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Mead: The Medieval Drink Has Been Reinvented for fhe Craft-Beer Crowd

30th September 2015

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Like many a revival, it started in the United States. The mead market there is now growing faster than that for craft beer, with close to 300 independent meaderies across the US. According to a study by the American Mead Makers Association, the mead business has expanded by 130 per cent since 2011, making it the fastest growing drinks category in the US. New York even has an Annual Mead Week, highlighting the most fashionable bars in which to enjoy mead and mead mixology. No doubt a London mead week will soon follow.

Gosnell first discovered mead at Maine Meadery while on a road trip, was hooked and started home brewing before stepping up nearly three years ago to produce on a more commercial scale. He now has a meadery in Peckham, south London, and is making 2,500 bottles a month – fermenting his mead for around three weeks – and has capacity for far more.

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90-year-old Jean Raspail Says: I Told You So

30th September 2015

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If you haven’t read Camp of the Saints, don’t bother — the newspapers are telling the story.

– Have you thought about a sequel to The Camp of the Saints?

– It is certain that there will be one, but not from me. Will it come out before the great collapse? I’m not sure.

– In your book you speak of the “ferocious” nature of the migrants. But we see today that those arriving from Syria or elsewhere don’t have a knife between their teeth…

– What’s happening today isn’t important, it’s anecdotal, for we are only at the beginning. Right now, the whole world is talking about this, there are thousands of specialists on the issue of migrants, it’s a chaos of commentary. Not one looks at the thirty-five years that lie ahead. The situation we are living through today is nothing compared to what awaits us in 2050. There will be nine billion people on the earth. Africa has gone from one hundred million to one billion inhabitants in a century, and perhaps twice that in 2050.

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‘Hobbit Treehouse’ in South Dakota

30th September 2015

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Never understood the engineering behind the round door.

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Lying About Muslim Lies

30th September 2015

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Although the word taqiyya is related to the Arabic word “piety” and its root meaning is “protect” or “guard against”—and the Koran verses that advocate it (3:28 and 16:106) do so in the context of self-preservation from persecution—that is not the whole story.

None of the academics quoted by Kessler bothered to acknowledge that the Koran is not the only textual source to inform Muslim action. They ignore the Hadith, the collected words and deeds of Muhammad. Koran 33:2, for instance, commands Muslims to follow Muhammad’s example, and his example—also known as the prophet’s Sunna—is derived from the many volumes of Hadith.

The importance of Muhammad’s example is seen in that the Sunnis, approximately 90% of the world’s Muslim population, are named after his Sunna. As one Muslim cleric puts it, “Much of Islam will remain mere abstract concepts without Hadith [whence the Sunna is derived]. We would never know how to pray, fast, pay zakah, or make pilgrimage without the illustration found in Hadith…”

It is therefore careless or disingenuous for Kessler and his “experts” to ignore Muhammad’s example as recorded in the Hadith in their discussion of taqiyya.

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Gradually and Then Suddenly

30th September 2015

Steve Sailer points out some inconvenient truth.

Europe’s self-inflicted “migrant crisis” ought to serve as a warning to Americans citizens that there’s no time like the present for planning ahead to stymie similar mass assaults on America’s borders.

The influx of 2015 was more or less predicted by Jean Raspail in his 1973 novel, The Camp of the Saints, but few in authority in Europe appear to have ever devoted any attention to the Continent’s obvious vulnerability to foreign flash mobs taking advantage of the good nature of contemporary Europeans.

In contrast, the Australian government has laboriously worked out an effective system to block boat people, which has succeeded in discouraging most from even attempting the voyage.

And the government of Israel has so impressively anticipated the threat of Muslim and African population surges that it only briefly suffered from sub-Saharans pouring into Israel when Egypt’s Mubarak government, which had long blocked economic border-crossers as a favor to Israel, was overthrown.

It’s time for Americans to start thinking like Israelis rather than like Germans when it comes to defending their country.

