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Ecuador ‘Locates Final Resting Place of Last Inca Emperor’s Tomb’

29th February 2012

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It has been sought for centuries but remained a mystery, still out of reach. Now an expert has pinpointed a site that could be Atahualpa’s resting place: the last Inca emperor’s tomb.

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Iranian Attempt to Assassinate Israeli Defense Minister Foiled in Singapore

29th February 2012

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Well, that’ll make sure there’s no pre-emptive strike on their nuclear facilities. Glad they figured that out.

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

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Left Coast: Rocklin Parents Want City to Snuff Out Neighbors’ Cigarettes

29th February 2012

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The James Baker family wants to stop the cancer-causing emissions floating into their home during their neighbors’ patio smoking breaks.

“We’re just saying, ‘please don’t poison us,’” James Baker said. “Can you smoke inside your home? The reason they don’t want to do that is because they don’t want their family breathing it in. But it’s okay for your neighbor?”

Well, yeah, if they’re a bunch of fascists like these swine.

Kelly and her two sons, ages 11 and 16, have asthma. After l0 years of being surrounded by smoking neighbors, Kelly said her children have become sicker.

So move to Arizona. I guarantee that the cost of living will be lower.

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UK: Killing Babies No Different From Abortion, Experts Say

29th February 2012

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They’re right, of course — but:

Parents should be allowed to have their newborn babies killed because they are “morally irrelevant” and ending their lives is no different to abortion, a group of medical ethicists linked to Oxford University has argued.

Welcome back to the 1920s. Margaret Sanger, call your office.

Calling these guys ‘ethicists’ is like calling a Democrat a democrat.

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Obama’s Beach Bundler

29th February 2012

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One of President Obama’s major bundlers is a lawyer who helps her wealthy clients exploit the very offshore tax benefits the president has criticized.

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

Marjorie Rawls Roberts, a Virgin Islands tax lawyer who specializes in offshore funds, has committed to bundling at least $100,000-$200,000 for the Obama Victory Fund 2012. Roberts runs her own law firm, Marjorie Rawls Roberts, P.C., based in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI). According to the firm, Roberts “specializes in the areas of tax, investment, and offshore funds.”

If Obama were actually to associate with anybody outside of the Crust, he’d probably melt.

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The Rotary Mechanism of Mitochondrial ATP Synthase

29th February 2012

Watch the video.

ATP is what food winds up as, and the fuel that makes your body go.

It’s a great time to be alive.

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Scofflaw Democrats

29th February 2012

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 The Budget Act of 1974 requires the House and Senate to meet certain deadlines, culminating in the adoption of a budget resolution. The Republican House has obeyed the law, but the Democratic Senate has thumbed its nose at the statute, illegally refusing to meet any of the statutory deadlines or to adopt any budget at all for the last three years.

The Senate’s scofflaw ways are shared by the Obama administration. Federal law requires the Medicare trustees to report annually on the solvency of the Medicare program. The Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 further provides that if, for two years in a row, more than 45% of Medicare funding is coming from general revenues rather than Medicare taxes, the president must submit legislation to Congress to address the Medicare funding crisis. President Bush dutifully followed the law, but President Obama has ignored it for the last three years.

Today was the deadline for Obama to comply with the Medicare Modernization Act by submitting a plan to rescue Medicare’s finances. Obama, of course, has no intention of doing anything to reform entitlements. So, for the fourth year in a row, he chose to act illegally. He did nothing.

Earlier today, I was on a call with Senator Jeff Sessions, and I asked what can be done to hold the Democrats accountable for their wanton law-breaking. Unfortunately, the statutes in question contain no sanctions or enforcement mechanisms. The only real recourse is to public opinion. For that recourse to be meaningful, Americans would need to know that their president and the Democratic Senate believe that they need comply with the law only when it is convenient for them. Unfortunately, the press has no interest in publicizing the fact that the Democrats are scofflaws. So the Democrats ignore the law, secure in the knowledge that their secret is safe with the national media.

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

 

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Unemployment v. Out of Work

29th February 2012

Veronique de Rugy channels Abbott & Costello.

COSTELLO: I want to talk about the unemployment rate in America.

