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New Ebola Vaccine Shows 100 Percent Effectiveness In Early Tests

31st July 2015

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A paper published today in the British medical journal Lancet reports that the vaccine, which has been tested in Guinea since March 2015, has shown extraordinary results so far, with 4,123 people voluntarily vaccinated and all safe from the disease.

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Trick Question: What’s the Difference Between a Democrat and a Socialist?

31st July 2015

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This is entertaining: Debbie Wasserman Schultz struggles to explain how a Democrat is different from a socialist. It apparently is a question that has never occurred to her before….

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Private Schools Saving the Day in the Third World

31st July 2015

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 It turns out, inefficient public education isn’t just an American or even a Western problem. Across the world, public schools are failing kids, yet there’s some good news to be had: private schools are on the rise, even in the poorest of countries.

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Obamacare’s Government-Backed Nonprofit Health Plans Are a Disaster—and Could Cost Taxpayers Billions

31st July 2015

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

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Thought for the Day

31st July 2015

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

31st July 2015

UK terror suspect allegedly tried to buy enough ricin to kill 1400

Afghan Taliban praise new leader in statement

US long suspected Pakistan of sheltering late Taliban leader Mullah Omar, report says

Palestinian Summer Camps Preach Jihad and Train Youth to Become Terrorists

Somalia: Islamic Terrorists Are Easy, Corruption Is Hard

India hangs man convicting of funding 1993 Mumbai bombing

War with ISIS: US and Turkey yet to determine which Syrian fighters to support in battle against militants

Husband found guilty of murdering mother-in-law in Pakistan after his wife left him

Afghan intelligence officials confirm death of Taliban leader Mullah Omar

Turkey Turns on Its Jihadists Next Door

‘I am an American’ says man sentenced to prison for trying to join ISIS

FBI: Islamic State sympathizer charged in backpack bomb plot

Pakistan police kill Sunni militant leader, 13 others in gun battle

ISIL and the Palestinian Paradox

America and Turkey to create Syria buffer-zone as tensions rise over strikes against Kurds

Gun battle between two rival groups leaves 21 dead at wedding party in Afghanistan

In Punjab Shootings, Signs of Terror Attacks Resuming in India?

U.S. State Dept. Blocks Christians from Testifying about Islamist Persecution

The Coastal Shield Brigade: A New Pro-Assad Militia

How Turkey Fights the Islamic State

How ISIS Makes Money From The Art Market

Punjab police station attack leaves at least five dead

Assad Uzzaman: Last of the ‘Portsmouth jihadis’ killed in Syria whilst fighting for ISIS

Turkey calls for NATO meeting after airstrikes against ISIS, Kurdish rebels

Iraqi forces retake Anbar University from ISIS, officials say

US, Turkey negotiate Syria ‘safe zone’ against ISIS as Turkey targets Kurds

Gunfight at Afghanistan wedding kills 21, wounds 8, official says

War with Isis: Assad admits he has given up on parts of Syria

Nigeria suicide bomb attack: 15 dead in attack on city in northern Nigeria

Yemen ceasefire called by Saudi coalition just days after an airstrike killed 120 in Mokha

Somali Islamists kill at least 13 people in attack on Mogadishu hotel

Lincoln U.’s Kaukab Siddique: Jews ‘Rabid Dogs,’ ISIS Atrocities Mere ‘Propaganda’

Islamist “Justice” for Christian Mother in Pakistan

ISIS threat: David Cameron to discuss plans to tackle ‘common enemy’ with Indonesia and Malaysia on trip to South East Asia

Suicide bomber kills at least 10 in northern Cameroon

2 Turkish soldiers die in car bomb attack in mainly Kurdish province

Turkish airstrikes against PKK in Iraq throw two-year ceasefire with Kurds into jeopard

Muslim boarding school rated ‘good’ by Ofsted threatens to expel pupils for mixing with ‘outsiders’

Palestinian official assassinated in Lebanese refugee camp

Turkey Enters the War Against the Islamic State

Saudi-led coalition airstrikes kill more than 120 in Yemen

Turkey hits Kurdish militant camps in northern Iraq

Australian Islamic State nurse arrested on return home

Turkish jets target Kurds in Iraq, Islamic State militants in Syria

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White Ex-DD Official Sues City, Claims He Was Called ‘Cracker’ and Fired Over Race

31st July 2015

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A former District of Columbia official brought in to help straighten out mismanagement at the Department of Public Works is suing the city, claiming he was harassed, intimidated and then fired for being white.

