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Archive for August, 2012

Women’s Groups Upset Dem Convention Banning Kids From Floor

27th August 2012

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The Democratic National Committee is taking flak from women’s groups for the lack of child care that is being provided at the convention.

The Charlotte Observer reports that children will not be allowed access on the floor of the Democratic National Convention and that daycare will not be provided for delegates who bring their kids.

How dare they have kids! What are they, Mormons?

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WaPo Sees Vast White-wing Conspiracy in Tea Party Groups Exercising Legal Right to Poll-watch

27th August 2012

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If you’re a conservative poll watcher on Election Day, you’re probably a racist!

As Jamila Gatlin waited in line at a northside Milwaukee elementary school to cast her ballot June 5 in the proposed recall of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, she noticed three people in the back of the room. They were watching, taking notes. Officially called ‘election observers,’ they were white. Gatlin, and almost everyone else in line, was black. That’s pretty harassing right there, if you ask me, Gatlin said in the hall outside the gym.

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Welcome to Freshman Disorientation

27th August 2012

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Four years ago at the beginning of Harvard’s school term, I was going over an assignment with a freshman when she confessed that she was feeling guilty—because she was working for the Obama campaign. I assumed she meant that her campaign work was taking too much time from her studies, but she corrected me: She was feeling guilty because she supported John McCain.

So why, I asked, was she working for his opponent? She answered: “Because I wanted so badly to get along with my roommates and with everyone else.”

I know the feeling well. But I strangled it at birth.

At Yale, where the Party of the Right has been a conservative and libertarian redoubt since the 1950s, feisty undergraduates have founded a new group to promote “genuine intellectual diversity” in the face of excessive ideological uniformity. Named for one of Yale’s most famous mavericks, the William F. Buckley Jr. Program takes its motto from the mission statement of Buckley’s magazine, National Review, standing against “the conformity of the intellectual cliques,” and supporting “excellence (rather than ‘newness’)” and “honest intellectual combat.”

We are the champions.

Nowadays, the pressure for conformism comes more from the faculty, which tips Democratic like the Titanic in its final throes. Programs that once upheld the value if not the practice of intellectual diversity tend to function more like unions, trying to keep their membership in line. Some professors make a habit of insulting Republican candidates and conservative ideas with the smirking assurance of talk-show hosts, unaware that their laugh lines reap from some students the contempt that they sow.

The increased political conformism at universities may be traced in part to the redefinition of diversity that accompanied the introduction of group preferences, aka “affirmative action.” Schools instituting this policy never acknowledged that it conflicted with competing commitments to equal consideration “irrespective of race, religion, or gender,” or that at least half the country questioned its wisdom.

And if a Harvard Professor says it, are we not obliged to believe it?

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The Invention of Islamophobia

27th August 2012

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At the end of the 1970s, Iranian fundamentalists invented the term “Islamophobia” formed in analogy to “xenophobia”. The aim of this word was to declare Islam inviolate. Whoever crosses this border is deemed a racist. This term, which is worthy of totalitarian propaganda, is deliberately unspecific about whether it refers to a religion, a belief system or its faithful adherents around the world.

But confession has no more in common with race than it has with secular ideology. Muslims, like Christians, come from the Arab world, Africa, Asia and Europe, just as Marxists, liberals and anarchists come or came from all over. In a democracy, no one is obliged to like religion, and until proved otherwise, they have the right to regard it as retrograde and deceptive. Whether you find it legitimate or absurd that some people regard Islam with suspicion – as they once did Catholicism – and reject its aggressive proselytism and claim to total truth – this has nothing to do with racism.

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Taliban Behead 17 Caught Dancing to Music at Party

27th August 2012

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Like Baptists, but more serious.

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

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The Dictator’s Practical Internet Guide to Power Retention

27th August 2012

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At last — the Obama playbook has been leaked.

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Graffiti on Trees, High-Speed Rail to Nowhere — the Wages of Liberalism

27th August 2012

Victor Davis Hanson reflects on the degeneration of the Golden State.

Destroying public property, assaulting other campers, closing down recreation sites are one thing — but graffiti on trees? That’s an insult that no liberal can stomach. In the grand struggle of environmental correctness versus multiculturalism, green wins every time. (Why do a few liberals oppose illegal immigration? Because of worries about environmental damage along the border.)