ABBOTT: Good “subject”. Terrible “times”. It’s about 9%.

COSTELLO: That many people are out of work?

ABBOTT: No, that’s 16%.

COSTELLO: You just said 9%.

ABBOTT: 9% Unemployed.

COSTELLO: Right 9% out of work.

ABBOTT: No, that’s 16%.

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Colorado Welfare Debit Cards Used at Casinos, Strip Clubs

29th February 2012

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‘It’s free! Just swipe your EBT!’

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Sex-Crazed Co-Eds Going Broke Buying Birth Control, Student Tells Pelosi Hearing Touting Freebie Mandate

29th February 2012

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“Without insurance coverage, contraception, as you know, can cost a woman over $3,000 during law school,” Fluke told the hearing.

$3,000 for birth control in three years? That’s a thousand dollars a year of sex – and, she wants us to pay for it.

Where were these chicks when I was in law school? Sheesh, talk about born too soon….

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Tawriya: New Islamic Doctrine Permits ‘Creative Lying’

29th February 2012

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Perhaps you have heard of taqiyya, the Muslim doctrine that allows lying in certain circumstances, primarily when Muslim minorities live under infidel authority. Now meet tawriya, a doctrine that allows lying in virtually all circumstances—including to fellow Muslims and by swearing to Allah—provided the liar is creative enough to articulate his deceit in a way that is true to him. (Though tawriya is technically not “new”—as shall be seen, it has been part of Islamic law and tradition for centuries—it is certainly new to most non-Muslims, hence the need for this exposition and the word “new” in the title.)

The authoritative Hans Wehr Arabic-English Dictionary defines tawriya as, “hiding, concealment; dissemblance, dissimulation, hypocrisy; equivocation, ambiguity, double-entendre, allusion.” Conjugates of the trilateral root of the word, w-r-y, appear in the Quran in the context of hiding or concealing something (e.g., 5:31, 7:26).

As a doctrine, “double-entendre” best describes tawriya’s function. According to past and present Muslim scholars (several documented below), tawriya is when a speaker says something that means one thing to the listener, though the speaker means something else, and his words technically support this alternate meaning.

Being a Muslim is like belonging to the Mafia: Rules only apply to others in your group; anything goes with outsiders.

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France’s Mcdonald’s Introduces New Burger-Filled Baguettes to Lure Gallic Customers

29th February 2012

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Fast-food giant McDonald’s has taken ownership of France’s signature bread and decided to start dishing up burgers in baguettes.

McDo, as the French call it, is trying to appeal to more upscale diners by mixing their famous beef burgers with French-made Emmental cheese and mustard.

Starting in April, the 1,228 McDonald’s restaurants across France will feature the limited edition McBaguette.

I am not making this up.

 

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Navy Test-Fires First Working Prototype Railgun

29th February 2012

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For one, because the gun and the storage of its projectiles (which are not incendiary, and weigh about 40 pounds each — smaller and less expensive than today’s missiles) ultimately will take up less space than traditional weapons systems.

In addition, rather than relying on chemical propellants like gunpowder, the railgun uses an electromagnetic pulse to create strong magnetic fields that propel the conductive bullet on a sliding metal sled and out of the barrel — at 4,500 to 5,000 miles per hour and as far as 100 nautical miles away in about 5 minutes, with possible future expansion to 220 miles, according to ONR.

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The War on Women Never Ends!

28th February 2012

Jonah blinked and the gender wars got nasty.

As I dig out from my trip, I’m combing through piles of fundraising emails from the DNC. It is amazing how the absence of a woman on a single panel has been turned into the preface of the Handmaid’s Tale for these people.

Well, yeah.

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Kickstarter Likely to Provide More Funding Than the National Endowment For The Arts In 2012

28th February 2012

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‘Oh, we can’t possibly leave funding of the arts up to the private sector. The government has to provide the money, otherwise the arts will languish and all of us artsy people will have to get real jobs.’

An interesting point made by Carl Franzen, looking at the continued growth of Kickstarter raising funds for content creators, is that the site is expected to surpass the amount of funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts this year. They’re expecting to break $150 million (this past year it was closer to $80 million), while the NEA has $146 million to give out. Obviously, there are all sorts of differences between the two, but as a milestone, it seems interesting and noteworthy.

