Hilarious SNL #Ferguson skit that never aired

h/t Tim Conway Jr

Supposedly the skit was cut for time:

Published on Dec 7, 2014

A St. Louis news station reconsiders its morning programming in light of the Ferguson riots.

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The Death of an Evil Empire

I’m thinking more and more it didn’t really die – the Soviet Union just reorganized into what we see Putin making Russia into today. Whatever that is.

@JonahNRO: A good day RT @Jeff_Jacoby: 23 yrs ago today, Russia, Ukraine & Belarus announced: “USSR … is ceasing its existence.” http://t.co/SrKYiesSDs


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We STILL remember 7 December

It’s in the Seabee fight song to this day –

And we promise that we remember
The “Seventh of December”

And remember Pearl Harbor we do…for them…


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Cliff diving on Titan? Hiking Mars? Human existence in space, visualized

H/T Caleb

What would a future look like with space tourists? Hang gliding on Europa? Swimming the rings of Saturn?

Erik Wernquist, the video’s creator, explains his work:

WANDERERS is a short science fiction film by Erik Wernquist (that´s me) – a digital artist and animator from Stockholm, Sweden.

The film is a vision of our humanity’s future expansion into the Solar System. Although admittedly speculative, the visuals in the film are all based on scientific ideas and concepts of what our future in space might look like, if it ever happens. All the locations depicted in the film are digital recreations of actual places in the Solar System, built from real photos and map data where available. For those interested in learning more of the places featured in the film, I recommend turning to the gallery section.

The title WANDERERS refer partly to the original meaning of the word “planet”. In ancient greek, the planets visible in the sky were collectively called “aster planetes” which means “wandering star”. It also refers to ourselves; for hundreds of thousands of years – the wanderers of the Earth. In time I hope we take that leap off the ground and permanently become wanderers of the sky. Wanderers among the wanderers.
There is no apparent story – other than what you might imagine for yourself – and the idea is primarily to show a glimpse of the fantastic and beautiful nature that surrounds us on our neighboring worlds – and above all, how it might appear to us if we were there.

As some may notice I have borrowed ideas and concepts from science fiction authors such as Kim Stanley Robinson and Arthur C. Clarke, just to name a few. And visually, I of course owe many tips of my hat to painter Chesley Bonestell – the legendary master of space art.

More directly, I have also borrowed the voice of astronomer and author Carl Sagan to narrate the film. The audio I used are excerpts from his own reading of his book ‘Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space’ (1994) – needless to say, a huge inspiration for this film.

I want to fully admit that I have no explicit permission to use the voice of Carl Sagan in this film. My hope is – as this is a completely non-profit production, made to enlighten and inspire – that whoever holds those rights today will approve of what I have done. However, if any owner of these rights finds this use inappropriate, please let me know and I will take measures immediately.

Credits from the Vimeo page:

VISUALS – Erik Wernquist – erik@erikwernquist.com
MUSIC – Cristian Sandquist – cristiansandquist@mac.com
COLOR GRADE – Caj Müller/Beckholmen Film – caj@beckholmenfilm.se
LIVE ACTION PHOTOGRAPHY – Mikael Hall/Vidiotism – mikael@vidiotism.com
LIVE ACTION PERFORMANCE – Anna Nerman, Camilla Hammarström, Hanna Mellin
VOCALIST – Nina Fylkegård
THANK YOU – Johan Persson, Calle Herdenberg, Micke Lindgren, Satrio J. Studt, Tomas Axelsson, Christian Lundqvist, Micke Lindell, Sigfrid Söderberg, Fredrik Strage, Johan Antoni, Henrik Johansson, Michael Uvnäs

NASA/JPL, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, ESA, John Van Vliet, Björn Jonsson (and many others, of which I unfortunately do not know the names)

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If only Boehner had the cojones…

…to do this:

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Winds of change – 9 November 1989, Reagan’s demand to “Tear down this wall” came to pass


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Tuesday is election day – last chance to compare: Jeff Gorell vs Julia Brownley in #CA26

It’s almost “GO” time for the November elections, and hopefully people are starting to pay attention and are looking to vet candidates to see who they’ll vote for.

In California Congressional District 26, the candidates are incumbent Democrat and Obama favorite Julia Brownley, and Republican nominee and US Navy reserve Commander Jeff Gorell.

Brownley would agree to only one public debate, during Sunday Night Football, no less, so in case you missed it, the Ventura County Star put the entire thing on YouTube (complete with crappy audio for more than half of it) here.

There were several points of interest, like this one where Brownley calls him a “lobbyist”, and Gorell responds:

Gorell fired back:

He said the majority of the funding for Brownley’s campaign has come from special-interest groups from outside the district.

“Why would the incumbent call me a lobbyist?” he said. “Perhaps because she’s trying to distract voters from the fact that I served in a combat zone, that I served in a courtroom, that I served in a classroom and that I’ve served in the California state Capitol. . . . This is a distraction and this is part of a very disappointing and very partisan campaign.”

The debate moderator, VC Star’s Timm Herdt asks Brownley about closing GITMO, and she waffles for over a minute, giving no answer:

Gorell’s bio is here, but in a nutshell he’s a Commander in the Navy Reserve with two Afghanistan recall deployments, the first in 2001. He was a Deputy District Attorney in Ventura County from ’99 to ’06, prior to that worked for Governor Pete Wilson, and more recently a teacher at Cal Lutheran University as well as being the California Assemblyman representing the 44th Assembly District which covers Camarillo, Moorpark, Newbury Park, Oak Park, Port Hueneme, and Thousand Oaks as well as most of Oxnard.

220px-Julia_Brownley_2011Julia Brownley on the other hand moved here more recently, apparently just to run for the office she now holds, Congresswoman representing the 26th Congressional District. She was an Assemblywoman who was forbidden by term limits from running again, representing the 41st District, where she authored a ban on plastic shopping bags.

So in short, if you want the type of person who likes to ban grocery bags, raise taxes and our electric bills, and will happily move somewhere else when she sniffs a way to move up the political ladder, Brownley is for you, I guess.

If you want someone representing you who’s actually lived here a while, worked here, been a neighbor, and isn’t afraid to put his life on the line when required, the maybe Gorell is more your speed.


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