Driving in Atlanta Was NEVER Nice – Now It’s a Nightmare

Some bad things are happening in Atlanta.

First on March 30th there was a fire that took out a 100ft section of I-85 (Reconstruction promises to close side streets in the area!) That major thruway remains closed.

Then on the 17th a section of I-20 buckled, killing on guy on a motorcycle.

On the 19th a sinkhole closed a street in Midtown/

On the 23rd there was a 15-car pile up on I-75 in Bartow County (which is only barely in the Atlanta metropolitan area. But still…)

I think my next trip to Florida will be by way of Alabama.

Why Do So Many News Sites Have Autorun Video?

To any news site – I don’t want to listen to your video. I have my own things to listen to (see the category Musical Interlude for a clue). If I want to hear your inane anchors droning on about whatever story, I will start the video myself.

I know it is to too much to ask. They feel like they might lose out on some ad revenue. Or something. But really, isn’t there some way to stop the madness?

Falcon Cams

Peregrine falcons have adopted a number of US cities. In a number of these places, there are nest boxes provided.

And those boxes are usually outfitted with cameras.

We won’t see chicks much before the middle of April, but the cameras are starting to come back online for the spring.

In the meantime we can enjoy this from the BBC.

And this clip – from 2014 – shows a pair of falcons in Cincinnati feeding their chicks.

People Are Still Confused on the Subject of Felony Murder

If you participate in a crime, and someone is killed as a result of that crime, you can be charged with murder. Man kills 3 home burglars; woman who aided robbers arrest

That isn’t true in every state, of course, but in the case of a home invasion in Oklahoma, that is what happened. It appears that the woman was supposed to be the getaway driver for the 3 home invaders. They didn’t get away, but were killed by the homeowner’s son.

Oklahoma law allows a person to be charged with murder if they take part in a crime in which people are killed, even if the person does not take part in the slaying.

The Left will complain, because that’s what they do.

Homeowner Justified in Shooting Home-invader

He thought the fact that he was armed meant things would go his way. They didn’t. DA: Homeowner justified in shooting, killing suspected burglar.

The homeowner shot him after a brief struggle.

District Attorney Hillar Moore III was at the scene and confirms that the preliminary investigation indicates that this will be classified as a justified shooting. Moore said the Castle Doctrine of Louisiana fits in this case. The doctrine states that a homeowner has the right to defend themselves and their property, if their life is threatened.

The second homicide that has been found to be justified in East Baton Rouge in the last month. Self-defense is legal in Louisiana.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

Sexual harassment at the University of California

It’s funny but Californians keep telling us all how extra evolved they are compared to us poor slugs in Fly-over Country. But then this and the Uber stuff seems to throw that into question. Sexual harassment: records show how University of California faculty target students | World news | The Guardian

The article is a detailed analysis of the culture of sexual misconduct at the University of California. Many of the campuses are mentioned.

The records reveal that investigators substantiated students’ claims against UC professors for a wide range of misconduct, including lewd comments, unwanted propositions, inappropriate touching and sexual assault.

Some were terminated or resigned, but others faced minimal consequences, the records show. One-third of the accused still work for the university.

And I still don’t understand why professors who commit sexual assault are not arrested by the police. The real police not the campus overseers of policy. (One professor so charged resigned, and was never forced to face charges.)

So much for the enhanced level of anything at the University of California System. Just another bunch of entitled, ivory-tower jerks.

More on the Top-down Culture of Sexual Harassment at Uber

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick was shocked – shocked! – to discover that sexual harassment was going on at the company. But then of course he knew. (Just like Louis knew gambling was going on in Rick’s Cafe in Casablanca.) I am an Uber survivor. – Medium

This is a first person account of what was going on in Uber. It is pretty disgusting.

Chauvinistic, racist and homophobic attitudes were far too normal at Uber. Once in a group chat, team members referred to a new Asian American recruit as slanty eye joe. It was normal for guys to refer to other guys as fags when they didn’t participate in private parties where sex and drugs were involved. It was normal for guys to openly refer to attractive female colleagues as sluts when they refused to go out with them. [emphasis in the original]

Kalanick and HR would squash any report of sexual harassment. And you have to think they were doing the same to complaints about racial slurs. Why? Because they could. Because apparently that is the type of company Kalanick wanted to build.

It goes downhill from there.

I found this via an article at Forbes. That article has links to several others including a letter from some Uber investors who are not convinced the “investigation” planned by Kalanick and company is anything but the early stages of a disinformation campaign.

That kind of culture won’t be changed until all the people at the top are booted out. And that won’t happen in a Silicon Valley startup.

California, and San Francisco in particular, love to tell the rest of the country how superior they are, how evolved, but these attitudes wouldn’t be out of place in the 50s.