Archive | June 2017

My New Name

A man boarded an airplane and took his seat. As he settled in, he glanced Up and saw the most beautiful woman boarding the plane. He soon realized She was heading straight towards his seat. As fate would have it, she took The seat right beside his. Eager to strike up a conversation he blurted out, “Business trip or pleasure?”

She turned, smiled and said, “Business. I’m going to the Annual Nymphomaniacs of America Convention in Boston.”

He swallowed hard. Here was the most gorgeous woman he had ever seen Sitting next to him, and she was going to a meeting of nymphomaniacs!

Struggling to maintain his composure, he calmly asked, “What’s your Business at this convention?”

“Lecturer,” she responded. “I use information that I have learned from my Personal experiences to debunk some of the popular myths about sexuality.”

“Really?” he said. “And what kind of myths are there?”

“Well,” she explained, “one popular myth is that African-American men are the most well-endowed of all men, when in fact it is the Native American Indian who is most likely to possess that trait. Another popular myth is That Frenchmen are the best lovers, when actually it is men of Jewish Descent who are the best. I have also discovered that the lover with Absolutely the best stamina is the Southern Redneck.”

Suddenly the woman became a little uncomfortable and blushed.. “I’m Sorry,” she said, “I shouldn’t really be discussing all of this with you. I don’t Even know your name.”

“Tonto,” the man said, “Tonto Goldstein, but my friends call me Bubba.”

THE SPHINX—NATURE AT WORK

News Cat:    North Carolina gets a new island, global warming I guess.

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017/06/28/As-ocean-tides-shift-North-Carolina-gets-a-new-island/8911498656578/?utm_source=upi&utm_campaign=mp&utm_medium=2

Animals at work.

http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2017/06/28/Kentucky-towns-dog-mayor-wins-rave-approvals/9471498653353/?utm_source=fp&utm_campaign=ts&utm_medium=10

http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2017/06/28/Toddler-climbs-on-basset-hound-to-get-snacks-from-fridge/1581498672305/?utm_source=sec&utm_campaign=sl&utm_medium=6

http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2017/06/28/Swallows-learn-to-operate-garage-door-at-Norwegian-building/8131498664880/?utm_source=sec&utm_campaign=sl&utm_medium=12

Everyone is leaving Illinois.

http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2017/06/28/Venkman-the-rat-catching-cat-missing-from-Chicago-brewery/4461498659150/?utm_source=sec&utm_campaign=sl&utm_medium=16

Get behind me Satan, and the Main Stream Media ( MSM ).

Astronomy Picture of the Day

NGC 7814: The Little Sombrero in Pegasus
Image Credit & Copyright: CHART32 Team, Processing – Johannes Schedler

Explanation: Point your telescope toward the high flying constellation Pegasus and you can find this expanse of Milky Way stars and distant galaxies. Dominated by NGC 7814, the pretty field of view would almost be covered by a full moon. NGC 7814 is sometimes called the Little Sombrero for its resemblance to the brighter more famous M104, the Sombrero Galaxy. Both Sombrero and Little Sombrero are spiral galaxies seen edge-on, and both have extensive halos and central bulges cut by a thin disk with thinner dust lanes in silhouette. In fact, NGC 7814 is some 40 million light-years away and an estimated 60,000 light-years across. That actually makes the Little Sombrero about the same physical size as its better known namesake, appearing smaller and fainter only because it is farther away. Very faint dwarf galaxies, potentially a satellites of NGC 7814, have been discovered in deep exposures of Little Sombrero.

Tomorrow’s picture: Stereo Saturday

THE SPHINX—–RICE KRISPIES NEWS

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Someone finally takes on Monsanto, they also brought us harmless AGENT ORANGE.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-glyphosate-california-idUSKBN19H2K1

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The Editor:   Are things popping, LL ?

Snap, Crackle, Pop Cat:   They sure are, check this flight out.

http://www.islandpacket.com/news/nation-world/world/article158144454.html#fmp

Here is one guy who can’t get enough time in prison.  He raised the price of AIDS medicine from 13 dollars a pill to 750 dollars a pill a couple of years ago.

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017/06/26/Fraud-trial-underway-for-ex-pharma-exec-Martin-Shkreli/3661498509431/?utm_source=sec&utm_campaign=sl&utm_medium=18

The Southwest is still hot.

http://www.theolympian.com/news/nation-world/national/article158071789.html#fmp

Here is a hot spot, but it looks like any other dump.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/asia/kazakhstan/articles/astana-newest-city-break-expo/

Lake Tahoe is full.

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Lake-Tahoe-filling-up-snow-melt-run-off-Sierra-11242256.php#photo-12560259

This is the smartest guy in England.  

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4636038/I-wanted-confesses-Harry-reluctant-prince.html

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Symbiotic R Aquarii
Image Credit: X-ray – NASA,CXC,SAO, R. Montez et al.; Optical – Adam Block, Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter, U. Arizona

Explanation: A long recognized naked-eye variable star, R Aquarii is actually an interacting binary star system, two stars that seem to have a close, symbiotic relationship. About 710 light years away, it consists of a cool red giant star and hot, dense white dwarf star in mutual orbit around their common center of mass. The binary system’s visible light is dominated by the red giant, itself a Mira-type long period variable star. But material in cool giant star’s extended envelope is pulled by gravity onto the surface of the smaller, denser white dwarf, eventually triggering a thermonuclear explosion and blasting material into space. Optical image data (red) shows the still expanding ring of debris originating from a blast that would have been seen in the early 1770s. The evolution of less understood energetic events producing high energy emission in the R Aquarii system has been monitored since 2000 using Chandra X-ray Observatory data (blue). The composite field of view is less that a light-year across at the estimated distance of R Aquarii.

Tomorrow’s picture: the little sombrero

THE SPHINX—USS FITZGERALD

The Editor:   What is the truth about the USS Fitzgerald, LL ?

Blue Water Navy Cat:  We don’t know yet, but my cat-money is on negligence by the bridge personnel.    They must have been smoking dope.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/18/politics/uss-fitzgerald-commander-bryce-benson/index.html

http://jacksonville.com/news/military/2017-06-20/retired-navy-admiral-has-questions-about-fatal-collision-thinks-captain

http://www.kabc.com/2017/06/19/maritime-expert-lays-fault-in-collision-with-u-s-s-fitzgerald/

They needed this crew.  View the third video.

http://www.sfgate.com/technology/businessinsider/article/The-US-is-going-to-have-a-huge-gap-in-the-Persian-6429009.php

At least they did better than the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Composite Messier 20 and 21
Image Credit & Copyright: Martin Pugh

Explanation: The beautiful Trifid Nebula, also known as Messier 20, lies about 5,000 light-years away, a colorful study in cosmic contrasts. It shares this nearly 1 degree wide field with open star cluster Messier 21 (top left). Trisected by dust lanes the Trifid itself is about 40 light-years across and a mere 300,000 years old. That makes it one of the youngest star forming regions in our sky, with newborn and embryonic stars embedded in its natal dust and gas clouds. Estimates of the distance to open star cluster M21 are similar to M20’s, but though they share this gorgeous telescopic skyscape there is no apparent connection between the two. M21’s stars are much older, about 8 million years old. M20 and M21 are easy to find with even a small telescope in the nebula rich constellation Sagittarius. In fact, this well-composed scene is a composite from two different telescopes. Using narrowband data it blends a high resolution image of M20 with a wider field image extending to M21.

Tomorrow’s picture: symbiotic stars