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Just when it seemed that the G7 leaders had eked out a joint communique and avoided an open rift, Donald Trump in a stunning Twitter turnaround, retracted his endorsement. It’s probably better that way


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❝ Late Friday, California confirmed what many across the state’s devastated wine country had suspected for months: Equipment owned by utility giant PG&E Corp. ignited some of the deadliest and most destructive wildfires that tore through their homes in October.

The most unexpected and crucial part of the findings, though, was at the very bottom of California’s end-of-day statement: The state had found evidence of alleged violations of law by PG&E in connection with eight of the blazes…

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The violence over Jerusalem is a fight over one religion’s invisible friend vs. another religion’s invisible friend both claiming that their deities gave them land. The truth is that there is no such thing as god(s) and Jerusalem is just another piece of dirt just like any other location on this planet. The violence and death this week following the ill conceived decision to move America’s embassy to Jerusalem reflects poorly on both the Israelis and Palestinians.

This is the 21st century and it’s time that we put to rest the ideas of old primitive religions and property claims attributed to deities. God did not give holy land to anyone and no nation has any more of a right to exist than any other nation. The time has come come that humanity lay down our weapons and come together to figure out how to live together in peace, live in harmony with Reality, and to take care of our common space ship, planet Earth, so that with every generation our future will always be better than our past.

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I’m going to take the unpopular position of disagreeing with the guilty verdict of Bill Cosby. Cosby was on trial for 1 act of sexual assault, yet they let 5 unrelated women testify who had nothing to do with what Cosby was charged with. And the woman who did charge him was paid 3 million dollars already.

For the other 5 women they are now famous and making a lot of money off this Cosby fame.

There’s no doubt that Cosby is into a lot of weird sex and drugs. I personally have had sex with a lot of women while stoned. But Pot isn’t that big of a deal and I’m not famous, nor do I have millions of dollars. But for people like Cosby the is surrounded by opportunists who would have sex with him to advance their careers, and I’m sure Cosby took advantage of relationships that are sort of mutual exploitation where both people get what they want.

In a criminal trial the standard of proof is “beyond a reasonable doubt”, and in my view when the witnesses have a strong financial incentive to lie then that is reasonable doubt right there. I’m not saying I believe Cosby is innocent, or guilty. I’m just saying that if I were a juror, I wouldn’t be able to convict.

I am also predicting this case will be overturned on appeal because I think the testimony of 5 unrelated women is unconstitutional, and the appeals court will strike down the case on that basis. And the jury asked for a definition of sexual assault and the judge didn’t give them a legal definition. So I don’t think you’re going to see Cosby doing jail time.

Detroit truckers line up under a freeway overpass to help a suicidal man.

13 trucks lines up under an overpass to prevent a man from jumping off and killing himself. Story here.

(CNN)A man stood on a freeway overpass near Detroit early Thursday, threatening to jump. So thirteen tractor-trailers lined up underneath, ready to break his fall.

Troopers closed off both directions of Interstate 696 and asked for the truckers’ help, hoping to protect the man in case he fell or jumped, said Lt. Mike Shaw of the Michigan State Police.
Asking truckers to help in such cases is not unusual, Shaw said, but “most of the time these events are (resolved) pretty fast, so we only get one semi.”

Son NASA stands for National Aeronautics and Space Administration and many people forget that they also design planes, not just rockets. And this one is very cool. It’s called the X-Plane.

 

But this doesn’t mean she identifies with the right either.

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This video is an incredible autobiography of Hawking.

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At a political event in Florida Trump praised China’s president XI Jimping saying “He’s now president for life. President for life. And he’s great, And look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll give that a shot some day.”

I’d like to see Trump be president for life. We haven’t done that in a long time. The last president for life America had was John F. Kennedy,

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Oh barf! She’s back. Last she was complaining about cyber bullying, now she’s trying to get in on #MeToo. Anything to get attention. I wish she would take responsibility for her own actions as she was the aggressor in her relationship with Bill Clinton. She seduced him. This one is on her. Take responsibility!

Elon kicks ass. Worlds most powerful rocket was tested today and it worked Slon put in orbit his first Tesla that will be in an elliptical orbit that goes almost to the asteroid belt. This rocket can lift twice as much weight as any other rocket at a fraction of the cost because all 3 boosters come back to land. Although this one only landed 2 out of three on the test flight.

 

Go Elon Go! SpaceX will be launching the demo flight of the Falcon Heavy tomorrow. The Falcon Heave has 3 boosters and all 3 are going to land after launch. The 2 side boosters are already flown boosters. The rocket is world’s biggest and is will reduce the cost per pound of getting stuff into space even below the cost of the Falcon 9.

This rocket is sporting 27 engines and will be launching Elon’s Tesla Roadster into a heliocentric orbit following Mars around the Sun and is expected to drift through space for billions of years. I’ll be watching at 10:30 pacific time to see if it flies, blows up, or get’s delayed.

…Most astrobiologists seem comfortable with the premise that life might be widespread. But their optimism doesn’t always extend to complex, intelligent life.

It’s possible that we inhabit a universe whose occupants are mostly pond scum. After decades of seeing semi-humanoid aliens strut across the silver screen, it would be more than a little disappointing to think that the actual cosmic bestiary largely consists of plants and animals that are microscopic, or at best, no smarter than cane toads.

That situation would make humans very special, a circumstance that seems at odds with the enormous amount of real estate available for life, as well as the billions of years since the Big Bang during which intelligence could arise.

So, could there be a plausible explanation for why the universe seems so short on keen-witted company?

RTFA for reflection upon our species, the known universe and such.

Thanks, UrsaRodinia

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