July 6, 2013

AP Updates White House/Egypt Situation With No Mention of Muslim Brotherhood or Morsi

You’ve got to hand it to the folks at the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press. No news organization on earth is as consistently effective at burying the substance of a story while appearing to cover it.

Take this evening’s unbylined coverage of the Obama administration’s noncommittal, substance-free positioning on the situation in Egypt. It takes a special talent to get through a few hundred words in a story such as this without ever mentioning the name of the ousted Mohammed Morsi or his Muslim Brotherhood party, and whoever wrote the AP story was up to the challenge (bolds are mine):

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AP Initially Reports That June Jobs Report May Delay Fed ‘Tapering,’ Then Reverses Field

It wasn’t a tough prediction, but late Friday morning Noel Sheppard at NewsBusters noted the seemingly “metaphysical certitude the Obama-loving media will be falling over themselves in the next 48 hours to report the better than expected jobs numbers in June.” Well, of course.

Noel also wondered how much attention the press would pay to less than desirable aspects of yesterday’s jobs report from Uncle Sam’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. The answer at the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, which carried at least eight reports relating to the news and its effects on the financial markets, was “hardly,” as will be seen in excerpts after the jump. Additionally, the AP reversed its initial take that yesterday’s non-change in the unemployment rate would keep the Federal Reserve’s stimulus flowing, later deciding that the jobs report was so good that the Fed can let the tapering begin.

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Video: ‘Pro-Morsi Wahhabis Vow to Suicide Bomb Everyone Opposed to Them and Set Christians On Fire’

Filed under: National Security,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:15 am

Well of course they do (HT Moonbattery):

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Published on Jul 4, 2013
This footage is taken from a pro-Morsi demonstration in Egypt after the Egyptian military intervened on behalf of the millions of Egyptians who demanded an end to the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. While addressing Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, the Egyptian commander-in-chief, Wahhabis who support Morsi vow to become suicide bombers that will target secularists, Christians, Shiites, and all other opposition forces. A Wahhabi lady covered in black vowed to burn her Christian compatriots.

Of course Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood compadres plan terrorist attacks. That’s because they’re terrorists.

Barack Obama’s administration supported these terrorists when they were in power, and would have been perfectly content to see Egypt became a socialist state ruled by sharia law, effectively turning it into another Iran.

Way back in June 2008, I wrote that then-candidate Barack Obama had “terror-supporting and/or terror-sympathetic relationships you can believe in.” Because he did.

It was sadly predictable that an Obama administration would support an Egyptian government run by terrorists virtually to the bitter end.

I would like to be wrong about this, but it is unfortunately quite likely that the Obama administration, barring extraordinary pressure from sensible people, will work to make life difficult for Egypt’s military as it attempts to transition to a genuine pro-democracy government.

Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (070613)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow later. Other topics are also fair game.

Positivity: Remembering Douglas Engelbart, Inventor of the Computer Mouse and the Initial Theory Behind Moore’s Law

Filed under: Marvels,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From a New York Times obituary:

Douglas C. Engelbart was 25, just engaged to be married and thinking about his future when he had an epiphany in 1950 that would change the world.

He had a good job working at a government aerospace laboratory in California, but he wanted to do something more with his life, something of value that might last, even outlive him. Then it came to him. In a single stroke he had what might be safely called a complete vision of the information age.

The epiphany spoke to him of technology’s potential to expand human intelligence, and from it he spun out a career that indeed had lasting impact. It led to a host of inventions that became the basis for the Internet and the modern personal computer.

In later years, one of those inventions was given a warmhearted name, evoking a small, furry creature given to scurrying across flat surfaces: the computer mouse.

Dr. Engelbart died on Tuesday at 88 at his home in Atherton, Calif. His wife, Karen O’Leary Engelbart, said the cause was kidney failure.

Computing was in its infancy when Dr. Engelbart entered the field. Computers were ungainly room-size calculating machines that could be used by only one person at a time. Someone would feed them information in stacks of punched cards and then wait hours for a printout of answers. Interactive computing was a thing of the future, or in science fiction. But it was germinating in Dr. Engelbart’s restless mind.

