Speckled Grace

Bits of the well-traveled written world. The words above are not necessarily endorsed by me, but themes do appear.
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Last year, veterans made up 46 percent of full-time hires, the Office of Personnel Management said. They now represent a third of the federal workforce, holding positions well beyond the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments. Their colleagues in the civil service say that while veterans work hard, they rarely display independent thinking.
East Toledo was once Toledo’s industrial heart. A bustling shipyard employed hundreds of men to weld together steel freighters that plied the Great Lakes. Two sprawling oil refineries, now dismantled, employed hundreds more, and all that’s left of the once mighty Acme power generating plant is one giant smokestack towering over the undeveloped Marina District. It was left as a reminder of the industrial tradition of the east side.
Until it was too late and people could see the Great Unraveling for what it was and what it had wrought.
Book consumers aren’t the same. Yes, new titles can drive sales, but book buyers also look for forgotten classics and hidden gems. That means poring over shelves, and that requires old inventory. The chains and their management could have tried to set investors’ expectations for higher unsold inventories as a healthy part of the specific business of buying and selling books.
The forecasting process is constantly evolving. The National Weather Service uses a supercomputer in Reston, Va., known as Tide, that has a capacity of 213 teraflops — meaning it can make 213 trillion calculations a second. The computer was recently upgraded from 90 teraflops, and the agency is seeking funding from Congress to increase it to 1,950 teraflops.

#hyperlapse #crew96 it could have been a real problem #crossbar

#hyperlapse the path

“You may be too refined to say it, but I’m not,” Salaita wrote shortly after three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and murdered by Hamas terrorists, “I wish all the fucking West Bank settlers would go missing.” Another tweet applied just as much nuance in declaring, “Zionists: transforming ‘anti-semitism’ from something horrible into something honorable since 1948.” Subject that last utterance to a close reading—an exercise that passes for rigid and original thinking in most American universities these days—and you learn that the author approaches anti-Semitism with the one-two punch of unreality: It doesn’t exist—hence the quotation marks—and if it does exist then it’s nothing to be ashamed of.