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Ceres (illustration pictured) is a perfectly round 'dwarf planet' and also the largest asteroid in the solar system. Scientists found that it is releasing water vapour from its surface at a rate of 6 kilograms per second
The latest finding puts Ceres in a special class of solar system objects with active plumes of water, a key ingredient for life. The company includes Jupiter's moon Europa where an underground ocean is believed to exist and the Saturn moon Enceladus, where jets have been seen venting from the surface.
NASA spacecraft Dawn (illustration approaching Ceres)
The observations, published in Thursday's issue of Nature, come as NASA's Dawn spacecraft is set to arrive at the Texas-sized dwarf planet next year.
The source of the water plumes is still unclear. Scientists think there may be a layer of ice just below the surface that gets heated by the sun or the plumes could be spewed by ice volcanoes.
Dawn, the NASA comet mission launched in 2007 and powered by ion propulsion. It is the first spacecraft to orbit two space rocks.
The spacecraft won't be in the best position to witness any water activity since it'll arrive at a time when Ceres is far from the sun. But the spacecraft carries instruments that can detect water and it will map the dwarf planet in detail, said Dawn deputy project scientist Carol Raymond, who had no role in the research.
Ceres (illustrated, far left) is here compared to other minor planets by size. Pluto (pictured, centre) is not that much larger than the spherical asteroid. Eris (far right) is larger than Pluto and found further out, beyond Pluto, in the solar system
Ceres is the closest dwarf planet to the sun and is located in the solar system's asteroid belt, making it the only dwarf planet in the inner solar system. Ceres is the smallest of the bodies current classified as a 'dwarf planet'.
Ceres is the closest dwarf planet to the sun and is located in the solar system's asteroid belt, making it the only dwarf planet in the inner solar system. Ceres is the smallest of the bodies current classified as a 'dwarf planet'
Take note that the article appears in the "Sports" section of ABC News.....because apparently they have no "Science" section and jammed it in there.
To which I say, about time America caught up to the rest of the world in one more area. Watch the TPots scream any time now.....
"Earlier this month, a major in the U.S. Army who is a Sikh American took his case to staffers on the Hill, explaining how he and other Sikhs should be able to serve in uniform and still maintain their religious beliefs, including wearing turbans and unshorn hair, including beards.
The new directive will explain that if the articles of faith or physical attributes interfere with the proper function of protective clothing and equipment, the request could be denied. For example, a beard or unshorn hair cannot interfere with gas masks or helmets.
Jewish service members can request permission to wear a yarmulke while in uniform. Muslim service members can request to wear a beard and carry prayer beads. Even Wiccan service members, those who practice "Magick," can seek accommodation the directive covers all religions recognized by the U.S. military.
The policy will also spell out that service members have the right to observe no religion at all."
Imagine, no religion, too.
Source: Global News
TORONTO Mayor Rob Ford confirms he was drinking Monday evening and that it is indeed him in a video showing him rambling profanely in Jamaican patois.
For months, Ford said he swore off booze after admitting to have smoked crack cocaine in a drunken stupor and after video surfaced of him in an apparent in his words intoxicated rage.
The mayor appears to be speaking in a Jamaican accent in the video and uses several curse words.
To be mocking and interpreting, his interpretation of being supposedly Jamaican is offensive, Councillor Michael Thompson said. Perhaps its normal for the mayor but from my perspective its abnormal, its another sad day, quite frankly, its another unfortunate situation in the ongoing saga of mayor Ford.
Read more: http://globalnews.ca/news/1097338/new-video-shows-rambling-rob-ford-at-rexdale-restaurant/
Mayor Ford is an alcoholic, ask any addictions expert, ask the one that was asked by CNN about Dennis Rodman.
ROBERT F. MCDONNELL and MAUREEN G. MCDONNELL did knowingly and intentionally:
conspire with each other and with others, both known and unknown to the grand jury, to commit wire fraud, that is: having devised and intending to devise a scheme and artifice to defraud the citizens of Virginia of their right to the honest services of the Governor of Virginia through BRIBERY, to transmit and cause to be transmitted by means or wire communication in interstate commerce....in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343.
The fraud, the bribery, the coverup....and now the fall.....from the Indictment PDF:
G. The Defendants Efforts To Conceal The Scheme
"102. On or about October 3, 2012, as part of required paperwork for a loan on one of the MoBo Virginia Beach properties through TowneBanke, ROBERT MCDONNELL caused TowneBank to receive a personal financial statement that listed total liabilities of $2,075,00 and listed no loans payable.
(Note: MAUREEN had checks of $50,000 and $15,000 as "loans" from Star Scientific to explain away now not being disclosed as liabilities)
103. On or about February 1, 2013, both DEFENDANTS caused a signed Uniform Residential Loan Application to be transmitted to PenFed as part of an effort to refinance four loans, including loans on the two MoBo Virginia Beach properties. The URLA listed total liabilities of 2. 8 Million dollars and listed no loans or liabilities to JW."
(JW is named as the Chief Financial Officer of Star Scientific Corporation)
They apparently both lied to law enforcement investigating, failing to note loans from JW, JW's family, shares purchased in Star Scientific.....all to cover their tracks in the massive gift and money giving they were actually hounding the company for.
106. In or about March, 2013, MAUREEN MCDONNELL met with JW's brother at the defendants' residence and told JW's brother she had been interviewed by law enforcement. At that meeting, MAUREEN MCDONNELL - for the first time - asked JW's brother to send her a bill for the work JW's brother had performed for the defendants since approximately November, 2012. Thereafter, on or about March 4, 2013, JW's brother sent an email to MAUREEN MCDONNELL states "Find attached a list of expenditures for your residence.
