The nobel lauerate is Iver Giaever. Ivar Giaever is a Norwegian-American physicist who shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1973 with Leo Esaki and Brian Josephson “for their discoveries regarding tunnelling phenomena in solids“. Giaever’s share of the prize was specifically for his “experimental discoveries regarding tunnelling phenomena in superconductors“.Giaever is an institute professor emeritus at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a professor-at-large at the University of Oslo, and the president of Applied Biophysics. You will enjoy this video if you have time but at least watch the first 5 minutes for some of his jokes!
Beautiful Painting! “Conservative Provo artist Jon McNaughton has turned his brushstrokes into brushes with fame at various points in his career ..Now, the political and religious painter has created his first work depicting Trump.Titled ”You Are Not Forgotten,” McNaughton’s painting features Trump – his foot on a snake – standing over a young family nursing a small plant growing out of the cracked ground. Trump is flanked by police officers, military personnel, miners and others with the White House in the background.The description of the painting on McNaughton’s website discusses neglected veterans, marginalized police officers and suffering families, and praises Trump.”
“In late July, the Justice Dept refused a request from the Sen Judiciary Committee – a joint request from Chairman Grassley and Feinstein – to make 2 FBI officials available for an interview in the committee’s investigation of the Trump dossier and other matters related to the Trump-Russia affair. Citing the Mueller investigation, Justice stated “confidentiality” and the “sensitivity of information relating to pending matters” made it impossible for the two officials, Ghattas and Rybicki, to talk to the Senate committee that oversees the FBI. Grassley and Feinstein are still trying – they sent a more strongly worded, request last Fri. Their efforts show the import of the FBI in Congress quest to learn more about the “salacious and unverified” dossier, and could signal the FBI will play a key role in Congress’ dossier investigation as it plays out in coming months.”
Close election but no winner. “Former St. Pete Mayor Baker and current Mayor Kriseman apparently aren’t finished duking it out as voters virtually split their decision on which of them should lead the Tampa Bay city next term.Voters sent the two Ricks into a Nov runoff Tues, when neither candidate reached the necessary 50% or more of the vote. Baker took a little over 48% while Kriseman, the incumbent, also took a little over 48% of the vote. Kriseman largely overperformed expectations Tues. He was initially speculated to trail Baker by 7 to 8 points, but ended up finishing 69 votes ahead of the former mayor. Baker’s lead shrank as the results poured in, dwindling below 49%, just one point shy of the 50% park. In the end, only .12% separated the two candidates, with Kriseman taking a slight lead.”
Another sewage spill! “Was Mayor Kriseman going to wait until the polls closed Tues to tell city residents about the latest sewage spill?It might look that way.The mayor running for reelection today didn’t even give the Tampa Bay Times a chance to get a quick notice out. The accident that occurred around 8:30 pm Mon didn’t appear in any Mon night TV or radio reports either.In fact, when the Times asked, a Public Works spokesman told the newspaper he didn’t know about any spill. But wait…”First of all, the spill was only 1,000 gallons and it never affected the waterways,” Logan explained.. ..St. Pete has been rocked by a failing sewer system that started with leaky pipes as far back as 2001 and culminated when the city dumped up to 200 million gallons of waste from 2015-16. It will take $360 million to put right. ”
Besides the Red Cross, Here is a list of places in TX to donate! “People are suffering. We don’t know what’s going to happen. We don’t know how long it’ll take before those places are safe again. We don’t know if they’ll ever return to normal. Because according to the Nat’l Weather Service, nobody alive has ever seen a storm like this in TX. But even if you are far from the devastation, there are ways to contribute. There are organizations that need support—now more than ever—that will ensure that people impacted by the storm have the resources they need to keep their lives functioning. Here’s a list of some of them, and what they’ll be doing to help:”
Wow!! “Sen. Feinstein may be San Francisco’s favorite politician, but she quickly learned Tues that even a wildly popular ex-mayor can get into trouble if she tries to say something nice about Trump. Feinstein received a standing ovation from the 850 people at the sold-out Herbst Theater when she walked onto the stage for an hour-long “conversation” with former East Bay Rep. Ellen Tauscher. But near the end of the political lovefest, the senator shocked the crowd when she declined to say that Trump should be impeached, and warned the audience that they should expect to deal with the developer-turned politician for all four years of his term.”
