Friday, October 07, 2016

Stories below the fold

Bookmarked for in depth reading later

via StrategyPage:
Military contractors. What they do and why they are not new.

Usually they are left out of the history books, but Xenophon mentions them here...

GetReligion discusses   impact including the part rarely discussed, how it impacts religion and the way people traditionally live. With lots of links.


for later listening: Fatal feuds in Medieval Ireland.

back to the future: US farmers growing quinoa

related to Amaranth, which is still a crop in various places, and was used more widely in the past by Native Americans.

preppies might want to refer to the FamineFoods website for other sources of food that are usually ignored.


Great Balls of Fire

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has seen planet-size cannonballs of hot gas whipping through the space near a dying star, but the origin of these plasma balls remains a mystery. The high-speed blobs, each double the mass of Mars and twice as hot as the surface of the sun, are moving so fast in space that they would take only half an hour to go between the Earth and the moon (238,900 miles, or 384,472 kilometers), according to a statement from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The observations suggest that these balls of fire have been appearing every 8.5 years for at least the last four centuries, the statement said. 

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