Tuesday, March 20, 2018

New York Times article about President Fucktard Trump and The President of the Russian Federation.

Trump Says He Congratulated Putin on His Re-Election and They May Meet Soon

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday congratulated President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia for his recent re-election victory and said the two are likely to meet soon to discuss the arms race between the United States and Russia.

“We had a very good call,” Mr. Trump told reporters in the Oval Office, where he was meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia. “We will probably be meeting in the not-too distant future to discuss the arms race, which is getting out of control.”

Mr. Trump’s comments came a few days after the White House imposed sanctions on Russia for its meddling in the 2016 election and other “malicious cyberattacks,” and sharply criticized it for its apparent role in a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter on British soil.

Mr. Trump noted that his administration was spending $700 billion to upgrade the American military, and said he would never allow Russia, or any other country, to approach its military might.

“We will never allow anybody to have anything even close to what we have,” Mr. Trump said.

The president said he and Mr. Putin would also discuss tensions in Ukraine, Syria and North Korea, among other issues.

The Trump administration issued a new nuclear policy last month that experts say will touch off a new kind of nuclear arms race — one based less on numbers of weapons and more on new tactics and technologies.

The White House vows to counter a rush by the Russians to modernize their forces even while staying within the limits imposed by an arms control treaty negotiated by Mr. Trump’s predecessor, President Barack Obama.

In March 2012, Mr. Obama had a telephone conversation with Mr. Putin and congratulated him on his election victory at that time.

I'm saving this Wall Street Journal article about AT&T here because it's interesting and because I own several AT&T shares.

AT&T’s ‘South Park’ Argument. While cartoons mock Netflix as a content spigot, a Time Warner merger is no threat.

By Andy Kessler

March 18, 2018

The biggest antitrust trial since U.S. v. Microsoft begins Monday in a federal court in Washington. The Justice Department seeks to block the $108 billion merger between AT&T and Time Warner. But the government doesn’t stand a chance—like Wile E. Coyote chasing Road Runner off a cliff and ending up suspended in midair.

What may have started as a Trumpian jab at #FakeNewsCNN has tragically turned into a serious antitrust action. The Justice Department’s case stands on such modern foundations as Section 7 of the Clayton Antitrust Act of 1914, which can block mergers whose effect “may be substantially to lessen competition.”

The crux of the case is that AT&T’s subsidiary DirecTV, with its 21 million U.S. subscribers (about a fifth of the cable and satellite market), should not be combined with Time Warner’s HBO, with its 54 million U.S. subscribers. The result would be a “vertically integrated programmer” with the alleged ability to raise prices at will on other cable operators. It could even (horrors) withhold HBO’s “Game of Thrones” from DirecTV’s competitors.

I’ve got to admit, even four or five years ago, I might have agreed. The cable industry has abused geographic monopolies to raise prices almost since the first coaxial cables were strung on telephone poles. Comcast’s 2011 merger with NBCUniversal was potentially anticompetitive, which is why the government imposed 150 different conditions on it. But the landscape has changed since then. A lot.

If I were AT&T’s attorney, I’d introduce as evidence a clip from the “Franchise Prequel” episode of “South Park,” which makes fun of Netflix for funding so many new TV series. A Netflix employee answers the phone saying: “Netflix, you’re greenlit. Who am I speaking with? . . . Would you like a pilot or just go straight to an order of six episodes?”

Since “House of Cards” took off in 2013, Netflix has run amok, releasing an estimated 126 original series and films in 2016, and maybe 200 last year. That’s something on the order of 1,000 hours, or 40 full days, of binge watching. Some of these efforts are great, some are good, and most are just filler, like “ Bill Nye Saves the World.” But so what? The point is they are distributed on the internet, via cable modems or mobile phones. AT&T and Time Warner have little influence, and nobody—from ABC to HBO—has a lock on entertainment these days.

Netflix has 55 million American subscribers and, gulp, raised its prices in November. Netflix doesn’t license its shows to anyone else in the U.S.! Should the government break it up? By the way, that “South Park” episode is available on Viacom ’s Comedy Central, though Hulu’s 17 million subscribers can also watch it online.

Amazon Prime has something like 80 million subscribers in the U.S., and 26 million of them watch the company’s original content. Google’s YouTube is now offering streaming TV, basically a $40-a-month substitute for cable. Similarly, Hulu has Live TV and Sony has PlayStation Vue. All March Madness games can be streamed online. Consumers have choices.

And we’re just getting started. Worried about cord-cutting, Disneyhas paid $2.5 billion for a 75% stake in BAMTech, Major League Baseball’s streaming company. RBC analyst Steven Cahall suggests Disney could spend $15 billion a year on streaming shows. That partially explains why Mickey Mouse is chasing 21st Century Fox .

Or look at the raw figures. Programming is a $90-billion-a-year business. Both Fox and Time Warner spend around $8 billion on nonsports content. Netflix spent $6 billion last year and hopes to hit $8 billion in 2018. Amazon spends $5 billion. Where is the market dominance?

Apple has sold more than a billion iPhones and is spending $1 billion this year getting its feet wet with original programming. The company recently put up millions for two seasons of a show about, ugh, a TV morning show, produced and starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston. If anything, extreme competition has shifted the balance of power to actors—or, as some in Silicon Valley call them, meat puppets.

The AT&T antitrust case smells quite similar to the arguments for net neutrality, which also ignore real competition and emerging technologies. The feds are chasing ghosts. As they should be well aware, vertically structured companies tend to fall ill or die from natural causes—see General Motors , IBM and, well, AT&T. No one pays 25 cents a minute for long-distance calls anymore.

Still, I’m not sure why AT&T needs to get in bed with Hollywood, which year after year degrades the meaning of “Best Picture.” AT&T should instead return to a focus on technical excellence. I’d rather that it run fiber on every highway and byway in America than peddle mediocre sitcoms.

Video of a gorilla in a zoo who prefers to walk upright.

Click this link to see the video - National Geographic - Gorilla walking upright at Philadelphia Zoo

The male, originally born in St. Louis, has been in captivity for his entire life. Few remain in the wild, where the species is critically endangered. Stern says his walking style is more likely a personality quirk than a byproduct of life spent inside a zoo. More commonly, gorillas walk on all fours, using their knuckles to help support their weight.

One of our closest cousins, Western Lowland Gorillas, could be completely wiped out thanks to habitat destruction and stupid fucking assholes who murder gorillas for their meat.

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species - Western Lowland Gorilla

Gorillas are completely protected by national and international laws in all countries of their range, and it is, therefore, illegal to kill, capture or trade in live Gorillas or their body parts.

