Archive | July 2018

THE SPHINX—–MISCELLANEOUS NEWS

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This is the Progressives’ latest hero,  after Hillgal, Pocahontas, Maxine, Oprah, oh, I almost forgot the last big time Socialist Democrat ( Adolph Hitler ).

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2018/07/18/hmm-house-gop-wont-force-dems-to-vote-on-abolish-ice-bill-after-all-n2501147

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexandria_Ocasio-Cortez

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The Editor:   Is there anything interesting, LL ?

Technology Cat:  There sure is, here are some new x-rays.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/first-ever-colour-x-ray-human-005837590.html

This public official wants to tell you how to dress.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-lancaster-necktie-ban-20180712-story.html

This is what made America great.

https://nypost.com/2018/07/13/convicted-murderer-serving-life-in-prison-running-for-senate-seat/

Airlines will soon do away with pilots.

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/Voices/2018/07/12/US-facing-serious-shortage-of-airline-pilots/9971531394789/?utm_source=sec&utm_campaign=sl&utm_medium=3

This guy should be fired for being greedy.

https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2018/07/13/Tomato-stealing-squirrel-turns-out-to-be-mailman/4981531491837/?utm_source=sec&utm_campaign=sl&utm_medium=8

 

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Cerealia Facula
Image Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, UCLA, MPS/DLR/IDA

Explanation: Cerealia Facula, also known as the brightest spot on Ceres, is shown in this stunning mosaic close-up view. The high-resolution image data was recorded by the Dawn spacecraft, in a looping orbit, from altitudes as low as 34 kilometers (21 miles) above the dwarf planet’s surface. Cerealia Facula is about 15 kilometers wide, found in the center of 90 kilometer diameter Occator crater. Like the other bright spots (faculae) scattered around Ceres, Cerealia Facula is not ice, but an exposed salty residue with a reflectivity like dirty snow. The residue is thought to be mostly sodium carbonate and ammonium chloride from a slushy brine within or below the dwarf planet’s crust. Driven by advanced ion propulsion on an 11-year mission, Dawn explored main-belt asteriod Vesta before traveling on to Ceres. But sometime between this August and October, the interplanetary spacecraft is expected to finally run out of fuel for its hydrazine thrusters, with the subsequent loss of control of its orientation, losing power and the ability to communicate with Earth. Meanwhile Dawn will continue to explore Ceres in unprecedented detail, and ultimately retire in its orbit around the small world.

Tomorrow’s picture: teapots in space

THE SPHINX—-TRUMP AND PUTIN

The Editor:  Do you know what is going on with Russia, LL ?

Freedom Cat:  I sure do.  The CIA, NSA, and the other twelve ( 12 ) spy agencies want a cold war with Russia.  Maybe even a hot one.  They want to run our foreign policy instead of providing intelligence.  They missed the Berlin Wall coming down, the fall of The Soviet Union, and 9-11.  Here was a warning to Trump that his security is lax.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2018/jul/14/well-below-par-protesting-paraglider-flies-over-trumps-scotland-resort-video

If I was Trump I would put one of these in my golf bag.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_equipment_of_the_United_States_Army#/media/File:M4_PEO_Soldier.jpg

JFK was the last President to disagree with the CIA.

https://theintercept.com/2016/02/22/in-1974-call-to-abolish-cia-sanders-followed-in-footsteps-of-jfk-truman/

Here is a secret video of the meeting.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Dark Slope Streaks Split on Mars
Image Credit: HiRISE, MRO, LPL (U. Arizona), NASA

Explanation: What is creating these dark streaks on Mars? No one is sure. Candidates include dust avalanches, evaporating dry ice sleds, and liquid water flows. What is clear is that the streaks occur through light surface dust and expose a deeper dark layer. Similar streaks have been photographed on Mars for years and are one of the few surface features that change their appearance seasonally. Particularly interesting here is that larger streaks split into smaller streaks further down the slope. The featured image was taken by the HiRISE camera on board the Mars-orbiting Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) several months ago. Currently, a global dust storm is encompassing much of Mars.

