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Archive for August, 2009

First Complete Image of a Molecule, Atom by Atom

27th August 2009

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KFC’s new ‘Double Down’ sandwich swaps bun for two deep-fried chicken breasts, extra calories

27th August 2009

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Did two species mix to make butterflies?

27th August 2009

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What does that say about tadpoles and frogs?

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The Power of the Gun

27th August 2009

Megan McArdle is always worth reading.

First of all, as it shows in the articles I linked earlier, something like 90% of homicides are committed by people with criminal records, i.e. people who probably cannot legally own a gun. A lot of the rest are committed by juveniles, or mentally unstable people, who also cannot legally own a gun.

It is perfectly true that adding a gun to a dispute involving violent criminals increases the likelihood that someone will be shot.  But violent criminals are not like the rest of us.  They have very poor impulse control, and, well, a demonstrated willingness to use violence.  They also are not likely to apply for a permit before packing heat.

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NHS report reveals ‘appalling care': NHS facts

27th August 2009

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I got your government-run health care system, right here.

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Millionaire sues wife for children that were not his

27th August 2009

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The 48-year-old, who can’t be named for legal reasons, is demanding unlimited damages of more than £300,000 from his ex-wife and her lover, for the distress caused and the cost of bringing up the children he believed were his for more than a decade.

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Liam Neeson has spoken of how the US reaction to his wife’s death earlier this year helped him decide to become an American citizen

27th August 2009

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Grandmother delivers baby in layby because of midwife shortage

27th August 2009

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More great news from the British National Health Service that everybody is so eager to bring to America.

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Nanoparticle inks that fade away in hours could be ideal for secure communications.

27th August 2009

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An Interesting Consequence of United States v. Comprehensive Drug Testing

27th August 2009

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Am I right that the Ninth Circuit’s Fourth Amendment decision in United States v. Comprehensive Drug Testing has rendered every computer search warrant that has ever been obtained — and every offsite search — unconstitutional? I’ve been working in this area for over a decade, and I have never heard of a case that satisfies the Ninth Circuit’s new procedural standards.

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Stimulus For Convicts

27th August 2009

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See, conservatives are in the habit of pointing out that when you start handing out money, you start losing track of where it goes (or at least, losing the ability to defend where it goes with a straight face). Whereas the worst thing that can happen when you let people keep their own money is, they do what they want with the money they have earned themselves.

At least Dukakis didn’t cut Willie Horton a check.

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Democrats Invoke Kennedy’s Death in Calling for Health Care Reform

27th August 2009

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Good. Democrats tried this same crap after Paul Wellstone died and it resulted in a Republican Senator for Minnesota.

The only thing I’m likely to do for Ted is to piss on his grave.

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Mawked by Dawkness

26th August 2009

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It’s twue, it’s twue.

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Finding out What Colors Dinosaurs Were

26th August 2009

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Affirmative action legislation is no doubt already in the works.

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Why Multitaskers Stink at Multitasking

26th August 2009

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Stirling heads ‘conceal harp music’

26th August 2009

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A series of marking found etched in the Stirling Heads, a set of carvings in one of Scotland’s largest castles, may be 16th century harp music, according to academics.

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MSNBC & The Great Liberal Narrative: The Truth About The Tyranny of Political Correctness

26th August 2009

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A peek behind the scenes. It’s hell when the Oppressed Masses don’t play along.

If it’s not a conspiracy, it’s the next best thing.

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Tax Penalties and the Health-Care Bill

26th August 2009

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More scary stuff creeps in under the radar.

Under current law, taxpayers who lose an argument with the IRS can generally avoid penalties by showing they tried in good faith to comply with the tax law. In a broad range of circumstances, the health-care bill would change the law to impose strict liability penalties for income-tax underpayments, meaning that taxpayers will no longer have the luxury of making an honest mistake. The ability of even the IRS to waive penalties in sympathetic cases would be sharply curtailed.

