World View: Series of Giant Hornet Attacks in China Kill 41, Injure Thousands
This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com
- Series of giant hornet attacks in China kill 41, injure thousands
- Libyans attack Russian embassy to avenge attack by Russian woman
- President Obama 'jawbones' the stock market down
- Obamacare web sites keep crashing because they're too popular?
Series of giant hornet attacks in China kill 41, injure thousands
The Asian giant hornet or Vespa mandarinia
A series of freak hornet attacks that began in July in northwest
China's Shaanxi Province have injured 1,640 people, 42 of them
fatally. The cause for the attacks is not known, but one expert
attributed the trend to local vegetation growth, which has increased
the area populated by hornets, and two months of continuous hot
weather, which has made the insects more active. Xinhua and National Post
Libyans attack Russian embassy to avenge attack by Russian woman
Russia has evacuated its diplomats from Libya on Thursday, sending
them next door to Tunisia, after a group of about 60 people on
Wednesday tried to force their way into the compound of Russia's
embassy in Tripoli. The perpetrators are believed to be relatives and
friends of a Libyan officer who was murdered by a Russian woman a day
before the attack, according to Russia's Foreign Ministry. No
Russians were injured, and two attackers were killed. Moscow Times and Tripoli Post
President Obama 'jawbones' the stock market down
Presidents always like to "jawbone" the stock market up, such as when
President Herbert Hoover said, in the middle of the 1930s financial
crisis, "Prosperity is just around the corner" and "Now is the
time to buy." But President Barack Obama is trying the
opposite strategy in the current financial crisis. An interview
with CNBC went like this:
JOHN HARWOOD: You mentioned calm. Wall Street's been
pretty calm about this [the shutdown]. The reaction I would say,
generally speaking, has been, "Washington fighting, Washington
posturing, yaddah, yaddah, yaddah." Is that the right way for
them to look at it?
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: No, I think this time's different. I think
they should be concerned.
President Obama went on to explain that if he negotiated with the
Republicans now, then he'd be setting a precedent, and he'd have to
negotiate with the Republicans in the future -- "[W]e'd have to go
through it again six months from now and six months after that."
Real Clear Politics
Obamacare web sites keep crashing because they're too popular?
There have been numerous stories of Obamacare insurance exchange web
sites repeatedly crashing, ever since they opened on Tuesday.
Obamacare officials are saying that they're crashing because they're
too popular. For example, California officials claimed that the
state's web site got 5 million hits on Tuesday, causing it to crash.
As someone who's been a software engineer for several decades, I can
tell you that story is fishy. There are lots of web sites, like
Amazon.com for example, that handle many hits gracefully. And these
people have had three years to implement the Obamacare web sites.
What I believe happened, since I've seen it several times in my own
experience, is that some college graduates who implemented web sites
as homework assignments in computer programming courses, were put in
charge of implementing the Obamacare web sites. I can assure you,
Dear Reader, that that's a recipe for disaster.
And now it turns out that California's web site didn't get 5 million
hits on Tuesday after all. The corrected total: 645,000 hits.
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