More Settled Scienciness in Harvardistan

The family of a student at the Fay School in Southboro (Mass) has filed a lawsuit claiming the school’s strong Wi-Fi signal caused the boy to become ill.

The unidentified plaintiffs, referred to as “Mother” and “Father” in the complaint, said their 12-year-old son, “G,” suffers from Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome, a condition that is aggravated by electromagnetic radiation. The boy was diagnosed after he frequently experienced headaches, nosebleeds, nausea, and other symptoms while sitting in class after the school installed a new, more powerful wireless Internet system in 2013, the suit says.

Hmm. Hypersensitivity. A very common affliction in Harvardistan.

Dr. Jeanne Hubbuch, the Watertown physician who diagnosed G with electromagnetic hypersensitivity, wrote in a letter to the Fay School last August that there was no other medical explanation for his symptoms. “It is know(n) that exposure to WIFI can have cellular effects. The complete extent of these effects on people is still unknown,” Dr. Hubbuch wrote.

Known Unknowns. Perhaps we should call in Donald Rumsfeld.

The family was also unhappy after officials at Fay asked them to have G see another physician, who after speaking to G for 10 minutes and not conducting any tests “pronounced that in his view there was not enough study yet done to link Wi-Fi emissions to symptoms such as those G is experiencing at Fay School,” they say in the complaint. “This doctor stated in essence that he does not believe in EHS,” the lawsuit says. “Yet he made no alternate diagnosis.”


…the combined levels of access point emissions, broadcast radio and television signals, and other RFE emissions on campus were substantially less than one ten-thousandth (1/10,000th) of the applicable (FCC) safety limits. 

Then again, reality seldom matters when it interferes with The Narrative™.

tonight’s allegory

Trump deals with a queue-jumper

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[foot-stomping laughter, wipes tears]

Univision jackass just didn’t think he needed to wait his turn.
[insert obvious allegorical commentary here]

He was let back in (prob’ly after he promised to behave himself) and had his filibuster answered.

So, what have we learned, here, boys and girls?
[glances around classroom at politely raised hands]
Betsy, would you please go get the janitor to sweep up all this broken glass.
After recess, we’ll learn a new vocabulary word: defenestration.

Trump vs Univision vs Megyn Kelly: ¿Quien es mas macho?

Tiz Da Season


So, how was your Summer vacation?

Kind’a like the stock market, eh?

~ source ~
Geeze, can you imagine what it’s like bein’ around those two all day, every day?

Today’s exercise, pick an adjective or a short description.
My entry: soul-crushing

today’s perspective

~ Mark Moogalian, the heroic guy who got shot ~

~ Latest, including medal ceremony ~

Need to include Virginian, Mark Moogalian (teaching at the U of Paris) who was the first to jump the gunman along with an unnamed Frenchman. Moogalian was shot in the neck and is currently in the hospital. Don’t know why we don’t have the Frenchman’s name.

~ News conference video ~

Man of the Hour: A1C Spencer Stone

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New updates will show up on top from now on.
(The original post entry and first update were removed, being overcome by events.)

older updates below

Video of the post-takedown. (caution: blood / click on “continue”)

“In the aftermath, we saw that a man’s throat had been split and he was bleeding profusely,” ….
Airman Mr Stone, who was injured himself in the hand during the tussle, performed first aid on the unidentified passenger.
… “Spencer, who has some paramedics training, just clogged up his neck so he wouldn’t die. This is all in the midst of Spencer bleeding profusely himself.” “It was just really heroic of him to do something like that.” [story]

Take-away quote:

“We just did what we had to do. You either run away or fight. We chose to fight and got lucky and didn’t die.”

(What? No, no word on how that actor is doin’.)

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Take-away quote #2:

“He didn’t say anything. He was just telling us to give back his gun. ‘Give me back my gun! Give me back my gun!’ But we just carried on beating him up and immobilised him and that was it.” [source]

Wellp, looks like we’ve heard from the “actor,” after all.

