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3D-printed ‘Hyperelastic Bone’ Could Be the Future of Reconstructive Surgery

29th September 2016

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A new synthetic material called hyperelastic bone, or HB, could be “the next breakthrough” in reconstructive surgery, new research shows. The HB can be implanted under the skin as a scaffold for new bone to grow on, or used to replace lost bone matter altogether. Though it hasn’t been tested in humans yet, early experiments on animals appear to have been successful, with “quite astounding” results, according to the researchers.

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Investigators May Probe Cascade Mall Suspect’s Citizenship Status, Voting Record

29th September 2016

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Federal sources confirm to KING 5 that Cetin was not a U.S. citizen, meaning legally he cannot vote. However, state records show Cetin registered to vote in 2014 and participated in three election cycles, including the May presidential primary.

Cetin, who immigrated to the United States from Turkey as a child, is considered a permanent resident or green card holder. While a permanent resident can apply for U.S. citizenship after a certain period of time, sources tell KING his status had not changed from green card holder to U.S. citizen.

While voters must attest to citizenship upon registering online or registering to vote at the Department of Licensing Office, Washington state doesn’t require proof of citizenship. Therefore elections officials say the state’s elections system operates, more or less, under an honor system.

Of course, Democrats assure us that voter fraud is a snare and a delusion.

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The New Route to Europe

29th September 2016

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Five years ago, during the first rush of the “Arab Spring”, the vast bulk of the migrants who attempted the sea crossing to Lampedusa came from Tunisia and Libya. Later, after the United States fomented the civil war in Syria, Syrian and Iraqi “refugees” became more numerous. When the Aegean became the preferred route, and especially after German Chancellor Angela Merkel invited all the Syrians to come, every Middle Eastern Muslim who wanted to come to Europe transformed himself into a “Syrian”.

Until recently, Egyptians were not prominent among the migrants. All that seems to be changing — a traffickers’ boat from Egypt recently capsized in the Mediterranean, and 162 people drowned. As always, this sort of story tugs the heartstrings of Westerners, and now the attention of the Gutmenschen is focused on Egypt.

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Dem Lawmaker Accuses GOP Colleagues of Shilling for Trump — While Wearing a Hillary Campaign Pin!

29th September 2016

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Texas Democratic Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson recently accused her Republican colleagues of “acting as an opposition research arm” for Republican nominee Donald Trump’s campaign.

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Black Lies Matter

28th September 2016

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Apparently Tim Tebow Got a Home Run From His First Pro Pitch

28th September 2016

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And by all means watch the video.

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The Speech I’d Like to Hear Donald Trump Give

28th September 2016

It’s a short one.

Wherever I go around this country, there’s a question that everybody asks: Why should I vote for you rather than Hillary Clinton?

Well, I can give you one reason. Over the last thirty years I’ve built a lot of businesses and grown a lot of businesses, and had thousands of people working for me. Not one of those people has ever died because of something I did. Hillary Clinton can’t say that. Not one of those people has ever had his dead naked body paraded around the back alleys of a Third World shithole while the enemies of America celebrated.

Hillary Clinton can’t say that.

Hey, I’ll give you another reason. Over the last thirty years I’ve built a lot of businesses and grown a lot of businesses and created thousands of jobs. Hillary Clinton can’t say that. Since she graduated from Yale Law School, Hillary Clinton has never created one job. Not one.

Oh, she’s spent a lot of money — taxpayer money, your money — she’s great a spending other people’s money. But not creating jobs. Not one.

She’s great at making money for herself and her family and friends. She’s great at making twenty million dollars in two years giving speeches to Wall Street fat cats — you know, the guys she’s always complaining about, the guys she claims aren’t paying enough taxes; and yet they’ve given her twenty million dollars in the last two years for speeches. Maybe they know something you don’t.

But how good is she at making money for you? Are you any better off for having Hillary Clinton in politics for the last thirty years? Beating down bimbo eruptions in the White House? Talking a good fight in the Senate? Selling access to foreigners as Secretary of State? Taking government paychecks — BIG government paychecks — for … what? For what?

Think about what sort of President you want — one who creates jobs, or one who destroys them? One who stands behind his people, or one who doesn’t? One who wants you to make money, or one who wants to make money for herself?

