Apr. 28 2017 Cassini Spacecraft Saturn Pictures

On Apr. 29, 2017 the Planetary Science Division at NASA’s Deep Space Network at the Goldstone Complex in California’s Mojave Desert released astounding pictures taken by the Cassini spacecraft of weather on Saturn. For fun, I recommend watching the video and listening to Stevie Wonder’s song “Saturn” or Les Baxter’s “Saturday Night On Saturn.”

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Apr. 27 2017 United Settles

United Airlines has reached an agreement with 69 year old man beaten up in Chicago last week. I assume the passenger will be flying in his own jet after this.

NPR’s Jim Kane reported “The increased compensation puts United in line with rival airline Delta, which announced days after the forced removal in Chicago that it was increasing its maximum compensation for passengers giving up seats to nearly $10,000, up from $1,350.”

Let me get this straight, airlines will pay you $10,000 not to fly on their planes? Do they still beat you up?

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Apr. 26, 2017 Real Encino Man

On Apr. 26, 2017 NPR’s Christopher Joyce reported “New Evidence Suggests Humans Arrived In The Americas Far Earlier Than Thought.”  San Diego Natural History Museum paleontologist Tom Deméré found evidence of human tools at a mastodon site. Uranium-thorium dating technology indicates the site may be 130,000 years old. Until now, most experts thought humans did not arrive in North America until 15,000 years ago. The evidence consists of stone tools, bone fragments and a screenplay for NBC’s Law and Order.

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Apr. 22, 2017 American Airlines Baby

On Apr. 22, 2017 CNN reported “An American Airlines employee allegedly took a stroller from a woman boarding Flight 591 from San Francisco to Dallas Friday, and knocked her with it while she held a baby in her arms.” Gee, elderly doctors, mothers with babies, what is going on with airlines these days? What if we all stayed home until this straightened out? If Flying was a restaurant it would have closed a long time ago.

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Apr. 21, 2017 Britain Quits Coal

On Apr. 21, 2017 the BBC reported Britain’s National Grid will not use coal to generate electricity for twenty-four hours. Their government  discouraged using coal and encouraged conservation, smart grid technology and alternative sources like wind and solar. It can be done.

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Apr. 19, 2017 New United Slogans

United Airlines Slogans

  1. You can’t beat our service but we can beat you.
  2. Flying is such a drag.
  3. Lose your luggage and some teeth.
  4. Now serving free punch.
  5. The customer is always right, then a left, then a right again.
  6. Bring your family and your lawyer.
  7. Have a mixed drink with mixed martial arts.
  8. Makes Amtrak look pretty good.
  9. Check your luggage and your rights.
  10. Stay home.

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Apr. 18, 2017 Recruiter Complaints

I hear of misunderstandings from both candidates and recruiters. In order to determine if an opening is worth pursuing, many candidates need to know the rate, project date and location.

I heard about a recruiter on the east coast. He is unhappy. He chose a mean business. He is mean to people and they are mean to him. He is a young college graduate who has been on the job for two whole months and was complaining about candidates complaining about him. Apparently he threatened candidates dealing with him by saying “It’s small world and you never know if our roads will meet again.” He thinks intimidating people is being polite.

He complained candidates were hanging up on him because he does not speak well. I recommend working on your speaking skills. Elocution lessons are fun.

He complained that he only wanted candidates with one hundred percent of the required skills to respond. I recommend he loosen up a little bit and look at those candidates in the ninety percent range.

He does not want candidates who apply randomly. Well, most job sites post opportunities randomly and most people will apply for something that comes close to their skills. Make the job title and description more specific and you might get a more specific response.

Many candidates know that many recruiters are not really recruiting but data mining. They will never hire anyone. They are gathering personal information to sell. If you only want to ask a bunch of questions for a salary survey, candidates will hang up on you.