Interesting analysis! “Partisan conflict is not new, nor is GOP internal dissent. What’s new is in-fighting among the elites. The Left-Wing Trump Haters About a third of the Dem party loathes Trump, from reasons of the trivial to the fundamental. The hard-leftist hatred is visceral; it is multidimensional; and it is unalterable. Trump is rich, crass, showy, a white male, and 70. As the anti-Obama, he punches every progressive button in existence. A candidate like Trump was not supposed to exist any longer in the 21st-C Age of Obama, much less should he have ruined the anticipated progressive Obama-Clinton 16-year regnum. Trump’s accent is outer-borough and seems to exemplify for Trump haters the gaucheness of the golden trump name stamped all over NY. The Europeans have utter contempt for Trump, and that embarrasses leftists especially.”
Glad to see Univ. of Tampa fire this professor for outrageous tweet! “The U of Tampa has fired a visiting professor who posted a tweet Sun suggesting the devastation of Hurricane Harvey is “instant karma” for Texas because it voted Republican.”We condemn the comments and the sentiment behind them, and understand the pain this irresponsible act has caused,” university spokesman Eric Cardenas said in a statement Tues morning, after the school weathered an outpouring of online outrage. “As Floridians, we are well aware of the destruction and suffering associated with tropical weather.”Other sociology faculty will take over Kenneth L. Storey’s classes, Cardenas said. Meanwhile, a group that fights for academic freedom is investigating the matter.”
Interesting History! “There once was an American president whose approval rating hovered at 36%, who lost a pivotal health care vote although his party controlled Cong, who faced a special counsel investigation, who had an inexperienced and highly partisan White House staff, and who encountered public outrage over a $200 haircut that shut down the LA Internat’l Airport for two hours.Donald Trump? No. Bill Clinton. Clinton’s presidency was such a disaster in only four months that Time Magazine devoted a June 1993 cover story to his long string of failures. The cover featured a tiny Bill under the large print title, “The Incredible Shrinking President.” Inside the magazine, the headline asked: “Is Clinton up to the job? Americans are starting to wonder.”
Good! “Trump said “all options are on the table” in response to N Korea after the isolated nation escalated tensions by firing a ballistic missile that passed over Japan.”The world has received N Korea’s latest message loud and clear: this regime has signaled its contempt for its neighbors, for all members of the UN, and for min standards of acceptable internat’l behavior,” Trump said in a statement.”Threatening and destabilizing actions only increase the N Korean regime’s isolation in the region and among all nations of the world. All options are on the table,” he added.The latest test puts the US and its allies in a difficult spot as they aim to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs. They have aimed to pressure N Korea through internat’l sanctions and other economic pressure from China.”
Time to exit Iranian Deal! “Although Trump repeatedly criticized Obama’s Iran nuclear agreement, his administration has twice decided to remain in the deal. It so certified to Congress, most recently in July, as required by law. Before the 2nd certification, Trump asked repeatedly for alternatives to acquiescing yet again in a policy he clearly abhorred. But no such options were forthcoming… Many outside the administration wondered how this was possible: Was Trump in control, or were his advisers? Defining a compelling rationale to exit Obama’s failed nuclear deal and elaborating a game plan to do so are quite easy. In fact, Bannon asked me in July to draw up just such a game plan which I did. Here it is. It is only 5 pages long, but it can be readily expanded to a comprehensive, hundred-page playbook if the administration were to decide to leave the Iran agreement.”
Less we forget what free speech means in the US!!
Exclusive – Brent Bozell: The Slow Death of the Republican Party
Must Read!! “The Grand Old Party is about to commit suicide. All this talk about Trump this, Trump that, masks a far bigger politivsl controversy. The Republican leadership in Washington DC, has fundamentally betrayed its constituents and they are about to learn that they’ve been double-crossed – for years.Every Republican candidate’s stock speech sounds the same, the thunderous roar about a government out of control, federal spending out of control, federal taxes out of control , the federal bureaucracy out of control, the family shattered with federal funding of abortion a crime against humanity, and our military is emasculated.Two more items were added to the menu, courtesy of Obama. Obamacare Will Be Repealed! and Illegal Immigration Will Not Stand!”
Must Read! “College admissions committees can’t repair the damage caused by family dissolution. This morning the NYT published an extraordinary, data-rich article examining the outcome of diversity efforts at colleges and universities from coast to coast. The results, quite frankly, are sobering. After decades of affirmative action, billions of dollars invested in finding, mentoring, and recruiting minority students, black and Hispanic students are “more underrepresented at the nation’s top colleges and universities than they were 35 years ago” . White and Asian students remain overrepresented as a % of the population, with Asian students most overrepresented of all. On the one hand, these statistics represent a staggering failure. It’s difficult to overstate the modern campus obsession with diversity. ”