get-fined

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyUwanb_Cz8

Here are some ads.

http://www.superbowl-commercials.org/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1n03a7cLf0M

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czR2bHg_4c8

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Close Encounter with M44
Image Credit & Copyright: Carlo Dellarole, Andrea Demarchi

Explanation: On Monday, January 26, well-tracked asteroid 2004 BL86 made its closest approach, a mere 1.2 million kilometers from our fair planet. That’s about 3.1 times the Earth-Moon distance or 4 light-seconds away. Moving quickly through Earth’s night sky, it left this streak in a 40 minute long exposure on January 27 made from Piemonte, Italy. The remarkably pretty field of view includes M44, also known as the Beehive or Praesepe star cluster in Cancer. Of course, its close encounter with M44 is only an apparent one, with the cluster nearly along the same line-of-sight to the near-earth asteroid. The actual distance between star cluster and asteroid is around 600 light-years. Still, the close approach to planet Earth allowed detailed radar imaging from NASA’s Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, California and revealed the asteroid to have its own moon.

Tomorrow’s picture: one night at Poker Flat

10 Things To Know Today

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1. TOKYO STUDYING NEW MESSAGE ALLEGEDLY FROM HOSTAGE

The audio recording, purportedly in Kenji Goto’s voice, extends the deadline for Jordan’s release of an Iraqi prisoner linked to a terror attack and says failure to do so will result in the Jordanian pilot’s death.

2. DE BLASIO’S SIGN-LANGUAGE INTERPRETER GETS BLIZZARD OF ATTENTION

The 38-year-old deaf man uses big gestures and full-body movements to interpret the mayor’s briefings on the snow storm, becoming a buzzing character on social media.

3. OBAMA TO SEEK TO BUST LIMITS ON DOMESTIC, DEFENSE SPENDING

The president’s proposal, two months after voters booted his party from control of Congress, reflects the White House’s newfound confidence on the economy.

4. POLICE QUESTION CHILD WHO BACKED CHARLIE HEBDO ATTACKERS

The detention of an 8-year-old boy from the south of France draws criticism that the country’s measures to prevent people from defending terrorism have gone overboard.

5. PROSECUTORS TO LAY CASE AGAINST AARON HERNANDEZ

Opening statements are set to begin in the murder trial of the former New England Patriots star player.

6. HOW THE IVY LEAGUE WANTS TO DIVERSIFY ITS CHINESE ACADEMIC BODY

The academic powerhouses are trying to recruit from all economic backgrounds in China which accounts for a third of all foreign students coming to the U.S.

7. CENTER-LEFT ALLIANCE CHALLENGES NETANYAHU’S LEAD

A strong showing by “The Zionist Camp” coalition is now ahead of the prime minister’s Likud party in the polls.

8. WHAT GOP IS DEMANDING OF ATTORNEY GENERAL NOMINEE

Republican senators at Loretta Lynch’s confirmation hearing repeatedly seek assurances that she would do things differently than the current occupant of the job, Eric Holder.

9. RAUL CASTRO PUTS BRAKES ON CLOSER US-CUBA TIES

The Cuban president says normal relations depend on a series of American concessions – including the return of the U.S. base at Guantanamo – that appear highly unlikely anytime soon.

10. WHO’S GOOD BET TO WIN SUPER BOWL

New England will down Seattle 27-24 in overtime, predicts Barry Wilner, the AP’s pro football writer.