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Latest world power to have a top-secret drone program: Google

There was some pretty wild talk coming out of Amazon a while back about using unmanned aerial vehicles to deliver packages.  It turns out Google wants to play too, and is already has a drone test program well under way.  The existence of this top-secret program was officially announced on Thursday.  From USA Today: Aug 29, 2014 9:32 AM PT

Fort Hood shooter wants to join ISIS

Awww, look who's got a new pen pal!  None other than Major Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood shooter, who is inexplicably still capable of such activities as sending letters, and breathing.  The world's most infamous perpetrator of "workplace violence" wants to join ISIS, as Fox News reported after getting a copy of Hasan's letter to ISIS mastermind Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.   Aug 28, 2014 9:04 PM PT

Another victory for the Heckler's Veto

The Heckler's Veto is becoming one of the preferred instruments of cultural control and speech suppression in America.  It's fairly easy to pull off: you just have to convince the authorities - college administrators, the police, the hosts of a speaking event, etc. - that you'll respond with violence to speech you disfavor, leading the authorities to conclude that suppressing the speech is the easiest way to avoid trouble.   Aug 28, 2014 10:56 AM PT

Bummer of the summer: HBO's "The Leftovers"

Aficionados of horror fiction must occasionally deal with the inherent flaw of the genre: a horror film or book can succeed so well at being frightening, disturbing, or repulsive that it fails as entertainment.  The audience response is, "Wow, that sure was scary as hell, and incredibly unsettling... so why did I just watch it?  Why would anyone make something like that?" Aug 27, 2014 11:58 AM PT

CNN goes crazy with unverified Ferguson gunshot audio

Media bias doesn't consist entirely, or even primarily, of outright falsehoods.  It's expressed through the stories our media herd chooses not to tell, because they don't fit easily into preferred narratives... and which stories they lavish saturation coverage upon, because they do. Aug 27, 2014 7:34 AM PT

Iraq vet in Mississippi left in medically-induced coma due to severe Narrative violation

The same media outlets that couldn't wait to hype the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri are tiptoeing very delicately around the beating of Iraq veteran Ralph Weems in Mississippi.  Weems is a white man severely beaten last Saturday night, allegedly by a mob of black men upset about the Brown shooting.  Working from a phone interview conducted by Weems' friend with the Associated Press, the UK Daily Mail has the most detailed account of the incident: Aug 26, 2014 8:27 PM PT

Total cost of TrainWreck.gov ObamaCare website: $1.7 billion

The inability of the federal government to launch a website presented a big crisis for managerial liberalism.  It's also a spectacular example of how the government burns through money like there's no tomorrow.  The total cost of the crap ObamaCare website, from its failed launch through countless fixes, works out to a cool $1.7 billion according to the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services. Aug 26, 2014 7:35 PM PT

Inversion, competition, and captive politics

Until now, the left-wing hyperventilating over corporate "inversions" has been out of proportion to the number and size of corporations actually doing it.  This is partly because Democrats are looking forward to using the issue in a populist anti-corporate crusade.  They're practically salivating over the chance to scream about "unpatriotic" companies re-incorporating in Canada or Europe to get out of paying American taxes. Aug 26, 2014 8:16 AM PT

Charity, dependency, and entitlement

I've always been fascinated by the differences between charity and government-provided welfare entitlements.  There are many practical differences, of course, including the eternal left-wing contention that voluntary charity can never adequately provide for the needs of the destitute, so an immense system of compulsory welfare is required.  There are important conceptual differences, too, and the big ones are contained within two words from the previous two sentences: "compulsory" and "entitlement." Aug 25, 2014 8:44 AM PT

Movie review: 'Boyhood'

Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" is a coming-of-age story about ordinary people, filmed using a remarkable technique: it took 12 years to complete the movie, with a few scenes filmed every year using the same cast.  The main character, a boy named Mason played by Ellar Coltrane, is six years old at the beginning of the film.  He's an eighteen-year-old college student at the end, but it's still the same actor.  His sister Samantha, played by the director's daughter Lorelei, ages the same way. Aug 24, 2014 5:51 PM PT

Target credit card hack much worse than originally thought

The hackers who busted into the credit card system for Target stores hit a thousand other businesses too, in an online crime spree big enough to get the Department of Homeland Security involved.  The New York Times reports that DHS issued an advisory concerning the havoc wrought by the "Backoff" malware package on Friday: Aug 23, 2014 9:51 AM PT

The unseen evil of ISIS

The Boston Globe headlines its editorial on the hideous murder of American journalist James Foley "Beheading of Foley Exposes True Nature of 'Islamic State.'" Aug 22, 2014 12:29 PM PT

The real lesson of Ferguson: we need more Big Government stimulus bills

Leftists believe one should never let a crisis go to waste.  Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont certainly isn't going to let the Ferguson riots pass by without using them as theater to push a big "jobs" bill - you know, the kind of "stimulus" spending that has been conspicuously failing to stimulate healthy job growth for years.  The Hill has details of Sanders' spend-a-palooza: Aug 21, 2014 1:23 PM PT

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