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Dremel Releases a Mass-Market 3D Printer

18th September 2014

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There are some very interesting things happening in this field.

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Artificial Sweeteners Induce Glucose Intolerance by Altering the Gut Microbiota

18th September 2014

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Ha! Take that, diet soda!

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A Scientist Stole My Root Beer

18th September 2014

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Liver damage and cancer is bad. Period. But obviously I’ve got some issues, at least that’s what everyone tells me. I hate the “scale-up game” between rats and humans. It just doesn’t work. Rats and humans aren’t the same, and we don’t metabolize things the same. With that said, to just give you an idea of the magnitude we’re talking about, if I wanted to consume 0.5 grams/kg of safrole, and assuming I can extract out 0.04% safrole from Sassafras root chunks in water, I’d need to boil up 170 pounds of sassafras root…in about 400 gallons of water. If I had to dig up 170 pounds of Sassafras root every day for 2 months I’d die from exhaustion long before the cancer got me. Now obviously you don’t want liver damage. Or cancer. I don’t even want an LD1, let alone an LD50. But hopefully you can see how ridiculous this is. But the best part is that hepatocarcinogenic metabolite, 1?-hydroxysafrole. Remember that one, the one that messes with the DNA? Well, it’s not even found in humans (4). Really? Seriously.

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The Question of Muslim Immigration

17th September 2014

Scott Johnson pulls the tablecloth off of the elephant in the room.

We have a profoundly serious problem of illegal immigration, but we also have a problem of legal immigration, Unfortunately, it is a problem that can barely be discussed. Is there anyone who thinks the continued stream of Muslim immigration from countries with active jihadist groups is a good idea?

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The Writer’s Police Academy

17th September 2014

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For the fifth year in a row, retired cop Lee Lofland rounded up a fantastic roster of writers, law enforcement, forensic specialists, psychologists, pathologists, explosive experts, firefighters, paramedics, agents from the ATF, FBI, Secret Service, and every other specialist related to crime you could think of. In addition, bestselling authors, Michael Connelly, Lisa Gardner, Alafair Burke, Robin Burcell, and John Gilstrap either gave classes or talks.

I find this fascinating. I often read ‘police procedurals’ and ‘techno-thrillers’ because I find the nitty-gritty details as engaging as whatever passes for a story, and oftimes more.

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The War on Poverty Has Been a Colossal Flop

17th September 2014

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Since its beginning, U.S. taxpayers have spent $22 trillion on Johnson’s War on Poverty (in constant 2012 dollars). Adjusting for inflation, that’s three times more than was spent on all military wars since the American Revolution.

But today the Census will almost certainly proclaim that around 14 percent of Americans are still poor. The present poverty rate is almost exactly the same as it was in 1967 a few years after the War on Poverty started. Census data actually shows that poverty has gotten worse over the last 40 years.

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Behind the Wheel of World’s First 3D-printed Car

16th September 2014

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Portland: Where Young White Liberals Go to Retire

16th September 2014

Steve Sailer reveals a dirty little secret.

Portland has the whitest “core city” in America, so it continues to attract young liberal white people who want to live an urban life without many blacks and Mexicans around. This is continuing to happen even though there aren’t many jobs in Portland.

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Doctors Get Stuck with Bills for Deadbeat Obamacare Patients

16th September 2014

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Last year I wrote that Obamacare could leave doctors holding the bag for claims for patients who don’t pay their insurance premiums. That’s because the law includes a three-month grace period during which health insurers must continue to cover patients who sign up, but don’t pay the price of their insurance. If the patients eventually make good, there’s no problem. But if patients don’t pay the owed premiums, the insurance company has to cover the cost of claims filed during the first month. Providers are stuck with the tab for any claims filed during months two and three.

The piece I wrote last July was theoretical. The notification letter I’m holding in my hand, addressed to my wife’s pediatric practice, is reality. And reality costs, in this case, over $600. That’s the outstanding balance owed the practice by a patient insured by BlueCross BlueShield of Arizona. It’s a balance that my wife might have to eat, or else try to collect herself.

