Teaching a driverless car to turn left

Is it just me or is a “self-driving” car that needs human assistance for the “complex task” of turning left not really a self-driving car?


BART Takeover Robbery: 40 to 60 Teens Swarm Train, Hold Up Riders

The attack was so quick, police reported, that the teenagers were able to retreat from the station and vanish into the surrounding East Oakland neighborhood before BART officers could respond. The train was held for about 15 minutes as authorities interviewed victims and witnesses and tended to the injured.

Trost said police arrived at the station in less than 5 minutes, but that the robberies took place in just seconds.


The National Blues
April 28, 2017


These are people who have suffered their economic and social roles in life to be stolen from them. They do not work at things that matter. They have no prospects for a better life — and, anyway, the sheer notion of that has been reduced to absurd fantasies of Kardashian luxury, i.e. maximum comfort with no purpose other than to enable self-dramatization. And nothing dramatizes a desperate life like a drug habit. It concentrates the mind, as Samuel Johnson once remarked, like waiting to be hanged.

On display in the news reports about the mystery of the opioid epidemic is America’s neurotic reliance on supposedly scientific “studies.” Never before in history has a society studied so much and learned so little — which is what happens when you resort to scientizing things that are essentially matters of conduct. It rests on the fallacy that if you compile enough statistics about something, you can control it.


Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales launches Wikitribune, a large-scale attempt to combat fake news


Russian spy ship Liman sinks off Turkey after collision with freighter


North Korea: Why Trump Should Hold Kim’s Feet to the Fire


How to Build a National Defense We Can Afford
Intervening around the globe is doing far more harm to America’s national security than any other single factor.
By DANIEL L. DAVIS • April 26, 2017


Trump and the Thucydides Trap
By NOAH MILLMAN • April 24, 2017


The French Elections 2017 (Round One)


The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq

9 Replies to “04.27.2017”

  1. yeah, well, what do you expect from a bunch of Gerogia crackers? don’t dispare, we’ll get fusion going and we’ll survive by making food from CO2 plus water. we’ll have plenty of fusion-powered AC. and, we’ll make our sugar and protein from GMO recipes they’re working on right now on the island of Molokai in Hawaii. Go Monsanto! Go Trump!

  2. always my favorite quote. i’ve memorized these lines and repeat them to myself when i can’t sleep at night, which is often enough. i find it comforting. sometimes it helps, like counting sheep.

    actually, my favorite part of my favorite quote starts with, “out, out brief candle!…”

    Macbeth: To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day, To the last syllable of recorded time; And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player, That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, And then is heard no more. Tis’ a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing. [ Macbeth Act 5, scene 5, 19–28 ]

  3. my fav part: “Tis’ a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.”

    easy to say William Shakespeare was a genius, sans peer.

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