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Claude Monet: Turkeys, 1876

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Claude Monet
Turkeys
1876
Oil on canvas, 175 x 173 cm
Musée d’Orsay, Paris

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Space Dump

Three interesting stories from Parabolic Arc, a great site covering “New Space:”

VIRGIN GALACTIC

Burt Rutan, arguably the greatest living aerospace engineer and designer of the SpaceShip One and SpaceShip Two vehicles, expresses the opinion that all the evidence is pointing to: The loss of the SpaceShip Two vehicle was due to pilot error. And here’s Bill Whittle, former aerospace journalist and now political commentator, on how things like this happen — and why they have to:

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Elon Musk provides some new details on how SpaceX will recover the first stage of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle.  Spoiler: It’s amazingly cool.

NEW REACTIONLESS SPACE DRIVE?

Finally, here’s an article about something I’ve been hearing about for years: A physicist who seems to have developed a true “reactionless drive,” a staple of science fiction.  It’s only at the miniature demonstrations stage but, as this longer article at Boing Boing describes, the theoretical foundation for the work seems sound.  Well worth reading.


Pilgrims and the Roots of the American Thanksgiving

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Edmonds Woman Shoots Intruder

Originally posted on CBS Seattle:

EDMONDS, Wash. (AP) — A 33-year-old Edmonds woman shot an intruder who tried to get into her home while her family was asleep.

Edmonds police Sgt. Mark Marsh says the woman called 911 and grabbed her gun when the unknown man started pounding on her front door at 3:15 a.m. Thursday. As the man tried to get into the house, the woman struggled with him. Marsh says when she realized she could not keep him out she shot him in the abdomen.

Marsh says the woman was protecting her husband, their children ages 5, 10 and 14 as well as a 14 year old friend of their oldest child.

When officers arrived, the suspect was in front of the house. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center. Marsh says detectives hoped to interview the suspect when he got out of surgery.

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New Kim on the Block: The Rise of Kim Jong Un’s Little Sister

Originally posted on TIME:

At last, a North Korea rumor proves true: all year, Korea watchers have been buzzing about the rise of Kim Jong Un’s little sister, Kim Yo Jong. She popped up at her father Kim Jong Il’s December 2011 funeral, then reappeared next to her brother on election day in March of this year. (Yes, North Korea has elections, of sorts.) Experts speculated that her presence at a high-profile political event signaled that she was on the rise within the regime but, as with many things in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), as it is officially called, the theory was just that — until now.

On Thursday, Nov. 26, in an otherwise humdrum account of Kim Jong Un’s visit to a cartoon studio, state media listed Kim Yo Jong as “vice department director” in the powerful Central Committee of the ruling Worker’s Party. In March, when she was…

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Camille Pissarro: ‘Turkey Girl’, 1884

PISSARRO, Camille Turkey Girl 1884 Tempera on paper, 81 x 65 cm Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Turkey Girl

Pissarro, Camille, 1884
Tempera on paper, 81 x 65 cm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


George F. Will: Thanks, or Something

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A look at some of the more entertaining recent headlines to come out of Obama’s America 

george-f-will-114x80Before the tryptophan in the turkey induces somnolence, give thanks for living in such an entertaining country. This year, for example, we learned that California’s Legislature includes 93 people who seem never to have had sex. They enacted the “affirmative consent” law, directing college administrators to tell students that sexual consent cannot be silence but must be “affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement” and “ongoing throughout a sexual activity.” Claremont Turkeys Raised On California FarmMcKenna College requires “all” — not “both,” which would discriminate against groups — participants in a sexual engagement to understand that withdrawal of consent can be any behavior conveying “that an individual is hesitant, confused, uncertain.”

A severely moral California high school principal prohibited the football booster club from raising money by selling donated Chick-fil-A meals because this company opposed same-sex marriage. The school superintendent approved the ban because “we value inclusivity and diversity.” Up to a point. At a Washington state community college, invitations to a “happy hour” celebrating diversity and combating racism said white people were not invited.

