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Feb 19, 2019

Opportunity's Last Photo on Mars. RIP

 Bill Nelson of the NASA team:
"We are looking at an incredibly small amount of sunlight — .002 percent of the normal sunlight that we would expect to see. If you were there, it would be late twilight. Your human eye would still be able to make out some features, but it would be very dark."

Feb 18, 2019

Southern Baptists: 2019 is Time for Action on Ministry Sex Abuse.

Quoted in the NY Times:
“There is a problem,” said the president of the Southern Baptist Convention, J.D. Greear, according to his prepared remarks to the executive leadership of the denomination. “It’s time we back up our words with actions that demonstrate our concern about this.”

(The comment comes almost 174 years after the founding of the Southern Baptists, though we don't know just when the sex abuse began.)

Linden Alabama Newspaper Editor: Let The Klan Take Care of Democrats

This person needs the be taken in for therapy.

Newspapers are already in deep deep trouble. 

Now this from Goodloe Sutton? Sigh.

The Editorial in The Linden Democrat Reporter, published in The Montgomery Advertiser.

Feb 17, 2019

We Are ALL Doomed.

From a NY Times story about processed meats:

“We see a 4 percent increase in the risk of cancer even at 15 grams a day, which is a single slice of ham on a sandwich,” said Dr. Nigel Brockton, director of research for the American Institute for Cancer Research. Eating a more typical serving of 50 grams of processed meat a day would increase the risk of colorectal cancer by 18 percent..."

Feb 15, 2019

Academy Award Controversy, with Montgomery in the Middle

The Academy has decided to take some of the awards off the broadcast (ABC 32 on Sunday February 24th), and this year a Montgomery native is up for one of them, the Film Editing Oscar. 

Barry Brown is the nominee. He's in Montgomery now shooting a film about a white civil rights protestor who was badly beaten for his mere presence among the black protestors. (Nothing the Klan hates more than a white guy on the "other side".)

 Th Academy decided the editing Oscar should be awarded while the TV audience is watching commercials. 

From The Academy:
"Four categories – Cinematography, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, and Live Action Short – were volunteered by their branches to have their nominees and winners announced by presenters, and included later in the broadcast. Time spent walking to the stage and off, will be edited out."

Give 'em an inch.....
UPDATE: The Academy caved. It will show all awards as usual, including the Editing award.

We hope you'll watch our interview with Editing nominee Barry Brown on Saturday, 2/23/2019 at 6:30 PM or Sunday,   2/24/2019 at 9:00AM.
On the same show, Alabama State University Dean of Visual and Performing Arts Dr. Tommie Tonea Stewart.


Feb 14, 2019

GREAT question

Why Can't Opportunity Save Curiosity?

"The most obvious candidate to rescue Opportunity is the Curiosity rover, Opportunity's bigger, nuclear-powered younger sibling. Why not take some time out of Curiosity's work, and send it to see what's wrong with Opportunity and if it might be fixed? [Voyager to Mars Rover: NASA's 10 Greatest Innovations]"

The question (and answer) comes from the Live Science website. Here it is.