The post-Weinstein Court of Public Opinion has an overflowing docket.

The post-Weinstein Court of Public Opinion has an overflowing docket. I think now that we’ve segued away from some Trump hysteria and moved on to sexual harassment and sexual assault hysteria it’s time to remember that we are supposed to be a nation of laws and not of men (or women as the case may be).

All the accusations that have been flying about deserve to have their moment in a court of law. That is to say they deserve their moment in court if any laws were broken and if the statute of limitations has not run out. If you’re going to accuse someone of a crime then press charges and have it out in court. If you’re publicly admitting to committing some of these crimes, which some of these men have, then turn yourself in, plead guilty, and serve your time.

Is this a terrible thing to say? Maybe. But, if we don’t stop this public prosecution of people where does it end?

31 years and counting… https://youtu.be/xw4sPD88gHQ

The last several years I’ve picked a song and made a short video commemorating another year of marriage. This year I couldn’t quite find the right tune. So here’s a repeat from last year. Happy anniversary Melissa.

The truth comes out on why those “Russian” Facebook and Twitter ads were made such a big deal.

The truth comes out on why those “Russian” Facebook and Twitter ads were made such a big deal. It’s not because anyone legitimately thought those ads had any effect on the election but because Congress wanted to use it as a back door to regulate the Internet.

Getting the FEC involved in my mind is the first step in what will eventually turn into licensing of web sites. Regulate advertising first, then regulate who is allowed to have their own web sites, that in turn will be de facto regulation of speech on the Internet with license fees going to the U.S. Treasury.

We don’t need this kind of protection. Are Americans really this dumb?


From the Federal Election Commission

When will the music industry get the Hollywood treatment?

Actors, directors, and comedians are getting skewered left and right. There seems to be little doubt that most are guilty of everything they’re being accused. I had to stop and think though how tiny this has to be compared to the music industry.

Just think of the poor young groupie who is starstruck and smitten with their favorite music performer. How many of them have been taken advantage of and when will the dam break on that flood?

This thought came to me after skimming this USA Today article naming all the famous guys that have recently been accused.

With a budget of $7.6 billion and a failure rate of 80% the TSA it’s time for them to close up shop.

With a budget of $7.6 billion and a failure rate of 80% the TSA it’s time for them to close up shop. We could rebuild all of Puerto Rico with that cash. This is just an opinion… please don’t put me on a no-fly list! 🙂

When ABC News asked the source if the failure rate was 80 percent, the response was, “You are in the ballpark.”

In a public hearing after a private classified briefing to the House Committee on Homeland Security, members of Congress called the failures by the Transportation Security Administration disturbing.

From ABC News

The FY 2017 Budget of $7.6 billion will allow TSA the opportunity to more fully address the additional requirements identified last year in response to findings from covert testing of screening processes and procedures by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

From TSA.gov

Even if every single one of the agency’s 57,600 current employees needs to be given a lifelong pension with full salary and benefits, we need to eliminate the TSA, preferably at the speed at which it was created, which would mean that it disappears next year around Epiphany. Put the airports in charge of their own security. Let the free and the brave take their chances with an occasional full-sized tube of Colgate.

From a great opinion piece in The Week

A regular person’s Pixel 2 Review

I purchased a Pixel 2 and not the Pixel 2 XL because the Pixel 2 is cheaper and has the same internals, with the exception of the screen. Same power and capabilities for less money. Win win. Note: all the pictures of the Pixel 2 were shot using my original Pixel.

I’ve been using the Pixel 2 every day since October 20 and I’m extremely happy with the phone. The two things that stand out to me most are the battery life and the camera. These also happen to be the two most important things to me in a smartphone and why I chose to upgrade from the Pixel.

The battery life, in my opinion, is phenomenal. I charge it at night and the phone lasts me all day. Even on my heaviest usage days I still have at least 30% remaining by 10 pm. I’ve never had a phone that lasted me all day like this. The original Pixel had to be charged multiple times per day and I always worried that if I didn’t pay close attention that my phone would be dead when I need it. This is not the case with the Pixel 2 so far. Huge thumbs up.

The camera is also fantastic and I believe I will now stop carrying a DSLR on vacations or trips. The camera is fast and mostly accurate and I find myself not having to think too much before taking a picture. In addition, the portrait mode is a nice little touch and I really have no complaints about it. I won’t be nit picky either about some of the things that get smudged around the edges of a subject because it’s not really noticeable unless you zoom in really close and the Pixel 2 is doing it all in software, unlike the iPhone which doesn’t do as good a job and is doing it with hardware and software for a much higher price.

Continuing on with the camera, I found out about these add-on lenses called Moment Lenses. It requires the phone being in a case (which I don’t like but I’m doing it for the superior pictures) and you simply twist a lens over the camera lens and instantly you have a wide-angle, telephoto, or macro lens that enhances the quality of your pictures. Forgive my crappy photo gallery below but it shows the Moment case and the two lenses I purchased.

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To give you an example of the pictures the phone takes here is another gallery of photos I took with the Pixel 2 of my dogs. Some of the pictures are with good lighting some not but all of them are as taken straight from the phone and, as the kids say these days, no filter.

If you want to see some of these pics or others from this phone go look at my dog Godfrey’s Instagram account or at my Instagram account. On Instagram I do try to spruce them up a bit by enhancing the color, contrast, and brightness.

The rest of the phone is not all that important to me. The screen is fine and the Google Pixel skin of Android is fine. The phone seems fast and smooth. Apps and such mostly work exactly the same as in my previous Pixel and Nexus 5X. I’m hoping that Android has improved enough with these current versions that the phone won’t suffer the Android lag and bloat over time that I’ve experienced with every Android phone I’ve ever used.

My bottom line is that if you want great battery life and the camera is important to you then the Pixel 2 is a good purchase.

One year ago these predictions were made…

One year ago these predictions were made and boy oh boy were they ever wrong. Looking at these videos and their giddiness it’s no wonder why they were so depressed later in the evening, the next morning, and all the rest of the last year.  Enjoy!

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas speaks about the importance of being exposed to a range of differing ideas

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas speaks about the importance of being exposed to a range of differing ideas.

Scientists researched the best way to wash an apple. The conclusion is astonishing!

Scientists researched the best way to wash an apple. The conclusion is astonishing!

Surface pesticide residues were most effectively removed by sodium bicarbonate (baking soda, NaHCO3) solution when compared to either tap water or Clorox bleach. Using a 10 mg/mL NaHCO3 washing solution, it took 12 and 15 min to completely remove thiabendazole or phosmet surface residues, respectively, following a 24 h exposure to these pesticides, which were applied at a concentration of 125 ng/cm2. LC–MS/MS results showed, however, that 20% of applied thiabendazole and 4.4% of applied phosmet had penetrated into the apples following the 24 h exposure. Thiabendazole, a systemic pesticide, penetrated 4-fold deeper into the apple peel than did phosmet, a non-systemic pesticide, which led to more thiabendazole residues inside the apples, which could not be washed away using the NaHCO3 washing solution. This study gives us the information that the standard postharvest washing method using Clorox bleach solution for 2 min is not an effective means to completely remove pesticide residues on the surface of apples. The NaHCO3 method is more effective in removing surface pesticide residues on apples.

Hopefully this study was aimed at apple farms because if I wash a piece of fruit I barely spend 15 seconds let alone 15 minutes. I’d like to see a study for how much of these pesticides survive in the acid environment of a human stomach. Is it all just obliterated and/or broken down or does it remain in our systems?

From the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry