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Movie theater seeks $700,000 from mass shooting victims

1st July 2016

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Sue! Sue! It’s what we do!

After a jury ruled that Cinemark was not responsible for the 2012 massacre in Aurora, Colorado, the owner of the movie theater is seeking $700,000 from the victims of the mass shooting.

The original lawsuit made by the victims’ families argued that the chain should have provided more security to prevent the shooter from killing 12 people and injuring 70 others during the airing of The Dark Knight rises. Cinemark would go on to win the case on June 24.

Now, Cinemark has filed a “bill of costs” against the families requesting $699,187.13, The Denver Post reports. Under Colorado law, winners of civil cases are allowed to recover litigation costs.

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Some Tips on Job Security in the Robot Age

1st July 2016

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We believe job loss won’t be catastrophic but there will be some on the margins, and it’s a nasty experience for the people who do lose their jobs. They tend to lose them for the rest of their lives. But the fear is overstated. Computers don’t tend to replace whole jobs; they replace specific tasks. Also, it’s a relatively slow process to eliminate jobs. There are just as many bank tellers now as there were in 1980. It’s not a profession that’s growing and no one would recommend it for their child, but it takes quite a while to replace jobs.

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Boston Police Captain’s Son Indicted on Terrorism Charges in Campus Attack Plot

1st July 2016

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A federal grand jury indicted Alexander Ciccolo on one count each of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and attempting to use weapons of mass destruction. Those charges were added to a pending indictment charging Ciccolo with being a convicted person in possession of firearms and stabbing a nurse with a pen during a jail intake process.

Ciccolo was arrested last July in a plot to detonate homemade bombs similar to the pressure cooker bombs used in the deadly 2013 Boston Marathon attack. Twin bombs placed near the marathon finish line killed three people and injured more than 260 others.

The indictment said that Ciccolo, who also used the name Ali Al Amriki, plotted to bomb an unidentified state university outside Massachusetts.

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Tesla Driver Killed in Crash With Autopilot Active, NHTSA Investigating

30th June 2016

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Think of it as evolution in action.

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Real Viking Ship Completes North Atlantic Crossing

30th June 2016

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The world’s largest viking ship has arrived in North America after crossing the North Atlantic Ocean on a journey from its homeport in Haugesund, Norway.

The Viking ship, named Draken Harald Hårfagre, set sail from Norway with its approximately 32 crew members in late April and made stops in Iceland, Greenland and Newfoundland, Canada, before making its way through the Saint Lawrence Seaway to Toronto for the Tall Ships Challenge Great Lakes 2016 festival this weekend.

Future stops for the Viking ship include Chicago, Green Bay and Duluth, before heading through the New York canals to U.S. east coast with stops in New York City and finally Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut in October.

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Donald Trump Has a 20 to 25 Per Cent Chance of Winning the Presidency, Nate Silver Predicts

30th June 2016

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Bear in mind that Nate Silver has been wrong on every one of his Trump predictions so far.

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Palestinian Teen Fatally Stabs 13-Year-Old American Girl in Her Bedroom in West Bank Settlement

30th June 2016

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A 13-year-old American citizen has been stabbed to death by a Palestinian teenager on Thursday as she slept in her bed in the West Bank.

The young man, who had broken into the family home, was shot dead by security guards shortly after the attack in the settlement of Kiryat Arba on the outskirts of Hebron.

Malachi Levinger, chairman of its governing council, said an alarm was triggered when the 17-year-old assailant jumped a perimeter fence. One of the guards was also stabbed during the incident overnight.

I guess they thought Brexit was getting all the attention.

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Switzerland Denies Muslim Girls Citizenship After They Refuse to Swim With Boys at School

30th June 2016

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Switzerland has rejected citizenship requests from two Muslim girls for refusing to take part in swimming lessons with boys at school.

The 12- and 14-year-old will no longer be considered for naturalised citizenship because they have not complied with the school curriculum, authorities in Basel said.

The girls are understood to have refused to take part in school swimming lessons because boys were present and their religion forbade that form of interaction, according to USA Today. Their applications for Swiss passports have now been overturned.

Meanwhile, the father of two other girls who refused to let his daughters swim with boys was fined $4,000 swiss francs (around £2,900) by a district court in another part of the country.

Stefan Wehrle, president of the country’s naturalisation committee, told TV station SRF that “whoever doesn’t fulfil these conditions, violates the law and therefore cannot be naturalised.”

