Interesting Bits

12/02/2016 9:02

Never thought I'd see This

A Salon writer - yes, Salon - writes am excellent story praising Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama. The world has turned upside down.

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12/02/2016 8:48

Tiger: Made Some Silly Mistakes

 For a brief instant, it appeared that Tiger Woods  had spent the last 15 months quietly cobbling together some sort of Bahamian time machine.

The irons were accurate, the chips were crisp. The birdie putts fell – first one, then another, then another.

(He said some mistakes hurt his round.But after a 15 months layoff he may be a bit rusty. Nice to see him back on the greens though.)

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12/02/2016 7:44

Labor Force Participation Remains Low

According to the November jobs report, the labor force participation rate ticked down to 62.7% from 62.8% in October.

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12/01/2016 2:22

A Dream Come True

Just gets better and better. We will soon have a man with the nickname of "Mad Dog" as Secretary of Defense. Trump has chosen retired Marine Gen. James Mattis for the post.

Enjoyed this quote of his: “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.” (This might be especially good advice in Washington D.C.)

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12/01/2016 1:04

Those Trump Backers Strike Again...

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12/01/2016 12:51

Trump Is Driving Liberals Wild

But I have to hand it to The Donald. He’s doing great so far, and it’s just killing the liberals. Which makes it even greater.

And his other picks? Awesome! So Betsy De Vos is supposed to be awful because she’s going to insist that public schools actually teach all our kids, not just the ones in liberal enclaves? Because she’s going to insist on due process for college students busted for studying while male? Because her brother formed a company that shoots terrorists? Blackwater founder and American hero Erik Prince mixed capitalism with killing jihadis, which makes liberals cry. It makes me want a Marlboro and a cuddle.

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12/01/2016 9:17

Appears Universe is Fine-Tuned for Life

An objective look, however, at just two of the most dramatic discoveries of astronomy — big bang cosmology and planets around other stars (exoplanets) — suggests the opposite. We seem to be cosmically special, perhaps even unique — at least as far as we are likely to know for eons.

The first result — the anthropic principle — has been accepted by physicists for 43 years. The universe, far from being a collection of random accidents, appears to be stupendously perfect and fine-tuned for life. The strengths of the four forces that operate in the universe — gravity, electromagnetism, and the strong and weak nuclear interactions (the latter two dominate only at the level of atoms) — for example, have values critically suited for life, and were they even a few percent different, we would not be here. The most extreme example is the big bang creation: Even an infinitesimal change to its explosive expansion value would preclude life. The frequent response from physicists offers a speculative solution: an infinite number of universes — we are just living in the one with the right value. But modern philosophers such as Thomas Nagel and pioneering quantum physicists such as John Wheeler have argued instead that intelligent beings must somehow be the directed goal of such a curiously fine-tuned cosmos.

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12/01/2016 7:42

In France, the Terrorists Have Won

After the Kouachi brothers slaughtered Charlie Hebdo's journalists, they ran out into the street and cried: "We have avenged Muhammad. We killed Charlie Hebdo." Two years later, it appears that they won. They succeeded in silencing the last European magazine still ready to defend freedom of expression from Islamism.

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12/01/2016 7:25

If Trump Backers Were Doing This...

More Electoral College Death Threats

A college student from Michigan said Wednesday that he has received death threats after being chosen to cast an Electoral College vote for his state in December.

Although the presidential election was won by Donald Trump on November 8, it's not official until December 19, when all 538 members of the Electoral College will come together to cast their votes.
Michael Banerian, the youth vice-chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, will be one of his state's 16 electors. The honor of being selected, a role typically bestowed to recognize a person's service and dedication to their political party, has come at a price, Banerian told CNN's Brianna Keilar .

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George L. Duncan
George L. Duncan