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  • Yahoo in Gulliver’s Travels Represent 18th Century Description of Sasquatch, Researcher Says

    09/24/2018 2:18:37 PM PDT · by ETL · 14 replies
    Sci-News.com ^ | Sep 24, 2018 | News Staff / Source
    Gulliver’s Travels is a political and social satire by Jonathan Swift, published in 1726.Part IV of this fictional work is an account of Lemuel Gulliver’s voyage to the country of the Houyhnhms, in which he discovers two animal populations.One comprises horses, the articulate Houyhnhms, and the other is a subservient humanoid group called Yahoos.“Swift gave quite a detailed description of what the Yahoos looked like, how they acted and what they ate,” said Dr. Argue, a visiting fellow in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology at the Australian National University.“As I read about the Native American descriptions of the sasquatch...
  • After Pluto, New Horizons probe draws near to its next target: Ultima Thule

    09/24/2018 12:24:34 PM PDT · by ETL · 26 replies
    Space.com ^ | Sept 20, 2018 | Mike Wall, Space.com Senior Writer
    Don't sleep on NASA's New Horizons spacecraft. The history-making probe, which famously zoomed past Pluto in July 2015, is closing in on its next flyby target, a frigid chunk of ice and rock about 4 billion miles (6.4 billion kilometers) from Earth dubbed Ultima Thule.  New Horizons is now just 80 million miles (130 million km) from Ultima Thule, mission members said Wednesday (Sept. 19). That's less than the distance from Earth to the sun (about 93 million miles). [Destination Pluto: NASA's New Horizons Mission in Pictures]  The spacecraft has already begun photographing Ultima Thule for navigation purposes and remains...
  • A House Party Seen By No One (To tune of House of the Rising Sun)

    09/24/2018 11:49:31 AM PDT · by zencycler · 3 replies
    Vanity | 09/24/2018 | self
    A House Party Seen By No One (To tune of House of the Rising Sun) There is a gal going to DC To recall that is wasn't much fun To get drunk and throw up on her jeans At a house party seen by no one She says she was 15 years old But doesn't know what year that was Math is hard for drunk liberal girls At a house party seen by no one At 50 she's over her drunken haze And since she so hates Trump She now remembers Brett Kavanaugh's gaze Who she hopes the Senate will...
  • Dak Prescott takes heat from Dallas Nine protester after Cowboys game arrests (barf alert)

    09/24/2018 10:51:57 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 14 replies
    Mic.com ^ | 9/19/2018 | Chauncey Alcorn
    Arminta “Cleo” Jeffryes wants Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott to realize some things are bigger than football. In a phone interview Wednesday, after spending 2 1/2 days in jail for protesting outside a Cowboys game over the weekend, the 25-year-old Lyft driver and self-described “radical” activist criticized Prescott for not following the example set by Colin Kaepernick. “He’s so wack for that,” Jeffryes said of Prescott. “As a black man you should want to speak out against police brutality and racial injustice. You have a black father. One day you will have black children.” Prescott told reporters in July that...
  • Hillary Clinton explains to Stephen Colbert why Trump can be indicted (video - barf alert)

    09/24/2018 10:28:37 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 32 replies
    EW.com ^ | 9/21/2018 | David Canfield
    Hillary Clinton has a message for Donald Trump: You’re not above the law. On Friday, the former First Lady and Secretary of State discussed the legal challenge of indicting a sitting president, which Trump’s legal team has claimed cannot happen, on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Clinton was present to promote the paperback release of her best-selling campaign memoir, What Happened. “If you’re not president and you’ve committed a crime, you should be able to be indicted,” Clinton explains to Colbert. Trump and his campaign are under federal investigation for obstruction of justice and potential collusion with the Russian...
  • Hubble Space Telescope Catches Giant Cluster: SDSS J1050+0017

    09/24/2018 10:21:20 AM PDT · by ETL · 16 replies
    Sci-News.com ^ | Sept 24, 2018 | News Staff / Source
    SDSS J1050+0017, also known as ClG J1050+0017, is approximately 6 billion light-years away from Earth. The gigantic mass of this galaxy cluster creates the fascinating phenomenon of strong gravitational lensing.SDSS J1050+0017’s gravity bends light coming from behind it in a similar way to how the base of a wine glass bends light.The effects of this lensing can be clearly seen as curved streaks forming a circular shape around the center of the Hubble image.Astronomers can use these distorted galaxies to calculate the mass of the cluster — including the mass of the dark matter within it — and to peer...
  • Here Comes Fall: Harvest Moon 2018 Rises Tonight!

