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Memory Implants

30th April 2013

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A maverick neuroscientist believes he has deciphered the code by which the brain forms long-term memories.

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African Bus Routes Redrawn Using Cell-Phone Data

30th April 2013

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Researchers at IBM, using movement data collected from millions of cell-phone users in Ivory Coast in West Africa, have developed a new model for optimizing an urban transportation system.

The IBM model prescribed changes in bus routes around the around Abidjan, the nation’s largest city. These changes—based on people’s movements as discerned from cell-phone records—could, in theory, slash travel times 10 percent.

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Taxpayer-Supported Terrorism

30th April 2013

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 Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s attempt to keep his state’s agencies from releasing detailed data on the use of the public-assistance system by the Tsarnaev family, whose sons, one dead and one in custody, are accused of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, appeared to be successful last week.

Ah, but Patrick, apparently feeling some heat, did agree “to release the information only to a House oversight committee where it will remain a secret.” Except it’s not a secret any more, at least in the aggregate, based on a report in the Boston Herald by Chris Cassidy which, based on when story comments first began appearing, went up during the middle of the afternoon today….

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The Benghazi Whistle-Blowers

30th April 2013

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Fox News has two related stories regarding State Department and CIA employees who reportedly have information they wish to offer about the Obama administration’s conduct in relation to the Benghazi attack. According to a lawyer for one of these whistle-blowers, the information pertains to (1) the State Department’s failure, prior to the attack, to provide proper security despite warnings that should have led to a security beef-up (2) the government’s response (or non-respone) during the attack, and (3) the Obama administration’s inaccurate and/or misleading statements about the attack after it had occurred.

Those of us who remember the media feeding-frenzy during the so-called ‘Iran-Contra scandal’ in Reagan’s second term are not surprised at all that this isn’t getting any attention from the Usual Suspects.

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Benghazi Attack Eyewitness: Help Was Available

30th April 2013

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 A special operations member who witnessed the attack on the U.S. Mission unfold in Benghazi, Libya on September 11 last year, as well as debriefed those who took part in the response, spoke with Fox News’ Adam Housley on Monday night and revealed information that directly contradicts the administration’s insistence that there was not enough time nor resources to send to Benghazi to help State Department employees, contractors, and intel operatives who were under a terrorist attack. FNC kept their source’s identity hidden, as witnesses to the Benghazi attack have reportedly been intimidated  by the administration into silence. The assault left four Americans dead, including U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens.

“I know for a fact that C110 was doing a training exercise not in the region of northern Africa but in Europe and they have the ability to react and respond,” the special ops member told FNC.

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Money Buys Happiness and You Can Never Have Too Much, New Research Says

30th April 2013

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

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Outrageous Fast Foods You Can’t Eat in America

29th April 2013

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I like the Cheeseburger Crown Crust Pizza.

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Simple Trick Turns Commercial Polymer Into World’s Toughest Fiber

29th April 2013

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Today, Nicola Pugno at the University of Trento in Italy reveals a remarkably simple trick that dramatically increases the toughness of almost any kind of fibre. Indeed, Pugno says he has used the technique to create the world’s toughest fibre.

The new idea is deceptively simple–it involves no more than tying a slip knot in the fibre, creating a loop of extra fibre that can passes through the knot as it comes under tension.

The mechanism is straightforward. When the fibre is placed in tension, the slip knot begins to tighten and the extra material passes through the knot, dissipating energy through friction.

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Why Read Old Books?

29th April 2013

Victor Davis Hanson has the answer.

Classics are more than books of virtues. Homer and Sophocles certainly remind us of the value of courage, without which Aristotle lectures us there can be no other great qualities. Instead, the Greeks and Romans might better remind this generation of the ironic truths, the paradoxes of human behavior and groupthink.

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Additive Manufacturing

29th April 2013

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Additive manufacturing—the industrial version of 3-D printing—is already used to make some niche items, such as medical implants, and to produce plastic prototypes for engineers and designers. But the decision to mass-produce a critical metal-alloy part to be used in thousands of jet engines is a significant milestone for the technology. And while 3-D printing for consumers and small entrepreneurs has received a great deal of publicity, it is in manufacturing where the technology could have its most significant commercial impact (see “The Difference Between Makers and Manufacturers,” January/February 2013).

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The R. Gauthier Logical One Brings Old Tech Into a New Century

29th April 2013

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It’s a surprisingly rare treat to see inside a very expensive and very unique timepiece. Although the video below is a render, it shows almost every important part of this wild watch including something called the chain-and-fusee, a method used for centuries to improve the accuracy of watches by ensuring constant force is applied to the balance wheel over time.

