THE SPHINX—RELAX MEDIA OWNERSHIP RULES

The Editor:   Why would the government want to relax media ownership rules, LL ?

http://variety.com/2017/politics/news/fcc-media-ownership-rule-change-1202599131/

Monopoly Cat:   So that there are only 3 or 4 companies that own the media.  You can control the news easier.  I don’t see how you can own more news organizations in one city than the Cox-Chambers family in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Cox_Chambers

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cox_Enterprises

Here is one reason cameras are necessary in public facilities.  One nurse testified to what she normally does rather than laughing at a dying veteran.

http://www.11alive.com/article/news/investigations/hidden-camera-tells-true-story-of-how-veteran-died-after-calling-for-help-gasping-for-air/85-490859558

Here is an old photo.

https://www.newsmax.com/thewire/billy-the-kid-photo-real-worth/2017/11/17/id/826902/

Here are two churches trying to pay the bills.

http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/11/17/san-jose-city-moves-to-shut-down-two-churches-selling-pot/

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Big Dipper over Pyramid Mountain
Image Credit & Copyright: Steve Cullen

Explanation: When did you first learn to identify this group of stars? Although they are familiar to many people around the world, different cultures have associated this asterism with different icons and folklore. Known in the USA as the Big Dipper, the stars are part of a constellation designated by the International Astronomical Union in 1922 as the Great Bear (Ursa Major). The recognized star names of these stars are (left to right) Alkaid, Mizar/Alcor, Alioth, Megrez, Phecda, Merak, and Dubhe. Of course, stars in any given constellation are unlikely to be physically related. But surprisingly, most of the Big Dipper stars do seem to be headed in the same direction as they plough through space, a property they share with other stars spread out over an even larger area across the sky. Their measured common motion suggests that they all belong to a loose, nearby star cluster, thought to be on average only about 75 light-years away and up to 30 light-years across. The cluster is more properly known as the Ursa Major Moving Group. The featured image captured the iconic stars recently above Pyramid Mountain in Alberta, Canada.

Tomorrow’s picture: open space

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Curiosity Rover Takes Selfie on Mars
Image Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, MSSS

Explanation: Yes, but have you ever taken a selfie on Mars? The Curiosity rover on Mars has. This selfie was compiled from many smaller images — which is why the mechanical arm holding the camera is not visible. (Although its shadow is!) Taken in mid-2015, the featured image shows not only the adventurous rover, but dark layered rocks, the light colored peak of Mount Sharp, and the rusting red sand that pervades Mars. If you look closely, you can even see that a small rock is stuck into one of Curiosity’s aging wheels. Now nearing the end of 2017, Curiosity continues to explore the layers of sedimentary rocks it has discovered on Vera Rubin Ridge in order to better understand, generally, the ancient geologic history of Mars and, specifically, why these types of rocks exist there.

Tomorrow’s picture: familiar stars

THE SPHINX—MONOPOLIES

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Here is a radio show that will explain why Oswald didn’t kill JFK.

https://www.coasttocoastam.com/show/2017/11/22

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The Editor:  Do we have a monopoly problem, LL ?

http://www.ushistory.org/us/43b.asp

Do Not Pass Go Cat:   We sure do.   Here is something hopeful.

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/08/doj-demands-cnn-or-directv-be-sold-as-condition-for-att-time-warner-deal-approval.html

It doesn’t mean much.  This is the sad state of America’s capitalist system.  Some of these unelected people have more power than any President or Congress.

http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/359514-monopoly-critics-decry-amazon-amendment

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/nov/08/bill-gates-jeff-bezos-warren-buffett-wealthier-than-poorest-half-of-us

One day the ordinary people will wise up, and take control of their governments.  These creeps increase their wealth by controlling the laws.

https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffrey/7-10-richest-members-congress-are-democrats

https://www.theguardian.com/inequality/2017/nov/14/worlds-richest-wealth-credit-suisse

Here is what the Commissioner of the NFL wants in his contract, 49.5 million a year—private plane use for life—lifetime health care.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/11/13/news/companies/nfl-roger-goodell-contract-report/index.html

Try Marriage

Because I had forgotten the dates for a number of my friends and relatives’ birthdays and anniversaries, I decided to compile a list on the computer and have the dates highlighted on screen when the machine was turned on.

I went to a number of computer stores to find a software program that would do the job, but had no luck at the first few. I finally found one where the clerk seemed experienced.

“Can you recommend something that will remind me of birthdays and anniversaries?” I asked.

“Have you tried a wife?” he replied.

THE SPHINX—–GOVERNMENT SEX, SEX, SEX

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Watch the Georgia Dome get blown up/down Monday Morning.

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/atlanta/this-is-what-the-georgia-dome-implosion-will-look-like/630564407

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The Editor:  Do government superiors have sex with their employees, LL ?

Does Cat:   Does Hershey have chocolate ?  Does Battle Creek have corn flakes ?  Do nuclear reactors leak poison ?   You bet.  Let me start with ole Bill & Hill.

In my first life Bill, Hill, and the Democrats showed that it was OK to have sex with people that worked for you.  Even women’s groups like NOW didn’t say a peep.

https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/11/reckoning-with-bill-clintons-sex-crimes/545729/

The U.S. House of Representatives abolished their ” Page Program ” because of sexual problems with teenage boys and the Representatives.  The Pages were children of voters in their districts that worked temporarily to see how the world really worked.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives_Page

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/29/AR2006092901574.html

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017/11/14/Paul-Ryan-orders-mandatory-anti-harassment-training-for-House/5041510698732/?utm_source=sec&utm_campaign=sl&utm_medium=13

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/360324-lawmakers-describe-pervasive-sexual-harassment-on-capitol-hill

The scandals are so frequent that they have a slush fund to settle the law suits.  In the budget it is listed under male/female whorehopping and teenage sex.

http://ntknetwork.com/15-million-in-taxpayer-money-has-been-paid-out-to-settle-congressional-sexual-harassment-suits/

The truest words ever spoken in DC were ” Don’t get caught with a dead girl or live boy “, and ” If you want a friend-get a dog “.