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    CSULA BA Art (1979) & BS Accounting (1989)
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  1. Is Mueller Going Silent?

    So Mueller did not make any progress report before entering the 60-day period before an important midterm election. However, up to the election there will be plenty of news about Paul Manifort's next trial(s), Michael Cohen flipping, Allen Weisselberg, Woodward's new book "FEAR", the NY Times Op-Ed leaker crisis, etc, etc...…..
  2. how could the big bang happen?

    We simply don't know what existed before the big bang. Could it have been some sort of "potential energy" existed before the big bang? Then something happened, a quantum fluctuation, that caused kinetic energy of the big bang. Could there have been a pre-existing universe that got annihilated by the big bang? Could another big bang happen in our universe that would complete destroy our current universe? If "nothing" existed before the big bang, then that "nothing" was obviously not absolutely nothing.
  3. Is Mueller Going Silent?

    Here it is, Friday, August 31st. If Mueller is going to issue a progress report on his special investigation into Trump, today is the last day. Otherwise, the next 2 months are off limits for any actions, indictments, or announcements because it would interfere with the Midterm elections in November. What do you think? That means we won't be hearing from Mueller until after the elections.
  4. The sun's rotation has no significant influence on the orbits of planets. They are much too far apart.
  5. What is your philosophy in life?

    WAHWE = We Are How We Eat... is my philosophy of life.
  6. Very interesting. Could the Moon be used as a factory for manufacturing breathable oxygen, fuel, and water that can be launched from the Moon to Mars? We could land robotic digging machines on the Moon to process water ice into these valuable components. How long would it take to develop the technology to land on the Moon and excavate water ice and process it for delivery of air, water, and fuel to Mars or elsewhere? Of course these can be used on the Moon for the outpost.
  7. Is this really that bad?

    Excellent point about driving! It is probably the most dangerous activity that large numbers of people engage in. I'm retired now and it is heavenly to not have to get on the freeway every morning to hustle to a miserable job! Now I need to drive only a few times each week. I'm totally with you about walking through your neighborhood. I got into the habit when we had a dog that loved going for walks, so he daily begged me to take him for a walk. We went for walks around our neighborhood more days than not for 14 years. During the last 2 years of his life we went for walks almost every day because I had retired. I learned to love the smell of the neighborhood especially early in the morning, herbal fragrances and cut grass. Now I still go for a jog of 4 km around my neighborhood in the San Fernando valley almost every morning. I have a brother that lives in La Jolla and I've seen the Midway Museum several times.
  8. Trump's Permanent Condemnations

    This is important to consider. The infrastructure of Trump's real estate empire was established by his genius father before Donald graduated from college. Trump rolled out of his bed of roses in his golden mansion to participate in his dad's business when he wasn't too busy tom catting around Queens and avoiding the draft. That takes no genius at all. Trump's genius is carnival barker and con artist. There is room for only a few at the top of the New York real estate market, and Trump was one of the lucky few to be installed by his dad. The latest blunder by Trump in a tweet was to call John Dean a "RAT!" "The failing @nytimes wrote a Fake piece today implying that because White House Councel Don McGahn was giving hours of testimony to the Special Councel, he must be a John Dean type 'RAT,'" Trump wrote, misspelling the word "counsel," as he often does. "But I allowed him and all others to testify - I didn't have to. I have nothing to hide...…" This is a permanent condemnation because there is a very high probability that Trump and John Dean will never make amends and become friends. I am 100% certain that Trump and Hillary Clinton will never become friends again. This clearly means that Trump sympathizes with the criminal Nixon against the truth-teller, the whistle-blower, verified by White House tapes, John Dean, by called him a "RAT" because Trump identifies with organized crime and Russian oligarchs. He is showing more and more of the crooked "don Corleone" inside him. Norton, I can think of an example of "fake news" as described by Mike Huckabee when I was watching Fox News. It was a Time magazine cover that showed Trump greeting the child of an illegal alien at the border, saying "Welcome to America." The photo was of a crying child that was separated from her mother at the border. It suggested that the child in the photo was STILL separated from her mother, when in fact they were already reunited. Mike Huckabee called it "fake news" for that reason. But the story is substantially true, just not absolutely, formally true. Huckabee's example of "fake news" was FAKE! Separations were occurring and many children were not being reunited with their parents, except for a lucky few, such as the child in the Time magazine photo. I hope to see your new, revised list of 3 examples of nontrivial "fake news." Thank you for your spirited debate!
  9. Trump's Permanent Condemnations

