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  • September in July: Big cold front to bring stellar weather next week

    07/24/2014 9:05:23 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 33 replies
    WaPo ^ | 24JUL2014 | Jason Samenow
    Following in the footsteps of the record-setting cool air mass in mid-July, a second blast of air with polar origins will invade the eastern U.S. to close July. Like the original, the sequel will be glorious. This taste of September may not be quite as strong mid-July’s version, but should produce temperatures 10-20 degrees below normal across a large swath of the eastern U.S. by early Tuesday.
  • 2014-15 Winter forecast

    07/24/2014 9:03:07 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 32 replies
    IceAgeNow.info ^ | 24JUL2014 | Robert Felix
    “For anybody wanting to take a peek at the Winter 2014/15 forecast by Matt Holliday of Firsthand Weather (wonderful meteorologist and AGW sceptic), here it is (on Facebook),” says Caroline in West Virginia.
  • California May Breakup into Six Different States (Video)

    07/21/2014 10:44:30 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 31 replies
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iV190n3TYc8 ^ | July 14, 2014 9:33pm EDT Reuters | By Jennifer Chaussee, Reuters San Francisco; comments by Mark Dice
    There are enough signatures that have been to place on the ballot to break California up into six States.
  • UW-Madison policy calls on professors to distribute grades based on race

    07/21/2014 9:48:15 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 69 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | on July 21, 2014 at 2:55 PM EDT | Katherine Timpf
    Political correctness has now reached an entirely new stratosphere: The University of Wisconsin-Madison believes grades should be apportioned based on race: Campus Reform reports: The policy, named the “Framework for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence,” calls for “proportional participation of historically underrepresented racial-ethnic groups at all levels of an institution, including high-status special programs, high-demand majors, and in the distribution of grades.” Huh? UWM professor W. Lee Hansen wrote about his concerns with the ridiculous politically correct policy late last week: “Professors, instead of just awarding the grade that each student earns, would apparently have to adjust them so that academically...
  • Stars Remember ‘The Last Starfighter’ Three Decades Later

    07/15/2014 5:38:22 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 47 replies
    OBXentertainment.com ^ | 13JUL2013 | Matt Artz
    On July 13, 1984, the young stars of The Last Starfighter saw their careers blast off into outer space, as a friendship was born that carries on three decades later. Today marks the 29th anniversary of the original theatrical release of the groundbreaking sci-fi classic The Last Starfighter, so we figured it’s a perfect time to take a fun look back at the film through the eyes of its stars, Lance Guest and Catherine Mary Stewart, both of whom attended a Q&A panel at the second Blood at the Beach Convention in Virginia Beach in 2012. Guest plays Alex Rogan,...
  • A DRAMATIC SURPRISE ON A QUIET SQUARE (VIDEOS)

    07/13/2014 4:04:47 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 6 replies
    GoogTube ^ | 11APR2012 | Turner/Time Warner
    To launch the high quality TV channel TNT in Belgium we placed a big red push button on an average Flemish square of an average Flemish town. A sign with the text "Push to add drama" invited people to use the button. And then we waited... Discover here what happened or visit http://www.tntdrama.com for more info. First it happened in Belgium. Then again in the Netherlands.
  • Antares rocket cleared for liftoff Sunday afternoon (9:52 a.m. PDT/12:52 p.m. EDT/1652 GMT)

    07/13/2014 8:30:36 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 42 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 13JUL2014 | SpaceFlightNow.com Staff Writer
    Orbital Sciences is gearing up for liftoff of a commercial cargo craft packed with more than 3,000 pounds of supplies for the International Space Station. Launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia is set for 12:52 p.m. EDT (1652 GMT) Sunday. Rocket: Antares Payload: Cygnus (Orb-2) Launch date: July 13, 2014 Launch time: 9:52:14 a.m. PDT/12:52:14 p.m. EDT (1652:14 GMT) Window: 5 minutes Launch site: Pad 0A, Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, Wallops Island, Va. ISS capture: July 16 @ 1037 GMT ISS departure: Aug. 15 Re-entry: TBD
  • Ice on Lake Superior in July

