Friday, October 30, 2015

Link roundup

1. "In Heroin Crisis, White Families Seek Gentler War on Drugs"
today’s heroin crisis is different. While heroin use has climbed among all demographic groups, it has skyrocketed among whites; nearly 90 percent of those who tried heroin for the first time in the last decade were white.

And the growing army of families of those lost to heroin — many of them in the suburbs and small towns — are now using their influence, anger and grief to cushion the country’s approach to drugs, from altering the language around addiction to prodding government to treat it not as a crime, but as a disease.
2. LA Times on the blimp from September:
How a $2.7 billion air-defense system became a 'zombie' program
JLENS was billed as the answer to an ever-expanding list of threats, from cruise missiles to explosive-laden trucks. But the blimp-borne radar system has yet to perform as promised.
3. "Why is Cortana naked? Halo franchise director Frank O'Connor has an answer"
the devs have "backed into" the fiction to address her choice in clothing (or lack thereof)