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Monday, July 19, 2010

Unfortunately (or maybe, fortunately), O’Reilly cut off Beck before he could really explain why he found the outfit Michelle wore to survey the oil spill such “an outrage.” What I did hear him say, though, is that it proves she can’t relate. Given that he prefaced his comment by characterizing MO as someone with a penchant for designer clothes and a vain preoccupation with what to wear to an oil spill, perhaps the comment, the hyperbole and then, also, the fact he described Michelle’s outfit as a “dress” speaks as much about the man being threatened by a strong woman, perhaps a strong black woman given how the “dress” functioned like a Rorschach for Beck and he was incapable of getting beyond mere black and white

Authorities in California said today they have opened an investigation into Goldline International, a company that pioneered the practice of weaving its sales pitches into broadcasts by popular conservative political personalities -- including two former presidential candidates and Fox News host Glenn Beck -- to sell hundreds of millions of dollars worth of gold every year. "There are two main types of complaints we're seeing," said Adam Radinsky of the Santa Monica City Attorney's office, which has launched what it described as a joint investigation with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office. "One is that customers say that they were lied to and misled in entering into their purchases of gold coins," he said. "And the other group is saying that they received something different from what they had ordered." ..... The promotional strategy appears to have been beneficial both to Goldline, which boasts $500 million in sales, and to such conservative figures as Beck and former presidential hopefuls Fred Thompson and Mike Huckabee, all of whose broadcasts are peppered with Goldline advertisements.

Responding specifically to Kelly's implication that Schieffer and "Face the Nation" agreed not to ask Holder about the scandal, Schieffer said "that's not true. We never ever make deals with anybody that's on 'Face the Nation.'" Schieffer also disagreed with Bill O'Reilly, who said that the major broadcast network newscasts haven't covered the New Black Panthers story because they are trying to protect President Obama.

"I think the reason that there hasn't been much coverage on it is there is a question about how significant this really is," Schieffer said. "I think it is -- you know, the coverage or lack of coverage has to do with editors' news judgment. It doesn't have anything to do with protecting President Obama. And I mean, I think, frankly, that's absurd on the face of it."

the international space station photographed crossing the face of the sun............The ISS was moving fast; orbiting Earth at 17,000 mph, it crossed the face of the sun in only 0.5 seconds. He caught the passage using a digital video camera attached to a solar-filtered 6-inch telescope.

Friday, July 16, 2010

His name is Paul Babeu (pronounced bab-you) and he is the Sheriff of Pinal County, Arizona, a critic of the Obama administration, and an ardent supporter of the new Arizona immigration law. Two Arizona border sheriffs who spoke out against that law said they have not recieved any invitations to appear on Fox News. By contrast, Fox has interviewed Sheriff Babeu live at least 18 times since mid-April:

One of NASA's newest space telescopes has spotted 25,000 never-before-seen asteroids in just six months. Ninety-five of those are considered "near Earth," but in the language of astronomy that means within 30 million miles. Luckily for us, none poses any threat to Earth anytime soon. Called WISE for Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, the telescope completes its first full scan of the sky on Saturday and then begins another round of imaging. What's special about WISE is its ability to see through impenetrable veils of dust, picking up the heat glow of objects that are invisible to regular telescopes.     quicktime movie here   in -depth article here

spider versus dirt dauber the dauber usually catches spiders and encases them with mud and lays eggs on the body....this turned out differently photo by dogcicle

The sun and Earth are separated by 93 million miles of space—a seemingly safe distance. But since the Space Age began, and especially in recent years, there has been a growing realization that 93 million miles really isn't so far apart. Spacecraft and ground-based observatories have shown that Earth is located in the sun's outer atmosphere, buffeted by solar winds and pelted by hail storms of energetic particles. Moreover, the two bodies are actually connected by invisible threads of magnetism. During "reconnection events," which typically happen several times a day, you can trace invisible lines of force all the way from Earth's poles to the surface of the sun.

