Friday, May 26, 2017

Way to Be Stupid #AnthonyAguirreJuniorHigh: Gives the "Most Likely to Become a Terrorist" Award to a 13 Year Old

This is not funny in any context at all.
Seventh-grader Lizeth Villanueva has been in her school’s academic honors program for two years. She gets good grades and has never been a discipline problem. Yet on Tuesday, her teacher gave her a “most likely to become a terrorist” award.
It was supposed to be a joke, part of a mock end-of-the-year awards ceremony at Anthony Aguirre Junior High in Channelview, Tex., near Houston, where a group of teachers hand certificates to students. Lizeth, 13, said her teacher “just laughed” when she signed and handed her the certificate, just one day after the Manchester arena terrorist attack in Britain.
These teachers were supposed to be teaching an honors program? This wouldn't be funny even on Colbert if they gave this so-called "award" to Sean Spicer or someone. Hell, there would probably be huge backlash. And they added insult to injury by doing it one day after 22 people were killed by a terrorist. I would have tore it up in front of the laughing teacher and thrown it in her face. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Well #Leakers to the @nytimes Might Have Finally Gone too Far by Publishing Bloody Bomb Fragments from Manchester Attack

Well I think the leakers have finally bitten off more they can chew.
On Wednesday, the New York Times outraged British police and government officials when it published photos appearing to show debris from the attack.
They included bloodstained fragments from the bomb and the backpack used to conceal it.
Greater Manchester Police were said to be "furious" and said they would stop sharing information with the US.
Its chief constable Ian Hopkins said the leak undermined the investigation and had distressed families "already suffering terribly with their loss".
Nothing like publishing a picture of murder weapon of 22 people for no particular reason. All it does is make things difficult for the Manchester Police Department. What makes it worse is the bomb fragment is streaked with blood so it makes things even more lurid and horrible. Is that the victims blood or the homicide bomber? The so-called Grey Lady "Paper of Record" is a joke.

#FreedomCaucus Leader Mark Meadows Cries about Pre-existing Conditions: Um Cover them No Questions Asked Moron

This is the kind of thing that I hate about the stiff-necked "Freedom" Caucus in Congress.
The report said people with preexisting conditions in states that could accept a waiver under an AHCA provision could see their premiums skyrocket and even be priced out of the insurance market.
Byrd reported that Meadows was "surprised" when he was shown the section and he became "emotional" and "choked back tears" talking about his father's and sister's battles with cancer. 
Yes if they beat cancer they might never been able to get insurance again under a bill this guy just voted for. Hell, they actually embarrassed the President to vote for that garbage bill. And it is all to save some filthy lucre for insurance companies and to maybe cut rates by a few bucks.

Hopefully, the Senate bill will force them to cover pre-existing conditions with no waivers or opt-outs or other nonsense. Just say that this was one of the good things of Obamacare and move forward. I don't mind paying more for insurance so that if Rep. Meadows father and sister actually beat cancer (which is a high probability with CAR-T and cancer immunotherapy) they would have been able to buy insurance again. Cover them no questions asked.

iPhone Saves Manchester Bombing Victims Life: @Apple Give her a New One and Ask her to Be in a Commercial

Now that is one tough phone.
Lisa Bridgett, 45, was talking on her phone after the Ariana Grande concert when the blast sent a steel nut hurtling toward her head, according to The Telegraph.
The nut tore off her finger but deflected off her phone and cut through her cheek and lodged in her nose, according to her hubby, Steve.
If not for that phone that steel nut would have probably killed her dead. I think Apple needs to give her an iPhone 8 and maybe ask her to be in a commercial. Their device pretty much saved her life so its kind of an interesting metaphor for technology over hate.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Dems go on Fishing Expedition looking for Trump Loans at Deutsche Bank