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‘Wikipedia’s Sexism’

29th April 2013

First World Problem.

There is no molehill so small that some humorless retard can’t make into a mountain. Feminists have a particular talent in this regard. (You can tell they’re feminists because they think that wearing the traditional tin-foil hats is a surrender to patriarchy.)

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‘Democracy May Have Had Its Day’

29th April 2013

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Donald Kagan, Yale’s great classicist gives his final lecture, fighting as ever for Western civilization.

I had the privilege of taking Professor Kagan’s intro Classical Civ course as an undergraduate. He was an amazing guy. (Of course, his finest hour was as Big Julie in the Timothy Dwight College production of Guys & Dolls.)

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Open Borders: The Case

29th April 2013

Steve Sailer is not impressed.

 I don’t know what kind of name Shaun Raviv is, but Vipul Naik is a polite and intelligent young graduate of Chennai Mathematical Institute in Tamil Nadu, India.

I admire his ethnocentric loyalty. His people have overpopulated their own country, with dire consequences. He strives to talk Americans into allowing his people to come to America in vast numbers to overpopulate our country.

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Credit Without Teaching

28th April 2013

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Earlier this year Capella University and the new College for America began enrolling hundreds of students in academic programs without courses, teaching professors, grades, deadlines or credit hour requirements, but with a path to genuine college credit.

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Be Careful Who You Listen To

28th April 2013

Ramit Sethi with some inconvenient truth.

Foreign people don’t give a damn about calling you fat. Go find any Spanish/Indian/Asian person and ask them if their foreign relatives have ever called them fat.

They will look at you bewildered. “Of course. Every time I visit.”

White people are speechless upon hearing this. But it happens.

When I went to visit India a few years ago, I had moved on from being a skinny Indian dude to actually gaining a little muscle. One of my uncles took one look at me and said, “You have become very fat.”

Another uncle saw me, squeezed my bicep, and said, “Aray! Been working out?”

Here’s the difference: The first uncle who called me fat…is overweight! The second uncle, who knew I’d been working out is ultra-fit.

Who do you want to listen to?

Everyone has an opinion. One of the keys to mastering my personal psychology has been choosing who to listen to — and who can be smiled at, then ignored.

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How Medicare Became a Thieves’ Bazaar

28th April 2013

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Whenever someone provides a service to A that is paid not by A but by B, then the provider is going to try to game the system, quite often with the connivance of A. This is how government works, and why it is always the target of thieves. The only way around that is a true free market, in which A pays for his own stuff. We’ve know this for centuries, and yet every generation has its quota of Really Smart Guys who think they’ve Found The Answer.

Sorry, guys — the only one who has silver bullets is the Lone Ranger, and he doesn’t exist.

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Making Mordor’s Economy Work

28th April 2013

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Hey, if it was easy, anybody could do it.

 

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Time to Scrap Affirmative Action

28th April 2013

The Economist returns to the reservation and builds a McMansion.

Although the groups covered by affirmative action tend to be poorer than their neighbours, the individuals who benefit are often not. One American federal-contracting programme favours businesses owned by “socially and economically disadvantaged” people. Such people can be 87 times richer than the average American family and still be deemed “disadvantaged” if their skin is the right colour. One beneficiary of South Africa’s programme of “Black Economic Empowerment” is worth an estimated $675m; he is also the deputy president of the ruling party. Letting members of certain groups charge more and still win public contracts is nice for the few who own construction firms; less so for the many who rely on public services. The same goes for civil-service quotas. When jobs are dished out for reasons other than competence, the state grows less competent, as anyone who has wrestled with Indian or Nigerian officialdom can attest. Moreover, rules favouring businesses owned by members of particular groups are easy to game. Malaysians talk of “Ali-Baba” firms, where Ali (an ethnic Malay) lends his name, for a fee, to Baba (a Chinese businessman) to win a government contract.

 

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Why Women Should Embrace a ‘Good Enough’ Life

28th April 2013

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Not something that you’d expect to find in the Washington Post.

In my years as a journalist, I have written and spoken a great deal about women’s lives and struggles, and wrote a book about the conflicts facing successful female professionals. But today, 16 years into life as a working mother and 23 years into a marriage, I’ve come to question many of the truths I once held dear. The woman I wanted to be at 22 is not the woman I wanted to be at 38 — not even close — and she is certainly not who I am now at 55.

When life meets ideology, ideology tends to lose.

