Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Did you know that The U.K. is having its own adorable election right now? Prime Minister and noted bully Gordon Brown is in a bit of hot water for calling an old lady a “bigoted woman.” Into an open mic. Right after talking to her. And she is (or was!) a supporter.
The lady is named Gillian Duffy. She’s a lifelong Labour voter. She was apparently heckling Brown as he gave an interview, and Brown’s aides suggested that it would be very statesmanly of him to talk to her instead of ignoring her. Her primary complaint: there are too many Eastern Europeans in England!
Brown reasonably pointed out that there are lots of British people in Europe, and Europeans certainly aren’t thrilled about that, and then they had a nice little talk and that was the end of it. Until Brown got into his car and a hilarious Armando Iannucci programme broke out.
PM: That was a disaster. Should never have put me with that woma … whose idea was that?
Second voice: I don’t know, I didn’t see her.
PM: It’s Sue, I think. It’s just ridiculous. (Muffled sounds)
SV: What did she say?
PM: Ugh, everything – she’s just a sort of bigoted woman, said she used to be Labour. It’s just ridiculous
The best part of the video is not actually the PM calling her a bigot (while bullying an aide). The best part is that Brown is the least charismatic person on that entire island of uncharismatic sallow depressives. “Helping people, that’s what we’re about,” he drones to the lady, lifelessly. As she leaves he belatedly remembers to ask this pensioner about her grandchildren, and he seems like he immediately regrets that decision once she turns back around to actually talk about them.
Brown’s day continued to be a savage satirical mockumentary as he was then taped listening to the tape of him embarrassing himself:
In England, this sort of thing is called an “Uncle Major,” which is Cockney rhyming slang for “a hilarious gaffe committed a week before the election by the guy polling in third place already.”
Here’s LibDem leader Nick Clegg—currently the most popular person in the UK solely because he is neither Gordon “Bigot-Bully” Brown nor an unctuous Tory—saying Brown was right to apologize, because it’s rude to say mean things about old ladies in the privacy of your car when you forget you’re wearing a live mic.
Thanks to Britain’s first-past-the-post voting system, Brown can probably call every pensioner in Greater Manchester a bigot and still end up with, at the least, a Labour/LibDem coalition government.
Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @pareeneMore Alex Pareene.
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.