In the midst of this tortuous budget fight, is there any better indication of the judicious use of taxpayer money by the government than the U.S. Navy setting a small boat on fire with a laser?

It happened Wednesday near San Nicolas, one of the Channel Islands off the coast of California.

Wired has the story.

Coupled with our last post on the Oak Knoll hospital implosion, I think that completes the 12-year-old-boy portion of our blog for the day…


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is an online editor and writer for KQED's daily news blog, News Fix.  He also writes about film for KQED Arts.

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