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Obama Administration Admitted 1,519 Foreigners With Terrorist Ties Into the U.S.

30th September 2015

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Judicial Watch reports that the Obama administration has granted asylum or residency to 1,519 foreigners with terrorist ties. This information comes from an annual report to Congress by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

More than half of the terror supporters granted asylum or residency by Team Obama provided material support to terrorist organizations, according to the USCIS report. Other received military-type training from a terrorist organization (nine fall into this category), voluntarily provided medical care to members of a terrorist group, or solicited funds or recruited individuals for membership in a terrorist organization.

Nearly 200 of the terror supporters provided material support to “designated terrorist groups.” As Chuck Ross of the Daily Caller explains, designated terrorist groups are the most dangerous. They include groups like Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

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NYT: In Austria, Only Nazis Are Concerned About Muslim Mass Migration

30th September 2015

Steve Sailer pulls back the curtain.

From a news article in the New York Times:

Rise of Austrian Right Lengthens Shadow of Nazi Era

The NYT achieves Godwin’s Law in 8 words. No beating around the bush here!

Modern progressives increasingly believe that geographic locations emit powerful magic emanations that control the behavior of people who subsequently settle there. Thus inner city neighborhoods in America cause gun violence and poor test scores. Similarly, the Nazi-tainted geography of Austria will no doubt hoodoo the poor innocent Muslim youths into taunting and beating Jews they happen to find on their turf. National borders are just artificial lines drawn on a map, but geographic juju is forever.

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October Surprise on Amnesty from Exiting Boehner?

30th September 2015

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Many NYT editorials are run as part of a marketing campaign in conjunction with politicians who want to be seen as responding to public opinion, so I can’t tell whether this is just wishful thinking on the part of Carlos Slim’s minions or whether the fix might really be in on amnesty….

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Award-Winning Building Constructed Next to Volcano Destroyed by Volcano

29th September 2015

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Saw that comin’.

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This Water-Absorbing Concrete Could Prevent Flooding

29th September 2015

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Watching this permeable concrete from Tarmac absorb 4,000 liters of water in 60 seconds is mesmerizing—it looks like the water is just disappearing. In reality, it is soaking through the concrete’s surface layer of relatively large pebbles, through the ‘attenuation layer,’ and into a drainage system that brings it back to the city’s groundwater reservoirs. The concrete can be used to mitigate flooding, but only in temperate areas—once temperatures drop below freezing, the entire system is destroyed.

Well, run hot water pipes through it, dummy.

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New Manufacturing Marketplace Lets You Rent Your Own Assembly Line On-Demand

29th September 2015

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This could lean to an explosion of entrepreneurship — if we can get the government and the Social Justice Warriors out of the way.

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Professors Protest ‘Overwhelming Whiteness and Maleness’ of Geography Panels

29th September 2015

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About 140 geography professors have added their name to a “manifesto” calling on the Association of American Geographers to diversify its conference panels, decrying them as too white and male.

“Geography is still predominantly white and male, but there are far more women and people of color than in previous decades,” it states. “… Yet this shift in the racial and gender composition of the field is often not fully reflected at key sites and moments, including the composition of and attendance at conference panels, inclusion in syllabi and special issues, citations, and the hiring, evaluation, and promotion of faculty.”

Just when you think they’ve jumped the shark, they find a bigger one.

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‘Germany or Nothing’ Demands Syrian Migrant Threatening to Return Home

29th September 2015

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Don’t let the door hit you in the butt on the way out.

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New Mexico Student Told to Remove American Flag From Dorm Window

29th September 2015

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People might think him a Republican, you see, and the University would be shamed.

 

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A Quick and Easy Guide to the Planned Parenthood Videos

29th September 2015

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Here’s a quick and easy guide to the 10 videos that have been released thus far and what they show.

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Czechs and Slovaks: No More “About Us, Without Us”!

29th September 2015

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The strongest resistance to the European Union’s recent mandatory migrant quotas comes from five Central European nations, former members of the “East Bloc” that overthrew totalitarian Communist rule.

