News for Today (4/23/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

How Chobani’s Hamdi Ulukaya Is Winning America’s Culture War. Maybe I should not put this in the bogus category. I don’t dislike the guy and I don’t know that any of the facts in the article are wrong. But I know it that politics and hating brown skin are not the whole story about people who don’t like this guy. Bottom line: You look up the definition of hagiographical portrait of someone and there is a link to this article.

That said, it is true that nobody else was likely to get that factory in upstate New York up and running again. But I think it is clear that he is not fool enough to do that again (and I don’t mean that as a criticism of him so much as a criticism of New York State.

In The News

The trees that make Southern California shady and green are dying. Fast.

107 cancer papers retracted due to peer review fraud

Laser Vision: Special Operations Command Prepares to Test Airborne Directed Energy Weapon

Not In The News But Should Be

Nothing for today.

Entertainment of the Day

News for Today (4/20/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

Nothing for today

In The News

Medieval medical books could hold the recipe for new antibiotics

South Indian frog oozes molecule that inexplicably decimates flu viruses

Extremists on Left and Right Push France to the Brink

Not In The News But Should Be

This kind of reminder of how commanders of day were looking at things is sadly lacking in today’s historical education.

Entertainment of the Day

Nothing for today.

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.

Friday News

All the large chunks of oak tree are off the lawn and waiting to be split. In other less important news….

The Blood of the Crab

‘They Taught Us How To Decapitate a Person’

The U.S. Dropped a MOAB in Afghanistan and You’ll Never Believe What Happened Next! The amount of bad news stories about this bomb drop from both right wing and left wing sources is staggering. I never would have guessed that such a routine bomb drop would become such big news. Granted, it is probably not a good thing that the US is dropping ordnance all over the globe without it getting reported on, but the amount of misinformation by ignorant regarding this particular ordnance drop is staggering. Anyway, the link above will at least give you accurate numbers to put the bomb in context with other bombs and explosives the US drops all the time. Maybe some other day when I am not so tired I will link to a good over view of the military reasons that the US military sometimes uses MOABs.

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

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

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