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Archive for July, 2014

Deaths in the Iliad: a Classics Infographic

31st July 2014

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I’m a sucker for infographics.

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Consulting Medieval Manuscripts Online

31st July 2014

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If, of course, that’s what you want to do.

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Private Schools vs. Caste Discrimination

31st July 2014

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Nearly 30% of children in India (ages 6-14) attend private schools and in some states and many urban regions a majority of the students attend private schools. Compared to the government schools, private schools perform modestly better on measures of learning (Muraldiharan and Sundararaman 2013, Tabarrok 2011) and much better on cost-efficiency. Moreover, even though the private schools are low cost and mostly serve very poor students they also have better facilities such as electricity, toilets, blackboards, desks, drinking water etc. than the government schools.

Caste discrimination in the government schools is also one of the reasons why the private schools focus on teaching English. Among the Dalits, English is understood as the language of liberation not just because it offers greater job prospects but even more because Hindi, Sanskrit and the regional languages are burdened by and interwoven with a history of Dalit oppression. As one Dalit put it, “No one knows how to curse me as well as in Tamil.”

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Red Pill Blues

31st July 2014

John Derbyshire, Patron Saint of Dyspepsia, wants to sell out, if only he can find a buyer.

I want to believe that diversity is our strength; that Islam is a religion of peace; that the Republican Party is a force for conservatism; that if George thinks he is a woman, then by golly he is a woman—his cock, balls, beard, and 37.2 trillion Y-chromosomes notwithstanding; that my personality will survive when my brain is destroyed; that if not for the cruel legacy of colonialism, black African nations would by now have Mars colonies and world-conquering commercial enterprises; that poverty causes crime; that gay is just as good as straight; that a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle; that I have free will; that importing one-quarter of the population of Guyana has been good for the U.S.A., and for Guyana; that IQ tests measure nothing of life-history significance, only the ability to pass IQ tests; that there is no such thing as race; that a loving invisible god is watching over me and listening to my mumbled preferences, when not attending to necessary maintenance chores elsewhere in the Virgo Supercluster; that women’s sports are interesting for non-lesbians to watch even when not conducted in skimpy bikinis; that 10,000 hours of dogged practice will make me a first-class tennis player; that Guatemalan gangbangers will become family-values conservatives once they have touched the magic soil of the U.S.A.; that invoking “culture” (which means: the customary behaviors of a people) as an explanation for the customary behaviors of a people increases our understanding; that black kids will do just as well as white kids academically as soon as we fix the schools; that some person somewhere knows how to fix the schools …

I want to believe the pretty lies. I’ve had enough of depressive realism. I want to take the blue pill. Where’s the nearest retail outlet?

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Global Warming Hoax: The Basics

31st July 2014

Read it. And watch the video.

This video is a nice, four-minute summary of some of the basics of the global warming debate. It was shot at the Heartland Institute’s 9th International Conference on Climate Change, between July 7 and July 9. If you have followed the science closely, you won’t learn anything you didn’t already know. But it is a good introduction for those who are new to the science, and an enjoyable overview for anyone.

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5 Ways the ‘Billionaires’ Club’ Runs the EPA

31st July 2014

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According to a new report from the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, a “club of billionaires” including Tom Steyer and Hank Paulson has effectively hijacked the Environmental Protection Agency for its own purposes – to grow the EPA and regulate the economy from stem to stern.

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Report Reveals ‘Disturbing Trend’ of Brazen Attacks Against Border Security by Gangs, Drug and Human Traffickers

31st July 2014

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A game warden hit in the head with a rock while trying to seize a raft. Police officers wounded in an hours-long standoff with a gang member wanted for murder. Criminals spewing obscenities and death threats at local cops before asking for – and receiving – medical treatment.

And that was just last week.

A weekly report distributed by a Texas state agency to senior law enforcement officials paints a grim picture of the Mexican border, where authorities regularly confront illegal immigrant gang members and draw automatic gunfire from across the Rio Grande, and where local, state and federal authorities fight a never-ending battle against drug smugglers.

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The Animals That Taste Only Saltiness

30th July 2014

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Just in case you were wondering. I know I was.

