July 16, 2016

PBS’s Woodruff: Nice Terrorist Might Have Been ‘Disgruntled,’ ‘Unhappy With His Life’

We are so fortunate to have expert psychoanalyst Judy Woodruff on call at PBS. (That’s sarcasm, folks.)

Friday evening, Woodruff, apparently because whatever evidence there is of ISIS involvement in Thursday’s terrorist massacre in Nice, France is in her view insufficiently direct, speculated that “It could have been the act of one person disgruntled, upset with his life.”

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Cincinnati Enquirer/Gannett Ohio Reporter Believes 220,000 Were Murdered in U.S. Last Year

A Cincinnati Enquirer reporter and her editors thoroughly embarrassed themselves and their employer on Friday. Additionally, given that the error involved has been present for over 36 hours, they may not realize it unless and until someone tells them about this post.

The reporter, Jessie Balmert, told readers that the number of murders in the U.S. last year was 15 times higher than it actually was. The Enquirer’s editors, assuming they exist (one almost hopes that they don’t), were also too ignorant to catch the blatantly obvious but agenda-fitting error.

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AP’s Latest Lame Excuse For Venezuela’s Food Shortages: Military Mismanagement

The latest installment in leftist excuse-making when socialism fails goes into the “It would work if leaders just had the right people handling things” file.

It comes in the form of a Friday morning “analysis” at the Associated Press. Writers Jorge Rueda and Joshua Goodman want readers to believe that the economy in the Bolivarian socialist and once fairly prosperous nation of Venezuela would be in much better shape today if the military didn’t botch the responsibilities de facto dictator Nicolas Maduro had previously given it to handle the nation’s “battle against widespread food shortages.” Now the AP pair believe it will get even worse, because the military has essentially been given total control in this area.

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Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (071616)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Pokemon Go — Getting people to Church since…Thursday, July 7

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Lincoln, Nebraska:

Jul 11, 2016 / 05:04 pm (CNA)

“I caught one!”

Someone screamed this outside of Fr. Ryan Kaup’s rectory window the other night, waking him up at 12:30 a.m.

That’s because Fr. Kaup’s parish, Cristo Rey in Lincoln, Neb., is a Pokestop.

What’s a Pokestop, you say? It’s part of Pokémon Go, the newest app craze released last week by Niantic Labs. The app – part geocaching, part exercise-tracking, part game – takes users through their real-life neighborhoods in order to “catch them all”. It’s become so popular that just two days after its release last Thursday, the time people spent on the game surpassed time spent on other popular apps like Whatsapp, Snapchat and Instagram.

Points, prizes and levels are gained by catching Pokémon and by going to Pokestops – tagged locations in the real world where users can stock up on gear and points for the game.

And many of those stops, it turns out, are located at churches.

The reason for this? Niantic Labs was once part of Google, and their founder and CEO once worked on the technology that powers Google Maps. That technology was used in Ingress, a geolocation game similar to Pokemon Go. The locations that appear in the game are either famous landmarks, locations based on geo-tagged photos from Google, or locations that were submitted as suggestions by players. Pokemon Go is currently not accepting Pokestop location applications.

Still, the phenomenon has some pastors and youth ministers, who are experiencing increased foot and road traffic to their churches, wondering how they can harness the popularity of the game for the good of the Gospel. …

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