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Water Blobs

31st March 2014

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Water bottles add to the bulk of trash that’s already overflowing in most landfills. Thing is, people still need their hydration on the go and some just can’t be bothered with water jugs. The alternative? These edible blobs filled with water created up by three London-based industrial design students Rodrigo García González, Pierre Paslier, and Guillaume Couche.

I am not making this up.

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State Department Spending $400,000 on a Camel Statue in Pakistan

31st March 2014

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Hey, Joe Camel can afford some primo lobbyists.

The State Department may have gotten a pretty good deal on the camel, since Baldessari has sold even less inspiring works for millions. But they could have done even better if they had opened the opportunity to competition. The department didn’t do that though, insisting that only this camel could satisfy the “unique artistic criteria” for the embassy.

After all, it’s not as if the American taxpayer has anything better to do with that money.

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US Government Is World’s 3rd Largest Economy

31st March 2014

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If you consider stealing from people and wasting their money an economy.

And you’re paying for it. Aren’t you proud?

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Corruption Scandals Galore for Dems Ahead of Election Season

31st March 2014

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Hey, it’s what they do best.

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Judge Rejects Drug Court Judge’s 1.5 Year Plea Deal, Demands 2 Years Instead

31st March 2014

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That’s it, throw the book at ‘im. (Snicker)

Perhaps an appropriate sentence would be to average the sentences that he has handed out to his birds of a feather.

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Not Really News: In Congress, Democrats the Party of the Rich

31st March 2014

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Only two Republican districts make the list of the top 10 richest House districts, according to an Associated Press analysis.

All are in one of the Left Coast states.

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California Couple Receives Voter Registration Card Pre-Marked for Democratic Party From State Obamacare Site

31st March 2014

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Hey, California + Obamacare signup = Democrat. You can take that one to the bank. It’s like driving a Prius.

After all, they’re just trying to get out their base.

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NYT: Mexican-American “Disinterest” in Voting

31st March 2014

Steve Sailer limns the decline of a once-great journalistic institution.

 I’m not a stickler about proper usage of the English language (mote, log, own eye, etc.), but still, the decline of the word “disinterested” represents a decline in moral as well as literary standards….

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“Rights” of Obamacare

31st March 2014

Scott Johnson pulls back the curtain on the Hobby Lobby case.

At the oral argument of the Hobby Lobby case, Justices Ginsburg, Sotomayor and Kagan came loaded for bear. (The Supreme Court has posted a transcript of the oral argument here.)

The “right” or entitlement to employer-subsidized abortifacients at issue in Hobby Lobby is a pure creation of the administrative agencies enforcing the regime of Obamacare. It is an artifact of the state. It has nothing in common with the rights proclaimed in the Declaration. It has nothing in common with the rights protected by the Constitution. Indeed, as the Hobby Lobby case illustrates, the administrative state is at war with these rights.

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Ideologies Without Consequences

31st March 2014

Victor Davis Hanson chronicles our slide into the abyss.

If only people had to live in the world that they dreamed of for others.

Endangered species everywhere are supposed to be at risk — except birds of prey shredded by wind turbine farms, or reptilian habitats harmed by massive solar farms. High-speed rail is great for utopian visionaries — except don’t dare start it in the Bay Area, when there are yokels aplenty down in Hanford to experiment on. Let’s raise power bills to the highest levels in the country with all sorts of green mandates — given that we live in 70-degree year-round temperatures, while “they” who are stupid enough to dwell in 105-degree Bakersfield deserve the resulting high power bills. We need cheap labor, open borders, multiculturalism, and identity politics, but not too near my kids’ Santa Monica or Atherton prep schools. I like my beamer in La Jolla and my Mercedes in Menlo Park, but not the fracking that might provide cheaper gas for Juan and Jose who drive a used 10-year-old Yukon 40 miles to work in Mendota.

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Megaprojects Invite Corruption

31st March 2014

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FBI agents posed as transit-oriented developers willing to bribe the mayor of Charlotte to get his support for a streetcar line, light rail, and related projects. The now-ex-mayor Patrick Cannon gladly accepted bribes in exchange for lying to investors and pushing city planning agencies to fast track the developments. When on the city council, Cannon had opposed construction of a streetcar line, but mysteriously changed his vote when he became mayor.

