Will Americans Spend More this Holiday Season?

“Shop ’til you drop” might not play as well this year…

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UK Economy Worst Hit Since 1709

Wasn’t there a Dr. Who episode about that winter?

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State Linked Companies in China are Defaulting

What’s that got to do with the price of tea in China?

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UK Considering “Freedom Pass”

Papers, please.

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Library to Curbside Only

Please register in advance.

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New Cafe in St Charles

The city has been looking forward to business proliferating in Frenchtown

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California Governor Orders Curfew

He promises he won’t enforce it, no really

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Scientists Look for Light Beyond Pluto

[INSERT STAR TREK MEME/PUN HERE]

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The New Horizons spacecraft has been used to look at the Cosmic Optical Background. They’re looking to see if the universe glows in the dark.

Same ship, different day | “New Horizons Flyby of Pluto” by NASA Goddard Photo and Video is licensed under CC BY 2.0

They used the LORRI camera to detect light and then subtracted out all known light, finding there was yet more light.

This is the spacecraft that flew by Pluto in 2015.

It’s possible that this light is from our sun, just reflected in fine and far flung dust.

Other famous space observing equipment faces demolition.

NPR’s discussion on the topic concludes space is pretty dark.

By Michael Carver
November 19th, 2020 5:16 PM

Featured Image Credit: “New Horizons Flyby of Pluto” by NASA Goddard Photo and Video is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Yah, space is dark bruh

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CDC Suggests No Thanksgiving Get Together

They stop just short of saying “Don’t do it or you’ll kill grandma.”

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The CDC is suggesting that people do not gather for Thanksgiving and opt for ‘virtual’ gatherings instead.

“turkey” by Will Kimeria is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Since they understand that some people won’t want to follow that guideline, they reiterate their standard Covid precautions.

This is their first news briefing in months.

Some local governments have even stricter rules about holiday travel.

The next turkey season in Missouri practically starts on Thanksgiving.

As far as Covid restrictions are concerned, dogs are people too, according to the CDC.

By Michael Carver
November 19th, 2020 4:26 PM

Featured Image Credit: “turkey” by Will Kimeria is licensed under CC BY 2.0

that’s a serious turkey

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Conflict between NY Mayor, Governor

If it’s the Empire State, why is he a Governor and not an Emperor?

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The New York Mayor has announced the closure of in person schooling for the city while the Governor calls for it to be undone for being anti-science.

A couple few shelves of books | “Libraries are Creepy” by Paul Lowry is licensed under CC BY 2.0

A health committee chairperson and infectious disease experts side with the Governor on the topic.

The Mayor is just enforcing a policy that was put in place at the beginning of the school year.

While this was a surprise to many, the Mayor had been warning that this was likely enough to happen that he suggested people have plans in place.

The state has effectively canceled Thanksgiving too by limiting private gatherings.

Significant portions of this were communicated on twitter first.

By Michael Carver
November 18th, 2020 4:17 PM

Featured Image Credit: “Libraries are Creepy” by Paul Lowry is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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