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An Advance in Tractor-Beam Technology

30th July 2014

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While most of the documented experiments with tractor-beam technology so far have involved light waves, the team from Dundee used sound waves to manipulate a half-inch triangular prism made of metal and rubber, successfully pulling the target toward the source of the acoustic beam. Half an inch may not sound like much, but it’s a vast improvement on fifty nanometres. The experiment was part of a larger project across four U.K. universities—Bristol, Southampton, Glasgow, and Dundee—and took nine months to complete. The results have been published in Physical Review Letters.

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The Preppy Style & Clothes Primer

30th July 2014

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For those of ye not of the Crust. You know who you are.

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How Obamacare Made Health Insurance Industry ‘Villains’ Into White House Partners

30th July 2014

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Recall, for a moment, how health insurers were treated by Democrats in the Obamacare debate. They were the bad guys, in no uncertain terms. “They’ve been immoral all along,” Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), then the House Majority Leader said in July 2009, as the debate over the government-run public option raged. “They [insurers] are the villains in this. They have been part of the problem in a major way.”

Democrats found some success in casting insurers as the antagonists, and made a show of targeting health insurers. “It is well known to the public that the health insurance companies are the problem,” Pelosi said in October as she warned insurers how much the health law would cost them.

So, how did Obamacare end up punishing the big, bad insurance company villains? By creating a federal program to help cover their costs in the event of higher than anticipated spending—and then expanding that program at the request of the insurers following the launch of the health law’s exchanges last year.

They just wanted them on board. The National Socialists had this “join us or die” tactic down to a science.

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The ‘Billionaire’s Club’ Behind the Green Movement

30th July 2014

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When billionaires get into something, it’s because there’s money in it. That, you can depend on. Somehow, some way, they will gain an advantage by it.

Think about that next time you hear Warren Buffet or Bill Gates calling for the government to increase their taxes.

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Will NLRB Ruling on McDonald’s Franchises Speed Up Low-Wage Job Automation?

30th July 2014

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Hint: Yes. The more expensive the government makes it to hire actual people, the more we approach the point where it will be cost effective to use robots instead.

Markets work, even when you don’t want them to. Statists keep forgetting that they’re shooting at a moving target.

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Your ‘Craft’ Rye Whiskey Is Probably From a Factory Distillery in Indiana

30th July 2014

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Read the promotional materials for the Rancho de Los Luceros Destilaría and you form an image of a supremely artisanal effort. The distillery creates “small batch heirloom spirits handcrafted in New Mexico.” Each batch of their rye whiskies, vodka, and gin is “individual and unique,” and “each bottle is hand bottled and hand marked with batch and bottle number.”

These are the standard selling points of the craft-distilling movement, with its locavore lingo, terroir talk, and handmade hype. But, in the new crowd of micro-distillers, it is now standard for the alcohol being sold to come not from their own distinctive stills, but from a hulking factory in Indiana.

A poseur and his money are soon parted. Color me amused.

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Why It Makes Sense to Bike Without a Helmet

30th July 2014

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As I was cycling home the other night I came across a few of my fellow students from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Several of them asked me: Where is your bike helmet?

I get this question a lot. I have made a careful and conscientious choice to not wear a helmet when I’m cycling in urban areas because I strongly believe that it will help improve the overall safety of cycling in the long run.

It’s an unintuitive position to take. People have tried to reason with me that because I’ve spent so much money and time developing my brain, and the cost of an injury would be so devastating, it’s clearly more important to wear a helmet. But if we start looking into the research, there’s a strong argument to be made that wearing a bike helmet may actually increase your risk of injury, and increase the risk of injury of all the cyclists around you.

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Adaptive Material Could Cut the Cost of Solar in Half

30th July 2014

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A material with optical properties that change to help it capture more incoming sunlight could cut the cost of solar power in half, according to Glint Photonics, a startup recently funded by the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E).

Glint’s adaptive material greatly reduces the cost of a tracking system used in some types of solar power. It changes its reflectivity in response to heat from concentrated sunlight in a way that makes it possible capture light coming in at different angles throughout the day.

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Government-Funded Study: Why Is Wikipedia Sexist?

30th July 2014

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) is spending over $200,000 to find out why Wikipedia is sexist.

The government has awarded two grants for collaborative research to professors at Yale University and New York University to study what the researchers describe as “systematic gender bias” in the online encyclopedia.

I’m a sexist, you’re a sexist, he’s a sexist, she’s a sexist, wouldn’t you like to be a sexist too?

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Getting Uut the Muslim Vote in Tennessee

30th July 2014

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Did the script have the boy scouts tell their co-religionists that Allah says they can only vote for another Muslim?