    Trump's book details his biography? Please provide objective evidence (not from his book) that Trump earned a Billion dollars by 1999. He was pampered his entire life. Anyone with the wealth of their father could do as well as Trump or better. Trump can barely read a teleprompter. Trump supporters think "If he is a billionaire he MUST know what he is doing." That's a fallacy. Just from watching what he says and does, it seems like Trump does NOT know what he is doing. About Obama's success. He entered office after the great recession. He saved the auto industry and pushed through policies that made the USA great again. He was opposed every step of the way by congress and they promised to never work with Obama. Then after 8 years of Obama, Trump jumps on board and takes credit for Obama's painstaking work. You saw the economic trend line, there was no special improvement during Trump, just the SAME trend of general improvement, and that includes the long-touted massive tax cuts that added a Trillion to US debt. You gave some weak examples of fake news. JK Rowling apologized about something very trivial. The Russian hooker story from the Steel Dossier has NOT been disproven. Christopher Steel was very reputable, the British foremost expert on Russia. Trump keeps saying, every day, "No collusion." You know that "collusion" is a word that has no special legal significance? In Trump's mind collusion means something like: he never chatted with Putin every Saturday night. We can see collusion of some kind (we don't know if it is criminal conspiracy) in the Trump Tower meeting with Don Jr, Manafort, Kushner, and the Russians. Eric Trump said they got their money from Russia. Please give us 3 better examples of nontrivial "fake news." Funny how Trump talks. Recently John Brennan criticized Trump. That criticism was thoughtful, articulate, and reasonable. It was later supported by over 70 members of the intelligence community. In response Trump sounded like a 10-year-old contradicted himself in one sentence. This is what Trump had to say about Brennan: "I've never respected him, I've never had a lot of respect for him." What is it? Never ANY respect, or some respect, just not "a LOT of respect?" He can't even talk straight in one short sentence. For years the GOP kept repeating for years the mantra Obama lied about Obamacare in that "you can keep your doctor." After 466 days in office (as of May 1st) Trump is credited with over 3,000 false or misleading claims, an average of 6.5/day. So Trump is a thousand times as misleading as Obama. "Seventy-two times, the president has falsely claimed he passed the biggest tax cut in history — when in fact it ranks in eighth place. Fifty-three times, the president has made some variation of the claim that the Russia probe is a made-up controversy. (If you include other claims about the Russia probe that are not accurate, the count goes to 90.) Forty-one times, the president has offered a variation of the false claim that Democrats do not really care about the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that Trump terminated." https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2018/05/01/president-trump-has-made-3001-false-or-misleading-claims-so-far/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.4e510c1abb84
  10. Trump's Permanent Condemnations

