In a joint press conference on Friday with the president of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, Trump finally responded to the comments James Comey made during his Thursday Senate hearing about “the tapes.”
And hooooo boy, were they good.
Trump unleashed a bottled-up Comey rant, claiming that several accusations the former FBI director made under oath were completely false, and giving additional info surrounding these mysterious (and potentially non-existent) tapes.
In case you’ve been actively avoiding politics for the week, “the tapes” to which we’re referring come from a Trump tweet back in May. Days after firing the FBI director, Trump said Comey better hope there are no “tapes” of their conversations, alluding to the fact that they would reflect poorly on Comey.
When the former FBI director testified to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, he brought up the tapes, saying very bluntly, “Look, I’ve seen the tweet about tapes. Lordy, I hope there are tapes.”
On Friday, Trump kicked off questions by denying he requested the Flynn investigation be let go. “I didn’t say that — I mean, I will tell you I didn’t say that. And there’d be nothing wrong if I did say it according to everybody that I’ve read today. I did not say that,” he asserted.
If you ever play poker with Trump and you suggest he’s bluffing and then he asks, “Who would do that?” … go all in.
Trump then denied ever asking Comey to pledge his “loyalty,” explaining, “No I didn’t say that and I didn’t say the other.” Like Comey, the president even said he’d be 100 percent willing to give his account of what happened under oath.
Comey, under oath: “Lordy, I hope there are tapes.”
Great. Great. So someone is definitely, positively still lying. Ah-may-zing!
In regard to the tapes, which Trump appeared to hint do in fact exist, the president gave the vaguest of vague responses. “I’m not hinting anything, I’ll tell you about it over a very short period of time.” Oh wait. When was that, Trump? “Over a very short period of time.”
“I’ll tell you about it over a very short period of time,” Trump says, dangling threat of tapes. “You’re going to be very disappointed.”
Though Trump remained silent on Twitter during Comey’s hearing, he sent out a single tweet in response on Friday morning. He utilized his 140 character limit to call out Comey for “false statements and lies,” while dubbing him a “leaker” and announcing he feels vindicated.
Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication…and WOW, Comey is a leaker!
Por mucha gracia que te haga esta foto de un husky rapado, cortar el pelo de tu perro al cero es una idea terrible. Sí, el verano aprieta y se avecinan las primeras olas de calor, pero rapar a tu mascota puede producir el efecto contrario al que estás buscando: en realidad, el pelo lo protege del sol.
Como explicaIndiDogs, cada raza de perro tiene unas necesidades específicas propias de su pelaje que debemos respetar. La función del pelo es la de proteger la piel, ya sea de la lluvia, del frío, del calor, de las picaduras e infecciones o de las abrasiones mecánicas y químicas (arañazos, raspones, desgarros, contactos con productos tóxicos…). La piel desnuda estaría más expuesta, por ejemplo, a la radiación ultravioleta.
Pero la cosa se complica. La mayoría de los perros tienen folículos pilosos compuestos; es decir, en cada folículo cuentan con un pelo primario y varios pelos secundarios llamados “subpelos”. El pelo primario es el que da belleza al animal. También sirve como filtro para los rayos del sol y regulador de la temperatura al erizarse y “esponjarse”.
El subpelo también protege al animal del frío y de los golpes de calor, ya que crece y se cae según la temperatura y la luz (es el pelo que más muda). El problema es que el subpelo crece más rápido que el pelo primario, de manera que si lo rapas demasiadas veces acabará sobresaliendo. Un perro con exceso de subpelo pasará más calor que un perro con pelaje equilibrado.
Por todo esto, rapar nunca es una buena idea. Lo dejan claro en Groomies:
Ir a la peluquería a pedir que nos rapen al perro porque “suelta mucho pelo” o “pasa mucho calor” es un error terrible y un insulto para cualquier buen peluquero canino o una excusa desfasada que ya no cuela para justificar nuestro poco interés en cuidar correctamente a nuestras mascotas.
Un perro no pasa menos calor si lo rapamos, lo único que conseguiremos es dejarlo sin protección. Lo que sí podemos y debemos hacer es solicitar un deslanado para eliminar todo el subpelo excedente, esta es una excelente práctica que no solo ayuda al perro a regular su temperatura y no pasar ni frío ni calor, sino que evitará en gran medida el exceso de pelos en casa. Estos deslanados no son exclusivos de perros con abundante subpelo, son también muy útiles en perros de pelo corto y algunas razas de pelo semi largo.
