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blot out the sun

If Tarantino made Spaghetti & Meatballs:

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  1. These fuckers should be serving serious time.

Lees and Orts

Not for nuthin’, but can you imagine the glee with which Sean Spicer is watching as his old boss self immolates?

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The article is entitled Steve Bannon, Unrepentant.

Apparently, just out of the blue, Bannon called The Prospect’s co-editor/columnist Robert Kuttner, whereupon Bannon pretty much called the president* wrong on North Korea, dis’d alt-right & white supremacists as “clowns” and “losers”, then proceeded to limn how he would vanquish his administration rivals (‘They’re wetting themselves,’ he said.)

This is obviously Bannon’s last interview as a member of the president’s* administration. The only remaining questions are 1) when will Stevie take his leave 1 2, and 2) was the interview given knowing he was out of a job, or did he really think he could cross this president* in public and nothing would happen?

Pretty much delicious, either way.

UPDATE: Welllllll…we suspected Bannon would be gone quickly, but holy fast exit, Batman.

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In other petite bourgeoisie back-biting, the Capital Bikeshare station at the White House has disappeared.

The Obama administration had requested it. SO, of course the current president* has it removed.

The District’s Department of Transportation confirmed Wednesday that it removed the nine-slot Bikeshare station this week at the Trump administration’s request.

Unlike every other Bikeshare station in the region, this one was not accessible to the public and could only be used by commuters who had access to White House grounds. The Obama administration requested the station in 2010.

It’s unclear why the White House wanted it removed. The White House didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

“I expect my staff to arrive at work in over-priced and ostentatious cars; exercise is for the proles”, the president* did not say.
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  1. We’re giving even money on “Over the weekend.”
  2. Though, “by the end of the day” is also a fair bet.

The President’s Enemies

The current president* 1 has ‘enemies’. 2 His new 2020 3 reelection video explicitly calls them out, blaming these ‘enemies’ for holding America back…

Jebus H. K-rist on a fucking pogo stick! Can you imagine the carnage were this overgrown infant to get his way? It doesn’t bear contemplation…

The President's Enemies

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  1. I believe Charles Pierce has it exactly right.
  2. One supposes if by ‘enemies’ the president* means foes of fascists and dictators, he’s correct.
  3. The “rallies” the president* can’t seem to live without? Yeah, they’re actually fund raisers for his 2020 reelection bid. Yet another conflict of interest norm to which the president* seems unable to abide. Hell, were Nora to allow us to gamble we the type to place an occasional wager, we’d bet that the president* is out raising as much cash as he can, if only to make a profit off his whole failing administration before he’s tossed from office.

Voyager at 40

Humanity’s farthest and longest-lived spacecraft, Voyager 1 and 2, achieve 40 years of operation and exploration this August and September. Despite their vast distance, they continue to communicate with NASA daily, still probing the final frontier.

Their story has not only impacted generations of current and future scientists and engineers, but also Earth’s culture, including film, art and music. Each spacecraft carries a Golden Record of Earth sounds, pictures and messages. Since the spacecraft could last billions of years, these circular time capsules could one day be the only traces of human civilization.

“I believe that few missions can ever match the achievements of the Voyager spacecraft during their four decades of exploration,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) at NASA Headquarters. “They have educated us to the unknown wonders of the universe and truly inspired humanity to continue to explore our solar system and beyond.”

The Voyagers have set numerous records in their unparalleled journeys. In 2012, Voyager 1, which launched on Sept. 5, 1977, became the only spacecraft to have entered interstellar space. Voyager 2, launched on Aug. 20, 1977, is the only spacecraft to have flown by all four outer planets — Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Their numerous planetary encounters include discovering the first active volcanoes beyond Earth, on Jupiter’s moon Io; hints of a subsurface ocean on Jupiter’s moon Europa; the most Earth-like atmosphere in the solar system, on Saturn’s moon Titan; the jumbled-up, icy moon Miranda at Uranus; and icy-cold geysers on Neptune’s moon Triton.

Though the spacecraft have left the planets far behind — and neither will come remotely close to another star for 40,000 years — the two probes still send back observations about conditions where our Sun’s influence diminishes and interstellar space begins

Voyager at 40

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And finally Stratfor hosts a conversation on China’s naval strategy on oil & shipping routes:

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  1. Add your own stacks.