The kids know what’s in their Islamic school textbook “What Islam Is All About”:

Allah says in this ayah [verse in the Quran] not to take non-Muslims as protectors. (3:118,4:144) Only fellow Muslims you can rely on should have authority or power over you. Because in the end, a non-Muslim who knows you, and who doesn’t accept Islam, is a rebel against Allah’s way of life and will harm you in the end or try to make you like him or her.

Republican candidate Aljabbary’s other mosque member Drost Kokoye, is all about identity politics and says, “I really don’t even like being called an American.” She was even willing to abet voter registration fraud.

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Ransoming Citizens, Europe Becomes Al Qaeda’s Patron

29th July 2014

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Kidnapping Europeans for ransom has become a global business for Al Qaeda, bankrolling its operations across the globe.

While European governments deny paying ransoms, an investigation by The New York Times found that Al Qaeda and its direct affiliates have taken in at least $125 million in revenue from kidnappings since 2008, of which $66 million was paid just in the past year.

In various news releases and statements, the United States Treasury Department has cited ransom amounts that, taken together, put the total at around $165 million over the same period.

These payments were made almost exclusively by European governments, who funnel the money through a network of proxies, sometimes masking it as development aid, according to interviews conducted for this article with former hostages, negotiators, diplomats and government officials in 10 countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The inner workings of the kidnapping business were also revealed in thousands of pages of internal Qaeda documents found by this reporter while on assignment for The Associated Press in northern Mali last year.

In its early years Al Qaeda received most of its money from deep-pocketed donors, but counterterrorism officials now believe the group finances the bulk of its recruitment, training and arms purchases from ransoms paid to free Europeans.

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Where Ukraine’s Separatists Get Their Weapons

29th July 2014

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On the last day of May, a surface-to-air rocket was signed out of a military base near Moscow where it had been stored for more than 20 years.

According to the ornate Cyrillic handwriting in the weapon’s Russian Defence Ministry logbook, seen by Reuters, the portable rocket, for use with an Igla rocket launcher, was destined for a base in Rostov, some 50 km (31 miles) from the Ukrainian border. In that area, say U.S. officials, lies a camp for training Ukrainian separatist fighters.

Three weeks later the rocket and its logbook turned up in eastern Ukraine, where government troops seized them from pro-Russian separatists.

The logbook, which is more than 20 pages long, records that rocket 03181 entered service on May 21, 1993, and had regular tests as recently as 2005 to make sure it was in fighting form. The seal of the Russian Defence Ministry has been stamped over the signature sending the weapon to Rostov.

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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

29th July 2014

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His old race-pimp extortion targets must be all tapped out.

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Indian Techies-in-Training Face Down MAN-EATING LEOPARD – and WIN

29th July 2014

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For whenever you are minded to complain about your day….

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World War T as Diversity Trump Card for the Powerful

29th July 2014

Steve Sailer connects the dots.

One factor in the rapid triumph of World War T is the opportunity it gives some powerful men to rack up massive Diversity Points by publicizing their friendships with trans “women.” For a male politician, friendship with a trans “woman” comes with about 100X times the Pokemon Points of a normal woman; and, even better, the trans don’t chatter on and on about boring girl stuff like real women do.

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One Box of Sudafed Over the Line: Florida Woman Arrested for Trying to Relieve Allergy Symptoms

29th July 2014

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While shopping with her husband in Quincy, Florida, on July 19, 2010, Mickey Goodson stopped by a Winn-Dixie drugstore to pick up some allergy pills. The pharmacist on duty suggested she buy two boxes of Sudafed, which she did. Thus began Goodson’s entanglement with the criminal justice system, which featured searches of her car and home, along with drug charges that were not dropped until September 2011.

My advice: Avoid Florida.

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Illegal Immigrants Protest Outside White House, With Little Fear of Repercussions

29th July 2014

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Illegal immigrant demonstrators were protesting outside the White House on Monday – but don’t expect America’s immigration officers to intervene.

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement official indicated that even if the protesters end up getting arrested by D.C. police, they’d have to be serious criminals for ICE to get involved.

“Unless the individuals meet ICE’s enforcement priorities, it’s unlikely that the agency would get involved in the case,” the official told FoxNews.com.

Gee, I thought that apprehending criminals wherever found was an ‘enforcement priority’ for any law enforcement agency. Guess I was wrong.