Last June, the Small Business Council of America sent some compelling tales of woe to Congress, including one in which a 72-year-old owner of a coin operated car wash set up retirement plans for his seven employees and got socked for his good deed with a $900,000 penalty for not reporting the plans properly. The company and its owner are now headed for bankruptcy. In another case, a penalty of $100,000 each was imposed on the six minor children of an owner of a small business in Utah for not filing the right tax forms.

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That’s No Vestigial Organ, That’s My Appendix

26th August 2009

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A study in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology finds that many more animals have appendixes than was thought, and that the appendix is not merely a remnant of a digestive organ called the cecum. All of which means that the appendix might not be so useless.

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Placebos Are Getting More Effective. Drugmakers Are Desperate to Know Why.

26th August 2009

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Argentina rules on marijuana use

26th August 2009

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The supreme court in Argentina has ruled that it is unconstitutional to punish people for using marijuana for personal consumption.

This will be interesting.

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Chickenosaurus: Canadian scientist says he can create dinosaurs from chickens

25th August 2009

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And they’ll probably want a beer.

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Abolish the DHS

25th August 2009

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Hear, hear. Born of a desire for the government was doing something even if it were wrong (like the TSA), it has no purpose and merely creates another layer of bureaucracy on top of all of the other sedimentary layers of bureaucracy we already have.

Eventually the bottom layers will turn to oil — not that we’ll be allowed to drill….

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Intensive farming good for forests

25th August 2009

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Not that you would know it by listening to the enviro-fascists.

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“Perry for Texas. Hutchison for Washington.”

25th August 2009

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An interesting external perspective.

Perry’s high-handedness in the cervical cancer vaccine affair and his apparent willingless to rip a corridor through central Texas and to hell with what the existing property owners want disgusted me, and the best thing I can think to say about Hutchinson is that the blocks a place that could have gone to someone worse.

Personally, I wouldn’t mind throwing both of them into a Dumpster, but you go to war with the army you have, not the army you’d like to have.

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‘Mad professor’ becomes YouTube hero with explosive science videos

25th August 2009

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The world has too many politicans and not enough mad scientists.

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Dog who believes he is a cat

25th August 2009

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Can he use a litter box? Can he clean himself? That’s the key.

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Freediver swims through longest ocean cave in Australia

25th August 2009

Gotta love Australians.

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SMS text messages grounds for divorce in France

25th August 2009

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Of course, pretty soon in France it will only be necessary to say “I divorce you, I divorce you, I divorce you”, so it doesn’t really matter.

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Meat Loaf: Anything For Love (Literal Video Version)

25th August 2009

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Megan McArdle is a very strange person.

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Obama’s Summer of Discontent

25th August 2009

Foud Ajami nails it.

A political class, and a media elite, that glamorized the protest against the Iraq war, that branded the Bush presidency as a reign of usurpation, now wishes to be done with the tumult of political debate. President Barack Obama himself, the community organizer par excellence, is full of lament that the “loudest voices” are running away with the national debate. Liberalism in righteous opposition, liberalism in power: The rules have changed.

The Obama devotees were the victims of their own belief in political magic. The devotees could not make up their minds. In a newly minted U.S. senator from Illinois, they saw the embodiment of Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy. Like Lincoln, Mr. Obama was tall and thin and from Illinois, and the historic campaign was launched out of Springfield. The oath of office was taken on the Lincoln Bible. Like FDR, he had a huge economic challenge, and he better get it done, repair and streamline the economy in his “first hundred days.” Like JFK, he was young and stylish, with a young family.

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Complete Infidel’s Guide to the Koran

24th August 2009

A must-read.

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Disrupt emergency exits to boost evacuation rates

24th August 2009

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Need to evacuate people quickly through a narrow opening? Put something in their way.

Physicists timed a crowd of 50 women as they exited as fast as possible through a door, and then repeated the experiment with a 20-centimetre-wide pillar placed 65 centimetres in front of the exit to the left-hand side.

The obstacle improved the exit rate by an extra seven people per minute – from 2.8 people to 2.92 people per second.

