Cajuns in space

Hayley Arceneaux, a 29-year-old cancer survivor and Cajun from Baton Rouge has been named to the first all-civilian space flight crew. She'll ride a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket into space later this year, along with 37-year-old billionaire Jared Isaacman — the CEO of the payment processing company Shift4 Payments — who purchased the private flight from SpaceX. Arceneaux is a physician's assistant at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, and will serve as the mission's Chief Medical Officer for the four-passenger flight.

First image from Mars Persevereance rover

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Metairie gun store shooting

If you're a bad guy with a gun, it's probably not a good idea to open fire in a crowded gun store. It happened today inside and outside Jefferson Gun Outlet, a firearms store and shooting range in the 6700 block of Airline Drive in Metairie, LA. A preliminary investigation found that one man inside the business shot two people to death before drawing fire from customers, employees. and other armed people. [2/20/2021]

First image from Mars Persevereance rover

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Perseverance lands on Mars

Another Mars rover has landed safely on Mars. Perseverance was winched down from its "sky crane," touching down on the Red Planet at 3:55 p.m. EST Thursday, 2/18/2021. The unique landing maneuver successfully decelerated Perseverance from thousands of miles an hour to just 1.7 mph at touchdown. And because of an 11-minute delay in transmissions from Earth to Mars, the rover did it all on its own – no human input was possible. [2/18/2021]

First image from Mars Persevereance rover

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Senate votes for Trump conviction, 70-44

After an extended overnigbt vote count conducted in Atlanta, Detroit, Milwaukee, and Philadelphia due to the pandemic, the 100-member U.S. Senate has voted to convict former President Donald Trump of inciting insurrection, 70-44. 67 votes were required for conviction. [Humor by Jay Douglas 2/12/2021]

U. S. Capitol

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Pentagon releases UFO info

The Pentagon has admitted to holding and testing wreckage from UFO crashes in a bombshell Freedom of Information letter. Researcher Anthony Bragalia wrote to the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) requesting details of all UFO material, which they hold and results of any tests they had been carrying out on it. [2/13/2021]

Unidentified Flying Object

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Biden vs. Louisiana

JD's old WTIX buddy Jeff Crouere showed up on this morning's Opinion Page in The Advocate. He compliments Louisiana voters for their good taste in Presidents. They didn't vote for Biden. [Opinion 2/11/2021]

Mary Wilson

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Reduce poverty, or raise unemployment?

The Advocate's 2/9/2021 headline on the Associated Press story read, "Report: $15 wage would reduce poverty." The New York Post headline re the same Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report said, "Biden’s $15 minimum wage would cost 1.4 million jobs: CBO."

President Joe Biden

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Supreme's Mary Wilson passes

Mary Wilson, a founding member of The Supremes, died February 8 at the age of 76. Wilson died suddenly at her home in Henderson, Nevada, on Monday. A statement confirming her passing did not state a cause of death.

Mary Wilson

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New Orleans bars closed for Mardi Gras

Looks like Mardi Gras may as well move to Florida this year. All New Orleans bars will be closed, and no gathering allowed on Bourbon Street and elsewhere. Some of the most quintessential elements of Mardi Gras, and the city itself, will be off limits, thanks to China virus fear. [2/5/2021]

New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell

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Florida Will Penalize Big Tech Unlawful Practices

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the consequences that big tech companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google will face if they violate the privacy of Floridians and interfere with citizens’ access to candidates during an election. The Republican governor criticized the manipulation of news and censorship of certain individuals while detailing the new legislation’s harsh penalties during a press conference from the Florida Capitol on 2/2/2021. [2/5/2021]

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis

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Does Biden want the Moon?

A good question for my friends at Michoud and Stennis Space Center: does President Biden want to send the country to the Moon again? Democrat John F. Kennedy famously got us going the first time. But Trump wanted us to go again, and even created the U.S. Space Force. Will Biden, like Obama did with Ares, cancel the program? [Opinion 1/31/2021]

President Biden

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John Kerry admits zero US emissions goal won't help

John Kerry admits taking net US carbon emissions to zero won't make a dent in "climate change." China and other countries will continue pouring carbon into Earth's atmosphere. More importantly, there's no evidence that if every country took their emissions to zero that anything about global temperature trends would change. Is “climate change” an existential threat? Maybe, but not likely. Is losing one's job because of uninformed government policy on climate change an existential threat? Far more likely.

John Kerry

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Jimmie Rogers dies

Singer Jimmie Rogers died from kidney disease on January 18. The singer of the 1957 hits Honeycomb and Kisses Sweeter Than Wine had his career in music and movies disrupted by a severe head injury a decade later. He was 87. [1/23/2021]

Jimmie Rogers

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New drone rules published

New drone rules for certficated remote pilots have been published in the Federal Register on January 15. 2021, starting the clock running toward various effectivity dates. Flying at night and over people will be permitted March 16, 2021 without a waiver. Remote ID will be required for most drones September 16, 2023. [1/19/2021]

Drone in flight

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Phil Spector Dies at 81

Famed record producer Phil Spector has died at age 81 while serving a 19-years-to-life sentence for murdering actress Lana Clarkson. Spector had been hailed as a visionary for channeling Wagnerian ambition into the three-minute song, creating the “Wall of Sound” that merged spirited vocal harmonies with lavish orchestral arrangements to produce such pop monuments as Da Doo Ron Ron, Be My Baby, and He’s a Rebel. He also produced thhe original release of the Beatles album Let It Be. [1/17/2021]

Phil Spector

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The Missing Flu Riddle

Rates of influenza have remained persistently low through late 2020 and into 2021, cratering from levels a year ago and raising the puzzling specter of sharply reduced influenza transmission rates even as positive tests for COVID-19 have shattered numerous records over the last several weeks. Where have all the flu cases gone? [1/2/2021]

Flu Shots Today sign

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Phyllis McGuire gone at 89

The New York Times reports that Phyllis McGuire died Tuesday, December 29, 2020. She was the last of the living McGuire Sisters, a group with over a dozen hits in the late 50's. [1/1/2021]

Phyllis McGuire

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