Romeo and Juliet: Act 1, Scene 3


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

OK, we’ve met Romeo, the world’s most self-indulgent superficial romantic. Let’s now meet Juliet! …

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Mya Gosling: Romeo and Juliet: Act 1, Scene 3

Backyard Worlds: Planet 9


(NASA) – NASA is inviting the public to help search for possible undiscovered worlds in the outer reaches of our solar system and in neighboring interstellar space. A new website, called Backyard Worlds: Planet 9, lets everyone participate in the search by viewing brief movies made from images captured by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission. The movies highlight objects that have gradually moved across the sky. …

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Backyard Worlds: Planet 9

Is there a Center of the Universe?


(Starts With A Bang!) – Ethan Siegel:

Perhaps the Universe has a finite shape and a finite size, but if it does, that information is inaccessible to us. The portion of the Universe observable to us is finite, and that information isn’t contained within it.

What we’re sure of is that it’s expanding, it’s getting less dense, and the farther away we look, the farther back in time we’re able to see. …

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Two Micron All-Sky Survey (2MASS)

Léa Seydoux


(Guardian Film) – Will Lawrence:

She is the darling of independent French cinema who’s also been a Bond girl. On the eve of her latest film – and as she becomes a mother for the first time – she tells how she balances her crippling anxiety with an exhibitionist streak. …

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Léa Seydoux

Freedom of Religion


(Jesus and Mo) – Jesus:

“Remember when we used to be able to tell people how to behave?” …

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Jesus and Mo 2017-02-15: Force

The Fear of Muslims


(The Intercept) – Jon Schwarz:

It’s quite possible ISIS and the Trump administration can successfully collaborate on getting what they both want: a totally unnecessary, civilizational war. To stop them we have to end our truckling equivocation about terrorism, and start telling the truth while there’s still time. …

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Beit Hanun in the Gaza Strip

Signal Adds Video Calls


(Wired) – Andy Greenberg:

Signal’s creators at the non-profit Open Whisper Systems announced a beta version of the update that, in addition to video calling, adds the ability to answer calls from a locked screen, and what they promise will be better call quality. …

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Encrypted Signal voice call in Android

New York Museums vs. Trump


(NewYorker Culture) – Andrea K. Scott:

The Whitney may have been the first New York museum to signal its resistance to the new Administration, but waves of actions have followed. …

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Annette Lemieux: Left Right Left Right

Bedrock Values


(New Yorker::Daily Comment) – Adam Gopnik:

Relying on the occasional good moods of the autocrat or saying soothing things about how he doesn’t really mean it – look, he pays the mortgage! – is exactly how desperate families reconcile themselves to abusive fathers. It would be nice to buy the more benevolent view. What rational person wants to live in a time of perpetual crisis? But, try as one might, no reasonable person can. For to buy in is to buy into blindness; it is to pretend that a good policy (or a good man) can have a poisonous wrapping, and that a toxin known too well to history will this time somehow dissolve harmlessly, all on its own. It won’t. …

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Putin’s Puppets Smart Enough?


(New Yorker::Borowitz Report) – Andy Borowitz:

Russian President Vladimir Putin is “starting to get concerned” that the puppets he installed in the executive branch of the U.S. government “might not be up to the task at hand,” sources confirmed. …

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