The former city worker says he was repeatedly called “cracker” and “white boy” by black members of the department while in the presence of other managers. On his last day on the job as a deputy fleet administrator, Christopher Lyons said he found a sign on his door that said, “Get Out White Boy!”

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This Giant Free-Form 3D Printer Can Print Houses

30th July 2015

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The good folks at Branch Technology, a startup founded by architects in Chattanooga, Tennessee, are developing technology that would allow architects and constructors much more freedom in the kind of buildings they erect. Using a repurposed automotive manufacturing robot made by Kuka, the Branch team developed a giant free-form 3D printer that extrudes a mix of plastic and carbon fiber. This is used to create a 3D lattice which is then reinforced with denser, stronger materials like concrete, eventually becoming a solid structure. The idea being that walls of pretty much any shape can be pre-built this way, and sent in scaffolding form to the construction site. Once there, construction workers assemble them and fill them with stronger materials, turning a fanciful curved wall into a permanent structural element. Each modular element fits together with the others like LEGO, making it possible for a project manager to simply send a digital file to Branch, only to later receive a completed framework for their building, ready for solidification and assembly.

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How Turkey’s Fight Against ISIS Advances Its War Against the Kurds

30th July 2015

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The Kurdish Workers’ Party, known as the PKK, was locked in a bloody war with the Turkish state from the mid-1980s until 2013. The cease-fire has, for all intents and purposes, been destroyed. Turkey is battling both ISIS and the PKK under the guise of fighting terrorism. Yet Turkish attempts to conflate ISIS and the PKK–even in the wake of the suicide bombing in a Kurdish border town that killed 32 young people–effectively ask people to overlook some salient facts.

Attempts to conflate Kurdish resistance with ISIS are designed to play on old, deeply rooted Turkish fears. A declaration of a state of emergency in Turkey would give the Justice and Development Party (or AKP), which lost its parliamentary majority in June elections, more flexibility to crack down on political opponents such as the Kurdish majority People’s Democratic Party. More than 1,300 people have been detained recently under the guise of cracking down on domestic PKK and ISIS elements in Turkey.

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Conspiracy or Code of Conduct?

30th July 2015

John C. Wright sums it up.

One of the arguments against the Anthropogenic Global Falsehood Theory is that so many scientists cannot be cooperating in maintaining a falsehood because such a conspiracy could not be maintained secretly.

I propose a simple rebuttal: the thing is not a conspiracy. It is a code of conduct that springs out of the worldview called Political Correctness.

When a large group of people take it as a maxim of their code of conduct that believing what is politically useful rather than what is true, it is not a secret that they do not believe nor say the truth. This is not a conspiracy except in the sense that Taoism or Monarchism is a conspiracy.

It is a shared worldview. Political Correctness differs from other shared worldviews in that it is, at its core, at its root, utterly dishonest. Political Correctness is the attempt to think whatever is approved thought, and not to think the truth. Whether it counts as lying when you yourself pretend you believe the lie with all your might is an interesting question for a psychopathologist. From a practical point of view, it is a lie.

So if everyone in the worldview lies, and lies in the same way about the same topics, this is not a conspiracy. It is not secret. Everyone outside the cult (who cares to look) knows political correctness is a lie.

It is a lie about … everything.

 

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Forging a Katana

30th July 2015

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Thought for the Day

30th July 2015

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Muslim Rapists Prefer Blondes

30th July 2015

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I guess there are areas in which Black Lives Don’t Matter.

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Donald Trump Winning Facebook by a Landslide

30th July 2015

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Which confirms every misgiving I’ve ever had about Facebook.

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‘What lion?’ Zimbabweans Ask, Amid Global Cecil Circus

30th July 2015

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For most people in the southern African nation, where unemployment tops 80 percent and the economy continues to feel the after-effects of billion percent hyperinflation a decade ago, the uproar had all the hallmarks of a ‘First World Problem’.

“Are you saying that all this noise is about a dead lion? Lions are killed all the time in this country,” said Tryphina Kaseke, a used-clothes hawker on the streets of Harare. “What is so special about this one?”

