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How an Industry Helps Chinese Students Cheat Their Way Into and Through U.S. Colleges

26th May 2016

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The Iowa cheating rings are the latest evidence of how a vibrant East Asian industry is corrupting the U.S. higher education system by gaming entrance exams, concocting college applications and completing college coursework on behalf of students. These nimble operators not only help students cheat their way into universities. They also help them cheat their way through.

The companies are prospering by exploiting two intersecting interests: the growing demand by Chinese nationals to study overseas, and the desire by U.S. colleges to profit from foreign students willing to pay full tuition.

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Return of Incandescent Light Bulbs as MIT Makes Them More Efficient Than LEDs

26th May 2016

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Of course, it will take 20 years to reverse the laws that make them illegal….

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Scientists Find Cure for Type 2 Diabetes in Rodents, Don’t Know How It Works

26th May 2016

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With a single shot to the brain, researchers can rid rodents of all symptoms of the disease for months. The injection, a relatively low dose of a tissue growth factor protein called fibroblast growth factor 1 (FGF1), appears to reset powerful neural networks that can control the amount of sugar in the blood.

So far, it’s not completely clear how exactly FGF1 does that, researchers report in Nature Medicine. Early experiments found that FGF1 didn’t appear to lower blood sugar levels in some of the most obvious ways, such as curbing the rodents’ appetite and spurring sustained weight loss. Nevertheless, because FGF1 is naturally present in human brains, as well as those of rodents, researchers are hopeful that the lucky shot may translate into a useful treatment.

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Massachusetts’ Legislature Gives Preliminary Approval to Millionaire’s Tax

26th May 2016

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Last week, the majority of Massachusetts state legislators voted in favor of a constitutional amendment to enact a “millionaire’s tax.” The organization, Raise Up, collected the necessary signatures needed in order to bring the millionaire’s tax measure to the legislature. This proposal would apply a 4.0 percent surtax on income above $1 million, which would be levied on top of the Bay State’s 5.1 percent flat income tax. The good news is, despite legislative action last week, enactment of such a tax hike is far from imminent. The Boston Globe’s Evan Horowitz explains:

“For one thing, backers need something more than a new law; they need a constitutional amendment — because at present the state constitution doesn’t allow for differential tax rates.”

An 80 percent tax surge would hit small businesses especially hard, as the majority of small businesses file under the individual income tax system. The IRS accounts that more than 3,000 small businesses in Massachusetts report incomes over $1 million. The proposed millionaire’s tax would severely burden small business and stymie future economic growth for the Bay State.

Plenty of room in Texas still.

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‘Ecosexual’ Students at Santa Monica College ‘Marry the Ocean’

26th May 2016

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I am actually curious as to how people like this actually get admitted to college.

For sure I support the notion that they are all wet.

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Church Funeral in Hamburg for a “German” Mujahid Killed in Syria

26th May 2016

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Tomorrow, at a church in Hamburg, a Protestant pastor and an imam will officiate at a service to commemorate a young man who joined the jihad and died in Syria last year.

I am not making this up.

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Health Savings Accounts Should Be Expanded and Protected

26th May 2016

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The importance of HSAs is why Congress should pass H.R. 5324 and S. 2980, the Health Savings Account Expansion Act of 2016, legislation introduced this week by Congressman Dave Brat (R-Va.) and Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.). This legislation contains a number of important reforms that will make HSAs even better.

First, the legislation more than doubles HSA contribution limits. Current HSA contribution limits are $3,350 for a single filer and $6,750 for a joint filer, and this legislation increases that to $9,000 for single filer and $18,000 for joint filers per year.

Second, the HSA expansion act lifts Obamacare restrictions on over the counter purchases and penalties placed on certain withdrawals.

Third, the bill allows HSA funds to be used to pay premiums and direct primary care expenses.

Lastly, superfluous regulatory requirements would be streamlined with the high deductible health plan mandate eliminated.

 

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Airport Screening Made 70,000 Miss American Airlines Flights This Year

26th May 2016

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Sure, put the government in charge. What could go wrong?

