The Breakfast Club (more Irish)

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The Breakfast Club (3.14.15 Super Pi Day)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and
weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our
boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late,
it's PhilJD's fault.

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Pi mathematical constant photo 200px-Pi-unrolled-720_zpsc86fcb4a.gif Today is Pi (π) Day, how could we live without it. So let's celebrate π on it's day
3.14. This year it's even more special because today's date is 3.14.15
matching the first five digits of the mathematical constant. The next
Super Pie Day won't happen for another 100 years.

As you remember from grammar school math, π is the mathematical
constant consisting of the main numbers 3, 1 and 4. According to the
Wikipedia of π, "it is the the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, and is approximately equal to 3.14159."

It has been represented by the Greek letter "π"
since the mid-18th century, though it is also sometimes written as pi. π
is an irrational number, which means that it cannot be expressed
exactly as a ratio of two integers (such as 22/7 or other fractions that
are commonly used to approximate π); consequently, its decimal
representation never ends and never settles into a permanent repeating
pattern. The digits appear to be randomly distributed, although no proof
of this has yet been discovered. π is a transcendental number - a
number that is not the root of any nonzero polynomial having rational
coefficients. The transcendence of π implies that it is impossible to
solve the ancient challenge of squaring the circle with a compass and
straight-edge.

OK, enough of that. Let's get on to the party part.

 photo Pi_Pie_zpse0c8fb1d.jpg It's earliest known celebration was in California where in 1988 at the
San Francisco Exploratorium physicist Larry Shaw along with the staff
and the public marched around one of its circular spaces eating fruit
pies. In 2009. The US House of Representatives passed a non-binding
resolution declaring 3.14 π (Pi) Day. And in 2010, a French computer
scientist claimed to have calculated pi to almost 2.7 trillion digits.

Coincidentally, it is also the birthday of theoretical physicist
Albert Einstein. So at Princeton University in New Jersey there are numerous celebrations around both events that also include an Albert Einstein look alike contest.

Besides the partying at Princeton, here's what is going on
elsewhere to celebrate this mathematical necessity that drives
mathematicians nuts.

Celebrating Pi Day, a sweet time for scientists and pie lovers By Steve Rubenstein. SFGate

It took the ancient Greeks and the infinite
power of the circle to make it happen, but the California Academy of
Sciences is opening four minutes early on Saturday.

It's going to open at 9:26 a.m. instead of 9:30 a.m. And the reason
for that is because pi, the ancient ratio that specifies how many times
longer the circumference of a circle is than its diameter, is 3.1415926
... , with a particular emphasis on the 926. [..]

At the California Academy of Sciences, after throwing open the
doors four minutes early, astronomers will celebrate by joining visitors
in the dropping of Popsicle sticks. It's a mathematical game in which
the sticks are used to model the mathematical formula for pi. The best
way to find out how that works, academy insiders say, is to show up and
drop a few sticks yourself.

While astronomers are dropping Popsicle sticks, other astronomers at the Golden Gate Park academy will hold a "Pi in the Sky" lecture in which they will explain how they
use pi to calculate the volume of planets outside the solar system. Pi
works not only on Earth, but billions of light-years from Earth, too.

About 3.14 miles to the east, the Exploratorium is trying to one
up the academy, pi-wise. Admission will be free, all Pi Day long.

'Super Pi Day' - 3.14.15 - will feature weddings, food specials as math nerds celebrate once-a-century date By Sasha Goldstein, New York Daily News

Dana Emanuel and Byron Clarke both love pie -
she the food, he the numerical constant (spelled pi). And Saturday's
date, 3.14.15, dubbed "Super Pi Day," happens to be the first five
digits of the infinite number, which represents the ratio of a circle's
circumference to its diameter and remains the same no matter the size of
the circle.

The date won't come around again for 100 years, so the couple decided
it was a "no brainer," set the date and printed off circular wedding
invitations to dash off to dozens of family and friends. The nuptials
will bring them full circle after they got engaged on June 28 last year -
6.28, or two pi. [..]

- Runners on New York City's Roosevelt Island will take off on a
3.14-mile course at exactly 9:26:53 a.m. Saturday on what is billed as a
"Girls Prep Ultimate Pi Day Pi K."

- A variety of events will honor the Pi Day of the Century at Manhattan's Museum of Mathematics on East 26th St.

- The math whizzes over at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will let prospective students know if they've been admitted beginning
at 9:26 a.m. on Saturday. The prestigious school announced the date with
a two-minute video showing drones delivering the decisions.

- Greenwich Village pizzeria Ribalta will offer diners $3.14 off their bill if they wish their server a Happy Pi Day.