Major Threats: The major threats to Western Lowland Gorillas are:

Poaching - Illegal hunting for bushmeat is a serious problem across the whole of Central Africa and the primary cause of Western Lowland Gorilla decline. Until the mid-1990s, much of their range included vast, roadless blocks of forest that were extremely difficult to access, where human population densities were very low, and Gorilla densities were high. In the last quarter century, however, almost all of the terra firma forest in this region outside the protected area network has been attributed as industrial logging concessions (Global Forest Watch 2016). This means that most of the once-remote, previously inaccessible forests are now covered by a network of logging roads (Laporte et al. 2007), which gives easy access to both hunters entering the forest and to traffickers taking consignments of bushmeat (and ivory) out of the forest to distant destinations – often towns and cities where meat fetches high prices. Throughout Central Africa, mining permits for prospecting or resource extraction are being issued over an increasingly large surface area. Apart from direct removal of Gorilla habitat (depending on the type of extraction), mining leads to high rates of human immigration and the creation of yet more access roads, which are then used for poaching (Edwards et al. 2014, White and Fa 2014). The region’s governance is typically poor (Transparency International 2016), and the weak law enforcement and corruption that enable poaching are evident in ivory trafficking (Bennett 2014), but also widespread elsewhere (Bour et al. 2013). In addition, huge road projects are currently underway (Laurance et al. 2015), which will substantially fragment Gorilla habitat. The ease and speed of transport are now orders of magnitude higher than before the existence of such roads, and hunting pressures are much higher. Across their range, Gorilla densities are lowest near roads, except where forest guards operate control points or roadblocks (Strindberg et al. in prep). In addition, human populations in these once remote areas have increased, as people migrate to the new employment opportunities offered by logging operations (Wilkie et al. 2000, Poulsen et al. 2009). This phenomenon is not confined to Central Africa, but is global (Laurance et al. 2014).

Disease - The second major driver of rapid Western Lowland Gorilla decline is infectious disease, specifically the Ebola virus disease (EVD). Surveys show that there have been a series of die-offs of tens of thousands of Gorillas and chimpanzees since the early 1990s in a large, mostly intact forested area straddling northeastern Gabon and northwestern Congo, comprising about 14% of their total range (Walsh et al. 2003, Maisels et al. 2004, 2013). Ebolavirus outbreaks started in 1994 in the northeast of Gabon, moving through Minkébé and Mwagne national parks and their surroundings, and western Republic of Congo (including parts of the Odzala-Kokoua National Park and the Lossi Gorilla Sanctuary), continuing until the mid-2000s (Walsh et al. 2003, 2005; Maisels et al. 2013). Three quarters of the Gorilla population in six protected areas with low hunting pressure died between 1995 and 2000, presumably from EVD (Walsh et al. 2008), with mortality rates reaching 95% during the worst disease outbreaks (Bermejo et al. 2006, Caillaud et al. 2006). Populations in the protected areas hit by disease began to recover within a decade (e.g., Genton et al. 2012); however, total recovery would take 75–131 years in the (unlikely) absence of poaching (Ryan and Walsh 2011). Although rivers and forest fragmentation seem to present a partial barrier to its spread, Ebolaviruscan cross rivers and has already been detected to the east of the Mambili River, a major river barrier between Odzala-Kokoua National Park and the Sangha River (Reed et al. 2014), so a future outbreak in the largest known Gorilla population, in the Ngombe logging concession, is a possibility. The Ngombe concession and Ntokou-Pikounda National Park together contain about 80,000 Gorillas, a population which has remained stable since 2007 (Maisels et al. 2015). In Southeast Cameroon across the Ngoko River in the north, around 40,000 Gorillas are found in logging concessions and a series of national parks (Blake et al. 2012). The Ndoki-Likouala landscape, on the eastern side of the Sangha River, harbours another 50,000 or so Gorillas (Maisels et al. 2012). Since large areas can be affected by a single Ebolavirus outbreak and transmission between individuals is rapid (Walsh et al. 2007, 2009), large numbers of Gorillas could be wiped out in a short space of time. Ebolavirus thus remains a highly significant threat in this region.

Habitat degradation and destruction - Habitat loss is a major emerging threat to Western Lowland Gorillas. In the past, habitat loss (as opposed to degradation) was not an issue in this region. However, as oil-palm plantations are reaching capacity in Asia, Africa has become the new frontier for this crop that offers excellent economic prospects in countries with appropriate rainfall, soil and temperatures (Rival and Lavang 2014). Unfortunately, these areas coincide with good Gorilla habitat: 73.8% of the Western Lowland Gorilla's range is considered suitable for oil palm (Wich et al. 2014). Similarly, the recent expansion of industrial-scale mining and the creation of open-pit mines are of great concern (Edwards et al. 2014, Lanjouw 2014). Extractive industry also leads to the establishment of development corridors, which can be several kilometres wide, and add to areas of “lost forest” (Laurance et al. 2015). There is a disconnect between the various bodies responsible for land-use planning in the realms of conservation, mining and agriculture in all Western Lowland Gorilla range states except Gabon. Consequently, there will be increasing competition for land between long-term conservation needs and immediate financial gain as governments explore the potential of clearing natural habitat in favour of economic development. Without very careful and immediate land-use planning that involves cooperation between the government bodies responsible for protected areas and wildlife on one hand, and economic agricultural development on the other, large areas of Western Lowland Gorilla habitat could be cleared within a few decades.

Climate change - Climate change is already thought to be affecting the Central African tropical moist forests (Lewis et al. 2013). Although the likely impacts of global climate change in Western Equatorial Africa are not yet known, there are predictions of drying of this region with potentially-negative consequences for forest ecology, such as changes in forest productivity and fruit and flower phenology, increased vulnerability to fire, and even forest retreat (James et al. 2013). Seasonal changes in precipitation and temperature, and weather extremes are likely already ongoing and set to continue during the next few decades (Lovett 2015). Negative consequences for great apes in this region have already been predicted (Lehmann et al. 2010), particularly along the coast (Korstjens et al. 2010). Climate change is the least likely factor for which effective action for great apes, and for African tropical forests in general, can be taken in a timely manner. Although climate talks in 2015 resulted in international cooperative agreement between most of the world’s nations regarding the need for action, the task of reversing, or even flattening current temperature trends will be extremely challenging. Nonetheless, there is potential for mitigating against the impacts of habitat degradation and conversion, which would otherwise exacerbate the effects of climate change on both the short- and long-term prospects for Gorilla survival.

I have seen this Richard Feynman video at least 100 times. THE FEYNMAN SERIES - Beauty

The Wall Street Journal has an article called "Drones Can Protect Us From Kim’s Missiles". The article was boring however one of the authors is a famous stupid asshole who is trying to destroy science education in America because evolution makes this Christian asshole cry. I wrote this comment there and I'm almost certain the asshole will read it.

"By Arthur Herman and Stephen C. Meyer" " Mr. Meyer is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute."

Stephen C. Meyer is a crackpot who works for the anti-science Christian creationist organization called the Discovery Institute. Biologists call the Discovery Institute "Crackpot Central". Their goal is to dumb down science education for all American students. Why? It's because evolution makes Crackpot Central cry.

Information about Stephen C. Meyer can be found at the "Encyclopedia of American Loons" at http://americanloons.blogspot.com/search?q=meyer

"Stephen C. Meyer. Diagnosis: One of the staunchest, most influential, most dishonest anti-science advocates in the world. Crackpot and complete hack."

Monday, March 19, 2018

This is another example of Christian assholes who can't mind their own fucking business. Christians morons have to stick their nose into other people's private lives. President Fucktard Trump is part of the problem. He sucks up to Christian assholes because he wants their votes.

BBC News - Mississippi passes strictest abortion law

Mississippi's governor has just signed into law the tightest abortion restrictions in the US.

The bill bans most abortions after 15 weeks, with no exceptions for rape or incest.

The only exemptions are in cases where there is a foetal abnormality that is "incompatible with life", or the mother's life is in danger.

Mississippi previously banned abortions from 20 weeks. Critics say the new law is unconstitutional.

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The measure was enacted on Monday by Republican Governor Phil Bryant, who says he wants the southern state to be "the safest place in America for an unborn child".

