100 Responses to “President Obama Awards the National Medals of Science & Technology and Innovation”

  1. May 19, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    Good Afternoon, Nerdy…TODers!!!

  2. May 19, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    [Entered this at the bottom of the last post.]

  3. 7 JER
    May 19, 2016 at 2:37 pm


    The House floor erupted Thursday into a tense, chaotic situation after an amendment to protect members of the LGBT community failed several seconds after it looked like it had enough votes to pass. … http://www.cbsnews.com/news/house-erupts-into-chaos-after-lgbt-protection-amendment-narrowly-fails/

    • 8 Linda
      May 19, 2016 at 2:55 pm

      Shameful @RepJeffDenham, @RepGregWalden, @RepMimiWalters, @RepDavidYoung switch vote, support #LGBT discrimination (1/2)
      — Hoyer Press Shop (@HoyerPress) May 19, 2016

      Shameful @DarrellIssa, @RepPoliquin, @RepDavidValadao switch vote, support #LGBT discrimination (2/2)
      — Hoyer Press Shop (@HoyerPress) May 19, 2016

  4. 11 Dudette
    May 19, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Wooooot! Nerds rule! 🤓🤓🤓

  5. 15 Dudette
    May 19, 2016 at 3:05 pm

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  7. 17 Dudette
    May 19, 2016 at 3:06 pm

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  8. 19 Dudette
    May 19, 2016 at 3:06 pm

  9. 22 Dudette
    May 19, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    Woooooot! Go UNC!

  10. 25 Dudette
    May 19, 2016 at 3:09 pm

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    May 19, 2016 at 3:19 pm

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  15. 30 Dudette
    May 19, 2016 at 3:27 pm

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  17. 32 Dudette
    May 19, 2016 at 3:29 pm

  18. 33 Linda
    May 19, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    Maryland Trump Delegate Indicted On Fed Child Porn, Explosives, Gun Charges

    Caleb Andrew Bailey, 30, was charged with production of child porn, unlawful transport of explosive materials, illegal possession of a machine gun and possession of child porn in U.S. District Court in Maryland.

    Joe Cluster, executive director for the Maryland Republican Party, confirmed to TPM on Thursday afternoon that Bailey was the same man elected to represent Trump at the summer convention from the state’s 5th Congressional District.


  19. May 19, 2016 at 3:46 pm

  20. 42 yardarm756
    May 19, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    There is some startling news here not only about the future, but what it will mean to the things we think we know all about now and what might happen to the things we do in the present…Well worth the time to read all the way through…

    In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85% of all photo paper
    worldwide. Within just a few years, their business model disappeared
    and they went bankrupt.

    What happened to Kodak will happen in a lot of industries in the next
    10 year – and most people don’t see it coming. Did you think in 1998
    that 3 years later you would never take pictures on paper film again?

    Yet digital cameras were invented in 1975. The first ones only had
    10,000 pixels, but followed Moore’s law. So as with all exponential
    technologies, it was a disappointment for a long time, before it
    became way superior and got mainstream in only a few short years. It
    will now happen with Artificial Intelligence, health, autonomous and
    electric cars, education, 3D printing, agriculture and jobs. Welcome
    to the 4th Industrial Revolution. Welcome to the Exponential Age.

    Software will disrupt most traditional industries in the next 5-10 years.

    Uber is just a software tool, they don’t own any cars, and are now the
    biggest taxi company in the world. Airbnb is now the biggest hotel
    company in the world, although they don’t own any properties.