My, what a surprise! Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

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The Women With Superhuman Vision

16th September 2014

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The question of whether we all see the same colours has a long history in philosophy and science. In the past, there seemed little reason to expect huge differences. We know that almost everyone has three types of “cone cells” in their retina that each respond to a different bandwidth of light. The colour of an object depends on the particular combination of those signals, but although the exact sensitivity may vary between people, overall one person’s colours should roughly match another person’s. The exceptions were thought to be colour-blind people, where one of the cones is faulty. With reduced sensitivity at certain wavelengths, they struggle to tell the difference between reds and greens, for instance.

In theory, though, it could go the other way: according to some estimates, an extra cone would offer a hundred different variants to each colour that humans normally see. We know that this happens in nature: zebrafinches and goldfish both have a fourth cone that seems to help them differentiate apparently identical colours. About 20 years ago Gabriele Jordan at the University of Newcastle and John Mollon at the University of Cambridge proposed a way that it might be possible in humans too.

The crux of Jordan’s argument lay in the fact that the gene for our red and green cone types lies on the X chromosome. Since women have two X chromosomes, they could potentially carry two different versions of the gene, each encoding for a cone that is sensitive to slightly different parts of the spectrum. In addition to the other two, unaffected cones, they would therefore have four in total – making them a “tetrachromat”. For these reasons, it’s thought to be a condition exclusive to women, though researchers can’t totally rule out the possibility that men may somehow inherit it too.

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Food Stamp Sign-Ups Outnumber Jobs Created in Obama’s Illinois

16th September 2014

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Among the many metrics that show Obama’s home state is struggling to break the Great Recession, a new report shows that applications for food stamps in Illinois is greater than its creation of jobs.

Illinois has had the worst recovery from the recession of any state in the country, the Illinois Policy Institute reported this month: “There are nearly 300,000 fewer Illinoisans working today than in January 2008, and 170,000 fewer payroll jobs. “

But hey! We’re the ones we’ve been waiting for! (Was it worth the wait?)

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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels, Scientists Say

16th September 2014

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How about that Global Warming, eh?

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California Continues to Be Anti-Innovation: Tells Ridesharing Services That Carpooling Is Illegal

15th September 2014

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More and more, the key to being a prosperous state is, find out what California’s doing and don’t do that.

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The Economic Guide To Picking A College Major

14th September 2014

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Actually, if I had it to do all over again, I’d have put my 20 in the Navy and then got out and gone into SQL Server development, for which no college degree is necessary (unless you want to work for one of those tiresome companies who want you to have a degree in SOMETHING whether it’s related to what you’ll be doing or not), and I’d be making just as much salary as I am now, plus a government pension.

And to Hell with your daddy and Yale….

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Soylent Cuisine

14th September 2014

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“What if you never had to worry about food again?” Soylent’s website asks. For an idealistic, overachieving, and incredibly harried generation, a bland, nutritionally complete slurry that promises effortless waste-free consumption at a manageable price point just may be the ultimate comfort food. Soylent only costs around $3 per meal. It can be purchased in bulk online and prepared in seconds. You don’t have to idle in drive-through lines to sustain yourself, and you sure don’t have to source and chop organic carrots. Soylent renders microwave ovens, refrigerators, stoves, forks, knives, plates, dishwashers, and apparently even toilet paper as unnecessary as turntables and bookshelves. Say goodbye to shopping, prepping, clean-up, even chewing. A cup is your kitchen. Molars are little more than decorative heritage utensils from a bygone era.

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Humans Need Not Apply

14th September 2014

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The higher the minimum wage goes, the more cost-effective Baxter will look.

Your Democrat politicians at work.

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Every Single Health-Care Cost Is Distorted and Meaningless by Itself

14th September 2014

Sonic Harm turns over a very large rock.

The reality is that health care is basically (give or take) at least half socialized in every modern country, and that includes the US. There is not a free market for health care line-items in the US. Individual line-item ‘costs’ are not haggled over and comparison-shopped to find the equilibrium point of anyone’s supply-demand curves. All that’s really going on is that a bunch of socialism is taking place – stealth taxes, means-tested, and money being garnished from people in a ‘from each according to his ability [to pay]‘ sort of way, laundered through insurance companies or government agencies.

