Archive for August 2010

Overnight Astronomy Thread

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Hole in the Sun
Credit: NASA / Goddard / SDO AIA Team
Explanation: This ominous, dark shape sprawling across the face of the Sun is a coronal hole -- a low density region extending above the surface where the solar magnetic field opens freely into interplanetary space. Studied extensively from space since the 1960s in ultraviolet and x-ray light, coronal holes are known to be the source of the high-speed solar wind, atoms and electrons which flow outward along the open magnetic field lines. During periods of low activity, coronal holes typically cover regions just above the Sun's poles.

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DGA 'matches' $1M News Corp. contribution to RGA

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Well, that cheers me up. What a crap week it's been.

(CNN) - The Democratic Governors Association announced Tuesday that they have raised over $1 million to "match" the $1 million that Fox News' parent company, News Corporation, has given to the Republican Governors Association in the 2010 election cycle.

The announcement demonstrates the success Democrats have had painting Fox News as a mouthpiece for the Republican Party.

"When Fox News' parent company, News America, pumped a million bucks into this year's 37 governors' races, I bet they thought they'd be helping the Republican Governors Association snuff out Democratic state leaders and congressional majorities for years to come," the DGA's executive director, Nathan Daschle, wrote in an e-mail to supporters Monday. "Boy, did that backfire."

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Video- President Obama addresses nation on Iraq: Complete Video

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Live Streaming Video- President Obama addresses nation on Iraq

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Video- CSPAN: President Obama on the Oval Office

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The Party of No judges: 1 in 8 posts empty. GOP say it's payback

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Sing with me!

"This is the way we block the judge,

Block the judge,

Block the judge..."

47 % of judicial nominees were confirmed during 18 months in office for President Obama.

85% under President Clinton for the same period.

87% under George W. Bush.

93% under Reagan.

Who needs a bunch of activist liberal commie judges anyway?

Almost one in eight federal judgeships is vacant in the country and legal scholars warn that the increasingly politicized confirmation process threatens the administration of justice across the nation.

Democrats and Obama administration officials accuse the Republican minority in the Senate of systematically opposing the president's nominees to prevent him from putting his stamp on a judiciary that, Democrats say, moved to the right under President George W. Bush.

Republicans and conservative analysts say the stalled pace of "replenishment" is part payback for congressional Democrats' efforts to scuttle some Bush nominees and part indifference on the part of President Obama, who they say has been slow to nominate judges.

Of the 102 federal judgeships open, there are nominees pending for 39 seats.

The G. No. P. actually comes right out and admits that they're acting like spoiled little brats, stomping their leather-clad clodhoppers, and refusing to confirm because, hey, they want to get even.

How mature.

It's so wonderful to see democracy stamped out right out in the open. Transparency is everything.

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VIDEO: Keepers of the Earth - A Feature Documentary

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I happened upon this, and think it's a very cool idea. The video is well produced, well shot.

Click on the widget to see the video. Let's help them get this funded.

Keepers of the Earth uncovers the battle between environmentalists and indigenous tribes for Mexico's greatest natural wonder, the Lacandon Jungle. At the upcoming 2010 UN Climate Talks, will the rainforest be saved or will people fighting for survival win back their land.

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