The debate has become twisted and simplistic, as if we’re merely trying to figure out how women can become more like men.

That has defined the core of ‘feminism’ since the 60s. Kinda late to the party….

During my high school years in the early 1970s, revolution was in the air. Across the bay was Berkeley, the home of free speech. Twenty miles up the road was Haight-Ashbury, the home of free love. And almost everyone I knew was protesting Vietnam and embracing civil rights.

I had similar experiences. But I never liked those people. I suspect that history has proven me right — they weren’t really very likeable.

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5Th Grader Suspended for Bringing Swiss Army Knife to Camp

28th April 2013

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The ridiculous overreaction of the day is brought to you by a school in Cupertino, California.

The Land of Fruits and Nuts lives up to its reputation.

Moral: Don’t send your kid to a government school.

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Sleep: Everything You Need To Know

28th April 2013

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We spend one third of our lives sleeping, it’s crucial for muscle recovery, fact retention and preparing the body to operate at full speed the next day, sleep is one of the most important things when it comes to day-to-day happiness. From students studying late into the night reducing the amount of information they retain to athletes sleeping in warm and loud environments missing out on crucial muscle and immune system recovery.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

28th April 2013

Closer to the Heart

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When the Disease Is Government, What Pill Do You Take?

28th April 2013

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Kenneth Thorpe, chairman of the health policy and management school at Emory University, estimates that 95 percent of spending in Medicare goes to patients with one or more chronic conditions — with enrollees suffering five or more chronic conditions accounting for 78 percent of its spending. “This is the Willie Sutton rule,” he says. “If 80 percent of the spending is going to patients with five or more conditions, that’s where our health-care system needs to go.”

Health Quality Partners is all about going there. The program enrolls Medicare patients with at least one chronic illness and one hospitalization in the past year. It then sends a trained nurse to see them every week, or every month, whether they’re healthy or sick. It sounds simple and, in a way, it is. But simple things can be revolutionary.

Most care-management systems rely on nurses sitting in call centers, checking up on patients over the phone. That model has mostly been a failure. And while many health systems send a nurse regularly in the weeks or months after a serious hospitalization, few send one regularly to even seemingly healthy patients. This a radical redefinition of the health-care system’s role in the lives of the elderly. It redefines being old and chronically ill as a condition requiring professional medical management.

Health Quality Partners’ results have been extraordinary. According to an independent analysis by the consulting firm Mathematica, HQP has reduced hospitalizations by 33 percent and cut Medicare costs by 22 percent.

Others in the profession have taken notice. “It’s like they’ve discovered the fountain of youth in Doylestown, Pa.,” marvels Jeffrey Brenner, founder of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers.

Now Medicare is thinking of shutting it off.

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Amanda Thatcher

28th April 2013

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Lady Thatcher’s granddaughter understands the dialectic.

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Jonathan Winters at His Best

27th April 2013

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Home Schooling Alabama Family Sends Six Kids to College by Age 12

27th April 2013

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What Fools These Mortals Be

27th April 2013

Author John C. Wright discusses what we learn from science fiction.

In no story about detectives solving a murder or heiresses wondering what baron to wed will you find anything told from the point of view of a nonhuman intelligent creature. All other genres, from Westerns to War Stories to Historical drama to mainstream tales about college professors cheating on their wives, are told from within the human realm of human nature and can never leave it. In science fiction and in science fiction alone is there an opportunity to step outside the human realm, and turn, and look, and to see the mask of man from the outside.  Only in science fiction can we speculate on what humans look like to intelligent nonhumans.

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Vertical Farms Solve Land Problem

27th April 2013

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With land prices at a premium in Singapore, vertical farms with rotating vertical racks present a sustainable solution while cutting down pollution.

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USDA Flyer: We Don’t Check Immigration Status for Food Stamps

27th April 2013

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A government watchdog group has discovered that the United States government is advising Spanish-speaking residents that they need not declare their immigration status to qualify for food stamps.

A statement on the flyer—emphasized in bold and underlined—reads, “You need not divulge information regarding your immigration status in seeking this benefit for your children.”

So come on down! ‘It’s free! Just swipe your EBT!’

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9/11 Jet Landing Gear Found at Ground Zero Mosque Site

27th April 2013

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Apparently this is different landing gear from that which crashed through the roof of the building that the Islamic supremacists want to tear down in order to build the triumphal mosque at Ground Zero. This landing gear has been there for eleven and a half years and was apparently never found before; it was discovered by surveyors doing work on the property. So apparently the shady grifter Sharif El-Gamal has gotten the money to build his triumphal mosque and is going ahead with it. But we’ll be there, too.

