Archive | August 2018



As far as John McCain’s political life was concerned, he died a A BITTER OLD MAN who wanted open borders for everyone.


The Editor:   Who said that, LL ?

Well Off Cat:  Rousseau may have originated the idea, but the rich have been using it for two-hundred  ( 200 )  years to keep their Jackboots on the necks of the average person.  The Nazis wore them with more style than other tyrants (  like America’s Progressive Democrats ).

Anyway,  the rich use the phrase to keep the poor in their place.

TE:  Can you give our loyal readers an example of the rich using their Jackboots, WOC ?

WIFI Cat:   Cable is a good example.  South Korea, The United Kingdom, and Singapore seem to have the best overall price, reliability, and Mbps.

I guess happiness is where you find it.



Astronomy Picture of the Day

Close Mars
Image Credit & Copyright: D. Peach, V. Suc, Chilescope team

Explanation: Still bright in evening skies, Mars was just past opposition and closest to Earth on July 31, a mere 57.6 million kilometers away. Captured only a week later, this remarkable image shows the Red Planet’s disk near its maximum size in earthbound telescopes, but still less than 1/74th the apparent diameter of a Full Moon. Broad regional surface shadings are starting to reappear in the tantalizing view as the latest planet-wide dust storm subsides. With the bright south polar cap at the bottom, the Valles Marineris extends along the center of the disk. Just below it lies the roughly circular Solis Lacus region sometimes known as the Eye of Mars. In a line, three prominent dark spots left of center are the volcanic Tharsis Montes.

Tomorrow’s picture: Aerosol Earth





The Editor:  What is new in homes, LL ?

Stalactite Cat:  Here is good man-cave.

Here is a modest home for a retiring Bishop.  I thought they retired in prison.

More jobs are returning.

The DemocRATS take power away from Hil-gal and her anointed ones.

It smells a little fishy to this cat.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

The NGC 6914 Complex
Image Credit & Copyright: Ivan Eder

Explanation: A study in contrasts, this colorful skyscape features stars, dust, and glowing gas in the vicinity of NGC 6914. The complex of reflection nebulae lies some 6,000 light-years away, toward the high-flying northern constellation Cygnus and the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy. Obscuring interstellar dust clouds appear in silhouette while reddish hydrogen emission nebulae, along with the dusty blue reflection nebulae, fill the cosmic canvas. Ultraviolet radiation from the massive, hot, young stars of the extensive Cygnus OB2 association ionize the region’s atomic hydrogen gas, producing the characteristic red glow as protons and electrons recombine. Embedded Cygnus OB2 stars also provide the blue starlight strongly reflected by the dust clouds. The nearly 1 degree wide telescopic field of view spans about 100 light-years at the estimated distance of NGC 6914.

Tomorrow’s picture: pixels in space




The Editor:  What’s with Google, LL ?

Energizer Cat:  It’s like the Energizer Bunny, it never sleeps.

This app can track your fertility.

Amazon is still making big bucks, part of the reason is that state utility regulators make the average customer pay for secret deals with Amazon.  That ole Bezos guy is such an innovator.

Lake Mead might not provide electricity or water much longer.

The Nutria might not find a wet environment.

MAGA, U.S. Steel.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Nearby Cepheid Variable RS Pup
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage Team; Acknowledgement: Howard Bond (STScI & Penn State U.)

Explanation: In the center is one of the most important stars on the sky. This is partly because, by coincidence, it is surrounded by a dazzling reflection nebula. Pulsating RS Puppis, the brightest star in the image center, is some ten times more massive than our Sun and on average 15,000 times more luminous. In fact, RS Pup is a Cepheid type variable star, a class of stars whose brightness is used to estimate distances to nearby galaxies as one of the first steps in establishing the cosmic distance scale. As RS Pup pulsates over a period of about 40 days, its regular changes in brightness are also seen along the nebula delayed in time, effectively a light echo. Using measurements of the time delay and angular size of the nebula, the known speed of light allows astronomers to geometrically determine the distance to RS Pup to be 6,500 light-years, with a remarkably small error of plus or minus 90 light-years. An impressive achievement for stellar astronomy, the echo-measured distance also more accurately establishes the true brightness of RS Pup, and by extension other Cepheid stars, improving the knowledge of distances to galaxies beyond the Milky Way. The featured image was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Tomorrow’s picture: open space