Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Yeti Shows Up In Boston Suburb

As most crypto-zoologists know, we Sasquatches have a relative over in Asia known as Yeti or the Abominable Snowman.  During last night's snowstorm, one of them made an appearance in Somerville, Massachusetts.  Because Somerville is a suburb of Boston, the creature is called the Boston Yeti.

Read more at The Boston Globe, ABC News, Fox 8 Cleveland and USA Today.  You can also follow the Boston Yeti on Twitter.

A Historic Anniversary, And Today's News

On January 27, 1945 Soviet troops advancing westward liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp from the occupying Germans.  Today marks the 70th anniversary of that event.

Today, many have gathered at the former camp, which has been a museum since 1947.  Reports of today's remembrance, and other related stories, may be found at BBC News, Yahoo News, The Independent, The Guardian, Deutsche Welle, CBC News and The Jerusalem Post.

In today's news:

From The Daily Caller, in the New York State Assembly, some Democrats have turned against Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan), who is now facing corruption charges. UPDATE:  From the New York Post, Silver has agreed to step down as Speaker.

From Reuters, President Obama seeks close ties with the new king of Saudi Arabia.

From ABC News, a gunman shoots two police officers just outside a city council meeting in Minnesota.

From The Washington Free Beacon, gunmen in Tripoli, Libya have stormed a hotel and killed at least eight people.

From AZCentral, a suspect charged in a shooting in Mesa, Arizona had been released on bond from federal custody while facing deportation proceedings.

In Right Wing News, Thomas Sowell presents his latest Random Thoughts.

From Catholic Online, a company in San Francisco presents their new electric scooter.

From The Washington Post, vaccine denial in California quadrupled from 2000 to 2013.

From Red Alert Politics, last night's snowstorm was not nearly as bad in New York City as had been predicted.

And from The Verge, an ultra high-speed camera captures the flightpath of a laser beam.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Drone Lands On White House Grounds

Around 3:00 a.m. this morning, a quad copter drone crashed into a tree on the White House grounds, resulting in the area being locked down.  The drone was recovered and examined by the Secret Service, who are investigating the device's origin.

I can't help but paraphrase Bob Dylan.  "But I would not feel so all alone, 'cause everybody must get droned."

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Music Break - Beatles Covers

Many different artists have covered songs first written and recorded by the Beatles.  The most successful Beatles cover might be Elton John's version of Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, which he recorded in 1974 with some help from John Lennon, who went by the pseudonym Dr. Winston O'Boogie.

Ernie Banks, 1931-2015

Ernie Banks, who played for 19 seasons with the Chicago Cubs, passed away yesterday at the age of 83.  After playing with the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Leagues, and a stint in the Army, Banks played a few games with the Cubs in 1953.  The next year, he became their regular shortstop and finished second in the voting for National League Rookie of the Year.  He won the league's Most Valuable Player award in 1958 and 1959, and a Gold Glove in 1960. In 1962, Banks moved to first base, where he played until his retirement after the 1971 season.  During his career, he hit 512 home runs, drove in 1,636 runs, and played in 14 All-Star games.  Banks was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977, and received a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013.  He was affectionately known as "Mr. Cub" by fans of his team.

Read more at NBC Chicago, the Chicago Sun-Times, WGN TV, CBS Sports and ESPN.

Friday, January 23, 2015

11 Years Of Opportunity On Mars

The mission of the Mars Rover Opportunity, originally expected to last 3 months, will soon reach the 11-year mark.  Unless I'm mistaken, that's 11 Earth years.  From CNET:
On Sunday, NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity will mark its 11-year anniversary on the Red Planet. To celebrate -- as only a Mars rover can -- it has used its Pancam (fancy name for its panoramic camera) to snap this wide view from atop "Cape Tribulation," a part of Endeavour Crater's rim that sits at a height of 440 feet. That's 80 percent of the height of the Washington Monument, NASA says.
Read the full story.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Some Reaction To The SOTU

Just a few reactions from last night's State of the Union address from President Obama, and to the Republican response from Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa:

From CNN Money, contrary to what the president said during the address, wages are not growing.

From Fox News, while Obama "urges middle class help", he has proposed to discontinue a tax break that has helped the middle class.

From The Washington Post, both sides of aisle think that Obama is "delusional on foreign policy".  (via Hot Air)

And from Yahoo News, some humorous response to Senator Ernst's recollection of wearing bread bags over her shoes.

Underinflated Footballs Allegedly Used In AFC Title Game

The NFL has reported that 11 of the 12 footballs used by the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game this past Sunday, in which the Patriots defeated the Indianapolis Colts 45-7, were inflated to about 2 pounds per square inch below the pressure required by the league's regulations.  Under league rules, each team must provide 12 "primary" balls to be used in each game, with the home team also required to provide 12 "backup" balls.

Read more at ESPN, the Indystar and The Boston Globe.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tuesday Links

On the day of the State of the Union Address, some things going on out there:

From the International Business Times, workers in the Moorgate area of London are told to stay inside their buildings due to a suspicious package in the area.

From Fox News, four men have appeared in a Paris court to face charges arising from the recent terror attacks.

From Fox News Politics, the State of the Union's political sideshow.

From CNN, new Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) will give the Republican response to the SOTU.

From The Straits Times, the tiger population in India has increased by 30% in four years.

From Yahoo Finance, TransCanada, the developer of the Keystone XL pipeline, has filed paperwork to acquire land in Nebraska needed to construct and operate the pipeline.

From the Epoch Times, the EPA reports that every year, there are about 14,000 oil spills in the United States.

From Reuters, oil prices fall yet again.

From The Blaze, the co-author of Chris Kyle's book American Sniper responds to Michael Moore's statement that snipers are "cowards".

From BizPac Review, actor James Woods posts on Twitter that Moore's comments are boosting box office numbers for the movie American Sniper.

From the New York Daily News, a memorial to Eric Garner, who died after being subdued by police, is destroyed by an accidental fire.  (via Weasel Zippers)

From the New York Post, a man in Mexico survives after being stabbed in the face with scissors (with pics that are not for the squeamish).

From the National Journal, Pope Francis plans to visit the United States this fall.

From Watchdog.org, some questions about how Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) came to his decision to ban fracking.

And from The Daily Caller, after James Taylor's performance You've Got A Friend (written by Carole King), the next part of the War on Terror will involve a famous trio of singers.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Golden Gate Bridge Gets A "Zipper"

The "zipper" is actually a movable safety barrier.  A truck moving down the center of the bridge moves barrier sections, each weighing about 1500 pounds, from one side of a central lane to the other.

Read the story at the Daily Mail and watch the video from CNN.