This ‘cost of an MRI procedure’ people obsess over has nothing to do with anything by itself. It’s just part of the gigantic formula that has been developed over time to slosh money around in ways that Smart People find ‘fair’ – completely distorted by politics, regulated by bureaucracies, prices being set line-item by line-item by committee (“Medicare codes”, whether Medicare is the payer or not). No single line-item means anything by itself. Yes you’re being ‘overcharged for an MRI’ if you focus on that line-item. Perhaps, likewise, you’ve been undercharged for the 20 minute visit from the nurse. Overcharged for the band-aid? Undercharged for the X-ray diagnosticiation time. I dunno! Who the hell knows?

And meanwhile, the person in the room to the left to you is ‘paying’ three times as much because they don’t have insurance but do have cash. The person in the room to the right of you, meanwhile, is paying $20 for the same exact thing because they have Medicaid (or gave money under the table to a mid-level hospital bureaucrat lady to fake paperwork to get them on Medicaid). And someone with no insurance and no money is in the ER waiting room waiting to see someone and the hospital will have to treat them free, if only because of EMTALA.

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The Traffic Lights of Tomorrow Will Actively Manage Congestion

14th September 2014

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In South Florida and the Nation, Healthcare Costs Often Are Shrouded in Secrecy

14th September 2014

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“Contracts are proprietary,” said Patricia Nelson, regional head of strategic accounts for AvMed Health Plans, the county’s health benefits administrator that negotiated the payment rates for medical services for county employees. She noted that both the insurance company and the healthcare providers agree to keep such payment rates confidential.

Fitch and others who asked for the information never got to see precisely how Miami-Dade spends more than $400 million a year to pay healthcare claims for nearly 60,000 employees, retirees and dependents in the health plan.

That’s because Miami-Dade — like many employers across the country — isn’t allowed to know the prices their own insurance plan administrators negotiate with healthcare providers, even when they’re self-insured, like Miami-Dade County, and the claims are paid with taxpayer dollars.

Any auto repair shop will give you their prices for standard services. Try that at your doctor’s office. Better yet, try it at the office of somebody who is not your doctor.

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Healthcare, Gasoline, Food and Housing Taking Biggest Bites Out of American Budgets

14th September 2014

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All of the heavily regulated by the government, often multiple layers of government. You do the math.

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Manual Transmissions Getting Rarer in the US

14th September 2014

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Improvements in the function and fuel economy of automatic transmissions have essentially killed the manual in the U.S., says Jack Nerad, the senior editor of Kelley Blue Book. Some of the country’s best-selling sedans — the Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima and Ford Fusion — don’t even offer manual transmissions because so few buyers want them. Even some sporty cars, like the Jaguar F Type, come only with automatics.

“The manual transmission has become kind of a dodo bird,” he says.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

14th September 2014

Montego Bay

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Behind Every Good Whisky Is A Trusty Distillery Cat

13th September 2014

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Salt Doesn’t Cause High Blood Pressure

13th September 2014

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So shut up about my use of salt already.

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A Delivery Drone for the Open Sea

13th September 2014

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Amazon got the biggest headlines for its drone delivery plans, but it’s an idea that’s catching on across the shipping industry. At a nautical trade fair in Hamburg this week, the shipping research firm DNV GL revealed designs for a new electric vessel that would ferry cargo with zero crew members — roughly the nautical equivalent of Amazon’s automated delivery drones. Dubbed “ReVolt,” the concept ship is designed for short sea voyages, carrying up to 100 standard TEU containers at a relatively slow 6 knots. But because the ReVolt has no crew, it doesn’t need living quarters or safety equipment, resulting in a much more efficient trip between ports.

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Don’t Take Your Vitamins

13th September 2014

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Many medical studies show positive health effects from higher vitamin levels. The only problem? These studies often can’t tease out the effect of the vitamins from the effect of other factors, such as generally healthy living. Studies that attempt to do this typically show no impact from vitamin use — or only a very tiny one on a small subset of people. The truth is that for most people, vitamin supplementation is simply a waste of time.