There has never been a Muslim terrorism incident in Switzerland. Maybe they know something that we don’t know.

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Bill Clinton’s Private Meeting With US’s Top Law Official Creates Headache for His Wife’s Campagin

30th June 2016

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What headache? When are Democrats ever held accountable, especially by other Democrats?

It’s not as if any Democrat A.G. knows the meaning of the phrase ‘appearance of impropriety’ anyway.

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Harvard Study: Diversity Trainings are a Sham

30th June 2016

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

A survey in the current edition of the Harvard Business Review based on over three decades’ worth of data from more than 800 U.S. businesses shows that most diversity programs aren’t actually increasing diversity. In fact, the data suggest that diversity programs like the ones seen all over America’s campuses are having exactly the opposite effect.

Be careful what you wish for….

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The Time I Accidentally Plunged Europe Into Economic Uncertainty

30th June 2016

Scott Adams ‘fesses up.

So…did the winning side in the Brexit vote learn how to use Trump’s persuasion tools by reading my blog? And does that make me directly responsible for the coming economic collapse in Europe?

Well, probably yes, and probably no. For many months I’ve been the loudest voice to say that Trump’s strategy of ignoring facts and using persuasion was a winning system. And I’m reasonably sure my writing made it to the folks in the Brexit “Leave” movement. A-a-a-a-and I can be persuasive.

Now they know whom to blame….

But I don’t think Europe will fall apart because of the Brexit vote. I base that prediction on what some of you already know as the Adams Law of Slow-Moving Disasters.

The law states that whenever humans have plenty of warning of a pending disaster, we always figure out how to avoid it. That’s why the Year 2000 Bug turned out to be no big deal. That’s why we haven’t run out of oil, or food. That’s why we haven’t all died in a nuclear war. If we see it coming, we get out of the way. We’re extraordinarily good at that.

That’s a relief.

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Top Senate Dems defend Lynch-Clinton meeting

30th June 2016

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

“She’s an honorable person. We know that,” Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), expected to be the next Senate Democratic leader, told reporters on Thursday. “She has said nothing was discussed related to the investigation so you have two choices: To say this didn’t matter or she’s lying. I think it didn’t matter. I don’t think she’s lying.”

I don’t consider Chuckie Schumer to be an adequate character witness.

“All I can say is Loretta Lynch is one of the most outstanding human beings I’ve ever known,” Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said.

Considering with whom Harry Reid tends to associate, that’s not even a low bar, it’s barely a line painted on the ground.

“There was no discussion on any matter pending before the Department or any matter pending with any other body, there was no discussion of Benghazi, no discussion of State Department emails,” she told reporters.

And if you believe that one, she’ll tell you another one. What’s next? Asking us to believe Bill Clinton?

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DOD to Allow Transgender Servicemembers to Serve Openly

30th June 2016

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Primarily this was so that the U.S. taxpayers are on the hook for their makeover surgery.

No doubt ‘Chelsea Manning’ will be at the front of the line.

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U.S. Forest Service Barricades a Forest Road, Destroys Game Trails in Idaho

30th June 2016

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The United States Forest Service severely damaged a forest road and trail in Northwestern Idaho earlier this month, raising serious questions about the agency’s ability to care for federally-managed lands.

During the first weekend in June, several members of Northwestern Gold Prospectors Association (NWGPA) planned to attend a gathering to prospect private claims in the Bedrock Gulch and Eagle Creek areas. When the prospectors arrived, Forest Road 152 was blocked with cement barricades and hundreds of felled trees.

According to Bob Lowe, founder and past president of NWGPA , the USFS barricaded the road, considered to be a firebreak, because they lacked the funds to repair damage on the road which had occurred due to flooding and erosion.

“The road had a couple of small washouts, but was still usable for hikers and people on ATVs,” Lowe explained to Watchdog. “The road was regularly accessed by hunters and ATV clubs who used it for the multiple uses it was meant for.”

Government employees never bother exercising the same care that they do not hesitate to throw private citizens in jail for neglecting.

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Law Enforcement Sources: Gun Used in Paris Terrorist Attacks Came from Phoenix

30th June 2016

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One of the guns used in the November 13, 2015 Paris terrorist attacks came from Phoenix, Arizona where the Obama administration allowed criminals to buy thousands of weapons illegally in a deadly and futile “gun-walking” operation known as “Fast and Furious.”

