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How the Robots Will Take Over

21st April 2014

Scott Adams peeks behind the veil.

I’m going to assume that the first post-singularity computer would attempt to control its environment (Earth) as much as possible in order to pursue whatever artificial purpose it possesses. There’s nothing inherently evil about control; it’s how you use it that matters. So let’s imagine that the first post-singularity computer “wants” humans to be healthy and happy. And to best succeed at this purpose it needs to gain control of the environment. How would it start?

If I’m the first post-singularity computer, I start by inventing Bitcoin.

Did you get a little tingle when you read that?

It all fits, doesn’t it? Perhaps we can’t find the author of Bitcoin because the author is the first post-singularity computer. Step one in the computer’s mission to control the environment is moving all money into a digital currency that humans can’t fully understand and computers can manipulate. This is similar to how cellphone companies use complexity to prevent consumers from comparing products, also known as a confusopoly. The first post-singularity computer would recognize the pattern and its success and presumably borrow the idea.

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The Spread of ‘Debate is Over’ Syndrome

21st April 2014

Joel Kotkin hears his bullshit detector go off.

The ongoing trial involving journalist Mark Steyn – accused of defaming climate change theorist Michael Mann – reflects an increasingly dangerous tendency among our intellectual classes to embrace homogeneity of viewpoint. Steyn, whose column has appeared for years on these pages, may be alternatingly entertaining or over-the-top obnoxious, but the slander lawsuit against him marks a milestone in what has become a dangerously authoritarian worldview being adopted in academia, the media and large sections of the government bureaucracy.

These are the same people who historically have identified themselves with open-mindedness and the defense of free speech, while conservatives, with some justification, were associated more often with such traits as criminalizing unpopular views – as seen in the 1950s McCarthy era – and embracing canonical bans on all sorts of personal behavior, a tendency still more evident than necessary among some socially minded conservatives.

But when it comes to authoritarian expression of “true” beliefs, it’s the progressive Left that increasingly seeks to impose orthodoxy. In this rising intellectual order, those who dissent on everything from climate change, the causes of poverty and the definition of marriage, to opposition to abortion are increasingly marginalized and, in some cases, as in the Steyn trial, legally attacked.

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To Have or to Be? Personal Responsibility Plays a Role in Obesity

21st April 2014

Theodore Dalrymple is not afraid to ask the hard questions.

Recently, I received a message on my telephone alerting me to a series of articles in The Lancet, one of the world’s most important medical journals, about bariatric surgery, which seeks to reduce the weight and correct the metabolic imbalances of the grossly fat. The first phrase of the message caught my attention: “More than 500 million adults worldwide now have obesity.” Have obesity, please note—not “are obese,” much less “are fat.” Would anyone have written “500 million adults worldwide now have fatness”? So it seems that there might be something in a name after all.

Certainly, there is a difference between being and having, so much so that the once-fashionable psychologist Erich Fromm made the distinction the title of one of his best-selling books excoriating modern materialism, To Have or to Be? To have obesity is to suffer from an illness, like multiple sclerosis—something that happens to you by virtue of an impersonal fate. To be obese is simply a physical description that leaves open the question of how you became obese in the first place.

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Testosterone-Deficient Gamma Male Whines About the ‘Friend Zone’

20th April 2014

The Other McCain is not impressed.

OK, here’s your first big clue: Tognotti’s complaint is not that he gets zero action, but rather that he can’t get any action from girls he actually finds attractive. His problem, therefore, is that he imagines himself entitled to be with good-looking women, rather than being forced to make do with the ordinary-looking women who are actually interested in him.

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Study: 38% of Minimum-Wage Employers Will Fire Workers If Minimum Wage Reaches $10.10

20th April 2014

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

It always comes as a shock to people that when you force up the price of something people buy less of it. Markets work, even when you don’t want them to.

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Our Criminal Justice System? It’s a Crime

20th April 2014

John Hinderaker is not happy.

One of the hallmarks of a totalitarian state is that there are so many laws and regulations that no one can possibly know what they are, let alone obey them. Thus everyone is a criminal, and only the despot’s discretion separates the solid citizen from the criminal. Unfortunately, the United States is rapidly approaching–if it has not already reached–this dystopian status.

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Space Colony Art From the 1970s

20th April 2014

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I remember the days when we actually thought there would be space colonies. You know, before government decided to suck up all the money and use it to buy votes.

