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Achenblog: April 11, 2010 - April 17, 2010

Birding season: No grousing or sniping

As someone for whom having new hobbies has become a major hobby -- I try to acquire 30 to 40 new hobbies a year -- I sometimes worry that there won't be time left over to devote to such obligations...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 16, 2010; 7:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (355)
 
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Astronaut wars

[Update, 3:50 p.m.: President Obama just made news in his speech: Asteroid first, mid-2020s, then a Mars orbit by mid-2030s, then a landing at some further time but still within his lifetime. He picked destinations and laid out a rough...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 15, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (129)
 
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Searching for aliens

Here's what I don't understand about the alien civilizations that send spacecraft to Earth and abduct people in their sleep to subject them to mysterious experiments back on board the Mothership: Why don't they just read about it on the...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 14, 2010; 7:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (221)
 
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Obama in space

I'm trying to figure out why the Washington Times hates the Obama space policy. Obama essentially wants to get the government to step aside and let the private sector take over the flights to low earth orbit. You can argue...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 13, 2010; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
 
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Washington Post Pulitzers

One day many months ago, Post editor Tom Shroder called up Gene Weingarten and said, "Gene, I have a story that you were born to write." Tom asked Gene to write a piece about absent-minded parents who accidentally leave their...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 12, 2010; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (182)
 
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The Masters and tax deductions

Like everyone else, I love the onslaught of spring and the associated rituals, including planting flowers, weeding, watering and searching for tax deductions. Yesterday, I worked on my taxes while watching the Masters; the incredible shot by Mickelson from the...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 12, 2010; 7:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
 
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