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.

News for Today (1/13/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

Is it just me or has someone decided to go after Trump ? . Another take on a story that just will not die. I can’t stand to link to any of the stories that take this completely seriously.

In The News

German court calls synagogue torching an act to ‘criticize Israel’. The real problem is not that courts said this was not “antisemitism.” The real problem is that it makes a difference in terms of how the criminals are punished.

Rebel. Drug Fugitive. Hero? Haiti Erupts Over an Arrest

These Brazilian vampire bats have started feeding on humans for the first time

When Gadget Fixers Turn FBI Informants. I already posted this but this time it is from a better source.

Parents View New Peanut Guidelines With Guilt and Skepticism

Not In The News But Should Be

Techdirt’s First Amendment Fight For Its Life

Entertainment of the Day

Finally!!!!.

News for Today (1/12/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

BuzzFeed undermines all journalists with Trump ‘dossier’

In The News

Wearable tech can now detect when you’re about to fall ill, simply by tracking your vital signs.

The Conflicts of Interest of James Mattis

St. Jude Medical releases security patches for vulnerable cardiac devices

Jamaica Says U.S. And Others Are ‘Poaching’ Its Nurses

Not In The News But Should Be

The Real Reason Your City Has No Money. There are a lot of things wrong with this article. For one thing, there is no mention of the word pension. But the general point that there is a lot of pressure to build and build (both because that is what the feds and the states typically subsidize and because that is what creates the most short term jobs) regardless of the long term maintenance costs is a point that should be made more often.

Entertainment of the Day

Starts out boring but I got more interested as it went along.

News for Today (1/10/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

Nothing for today.

In The News

ThinkProgress Senior Editor Is Scared of His Plumber

Why Uber lost $2.2 billion in 9 months

The Strange Case of the Minnesota Iceman

Gaius Publius: Best Buy National Repair Techs Routinely Search Customer Devices, Act as “Paid Informers” for FBI

Not In The News But Should Be

Nothing for today.

Entertainment of the Day

Stupid knives, stupid movie. But cool method of making them in “real life”.

News for Today (1/5/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

Dirty Money. Ever heard of door knobs? Hand shakes? Money is the not the primary victor of disease and nobody sane claims it is. But people who want to bring us into the brave new world will grasp at any straws.

In The News

In Turkey, U.S. Hand Is Seen in Nearly Every Crisis

Angry protests erupt across Mexico after 20% hike in gasoline prices

Nascent anti-Trump coalition already fracturing?

Why Did Germany Fail to Stop Terrorist?

Not In The News But Should Be

College Football’s Top Teams Are Built on Crippling Debt

Entertainment of the Day

Not the best production values, but a reasonable reconstruction of the 1986 Miami FBI Shoot Out. Note how different it is from a normal movie shoot out.

News for Today (1/4/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

A lot of people would argue that the below clip is great journalism and not a bogus news story. It certainly speaks the truth so it does have that going for it. But the truth that it speaks is all things we already know, such as the Iraqi army is not the most competent or that journalists are the stupidest class of people on the planet. That truth was not worth the production of a video that contained this much shear stupidity. I was groaning before it had hardly got started and my blood pressure only went up as it went along.

Spare a thought for the soldiers though.They might not be the best in the world, but they are the only unit in the Iraqi army that will fight and so rumor has it they have been made combat ineffective by the amount of casualties they have taken in the fight against ISIS. Supposedly, this is one of the reasons the advance has stalled since this video was taken.

In The News

Liberal churches are dying. But conservative churches are thriving. Take the labels with a large pinch of salt. But it is true that when people talk about the massive drop off in church attendance, they are really talking about the old (and now liberal) mainline churches. To be sure, the “growth” of conservative churches is not enough to off set this and so America is becoming a country that by and large does not go to church. But you have to remember that this article is appearing in the Washington Post. So for that readership, it is a revelation that there is no benefit for a church to be “liberal.”

Doggie in the Gay Bar: A Christmas “Tail”

A massive volcano is rumbling…right under one of Italy’s biggest cities: Report

U.S. Quietly Drops Bombshell: Wall Street Banks Have $2 Trillion European Exposure

Not In The News But Should Be

Our Unfortunate Annual Tradition: A Look At What Should Have Entered The Public Domain, But Didn’t. Stuff like this should get more press. Current copyright law is a mistake from just about any political perspective (Conservative, Liberal, whatever). The only ones behind it are the entertainment industry.

Entertainment of the Day

Nothing for today.

News for Today (1/3/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

About that bogus claim that North Carolina is no longer a democracy . . .

In The News

Former Employee Sues Google, Claims It Maintained an Internal Spy Network That Encouraged Workers to Snitch on Each Other

How big can a tsunami really get?

Schumer: I wish we hadn’t triggered ‘nuclear option’

Chicago Gun Violence So High It Is Skewing National Murder Figures

Not In The News But Should Be

The Failure of Public Schooling in One Chart

JC in transition

Entertainment of the Day

Nothing for today.

News for Today (1/2/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

Respect the paella: Rob Schneider’s culinary debacle was just the latest insult to this great Spanish dish. Just a reminder that these people are insane.

In The News

Ukraine Hates Its New Donated American Drones. The problems are being blamed on the fact that they are old and outdated. But drones are only useful against a technological competent foe if they don’t have to phone home. We have forgotten what it is like to fight people who are not goat herders.

How Did the Houthis Manage to Lob a Ballistic Missile at Mecca? I personally think that while the missiles were not supplied by Iran (being in country before the current conflict), they had to be the ones supplying the engineering to modify them to fly further. I don’t think that is something the Houthis could have manged on their own.

The New Middle Ages

Unexpected Risks Found In Editing Genes To Prevent Inherited Disorders

Archbishop who smuggled arms for Palestinian jihad killers dies in the Vatican

Mysterious Marijuana-Related Illness Popping Up In Emergency Rooms

The Golden Era of Hedge Funds Draws to a Close With Clients in Revolt. Left unstated is why the pensions funds were going to Hedge Funds in the first place. In this era of low returns, hedge funds were their last best hope to keep them solvent.

Not In The News But Should Be

Nothing for today

Entertainment of the Day

2016 Man of the Year: American Men