Ferguson, Missouri: I noticed the FBI admitted that they have a hundred agents about to arrive, and another hundred on a second wave. You'd sit and think they will be there as part of the security and arrest apparatus as the Grand Jury moment occurs....but no. They are there to help create a "intelligence center" where leadership will sit and monitor the ruckus about to be started.....explaining trends and chaos to the locals and to the DC crowd. I won't say it's a wasted deal, but about six hours into the mess....the locals will consider the FBI's wisdom or advice to be mostly useless.
Computers: The Wall Street Journal wrote up an excellent article on automation.....making us dumb. In a way, I agree. If you look at a mechanic today.....he isn't the same guy you went to in 1988. Today, he plugs in a module to your car, and notes four failing items which need replacement. Before anything is messed up, it's corrected. In 1988, you drove the car until one single item broke, and caused some malfunction. Your gifted mechanic spent three hours testing various theories before he finally settled on one single item as the culprit of your issue. Today's mechanic? He doesn't have the skill to find such an issue.....without the computer module.
Bill Cosby: Ten women have now come forward to tell their rape story over the comedian. If it had stuck to one.....it might have been dismissed. You can't dismiss ten separate stories. As many positive things as he might say over his career.....it's basically wiped out at this point. All of this makes you ask the question.....when women up and disappear after having been at a bar for an evening.....did they get some sort of pill by a guy?
Coffee: Some smart guys have sat down and developed a zero-gravity coffee machine, which naturally the only place requiring such a machine is the International Space Station. Up until this point, you had a pouch with freeze-dried coffee.....added heated water....and that was it for on the station. Now, you could sit there and talk up the number of hours involved in such a project and no pay-back for whoever designed this. But it shows.....man is capable of inventing just about anything.