Candidates want to know who the client is for many reasons. One reason? Transparency. They want to know if it is their current employer. They want to know if it is a good company. Are they an airline that beats people up? Are they going out of business? Are they polluters? Outsourcers? Worse? If you cannot tell the candidate who the employers is, then do not post the ad.

Candidates want to how much the job pays. Say so up front. Do not waste a candidate’s time. Encourage the client to pay living wages for reasonable amounts of time. Do not give candidates a hard time about having only worked at company for three years when you are trying to get them to work a three month contract, especially if you have only worked for your job shop for two months.

Candidates like to know where the job is located. Is it close to where they live? Is it in another city? Is it in a dangerous neighborhood that is hard to get to? Is it in an old building with environmental hazards? Location, location, location.

If you put useful relevant information in your postings and phone conversations you will get fewer complaints and more suitable candidates. As an old recruiter once said to me, tell the candidate the rate, date and the state.

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Apr. 16, 2017 Blumbers

When Philanthropy Is Not Giving

On April 16, 2017 NPR’s Jessica Smith reported “Philanthropy In America Is Becoming ‘Ideological Arms Race,’ Author Says” about David Callahan’s book “The Givers: Wealth, Power and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age”

“But Callahan says right wing donors have been more effective when it comes to shaping economic and fiscal policy, bankrolling big think tanks in Washington that advocate for cutting the size of government. Those include The Heritage Foundation, which now plays a big role in the Trump administration.” As a result, poor people are disenfranchised.

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Apr. 14, 2017 New Mexico Free Lunch

On Apr. 8, 2017 The New York Times reporter Bettina Elias Siegel wrote “New Mexico Outlaws School ‘Lunch Shaming”. Governor Susana Martinez signed the Hunger-Free Students’ Bill of Rights. Children will no longer be singled out because their parents do not have enough money for a school lunch. It is easier to learn on a full stomach. Learning good nutrition should start early.

“People on both sides of the aisle were genuinely horrified that schools were allowed to throw out children’s food or make them work to pay off debt,” said Jennifer Ramo, executive director of New Mexico Appleseed, an anti-poverty group that spearheaded the law. “It sounds like some scene from ‘Little Orphan Annie,’ but it happens every day.”

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Apr. 12,2017 United Fight Or Flight

On Apr. 9, 2017 Dr. David Dao, 69, refused to give up his seat on United Airline flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville. He was beaten and dragged off the plane. Since that time, United Airlines CEO Oscar Nunez has offered a weak apology and the value of the company has dropped by 700 million dollars. All that mess to save a few hundred dollars. This is another disturbing reason not to fly anymore. Really.

Customers have very few rights. The underpaid security staff and luggage handlers are tempted to steal. Airlines are trying to make every last dollar, so they buy software to figure out how to cram passengers into every last inch of their planes. There are few empty seats anymore. The passengers pay fees for everything from luggage to meals. The pilots and crews are pushed to their absolute limit working around the clock to keep costs down. The seats are uncomfortable. The air is bad. Everyone is cranky.

So it is time to stop flying. Ask yourself if a trip is worth it. Do you really need to get on a plane? Most business can be conducted online. Flying has become such an ordeal that it is not worth being beaten to a pulp so some millionaire airline executives can make a buck off of you. Save your money. Stay safe. Stay home.

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Apr. 11, 2017 New York Free College

On Apr. 11, 2017 the Christian Science Monitor’s Weston Williams reported that “New York state’s Excelsior scholarship will provide free tuition at state colleges for students in families earning less than $125,000 a year.” You still have to pay for food and housing, but at least you won’t be loaded down with student debt when you graduate. Wouldn’t it be great if everybody in the country could go to college? It would be a great investment inner future. There would be no stopping us as a nation if everyone could reach their potential.

