THE SPHINX—TRUTH AND BEAUTY

The Editor:  Do cats know about truth and beauty, LL ?

http://www.bartleby.com/101/625.html

Get Real Cat:  We know more about the facts.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-19/snail-slime-hits-beauty-mainstream-after-taking-korea-by-storm

http://www.yesstyle.com/blog/2016-02-02/10-fascinating-facts-about-snail-slime-you-should-know-the-yesstyle-beauty-lab/

If they want big-slime they should go to D.C. and follow the government crooks around.  Slime-Collector, there are worse jobs.

We need some facts here.  This is a 10 million dollar lawsuit.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/18/us/minneapolis-woman-killed-by-police/index.html

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017/07/20/Minneapolis-police-chief-says-Justine-Damond-didnt-have-to-die/5361500596386/?utm_source=fp&utm_campaign=ls&utm_medium=3

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-minnesota-police-idUSKBN1A62U2

Here is one reason body-cams are turned off.

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017/07/20/Attorney-Baltimore-cops-body-camera-shows-him-planting-drugs/7711500521636/?utm_source=sec&utm_campaign=sl&utm_medium=4

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Mercury as Revealed by MESSENGER
Image Credit: MESSENGER, NASA, JHU APL, CIW

Explanation: Mercury had never been seen like this before. In 2008, the robotic MESSENGER spacecraft buzzed past Mercury for the second time and imaged terrain mapped previously only by comparatively crude radar. The featured image was recorded as MESSENGER looked back 90 minutes after passing, from an altitude of about 27,000 kilometers. Visible in the image, among many other newly imaged features, are unusually long rays that appear to run like meridians of longitude out from a young crater near the northern limb. MESSENGER entered orbit around Mercury in 2011 and finished its primary mission in 2012, but took detailed measurements until 2015, at which time it ran out of fuel and so was instructed to impact Mercury’s surface.

Tomorrow’s picture: hybrid eclipse

THE SPHINX—THE END IS NEAR

The  Editor:   Is The End really near, LL ?

Apocalypse Cat:  It looks like it.  Here are some signs.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/3992043/incredible-rectangular-moon-sighting-sparks-alien-conspiracy-theories-but-theres-a-scientific-explanation/

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/10/earths-sixth-mass-extinction-event-already-underway-scientists-warn

https://phys.org/news/2017-07-tardigrades-survivors-earth.html

All presidential benefits should be discontinued after they leave office.  The Clintons and now the Obamas are showing that there is no end to their corruption and greed.  The charitables and non-profits are their future incomes.  They don’t need ANY TAXPAYER MONEY OR BENEFITS.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/obamacenter/ct-obama-foundation-donors-met-0714-20170714-story.html

Visa wants more money from their customers.

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017/07/15/Visa-offers-500K-for-eateries-to-stop-accepting-cash/2291500133004/?utm_source=sec&utm_campaign=sl&utm_medium=11

Disney makes the homeless sleep in the mud.  I guess the world isn’t big enough.

http://www.breitbart.com/california/2017/07/15/bench-removal-targets-disneyland-citys-growing-homeless-population/

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Apollo 11: Catching Some Sun
Image Credit: Apollo 11, NASA (Image scanned by Kipp Teague)

Explanation: Bright sunlight glints and long dark shadows mark this image of the lunar surface. It was taken July 20, 1969 by Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first to walk on the Moon. Pictured is the mission’s lunar module, the Eagle, and spacesuited lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin unfurling a long sheet of foil also known as the Solar Wind Composition Experiment. Exposed facing the Sun, the foil trapped particles streaming outward in the solar wind, catching a sample of material from the Sun itself. Along with moon rocks and lunar soil samples, the solar wind collector was returned for analysis in earthbound laboratories.

Tomorrow’s picture: mercury mellon

THE SPHINX—-THERE YOU GO

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MAYBE THIS IS WHY CHIPOTLE IS HAVING TO CLOSE STORES BECAUSE OF CUSTOMERS GETTING SICK.    RATS ARE FALLING OUT OF THEIR CEILING.

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Rodents-Fall-From-Ceiling-of-Dallas-Chipotle-Customers-435476763.html

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The Editor:  What does the title mean, LL ?

Pacific Ocean Cat:  Guam is picking a weird time to want independence.  They might be speaking Chinese quicker than they want.

http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/australasia/article/2102824/anything-better-status-quo-guam-eyes-end-american-colonial

From what I read the whole island might capsize at any moment.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cesSRfXqS1Q

The Guamarettoes will be lucky if the Japanese don’t turn them into marine-frogs.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/14/fishermen-express-fury-fukushima-plant-set-release-radioactive/

Tennessee isn’t going to be outdone on the poison/toxic/radioactive issue.  They should use river-water not well-water to cool the plant.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-4698330/Toxins-water-Tennessee-power-plant-causing-alarm.html

Forget the Boogerman under the bed, Polar Bears are going to eat your children.

http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2017/07/14/wapo-polar-bears-hurt-by-climate-change-could-develop-taste-for-humans/

This woman needs counseling.

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article161621453.html

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Phobos: Moon over Mars
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, Zolt Levay (STScI) – Acknowledgment: J.Bell (ASU) and M.Wolff (SSI)

Explanation: A tiny moon with a scary name, Phobos emerges from behind the Red Planet in this timelapse sequence from the Earth-orbiting Hubble Space Telescope. Over 22 minutes the 13 separate exposures were captured near the 2016 closest approach of Mars to planet Earth. Martians have to look to the west to watch Phobos rise, though. The small moon is closer to its parent planet than any other moon in the Solar System, about 3,700 miles (6,000 kilometers) above the Martian surface. It completes one orbit in just 7 hours and 39 minutes. That’s faster than a Mars rotation, which corresponds to about 24 hours and 40 minutes. So on Mars, Phobos can be seen to rise above the western horizon 3 times a day. Still, Phobos is doomed.

Tomorrow’s picture: to catch some sun

THE SPHINX—NEWS ITEMS

The Editor:   What’s new, LL ?

Country Cat:  Kenny Rogers knows when to fold them.

https://www.upi.com/Entertainment_News/Music/2017/07/18/Kenny-Rogers-to-perform-with-Dolly-Parton-at-final-concert/7741500399816/?utm_source=fp&utm_campaign=ts_pi&utm_medium=7

Chipotle needs robot workers.  They have good hygiene, but might fall in the sink.

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017/07/18/Chipotle-shuts-down-Virginia-restaurant-after-illness-reports/1951500393171/?utm_source=sec&utm_campaign=sl&utm_medium=2

https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2017/07/18/Suicidal-security-robot-drowned-itself-at-Washington-office/9241500392359/?utm_source=fp&utm_campaign=lh&utm_medium=5

Amazon is selling transcripts of everything Alexa hears you say in your home.

http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2017/07/17/amazon-considering-allowing-developers-access-to-alexa-transcripts/

Artificial sweeteners  will kill you, your children, and their children.

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/artificial-sweeteners-weight-gain-link-research-health-issues-diabetes-a7844611.html

If Winnie the Pooh  is China’s Xi E uh ah ah walla walla bing bang, the creep from North Korea must be a Weeble.

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-china-blog-40627855