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Quotes I like: "Prediction is very difficult, especially concerning the future." "There are some things so serious that you have to laugh at them.” __ Niels Bohr Given his contribution to the establishment of quantum mechanics, I guess it's not surprising he had such a quirky of sense of humor. ......................."Deliberate misinterpretation and misrepresentation of another's position is a basic technique of (dis)information processing" __ I said that

Journal Archives

Republicans Commit A Crime Against The Senate To Jam Through 2 Trump Nominees

.. Republicans take well to running a totalitarian government.


Senate Republicans unilaterally changed the committee rules to jam through Trump nominees Tom Price and Steven Mnuchin without Democrats being present.

The Hill reported, “Senate Republicans pushed through a pair of President Trump’s Cabinet nominees Wednesday, upending standard committee rules to circumvent a Democratic boycott….By unanimous consent, the Republicans gathered in the hearing room agreed to change the committee’s standing rules, which normally require at least one member of each party to be in attendance for committee work to proceed.”

Senate Republicans violated the intentions of the Founding Fathers by silencing the minority voice and turning the Senate into a body that acts unilaterally.

Democrats have serious questions about Tom Price habit of using his legislative position to benefit in the stock market, and Mnuchin’s handling of foreclosures while he was running OneWest Bank during the financial crisis.

Senate Republicans Pull Big Move To Force Through Confirmation For Trumps Picks


On Tuesday, Democrats boycotted the committee vote stage of the confirmation hearings for both Treasury Secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin and Secretary of Health and Human Services nominee Tom Price.

Opposition leaders claimed that neither individual had been properly vetted as to their conflicts of interest before taking office. In Price’s case, he has been found to have had a significant stake in a biomedical corporation that had given him special treatment because of Price’s Congressional seat. He was not truthful about his stock in that company while being questioned about it by the Senate.

In Mnuchin’s case, he’s about as shady of a financier as they come. The former Goldman Sachs exec has his fingers in everything from the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme scandal to some of the most scandalous parts of the reverse mortgage industry that haphazardly tread the line between what’s legal and what’s illegal.

Mnuchin was one of the executives at the now effectively defunct OneWest Bank, which was the financial institution behind a whopping almost 40 percent of the country’s reverse mortgage fueled foreclosures since 2009.

OneWest/ Mnuchin has been hit with investigation after investigation into these foreclosures, since their “aggressive” collection strategies have left many borrowers’ rights violated. For example, in one highly publicized case, OneWest foreclosed on an elderly woman in Florida over an error in her mortgage payments of less than one dollar.

How to Build an Autocracy - david Frum - The Atlantic

This is a great and sobering article by a Conservative writer, David Frum. (An audio tape of the article is available on the page the article appears on.)


It’s 2021, and President Donald Trump will shortly be sworn in for his second term. The 45th president has visibly aged over the past four years. He rests heavily on his daughter Ivanka’s arm during his infrequent public appearances.

Fortunately for him, he did not need to campaign hard for reelection. His has been a popular presidency: Big tax cuts, big spending, and big deficits have worked their familiar expansive magic. Wages have grown strongly in the Trump years, especially for men without a college degree, even if rising inflation is beginning to bite into the gains. The president’s supporters credit his restrictive immigration policies and his TrumpWorks infrastructure program.

The president’s critics, meanwhile, have found little hearing for their protests and complaints. A Senate investigation of Russian hacking during the 2016 presidential campaign sputtered into inconclusive partisan wrangling. Concerns about Trump’s purported conflicts of interest excited debate in Washington but never drew much attention from the wider American public.

Allegations of fraud and self-dealing in the TrumpWorks program, and elsewhere, have likewise been shrugged off. The president regularly tweets out news of factory openings and big hiring announcements: “I’m bringing back your jobs,” he has said over and over. Voters seem to have believed him—and are grateful.

