Small Reminders of the Rest of the World.

A quote from one of the more formative books of my teenage reading….

At the conclusion of the conference, a tribute to Comrade Stalin was called for. Of course, everyone stood up (just as everyone had leaped to his feet during the conference at every mention of his name). … For three minutes, four minutes, five minutes, the stormy applause, rising to an ovation, continued. But palms were getting sore and raised arms were already aching. … However, who would dare to be the first to stop? … After all, NKVD men were standing in the hall applauding and watching to see who would quit first! And in the obscure, small hall, unknown to the leader, the applause went on – six, seven, eight minutes! … They couldn’t stop now till they collapsed with heart attacks! …

The director of the local paper factory, an independent and strong-minded man, stood with the presidium. Aware of all the falsity and all the impossibility of the situation, he still kept on applauding! Nine minutes! Ten! In anguish he watched the secretary of the District Party Committee, but the latter dared not stop. Insanity! To the last man! With make-believe enthusiasm on their faces, looking at each other with faint hope, the district leaders were just going to go on and on applauding till they fell where they stood, till they were carried out of the hall on stretchers! Then, after eleven minutes, the director of the paper factory assumed a businesslike expression and sat down in his seat. And, oh, a miracle took place! Where had the universal, uninhibited, indescribable enthusiasm gone? To a man, everyone else stopped dead and sat down. They had been saved!
… That same night the factory director was arrested. They easily pasted ten years on him on the pretext of something quite different. But after he had signed Form 206, the final document of the interrogation, his interrogator reminded him: “Don’t ever be the first to stop applauding.” — Alexander Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago

I had to quote that just to provided context for this short clip. Apparently, Stalin was kind enough to solve the problem.

India finding it hard to end love affair with cash

Jakarta’s Christian governor gets two-year sentence for blasphemy

Ecuador’s Alleged ‘Pablo Escobar’ Went From Boatman to Drug Lord

North Korea denounces China, claims it has ‘protected’ Beijing

News for Today (4/22/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

Nothing for today.

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The Ugly Unethical Underside of Silicon Valley

NYU grad student goes undercover in Chinese iPhone factory and it ain’t pretty

‘Shattered,’ a campaign tell-all fueled by anonymous sources, outlines a generational political disaster

UK weather: Snow and storms to strike Britain with low temperatures lasting for weeks

How a Handwritten Note Gave Erdogan an Uncheckable Election Win

Not In The News But Should Be

Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria. Should be in the news because most people don’t realize how messed up our copyright laws are. Don’t get me wrong, I think the purposed class action settlement was seriously flawed. But the root of the problem is the changes in copyright law brought about by Disney.

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News for Today (3/19/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

An Urgent Plea to the International Community to Protect Mosul and its Residents. I feel for the dude as supposedly he really is in the city. But this demonstrates the problems with feeling and not thinking. If you think instead of feel, there is nothing worthwhile about this post, particularly as he was crying all along for ISIS to be driven out of Mosul. Regardless of their morals, the Iraqi Army has only three choices. They can leave ISIS alone and not bother them, they can starve them out (the safest way, but every civilian trapped with them will starve along with them), or they can come into where they are fortified and blast them out. None of those options is a good option for the people in the city. They lose no mater which one gets chosen.

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Wages rise on California farms. Americans still don’t want the job

Many College Football Players Lack Vitamin D: Study

Israel Bombed Damascus 

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American Carnage

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Nothing for today.

News for Today (2/20/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

Nothing for today.

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New Evidence Suggests We Could Be Wrong About Why People Are Left- or Right-Handed

U.S. Air Force deploys WC-135 nuclear sniffer aircraft to UK as spike of radioactive Iodine levels is detected in Europe

Germany’s Energy Mistakes Are Hurting Its Neighbors Too

Sixth Circuit Reverses IRS, Tax Court: ‘Citizens Can’t Comply With Tax Laws They Can’t See’z

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A Comparative Guide to Russia’s Use of Force: Measure Twice, Invade Once

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News for Today (2/19/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

Trump cites (fake) attack in Sweden. This weeks bogus story is another flat out lie about what Trump said. If you look at the linked story, it is at least honest enough to quote Trump. Nowhere in the quote does Trump say that a terrorist attack happened in Sweden. I think part of the problem is that newspaper reporters are so much in their bubble that longstanding talking points from conservatives about high rape rates driven by emigrants in Sweden has never entered their ears.