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Why Democracy Can’t Tolerate Free Speech

20th April 2014

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It has become common for supporters of the ideological purges and attempts to silence opposition that have become an increasingly common tactic in the arsenal of progressivism to respond to those who dislike that restriction of the exercise of freedom of speech by saying that “actions have consequences!” As they see it, freedom of speech only applies to the government, and the principle that freedom of speech should be protected does not protect speakers from the negative consequences of their speech. This refrain, that “actions have consequences!”, has been echoed by nearly every media outlet that supported the forced resignation of JavaScript creator Brendan Eich from his role as CEO of Mozilla Corporation over his donation to Proposition 8. The webcomic xkcd has put out a smug stickman tract defending the purge by essentially calling Eich an asshole.

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Man Compares His $42k Prosthetic Hand to a $50 3D Printed Cyborg Beast

20th April 2014

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The Mirage of Integration

20th April 2014

The Other McCain pulls back the curtain.

It was Dick Gregory, I believe, who defined “integration” as the period of time between when the first black family moves into a neighborhood and the last white family moves out. The recent report that New York City’s schools are the most segregated in the country might be seen as confirmation of that cynical jest.

Are we to assume that the enlightened and sophisticated white liberals of New York are secretly more racist — “RAAAAACIST!” — than they would have us believe? Our suspicion of pharisaical hypocrisy on their part may explain why liberals are always able to hear those coded racist “dog whistles” that nobody else can hear. Perpetual outrage at the alleged racism of Republicans functions as a means by which white liberals soothe their guilty consciences and tune out the cognitive dissonance that results from the unbridgeable chasm between their professed egalitarian beliefs and their inevitably elitist lifestyles.

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3D-Printed Cast Concept Uses Ultrasound to Heal Broken Bones

20th April 2014

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The Osteoid, which won this year’s A’Design Award for 3D printed forms and products, is inspired by the spongy material that forms inside bones. Karasahin’s team writes that the lightweight concept would be tailor-made for patients in need, and can be designed with specific colors in mind. Most important, thought, is its complimentary ultrasound system. Low intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS ) systems have already been found to promote bone fracture healing and can reportedly increase healing rate in non-union break by 80 percent.

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Processed Foods That Dilute Protein Content Subvert Our Appetite Control Systems

20th April 2014

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Obama says it’s George W. Bush’s fault, and who can prove it isn’t?

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Secret Military Test, Coming Soon to Your Spanish Class

20th April 2014

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Imagine a test that could tell you how good you can ultimately get in any foreign language, from Hindi to Welsh, from Igbo to Spanish, before you’ve even learned how to say “hello” or “please pass the butter.” Tres alléchant, no? Most adults would have to put in 10 years or more of dedicated work to find out if they have what it takes to end up with the vocabulary, accent, and grammatical sensibilities of a near-native speaker. This test could direct them from the début.

And it may be coming your way soon.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

20th April 2014

Christos Anesti

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The Gross Domestic Pissants

20th April 2014

Theodore Dalrymple has had enough.

I realized a long time ago that a very large number of people in a modern economy are paid to do things that not only fail to add to the economic product of the country, but on the contrary reduce it, insofar as they obstruct others from producing as much as they otherwise might.

There is, as every petty official knows, a great deal of pleasure to be had from the obstruction of others, especially if they appear to be more fortunate, better placed, richer, or more intelligent than oneself. There is a pleasure in naysaying, all the greater if the naysayer is able to disguise from the victim the fact that he is not only doing his duty but gratifying himself. Indeed, there are many jobs, meaningless in themselves, in which the power to say no is the only non-monetary reward.

More to be feared even than the secret sadist, however, is the person who genuinely believes in the intrinsic value and even indispensability of his absurd task. He is as dangerous as any true believer. In my hospital, I saw many such people, scurrying like the White Rabbit in Alice from one meeting to another—meetings which medical staff were required to attend, thus diverting them from the main purpose of having medical staff in the first place. A friend of mine who had waited all day for a minor but potentially life-preserving operation was told at the last minute that his operation had been postponed because the surgeon had been called to attend a meeting. Only a credible threat by my friend of dire consequences for the hospital if the operation were not performed as planned diverted the surgeon from his pseudo- to his real work.

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Eccentric Axe Uses Physics to Make Splitting Firewood Easier

19th April 2014

Read it. And watch the video.

