News for Today (2/23/17)

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How Left-Wing Media Overstates Number Of ‘Mass Shootings’ By Factor Of 10

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A.T.F. Filled Secret Bank Account With Millions From Shadowy Cigarette Sales

Update on lack of Chinese Residential Real Estate Buyers

Geert Wilders Follows the Trump Twitter Trail

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The Danger of Metastasis

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News for Today (2/22/17)

Bogus News Story Of The Day

Nothing for today, because I am sick of them.

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After 32,000 Years, an Ice Age Flower Blooms Again
. That is if you believe the Russians. I would like an outside opinion before I get to excited.

Why Polls Differ On Trump’s Popularity

Poll: Americans overwhelmingly oppose sanctuary cities

A rant offered for your amusement.

Non-Zionist Israelis Struggle Against New Draft Law

No One Can Figure Out What’s Behind a Mysterious Radiation Spike Across Europe. Nothing to get excited about as the article makes clear.

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The Life and Death of Wasil, the Taliban-Hunting Child Warrior. I am not sure how much of this story is true and how much of it is tall tale told to the credulous. But to a certain extent, it does not matter to me. Even the tall tales told to credulous Westerners are sometimes more informative then bland narratives told to us by people safe in their hotels and using press briefings as their primary source of material.

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12 Amazing Staircases Around the World

News for Today (2/21/17)

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Why has Trump been so slow to confront anti-Semitism? Several answers suggest themselves, none of them good. Every time I think they can’t surprise me, they do. My mouth dropped open when I saw Google headlines today full of stories about how Trump was too slow to condemn antisemitism. First the story is that he is giving his Jewish son-in-law too much of a say in government and then it is all how he is an anti-Semite. I wish they could at least keep their stories straight.

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Mercedes-Benz is letting 20 customers drive an electric semi truck for a year

Bird flu strain hitting China may be getting more infectious

Replenishing the Stocks: Russian deliveries of T-62Ms and BMP-1s reach Syria

Giant ‘Rivers in the Sky’ Are Causing Widespread Chaos in California

It’s Not Just ‘Strangelove’ —Today’s Bombers Rely on America’s Weakest Nuclear Links

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America’s New Mandarins. An old essay. But nobody paid attention to it at the time and so now we have Trump.

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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

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Schools in the US Are Beginning to Push Back Their Start Times

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News for Today (2/15/17)

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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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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)

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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

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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.

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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

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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)

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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?

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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.

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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

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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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