Monday, August 11, 2014

“I read the news today, oh boy ...” (Perseid Meteor Shower Edition)

Hardly a week goes by without reports of bad news coming out of Africa, whether it's one group of thousands being massacred for being a little different from another group of thousands, or a group of thousands somewhere else starving to death.

But what if they could be self-sustaining? What if they could successfully grow their own crops?

Well, that's gonna be a problem for the Chosen People, if you listen to Secretary of State and former disgraced military veteran John Kerry. We've got to save the planet from what Margaret Sanger called "the mongrel races," so that the (mostly white) one percent can continue to live with their big-@$$ carbon footprints that step all over the plebian classes who must remain to serve them. That sound about right to you, John-boy?

Meanwhile, elsewhere on planet Earth:

Who would guess that a certain daughter would grow up with a sense of entitlement, as in, "accidentally" kicking another girl as "Lollapalooza." The whole thing was settled amicably. Uh huh, sure it was. [The Daily Caller]

Then there are the moments when a sense of entitlement produces much different results, as some mama's little boy found out the hard way at Burger King. Guess who didn't have it his way. [KRCR-TV]

This writer cannot remember the last time he got a speeding ticket in Virginia. And to think that Pennsylvania was bad enough, and New Jersey, even worse. [Jalopnik]

And speaking of cautionary tales, there may be reasons why the tail end of the baby boom generation should all be dead by now. [Flashbak]

And now, on to the outer frontiers of science, as we discover a sixteen-year-old girl who uses banana peels to reduce pollution. [San Francisco Globe]

Finally, science marches onward, as you too can learn how to bend water. Once again, it's not magic, dammit, it's SCIENCE! [Gizmodo]

And that's all the news that fits. As the week goes on, take a look at the stars at night. Other than that, stay tuned, and stay in touch.

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