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Nota Bene #96: Saturn's Hexagon and the Bulava Spiral

“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” Who said it? The answer is at the end of this post. Now on to the links! … “What’s taken place in the year since Obama won the presidency has turned out to be one of the most dramatic political about-faces in our history” … “Borucki said some of the results being turned up by Kepler are so unusual that he’s not sure when the team will be ready to go public with them” … “While these non-violent protests don’t have the power to unseat the government, they do dethrone one of the world’s most closely held myths” … “From Beyonce to Bruce Springsteen, the artists waiting for payment are far from obscure, as thousands of artists have seen their copyrights used without permission and payment” … “Only the very best would even contemplate it, because the risk is huge” … “Our energy infrastructure is antiquated, centralized and harmful to the planet” … “There is much work to be done to promote and deliver inspired science, technology, education, aerospace and math education in the Arab world” … “Standard copier paper used in our everyday life can be a solution in storing energy in a more efficient and cheap way” … “The coalition is brazenly removing ‘nuisance species’ which live in an area where they want to build a golf course” … “There are a lot of reasons why the progressive groups that would be leading campaigns on a variety of fronts against George Bush stay silent when Obama does the same thing” … “They didn’t know how to connect with the earth, but they could shit in a bucket” … “Obama has shown no interest in rooting out corruption here at home” … Bulava Spiral“The glider traveled the 4,600 miles between the US east coast and Spain’s northwestern coast in 225 days using only a battery” … “Within weeks, there was a bald strip circling her head above the ears” … “Even the dead are no longer safe in my country” … “The Congressional Black Caucus got another painful reminder that President Obama is not black President Obama” … “The universe isn’t a very efficient chemist, but it has a lot of beakers and a lot of time” … “Power from renewable energy will have to wait” … “Here are my ten proposals to move the budget back to a sustainable path” … “Americans consumed information for about 1.3 trillion hours, an average of almost 12 hours per day” … “His accuser admitted she lied about being gang raped to make her friends feel sorry for her” … “The funds will be used to pay for costs to clean up more than 80 sites contaminated by hazardous waste from the firm’s mining operations in 19 states” … “When yet another one of those ‘we the people’ e-mails from the president landed on my screen, I came unglued” … “Cohen will receive the Grammy nod in honor of a career spanning four decades” … “I’m not sure how Mr. Goodell is going to take it” … “What kinds of ideas should be eligible for patent and copyright protection, and how long should that protection last?” … “They said it would have taken three or four people to remove the heavy stone grave slab, but added that they had no immediate idea of the motive” … “It also has a caption of Gretzky saying, ‘Eat your heart out Tom DeLay'” … “One commercial can feature a man brushing his teeth with poisoned toothpaste in a house full of toxic drywall” … “Lawyers for the plaintiffs at one point suggested a figure of 47 billion dollars” … “We are now a fraction of a quantum away from tyranny” … “Where our leaders are gathering, you can find only a corrupt shuffling of words, designed to allow countries to wriggle out of the bare minimum necessary to prevent the unravelling of the biosphere” … “I’m getting tired of saving Obama’s can in the White House” … “They observed a strange hexagonal pattern in the pole’s clouds” … “We in the West can’t even figure out exactly how we feel about gender roles, electoral representation, and drug use” … “Its ‘mythical status’ ‘has caused far too much harm for far too long'” … “Finally, one day I woke up and decided, ‘This is it, I’m coming back‘” … “What’s blue and white, squiggly and suddenly appears in the
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  1. I like this from the Kepler story:

    “The excitement, at least in the scientific community, is the possibility that there will be super-Earths that might be even better for the evolution of life in the universe,” Latham said.

  2. Composting toilets FTW! Although i wouldn’t use the compost on a vegetable garden. Composting doesn’t remove heavy metals. Were i able, and i don’t press the issue because there’s more fresh water than anywhere else on the planet a few hundred feet away, i’d use nothing but composting toilets. Nice ones drop right into the basement and compost in the collection bin. And i’d separate urine because aged urine is an absolutely fantastic nitrogen fertilizer.

    In the world of Tyrannous Lex, composting toilets would be mandated by the building code and there wouldn’t be any grandfather bullshit…unless you’re willing to drink the water post flush.

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