(Fender bender or T-bone? Earth demands to know!)
But how can we live with such strange implications? One way to interpret it is to choose to accept that all possibilities are true, but that they exist in different universes.
(Finally, an explanation for how Sean Spicer talks!)
Alas, these being scientists at all, they have to go and spoil everything with, you know, science.
So, if there is mathematical backing for the existence of parallel universes, is it so crazy to think that the cold spot is an imprint of a colliding universe? Actually, it is extremely unlikely. There is no particular reason why we should just now be seeing the imprint of a colliding universe. From what we know about how the universe formed so far, it seems likely that it is much larger than what we can observe. So even if there are parallel universes and we had collided with one of them—unlikely in itself—the chances that we’d be able to see it in the part of the universe that we happen to be able to observe on the sky are staggeringly small.
This is simply a terrible letdown. It also means that the beachfront property in the parallel universe that I bought from the guy at the abandoned gas station last week probably isn’t really worth the 10-grand.
Weekly WWOZ Pick To Click: “Sons Of The Jitney Man” (Jeff Tain Watts): Yeah, I pretty much still love New Orleans.
Weekly Visit To The Pathe Archives: Here’s a 1914 commercial for dog biscuits starring Ernest Shackleton’s dogs. Celebrity endorsements are nothing new. History is so cool.
I got to write about the passing of Frank Deford at The Other Gig. He was as decent a man as I’ve ever met, and that’s not even getting into the role that he and the rest of the old Andre Laguerre crew at Sports Illustrated played in pushing a generation of kids into sportswriting. Frank was my boss for 18 glorious, cash-burning months at The National. Our headquarters was located at 666 Fifth Avenue, the very same location that’s causing Jared Kushner so much agita at the moment. Everything really does come around.
This is something that Sean Spicer said on Friday.
“The president’s not required to admit people from countries that sponsor or shelter terrorism.”
Sorry, Oregon. You’re restricted for a while.
Spicer brought along EPA boss Scott Pruitt to repeat a whole bunch of Thursday’s lies about the Paris Accords. (The “These worthless-but-nevertheless-draconian restrictions are killing our economy, which is booming” line of balderdash got a real workout.) Pruitt had two chances to say whether or not the president* thinks the climate crisis is a hoax, and ducked the question both times. He also dodged it for himself, citing a column by Bret Stephens. Thanks, NYT, for volunteering for a place in the puke funnel.
But my favorite moment came when Pruitt was asked how he felt about the United States reneging on the a deal it made with the rest of the world. He replied that, since the Paris agreement wasn’t a treaty, the word of the United States was essentially worthless. I wish the polar bears would come back and eat all of these people.
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And, by the way, remember that MIT study that the president* cited on Thursday, the one that he used to minimize the future impact that the Paris accords would have on the climate crisis? The authors would like you to know that the president* doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about. From CNN:
“Even if the Paris agreement were implemented in full,” Trump said Thursday, “with total compliance from all nations, it is estimated it would only produce a 2/10’s of one degree Celsius reduction in global temperature by the year 2100.” He then held up his hand, pushed two fingers together and said, “tiny, tiny amount.” Talking points distributed by the White House also explicitly cited MIT. The comment and the talking points were meant to undercut the efficacy of the Paris agreement, a claim that Reilly says is wrong. “The whole statement seemed to suggest a complete misunderstanding of the climate problem,” Reilly said. “I think Paris was a very good deal for the United States, contrary to what they are claiming.”
He added: “This one small step with Paris is a necessary step. It is an incredibly important step. If we don’t take the step than we aren’t prepared to take the next step.”
The tiny hands gesture was good for a laugh, though.
Is it a good day for dinosaur news, KY3? It’s always a good day for dinosaur news!
Matt Forir told us via Skype, “Every time we dig a few more inches we find another one, just stacked on top of each other like a pile of wood.” The scientific name for the creatures behind the bones Matt mentioned; a Hadrosaur. They may have died a cruel death. Matt explains, “These are the duck-billed dinosaurs. This bone bed… we’re still trying to figure out the geology behind it. But, it looks like a herd of dinosaurs got swept away in a flash flood.”
Some day in the far future, some insect-based intelligent life on Earth is going to wonder the same thing about us. But, at least, dinosaurs lived then to make us happy now.
The Committee was taken by the biographical vignette provided by Top Commenter Karen McGinniss as regards the sale of liquor at Wal-Marts in Florida.
Speaking of Likker, let me share something with you. There’s a Tower Liquor on the corner two buildings away from where I attend AA meetings. The first time a friend said, “Take a right at Tower Liquor”, I thought he was putting me on.
Temptation a la mode, to paraphrase the Tull. That’ll be 76.98 sober Beckhams to you, my lady.
I’ll be back on Monday with the results of this weekend’s short-sheeting tournament at Camp Runamuck. Be well and play nice, ya bastids. Stay above the snakeline, or the alternate universe is going come for the rent.