Five countries originally stood up to Brussels: Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania. Poland recently succumbed to the multiculti zeitgeist, and switched its position to support the migrant quotas. The other four countries continue to resist; Slovakia is taking the strongest stance, refusing to accept the EU-imposed quotas.

Czechs and Slovaks have a saying that dates back to their betrayal at Munich by the Western allies in 1938: “About us, without us”. It refers to decisions made about the two countries without their consent and without consultation, and has a resonance with them that is roughly equivalent to that of “Never again!” for the Jews.

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Transgender Travelers Collide with TSA’s Security Theater

29th September 2015

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When Shadi Petosky began tweeting about her terrible treatment at the hands of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workers at Orlando International Airport on Sept. 21, she detailed an experience of being ordered around, patted down, dehumanized, and threatened. She was describing a situation familiar to anybody who gets caught up in the agency’s airport security theater.

Petosky is also transgender, and that played heavily into her experience. But being transgender and tripping up alerts at airports and getting taken aside or treated poorly is also not a new problem with TSA screening, though it was the first time Petosky, a writer and producer, had an encounter this bad. While she was tweeting her experience, other transgender people on Twitter responded about having similar problems.

Poor special snowflake. Quit voting for Democrites, and this sort of shit won’t keep happening.

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Obamacare’s Biggest Government-Backed Non-Profit Insurer Is Shutting Down

29th September 2015

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Despite attracting more sign-ups than any other co-op, Health Republic lost about $130 million during its first year and a half in operation. While other co-op plans have struggled with low enrollment, the deeper problem for all of the plans is that beneficiaries appear to be sicker, and thus more expensive to cover, than expected.

In other words, the plan was flawed from the get-go.

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Lies, Carly Fiorina and Abortion

29th September 2015

Ross Douthat blows the whistle.

If the scene in question literally did not exist, which is what the language of her critics consistently suggests — if Fiorina had conjured up a vision of an intact fetus with a working heart and twitching limbs having its brains harvested out of her hyperactive pro-life imagination — well, that would merit liberal shock and outrage. But she didn’t conjure or invent it: It’s very easy to figure out what scene she’s talking about, and the discrepancies between what’s in the documentary and her description aren’t wild or incredible or weird. There’s no outright fabrication here, in other words, and what Lithwick calls “the big lie about the kicking fetus and the brain harvesting” is a roughly-accurate summary of what the film actually shows. (A twitching, dying fetus? Check. A firsthand description of harvesting a brain from an intact fetus? Check again.)

So for Fiorina to actually be proven as wildly misleading and fundamentally dishonest as her critics keep suggesting, they would need to marshal evidence beyond just a parsing of her words, and demonstrate that the thing she’s describing is an inaccurate depiction of what happens inside abortion clinics that double as tissue procurement centers. They would need to prove that, for instance, the technician in the video is lying about what she saw and did, or that the footage of the twitching fetus in the bowl is fake, or that abortionists never approach the procedure with an eye toward making sure the fetal body comes out intact, or that the idea that this leads to “born alive” cases is just a myth and all testimony (including, implicitly, Planned Parenthood’s own) to the contrary is false or misleading.

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Michael Derrick Hudson

29th September 2015

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As a poet, Hudson has been published in several journals and literary reviews. His poems were nominated for the Pushcart Prize by the Greensboro Review and North American Review. Hudson gained attention by publishing a poem in the literary periodical Prairie Schooner which then was selected by poet and novelist Sherman Alexie for the 2015 edition of the Best American Poetry anthology series. Hudson, who is Caucasian, submitted the poem and had been rejected 40 times under his own name. He then used the pen name of Yi-Fen Chou, putatively a Chinese female, and it was accepted for publication.

Critics and people within the poetry community were critical of Hudson’s use of a pseudonym. Some called it racist, an act of “yellowface,” or describing it as “literary fraud”. Others were critical of the publishing establishment for inserting affirmative action and identity politics into the editorial selection process.

