THE ULTIMATE CAT LADY
Except when I was married for awhile half a century ago and we had four cats, I have always had one cat at a time. There is a reason for that: I'm pretty sure if I starting taking in more cats, I wouldn't stop and I'd become the crazy cat lady on my block. I have never wanted to be that.
But this lady, 67-old Lynea Lattanzio, does. She has 1100 cats (that is not a typo). This is her story:
Learn more about the Cat House On The Kings at the website.
JOHN OLIVER ON THE TONIGHT SHOW
John Oliver's HBO program Last Week Tonight returns next weekend.
Meanwhile, a week or so ago, he visited Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show to explain why interviewing Edward Snowden in Russia was much less legally safe than founding his own church - both of which he did last season:
FASTEST RUBIK'S CUBE SOLVING ROBOT
”They” keep telling us that the robots will conquer the world, take over everything and eventually rule humanity.
Perhaps a step toward that outcome happened a couple of weeks ago when, for the first time, a computer solved Rubik's Cube faster than any human has.
Two friends, Jay Flatland and Paul Rose, built the robot that solved Rubik's Cube in 1.04 seconds. The human world record is 4.904 seconds.
Here's the video. I don't understand a word these guys are saying but it's worth sticking around to the end to see the speedy robot solve the cube.
CIA RELEASES SECRET “X FILES” DOCUMENTS
Maybe you know that after 25 years or so, The X-Files TV show has returned for a six-episode reprise.
I watched the old series now and then. I was not a diehard fan in those days but for some reason, I've made this go-round a must watch and I am thoroughly enjoying the update. It may be that the CIA is also enjoying it. As Raw Story reports:
”Prior to the relaunch of Fox’s supernatural and conspiracy series The X Files, the normally secretive Central Intelligence Agency became less publicity shy, releasing documents and photos detailing their own top secret investigations into UFO sightings.
“On their blog, — yes, the CIA has a blog — the agency invited the world to 'take a peek into our X Files,' providing photos and links to documents dating back to the early 50’s.”
THE U.S. ELECTION FROM ONE EUROPEAN POINT OF VIEW
There was a lot of response here last Monday when I broke with precedent and wrote about our presidential election campaign.
A few commenters said they were not paying attention, or not close attention. On Thursday, a TGB reader in Germany, Freya, explained why she wants all Americans to keep a close eye on the campaign. A couple of excerpts:
”Believe it or not, I followed the Iowa caucus live on TYT Network online, staying up all night till 5 in the morning. I found it very exciting. My heart goes out to Bernie Sanders.
“Why would I be interested?
“Who will be the next POTUS is relevant and important to the whole world, not only to the US alone.
“Enough is enough, quoting Mr.Sanders, appears to be right on so many fields, not only wealth distribution, but also regarding messing up the Middle East and up to a certain extent, the whole world...
“Please do not walk away from being interested in politics, your decisions matter for all of us. Greetings from good old Europe!”
Freya has a lot more good reasons for wanting us to pay close attention to the campaign. You can read her full comment here.
UPDATE: After preparing this post, Freya left another note about the importance of political news coverage and compares U.S. (she lived in the U.S. in the past) and German news. It's interesting to have an informed European perspective and worth your time to click over and read.
BERNIE SANDERS ON RELIGION
Speaking of our presidential campaign, last Thursday evening CNN held a Democratic Town Hall with candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
Personally, I don't believe a candidate's religion should be anyone's business, including voters, but that's not the way the U.S. works these days.
So CNN anchor Anderson Cooper asked Mr. Sanders this question:
“You’re Jewish, but you’ve said that you’re not actively involved with organized religion. What do you say to a voter out there who says - and that who sees faith as a guiding principle in their lives, and wants it to be a guiding principle for this country?”
You can't ask for any better answer than Bernie Sanders gave – better than any politician of any party or religious leaning I've ever heard:
“I believe that, as a human being, the pain that one person feels, if we have children who are hungry in America, if we have elderly people who can’t afford their prescription drugs, you know what, that impacts you, that impacts me.
“And I worry very much about a society where some people spiritually say, it doesn’t matter to me, I got it, I don’t care about other people. So my spirituality is that we are all in this together and that when children go hungry, when veterans sleep out on the street, it impacts me. That’s my very strong spiritual feeling.”
Yes. We are all in this together, folks, and I don't understand why so many political candidates and voters, too – often the ones who proclaim their faith most vociferously - don't believe that.
100 YEARS OF CARS
You would think that I, as someone who didn't own a car for nearly half a century and sees them still as nothing more than a means to get from here to there, wouldn't care but this video. But you would be wrong.
The producers of this video have chosen one glorious auto design example for each decade of the last hundred years and lovingly photographed them. Beautiful.
FIRST U.S. AIRPORT EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE RICH AND FAMOUS
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has won approval to build a new terminal. But you'll never get to use it. The plan is
”...to redevelop a cargo hangar into the US’s first terminal dedicated to the rich and famous. The airport said the Los Angeles Suite, which will allow celebrities and diplomats to avoid paparazzi, or protesters, by allowing cars to drop off guests behind closed doors...
“It will cost [passengers] $1,500-$1,800 per trip to use the new terminal, which will include exclusive lounges, dedicated catering and separate security and border checkpoints.
“Deborah Ale Flint, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports which operates LAX, said allowing celebrities a private route through the airport will also make travelling more pleasant for the general public, who have often been caught up in media scrums.”
Yeah, right. You can read more at Raw Story.
TEEN CLIMBS GREAT PYRAMID OF GIZA
Eighteen-year-old German tourist Andrej Ciesielski got a view that few people ever see - Egypt from the top of the Great Pyramid of Giza.
Climbiing the ancient pyramids is forbidden and he was caught by police when he reached the bottom. It took only eight minutes to get to top, says Ciesielski, but 20 minutes to get back down. Here's part of the video he shot.
THE ELEPHANTS THAT CAME TO DINNER
As the YouTube page explains,
”At [Mfuwe Lodge] a five-star lodge in Zambia, a bizarre phenomenon is stumping wildlife experts and delighting tourists. An elephant family, led by a matriarch named Wonky Tusk, is overtaking the lobby.
“Though elephants can be violent in the wild, here they climb the stairs of Mfuwe Lodge and grace past reception without bumping a chair.”
You'll see immediately why the matriarch is called Wonky Tusk and it is a fascinating story. (I keep thinking I've posted this before but it's such a good story, who cares.)
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