Saturday, April 13, 2019

Mr. "Fake-News-in-Chief."

The President of the United States is the "worst" perpetrator of misinformation [a.k.a. fake news] on the internet, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Opinion David Kaye said in an interview published today.

"Governments are real offenders when it comes to disinformation," said Kaye. "In my own country, the United States, the worst perpetrator of false information is the President of the United States."

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

STEM Women (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)

It's been a big day for science. And an even bigger day for women scientists.

On Wednesday, we Earthlings got our first direct look at a black hole, thanks to the Event Horizon Telescope, an array of eight radio telescopes around the world working together to create the image.

This newfound information could impact Albert Einstein's (year 1915) theories of gravity. (Gravity is most accurately described by the general theory of relativity (proposed by Albert Einstein in 1915) which describes gravity not as a force, but as a consequence of the curvature of space-time caused by the uneven distribution of mass.)

Black Holes Were Such an Extreme Concept, Even Einstein Had His Doubts

Katie Bouman, an ordinary MIT graduate student (Ph.D. candidate), helped develop a key computer program while still in school.

The black hole in NGC 1277 is one of the largest.

Along with others, her program created the first image of the black hole. A great accomplishment for scence.

Congrats to Katie!

Katie is no dummy. Trump, stupid-in-chief, demonstrated his astronomical ignorance for the world to observe!

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Instability - as She Goes!

Donald Trump will remove Secret Service director Randolph “Tex” Alles from his position in, as an anonymous insider described the atmosphere, “a systematic purge” at the Department of Homeland Security.

Trump’s ouster of Alles came shortly after homeland security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was forced to resign.

The United States has designated Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards as a foreign terrorist organisation, Trump said on Monday, marking the first time Washington has formally named a branch of the armed forces of a foreign government as a terrorist group.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Trump's Legal Troubles are just BEGINNING

Legal experts warn that even though Mueller's probe has ended, there are more legal woes facing Donald Trump.

“The Mueller investigation is but a fraction of the president’s troubles. If anything, it’s just the beginning.” [Bradley Moss, a national security lawyer and former federal prosecutor.]

New York–based federal prosecutors can investigate areas of the president’s life that were off-limits for the special counsel’s office, including his business empire, his inaugural committee and his personal finances – for starters.

“I think that [the Mueller report] certainly is not the end-all, be-all for legal problems and ethics problems for the president.” [Noah Bookbinder, executive director at the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.]

Last month, the Southern District of New York issued a subpoena to Trump's inaugural committee to hand over financial and donor records. Prosecutors are investigating everything from the committee’s spending to whether any donations came from illegal foreign entities.

“The SDNY investigation, in the end, has to be far more concerning for the president,” Moss said.

“With the investigation reaching into possible bank, loan, and insurance fraud… that probe threatens the president, his family and his business empire,” he said.

“…Congress will probe into matters in line with its impeachment charges,” Moss said.

Trump said he welcomes the public release of the Mueller report, even though he has repeatedly slammed its very existence as “ridiculous.” Last week, Trump claimed that he told Republicans to “play along”… to make the report available to the public.

False statements involving Donald Trump

“Let it come out. Let people see it,” Trump told reporters Wednesday. “Let’s see whether or not it’s legit."