Yellow lies matter.

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British Doctors Hail ‘Cure for Blindness’ With Successful Treatment of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

29th September 2015

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AMD affects central vision which is what you see when focus straight ahead, according to NHS Choices. In AMD this vision becomes increasingly blurred, which means that reading becomes difficult, colours appear less vibrant and people’s face are difficult to recognise. By 2020, it’s predicted almost 700,000 people will have late-stage AMD in the UK.

However, after performing surgery on the 60-year patient, who was classified as legally blind, surgeons are optimistic of a breakthrough, although the full impact on her sight is known. She is one of 10 people to take part in the trial. After taking a single stem cell from an embryo and growing a patch of cells in a laboratory, these were then transplanted into the patient’s eye. The cells were taken unused embryos created during IVF treatment that went unused.

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Man ‘Shoots Himself in Penis and Tries to Blame Black Guy’

29th September 2015

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I’m with the black guy on this one.

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“If It’s Not the Crusades, It’s the Cartoons”

29th September 2015

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Wednesday September 30 will mark the tenth anniversary of the publication of the infamous Mohammed Cartoons by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten. Last Saturday the Danish Free Press Society held an event to commemorate the anniversary in Copenhagen, and Mark Steyn was one of the featured speakers.

Mr. Steyn’s speech examined the extent to which Western societies have further surrendered their liberties since the publication of the Motoons. As he says, security concerns have become the new “Shut up” — that is, if someone threatens to blow up your event because of what you plan to say or write or draw, it’s your fault, and constitutes ample grounds to shut the event down.

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Two Women Killed, 11-Month-Old Among Wounded in Chicago Drive-By Shooting

29th September 2015

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I guess black lives don’t matter all that much to black gunmen.

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Is the Pope Catholic?

28th September 2015

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It’s getting harder and harder to tell.

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Why the Fall of Kunduz to the Taliban Is a Big Deal

28th September 2015

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On Monday, Taliban fighters seized Kunduz, city of about 300,000 people in the country’s north. Government forces have reportedly fled to the outskirts of town, and Taliban flags have been seen around the city.

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Report Claims Women’s Ranger School Graduation ‘Planned in Advance’

28th September 2015

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A new report in PEOPLE Magazine claims that the graduation of the United States Army Ranger School’s first two female cadets was rigged from the start.

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

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Follow Up: Peeling the Onion of Socialism

28th September 2015

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One of the first pre-requisites for being a socialist is having no sense of humor. I’d really love to see a reporter ask Bernie Sanders to name his favorite standup comic, and watch him default to “Who has time to laugh when the middle class is being decimated by Wall Street! Socialist lives matter!”

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Public Unions and Sadistic Prison Guards

28th September 2015

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Why is it so hard to fire abusive prison guards? Because they’re unionized.

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U.S. Air Force Requires Airmen to Praise Troubled Stealth Fighter

28th September 2015

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Otherwise people might wake up to the fact that it’s a flying pig.

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The Clock Faker Goes International

28th September 2015

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The story of Ahmed Mohamed is one of the most revealing of our time. Ahmed, a 14-year-old Texas student whose father keeps running for president of Sudan, took apart a clock and stuck the clock’s workings in a case with a lot of wires, dummied up to look like a suitcase bomb. (I assume everyone understands that such bombs use timers, i.e., clocks.) He claimed to have invented or built a clock, when in fact he had merely dismantled and disguised one. Why did he do this? He wanted school authorities to think that he had brought a bomb to school so he could expose their “racism.”

Which evidently was what Ahmed had in mind. His ploy worked like a charm: the story was big news nationwide, and Barack Obama invited the boy to the White House, while he was also feted by Google, MIT and others. Needless to say, Obama didn’t invite the boy who was suspended from elementary school for biting a pop tart into the shape of a gun to the White House. So this story isn’t about the silliness of zero tolerance school policies, it is about…what, exactly?