No shit.

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Nigeria: Boko Haram Targets Police Station, Bank

28th February 2012

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Boko Haram consistently targets people, practices, and institutions that would stand in the way of their imposition of Sharia. In doing so, they are destroying the physical and social infrastructure of the land they would then rule in pious squalor. Jihad causes poverty.

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

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Gunmen Kill 18 in Bus Ambush in Northern Pakistan

28th February 2012

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Gunmen opened fire on a passenger bus in the northern Pakistani district of Kohistan in an apparent sectarian attack on Tuesday, killing 18 people, police officials said.

When there aren’t any Jews or Americans handy, Muslims will quite cheerfully murder each other.

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

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The Perversion of Rights

28th February 2012

Mark Steyn looks at the state of the world and the utterances of Danica Patrick, who as a political philosopher makes a pretty good race car driver.

For some reason, Michelle Fields of the Daily Caller sought the views of the NASCAR driver and Sports Illustrated swimwear model about “the Obama administration’s dictate that religious employers provide health-care plans that cover contraceptives.” Miss Patrick, a practicing Catholic, gave the perfect citizen’s response for the Age of Obama:

“I leave it up to the government to make good decisions for Americans.”

I am not making this up.

When it comes to human rights, I go back to 1215 and Magna Carta — or, to give it its full name, Magna CartaLibertatum. My italics: I don’t think they had them back in 1215. But they understood that “libertatum” is the word that matters. Back then, “human rights” were rights of humans, of individuals — and restraints upon the king: They’re the rights that matter: limitations upon kingly power. Eight centuries later, we have entirely inverted the principle: “Rights” are now gifts that a benign king graciously showers upon his subjects — the right to “free” health care, to affordable housing, the “right of access to a free placement service” (to quote the European Constitution’s “rights” for workers). The Democratic National Committee understands the new school of rights very well: In its recent video, Obama’s bureaucratic edict is upgraded into the “right to contraception coverage at no additional cost.” And, up against a “human right” as basic as that, how can such peripheral rights as freedom of conscience possibly compete?

If I have a right to a thing or service, someone else has a duty to provide me with that thing or service — and allocating that burden is, in the modern world, the chief tool used by the Ruling Class to help their friends and hurt their enemies, while making a wonderful lever to increase their own power.

The transformation of “human rights” from restraints upon state power into a pretext for state power is nicely encapsulated in the language of Article 14 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, which states that everyone has the right “to receive free compulsory education.” Got that? You have the human right to be forced to do something by the government.

And that tells you everything you need to know about the European Union. Don’t go there.

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UN: Drug Gangs Controlling Parts of British Cities

28th February 2012

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

  1. Thank God you don’t live in Britain.
  2. Without eternal vigilance, it could happen here. Oh, wait, it already is.

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Giant Penguins ‘May Have Roamed New Zealand’

28th February 2012

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And why not?

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Guantanamo Detainees Get New $750G Soccer Field

28th February 2012

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I’d be willing to bet you that it’s better than anything the military personnel attached to the base have.

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How to Synthesize Sudafed From Crystal Meth

28th February 2012

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We have the technology.

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Unionized Workers Organize Against National Labor Relations Board

28th February 2012

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In a twist on typical union activity, employees of the National Labor Relations Board are accusing their bosses of treating them unfairly. NLRB Chairman Mark Pearce and Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon are facing resistance as they attempt to limit the amount of on-the-job time unionized employees can spend on union business, and on attending seminars and other meetings.

The biter bit. God forbid that they should actually do the work they’re getting paid for rather than union business.

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Health Department Raids Community Picnic and Destroys All Food With Bleach

28th February 2012

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As guests were mingling, finishing tours of the farm, and while the first course of the meal was being prepared and ready to be sent out, a Southern Nevada Health District employee came for an inspection.

Because this was a gathering of people invited to our farm for dinner, I had no idea that the Health Department would become involved. I received a phone call from them two days before the event informing me that because this was a “public event” (I would like to know what is the definition of “public” and “private”) we would be required to apply for a “special use permit.” If we did not do so immediately, we would be charged a ridiculous fine. Stunned, we immediately complied.

