Science & Stuff
Headline from nypost.com: “NATO: 7,000 to 15,000 Russian troops dead in Ukraine.” Way to go, Vlad.
From an article at The Sun by Jamie Harris, in my own words: Holy phasers, Batman! A group of Brits have beaten Romulans by centuries to a cloaking device. And it works without the need of a power source! The team is crowdfunding on Kickstarter, and have far surpassed its modest goal of $6600. Depending on size, the price range per panel is $65-$395. Unfortunately, as can easily be seen in the photos, it is not yet perfected — but it’s a start.
Are we alone in the Universe? Headline from NYP: “Nasa confirms 5,000 more planets beyond Solar System, rocky Super-Earths.”
I wonder how feminists, almost exclusively leftists, will react to this bit of wisdom from the state of New York, opening line of a NYP editorial: “It seems the Legislature’s Democratic leaders are so enamored of their 2019 criminal-justice reforms that they’re even willing to let domestic-violence offenders walk on technicalities…”
From a newsmax.com article by Eric Mack: “A giant missile-detecting balloon is now operating over northern Israel to detect incoming long-range missiles, cruise missiles, and drones.” They are mensches.
An article at foxnews.com by Michael Lee explains in part the Ukraine’s surprising success against overwhelming odds. Since 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea, Green Berets had been training Ukraine’s forces. I’m not sure if they’re still in country. They are deployed all over the globe, schooling others on the QT. The men “are required to learn a foreign language as part of their training and are constantly trained in the political, economic and cultural complexities of the regions in which they are assigned to operate.” Kudos.
Last night Movies!, channel 5–2 on OTA in NYC, ran Clue (1985), a farce based on the board game, which I’d never seen. I’m not a big fan of comedy. I didn’t laugh out loud even once. Still, it was lively fun. In researching the cast of familiar faces, only the name of one of the main principals escaped me — Colleen Camp, although she has been in many films and TV shows I’ve seen. Born in ‘Frisco in 1973, there are 151 titles under her name at IMDb, among them Apocalypse Now (197), Wayne’s World (1992), Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), The Ice Storm (1997) and Joy (2015). Kudos, madam… Clue was directed by England’s Jonathan Lynn, who has four credits as a producer, 31 as a writer, 37 as an actor, and 15 as a director. Among the flicks he helmed: My Cousin Vinny (1992) and The Whole Nine Yards (2000). Here’s Camp in character. Go ‘head, call me a male chauvinist pig, see if I care:
The floating book shop opened three hours later than usual today due to the mist. It stayed open for only an hour and a half. My thanks to the gentleman who bought a book in Russian.
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