We Can't Be Afraid To Say It! It's Un-American!

earthquake in d.c. 3.6 Date-Time Friday, July 16, 2010 at 09:04:47 UTC Friday, July 16, 2010 at 05:04:47 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 39.167°N, 77.252°W Depth 5 km (3.1 miles) set by location program Region POTOMAC-SHENANDOAH REGION Distances 15 km (10 miles) NW of Rockville, Maryland 30 km (15 miles) ENE of Leesburg, Virginia 35 km (20 miles) NW of WASHINGTON, D.C. 70 km (45 miles) WNW of ANNAPOLIS, Maryland Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 13.3 km (8.3 miles); depth fixed by location program

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Hao Atoll, French Polynesia Jul. 11, 2010 #1, #2, #3 11th July was my birthday and this was the second (and last) eclipse on my birthday in my lifetime. These images were taken from Hao Atoll,French Polynesia. I used my trusty vintage 1975 400mm telephoto with a Canon 300D. Images of the chromosphere just after 2nd contact, inner corona and prominences mid eclipse and the 3rd contact diamond ring. We had very thin cloud and a pesky thicker patch just at the end. Shadow bands were visible on the sand just after 3rd contact. photo and comment by terry evans

eclipse gallery at link below....this photo by mariano ribas Pehuajó, 370 kilometers Southwest of Buenos Aires, Argentina Jul. 11, 2010 #1, #2, #3 I took these images of the solar eclipse from Pehuajo, a small city 370 kilometers southwest of Buenos Aires. It was a partial eclipse, with the moon covering 54% of solar diameter.

Last night, the crescent Moon passed by Venus, producing a conjunction of such beauty it stopped traffic. "I was driving on Interstate 70 to Grand Junction, Colorado, when I noticed the conjunction." says Malcom Park. "I just had to stop for a better look." He snapped this picture from the banks of the Colorado River:

Fifteen years after his stunning win at the Old Course, John Daly was off to another rousing start at the British Open. The mercurial American birdied seven of the first 11 holes Thursday to move atop the leaderboard, taking advantage of benign conditions that threatened to turn worse at any moment. Daly birdied the first two holes, had another at the sixth and ripped off four consecutive birdies starting at No. 8 before the streak ended with a 4-footer than lipped out at the 12th. Daly, whose personal woes have long overshadowed his occasional golfing successes, also made quite an impression with his attire. He was playing in purple paisley paints, a light blue sweater and a pink shirt.

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July 14, 2010: The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft has beamed back close-up photographs of asteroid Lutetia, an ancient, cratered relic from the dawn of the solar system. Scientists are abuzz about the stunning images, which reveal a worldlet of haunting, alien beauty. "I've never seen anything like it," says Claudia Alexander, project scientist for the U.S. Rosetta Project. "It looked as though it could have been fractured off of a mother asteroid – it was all angles and flat planes, ancient impacts overlaid by newer ones, covered by dust of some kind."

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

"I know you have an issue with the government, but I've got an issue with a private industry that's using the government to rape my country of its money, and I'd like to try to put a stop to that," Ratigan said. "We are facing higher taxes in energy and income and capital and dividends," Brady argued, not for the last time. "All those tax proposals are what's keeping our recovery from gaining steam--" "That's a lie. That's a lie," Ratigan shot back. "What's keeping our recovery from gaining steam is the fact that the financial industry is stealing America's money, depriving this country of any investment whatsoever, and that is the entire basis of our system, and the government has converted it from an investment vehicle into a vehicle for it to steal money for its rich friends."

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NADER: What’s the sanction for President Bush and Vice President Cheney? <...> NAPOLITANO: They should have been indicted. They absolutely should have been indicted for torturing, for spying, for arresting without warrants. I’d like to say they should be indicted for lying but believe it or not, unless you’re under oath, lying is not a crime. At least not an indictable crime. It’s a moral crime. NADER: So you think George W. Bush and Dick Cheney should even though they’ve left office, they haven’t escaped the criminal laws, they should be indicted and prosecuted? NAPOLITANO: The evidence in this book and in others, our colleague the great Vincent Bugliosi has amassed an incredible amount of evidence. The purpose of this book was not to amass that evidence but I do discuss it, is overwhelming when you compare it to the level of evidence required for a normal indictment that George W. Bush as President and Dick Cheney as Vice President participated in criminal conspiracies to violate the federal law and the guaranteed civil liberties of hundreds, maybe thousands of human beings.