    Artificial Intelligence: Computers become exponentially better in
    understanding the world. This year, a computer beat the best Go player
    in the world, 10 years earlier than expected. In the US, young lawyers
    already don’t get jobs. Because of IBM Watson, you can get legal
    advice (so far for more or less basic stuff) within seconds, with 90%
    accuracy compared with 70% accuracy when done by humans. So if you
    study law, stop immediately. There will be 90% less lawyers in the
    future, only specialists will remain. Watson already helps nurses
    diagnosing cancer, 4 time more accurate than human nurses. Facebook
    now has a pattern recognition software that can recognize faces better
    than humans. In 2030, computers will become more intelligent than

    Autonomous cars: In 2018 the first self driving cars will appear for
    the public. Around 2020, the complete industry will start to be
    disrupted. You don’t want to own a car anymore. You will call a car
    with your phone, it will show up at your location and drive you to
    your destination. You will not need to park it, you only pay for the
    driven distance and can be productive while driving. Our kids will
    never get a driver’s license and will never own a car. It will change
    the cities, because we will need 90-95% less cars for that. We can
    transform former parking space into parks. 1.2 million people die each
    year in car accidents worldwide. We now have one accident every
    100,000 km, with autonomous driving that will drop to one accident in
    10 million km. That will save a million lives each year.

    Most car companies might become bankrupt. Traditional car companies
    try the evolutionary approach and just build a better car, while tech
    companies (Tesla, Apple, Google) will do the revolutionary approach
    and build a computer on wheels. I spoke to a lot of engineers from
    Volkswagen and Audi; they are completely terrified of Tesla.

    Insurance companies will have massive trouble because without
    accidents, the insurance will become 100x cheaper. Their car insurance
    business model will disappear.

    Real estate will change. Because if you can work while you commute,
    people will move further away to live in a more beautiful

    Electric cars will become mainstream until 2020. Cities will be less
    noisy because all cars will run on electric. Electricity will become
    incredibly cheap and clean: Solar production has been on an
    exponential curve for 30 years, but you can only now see the impact.
    Last year, more solar energy was installed worldwide than fossil. The
    price for solar will drop so much that all coal companies will be out
    of business by 2025.

    With cheap electricity comes cheap and abundant water. Desalination
    now only needs 2kWh per cubic meter. We don’t have scarce water in
    most places, we only have scarce drinking water. Imagine what will be
    possible if anyone can have as much clean water as he wants, for
    nearly no cost.

    Health: The Tricorder X price will be announced this year. There will
    be companies who will build a medical device (called the “Tricorder”
    from Star Trek) that works with your phone, which takes your retina
    scan, your blood sample and you breath into it. It then analyses 54
    biomarkers that will identify nearly any disease. It will be cheap, so
    in a few years everyone on this planet will have access to world class
    medicine, nearly for free.

    3D printing: The price of the cheapest 3D printer came down from
    $18,000 to $400 within 10 years. In the same time, it became 100 times
    faster. All major shoe companies started 3D printing shoes. Spare
    airplane parts are already 3D printed in remote airports. The space
    station now has a printer that eliminates the need for the large
    amount of spare parts they used to have in the past.

    At the end of this year, new smart phones will have 3D scanning
    possibilities. You can then 3D scan your feet and print your perfect
    shoe at home. In China, they already 3D printed a complete 6-storey
    office building. By 2027, 10% of everything that’s being produced will
    be 3D printed.

    Business opportunities: If you think of a niche you want to go in, ask
    yourself: “in the future, do you think we will have that?” and if the
    answer is yes, how can you make that happen sooner? If it doesn’t work
    with your phone, forget the idea. And any idea designed for success in
    the 20th century is doomed in to failure in the 21st century.

    Work: 70-80% of jobs will disappear in the next 20 years. There will
    be a lot of new jobs, but it is not clear if there will be enough new
    jobs in such a small time.

    Agriculture: There will be a $100 agricultural robot in the future.
    Farmers in 3rd world countries can then become managers of their field
    instead of working all days on their fields. Aeroponics will need much
    less water. The first Petri dish produced veal is now available and
    will be cheaper than cow produced veal in 2018. Right now, 30% of all
    agricultural surfaces is used for cows. Imagine if we don’t need that
    space anymore. There are several startups who will bring insect
    protein to the market shortly. It contains more protein than meat. It
    will be labeled as “alternative protein source” (because most people
    still reject the idea of eating insects).

    There is an app called “moodies” which can already tell in which mood
    you are. Until 2020 there will be apps that can tell by your facial
    expressions if you are lying. Imagine a political debate where it’s
    being displayed when they are telling the truth and when not.

    Bitcoin will become mainstream this year and might even become the
    default reserve currency.

