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December 25, 2023

Penguins having fun near Antarctica

Penguins have their own entertainment in Antarctica

Ukrainian polar explorers filmed (https://www.facebook.com/AntarcticCenter/videos/229676926830250/) penguins swinging on a small iceberg. The birds rested a bit, talked among themselves and went on to hunt in the ocean.

from: https://t.me/c/1197363285/121283 (you must have Telegram app to open this)
December 24, 2023

Bild (German media): is this ever a reliable source for international news ?

Why do I ask ?

December 23 report:

European intelligence suggests that Russia may launch an attack on Europe during the winter of 2024-2025 if the United States finds itself "without a leader" following the 2024 U.S. presidential election, the German tabloid Bild reported on Dec. 23, citing an anonymous European intelligence source.

The intelligence service source contends that a potential Russian strike on Europe could occur within the presidential transitionary period, contingent on President Joe Biden not securing re-election in the 2024 U.S. presidential election. This transition period spans three months, from the November 2024 U.S. presidential election to the subsequent inauguration in January 2025.

According to the intelligence source, Russia may aim to launch an attack on Europe during this transition, especially if the leading Republican candidate, former President Donald Trump, is re-elected. Assistance to European countries is anticipated to follow, albeit with some delay.
Links here: https://news.yahoo.com/bild-russia-may-attempt-attack-020819774.html and https://t.me/BILD_Russian/13712 (in Russian, Google translation here https://shorturl.at/vTV24 )

For the record, I am NOT trying to promote this as truth. Any feedback about Bild ? Aren't they a tabloid in Germany and their reliability is questionable, at best ?
December 22, 2023

Trump recorded pressuring Wayne County canvassers not to certify 2020 vote

Source: Detroit News

Then-President Donald Trump personally pressured two Republican members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers not to sign the certification of the 2020 presidential election, according to recordings reviewed by The Detroit News and revealed publicly for the first time.

On a Nov. 17, 2020, phone call, which also involved Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, Trump told Monica Palmer and William Hartmann, the two GOP Wayne County canvassers, they'd look "terrible" if they signed the documents after they first voted in opposition and then later in the same meeting voted to approve certification of the county’s election results, according to the recordings.

"We've got to fight for our country," said Trump on the recordings, made by a person who was present for the call with Palmer and Hartmann. "We can't let these people take our country away from us."

McDaniel, a Michigan native and the leader of the Republican Party nationally, said at another point in the call, "If you can go home tonight, do not sign it. ... We will get you attorneys."

Read more: https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2023/12/21/donald-trump-recorded-pressuring-wayne-canvassers-not-to-certify-2020-vote-michigan/72004514007/

Michigan prosecutors and Jack Smith, you seeing this ?
December 21, 2023

Yes, the music AI-pocalypse has arrived: AI can now compose and sing your songs or create from scratch

Exclusive: Gen AI music app Suno comes out of stealth
article link

Suno, a venture-backed AI music company, has come out of stealth with the aim of helping anyone write and create songs as easily as taking photos on a phone.

Why it matters: The race to build consumer AI audio products and platforms is accelerating.

Microsoft announced Tuesday that it has integrated Suno into its AI software platform Copilot.
Facebook and Google have released AI tools that can generate songs and sounds.
Zoom in: Unlike many AI music apps, Suno (pronounced soon-oh and means "listen" in Hindi) is focused on creating original tunes with original vocals — not on cloning or mimicking popular artists' voices or songs.

more at link above

Just for giggles, I told Suno AI application to compose and perform a few songs for me, all from scratch.

Shattered Dreams, a rock song about young male heartbreak

Shattered Dreams, same as above but different

Shattered Dreams, rock song about young female heartbreak

Shattered Dreams, female singer, slightly different

Obviously AI song composing and performing is in its infancy but this is just magical to me. I really hope it never poses a serious threat to human composers and performers.

If you want to play with it too, just go to https://suno.ai
December 20, 2023

Avdiivka Ukraine weather forecast for December 20 ( current Ukraine war hotspot )


39F to 46F, overcast and light rain, then clearing to partly cloudy

According to this website, it won't stay consistently below freezing from today til the 27th. Hence, both armies have to contend with mud. In January 2024, it may be possible for the ground to freeze consistently.

Longer range possible forecast range data here:


December 20, 2023

Last car post: Don't care about the environment ? * I present, 1979 Pontiac Trans Am at $135K **


* - I had this car back in the 80's. It got about 9 mpg in town, hence the "don't care about the environment".

** - Of course not final sales price and this car, I assume, is in "mint" condition / restored etc

Pontiac Trans Am
December 20, 2023

Are you just dying to purchase a 1971 AMC Gremlin ? Have $33,895 ? *


* - Of course, this may not be the final sales price

Did anyone love or like this car in 1971, when I was 13 ? Not me but different strokes....


The AMC Gremlin (also American Motors Gremlin)[1] is a subcompact automobile introduced in 1970, manufactured and marketed in a single, two-door body style (1970–1978) by American Motors Corporation (AMC), as well as in Mexico (1974–1983) by AMC's Vehículos Automotores Mexicanos (VAM) subsidiary.


December 18, 2023

Physicist Discovers 'Paradox-Free' Time Travel Is Theoretically Possible


original article: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1361-6382/aba4bc , article in pdf format

As movies such as The Terminator, Donnie Darko, Back to the Future and many others show, moving around in time creates a lot of problems for the fundamental rules of the Universe: if you go back in time and stop your parents from meeting, for instance, how can you possibly exist in order to go back in time in the first place?

It's a monumental head-scratcher known as the 'grandfather paradox', but a few years ago physics student Germain Tobar, from the University of Queensland in Australia, worked out how to "square the numbers" to make time travel viable without the paradoxes.

"Classical dynamics says if you know the state of a system at a particular time, this can tell us the entire history of the system," Tobar explained back in 2020.

"However, Einstein's theory of general relativity predicts the existence of time loops or time travel – where an event can be both in the past and future of itself – theoretically turning the study of dynamics on its head."

Much more at the article. Sorry, since I don't know physics, I have no idea how to edit the article better.
December 13, 2023

Want a new resource for World War Two History ? Consider WW2TV on Youtube

WW2TV on Youtube link

Now, the disclaimers: 1- I am not paid or compensated, etc for this post in any way, shape or form.
2- I am not certifying the programs offered are totally error-free, but I do think they are high quality
3- The programs are definitely not for the total novice to WW2 history. Once you know the basics, then consider it
4- The presenter is from the UK and lives in Normandy, France. The shows do tilt towards the UK perspective. However, the American, French, Polish and other perspectives are presented at times.

YMMV and HTH !

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