If one third of the nation’s welfare population resides in California, and if seven million of the last ten million Californians added to the state population are now on Medicaid, and if Californians, as it is estimated, send approximately $10 billion a year in remittances to Mexico and Latin America, then something has to give. And the remedy for that something that gives is either teaching youth not to spray paint pine trees, or hiring unemployed ex-gang-bangers to pressure wash the graffiti off pine trees — or moving to a kinder, gentler Santa Cruz or Newport, feeling good on the beach, watching the sunset each evening, and cursing those evil conservatives who want to poison the 3-inch delta smelt and keep foie gras legal in California.

When society cannot fathom that 16 youths were shot and another six killed last weekend in Chicago, it seeks symbolic relief. As I followed stories of the mayhem in the inner city of Chicago, I noted periodic news about the case of Trayvon Martin and the national outrage at George Zimmerman, who in a world of liberal jurisprudence has nonetheless mostly been tried and convicted in the court of public opinion. But because the Congressional Black Caucus cannot fathom what to do about the epidemic of black-on-black murder and even Rahm Emanuel was not successful after calling in Louis Farrakhan to keep the peace  (and neither wishes to make even a rough connection between the violence and Great Society paternalism, the destruction of the black family, and a generation of youths raised without fathers on state assistance), they must seek a token — or rather, in anthropological terms, a scapegoat, some symbolic target to beat when crops fail and pestilence arrives. What is the alternative — lectures about flash-mobbing and sermons about the waste of buying $300 Lebron James signature sneakers?

I’m sure it was all Mitt Romney’s fault, at the bidding of George W. Bush.

But tokenism is not the only reaction when postmodern liberal dreaming ends up in concrete premodern catastrophe. Escapism is a related response. I don’t think Dream Act supporters in Santa Monica or Atherton wish to live in, or visit much, Parlier or Orange Cove. When CSU presidents retire from Central Valley campuses, they usually frown and head to Palm Springs or Monterey. Doctrinaire liberalism is predicated on the notion of escapism, that one has the means and know-how to ensure that children do not go to the schools whose curriculum and policies follow your own utopian thinking. Or that you make sure your “wind and solar and millions of green jobs” windmills are obstructing someone else’s view. Or that the first high-speed rail link connects Fresno with Charles Manson’s prison in Corcoran rather than cutting a wide swath through Bay Area suburbs.

Medieval exemption is yet another response to liberalism. As I wrote in 2008, I watched with curiosity as tony Palo Alto neighborhoods sprouted bigger Obama campaign signs on their lawns, even though the owners were by definition one-percenter segregationists (East Palo Alto and Redwood City are a mile — and a solar system — away). The mansions of an Al Gore, John Kerry, and John Edwards are expiated by their owners’ always louder liberal outrage. No one really wishes to live in a world governed by the laws of contemporary liberalism. So the architects escape it and justify their flight by finding a suitable token, a convenient scapegoat, a secular priest like Obama to offer them penance for their sins of enjoying elite privilege.

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Debunking the Hunter-Gatherer Workout

27th August 2012

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 This is a nice theory. But is it true? To find out, my colleagues and I recently measured daily energy expenditure among the Hadza people of Tanzania, one of the few remaining populations of traditional hunter-gatherers. Would the Hadza, whose basic way of life is so similar to that of our distant ancestors, expend more energy than we do?

Our findings, published last month in the journal PLoS ONE, indicate that they don’t, suggesting that inactivity is not the source of modern obesity.

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Roquefort Under Threat From the Return of the Wolf

26th August 2012

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 The production of France’s Roquefort cheese is being threatened by the return of the wolf to the country’s southern mountains.

