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When the corporate media can’t break from its cycle of covering three “Breaking News” stories all day long (and week after week), one doesn’t hear about amazing stuff like this, which happened today:
A 57-Year-Old Computer Scientist Just Dove 135,000 Feet From The Stratosphere
Shattering Felix Baumgartner’s world record for freefall distance
When Feliz Baumgartner’s dove 24 miles from Earth’s upper atmosphere, he, along with his Red Bull sponsors, made sure millions of people would follow along. Today, Google vice president Alan Eustace dove from almost a mile higher—135,000+ feet above Roswell, New Mexico—with a fraction of the fanfare.
On his way up, Eustace dangled from a balloon that lifted him at about 1,000 feet per
secondminute, according to a release from the Paragon space exploration company. Unlike Baumgartner, who rode a pod to his jump site, Eustace was fixed directly to his balloon. He wore a space suit designed by Paragon to protect him from the inhospitable upper atmosphere.
After more than two hours of climbing, Eustace spent a half hour dangling and “experiencing” his astonishing altitude, according to Paragon. Once he dropped, early this morning, he breached the speed of sound in 90 seconds.
Imagine doing that.
Watch this gorgeous short video showing how Google filmed the “street view” video of the Liwa Desert in the United Arab Emirates:
Take Pew’s “News I.Q. Quiz” and see how much you know about what’s going on. I answered 10 of the 12 questions correctly, confirming that I’m a hard core, thoroughly addicted news junkie.
What do you know about the news?
Test your knowledge of prominent people and major events in the news by taking our short 12-question quiz. Then see how you did in comparison with 1,002 randomly sampled adults asked the same questions in a national survey conducted September 25-28 by the Pew Research Center.
No, this isn’t from The Onion:
If you’re like me, you say I DON’T GIVE A SH*T!
Tomorrow is the first day of fall but my honeysuckle is trying to hold on to summer:
If you’re like me, and you can’t be in New York City today for the People’s Climate March, you can watch it live, here, on DemocracyNow!
Put so simply, this hit me between the eyes. Something to always keep in mind: