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Bill Angel

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  1. The idea that matter in our universe could be interacting with matter in another universe is an idea taken seriously by string theorists. For example, the idea is discussed in the book "The Hidden Reality, Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos" by Brian Greene I wrote a blog entry discussing some aspects of this issue of dark matter residing in another universe. See http://blogs.scienceforums.net/billangel/2013/11/18/does-dark-matter-reside-in-another-universe/
  2. Yesterday in each of the primaries that they both won, Donald Trump got a percentage of the vote comparable to what Hillary Clinton got, but Hillary Clinton got the greater number of votes. This would suggest that Clinton will beat Trump in the general election in each of those states.
  3. The image below was created by photographing the ice on the surface of a pond with the camera's lens equipped with a polarizing filter. A good review article discussing elasticity and crack formation in ice is "The Structure and Mechanical Behavior of Ice" http://www.tms.org/pubs/journals/JOM/9902/Schulson-9902.html
  4. Koyaanisqatsi Movie Full Soundtrack - Phillip Glass (1982) https://youtu.be/t-t8w08QNJM
  5. After graduate studies in nuclear physics at Union College in Schenectady, New York, Jimmy Carter was selected by Admiral Hyman Rickover to serve as engineering officer of the Sea Wolf, America's second nuclear submarine. President Carter was not awarded the Nobel Prize in physics, but was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2002.
  6. If Trump does get the Republican nomination, I believe that a lot of Republicans will just skip voting for President and just vote to ensure that their Republican Representatives and Senators stay in office.
  7. See http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/12/politics/donald-trump-rages-against-the-machine/index.html On the other hand, here is Bernie Sanders "take" on Donald Trump: See http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bernie-sanders-unloads-on-donald-trump_us_56e4847ae4b0860f99d9475f
  8. When I was processed for a government Top Secret Security Clearance, I had to take a polygraph (lie detector) exam. Since the President is going to have access to all Top Secret government info, perhaps he or she (the prospective office holders) should also undergo a similar polygraph exam.
  9. And here is a real gem from Donald Trump: "Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest -and you all know it! Please don't feel so stupid or insecure,it's not your fault" Check out @realDonaldTrump's Tweet: https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/332308211321425920?s=09
  10. What is measured in a IQ test is definitely not one's prescience. Prescience is defined as the ability to know what will or might happen in the future i.e foresight. Prescience is one aspect of what could be termed good judgment. A lot of people with high IQs don't necessarily display good judgment in their decision making.
  11. Superman by the Crash Test Dummies Two admirers of Superman photographed by me in Baltimore
  12. The Sci Fi humorist Douglas Adams imagined that there is a restaurant at the end of the universe named Milliways. There could perhaps also be a hotel there named the Multiverse Envy Hotel. One could imagine Donald Trump visiting such a hotel, and attempting to argue with the infinite versions of himself in the other universes about whose universe was the largest. ;-)
  13. That Martian encounter might perhaps account for the monolith that Curiosity Rover discovered on Mars:
  14. Are you thinking about something like "fuzzy logic"?
  15. There was an excellent example of this in the media coverage of US Senator John Edwards' extramarital affairSee https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Edwards_extramarital_affair
  16. The Bible contains a clear definition of faith in Hebrews 11:1: Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Simply put, the biblical definition of faith is trusting in something you cannot explicitly prove. Atheism is usually defined incorrectly as a belief system. Atheism is not a disbelief in gods or a denial of gods; it is a lack of belief in gods. Older dictionaries define atheism as "a belief that there is no God." People cannot trust these dictionaries to define atheism. See. https://atheists.org/activism/resources/what-is-atheism
  17. When newspapers first went online you could read their content for free.Now the newspapers that I like to read online: New York Times, Washington Post, and the Baltimore Sun, have gone to a subscription-based model. You get to read 10 articles for free each month, and you have to subscribe if you want to read any more than that. So advertising revenue alone is not a sufficient revenue stream to keep their operations profitable.
  18. Here is an interesting posting on this subject: Why Are So Many Muslims in Prison? http://www.meforum.org/blog/2015/08/islam-prison
  19. Some observers think that Donald Trump bears little resemblance to Ronald ReaganSee https://www.commentarymagazine.com/american-society/trump-is-no-ronald-reagan/
  20. Glycerine (or Glycerol) is a simple sugar alcohol compound. Is there some connection between this chemical compound and the lyrics of this song?
  21. It appears that Trump has flip flopped again on the issue of the acceptability of the use of torture: Donald Trump on torture: 'We have to beat the savages'
  22. A good article appeared in today's New York Times:Apple Sees Value in Its Stand to Protect [Personal] Security http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/21/technology/apple-sees-value-in-privacy-vow.html Also here is a review of a good book to check out: Becoming Steve Jobs, by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli http://nyti.ms/1FcHcBs In my opinion Tim Cook is simply continuing to implement Steve Jobs' corporate priorities and strategy.
  23. Tim Cook is Steve Jobs' protege at Apple and Eddy Cue is Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services who reports to CEO Tim Cook. According to Eddy Cue "Steve really had just two things he cared about in his life Apple - and to some extent Pixar - and his family". US national security is not on that list. Apple is also now a multi-national corporation with two thirds of a sales overseas, and is holding 181 billion dollars in profits overseas, so it's understandable if for them Apple's corporate interests overshadow U.S. national security interests.
  24. See https://stratechery.com/2016/apple-versus-the-fbi-understanding-iphone-encryption-the-risks-for-apple-and-encryption/ Assuming that the key that was unique to the device that was embedded when the phone was manufactured is known to Apple, the only thing that is unknown to decrypt the contents is the user created pass code. If the encrypted contents of the phone's memory were copied out and uploaded into a powerful supercomputer, I would think that the code breakers at NSA could retrieve the clear text meaning in a reasonable amount of time.
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