    07/11/2014 8:41:48 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 39 replies
    IceAgeNow.info ^ | 11JUL2014 | Robert Felix
    The mainstream media tries to pretend that ice remained on Lake Superior “only” into June. “How about July?”asks reader E Stephens. “We should name icebergs still floating in Lake Superior in July after infamous AGW scientists. This one is Gavin,” says Tilly LaCampagne via Twitter. See photo dated 11 July 2014:
  • Soyuz rocket prepared for commercial launch Thursday (11:55 a.m. PDT/2:55 p.m. EDT)

    07/10/2014 9:10:34 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 3 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 10JUL2014 | SpaceFlightNow.com Staff Writer
    Four satellites for O3b Networks, a company which provides broadband connectivity to the developing world, are ready for launch Thursday on top of a Russian Soyuz rocket from the European-run spaceport in French Guiana. Liftoff is set for 1855:56 GMT (2:55:56 p.m. EDT). Rocket: Soyuz 2-1b Payload: O3b F2 Date: July 10, 2014 Time: 1855:56 GMT (2:55:56 p.m. EDT) Launch Site: ELS, Guiana Space Center, Sinnamary, French Guiana Live launch coverage at the link! ArianeSpace Launch Press Kit
  • Rockets intercepted over greater Tel Aviv; IAF targets 160 Gazan terror sites overnight

    07/09/2014 6:08:12 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 12 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 9JUL2014 | Yaakov Lappin
    As Operation Protective Edge entered its second day on Wednesday, the Israel Air Force attacked terror sites in the Gaza Strip, while residents of greater Tel Aviv heard sirens and explosions. Sirens wailed in 20 different municipalities, including Tel Aviv, Rishon Letzion, Modi'in, Ashdod, Ashkelon, and the Eshkol regional council. Residents of Ra'anana also reported hearing sirens. The Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted at least two of the missiles, though residents of Tel Aviv heard more explosions. The remnants of a rocket intercepted by Iron Dome fell on a road in Ness Ziona. The Hamas military wing has claimed responsibility...
  • BBC Worldwide to trial CrowdEmotion's facial recognition software

    07/09/2014 8:04:01 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 7 replies
    TechWorld ^ | 17JUN2014 | Sam Shead
    BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, has signed a contract with a start-up that it has been nurturing through its Labs accelerator programme in a bid to measure audience engagement with its media content. The start-up, known as CrowdEmotion, uses facial coding webcams to capture people’s emotions and see how they react to certain TV shows. The BBC Worldwide Insight team said it plans to run CrowdEmotion trials on a number of BBC TV shows, including Top Gear and Sherlock – two of the organisation's most popular and lucrative series. David Boyle, executive vice president at BBC Worldwide...
  • Conservatives Are Purposely Making Their Cars Spew Black Smoke To Protest Obama And Enviros

    07/06/2014 2:08:09 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 69 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 5JUL2014 | Hunter Walker
    Pickup trucks customized to spew black smoke into the air are quickly becoming the newest weapon in the culture wars. "Coal Rollers" are diesel trucks modified with chimneys and equipment that can force extra fuel into the engine causing dark black smoke to pour out of the chimney stacks. These modifications are not new, but as Slate's Dave Weigel pointed out on Thursday, "rolling coal" has begun to take on a political dimension with pickup drivers increasingly viewing their smokestacks as a form of protest against environmentalists and Obama administration emissions regulations. Last month, Vocativ noted many coal rollers focus...
  • Schools Installing Facial Recognition Systems to Identify "Trouble Makers"

    07/05/2014 7:53:49 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 19 replies
    GoogTube ^ | 2JUL2014 | Mark Dice
    Video at link.
  • Carbon dioxide-sniffing spacecraft rescheduled to launch (2:56 a.m. PDT/5:56 a.m. EDT)

