John Nash, ‘A Beautiful Mind’ Subject and Nobel Winner, Dies at 86

 John F. Nash Jr. receiving an honorary doctorate in Hong Kong in 2011.
John F. Nash Jr., a mathematician who shared a Nobel Prize in 1994 for work that greatly extended the reach and power of modern economic theory and whose decades-long descent into severe mental illness and eventual recovery were the subject of a book and a 2001 film, both titled “A Beautiful Mind,” was killed, along with his wife, in a car crash on Saturday in New Jersey. He was 86.

Dr. Nash was probably best known for his life story, a tale of dazzling achievement, devastating loss and almost miraculous redemption. The narrative of Dr. Nash’s brilliant rise, the lost years when his world dissolved in schizophrenia, his return to rationality and the awarding of the Nobel, retold in a biography by Sylvia Nasar and in the Oscar-winning film, starring Mr. Crowe and Jennifer Connelly as John and Alicia Nash, captured the public mind and became a symbol of the destructive force of mental illness and the stigma that often hounds those who suffer from it.
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Re-ENERGIZE Buffalo: Obama’s Climate Denial – Amherst Anti-Fracking Law

David Kowalski
Re-ENERGIZE Buffalo ~ via Middlebury, Vermont

All things GREEN: Energy, Environment, and Economy

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  • TUESDAY, May, 26, MEETING: Sierra Club Niagara Group, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Duns Scotus Hall (Rm.227 – Note Change), Daemen College, Amherst; All are welcome
  • MONDAY, June 1, PRESENTATION: Wind Power – Moving beyond the Myths, by Diana Strablow and Ellen Banks. Sierra Club Climate and Clean Energy Writers Group, 6:00pm-7:30pm, Unitarian Universalist Church (2nd floor), Elmwood and Ferry, Buffalo

Web LINKS to all Events are in the sidebar at Re-ENERGIZE Buffalo Click Here

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Ireland: Country Becomes 1st to Legalize Gay Marriage by Popular Vote

A Yes supporter shows of her campaign badge in central Dublin in Ireland May 21, 2015. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

A Yes supporter shows of her campaign badge in central Dublin in Ireland

More than 62 percent voted in favor of amending the constitution to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry, officials said Saturday.  Ireland decriminalized homosexual acts 22 years ago.

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The Unethical Connection Between The Amherst Planning Department And The Planning Board

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Editorial:

I received permission from Supervisor Weinstein and the  Town Board to sit in on meetings of the Planning Board and oversee how the members reach their decisions on projects.  Many citizens want to how the Planning Department and the Planning Board work together.

The Planning Board wouldn’t share any material with me but I dug around and found that a week before the Planning Board hold their meetings the seven members receive information on the projects from the Planning Department.  All the information received about the projects comes entirely from our Planning Department led by Mr. Eric Gillert.

Their entire procedure is highly unethical and possibly illegal.

I will continue overseeing the Planning Board.

by Jim Tricoli
Editor:  Amhersttimes.com

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Memorial Day May, 2015

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Memorial Day May 25, 2015

Each Memorial Day we remember those Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our great nation.

We build monuments that represent the wars we have fought in from the Revolutionary War to our current engagements not to glorify war but to remember those who served with courage and valor and gave all they had for our freedoms.

Since the founding of this country Americans have served all over the world to combat those who wish to oppress and destroy the free will of the people on this planet. Many of these battles have been politically and morally correct and some have not been.

But those who went to serve and give of themselves must not ever be judged upon the political correctness of their service; but solely upon the merit of their service when their country called.

Where does America get such fine young people? The fact is that we have been raising them since 1775, when the young colonists put down their pitchforks and picked up their muskets to establish the United States of America. For 240 years, over 48 million American’s have served in the Armed Forces and over 1.2 million have given their lives in war.

These are the official numbers from the Department of Defense however they do not include the over 93,000 Americans still listed as POW/MIA’s, nor the hundreds of thousands that did not die on the battlefield, but subsequently succumbed to the physical ,mental and chemical  wounds of war.

On foreign beaches, in isolated fighting holes, at sea and in the air, they met their final fate wearing the uniform of freedom. They are the sons and daughters of liberty, they are the legacy of courage, they are the reason we build statues, memorials and walls of honor. For so many of them, life had hardly begun.

But in the blink of an eye and the calling of their country, they would sacrifice their dreams for ours.

We remember today because such heroism, such courage, such sacrificial love must never be forgotten. The free air we breathe is the product of the blood they shed.

Courage is not confined to the field of battle. Behind each name are families who have paid a tremendous price, the flesh of their flesh, the blood of their blood. To this day, they cling to a final letter, an old year book, a sports jacket that may still hang in closet, precious reminders of a loved one who never came home.

Freedom, which is the birthright of all Americans is a precious gift and has been given to all of us at a great cost. It is what members of our Armed Forces have fought and died for since the founding of our nation. It is the duty of those of us who survived to keep alive the memory of our brothers and sisters who gave their lives so that others will understand the sacrifices required to maintain that freedom.

Such sacrificial love must not ever be taken for granted, must not ever become a fading memory. We must always remember so that we may always be free.