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Why Governments Hate It When Other Countries Have Low Taxes

26th May 2016

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In most cases, investing in low-tax nations isn’t illegal; the problem for high-tax nations and those at the World Bank is that it’s getting in the way of maximum tax extractions for countries such as France. They also claim that their fight against tax competition is a fight against tax evasion. However—as we have seen after the release of the Panama Papers, which were stolen from Panama-based firms—for the most part, taxpayers are pretty honest. Politicians, not so much.

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Fallujah: Déjà Vu All Over Again

26th May 2016

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For such a nondescript city in Iraq, Fallujah has name recognition beyond its importance. In Western military circles at least the name is synonymous with the 2004 battle that turned into the bloodiest urban assault undertaken by the US military since Vietnam.

This time around, though the circumstances are different, it is once again a fight against Sunni insurgents who have had the benefit of long periods to establish defensive positions above and below ground. Regardless of the number of fighters inside the city, the urban environment offers the defenders many advantages, and diminishes the effectiveness of some of the attackers’ advantages, particularly air power.

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Tribes Create Their Own Food Laws to Stop USDA From Killing Native Food Economies

26th May 2016

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Hey, that’s what government agencies do … for your protection, of course.

Indigenous communities have been sustained by thousands of years of food knowledge. But recent federal food safety rules could cripple those traditional systems and prevent the growth of agricultural economies in Indian Country, according to advocates and attorneys. Of the 567 tribal nations in the United States, only a handful have adopted laws that address food production and processing. Without functioning laws around food, tribes engaged in anything from farming to food handling and animal health are ceding power to state and federal authorities.

To protect tribal food systems, those advocates and attorneys are taking the law into their own hands, literally, by writing comprehensive food codes that can be adopted by tribes and used to effectively circumvent federal food safety codes. Because tribes retain sovereignty—complicated and sometimes limited though it may be—they can assert an equal right with the federal government to establish regulations for food handling.

We didn’t eat tacos in Ireland, so I refuse to eat them here.

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A Pair of Glasses Were Left on the Floor at a Museum and Everyone Mistook It for Art

26th May 2016

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Several visitors to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art this week were fooled into thinking a pair of glasses set on the floor by a 17-year-old prankster was a postmodern masterpiece.

Khayatan previously had similar success with a baseball cap and a bin.

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Thought for the Day

26th May 2016

Catch

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Legislation: Tax Medicine to Treat Drug Addicts

26th May 2016

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Just when I thought our elected representatives had reached the apex of moronic ideas. Senators Angus King (I-ME) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) want to tax opioid medicines–needed by very ill and disabled patients to treat severe pain–to pay for addiction treatment programs.

(I-ME) means ‘Idiot-Maine’.

Isn’t this just typical of our political leadership these days? Make medicine more expensive for those who need it–or for insurance companies that fund the treatment–to pay for the care of people who abuse those medicines.

Yeah, that’s a pretty fair statement. Witness the notorious ‘medical devices tax’.

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Do Not Call List: Congratulations! You Lost.

26th May 2016

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Once upon a time, way back in 2003, the federal government set up a list where Americans could register their phone numbers, and telemarketers could no longer call them. It was the National Do Not Call Registry, and it was glorious.

And it really worked—and then, one day, sometime around 2010 or 2011, it didn’t.

The problem is not that the government isn’t enforcing the Do Not Call list. It’s not that it isn’t upholding laws banning automated calls to cellphones. Instead, it’s that telecom giants could take more steps to make life better for customers, and they haven’t. And to top it all off, their lack of aggressive action has allowed the government to take the bulk of the blame. “If you want to be mad at someone,” says Tim Marvin, the campaign manager for the Consumers Union’s End Robocalls campaign, “call your phone company.”

Of course Slate, Voice of the Crust, can’t blame government; that would be contrary to the Narrative.

So how do we end the madness? The Consumers Union, the famed consumer advocacy organization, claims it would be possible for phone companies to offer their consumers easy access to services such as Nomorobo, which works on VoIP lines to block most robocalls. Then there are apps that would make a serious dent in robocalls to cellphones—which is a good thing, since the vast majority of automated calls to cellphones are illegal thanks to a 1991 law, whether or not the number is listed on the Do Not Call registry.

Noborobo is available for free to consumers right now. Why do companies need to ‘offer’ something?

