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In case you're still stuck in winter....
 
Any day now. April showers ... May flowers ...
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Lovely artwork. Can't help but to think the worst punishment for those seeking to die as martyrs for misguided violence toward humanity is a sentence that denies them that very thing.
 
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev folded his arms, fidgeted and looked down at the defense table as he listened to one guilty verdict after another on all 30 counts against him, including conspiracy and use of a weapon of mass destruction. Seventeen of those counts are punishable by death.
BOSTON (AP) — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted on all charges Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing by a federal jury that now must decide whether the 21-year-old former college student should be executed. Tsarnaev folded…
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The Wright Stuff or The Write Stuff? Contrail that looks like a feather.
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The answer to my 1st Q: Mark & Scott Kelly will not eat the same food for the #yearinspace  twin study. Wonder if they will note vitamin A & related substances intake for the ocular aspects of the larger study.
HOUSTON, TEXAS - U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly is about to ...
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So lovely to see a sunrise as night twilight falls here. Beautiful.
 
Stunning #sunrise over Shellharbour, NSW, just moments ago. Couldn't resist posting!
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Ready for the 'One Year Crew' Study? Launches from Russia 28 March 2015. The seven bio-med categories explained in article. 
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Roscosmos cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will embark on the first joint U.S.-Russian one-year mission, underscoring the “international” in International Space Station as the partners exemplify multilateral cooperation with regard to science.
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#Boston, these buds are for you. Hang in there. All will work out and Spring will come.
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The first step toward becoming truly tolerant of others is the realization that no one is immune from being intolerant. Repeal #SB101  
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There is more to this story than we're being told.
 
Mike Pence Still Isn’t Telling the Truth

Indiana's governor announced today he’s finally fixing the state’s anti-gay law, but took the time to rail against “reckless reporting.”

The reporting is not the problem. The continued lying is the problem.

To hear Gov. Pence tell it, his state is being unfairly singled out.  In fact, he protested today (and at least 8 times on This Week with George Stephanopoulos), his Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) is no different from the ones President Clinton and then-State-Senator Obama supported in the past. He reiterated that today in his press conference, saying it was no different than the federal bill the ACLU applauded “when President Clinton signed it in 1993.”

That is incorrect—and Gov. Pence knows it. Pence either doesn’t know the law—which is unlikely—or he is purposefully not telling the truth about it. And he kept up that lie today.

In fact, Indiana is different, for four specific reasons: Hobby Lobby, the interests supporting this bill, the bill's focus on antidiscrimination, and the role of business.

~ 1. Pence’s RFRA is not Clinton’s RFRA.  Hobby Lobby changed the game.
First and most importantly, Gov. Pence is being knowingly disingenuous when he compares Indiana’s RFRA to others. When Bill Clinton signed the federal RFRA in 1993, it passed Congress nearly unanimously. That’s because it was meant as a shield protecting minority religions from government interference. The typical cases were Native Americans using peyote, or churches seeking zoning variances—religious acts that didn’t really affect anyone else.

Hobby Lobby changed that.  Last year, for the first time, the Supreme Court said RFRA was a sword, as well as a shield, enabling a corporation to deny insurance coverage to its employees. Social conservatives cheered.

Since Hobby Lobby, the only states that have passed RFRAs are Mississippi—not exactly a bastion of tolerance, commerce, and industry—and Indiana. Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona, you may recall, vetoed her state’s RFRA after the NFL, among others, rebelled.  Georgia and Oklahoma have shelved theirs, and Texas is likely to follow.

~ 2. The Right-Wing Echo Chamber
No matter how many times Gov. Pence says this isn’t about gays and isn’t about discrimination, the people standing behind him when he signed it are a who’s-who of anti-gay social conservatives.

Within that far-right echo chamber, RFRA really is about religious freedom.

That echo chamber has been so well-funded, and is so insular, that it’s lost sight of the American mainstream, which sees discrimination as discrimination, even if there’s a religious reason for it. That’s left Republicans across the country exposed. Their base is telling them RFRAs are about religious freedom, and then they’re shocked when the mainstream sees it differently. Several have privately expressed a sense of betrayal.

The fact is, the echo chamber is far from the mainstream.  And when RFRAs are out in the open, they’re failing.  And the reason for that is—

~ 3. Antidiscrimination
State RFRAs are a backlash to same-sex marriage, but, legally speaking, they’re not about marriage, but discrimination law. Should businesses—florists, pharmacies, hospitals, bakeries—be able to say “No Gays Allowed”? This is the question Gov. Pence refused to answer five times on Sunday morning.

And unlike marriage, it is not a close one, in terms of public opinion. Yes, public approval of same-sex marriage has risen sharply, to around 55% today. But public approval of anti-discrimination laws is much higher, around 75 percent.

Now, will Gov. Pence’s “fix” be the one-sentence amendment that would bar its application in anti-discrimination contexts?  The sentence is simple: "This chapter does not establish or eliminate a defense to a claim under any federal, state or local law protecting civil rights or preventing discrimination."  But we’ll see if it actually makes it into law.

If it doesn’t, RFRA will remain a loser in the court of public opinion.  And also in the world of—

~ 4. Business
As we also saw in Arizona, the corporate world has almost completely shifted on this issue.  RFRAs are bad for business: they make states seem unwelcoming, turn away potential customers, risk costly boycotts, and make it harder to recruit the best employees.

These aren’t ideological positions; they’re economic ones, supported by reams of data.

That realignment is a game changer. RFRAs aren’t being debated between Democrats and Republicans. They’re being debated between pro-business Republicans and social conservative Republicans.

Indiana isn’t being singled out because of coincidence, or media spin, or just bad timing. Rather it’s because of a very mainstream, apple-pie value: because discrimination is not the American way.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/03/31/mike-pence-still-isn-t-telling-the-truth-why-indiana-s-anti-gay-religious-freedom-law-is-different-than-the-other-ones.html?via=newsletter&source=DDAfternoon

#MikePence   #Bigot   #Liar  
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And the official site.... #yearinspace  
 
Lift off! NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly & crew launched to the International Space Station at 3:42pET for a #YearInSpace http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv
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Yippeeeeeee!!!!! Day One has begun. 
 
Lift off! NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly & crew launched to the International Space Station at 3:42pET  
http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

#YearInSpace  , #ESA  , #NASA  , #ISS  
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