Marianne Williamson on why she’s not dropping out

Last night’s debate was a lot of things, but it was not exciting. It contained no magic. If anything, it reduced some very nice people to behavior their mothers probably raised them not to engage in. Which woman who claims feminist ideals can be the nastiest to another woman? Which young person can show the greatest arrogance toward those with decades of experience under their belts? Which intelligent person can best reduce a complicated topic to pabulum for the masses?

Marianne Williamson: After Tuesday’s debate, there’s no way I’m dropping out – The Washington Post



Mulvaney acknowledges Ukraine aid was withheld to pressure Ukraine to manufacture dirt on Trump’s political rivals

Donald Trump’s top aide on Thursday acknowledged that the administration held up military funds to Ukraine over the president’s desire for a political probe, undermining past denials of any quid pro quo and blowing up weeks of White House messaging amid an escalating impeachment inquiry.

In a whirlwind 40-minute news conference, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters the U.S. aid was withheld at least in part because of a request to have Ukraine investigate unfounded allegations that foreign countries assisted Democrats in the 2016 election.

Mulvaney acknowledges Ukraine aid was withheld to boost political probe – POLITICO


LeBron James’ furthers brand power in China’ with controversial remarks

The face of the NBA has been careful not to upset the Chinese – going so far as to call out Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey for the timing of his pro-Hong Kong protesters tweet days before the Lakers and Brooklyn Nets traveled to China for two preseason games. James also said earlier this week that “we do have freedom of speech, but there can be a lot of negative things that come with that too,” and “I also don’t think every issue should be everybody’s problem.”

…China is good to James, and that’s one reason he came off looking like an apologist for an authoritarian regime that does not value human rights or freedom of speech.

James came off quite clear that profit outweighs all else.

LeBron James’ furthers brand power in China’ with controversial remarks


Da Vinci’s Forgotten Design for the Longest Bridge in the World

In the early 16th century, da Vinci designed a lesser-known structure: a bridge for the Ottoman Empire that would have been the longest bridge of its time.

…The group built a replica of the bridge, after taking into consideration the materials and construction equipment available 500 years ago and the geological conditions of the Golden Horn,  a freshwater estuary in the Bosphorus Sea over which the bridge would’ve been built.

…The only material available at the time, that wouldn’t have collapsed under large loads on such a long bridge, would have been stone. …The researchers also hypothesized that such a bridge would have stood on its own without any paste or material to hold the stone together.

…The da Vinci bridge …would have been the longest of its time.

…Most bridge supports at the time were designed as a semicircular arch and would have required 10 or more piers to support that length of bridge, according to the statement. But da Vinci’s design was a single arch, flattened at the top, that would have been tall enough to allow sailboats to pass underneath. 

…Da Vinci’s design and the MIT scientists’ model also included structures called abutments that extended outward on both sides of the ends of the bridge to stabilize it against side-to-side movements, likely because da Vinci knew the region was prone to earthquakes. 

Da Vinci’s Forgotten Design for the Longest Bridge in the World Proves What a Genius He Was | Live Science