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SpaceX has ambitions to carry a million people to Mars by 2050, tweets Musk – Technowize

Posted: January 20, 2020 at 5:50 am

In a series of Tweets recently, Elon Musk said that SpaceX plans to ferry 100k people to Mars by 2050 on its Starship and Super Heavy Rocket system, which is designed to service all Earth orbit needs as well as the Moon and Mars.He tweeted that a 100 Starships were needed a year to send about a 100k people to Mars whenever the two planets orbits are aligned.

This happens every 26 months when the distance between the Earth and Mars decreases. Musks ambition is to send a 1000 Starships into orbit during this short window of about a month, and transport people to Mars taking advantage of the decreased commuting time.Travellers would still be looking at months of travel aboard the Starship transporter before reaching their destination. When questioned on the validity of the numbers by a follower, Elon Musk agreed that the Starship could be carrying about a million people to Mars from Earth by 2050.Musk further elaborated on the mechanics of this ambitious plan. He tweeted that a crazy amount of cargo capacity will be needed to build a human colony on the Red Planet.

Megatons per year to orbit are needed for life to become multiplanetary, he tweeted. For a yield of one megaton per year, each Starship needs to deliver 100 tons per flight, according to Musk.

SpaceX says that the Starship and the Super Heavy rocket have a 9 m payload compartment, which is larger than any such payload available at present, or soon. This will enable it to deliver satellites to Earths orbit and beyond, at a lower marginal cost per launch than the current Falcon vehicles. Starships pressurized forward payload volume is greater than 1,000m3, enhancing utilization capacity for in-space activities. The aft cargo containers can also host a variety of payloads, according to a statement on the companys website

He added that there will be a lot of jobs on Mars once the colony is established.The Starship transportation system is still in the design stage.

The Starship transportation system is a two-stage vehicle made up of the Super Heavy Rocket, the booster, and the transport pod--the Starship.

SpaceX intends to ultimately replace its Falcon 9 rocket systems by creating a single reusable transportation unit to service its interplanetary commuting ambitions. The space company intends to redirect resources from Falcon 9 series to the Starship, to help make it an affordable option for people wanting to travel to the moon and more.

The first cargo mission to Mars is planned in 2022. This initial mission will establish the possibility of life on Mars, look for water sources, and establish a small infrastructure.

Another mission in 2024 is planned with cargo and crew both. They are hopeful of setting up a more secure base on Mars to facilitate future missions and the beginnings of colonization of Mars.

SpaceX has already announced its plans to carry fashion innovator and art curator Yusaku Maezawa to fly around the Moon in 2023. Only 24 other people have made it to the Moon to date, the last one being in 1972.

SpaceX will be conducting the first private flight to the Moon, it will be a fly-by of the moon on a weeklong trip.

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The Search for Exoplanets Have Revealed a Cold Neptune and Two-Super Earths by Land Based Telescopes – Science Times

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Scientists looking up into sky have found good leads that reveal a frigid Neptune and dual Earths bigger than ours. All these are part of five extraterrestrial worlds that are part of five exoplanets, eightexoplanetsin orbit near red dwarfs. This discovery was reported by Carnegie's Fabo Feng and Paul Butler, published in The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series.

Both earths might be hospitable to future colonization, they revolve around thestars GJ180 and GJ229A. These red dwarfs are the nearest to the sun in terms of distance, observing them will be of import to gain more data via land-based telescopes. Both earths are bigger by 7.5 and 7.9 times more than our earth, they orbit in a duration of 106 and 122 days from calculations made. Nearby is Neptune size planet that is in orbit around GJ433, with indications of frozen water that could be imaged with earth-based telescopes. One of the researchers noted that this Neptune-like planet is the closest to our solar system.

Using the radial velocity method to look for exoplanets in the cosmos aided in the discovery, which is important to astronomers and astrophysicists looking for outer worlds.Radial Velocityworks by detecting planetary wobbles that are a result of the gravity of a planet and a star, this minute and increment changes are detected by advanced tools to measure it. The mass of red dwarfs is lower than other types of stars, the primary types of stars near habitable planets when are found.

