News for Today (3/29/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

Nothing for today.

In The News

Six Reasons FCC Rules Aren’t Needed to Protect Privacy. Take it for what it is worth, but in general, I am not a fan of letting the FCC regulate these kinds of things. Next thing you know, they are telling bloggers what they can and can not do.

Facial recognition database used by FBI is out of control, House committee hears

How Utah Keeps the American Dream Alive. Statistics in the article are fun, but the bottom line is that the type of people in the state matter more then the politics.

This is actually better than our last few escalator mishaps: nobody’s dead yet.

Not In The News But Should Be

Massachusetts Prepares to Vacate Nearly 24,000 Tainted Drug Convictions

Entertainment of the Day

Wot I Think – Torment: Tides of Numenera (for series newcomers)

Torment: Tides Of Numenera (for Planescape veterans)

News for Today (3/28/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

I recommend reading this closely, looking for the weasel words: “Fact Check: Trump Misleads About The Times’s Reporting on Surveillance,” by Linda Qiu.

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‘Bro, I’m Going Rogue’: The Wall Street Informant Who Double-Crossed the FBI

A Norfolk doctor found a treatment for sepsis. Now he’s trying to get the ICU world to listen. I is skeptical, but I would like this to be investigated a little more even if only to debunk it.

Why American Farmers Are Hacking Their Tractors With Ukrainian Firmware

Not In The News But Should Be

Starving Yemen to Death. Mr. Larson has a strong political ax to grind that I find off putting. That said, if we had a real news media you would here more about Yemen at the very least. Even aside for humanitarian concerns, what is going on there has the possibility of effecting us all for years to come.

Entertainment of the Day

Spiders could theoretically eat every human on Earth in one year. This is a kinda of bogus story that is typical of the Washington Post. Still, it is a nice collection of “facts” to keep on hand for use on those with certain phobias.

News for Today (3/27/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

This one is a real blooper and I cannot let it pass by. These things are so common I get tired of calling them out but at least you can get amusement out of how shocked Tyler is that the New York Times would get it so wrong.

In The News

Mossad Reportedly Turned French Spies Into Double Agents After Joint Syria Op

Roadside bombs kill 10 Egyptian soldiers

India meat crackdown leaves butchers concerned

California Earthquakes: San Andreas Fault Could Cause Coast To Instantly Sink Below Sea Level

Not In The News But Should Be

The narrative that Russia — a country with an economy smaller than Italy — smaller than New York State’s — will take over the world is less compelling than than the alternative thesis: that the tide of chaos is rising across the planet.

Entertainment of the Day

Nothing for Today.

Let us try to get this thing up and running again

We will start off slow….

Three people are arrested after Trump supporters are doused with pepper spray as they clash with protesters during Make America Great Again march in Huntington Beach . I don’t like linking to the Daily Mail, but the pictures are worth it. It seems that the “anti-fascist” left has tried the same tactics to many times in a row. It is starting to produce a counter reaction where people are ready to pay them back in kind. I don’t think that is a good thing for the country as a whole, but it is to be expected.

An Unexpected New Lung Function Has Been Found – They Make Blood. An article on new science that actually may be worth the hype.

How Pakistan Is Planning to Fight a Nuclear War. Not a lot new here for those who have been keeping up. But how many people have been keeping up on this issue? If you have not been keeping up on this issue, the comment section might be even more educational then the article, if only to show where some peoples heads are at.

“Dig once” bill could bring fiber Internet to much of the US Seems like a common sense idea and rare example of bipartisanship that is actually good for the country. But as always, the devil is in the details. How do you decided (and how many reams of paper work does it take) who gets to pull cable? What if anything do they get to pay? What kind of constructions standards do you mandate for the pipes? That said, it does not seem like those problems should be insurmountable.

News for Today (3/20/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

Nothing for today.

