Orphan Stars


The soft glow of light between the member galaxies of galaxy cluster MACS J0416.1-2403 is produced by stars that are not part of any individual galaxy. The stars were scattered throughout the cluster long ago when their home galaxies were torn apart by the cluster’s gravitational forces. The homeless stars eventually aligned themselves with the gravity of the overall cluster.

Image Credits: NASA / ESA

Nuclear or Asymmetrical?


Jonathan V. Last has a piece over at The Weekly Standard called The Culture War Goes Nuclear. He notes that campaigns such as #GamerGate and Sad Puppies and the reaction to Honey Maid’s my-two-dads commercial signal a change in the Culture War.

Pile Honey Maid on top of #GamerGate, and Anthony Stokes, and Brendan Eich, and the UVA rape epidemic-not to mention Indiana and the Little Sisters of the Poor-and eventually you understand that the culture war isn’t just about abortion anymore. Or even gay marriage. It’s about everybody and everything.

Read the whole thing.

I disagree with his characterization of the conflict as going nuclear. From this old soldier’s point of view it looks more like the sort of asymmetrical warfare the Left used to glorify as a “war of national liberation.”