Rovers on Mars

Tomorrow NASA will launch a new Rover to Mars, at 7 a.m. Eastern time. This one is named Perseverance, and it’s much like Curiosity, although it does have its own drone to fly around. The launch will stream live, if you’re up that early. I’m gonna try to be.

I love the Rovers. I actually joined Twitter so that I could follow Spirit and Opportunity back in the day. And to remind you of the wonders of Mars, here’s a high-def video of all the things we’ve seen through the Rovers on our neighboring planet.

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This looks illegal to me

What the holy hell is going on here?

A bit more information “Who are these federal officers…?

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How can you run when you know?

I was in high school in Toledo, Ohio, when this happened. 50 years ago today.

Tin soldiers and Nixon coming. We’re finally on our own.
This summer I hear the drumming, four dead in Ohio.
Gotta get down to it, soldiers are cutting us down.
Should have been done long ago.
What if you knew her and found her dead on the ground?

Jerry Casale, founding member of the band Devo, was a student at Kent State during the protests. He has written an essay on the events of that day for Rolling Stone.

Hat tip to Amanda Marcotte for the link.

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Elizabeth Warren endorses Joe Biden

The Los Angeles Times thinks her endorsement will matter.

…One of the central messages of her Biden endorsement is that this election is about governing. Unlike President Trump, who was uniquely unprepared among American presidents for the crisis he now confronts, Biden has a lifetime of experience in public service and specific experience helping to steer the United States out of a deep recession: the 2008-09 meltdown triggered by the subprime mortgage collapse.

“I saw him up close, doing the work, getting in the weeds,” says Warren, who helped the Obama administration design and set up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau during that period, and can you imagine anyone describing the current, white-paper-averse occupant of the White House as “getting in the weeds”? Or depicting Trump, as Warren said of Biden, as someone “never forgetting who we were all there to serve”?….

Here is the endorsement:

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