Red dwarfs or M dwarfs are usually not as hot as our sun, and widespread all over the galaxy. Where there are an M dwarfs, there will be planets that can contain life and water as well. Lower temperatures of red dwarfs are conducive to have more habitable and water-laden planets, called the habitable zone compare to other stars. This life-giving condition is a boon for astronomers and astrophysicists looking for alternative worlds to terra-form and transfer humanity as another "earth", or a collective of habitable worlds to choose from.

Planets that orbit around these red dwarfs will be tidally locked, which is the same rotation axis is shared by the host M dwarf that is the same. This synchronicity is the same mechanics as the earth and the moon. Synchronous spinning at the axis by exoplanets has a cold and hot side that raises inhospitable conditions for colonizing, which should be considered. One of the better options is GJ180d, which is not locked to the local stars gravitation well, so it will be a better place to live in and it might have existing flora, and fauna.

An alternative option isGJ229Ac, and it is as temperate as our world, but it is super-sized with a brown dwarf. Brown dwarfs are not able to process hydrogen fusion, compared to other stars, it is not as hot. Another brown dwarf called GJ229Ac is one of the first to have its appearance seen, but whether exoplanets is supported that is not known. More is needed to understand how a brown dwarf forms, in brown dwarf based "binary system".

Finding moreexoplanetsand finding more habitable worlds, developing the right tools, and mechanics are important. These will reveal more of the cosmos all the secrets to learn until better tools are available to observe the fringes of the solar system.

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After 1-Day Weather Delay, SpaceX Succesfully Conducts Abort Test – Weatherboy

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A dummy known as Ripley flew to the ISS on the SpaceX Crew Demo flight. After todays test flight of another Crew Dragon craft with other dummies, humans may soon occupy it on a trip to the International Space Station later this year. Image: SpaceX

A day after weather interfered with plans for a test flight, SpaceX had a successful launch and splash-down this morning, putting it on the path to be the first company certified to bring humans to space from U.S. soil since the Space Shuttle program ended in 2011.

At 10:30am today, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Crew Dragon lifted up from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The purpose of this mission is to show the spacecrafts capability to safely separate from the rocket in the unlikely event of an inflight emergency.

This critical flight test puts us on the cusp of returning the capability to launch astronauts in American spacecraft on American rockets from American soil, said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. We are thrilled with the progress NASAs Commercial Crew Program is making and look forward to the next milestone for Crew Dragon.

NASA and SpaceX teams conducted the companys in-flight abort test this morning. Image: SpaceX

As part of the test, SpaceX configured Crew Dragon to trigger a launch escape about 1.5 minutes after liftoff. All major functions were executed, including separation, engine firings, parachute deployment and landing. Crew Dragon splashed down at 10:38 a.m. just off the Florida coast in the Atlantic Ocean while the Falcon 9 was terminated; it had previously flown three missions into space.

As far as we can tell thus far, its a picture perfect mission. It went as well as one can possibly expect, said Elon Musk, Chief Engineer at SpaceX. This is a reflection of the dedication and hard work of the SpaceX and NASA teams to achieve this goal. Obviously, Im super fired up. This is great.

The past few days have been an incredible experience for us, said astronaut Doug Hurley. We started with a full dress rehearsal of what Bob and I will do for our mission. Today, we watched the demonstration of a system that we hope to never use, but can save lives if we ever do. It took a lot of work between NASA and SpaceX to get to this point, and we cant wait to take a ride to the space station soon.Prior to the flight test, teams completed launch day procedures for the first crewed flight test, from suit-up to launch pad operations. The joint teams now will begin the full data reviews that need to be completed prior to NASA astronauts flying the system during SpaceXs Demo-2 mission.While rare, launch problems do occur from time to time. In October 2018, a Russian rocket carrying Russians and American to the International Space Station suffered from an anomaly shortly after launch. In that mishap, the crewed Soyuz capsule successfully deployed from the rocket and returned the people safely to Earth.Todays test shows that SpaceX has a similar program to keep astronauts safe should a problem pop-up as they travel into space.

The Crew Dragon, containing dummies fitted with sensors to collect data on the journey back to Earth, will be recovered and examined over the next several days and weeks. Once all test results are final and SpaceX completes necessary paperwork, they could become the first entity certified for human space travel, with a possible crewed launch to the International Space Station as soon as later this spring.

Beyond the Crew Dragon, SpaceX is also working on another rocket/spacecraft project to bring people and cargo to the Moon, Mars, and beyond. Musk hopes to be able to bring a million people to Mars by 2050 as part of colonization plans there.

