The tone deafness of the above sentence was really jarring to me. Technically the above link is for an opinion column so I should not be calling it a bogus news story. But its complete tone deafness exemplifies the reason that people in the New York Times don’t get the political trends that are sweeping the western world. France has double the unemployment of the US and a very high youth unemployment rate (around 25%). But the author says that those things can’t be the main problem because France is such a cool place to live. And it is if your are wealthy or upper middle class who have good jobs. But those are not the people fueling the anger he is trying to understand.
All right wing news for today. Except I guess for the Bloomberg article but even that is just admitting that the sudden concern on the part of liberals for congressional authority has no liberal legal theory to support it.
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.
Flights From Syrian Base Fell Sharply After U.S. Strike. I don’t know what I am more tired of, the pro-war crowd acting like this was some great thing or the anti-war crowd buying every thing the Russians say. Most of you probably don’t read much of the anti-war crowd so you most likely don’t know what I am talking about. If I can ever find a somewhat verifiable account of the Russia side of the story I will link to it. But mostly the Russians seem stuck on saying things that are provably not true and thus give the pro-war crowd a chance to write articles like the above.
The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI. All I could think when reading this story that is doing its best to scare you is when is the technology going to come to computer games?
Police as Oppressors: the Filipino Case. To a certain extent, I don’t think it is fair to pick on the police. As is pointed out in the comments, the resistance almost exclusively came from the rural areas. Still, if you take it as a broader point about human nature it is dead on.
The Living Dead. I admire the various different ways this guy took to try to prove he was not dead. Not sure they all would have occurred to me.
U.S. Cruise Missiles Struck Syrian Base With Impressive Precision. Not sure I would call it impressive. Posting this mostly because I posted a more cynical take yesterday. It is true that if they performed as bad as the Russians say it should be easy for them to produce the evidence. So I am guessing the Russians are not telling the truth. At million dollars a pop I expect them to hit their targets, I am just not sure the targets were worth hitting even in the narrow military sense.
A Liberal Talking Point Put to Rest. The partisan headline aside, it was interesting to note (and a little bit scary) that America really is becoming more divided by geography.