Stephen Hawking died and has been replaced
"This should not surprise you if you know about ALS. ALS is Amyotrophic
Lateral Disease, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. We are told Hawking
has had ALS for over 52 years, which is a record of many decades"
"The average survival time for ALS is four years. When Hawking was diagnosed with ALS in 1963, the doctors gave him 2 years to live. .....
He is a very useful public relation entity for physics, and they didn't want to lose him"
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” -C.S. Lewis