The Purpose and The Conspiracy - GREED
110. The purpose of the conspiracy was for the defendants to secretly use ROBERT MCDONNELL's official position as Governor or Virginia to enrich the defendant and their family members by soliciting and accepting payments, loans, gifts, and other things of value from JW and Star Scientific in exchange for ROBERT F. MCDONNELL and the OGV performing official actions on an as-needed basis, as opportunities arose, to legitimize, promote, and obtain research studies for Star Scientific's products.
All in an attempt to back date free work done on the MCDONNELL residences by JW's brother.....to pass off to law enforcement.
Much, much more. Some mighty fine reading:
This is a great thing because it inspires everybody, gives "them" (said wretched masses) motivation to look up to the 1%.."
From friend with a literal front seat view of protests in Bangkok, Thailand: No Police/Army In Sight
We are now in day 3 of the shutdown and attached are photos from the first day on Monday, 13 January.
These multi-location major intersection closures are very well organized and obviously well funded. Just down the road from the condo, it was quiet as could be late on Sunday night but early the next morning we woke to loudspeakers, many large buses and cars parked along the main road in front of the condo, giant tents/canopies erected in the middle of the road, very big stages, multiple huge video screens and huge crowds. People were setting up road barricades and putting up small two person tents everywhere. Everywhere had the same barricades and the same tents so these had to have been provided by the protest organizers. Food vendors all over as well as free food and water. Very large first aid station with many ambulances standing by. Selling 'Bangkok Shutdown 2013' items and souvenirs has become a big business on the street.
And not a policeman or soldier in sight.
Remember Occupy and how shutting down one street in America for a few minutes resulted in massive police violence?
The Thailand government has repeatedly pledged to NEVER use violence against protesters, and have absolutely kept their word.
Monday, January 20, 2014
Democrats have posted their largest lead on the Generic Congressional Ballot since early November, while Republicans have fallen to their lowest level of support in a year.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey for the week ending January 19 finds that 41% of Likely U.S. Voters would vote for the Democrat in their districts congressional race if the election were held today, unchanged from the previous week. Thirty-five percent (35%) would choose the Republican instead, down two points from the previous survey. The Democrats have now led for three weeks in a row.
By Jenna Portnoy/The Star-Ledger
on April 25, 2013 at 6:25 PM, updated April 26, 2013 at 7:51 AM
How many slightly smoking guns does it take before he resigns or is impeached? Check out the Integrity Monitors that Christie established instead!
"Chris Christie today vetoed a bill that he said would have created redundant oversight in state spending of billions of dollars federal Sandy relief funding.
Aristide Econompoulos/The Star-Ledger
TRENTON Gov. Chris Christie today vetoed a bill requiring oversight of billions of dollars in federal aid for Hurricane Sandy, despite Democratic objections, calling the measure redundant and wasteful.
While I thank the sponsors for their efforts, and for sharing in my commitment to the transparent and efficient administration of Sandy recovery funding, this bill would produce unnecessary redundancies and waste government resources, Christie said in the two-page veto message.
The bill (A61) would have required the treasurer to set up a website to track contracts by county and municipality, issue quarterly reports on recovery dollars and put out expedited priority reports explaining any problems the administration encounters.
Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-Essex) said the bill would have written oversight into state law, rather than taking the Republican governors word for it.
Residents devastated by this storm deserve the peace of mind that the billions in federal funds slated for the recovery will be administered efficiently and appropriately, Oliver said. This bill would have done that. Now all they have is a stated goal from the governor that can be broken or rescinded without the power of law. With his veto, the governor has weakened oversight and transparency of Hurricane Sandy relief funding.
The next month (after the veto), Christie signed an executive order promising that state Comptroller Matthew Boxer would review the awarding of all Sandy-related contracts and set up a public website to track state spending of federal funds. Usually, Boxers office only clears contracts in excess of $10 million before they are granted. In addition, the governor said the state would hire accountability officers to oversee projects in every department that deals with rebuilding.
Christie also signed bills establishing a separate network of integrity monitors to review the procurement process for state contracts using federal reconstruction money and reiterated the need for regular reporting on the contracts as well as online posting of spending information.
As envisioned by the Legislature, the integrity monitors would protect against fraud and abuse, using as a model the monitors installed by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani in the rebuilding effort after the Sept. 11, 2001.
Today, when presented with an opportunity to ensure that taxpayers' money was going to the families trying to rebuild their lives, he vetoed legislation that would do just that, Buono said in a statement. If the governor supports transparency, I find it incomprehensible as to why he would not make it law."
The state is waiting for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to approve its plan for spending $1.8 billion block grant the first money to flow into the state for rebuilding. Christie said last week that he hoped the money would come through this week.
I Don't Know.
For ratings? For power? Because the current US/Russia tiff over Iran and Syria makes the Olympics a fair target of reprisals and media manipulation? Because they are fascist corporate owned lackeys? Because they are terminally stupid?
I do not know why they encourage the terrorists in their pursuit of using fear as a political weapon by purposely helping spread the fear, overplaying the terror aspect, underplaying the celebration of peace, culture and sports aspect which is what the Olympics was for in the first place, remember?
Your guess as good as mine, but one of them has to be true.
"Olympic torch arrives in Volgograd amid new terror threat for Games"
- how about leave it at "Olympic torch arrives in Volgograd"? Why add on the extra?
"Olympic torch arrives in Volgograd amid new terror threat"
EVERY news story on this moment of celebration of peace, sports and culture is being overwhelmed by a coordinated effort to link Sochi to terrorism.....as the terrorists WANT, you idiots.
than marijuana consumption has in its entire history of consumption........so it is not "hard to compare the dangers"!
What utter nonsense from the American massively stupid media.
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