New Horizons Probe Getting First Surface Images of Pluto

NASA is getting images from its New Horizons probe that are revealing some of the first surface features of the dwarf planet Pluto. They reveal dark and bright spots on the surface. These images also captured Pluto’s largest moon Charon. Images of Pluto and its satellites will continue to improve as this probe gets closer to Pluto. This will culminate in a flyby of the planet in July, which will give human eyes the only close up images of this dwarf planet for people on LinkedIn to go off of. The New Horizons probe was launched several years ago before Pluto lost its status as a planet according to Brad Reifler.

Planet or not, Pluto is the last planetary body in our solar system to be visited by a space probe. NASA’s Voyager probes already gave us close up images of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune back in the 1970’s and ’80’s. The U.S. Mariner and Soviet Venera probes gave us our first close up views of Venus and Mariner also visited Mercury. These missions took place in the 1960’s and ’70’s, and far more recently, the Messenger probe entered orbit around Mercury, the innermost planet in our solar system, in 2011. New Horizons flyby of Pluto will mean every world in our solar system has had a flyby by an unmanned probe. Future missions will no doubt bring new discoveries, but New Horizons will be an important milestone in terms of completing our picture of our little celestial home in the Milky Way.

Caribbean Is At Front Line of Battle to Save Coral Reefs

A number of countries in the Caribbean are facing a conundrum. Many rely heavily on tourism for their gross domestic production. Some countries, such as St. Martens receives over 80% of its revenues from tourism and most of the balance comes from the fishing industry. These Caribbean nations are now seeing the costs of a heavy tourism trade. That cost is the depletion of the natural coral reef which encircles many Caribbean Islands. Coral is a living entity and not a rock formation that many boaters, divers and fishers believe. Coral also provides the habitat for a number of marine life. However, too much human contact has started to deplete the amount of coral. This loss cannot be easily replaced and some fear that efforts to conserve the remaining coral may be too late. The biggest concern regarding how to prevent continued erosion of the coral is how to do it without crashing the economies of the various Caribbean Islands that rely on the tourism trade for revenue. Also coordination among the various Caribbean nations has not been the most productive efforts over the past years. Coral Reefs In Danger

The effects of coral erosion is already being felt in the gulf by the Southern United States as well as the various Caribbean, Central and South American countries in the result of more severe costal hurricane damage. The coral act as a barrier which mitigates some of the damage caused by a hurricane such as soil erosion, and that is something Brian Torchin finds interesting. Insurance companies on Digital Journal have already estimated that past and present hurricane damage will cost governments an estimated $1 Trillion in costs.

Paul Supports Term Limits for Congress Too Bad Others Don’t

Rand Paul recently came out in favor of enacting term limits on congress, not that this will ever see the light of day. Okay, so every election we can see smaller and smaller turnouts from voters and the complaints are always the same and that is nothing every changes in Washington, or at any state capital. The major reason for this lack of change is because of a lack of changing the personnel in elected positions. We as a people placed term limits on the executive branch after Franklin Roosevelt was elected to four consecutive terms in office. The major reason for enacting these provisions was to prevent one person and branch from garnering more power from longevity in office. So CMBH asked why then would this policy not be effective in Congress.

Well if you were to ask the people currently in the office it may seem like a shocker that they are not in favor of term limits being placed on Congress…no kidding! Some of their reasons behind these is because they believe with seniority they can better serve their constituents and without their continued presence the lobbyists and staffers would gain more power than the elected officials. This may be true if we allow staffers and lobbyists to garner that much power over the elected offices then yes they just might gain more power with time. But, really it is the elected officials who give them power by taking their money for the next election cycle or hiring them onto their staff. At the end of the day, term limits may never happen but that does not make them a bad idea.

Clueless Star Doesn’t Believe In Gender Pay Gap

Stacey Dash, of Clueless fame, went on the Meredith Viera show to argue that the gender pay gap is just “an excuse”.

