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NASA's Scott Kelly returns to Earth

Scott Kelly

Scribe: N. Tru Bass

Email: ntb@thethinkering.com

 

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly has his feet firmly planted on planet Earth for the first time in nearly than a year.  Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Korienko and Sergey Volkov arrived late Monday in the desert of Kazakhstan via the Soyuz spacecraft. 

Scott was in near earth orbit for 340 days at the International Space Station; the longest space mission in United States history.   Kelly said during a recent interview from the ISS, "The hardest part is being isolated from people on the ground who are important to you."

Tue
01
Mar
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Democrate Leaders Feeling the Bern

Tulsi Gabbard

Scribe: Samuel Otis

Email: Samuel@thethinkering.com

 

New York, NY --Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii resigned as vice-chair of The Democratic National Committee to back juggernaut Bernie Sanders.  Gabbard bumped heads with DNC Chair Debbie Wassermann earlier this week after Wasserman was accused of favoring Clinton over Sanders.  She was Clinton’s 2008 Presidential Campaign co-chair.   

But, she is not the only democratic high flyer who’s felling the Bern. 

Former labor secretary under President Bill Clinton endorsed Sanders and later said he believes “Bernie Sanders is the agent of change this nation so desperately needs.”  The Thinkering will keep you up to date on all things ‘Super Tuesday.’

Mon
29
Feb
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Al Sharpton: Showman

Al Sharpton

Scribe: Samuel Otis

Email: Samuel@thethinkering.com

 

Al Sharpton led a protest against the 2016 Academy Awards citing not enough diversity.  Sharpton’s public displays seemingly defying the power structure are transparent for the knowing and translucent for others.   His disingenuous love for people of color is uncovered with his 1988 admission that he informed for the government in order to stem the flow of crack cocaine into the black neighborhoods.  He himself was recorded attempting to become a drug salesman.  He was never convicted of a crime. 

Sharpton works for NBC Universal.  He has no credibility in the African American community or no other one that I can tell. 

He is a Baptist minister and a great showman.  The video shows a Sunday’s protest against the Oscars ceremony.    

Al Sharpton - Doing What?

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Sat
27
Feb
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KKK Grand Wizard David Duke has a Presidential Favorite...Guess Who?

Klansman David Duke

Scribe: Samuel Otis

Email: Samuel@thethinkering.com

 

The Republican presidential frontrunner has a new and likeminded supporter; Grand Wizard of the KKK, David Duke. 

During his Wednesday radio show duke said, "voting against Donald Trump at this point is really treason to your heritage." Duke went on to encourage listeners to go to Trump’s headquarters to volunteer, saying, "Go in there. You’re gonna meet people who are going to have the same kind of mindset that you have."

If you were having focus problems this should clear you right up. 

Fri
26
Feb
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Bernie Sanders singing the Same Ole Song

Bernie Sanders

Scribe: N. Tru Bass

Email: ntb@thethinkering.com

 

Bernie Sanders (I-VT) didn’t just start talking about strengthen the middle class.  I recently found a talk in the house as the Budget Committee Ranking member last summer. 

The talks extensively about international trade agreements including NAFTA, and the Transpacific Partnership trade agreements and their consequences.  He makes clear it doesn’t matter if you vote for the blue or the red your financial circumstances will be the same with no hope for change. 

This is an example of the few sacrificing the many for personal gain.    

Bernie Sanders On Trade Agreements

Thu
25
Feb
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Mayor accused with Sleeping With Constituent's Wife

Mayor Delhomme

Scribe: Lucy Osbourne

Email: lucy@thethinkering.com

 

Spring Valley, New York is a quiet town of just over 32,000 residents.  Earlier this week one man accused the village’s mayor of having sex with his wife and using his power as mayor to break up the man’s family. 

Reginald Alfred manned the mic and told the audience during a town trustee meeting that mayor Demeza Delhomme ruined his 12 year marriage by sleeping with his wife.  The 48-year-old maintenance man spammed “I am not afraid of you.”  Another resident approached the mic and speaking directly to the mayor said “If this is true you should be ashamed of yourself.”

Wed
24
Feb
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Did these men Shake-Down the Carson Presidential Campaign

Rip Offs

Scribe: Samuel Otis

Email: Samuel@thethinkering.com

 

The Ben Carson camp for president has moved from front runner to goat in just over a month.  In a recent interview Carson speculated about collusion among aides.   During the aforementioned interview Carson laughingly referred to recently departed aides intentions.  He said, “We had people who didn’t really seem to understand finances...or maybe they did—maybe they were doing it on purpose.”

Here is the backstory,

$4,769,922.68 to Eleventy Marketing Group. Eleventy Marketing Group’s president is Ken Dawson, who is also Carson’s chief marketing officer.

$2,871,229.50 to TMA Direct. TMA’s president and CEO is Mike Murray, who is also Carson’s senior advisor for grassroots marketing.

Wed
24
Feb
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Civilian Deaths Escalating from U.S. Drone Strikes

Afghan Drone Strikes

Scribe:  Samuel  Otis

Email: Samuel@thethinkering.com

 

U.S. drone and fighter jet strikes in Afghanistan have reached its highest point since 2008.  According to a bureau of Investigative Journalism says on average one civilian was killed every fourth airstrike as compared to the previous year that averaged one in 11 civilian deaths. 

Fri
19
Feb
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Harper Lee dies at 89

Harper Lee

Scribe: Lucy Osbourne

Email: lucy@thethinkering.com

 

‘To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee, 89, was pronounced dead in Monroeville, Alabama.  The Pulitzer Prize-Winning writer has a tremendous following.  Last year she published a second book, many believed she was duped into publishing a book that she never intended to make public. 

Social media has been ablaze since the announcement. She published To Kill a Mockingbird in 1960, and didn't publish another book for 55 years in 2015. 

Thu
18
Feb
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Apple pushes back against the US Government's Request

Timothy D. Cook

Scribe: Samuel Otis

Email:  Samuel@thethinkering.com

 

Edward J. Snowden put his neck on the line and had to forgo a prestigious position as a National Security Agency contractor to pull the worlds coat tail about overreaching standards used by US intelligence organizations. 

More recently the United States government has asked iPhone makers to create a backdoor to provide the government access to their phones.  The CEO promptly responded ‘No!’

Apple encrypts its iPhones and has been an exponent of personal privacy and encryption.   On Tuesday a federal court order was issued requiring Apple to unlock the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino, California shooters who in December carried out a mass shooting. 

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