One of shutdown’s next casualties will be mass transit that won’t get their federal share of operating expenses

New Jersey commuters are particularly vulnerable but government funds that support public services are going to be drying up everywhere. https://www.nasdaq.com/article/the-shutdowns-next-victims-could-be-public-transit-systems-cm1080227

Your weather forecast just isn’t as good because of the shutdown

The shutdown is having so many unexplored adverse effects on the world we live in. This is one that could prove important if we get a dangerous storm. https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2019/01/07/national-weather-service-is-open-your-forecast-is-worse-because-shutdown/? Capital Weather Gang The National Weather Service is ‘open,’ but your forecast is worse because of the shutdown By Angela Fritz January 7 at 3:46 PM … Continue reading Your weather forecast just isn’t as good because of the shutdown

Mental effects just one more reason why the World Cup should never have been allowed to be in Qatar in 2022

Each added stories about the effect of heat on human reaction times and mental health makes me look forward with additional unease to the World Cup games to be held in Qatar in 2022. Qatar is a country already subject to routine temperatures that can be barely tolerated by inactive people. In recent years, new … Continue reading Mental effects just one more reason why the World Cup should never have been allowed to be in Qatar in 2022

Senator Schumer is under pressure to fight Republican railroading of federal judges

Senator Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader, has a long reputation of seeking the limelight but also of failing to stand firm on principle. For many Democrats, Progressives, and those who think long-term, his failure to fight against the continuous stream of  judicial candidates being selected and proposed by the most ideological branches of the Republican … Continue reading Senator Schumer is under pressure to fight Republican railroading of federal judges

Facial recognition — a surveillance technology with huge abuse potential

Amazon has been increasingly involved with the development of facial recognition technology for its own use and for sale to others. Recently, the popular press has begun to pay attention to the possible misuses and abuses of the technology. With Amazon (as with a similar matter with Google technology in China), there have been internal … Continue reading Facial recognition — a surveillance technology with huge abuse potential

Is it legal to record police activity even from hiding? YES

Civil rights activists in Massachusetts have a habit of recording police activity without regard to whether or not something questionable is happening. Police in that state have routinely attempted to stop the recordings and have even either confiscated the cameras/phones or arrested those operating them. To avoid  this, many civilians have taken to recording from … Continue reading Is it legal to record police activity even from hiding? YES

Opinion invalidating ObamaCare has an interesting logic

The decision invalidating ObamaCare? It’s based on 21 states’ argument that ObamaCare must fail entirely because of the Congressional removal of the mandate that everyone either get insurance or pay a penalty. Take a look. https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5629711-Texas-v-US-Partial-Summary-Judgment.html