This Asteroid Will Come Eerily Close to Earth on Halloween

Lights in the Dark

Concept image of a large asteroid passing by Earth and the MoonA recently-discovered asteroid named 2015 TB145 will come within 1.3 lunar distances of Earth on Oct. 31, 2015. (Illustration by J. Major.)

Yes, it’s true: a rather not-so-tiny near-Earth asteroid 2015 TB145 will make a relatively close pass by our dear planet Earth on October 31, aka Halloween — the day when certain beliefs profess that the veil separating the worlds of the living and the dead is at its thinnest, allowing spiritual and even physical interaction to occur between both.

Of course there is no scientific evidence that the latter is at all true but it makes for good scary stories around the light of a campfire. And as the first-world campfires of today are the stark lights of computer monitors and smartphone screens, some are trying to weave scary stories about the passing of this asteroid as well. Should you be afraid? Certainly not. (But there is a cautionary tale to be told.)

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Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Review

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Reviewed by: Anita Sarkeesian

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is the latest entry in Ubisoft’s long-running open-world franchise, and although the gameplay is exactly what you’d expect from an Assassin’s Creed game, Syndicate distinguishes itself from its predecessors. It stands apart not because of improved mechanics or visual design but because its developers have made noticeable attempts to portray a more inclusive cast of characters.

Syndicate follows twin assassins Jacob and Evie Frye on their quest to liberate the oppressed working class of 19th century London from ruling class thug Crawford Starrick and free the city from the Templars’ control. It’s clear that Starrick is a monster from the first moment we see him because of his evil mustache and his penchant for punching desks.

Preceding the release of last year’s Unity, Ubisoft came under intense public criticism for its repeated lack of playable female characters in…

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Review: The Uncanny Inhumans #1

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UncannyInhumansIt would appear that The Inhumans are the newest group of characters that Marvel wants to put out front and center; they are a huge element to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and I would bet we will be seeing a movie somewhere down the line in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So now we have a new number one, a perfect time for new readers to jump in and get to know these characters, but also for long time fans to get back to the characters they know and love. Overall, Uncanny Inhumans #1 is successful on both fronts, but it does suffer from one minor down point.

We start of with Black Bolt, Triton and Reader having arrived in the past, to the early days of the Inhumans and Attilan, but Black Bolt has come on a mission; to retrieve his son from Kang the Conqueror, a story line that…

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Finnish Lakeland / Región de Lagos / Région des lacs / Distrito dos lagos

Travels in Finland and abroad

In English:

On our road trip to Puumala we decided to pass thru the scenery road and to stop at Pistohiekka. On both side of the road there are lakes. In 2010 I made a post presenting Pistohiekka area and now my second post complete my previous photos.

En español:

En nuestro viaje por carretera a Puumala decidimos pasar a través de la carretera de paisaje y parar en Pistohiekka. En ambos lados de la carretera hay lagos. En 2010 hice un post presentando la área de Pistohiekka y ahora mi segundo post completa mis fotos anteriores.

En francais:

Dans notre voyage sur la route à Puumala nous avons décidé de passer à travers la route de paysages et s’arrêter à Pistohiekka. Sur les deux côtés de la route il y a des lacs. En 2010, j’ai fait un poste présentant de la région de Pistohiekka et maintenant mon second…

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France Culture présente le Forum « L’année vue par… le numérique » samedi 24 octobre à Sciences Po de 9h à 17h

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Une nouvelle saison de forums « L’année vue par… » s’ouvre avec la journée consacrée aux enjeux de l’univers du numérique. Ce forum, « L’année vue par …le numérique » propose 4 tables rondes et une leçon de clôture organisées avec Sciences Po, en partenariat avec Rue89.
Les débats animés par par Hervé Gardette seront diffusés dans Du Grain à Moudre du lundi 26 au jeudi 29 octobre 2015, de 18h20 à 19h, ainsi qu’en vidéo sur

Premier forum de la nouvelle saison 2015-2016 : « L’année vue par… le numérique »
Sciences Po, Amphithéâtre Emile Boutmy, 27 rue Saint-Guillaume – 75007 Paris

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Could Apple’s Shares Drop 20%?

