Saturday, February 06, 2016

Saturday Reads

Obituary: Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, 85, noted for being the sixth man who set foot on the moon, has died.

His daughter said he died after a short illness.

Mitchell, one of only 12 humans to set foot on the moon, was not a typical strait-laced astronaut: In later years, he said aliens visited Earth and faith healers were legit. He attempted to communicate telepathically with friends at home during his Apollo mission. He had an "epiphany" in space that focused him on studying physics and mysteries such as consciousness.

"What I experienced during that three-day trip home was nothing short of an overwhelming sense of universal connectedness," Mitchell wrote in his 1996 autobiography. "It occurred to me that the molecules of my body and the molecules of the spacecraft itself were manufactured long ago in the furnace of one of the ancient stars that burned in the heavens about me."

In other words, he was an oddball.

Interesting article about how the emergence of Trump and Sanders threatens the concept of a political party.

Obama had the chance when he was elected to create a new, bold vision for the Democratic Party, but, being a clueless neolib, frittered it all away.

These insurgent campaigns are not going away anytime soon.

The only difference between a drag queen and a trans is the drag queen is honest enough to admit he is a man and doesn't try to get everybody else to say he is a woman when he isn't.

Ted Cruz has another admirer.

Sanders supporters will be throwing Gloria Steinem under the bus.

No surprise she supports Hillary Clinton for president.

What she says is actually quite true:

“I don’t mean to over-generalize … but men tend to get more conservative because they gain power as they age, and women get more radical because they lose power as they age,” Steinem responded.

“So it’s kind of not fair to measure most women by the standard of most men, because they’re going to get more activist as they get older,” she added.

“And when you’re young, you’re thinking, ‘Where are the boys?’ The boys are with Bernie.”

Maher joked that if he had chalked up Bernie’s support among young women to their desire to meet boys, Steinem would have slapped him.

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