Daily Archives: August 5, 2013

NASA Memory Lane (30)

On August 5, 1930.

Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong

NASA – Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio on August 5, 1930 and passed away at age 82 on August 25, 2012. Armstrong made history on July 20, 1969, when he became the first person to walk on the moon as commander of Apollo 11. This photograph of Armstrong from the Apollo 11 mission was taken inside the Lunar Module (LM) while the LM rested on the lunar surface. Astronauts Armstrong and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot, had already completed their historic spacewalk when this picture was made. Astronaut Michael Collins, command module pilot, remained with the Command and Service Modules (CSM) in lunar orbit while Armstrong and Aldrin explored the moon’s surface.

Our Hotter, Wetter, More Violent Future

Bloomberg – Earth’s atmosphere seems to have found a way to get back at the human race. For almost three centuries, we humans have been filling the air with carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases. Now, it turns out, the climate change these emissions have wrought is turning people against one another.

Why? The science so far doesn’t answer this question, though it’s easy enough to imagine how subsistence farmers could come into greater conflict with one another as their croplands become less productive. Or how, in the face of rising sea levels, coastal dwellers could come to blows over shrinking habitable land. more> http://tinyurl.com/q7dcc2w


NSA revelations could hurt collaboration with ‘betrayed’ hackers

By Joseph Menn – The U.S. government‘s efforts to recruit talented hackers could suffer from the recent revelations about its vast domestic surveillance programs, as many private researchers express disillusionment with the National Security Agency.

“We’ve gone backwards about 10 years in the relations between the good guys and the U.S. government,” said Alex Stamos, a veteran security researcher who was to give a Def Con talk on Saturday (Aug 3) on the need to revisit industry ethics. more> http://tinyurl.com/ornhem9


From Board Games to Cameras: How Smartphones Are Gutting Other Industries

By Alex Fitzpatrick – After toy manufacturers Hasbro and Mattel posted below-expected profits for the second quarter of 2013 this month, many placed blame on the same phenomenon: the rise of smartphones and tablets.

Toys are far from the only industry being disrupted by the latest digital devices. Canon’s compact-digital-camera sales are slipping because of smartphone sales, while GPS-device manufacturer Garmin’s sales have fallen, according to its latest quarterly report. Blu-ray sales are doing well in the post-DVD era — up nearly 30% in the first quarter of 2013 — but while portable DVD players once thrived, it’s almost impossible to find a portable Blu-ray player on store shelves. more> http://tinyurl.com/m9o6d2s


Fed chair fight raises crucial questions for Obama

By Glenn Hubbard – Questions for the next chairman also offers an opportunity for the White House about the administration’s own economic policies. Four areas provide an immediate point for comparison.

The first is about the Fed’s role in supporting economic growth.

Who will advocate for economic growth as well as safety and soundness in financial regulation? How will the Fed’s pursuit of Systemically Important Financial Institutions not enshrine the current “too big to fail” financial institutions?

How would the president rate the administration’s consensus-building leadership of economic policy?

Does a strategy of returning to normal apply to the size of government and government’s reach in the economy as well? more> http://tinyurl.com/kfyma3y


CONGRESS WATCH H.R.2009, Library of Congress H.R.1911, Library of Congress Darrell on the Issues: Homeland Security, US Congress


CONGRESS WATCH Shed Labels To Work For American People, Dan Lipinski, swnewsherald.com