We were in the middle of our harvest day for our CSA shares, a very busy time for us, but Monte immediately left to comply with the demand and filled out the required paper work and paid for the fee. (Did I mention that we live in Overton, nowhere near a Health Department office?) Paper work now in order, he was informed that we would not actually be given the permit until an inspector came to check it all out. She came literally while our guests were arriving! In order to overcome any trouble with the Health Department of cooking on the premises, most of the food was prepared in a certified kitchen in Las Vegas; and to further remove any doubt, we rented a certified kitchen trailer to be here on the farm for the preparation of the meals.

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Occupy Protesters Assault Police Officers in Sacramento

28th February 2012

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

Hey, they never promised to be peaceful. When you’re breaking the law, where do you draw the line?

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Arab Americans, Muslim Americans Dig Ron Paul!

28th February 2012

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No surprises here. Ron Paul appears completely ignorant of the existential threat to Western civilization posed by Islam. (Unfortunately, most politically active libertarians share the same blind spot.)

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UK: Mother Could Face Jail Because Her Children Talked to Each Other on Facebook

27th February 2012

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

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How Diversity and the Loss of Free Association Sucks for the Proletariat

27th February 2012

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Not that the world-savers care. They’ve got a notion in their heads and there’s no intruding reality into it.

It has been said that the worst part of being poor in the US is having to live next to other poor people.  A huge part of this is that people outside the upper middle class and upper classes aren’t allowed to maintain control over their own neighborhoods.  Hell, under high diversity, they can’t even maintain soft power by controlling normative behavior.   And if this isn’t bad enough, the SWPL/DWL crowd even supports stuffing Section 8 residents into whatever lower income neighborhoods are too functional for their tastes.

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Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others

27th February 2012

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As David Jones arrived at the security gates at Gatwick airport, he was looking forward to getting through swiftly so he could enjoy lunch with his daughters before their flight.

Placing his belongings, including a scarf, into a tray to pass through the X-ray scanner he spotted a Muslim woman in hijab pass through the area without showing her face.

In a light-hearted aside to a security official who had been assisting him, he said: “If I was wearing this scarf over my face, I wonder what would happen.”

The quip proved to be a mistake. After passing through the gates, he was confronted by staff and accused of racism.

As his daughters, who had passed through security, waited in the departure lounge wondering where he was, he was subjected to a one hour stand-off as officials tried to force him to apologise.

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A Letter to the Obama Campaign

27th February 2012

Fisking the minions of the Obamassiah, the Koch brothers turn over a rock and watch the Democrats squirm.

Because every American has the right to take part in the public discourse on matters that affect the future of our country, I feel compelled to respond directly about a fundraising letter you sent out on February 24 denouncing Koch. It is both surprising and disappointing that the President would allow his re-election team to send such an irresponsible and misleading letter to his supporters.

For example, it is false that our “business model is to make millions by jacking up prices at the pump.” Our business vision begins and ends with value creation — real, long-term value for customers and for society. We own no gasoline stations and the part of our business you allude to, oil and gas refining, actually lowers the price of gasoline by increasing supply. Either you simply misunderstand the way commodities markets work or you are misleading your supporters and the rest of the American people.

I’d call it deliberate bald-faced lies, myself, but one can’t rule out mind-numbing stupidity. Neither is in short supply in the Democratic Party.

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The Truth About Ski Masks

27th February 2012

An Informative Chart.

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Light-Based ‘Metatronics’ Chip Melts Minds, Not Copper

27th February 2012

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Unlike conventional silicon, the new chip uses light — not electricity — to perform its logic. By creating an array of nano-rods, light-flow can be treated like voltage and current. These rods can then be configured to emulate electrical components such as resistors, inductors and capacitors.

We have the technology — or soon will.

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Wyoming House Advances Doomsday Bill

27th February 2012

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Wyoming issuing its own alternative currency, if needed. And House members approved an amendment Friday by state Rep. Kermit Brown, R-Laramie, to have the task force also examine conditions under which Wyoming would need to implement its own military draft, raise a standing army, and acquire strike aircraft and an aircraft carrier.

I must confess that the thought of Wyoming with an aircraft carrier is totally charming. They’d have to park it over in Oregon, but still.

