Wednesday, 18 July 2018
quote [ The California Supreme Court decided Wednesday to remove the three-state measure from ballot.
In a brief order, the court said it acted “because significant questions have been raised regarding the proposition’s validity and because we conclude that the potential harm in permitting the measure to remain on the ballot outweighs the potential harm in delaying the proposition to a future election.”
The court, meeting in closed session, also agreed to rule eventually on the measure’s constitutionality, a ruling that is likely to go against the initiative. ]
Adios you blatant attempt at large scale gerrymandering. Nice to see cooler heads prevailing on this.
Monday, 16 July 2018
quote [ According to the Down Detector, problems started right around 1500 Eastern Time, right when Amazon’s Prime Day deals were meant to start. In all likelihood, the problem is simply traffic: Amazon’s Prime Day was huge in terms of sales last year, and the event was anticipated to draw an even bigger virtual crowd this year. That kind of traffic can create huge demands on servers and network infrastructure, resulting in exactly the kind of slowdowns and failures we’re seeing now. ]
So - they got that going for them, which is nice.
Friday, 13 July 2018
quote [ Researchers at Caltech have built an artificial neural network made exclusively from manmade organic matter. One day, a more advanced version of the network could potentially diagnose diseases, make decisions, and even forge its own memories. For now, it is able to categorize handwritten numbers, as shown in a study published in the journal Nature. ]
Back home and getting over the jetlag - missed you all ya' sensible humans! Had a hell of a month - one trip out to Bangalore, and while literally in line to board the flight home, the boss asks me to stop over into Mumbai for a week :/
Good news, is that I am finally in a financial position to get out of this constant corporate grind.
Oh - I for one welcome our new test tube goo overlords (full in ext)
Monday, 9 July 2018
quote [ Republicans should probably stop going to restaurants: This past weekend, a crowd of protesters chased Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, out of a restaurant in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. McConnell and two other men were leaving Bristol Bar & Grille in downtown Louisville after lunch when a group of angry constituents began shouting, “Vote you out!” and “Go home!” ]
Had this happened in San Francisco, Seattle, or Portland it would be a standard "ho-hum liberal weenies, blah-blah-blah..." deal by the media, but the fact that it was in his own home town, by his constituents, should tell us that Americans seems to have crossed a marker and are really fed up.
Friday, 6 July 2018
quote [ Scott Pruitt has resigned as head of the EPA following numerous ethics scandals:
He announced the move in a long and slightly bizarre letter to President Trump, and the internet has been having a field day with the news. ]
The swamp just self-drained, just a little. Resignation letter in extended
Some of my favorite of the twitter takes -
"Scott Pruitt resigned and 3 poachers got eaten by lions. Today was a good day."
"This may be a controversial take but I’m not sure replacing Pruitt with a coal lobbyist is a huge upgrade"
"Breaking: Trump to name leaking barrel of pesticides to replace Scott Pruitt as head of EPA."
Thursday, 28 June 2018
quote [ Police have confirmed five people are dead and a gunman is in custody after a shooting in the Capital Gazette building in Annapolis.
The exact number of casualties remains unclear, but several are gravely injured, Anne Arundel County police said.
Only one suspect was involved, police said. ]
Must be Thursday in the good ol' USA
Friday, 22 June 2018
quote [ In a 5-4 decision on Friday the justices decided that police need warrants to gather phone location data as evidence for
trials. The Supreme Court reversed and remanded the Sixth Circuit court's decision.
Carpenter v. United States is the first case about phone location data that the Supreme Court has ruled on. That makes it a landmark decision regarding how law enforcement agencies can use technology as they build cases. The court heard arguments in the case on Nov. 29. ]
Full article in extended (you know the drill)
Friday, 15 June 2018
quote [ A judge on Friday sent longtime Republican political operator and businessman Paul Manafort to jail pending trial after a charge of witness tampering, the latest episode in a slow fall from grace of a man who was President Donald Trump's campaign chairman in 2016. ]
"Manafort has nothing to do with our campaign." -- Trump, today, referring to his 2016 presidential campaign manager.
I have to ask - is it just me, or has the crazo-nutbag-kookooferkokopuffs meter been turned up past 11 to 13.9 today?
Monday, 11 June 2018
quote [ In a 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court gave Ohio a victory Monday in a fight over the state's method for removing people from the voter rolls, a practice that civil rights groups said discourages minority turnout. At least a dozen other politically conservative states said they would adopt a similar practice if Ohio prevailed.
The Supreme Court got this one wrong. The right to vote is not 'use it or lose it,'" said Chris Carson, president of the League of Women Voters of the United States. "This decision will fuel the fire of voter suppressors across the country who want to make sure their chosen candidates win reelection, no matter what the voters say." ]
It was always all about SCOTUS in 2016.
Sunday, 10 June 2018
quote [ When things are looking bad, they don’t run, they adjust and adapt, probing for weaknesses in their foe. They suffer lopsided losses without breaking. This isn’t their first large-scale engagement. When you realize that, their eagerness to join the final battle becomes all the more amazing. They knew exactly what they were getting into, knew the impossible odds, looked at an entire Legion of the Emperor’s best troops, and said in one voice, “I’m your Huckleberry.” ]
I don't normally post blogs, but this is decent and insightful read. I heard the Ewoks were supposed to be Wookies (merch-purposes), but the idea was scrapped after they couldn't find tall enough actors to play them on the required scale. Didn't really try hard to hide this -- Ewok is a lazy anagram of Wookie.
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