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Apr. 10, 2017 John Clarke Dead

On Apr. 10, 2017 the Australian Broadcasting Company reported John Clarke, noted satirist dead at the age of 68. Of course, because of the International Dateline, he might still be alive, so heads up John. If you do not know this remarkably funny New Zealander, you are the worse for it. His performance in the TV show about the Sydney Olympics called “The Games” was dry enough to make toast.

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Apr. 8, 2017 Assembly Required

I got a letter from a state legislature representative. They call themselves Assembly members, which when said aloud sounds like  mumbling. I suggest they try the word Assemblers, that way if they lie they can be called Dissemblers. It it also sounds kind of nerdy, like they are writing hexadecimal code for 8088 processors.

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Apr. 7, 2017 Don Rickles Dead

On Apr. 7, 2017 CNN reported comedian Don Rickles died of kidney failure at the age of 90. Best known as an insult comic, a skill he developed dealing with hecklers at nightclubs. Somehow most people figured out what he doing in a joking manner. I am not sure how his approach would work today. Now he’s at Heaven’s Gate standing in line behind a bunch of hockey pucks trying to get in.

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Apr. 3, 2017 Self Driving Car Insurance

On Apr. 3, 2017 NPR’s Yuki Noguchi wrote “Self-Driving Cars Raise Questions About Who Carries Insurance” Every auto insurance company will be affected by self driving cars. “Billionaire investor Warren Buffett, whose company, Berkshire Hathaway, owns the insurance giant Geico, told CNBC in a February interview: “If the day comes when a significant portion of the cars on the road are autonomous, it will hurt Geico’s business very significantly.”

If current inequality trends continue, most people will be too poor to own a car.  If they need transportation they will use Uber or Lyft. They might use a traditional taxicab or car rental company that has survived the transition. Car manufacturers might even offer their cars directly. In any case, consumers will not be paying directly for insurance. If a car has an accident it will not be the passenger’s fault.

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Apr. 2, 2017 Blumbers

Bridge Over Troubled People

Last week an important part of an Atlanta highway burned down and collapsed. Allegedly a homeless person with a substance abuse problem started the fire. This is an example of how ignoring the problems of other people catches up with you. Fight poverty. Build infrastructure. Help other people.

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Apr. 1, 2017 Events To Attend

Here are some events you might want to attend. Check with the respective organizations for more information.

Date: Apr. 6, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC East Bay

Topic: Silo Busting

Speaking: Paul Scott

Venue: Brass Door Restaurant, 2154 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon, CA 94583

Date: Apr. 11, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC San Diego

Topic: Optimize Your Content Using Acrolinx

Speaking: Lance-Robert

Venue: Hera Hub Sorrento Valley, 4010 Sorrento Valley Blvd #400, San Diego, CA 92121

Date: Apr. 11, 2017 6:00PM

Org: Write The Docs PDX

Topic: Caring Systems: Documentation as care

Speaking: Amelia Abreu

Venue: New Relic 111 SW 5th Avenue, 27th floor, Portland, OR 97204

Date: Apr. 12, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC Berkeley

Topic: Speed, control, and quality: Choosing between open source and closed source content

Speaking: Jared Bhatti

Venue: Highlands Country Club, 110 Hiller Drive, Oakland, CA 94618

Date: Apr. 17, 2017 6:00PM 

Org: STC Silicon Valley Chapter

Topic: Continuous delivery (CD) and application release automation (ARA) for Documentation

Speaking: Jennifer Chew

Venue: IHOP Restaurant 4200 Great America Pkwy. Santa Clara, CA 95054

Date: Apr. 17, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC Orange County

Topic: Business Meeting and Mixer Event

Speaking: Chapter Members

Venue: Brio Tuscan Grille 774 Spectrum Center Dr, Irvine, CA 92618, USA

Date: Apr. 19, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC San Francisco

Topic: Writing for Developers (When You Aren’t One)