Here we go again. The Dems looking for anything at all to hit Trump with.
In a letter Tuesday to Deutsche U.S. CEO John Cryan, five legislators ask for results from internal reviews the bank conducted on matters relating to Russia. One involves the "mirror trading" scandal for which Deutsche already has paid $630 million in fines, the other being personal accounts for Trump family members at the bank.
The letter from members of the House Financial Services Committee seeks more transparency on the trading scandal and information on "whether loans Deutsche Bank made to President Trump were guaranteed by the Russian Government, or were in any way connected to Russia."
So they are asking for more information on something DB already paid a fine over as well as bank statements for Trump family members with the absence of a crime? That is what I call Congressional Overreach and should show what a Dem Congress could be in 2018. They will just waste everyone's time and try to pull these kinds of stunts. This is a hilarious statement as well:
Though the letter is posted on the committee's website, it does not appear to have bipartisan support, nor is it clear whether the committee could compel Deutsche to provide the information.
Yeah, I wonder what law allows Congress to get banking records of an American citizen when they haven't even committed a crime? This is fishing at its best. 

Wait Who Leaked This? Trump talking to Duterte about Nuclear Subs.

I think they need some plumbers to stop this kind of thing walking off because it is getting worse and worse.
The report was based on a Philippine transcript of the call that was circulated on Tuesday under a "confidential" cover sheet by the Americas division of the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs.
In a show of force, the United States has sent the nuclear-powered USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier to waters off the Korean peninsula, where it joined the USS Michigan, a nuclear submarine that docked in South Korea in late April.

Isn't relaying troop movements of something secret like a Boomer Sub an act of sedition? I mean you cannot hide an aircraft carrier but a sub is supposed to be silent and secret. Also you figure that the President talking to another world leader shouldn't get the New York Times since it could endanger national security. But anything to take down Trump is fair game.  

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Alien Megastructure Star KIC 8462852 Dims Again: My Money on Alien Travel Season

I think someone is going to visit a nearby solar system for vacation this year.
Late last week, astronomers around the world prepared to work through the weekend observing one of the most enigmatic stars known to humanity: KIC 8462852, better known as Tabby's Star, Boyajian's Star or the "alien megastructures star." Amateur and pro star watchers trained telescopes on the star some 1,400 light-years away, and now we're able to get an early look at those observations and take a few tiny, tentative steps toward solving the mystery of this very weird star.
I mean you need a lot of power in order to send alien ships to another solar system so that would explain the dimming. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

American Bar Association Sends Letter saying Saudi Arms Deal is Illegal but Didn't Send one to Obama?

Ah here we go with the whats bad for Trump didn't effect Obama.
Obama approved a record-breaking $115 billion in arms sales to the Saudis during his time in office, but the country’s leaders frequently claimed he abandoned them because of his nuclear diplomacy with Iran and reluctance to strongly intervene in Syria. Trump is expected to speak of the military deal as a sign of a renewed commitment to the longtime U.S. partner ― even though he often criticized the Saudis on the campaign trail.
The Obama Saudi arms deal was approved in Sept 2016. The Saudi's have been bombing in Yemen since 2015. Its the same Saudis bombing the same Yemeni rebels in 2017. Where was the human rights arm of the Bar Association in Sept 2016? Oh if Obama is doing it then its quite legal or whatever. Case-in-point verson of a double standard.

The Press Hates Donald Trump: Now Harvard gives Us the Hard Numbers

Yeah, their hate might be unprecedented.
Of the total news stories examined, 41 percent focused on Trump, which was triple the coverage for previous presidents for the same period
And of that group, the tone was resoundingly negative — 80 percent of all stories, to be exact. That would be just shy of double the first 100 days of Barack Obama and significantly more than George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
This was before firing Comey. I bet we are moving into the 90% or more territory now.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wait did LaVar Ball Just Threaten Female Reporter Kristine Leahy?

