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Sunday, January 12, 2014

SUNDAY TRIVIA

If you're here for the Beachboys, return tomorrow, for the concert is not until tonight.

Some Sunday trivia, enhanced from the latest issues of TIME and Scientific American:

  • So few showed up this year, that ejections for drunkenness were not a problem for University of Hawaii football, but the final game of the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park was sullied by 81 fans being tossed out, mostly from intoxication.  It is just so cold at that stadium, making alcohol a must.  Next year the team plays at Levi Stadium, powered by Intel in Silicon Valley, 38 miles from San Francisco.  If you live in Sausalito, that will be more than a 100 mile round trip.
  • Number of ships hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009 = 52.  2013?  ZERO!  Remember the movie, Captain Phillips?  That was in the year 2009.  What happened?  International naval patrols and the presence of Kenyan troops in Somalia.  That's the real Captain Phillips to the right.
  • The military industrial complex is flexing its muscles and pissing off China.  The U.S. is sending 800 more soldiers and 40 tanks to South Korea.  Plus, we are increasing our military presence in Australia, rotating 1,150 Marines instead of 200.  Japan increased its defense budget and has committed to buying more drones, jet fighters and destroyers from the USA.  Then, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had the gall to make a well-publicized visit to Yasukuni Shrine (where 14 high-ranking war criminals are buried).  If you were China, wouldn't you feel threatened?  Yes, they increased their war spending, but they still only provide one-fifth as much as the USA for defense, or 1/20 on a per capita basis.
  • American deaths in the Afghanistan War peaked at 492 in 2010 and dropped to 117 last year.  Total killed so far, 2306.  The movie Lone Survivor is about a failed Navy Seal assassination mission in Afghanistan, and was by far the leading box office revenue producer this weekend.  America's longest war will loosely come to a close at the end of the year.  We'll maintain some presence, and have done so for nearly 70 years in Germany and Japan. Length of our wars (years):
    • World War I   1.6
    • World War II  3.7
    • Afghanistan 12.2
  • Speaking of deaths, one gram of botulism toxin, evenly dispersed and inhaled, could kill 1.25 million people.  Supposedly, Russia, Iran, Iraq, North Korea and Syria might have this capability.  Think we do?  By the way, heard of botox to reduce wrinkles (before and after)?  Same thing!
  • I will later post on this subject (so I provide few details here) of whether it makes any sense to commercialize outer space today.  However, there are companies and bright leaders showing the way:
    • Space X by Elon Musk has a $1.6 billion contract for 12 deliveries to the International Space Station.  However, their planned Falcon Heavy has not even launched yet.  Then when you add Musk's investment in Tesla Motors, where the cheapest electric car costs north of $70,000, you kind of wonder about his common sense.
    • Sierra Nevada
    • Virgin Galactic
    • Orbital Sciences Corp.
    • Mars One: the reality show!!
  • The Pacific International Ocean Station is searching for millionaires (click on iBillionaires), so it is noteworthy that Asia, according to TIME, will have more billionaires than North America by the end of the year.  Actually, Business Insider said this happened last year, with 608 or 1453 billionaires from the Orient, with North America at 440.  This is their list of the richest:

  • Exo-moons are now being considered for extraterrestrial life.  I'll later post on this general subject on exo-life.
  • This year could see better pills and vaccinations for Hepatitis C, Malaria, Diabetes and Breast-Cancer.  Details to come later this month.


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