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Clinton Fundraiser Was Hosted by Convicted Drug Dealer

28th September 2015

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Hillary Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination for president, attended a fundraiser in New York hosted by John Zaccaro, convicted on felony drug charges after he sold cocaine to an undercover cop.

The 1988 conviction of the son of unsuccessful Democratic vice presidential candidate Gerraldine Ferraro was reported in numerous publications at the time. But the arrest was unearthed Friday by the Republican National Committee.

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Forget the Stereotypes – Britain Could Learn a Lot From Texas

27th September 2015

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Indeed it could.

Texas has always divided opinions. It prides itself on being the best, brashest and most bloody-minded slice of America, a cowboy state easy to caricature that is loved and loathed in equal measures. “I hate that place,” said a New Yorker friend of mine when I mentioned I was going to spend some time there. “It’s the asshole of our country.”

His view typifies that of liberal America, which finds strong echo in Europe. The Lone Star state is seen as callous and corrupt, the backward birthplace of a virulent form of crony capitalism filled with bible-bashers. It is infamous for poverty and poor schools, for locking up people and unhealthy enthusiasm for executions. No wonder it produced George W Bush and his disastrous presidency.

The reality is rather different. Those cartoon stereotypes hark back to nineteenth-century roots when an independent republic sought annexation by Washington, which originally rebuffed the overtures. It is the second biggest state in the union; it is also the most misunderstood. Far from exemplifying the worst aspects of the world’s most powerful nation as critics claim, Texas is in many ways a model of success and modernisation.

Dallas has been called ‘the buckle of the Bible Belt’. Yet I discovered the city is home to the country’s sixth biggest lesbian, gay and transgender population after arriving there on the weekend of its pride parade – although in typical Texan style, the celebrations are at a different time of year to the rest of the US. The current sheriff of Dallas County is a gay Latina woman while three hours down the road in the oil capital of Houston, often seen as a haven for ultra-conservatives, a thrice-elected lesbian mayor was the first openly-gay person to run a major American city.

Yeah, well, we don’t put that in the brochures.

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University Bans Free Sombreros Handed Out by Local Tex-Mex Restaurant

27th September 2015

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Why? Because they’re “racist” of course.

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Australia: A Light Unto the Nations

27th September 2015

Steve Sailer apparently likes Australians as much as I do.

We are constantly told that it is impossible for a country to police its borders, but Australia doesn’t seem to have gotten the memo. First, it stopped cold its boat-borne Camp of the Saints; and now there’s this exercise in national dignity. [Chris Brown denied visa on character grounds]

 

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Spinning Synthetic Spider Silk

27th September 2015

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Materials scientists have spent decades trying to mimic spider silk. Not only are some of these silks stronger than steel, but they have combinations of properties not found in synthetic fibers like the Kevlar used for bulletproof vests or the petroleum-based polyester found in clothes.

But while several companies have produced artificial silk for small-scale applications, it can’t be widely used to create new kinds of tough, durable, lightweight, petroleum-free materials unless it can be made in very large volumes. A startup called Bolt Threads, in Emeryville, California, might have found a way.

Two of its founders are Dan Widmaier and David Breslauer, who have been working on the problem since they were grad students at the University of California, San Francisco, and UC Berkeley in 2007. They use synthetic-­biology techniques to engineer proteins that can be spun into fibers with properties they can alter depending on their customers’ needs.

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Terminally Ill Patients Want the Right to Try Potentially Life-Saving Drugs. The FDA Says No.

27th September 2015

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You will die according to regulations. No exceptions.

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ACA Co-Op Watch: Another One Bites the Dust

27th September 2015

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Another co-op created by the Affordable Care Act is going under—this time in New York. Health Republic Insurance of New York will join the three other ACA co-ops that have so far gone out of business. It’s a familiar story: The co-op offered some of the best premiums in New York, and those low rates meant that it did not take in enough money to cover the claims it had to pay out.

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

The Affordable Care Act: Making care less and less affordable since its inception.

