Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Seven "Earth-Sized" Planets Found Orbiting Single Star

NASA has announced the discovery of a star orbited by seven "Earth-sized" planets.  The dwarf star is only 40 light-years from Earth, and has been named Trappist-1.  Three of the planets are said to be within the star's "habitable zone", where the temperature is right for liquid water to exist.

Read more at TribLive, Space(dot)com, Vox, The New York Times, and of course, NASA.

This new (to us) interesting solar system also has its own website.

Batter, Take Your Base

Major League Baseball has reportedly decided to change the procedure for an intentional walk.  Instead of having the pitcher throw four pitches outside the batter's strike zone, the defensive team will give the batter first base via a signal from the dugout.  The purpose is allegedly to speed up the game.

In my own personal experience, such a signal has been used in slow-pitch softball.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Various And Sundry

Some various and sundry things I've run across:

Some Senatorial hypocrisy on schools.

Here's what a real feminist looks like.

Tom Brady's backup gets his news from a familiar source.

Here's one reason a wall is justified.

That's a load of bull.

I'm sure that Kermit approves.

In the Swedish capital, Muslims riot.

This might be a backlash against Muslims in Sweden.

In Switzerland, two Muslims are attacked after tipping off a journalist.

White woman entering white-majority country claims to have been racially profiled.

Can a football coach run for governor?

The Russians show how scary big government can be.

I would not want to encounter whatever killed this shark.

Can a fish predict earthquakes?

Despite security problems, Verizon will still buy Yahoo.

A country full of desert wants to colonize an even drier desert.

What should the president do in his revised travel order?

And to finish, here's the new Calvinist hymnal.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Things I Have Learned

This post is intended to be similar to my "Random Musings" posts, except that the ideas presented herein are admittedly not my own.  You might even call this list "other people's musings".  As with my own, they range from the serious to the light-hearted.  Many of these ideas I have been seen on Twitter, but others come from outside the Web, such as on bumper stickers.  I will try, where possible, to provide links for some further information.
All the alleged domestic spying by the federal government, including the collection of metadata by the NSA, failed to stop the Boston Marathon bombing, and the shootings at Garland, TX, Chattanooga, TN, and San Bernardino, CA.  (I might add the shootings at a church in Charleston, SC, at a college in Oregon, from the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, and at the Fort Lauderdale airport.)

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Saturday Links

While I enjoy a somewhat warmer than usual February weekend, here are some things in the news:

From ABC News, some Spaniards want more refugees, and one terrorist's life sentence comes to an end.

From NPR Illinois, look at some megacities, or if you have the time, go find a planet.

From the Daily Mail, Vice President Pence and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov speak their minds.

From KTLA, Secretary of Education DeVos will not be going out alone.

From Fox News, marijuana smugglers - and the Border Patrol - are getting more clever.

From Reuters, eight people flee the Border Patrol, to meet the RCMP.  (via Legal Insurrection)

From The Two-Way, Norma McCorvey passes away at age 69.

From Politico, the man who introduced Jack To Jackie passes away at age 95.

From Russia Today, French police fight back.

From the Daily Star, German Chanellor Merkel continues to be delusional.

From NBC News, the Twinks4Trump founder joins the White House press corps.

From American Lookout, Floridians go MAGA.

From Hollywood Reporter, the self-described "dangerous faggot" rides again.  (via American Lookout)

From the New York Post, General Petraeus will not replace General Flynn.

From The Washington Free Beacon, some former Flynn supporters reportedly recommend another possible replacement.

From LifeZette, a celebrity campaigns against human trafficking.

From WQAD, there's more rain on the way for California.

From National Geographic, some historical pictures of the Post Office.

From AhlulBayt News Agency, US-led airstrikes deprive ISIS of a bridge.

From the Express, in northern Somalia, rape gangs target female refugees.

From Twitchy, some lefties can't stand Bono showing respect to the vice president.

And from CNET, why do we (myself included) keep buying throw-away headphones?

Friday, February 17, 2017

Oh, The Irony

(H/T luchadora, who Tweeted the Jihadwatch post on this story.)

In a suburb of Toledo, Ohio, a Lebanese family's garage door was spray-painted with a swastika, along with an expletive and the word "Arabs".  As it turned out, the man charged with this vandalism is named.....wait for it.....Osama.  You know, the last time I checked, "Osama" was an Arab name, so this looks like a fake hate crime.  His last name, for the record, is Nazzal.

Read more at NBC24, The Blade and ABC News.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

She's Been Everywhere, Man

Cassie de Pecol, at just 27 years of age, has become the first woman to visit every country in the world, and did so in the shortest amount of time for travelers of either gender, about 18 months.  Now that she's back in the U.S.A., she plans to participate in an Iron Man Challenge, and eventually go to the one place on Earth that is not a country or part thereof - Antarctica.

Read more at the Independent, Travel+Leisure and CNN.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wednesday Links

A smattering of today's new and opinion:

PoliZette explains why we should give a dam.

The Politico pollsters get ahead of themselves.

From Fox News, he's not insane.......and a "baby supernova".

From The New York Times, a movie is advertised with fake news.

From ABC News, nyet, there were no contacts with Trump's campaign.

From Bizpac Review, Rush weighs in.

From MSNBC, Paul Ryan weighs in.

From Mashable, a headset brings sight to the blind.

From the Independent, U.K. politician Jeremy Corbin is right to be worried.......and a Ghanian soccer player in the UAE gets in trouble because of his hair.

From the Express, a U.K. columnist doesn't like false accusations of racism.......and three French Muslims are arrested for plotting a terror attack.

From CNN, Stephen Miller warned about "islamofascism" while in college.

From AhlulBayt News Agency, Iran's president calls for Muslims to help Yemenis.

From Russia Today, German police arrest alleged Turkish spies.

From The Standard, an Indonesian Muslim explains why he can't vote for Jakarta's governor.

From the East London & West Essex Guardian, a British man claims to have been forced out of his house after leaving Islam.

From National Review, we can't just erase history.

From ZDNet, how to improve the visibility of your mouse pointer.

And from the Midtown Manhattan Patch, show dogs are still dogs.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Oroville Evacuation Lifted

As officials start work on repairs to the Oroville dam, Butte County authorities have lifted the evacuation notice.  Erosion in the dam's spillways is no longer believed to be a threat.  Nearly 200,000 people had been evacuated from areas below the dam along the Feather River.

Read more at CBS SF BayArea, the Los Angeles Times, The Mercury News, KCRA and the New York Post.

Monday, February 13, 2017

A Dozen Items

Here are some things going on out there, other than dam concerns:

Like father, like son?

Why be wary of Syrian refugees?  This might be one reason.

Paris suburbs burn once again.

When dealing with the left, turnabout is fair play.

Could locking her up really come true?

Swedish leaders visiting Iran dress accordingly.

ISIS destroys more of Palmyra.

How many Muslims would condone terrorism?

India flexes its naval muscles - and that's a good thing.

Senator Paul wants to discuss civil forfeiture.

According to one conservative pundit, the NFL is "playing with fire".

And to finish, did Saturday Night Live go to far with their Kellyanne Conway skit?