Last Original Voyager Engineer Retiring

NASA’s Voyager spacecraft was made in 1975 and has a computer from the “Atari age” to run it.  The last man who truly understands how to program it is 80-year-old NASA engineer Larry Zottarelli.

And he’s retiring.

WSBT reports that the current IT department at NASA doesn’t understand the computer as well as Zottarelli.

NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft is 20 billion kilometers away from Earth (in 2013, it became the first man-made object to leave the solar system). The primary mission of Voyager was to explore Jupiter and Saturn, but its mission was extended long beyond its intended purpose.

WSBT states it will be difficult to upgrade the on-board computer.


NRA Pushes To Make Gun Silencers Legal

Gun rights groups are getting behind Republican legislation that would ease restrictions for firearm owners looking to buy silencers.

The Hill writes that the “Hearing Protection Act” was introduced this week by Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) to provide hunters with easier access to gun silencers.

“Suppressors significantly reduce the chance of hearing loss for anyone who enjoys the shooting sports,” Chris Cox, executive director of National Rifle Association’s lobbying arm, said in a statement, according to The Hill.

Graph Comparing Number Of Congressional Investigations


The publication ThinkProgress did a graph comparing the number of Benghazi investigations to the number of investigations on other high-profile acts of terror.

House Select Committee On Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy On Face The Nation

Face The Nation

ThinkProgress reports:

“Of the seven previous investigations, two were bipartisan investigations conducted by the U.S. Senate. But the majority were GOP-led investigations by Gowdy’s fellow Congressional Republicans.

“They included the House Committee on Armed Services, chaired by then-Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA), the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, chaired by Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA); the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, lead by then-Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI); the House Committee on the Judiciary, chaired by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA); and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA).

“When he announced that he was appointed Gowdy’s Benghazi committee, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) praised the five other investigations for their ‘extraordinary work, using their subpoena power, holding dozens of hearings, and conducting hundreds of interviews.'”

Above is an interview on the show Face The Nation with the Chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, Trey Gowdy.

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Biden To Join Presidential Race: Yahoo News

Joe Biden to Enter Presidential RaceVice President Joe Biden will enter the presidential race, according to media reports filed on Monday.

“Three sources close to @VP telling me he’s expected to announce he is running but the sources are all urging caution on 48-hr timeline,” chief White House correspondent Ed Henry tweeted.

Henry added that observers should look to Saturday’s Jefferson Jackson dinner in Iowa as a potential announcement event, according to Yahoo News.

Many pundits thought Hillary Clinton’s strong performance in the first Democratic debate on October 13th would convince Biden not to enter the race, but the vice president reportedly can see a path to succeeding the President.

CNN reporter Dana Bash reportedly stated that “A source familiar with the process tells me Biden associates are setting up interviews for potential campaign staff positions,” writes The Daily Beast.

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Boy Drowns While Mom Does Facebook

In 2014, a British woman named Claire Barnett was using her cell phone while hanging out by a pond on her property. She wasn’t aware that her 2-year-old son, Joshua, was drowning in the water.  Her attention was on Facebook and the photos she was uploading and she didn’t notice her son’s distress.

According to the BBC, by the time the British mother pulled him out, Joshua was already unconscious and later died at the hospital. But Barnett’s lawyer argued that his client isn’t to blame – she was distracted by someone commenting on her Facebook page, not actively doing anything on Facebook herself.

“Any mother going about the house can be distracted by a telephone or a washing machine,” defense barrister Timothy Roberts said.

According to the website “Popsugar,” Barnett plead guilty to four counts of child cruelty and has been sentenced to five years in jail.

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