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Homeless Man South Carolina - Credit: The Post and Courier

Homeless Man South Carolina - Credit: The Post and Courier

South Carolina Homelessness On the Rise
(from http://www.postandcourier.com/ June 26, 2013)

Being Homeless in Downtown Columbia, South Carolina, Might Be Against the Law
(from http://www.theatlanticcities.com/ - August 23, 2013)

This is a great article - written by Neil deGrasse Tyson:
America and the Emergent Space Powers
Plus there's interesting food for thought in this article on jobs:
This Week in the War on Workers: How 'Do What You Love' Does Us Wrong

EarthFirstBlockKeystonew326h244Grandmothers Blockade Megaload in Missoula
Note: Please visit these sites:
* Earth First! Newswire and

* Wild Idaho Rising Tide

And then there's CNN. Wow, just wow...
From Daily Kos / the Guardian / the Financial Times:
"CNN recently hit a 20-year low in prime time ratings in the United States, attracting an average of just 78,000 viewers across the whole day and 98,000 in prime time."

Can this really be? 78,000 viewers across the whole day???

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Video Overnight Thread- NASA re-creates historic earthrise photo on Apollo 8 anniversary

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Frank Borman was a friend of my mom's and a really great guy. Via.

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Video Astronomy Overnight Thread- NASA: Mars Evolution

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Very cool. Subscribe to their YouTube channel here.

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Delusion Is Not A State Of Mind . . . It Is A Negotiating Tactic.

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Political satirist, and cartoonist Mark Fiore has taken a look into the near future where there exists a Tea Party Galaxy, parallel to reality, where facts are eight times lighter than on planet Earth, and where evil Captain Ted Cruz is at the helm of the Republican Party.

I hope you enjoyed this little adventure and that you'll check out some of Mark's other fun cartoons at his own Mark Fiorie site.

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Video Astronomy Overnight Thread- Scott Carpenter, second American to go into orbit, dies at 80

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I always like the stories of the "seconds". They don't get the glory, but they were heroes none the less.

DENVER, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Astronaut Scott Carpenter, the second American to orbit the Earth in NASA's Mercury program, died Thursday in Denver at age 80, his wife announced.
One of the last two surviving astronauts of the Project Mercury space program, he had been in hospice care since suffering a stroke in September, The New York Times reported.

John Glenn, who flew the first orbital mission on Feb. 20, 1962, and later became a United States senator from Ohio, is now the last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts.

Carpenter's 5-hour orbital mission in 1962 was beset with technical problems and ended with his Mercury capsule landing far from the intended touchdown site in the Caribbean.

Despite the problems that marred the mission, Carpenter later said it has fulfilled a life-long dream.

"I volunteered for a number of reasons," he wrote in a book of astronaut recollections. "One of these, quite frankly, was that I thought this was a chance for immortality. Pioneering in space was something I would willingly give my life for."

His chance of any subsequent NASA missions was ended by injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident, and Carpenter left the space agency in 1967.

Born in Boulder, Colo., in 1925, Carpenter entered the U.S. Navy in 1949, flying jet fighters during the Korean War and later becoming a test pilot.

He was one of seven military pilots chosen as the Mercury astronauts in April 1959.

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Few Glitches In Republican Shut Down List

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beavers

Those Republicans have been busy little beavers. They've been working so hard at building a better mousetrap, dam.

Things already checked off their "to do list" according to many sources, including the HUFFPO:

check mark Kids With Cancer Blocked From Clinical Trials...

Thousands Of Airline Inspectors Off The Job... 

Asylum Applications Delayed...

Sexual Assault Investigations On Hold...

Science Stops...

Food Safety Inspections Suspended...  National Parks Closed... 

Head Start Closures... 

100,o00 Furloughed At Joint Bases... 

Grand Canyon Closed...

85,000 Meals For Kids At Risk... 

1,282 Marines Furloughed... 

Fire Management Unit Closed... 

U.S. Attorney's Office Furloughs 40 Staffers... 

500 Furloughed At Air Force Base... 

Mars Spacecraft Launch Preparations Put On Hold... 

3,100 Workers Told To Stay Home... 

Scientific Research Stalled... 

Search For Missing Woman Temporarily Put On Hold... 

National Forest Closes Campgrounds... 

Reduced Staff At Federal Building... 

NASA Work Halted... 

Local OSHA Office Closes... 

State Receives 4,000 Unemployment Benefit Applications Due To Furloughs... 

Gov't Employee Union Official: 95 Percent Of Staff Members In Dept. Furloughed... 

State's $18 Million Per Day Cost... 

Social Security, Medicare Card Snags... 

Supplemental Food Program Shut Down... 

Widow Of Firefighter Killed On The Job Temporarily Denied Survivor Benefits... 

Lady Liberty Closed... 

VA Halts Vocational Rehabilitation Services... 

Naval College Instructors Stay Home... 

Tribal Funds For Foster Care Halted... 

Thousands unable to Pay Taxes At IRS Office... 

Delays In College Financial Aid... 

Supplemental Nutrition Program Halted For 65,000... 

217,000 Pounds Of Food For Hungry Jeopardized

Oil And Gas Leases Halted..

Marlin Stutzman

So now, what's left? Let's ask US Congressman, Marlin Stutzman. He's always good with simple answers to tough questions:

"We're not going to be disrespected," Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.) told The Washington Examiner. "We have to get something out of this. And I don't know what that even is."

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Video Astronomy Overnight Thread- How NASA Plans To Handle "Armageddon"-Like Situation

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