In his epiphany, he saw himself sitting in front of a large computer screen full of different symbols — an image most likely derived from his work on radar consoles while in the Navy after World War II. The screen, he thought, would serve as a display for a workstation that would organize all the information and communications for a given project.

It was his great insight that progress in science and engineering could be greatly accelerated if researchers, working in small groups, shared computing power. He called the approach “bootstrapping” and believed it would raise what he called their “collective I.Q.”

A decade later, during the Vietnam War, he established an experimental research group at Stanford Research Institute (later renamed SRI and then SRI International). The unit, the Augmentation Research Center, known as ARC, had the financial backing of the Air Force, NASA and the Advanced Research Projects Agency, an arm of the Defense Department. Even so, in the main, computing industry professionals regarded Dr. Engelbart as a quixotic outsider.

In December 1968, however, he set the computing world on fire with a remarkable demonstration before more than a thousand of the world’s leading computer scientists at the Fall Joint Computer Conference in San Francisco, one of a series of national conferences in the computer field that had been held since the early 1950s. Dr. Engelbart was developing a raft of revolutionary interactive computer technologies and chose the conference as the proper moment to unveil them.

For the event, he sat on stage in front of a mouse, a keyboard and other controls and projected the computer display onto a 22-foot-high video screen behind him. In little more than an hour, he showed how a networked, interactive computing system would allow information to be shared rapidly among collaborating scientists. He demonstrated how a mouse, which he invented just four years earlier, could be used to control a computer. He demonstrated text editing, video conferencing, hypertext and windowing.

In contrast to the mainframes then in use, a computerized system Dr. Engelbart created, called the oNLine System, or NLS, allowed researchers to share information seamlessly and to create and retrieve documents in the form of a structured electronic library.

The conference attendees were awe-struck. In one presentation, Dr. Engelbart demonstrated the power and the potential of the computer in the information age. The technology would eventually be refined at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center and at the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Apple and Microsoft would transform it for commercial use in the 1980s and change the course of modern life.

Years later, people in Silicon Valley still referred to the presentation as “the mother of all demos.” It took until the late 1980s for the mouse to become the standard way to control a desktop computer.

… The importance of Dr. Engelbart’s networking ideas was underscored in 1969, when his Augment NLS system became the application for which the forerunner of today’s Internet was created. The system was called the ARPAnet computer network, and SRI became the home of its operation center and one of its first two nodes, or connection points. (The other node was at the University of California, Los Angeles. Two others followed, at the University of Utah and the University of California, Santa Barbara.).

Dr. Engelbart saw his ARC group grow rapidly after 1969. At the height of the Vietnam War, it swelled to more than 50 researchers — a significant number of them young men who had taken to computing in part to avoid the military draft.

The group disbanded in the 1970s, and SRI sold the NLS system in 1977 to a company called Tymshare. Dr. Engelbart worked there in relative obscurity for more than a decade until his contributions became more widely recognized by the computer industry. He was awarded the National Medal of Technology, the Lemelson-M.I.T. Prize and the Turing Award.

… Dr. Engelbart was one of the first to realize the accelerating power of computers and the impact they would have on society. In a presentation at a conference in Philadelphia in February 1960, he described the industrial process of continually shrinking the size of computer circuits that would later be referred to as “Moore’s Law,” after the Intel co-founder Gordon Moore.

Speaking of the future, he said, “Boy, are there going to be some surprises over there.”

Go here for the rest of the story.

Updating — And Extending — the Obama Administration-Ben Bernanke ‘Stimulus’ Graph

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 12:35 am

Let’s look at history, plus the great plan Barack Obama and Ben Bernanke have for the next two years:

ObamaBernankeStimulusChartThru2015

(2007-2013 portion charted by Steven Goddard at Real Science)

Two years from now, according to Obama and Bernanke, the unemployment rate, which is currently over 50% higher than Team Obama said it would be right now (June’s 7.6% divided by the promised 5.0%), will still, in their “ideal scenario,” be 30% higher (6.5% vs. 5.0%) — and that’s before considering the suffering induced by trends toward temporary and part-time work caused by pervasive uncertainty and impending Obamacare.

Reality will likely vary — in the wrong direction.

The obvious response (I know, Bernanke is supposedly a Republican — Give me a flippin’ break):

Party of compassion my a**.