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So Google has decided California Republicans are Nazis

Less than a week before the California primary, Google listed “Nazism” as the ideology of the California Republican Party.

In the “knowledge panel” that provides easy access to information next to search results, Google was showing “Nazism” as an “ideology” of the party as of Thursday morning. The word “Nazism” was hyperlinked to a secondary page that shows “Nazism” alongside other “ideologies” of California Republicans like “Conservatism,” "Market liberalism,” “Fiscal conservatism,” and “Green conservatism."

California voters have been casting their absentee ballots for weeks ahead of Tuesday’s statewide primary elections, which will help determine the majority in the House of Representative and the potential next governor of the world’s fifth-largest economy.

But voters looking for information by searching “California Republicans” or “California Republican Party” were getting “Nazism” next to their search results until Google took the listing down later Thursday after a query from VICE News.

Posted by Currentsitguy | Thu May 31, 2018, 03:14 PM (15 replies)

Death of a thousand cuts

Sears Holdings plans to shutter 72 more stores, with closing sales starting in the near future

Sears Holdings said Thursday it will be closing more than 70 additional stores in 2018 as its sales continue to erode, dropping more than 30 percent in the latest quarter from a year ago.

The retailer has identified 100 unprofitable stores in total, and it will begin closing sales at 72 of these stores "in the near future."

"We continue to evaluate our network of stores, which are a critical component in our transformation, and will make further adjustments as needed and as warranted," Sears said in a statement announcing its fiscal first-quarter results.

Sears added it plans to provide a list later in the day of the locations set to close next.
Posted by Currentsitguy | Thu May 31, 2018, 11:46 AM (5 replies)

Who'd a thunk it? There's a little piece of West Virginia in England...

Posted by Currentsitguy | Wed May 30, 2018, 01:31 PM (5 replies)

Great analysis of why Libya is not a parallel story to North Korea

This guy always has a very good perspective on the region. Here is a snip, but the whole article is worth reading.

"But the most ahistorical part of the Libya parallel is how fundamentally it misunderstands North Korea, its goals, and its doctrine. Edward Oh, one of the smartest and most underrated commenters about North Korea today, has pointed out again and again that it has always been North Korea’s clear, emphatic written doctrine to reunify Korea under the rule of its system. Anyone who has heard of the Korean War knows that it’s perfectly willing to do so forcibly if it assesses that the costs of doing so are acceptable. It has since pursued those weapons with unyielding determination, but for a few negotiated tactical pauses that never really interrupted the broader program so much as they funded it. North Korea had committed to acquiring nuclear weapons — even if it had to starve millions of its own people to death to get them — decades before Libya was caught with its UF6, decades before the Libyan Civil War, and decades before anyone in Pyongyang knew John Bolton’s name. To claim that Bolton, Dick Cheney, or anyone but the Kims is responsible for North Korea reneging on every disarmament agreement isn’t just an injustice to the Kims’ messianic pursuit of regime change, it’s as chronologically illogical as blaming Carrot Top for the crimes of John Wayne Gacy.

Why do we insist on ignoring all of this history and doctrine? Is it because such stubborn facts would undermine the argument that a nuclear North Korea would peacefully coexist with us and our allies? Is it rational to disregard that evidence simply because it leads to conclusions we prefer not to face? Kim Il-sung’s pursuit of nuclear weapons began when the memory of his disastrous attempt to reunify Korea by force was still fresh.

The final lesson of Libya is that neither nukes nor the economic “engagement” we dangle to induce despots into giving them up can save a regime from the grievances of its own people if that regime refuses to hear them, and to accept the political reforms that are the necessary prerequisite to sustainable economic reforms. Nukes would not have saved Qaddafi from his own madness and his refusal to hear the grievances of his subjects, any more than nerve gas can more than temporarily consolidate Assad’s control over a resentful, bitter, and now-radicalized Sunni majority in Syria. If Kim Jong-un refuses all pressures for political reform — and all evidence suggests that he will — his own turn to fight a civil war will surely come. In that civil war, nukes might give us some additional hesitation about intervening in North Korea, beyond the hesitation that North Korean artillery aimed at Seoul would already have given us. Then again, they might cause us to think that a preemptive strike is necessary to prevent Kim Jong-un from going nuclear in one of the world’s most densely populated regions.