Upon hitting the top of the log and penetrating it slightly, the leading edge of the axe head begins to slow down. Where the axe blade widens sharply it stops the axe’s penetration. However, the mass of the axe head still has kinetic energy and the off line center of gravity forces it to rotate eccentrically down towards the wood. This rotational movement causes the leading edge, or sharp edge of the blade to turn in a lever action, forcing a split with all the force of the kinetic energy of the axe multiplied by the leverage of the axehead. The widening blade edge also has a benefit in that it helps to prevent the axe from penetrating into the wood and getting stuck there as is often the case with traditional axes.

The 1.9kg axe head has a significant amount of kinetic energy when it begins the rotational movement. While the centre of gravity of the head continues first to the right and then downwards the edge moves in a rotational direction to the left. This movement uses the rotational torque to split a log and push it away from the wood. In total the edge opens the wood by 8 cm. When the axe has rotated sideways it has used most of its energy and ends on top of the log on the in a sideways fashion. This safety feature ensures that the axe does not continue towards your legs and the axe remains totally in control. In addition, the axe holds the log steady on the chopping block ready for the next swing.

More, with diagrams, here.

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Plant Breeders Release First ‘Open Source Seeds’

19th April 2014

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A group of scientists and food activists is launching a Thursday to change the rules that govern seeds. They’re releasing 29 new varieties of crops under a new “open source pledge” that’s intended to safeguard the ability of farmers, gardeners and plant breeders to share those seeds freely.

A properly-ordered society would offer a bounty for every ‘food activist’ killed and used for compost.

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Soylent Gets Tested, Scores a Surprisingly Wholesome Nutritional Label

19th April 2014

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In its shipping form, a three-serving bag of Soylent clocks in at 2,010 kcal, with 630 kcal from fat—that’s with the combined package of canola and fish oil added into the mix. Altogether, a full day’s worth of Soylent 1.0 will give you 1,050 mg of sodium, 3,465 mg of potassium, 252 total grams of carbs (including 24 g dietary fiber and 6 g of sugars), and 114 g of protein. There’s no cholesterol in the dry ingredients; the oil mix adds about 15 percent of your daily recommended cholesterol intake (specific numbers on the oil aren’t included as part of the label).

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The Same-Day War: Amazon, Google And Walmart Race to Bring Your Groceries

19th April 2014

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Yet another reason not to leave the house.

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Groundbreaking 3D Printer Built 10 Homes in 24 Hours

19th April 2014

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Measuring out at roughly 105 feet long, 33 feet wide, and 21 feet tall, this clearly isn’t your average retail printer.

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Microrobots, Working Together, Build With Metal, Glass, and Electronics

19th April 2014

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Tiny robots that work together like ants could lead to a new way to manufacture complex structures and electronics.

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Floating Nuclear Power Plants Could Avoid Disasters Like Fukushima

19th April 2014

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Researchers have an idea for how future nuclear reactors can avoid the trauma that led to the 2011 disaster at Fukushima: by building new plants five to seven miles out into the ocean. “This affords some absolutely crucial advantages,” Jacopo Buongiorno, a professor of nuclear science and engineering at MIT, which led the research, explains in a video presenting the idea. In particular, Buongiorno says that this distance into the ocean will remove the risk of tsunamis, which won’t throw big waves in such deep water, and of earthquakes, the seismic waves of which will be damped by the ocean.

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Student Pro-Life Group Denied Membership to Yale’s “Social Justice Network”

19th April 2014

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A story from Yale University shows that “Social Justice” should never be confused with the real thing.

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Bans on Sharing Food With Homeless Persist

19th April 2014

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Last week, Scott Keyes, a senior reporter with the progressive news site ThinkProgress, reported on the idiotic outcome of one of the latest of such bans.

In that case, the city of Birmingham, Ala. has barred a local pastor from sharing food with the homeless from a church-owned vehicle because he doesn’t have… a food truck permit.

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15 Sitcom Characters Who Might Be Broke If They Lived In The Real World

19th April 2014

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While watching your favorite sitcom, you may have wondered if the characters on the show could actually afford to live in their houses or apartments in reality. Could a news anchor in San Francisco really pay the mortgage on the towering home that the “Full House” clan resided in? Is Mindy Lahiri’s spacious Manhattan apartment too much for her doctor’s salary? How about Al Bundy—is his and Peg’s Illinois home over budget for his paltry shoe salesman income?

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Universities: Expectation versus Reality

19th April 2014

Seth Roberts turns over a rock.

I am somewhat embarrassed to remember this, but I used to say things like: “Universities are places where people can devote themselves to a life of study, investigation, and imagination. In exchange for a home like this, we provide society with ideas. And, of course, we teach.” I guess I thought that there should be a home for people who are capable and devoted to intellectual pursuits, a rather naive notion it seems.

