Archive for March 17th, 2022

March 17th, 2022 - 11:00 pm § in Misc.

Driver, 13, kills himself and 8 others

A 13-year-old boy was driving a pickup truck at 75mph when a tire blew, the pickup veered into an oncoming lane, and slammed into a van (pictured). The tire was a spare that failed. The boy, his father in the passenger seat, and 7 of the 9 people in the van — a college golf […][...]

March 17th, 2022 - 10:09 pm § in Science

Are we relatives?

Possibly, but not necessarily, and we’ll probably never know, because most family genealogies go back only a couple of centuries. According to the Bible, we all descended from Adam and Eve, in which case we’re all related to each other. Lending some support to this thesis is the fact tha[...]

March 17th, 2022 - 5:10 pm § in Politics

GOP voter “audit” in New Mexico investigated for intimidation

A House committee is investigating a GOP “audit” of the 2020 election in a New Mexico county after receiving reports a private company is using volunteers knocking on voters’ doors to create “a list of suspects for criminal prosecution,” The Hill reported on Thursday, M[...]

March 17th, 2022 - 4:16 pm § in Health

New BA.2 variant “serious threat” to seniors boosted over 5 months ago

With the BA.2 Omicron subvariant “picking up steam in the United States,” about 28 million seniors risk severe illness because they’re unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or it’s over 5 months since they got a booster shot, CNN reported on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 (read stor[...]

March 17th, 2022 - 3:31 am § in Foreign Affairs, Russia

What’s Putin fighting for in Ukraine?

“When Vladimir Putin shattered the peace in Europe by unleashing war on a democracy of 44 million people, his justification was that modern, Western-leaning Ukraine was a constant threat and Russia could not feel ‘safe, develop and exist,'” BBC News says (here). That’s consis[...]

March 17th, 2022 - 2:59 am § in Science

You’ve heard of hairy black holes, right?

Of course you have! What would we do without them? They solve the Hawking Paradox. (You already know what that is, so you don’t need to read the explanation here.) Black holes, of course, “are dead stars that have collapsed and have such strong gravity that not even light can escape.R[...]