Very sensible.

“Why are the Americans more concerned than us?” said Joseph Mabuwa, a 33-year-old father-of-two cleaning his car in the center of the capital. “We never hear them speak out when villagers are killed by lions and elephants in Hwange.”

A very good question….

 

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43 Different Ways To Lace Shoes

30th July 2015

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If, of course, you still use shoe laces.

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Pathway to Codswallop

30th July 2015

Steyn on illegal immigration.

Every sentient Republican voter knows that “comprehensive immigration reform” is Beltway-speak for legalizing 30 million law-breakers while incentivizing 30 million more.

On their public statements, it is difficult to know what these guys really believe on immigration from one week to the next. Which in itself is rather strange: after all, among what Hillary Clinton calls “everyday Americans”, most people who want an end to illegal immigration have held that view consistently for some time; they were not, a year ago, gung ho for amnesty, in-state tuition discounts, no-questions-asked drivers’ licenses, pathways to citizenship, and another 30 million unskilled Latin-American peasants to start the comprehensive tango anew. But half their presidential candidates were. Odd. Yet, if you had to plump for one side or the other, if you had to toss a coin, wouldn’t the safer bet be that, with all the above, it’s their amnesty phase (which oddly enough tends to occur in the presidential off-season) that represents their genuine position?

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The Laser Revolution: This Time It May Be Real

29th July 2015

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The Navy’s 30-kilowatt weapon is currently the only operational laser in the US military that can blow things up. (Targeting lasers and non-lethal “dazzlers” are commonplace). But other weapons are in the works.

Air Force Special Operations Command wants to put a high-powered laser into a future version of its AC-130 gunship. “Block 60 with the laser, that’s not 10 years out; Block 60 is a couple years out,” said AFSOC commander Lt. Gen. Brad Heithold.

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The First Rule of White Club

29th July 2015

Steve Sailer looks at the New James Baldwin.

America’s foremost public intellectual, Ta-Nehisi Coates, has published a new best-selling minibook, Between the World and Me, that’s interesting for what it reveals about a forbidden subject: the psychological damage done by pervasive black violence to soft, sensitive, bookish souls such as Coates. The Atlantic writer’s black radical parents forced the frightened child to grow up in Baltimore’s black community, where he lived in constant terror of the other boys. Any white person who wrote as intensely about how blacks scared him would be career-crucified out of his job, so it’s striking to read Coates recounting at length how horrible it is to live around poor blacks if you are a timid, retiring sort.

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Sometimes It’s Easier to Care About Dead Lions Than Dead People

29th July 2015

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And, look, I like lions well enough. I wouldn’t invite one over for dinner, probably, but I’m cool with them. Still, a dead lion just simply isn’t headline news. A dead lion should not be the most talked about thing in the world. ESPECIALLY on a day when another Planned Parenthood video was released, showing the literal dissection of human children.

But what better illustration of our culture than this? Some dentist goes to Africa and accidentally kills an off-limits lion, and this becomes a national outrage, meanwhile, on the same day, video of the butchery and sale of children goes completely ignored.

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Canadian Converts to Islam Planned to Kill Jewish Children

29th July 2015

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John Nuttall told an undercover officer that his wife, Amanda Korody, believed that “grown-up Jews” go to “eternal hell” and that she would be doing Jewish children a favor by killing them and reaching paradise, police records revealed in British Columbia’s Supreme Court show.

“I asked Nuttall how he thinks he will have access to Jewish kids and he said [he and his wife] were both white and could pass for Jewish…They will be regulars in the synagogue. They will gain the trust of everybody. And once they have everything they will get enough guns and ammo to go ahead with their mission,” read the March 2013 record from an undercover RCMP officer.

Just think of it as REALLY late-term abortions.