I wanted a place where I would be judged primarily by my intellectual and creative ability. Instead I have been made keenly aware of the importance of networking, of doing favors for the right people, of who to cite, whose criticism to acknowledge and whose to ignore. I used to despise such things, now they’re second nature. The irony, that I now know far more about popularity than I did back in high school. One of the first things I learned is that it is imperative to do research that brings money and/or prestige. In other words: popular research. I didn’t know such a thing existed.

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Russia, the US, and the Future

19th April 2014

Jerry Pournelle pulls back the curtain.

Nations have few permanent friends, but they do have permanent interests. One permanent interest of America is to maintain liberty and freedom. Russian Communism was a threat to that interest. It no longer is. Communism was a threat to Christianity. It no longer is. We do not have to look far to see threats to Christianity and Freedom in this world, but we do not see them in Russia now. We do see them in the Middle East, where the plain language of the Koran states that there can never be peace between Islam and unbelievers, only truces; and the plain duty of an Islamic leader, whether President of Muslim People’s State, or a Caliph of the Faithful, is to impose Islam everywhere. The Koran is as chiliastic as Das Kapital or the Manifesto ever were. Islam or the sword is the command of Allah. Of course for the People of the Book – Christians and Jews – there is the choice of dhimmitude: to live under Muslim rule and pay the tax for not being enlightened enough to accept Islam.

But surely no one takes that seriously now?

We thought that no one took Communism and its threat of world dominion seriously for a very long time. It took a while to take National Socialism’s brand of German Nationalism seriously with its need for Lebensraum, although there was no real attempt to keep that goal secret; and the plain language of the Koran imposing that duty on Moslem Leaders was pointed out in no uncertain terms on Suleiman the Magnificent, who took it seriously enough to besiege Vienna in 1529 – and came very close to taking that city. They tried again in 1689, and once again there was a huge battle that included the largest cavalry charge (led by the Polish heavy cavalry) in the history of the world, although historians generally believe that the Turks had fewer chances of success than had Suleiman in the previous century. Even so it was close enough.

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Feminist Fallout: A Roll Call of Regrets

19th April 2014

Gavin MacInnes lays down some inconvenient truth.

Modern feminism has become fascism and it’s making women miserable.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

19th April 2014

A smiley face mold for your morning egg. I am not making this up.

C-3PO Electric Guitar. For when your inner child just decides to take over.

Scrubba Portable Washing Machine.

Robot printer that crawls across the paper.

A Black Box for your suitcase.

Mouse Taxidermy Kit. Just in case.

Robot Golf Caddy.

Power Cord Winder.

Heated Lotion Dispenser.

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Solutions Sought to Reduce Food Waste at Schools

19th April 2014

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It’s lunchtime at Washington Preparatory High School in Los Angeles, but 16-year-old Parrish Jackson has barely touched her turkey burger and apricots.

She’s dumping them into the trash can.

The apricots are “sour,” the junior says. The meat is “nasty.” If it were up to her, she would just have taken the potato wedges — they’re close enough to fries — then headed to the student store to fuel up on hot Cheetos and juice.

Perhaps getting the Federal government out of the business of setting food standards for local schools would be a good start.

Telling Michelle Obama to STFU would be another step forward.

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Solyndra Sequel: ‘We’re Back in Business’ with $4 Billion Energy Loans

18th April 2014

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Obama’s controversial DOE green energy loan program sparked a firestorm when Government Accountability Institute (GAI) President Peter Schweizer revealed that 80% of all $20.5 billion in DOE loans were given to Obama’s top campaign donors. In his New York Times bestseller Throw Them All Out, Schweizer called the Obama green energy loan slush fund “the greatest–and most expensive–example of crony capitalism in American history.”

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

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Thought for the Day

18th April 2014

XKCD has it right.

Free Speech

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

18th April 2014

Al Qaeda Magazine San Francisco Train Photo Concerns Lawmakers, Experts

“Fascism is Rooted in Islam”

Some facts and issues related to livestock theft in Punjab province of Pakistan –findings of series of cases.

