Fake News From DHS

Fake News From DHS

As Americans continue to react with horror to stories of families being torn apart at the U.S.-Mexico border, the White House has struggled to assemble a defense for their new “zero tolerance” immigration policies which have created the problem.

On Monday afternoon, the Department of Homeland Security attempted to hand-wave the scandal with a “Myth vs. Fact” press release, arguing that rumors of family separations had been greatly exaggerated. Many Republicans, already suspicious that the media was once again making immigration mountains out of molehills, latched onto the soothing claims. Unfortunately, it turns out that the report is misleading.

To begin, DHS maintains that the “zero tolerance” policy changes were made to combat “a staggering increase in the number of illegal …

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Prufrock: War and the Rise of GPS, the Wit and Wisdom of Dr. Johnson, and the Last Cowboys

Prufrock: War and the Rise of GPS, the Wit and Wisdom of Dr. Johnson, and the Last Cowboys

How the Bill of Rights displaced the Constitution: “Today most Americans assume Congress can do whatever the Bill of Rights doesn’t forbid. The Bill of Rights has become ‘the heart of the Constitution,’ the only part that is regularly taught or is familiar to most citizens, completely eclipsing the body of the Constitution and its structural safeguards of liberty.”

The wit and wisdom of Dr. Johnson: “Wracked by self-disgust, Johnson is not an obvious self-help guide. But he has much to teach us — including about how not to act or think.”

Without both war and peace, there would be no GPS: The effort to map the entire world required cooperation between countries and, therefore, peace. War led to “the assignment of precise mathematical coordinates to exact spots on earth — very useful for bombing and artillery.”

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Google Searching for Moral High Ground in the Wrong Places

Google Searching for Moral High Ground in the Wrong Places

Google has a problem: The company’s incredibly gifted and creative employees are also profoundly ignorant—and in a way that threatens our national security.

Recently, Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene said the company is withdrawing from the Department of Defense’s Project Maven, which is a multifaceted effort to apply artificial intelligence to the Pentagon’s huge information stores, especially imagery data. The decision comes after more than 4,000 of the tech giant’s employees signed a petition protes…

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Pentagon Suspends Planning for Upcoming South Korea Military Exercise

Pentagon Suspends Planning for Upcoming South Korea Military Exercise

The Pentagon said Monday night that it has suspended all planning for a major military exercise with South Korea that had been set for August, making good on a pledge from the president last week to suspend “war games” with Seoul.

“We will be stopping the war games, which will save us a tremendous amount of money, unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should,” President Donald Trump said last week after a summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. “We’ll be saving a tremendous amount of money. Plus, I think it’s very provocative.”

The Pentagon said that the suspension of the long-standing August exercise, called Ulchi Freedom Guardian, would not affect Pacific exercises outside the Korean Peninsula. The suspension was made “in concert with South Korea,” per a release.

Spokeswoman Dana White added that no decisions have been made on other joint exercises, the most significant of which usually occur in spring. “We …

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Elon Musk’s Latest Deal Is (also) Crazy

Elon Musk’s Latest Deal Is (also) Crazy

Elon Musk is in the news. (Again.) The latest announcement came last Thursday when Musk’s Boring Company signed a contract with the city of Chicago to build an “express loop” from O’Hare Airport to the city’s downtown. In one important way, the deal is wholly unlike most of Musk’s other projects—it won’t be taxpayer subsidized.

In other ways it’s exactly like his other schemes: Musk claims that his engineers can create an 18-mile underground passage for $1 billion—one-twelfth of the typical costs for such a project. Musk insists that he’ll employ a revolutionary technology to achieve the savings. And the approach he’s proposing has never been tested:
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