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La Raza Promotes Washington Post Guide on Where People Can Vote Without an ID

30th October 2014

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But voter ID laws are raaaaaaacist.

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Massive Non-Citizen Voting Uncovered in Maryland

30th October 2014

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But voter ID laws are raaaaaaacist.

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Listen for the Chuckling From Cupertino

30th October 2014

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CurrentC, the mobile payments system being pushed by some of the biggest retailers in the US, has been hacked – before the system is even fully up and running.

“Within the last 36 hours, we learned that unauthorized third parties obtained the e-mail addresses of some of our CurrentC pilot program participants and individuals who had expressed interest in the app,” a spokeswoman for the Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) told El Reg.

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Feminism as Male-Role-Envy

30th October 2014

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A feminist in the strict and proper sense may be defined as a woman who envies the male role.

The Other McCain doubles down:

Making equality into a moral principle and a political objective always has the result of  of inflaming irrational resentment. People ask why feminists are always so angry; it is because the egalitarian mind sees injustice everywhere. If the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. If the only ideology you have is feminism, every problem looks like patriarchal oppression. Any attempt to placate feminists is as doomed as Neville Chamberlain’s attempts to appease Hitler. Feminists are totalitarians who crave unlimited power and can never be satisfied with partial success or compromise. Grant feminists every demand they make today, and tomorrow they will return with a new list of demands. One day it’s “peace for our time,” the next day the Stukas are dive-bombing Warsaw.

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Why Middle-Class Americans Can’t Afford to Live in Liberal Cities

30th October 2014

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Among the 100 largest U.S. metros, 63 percent of homes are “within reach” for a middle-class family, according to Trulia. But among the 20 richest U.S. metros, just 47 percent of homes are affordable, including a national low of 14 percent in San Francisco. The firm defined “within reach” as a for-sale home with a total monthly payment (including mortgage and taxes) less than 31 percent of the metro’s median household income.

Steve Sailer is not surprised.

About a dozen years ago, I had a five minute conversation with former (and future) California governor Jerry Brown, then the mayor of Oakland, now running for his fourth term as governor of California. He said he’d learned a lot about poor people from being mayor of Oakland. So, he’d started a public military school to try to instill some discipline in some of them young. But mostly he just wanted to devise ways to get poor people to leave Oakland so it could finally start to fulfill the potential its geography affords it.

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The Bumpkinification of the Midterm Elections

30th October 2014

The New York Times, Voice of the Crust, looks down its nose at ‘fly0ver country’.

In large part, this is what we have to show for the nearly $4 billion that is expected to be spent in this campaign, the most of any midterm election in history. “When you have this much outside spending, way too much of the advertising has no soul,” acknowledged Todd Harris, a partner at Something Else Strategies, who is based in Washington, far from his clients Ernst and McFadden. The people who are creating these spots, in other words, don’t have much connection to the state they’re working in. It’s a good bet that few at Something Else Strategies have spent much time on hog farms. They are paid either way.

I rather doubt that the author has a lot of room to cast aspersions. ‘Mark Leibovich is the magazine’s chief national correspondent and the author of the forthcoming book “Citizens of the Green Room.”’ And that pretty much tells you all you really need to know about the New York Times.

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Death Spiral? Short-Term Health Plans Grow as Cheap Alternative to Obamacare

30th October 2014

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A fast-growing, short-term alternative to ObamaCare that allows customers to get cheap, one-year policies could put the government-subsidized plan into a death spiral.

The plans, the only ones allowed for sale outside of ObamaCare exchanges, generally cost less than half of what similar ObamaCare policies cost, and are increasing in popularity as uninsured Americans learn they are required to get health coverage. The catch — that the policies only last for a year — is not much of a deterrent, given that customers can always sign up for ObamaCare if their short-term coverage is not renewed.

I am reminded of pay-by-the-month auto insurance plans, commonly used by proles to have an insurance certificate long enough to do the annual registration/inspection and then cancelled. People always find a way to game the system if there’s a system that can be gamed.

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America’s Most Gerrymandered Congressional Districts

29th October 2014

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Some of these are pretty entertaining. The chief objection on the part of the Washington Post, of course, is that gerrymandering is beneficial to Republicans. (No mention, of course, that it was invented to benefit Elbridge Gerry, member of the precursor of the Democratic Party.)

