Recent comments by tg

Bishop was irritated by remarks Poulter made in his book on the Ryder Cup captaincy of Nick Faldo in 2008 and Tom Watson this year. He referred to Poulter as "Lil Girl" on Twitter when stacking up Poulter's feats next to Faldo.

thank heaven?

Bishop ousted as PGA of America president

MARTIN: But how would the military respond? I mean, when there's a military, national security threat like terrorism or like an insurgency, the U.S. military trains to then go meet that threat. What do you propose that the U.S. military be doing to combat climate change? Is there anything from a tactical level that can be done?
TITLEY: Sure. So from a tactical level, if, you know, you look at one of the places in the world that is changing faster than any other place else, it's the Arctic. So how does the U.S. military get ready to operate in the Arctic? Do we have the right kinds of ships? Do we have our sailors trained? Have they gone up there before? Do they actually understand, you know, how little infrastructure there is - the kinds of weather and sea and ice conditions that they're going to see? Do we have the...
MARTIN: Can you make the connection? Can you make the connection for me? Why would the U.S. military have to open up that front? Why would they be working in the Arctic?
TITLEY: They'd be working in the arctic because we've already seen a fivefold increase in the number of ships going through the Bering Strait. And the Bering Strait of course is that strategic piece of water between Alaska and Russia that connects the Pacific with the Arctic Ocean. Oil and gas, I think many people know that some of the last greatest reserves of oil and gas are up in the Arctic. We can argue about whether it's right for us to take that out of the Arctic or not, but the fact is, is that's where it is. And right now, the big oil and gas companies are up there.

DOD: Climate Change Is A Volatile Factor In International Security : NPR

I hope you had your shorts in place

26 members and 183 guests at a time.

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Silicon Valley tech firm paid workers $1.21 an hour

During this process we unintentionally overlooked laws that require even foreign employees to be paid based on local US standards.

Yes but we're not allowed to tell you

the cynical side of me says they want to increase the market size

In fact one sex does appear to be favored in the amount of attention devoted to its medical needs. In the United States it is estimated that one sex spends twice as much money on health care as the other does. The NIH also spends twice as much money on research into the diseases specific to one sex as it does on research into those specific to the other, and only one sex has a section of the NIH devoted entirely to the study of diseases afflicting it. That sex is not men, however. It is women....

The Sex-Bias Myth in Medicine - 94.08

I was once often told I was lower than whale poop

I think I have come up in the world to be about on the same level

US 10y yield has bottomed, right? Not so, says Robert Kessler. 1% is coming:

https://twitter.com/ReutersJamie/status/524522824308756480/photo/1

Under the arrangement, which was confirmed by Alexander and current intelligence officials, NSA's Chief Technical Officer, Patrick Dowd, is allowed to work up to 20 hours a week at IronNet Cybersecurity Inc, the private firm led by Alexander, a retired Army general and his former boss.
The arrangement was approved by top NSA managers, current and former officials said. It does not appear to break any laws and it could not be determined whether Dowd has actually begun working for Alexander, who retired from the NSA in March.

Exclusive: NSA reviewing deal between official, ex-spy agency head

A social bot is a computer algorithm that automatically produces content and interacts with humans on social media, trying to emulate and possibly alter their behavior. Social bots have been circulating on social media platforms for a few years, and if you frequent online social media, you've probably come across them whether you know it or not! In order to learn more about social bots, we built BotOrNot, a tool to analyze a Twitter user's behavior and compare it to the behavior of known bots. So far, this effort has yielded The Rise of Social Bots (preprint) by Emilio Ferrara, Onur Varol, Clayton A Davis, Fil Menczer, and Sandro Flammini.
Previously on August 1t 1, 2013, the New York Times published an article by Ian Urbina with the headline: I Flirt and Tweet. Follow Me at #Socialbot. The article reports on how socialbots are being designed to sway elections, to influence the stock market, even to flirt with people and one another. Fil Menczer is quoted: “Bots are getting smarter and easier to create, and people are more susceptible to being fooled by them because we’re more inundated with information.” The article also mentions the Truthy project and some of our 2010 findings on political astroturf.
Inspired by this, the writers of The Good Wife consulted with us on an episode in which the main character finds that a social news site is using a socialbot to bring traffic to the site, defaming her client. The episode aired on November 24, 2013, on CBS (Season 5 Episode 9, “Whack-a-Mole”) . Good show!

Truthy: Research Highlights

the 'good show" bit makes me wonder bot or not?

In recent weeks, we’ve discovered that the CME Group, the exchange in Chicago, has an incentive program under which foreign central banks could buy stock market derivatives like the S&P contracts at a discount.

If true why?

I have absolute proof from a Pentagon document that the Center of Disease Control was doing bio-warfare work for the Pentagon in Sierra Leone, the heart of the outbreak, as early as 1988.

Boyle quote

I repeat opinion based would be more appropiate

Francis A. Boyle is a leading American professor, practitioner and advocate of international law. He was responsible for drafting the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989, the American implementing legislation for the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention. He served on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International (1988-1992), and represented Bosnia – Herzegovina at the World Court. Professor Boyle teaches international law at the University of Illinois, Champaign. He holds a Doctor of Law Magna Cum Laude as well as a Ph.D. in Political Science, both from Harvard University.
He is also the author of “Biowarfare and Terrorism”. The book outlines how and why the United States government initiated, sustained and then dramatically expanded an illegal biological arms buildup.

sounds like he has more experience in these matters than most here

opinion based would be more appropiate

Since its inception, U.S. Africa Command has consistently downplayed its role on the continent. Meanwhile, far from the press or the public, the officers running its secret operations have privately been calling Africa “the battlefield of tomorrow, today.”

what battlefields are we fighting in Africa today?

http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175823/tomgram%3A_nick_turse,_america's_non-stop_ops_in_africa

Existing Home Sales Decline Year Over Year For Eleven Months In Row | Seeking Alpha

Although the seasonally adjusted annualized rate of home sales for September showed a 2.4% increase from August to September, sales actually declined 1.7% from September 2013 to September 2014. In fact, this is the 11th month in a row that the year over year comparison has shown a decline

lo·cal
ˈlōk(ə)l/
adjective
1.
belonging or relating to a particular area or neighborhood, typically exclusively so.
"researching local history"
synonyms: community, district, neighborhood, regional, city, town, municipal, county More
antonyms: national, global
denoting a telephone call made to a nearby place and charged at a relatively low rate.
denoting a train or bus serving a particular district, with frequent stops.
"the town has an excellent local bus service"
(in technical use) relating to a particular region or part, or to each of any number of these.
"a local infection"
synonyms: confined, restricted, contained, localized
"a local infection"
COMPUTING
denoting a variable or other entity that is only available for use in one part of a program.
COMPUTING
denoting a device that can be accessed without the use of a network.
noun
noun: local; plural noun: locals
1.
a local person or thing, in particular.

May 2013, some 11 years into the War on Terror, President Obama took a break from reviewing target sets and kill lists to deliver a much-anticipated “drone speech” at the National Defense University in Washington DC. “We must define the nature and scope of this struggle, or else it will define us,” Obama admonished; “we have to be mindful of James Madison’s warning that ‘No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.’”

we be defined

The Forever-War President: Obama's 'Transformational' War Powers Legacy | Cato Institute