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Alain Bizos : Politically Incorrect – The Eye of Photography

Posted: January 18, 2020 at 11:31 am

For its first collaboration with the French artist reporter photographer Alain Bizos, the Polka gallery presents an irreverent pop up exhibition entitled Politically incorrect.

Alain Bizos shared his career between Liberation and the VU agency, the group of graphic designers Bazooka and the monthly Actuel, Nouveau et intressant and thus positioned his work on a thread drawn between the fields of art and information. Since the 1970s, he has claimed himself a committed art activist using humour and derision as his tools.

In 1969, just graduated from the Beaux Arts, he found himself at the heart of the New York avant-garde when he became Armans assistant. He participated in the renewal of conceptual photography by using photography as a support for his proposals, mainly through sequences such as his Robberies: the visitor follows the shoplifting committed by the artist. The stolen object (cricket set, electric spotlight, suitcase) was then exposed and accompanied by a certificate attesting that any person who owns this work is considered to be a fence in the eyes of the law. Bizos asks: is a work of art a commodity like any other?

The artist also entails his gallery owners, his collectors as direct receivers and more generally the spectator, a tacit accomplice to the crime.

It is no coincidence that the artist-activist crossed paths in 1979 with public enemy n 1 Jacques Mesrine, with whom he produced a photo sequences that passed to posterity, and published at the time by Paris Match.

Bizos also portrays himself in wanted notices stolen from New York post offices through the Wanted series.

Politically incorrect will also give pride of place to more recent pieces of Bizos work such as the sequence Bye-Bye Mao, exhibited in 2018 at the Rencontres dArles in the exhibition 100 portraits of the collection of Antoine de Galbert, or the monumental piece Marianne-colre.

The works of Bizos paint a portrait of a personal work with a strong political content, heterogeneous and original but also fiercely funny.

Alain Bizos, born in Paris, student at the National School of Fine Arts, Painting Section and at the Louvre School in Art History. It was in 1969 following his meeting with the visual artist Arman, of whom he became assistant, that he moved to New York. He then produced conceptual photographic sequences, such as Espaces interdits or Robberies which he showed, at the Green Street Gallery in New York in 1970, and at the Ferrero gallery in Nice in 1972, his first personal exhibitions. Making frequent trips back and forth between New York and France, he participated in 1973 in the creation of the daily Liberation, linked with the group of young graphic designers Bazooka and in 1977 he was director of publication of the monthly Un regard moderne. In 1979, it was at the request of Jean-Franois Bizot, that he returned to France to participate as artist-reporter-photographer in the launch of Actual, the monthly New and interesting. His quirky portraits and reports in the form of photo stories mark the visual identity of the monthly through its original treatment of color and framing. In 1986, Christian Caujolle, then head of Liberations photo department, asked him to join him when the Agence Vu was created. In 2015, Alain Bizos left the Agence Vu and continued his work as a freelancephotographer.

His images are part of important collections: from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Hartford-Connecticut (USA) to the Sylvio Perlstein collection, via the collection of the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art, the National Fund for Contemporary Art , the Maison Rouge in Paris, and many private collections.

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How Newsom will assist in ‘suicide’ of northern SJ Valley using a straw – The Turlock Journal

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If you happen to run into Gavin Newsom persuade him to gowith you to your friendly neighborhood 7-Eleven and buy him a politicallyincorrect Super Big Gulp.

Fill it with Coca-Cola. Its a poison as defined byMichael Bloomberg who wants you to vote for him as Nanny in Chief on March 3 inthe California primary that more people chose than lets say Sprite andOrange Crush. With a little luck the Coca-Cola will run out of syrup just as hefinishes filling the cup.

Make sure that you grab a politically incorrect plasticstraw as well, although a paper straw will do.

Now look toward the Delta. Ask the governor to put the strawinto his Super Bug Gulp and take a swig or two. Once hes got the soda downabout an inch or two ask Newsom to top it off. Since the Coca-Cola is maxedout, hell have to select another source to fill the cup back up.

As any self-respecting pre-teen of days gone-by would know,Newsom is taking the first step toward making a soda concoction thats called asuicide.