    07/01/2014 2:15:20 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 11 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 1JUL2014 | SpaceFlightNow.com Staff Writer
    NASA's first spacecraft dedicated to measuring carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere, a critical new data-gathering project for scientists and policy-makers, is awaiting launch Wednesday morning on a Delta 2 rocket. The launch of NASA's OCO-2 has been rescheduled for Wed, July 2, at 2:56 a.m. PDT (0956 GMT) from Vandenberg AFB, Calif. Rocket: Delta 2 Variant: 7320-10C Payload: OCO-2 Date: July 2, 2014 Time: 2:56 a.m. PDT (5:56 a.m. EDT/0956 GMT) Site: SLC-2, Vandenberg AFB, California Watch the launch like at the link above or here or here or here or here starting at 12:45 a.m. PDT/3:45 a.m. EDT, Launch...
  • The Worldview that Makes the Underclass

    07/01/2014 7:22:00 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 26 replies
    Imprimis ^ | May 2014 | Anthony Daniels
    May 2014 "The Worldview that Makes the Underclass" Anthony Daniels Writer and Doctor -------------------------- ANTHONY DANIELS, who often writes under the penname Theodore Dalrymple, is the Dietrich Weismann Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. Born in London in 1949, he qualified as a doctor in 1974 and has worked in various countries in Africa and elsewhere. From 1990 to 2005, he worked as a doctor and psychiatrist in a prison in Birmingham, England. He has written a column for the London Spectator for 14 years, and writes regularly for National Review and the Wall...
  • Carbon dioxide-sniffing spacecraft set to launch (2:56 a.m. PDT/5:56 a.m. EDT)

    06/30/2014 11:30:16 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 24 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 20JUN2014 | SpaceFlightNow.com Staff Writer
    NASA's first spacecraft dedicated to measuring carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere, a critical new data-gathering project for scientists and policy-makers, is awaiting launch Tuesday morning on a Delta 2 rocket. Liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California is set for 2:56 a.m. PDT (5:56 a.m. EDT; 0956 GMT). Rocket: Delta 2 Variant: 7320-10C Payload: OCO 2 Date: July 1, 2014 Time: 2:56 a.m. PDT (0956 GMT) Site: SLC-2, Vandenberg AFB, California Watch the launch like at the link above or here or here or here or here starting at 12:45 a.m. PDT/3:45 a.m. EDT, Launch Updates: To keep up...
  • NASA preps 'flying saucer' for high-altitude test flight (LDSD launch)

    06/28/2014 11:34:56 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 67 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 28JUN2014 | William Harwood
    NASA engineers in Hawaii readied a 3.5-ton flying saucer-shaped test vehicle for a 23-mile-high balloon ride Saturday, followed by a rocket-powered climb an additional 11 miles for a high-speed flight through the extreme upper atmosphere to test an inflatable entry body and a huge supersonic parachute for eventual use at Mars. The LDSD project aims to develop and test two sizes of inflatable drag devices and a large new, supersonic ringsail parachute. Credit: NASA Flying at four times the speed of sound in the thin air near the edge of space, the test vehicle was expected to experience conditions similar...
  • Scan license plates so you can text flirty messages to cute drivers with GM’s new app

    06/22/2014 5:58:41 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 54 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | 21JUN2014 | Jason Hahn
    There are plenty of smartphone apps that make it easier to flirt and set up dates with strangers, but GM has an ace up its sleeve that may trump all of them. No, the car manufacturer isn’t muscling its way into the dating game – at least not directly. But its China R&D team has developed an Android app that lets a driver scan a license plate in order to start texting the owner of that car. The romantic implications of DiDi Plate, a prototype app debuted earlier this month at the Telematics Detroit 2014 conference, are obvious enough, even...
  • Russia Bans U.S. From International Space Station: America Strikes Back