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Releasing water at Oroville Dam a lingering problem

China bans all coal imports from North Korea amid growing tensions

Le Pen Lures French Farmers Angered by Worst Crisis in Decades

From bad to worse’: Greece hurtles towards a final reckoning

Hawaii Dem Argues Doctors Should be Able to Prescribe Housing to Cure Homelessness

Who wants more coal company pollution in water streams?

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Why Is Asia Returning to Coal?

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News for Today (2/18/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

Nothing for today.

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Report: Photos appear to show cartel members readying for war in post-‘El Chapo’ power struggle So many of them carry radios. I wonder how hard it is to take advantage of that? Or what kind of power they have that they are not worrying about government forces taking advantage of that.

Emmanuel Macron loses lead in French election polls after remarks on colonial Algeria and gay marriage spark outrage

Murder rates in 50 American cities

Vitamin D ‘proved to cut risk of colds and flu’

When the earth liquifies.

Storm to dump heavy rain and snow on U.S. West

Pharma industry shuns Trump push for radical shift at FDA

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In 2009, I helped sketch out a marketing campaign for an internet personality and blogger named Tucker Max. With a very limited advertising budget available for the independent movie he had written and produced, we had few options for getting the word out.

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News for Today (2/14/17)

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The Empire Strikes Back. This is the type of historical stuff being put on on conservative media. The part that makes this article bogus is all the blame on the “Deep State.” But nobody stuck a gun to Trump’s head and made him accept Flynn’s resignation. Nobody who wants to make Flynn out to be martyr seems to be paying attention to his own words where he says…..

Unfortunately, because of the fast pace of events, I inadvertently briefed the Vice President Elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian Ambassador. I have sincerely apologized to the President and the Vice President, and they have accepted my apology.

I don’t think it takes a rocket scientist to figure out what this means.

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For the First Time, Wind on the Plains Supplied More Than Half Region’s Power

The Disruptive Career of Michael Flynn, Trump’s National-Security Adviser. Old, but a useful reminder of the man’s reputation.

Conflict Over Trump Forces Out an Opinion Editor at The Wall Street Journal

Xiao’s eight female bodyguards, in this case, offered no meaningful protection.

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More Coptic Christians Murdered the Past Two Months Than Admitted as Refugees During Obama’s Presidency

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Old school urban warfare tactics. I don’t thing modern guys could move as fast. Too burden down with equipment.

News for Today (2/12/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

Sidney Blumenthal taken in by Fred Trump campaign ads that appear to be fake

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France’s Bumbling Search for a Candidate to Stop Le Pen.

Here is the thing, it currently seems that Emmanuel Macron is now the front runner to stop Le Penn. Here is a quote from Wikipedia about this young man.

Macron is married to Brigitte Trogneux, who is 24 years his senior, and was his former teacher in La Providence high school, Amiens. The pair first met when he was a student in her class, aged 15, but were only officially a couple once he was 18 years of age.

His parents initially attempted to split the couple by sending him away to Paris to finish the final year of his schooling, as they felt his youth made this relationship inappropriate, but the couple stayed together after he graduated, and were married in 2007.

The couple lives with Trogneux’s three children from her previous marriage.

I don’t know how it is in France, but in America his now wife would be considered guilty of statutory rape.

Iran and Russia Are Apparently Fighting Each Other in Syria

Military Pilot Retention Too Low

Experiment Reaffirms Quantum Weirdness
CIA files reveal how US used psychics to spy on Iran

Prof. Michael McConnell: ‘A flawed restraining of a flawed order’

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A Truth So Glaring Even Vox Can See It

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Everything sucked about the first game this guy did except for the story. But the story was so good I slogged most of the way through it anyway. If the Game play is a little more bearable and the story is half as good, I am sure I will play this one all the way through.