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A Shocking Find In a Neanderthal Cave In France

25th May 2016

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Some 336 meters into the cave, the caver stumbled across something extraordinary—a vast chamber where several stalagmites had been deliberately broken. Most of the 400 pieces had been arranged into two rings—a large one between 4 and 7 metres across, and a smaller one just 2 metres wide. Others had been propped up against these donuts. Yet others had been stacked into four piles. Traces of fire were everywhere, and there was a mass of burnt bones.

These weren’t natural formations, and they weren’t the work of bears. They were built by people.

Recognizing the site’s value, the caver brought in archaeologist Francois Rouzaud. Using carbon-dating, Rouzaud estimated that a burnt bear bone found within the chamber was 47,600 years old, which meant that the stalagmite rings were older than any known cave painting. It also meant that they couldn’t have been the work of Homo sapiens. Their builders must have been the only early humans in the south of France at the time: Neanderthals.

Dan Brown, I have your next best-seller.

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Tootz the Unicorn

25th May 2016

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I am not making this up.

The end times are upon us.

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Fears Sheep May Go On ‘Psychotic Rampage’ Through Welsh Village After Eating Fly-Tipped Cannabis

25th May 2016

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Hey, it could happen. You know what sheep are like.

Swansea Councillor Ioan Richard said the sheep had already been causing havoc in Rhydypandy, Swansea and one had previously been killed after straying into the road.

Mr Richard told the South Wales Evening Post: “There is already a flock of sheep roaming the village causing a nuisance.

“They are getting in people’s gardens and one even entered a bungalow and left a mess in the bedroom.

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Clinton Aide Tries to Block Release of Deposition Tape in Email Case

25th May 2016

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The lawyers said they “are concerned that snippets or soundbites of the deposition may be publicized in a way that exploits Ms. Mills’ image and voice in an unfair and misleading manner.”

Since that’s exactly what they’d do if the tables were turned, of course they’re concerned. Those who spin for their supper are always on their guard against being spun.

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Washington’s Chicken Retreat

25th May 2016

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Victories against the Obama regulatory juggernaut are rare, and thus all the more worthy of note. Congratulations, then, to Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and Republicans in Congress over the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision on May 10 to drop its quest to list the lesser prairie chicken as an endangered species.

Fish and Wildlife’s decision in 2014 to list was never about helping that particular range bird. It was part of an attempted federal land grab by green activists. Using a strategy called “sue and settle,” these groups propose species for protected status under the Endangered Species Act, then sue the Obama Administration to follow through. The agency then settles the suits on terms that the greens want.

Their goal in the case of the prairie chicken was to impose development restrictions on private landowners in five western states. Because the prairie chicken’s range is so wide, the greens hoped to shut down oil and gas drilling in much of the West, especially and around the fossil-fuel rich Permian Basin.

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Two Officers Charged in Freddie Gray Case Are Suing Marilyn Mosby for Defamation

25th May 2016

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Well, well, well. I’m pretty sure she has qualified immunity, but these days  you never know.

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Charlie Daniels Speaks for the NRA

25th May 2016

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I kept expecting him to break out a fiddle but I guess not.

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Woman Busted With Meth Burritos At U.S.-Mexico Border

25th May 2016

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I am not making this up.

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Electing Trump, One Riot at a Time

25th May 2016

Read it. And watch the video.

Last night in Albuquerque, rioters attacked a Donald Trump rally. Several tried to disrupt the event and had to be removed from the crowd. Most remained outside, throwing rocks at the hall and burning objects at policemen.

This was characterized by the Drive-By Media as ‘protests’. Sorry, but it was a RIOT.

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Star Wars Libertarian Edition

25th May 2016

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You can’t make this stuff up.

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Commencement Season

25th May 2016

Thomas Sowell looks at the new clerisy.

Two themes seem to dominate Commencement speeches. One is shameless self-advertising by people in government, or in related organizations supported by the taxpayers or donors, saying how nobler it is to be in “public service” than working in business or other “selfish” activities.

In other words, the message is that it is morally superior to be in organizations consuming output produced by others than to be in organizations which produce that output. Moreover, being morally one-up is where it’s at.