The Center for Reproductive Rights said it had filed a lawsuit to block the new law on behalf of the only abortion clinic in Mississippi, the Jackson Women's Health Organization.

Diane Derzis, who runs that clinic, said earlier this month that anti-abortion activists were seeking to undermine Roe v Wade, the landmark 1973 US Supreme Court case which legalised abortion.

She told the Clarion-Ledger newspaper: "These groups are tossing anything and everything out there, anything that could start winding its way through the legal system because we're in a very fragile place right now."

In 2014 federal judges ruled that attempts for six- and 12-week bans in North Dakota and Arkansas were unconstitutional, and struck them down.

President Trump has supported a proposed federal ban on abortions after 20 weeks after fertilisation, but the bill was blocked in the Senate in January.

Not very often but sometimes Christians grow up, educate themselves, and face facts.

Atheism is an acceptance of reality.

Theism (including the Christian and Muslim death cults) is a denial of reality.

Sometimes a Christian will learn how to think. It doesn't happen very often but it does happen. After they learn how to think they eventually realize their brainwashers were insane. They realize everything is a natural process and the magic god fairy was never necessary for anything. They become normal people, aka atheists.


Somebody else wrote this: "Many believers admit that nothing could change their mind about their religious beliefs, which means they are no longer seekers of truth and have become, in essence, mindless religious robots. Religion consistently and effectively discourages introspection and inquiry. That isn't by accident."

"This is why they call them Glassfrogs. Hyalinobatrachium dianae is also known as Diane's Bare-hearted Glassfrog. It’s found in Costa Rica at mid altitudes. Amazing photo is by Jaime Culebras."

Japanese Giant Hornets have no moral values. Genocide is their friend.

Natural selection makes this stuff possible. In nature there are thousands of examples of how natural selection works.

"Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution."

These are the introduced European honeybees which have not evolved to defend themselves. If a Japanese Giant Hornet discovers their nest that hornet sends a message to the other hornets: It's dinner time.

"30 Japanese Giant Hornets kill 30,000 Honey Bees."


This is payback. A Japanese Giant Hornet discovers Japanese Bees. These bees have evolved to be able to kill the hornet, but they must do this before the other hornets get the message they are there.

"Japanese Giant Hornet Cooked Alive By Bees."

One more thing. There is much more information about Japanese Giant Hornets in Why Evolution Is True by Jerry Coyne, Chapter 5 - The Engine of Evolution.

Empty words: words that are not sincere, or have no effect.

"When there is a mass shooting religious people send thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families. What do atheists send?"

You morons for Jeebus can pray all you want. Nobody listens.

"thoughts and prayers" are empty words.

Every second 2 people on this planet drop dead. If you pray for these dead human apes you would be talking to yourselves non-stop forever.

There is no problem science can't fix.

The miniature harpoon to be tested on the upcoming RemoveDebris mission
BBC News - Big harpoon is 'solution to space junk'

Airbus is testing a big harpoon to snare rogue or redundant satellites and pull them out of the sky.

The 1m-long projectile would be attached, through a strong tether, to a chase spacecraft.

Once the target was captured and under control, the chase vehicle would then drag its prey down into the atmosphere to burn to destruction.

Airbus has been working on the concept for a number of years now, developing ever bigger systems.

It is a response to the growing problem of orbital junk - old pieces of hardware that continue to circle the globe and which now pose a collision threat to operational satellites.

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Something in the region of 20,000 items of 10cm or larger are currently being tracked.

The latest Airbus harpoon is being designed with the capability to capture one of the biggest rogue items of the lot - Europe's defunct Envisat Earth observation platform.

This 8-tonne behemoth died suddenly in orbit in 2012. "Envisat is the outlier," explained advanced project engineer Alastair Wayman.

"If we can design a harpoon that can cope with Envisat, then it should be able to cope with all other types of spacecraft including the many rocket upper-stages that remain in orbit."

The testing at the aerospace company’s facility in Stevenage, UK, involves firing the harpoon, using compressed air, into a panel that is representative of the kinds of material used to build satellite structures.

Typically, this takes the form of 3cm-thick, composite honeycomb panels that incorporate a lot of aluminium.

"The harpoon goes through these panels like a hot knife through butter," said Mr Wayman.

"Once the tip is inside, it has a set of barbs that open up and stop the harpoon from coming back out. We'd then de-tumble the satellite with a tether on the other end."

This is where harpoons should come into their own, over other methods of capture such as nets and robotic arms. A harpoon is relatively simple. You line up the target and shoot.

"Many of these targets will be tumbling and if you were to use a robotic arm, say, that involves a lot of quite complex motions to follow your target," Mr Wayman explained.

"Whereas, with the harpoon, all you have to do is sit a distance away, wait for the target to rotate underneath you, and at the right moment fire your harpoon. And because it's a really quick event, it takes out a lot of the complexity."

You still have to bring the tumbling satellite under control using thrusters on the chase vehicle - but computer simulations show this should be possible.

The European Space Agency, which is responsible for Envisat, is considering all options at the moment, and the demonstration missions that fly in the next few years will almost certainly go for easier, more cooperative targets first. Indeed, a miniature version of the Airbus harpoon is set to launch next month on a mission called RemoveDebris.

This demonstrator satellite, developed at the Surrey Space Centre, will carry its own piece of junk which it will release and then attempt to retrieve. It will trial a net, but will perform a harpoon test as well to further knowledge about how such systems will behave in the weightless environment of space.

For the big harpoon back in Stevenage, it is now ready to move to its next development stage. This will involve firing the projectile over a distance of 25m, the sort of separation over which the real flight model would have to work.

Jonathan.Amos-INTERNET@bbc.co.uk and follow me on Twitter: @BBCAmos

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

I recommend exploring this blog. Most of it sucks but people can find some good stuff if they look for it.

For example there's a lot of good stuff at October 2017 (303 posts).

Also I recommend this post:

If Genesis is bullshit then the entire Bible is bullshit.

Christianity is brain damage. There is no cure unless the victims grow up, educate themselves, and face facts.

Christianity is brain damage and usually there is no cure. However there is one thing that can save a person from a lifetime of stupidity. It's called "evolution".

This is a customer review of the priceless book "Why Evolution Is True" by Jerry Coyne, University of Chicago biologist. This person went from creationist retard to theistic evolutionist moron to normal person (aka atheist) thanks to studying evolution.

Customer Review

5.0 out of 5 stars

A book to start with if you are interested in evolution

By Michael Beverly on December 10, 2013

Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

Anyone that's read a few of my reviews knows that I'm a former Christian, now an atheist. I used to be a young earth creationist a long time ago, but authors like the Christian Hugh Ross changed my views on the age of the universe and over time I began to realize that evolution was true.

Now that didn't take away my faith as a Christian, I merely accepted that God used evolution to bring about the diverse life forms on earth.

These days I'm an atheist and have a huge fascination for science, evolution, and other things like nano tech and what the future of computers hold. I believe in reason and logic and find the world much more interesting when there isn't a super invisible man in the sky watching over everything, claiming praise for the good and blaming others for the bad.

Life is so much better these days.

So why read this book? It's a great read for someone interested in science but not a doctorate degree in evolutionary biology. I'm going to suggest my almost teen aged daughter read it after she reads the Dawkins book about reality that is written for a less tech audience.

I enjoyed this book a lot because the author explained the many proofs of evolution found in nature in basic language that was understandable to me as a non-scientist (no, it's not dumbed down either, I think he assumes most readers have a basic grasp of science).

There were some things in here I'd never heard of, and I've read a bit of Dawkins, so I was delighted to read about some new things, facts I'd not heard before. There is just so much evidence out there no one book can cover it all.

I highly recommend this to Christians and other evolution deniers as a good place to start, Coyne isn't as polarizing as Dawkins as he doesn't have the stage as one of those pesky new atheists, he just writes the book as a scientist.

He does point out flaws in creationist thinking, and I think he does a fair and honest job of it. I believe that young earth creationists have an agenda and they are completely unfair. I say this as a former yec, I used to believe all kinds of "proofs" against evolution, the problem was I was believing stuff that wasn't even espoused as being a theory in the first place, the straw men I knew were false is funny to me now, yeah, of course they were false, they weren't being taught by evolutionists in the first place.

I have to call it like I see it here, creationists are dishonest because they don't really study and know what the other side believes (or worse, they do and still teach the opposite).

I'd recommend this book to people starting to learn about evolution before I'd recommend The Selfish Gene and The Ancestors Tale, even though I highly recommend those (and reviewed them here as well).

The reason being is it's not quite as technical and it gives a strong over view, then more detailed reading would be easier to comprehend, I wish I'd read this in that order, but I do enjoy Dawkins a lot.

All that said, if you're a Christian and willing to stretch your mind and so forth, please read this book and I'd be happy to hear from you what you think.

I learned something today. The 1st spacewalk was a Russian.

Rare color footage of first spacewalk, Alexey Leonov, March 18, 1965

Mrs. Clinton is acting like a crybaby these days. She keeps inventing excuses for why she lost.

Clinton lost to a celebrity clown who probably didn't want the job. That's quite a feat.

Everything you always wanted to know about open source software. Very interesting 6 minute video.

Lichess.org is the best place in the universe to play chess. It's totally free and there are zero ads. They don't advertise their existence. They depend on everyone else to advertise it.

About lichess.org

lichess.org is a free, open-source chess server powered by volunteers and donations.
In 2010, Thibault Duplessis began work on Lichess as a hobby project. The site was simple in the beginning, not even checking to see if moves were legal. He made the site open-source, which means anyone is free to read the source code and make contributions. Gradually, the site improved and collected users as an enthusiastic volunteer staff assembled to help Thibault build and maintain the site.
Today, lichess users play more than a million games every day. Lichess is one of the most popular chess websites in the world while remaining 100% free. Most “free” websites subsist by selling ads or selling user data. Others do it by putting all the good stuff behind paywalls. Lichess does none of these things and never will. With no investors demanding profits, Lichess staff can focus on improving the site as their only goal.
Despite Lichess's humble origins, playing a chess game is far from the only thing you can do on Lichess. After finishing a game, you can request computer analysis using the latest Stockfish chess engine and learn from your mistakes or compare your game against a massive database of chess masters’ games. You can watch top players battle it out live and discuss the game with your friends; even World Champions play on Lichess! Players wishing to improve can hire a coach and use real-time collaborative “studies” to share games, positions, annotated variations and chat.
A site the size of Lichess requires a significant number of people to maintain it. It also requires monetary resources for expenses, such as servers and other hosting services. The number of people who have contributed to these things is difficult to count precisely but fall into the following categories:
  • Lichess would not exist without the thousands of hours of time from volunteers, both from devs, who create new features and/or bugs, and our administrative team, who police the site and help with long-term vision.
  • Patrons provide a steady stream of income to our site, sufficient to run our servers and handle expenses.
  • Finally, the players who come to Lichess to have fun, relax and learn, without whom this would all be pointless!

In 1999 a typical Muslim used an airplane to murder himself and 217 passengers. Muslim scum should not be allowed to live in this planet.

Al-Batouti was the co-pilot that the NTSB suspected of deliberately crashing Flight 990 into the ocean, an assertion denied by Egyptian authorities. According to the flight recorders recovered after the crash, Al-Batouti asked to relieve the takeoff co-pilot far ahead of the normal shift, and then turned off the autopilot after the captain left the cockpit. Al-Batouti led the plane into a dive, continually repeating, "Tawkalt ala Allah" (Arabic: توكلت على الله‎), which translates to "I rely on God", 11 times. This phrase can also mean "I entrust myself unto God," hinting that he knew he was facing death. The captain then came back into the cockpit, tried to stop the dive, but could not prevent the plane from crashing into the sea.[1]

Saturday, March 17, 2018

An American bible thumping retard goes to Sweden and he finds out virtually everyone there thinks his god fantasy is ridiculous.

American Bible-Thumper Travels To Scandinavia, Freaks Out After Discovering How Secular They Are

An agnostic idiot wrote "No one knows if god exists. Agree?"

"No one knows if god exists. Agree?"

Bullshit. I'm 100% certain magic god fairies are not real for the same reason I'm 100% certain the Easter Bunny is not real.

Magic is not real therefore magic god fairies and magic rabbits are impossible.

This is not rocket science. Anyone who can't figure it out is a fucking retard.

President Fucktard Trump, read this you fucking moron.

The Trump Tariff Layoffs Begin. A keg manufacturer lays off workers as domestic steel prices rise.

The Editorial Board - March 16, 2018

American Keg Company is the only remaining U.S. manufacturer of stainless steel beer kegs. Despite competition from German and Chinese firms, American Keg has only used domestic steel. But now it’s being punished for this domestic sourcing as Donald Trump’s steel tariffs have forced the business to lay off a third of its workforce.

Since it began manufacturing kegs in 2015, the Pottstown, Pennsylvania-based American Keg has operated on a narrow margin. The 15.5-gallon keg is a staple in bars and fraternities, and the American-made version currently retails for $115 while a German or Chinese keg costs about $95. American Keg has survived by selling to craft breweries that want to support U.S. workers and American steel, even at a small premium. “But there’s a limit to what people would pay to have an American product,” says CEO Paul Czachor.

Mr. Trump has imposed the tariffs in the name of national security. But in practice they punish American steel users by giving the American metal industry the opportunity to raise prices while still undercutting foreign steel and aluminum.

Tariffs were one of Donald Trump’s campaign promises, and steel makers have already raised prices in anticipation. Since Mr. Trump took office, the price for American hot-rolled steel coil has increased by more than 35%, rising about $222 a ton, according to price data from S&P Global Platts. When the President signed orders imposing the tariffs on March 8, prices increased by more than 4% in a day.

American Keg is bracing for even higher domestic steel prices this year. “We’re already seeing that we’re getting priced out of the market with our U.S. kegs,” Mr. Czachor said. “We’re very concerned that this could put us out of business.”

One week after the Commerce Department recommended heavy tariffs on steel and aluminum in February, Mr. Czachor gathered 10 of his 30 workers in a conference room at work and broke the news that they were being laid off. Mark Foster, 55, was among those who lost a job.

“I had to hold back tears, and it was kind of embarrassing,” Mr. Foster told us in an interview this week. “I took it hard. I really took it hard. American Keg was my ticket. I was making my own money. It was a place where I could get my independence. Now that’s blown. It’s just a real hardship because where before, the money was coming in, and there was more food in the refrigerator, now my wife and I are trying to get the government to give us food stamps until work picks up. Why would you do that, Mr. President, when we would rather work than be on welfare?”

