I suppose the mountain ranges on Jupiter would put the Rockies and the Alps to shame. And they probably don't have a real issue with global warming, either!
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My problems are fairly insignificant compared to what it must be like to be listed in every science text published between 1930 and 2005 as a planet and then, with the advent of better optics, be found out to be simply one of about 70,000 Kuiper Belt Objects. That's gotta suck.
Possibly the best place to stand in DC today.
[Bert Rutan had one of his new ones up today flying (getting some hours) around my SoCal area. When I find a pic of it I'll post it.]
The end of an era. I hate to see it go. [The crew of the 747 transporter and some suits that take credit for others hard work.]
Obtaining the only Perspective there should be. Australia huh?
Australian Prime Minister Julia GillardAustralia says NO -- Second Time she has done this!
She sure isn't backing down on her stance and one has to appreciate her belief in the rights of her native countrymen.A breath of fresh air to see someone lead. Australian Prime Minister does it again!!
The whole world needs a leader like this!
Prime Minister Julia Gillard - Australia
Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia, as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks.
Separately, Gillard angered some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by saying she supported spy agencies monitoring the nation's mosques. Quote: 'IMMIGRANTS, NOT AUSTRALIANS, MUST ADAPT... Take It Or Leave It. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Bali, we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians.'
'This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom.'
'We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society, learn the language!'
'Most Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture.'
'We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why. All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us.'
'This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom, 'THE RIGHT TO LEAVE'.'
'If you aren't happy here then LEAVE. We didn't force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country YOU accepted.'
NOTE: IF we circulate this amongst ourselves in Canada &USA, WE will find the courage to start speaking and voicing the same truths........Nah, What we have now is better!
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Struth (to borrow some Aussie slang).
Quebec made a good start banning obscured faces for voting.
As a child of (West Indian) immigrants to Canada, i cannot agree more with her sentiments. Lost of my classmates at my Catholic high school were 1st generation Canadians or immigrants themselves. First thing our parents did when they got here was kiss the ground. Next was get to work building a better life for themselves and their families.
Got to love Eclipses.
Man is responsible for eclipses. If he didn't burn fossil fuels they wouldn't occur. Everyone in the scientific community agree that eclipse irrevocably harm the environment. I'm uniquely positioned to stop all of this. Of course it will only cost you everything you have and will ever have. Please liquidate all your possessions immediately and send the proceeds to me. (What you didn't think urgency would be involved in my cure? Without the use of urgency people might catch on or question what I'm doing. And we can't have that now can we.) Hurry now!
This is the deepest into space anyone has EVER seen. Wooo Hoooo!
Using a naturally-existing zoom lens in space, the Hubble telescope has taken the deepest look into a cluster of galaxies ever taken in space to grab these pictures of galaxy cluster Abell 2744.
NASA used the power of the Hubble, a long exposure, and what they call a naturally-existing "gravitational lens" formed when the gravities of the individual galaxies clustered together combine to become so powerful that they actually warp the surrounding space. This bending of space and light creates a natural "zoom lens" that magnifies some of the way, way back galaxies that would otherwise be far beyond our sight, allowing astronomers to view almost 3,000 distinct galaxies, including some of the youngest galaxies that NASA has ever discovered. NASA plans to combine the footage with shots of Abell 2744 taken by the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Spitzer Space Telescope to shed some light on both how galaxies evolve and just what role black holes play in the process.
These comparative shots of the regular view of Abel 2744 and the magnified views give a great sense of just how powerful a magnification the natural lens combined with the Hubble offers:
I was thinking these would make great top sheet for Kneissl skis.... But they are out of biz.... Ok now I'm sad...... damn