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Gideon’s Servants and the Criminalization of Poverty

29th July 2015

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In ways that slip beneath the doctrinal radar, public defenders often behave like social workers. They find drug treatment and jobs for their clients, and intervene with landlords and employers. Conversely — and ironically — many civil welfare service providers act increasingly like law enforcement officials. Teachers call the police on their students, while welfare case workers often refer their clients for prosecution. This role-switching — by criminal lawyers and civil servants alike — is a function of the tight connection between criminalization and poverty: poor people tend to get swept up in the criminal system and such encounters tend to make people poor. This nexus is particularly powerful in the world of minor offenses and urban policing in which crime, unemployment, racial segregation, and lack of social infrastructure swirl around in one large, nearly inextricable mass. As a result, criminal justice actors are heavily preoccupied with defendants’ social welfare even as the welfare state routinely treats its clients as presumptive criminals. These hydraulic forces affect every official actor — from police officers to prosecutors to emergency room nurses and public school teachers. But public defenders play a special role. Their multi-faceted service commitments to both criminal and welfarist outcomes reveal deep features of the criminal system itself and its conflicted governance relationship to its most vulnerable constituents.

 

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‘He should be hanged’: DEATH THREATS for Killer of Cecil the Lion as Worldwide Fury Grows

29th July 2015

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But I’ll bet you serious money that not one of these people has a spare moment to worry about Planned UnParenthood selling aborted baby parts.

The gene pool appears to need some weeding.

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Gang of Calais Migrants ‘Reached Britain Through Channel Tunnel’

29th July 2015

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A GROUP of Calais migrants reached Britain by storming the French port and sneaking through the Channel Tunnel during this week’s incursions, the Home Secretary has revealed.

Guess the Channel Tunnel is not looking like such a great idea.

Speaking after a meeting of the emergency Cobra committee, Theresa May said an undisclosed number of migrants had stormed the French port before illegally entering the UK through the 30 mile tunnel.

 

You would think that there would be some responsibility on the part of the French government to make sure that this sort of thing doesn’t happen, but apparently not.

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Queer Theory Meets African Studies

29th July 2015

Steyn on Obama.

President Obama has wrapped up his tour of Africa. It was notable, insofar as that word can be applied to the trip, for his somewhat condescending and neo-colonial lecture to his hosts on the need to ease up on the old homophobia.

Certainly, Africa is not terribly gay-friendly. But nor are other parts of the planet. In his ardent wooing of Iran, for example, he doesn’t seem to have been perturbed in the least by his new best friends’ executions of homosexuals, anymore than he is by the brutalization of gays elsewhere in the Muslim world. You might deduce in his highly selective criticism a certain cowardice. I’ll bet the mullahs do.

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Think Globally, Disrupt Locally

29th July 2015

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Historically, coastal cities have sought to maximize port traffic as a way to boost their local economies. Today, however, as urban economies have become increasingly postindustrial, coastal cities, often under the control of the far Left, have lost interest in traditional blue-collar employment and good union jobs. Instead, local activists see control of ports and local permitting as a means of advancing green-policy preferences. Unlike other locally focused urban environmental policies—such as plastic-bag bans—targeting ports and permits has the potential for nationwide, even global, impact.

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Man Dressed as Woman Sexually Assaults Man at City College

29th July 2015

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A man dressed in a crop top, miniskirt and blonde wig sexually assaulted another man on the campus of San Diego City College over the weekend, officials told NBC 7 Monday.

According to the college police’s account, the suspect was bold. They say he came onto campus at about 7:15 Sunday morning and attacked a man on the patio in front of the administration building, forcing the victim to perform a sex act. The location is roughly the center of campus.

Saw that coming.

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New Dissolving Ring Delivers Drugs Through Your Stomach For Seven Days

29th July 2015

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

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Genes Influence Academic Ability Across All Subjects, Latest Study Shows

29th July 2015

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An amazing admission by Voice of the Crust The Guardian. Some editor was asleep at the Narrative switch.

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On the Farm, Algae May Be the New Corn

28th July 2015

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Apart from human uses, corn makes up the majority of feed for livestock. At one point, over 95% of the feed grains grown in the United States were based on corn. It’s no surprise then that in 2015 alone, some 89.2 million acres will be grown in the United States. This represents around 40% of all the corn grown worldwide.

But corn has seen a decline due to a number of factors. Crops have been hard hit by climate change. Higher temperatures have led to decreased yields and less overall abundance. As a result, the value of corn has dropped since 2012. This has put additional pressure on farmers, suggesting they may have to forego corn and look to other crops to maintain viability. This could harm corn stocks and hinder food security.