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The Myths of Avalon

26th August 2012

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Charlie Stross is Doing Stuff (getting more books out, I hope, since he is one of my Recommended Writers over there on the right – buy and read his books; you’ll be glad you did) and so is having some guests in on his blog. This is one of them:

Let me say it again, louder. THERE IS NO EVIDENCE FOR THIS. The bulk of our extant sources – law codes and chronicles, saints’ lives and charters, prose tales and poems – paint a picture that is almost the exact opposite. Women in early mediaeval Wales and Ireland were far from equal. They remained, lifelong, legal minors, subject to the control of their father, husband or son. Their lives were worth less than those of men. They could not own land, nor could they own much property, and, with a few minor exception (all small personal items, clothing mainly) they could not dispose of their property without the permission and sanction of the man who controlled them. They could not bear witness in court, even to acts of violence against them, because, legally, they were not fully people, their words weren’t valid in law. They could not inherit land (save in very, very unusual circumstances) nor could they inherit offices. They could not choose their own husbands, and, while they could divorce their husbands in some circumstances, their children would remain with the father (whose property they were) and a divorced woman would probably have to return to her birth kin. Once there, she was likely to end up as a servant, unless her father was very powerful and could find a man willing to marry a non-virgin. Women whose kin cast them off had nowhere to go, no options beyond service or prostitution. And, if they left the lands of their husband, father, son or overlord, they could be enslaved without sanction. (This latter could befall men, too: outside your homeland, your legal status became much lower.) Women did not rule, did not become warriors, did not make laws or participate in public society. They were, by and large, property. Irish law codes make this explicit: the two units of currency recognised under them are cattle and slave girls. Women were commodities, not full legal people.

Very refreshing. Even more refreshing would be one of these fine folks casting the cold light of reality on the New Age socialist claptrap that Charlie pushes whenever he gets off of the Writing Reservation. But I suppose that would be too much to expect. Pity.

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UK: Scouts Too Embarrassed to Parade on St George’s Day

26th August 2012

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Scouts have abandoned a near 80-year-old tradition of marching on St George’s day because they are too embarrassed to parade through a town.

Poor Baden-Powell.

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Charlie Crist Endorses Obama

26th August 2012

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

Although the dimwitted refuse to acknowledge it, merely calling yourself a Republican doesn’t make you a Republican, any more than calling watch a Rolex makes it a Rolex.

Certain people run for election as ‘Republicans’ because the competition for pro-government pro-welfare pro-degeneracy candidates is less in the Republican party than it is in the Democrat party, and there are a lot of apparatchiks in the Republican party who regard it as some sort of sports contest in which winning is everything so they’re willing to play along. Nanny Bloomberg in New York is one such (Hey, it worked for John Lindsay, didn’t it?), and Charlie ‘The Tuna’ Crist in Florida is another.

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Grizzly Bear Kills and Eats Man After Attack in Park

26th August 2012

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A man who was photographing a grizzly bear in Alaska’s Denali National Park was mauled and killed by the animal in the first fatal attack in the park’s history.

Think of it as evolution in action. Perhaps we could get some animal-rights activists up there to ‘talk the bear down’.

 Investigators have recovered the camera and looked at the photographs, which show the bear grazing and not acting aggressively before the Friday attack, Denali Park Superintendent Paul Anderson said.

A Muslim bear? Not impossible, I guess.

 Rangers in a helicopter spotted a large male grizzly bear sitting on the hiker’s remains, which they called a “food cache” in the underbrush about 100 to 150 yards (meters) from the site of the attack on Friday.

Waste not, want not.

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British-Born Doctor Was Senior Member of Heavily-Armed Militant Gang That Held Two Photographers Captive at a Camp in War-Torn Syria

26th August 2012

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An NHS doctor on leave from a London hospital was part of a heavily-armed extremist gang who took a British journalist hostage in war-torn Syria.

The Kalashnikov-toting doctor – believed to be around 28 – told photographer John Cantlie he had taken a sabbatical from his medical work to come to Syria and fight a ‘holy war’.

The bearded medic, who spoke with a south London accent and said he had a wife and a child back in the UK, told the captive photographer he intended to return to an NHS job in Britain after his time in Syria.

A pointed reminder that a Muslim’s first loyalty is to the Ummah, not to whatever part of the Dar al-Harb in which they might currently be living. There are no British Muslims, merely Muslims living in Britain.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

26th August 2012

Blinded by the Light

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Cows Genetically Modified to Improve Flavour

26th August 2012

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Now scientists in China have joined the search, by creating genetically modified cattle which they say are designed to produce tastier beef.

I can hear the enviro-nazis and animal-rights freaks scream already.

