Truthful Tuesday

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Stephen Hawking has said that he fails to understand the popularity of Donald Trump, the presumptive US Republican presidential candidate.

ITV’s Good Morning Britain asked the man who has widened the world’s understanding of time, space, stars, galaxies and black holes if he could explain the popular appeal of the billionaire tycoon.

Hawking, perhaps the world’s most famous living scientist and the author of one of the world’s best-selling books, replied: “I can’t. He’s a demagogue who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator.”

@ THE GUARDIAN

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Memorial Day Monday

 

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Sun-day

CHANCE OF STORMS ON MEMORIAL DAY: NOAA forecasters estimate a 55% chance of G1-class geomagnetic storms on May 30th when Earth enters a high-speed stream solar wind flowing from this coronal hole:

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Coronal holes are places in the sun’s atmosphere where the magnetic field opens up and allows solar wind to escape. When solar wind leaves the sun, it carries some of the sun’s magnetic field with it to Earth. This is key: Magnetic fields in the emerging stream have a negative polarity (“negative Bz”). Such fields can pry open a crack in Earth’s magnetosphere, allowing solar wind to pour in and fuel geomagnetic storms. High-latitude sky watchers should therefore be alert for auroras on May 30th, especially in the southern hemisphere where darkening autumn skies favor visibility of faint lights.

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Wildlife Saturday

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Glowing Idiots Thursday

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So, it’s come to this. After years of promoting hate and fear, the Republican Party has coughed up the hairball known as Donald J. Trump, the ideal candidate to service all the paranoia created by people like Hannity, O’Reilly, Limbaugh, and the rest of the howling jackals who got rich by making Americans believe that it was just too dangerous to even go to church unless they were carrying an AK-47.

And now all the Republicans who told us just weeks ago that Trump was utterly unqualified to occupy the White House are telling us that he’s their guy, that his record of misogyny, bigotry, fear mongering, and saber rattling is just what we need now to repair all the horrors inflicted on us by that illegitimate black guy from Kenya who has confiscated all our guns, outlawed Christmas, violated the Constitution with every breath he drew, and did a whole lot of other bad stuff no decent, God fearin’ American could ever find acceptable.

Jamie Oneill

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Rogue Capybara Wednesday

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Toronto police, zookeepers, and residents are on the alert after two rodents of unusual size escaped from a local zoo early Tuesday.

The pair of capybara – canine-sized, amphibious rodents which resemble guinea pigs but are much, much bigger – are being sought by 30 park and zoo workers in Toronto’s 399-acre High Park, according to the Toronto Sun.

Residents have been warned not to approach the animals, which were described by zoo volunteers as “quite shy”, but to call the park authorities.

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