Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Well, this is embarrassing. At a fancy party for a cancer research institute at MIT last week, Think Progress caught Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown begging for money from billionaire industrialist David Koch. Koch and his brother Charles are the wealthy backers of much of the modern conservative and libertarian movements, and their money helped elect Republicans nationwide in 2010. They have since become the semiofficial bogeymen of the left, because they fit the part of “evil wealthy industrialists buying a pliant government” quite well.
BROWN: Your support during the election, it meant a ton. It made a difference and I can certainly use it again. Obviously, the –
KOCH: When are you running for the next term?
KOCH: Oh, okay.
BROWN: I’m in the cycle right now. We’re already banging away.
So, yes, this does fit right into the narrative of Republicans being subservient to their billionaire masters, but did that narrative need video evidence? Isn’t every single action they’ve ever taken when they hold power in Washington proof enough?
Anyway Brown is going to continue being a “moderate” Republican in order to win reelection in Massachusetts but when it counts, these are his most important constituents.
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.