27 May 2016

Republicans Still Dishonest

Descpicable, as usual.
"GOP Senator Says He Was Unmoved By Meeting With Merrick Garland Before Meeting Actually Happens; A Utah newspaper published an op-ed by Sen. Orrin Hatch saying the meeting hadn't changed his mind about Garland; There was just one problem": Cristian Farias and Sam Stein of The Huffington Post have this report today

And Lawrence Hurley of Reuters has a report headlined "Oops! Senator's article tells of phantom meeting with Obama nominee.
From here.

26 May 2016

Don't Be "That Girl", Buy Renter's Insurance


From here.

Alleged Bagel Terrorist Charged

Denver Police have named and arrested a suspect in the murder and arson at Rosenberg's Bagels. Previous coverage of the case can be found here.

In news of another case that was much colder, an individual has been charged and arrested and other suspects have been identified in the death, allegedly by murder for hire, of an FSU Law Professor Dan Markel, who was a law blogger, in Miami Beach in 2014.

DOD's IT Hardware Is Just Barely Post-Slide Rule

It is not reassuring that the U.S. military's nuclear weapons arsenal is controlled by computers with 1970s vintage eight inch floppy disks.
[T]he Pentagon is planning to replace its floppy systems -- which currently coordinate intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), nuclear bombers and tanker support aircraft -- by the end of 2017.

My children, who are just a few years younger than the soldiers using these antiquated computers have never even seen a computer using one.

Isn't the strategic nuclear force supposed to be one of the high technology parts of the U.S. military?

I thought it was bad when tanks and Stryker armored personnel carriers in the Iraq War had to rely on Microsoft Outlook and civilian cell phones to communicate with each other.  But, it turns out that this was actually rather sophisticated by Defense Department standards.