MONDAY 6-18-18

1.   The heat index reached more than 100 degrees on Sunday and the high temperature will be in the 90’s again today.   Some like it hot, hot, hot.   Do you?

 

2.      Phil Mickelson on Saturday ran after his missed putt on the 13th green at the U.S. Open and hit his ball back to the cup while the ball was still rolling away.  He was penalized 2 strokes and ended with a 10 on the hole.  Should he have been disqualified from the tournament?

 

3.      Rene Boucher of Bowling Green, Kentucky was sentenced to 30 days in jail, a $10,000 fine and 100 hours of community service for attacking his neighbor, Senator Rand Paul, last fall.  Paul was creating a fresh pile of lawn debris between their two houses when Boucher tackled him fracturing his ribs. Boucher claims he cleaned up the mess three times prior to the incident which set him off. Did you ever live next to a neighbor you did not like?

 

4.      There was a full slate of World Cup games live on TV from Russia and more today.  As a matter of fact, Costa Rica is playing Serbia right now, later today it’s Germany vs. Mexico and Brazil vs. Switzerland.  Are you following the games?  Have you watched even a minute of live action?

 

5.      A woman says Neil Armstrong gave her a vile of moon dust and she’s suing NASA to keep it. Laura Cicco says Armstrong, who was a family friend of her late father, gave her the moon dust in the 1970's along with a handwritten note addressed to her. Cicco claims NASA which has a history of seizing lunar material from citizens.  Should she be able to keep the moon dust?  How much do you think it’s worth?

 

6.      Tom Brady opened up to Oprah Winfrey about the NFL’s kneeling controversy.  Brady said,  “We had meetings after practice, talking about we wanted to do to deal with that particular situation of taking a knee. We chose to lock arms.”  Is locking arms a better solution than kneeling? 

 

7.      McDonald’s is switching to paper straws in the U.K. and Ireland and they will test an alternative to plastic straws at some U.S. locations later this year.  Is the switch from plastic to paper much do to about nothing?

 

8.      A recent study of 2,000 drivers in the United States found that 1-in-5 couldn't check the pressure on their tires; a quarter couldn't jump start their cars and nearly a third couldn't pick out the right type of oil. Worse off, over a third couldn't change a tire and half say they have no idea how to change their oil.  But 83% says they can connect their phones to the entertainment system.   What would you do if you got a flat tire?

 

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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