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July 22, 2014
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U.S. ‘kidnapped’ Soviet spacecraft

lunikThe Kidnapping of the Lunik may sound like the latest spy thriller, but it’s the title of a U.S. intelligence report from 1967.

The USSR, in the midst of the space race, sent the Lunik — Sputnik’s younger but stronger sister — on a global tour, an old-fashioned exhibition/trade fair to demonstrate Communism’s most high-tech achievement.

You’d think that the Soviets would send a Hollywood-style mock-up, right? Continue Reading →

July 21, 2014
by M.S. Scully

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‘Loud Americans’ not wanted in Irish bar


Photo courtesy of Maurice Campbell / Twitter

On a beautiful stretch of the Ring of Kerry in Ireland, a restaurant/bar is serving up something a wee bit ugly.

When a tourist noticed a sign in the window of Peter’s Place Cafe & Wine Bar in Watervill, he was shocked.

“I thought it was out of order,”  Maurice Campbell tells CNBC. “It seemed nasty.”

Nonetheless, Campbell decided to pop in …  Continue Reading →

July 19, 2014
by M.S. Scully

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USGS issues updated quake maps

Forty-two states “have a reasonable chance of experiencing damaging ground shaking from an earthquake in 50 years,” according to the USGS updated National Seismic Hazard Maps, and 16 of those states are at high risk.

Illinois and Missouri (in the New Madrid Seismic Zone) and South Carolina may be in for a shocker:




h/t National Geographic’s Daily News



July 15, 2014
by M.S. Scully

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‘Welcome, protect’ the migrant children, pope tells U.S.

“I would … like to draw attention to the tens of thousands of children who migrate alone, unaccompanied, to escape poverty and violence: This is a category of migrants from Central America and Mexico itself who cross the border with the United States under extreme conditions and in pursuit of a hope that in most cases turns out to be vain,” Pope Francis has said in a letter to a global conference in Mexico. ”They are increasing day by day. This humanitarian emergency requires, as a first urgent measure, these children be welcomed and protected.”

But he also asks for an information campaign aimed at the children and their parents and tells the countries of Central America to do more to stop the suffering: “These measures, however, will not be sufficient, unless they are accompanied by policies that inform people about the dangers of such a journey and, above all, that promote development in their countries of origin.”

To read the pope’s letter in full, go here.

July 15, 2014
by M.S. Scully

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Quiz: What is your political stripe?

Are you a “hard-pressed skeptic”? A “young outsider”? A “business conservative”? A “faith and family” leftie?

Take Pew’s Political Typology Quiz to find out where in fall in the ideological spectrum compared with a national survey of over 10,000 Americans.

It’s totally anonymous — you don’t have to fill out any personal details. And it only takes about two minutes to answer questions such as:

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Start the quiz here.


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