Trump Awards Elvis Presley US Presidential Medal of Freedom

Trump Awards Elvis Presley US Presidential Medal of Freedom:  President Trump has awarded Elvis Presley the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom in a White House ceremony.  Now, at first I thought, what’s the point, he’s been dead for over 40 years - but then it occurred to me that his closest advisors like Alex Jones have probably totally convinced him that Elvis is actually still alive.  Anyway, not to diminish the award, I’m sure any award from coming the likes of Donald Trump will mean an awful lot to Elvis - especially at this stage of his career.

North Carolina Man’s Runny Nose Was Actually Leaking Brain Fluid:  Some doctors told a North Carolina man his runny nose was due to allergies, while others doctors diagnosed him with pneumonia and bronchitis, but it wasn't until he saw a doctor at Mount Sinai Hospital that he learned it was a cerebrospinal fluid leak (leaking brain fluid).  So, if I’m understanding all this correctly, if this poor guy grabs himself a box of facial tissues, he literally risks blowing his brains out?

Definition of How a Kilogram is Measured Has Just Changed:  For the past 130 years, the kilogram, which is the basic unit of mass - has been defined as the exact weight of a cylinder of platinum-iridium held in a triple-locked vault in Paris, but that all changed by a vote of scientists from 60 countries at the General Conference on Weights and Measures in Paris - and now a kilogram will be defined in terms of fundamental constants that describe the natural world.  Wait a minute, I’d like to weigh in on that!  Personally, I think a kilogram should be defined by how much weight I would gain if I downed about a half a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts with my cafe latte in the morning.

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Comment by Ron Powell on November 17, 2018 at 8:42am

Universally accepted facts can be altered, as the new basis for the definition of the kilogram demonstrates.

Just as the voyage of Columbus caused an uupheaval in the 'fsct based ' notion that the earth was flat.

'Alternative facts' can have a profound effect on the way we see the world and our place in it...

So, hats off to Kellyanne Conway and her insightful observation about the usefulness and utility of 'alternative facts'.

Comment by Maui Surfer on November 17, 2018 at 1:20pm

He must have listened to "In the Ghetto" again and was reminded how Elvis helped West Chicago more than he ever could, with words not troops.

Comment by Dicky Neely on November 18, 2018 at 9:26am

I think your observation about Alex Jones convincing Trump Elvis is still alive is very apt! Perhaps Trump will invite him to perform at the White House soon!

Comment by Johnny Robish on November 18, 2018 at 9:39am

Thanks for your comments guys!

Comment by Tom Cordle on November 19, 2018 at 9:30am

tRump is merely a temporary President; Elvis was the King. tRump is also leaking brain fluid, and it is corroding the body politic.

Comment by Tom Cordle on November 19, 2018 at 9:44am

@Ron  I realize you had your tongue in cheek regarding Columbus "discovering" a place that was at the time inhabited by somewhere between 10-25 million people, and that had cities to rival the largest in Europe, but I think it important at every occasion to remind one and all that the notion of a flat earth had been dismissed at least 2,000 years before Columbus. Columbus was a navigator, but frankly, any common sailor, or for that matter anyone who ever saw a ship slowly disappear or appear over the horizon knew or should have known the Earth was not flat. Here' some interesting detail:

"By the fifth century BCE, the Greeks had firmly established that the earth was a sphere. Although they knew it was a sphere, they didn't know how big the sphere was.The philosopher Plato (400 BCE) declared the earth's circumference to be 64,412 kilometers (40,000 miles). Some 150 years later, the mathematician Archimedes estimated it to be 48,309 kilometers (30,000 miles). It's not known exactly how Plato or Archimedes arrived at their calculations, but Plato's measurement was off by sixty percent and Archimedes' by twenty percent. At least they were making progress.

In the third century BCE, Eratosthenes, a Greek librarian in Alexandria, Egypt, determined the earth's circumference to be 40,250 to 45,900 kilometers (25,000 to 28,500 miles) by comparing the Sun's relative position at two different locations on the earth's surface. Because of differences in translations or interpretations of his records, and his own methodological errors, the exact figures are in dispute. Today, the earth's circumference is usually accepted to be 40,096 kilometers (24,901 miles). If you take the lowest estimate attributed to Eratosthenes, his error was less than one percent—a phenomenal calculation.

Posidonius used the stars to determine the earth's circumference. He observed that a given star could be seen just on the horizon at Rhodes. He then measured the star's elevation at Alexandria, Egypt, and calculated the angle of difference to be 7.5 degrees or 1/48th of a circle. Multiplying 48 by what he believed to be the correct distance from Rhodes to Alexandria (805 kilometers or 500 miles), Posidonius calculated the earth's circumference to be 38,647 kilometers (24,000 miles)—an error of only three percent. The exact details of his methods are not known, but we do know the distance he used was incorrect and the fact that Rhodes is not due north of Alexandria would result in computational errors. Although his measurements were flawed, he was lucky because the errors canceled themselves out and he arrived at a fairly accurate calculation of the earth's circumference.

In the second century CE (Common Era) in Alexandria, a philosopher named Claudius Ptolemaeus, or Ptolemy, revised Posidonius' calculations and set the earth's circumference at 28,985 kilometers (18,000 miles)—an error of nearly 28 percent. Because of Ptolemy's contributions to geography and cartography, his circumference was used throughout the Renaissance. It is believed that Christopher Columbus used Ptolemy's number to plan his voyage to the Far East. Everyone knows how that voyage ended—Columbus bumped into a continent that was hiding in the 28 percent error."

Comment by Johnny Robish on November 19, 2018 at 10:58am

Interesting Tom.  Of course, here in modern day Los Angeles, we would be unable to make such calculations given all the light pollution.  When we look up into the sky, we see essentually nothing but black.


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