Archive | May 2015

THE SPHINX—–ABOUT WAR

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The Editor:   Do you know about war, LL ?

E1 Cat:   No, but here is a video of a guy who did.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smedley_Butler

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3_EXqJ8f-0

The Editor:  Do you agree, E1C ?

E1C:   Yes, first of all LBJ should be dug up and tried as a war criminal, like Pope Formosus ) for lying about the Gulf of Tonkin and using Agent Orange.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Formosus

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/02/vietnam-presidents-lie-to-wage-war-iraq

Then,  Bush 43 should be tried as a war criminal for lying about WMD’s in Iraq.

http://www.salon.com/2007/09/06/bush_wmd/

The most important thing the government has done is to do away with the DRAFT.   There won’t be any riots like in the Sixties.   Soldiers can do 5 tours of duty, and no one cares.  There is no cross-section of people in the armed services.

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/protests-at-democratic-national-convention-in-chicago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Iye1NQy1NY

http://www.newsweek.com/my-god-theyre-killing-us-our-1970-coverage-kent-state-328108

The only sure thing is the government couldn’t care less about the military personnel.  Look at the VA scandal.  Look at veteran and active duty suicides.

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/05/26/marine-court-martialed-for-refusing-to-remove-bible-verse.html

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-warrior-main-20150524-story.html#page=1

http://www.forbes.com/sites/melaniehaiken/2013/02/05/22-the-number-of-veterans-who-now-commit-suicide-every-day/

I interviewed two veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan they agreed that at first they were told they were fighting for their country, after things developed-they were told that they were fighting to give the local people democracy.  The thing that they realized last was that they were fighting for their and their friends lives.  Look at the Mid-East,  before George W it was almost stable.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gp5JCrSXkJY

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

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Supernova 1994D and the Unexpected Universe
Image Credit: High-Z Supernova Search Team, HST, NASA

Explanation: Long ago, far away, a star exploded. Supernova 1994D, visible as the bright spot on the lower left, occurred in the outskirts of disk galaxy NGC 4526. Supernova 1994D was not of interest for how different it was, but rather for how similar it was to other supernovae. In fact, the light emitted during the weeks after its explosion caused it to be given the familiar designation of a Type Ia supernova. If all Type 1a supernovae have the same intrinsic brightness, then the dimmer a supernova appears, the farther away it must be. By calibrating a precise brightness-distance relation, astronomers are able to estimate not only the expansion rate of the universe (parameterized by the Hubble Constant), but also the geometry of the universe we live in (parameterized by Omega and Lambda). The large number and great distances to supernovae measured over the past few years, when combined with other observations, are interpreted as indicating that we live in a previously unexpected universe.

Tomorrow’s picture: pulsating aurora

THE SPHINX—- I WONDER

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The Editor:   What do you wonder, LL ?

Wonder Cat:  My favorite wonder is Wonder Woman.

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

This makes the best Tomato Sandwiches, and just mayonnaise if you are poor.

http://www.wonderbread.com/

Here are 7 natural wonders.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX7ehYPWBtk

I wonder what would make a former high school teacher pay a million dollars in blackmail ?

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2015/05/28/former-house-speaker-dennis-hastert-faces-federal-charges/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2015/05/28/former-house-speaker-dennis-hastert-indicted/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/how-dennis-hastert-made-a-fortune-in-land-deals/2015/05/29/680f357a-0628-11e5-bc72-f3e16bf50bb6_story.html

I wonder if Hill-dog is elected will she use a private-server in the White House, and will donations still be accepted from any billionaire or news person to the Bill, Hill, and Chelsea Charity ?   I wonder what she won’t do if she can’t be prosecuted as President ?

I wonder if this could help Bill’s memory ?

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/hope-rises-for-treatment-into-severe-amnesia-after-scientists-retrieve-lost-memory-using-light-10282656.html

Scroll down to Arkansas Alzheimer’s.

http://prorev.com/legacy.htm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kzrHS-8694

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

 

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Messier Craters in Stereo
Image Credit: Apollo 11, NASA; Stereo Image by Patrick Vantuyne

Explanation: Many bright nebulae and star clusters in planet Earth’s sky are associated with the name of astronomer Charles Messier, from his famous 18th century catalog. His name is also given to these two large and remarkable craters on the Moon. Standouts in the dark, smooth lunar Sea of Fertility or Mare Fecunditatis, Messier (left) and Messier A have dimensions of 15 by 8 and 16 by 11 kilometers respectively. Their elongated shapes are explained by an extremely shallow-angle trajectory followed by the impactor, moving left to right, that gouged out the craters. The shallow impact also resulted in two bright rays of material extending along the surface to the right, beyond the picture. Intended to be viewed with red/blue glasses (red for the left eye), this striking stereo picture of the crater pair was recently created from high resolution scans of two images (AS11-42-6304, AS11-42-6305) taken during the Apollo 11 mission to the moon.

