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News Roundup: Disappointing Democrats, Technology Thursday

Oh, you could see it from a mile away. The disaster, the destruction. You knew it was coming. It was like Penelope Pitstop being tied to the tracks. Where’s Dudley Do Right? Well, there was nobody to come and save the Democrats. For the most part, this election was an utter disaster. There are tons of things that we can say and do, but the bottom line is that we didn’t get out the vote. Many, if not most, candidates ran completely uninspired campaigns that caused voters to run away from the polls.

The new Google Nexus 9 looks to be somewhat disappointing. This is clearly NOT the iPad beater that we were looking for.

New Droid Turbo features more power and a better screen.

The new Microsoft Band activity tracker isn’t all that and a bag of chips.

New research on Amelia Earhart’s disappearance. This is cool. It is geeky. Looks like the folks at TIGHAR found a scrap of Earhart’s Lockheed Electra 10E on Gardner Island (now called Nikumaroro).

New star being born

From Astronomy Mag: This new image from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) reveals extraordinarily fine detail that has never been seen before in the planet-forming disk around a young star. These are the first observations that have used ALMA in its near-final configuration and the sharpest pictures ever made at submillimeter wavelengths. The new results are an enormous step forward in the observation of how protoplanetary disks develop and how planets form.

Russian engine could have caused rocket failure.

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News Roundup: Lies, J.P. Morgan Chase, Best Quarterback in the NFL and More

Dana PerinoWhen I first started this blog, I thought it was very important for me to combat all the lies that are told in the public sphere. That proved extremely fruitless. Yet, there are some lies that we clearly need to call out. George W. Bush’s former White House Press Secretary, Dana Perino, decided that she would tell a little fib on national television. While on Fox News she said, “We did not have a terrorist attack on our country during President Bush’s term.” You don’t have to be a genius or know how to use Google to know that 9/11 occurred while George W. Bush was in his first term as president of our United States. Yet Rudy Giuliani, who was thrust into prominence by those same attacks, repeated the claim only a couple days later. Besides the multiple failures of 9/11, which I will not go into, there was the anthrax attack in which several Americans died and several others became sick. This was a terrorist attack. It happened on George W. Bush’s watch. Frank Rich has more. Look, I really don’t mind you having your own opinion. If you believe that George W. Bush was the greatest president since George Washington, good for you. I do mind when you pretend to have your own set of facts. The facts are clear. The failures of the George W. Bush administration led to 9/11. The failures in the aftermath of 9/11 led to our taking our eyes off the ball and focusing on Iraq instead of Al Qaeda. This allowed us to go into Iraq with too few troops to secure the peace. Now, let’s return to reality.

It would be nice if we had some fairy godmother who could wave a magic wand and change the world for good. Wouldn’t it be nice if corporations would be penalized for gross negligence? If you have a security breach in which 76 million credit card holders have their data exposed to thieves, isn’t that gross negligence? Why can’t we, as Americans, form a class action and sue J.P. Morgan Chase for gross negligence? Oh, that’s right, it’s illegal for us to do it.

It appears that a gay teenager was beaten. Unfortunately, this isn’t news. What is news is that he was hospitalized for the beating and is being charged by police for… I don’t know what exactly. It’s crazy.

Google is working on a really large TV which will fit together like Legos. Sounds cool. Hope it works.

Deaths from heroin overdoses have more than doubled over the last several years.

Conservatives are all up in arms because of voter suppression. I can only laugh. It is conservatives who have pushed voter suppression. They pushed ID cards and several other gimmicks in order to limit the young, the poor and some of the elderly from voting. Now one of their own, Leslie Rutledge, has been kicked off the voter registration. One of the things that I find amusing is that conservatives continue to say that this is a right-leaning country. If so, wouldn’t conservatives push to have more people vote instead of fewer? Continue reading News Roundup: Lies, J.P. Morgan Chase, Best Quarterback in the NFL and More

News Roundup: Minecraft, iPhone 6

minecraftSo, a couple years ago, I saw my grandson playing Minecraft. I thought it was a cute game. Nothing big. It was like Legos for computer geeks. A few months later, I saw Kaleb watching YouTube videos of other people playing Minecraft. Then there were other things like cows, fire and stuff. The graphics weren’t great but my grandson would play for hours. Minecraft was bought by Microsoft for over $2 Billion. I’m guessing that those graphics look a lot better with $2 Billion in the bank. Wow.

I’m not going to get into the cellphone wars. Today almost any new cellphone will help you do things better and easier. For me, if you can actually use the cellphone to make and receive calls, this is good. If you can get email, this is better. You should be able to do a Google Hangout or Apple Facetime.  You need to able to easily get around the internet on your phone. You should be able to use some type of social media on your phone. Your phone has to be able to guide you from here to there (maps program). Finally, you need to be able to use your phone as a hotspot. If you can do all of this, you are golden. The new iPhone 6 is bigger and better than the iPhone 5s. I will let you decide if it is better than the Galaxy S5. PC Magazine loved the Moto X, which no one bought, so any new modern phone will do.