In support of Beto O’Rourke, Willie Nelson debuted his new song “Vote”em Out” last night.
This (Tchaikovsky’s Overture 1812) was one of his favorite pieces -and, man, did he (and his brand-new hi-fi stereo) let the neighbors know it.
Anyway, today was his “service” so I publish and play this for the memory of him … on full blast …
How much abuse are we going to take?!!
“Spy gate” my ass! LIE-gate -that’s what we have going on here. This corrupt justice-obstructing mis-administration has got to go.
Live video of Hawaii’s Kilauea shooting up lava …. (gorgeous!) ….
Didn’t always (read: hardly ever) agree with McCain politically but I’ve always liked and admired him as a person. No doubt a lot of people feel this way. How could one not? He’s an incredibly likeable (if not loveable) guy.
So, it’s terribly sad and unfortunate that his life his ending and in such a painful way.
He’s been a most colorful character on the scene for as long as most can remember. He’s also been one of the most unique politicians of which whose vote you could not predict entirely based on his political party. So many times did this man’s independence cause Claude to jump up and cheer gratefully. Anyway, I’d like to give thanks-aloud to, and for, this guy while he’s alive.
~Thanks, friend ❤️
Space Oddity … SpaceX’s live feed of the Tesla launch to Mars
The Guardian has published a very illuminating article on YouTube and the secret algorithms that impact viewer searches. They interviewed Guillaume Chaslot, a French computer programmer with a PhD in artificial intelligence, who was one of the engineers creating the algorithms. “YouTube is something that looks like reality, but it is distorted to make you spend more time online,” he said. “The recommendation algorithm is not optimizing for what is truthful, or balanced, or healthy for democracy.”
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Our national nightmare continues ….
Oprah for president … -100% brilliant.
Good people, that’s who we need in the White House, good and intelligent people. We are now outside the box.
“They go low …. -we go high”.
Who’s excited?!! Claude is!!!!
A few days ago (well, on Oct 19) a comet named C/2017 U1 was discovered by Maui’s (much protested) Pan-STARRS 1 telescope on Haleakala, Hawaii. …. well, hold onto your blurry binoculars and tattoo plans because, after some new observations pegged this fly-by bad-boy as being interstellar, it has now been re-designated (for the time being) as A/2017 U1.
Postdoctoral researcher and astronomer, Rob Weryk, of the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy, was the first to notice it and knew instantly that it was special.
“It’s motion could not be explained using either a normal solar system asteroid or comet orbit,” said Weryk. “This object came from outside our solar system.”
It’s believed to be less than a quarter-mile (400 meters) in diameter and is now moving at about 97,200 mph (156,400 km/h) relative to the sun, in the direction of the constellation Pegasus …. that interstellar baby is outta here!!!! -see ya Solar System, no time to chat!
There’s better, in-depth, info out there, Google it and let your imagination run wild ….
Just wanted to pass along this wonderful and gentle stir from Bill on keeping mindful of being present, being awake and being conscious …
Here is the rest of Bill’s interview with Charlie Rose …
“The huge, red star Betelgeuse , which marks the hunter’s shoulder in the constellation Orion, may have swallowed up a companion star not long ago, a new study suggests.
Betelgeuse is a “red supergiant” that will soon die in a supernova explosion. As the name of its stellar class indicates, Betelgeuse has bloated immensely as the end of its life has neared. Although Betelgeuse’s mass is just 15 to 25 times that of the sun, the star is currently about 860 million miles across, or 1,000 times wider than Earth’s star. (If you put Betelgeuse in the sun’s location, the red star’s surface would extend past the orbit of Mars and into the asteroid belt.)
Such an enormous star should be spinning slowly, since rotation rate decreases as size increases. (Think about how ice-skaters control their spin speed by bringing their arms in close to their body or extending them.) But that’s not the case with Betelgeuse, which is rotating at a blazing 33,500 mph, astronomers said.
“We cannot account for the rotation of Betelgeuse,” study lead author J. Craig Wheeler, an astronomer at the University of Texas at Austin, said in a statement. “It’s spinning 150 times faster than any plausible single star just rotating and doing its thing.”
But Wheeler and his colleagues may have an answer. Their computer models suggest that Betelgeuse’s puzzling spin could be explained if the giant gobbled up a companion roughly the same mass as the sun 100,000 years or so ago. (The angular momentum of the companion’s orbit would be transferred to Betelgeuse, speeding up the giant’s rotation to its current rate.)
This act of cannibalism likely would have spurred a cosmic belch of sorts, causing Betelgeuse to blast a cloud of material out into space at about 22,400 mph, Wheeler said. Indeed, astronomers have spotted a shell of matter at roughly the distance from Betelgeuse that this scenario predicts, he added.
Although there are other possible explanations for this space cloud, “the fact is, there is evidence that Betelgeuse had some kind of commotion on roughly this timescale,” Wheeler said.
Betelgeuse lies about 640 light-years from the sun. Like other supergiants, it will die young; the star is only about 10 million years old. The sun, by contrast, is nearly 4.6 billion years old and is only about halfway through its life.
The new study was published on Dec. 19 in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.”
Originally published on Space.com.
THIS is leadership ….
One of Claude’s secret delights has always been in antique postcards.
The antique postcard shown below is from 1907 …
“… when you’re born in this world you’re given a ticket to the freak show, and when you’re born in America, you’re given a front row seat …and some of us get to sit there with notebooks …” – George Carlin