You have just given the governor a perfect analogy for hismyopic Delta tunnel plan as well as coined a rallying cry for the nextgeneration of victims of the incredible thirst of the Los Angeles Basin as wellas large corporate farmers that are a large source of the late Assembly SpeakerBig Daddy Jesse Unruhs mothers milk of politics political campaigncontributions.

If you siphon Sacramento River water from the Delta it willcreate a void that has to be filled from somewhere else unless you want severesaltwater intrusion that would turn the Delta into a toxic wasteland for birds,native fish, flora, and even inconsequential things. Those inconsequentialthings are farmers and people that depend on Delta water or water pumped fromaquifers in and around the Delta that would be impacted as salt water replacesfresh water.

Lets return to the 7-Eleven for a second. Most offer othersoda flavors such as Mt. Dew, Sprite or Dr. Pepper. There are usually twoCoca-Cola options due to the larger volume that also requires more tanks ofsyrup as opposed to the other flavors that have less demand and therefore lesssyrup.

The Sacramento River is Coca-Cola. The Stanislaus, Tuolumne,and Merced rivers are the other three soda flavors. Once the Pepsi is siphonedout of the cup that is used to flush the Delta, some soda has to replace it.Thats when the state will create a suicide mix increasing the water flowsfrom the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced watersheds to flush the Delta.

Of course, anyone living in the next Owens Valley betterknown as the Northern San Joaquin Valley would be committing suicide to favorsuch a move.

This is why big water interests in Los Angeles as well ascorporate farmers have managed to convince yet another governor that theNorthern San Joaquin Valley needs assistance to commit suicide which is wherethe myopic tunnel comes into play.

The Department of Water Resources this week officiallyrepackaged the double barrel shotgun aimed at the Delta ecological system aswell as Northern San Joaquin Valley cities and farms as a single barrel byissuing a notice of preparation for the project. Thats the prelude to thelengthy eye-popping environmental review process that is much like theimpeachment of Donald Trump as you already know how it is going to end. In thecase of the myopic tunnel we will be told it will be the best thing forCalifornia since gold was discovered. Thats an appropriate analogy given 172years later we are still dealing with environmental disasters perpetuated inthe name of growing the economy including filling in a third of the SanFrancisco Bay and reshaping and poisoning waterways.

As for two tunnels versus one tunnel, its just like a gun.It only takes one bullet or shot to kill a person. The same is true forsiphoning water and what it will do to the Delta.

One of the more interesting things about the PeripheralCanal 3.0 reboot rolled out this week is the reason why the state must sinkupwards of $20 billion in an investment that doesnt increase the amount ofwater delivered to Los Angeles or big corporate farms by one drop.

Originally we were told the twin tunnels were needed due tothe imminent collapse of levees in the next big quake that would reduce waterflow to the intake to the California Aqueduct pumping stations northwest ofTracy for six months or more forcing Beverly Hills mansion owners to converttheir expansive green estates into hues of yellow and brown.

Given the science was underwhelming, the lack of nearbymajor fault lines, and the historic impact of major Bay Area quakes such as the1906 and 1989 tremblors didnt give the theory much traction with the public,the had to hang the reboot on something else. And they did.

We are now being told its all to stop the horrors of climatechange as the current way fresh water is conveyed through the Delta from theSacramento watershed to hoses of people washing down sidewalks in Los Angelesis just 3 feet above sea level.

That means rising sea levels due to warmer temperatures willswamp the Delta with salt water making water that passes through it no longersuitable for drinking or applying to crops unless it first flowed through adesalination plant just before the water flows into the pipelines of Big L.A.

But if the real issue is now climate change which somemodels say will mean less snowpack with each passing year due to snow in theSierra being replaced extensively by rain, is the myopic tunnel the bestinvestment the state can make? A major reduction in natures reservoir theSierra snowpack that provides most of the above ground source of water inCalifornia will substantially reduce available water.

Toss in the fact a saltier Delta would be a disaster for theecological system that is home to nearly 750 species of plant and wildlifewouldnt a barrier system a modified dike to regulate flows to and from thebay address the most concerns?

The real reason for the myopic tunnel is to assure theimpacts of out-of-basin water users the west side of the southern San JoaquinValley and Los Angeles Basin have minimal loss of water supplies duringdroughts and/or meeting state-mandated or court-ordered fish flows.

In short, Los Angeles will actually get an even bigger gulpof water while the state replaces what they siphon off via a $20 billion strawthat takes water from cities and farms dependent upon the Stanislaus, Mercedand Tuolumne rivers.

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Faulconer Boosts Housing Efforts, Convention Center in Last SOTC – Voice of San Diego

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer promised to continue to focus on addressing the citys homelessness and housing crises in his final State of the City address on Wednesday night.

And he said he was done being politically correct about homelessness.

What Im talking about tonight is obvious to almost anyone walking our streets but considered politically incorrect by many insiders. These are ideas that most people in power actually believe in, but are afraid to say, let alone do, Faulconer said. Drug laws that hurt people, tragic mental illness, public health scares, a historic housing shortage They all must be addressed to solve the homeless crisis.

Faulconer committed Wednesday to championing reforms to state policies he said have hampered cities ability to aid homeless Californians struggling with addiction. He did not elaborate on the specifics of those efforts Wednesday night but cited Proposition 47, which reduced many drug crimes to misdemeanors, and Proposition 57, which led to an overhaul of the states prison parole system.

The mayor said he also plans to work with county officials to open a county-run shelter, move people with substance abuse issues into residential care and deploy mental health teams at existing city shelters. County spokespeople did not immediately respond to requests from VOSD about those initiatives on Wednesday night.

On Faulconers watch, the city hasramped up police enforcementaffecting homeless San Diegans, an approach that advocates and the citys newhomelessness action plan have scrutinized. Hes also vastlyexpanded homeless servicesin the city and pursued a slew of reforms to try to address lagging housing production, particularly for middle-class and low-income San Diegans.

Faulconer pledged to stay committed to those efforts in his final year in office.

He said he plans to push forward this spring a series of reforms hes dubbed hisComplete Communities initiativethat are meant to encourage more homebuilding citywide, particularly near transit stops.

The mayor also encouraged city voters to backMeasure C, a March hotel-tax measure that would fund a Convention Center expansion, homeless initiatives and road repairs. He noted that the measure would provide the citys first dedicated funding for homelessness and road repairs and pay for a Convention Center expansion supporters have said would bolster the local economy.

If you cant believe this is the 10th State of the City when a mayor talks about theConvention Center expansion, you can make it the last time by voting yes on Measure C, Faulconer joked.

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Left and right should learn to take a joke, not censor them – The Guardian

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In retaliation, Ayatollah Khomeini should tweet a list of 52 sites of beloved American cultural heritage that he would bomb.

So wrote Asheen Phansey, an adjunct professor at Babson College in Massachusetts. He added that cultural sites to target might include the Mall of America and the Kardashian residence. Not the funniest of jokes (and not helped by the fact that Khomeini died more than 30 years ago) but definitely a joke and a response to Trumps tweet that America would target 52 Iranian sites, including those of cultural significance, if Tehran did retaliate for the assassination of General Qassem Suleimani.

It led to an inevitable outpouring of outrage on Twitter from conservative snowflakes. By the end of the day, Phansey was no longer teaching at Babson. The post did not represent the values and culture of the College, read a statement. The college condemned any type of threatening words and/or actions condoning violence and/or hate. Its just as well that John Betjeman was never a professor at Babson.

Much is made today of liberals demanding action against those using offensive language or making politically incorrect jokes. The Babson case shows conservatives are equally easily offended.

Across the Atlantic came another illustration of rightwing outrage. The release of Tolo Tolo, an Italian film satirising anti-migrant hysteria, caused anger among conservatives who had thought that it would be hostile to immigrants. It is too politically correct, claimed a senator from Silvio Berlusconis Forza Italia party. Which only goes to show that its politically correct has come to mean little more than I dont like it.

The Babson case also shows the dangers of the left demanding censorship of offensive speech. Its not just speech the left thinks is politically incorrect that will get censored.

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Phil Collins Recalls Offering to Quit Genesis to Join the Who – Ultimate Classic Rock

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Phil Collins recalled telling Pete Townshendhed quit Genesis in order to replace the late Keith Moon in the Who.

By the time he made the offer, Kenney Jones had already been hired as the Whos new drummer despite his initial reservations meaning Collins missed out. In the same interview with Classic Rockmagazine from 2017, Collins also recalled how he missed out on appearing on asong with George Harrison, which later resulted in the ex-Beatle playing a complex practical joke on him.