The second theme of many Commencement speakers, besides flattering themselves that they are in morally superior careers, is to flatter the graduates that they are now equipped to go out into the world as “leaders” who can prescribe how other people should live.

In other words, young people, who in most cases have never had either the sobering responsibility and experience of being self-supporting adults, are to tell other people — who have had that responsibility and that experience for years — how they should live their lives.

In so far as the graduates go into “public service” in government, whether as bureaucrats or as aides to politicians or judges, they are to help order other people around.

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Hillary Clinton’s Second Amendment

25th May 2016

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Why abolish it when you can ignore it?

Accepting the National Rifle Association’s endorsement last week, Donald Trump warned that Hillary Clinton “wants to abolish the Second Amendment.” CNN corrected him, noting that Clinton “has never called for the abolition of the 2nd Amendment.”

Although that’s technically true, Clinton has done what amounts to the same thing. She has interpreted the Second Amendment so narrowly that it imposes no practical limits on gun control laws, and that interpretation is sure to guide her Supreme Court nominations if she is elected president.

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Planned Parenthood Evacuates After Finding ‘Unknown Substance’…Baby Food

25th May 2016

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A Florida Planned Parenthood abortion business was evacuated Monday as seven people were taken to the hospital for medical evaluation and hazmat teams responded to emergency calls over the discovery of an “unknown substance.” It turned out to be baby food.

Sarasota Police Department spokesperson Genevieve Judge said 38 people inside the Planned Parenthood clinic were evacuated and decontaminated at the scene, reports Associated Press. A local school was also placed on lockdown. Some individuals reported shortness of breath in response to the substance, and some were carried out on stretchers.

Yeah, I can see where they would fail to recognize it.

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The Mexico Way

25th May 2016

Steve Sailer reminds us of some history.

Clearly, Trump is accusing the Mexican ruling class—the politicians and billionaires like Carlos Slim, the largest single shareholder of The New York Times—of dumping their surplus population on the United States.

Just as the Saudi royal family protects itself by dispatching its young Muslim fanatics to preach jihad in Europe, Castañeda asserted that Mexico’s ferocious inequality is made tolerable only by illegal emigration to the U.S. Without the open border, Mexico would dissolve into another revolution as vicious as the one a century ago that killed at least a million and sent refugees pouring into Texas.

You might think that this question of what would happen in Mexico would be a subject of intense concern to American elites. Instead it doesn’t really seem to come up much.

One reason that nobody in the U.S. pays attention to Mexico is because Mexican elites have wanted it that way.

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NYC Mayor Proposes $2 Million Deer Vasectomy Campaign

25th May 2016

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I am not making this up.

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European Ballistic Missile Defense Operational

25th May 2016

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Two years after the movement process began the only land-based Aegis anti-aircraft/missile system in existence (in New Jersey) has been taken apart, packed into 60 large (40 foot) shipping containers and sent to Romania where Aegis where it has been be put back together, tested and became operational in May 2016 as an anti-missile system. This took six months longer than expected but this was seen as a possibility because this was the first time land-based Aegis was disassembled and moved and then set up in a combat zone. The U.S. is building two more ground-based Aegis systems; one in Poland and one in Hawaii. All three, including new Aegis components for two of them and needed missiles (24 per location) and launching hardware for all of them will cost $2.3 billion. That’s nearly $800 million per system.

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Nationwide Crime Wave Confirms the Ferguson Effect

25th May 2016

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Heather Mac Donald, writing in the Wall Street Journal, describes the crime wave that is sweeping the nation, and attributes much of it to the Ferguson effect. She notes that even some who initially denied the Ferguson effect now admit that the phenomenon is real.

Mac Donald points to Richard Rosenfeld, a criminologist at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, who was an early and influential critic of the Ferguson effect. Rosenfeld changed his mind after taking a closer look at the worsening crime statistics. “The only explanation that gets the timing right is a version of the Ferguson effect,” Rosenfeld said recently. “These aren’t flukes or blips, this is a real increase.”

Mac Donald also points to a study in the Journal of Criminal Justice. It found that homicides in the 12 months after the Michael Brown shooting rose significantly in cities with large black populations and already high rates of violence. This is precisely what the Ferguson effect would predict.

