Extreme Maga Republicans

The following is a list of the 20 Congressional Representatives that held up the vote for Kevin McCarthy as speaker for 15 rounds of voting in early January 2023.  These people are the ones who are most likely to block any reasonable issues before congress.  They are Maga Republican radicals , far right extremists, who only can be controlled by the voters within their districts.  If you care for democracy, if you do not want the populists to take over our country, vote these guys out of office. There are other Maga Republicans, but this is the group who even blocked one of their own.  

AZ       Andy Biggs

AZ       Eli Crane

AZ       Paul Gosar

NC       Dan Bishop

CO       Lauren Boebert

FL        Anna Paulina Luna

FL        Byron Donalds

FL        Matt Gaetz

GA      Andrew Clyde

IL         Mary Miller

MD     Andy Harris

MT      Matt Rosendale

OK       Josh Brecheen

PA       Scott Perry

SC       Ralph Norman

TN       Andy Ogles

TX       Michael Cloud

TX       Chip Roy

TX       Keith Self

VA       Bob Good


‘No chance’ of global heating below 1.5C but nuclear tech ‘promising’ in cli mate crisis, Bill Gates says

Bill Gates is investing lots of money in health, climate, and nuclear power. This article is from a speech he made this week.

This line below makes me think that perhaps our great great grand children will have it better than me.

“I’m still very optimistic that it will be much better to be born 20, 40, 60 years from now than [at] any time in the past.”

If the climate crisis causes you mental anguish, don’t read it.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/jan/23/no-chance-of-global-heating-below-15c-but-nuclear-tech-promising-in-climate-crisis-bill-gates-says?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

ChatGPT: How artificial intelligence affects critical thinking | Opinion

https://www.deseret.com/2023/1/23/23562681/chatgpt-artificial-intelligence-critical-thinking-dark-ages

The above linked article is a critical look at AI in general and what the internet has done to our student population. It is a long read, I doubt anyone younger than 30 will read it. Of course, that is what the article forecasts.

I know that some people younger than 21 won’t even read emails. Since this post doesn’t have any pictures, They probably won’t read this either.

Read a book!

Safer Chocolates

The February 2023 issue of Consumer Reports has an article exposing which dark chocolates have high levels of Lead and Cadmium. The five bars shown here are the safest, have the least Lead and Cadmium. Of this group, Mast is the best.

A new Comet is coming around the Sun

A comet known as C/2022 E3, marked by its bright green nucleus and long faint ion tail, will be on display in the Earth sky later this month — possibly for the first time ever.

“If C/2022 E3 has ever passed through the solar system before, it would have last been seen in the sky more than 10,000 years ago,” says Jon Giorgini, a senior analyst at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The comet is expected to reach its closest proximity to the sun on Jan. 12. Then, about three weeks later, beginning Feb. 1, it will be most visible from Earth. You might be able to find it near the bright star Polaris, otherwise known as the North Star, in the early evening.

Perhaps you can see it with the naked eye or simple binoculars.

DALL-E and ChatGPT are from the same company

Did you know that ChatGPT was created by the same company that created DALL-E ? That is OpenAI. OpenAI is a private company, so far, and is owned by private investors.

https://openai.com/

DALL-E 2 is a new AI system that can create realistic images and art from a description in natural language. The images in this post were created by DALL-E. .

https://openai.com/dall-e-2/

If you have an account at either AI site, it will work at the other site. Your account is actually an OpenAI account! I wonder what their next system will be?! .

8 Billion

I knew it was coming, but I didn’t realize it would be this soon.

The UN estimates that the world population will reach 8 billion on or about November 15, 2022. OMG, 12 days from now!

What if climate change sneaks up on us too?

https://www.unep.org/resources/emissions-gap-report-2022

https://theconversation-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/theconversation.com/amp/8-billion-humans-how-population-growth-and-climate-change-are-connected-as-the-anthropocene-engine-transforms-the-planet-193075?amp_js_v=0.1#webview=1&cap=swipe

https://ourworldindata.org/world-population-growth

Should be a law

THERE OUGHTA BE A LAW THAT ALL TRUCKS CAN BE OPENED FROM THE INSIDE.

But this won’t happen because the

Supreme Court will say that the Constitution makes no provisions for trucks.

Democrats will say that this would do little to solve the root of the problem.

Republicans will say that this is a multi-step process that is traditionally a winnowing process, and it would do nothing to lower the death rate.

The truck manufacturers will say that supply change issues hamper their ability to change the process.

Padlock manufacturers will say that this would harm their business.

NRA will say that we should put a gun in every truck.

Another Thought Provoking Book

I’m reading another history-of-the-world book. This one is long, 526 pages of text and another 150 of notes, bibliography and index. If you liked Yuval Noah Harari’s books, you might like this. Although the authors kinda criticized Yuval!

The book really makes me wonder if my education has been rather one sided and stifled by European philosophers and dogma. The book has been on the New York Times best seller list in 2021, and other “best” lists too. Many of our current historians are both praising and criticizing the ideas in the book. For a good look at the various critiques, look at the description in Wikipedia.

The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity is a 2021 book by anthropologist and anarchist activist David Graeber (deceased), and archaeologist David Wengrow.

This book is already making me more critical of the troubles our society is going through. At least I feel I’m not alone when I sometimes yearn for a different political and economic structure. Noam Chomsky called it “challenging and illuminating”.

Read some reviews of the book, and then find it in your bookstore.