    09/24/2018 8:13:09 AM PDT · by ETL · 15 replies
    Space.com ^ | Sept 24, 2018 | Joe Rao, Space.com Skywatching Columnist
    With unseasonably warm summer temperatures persisting over much of the world this year, it seems hard to believe that this is the week of the Harvest Moon, the full moon nearest to the autumnal equinox. Saturday, Sept. 22, was the first official day of autumn in much of the Northern Hemisphere, even though it will still officially be summer through the daylight hours. The moment of the equinox — the official end of summer and beginning of autumn — will not arrive until 9:54 p.m. EDT. East of the prime meridian, where the equinox occurs after midnight, the first day...
  • Next crash will be ‘worse than the Great Depression’: experts

    09/24/2018 7:50:02 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 61 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 22, 2018 | John Aidan Byrne
    Ten years ago, it was too-easy credit that brought financial markets to their knees. Today, it could be a global debt of $247 trillion that causes the next crash. After a decade of escalating US household debt brought on by low wages and the national debt more than doubling over the same time frame, to $21 trillion, debt could soon put the brakes on this economic recovery, analysts warn. “We think the major economies are on the cusp of this turning into the worst recession we have seen in 10 years,” said Murray Gunn, head of global research at Elliott...
  • Judge Judy: Don't Prejudge Kavanaugh Accusations (tr)

    09/24/2018 7:05:49 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 25 replies
    TMZ ^ | September 24, 2018
    Judge Judy has handled thousands of cases, both as a family law judge and a TV jurist, so she knows a thing or 2 when she says people need to slow down and hear the evidence in the Kavanaugh/Ford showdown. We got the most famous judge in the U.S. of A Sunday in Bev Hills, and she couldn't have been clearer ... we don't know enough to form an intelligent opinion on who's telling the truth and who's not. Some Republicans have already taken Kavanaugh's side, and some Democrats have said they believe Ford ... despite the fact that they...
  • Mysterious new brain cell found in people

    09/24/2018 6:33:06 AM PDT · by ETL · 25 replies
    Science Magazine ^ | Aug. 27, 2018 | Kelly Servick
    In a mysterious addition to the brain’s family of cells, researchers have discovered a new kind of neuron—a dense, bushy bundle (above) that is present in people but seems to be missing in mice. These “rosehip neurons,” were found in the uppermost layer of the cortex, which is home to many different types of neurons that inhibit the activity of other neurons. Scientists spotted the neurons in slices of human brain tissue as part of a larger effort to inventory human brain cells by combining microscopic study of brain anatomy and the genetic analysis of individual cells. The cells were...
  • Indonesian teen survives 49 days adrift without paddle, but with Bible: report

    09/24/2018 6:12:23 AM PDT · by ETL · 39 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Sept 22, 2018 | Edmund DeMarche | Fox News
    An Indonesian teenager, who worked on a floating fish trap 80 miles off the country's coast, survived 49 days adrift in the Pacific Ocean with only a Bible, limited rations and a small radio, reports said Monday. Strong winds during a July storm reportedly snapped the lines keeping Aldi Novel Adilang, a 19-year-old lamp keeper, moored in place. He was helpless and floated off without even a paddle. “Aldi said he had been scared and often cried when adrift. Every time he saw a large ship, he said he was hopeful, but more than ten ships had passed him, none...
  • Christine Blasey Ford Reaches Deal to Testify at Kavanaugh Hearing [Rameriz story is falling apart]

    09/23/2018 10:25:29 PM PDT · by guitar Josh · 53 replies
    I want to excerpt a portion of this NY Times story. It looks like the new accusations against Judge Kavanaugh are already falling apart. The Times had interviewed several dozen people over the past week in an attempt to corroborate her story, and could find no one with firsthand knowledge. Ms. Ramirez herself contacted former Yale classmates asking if they recalled the incident and told some of them that she could not be certain Mr. Kavanaugh was the one who exposed himself.
  • New Movie Claims Google Handed the Popular Vote to Hillary Clinton in 2016

    09/23/2018 7:04:26 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 32 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 23, 2018 | Tyler O'Neil
    When Donald Trump surprised the world by winning the 2016 election, liberals clung to the idea that his victory was illegitimate because Hillary Clinton won the popular vote. According to a psychologist who supported Clinton in 2016, however, Google's bias in Clinton's favor may remove even that symbolic victory from her. Almost all of Clinton's popular vote margin could be attributed to Google bias, making her win "negligible." Dr. Robert Epstein, a psychologist who earned his Ph.D. at Harvard, actually reported this finding last year, but he explains how it works in the upcoming film "The Creepy Line." Epstein made...
  • Look Familiar? Watch Judge Clarence Thomas Have To Defend Himself