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iphone6s-rosegoldThe earnings season has been one of rallies or destruction, based on expected results and real earnings. Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is next on deck to releases numbers, at least among the tech giants. And earnings miss will punish its shares. Very bad numbers could drive the stock down 20%, which is a drop similar to the one it suffered early this summer.

Analysts’ estimates for the quarter are close to spectacular. EPS is expect to rise from to $1.88 from $1.42, year over year. Among the highest estimates is an expectation of $2.02. The market expects Apple to « beat » its numbers which puts expectations close to $2. Apple’s revenue is expected to rise from $42.2 billion to $51 billion. High estimates are close to $53 billion.

The Apple earnings this quarter will be based on two numbers. The first is sales of its flagship product, the iPhone. The second is…

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Central America Trip #10

Que Sera, Sera... Whatever Will Be, Will Be...

The motorhome is parked at Mary’s home in Murphys, California.

I’m planning to  depart November 30th. While here, I’ll do routine maintenance, minor repairs and major cleaning of the Bronco and motorhome.

Since those activities are not particularly intriguing blog subjects, I’m taking you back to my…

2004 Central America trip…

This trip ended up being 343 days and 16,000+ miles through the back-country of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. 11 rigs started the trip, within a week we broke into three smaller groups for ease of traveling. Only myself and one other rig went the full, pre-planned route. All the others dropped out for various reasons. All returned safely to the United States. I’m planning to show these photos, more or less, 10 a day, whenever I’m not doing something else deserving a blog entry. FINALLY, it must be remembered these photos are…

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Readers’ wildlife photos

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I still have some photos in the queue, but the tank is getting dangerously low again. Remember, I run readers’ photos at least six times a week. So, if you’ve got good photos, send them along.

Reader Mark Sturtevant sent four insect photos; his captions are indented:

Here is a longhorn beetle, I think an oak borer (Elaphidion mucranotum).


Below I’m holding the beetle and it is not happy about it. I always like how the compound eyes sort of wrap around the base of the antenna in this family. Notice the wicked spines on its antennae. It went positively rigid while being held, and I am sure the spines on all of its limbs and elytra would make this thing unpleasant to swallow.


A carrion beetle (Oiceoptoma noveboracense). I am sure everyone knows the important duty that these insects play in the scheme of things.



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American Express Tumbles on Missed Earnings

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Credit cardsAmerican Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) reported its third quarter financial results after the markets closed on Wednesday. The company had $1.24 in earnings per share (EPS) on $8.19 billion in revenue compared to Thomson Reuters consensus estimates of $1.31 in EPS on $8.32 billion in revenue. In the same period last year the company reported $1.40 in EPS on $8.30 billion in revenue.

In terms of guidance, the company now expects full year 2015 EPS to be between $5.20 and $5.35. American Express believes that its outlook to return to positive earnings per share growth in 2016 and within the target range of 12% to 15% in 2017 remains appropriate. There are EPS consensus estimates of $5.49 and $5.71 for 2015 and 2016, respectively.

In terms of the segments the company reported:

  • U.S. Card services had total revenues net of interest expense increase by 5% to $4.7 billion, from $4.5 billion a year ago.
  • International…

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La Mort Est Une Femme Comme Les Autres de Marie Pavlenko

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⭐ La Mort Est Une Femme Comme Les Autres de Marie Pavlenko

La Mort Est Une Femme Comme Les AutresBroché: 196 pages
Editeur : Pygmalion
Date de sortie : 7 octobre 2015
Collection : ROMANS
Langue : Français
ISBN-10: 2756417769
ISBN-13: 978-2756417769
Prix Editeur : 16€
Disponible sur Liseuse : OUI

Son résumé :

Imaginez un monde où personne ne s’éteint.
Imaginez un service de soins palliatifs où personne ne succombe.
Imaginez un univers où la mort en a ras le faux et fait un burn out.

