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  • Why Interstellar Travel Will Be Possible Sooner Than You Think

    06/21/2018 10:43:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Singularity Hub ^ | June 18, 2018 | Mark Jackson
    The term “moonshot” is sometimes invoked to denote a project so outrageously ambitious that it can only be described by comparing it to the Apollo 11 mission to land the first human on the Moon. The Breakthrough Starshot Initiative transcends the moonshot descriptor because its purpose goes far beyond the Moon. The aptly-named project seeks to travel to the nearest stars. The brainchild of Russian-born tech entrepreneur billionaire Yuri Milner, Breakthrough Starshot was announced in April 2016 at a press conference joined by renowned physicists including Stephen Hawking and Freeman Dyson. While still early, the current vision is that thousands...
  • Famous Veteran: Ed McMahon

    06/21/2018 10:21:02 PM PDT · by eastforker · 14 replies ^ | 2018 |
    "Honesty is the single most important factor having a direct bearing on the final success of an individual, corporation, or product." Ed McMahon was born in Detroit, Michigan, but he was raised in Lowell, Massachusetts. As he grew up, his booming, resonant voice became the centerpiece of his career as an entertainer and would serve him as a Marine. When he graduated high school, his dream was to become a pilot for the Marine Corps. In the early 1940's, would-be pilots were required to have at least two years of college under their belts, so McMahon enrolled with Boston College....
  • SpaceX nabs $130 million to launch an Air Force satellite with Falcon Heavy

    06/21/2018 10:18:28 PM PDT · by BenLurkin
    Tech Crunch ^ | Kirsten Korosec
    Under the contract, the Hawthorne, Calif.-based rocket company founded by Elon Musk will launch the Air Force Space Command-52 satellite to its intended orbit. The contract includes launch vehicle production and mission, as well as integration, launch operations and spaceflight worthiness activities, according to a notice posted by the U.S. Department of Defense. The work, which will be performed at SpaceX’s headquarters, the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and in McGregor, Texas, is expected to be completed by September 2020. The mission is planned to be launched from Kennedy Space Center. Two proposals were received by the DOD in the competitive bidding...
  • SEC judge appointments unconstitutional, U.S. high court says

    06/21/2018 10:16:14 PM PDT · by blueplum · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 21 Jun 2018 | Andrew Chung
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court gave presidents more control over key jobs in federal agencies on Thursday, ruling that the way the Securities and Exchange Commission selected in-house judges who enforce investor protection laws violated the U.S. Constitution. The justices agreed with President Donald Trump’s administration that the SEC, in having low-level staff install administrative law judges, infringed upon powers given to the president in the U.S. Constitution’s “appointments clause” regarding the filling of certain federal posts. The ruling could reverberate through the federal government, which has nearly 2,000 administrative law judges who....
  • A Festival Vendor Convinced People To Purchase $38 'Hot Dog Water'

    06/21/2018 10:10:23 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    According to signs all over the Hot Dog Water stand at last weekend's Car-Free Day festival, the wiener in water is a health drink. Here's everything the vendor claims it does: increases brain function, makes you look younger, helps you lose weight, and increases your vitality. Oh, and p.s., apparently it's keto-compatible and gluten-free. Twitter users spotted the insanity and shared it with everyone outside of Vancouver. You can see pictures of the stand, a snapshot of the person serving water (dressed in a full-body hot dog suit), and the water itself. The drink looks like it's in a repurposed...

    06/21/2018 10:06:59 PM PDT · by TBP · 1 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | June 21, 2018 | Daniel Greenfield
    What the media has been falsely calling President Trump’s family separation policy began with Hollywood actor Ed Asner’s housekeeper and a lawsuit by the ACLU during the Reagan administration. The issue was child trafficking. Teenage girls were being smuggled into the United States. Some were being sent on to their illegal alien family members in the United States. Others were being sent to the United States as cheap labor or being trafficked for prostitution. People purporting to be family members might show up asking for them to be released into their custody. And immigration authorities were faced with a horrible...
  • At least 33 children fall ill at Lake Placid summer camp in Florida, authorities say

