Saturday, July 16, 2016

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Very short, read it all.
In January, Fox News reported that the FBI’s probe of Hillary e-mails had “expanded” to determine if any “intersection” of Clinton Foundation work and State Department business while she was its secretary violated corruption laws.
Charles Gasparino, writing in The Post, also cited law-enforcement sources saying the FBI was on the case.
Voters ought to know if the Democrats’ presumptive nominee for president is under investigation for that matter — and where such a probe stands.
Remember, Peter Schweizer’s book about the corruption, “Clinton Cash,” by itself contains enough to keep armies of prosecutors and FBI gumshoes busy.

If You Can't Win on Facts ...

use the government's power to repress.
Climate models “increasingly are unnecessary,” says the climate researcher, because the manifestations of climate change are “playing out in real time.” Would these be the same climate models used by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which have been consistently wrong? 
Mr. Mann, who has sued a number of his critics for defamation, this spring acknowledged the early 2000 “warming slowdown.” He now says that climate change is obvious in hurricanes, flooding and droughts in different parts of the United States. 
But just last year the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies reported that the nine-year reduction in Category 3 hurricanes, starting in 2006, beat the previous record of eight years in 1861-68. Wouldn't that suggest that temperature patterns are cyclical rather than influenced by human activity?

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Stupid Is As Stupid Says

Set aside for the moment the question of whether this kind of political speechifying is appropriate for a solemn memorial service, and just focus on the assertion itself: “It’s easier for a teenager to get his hands on a Glock than a computer…or even a book.”
Is there anyone in America, other than its commander-in-chief, who believes for a second that this even remotely approximates the truth? It’s not just false. It’s laughably false.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Revisiting the Rodney King incident

One response is what he calls “survival euphoria” — the feeling of euphoria experienced after a life-or-death event, like an intense firefight. “It’s the body’s natural response: I’m alive. It’s the satisfaction of hitting the target like you’ve been trained to do under the stress of combat. You stopped a deadly threat. You saved your own life. You saved other lives. It’s okay to feel really good about it.”

Remember those sick radio calls the cops made after the King beating?  This is what they were under the influence of - target fixation and survival euphoria.  To an outsider it would look like rage or callous indifference.  

Friday, July 8, 2016

I Never Expected It Would Be This Damning

Clinton either sent or received 110 emails in 52 chains containing material that was classified at the time. Eight of these chains contained information that was top secret. A few of the classified emails were so marked, contrary to Clinton's assertion that there were none.
These were stored on a home server that was even less secure than a normal Gmail account. Her communications were quite possibly compromised by hostile powers, thus jeopardizing American national security.
"An unclassified system was no place for that conversation," said Comey of the classified emails. A rather kind euphemism, using the passive voice. In plainer, more direct language: It is imprudent, improper and indeed illegal to be conducting such business on an unsecured private server.

Can Islam Defend Itself?

But I am also outraged. And in that anger, I find a glimmer of hope, a promise of a better future to come, though not without great pain, suffering and sacrifice first. What do Dhaka and Baghdad really have in common, except that radical groups have exploited years of failed governance, religious extremism and economic stagnation to establish a foothold?
Because the extremists don't see anything but us -- mainstream Islam -- and them. 
They've picked their sides, and they have their vision. Can the incomparably greater number of Muslims in the world who are so rightly horrified today come together with their own vision -- which includes stamping out the extremists who seem to hate Islam, and Muslims, and the Prophet Mohammed, more than anyone else? 
The Muslim world will have to work together in ways that seem hard to imagine right now. It's true that, right now, we don't have the institutions, the leaders, the visions, to make this happen. But we will have them. Because there is no opting out. The contest is existential.

Monday, July 4, 2016

All Kinds of Creepy

Amid the current din over assault weapons and body armor, consider one domestic organization’s fearsome arsenal of military-style equipment.
In the space of eight years, the group amassed a stockpile of pistols, shotguns, and semiautomatic rifles, along with ample supplies of ammunition, liquid explosives, gun scopes, and suppressors. In its cache as well are night-vision goggles, gas cannons, plus armored vests, drones, and surveillance equipment. Between 2006 and 2014, this organization spent nearly $4.8 million to arm itself. Yet its aggressive weapons buildup has drawn almost no public attention. 
Does all this firepower belong to a jihadist terror cell? A right-wing hate group? A vicious urban gang?

None of the above. It is the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, an agency of the US Department of Agriculture, that has built up such a formidable collection of munitions. And far from being an outlier, it is one of dozens of federal agencies that spends lavishly on guns, ammunition, and military-style equipment.