Speaking: Mysti Berry

Venue: Salesforce, 121 Spear St., Rincon Center, San Francisco CA

Date: April 24-26, 2017, 8:00AM

Org: CIDM

Topic: CMS/DITA North America Conference

Speaking: Jared Spool and many others

Venue: Hyatt Regency Mission Bay1441 Quiver Road,San Diego, CA 92109

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Mar. 29, 2017 Trump Removes Internet Privacy

On Mar. 29, 2017 NPR’s Brian Naylor reported “Congress Overturns Internet Privacy Regulation” about allowing Internet service providers (ISPs) like Comcast, Verizon and Charter to sell your private data without your permission, including medical, financial and other personal information. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif fought against this, but Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn supported it. Congress passed it and the President Trump said he will sign it. Contact your Congressional representative and senators and tell them how you feel about this. Here is a link from the Verge to the names of all the politicians who voted for it and how much they were paid.

http://www.theverge.com/2017/3/29/15100620/congress-fcc-isp-web-browsing-privacy-fire-sale

MEMBER PARTY STATE TOTAL
Alexander, Lamar Republican TN $86,400
Barrasso, John Republican WY $63,000
Blunt, Roy Republican MO $185,550
Boozman, John Republican AR $56,450
Burr, Richard Republican NC $58,500
Capito, Shelley Republican WV $24,675
Cassidy, Bill Republican LA $34,909
Cochran, Thad Republican MS $123,750
Collins, Susan Republican ME $57,550
Corker, Bob Republican TN $43,600
Cornyn, John Republican TX $148,800
Cotton, Tom Republican AR $70,025
Crapo, Mike Republican ID $11,000
Cruz, Ted Republican TX $40,840
Daines, Steve Republican MT $38,700
Enzi, Mike Republican WY $45,100
Ernst, Joni Republican IA $28,200
Fischer, Debra Republican NE $21,850
Flake, Jeff Republican AZ $27,955
Gardner, Cory Republican CO $95,023
Graham, Lindsey Republican SC $74,522
Grassley, Chuck Republican IA $135,125
Hatch, Orrin Republican UT $106,750
Heller, Dean Republican NV $78,950
Hoeven, John Republican ND $25,800
Inhofe, Jim Republican OK $38,000
Johnson, Ron Republican WI $123,652
Kennedy, John Republican LA $1,000
Lankford, James Republican OK $21,000
Lee, Mike Republican UT $60,913
McCain, John Republican AZ $84,125
McConnell, Mitch Republican KY $251,110
Moran, Jerry Republican KS $130,950
Murkowski, Lisa Republican AK $66,250
Perdue, David Republican GA $37,000
Portman, Rob Republican OH $89,350
Risch, Jim Republican ID $27,000
Roberts, Pat Republican KS $100,200
Rounds, Mike Republican SD $40,166
Rubio, Marco Republican FL $75,535
Sasse, Benjamin Republican NE $31,800
Scott, Tim Republican SC $60,200
Shelby, Richard Republican AL $27,000
Strange, Luther Republican AL $0*
Sullivan, Daniel Republican AK $10,550
Thune, John Republican SD $215,000
Tillis, Thom Republican NC $41,220
Toomey, Patrick Republican PA $143,456
Wicker, Roger Republican MS $151,800
Young, Todd Republican IN $28,670

*Senator Strange was appointed to Congress in February 2017 to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ seat.

