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News You Can Use January 10, 2015

Posted by geoff in News.

How to do the Porky Pig voice.

A little old, but interesting.

Shoot or Don’t Shoot? January 9, 2015

Posted by Retired Geezer in Ballistics, Heroes.

Eye opening video.




Jobs Report, January 2015 January 9, 2015

Posted by geoff in News.

It is with very mixed feelings that I put up my monthly series of employment and exports posts. I don’t want to take any attention away from the loss of this blog’s founder and spiritual leader, Michael. On the other hand, one of his proudest moments was seeing The Chart (the chart comparing the Obama administration’s job predictions versus reality) go viral and put some wind underneath the GOP’s wings.

This isn’t The Chart, because I think the basic measures of unemployment became meaningless 4 years ago. Instead, I plot the ratio of full-time employment to the civilian population (based on the Household Survey). That gives you a measure of how many “real” jobs there are versus how many mouths there are to feed. Kind of an “Atlas Shrugged” index of misery.

This month, the BLS tells us that the U-3 unemployment rate has dropped to 5.6%, which is starting to look pretty normal. If you’re feeling like things still aren’t that rosy, it’s probably because you’re a racist, and because of this chart:


It was a good jobs report, but we still have a long, long way to go.

Goodbye My Friend January 8, 2015

Posted by BrewFan in News.

And the Internet Collectively Wets its Panties January 6, 2015

Posted by Sobek in News.

If I watched television, I might possibly, kinda sorta consider watching this.*

My favorite quote from the article:

“As a gay Christian man who’s seen first hand how this message can harm people, I am calling on TLC to cancel ‘My Husband’s Not Gay’ and to stop telling America that LGBT people should lie to themselves and to their faith communities about who they are and who they love.”

That’s right.  All gay men should think, act and believe exactly like you.  Because diversity.  And tolerance.

* No, I wouldn’t.

If You Want to Wallow Through Nostalgia… January 6, 2015

Posted by geoff in News.

From Gizmodo:

The Internet Archive just dumped nearly 2,400 old MS-DOS video games into an easy-to-navigate repository. Every single one of the games is free to play in your browser. Some of the games are classics. Some of them are hilariously obscure. And some of them are porn—which is something you probably didn’t realize existed on MS-DOS.

The first thing you’ll notice when you dive into the new MS-DOS game library is just how impossibly large it seems. It’s got everything! Street Fighter II? Yup. Sim City? Uh huh. Duke Nukem 3D? Of course! The new additions build on previous Internet Archive projects that brought hundreds of arcade games and loads of free software to the web.

Browsing through the list, I note PC version of several arcade games (Qbert, Ms. Pac Man, Robotron, Defender, Joust) as well as several of the old Sierra games (Leisure Suit Larry is particularly well-represented. No King’s Quest or Space Quest games, though).

The Greenest Energy Source January 5, 2015

Posted by geoff in News.

No duh:

Nuclear power is the greenest option, say top scientists

Nuclear power is one of the least damaging sources of energy for the environment, and the green movement must accept its expansion if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change, some of the world’s leading conservation biologists have warned.

We’ve been saying this for decades, just like we’ve been saying:

It is too risky to rely solely on renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power for replacing fossil fuels because of problems to do with scalability, cost, materials and land use, they explain.

…which is why we didn’t have much use for President Obama’s super awesome green energy cure-all agenda, which was supposed to usher in a new age of prosperity.

It’s not like we don’t support green energy – we certainly do. But we’re waiting for market signals to tell us when it’s truly economically viable. Until then, trying to push green technologies into the marketplace is premature.

What’s With “-Stan” in All Them Furrin’ Country Names? January 2, 2015

Posted by geoff in News.

Via Digg, a chance to put you some effing knowledge in this as yet unsullied year: