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Porn scandal in PA

Pennsylvania's Republican governor, Tom Corbett, was already down by double digits in the polls before a rather suspiciously-timed and highly focused release of information from the state's Democrat Attorney General concerning highly improper behavior by state employees.  Fox News reports: Oct 10, 2014 11:44 AM PT

Cyber warfare in the financial sector

The stories about data theft at retail outlets such as Target and Home Depot - the latter of which, incidentally, resulted in a wave of fraudulent transactions, which means crooks are trying to use the stolen credit-card data - raised concerns because of their size, and because the stores turned out to be relatively soft targets for hackers.  As security reports revealed, including one prepared by the Department of Homeland Security, the hatches were not battened down.  There were clear points of vulnerability in the data infrastructure of the retail chains, including weaknesses at the local store level that could open pathways into corporate systems.  Some of these vulnerabilities seemed surprisingly obvious to those with knowledge of computer security, while others were obscure software and structural flaws that could understandably escape the notice of IT departments setting up computerized cash and inventory systems for a retail store. Oct 10, 2014 8:44 AM PT

Red Bull sued for not giving people wings, settles out of court

At the intersection of neurotic dumbassery and opportunism lies the American legal system, where the beverage company that makes Red Bull just decided to settle after being sued for the failure to give people "wings," as promised in their advertising.  It's not the literal unfurling of feathery pinions from their shoulders customers were after - we're not quite there yet, but maybe give it a couple of years.  No, they charged that the company was over-estimating the stimulant effects of the beverage, to a degree that went beyond "puffery" into "deceptive and fraudulent," according to the suit. Oct 9, 2014 1:15 PM PT

Movie review: 'The Boxtrolls'

It's hard to say what audience the makers of "The Boxtrolls" were aiming for.  Judging by the box office returns, they seem to be having a bit of trouble finding one.  It's a stunning achievement in stop-motion animation, but its sensibilities seem guaranteed to keep it walled off as a cult film.   Oct 8, 2014 3:12 PM PT

'Twin Peaks' returns

The Internet is buzzing about something that it would have buzzed about 25 years ago, if social media had existed in anything like their current form, as Deadline Hollywood reports that "Twin Peaks" is coming back: Oct 7, 2014 8:58 AM PT

Help wanted, but we're not hiring

Unemployment reports are complicated, and it really takes an extra two months to process all the data and nail the figures down - that's why significant "adjustments" to the last two reports are so often announced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics when each monthly report is issued.  Naturally, the media completely lost interest in the nuances of unemployment reports when its primary mission became spinning Barack Obama's awful economy for years on end.  The reason most people are familiar with the derogatory term "burger-flipper job" is because the press made a huge deal about diving deep into solid Bush-era job reports and hunting for dark clouds among the silver lining... but these days they can scarcely be bothered to mention that a major, and often the sole, reason for the headline unemployment rate holding steady or dipping slightly is because huge numbers of job-seekers gave up and abandoned the workforce entirely.   Oct 7, 2014 8:26 AM PT

The Church of Global Warming demands a more primitive lifestyle

You'd need a heart of stone not to laugh at climate change cultist Eric Holthaus sobbing (literally) over the latest tract from the Church of Global Warming and deciding to do his bit to encourage a more primitive lifestyle by swearing off air travel for a year.  As you read this, remember the one "consensus" that none of these loons can refute: the consensus of reality itself, where there hasn't been any "climate change" for the past 19 years, and polar ice is hitting record levels, exactly the way absolutely none of their vaunted computer models predicted: Oct 5, 2014 6:14 AM PT

Why the Ineptocracy is Always Broke

I've probably got enough material from various contributors to put together a symposium on the utterly stupid behavior of supposedly super-intelligent government.  Let me loop David Harsanyi at The Federalist in to make one more point about the Ineptocracy: the system deliberately moves inept people to the top, where they perpetually claim their gigantic billion-dollar agencies are broke.   Oct 4, 2014 8:38 AM PT

The skewed priorities of border security

As the story unfolded of how Ebola carrier Thomas Duncan waltzed right through every layer of protection the U.S. government has erected against contagion - the very same barriers Barack Obama was touting as nigh-infallible just a few weeks ago, which should have been all the warning we needed that disaster was afoot - I found myself thinking of an anecdote Mark Steyn told recently of U.S. border security cracking down on bagpipe players inbound from Canada.  Steyn, naturally, made the same association in his latest post: Oct 4, 2014 8:07 AM PT

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