Thoughts on the news

Politicians often criticize the print media when it prints a piece that is critical of them. We are bombarded by cries of “Fake News” (and, of course we are bombarded by fake news). We must learn to use all methods available to check the veracity of stories we read. We have discussed the topic here before. Do a search for “fake news” to find those discussions.

But also, what about the tendency of the newspapers and other media to write about what someone might say in future testimony?

Wouldn’t it be better to report AFTER the person has spoken or testified? So many stories seem to open with “Inside sources claim that X will say Y when s/he testifies next week. . .”.

Sunday Sermon

Dr. Lex Crane was a good friend. He is gone now, but I want to share a sermon or two of his with you. Lex died in 2015 at the age of 93.

Lex was a Unitarian minister with whom I argued on several pleasant occasions while I was the janitor at the church where he preached. He was a veteran of WW2 and an all-in-all good person. He wrote the intro to my book on the bible and visited us several times in Canada – where he had preached.

Go here for today’s sermon!

NASA Space walk

Dr. David Meir just sent the following message concerning the space walk scheduled for today:

When will the spacewalk start?

The astronauts will venture outside the International Space Station about 7:50 a.m. EDT Friday. The spacewalk is expected to take five to six hours.

How can I watch the spacewalk?

Live coverage will begin at 6:30 a.m. on NASA Television, the agency’s website and on NASA’s YouTube channel. Updates will be posted to the International Space Station blog.

How can I tell which astronaut is which?

Koch will be wearing the spacesuit with the red stripes, and views from her helmet camera will have the number 18, while Meir’s spacesuit does not have stripes, and her helmet camera view will be number 11. The spacewalk will be the 221st in support of station assembly, maintenance and upgrades and the eighth outside the station this year. This will be Koch’s fourth spacewalk and Meir’s first. Meir will be the 15th woman to spacewalk, and the 14th U.S. woman. NASA astronaut Kathryn Sullivan became the first American woman to walk in space in October 1984. Both Koch and Meir, selected as astronaut candidates in 2013, are on their first spaceflight. Koch will remain in space for an extended duration mission of 11 months to provide researchers the opportunity to observe effects of long-duration spaceflight on a woman to prepare for human missions to the Moon and Mars.

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Astronauts Spacewalk Outside the International Space Station on Oct. 18