Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
How many Wal-Marts could fit in Los Angeles County? The Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) thinks the answer is hundreds. Alarmed by the retail giant’s plan to build a store in L.A.’s historic Chinatown and another in Panorama City, the advocacy group created a stunning (and wildly exaggerated) graphic, depicting “the Walmartization of Los Angeles.”
It envisions the city overrun by 210 Wal-Mart stores, with a yellow sad-face icon representing each would-be location. That figure, representing 21 percent of the L.A. grocery store market, was derived from a 2011 report stating that Wal-Mart owns 21 percent of the grocery stores in rural and suburban America.
“The fact that any national market share we currently enjoy took five decades to achieve is somehow lost on them,” Wal-Mart’s senior director of community affairs Steven V. Restivo wrote in an email. Yet Wal-Mart, currently the biggest company in the world, clearly intends to bulk up its L.A. presence.
According to LAANE, City of Los Angeles Ethics Commission records show that Wal-Mart has upped lobbying efforts, spending $500,000 between 2008 and 2012. Such activity typically precedes store development. LAANE believes Wal-Mart stores could dwarf the retail competition and change the character of historic neighborhoods.
This Saturday at 10 a.m., 10,000 residents will march from Los Angeles State Historic Park through Chinatown in what LAANE says will be the biggest anti-Wal-Mart demonstration ever – a dramatic response to two stores that for now, aren’t likely to dramatically alter the city.
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.