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Why Most (Sucessful) Politicians Value Staying in Power More than the Public Good

24th August 2009

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One might still ask why the power-seekers tend to predominate over those who place a higher value on the public good. The key explanation is selection effects. A politician willing to do anything to take and hold on to power will have a crucial edge over an opponent who imperils his chances of getting elected in order to advance the public interest. The former type is likely to prevail over the latter far more often than not. This is especially true in a political environment where most voters are often ignorant and irrational about government and public policy. Candidates have strong incentives to pander to this ignorance and exploit it in order to win elections. Those unwilling to exploit public ignorance because they place the public interest above political success are likely to be at a serious disadvantage relative to their less scrupulous opponents. Thus, those who value power above other objectives are more likely to succeed politically. As economist Frank Knight wrote back in the 1930s, “[t]he probability of the people in power being individuals who would dislike the possession and exercise of power is on a level with the probability that an extremely tender-hearted person would get the job of whipping master in a slave plantation.”

Not a very complicated notion, but apparently some people have to have Gresham’s Law explained in simple terms.

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British pensioner dies in micro-light plane in Alicante

24th August 2009

Darwin Award nominee.

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Scottish wildlife expert and son die in canoeing accident

24th August 2009

Darwin Award nominee.

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Dying languages archived for future generations

24th August 2009

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Let’s hope they didn’t put it on 8″ floppies.

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Obama White House v. CIA; Panetta Threatened to Quit

24th August 2009

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A “profanity-laced screaming match” at the White House involving CIA Director Leon Panetta, and the expected release today of another damning internal investigation, has administration officials worrying about the direction of its newly-appoint intelligence team, current and former senior intelligence officials tell ABC News.com.

Trouble in paradise?

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Bierce’s Bugbears

24th August 2009

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Ambrose Bierce had some language issues.

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Debate over health care reform rages over different beliefs

24th August 2009

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Why is the idea of national religion so repugnant to liberals, but national health care is just fine?

Why must health care reform be something that society does together through force of law in the social contract, like national defense? Unlike national defense, health care is not a public good. Equal access to it is not inherently efficient, and one person’s consumption of it absolutely affects another’s ability to do the same.

I disagree with this premise. I believe making people do things should be a last resort, not the first. I believe health care is not a right, because it is far too important. Better, cheaper, and a right: Pick any two. I know which two I want.

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Understanding the Federal Budget

24th August 2009

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An excellent breakdown — no pun intended — of federal receipts and expenditures, with some nifty graphics.

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Vegan prisoners win right to ‘cruelty free’ products in jail

24th August 2009

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  1. Thank God you don’t live in Britain.
  2. Without eternal vigilance, it could happen here. Probably in California.

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Sheet Music on Kindle DX

24th August 2009

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I’ve been wondering when somebody would catch on to this.

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Top All-Time Donors 1989-2008 Summary

24th August 2009

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If you can’t get a Government Job, working for one of these companies is probably the next best thing.

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Planning for Kennedy’s Departure

24th August 2009

Among Democrats, of course — Republicans will be partying.

In calling for the legislature to give the power of appointing a senator to Democratic Gov. Patrick, Kennedy was calling on them to reverse the law enacted in 2004 by the legislature (then, as now, overwhelmingly Democratic) that took away that power from then-Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican.

Yeah, that’s Democrats, right enough.

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Battery Bubble

24th August 2009

Scott Adams finds an exciting new investment opportunity.

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Rare ‘upside-down’ lightning caught on film

24th August 2009

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Brick Wielding Grandpa Attacks Red-light Runners

24th August 2009

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Ah, more of that right-wing vigilante-ism … oh, wait a minute….

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Bug power makes salt water sweet

24th August 2009

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It’s not often that bacteria make water more drinkable, but a new microbial desalination cell does precisely that. The proof-of-principle system removed 90 per cent of the salt from a seawater-like solution.

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Robot with bones moves like you do

24th August 2009

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Oh, surely they can do better than that….

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