Consider that it is the progressive college administrators who back public policies that let them raise tuition costs to levels out of reach of the same poor whom they cynically claim to champion.
Pope Francis’ latest foray into politics on his Mexican visit includes his now familiar socialist screed of demanding “justice for undocumented migrants”. Delivering this message 90 yards from the US border to thousands of Mexicans (and “hundreds” of Latinos on the American side) castigates the United States and other western countries for seeking to stem the tide of thousands of illegal aliens seeking to live in more hospitable and economically fruitful lands. At the same time it exhorts the desperate from dysfunctional cultures to violate the borders of the more successful sovereign nation-states. Never mind that such open border policies have to date been a disaster for countries that today have firmly established enclaves of Muslim colonists unwilling to assimilate into the cultures of their host countries. The Pope’s political missive does nothing but strengthens America’s support for a Southern Wall. It may also serve as a litmus test to identify those who among us are for a fundamental transformation of what we still call America.
5D data storage – major breakthrough. Most readers know that digital data is eventually frangible. Storage devices degrade and data formats change over time. Now a UK university announces that it has developed a method to put data in 5-dimensional formats (x, y, z, color, size) onto/into “nanostructured” tiny glass discs that each hold 360TB of data. The glass is supposed to be stable for billions of years. I look forward to such drives being commercialized soon (more here). [H/T to Russ Steele for reminding me that my fingers added a sixth dimension which I automatically do when I type 'x, y, z, t'. I have corrected the error. And 'color' is the label often given to the polarization attribute.]
More evidence pours in weekly that a very plausible case can be made to support the proposition that Obama is the world’s most egregious practitioner of taqiyya.
FBI vs Apple on getting data from the San Berdoo raghead’s iPhone. FBI wants Apple to provide a ‘backdoor’ in their iOS so that law enforcement can scrape that phone as a one-off exercise. Apple and no one else on the planet believes that such an approach will be ‘one-off’ – the new backdoor will soon be known to all. Don’t know why the FBI doesn’t just give the phone to Apple to scrape its data, put it on a thumb drive, then return it and the iPhone to the FBI.
Hospice bills are helping bring Medicare to its knees with the expenses related to caring for slowly dying demented patients (more here). We in the west don’t have a culture that permits humane euthanizing an individual when all hope is lost and only expense and suffering remains for everyone concerned. How many of us have seen loved ones languish insentiently or in pain until the long delayed end finally brings resolution? I wonder if we could accept a legal process that would allow loved ones to make such a decision to end it sooner than later.
[22feb16 update] Well, about time. This morning on NPR there was an interview with a former counterintelligence officer who put in years with the CIA and NSA. To solve the current impasse between Apple and the FBI, he too suggested what I advocate above about just giving the phone to Apple and let them dig out the data and give that and the phone back to the FBI.
Bush2 painted by yellow journalism on CBS's 14feb16 '60 Minutes'. During their interview with CIA Director Brennan the show's producers displayed a photo of George W and Connie Rice in the Oval Office as Brennan described the intelligence and decision failures that occurred "a year to eighteen months before 9/11". Showing the photo had no place in the interview since Bush2 had been in office for less than nine months when Al Qaeda attacked. Yet that photo was broadcast the entire time that Brennan was talking about what occurred during the Clinton administration.