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The Associated Press really thinks that if you have an internet domain registered at an address, the server is physically there and you built it yourself? All those domains that are registered to post office boxes, it must be hot and crowded in there.

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When even Public Radio is saying your "CPD black site" story is hogwash . . . http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-polices-so-called-black-site-mischaracterized-111629

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This story from the Guardian about a secret Chicago Police "black site" would be comically absurd if people weren't taking it seriously. This site is so secret, it's listed on Google Maps, and Street View and the Guardian article show vehicles marked "CHICAGO POLICE" parked all around it. People check in there on Foursquare. It's supposedly used for secret interrogations, yet there's a guide for defense lawyers on the CPD website that lists it as one of the locations where interrogations of suspects are videotaped. Any Chicago attorney who's had more than the slightest interaction with CPD and claims to have never heard of Homan Square has, at the most charitable, not been paying attention. And the one guy who claims he was "disappeared" was held for all of 17 hours before being booked? Please. http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/feb/24/chicago-police-detain-americans-black-site

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Fractal geometry: it's what's for dinner.
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Good things coming to the Pullman neighborhood with national monument status. One of them, hopefully, a parks passport stamp. :) http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150213/pullman/pullmans-resilient-neighbors-deserve-credit-for-nations-newest-monument

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A Frog Fable

One day, a scorpion looked around at the state where he lived and decided that he wanted to change it. So he set out on a journey over the prairies and fields, until he reached a river.

The river was wide and swift, and the scorpion couldn't see any way across. Even though he had piles and piles of money, it just wasn't enough to reach all the way across the river. The scorpion was sad that he might have to turn back.

Then he saw a frog sitting in the rushes by the side of the river.

"Hello Mr. Frog!" called the scorpion. "Would you be so kind as to give me a ride on your back across the river?"

"Well now, Mr. Scorpion! How do I know that if I try to help you, you wont try to kill me?" asked the frog.

"Because," the scorpion replied, "If I try to kill you, then I would die too, for I cannot swim!"

The frog thought that this made sense, but asked. "What about when I get close to the bank? You could still try to kill me and get back to the shore!"

"This is true," agreed the scorpion, "But then I wouldn't be able to get to the other side of the river!"

"OK, but . . . how do I know you won't just wait till we get to dry land on the other side and THEN kill me?" said the frog.

"Dear Mr. Frog. I don't want to kill you, I want to help you. I just want to bring my state back to what it once was. Once you've taken me to the other side of this river, I will be so grateful for your help, it would hardly be fair to reward you with death, now would it? Once I get to the other side, things will be wonderful and we will all live happily ever after!"

So the frog agreed to take the scorpion across the river. The scorpion crawled onto the frog's back, and the frog slid into the river. The frog stayed near the surface so the scorpion would not drown. He kicked strongly, his flippers paddling against the current.

Halfway across the river, the frog felt a sharp sting in his back and, out of the corner of his eye, saw the scorpion remove his stinger from the frog's back. A deadening numbness began to creep into his limbs.

"You fool!" croaked the frog, "Now we shall both die! Why on earth did you do that?"

The scorpion shrugged, and did a little jig on the drowning frog's back.

"I could not help myself. It is my nature. You knew that when you selected me."

http://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/7/71/356874/rauner-takes-mask-fires-away

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So, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis, who thinks it's OK for Starbucks employees to skip washing their hands after they poop as long as Starbucks discloses it, because the free market will take care of it: if Starbucks decides not to disclose that their employees don't wash the poop off their hands, who will make them disclose it? Do we have to wait until there's a mass outbreak of salmonella and people die and some enterprising private detective traces it to Starbucks? Or, is it OK to have government infringe upon Starbucks' freedom to lie about poop-hand-washing, but not OK to infringe upon Starbucks' freedom to have poopy hands?

Another libertarian idea that sounds good until you ask, "how does that work, in real life?" http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/in-the-loop/wp/2015/02/03/the-next-public-health-debate-hand-washing

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So glad I covered the Forester with a tarp so I wouldn't have to scrape the ice off the windshield.
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"So when he learned the city would be publicly shaming bad landlords by releasing a list of the city's most problematic building owners, he knew his was a shoo-in."  http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150127/wicker-park/problem-landlord-list-released
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