Then vote. I’ll be happy to live with your choice.

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Keith Lamont Scott’s Violent Past

28th September 2016

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I still don’t know for sure whether, as police say, Keith Lamont Scott was brandishing a weapon when he was shot or, as his wife says, he was unarmed. But the more we learn about Mr. Scott, the more clear it becomes that this was a violent and dangerous man. And as we learn about his wife, we realize that she was one of his victims.

Just last year, Scott’s wife filed another domestic violence protective order against him. She said he hit their 8-year-old child three times with his fists and kicked her, according to court records. She also said he threatened to kill them with a gun (not a book), while claiming that he’s a “killer” and that they should know that.

This is the man his wife described after his death as a likable guy and a family man. I don’t blame the wife for speaking well of her husband after his demise, but it does put her credibility regarding the facts of the shooting in doubt.

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Satanic Temple Brings ‘After School Satan Club’ to Portland School

28th September 2016

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I’ve always thought there was something Satanic about Portland.

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Life-Size Bronze Statue of Eagles’ Glenn Frey Installed in Winslow

28th September 2016

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WINSLOW — A life-size bronze tribute statue to the late singer-songwriter Glenn Frey of the Eagles has been installed in the Standin’ on the Corner Park.

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Thought for the Day

28th September 2016

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How Accurate Is the Old Farmer’s Almanac?

27th September 2016

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Sometimes the old ways are best.

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Disney Rollercoaster Helps Pop Out Kidney Stones

27th September 2016

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Doubt that insurance covers roller coaster rides, though.

 

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Scientists Discover a Jewel at the Heart of Quantum Physics

27th September 2016

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Physicists reported this week the discovery of a jewel-like geometric object that dramatically simplifies calculations of particle interactions and challenges the notion that space and time are fundamental components of reality.

Well, that’s all right, then.

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Ancient Roman Coins Found buried Under Ruins of Japanese Castle Leave Archaeologists Baffled

27th September 2016

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The four copper coins were retrieved from soil beneath Katsuren Castle on Okinawa Island, and were originally thought to be a hoax before their true provenance was revealed.

The designs on the coins are difficult to decifer as they have been eroded over time, but x-ray analysis revealed several of the relics bore the image of Emperor Constantine I.

Time to call the Doctor.

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Herd of Cows Eat Themselves to Death After Consuming Entire Winter Rations in Just One Day

27th September 2016

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Half of a herd of cows ate themselves to death after escaping from their pen in Western France.

Not quite sure how a cow eats itself to death.

However, the food they ate was a type of high energy supplement which can be harmful if consumed in large quantities, and the cows proceeded to eat their way through an entire winter’s worth of the food in one sitting.

Ah, that explains it.

Mr Vaillant then had to helplessly watch as his herd began to die, despite enlisting help from a vet. In total, 22 cows died from over-eating. The remaining 24 animals can no longer produce milk.

Let that be a lesson to us all.

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THINK LIKE A SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIOR: Can You Come Up With The Most PC Book Title?

27th September 2016

Annabel Scott wants you to give it your best shot.

In an effort to rescue the classics from “dustbins of discarded volumes,” the National Association of Scholars is calling on all book lovers with a sense of humor to help rebrand the classics in ways that SJWs can understand.

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List of Hillary Tax Hikes

27th September 2016

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All in one spot for convenient reference.

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Computer Vision Syndrome

27th September 2016

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‘Syndrome’ merely means a bunch of things that occur together. So this is really just an instance of people coming up with a name for something so that (a) ignorant people will be worried (or, even better, scared), (b) the people who coined the term will get money (either for studying it or pretending to fix it), and (c) it will generate ‘funding’ (i.e. other people paying you to do something).

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Rioting: The Unbeatable High

27th September 2016

Gavin McInnes pulls the curtain back on the BLM riots.

Smashing windows and running through the streets lighting fires is “the unbeatable high,” as Jello Biafra put it in the Dead Kennedys’ classic “Riot.” You can see that in their faces. They’re laughing, mugging for the camera, and jumping up and down like kids in the mosh pit. They’re not revolutionaries. They’re spoiled brats. This is laser tag to them.

