..The Oceans Are Warming Fast, and Our Lives Are About to Change…

Vanishing coral reefs, intensifying hurricanes, rising seas — new studies confirm the toll of climate change Sea ice melts on the Franklin Strait along the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. AP/REX/Shutterstock Climate deniers want you to believe otherwise, but the basic physics of climate science is as solid as the basic physics of gravity … Continue reading ..The Oceans Are Warming Fast, and Our Lives Are About to Change…

…Veterans Pay High Price as Lenders Push Cash-Out Home Loans…

The VA is worried about “subprime lending under a new name.” Eric Kandell, president of Low VA Rates. Eric Kandell is making his pitch to veterans. Wearing a red T-shirt, with the words “Low VA Rates” emblazoned across his chest, he looks fit and muscular, as if he had stepped off an Army base himself. In … Continue reading …Veterans Pay High Price as Lenders Push Cash-Out Home Loans…

..’Deadwood’ Movie First Look Released…

The movie adaptation of HBO's Deadwood is now in production. Of course it's only appropriate to start off this Deadwood movie promotional push with the principal two characters of the series, gangster/ bar owner Al Swearengen (Ian McShane), and violent lawman, Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant). Swearengen seems to be behind the bar, as usual, plotting … Continue reading ..’Deadwood’ Movie First Look Released…

…Then There Were Two: Voyager 2 Reaches Interstellar Space…

Then There Were Two: Voyager 2 Reaches Interstellar Space This illustration shows the position of NASA's Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 probes, outside of the heliosphere, a protective bubble created by the Sun that extends well past the orbit of Pluto. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech | › Full image and caption In the News The Voyager 2 … Continue reading …Then There Were Two: Voyager 2 Reaches Interstellar Space…

…Averting World Conflict With China…

As some readers know, I’m not a casual political blogger and I prefer producing lengthy research articles rather than chasing the headlines of current events. But there are exceptions to every rule, and the looming danger of a direct worldwide clash with China is one of them. Consider the arrest last week of Meng Wanzhou, … Continue reading …Averting World Conflict With China…

..THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION NEARS THE WORST CASE SCENARIO…

THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION NEARS THE WORST CASE SCENARIO HOTLITTLEPOTATO WE ARE DEEP into the worst case scenarios. But as new sentencing memos for Trump associates Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen make all too clear, the only remaining question is how bad does the actual worst case scenario get?The potential innocent explanations for Donald Trump’s behavior … Continue reading ..THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION NEARS THE WORST CASE SCENARIO…

..The End of the American Order…

At an international conference, allies grieved the loss of the United States they had believed in. The Halifax Security Forum is designed to be a gathering of the world’s democratic countries, which are allied to protect each other.Hosted by the Canadian defense minister, the Forum’s signature is the brief videos that introduce the annual gathering.This … Continue reading ..The End of the American Order…

..The Earth is in a death spiral…

...."....Do not allow those whose magical thinking got us into this mess to tell us what can and cannot be done." .............. w Global Warming...Climate Change....‘Tipping points are likely to remain invisible until we have passed them. We could see changes of state so abrupt and profound that no continuity can be safely assumed.’ It … Continue reading ..The Earth is in a death spiral…

…China Is Iurching in the Right Direction…

Never mind “Thucydides’s trap.” Today’s rising power seems to have taken history’s lessons to heart. It is appropriate that Donald Trump and Xi Jinping are flying to Buenos Aires for their showdown summit at the close of a month that began with the centennial of the end of the First World War. America’s economic tussles … Continue reading …China Is Iurching in the Right Direction…

..InSight Is Catching Rays on Mars…

The Instrument Deployment Camera (IDC), located on the robotic arm of NASA's InSight lander, took this picture of the Martian surface on Nov. 26, 2018, the same day the spacecraft touched down on the Red Planet.The camera's transparent dust cover is still on in this image, to prevent particulates kicked up during landing from settling … Continue reading ..InSight Is Catching Rays on Mars…

..Sunni vs Shia: the roots of Islam’s civil war…

How this conflict – played out in the rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia – is destabilising the world. As part of a trip to Iran a few years ago, I visited a friend south of Tehran, in Kashan, a city between mountains and desert with many beautiful old buildings and gardens. My friend showed … Continue reading ..Sunni vs Shia: the roots of Islam’s civil war…

…Scientists say mysterious ‘Oumuamua’ object could be an alien spacecraft…

Harvard researchers raise the possibility that it's a probe sent by extraterrestrials. Maybe it's an alien spacecraft. Scientists have been puzzling over Oumuamua ever since the mysterious space object was observed tumbling past the sun in late 2017. Given its high speed and its unusual trajectory, the reddish, stadium-sized whatever-it-is had clearly come from outside … Continue reading …Scientists say mysterious ‘Oumuamua’ object could be an alien spacecraft…

..US ready to hit Russia with cyberattack if it directly interferes with midterm elections…

A stark warning In brief: The US midterm election takes place on Nov 6, and while all eyes are on the results, many people are waiting for any evidence of Russia directly interfering with the vote. If the country is found to have meddled, the Department of Defense is ready to launch a cyberattack against it. … Continue reading ..US ready to hit Russia with cyberattack if it directly interferes with midterm elections…

…“NO ONE IS IN CHARGE”: INSIDE TRUMP’S NEW FOX TAKEOVER…

Lachlan Murdoch, now installed at Fox News, is a caretaker rather than an empire builder. And, so more than ever, Trump remains the network’s main programmer. Shortly before Fox News C.E.O. Roger Ailes was fired, in July 2016, after dozens of women accused him of sexual harassment, he delivered a warning to his boss, Rupert … Continue reading …“NO ONE IS IN CHARGE”: INSIDE TRUMP’S NEW FOX TAKEOVER…

…Apple Has Now Made Its Phones Impossible For Police to Hack ……….

The widely used GreyKey tool is seemingly obsolete after the privacy-protecting iOS 12 update Employees at GreyKey, an app law enforcement agencies use to access iPhones without the owners' permission, have said that the latest version of iOS blocks their app from accessing data. Forbes' Thomas Brewster spoke with sources at GreyKey's parent company GreyShift, … Continue reading …Apple Has Now Made Its Phones Impossible For Police to Hack ……….

..Judge Orders Betsy DeVos To Begin Student Loan Forgiveness…

Gotta love that smile...... A federal judge has ordered  the U.S. Department of Education, led by Betsy DeVos,to implement an Obama-era student loan forgiveness rule. Here's what you need to know. Background: The Lawsuit Attorneys general from 19 states, plus the District of Columbia, sued U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and the U.S. Department of … Continue reading ..Judge Orders Betsy DeVos To Begin Student Loan Forgiveness…

..President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh…

President Trump: Yesterday, a gunman slaughtered 11 Americans during Shabbat morning services. We mourn with the victims’ families and pray for the wounded. Here in Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood, we express gratitude for the first responders and for the outpouring of support from our neighbors near and far. We are committed to healing as a community … Continue reading ..President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh…

..Uncovering Collective Happiness…

Optimism is more necessary than ever, and understanding how other cultures approach life’s trials and joys may help us achieve contentment. If you read the paper or look at the news online without becoming depressed about the state of humanity – or make it through your social media feeds before your mood lurches to despair … Continue reading ..Uncovering Collective Happiness…