But don’t throw them away, because in another year or two ‘science’ will demand that you take them again.

I take vitamins because that way my mother-in-law will shut up about me taking vitamins. Worth the price, in my opinion, but your mileage may vary.

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Melting Aluminum

13th September 2014

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Just in case you should want to do that.

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Why Apple’s Tap-to-Pay Beats Credit Cards

13th September 2014

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After users enter their payment-card information on an iPhone, the device creates a unique 16-digit token. Each card gets its own token, specific to that device, Mr. Anderson said.

The token is sent to the payment processor through encrypted communication. The card company then links the token to the consumer’s account.

The phone, meantime, stores this token in a special chip that Apple has said is walled off from the rest of the device and is more secure. Apple uses a similar process for storing data for its fingerprint reader. These data, Apple has said, aren’t stored on its servers.

When a consumer wants to buy cheese at a Whole Foods Market Inc. store, the device would use a short-range radio system, called near-field communication, or NFC, to send the 16-digit token to the card reader. This token would be paired with a one-time string of random numbers created by encryption keys stored on the iPhone.

This random string of numbers, called a cryptogram, could only be good for a certain amount of time and at a certain location. It can’t be reused. The 16-digit token, meantime, also can’t buy anything on its own, MasterCard’s Mr. Anderson said.

The merchant’s card reader checks the token against the token stored by the payment company. If everything checks, the purchase is approved.

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Enoch Powell: Vindicated!

13th September 2014

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Recently, in Rotherham, England, the sun, moon and stars all seemed to align to create a perfect sociocultural firestorm of controversy. Over the last fifteen years or so, about 1,400 girls –some as young as four years old–had been systematically brutalized by gangs of men. That alone should have raised alarm bells in this northern Yorkshire town. But it didn’t. Instead, there was nothing but deafening silence.

The reason? Because the girls were all English and the perpetrators all Pakistanis.

Mind you, it’s not that the authorities didn’t know. They knew. They knew from the very first but ecause of a combination of fear at being called “racist” and having to live with that epithet for the rest of one’s natural life, and possible unemployment on top of this was just too mbuch to handle. The rational thing to do was to do nothing, just look the other way spend more time at tea. As for their Prog overlords, they came up with all sorts of excuses, anything but the truth. Being themselves good little cogs in the machine (and well paid at that) they were paralyzed with fear –fear at being called “racist.” You see, that’s the new shibboleth, that word that causes one’s ideological enemies to quake in fear. Like the drug Tubocurare, it causes instant paralysis. You have to give the devil his due: It’s a great tactic; after all, if you want to further your totalitarian agenda, what better way to do so than to have your enemies police themselves? That way all debate is shut down. Name-calling isn’t necessary, just the threat of being called a name. Orwell called it Crimestop. That’s how false religions perpetuate themselves.

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Is the Islamic State Really ‘Not Islamic’?

13th September 2014

Jonah Goldberg points out that the main problem with Barack Obama is that there’s so much that he knows that ain’t so.

If we’re talking clarity, I’d say the Islamic State is clearly not Mormon. Or Lutheran. Or Buddhist. It most certainly is not the most extreme example of Quakers gone bad ever recorded.

As for its not being Islamic, that’s at best unclear, if not just clearly wrong. And the fact that the majority of its victims are Muslim is irrelevant. Lenin and Stalin killed thousands of Communists and socialists; that doesn’t mean Lenin and Stalin weren’t Communists and socialists. If such terrorists who kill Muslims aren’t Muslims, why do we give them Korans when we imprison them?

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

13th September 2014

Guitar Doorbell. I am not making this up.

Cyborg Unplug.

OpenSeaMap open-s0urce naval charts.

Opposed Piston Engine.

Hard Hat 2.0.

Backroadz Truck Tent.

ScanMarker Pen Scanner.

Fake Seat Belt T-Shirt. When you want to live dangerously but still not get a ticket.

Wine Yoke. For parties attended by dads who wear baby harnesses. You know who you are.

Blade Buddy.

The Beer Briefcase.

Stanley Cup popcorn maker. For the hardcore hockey fan, eh.

GoodRx. Orbitz for prescription drugs.

