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You Christians Can Believe, Just Don’t Act on It

24th February 2011

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Christians, orthodox Jews or anyone with traditional views of sex and marriage should be barred from state university counseling programs unless they agree to violate their beliefs.

That’s the gist of the amicus brief that the ACLU filed on Feb. 11 in a case in which a Christian student is challenging her dismissal from a graduate counseling program at Eastern Michigan University in 2009.

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Five facts about capuchin monkeys

24th February 2011

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

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Egyptian Armed Forces Fire At Christian Monasteries, 19 Injured

24th February 2011

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For the second time in as many days, Egyptian armed force stormed the 5th century old St. Bishoy monastery in Wadi el-Natroun, 110 kilometers from Cairo. Live ammunition was fired, wounding two monks and six Coptic monastery workers. Several sources confirmed the army’s use of RPG ammunition. Four people have been arrested including three monks and a Coptic lawyer who was at the monastery investigating yesterday’s army attack.

Father Hemanot Ava Bishoy said the army fired live ammunition and RPGs continuously for 30 minutes, which hit part of the ancient fence inside the monastery. “The army was shocked to see the monks standing there praying ‘Lord have mercy’ without running away. This is what really upset them,” he said. “As the soldiers were demolishing the gate and the fence they were chanting ‘Allahu Akbar’ and ‘Victory, Victory'”.

The army also attacked the Monastery of St. Makarios of Alexandria in Wady el-Rayan, Fayoum, 100 km from Cairo. It stormed the monastery and fired live ammunition on the monks. Father Mina said that one monk was shot and more than ten have injuries caused by being beaten with batons. The army demolished the newly erected fence and one room from the actual monastery and confiscated building materials. The monastery had also built a fence to protect itself after January 25 and after being attacked by armed Arabs and robbers leading to the injury of six monks, including one monk in critical condition who is still hospitalized.

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

You’d think they’d have more important things on their minds.

That’s some fine Religion o’ Peace™ you got there, Mohammed.

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Stand With Governor Walker

24th February 2011

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Public employee unions, which have become one of the nation’s most aggressive and influential special interest groups in recent decades, are unchecked by the competitive constraints and self-interested ownership that help to balance out private sector unions. In his forthcoming book Special Interest, for instance, Stanford’s Terry Moe points out that the Michigan Education Association has distributed a 40-page instructional manual for local leaders that’s entitled “Electing Your Own Employer, It’s as Easy as 1, 2, 3.” And as one high-ranking state union official told me when I wrote Revolution at the Margins, “We knew the school system wasn’t moving to Mexico,” so there was no reason to work with the state negotiator on establishing a prudent salary structure.

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Nearly one-quarter of biologists say they have been affected by animal activists.

24th February 2011

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Hey, intimidation works.

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Secret White House Meetings

24th February 2011

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Remember all that highfalutin rhetoric from Barack Obama about not doing business with lobbyists, etc? Well, we already knew it was a lie given the number of lobbyists he let into the White House to work after saying he wouldn’t.

But it appears the lie is a serial lie. Obama is having his minion take meetings with lobbyists routinely, but they are doing it outside the White House across the street.

I’m shocked, I tell you, shocked.

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Kashmir: Muslims burn down Christian school over rumor that Muslim converted to Christianity

24th February 2011

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

That’s some fine Religion o’ Peace™ you got there, Mohammed.

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Egypt: Coptic priest stabbed to death in his home by masked attackers shouting “Allahu akbar”

24th February 2011

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

That’s some fine Religion o’ Peace™ you got there, Mohammed.

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Official Notice

24th February 2011

I don’t give a shit about Libya, either.

 

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As a Share of Income, Americans Have the Most Affordable Food in World & It’s Never Been Better

24th February 2011

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As much as Americans might complain about rising food prices in the U.S. (even though annual CPI food inflation hasn’t been above 2% for almost two years), we’ve got the most affordable food on the planet as a share of income (see chart above).  And compared to previous years, today’s Americans have the most affordable food in U.S. history (see chart below).