US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

MEMBER PARTY STATE DISTRICT TOTAL
Abraham, Ralph Republican LA 5th $5,750
Aderholt, Robert Republican AL 4th $26,500
Allen, Rick Republican GA 12th $9,500
Amodei, Mark Republican NV 2nd $22,000
Arrington, Jodey Republican TX 19th $8,450
Babin, Brian Republican TX 36th $8,000
Bacon, Donald Republican NE 2nd $7,000
Banks, Jim Republican IN 3rd $12,100
Barletta, Lou Republican PA 11th $14,700
Barr, Andy Republican KY 6th $28,400
Barton, Joe Republican TX 6th $39,750
Bergman, Jack Republican MI 1st $21,200
Biggs, Andy Republican AZ 5th $5,000
Bilirakis, Gus Republican FL 12th $55,000
Bishop, Mike Republican MI 8th $40,500
Bishop, Rob Republican UT 1st $5,500
Black, Diane Republican TN 6th $27,750
Blackburn, Marsha Republican TN 7th $84,000
Blum, Rodney Republican IA 1st $5,500
Bost, Mike Republican IL 12th $29,750
Brady, Kevin Republican TX 8th $20,000
Brat, David Republican VA 7th $6,000
Bridenstine, Jim Republican OK 1st $1,000
Brooks, Susan Republican IN 5th $44,300
Buchanan, Vern Republican FL 16th $18,900
Buck, Ken Republican CO 4th $15,750
Bucshon, Larry Republican IN 8th $33,000
Budd, Theodore Republican NC 13th $10,000
Burgess, Michael Republican TX 26th $39,500
Byrne, Bradley Republican AL 1st $17,500
Calvert, Ken Republican CA 42nd $12,000
Carter, Buddy Republican GA 1st $12,250
Carter, John Republican TX 31st $22,500
Chabot, Steven Republican OH 1st $25,500
Chaffetz, Jason Republican UT 3rd $38,100
Cheney, Liz Republican WY 1st $18,400
Cole, Tom Republican OK 4th $14,000
Collins, Doug Republican GA 9th $42,850
Collins, Chris Republican NY 27th $57,500
Comer, James Republican KY 1st $14,750
Comstock, Barbara Republican VA 10th $56,457
Conaway, Mike Republican TX 11th $18,500
Cook, Paul Republican CA 8th $15,000
Costello, Ryan Republican PA 6th $38,750
Cramer, Kevin Republican ND 1st $71,750
Crawford, Eric Republican AR 1st $9,000
Culberson, John Republican TX 7th $8,000
Curbelo, Carlos Republican FL 26th $45,700
Davis, Rodney Republican IL 13th $49,000
Denham, Jeffrey Republican CA 10th $47,000
Dent, Charles Republican PA 15th $25,200
DeSantis, Ron Republican FL 6th $21,634
DesJarlais, Scott Republican TN 4th $3,000
Diaz-Balart, Mario Republican FL 25th $26,500
Donovan, Daniel Republican NY 11th $16,000
Duncan, Jeff Republican SC 3rd $12,610
Dunn, Neal Republican FL 2nd $13,750
Emmer, Thomas Republican MN 6th $18,500
Farenthold, Blake Republican TX 27th $19,000
Ferguson, Anderson Republican GA 3rd $7,000
Fitzpatrick, Brian** Republican PA 8th $32,600
Fleischmann, Chuck Republican TN 3rd $18,000
Flores, Bill Republican TX 17th $40,500
Fortenberry, Jeff Republican NE 1st $3,500
Foxx, Virginia Republican NC 5th $13,250
Franks, Trent Republican AZ 8th $16,500
Frelinghuysen, Rodney Republican NJ 11th $55,456
Gaetz, Matt Republican FL 1st $7,000
Gallagher, Mike Republican WI 8th $16,019
Garrett, Tom* Republican VA 5th $3,250
Gibbs, Robert Republican OH 7th $8,000
Gohmert, Louie Republican TX 1st $8,000
Goodlatte, Bob Republican VA 6th $73,950
Gosar, Paul Republican AZ 4th $2,000
Gowdy, Harold Republican SC 4th $15,750
Granger, Kay Republican TX 12th $15,000
Graves, John Republican GA 14th $34,000