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‘Rubio Went Wizard’

27th September 2015

Scott Adams explains it all to you.

I assume he is now being advised by a wizard, given the quick improvement. Rubio’s linguistic salvos went from lame to weapons-grade in a week. Now Rubio is trying to paint Trump as “having a bad week” and failing in the polls ever since Fiorina “embarrassed” him at the debate. Those are Trump words. Wizard words. Nicely done, whoever is advising Rubio.

So how should Trump respond, according to the Master Wizard Filter? I will show you one approach for the purposes of showing you how to create a linguistic kill shot.

Keep in mind that older people vote in greater numbers than the young. So the best kill shots speak to the sensibilities of people that have a lot of life experience. Ideally, you also want to touch an emotional hot-button that galvanizes your base. And you want to agree with what people already think (pacing) then exaggerate it in the wrong direction (leading) using the force of its own energy, like Judo.

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Students at U. Delaware Insist Fake Hate Crime Was Real

27th September 2015

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The incident happened Tuesday night, when students thought they found several nooses hanging from a tree. Word quickly spread as campus officials swiftly released a statement condemning the foul hate crime. But come morning, police said a short investigation had led them to conclude the “nooses” were really just the remnants of paper lanterns from an event held all the way back in June.

Unperturbed by the truth, students launched an assembly following the incident to speak as though the hate crime really did happen. According to The News Journal, a local paper, the assembly was held “to find ways to change the campus climate” in the wake of the bad atmosphere apparently exposed by a fictional hate crime.

It ought to have been real, and that’s good enough, see?

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Some Colleges Were Left Out of Obama’s New College Scorecard

27th September 2015

Even the Washington Post noticed….

“Americans will now have access to reliable data on every institution of higher education,” President Obama said in his weekly address when he announced the interactive Web site on Sept. 12.

Every institution?

Some college officials questioned that claim this week because their institutions were not included in the comparison tool.

Goodness, how did that happen? Everything this administration does it does so very well….

Some advocates quickly noted that the omissions seemed to be from among the nation’s conservative-leaning schools, such as Grove City College, Christendom College and Hillsdale College, which since the mid-1980s has refused to accept money from state or federal government, including grants or loans to students, and which does not report racial demographics to the federal government as required under the Title IV federal financial aid program.

“In response to our inquiry, the Department informed us that the site is limited only to Title IV participating institutions,” McNulty, of Grove City, said.

If you don’t take government money and touch the government bases, you’re not a “real” college. My, what a surprise! Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

They are concerned, he said: “However well-intentioned, the Scorecard as it exists now is incomplete and does not fully disclose comprehensive data that families need to make informed decisions. For now, the Department should, at the very least, include a disclaimer that the Scorecard is not comprehensive or reflective of all college and universities.”

Don’t hold your breath…

“With the College Scorecard, the Department is committed to doing what the president asked us to do: provide information to families and consumers to help them make a college choice that’s smart for them. As of now, institutions that do not participate in Title IV federal financial aid are not included on the site because they are not required to send us data. The Department is listening closely to concerns from users and other stakeholders and will work to address those concerns in future updates to the tool.”

In other words: Suck on it, whiners. We’re the government, and we do it our way.

Hillsdale College released a statement Monday, concerned that when their campus student newspaper asked why the college was not included in the Scorecard they were told it was because “‘the plurality of degrees it awards are certificates, not two-year or four-year degrees, it was not included on the Scorecard at launch.’ This statement is false. … Contrary to the Department of Education’s spokeswoman, Hillsdale issues only four-year undergraduate degrees as well as master’s degrees, and does not issue certificates of any kind for academic credit.”

‘It’s our Party and we’ll lie if we want to, lie if we want to, lie if we want to….’

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

27th September 2015

Celebration

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How Physicists Quantum Teleported Information Over 62 Miles

27th September 2015

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This week, scientists set a new record for quantum teleportation distance, instantaneously sending a message from one particle of light to another particle at the end of an optical fiber more than 62 miles (100 kilometers) long. The quantum memo moves from one particle to the other without actually traveling through the space between them.

