The Reporters: Burgers, Batteries, Booze

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The Secret McDonald’s Trick That Will Blow Your Mind. There’s one secret McDonald’s trick that apparently, ensures the best-of-the-best. According to one Quora user, it’s only visiting McDonald’s during ‘Gapbuster Times.’ This is when mystery shoppers (also known as gapbusters, hence the name) are paid to visit restaurants and rate their experience.

Too Much Faith in Models. Even New York Governor Andrew Cuomo now admits: “We all failed at that business. All the early national experts: ‘Here’s my projection model.’ They were all wrong.” If he and other politicians had just done just a little research, then they would have known that Imperial College researchers repeatedly predict great disasters that don’t happen. Their model predicted 65,000 deaths from swine flu, 136,000 from mad cow disease and 200 million from bird flu.

Battery breakthrough makes lithium-ion tech 90% cheaper – and manufacturing is easy as ‘buttering toast.’ A battery pioneer has invented a new kind of battery that is 90 per cent cheaper to produce than standard lithium-ion batteries, and potentially much safer. Hideaki Horie – who has worked on battery technology since 1990 and led Nissan’s development of the Leaf electric car – discovered a way to replace the batteries basic components in order to speed up and simplify the manufacturing process.

Brazen Lying Is Media’s Latest Escalation In Campaign Against Trump. As if orders went out from a central director, nearly every major media outlet flat-out lied about Trump’s speech. Whether they were engaged in reflexive “political advisor” mode like the Stephanopoulos of old, whether they had pre-drafted their reports based on dubious theories about what would be in the speech, or whether they simply decided that the best way to counter an effective political message was to simply lie about it, lie about it they did.

Even having this type of drink in moderation could put you at higher risk for cancer. A new paper, published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs  concluded that even those who adhere to government intake guidelines dramatically increase their risk of developing cancer over time. “Drinkers following weekly low-risk drinking guidelines are not insulated from harm. Greater than 50% of alcohol-caused cancer deaths are experienced by those drinking within weekly limits. Findings suggest that guidelines of around one drink per day may be appropriate for high-income countries.”

The Reporters: Shopping carts, bad meds, etc.

Reportage on the passing parade.

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Why Don’t People Return Their Shopping Carts?

Supermarkets can try and guide our behavior with receptacles or cart attendants, but they’re competing with our own self-serving goals, which in this case may be staying dry, keeping an eye on our children, or simply getting home as quickly as possible, and we’re being guided by the ways others behave on top of that.

Russiagate Investigation Now Endangers Obama.

Former US President Barack Obama is now in severe legal jeopardy, because the Russiagate investigation has turned 180 degrees; and he, instead of the current President, Donald Trump, is in its cross-hairs. Although he, of course, cannot be removed from office (since he is no longer in office), he is liable under criminal laws, the same as any other American would be, if he committed any crime while he was in office.

The medications that change who we are.

They’ve been linked to road rage, pathological gambling, and complicated acts of fraud. Some make us less neurotic, and others may even shape our social relationships. It turns out many ordinary medications don’t just affect our bodies – they affect our brains. Why? And should there be warnings on packets?

Watch your step: why the 10,000 daily goal is built on bad science.

Ten thousand steps is a completely arbitrary figure, one that originates from a Japanese marketing campaign in the mid-60s. The company Yamasa designed the world’s first wearable step-counter, a device called a manpo-kei, which translates as “10,000-step meter.” “There wasn’t really any evidence for it at the time,” says kinesiology Prof. David Bassett. “They just felt that was a number that was indicative of an active lifestyle and should be healthy.”

The 1997 merger that paved the way for the Boeing 737 Max crisis.

In a clash of corporate cultures, where Boeing’s engineers and McDonnell Douglas’s bean-counters went head-to-head, the smaller company won out. The result was a move away from expensive, ground-breaking engineering and toward what some called a more cut-throat culture, devoted to keeping costs down and favoring upgrading older models at the expense of wholesale innovation

~ Splanchnic

The Reporters: Bureacrats, Chicken, Dreamers

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Dispatches from leading journalists:

A Troubling Picture of Bureaucrats Who Think They Run U.S. ~ Sharyl Atkinson

In the public impeachment testimony against President Trump each of the Democrats’ witnesses of the past two weeks appeared to me to be well-intentioned and hard-working, and seemed genuinely to believe they know what’s best. But a picture also emerged of U.S. diplomats who appear to believe they, rather than the U.S. president, have the ultimate authority to determine our foreign policy. And if the president doesn’t go along? He clearly must be wrong — in their view. Or, even worse, he’s a traitor. He’s to be obstructed. Taken down.

Chick-fil-A Put an Obama and Hillary Supporter in Charge ~ Daniel Greenfield

Chick-fil-A’s announcement that it was dumping the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which have come under attack by gay activist groups, caught Christian fans of the fast food chain by surprise. It shouldn’t have if they had been paying attention to CFA’s corporate structure. The donations were coming out of the Chick-fil-A Foundation. The Executive Director is Rodney D. Bullard, a former White House fellow and Assistant US Attorney. He was an Obama donor, and, more recently, had donated to Hillary Clinton’s campaign while at Chick-fil-A.

FISA alterations Could Pose Trouble For FBI ~ Sara Carter

Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s anticipated report will reveal that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Application warrant was tampered with but the significance of that cannot be understated. It means that Horowitz’s discovery will discredit the bureau’s handling of its investigation into President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election and it could make any information discovered during the course of seeking approval for the FISA and after ‘fruit of the poisonous tree,” according to numerous sources who spoke to SaraACarter.com.

The Surveillance Century: Who Should Own Your Data? ~ Richard Fernandez

You may object that this and many other forms of security come at the expense of individual privacy, but this has been going on for a long time. Back in 2013, the Washington Post reported that “both the National Security Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are said to have been secretly mining data directly from the servers of at least nine top U.S.-based technology companies… this was all done since 2007 under a highly-classified program dubbed ‘PRISM.'” Almost everyone, it seems, both attacker and defender, has been reading the public data.

100,000 Dreamers Have Been Arrested—Murder, Rape ~ Corruption Chronicles

More than 100,000 illegal immigrants who requested a special Obama-era amnesty for adults who came to the U.S. as children have criminal histories, according to an alarming report released this month by the government. Offenses committed by the illegal aliens seeking protection, benefits and rights under the policy known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) include murder, rape, weapon and assault charges. DACA has shielded nearly 800,000 illegal aliens under the age of 31 from deportation and allowed them to obtain work permits and drivers licenses. Obama launched the outrageous measure through executive order in 2012 to help children who came to the U.S. “through no fault of their own.” The Trump administration tried to end DACA in 2017 but open borders groups sued to keep it going and now the Supreme Court is set to decide the matter.

~ Gangrel