Un perro correctamente deslanado y sin nudos pasará el mismo calor que pasamos nosotros: perfectamente normal y tolerable.
“Es mejor no rapar”, coincide la veterinaria Beatriz Villanueva. “Se puede cortar más corto, pero es mejor evitar el rapado”. ¿Qué puedes hacer por tu perro para que no pase calor ni se le formen nudos en el pelo? “Los perros se benefician sobre todo de dos cosas”, responde Villanueva. “El deslanado, que quita los pelos muertos y ayuda a refrescar, a que pierda menos pelo en casa y a que tenga el pelaje y la piel más sana. Y los baños y cuidados regulares con los productos adecuados. Cada raza tiene un tipo de pelaje y mantenimiento diferente”, añade.
Al final, lo mejor es que consultes siempre con una peluquería canina de confianza que te sepa orientar sobre qué tipo de pelo tiene tu perro, qué cuidados necesita y cuáles son las técnicas que puedes usar para peinarlo. Ten en cuenta que ese ratito de peinado diario no solo ayudará a que tenga un pelo más saludable, también mejorará la relación que tiene contigo.
The Golden State Warriors are currently up 3-0 against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals and are looking to sweep the series with a win tonight. If the Dubs do indeed sweep the Cavs tonight it will likely cost the team millions of dollars in lost revenue according to a report by ESPN’s Darren Rovell.
In fact, a Game 5 in Oakland alone comes close to paying Steph Curry’s salary for the entire 2016-17 season: $12.1 million. All told, sweeping the series in Cleveland and not returning twice to the Bay Area, as the Warriors did last year for Games 5 and 7, would cost the Warriors’ ownership group more than $22 million.
I highly doubt anyone in the Warriors organization is worried about the lost revenue of two games in the NBA finals but it’s still interesting to see how much money successful NBA teams make during their playoff runs.
Somehow, Donald Trump managed to restrain himself from tweeting yesterday.
Throughout James Comey’s testimony — which aimed some pretty no-nonsense barbs at the President — Trump managed to hold himself back. It was the first full day he’s gone without tweeting in a long, long time.
It was never going to last, though.
On Friday morning, Trump finally did what everyone was waiting for. He posted an angry, mildly confusing tweet about Comey.
Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication…and WOW, Comey is a leaker!
Manspreaders, your behavior and actions are so offensive that they’re being banned across the globe.
In the wake of warnings against manspreading on display in public transit facilities around the world, The Municipal Transportation Company in Madrid is banning the invasive act in all buses in the city.
According to CNN, the Madrid Municipal Transport Company created a warning icon similar to NYC’s “Dude, Stop the Spread, Please” campaign, which encourages bus riders to please keep their legs to one seat, and one seat only.
Madrid’s anti-manspreading icon
“This new icon’s mission is to remind people of the need to keep a civil behavior and respect the space of everyone on the bus,” the Madrid Municipal Transport Company said. “This new icon is similar to those already existing in other transport systems around the world to indicate the barring of body posture that bothers other people.”
The transportation agency’s decision to stop the spread came after months of campaigning by women’s rights groups. One group called Mujeres en Lucha started the campaign #MadridSinManspreading (#MadridWithoutManspreading) for the good of women everywhere who’ve had their seat taken over by a man’s wandering knee.
Men, close your legs or get off the bus. It’s the law.
Somewhere over the Hamptons, the pilot told me to take the controls. To my left, there was a joystick, roughly the same size and dimension as my favorite ‘90s arcade game, After Burner. I clutched it, pulled back, and felt the jet climb.
“Now try to stay inside the boxes,” the pilot said, pointing at a touchscreen in the cockpit. “It’s a lot like Flight Simulator 2000.” And it was, except we were in an actual jet—the world’s newest and smallest, in fact—soaring thousands of feet above the Atlantic Ocean, very much flying. I didn’t even consider the idea that we might crash.
That’s how the Cirrus Vision Jet is designed. It’s supposed to be supremely safe, exceptionally easy-to-fly for a single pilot, and generally futuristic. With a price tag of just under $2 million, the Vision Jet is not only the smallest jet on the market, it’s also the most affordable. Well, “affordable” in the sense that Learjet’s newest, most modern aircraft costs over $20 million. Cirrus told me that the company hopes to attract customers that don’t want to spend eight figures on a private jet but also want something more sophisticated and versatile than a prop plane. Me, I feel like I splurged when I bought a new bicycle for $700.
