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This Is Battlefront II

John Boyega introduces the game and gives a new look at what's to come

#StarWars #BattlefrontII #StarWarsVideogames

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The GOP civil war in Alabama’s Senate race culminated here Monday with front-runner Roy Moore brandishing a revolver as Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s former chief strategist, said voters should ignore the president's endorsement of Moore’s establishment-backed opponent.

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Looks like Gmail may soon be taking some more cues from Inbox. The big question: What's the ultimate end game here?

Continued convergence, eventually resulting in a more Inbox-like Gmail? Or maintaining two increasingly overlapping but still distinctive email apps eternally?

Heck, if enough of Inbox's features and organizational methods make their way over, "Inbox" could even just become a UI option within Gmail one day.

With Google, you never know.

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Even Bill Gates is using an Android phone now

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"Mac continues to stress the Ataribox's openness, and that while its interface is easy to use, users will be able to customise the operating system as they see fit."

I'm interested.

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Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow" Makes Rap History #celebs #music #entertainment #celebrity

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Asteroid 2017 SS12 flew past Earth at 0.67 LD, one day before discovery

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 SS12 flew past Earth at 0.67 LD (~ 257 280 km / 159 866 miles) at 15:33 UTC on September 24, 2017, one day before it was discovered. This is the 32nd known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year.

2017 SS12 belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids. Its estimated size is between 7 and 24 m (22 and 78 feet).

It was first observed at Catalina Sky Survey on September 25, one day after its closest approach.

The last time any known asteroid flew past Earth within 1 lunar distance was on September 20. On that day, two of them flew past us (2017 SM2 and 2017 SR2) within 13 hours.

https://watchers.news/2017/09/26/asteroid-2017-ss12/

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Welcome to the 'brainternet.'

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Panoramic view of the WR 22 and Eta Carinae regions of the Carina Nebula*

This spectacular panoramic view combines a new image of the field around the Wolf–Rayet star WR 22 in the Carina Nebula (right) with an earlier picture of the region around the unique star Eta Carinae in the heart of the nebula (left).

The picture was created from images taken with the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile.

Credit:
ESO

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Cleveland Cavaliers Aim To Have Isaiah Thomas Back In January

The Cleveland Cavaliers will be without one of its star players for majority of the first half of the season. Isaiah Thomas is the new starting point guard for the Cavs. The Cavs shipped Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics for Thomas this off-season. He made the All-Star team last season playing for the Boston Celtics.

The Cavs aim to have Isaiah Thomas back on the court by January. Thomas is recovering from his hip injury. The Cavs mentioned that Thomas might return before the end of 2017.



What do you think about the Cavs not having Thomas avaliable for majority of the first half of the season?



https://mindbodycollide.blogspot.com




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The Jake LaMotta Story: Boxing as an Act of Contrition

READ: http://www.thesweetscience.com/feature-articles/44796-giacobbe-jake-lamotta-story-boxing-act

#boxing #boxeo

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Psychotherapists are speaking out about the damaging effect of Trump's lies on the nation and about his exploitation of its most vulnerable people. Trump, instead of being a unifying force, is making the situation worse.

From the article linked below:

We are a group of psychotherapists from across the country who came together in solidarity to examine how the political environment impacts us, our clinical practice and our clients. We are united by a commitment to create safety and exploration for the purpose of psychological, emotional and relational healing in our work with individuals, couples and families. Recent events have made it even more imperative that we offer public statements about how the socio-political environment impacts the lives of clients and clinicians alike. At this point, we believe that silence is complicity.

The recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, rocked much of the nation. Emboldened by our president, groups of white nationalists are no longer ashamed to appear publicly and speak boldly about their hatred of people of color, Jewish or Muslim faith, LGBTQIA orientation, and immigrants. This kind of hatred has always been with us, but it has been inflamed by President Trump, who claimed to be a president “for all Americans,” but who has declined to take a moral stance on bigotry and instead has set up a situation in which there are apparently two legitimate sides.

We believe this equivocation on the president’s part to be a complete abdication of his responsibility to be a clear moral voice “for all Americans.” Even more recently the administration barely attempted to disguise the racism at the root of the decision to rescind DACA. Its abject cruelty should not be downplayed. Those with power in Congress to hold President Trump accountable have failed to do so, and indeed, with their recent vote to gut health care, appear to be complicit in undermining the health and welfare of all, particularly children, the aged, the poor, and those in minority populations. Therefore, the responsibility to speak out falls more heavily on the shoulders of individuals and groups, large and small.

