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How Do You Manufacture Huge Amounts of Graphene for a Fraction of the Cost? Printing Presses

30th September 2013

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Earlier this month, the National Science Foundation awarded University of Pennsylvania graphene startup Graphene Frontiers $744,600 to develop technology that makes it faster and cheaper to produce graphene on a large scale. I recently caught up with CEO Michael Patterson who described how roll-to-roll manufacturing will enable graphene to make its entrance into the big industries.

We have the technology.

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Carbyne: The Tough Polyyne Family Has New World Champ

30th September 2013

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In a research paper published recently on Arxiv, a team from Rice University laid out the molecular schematics for Carbyne, aka linear acetylenic carbon. A supermaterial first theorized in 1967, its legitimacy has been disputed for the last 40 years. This time around the team figured out how to successfully synthesize and stabilize it at room temperature.

The paper goes on to describe the remarkable atomic chain of Carbyne – a microscopic lattice similar to that of its close cousin, diamond. Carbyne, however, has a Young’s modulus 40 times that of diamond, making it the world’s hardest material. With extensive applications in nanotechnology, it could completely change the way scientists view systems with nanomechanical bases. The polyyne family has a new heavyweight champ.

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Charitable Act Gets Goodwill Worker Fired, Arrested

30th September 2013

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No good deed goes unpunished.

Earlier, Anderson told NBC2 he didn’t know he was doing anything wrong for sometimes slashing prices by as much as half for customers he thought wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford the shop’s wares.

“I wasn’t actually stealing. Goodwill is a giving and helping company, so I took it upon to myself to be giving and helping because I feel people deserve it,” Anderson told the station.

Geez, you’d think that the organization was a charity or something.

Despite dropping the charges, Goodwill Retail and Donation Center defended its actions in its statement.

Perhaps they ought to change their name to ‘Badwill’ instead.

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British Supermodel Punches Topless Female Protester on Catwalk

30th September 2013

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Not a headline that you see every day.

Hollie-May Saker was modeling for fashion designer Nina Ricci on Thursday in France’s capital when two protesters from the activist group Femen approached her on the runway.

“The next thing I just see half-naked women with black marker pen scrawled across their bare chests and that’s when she came at me,” Saker, 18, told the Liverpool Echo. “As she grabbed my arm she lifted my skirt exposing me – I pulled my arm back with such force that I landed a punch square on her nose.”

Well played.

Security then dragged the protesters off the stage as they screamed “fashion fascism,” according to The Associated Press. The activists had words blasting the sexualization of the modeling industry written on their torsos.

Funny how those who claim to oppose ‘fascism’ always wind up oppressing other people … just like, oh, fascists?

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Tufts U. Adjuncts Vote to Unionize

29th September 2013

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Adjunct faculty members at Tufts University have voted to unionize with the Service Employees International Union, marking the national union’s first victory in a campaign to organize adjuncts across the Boston area and push institutions to improve their working conditions.

[Recap for the dimwitted: Unions arise when a particular occupation has a skillset that is easily subject to substitution on the part of management because supply vastly exceeds demand, hence collective coercion on the part of workers is the only way to raise (or sustain) their price over what the market-clearing amount would be. Historically, violence and activities that would be unlawful if any group other than a union did them are an integral part of this coercion.]

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Caught On Camera: Cop Kicks, Confiscates Pro-2nd Amendment Sign

29th September 2013

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A police officer from Somers Police Department in New York has been caught kicking and then taking a pro-Second Amendment sign from the yard of Jon Gibson of Lake Lincolndale, New York.

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

It had been stolen three times previously, so Gibson installed a camera on his rural property to catch the culprit. He said he was shocked that his camera captured photos of an officer in uniform kicking and then taking the sign.

