News for Today (2/16/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

We Used Terrible Science to Justify Smoking Bans. This article just points out a history of bogus stories.

In The News

Flu vaccine is 48% effective this season, CDC says

Donald Trump’s pick for national security adviser ‘turns president down amid concern at obvious dysfunctionality’

Hackers demand $3.6m bitcoin ransom to unlock Los Angeles hospital medical records

IRS won’t withhold tax refunds if Americans ignore ACA insurance requirement

The enormous scale of the erosion problem at the Oroville Dam site

Workers at Boeing’s South Carolina plant reject union

Not In The News But Should Be

Schools in the US Are Beginning to Push Back Their Start Times

Entertainment of the Day

Nothing for today.

News for Today (2/6/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

People Are Canceling Tesla Orders Because Elon Musk Is Advising Trump. Time to short the stock. Oh, wait. How many people did you say canceled their orders? And you made a headline out of that?

In The News

This 3,500-Year-Old Greek Tomb Upended What We Thought We Knew About the Roots of Western Civilization

Belarus Prepares for Hybrid War as ‘Europe’s Last Dictator’ Knocks Russia

The High Cost of a Home Is Turning American Millennials Into the New Serfs. My sympathy is dented by the fact that millennials are most likely to support policies that make their problems worse (i.e. restrictions on house building and the like). Also, as a group, they are awful picky about the types of jobs that they will do. This plays in to their lower incomes although it is not the only factor (another not often noted contributors is that rich people have few to no kids so millennials are more likely to be a from poor broken homes then previous generations).

Britain has changed since 1998. Back then, it only took workers about three years to save enough money for a down-payment on a house. Now it takes 20 years, on average, according to the Resolution Foundation, which published a landmark report on income, housing, and inequality in Britain last week. . One thing about being part of the EU is that it allowed lots of people from other countries to buy house in the UK (and London in particular). Of course, the UK is also famously restrictive on allowing new construction so you can’t blame it all on the Russian Plutocrats and American Movies Stars.

How to Do the Shortest Workout Possible

Gangsters and ‘slaves’: The people cleaning up Fukushima. Remember things like this when you here about how low crime Japan is. It is true. The Gangsters are so above board they have their own offices and you can contact them to do business for you.

Japan readies package for Trump to help create 700,000 U.S. jobs. It is obvious that Japan knows how to deal with Gangsters.

Studies Link Some Stomach Drugs to Possible Alzheimer’s Disease and Kidney Problems

Not In The News But Should Be

Federal Court Basically Says It’s Okay To Copyright Parts Of Our Laws. This has always irritated me immensely because most of the laws that effect me professionally are Copyrighted and you have to spend big bucks to get copies of them. Of course, it is my employer that has to pay, but it still bugs me.

Entertainment of the Day

Hobbyist made video that I am re-purposing to be a morality play about February. Not really all that good but it seems to fit.

News for Today (1/25/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

Media Covers Fake Mike Flynn Story, Ignores Bombshell on Secret Obama/Iran Meetings. The Flynn story is bogus.

In The News

Judge Slams Obama DOJ’s ‘Unethical Conduct’ in Amnesty Case

Valerie Jarrett’s daughter will cover Justice Department for CNN

What constitutes humane work? The issue has been the focus of a dispute between Bolivia and the international community since the country lowered its minimum working age to 10.

Saddam Hussein Seriously Feared a U.S. Nuclear Strike During the Gulf War

Not In The News But Should Be

Nothing for today

Entertainment of the Day

The one of the problems with all the movies David Belle stars in is that it just does not seem credible that the thugs can stay with him for as long as they do.

News for Today (1/24/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

A Professor Claimed Video Games Make People Better Shooters — Then His Study Got Retracted. The only reason this study got the press that it did is that few people in the chattering classes play games and shoot guns.

In The News

Consternation as Trump Starts Delivering on Campaign Promises While Making More Crazy Attacks on Critics

Was Snowden a Russian Agent? In the conservative press the answer is assumed to be yes. This article presents a different view. I think you have to be naive to think that he has not told them what they wanted to know now. But I doubt he was controlled all along. I don’t think the Russians would have wanted the drama from an agent they controlled.

Italy’s Growing Refugee Problem Main take away: Despite a warning from former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, other EU countries have shown little willingness to cooperate. Shortly before his resignation, he said his country “would not get through another year like this.”

Not In The News But Should Be

Chicken Feet And China: Back to the Future

Entertainment of the Day

Not bad for and old man even granting all the movie tricks they had to pull

News for Today (1/22/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

Nothing for Today.

In The News

Tesla cleared in Autopilot crash

GMO grass that ‘escaped’ defies eradication, divides grass seed industry

The Second Act of the Great British Spy

Majority of 230 protesters arrested on Inauguration Day will face 10 years in prison and $25k fine as US attorney says they will be charged with felony rioting. They made the mistake of rioting in a place where important people were.

