Saturday’s News

The weekend and this is for all those readers that has had enough Covid news, enough Biden vs Trump news…..I shall try to amuse as well as educate…..

The big story was that “Break Dancing” is now an Olympic sports….

Old notions of what constitutes an Olympic sport are going to be turned on their head and spun around at the Paris 2024 Games. Breakdancing became an official Olympic sport Monday, and skateboarding, surfing, and sport climbing were added to the Paris roster, the AP reports. The latter three sports will make their Olympic debuts when the delayed Tokyo games are held next year. When breaking—as it will be called at the Olympics—was first proposed for the Paris games last year, Tony Estanguet, head of the organizing committee, said new sports would make the Olympics “more artistic,” Sports Illustrated reports. “It’s going to be great for breaking as it gives us more recognition as a sport,” British breakdancer Karam Singh tells the BBC. “And for the Olympics, it will attract young people who may not follow some of the traditional sports.”

Breaking was a sport at the 2018 Youth Olympics, where competitors were judged on personality, technique, variety, creativity, performativity, and musicality, per SI. “The biggest part is your stage presence and character and your rhythm, whether or not you’re really feeling it,” competitive breaker Ronnie Abaldonado tells Reuters. “People can hit the moves but if you’re not feeling what they’re doing then you just kind of look robotic and that’s what kind of separates it being a sport to it being an art form.” The AP notes that breaking will take place at the Place de Concorde in Paris, while surfing events will happen in a very different part of France—French Polynesia, specifically Tahiti, more than 15,000 miles away.

I guess if the wealthy can have their horse dancing and yachting then the young can have their mindless endeavors.

I like beer!  I like beer that taste like beer….Sam Adams Lager…..Modelo Negra…….I just cannot do these so-called “Light beers” like Blue Moon…..if you drink this beer you might want to read on…..

If you’re drinking Blue Moon because it’s a craft beer? There’s some controversy over Blue Moon’s classification as such. Is it? Really? So of course the courts got involved. A lawsuit to that effect included Blue Moon and its parent company, MillerCoors. As Forbes explained, calling Blue Moon a craft beer is a debatable topic. The Brewers Association isn’t too pleased with the designation, because Blue Moon falls under MillerCoors (which is now part of Molson Coors Beverage Company, reports the Milwaukee Business Journal) and doesn’t comply with the association’s definition of craft beer. In this case, smaller is better, because to qualify, says the Association, a brewery has to produce 6 million barrels of beer (or less; they also add the word “approximately”) per year. A global entity like Molson Coors? Probably not.

I do not understand the younger ones that must everything flavored and that includes beer……here’s a thought if you do not like the taste of beer then drink kool-aid.

Then there has been a breakthrough in computing science….

A new type of quantum computer has proven that it can reign supreme, too.

A photonic quantum computer, which harnesses particles of light, or photons, performed a calculation that’s impossible for a conventional computer, researchers in China report online December 3 in Science. That milestone, known as quantum supremacy, has been met only once before, in 2019 by Google’s quantum computer (SN: 10/23/19). Google’s computer, however, is based on superconducting materials, not photons.

“This is the first independent confirmation of Google’s claim that you really can achieve quantum supremacy,” says theoretical computer scientist Scott Aaronson of the University of Texas at Austin. “That’s exciting.”

Named Jiuzhang after an ancient Chinese mathematical text, the new quantum computer can perform a calculation in 200 seconds that would take more than half a billion years on the world’s fastest non-quantum, or classical, computer.

The new light-based quantum computer Jiuzhang has achieved quantum supremacy

Most human know that Newton was a flippin’ genius, right?

Sir Isaac Newton, the acclaimed physicist, mathematician, and astronomer, may be one of the most renowned scientists of all time, but his wide-ranging research took him to strange places far outside what we now consider to be science.

Amidst his outstanding legacy of academic output, numerous fragments and unpublished notes – many discovered after his death in 1727 – stand as a testament to his long and said-to-be obsessive interest in matters of the occult, alchemy, and biblical apocalypse theory.

These mystical leanings – much of which would have been considered heretical thinking in Newton’s day – are evidenced in some fragmentary manuscript notes currently being auctioned by Sotheby’s.

In this case, the texts are literally fragments, in that they are the scorched survivors of a fire, said to have been started by an upset candle accidentally toppled by Newton’s dog, Diamond.

Finally…the owner of Trump’s childhood home wants to turn it into a house ofm worship……

The owner of President Trump’s childhood home wants MAGA fans to donate $3 million to turn the house into a gift for the outgoing commander in chief. 

The real estate agency attempting to crowdsource funds on behalf of the anonymous seller is encouraging Trump fans to envision turning the residence into a “house of worship.” The final decision about what to do with the property, however, would be up to Trump.

On the lighter note……watch these ducks….

Then there is this….

Enjoy your weekend…..

Be Well….Be Safe…..

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Jason And Argonauts

The weekend once again I am struggling to find something not related to the silliness we call US society….especially the election comedic skit.

So I decided to educate rather than elucidate…..

Most adults know the myth of Jason and the Argonauts……either from school or the movies……those cheesy Italian movies…….but is it just a myth or could there be something more to the tale?

The myth of Jason and the Argonauts endured for centuries, mainly because its heroes’ exploits exemplified resilience and took them on adventures to new lands. The Argonauts, named for the ship they sailed on, the Argo, were gathered by legendary hero Jason. According to PBS, Jason is the rightful heir to the throne of Iolkis, but after his father died, his uncle, Pelias, stole the crown. After a bunch of adventures on his own, Jason returned to Iolkis to reclaim his birthright. Pelias, however, wanted to make him suffer. So he ordered the young man to go on an impossible quest to prove his worth. He had to get the fabled Golden Fleece.

The Ancient History Encyclopedia writes that the goddess Athena favored Jason, so to help him in this quest, she gifted him Greece’s first longboat, the Argo. Then, like Nick Fury, he assembled the greatest heroic team. He called on Hercules, Theseus, Orpheus, the founders of Rome — Castor and Pollux — and Peleus, Achilles’s father. This group of heroes set sail for the island of Colchis in search of the Golden Fleece.

According to the Ancient History Encyclopedia, historians think Jason and the Argonauts reflect the journey undertaken by the Myceneans in the 13th century B.C. The Myceneans had begun to explore the islands to the east of Greece and faced different cultures there, much like the Argonauts did. The Caucasus Mountains in the east reportedly was filled with gold — you know, like the Golden Fleece. CNN reported that archaeologists even found ruins that may have inspired the myth.

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Now when you watch that movie on TCM you will know the origins of the myth…..

Learn Stuff!

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The New Stim Plan

First I would like to apologize for I try to avoid as much of the news of the day as I can on weekends….I feel we already get mind numbing repartitions that I can take a break…..then occasionally there is a report that needs immediate attention…and this is one of those issues.

Congress has been working (I use the term loosely) on the plan for more pandemic economic stimulus……first it looks good….then it does not appear there will be a deal….and that is where we are today…..

An emerging $900 billion COVID-19 aid package from a bipartisan group of lawmakers has all but collapsed after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Republican senators won’t support $160 billion in state and local funds as part of a potential trade-off in the deal. McConnell’s staff conveyed to top negotiators Thursday that the GOP leader sees no path to an agreement on a key aspect of the lawmakers’ existing proposal—a slimmed-down version of the liability shield he is seeking for companies and organizations facing potential COVID-19 lawsuits—in exchange for the state and local funds that Democrats want, the AP reports. The GOP leader criticized “controversial state bailouts” during a speech in the Senate. He insisted on a more targeted aid package.

The hardened stance from McConnell creates a new stalemate over the $900-billion-plus package, despite days of toiling by a bipartisan group of lawmakers to strike a compromise. Other legislative pile-ups now threaten Friday’s related business—a must-pass government funding bill. If it doesn’t clear Congress, that would trigger a federal government shutdown on Saturday. The breakdown over the COVID aid package, after days of behind-the-scenes talks by a group of lawmakers fed up with inaction, comes as President Trump has taken the talks in another direction—insisting on a fresh round of $600 stimulus checks for Americans. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchinm Trump’s top negotiator on COVID-19 financial aid, reported headway Thursday before the package from the bipartisan senators’ group fell apart.

Just what I would expect from the Senate….after all they are the large do-nothing branch of our government.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”