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The Speaker Flubs His Lines

27th September 2015

Richard Fernandez discovers that his Bullshit Detector has sounded.

It was as if John Boehner had a confession to make after all these years of troubled conscience.  His recent resignation had the effect of suggesting the pro wrestling in Congress is fake.  The Washington Republicans, dear fans are supposed to lose  – after making some effort to heighten the drama — to the Capital Democrats.  All those heart stopping moments toward the end lost due to some error or a sudden reversal of fortune — well that was in the script.

Republican Eric Cantor, writing in the New York Times, argues that there was no dishonor to being on the losing team so long as the game drew the crowds in.  It kept the masses entertained, filled the stadium, paid the bills and prevented the Capital Democrats from winning too easily. There was an art to arranging things so that the Capital Democrats could imperceptibly gain a hundred points and let the Washingtons win back ten of them without becoming too obvious.

The reference here is of course to the Washington Generals, professional patsies to the Harlem Globetrotters.

Now all stability is at risk from people, hicks who not knowing the noble history of the game, actually want to wrassle for real.

The nerve of some people.

The fans, once enraptured by the wrestling, have noticed large fires starting outside the stadium.  They hear shouting a few blocks over in Chinese.  In the far distance there’s appears to be a rumble of Russian.  And right next door, where the smoke (is it smoke?) seems to be coming from thickest, are loud yells in Arabic, French and German.

They notice that the price of tickets gets higher and higher; and the food service quality lower and lower.  The space under the seats looks like they haven’t been swept in weeks.  And there are disturbing movements of cash boxes from the ticket gate they’ve never noticed before.  They sense, even if they can’t articulate it, that something is different.

Yet to their astonishment no one in the wrestling ring, not even the announcer, appears to take the slightest notice of events and carry on making the same choreographed moves, the same scripted sounds.  At that point, they crowd may start to boo.

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Michigan Motorist Sets Car, Gas Pump on Fire Trying to Kill Spider With Cigarette Lighter

27th September 2015

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Which really tells you pretty much everything you need to know about Michigan. It certainly goes a long way toward explaining Detroit.

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Thought for the Day

26th September 2015

Obama Worst Muslim copy

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When Beheading Won’t Do the Job, the Saudis Resort to Crucifixion

26th September 2015

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No surprise to those of us who have been paying attention.

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Evicted to Make Room for Culture-Enrichers

26th September 2015

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This is something we’ve all been expecting: the displacement of native Europeans from their homes to make room for “refugees”.

The governments of various countries have already been requisitioning unoccupied premises and forcing people with “excessive” living space to downsize, but now Germany has actually begun to evict tenants from their apartments so that culture-enrichers may be moved in. The legality of such measures is still under dispute, but from what I hear, the news report below is just the tip of the iceberg — the practice is already widespread.

What’s next? The establishment of Displaced Persons Camps for native Germans who have been evicted?

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The Thucydides Trap: Are the U.S. and China Headed for War?

26th September 2015

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The defining question about global order for this generation is whether China and the United States can escape Thucydides’s Trap. The Greek historian’s metaphor reminds us of the attendant dangers when a rising power rivals a ruling power—as Athens challenged Sparta in ancient Greece, or as Germany did Britain a century ago. Most such contests have ended badly, often for both nations, a team of mine at the Harvard Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs has concluded after analyzing the historical record. In 12 of 16 cases over the past 500 years, the result was war. When the parties avoided war, it required huge, painful adjustments in attitudes and actions on the part not just of the challenger but also the challenged.

Nevertheless the challenging power ultimately lost, however damaged the winner wound up. Let’s hope the Chinese take that to heart.

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Symmetry

26th September 2015

Sacramental: An outward sign of inward grace.

Tattoo: An outward sign of inward disgrace.

Can’t get more symmetrical than that.

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