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Para officer survives direct hit from Taliban rocket propelled granade

24th February 2011

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Lt Col Andy Harrison has returned to the front line after a brief stint in medical care. He was said to be extremely lucky to avoid fatal injuries after the missile, designed to penetrate armoured vehicles, failed to detonate when it hit his body armour. “He had a pretty amazing escape,” said a colleague. “It’s not very often that someone gets hit full on by an RPG and lives to tell the tale.”

Being a Colonel isn’t what it used to be.

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Mossberg 500 Roadblocker: The most badass pump action shotgun ever

24th February 2011

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Because, you know, this is America.

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The Left’s War on the Kochs

24th February 2011

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Understand, the Left has nothing against rich people participating in politics. Most rich people who are politically active are liberals, and the Democratic Party gets much more of its support from the wealthy than the GOP. George Soros is only the most famous of a battalion of sugar daddies who fund every left-wing cause. But the Left wants a monopoly. They want wealthy people to be barred from political participation unless they toe the liberal line. Hence their increasingly vicious attacks on the Koch brothers; they are trying to make an example of them.

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Anti-abortion billboard in New York sparks outrage

24th February 2011

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An anti-abortion billboard featuring a young black girl and the slogan “the most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb” has provoked sharp criticism in New York.

The poster advertises a Texas-based group called Life Always, which campaigns against what it calls a “genocidal plot” against unborn babies. It is on display in the SoHo area of Manhattan.

Of course. They can’t handle the truth.

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Islamic Chutzpah

24th February 2011

Roland Shirk explains some inconvenient truths about Islam.

As I’ve written before, Islam is a religion of power, which worships a god whose first and foremost attribute is power, absolute and arbitrary power so boundless by definition that no one and nothing can “chain Allah’s hand,” not even his previous promises. In the single-minded quest to depict their god as limitless, Muslim theologians have managed to portray Allah as something actually less impressive than any human being who does keep his word; recall that in ancient cultures, oath-keeping was the virtue held in highest esteem. Without it, human action is impossible to predict, trust relationships cannot be formed, and lasting love is impossible. Allah cannot be said to love his creatures, because they can never trust him. Their love for him at best can only ever be servile, the trembling devotion of a whipped dog hoping for mercy.

While that may be the Muslim attitude toward their god, activist Muslims adopt quite the opposite posture toward non-Muslims, whenever they feel sufficiently powerful to get away with it. Robert Spencer told me a story he’d heard of an American convert to Islam (dressed like any other American) who sat down at a cafe, only to be greeted from a neighboring table with “Assalaamu ‘alaykum!” The American was stunned, and he turned to the Arab immigrant at the neighboring table to ask, “How did you know I was a Muslim?” His newfound friend replied, “You hold and carry yourself like a Muslim. You hold your head high, as if you bow before no man, but only before Allah.”

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Domestication Genes

24th February 2011

Steve Sailer looks at a Russian program to breed foxes as friendly as dogs.

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DrChrono Makes The iPad A Doctor’s Best Friend In The Exam Room

24th February 2011

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The free iPad app allows doctors to schedule patient appointments, write prescriptions and send them to pharmacies, enable reminders, take clinical notes, access lab results, and input electronic health records. The electronic medical records element is key because the Obama administration is currently offering strong incentives for doctors to start moving their health records online. DrChrono will help doctors start, finish and manage this process.

And DrChono is more than just a simple iPad app. For $99 and up, doctors can upgrade to more storage for records, and complete medical billing. The billing component is another win for doctors, who spend hundreds of dollars each month for medical billing processing. DrChrono’s system integrates with all U.S. insurance companies, even the insurance agents that only use paper billing.

If I were a doctor, I’d be all over this.

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The Left’s Endless Culture War

24th February 2011

Maggie Gallagher lays it out.

The culture war will always be ongoing because the left is never going to stop waging it. You can never “give in” and be done with it — they will simply move on to the next item.

The culture war will never be over because the left will never permit itself to declare victory and stop pushing for more.

Maggie and I were at Yale together; she has always been a fighter.

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Chemists create current-bearing plastic

24th February 2011

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Chemists have found a new way of producing plastic that conducts electricity, potentially paving the way to cheaper, more robust and er, more plasticky computers.

A team led by Professors Paul Meredith and Ben Powell at the University of Queensland, Associate Professor Adam Micolich of the University of New South Wales School of Physics and UNSW doctoral student Andrew Stephenson used an ion beam to “tune” the plastic film.

