Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Health Care Reform

Senate Passes Key Vote to Move Forward on Health Care Bill
  NBC - July 25, 2017

This news comes with great regret and is hard to believe though in a way it was predictable as things always seem move in Trump's favor. He will tweet his victory, as millions of Americans will groan in pain. I would be playing with my fidget spinner (see below) if I had one, or running through crop circle if I had one of those.

With Vice President Mike Pence casting a tie-breaking vote, Republicans moved forward on health care reform Tuesday afternoon as the Senate successfully passed a key motion to proceed to debate on the House-passed bill. Momentum built over the course of the day as several previously skeptical members announced they would support Senate leaders after they began detailing plans for more votes over the next days to shape the details of the legislation.

Sen. John McCain, who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer, returned to the Senate from Arizona to cast a key vote and Pence broke the tie after two Republicans - Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska and all the Democrats voted against it. The vote was a key moment in the GOP’s seven-year campaign promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act but the final outcome seems likely to fall short of that goal, and could well end up as a “skinny” repeal that disposes of just a few components of the law, known as Obamacare. The Senate will now move on to debate and vote on a variety of approaches to the bill, beginning with a vote on the 2015 version of the repeal of Obamacare, senators and aides say. That vote is expected to fail.

Dissing on Anthony Scaramucci - The Mooch
Right Out of my Neighborhood Slang

I could do a great Guido Brooklyn accent ... or is that the way I normally talk? LOL

Somewhere Between

"Somewhere Between" is a time loop story. Paula Patton stars as Laura Price, a local news producer in San Francisco helping the police to hunt down a serial killer. After the killer strikes close to home, a twist of fate allows a "Groundhog Day"-type reset, and Laura relives the week prior to the string of murders. Unlike "Groundhog Day," she only has one chance. Can she change fate and stop the killer? Episode 1

The Galaxy, the Brain, and Consciousness

Are Connected in the Matrix

The Strange Similarity of Neuron and Galaxy Networks   Nautil.us - July 25, 2017
An astrophysicist and a neuroscientist joined forces to quantitatively compare the complexity of galaxy networks and neuronal networks. The first results from their comparison are truly surprising: Not only are the complexities of the brain and cosmic web actually similar, but so are their structures. The universe may be self-similar across scales that differ in size by a factor of a billion billion billion. The total number of neurons in the human brain falls in the same ballpark of the number of galaxies in the observable universe.

Lenticular Clouds

Cheryl Cost sent these pics of lenticular clouds taken over Muizenberg a beach-side suburb of Cape Town, South Africa on April 2, 2017.