Rip Leonard Nimoy. LLAP

Actor Leonard Nimoy, best known for his role as Mr. Spock, the logical half-Vulcan, half-human in the original Star Trek series and several movies, has died at his home in Los Angeles, his granddaughter, Madeleine, told NPR. Nimoy was 83. Story

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It’s starting. As promised, President Obama is using executive actions to impose gun control on the nation, targeting the top-selling rifle in the country, the AR-15 style semi-automatic, with a ban on one of the most-used AR bullets by sportsmen and target shooters. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives this month revealed that it is proposing to put the ban on 5.56 mm ammo

Heck, its only a “certain type” of ammunition, he wouldn’t dare take it any farther than that, Right?

John Podesta, former senior advisor to Barack Obama, former Chief of Staff to Bill Clinton, and future chair of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is offering some reflections on his most recent stint in the White House.

Number one on the list — aliens.

For all of you who has a first name of Marc.

 

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Don’t you even THINK about trying this at your office.

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The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world’s computers…

So far so good. My home grid tie solar system from SolarCity just produced its for megawatt hour (1000KWH) of electrical energy. How much electricity is a million watt hours?

A microwave oven typically draws 1000 watts of power. So a kilowatt hour is the energy it takes to run your microwave for an hour. So a megawatt hour is running a microwave oven continuously for 1000 hours, which is 41 days, 16 hours.

This is enough electricity to drive a Tesla Model S or a Nissan Leaf from Los Angeles to New York. (range 3000 – 3500 miles per MWH)

1 megawatt hour is enough energy to lift something weighing 1 million pounds (500 tons) 2655 feet into the air (1/2 mile).

Interesting how many stories there are about Apple or the Bolt being a Tesla killer. Elon smiling all the way to the bank. What these writers don’t realize is that if another car company builds an electric car so compelling that it puts Tesla out of business then Elon has accomplished what he set out to do. This isn’t about Tesla winning. It’s about converting the world to electric cars. Elon will still be a billionaire selling them batteries and he can focus on his other projects including colonizing Mars.

I wonder if Apple is going to get into the rocket business too?

 

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Facebook Chairman Mark Zuckerberg, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, and Google’s Larry Page and Eric Schmidt snubbed President Obama’s invitation to his cybersecurity summit today because of Obama’s illegal NSA spying.

I think it’s amusing that a summit to stop hackers is being held by America’s Hacker in Chief. President Obama, who is the worlds most notorious cyber criminal, has ordered the NSA to track every person in America and uses secret courts and secret law to undermine the Constitution. So I want to thank Zuckerberg, Mayer, Page, and Schmidt for taking a principled stand but boycotting Obama’s sham summit.

 

What’s the anti-vaccine movement about? This Article says that TRAIL LAWYERS funded a fake study so they could sue big pharma over vaccines.

Last April, ILR President Lisa A. Rickard published an op-ed in Forbes, entitled, The Anti-Vaccine Movement And A Trial Lawyer-Funded Climate Of Fear. Given the current spotlight and national debate concerning vaccines, and the recent measles outbreak, we thought it timeline to re-post her April 2014 piece in its entirety:

The most savvy plaintiffs’ lawyers understand that in order to create new fields of litigation, up-front investments are often required. So for those looking for the next big payday, what does$665,000 get you? For starters, a British medical journal study that claims to establish a link between vaccinations and autism.

A 1998 article in the medical journal The Lancet caused a firestorm of controversy when it was published, and helped create the anti-vaccine movement that continues today. There’s only one problem — the article was later retracted by the publisher for being “utterly false,” and the author, Andrew Wakefield, was found to have been paid big bucks by plaintiffs’ lawyers.

Brian Deer, investigative journalist for London’s The Sunday Times wrote that Wakefield, “Was paid more than £400,000 ($665,000) by lawyers trying to prove that the vaccine was unsafe.”

The article wasn’t simply retracted. Wakefield lost his medical license in Great Britain and the country’s General Medical Council chair, Dr. Surendra Kumar, said that Wakefield had “brought the medical profession into disrepute” through “multiple separate instances of professional misconduct.”

 


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A Montana legislative panel moved to kill an indecent exposure bill Wednesday after the lawmaker who introduced it said he thinks yoga pants should be illegal.

Members of the House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to table House Bill 365, which Rep. David Moore introduced Tuesday.

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TEMPLE CITY (CBSLA.com) — The Health Department has taken action after a local supermarket’s frozen foods section featured an unusual item.

Inspectors from the LA County Health Department visited the Metro Supermarket in Temple City on Tuesday, after being informed that the market was selling raccoons as food.

Employees at the market declined to appear on camera, but did show entire raccoons, frozen, bagged, and selling for $9.99 per pound. The employees say raccoon is considered a delicacy in China.

Customer Christina Dow was at the market, and upon seeing the frozen raccoons, filmed the scene on her cell phone. She shared the video on social media.

“The way it’s packaged in the store, it’s so real, and it’s so fresh, and you don’t see chickens with their feathers and blood all over them, and their expression, with their tongue hanging out,” Dow said.

Before everyone starts screaming DENIER at me let me say up front that, yes – the Earth is getting hotter, and some of the reason is from humans. So here’s a few inconvenient facts that disturb me about some of the alarmist predictions about global warming.

  1. In the above graph (NOAA) you’ll notice that 0 represents about where we are now and where we are now is on the high side of normal over the last 400,000 years. The real normal appears to be ice age. Look to me if you buy the CO2 correlation that it would be bad if CO2 levels dropped. Perhaps I’m missing something.
  2. The man made increase in CO2 is 100 parts per million. That’s one part in 10,000 in the atmosphere. That’s not a lot of change. I have a hard time conceiving that one part in 10,000 is the difference between paradise and Venus.
  3. 100% of the coal and oil came from plants. The plants got 100% of their carbon from the air. Therefore at some time in the past 100% of the carbon from coal and oil was in the air. And yet Earth didn’t turn into Venus when CO2 was 100 times greater than today.

So – yes – we should reduce all forms of pollution and manage our resources. For example – the use of one condom can prevent 44,000 tons of CO2 as a result of an unwanted pregnancy. And we should move to solar power and electric cars. But to those who are saying Earth is going to turn into Venus I say you’re full of stuff.

Today will be the second attempt of SpaceX to land the first stage of his latest rocket on a barge. If it succeeds it will be a milestone in human evolution and the next big step for colonizing space. If it fails then history will be made later this year. The launch is scheduled for 6:10pm Eastern – 3:10pm Pacific. 9 minutes after launch will be the first stage landing.

UPDATE: Launch scrubbed again due to high winds.

Next attempt will be 6:03PM (3:03 Pacific) on Wednesday 02-11-2015.

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