When you travel around the world, you probably aim to be respectful of each and every culture you encounter. But you’d be surprised how easy it is to be rude without knowing. This is a primer on cultural sensitivity; however, instead of memorizing all the things you dare not do and where, you can often find resources on the particular cultural mores and customs of any particular place you are visiting by googling before you go.
‘Every year, the moon moves about 3.8 centimeters (1.5 inches) farther away from Earth. In addition, the sun is slowly growing larger as it fuses hydrogen into helium and consumes its nuclear fuel. The moon has been slowly slipping away from Earth ever since it formed billions of years ago, a time when the moon was closer and larger in the sky. Because it is getting farther away and smaller as viewed by us on Earth, and the sun is getting larger, there is an inevitable day when the moon will become too small in the sky to block the whole sun.
That day is about 600 million years in the future. A paper published by NASA predicts total solar eclipses will end in about 563 million years. However, British astronomer Jean Meeus suggests in his book, More Mathematical Astronomy Morsels, that perturbations in the orbits of the moon and the Earth will result in periods of on-and-off total solar eclipses starting in 620 million years, and the very last one won’t happen until 1.2 billion years from now…’
Source: Popular Mechanics
‘Republicans find themselves saddled with an incompetent president elected on an implicit promise to make America white again. Under him, they are able to accomplish exactly nothing…’
‘…[T]he talented dancers just broke a Guinness World Record in Guangzhou, Guangdong China, for most robots dancing simultaneously. They were created by WL Intelligent Technology Co, Ltd., and according to YouTube, “The robots were Dobi models who, along with being programmed to dance, can also sing, box, play football and execute kung fu moves…” …’
Source: Boing Boing
Man tries to stop Boston Dynamics robot from opening a door. Watch the video.
Source: Boing Boing
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed that Friday was Bannon’s last day. Source: CBS Boston
If the smug conceited racist returns to Breitbart, as rumored, will we be treated to its transformation into an organ of anti-Drumpf rhetoric?
— and That’s Teaching Scientists About Perception
New research suggests that we’re all susceptible to hallucinations—and they’re not that different from how our brain interprets actual events.
Stephen King: “Trump must be removed. Republicans, stand up to this obscene man.”
J.K. Rowling: “One good thing about that abomination of a speech: it’s now impossible for any Trump supporter to pretend they don’t know what he is.”
Joyce Carol Oates shared a photo of a poster comparing Trump to Adolf Hitler.
Jodi Picoult: ‘Just want to point out the last people who used the rhetoric of subduing the “alt-left” to appeal to masses were German Nazis prior to WWII.’
Rainbow Rowell challenged Trump’s comments that the alt-right protesters came in peace: “Those Nazis came to Charlottesville with torches, metal poles & semiautomatic weapons. They did not come in peace or to express an opinion.”
Kumail Nanjiani: ‘How can self professed “non-racist” & “non-white-supremacist” ppl continue to support him? I genuinely wanna know. How do you justify this?’
Gary Shteyngart: “Will Trump lead us into a civil war or nuclear holocaust first? Anyone taking bets?”
Norman Lear: “I fought Nazis in World War II. They aren’t “very fine people…”
Maureen Johnson: “My grandpa was a Marine for over 25 years and fought in WWI and WWII. He would not forgive me if I didn’t fight Nazi sympathizers.”
Brad Thor shared a gif of a dumpster fire.
￼Lincoln: “4 score and 7 seven years ago…” JFK: “Ask not what your country can do for you…” Trump: “Actually the Nazis had a permit…” ‘
Bannon in Limbo as Trump Faces Growing Calls for the Strategist’s Ouster
MAGGIE HABERMAN and GLENN THRUSH write:
‘Rupert Murdoch has repeatedly urged President Trump to fire him. Anthony Scaramucci, the president’s former communications director, thrashed him on television as a white nationalist. Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, the national security adviser, refused to even say he could work with him.
For months, Mr. Trump has considered ousting Stephen K. Bannon, the White House chief strategist and relentless nationalist who ran the Breitbart website and called it a “platform for the alt-right.” Mr. Trump has sent Mr. Bannon to a kind of internal exile, and has not met face-to-face for more than a week with a man who was once a fixture in the Oval Office, according to aides and friends of the president…’
This may be the only silver lining to come out of the horror of Charlottesville.
‘An elephant named Hanako was given that distinction in 2015. But others like her are living out isolated lives in zoos across Japan…’
Source: National Geographic
On what would have been his 75th birthday, a reprint of the first half of an incisive 1980 interview with Jerry Garcia by consummate Deadhead Jeff Tamarkin.
‘Do echinacea & Vitamin C kill colds? Will turmeric, goji berries or wheatgrass help you live to 150? The supplements that pass randomised, controlled trials…and the ones that are snake oil…’
Source: Information is Beautiful (with thanks to Gabe Weatherhead)