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Evening News Wrap 12 December 2013.
NORTH KOREA: Kim Jong-Un has had his uncle executed. Because he’s an evil, repressive tyrant and he can do that shit when he wants. (Reuters)
COMPROMISE, FOR NOW: Tea Party conservatives in the House threaten to topple a compromise budget between Democrats and Republicans , because reasons; GOP Speaker John Boehner and Rep. Paul Ryan are mad as Hell and aren’t gonna take it anymore … allegedly; And here’s Ryan (R - Wis.) dissing Marco Rubio (R - Fla.) . (AP / CBS News / WashPo)
DIDN’T “CHASE” MADOFF: Feds are expected to pursue a criminal case against JP Morgan Chase for looking the other way as Bernie Madoff perpetrated a Ponzi scheme that robbed customers of billions of dollars. What’s that you say — banks are evil ??? (NY Times)
A drone strike in Yemen kills 15 members of a wedding procession, according to government officials. (Reuters)
FAKER: The dude who flashed nonsense hand gestures during the memorial service for Nelson Mandela — while standing mere feet away from world leaders including President Obama — says he saw “angels,” has had “violent” episodes, and suffers from schizophrenia . Yay security checks! (Time)
SPACE FOR ERROR: A cooling system aboard the International Space Station fails , and while the astronauts are reportedly not in danger, repairs may be required. (CBS News)
Meanwhile, Google reportedly buys rocket fuel for their private jets from NASA at a discount, and will now pay the difference . No word on whether they also got the same price for a warp core. (Guardian)
With the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook school massacre approaching this weekend, many victims’ families and residents of Newtown, CT are asking the media to stay away — and many of them are complying with those wishes. (WashPo)
RICH PEOPLE GET AWAY WITH THE STUPIDEST SHIT: Like when their children kill four pedestrians while driving drunk and their lawyers use the “affluenza” defense — i.e. his rich parents were so preoccupied with their divorce fight that they never raised him right — which somehow only got him ten years probation. For killing four people. (USA Today)
And finally… As if the heavens welcomed his spirit, a rainbow was seen over the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, where Nelson Mandela’s body is lying in state . He will be laid to rest on Saturday. (NY Post)
(Photo: AP via The New York Post)
FLAIR FLIGHT A contrast-enhanced image produced from the Hubble images of comet ISON taken April 23, 2013 reveals the subtle structure in the inner coma of the comet; the coma decreases in brightness proportionally to the distance from the nucleus. Comet ISON, thought to have travelled from the Oort Cloud surrounding our solar system beginning a million years ago, will make its closest approach to the Sun on Thursday. (Photo: NASA via AP / The Telegraph)
ARCH MADNESS A Soyuz rocket blasts off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, on its way with a replacement crew for the International Space Station on Wednesday. (Photo: Dmitry Lovetsky / AP via The Telegraph)
Look closely, stargazer — w hat do you see?
The flames of thrust; the smoke, blown free?
The launch tower lit as the rocket speeds?
Or perhaps — just perhaps — a frog, indeed?
(Photo of a rocket carrying NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer spacecraft lifting off from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia — as a frog appears in the frame — last week by NASA via Mashable)
Hey, East Coasters — be sure you’re looking up at around 11:27pm on Friday, Sept. 6. That’s when
. Assuming clear skies, you should be able to catch a glimpse. NASA will launch a rocket carrying the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer probe (via Space.com)
Three nebulae: M8, M20 (also known as the Trifid) and NGC 6559, the Lagoon Nebula. Glowing hydrogen gas creates the dominant red color of the emission nebulae, with contrasting blue hues, most striking in the Trifid, due to dust reflecting starlight. (Photo: via Tony Hallas via NASA APOD)
What it would look like to fly towards — and past — the 5,000 most distant galaxies ever observed with the Hubble Space Telescope Ultra Deep Field imager. (Via NASA APOD)