The Lone Icy Volcano of Ceres


(Slate::Bad Astronomy) – Phil Plait:

Ahuna is the lone true mountain on Ceres, and it’s far and away the tallest: It towers an amazing four kilometers over the surface, and is 18 km across at its base. Nothing else on Ceres even comes close to it.

But Ceres doesn’t have tectonics like Earth does. So what could possibly create such a huge feature?

Ice. And lots of it. …

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Mount Ahuna on Ceres

Grand Jury Thoughts


(ScienceBlogs::Uncertain Principles) – Chad Orzel:

I just finished a two-month sentence on a grand jury in Schenectady County. I’m not allowed to talk about the details of the cases we heard, but I have some general thoughts about the process that I think are blog-safe. …

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Hillary’s Al Smith Dinner Address


(Slate::XX factor) – Mark Joseph Stern:

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump dispatched with one of the stupidest traditions of America’s generally moronic campaign season: the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner roast.

Clinton did something quite unexpected, and completely effective: She delivered a legitimately hilarious series of sharp, trenchant jokes – many of them directed at the wealthy, fairly conservative audience – then closed out with a startlingly poignant and beautiful reflection on faith, civility, and humility. …

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Hillary Clinton at Al Smith Dinner 2016



(Guardian) – Nicole Puglise:

Inspired by Donald Trump’s responses during the third presidential debate, Twitter users are humorously attempting to explain great works of literature through the Republican’s eyes using #TrumpBookReport.

“There was much ado, believe me. So much ado. Many people are saying how much ado there was. And about what? Nothing!

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Donald Trump making literature great again

Nasty Pussy!


(Guardian Cartoons) – Steve Bell:

The final presidential debate …

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Steve Bell 2016-10-21: Nasty Pussy!

The Campaign Supporters


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

Our coverage of the Shakespeare vs. Marlowe campaign continues today as our intrepid reporter hits the streets to find out what the people think. …

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Mya Gosling: Campaign Trials: The Supporters

Trump zerstört, was Amerika ausmacht


(Spiegel Politik) – Charles Hawley:

Wie auch immer die Wahl ausgeht: Die USA sind erschüttert – und werden es bleiben. Von einem Mann, der spricht wie ein Diktator, hetzt wie ein Rechter, die Wurzeln seines Landes verachtet. …

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Ku Klux Klan

Bob Dylan Shouldn’t Have Gotten the Nobel


(Slate::BrowBeat) – Stephen Metcalf:

Bob Dylan is a musician, not a poet, and to demonstrate it I will now do something cruel. …

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Bob Dylan

Berühmte Songzeilen und ihre Geschichte


(Spiegel Musik) – Katja Iken:

Brennende Betten, blöde Montage: Seit Jahrzehnten trällern wir gut gelaunt Rock- und Pophymnen mit – ohne ihre oft tieftraurige, politische Botschaft zu kennen. Was hinter den Liedern steckt …

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Günther Fischer, Manfred Prescher: Nur noch kurz die Welt retten

Koran, Islam, und die deutsche Linke


(Telepolis) – Reinhard Jellen:

In seinem neuen Buch widmet sich der Politikwissenschaftler Hamed Abdel-Samad den unterschiedlichen und widersprüchlichen Stellen in der religiösen Verlautbarungsschrift, die sowohl in eine progressive wie auch in eine dogmatische Richtung interpretierbar sind. …

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Hamed Abdel-Samad: Der Koran