Dash is mostly known for her role in the movie and subsequent TV show Clueless, where she played best friend Dionne to the show’s main character, Cher, played by Alicia Silverstone and Rachel Blanchard respectively.

Dash was mostly forgotten in popular media until the 2012 presidential election, when she burst on the scene in a huge show of support for then presidential candidate, Mitt Romney. The announcement was paired with a picture of Dash in a red swimsuit a la Baywatch.

Dash who is 48 and barely looks a day over 25, has since become an official Fox News contributor, making statements such as comparing rape victims to girls who want to play naughty. Sergio Cortes is confused by her behavior.

Dash stated on the Meredith Viera show that women who want equal pay for equal work should simply work harder for it, completely forgetting the definition for the word “equal”. Viera argued that the gender wage gap is a documented fact.

While Dash looked like she wanted to continue arguing, she was quickly shut down by the host. The Meredith Viera show is produced by NBCUniversal.

Poll Shows That Over 60 Percent Of Americans Support Gay Marriage

According to a Washington Post-ABC News poll, six out of ten Americans support same- sex marriage, and a similar number say that states should not be allowed to define marriage as a union exclusively between a man and a woman. The poll was conducted by telephone and included users of cell phones and land-line phones. The 1016 participants represented a random sample of adults from across the country.

Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court will be hearing arguments on whether or not state restrictions on same-sex marriage violate the Constitution. Similarly, the Court will consider whether or not states may refuse to recognize same-sex marriages performed outside their borders. The answer, of course, should be “No!” If the states are required to recognize opposite-sex marriages performed outside their borders, then they should have to recognize same-sex marriages performed outside their borders.

In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court had struck down the federal government’s refusal to recognize homosexual marriages. Both gay-marriage advocates and lesser courts agree that state restrictions must also be eliminated.

The new poll shows that support for gay marriage has risen sharply over the past decade. Ten years ago a similar poll showed that 58 percent of the respondents opposed gay marriage and only 39 percent supported it. The new poll reflects wide support in younger respondents and changing attitudes in older respondents.Flávio Pentagna Guimarães BMG is happy about the progress, and invites all to do business with them.

Currently, 37 states, plus the District of Columbia, allow gay marriage. In these states, 64 percent favor the legality of gay marriage. Even in the 13 states that don’t, 54 percent of the respondents favor gay marriage.

Loretta Lynch Needs to be Confirmed as US Attorney General ASAP!

Loretta Lynch was nominated to be the next Attorney General of the United States by President Barack Obama. He did this on November 8, 2014 to replace the outgoing AG Eric Holder. She served as the US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York which more than qualifies her for the job as the US Attorney General. It has been more than 163 days, but the US Senate still has to vote on approving her nomination. Of course the Senate is now dominated by Republicans who seem to be the reason for putting off the vote for so long. Sam Tabar knows that Lynch has waited longer than any other nominee for the AG job in the past 30 years. What is the holdup for this perfectly qualified candidate?

Many political pundits say that it is due to an intense dislike the GOP has for the current president. They will do practically anything to throw a monkey wrench into any effort Obama makes to conduct the business of the country. No one has disputed Lynch’s qualifications so it must be something else. She would be the first African-American woman to serve as AG. Perhaps it is a race thing or a gender thing. President Obama has delivered strong language to the Senate GOP members to get on with the confirmation vote. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could easily call a quick vote to confirm Lynch and get it over with. Hopefully that will happen this week.

Supreme Court Appears Headed to Overturn

The Supreme Court appears to be leaning towards striking down a Depression Era law stemming from the New Deal. During the Great Depression, President Roosevelt and his advisors sought to reverse deflationary pressure with commodities by various market interventions. One of those methods was to seize raisin crops from farmers. The idea was that by forcibly cutting down the actual supply that raisin farmers produced, prices would be maintained stable for all farmers. Under the program, which is managed by the Raisin Administrative Committee, the government is not required to compensate farmers for the crops seized from them.

