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The ESO Rosetta spacecraft is landing/crashing on the comet soon. It's a kilometer high, and coming down at a meter per second. Most detailed phots ever.

http://blogs.esa.int/rosetta/2016/09/30/comet-landing-descent-image-5-7-km/
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"Under penalty of law this tag not to be removed except by the consumer."

I guess it's OK, then.
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He threatened to, but ultimately didn't. So, he's not the consumer yet.
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If you believe their accounting, frackers aren't making any money, and they're passing that on to the property owners.
WYALUSING, Pa. (AP) — Jan Brown pores over his royalty statement and wonders where all the money went. A few months ago, the nation's second-largest natural gas producer siphoned $2,201 worth of gas from his 240-acre property…
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I just replaced my kitchen fluorescents with LED lights. 128 watts, reduced to 64 watts, same amount of light. That'll save about $64XX $22 per year, and the pay-back time is about oneXXX three years.

It took about a half hour. There are two versions: one is just a plug-in replacement; the other requires you to disconnect the ballast inside the fixture. I opted for the rewiring, because you get better efficiency that way, and because I like wiring projects.

Basically, you disconnect the ballast and connect the 120V line directly to the lamp sockets; it's about as simple a rewiring job as you could imagine. I turned the power on: no sparks. Power off, added the LED bulbs, power back on -- weird -- only one of the four was working.

So, I read the instructions again, and find out that the LED tubes aren't quite symmetrical: they only take power from one end, so you need to plug them in the right way. There's supposed to be a little label on the active end, but I can't find it.

Oh, well. They only have two ends, so if they aren't working, they probably are backwards. Flip the three dark tubes around, switch on, and there was light.

Job done. Climate change will be delayed by a few microseconds.
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Ahhhh. 1700 lumens for LED vs. 2800 for a new fluorescent. The oldest trick in the book.

Though it must be said that swapping in the LED bulbs vs. 3 year-old fluorescents didn't make it dimmer.
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OK, Googlers, I need some immediate help for my animals.

Because of recent events in my life, my family, to include a death in the family, I need to place 4 animals quickly to GOOD, LOVING, FOREVER homes or at least facilities that take extremely good care of aging animals.

I ask that even if you yourself can't accept these adoptions, that you forward this to your Circles in order to help these babies.

Here they are:

Spig: 10-year-old red-haired female pig, in good health but unable to be bred because of a rupture that doesn't affect her daily life, but which would probably kill her if anyone tried to breed her. She's about 750-pounds, as gentle as a lamb - as all 4 of these babies are - has rather severe arthritis but gets up and moves on - slowly- despite it, and loves people, animal crackers, and attention. In good health.

Shadow: 9-year-old neutered male, about 1100-pounds, probably part Russian boar, a GIANT teddy bear, blind in his right eye, 3-4" tusks, loves good fruit, belly rubs, people, and attention. He has severe arthritis in his front feet, but gets around anyway, and is in good health otherwise.

Sparkie: Black mixed-breed part-pitbull, 8-years-old, about 60-pounds, sweet-as-sugar, very skittish because we suspect that he was abused before he found us, in great health. Has a huge, deep voice, but despite being a loudmouth, is exceedingly gentle. Good guard dog due to voice, probably too skittish to bother anyone once they come inside your yard/house unless YOU make a hurt sound or tell him to. Never bit anyone, but "threatened" to, meaning that he mostly stood aside, looked threatening, and barked LOUDLY.

Springer: Blind-from-birth 10-year-old Miniature Pinscher (MinPin), in great health, has cataracts but which our vet says, and as we've observed, has no effect on him since he was already blind; has AMAZING locational awareness, meaning that he learns quickly where things are both inside and outside and learns his way around. Truly amazing as to how good it is. Unless you pick him up and then put him down in a different location in the house or outside, he knows exactly where he is once he gets to know the place. Got him from same abusive home as the female pig.

Giving these babies up is killing me, but I can't take them to downtown Portland, where I'm moving to. They need good, loving, humane homes where people understand that they're all rescues, all need attention (the pigs mostly sleep, but love people), and all have been abused before I got them.

In sum, they're like my children, and it's absolutely killing me to have to give them up. But...circumstances force it.

Please, even if you don't know anyone, repost this. I will vet any serious applicant before I let my children go.

Failing that...there's but one humane option, and I don't even want to consider that until all other options have been exhausted.

I need some help here, folks. I'm begging you. :(
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Many social media posts could be represented by standard code words. We could start with this 1920's nautical codebook and extend it:

http://www.houwie.net/ntelegrafie/ntele11.html

Cytochrome: Make America Great Again.
Deloose: I don't know why I badmouth ..., even though ... is qualified for the job.
Sandings: It's important to get money out of politics, but it looks like it's not going to happen this election.
Brrrrrrrrrp: Some people in ... were shot by someone who shouldn't have had a gun.
Shannon: Any two sentences, one where you say X, the other where you deny X. (Example: "Shannon wall".)
Simmer: This last month was the wamest month ever.
Simmering: This last year was the warmest year ever.
Taxbut: ...still hasn't revealed income taxes.
Wallflower: "We're going to build a ... and make them pay for it."
PreGodwin: Any slogan from the 1930s.
Whoosh: Any sequence of insults.
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Before there were general-purpose computers, there were special-purpose computers that did one thing and did it, often, surprisingly well.

Attn: steampunk authors.
Called the Eureka, it may have influenced Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace.
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I, too, have been in San Francisco recently.
 
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During all my years in Asia I constantly grappled with the perniciousness of poverty. Yet somehow I was unprepared for the scale and severity of homelessness in San Francisco.

The juxtaposition of the silent whir of sleek Tesla electric vehicles, with the outbursts of the mentally ill on the sidewalks. Destitution clashing with high technology. Well-dressed tourists sharing the pavement with vaguely human forms inside cardboard boxes.
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After 27 years reporting abroad, I rediscovered a land of sustainable pot, sleek Teslas and easy credit.
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High Hitler: how Nazi drug abuse steered the course of history

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Watch your own microbiome change!
Lawrence David, 33 Computational biologist Duke UniversityA Jim Carrey movie inspired computational biologist Lawrence David to change the course of his research. As a graduate student, David saw Yes Man, a 2008 film in which Carrey’s character is forced to say yes to all propositions.David thought the movie’s message about opening yourself to new experiences, even uncomfortable ones, might make science more exciting than it already was. “Only go...
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It was a failure of the imagination; they didn't imagine how much damage Nixon would cause. The Democrat, Humphrey was unimpressive; not really a progressive. They thought that because he wasn't a real progressive, he must be an enemy, just like Nixon was. That was a mistake.

Just like Clinton isn't an unblemished progressive, so people mistakenly think she's an enemy, just like Trump. That is today's mistake.

I thought there was no difference between Richard Nixon and Hubert Humphrey. I was wrong.
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