Archive for September 2011

Astronomy Overnight Thread- Cloudy Night of the Northern Lights


Cloudy Night of the Northern Lights
Image Credit & Copyright: Fredrick Broms (Northern Lights Photography)

Explanation: On September 26, a large solar coronal mass ejection smacked into planet Earth's magnetosphere producing a severe geomagnetic storm and wide spread auroras. Captured here near local midnight from Kvaløya island outside Tromsø in northern Norway, the intense auroral glow was framed by parting rain clouds. Tinted orange, the clouds are also in silhouette as the tops of the colorful shimmering curtains of northern lights extend well over 100 kilometers above the ground. Though the auroral rays are parallel, perspective makes them appear to radiate from a vanishing point at the zenith. Near the bottom of the scene, an even more distant Pleiades star cluster and bright planet Jupiter shine on this cloudy northern night.

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VIDEO: Chris Christie, Sarah Palin star as "The Oddest Couple" in Dem attack ad


Via The Hill.

H/t: @Knishette


Huge Crowd Of 5,000 Now At Occupy Wall Street Protests As First Wave Of Union Support Arrives


Via Ilene Kent aka @runforfun54 with permission

You'll have to go here for the photos: Huge Crowd Of 5,000 Now At Occupy Wall Street Protests As First Wave Of Union Support Arrives (h/t: Leftpalm)

Now, NYPD police scanners are estimating a crowd up to 5,000 are occupying liberty square in a scene that is now starting to look more like Egypt’s Tahrir square.

In fact the protests have become so large that Fox News has set up a live stream covering the protests.

My post about union support here.

Meantime, I'm currently accepting videos, UNDER 30 seconds, for my next Blunt webisode. Just talk into a cell cam or a video cam, telling me what Occupy Wall Street means to you and/or the country.

If you're not familiar with my Blunt videos, go here.

I've heard from some of my contacts who are at the protest in NYC, and they'll be contributing to this one. I'm giving anyone who wants one an outlet to speak about this movement.

Feel free to send your SHORT video file to BLUNT at ThePoliticalCarnival dot NET.


VIDEO- Sen. Lautenberg: Chris Christie is "a persistent liar... abusive to women.. a bully..."


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I saw this live and applauded Sen. Frank Lautenberg repeatedly as he called out Chris Christie like nobody else I've heard:

"...He's a persistent liar... His bullying temperament, he calls people names freely, he's abusive to women. He called one a jerk, another one a liar, another needed a baseball bat brought to her?...  He's strictly a divider... They don't know what kind of a bully he is, he's thrown people out of meetings, he's used all kinds of insults, he's not a peacemaker nor is he a mover on a bipartisan basis."


VIDEO: Want to cry happy tears? Deaf woman hears herself for first time.


Thank you @42bkdodgr, for sending this our way. Talk about a feel-good video! Via HuffPo:


I was born deaf and 8 weeks ago I received a hearing implant. This is the video of them turning it on and me hearing myself for the first time :) Edit: For those of you who have asked the implant I received was Esteem offered by Envoy Medical.

Bonus tears:

Back in June, another touching video captured baby Jonathan who, after receiving a similar hearing implant, was able hear his mother's voice for the first time.:

Happy Friday.


"Charles and David Koch try to discredit a forthcoming story" about alleged "fraud and/or bad behavior"


Go read this Salon piece if you're in the mood for some alleged schadenfreude:

Here's a rule of thumb about public relations: When P.R. pros begin furiously spinning a story before it has even come out, there's a pretty good chance the story is going to be damaging to the reputation of said P.R. pros' bosses.

And that's exactly what we're seeing right now, as an anonymous person or persons in the orbit of the billionaire conservative donors Charles and David Koch try to discredit a forthcoming story in Bloomberg Markets magazine.

Based on the prebuttal items appearing this week in the Washington Examiner, the Daily Caller, and U.S. News and World Report, the Bloomberg story focuses on alleged malfeasance and/or fraud and/or bad behavior by the conglomerate Koch Industries.

Just wanted to make your alleged day.


Quickie- Newt Gingrich: Marriage equality is a "temporary aberration"


Today's Quickie:

Taegan has this lovely little quote from Newt Gingrich, the guy whose marriages-- and I use the term loosely-- were all aberrations:

"I believe that marriage is between a man and woman. It has been for all of recorded history and I think this is a temporary aberration that will dissipate."

-- Newt Gingrich, quoted by the Des Moines Register, on gay marriage.

Yeah, Newtered, marriage equality will "dissipate," gay people will stop loving each other, and you'll become a thin, credible, upstanding, compassionate, honest politician.

That was today's Quickie. Was it good for you?