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  1. Gezza

     /  January 25, 2019

    Astronomers managed to capture the moment of an impact during this week’s eclipsed moon.

    Spanish astrophysicist Jose Maria Madiedo of the University of Huelva said Wednesday (Thursday NZ time) it appears a rock from a comet slammed into the moon during the total lunar eclipse on the weekend. The strike was seen by telescopes in Spain and elsewhere as a bright flash.

    Madiedo said it’s the first impact flash ever seen during a lunar eclipse, although such crater-forming impacts are common.

    The object hit at an estimated 17 kilometres per second, and was 10 kilograms and 30 centimeters across, according to Madiedo.

    More…
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/110152848/bright-flash-shows-object-slamming-into-moon-during-lunar-eclipse

  2. dhGezza

     /  January 25, 2019

    Pompeo being shown live on Aljazeera tv at the moment at a meeting of the Orgsnisation of American States threatening Maduro & demanding that other North & South American states join the US in recognising the Venezuelan illegal, self proclaimed “president” and calling Maduro illegitimate. Calling Maduro’s government “morally bankrupt & undemocratic to the core”.

    Callng on the Venezuelan security forces to protect Guaido in a pretty strong attempt to persuade their army to mount a coup. Says the time for debate is over.

    The Venezuelan Military has pledged its support for Maduro, their spokesperson announcing in a televised speech that a coup d’etat is taking place.

    Pompeo says the US has pledged $US 20 billion or something to help Venezuelans in another apparent inducement to encourage the population to revolt against their current government. (Are you kidding me? They can’t even pay their own federal employees or build a little wall without a revolt of their own in Congress.)

    The US is up to its old tricks again, deciding who it thinks should be the government of an Americas state.

    Russia says it supports Maduro.

    Some could argue there needs to be a coup in the US to get rid of an unfit prez?

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  January 25, 2019

      Strange to publish this as he is putting two bills to the vote knowing neither will pass the 60 vote Senate threshold.

      • Joe Bloggs

         /  January 25, 2019

        It’s very telling that the Dem bill got more votes than the GOP bill and that GOP senators crossed the floor to support the Dems… the wall is shaping up to be the SS Trumptanic’s big scary iceberg

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  January 25, 2019

          No it isn’t. It just shows the Republicans are rational but the Democrats are blinded and bound by Lefty partisanship.

          • Patzcuaro

             /  January 25, 2019

            Republicans rational, Democrats irrational. Sounds rather Animal Farm two legs good four legs bad. So you are saying that while the Democrat are blinded by “lefty” partisanship the Republicans have been able to rise above “righty” partisanship. Yeah right.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  January 25, 2019

              It’s two legs good, four legs bad, except right at the end when it’s two legs better as the pigs try to walk like humans.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  January 25, 2019

              However else do you explain the Republicans “crossing the floor” while no Democrats did? Oh, of course, the Left aren’t expected to be rational.

            • Patzcuaro

               /  January 25, 2019

              Maybe Trump is just wrong, the fact that some Republicans voted with the Democrats suggests that.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  January 25, 2019

            So the Republicans have been able to rise above “righty” partisanship?

  3. Missy

     /  January 25, 2019

    Former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has been charged by police in Edinburgh. The police began investigating following a Scottish Government inquiry into claims of sexual harassment against Salmond. He has been charged with two counts of attempted rape, nine counts of sexual assault, two counts of indecent assault, and one count of breach of the peace.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-46984747

  4. Joe Bloggs

     /  January 25, 2019

    trump has folded on the State of the Union address like a polyester suit.

    Pelosi has come across as effective, smart, and as a leader. That’s why she’s gained bi-partisan respect for her strong sdtance on trumps shutdown

    trump on the other hand lacks the character to achieve any of that and he’s unwilling to put in the hard work anyway. The only talent he has is braggadocio and Pelosi just proved that it is a paper-thin veneer.

  5. Joe Bloggs

     /  January 25, 2019

    reinforced concrete wall
    block wall
    iron barred wall
    beaded curtain
    chicken mesh
    picket fence (with a nice gate)

    speed bump…

    It’s not caving in – think of it as a semantic realignment

  6. phantom snowflake

     /  January 25, 2019

    WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In a bold initiative aimed at ending the shutdown, congressional Democrats on Thursday agreed to fund a border wall and reopen the government if Donald Trump leaves the country forever.

    Calling the deal “a huge win for America,” the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, said that Trump would get the wall he wanted plus the opportunity to do something “incredibly patriotic” for his country.

    Pelosi brushed aside criticism of the offer’s 5.7-billion-dollar price tag, telling reporters, “When you consider what we are getting in return, nine trillion dollars would be a bargain.”

    But, even as Pelosi touted the offer, some details remained unresolved, such as finding a country willing to accept Trump.

    Although Russia has a practice of providing country houses to former leaders such as Nikita Khrushchev and Boris Yeltsin, it is unclear whether Trump’s two years of service to the Kremlin qualify him for such accommodations.

    The White House offered no official response to the Democrats’ offer, but Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani gave it a full-throated endorsement during an appearance on CNN.

    “He should absolutely take this deal,” Giuliani said. “I mean, if he stays in the country, he’s probably going to prison.”

    https://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/dems-agree-to-fund-wall-and-reopen-government-if-trump-leaves-country-forever

  7. Patzcuaro

     /  January 25, 2019

  8. Patzcuaro

     /  January 25, 2019

    The Marie Antionette “Let Them Eat Cake” award goes to US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross whose wealth has just been downgraded from 2.5 billion to a mere 700 million. He can’t understand why federal workers are using food banks while their paychecks are bring withheld due to the partial shutdown. There are plenty of places to get loans to tide them over.

    • Corky

       /  January 25, 2019

      Ah, the blindness of wealth.eh Patz. I had that feeling ….when I drove a Porsche. You lose touch with reality. I know I did as my ego exploded..stuff the little man. All I want from him is to fill my car up at the petrol station.

      Is that what you wanted to hear?

      • Blazer

         /  January 25, 2019

        how did you squeeze into a…Porsche..have to be a 911 or a 924…

        • Corky

           /  January 25, 2019

          Like everyone else, through the door. Not the easiest vehicle to get into especially for bigger people. But that sparse cabin with a huge rev counter taking centre stage, was an experience to die for…which I nearly did when the turbo kicked in. Porsches back in those days were dangerous vehicles..no electronics to correct lousy driving and keep the huge ”engine filled” tail from fish-tailing out.

          • Blazer

             /  January 25, 2019

            did you turn into a ‘babe magnet’…🤣

            • Corky

               /  January 25, 2019

              Unfortunately no. Plenty of admiring stares though. The ones who mouthed ”wow” be the best.

          • Gezza

             /  January 25, 2019

            Looks to me like they’re inclined to under-steer.

            • Corky

               /  January 25, 2019

              That may be a ‘classic’ Porsche? Yes, that’s how it was when the tail got momentum. You have to remember there is basically nothing in front of the car.

              Nowdays it’s a completely different beast. An average driver like myself can drive them with confidence.

            • Gezza

               /  January 25, 2019

              Yeah it looks like it’s fishtailing out of that bend at the top; & he’s so busy straightening up he’s not able to make the turn this end.

            • Griff.

               /  January 25, 2019

              I wonder if his steering failed .
              It looks like he started to set up to turn then you see the nose go down under braking.
              The smoke is from skidding with the brakes locked up not from under steer.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  January 25, 2019

      Marie Antoinette was not the one who said that, and it’s a misquote, anyway.

  9. Blazer

     /  January 25, 2019