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How Millennials Can Still Live Bernie’s Dream

11th June 2016

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Despite some recent budgetary setbacks, a long-running American experiment in socialism is still going strong, and yet somehow it remains one of the country’s best-kept secrets.

The federal experiment involves 1.3 million Americans—less than 1% of the population, but 75% of the participants are themselves millennials, so Bernie’s supporters should feel right at home. Unless they feel like they’ve arrived in socialist heaven.

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Cowboy Hero Lassos Thief in Car Park

11th June 2016

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POLICE say a rancher jumped on his horse and lassoed a man who was trying to steal a bicycle in the parking lot of a Walmart in Oregon, USA.

The Medford Mail Tribune reports 28-year-old Robert Borba was at the store getting dog food Friday when he heard a woman screaming that someone was trying to steal her bike.

The rancher says he quickly got his horse out of its trailer, grabbed a rope, rode over and lassoed the man and bicycle.

“I seen this fella trying to get up to speed on a bicycle,” said Borba, who was planning on helping brand cattle in California that afternoon. “I wasn’t going to catch him on foot. I just don’t run very fast.”

It was a first for Borba too, as he had only ever used his lasso skills to rope in cattle before. “I use a rope every day, that’s how I make my living,” he said. “If it catches cattle pretty good, it catches a bandit pretty good.”

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How to Sound Smart at a TED Talk

10th June 2016

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Will Stephen is brilliant.

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The Austin Ridesharing Saga Continues

8th June 2016

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Residents of Austin, Texas recently voted against Proposition 1, which would have overturned a city council decision to impose robust background checks on drivers for ridesharing apps like Uber. At the time, Kevin Williamson covered the foolishness of that decision. New developments reinforce his point: The vacuum caused by Uber and Lyft’s departure has been filled with a patchwork of ridesharing services that lack any regulation at all.

Arcade City is the most prominent of these. It is charitably described by some news services as an “app,” but the mobile app itself has yet to launch. The form in which it currently exists is a Facebook group with 32,174 members, and the protocol for catching a ride simply involves posting your trip details to that group and arranging a ride with anyone who comments. There is no vetting process for the group; I requested to join and was added but ten minutes later, despite not having lived in Austin since age two.

Markets work, even when you don’t want them to — even in the blue pustule on the red ass of Texas.

Yes, there will be a certain legal entity offering rideshare insurance to drivers starting this summer. But we will always stand firm on principle that two people should always be able to connect directly with each other, free from outside interference.

Holy Moly! How … American.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

5th June 2016

Kick It Out

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Moose Gives Birth to Calf in the Parking Lot of an Alaska Hardware Store

1st June 2016

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Not something you see every day.

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Thought for the Day

30th May 2016

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

29th May 2016

Sittin’ Heavy

 

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Navy Railgun

27th May 2016

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It requires 25 MW. The new Zumwalt destroyer produces over twice that.

WSJ article here.

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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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Star Wars Libertarian Edition

25th May 2016

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You can’t make this stuff up.

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Illinois Teen Graduates College Before High School

13th May 2016

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An amazing achievement, and a slap in the face to those who say that persistent racism and sexism are holding back minorities.

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Why Naval Academy Students Are Learning to Sail by the Stars for the First Time in a Decade

7th May 2016

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Sometimes the old ways are best.

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Top 5 Songs From 1958

6th May 2016

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This is pretty cool.

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Most Ordinary Americans in 2016 Are Richer Than Was John D. Rockefeller in 1916

6th May 2016

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But you’d never know that from listening to Democrats or their lackeys in the press.

Honestly, I wouldn’t be remotely tempted to quit the 2016 me so that I could be a one-billion-dollar-richer me in 1916.  This fact means that, by 1916 standards, I am today more than a billionaire.  It means, at least given my preferences, I am today materially richer than was John D. Rockefeller in 1916.  And if, as I think is true, my preferences here are not unusual, then nearly every middle-class American today is richer than was America’s richest man a mere 100 years ago.

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Alligator Caught on Video Attempting to Ring Doorbell of South Carolina Home

4th May 2016

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‘Hey, lady, can your dog come out and play?’

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Town’s Entire Police Department Quits in One Day

23rd April 2016

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A town in the US state of Colorado has been left without any police after the entire department quit in one day.

The resignation of police marshal Tim Bradley prompted the town’s three other volunteer officers to do the same – leaving nearby El Paso County and Teller County sheriff’s offices to look after the town of Green Mountain Falls.

Residents were apparently offered no explanation for the sudden departure of their police force, although Fox News reported an anonymous source as saying the police were unhappy with the newly elected mayor Jane Newberry. Their resignations happened just a day before she took office.

I don’t want to seem insensitive, but this strikes me as very American.

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Grace Under Pressure

23rd April 2016

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I’ve never seen Scorsese’s The Last Waltz. But I’m going to, now.

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Texas Drawing Millions Moving From Other States

22nd April 2016

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In recent years, people moving to Texas from other states — rather than from other countries — have played a key role in the state’s population growth, according to a new analysis by the Office of the State Demographer. From 2005 to 2013, an estimated 5.9 million people moved to Texas, and 4.8 million of those came from one of the other 49 states.

