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)
Weekend News Read 9 November 2013.
HAIYAN: Death toll from one of the strongest storms ever estimated at about 1,000 and is likely to rise ; Haiyan, aka Yolanda, heads for Vietnam . (WashPo / Reuters)
IRAN: A deal to end sanctions in exchange for a racheting back of that country’s nuclear program is opposed by the French and neighboring Israel . (NY Times / WashPo)
STEPS TOWARD EQUALITY: Hawaii’s House of Representatives follows Illinois’s earlier lead and passes marriage equality bill , heading to Senate next week; also follows Congressional passage of ENDA . (LA Times / The Atlantic)
At least 30 journalists have been kidnapped in Syria — an unprecedented level — and you probably haven’t heard about it because their news organizations are trying to prevent them from being killed outright . Here is one journalist’s harrowing account of his 210 days in captivity . (AP / CBS News)
CATCHING FIRE: Tesla, they of the fancy, expensive electric cars, deals with yet another of their autos going up in flames . (Al Jazeera)
New York City lives through its second 24-hour period without a shooting, stabbing or slashing in two years. NB: It’s kinda sad that this is news. (NY Daily News)
GRAVITY FALLS: A satellite is set to re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere Sunday or Monday; parts of it may survive and fall to — well, no one knows where, exactly. Good luck! (CNN)
LESSON LEARNED: Following the NFL’s Richie Incognito imbroglio, the NBA issues a memo to teams saying bullying won’t be tolerated . (NBC News)
And finally… SA-WAAAAH PALIN: Click through for this excellent compilation of Sarah Palin’s choicest whinings. Then borrow your best friend’s iPhone and make these soundbites his / her ringtones. (New York Magazine)
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)
(Afternoon) News Read Friday 13 September 2013.
Sorry it’s late.
"WE WILL REBUILD": Gov. Christie says a fire that destroyed both businesses and boardwalk in Seaside Heights and Seaside Park, NJ is now 95 percent contained; investigators are “treating it like a crime scene” until arson can be ruled out. (Asbury Park Press)
INUNDATED: Multiple roads and schools closed, homes cut off by rushing waters as Fort Collins, Boulder and Jefferson County among places hardest hit by flooding in Colorado . (Denver Post)
WHERE NO ONE HAS GONE BEFORE: Launched 36 years ago and traveling at 38,000 miles per hour, NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft is the first to leave the solar system and enter interstellar space. Next stop: a dwarf star, AC+793888, in about 40,000 years. Godspeed, Voyager. (NY Times)
Four men, convicted of raping and killing a 23-year-old woman in India, are sentenced to death by hanging . Later, fuckers. (WashPo)
SYRIA: Russian and U.S. diplomats say another possible outcome of talks about Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons stockpile is a peace plan to end the war in Syria . Meanwhile, that long-awaited UN report will confirm the presence of poison gas in the country. Duh. (WashPo / Reuters)
Taliban attack U.S. consulate in Afghanistan ; two Afghans dead. (AP)
Here’s everything you ever wanted to know about the Twitter IPO. (USA Today)
NOW HEAR THIS: Sound pioneer Ray Dolby is dead at 80. (NYT)
And finally… WHAT’S NOT TO BIKE? When a woman in Brighton, England had her bike stolen, she penned a note to the bike thief, saying it “will be frightened without its owner.” It was returned the next day, with another note from the “reformed bike theif” (sic) below: “I never mistreated it.” Schwinning! (Metro UK)
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)
A meteor streaked across the sky over the Mojave Desert in Landers, California on Monday. The Perseid meteor shower occurs every year in August when the Earth passes through debris and dust of the Swift-Tuttle comet. (Photo: Paul Buck / EPA via The Wall Street Journal)
DANGER ZONE Pictured above: the orbits of the over 1,000 known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids, or PHA’s. These documented tumbling boulders of rock and ice are over 140 meters across and will pass within 7.5 million kilometers of Earth — about 20 times the distance to the Moon. Although none of them will strike the Earth in the next 100 years, not all PHA’s have been detected — and many of their orbits can become hard to predict. Time for some ion cannons, methinks. (Photo and caption via NASA APOD)
ARC-ADELPHIA A H-2B rocket carrying cargo for the International Space Station blasts off from the launching pad at Tanegashima Space Centre in southwest Japan. (Photo: Kyodo News / Reuters via The Telegraph)