First the bad news:
If Higgs Boson Calculations Are Right, A Catastrophic ‘Bubble’ Could End Universe
Now the good news:
Earth will likely be long gone before any Higgs boson particles set off an apocalyptic assault on the universe. Physicists expect the sun to burn out in 4.5 billion years or so, and expand, likely engulfing Earth in the process.
t a couple of town hall meetings in Arizona on Tuesday, John McCain got in a scrap with know-nothings over immigration reform. These are the same ignorant folks McCain pandered to during his last election, so he damn well deserved it.
Here’s how the AP reported part of the pushback:
“There are 11 million people living here illegally,” [McCain] said. “We are not going to get enough buses to deport them.”
Some audience members shouted out their disapproval.
One man yelled that only guns would discourage undocumented immigration. Another man complained that undocumented immigrants should never be able to become citizens or vote. A third man said undocumented immigrants were illiterate invaders who wanted free government benefits.
McCain urged compassion. “We are a Judeo-Christian nation,” he said.
“A Judeo-Christian nation”? The senator apparently doesn’t understand Judeo-Christian compassion, at least the kind we see on display these days. From USA Today:
BEAUMONT, TEXAS — Pastor James McAbee believes the Scriptures can tame temptation and wash away sins.
But he’ll tell you that nothing repels true evil like a well-placed, loaded Glock .40-caliber pistol.
Speaking in strange tongues, the Assembly of God preacher said:
I preach peace. Having a firearm keeps the peace.
A piece keeps the peace? Amen, say all the followers of Jesus, the gun-toting Prince of Peace.
he Washington Post’s Wonkblog published an article titled, “Wal-Mart’s freaking out about the economy. Should the rest of us?” It began by citing comments from “a couple of internal e-mails from Wal-Mart executives panicking about the company’s worst sales start in seven years” :
Well, we just had one of those weeks here at Walmart U.S. Where are all the customers? And where’s their money?
Where’s their money? Heck, that’s an easy one. The Walton family finally has it all!
That’s a total of $115.5 billion. Those folks need to do a little more shopping at Wal-Mart!
inally, there is the case of Dan Friedman, a reporter for the New York Daily News. He has come forward to admit it was he who, accidentally, started all those weird stories about yet-to-be-confirmed Chuck Hagel speaking to “Friends of Hamas”:
Here’s what happened: When rumors swirled that Hagel received speaking fees from controversial organizations, I attempted to check them out.
On Feb. 6, I called a Republican aide on Capitol Hill with a question: Did Hagel’s Senate critics know of controversial groups that he had addressed?
Hagel was in hot water for alleged hostility to Israel. So, I asked my source, had Hagel given a speech to, say, the “Junior League of Hezbollah, in France”? And: What about “Friends of Hamas”?
The names were so over-the-top, so linked to terrorism in the Middle East, that it was clear I was talking hypothetically and hyperbolically. No one could take seriously the idea that organizations with those names existed — let alone that a former senator would speak to them.
“No one could take seriously the idea”? Huh? We’re talking about crazy people here. HuffPo describes what happened next:
The following day, an article appeared on the conservative website Breitbart.com with the headline, “SECRET HAGEL DONOR?: WHITE HOUSE SPOX DUCKS QUESTION ON ‘FRIENDS OF HAMAS.'” Conservative pundits, including Mike Huckabee, and other websites also addressed the rumor. It even came up during a Fox Business segment with host Lou Dobbs.
Any accusation against the President or anyone in anyway connected to his administration must be treated as a fact based truth until otherwise proven false.