Saturday, August 31, 2019

NYC bicyclists are killing pedestrians and the city won't stop it

Since 2011, bicyclists have injured more than 2,250 pedestrians — including at least seven who died — according to stats from the city Department of Transportation and published reports.

via nypost.com

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Former Canadian prime minister roots for Dorian to hit Mar-a-Lago

“I’m rooting for a direct hit on Mar a Lago!” Campbell, who served as the 19th Canadian prime minister for less than five months in 1993, tweeted on Thursday.

via nypost.com

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Children grow body hair from alleged drug mix-up in Spain | KTUL

MADRID (AP) — Parents of babies and toddlers in Spain who have developed abnormal body hair plan to sue a pharmaceutical company that put a treatment for hair loss into packages meant for addressing acid reflux and other conditions.

via ktul.com

I'll use this as an example in class if I can.

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The Latest: Government takes step to dismantle agreement | KVOA.com

PHOENIX (AP) – The U.S. government took a major step Friday to end a decades-old agreement governing the conditions and length of time in which immigrant children can be held.

Government attorneys have filed a notice requesting that a federal judge dissolve what’s widely known as the Flores settlement agreement.

First signed in 1997, the agreement limits how long children can be in detention to generally 20 days while also spelling out conditions. Prior to the agreement, for example, immigrant youths who traveled to the U.S. without a parent were detained with adults of the opposite sex.

The Flores agreement has been a focal point of President Donald Trump’s calls to reduce immigration. His administration says it’s a loophole that encourages families to migrate north.

via kvoa.com

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Follow the money if the PLA kills the Hong Kong protesters

I do not know what is the smart move to ultimately have China turn into a Chinese version of freedom and non-belligerence, but President Trump has unleashed an economic war plan that could lead to a tectonic shift in the leadership model of the People’s Republic of China and what they choose to do in Hong Kong will be a global seismic event.

It is very simple: many in China see that very successful leaders and their families have become extremely wealthy, essentially economic leaches, while preaching and enforcing communism for all others. So much for benefits of Communist equality.  And like Li’s family, they also have explored moving money out of China.

The horrific lesson learned from Tiananmen is that if the PLA/People Armed Police do make a move, I suspect it will be swift and brutal. If history is a guide they will kill the kids, kill the medical teams, kill the relatives identifying the victims, and then burn the bodies and claim minor or no casualties using every denial and deception trick in their book.

via www.americanthinker.com

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Friday, August 30, 2019

Michael Mann "Hockey Stick" Update: Now Definitively Established To Be Fraud — Manhattan Contrarian

Anyway, the bottom line is that, after eight long years, Mann’s lawsuit against Ball has been dismissed “with prejudice” — meaning that he has no right to reinstitute the case. Also, the court has said that it will award at least some “costs” to Ball, although the amount has not yet been determined. Presumably, written opinions and a final judgment will follow, and I will update this post with links to those if and when I receive them. I would expect some triumphant claims of vindication from Ball and his supporters. In light of the court’s decision, Mann will be severely constrained in what he can do in response. Hey — why not produce your data and methods?

Will any of this embarrass or rein in the likes of the IPCC, the AAAS, or any of the many mainstream climate-hoax-promoting outlets that continue to publish Mann’s screeds? (Examples: New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post). Don't bet on it. As of today, I can’t even find any coverage of the court result in any “mainstream” outlet.

via www.manhattancontrarian.com

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Possible Detection of a Black Hole So Big It ‘Should Not Exist’ | Quanta Magazine

Black hole physicists have been excitedly discussing reports that the LIGO and Virgo gravitational-wave detectors recently picked up the signal of an unexpectedly enormous black hole, one with a mass that was thought to be physically impossible.

via www.quantamagazine.org

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Crackdown in Hong Kong as three leading democracy activists arrested

Just how far China will go to shut down these demonstrations is not yet known. However, Reuters reports that Beijing rejected any negotiation with protesters early on when the demonstrations might have been contained. Chief executive Carrie Lam told her bosses that withdrawing the extradition bill along with four other reforms demanded by the protesters would resolve the situation, but Beijing refused to bend on any of them:

via hotair.com

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Stay inside at dusk and dawn to avoid bites from EEE mosquitoes, state officials warn | Daily Mail Online

Officials in New Jersey, Michigan and Massachusetts are advising people to cancel end-of-summer picnic dinners and stay indoors at dusk and dawn to stay safe from EEE-carrying mosquitoes. 

EEE - Eastern equine encephalitis - is a virus carried by the insects which causes severe brain swelling and is deadly in 30 percent of cases.  

via www.dailymail.co.uk

I was helpfully informed, many years ago, that the last faculty member who had lived in the small ex-urb I had chosen to live in had died unexpectedly of equine encephalitis, though presumably of the Western rather than Eastern variety.

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AI-powered cameras become new tool against mass shootings

Paul Hildreth peered at a display of dozens of images from security cameras surveying his Atlanta school district and settled on one showing a woman in a bright yellow shirt walking a hallway.

A mouse click instructed the artificial intelligence-equipped system to find other images of the woman, and it immediately stitched them into a video narrative of where she was currently, where she had been and where she was going.

There was no threat, but Hildreth’s demonstration showed what’s possible with AI-powered cameras. If a gunman were in one of his schools, the cameras could quickly identify the shooter’s location and movements, allowing police to end the threat as soon as possible, said Hildreth, emergency operations coordinator for the Fulton County School District.

via apnews.com

It won't be long until these cameras can track everyone as they move about in public. What they observe could be fed into algorithms that will decide, e.g., if you're working hard enough and how that should effect your credit rating or your priority for various social goods. Spending too much time at the market, or not enough? Experian (or whoever) will hear about it and react. But this might be paranoid. One possibility is to live in the sticks, as I hope to do. Another is privacy regulation, which we're going to need it seems.

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