    06/22/2014 5:56:42 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 41 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | 22JUN2014 | Rich Smith
    Look! Up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's an International Space Station. But if Russia gets its way, it's going to be off-limits to the United States soon. For weeks now, there have been rumblings about Russia wanting to ban the United States from using the ISS while the two countries wrangled over Ukraine. While that would probably violate international law, it may be feasible from a practical perspective. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin argued that "the Russian segment [of the ISS] can exist independently from the American one. The U.S. one...
  • SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch of Orbcomm Satellites (22JUN2014/1724 EDT, 1424 PDT)

    06/22/2014 6:21:13 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 29 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 22JUN2014 | Staff Writer
    Rocket: Falcon 9 v1.1 Payload: Orbcomm OG2 F1 (6 satellites) Launch date: Sunday, June 22, 2014 Launch time: 5:24 p.m. EDT/2:24 p.m. PDT (2124 GMT) Launch window: 54 minutes Site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral, Florida Live launch coverage: At the link or watch it here http://www.spacex.com/webcast/ Delayed (from September, November, April 30, May 10, 27, June 11, 12, 15, and June 20, 21) several times by SpaceX due to a first stage helium leak and Orbcomm due to a potential defect in one of their satellites. On June 20th a launch attempt was scrubbed due to a fluctuation in pressure readings...
  • Man Sees the Apocalypse in Miracle Whip Commercial

    06/19/2014 3:46:35 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 39 replies
    The Bilerico Project ^ | 10JUN2014 | Bill Browning
    <p>"The Third Eagle of the Apocalypse" is a...crazy man who considers himself a prophet ordained by Jeebus. The guy is obviously off his rocker, but sometimes his videos are amusing in the same way monkeys throwing shit makes kids giggle at the zoo.</p>
  • Trust-Ownership-Decency

    06/18/2014 8:31:15 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 5 replies
    Thought Tools ^ | 18JUN2014 | Rabbi Daniel Lapin
    Is it a coincidence that countries with healthy Jewish populations tend to enjoy far greater economic success than those without? King Edward I expelled the Jews from England in 1290. For about two hundred years prior, England's economy had been growing dramatically with Jews playing a significant role in the development of silver mining, currency and banking. With their departure, the English economy went into decline. In his wonderful book, History of the English Speaking Peoples, Winston Churchill explains that as bankers and lenders Jews held the mortgages on a great deal of English land on which they had loaned...
  • New Metal-Air Battery Drives Car 1800Km Without Recharge

    06/10/2014 6:46:54 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 92 replies
    IFLScience.com ^ | 9JUN2014 | Stephen Luntz
    Israeli company Phinergy claim to have produced a battery that can power a Citroen C1 for 3000km, and have demonstrated a 1800km drive with a more practical version, three times that available from commercial electric cars. Even more dramatically, the battery weighs just 100km, a fifth of the weight of those in the Tesla Model S. Metal-air batteries use the oxygen in the air around them, rather than storing it in liquid or solid chemicals. They can store far more energy than most competing technologies. Not needing to contain the oxygen can also cut the weight dramatically – Phinergy claim...
  • Ever Wished That Calvin and Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson Would Return to the Comics Page?

    06/08/2014 12:08:10 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 30 replies
    Pearls Before Swine ^ | 7JUN2014 | Stephan Pastis
    Bill Watterson is the Bigfoot of cartooning. He is legendary. He is reclusive. And like Bigfoot, there is really only one photo of him in existence. Few in the cartooning world have ever spoken to him. Even fewer have ever met him. In fact, legend has it that when Steven Spielberg called to see if he wanted to make a movie, Bill wouldn’t even take the call. So it was with little hope of success that I set out to try and meet him last April. I was traveling through Cleveland on a book tour, and I knew that he...
  • SpaceX to balance business realities, rocket innovation

    06/07/2014 9:37:30 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 4 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 6JUN2014 | Stephen Clark
    Striving to be ready for an onslaught of launches under contract over the next few years, SpaceX plans to double the launcher production rate in its Southern California factory before the end of the year without compromising its commitments to develop a human-rated commercial spaceship, demonstrate rocket reusability, and further cut the cost of space transportation. "We need to meet our cadence of launch," said Gwynne Shotwell, president of SpaceX, at a discussion Wednesday at the Atlantic Council in Washington. "It's about one a month this year, and it's almost two a month next year." While SpaceX tries to manage...
  • 7 Days of Creation