A Report of Investigation (ROI) filed by a case agent in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) tracked the gun used in the Paris attacks to a Phoenix gun owner who sold it illegally, “off book,” Judicial Watch’s law enforcement sources confirm. Federal agents tracing the firearm also found the Phoenix gun owner to be in possession of an unregistered fully automatic weapon, according to law enforcement officials with firsthand knowledge of the investigation.

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Obamacare Insurers Are Looking for a Taxpayer Bailout

30th June 2016

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Of course they are.

Insurers helped cheerlead the creation of Obamacare, with plenty of encouragement – and pressure – from Democrats and the Obama administration. As long as the Affordable Care Act included an individual mandate that forced Americans to buy its product, insurers offered political cover for the government takeover of the individual-plan marketplaces. With the prospect of tens of millions of new customers forced into the market for comprehensive health-insurance plans, whether they needed that coverage or not, underwriters saw potential for a massive windfall of profits.

Six years later, those dreams have failed to materialize. Now some insurers want taxpayers to provide them the profits to which they feel entitled — not through superior products and services, but through lawsuits.

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Fox Targeted by FEC Dems in First-Ever Vote to Punish Debate Sponsorship

30th June 2016

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Fox is not a full-time Voice of the Crust and therefore is available for whipping.

Finally making good on long-harbored anger at conservative media, Democrats on the Federal Election Commission voted in secret to punish Fox News’ sponsorship of a Republican presidential debate, using an obscure law to charge the network with helping those on stage.

It is the first time in history that members of the FEC voted to punish a media outlet’s debate sponsorship, and it follows several years of Democratic threats against conservative media and websites like the Drudge Report.

The punishment, however, was blocked by all three Republicans on the commission, resulting in a 3-3 tie vote and no action.

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Hillary’s “Free WiFi” Plan Is A $275 Billion Tax Hike

30th June 2016

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“Nothing is ever as expensive as something our government provides for ‘free’ said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.

Clinton has outlined several onerous tax increases she wants to impose on the American people. The tax increase proposals up to at least $1 trillion.

‘Tax and spend’ has worked for the Democrats so long that it’s second nature. They don’t even realize when they’re doing it.

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Woman Wins Court of Appeal Battle to Use Dead Daughter’s Frozen Eggs to Give Birth to Own Grandchild

30th June 2016

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We have the technology.

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Why Is School Compulsory?

30th June 2016

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School has nothing to do with freedom. First, there are state laws mandating that you have either attended school or have learned the very specific kinds of things you’d learn in school. That form of education is not a choice: it is legally compulsory.

But schooling is culturally compulsory as well. That’s what Austrian philosopher and Roman Catholic priest Ivan Illich said.

Illich was a critic of state education systems who, in 1970, wrote a now celebrated book called Deschooling Society, in which he boldly argued that, like the separation of church and state, we need a corresponding right protecting people from state establishment of education.

How have we succumbed to such a narrow understanding of education? Simply put, when anything is legally mandatory, it becomes universal, and when anything is universal for long enough, the culture forgets that there were ever any alternatives.

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Chilling Images Show Istanbul Bombers – And How They ‘Herded’ Victims to Create More Chaos and Carnage

30th June 2016

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Yet another reason to steer clear of crowds.

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Prom Night Trumpster Babies

30th June 2016

David Cole is having a great time.

Sadly, the one type of American voter who grates on me like a nursery full of shrieking, colicky newborns is the infernal species I’m doomed to live among here in L.A.—the leftist hipster. Leftist hipsters have neither the Trumpkins’ aw-shucks humility nor the anti-Semites’ worshipful admission of the Jews’ place as overlords in the human pecking order. Leftist hipsters are defined by their smugness, their pseudo-certainty, and their unyielding belief that their views are based on science and rationalism, whereas everyone else’s are based on ignorance, superstition, and fear.

There is nothing that is not foul about leftist hipsters. They traffic in the very fear, ignorance, and superstition that they accuse others of employing. Leftist hipsters will be the first ones to accuse conservatives of being “racist,” yet almost every political move the leftist hipster makes is in some way rooted in a pathological hatred of white people, a hatred that leftist hipsters—most of whom are themselves white—view as the ultimate self-critical virtue-signaling: “Look how evolved, enlightened, and noble I am—I’m willing to hate my own skin color.”