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Wiping out crime: face-scanners placed in public toilet to tackle loo roll theft

Deadly, drug-resistant Candida yeast infection spreads in the US

Demonetisation Was Bad Economics But as an Act of Vigilantism it Served Modi Well Politically. Don’t know if I buy the explanation but I certainly find the whole situation puzzling.

Not In The News But Should Be

The Dangerous Precedent Set by Judicial Attacks on Trump’s Travel Ban

Entertainment of the Day

News for Today (3/18/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

Nothing for today.

In The News

Has OPEC Underestimated U.S. Shale Once Again?

Researchers prove the five second rule is real. Headline is bogus, research is just proving common sense.

German spy agency chief says does not believe Gulen behind Turkey coup attempt. Most common sense explanation for the coup attempt that I read.

Trump Says He Found Out He Was Being ‘Wiretapped’ After Reading New York Times Article

Donna Brazile finally admits she shared debate questions with Clinton campaign

Not In The News But Should Be

Charles Murray’s Attackers

Entertainment of the Day

I thought this was a cool amateur made video. I was disappointed to find out it was a game advertisement.

Friday Light Links

Judge issues search warrant for anyone who Googled a victim’s name

Key Democratic Officials Now Warning Base Not to Expect Evidence of Trump/Russia Collusion

South American group has the healthiest arteries ever seen. I think the writers of this article are making the same mistake that the Atkins diet crowd makes. It is not the diet that matters. It is this “While people living in cities are sedentary for more than half their waking hours, the Tsimane are inactive for only 10 per cent of the day.” The same things has already been noted for the Amish. Amish who are active all day long (farmers) and Amish who are not active all day long (shop keepers) have the same diets but wildly different health outcomes.

A Shocking Update in Florida “Citizens Police Academy” Shooting

News for Today (3/16/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

Nothing for today.

In The News

Researchers prove the five second rule is real

NY dropping teacher literacy test amid claims of racism

When I try to imagine my girlfriend’s face, I draw a blank. I think I have a mild version of this. I have great difficulty visualizing anything.

Right to Repair” Is About a Whole Lot More Than iPhones

Common Pain Meds Are Linked to a Higher Risk of Heart Problems. Not sure about this study. If you are using this much pain med, do you have another issue that increase your chance of heart attack? That said, there is no doubt you should not over do it.

Not In The News But Should Be

Some 2,500 Americans Have Died in Afghanistan and Iraq Under Obama

Entertainment of the Day

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News for Today (3/13/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

Trump Fires Preet Bharara and 45 Other US Attorneys, Media Hysteria Ensues. Look, everyone knows the hysteria over the firings are bogus. But I wanted to highlight them because the Preet Bharara really sticks in my craw. He should be in jail because of this but most people seem to have forgotten it. The story only dates back to 2015 but I guess nobody can remember that far back.

In The News

Oil settles a tad lower after sliding to 3-month lows

Dutch Election Upended as Turkey Dispute Seen Aiding Wilders More detail here.

Radioactive Boars in Fukushima Thwart Residents’ Plans to Return Home

What It’s Like to Serve Inside the Sinaloa Cartel

Not In The News But Should Be

Overdoses In W.Va. Drain Fund For Burials

Entertainment of the Day

Nothing for today.

News for Today (3/12/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

Shut Up About Daylight Saving Time, It’s Actually Great. This article is bogus for many reasons. But even if you took the studies it cites at face value (there are problems with them in reality) the article is self refuting. The money quote “In fact, studies actually estimate that we could save about 366 more lives per year if we extended DST all year round.”

In The News

TSA Warns Local Police About Its New Airport Pat-Downs

Ancient technique can dramatically improve memory, research suggests

Inside the Green Berets’ Hunt for Wanted Warlord Joseph Kony

Not In The News But Should Be

The Problem of Success. The fall of the house of Saudi is one of closest things to certainty that we have in this world. And odds are pretty good that it will not be pretty.

Entertainment of the Day

How to Clear a Path Through 60 Feet of Snow, Japanese Style