Daily Archives: June 4, 2014

Space Launch System (19)


Orion Heat Shield Attached

NASA – The world’s largest heat shield, measuring 16.5 feet in diameter, has been successfully attached to the Orion spacecraft. The heat shield is made from a single seamless piece of Avcoat ablator. It will be tested on Orion’s first flight in December 2014 as it protects the spacecraft from temperatures reaching 4000 degrees Fahrenheit.

The uncrewed flight, dubbed Exploration Flight Test-1(EFT-1), will test the spacecraft for eventual missions that will send astronauts to an asteroid and eventually Mars. EFT-1 will launch an uncrewed Orion capsule 3,600 miles into space for a four-hour mission to test several of its most critical systems. After making two orbits, Orion will return to Earth at almost 20,000 miles per hour, before its parachutes slow it down for a landing in the Pacific Ocean.

Why Financialization Has Run Amok


Financialization and the US Economy, Author: Ozgur Orhangazi.

By Steve Denning – Finance is “so powerful that it dominates how an entire society thinks about itself.”

In effect, the managers no longer know what’s wrong.

Throughout history, periods of excessive financialization have often coincided with periods of national economic setbacks, such as Spain in the 14th century, the Netherlands in the late 18th century, and Britain in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The focus by elites on “making money out of money” rather than making real goods and services has led to wealth for the few, and overall national economic decline. more> http://t.co/7w7FV0uwNX


Underestimate a lady hurricane at your peril

By Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett – In shocking news that should vindicate men’s rights activists everywhere but surprise no one who has ever angered my mother in a supermarket, it has today (June 3) emerged that female hurricanes are deadlier than their male equivalents.
They found that, over and above the qualities of the storm itself, a severe hurricane with a girly name will kill more people than a storm with a masculine one. This is because, according to the Washington Post’s rather sweet phrasing, “people don’t respect them”. more> http://tinyurl.com/nxt3eev

Updates from GE

LED Lights Flash Invisible Product Information at Shoppers’ Smartphones

GE – GE and the Boston tech company ByteLight just unveiled an LED lighting system that can communicate with customers’ smartphones and tablets while they are shopping.

The LED fixtures, which are made by GE, emit flickers that are imperceptible to the eye but visible to the phones’ cameras. This technology is called Visible Light Communication (VLC) and enables the phone to understand what the light is saying. The lights can also talk to smart devices over Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), creating a robust and multiprotocol communication platform.

ByteLight’s technology combines information from VLC, Bluetooth and motion sensors inside the phone, and determines exactly where the user is within a few feet.

The system communicates with shoppers via the retailer’s app. Once you turn on the app, the system can greet you in the parking lot, tell you about special sales, offer coupons and provide other useful information. more> http://tinyurl.com/oeptoff

EPA coal plant proposal is the right step

By Eugene Robinson – Many of those who do not believe in climate change also reject the idea that carbon dioxide can be called a pollutant, since it is a natural and necessary component of the air we breathe.

But direct measurement shows that the concentration of carbon dioxide in atmosphere has increased by an astounding 40 percent since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, when humankind began burning fossil fuels in earnest. As with any poison — or pollutant — it’s the dose that counts. more> http://tinyurl.com/mhjsym5


THOMAS Top Ten – compiled on June 1, 2014

Library of Congress –

  1. S. 1982 [113th]
    Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014
  2. S. 223 [112th]
    FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act
  3. H.R. 4660 [113th]
    Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015
  4. H.R. 4435 [113th]
    Howard P. “Buck” McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015
  5. H.R. 2847 [111th]
    Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act
  6. H.R. 933 [113th]
    Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013
  7. H.R. 2847 [113th]
    Wounded Warrior Service Dog Act of 2013
  8. H.R. 4031 [113th]
    Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act of 2014
  9. H.R. 2807 [113th]
    Conservation Easement Incentive Act of 2013
  10. H.R. 3080 [113th]
    Water Resources Development Act of 2013

Updates from Congressman Mac Thornberry


Updates from Senator Marco Rubio


Updates from Congressman Lee Terry


Updates from Congresswoman Ann Wagner