But sadly, as deluded as leftist hipsters are, they can still read the writing on the PBR can. Sanders is on his way out, and with Trump on track for the GOP nod, it’s going to be Hillary versus “like, literally Hitler.” So of course the hipster crowd needs to find a way to support a warmongering drone-loving Wall Street-backed unremittingly corrupt rapist-defending Democrat.

My younger brother would be a hipster if he could afford it — unfortunately, he picked the wrong parents — but he still talks the talk.

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Is Hillary to blame for the lack of a military response in Benghazi?

30th June 2016

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Yesterday, I linked to the additional views that Reps. Jim Jordan and Mike Pompeo presented in connection with the report of the House Select Committee on Benghazi. I’m told that a major reason for submitting additional views was the unwillingness of Trey Gowdy, chairman of the committee, to present any conclusions in his report.

Gowdy and the chief investigator decided just to present the facts — no conclusions. If they thought this odd decision would win approval from the mainstream media, they were mistaken. Most outlets referred to the report as a Republican report, rather than the report of the committee. I don’t recall the MSM calling Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s controversial and sulky hit piece on the CIA (the so-called torture report) a Democratic report. It was cited as the report of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

If you haven’t read the additional views of Reps. Jordan and Pompeo, I again urge you to do so. I want to comment on a portion of their statement that I don’t think has received enough attention.

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Creators of “Zootopia” Intended It Originally as an Allegory on Stifling Political Correctness

30th June 2016

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Hint: It didn’t work.

The hit Disney kids’ movie Zootopia about a city where talking lions lie down with talking lambs came across to me as something that must have started out culturally rebellious but then got throttled by the test marketers and executives into the usual You-Go-Girl fare.

Here the creative team talks about their original vision, which is pretty great: the prey have subdued the predators with “tame collars” that shock the predators any time their predatory instincts start to kick in (much like the Ludovico Technique does to Alex in A Clockwork Orange). The hero fox, Nick Wild, discovers when a doctor temporarily removes his collar that he feels free and happy. So he comes up with the idea of a Chompers Only speakeasy / amusement park, Wild Times, where predators can get their collars illegally removed and enjoy their innate selves.

In A World Where white guys are publicly resented, incessantly, for still having much of the talent, it’s not surprising that the talented are getting tired of being the rhetorical punching bags just for being white guys. This surreptitious rebellion of the talented explains a lot about what’s going on.

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Why the World Is Better Than You Think in 10 Powerful Charts

29th June 2016

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When I published Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think in February 2012, I included about 80 charts in the back of the book showing very strong evidence that the world is getting better.

Over the last five years, this trend has continued and accelerated.

This blog includes additional “Evidence for Abundance” that you can share with friends and family to change their mindset.

We truly are living in the most exciting time to be alive.

It won’t last. ‘Progressives’ will screw it up with their constant compulsion to change.

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Amazon Has Swallowed Downtown Seattle

29th June 2016

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Walk down Seventh Avenue in downtown Seattle and you can’t miss them: three gigantic spheres resembling melted-together Milk Duds rising in the shadow of Amazon’s new 500-foot-tall office tower. The architectural oddity has already become a tourist attraction and social media phenomenon. Passersby snap photographs and watch construction crews attach glass panes to the steel frames. Images stream through Instagram and Twitter.

When they open in 2018, the 100-foot-tall orbs—Amazon calls them Biospheres—will host more than 300 plant species from around the world, creating what the company sees as the workplace of the future. Amazonians will be able to break from their daily labors to walk amid the greenery along suspension bridges and climb into meeting spaces resembling bird nests perched in mature trees, where the company expects them to brainstorm—and perhaps even invent the next billion-dollar opportunity.

Amazon’s new headquarters was designed to project a forward-thinking company eager to help employees be more productive, creative and happy by providing a connection to nature. But the most trend-setting and appealing feature of the new complex is most likely its location: plopped between glass and steel high-rises on a busy street in downtown Seattle where food trucks are abundant, apartments are within walking distance and Happy Hour greets employees at quitting time.

I think they just got tired of the rain.

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Move to Transylvania

29th June 2016

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I am not making this up.

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California Hits the Brakes on High-Speed Rail Fiasco

29th June 2016

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California’s high-speed rail project increasingly looks like an expensive social science experiment to test just how long interest groups can keep money flowing to a doomed endeavor before elected officials finally decide to cancel it. What combination of sweet-sounding scenarios, streamlined mockups, ever-changing and mind-numbing technical detail, and audacious spin will keep the dream alive?