    05/29/2014 4:54:36 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 22 replies
    iAwaken.org ^ | October 2013 | Rabbi David Lapin
    Studying the Creation of Adam and Chava we learn about self-mastery and the management of interdependent polarities, two of the most important leadership skills in today's complex, modern world. You can download the shiurim (lectures) by Rabbi David Lapin starting with the "Introduction to the new series on the Essence of Humankind." Lecture #1: "Introduction to the new series on the Essence of Humankind" Lecture #2: "The Planet and The Economy" Lecture #3: "Man: The Divine Visionary" Lecture #4: "Responsibility and Consequence" Lecture #5: "How equal are the genders in Judaism....really?" Lecture #6: "The Fatal Flaw"
  • SpaceX Dragon V2 Unveiled Tonight (7:00pm PDT/10:00PM EDT)

    05/29/2014 12:02:49 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 31 replies
    Nature World News.com ^ | 29MAY2014 | Brian Stallard
    SpaceX will be unveiling their manned version of the SpaceX Dragon tonight. The Dragon V2 has been designed to transport live human cargo to and from the International Space Station (ISS), making it the second craft to taxi men and women to the station since the retirement of NASA's shuttle program in 2011. The Dragon Version 2 (V2) is a manned rendition of the SpaceX Dragon cargo capsules, which have been delivering supplies to the ISS since 2012. According to reports, the third unmanned Dragon cargo flight launched in April and returned to Earth earlier this month as part of...
  • Sea Launch set for liftoff with Eutelsat telecom satellite (2:10PM PDT/5:10PM EDT)

    05/26/2014 12:16:29 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 12 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 26MAY2014 | Staff Writer
    Rocket: Zenit 3SL Payload: Eutelsat 3B Date: May 26, 2014 Time: 2110 GMT (2:10 p.m. PDT/5:10 p.m. EDT) Window: 54 minutes Site: Odyssey launch platform, Equator, 154º west, Pacific Ocean With its mobile command ship and launch platform positioned in the equatorial Pacific Ocean, Sea Launch is counting down to its first mission since February 2013 on Monday with a European communications satellite. Liftoff is set for 2110 GMT (2:10 p.m./5:10 p.m. EDT). 1710 GMT (1:10 p.m. EDT) T-minus 4 hours. Sea Launch reports the weather outlook is favorable for today's blastoff from the equator at 2110 GMT (5:10 p.m....
  • Big Brother alert: Cameras in the cable box to monitor TV viewers

    05/24/2014 8:17:57 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 95 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Cheryl K. Chumley
    It hardly gets more Orwellian than this. New technology would allow cable companies to peer directly into television watchers’ homes and monitor viewing habits and reactions to product advertisements. The technology would come via the cable box, and at least one lawmaker on Capitol Hill is standing in opposition.
  • HUMANS ARE AWESOME GoPro Tribute (music video)

    05/24/2014 5:06:25 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 37 replies
    GoogTube ^ | 23JUN2013 | Gerry B
    HUMANS ARE AWESOME http://www.humansareawesome.net/ People Are Awesome, they are brilliant in comparison to all other living beings. Our abilities are amazing and somewhat out of this world. The official non-fail extreme video compilation channel! This time a tribute to GoPro cameras. Be sure to watch it in 1080P. Music: "Time" by Luckner featuring Sophie Louise https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_pkYr9I9nU
  • Meteor Shower over North America a Dud (Camelopadalids)

