Sunday, May 21, 2017


I usually find interesting science articles to report but last week that was not the case as focus remained on the adventures of President Trump here and abroad. Most of what was reported in the science journals was redundant. There's always another dinosaur story, another exoplanet, healing and awareness, and pretty much the types of stories we've read in recent years. We go with the flow which is rapidly becoming a tsunami. A storm is coming ... or is it already here.

Trump was able to get away, at least physically, from a cascade of developments in Washington that have made a tumultuous political landscape even more turbulent. The first stop on his nine-day trip was Saudi Arabia, where he received a gold medal from the king - talk about bling! Jared Kushner helped negotiate a $110 billion weapons deal with the Saudis beforehand. Critics worry that his diplomatic interests and his family's interests may become entangled which is also redundant. The president will continue on to Israel, Italy and Belgium though I'm sure the main focus of conversation is events back home.

From the Saudi Kingdom to Trump who would be King ... this experience seems surreal ... maybe that's the point.

Saving the best for last

In our crazy topsy-turvy reality   'SNL' finale had Baldwin's Trump singing and 'The Rock' running for POTUS -... and then there's Tom Hanks. Though not a fan of SNL, the finale was worth watching. Check out the video clips ... then stay tuned for the late night hosts on Monday as the humor continues. Last week Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) talked about running for president with Jimmy Fallon. What do I love about Dwayne? It's his upbeat personality and sense of humor.

From CNN: "Saturday Night Live" has come full circle. They brought back Alec Baldwin's President Donald Trump as well as many of the characters from his White House to open its season finale Saturday night. The NBC variety show referenced itself by having Baldwin's Trump, as well as Kate McKinnon's Kellyanne Conway, Scarlett Johansson's Ivanka Trump and others in the administration sing Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" at a piano to open the show. This was reminiscent of how the show opened its first post-election episode with McKinnon as Hillary Clinton playing the song at the piano. "I'm not giving up," Baldwin's Trump said, echoing McKinnon's words from November. "Because I didn't do anything wrong."

'Trump, servant of God': How Saudis are viewing his visit   BBC - May 21, 2017

In stark contrast to the upbeat statements of Saudi officials concerning US President Donald Trump's visit to the kingdom on May20, many Arab Twitter users have taken a more skeptical view of the trip. At one point on Saturday, though, the term "Trump's daughter" in Arabic was the top-trending topic worldwide on Twitter. Many have taken to satire, posting images referencing negative comments by Mr Trump about Islam and Muslims. Their reaction comes ahead of his much-anticipated speech at the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh on Sunday.

May 21, 2017

Sun in Gemini

Happy Birthday to the Crystalinks readers born in Gemini.

Gemini is a mutable air sign ruled by Mercury

May 21, 2017

Billboard Music Awards

Billboard Music Awards   Wikipedia