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Report: Obama Admin Released Tens of Thousands of Illegal Immigrant Criminals

31st March 2014

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President Obama’s Department of Homeland Security caught then released 68,000 aliens who had previously been convicted of a crime, a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies shows.

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Taxpayer-Funded ‘White Privilege’ Conference Blocks Reporter, Claims It’s ‘Private’

31st March 2014

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A taxpayer-supported conference that trains teachers of public schools and universities how to “dismantle” the “white privilege” and “white supremacy” in American schools being held in Wisconsin refused to allow a reporter to attend its sessions, claiming that the conference was a “private function.”

The White Privilege Conference, held from March 25 to 29 in Madison, Wisconsin, is a conference geared toward educating the state’s teachers on how to destroy all that white power coursing through the school system.

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National Journal: “Tech Pipeline Is Alarmingly White”

31st March 2014

Steve Sailer tries to help Voices of the Crust get their act together.

 Obviously, an even more disproportionate number of Asians took the computer science AP test, but we don’t have a conceptual category for whites and Asians combined.

Is there some well-known dessert that combines vanilla and lemon flavors? It would sure help the quality of discourse on education and demographics and discrimination if journalists had a food-based ethnic slur that lumps together whites + Asians.

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Black Death Was Not Spread by Rat Fleas, Say Researchers

31st March 2014

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Analysis of the bodies and of wills registered in London at the time has cast doubt on “facts” that every schoolchild has learned for decades: that the epidemic was caused by a highly contagious strain spread by the fleas on rats.

Now evidence taken from the human remains found in Charterhouse Square, to the north of the City of London, during excavations carried out as part of the construction of the Crossrail train line, have suggested a different cause: only an airborne infection could have spread so fast and killed so quickly.

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Study Backs Nonsurgical Way to Fix Heart Valves

31st March 2014

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A new study gives a boost to fixing a bad aortic valve, the heart’s main gate, without open-heart surgery. Survival rates were better one year later for people who had a new valve placed through a tube into an artery instead.

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100 Years of the Income Tax: Yes, Virginia, There Is Such a Thing as a Slippery Slope

30th March 2014

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An Ancient Virus May Be the Reason Human Stem Cells Can Transform

30th March 2014

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The embryonic stem cells responsible for producing every other type of cell in the human body gained their power from an ancient virus that copied itself into our DNA millions of years ago, according to new research. National Geographic reports that the discovery could lead to more effective stem-cell treatments for diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease, among other ailments.

Soon to be known as ‘the God virus’, I predict.

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San Francisco Police Officer Pay and Benefits

30th March 2014

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As John Derbyshire, Patron Saint of Dyspepsia, always says: ‘Get a government job!’

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The Idiot’s Guide to Smart People

30th March 2014

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I don’t care who you are, that’s funny.

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The Prestige of Elite Credentials

30th March 2014

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Here’s a simple test of who is “rich”: If you can afford $40,000 a year for your kid’s college tuition, congratulations, you’re rich.

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Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth Mayors Back Bullet Train

30th March 2014

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“If successful, Houstonians will have a reliable, private alternative that will help alleviate traffic congestion and drastically reduce travel times,” Houston Mayor Annise Parker said at a press conference at Houston City Hall.

Yeah, if you want to go from the center of Houston to the center of Dallas — or, worse, halfway between Dallas and Ft Worth — when they want you to go rather than when you want to go. Nobody, so far as I know, wants to do that.

Texas Central Railway announced in 2012 its plans to build a 200 mph rail line that would transport passengers between Dallas and Houston within 90 minutes. The company has said it will not require any public subsidies to fund the multibillion-dollar project, which it is developing in partnership with a Japanese firm, Central Japan Railway.

And if you believe that one, they’ll tell you another one.

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Hospitals Plot the End of Insurance Companies

30th March 2014

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At The Atlantic’s Health Care Forum in Washington on Thursday, health care and business professionals said that there’s an increasing trend in the industry toward cutting insurance companies out of the process entirely, as large, regional hospital systems move into the insurance business.

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The Right Not to Be Implicated

30th March 2014

Kevin Williamson speaks some inconvenient truth.

