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Stay Up Late Tonight to Watch The Last Nighttime Shuttle Launch Ever [Reminder]

Via: Stay Up Late Tonight to Watch The Last Nighttime Shuttle Launch Ever If you live anywhere on the East Coast and are at all interested in cool stuff that happens in the sky, you’d be remiss not to stay up late tonight to watch for the last ever nighttime shuttle launch. Or you could wake up early, that works too. Either way, at 4:39 A.M. early tomorrow morning NASA will launch the Endeavor space shuttle, and it will be the last time it does so at night. On its way up to the International Space Station, the shuttle will fly parallel to America’s eastern seaboard and the shuttle’s rockets will thus be visible to a surprisingly huge area, weather permitting. Here’s a map of where the rocket will be in the first ten minutes after launch and what areas of the country will be able to see it: I told you it was a surprisingly huge area! To find out more about what you’re looking for and where exactly you should be looking for it, check out Space.com’s comprehensive rundown of the late night launch. [

Eustace Mullins – Last Writ For A Martyr

From: Eustace Mullins -” Last Writ For A Martyr via Eustace Mullins, known for his seminal book, The Secrets of The Federal Reserve, passed away at the age of eighty-seven on February 2, 2010. His passing, like his books, was completely buried in the establishment media. For all his efforts in revealing the nature of “our” banking system, he achieved the status of a non-person, a blacked-out dissident in the American Oligarchy.

Santa Fe Institute economist: one in four Americans is employed to guard the wealth of the rich

From: Santa Fe Institute economist: one in four Americans is employed to guard the wealth of the rich via Here’s a fascinating profile on radical Santa Fe Institute economist Samuel Bowles, an empiricist who says his research doesn’t support the Chicago School efficient marketplace hypothesis. Instead, Bowles argues that the wealth inequality created by strict market economics creates inefficiencies because society has to devote so much effort to stopping the poor from expropriating the rich. He calls this “guard labor” and says that one in four Americans is employed to in the sector — labor that could otherwise be used to increase the nation’s wealth and progress. The greater the inequalities in a society, the more guard labor it requires, Bowles finds. This holds true among US states, with relatively unequal states like New Mexico employing a greater share of guard labor than relatively egalitarian states like Wisconsin. The problem, Bowles argues, is that too much guard labor sustains “illegitimate inequalities,” creating a drag on the economy. All of the people in guard labor jobs could be doing something more productive with their time–perhaps starting their own businesses or helping to reduce the US trade deficit [ ... ]

Late Night: How Not to be “Seen”

From: Late Night: How Not to be “Seen” via I said this last week: The White House has spent this last year insulating the president from the grit and grime of the health reform battle, thinking that if Obama stayed above the fray, he would be seen as more presidential—or at least would retain that “new car smell” and those lofty approval numbers. And this week, it seems more and more people are noticing—or, perhaps, more accurately, they noticed a long time ago, but now they feel more comfortable talking about it. Take, for instance, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), who told Sam Stein: The president was weighing in pretty heavily on the discussions between the House and Senate before the Massachusetts special [Senate] election–it’s dried up since. Or the Democratic source that told Chris Frates at Politico that during a Thursday meeting between the Democratic caucus and Obama: Pelosi expressed frustration with the pace of progress and the president’s decision not to weigh in publicly on a way forward, according to the source. There are also similar leaks and statements about frustrations expressed by Senators Franken (D-MN) and Sanders [ ... ]