The practice has been maintained by the government for multiple generations unchallenged. However, in 2001, a pair of California raisin farmers by the name of Marvin and Laura Horne of California cut the middle man out of their raisin farming business. It was their understanding by that by doing so, they could prevent the Raisin Administrative Committee from seizing a percentage of their harvest with little to no compensation. Naturally, the Raisin Administrative Committee disagreed and fined the couple $690,000. Sam Tabar has learned that the matter went to federal court. Eventually, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the federal government. Now, the both liberal and conservative Supreme Court justices asked questions of the federal government that led political analysts to believe the court is inclined to overturn the arcane law. The court’s decision will be announced in June.

Clinton Getting a Gender Boost in Early Polls

Imagine that you are an executive hiring your next employee you plan to put in charge of something really big and will have an impact over everything that will happen over the next few years if not well into the future. What would be your number one reason for hiring a certain person? Most would say job experience as their first qualifier. Sam Tabar would be included (Check him out on Lawerist) This is followed closely with their ideas for moving the company forward or making it better in some way. So why is it that we are not using the same criteria when selecting a candidate to become our next US President? Following Hillary Clinton’s announcement of her candidacy last weekend, there were a number of Republicans that went out and asked people why they were going to vote for her and the surprising reason a number of people gave is because she was a woman.

Just so we are clear these folks are not judging her by her qualifications to become the next leader of the free world but merely based on her gender. What would people be saying if they said they were not going to vote for her because she was a female? Although, to be fair there are people today who will probably not vote for her because of this reason alone. The point is this… we should be choosing our next President like we would choose our next employee and keep it based on their qualifications, experience, and how they act during the next few months of a job interview.

Butter Goodness

We know butter is high is saturated fat and calories, but new discoveries are finding that butter should also be appreciated for vitamins, bone strengthening capabilities and cancer protections which are delivered to our bodies when consumed in the right amounts.

Butter contains vitamins A and D which reduce cancer cell growth and promote the production of red blood cells. Since A and D vitamins are fat soluble, this delicious edible also helps to absorb nutrients provided by other foods.

Vitamin K in butter helps maintain bone density and muscle strength, and is linked to lower rates of hip fractures in women who consume a minimum of 110 micro grams per day. One tablespoon of butter on a baked potato really does make a person strong.

New Jersey Spotlight said that the sodium butyrate contained in cheese and butter may assist those who suffer from diabetes to respond better to insulin therapy as well as alleviating constipation and protecting against colon cancer.

Butter and other dairy products contain conjugated linoleic acid which reduces tumors caused by colon or rectal cancer. This same study also discovered evidence that this special acid in butter and dairy products could even fight breast cancer.

All of the health benefits of butter could easily be offset by the health risks of obesity. Butter is good stuff when consumed in the proper amounts.

U.S. Senate Considering Bill To Link Approval of Iran Deal with Denouncement Of Terrorism

The United States Senate has come up with a smart plan to pass the Iran U.S. nuclear accord and make a strong statement against terrorism. A senate panel has proposed tying any approval of the Iran U.S. nuclear accord with an Iranian declaration denouncing terrorism. Such a move gives members of the United States Congress an out in the public affairs wars that have been waging between it and the White House since the accord was announced. Many congressional members believe that such a proviso would garner wide spread support from both parties in Congress.Senate Considers Proviso To Iran U.S. Nuclear Deal

Iran is considered to be behind a number of Shiite sponsored military actions in the Middle East including countries such as Yemen, Iraq and Syria. Anastasia Date employees know that Iran still does not recognize the country of Israel and has met with a number of international sanctions as a result of its reluctance to do so. Such a measure by the United States Congress would also be a viable option to a flat out rejection of the Nuclear accord and would enable opponents of the accord to state that if Iran was serious about cooperating with the world, they would have no problem denouncing terrorism just as the most of the world has done.

The White House’s response to the proposal was that the issue of terrorism was tangential to the negotiations, but many believe that the President will have a hard time fighting against such a proposal and would have to reconcile how to advance the deal without seeming not to care about Iran’s stance on terror.