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-Short Attention Span Theater-
World is angry and stressed, Gallup report says
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/30/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "More than 540 million records about Facebook users were publicly exposed on Amazon's cloud computing service" - that should stress a few....er millions.

File under self inflicted wound.
Posted by: P2kontheroad || 04/30/2019 6:44 Comments || Top||

#2  But with every class action lawyer's favorite angle: Organizations with deep pockets.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 04/30/2019 10:00 Comments || Top||

#3  I suspect by the end of Trumps second term Facebook will be gone or barely recognizable and Twitter will be gone.

I imagine meta tags for posts so that folks can select to not see political posts, and possibly even have a tag on right or left so folks can only see posts that won't offend them would be the easiest and quickest fix to Facebooks problems. That and they need to stop data mining or the gov will shred them and nobody will defend them.
Posted by: rschwarz || 04/30/2019 10:00 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Kamala Harris: We Need to Raise Taxes on the Middle Class and Force Workers Into Unions
[Townhall] Appearing at a forum hosted by a left-wing political organization and a Democrat-aligned labor union, California Senator and presidential candidate Kamala Harris insisted that the 2017 tax reform law must be repealed in its entirety. Just in case there was any ambiguity on this point, she repeated her position for a second time. Via the Washington Post's Dave Weigel:
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/30/2019 06:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ah yes, the Dark Ages. Because a system of guilds and incredibly high taxes and inestimable corruption are great for people. I mean, don't get me wrong, they were great for people like her (at the very top of the food chain), at least if they are willing to forgo creature comforts like jets and toilets, but how freaking brain dead are the people cheering for these evil creatures?
Posted by: Vernal Hatrack2366 || 04/30/2019 7:41 Comments || Top||

#2  I guess she found out her poll numbers are falling faster than a fat dog off a cliff. Throwing anything out there in desperation in the hope it sticks.
Posted by: DarthVader || 04/30/2019 9:20 Comments || Top||

#3  They were not happy at AARP when I used their business class prepaid mailer to send them a letter that said I don't have any intention of joing a union for people who don't work anymore...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 04/30/2019 9:55 Comments || Top||

#4  Middle class union workers didn't vote democrat in the last election. This sort of talk won't help.
Posted by: rschwarz || 04/30/2019 10:01 Comments || Top||

#5  She wants more people to be forced into unions so they can be forced to contribute to the Democrat Party in the form of union dues. Outrageous union demands are another good reason for businesses to move their manufacturing overseas. Unions are the biggest job killers in the country. But then, all those former workers will be dependent of the The Party.

It's for sure, you gotta be pretty freaking brain dead to support a candidate like Camel Toe.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 04/30/2019 10:42 Comments || Top||

#6  It's for sure, you gotta be pretty freaking brain dead to support a candidate like Camel Toe.

Unless she's giving you a hummer!
Posted by: Willie Brown || 04/30/2019 15:08 Comments || Top||

#7  Do these loonies really think this will get them elected????
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 04/30/2019 15:58 Comments || Top||

#8  Do these loonies really think this will get them elected????

They would like it if it went that way. If it doesn't, that's just proof to them that the majority of the electorate needs to be replaced.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 04/30/2019 17:27 Comments || Top||

#9  Union PAC $
Posted by: Frank G || 04/30/2019 20:05 Comments || Top||


Now we know for sure that Trump is the better man
[American Thinker] Those of us who live in solid Democrat strongholds amid single-minded leftists will know what it is like to attempt a civil conversation about President Trump. This is especially true if one encounters those true-blue Dems in the wealthiest areas of California, N.Y., and D.C. Because they are wealthy, successful, often educated at one of the prestige colleges, they know, with every fiber of their being, that they are smarter, wiser, and better than any of us lowly, deplorable Trump-supporters.

If they are Jewish, and you ask them if they appreciate Trump's support of Israel, they will look at you, roll their eyes as if you were even more verklempt than they thought. They hate Trump more than they love Israel. If you ask them if they are bothered by the open acceptance of anti-Semitism by the Democratic Party, they will shrug at the lunacy of your question and say something like "anti-Semitism has always been with us." They will deny to their death its escalation across the world at this moment in time, despite the obvious overt escalation and implicit approval of and by the global left. Their identities since the 2016 election are defined by their opposition to Trump. They have sold their souls because their candidate lost the election.

Ask them if they are not pleased with his phenomenal success regarding the economy. Are not the economic developments under Trump great for them, their 401(k)s, their stock portfolios? Have not his foreign policy maneuvers been successful? Are we not immeasurably better off overall than under Obama? Again, they will regard your question with disgust and disdain. As many others have observed, they hate the president more than they love this country, this country that made their privilege, wealth, and safety possible.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/30/2019 00:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under:

#1  verklempt

"I'm a little verklempt," sez Mike Myers,
Addressing a cock and some fryers,
"And yet, we must eat,
And your meat can't be beat..."
But he cries as the first one expires!
Posted by: Squinty Gromble5531 || 04/30/2019 2:37 Comments || Top||

#2  Just look them straight in the eye and tell them that the 'orange man' is the last thing standing between them and the guillotine.
Posted by: P2kontheroad || 04/30/2019 6:37 Comments || Top||


Victor Davis Hanson - The Case for Trump (lengthy video)
Historian-author-pundit Victor Davis Hanson, author of The Case for Trump, opened the Freedom Center's annual West Coast Retreat at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes (April 5-7, 2019) with a wide-ranging and stirring keynote address.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/30/2019 00:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6481 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Got the long-form good stuff there, does TJ, and lots of it.