No peace, no justice.

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Fmr. McDonald’s USA CEO: $35K Robots Cheaper Than Hiring at $15 Per Hour

25th May 2016

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Next up: Government rules that they have to hire people rather than buy robots to do certain jobs.

“I was at the National Restaurant Show yesterday and if you look at the robotic devices that are coming into the restaurant industry — it’s cheaper to buy a $35,000 robotic arm than it is to hire an employee who’s inefficient making $15 an hour bagging French fries — it’s nonsense and it’s very destructive and it’s inflationary and it’s going to cause a job loss across this country like you’re not going to believe,” said former McDonald’s (MCD) USA CEO Ed Rensi during an interview on the FOX Business Network’s Mornings with Maria.

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Protests Turn Violent Outside Trump New Mexico Event

25th May 2016

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A time-honored tactic of the Left. But the Driv-By Media will blame Trump nevertheless.

Notice that the protestors are attempting to burn an American flag.

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The Pacific Islanders Who Want to Ban Islam

24th May 2016

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The leader of the Christian Church in Samoa has called for the country to bring in a blanket ban on Islam.

Reverend Ma’auga Motu, secretary general of the Samoa Council of Churches, said the council was pressing the government to prohibit the religion on the Pacific island.

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Palestinian Authority Media Praises Terrorist Who Killed American Tourist

24th May 2016

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Masalha went on a stabbing spree which killed U.S. citizen Taylor Force and injured 11 others, before being killed by Israeli police.

After the attack, Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah faction and the PA glorified Masalha as “the heroic Martyr.”

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Oberlin Students Want Below-Average Grades Abolished, Midterms Replaced with Conversations

24th May 2016

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Oberlin College’s activist community is ready to call it quits. Progressive students are dropping out of college, citing academic and emotional difficulties stemming from their mental health problems and overall disgust with the toxic culture on campus.

That’s according to a fascinating piece for The New Yorker by Nathan Heller, who interviewed a number of exhausted activists at Oberlin. They perceive that other students, faculty members, and the administration are completely against them, and have made it impossible for them to live on campus. Some are dropping out.

And their parents are paying how much for this school?

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Donald Trump Is Going to Win: This Is Why Hillary Clinton Can’t Defeat What Trump Represents

24th May 2016

Salon descends into Pravda territory.

The neofascist reaction, the force behind Trump, has come about because of the extreme disembeddedness of the economy from social relations. The neoliberal economy has become pure abstraction; as has the market, as has the state, there is no reality to any of these things the way we have classically understood them. Americans, like people everywhere rising up against neoliberal globalization (in Britain, for example, this takes the form of Brexit, or exit from the European Union), want a return of social relations, or embeddedness, to the economy.

The Trump alliance desires to remake the world in their own image, just as the class representing neoliberal globalization has insisted on doing so. The difference couldn’t be starker. Capitalism today is placeless, locationless, nameless, faceless, while Trump is talking about hauling corporations back to where they belong, in their home countries, fix them in place by means of rewards and retribution, like one handles a recalcitrant child.

The whole thing reads like an undergraduate Gender Studies paper. They actually pay people money to write this stuff.

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Transgender Teacher Gets $60k After Co-Workers Won’t Call Her ‘They’

24th May 2016

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I am not making this up.

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New York City Lets You Choose From 31 Different Gender Identities

24th May 2016

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I am not making this up.

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Feds to Build Separate Detention Unit for Transgender Illegal Immigrants

24th May 2016

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I am not making this up.

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The Real Obama Legacy Revealed: 20,642 New Regulations

24th May 2016

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More than $22 billion per year in new regulatory costs were imposed on Americans last year, pushing the total burden for the Obama years to exceed $100 billion annually.

Hey, it’s what Democrats do.

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Tales of the Real Hillary: An Ongoing Series

24th May 2016

Jonah Goldberg looks at the H Factor.

Brooks goes on to argue that the real reason people don’t like Hillary is that she is — wait for it — a “workaholic.” Brooks tells us that this malady “is a form of emotional self-estrangement” and then writes some interesting things about workaholics.

