President Obama directed the Secret Service to provide him with some privacy. The Oval Office would accept no more visitors this, the second night of the Government Shutdown. The President needed to connect with Speaker Boehner and he could not forge such a union around interruptions. Even Michelle was not welcome,… » 10/03/13 10:09am 10/03/13 10:09am

I don't have the math to explain it but I recently read this old book, The Strange Story of the Quantum where it is argued that a question like, "what happened before the Big Bang?" is meaningless because there was no "before" the Big Bang — time is a result of the event and did not precede it. This makes some sense… » 9/18/13 12:38pm 9/18/13 12:38pm