THE SPHINX—-EPA ADMINISTRATOR TO JOIN A MONASTERY

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RIP  ART  BELL

https://www.reviewjournal.com/local/local-nevada/pahrump-based-radio-host-art-bell-dies-at-72/

https://www.coasttocoastam.com/

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The  Editor:   Is the EPA guy joining a monastery, LL ?

https://www.newsmax.com/politics/trey-gowdy-scott-pruitt-epa-spending/2018/04/15/id/854615/

Religious Cat:  It sure sounds like it.  It might be the only housing available.  He might join a state agency or university to make enough in retirement to get by.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/just-how-widespread-is-the-housing-shortage-1523876401

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/14/business/pension-finance-oregon.html

Here is a great idea.   Canadian and American employees in Cuba could use it now.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5611645/Future-devices-let-companies-scan-body-detect-mood-health.html

https://news.sky.com/story/canada-pulls-diplomats-families-from-cuba-over-mystery-illness-11334427

https://www.yahoo.com/news/diaz-canel-tapped-steer-cuba-post-castro-uncertainty-151140645.html

Starbucks is going to get righteous.  Get behind me Satan.

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2018/04/17/Starbucks-locations-to-close-for-racial-bias-training/6661523990257/?utm_source=sec&utm_campaign=sl&utm_medium=5

https://www.behance.net/gallery/36097793/Case-Study-Starbucks-Bathroom-Codes

Astronomy Picture of the Day

NGC 7635: The Bubble Nebula
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage Team – Reprocessing by Maksim Kakitsev

Explanation: Blown by the wind from a massive star, this interstellar apparition has a surprisingly familiar shape. Cataloged as NGC 7635, it is also known simply as The Bubble Nebula. Although it looks delicate, the 7 light-year diameter bubble offers evidence of violent processes at work. Above and left of the Bubble’s center is a hot, O-type star, several hundred thousand times more luminous and some 45 times more massive than the Sun. A fierce stellar wind and intense radiation from that star has blasted out the structure of glowing gas against denser material in a surrounding molecular cloud. The intriguing Bubble Nebula and associated cloud complex lie a mere 7,100 light-years away toward the boastful constellation Cassiopeia. This sharp, tantalizing view of the cosmic bubble is a composite of Hubble Space Telescope image data from 2016, reprocessed to present the nebula’s intense narrowband emission in an approximate true color scheme.

Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in space

THE SPHINX—-CALIFORNIA

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https://www.cbsnews.com/news/southwest-airlines-flight-emergency-landing-today-2018-04-17-live-stream-updates/

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The  Sphinx:  Is Calimex still making news, LL ?

Zorro Cat:   They sure are.  They have stopped the secession talk, and now want to divide the Golden State into three ( 3 )  states.

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2018/04/13/California-could-vote-on-separating-into-3-states-in-November/7421523592013/?utm_source=sec&utm_campaign=sl&utm_medium=6

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._state_partition_proposals

https://www.usconstitution.net/xconst_A4Sec3.html

Trump should hire Apple’s Human Resources People.

https://www.fastcompany.com/40558968/leaked-apple-memo-12-employees-were-arrested-last-year-for-leaking-secrets

This is in a California paper, but the trouble is in paradise.

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Hawaii-officials-confirm-2-more-rat-lungworm-12827499.php#photo-15381041

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Milky Way over Deadvlei in Namibia
Image Credit & Copyright: Stefan Liebermann

Explanation: What planet is this? It is the only planet currently known to have trees. The trees in Deadvlei, though, have been dead for over 500 years. Located in Namib-Naukluft Park in Namibia (Earth), saplings grew after rainfall caused a local river to overflow, but died after sand dunes shifted to section off the river. High above and far in the distance, the band of our Milky Way Galaxy forms an arch over a large stalk in this well-timed composite image, taken last month. The soil of white clay appears to glow by reflected starlight. Rising on the left, under the Milky Way’s arch, is a band of zodiacal light — sunlight reflected by dust orbiting in the inner Solar System. On the right, just above one of Earth‘s larger sand dunes, an astute eye can find the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of our galaxy. Finding the Small Magellanic Cloud in the featured image, though, is perhaps too hard.

Tomorrow’s picture: big bubble

A wife solves her husband’s problems…..

old car

After being married for 50 years, I took a careful look at my wife one day and said, “Fifty years ago we had a cheap house, a junk car, slept on a sofa bed and watched a 10-inch black and white TV, but I got to sleep with a hot 23-year-old girl every night.

Now, I have a $500,000 home, a $45,000 car, a nice big bed and a large screen TV, but I’m sleeping with a 69-year-old woman. It seems to me that you’re not holding up your side of things.”

My wife is a very reasonable woman. She told me to go out and find a hot 23-year-old girl and she would make sure that I would once again be living in a cheap house, driving a junk car, sleeping on a sofa bed and watching a 10-inch black and white TV.

Aren’t older women great? They really know how to solve an old guy’s problems.