Archive | January 1, 2018

THE SPHINX—TAXES AND THE UNIVERSE

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Keep those pets inside.     Happy  New  Year.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/31/world/gallery/2018-new-year/index.html

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/01/skywatching-guide-january-blue-moon-eclipse-meteors-space-science/

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The Editor:  Who will the new tax law help, LL ?

Puzzled Cat:  I don’t know, maybe these links will help.

http://www.wnd.com/2017/12/the-big-list-of-tax-cut-payoffs/

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/here-are-the-winners-and-losers-of-the-final-version-of-the-republican-tax-bill-2017-12-18

Here is a group of people who will give themselves a raise so other fed employees won’t make more that they do.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/federal-workers-poised-to-overtake-salaries-of-senators-dc-gets-highest-pay-raise/article/2644368

Here is how Amazon makes quick deliveries.

http://time.com/4159144/amazon-prime-warehouse-new-york-city-deliveries-christmas/

Small communities are losing their banks.

https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/rural-banks-local-lending-small-business-war-on-business/2017/12/25/id/833647/

Silicon Valley is having problems, there are also no affordable homes for average Americans.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/dec/22/tech-year-in-review-2017

Here is The Universe part.

http://www.lifebuzz.com/mystery-existence/3/?p=1&a=17&utm_source=ys2&utm_content=34106867308&utm_medium=NEWS_US&utm_campaign=LFB-US-DKT-YAH-UniversePics

A Duck and A Chicken

A duck is standing next to a busy road, cars zooming past while he waits for a break in traffic.

A chicken walks up to him and says, “Don’t do it, man. You’ll never hear the end of it.”

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Astronomy Picture of the Day

Sun Halo over Sweden
Video Credit & Copyright: Håkan Hammar (Vemdalen Ski Resort, SkiStar)

Explanation: What’s happened to the Sun? Sometimes it looks like the Sun is being viewed through a giant lens. In the featured video, however, there are actually millions of tiny lenses: ice crystals. Water may freeze in the atmosphere into small, flat, six-sided, ice crystals. As these crystals flutter to the ground, much time is spent with their faces flat and parallel to the ground. An observer may find themselves in the same plane as many of the falling ice crystals near sunrise or sunset. During this alignment, each crystal can act like a miniature lens, refracting sunlight into our view and creating phenomena like parhelia, the technical term for sundogs. The featured video was taken a month ago on the side of a ski hill at the Vemdalen Ski Resort near Stockholm, Sweden. Visible in the center is the most direct image of the Sun, while two bright sundogs glow prominently from both the left and the right. Also visible is the bright 22 degree halo — as well as the rarer and much fainter 46 degree halo — also created by sunlight reflecting off of atmospheric ice crystals.

Tomorrow’s picture: unexpected x-rays