News for Today (12/24/16)

Bogus News Story Of The Day.

Proof that a new ice age has already started is stronger than ever, and we couldn’t be less prepared I am not saying that a global period of cooling can’t happen or won’t happen. But this article is so full of strong assertions that are at the very least debatable that is should be labeled as bogus. Just because the global warming crowd does, don’t mean it is right.

In The News

An Open Letter To The Democratic National Committee From A Rural Democrat

VICE News Investigation Finds Signs of Secret Phone Surveillance Across London The headline is a “no duh.” But it was kind of interesting to find out how cheap and small the devices are.

The U.S. Navy’s Next Hawkeye Plane Can Detect Stealth Fighters. I have long argue that stealth is overrated and that real game changer is electronic warfare. Hopefully, we never get to find out for real.

Not In The News But Should Be

It Happens This Fast. Cops get a lot of criticism for being too trigger happy. This may or may not be true depending on what situation we are talking about. But it is worth understanding that regardless if they are right or wrong, cops are paranoid for a reason. They all watch videos like the one in the linked post. The fact that the media hypes the questionable incidents but does not show the times when cops were not paranoid enough gives people a skewed perspective on why cops do what they do. Most people never see stuff like this and don’t understand how fast things can go south and so they judge cops on unrealistic standards.

One other thing this video should teach us is how poorly trained cops are. That is not to say that you should fault the ones in video for getting shot. Unless cops treat everybody extremely harshly regardless of probable cause, this sort of ambush is going to happen. But cops really should have better first aid skills then what was demonstrated in this instance. That is one of the thing you would think all Americans could agree on and support, but like most such things that everyone should agree on, you are never going see a push to train cops properly.

Entertainment of the Day

I am not sure this should really be call entertainment. But if you have never heard of BOPE it is a good (albeit very superficial) introduction. They are famous in certain circles.

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