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News Roundup: Disappointing Democrats, Technology Thursday

Oh, you could see it from a mile away. The disaster, the destruction. You knew it was coming. It was like Penelope Pitstop being tied to the tracks. Where’s Dudley Do Right? Well, there was nobody to come and save the Democrats. For the most part, this election was an utter disaster. There are tons of things that we can say and do, but the bottom line is that we didn’t get out the vote. Many, if not most, candidates ran completely uninspired campaigns that caused voters to run away from the polls.

The new Google Nexus 9 looks to be somewhat disappointing. This is clearly NOT the iPad beater that we were looking for.

New Droid Turbo features more power and a better screen.

The new Microsoft Band activity tracker isn’t all that and a bag of chips.

New research on Amelia Earhart’s disappearance. This is cool. It is geeky. Looks like the folks at TIGHAR found a scrap of Earhart’s Lockheed Electra 10E on Gardner Island (now called Nikumaroro).

New star being born

From Astronomy Mag: This new image from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) reveals extraordinarily fine detail that has never been seen before in the planet-forming disk around a young star. These are the first observations that have used ALMA in its near-final configuration and the sharpest pictures ever made at submillimeter wavelengths. The new results are an enormous step forward in the observation of how protoplanetary disks develop and how planets form.

Russian engine could have caused rocket failure.

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By |2014-11-06T21:47:05-04:00November 6th, 2014|Entertainment, NASA|Comments Off on News Roundup: Disappointing Democrats, Technology Thursday

Monday Evening News Roundup

Monday Evening News Roundup

I wish I could tell you that I sat down watched hours and hours of the Olympics. I haven’t. For some reason, life hasn’t stopped. I was able to catch a little bit of the US women’s soccer game. An amazing ending.

From Steve Benen @ MaddowBlog:

Truly extraordinary: “The [NASA] spacecraft plunged through Mars’ atmosphere, fired up a rocket-powered platform and lowered the car-sized, 1-ton Curiosity rover to its landing spot in 96-mile-wide (154-kilometer-wide) Gale Crater. Then the platform flew off to its own crash landing, while Curiosity sent out a text message basically saying, ‘I made it!'”

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Huge shake-up┬áin the Assad regime: “Syria’s prime minister has fled the country, activists and Syria’s official media reported Monday, in what appeared to be the highest level defection from President Bashar al-Assad’s government thus far.” (more…)

By |2013-11-03T17:15:57-04:00August 6th, 2012|Foreign Affairs, Mass Shooting, NASA, Sports|Comments Off on Monday Evening News Roundup

Newt Gingrich is not a serious candidate

When this whole presidential hoopla started, more than a year ago, I was surprised when Newt Gingrich announced that he was running for president. I figured that his time had passed. He had been out of Washington for more than a decade, during which time he started multiple enterprises. All of his enterprises seem to be tied into his former political life as a US Congressman and Speaker of the House. Upon further reflection, all of these enterprises seem to require rich businessmen handing money over to Newt Gingrich, because, and this is important, he still had access to power. These enterprises seem to require that Newt Gingrich is still important in Washington. Therefore, I concluded that he really wasn’t running for president, but was running so that he could prove to his benefactors that he was still extremely important person.

Over the first several months of his campaign, my theory held up. He never really spent money on infrastructure or campaign personnel. Instead, Newt Gingrich seemed to go from city to city selling books. He had a lot of early upheaval with turnover in his extremely small campaign staff, but this did not seem to faze him. Then, somewhere in Iowa, it seemed that he began to believe the press. It seemed that he was beginning to become serious about running for president. In South Carolina, his stop seemed to be more about campaigning and less about selling books or any of his other products. Newt Gingrich was serious.

Now, Newt Gingrich was a front runner. I don’t know whether he lost his mojo or whether he did not know what to do with his front-runner status, but Newt Gingrich seemed to lose focus. He is in the middle of a knock-down, drag-out fight with Mitt Romney. He needed to sharpen his message. How is he going to improve the country? How is he a better Republican candidate then Mitt Romney? How could he turn the economy around? Can someone explain to me how a “major” Republican candidate in the middle of a tight primary can even suggest America going to the moon? He said it with a straight face. Did he just say this to please a Florida space crowd? Did he think through this lunar colony?

I think that this is yet another example of how Newt is not a serious candidate. This isn’t the 1970s, where the sky was the limit. Our economy is struggling to make jobs. Europe is on the brink of implosion as Greek debt seems to be an unsolvable problem. Yet, Newt is talking about spending billions of dollars not just to go to the moon but to build a colony. Wow. I can’t wrap my mind around how irresponsible a statement that was.

By |2012-01-27T20:25:34-04:00January 27th, 2012|Elections, NASA|Comments Off on Newt Gingrich is not a serious candidate
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