Good question. The Trump tariffs are supposed to protect the 140,000 workers employed by steel makers. But even if they do that for a while, until companies like American Keg suffer and stop buying steel, the tariffs punish the 6.5 million workers in steel-dependent industries. Many of those newly vulnerable workers are blue-collar guys like Mr. Foster who crave the dignity of a day’s work.

Mr. Trump will pay a political price for his rotten policy, and he should. But far worse is the arbitrary damage to businesses and workers like Mark Foster who are being punished not by competition but by their own government.

Appeared in the March 17, 2018, print edition.

I found some extreme bible-thumping stupid which might explain why Christian assholes have no problem with wiping out other species. This is another example of Idiot America where we have millions of morons who agree with this ridiculous bible bullshit.

God clearly separates his human creation from all other beasts. He gives us superiority and dominion over them. He sacrifices them for our needs - such as food and as in beasts of burden. Thats because man alone is made in Gods image.

Gen 1:24 ¶ And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.

Gen 1:25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

Gen 1:26 ¶ And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Gen 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Gen 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

What I wrote for a bible thumping moron.

"Why do atheists think creationists don't know about evolution? While we haven't taken an entire biology class, we understand how it works, and we don't need to know any more about it because we already know it's stupid (and wrong, thanks to the Holy Bible)."

If you creationists really did understand how evolution works and the overwhelming evidence for it, you would not be creationists.

Magical creationism, besides being ridiculous and childish, has zero evidence.

Evolution by natural selection has countless thousands of evidences from numerous branches of science. You know virtually nothing about this evidence because you're too lazy to look things up and educate yourselves.

This is your problem: "we don't need to know any more about it". It's your excuse to avoid having to grow up and face facts.

UPDATE: It looks like this moron for Jeebus is never going to educate himself. What a pathetic waste of a life. This is typical in Idiot America.

Robert Green Ingersoll (August 11, 1833 – July 21, 1899) was a normal person, aka atheist. Here are some of his quotes.

Religion can never reform mankind because religion is slavery.

Fear paints pictures of ghosts and hangs them in the gallery of ignorance.

Superstition is, always has been, and forever will be, the foe of progress, the enemy of education and the assassin of freedom.

All that is necessary, as it seems to me, to convince any reasonable person that the Bible is simply and purely of human invention - of barbarian invention - is to read it. Read it as you would any other book; think of it as you would of any other; get the bandage of reverence from your eyes; drive from your heart the phantom of fear; push from the throne of your brain the cowled form of superstition - then read the Holy Bible, and you will be amazed that you ever, for one moment, supposed a being of infinite wisdom, goodness and purity, to be the author of such ignorance and of such atrocity.

It is contended by many that ours is a Christian government, founded upon the Bible, and that all who look upon the book as false or foolish are destroying the foundation of our country. The truth is, our government is not founded upon the rights of gods, but upon the rights of men. Our Constitution was framed, not to declare and uphold the deity of Christ, but the sacredness of humanity. Ours is the first government made by the people and for the people. It is the only nation with which the gods have had nothing to do.

The hands that help are better far than lips that pray.

Do you not know that every religion in the world has declared every other religion a fraud? Yes, we all know it. That is the time all religions tell the truth - each of the other.

If abuses are destroyed, we must destroy them. If slaves are freed, we must free them. If new truths are discovered, we must discover them. If the naked are clothed; if the hungry are fed; if justice is done; if labor is rewarded; if superstition is driven from the mind; if the defenseless are protected and if the right finally triumphs, all must be the work of people. The grand victories of the future must be won by humanity, and by humanity alone.

According to the celestial multiplication table, once one is three, and three times one is one, and according to heavenly subtraction if we take two from three, three are left. The addition is equally peculiar, if we add two to one we have but one. Each one is equal to himself and the other two. Nothing ever was, nothing ever can be more perfectly idiotic and absurd than the dogma of the Trinity.

The myth of hell represents all the meanness, all the revenge, all the selfishness, all the cruelty, all the hatred, all the infamy of which the heart of man is capable.

When I became convinced that the universe is natural, that all the ghosts and gods are myths, there entered into my brain, into my soul, into every drop of my blood the sense, the feeling, the joy of freedom. The walls of my prison crumbled and fell. The dungeon was flooded with light and all the bolts and bars and manacles became dust.

There is no harmony between religion and science. When science was a child, religion sought to strangle it in the cradle. Now that science has attained its youth, and superstition is in its dotage, the trembling, palsied wreck says to the athlete: "Let us be friends."

The more false we destroy, the more room there will be for the true.

There can be but little liberty on earth while men worship a tyrant in heaven.

Religion has not civilized man, man has civilized religion.

Blasphemy is what an old dogma screams at a new truth.

I want no heaven for which I must give my reason; no happiness in exchange for my liberty, and no immortality that demands the surrender of my individuality. Better rot in the windowless tomb, to which there is no door but the red mouth of the pallid worm, than to wear the jeweled collar of a god.

The intellectual advancement of man depends on how often he can exchange an old superstition for a new truth.

Think of the egotism of a man who believes that an infinite being wants his praise!

A fact never went into partnership with a miracle. Truth scorns the assistance of wonders. A fact will fit every other fact in the universe, and that is how you can tell whether it is or is not a fact. A lie will not fit anything except another lie.

If the account given in Genesis is really true, ought we not, after all, to thank this serpent? He was the first schoolmaster, the first advocate of learning, the first enemy of ignorance, the first to whisper in human ears the sacred word liberty, the creator of ambition, the author of modesty, of inquiry, of doubt, of investigation, of progress and of civilization.

The glory of science is, that it is freeing the soul, breaking the mental manacles, getting the brain out of bondage, giving courage to thought, filling the world with mercy, justice, and joy.

Who can estimate the misery that has been caused by this infamous doctrine of eternal punishment? Think of the lives it has blighted-of the tears it has caused-of the agony it has produced. Think of the millions who have been driven to insanity by this most terrible of dogmas. This doctrine renters God the basest and most cruel being in the universe. ... There is nothing more degrading than to worship such a god.

If a man wishes to have God recognized in the constitution of our country, let him read the history of the Inquisition, and let him remember that hundreds of millions of men, women, and children have been sacrificed to placate the wrath, or win the approbation of this god.

If a man really believes that God once upheld slavery; that he commanded soldiers to kill women and babes; that he believed in polygamy; that he persecuted for opinion's sake; that he will punish forever, and that he hates an unbeliever, the effect in my judgment will be bad. It always has been bad. This belief built the dungeons of the Inquisition. This belief made the Puritan murder the Quaker.

Christianity, the most ridiculous cult ever invented.

According to the ridiculous myth the Magic Jeebus Man is the son of the Master of the Entire Fucking Universe. Jeebus was magically born on this planet.

Jeebus was an asshole to get himself executed. Then after decomposing for 3 days Jeebus magically became a fucking zombie. Later the zombie magically flew up to the clouds and nobody has seen the thing since then even though it was suppose to come back a few years later.

All this bullshit happened 2,000 years ago when virtually everyone was a god-soaked moron.

Syria: "These children need specialist surgeons and seven or 14 days in intensive care," he said. "Many could be saved. In London they could be saved. In Ghouta we cannot do anything. We try to stop the bleeding and make it OK for them, then we allow them to die."

genocide: the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation.

In Eastern Ghouta, a doctor's battle: 'We will stay until the end'

By Joel Gunter - BBC News - 17 March 2018

As the Syrian government tightens its noose around the Eastern Ghouta and air strikes pound the enclave from above, doctors and medical staff are locked in a desperate battle to save the wounded. Fearful of targeted strikes, they asked the BBC to withhold their real identities and locations.

