Archive | December 2018

THE SPHINX—GOODBYE 2018

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Liberal California can’t even make money selling Marijuana.

https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-marijuana-year-anniversary-review-20181227-story.html

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TCM continues to show a few people who brought us joy and sadness over the past 80 years.

 

 

https://apnews.com/74192134bd7549c38ad78d8f201544bb

Happy New Year !

https://www.sporcle.com/blog/2016/12/auld-lang-syne-meaning/

 

Astronomy Picture of the Day

The Witch Head Nebula
Image Credit & Copyright: Digitized Sky Survey (POSS II); Processing: Utkarsh Mishra

Explanation: Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble …. maybe Macbeth should have consulted the Witch Head Nebula. A frighteningly shaped reflection nebula, this cosmic crone is about 800 light-years away though. Its malevolent visage seems to glare toward nearby bright star Rigel in Orion, just off the right edge of this frame. More formally known as IC 2118, the interstellar cloud of dust and gas is nearly 70 light-years across, its dust grains reflecting Rigel’s starlight. In this composite portrait, the nebula’s color is caused not only by the star’s intense bluish light but because the dust grains scatter blue light more efficiently than red. The same physical process causes Earth’s daytime sky to appear blue, although the scatterers in planet Earth’s atmosphere are molecules of nitrogen and oxygen.

Tomorrow’s picture: galaxy hat

THE SPHINX—DELIVERIES AND OTHER THINGS

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https://www.mlb.com/cut4/eagle-lands-on-fan-not-james-paxton-at-cotton-bowl/c-302263524

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The Editor:  Is this about babies, LL ?

Almost 2019 Cat:  Just one is about babies.  Our senior citizens are still delivering.

https://hotair.com/archives/2018/12/26/senior-citizens-taking-over-the-front-counter/

There is a new Cattle-Sod Buster war brewing.

https://www.pewtrusts.org/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2018/12/21/wheres-the-beef-burgers-must-be-meat-ranchers-say

Australia is going high tech.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/delivery-drones-cheer-shoppers-annoy-neighbors-scare-dogs-11545843552

This is a sad delivery story.  I guess it shows America’s moral decline.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2018/12/25/ohio-bans-dismemberment-abortions/

Trump delivers on a campaign promise and upsets the warmongers.  

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2018/12/25/the-nuclear-option-a-very-crappy-christmas-for-washington-warmongers/

Astronomy Picture of the Day

The Galaxy Tree
Image Credit & Copyright: César Vega Toledano ; Rollover Annotation: Judy Schmidt

Explanation: First came the trees. In the town of Salamanca, Spain, the photographer noticed how distinctive a grove of oak trees looked after being pruned. Next came the galaxy. The photographer stayed up until 2 am, waiting until the Milky Way Galaxy rose above the level of a majestic looking oak. From this carefully chosen perspective, dust lanes in the galaxy appear to be natural continuations to branches of the tree. Last came the light. A flashlight was used on the far side of the tree to project a silhouette. By coincidence, other trees also appeared as similar silhouettes across the relatively bright horizon. The featured image was captured as a single 30-second frame earlier this month and processed to digitally enhance the Milky Way.

Tomorrow’s picture: space witch

THE SPHINX—DISAPPOINTMENTS

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https://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2018/12/27/judicial-watch-wants-to-know-how-much-taxpayers-are-spending-on-robert-muellers-security-detail-n2538148

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The Editor:  Are there a lot of disappointments, LL ?

2018 Cat:  There sure are.  The first one is a pretty sad.  The Indonesian government hasn’t repaired it early warning system since 2012.

https://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2018/12/24/tsunami-kills-370-indonesia-rock-band-swept-away-camera/

https://nypost.com/2018/12/24/this-is-why-indonesias-tsunami-warning-failed/

The mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, USA uses skanky cheese in her Mac & Cheese.

https://www.ajc.com/news/local-govt–politics/atlanta-mayor-bottoms-mac-and-cheese-becomes-the-talk-twitter/aFXOs603vcXNJidwL3w6LO/

Hershey is cheating their customers.

https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2018/12/21/Whats-the-point-of-Hershey-Kisses-missing-tips/7681545369166/?sl=18

The Italians have lost their self respect, like American liberals ( San Frantrasho ).

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/24/travel/rome-pollution-trash.html

Brazil has snipers to kill criminals.  Rio is a trash dump.

https://www.bloombergquint.com/law-and-policy/license-to-kill-policing-to-get-a-trial-run-in-rio-de-janeiro#gs.5NXvzBI

Japan wants to kill more whales, even though they have over 4,000 tones in the freezer.  Maybe they should use the money to stop radiation from killing the ocean at Fukushima.

https://www.wired.com/2015/12/japanese-barely-eat-whale-whaling-big-deal/

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/26/japan-confirms-it-will-quit-iwc-to-resume-commercial-whaling

Astronomy Picture of the Day

New Horizons at Ultima Thule
Illustration Credit: Carlos Hernandez for NASA, Johns Hopkins Univ./APL, Southwest Research Institute

Explanation: When we celebrate the start of 2019, on January 1 the New Horizons spacecraft will flyby Ultima Thule. A world of the Kuiper belt 6.5 billion kilometers from the Sun, the nickname Ultima Thule (catalog designation 2014 MU69) fittingly means “beyond the known world”. Following its 2015 flyby of Pluto, New Horizons was targeted for this journey, attempting the most distant flyby for a spacecraft from Earth by approaching Ultima Thule to within about 3500 kilometers. The tiny world itself is about 30 kilometers in size. This year, an observing campaign with Earth-based telescopes determined the shape of the object to be a contact binary or a close binary sytem as in this artist’s illustration. New Horizons will image close up its unexplored surface in the dim light of the distant Sun.

Tomorrow’s picture: galaxy tree