Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
It’s proven with science: Measured by its average age, this is the oldest Congress ever.
Tucker Carlson’s Internet Tendency has a story on how the advanced age of our lawmakers is hurting our nation. (They also have a slide show of “Geeky guys who landed hot women.”) It’s not pretty.
Robert Byrd is this Congress’ Strom Thurmond: Everyone knows he is just not there. He’s a decrepit old body wheeled in to make votes only when he’s needed. (He’s missed 42 percent of them during this Congress.) This is ridiculous. It makes the Senate even more a joke — that everyone pretends that increasingly incoherent hundred-year-old men are legislators instead of just names on ballots and collections of longtime staffers.
Congress is already disproportionately white, male and rich — the fact that power is then apportioned according to seniority is a fantastic reason for widespread cynicism about whether government even cares about issues facing people under 65. (It also doesn’t help when the Medicare crowd is whipped up into a hateful frenzy over the myth that someone might touch their socialist government benefits in the name of slightly aiding the younger and less fortunate.)
Here’s one of those stories about our old and incompetent legislators that no one hears until the man in question finally retires or dies:
Sen. Jim Jeffords, 72 when he retired, admitted to memory loss and was widely suspected on Capitol Hill to be suffering from Alzheimer’s. He once wandered over to the House of Representatives where, after several minutes, lawmakers told him: wrong chamber.
Oh, he was widely suspected of being incapable of doing his job, huh? It’s a good thing no one reported this!
To be fair to our ancient rulers, Frank Lautenberg still seems sharp. And while it’s an open secret that South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson is not all there since his brain injury, he’s only 63.
Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at email@example.com 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.