Chameleon vs. Sumo Wrestler. It's the epic face-off you never knew you were dying to see. But it's not your standard fight; that would be a tad unfair. Nope, this is simply the chameleon snatching a bug off of a giant man's slow-motion. It's worth it not just for the awesome feat, but the sumo wrestler's facial expression afterward. Proving once again that everything is better in super slo-mo. (via The Daily What)

Yovani Gallardo is firm. Even if he's fortunate enough to make the All-Star team again next summer, he'll skip it. "If the game is in Arizona, I will totally boycott," the Milwaukee Brewers pitcher said Monday. A year before Phoenix is set to host baseball's big event, the state's new immigration law kept drawing the attention of major leaguers. Kansas City reliever Joakim Soria, who leads the majors with 25 saves, said he would support a Latino protest and stay away. Detroit closer Jose Valverde can see himself steering clear, too.

Sunspot 1087 has a magnetic canopy that can only be described as magnificent. It's on full display in today's extreme ultraviolet image from the Solar Dynamics Observatory:  more here

Date: 2010/193 - 07/12 9 :15 UTC Dust storm in Afghanistan and Pakistan   this site has many images of the earth taken from space..check it out

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) is beaming back images of caverns hundreds of feet deep -- beckoning scientists to follow. "They could be entrances to a geologic wonderland," says Mark Robinson of Arizona State University, principal investigator for the LRO camera. "We believe the giant holes are skylights that formed when the ceilings of underground lava tubes collapsed." Japan's Kaguya spacecraft first photographed the enormous caverns last year. Now the powerful Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC, the same camera that photographed Apollo landers and astronauts' tracks in the moondust) is giving us enticing high-resolution images of the caverns' entrances and their surroundings.

Monday, July 12, 2010

he Gulf oil spill appears to have been stopped by the latest containment cap, according to unconfirmed reports from PBS Newshour and CNN. "There does not appear to be oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico," reports PBS based on its live feed of the spill. "Details of the new containment cap will be confirmed in the morning. The new containment cap has been placed & will be pressure tested." "BP, of course, has to test the new cap over the well to make sure leak has officially stopped," CNN's Nick Valencia writes. "The video looks hopeful."


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Neil Barabas Image taken: Jul. 11, 2010 Location: Mangaia, Cook Islands, South Pacific Details: Clouded out of totality, hole in clouds ~2 min after totality. From the Mangaia Airport. About 200 of us there, from the TravelQuest Tour.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

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David Villa scores against Paraguay and is now just one goal away from equalling Raúls goalscoring record for Spain. Photograph: Lars Baron/Getty Images

Winger Arjen Robben has outlined the Netherlands’ plan to overcome Spain in the World Cup final this evening, insisting that the Dutch will not allow the reigning European champions to impose their ‘ticki-tacka’ passing style upon them. After playing so fluidly in the tournament beforehand, Germany came unstuck against Vicente Del Bosque’s side in the semi-finals as they were reduced to spectators for long periods of the game – but Robben feels his teammates will not fall into the same trap; “We will defend from the front. No-one here feels they are too special to get their hands dirty.

The federal official leading the Gulf oil spill cleanup said Friday a new containment cap and an additional ship collecting oil could effectively contain the spill in the next three days.

