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Retired 3x, living comfortably on the Gulf Coast, biking, beachwalking, lifting free weights, eating mostly properly, keeping my mind active, in my seventh decade, intending to give Methuselah a run for the record...

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So, what does DU think about the Biden-Hillary "screw Bernie" maneuver?. ..

Currently at DU: "Due to high traffic, certain forum features are currently disabled (Level 1)"

The RINO-DINO Dance, a daisy-chain of Republicans who DON'T want Trump and Democrats who DO want...

... Hillary and who BOTH want politics-as- usual. Discuss...

Yeah, Biden's not gonna run...

Joe Biden "will not be bullied" by Clinton campaign into deciding on run

A close confidant and longtime adviser of Joe Biden's who spoke to him recently says Biden, as vice president, feels he has earned the right to make a decision about his political future on his own timetable.

"He (Biden) really does not care about John or anyone else," the source said, referring to John Podesta, Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman. "He does not like bullies and will not be bullied. He has never really been part of the Democratic establishment and could care less about it." Podesta told multiple media outlets last week that it was time Biden made a decision about whether he's running for the presidency.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/joe-biden-will-not-be-bullied-by-clinton-campaign-into-deciding-on-run/

This appears to be a preemptive spinning of what DIDN'T cause Joe to decide against a run, once he finally announces that he isn't running...

Something for your "to do" list in 2029. And if very unlucky, 2036...

To those who follow space news, 2004 MN4 is hard to forget. Around last Christmas, astronomers ranked this asteroid's (Apophis) chances of striking Earth April 13, 2029, at 1 in 37, giving it an unprecedented threat level of 4 on the Torino impact-risk scale. By the end of January, additional observations reduced the risk to 1 in 10,000, ruling out a 2029 impact — but not a future strike.

The new orbit held a surprise. It moved the location of MN4's close 2029 pass outside the error box, the volume of space containing the probable positions computed by previous determinations. This isn't supposed to happen. Clark Chapman, a prominent Near-Earth object (NEO) researcher at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, found this occurrence so disturbing he suggested that alternate mathematical approaches might be better suited to characterize NEO impact risks than what astronomers are currently doing. Such techniques are used to evaluate risks of airline accidents or nuclear power plant disasters. 

If 2004 MN4 passes through the keyhole, Earth's gravity could deflect it just enough for an impact in April 2036. The keyhole's existence is why the impact risk hasn't dropped to zero. Optical and even radar observations aren't sufficient to nail down the asteroid's location to within 600 yards — only about 1.7 times the asteroid's diameter. Achieving "adequate accuracy" is why Rusty Schweickart is urging we intercept MN4 and place a transponder and some scientific instruments on its surface, before 2014. Why so early? Astronomers need time to collect the precision data that will determine whether MN4 will pass through the keyhole. 

http://www.astronomy.com/news/2005/05/the-asteroid-and-the-keyhole

Is this the very first "obsessed with DU" thread on Discussionist? (Dates form May 17, 2014 )...

... I was looking for something VERY different and the search function popped this up... with a lot of names I do not recognize...

http://www.discussionist.com/10157951

FBI investigation focusing on charges of gross negligence and obstruction of investigation...

Three months after Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email address and server while secretary of state was referred to the FBI, an intelligence source familiar with the investigation tells Fox News that the team is now focused on whether there were violations of an Espionage Act subsection pertaining to "gross negligence" in the safekeeping of national defense information.

Under 18 USC 793 subsection F, the information does not have to be classified to count as a violation. The intelligence source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity citing the sensitivity of the ongoing probe, said the subsection requires the "lawful possession" of national defense information by a security clearance holder who "through gross negligence," such as the use of an unsecure computer network, permits the material to be removed or abstracted from its proper, secure location.

Subsection F also requires the clearance holder "to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer. "A failure to do so "shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both."

The source said investigators are also focused on possible obstruction of justice. "If someone knows there is an ongoing investigation and takes action to impede an investigation, for example destruction of documents or threatening of witnesses, that could be a separate charge but still remain under a single case," the source said. Currently, the ongoing investigation is led by the Washington Field Office of the FBI.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/10/15/source-fbi-probe-clinton-email-focused-on-gross-negligence-provision/

So, will the likely Dem presidential nominee get Secret Service protection while spending a few years in the slammer?...

The Donald's Twitter account again, thanks to RonaldusMaximus...

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump

The Democrats' "Super Delegates"... a bit of history from 2007...

...It’s called the Democratic Party, but one aspect of the party’s nominating process is at odds with grass-roots democracy.

Voters don’t choose the 842 unpledged “super-delegates” who comprise nearly 40 percent of the number of delegates needed to clinch the Democratic nomination.

The category includes Democratic governors and members of Congress, former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, former vice president Al Gore, retired congressional leaders such as Dick Gephardt, and all Democratic National Committee members, some of whom are appointed by party chairman Howard Dean.


http://www.nbcnews.com/id/18277678/ns/politics/t/what-role-democratic-super-delegates/

The above history may repeat itself in 2016 as Democrats? choose the party candidate. "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others" (George Orwell)...

The Donald will be tweeting his views of the Democratic debate as it proceeds...

... to add some interest to an anticipated snoozefest...

We may have a scapegoat for Hillary coming up to bat, stay tuned...

Clinton confidant expresses regret over handling of e-mail issue

Cheryl D. Mills, who served as Hillary Rodham Clinton’s chief of staff while she was secretary of state, said she regrets not thinking more closely about how her boss would handle her e-mail as Clinton was entering the cabinet in 2009.

Mills, a longtime adviser to Clinton who also serves as one of her personal attorneys, said relatively little thought was given to Clinton’s use of a private e-mail account while she was secretary, an issue that is now dogging the Democratic candidate’s presidential campaign.

“If there’s anything I could ever do that would have alleviated this level of attention, certainly I would have wished I could have,” Mills said in a rare interview. “Look, I’m human.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2015/10/12/clinton-confidant-expresses-regret-over-handling-of-e-mail-issue/
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