    Longevity: Right now, the average life span increases by 3 months per
    year. Four years ago, the life span used to be 79 years, now it’s 80
    years. The increase itself is increasing and by 2036, there will be
    more that one year increase per year. So we all might live for a long
    long time, probably way more than 100.

    Education: The cheapest smart phones are already at $10 in Africa and
    Asia. Until 2020, 70% of all humans will own a smart phone. That
    means, everyone has the same access to world class education. Every
    child can use Khan academy for everything a child learns at school in
    First World countries. We have already released our software in
    Indonesia and will release it in Arabic, Swahili and Chinese this
    Summer, because I see an enormous potential. We will give the English
    app for free, so that children in Africa can become fluent in English
    within half a year.


  21. May 19, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    “Pope opens a can of whoop-ass on wealthy ‘bloodsuckers’ who exploit poor workers”

    Pope Francis on Thursday issued a thunderous condemnation of “bloodsuckers” who exploit poor workers by underpaying them and leaving them with no long-term economic security.

    The pope made these remarks during mass at the Vatican, where he began by talking about a young migrant worker he met who worked 11 hours a day and who took home just $729 per month after being paid under the table. He also decried the use of short-term labor contracts that leave workers in precarious positions after their work ends.

    “This is starving the people with their work for my own profit! Living on the blood of the people. And this is a mortal sin,” he said. “Without a pension, without health care … then they suspend (the contract), and in July and August (the workers) have to eat air. And in September, they laugh at you about it. Those who do that are true bloodsuckers.”

    • 52 0388jojothecat
      May 19, 2016 at 4:27 pm

      That’s Trump, Paul Ryan, and all the “Bloodsucking” GOP, Fox Newstainers, and all their followers.

  22. May 19, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    This ceremony brings tears to my eyes more than even the medal services. Scientists live and work in the unknown world of tomorrow. Bravo!

  23. May 19, 2016 at 3:54 pm

  24. May 19, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    State passes anti-abortion bill described as ‘insane’
    05/19/16 03:41 PM
    By Steve Benen
    Republican policymakers in Oklahoma are aware of the fact that they cannot simply ban all abortions. The Supreme Court has already considered flat prohibitions and deemed them unconstitutional.

    Oklahoma’s GOP-led legislature has nevertheless concluded that it can ban doctors from performing abortions. Tulsa World reported today:
    The Oklahoma Senate on Thursday sent Gov. Mary Fallin a bill that would make it a felony to perform abortions in Oklahoma, despite a federal court case legalizing it.

    Senate Bill 1552, by Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, would also allow the revocation of medical licenses for physicians who perform abortions. The measure passed by a vote of 33-12 with no debate.

    The article that there’s one physician in the state Senate, Republican Ervin Yen, who characterized the legislation as an “insane” measure that would invariably face a court challenge.

    • 58 0388jojothecat
      May 19, 2016 at 4:54 pm

      Boom! Anyone with a brain knows Trump is not qualified to be President but people will vote for him or not vote because they don’t “like/love” the choices nor did they get off their asses to vote when they should have which is the reason our country is in the mess it is in. They wanted lower taxes, so they voted for Nixon & Reagan. They didn’t like AL Gore because he wasn’t charismatic or they listened to the MSM that lied about him flip-flopping so we got GWB & Cheney…TWICE. When the GOP candidates flip flop more times than a fish out of water, the MSM says nothing and no one cares. Now that the middle class is non-existent and dwindling fast they look around and wonder WHY? We’ll they listened to Republicans and voted for them! The middle class liked being lied too now live with what happens or start voting YOUR interest and not that of the millionaires. Stop voting GOP over abortion, gays, gays in the military, gays in the bathroom, guns being taking away and lies about taking GOD away, and no one saying Merry Xmas…really, who cares if a merchant doesn’t say Merry Xmas as long as they have what you want to buy and you can afford it.

  25. 59 Dudette
    May 19, 2016 at 4:52 pm

  26. 60 Dudette
    May 19, 2016 at 4:54 pm

  27. 61 vcprezofan2
    May 19, 2016 at 4:58 pm


    The latest Consumer Financial Protection Bureau target is auto-title loans.
    …………………snip ………………………..

