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This is one great illustration you will totally enjoy.

How big does the Sun look as seen from other planets in our solar system? And how does the planet's distance affect the way you see an object?

Enjoy this!
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Wow, it's been a while since I've been on G+. Interesting changes I'll want to check out (and then wait and see how long it takes Facebook to blatantly imitate.)
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"In secret listening rooms nationwide, NSA software examines every email, phone call, and tweet as they zip by," reported NSA expert James Bamford in a Wired article. "Everybody's a target; everybody with communication is a target," an unnamed NSA official told him. Then William Binney, yet another former NSA senior official, "held his thumb and forefinger close together: ‘We are that far from a turnkey totalitarian state'."
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"In other words, Geithner and Obama are behaving like Lehman executives before the crash of Lehman, not disclosing the full extent of the internal problem in order to keep investors from fleeing and creditors from calling in their chits. It’s worth noting that this kind of behavior – knowingly hiding the derogatory truth from the outside world in order to prevent a run on the bank – is, itself, fraud!

This is exactly the mindset that led Lehman to the abuses of the "Repo 105" accounting trick, in which loans were disguised as revenues in order to prevent the outside world from knowing the dire state of the bank’s balance sheet.

Now Obama and Geithner are engaged in the same sort of activity, only they’re trying to prevent a run not on an individual bank, but the entire American financial services sector. Geithner seems really to believe that if fraud were aggressively policed, and the world made aware of the incredible extent of the illegality in our markets, that international confidence in the American financial sector would plummet and our economy would suffer – and suffer, incidentally, on Barack Obama’s watch."
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In a few hours, I’m leaving for my third trip to Fukuoka, Japan.
The first time, I ended up sleeping on a park bench in a typhoon
(There’s a comic about it below)
The second time, it happened again, and things got even weirder.
(The comic about the rematch is here http://bit.ly/GzMZVR )
What trouble will I get into this time? Stay tuned!
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The time I slept on a bench in a typhoon (21 photos)
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"A new feature story in this month’s Wired blows the lid off plans for a massive new National Security Agency data center in Utah that represents the resurrection of a program that Congress killed in 2003, known as “Total Information Awareness,” targeting literally all electronic communications all over the world — including those made by American citizens.

The proposal was to build computing systems that could suck up every electronic communication on the planet and filter them through a smart super-computer that would flag certain conversations, emails, transactions and other items of interest for further review. It was a program so monstrous in scope that after a brief legislative battle, Congress imposed strict regulations on the type of technology that could accomplish those ends, prohibiting it from ever being used against Americans.

But if well sourced intelligence reporter James Bamford is to be believed, as of this year, their efforts to stop it are moot."
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