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The Buzz Explodes Around Kawhi Leonard

_The NBA season is over and now the fun begins. Free agency and the draft Like clockwork, the first big news story has broken.

Kawhi Leonard wants out of San Antonio and just about every team in the league would like to do a deal to get him. There is a hiccup. Trading for Kawhi now means getting a guarantee for just one season. He becomes an unrestricted free agent next season.

Sp let the games begin!

Here is why the Sixers would LOVE to land Kawhi.

  • switching defense – Kawhi would be the best on the team
  • Half court offense – something the Sixers need badly. Kawhi would become the first option
  • Outside shooting – another need – Kawhi is solid
  • playoff experience – he has been there.
  • taking some of the load off of Ben and Joel

But — here is why lots of other teams will be at the  table as well.

And what would the Sixers have to give u? Remember – whatever they give up is for just a one year guarantee. The Sixers want to give them Bayless (and the last year of his absurd contract), That will not be a great incentive to San Antonio. The Spurs may want Fultz and Saric. Ouch! Roco? The tenth pick?  Ouch!

And there is a LeBron link here. The Cavs might give a lot to pair Kawhi and LeBron (if LeBron wants to stay in Cleveland). Or the Sixers may NEED to do a deal if LeBron says it is a condition for him moving over.  to Philly. LeBron and Kawhi coming to Philly? It is a long shot, but it is also a possibility.

Stay tuned!

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What’s So Great about Algae?

Good question. I thought of algae as sort of mucky stuff that you want to get rid of in your pool. But …

It grows 10 times more rapidly than terrestrial plants, and you need less than a tenth of the land to produce it. It grows on in non-productive and non-arable land, it doesn’t compete with other crops for land, you can use a variety of water sources, and there’s no fertilizer runoff or downstream eutrophication.

And

“Microalgae grow much faster than land plants and will be a source of biofuel that makes sense environmentally and economically”

Forbes is running a very, very long article about how algae is the solution to our problems.

Quick! Someone tell Donald Trump!

Elon Musk Just Scored a Whopper Contract

I will admit that for a while, I did not really get the “Boring Company”. It seemed like a distraction from Elon Musk’s other  businesses – Tesla, SpaceX and Solar City.

Now I get it.

Musk just won a contract to construct a new tunnel based transport system that will connect the Chicago Airport (one of the busest in the world) to the city. It will reduce the travel time from 1 hour or more to 12 minutes.

Wow!

Earth to Donald Trump: How Many Parents of MIA Korean War Soldiers are Still Around?

Donald Trump  actually said this

“So many people asked when I was on the campaign,” Trump said. “I’d say, ‘wait a minute, I don’t have any relationship’ — but they said, ‘when you can, president, we’d love our son to be brought back home’ — you know, the remains.”

Heart rending. But here is the problem

American involvement in the Korean War ended in 1953. If we most generously assume that the parent of a future solider was 18 when their child was born, and that their child was 18 when he was killed on the last day of the war, that means a parent would have been 99 in 2016.

So many 99 year olds! Sop many!

News Flash! Humans May not be so Horrible After all!

If you have heard about the Stanford Prison Experiment, you are excused from having to believe deeply in people. In that experiment, researchers said that they could induce people to deliver pain to others — even hearing their reactions —  by introducing an authority figure. In other words, we are a pretty weak willed species.

Hmmm … nicht gut! Especially with Donald Trump in the White House!

But it turns out that the researchers who did the Stanford Experiment faked the results. It was a fraud.

Wow! Not only that, it is coming out that a lot of other social science experiments were less than credible as well. Like the marshmallow experiment. And the one that supposedly demonstrated that will is like a muscle.

It seems that we have been the subjects of another type of experiment —- testing how gullible we  are.