Graves, Sam Republican MO 6th $31,000
Griffith, Tim Republican AR 2nd $16,915
Griffith, Morgan Republican VA 9th $36,500
Grothman, Glenn Republican WI 6th $10,600
Guthrie, Steven Republican KY 2nd $81,500
Harper, Gregg Republican MS 3rd $33,800
Harriis, Andy Republican MD 1st $3,000
Hartzler, Vicki Republican MO 4th $10,500
Hensarling, Jeb Republican TX 5th $10,000
Hice, Jody Republican GA 10th $6,000
Higgins, Clay Republican LA 3rd $300
Holding, George Republican NC 2nd $31,100
Hollingsworth, Trey Republican IN 9th $10,000
Hudson, Richard Republican NC 8th $45,400
Huizenga, Bill Republican MI 2nd $7,500
Hultgreen, Randy Republican IL 14th $10,000
Hunter, Duncan Republican CA 50th $19,000
Hurd, William Republican TX 23rd $63,000
Issa, Darrell Republican CA 49th $66,275
Jenkins, Lynn Republican KS 2nd $34,750
Jenkins, Evan Republican WV 3rd $10,000
Johnson, Bill Republican OH 6th $56,500
Johnson, Sam Republican TX 3rd $16,700
Jordan, James Republican OH 4th $24,750
Joyce, David Republican OH 14th $16,500
Katko, John Republican NY 24th $32,250
Kelly, Trent Republican MS 1st $3,300
Kelly, Mike Republican PA 3rd $34,700
King, Steve Republican IA 4th $20,500
King, Peter Republican NY 2nd $9,000
Kinzinger, Adam Republican IL 16th $75,250
Knight, Steve Republican CA 25th $32,500
Kustoff, David Republican TN 8th $16,300
Labrador, Raul Republican ID 1st $10,000
LaHood, Darin Republican IL 18th $15,500
LaMalfa, Doug Republican CA 1st $5,000
Lamborn, Doug Republican CO 5th $28,400
Lance, Leonard Republican NJ 7th $43,000
Latta, Bob Republican OH 5th $91,000
Lewis, Jason Republican MN 2nd $10,500
LoBiondo, Frank Republican NJ 2nd $14,500
Long, Billy Republican MO 7th $57,250
Loudermilk, Barry Republican GA 11th $8,000
Love, Mia Republican UT 4th $16,500
Lucas, Frank Republican OK 3rd $14,500
Luetkemeyer, Blaine Republican MO 3rd $21,000
MacArthur, Tom Republican NJ 3rd $19,000
Marchant, Kenny Republican TX 24th $12,000
Marshall, Roger Republican KS 1st $20,500
Massie, Thomas Republican KY 4th $2,750
Mast, Brian Republican FL 18th $10,500
McCarthy, Kevin Republican CA 23rd $99,100
McCaul, Michael Republican TX 10th $37,200
McHenry, Patrick Republican NC 10th $51,000
McKinley, David Republican WV 1st $24,500
McSally, Martha Republican AZ 2nd $40,500
Meadows, Mark Republican NC 11th $4,000
Meehan, Patrick Republican PA 7th $64,200
Messer, Luke Republican IN 6th $18,750
Mitchell, Paul** Republican MI 10th $10,000
McMorris-Rogers, Cathy** Republican WA 5th $75,900
Moolenaar, John Republican MI 4th $12,500
Mooney, Alexander Republican WV 2nd $6,000
Mullin, Markwayne Republican OK 2nd $47,250
Murphy, Timothy Republican PA 18th $26,000
Newhouse, Daniel Republican WA 4th $10,000
Noem, Kristi Republican SD 1st $38,200
Nunes, Devin Republican CA 22nd $37,750
Olson, Pete Republican TX 22nd $57,500
Palazzo, Steven Republican MS 4th $11,100
Palmer, Gary Republican AL 6th $2,000
Paulsen, Erik Republican MN 3rd $50,500
Pearce, Steve Republican NM 2nd $20,400
Perry, Scott Republican PA 4th $17,000
Poe, Ted Republican TX 2nd $23,000
Poliquin, Bruce Republican ME 2nd $47,500
Posey, Bill Republican FL 8th $3,000
Ratcliffe, John Republican TX 4th $24,500