Unlike some people, I have no problem with gerrymandering — absent a system in which one could sign up for the candidate of one’s choice, and that candidate had exactly as much power in the legislature as the number of his constituents, it’s the closest thing to pure representation (everybody is represented by somebody who agrees with him) as we are going to get. From the standpoint of democratic representation theory, it’s far better to have a bunch of districts in which the winner gets 90% of the vote than a bunch of districts in which the winner only gets 53%. (News organizations hate gerrymandering because it shoots the ‘horse race’ right in the butt and leaves them with nothing to report on election night; they’d much rather have a bunch of cliff-hangers that keeps the proles glued to their sets.)

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TSA Confiscates Raygun Belt Buckle BECAUSE TERRORISM!

29th October 2014

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Award-winning videographer Sean Malone had a raygun belt buckle confiscated recently by the good folks at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). You know, because all of the 9/11 hijackers were packing rayguns or something.

Security theater strikes again.

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Video: Machine Switches Votes From Republican to Democrat in IL

29th October 2014

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Several voters in Rock Island County have already claimed publicly about similar problems with local voting machines in early voting. One local voter, Christina Kirk, told local NBC News affiliate KWQC 6 last week: “When I went to cast my vote and touch the screen for my Republican candidate, the Democrat candidate was the one that would pop up with my x, even though I pressed the Republican candidate.”

The YouTube footage is the first visual report of the alleged problem with the voting machines. The error appears to occur when the voter’s finger is slightly off center in the Republican box, which appears below the Democrat box. It is apparently still possible to vote for the Republican candidate, and it is possible for a vigilant voter to correct the mistake and vote again, but a voter in a hurry might easily register a mistaken vote for the Democrat by mistake and fail to notice. The problem seems to recur throughout the ticket of races. (No test involving a voter trying to choose the Democratic candidate and selecting the Republican instead is shown.)

But there isn’t really any vote fraud; just ask King Putt.

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From Isaac Newton to the Genius Bar

29th October 2014

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We live at a time when commentators speak without irony of “ordinary genius” and claim to find it everywhere. From the “genius bar” at the local Apple Store to bestselling books that trumpet “the genius in all of us,” geniuses seem to abound. But if we consider the idea of “genius” as it has evolved across history, it starts to look like we don’t really need geniuses as we once did. It may be that we don’t need them at all. The increasing banality of genius in the contemporary world has begun to dissolve it as a useful category.

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Does Evolutionary Theory Need a Rethink?

29th October 2014

Pro and con.

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Delusion Events Fool Us

29th October 2014

Bob Mayer explains.

We often look at narrow escapes or near misses as ‘fortunate’ events where disaster was averted; indeed, we get to the point where we normalize near misses. Instead, we need to look at these ‘fortunate’ events as cascade events where we came close to catastrophe and were simply fortunate that we didn’t hit the final event. Relying on luck is a very dangerous mindset yet we immerse ourselves in it on a daily basis. We often call it ‘dodging the bullet’ forgetting that when a bullet hits, the results are catastrophic to the target.

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Thought for the Day

29th October 2014

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As Mexico Searches for 43 Missing Students, Dozens of Bodies Turn Up in Mass Graves

29th October 2014

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Sure, open up the border, let everybody across! What could go wrong?

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The Real Reason Some Merchants Are Blocking Apple Pay… for Now

28th October 2014

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Merchants aren’t blocking Apple Pay to collect data on us. They aren’t doing it to spite Apple, or to pressure Apple into giving them a split of the profits. While those might be factors, the real reason is a deep-seated, and possibly well-deserved, hatred of credit cards.

Unfortunately, none of this has anything to do with improving the customer experience.

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Music That Makes You Dumb

28th October 2014

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  1. Get a friend of yours to download, using Facebook, the ten most frequent “favorite music” at every college via that college’s Network Statistics page on Facebook (manually — as not to violate Facebook’s ToS). These ten “favorite musics” are perhaps indicative of the overall intellectual milieu of that college.
  2. Download the average SAT/ACT score (from CollegeBoard) for students attending every college.
  3. Presto! We have a correlation between musical tastes and dumbitude (smartitude too)!

    Music <=> Colleges <=> Average SAT Scores

  4. Plot the average SAT of each “favorite music”, discarding those with too few samples to have a reliable average.
  5. Post the results on your website, pondering what the Internet will think of it.

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Mom Demands Law to Force Kids to Wear Bright Clothes

28th October 2014

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Next up: A law to require kids to eat their vegetables. (Oops, sorry, Michelle Obama has that one in hand….)

