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Trump Wants Photo Editors to Drop the Unflattering Double Chin Pics


President-elect Donald Trump held an off-the-record meeting with about 25 media executives and anchors in Trump Tower on Monday. At the gathering, Trump shared some complaints about the outlets’ coverage of him, including the use of unflattering double chin photos.

Politico reports that in discussing his thoughts on the “dishonest media,” Trump shared how he felt like photo editors were selecting unflattering photos of him for use in news coverage.

Trump turned to NBC News President Deborah Turness at one point, the source said, and told her the network won’t run a nice picture of him, instead choosing “this picture of me,” as he made a face with a double chin. Turness replied that they had a “very nice” picture of him on their website at the moment.


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http://petapixel.com/2016/11/23/trump-wants-photo-editors-drop-unflattering-double-chin-pics/

Hopefully the cartoonists get wind of this.....

Thursday Toon Roundup 2- The Rest


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The man who killed a Kansas abortion provider has his sentence reduced

Source: LA Times/AP

The man who seven years ago ambushed and fatally shot one of the few U.S. doctors performing late-term abortions was given a more lenient sentence Wednesday of at least 25 years in prison before becoming eligible for parole.

At a surprise resentencing hearing, prosecutors withdrew their request that Scott Roeder serve at least 50 years before parole eligibility. Roeder also was sentenced to an additional two years for aggravated assault for threatening two church ushers as he fled.

Roeder was convicted in January 2010 of premeditated first-degree murder for killing Dr. George Tiller. On May 31, 2009, Roeder shot Tiller in a Wichita church foyer as the doctor served as an usher.

Tiller's murder was among the most notorious acts of violence against abortion providers since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized the procedure nationwide in 1973. It alarmed the abortion rights community and came as numerous conservative states, including Kansas, passed restrictions making it harder for women to obtain abortions.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-kansas-trial-20161123-story.html

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Strange Numbers Found in Particle Collisions

By Kevin Hartnett


At the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, physicists shoot protons around a 17-mile track and smash them together at nearly the speed of light. It’s one of the most finely tuned scientific experiments in the world, but when trying to make sense of the quantum debris, physicists begin with a strikingly simple tool called a Feynman diagram that’s not that different from how a child would depict the situation.

Feynman diagrams were devised by Richard Feynman in the 1940s. They feature lines representing elementary particles that converge at a vertex (which represents a collision) and then diverge from there to represent the pieces that emerge from the crash. Those lines either shoot off alone or converge again. The chain of collisions can be as long as a physicist dares to consider.

To that schematic physicists then add numbers, for the mass, momentum and direction of the particles involved. Then they begin a laborious accounting procedure — integrate these, add that, square this. The final result is a single number, called a Feynman probability, which quantifies the chance that the particle collision will play out as sketched.

“In some sense Feynman invented this diagram to encode complicated math as a bookkeeping device,” said Sergei Gukov, a theoretical physicist and mathematician at the California Institute of Technology.

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https://www.quantamagazine.org/20161115-strange-numbers-found-in-particle-collisions/

Trump Gets 25 Million Tax Write-Off For Trump University Settlement

Robert W. Wood , CONTRIBUTOR

President-elect Donald J. Trump has agreed to pay $25 million to settle lawsuits over Trump University. In paying off former students and their lawyers, he is admitting no wrongdoing. Yet, he has often said he would never settle. The plaintiffs alleged that they paid up to $35,000 in tuition for little in return. And the New York Attorney General complained too, which makes this package deal important for someone with bigger issues to deal with before January.

The deal resolves several pieces of Trump University litigation, including two federal class-action cases. Significantly, it also resolves a separate lawsuit by New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, who said:

I am pleased that under the terms of this settlement, every victim will receive restitution and that Donald Trump will pay up to $1 million in penalties to the State of New York for violating state education laws. The victims of Trump University have waited years for today’s result, and I am pleased that their patience — and persistence — will be rewarded by this $25 million settlement.”

Of course, the real cost to Mr. Trump is after tax, not before it. And most business settlements are fully tax deductible. The only part that arguably may not be here is the $1 million in penalties. But barring express non-deductibility commitments, many penalties can be deducted, too. In general, fines and penalties paid to the government are not deductible. Section 162(f) of the tax code prohibits deducting ‘‘any fine or similar penalty paid to a government for the violation of any law.’’

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertwood/2016/11/18/trump-gets-25-million-tax-write-off-for-trump-university-settlement/#248481a85c6a
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