Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Glenn Beck, America’s single most trusted newsman, is “transitioning away” from his daily Fox News television show, which is press release talk for Beck leaving to pursue other moneymaking opportunities and Fox deciding to air something at 5 p.m. that it can actually sell advertising on.
Because Beck and Fox both need to demonstrate that no stupid liberals made them “cave” in any sense, at all, ever, this is presented as the single most mutual and amicable cancellation of a cable news talk show ever. You’d barely notice that the show won’t be on anymore:
Fox News and Mercury Radio Arts, Glenn Beck’s production company, are proud to announce that they will work together to develop and produce a variety of television projects for air on the Fox News Channel as well as content for other platforms including Fox News’ digital properties. Glenn intends to transition off of his daily program, the third highest rated in all of cable news, later this year.
Fox’s senior vice president in charge of managing Beck will join Beck’s company now, where he will continue to act as “liaison” between canny grifter Beck and the executives in charge of the television industry.
Because Beck makes most of his money outside of Fox, and because his show does not make very much money for Fox, this was basically inevitable. Now Beck will start his own cable channel or Internet video news channel or possibly star in a cartoon about himself.
For all that talk in the release about how Fox and Beck will continue working together, Howie Kurtz refers to this as “a near-total divorce.” Beck will make some inane “specials” for the network and then they will both be glad to be rid of each other. And Beck will learn that while his core audience will continue throwing money at him, he will no longer attract so much national attention from everyone else once he’s no longer on TV every day.
And who gets the 5 p.m. slot now? Megyn Kelly? Lou Dobbs? Some obscure-to-liberals radio nut we’ll all soon learn to despise? Keith Olbermann? Larry King?
It will probably be Donald Trump.
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.