But this jet is next-lever. Unlike prop planes that have speed and altitude limitations, the Vision Jet is capable of cross country flights, albeit with a few stops. With a maximum cruise speed of 300 knots (345 miles per hour) and a range of 1,150 miles, the aircraft is hardly a puddle jumper. In fact, you could fly from Newark to Miami in a Vision Jet (barely) without touching down. And based on your option package, you could also install a bathroom in the Vision Jet’s cabin, just in case you need to relieve yourself along the way. Oh, also, the aircraft is designed to be piloted by you, so that adds extra fun to your $2 million investment.
Aside from the price point, what really sets the Cirrus Vision Jet apart is its promise to be a personal aircraft. Not only does the company want its customers to avoid the hassle and expense of employing two pilots to travel; Cirrus actually wants the jet’s owners to learn how to fly with minimal training. They’ll still have to go through the process of earning a pilot’s license to abide by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations, but after that, the Vision Jet essentially flies itself in the air. In other words, the pilot has to take off and land. The plane does the rest.
That’s the sales pitch, anyways. Before my flight, I sat down with Ben Kowalski, vice president of marketing and communications for Cirrus, who took me through a couple dozen slides, explaining everything from the company’s founding in a Wisconsin barn to the invention of a ballistic parachute that guides Cirrus aircraft safely to the ground in the event of a catastrophic equipment failure. Now, I was starting to get nervous about flying in a brand new plane built by this company I’d never heard of.
“Enough with the slides,” Kowalski said, as if on cue. “You probably want to fly the Vision Jet already, huh?”
As we walked through the hangar of the private airport, a facility in Westchester county called “Million Air,” my palms were sweaty. I wouldn’t say I’m afraid of flying. I’m just an anxious person in general. So you can imagine how climbing into an aircraft that’s roughly the size of a large SUV would give me butterflies. I’d never even been in a private plane, let alone the world’s smallest jet.
The door of the Vision Jet opens like a clamshell with the window half going up and the stairs dropping down onto the tarmac. I climbed up and hopped into the pilot’s seat, as Kowalski explained how the modular seating could be rearranged to accommodate as many as seven people or just two and extra cargo, like skis. I said something like, “Wow,” and then noted how the cockpit with its supple leather captain’s chairs simply reeked of rich people.
“You want to press that button to your left to start the jet engine,” the pilot told me.
“This one?” I replied sheepishly. He nodded, and I pushed it. The engine whirred to life, and I joked, “That was my first time!”
“It never gets old,” the pilot said, smiling.
We taxied towards the runway, and Kowalski bragged about how the Vision Jet needed just a little over 2,000 feet for takeoff, while a commercial jet would need many multiples of that distance. It wasn’t until we were sitting on top of those familiar white stripes that I realized I’d never seen this point of view before. Stretched out in front of me was over 6,000 feet of asphalt and a blue sky that looked higher than ever. The pilot punched the thrust lever, a cute little thing about the size of a modern car’s gear stick, and the jet engine screamed. Before I knew it, we were airborne, bobbing a little in the early summer breeze and then soaring over the mansions and golf courses of Westchester County.
Our initial destination: the Hudson River, where we could get an unparalleled aerial view of Manhattan. I’d recently seen the movie Sully, starring Tom Hanks and a white, pencil-thin mustache. But once we gained some altitude, the little plane steadied, and I marveled at how much I could see from the Vision Jet’s signature oversized windows. With vistas at every angle, I really had never been able to see so much from an airplane cabin. A whimsical thought took me back to Willy Wonka and his glass elevator, though some intermittent turbulence quickly brought me back to reality.
There’s a good, engineering-based explanation for the Vision Jet’s huge windows. Like the rest of the Cirrus lineup, the plane’s fuselage is completely carbon fiber, making it extremely lightweight and capable of holding roomier cabins and larger windows. The Vision Jet itself also places the jet engine, a compact piece of machinery with 1,800 pounds of thrust built by Williams Aviation, in a “piggyback” position, right on top of the aircraft, in front of the tail. Cirrus says this cuts down on noise, although everyone still has to wear aviation-grade noise-cancelling headphones in order to carry on a conversation. When we flew over the George Washington Bridge and right up next to Manhattan, though, I was speechless.
