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Simply Irrational

Tomorrow is the 14th day of March, 2015. In American notation, we’d call this 3-14-15. Twice, at 9:26 AM and PM (3.1415926), I will go out of my way to be irrational. You should, too.

I’m giving serious thought to inviting some folks over to discuss mathematics, chaos, irrationality, magic, and science. Ponder that pi need only be expressed to 39 digits past the decimal in order to accurately calculate aspects of the size of the universe, yet the digits go on and on and on. Eat circular food. Apply circular logic to complex problems. Perhaps we’ll even discuss tau (τ, or 2π) and hope that one of us is passionate enough about irrational numbers to spark an irrational debate.

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Bibi Blunder(?)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to address a joint meeting of Congress at 11 a.m. ET.

The Netanyahu speech has the Obama White House on edge because Israeli officials have said the prime minister planned to disclose sensitive details of a nuclear agreement taking shape in talks between six world powers and Iran.

Netanyahu is expected to use the details to bolster his argument that the deal under discussion will not prevent Iran from getting a nuclear bomb and threatening the Jewish state’s existence.

-CNN.com

There’s been so much nonsense about this upcoming meeting that I have found myself completely incapable of forming a solid opinion. Just as I approach condemnation of the speech, I’m reminded of the history of strife for the Jews, from Ancient Rome to Auschwitz. Just as I’m about to accept this as a natural outcome of hundreds of years of antisemitism-fueled butchery, I’m reminded of the hundreds of thousands of people who have been heartlessly moved or killed by the overcompensation of the Western World in keeping Israel safe–and I remember that this whole thing could very well be another thinly-veiled attempt by John Boehner to appeal to his ridiculous conservative base.

Wasn’t there a time when politics ended at the border?

For now, I’m waiting to hear what he has to say. But if I were a member of Congress, I’d not be attending the speech, either. He’s picked a big rock to push up that hill.