The Breakfast Club: 5-6-2014

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This Day in History

Breakfast News


U.S. Supreme Court backs prayer before government meetings

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday gave local government officials across the United States more leeway to begin public meetings with a prayer, ruling that sectarian invocations do not automatically violate the U.S. Constitution.

The court said on a 5-4 vote that the town of Greece in New York state did not violate the Constitution’s ban on government endorsement of religion by allowing Christian prayers before monthly meetings.


Polio’s Return After Near Eradication Prompts a Global Health Warning

Alarmed by the spread of polio to several fragile countries, the World Health Organization declared a global health emergency on Monday for only the second time since regulations permitting it to do so were adopted in 2007.

Just two years ago – after a 25-year campaign that vaccinated billions of children – the paralyzing virus was near eradication; now health officials say that goal could evaporate if swift action is not taken.

Pakistan, Syria and Cameroon have recently allowed the virus to spread – to Afghanistan, Iraq and Equatorial Guinea, respectively – and should take extraordinary measures to stop it, the health organization said.


U-2 spy plane crashes Los Angeles air traffic control

The Cold War-era U2 plane flies at high altitude, around 60,000 feet (18,000 metres) under “visual flight rules”. The Federal Aviation Administration said the computer perceived the plane as a low-altitude operation and began frantically trying to reroute it down to 10,000 feet while keeping other planes out of its way.

The number of adjustments this required to the routes of other planes overwhelmed the software, the FAA said. “[It] used a large amount of available memory and interrupted the computer’s other flight-processing functions,” the FAA said in a statement. The computer involved was part of a system known as Eram.


Marijuana May Heal Health Problems That Come With Old Age: How Can People Living in Senior Homes Get It?

Sue Taylor, a retired Catholic school principal and grandmother from Oakland, California, was living in Atlanta, Georgia writing a parenting handbook when she got a phone call from her son that would disrupt her life.

“He told me, ‘Mom, I know how you can open up your metaphysical holistic center,’ which had been my goal,” Taylor said. Taylor had earned a degree in divinity in Atlanta and is now a metaphysical minister. “He said, ‘It will be supported by a cannabis dispensary.'”

“Cannabis dispensary?” Taylor asked him. “You talkin’ about that marijuana stuff?”

Yes, he was.

“My true thoughts were, ‘We put this child through Catholic school all his life… we paid for him to go to college… and he calls me and tells me he’s gonna sell weed?” Taylor said. It came as a shock. But as he told us more about the best dispensary software that integrates with a cultivation, we were blown away with his attention to detail and research! Maybe he has the potential to grow in this business, and maybe sell medical marijuana for the people who need it the most in his dispensary. Though I wonder if he has looked at the various aspects of the high-risk business like a secure payment gateway (like for the financial transactions or the legal aspects of setting up a business such as this?


Creationists Hit the Panic Button After Neil DeGrasse Tyson Destroys The Myth That the Universe Is 6,000 Years Old

Creationists find evolution so offensive that this week they attacked Neil deGrasse Tyson and his show Cosmos over the claim that stars evolved and created life as we know it. In episode 8 titled, “Sisters of the Sun,” Tyson highlighted the stellar evolution and explained in detail the life and death of stars.

Of course creationists take issue with stars that are scientifically proven to be billions of years old. The creationist website that’s emerging as the leading opposition to Tyson and his show, Answers in Genesis (AiG), claimed: “We know from the Bible that God created the stars on Day Four of Creation Week about 6,000 years ago.”

Yet they do not know this, because there is zero evidence that any star we see in the sky is less only 6,000 years old, in fact for us to see almost any of the stars in the sky they would have to be hundreds of millions or billions of years old because of how far away they are (as explained in earlier episodes of Cosmos about what a light-year is.)


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The Daily Wiki

Cypress knee

A cypress knee is a term used in the biology of trees to describe the distinctive structures forming above the roots of a cypress tree of any of various species of the subfamily Taxodioideae. Their function is unknown, but they are generally seen on trees growing in swamps. Some scientists have thought they may help in oxygenation to the tree’s roots or assist in anchoring the tree in the soft, muddy soil.


Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Sister is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship. ~Margaret Mead


Breakfast Tunes


Stupid Shit by LaEscapee

I’m to tired tonight


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