News for Today (2/16/17)

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

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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

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News for Today (2/15/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

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Wegmans Food Markets is the latest retailer to face political pressure for carrying products connected to President Donald Trump

BREAKING: Federal Judge Rules Against Presidential Debate Commission

Vitamin D supplements may prevent millions of winter infections

California Schools Cut Meat, Cheese From Lunches To Fight Global Warming. Only Okland schools really. Still child abuse what they are feeding them.

North Korean leader’s brother Kim Jong-nam killed at Malaysia airport

This is the worst I have seen’: California’s roads are in dire shape, says former Caltrans director

CA State Senator admits half of family under deportation threat

Huge Gas Finds Can Keep Europe Warm If the Arguing Stops

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Entertainment of the Day

The first successful Delta force rescue. A reminder of how easy these things can go haywire even when they are “easy”. The last 45 minutes are darkness.

News for Today (2/13/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

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Not sure what to make of the below video clip. But the pictures helped me visualize what is going on.

Too much water: How Oroville Dam problems became a crisis . This is a more official view.

Oroville Dam: Thousands evacuated in California after plans for emergency spillway fail

Four of Iceland’s main volcanoes all preparing for eruption

Feisty, Protectionist Populism? New Zealand Tried That

Hundreds of ancient earthworks resembling Stonehenge found in Amazon rainforest

Thieves steal £2m of rare books by abseiling into warehouse

Chicken Breasts May Have More Fat & Less Protein Than You Think

So much of social science is in this paragraph

Not In The News But Should Be

India’s militant rhino protectors are challenging traditional views of how conservation works. This article talks about some downsides to conservation that are not normally brought up. I wish there was more of that.

Entertainment of the Day

I have heard a lot of good things about a mod for civ 4 called Fall from Heaven 2. Might be worth checking out sometime.

News for Today (2/7/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

The media botched this Trump story last week — and that’s bad for everyone. Even when they admit that they get things wrong, it is still Trumps fault for not being chummy enough with them.

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The Reign of the Kaibil. This story would make for a good movie.

Grounded: Nearly two-thirds of US Navy’s strike fighters can’t fly

Executive Power Run Amok. I think this article is hypocritical on a number of different levels. That said, this is how reasonable people would criticize Trump if they were all not going insane.

Comcast Gives Employees Time Off to Protest Trump Travel Ban

Astronomers spot a strange, supersonic space cloud screeching through our galaxy

Not In The News But Should Be

The Dangers of Pakistan’s Tactical Nuclear Weapons. A bunch of thugs who like to turn woman into sex slaves makes for more salacious (and thus better selling) press. But it is things like this that tend to fade into the background that will rack up the real body count one day.

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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

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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 (2/4/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

Boston Globe forced to issue embarrassing correction after spreading fake news story about Trump and the media

In The News

Radiation Levels Are Soaring Inside the Damaged Fukushima Nuclear Plant

A young woman’s suicide has sparked a backlash against the country’s labor conditions. But death by overwork is so common there’s even a word for it: karoshi.

Mystery radiation ‘clouds’ may pose risk to air travellers

The Left Underestimates Trump’s Economic Plan

Report: Congressional analysts worry SpaceX engines are prone to cracks

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Entertainment of the Day

News for Today (2/2/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

Oh, Okay: Man Who Claimed Mother Died In Iraq Due To Travel Ban Lied

In The News

In the wake of purges ordered by President Erdogan following last summer’s coup attempt, a number of Turkish NATO officers have applied for asylum in Germany. The issue is a highly sensitive one — also for Chancellor Merkel, who is visiting Turkey today.

Researchers break data transfer efficiency record

Why the sound of noisy eating fills some people with rage

Making America’s ICBMs Great Again

North Dakota wants hired pipeline protesters to pay state income taxes

Trump Files With FEC For 2020 Election Bid, Outmaneuvers Nonprofit Organizations. If true (and I am not confident of the source) this demonstrates the problem with campaign finance laws.

Not In The News But Should Be

Immigration, Obamacare, Unintended Consequences

Entertainment of the Day

Two links for today. First one is for Dad because we were talking about it.

And the youtube is for me because I think it is fascinating stuff.

News for Today (1/31/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

The FBI Has Quietly Investigated White Supremacist Infiltration of Law Enforcement. What bothers me about this article is that it conflates conservative law enforcement groups with the clan and then complains that the FBI is too concerned about their civil liberties. I think you are going to see it referenced as gospel in a lot of places though.

In The News

Hill staffers secretly worked on Trump’s immigration order. No doubt the left has gone crazy over the order. But one thing to few on the right acknowledged is that this order was never about making something that would work. Rather, they wanted something that would make people go crazy.

Russia Unleashes Artillery in Eastern Ukraine

This Is How You Should Read French Election Polls

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Entertainment of the Day

I have read experts tell me the exploding bullets were a myth and did not really work.

News for Today (1/30/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

BMA warns against using ‘expectant mothers’ for pregnant women as it ‘may offend intersex men’

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Poll Shows Only 33 Percent Oppose Trump’s Temporary Ban on Immigrants From Terrorist Havens

What Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration Does—and Doesn’t Do. If you are not tired of reading about this already.

Physicists have found a metal that conducts electricity but not heat

Greece has three weeks to deal with ‘potentially disastrous’ debt

Things Just Got Serious in Europe’s War on Cash

Chicago police detained more than 7,000 people at secret interrogation center: report. Old news but worth remembering when people are screaming end of the world about current political actions.

Yemen Raid: US Loses 1 SEAL & 1 MV-22 Osprey; 4 Injured

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FAMAS to Equip New 84,000 Man National Guard, Stay in Service Until 2028. This is posted mostly because of my own curiosity. I have not heard a lot about France standing up a new National Guard. I wounder what the rational is?

Entertainment of the Day

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