Dr Hamid's family lives in one room now - a cramped, dimly-lit garage attached to the building that used to be their home. The rest of the house, in a suburb of the Eastern Ghouta, near Damascus, was destroyed a month ago, days after the Syrian government began a brutal escalation of force against the enclave.

Dr Hamid, 50, leaves the makeshift shelter three times a week for a nearby hospital, where he is a trauma doctor. Each time he kisses his wife and five children goodbye, he tries not to think that it might be the last time. He cycles to the hospital through empty, rubble-strewn streets, mindful of the danger of being outside even for a few minutes. If the bombing is heavy, and there are many injured, he might work for more than 24 hours without a break. When he is treating wounded children he thinks of his own children, and in the short pauses between patients he prays for their lives. There is no respite.

On Thursday, Syria entered the eighth year of its civil war. More than 400,000 people are believed to have been killed or are missing. Three of Dr Hamid's own children, and many of the children brought to his hospital, have never known peace. The injured children arrive with penetrating shrapnel wounds, missing limbs, severe burns, or sometimes with no visible injuries at all, and yet lifeless, with a lingering smell of gas on their bodies.

"Most of the children who die have been shelled in the head or have injuries in their abdomen or bowels. And I have seen some cases of penetrating wounds directly in the heart," said Dr Hamid.

"These children need specialist surgeons and seven or 14 days in intensive care," he said. "Many could be saved. In London they could be saved. In Ghouta we cannot do anything. We try to stop the bleeding and make it OK for them, then we allow them to die."

Backed by heavy Russian air strikes, Syrian pro-government forces are tightening the noose around the Eastern Ghouta, one of the last rebel strongholds in Syria. At least 1,100 civilians have been killed since the regime stepped up its air war last month and cut the enclave into three pockets. The rebels have shelled civilians in neighbouring government-controlled areas and, according to a UN official, used snipers to kill those attempting to flee.

In phone interviews, four doctors and medical staff described work in the enclave as a raw and restless battle to save people from death, with little or no room left to rescue limbs, preserve sight, or ward against fatal infections. Successful treatment has become a binary calculation, they said: life or death.

This week, a five-year-old boy arrived at Dr Hamid's hospital with multiple trauma wounds and fractures in both his legs and arms. Dr Hamid sutured the boy's wounds and amputated one of his arms and one of his legs at the upper thigh. "That is his future," Dr Hamid said. But the boy is alive, that is a success.

The same day an 18-month-old girl was brought in with a massive laceration to her thigh after a barrel bomb attack, completely severing her artery. Dr Hamid tried desperately to connect the leg and restore some blood flow, but he could not suture the artery properly.

"We do not know in the future if she will walk or if her leg will be only a picture of a leg," he said. "But she is alive." A success. The same week, five young children who were brought to Dr Hamid died. "When we are dealing with children, we hope God will look to them," he said, letting out a long, deep sigh. "I'm sorry, words cannot express this."

About 50 patients in need of urgent medical care were evacuated from Eastern Ghouta this week, and civilians from some areas are beginning to escape, but the UN estimates that about 390,000 people remain trapped, hiding in makeshift underground shelters with limited access to food, water, sanitation and medical treatment.

Direct attacks on health care facilities have spiked in recent weeks, according to the World Health Organization, mostly in Eastern Ghouta. A third of Dr Hamid's hospital has been damaged. The functioning parts are crowded with the wounded, making it hard to move around, and when the shelling is bad there are dead bodies on the floor that cannot be removed. Last week, the staff could not take out the bodies for 48 hours.

All over the Eastern Ghouta, medical staff are physically and emotionally exhausted, said Lorena Bilbao, Syria co-ordinator for Doctors Without Borders. "They have been working almost non-stop, with few hours' sleep, no regular meals, and the constant frustration and fear of the bombing," she said.

The escalation in February brought with it new weapons and a "new kind of horror", said Atef, 36, a radiologist at a surgical hospital in the enclave. Now they were seeing patients with multiple severe injuries. "We are not used to this level of wounds," he said. "We cannot help them. When you look around, there is desperation on the faces of the staff."

Many of those left in the Eastern Ghouta are now hiding underground. Atef lives in a basement under a public building, with his wife, children, and 100 other people. Mohammed, a 23-year-old medical student who was forced to abandon his studies to become a full time war medic, lives with his family in a neighbour's basement, where 30 people are crammed into three small rooms and there is no electricity or water.

To pass the time, the family members talk in the dark or run down the batteries of their phones playing games. Five of Mohammed's cousins died in the past month, he said. So did his uncle, his sister's husband, his brother's wife, and her entire family.

"The patients are also our family," he said. "We will carry on treating them until all the medication is gone. Until we stand with nothing. Until the last minutes."

All manner of vital medical equipment is running out in the enclave. A Red Cross convoy was allowed access to the enclave on Thursday, carrying food parcels but no medical supplies. According to the World Health Organization, the Syrian regime confiscated 70% of medical supplies from a previous convoy, including trauma kits, surgical kits, and insulin.

Doctors Without Borders says there is now one vascular surgeon left in all of Eastern Ghouta and no possibility to transfer patients, leaving general doctors with no choice but to amputate limbs that could be saved. Dr Hamid estimated that the hospital could have as little as a few weeks' worth of anaesthetic left, raising the fearful prospect of amputations with no pain relief.

"We are working with stitches that were used before, disposable gloves that we wore before, chest drainage that was used on other patients," he said. "Most wounds get infected and need bandages, but we are using bandages that we used before."

There is also no lab equipment to test for the presence of the toxic chemical chlorine, which medics and opposition activists say has been used as a weapon by pro-government forces. The government denies using any kind of chemical weapons, but their claim is undercut by a UN conclusion that it used chlorine at least three times in 2014 and 2015, and by a current UN investigation into reports of chlorine use in the Eastern Ghouta.

On the ground, it is undercut by the irritated eyes and airways, and the powerful smell that lingers on the patients, described by three members of staff at Dr Hamid's hospital.

"To us it is obvious after an attack," said Dr Hamid. "Everyone who comes in the ambulances has the same smell."

Exposure to chlorine doesn't generally kill, but it can if your lungs are very small. You can drown in the fluid that builds up. Dr Hamid and Mohammed recalled two cases brought in on the same day.

"We saw a three-month-old baby girl and a boy of two years," said Mohammed. "The girl was on ventilation for a week and she survived but the boy died. He was blue and the smell of his body was full of chlorine."

As the seventh anniversary of the conflict passed, the steadily worsening brutality in the Eastern Ghouta reflected the state of the wider war. The government of Bashar al-Assad says it is cleansing the nation of terrorists, but it has pounded the country indiscriminately, killing tens of thousands of civilians.

"They say they are killing terrorists but we are not terrorists. The people I see dying are women and children," said Dr Hamid.

He is counting down now until the IV antibiotics, anaesthetic, and insulin at the hospital run out, which will not be long if no supplies are allowed in. There is already no dialysis available, consigning chronic kidney patients to a slow, terrible death from renal failure.

The place where Dr Hamid was born and raised had been abandoned to its own slow death, he said. It was a place that people came to from Damascus, with their wives and husbands and children, for weekend picnics, or to shop for cheap merchandise in the bustling markets.

"They came here from all around to smell the fresh air and the rivers and the trees," he said. "To me it was a paradise on the Earth."

