HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » brooklynite » Journal
Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 ... 1150 Next »


Profile Information

Name: Chris Bastian
Gender: Male
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Home country: USA
Member since: 2002
Number of posts: 78,365

Journal Archives

BREAKING: Croatia to oppose NATO application of Finland, Sweden


Mystery issue experienced on NASA's Voyager 1 probe from 1977

Source: CNN

The Voyager 1 probe is still exploring interstellar space 45 years after launching, but it has encountered an issue that mystifies the spacecraft's team on Earth.

Voyager 1 continues to operate well, despite its advanced age and 14.5 billion-mile distance (23.3 billion kilometers) from Earth. And it can receive and execute commands sent from NASA, as well as gather and send back science data.

But the readouts from the attitude articulation and control system, which control the spacecraft's orientation in space, don't match up with what Voyager is actually doing. The attitude articulation and control system, or AACS, ensures that the probe's high-gain antenna remains pointed at Earth so Voyager can send data back to NASA.


So far, the Voyager team believes the AACS is still working, but the instrument's data readouts seem random or impossible. The system issue hasn't triggered anything to put the spacecraft into "safe mode" so far. That's when only essential operations occur so engineers can diagnose an issue that would put the spacecraft at risk.

Read more: https://edition.cnn.com/2022/05/18/world/nasa-voyager-1-issue-scn/index.html

New York AG opens investigation on social media companies after Buffalo shooting

Source: Axios

New York Attorney General Letitia James is launching an investigation into social media companies in connection with the Buffalo mass shooting, her office announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: The investigation will look into social media companies and other online resources that the alleged shooter might have used to discuss — and amplify — his intentions to carry out the attack that killed 10 and wounded three, according to James' statement.

The details: The investigations will focus on ​platforms — such as Twitch, 4chan, 8chan and Discord — that may have been used to stream, promote or plan the attack.

What they are saying: “The terror attack in Buffalo has once again revealed the depths and danger of the online forums that spread and promote hate,” James said in a statement.

Read more: https://www.axios.com/2022/05/18/ny-attorney-general-investigation-social-media-buffalo-attack

Scoop: Chris Wallace to anchor new show on CNN

Source: Axios

Warner Bros. Discovery, CNN's new parent company, plans to announce during its upfront presentation to advertisers on Wednesday that Chris Wallace will host a Sunday evening show on CNN.

Why it matters: The longtime Fox News host had recently moved to CNN to launch a show on its now-defunct streaming service, CNN+.

Details: Wallace, who was hosting an interview show four days per week on the streaming service, will move to a weekly Sunday evening show on CNN's linear network, two sources tell Axios.

Read more: https://www.axios.com/2022/05/18/chris-wallace-new-show-cnn


1968: anti-war activists decide there’s no difference between Democrats and Republicans. Result: Richard Nixon.

2000: environmental activists decide there’s no difference between Democrats and Republicans. Result: George W Bush.

2016: Democratic Socialist activists decide there’s no difference between Democrats and Republicans. Result: Donald Trump.

My interpretation: ideological purity is admirable, but politically deadly.

In my apparently new-drawn district (NY-10) a new candidate has cropped up...

Bill DeBlasio (per Crains)

Do I want to know the backstory?


Judge Lifts Contempt Order Against Trump in Civil Inquiry

Source: New York Times

Donald J. Trump was released from a judicial order holding him in contempt of court on Wednesday, ending an embarrassing two-week period for the former president, whose business practices are under civil investigation by the New York state attorney general.

A New York State judge, Arthur F. Engoron, held Mr. Trump in contempt late last month after finding that he had failed to comply with the terms of a December subpoena sent by the attorney general, Letitia James, requesting documents from his personal files. The judge ordered Mr. Trump to pay $10,000 a day until he complied, leading to a $110,000 penalty.

On Wednesday, Justice Engoron withdrew the contempt order, but set a few conditions, including requiring Mr. Trump to pay the fine. The judge ruled that if Mr. Trump and his company did not meet the conditions by May 20, he would reinstate the contempt order and retroactively apply the $10,000-a-day fine.

In an effort to cooperate with the judge’s original contempt order, lawyers for Mr. Trump filed a number of recent court documents attesting to a thorough search of his records. An outside company also assured the judge that it had reviewed a vast number of files — more than 1,300 boxes — including Mr. Trump’s hard-copy calendars, records in file cabinets at the Trump Organization’s offices in Midtown Manhattan and boxes of documents at off-site storage facilities.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/11/nyregion/trump-contempt-letitia-james.html

'Provide some cover': New Eastman emails shed light on his push to overturn Biden's win

Source: Politico

Attorney John Eastman urged Republican legislators in Pennsylvania to retabulate the state’s popular vote — and throw out tens of thousands of absentee ballots — in order to show Donald Trump with a lead, according to newly unearthed emails sent in December 2020, as Trump pressured GOP lawmakers to subvert his defeat.

This recalculation, he posited in an exchange with one GOP state lawmaker, “would help provide some cover” for Republicans to replace Joe Biden’s electors from the state with a slate of pro-Trump electors, part of a last-ditch bid to overturn the election results.

Per the exchange, Eastman suggested that GOP legislators could simply cite their concerns with Pennsylvania’s absentee ballot procedures and then use historical data to “discount each candidates’ totals by a prorated amount based on the absentee percentage those candidates otherwise received.”


The exchange was part of a batch of emails obtained from the University of Colorado, where Eastman worked as a visiting professor at the time he was helping Trump strategize ways to remain in power. The emails were obtained via public records requests by the Colorado Ethics Institute, which sent them along to the Jan. 6 select committee last month. It’s unclear whether the select committee had previously obtained these emails — which are available via public records requests — or whether they are in receipt of the Colorado group’s files.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/10/eastman-emails-pennsylvania-legislators-biden-00031668

'Stop being so doom and gloom': Democrats launch $15M effort to 'Blue Shift Florida'

Source: Politico

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — In what may prove to be Florida’s last stand as a battleground state, Democrats are launching a $15 million voter organizing effort ahead of this year’s elections.

Democratic candidates up and down the ballot — even those running in contested primaries — have agreed to pour in money that will be used to hire at least 200 organizers and open as many as 80 offices as part of a coordinated effort to pump up turnout across the state.

Florida Democratic Party Chair Manny Diaz contends “Blue Shift Florida” is the start of an ambitious, institutionalized year-round effort that he has been touting since he took the helm of the battered party soon after Democrats were routed across the state in the last election. The idea, he said, was to create an operation that will remain intact after the elections and will be in place for the next presidential election in 2024.

“We’ve been killed since 2000,” Diaz told POLITICO, citing the razor-tight presidential election were George W. Bush narrowly edged out former Vice President Al Gore. “It’s been a real mess. My mission — my push — from day one is that’s not going to happen again.”

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/11/democrats-florida-voting-elections-00031613
Go to Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 ... 1150 Next »