    05/24/2014 10:56:17 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 59 replies
    NDTV.com ^ | 24MAY2014 | Staff Writer
    Cape Town: Astronomers and amateur sky watchers across North America went to bed early Saturday disappointed by a meteor shower hyped as "potentially spectacular" that, in the end, was a dud. The US Naval Observatory described the Camelopardalids meteor shower on Friday as a "potentially spectacular show," but that potential was never fulfilled. The meteor shower could be seen by people in the United States, Canada and Mexico starting around 0230 GMT Saturday, according to NASA. A weak showing, combined with passing clouds and light pollution from towns and cities, conspired to turn what many hoped would be a light...
  • Judge awards frozen embryos to 42-year-old doctor who froze fertilized eggs with boyfriend

    05/20/2014 9:41:13 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 14 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 17MAY2014 | Daily Mail reporter
    A judge is siding with a Chicago woman seeking to use frozen embryos to have a child over the objection of her former boyfriend. Karla Dunston was diagnosed with lymphoma four years ago. Knowing chemotherapy would make her infertile, she had embryos frozen before treatment. Her then-boyfriend, Jacob Szafranski, provided the sperm. They broke up a year later and Szafranski changed his mind, leading to a lengthy court battle.
  • Why many retired women live in poverty

    05/20/2014 9:34:42 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 113 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 13MAY2014 | Melanie Hicken
    Gender inequality doesn't end at the workplace. For many women, the gender gap haunts them well into their retirement years, when far more women find themselves living in poverty. In fact, women are almost twice as likely as men to live below the poverty line during retirement, with single and minority women struggling the most (see chart). On average, women 65 years and older rely on a median income of around $16,000 a year -- roughly $11,000 less than men of the same age, according to a Congressional analysis of Census data. And many elderly women rely exclusively on Social...
  • SpaceX Set to Test Raptor Engine Components at NASA Stennis

    05/20/2014 5:11:50 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 43 replies
    SpaceRef.biz ^ | 24APR2014 | Marc Boucher
    Nearly six months after announcing that SpaceX would be testing Raptor engine components at NASA's Stennis Space Center, a ribbon cutting ceremony this past Monday officially unveiled the newly refurbished E-2 test stand. SpaceX has been working on the Raptor methane-fueled rocket engine since 2009. The new engine, a reusable engine is destined to be used in future versions of the Falcon Heavy and in the long term for the notional SpaceX Mars Colonial Transporter. Testing is set to begin within the coming days after the E-2 test stand activation is completed a spokesperson for SpaceX confirmed to SpaceRef. SpaceX...
  • Minnesotans Score Small Victory in Civil Asset Forfeiture War

    05/18/2014 5:33:08 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 11 replies
    The New American ^ | 17MAY2014 | Bob Adelmann
    On August 1, citizens in Minnesota will rejoice that the police can no longer steal their property without their being convicted — or even charged with — a crime. Until then, Minnesota remains an upside-down world, as do many other states, where police can seize cash and property if they think that somehow that cash or property was involved in a crime. Until August 1, citizens who have had their property seized will still have to prove a negative: that their property was neither the “instrument” nor the “proceeds” of the charged crime. Lee McGrath, executive director of Minnesota’s chapter...
  • GPS navigation satellite queued up for launch Friday (5:03pm PDT/8:03pm EDT)

    05/16/2014 4:45:57 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 28 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 16MAY2014 | Staff writer
    Their services have permeated daily lives for countless millions of people, and now the latest Global Positioning System satellite is awaiting blastoff to bolster the navigation network. A second launch attempt for the United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket is set for 8:03 p.m. EDT Friday (0003 Saturday) after weather forced a scrub of Thursday evening's countdown. Rocket: Delta 4 Variant: Medium+ 4,2 Payload: GPS 2F-6 Date: May 16, 2014 Window: 8:03-8:22 p.m. EDT Site: SLC-37, Cape Canaveral, Florida
  • Drunk in Love - Vintage Big Band / Swing Beyonce Cover ft. Cristina Gatti

    05/11/2014 5:39:39 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 9 replies
    YouTube ^ | 18MAR2014 | Post Modern Jukebox
    This girl has pipes!
  • SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch of Orbcomm Satellite (10MAY2014/0647 PDT, 0947EDT)

