MONDAY 6-11-18

1.      The historic summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un takes place on June 12th and since Singapore is 12 hours ahead news coverage actually begins tonight around 9 p.m.   What are your expectations? 


2.       Meanwhile, Dennis Rodman says he’s will be in Singapore for the summit.  Rodman tweeted, “I’ll give whatever support is needed to my friends, @realDonaldTrump and Marshall Kim Jong Un.”.   Do you think Rodman will get a photo op with Trump and Kim?


3.      The Cavaliers were swept by the Warriors in The Finals and after game 4 LeBron James admitted he played with a broken hand for three games after smashing his hand against a board in the locker room after game after game 1.  Do you think James has played his final game as a Cavalier or not?


4.      There were two high profile suicides in the last week as both Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain both took their own lives.  The CDC says there were 45,000 suicides in 2016 and it’s of one of the top ten causes of death in the United States.  Is enough money being spent to solve the problem of mental disease? 


5.      Justify won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday becoming the 13th horse to win the Triple Crown of racing.  Trainer Bob Baffert is the first person to win two Triple Crowns, he also trained American Pharoah in 2015 and jockey Mike Smith became the oldest jockey to accomplish the feat at the age of 52.  WinStar Farms has a 60% ownership stake in Justify, China Horse Club owns 25% and George Soros owns the other 15%.  Did they just hit the lottery?


6.       Nelson Nicolas Nunez-Acosta and Felipe Minaya, both of Newark, New Jersey were caught with 118 pounds of fentanyl which is enough to kill 26-millon people.  It was the largest fentanyl bust in the history of Nebraska.    If convicted, what would be a just sentence for the two?


7.      For the first time in eight years, not a single woman cracked the entire 2018 list of Forbes' top 100 richest athletes. Since 2010, at least one female athlete has made a showing, with tennis star Serena Williams ranking 51st last year.  The highest  paid athletes are in order:  Floyd Mayweather $285-million; Lionel Messi $111-million; Cristiano Renaldo $108-million; Conor McGregor $99-million; Neymar $90-million and LeBron James $85.5 million.  Does it surprise you that no women made the list or that a boxer made more money than anyone else?


8.      The First Lady made her first public appearance in nearly a month this week after she spent five days in a hospital last month.  Melania accompanied President Trump last week to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a briefing on the 2018 hurricane season.  Trump added to the anticipation of their first public appearance in a while by tweeting "The Fake News Media has been so unfair, and vicious, to my wife and our great First Lady, Melania. During her recovery from surgery, they reported everything from near death, to facelift, to left the W.H. (and me) for N.Y. or Virginia, to abuse." Should the First Lady be fair game for the media or be off limits?


9.      Microsoft has placed a massive computer data center on the bottom of the North Sea off the coast of Scotland.  The deployment is the second phase of Project Natick, which Microsoft says could herald a new wave of data centers that can be deployed rapidly and inexpensively. One of the biggest advantages of placing the data center underwater is the lower energy cost to cool the servers.  Tidal turbines and wave energy converters will generate the electricity for the data center.  How would you feel having your data at the bottom of the sea? Who’s going to service it if something goes wrong?


10.   Plans are in motion for private companies to take over operations of the International Space Station.  NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said, "We're in a position now where there are people out there that can do commercial management of the International Space Station."  Bridenstine would not specify which companies he had spoken to but it was Boeing that was selected in August 1993 as NASA's primary contractor to develop and build the ISS.  How would you feel about the Space Station becoming a private business?

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