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

News for Today (2/26/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

Sweden, Nation of Open Arms, Debates Implications of Immigration. The main reason that this article is bogus is that it talks like the data is not clear without ever acknowledging that Sweden does not collect data on who commits the crimes. Therefor the lack of data is a deliberate policy choice that feeds conspiracy theories. That said, Sweden’s over all crime rate is lower then the US so that point is still valid.

In The News

Is the Leading Theory About Alzheimer’s Wrong?

Who’s the Real “Deporter in Chief”?

Reducing Brazil’s pension burden

The Weird Economics Of Ikea

Not In The News But Should Be

Nothing for Today

Entertainment of the Day

News for Today (12/13/16)

Bogus News Story Of The Day.

Bipartisan Electors Ask James Clapper: Release Facts on Outside Interference in U.S. Election. People have such a hard time resisting obvious lies. In this case the lie is the word “bipartisan” (to be fair, I think there is one nominal Republican in the bunch but that would not make it “bipartisan” if the shoe were on the other foot).

In The News

One Weight-Loss Approach Fits All? No, Not Even Close

Found: A Lost City in Greece. Nothing that noteworthy. Just a reminder of how little they know about even the areas that have been study to death.

Records: Too many votes in 37% of Detroit’s precincts. I have been beating this one to death. But the rumour mill has been constantly pointing towards fraud in this city long before it became somewhat “Official”. It will be interesting to see where the “Audits” go.

After their big election victory there is nothing to stop Republicans from dismantling Obamacare. So naturally they’re figuring out how to blow it.

Viruses may have evolved to hit men hard but go easy on women

Not In The News But Should Be

Exclusive: Top U.S. spy agency has not embraced CIA assessment on Russia hacking – sources For all the fuss about the CIA saying the Russians waged cyber warfare to help get Trump elected, you have to read far and wide to figure out what the CIA thinks they actually did.

Entertainment of the Day

News for Today (12/8/16)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

Algorithms Can Help Stomp Out Fake News

In The News

Poll: Trump now viewed more favorably than unfavorably, 50/43

U.S. life expectancy declines for the first time since 1993

French National Assembly approves bill outlawing some pro-life websites

France Returns to Its Conservative Roots

Not In The News But Should Be

Faithful Electors: If Every State Split Electoral College Votes, No One Would Be President-Elect

Entertainment of the Day

Same song, but played live…

News for Today (12/6/16)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

Lazy coders are training artificial intelligences to be sexist

In The News

Huge Cobra Terrorizing Apartment Complex Toilet Be sure to watch the video.

Black Workers’ Suit Accuses Job Agency of Favoring Hispanic Applicants This is how the democratic collation starts to come apart.

Supreme Court sides with Samsung in its patent fight with Apple

Birds flying through laser light reveal faults in flight research

Last-ditch IS tactics in Sirte, Libya

Not In The News But Should Be

Saudi Arabia Surrenders To U.S. Shale. See also How Russia Outsmarted OPEC

Entertainment of the Day

The Trump campaign briefly turned this song into a theme song after the deplorable comment.

News For Today (11/28/16)

Bogus News Story Of the Day

NPR Reporter Tracked Down a Fake-News Creator; Here’s What She Learned. The story is most likely true, although it reads like a naive reporter is being taken for a ride. But what makes the story bogus is the is the idea that “fake news” is a right wing thing exclusively. This is rich given how much public radio profited off of Mike Daisey. A more relevant example would be the huge traffic in fake hate crimes such as this.

In the News

Record number of car buyers ‘upside down’ on trade-ins

The Abolition of Money

Unsexy Infrastructure: Lock and Dam

Ideology & Human Development This is a long one and can be hard to follow. But it is a good overview of why communism was a disaster for Cuba from a left of center perspective. Shorter and not nearly as good perspective here (also left of center).

Not In The News But Should Be

The Little-Known Arms Race Threatening to Blow Up the South Caucasus

Entertainment of the Day

China’s civil service exam: Can you answer these questions? I don’t think this is really news worthy, but it is kind of fun to see what is expected out of them. Looks a lot more like a straight up IQ test then anything comparable here.

But if that is not your thing, here is some modern rock combined with traditional Mongolian music for your entertainment.