Emm n’en peut plus. Un matin, elle s’arrête et s’assoit. Ses bras sont de plomb, elle pèse une tonne, elle est incapable de se lever. En se laissant aller à son spleen, elle rencontre Suzie, une jeune femme dont la gentillesse va l’émouvoir. Commence alors un périple extraordinaire au cours duquel Emm va découvrir la richesse de la nature humaine.

Mon Avis :

Rien ne va plus dans les hôpitaux…

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PATRIE (Juan Ramón Jiménez)



D’où vient une feuille
transparente de soleil ?
— D’où vient un front
qui pense, un coeur qui désire ? —
D’où vient un torrent
qui chante ?



¿De dónde es una hoja
trasparente de sol?
—eDe dónde es una frente
que piensa, un corazón que ansía?—
¿De dónde es un raudal
que canta?

(Juan Ramón Jiménez)

Illustration: ArbreaPhotos

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TRES TARD (Juan Ramón Jiménez)




Piaillant â la lumière, l’oiseau s’élève
jusqu’aux cimes dorées ;
son pépiement résonne
dans l’ombre tout en bas,
comme en un puits profond
de verdure et silence.

— Il s’évanouit en sa haute chimère,
à travers de magiques lumières.
Mon coeur est l’ombre
de la profondeur qui résonne. —



Piando a la luz, asciende el pájaro
por las doradas copas;
y su pío resuena
en la sombra de abajo,
como en un pozo hondo
de verdor y silencio.

—Él se sume en su sueño alto,
atravesando luces medicas.
Mi corazón es sombra
del fondo resonante.—

(Juan Ramón Jiménez)

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Pro-refugee activists scuffle with police at London Eurostar terminal

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London’s St Pancras station sees second protest this month against UK’s response to migration crisis in which thousands have died while travelling

Pro-refugee protesters broke through a line of police to enter St Pancras station. Photograph: @TheoKindynis

Activists threw smoke bombs in a clash with police at London’s Eurostar terminal during a pro-refugee demonstration on Saturday night.

About 100 protesters broke through a police cordon in an attempt to reach the platforms at St Pancras station. Police in riot gear used teargas and batons against the No Borders demonstrators, according to activists.

Videos posted on Twitter show a melee with police officers trying to hold back a group of demonstrators until more than a dozen managed to break through onto the concourse.

Once inside the station, some of the demonstrators held up a banner saying “Close down Yarl’s Wood & all detention…

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Assad un président indéboulonnable / هل سيصعب استئصال السرطان المتجذّر بكرسي الرئاسة

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Syrie: Assad prêt à organiser et participer à une présidentielle

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Le président syrien Bachar al-Assad s’est dit prêt à organiser une élection présidentielle en Syrie à laquelle il participerait, a déclaré à l’AFP un député russe se trouvant à Damas.
« Il est prêt à organiser des élections avec la participation de toutes les forces politiques qui veulent que la Syrie prospère », a dit Alexandre Iouchtchenko par téléphone à l’AFP, à l’issue de sa rencontre avec le président syrien. Et il a l’intention d’y participer « si le peuple n’y est pas opposé ».

Al Assad, Al Jolani, les visages du terrorisme – الأسد، الجولاني، البغدادي، وجوه الإرهاب في سوريا Al Assad, Al Jolani, les visages du terrorisme – الأسد، الجولاني، البغدادي، وجوه الإرهاب في سوريا


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Triumph of a Heavyweight

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As a malaprop-prone former U.S. President might have put it, they misunderestimated him.

It’s a dark Tuesday morning, the blue jays (birds, not baseball team) are swiping peanuts from the feeder outside and I’m sipping on my homemade caramel latte, watching CBC Newsworld recap the incredible achievement of Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party in the 2015 federal election.  The voters of Canada, who at the outset of the unprecedentedly-lengthy campaign had seemed content to muddle on with the same old crew of Conservatives for another few years, turfed them with a resounding choice for positive change.  The Liberals won 184 seats – 14 more than was needed for a majority – in a 338-seat House of Commons, whose recent redistricting was supposed to have favoured the Conservative incumbents.  That’s seven more seats than Jean Chretien managed in his best performance in 1993, and in each of his victories he had been running…

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