‘When policemen break the law, there is no law — just a fight for survival.’ — Billy Jack

 

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One of Those Killed in Ma’loula

29th September 2013

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 “I am a Christian, and if you want to kill me for this, I do not object to it” – such were the last words of one of three Christians, killed by extremists after their refusal to accept Islam in Ma’loula, which has already become famous among the faithful as “a land of Martyrs”.

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The 3,000 Most Important Toddlers in the World

29th September 2013

Steve Sailer looks at striving within the Crust.

 I’m sure it bores most people, but I can never get enough of New York Times articles about the Wechsler I.Q. tests that the 3,000 most important four-year-olds in the world (or at least in Manhattan and the better parts of Brooklyn) take each year so their parents can pay $40,000 per year for them to attend kindergarten with some of the other 2,999 most important small children in the world. Pay no attention to that IQ test behind the curtain!

These are not just helicopter parents — these are Apache-gunship-escorted-Ospreys-loaded-with-Delta-Force parents.

Whatever magically non-competitive test replaces the Wechsler IQ test for NYC kindergarten admissions will instantly become the most gamed status symbol this side of Seoul.

We are rapidly turning into ancient China, where how you do on The Exams determines what you become, not the content of your character or your capacity to achieve or anything silly like that.

But there is hope! Specifically, Los Angeles:

 Los Angeles just isn’t as IQ obsessed as New York is. It’s a who-you-know culture, and if you don’t know anybody, why would they let your child in to their kindergarten for the children of cool parents? Maybe if you are extremely good looking, they’d make an exception. But if you are ugly and unpopular, who cares what your kid’s I.Q. is?

Hmm, well, then again, maybe not….

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Harkin: Politics Have Reached ‘Civil War’ Levels

29th September 2013

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To take Harkin seriously, though, if he thinks things are so dangerous, perhaps he should call on the White House to stop calling Republicans “terrorists.” Such language is not conducive to the “new tone” Democrats keep trying to shove down their opponents’ throats. Such language does nothing but create more rage.

He might also call on the Team Obama, which just sat down with the Holocaust-denying, terrorist-supporting Iranian regime, to negotiate with Republicans over domestic policy. Or are Republicans now worse than actual, nuclear-weapon-desiring apocalyptic mullahs jonesing for the end of days?

Harkin won’t do that. His comments are a scam, supporting a scam government pushing scam politics to a new level in American history.

Much like the ‘progressives’ from which they spring, Democrat politicians (like their base, the unions and environmentalists and feminists and wackos of all descriptions) are constantly railing about how people exercising their rights and participating in the political process are taking us to the brink of the Abyss; all of which is premised on their opponents unwillingness to surrender.

Obama is much the same way. He keeps fulminating about how Republicans are taking us to the brink of destruction when the cure for that is in his own hand–just sign the damned bill that the FUCKING HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES REPRESENTING THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA sent to him, presumably reflecting what the American people want done. (Notice that Democrats are always quick to hail the House of Representatives as the Voice of the People when Democrats are in control; when Republicans are a majority, not so much.)

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Cruz Declines to Endorse Cornyn

29th September 2013

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Ted Cruz is looking better and better.

Cornyn has been a tremendous disappointment to Texas conservatives (although not, perhaps, to Texas Republicans); not as bad as Kaye Hutchinson, and certainly not as bad as John McCain, but still a disappointment.

Still, Mirengoff’s criticism is well founded. Cruz ought to say what he thinks, and help the rest of us out in our evaluation of Cornyn … and Cruz.

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Question: Will Dianne Feinstein Investigate Her Own Leak Of Classified Info? Will She Face Espionage Act Charges?

29th September 2013

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Hint: No.

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Book Review: ‘David and Goliath’ by Malcolm Gladwell

29th September 2013

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If you like Malcolm Gladwell, you won’t like this review.

