Astronomy = We're Hicks Open Thread

Astronomy has a special way of puncturing a guy's sense of importance. First you find out the sun is a smallish star. Then that we're on the outskirts of our galaxy. 

 

Now it turns out our galaxy is on the last subway stop to the most distant suburb of some super galaxy cluster called Laniakea: 

We're hicks, astronomy, OK? We get it.

Open and Thread-like

Wired reports the icloud/nude celebrity photo hacks relied on law enforcement surveillance technology: 

Sign the petition Open Thread

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https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/united-nations-protect-yezidis-in...

 

Being an anti-theist doesn't necessarily mean one cannot like (or even love) certain theisms.  And there are few more fascinating theisms than the Yezidis.

 

http://www.yeziditruth.org/

 

http://www.yeziditruth.org/2011/11/the-history-and-genocide-of-the-yezidis

The Rise of Modern Science and Christian Theology

“The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it’s comprehensible”

- Albert Einstein

 

Einstein's quote contemplates the possibility of nature not succumbing to scientific explanations and asserts that a universe explicable by science is in fact improbable.

 

Systemic Financial Fraud - It's Real and the Government is Typically Indifferent

I've run into skepticism lately about systemic bank fraud and/or law enforcement looking the other way. Here's a short diary on the systemic mortgage fraud that contributed to the housing bubble/financial crisis and a likely side effect today of the "soft on financial crime" approach by the government - systemic auto loan fraud during the recovery. 

 

Made Of Awesome

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The inscription on Greg Maddux's Hall of Fame plaque, below his image, full name and nicknames, and list of teams played for:

ONE OF GAME'S MOST CONSISTENT, COMPOSED AND CELEBRATED STARTING PITCHERS. FIRST TO WIN AT LEAST 15 GAMES IN 17 STRAIGHT SEASONS, EN ROUTE TO 355 CAREER VICTORIES, EIGHTH-MOST ALL-TIME AND THE SECOND HIGHEST TOTAL SINCE THE 1920S. ONLY HURLER WITH 300 WINS, 3,000 STRIKEOUTS, AND LESS THAN 1,000 WALKS. PREPARATION, COMMAND AND STUDY OF BATTERS MADE HIM PART-SCIENTIST, PART-ARTIST, WINNING FOUR STRAIGHT CY YOUNG AWARDS. ALSO CAPTURED 18 GOLD GLOVE AWARDS.

The Bird Dog Doctrine

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Preamble: Recognizing that there is a war being waged by various groups of militant Islamists on multiple fronts, the U.S. has a role in trying to marginalize those groups to the point of insignificance.

Therefore, the Bird Dog Doctrine is articulated as follows:

1. This is as much an information war as a hot war. The U.S. should utilize its resources to assist the Ummah and theological community in discrediting this ideology. This assumes that the Ummah and theological community are willing to do so.

The Roads are Melting in Yellowstone...(but Really!)

 

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-yellowstone-melted-road-20140711-story.html

 

Rather than the Philippines, I am developing a strong desire to head up to Yellowstone...do some camping with the bears and wolves and bison.

 

Weekend Open Thread

Hope y'all are enjoying the summer as best you can.

 

Can summer evening chill jazz increase your enjoyment? Only one way to find out:

(This is an early "fusion jazz" album from '69 -- overshadowed by Miles's other fusion albums around the time, "Miles Ahead" ('68) and "Bitches Brew" ('70). It's my fav. among the 3.)

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