Interesting Bits

02/24/2018 9:48

Lost In Hollywood Space

A reboot of "Lost in Space" is planned. Am not at all optimistic it will be a quality series. I'm still upset with the late Irvin Allan for screwing up the first "Lost in Space." As a Junior High student, and science fiction fan, I thought most of the episodes (after the first season) were awful, despisted Dr. Smith and wanted much more screen time for Marta Kristen. Who wants to look at Jonathan Harris when you could view Marta? I remember one or two passable plots from the show but everytime Harris came on I flicked the channel.

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02/24/2018 7:16

An Excellent Analysis by Jim Geraghty

For starters, isn’t it convenient that this is revealed the day after Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel appeared on a nationally televised CNN forum? At that embarrassing pep-rally of an event, the sheriff had the gall to turn his ire towards Dana Loesch, telling her, “You’re not standing up for [the children] until you say, ‘I want less weapons.’” It is not difficult to guess why the sheriff would want to refocus public anger on another figure.

In the eight days since the mass shooting, we’ve had a relentless, and often one-sided, national conversation about how to respond, focusing almost entirely on gun control. At the heart of that conversation is the contention that private ownership of guns is inherently dangerous, that armed citizens are basically ticking time bombs who can’t be trusted with firearms, and that in a safer and more just society, only the police would have guns.

Instead, the Parkland shooting is proving to be a colossal cascading failure of both local and federal law enforcement. We know the world has plenty of good cops and good FBI agents. But as American citizens, we never know when we’re going to roll snake-eyes and find that the threat in our midst was missed by cops and that they will not come quickly to our rescue. This is why we need the option to protect ourselves — a right which is in the Constitution.

What is the point of changing our laws if the police cannot rise to the challenge of enforcing them?

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02/24/2018 6:58

DACA student arrested in Upstate New York after threatening school shooting

 Rochester Police have arrested a 21-year-old student in the Rochester City School District after they said she made a credible threat against East High School.

 Rochester Police have arrested a 21-year-old student in the Rochester City School District after they said she made a credible threat against East High School.

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02/23/2018 4:29

But Isn't This Illegal...or at least Unethical?

Illustrating how government hides information from the American public, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch used a fake name to conduct official Department of Justice (DOJ) business in agency emails obtained by Judicial Watch. As the nation’s chief law enforcement officer Lynch, Barack Obama’s second attorney general, skirted public-records laws by using the alias Elizabeth Carlisle in emails she sent from her official DOJ account. In the records provided to Judicial Watch, the DOJ explains it as necessary to “protect her security and privacy and enable her to conduct Department business efficiently via email.”

This begs the question of how many other government officials use fake names and whether those aliases are searched when agencies process Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Besides Lynch, we have only discovered the use of such aliases among government operatives to conduct official business at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Obama’s EPA administrator, Lisa Jackson, famously used the alias Richard Windsor in a government email account to conduct official business and communicate with staff. Jackson even took required EPA computer training under the fake identity with the handle She eventually resigned over the scandal, which brought to light the agency’s violations of federal open-records laws.

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02/23/2018 9:07

Immigration and Poverty Capital

California used to be home to America's largest and most affluent middle class.  Today, it is America's poverty capital.  What went wrong?  In a word: immigration.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau's Official Poverty Measure, California's poverty rate hovers around 15 percent.  But this figure is misleading: the Census Bureau measures poverty relative to a uniform national standard, which doesn't account for differences in living costs between states – the cost of taxes, housing, and health care are higher in California than in Oklahoma, for example.  Accounting for these differences reveals that California's real poverty rate is 20.6 percent – the highest in America, and nearly twice the national average of 12.7 percent.

Likewise, income inequality in California is the second-highest in America, behind only New York.  In fact, if California were an independent country, it would be the 17th most unequal country on Earth, nestled comfortably between Honduras and Guatemala.  Mexico is slightly more egalitarian.  California is far more unequal than the "social democracies" it emulates: Canada is the 111th most unequal nation, while Norway is far down the list at number 153 (out of 176 countries).  In terms of income inequality, California has more in common with banana republics than other "social democracies."

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02/23/2018 6:51

Why are we teaching a robot to fight back against humans?

An amazing video of a robot dog fighting off a human as it tries to open a door is not only creepy, but it also has raised the question: Why are we teaching a robot to fight back against humans?

The "dog" in question is the SpotMini, a 66-lb. (30 kilograms) robot designed to fit comfortably in a home or an office. In the video, the dog is shown attempting to open a door—when a human comes with a hockey stick and shoves the robot's grasping arm away from the door knob. The robot manages to open the door anyway, and even continues standing when a human tries to pull "him" away from the door using a huge leash.