Dozens Wounded in Poison Gas Attack in Syria

Hamas training with laser rifles to thwart rising ammunition costs

Gunmen abduct Jordanian ambassador in Tripoli

Syrian Freedom Fighters Threaten Canadians — And Obama

Sequential cannibalism in Pakistan

Hamas Praises Deadly West Bank Shooting

Israeli Killed in Passover Eve Terror Attack

Syrian Christians and Druze Caught in Bloody Crossfire

Iran seeking ban on vasectomies to increase birthrate

How Modernity ‘Radicalizes’ Western Muslims

The Ultimate Source of Islamic Hate for Infidels

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Major Democratic Donor Indicted Over Campaign Contributions

18th April 2014

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

Hotel executive and Democratic fundraiser Sant Singh Chatwal pleaded guilty on Thursday in New York to witness tampering and conspiracy to evade campaign finance laws, the Associated Press reports.

Democrats — the party of foreigners.

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Elizabeth Warren Repeats Her False Claims of Native American Ancestry in New Book

18th April 2014

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In 2012 Breitbart News exhaustively documented the facts surrounding Senator Warren’s claims of Native American ancestry and demonstrated that no credible evidence exists to support those claims. But lack of genealogical evidence has never stopped Senator Warren from boldly asserting as fact something which is flatly not true.

Hey, it worked before.

When you’re the Crust
You’re the Crust all the way,
From your first funded trust
To your Fed job payday….

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Mechanics of the Race-Hustle Game

18th April 2014

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Want to run down the rabbit hole of race in the US? Read Doug Glanville’s essay on when he was racially profiled in his driveway. Kafka would be proud of the ludicrous response to a simple police officer’s question by Glanville’s social circle and the community. Glanville steps outside to shovel his driveway and a cop asks him if he is shoveling to make some money, unaware Glanville lives there. The progressive horror follows. Let us review the theater of the absurd.

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Decrying “Extreme” Behavior at Dartmouth

18th April 2014

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Step back and note something obviously out of whack with this whole controversy.  It is said that college campuses are the prime venue of “rape culture.”  But most college campuses are run by liberals, and liberalism and its correlates—maximum individual liberation in all things sexual—is the dominant orthodoxy.  Why is this problem ostensibly most severe where liberalism reigns?  Perhaps for the same reason that poverty and social dysfunction are worst where liberalism reigns supreme (Detroit).  Hanlon notes a rising number of reported rapes at Dartmouth.  He should be embarrassed by this.  But he ought to ponder this question: is sexual assault a problem at conservative colleges like Hillsdale, Patrick Henry, Liberty University, or Regent University?  I wonder why not.  Actually I don’t.  Hillsdale and other conservative colleges actually take seriously their role as moral instructors of young adults, and extend this responsibility to enforcing the alcohol laws, basic behavior and manners, and even dress codes.  Liberal universities like Dartmouth might want to borrow a clue, but don’t hold your breath.

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Can You Spot a Gold Digger?

18th April 2014

The New York Post is on the case.

Gold diggers are such a problem in NYC, one woman has set up an agency that proclaims it will weed them out.

Upper East Side matchmaker Janis Spindel founded Club J-Love in 1993 — and since then claims to have 1,008 marriages under her belt. Her specialty? Helping men like K.G. avoid heartbreak — and the loss of hard-earned money — by sussing out a woman’s true motives.

“I can smell a gold digger from a mile away,” says Spindel, who says she rejects about 10 percent of all those vying for a place in her 3,000-member stable of beauties. “It’s why [my clients] come to me — to protect them from bimbettes and gold diggers.”

According to Spindel, gold diggers are a growing problem, now that the city is awash in “more money” — from Wall Street to hedge funds to startups. And so she vets each woman in person, grilling each one with a series of pointed questions aimed at determining whether she’s a perfect 10 — or a 49er in disguise.

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New Study Shows One-Third of Vegetative Patients May Be Conscious

18th April 2014

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A new study published in the Lancet shows that as many as one-third of vegetative patients are misdiagnosed.

Researchers used brain-imaging techniques and found minimal consciousness in 13 of 42 patients it studied.

The study revealed that those patients with minimal consciousness have emotions and may feel pain.

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Light and Dark: The Racial Biases That Remain in Photography

18th April 2014

According to NPR.

[Photographer Jean Luc Godard] was commissioned to [do a short film] for the Mozambique government, and what was fascinating about Godard’s position is that he felt that the film was inherently racist and said so. His experience with the film stock — and Kodak film stock was more than what we just put inside our cameras — it’s also the film stock that was likely used in motion picture making. So for him to recognize that there’s a lack of variety and nuance or complexity in dark brown or dark skin images is very telling.

I am not making this up.

