Michael Price at Just Security wonders if our Supreme Court will declare unconstitutional our government's procurement of GPS location data without a warrant. The problem seems to be that the Justices don't exactly agree on why it's unconstitutional, though the "third-party doctrine," as described here, seems a bit broadly drawn. Still, it's nice when even Justice Gorsuch threatens to rule on the right side of history.
Longtime Republican strategist calls Trump Administration spokeshack Sarah Huckabee Sanders a "serial congenital liar," adding that she buries Americans "in an avalanche of horseshit." I'd respond, "gosh, I wonder what the Democrats say about her!" And yet I know that some Democrats make apologies for her behavior as we speak, because they're so-smart-they're-dumb and so-nice-they're-weak. The worst part? If, for some reason, Mr. Trump gets rid of Ms. Sanders, he'll find someone worse, because that's how they roll. Her predecessor was no monument to humanity, after all.
Ho hum, a lot of Mr. Trump's "acting" directors are slowly taking the "acting" out of their job titles. You'd think the Senate, which didn't confirm any of these wastes of flesh, would be more upset about not being adequately consulted, but aside from Mr. Grassley (of course!), they're not -- and I wouldn't blame you for thinking it's because these appointees are exactly the kind of people Republicans wish they could appoint, but can't, because everyone would know how awful they are. Besides, now Republicans get to blame a hated President for overstepping his bounds while reaping the benefits thereof, and what better place is there for a Republican to be?
Again I feel compelled to note that we really should be ignoring reports of the President's "dementia," certainly if they're not coming from medical professionals who are actively treating him. From my admittedly layman's perspective, President Trump is not "demented" any more than he's "mentally ill"; he's simply a bad person who does nothing but enable other bad people, and armchair analysis such as "he's demented" or "he's crazy" merely enables us to avoid facing this horrible truth.
Study suggests that America will lose a third of its workforce to automation by 2030, but I doubt it, not just because ZOMG TEH AUTOMATIONZ WILL DESTROYZ TEH JOBZ!!!! is mostly anti-worker and anti-regulatory hysteria, but because if you've ever dealt with autocorrect or Twitterbots or automated shopping kiosks, you already know the technology just isn't that good, and you might even suspect (as I do!) that the technology will never be a match for the complexity and adaptability of the human mind. I just hope we're able to punish all the bosses who do switch to automation without hiring enough humans to do the necessary quality control.
Finally, an electrician comes up with a novel way of foiling (so to speak) GPS tracking: by putting his GPS-enabled tablet inside an empty, foil-lined bag of cheese twists. Of course I do not approve of using this set-up to avoid being discovered skipping out to the golf course while still on the clock, as he did, but I do approve of appropriating his ingenuity for nobler purposes, like making it harder for our government or our cellphone provider to spy on us.