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Sensors, smartphones, apps: these are our generation’s earplugs. That we no longer notice how thoroughly they banish anything that even smacks of politics from our lives is itself a telling sign: deafness – to injustice and inequality but, above all, to our own dire state of affairs – is the price we’ll pay for this dose of immediate comfort.

This is the woman who could have been one-stroke-away from being President. We would have never heard of this dunce without Senator Never-Met-War-He-Didn’t-Like McCain
6 worst right-wing moments of the week — Michele Bachmann declares war on Islam - Salon.com

3. Sarah Palin no longer seems to recognize or care that her words make absolutely no sense. “Don’t retreat: You reload with truth, which I know is an endangered species at 1400 Pennsylvania Avenue. Anyway, truth,” Sarah Palin told the crowd at the intellectually scintillating Value Voter Summit this week. Of course, 1400 Pennsylvania Avenue is the fa mous address of, uhh, the plaza in front of the Willard Hotel? But you get her drift, don’tcha? Another excerpt: “Bush’s war was bad, but Barack’s bombs, oh baby those red lines, the strategery [sic] there that was thought up on the back nine, Barack’s bombs, oh they’re the bomb.” Palin seems to have reached the point where she mimics speech by stringing random thoughts and right-wing memes together, and it sounds to her like language. How she got this way is unclear. Too many family brawls, a blow on the head during a moose-hunting expedition, too much Fox News, having been given a national platform before her brain was fully formed? Those are some of the theories kicking around. The audience looked a bit bewildered, so she topped it all off with her version of the now infamous latte salute. Everyone laughed and laughed. At last a recognizable joke. And yes, that’s right. She used the word “strategery.”

Untitled~ Charcoal on paper (by emon.vq)

Untitled~ Charcoal on paper (by emon.vq)

Djalouz (by Startape PhotoGraff)

Djalouz (by Startape PhotoGraff)

Some of the most beautiful landscape photography I’ve seen in a while.

Mukul (by fredcan)

Mukul (by fredcan)

Mukul (by fredcan)

Mukul (by fredcan)

astronomicalwonders:

The Jellyfish Nebula - IC 443

"The Jellyfish Nebula is a Galactic supernova remnant (SNR) in the constellation Gemini. On the plan of the sky, it is located near the star Eta Geminorum. Its distance is roughly 5,000 light years from Earth.

IC 443 may be the remains of a supernova that occurred 3,000 - 30,000 years ago. The same supernova event likely created the neutron star CXOU J061705.3+222127, the collapsed remnant of the stellar core. IC 443 is one of the best-studied cases of supernova remnants interacting with surrounding molecular clouds.”

Credit: NASA/ESA/Wikipedia

astronomicalwonders:

The Jellyfish Nebula - IC 443
"The Jellyfish Nebula is a Galactic supernova remnant (SNR) in the constellation Gemini. On the plan of the sky, it is located near the star Eta Geminorum. Its distance is roughly 5,000 light years from Earth.
IC 443 may be the remains of a supernova that occurred 3,000 - 30,000 years ago. The same supernova event likely created the neutron star CXOU J061705.3+222127, the collapsed remnant of the stellar core. IC 443 is one of the best-studied cases of supernova remnants interacting with surrounding molecular clouds.”
Credit: NASA/ESA/Wikipedia

astronomicalwonders:

The Jellyfish Nebula - IC 443

"The Jellyfish Nebula is a Galactic supernova remnant (SNR) in the constellation Gemini. On the plan of the sky, it is located near the star Eta Geminorum. Its distance is roughly 5,000 light years from Earth.

IC 443 may be the remains of a supernova that occurred 3,000 - 30,000 years ago. The same supernova event likely created the neutron star CXOU J061705.3+222127, the collapsed remnant of the stellar core. IC 443 is one of the best-studied cases of supernova remnants interacting with surrounding molecular clouds.”

Credit: NASA/ESA/Wikipedia


Marilyn Monroe in 1955 © Milton Greene.

Marilyn Monroe in 1955 © Milton Greene.

nevver:

Photo collage, Phil Miller

nevver:

Photo collage, Phil Miller