Bed Butler.

Fobotire. Bluetooth tire pressure monitors.

The Slime Safety Spair.

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Something Must be Done About All the Nice White Lady Schoolteachers

13th September 2014

Steve Sailer pulls back the curtain.

Education Realist points out that the Drive for Diversity stalled out due to earlier Education Reforms. Teacher qualification tests were toughened up in some states, and Congress passed a law in 1998 intended to drive out of business bad education schools whose graduates couldn’t pass the test. Instead, the ed schools, no fools, just dropped affirmative action and stopped giving out diplomas until students had passed the state professional exams.

Funny how that works. Requiring actual, you know, performance really shoots ‘diversity’ right in the ass.

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Thought for the Day

13th September 2014

Is has come to this?

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Canadian Jihad, Abroad and at Home

12th September 2014

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In the competition to see which Western country can send the most jihad fighters to the Middle East, Finland, Britain, and Belgium have recently been mentioned as contenders for the title of “Greatest Supporter of Jihad”. However, it may come as a surprise to most readers that, on a per capita basis, Canada incubates, radicalizes and sends out more mujahideen to join not just the Syrian front but every battlefield where ISIS is fighting, or where there is an Al Qaeda franchise.

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Beheading Infidels: How Allah ‘Heals the Hearts of Believers’

12th September 2014

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To understand why the Islamic State not only decapitates its “infidel” captives, but also mutilates and mocks their corpses—and all to sadistic laughter—one need only turn to the Koran and deeds of Islamic prophet Muhammad.

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Jihadist Serial Killer? Ho Hum!

12th September 2014

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The man accused of gunning down a Livingston teenager in his car earlier this summer told investigators the murder was an act of retribution for U.S. military action against Muslims in the Middle East.

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Cop to Cameraman: ‘If You’re Invoking Your Rights, You Must Be Doing Something Wrong’

12th September 2014

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An attitude that is, unfortunately, all to common among law enforcement people.

Eric Holder’s Justice Department, of course, doesn’t even bother.

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Why a Gun Belongs on the Batmobile

12th September 2014

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Slow news day.

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ISLAMOCOPIA FRIDAY: What’s New in the Religion of Peace

12th September 2014

Somalia warns of attacks to avenge terrorist leader’s death

Pastor imprisoned in Iran faces death for ‘spreading corruption on Earth’

Islamic State Wins Support from Jordanian Pol, Shocks Saudis

Muslims Sexually Enslaving Children: A Global Phenomenon

Danish Muslims (heart) the Islamic State

Brother Rashid Gives President Obama a Lesson in the REAL Islam

Surviving an ISIS massacre

Former hostage says Brussels museum shooting suspect was an ISIS guard

Islamic extremist group al-Shabaab names new leader

Israeli group wants Hamas leader to face war crimes charges for Gaza executions

Qatar detains two British human rights group workers

Despite Setbacks, Islamic State Faces no Danger to its Existence

White House reportedly planning years-long campaign to destroy ISIS

Arab states join forces against ISIS, as Obama preps strategy

Ex-Cia Operative: Islamist Groups Virtually Impossible To Penetrate

Elderly Iraqi Christians defy Islamic State terrorists

Leader of one of Syria’s largest rebel groups reportedly killed in bombing

Saudi anti-Christian sweep prompts calls for US involvement

Did Egypt offer to solve the Palestinian problem?

US faces Arab reluctance in Islamic State fight

20 Facts About Baghdadi, the Elusive ISIS Leader

Saudi religious police beat up Briton

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Full-Frontal Environmentalism: We Knew It All Along

12th September 2014

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There’s an old line that environmentalists are “watermelons”—green on the outside, red on the inside. A lot of environmentalists will take great offense if you say this: No no! We like economic growth and capitalism just fine! We just want it to be “sustainable,” whatever that means. And don’t ask for specificity about what “sustainability” means in detail, unless you have a lot of time and a full bottle of hootch handy. Before long you’ll figure out that “sustainable” is just a code word for green things we like, and that it has no rigor whatsoever aside from old-fashioned factor-efficiency, which economists figured out over a century ago at least.