A new battle over politics and science could be brewing. And scientists are ready for it


Over a decade ago, George W. Bush’s presidency attracted plenty of attention for charges that it had all-too-often mistreated scientific information. By the middle Bush years, reports were rampant that the administration had presented inaccurate or incomplete information on issues such as climate change and stem cell research, edited scientific reports to skew their contents, or had prevented scientists on the government payroll from speaking with the media about their findings and knowledge.

These problems didn’t appear immediately — they snowballed over the course of the Bush administration. By contrast, in the Trump administration, concerns about the treatment of science have emerged in just days, especially at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Trump administration officials are exerting more control over the agency’s outward communications, according to multiple reports, including those by the Washington Post. Scientists have been alarmed by these moves, as well as the overall tenor of the administration on scientific issues like climate change (Trump has not yet appointed a White House science adviser) and some are even now planning a march on Washington, D.C.

Yet we shouldn’t get too far ahead of ourselves here. There has been no specific claim of an Environmental Protection Agency scientist being prevented from communicating or accurately conveying information to the public (yet). There is also reason to think that what’s happening now may only be temporary, and attributable to the transition that’s currently happening, rather than representing a permanent new setting for the science-politics relationship in government.

The scientiss are "ready for it"?? I wonder. Do they realize how profoundly stupid Trumpty Dumpty and his assembled idiots are??

Iran: Female race car driver barred from competition


Tehran, 4 Dec. (AKI) - Iran's top female race car driver, Laleh Seddigh, has been banned from competing in Iran for one year by the Iranian racing federation.

Seddigh, who is known as the "Schumacher of the East" after the German Formula One champion, was accused of having tampered with her car's engine during her last race in Iran.

"It's a conspiracy," said Seddigh in an interview with Adnkronos International (AKI). "I did not commit any irregularities. They simply want to exclude me from racing because I'm a woman," she said.

"I changed the car before the start of the race because it was faulty and gave the federation lots of notice," Seddigh told AKI.

Laleh Seddigh

Former KGB general who helped MI6 spy compile the Donald Trump dirty dossier found dead in his car.

The Kremlin may have covered up the murder of a former KGB chief accused of helping ex-MI6 spy Christopher Steele to pull together the notorious dossier on Donald Trump.

Oleg Erovinkin served as a general in the KGB and was found dead on Boxing Day in the back of his car in Moscow.

It has been claimed he died of a heart attack, but an expert on Russian security threats believes he was murdered for his role in the explosive dossier.

The suspected murder victim was close to former deputy prime minister Igor Sechin, who is named throughout the leaked memo, according to the Telegraph.

new Exec Order: mindless elimination of regulations - scrap two regulations for each new one adopted

...this is a perfect DT moronic executive order: agencies must scrap two regulations for every new regulation enacted. This probably isn't even do-able.


President Trump signed an order Monday aimed at cutting regulations on businesses, saying that agencies should eliminate at least two regulations for each new one.

The White House later released the text of the order, which added that the cost of any new regulation should be offset by eliminating regulations with the same costs to businesses. It excluded regulations regarding the military.

The impact of the order was difficult to judge based on the president’s remarks. It could be difficult to implement under current law and would concentrate greater power in the Office of Management and Budget, which already reviews federal regulations.

Moreover, any effort to scrap a regulation triggers its own process, complete with draft rules, comment periods, and regulation rewriting. That process can be subject to litigation. At the least, Trump’s proposal would add a new time-consuming requirement for any new congressional legislation or agency regulation on topics as varied as banking, health care, environment, labor conditions and more.

My first policy is insanity. My second is inanity.

Bill Moyers: Donald Trump Is Turning American Democracy into a Demolition Derby


We’re a week into the Trump administration and it’s pretty obvious what he’s up to. First, Donald Trump is running a demolition derby: He wants to demolish everything he doesn’t like, and he doesn’t like a lot, especially when it comes to government.