It’s a shame all planes don’t let you see the world like this, I thought. Flying in a commercial jet is enough of a luxury—albeit a sometimes dreadfully oppressive one—that you forget how magical it is that mankind builds these massive machines that enable them to touch the clouds. I’ll probably never fly in a private plane again, which is why I sort of tuned out as the pilot was explaining the mosaic of touch screens in the cockpit. I wanted to drink in this view I’d never see again. But in the end, the so-called Cirrus Perspective Touch avionics system by Garmin did steal my attention. The setup looked like the future of aviation. It also looked like a goddamn video game in an awesome way.
At this point, I took stock of all the instrumentation around me. To my left, there was the joystick, the button to start the jet engine, and an air vent for climate control. It’s honestly seemed a lot like a new car, in some respects. The thrust lever—think throttle—is in the center console where the gear stick would be in an automobile, with some knobs above that can be used to set the altitude. The rest of the cockpit is essentially just five touchscreens that can display whatever kinds of information you want to see.
My favorite screen showed off the features of Garmin’s Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT). Using an array of sensors installed on the aircraft, this feature identifies and avoids obstacles and hazards that might ruin your day while flying a $2 million aircraft. Unlike rudimentary radar readouts you’ve seen in movies, though, the display actually shows an 3D model of your surroundings and also provides basic information about your flight, like altitude and air speed.
If you’re flying in bad weather—fog, rain, regular old clouds—the Vision Jet comes with an Enhanced Vision System. This uses visible and infrared light to give you a pretty good understanding of your surroundings. The lens that powers it is even heated so that it doesn’t get covered in iceup in cold weather.
But as Kowalski explained to me on the ground, pilots ideally wouldn’t even have to use these features since the Vision Jet’s autopilot is so sophisticated. As we cruised over Coney Island and under the busy commercial air traffic for LaGuardia, the pilot explained that the autopilot essentially worked like the touch-to-fly feature you see on consumer drones.
“Want to go to Nantucket?” he said. I told him I did, and he pulled up the flight map on one of the screens. “Just zoom in to the airport here, tap, and you’re on your way.”
This felt impossible to me. What is this future in which you touch a screen and an airplane takes you to a fantastic island, famous for whaling and red pants? It felt like witchcraft, except it wasn’t. According to my test pilot, the technology available in Vision Jet cockpit far surpassed what commercial pilots have access to. It’s hard for me to know how true that is without trying to fly a commercial jet, but I didn’t doubt that the Cirrus aircraft featured next generation technology, something no one I know could afford. If history is any evidence, this stuff gets cheaper.
This Is Your Captain Speaking
Not long after that impressive Nantucket demo, the pilot told me to take control. Let’s make one thing clear: I am not a pilot. I have flown a large number of drones, largely without incident, but until my day in the Vision Jet, I had never flown an airplane. All that changed in half a second, when I pulled back on the joystick and brought the Vision Jet up to the “highway in the sky.”
Developed by NASA in the late 1990s, the highway in the sky is basically exactly what it sounds like: a designated path for aircraft to travel safely from one destination to another. On a cockpit display, the virtual highway typically looks like a series of boxes through which the pilot must guide the aircraft to stay on the right course. Synthetic vision systems like the one on board the Cirrus aircraft actually make the highway in the sky look a little bit like Mario Kart, except there are no cool sounds when you clear a box.
If anything, the highway in the sky interface seems like a great teaching tool. I realized that the Vision Jet would fly itself if I let go of the joystick, but in the few minutes that I fancied myself a student pilot, the video game-like guidance made immediate sense to me. I got a feel for how the aircraft responded to the wind as well as my controls. I gained a new sense of my surroundings, though it sometimes felt scary to pull my eyes away from the display. In the end, I liked flying a jet. I liked it a lot.
The bundle of nerves that twisted up my stomach before takeoff had disappeared by the time the pilot took back the controls and made the turn back towards Westchester. Underneath me I saw the sprawling Long Island seaside estates and wondered how many of them would want to buy a personal jet and learn to fly.
After all, the Vision Jet is an impossible dream for people like me. It’s not even one I’d want to pursue. Nevertheless, the aircraft feels like a glimpse into the future of aviation and perhaps even transportation. It’s hardly a flying car. But it’s a lot closer to that idea than anything else I’ve ever seen.
Forty years ago, the Ohio State University Radio Observatory detected a mysterious signal deep in outer space, located in the Sagittarius constellation. Many have pointed to this, which came to be known as the "Wow!" Signal, as evidence that we are not alone in the universe. That is, until now.
Researchers at The Center for Planetary Science have determined, sadly, that aliens were not responsible for the Wow! Signal. Instead, in an article published in Washington Academy of Sciences, they outline their discovery that a comet was likely responsible for the naturally occurring radio transmission.