Mr. Gladwell enjoys a reputation for translating social science into actionable insights. But the data behind the surprising dyslexia claim is awfully slim. He notes in passing that a 2009 survey found a much higher incidence of dyslexia in entrepreneurs than in corporate managers. But this study involved only 102 self-reported dyslexic entrepreneurs, most of whom probably had careers nothing like those of Mr. Boies or his fellow highfliers. Later Mr. Gladwell mentions that dyslexics are also overrepresented in prisons—a point that would appear to vitiate his argument. He addresses the contradiction by suggesting that while no person should want to be dyslexic, “we as a society need people” with serious disadvantages to exist, for we all benefit from the over-achievement that supposedly results. But even if dyslexia could be shown to cause entrepreneurship, the economic analysis that would justify a claim of its social worth is daunting, and Mr. Gladwell doesn’t attempt it.

I, for the record, do not like Malcolm Gladwell.

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Border Patrol Union: Feds Risking Agents’ Lives to Appease ‘Fringe’ Groups

29th September 2013

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Not really news, but a useful reminder.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

29th September 2013

When You Close Your Eyes

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The Extinction of Christianity in the Middle East

29th September 2013

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The last month and a half has seen perhaps the worst anti-Christian violence in Egypt in seven centuries, with dozens of churches torched. Yet the western media has mainly focussed on army assaults on the Muslim Brotherhood, and no major political figure has said anything about the sectarian attacks.

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Pastor Shot, Killed in Front of Congregation During Louisiana Church Service

29th September 2013

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A gunman walked into a Louisiana nighttime revival service Friday night and opened fire on a pastor while he was preaching in front of about 60 people and then, after the pastor fell, stood over him and fired at least one more round in front of the terrified congregation, authorities told FoxNews.com.

I guess we’re all Trayvon Martin now. (Except white people, of course.)

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Maryland Gun-Control Law Sparks Record Gun Sales

29th September 2013

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I suspect that such was not the effect they intended.

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Ship Crosses Northwest Passage, Sails Into History

28th September 2013

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Sometime between Sunday and Monday evenings, Greenwich Mean Time, the bulk carrier Nordic Orion passed through the Northwest Passage and into Baffin Bay, sailing into history as it went.

The ship – a 225-metre, ice-strengthened carrier loaded with B.C. coal bound for Finland – became the first bulk carrier to make the voyage, which has lured explorers for more than a century and has long been eyed as a commercial route.

Global Warming ain’t such a bad thing. Let’s all join in the song.

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College’s No-Gun Policy Somehow Fails to Keep Gunman Off Campus

28th September 2013

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It’s almost like this guy completely ignored all the “no guns on campus” signs. Can you believe it?

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

 

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American Communists

28th September 2013

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Prior to the 20th century, these people would have been executed for treason in any country on earth. Nowadays they get positions in academia and while away their time rotting the brains of the young.

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Size Comparison – Science Fiction Space Ships

28th September 2013

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This would make a great wall poster but you’d need a big wall.

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Poll: Almost 20 Percent of Americans Would Vote To Secede From Their State

28th September 2013

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And who could blame them?

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The Federal Government’s Budget: Basic Facts You Need To Know

28th September 2013

A primer.

As the federal government’s fiscal year 2013 wheezes to a close without a budget in place for fiscal 2014, here is some basic information everyone should understand.

This is from tReason magazine, so it’s not the usual left-wing drivel.

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The Homeless: A Criminal Menace

28th September 2013

The Other McCain points out some inconvenient truth.

Most people don’t realize that, according to some studies, about half of the “homeless” population have criminal records. Many others have substance-abuse issues or are mentally ill.

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Save a Forest: Print Your Emails

28th September 2013

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Chuck’s email tagline reads: “Notice: It’s OK to print this email. Paper is a biodegradable, renewable, sustainable product made from trees. Growing and harvesting trees provides jobs for millions of Americans. Working forests are good for the environment and provide clean air and water, wildlife habitat and carbon storage. Thanks to improved forest management, we have more trees in America today than we had 100 years ago.”

And when you sign up for electricity, be sure to request wind-farm ‘green’ power — despite being an endangered species, eagles really just get in the way.