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CBS Goes to Ground Over Claims It Buried Anti-Obama Stories

28th October 2014

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Everyone from network CEO Les Moonves to “Evening News’’ anchor Scott Pelley to former “Evening News’’ Executive Producer Patricia Shevlin ignored repeated phone calls and e-mails from The Post seeking comment on the bombshell claim by ex-CBS investigative ace Sharyl Attkisson.

In her new book, “Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington,” Attkisson charges that CBS higher-ups quashed her reporting on the deadly attack on the US Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, as well as reports on the federal “Fast and Furious’’ gun-running scandal and the president’s ObamaCare debacle.

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Competitive Federalism on a World Scale

28th October 2014

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Sardinians want to become part of Switzerland. And who could blame them?

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Payment Wars: How Merchants and Carriers Are Trying to Block Payment Systems They Can’t Track

28th October 2014

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Over the weekend, it came out that two giant pharmacy chains, Rite Aid and CVS, had started blocking Apple Pay, the massively hyped new payment system from Apple that has received much praise for its ease of use. The product had worked for about a week before the two companies started blocking such near field communication (NFC) payments (which also takes out other NFC payment options like Google Wallet). While Rite Aid gave a vague and slightly ridiculous explanation — that it is “still in the process of evaluating our mobile payment options” — pretty much everyone knows the truth. A bunch of retailers, led by Walmart, have been creating their own mobile payment system called CurrentC, which cuts out the credit card companies. But, it also builds in all the tracking and spying features of store loyalty cards, expanded across all merchant partners. Apple Pay lets people remain anonymous.

Thar’s gold in them there data.

I’d hate to stop shopping at Walmart, but if they don’t take Apple Pay, it could happen.

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Cocoa Flavanols Reverse Age-related Memory Decline

28th October 2014

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Dietary cocoa flavanols — naturally occurring bioactives found in cocoa — reversed age-related memory decline in healthy older adults, according to a study led by Columbia Univ. Medical Center (CUMC) scientists. The study, published this week in the advance online issue of Nature Neuroscience, provides the first direct evidence that one component of age-related memory decline in humans is caused by changes in a specific region of the brain and that this form of memory decline can be improved by a dietary intervention.

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Money and Congress: A Love Story

28th October 2014

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Never have so many paid so much to so few.

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‘When was the last time you heard of a beheading where the perpetrator was neither a Muslim nor a Mexican gangster?’

28th October 2014

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It is remarkable to hear Western political leaders — who are not Muslims, do not speak Arabic, and have no training in Islamic law — make such confident declarations about the true nature of Islam.

Why should we take David Cameron’s word on what constitutes “true Islam”? Why does John Kerry have any credibility when he pontificates on the nature of Islam?

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World’s Biggest Beaver Dam Discovered in Northern Canada

28th October 2014

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Of course; where else would it be?

Researcher Jean Thie said Wednesday he used satellite imagery and Earth software to locate the dam, which is about 850 metres (2,800 feet) long on the southern edge of Wood Buffalo National Park.

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Yes, iPad Apps Can Help Your Child Learn to Read

27th October 2014

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The randomized, six-week study took a sample of 95 disadvantaged students across seven different Head Start classrooms in Brooklyn and divided the children into small groups. Each of the 4- and 5-year-old students was given an iPad running either Learn With Homer or another unnamed math and music-oriented learning app. In 12-15 minute intervals, students were fully immersed, headphones and all, in these iPad-based learning environments. Adults only stepped in as needed to ensure the kids were staying on track, but did not aid directly in the learning process so as not to taint the results of the trial.

After six weeks, the students who followed Learn With Homer’s lessons showed marked differences in six of the seven phonological skills being measured. They were especially better in three key areas: print knowledge, phonological awareness, and letter sounds. These students scored higher on their post-trial TOPEL (Test of Preschool Early Literacy) test than either group did before the trial began.

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Four Dead, 32 Shot in Chicago Weekend Violence

27th October 2014

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Thank God for those strict gun control laws, or the place would look like Texas.

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Make America Safer: Shut Down the Department of Homeland Security

27th October 2014

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Combine Jerry Pournelle’s dictum ‘The purpose of government is to hire and pay government employees’ with Rahm Emanuel’s giveaway ‘Never let a crisis go to waste’, and voila — DHS.

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How Many Elections Will Democrats Steal Next Week?

27th October 2014

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As many as they can, obviously. ‘Democrat’ is, after all, a synonym for ‘political machine’.