The people we see trashing Charlotte are mostly black, predominantly young, and without a doubt wildly disproportionately the children of single mothers. Like all American cities on the verge of collapse, it is a Dem-run catastrophe that provides pregnant teenagers with a financial incentive to tell they baby daddy to peace out. The result is not a generation of black-power intellectuals who pore over history and plan their next strategic attack. It’s a demographic that puts partying and self-indulgence over everything.

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“I’m Not Crazy, You Are”

27th September 2016

Joe Bob Briggs does the debate.

Post-bout analysis was all over the lot, with Hillary loyalists claiming utter and complete demolishment of their opponent because she was “more prepared.”

I’ve got news for these Rhodes Scholars. People don’t care about who’s prepared. They care about who’s lying and, in this case, who’s lying more than the other liar. Everything else is just code words. Trump probably can’t lower taxes from 35 to 15 percent. Hillary can’t achieve her goals by taxing only the rich. Neither of them said anything particularly brilliant about police shootings. The jousting on free trade agreements and NATO was all familiar stuff that gets bandied about every day—nobody knows which course produces more prosperity.

As Scott Adams has been pointing out since the election was a cloud on the horizon no bigger than a man’s hand.

But since this was the first and only time Trump has ever been involved in a one-on-one debate, much less a one-on-one debate that goes on for more than 90 minutes, and since he was competing against a veteran fighter who has done it 40 times, I think Trump has to be given the victory according to the Rocky principle: Sylvester Stallone didn’t win the fight, but he was still on his feet at the final bell.

And that’s all he needed to do.

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Obama’s Conflict Tanked the Clinton E-Mail Investigation — as Predicted

27th September 2016

Andy McCarthy turns over a rock.

Abedin knew an insurance policy when she saw one. If Obama himself had been e-mailing over a non-government, non-secure system, then everyone else who had been doing it had a get-out-of-jail-free card.

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University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Student ‘Very Upset’ Over Dorm’s Harry Potter Mural

27th September 2016

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A University of Wisconsin-La Crosse student had a serious complaint for his campus’ official “Hate Response Team”: he was “very upset” by a Harry Potter mural in a college dorm.

The depiction of this metamorphosis “represents our ideal society and everything I am trying to fight against,” wrote the offended student, whose name is redacted. “It represents white power. Man power. Cis power. Able power. Class power. ECT [sic] ect. I am angry that I know the people who put this mural up, and I am anger [sic] because I know the people who let this mural be put up. Like I said earlier, maybe I am being a little sensitive, but it is how I feel. This represents, to me, our society, and I do not want it up on this wall. Why do we need a BEFORE and AFTER?”

Welcome to a world where ‘maybe I am being a little sensitive, but it is how I feel’ trumps every rational thought.

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Trump’s African-American Reframing

26th September 2016

Scott Adams continues his masterly analysis.

The recent headlines about police shootings, and Colin Kaepernick’s protests in particular, had focused the nation’s attention on the PROBLEMS that still need to be solved for African-Americans to fully enjoy the American experience. When you focus on something, it seems more important than it would otherwise seem. That’s how brains are wired. And the nation was focusing on something that had the potential to erupt into a race war.

So Trump flipped the frame. He said life in the big cities is worse-than-ever for African-Americans, thereby forcing his opponents and the fact-checkers to explain in detail how much better things have gotten since slavery. And the civil rights movement. And on and on. That changes your perspective. Now you see 2016 as the best year – probably ever – for African-Americans, albeit with plenty of work left to do. And that’s the sort of reframing that diffuses racial tension. I think it helped.

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The Perilous Whiteness of Pumpkins

26th September 2016

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I think this is a parody but it’s impossible to be sure.

(Hey, tenure doesn’t grow on trees, you know.)

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Education Officials: Mispronouncing Students’ Names Is a Microaggression

26th September 2016

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I am not making this up.

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In the Mood for Cheese? Here’s Why You Should Consider Full-Fat Over Reduced-Fat Options

26th September 2016

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Everything bad is good for you.

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Thought for the Day

26th September 2016

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Normalize This

26th September 2016

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As the distance between the present moment and Election Day 2016 shrinks, and as key polls tighten, it’s becoming clear that the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency has liberals and progressives in a panic. But if the Democrats lose their minds, it will only level the playing field; Republicans lost theirs months ago. The first signs of Democratic dementia are evident in the recent outrage at Matt Lauer and Jimmy Fallon for failing to treat Trump as one would treat a radioactive isotope.