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‘They’ll Just Lie’

26th August 2012

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Last week I spoke with a journalist who covers health care who was marveling at the trouble the Democrats had allowed themselves to get into on Medicare — thanks to Obamacare on the one hand and the Romney-Ryan plan on the other, it’s suddenly Democrats who would cut the program for current seniors but would fail to save it from collapse and Republicans who would leave current seniors protected and stand a real chance of saving Medicare (and the federal budget) in the long run. In their attempt to run away from this new reality, the Democrats have found themselves pushed into a series of increasingly implausible and unserious defenses and seemed to be losing ground on Medicare, which they had hoped might be their strongest issue this year. “So what will they do?” I asked him. He didn’t hesitate: “They’ll just lie.” He thought they would revert to the same story they have told for years — Republicans will increase seniors’ costs and destroy Medicare and Democrats won’t — and assume that people will just believe it.

That certainly made sense, and we now know he was right. On Saturday, the Obama campaign released this ad attacking the Romney Medicare proposal. The ad doesn’t walk some sort of narrow line between misleading and deceiving, it’s just simply a pack of lies from top to bottom.

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2016, the Movie

25th August 2012

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But do we really need Barack Obama Sr. to account for his son’s hostility toward America and its traditional beliefs and values? I don’t think so. Obama came of age, over a period of decades, in an environment that can charitably be described as hard-left. His father and mother were both socialists or worse. His maternal grandfather selected a mentor for young Barry who was a long-time member of the Communist Party USA. The socialist New Party listed him as a member. His friend, colleague and fundraiser Bill Ayers is a terrorist who says he wishes he had set off more bombs. His college professor Edward Said was the leading intellectual voice of those who want Israel destroyed. His law school mentor Roberto Unger was too far left for Brazil’s socialist party, and was sent back to Harvard, where he declined all interviews lest he endanger Obama’s electoral prospects. The minister who converted him to Christianity was Jeremiah “Gad damn America” Wright. You can go on and on.

Obama would be a communist if he wanted to put in the work.

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Facebook’s New Office Extension Designed by Frank Gehry

25th August 2012

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Time to dump your Facebook stock NOW.

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Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: Obama’s ‘Republican’ Woman a Registered Democrat

25th August 2012

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One of Barack Obama’s recent ads for his re-election campaign purports to feature Republican women who have turned away from the GOP to support Obama/Biden. But, as it turns out, one of the women in the ad is not so “Republican.”

Maria Ciano has been a registered Democrat for the last six years — several years longer than Obama has been president — according to her voting records.

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Of Thee I Sigh: Baby Boomers Bust

25th August 2012

P. J. O’Rourke blows the whistle.

The United States has set itself on a course of willful self-diminishment. Seventy-four years ago the perfect American was Superman, who happened to have been, like many of our forefathers, an undocumented alien. If Superman arrived today—assuming he could get past the INS and Homeland Security—he would be faster than the postal service, more powerful than a New York Times blogger, and able to ascend tall buildings in a single elevator.

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RIP Neil Armstrong

25th August 2012

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If you don’t know who Neil Armstrong is, go away, I don’t want you reading this blog.

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China v. India in SWPL Appeal

25th August 2012

Steve Sailer lays it out.

In general, India seems to win hands down in a contest of stereotypical images in the heads of SWPLs.

The upper middle class spends much time and money stage-managing their children’s lives to get them into the right institutions with the right sort of people for them to find the right sort of spouse, but then the ungrateful little scions fail to pull the trigger. So, why not take the next step and instead of just hiring tutors and consultants to get them into nice colleges and nice law schools, go all the way and hire matchmaking consultants to get them a nice husband or wife?

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University of Virginia Declines Obama Visit

25th August 2012

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Aside from canceling nearly 200 classes, the local news report below notes that UVA would also have been required to pay all security costs associated with the visit.

Looks like people are wising up to how expensive the Obama Presidency can be.

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Why the Internet Hates My Name (It’s the Accent Marks)

25th August 2012

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The Internet doesn’t like me — or, at least, it doesn’t care much for my name. My first name consists of two words and I have accent marks in both my first and last names, which seems to complicate my online life considerably. When trying to purchase an airline ticket or sign up for an email newsletter, I’m never completely certain whether it will go through, or how my name will come out of the transaction, but I’m usually pretty sure it won’t be right.