There’s a bombshell academic study out on this issue right now that the media is mostly ignoring (the only exception being the Washington Post’s very fine wonky MonkeyCage blog), in part because it appears in an obscure academic journal, Electoral Studies, that is behind an expensive subscription paywall, and in part because any reporter who does a story about it will be called a racist. Since I’m an academic these days, I’ve got access to the article, “Do Non-Citizens Vote in U.S. Elections?”, by Jesse T. Richman and Gulshan A. Chattha of Old Dominion University and David C. Earnest of George Mason University.

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Minimum Wage and Employment

27th October 2014

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A new working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research, “More Recent Evidence on the Effects of Minimum Wages in the United States,” concludes, “We see the evidence as still pointing to disemployment effects for low-skilled workers from raising the minimum wage.” Further, “we conclude that the best evidence still points to job loss from minimum wages for low-skilled workers — in particular for teens.”

Perhaps somebody ought to send a copy of this paper to Hillary Clinton. She seems to be a common-sense-denier.

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Tobacco Settlement Funds Sprinklers, Golf Carts and a Grease Trap

27th October 2014

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A central tenet of government finance is that money borrowed over the long term should be spent on projects that will outlast the debt – things like buildings, bridges or other essential infrastructure.

That’s not what upstate New York’s Niagara County did with much of its money from tobacco bonds.

Golf carts. Computers. Defibrillators. Portable radios. Even a grease trap for the jail’s kitchen. The list of goods or projects with just a few years’ useful life goes on – all paid for with debt that will last decades.

Nor did the money go toward the health care costs of smoking – as hoped by framers of the 1998 legal settlement with tobacco companies that has paid billions to states, counties and other governments.

Since then, Niagara County repeatedly borrowed against its share of the settlement, about $3.5 million a year. For some of this debt, it borrowed at nearly 8 percent interest and used the proceeds to pay down debts charging half as much.

Niagara’s experience shows how “securitizing” the tobacco money – and the windfall of upfront cash it puts at politicians’ disposal – creates pressure to spend quickly and with less regard to long-term costs.

It also highlights a weakness in IRS rules, which are meant to rein in the use of long-term, tax-exempt debt for items with a short, useful life but still allow many to slip through.

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

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BBC Class Calculator

26th October 2014

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Not surprisingly, I belong to the Technical Middle Class.

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America’s Newest Hipster Hot Spot: the Suburbs?

26th October 2014

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It’s an idea echoed everywhere from “Friends” to “Girls”Young people want to live in cities. And, we’re told, a lot of them (at least the cool ones) do.

It’s a common assumption. But it’s also wrong.

Between 2010 and 2013, the number of 20- to 29-year-olds in America grew by 4 percent. But the number living in the nation’s core cities grew 3.2 percent. In other words, the share of 20-somethings living in urban areas actually declined slightly.

This trend has occurred in supposedly hot cities like San Fransisco, Boston, New York and D.C., notes demographer Wendell Cox. Chicago and Portland, Ore., both widely hailed as youth boom-towns, saw their numbers of 20-somethings decline, too.

Funny how facts keep putting sand in the gears of the Narrative.

Only 17 percent of Millennials identify the urban core as where they want to settle permanently. Another survey, by the Demand Institute (funded by the Conference Board and Neilsen), found that 48 percent of 20-somethings hoped to move to the suburbs one day. And contrary to popular myth, they hoped to own a single-family home. Sixty-one percent seek more space.

These findings may actually understate the suburban preference. As people age, particularly entering the child-bearing period between 30 and 50, they long have displayed a distinct tendency to move to suburban areas.

Well, there goes the neighborhood….

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Amazon Is Not a Monopoly

26th October 2014

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Franklin Foer has an interesting new essay at New Republic arguing that Amazon is a monopoly trampling the public good and necessitating a vigorous public response, à la Ma Bell or U.S. Steel before it. There’s just one problem with his argument: Amazon is not a monopoly.

And if a Voice of the Crust like New York magazine says it, are we not obliged to believe it?

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A New Caste Society

26th October 2014

Steve Sailer looks behind the curtain.

As I’ve joked before, when I became interested in the quantitative literature on educational achievement in ninth grade in 1972, the racial rankings went:

1. Orientals
2. Caucasians
3. Chicanos
4. Blacks
Today, the order is:

1. Asians
2. Whites
3. Hispanics
4. African-Americans

What I hadn’t guessed in 1988 was that the powers that be in Chicago would simply unload their unwanted public housing project residents on the rest of the Midwest via Section 8 vouchers, with the federal government ready to persecute for discrimination any two-bit burgh that tried to resist. That seemed a little too cynical for even me to imagine in 1988.

