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Apollo Thursday


If you’ve ever wanted to experience space from the perspective of an astronaut, here’s your chance.

This week, NASA released 11,660 photos from its Project Apollo Archive, over 8,400 of which are from the agency’s lunar missions. Astronauts carrying modified Hasselblad cameras shot every photograph, making this collection an incredibly thorough and personal collection of pictures.

The archive documents the Apollo space program, from the Apollo 7 mission, the first manned test flight in the lunar landing program in 1968, to Apollo 17, the final lunar mission in 1972. It includes beautiful photos of Earth, close-ups of the moon’s surface and even astronaut selfies. You can see some of the shots in the video above.

The best part is, all of these photos are public domain and freely available to view.

You can check out all the photos on the Project Apollo Archive’s official Flickr account.

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Wednesday EOW or Strike?

A new Fiat Chrysler Automobiles sign is pictured after being unveiled at Chrysler Group World Headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan May 6, 2014.  REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

A new Fiat Chrysler Automobiles sign is pictured after being unveiled at Chrysler Group World Headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan May 6, 2014. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

United Auto Workers members are planning to strike at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCAU.N) (FCHA.MI) U.S. plants as soon as Wednesday evening, the first work stoppage since 2007, threatening to bring manufacturing to a halt.

A strike at its U.S. operations could cost the automaker $40 million a week in operating profit, said Sean McAlinden, chief economist with the Center for Automotive Research.

Workers at several plants in Kokomo, Indiana, and at least one in Michigan received notices to be ready to strike but it was not clear whether all Fiat Chrysler plants would be involved.

Kristin Dziczek, labor analyst with the Center for Automotive Research, said the last time the UAW took the company, then known as Chrysler, out on strike it was a “Hollywood strike,” as in “just for show” in 2007. That strike, in the second week of October, lasted six hours.

The strike weapon was not available to the UAW until this year for Fiat Chrysler or General Motors Co (GM.N) as part of the 2009 government-sponsored bankruptcies at those companies.


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Finger Pointing Tuesday


Correcting what he called an erroneous earlier impression from his command, Campbell said that US special operations forces on the ground in Kunduz to “advise” Afghan forces were not under attack to prompt the raid. Instead, Campbell said, the aerial assault, conducted by a US AC-130 gunship, was requested by the Afghans.

“We have now learned that on 3 October, Afghan forces advised that they were taking fire from enemy positions and asked for air support from US forces. An airstrike was then called to eliminate the Taliban threat and several civilians were accidentally struck,” Campbell said.

In a statement responding to Campbell’s comments, Christopher Stokes, the general director of Doctors Without Borders, which also uses its French acronym MSF, rejected Campbell’s statement as an attempt to shift blame for the US airstrike to the Afghan government and said the US remained responsible for targets it hit.


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Murderous Monday


Yesterday afternoon, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power marched to Twitter to proclaim: “we call on Russia to immediately cease attacks on Syrian oppo[sition and] civilians.” Along with that decree, she posted a statement from the U.S. and several of its closest authoritarian allies – including Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UK – warning Russia that civilian casualties “will only fuel more extremism and radicalization.”

Early this morning, in the Afghan city of Kunduz, the U.S. dropped bombs on a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)). The airstrike killed at least 9 of the hospital’s medical staff, and seriously injured dozens of patients. “Among the dead was the Afghan head of the hospital, Abdul Sattar,” reported The New York Times.

@ TI

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Nobel Sunday


This year’s Nobel Prize announcements begin on Monday, October 5, and as usual scientists and their hangers-on are placing their bets—sometimes metaphorically, and sometimes for money.

Will Jeffrey Gordon finally be recognized for discovering the human microbiome? Or will Craig Venter and his Human Genome Project crew beat them out for the Medicine and Physiology prize? Will Vera Rubin and Kent Ford win the physics prize for calculating that most of our universe is made up of mysterious dark matter? Or will the prize go once again (as it often seems to) to some arcane statistical method for using trillion-dollar machines to detect invisible particles? Will the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technique win the chemistry prize, or is it too soon? After all, the technique was only discovered in 2012. Also, it’s in the middle of a patent fight. So who would actually get the money?

No matter what happens, people are going to gripe. And they might be right to. Nobel Prize history is littered with examples where the winners weren’t always the deservers. But hey, at least the field of almost-but-not-quite-winning a Nobel puts you in pretty good company.


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Money Whore Saturday

 President Obama met with King Salman of Saudi Arabia at the White House in September.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Obama met with King Salman of Saudi Arabia at the White House in September. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Since World War II, the United States has maintained a close friendship with one of the world’s worst human rights violators, Saudi Arabia. Given mounting evidence of the Saudi monarchy’s appalling behavior, that relationship must end in order to start reconciling U.S. actions with its stated support for human rights.

In a nutshell, the Persian Gulf kingdom combines the depravity and violence of the Taliban and Islamic State with the oppression, militarism and consumerism of the U.S. The country spreads its fundamentalist ideology through its immense wealth and Washington’s mighty political backing.

Hundreds of people recently were trampled to death in Mina, an area near Mecca, during the yearly pilgrimage to one of Islam’s holiest sites. While dozens of people remain missing, Saudi officials have insisted that the death toll is 769, not the approximately 1,100 estimated elsewhere. Troubled over their dead and missing citizens, foreign governments raised a ruckus at the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York this week. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani blasted the Saudis for their “incompetence and mismanagement” of the hajj and even cut short his U.S. trip to return home.

Saudi Arabia has said it will conduct an internal investigation into the deadly incident. But rumors are swirling that the presence of a Saudi prince’s convoy caused the closure of nearly half the roads in the area, which forced crowds into fewer streets and led to a convergence that culminated in the stampede. Given the kingdom’s penchant for secrecy and abiding by its own legal standards of human rights, it is highly unlikely that authorities will hold anyone accountable for the Mina disaster.

Sonali Kolhatkar @ TRUTHDIG

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