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A Few Tips on When NOT to Call 911….

27th February 2012

Lileks.

In the old days, kids would roam from dawn to dusk, and Mom would pack them a lunch and a .45 and say “Be back by August.” Now we overreact.

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The Bell Curve Made Visible

27th February 2012

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New York City has eight specialized high schools whose admission is based entirely on the results of an entrance exam, a meritocratic system that does not consider race or ethnicity. The top score on the exam is 800. In recent years, the cutoff for Stuyvesant has been around 560; Rudi scored 594.

Earning a spot at Stuyvesant is unquestionably a badge of honor, sort of a secret knock to an exclusive club. As high school admissions decisions are revealed across the city in the coming week, many people are concerned that it is a club that black students — and, to a similar extent, Latinos — have an increasingly hard time cracking.

Entrance based on merit? How did that happen in New York City? This is the New York Times, after all; the real miracle is that it is being written about at all.

No one claims that the disparity is caused by overt discrimination. But in a school that is devised to attract the best of the best, parents and educators alike find the demographics troubling. It has become a question of perception as to who belongs.

They don’t quite say ‘women and minorities hardest hit’, but you know they’re thinking it.

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What Happens to the Coke in Coca-Cola?

27th February 2012

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Dick Cheney, funded by George W. Bush, parachutes into your house and rips it out of your hand, pummeling you with the bottle before calling in the Men in Black. (I heard it from a Ron Paul supporter, so you know it has to be true.)

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The Decline and Fall of Parental Authority

27th February 2012

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American parents now face social circumstances that undermine the foundations of parental authority, leading them to challenge the context of childrearing.

No wonder nobody is having kids in the First World these days. Who wants all that hassle?

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The Grocery Store of the Future

27th February 2012

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As of earlier this month, commuters waiting for the next train on Philadelphia’s platforms have been able to shop for groceries by opening the Peapod app and scanning barcodes on a sign.

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Hamas Honcho Under Fire From Salafists for Shaking Hands With Shi’ite

27th February 2012

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“The Salafi Call” asks: “What is the difference between Jews, Hezbollah and Iran when they are all gathered in going against God’s word and wish to break down Islam?” That remark only underscores the fact that the greatest insults in the Arab world have involved placing one’s opponent (including Gadhafi and Mubarak) in league with the Jews, and depends on Islamic antisemitism and the Qur’an’s pronouncement of the Jewish people as “strongest in enmity” to Muslims (5:82).

One of the most telling giveaways exposing the ‘Islam is a religion of peace’ myth is how Muslims cheerfully manufacture internal enemies when there aren’t any Jews or Americans around to murder.

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Miracle of the Algae

27th February 2012

Scott Johnson points and laughs.

I’m pretty sure that the algae angle would have earned a Republican president hoots of derision and charges of detachment from the real America in the spirit of the mythical story of George Bush’s wonderment at supermarket scanners. The story of Bush’s wonderment, it cannot be stated too often, was fabricated by the New York Times. By contrast, Obama’s support for the transubstantiation of pond scum is in the text of his big energy speech. (The Times mentioned it in the third-to-the last paragraph of Mark Landler’s story.)

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UK: Cancer Patient Died Alone After Hospital Sent Him to Hotel

27th February 2012

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University College London Hospital sent Ian Curtis, 39, to the four star Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel after he began a second round of intensive chemotherapy. He was just two days into the treatment when he died, a coroner’s inquest heard.

The hotel was just 200 yards from the hospital, which said it rents rooms for patients as a measure for “using NHS resources efficiently when patients do not need to be in hospital”.

The inquest heard that it was “cheaper” to send patients to the hotel than to use hospital beds, but the hospital denied it was trying to save money.

The inquest heard that the hospital stopped installing panic alarms in rooms at the hotel because patients did not use them and said that patients could use telephones in the room if they needed care.

Mr Curtis, however, was overwhelmed by a sudden “catastrophic infection” that prevented him from calling for help.

Gotta love that government-provided health care.

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An Unequal and Opposite Reaction

27th February 2012

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As mentioned here a few days ago, a new “grooming and pimping” trial is currently underway at Liverpool Crown Court.