“In theory, we can make plastics that conduct no electricity at all or as well as metals do – and everything in between,” says Stephenson.

Gotta love Australians.

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Interesting Times

24th February 2011

Jerry Pournelle has some thoughts.

In the United States we are experimenting with the limits of liberal democracy. Elections are unimportant: if the losing side simply refuses to accept the result when they lose, nor limits to their actions when they win, the applicability of the term “democracy” comes into question. Then comes the usual transition from democracy to tyranny: one side refuses to accept the results, chaos emerges, and a friend of the people steps up to restore order. He is given temporary powers. After that the stories divide.

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Whitewashing the History of Organized Labor

23rd February 2011

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As scholars ranging from the liberal political scientist Ira Katznelson to the libertarian legal historian David Bernstein have now documented, organized labor’s rise to power typically came at the expense of black workers. Consider collective bargaining, the legal arrangement whereby a union selected by a majority of employees receives the monopoly bargaining power to exclusively represent all employees. This valuable union tool first became part of federal law under section 7A of the National Industrial Recovery Act of 1933. Since blacks were barred from the vast majority of unions at that time, collective bargaining served as a de facto ban on all black workers in unionized shops.

‘Progressives’ do many historically odd things, such as the embrace of the Democratic Party, which was the party of slavery from Andy Jackson’s time up through the Civil War, and the party of Jim Crow from the Civil War up through LBJ.

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‘Incredibly Sexist Assertion’

23rd February 2011

The Other McCain must spend most of his time laughing.

The Lara Logan story proves to be the gift that keeps on giving, thanks to a predictable pattern: Someone attempts a reaction more complex than “rape is bad,” and immediately gets shouted down by angry feminists.

Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

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Pakistan: Brother murders sister in honor killing

23rd February 2011

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

That’s some fine Religion o’ Peace™ you got there, Mohammed.

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Obama Won’t Go to Court Over Defense of Marriage Act

23rd February 2011

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President Obama believes that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and will no longer defend the 15-year-old law in federal court, the Justice Department announced today.

The decision, which stunned and delighted gay-rights activists, means that the administration will withdraw its defense of ongoing suits in two federal Appeals Courts and will leave it to Congress to defend the law, known as DOMA, against those challenges. It will remain a party to the lawsuits. The law itself remains in effect.

I guess my old civics teacher was wrong when he said that the President’s job was to execute the laws of the United States.

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Government Failure

23rd February 2011

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I can’t even count the number of articles and blog posts I’ve seen asserting that markets can’t work in health care.  Or that they work very imperfectly.  Or that they suffer from serious “market failure.”  In every case, the writer just assumes that government can remedy these problems.

Yet when Gerry Musgrave and I wrote Patient Power, we concluded that our most serious health care problems stem from bad government policies, rather than from markets failing to work.  In other words, “government failure” not “market failure” is the source of most of what is going wrong.

When economists talk about “market failure” they begin with a model in which consumer welfare is maximized. “Market failure” arises when imperfections cause outcomes that fall short of the ideal.  If we were to do the same thing in politics, we would begin with a model in which the political system produced ideal outcomes and then consider factors that take us away from the ideal.

But here is the problem:  whereas in economics, “market failure” is considered an exception to the norm, in politics, “government failure” is the norm.  In general, there is no model of political decision making that can reliably produce ideal outcomes.

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My Magic Green Hat

23rd February 2011

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The other day I needed to go to the emergency room. Not wanting to sit there for 4 hours, I put on my Magic Green Hat. When I went into the E.R., I noticed that 3/4 of the people got up and left.

I guess they decided that they weren’t that sick after all. Cut at least 3 hours off my waiting time.

Need help at the Emergency Room? Don’t want to wait six hours to see somebody? No problem! Wear the Magic Green Border Patrol Hat.

It also works at DMV. It saved me 5 hours.

At the Laundromat, three minutes after entering, I had my choice of any machine, most still running.

If you live in Texas, it might cut your wait time at the grocery store.

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Digital didn’t kill marginalia. In fact, digital could turn it into a revenue source.

