Quickies: Getting back on a positive note

I haven’t been around much the last few weeks. To be honest, I’ve barely pulled myself away from work to see what’s going on around me. When I do pay attention, it feel like it’s a never ending barrage of hatred, violence, and lies. So, in coming out of hibernation for a bit, I’m going to focus on some positive things.

When there is hatred, there is also resistance. An elderly Asian woman who struck back at an attacker is a) totally badass and b) donating the million dollars that have been raised for her care to fight racism against Asian Americans.

The third coronavirus relief package finally passed. With it came what some hope to be a permanent offering… a monthly child benefit for families in poverty. Here are stories of this money will help several families living on the edge.

I was blown away by the release of this new data on the first supermassive black hole to be imaged. This time, they used the polarization of the light (shown in in those stripes) to map the magnetic field. That is SUCH a hard measurement to make so it is VERY cool.

Also in space, via muscadine, the Perseverance rover on Mars has an adorable “family portrait” bumper sticker of all the Mars rovers going back to Sojourner.

And finally for your cute animal, Major Biden gets a bit of retraining. There was a bit of an ado about the 3-year-old rescue dog causing a minor injury when he nipped at a Secret Service agent. Which, first off… they are trained to take a bullet, so I’m pretty sure they can handle a scared dog. But, also, it’s a good lesson for everyone about how dogs, especially, shelter pups, can be a bit jumpy when presented with new, different, and stressful circumstances. I imagine that moving into the White House is definitely one of those circumstances! Good on the family for taking him out of the situation for some refresher training. Remember, they’re all good dogs, Brent.


Nicole is a professor, astronomer, educator, geek, dog mom, occasional fitness nerd, and maker of tiny comets. She is also very loud under the right circumstances. Like what you read? Buy me a coffee: https://ko-fi.com/noisyastronomer

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  1. My mom recently got a pitbull as a Christmas gift from her boyfriend. I don’t know what he was thinking. She already has two cats. The situation is a mess. I am doing my best to give her pitbull a chance at staying. But, she might need to be given a new home.

    1. Aww! Sorry to hear they don’t get along. In my experience mixing dogs with smaller animals, my dogs want to play with the small animals as if they are dogs, and the small animals want NONE OF THAT. And it takes a LOT of training to get the dog to chill.

      We met a cat once on a walk that was the exception. Started playing with my dog like he was a puppy! It was too cute. But that is super rare.

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