Thus saith the Lord God: Heh.

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Definition of the Day

27th April 2013

Progressive: Someone who will bend heaven and earth to save a tree but won’t lift a finger to save an unborn child.

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Newly-Discovered Lithium Reserve Could Satisfy US Demand for Hundreds of Years

27th April 2013

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Researchers at the University of Wyoming have discovered a new lithium reserve that could radically alter where the US sources a key component of the li-ion batteries used in consumer electronics, electric vehicles, and other technology. Currently the United States imports a vast majority of its lithium, but the newly-unearthed reserve — located at Rock Springs, Wyoming — could transform the US from “a significant lithium importer to an independent lithium producer” according to experts at the university’s Carbon Management Institute.

Tell the apparatchiks in China they can suck on it.

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Now There’s an App to Help You Dodge Bullets

27th April 2013

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Some researchers from Vanderbilt have developed a new app and hardware module that will help you find the direction of gunfire. The research team used the sonic signatures associated with firing to pinpoint its location, and put this on an Android smartphone map.

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Boston Jihad Murderers’ Mother Was Also in Terror Database

27th April 2013

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Nuts don’t fall far from the tree. Just sayin’.

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Calling a Classmate a ‘Fat Ass’ Is Now a Courtroom Matter in New Jersey

27th April 2013

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Having turned harsh words between kids into grounds for formal legal action, New Jersey officials are now astonished that children and families on the receiving end of bullying charges are actually making use of the tools at their disposal to defend themselves. In application, this means that judges, attorneys and educrats are wasting time in court parsing the offensiveness of calling a classmate a “fat ass.” Actual quote from the Ridgewood school board attorney during a courtroom proceeding: “There is no evidence she condoned being called a horse.”

Yet another step toward the Obama future in a police blue state.

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Triple Gear

27th April 2013

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If you take three ordinary gears and put them together so that each gear meshes with the other two, then none of the gears can turn because neighbouring gears must turn in opposite directions. Triple gear avoids this problem by having the three “gears” arranged like linked rings – the gears then rotate along skew axes, and the opposite direction rule no longer applies (although see also Oskar van Deventer’s Magic Gears for another possible solution).

Astonishing. I don’t see anyway to make such a gear except with 3D printing.

 

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

27th April 2013

Steering Wheel Drum Set

Talking Hand Strengthener (Sometimes the hand talks back….)

Golf Will Drive You To Drink

Talking Star Wars Pizza Cutter

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Sir, You Are Being Hunted

27th April 2013

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Officials Found Guilty in Obama, Clinton Ballot Petition Fraud

27th April 2013

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A jury in South Bend, Indiana has found that fraud put President Obama and Hillary Clinton on the presidential primary ballot in Indiana in the 2008 election. Two Democratic political operatives were convicted Thursday night in the illegal scheme after only three hours of deliberations. They were found guilty on all counts.

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

Democrats — the party of corruption never changes.

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UN Official Will Keep Job, Despite Anti-U.S. Boston Marathon Rant

27th April 2013

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The United Nations official who angered critics by blaming the Boston Marathon bombing on “American global domination” will keep his post, because not enough other countries took offense at his comments.

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

Thought experiment: Would he still have a job if his rant had been against Russia? China? Some Muslim country?

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Why Tech Companies May Really Want All Those Extra Visas

27th April 2013

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…now a new study questions whether in fact the broader IT field is facing the hiring shortages being claimed. The Economic Policy Institute, a non-partisan think tank in Washington, instead posits a different reason for the guestworker visa push: increasing labor competition in order to pay lower salaries in the IT sector.

It’s all about the money.

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China: Islamic Jihadists Murder 21 in Axe, Knife and Arson Attack

26th April 2013

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What peaceful, friendly people! Wouldn’t you just love to have some for neighbors?
That’s some fine Religion o’ Peace™ you got there, Mohammed.
Of course, as we all know, the real problem is Islamophobia.

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Is It Time to End Ethanol Vehicle Fuel Mandates?

26th April 2013

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Hint: Yes.

… recent studies show that the use of ethanol and biodiesel does not reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For many years, proponents of decarbonization assumed that the burning of biofuels would be “carbon neutral.” The carbon neutral concept assumes that as plants grow they absorb carbon dioxide equal to the amount released when burned. If true, the substitution of ethanol for gasoline would reduce emissions.

