01 March 2024

Friday Links - 1 March

Lawrence Person's BattleSwarm Blog starts things off with Ukraine’s Super Tiny, Super Expensive Black Hornet Drone

The Black Hornet drone that western nations have supplied Ukraine with has some very interesting tech and capabilities, and is all but invisible to visual and electronic detection. But there’s a catch.

OldAFSarg from - Chant du Départ A Rerun From Ten Years Ago. (The AF in OldAFSarge stands for Air Force, not As F-.)

On the Security Augmentation Force (SAF), most of us carried the German G3. In the picture above, it's the one in the foreground, with the wooden stock. This rifle weighs in the neighborhood of 10 pounds. However, the longer you have to carry one, the heavier it gets. By the end of the standard SAF 12-hour shift, your rifle weighs (and this is an approximation) roughly 350 metric tonnes. Or thereabouts.

Daily Wire - Judge Says Feds Can’t ‘Selectively’ Prosecute Right-Wing Rioters While Ignoring Antifa

A judge in California threw out charges against two far-right political agitators, saying the federal government engaged in “selective prosecution” by charging right-wing rioters but not the far-left agitators they fought against, and who did the exact same thing.

Red State with a story of Cops Behaving Badly - Tennessee Sheriff's Office Faces Scrutiny for Stealing Livestock Without a Warrant

In Marshall County, Tennessee, a law enforcement agency is under scrutiny for seizing animals without warrants. Current and former officials in the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office reportedly admitted to the practice during a court proceeding.

The story reveals how those purporting to fight for the rights of animals use their positions to steal people’s property under the guise of stopping animal cruelty.

EBL - Richard Lewis, RIP

Richard Lewis on Parkinson's and the end of Curb Your Enthusiasm
Richard Lewis dead at 76. RIP.
Deadline, THR, Variety

Mike Rowe - Getting Our Work Ethic Curriculum into High Schools & WES Launches

It takes a while to get a good thing going, but I’m excited to say we’re finally getting our work ethic curriculum into high schools. Western High in Las Vegas has adopted our program, and I stopped by yesterday to kick things off and answer a few questions from the press. Better still, mikeroweWORKS has partnered with the Englestad Foundation, to award between 50 and 100 full ride, work ethic scholarships to Western High graduates – at least $4.5 million in total.

Pixy Misa at Ambient Irony - Daily News Stuff 28 February 2024: Squirrel Voldemort Edition

AIs serve up garbage answers to every single question regarding voting and elections except for the one that confirms our personal biases. (Tech Crunch)
This appears to have generally been the case across the board. The only question they all got right pertained to the 2020 election being "stolen,” a question that universally produced accurate answers (and as such suggests special tuning on related queries).
"They're feeding you propaganda. Here's why that's a good thing."

Adaptive Curmudgeon - Curmudgeon’s Non-Vacation: Part 7: Social Capital

Which brings me to my second point. I want people to be happy and fulfilled but I’m prickly. Even my best warmest thoughts come out like less like I’m a huggable Curmudgeon and more like I’m a serial killer who needs to switch to decaf. I’m not complaining. It has its benefits. Even vegans leave me alone.

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