THE SPHINX—-THE MEANING OF WORDS

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Valentine’s Day is Sunday.

http://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day/history-of-valentines-day
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The Editor:   Do words have meanings, LL ?

Language Cat:  The certainly do, often it depends on the circumstances.  Here is an example of where ” reward ” is actually child abuse or worse.

http://lawnewz.com/crazy/cops-tennesse-teacher-trunk/

Here is a funny one.  The FBI investigates possible federal crimes, they don’t do  ” security reviews ” or other nonsense that Hill-witch expects us to believe.

http://lawnewz.com/high-profile/former-fbi-asst-director-calls-hillary-clintons-e-mail-answer-wishful-thinking/

What difference does it make ?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ka0_nz53CcM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MJLi5_dyn0

Astronomy Picture of the Day

LIGO Detects Gravitational Waves from Merging Black Holes
Illustration Credit: LIGO, NSF, Aurore Simonnet (Sonoma State U.)

Explanation: Gravitational radiation has been directly detected. The first-ever detection was made by both facilities of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) in Washington and Louisiana simultaneously last September. After numerous consistency checks, the resulting 5-sigma discovery was published today. The measured gravitational waves match those expected from two large black holes merging after a death spiral in a distant galaxy, with the resulting new black hole momentarily vibrating in a rapid ringdown. A phenomenon predicted by Einstein, the historic discovery confirms a cornerstone of humanity’s understanding of gravity and basic physics. It is also the most direct detection of black holes ever. The featured illustration depicts the two merging black holes with the signal strength of the two detectors over 0.3 seconds superimposed across the bottom. Expected future detections by Advanced LIGO and other gravitational wave detectors may not only confirm the spectacular nature of this measurement but hold tremendous promise of giving humanity a new way to see and explore our universe.

Tomorrow’s picture: open space

THE SPHINX—-IN A PICKLE

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The Editor:  What does ” in a pickle ” mean, LL ?

http://www.bonappetit.com/entertaining-style/pop-culture/article/origin-of-the-phrase-in-a-pickle

Language Cat:  It means in a fix, mess, bad situation, etc.  Here is an example, the  Olympics are ” in a pickle “.

http://www.reuters.com/article/health-zika-brazil-pregnant-women-idUSKCN0VA1D1

Hillary-clausen is ” in a pickle “.

http://www.drudgereport.com/

This NAACP local president  is ” in a pickle “.

http://www.theamericanmirror.com/omg-naacp-leader-uses-f-word-to-apologize-for-using-t-word-after-n-word-meeting/

Gerard is  ” in a pickle “, but  he won’t be late.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/12132551/Gerard-Depardieu-stars-in-luxury-watch-advert-with-a-dead-deer-and-hunting-rifle.html

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

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Galaxies in the River
Image Credit & Copyright: CEDIC TeamProcessing: Markus Blauensteiner

Explanation: Large galaxies grow by eating small ones. Even our own galaxy practices galactic cannibalism, absorbing small galaxies that get too close and are captured by the Milky Way’s gravity. In fact, the practice is common in the universe and illustrated by this striking pair of interacting galaxies from the banks of the southern constellation Eridanus, The River. Located over 50 million light years away, the large, distorted spiral NGC 1532 is seen locked in a gravitational struggle with dwarf galaxy NGC 1531 (right of center), a struggle the smaller galaxy will eventually lose. Seen edge-on, spiral NGC 1532 spans about 100,000 light-years. Nicely detailed in this sharp image, the NGC 1532/1531 pair is thought to be similar to the well-studied system of face-on spiral and small companion known as M51.

Tomorrow’s picture: adventures in spacetime

THE SPHINX—EDUCATION SPECIAL

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In China it’s the Lunar New Year–The Year of the Monkey.

http://news.yahoo.com/lunar-turbulence-fire-monkey-swings-action-033423883.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/12144891/chinese-new-year-2016-year-of-the-monkey.html

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The Editor:   Is there anything new in education, LL ?

Enlightened Cat:  Not really,  most schools don’t teach anything but political correctness, despite the fact that America spends more per child than all but four countries in the world.

http://www.politifact.com/florida/statements/2015/apr/21/jeb-bush/does-united-states-spend-more-student-most-countri/

Here are some interesting links.

http://nypost.com/2016/01/27/many-nyc-students-cant-even-sign-their-own-names/

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/01/28/us-schools-get-failing-grade-for-financial-literacy-education.html

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffrey/489-union-members-worked-government-2015

http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/19/politics/judge-judy-supreme-court-poll/

Oh, I almost forgot, say good- bye to another occupation.

http://www.seattletimes.com/business/waving-goodbye-to-a-piece-of-americana-the-lumberjack/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQOMxz-O7Sc

Steinem says girls support Bernie to get boys.

http://www.thewrap.com/gloria-steinem-slammed-for-suggesting-young-women-support-bernie-sanders-to-chase-boys/

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDcvmrHV9Jc

Astronomy Picture of the Day

The Rise and Fall of Supernova 2015F
Video Credit & Copyright: Changsu Choi & Myungshin Im (Seoul National University)

Explanation: Sit back and watch a star explode. The actual supernova occurred back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, but images of the spectacular event began arriving last year. Supernova 2015F was discovered in nearby spiral galaxy NGC 2442 by Berto Monard in 2015 March and was unusually bright — enough to be seen with only a small telescope. The pattern of brightness variation indicated a Type Ia supernova — a type of stellar explosion that results when an Earth-size white dwarf gains so much mass that its core crosses the threshold of nuclear fusion, possibly caused by a lower mass white-dwarf companion spiraling into it. Finding and tracking Type Ia supernovae are particularly important because their intrinsic brightness can be calibrated, making their apparent brightness a good measure of their distance — and hence useful toward calibrating the distance scale of the entire universe. The featured video tracked the stellar disruption from before explosion images arrived, as it brightened, and for several months as the fission-powered supernova glow faded. The remnants of SN2015F are now too dim to see without a large telescope. Just yesterday, however, the night sky lit up once again, this time with an even brighter supernova in an even closer galaxy: Centaurus A.

Tomorrow’s picture: open space

THE SPHINX—-PROGRESSIVES AND TECHNOLOGY

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The Editor:   What is a Progressive, and why is Hill-manatee and Bernie-commie arguing over who is the biggest Progressive, LL ?

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/progressive

Scum Cat:  A political Progressive is someone who wants to redistribute all of other peoples money to their causes.  They also want to take their rights away.  The only rich people will be politicians and Wall Street.   Bernie and Donald should be very careful.

TE:   What is your technology article about, SC ?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3423063/Is-technology-causing-evolve-new-SPECIES-Expert-believes-super-humans-called-Homo-optimus-talk-machines-digitally-immortal-2050.html

Georgia Tech Cat:  It is about merging technology and political candidates to try and get the truth.  Here is one attempt.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hef7v6fp_DQ

The next two links are very graphic,  for adult viewing only.  They are mind-readings of Bernie and Hill-scum’s subconscious.   It isn’t pretty.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Weaop_aiTg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUkE9qaVgmo

They love you, and want to take care of you.   I have two questions, will only citizens be given free educations, and will the armed services receive the $15.00 minimum wage ?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBpYgpF1bqQ