Archive | November 13, 2017

THE SPHINX—–KINGS, QUEENS, PRINCES, & PRINCESSES

The Editor:   What is with all of the hereditary titles, LL ?

Royal Cat:   They all seem to be getting old or afraid of losing their power.  They are like America’s office holders, just give them an oxygen tank and two or three aids to push their chairs around and they are good for life.  Sometimes I think they stay in office so long to avoid being prosecuted.  Here are two Royal Families.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/12/world/europe/queen-elizabeth-prince-charles.html

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-12/saudi-king-will-not-relinquish-throne-senior-official-says

State Department Employees are the royalty of American public employees.   I’m surprised that during the Obama/Clinton/Kerry fiasco that enough weren’t killed in Benghazi and other posts to reach the attrition goal.

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017/11/11/State-Department-offering-buyouts-to-reduce-ranks/4421510427416/?utm_source=fp&utm_campaign=ts&utm_medium=2

You can light a candle for these morons.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5072717/Plague-fears-grow-Malawi-10th-nation-alert.html

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Comet Machholz Approaches the Sun
Image Credit: NASA, SOHO, LASCO, Barbara Thompson (NASA’s GSFC)

Explanation: Why is Comet Maccholz so depleted of carbon-containing chemicals? Comet 96P/Machholz‘s original fame derives from its getting closer to the Sun than any other short period comet — half as close as Mercury — and doing so every five years. To better understand this unusual comet, NASA’s Sun-monitoring SOHO spacecraft tracked the comet during its latest approach to the Sun in October. The featured image composite shows the tail-enhanced comet swooping past the Sun. The Sun’s bright surface is hidden from view behind a dark occulter, although parts of the Sun’s extended corona are visible. Neighboring stars dot the background. One hypothesis holds that these close solar approaches somehow cause Comet Machholz to shed its carbon, while another hypothesis posits that the comet formed with this composition far away — possibly even in another star system.

Tomorrow’s picture: dust cluster