As therapists and as citizens we are one such small group that cannot remain silent. We are alarmed by the normalization of hate speech and renewed violence and contempt toward marginalized people, immigrants, and women. Silence, abdication of responsibility, moral ambiguity, fear, and cowardice have always been necessary enablers of the rise of destructive powers in our human history. We cannot pretend that this is not a mental health issue, and we cannot, in good conscience, refrain from speaking up.

In our work, we see daily the suffering and damage caused by abusive or neglectful relationships in which people are belittled, hated, ignored or made to feel worthless. We see this happening on a mass scale in our country in response to the pathological lying and bullying of our current president. People are increasingly fearful and trust in government institutions and their capacity to protect is eroding rapidly. On the other side we know how isolated, lonely, and/or angry individuals can be manipulated to become hateful on behalf of magnetic and powerful people who have an agenda for themselves and little real care for the people who follow them.

http://www.alternet.org/trump-trauma/open-letter-donald-trump-and-supporters-trauma

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The Lunar Month

A lunar month is the time it takes the Moon to pass through all of the Moon phases, measured from a New Moon to the next New Moon.

Illustration showing all the different Moon phases next to one another
A lunar month comprises all the Moon phases.

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A lunar month is also known as a lunation, while the astronomical term for this period is a synodic month, from the Greek term synodos, meaning meeting or conjunction.

From New Moon to New Moon
We measure the lunar month from the precise moment of a New Moon, when the Sun and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Moon, until the next New Moon.

Moon phases in your city
About 29.5 Days
In the period from 1600 to 2600, an average lunar month lasts 29.530575 days or 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes, and 2 seconds. The shortest lunar month ended July 17, 1708 and lasted 29.271819 days (29 days, 6 hours, 31 minutes, and 25 seconds), while the longest was the one that ended on January 14, 1611 and lasted 29.832568 days (29 days, 19 hours, 58 minutes, and 54 seconds).

The exact length varies slightly, due to the elliptical shape of the Moon's orbit.

Synodic vs. Sidereal Month
The time it takes the Moon to complete 1 orbit around Earth is called a sidereal month. Sidereal refers to the Latin word for stars and sidereal month means that the Moon returns to the same point under the stars. This takes, on average, 27.3 days.

If Earth stood still, the synodic (lunar) month would be the same as the sidereal month. However, at the same time as the Moon is orbiting Earth, our planet also continues its annual orbit around the Sun in the same direction. So, after completing a sidereal month, the Moon has to move a little further to catch up to the same alignment with the Sun and Earth as at the previous New Moon. This is why a synodic (lunar) month is around 2.2 days longer than a sidereal month.

Lunation Number
In astronomy, it is most common to use the Brown lunation number system for lunar months. This system was invented by Professor Ernest W. Brown and presented in the book Planetary Theory from 1933, which Brown co-wrote with Assistant Professor Clarence A. Shook.

Brown starts his count with lunation number 1 at the 1st New Moon of 1923, which was on January 17. This is why the lunation numbers in the table on our Moon Phase pages are currently in the 1100s. And, for the same reason, lunation numbers listed for years before 1923, are negative.

There are also other lunation cycles in use, such as Herman Goldstine's Lunation Number, Jean Meeus's Lunation Number, and the Hebrew Lunation Number, which counts lunations in the Hebrew calendar.

Primary and Intermediate Moon Phases
In Western Culture, we divide the lunar month into 4 primary and 4 intermediate Moon phases.

The primary phases are the New Moon, the First Quarter Moon, the Full Moon, and the Third Quarter Moon. Technically, the primary Moon phases occur at a specific moment in time, and the intermediate Moon phases take up the time in between.

The average time between each primary Moon phase is around 7.38 days (just over 7 days and 9 hours) which is considered the origin for the 7-day week.

The intermediate Moon phases are the Waxing Crescent Moon, the Waxing Gibbous Moon, the Waning Gibbous Moon, and the Waning Crescent Moon.

Lunar Calendars
Some of the oldest calendars we know of are lunar calendars, such as the Roman calendar, based on the lunar month. The word month is even derived from the word Moon.

The 12 months of the year
Today, most countries use the Gregorian calendar, which is based on Earth’s revolutions around the Sun. However, the current months September, October, November, and December are still named after their original place in the ancient Roman calendar.

https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/moon/lunar-month.html

+Jean Stewart +Brett Hawkes +Shermanator Osborn +JO+Fred Haddad jr.

#LunarYear #Sydonic #LunarCalendar #Hijri #Space #Univers #Time #Moon #Crescent #light #AncientSumerian #SacredMounth #LunationNumber

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We don't know about you, but we're not subscribing to 20 different streaming services.

