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A cold and dreary Sunday morning sidewalk in a world of war. All the spaceships to safety have crashed

A view of the planet earth from a very cold Sunday morning sidewalk, with some flurries in the air and the chilled winds of winter blowing..

The fall of a potential empire already? The space program that could not get off the ground.. After the tragic crash this week of Richard Branson's space vehicle, his dreams for commercial space tourism is in doubt.. It's somewhat sad to see the crashing.. but it's also a part of the process to get to space. No one said it was going to be easy or safe.. Human beings should be busy attempting to expand off of the planet earth.. to go where no man has gone before.. to spread our wings and fly away.. This week, that new frontier seems unlikely.. and we see locked on a planet mired in hell and horror..

Chris Rock pushed the envelope last night on Saturday Night LIVE with jokes about the Boston bombing and 9/11.. While the media is rushing to condemn him and users on twitter are happily joining on that bandwagon, we will not.. the jokes were tame--he did at all mock the victims who perished, but instead make safe quips about each. He said this about the Boston bombing: "That was probably the most frightening, sadistic terrorist attack ever," he said, describing the strain on the competitors who run 26 miles. "Their knees are hurting, their feet are killing them. ... You've been training for a year, you finally get to the finish line, and somebody screams: 'Run!" On the new Freedom Tower in NYC, he said: "They should change the name from the Freedom Tower to the 'Never Going in There' Tower. Because I'm never going in there. There is no circumstance that will ever get me in that building. Are you kidding me? Who's the corporate sponsor, Target? I am never going in the Freedom Tower. I don't care if Scarlett Johansson is butt naked on the 89th floor in a plate of ribs." And with that controversy spilled over.. The monologue was awkward a bit, though.. some people, it would appear, didn't know of they should laugh or squirm.. But that is what comedy is for, to take us away from reality, to a new level, and provide humor and laughter in a dark world.. Joan Rivers made that point eleoquently when she dealt with a heckler at a Wisconsin act.. Rivers said that comedy is to make everybody laugh at everything 'and deal with things.' And that is absolutely true.. Since when did the United States become so offended by everything? At what point did we decide we were going to seek out the next offensive thing for us to decry, Tweet about, and 'boycott'? It's getting old, America.. getting very old indeed..
I support Chris Rock in this.. he did nothing wrong. Now as for SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE? My God that show needs new writers.. so awful..

America is big. Very big.. so what happens when a larger than average American gets into a traffic accident? Thanks to some larger crash test dummies, now we can find out before it actually happens.. That's right.. the dummies are being made to match the obese..

A very angry Lena Dunham lashes out at NATIONAL REVIEW after they accuse her of molesting her sister.. This story is a little graphic.. but the actual content is graphic..

ISIS continues its public executions and mass graves..45 Iraqi men were executed by the terror group and their dead corpses were displayed in public--and photos and videos were posted on the internet.. The executions came two days after the United States dropped food for the tribe of people being targeted by ISIS.. Even more disturbing to contemplate: Families being marched to their deaths..

Do wireless carriers intentionally slow internet speed? YES! I get a warning prior to them doing it warning me they are about to.. why is this question even being asked..

Static-X frontman Richard Wells is dead at 48.. The cause of death has not been disclosed at this time..

A court has ruled that FINGERPRINTS are not protected by the fifth amendment and that police can force people to unlock their phones..

Confusion in Ebolaland: The CDC has deleted a section of their website warning that sneezing can spread Ebola.. Gone now.. confusion reigns.. along with the confusion: Hospitals are now forced to prepare for a season where many will think they have Ebola but just have a flu. Or vice versa.. Scientists are predicting that up to 130 more cases of Ebola will be in the United States by the end of 2014.. Meanwhile: The CDC is busily preparing for ... something ... They posted a notice on FedBizOps for safe body bags..



Mystery continues on why the Sunspot solar observatory was shut down

Sunspot apologizes for the continued closure of the facilities,” a statement on the observatory’s Facebook page said on Sunday. “The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) is addressing a security issue at the National Solar Observatory facility at Sacramento Peak, New Mexico and has decided to temporarily vacate the facility as a precautionary measure..

And that is just about all the public knows about why the FBI shut down the observatory within notice warning or after-event statements..
But online, theories rage into the night as to what caused the FBI to sweep into the town, close down the space observatory along with the town post office, and ever let anyone back in.. The entire observatory is reportedly empty at this time—employees obviously gone but some Twitter reports state that the actual equipment and other items have been taken away as well.
Major media is rightly paying close attention to the hurricane along the East Coast,  but lost in the Atlantic sh…

Intrigue in China: Where is Fan Bingbing

From CNN:

Fan Bingbing, one of China's highest-paid and most bankable stars, has appeared in both Chinese and Western films, including the multimillion-dollar X-Men franchise. Across the country, her face once adorned thousands of advertisements, her star power used to sell a galaxy of luxury brands, from Cartier to Louis Vuitton. She was a regular sight at major award shows and fashion ceremonies. In 2015, Time Magazine named her China's "most famous actress."  But the film star hasn't been seen in public since early June, when, according to a post on her verified social-media account, she went to visit a children's hospital in Tibet. In an article by state media Securities Daily on September 6, which was later deleted, the publication said Fan had been brought "under control and about to receive legal judgment." No official statement has been made as to Fan's whereabouts, or any potential criminal charges against the actress.  However, in a country …

Mulder and Scully still have the sunspot case

The internet firestorm over the sudden closure of the Sunspot Solar Observatory went worldwide within the last 10 days..

As of yesterday, there was finally an official statement of some form as to why. But the statement is not going to end the rampant speculation -- these types of events get their fodder from "official statements" that fail to answer directly reasons why events occurred.The group that manages the Facebook page for the New Mexico facility say they are cooperating with on an ongoing criminal investigation..The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy said "we became concerned that a suspect in the investigational potentially posed a threat to the safety of local staff and residents. For this reason, AURA temporarily vacated the facility and ceased science activities at this location."AURA said it was their decision to vacate...
The sheriff in town offers a different opinion, of course.. initially when the facility closed Benny House told …