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Watch What Happens When 2 Guys Disguise McNuggets as Gourmet Snacks and Serve Them to Food Experts

26th October 2014

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Two guys behind the YouTube channel lifehunterstv sliced McDonald’s McNuggets and burgers into bite-size pieces and served them with toothpicks on a white platter. They told the conference attendees that the food was a sampling from their “high-end” restaurant’s menu.

One attendee called the food “nice and firm” and said it had “a good bite.”

Another said it “rolls around the tongue nicely,” and “if it were wine, I’d say it’s fine.”

There are times when ‘Heh’ seems inadequate.

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‘New evidence of both the extent of the population and its agricultural advancement leads to a remarkable conjecture: the Amazon rain forest may be largely a human artifact.’

26th October 2014

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Dappled across the grasslands below was an archipelago of forest islands, many of them startlingly round and hundreds of acres across. Each island rose ten or thirty or sixty feet above the floodplain, allowing trees to grow that would otherwise never survive the water. The forests were linked by raised berms, as straight as a rifle shot and up to three miles long. It is Erickson’s belief that this entire landscape—30,000 square miles of forest mounds surrounded by raised fields and linked by causeways—was constructed by a complex, populous society more than 2,000 years ago. Balée, newer to the Beni, leaned toward this view but was not yet ready to commit himself.

Like people everywhere, Indians survived by cleverly exploiting their environment. Europeans tended to manage land by breaking it into fragments for farmers and herders. Indians often worked on such a grand scale that the scope of their ambition can be hard to grasp. They created small plots, as Europeans did (about 1.5 million acres of terraces still exist in the Peruvian Andes), but they also reshaped entire landscapes to suit their purposes. A principal tool was fire, used to keep down underbrush and create the open, grassy conditions favorable for game. Rather than domesticating animals for meat, Indians retooled whole ecosystems to grow bumper crops of elk, deer, and bison. The first white settlers in Ohio found forests as open as English parks—they could drive carriages through the woods. Along the Hudson River the annual fall burning lit up the banks for miles on end; so flashy was the show that the Dutch in New Amsterdam boated upriver to goggle at the blaze like children at fireworks. In North America, Indian torches had their biggest impact on the Midwestern prairie, much or most of which was created and maintained by fire. Millennia of exuberant burning shaped the plains into vast buffalo farms. When Indian societies disintegrated, forest invaded savannah in Wisconsin, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, and the Texas Hill Country. Is it possible that the Indians changed the Americas more than the invading Europeans did? “The answer is probably yes for most regions for the next 250 years or so” after Columbus, William Denevan wrote, “and for some regions right up to the present time.”

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The Dangers of Eating Late at Night

26th October 2014

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I specialize in the diagnosis and management of acid reflux, especially airway reflux, which affects the throat, sinuses and lungs. Airway reflux is often “silent,” occurring without telltale digestive symptoms, like heartburn and indigestion. Most of the tens of thousands of reflux patients that I have seen over the last 35 years are well today because I treat reflux by modifying my patients’ diets and lifestyles.

Over the past two decades, I’ve noticed that the time of the evening meal has been trending later and later among my patients. The after-work meal — already later because of longer work hours — is often further delayed by activities such as shopping and exercise.

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The Fast and Furious Cover-up, Hiding in Plain Sight

26th October 2014

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The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has been trying to investigate the Fast and Furious scandal for years, but has been stymied by the Obama administration’s stonewalling. The House committee was willing to narrow its request for Department of Justice documents to an extraordinary degree; ultimately, the committee asked only that the Obama administration produce documents after February 4, 2011, relating to the false letter to Congress that bore that date, and the process by which Eric Holder’s DOJ decided to withdraw that letter. Notwithstanding this narrow scope, the Obama administration has stiffed the House committee for three years, asserting executive privilege over virtually all of the documents encompassed by the committee’s request.

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The Long, Slow Collapse: What Whig History Can’t Explain

26th October 2014

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The collapse won’t look like roving gangs storming your house to steal canned food; nor will it look like selling pennies for copper. As one would expect of a process that can take centuries, the collapse is slow; but what this means is that it’s hardly even visible. It won’t—it doesn’t—look like something that is happening; it looks like how the world is. It looks like the things you take for granted, and the things your children will, and their children, and so on until Odoacer.

