Saturday, May 28, 2016

May 28, 2016 -- A Quick Run Around the Web

"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.
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).
    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.
          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. ...
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            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.

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