The Following Events Took Place Thursday August 6, 2015


Republican National Debate in Ohio

There was something for everyone - including insights on many issues. Trump clearly ruled though there was no winner. Personally I still go with Trump for the same reasons most people would vote for him at this point - he comes across as a man not caught up in the political machine/regime and can make a difference because of it. That's all people want. The man has balls - he has chutzpah. Will he f**k up again? Yes. We all know his flaws, but appreciate his honesty and determination to get the job done. Positive or negative - Trump knows how to captivate an audience which goes a long way. I don't think he could win as an Independent candidate but as a Republican he has a chance as our political system continues to show us over and over again that it is broken and unjust.

Underneath it all ... you know the president doesn't really run things with takes us to the truth behind the illusion. I hope Trump understands that too and on some level I think he does. Friday's news was filled with stories about the debate along with commentary about how things went down. Trump makes the game more interesting as other candidates state their views - many of which I found outdated and offensive. Stay tuned for more...

  Republican presidential debate: 8 takeaways   CNN - August 7, 2015

Republican 2016 debate: Who were the winners and losers?   BBC - August 7, 2015

Defiant Donald Trump dominates US Republican TV debate   BBC - August 7, 2015




Jon Stewart Series Finale

Everything about Jon's Stewart series finale was memorable including Bruce Springsteen's performance at the end. On the night of the first Republican debate, Jon Stewart is credited with strongly influencing US public opinion on many issues. His sense of humor - and often use of bleeped out profanity - is the way most of us talk - or think as we go through the craziness of reality. Throughout the day, news and magazine shows honored Jon with clips from his past - really funny stuff. He'll be back doing other projects.

  11 Video Highlights from the Jon Stewart Show   CNN - August 7, 2015

  Jon Stewart signs off 'The Daily Show' with a 'love fest'   CNN - August 7, 2015

  Jon Stewart bows out of The Daily Show   BBC - August 7, 2015

Jon Stewart, in his own words   CNN - August 6, 2015
A look at memorable moments in his career.

  Jon Stewart looks back at his 'Daily Show' tenure: 'The world is worse!'   CNN - August 6, 2015


Goodbye Jon Stewart. It was fun being a guest on your show.

Jon Stewart was on the air 16 years.

On August 25, 2015 Crystalinks turns 20. How many blogs have I written?




August 6, 1928 - February 22, 1987

Andy Warhol

  Andy Warhol Google Videos

Central figure in pop art, commercial illustrator
Painter, avant-garde filmmaker, record producer, author,
Public figure - bohemian street people, distinguished intellectuals,
Hollywood celebrities, wealthy aristocrats

Serendity 3 in Manhattan
August 6, 1994 - Medium John Edward and I channeled

Andy Warhol

on the anniversary of Warhol's birth.
The event was published in the NY Times.


In the future everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.

Andy Warhol Quotes 1

Andy Warhol Quotes 2




Ellie Explores the Sinkhole in Sunset Park, Brooklyn


Massive sinkhole opens in Brooklyn   NY Post - August 6, 2015

The last major sinkhole in my area was on 3rd Avenue and 92nd Street in Bay Ridge.

This sinkhole is on 5th Avenue and 64th Street just down the street from the Lexus dealership where I bought my car.

Walking under the BQE (Brooklyn Queens Expressway) which is under construction and may have contributed to the problem.

It will take months to repair.

I turned to take a pic looking down at the train tracks below


Sinkholes and Blue Holes




Flight MH370

When Flight MH 370 went missing I saw it "disappear" - then reappear after crashing on a small island somewhere that I thought was in a parallel reality - with passengers and crew all dead. There was always this feeling of the plane being caught in a human experiment involving space and time. Currently in the news debris has been found on the "Island of Reunion".

MH370 search: Does debris solve the mystery?   BBC - August 6, 2015
Malaysian authorities have said an aeroplane part found on the island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean did come from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. International investigators were more cautious, however, saying only there were "very strong" indications this was the case.




Epic view of moon transiting Earth

Full Moon, Full Earth   NASA - August 6, 2015

The Moon was new on July 16. Its familiar nearside facing the surface of planet Earth was in shadow. But on that date a million miles away, the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) spacecraft's Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) captured this view of an apparently Full Moon crossing in front of a Full Earth. In fact, seen from the spacecraft's position beyond the Moon's orbit and between Earth and Sun, the fully illuminated lunar hemisphere is the less familiar farside. Only known since the dawn of the space age, the farside is mostly devoid of dark lunar maria that sprawl across the Moon's perpetual Earth-facing hemisphere. Only the small dark spot of the farside's Mare Moscoviense (Sea of Moscow) is clear, at the upper left. Planet Earth's north pole is near 11 o'clock, with the North America visited by Hurricane Dolores near center. Slight color shifts are visible around the lunar edge, an artifact of the Moon's motion through the field caused by combining the camera's separate exposures taken in quick succession through different color filters. While monitoring the Earth and solar wind for space weather forcasts, about twice a year DSCOVR can capture similar images of Moon and Earth together as its crosses the orbital plane of the Moon.


  From a Million Miles Away, NASA Camera Shows Moon Crossing Face of Earth   NASA - August 6, 2015
These images were taken between 3:50 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. EDT on July 16, showing the moon moving over the Pacific Ocean near North America. The North Pole is in the upper left corner of the image, reflecting the orbital tilt of Earth from the vantage point of the spacecraft. This animation features actual satellite images of the far side of the moon, illuminated by the sun, as it crosses between the DSCOVR spacecraft's Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) and telescope, and the Earth - one million miles away. EPIC maintains a constant view of the fully illuminated Earth as it rotates, providing scientific observations of ozone, vegetation, cloud height and aerosols in the atmosphere. Once EPIC begins regular observations next month, the camera will provide a series of Earth images allowing study of daily variations over the entire globe. About twice a year the camera will capture the moon and Earth together as the orbit of DSCOVR crosses the orbital plane of the moon.




August 6, 2015 - The End of the Day

I took this panoramic view from my terrace of the sun setting over the Verrazano Bridge.





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