I think it matters because we’re talking about a saturation of images of darker skinned people that somehow we’ve accepted in our popular culture that kind of diminishes our humanity, and we’re in an era where we’re seeing a wider representation of black and brown life, particularly in American life.

Theme song: Poor Poor Pitiful Me.

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KFC Bringing Back the Double Down

18th April 2014

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“It includes bacon, Monterey Jack cheese and Colonel’s sauce sandwiched between two 100 percent white meat Original Recipe filets,” said Maynard.

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Modern Sharks Are Sleeker, Faster Than Their Ancestors, Fossil Find Suggests

18th April 2014

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“Sharks were considered for a long time as ‘living fossils’ that should not have changed a lot, but they have probably more than 420 million years of evolution behind them!” lead author Alan Pradel told Discovery News, adding that maybe our fantasy of a “scary living fossil from the abyss” helped to popularize the older view.

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Brown Fat: MRI Scan Breakthrough May Lead to Weight Loss ‘Holy Grail’

18th April 2014

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Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, researchers from Warwick Medical School, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust in Britain, identified the presence of brown fat tissue in a human adult. The existing method, positron emission tomography (PET), identifies active brown fat, but the team’s MRI research shows presence of the actual tissue.

This finding is significant as brown fat may aid future weight loss strategies.

“What most of us imagine is ‘fat’ is actually white fat, which stores [excess] energy and increases in size, [leading to] obesity. But there is another type of fat: brown fat,” study author Thomas Barber, an associate professor in endocrinology and honorary consultant endocrinologist at Warwick Medical School and UHCW NHS Trust, told FoxNews.com. “What it does is the complete opposite. Instead of storing energy, it actually burns off energy, and in that process, it releases heat.”

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The Coolest Spaceships Ever Built, Compared by Size

17th April 2014

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The site is full of information about recent and past launches, old space programs, and much more, but it owes its unique charm to the drawings of spacecraft that appear on its pages. There’s something about their simplified lines and geometric orientations, reminiscent of a childhood textbook, that is perfect.

Unfortunately, it only covers stuff actually built by a government, not the even cooler stuff science fiction writers have created. But it’s still good.

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TurboTax Maker Funnels Millions to Lobby Against Easier Tax Returns

17th April 2014

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

Those who hate lobbyists and their influence ought to reflect on the fact that if they hadn’t given the government all of this power over the economy then nobody would be hiring lobbyists to get the government to exercise that power in the service of special interests. Own Damned Fault, as my wife likes to say.

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The US Military Is Building a Stealth Dirt Bike

17th April 2014

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Wade Pulliam, manager of advanced concepts at Logos Technologies, told Defense Tech that the US military has a growing need “to operate small units far from logistical support.” So, he said, it will “increasingly rely on adaptable, efficient technologies like this hybrid-electric motorcycle.” Military officials have also enlisted a company called BRD Motorcycles to help build the bike, which will be used by special operations teams. There has been no announcement, however, about when the motorcycle will be completed — or where it will be deployed first.

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Jerry Pournelle on Income Inequality and Public Education

17th April 2014

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When you contemplate income inequalities, think on the fact that we spend enormous a mounts of money on a school system which the rich – and most of the teachers – make considerable sacrifices so that they can keep their children out of it. One of the main hereditary advantages one can have is to be born to parents whose wealth or status or both entitle them to educate you without resorting to the public school system; just as one of the main advantages you can give your children is to free them from public education.

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Income Inequality Institute Will Pay Paul Krugman $25,000 Per Month

17th April 2014

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Being a Voice of the Crust pays very very well indeed.

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Feds Accused of Leaving Trail of Wreckage After Nevada Ranch Standoff

17th April 2014

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The federal agency that backed down over the weekend in a tense standoff with a Nevada rancher is being accused of leaving a trail of wreckage behind.

Fox News toured the damage — allegedly caused by the Bureau of Land Management — which included holes in water tanks and destroyed water lines and fences. According to family friends, the bureau’s hired “cowboys” also killed two prize bulls.

“They had total control of this land for one week, and look at the destruction they did in one week,” said Corey Houston, friend of rancher Cliven Bundy and his family. “So why would you trust somebody like that? And how does that show that they’re a better steward?”

Hey, it’s not their planet, monkey boy.

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A New Trend: Identitarian Religion

16th April 2014

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Although the concept of identitarian religion is relatively new in North America, it has gained some popularity in Europe.  One prefatory note I’d like to make is that identitarian religion can be pagan or Christian.  (Some critics seem to assume that all identitarian religion is pagan.)

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