Hobby Lobby will make its case before the Supreme Court, maintaining that it should not be coerced by federal mandate to use its employee insurance programs to facilitate the purchase of certain birth-control devices that it regards as being more akin to abortion than to contraception. About the legal and technical questions, I have little to add to what Ed Whelan and other legal scholars writing here — all of them far more knowledgeable than I — already have written, except to note that it strikes my non-specialist’s sensibility as being self-evidently true that the Affordable Care Act fails to meet the relevant criterion in the Religious Freedom Restoration Act: that in those cases in which the federal government can demonstrate a compelling state interest in burdening the free exercise of religion, it must choose the least restrictive method of doing so. The English major in me has trouble getting the words “least restrictive” to jibe with “federal mandate.”

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Telecom Providers Want an End to the Landline

30th March 2014

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 are lobbying states, one by one, to hang up the plain, old telephone system, what the industry now calls POTS–the copper-wired landline phone system whose reliability and reach made the U.S. a communications powerhouse for more than 100 years.

Last week, Michigan joined more than 30 other states that have passed or are considering laws that restrict state-government oversight and eliminate “carrier of last resort” mandates, effectively ending the universal-service guarantee that gives every U.S. resident access to local-exchange wireline telephone service, the POTS. (There are no federal regulations guaranteeing Internet access.)

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A New—and Reversible—Cause of Aging

30th March 2014

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The essence of this finding is a series of molecular events that enable communication inside cells between the nucleus and mitochondria. As communication breaks down, aging accelerates. By administering a molecule naturally produced by the human body, scientists restored the communication network in older mice. Subsequent tissue samples showed key biological hallmarks that were comparable to those of much younger animals.

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Future Fabrics – A Technical Textiles Primer.

30th March 2014

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There was a time in the not too distant past when all of our clothes were truly organic, created along a clear path from seed to seam. Nowadays though, our textiles are not so much grown by farmers as they are developed by scientists who continuously search for new ways to make our clothes better, faster, and stronger.

This quest to meld textiles and technology has given us a whole new set of fabrics that continuously push the boundaries on what a garment can achieve, and today these cutting-edge materials have become almost commonplace. Performance wear and sportswear designers now share the common goal of crafting garments that not only stand out, but also out last their competitors, and so with these fabrics moving from REI up to Barneys, we figured we’d give you all a primer on some of the biggest names in high-tech textiles.

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Toward a Pill That Helps Us Learn as Fast as Kids

30th March 2014

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Takao Hensch, a Harvard professor of cellular biology who is part of the Boston Children’s team, has found that behavioral drugs like donepezil can help return the chemistry of the brain to so-called “critical periods” in its development—the times during early childhood when the brain was rapidly growing. Critical periods help explain why children younger than about 7 can pick up new skills, like language and music, much faster than adults can. This is why you see parents attempting to plant foreign languages in their kids while they’re still in Pampers. It’s much easier than trying to conjugate French verbs for the first time when you’re 30.

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Nanofiber Bandages Could Safely Seal Your Next Wound

30th March 2014

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Over-the-counter liquid bandages are great for sealing up minor cuts and scrapes, but sutures are still required to close most surgical incisions and deeper wounds. A group of scientists at the University of Maryland, however, have devised a way to apply a layer of 370 nanometer-wide biodegradable fibers to close and protect wounds using a standard airbrush machine.

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Why Almost Everything You’ve Been Told About Unhealthy Foods Is Wrong

30th March 2014

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Mainly because you trusted Voices of the Crust … like the Guardian.

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West Nile Virus May Have Met Its Match: Tobacco

30th March 2014

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Everything bad is good for you.

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Scientists Hail Synthetic Chromosome Advance

30th March 2014

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Scientists have created the first synthetic chromosome for yeast in a landmark for biological engineering.

Previously synthetic DNA has been designed and made for simpler organisms such as bacteria.

 

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Md. Lawmakers Raise Threat of Eminent Domain Against ‘House of Cards’

30th March 2014

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Maryland lawmakers are proposing to use the power of eminent domain to seize the property of the production company behind the Netflix streaming drama “House of Cards” unless the series keeps filming in the state.

The eminent domain threat was written into an amended budget bill passed by the state’s lower chamber Thursday. The Senate hasn’t taken it up.

More blue state fascism. Not really news, but a useful reminder.

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Thoughts From the Ammo Line

30th March 2014

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A few years ago, I moved from a blue to a red planet. No, wait, I moved from Minnesota to Arizona, but my point still stands. A metric ton of tedious lip service is paid to the concept of “diversity” in Minnesota (motto: “It’s Not Just the Landscape that Is Lily White!”)