Remember that Freedom is not Free, because it has been bought and paid for with the sweat, tears, blood and lives of those who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States.

Sgt. Patrick W. Welch, USMC (Ret)

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NOTICE on Re-zoning Vote for 4176-4188 Sheridan Drive

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The US Army Corps of Engineers is still in the process of reevaluating the stream and wetlands on the Westwood for development purposes.

That stream has been identified and connected to the wetlands on the properties of 4176 – 4188 Sheridan Drive between Frankhauser and Sunrise which are also being considered for re-zoning to allow development. Any impact to the wetlands on the Sheridan Drive properties will have a significant bearing as to whether development can occur on the stream and wetlands on the Westwood. The attorney and engineer for the Westwood is the same as for the Sheridan Drive properties — although different developers for each project.

The Amherst Town Board is set to vote on the re-zoning for the Sheridan Drive properties at their next Town Board meeting on Monday, June 1, 2015 at 7:00 PM in the Amherst Municipal Building, 5583 Main Street, Williamsville, NY 14221

We are asking everyone to come to this Town Board meeting. We need to show solidarity insofar as support for the preservation of the stream and wetlands on both the Sheridan Drive and Westwood properties. The Town Board, developers, attorneys and engineers need to understand the residents are not going to sit back and allow our streams, wetlands, wildlife and natural resources be destroyed, or the quality of life in our neighborhoods which is already a high density and high traffic area.

Please take the time and come to this meeting on Monday, June 1st!!

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Borowitz “Bitz”

Andy Borowitz

Republicans continue to stumble over the incredibly complex question of whether it was a mistake to waste trillions of dollars and thousands of lives in Iraq for no reason whatsoever.

No one could have known that invading Iraq would be a disaster, unless you count the millions of people who protested against it.

Honeybee update: Obama task force trying to save honeybees; G.O.P. say honeybees failing to show personal responsibility.

Unsuccessful presidential candidates should be forced to spend the next four years in a minimum wage job. As a society we need a deterrent like this.

 

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Scientists: Earth Endangered by New Strain of Fact-Resistant Humans


by Andy Borowitz

MINNEAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report) – Scientists have discovered a powerful new strain of fact-resistant humans who are threatening the ability of Earth to sustain life, a sobering new study reports.

The research, conducted by the University of Minnesota, identifies a virulent strain of humans who are virtually immune to any form of verifiable knowledge, leaving scientists at a loss as to how to combat them.

“These humans appear to have all the faculties necessary to receive and process information,” Davis Logsdon, one of the scientists who contributed to the study, said. “And yet, somehow, they have developed defenses that, for all intents and purposes, have rendered those faculties totally inactive.”

More worryingly, Logsdon said, “As facts have multiplied, their defenses against those facts have only grown more powerful.”

While scientists have no clear understanding of the mechanisms that prevent the fact-resistant humans from absorbing data, they theorize that the strain may have developed the ability to intercept and discard information en route from the auditory nerve to the brain. “The normal functions of human consciousness have been completely nullified,” Logsdon said.

While reaffirming the gloomy assessments of the study, Logsdon held out hope that the threat of fact-resistant humans could be mitigated in the future. “Our research is very preliminary, but it’s possible that they will become more receptive to facts once they are in an environment without food, water, or oxygen,” he said.

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Biker-Brawl Suspects Only Slightly Outnumber Republican Candidates

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by Andy Borowitz

WACO (The Borowitz Report) – Suspects in the recent biker brawl in Waco, Texas, only slightly outnumber the 2016 Republican Presidential candidates, leading some voters to have difficulty distinguishing between the two groups, a new poll shows.

According to the poll, voters who were presented the names of a biker-brawl suspect and a Republican Presidential candidate correctly identified both only thirty per cent of the time.

For example, fifty-seven per cent of voters erroneously identified the former Texas Governor Rick Perry as a member of the Bandidos motorcycle gang, while forty-one per cent believed he belonged to the Cossacks.

Adding to voters’ confusion, the biker brawlers and G.O.P. candidates have identical views on a host of issues, such as gun rights and whether they would feel comfortable attending a gay wedding.

While the number of biker-brawl suspects stands at a hundred and seventy, if current trends continue, the Republican field could blow past that number by early summer, possibly deepening voters’ confusion.

But, in one positive sign for the Republicans, they notched a higher approval rating than the Waco suspects, five per cent to three.

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In Explosive Scandal, Cruz Admits Studying Science in College

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by Andy Borowitz

WASHINGTON – In a scandal that could spell the end of his Presidential bid and possibly his political career, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has admitted taking several science classes while an undergraduate at Princeton University.

After a copy of his college transcript was leaked showing that the senator had notched A’s in biology, chemistry, and earth science, Cruz was forced to address the damaging allegations.

“It is true that I studied science in college, but this was a mistake of youth,” a contrite Cruz told reporters.

“I stand here today and humbly ask for the forgiveness of the American people.”

Fox News host Sean Hannity said after Cruz’s remarks that the college scandal would be difficult for Cruz to rebound from.

“The only positive for him is that it appears he did not study math,” Hannity said.

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