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Soviet Defector’s Trove of KGB Secrets Released

28th July 2014

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Original documents from one of the biggest intelligence leaks in history — a who’s who of Soviet spying — were released Monday after being held in secret for two decades.

The files smuggled out of Russia in 1992 by senior KGB official Vasili Mitrokhin describe sabotage plots, booby-trapped weapons caches and armies of agents under cover in the West — the real-life inspiration for the fictional Soviet moles in “The Americans” TV series.

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Intervention Leads to More Intervention

28th July 2014

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Shipping oil by train is much more dangerous than shipping by pipeline. But the federal government has a number of regulations that slow or even prevent building of pipelines. One intervention–preventing the construction of pipelines–leads oil to be carried in more hazardous ways. In response, the government does not reduce the regulation that slows the building of pipelines. Instead it regulates shipping by train.

High taxes motivate businesses to move their operations overseas. The government’s response is not to improve the tax climate, but rather to make it illegal to move operations overseas. Same principle.

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A New Project Stashes Carbon Dioxide in the Form of Minerals.

27th July 2014

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 How can we get rid of excess CO2? Geologist Juerg Matter of the University of Southampton, U.K. is a principal investigator of the Iceland-based project CarbFix, whose recent results show it has safely stored nearly 170 tons of carbon dioxide underground by reaction with minerals—stashing it in rock so it can’t leak out again. The next step is to go big.

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Segway Inventor Dean Kamen Thinks His New Stirling Engine Will Get You Off the Grid for Under $10K

27th July 2014

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If, of course, that’s what you want to do.

I have always been fascinated by Stirling engines, and I must confess that (like hydraulic rams) no matter how many times I read the explanations of how they work, I still don’t have a clue.

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‘Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League’

27th July 2014

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These enviable youngsters appear to be the winners in the race we have made of childhood. But the reality is very different, as I have witnessed in many of my own students and heard from the hundreds of young people whom I have spoken with on campuses or who have written to me over the last few years. Our system of elite education manufactures young people who are smart and talented and driven, yes, but also anxious, timid, and lost, with little intellectual curiosity and a stunted sense of purpose: trapped in a bubble of privilege, heading meekly in the same direction, great at what they’re doing but with no idea why they’re doing it.

When I speak of elite education, I mean prestigious institutions like Harvard or Stanford or Williams as well as the larger universe of second-tier selective schools, but I also mean everything that leads up to and away from themthe private and affluent public high schools; the ever-growing industry of tutors and consultants and test-prep courses; the admissions process itself, squatting like a dragon at the entrance to adulthood; the brand-name graduate schools and employment opportunities that come after the B.A.; and the parents and communities, largely upper-middle class, who push their children into the maw of this machine. In short, our entire system of elite education.

The Children of the Crust don’t want the competition.

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Is Detroit’s New Light Rail Line America’s Greatest Boondoggle?

27th July 2014

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Hint: Quite possibly.

A $137 million three-mile train is coming to a nearly deserted avenue in a bankrupt city.

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Sun, Wind and Drain

27th July 2014

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SUBSIDIES for renewable energy are one of the most contested areas of public policy. Billions are spent nursing the infant solar- and wind-power industries in the hope that they will one day undercut fossil fuels and drastically reduce the amount of carbon dioxide being put into the atmosphere. The idea seems to be working. Photovoltaic panels have halved in price since 2008 and the capital cost of a solar-power plant—of which panels account for slightly under half—fell by 22% in 2010-13. In a few sunny places, solar power is providing electricity to the grid as cheaply as conventional coal- or gas-fired power plants.

But whereas the cost of a solar panel is easy to calculate, the cost of electricity is harder to assess. It depends not only on the fuel used, but also on the cost of capital (power plants take years to build and last for decades), how much of the time a plant operates, and whether it generates power at times of peak demand. To take account of all this, economists use “levelised costs”—the net present value of all costs (capital and operating) of a generating unit over its life cycle, divided by the number of megawatt-hours of electricity it is expected to supply.

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Feminist Professor Pleads No Contest to Assaulting Pro-Life Teen

27th July 2014

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Miller-Young, who teaches feminist and black cultural studies courses — which includes classes on pornography, sex work, and a specialization in “queer theory” — reportedly confronted the young girls by loudly talking over them at first, then she ridiculed them and called them names. The professor’s behavior escalated when destroyed some of the pro-life group’s signage and physically assaulted Thrin, inflicting minor injuries on the young girl.

