Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
It all makes sense to us now.
The problems in Iraq? The insurgency that won’t go away, the Iraqi civilians and security forces and the U.S. troops who just keep dying? There’s an explanation for it all, and John Tierney, Bill Safire’s replacement on the op-ed page of the New York Times, sets it all out for us today.
It’s the media’s fault.
While Tierney says that he understands that the press has “a duty to report suicide bombings in the Middle East,” he suggests that it’s time for the press to stop, you know, reporting on them. Reporting out the details only helps the terrorists’ “media strategy,” Teirney says, and it’s time for the press to stop playing along. Rather than getting details about the names and faces of the people who suffered, Tierney asks, wouldn’t we all just be better off if the media gave us a “box score” on each suicide attack listing the number of dead and the size of the explosion? “I suspect the public would welcome a respite from gore,” Tierney says.
He’s surely right about that part: The public — the American public and the Iraqi public — would surely welcome a respite from the reports about the “gore.” But what they’d welcome more would be a respite from the gore itself. Tierney doesn’t offer up any ideas on how U.S. or Iraqi forces could put an end to the suicide bombings in Iraq; instead, he suggests — without really suggesting — that the U.S military stop giving reporters information about suicide attacks. Failing that, he says, reporters should “reconsider” their interest in providing readers the details.
The Bush administration must be pleased as punch with Teirney’s suggestion; no news is good news when the war is going badly, and a sterile listing of casualities is a hell of a lot easier to ignore than pictures of bleeding children and grieving families. As a public relations measure from the Pentagon’s perspective, Tierney’s ideas make perfectly good sense. But what are they thinking at the New York Times? We know that there’s a separation between the news division and the op-ed page. But for a paper that seems so concerned about restoring credibility with readers, Tierney’s column — with its suggestion that the government supress the news and that the press do so if the government won’t — is still a strange way to start.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.
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