So, Winter Wargaming is Rule the Waves 2. For those outside of the know, it covers naval architecture and battles at sea between 1900 and 1955. I’m thinking France for this game, given that it has a clear route to dominating the Mediterranean, and that’s always a fun place to play.
- Join the American Suppressor Association, get a chance to win a can
- Colorado’s standard-capacity magazine ban is going as well as all such things do – Whoever could have guessed that widespread noncompliance would be a thing?
Science and Technology
- More Hubble parameter uncertainty – But only because the LambdaCDM model predicts something which clashes with actual observation, which is further evidence for my heterodox claim that modern cosmology is all wrong. Epicycles and the luminiferous ether also fit observations really well.
- Supreme Court to hear appeal in
Oracle v. GoogleGoogle v. Oracle – That is, the zombie case that never dies; that is, the case in which the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit declared APIs copyrightable; that is, the case which has been hanging over open implementations of proprietary APIs for the past year or so.
- Magnetic, reflective carbon? – We’ll see if it holds up, or if it was merely a case of contaminated samples.
- Wind turbine blades can’t be recycled – That doesn’t seem very sustainable.
- GPS spoofing levels up – In Shanghai, individual vessels are having their positions individually spoofed, which is some next-level stuff if you remember how GPS works.
- Boeing’s current difficulties are McDonnell Douglas’ fault
- New York City has a bustling black market for food cart permits – Also, they permit food vending and food carts differently.
- Californians surprised at backlash when they start ruining other states
- Related: $800 a month to rent a coffin-size pod in LA
- Ford and GM abandon all cars smaller than SUVs, immediately run into trouble – I was kind of considering a Ford Focus someday, after the Mini bites the dust, but that’s not going to happen anymore.
- A 55-foot mega-truck, built to explore Antarctica, was a failure, but a cool failure – 16-minute video.
- Conspiracy theory Twitter thread of the week, Deep State edition – Why are diplomats so big on canning Trump? Because they’re probably embezzling from foreign aid funds.
- Democrats candidates’ tax plans include uncapping Social Security taxes – Makes perfect sense to me, if they want the rich to pay their fair share, but the howling from the Bay Area and New York City will probably kill any chance of it actually happening.
- The leisure class is now the luxury-belief class – That is, the social status that once affixed to good manners and attending formal parties nonstop now affixes to having fashionable beliefs.
Protests, Rebellions, Etc.
- Bolivia protests inspire Chilean protests? – I didn’t actually read this one. It just indicates that there are protests going on in Chile.
- Hong Kong protesters not driven by hope – “They talked about Xinjiang, and what China had done to the Uighur minority. I’ve heard about the fate of the Uighurs from so many protesters over the months. China may have wanted to make an example out of the region, but the lesson Hong Kongers took was in the other direction—resist with all your might, because if you lose once, there will be a catastrophe for your people, and the world will ignore it.”
- Scenes from Hong Kong, again