I played Uncle Ernie in Tommy[in a 1989 concert with the Who], which I loved doing, though it was very politically incorrect playing a pedophile, Collins said. But it was greatbecause I was with the Who. I was working with Townshend just after Moon died [in 1978], and I said to him, Have you got anybody to play the drums?Because Id love to do it. Ill leave Genesis. And Pete said, Fuck, weve just asked Kenney Jones.Because Kenney Jones, unbeknown to most people, played on stuff when Keith was too out of it. He was far too polite for the Who. But I would have done the job. I would have joined them.

Collins also remembered being asked to play bongos on Harrisons 1970 song All Things Must Pass. He found the experience so stressful that he resorted to cadging cigarettes off Ringo [Starr], even though he didnt smoke. By the timeCollins was asked to record his part, hed been playing the unfamiliar instrument for two hours.

"Everybody laughed, but my hands were shot," he recalled. "And just after that, they all disappeared someone said they were watching TV or something and I was told I could go. A few months later I buy the album from my local record shop, look at the sleeve notes and Im not there. And Im thinking, There must be some mistake! But its a different version of the song, and Im not on it.

Years later,Collins was told by race-car driver Jackie Stewart that his friend Harrison was remixing All Things Must Pass. "He said, You were on it, werent you?" Collins explained. "And I said, Well, I was there. Two days later, a tapes delivered from George Harrison with a note saying, Could this be you?

I rush off and listen to it, and straightaway I recognize it. Suddenly, the congas come in too loud and just awful. And at the end of the tape, you hear George Harrison saying, Hey, Phil, can we try another without the conga player? So, now I know they didnt go off to watch TV. They went somewhere and said, Get rid of him,because I was playing so badly.

Collinssaid Stewart called andtold him, "Ive got someone here to speak to you, and puts George on, and he says, Did you get the tape? And I said, I now realize I was fired by a Beatle. And he says, Dont worry, it was a piss-take. I got Ray Cooper to play really badly and we dubbed it on. Thought youd like it! I said, You fucking bastard!

Reflecting on the amount of effort Harrison out into the practical joke, Collins concluded, It was lovely, wasnt it?

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Hank Azaria says he won’t voice Apu on The Simpsons anymore after controversy – The Week Magazine

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Some major changes are apparently coming to Springfield.

Hank Azaria has revealed he'll longer voice Apu on The Simpsons, telling /Film, "All we know there is I won't be doing the voice anymore, unless there's someway to transition it or something."

The Simpsons faced renewed criticism over Apu since the release of the 2017 documentary The Problem with Apu, in which comedian Hari Kondabolu and others discuss the character who Kondabolu has described as "a white guy doing an impression of a white guy making fun of my father."

The documentary sparked a conversation about whether The Simpsons should write out the character some view as an offensive Indian stereotype, though others suggested keeping Apu but recasting Azaria with an Indian voice actor. Azaria, who also voices other characters on the show like Moe and Chief Wiggum, appeared to allude to that option Friday by referencing a possible "transition." But while Azaria said it's "up to them and they haven't sorted it out yet," he made clear that "I won't do the voice anymore," also saying, "We all made the decision together."

The Simpsons previously addressed the criticism over Apu in a meta 2018 episode, in which Lisa, looking directly at the camera, says, "Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect." She then looks at a picture of Apu and asks, "What can you do?" Marge and Lisa, again addressing the audience, promise this will be "dealt with at a later date," "if at all." That later date is evidently coming up.

Azaria previously expressed his willingness to step down from the role of Apu, saying on The Late Show, "the idea that anybody who is young or old, past or present, was bullied or teased based on the character of Apu, it just really makes me sad." No official announcement about the future of the character has been made. Brendan Morrow

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Morning Report: Gompers Teachers Union Effort Hits a Snag – Voice of San Diego

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An ongoing unionization effort at Gompers Preparatory Academy has led to infighting between the schools divided teacher corps and its administration.

Gompers is a charter school serving more than a thousand middle and high schoolers. It has been lauded for its push to help under-served student groups get into college, but tarnished by reports of grade inflation.

