The weather doesn’t care how you feel about it. So the question of how you ought to feel about the weather—specifically, about the wave of warmth that covered the eastern United States this past weekend, and that promises to linger through Christmas—is a human question. What does a warm December signify?
The Boy Scouts of America, a paramilitary children’s organization inspired in part by the exploits of the young Mafeking Cadet Corps during the Second Boer War, has forbidden its present-day members to shoot squirt guns at one another. A blog post for adult Scout leaders on the Scouting Magazine website reports that under the rules in the 2015 Boy Scouts of America National Shooting Sports Manual, “Water guns and rubber band guns must only be used to shoot at targets, and eye protection must be worn.”
Three days after Ross Douthat denounced the "corrupt" brand-driven corporatist ideology poisoning higher education, Thomas Friedman writes that the elite "Davos Man" must "[m]ove over" and bow to the masses who are mobilizing all over the world. Revolution now! On the center-right of the Times op-ed page!
Labor advocates are promoting a shocking (edited) recording of a phone call between a longtime McDonald's worker and the company's 1-866 McResource Line, in which an operator advises the worker to bolster her $8.25-an-hour wages by signing up for food stamps and Medicaid. Good for McDonald's! Why should they keep pretending that our economy isn't completely ruined?
It has been a busy week for the Machine-Human Alliance. Sorry! The Human-Machine Alliance. Humans will always take precedence. First there was the deployment of South Korea's autonomous jellyfish-killing aquatic robot swarm. Now, in a completely unrelated development, the engineers at Boston Dynamics—working on behalf of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency—have released video of the WildCat, an untethered version of their quadrupedal Cheetah robot, capable of standing and running freely under its own power.
To celebrate its Independence Day, Ukraine yesterday officially opened the first, and most likely only, nuclear missile museum
in the world there, the Pervomaisk Strategic Missile Forces Museum. Visitors can check out intercontinental ballistic missiles like "Satan" and "Sandal", as well as have a look around original bunkers. In the ITN video tour above, you also see a Soviet shitter that was used when the present day museum site was an active nuke silo. I'd go.