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If you were wondering how Jeff was able to cope with the sudden deprivation of his thrice-daily 'massages', or why something could go wrong with the proposal he offered to the SDNY, well... As more information is coming in, the sheriff's office has now launched an internal investigation as to how the work release was handled.
Jeffrey Epstein spent hours at home during work release, 'responsible for his own transportation' (WPTV)
Florida sheriff to investigate Epsteins work release (WaPo)
Florida sheriff to investigate Epsteins work release
PBSO launches internal investigation into agency's handling of Jeffrey Epstein case
-The logs from the episode show at least 9 instances when he was allowed to return home for hours at a time whilst his minder waited outside of the house. One deputy wrote in the log that he escorted Epstein to his house and "provided security to prevent unwelcome guests from entering his property."
-Epstein was 'responsible' for his own transportation from jail to the office building where he 'worked'. He was picked up by a limo/driver, and was allowed to travel there without any police surveillance. PBSO's monitoring only picked up again when he reached his office.
-The surveillance at his 'office' consisted of a deputy sitting at a desk in a lobby:
-His 'office' was that of his foundation, The Florida Science Foundation. The entity was established a few months before his sentence began and was dissolved shortly after he was released. He was allowed to use his time there to fulfill a court ordered community service stint! The foundation also wrote checks to the PBSO for a total of $128,000. (WaPo reports that it was reimbursement of costs such as the deputies' salaries whilst 'minding' him, which is typical of these arrangements.)
-There were also some shenanigans concerning his GPS device, furthered discussed at the first link above.
If tentacles give you the willies, you might not enjoy this:
Trump gets his wall! US Ambassador's residence in London is surrounded by a ring of steel for the...
-US President Donald Trump will begin his controversial three-day state visit of the UK on Monday
-The billionaire businessman will stay at the US Ambassador's residence Winfield House in Regent's Park
-An eight-foot-high security fence has been erected around the perimeter of the house and gardens
-Around 10,000 police officers will be on duty during the three-day-visit costing the taxpayer £18 million
Similar to his earlier visit, FA45 isn't likely to have contact with people whom he isn't directly meeting with. They'll mostly move him around by the Marine 1 helicopter. They're also ramping up security for the first day of the UKs national commemoration of D-Day 75 ceremonies at Portsmouth, when Trump will be there. On that day, the general public will not have access to the beach area at Southsea. While Queen Elizabeth will be there, as she is not traveling to France on 6/6, it's not likely that they would have taken that step w/o Trump's attendance.
UK prepares for Donald Trumps state visit
This was an appeal of a lower court decision that allowed a Pennsylvania school district to continue its policy of letting transgender students use the locker room/bathroom facilities of the gender that they identified as. The 3rd Circuit had ruled in favor of the school district in July 2018, and the plaintiffs asked for SCOTUS to review the case in November 2018.
Today, the Court declined to hear the case, leaving the lower court's decision and thus, the school board's policy in place.
They did so without any comment: the link above is to SCOTUSblog's case page, if you wish to read about the original suit.
2014 MU69: the 'snowman' shape of Ultima Thuli has melted away (so to speak) as new imagery from New Horizons' New Years Day flyby of the KBO is downloaded/analyzed.
The images are the 'rear view mirror' shots taken as the spacecraft left its small target behind at 31,000 mph:
The newly released images also contain important scientific information about the shape of Ultima Thule, which is turning out to be one of the major discoveries from the flyby.
The first close-up images of Ultima Thule with its two distinct and, apparently, spherical segments had observers calling it a "snowman." However, more analysis of approach images and these new departure images have changed that view, in part by revealing an outline of the portion of the KBO that was not illuminated by the Sun, but could be "traced out" as it blocked the view to background stars.
Stringing 14 of these images into a short departure movie, New Horizons scientists can confirm that the two sections or "lobes" of Ultima Thule are not spherical. The larger lobe, nicknamed "Ultima," more closely resembles a giant pancake and the smaller lobe, nicknamed "Thule," is shaped like a dented walnut.