Tell me about it. At least it guarantees that I’ll never run for political office. Damn you, white males! Oh, wait….

“I think software is slowly conforming to us. It’s just inconceivable that English will be the sole winner of the Internet,” Miller said, noting that bigger tech companies such as Apple, Microsoft, and Google are keenly focused on internationalization. As these companies incorporate more diverse programming, others will follow, and eventually because the Internet is so global, older systems will be replaced, too.

Uh, the winner will probably be Chinese, in which case accent marks are the least of our problems. C’mon, guys, think it through.

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Jihad Murderer Released in Gilad Shalit Exchange Recounts “Palestinian” Muslims’ Joy at Murders of Israeli Civilians

25th August 2012

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

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How Farmers Markets Dodged a Regulatory Bullet in Pennsylvania

25th August 2012

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Consumer interest in farmers markets has similarly exploded across Pennsylvania. According to USDA data, there are more than 250 farmers markets in the state—about two-dozen of which are located in Philadelphia.

In spite of these great numbers, Pennsylvanians should be grateful to have access to any farmers markets at all this year. That’s because the direct-to-consumer bounty farmers provide might have all but disappeared. And though drought concerns persist in some parts of Pennsylvania, the specter of a summer with fewer farmers selling less produce at markets in the state was due not to Mother Nature but—instead—to state legislators and regulators.

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Muslim Eid Riots in Denmark: Shootings, Stoning the Police, 60 Club-Wielding Muslims Attack Hospital

25th August 2012

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At the traditional Eid celebrations in the Muslim ghetto of Vollsmose in Denmark’s third biggest city, Odense, a car arrives with two Muslims from a unwelcome gang. One of the two is shot and later stabbed, the other escapes. As the victim receives treatment at Odense University Hospital, 60-70 aggressive and violent Muslims arrive at the hospital, bringing weapons such as clubs, knives and even guns, wanting to kill him. The police are quick to respond, but are not able to make any arrests. They draw their guns in order to make the Muslims leave the hospital. On their way out, the angry mob smashes several windows in an ambulance and a police car. Later during the day, the police manage to arrest 6 of them, and now their many friends are threatening to cause even bigger riots if they are not released.

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

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Relatives of Victims Call for Tougher Gun Laws After Police Shoot-Out in New York

25th August 2012

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Unexplained, of course, is how ‘tougher gun laws’ (in New York City, which has the toughest anti-gun laws — and one of the highest gun murder rates — in the country) would have prevented this particular tragedy.

Stupid people have this childlike faith that passing a law against something means that that thing will stop. They might reflect on the fact that criminals are people who, by definition, break laws … like anti-gun laws. You have to wonder about these people sometimes.

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Frmr Sec of State Madeleine Albright Says Her Bush Hate Lasts Forever

25th August 2012

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Of course. The alternative is to admit that you screwed up, and that’s not going to happen.

Besides, hating is what Democrats do best.

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UK: NHS Won’t Pay for Child Cancer Treatment That ‘Cuts Deaths by 25%’

25th August 2012

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Isn’t it great having the government take care of your health care? Don’t you wish we had a system like that here in America?

 John Rogers, a physicist whose four year-old daughter, Stella, is in remission after treatment costing £210,000 in Philadelphia, said some NHS doctors were discreetly advising parents to take their children to the US for treatment.

Better hurry up, John — that option might not be available any more if Obama is re-elected….

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W. Indian Parade VIPs Getting Frozen Out

25th August 2012

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To prevent VIP politicians from entering frozen zones and clashing with cops during the West Indian Day Parade, Mayor Bloomberg yesterday said the NYPD at this year’s parade will bar credentialed officials from entering frozen zones entirely.

“Any government IDs or other status symbols that you want to pull out and say, ‘Hey, I’m a big deal,’ we’re just not going to let that happen,” the mayor said. “We’ve got to let the police do their job free of distractions.”

The move comes in reaction to an incident at last year’s event, where City Councilman Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn) and Kirsten John Foy, a former aide to Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, got into a tussle with cops who didn’t realize they had been given permission by a higher-up to enter a frozen zone.

Foy is suing the city, saying he was injured in the encounter.

