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Stephen Hawking is Worried

Most of us have heard of Stephen Hawking.

Stephen William Hawking is the severely disabled scientist who suffers from Lou Gehrig’s disease or ALS, one of the worst diseases imaginable. First it causes your nerves to wither and die which in turn causes your muscles to shrivel away to nothing.

Oddly enough, the disease doesn’t normally affect one’s thought processes. By that, I mean it doesn’t typically affect the ability to acquire knowledge by use of reasoning, intuition, or perception.

There is no better example of the characteristics of this disease than Stephen Hawking.  Despite gradually losing the use of his arms, legs, and voice, and as of 2009 being almost completely paralysed, Hawking has achieved more awards and honours than just about anyone ever.

Hawking has an IQ similar to Einstein.

That said, if you aren’t going to consider the opinion of Stephen Hawking on a scientific subject, then you might as well not consider the opinion of anyone.

This is what Stephen Hawking is worried about right now:

(For those of you with little time; the part of the interview most relevant to my post begins about 48 minutes in.)

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3016295328827362823#

Bill Maher giving it to them good

Bill Maher does political satire and observational comedy.

From 1993 to 2002 he hosted a half-hour late night talk show called Politically Incorrect. It began on Comedy Central and was such a success that it was bought out by the media giant ABC in 1997. After that, it became even more popular. In 2002, at the peak of its popularity, ABC canceled the show.

It was canceled because conservative Republican bigwigs wanted it gone.

Well, Bill Maher is now back and more popular than ever. He is currently the host of Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO.

Judging by his latest segment of NEW RULES, his fears of being canceled have disappeared. Equally clear is the fact that most Republicans would love to make Bill Maher disappear off the face of the earth forever.

Real Time With Bill Maher 2010.03.26 New rules: BI-FURIOUS:

http://tv.gawker.com/5503517/bill-maher-to-democrats-be-more-like-tiger

Growing Old – a new study

The man in this picture is 95 years old.

By the way, he happens to be my dad.

Ninety-five may seem like it’s quite old, but, it’s actually far from the record.

The oldest person ever, or in recent recorded history, was a lady named Jeanne Calment from France. She endured for 122 years and 164 days. The next oldest person reached 120, followed by a single 119, two 117’s, five 116’s, sixteen 115’s, and about fifty 114 year olds.

Incidentally, the Canadian record is held by a lady named Marie-Louise Meilleur who made it to 117 years and 230 days.

According to a new study, the key to living longer is having a purpose in life.

According to Dr. Patricia Boyle, a neuropsychologist at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center and an assistant professor of behavioural sciences at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, setting goals and working towards them is a huge factor in longevity.

“It can be anything — from wanting to accomplish a goal in life, to achieving something in a volunteer organization, to as little as reading a series of books.”

Apparently, it doesn’t really matter what the purpose is. It could be something as simple as taking care of a dog or playing a regular game of pool with friends.

http://www.livescience.com/health/091002-fountain-of-youth.html

Robert Reich – an opinion that matters

Robert Reich is not your average nutty professor. His resume is unsurpassed. As far as economics goes he’s in the TOP GUN category. Not only was he the 22nd United States Secretary of Labor, but, he advised three administrations, both Democratic and Republican, and TIME Magazine named him as one of the 10 most successful cabinet secretaries of the 20th Century.

Still not impressed?

He was a professor at Harvard and a Rhodes Scholar.

Furthermore, I think he’s a genuine good guy.

Here is his 2010 Economic Forecast:

http://fora.tv/2010/01/22/Robert_Reich_Bank_of_America_Annual_Economic_Forecast

Rachel Maddow Happens to be a Rhodes Scholar

Rachel Anne Maddow is an American television host, radio personality, and political commentator. She has her own nightly television show on MSNBC called the Rachel Maddow Show.

That said, she’s a very smart lady with many accomplishments including a degree from Stanford University and a PhD from Oxford University. Not only that, but, she was also a recipient of the Rhodes Scholarship.

Most of us have heard the term Rhodes scholar used from time to time, however, I don’t think many realize just how noteworthy a Rhodes Scholarship actually is.

In a few words, once they leave Oxford, a Rhodes scholar can essentially expect to work where they want, in whatever field they want. For over a hundred years Rhodes scholars have been able to write their own ticket in their favorite field and have reached the highest levels of success in virtually all fields.

Rachel Maddow chose to make a career out of fighting for the little guy and standing up to special interests. Here is an example where she takes on Koch Industries:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kevin-grandia/maddow-takes-on-koch-indu_b_521820.html

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards

Did anyone else notice anything unusual about the latest Academy Awards?

Where was Michael Moore?

Where was the number one documentary film maker of all times?

To put Moore’s success into perspective:

Of the top 8 highest grossing documentaries made since 1982, Moore’s films rank 1st, 4th, 6th, and 8th. Incidentally, there were 665 of such films made.

Moore actually won an Oscar at the 75th Annual Academy Awards for the anti-gun film Bowling for Columbine. His top film, Fahrenheit 9/11, became the highest grossing documentary film of all times, bringing in a whopping $120 million at the box office.

Now, $120 million may not seem like much by Hollywood movie standards, but, it’s impressive by documentary film standards. The top 100 documentary films made since 1982 on average have only made about a million dollars each. Most documentary film makers would consider themselves lucky to make that.

Despite Moore’s domination of the documentary film category, not a peep was mentioned about him at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards.

He says his latest film Capitalism: A Love Story is the best film he’s ever done:

http://fora.tv/2009/09/17/Filmmaker_Michael_Moore_on_Capitalism_A_Love_Story

Here’s Michael Moore at the Academy Awards the year he won the Oscar:

http://fliiby.com/file/280282/syhnech6da.html