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:
The president effectively declared war against the House Freedom Caucus, a powerful group of hard-line conservative Republicans who blocked the health-care bill, threatening to “fight them” and Democrats in the 2018 elections. Trump's threat comes as Republican leaders are bracing for a month of potential GOP infighting over spending priorities.
[.....] Researchers have already used technology to begin to understand what they’re up against. Earlier this month, a team of computer scientists from Stanford University and Cornell University wrote about how they used machine-learning algorithms to forecast whether a person was likely to start trolling. Using their algorithm to analyze a person’s mood and the context of the discussion they were in, the researchers got it right 80 percent of the time.
In 2014, Mr. Stockman walked out of Mr. Obama’s State of the Union address in protest. He invited Missouri rodeo clowns who mocked Mr. Obama in a controversial skit to perform in his district. He also sold Obama “barf bags” as a campaign fund-raiser. And in 2013, he took the conservative rocker Ted Nugent, no fan of Mr. Obama, to the president’s State of the Union address as his guest.
When he says "run America like a business", this is the only type he & Kushner know. Why else would foreigners "invest" in "too crooked to succeed" businesses? When a 50% haircut is acceptable, these are more than Desperate Housewives.
Trump/GOP: Letting Internet Service Providers record, track and sell every click and every site you visit on the internet will "more relevant advertisements and innovative business models". ISP's can also sell your complete internet history to any company anywhere to pad their bottom line. Your privacy up for sale. No "opt out". You can turn off trackers, you can delete cookies, you cannot turn off an ISP's tracking and sale of your every click.
Masha Gessen: A student asked me the other day whether I approved of exaggerating for a good cause. The topic had apparently been discussed at an environmental forum, and the question was, essentially, “Does saving the climate justify lying?” Wouldn’t it be a good idea to use an impressive, if not necessarily factually correct, message to counteract the mind-numbing cacophony of the Trump administration, which drowns out more reasoned speech?
At the kind of journalism conferences I attend, Aron Pilhofer, who had key roles in the digital operations of the New York Times and the Guardian in recent years, has been asking a very good question. What if news organizations optimized every part of the operation for trust?Not for speed, traffic, profits, headlines or prizes… but for trust. What would that even look like?
Sad to see Hillary's $30 billion plan for retraining and reviving a region killed by an ugly misleading soundbite. Well, they got their coal champion. Make Appalachia Great Again, I presume - just like killing Obamacare - it'll all be so easy. In any case, China's ending its coal love affair and natural gas combined with the rise of renewables means it's going nowhere domestically, no matter how many presidential orders Trump signs. I hope those Appalachians are wielding pitchforks next time he visits - the just might have a point or two to take up.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is coming under fire from conservatives amid a simmering behind-the-scenes fight over how far to take President Donald Trump's push to undo his predecessor's climate change agenda.
In discussions with the White House over the executive order Trump is scheduled to sign on Tuesday, Pruitt successfully argued against including language revoking the agency's 2009 “endangerment finding," according to two sources close to the issue.
Yates and another witness at the planned hearing, former CIA director John Brennan, had made clear to government officials by Thursday that their testimony to the committee probably would contradict some statements that White House officials had made, according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The following day, when Yates’s lawyer sent a letter to the White House indicating that she still wanted to testify, the hearing was canceled.