NASA said: “Clocks continue to count toward liftoff of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Benhken. Launch of NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station is targeted for 4:33 p.m. EDT from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A.” … [Read more...] about Nasa SpaceX launch LIVE: Space agency forced to cancel launch due to poor weather conditions
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"The threat of restrictions is a long way off and could quickly evaporate if we see a wet start to summer but all of us can reduce the risk by taking simple steps to save water and water companies should be helping their customers to do that." … [Read more...] about Summer hosepipe ban fears after one of driest Springs ever with less than 3.5in of rain since March
Even some who support the use of computers in the classroom share the concern about the negative impact of technology. “The role of technology at home is potentially damaging children’s communication skills with their parents who are using it as an electronic babysitter,” says Andrews. “More and more children are coming into primary school with their spoken language as an issue so we are using technology in the classroom to record their language as a way of getting them talking to their parents.” … [Read more...] about Could Steiner schools have a point on children, tablets and tech?
Rob Portman, the Republican senator from Ohio, is proposing a temporary new $450-a-week bonus for unemployed people who go back to work. Consider the wonderful benefits this would provide: the Republicans will do away with the $600-a-week benefit you are currently getting for the unemployment you were forced into, and instead offer you a lesser amount in order to return to your job that no longer exists. The government’s failure to put in place a coherent response to this crisis from the beginning – a failure that will now force countless small businesses to close forever and will leave tens of millions of people persistently unemployed and tens of millions more newly stuck in part-time jobs without benefits – will now be compounded by a weird adherence to the idea that everyone is dying to cling to public benefits for the rest of their lives, unless we force them to do otherwise. Portman’s plan is like pushing someone out of a plane and then offering … [Read more...] about ‘Here’s a bedsheet, make a parachute!’ Republicans say, pushing us out of a plane
The killing of Martin Luther King Jr was the ultimate result of the fusion of ugly white supremacist elites in the US government and citizenry and cowardly liberal careerists who feared King’s radical moves against empire, capitalism and white supremacy. If King were alive today, his words and witness against drone strikes, invasions, occupations, police murders, caste in Asia, Roma oppression in Europe, as well as capitalist wealth inequality and poverty, would threaten most of those who now sing his praises. As he rightly predicted: “I am nevertheless greatly saddened … that the inquirers have not really known me, my commitment or my calling.” … [Read more...] about Martin Luther King Jr was a radical. We must not sterilize his legacy