Wow, this sounds pretty serious.
“They wouldn’t want to work with you anyway, because you don’t respect women,” Leahy said.
“She’s after you today,” Cowherd said.
“Oh, I don’t respect women? But I’m the one who’s married. I’m good,” Ball said. “She can say what she want. She’s trying to — I never disrespect women. But I tell you what: if you act like that, guess what? Something’s coming to you. And it’s OK.”
I guess something's coming to you could mean a lot of things.  But it doesn't sound like something good. In any case this LaVar Ball thing is getting out of hand. I think it might be hurting the brand more than it might be helping.

Thanks @realDonaldTrump: His Comey Stupidity is Dropping the Market 300 Points

Well, here is the market weighing in on this whole Trump mess of the last few days.
Wednesday’s drop in markets comes after Tuesday evening saw the second damaging story for President Donald Trump in as many days.
The New York Times reported Tuesday evening that Trump asked former FBI director James Comey to to end an inquiry into ties former national security advisor Michael Flynn had to Russia.
And this report came just a day after The Washington Post reported Trump revealed “highly classified” information to Russia’s foreign minister.
Trump telling Comey to end the investigation then firing him a few months later might not be actual obstruction of justice since it really didn't change the investigation. I mean Comey himself wasn't doing the investigation but people at the FBI were. I guess you can argue that it puts a chill into them but they shouldn't really fear Trump if they are honest people. 

One thing it did do is remove a very well liked head of the FBI and the "Deep State" is now getting revenge on Trump by "weaponizing the media." All of these leaks can be lies made from whole cloth but by the time they are refuted they have already done their damage.

Wait Breast Milk Might Cure Cancer? Something called alpha-lactalbumin in It Kills Cancer Cells

Now this is an interesting bit of accidental science.
The accidental discovery of the effects of a breast milk compound, nicknamed “Hamlet” by scientists, could mean a more effective and targeted way to kill cancerous tumor cells.
Researchers from the University of Lunt in Sweden have revealed some positive results after studying the effects Hamlet has on bladder cancer patients. In the early trials, those injected with the compound began to shed dead tumor cells through their urine within days.
“There’s something magical about Hamlet’s ability to target tumor cells and kill them,” Dr. Catharina Svanborg told the Daily Mail.
But the discovery came completely by accident while the team was researching antibiotics.
The breast milk contained something called alpha-lactalbumin which kills cancer cells. I wonder if that compound can be used for other types of cancer. Bladder cancer is no joke so if something can be used to kill it we might have something very good on our hands.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

#Alexa Just added a Feature that Might Get Me to Buy It: It Reads Notifications Now

Hmm, this would be super useful.
Alexa is the first to get this sort of functionality, and it's one that Siri and Google Assistant still lack. Owners of the Amazon Echo will soon be able to walk in the front door and ask it to read out any notifications from various third parties, such as the latest headlines from The Washington Post or weather threats from AccuWeather. (Imagine if you could just place your iPhone or Android phone on the counter and ask it to do the same.)
I would set it up to query ETrade so I would be able to have it tell me if my stocks were up or down when I wake up. Even if all it says is "Your stocks are green today" I would like it. Or have it say "The Price of Oil is $47 a barrel or something like that." It would also be nice to have it read stories about my stocks as well.

Then I would set for the "News of the Day." Kind of like a talk radio setup without the endless commercials and such. It would be nice to curate stories as well so I would avoid those WaPo headlines mentioned in the article above.

Instagram Copies Snapchats Selfie Filters: I Would Hate to be Long @SNAP

It seems Facebook is gunning for them in the worst way.
Today Instagram Stories adds a more subtle and mature but error-prone copycat of Snapchat’s beloved augmented reality selfie filters. The eight initial “face filters,” as Instagram calls them, work exactly like Snapchat, and let you add virtual koala ears, nerd glasses, a butterfly crown or wrinkle-smooth makeup to yourself and friends in photos or videos.
For every Snapchat flower crown or Dog ears there will be a Butterfly Crown or Koala Ears. Pretty much everything Snapchat can do Instagram will copy. More of the cannibalizing effect in the world of tech.