    1 - Please provide a source for this claim. 2 - The success of Obama is evident in the economic growth and decline in unemployment during his presidency. Trump takes over and things continued the same way because the country was on autopilot, set correctly by Obama. Trump did nothing to improve these except to promise massive tax cuts for the wealthy (charged as a Trillion in new debt). 3 - What Obama did for his success is a complex of things. 4 - Please give us a list of 3 nontrivial fake news that are commonly known. Trump cries "fake news" everyday. I searched the Koi feeding in Japan and still cannot be sure it was fake or not. Does anyone know? 5 - Please provide your source for "Trump loaned a million dollars and turned it into a billion before 1999" "...Trump is the beneficiary of several trust funds set up by his father and paternal grandmother beginning in 1949.[77] In 1976, Fred Trump set up trust funds of $1 million for each of his five children and three grandchildren; Donald Trump received annual payments from his trust fund, for example, $90,000 in 1980 and $214,605 in 1981.[77] By 1993, when Trump took two loans totaling $30 million from his siblings, their anticipated shares of Fred's fortune was $35 million each.[78][77] Upon Fred Trump's death in 1999, his will divided $20 million after taxes among his surviving children." "Trump said that he began his career with "a small loan of one million dollars" from his father.[81] He appeared on the initial Forbes 400 list of richest Americans in 1982 with an estimated $200 million fortune shared with his father.[82] Former Forbes reporter Jonathan Greenberg stated in 2018 that during the 1980s Trump had deceived him about his actual net worth and his share of the family assets in order to appear on the list.[83][84] Trump made the Forbes World's Billionaires list for the first time in 1989,[85] but he was dropped from the Forbes 400 from 1990 to 1995 following business losses.[82] In 2005, Deutsche Bank loan documents pegged Trump's net worth at $788 million..." Where did the Billion dollars come from by 1999? Is that a Billion in 2018 dollars? Or 1999 dollars? 6 - "Trump has never filed for personal bankruptcy, but his hotel and casino businesses have been declared bankrupt six times between 1991 and 2009 in order to re-negotiate debt with banks and owners of stock and bonds.[172][173] Because the businesses used Chapter 11 bankruptcy, they were allowed to operate while negotiations proceeded. Trump was quoted by Newsweek in 2011 saying, "I do play with the bankruptcy laws – they're very good for me" as a tool for trimming debt.[174][175] The six bankruptcies were the result of over-leveraged hotel and casino businesses in Atlantic City and New York: Trump Taj Mahal (1991), Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino (1992), Plaza Hotel (1992), Trump Castle Hotel and Casino (1992), Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts (2004), and Trump Entertainment Resorts (2009)…" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump#Wealth
  11. "Expanding" and "stretching" mean about the same thing right?
  12. Trump's Permanent Condemnations

    1 How is it that reporting what Trump says and does is attacking him? 2 Please give us some examples of how Trump has been misrepresented? 3 Trump does not "have" to be a cartoon baddy, he just often acts like one. His behavior is cartoonish. 4 FALSE. He was never a "self-made billionaire." He inherited his dad's real estate empire. Then he went bankrupt several times, only to be bailed out by the Russians. "...Trump is the beneficiary of several trust funds set up by his father and paternal grandmother beginning in 1949.[77] In 1976, Fred Trump set up trust funds of $1 million for each of his five children and three grandchildren; Donald Trump received annual payments from his trust fund, for example, $90,000 in 1980 and $214,605 in 1981.[77] By 1993, when Trump took two loans totaling $30 million from his siblings, their anticipated shares of Fred's fortune was $35 million each.[78][77] Upon Fred Trump's death in 1999, his will divided $20 million after taxes among his surviving children." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump#Wealth 5 All Trump gets credit for is not yet spoiling the trend that began and continued throughout Obama's admin. Also he promised big tax cuts and deregulation to please the wealthy, by adding a Trillion dollars in debt. Any idiot could have done that for a short-term fix. 6 When the feud between a comedian (Rosie O'Donnell) and a billionaire became public, the loser can only be the billionaire. Could you now give us a few examples of what Trump calls "fake news"? He never says WHAT is fake, just anything negative about him must be fake.
  13. Is this really that bad?

    Occasionally I drive myself through a mountain pass to the ocean that has only one lane going each way. Going around mountain curves, if you go over the side you are dead. There are places every few miles to pull off to allow cars to pass. I like to stay at the end of the "train" of cars so I can drive slower. When I find myself in the front of a train of cars, I feel tailgated. So I always look for the next pull out to allow the speedsters to pass me, then I get back on the road behind them to continue at my leisure pace. I will do this several times in a half hour. Does it make sense to fear a gun rather than the man holding the gun? I don't understand your point. You never know what kind of person is tailgating you, no matter where in the world you are. Yes I live in a dangerous place, the USA. Few carry a gun, but enough do to make me NOT act out in any way. Anything can be misinterpreted. It seems to work because I never experienced a "road rage" incident.
  14. Is this really that bad?

    If you lived in the USA you would do well to fear ANY tailgating driver. Get the hell out of their way, NOW!! Many drivers routinely exceed the speed limit. Guns are very common in the USA. Road rage is no joke, even though you think it is. Really, you would flip the tailgater off, where you live? Are you sure everyone living there is decent and forgiving?
  15. Is this really that bad?

    I think he wanted you to speed up, that is why he was tailgating you. What would I have done? I would have taken his tailgating dead seriously and found a way to pull over to the side so he could pass me up, asap. You never know what kind of person is upset with you. They may have a gun.