Now he prays in his cramped shelter at night that his children will one day see the place he can still conjure in his mind, "as green as it was when I was a boy".

"It may be too late for me," he said, "but God willing, our children will see these days."

Most Americans are fucking idiots.

This blog has 570 posts about Idiot America at Idiot America.

Friday, March 16, 2018

One more time to help cowards understand.

Magic is not real therefore a magical 2nd life is impossible, not to mention ridiculous and childish.

A magical paradise for dead human apes is the wishful thinking of cowardly morons. Reality makes bible thumpers and terrorists cry.

The Islamic Death Cult can't be fixed.

An ex-Muslim wrote: "The only way to reform Islam is get rid of Islam."

I'm not going to worry about this: Bennu is officially classified as a potentially dangerous asteroid. In fact, there's an 0.037 percent (or 1-in-2,700) chance that it will strike Earth in the last quarter of the 22nd century, NASA scientists have calculated.

It's amazing what we know about this asteroid. Even more amazing is we will send a spacecraft there to bring back to Earth a sample of the asteroid, 2.1 ounces (60 grams). This will be used to help scientists understand how life got a foothold on Earth four billion years ago.

The mission team is chiefly interested in learning the role that asteroids like Bennu — dark, primitive and apparently carbon-rich objects — may have played in helping life get a foothold on Earth, Lauretta said.

"Did these kinds of bodies deliver organic material and water, in the form of hydrated minerals like clays, to the surface of our planet that created the habitability and the environments that may have led to the origin of life?" Lauretta said.

"That's the prime mission," to investigate that question, he added.


Lots of interesting stuff at Space.com - Asteroid Bennu Won't Destroy Earth and Wikipedia - Bennu.

An atheist asked a good question: "How come people think that the only people that insult and hate Islam are Christians?"

"How come people think that the only people that insult and hate Islam are Christians?"

I'm a hardcore atheist and I think Muslims are stupid fucking assholes. They're evolution deniers, they treat women like farm animals, and their cult is a terrorist organization.

There are liberals (atheists with no brain) who suck up to Muslim scum. They are a minority but they make a lot of noise. They have my contempt.

Tufted pygmy squirrel

It’s found in the central mountain ranges of Borneo. Adults are around 83 mm in size (a little more than 3 inches).

Wikipedia - Tufted pygmy squirrel

The tufted pygmy squirrel (Exilisciurus whiteheadi) is a species of rodent in the family Sciuridae. It is endemic to highland forest in Borneo. The common name of this tiny squirrel refers to its distinctive ear-tufts.

Its diet consists mainly of the lichens and mosses which cover the trees it inhabits.

Seven billion, not six billion. The magical-2nd-life fantasy is good for the comics industry but it's impossible. Reality makes bible-thumpers and terrorists cry. Reality doesn't care.

This blog has 129 posts with comics at comics.

They possess up to 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses, compared to about six million in us. And the part of a dog's brain that is devoted to analyzing smells is, proportionally speaking, 40 times greater than ours. Dogs' noses also function quite differently than our own.

Dogs' Dazzling Sense of Smell

The stupid, the burning out of control stupid.

I wrote this question for some Christian fucktards:

"Two people die every second. Every second Mr. God has to decide where to send these dead people, heaven or hell. How does he do it?"

One of the morons for Jeebus said the magic god fairy delegates this task. It lets angels take care of it. Lots of angels.

In other words the magic god fairy magically created magical angels who decide where to magically send every corpse, a magical eternal 2nd life in a magical paradise or a magical eternal 2nd life being tortured by a loving god.

No evidence provided for any of this bullshit. Assholes for Jeebus just make stuff up and then call it fact.

Another Christian fucktard wrote "By that point it has already been decided by the way those two people lived their lives and the choices they made. If they go to hell, they can blame themselves. God through His word has told us how we can avoid going to hell. If we choose to ignore or reject the opportunity for salvation, it's not God's fault."

The stupidity is breathtaking.

This was the best answer:

"He just sorts them all into hell. That reduces the time he needs for the decision and the resources he needs to sustain the people in heaven."

Every second two human apes drop dead. Nobody cares.

131.4 million births per year.
55.3 million people die each year.

360,000 births per day.
151,600 people die each day.

15,000 births each hour.
6,316 people die each hour.

250 births each minute.
105 people die each minute.

Four births each second of every day.
Two people die each second of every day.

The world population is the total number of humans currently living, and was estimated to have reached 7.6 billion as of December 2017.

The current world population of 7.6 billion is expected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030, 9.7 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion in 2100.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Some people are in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Americans can't build a bridge without killing people.

BBC News - At least four people are dead and 10 others are injured after a bridge collapsed near Florida International University in Miami, officials say.

Rescue teams were still searching the rubble on Thursday night for victims trapped beneath the buckled footbridge.

The structure toppled over an eight-lane motorway on Thursday afternoon, crushing at least eight vehicles, according to police.

It is still unclear how many people were under the bridge at the time.

Miami-Dade Fire Chief Dave Downey said on Thursday night he could confirm at least four people were killed.

"This is going to be a long incident. We are going to have rescuers here through the night, if not longer," Chief Downey said.

At least 10 people were treated for injuries at theKendall Regional Medical Center, including two who were in "extremely critical condition", according to Dr Mark McKenney, director of general surgery.

The 950-ton (862-tonne), 174-foot (53m) bridge was erected on Saturday in just six hours over the highway, according to a story posted on the college website.

Witnesses told local media vehicles were stopped at a traffic light when the structure collapsed at around 1330 local time (1730 GMT).

"We're working our way into the pile trying to create holes that we can actually physically see," Miami-Dade Fire Department Division Chief Paul Estopian told reporters.

A witness told ABC News that the screams coming from the cars were "terrifying".

"As soon as I looked outside, I saw dust flying everywhere," Tiona Page said. "I knew the bridge had collapsed."

Another witness, Damany Reed, told CBS News: "I heard a big kaboom... it sounded continuous. We look outside... we thought something had fallen but it was the bridge that collapsed. It was just surreal at that moment and pretty scary."

"Just last week we were celebrating the expanse being completed and now we are here dealing with a tragedy," Sweetwater Mayor Orlando Lopez said.

Florida Governor Rick Scott and Senator Marco Rubio were at the scene on Thursday night, along with a team of specialists from the National Transportation Safety Board.

President Donald Trump tweeted on Thursday night he was monitoring "the heartbreaking bridge collapse".

The span, which connected the college to a student housing area in the city of Sweetwater, had long been requested by students and staff at the university so they could avoid the traffic below, according to the Miami Herald.

In August 2017, a student was hit and killed by cars while crossing the busy road.

Munilla Construction company (MCM), a family-owned contractor that helped build the bridge, tweeted "thoughts and prayers" for those affected by the tragedy.

FIGG Engineering said it also was behind the bridge project. Both firms said they would co-operate with investigators.

The university had touted the new swinging span on Twitter just days ago.

The 174ft cable-supported footbridge was to be publicly opened in 2019, local media say.

Costing $14.2m (£12.5m), it was funded by the US Department of Transportation.

NBA basketball team the Miami Heat tweeted their support to the FIU community.


UPDATE MARCH 16, 2018:

New York Times - Cracks on a new pedestrian bridge near Miami were reported on a voicemail two days before the walkway collapsed, state officials said

Friday, March 16, 2018

The report, by the lead engineer with the company in charge of the bridge’s design, was made in a voice mail message for a Florida Department of Transportation employee. That employee was out of the office, however, and did not receive it until Friday, a day after the collapse.