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Just After President’s Obamacare Speech, Another Delay Announced

28th September 2013

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Yet another fumble from the Magic Negro.

Some bad, if not downright incompetent, timing for the White House this morning. Just minutes after the president had made a speech in which he slammed the opponents of Obamacare as naysayers and reiterated that there would be no more delays to the legislation, the White House announced . . . another delay to the legislation.

How’s that Hope & Change working out for ya?

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Walmart Shooter Targeted White Victims

28th September 2013

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A North Carolina grand jury found that a man who shot four people at a Walmart in June targeted his victims because they were white.

Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson must be busy re-organizing their sock drawers or something, otherwise they’d surely be outraged by this racist incident.

I guess we’re all Trayvon Martin now. (Except white people, of course.)

Oh, and another thing:

That murderer Lakim Fauset, who shot four people in June in North Carolina because they were white, is a Muslim.

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

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Cruz Squashes Durbin Like the Dick That He Is

28th September 2013

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Durbin complained that Cruz wanted to deny health care to the uninsured; did he not, Durbin asked, enjoy the benefits of the generous congressional health-care package himself?

Cruz said he wouldn’t answer Durbin until Durbin first replied to three questions Cruz had posed. Durbin, with an “a-ha” gesture, responded by saying it was clear Cruz was simply refusing to answer his embarrassing question.

He’d walked into Cruz’s trap. For then Cruz said, no, Senator, I’m eligible for the congressional plan — but I’m not enrolled in it.

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Massive Marriage Penalties in Obamacare Health Insurance Exchanges

28th September 2013

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On the Obamacare health insurance exchanges, being married can cost you a lot. Get divorced (or avoid getting married, if you live together), and you save $7,230 per year if you are a fairly typical 40-year-old couple with kids (example: the husband working full-time, and the wife working part time, with the husband making $70,000, and the wife making $23,000). If you are a 60-year-old couple with equal incomes and no kids, and you make $62,041 a year, you save $11,028 a year by getting divorced or remaining unmarried. These are the amounts of money you will lose if you get married, since you will lose this amount of taxpayer subsidies due to Obamacare’s discriminatory treatment of married versus unmarried couples. That’s the reality confirmed by an Obamacare “calculator” provided by the pro-Obamacare Kaiser Family Foundation showing how Obamacare’s “tax credits” work.

More radioactive fallout from the ‘progressive’ assumption that ‘different’ means ‘better’.

How that Hope & Change working out for you?

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In Libya, Muslim Brotherhood and Other Jihadists Grab ‘Massive Amounts’ of U.S. Weapons

28th September 2013

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Evidently, the Obama administration’s idea of solving the problem of what is being called “theft” of U.S. weapons by Islamic supremacists in Libya is simply to give weapons to Islamic supremacists in Syria. The reality, of course, is that once Obama embarked on his unauthorized and unprovoked war in Libya, the arming of jihadists became inevitable, as did atrocities like the Benghazi massacre.

How’s that Hope & Change working out for ya?

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

28th September 2013

Battle Mug

Sprout Pencils

Smartphone microscope

Nature Sounds

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How Historical Figures Would Have Looked Today

28th September 2013

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Take a portrait from history, add modern clothes — hilarity ensues.

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Nazis ‘offered to leave western Europe in exchange for free hand to attack USSR’

28th September 2013

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But Peter Padfield, an historian, has uncovered evidence he says shows that, Hess, the deputy Fuhrer, brought with him from Hitler, a detailed peace treaty, under which the Nazis would withdraw from western Europe, in exchange for British neutrality over the imminent attack on Russia.

The existence of such a document was revealed to him by an informant who claims that he and other German speakers were called in by MI6 to translate the treaty for Churchill.

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California Wind Farm Seeks Permit to Kill Eagles

28th September 2013

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Because some ‘progressive’ causes are more equal than others, I suppose.

Let’s start with Don Henley.

