Google Versus Environmentalists on Issue of Stray Cats

29 May 2018

As Google Feeds Cats, Owl Lovers Cry Foul – NY Times, 2018/05/26

Google never set out to threaten biodiversity in its front yard, of course. Like so many stories these days about Big Tech, this is a tale about how attempts to do good often produce unexpected consequences, and how even smart people (especially, perhaps, smart people) can be reluctant to rethink their convictions.

At Google, it is not so much that workers do not like birds as it is that they really love cats. There is an employee group called GCat Rescue that traps the cats around the so-called Googleplex. Kittens and friendly adults are put up for adoption. Less-friendly adult cats are neutered and released.

This is about how Google loves and feeds stray cats. However, the cats have been feasting on owls in the area.

“We lose the owls, we lose something else next, and then something else,” Ms. McLaughlin said. “We need biodiversity.”

Janet Alexander, a spokeswoman for the animal control group, said, “Google understands the cats are not supposed to cross the line into the park.”

The cats seem to have a different understanding.

I love the last part… the cats did not get the memo.


Boston Police Captain’s Son Arrested for Terror Plot

22 May 2018

Boston police captain’s son pleads guilty to terrorist bomb plot – Boston Globe, 2018/05/21

The son of a Boston police captain pleaded guilty Monday to plotting to use guns and homemade bombs to attack a college campus to support the Islamic State group, three years after his arrest after his father alerted the FBI.

Ciccolo was arrested in July 2015 after he received four guns he ordered from a person who was cooperating with the FBI. Boston police Capt. Robert Ciccolo tipped off authorities after his son said he wanted to join the Islamic State group.

Ciccolo, 25, was initially charged only with being a felon in possession of a firearm and stabbing a nurse in the head with a pen after he was brought to jail. But he was later indicted on attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and attempting to use weapons of mass destruction.

Ciccolo, who went by the name Ali Al Amriki, pleaded guilty to all charges. His lawyer did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

I don’t think he went to the Middle East.

We need to curb their online footprint.

The FBI is not going to get everybody ahead of time.

Thank goodness the dad turned him in. Mom assumed her son was an angel.

More Sears, K-Mart Stores Closing

21 May 2018

Sears is closing 40 stores in 24 states — here’s the list – San Francisco Chronicle, 2018/05/19

Sears is quietly closing at least 40 stores in 24 states, in addition to the 166 stores that the company previously said it would close this year.

Most of the stores on the new list will close in July and August.

Sears has cut its store count in half within the last five years. The company had 1,002 stores as of early February, down from 1,980 stores in 2013. It closed another 103 stores in April, in addition to the 40 stores that will close by August.

Why Are Children Shooting At School… Because They Are Children

18 May 2018

Another school shooting occurred today… this one about 40 minutes from my residence. If you want the details, you can go here.

Timeline: How the deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School unfolded – ABC, 2018/05/18

Whenever one of these events happen, discussions often head towards gun safety and gun control. Maybe, mental illness is included in the discussion. I think we are missing the prime reason these occurrences continue happening… they are children.

For those of you old enough to remember, how much were you exposed to adult situations? Most parents back then protected their children from what situations, and what information they took in. Why? Because they were children – and they didn’t have the maturity to process adult situations. Generally speaking, we didn’t see R-rated movies. We weren’t exposed to non-stop sex. We weren’t exposed to information on making a bomb or an assault rifle.

Today with social media, cable television, and other entertainment, kids have access to everything at their fingertips. Let me rephrase that. Children now have access to the adult world at their fingertips… and guess what? They still don’t have the maturity to deal with adult situations. They don’t understand the weight of their actions. The best and most frequent example that occurs are when teens have sex and get pregnant. The culture hypes up all kind of sexual activity through music, television, movies, and pornography. Kids have access to this material. They can see it on television every day. I remember during the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal that middle schoolers began engaging in oral sex. That’s how influential this type of exposure can be. The problem is that they don’t have the maturity to understand the ramifications of becoming pregnant and having a child. The truth is that they are not supposed to understand… because they are children.

Kids don’t understand the weight of ending someone’s life. They don’t understand the pain that the family and surrounding community incurs. Like sex, violence is easily accessible for children. In many movies or television shows, violence is the means to problem solving. In real life, kids are exposed to real life violent situations, and it shapes how they think and how they solve problems. So now when kids are bullied in school, what’s the solution? More and more often, it’s violence.

When we see violence on television, or in a movie, or in a video game – we see the act, and then it’s over. The mess is cleaned up in an hour long TV drama, or a two hour movie. We don’t see the grief that follows for years from the family. We don’t see the life altering injuries of the survivors. We don’t see the months of rehab just to put one foot in front of the other. And that’s not even considering the associated medical costs. Kids have no idea of any of these real life adult issues.

So I expect the shootings to continue, because kids are still being exposed to adult situations which they can’t properly process. If you try and limit the exposure through regulations, there will be cries of censorship. The only answer is with the parents. Parents should control and monitor what their kids take in – especially when they are young. It should start on day 1 of their life. If you want to start getting control of the next generation… if you want to start preventing school violence, it’s not the guns – it’s their minds and spirits that must be cleaned up – and it starts at home.

STDs Increase in California By 45% Over the Last Five Years

15 May 2018

Sexually transmitted diseases dramatically increase in California – San Francisco Chronicle, 2018/05/14

The internet has helped love bloom for many couples, but it’s also played a role in a 45 percent jump in sexually transmitted diseases over five years in California, a surge not seen in nearly three decades, health officials said Monday.

More than 300,000 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and early syphilis were reported in California in 2017, a 45 percent increase compared with five years ago, according to a report by the California Department of Public Health.

Dr. James Watt, chief of the division of communicable disease control for the Department of Health, said social media played a significant role by helping people find anonymous sex partners.

“It makes it easier for people to meet people they don’t already know to have sex,” Watt said. “The internet allows for a broadening of sexual networks, and the broader that gets the more opportunity you have for sexually transmitted diseases to spread.”

The jump is all the more alarming for health officials considering that sexually transmitted diseases have increased every year for six years.

Remember the Disappearance of the MH370 Aircraft… It’s Looking Like Pilot Suicide

15 May 2018

Chilling MH370 discovery about how pilot flew undetected, according to aviation experts – New Zealand Herald, 2018/05/14

For more than four years the world has grappled with questions over how the Boeing 777 airliner vanished into thin air en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur.

According to Senior Boeing 777 pilot and instructor Simon Hardy, MH370 was used in a murder-suicide mission by Captain Zaharie Amad Shah, who deliberately flew the aircraft over his hometown of Penang for an “emotional goodbye”, before ditching it in the Southern Indian Ocean “where it could never be found”.

He said Zaharie had avoided detection of the plane by either Malaysian or Thai military radar by flying along the border, crossing in and out of each country’s airspace.

It was also on the border that the plane’s transponder suddenly turned off.

Vance said the pilot “was killing himself” and took the aircraft to the most remote place possible so it would “disappear”.

In Depth Account on the Attempted Mass Murder of Government Officials

14 May 2018

The recounts the story of the shooting at the Republican baseball practice almost two years ago where U.S. Rep Steve Scalise and others nearly lost their lives.

How The Congressional Baseball Shooting Didn’t Become The Deadliest Political Assassination In American History – Buzzfeed, 2018/05/14