Monday, December 11, 2017

THE NUCLEAR BUTTON

Could the President get mad one morning while watching the news and just push it?













Would anything or anyone be able to stop him?

The Los Angeles Times asking and answering that question concluded, "probably not."

Last month, Congress, after forty-one years of not dealing with this, held hearings to reexamine the chain of command that's involved with starting a nuclear war and learned that the President, to order an attack, has to call in the Military officer who carries "the football" (the brief case containing the nuclear codes), and transmit the orders to the U.S. Strategic command. A minute or two later, a barrage of nuclear missiles would be launched.

According to the Associated Press, General John Hyten, current head of the Strategic Command, said he would refuse the launch order, and stated that the order would be illegal. General John Hyten said it was not clear what would happen next.

Slate.com says the President could circumvent General Hyten's objections, and referred to the book compiled by military lawyers that contains legal justification for "almost any sort of nuclear attack that a president might want to order."

The Chicago Tribune, responding to the President's tweets about destroying North Korea, said that leaving this authority in the hands of one person has always been a risk. Referring to the fact that precedents were set up back in Cold War days when the Soviet Union could wipe out our entire arsenal with a surprise attack, the Chicago Tribune reminded us that North Korea cannot wipe out our arsenal; the Chicago Tribune told us that the Democrats have introduced legislation requiring the President get a declaration of war from Congress before ordering a first strike. Even though the Democrat's bill isn't likely to pass, the Chicago Tribune said, "For now, we'll have to hope that  Trump won't succumb to the temptation to press the button."

Oh boy!!!

Remember this child's game:

One kid is it; other kids gather around in a circle holding hands. The IT-kid passes through the group touching their hands as if he's passing the button, but no one knows who now has the button.

North Korea and nukes is one more life and death situation on the plate, while we are dealing with the shocking behavior of celebrity producers, politicians, reporters, (and our president), who have been given approval by us doing nothing about what's been going on for years.

What can we do other than hope -- HOPE the tweeter in the White House doesn't spur of the moment press the button.

All I can do right now is say that sentence louder, clearer!!!



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Thursday, December 7, 2017

BEST INVENTIONS OF 2017

Here's my list -- a boil down of Time Magazine's list of "Best Inventions of 2017."

HALO TOP ICE CREAM

Low-sugar--360 calories per pint; currently beating out Häagen Dazs and Ben & Jerry’s as best-selling pint in America. One pint $5.00



SIGHT 
Glasses that give sight to the blind, record high level definition video, magnification, contrast, and algorithms to enhance imagery. Clinically validated at Johns Hopkins Hospital by more than 1000 patients. Present cost: $9,995.

BEMPU
Wrist band for babies, temperature monitoring bracelet sounds alarm, flashes orange if babies are to cold.  $28.00





PROHIJAB
Available in January,
in a light breathable fabric
that wicks moisture.  $35.00



ROBOT JIBO
He giggles, dances, faces you when you say "hello," his  body swivels; he can summarize news stories; he takes photos, $899.


IPHONE X
Smarter smart phone;
edge-to-edge screen,
can be unlocked
by your face.
$999
VICIS ZERO 1
Stronger safer helmet; $1500 -- works like a car bumper, reduces impact to the brain; now used by players on 19 NFL teams





OCULUS GO
Facebook's Headset 
It needs no phone,
no computer, to
 give wearer VR
 $199
SWITCH
Nintendo Gaming Console, 6.2 Screen Smaller than the Ipad Mini, one style for one player, another form is for multiple users. $300



EMBER MUG
Keeps coffee/tea at
120 F to 145 F
for an hour. $80.






FOR THE FUTURE:

Michelin airless tires,
tread snap in, accommodate
road conditions.

Shoe engineered boosts
performance: Adidas

Drones controlled
by wave of hand; $499.


Molekule 1. Innovative
air cleaner destroys
mold, bacteria, $800 + per year.


Coming soon:
FORWARD: Wellness Clinic; users have unlimited access to genetic screenings, blood testing, weight-loss planning, routine doctor visits; $149 per month.

THYSSENKRUPP MULTI ELEVATOR; Moves sideways, or multi-directional; following successful test in 2017, Multi is set to debut in Berlin by 2021.

TESLA MODEL 3: Electric car. $35,000 +;200 miles on single charge; factory struggling to produce them, getting 1,800 orders a day.

MARS AIRCRAFT, probe beyond  surface of Mars. (ready by 2020 when first flight is ready to go.)

SIMPLER HOME SECURITY, disarmed by wave of hand or key fob; $499.

(What thrills you?  My personal preference: sight for the blind; sideways elevators, innovative air cleaner, Model 3 electric car.)



Sunday, December 3, 2017

(VIDEO) FAVORITE CUSS WORDS

"What are your favorite cussing words," Emily asks her husband, John Cullum.


The Cullums have fun with the topic, as they reveal why & when they use curse words, and which words they find themselves using.






Wednesday, November 29, 2017

ARE YOU A PHUBBEREE?

 We love our phones.


The managing editor of The WEEK, Theunis Bates, said Americans feel their relationships are being phubbed by a seductive third party -- not another person, but a smartphone. I looked up phubb; it's phone & snub spliced together.

Researchers at Baylor University surveyed 140 people and found that  almost half had been “phubbed” by their partner, that is, snubbed by the partner checking social media, news, or texts on a phone, According to 70 people, phone overuse is causing conflict with their loved one. 

"Phubbering" was also mentioned a few weeks ago in The Washington Post in an article by Stanford University psychologist, Emma Seppala who described how many couples are struggling to balance their  love for each other with their love for their iPhones and Androids.

Managing editor Theunis Bates said: "I’ve been both a phubber and phubbee‚ so I get why this habit is so infuriating and yet so difficult to stop doing. We’re social beings who crave connection, but facetoface communication can feel passé when there’s a whole world to observe and interact with on our gadgets. Tap a screen and you’re rewarded with an always updating stream of photos from family and friends, tweets from the president, breaking news, and videos of skateboarding cats. Dipping into that stream lights up the pleasure centers in our brains—the same ones activated by recreational drugs—so we keep going back for more."

Wow! What a warning! When I'm shopping, I see it happening -- everyone's talking on the phone while I'm trying not to bump into anyone, or checking pot holes in the sidewalk and the street.

Hey, heed Theunis Bates and Em! Command yourself -- sing that ugly awful word P H U B B E R E E inside your brain, and plunk down your device.