SCOTUS Denies NC Request To Halt Ruling Blocking Voting Restrictions

Victory!

The Supreme Court denied Wednesday North Carolina’s request to allow it to implement a series of voting restrictions struck down by an appeals court. The state was unable to win over any of the court’s liberal justices to provide it the fifth vote needed to halt the appeals court ruling.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last month that the voting restrictions were passed with the intent to discriminate against minority voters.

via SCOTUS Denies NC Request To Halt Ruling Blocking Voting Restrictions

And, of course, happy #nationaldogday to this yard-digging whatsit.

http://ift.tt/2bVSAvN And, of course, happy #nationaldogday to this yard-digging whatsit.

Late, but happy #nationaldogday to this goofy-eyed dork.

http://ift.tt/2bxCxoE Late, but happy #nationaldogday to this goofy-eyed dork.

Happy 100th birthday, National Parks! Thank you for the beauty and inspiration. #nationalpark

from Instagram: http://ift.tt/2bGYMIY Happy 100th birthday, National Parks! Thank you for the beauty and inspiration. #nationalpark

“Love boat for tow” – typo or attempt at wordplay?

from Instagram: http://ift.tt/2bNxorU “Love boat for tow” – typo or attempt at wordplay?

Trump Campaign CEO May Be in Breach of Election Laws

So, the defacto head of the alt-right and Trump’s campaign CEO… may be guilty of voter fraud?

Priceless.

Because Bannon does not appear to live in the home he lists on his voter registration documents, the Guardian reported, he is “in apparent breach” of state election laws. “Under Florida law, voters must be legal residents of the state and of the county where they register to vote,” the paper reported. The state defines legal residency as the home “where a person mentally intends to make his or her permanent residence.”


New Planet Found Orbiting Proxima Centauri

Wow. This is so amazing.

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Observations made with a telescope in Chile have indeed revealed a planet about as massive as Earth that orbits Proxima Centauri, which is a cosmic walk to the corner store at just 4.24 light-years away. And if conditions are right, the planet is in an orbit that’s warm enough for liquid water to survive on its surface.

Illuminated by a pale reddish light, the world orbits the smallest star in a triple system known as Alpha Centauri, which shines in the southern constellation Centaurus. (Find out how to see Alpha Centauri and other objects in the southern sky.)

The Alpha Centauri system, long a wonderland for science fiction authors, is often considered a destination for humanity’s first leap into interstellar space—as well as a potential haven for future civilizations fleeing the inevitable destruction of Earth as we know it.

“A habitable, rocky planet around Proxima would be the most natural location to where our civilization could aspire to move after the sun will die, five billion years from now,” says Avi Loeb of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, who is an advisor to the Breakthrough Starshot project.

via New Planet Found Orbiting Proxima Centauri