Morning Reads — June 20th

Happy Monday, everyone! It’s a beautiful, cool morning. My Jeep’s doors are off to celebrate the relief from Hell’s scorching heat. Hooray!

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John Vestal
John Vestal

Second time in last three years Miss Georgia is a GT grad!

(stolen from the interwebs: “Ford Crowned Victorious!” :>)

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

State Troopers: I thought high on the preferred recruit sources were ex-military but there was no mention of those stats or efforts.

Will Durant
Will Durant

There is a dearth of any stats in the article, only implications that physical conditioning is the primary cause for those not qualifying which I seriously doubt. I would guess that MPs probably get better offers from the private sector these days. After having received a couple of fast driving awards in my youth from local yokels I could not believe the professionalism offered by a Georgia State Trooper in giving me one. He made his point without being condescending or disrespectful and his lecture affected my driving habits far beyond the locals’ derision and threats.

blakeage80
blakeage80

What I read sounded like a cultural issue at the training center, starting with assuming everyone is a wimp that needs to be toughened. There are a lot better, more promising ways to earn $35k a year. Losing 50% of a training class is poor. It’s not the military. Why is it an 18-week school? Being well trained is one thing, but I’ll bet if they looked at different approaches they may not have the retention issues during training. Finally, just yelling like a drill sergeant only makes people do better right then to get you to shut up. Coaching… Read more »

gcp
gcp

Trooper school is tough because the mission is difficult. They work alone, backup is often far away and they have frequent citizen interactions. Pursuit driver training allows for few errors and can be more stressful than firearms training.

You can only coach someone so far. Eventually the individual either meets standards or does not meet standards.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Congrats to Dustin Johnson, who put past failures and the USGA rules morons behind him to become a major winner. He was just too good for this not to have happened.

augusta52
augusta52

Yep, the Tybee “alligator incident” shows you don’t have to go way down to Orlando to find gators….a few years ago, a 14-footer was spotted 200+ river miles inland off of Riverwalk in Augusta (next to the convention center where the State GOP met 2 weeks ago). Between gators and the deadly water moccasin, you see why swimmers are discouraged in the river and the adjoining Augusta Canal…in fact anywhere below the Fall Line, “swimmer beware!”

Ellynn
Ellynn

Savannah has lots of gators. There are the two who live in the moot at Fort Pulaski. There is Chester, the 16 footer, who lives on the SC side of the Hutchinson Island Golf Course. He has been on TV during golf tournaments and last month he was in a viral video as he crossed the gulf cart path by the 1st green. Some hang out and sun on the floating docks at the Yacht club and some hang out at the Thunderbolt yard. This was not the first gator to close down a section of Tybee’s beach. The difference… Read more »

John Konop
John Konop
gcp
gcp

Brexit support declining though Thursdays vote will be close. Looks like Brits increasingly want the “stability” provided by staying in EU and abiding by EU rules.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/brexit-polls-show-increased-support-for-the-uk-remain-camp-2016-06-20

Noway2016
Noway2016

Umm, why would AG Lynch censor Mateen’s pro-ISIS comments when releasing the 911 tapes?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

DOJ doesn’t want the transcript being used as a recruiting tool.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Sigh…
Andrew, no snark. Can you put your lawyer hat on and answer me this, does the county where Orlando is located run the 911 call center and the tape belong to them? Also, murder is a local crime, too. Does the local DA/police/sheriff, when conducting their on investigation into the mess, have the authority to release the 911 transcripts, too? One other thing, an Open Records Act request could get the entire transcript, no?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

The tale of the tape Orange Co. does indeed run the call center and, by extension, the tape is “theirs.” However, it’s pretty safe to assume the tape has been turned over to the FBI and USAO and has been in the Feds’ possession since the morning of the shooting. While you’re correct that murder is a “local crime,” this investigation is being helmed by the FBI (I believe it’s through the Joint Terrorism Task Force) and any work that local authorities are doing is merely in support of the FBI’s efforts. Since the tape/transcript are part of an ongoing… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

Thanks. It seems the FBI had a reversal of their earlier order. Right thing to do. Let the public hear the words unfiltered. Saves dozens of folks from filing their Open Records requests.

Will Durant
Will Durant
Raleigh
Raleigh

Looks like the Obama administration got beat again by China. I guess China needs this to calculate how much interest we own them. Over 100 plus pentaflops, wow.

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3085483/high-performance-computing/china-builds-world-s-fastest-supercomputer-without-u-s-chips.html

Benevolus
Benevolus

If the ‘Obama administration’ had built the winner would you not complain about the government expenditure/executive overreach/stifling capitalism/picking winners and losers?

Besides, “None of the supercomputers used by intelligence agencies… are represented on this list.” So the ‘Obama administration’ is likely still #1.

Raleigh
Raleigh

The Obama administration did have a hand in helping China build the fastest super computer however I’ll concede your point on our intelligence agencies. I think they are still running the old CP/M OS with dual 8 ” floppy drives….

Benevolus
Benevolus

Not sure I’d call the IRS an ‘intelligence’ agency! 🙂