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If We Are To Remember -- Moab, Utah
"If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them something more than the miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it."

“We must not only protect the country side and save it from destruction, we must restore what has been destroyed and salvage the beauty and charm. Once our natural splendor is destroyed, it can never be recaptured. And once man can no longer walk with beauty or wonder at nature, his spirit will wither and his sustenance be wasted.”

-- Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President of the United States

An autumn view up into the LaSal Mountains near Moab, Utah...

For #TreeTuesday ( +Tree Tuesday ) Curated by +Christina Lawrie , +Allan Cabrera , +Ralph Mendoza , +Kim Troutman and +David R Robinson, and #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography curated by +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +Chandler L. Walker +Krzysztof Felczak +Jeff Beddow +H Peter Ji +Dorma Wiggin, and #hqsplandscape for +HQSP Landscape, and +Mountain Monday / #MountainMonday curated by +Michael Russell, and +Mountain Photos / #MountainPhotos curated by +Baki Karaçay...

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Rams Planet

Close enough to the highest point in mainland Oz i reckon.

Rams Head North 2190m, noting that Mount Kosciuszko is 2228m a grand total of 38m taller..:) Mount Kosciuszko is that sloping hill over there on the horizon. Fun fact for the day, Mount Everest is almost exactly 4 times taller than this peak, i guess technically I can say I have walked a quarter of the way to the highest point in the world. :)

Another fun fact, Norway has about 180 peaks over 2000 metres high but its tallest is only 2469m, just a smidge over our little hill over here.

#tinyplanet

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Barack Obama Got Paid $400,000 for a Speech to Health Care Execs. Here’s What He Told Them https://trib.al/qeY641m

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Donald Trump vows to repeal and replace the NFL with the USFL.
That's a headline I'd like to see. In Trump's bizzaro world, it could even be true. Here is why.

"Before Donald Trump was a politician or even a reality television star, he was a professional football owner. The league was the star-crossed USFL in the mid-1980s, and the team was the New Jersey Generals.

"Then real-estate magnate Trump bought the team in 1984 and helped encourage the USFL, which was then playing its games in the spring, to move to the autumn, where it would go head-to-head with the NFL.

"The NFL crushed the fledgling USFL. Mr Trump unsuccessfully tried to sue the larger league for antitrust violations, many teams went bankrupt, and the USFL eventually folded.

Trump took a knee for the USFL -- to the groin. Is he now trying to enact his revenge? In any case, like the repeal and replace of Obamacare, Trump's efforts to hurt the NFL will fail.

Read more about what is motivating Trump in his fight with the NFL:

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Troy's Review of Star Trek: Discovery

Yes, the one you've all been waiting for with bated breath.

The unfortunately acronymed ST:D bursts onto the scene screaming "2017!!!" at the top of its lungs. Well, I suppose ST:V did the same thing when it appeared 20 years ago. Do yourself a favour and delete your mental browser history for 2016 and 2017 before you watch it and you'll find it much more enjoyable otherwise you'll try to fit every hot political topic into it and blow your head up because at the end of the days it's a show about aliens and spaceships and what it means to be human.

The plot is... yeah. I can already hear the screaming metal sound of canon bing twisted to make the story fit. Michael Burnham is Spock's adoptive sister, for a start. It starts out as painfully contrived as Voyager, and ends with a wrecked ship and a looming goal. Try not to notice the GLARING PLOT HOLES and hope that the next episodes will manage to not break whilst bending over backwards. There are also noisome whiffs of Enterprise.
6 questionable Klingon Destiny Beacons out of 10

As far as characters go, this is definitely post Battlestar Galactica. Characters are more the kind of heroic but flawed Jessica Jones collections of hangups as opposed to competent, stable people because this is what TV thinks is interesting. Think Tom Paris on steroids. Voyager's DNA is also clearly visible in the archetypes. The Janeway/Seven combination of Georgiou and Burnham frankly works brilliantly, partly because we've seen Voyager, and partly because the actors established a skilled rapport. Unfortunately we'll not see much more of this - Michell Yeoh is a Guest Star. Otherwise it would just be Voyager all over again with the grimdark makeover.
8 hypertintelligent sexy and impulsive women struggling with their humanity out of 10