There may be an answer to the corn dilemma, but to find it, one has to look not in the prairies but the sea. Within the salty brine are algae. These microorganisms, once believed to be primordial plant species, are nutrient-making machines. They are known to produce high levels of antioxidants and also a variety of essential fatty acids. Some companies have even seen their algal-derived products make it to market.

Hmm. Kelp-fed beef just doesn’t have the same ring, somehow.

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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished in Taxachusetts

28th July 2015

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George Simolaris is a member of the Board of Selectmen (the town council) in Billerica, Massachusetts. According to him, some of the crosswalks around town have become unsafe because the paint has faded, and it’s been taking forever to get the town manager and/or Board to repaint them. After more than six months of waiting, he says, he decided to help, so he went out last week and painted several of the crosswalks himself, at no cost to the city. He even used his own paint. Then they looked nice and were easy to see.

For this, he will be prosecuted.

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Order, Please, Not Utopia

28th July 2015

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Listen, Mayor: the first job of government is to keep the people safe in their homes and in the streets. If you can’t do that as a municipal chief executive, you are a flop. Equality is not the job of government, unless you are a Communist, in which case equality usually comes at the barrel of a gun or the end of a noose. And voters of New York, please learn this lesson too, despite your attachment to FDR and the New Deal or your seductive professor of race-class-and-gender studies at Brown or Wesleyan. New York needs a realistic mayor. We don’t have one.

Unfortunately, stupid voters usually get the politicians they deserve.

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Watch the Moment When a Bronze Goat-Headed Satanic Statue Is Unveiled in Detroit

28th July 2015

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Tell the truth: Where would it be more appropriate? Yeah, well, maybe Washington….

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Thought for the Day

28th July 2015

One of the surprising privileges of intellectuals is that they are free to be scandalously asinine without harming their reputation.

— Eric Hoffer, Before the Sabbath

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More Gridlock Than Ever

28th July 2015

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As the Antiplanner noted a couple of weeks ago, the source of the gridlock is Congress’ decision ten years ago to change the Highway Trust Fund from a pay-as-you-go system to one reliant on deficit spending. This led to three factions: one, mostly liberal Democrats, wants to end deficits by raising the gas tax; a second, mostly conservative Republicans, wants to end deficits by reducing spending; and the third, which includes people from both sides of the aisle, wants to keep spending without raising gas taxes.

This third group is no doubt the largest because it is politically the easiest position to take, and it is responsible for the Senate bill. Gas taxes and other federal highway user fees bring in about $40 billion a year, while Congress is currently spending about $52 billion a year and wants to increase it by at least the rate of inflation. To make up the difference, the Senate bill includes a hodge-podge of ideas such as increasing customs fees and selling oil from the strategic petroleum reserve. As the Post noted, the one thing these sources of funds all have in common is that “none is related to surface transportation.”

According to the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis, these funding schemes will only be enough to last through 2018, after which Congress will have to find another $51 billion to keep the spending going for another three years. That shortfall alone is probably what killed the bill in the House, though it would be nice to think that House members were also wary of a 1,000-plus-page bill sprung on them at the last minute (scroll down to “SA 2266? or search for “DRIVE Act”).

 

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Why Bugs Bunny Is the Greatest Cartoon Character Ever

27th July 2015

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Can’t say they’re wrong.

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Thinking Strategically

27th July 2015

Scott Adams.

The other day a smart, attractive, 27-year old, white woman told me it was hard to get a job in California because she is a woman.

That’s a victim.

Yup.

A few months ago I had a minor leg injury that looked like it would keep me from doing cardio for a few weeks. My first thought was that it was an opportunity to do more weight training on my upper body, which I wanted to do anyway.

That’s strategic thinking.  Every problem creates an opportunity.

Wisdom. Attend.

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Windows 10 Will Share Your WiFi Passwords With Your Friends By Default

27th July 2015

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Well, let’s just think about that one for a bit….

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Colleges Face Growing Costs From ‘Reluctant Retirees’

27th July 2015

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I wouldn’t mind having a job as a professor.

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Mexico Search for 43 Missing Students in Iguala Has Turned Up 60 Mass Graves With 129 Bodies

27th July 2015

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Sure, let’s just declare amnesty and open the border! What could possibly go wrong?