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Harriet the Spy: How Tubman Helped the Union Army

21st April 2016

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Tubman, who will replace President Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill, is most known to Americans for leading hundreds of slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad. But she also played a crucial and pioneering role in the Civil War.

In addition to being the first woman in U.S. history to lead a military expedition, Tubman—whom John Brown called “General Tubman”—was a Union army spy and recruiter.

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Prosecutors Say Fitbit Device Exposed Fibbing in Rape Case

21st April 2016

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A 44-year-old woman accused of fabricating a rape claim was recently ordered to serve two years of probation and complete 100 hours of community service.  Prosecutors say data pulled from her Fitbit wristband provided them with crucial evidence contradicting her claims.

Oops.

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Singin’ the Tax Day Blues

15th April 2016

Bluebird of Bitterness gives us a bunch of clips of people singin’ the tax day blues.

Let’s see: Johnny Cash, Ray Stevens, Tim Hawkins … wait, no Beatles? They were the first and greatest!

Even Obama gets in the act….

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Parody O’Reilly Book Covers

10th April 2016

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You really have to work in IT to get full value from these but they ought to be sufficiently funny for everybody to enjoy.

My favorite:

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

10th April 2016

Baby What A Big Surprise

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Booker T. Washington: Happy Birthday to a Great American

5th April 2016

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Read Up from Slavery. It will inspire you.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

3rd April 2016

I’m Free

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Happy Birthday, Walter Williams

31st March 2016

Tariff policy beneficiaries are always seen, but its victims are mostly unseen. Politicians love this. The reason is simple. The beneficiaries know for whom to cast their ballots and to whom to give campaign contributions. Most often, the victims do not know whom to blame for their calamity.

A birthday appreciation from a colleague here.

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Forgotten Audio Formats: The Highway Hi-Fi

27th March 2016

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What’s the connection between the Beatles’ George Harrison, boxing legend Muhammad Ali, and Chrysler cars? The Highway Hi-Fi: a vinyl record player that just happened to be the world’s first in-car music system. It appeared 60 years ago this spring, in 1956, and should have been a smash hit. It was innovatory, a major talking point, arrived as the car market was booming as never before, and it came with much press hype. It also had the backing of a leading motor manufacturer. What could possibly go wrong?

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

27th March 2016

These Dreams

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The Lego Batman Movie

24th March 2016

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I  am not making this up.

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Future USS Zumwalt

23rd March 2016

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This just looks way cool. This is Captain Nemo’s other ride.

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Evolution of the Batmobile

23rd March 2016

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Because we all need a break from Donald Trump.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

20th March 2016

Baby What a Big Surprise

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Coffee Drip Printer

18th March 2016

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I am not making this up.

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The Tree That Grows 40 Kinds of Fruit

15th March 2016

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Apparently an art project.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

13th March 2016

Welcome Back My Friends

RIP Keith Emerson.

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Coolidge: The Best President You Don’t Know

9th March 2016

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Amity Shlaes clues you in.

My kind of a President.

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The Funeral Plan

7th March 2016

The Funeral Plan

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

5th March 2016

Here I Go Again

Not often you find a singer who has better hair than his girlfriend.

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Track. Vote. Decide.

3rd March 2016

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‘4USxUS’ (pronounced “for us by us”) is a new service that will track issues and how your Congresscritter votes on those issues.

I like it.

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Google’s Robot Dog Meets Real Dog for the First Time

2nd March 2016

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Pretty cute.

‘Muffy, meet Adolf. Adolf, eat Muffy.’

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

28th February 2016

Wheel in the Sky

 

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Anthill Art

21st February 2016

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Pour molten aluminum into an anthill, sell the result as art.

I am not making this up.

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There’s a Bar in Oregon That Will Allow You to Bathe in Beer

17th February 2016

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If, of course, that’s what you want to do.

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Free-Range Education: Why the Unschooling Movement Is Growing

16th February 2016

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On a late Monday morning in this rural New Hampshire town, Dayna and Joe Martin’s four children are all home. Devin, age 16, is hammering a piece of steel in the blacksmith forge he and his parents built out of a storage shed in the backyard. Tiffany, 14, is twirling on a hoverboard, deftly avoiding the kaleidoscope-painted cabinets in the old farmhouse’s living room. Ivy, 10, and Orion, 7, are sitting next to each other using the family’s two computers, clicking through an intense session of Minecraft.

It looks a lot like school vacation, or a weekend. But it’s not. This, for the Martin kids, is school. Or, to put it more accurately, it’s their version of “unschooling,” an educational theory that suggests children should follow their own interests, without the imposition of school or even any alternative educational curriculum, because this is the best way for them to learn and grow.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

14th February 2016

Rocket 88

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Damn It Feels Good to Be a Clinton

12th February 2016

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Thought for the Day

11th February 2016

Introvert Party

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Thought for the Day

10th February 2016

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

7th February 2016

Everyday People

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