But a 2011 opinion from the Science Committee of the European Environment Agency pointed out what it called a “serious accounting error.” The carbon neutral concept does not consider vegetation that would naturally grow on land used for biofuel production. Since biofuels are less efficient than gasoline or diesel fuel, they actually emit more CO2 per mile driven than hydrocarbon fuels, when proper accounting is used for carbon sequestered in natural vegetation. Further, a 2011 study for the National Academy of Sciences found that, “…production of ethanol as fuel to displace gasoline is likely to increase such air pollutants as particulate matter, ozone, and sulfur oxides.”

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What Makes Rain Smell So Good?

26th April 2013

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Because these bacteria thrive in wet conditions and produce spores during dry spells, the smell of geosmin is often most pronounced when it rains for the first time in a while, because the largest supply of spores has collected in the soil. Studies have revealed that the human nose is extremely sensitive to geosmin in particular—some people can detect it at concentrations as low as 5 parts per trillion. (Coincidentally, it’s also responsible for the distinctively earthy taste in beets.)

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What If We Never Run Out of Oil?

26th April 2013

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Note the subhead: ‘That would be a miracle–and a nightmare.’ The ‘nightmare’ is that of the eco-nazis, whose campaign to cancel the 20th century can only succeed if it can persuade — or force — the rest of society to give up the energy-dense fossil fuels that have driven progress ever since the internal combustion engine was invented.

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France: Man claiming to be al-Qaeda member murders three, Interior Minister blames “gun crime problem”

26th April 2013

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Yes, get rid of guns, and al-Qaeda will wither away. After all, when have they ever used any weapon other than guns? Of course, the murderer may not be an al-Qaeda member; he may be a lone jihadi killer, or even (conceivably) a non-Muslim who is attracted by al-Qaeda as the “strong horse.” But if so, clamping down on gun ownership won’t solve the problem, either.

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Lard: After Decades of Trying, Its Moment Is Finally Here

26th April 2013

Slate has the dirty.

Wait long enough and everything bad for you is good again. Sugar? Naturally better than high-fructose corn syrup. Chocolate? A bar a day keeps the doctor away. Caffeine? Bring it on.

Lard, however, has always been a ridiculously hard sell. Over at least the last 15 years, it’s repeatedly been given a clean bill of health, and good cooks regularly point out how superior this totally natural fat is for frying and pastries. But that hasn’t been enough to keep Americans from recoiling—lard’s negative connotations of flowing flesh and vats of grease and epithets like lardass and tub of lard have been absurd hurdles. But no longer. I’m convinced that the redemption of lard is finally at hand because we live in a world where trendiness is next to godliness. And lard hits all the right notes, especially if you euphemize it as rendered pork fat—bacon butter.

‘Bacon butter’. I like that.

(Peasant food has cachet only if you are not forced to live on it.)

Truth.

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From Melting Pot to Pressure Cooker

26th April 2013

Erick Erickson turns over a rock and finds — surprise! — the lamestream media.

It is amazing that within a one week period the media went from speculating that right wingers were celebrating Hitler’s birthday on tax day to blaming Chechen nationalism to hearing the bomber say he was inspired by Islam to announcing it’s not him, it’s us to blame.

Had it been a tea partier who launched a terror attack at the Boston Marathon, the media would spend weeks blaming Republicans, conservatives, talk radio rhetoric, and Fox News hosts for inspiring the bombing.

But because the bomber himself says he was inspired by his religious faith and that faith happens to be Islam, the media will ascribe other reasons to explain the attack that are more palatable to the its liberal sensibilities. As often happens in these cases, the media quickly descends into blaming America first.

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Federal Spigot Flows as Farmers Claim Discrimination

26th April 2013

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 Ever since the Clinton administration agreed in 1999 to make $50,000 payments to thousands of black farmers, the Hispanics and women had been clamoring in courtrooms and in Congress for the same deal. They argued, as the African-Americans had, that biased federal loan officers had systematically thwarted their attempts to borrow money to farm.

Translation: “We’re fashionable minorities, too, and we want our cut of the swag!” But you knew that.

 But a succession of courts — and finally the Supreme Court — had rebuffed their pleas. Instead of an army of potential claimants, the government faced just 91 plaintiffs. Those cases, the government lawyers figured, could be dispatched at limited cost.

They were wrong.

On the heels of the Supreme Court’s ruling, interviews and records show, the Obama administration’s political appointees at the Justice and Agriculture Departments engineered a stunning turnabout: they committed $1.33 billion to compensate not just the 91 plaintiffs but thousands of Hispanic and female farmers who had never claimed bias in court.

You want money? We got it! You the right color or gender? Get some here! Obama money!

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