Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Space And The Not-So-Distant Future



Bill Moyers on PBS had an interesting piece regarding Science, Space, and the not-so-distant future of Mankind, a subject that never fails to draw me in and hold me fascinated in front of the TV screen.

Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey is an upcoming American documentary television series. It is a follow-up to Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which was presented by Carl Sagan. The new series' presenter will be Neil deGrasse Tyson. The executive producers are Seth MacFarlane and Ann Druyan, Carl Sagan's widow. Episodes will begin airing March 9, 2014 on Fox and also air on National Geographic Channel on the same night.

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson tells Bill Moyers: ‘We’re on a one-way trip to oblivion.’

Bill Moyers 30 minute interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson


Krazy Keyes Wants Jesus To Help Impeach Obama is the title of a posting by Michael Scott in his blog MADMIKESAMERICA.

Here is the first paragraph:

Alan Keyes ran for President of the United States in 1996, 2000, and 2008 (founding and serving as the presidential nominee of the America’s Independent Party in 2008), and was a Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in 1988, 1992, and 2004,  and he is now citing Jesus Christ in his drive to elect members of Congress who will pledge to support the impeachment and removal of President Obama, who he says is practicing "socialist gangsterism" and using gun laws to have people "slaughtered by the thousands and the hundreds of thousands."

About Michael Scott:

Mr. Scott is the owner and publisher of Mad Mike's America. He is a U.S. Army veteran, career law enforcement executive, and dog trainer. A university professor, and criminal justice consultant, Mr. Scott holds several degrees, including a master's in criminal justice and human services. He has also completed the requisite coursework toward his doctorate, and is still working on his dissertation regarding the origins of excessive use of force by police.

Although I do not always agree with Mad Mike in his opinions and his political leanings, I make it a point to read his blog postings, and do so with great interest.

Give them a quick once-over and see what you think.



Did You Know . . .?

The artificial sweetener Sucralose (Splenda) was discovered when a researcher misheard a command to "Test this chemical" as "Taste this chemical."



On this day in 1919 fiery hot molasses flooded the streets of Boston killing 21 people and injuring scores of others. The molasses burst from a huge tank at the United States Industrial Alcohol Company building in the heart of the city. The huge quantity of molasses flowed into the street and literally knocked over the local firehouse then pushed over the support beams for the elevated train line. The hot and sticky substance then drowned and burned five workers at the Public Works Department. In all, 21 people and dozens of horses were killed in the flood. It took weeks to clean the molasses from the streets of Boston.

This disaster also produced an epic court battle, as more than 100 lawsuits were filed against the United States Industrial Alcohol Company. After an investigation that involved 3,000 witnesses and 45,000 pages of testimony, it was determined that the company was at fault because the tank used had not been strong enough to hold the molasses. Nearly $1 million was paid in settlement of the claims.



Molasses (American English) or treacle (British) is a viscous by-product of the refining of sugarcane, grapes, or sugar beets into sugar. The word comes from the Portuguese melaço, ultimately derived from mel, the Latin word for "honey". Molasses varies by amount of sugar and method of extraction, and age of plant. Sweet sorghum may be called molasses in the American South

Blackstrap Molasses



(Jan 15, 1929 - Apr 4, 1968)
Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American pastor, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs. On October 14, 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence.

Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee by James Earl Ray.

King was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal posthumously. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a U.S. federal holiday in 1986. Hundreds of streets and a county in the U.S. have been renamed in his honor. A memorial statue on the National Mall was opened to the public in 2011.

(born January 15, 1971)
Regina King is an American film and television actress. She played Brenda Jenkins on the NBC sitcom, 227 and had a supporting role in the feature film Jerry Maguire. She is also known for roles on such television series as The Boondocks, Southland, and The Big Bang Theory.

(Jan 15, 1913 - Mar 10, 1998)
Lloyd Bridges was an American actor who starred in a number of television series including Sea Hunt and appeared in more than 150 feature films. He was the father of actors Beau Bridges and Jeff Bridges.

 (born in 1951)
Charo is a Spanish-American actress, comedienne, and flamenco guitarist, best known for her flamboyant stage presence, her provocative outfits, and her trademark phrase ("cuchi-cuchi").


A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.
--Martin Luther King, Jr.

I emphatically disagree with the above statement.
--Gene Chambers



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