George F. Will writes a twice-weekly column on politics and domestic and foreign affairs. He began his column with The Post in 1974, and he received the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1977. He is also a contributor to FOX News’ daytime and primetime programming. View Archive

At Broward College near Miami, a conservative who was asking students if they agreed that “big government sucks” was told by a campus security guard that she must take her question to the campus “free-speech area.” She got off lightly: The federal government has distributed to local police, including those of some colleges and school districts, more than 600 surplus MRAP (mine-resistant ambush-protected) armored vehicles designed for Iraq and Afghanistan.

obama-smirk-headThe federal government, which has Tomahawk cruise missiles and Apache and Lakota helicopters, used the code name “Geronimo” in the attack that killed Osama bin Laden but objected to the name of the Washington Redskins. The Department of Homeland Security, unsleepingly vigilant, raided a Kansas City, Mo., shop to stop sales of panties emblazoned with unauthorized Royals logos. A U.S. Forest Service article on safe marshmallow toasting did not neglect to nag us: It suggested fruit rather than chocolate in s’mores. The droll Orange County Register wondered, “Why not replace the marshmallow with a Brussels sprout?” The federal government’s food police began cracking down on schools’ fundraising bake sales: Step away from those brownies and put your hands on a fruit cup. Read the rest of this entry »


David Boaz: Things to Be Thankful For

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David Boazblog_rev4 writes: Not long ago a journalist asked me what freedoms we take for granted in America. Now, I spend most of my time sounding the alarm about the freedoms we’re losing. But this was a good opportunity to step back and consider how America is different from much of world history — and why immigrants still flock here.

If we ask how life in the United States is different from life in most of the history of the world — and still  different from much of the world — a few key elements come to mind.liberty

[Check out David Boaz‘s book “The Politics of Freedom: Taking on The Left, The Right and Threats to Our Liberties” at Amazon]

Rule of law. Perhaps the greatest achievement in history is the subordination of power to law. That is, in modern America we have created structures that limit and control the arbitrary power of government. No longer can one man — a king, a priest, a communist party boss — take another person’s life or property at the ruler’s whim. Citizens can go about their business, generally confident that they won’t be dragged off the streets to disappear forever, and confident that their hard-earned property won’t be confiscated without warning. We may take the rule of law for granted, but immigrants from China, Haiti, Syria, and other parts of the world know how rare it is.

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Equality. For most of history people were firmly assigned to a particular status — clergy, nobility, and peasants. Kings and lords and serfs. Brahmans, other castes, and untouchables in India. If your father was a noble or a peasant, so would you be. The American Revolution swept away such distinctions. In America all men were created equal. Thomas Jefferson declared “that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of God.” In America some people may be smarter, richer, stronger, or more beautiful than others, but “I’m as good as you” is our national creed. We are all citizens, equal before the law, free to rise as far as our talents will take us.

Equality for women. Throughout much of history women were the property of their fathers or their husbands. They were often barred from owning property, testifying in court, signing contracts, or participating in government. Equality for women took longer than equality for men, but today in America and other civilized parts of the world women have the same legal rights as men. Read the rest of this entry »


Lucien Pissarro: The Turkeys, 1893

(c) Prof. Simon Shorvon; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

The Turkeys, or Esther in the Garden, Eragny

by Lucien Pissarro

Date painted: 1893

Oil on canvas, 55.2 x 45.7 cm

Collection: Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

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An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Feast


[PHOTOS] of Ferguson Before and After


Cragstan Astronaut: Vintage Japanese Toy

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Batman: Japanese Magazine ‘Boy King’

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First bubble is magazine title, reads “Boy King”. Second bubble reads “Send me letter. Sei Suzuki”


Patsy Explains What’s Wrong

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Pulp Fiction: ‘Monte Carlo Mission’

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Bottle Shock: Japan Crowned Best Whiskey


[VIDEO] Chinese Construction Worker’s Vanilla Ice ‘Running Man’ Dance Goes Viral

A dancing video showing a migrant worker doing Vanilla ice’s signature “running man” moves in a construction site in east China’s Jiangsu Province hit Chinese social media recently and became a smash hit.

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[PHOTOS] Micro-Photography of Individual Snowflakes by Alexey Kljatov

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[VIDEO] Russian Plane Freezes to the Ground, Desperate Passengers Get Out and Push


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