Like one of those demolition drivers on a speedway, he keeps ramming his vehicle against all the others, especially government policies and programs and agencies that protect people who don’t have his wealth, power or privilege. Affordable health care for working people? Smash it. Consumer protection against predatory banks and lenders? Run over it. Rules and regulations that rein in rapacious actors in the market? Knock ‘em down. Fair pay for working people? Crush it. And on and on.

Trump came to Washington to tear the government down for parts, and as far as we can tell, he doesn’t seem to have anything at all in mind to replace it except turning back the clock to when business took what it wanted and left behind desperate workers, dirty water and polluted air.

In this demolition derby, Trump seems to have the wholehearted support of the Republican Party, which loathes government as much as it worships the market as god. Remember Thomas Frank’s book, The Wrecking Crew? Published in 2008, it remains one of the best political books of the past quarter-century. Frank took the measure of an unholy alliance: the century-old business crusade against government, the conservative ideology that looks on government as evil (except when it’s enriching its allies), and the Republican Party of George W. Bush and Karl Rove — the one that had just produced eight years of crony capitalism and private plunder.

4 those who enjoy good singing, She by Jack Jones (much better that Elvis Costello) w some orchest'n

CAUTION: THis is NOT rock and roll!

She may be the face I can't forget
A trace of pleasure or regret
Maybe my treasure or the price I have to pay
She maybe the song that Salome sings
Maybe the chill that autumn brings
Maybe a hundred different things
Within the measure of a day

She may be the beauty or the beast
May be the famine or the feast,
May turn each day into a heaven or a hell
She may be the mirror of my dream
A smile reflected in a stream
She may not be what she may seem
Inside her shell

She who always seems so happy in a crowd
Whose eyes can be so private and proud
No one's allowed to see them when they cry
She may be the love that cannot hope to last
May come to me from shadows of the past
That I remember 'till the day I die

She may be the reason I survive
The why and wherefore I'm alive
The one I'll care for through the rough and ready years
Me I'll take her laughter and her tears
And make them all my souvenirs
For where she goes I've got to be
The meaning of my life is she

Read more: Charles Aznavour - She Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Diamond vise turns hydrogen into a metal, potentially ending 80-year quest (check out whose reading)


Last October, Harvard University physicist Isaac Silvera invited a few colleagues to stop by his lab to glimpse something that may not exist anywhere else in the universe. Word got around, and the next morning there was a line. Throughout the day, hundreds filed in to peer through a benchtop microscope at a reddish silver dot trapped between two diamond tips. Silvera finally closed shop at 6 p.m. to go home. "It took weeks for the excitement to die down," Silvera says.

That excitement swirled because by squeezing hydrogen to pressures well beyond those in the center of Earth, Silvera and his postdoc Ranga Dias had seen a hint that it had morphed into a solid metal, capable of conducting electricity. "If it's true it would be fantastic," says Reinhard Boehler, a physicist at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C. "This is something we as a community have been pushing to see for decades."

The feat, reported online this week in Science, is more than an oddity. Solid metallic hydrogen is thought to be a superconductor, able to conduct electricity without resistance. It may even be metastable, meaning that like diamond, also formed at high pressures, the metallic hydrogen would maintain its state—and even its superconductivity—once brought back to room temperatures and pressures.

Still, claims of solid metallic hydrogen have come and gone before, and some experts want more proof. "From our point of view it's not convincing," says Mikhail Eremets, who is pursuing solid metallic hydrogen at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany. Others in the contentious field are downright hostile to the result. "The word garbage cannot really describe it," says Eugene Gregoryanz, a high-pressure physicist at the University of Edinburgh, who objects to several of the experiment's procedures.

Look whose reading Dr. Silvera's research:


Institution ....................................No. of Reads

Center for High Pressure Science
and Technology Advanced Research............. 13
Pudong, China

Harvard University .....................................9
Cambridge, United States

Technische Universität Dortmund ................. 9
Dortmund, Germany

By country:

Germany .............................................1,128

United States ......................................... 351

India .................................................... 124

China ....................................................113


I hope our scientific community isn't missing something here.....

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