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Businesses Consider Dumping Employee Health Coverage

12th September 2014

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And why not? If they can stick the taxpayer with covering their employees’ health insurance….

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Here Is the Complete List of Companies Planning to Leave Scotland if It Goes Independent

12th September 2014

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Be careful what you wish for….

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Army Officer Barred From Entering Daughter’s High School Over Uniform

12th September 2014

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A security officer at a Michigan high school told an Army lieutenant Tuesday that he could not enter the school because he was wearing his uniform and “may offend another student,” MyFoxDetroit.com reported.

And so it goes.

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DC Teacher Has Sixth-Graders Compare George Bush to Adolf Hitler

12th September 2014

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Is anybody really surprised by this? The media did it for eight long years.

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In Memoriam Rick Rescorla

11th September 2014

Read it. And watch the video.

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Looking at Inequality in Faculty Pay

11th September 2014

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Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Company once had a policy that the CEO could not make more than five times the amount earned by the lowest entry-level employee, capping the CEO’s salary at $81,000 in the early 1980s. By 1995, though, that policy had been eliminated. It turns out that it was difficult to attract a qualified person to head what had become a $150 million company at that kind of salary.  But even this lesson from most idealistic hippies of the Green Mountain state does not seem to have deterred many liberals from promoting wage ratios as the key to solving economic inequality.

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Waging War Is a Decision for Congress Alone

11th September 2014

Andrew Napolitano is amusingly old-fashioned.

Madison knew that kings became tyrants through war. He fervently believed that by keeping the war-waging power in the hands of the president and the war-making power in the hands of Congress, the Constitution would serve as a bulwark against tyranny.

And we see how that worked out. Hey, better luck next time….

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Fifth-Frade Girl Fights ChapStick Ban Before Virginia County School Board

11th September 2014

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When 11-year-old Grace Karaffa was told she couldn’t use ChapStick at her Virginia elementary school, the girl — who’d been prohibited from using it for years to treat her dry, bleeding lips — decided she’d had enough.

The fifth-grader at Stuarts Draft Elementary School created a petition and presented her case before the Augusta County school board last week, arguing that a ban on the most commonly used remedy to treat chapped lips was “inappropriate,” her father told FoxNews.com.

In a statement, the Augusta County Schools superintendent’s office said the ChapStick rule was based on input from local health care experts.

“Health officials were concerned that the sharing of items like Chapstick, lip gloss and other lip balm products among elementary-aged students might well have been contributing to a serious infectious disease outbreak,” the statement read. “The school division chose to control the use of these products not because of a concern that they are inherently dangerous, but out of a concern that they may have been a means for the transmission of disease.”

Public schools apparently exist to remind children that even if they are demonstrably below-average in IQ there is still a place for them in government service.

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Ferguson Shooting Protesters Attempt to Shut Down Highway

11th September 2014

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A planned highway shutdown fell through Wednesday as a wall of officers in riot gear kept people who planned to protest the Ferguson police shooting from walking onto Interstate 70 during the late afternoon commute.

State troopers and St. Louis city and county officers warned the roughly 150 demonstrators who gathered in a nearby suburb to stay out of the road as they protested last month’s shooting of Michael Brown, a black, unarmed 18-year-old, by a white officer. There were nearly as many officers as demonstrators.

Organizers said the protest in Berkeley was designed as an act of nonviolent civil disobedience similar to a 1999 demonstration in the same location. During that protest, hundreds of people shut down the interstate in a dispute over minority hiring for road construction projects.

Highway Patrol Sgt. Al Nothum said that 35 people were arrested, most on charges of unlawful assembly. Nothum said protesters threw rocks, concrete blocks, bricks and bottles, leading to four charges of assault on a law enforcement officer.

Of course they can’t use the term ‘riot’, although that’s what it was.

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California City Mandates Free Medical Marijuana for Low-Income Residents

11th September 2014

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Weed welfare?

That’s what the Berkeley City Council in California has unanimously approved, ordering medical marijuana dispensaries to donate 2 percent of their stash to patients making less than $32,000 a year.

Note that the city isn’t paying for it to be distributed — they’re mandated that it be given for free.

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