04.27.2017

04.27.2017

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
CLUSTERFUCK NATION – BLOG
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
EAMONN FINGLETON • APRIL 16, 2017 • 1,000 WORDS

 

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)
ANATOLY KARLIN • APRIL 22, 2017 • 1,200 WORDS

 

The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq

Drill Time

09.27.2016

Murders up 10.8% in biggest percentage increase since 1971, FBI data shows
Rising violence in 2015 driven by increase in murders of black men and gun crime, as experts brace for political ‘hysteria’ amid 2016 election

Trauma Programming
-James Howard Kunstler

Is Charlotte Our Future?
By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN • September 27, 2016

Of Monsters and Black Lives
Everything ultimately depends on the availability of victims and the priority that society places on them.
By PHILIP JENKINS • September 26, 2016

…and then this delusion:

Police Violence: American Epidemic, American Consent

In other news, there might be something actually important-

Oil Producers Tap Brewing Demand From China’s ‘Teapots’
Independent refiners in China have emerged as perhaps the most important force in oil markets today

How Did We End Up With Such Unpopular Candidates?
They are us.
By PETER VAN BUREN • September 27, 2016

By all accounts an intelligent, committed feminist coming out of law school, she quickly fell into the classic 1950s TV role of dependent spouse—a first lady, first of Arkansas when Bill was governor, and of course again in the White House. Sure, she was given health care to mess around with during Bill’s first term, but when the issue crashed and burned, she was reassigned to make safe speeches calling for more rights for women and girls. Safe in that she was allowed to pound the pulpit for those ideals in enemy territory like China, but not in countries like Saudi Arabia.