Archive for March 2nd, 2017

The Dark Spot of Mordor


(Syfy Wire::Bad Astronomy) – Phil Plait:

Pluto‘s moon Charon is a mess. It has many striking features, but the polar red spot – Mordor Macula – may be the weirdest. …

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Charon in color


Medicaid Is Doomed


(The Intercept) – Jon Schwarz:

Most of Donald Trump’s speech to Congress Tuesday night can safely be ignored. Almost all the government policy he advocated is either strenuously opposed by House and Senate Republicans (driving down the cost of drugs, paid family leave, promoting clean air and water), is not going to happen whether or not they oppose it (“American footprints on distant worlds”), or is so vague that Trump might as well have said, “I support good things.”

However, Trump did call for something specific that Republicans desperately want and that is completely feasible: brutal cuts to Medicaid. …

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Medicaid cuts