Digital Sunrise Open Thread

 The way to see the sun in Tiananmen Square is now on an LED Screen:


... I'm in sunny San Diego and giving thanks for the EPA. Open Thread!

Parents of the Year open thread

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• I'm fairly confident in saying that this family isn't in the running, and I don't think that Omaha PD will win the Law Enforcement Agency of the Year award, particularly since they took the child out of the home even though no crime was committed.

Why People Sometimes Go Poof, Vanishing Magically into the Good Night

I had no desire to leave The Forvm. I had written numerous E-Mails to the Moderators regarding my sudden inability to post...I could read and log in to The Forvm....but I could not post, all I ever got was a white screen saying, "Service Unavailable." I assumed that this was how it was for people that were banned...they could read but they could not post having received two yellows or a red card.

Free speech open thread

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Apparently, the Kansas Board of Regents doesn't think much of the First Amendment, with emphasis on doesn't think.

Polar politics Open Thread.

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Re Catchy’s serial killer link, I thought I’d mention my own experience.


Two Important Space Milestones

We've had two important space milestones these past few days. Though neither represent a breakthrough in the what, both are breakthroughs for the who, and the how.


I am talking about the departure from Earth orbit of India's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), and the SpaceX's first geosynchronous satellite launch, the SES 8 mission.


MOM being placed in vacuum test chamber.


Both are significant for various reasons.


Important Reminder

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With the Christmas season almost upon us, I'd like to remind everyone to use the Amazon link on the right hand column to order your Christmas gifts - at least the big, expensive ones.


Also, for your amusement:





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The B52's Open Thread (Updated)

So Obama presumably approved flying two B52's right through China's newly minted Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) established over the islands it disputes with Japan. Meanwhile, the Japanese government instructed JAL and ANA to fly through the zone without notifying Chinese civil aviation authorities of their flight plans, as they had both started to do.


Open Thread, Open Existence

Have fun dropping whatever in comments below.


A recent piece in the Guardian from a guy I work with on how terrible the elderly fare in Asian countries.


I sense quite a bit of cognitive dissonance in South Korea, which supposedly culturally values its elders, but which leaves many to suffer in poverty and is obsessed over youth. 


From the article:


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