Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
(updated below – Update II [Thursday])
Below is the video of the 12-minute segment I did last night on MSNBC with Lawrence O’Donnell, continuing the debate we began about Blue Dogs last Friday on Morning Joe. This was a much more civil and therefore more constructive and substantive discussion, which is a good thing. The topics we discussed are purely political in the narrowest sense of that word — Why did Democrats lose? What effect do Blue Dogs have? What’s the real Blue Dogs agenda? Can Democrats win without them?, etc. — and are therefore quite limited in scope. Needless to say, it’s my view that the Democratic Party has serious problems and deficiencies far beyond the faction calling itself “Blue Dogs.” When I was in Wisconsin last week, I did a 20-minute radio interview with Progressive Magazine Editor Matthew Rothschild that covered many more topics, and that can be heard here:
UPDATE: In his daily podcast, Sam Seder has a great analysis of the Blue Dog debate I had with O’Donnell; he specifically focuses on why these issues matter so much. It begins at roughly 8:30 and goes for about 15 minutes. It’s well worth listening to.
And last week, after I was on Dylan Ratigan’s television program, I recorded a 30-minute podcast discussion with him about multiple issues, which can be heard here. It was entirely unscripted and somewhat stream-of-consciousness and, for that reason and others, I found it interesting. Due to the book obligations I referenced earlier this week, I likely will not post tomorrow, so these podcasts (including the Progressive one I linked above) will have to substitute for that.
UPDATE II: Time Magazine is hosting a reader poll which asks who should be selected as Time‘s Person of the Year, and — undoubtedly to Time‘s horror — Julian Assange is currently leading. In response to that development, Megan McCain — who, as an heiress to a beer distribution fortune and daughter of a Senator, has inspirationally overcome enormous challenges and obstacles to compile a list of extremely impressive accomplishments — spoke at an event at the Time-Life building last night and vehemently opposed Assange’s selection. She condemned the WikiLeaks founder, an Australian citizen, for being “un-American” and a “rogue Swedish guy” — seriously (I hereby denounce Megan McCain for being un-Peruvian). She also denounced Assange as a “villain” for this grave and evil crime: being responsible for a leak that, as she put it, “changed the way Americans view the war.” What a monster.
There are few things less fathomable than Time‘s provoking the hatred of the political establishment by selecting the Ultimate Satanic Spawn, Julian Assange, as its Person of the Year; Glenn Beck or the Tea Party are the far more likely choices, and the McCain family heiress specifically identified them as her preferences. Still, having Assange win the reader poll would be beneficial; you can cast your vote here.
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.