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Top NASA boffin: It's time to make Pluto a proper planet again


Supporters of Pluto's readmission into the Solar System as a full-blown planet got a boost from NASA's planetary scientists on Friday.

"It's very hard not to call an object with this level of complexity in its geology, and such complex seasons, a planet," said Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator at Southwest Research Institute, during press conference about the Pluto probe's latest update.

"Astronomers and planetary scientists differ on this question but that's how science works – scientists make individual decisions and consensus is reached. I think we're going through a period of transition at the moment."

Data from the New Horizons space probe has shown Pluto to be geologically active, with new glacier plains of nitrogen ice carving out new surface features and eroding away impact craters from meteor strikes.

Donald Trump is an actual fascist: What his surging popularity says about the GOP base


In the political discussion of today, there always comes a risk of being discounted as a crackpot when using a word like “fascist” to describe a political opponent. The word, much like “socialist,” has been so abused since the fall of fascism that it lost its meaning quite some time ago. Comparisons of modern leaders to Hitler tend to be completely void of any substance, and there is even an Internet adage, “Godwin’s law,” that says, “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.”

In a recent article by Jeffrey Tucker, however, it is argued, quite justly in my opinion, that Donald Trump, whether he knows it or not, is a fascist (or is at least acting like one). Much like Mussolini and Hitler, Trump is a demagogue dedicated to riling up the people (particularly conservatives) with race baiting, traditionalism and strongman tough talk — and, according to polls, it’s working — for now. Tucker writes:

“Trump has tapped into it, absorbing unto his own political ambitions every conceivable resentment (race, class, sex, religion, economic) and promising a new order of things under his mighty hand.”

No doubt about it, Donald Trump has decided to stir the pot, and, as Tucker says, he seems to be running for a CEO position, rather than president of a nation. Trump discusses Iran and Mexico as if they were competing corporations, and says that, as president, or CEO, he will drive them into the ground, make them file for bankruptcy — something Trump legitimately knows a thing or two about. Trump, of course, is largely taken as a joke, and most rational commentators assume he is doing this for publicity — which he is certainly getting.

for your smiles, I hope....

(yea yea it's about windows 10 but....)

Poll: Jeb! opened his dumb mouth about Medicare. Consequences ?

Just curious. I think it cost him the election (if he gets the nomination, which I think he will).

An Alligator Tours New York City, Joining Some Famous Fauna



So this alligator was crossing 9th Ave in #Inwood...no, really. At 205 Str. Cops took him to Animal Control #whatnext

Curmudgeon moment: typing on cell phones!

Cannot stand it. My net is down.

Jeb Bush said he wants to "phase out" Medicare. RT (retweet) to tell him he's wrong.


Jeb Bush said he wants to "phase out" Medicare. RT to tell him he's wrong.



(yes original article headline)

NASA boffins peering through the Kepler space telescope have spotted a huge Earth-like planet that could be home to alien life.

"This is the closest thing we've yet found to another Earth," said Jon Jenkins, Kepler data analysis lead at NASA's Ames Research Center.

At a press conference on Thursday, NASA unveiled Kepler 452b, an alien world orbiting a star very similar to our Sun in the constellation Cygnus. The planet is said to be perfectly placed in its solar system to be habitable.

Specifically, 452b lies in what's called the Goldilocks Zone, which is the distance a planet needs to be from its star for liquid water to exist on its surface. Water is, of course, an essential building block of life as we know it.

more at link

I think Jeb Bush just lost the election...phase out Medicare ? HUH?!


my bottom line is, who is going to keep the Republican from sitting in the White House ?

The worst Democrat is better than the best Republican, just saying.

At this moment, I'm going to vote for Senator Sanders in the Florida primary, and I hope he can win. I have my doubts. He has a big hill to climb, and the nastiness from the other side has only started (the smear about him being a Nazi, gimmeafugginbreak). The communist smear is coming any day now, or maybe it's already started.

To be clear, I'll take Governor O'Malley also. Secretary Clinton works for me, as well. As I said, the worst Democrat is better than the best Republican. I'll take Secretary Clinton over, oh, Senator Lisa Murkowski from AK. Yes, I know Sen. Murkowski is not running but you get my point.
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