Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Tales from the Diner

There's a diner called Mike's Place just off the Staten Island Expressway where I have met many friends through the years. The family owned diner has great food and is constantly being updated. When my daughter Zsia had gymnastics in Staten Island - we often had something to eat afterwards. In the 1990's, there were meetings with UFO researchers before heading off on adventures of the ET kind. This summer you may recall I met my friend Sherry from New Jersey there before heading off to the mall where we took a few pics.

I always have a positive association with the diner, and was surprised and saddened to see this story on the morning news. I don't think I know who the woman was, but waiting to see her pic.

Pregnant woman fatally struck by car in Staten Island   NY Daily News - October 6, 2015
A woman who coworkers said was six-months pregnant was fatally struck by a car while running to the bus after leaving work at a Staten Island diner Monday night, authorities said. The 31-year-old woman, whose identity was being withheld pending family notification, had just left work at Mike's Place Diner in Annadale and was crossing Hylan Blvd. when she was hit by a red sedan and thrown into the air at 11:10 p.m., her co-worker Peter Salvatore, 35, said.

Applying For College

Last weekend, my grandson Michael, 17, sent out the first 4 of 11 applications for college. What a process this has become from the old days. Michael as you know has a 4.0+ average with top scores on his tests for college and is an athlete. Luckily, he has amazing writing skills because that's also part of the application process, along with endless other facts that read like a job application complete with a resume. They ask about your parents - their colleges and jobs today. There's a common essay and an individual question to be answered in a 500 word essay. He said that the application to Georgetown was so hard, he had trouble figuring it out and really doesn't expect to get accepted there anyway. So far, he still likes Boston College best.

After you finally get accepted, then comes everything else ... which starts with tuition. If you are lucky, your parents can cover it, but not everyone is and so starts the student loans ...

Today, when Zsia told me about all of this I said, "Do you know how much smarter Michael is at 17 then we were?" (She and her husband Jon had 4.0 back in the day.) Evolution and good programming is the answer and final key ...

Switching now to another High School Senior ...

Malia Obama's College Pick: Ivies, Liberal Arts or Public University?  NY Times - October 5, 2015

Flood Stories

The 'Epic of Gilgamesh' revised

The situation in South Carolina is another lesson in ... anything can happen any time ... any place. Stories continue as we will hear about flood stories - some linked to mythology to awaken the sleeping prophet.

Your Creation Story

This takes us to Creation myths. Let's go to your creation story here in the hologram.

If you were writing it now ... how would you begin?

If you are not sure, close your eyes and look for clues.

You can begin with ....my soul came here ...

X-Files Revisited

Filmed this summer ... The reboot of "The X-Files" TV show, starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as the agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, has its world premiere today in Cannes, France. The U.S. premiere is Saturday at New York Comic Con, but it won't appear on Fox until Jan. 24.


President Obama meets today with business leaders to begin what could be the toughest fight of his final year in office: gaining congressional approval of the pact the U.S. reached with 11 other Pacific Rim nations. The Trans-Pacific Partnership would create an economic bloc to challenge China, but U.S. opponents see it as a giveaway to business. Americans could see a wide array of changes, including lower prices. We must also keep in mind that the Pacific Rim is the home to some of the strongest Earth changes on the plant.

Two leading companies in the fantasy sports field are defending themselves after what amounts to accusations of insider trading, with the disclosure that employees won big jackpots. Fantasy sports is the online and unregulated business in which players assemble fantasy teams with real athletes and pay entry fees to compete with others. Critics say the business is little different from Las Vegas-style gambling that is normally banned in the sports world.

This story will have lasting repercussions over the months ahead and somebody screwed up bit time. The U.S. commander in Afghanistan now says that the military's destruction of a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz was not a response to protect U.S. troops under direct threat, as first reported. But how the strike came about remains unclear. At the same time, Afghan security forces report progress in trying to retake Kunduz from the Taliban.

On Capitol Hill the Senate will consider a military spending bill today. The White House says it will veto the current version because it allows spending beyond the levels mandated by the 2011 Budget Control Act, without allowing the same spending limits to be lifted on nonmilitary expenses. Representative Jason Chaffetz, Republican of Utah, says that Representative Kevin McCarthy of California would fall short of the votes needed to become House speaker because Mr. Chaffetz also wants the job. This reads like an episode from a TV series.

Unraveling the Oregon killings ... Through social media we are getting a better picture of what happened last week while learning more about the gunman through online posts his mother made over a decade. She's a registered nurse who kept guns at home and expressed pride in her son's expertise on weapons even tough he was unstable. It's all about genetics. There are thousands of people out there like her who seething wrong ... until something happens.

Whoops ... Ben S. Bernanke acknowledges in his new memoir that he may have misled the public about whether the U.S. government could have saved Lehman Brothers from collapse in 2008. He and Henry M. Paulson Jr., then the Treasury secretary, believed at the time that acknowledging their inability to save Lehman would have hurt market confidence, he writes. The Federal Reserve under Mr. Bernanke is widely credited with arresting the 2008 crisis in time to stop a collapse of the nation's financial system.

Clive Owen and Kelly Reilly make their Broadway debuts today in a revival of the Harold Pinter play "Old Times," about a married couple visited by an old friend of the wife's and the power struggle that ensues. And previews begin today of ÒAllegiance,Ó a musical inspired by the story of the actor George Takei (who also stars) and about Japanese-Americans forced into internment camps after Pearl Harbor.

Here comes Yankee Baseball - When Major League Baseball's postseason begins tonight with the Houston Astros at the New York Yankees, you'll notice games taking longer. It's because of more commercials and more strategy sessions on the pitcher's mound. There's more time for gimmicks like the "kiss cam," the stadium camera that pans the ballpark looking for couples to project on a big screen as the crowd roars its encouragement for them to kiss.

Today, McDonald's extends breakfast to be served all day at its U.S. locations, but not all options will be available.

Nobel Prizes This Month

Nobel Prize   Wikipedia

Neutrino 'flavors' win physics Nobel Prize   BBC - October 6, 2015
The 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics has been won by Takaaki Kajita and Arthur McDonald, for discovering how neutrinos switch between different "flavors". Neutrinos are ubiquitous subatomic particles with almost no mass and which rarely interact with anything else, making them very difficult to study.

Nobel Prize for anti-parasite drug discoveries   BBC - October 5, 2015
The Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine has been split two ways for groundbreaking work on parasitic diseases. William C Campbell and Satoshi Omura found a new way of tackling infections caused by roundworm parasites. Youyou Tu shares the prize for her discovery of a therapy against malaria.