IT’S JUST CALLED FASCISM

Not In The News But Should Be

Speechless in 2017

Entertainment of the Day

The British Artillery and light horsemen helped and this was not quite as decisive as shown. But a bunch of Australian mounted infantry using bayonets as swords really did make one of the last successful mass mounted charges.

News for Today (1/21/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

Why NYT Hid The Numbers For The ‘Hottest Year On Record’

In The News

Skittles Scattered Across Highway Were Destined For Cattle Feed: Mars Investigating

Geology Helps Shale Boom Anew in Texas Basin

With midnight regulation, Obama Energy Department just outlawed your three-way bulb

Not In The News But Should Be

Days of Rage. The history recap in this post is valuable but any fool can do the speculation that follows it.

Entertainment of the Day

I had forgotten just how non-seriously Arnold took his role in the first total recall. For those who watched the remake, compare this to the similar scene in the remake.

News for Today (1/18/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

The United States Has Allowed South Sudan’s Government to Utilize Child Soldiers

In The News

Purges Have Weakened Once Mighty Turkish Military

Across the US by train for just $213

Drug-resistant ‘nightmare bacteria’ show worrisome ability to diversify and spread

Not In The News But Should Be

You Thought This Was Rock Bottom, America, But the Russians Are Knocking From Below. Nothing we all don’t know. But not a set a facts that most Americans, left or right, really understand. Too much lose talk about how we live in a totalitarian country and not enough knowledge of what it is really like.

Entertainment of the Day

Since it was mentioned in one of the articles, I thought I would post this. Although honestly speaking, I don’t care for it all that much. Seems too forced to me in spite of its fame. The best parts of this movie had an Irishman in it. He was the only thing that kept the movie from being too forced.

News for Today (1/16/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

Pravda on the Checkout Line. I always think that I have reached the point where I can’t be surprised by educated fools attempts to explain Trump’s win, but then they go and surprised me again.

In The News

Newt Gingrich on Trump White House ‘If They Decide To Become Reasonable, They Will Have Failed’

Court Says Tossing A Flashbang Grenade Into A Room With A Toddler Is ‘Unreasonable’ Police Behavior. If the “Black Lives Matter” crowd had started with cases like this, they would have got a lot farther then they have.

Meet The Mexicans Who Think Mexico Will Pay For ‘The Wall’

Questionable “Young Blood” Transfusions Offered in U.S. as Anti-Aging Remedy

Casinos refused to give professional gambler Phil Ivey what he had won. Instead of paying him, they sued him.

Not In The News But Should Be

Chicken Tax Makes Trucks Expensive and Unavailable. Okay, so the title overstates it case a little. It still brought to my attention a law I had never heard of before.

Entertainment of the Day

Jerry Miculek is like the Michale Jordan of the shooting sports world. He takes all sorts of first place prizes in all sorts of shooting competitions (though most of his verified world records were set with a revolver). But I think this video below is more a feat of strength then it is of accuracy. I felt my hand hurting just watching it.

News for Today (1/15/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

Nothing for today.

In The News

The Origin of the Oreo Cookie

Band of Brothers: Sex crimes and cover-up in the 101st Airborne Division. The author of this piece must be really confident of what he wrote. By putting the main culprit’s picture in the article he is on the hook for a lawsuit if he did not tell the correct tale.

White Guilt In A Box. There is a part of me that admires the people who are trying to sell these boxes.

Searching For Half-Life 3

‘Annoying’ anti-cowbell campaigner denied Swiss passport

Inside the Desperate Battle against Sports Doping

Tolerant Left strikes again! Andrea Bocelli backs out of Trump inauguration because of death threats

Colombian Rebels Are Breaking Apart — And Half Are Keeping Their Guns

Not In The News But Should Be

That Time I Turned a Routine Traffic Ticket into the Constitutional Trial of the Century

Entertainment of the Day

News for Today (1/14/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

Question of why women go through menopause solved by Exeter experts studying killer whales. This story made the front page of Google news and showed up other places as well.

In The News

What 17 Intelligence Agencies?

A superbug resistant to every available antibiotic has killed a woman in the US

When ‘there is serious reason to doubt’ rumors and allegations, is it libelous to publish them?

Bone-Chilling Winter From Berlin to Davos Causes Energy Scramble

Georgia Tech’s Model Expands

Not In The News But Should Be

Why Are There So Many People in Jail in Scranton, PA?

Entertainment of the Day

My favorite classical (as opposed to “realistic”) martial arts fight is the one below. Posting two version of it. The first is the high quality one and one with sub-titles and a little bit more of the context.