- The American Pie Council has an activity packet filled (pdf) with pi- and pie-related fun, games and food ideas.

- Pie cups at all Hill Country Chicken locations will be on sale for $3.14 on Saturday.

- Pie Corps in Greenpoint will offer a 10-inch pie for $31.41, while a 4-inch mini pie will fetch $3.14, according to DNAinfo.com, which highlighted five city spots featuring Pi Day pie specials.

In 2010's "Moment of Geek", Rachel Maddow, host of MSNBC's "The
Rachel Maddow Show," featured a math student teacher, Teresa Miller,
from the University of New Mexico with a hula hoop and a Rubic's Cube
that was quite amazing.

 

Rachel Maddow- Amazing feat by Pi Day celebrant


 

I was never that energetic as a math student. Teresa should be a great math and phys ed teacher.

So, whatever you do today, eat something round and remember π.

Breakfast Tunes

 

Pi Rap Battle - Lose Yourself (In The Digits) - Pi Day Song


 

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.

Albert Einstein

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#WeJustNeedToPee, #Occupotty, #TransLivesMatter

I don't use twitter myself. And I've never ever taken a selfie. And I spent the entirety of January and February working on the autobiography project. So I'm probably quite slow on the uptake and late with the info.

Apparently the bathroom selfie campaign has gone viral.

The problem is simple. The question is simple. But the issue is apparently too complex for some people to figure out.

So I guess it is up to me to try to 'splain, it Lucy.

Visual aids probably work best.

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The Breakfast Club (Come Ye To The Fair!)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and
weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our
boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late,
it's PhilJD's fault.
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This Day in History

 

 

 

Today in History March 13

  

 

 

   

Uncle Sam cartoon debuts; Brigadoon opens on Broadway; Deadly rampage at Scottish elementary school.

Breakfast Tunes

 

 

 

Brigadoon - MacConnachy Square

  

 

 

   

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

Grifters Gonna Grift

And media organizations like Politico make it so damn easy because it's their grift too.

Atrios


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Fox News "doctor" calls transpeople bullies -- State Legislators reveal the real bullies

Tuesday On Fox & Friends (which I do not watch), noted transphobic "doctor" Keith Ablow and legal analyst Arthur Aidala discussed the Planet Fitness story with that quintessential intellectual, Elizabeth Hasselback in the show's legal insanity segment.

In the past Ablow has stated his position that "he is not convinced that transgender identity is real.

Because people are “not settled on the fact that when somebody says, declares, ‘I am of this gender,’ but they are anatomically and genetically of another gender,” Ablow said the gym should have been more forgiving to the woman who complained. “They need to account for that and not judge the folks who feel exposed.

--Ablow

Aidala said that from a legal standpoint, under Michigan law, the gym had every right to act as they did in revoking the disruptive woman's membership.

[W]e get tongue-tied, we can’t say the obvious, which is this is craziness! You’re kicking out members because they feel uncomfortable that someone who seems to be a man to them, and is genetically, is looking at them naked?!”

“We are being bullied into accepting things that are untrue to our core feelings."

--Ablow

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The Breakfast Club (I Can Climb The Highest Mountain)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and
weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our
boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late,
it's PhilJD's fault.

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This Day in History

 

 

 

Today in History for March 11th

  

 

 

   

Bomb attack on Madrid's commuter trains; Former
Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic found dead; Mikhail Gorbachev
becomes leader of Soviet Union; General Douglas MacArthur leaves
Philippines in WWII.

Breakfast Tunes

 

 

 

St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)

  

 

 

   

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

Noted: Being a Christian is a choice, being gay is not. God made the gays. Christians, not so much.

Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III

TMC :: The Breakfast Club (I Can Climb The Highest Mountain)

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Army discharge policy: Changing while remaining the same

This past Friday the US Army suspended the direct discharge of soldiers on account of being transgender. Any such cases must henceforth be reviewed by the Assistant Secretary of the Army.

Today’s action by the Army helps over 6,000 transgender soldiers serving in silence.
While transgender service members welcome this step, they recognize it is only a stopgap measure aimed at making a failing policy fail less. What they and their commanders need is a comprehensive, Department-level policy review.

--Allyson Robinson, a former Army captain and SPARTA Director of Policy

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Brandon

To tell this whole story has taken me nearly 20 years. I am bit a minor actor in it, but I proudly accepted the role of one of the storytellers. In 1995, Vigil was published at the website ftmInternational and it was there for many years. It is not anymore. 20 years was published on New Year's eve of 2013, twenty years after the the bodies were found.

The whole story is lengthy, but I hope you have time. The movie version was somewhat lacking in actual facts. The tabloid version didn't even come close.

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