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The Editor:   Do cats celebrate Thanksgiving, LL ?

Pilgrim Cat:   We certainly do.  It is my favorite holiday, stuffed mouse, mole dressing, it is for family, friends, and being thankful.  Here is a Tar Heel who does a good job of being thankful, besides writing about sports.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Planets of the Morning
Image Credit & Copyright: Yuri Beletsky (Carnegie Las Campanas Observatory, TWAN)

Explanation: Planet Earth’s horizon stretches across this recent Solar System group portrait, seen from the southern hemisphere’s Las Campanas Observatory. Taken before dawn it traces the ecliptic with a line-up familiar to November’s early morning risers. Toward the east are bright planets Venus, Mars, and Jupiter as well as Regulus, alpha star of the constellation Leo. Of course the planets are immersed in the faint glow of zodiacal light, visible from the dark site rising at an angle from the horizon. Sometimes known as the false dawn, it’s no accident the zodiacal light and planets both lie along the ecliptic. Formed in the flattened protoplanetary disk, the Solar System’s planet’s all orbit near the ecliptic plane, while dust near the plane scatters sunlight, the source of the faint zodiacal glow.

Tomorrow’s picture: gravity’s grin


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The Editor:   Can you do a special about monkeys without being a racist, LL ?

Jungle Cat:   You betcha, my guidelines are NBC and the Olympics.   You would be a fool or a monkey’s uncle to challenge that.  Here is their Olympic ad.

Here is a great story about another cute monkey.   The Cowboys are changing their name to get away from ” boys “,  rumors have it they will change their name to the………………………………………..Cowpeople.

After an article a few weeks ago we wondered where Al Sharpton was, it was rumored that he and someone in O’s family had eloped.   Here is a picture of ole gutter rat Al, from Florida.;_ylt=A0LEVj31kFVWGVIAtkQnnIlQ;_ylu=X3oDMTBybGY3bmpvBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMyBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzcg

Here are three of o’s and Hill-monkeys advisers.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Unusual Pits Discovered on Pluto
Image Credit: NASA, Johns Hopkins U. APL, SwRI

Explanation: Why are there unusual pits on Pluto? The indentations were discovered during the New Horizons spacecraft’s flyby of the dwarf planet in July. The largest pits span a kilometer across and dip tens of meters into a lake of frozen nitrogen, a lake that sprawls across Sputnik Planum, part of the famous light-colored heart-shaped region named Tombaugh Regio. Although most pits in the Solar System are created by impact craters, these depressions look different — many are similarly sized, densely packed, and aligned. Rather, it is thought that something has caused these specific areas of ice to sublimate and evaporate away. In fact, the lack of overlying impact craters indicates these pits formed relatively recently. Even though the robotic New Horizons is now off to a new destination, it continues to beam back to Earth new images and data from its dramatic encounter with Pluto.

Tomorrow’s picture: planets of the morning


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The Editor:   What is happening in neighborhoods, LL ?

Hood Cat:   Here is one neighborhood upset over a natural event.

As soon as they eat all the insects they will die, and the problem will be over,    UNLESS……

It is almost as bad as a block-party  in New Orleans.


Astronomy Picture of the Day

Aurora over Clouds
Image Credit & Copyright: Daniele Boffelli

Explanation: Auroras usually occur high above the clouds. The auroral glow is created when fast-moving particles ejected from the Sun impact the Earth’s magnetosphere, from which charged particles spiral along the Earth’s magnetic field to strike atoms and molecules high in the Earth’s atmosphere. An oxygen atom, for example, will glow in the green light commonly emitted by an aurora after being energized by such a collision. The lowest part of an aurora will typically occur at 100 kilometers up, while most clouds usually exist only below about 10 kilometers. The relative heights of clouds and auroras are shown clearly in the featured picture from Dyrholaey, Iceland. There, a determined astrophotographer withstood high winds and initially overcast skies in an attempt to a capture aurora over a picturesque lighthouse, only to take, by chance, the featured picture along the way.

Tomorrow’s picture: open space


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The Editor:  Do you know about the coming primary races, LL ?

Delegate Cat:   I sure do.  Here is a history of why the primary in a lackluster Northern state of few literate citizens and 43 black, 2 Oriental, and 1 Illegal Hispanic voters is important.  Other than sitting around making Molasses and drinking liquor they have nothing else to do.  They are covered in snow 301 days of the year.

The Editor:  How are the delegates selected, DC ?

Molasses Cat:  Here are the basic processes.

After reading that link I understand why most of the New Hamsters  are alcoholics.

Oh, I almost forgot the Super Delegates, these are usually Democratic office holders or Butt-Buddies with the party favorite.   They are about 20 % of the total.  Their job is to over rule the peoples choice in a close race.

It is a pretty sleazy process.