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

An Empire In Decline

 

04.08.2017

Leaving Leninism and anti-Leninism aside, the first thing for the historian to re-establish is the obvious fact, which nobody in the 1890s would have denied, that the division of the globe had an economic dimension. To demonstrate this is not to explain everything about the imperialism of the period. Economic development is not a sort of ventriloquist with the rest of history as its dummy. For that matter, even the most single-minded businessman pursuing profit into, say, the South African gold- and diamond-mines, can never be treated exclusively as a money-making machine. He was not immune to the political, emotional, ideological, patriotic or even racial appeals which were so patently associated with imperial expansion. Nevertheless, if an economic connection can be established between the tendencies of economic development in the capitalist core of the globe at this time and its expansion into the periphery, it becomes much less plausible to put the full weight of explanation on motives for imperialism which have no intrinsic connection with the penetration and conquest of the non-western world. And even those which appear to have, such as the strategic calculations of rival powers, must be analysed while bearing the economic dimension in mind. Even today politics in the Middle East, which are far from explicable on simple economic grounds, cannot be realistically discussed without considering oil.

-Eric Hobsbawm
p.61-2
Chapter 3 – “The Age of Empire”
The Age of Empire: 1875-1914 (1987)

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Eric Hobsbawm

The Age of Revolution: 1789-1848 – by Eric Hobsbawm (1962)

Industry and Empire: The Birth of the Industrial Revolution – by Eric Hobsbawm (1968)

The Age of Capital: 1848-1875  – by Eric Hobsbawm (1975)

The Age of Empire: 1875-1914  – by Eric Hobsbawm (1987)

The Age of Extremes: A History of the World, 1914-1991  – by Eric Hobsbawm (1994)

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Conspiracy with and Without Conspirators
KAREL VAN WOLFEREN • APRIL 5, 2017 • 3,600 WORDS

There’s a simple economic reason why the United Airlines incident happened — and why it will probably happen again

First off, it is clear that even as airlines have increased the amount of flights being offered, the demand has been rising to meet that supply.

Bespoke pointed out that the total number of available airline miles have surged since 2008, while capacity — basically how full the flights are — has remained steady. This indicates, at the minimum, sufficient demand for the increased air miles.

“Scheduled airline seat miles have been rising steadily since 2014, while load factors (basically, the percentage of seats filled) have been steady near 85% for domestic flights,” said the note.

A Multi-Level Analysis of the US Cruise Missile Attack on Syria and Its Consequences
THE SAKER • APRIL 11, 2017 • 6,900 WORDS

Book Review: Twilight’s Last Gleaming by J.M. Greer
THE SAKER • APRIL 7, 2017 • 1,000 WORDS

Death on the Prescription Plan
The ‘White Plague’ of the 21st Century
JAMES PETRAS • APRIL 6, 2017 • 3,900 WORDS