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White Police Officer Pepper-Sprays Crowd at First Ever Black Lives Matter Rally in Cleveland

27th July 2015

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Saw that coming.

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Man Who Jumped Zoo Fence to Pet Cougars Admits ‘It Was a Bad Decision’

27th July 2015

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“I was thinking I’m an animal lover. The cats were looking like they wanted some love and [I] just jumped over and petted them,” a regretful Josh Newell, 35, told the NBC affiliated WCMH news channel.

Uh, yeah.

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New Study Into Lack of Women in Tech: It’s NOT the Men’s Fault

27th July 2015

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Shucks, I could have told you that.

A new study into causes of the scarcity of women in technical and scientific fields says that it is not discrimination by men in the field keeping the ladies away. Nor is it a repugnance felt by women for possibly dishevelled or unhygienic male nerds.

No, the reason that young women don’t train in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) areas – and thus, don’t find themselves with jobs at tech companies, in IT etc – is quite simply that they mostly don’t know enough maths to do those courses.

“It is all about the mathematical content of the field. Girls not taking math coursework early on in middle school and high school are set on a different college trajectory than boys,” says economics prof Donna Ginther.

Ginther and a colleague, Shulamit Kahn, examined statistics on young women’s maths qualifications and mathematical requirements for college courses in America. Put simply, they found that absence of women studying a given course can be accounted for simply by the fact that most young women don’t know much maths.

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Milestone for Disability Studies

26th July 2015

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The University of Toledo is starting the nation’s first full undergraduate major in disability studies, an interdisciplinary field that already has considerable scholarly interest and graduate options.

This will eventually be subsumed into the Department of Fashionable Victimology. At some point there will come a Studies Studies major.

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End of the Car Age: How Cities Are Outgrowing the Automobile

26th July 2015

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Yet another fantasy sequence from Voice of the Crust The Guardian.

Gilles Vesco calls it the “new mobility”. It’s a vision of cities in which residents no longer rely on their cars but on public transport, shared cars and bikes and, above all, on real-time data on their smartphones. He anticipates a revolution which will transform not just transport but the cities themselves. “The goal is to rebalance the public space and create a city for people,” he says. “There will be less pollution, less noise, less stress; it will be a more walkable city.”

Just like in 1900, where all truly regressive ‘progressives’ want to wind up. Any resemblance to Disneyland is purely coincidental.

Walt would have loved these guys.

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Lockheed Martin’s New Compact Fusion Reactor Might Change Humanity Forever

26th July 2015

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Or maybe not.

A compact fusion reactor presented by Skunk Works, the stealth experimental technology section of Lockheed Martin. It’s about the size of a jet engine and it can power airplanes, most likely spaceships, and cities.

“We would like to get to a prototype in five generations. If we can meet our plan of doing a design-build-test generation every year, that will put us at about five years, and we’ve already shown we can do that in the lab. So it wouldn’t be at full power, like a working concept reactor, but basically just showing that all the physics works.”

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NASA May Have Invented a Warp Drive

26th July 2015

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The EmDrive, an experimental propulsion device, may be producing a warp field.

According to posts on the NASA Space Flight forum, when lasers were fired into the EmDrive resonance chamber, it was found that some of the beams were travelling faster than the speed of light.

But, being a government agency, they will find some way to screw it up while making it impossible for anybody else to do anything with it.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

26th July 2015

Ring of Fire

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The Simulated City vs the Urban Downtown

26th July 2015

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The simulated city carries none of urbanity’s institutional hardware: no visible governmental facilities, religious institutions, schools or civic centers clutter the street wall. The simulated city eschews manufacturing and offices, instead making itself the chief enterprise: a mecca of retail, dining, and entertainment. It has cherry-picked the good stuff from the old urban form, presenting a cosmetically perfect face without blemish or quirk, redolent in its synthetic beauty.

Unlike the shadow-world of Florida’s urban downtowns, riverwalks, boardwalks, and Main Streets, throngs of people crowd these places every day and every night. For all the hoopla about the reinvigorated city, Florida’s urban scene fails to deliver even a fraction of the sidewalk life that these places have. The simulated city is the powerhouse of the future.

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Just One All-Nighter Can Alter Your Genes, Possibly for Years to Come

25th July 2015

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It made me the man I am today.

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