|"Disfiguring tropical bug spread across Syria after ISIS turn the streets into a filthy wasteland is now eating its way across the Middle East as millions flee terror"--Daily Mail.|
- "ATN BinoX HD DAY + NIGHT VISION Binoculars Review"--The Firearms Blog. These are a purely digital binoculars/camera/video camera--the image you see is projected on a display, and it uses a digital zoom. The night vision requires an infra-red emitter to see anything--it is not passive. Nevertheless, the reviewer thought it gave good performance out to 100 yards for the night vision aspect and up to 10x for magnification. Lots of photos at the link. MSRP is $479.
- "Hiroshima as Gun Control"--PJ Media. Richard Fernandez writes:
President Obama's speech at Hiroshima, widely criticized as an indirect apology for the A-bomb, is shown in the text of his speech to be something else. It is an interpretation of recent human history not as a contest between good versus evil, as the World War 2 generation saw it, but an indictment of poor global human governance. The tragedy of Hiroshima, Obama argues, lay in technology escaping regulation to an intolerable level.
- "China Is Executing To Plan: Foxconn Replaces 60,000 Workers With Robots"--Zero Hedge. From the article:
Spurred by the initiative and a desire to cut down on labor costs, Foxconn has reduced its workforce by a whopping 60,000 people thanks to the introduction of robots. Foxconn's headcount went from 110,000 down to 50,000 (adding to the mass layoffs that we have warned will cause further social unrest in China).
- "The landslide that forged a beauty spot: A mountain that collapsed in 20 seconds created Zion National Park 5,000 years ago"--Daily Mail.
- "SpaceX lands fourth booster after successful Falcon 9 launch"--Florida Today. Even though we never returned to the moon after the Apollo program, in many ways we live in a science-fiction world.
- Speaking of which .... "Chicago’s gun violence: Can an algorithm stop the bloodshed?"--Yahoo News.
Chicago police are using an algorithm to detect the likelihood that someone will become the perpetrator or victim of the stubbornly high gun violence that has plagued the city.
The Illinois Institute of Technology has developed software that weighs a variety of factors, such as a person’s arrest history, gang affiliation and social network, to decide whether someone will go on the Strategic Subject List (SSL). Each person is assigned a number from one to 500, with higher scores indicating greater danger.
“There’s about 1,400 individuals that are driving most of Chicago’s violence, and they score in the top numbers of the SSL,” Anthony Guglielmi, director of communications for the Chicago Police Department, said in an interview with Yahoo News.
According to police, it has proven remarkably accurate so far in 2016. The majority of people involved in the city’s violent crime have been on the list: over 70 percent of people arrested for murder, more than 80 percent of people arrested for shootings and more than 74 percent of shooting victims. Furthermore, over 60 percent of murder victims had an SSL score of more than 201.
- "First look at Navy's experimental railgun that can fire at 4,500 miles an hour"--Fox News. Now to put one in orbit.
- "Neandertals Built Cave Structures--and No One Knows Why"--Scientific American. "Neanderthals built one of the world’s oldest constructions—176,000-year-old semicircular walls of stalagmites in the bowels of a cave in southwest France. The walls are currently the best evidence that Neanderthals built substantial structures and ventured deep into caves, but researchers are wary of concluding much more."
- "What Lies Beneath?"--The American Thinker. The author discusses how much we don't know about our world and universe, with particular discussion on dark matter and dark energy, and Göbekli Tepe, an archaeological site in Turkey that is a temple complex that dates back to almost 10,000 B.C.
- "US May Have A Venezuelan Migrant Crime Wave Coming"--Anonymous Conservative. He notes that the embassy there is now handling record numbers of new visa applications: at current rates, the equivalent of 660,000 per year. And that is just people legally seeking to enter the United States.
- "Thirty five arrested in latest Trump rally violence: 1,000 Mexican flag and pinata-waving protesters march against GOP candidate and clash with police just 15 miles from the border"--Daily Mail. Protests in San Diego and Fresno. These follow two other violent protests earlier this week.
- Release the Kraken! "The 27-meter-long sea monster"--BBC-Earth. Giant squid could grow very large, indeed.
- "Women Are Now Cheating As Much As Men, But With Fewer Consequences"--New York Magazine. Cuckoldry on the rise. From the article: "'Women are more forgiven because it’s the struggle of being a certain type of powerful woman,' she says. 'You were a different person when you began the relationship. And he’s just not.'"
- A fish rots from the head: "Gay Until Labor Day: Stretching Female Sexuality in the Hamptons"--Observer. Lesbian affairs appear to be all the rage in upscale New York.
- "How Conservatives Should Respond To The Trump Riot"--by Andy Smarick at The Federalist. Smarick's article is mostly a lamentation at how so-called "conservatives" should react to Trumps ascendancy. I suspect that a lot of Trump's popularity with conservatives is that the old guard Republicans aren't really conservative--what have they conserved? Certainly, they have done a miserable job at conserving free markets and traditional mores. Notwithstanding, Smarick does not absolve the Republican party elites, either. He writes:
When Dr. Martin Luther King said, “A riot is the language of the unheard,” he captured generations of experience: When people feel powerless, they can act out violently and in ways inscrutable to others. ...* * *
Conservatives instinctively reply, “Show personal responsibility!” when social forces are blamed for individuals’ challenges. But the gumption of blue-collar workers can’t unwind the advantages the “creative class” enjoys in today’s economy. No amount of elbow grease will stop the national trend of “assortative mating,” marriage patterns that are consolidating wealth and power. A laid-off worker’s moxie can’t stop well-off families from cosseting themselves away in “Super-Zip” communities.
These forces have had a disproportionately adverse effect on Trump’s base of working-class males. In “The End of Men,” journalist Hanna Rosin lists some of the ripples. Parents now favor having girls over boys. Men suffered the vast majority of Great-Recession job losses. Women now occupy a majority of managerial and professional jobs and acquire most undergraduate and graduate degrees. Marriage rates are falling at least in part because a husband is seen by some as superfluous.
But what has continuously aggravated this sense of powerlessness is that the government has proven impotent or worse. The limits of state power have been on full display—the inability to prevent the financial crisis, police our borders, understand ISIS, or administer Obamacare. Just as 1970s leaders reigned over Vietnam, Watergate, stagflation, and a “crisis in confidence,” our era has suffered a “Decade of Mistakes by Experts.” But the unhumbled state’s appetite for power swells: growing budgets; expansive new proposals on climate change and preschool; and, perhaps most insidiously, a rapacious administrative apparatus.