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Drones. We should have known they would be a problem when "drone" was the best name we could come up with.

Drones. We should have known they would be a problem when "drone" was the best name we could come up with.

CNN cleared to test drones for reporting
Jan. 12, 2015, CNN

Drones could pose serious hazard in NZ airspace, pilots warn
Jan. 17, 2015, TVNZ ONE News

Being pestered by drones? Buy a drone-hunting drone
By Matthew Sparkes, Deputy Head of Technology, Jan. 16, 2015, The Telegraph

Drones: how not to kill people with your Christmas present
By Andrew Griffin, Dec. 24, 2014, The Independent

This might be the most annoying and most hilarious present this Christmas
By Chris Smith, 

Dads With Drones Are Ruining Christmas
By Brian Barrett, Dec. 24, 2014, Gizmodo

Drone revolution still waiting on FAA rules
Scott Mayerowitz, Jan. 7, 2015, Associated Press, The Wichita Eagle

Under what possible circumstances is it permissible to shoot any unarmed person 7 times, including one in the brain?

Whatever the provocation on August 9, 2014, whatever the fear on either side, whatever was the result of a trained response on the part of the officer or poor decisions by the officer or on the part of the teenage Michael Brown, there is one fact that the grand jury has not explained as it dismisses all charges against the officer: Under what possible circumstances is it necessary to shoot any unarmed person 7 times, including one in the brain?

...continue reading "12 Shots in Ferguson"

Please do not ask how well this works.

The state of Pennsylvania is one of the two or three states in the country that does not have a state mechanism for funding schools. Essentially, each year school districts go to the state capital separately and ask their local representatives to fight each other over an unspecified, unbudgeted amount of pocket change that might possibly be used to some degree to fund the schools in the state. Please do not ask how well this works.

Finally, the state is being sued.

...continue reading "State of PA sets education standards, refuses to permit cities to implement them. Cities sue."

Dr. Craig Spencer has finished his treatment and quarantine and is being released today from Bellevue Hospital Center in New York.
Full story at the NYT
Full story at the NYT.

Dr. Craig Spencer, the physician who worked to save ebola patients in Guinea and ended up a patient himself, has finished his treatment and quarantine and is being released today from  Bellevue Hospital Center in New York.

Despite coverage of his reign of terror before his arrival at the hospital, he infected no one. The Dallas case gave people the impression ebola victims were an extreme danger to the general populace, but the two most recent cases were medical workers who had been involved with treating ebola patients in African nations for months and were fully aware of the symptoms and risks, and the proper safeguards. In neither recent case did the fears of politicians and newscasters prove to be founded.

No word on his future plans, but we know he likes to walk, jog, hang out on the High Line, bowl, do yoga, and play the banjo. So if you're someone who likes to avoid helping sick people, exercising, or eating anywhere but Taco Bell, you're probably safe. I'd recommend moving to New Jersey.