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Sat, May 29, 2021 05:00 AM

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Hosts: R. Paul Martin & Pickles of the North
Topics:
  • Covid~19 cases in the whole world - 169,147,111 on Friday.
  • Covid~19 deaths in the whole world - 3,515,183 on Friday.
  • Covid~19 cases in the United States of America - 33,234,714 on Friday.
  • Covid~19 deaths in the United States of America - 593,845 on Friday.
  • Covid~19 deaths in the United States of America since our last program - 4,749.
  • Covid~19 cases in India - 27,555,457 cases.
  • Covid~19 deaths in India - 318,895.
  • Covid~19 deaths in India since our last program - 27,564
  • The universe - Biggest, most detailed map of the universe receals large scale structures.
  • Ranked~Choice voting - Is this going to be something that will have an effect opposite to what its supporters are claiming?
  • The Manhattan District Attorney - has impaneled a grand jury to weigh evidence in a criminal probe into former President Donald Trump and his businesses.
  • Big Brother - Microsoft president says that with AI enhanced surveillance "1984" could come to pass in 2024.
Synopsis:

Mapping the Universe and More

We talked about a couple of astrophysicists who've created te largest map of the cosmos ever made, and there are some discoveries coming from that effort.

We talked about the World Meteorological Organization saying that there is a 40% chance that by 2025, one year on Earth will be 1.5° C., about 2.7° F., hotter than the pre~industrial level, and we are on track to reach a permanent 3° C., 5.4° F.

Microsoft president Brad Smith told the BBC that he sees danger in AI enhanced surveillance that could bring George Orwell's predictions for 1984, actually happen in 2024. We gave some recent examples that seem to fit that prediction.

We talked about Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. impaneling a grand jury to weigh evidence in a criminal probe into former President Donald Trump and his businesses. We're hoping that Trump goes to prison, but those books are probably pretty well cooked.

We talked about ranked~choice voting and how it will work out in the primary elections.

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  • Barracuda - Heart
  • Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty
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