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  1. The design considerations and mission planning for NASA's upcoming attempt to fly a small helicopter on Mars are fascinating: https://www.wired.com/story/a-helicopter-ride-over-mars-nasas-about-to-give-it-a-shot/#intcid=recommendations_wired-right-rail_501b807b-3e8a-416c-ae72-16e452077286_popular4-1
  2. I'm not suggesting that you should feel sorry for them, or that they are entitiled to pandemic-related relief payments from the government. But be honest - - would you have guessed that 50% of all millionaires never paid more than $300 for a watch? Or would you have guessed that the vast majority of them paid thousands of dollars for a fancy Rolex?
  3. A lot of people have misconceptions about how most (obviously not all) millionaires live. From https://assetbuilder.com/knowledge-center/articles/the-next-millionaire-next-door-provides-a-road-map-for-us-all ". . . seventy-five percent of millionaires paid less than $1000 for their most expensive suit. Fifty percent of millionaires paid less than $300 for their most expensive watch. Three-quarters of American millionaires paid less than $300 for their most expensive pair of shoes. She also found that 65 percent of American millionaires live in homes that are currently worth less than a million dollars. Today, about 9 percent of U.S. households have a net worth that exceeds a million dollars. That’s up from 3.5 percent in 1996. Most millionaires (93 percent) have a college degree. But most millionaires didn’t go to an expensive private college."
  4. Nationwide resource re various federal courts: https://www.uscourts.gov/about-federal-courts/court-website-links/court-orders-and-updates-during-covid19-pandemic WNY federal court: https://www.nywd.uscourts.gov/sites/nywd/files/COVID-19 General Order - Extension Through September 25%2C 2020.pdf
  5. There may be opportunities next year for the Bills to pick up players that must be cut to get under next year's potentially lower salary cap: https://sports.yahoo.com/several-teams-rough-cap-shape-095959408.html
  6. The most likely options are burial or an indoor cremation, but if it's one of the Vikings, maybe it's an outdoor funeral pyre in Crestone, Colorado. I kid you not: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyre
  7. Interesting read that presents both sides of the argument re potential for finding life on Mars: From https://getpocket.com/explore/item/why-discovering-martians-could-be-disappointing?utm_source=pocket-newtab Examples: "Most life on Earth is small, dumb, and deep, and the same might be true on Mars." "We’ve sent a fleet of invading spacecraft to Mars—it’s like the inverse of 1950s space horror movies—and we can’t find anything."
  8. I thought this article presented an interesting perspective on current stock market trends/issues: https://www.vox.com/business-and-finance/2020/7/9/21314119/stock-market-day-trading-reddit-dave-portnoy-barstool-robinhood?utm_source=pocket-newtab Even if the people interviewed/mentioned represent a small share of market volume, it's a window on current market psychology among retail "investors."
  9. Looks like you may have to wait until 2021: https://www.juggalogathering.com/
  10. Nice shoes - - wanna F * * * ? FISH - - the missing word is FISH.
  11. Sadly, "My other brother? - - Darryl" Thanks a lot Mom & Dad
  12. Jim McKay: Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sports... the thrill of victory... and the agony of defeat... the human drama of athletic competition... This is "ABC's Wide World of Sports!" while watching some Slovenian ski jumper spectacularly wipe out at take off.
  13. Here's what a co-author of the "36 intelligent alien civilizations in our galaxy" prediction recently said about his own study: From https://getpocket.com/explore/item/scientists-say-most-likely-number-of-contactable-alien-civilisations-is-36?utm_source=pocket-newtab _______________________ “Basically, we made the assumption that intelligent life would form on other [Earth-like] planets like it has on Earth, so within a few billion years life would automatically form as a natural part of evolution,” said Conselice. The assumption, known as the Astrobiological Copernican Principle, is fair as everything from chemical reactions to star formation is known to occur if the conditions are right, he said. “[If intelligent life forms] in a scientific way, not just a random way or just a very unique way, then you would expect at least this many civilisations within our galaxy,” he said. He added that, while it is a speculative theory, he believes alien life would have similarities in appearance to life on Earth." (emphasis added) ________________________ The assumption is not "fair," because although, according to Mr. Conselice, we know that chemical reactions and star formation "occur if the conditions are right," we don't have any idea how life began on earth, which is the only place that we actually know that life exists. If we knew how life began on earth (we don't), we could establish those conditions and create life from something that was previously non-life. We have never been able to do that, and don't have the slightest clue how to make that happen. Even the co-author of the study admits that his model is "speculative" and based on an "assumption." That is far different from storm path models that are based on actually observed facts about multiple prior actual storm paths. Those fact-based models can be fine-tuned to become more accurately predictive as time goes by and more actual storm paths are observed. If we ever do find life elsewhere in the universe, we can start constructing models based on actual facts. Right now we have only one relevant fact. Life exists on earth. And we don't know how it started. Speculative assumption in, speculative calculation out.
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