23rd February 2011

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A clever idea. Famous person reads e-book, makes marginal notes, sells marginal notes as an add-on to the e-book. This will, of course, require standards so that the notes will dependably attach to the book, but it’s an interesting thought.

This has actually been used in times past. I believe that most editions of the Talmud include the text along with first, second, and perhaps even third-generation glosses. I once saw a printed copy of the Seanchas Mor
in Yale’s Sterling Memorial Library that had a similar format: Old Irish Text, Latin glosses on the text, and Middle Irish notations on the Latin glosses.

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What if It’s All Been a Big Fat Lie?

23rd February 2011

Gary Taubes does diet. Somewhat old but still interesting.

America has become weirdly polarized on the subject of weight. On the one hand, we’ve been told with almost religious certainty by everyone from the surgeon general on down, and we have come to believe with almost religious certainty, that obesity is caused by the excessive consumption of fat, and that if we eat less fat we will lose weight and live longer. On the other, we have the ever-resilient message of Atkins and decades’ worth of best-selling diet books, including ”The Zone,” ”Sugar Busters” and ”Protein Power” to name a few. All push some variation of what scientists would call the alternative hypothesis: it’s not the fat that makes us fat, but the carbohydrates, and if we eat less carbohydrates we will lose weight and live longer.

What’s forgotten in the current controversy is that the low-fat dogma itself is only about 25 years old. Until the late 70’s, the accepted wisdom was that fat and protein protected against overeating by making you sated, and that carbohydrates made you fat. In ”The Physiology of Taste,” for instance, an 1825 discourse considered among the most famous books ever written about food, the French gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin says that he could easily identify the causes of obesity after 30 years of listening to one ”stout party” after another proclaiming the joys of bread, rice and (from a ”particularly stout party”) potatoes. Brillat-Savarin described the roots of obesity as a natural predisposition conjuncted with the ”floury and feculent substances which man makes the prime ingredients of his daily nourishment.” He added that the effects of this fecula — i.e., ”potatoes, grain or any kind of flour” — were seen sooner when sugar was added to the diet.

If you work out the numbers, you come to the surreal conclusion that you can eat lard straight from the can and conceivably reduce your risk of heart disease.

David Ludwig, the Harvard endocrinologist, says that it’s the direct effect of insulin on blood sugar that does the trick. He notes that when diabetics get too much insulin, their blood sugar drops and they get ravenously hungry. They gain weight because they eat more, and the insulin promotes fat deposition. The same happens with lab animals. This, he says, is effectively what happens when we eat carbohydrates — in particular sugar and starches like potatoes and rice, or anything made from flour, like a slice of white bread. These are known in the jargon as high-glycemic-index carbohydrates, which means they are absorbed quickly into the blood. As a result, they cause a spike of blood sugar and a surge of insulin within minutes. The resulting rush of insulin stores the blood sugar away and a few hours later, your blood sugar is lower than it was before you ate. As Ludwig explains, your body effectively thinks it has run out of fuel, but the insulin is still high enough to prevent you from burning your own fat. The result is hunger and a craving for more carbohydrates. It’s another vicious circle, and another situation ripe for obesity.

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The Most Incredible Sword Fights in History

23rd February 2011

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Home Schooling and Socialization

23rd February 2011

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Finally, if you have teenagers or preteens, or if you are a teenager, open yourself to a new possibility. People say that the reason teenagers are so hard to get along with is that that stage “is part of growing up.” But, then, why don’t teenagers have the same problems when they work at a summer job or a part-time job during the school year? They are exposed to lots of people, often within a wide age range, but they aren’t treated cruelly, and they don’t treat others cruelly, nearly as frequently. Could their better attitude be the result of three facts: they are free to quit that job; the other people at the job typically want to be there; and there’s not as much time for cruelty when you’re trying to be productive? Teenagers treating other teenagers cruelly is part of growing up?when compulsory schooling is part of growing up.

Considering the ‘socialization’ I observed in elementary school and high school, I think that most children would be better off without it. After all, the term ‘schoolyard bully’ exists for a reason.

Thomas at Politics and Prosperity apparently has similar memories.

They remind me, too much, of the public schools of my own youth. I would have given anything to have been placed in an environment where the emphasis was on learning, not on suffering through hours, days, months, and years of classes with packs of pre-adolescent and adolescent animals.

