2. The universe had no beginning, because that would mean that something can come out of nothing.
3. The universe is defined to be all that there is, everything that exists, everything. It encompasses the largest and the smallest scales. If there is anything like multiverses, they would be subsets of the universe.
4. Existence is conserved. Things may be transformed, but never completely annihilated. Mass and energy may be different views of stuff that is out there, and there are interchanges between them, and perhaps other metrics as yet unimagined, metrics that measure what is out there. But it is always a case of transformation, and never results in something going into nothingness. Nothing cannot become something, and something cannot become nothing. If something appears to become nothing, then we must be missing something, and vice versa.
5. The universe can have no end, because there is nowhere else to go. Conservation means that there will be something...whatever it is.
So at best, the big bang theory is a partial theory, one that tries to look at a portion of the universe within a limited range of distance, and has nothing to offer regarding what preceded the BB. And if the universe had no real beginning, and the BB theorists say it is expanding at an accelerating rate with no end in site, isn't it likely that it WOULD ALREADY HAVE DONE SO since it's been around forever? And if it had done that, how is that we can still perceive portions of the universe that are finite. Wouldn't they have already have expanded into oblivion?
I'm sure a lot of math heads out there have seen and maybe solved some version of this problem. I confess that I probably put a good 3 hrs into it, usually sitting out in my front yard in the afternoon or evening, the shady side of the house...with a beer or wine or whatever...doodling and thinking about it for half an hour to at most one hour at a time. That worked for me.
Every time I hear a Republican say "job creators", I think "job exporters". The R's are like a puppet show out of Alice in Wonderland, constantly and with perfect consistency, spouting their bromides and never getting seriously challenged by the MSM. Even when challenged, they keep to their script. They started a class war, and if it continues for long it could easily get ugly on the streets and ports. Then they will be the creators of jobs...for riot cops.
What do you think about Obama getting the Nobel prize? I didn't care for it. I think the Afghan war is a disaster, and I don't think our effort there will improve the outcome. I would rather the prize had gone to someone like Howard Zinn, a famous American historian and anti-war activist among other things, to which he has dedicated his life. He is also brilliant and fun to listen to. I am currently reading his A People's History of the United States.