    06/21/2018 10:02:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 06/22/2018 | Peter Martinez
    Some began vomiting and others suffered headaches. The victims were rushed to at least two local hospitals, according to Highlands County Public Safety Director Marc Bashoor. He told CBS News Radio that one person passed out, which prompted a 911 call. WTSP-TV writes that none of the cases appear to be serious
  • America Prayer Vigil - 6/22/18

    06/21/2018 10:02:29 PM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 6 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 6/22/2018 | Free Republic Intercessors
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 JOHN 5:14 Religion Forum threads labeled "Prayer" are closed to debate of any kind.
  • Teen who was tackled by a Texas police officer at a summer pool party receives $148,000 settlement

    06/21/2018 9:57:38 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 5 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | June 22, 2018 | Anneta Konstantinides
    The bikini-clad teenager who was tackled and thrown to the ground by a Texas police officer has reached a six-figure settlement with the city. Dajerria Becton, 18, will receive $148,850 from the city of McKinney three years after a video of the incident went viral and sparked protests and discussions about police treatment of young black people in America. Many were horrified when a video was released showing McKinney Officer Eric Casebolt throwing Becton to the ground and digging his knee into her back.
  • Former pro football player prepares to take final vows as a nun

    06/21/2018 9:48:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | June 18, 2018
    Toronto, Ohio, Jun 18, 2018 / 03:26 am (CNA).- Every single vocation story is different, but Sr. Rita Clare (Anne) Yoches is probably one of the more unusual. Sr. Rita Clare, who this month will profess final vows with the Franciscan Sisters T.O.R. of Penance of the Sorrowful Mother, was a four-time national champion professional football player prior to entering the convent. Yes, that’s American football. (She was a fullback.) Nowadays, the only football Yoches is playing is the annual two-hand touch game she organizes with the 38 T.O.R. sisters she lives with in Toronto, Ohio. Although she was raised...
  • Why stay Protestant?

    06/21/2018 9:48:25 PM PDT · by boatbums · 3 replies
    Medium Corporation ^ | 01/22/18 | Matthew Schultz
    Over the years, I’ve had several Catholic friends and converts ask why I ultimately didn’t convert to their denomination. During my first two years of college, I spent a significant amount of time with Catholics, including at the (then?) US Opus Dei headquarters in NYC. I attended these gatherings with a good friend, who eventually decided to convert from Evangelicalism. I came close to converting, but ultimately decided against it. This has surprised some Catholics. I suspect this is because the standard narrative is that Protestants, especially Evangelicals, are crossing the Tiber in great droves. Statistically, the narrative isn’t quite...
  • An Unthinkable Suggestion to Deal with the Impossible Situation at Hand? (or !) - Vanity

    06/21/2018 9:46:09 PM PDT · by Oscar in Batangas · 11 replies
    n/A | Unpublished | Oscar in Batangas
    OK, I'm just going to throw it out there: Martial Law. Two or more guys breaking into my house ANYtime day or night, is called an invasion. I will use all means at my disposal to deal with that situation. I have high expectations of prevailing. If they have a van full of supporters in my driveway cheering them on and tossing them supplies, I'm going to try to turn them into toast, as well, to the best of my ability. Mr. President, our Home is being invaded. The invaders are being cheered on (and more) by people from inside...
  • Italy to seize NGO rescue ships as migrant row deepens

    06/21/2018 9:30:01 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 13 replies
    BBC News ^ | 6/21/2018 | BBC
    Italy says it will seize two migrant rescue ships in the Mediterranean, amid a deepening row over migrants. Two German NGO ships carrying migrants "will be seized" to determine their legal status. The move comes as French President Emmanuel Macron attacked the "leprosy" of anti-EU feeling, angering Italy's new populist government. Italy sparked the fresh row earlier this month when it refused to take in the Aquarius rescue ship.... Leaders from the 10 EU member states will meet in Brussels on Sunday to discuss how best to stem the flow of migrants into the bloc. The Italian government earlier said...
  • David Hogg strolling NYC with armed bodyguards.