Yeah, it’s going to get entertaining.

In one way, it’s not surprising that Democrats are beside themselves at the possibility of a Trump presidency. They’ve spent the last 100 years expanding the scope of executive authority, granting the federal administrative agencies the power of judge, jury, and executioner over their ever-widening dominion. If liberals and progressives didn’t want that awesome, intrusive power to fall into the wrong hands, perhaps they should have heeded the warnings of small-government conservatives, who railed for a century against the bloat, rot, and corruption they saw metastasizing within the District of Columbia. Perhaps they shouldn’t have declared the U.S. Constitution—with its bill of rights and enumerated powers—to be an antiquated relic.

I guess they never thought that Satan would be in charge.

Democracy, it is often acknowledged, produces the occasional bad outcome. In the American system, much depends on the losers validating the transfer of power through gracious concession. If November’s loser won’t concede, well, we’ll have ourselves a situation, won’t we?

Yup, we sure will. Pass the popcorn.

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Opposuits Releases Star Wars Suits

26th September 2016

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Oh, my.

George Carlin was fond of saying ‘If you nail together two things that have never been nailed together before, some schmuck will buy it.’, and I guess he was right.

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Masked Gunmen on Mopeds Open Fire in Malmo Leaving Four Injured

26th September 2016

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There has been an increase in gun crime in Sweden over the past decade mostly attributed to feuds between rival gangs.

Meanwhile fears of a terror attack in the city were raised after an explosion was heard in the suburb of Helenehold only hours after the attack.

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Bombing in Downtown Budapest

26th September 2016

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On Saturday night there was a major explosion in downtown Budapest that was originally reported in the media as a likely gas leak. However, by Sunday morning it became clear that the blast was caused by a bomb, and that police officers were deliberately targeted. Two officers were seriously wounded, and one (the female officer) is in critical condition.

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Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table

25th September 2016

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In his new history of food, acclaimed historian Massimo Montanari traces the development of medieval tastes, both culinary and cultural, from raw materials to market and captures their reflections in today’s food trends. Tying the ingredients of our diet evolution to the growth of human civilization, he immerses readers in the passionate debates and bold inventions that transformed food from a simple staple to a potent factor in health and a symbol of social and ideological standing.

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Can You Think Yourself Into a Different Person?

25th September 2016

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I’d like to think myself into Tony Stark, but that’s probably not in the cards.

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The Most Intolerant Wins: The Dictatorship of the Small Minority

25th September 2016

Nassim Nicholas Taleb turns over a rock.

T he best example I know that gives insights into the functioning of a complex system is with the following situation. It suffices for an intransigent minority –a certain type of intransigent minorities –to reach a minutely small level, say three or four percent of the total population, for the entire population to have to submit to their preferences. Further, an optical illusion comes with the dominance of the minority: a naive observer would be under the impression that the choices and preferences are those of the majority. If it seems absurd, it is because our scientific intuitions aren’t calibrated for that (fughedabout scientific and academic intuitions and snap judgments; they don’t work and your standard intellectualization fails with complex systems, though not your grandmothers’ wisdom).

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‘Why I Switched My Endorsement from Clinton to Trump’

25th September 2016

Scott Adams makes his move.

As most of you know, I had been endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, for my personal safety, because I live in California. It isn’t safe to be a Trump supporter where I live. And it’s bad for business too. But recently I switched my endorsement to Trump, and I owe you an explanation. So here it goes.

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The FBI Investigation of EmailGate Was a Sham

25th September 2016

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From the moment the EmailGate scandal went public more than a year ago, it was obvious that the Federal Bureau of Investigation never had much enthusiasm for prosecuting Hillary Clinton or her friends. Under President Obama, the FBI grew so politicized that it became impossible for the Bureau to do its job – at least where high-ranking Democrats are concerned.

But you knew that.

“No wonder they couldn’t prosecute a case,” Rep. Chaffetz observed of Comey’s Bureau: “They were handing out immunity deals like candy.”