    05/08/2014 8:24:27 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 5 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 08MAY2014 | Stephen Clark
    Rocket: Falcon 9 v1.1 Payload: Orbcomm OG2 F1 Launch date: May 10, 2014 Launch time: 6:47 a.m. PDT/9:47 a.m. EDT (1347 GMT) Launch window: 54 minutes Site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral, Florida Weather looks favorable for Saturday's Falcon 9 launch The official weather forecast shows an 80 percent chance of acceptable conditions for Saturday's launch of a Falcon 9 rocket with a load of six commercial communications satellites for Orbcomm. THURSDAY, MAY 8, 2014 2340 GMT (7:40 p.m. EDT) SpaceX engineers called off a preflight engine firing on its Falcon 9 rocket Thursday after running into technical trouble during a practice...
  • Israel hit by late season rain storms, flooding

    05/08/2014 4:30:20 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 13 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 8MAY2014 | By SHARON UDASIN, BEN HARTMAN
    Several road closures due to flash flooding in the south and east of the country, heavy traffic in nearly all parts of the country; 70 tourists trapped by flooding in the Arava. Ending a five-day spell of intense heat and dry conditions, lightning illuminated Israeli skies, and heavy rains caused chaos. Rains poured all over the country on Wednesday night and Thursday, accompanied by isolated thunderstorms and unseasonable drops in temperatures, according to Israel Meteorological Services. The downpour led to flash floods and road closures across the South, sending police search and rescue teams scrambling to rescue stranded drivers. In...
  • How Self-Made Forbes 400 Billionaires Earned Their Money

    05/07/2014 6:46:15 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | 18SEP2013 | Erin Carlyle
    Every year FORBES crunches the numbers to find out which Americans rank the richest–and each year it gets harder to join the exclusive Forbes 400 list. But you don’t have to inherit a fortune to become a Forbes 400 billionaire. In fact, the majority of our Forbes 400 members–273 of them–scrapped their way onto our list through their own efforts.
  • Man crushed by giant crucifix dedicated to Pope

    04/27/2014 5:25:27 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 11 replies
    iTV ^ | 24APR2014 | Staff Writer
    A man has been crushed to death after a giant crucifix dedicated to Pope John Paul II collapsed, just days before a historic Papal canonisation in Rome. The 30-metre-high (98ft) wooden and concrete cross fell during a ceremony in the Italian Alpine village of Cevo, near Brescia. Another man was taken to hospital. The structure was dedicated to John Paul II on his visit to the region in 1998. In a strange co-incidence, the 21-year-old man named as Marco Gusmini by local media, was reported to live in a street named after Pope John XXIII – who will also be...
  • Dementia Reversal with Coconut oil - in an 85yr old at 35 days

    04/26/2014 9:12:36 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 226 replies
    YouTube ^ | 16JAN2013 | Steve Trueblue
    Surprise benefits of humble coconut oil - Reversing Dementia.
  • Who Wears the Pants in Japan?

    04/25/2014 2:30:57 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 25 replies
    Japanese Rule of 7 ^ | 24APR2014 | Ken Seeroi
    “Ken? Ken! Wake the hell up! Meet me at the station.” I sat up in bed, and realized it was not my bed. Words like this are why Ken Seeroi does not answer his iPhone after 11 p.m. The dreaded Yoko was on the line, and I was in her bed. Well, at least she had a bed, and not a horrible futon like I do. Either way, I really gotta remember to turn off that ringer. “Ah baby, I’m kind of asleep,” I mumbled, “and it’s pouring down rain.” “I forgot my umbrella,” she said. “Bring me one. “Yeah,...
  • Security 'bad news for sex drive'

    04/15/2014 9:14:36 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 43 replies
    BBC News ^ | 14APR2014 | BBC Staff Writer
    A woman's sex drive begins to plummet once she is in a secure relationship, according to research. Researchers from Germany found that four years into a relationship, less than half of 30-year-old women wanted regular sex. Conversely, the team found a man's libido remained the same regardless of how long he had been in a relationship.
  • SpaceX to Attempt Daring Reusable Rocket Test During Dragon Launch Today(4:58pm EDT/1:58pm PDT)

