Tragedy in Ft. Lauderdale.

As of this writing, five people are dead and eight remain hospitalized after a gunman fired a barrage of bullets in a baggage claim area at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida. The alleged shooter was taken into custody, and the airport was (and still is) on lockdown.

When the news first broke earlier today, my heart did too. My first thoughts went to the survivors, and to the loved ones of those who were killed and injured. I hope they get all the support and assistance they need after a(nother) senseless tragedy. Especially those with medical expenses that our wonderful society likes to charge to hapless victims of injury and illness.

My next thoughts were not quite so empathetic.

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#muschniwogdowis of the day: “parallel construction.”

It is simply an invariable truth in the history of politics, in the history of government, that whenever a new power is acquired in the name of some threat, it always — not sometimes, not often, not usually —it always extends beyond its original application, beyond its original justification.
Glenn Greenwald (video @36:30)

Hey kids, it’s time to revisit the World’s Bestest Ever and Most Useful Ever Acronym Ever: #muschniwogdowis! And it will continue to be the bestest ever and most useful ever acronym ever until it is no longer true that Most US Citizens Have No Idea What Our Government Does Or Who It Serves.

Today’s fun topic is “parallel construction.” It comes to our attention via this piece in The Daily Beast:

AT&T Is Spying on Americans for Profit, New Documents Reveal
The telecom giant is doing NSA-style work for law enforcement—without a warrant—and earning millions of dollars a year from taxpayers.

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LOL of the Day.

Via Washington Post:

An Israeli start-up says it can take one look at a person’s face and realize character traits that are undetectable to the human eye…The company said its technology also can be used to identify everything from great poker players to extroverts, pedophiles, geniuses and white collar-criminals. ‘We understand the human much better than other humans understand each other,” said Faception chief executive Shai Gilboa. ‘Our personality is determined by our DNA and reflected in our face.'”

Ahh, it all makes so much sense now. DNA is why German Caucasians are so prone to committing genocide. And things like poverty, lead exposure, parenting practices and trauma have so little impact on individual behavior.

HAHAHAHA YER KILLIN ME.

Faception said it’s already signed a contract with a homeland security agency to help identify terrorists.

Ooh! Ooh! Lemme guess: ethically Arab males look an awful lot like terrorists. Because DNA. Hey, it’s not profiling! It’s a completely objective algorithm! COMPUTERS!11!!!

I am sure this amazing technology can detect leftists, too. So be careful out there!