The Short sisters took video of Miller-Young physically pushing and swinging her arms at the teen, and posted it to YouTube.

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Sex Trouble: Feminists Worry That Disney Movies Are Making Girls Heterosexual

27th July 2014

The Other McCain is on the case.

Is your daughter a victim of male oppression? Blame Aladdin – as well as The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, The Lion King and Toy Story 2.

Disney cartoons and other G-rated children’s movies are full of “gendered sexuality,” subjecting women to the male “objectifying gaze,” as “heterosexuality is constructed through hetero-romantic love relationships as exceptional, powerful, magical, and transformative.”

These were the conclusions of Women’s Studies professors Karin Martin and Emily Kazyak in their 2009 research paper, “Hetero-Romantic Love and Heterosexiness in Children’s G-Rated Films.” The sociologists examined “all the G-rated films grossing $100 million dollars or more between 1990 and 2005? and found that these movies convey what feminists call “heteronormativity”….

Or, in other words, ‘normal’. But normality is the thought-crime that feminists hate, because it interferes with their artificially constructed ideologically based world-view that they seek to impose on Reality.

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Australia’s Carbon Tax Debacle Shows Why It’s a Bad Idea

27th July 2014

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Australia leapfrogged from being an environmental laggard (initially refusing to even sign the Kyoto Protocol) to a leader when its Green Party-backed Labor prime minister imposed a tax two years ago. It required Australia’s utilities and industries to pay $23 per ton of greenhouse gas emissions.

But the tax was an instant debacle.

Australia is even more coal-dependent than America, using it for 75 percent of its energy needs (compared to 42 percent in America). But contrary to green expectations, the tax didn’t prompt companies to rush toward renewable sources, because they are far costlier.

Rather, utilities passed their costs to households — whose energy bills soared by 20 percent in the first year. Other industries that face hyper-competitive environment such as airlines suffered massive losses. (Virgin Australia alone reported about $25 million in losses in just six months.) The tax also made Australian exports globally uncompetitive, deepening the country’s recession.

This spawned a backlash that brought down the Labor government and catapulted into office the Liberal Party’s Tony Abbott, who made a “blood promise” to ditch the tax, which he kept.

This is the truth that politicians rarely learn: Businesses don’t pay taxes; they merely collect them from their customers and pass the proceeds on to the government. If the extra burden of the tax is something that their customers are unwilling to pay, then the business fails, and that profits nobody.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

27th July 2014

Simply Irresistable

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You’re Not Allowed Science Any More

26th July 2014

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A fable for our times.

 

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Parkour Group Brings ‘Assassin’s Creed’ to Life in Paris

26th July 2014

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Assassin’s Creed has always made it easy to pull off incredible acrobatic moves with little more than a tap of a button, but those video game leaps are nothing compared to seeing real parkour practitioners weave their way through the urban jungle.

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This Tree Produces 40 Different Types of Fruit

26th July 2014

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Working with a pool of over 250 varieties of stone fruit, Van Aken developed a timeline of when each of them blossom in relationship to each other and started grafting a few onto a working tree’s root structure. Once the working tree was about two years old, Van Aken used a technique called chip grafting to add more varieties on as separate branches. This technique involves taking a sliver off a fruit tree that includes the bud, and inserting that into an incision in the working tree. It’s then taped into place, and left to sit and heal over winter. If all goes well, the branch will be pruned back to encourage it to grow as a normal branch on the working tree.

After about five years and several grafted branches, Van Aken’s first Tree of 40 Fruit was complete.

Aken’s Tree of 40 Fruit looks like a normal tree for most of the year, but in spring it reveals a stunning patchwork of pink, white, red and purple blossoms, which turn into an array of plums, peaches, apricots, nectarines, cherries and almonds during the summer months, all of which are rare and unique varieties.

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Andrew Cuomo Investigated for Corruption in Blocking Investigations Into Corruption

26th July 2014

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For years — since before he was NY State’s governor — we’ve raised questions about Andrew Cuomo’s activities. When he was Attorney General, he often used that position to grandstand around various issues that sounded good politically, but were real world disasters. He browbeat ISPs into policing the internet, when they had no legal obligation to, with bogus threats of lawsuits — even pushing them to install spyware to snoop on everyone’s traffic. He was among the leaders of the group of Attorneys General who wanted to blame high-profile internet companies for the way consumers used them, and he tried to broker a “3 strikes” system to kick file sharers offline. Since becoming governor, he’s been embroiled in a bunch of scandals, including having staffers use private email accounts to hide their work from Freedom of Information laws.

