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And now Tavis Smiley has been dismissed for harrassment by NPR. Plus, the newest and bestest reaction GIF in the history of reaction GIFs.

So, should the thread title be changed to Roy Moore is a US Senator?
Science / Re: Actual Drop Bears!
It's also damn close to "shawty" which is african-american slang for hoe.
Politics and Current Events / Re: Goddamnit Al

It seems strange that Leeann would don a helmet and flak jacket to take a nap in a jumpseat on this flight. They were traveling on a USO tour, not a combat mission. There was plenty of more comfortable seating in the aircraft, and no reason to put on that gear while sleeping, or while awake, except that she wanted to.

If he's pardoned, he can't invoke 5th amendment protections.
But he's already spilled the beans, and accepted a plea deal in return. What else does anyone want from Flynn?
If this report is accurate, and the missile didn't survive re-entry, that implies the threat to the US might be just the charred wreckage  falling to the ground.

"we witnessed the DPRK missile blow up and fall apart" (South China Morning Post)
In a message on a staff online communication platform, the airline's general manager of operations Mark Hoey, also a former 747 chief pilot, said: "Today [November 29] the crew of CX893 reported, 'Be advised, we witnessed the DPRK missile blow up and fall apart near our current location. We advised ATC [air traffic control] and ops [operations] normal. Just letting you know'. Looking at the actual plots, CX096 might have been the closest, at a few hundred miles laterally."

'Blew up and fell apart' (BBC)
The company confirmed to the BBC that crew witnessed "what is suspected to be the re-entry" of the missile into the earth's atmosphere.
Politics and Current Events / Re: taxageddon is GO
These liberal coastal elitists are out of control. They need to come out of their urban bubble and go talk to some real Americans in conservative areas:

I thought the disincentive for being poor was not having enough money for anything, and the reward for being rich was having plenty of money for everything.
Trump's lawyer: I wrote the president's 'sloppy' tweet about Flynn's dismissal

"Yeah that was me, I got into the POTUS' personal twitter account and sloppily typed some stuff. Why do you ask? Also I'm his fucking lawyer"

A lawyer who writes "pled" instead of "pleaded" is a special kind of lawyer.
They don't build 'em like they used to. :)

Actually, they do. The Rocketdyne MR-103 trajectory correction maneuver (TCM) engines used on Voyager are still manufactured by Aerojet Rocketdyne. The New Horizons probe uses the MR-103H variant. Produces a scorching 1 N of thrust.

edit: That's not a lot of thrust. Model rocket engines are more powerful.  Of course, they can't be fired repeatedly, and probably wouldn't work after being stored for 37 years in space.

Why they did this: Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37 Years (NASA/JPL)
Since 2014, engineers have noticed that the thrusters Voyager 1 has been using to orient the spacecraft, called "attitude control thrusters," have been degrading. Over time, the thrusters require more puffs to give off the same amount of energy. At 13 billion miles from Earth, there's no mechanic shop nearby to get a tune-up.

The Voyager team assembled a group of propulsion experts at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, to study the problem. Chris Jones, Robert Shotwell, Carl Guernsey and Todd Barber analyzed options and predicted how the spacecraft would respond in different scenarios. They agreed on an unusual solution: Try giving the job of orientation to a set of thrusters that had been asleep for 37 years.

And they worked perfectly!
This week, the scientists and engineers on the Voyager team did something very special. They commanded the spacecraft to fire a set of four trajectory thrusters for the first time in 37 years to determine their ability to orient the spacecraft using 10-millisecond pulses.

After sending the commands on Tuesday, it took 19 hours and 35 minutes for the signal to reach Voyager. Then, the Earth-bound spacecraft team had to wait another 19 hours and 35 minutes to see if the spacecraft responded. It did. After nearly four decades of dormancy, the Aerojet Rocketdyne manufactured thrusters fired perfectly.
Oh, really?

Emails Dispute White House Claims That Flynn Acted Independently on Russia
On Dec. 29, a transition adviser to Mr. Trump, K. T. McFarland, wrote in an email to a colleague that sanctions announced hours before by the Obama administration in retaliation for Russian election meddling were aimed at discrediting Mr. Trump's victory. The sanctions could also make it much harder for Mr. Trump to ease tensions with Russia, "which has just thrown the U.S.A. election to him," she wrote in the emails obtained by The Times.

It is not clear whether Ms. McFarland was saying she believed that the election had in fact been thrown. A White House lawyer said on Friday that she meant only that the Democrats were portraying it that way.

Oh, really?

I like how the statement "Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn" is completely true, and yet totally orthogonal to what Mueller has on someone else.

Congratulations, Ty Cobb - if that's even your real name - you have successfully deduced the implications of a plea deal.
Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse

If there was any doubt that McCain and Flake were still utterly worthless windbags when it gets right down to it...