The research team noticed that the frequency of the Wow! Signal closely matched the radio waves naturally emitted by hydrogen, called the hydrogen line. They then determined that a comet called 266/P Christensen emitted a strikingly similar signal, likely due to its hydrogen cloud. After that, it was just a matter of showing that the comet was indeed in the vicinity of the Sagittarius constellation in 1977.
This is probably a blow to alien enthusiasts who have used this signal to bolster their beliefs that we aren’t alone in the universe. It’s worth noting, though, that finding the facts behind mysterious signals is a good thing; it improves our science and our knowledge about the universe. And it doesn’t disprove the existence of alien life. It just means we have to keep searching. The truth is out there.
Within a month of Netflix releasing Sense8 Season 2 with minimal fanfare or marketing, the series beloved for LGBTQ+ and racial diversity was unceremoniously cancelled.
The loyal fandom was instantly up in arms, circulating the hashtags #RenewSense8 and #BringBackSense8 and launching multiplepetitions for Netflix to give the show another chance. (A friend even asked me to “use my powers” and help out, which means he either fundamentally misunderstands my job or thinks I myself am a sensate.)
Netflix released released an official statement Thursday in direct response to these efforts — sadly, the show’s fate won’t change.
Sense8 takes place all over the world with Capheus (Toby Onwumere), Kala (Tina Desai), Lito (Miguel Angel Silvestre), Nomi (Jamie Clayton), Riley (Tuppence Middleton), Sun (Donna Bae), Will (Brian J. Smith), and Wolfgang (Max Riemelt); eight seemingly random individuals who learn that they share a powerful metaphysical bond. Season 1 saw them discovering this connection, while in Season 2 they seek to embrace and harness it against a terrifying villain who hunts them.
Sense8 is now streaming, in its entirety, on Netflix.
The Dubai government has partnered with UK startup ObjectTech to bring blockchain-based security to the emirate’s airport.
ObjectTech said this week that it is working with the Dubai Immigration and Visas Department to develop digital passports that can potentially eliminate manual checks at Dubai International airport.
According to the startup, the system combines biometric verification and blockchain technology, and will use a “pre-approved and entirely digitized passport” to authorize passengers’ entrance into the country. The system will further verify individuals through a three-dimensional scan via a short tunnel as they walk from the aircraft to claim their baggage.
Using blockchain technology, the startup said the digitized passport will incorporate a feature called ‘self-sovereign identity’ for privacy protection, which it claims allows passengers to control which parties can view their passport information.
Paul Ferris, co-founder and CEO of ObjectTech, said in a blog post that the aim is to make the border process quicker and safer for international travelers, and also give passengers full control of their digital data. A pilot program is anticipated to be ready by 2020, although a detailed project timeline remains unclear.
In the post, the initiative was framed as one part of the Dubai government’s commitment to stay 10 years ahead of the rest of the world in public services.
As part of that ambitious process, the Dubai government has concluded the second round of Dubai Future Accelerators program, with 28 innovative startups signing up to work on projects with the authority. The collaborations mainly cover public sectors such as healthcare, education and utilities.
There has been so much coverage and hype surrounding Tesla’s autopilot crash detection feature. It’s an autonomous feature that saves lives, and it’s activated when the car detects an accident on the horizon and either slams the brakes or maneuvers out of the way.
I haven’t experienced this Tesla feature firsthand. In fact, I’ve only even ridden in a Tesla twice and both times they were Ubers. It’s hard to get a sense of just how game-changing the autopilot crash detection feature is without sitting in the driver’s seat as the mayhem unfolds and the car takes over. But this supercut of dashcam footage showing instances when the crash detection kicked in does do a solid job at showing just how fast and effective Tesla’s autopilot is.
Is Tesla’s autopilot crash detection feature 100% effective? How the fuck should I know?! I’m not a Tesla engineer. I’m sure they wouldn’t roll this out to the general public if it wasn’t nearly flawless, but there’s always an element of improbability even if there is only a .0000001% chance of something happening.
I’m not sure that owning a Tesla makes sense for me at this point in life when the next big purchase I’d like to make is a twin-engine center console boat that will allow me to shoot 100-miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. It might be wrong of me to assume that Teslas don’t have the towing power to haul boats on trailers around the country, but I’d be shocked to find out they do. In the meantime, I’d really love to see every American automobile manufacturer start licensing this autopilot crash detection from Tesla because it genuinely makes the roads safer.