"Europe's Rosetta spacecraft recently beamed back an amazing photo of its comet taken during a risky, close flyby of the dusty cosmic body."
"Adding fresh ammo to the gun rights debate, a federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld Sunnyvale's law restricting high-capacity gun magazines, concluding local officials did not run afoul of the Second Amendment by trying to reduce gun violence."
"An expedition to Honduras has emerged from the jungle with dramatic news of the discovery of a mysterious culture’s lost city, never before explored. The team was led to the remote, uninhabited region by long-standing rumors that it was the site of a storied “White City,” also referred to in legend as the “City of the Monkey God.”
"But if Congress fails to do as Obama wishes, just as Congress has failed to pass the immigration reforms that Obama prefers, Obama could take actions unilaterally instead. This past November, for example, Obama gave work permits, Social Security Numbers, and drivers licenses to approximately 4 million illegal immigrants.
Those immigration actions, according to the Congressional Budget Office, will raise federal deficits by $8.8 billion over the next ten years."
"Suppose there were a banquet for 100 people and at the end of the night it was time to split the bill of $50 per person. If that bill were paid for the way we pay our income taxes, here is how it would work. Those in the top half of income would pay roughly $97 each and those in the bottom half of the income would pay an average of $3 each. Almost 40 people would pay nothing. And the single richest person in the room would cough up $1,750."
"More than five years after the official end of the recession, the U.S. has 46.4 million SNAP beneficiaries, about 50 percent more than during the worst of the financial crisis."
"Towns on both sides of the state boundary have the same geology, but only the businesses in Pennsylvania, where fracking is allowed, have been thriving, said officials from the 15 towns in Broome, Delaware, Sullivan and Tioga counties"
"Hillary Clinton likewise has gone from a rather run-of-the-mill liberal grandee to a political grafter. She apparently solicited donations from foreign government officials and wealthy foreign nationals to contribute to the Clinton Foundation — and this was while she was secretary of State conducting the foreign policy of the United States. If those charges are proven accurate, how could she ever be trusted to become commander in chief? Unfortunately, in the last year almost every cause that Hillary Clinton has taken up has been belied by her own actions."
"LazyTruth developer Matt Stempeck, now the director of civic media at Microsoft New York, wants to develop software that exports the knowledge found in fact-checking services such as Snopes, PolitiFact and FactCheck.orgso that everyone has easy access to them. He says tools like LazyTruth are useful online, but challenging the erroneous beliefs underpinning that information is harder. "How do you correct people's misconceptions? People get very defensive," Stempeck says. "If they're searching for the answer on Google they might be in a much more receptive state."
And so it begins...
Now Google wants to decide if what you believe is "true". I'm guessing a lot of things conservatives believe are the sort of things they want to weed out...ed
"Chicago's finances are already sagging under an unfunded pension liability Moody's has pegged at $32 billion and that is equal to eight times the city's operating revenue. The city has a $300 million structural deficit in its $3.53 billion operating budget and is required by an Illinois law to boost the 2016 contribution to its police and fire pension funds by $550 million."
"Republicans this year are not looking for Reagan. They’re looking for Churchill. They’re looking for the guy who knows the war is already here, not the guy who knows the war can be averted if we defeat the guys who would wage it. What is “the war”? Everything from scarily sluggish economic growth to long-term liabilities and deficits; from the melting away of the post-World-War-II order to the Mideast to domestic terrorism. Every four years there is frustration and argument; this year there is urgency."
"Ceres orbits the sun between Mars and Jupiter, and may have water gushing from its surface
Latest images to reveal the mystery patch were taken by Dawn at a distance of 29,000 miles (46,000 km)
Scientists suggest these strange spots may be frozen pools of ice at the bottom of a crater that reflect light
Dawn is currently travelling to meet Ceres in March where it will attempt to understand its geological history "
"You may be aware that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) recently announced its intent to ban certain types of 5.56mm/.223-caliber ammunition commonly used for sporting purposes, such as target shooting."
"'The cumulative effect of such factors has resulted in a US military that is marginally able to meet the demands of defending America's vital national interests.'
"In the online poll of 1,000 American adults, 39 percent said the president is less patriotic than most people in public life, compared with 12 percent who called him more patriotic and 33 percent who deemed him as patriotic as others."
" With a 10% increase of brightness from our star, the Earth will no longer be within the habitable zone. This will mark the beginning of the evaporation of our oceans. By the time the sun stops burning hydrogen in its core, Mars will be in the habitable zone, and the Earth will be much too hot to maintain water on its surface."
Over a quarter of British Muslims have sympathy for the Charlie Hebdo terrorists. That is far too many - Telegraph
"Presented with the statement “I have some sympathy for the motives behind the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris”, 27 seven percent agreed with the statement. A further 2 per cent refused to answer the question. And an additional eight percent said they were unsure whether they had some sympathy or not."
"Immigrants are slightly different from native-born Americans in party identification. Compared to fourth-generation Americans, new immigrants are equally likely to identify as Democrats, less likely to be Republicans, and much more likely to be independents. But by the second and third generation, the differences with the fourth-generation are "so small that they are statistically insignificant."
“It is a classist, sexist, anti-democratic, anti-child, anti-family policy whose premise did not come to fruition,” Mitchell said in a written statement. “It did not accomplish what it set out to accomplish. So it’s appropriate to take it off the books.”