This “fiction” claim seems to spit in the face of his soul-less, truth-allergic campaign manager Kellyanne Conway. Conway has been clear, pounding the networks over and over, justifying Trump’s shockingly ugly display at the second Presidential debate, that all women accusers must be heard. Even when presented with sworn depositions by the women that said events never occurred! Conway has also falsely accused Hillary Clinton of trying silence these women.
Will it be that Kellyanne only thinks long debunked allegations need to be heard? Will Kellyanne call for Trump to explain these allegations, or that of his raping a 13 year old? Will Kellyanne now try to silence these women? How can they blame Hillary?
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In a phone interview on Tuesday night, a highly agitated Mr. Trump denied every one of the women’s claims.
“None of this ever took place,” said Mr. Trump, who began shouting at The Times reporter who was questioning him. He said that The Times was making up the allegations to hurt him and that he would sue the news organization if it reported them.
“You are a disgusting human being,” he told the reporter as she questioned him about the women’s claims.
Jessica Leeds, 74, a retired businesswoman, says Trump sexually assaulted her on a plane flight in the early 1980s, forcing her to change seats: “He was like an octopus,” she said. “His hands were everywhere.”
Rachel Crooks, then a 22-year-old receptionist working in Trump Tower, says he forced a kiss on her in 2005: “It was so inappropriate,” Ms. Crooks recalled in an interview. “I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that.”
Eric Trump, the son of the GOP nominee, campaigned using the men-only map, according to Buzzfeed. He presented it and called its existence proof of the “momentum” the Trump campaign has.
Later on, observers noticed #Repealthe19th gaining momentum on Twitter as Trump supporters suggested rolling back the constitutional amendment that gave women the right to vote. Apparently, it isn’t a new hashtag, but Silver’s predictive map gave it a nudge.
It’s not the first time a Trumpkin has headed down this path. Trump delegate Peter Thiel, a Silicon Valley billionaire noted for his successful effort to bankrupt Gawker Media through a series of secretly-funded proxy lawsuits, once wrote that women voting was bad for democracy.
Mark Rittman is a “BI, DW & Big Data specialist, Oracle ACE Director” who dabbles in home automation and smart appliances: he spent 11 hilarious hours locked in an epic struggle with a wifi-equipped smart kettle, trying to get it to heat water for a cup of tea, livetweeting the battle. (more…)
If the UK wants access to the EU markets, it’s going to have to pay billions of pounds, something that the Brexit Leave campaign conveniently neglected to mention (they also conveniently neglected to mention that even if this wasn’t true, the money the UK used to pay to the EU wasn’t going to be spent on the NHS). (more…)
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A popular conspiracy theory about millionaire presidential candidate Donald Trump is that his campaign is really just a big advertising effort for his “brand”: the Trump name he licenses out to anyone who will pay for it. If this was his plan, Alexandra Bruell writes in the Wall Street Journal, it was a bad one. The tape of him boasting about sexually assaulting women hits particularly hard.
As of June 2016, when Mr. Trump was already the presumptive Republican nominee for president, the added value of the Trump brand in entertainment was as high as 43%.
But that added value has been significantly diminished since the video surfaced. The perceived added value in TV and entertainment, a category with which he’s closely associated after “The Apprentice,” fell 13 percentage points as of Oct. 9, while the value of the Trump brand dropped 8 percentage points in real estate and 6 percentage points in country clubs and golf clubs, according to Brand Keys.
“What we know for sure is that these brand engagement numbers correlate very highly with consumer behavior in the marketplace,” said Mr. Passikoff. As the Trump brand becomes more toxic, “consumers will be distancing themselves from Trump-branded products as well.”
Even if his remarks subside in the public imagination, he’s in it to the end, and “Trump” could end up signifying bigshot losers. Not great for any business, but bigly so in hospitality and entertainment.
A “Silent Catch” is what happens when you toss the ball into the FF and it slowly glides down the sides without making contact with it. I have to say that it’s satisfying and magical every time I pull off the maneuver.
As the ball glides down the tube, the magnetic field changes inside the metal wall and when this happens, a bit of voltage is created. This reaction is not unlike a tiny, temporary battery and is called an electromotive force. The movement pattern of the voltage moves down with the ball and looks like this:
What could be simpler?
The tube’s material is an electrical conductor and drives current around in circles as the ball descends. The scientists at my laboratory tell me that when this happens, a second magnetic field is created that opposes the downward motion of the magnetic ball. The ball wants to fall through the tube at 9.8 meters per second but the field wants to halt it and of course, gravity wins in the end. And here’s the crazy part – the faster the initial downward motion, the more powerful the slowing force becomes.
When I throw the ball as hard as I can into the mouth of the tube, the ball doesn’t travel any faster than if I just dropped it in!
The image below shows an experiment in which a magnetic field is created by using a liquid battery. As more current from the battery is thrown through the copper coils, a magnetic flux occurs that’s not unlike my new toy.
While I don’t know where you can get an old timey liquid battery, I do know that you can get a brand new FF in machined copper here.
And the best thing of all is that the FF will look good next to pretty much anything in your office or laboratory.
Until very recently, I have pondered the answer to this question:
If I’m in an elevator on the 49th floor of my building and my arch nemesis snips the thread that suspends it, will I experience less of an impact if I jump in the air just before the elevator smashes into the bear-trap at the bottom of the shaft?
Adam Savage of Mythbusters says that according to the laws of physics, if my nemesis did his job correctly, that it’d be traveling at around 82 kilometers per hour by the time it hit the ground. Even if I could time my jump perfectly, it’d make only a sleight difference in impact speed and I’d still be a gnarled, bloody mess.
Ahh, but what if instead of riding in an elevator, I rode down a long copper tube while comfortably sitting in a Feel Flux magnetic ball? I think we all know the answer to that question. Cushy landing city.
But if you do find yourself in a “regular elevator” and things go awry, keep your wits about you and remember these lessons from my favorite Lonely Planet video:
Hopefully it’ll never come to that, but my physicist parents taught me that it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Then again, they also taught me this questionable physicist joke:
Q: What did the male magnet say to the female magnet? A: From your backside, I thought you were repulsive. However, after seeing you from the front, I find you rather attractive.
Please don’t let my parent’s horrible joke stop you from checking out one of the most amazing magnetic toys I’ve ever owned.
When William Harrison disappeared from Campden, England, in 1660, his servant offered an incredible explanation: that he and his family had murdered him. After the family was executed for the crime Harrison reappeared with a bizarre story of his own. In this week’s episode of the Futility Closet podcast we’ll describe “the Campden wonder,” which one historian has called “perhaps the most baffling of all historical mysteries.”
We’ll also consider Vladimir Putin’s dog and puzzle over a little girl’s benefactor.