Jean-Hugues Anglade, a French actor who was wounded during the shooting, has slammed the train’s staff for allegedly running away and locking themselves inside their working car during the shooting. [source]

Fahrenheit Vierhundert Einundfünfzig

It would appear book burning (at least figuratively) is back in vogue in Germany. My German isn’t as good as it was a couple of decades ago (Blue Max, you around?), but this article seems to indicate over 3,000 books were “sorted out” of the Public Library of the German town of Bad Dürrheim. Apparently, Prog busybodies of the Town Council waited for the Head Librarian to go on vacation, then performed this “sorting out,” primarily based on whether the books contained politically incorrect words such as “Neger.” (Auf Wiedersehen, Mark Twain)

Cultural Ref

Sunshine Is Good

today’s wedgie

Louisiana governor and GOP presidential candidate Bobby Jindal will counter pro-Planned Parenthood protests today with a protest of his own — in the form of a continuous video loop of the seven undercover videos showing illegal abortions and fetal harvesting by Planned Parenthood clinics.

The videos, some of which include graphic footage of abortion workers sorting through the dismembered arms, legs and other body parts of aborted babies as old as 20-weeks gestation, will show on an outdoor movie theater outside the Louisiana governor’s mansion.

The pro-Planned Parenthood protest is set to take place at 4:30 CT. The screening of the videos will happen at the same time

black-and-white choice

Here’s a little thought experiment for all you physics students out there.
(Cautionary hint: the EPA is involved, so be careful of your assumptions, process logic, and applicability of conclusion.)

LA’s scheme to cover a reservoir under 96 million “shade balls” may not be all it is touted to be, experts told, with some critics going so far as to refer to the plan as a “potential disaster.”

The city made national headlines last week when Mayor Eric Garcetti and Department of Water officials dumped $34.5 million worth of the tiny, black plastic balls into the city’s 175-acre Van Norman Complex reservoir in the Sylmar section. Garcetti said the balls would create a surface layer that would block 300 million gallons from evaporating amid the state’s crippling drought and save taxpayers $250 million.

Experts differed over the best color for the tiny plastic balls, with one [saying] they should have been white and another saying a chrome color would be optimal. But all agreed that the worst color for the job is the one LA chose.

“Black spheres resting in the hot sun will form a thermal blanket speeding evaporation as well as providing a huge amount of new surface area for the hot water to breed bacteria,” …. “Disaster. It’s going to be a bacterial nightmare.

Any color covering will help stop wind-driven evaporation,…. But when it comes to the hot summer sun sucking water out of the reservoir, color is everything… “Ideally you would want a chrome surface,” …. “The worst would be matte black, which has a reflectivity close to zero.”

[A biologist] said black balls will absorb heat, transfer it to the water and cause evaporation. And he agreed … that the heat will prove hospitable to bacteria. “Bacteria required a few things to grow a dark, warm and moist environment,” …. “The balls will give them the perfect environment to live in.
[story (caution: autostart video)]

“Why would they dooo it, then?” you ask.

“This is not about evaporation,” …. “The water savings spin is purely political. What the black balls are really about is that [Los Angeles] needs to stay in-compliance with an EPA requirement to place a physical cover over potable water reservoirs.”

Uhhhv course …

Cultural ref (do not pass Chef, go directly to Isaac Hayes)

On The River…

EPA vs Nature and Good Sense


“blacklivesmatter” sometimes

…A man who pointed a gun at police was shot and killed by officers in north St. Louis, according to St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson.

Two officers were executing a search warrant around noon Wednesday at a home near Walton and Page, Dotson said at a news conference, when two armed men ran out of the back door of the home.

One pointed a gun at police officers…The house is identified as one that has had search warrants served in the past.

Four guns and crack cocaine were recovered at or near the home, Dotson said, including the handgun wielded by the dead suspect. The same house last year yielded illegal guns during a police search…

…The shooting that left a black suspect dead drew protests, with many of the roughly 150 people who gathered at the scene hurling obscene gestures and expletives at investigators and questioning the police use of deadly force. Some chanted “Black Lives Matter,” …

previously the day before

A 9-year-old girl was killed and her mother wounded in a Tuesday night shooting in Ferguson.

Police say the two were in their home in the 9200 block of Ellison at about 9:40 p.m. when the shots entered the house from outside.

Jamyla Bolden was in bed when she was shot…