    06/21/2018 9:20:37 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 30 replies
    Gun Free Zone ^ | June 20, 2018 | Sean Di Somma
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-22-18, OM,Sts. John Fisher & Thomas More, St. Paulinus/Nola

    06/21/2018 9:18:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies ^ | 06-22-18 | Revised New American Bible
    June 22, 2018 Friday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Kgs 11:1-4, 9-18, 20 When Athaliah, the mother of Ahaziah,saw that her son was dead,she began to kill off the whole royal family.But Jehosheba, daughter of King Jehoram and sister of Ahaziah,took Joash, his son, and spirited him away, along with his nurse,from the bedroom where the princes were about to be slain.She concealed him from Athaliah, and so he did not die.For six years he remained hidden in the temple of the LORD,while Athaliah ruled the land. But in the seventh year,Jehoiada summoned the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Paulinus, Bishop and Confessor (Gueranger)

    06/21/2018 9:16:57 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    White Double WHILE WE WERE CELEBRATING the Infancy of our divine Lord, Felix of Nola rejoiced our hearts with the sight of his sanctity at once so triumphant and yet so humble, revealing under gentlest aspects the potency of our Emmanuel. Illumined by the glow of Pentecostal fires, Paulinus now comes before us, from that very same town of Nola, by his glory doing honor to him of whom he was the happy conquest. For indeed the sublime path whereby he was at length to gain the heavenly mountain tops, was not at the first opened before him; and...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Alban, Proto-Martyr of England (Gueranger)

    06/21/2018 9:16:54 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    Red   LET THE HEAVENS REJOICE, let the Island of Saints exult, and let all the universe shout with her a song of victory: for now indeed earth has been everywhere empurpled with the blood of testimony. Alban, Proto-Martyr of fruitful Britain, seals today the conquest of the far West. Already, doubtless, even from the earliest days, Albion had yielded abundant flowers beneath the foot steps of the Spouse, whose giant stride had reached even unto her. Later on, Eleutherius and Lucius had added the fresh charm of other plants to this new garden, wherein far away from sterile...
  • Radio’s Ray Lucia wins at Supreme Court

    06/21/2018 9:15:52 PM PDT · by Kozy · 14 replies
    San Diego Reader ^ | 6/21/2018 | Don Bauder
    Ray Lucia, who gives investment advice in a nationally syndicated radio program, today (June 21) won his case at the Supreme Court. The high court split 7 to 2 in Lucia’s favor. It was not a surprise, because of the court’s current conservative bent. An administrative law judge had banned Lucia from the securities industry in 2013 on the grounds that his Buckets of Money investment strategy used false information. In September of 2015, the full commission upheld the administrative law judge’s ban.
  • 'Tell Microsoft to drop ICE as a client or lose us as GitHub users,' say coders

    06/21/2018 9:08:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    CNET ^ | June 21, 2018 | Sean Hollister
    Some programmers were a little wary when Microsoft bought the company-agnostic programming platform GitHub for $7.5 billion in early June. Now, nearly 100 of them are threatening to leave unless Microsoft drops its contract with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, following widespread condemnation of the agency's actions to split up immigrant families at the US-Mexico border, but before President Trump signed his executive order reversing the ICE policy. Microsoft was actually one of the tech companies that most strongly condemned ICE, in fact, and one of the first to take a stand, saying it was "dismayed" and...
  • Kids’ water balloon fight lands Quebec mother with $102 fine from bylaw patrol

    06/21/2018 9:06:47 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 12 replies
    National Post ^ | June 21, 2018 | Sarah Krichel
    Genevieve Lamy says she doesn’t think her children will play with the hose again this summer. Not after she got a $102 ticket from the town of Granby, Que., because her daughters wanted to have a water balloon fight. On Tuesday, a member of the town’s “green patrol” happened upon Félycia Lamy, 13, with hose in hand. She was in the midst of filling up a water balloon when, for only a moment, the hose was aimed at the asphalt. The officer in training passed by in that moment. Her six-year-old sister was hiding behind a tree. The green patrol...