With all due respect to Brooks, this is some mighty weak sauce. Frankly, the idea that someone as smart as Brooks could think Clinton’s unpopularity is a deep and impenetrable mystery is the real mystery here. And the suggestion that if she had more hobbies, people would like her more is pretty hilarious. Break out the Hummel collection! Brooks even notes that we know Obama’s hobbies — has that helped his popularity? Do his poll numbers go up after every golf outing?

Goldberg doesn’t appear to have much respect for Brooks (and, quite frankly, neither do I).

Hillary is indeed a workaholic — a workaholic at pursuing and achieving and exploiting political power. Cornelius Vanderbilt was a certifiable workaholic but it never made him more attractive as an individual, because he just plain wasn’t.

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Why Every Country Has a Different F#$%ing Plug

24th May 2016

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The more you look at the writhing orgy of plugs in the world, the sillier it seems. If you buy a phone charger at the airport in Florida, you won’t be able to use it when your flight lands in France. If you buy a three-pronged adapter for le portable in Paris, you might not be able to plug it in when your train drops you off in Germany. And when your flight finally bounces to a stop on the runway in London, get ready to buy a comically large adapter to tap into the grid there. But that’s cool! You can take the same adapter to Singapore with you! And parts of Nigeria! Oh yeah, and if said charger doesn’t support 240v power natively, make sure you buy a converter, or else it might explode.

And aside from a few oases, like the fledgling standardization of the Type C Europlug in the European Union, this is the picture all across the world.

I avoid this problem simply by Not Traveling. But that’s me.

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Federal Regulations Work Overtime to Kill American Prosperity

24th May 2016

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Every time the government makes a new law or regulation (nowadays, pretty much the same thing) restricting the freedom of employers and employees to set the terms of the employment, it enables more ‘black market’ off-the-books relations.

You’d think that Prohibition might have taught them some basic economics, but apparently not.

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Gerrymandering

24th May 2016

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News reports often make it seem like gerrymandering, and redistricting in general, as being a simple matter of politicians being evil to a greater or lesser extent, when it’s actually much more interesting that. Similarly, it’s something that mathematicians and computer scientists often see and think is trivial – and there are actually a lot of interesting problems in gerrymandering to which math and CS can be applied that definitely aren’t trivial, which I’m always excited to share.

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Why Being Lazy Might Actually Be Good for You

24th May 2016

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Well, I’ve always thought so.

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When Leaders Cheat, Followers … Follow

24th May 2016

Glenn Reynolds blows the whistle.

But, of course, the CIA’s “accident” was only the latest in a long rash of “accidental” losses of incriminating information in this administration. The IRS — whose Tea Party-targeting scandal is now over 1,100 days old without anyone being charged or sent to jail — seems to have a habit of ”accidentally” destroying hard drives containing potentially incriminating evidence. It has done so in spite of court orders, in spite of Congressional inquiries and in spite of pretty much everyone’s belief that these “accidents” were actually the deliberate, illegal destruction of incriminating evidence to protect the guilty.

Then there’s Hillary’s email scandal, in which emails kept on a private unsecure server — presumably to avoid Freedom of Information Act disclosures — were deleted. Now emails from Hillary’s IT guy, who is believed to have set up the server, have gone poof.

“Destroy the evidence, and you’ve got it made,” said an old frozen dinner commercial. But now that appears to be the motto of the United States government.

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The ‘Five Second Rule’ Is Real, Say Nasa Engineers

24th May 2016

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The “five second rule” – the urban food myth, ever-justifying your decision to eat a dropped tasty treat – does exist, according to two NASA engineers.

The 87 per cent of people who admitted they would happily eat food after it had fallen on the floor in a 2014 survey, will be pleased to know there is legitimate science behind the rule, although certain conditions do apply.

Speaking on the Science Channel’s The Quick and the Curious NASA engineers, Mark Rober and Mike Meacham, explained the amount of moisture in your food and the surface upon which it is dropped are major factors in how much bacteria it will pick up.

“The ‘five second rule’ is really the ’30 second moisture and surface rule’,” they say.

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If Movies Ended When Someone Said the Title

23rd May 2016

Watch it.

… we could all go home early.

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