THE SPHINX—-MISCELLANEOUS

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Today is Presidents Day.

http://www.newsweek.com/presidents-day-2018-whats-open-closed-banks-post-offices-stock-market-and-more-810018

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The Editor:  Is the news hopping, LL ?

No Sign Cat:  It sure is, the last iconic sign in Mexicali has been stolen.

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/immigration/sd-me-immigration-sign-20180208-story.html

Self driving trucks are on the way.

https://www.newsmax.com/finance/economy/truckers-economy-profits-freight/2018/02/10/id/842614/

A 20 pound  ” Sanctuary Rodent ” is destroying California levees and dams.

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Invasive-20-pound-rodents-increasingly-burrowing-12567822.php

Cape Town gets rain.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/11/africa/cape-town-rain-day-zero-intl/index.html

Princeton drops free speech.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/professor-uses-n-word-student-shouts-f-you-free-speech-class-canceled-at-princeton/article/2011560

THE SPHINX—GOOD & NOT SO GOOD

The  Editor:  Is this about religion, LL ?

Not Good & Evil Cat:  No, it’s about beneficial, helpful, advantageous,  and things like that.     Here are two tips from loyal reader MST.

https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/ss/slideshow-purple-power-foods?ecd=wnl_spr_021618_REMAIL&ctr=wnl-spr-021618-REMAIL_nsl-ld-stry_1&mb=YxOFDO9o4s%40UiizSrDpgAWdEpmNqbUHLdu6bxy6GR2Y%3d

https://www.rd.com/health/wellness/unknowingly-sabotaging-your-immunity/

Maybe, if you like, you can use this woman as a model, or not.  You can use Rosie O”Donnell,  if you prefer.

https://www.si.com/swimsuit/archive/2018

Here is a 50 year old life saver.

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2018/02/16/50-years-of-911-The-small-town-that-revolutionized-emergency-response/3811518491798/?utm_source=sec&utm_campaign=sl&utm_medium=2

Trump saves another American institution from those ” Yellow Devils “.  Obama probably wants the building for his NON-LIBRARY.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sec-chicagostockexchange/sec-blocks-chicago-stock-exchange-sale-to-china-based-investors-idUSKCN1G000H

HERE IS A NOT SO GOOD,  GOVERNMENTS OUTSOURCING JUDICIAL OBLIGATIONS TO PRIVATE INDUSTRY.  IT MAKES IT PROFITABLE TO KEEP PEOPLE IN PRISON/JAIL,  CONVICT MORE PEOPLE FOR THE PROFIT,  INCREASE FINES AND PENALTIES.  IT ISN’T A FUTURE IDEA,  IT IS HERE.

Your elected representatives approved this.  It will be OK until you, your son, daughter, wife, has to pay a $5000.00 fine for not paying a speeding ticket.

https://www.desertsun.com/story/news/crime_courts/2018/02/13/institute-justice-attacks-california-prosecution-fees/331308002/

Astronomy Picture of the Day

LL Ori and the Orion Nebula
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team

Explanation: Stars can make waves in the Orion Nebula’s sea of gas and dust. This esthetic close-up of cosmic clouds and stellar winds features LL Orionis, interacting with the Orion Nebula flow. Adrift in Orion’s stellar nursery and still in its formative years, variable star LL Orionis produces a wind more energetic than the wind from our own middle-aged Sun. As the fast stellar wind runs into slow moving gas a shock front is formed, analogous to the bow wave of a boat moving through water or a plane traveling at supersonic speed. The small, arcing, graceful structure just above and left of center is LL Ori’s cosmic bow shock, measuring about half a light-year across. The slower gas is flowing away from the Orion Nebula‘s hot central star cluster, the Trapezium, located off the upper left corner of the picture. In three dimensions, LL Ori’s wrap-around shock front is shaped like a bowl that appears brightest when viewed along the “bottom” edge. This beautiful painting-like photograph is part of a large mosaic view of the complex stellar nursery in Orion, filled with a myriad of fluid shapes associated with star formation.

Tomorrow’s picture: Universe in B Sharp

THE SPHINX—-LIZARDS, COMMAS, TOXIC, AND OTHER

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Check your pet food.

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2018/02/15/Pet-food-companies-issue-recalls-over-salmonella/8921518739855/?utm_source=sec&utm_campaign=sl&utm_medium=7

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The Editor:  Can you report on that many subjects, LL ?

Multi-Task Cat:  I sure can, if I can stay awake that long.  The lizard is a spy thriller.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/iran-accuses-west-of-using-lizards-for-nuclear-spying/

This item shows the importance of proper grammar and punctuation.  The Sphinx has an almost competent linguist to review our many varied articles.

https://www.grammarly.com/blog/what-is-the-oxford-comma-and-why-do-people-care-so-much-about-it/

https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2018/02/10/Dairy-to-pay-workers-5M-because-of-missing-comma/5041518290082/?utm_source=sec&utm_campaign=sl&utm_medium=1

Here is a toxic person, what a surprise to the progressives.  His wife is  toxic and caustic.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/02/14/bill-clinton-metoo-backlash-campaign-407280

The USPS will not let you down.

https://about.usps.com/who-we-are/postal-history/mission-motto.pdf

https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Mailbox-Mystery-Magazines-From-1960s-Delivered-to-Maryland-Home-473855753.html

This plane needs a recording to say, ” turn on the heating to the sensors or you will crash like HRC “.

http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/incidents/frozen-speed-sensors-may-be-to-blame-for-the-russian-plane-crash-that-killed-71-people/news-story/a7b9d283cc9fc062efe0a8bad58299e7

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Manhattan Skylines
Image Credit & Copyright: Stan Honda

Explanation: City lights shine along the upper east side of Manahattan in this dramatic urban night skyscape from February 13. Composed from a series of digital exposures, the monochrome image is reminiscent of the time when sensitive black and white film was a popular choice for dimly lit night and astro-photography. Spanning 2 minutes and 40 seconds, the combined 22 frames look across the reservoir in New York City’s Central Park. Stars trail in the time-lapse view while drifting clouds make patterns in the sky. Traced from top to bottom, the dashed line in the surreal scene is the International Space Station still in sunlight and heading for the southeast horizon. The short time intervals between the exposures leave gaps in the space station’s bright trail.

Tomorrow’s picture: waves in Orion