The total construction cost estimate has now more than doubled to $68 billion from the original $33 billion, despite trims in the routes planned. The first, easiest-to-build, segment of the system — the “train to nowhere” through a relatively empty stretch of the Central Valley — is running at least four years behind schedule and still hasn’t acquired all the needed land. Predicted ticket prices to travel from LA to the Bay have shot from $50 to more than $80. State funding is running short. Last month’s cap-and-trade auction for greenhouse gases, expected to provide $150 million for the train, yielded a mere $2.5 million. And no investors are lining up to fill the $43 billion construction-budget gap.

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Toddler in Hospital With Vitamin B12 Deficiency After Being Raised on Vegan Diet

29th June 2016

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The child’s parents are also vegan and strictly controlled her diet, La Repubblica reported. In addition to being raised on a strict vegan diet, the girl was also breastfed by her mother while she was on the same diet, resulting in less nutritious breast milk.

After the girl became ill, her parents took her to hospital on the advice of local doctors.

Think of it as evolution in action.

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We Can Now Tell a Person’s Age Range From Crime Scene Blood

29th June 2016

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Chemists at the University at Albany, SUNY, have described a new method for quickly but accurately determining a person’s age range based only on a blood sample. The test could one day be used to help narrow down suspects in a crime scene investigation as easily as getting results from a glucose or pregnancy test.

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Islamist Extremists Hide Huge Stockpile of Weapons Near German Mosque

29th June 2016

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Hey, that’s what mosques are for:

The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers...  - Recep Tayyip Erdogan

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Eggs Don’t Cause Heart Attacks — Sugar Does

29th June 2016

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It’s over. The debate is settled.

It’s sugar, not fat, that causes heart attacks.

Oops. Fifty years of doctors’ advice and government eating guidelines have been wrong. We’ve been told to swap eggs for cereal. But that recommendation is dead wrong. In fact, it’s very likely that this bad advice has killed millions of Americans.

Don’t you love those ‘The debate is settled.’ claims? Wait five years and see what happens.

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Driver Accused of Crashing Into Marijuana Dispensary While High on Marijuana

29th June 2016

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Well. There it is. What goes around comes around.

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Bad News at America’s Southern Border: Unaccompanied Children Crossing Up over 70 Percent

29th June 2016

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Flash back three years ago, and remember when the secretary of Homeland Security declared “the border has never been stronger.” Well, if what is going on at America’s border with Mexico is a success, Americans should shudder to think what failure looks like.

Unaccompanied children crossing the border is up over 70 percent this year. Other categories and overall numbers are on the rise as well, reflecting significant increases since 2014. And it is not just the numbers that are troubling to Americans. They are worried about national security threats on the Southern border.

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Are You Ready For Darth Vader Studies?

29th June 2016

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Just when you thought the Star Wars prequels couldn’t get any worse. You knew something like this was out there (“out there” in both senses of the term) in the journal Communication, Culture, and Critique:

Darth Vader Made Me Do It! Anakin Skywalker’s Avoidance of Responsibility and the Gray Areas of Hegemonic Masculinity in the Star Wars Universe

Joshua Atkinson (Bowling Green State University) and Bernadette Calafell (University of Denver)

You can’t make this shit up.

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100 Nobel Laureates Demand that Greenpeace Stop Killing Poor Children

29th June 2016

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Good luck with that.

An open letter today signed by 100 Nobel Prize Laureates calls upon the anti-technology activist group “Greenpeace to cease and desist in its campaign against Golden Rice specifically, and crops and foods improved through biotechnology in general.” The laureates point out that “scientific and regulatory agencies around the world have repeatedly and consistently found crops and foods improved through biotechnology to be as safe as, if not safer than those derived from any other method of production. There has never been a single confirmed case of a negative health outcome for humans or animals from their consumption. Their environmental impacts have been shown repeatedly to be less damaging to the environment, and a boon to global biodiversity.”

The laureates specifically demand that Greenpeace stop its attacks on Golden Rice which has been genetically enhanced to produce a vitamin A precursor as a way to prevent millions of deaths and cases of blindness annually in poor countries where the grain is the chief food staple. Vitamin A deficiency causes blindness in between 250,000 and 500,000 children each year, half of whom die within 12 months, according to the World Health Organization. A study by German researchers in 2014 estimated that activist opposition to the deployment of Golden Rice has resulted in the loss of 1.4 million life-years in just India alone.

