News for Today (4/17/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

Such end-of-days gloom is puzzling. Near 10 percent unemployment and near invisible growth cannot explain it.

The tone deafness of the above sentence was really jarring to me. Technically the above link is for an opinion column so I should not be calling it a bogus news story. But its complete tone deafness exemplifies the reason that people in the New York Times don’t get the political trends that are sweeping the western world. France has double the unemployment of the US and a very high youth unemployment rate (around 25%). But the author says that those things can’t be the main problem because France is such a cool place to live. And it is if your are wealthy or upper middle class who have good jobs. But those are not the people fueling the anger he is trying to understand.

In The News

Against all odds, a leftist soars in French election polls

Navy SEAL drug use “staggering,” investigation finds

Mrs. Custer’s Tennyson

Not In The News But Should Be

Nothing for today.

Entertainment of the Day

All Right Wing News For Today.

All right wing news for today. Except I guess for the Bloomberg article but even that is just admitting that the sudden concern on the part of liberals for congressional authority has no liberal legal theory to support it.

The IRS Scandal, Day 1437: Lois Lerner Fears For Her Life, Asks Federal Court To Seal Her Upcoming Deposition Testimony.

Trump Doesn’t Need Congress to Strike in Syria. And that is a problem far bigger then Trump himself.

Yet Another Hoax: KKK Trump-Supporter Who Made Racist Threats Turns Out To Be … Black

Friday News

All the large chunks of oak tree are off the lawn and waiting to be split. In other less important news….

The Blood of the Crab

‘They Taught Us How To Decapitate a Person’

The U.S. Dropped a MOAB in Afghanistan and You’ll Never Believe What Happened Next! The amount of bad news stories about this bomb drop from both right wing and left wing sources is staggering. I never would have guessed that such a routine bomb drop would become such big news. Granted, it is probably not a good thing that the US is dropping ordnance all over the globe without it getting reported on, but the amount of misinformation by ignorant regarding this particular ordnance drop is staggering. Anyway, the link above will at least give you accurate numbers to put the bomb in context with other bombs and explosives the US drops all the time. Maybe some other day when I am not so tired I will link to a good over view of the military reasons that the US military sometimes uses MOABs.

News for Today

You won’t believe how much money colleges make on rejected applications

Flights From Syrian Base Fell Sharply After U.S. Strike. I don’t know what I am more tired of, the pro-war crowd acting like this was some great thing or the anti-war crowd buying every thing the Russians say. Most of you probably don’t read much of the anti-war crowd so you most likely don’t know what I am talking about. If I can ever find a somewhat verifiable account of the Russia side of the story I will link to it. But mostly the Russians seem stuck on saying things that are provably not true and thus give the pro-war crowd a chance to write articles like the above.

The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI. All I could think when reading this story that is doing its best to scare you is when is the technology going to come to computer games?

News for Today (4/11/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

To feed Upstate NY beer industry, state’s barley growers need U.S. aid, Schumer says

In The News

Toshiba warns it may not survive crisis

Japan’s population to shrink by a third by 2065

Two Days Inside the Battle for West Mosul

Idaho’s $4.3 Million Solar Project Generates Enough Energy to Run ONE Microwave Oven

Not In The News But Should Be

FDR’s War Against the Press

Entertainment of the Day

Links for today

I don’t think most of the stuff I read today has much general interest. But for what it is worth, here are the highlights of what I read today….

No doctors, no electricity: Beyond the sheen of tourism, much of Elephanta Island lives in darkness

How the ctrl-Left drove me away from American liberalism

How Erdogan’s Referendum Gamble Might Backfire. I think it was Stalin who said something to the effect that it is the person who counts the votes that matters.

News for Today (4/9/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

From world champions to humbling defeat against Under 15s side… World Cup-winning USA women’s team suffer 5-2 loss against Dallas academy boys. The story is not bogus per say. The problem is that it is in the news. I say the same kind of headline with the Australian female team lost to a boys team in their country. The fact that these things are news shows how unrealistic their views on the relative differences between males and females are.

In The News

A Soviet Fighter Plane’s Tragic Error Brought Us Google Maps

California’s gas tax hike shows governor’s political skill

Palm Sunday bombings of Egyptian Coptic churches kill 44

Federal Judge Says Molestation Law Criminalizing Diaper Changes Violates Due Process

Salt grinders are bullshit, and other lessons from growing up in the spice trade . A lot of too cool for school swearing, but I found this interesting anyway.

Not In The News But Should Be

February 2017 MBE bar scores collapse to all-time record low in test history. In case you could not figure it out, the reason this should be in the news is that it shows that law schools are taking money from people and pushing them out completely unable to do the job they went to school for. I don’t think this general problem is only limited to law schools. More detailed commentary here.

Entertainment of the Day

Why F.E.A.R.’s AI is still the best in first-person shooters. Never played F.E.A.R. But the lack of AI development does seem to be one of the biggest flaws of modern games.

I don’t feel like doing things today so here is what I got.

Police as Oppressors: the Filipino Case. To a certain extent, I don’t think it is fair to pick on the police. As is pointed out in the comments, the resistance almost exclusively came from the rural areas. Still, if you take it as a broader point about human nature it is dead on.

The Living Dead. I admire the various different ways this guy took to try to prove he was not dead. Not sure they all would have occurred to me.

U.S. Cruise Missiles Struck Syrian Base With Impressive Precision. Not sure I would call it impressive. Posting this mostly because I posted a more cynical take yesterday. It is true that if they performed as bad as the Russians say it should be easy for them to produce the evidence. So I am guessing the Russians are not telling the truth. At million dollars a pop I expect them to hit their targets, I am just not sure the targets were worth hitting even in the narrow military sense.

A Liberal Talking Point Put to Rest. The partisan headline aside, it was interesting to note (and a little bit scary) that America really is becoming more divided by geography.