You don’t see NEETs cocooned in their mother’s basements; you don’t see thugs killing for fun and posting the videos online. You don’t notice that no one hitchhikes anymore, that that web of implicit societal trust is gone; you don’t realize that there was a time when your elders merited respect, or when your neighbors didn’t bloat themselves on fast food because they live alone and they never learned to cook. Perhaps you even take it for granted that children should not walk further from their parents’ houses than the end of the street.

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‘I am a 14-year-old Yazidi girl given as a gift to an ISIS commander. Here’s how I escaped.’

26th October 2014

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Samsung’s New Induction Stovetop Projects ‘Virtual Flames’ Onto Pots and Pans

26th October 2014

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Much like the artificial noise that some regulators want to impose on electric cars because they’re ‘too quiet’ and therefore unsafe.

The world is full of people who think they know better than you how you ought to live.

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The Problem With Positive Thinking

26th October 2014

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MANY people think that the key to success is to cultivate and doggedly maintain an optimistic outlook. This belief in the power of positive thinking, expressed with varying degrees of sophistication, informs everything from affirmative pop anthems like Katy Perry’s “Roar” to the Mayo Clinic’s suggestion that you may be able to improve your health by eliminating “negative self-talk.”

But the truth is that positive thinking often hinders us. More than two decades ago, I conducted a study in which I presented women enrolled in a weight-reduction program with several short, open-ended scenarios about future events — and asked them to imagine how they would fare in each one. Some of these scenarios asked the women to imagine that they had successfully completed the program; others asked them to imagine situations in which they were tempted to cheat on their diets. I then asked the women to rate how positive or negative their resulting thoughts and images were.

A year later, I checked in on these women. The results were striking: The more positively women had imagined themselves in these scenarios, the fewer pounds they had lost.

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Scientists Discover First ‘Virological Penicillin’

26th October 2014

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Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) is a well-known Chinese herb. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it has been used to effectively treat influenza infection for centuries.

Now, a team of researchers headed by Dr Chen-Yu Zhang of Nanjing University in China has identified MIR2911 (honeysuckle-encoded atypical microRNA2911) as the first active component directly targeting various influenza viruses, including the swine flu H1N1, highly pathogenic avian H5N1 and H7N9 infections.

MIR2911 represses influenza viruses by targeting PB2 and NS1, two genes that are known to be required for influenza viral replication.

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Google’s New Skybox for Good Program Gives Real-Time Satellite Imagery to Nonprofits

26th October 2014

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Conspicuous by its absence is any mention of law-enforcement agencies; I guess only self-appointed progressive busybodies are entitled to encouragement.

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CVS Stores Reportedly Disabling NFC to Shut Down Apple Pay and Google Wallet

26th October 2014

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The reason behind Rite Aid’s and CVS’s moves to disable unofficial Apple Pay support in their stores is presumably related to their participation in Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX), a retailer group developing its own mobile payments system known as CurrentC. A claimed internal Rite Aid message shared with SlashGear supports this notion, instructing cashiers to explain to customers that Apple Pay is not supported but that MCX’s solution will be available next year.

Yeah, that’s real customer service. Walgreen’s, here I come….

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Officials Say Suspect in Killings of California Deputies Was Deported Twice

26th October 2014

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But, of course, under the ‘open borders’ policy of King Putt, that doesn’t matter.

The suspect alleged to have shot three northern California sheriff’s deputies Friday, killing two, was deported twice and has a criminal record, federal officials said late Saturday.

Thank God for those strict California gun control laws, which prevent such things from happening.

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Man Who Attacked NYPD Cops With Hatchet Wanted to Kill White People, Dad Says

26th October 2014

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Just more ‘workplace violence’. Nothing to see here, move along, move along….

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Comedy as Cultural Heritage

26th October 2014

Certain classic comedy routines might be considered as part of our common cultural heritage. One obvious candidate is Abbott & Costello in Who’s On First. Another would be the Three Stooges in Niagara Falls. I would also include Bill Cosby’s Noah, and Gallagher’s Sledge-o-matic. The Marx Brothers offer an embarrassment of riches, with The Password, Tootsie Frootsi Ice Cream, the Sanity Claus, and The Mirror coming immediately to mind — but of course if we could have only one, it would be Two Hard-Boiled Eggs.

There my memory falters. Who am I missing?

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

26th October 2014

Like Long Hair

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