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Post Traumatic American Syndrome

23rd February 2011

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Since I woke up from my leftist stupor two years ago, I’ve had many epiphanies.  Here’s one: the Left is comprised of two distinct groups, the abusers and the abused.  The dynamics are like any abusive relationship.

The victims even delude themselves into believing that though they are preyed upon, they are somehow lucky.  I hear it all the time out here, “We’re so lucky to live in Berkeley!  It’s so tolerant here!”  And I think, tolerant of what, violence?  Sociopathy?

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Early Cretaceous dino delivered quite a kick

23rd February 2011

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Scientists have identified a new species of Early Cretaceous sauropod – a six-tonne beast with a fearsome set of rear legs which have prompted paleontologists to dub it “thunder-thighs”.

“If predators came after it, it would have been able to boot them out of the way.”

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Mad Money: Residents Protest Excessive Fines from Homeowner Associations

23rd February 2011

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A Nevada senator received a fine from her homeowners association (HOA) for a hot chocolate stain on her driveway.

Another Nevada homeowner received a fine for patches of dead grass on her front lawn. And then there’s Matt Rudich, who received a warning from his HOA for removing a sharp plant from his front yard for the safety of his children. “It’s way too much oversight by the HOA board,” said Rucich.

Anyone who lives in an area with a Homeowners’ Association deserves what he gets.

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Canadian Family Fights to Keep Boy’s Breathing Tube in Place

23rd February 2011

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The Canadian family of a 13-month-old boy clinging to life support has defied a court order to remove the boy’s breathing tube and now is looking to an American hospital for what experts say would be a miracle recovery.

Apparently nobody looks to Canadian hospitals for miracle recoveries. Why is that, if their health care system is so superior? Justin Bieber says so, so it has to be true.

Laurie Gould, a spokesperson for London Health Sciences Centre, told CBC News that no official request has been received from Michigan for a transfer and that that the hospital would await further direction from the Public Guardian, a Canadian office that defends those who cannot defend themselves.

“I defend those who can’t defend themselves, and I demand that you take that kid off his ventilator so that he’ll die!” Sure, that makes perfect sense.

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Cellphone Radiation Increases Brain Activity

22nd February 2011

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Everything bad is good for you.

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SSDs difficult to wipe securely, researchers find

22nd February 2011

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The core of the problem is that unlike magnetic media, SSDs save data to physical pages but erase from logical block addresses (LBAs), a process which is managed through a flash translation layer (FTL). This creates a mismatch between where the ATA or SCSI drivers think the data is and where it physically resides which the drives compensate for by copying data around. It is this copying that leaves insecure traces littered around the drive.

Apparently you can have speed or security, but not both.

On the other hand, I suspect that if you took a sledge hammer to it, that would do the trick. But that’s me.

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What We Pay For.

22nd February 2011

See what your Federal tax dollars buy.

We have the technology.

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Ruh-Roh.

22nd February 2011

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Warning

This morning the Muslim Brotherhood warned the United States that if the United States meddling in Egypt continued, they intend to cut off America’s supply of 7-11 and Motel 6 managers.

If this action does not yield sufficient results, cab drivers will be next, followed by Dell, AT&T and AOL customer service reps.

Finally, if all else fails, they have threatened not to send us any more presidents either. It’s gonna get ugly.

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Cornish pasty given EU protected status

22nd February 2011

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Cornish food manufacturers have won a nine-year battle to win special protection for their most famous snack, banning any products made in Devon, Wales or the rest of Britain from being called Cornish pasties.

And, perhaps, relieving those outside of Cornwall from any necessity of eating them.

The ruling, which was welcomed warmly by the Cornish food industry, has however, caused consternation around the rest of the country. Many food manufacturers which supply supermarkets are not based in Cornwall, while one Cornish Pasty maker in Devon said European bureaucrats could go to hell.

Gee, they almost sound like Texans.