Reed, Thomas Republican NY 23rd $31,500
Renacci, Jim Republican OH 16th $48,000
Rice, Hugh Republican SC 7th $18,500
Roby, Martha Republican AL 2nd $33,200
Roe, Phil Republican TN 1st $500
Rogers, Mike Republican AL 3rd $25,000
Rogers, Hal Republican KY 5th $12,500
Rohrabacher, Dana Republican CA 48th $1,350
Rokita, Todd Republican IN 4th $20,200
Rooney, Laurence Republican FL 19th $16,625
Rooney, Tom Republican FL 17th $19,000
Roskam, Peter Republican IL 6th $33,600
Ross, Dennis Republican FL 15th $17,000
Rothfus, Keith Republican PA 12th $30,900
Rouzer, David Republican NC 7th $15,000
Royce, Edward Republican CA 39th $14,000
Russell, Steven Republican OK 5th $16,450
Rutherford, John Republican FL 4th $6,000
Scalise, Steve Republican LA 1st $121,750
Schweikert, David Republican AZ 6th $4,000
Scott, James Republican GA 8th $6,000
Sensenbrenner, Jim Republican WI 5th $30,000
Sessions, Pete Republican TX 32nd $40,400
Shimkus, John Republican IL 15th $104,425
Shuster, Bill Republican PA 9th $35,500
Smith, Jason Republican MO 8th $47,500
Smith, Adrian Republican NE 3rd $28,500
Smith, Christopher Republican NJ 4th $6,000
Smith, Lamar Republican TX 21st $56,200
Smucker, Lloyd Republican PA 16th $8,000
Stewart, Chris Republican UT 2nd $12,500
Stivers, Steve Republican OH 15th $27,000
Taylor, Scott** Republican VA 2nd $14,000
Tenney, Claudia Republican NY 22nd $8,500
Thompson, Glenn Republican PA 5th $16,500
Thornberry, Mac Republican TX 13th $32,025
Tiberi, Patrick Republican OH 12th $53,250
Tipton, Scott Republican CO 3rd $23,500
Trott, Dave Republican MI 11th $12,500
Turner, Mike Republican OH 10th $6,000
Upton, Fred Republican MI 6th $108,250
Valadao, David Republican CA 21st $37,400
Wagner, Ann Republican MO 2nd $45,750
Walberg, Timothy Republican MI 7th $38,500
Walden, Gregory Republican OR 2nd $155,100
Walker, Bradley Republican NC 6th $16,750
Walorski, Jackie Republican IN 2nd $21,250
Walters, Mimi Republican CA 45th $47,450
Weber, Randy Republican TX 14th $4,000
Webster, Daniel Republican FL 11th $2,500
Wenstrup, Brad Republican OH 2nd $9,400
Westerman, Bruce Republican AR 4th $11,000
Williams, Roger Republican TX 25th $5,500
Wilson, Joe Republican SC 2nd $11,500
Wittman, Rob Republican VA 1st $11,050
Womack, Steve Republican AR 3rd $15,500
Woodall, Rob Republican GA 7th $9,250
Yoho, Ted Republican FL: 3rd $4,000
Young, Don Republican AK 1st $28,650
Young, David Republican IA 3rd $41,750

*Data for this representative obtained from the Virginia Public Access Project.
**Data for this representative obtained from Open Secrets.

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Mar. 28 2017 Elon Musk Neuralink

On Mar. 28 2017 CNN announced Elon Musk was forming Neuralink, a medical research company to develop a “neural lace” or symbiotic digital layer to the human brain. The idea is to get around the i/o barrier with a direct cortical interface through veins and arteries to the neurons. Musk thinks artificial intelligence may make humans obsolete and this implant may be away to remain relevant. Otherwise, we may become the equivalent of house cats. Let us hope for a forever home.

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