My dusty little village in Arizona is the most diverse place I have ever lived. There’s obviously so much intermarriage that people no longer fit neatly into Census Bureau boxes. But, you’ve got your Native-Americans; you’ve got your African-Americans; you’ve got your Latinos, many of them legal; and you’ve got your Geezer-Americans, retirees of every hue and creed, dumping their Social Security checks into the slot machines and supporting the Native-Americans in a beautiful Circle of Life.

Everybody gets along. Everybody eats at the same three local diners. Everybody is polite. Everybody is smiley and friendly, even teenagers! Why?

Because everybody is armed to the teeth – cowboys, geezers, Iraqi vets, tattooed Latinos, nuns.

You see ranchers ambling through Walmart with .45 caliber 1911s on their hips in glorious Open Carry and nobody even bats an eyelash. In Minnesota, someone would dive under the Size 4XL Clearance Rack and call SWAT. In Arizona, you say “Good morning,” and the cowboy tips his Stetson and says, “Ma’am.”

That’s because they all share a common culture, i.e. Normal American. Try that in Neuww Yahk and some gangbanger from Bed-Stey would blow you away for ‘dissin’ him.

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Springtime in Paris

30th March 2014

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The mainstream media don’t want you to know it, but the rise of anti-Semitic attacks in Europe is largely an Islamic phenomenon. The vast majority of harassment and attacks against European Jews — probably more than 95% — are committed by culturally enriched “New Europeans” carrying out the scripturally-prescribed actions demanded by their religion.

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U.S. States Most and Least Likely to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse

30th March 2014

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Don’t say we never have useful stuff here.

(Movin’ to Montana soon … gonna be a dental floss tycoon….)

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The Shame Sham

30th March 2014

Jim Goad finds that his Bullshit Detector has gone off.

Like all societies before it, our society considers nothing more shameful than to be shameless. Thus, the Internet—which binds our society together like cheese binds a colon—is crammed with so much public shaming, it should be ashamed of itself.

Sticking your fist into the electronic beehive, you will be bitten by a thousand types of public shaming: age-shaming v. youth-shaming, slut-shaming v. virgin-shaming, fat-shaming v. skinny-shaming, and poor-shaming v. wealth-shaming. You will find liberals shaming liberals in the ongoing intersectionality wars, resulting in gay-on-gay shaming and black-on-black shaming.

Ain’t that a shame? Yes, it is. It’s a shame indeed, but don’t expect the public shamers to feel ashamed of their public shaming. Have they no shame? No, not for themselves. Like all moralists, they exist only to shame others.

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Identity Politics

30th March 2014

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It’s Not Just the Obama Administration That Is Flouting the Law, So Is the Fed

30th March 2014

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It was a clear violation of Section 14 (B) the Federal Reserve Act to buy $1.5 trillion of mortgages not guaranteed by the federal government. The agency hid behind Section 13.3 language allowing a broad scope of action under “unusual and exigent circumstances,” but the statute states clearly that Section 13.3 loans can only be short term and backed by high quality collateral, a requirement that was blatantly ignored.

It was also a violation of both the Fed statute and the Constitution to offload potential Fed losses from its hedge fund-like operations onto the Treasury, as was done stealthily via a note to the Fed’s Statistical Release H 4.1 dated January 6, 2011. The Treasury (ie. the taxpayers) having to bail out the Fed is not just a theoretical possibility. The just released Fed’s annual report shows a $53 billion unrealized loss.

It would also appear to be a violation of the Constitution to locate the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau created by the Dodd- Frank Act inside the Fed. The Constitution requires that all government expenditures be authorized and funded by Congress. The Fed has always been treated as an exception. It uses income on securities it has bought with newly created money to pay its bills and has not even been subject to Congressional oversight.

Having a secretive, self-funded, extra-constitutional agency inside government was bad enough when the Fed consisted of seven governors and a few staff members. The new Consumer Bureau already employs an estimated 1,359 people and keeps growing. Many of these employees were transferred from other government agencies where they formerly had been counted as part of the federal budget, but are now suddenly off-budget. If this is allowed to stand, what other federal agencies will be slipped inside the Fed in the future in order to reduce the reported Federal deficit?