Idiot America is infested with 280 million Christian assholes, more than any other country in the world.

"The United States has the largest Christian population in the world, with nearly 280 million Christians."

This means 280 million American fucktards think a totally dead and decomposing preacher man magically became a zombie.

I'm not making this up. Christian scum are everywhere. These assholes for Jeebus infest all 50 states. In what's called the Bible Belt virtually everyone is a Christian moron.

Thanks to the zombie religion this country is infested with millions of evolution deniers. They think Jeebus magically created all creatures including us or they think Jeebus is one of the mechanisms of evolution. I'm not making this up. These assholes actually stick their dead Jeebus into science. Science without Jeebus makes Christian crybabies cry.

This blog has 71 posts about theistic evolution at theistic evolution is bullshit.

The New York Times explains why it's a good idea to visit Easter Island before rising sea levels wipe it out. Our planet is being destroyed and it might be too late to save it.

A thousand years ago, Polynesians arrived in canoes on the shores of Easter Island and later built a civilization that raised giant, haunting statues throughout the island and along its coast. That society collapsed after years of environmental destruction and foreign conquest, leaving questions about its original settlers that linger to this day.

Now the island faces another grave threat. Rising sea levels, the result of carbon emissions in far-off lands, are eroding Easter Island’s coasts at a rapid pace. Waves are beginning to reach the statues and platforms built by the ancient civilization and archaeologists fear that cultural heritage will be lost.

We traveled to Easter Island to see the damage and talk to researchers about what may be yet to come, and today we bring that story to you. It is the first in a new series on how climate change is erasing cultural identity around the world. We invite you to read, share and let us know what you think.

This is one of the many reasons why the United States is called Idiot America: The Chaplain of the United States House of Representatives is chosen to "perform ceremonial, symbolic, and pastoral duties". These responsibilities include opening House sessions with a prayer or coordinating the delivery of the prayer by guest chaplains recommended by members of the House.

Wikipedia - Chaplain of the United States House of Representatives

How much taxpayer money is being wasted on this Jeebus bullshit? Can't politicians exist without showing off their breathtaking stupidity? Can't these assholes exist without throwing out the Establishment Clause of our Bill of Rights?

"As of 2011, all House Chaplains have been Christian but can be members of any religion or faith group."

The preachers can belong to any ridiculous religious cult but normal people, aka atheists, are not allowed.

"Faith group". Faith means "Believing in bullshit that makes cowards feel good, evidence not required." The stupid, it burns.

I never met a Christian who wasn't a stupid fucking asshole.

A fucktard for Jeebus wrote "Atheists, how can you look around with your irreducibly complex eyes and say there is no proof of God?"

"Atheists, how can you look around with your irreducibly complex eyes and say there is no proof of God?"

Only science deniers, aka uneducated morons, use the idiotic words "irreducibly complex" which was invented by an anti-science bible thumping organization called the Christian Creationist Discovery Institute, aka Crackpot Central.

Your ridiculous magic-god-fairy fantasy has not one shred of evidence. Lying about science to defend your childish fantasies doesn't accomplish anything except showing off your stupidity.

Read this repeatedly to help you understand reality: Magic is not real therefore magic god fairies are fucking impossible.

The stupid, the burning out of control stupid.

A New York Times article about President Fucktard Trump. Click the link if you're interested. If you don't have a subscription for the New York Times you can read 5 articles for free every month.

Dictators Love Trump, and He Loves Them


The United States used to stand up for human rights, but that was before the Trump administration.

What I wrote 7 years ago in January 2011

The magic god fairy idea is as idiotic and childish as the Easter Bunny idea.

Wikipedia has a long list of Arguments against the existence of God.

It's a mistake to bother with all that bullshit. The god idea is too ridiculous to waste a lot of time refuting it, but some people write entire books about it. For example there's the boring "The God Delusion" (which has 3,482 customer reviews) by some British guy.

The following logic should be good enough for any normal person. If a person isn't normal then nothing can be done for him or her. Stupid can't be fixed.

God = magic.

Magic = bullshit.

Therefore god = bullshit.

Wasn't that easy?

Reality makes Christian crybabies cry.

A Christian fucktard wrote "It’s a preposterous notion that all we are, feel and see is the product of unguided randomness."

Hey fucktard, you can call reality "preposterous" all you want. Reality doesn't care.

One more thing Mr. Fucktard, natural selection is not random.

I never met a Christian who wasn't a stupid fucking asshole.

The god-soaked are cowardly morons.

The hell/heaven bullshit is the most ridiculous fantasy ever invented. It's just the wishful thinking of feeble-minded cowards.

Way to go Toronto, Canada. This BBC News video shows how they are fixing the problem with birds crashing into buildings.

BBC News - Toronto, Canada - How to stop birds smashing into windows. One city is making its buildings bird-friendly.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

My favorite scientist

Wikipedia - Charles Darwin

Another quote for my list of favorite quotes. This one is from Stephen Hawking. Cowardly Christian crybabies will cry.

Hawking regarded the concept of heaven as a myth, believing that there is “no heaven or afterlife” and that such a notion was a “fairy story for people afraid of the dark”.

Most Americans think President Fucktard Trump was a terrible mistake.

March 14, 2018

The Democrat Conor Lamb has an insurmountable lead in a Pennsylvania House race in Trump country. We’re calling it in his favor.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 5:38 PM EDT

The victory still may be contested, but Conor Lamb’s current 627-vote lead appears insurmountable, given that the four counties in Pennsylvania’s 18th district have about 500 provisional, military and other absentee ballots left to count, county election officials said.
That slim margin, out of almost 230,000 ballots cast, nonetheless upended the political landscape ahead of this November’s midterm elections and emboldened fellow Democrats to run maverick campaigns even in deep-red areas where Republicans remain bedeviled by Mr. Trump’s unpopularity.

Religion is good for nothing but brainwashing, stupidity, and never ending violence. March 28, 2011 Iran secretly hanged five people in Evin prison according to Hrana news agency. One woman, two men and a couple identified as Adiva Mirza Soleiman and Varjoun Petrosian, followers of the Jewish and Christian faiths respectively, were hanged in the prison in Tehran. The regime prevented the families from organising memorial ceremonies.


A Christian fucktard wrote some moronic bullshit about Stephen Hawking.

"Hopefully he found the Lord at the end."

He is not going to find anything because he's fucking dead.

I never met a Christian who wasn't a stupid fucking asshole.

"What does it mean to be a Christian?"

"What does it mean to be a Christian?"

Christians are stupid fucking assholes. Science makes them cry. They believe in a magical 2nd life because they're cowards, not to mention gullible and insane.

I love my Citibank credit card but Citibank.com has not been working in America for a long time. Maybe they were attacked?


UPDATE: The Citibank website is still not working. However I was able to call them and without having to talk to an incompetent human ape I was able to get the automatic voice accept the money I owed them which was $911.81. It was easy. What a surprise!

It's obvious to me some bad people who need to be tortured and killed fucked up citibank.com. Of course Citibank fucked up because they didn't have what it takes to prevent this bullshit.

Why is it taking more than a week to fix? Some people need to be fired.

UPDATE: Citibank emailed me a different link to get to their website and it worked. Also after I did this I was able to get in their website with the old link I was using. So everything is normal now.