Science-wise, there no "particle o' the week" and plot gimmicks are rather more cleverly worked in. It's more Babylon 5 Newtonian physics with Mike Burnham guest starring as a Starfury. Redshirts get explosively decompressed and there is a minimal level of technobabble. The relationship between human and AI is better detailed in this as well: humans tell the AI what to do and occasionally intervene. There is also a lot of science love woven into this, and it lends itself well to the concept of Starfleet as NASA's descendant.
However, battles are the traditional Spanish Galleons blasting each other at point blank range, ships suddenly stop when wrecked and we feel it's still Star Trekky. Consoles are thankfully still loaded with high explosives and there's not a seat belt in sight.
8 awesome spacesuit thruster boosts out of 10

The graphics frankly looked like an XboX One game of Mass Effect. Critics are of course saying the graphics are jaw-dropping. Methinks they think Clash of Clans has amazing graphics. Clarification: it is fairly easy to cook up spaceship models, it is another thing to make deliberate choices (lens flares, shiny textures etc) that make it look like you are watching a video game as opposed to something like Gravity. Battlestar Galactica's graphics looked less cartoony and that series is well over a decade old.
4 overly specular texturemaps out of 10

FINAL SCORE
Having kicked the tires and taken it for a turn around the block, it handles a lot like the Voyager with a new paintjob, a growly engine noise, a few pieces missing and some modern extras.

7 Voyager reboots out of 10

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A Bethesda representative has confirmed to Glixel that the upcoming DOOM for the Nintendo Switch won’t feature motion control aiming which players are familiar with thanks to Splatoon. The game will presumably just have traditional analogue controls. And,…

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ESA is announcing a new programme for conducting research into #radiation and how to protect astronauts from #space radiation. Teaming up with five particle accelerators in Europe, we are offering researchers slots to bombard samples with radiation.

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Jimmy Kimmel released the 11th edition of his popular “Mean Tweets” series last night, and this time both Gal Gadot and Michael Keaton were roasted. Gal Gadot was adorable as usual, struggling with some English slang and then responding to a very old 2013…

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You know how I feel about SPAM ... I just received this email...thought I'd share.... Turns out a lot of spammers choose to steal this persons identity image of dear Mr James C. McConville https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_C._McConville

and so we begin...yawn


From: Leslie Bass <lesliebass45@gmail.com>

Hello beautiful, 🤥

How are you doing over there and thanks for this great opportunity to write you here.

My name is Leslie Bass. I was born on the 15th of February, 1958 at Baptist Hospital in California. I started elementary Children Academy at 4 and later on continued from Rival International Schools.I am a widower with a Son who is 15 years of age ( Name : Roland ) who schools in London as i am here now in Afghanistan on my last peacekeeping mission; I was very playful at school but i was good at my academic works. I joined the Military academy at the age of 25. I was in the boarding school so my parents visit me once in a while. I didn't spend much time at home. My mom was from Denmark and Dad from USA. Mom was a head teacher and dad was in the Mechanic Driver and you

Nevertheless , I beg your friendship , understanding , creating the potential for successful collaboration to understand. I'm on duty for 28 years , and now I have one month to complete their mission here in Afghanistan , and then I'll retire.i I'm a romantic , father rushes .Distance can not be an obstacle to true love. I am not always due to the nature of my work, I prefer e-mails than chatting , as I always busy with my men here.

Hoping to hear from you soon,

Regards,
General Leslie




no names have been changed to protect the innocent

what the hell are "father rushes" anyway lol

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Astronomers study the extended stellar structure around the globular cluster NGC 288

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Will Google's Pixel-perfect HTC deal be more successful than the run with Motorola? (results)

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Julius Randle is ripped and ready for the NBA season after his 3-week body transformation. Here's how he did it: http://ow.ly/1kAh30fq7bi

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US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross visits Beijing ahead of Trump trip #china #trade #trump #commerce

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SETI Scientist: Seven Places In Our Solar System Likely Host Microbial Life

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I sure freaked out in this horror game! If you have any thoughts about the video, just leave a comment down below. Thanks for watching!

Video ➞ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2ISUIqaxV0&t=25s

My YouTube Channel [DannyYO] ➞ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-KtvnEZHYYbm4JXFKyiw6g/featured

#Contemp #ScaryGame #HorrorGame #Gaming #YouTube

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Google Extends Security Patches of the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X by Two Months

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Google will create a standalone unit for its shopping service and require it to bid against rivals for ads shown on the top of its search page, in an effort to satisfy European Union concerns over the display of product results, three people familiar with the investigation said.

Google faces a Thursday deadline to comply with an EU antitrust decision in relation to the search giant’s treatment of competitors’ comparison-shopping sites, according to the people, who asked not to be named as the negotiations are private.
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