Tomorrow’s picture: boom teller

THE SPHINX—-2 IMPORTANT THINGS

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The Editor:  What things are important, LL ?

Law and Principle Cat:  Here are two concepts, and a few news items.  Some of our loyal readers want a more challenging news source.  They can mix and match the two with current events.

http://www.murphys-laws.com/murphy/murphy-true.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Principle

Here are the news items.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/27/politics/live-anthrax-us-military-sent-inadvertently/index.html

http://www.businessinsider.com/a-singapore-airlines-flight-836-lost-engine-mid-flight-2015-5

http://www.collegeenvy.com/2015/05/27/self-parking/

http://www.breitbart.com/video/2015/05/27/fiorina-titles-are-just-titles-hillarys-track-record-is-me-collapse-and-the-russian-reset/

One thing for sure is Hill-dog reached her Peter’s Plateau as First Lady, the same as Moochelle.   You aren’t appointed, selected, or voted on.  Wake up,  that 3 AM call was from Benghazi.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4X7b2E_Jq-k

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

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Saturn at Opposition
Image Credit & Copyright: Christopher Go

Explanation: Telescopic observers on Earth have been treated to spectacular views of Saturn lately as the ringed planet reached its 2015 opposition on May 23 at 0200 UT. Of course opposition means opposite the Sun in Earth’s sky. So near opposition Saturn is up all night, at its closest and brightest for the year. These sharp images taken within hours of the Sun-Earth-Saturn alignment also show the strong brightening of Saturn’s rings known as the opposition surge or the Seeliger Effect. Directly illuminated, the ring’s icy particles cast no shadows and strongly backscatter sunlight toward planet Earth, creating the dramatic surge in brightness. Saturn currently stands in the sky not far from bright Antares, alpha star of the constellation Sagittarius.

Tomorrow’s picture: Stereo Saturday

10 Things To Know Today

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1. HASTERT INDICTMENT OFFERS FEW CLUES

Allegations that the former U.S. house speaker agreed to pay a person millions in hush money does not reveal what he did wrong.

2. RUMBLE IN ZURICH: ALI VS. BLATTER

As he seeks another term, FIFA’s president faces a stern challenge from Jordanian Prince Ali bin al-Hussein as soccer’s governing body reels from the tumult of a corruption crisis – again.

3. ATTACKS ON TOP BAGHDAD HOTELS KILL 15

Nobody has claimed responsibility yet, but the bombings suggest the Islamic State group is able to strike at the most fortified locations in the Iraqi capital with impunity as the Taliban do in Kabul.

4. U.N. FALLOUT AMID ABUSE CASE PERSISTS

AP’s Cara Anna finds that the U.N.’s poor handling of child sex abuse claims against French soldiers has human rights staffers fearing for their jobs.

5. MIGRANT TALKS OFF TO CONTENTIOUS START

A meeting to address the swelling tide of boat people in Southeast Asia begins with a Myanmar official criticizing those who blame his country for causing the crisis.

6. FLOOD WORRIES CONTINUE IN LONE STAR STATE

Officials are closely monitoring the levels of rivers in Texas engorged by the deluge of last weekend.

7. OK, SPELL `SCHERENSCHNITTE’

That’s what Vanya Shivashankar did correctly as she shared the Scripps National Spelling Bee with Gokul Venkatachalam, becoming the second co-champions in as many years.

8. HOW WOMEN EXECS ARE FARING

Female CEOs are outpacing their male colleagues in pay, although they remain vastly outnumbered in the top echelons of American companies.

9. NEW LAB CAN CREATE HURRICANE CONDITIONS

A 75-foot-long tank filled with seawater can simulate Category 5 conditions to help researchers understand why some storms fizzle while others grow into monsters.

10. TRAINER GROWS INTO ELDER STATESMAN

Bob Baffert, winner of 11 Triple Crown races, says a heart attack helped change his perspective – and his attitude.