    04/14/2014 7:44:23 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 29 replies
    Space.com ^ | 14APR2014 | Tariq Malik
    It's an audacious plan, the odds of success are low, but SpaceX is going to do it anyway: The private spaceflight company founded by billionaire Elon Musk will launch a rocket with landing legs into orbit today, then try to bring part of it back and park it in the ocean. The chances of success? Maybe between 30 and 40 percent, said SpaceX vice president of mission assurance Hans Koenigsmann. "If we can pull this off … we'll be super-thrilled," Koenigsmann told reporters yesterday (April 13). You can watch the SpaceX's Dragon launch live on Space.com, courtesy of NASA TV....
  • Video – Blizzard conditions possible for parts of Texas & Oklahoma

    04/13/2014 1:43:14 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 33 replies
    IceAgeNow.info ^ | 13APR2014 | Robert Felix
    Snow beginning tonight with BRIEF near blizzard conditions possible across the North Texas & Western Oklahoma Panhandles, according to Chris Morris with the National Weather Service in Amarillo, Texas Also hard freeze warnings in effect! – In mid April!
  • NASA clears SpaceX for Monday cargo launch (Mon. 4:58pm EDT/1:58pm PDT)

    04/13/2014 12:39:23 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 14 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 13APR2014 | William Harwood
    NASA managers Sunday cleared SpaceX to press ahead with launch of a Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo ship Monday on a two-day flight to the International Space Station, concluding the lab can be safely operated until a faulty computer can be replaced during a contingency spacewalk next week. With forecasters predicting an 80 percent chance of acceptable weather, the SpaceX Falcon 9 version 1.1 rocket is scheduled for blastoff from launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 4:58 p.m. EDT (GMT-4). If all goes well, the company's uncrewed Dragon cargo capsule will reach the space...
  • Forget Cows, Smart Car 'Tipping' Is The New Fad

    04/08/2014 7:24:46 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 33 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 8APR2014 | Tyler Durden
    Cows in the San Francisco area will be sleeping better at night since, for the last few days, gangs of angry internal combustion engine-likers have taken to a new trend - Smart car tipping. NBC Bay Area found four of the targeted Smart cars between Sunday night and Monday morning. "Whoever is doing this just has misdirected anger," noted one upset owner, as another witness joked, they reminded him of little dogs: "They look like they are dachshunds sitting up on their hind legs." The exact motives behind the vandalism are unclear, as a parody Facebook page was set up...
  • Burn - Vintage '60s Girl Group Ellie Goulding Cover with Flame-O-Phone

    04/08/2014 1:57:12 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | 8APR2014 | Scott Bradlee
    Here's our '60s girl group / doo wop style remake of Ellie Goulding's "Burn," complete with a saxophone that shoots fire (called the "Flame-O-Phone," played by Stefan Zeniuk). Pay special attention to Adam's visibly uncomfortable reaction to seeing 4 foot flames come from the bell of a saxophone, and watch my security deposit go up in flames (both literally and figuratively). Warning: do not play with fire at home! Stefan is a trained professional.
  • ‘Blood Moon’ Lunar Eclipse Visible April 14-15, Beginning Rare Series Of Total Eclipses

    04/08/2014 12:40:28 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 44 replies
    CBS ^ | 4APR2014 | Brandon Mercer
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Just in time for tax day, which may feel like trying to squeeze blood from a rock, the moon will appear blood-red in a total lunar eclipse on the night of April 14th and overnight into April 15h. The total eclipse will be at its best over the Bay Area at 12:46 a.m. on April 15th, but the beginnings of the eclipse will be visible starting around 9:55 p.m. The moon will begin turning red at 12:08 a.m. The eclipse is a rare celestial phenomenon easily observed with the naked eye, and as such it...