The next time you fly over Pluto

Another animated view of the former planet as seen by the New Horizons space probe.

The download of images will continue through next year, because the connection speed is much worse than AOL in its  dial up days (at one point a plodding 2,000 bits per second, when 52 kilobits was considered crawling). But despite that, the visuals, like the one above are still pretty amazing.

Rupert Murdoch’s National Geographic

1255ckCOMIC-national-geografoxBecause, people, it is now RUPERT MURDOCH’S National Geographic:

The iconic ­yellow-bordered magazine, beset by financial issues, entered its own uncharted territory. In an effort to stave off further decline, the magazine was effectively sold by its nonprofit parent organization to a for-profit venture whose principal shareholder is one of Rupert Murdoch’s global media companies.

In exchange for $725 million, the National Geographic Society passed the troubled magazine and its book, map and other media assets to a partnership headed by 21st Century Fox, the Murdoch-controlled company that owns the 20th Century Fox movie studio, the Fox television network and Fox News Channel.

Some more stories we can look forward to:



Some things to keep in mind about high school science

Especially if you’re a child of color.

1) Kiera Wilmot’s curiosity wasn’t destructive.

2) Ahmed Mohamed’s homemade clock wasn’t a bomb.

So let’s hire teachers who are intelligent enough to look at these things and say, that’s impressive, instead of a bunch of cowardly dunces who feel it’s their primary duty to call the police because brown kids are intelligent.

(Just for the record, it comes as no surprise these atrocities happened in Florida and Texas.)

Kentucky: An oasis for refugees in a sea of Southern indifference


Given the recent Kim Davis religious homophobe saga, most of America probably thinks all Kentuckians are a bunch of crackpot bigoted right wing lunatics.

But look at this map of the states that have taken the highest percentage of refugees. There are a lot of caring people in the state and it it would be inexcusable to let Davis become the poster child for Kentucky Christians.

Here’s the mission statement of Kentucky Refugee Ministries:

Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Inc. (KRM), a non-profit organization, is dedicated to providing resettlement services to refugees through faith- and agency-based co-sponsorship in order to promote self-sufficiency and successful integration into our community. KRM is committed to offering access to community resources and opportunities and to promoting awareness of diversity for the benefit of the whole community.

  • To compassionately welcome and serve the world’s displaced people.

  • To encourage the hope that lives within each human being by providing an atmosphere of hospitality, responsiveness, mutual respect, trust and tolerance.

  • To be known for our reliability, resourcefulness, partnerships and comprehensive services.