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Climatistas Double Down on Stupid

30th March 2014

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When a liberal says it’s time for you to shut up, it usually means they’re losing an argument.  When they want you arrested and prosecuted, well. . .  Two weeks ago I noted here that the climatistas were getting so desperate that they were starting to call for climate skeptics to be arrested and prosecuted, because, like the Inquisition, the climatistas are in possession of the complete truth, so shut up.  Because science.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

30th March 2014

I Only Want to Be With You

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When Hell Was in Session

29th March 2014

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Admiral Jeremiah Denton died yesterday at the age of 89. Admiral Denton served seven-and-a-half years as a prisoner of war in Hanoi during the Vietnam War. Denton’s is a story that should be known by all Americans. In captivity Admiral Denton gave something beyond the last full measure of devotion. His is a story of almost unbelievable endurance, courage and patriotism.

And a reminder that for about a decade we were at war with a government that paid no attention to any Geneva Convention and treated our military about the same way that the S.S. treated Jews in concentration camps — and we buy shit from that country, under that government, today. That is the saddest thing about history that has happened in our lifetime.

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New York Police Arrest 42 over $642K in Alleged Welfare Fraud

29th March 2014

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How’s that War on Poverty coming?

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Common Core Forces Autistic Student in Missouri Into Class He Cannot Understand

29th March 2014

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One size fits all … if you’re all that one size.

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Blue State Residents Should be Seeing Red

29th March 2014

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WalletHub.com, a website that provides financial tools for consumers and small business owners, compared the complex and sometimes bizarre array of state and local taxes that residents face across the country. One surprising conclusion: politics matter. If you live in a state that tends to vote “Democrat” in national elections, on average, your total state and local tax bill will be more than one-third higher than someone who lives in a Republican-leaning state.

Shucks, I could have told you that. They don’t call Democrats the Tax And Spend party for nothing.

 

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Replica Bullets, Dud Shell Earn Weapons Conviction for Former Washington Man

29th March 2014

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Replica bullets and a dud shotgun shell got a man convicted of weapons charges in the nation’s capital, in a case gun rights activists say shows how overzealous authorities are trampling the Second Amendment.

Back in the U.S. … back in the U.S. … Back in the U.S.S.R….

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Maryland to Reportedly Abandon $125M ObamaCare Exchange for New System

29th March 2014

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‘Affordable Care’ Act? You keep using that phrase. I do not think it means what you think it means.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

29th March 2014

Solar Illuminated Address Mailbox.

Monkii Bars.

Carbon Fiber 3D Printer.

Flying Fire-Breathing Dragon.

Droplet Robotic Sprinkler.

MicrobeScope.

Flask Bracelet.

Fat Trike.

Cat Burger Pillow.

Foodini 3D Food Printer.

Laser-Engraved Rolling Pins.

Fuloon Inflatable Backseat Car Mattress.

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Arizona Teachers Union Fights Educational Opportunity for Disabled Children

28th March 2014

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The Arizona Supreme Court last week declined to hear the appeal of the teacher’s union to rule the Arizona Empowerment Scholarship Account Program (ESA) as unconstitutional. The appeals court’s ruling now stands, paving the way for more children to enroll in the program.

The ESA currently allows families of disabled students to attend the school of their choosing. They are allotted 90 percent of the funding that would have been spent for their education at a public school.

The state’s unions have opposed the ESA since it was introduced three years ago. The Arizona Federation of Teachers  (AFT) claims the program guts funding from public schools and diverts taxpayer funds to private schools. They called the program a “boondoggle” and said it is “unconscionable” that legislators would approve of it.

Look for … the Union label….

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Larger Lesson of “We Were Wrong about Saturated Fat”

28th March 2014

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The experts were staggeringly wrong about saturated fat…but they couldn’t possibly be wrong about “sugar and ultra-processed foods”. That makes no sense, but that’s what Bittman wrote (“increasingly apparent”). To me, what is increasingly apparent is that nutrition experts shouldn’t be trusted.

I don’t know what “ultra-processed foods” are but I am beginning to believe the experts are utterly wrong about sugar, too. As far as I can tell, sugar in the evening improves sleep — by a lot, if you get the details right — and nothing is more important than good sleep. If you have read The Shangri-La Diet, you already know that sugar alone cannot have caused the obesity epidemic. It is more complicated than that.

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