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Time lapse of stationary night sky

We’re used to seeing the night sky rotate around us but this video uses a fixed point in the night sky so instead the earth is rotating.

2016 National Popular Vote Tracker

The popular vote count

State Clinton (D) Trump (R) Others Clinton % Trump % Others %
U.S. Total 65,844,610 62,979,636 7,804,213 48.2% 46.1% 5.7%
Dem ’12 Margin Dem ’16 Margin Margin Shift Total ’12 Votes Total ’16 Votes Raw Votes vs. ’12
3.9% 2.1% -1.8% 129,075,630 136,628,459 5.9%

Source: 2016 National Popular Vote Tracker

How Journalists Covered the Rise of Mussolini and Hitler

When Hitler’s party won influence in Parliament, and even after he was made chancellor of Germany in 1933 – about a year and a half before seizing dictatorial power – many American press outlets judged that he would either be outplayed by more traditional politicians or that he would have to become more moderate. Sure, he had a following, but his followers were “impressionable voters” duped by “radical doctrines and quack remedies,” claimed The Washington Post. Now that Hitler actually had to operate within a government the “sober” politicians would “submerge” this movement, according to The New York Times and Christian Science Monitor. A “keen sense of dramatic instinct” was not enough. When it came to time to govern, his lack of “gravity” and “profundity of thought” would be exposed.

Source: How Journalists Covered the Rise of Mussolini and Hitler

Video of earth

Here is 24hrs condensed to 12sec from a geostationary, Japanese satellite.  I particularly like the sun reflecting off the ocean.
 

 

Coffee rulz!

When I was a kid, my parents refused to let me drink coffee because they believed it would “stunt my growth.” It turns out, of course, that this is a myth. Studies have failed, again and again, to show that coffee or caffeine consumption are related to reduced bone mass or how tall people are.
Coffee has long had a reputation as being unhealthy. But in almost every single respect that reputation is backward. The potential health benefits are surprisingly large.

Good news!  Another vice becomes a virtue.  A survey of various studies and meta-studies suggest coffee (in it’s unadulterated, non-sugary, non-high-caloric form, e.g. black coffee) is good for you.
The article mentions some “coffee” drinks that are bad for you.  Like the  Large Dunkin’ Donuts frozen caramel coffee Coolatta (670 calories, 8 grams of fat, 144 grams of carbs).  A real cup of coffee has 5 calories.
This is all good news as I just bought a [amazon text=coffee grinder&asin=B00DS4767A] and [amazon text=maker&asin=B00O9FO1HK].
Or as I like to paraphrase Talleyrand

Black as the night, hot as hell; pure as an angel, bitter as love

Source: More Consensus on Coffee’s Benefits Than You Might Think