A majority of Gompers teachers voted to unionize last year, but now some 30 percent of the schools teachers are trying to get the new union decertified, reports Ashly McGlone. Any decision about whether the union can be removed may be a long time away, however.

Thats because of other grievances surrounding the union. The Gompers union has filed an unfair practice charge against the schools administration. The union alleges that the schools administration bargained in bad faith, retaliated against a teacher and tried to dissuade employees from becoming union members.

That formal complaint could essentially delay any decertification vote from taking place.

The union is seeking, among other things, higher pay. Average pay for San Diego Unified School District teachers hovers around $80,800, but pay at Gompers was around $56,400.

A lawyer for one of the teachers who wants the union decertified accused the union of legal trickery to trap teachers in a union they oppose by blocking their right to hold a decertification election.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer promised to continue to focus on addressing the citys homelessness and housing crises in his final State of the City address on Wednesday night.

And he said he was done being politically correct about homelessness.

What Im talking about tonight is obvious to almost anyone walking our streets but considered politically incorrect by many insiders. These are ideas that most people in power actually believe in, but are afraid to say, let alone do, Faulconer said. Drug laws that hurt people, tragic mental illness, public health scares, a historic housing shortage They all must be addressed to solve the homeless crisis.

Faulconer committed Wednesday to championing reforms to state policies he said have hampered cities ability to aid homeless Californians struggling with addiction. He did not elaborate on the specifics of those efforts Wednesday night but cited Proposition 47, which reduced many drug crimes to misdemeanors, and Proposition 57, which led to an overhaul of the states prison parole system.

The mayor said he also plans to work with county officials to open a county-run shelter, move people with substance abuse issues into residential care and deploy mental health teams at existing city shelters. County spokespeople did not immediately respond to requests from VOSD about those initiatives on Wednesday night.

On Faulconers watch, the city has ramped up police enforcement affecting homeless San Diegans, an approach that advocates and the citys new homelessness action plan have scrutinized. Hes also vastly expanded homeless services in the city and pursued a slew of reforms to try to address lagging housing production, particularly for middle-class and low-income San Diegans.

Faulconer pledged to stay committed to those efforts in his final year in office.

He said he plans to push forward this spring a series of reforms hes dubbed his Complete Communities initiative that are meant to encourage more homebuilding citywide, particularly near transit stops.

The mayor also encouraged city voters to back Measure C, a March hotel-tax measure that would fund a Convention Center expansion, homeless initiatives and road repairs. He noted that the measure would provide the citys first dedicated funding for homelessness and road repairs and pay for a Convention Center expansion supporters have said would bolster the local economy.

If you cant believe this is the 10th State of the City when a mayor talks about the Convention Center expansion, you can make it the last time by voting yes on Measure C, Faulconer joked.

Californias homeless crisis has provoked many tense, uncomfortable discussions but rarely are the fears laid out as openly as they were during an Encinitas forum last week about a city decision to open a safe parking lot for homeless people with cars.

Kayla Jimenez was there and reports that it got tense. Speakers complained that the city, among other things, was misusing taxpayer funds and putting child safety at risk. One resident even called for the removal of the four Council members whod approved the lot.

County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar did not organize the event, but she emerged as its leader. She called the lot well-intentioned but misguided. Proponents of the lot say the program will focus on getting residents into permanent housing, but Gaspar disagreed.

I fundamentally believe that housing will not end homelessness, she said. It is a community that will.

Michael McConnell, a homeless advocate in San Diego who attended the meeting, called the event a whole new low.

Chula Vistas city attorney is backing away from a proposal to use new tax dollars to hire more people in his office who can aid with criminal charges against illegal pot shops. When Chula Vista residents approved Measure A in 2018, they did so on the promise that the money would be primarily spent on police officers and firefighters.

The U-T reports that City Attorney Glen Googins informed elected officials this week he was surprised by the intensity of the pushback. In a hand-written letter, District Attorney Summer Stephan urged the Chula Vista City Council not to go forward with the hires, in part, because her office is already responsible for prosecuting crime in the South Bay.

Because the sales tax money goes into the general fund, it can be used on any lawful municipal purpose. Last month, Googins told a financial oversight committee that his proposal to hire a paralegal and investigator remained within the spirit of Measure A.

The Morning Report was written by Jesse Marx, Lisa Halverstadt and Will Huntsberry, and edited by Sara Libby.

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