Sad links for Today

Doctors Warn of Painful Parasite Hiding in Your Sushi . You don’t eat raw meat for a reason.

Africa’s new slave trade: how migrants flee poverty to get sucked into a world of violent crime. I am no fan of how the west intervened in Libya, but I think people who blame this kind of thing on the fall of Gaddafi are missing the point. A lot of this was always going on but it was harder to see with Gaddafi in power.

How Noncompete Clauses Keep Workers Locked In

What Caught My Eye

In Bleak Prognosis, Italy’s Financial Regulator Threatens EU with Return to a “National Currency” The failure of Italy’s Financial System is something that everyone can see coming and nobody believes will actually happen (at least if you pay attention to what the markets are doing).

Roof failure was at a one-of-a-kind Hanford tunnel system . More on that radiation problem on the west coast.

Researchers Find Gut Bacteria Can Trigger Brain Lesions That Lead to Strokes . It is all connected together in case you have not figured that out yet.

All North Korea All the Time

China’s Shift on N.Korea Brings Big Risks and Opportunities. If true this is a serious change.

Could North Korea Annihilate Seoul with Its Artillery?. This article is all very true from a factual perspective. But from a modern day political perspective, 20 dead civilians and 100 million dollars of property damage is enough to topple a government. And I don’t think even the optimistic people think the damage/deaths will be that low.

Did Trump-Xi call reveal subtle shift in China’s stance on North Korean nuclear crisis? More reading of the Chinese tea leaves.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un Risk Nuclear War. This article has a lot of bogus statements. For example, the claim that Kim is predictable and Trump is not could only be made by people who don’t remember Kim killing the uncle that everyone thought was his biggest supporter with an anti-aircraft cannon. But buried in the article is the reason even China is getting concerned. If the powers that be really think that North Korea will soon have hundreds of working nukes, they have to be thinking that North Korea will sell them to every one who has money.

The EMP Threat From North Korea Is Real, and Terrifying. A little harder to pull off then the article makes it seem like, but it would not be fun.

Writing love letters, bidding $100,000 extra: Buying a Southern California home is ‘insane’. Link added just for irony.

What I got for today

Um… NY Governor Cuomo made nearly $800K on a book that sold 3K copies?

The West Virginia Productivity Miracle. Really!. Headline tries a little too hard to contrarain but still some interesting thoughts.

‘They’re just hiding’: Experts say Puerto Rico may be underreporting Zika-affected births

Kevin O’Brien. So sad in a very selfish way. One of the few good military bloggers down.

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.

News for Today (4/6/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

Syria: The Siren Song of War. I don’t think the blog post link is bogus. Rather it is a good commentary on a how fast everyone in American forgets. We have removed quite a few evil dictators from the middle east in the last couple of decades. But you would be hard pressed to show that we made it a better place. One thing I wished developed more is the hypocrisy of thinking it is worse for him to kill children with gas then barrel bombs (which has been going on right along).

In The News

Tesla Passes Ford in Market Value as Investors Bet on the Future

A Swedish company has started implanting microchips under its employees’ skin

U.S. and Syrian Allies Stormed Across a Lake, Then Overran This Key Air Base

Not In The News But Should Be

On Judicial Confirmations — History and Numbers

Entertainment of the Day