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Obama Blames ISIS for Istanbul Attack

29th June 2016

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It still took them a day to try (and fail) to find some way to blame it on Republicans, Trump, or the NRA.

 

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Turkish Airport Terror Attack Shows ‘Gun Laws’ Make No Difference

29th June 2016

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At least 28 people have been reported killed at this writing, with 60 more injured following a “double suicide bombing” at Istanbul’s Atatürk International Airport, CNN (and every other major news organization) is reporting.

And the killers used “illegal guns” before the explosions.

“According to the information I was given, a terrorist at the international terminal entrance first opened fire with a Kalashnikov and then blew himself up,” Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag told his state news agency.

How the terrorist got his hands on such a weapon demonstrates the utter uselessness of “gun control” at stopping those who are evil and determined.  Because Turkey’s gun laws read like Hillary’s wish list.

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Nine Years Paid Vacation for New Jersey Cop Accused of Sexually Assaulting Inmate

29th June 2016

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Who says police departments always move swiftly to protect their own? Sometimes it takes them almost nine years to find a fellow officer not guilty. Such is the case with Manuel Avila, a Paterson, New Jersey, cop who was accused of sexual assault in 2007. A local woman claimed that Avila had forced her to perform oral sex on him while she was in police custody.

A few days before the alleged assault, a city psychiatrist had ruled Avila unfit to carry a weapon and recommended that he retire. Instead, police officials decided to reassign him for six months to a duty that didn’t involve carrying a weapon, at which point he would reach 20 years of service—a pension milestone. Avila was assigned to monitor municipal holding cells.

Avila was acquitted of criminal charges related to the alleged assault in 2010. The city settled a civil lawsuit with his accuser in 2011, agreeing to pay her $710,000. But somehow, the police department’s internal investigation persisted through early 2016.

Throughout this time, Avila was on paid leave from the Paterson Police Department. By the end of his nine years on suspension, Avila had collected about $900,000 in income for doing nothing. With Avila’s pay, the settlement with his accuser, and legal fees, the city has spent about $1.9 million on this case.

As Jerry Pournelle likes to say, ‘The purpose of government is to hire and pay government workers.’

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Indian Policeman Trying to Show Wife How Criminals Are Hanged Accidentally Hangs Himself

29th June 2016

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Think of it as evolution in action.

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Game of States

29th June 2016

Steve Sailer looks at Brexit.

The near universal response of the punditry to a majority of Brits voting to leave the E.U. has been so enraged that the average voter must have begun by now to notice that their furious elites just plain don’t like them. As a Bizarro World Sally Field might have exclaimed in wonder, “You hate us, you really hate us!”

The past week has been the mirror image of the Stale Pale Male taunting and touchdown dances that followed Obama’s reelection. Then, it was Democracy Rules (because we’ve imported millions of ringers). Now, it’s Democracy Sucks (because voters are stupid).

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Pro-Hillary Group Takes $200K in Banned Donations

29th June 2016

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A super-PAC backing Hillary Clinton has accepted $200,000 in donations from a company holding multiple contracts with the federal government — despite a ban on such contributions.

According to a review of contributions by The Hill, Boston-based Suffolk Construction made two contributions of $100,000 to Priorities USA, which is backing the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

At the time it made the contributions, Suffolk held multiple contracts worth $976,560 with the Department of Defense for maintenance and construction projects at a Naval base in Newport, R.I., and the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., according to the government website USASpending.gov.

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Why Kurds Are Hard To Kill

29th June 2016

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In Iraq the Kurdish forces of the autonomous Kurdish north have proved to be the most effective Iraqi troops available. But the Kurds are not bulletproof. Recently the Kurdish government revealed that from mid-2013 through May 2016 the Kurdish forces lost 1,466 men (and a few armed women) killed while fighting ISIL. That comes to about 600 per 100,000 a year (a standard measure of such things). That compares favorably to the experience of foreign troops (mainly American) in Iraq between 2003 and 2011. From 2004-7, the deaths among foreign troops ran at 500-600 per 100,000 per year. After al Qaeda was crushed in 2007, the U.S. death rate in Iraq dropped to less than 200 dead per 100,000 troops per year and to nothing by the time American combat troops left at the end of 2011. Contrast that with the death rate for U.S. troops during Vietnam, Korea and World War II, which was over 1,500. Better body armor, tactics, training, weapons and medical care have all contributed to this sharp reduction in fatal combat losses.

