Sunday Roast: Eclipse

This is some cool footage — literally — of the March 20, 2015 total solar eclipse, taken from the Polish Polar Station in Norway.

Apparently, this guy wasn’t attacked by a polar bear.

This is our daily open thread — What kind of cool stuff is happening in your world?

31 thoughts on “Sunday Roast: Eclipse

  1. Has anybody seen Jesus yet? I read someplace that the Arctic eclipse occurs only once every 100,000 years (on a planet that’s only 6000 years old, mind you) which is proof that god is mad and is sending whatshisname back to get it all over with once and for all because Israel and stuff. I haven’t seen any confirmations yet, which seems kind of odd. I mean, the end of the world should be newsy, shouldn’t it? 😯

  2. They all want to dismiss Joe Biden as a ‘gaffe machine’, but he got it right when he said Iraq would be better off partitioned into three countries, separating the Sunni from the Shia, and giving the Kurds autonomy in the north. Now Richard Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations says it’s happening.

    I have learned more about what’s really happening in these Middle East conflicts in the first fifteen minutes of yesterday’s UP, and today’s Fareed’s Take. If you get a chance, watch GPS today, if you need more info.

    • The Republicans are apoplectic about Obama’s Tuesday ‘deadline’ for an Iranian nuke deal. On Face the Nation, Sen. Richard Burr just admitted they’d like to see the deadline extended, rather than get a bad deal now. I think that was always Obama’s goal, to continue negotiating, and now he’s got the Republicans over a barrel yet again, having to support what he wanted all along.

  3. Butler University in Indiana is not on board with discrimination:

    “Butler is an institution where all people are welcome and valued, regardless of sexual orientation, religion, gender, race, or ethnicity; a culture of acceptance and inclusivity that is as old as the University itself. Butler was the first school in Indiana and third in the United States to enroll women as students on an equal basis with men, was among the first colleges in the nation to enroll African Americans, and was the second U.S. school to name a female professor to its faculty.”

  4. Danica finishes 7th at Martinsville!

    Her best previous finish at the Paper Clip was 12th in 2013. She had the best move of the race, missing Paul Menard spinning right in front of her. If someone posts a video, I’ll include it here later. She was the highest finishing Stewart-Haas car.

    Teammate Kevin Harvick finishes 8th, ending an 8 race streak of finishing 1st or 2nd.

    • Aptly put! They’d rather take away someone’s rights than actually practice what their religion teaches- assistance for those in the need.

  5. Need encouragement that things will be better in 2016, even if Hillary is the nominee?

    From Chris Ladd at The Chron last November:

    The Blue Wall is block of states that no Republican Presidential candidate can realistically hope to win. Tuesday that block finally extended to New Hampshire, meaning that at the outset of any Presidential campaign, a minimally effective Democratic candidate can expect to win 257 electoral votes without even trying. That’s 257 out of the 270 needed to win.

    Today on Fox News Sunday:
    George Will: We’ve seen this movie before, Chris. In 1964, Republicans nominated Barry Goldwater, partly on the theory called conservatives in the woodwork, that there were enormous number of conserves who only offered candidate who ignored what Cruz calls the mushy middle, they’d come out of the woodwork and form a national majority. Well, Goldwater’s 27 million voters, of whom I was one, suffice to carry six states.

    The question for Mr. Cruz or anyone seeking the Republican nomination is this — given that 18 states and the District of Columbia with 242 electoral votes voted Democratic in six consecutive elections and if the Democratic nominee holds that base, he or she will spend the fall looking for 28 electoral votes and will find them. Given that, they have to ask the question, what red — what blue state are you going to flip specifically? Can Ted Cruz campaign effectively in one of those 18 states? Pennsylvania — how is he going to do piling up big majorities to carry the state in the suburban counties, Bucks, Montgomery, around Philadelphia? I’m skeptical.

    We also only need to gain four Senate seats, and there are more than that held by Republicans in those blue states.

    • Unfortunately, when the Dems have a lock on only 257, the Repubs still have 281 available. Gives me an idea as to why Repub govs are each and all going for voter suppression, thanks to the R-majority SCOTUS ruling.

      For some really odd reason I get the feeling that this country has already slipped out the back door, leaving not much besides hot air in the room. On the expanded scale, looks like maybe the North actually lost the Civil War?

      Glad I’m old.

      • I highly doubt the Republicans can run the table on the swing states, now that Dems can concentrate spending where it’s needed to counter the Koch money. Remember, Hillary leads by ten to fifteen points over any Republican in national polls. They aren’t even trying to poll by the electoral college yet, because then the race would truly be over, and both campaigns would shift their money to the contested Senate races.

        • That’s probably why the R’s are trying in some states to change the way electoral votes are distributed. If in various states they can diminish the Dem EV from winner-take-all to winner-take-percentage-won, loser gets the rest, that could change the entire dynamic. And iirc they’re pondering just that in several states.

    • When I had my car shop, we used to joke sometimes about the female Porsche owners whose husbands paid the bill. I won’t say what we referred to them as.
      If we had a gay customer, I never suspected. But we wouldn’t have turned them down in either case.

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