Recently, it came to my attention that a fellow nerd has gone to the trouble of calculating some statistics behind MegaShark's dramatically captured attack on an airplane. Here's a small version of his info-graphic (I encourage you to visit the blog itself as it has additional details):
I'm hoping to start a fairly regular set of postings on Quantum Mechanics and/or other weird science that fascinates me. However, if there's no interest (after all, it's outside the normal scope of all things dagblog), I'll drop it. With that in mind, I thought I'd start with an overview of Quantum Mechanics, talk about how it's really weird, and give my interpretation of it, all without delving into math or jargon. Well, I'll try to at least save any such delving for the comments section.
For those who find QM confusing, I offer up these quotes:
Ignoring targeted voter suppression really is one of the scandals. Argument: "Why didn't you win? 97% of your voters were allowed to vote"
Other takeaways are the overreliance on TV ads still, and this:
When presidential candidate Donald Trump says, ” You know we are going to take back our country. Yes, we absolutely are going to take back our country, believe that,” he is having a racial conversation. Our response to that conversation can’t be, “We are going to raise your minimum wage.”
The gun was fired in the United States. The bullet stopped 60 feet away in Mexico — tragically, in the head of a 15-year-old boy named Sergio Adrián Hernández Güereca.
Border patrol agent Jesus Mesa Jr. pulled the trigger that day six years ago in the wide concrete culvert that separates El Paso from Juarez, Mexico. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will consider whether the Constitution gives Hernández’s parents the right to sue Mesa in American courts for killing their son.
For 10 years, he laid cables for service companies doing seismic testing in the search for the next big gusher. Then, powerful computer hardware and software replaced cables with wireless data collection, and he lost his job. He found new work connecting pipes on rigs, but lost that job, too, when plunging oil prices in 2015 forced the driller he worked for to replace rig hands with cheaper, more reliable automated tools.“I don’t see a future,” Mr. Velazquez, 44, said. “Pretty soon every rig will have one worker and a robot.”
Donald Trump rode into the White House on a promise that he’d be a strong leader who could run the government with the efficiency of a CEO.
The reality has been much different.
Management experts view Trump’s tumultuous style as unlikely to produce the type of helpful internal debate that can solve difficult problems. And the president’s impulsiveness and reliance on his own gut reactions don’t appear to have any real check within the system he’s created.
Given the limitations of a newspaper column, It's hard to imagine a clearer or more comprehensive explanation of our current modernist predicament - one that we have been confronting for several centuries now.
Dostoyevsky grasped the conflict . . . during a visit to Paris . . . [he] caustically concluded that "liberte" was just for millionaires, "egalite" did not exist for the poor in French justice and "fraternite" was a joke in an atomized, isolationist society.
What the removal of Flynn as the national-security adviser reveals about Donald Trump’s White House.
Paragraph after paragraph after paragraph of gobsmacking stuff; the mind reels trying to go from one paragraph to the next. Way more bizarro than Dr. Strangelove. As difficult as it is to read, it quickly rocketed to #1 on their "most popular" list of articles.
The Pakistani army on Friday arrested or killed dozens of suspected militants and launched artillery rounds at targets in neighboring Afghanistan a day after a suicide bombing at a Sufi shrine killed at least 88 people.
Residents in Pakistan’s Khyber tribal district said security forces fired barrages into Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, where militants loyal to Islamic State have often found sanctuary.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has reassigned a majority of the staff meant to work most closely with the top US diplomat in what career officials at the State Department fear is the start of a major reorganization.
Cambridge Analytica touted its ability to target voters through psychological profiling — a service for which Trump’s presidential campaign paid millions of dollars. Now, its parent company is pitching its services to the Pentagon and other national security agencies.