And they come with no warning,
nature loves her little surprises.
Continual crisis!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Linkee-poo Wednesday

So that's where all the alligators were hiding.

"There are some fun moments in the final trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald: Jude Law enjoying being the master of understatement as Dumbledore, not to mention a soulful Mirror of Erised moment between his and Grindelwald’s younger selves; and Newt getting the upper hand, er, wand, on his brother Theseus." And also some troublesome moments, such as Nagini being the only obvious woman of color in the trailer.

"Combining those two pieces of information, the team identified four possible stars that could have birthed 'Oumuamua: red dwarf HIP 3757, sunlike star HD 292249, and two other stars without such manageable nicknames as of yet."

"A high-resolution camera (HiRISE) aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured a small object on the slopes of Mars’ Perseverance Valley. That object is Opportunity, which was descending into this valley on Mars when a dust storm swept over the region a little more than 100 days ago." Phone home, Oppy.

"Japanese lunar exploration startup Ispace said it has signed up for launches on Elon Musk’s SpaceX rockets in 2020 and 2021, its first step towards offering services such as searching for water on the moon."

"For the first time, scientists have demonstrated that a controversial new kind of genetic engineering can rapidly spread a self-destructive genetic modification through a complex species." I'm not sure how I feel about this.

"An experimental GlaxoSmithKline vaccine could prevent tuberculosis from developing in half of those who receive it, making it potentially the first new shot against the global killer in a century, researchers said on Tuesday."

"Although there’s enticing evidence that good ol’ cannabis can ease chronic pain and possibly treat some medical conditions, whether CBD alone can deliver the same benefits remains an open question. What is clear, at this point, is that the marketing has gotten way ahead of the science."

"Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s freshman roommate at Yale University came forward late Monday, describing Kavanaugh as 'a heavy drinker' who became 'aggressive and belligerent' when drunk." You heard he has a temper, he'll beat you every night, but only when he's sober, so you'll be alright.

UN "Members in the audience laughed when Trump boasted of the 'extraordinary progress' during his presidency, during which he said he said he 'accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country.'" Our stable genius president, everybody. (Grokked from Jim Wright)

From the end of August, but I think I missed this when it came out. "As part of a plea agreement under which he pledged to cooperate with federal prosecutors, the lobbyist, Sam Patten, pleaded guilty to failing to register as a foreign agent for a Russia-aligned Ukrainian political party, and to helping the Ukrainian oligarch who had funded that party illegally purchase four tickets to Mr. Trump’s inauguration." Again, for no collusion there sure are a lot of fucking Russians hanging about. (Grokked from Jim Wright)

"Christine Blasey Ford’s lawyers said Wednesday they have given the Senate sworn affidavits from four people who say she told them well before Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination that she had been sexually assaulted when she was much younger."

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