Tuesday, June 18, 2013

stuff around the net

StrategyPage gives a summary of how information is analyzed to catch the bad guys.

and notes that politicians and companies also use this type of information analysis.

I agree: but the problem is that a lot of folks think it will be used against political enemies, not the guys who bomb marathons or who are PC so they know they are allowed to break the law.

more HERE.

A German bomber that crashed off the coast of the UK is raised, and the story behind it.
Two of the crew actually survived to become POW's.


want to see the steer your hamburger came from?

There's an app for that...


the reason the Supreme court ruled against Arizona's voter law was because the federal law for motor voter voting trumped the state law. 

So this is a states rights issue, not an issue about immigrants or voter fraud per se.

I am ambivalent: We voted in Minnesota because I used my driver's license, but Lolo, who no longer drove, only had a Pennsylvania ID, but I vouched for him so they let him vote. When we moved to Oklahoma, I got him a senior citizen ID at the police station...

Making things too strict only stops the poor and elderly: so those who can't figure out how to navigate the bureaucracy end up disenfranchised. Of course, voter fraud is rampant, but hey, nothing new about that: Kennedy won in 1960 partly thanks to the Chicago cemetery vote.


The immigration bill weighs 24 pounds and has 1075 pages. Presumably everyone in congress and every reporter has read the whole thing...

I'm ambivalent: I can't see sending home hard working folks without papers, but when my son can't even get a visitor visa because he once had a green card and lost it when he moved "home", (and the immigration folks at the embassy worry he'll overstay his visa and find a job), one has to wonder about the system...

Saudi won't allow christian churches and even private Christian worship services can be raided by religious police.

But this is not true for the small Gulf states: AbuDabi has a new church.

In the UAE there are an estimated 700,000 Catholics who go to 10 churches and served by about 40 priests speaking a dozen languages.
“The church is very much alive here, in Africa and certainly in Asia. All of the members are migrant workers. Besides Filipinos, Indians and Christian Arabs, we have a growing number of Korean Catholics too...
“The UAE,” said Gandolf, “is probably the most open country to Christians in the region.”


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