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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Morning News

Posted by on Wed, Jan 16, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Many Things About Guns: Like the NRA's new ad, which I have no words to describe. There have been 83 child deaths from guns since Newtown. Obama is announcing his gun control agenda.

Congressional Republicans May Have Picked the Wrong Fight: Obama's job approval numbers are at the highest point in three years and most people see him as a strong leader. Additionally, most people think that the debt ceiling should not be tied to cuts.

Pussy Riot Plea Rejected by Court: Maria Alyokhina asked to delay her sentence until her 5-year-old son was older, but the court was deaf to her arguments.

Maybe It's a Sign: Not only are buyers stepping up in Sacramento to try and keep the Kings, now a second lawsuit against the proposed Sodo arena has been filed on behalf of Mark Baerwaldt.

I Had Forgotten the Mafia Existed: Apparently, it's still alive and well, though, because the Feds took 27 alleged mafia members into custody this morning from three different families in New York.

Edmonds Police Officer Resigns: He is being accused of having sex with a jaywalker in the back of his squad car.

Literally Nothing Could Make Me Go to North Dakota: Not even a frozen oil tundra filled with single men. (That is a thing North Dakota has, according to NYT.)

Dream On: Does no one do a performance test before they push these things out of the hangar? Battery malfunctions, false smoke alarms, fires—who wants to fly on a Dreamliner? Not Japanese people, because they've grounded two fleets.

Helicopter Crashes Near MI6 Headquarters: It's said to have hit a crane.

Also, sloths.


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Why all the talk about assault weapons when hand guns kill many many more children? I think the answer is they are scarier but handguns are next on the agenda of well meaning but foolish politicians.
Posted by anonsdfsdfsdf on January 16, 2013 at 8:55 AM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 2
Damn. Should have shorted Boeing stock last week...
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on January 16, 2013 at 8:58 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 3
The NRA is the most immoral organization in history.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on January 16, 2013 at 9:01 AM · Report this
emor 4
Wow, that ad was stupider than I expected. Really trying to appeal to the lowest common denominator.
Posted by emor on January 16, 2013 at 9:06 AM · Report this
Chelsea, pls double check the child deaths figure - I'm a big fan of making sure we have accurate data to support our arguments, and the Slate tool you link to is showing 63 youth deaths (50 teens and 13 children), not 83.
Posted by Somethingunique on January 16, 2013 at 9:08 AM · Report this
Maybe Maria Alyokhina should have waited until her son was older before pissing off her country's government.
Posted by treehugger on January 16, 2013 at 9:08 AM · Report this
chinaski 7
Thanks Baerwaldt. Fuck this huckster Hansen, fuck Ballmer, and fuck the outgoing mayor. Hansen's group can afford to overpay for a team they can fund the arena on their own.
Posted by chinaski on January 16, 2013 at 9:14 AM · Report this
Lew Siffer 8
Yeah, your child figure is wrong. Probably throwing the gang bangers in the mix.
Posted by Lew Siffer on January 16, 2013 at 9:15 AM · Report this
zivilisierter Wurm 9
I wouldn't throw in the towel yet - Boeing is still ahead of competition by years in composite production. And the reduction in fuel costs is potentially massive, somewhere around 30%. The Dreamliner debacle is pretty squarely on management's hands. Constant problems with all that outsourced production being unable to manufacture to specifications. There's also a TON of issues stemming from the composite materials themselves, which I believe have to be engineered with much lower tolerances than with traditional aircraft. Normally, machinists can use various shims in construction, which I guess just isn't possible with the composites.
Posted by zivilisierter Wurm on January 16, 2013 at 9:17 AM · Report this
Oh good, more smug elitism directed at rural states. So glad I moved out of Seattle
Posted by blergityblerg on January 16, 2013 at 9:23 AM · Report this
seatackled 11
Hush! Ixnay on the em-eye-ixsay! You're going to ruin your presidential chances!
Posted by seatackled on January 16, 2013 at 9:31 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 12
@6: You mean practicing her natural right to free expression?

Or do you just think rights are only for certain people?

Are you happy to find yourself siding with facism, government oppression and injustice?
Posted by Theodore Gorath on January 16, 2013 at 9:38 AM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 13

Yeah. Teen age gang bangers, sure. It's so obvious, no need to even verify it. Dead black teens are nothing to lose sleep over.