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It’s Time for the Elites to Rise Up Against the Ignorant Masses

29th June 2016

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Did I say “ignorant”? Yes, I did. It is necessary to say that people are deluded and that the task of leadership is to un-delude them. Is that “elitist”? Maybe it is; maybe we have become so inclined to celebrate the authenticity of all personal conviction that it is now elitist to believe in reason, expertise, and the lessons of history. If so, the party of accepting reality must be prepared to take on the party of denying reality, and its enablers among those who know better. If that is the coming realignment, we should embrace it.

Unfortunately, this is not from The Onion. These people are serious.

 

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New York Times Still Peddles the Narrative That Ben Rhodes Told the Paper Is False

29th June 2016

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Now that Ben Rhodes has confessed that the Obama administration’s narrative about an Iran in which “moderates” wield significant influence was “largely manufactured” for the purpose of selling the nuclear, you might think that the mainstream media media would stop peddling this narrative. You might think that at least the New York Times, which broke the story of Rhodes confession, would stop doing so.

You would be wrong.

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A Culturally Enriched High School Graduation in Denmark

29th June 2016

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Everyone is familiar with the sight of open-bodied trucks filled with noisy happy students. It is a Danish tradition for high-spirited students to drive around and visit individual students’ homes on the day they don their graduation caps.

So it was with a class from Ørestad Gymnasium. But a day that began with celebration and joy was turned into something of a nightmare when a group of immigrant men attacked the vehicle, launching various “missiles”.

It happened in a Hørgården tenement on Amager, where many immigrants live. Here Mohamed also lives; he was one of the students on the truck.

A group of migrant boys and young men had planned an attack. In a video you can see how the waste containers were rolled out on the road to block the vehicle while students were inside at Mohamed’s family’s apartment.

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Select Committee on Benghazi Releases Proposed Report

29th June 2016

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Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods were heroes who gave their lives in service to our country. Their bravery and the courageous actions of so many others on the ground that night should be honored.

When the Select Committee was formed, I promised to conduct this investigation in a manner worthy of the American people’s respect, and worthy of the memory of those who died. That is exactly what my colleagues and I have done.

Now, I simply ask the American people to read this report for themselves, look at the evidence we have collected, and reach their own conclusions. You can read this report in less time than our fellow citizens were taking fire and fighting for their lives on the rooftops and in the streets of Benghazi.

Contrary to what the Drive-By Media are reporting, it shows Clinton’s malfeasance in detail.

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Romanians Adope Remainians

28th June 2016

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I am not making this up.

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3D Printers Can Now Print Concrete

28th June 2016

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TU Eindhoven, a university specializing in technology in Eindhoven, Netherlands, has been using an apparatus that can create concrete objects of up to 11 meters (36 feet) long, five meters (16 feet) wide, and four meters (13 feet) high using 3D printing methods.

Manufactured by Rohaco, a Dutch company that provides industrial logistical solutions, the printer, which is the first of its size and kind in the Netherlands, resembles an overhead hoist crane with a swivel head that is attached by a hose to a concrete mixer and pump. In traditional construction practices, concrete is poured into an existing mold. This 3D printer will push out concrete in a more free-form, customizable way, allowing for smaller and more detailed construction, as well as the use of different mixes of concrete in a single piece.

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White House Says There Is Declining Demand for Low-Skill Workers, Then Calls for More Low-Skill Immigration

28th June 2016

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A new White House report on why low-skill men have been dropping out of the labor force received favorable coverage last week in the Washington Post, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal. Each media outlet repeated the report’s main conclusion, which is that labor-force dropout is due primarily to a decline in the availability of low-skill jobs.

However, none of those outlets noted the White House’s immigration hypocrisy. The administration has been claiming for years that the U.S. must have guest workers and amnesty for illegal immigrants in part because of “a lack of available workers” in low-skill industries such as agriculture and food service. The immigration reform bill supported by the White House in 2013 would even have created a new program (the “W visa”) that would add up to 200,000 low-skill foreign workers to the labor force.

Apparently, the U.S. needs more immigrants to meet the high demand for unskilled workers, but natives are dropping out of the labor force because of the low demand for unskilled workers!

Isn’t that amazing!

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