It turns out, any successful robot assistant for the home needs to be good at dealing with "disturbances," according to the company ­— and that may sometimes include pesky humans.

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02/23/2018 6:04

Americans Are More Satisfied With Their Country Than They Have Been In A Decade

Americans are more satisfied with the United States’ place in the world now than they have been in more than a decade, according to a new poll from Gallup — and that number has grown by more than 10% in the past year alone.  45% of Americans “are satisfied with the position of the United. States 

Gallup is quick to point out that only 29% of Americans think that President Donald Trump is “respected” by other nations and world leaders, but it’s clear that Americans don’t seem to believe that particular character trait is a negative one


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02/22/2018 4:51

Study: Red Wine Prevents Tooth Decay, Gum Disease

IT MAY STAIN YOUR teeth, but red wine contains chemicals that could also help prevent tooth decay and gum disease, according to a study published Wednesday in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

A team of researchers in Spain discovered that red wine contains polyphenol, a micronutrient that reduces the ability of bad bacteria known to cause dental plaque, cavities and gum disease to adhere to teeth and gums.


The study further links drinking red wine in moderation to multiple health benefits, including helping the heart, boosting good bacteria in the gut, lowering the risk of diabetes and increasing lifespan.


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02/22/2018 10:12

When Deportations Create More Jobs For Black Workers

Once ICE sent out those letters, hundreds of illegal aliens knew that their number was up and simply disappeared. The agency who was placing all of them wasn’t following the rules and placing illegals in jobs, so they need to be investigated also. But the owners went through a different agency which uses E-Verify and replaced all of those workers with citizens.

Remember those previous stories about black unemployment dropping over the past year? This is a largely black community so guess who was getting all of those jobs? And they’re making four dollars an hour more than the positions previously paid because of the supply and demand rules of the labor market. Would anyone care to tell me how this is “a bad thing” when hundreds of new jobs with very modest skill and education requirements open up for African-American workers at wages well above the minimum?

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02/22/2018 6:56

A Humiliation For NBC

In a major embarrassment for NBC, ABC's "World News Tonight" has beaten NBC "Nightly News" in total viewers during an Olympics week -- for the first time in more than 25 years.

NBC’s loss is unprecedented as the network paid nearly a billion dollars for U.S. broadcast rights to the 2018 Winter Games and typically sees a huge ratings bump for all its programs during the Olympics. This time, however, with NBC's Olympics coverage falling flat for many viewers and big news happening back home, NBC's flagship evening news program lost to ABC.

“That ABC is even challenging during the Olympics has to be a concern for the NBC brass,” Media analyst Jeffrey McCall told Fox News.

Last week, “World News Tonight with David Muir” averaged 9 million viewers, compared to 8.4 million total viewers for “Nightly News.” The last time ABC’s evening newscast beat NBC during the Olympics was back in August 1992 when “World News Tonight” prevailed during the second week of the summer games. 

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02/22/2018 6:50

Warren Neglected Harvard Native American Group As Faculty Member

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) was invited at least three times to speak with Native American students at Harvard Law School while she was a faculty member, but she never accepted, according to a former president of a Native American student group.

Dr. Gavin Clarkson, a citizen of the Choctaw Nation who received both a doctorate and a law degree from Harvard while Warren was a professor, says he "personally invited" her three times to visit with Harvard's Native American Law Student Association (NALSA), which he headed while attaining his dual degree. Warren, who had identified as a minority in law professor directories and was touted by Harvard as a Native American hire, never accepted his invites.

"I was on campus at Harvard for five years, from 1998 to 2003," Clarkson said. "Warren was identified in the AALS law teacher directory as an American Indian faculty member."

"Hi, we're the Native American students on campus and it would be nice to meet the only Native American professor on the faculty," was the message Clarkson was attempting to get across, but he says he was dismissed by Warren every time.

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02/22/2018 6:21

What do You Expect? It was CNN

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Colton Haab said he was approached by CNN to ask a question at Wednesday night's town hall but decided not to after the network gave him a "scripted question," quashing one he wrote himself. Haab, a member of the Junior ROTC shielded students while the school was under attack from the shooter, said he was going to ask about using veterans as armed security guards. (CNN response below.)

"CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions and it ended up being all scripted," Haab told WPLG-TV.

CNN aired a town hall on the Florida school shooting with Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) that included NRA's Dana Loesch and Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel that was moderated by Jake Tapper. Students and parents asked questions about gun control and school safety.

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George L. Duncan
George L. Duncan