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The great Social Media Expulsion of Political Conservatives is in full swing ahead of the mid-terms. Frankly, it’s why I do things the way that I do them now. Is it a pain in the butt and extra work? Yep. But it also shows that the whole system of algorithms and keywords that Social Media uses to determine things is little more than Harry Potter-esqe gibberish.

The Washington State Supreme Court has struck down the State’s Death Penalty law. Now… there has not been an execution in Washington since 2010. Unlike California, there are only eight people on Death row in Washington instead of hundreds. That makes sense given the population difference (CA-37.2 Million, WA- 7.4 Million). On the other hand, it also demonstrates that where a given crime is committed might be a bigger factor in the sentence being applied than simply what the crime was in the first place. 

NASA and the entire space fandom had a scare yesterday when the latest Russian rocket carrying an American Astronaut and a Russian Cosmonaut, failed in flight, leaving the craft unable to make orbit and in a ballistic arc. As the nation turns its eye to the new film “First Man” and celebrates the first flight of Apollo 7, it is a reminder that there is nothing – NOTHING – safe about going into space. In fact, all these people who think that going to Mars would be great have no clue how much being in space actually sucks…

The Feres Doctrine has prevented Military service members from suing the Government for damages since 1950. It’s time to overturn that doctrine…


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Augmented Reality



It all started when I had to get a new phone. The one they wanted me to buy comes with something called, “Augmented Reality.” I had no clue what that is…

It turns out that AR is something that we all are experiencing more and more of each and every day. in fact, it is designed to stop you from doing the one thing that you shouldn’t be stopped from doing for yourself – Think. But it has taken over ever aspect of what we see, hear and decide. From the President to the NFL ratings to the City of Bremerton’s decision to install security Cameras. All of it does one thing – decide what you think of something before you ever stop to consider it for yourself.

Oh… if you disagree with the AR, then you’re “stupid.” Read the rest of this entry

Star Sailors

If you were to ask any local government official what the “purpose” or “primary function” of local government is, almost universally – certainly from the politicians – you will get tan answer that implies that “public safety” is the #1 raison d’être for local government. When budgets need to be cut, local governments threaten public safety cuts because that’s their #1 priority and the public isn’t wise enough to see the waste elsewhere. But before you get too settled on the matter, consider that there is MORE, much more, to public safety than just Police and Fire. Read the rest of this entry

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