News for Today (3/20/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

Nothing for today.

In The News

Wiping out crime: face-scanners placed in public toilet to tackle loo roll theft

Deadly, drug-resistant Candida yeast infection spreads in the US

Demonetisation Was Bad Economics But as an Act of Vigilantism it Served Modi Well Politically. Don’t know if I buy the explanation but I certainly find the whole situation puzzling.

Not In The News But Should Be

The Dangerous Precedent Set by Judicial Attacks on Trump’s Travel Ban

Entertainment of the Day

News for Today (3/19/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

An Urgent Plea to the International Community to Protect Mosul and its Residents. I feel for the dude as supposedly he really is in the city. But this demonstrates the problems with feeling and not thinking. If you think instead of feel, there is nothing worthwhile about this post, particularly as he was crying all along for ISIS to be driven out of Mosul. Regardless of their morals, the Iraqi Army has only three choices. They can leave ISIS alone and not bother them, they can starve them out (the safest way, but every civilian trapped with them will starve along with them), or they can come into where they are fortified and blast them out. None of those options is a good option for the people in the city. They lose no mater which one gets chosen.

In The News

Wages rise on California farms. Americans still don’t want the job

Many College Football Players Lack Vitamin D: Study

Israel Bombed Damascus 

Not In The News But Should Be

American Carnage

Entertainment of the Day

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News for Today (3/18/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

Nothing for today.

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Has OPEC Underestimated U.S. Shale Once Again?

Researchers prove the five second rule is real. Headline is bogus, research is just proving common sense.

German spy agency chief says does not believe Gulen behind Turkey coup attempt. Most common sense explanation for the coup attempt that I read.

Trump Says He Found Out He Was Being ‘Wiretapped’ After Reading New York Times Article

Donna Brazile finally admits she shared debate questions with Clinton campaign

Not In The News But Should Be

Charles Murray’s Attackers

Entertainment of the Day

I thought this was a cool amateur made video. I was disappointed to find out it was a game advertisement.

Friday Light Links

Judge issues search warrant for anyone who Googled a victim’s name

Key Democratic Officials Now Warning Base Not to Expect Evidence of Trump/Russia Collusion

South American group has the healthiest arteries ever seen. I think the writers of this article are making the same mistake that the Atkins diet crowd makes. It is not the diet that matters. It is this “While people living in cities are sedentary for more than half their waking hours, the Tsimane are inactive for only 10 per cent of the day.” The same things has already been noted for the Amish. Amish who are active all day long (farmers) and Amish who are not active all day long (shop keepers) have the same diets but wildly different health outcomes.

A Shocking Update in Florida “Citizens Police Academy” Shooting

News for Today (3/16/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

Nothing for today.

In The News

Researchers prove the five second rule is real

NY dropping teacher literacy test amid claims of racism

When I try to imagine my girlfriend’s face, I draw a blank. I think I have a mild version of this. I have great difficulty visualizing anything.

Right to Repair” Is About a Whole Lot More Than iPhones

Common Pain Meds Are Linked to a Higher Risk of Heart Problems. Not sure about this study. If you are using this much pain med, do you have another issue that increase your chance of heart attack? That said, there is no doubt you should not over do it.

Not In The News But Should Be

Some 2,500 Americans Have Died in Afghanistan and Iraq Under Obama

Entertainment of the Day

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News for Today (3/13/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

Trump Fires Preet Bharara and 45 Other US Attorneys, Media Hysteria Ensues. Look, everyone knows the hysteria over the firings are bogus. But I wanted to highlight them because the Preet Bharara really sticks in my craw. He should be in jail because of this but most people seem to have forgotten it. The story only dates back to 2015 but I guess nobody can remember that far back.

In The News

Oil settles a tad lower after sliding to 3-month lows

Dutch Election Upended as Turkey Dispute Seen Aiding Wilders More detail here.

Radioactive Boars in Fukushima Thwart Residents’ Plans to Return Home

What It’s Like to Serve Inside the Sinaloa Cartel

Not In The News But Should Be

Overdoses In W.Va. Drain Fund For Burials

Entertainment of the Day

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News for Today (3/12/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

Shut Up About Daylight Saving Time, It’s Actually Great. This article is bogus for many reasons. But even if you took the studies it cites at face value (there are problems with them in reality) the article is self refuting. The money quote “In fact, studies actually estimate that we could save about 366 more lives per year if we extended DST all year round.”

In The News

TSA Warns Local Police About Its New Airport Pat-Downs

Ancient technique can dramatically improve memory, research suggests

Inside the Green Berets’ Hunt for Wanted Warlord Joseph Kony

Not In The News But Should Be

The Problem of Success. The fall of the house of Saudi is one of closest things to certainty that we have in this world. And odds are pretty good that it will not be pretty.

Entertainment of the Day

How to Clear a Path Through 60 Feet of Snow, Japanese Style

News for Today (3/11/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

How the CIA Forgot the Art of Spying. What makes this story bogus is that it presumes the CIA was good at its job to begin with. I know of no real evidence that would back that up and I fairly widely read on the subject.

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How the Amazon’s Cashews and Cacao Point to Cultivation by the Ancients

State Individual Income Tax Rates and Brackets for 2017

Is Netanyahu Actually Going to Be Indicted Soon?

THE SAUDIS WON’T LIKE THIS: Massive Oil Discovery Made in Alaska. Let us not get to excited. Knowing the oil is there but being able to get it out in a cost effective manner are two separate things. Speaking of which…

Exclusive – Saudis tell U.S. oil: OPEC won’t extend cuts to offset shale – sources

Not In The News But Should Be

Justice Thomas sharply criticizes civil forfeiture laws. You might think that if it is in the Washington Post, it is in the news. But it is just a blog that the post runs and I doubt most people will ever get to see the words that Justice Thomas wrote. It is an issue that should have more attention but sadly judges like Thomas seem to be rare.

Entertainment of the Day

Light Links For Friday

Striking from the Dark, Jaish al-Islam fires Iranian Zelzal-2 rockets

Long-lasting mental health isn’t normal. I don’t think most people needed a study to figure this out.

WATCH: Your Ears Can Actually Tell the Difference Between Hot and Cold Water

Getting Puerto Rico’s Fiscal Baseline Right. An update on an earlier post.

China’s Capital Outflows Just Reversed, Bad News For Global Real Estate

News for Today (3/9/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

How Many Foreign-Born Terrorists?

In The News

Engineered to fail: Are IT recruits untrainable because they cheat in college?

U.S. oil exports are blowing past expectations

Assad’s Control Erodes as Warlords Gain Upper Hand

Not In The News But Should Be

Puerto Rico’s Daunting Fiscal Math (My View)

Entertainment of the Day

What if Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Had Swapped Genders?