    The CFPB calls these loans “debt traps” and notes that 1 in 5 borrowers lose their cars in the process. In the coming weeks, the Bureau plans to release proposed rules to reign in the abuses with these loans – like requiring lenders to assess whether the borrower has enough income to afford the loan, limit the number of times a loan can be refinanced and require lenders to notify the borrower before trying to collect a payment from their bank account.


  28. 63 Dudette
    May 19, 2016 at 5:09 pm

  29. 64 Dudette
    May 19, 2016 at 5:20 pm

  30. 65 Dudette
    May 19, 2016 at 5:22 pm

  31. 71 Dudette
    May 19, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    Here’s what she’s mad about:

    See? Told ya they’d be mad. Read some of the replies. They’re a hoot!

    • May 19, 2016 at 6:11 pm

      What if black people said that they are starting to despise and loathe all white people. Starting from slavery the white man are racists and responsible for the problems of black folks.

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  33. May 19, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    THANKSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS to everyoneee….who wished me the best BD ever……i am so grateful for your wishes…smilin


  34. May 19, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    How psychologists used these doctored Obama photos to get white people to support conservative politics
    By Max Ehrenfreund May 13

    American politics always has surprises, but things have been
    especially unpredictable since President Obama took office. First, few observers were prepared for the tea party movement, which ousted several veteran GOP lawmakers, replaced them with more radically conservative newcomers, and helped the Republican Party win control of the House of Representatives in 2010.

    “That left a lot of analysts slack-jawed, wondering: What was this latent force that drove the emergence of this movement?” said Robb Willer, a sociologist at Stanford University.

    Then, of course, there was Donald Trump.


  35. May 19, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    Donald Trump took advantage of program designed to help small businesses after 9/11 — one of many times he’s used public funds for private gain
    May 18, 2016, 9:15 PM

    Donald Trump made a pretty penny off a program to help small businesses hurt by 9/11, one of many times where The Donald took advantage of government programs to save or make money off the taxpayer.

    The self-proclaimed billionaire, who has so far refused to release his tax returns, was one of many wealthy individuals and businesses who used a loophole in a program intended to help smaller companies in lower Manhattan recover after the Sept. 11 tragedy.

  36. 87 JER
    May 19, 2016 at 6:49 pm

  37. May 19, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    I just saw Veep’s Note to Self. Boy, talk about water works.

    I do believe that

  38. 89 Neena20409
    May 19, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Hello TOD.
    I have to say that I agree with Trevor Noah on this.
    Minnelianal, EmoProgs & some Liberals are too easily offended.
    Comedians who are too PC may be loved by the Networks, but they are not Redd Foxx, Richard Pryor, Joan Rivers, Don Rickles….my Dad loved him & I do too. To Offend is the Job of a Great Jester. To use Words in Jest with Comedic timing & Intellectual witt while offending Kings, Queens, the Elites of the time & lived while tickling their funny bones is The Height Of a Superb Comedic Genius.
    Congrats SwBluega on your Gold ⭐

  39. 90 vcprezofan2
    May 19, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    May 19, 2016 5:00 PM
    Quick Takes
    By Nancy LeTourneau

    It has been 64 days since President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to serve on the Supreme Court, and Republicans still refuse to hold a hearing. Recently Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley said this about the nominee:

    Just based upon his personality, you’d say, ‘This is the type of person that ought to be on the Supreme Court.’ And you can’t help but like the guy.
    They’re not even trying to pretend like this is about anything other than refusing to allow a legitimately-elected president the opportunity to do his job.
    ……………………………………. //


  40. 94 arapaho415
    May 19, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    GE TODville.

    This is what #Trump has brought out of the woodwork….

    Would you want any of these people to be your neighbors or roommates? Sheesh.

  41. 96 Dudette
    May 19, 2016 at 8:30 pm

  42. 98 Dudette
    May 19, 2016 at 8:36 pm

  43. 100 Dudette
    May 19, 2016 at 9:05 pm

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