Pi Day

Yesterday was Pi Day, 3/14. I was aware of it, but we didn’t plan to honor it until we went to the grocery store. It was celebrating by selling some pies for $3.14. That tickled us, so we bought one, of course. It was fun and friendly and we left with a warm spot in our hearts. A very effective form of PR on their part!

Do you know of anyone who celebrates Pi Day? How do you represent March 14 — 3/14 or?


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We get a lot of wind in March, especially up on the land. But so far it hasn’t sent us flying.

This The Guardian article has a video showing why an international bike race in South Africa was canceled because of the wind.

Up on the land, of course, the winds mostly topple trees. Recently one fallen tree almost clobbered two of Andy’s young evergreens.

A near miss:

A very near miss:

Do you ever have problems with wind?


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Put Up or Shut Up

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) called Sunday for President Trump to either prove his claim that President Barack Obama tapped the phones in Trump Tower during last year’s election campaign or drop the accusation.

“The president has one of two choices, either retract or provide the information that the American people deserve,” McCain said in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I have no reason to believe that the charge is true, but I also believe that the president of the United States could clear this up in a minute.”
—The Washington Post, McCain to Trump: Retract wiretapping claim or prove it

Other top lawmakers are saying the same thing. I feel much more comfortable with their response than with Nunes’ saying the press shouldn’t have taken Trump’s tweets literally. Uh, no. McCain is right, he didn’t directly criticize Trump, but he said the accusation shouldn’t be taken lightly. As he said,

If the allegation is left out there, it undermines the confidence the American people have in the entire way that the government does business.

Good for him! All may not be lost.


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News Sources

The cartoonists, Mastroianni and Hart, don’t think much of Trump’s main source of news. And I agree with them. Andy and I spend a lot of money for investigative journalism, but none for cable TV.

Where do you get your news?


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Yeah, Sure

The top Republican on the House intelligence committee said he has not seen any evidence to back President Donald Trump’s claim that the Obama administration wiretapped him during the 2016 campaign and suggested the news media were taking the president’s weekend tweets too literally.

“The president is a neophyte to politics — he’s been doing this a little over a year,” Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told reporters Tuesday. “I think a lot of the things he says, I think you guys sometimes take literally.”
The Washington Post

Yeah, sure. Blame the press when they take Trump’s tweets seriously. We can’t expect Trump to be more responsible. Does the word “enabler” come to your mind too?

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Yay, Neanderthals!

neanderthal (plural neanderthals)

1. (pejorative) A primitive, boorish person or a person with old-fashioned ideas or who opposes change.
2. A specimen of the now extinct species Homo neanderthalensis.

Boo! Hiss! Thumbs down on the first definition. Don’t you dis my ancestors!

When our ancestors first migrated out of Africa around 60,000 years ago, they were not alone. At that time, at least two other species of hominid cousins walked the Eurasian landmass—Neanderthals and Denisovans. As our modern human ancestors migrated through Eurasia, they encountered the Neanderthals and interbred. Because of this, a small amount of Neanderthal DNA was introduced into the modern human gene pool.


A team of scientists comparing the full genomes of the two species concluded that most Europeans and Asians have between 1 to 2 percent Neanderthal DNA. Indigenous sub-Saharan Africans have none, or very little Neanderthal DNA because their ancestors did not migrate through Eurasia.
Why am I Neanderthal?

The above article says “most” Europeans and Asians, this one says everyone of European descent is bound to have some Neanderthal genes. I’m half Swedish, a quarter Irish, and a quarter German, so that’s me. How cool is that? 🙂

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New Poll Numbers

President Trump gets high marks for leadership amid growing economic optimism, a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll finds, but questions about his temperament and his tweets have cost him the political boost that a president traditionally gets from that good news.
USA TODAY Poll: Tweets and temperament are tripping up President Trump

According to the poll, 47% approve of the job he’s doing and 44% disapprove. That’s still better than some of his previous poll numbers, and, interestingly enough, it’s higher than Hillary Clinton is doing right now.

As Hillary Clinton makes her reemergence with a speech at the Kennedy Center in Washington on Wednesday night, a new poll shows her with her worst image numbers ever. The Suffolk University poll shows that just 35 percent of registered voters have a favorable opinion of Clinton, compared with 55 percent who have an unfavorable one.
—The Denver Post, Good news for Donald Trump: Your poll numbers are now better than Hillary Clinton’s

How funny is that?


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It’s Nice to Have a Friend

No hustle and bustle here.


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Needs More Than Tweeting?

Apparently Trump felt better Sunday after seeing that his accusations against Obama were the dominant story in the newspapers. But after the Sunday morning talk shows he was angry again — few Republicans were supporting his tweets because he didn’t present any evidence.

I’m curious to see how he will respond to North Korea’s launching of four more missiles this weekend. They had a long enough range to be a threat to Japan, South Korea, and China. And it’s well-known that North Korea is making good progress towards developing missiles that can hit the West coast of the U.S.

In January when Kim Jong Un said that his regime was almost ready to test an intercontinental ballistic missile, Trump tweeted,

It won’t happen!

Yeah, sure.


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