An Editorial

I usually do not get political or editorialize on this blog, but this is a special occasion.

First off, a disclaimer…..I am an Independent Voter, although I lean Democratic I choose my candidates based on who I believe is the better candidate, Democrat or Republican.

I find it ironic, that Republicans are not claiming that elections for lower ticket candidates (house, senate, governor, state houses, etc.) are rigged or fraught with fraud, but yet they keep on claiming that for the Presidency.

Face it, your guy lost by millions of votes, and to keep saying there are major issues with the Presidential election only undermines our democracy!

As an independent voter, I will NOT forget what you, as a party, are trying to do to our democracy, and this will only force me more towards the Democratic ticket for years to come.

Along with trying to overturn an election, which, time and time again the courts have ruled there is insufficient evidence provided to show wide spread voter fraud, the Senate, and mostly Mitch Mcconnell, have refused to bring up legislation for votes that have every right to be voted upon, some I am for, some I am against, but the Senate Majority Leader should NOT have the right to Veto a bill…and by refusing to bring it to the floor for a vote, that is pretty much what he is doing.

I have lost all respect for the Republican party since they keep enabling Donald Trump and protecting him. I do think his is the most corrupt presidency EVER and he acts more like a mob boss than a president. I also think he wants to bring the US back to the all white, all male society of days gone by and I will not even go into what he does for friends and how he attacks his perceived enemies (some of whom were his friends just yesterday).

Republicans say they stand for American Values and for the Constitution, but yet time and time again they turn their backs on both by supporting a corrupt, egotistical president just because they are afraid he will back a republican in their next primary and loose their cushy jobs.

Republicans need to get a back bone and stand up and say “The majority of the American people have spoken and the President Elect is Joe Biden” and stop this foolishness.

Also, this year proves that the Electoral College needs to go away! If there are so many chances for governors to disregard the peoples’ votes, delegates to change their votes, and votes to be dismissed because they are not believed to be valid….the system needs to change!

Lastly, when it comes to elections, court challenges need to have a “Double Jeopardy” clause that states “If an election challenge, based upon fraudulent votes, is brought to a court and insufficient evidence of said fraud is provided, the case is, not only thrown out, but then CANNOT be refiled in another court”.

Republicans….drop the theatrics and do the right thing, ignore the president’s rants, and confirm the electoral college count and declare Joe Biden the winner and move on!

I think we need to get back to the idea of “government of the people, by the people, for the people” NOT “by the party, for the party and of the party” (and that goes for BOTH Parties)!

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MATE ROV Competition 2021

The MATE ROV Competition is a global student underwater robotics (remotely operated vehicle or ROV) competition that consists of World Championship and a network of 41 (and growing!) regional contests that take place across North America, Asia, North Africa, the Middle East, and the Western Pacific. Hundreds of student teams from upper elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, home schools, community colleges, universities, and community organizations, such as the Boys and Girls Club and 4-H, participate.

It is now coming to Memphis…….

Join the West TN STEM Hub for an exciting underwater robotics competition this spring!  We anticipate hosting the competition in late May, 2021.  The Hub will provide a bi-weekly series of virtual workshops designed to support participating students and teachers.  The Hub will host the SCOUT competition, which is appropriate for beginning robotics students of any grade level. You can learn more about the MATE competition on the national website: If you are interested in participating in the Hub’s competition, please register through this link and we will provide more details:

***In the event that it is not possible to hold and in-person event in late May, students will still be able to compete in a virtual event with technical presentations and industry judges.

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Watch “Samsung’s CES 2021 keynote in under 9 minutes” on YouTube

Robotics portion starts about 3:30 in.

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Darpa’s Subterranean Challenge

More Info at:

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Adventure Kit Funnel 1 – inventrkits

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Puerto Rico commits $8 million to rebuild Arecibo telescope

Editor Note…there is hope that they will rebuild the Reecibo telescope (just a glimmer, but it is a start)


There’s a glimmer of hope for the collapsed Arecibo Observatory telescope as 2020 draws to a close. El Nuevo Dia reports that Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vázquez has signed an executive order approving $8 million to help rebuild the radio telescope. Its reconstruction is important as a matter of “public policy” and reestablishing the Observatory as a “world-class educational center,” the Governor’s office said.

The National Science Foundation said it would tear down the Observatory as repairs would be too dangerous, although that doesn’t rule out building a new structure in its place.

We wouldn’t see this as more than a start. The $8 million in funding is unlikely to come anywhere close to reconstructing the telescope. We’ve asked the NSF for comment on the financial pledge, but it’s safe to presume a revival would require additional help.

Still, the funds represent an important step. They signal the territory’s commitment to Arecibo and its space studies despite the loss. They might also spur some in the US government to devote the extra funding needed to resurrect the Observatory. Don’t be surprised if 2021 is a brighter year for the facility, even if any rebuilding effort is likely to take much longer.

Update, 12/31/2020, 3:54pm ET:

In a statement to Engadget, an NSF spokesperson said:

NSF’s process for funding and constructing large-scale infrastructure, including telescopes, is a well-established, multi-year procedure that involves assessing the needs of the scientific community, receiving input from researchers and other stakeholders, considering environmental and cultural impacts, and working with Congress. As the Arecibo Observatory’s 305-meter telescope only recently collapsed, NSF cannot comment on any potential future plans at this time. However, we will continue to work with Congress on the issue, including complying with language accompanying the new omnibus spending package.

NSF emphasizes that the observatory is not closing. Research involving archived data from the 305-meter telescope will continue and NSF is looking for ways to restore operations with the observatory’s other infrastructure as soon as possible, including the 12-meter telescope and LIDAR facilities. NSF will continue the work of clearing and securing the site of the 305-meter telescope and looks forward to working with Puerto Rico to find new ways to support the scientific community and the local community.

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Turing Tumble

Saw this and thought it was neat!

Turing Tumble is a new type of game where players (ages 8+) build mechanical computers powered by marbles to solve logic puzzles. It’s fun, addicting, easy-to-learn, and while you’re playing, you discover how computers “think”.

There website is:

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Was That a Dropped Call From ET?

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It’s not all bad! 20 things that made the world a better place in 2020

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Memphis Artist Says it all

Memphis artist’s design debuts on Times Square Jumbotron


Thanks to Memphis artist Eso Tolson, aka @coolurbanhippie … I think it says at lot!

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