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

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This month look for dark interstellar clouds blocking patches of Milky Way stars.

see venus and regulus as it gets dark tonite David Hough Image taken: Jul. 10, 2010 Location: taken 10 july 2010 from the Doghouse Obeservatory, Wallsend NSW Australia Details: Managed to get this happy snap this evening - lots of high and low cloud about which shows in the images of Regulus and Venus. Taken with a 127ed refractor and a cooled modified Canon 40D

A LIVELY SOLAR ECLIPSE: Fast-growing sunspot 1087 is crackling with C-class solar flares. A spectacular eruption recorded by the Solar Dynamics Observatory is featured on today's edition of This surge in activity comes on the eve of a total eclipse of the sun over the South Pacific. Will eclipse chasers see material blasting away from the sun when the Moon hides the blinding stellar surface? It's a possibility. Stay tuned to for updates and pictures from the path of totality.

Sunspot 1087[upper left] is crackling with B- and C-class solar flares. Credit: SOHO/MDI

Friday, July 9, 2010

With McCain supporting Arizona's crack down and insisting that many immigrants "need to be sent back," Stewart suggested an accurate campaign slogan for the Senator: "Just Tell Me What To Say And I'll Say It."

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On Sunday, July 11th, the new Moon will pass directly in front of the sun, producing a total eclipse over the South Pacific. The path of totality stretches across more than a thousand miles of ocean, making landfall in the Cook Islands, Easter Island, a number of French Polynesian atolls, and the southern tip of South America:

Shooting from the Cook Islands, astrophotographer Alan Dyer recorded this South Pacific eclipse on July 22, 2009.

A solar wind stream flowing from the indicated coronal hole should hit Earth's magnetic field on July 12th or 13th. Credit: SDO/AIA

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

A 5.9 earthquake rocked Southern California this afternoon and was felt across a wide area. According to U.S. Geological Survey, the quake hit at 4:53 p.m. near Borrego Springs, about 28 miles south of Palm Springs. It was followed by several small aftershocks.

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"You hear that people who have lost their jobs and are skatin' by on your $1200 a month? The gravy train is over! Well, not so much gravy as the ketchup packet soup train is over."

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For several days, NASA's STEREO-B spacecraft has been monitoring an apparent sunspot on the far side of the sun. Just yesterday, it erupted and hurled a bright coronal mass ejection over the edge of the solar disk

Monday, July 5, 2010

Leaked Luntz Poll: Majority of Americans don’t support Israeli flotilla raid. Via Didi Remez (whose Coteret blog has become an indispensable resource for progressives on Israel-Palestine issues), Israel’s Channel Ten TV News was leaked a memo on a Frank Luntz poll commissioned by the right-wing propaganda outfit The Israel Project analyzing the effectiveness of the Israeli government’s public diplomacy efforts around the Gaza flotilla raid. A summary of the findings: 1. 56% of Americans agree with the claim that there is a humanitarian crisis in Gaza; 2. 43% of Americans agree with the claim that people in Gaza are starving; 3. 34% of Americans support the Israeli operation against the Flotilla; 4. 20% of Americans “felt support” for Israel following announcement of easing of Gaza closure. Consider these numbers against the fact that 84 Senators and 298 Representatives — 71% of the U.S. Congress — signed an AIPAC-backed letter supporting the flotilla raid. The Israel Project has worked with Luntz before, and gotten in trouble for it. Last year, columnist Doug Bloomfield obtained a copy of the group’s “Global Language Dictionary,” developed in conjunction with Luntz, which advocated equating an end to illegal Israeli settlement building with “ethnic cleansing” against Jews. L

The leader of the Republicans in the House said that financial reform was like — I’m quoting it — “using a nuclear weapon to target an ant.” That’s what he said. He compared the financial crisis to an ant. This is the same financial crisis that led to the loss of nearly eight million jobs. The same crisis that cost people their homes, their life savings. He can’t be that out of touch with the struggles of American families, and if he is, he should come here to Racine and ask people what they think. Maybe I’m confused. Do you think that the financial crisis was an ant and we just need a little ant swatter to fix this thing, or do you think that we need to restructure how we regulate the financial system so you aren’t on the hook again and we don’t have this crisis again?

Religion comes into conflict with science when it is defined by unprovable claims

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senator al franken at supreme court nominee hearings on judicial activism

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