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Oklahoma Senator Calls Out Congress for Blowing Money on ‘Fruity’ Grants

28th September 2013

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One Washington lawmaker says the fiscal fight in DC needs to be refocused on millions of dollars being blown on new government grants that include everything from spending on social media for apples, Christmas tree initiatives and a YouTube video promoting the proper handling of watermelons. And that’s just this week alone.

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‘Cupboard Is Bare’? Despite Claims, Feds Find $100M to Give Detroit

28th September 2013

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Not enough money for essential services but plenty for handouts to the feckless.

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Tennessee Autoworkers Claim They Were Tricked by the UAW

28th September 2013

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Autoworkers at a Tennessee Volkswagen plant say they’ve been tricked into supporting a drive to bring in the union.

Workers at the two-year-old Chattanooga plant informally indicated support for bringing in the United Auto Workers, a decision that could pave the way for letting the powerhouse labor organization represent workers in collective bargaining. However, since Tennessee is one of 24 so-called “Right to Work” states, plant employees don’t have to sign up or contribute dues.

Now, some eight workers at the plant, which employs about 1,600, say they thought they were simply agreeing to have a secret vote on bringing in the union, when in fact, they were signing cards professing their support for it. The workers also say that when they objected, they were told they had to go to the local union hall in order to reclaim the cards. The National Right to Work Foundation filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board.

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Cop Shoots Puppy in the Head Despite Owner’s Pleas With Police

27th September 2013

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While at the Sheriff’s Department Music-Peed asked that the cops sent to investigate the vehicle not shoot her dogs when they arrived at her property. The 10-month-old puppy Ammo was described by Music-Peed as being jumpy but friendly.

However, according to Music-Peed’s roommate Kyle Sewall, when Sergeant D. Little (who shot another dog last year) arrived at the property he shot Ammo point blank in the head.

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The Abolition of the Playground

27th September 2013

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The Bobcat tractor was working its way through a pile of mulch as big as an office building, dragging it from the alley to the playground of a private daycare facility. I asked the crew foreman about the sheer vastness of this mulch pile.

“It’s about the state regulations. There has to be 8 inches of this stuff underneath every play structure.”

“The State regulates even things like this?” I asked.

“The regulations on playgrounds are 15 miles long,” he said. “They mandate every fastener and bolt, the distance and height of every structure, and, especially, the drainage. Just getting the drainage right takes up most of the time and money.”

“But don’t these regulations inhibit others from opening daycare facilities?” I asked. “You would have to be super-well capitalized just to get one going.”

“I can tell you this. I would never do it.”

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College Student Loses Work Hours Over Obamacare, Is Forced to Go on Food Stamps

27th September 2013

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How dare she work for herself! Doesn’t he know she’s supposed to depend on the government? The very idea….

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It’s Not Just Government, Americans Don’t Like Government Workers, Either

27th September 2013

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TSALike an abused spouse increasingly appalled by a long-time partner’s behavior, Americans are falling out of love with the federal workers who enforce an endless litany of mandates, taxes and intrusions into their lives. New data from George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration finds that, in addition to losing faith in the federal government itself, as other polls have revealed, a record number of Americans are losing faith in its loyal minions.

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

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ISLAMOCOPIA FRIDAY: What’s Happening in the Religion of Peace

27th September 2013

You may not be interested in the Jihad, but the Jihad is interested in you.