Either way, Kim can’t nuke his way back to stability or legitimacy. In doing so, he’d probably invite a preemptive war with the United States and South Korea, with China’s tacit assent. And in the unlikely event that Kim and Trump do reach some kind of cash-for-nukes deal next month, Kim’s isolation of his people for the duration of his rule thus far suggests that his people will see few of the economic or political benefits from that deal. Assuming the next deal lasts longer than the last three did, the economic consequence would be that a few of the rich will grow richer, class divisions will widen, and the odds of internal unrest will increase. And if, as is likely, Kim retains some of his nukes by refusing to allow a more open and transparent society, we’ll be headed toward a nuclear civil war anyway."
Posted by Currentsitguy | Wed May 30, 2018, 01:26 PM (0 replies)

The RADAR over Indiana almost looks like a hurricane
Posted by Currentsitguy | Wed May 30, 2018, 11:37 AM (4 replies)

This place personified

Posted by Currentsitguy | Wed May 30, 2018, 09:21 AM (0 replies)

First there was Brexit. Is Italy next?

Italy's two anti-EU populist parties which have been unsuccessfully trying to form a coalition government would have an outright majority in parliament if a new vote was held today, polls show.

Attempts in Rome to form a coalition government crumbled again this week, sending markets into turmoil both in Italy and across the Eurozone, as a July snap election is becoming increasingly likely.

Support for the right-wing League party was up up eight per cent in one poll, and ten per cent in another, from its 17.5 per cent result at the March 4 elections.

Polls said support for the 5-Star Movement remain close enough to its election result of around 33 per cent that the two parties would win outright if they joined forces.

Despite the poll results, the 5-Star Movement has today sought to make a renewed attempt to form a coalition government with the League, a source said.

However, League leader Matteo Salvini has appeared to throw cold water on that idea, saying Italy should return to an election as soon as possible.

'The earlier we vote the better because it's the best way to get out of this quagmire and confusion,' Salvini told reporters.

It was President Sergio Mattarella's rejection of having 81-year-old eurosceptic Paolo Savona as economy minister which scuppered the formation of a coalition government - which has been in the works since the March elections.

Instead, President Mattarella designated former IMF official Carlo Cottarelli to head a politically neutral government, which riled 5 Star and the League - and did nothing to calm financial markets.
Posted by Currentsitguy | Wed May 30, 2018, 08:26 AM (0 replies)

I just got this desk lamp in, it's the most amazing lamp I have ever used

I spend an absurd amount of time in front of screens for work. You can assume if I am posting here, I'm working. I started at 7:30 this morning, It's now 9:45 PM and I'm still at it, setting up a NAS. Some days I feel like gouging out my eyes at the end of the day. I thought I'd give this lamp a try. It's damned expensive, but I have to say if you spend a lot of time at a desk it's worth every penny. Plus, it's really cool how it looks and operates.

Posted by Currentsitguy | Tue May 29, 2018, 08:45 PM (3 replies)

Hey, IT Geeks! I'd like to pick your brains.

I'm in the process of putting in a NAS that actually runs Windows Storage Server 2012 R2. Has anyone had any experience with the OS? How robust is it in terms of running a Domain?

Up until now I have worked in a one server setup, but I really don't like having my Domain Controller also being my Exchange Server. I have always been told it's not a best practice.
Posted by Currentsitguy | Tue May 29, 2018, 01:30 PM (8 replies)

Yeah, that's it ... I, uh, "fell" on it. Really I did.

Man, 26, claims shower head was pushed six inches into his rectum after he 'slipped and fell' on it - but doctors aren't convinced

A man needed a shower head removed from his body, after it had been pushed six inches into his rectum.

The 26-year-old man told doctors that he fell on the hand held shower head while in the shower, according to a BMJ case study.

However, the doctors, from Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in New Delhi, say in the report that they felt 'high suspicion' that the object was actually put there for 'auto-erotic purposes'.

The man went to hospital having detached the shower head along with some of the piping, after discovering he couldn't remove it at home.

After an initial examination, doctors found that he was otherwise in good health and was not actively bleeding. The man denied having had any such incidents in the past, or voluntarily inserting objects into his rectum.

X-rays revealed the handheld shower extending six inches into his rectum, but no tearing, according to the report.

The patient was taken to an operation theater and a general anesthetic applied for removal.

As recorded in the followup report, the doctors employed 'gentle anal stretching' in order to reach up and grasp the shower head.

The doctors reached in and closed the water spout at the top of the head, which had been sticking out, so that it was in line with the rest of the head. This may have been the reason the shower head was stuck.

The shower head was 'gently removed' from the patient. It was then measured at 15 cm, or six inches.

Following the successful extraction, he underwent further tests to make sure there was no damage to his lower bowel.

He was offered psychiatric consultation but refused it.

Posted by Currentsitguy | Tue May 29, 2018, 09:09 AM (4 replies)
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