Tuesday, October 20, 2015


  Canada votes first new leader in 10 years as Justin Trudeau's Liberal party wins   CNN - October 20, 2015
Canada voted in its first new leader in 10 years in a general election that handed Justin Trudeau's Liberal party an absolute majority -- and dealt a stunning blow to incumbent Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The ascension of Mr. Trudeau, 43, comes 47 years after his father, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, first swept to power in the country. Many saw the election result as a rejection of Mr. Harper's focus on conservative issues.

Republicans meet tonight, hoping for a signal from Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin that he might be interested in becoming House speaker. The other candidates Òare in a holding pattern, trying to figure out what Paul Ryan is really going to do,Ó Representative Jason Chaffetz, Republican of Utah, wrote in a text message.

Baseball Playoffs

Let's get to Wrigley Field where to night the Chicago Cubs play the NY Mets. If any of the Mets' young pitchers hadn't garnered enough national attention this season, captain David Wright thinks their performances on the big stage have turned them into "household names" this October. After Matt Harvey, 26, and Noah Syndergaard, 23, shut down the Cubs in the first two games of the National League Championship Series, the parade of pitching talent continues in Game 3 with Jacob deGrom, 27, the 2014 NL rookie of the year. Steven Matz, 24, is slated for Game 4 at Wrigley Field.

Weight Loss Programs That Began in Brooklyn

Arthur, my next door neighbor - and close friend - owns a weight loss company called Lean Chefs which you may have seen advertised in the 3+ years it's been in business. The food is delivered to customers each morning. The owner is health conscious.

This is not how I lost my weight, but it works. For me it's about protein and vegetables only - which I love. I spent most of my life normal size but went up and down in recent years. I'still only way back to 130 pounds and feel great. There are few people my age, 72, who have no health issues and are not on meds.

The Big" story this week is ... Oprah buying 10% of Weight Watchers - a failing company whose stocks soared creating a $43 million profit for her in one day. I wondered if she bought in to make millions and/or to lose weight. An endorsement from Oprah Winfrey is known to bring struggling brands into peak popularity. The Oprah Effect continues ... She will take a seat on the board for 5 years'.

Weight Watchers International is an international company based in the United States that offers various products and services to assist weight loss and maintenance. Founded in 1963 by Brooklyn, New York, homemaker Jean Nidetch, (October 12, 1923 - April 29, 2015). WW now operates in about 30 countries around the world.

An overweight housewife with a self-confessed obsession for eating meat, Nidetch had experimented with numerous fad diets before she followed a regimen prescribed by a diet clinic sponsored by the New York City Board of Health in 1961. After losing 20 pounds (9.07 kg), and finding her resolve weakening, she contacted several overweight friends and founded a support group which developed into weekly classes, and incorporated on May 15, 1963, into the Weight Watchers organization. In 1978, Weight Watchers was sold to the H. J. Heinz Company. Nidetch, who remained a consultant to the organization, established scholarship programs at the University of California at Los Angeles and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Migrant Situation in Europe

While many around the world are overindulging ... we go to ... Europe.

Sal, the superintendent in my building, just returned from 5 weeks in Europe. Much of the time was spent in Turkey his home country where concerns are about the November 1 presidential election, the explosion last week that rocked Ankara, and the ongoing migrant situation steeped in poverty and crime. He and his wife traveled around Europe where it is estimated there are 3 million migrants and counting from Africa and the Middle East.

October 21, 2015: Back to the Future Day

Time is an illusion ... ergo so is everything else. More than ever I think about Time Travel ... leading to a conversation with George about experiments in time. The symbolism at this level are labs often highlighted with the Nazi Program ... a grid I can easily revisit. I noticed a blue light emanating from what we call chaos or the void acting as a tether for time. There is nothing one can do but wait and watch at this level of consciousness. Are we going back to the future? time is imploding as its illusion ends.

If you watched the series finale of Continuum last Friday
Kiera made it back to the future ... but it wasn't what she had hoped for.
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From a linear perspective we are almost out of time...

In reference to the 1985 film Back to the Future - the future arrives October 21, 2015 the day Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel in time. Many websites - like CNET, Gizmodo, ScienceAlert, The Upcoming and The New York Times - are taking a look at the 1989 movie's predictions of what 2015 would be like and comparing them to today's reality.

There are companies imitating art, or at least trying to replicate the movie's product placements. Pepsi, for one, is coming out with Pepsi Perfect, the drink McFly buys in the fictional 2015. About 5,000 limited-edition bottles (the drink inside is regular Pepsi) will be sold starting Wednesday for $20.15 each. Nike has reportedly been working on a self-lacing version of the Nike Mag trainers from the movie. Ford has a commercial for new 2015 models with flux capacitors, which allow time travel.

Poof! Futuristic Flying Vehicles Could Vanish After Deliveries   Live Science - October 20, 2015
Picture this: A tiny, floating device delivers a package into your arms, and then, before you can say "thanks," it disappears into thin air. Such a magical device may sound like something out of a Harry Potter movie, but it's real technology that could benefit people in remote areas. The development of this far-out delivery system is being led by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the branch of the U.S. Department of Defense charged with developing new technologies for the U.S. military. Several years ago, DARPA launched its Vanishing Programmable Resources (VAPR) program, which is devoted to building small electronic systems that do their jobs and then self-destruct. Although it might sound counterintuitive to build something that's going to disappear, self-destructing systems are useful for a range of situations, according to DARPA. For example, sophisticated technologies (such as environmental sensors or communications tools) are often used on battlefields and then are left behind, where they can be scooped up by people who aren't authorized to use them, making them risky. Discarded electronics also pose a threat to the environment as they rust and decompose. But electronics that just disappear aren't saddled with these problems, DARPA officials said.

Update on Drones...

  U.S. announces task force to develop drone registry   Reuters - October 20, 2015
The Obama administration said on Monday that it would require drone owners to register their unmanned aircraft as part of an effort to curtail rogue drone flights that pose a danger to commercial aircraft and crowded public venues.

October 21, 2015


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The Orionids are annual meteor showers located near the constellation Orion.