UK: More than 1,500 victims of female genital mutilation in one hospital alone

Egypt: Islamic supremacist group threatens to target Christians in revenge for arrests of members who attacked police and local churches

White Muslim told police he planned to shoot Harry: Fanatic plotted to disarm army officer and gun down Prince

Death toll rises to 59 in terror attack on Kenya shopping mall

At least 60 killed in suicide bombing of Pakistan church

Massacre of 52 Iranians at exile camp in Iraq draws international attention

At least 81 killed in suicide bombing at Pakistan church

Iraq: Sunni jihad martyrdom suicide bombers murder at least 92 at Shi’ite funerals

Nigeria: Death toll from latest Islamic jihad massacre rises to 161

Afghanistan: Jihadi in uniform of our “allies” murders three NATO soldiers

Pakistan: Muslim shouting that he was killing “an infidel who blasphemed against Muhammad” murders Christian business rival

Jihadist freed from Guantanamo after convincing officials he was no longer a threat is killed waging jihad in Syria

Interfaith outreach in Pakistan: Muslims murder 60 Christians, wound over 100 with bomb outside church

Terrorism Charges After Two Stopped at Dover

Moroccan Ex-Guantánamo Detainees Fighting in Syria’s Civil War

In deadliest attack on Pakistani Christians, Taliban kill 70 in historic Peshawar church

Terror Group That Claimed Kenya Attack Has Recruited Americans Before

New Muslim rebel attack in southern Philippines

New York: Three Muslims charged with fighting for al-Shabaab jihad terror group

Kenya: British Muslim arrested in Nairobi after jihad mass murder at mall

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Obamacare: Bait and Switch

27th September 2013

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The gist of the message is that, from the outset, the calculations used to sell Obamacare to the American public were slipshod and/or naive and/or mistaken and/or simplistic and/or outright lies (see more here).

And this is news to exactly whom?

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Woman Lawyer Offers Helpful Career Advice, Gets Slammed by Feminist

27th September 2013

The Other McCain points and laughs.

This is the difference between pragmatism and ideology: Do you want to solve your problem, or do you want to construe every problem to fit political categories and intellectual abstractions?

If the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail, and if the only tool you have is feminism, every problem looks like heteronormative patriarchal oppression and “rape culture.”

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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

27th September 2013

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When David Schaffner III, 16, discovered he’d accidentally brought a pocketknife with him to a high school football game, he immediately sought out a security guard and turned it over. His principal didn’t appreciate Schaffner’s honesty. The principal not only kicked the boy out of the game, he suspended Schaffner for 10 days from Pennsylvania’s Fox Chapel High School.

Send your kid to a government school,
And he will turn out a fool —
That’s the way
Things work today;
Your tax bucks at work and play!

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Apple’s Maps App Directs Alaska Drivers Onto Airport Taxiway

27th September 2013

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According to the airport’s chief of operations, Melissa Osborn, out-of-town drivers have driven onto airport property twice in the past several weeks, crossing the runway and driving directly to the airport ramp side of the passenger terminal. “These folks drove past several signs. They even drove past a gate. None of that cued them that they did something inappropriate,” she said.

Think of it as evolution in action.

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The Men That Others Forgot

27th September 2013

Guy Somerset rakes up the past.

On September 20, 2013, President Obama flew the black flag above his White House to honor prisoners of war and soldiers still missing in action.

If you were unaware of this, it is not surprising. The proclamation was quietly released to the media without a televised speech. On the day itself the Commander-in-Chief did make a public appearance…where he spoke about the debt ceiling instead.

It brings to mind December 7, or Pearl Harbor Day, which Americans and their president still widely commemorated until the late twentieth century. Contrast this against only the twelfth anniversary of September 11, which went by largely unnoticed, or at least with far less dignity than it deserved.

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Crapitalism News

27th September 2013

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IndoorAtlas Uses Geomagnetism to Map Buildings GPS Can’t Reach

27th September 2013

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Our smartphones share one thing in common with many animals: they have internal compasses that can orient themselves to the Earth’s magnetic field. And just as animals can detect local variations in that magnetic field to find their way around, our phones’ digital compasses can do the same. Structures and even furniture within buildings such as metal shelves naturally produce those geomagnetic anomalies, and by logging those anomalies on a map, they can be used to pinpoint a device — and its owner’s — exact location indoors.

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Who Really Said That?

27th September 2013

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Apparently a lot of people didn’t really say what other people said they said. Or something.

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