Now, however, things are heating up. The NY Times has reported that Cuomo’s greatly hyped “corruption commission” appeared to be nothing more than a front group for Cuomo himself. That is, he seemed fine with it investigating “corruption” of others, but if it came anywhere near him or his friends, Cuomo’s people ordered the commission to back away — and they did.

Yet Another Corrupt Democrat Politician. Not really news, but a useful reminder.

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Indianapolis Parking Lot Transformed Into Giant Dynamic Artwork

26th July 2014

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This is pretty slick. And anything that can be done to decrease the ugliness of the typical parking garage is a step in the right direction.

Actually, what I’d like to see is a giant map of the parking spaces showing what’s empty and what’s occupied, that you can see on your way in. Now THAT would be useful.

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The Ship That Totally Failed to Change the World

26th July 2014

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The NS Savannah, which cost $50m, was launched 55 years ago this week. It was to be an ambassador of sorts – the world’s first nuclear-propelled merchant ship and a symbol of safety and faith in the fuel of the future.

I remember the Savannah, and always wondered what happened to it.

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Globetrotting Harvard Prof Takes Break From Jet-Setting to Gripe About Climate Change Deniers

26th July 2014

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Naomi Oreskes, a Harvard University professor who flies around the world in pollutant-spewing jumbo jet airliners to proclaim that climate change is a terrible menace, has co-written another book warning about the planet’s dire environmental situation.

Nothing reveals the truth behind the ‘climate change’ racket more directly than looking at the lifestyles of those who push it. It rapidly becomes clear that they don’t believe their own nonsense; it’s just a slogan with which they can scare power and money out of the gullible — who, unfortunately in these degenerate modern times, all have the vote and use it to put thieves and demagogues into power.

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Startups Are Finally Hacking Healthcare

26th July 2014

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And about fargin’ time, too.

New companies are going around the traditional “front door” of FDA approval, insurers and healthcare institutions by launching ‘Healthcare 2.0’ companies that target consumers and self-insured employers, upending the health sector through the use of innovative digital and social technologies.

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My Day – and Welcome to It

26th July 2014

Always Nice

If you don’t subscribe to Savage Chickens, you’re missing one of life’s great pleasures.

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Obama Rejects Kurds’ Plea for Help Against ISIS

26th July 2014

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President Obama famously failed to act when warned that ISIS was preparing to mount an offensive in Western Iraq. This left ISIS free to conquer, with virtually no resistance, city after city in the defense of which American soldiers have shed blood.

Now Obama is receiving new warnings, this time from the Kurds in Northern Iraq. In fact, according to the Washington Post, the Kurds are “pleading for U.S. military aid.”

Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, the Obama administration has rejected Kurdish pleas for arms with which to fight ISIS. Its rationale is that assistance must come through the central government.

But the central government is (a) dysfunctional and (b) unwilling to lift a finger to help the Kurds in any case. In fact, the Iraq government’s unwillingness to “play nice” with the Kurds has been part of the Obama administration’s rationale for not doing more to help the government.

 

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Gaza Crisis: Humanitarian Cease-Fire Between Israel, Hamas Takes Effect

26th July 2014

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For ‘humanitarian cease-fire’ read ‘pause while Hamas regroups and re-supplies before continuing‘.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

26th July 2014

Watch that will project time on your wrist.

The Swash machine.

Cordless Ultrasonic Rodent Repeller. Let’s set one up on Capitol Hill….

Chainmail running shoes. I am not making this up.

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Convicted Ex-Los Angeles Councilman Will Continue Collecting Six-Figure Pension

25th July 2014

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Hey, he stole that money fair and square.

Former Los Angeles Councilman Richard AlarcónCredit: SEIU International / photo on flickrRichard Alarcón’s was convicted of four felonies this week, including voter fraud and perjury. It turned out he lied about where he lived in 2007 and 2009 in order to represent the city’s District 7. His wife was also convicted of three counts.

But he will keep his pension, which totals $116,000 a year for that short stint on the City Council.

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Nancy Pelosi: Moses Was a Refugee Too, Just Like Baby Jesus

25th July 2014

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And he was a Jew, too, just like Baby Jesus! Wow, what an amazing coincidence!

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