“The mayor’s missing the forest for the trees,” Foy told The Post. “The real issue was caused out of a lack of respect that is borne out of discriminatory policing practices. The incident last year was not caused by who was allowed into the frozen zones.”

Moral: Don’t be lacking in respect to a VIP like a former aide to a Public Advocate. They can be right down there with high school girls when it comes to being petty and vindictive.

Oh, and be careful not to step in the diversity — you just can’t get that stuff off of your shoes.

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Andrew Klavan Consults Our Elites on Why Americans Suck

25th August 2012

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And if our elites don’t know the answer, who does?

Thanks to Bob for bringing this vital matter to our attention. We must have been doing something else and didn’t notice that Americans sucked quite so badly.

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North Carolina: Muslims Who Plotted Attack on Marine Base Get Lengthy Sentences

25th August 2012

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

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Scientists Invent Oxygen Particle That if Injected, Allows You to Live Without Breathing

25th August 2012

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And who wouldn’t want to do that?

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

25th August 2012

Gidsy, Marketplace for City Explorers, Opens Up Worldwide

25 European Castles You Can Stay In

Star Trek Door Chime

Top 10 Free VPN Services

Sealander Amphibious Camper

The Fanless Spinning Heatsink: More Efficient and Immune to Dust

Cooking with Power Tools

Keychain GPS Homing Device

All-Weather Motorcycle Helmet Heats and Cools Your Face

 

 

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I Like This One

25th August 2012

Sort of expresses an eternal truth.

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Psychology Explains Why Guys Don’t Eat Vegetables

25th August 2012

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The study showed that “men don’t believe as strongly as women that fruit and vegetable consumption is an important part of maintaining health,” said study researcher John A. Updegraff, associate professor of social and health psychology at Kent State University in Ohio. It also showed that “men feel less confident in their ability to eat healthy foods like fruits and vegetables, especially when they are at work or in front of the television,” he said.

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Taliban Attempts to Kidnap Family of Jailed CIA Informant in Pakistan

25th August 2012

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 The Taliban attempted to kidnap the brother and other relatives of the Pakistani doctor jailed for helping the CIA hunt down Usama Bin Laden, members of the family told Fox News.

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

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Red Wine, Tartaric Acid, and the Secret of Superconductivity

24th August 2012

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We have the technology. (hic)

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Widespread Vaccine Exemptions Are Messing With Herd Immunity

24th August 2012

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But, despite the amazing benefits, immunization rates have been falling, driven by a fear that vaccines cause health problems such as autism. The autism risk has been both thoroughly debunked and the paper that originally suggested it turned out to be the product of an unethical, financially motivated individual. Despite this debunking, surveys show that a quarter of US parents think that vaccines can trigger autism, and rates of vaccination have continued to fall in many states. A new study looks at incoming kindergartners in California, and finds that the lack of vaccination is threatening herd immunity in some schools, and that some measures of risk have doubled in just three years.

 

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Mass. Losing Millions to Welfare Fraud

24th August 2012

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

What’s more difficult to track is cash. 85 percent of the money in the state’s EBT program is taken out at ATMs.

It’s free! Just swipe your EBT!

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The Dark Side of Light: Negative Frequency Photons

24th August 2012

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A team of researchers has shown that, in some sense, negative frequencies can be observed through the generation of radiation with a positive frequency. To explore this idea, they looked at very intense light fields moving through certain types of glass and glass fibers. When the light field is very intense—as is the case when a very short, intense burst of light is created—this can lead to some very cool effects. In particular, when the light is passing through a material, the light field pushes the electrons around so hard that the electrons start to push back.

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US Election: Tories Turned Off by ‘Extreme’ Republican Party

24th August 2012

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… which doesn’t hold a candle to how much Republicans are turned off by the sniveling toady-to-the-left positions espoused by the current so-called ‘Conservative’ Party in Britain.

Brooks Newmark, a government Whip and MP for Braintree in Essex who was born in the US and campaigned for George Bush Snr as a student, said that Barack Obama remained much more popular with Tory MPs than Mitt Romney and his fiscally conservative running-mate Paul Ryan.

Really, I’m surprised that they dare use the name.