    09/23/2018 5:06:53 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 19 replies
    WOR (Mark Simone) ^ | 09/20/2018 | staff
    “Senator, I would like to start by saying unequivocally, uncategorically, that I deny each and every single allegation against me today that suggested in any way that I had conversations of a sexual nature or about pornographic material with Anita Hill, that I ever attempted to date her, that I ever had any personal sexual interest in her, or that I in any way ever harassed her. “A second, and I think more important point. I think that this today is a travesty. I think that it is disgusting. I think that this hearing should never occur in America. This...
  • Chuck Grassley: How Old Is He & How Long Has He Been in the Senate?

    09/23/2018 2:03:52 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 20 replies
    Heavy ^ | 9/23/18
    At 85 years old, Chuck Grassley is among the oldest members of the United States Senate. He is not the absolute oldest, though — that honor goes to Dianne Feinstein, who was born a few months before Grassley. Charles Ernest Grassley was born on September 17, 1933. He recently celebrated his 85th birthday. The Iowa Senator was first elected to the US Senate in 1980. He has been serving in the Senate for the past 38 years. He is now serving his seventh term in office.
  • "The Big Broadcast" Live Sunday 9/23 7-11pm est

    09/23/2018 1:26:15 PM PDT · by Vision · 16 replies
    WAMU ^ | 9/23/18 | Freak SJW Murray Horwitz
    Friends it's Sunday night again and time to relax. Warm up the tubes for another 4 hours of classic radio Americana. Listen Live Info *tonight's show will be available at the "Info" link starting tomorrow. Official OTR Blog of "The Big Broadcast" thread: http://kallmansalley.com/
  • What You See in This Famous Optical Illusion Could Reveal How Old You Are

    09/23/2018 11:23:12 AM PDT · by ETL · 89 replies
    LiveScience ^ | Sept 21, 2018 | Yasemin Saplakoglu, Staff Writer
    Do you see an old woman or a young woman? They are both trapped in this famous optical illusion that first appeared on an 1888 German postcard and was later adapted by British cartoonist William Ely Hill, who published it in a humor magazine in 1915 with the title "My Wife and My Mother-in-Law." Using Amazon's Mechanical Turk, an online crowdsourcing platform, researchers showed the illusion for half a second to 393 U.S. participants between the ages of 18 and 68. They were then asked if they saw an animal or a person and, if they said a person, what...
  • Satellite Flare Photobombs a Lunar Eclipse Under the Milky Way (Photo)

    09/23/2018 9:11:52 AM PDT · by ETL · 29 replies
    Space.com ^ | Sept 23, 2018 | Miguel Claro, Space.com Contributor
    Miguel Claro is a professional photographer, author and science communicator based in Lisbon, Portugal, who creates spectacular images of the night sky. As a European Southern Observatory photo ambassador, a member of The World At Night and the official astrophotographer of the Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve, he specializes in astronomical skyscapes that connect Earth and the night sky. Join him here as he takes us through his photograph "An Eclipsed Moon with Mars, Milky Way with Saturn, and a Satellite near Jupiter." Captured 15 minutes after the end of totality during the longest total lunar eclipse of the century, this...
  • Something Unexpected and Weird Is Happening Beneath California’s Deadliest Faults

    09/23/2018 7:53:32 AM PDT · by ETL · 42 replies
    American Geophysical Union, via Gizmodo.com ^ | August 30, 2018 | George Dvorsky
    A section of the San Andreas Fault on the Carrizo Plain in California. Image: Doc Searls/Flickr The detection of strange, unpredicted behavior deep below the surface near the San Andreas and San Jacinto faults suggests scientists have an incomplete understanding of the processes responsible for earthquakes in the region. Over the past four decades, geoscientists have recorded thousands of small earthquakes in California’s San Bernardino basin near the San Andreas and San Jacinto faults. New research published in Geophysical Research Letters suggests many of these quakes, some of which occur at depths between 6 and 12 miles (10 and 20 kilometers),...
  • Are Collins, Flake, and Murkowski really this clueless?

    09/23/2018 3:16:13 AM PDT · by guitar Josh · 63 replies
    Not one single person Ford named at the party has remotely verified a thing she said. Everyone has contradicted her, so how can they believe anything else she says? I just can't figure out what it is they need to see to realize that this is just a huge farce. Ford has no credibility, and might have a serious mental illness. The only thing I can think of that is holding up the votes is at least one of the 3 is refusing to vote yes until Ford testifies, although I have no idea how she can gain credibility.