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Retired 3x, living comfortably on the Gulf Coast, biking, beachwalking, lifting free weights, eating mostly properly, keeping my mind active, in my seventh decade, intending to give Methuselah a run for the record...

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Sphinx Observatory, Switzerland

The Sphinx Observatory is an astronomical observatory located above the Jungfraujoch in Switzerland. It is named after the Sphinx, a rocky summit on which it is located. At 3,571 m (11,716 ft) above mean sea level, it is one of the highest observatories in the world. Accessible to the public, it is also the second highest observation deck in Switzerland. The mountain top has been tunneled to fit an elevator which ascends to the observatory from the Jungfraujoch railway station, the highest such train station in Europe.

The open viewing deck accessible to the public is adjacent to the observatory. It offers views of the Jungfrau, Mönch, and Eiger peaks, all within a few kilometers.

The scientific part of the Sphinx observatory includes two large laboratories, a weather observation station, a workshop, two terraces for scientific experiments, and an astronomical as well as a meteorological cupola. The astronomical cupola is equipped with a 76cmtelescope with Cassegrain and Coudé focus.

The observatory plays an important role in a range of long-term experiments; it serves as a solar spectrometer for the Institute of Astrophysics and Geophysics at the University of Liège, Belgium, and plays a key role in a LIDAR experiment conducted by the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland.

In reality, it's the mountain hideaway of a wealthy evil genius...

Wanna use a bitcoin to buy a pizza? Be patient!...

Greenland Shark Is Oldest Living Vertebrate and Could Be 512 Years Old, Study Finds

Danish scientists believe they’ve discovered the oldest living vertebrate: a Greenland shark lurking in the frigid North Atlantic and Arctic waters that could be up to 512 years old, according to the journal Science.
Greenland sharks grow at torpid pace of only about one centimeter per year. So when the scientists discovered a female shark measuring about 18 feet, it was clear the shark had witnessed a few centuries of history.

The team used radiocarbon dating to analyze the eye lens of 28 Greenland sharks. The oldest shark studied was likely about 392 years old. Radiocarbon dating has 95 percent certainty, meaning that the shark’s true age could range between 272 and 512 years.

If the data proves correct, the shark could have been alive when Galileo Galilei was still mapping the cosmos and Dutch settlers hadn’t yet made it to New York City, and she would have been at least 151 years old when the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence. Incredibly, the average age of sexual maturity for Greenland sharks is 156, but it could also occur as young as 134, according to the findings.

Little is known about the species. They have been observed in depths down to 1.4 miles. The sharks are known to prowl the Arctic and North Atlantic from eastern Canada to western Russia, but in 2013, a deep-sea research submarine spotted a 12-foot Greenland shark in the Gulf of Mexico. Greenland sharks have a distinct short and rounded snout and small eyes, and their rough skin can be creamy gray or blackish-brown. They are apex predators with a diet consisting mostly of other fish.

Before the study, led by marine biologist Julius Nielsen, the longest-living vertebrate on Earth was thought to be a bowhead whale. Its estimated lifespan is 211 years, according to Science.

Current online betting odds Moore Jones...

As of now, odds are Moore by 8...

The new media standard: Too anti-Trump to check

It's a wonder that President Trump devotes so much time to discrediting the press, when the press does so much to discredit itself. The media’s errors over the last week haven’t been marginal or coincidental, but involved blockbuster reports on one of the most dominating stories of the last year — Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. And they all slanted one way — namely, toward lurid conclusions about the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with the Russians.

Every media outlet makes mistakes. It’s easier than ever to run with fragmentary or dubious information in a frenzied news cycle that never stops. But underlying the media blunders was an assumption — not based on any evidence we’ve yet seen — of Trump guilt in the Russia matter. This was news, in other words, too anti-Trump to check.

When for professional reasons (the story of the century) and perhaps partisan ones (a hated Republican kicked out of the office) you’re rooting for the worst, you let your guard down.

Needless to say, the errors in the Russia reporting are a bonanza for President Trump. The worse the reporting is, the better for his campaign to brand the mainstream media Fake News. He’d be happy if an outlet of the mainstream media tanked the markets with a flagrantly wrong dispatch every day.

But none of this is going to change. The press can work even harder to exhibit fairness and accuracy under Trump’s withering fire. Or it can play to type. The last week is more evidence that it prefers the latter option, to its own institutional detriment.

Feminists Ask Really Dumb Questions On Dates

Feminist website recently published a list of questions to ask men while on a first date, and it’s laughably bad.

A few of the questions are:

What are your thoughts on gender and sexual orientation?
How do you work to dismantle sexism and misogyny in your life?
What are your thoughts on sex work?
What is your understanding of settler colonialism and indigenous rights?
Do you think capitalism is exploitative?
Does your allyship include disabled folks?

Gentlemen, you need to run for the hills if any woman tries to take a conversation down that path. I’d honestly rather stick various body parts of mine into a blender than talk about any of those topics on a first date.

Luckily, I have also compiled the greatest list of questions on the internet to ask a woman on the first date. Here we go:

How many guns do you own, and which one do you keep loaded near your bed?
On third and five do you run the ball, throw out of shotgun or run play-action from under center?
Is the only good communist a dead communist?
Is “Red Dawn” the greatest movie ever made?
How many years in prison should Hillary Clinton get?
Is America finally great again?
Should “Band of Brothers” be mandatory viewing in every school in America?
Would Kenny Powers make an outstanding President?
Are the SEC’s days of football domination over?
Did the refs screw Wisconsin out of a 2015 basketball national championship?
Is “Entourage” really a story about E and not about Vince?
Should weddings during football season be illegal?
Should all men be legally required to own at least one gun?
Are dogs that weigh less than 50 pounds ever acceptable?

.. and more...

DU has almost nothing about this morning's Islamist terror attack. They DO have this: ...

"Okay, I am going there. I really don't want wall to wall coverage of this small pipe bomb!"

Roy Moore continues to surge ahead in Alabama Senate race...

RCP Average 11/27 - 12/8---Moore +3.8

A Gravis poll a week ago:
Former U.S. attorney G. Douglas Jones, a Democrat, holds a slim lead over his GOP challenger and two-time state chief justice Roy S. Moore with 48 percent to Moore’s 44 percent, according to the Big League-Gravis poll conducted Dec. 1 through Dec. 3 with 1,276 voters likely to vote in Alabama’s Dec. 12 special Senate election. 

Now:  Gravis 12/5 - 12/8 Moore +4

Eight point turnaround as the accusations against Moore crumble away...

Duck... duck... duck... duck... duck... TIGER!...

Fires, now earthquakes...

It appears that something unusual is happening along the California coastline.  Over the past 24 hours, California has been hit by 46 earthquakes. 

That is approximately twice the normal daily number, and much of the shaking has taken place in the southern part of the state.  In recent weeks I have been writing repeatedly about the alarming seismic activitythat we have been seeing along the west coast, and many believe that the potential for a megaquake is significantly higher than normal right now.  Unfortunately, most residents of California are not paying any attention to what is going on at all, and so if there is a major event they will be completely blindsided by it.
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