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Biggest March blizzards in NYC history

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March 7-8, 1941: 18.1 inches (in Central Park)
March 12-14, 1888: 21.0

Could the Blizzard of 2017 set a new all-time record?

Will an all-time blizzard record make people some kvetching about global warming for at least a few weeks?

(By the way, March 12-13 1993 was known as the “Superstorm” but it only dumped 10.6″ on Central Park, and tomorrow’s blizzard is a lock to surpass that.)

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March 13, 2017 at 3:36 pm

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Biased mainstream media reports that 46 prosecutors fired

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NY Times reported and so did every other mainstream news organization. This is an example of a biased news story. Obama also fired the Bush-era prosecutors, but there was never a big headline story.

On March 11, 2009, the only Obama story on the front page shows an angelic picture of Obama with the caption “A Call for a New Education Policy”

In contrast, today’s paper has two other Trump-related stories in addition to the 46 prosecutors being fired, both of them also with a negative tone to them.

“Even Before the Wall, Migrants Find the U.S. Forbidding”

“Michael Flynn Was Paid to Represent Turkey’s Interests During Trump Campaign”

The NY Times is completely incapable of being anything but negative negative negative on Trump.

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March 11, 2017 at 2:07 pm

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Chuck Ross presents new reasons why it’s good that Flynn was fired

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Chuck Ross writes in the Daily Caller that New Disclosures Show It Was Probably A Good Idea To Fire Michael Flynn

As people who read my blog know, from the beginning I opined that Trump used the Russia stuff as an opportunity to fire Flynn because he had other reasons for not wanting him around anymore.

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March 9, 2017 at 9:57 am

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Using a Windows 98 computer in 2017

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The computer geek in me found this interesting. Guy with a Russian accent demonstrates using a 17-year-old laptop with Windows 98.

The bottom line is that, although software designed for Windows 98 runs perfectly fine, it doesn’t play videos (except a few cherry-picked low-res videos) and it can’t surf the web.

Why can’t it surf the web? Internet Explorer 6 won’t run any websites at all. I believe that’s a case of all modern websites using newer versions of HTML that can’t be parsed by outdated browsers. He was able to jury rig the computer to run a 10-year-old version of Opera (which required geek knowledge that regular people don’t have), but that still only worked with simple websites and often had display errors. And the computer’s hardware is not powerful enough (not enough RAM, not enough processor speed) to run heavy JavaScript websites such as Facebook or Gmail.

Remember the point in my review of the iPad Pro that you need fast computing devices to surf the web because web pages are loaded down with massive JavaScript that requires lots of computing power to run with acceptable speed?

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March 2, 2017 at 12:30 pm

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Was it Putin?

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February 27, 2017 at 1:26 am

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Trump administration today

Reported in the Wall Street Journal:

A person close to Mr. Trump said he was reluctant to let go of Mr. Flynn because Mr. Flynn had vigorously supported him at a stage of his presidential campaign when few people did. Mr. Trump also felt Mr. Flynn did nothing wrong in his conversations with the U.S. ambassador to Russia and had good intentions.

This is consistent with my previous posts and comments on Trump. I previously wrote:

Trump likes to reward people who are loyal to him, and especially those who were loyal to him back when everyone said he had no chance of winning anything and that anyone who associated with Trump was an evil racist. Flynn was one of those loyalists whom Trump rewarded.

I also expressed doubt that Flynn did anything wrong by talking to the Russian ambassador.

The WSJ quote, however, is consistent with Flynn doing a bad job and Trump using this opportunity to get rid of him.

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I haven’t yet written anything about Andrew Puzder.

I think it’s unfortunate that Puzder was rejected by the Senate. With previous experience as a lawyer and specifically with labor law, and as CEO of a big corporation that hires a lot of people, especially at the bottom end of the economy, I think no one was better qualified to lead the Department of Labor, especially as an outsider.

People are wrong to mix up the position that Puzder has to take as a CEO and a lawyer where his job is to be an advocate for the positions of his employer, and his own personal politics which are unknown. Puzder had to support more immigration and lower minimum wage because it benefited the fast food company he worked for.

For example, just because I wrote marketing copy for my former employer’s website doesn’t mean that I believe any of the crap that I wrote. I was just doing my job. The same applies to Puzder.

If Trump thinks that Puzder would advocate for Trump’s positions as Secretary of Labor, then I have no reason not to accept Trump’s judgment. If Puzder were to change his loyalty from CKE Restaurants to the American people, then he would have been a great force for good, as no one knows better the two-faced arguments made by big corporations to benefit shareholders at the expense of the American worker. But unfortunately, with his rejection by the Senate, that won’t happen.

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February 16, 2017 at 8:58 am

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Executive order on visas and immigration and the 9th Circuit

Please comment here, and not in the Star Trek posts.

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As of Feb 8, 11:15 AM EST going forward any off-topic comments in the Star Trek posts will be deleted. Don’t waste time writing a comment that will be deleted. Leave the comment here instead, where it will be welcomed.

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February 7, 2017 at 10:30 pm

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A prediction I made in 2014 that I’m glad turned out wrong

The coming liberal Supreme Court

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February 1, 2017 at 9:27 am

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Happy New Year, and disappointment with my blog commenters

I am very disappointed in certain blog commenters. I thought it was cool that Serena Williams is marrying a nerdy white guy, and I wish them the best of luck with their marriage, but there were a lot of uncalled for mean-spirited comments about Serena Williams who has done nothing wrong here and in fact has done a lot right. She deserves praise for her smart choice in a mate, and not your petty insults.

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January 1, 2017 at 1:52 am

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Malls in the 1980s

Malls in the 1980s had the following fun stores which no longer exist:

Coin-operated video arcade
Record store (with vinyl records)
Waldenbooks
Radio Shack
Store that sold Dungeons and Dragons stuff
Art supply store

Furthermore, department stores like Macy’s used to have televisions and stereo systems.

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December 28, 2016 at 12:23 pm

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