And certainly not a reason to address the gun trade. Or seat the head of the ATF so law enforcement can enforce the law.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on January 16, 2013 at 9:44 AM · Report this
You forgot the part of the North Dakota story where all those men harass and assault the few women who do live there.…
(if the link doesn't work, it's currently on the front page of the NYT)
So yeah, probably good call on not going there.
Posted by chi_type on January 16, 2013 at 9:55 AM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 15
@12: No, think about it. @6 has a valid point.
It doesn't matter what the cause is, how passionate you are about it, what the politics are, whose in power, and also things like skydiving and extreme sports. When you're a parent you think of those things and don't invite risks that might make your kid(s) loose one parent or become orphans.
My parents used to take separate plane trips on family vacations, for example, but I think taking it perhaps a little too far.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on January 16, 2013 at 10:05 AM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 16
And that includes having a parent in prison, I meant to say.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on January 16, 2013 at 10:07 AM · Report this
@5, @8, the 83 includes the 20 from Newtown. "Since" was an inaccurate choice of words.
Posted by K on January 16, 2013 at 10:43 AM · Report this
Knat 18
@14: Thanks for sharing. That may be the best reason to offer yet, when one of my relatives repeatedly insists I should move out to that area for the pay. "I'm not desperate enough to sell my soul to Halliburton" seems to be wearing thin. "I'd rather my attractive wife not be living under the constant threat of rape" might be a little more compelling.
Posted by Knat on January 16, 2013 at 10:52 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 19
@15: Right, why stand up for human rights if there are risks involved?

I hope you enjoy your freedoms and rights that other people risked (and lost) EVERYTHING to give to you.

People like you do not deserve freedom because you will not stand up for the rights of others if it is risky or inconvenient. But I would still die to defend your rights. Because I am able to put the needs of others before my own security.

Tyrants walk towards power on the backs of people like you and treehugger up there.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on January 16, 2013 at 10:59 AM · Report this
Outsourcing by the outsourced…

A security audit of a US critical infrastructure company last year revealed that its star developer had outsourced his own job to a Chinese subcontractor and was spending all his work time playing around on the internet.

The firm’s telecommunications supplier Verizon was called in after the company set up a basic VPN system with two-factor authentication so staff could work at home. The VPN traffic logs showed a regular series of logins to the company’s main server from Shenyang, China, using the credentials of the firm’s top programmer, “Bob”.

After getting permission to study Bob’s computer habits, Verizon investigators found that he had hired a software consultancy in Shenyang to do his programming work for him, and had FedExed them his two-factor authentication token so they could log into his account. He was paying them a fifth of his six-figure salary to do the work and spent the rest of his time on other activities.

The analysis of his workstation found hundreds of PDF invoices from the Chinese contractors and determined that Bob’s typical work day consisted of:

9:00 a.m. – Arrive and surf Reddit for a couple of hours. Watch cat videos
11:30 a.m. – Take lunch
1:00 p.m. – Ebay time
2:00-ish p.m – Facebook updates, LinkedIn
4:30 p.m. – End-of-day update e-mail to management
5:00 p.m. – Go home
Posted by sgt_doom on January 16, 2013 at 11:15 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 21
Outsourcing, and unstable battery tech, is really the problem.

@3 for the insightful win.
Posted by Will in Seattle on January 16, 2013 at 11:41 AM · Report this
@18: Yeah the stories about the money make it sound tempting but no...
Posted by chi_type on January 16, 2013 at 11:42 AM · Report this
Fnarf 23
@9, it's ALWAYS on management's head. That's what management is supposed to be for. Boeing used to have the best management in the world. Now they appear to be going the way of the car industry. Let's just hope it's the US car industry (which came back) and not the British one (slain by management in the 70s).
Posted by Fnarf on January 16, 2013 at 11:50 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 24
You have to click on the link for Child to filter it.

There were a few in WA state where the parent left a gun loose and kids got killed. Also where the Dad was putting a weapon in car and it discharged into a toddler in a car seat.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on January 16, 2013 at 11:51 AM · Report this
zivilisierter Wurm 25
@23: There's been grumbling by conservatives about the machinist and engineering unions being to blame for the production delays - "see, unions reduce efficiency!" Which is horseshit. It mostly boils down to Boeing being unable to control its supply chain (Oh hey, turns out there might be unforeseen consequences in quality management when you outsource aircraft production to a hundred different plants in a dozen different countries...)
Posted by zivilisierter Wurm on January 16, 2013 at 12:34 PM · Report this
MrBaker 26
@25, and the engineering for those parts, then pick a fight with your engineers in contract negotiations.

What could possibly go wrong?
Posted by MrBaker on January 16, 2013 at 1:07 PM · Report this
Keister Button 27
The Mafia family must have downloaded some fresh tunes, or made some scientific and scholarly journals available to the non-academic public.
Posted by Keister Button on January 16, 2013 at 1:20 PM · Report this
Sir Vic 28
@27 They were involved in the garbage rackets. They probably weren't sorting the clean recyclables from the dead bodies.
Good thing Seattle's only mobster died a few years ago, leaving us free from the evils of organized crime!
Posted by Sir Vic on January 16, 2013 at 2:21 PM · Report this

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