The good news is that, for a few seconds at least, Vladimir Putin was only the second-most terrifying thing in Russia. Via Russia Today, we have this incredible video of a meteorite that crashed near the Ural mountains hours ago.
While this meteorite strike didn't do any serious damage, it's also a nice reminder that capital gains tax cuts and deficit reduction aren't going to save us from an indifferent universe. We should probably give NASA the funding it needs to track potentially dangerous asteroids (and come up with ways to mitigate the threat), because let's not kid ourselves: between these events in Russia and the fact that we have a black president, we're tempting fate with a Deep Impact scenario.
And that movie was terrible.
Tags: NASA, Natural Disasters, Russia, Space
* Jodie Foster is an inspiration to everyone who is confusing.
* Yeah. There's an inauguration app.
* Bad Lip Reading is getting into sports.
* Martin Luther King was a righteous nerd.
* You'll watch this once, and then 20 more times today.
* David Brooks teaches and gets and lesson in humility.
* Recently discovered photographs of the Russian Revolution.
* Tim Heideker shows us how President Obama will get the flu.
* Each course of this week's Dinner Party is more amazing than the last.
Tags: Communism, Daily Links, David Brooks, Energy & Oil, Guns, Jodie Foster, LGBT, Martin Luther King, NRA, Russia, Sports, Star Trek, Texas, The Atlantic, Tim Heidecker
* Droppin' some science on y'all.
* Joe Biden loves babies.
* Old war photos you have to see to believe.
* "Fake but accurate."
* He steals from the rich, and gives nothing in return.
* Not for the faint of heart, this is what it's like to drive in Russia.
* This summary of great podcast comedy from 2012 hits the mark.
Have you read that story in which a duplicitous public figure sends a trusted underling to a far-off land carrying a secret conspiratorial message for a powerful and shadowy authoritarian overlord? What's that story called?
Oh right! It's called that article in today's New York Times…
Matt Romney, a son of the Republican presidential nominee, traveled to Moscow this week seeking Russian investors for his California-based real estate firm just days before his father is to wrap up a campaign in which he has vowed to take a tougher stance with the Kremlin…
But while in Moscow, Mr. Romney told a Russian known to be able to deliver messages to Mr. Putin that despite the campaign rhetoric, his father wants good relations if he becomes president, according to a person informed about the conversation.
Sounds pretty good! Very exciting stuff! I'd totally read this!
Though, I don't see why they had to reboot this story so soon after it was originally released back in March.
Tags: Barack Obama, Matt Romney, Mitt Romney, Russia, Vladimir Putin