“More importantly the whole Tea Party movement doesn’t sit comfortably with most conservatives in the UK. And the whole Bible-Belt thing; looking to God the whole time; the extreme anti-abortion approach; it just doesn’t sit well with the Conservative Party at all.”

Dude, we left for a reason. Think about it.

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Jay Nordlinger, Waiting for O

24th August 2012

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Let me tell you something about Wednesday evening: I couldn’t get home, because President Obama needed to pass.

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19 Shootings Overnight in Obama’s Home Town of Chicago

24th August 2012

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But they weren’t white people, so nobody cares, not even Barack the Magic Negro.

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The NFL’s Technology Cornucopia

24th August 2012

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I have zero interest in sports but the amount of technology that is permeating the professional ranks is just amazing. I’m waiting for the Packers to christen their new playbook ‘Air-Land’.

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Reid’s Glass House

24th August 2012

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Good news for Senator Harry Reid: If he’s a little bored while waiting for Mitt Romney to release his tax returns, there are plenty of other elected officials — in his own party, to boot! — who merit the same eyebrow-raising he’s directed at the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.

Some of the “preposterously wealthy” Americans who do use such “schemes” include Senators Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.), Richard Blumenthal (D., Conn.), Frank Lautenberg (D., N.J.), and John Kerry (D., Mass.). That should be music to Reid’s ears, since his transparency crusade might be a little easier to pull off within his own party.

Well, then, we’ll just wait until Senator Reid calls on his Democratic colleagues to release their tax returns as well. Fair’s fair.

I knew I couldn’t type that with a straight face….

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MIT Grad Students Achieve Long-Sought Stable Nanocrystalline Metals

24th August 2012

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MIT researchers have designed and made alloys that form extremely tiny grains — called nanocrystals — that are only a few nanometers across. These alloys retain their nanocrystalline structure even in the face of high heat. Such materials hold great promise for high-strength structural materials, among other potential uses.

Why go to the trouble of designing such materials? Because they can have properties that other, more conventional metals and alloys do not, the researchers say. For example, the alloy of tungsten and titanium that the MIT researchers developed and tested in this study is likely exceptionally strong, and could find applications in protection from impacts, guarding industrial or military machinery or for use in vehicular or personal armor. But the researchers stress that this fundamental research could lead to a wide range of potential uses. “This is one case study, but there are potentially hundreds of alloys we could make,” Schuh says.

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Lance Armstrong, Latest Victim of the 2000-Pound Sponge

24th August 2012

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1. Note that he is to be ‘stripped of his titles’. As if that will make people forget that he actually won those races. No, it’s all about the ‘permanent record’, which is in the hands of the bureaucrats.

2. Note that he is to be ‘banned for life’. From what? From participating in the sort of competitions run by these slug. What a hardship.

Armstrong claims the USADA investigation “has not been about learning the truth or cleaning up cycling, but about punishing me at all costs”.

That seems like a true statement. (If you haven’t seem the movie, RollerBall, do so. It deals with a similar sports situation in a dystopian future that we seem to be rapidly approaching.)

 Armstrong, in a passionate defence of his career record, said USADA had no right to take away his Tour titles.

“USADA cannot assert control of a professional international sport and attempt to strip my seven Tour de France titles,” he said.

“I know who won those seven Tours, my team-mates know who won those seven Tours, and everyone I competed against knows who won those seven Tours.

So who is this USADA?

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) is a non-profit organization funded by the US Government, sports organizations, and the national anti-doping organization (NADO) for the United States.

So it’s an organization set up by people who think that ‘doping’ is bad, supported by the government but with no legal authority. Welcome to the New World Order.

USADA is not a government entity, however the agency is mostly funded ($9 million) by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), with its remaining budget generated from contracts for anti-doping services with sport organizations, most notably the United States Olympic Committee.[4] The United States has also ratified the UNESCO International Convention against Doping in Sport, the first global international treaty against doping in sport.

Putting aside the question of why the fuck the U.S. government is entering into a TREATY against ‘doping in sport’ — surely it has better things to do? — the more serious question is why the government is funding and giving apparent legitimacy to this group of international busybodies.

U.S. District Court Judge Sam Sparks noted, though, that the USADA’s “conduct raises serious questions about whether its real interest in charging Armstrong is to combat doping, or if it is acting according to less noble motives.”

No shit.

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