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

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A Waterstones in Carmarthen Has Failed to Sell a Single Copy of Welsh Scrabble in Two Years

25th September 2016

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Perhaps the language has finally died out.

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Movie Body Counts: The 25 Deadliest Actors of All Time

25th September 2016

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Apparently Ahnold holds the record, which doesn’t surprise.

Thanks to Debby Witt, who is a kindred spirit.

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Mall Massacre Suspect Turkish Immigrant

25th September 2016

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At a news conference, officials said they had not ruled out any possible motives for why 20-year-old Arcan Cetin allegedly shot four women and one man at the Cascade Mall in Burlington Friday evening.

Yeah, that’s a real head-scratcher alright.

Mount Vernon Police Lt. Chris Cammock said Cetin had immigrated to the U.S. from Turkey and was a “legal permanent resident.” It was not immediately clear when Cetin came to the U.S.

I’d be more interested in how he became a ‘legal permanent resident’.

Surveillance video captured the suspect entering the mall unarmed and then recorded him about 10 minutes later entering the Macy’s with a “hunting type” rifle in his hand, Cammock said. The lieutenant said late Saturday that the rifle was apparently brought into the mall from a suspect vehicle. The weapon was recovered at the scene.

Well, then, we obviously need to ban all ‘hunting type rifles’. Just to be safe, let’s ban ‘suspect vehicles’ as well — we can’t be too safe.

What, ban Turkish immigrants? That would be raaaaaaacist.

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Gennifer Flowers ‘Will Attend’ Trump v Clinton Debate

25th September 2016

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Pass the popcorn.

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Should We Axe the United Nations?

24th September 2016

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The best test of any institution, large or small, is to ask whether we could get along perfectly well without it. In the case of the United Nations, the question arises not in some immediate practical sense – for all its well-advertised flaws it is here to stay – but because it is about to choose a new leader, who at least in theory could make the 71-year-old organisation rather more useful than it has been. Is it capable of reform or should we, ideally, start again?

Since it doesn’t do anything except waste our money, I would say Yes.

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Scandal Management With the FBI

24th September 2016

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Like everything touched by the Clintons, the FBI has now been compromised and slimed. We saw it in FBI Director James Comey’s absurd statement announcing Hillary Clinton’s get-out-of-jail-free pass. We saw it in the FBI’s holiday weekend document dump of 302 interviews in the case. We saw it again again late yesterday afternoon with more of the same.

These Friday afternoon document dumps come straight from the scandal management playbook perfected under the (Bill) Clinton administration. They remind us, in case any reminder was necessary, of how much we have to look forward to in the event the Clintons return to the White House. I nevertheless find it shocking that the FBI itself has now adopted the routine, acting as a party with much to be ashamed of.

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Hamburger and Hotdog Unite to Create the Hamdog

24th September 2016

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Gotta love Australians.

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Tonsil Stones

24th September 2016

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The tonsils are a pair of glands found at the back of the throat designed to prevent illness by trapping viruses and bacteria. The ridges and craters in these glands therefore become filmed with debris – including food, mucus, and cells – that groups together to form white-ish, calcified blobs called tonsilloliths or tonsil stones.

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Some Monkeys Have Blue Testicles—Here’s Why

24th September 2016

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Just in case you were wondering. I know I was.

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Update Needed: the Liam Neeson Kill Map

24th September 2016

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He will find you.

Then he will kill you.

And then someone will map it.

That’s the theory behind this Liam Neeson Kill Map, which charts the 115 lives snuffed out, across 16 movies, by the Irish actor.

 

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Piety in Pieces: How Medieval Readers Customized their Manuscripts

24th September 2016

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What you do when you don’t have a highlighter.

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Blowing Your Mind – as Promised

24th September 2016

Scott Adams explains it all to you.

About a year ago I told you that Donald Trump would change far more than politics. I predicted that he would change your understanding of the human condition and your role in reality.

Back then, I couldn’t explain what I meant. You didn’t have the mental framework to hold this new idea – unless you were a trained hypnotist or a cognitive scientist. The ideas were too radical.

Until now.

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First Ever Quadriplegic Treated With Stem Cells Regains Motor Control in His Upper Body

24th September 2016

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There’s good news out there if you look for it.

I usually don’t, since finding the bad news is typically less work.

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