"We had an impression of Ultima Thule based on the limited number of images returned in the days around the flyby, but seeing more data has significantly changed our view," Stern said. "It would be closer to reality to say Ultima Thule's shape is flatter, like a pancake. But more importantly, the new images are creating scientific puzzles about how such an object could even be formed. We've never seen something like this orbiting the Sun."
If you can't see the vids in the tweets, they're also included in the article linked above.
They've posted more content on global warming on their tumblr account (from 2/6/19): https://nasa.tumblr.com/post/182607983129/global-temperature-by-the-numbers
Always fun to see images of these two, since there aren't all that many of them.
Like Earth, Uranus and Neptune have seasons, which likely drive some of the features in their atmospheres. But their seasons are much longer than on Earth, spanning decades rather than months.
The new Hubble view of Neptune shows the dark storm, seen at top center. Appearing during the planet's southern summer, the feature is the fourth and latest mysterious dark vortex captured by Hubble since 1993. Two other dark storms were discovered by the Voyager 2 spacecraft in 1989 as it flew by the remote planet. Since then, only Hubble has had the sensitivity in blue light to track these elusive features, which have appeared and faded quickly. A study led by University of California, Berkeley, undergraduate student Andrew Hsu estimated that the dark spots appear every four to six years at different latitudes and disappear after about two years.
Hubble uncovered the latest storm in September 2018 in Neptune's northern hemisphere. The feature is roughly 6,800 miles across.
The snapshot of Uranus, like the image of Neptune, reveals a dominant feature: a vast bright stormy cloud cap across the north pole.
Scientists believe this new feature is a result of Uranus' unique rotation. Unlike every other planet in the solar system, Uranus is tipped over almost onto its side. Because of this extreme tilt, during the planet's summer the Sun shines almost directly onto the north pole and never sets. Uranus is now approaching the middle of its summer season, and the polar-cap region is becoming more prominent. This polar hood may have formed by seasonal changes in atmospheric flow.
Both planets are classified as ice giant planets. They have no solid surface but rather mantles of hydrogen and helium surrounding a water-rich interior, itself perhaps wrapped around a rocky core. Atmospheric methane absorbs red light but allows blue-green light to be scattered back into space, giving each planet a cyan hue.
The new Neptune and Uranus images are from the Outer Planet Atmospheres Legacy (OPAL) program, a long-term Hubble project, led by Amy Simon of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, that annually captures global maps of our solar system's outer planets when they are closest to Earth in their orbits. OPAL's key goals are to study long-term seasonal changes, as well as capture comparatively transitory events, such as the appearance of Neptune's dark spot.
The NYC Municipal Archives recently digitized a collection of photos taken during the 1940s of every building in NYC.
The black and white photos were intended to aid the city in assessing property taxes: as a result, they're not exactly worthy of framing. But if you are familiar with an area and want to see how it looked 70-some years ago, it's kind of cool. When I looked at the building where I grew up, I was quite surprised to see that it once had a small garden area in front of it.
This link is to the Manhattan set: http://nycma.lunaimaging.com/luna/servlet/NYCMA~5~5
The 'category pages' option lets you select places/streets by name from a list.
You can select a different borough using the menu on the left.
..at 6:30AM ET. Coverage begins at 5:30AM ET:
5:30 a.m. Soyuz MS-11 launch coverage (launch at 6:31 a.m.)
11:45 a.m. Docking coverage (docking scheduled for 12:35 p.m.)
1:45 p.m. Hatch opening (expected at about 2:35 p.m.) and welcome coverage
-on NASA Youtube:
-on NASA Live: https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive
Expedition 58 crew members Anne McClain of NASA (left), Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos (center) and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency
Then around noon, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft takes up orbit around the asteroid Bennu which it has been chasing since its 2016 launch. Its mission includes a collection of a sample to be returned to earth in 2023:
NASA will air a live event from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. EST to highlight the arrival of the agencys first asteroid sample return mission. The program will originate from OSIRIS-RExs mission control at the Lockheed Martin Space facility in Littleton, Colorado, and will air on NASA Television, Facebook Live, Ustream, YouTube and the agency's website. NASA TV also will air an arrival preview program starting at 11:15 a.m. EST.
Bennu, taken at 205 miles away by Osiris on 10-29-18
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