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Chris Dodd Breaking Promise Not To Become A Lobbyist Just Weeks After Leaving Senate

22nd February 2011

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Assuming Dodd takes the role, he’s already proving himself to be perfect for a Hollywood job, because it makes him a blatant liar. Last summer, Dodd insisted that he would not become a lobbyist. He made this abundantly clear. When asked what he would do, he was explicit: “No lobbying, no lobbying.” Yeah, apparently a million dollar plus salary makes you a liar barely a month after leaving the job. Of course, technically, Dodd is also barred from becoming a lobbyist for two years after leaving the Senate, but there’s a kind of *wink, wink, nudge, nudge* trick that Dodd and others use to technically claim they’re not lobbyists while merely running one of the bigger and most high profile lobbying organizations around.

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

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Wisconsin’s Real Doctors and Their Fake Sick Notes for Protesters

22nd February 2011

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It’s sad, but what puzzles me most is how in the world three of the four physicians I can identify from these videos and other media reports are faculty members of UW’s Family Medicine department, and one is a senior resident in that same department. It’s a good training program, committed to providing sorely-needed primary care doctors to the state of Wisconsin. It teaches professionalism, and its faculty are supposed to model integrity. What were they thinking?

They’ve managed to belittle a public trust between physicians, employers and patients. A doctor’s sick note is a serious document. It represents an employer’s desire to verify through a respected, independent, medically qualified third party the fact of an illness and the true need for convalescence. In the videos now circulating online, we witness multiple members of a noted family medicine department trash one of the well-recognized rights and privileges of their profession, with little forethought as to the consequences.

UW’s doctors have demeaned not only the doctor-patient relationship, but in so doing, risked the stature doctors hold in our discourse on public policy. When commenting on social issues, physicians trade on the honor of our profession, benefiting from the public’s assumption that the wisdom won of caring for so many at their most vulnerable imbues us with some privileged understanding of collective need.

“Ethics? We don’t need no stinkin’ ethics!”

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Pakistan: Mullahs fight government attempt to introduce non-religious subjects like math into madrassas

22nd February 2011

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But hey, they invented algebra a thousand years ago; surely they have all the math that they need?

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ASIA/BANGLADESH – A village burned down, tribal Christians forced out by Muslim settlers

22nd February 2011

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

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Eric Cantor’s Failure of Leadership

22nd February 2011

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On Friday, 92 Republicans, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, joined all of the Democrats to defeat an amendment offered up by Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn to ensure the GOP lived up to its “$100 billion in cuts” pledge.

This was a failure of leadership, particularly by Eric Cantor.

It is increasingly clear there are 147 conservatives in the House of Representatives, make it 148 depending on which way the polling blows Eric Cantor — the leader of House Republicans who sided with all 189 Democrats to defeat a measure he has three previous times co-sponsored.

One of the chief failings of Republican legislators is thinking that they can claim to be conservatives just by putting an R after their names in the Great Book of Crust.

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Help Nathan Buy Firefly

22nd February 2011

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There is a movement afoot to assemble the funds, Kickstarter-fashion, to enable Nathan Fillian to buy the rights to Firefly.

Take whatever action you think appropriate.

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Men’s Movie Review

22nd February 2011

Freeberg has a checklist.

This would actually be pretty useful. I think I may try this next time I see a movie.

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Sheep as smart as humans: Official

22nd February 2011

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Considering that Obama is President, I’d phrase that the other way around, but I’m prepared to believe it.

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Record-Crushing 327-Pound ‘Dinosaur Fish’ Caught

22nd February 2011

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The tremendous fish measured 8 feet, 5 inches long, weighed 327 pounds, and was 48 inches around, reported WAPT.com.

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Obamacare’s New Enforcers

21st February 2011

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The workforce of the Internal Revenue Service currently consists of over 93,000 employees to collect and process tax returns and enforce tax laws. While this number is daunting in and of itself, the IRS recently released its new budget which calls for an additional 1,056 new IRS employees citing specifically the new demands placed on the agency due to the new healthcare law. Beyond just more employees the burden of the healthcare law would require more facilities and new systems to handle the task; U.S. News and World Report put the cost to taxpayers at over $359 million in fiscal year 2012 alone.

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Universities in Texas ‘to allow students to carry guns on campus’

21st February 2011

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And about fargin time, too.

Universities in Texas are set to be forced to allow students and academics to carry guns on campus, in a victory for a firearms lobby unbowed after last month’s massacre in Arizona.

A massacre that wouldn’t have happened if people in the crowd had been armed.

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