This is one of the largest cases of its kind ever to come to trial. The total number of defendants in the case is said to be 47, eleven of whom are currently on trial. The behavior of the alleged perpetrators was so heinous and brutal, and the victims of rape and trafficking so young, that the trial looks to be a national sensation in Britain over the next few weeks or months.

What may transform the case from a sensation into the cause of mass unrest is the fact that the perpetrators were all Muslims of Pakistani descent, and their victims were all white girls, some of them as young as thirteen.

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

 

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Cops: Dad Hit Son for Not Watching Obama

27th February 2012

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A North Stamford father trying to make his 11-year-old son listen to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech last month was arrested on a warrant Wednesday, accused of striking his son with a coffee mug when the boy would not pay attention.

Who would dare touch his child in such a fashion? Must be a Republican … or worse.

Mohamed Shohan, 49, of 55 Mather Road, Stamford, was charged with third-degree assault, disorderly conduct and risk of injury to a minor. He was released after posting $5,000 bond for arraignment at state Superior Court in Stamford.

Oh, wait…. Well, I guess we know who the Muslim candidate for the next Presidential election is.

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

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Taliban’s Response to Obama’s Apology: ‘Kill Them, Beat Them, Take Them as Prisoners’

27th February 2012

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

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What Would One Big Nuke Do to Israel?

27th February 2012

Read it. And examine the map very closely.

Iran has called Israel a “one bomb state,” meaning one nuclear bomb could effectively end the existence of the tiny, New Jersey-sized nation. Israel has a population of 7.8 million people. Some 42 percent of the population live in the Tel Aviv metro area.

And this is why it will come as no surprise if Israel does a pre-emptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

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Ex-Policeman Robs Bank Because He Wanted to Go to Prison For the Health Care

27th February 2012

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If Absolutely No One’s Happy, Then the System Must Be Working

26th February 2012

Lileks.

Face it: As long as you’re going to live around other members of your fellow species, you’ll be annoyed. You’re annoyed with me already for not getting to the point. I’m annoyed with your lack of patience.

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Minimum Wage Causes Unemployment

26th February 2012

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GOP TX Senate Frontrunner Raises Cash From Obama Friends

26th February 2012

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Chalk another one up to “bipartisanship.” David Dewhurst, the lieutenant governor of Texas, spent time in November hanging out with his left-wing friends in Washington D.C. to raise a little scratch for his run for the Senate. One of those friends was Tony Podesta, a major fundraiser for the Democratic Party, who held a fundraiser at his townhouse for Dewhurst.

People like David Dewhurst are the main factor in making Republicans the second-banana party.

He was doing what he always does: reaching across the aisle. He’s not a Washington insider yet, and he’s already a Washington insider. No wonder the Texas press has so often labeled him “bipartisan.”

‘Reaching across the aisle’ means ‘holding out your hand for a payoff’. ‘Bipartisan’ means ‘willing to sell out your side for a big enough payoff’.

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THE ECONOMIST Notices That the US Is Getting Buried Under Costly, Useless Over-Regulation

26th February 2012

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The US is often talked about as a major supporter of the “free market,” but as we’ve seen over and over again what we have is really crony capitalism, with lots of efforts being made to protect certain industries through regulation. This hasn’t gone unnoticed. The Economist has an article more or less mocking the US for pretending to be all about small government free markets, while really being buried in pointless, confusing and unnecessary regulations:

    But red tape in America is no laughing matter. The problem is not the rules that are self-evidently absurd. It is the ones that sound reasonable on their own but impose a huge burden collectively. America is meant to be the home of laissez-faire. Unlike Europeans, whose lives have long been circumscribed by meddling governments and diktats from Brussels, Americans are supposed to be free to choose, for better or for worse. Yet for some time America has been straying from this ideal.

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

To legislators, creating legislation is the only hammer in their toolbox, so they see every issue as a nail, even when that’s rarely the case. And that hubris of being able to create perfect legislation to account for every eventuality is the opening for the lobbyists. Politicians who want to think through every possibility ask the lobbyists to help — and the lobbyists then have every opportunity to tilt the playing field to their clients, and against the public interest. And that’s exactly what happens all too often.

I’m shocked, I tell you, shocked.

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