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…

Video: Navy Laser Sets Ship on Fire 8 April,2011Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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