Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
In an interview with NPR’s Steve Inskeep, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey revised his previous description of Obamacare as socialist. “Technically speaking, it’s more like fascism,” said the self-identifying libertarian, offering a loose-at-best Marxian analysis:
Socialism is where the government owns the means of production. In fascism, the government doesn’t own the means of production, but they do control it, and that’s what’s happening with our healthcare programs and these reforms.
Fascism does certainly involve the regulation of private industry by and in the name of the State. Predictably swift in its defense of the Obama administration, Think Progress noted, “Mackey seems to have forgotten that [fascist states] usually utilize warfare, forced mass mobilization of the public, and politically-motivated violence against their own peoples to achieve their ends.” Without wading into the troubling ways in which such a description could also apply the U.S. at present, a better counterargument to Mackey’s point would be that technically, a fascist government would not have healthcare reform written by, and in the interests of, the health care industry.
Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email firstname.lastname@example.org.More Natasha Lennard.
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.