A technical Hindoo of Hingham
Who used engineer's blue on his thingumabob
When he'd screw
Caused a frightful to-do,
Quite empurpling the place with his lingam.
Posted by: Wheack Snore5384 || 04/30/2019 23:55 Comments || Top||


Science & Technology
The New Revolution in Military Affairs - War's Sci-Fi Future
[Foreign Affairs] In 1898, a Polish banker and self-taught military expert named Jan Bloch published The Future of War, the culmination of his long obsession with the impact of modern technology on warfare. Bloch foresaw with stunning prescience how smokeless gunpowder, improved rifles, and other emerging technologies would overturn contemporary thinking about the character and conduct of war. (Bloch also got one major thing wrong: he thought the sheer carnage of modern combat would be so horrific that war would "become impossible.")

What Bloch anticipated has come to be known as a "revolution in military affairs"‐the emergence of technologies so disruptive that they overtake existing military concepts and capabilities and necessitate a rethinking of how, with what, and by whom war is waged. Such a revolution is unfolding today. Artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, ubiquitous sensors, advanced manufacturing, and quantum science will transform warfare as radically as the technologies that consumed Bloch. And yet the U.S. government’s thinking about how to employ these new technologies is not keeping pace with their development.

This is especially troubling because Washington has been voicing the same need for change, and failing to deliver it, ever since officials at the U.S. Department of Defense first warned of a coming "military-technical revolution," in 1992. That purported revolution had its origins in what Soviet military planners termed "the reconnaissance-strike complex" in the 1980s, and since then, it has been called "network-centric warfare" during the 1990s, "transformation" by U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in these pages in 2002, and "the third offset strategy" by Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work in 2014. But the basic idea has remained the same: emerging technologies will enable new battle networks of sensors and shooters to rapidly accelerate the process of detecting, targeting, and striking threats, what the military calls the "kill chain."

Posted by: Besoeker || 04/30/2019 05:50 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Someone someplace someday might actually stumble on what 'war' is. Nasty, destructive, unemotional devastation of the enemy and its roots. Something to be avoid if possible. However, if not possible, done to the end as quickly and unforgiving as possible without any consideration to 'feelings' or humanity.
Posted by: P2kontheroad || 04/30/2019 6:34 Comments || Top||

#2  Technology teaches tactics in often gruesome ways.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 04/30/2019 10:38 Comments || Top||

#3  Just give this guy Baltar all the codes.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 04/30/2019 12:38 Comments || Top||

#4  So how do you explain how disruptive the low tech suicide bomber, boom mobile, and random jihadis are to the modern warfare TO?

I believe it goes two ways, as the formal organized militaries become more technologically advanced in their ability to conduct operations, the low tech/very low tech suicide bomber, random terrorist acts will become more effective.

Seems to me technology seems to miss the low tech threats and creates tactical blind spots in the field command. The dependence upon technology reduces the ability of the commanders' to anticipate low tech/asymmetrical warfare.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 04/30/2019 16:05 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Culture Wars
Charlottesville Judge Rules Confederate Statues Are Protected War Monuments
[Breitbart] A judge has ruled that statues of Confederate generals in Charlottesville, Virginia, are protected by state law ‐ which will likely halt any local efforts to remove the monuments, according to reports on the opinion released Tuesday afternoon.
Graphic depicts Confederate memorial at Middleburg, VA.
Local CBS affiliate WCAV reports that Charlottesville Circuit Judge Richard Moore defies the recent phenomenon of city councils, schools, and other governing bodies removing historical markers to address modern residents who are offended by what they perceive as endorsements of slavery and white supremacy.

The judge wrote that he would likely overturn any civil judgment that called for the removal of the statues:

In his nine page ruling, Moore cites the fact that both Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson are depicted in their military uniforms and on horses associated with their time in the Civil War.

"I believe that defendants have confused or conflated 1) what the statues are with 2) the intentions or motivations of some involved in erecting them, or the impact that they might have on some people and how they might make some people feel," Moore writes. "But that does not change what they are."

Moore finds the issue to be so clear-cut that "if the matter went to trial on this issue and a jury were to decide that they are not monuments or memorials to veterans of the civil war, I would have to set such verdict aside as unreasonable..."
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/30/2019 16:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6479 views] Top|| File under:

#1  which will likely halt any local efforts to remove the monuments,

...I'm dubious as to whether or not that will halt those whose feelings transcend mere law.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 04/30/2019 21:07 Comments || Top||



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  Gunmen kill pastor, worshippers in Burkina Faso church
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