Potential super-Earth found nearby after decades-long hunt

By Nadia Drake of National Geographic

Just six light-years away, a frozen world seems to be orbiting a small, dim red star. If it’s truly there, the alien planet would at least partly fulfill a fantasy decades in the making, and it could become one of the most promising targets for astronomers keen on getting to know the many worlds beyond our solar system.

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Posted in Science

Bernie Madoff and the coming stock market apocalypse

By Larry Edelman of the Boston Globe

It was 10 years ago today that Bernie Madoff’s Mother of All Ponzi Schemes burst into public view. While the headlines blared that investors were on the hook for something like $65 billion, the actual money invested with Madoff turned out to be under $20 billion. Still.

Looking back, The Wall Street Journal’s Gregory Zuckerman and Dave Michaels note that soon after the Madoff news hit, we learned that Harry Markopolos, a Boston area forensic accountant, had been warning regulators for years that Bernie was up to no good. He was ignored.

It was just a few months after the Ponzi scheme blew up that the stock market bottomed out and began what many consider the longest bull market on record.

Today, after a tumultuous couple of months, it feels like our good luck is about to run out and the longest bull market is looking more like a bear. Is it?

The warning signs are certainly there.

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Posted in Controversial, Investing

New satellite images reveal activity at unidentified North Korean missile base

By Zachary Cohen, CNN

North Korea has significantly expanded a key long-range missile base located in the mountainous interior of the country, offering yet another reminder that diplomatic talks with the US have done little to prevent Kim Jong Un from pursuing his promise to mass produce and deploy the existing types of nuclear warheads in his arsenal.

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Posted in Controversial, Kim Jong Un, North Korea

Trump 2020 Shaping Up to Be a Campaign to Stay Out of Prison

By Eric Levitz in New York Magazine

In 2016, Donald Trump claimed that America’s presidential election would determine nothing less than whether a proven criminal would be sent to jail — or the Oval Office. In 2020, that might actually be the case.

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Posted in 2020 election, Controversial, Donald Trump

6 charts on how Russians and Americans see each other

By Jacob Poushter of Pew Research

Americans’ views of Russia have declined in the past year – and so have Russians’ views of the United States, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Currently, roughly a quarter or fewer in each country have a favorable view of the other.

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Posted in Pew Research, Russia, United States