Tomorrow’s picture: open space

THE SPHINX—–NATURE AND OTHER TOPICS

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Here is an important trial going on in California.   Monsanto is the same company that brought harmless Agent Orange to our soldiers in Vietnam.

https://www.google.com/search?source=hp&ei=Hr9NW_rlE5LctQWbu4TwCg&q=roundup+trial+in+california&oq=roundup+trial&gs_l=psy-ab.1.1.0l3j0i10k1j0i22i10i30k1j0i22i30k1l3.2401.9346.0.13523.13.11.0.2.2.0.182.1362.0j11.11.0….0…1c.1.64.psy-ab..0.13.1399…0i131k1.0.Jicn0qyRL20

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The  Editor:   What does nature have on view this week, LL ?

BRRRRRRR  Cat:  Here is a treat to wake up to.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/greenland-iceberg-innaarsuit-1.4744782

Here is a white rattlesnake.

https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/article214825735.html

Rats can destroy anything.

https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2018/07/13/Invasive-rats-harm-reefs-by-robbing-coral-of-nutritious-bird-excrement/9521531425067/?utm_source=fp&utm_campaign=ls&utm_medium=4

Archeologist have discovered where Maxine Waters and RBG get their makeup done.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/archaeologists-egypt-discover-mummification-worskshop-110445367.html

Be careful with those guns.

http://abc7chicago.com/chicago-police-release-body-cam-video-of-south-shore-police-shooting/3766539/

I am fed up with talk about interference into the 2016 election……I hope everyone remembers obama’s attempt at election interference in Israel’s election of 2016….WITH OUR TAXPAYER MONEY…-Sheila Tolley-

President Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington on Sept. 30, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

– The Washington Times – Tuesday, July 12, 2016

 

The State Department paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayers grants to an Israeli group that used the money to build a campaign to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in last year’s Israeli parliamentary elections, a congressional investigation concluded Tuesday.

Some $350,000 was sent to OneVoice, ostensibly to support the group’s efforts to back Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement negotiations. But OneVoice used the money to build a voter database, train activists and hire a political consulting firm with ties to President Obama’s campaign — all of which set the stage for an anti-Netanyahu campaign, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations  said in a bipartisan staff report.

In one stunning finding, the Subcommittee said OneVoice even told the State Department’s top diplomat in Jerusalem of its plans in an email, but the official, Consul General Michael Ratney, claims never to have seen them.

He said he regularly deleted emails with large attachments — a striking violation of open-records laws for a department already reeling from former Secretary Hillary Clinton’s handling of official government records.

Benjamin Netanyahu survived the election, and the U.S. spending was not deemed illegal because the State Department never put any conditions on the money. Investigators also said OneVoice didn’t turn explicitly political until days after the grant period ended.

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Astronomy Picture of the Day

Moon and Venus over Cannon Beach
Image Credit & Copyright: James W. Young

Explanation: What’s that spot next to the Moon? Venus. Two days ago, the crescent Moon slowly drifted past Venus, appearing within just two degrees at its closest. This conjunction, though, was just one of several photographic adventures for our Moon this month (moon-th), because, for one, a partial solar eclipse occurred just a few days before, on July 12. Currently, the Moon appears to be brightening, as seen from the Earth, as the fraction of its face illuminated by the Sun continues to increase. In a few days, the Moon will appear more than half full, and therefore be in its gibbous phase. Next week the face of the Moon that always faces the Earth will become, as viewed from the Earth, completely illuminated by the Sun. Even this full phase will bring an adventure, though, as a total eclipse of this Thunder Moon will occur on July 27. Don’t worry about our Luna getting tired, though, because she’ll be new again next month (moon-th) — August 11 to be exact — just as she causes another partial eclipse of the Sun. Pictured, Venus and the Moon were captured from Cannon Beach above a rock formation off the Oregon (USA) coast known as the Needles. About an hour after this image was taken, the spin of the Earth caused both Venus and the Moon to set.

Tomorrow’s picture: dark streaks on mars