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Alabama Teacher of the Year Resigns After State Calls Her ‘Unqualified’

31st October 2015

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Ann Marie Corgill was told by the Alabama Department of Education that her qualifications were not up to scratch, despite being 2015 National Teacher of the Year and 2014-2015 Alabama Teacher of the Year finalist. She is also the author of teaching book called “Of Primary Importance”.

Ms Corgill said she was tired of having to prove herself and did not want to pay more fees, and sent Birmingham City Schools a letter of resignation.

In the letter, first obtained by Al.com, she wrote: “After 21 years of teaching in grades 1-6, I have no answers as to why this is a problem now, so instead of paying more fees, taking more tests and proving once again that I am qualified to teach, I am resigning.”

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

Alliance for the Separation of School and State here.

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Ithaca College Prof. at Cornell Lecture: Agriculture is ‘Capitalist Racialized Patriarchy’

31st October 2015

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Zillah Eisenstein, a professor politics at Ithaca College, declared in a lecture last Friday that agriculture is “capitalist, racialized patriarchy.”

The lecture was titled “Thinking about Hetero-Racist Misogyny in ‘Agriculture’” and took place at nearby Cornell University as part of a seminar series on gender issues in the practice of agriculture.

People borrow money to take courses like this, and then wonder how come they can’t find a job.

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Leftist College Students Want Censorship

31st October 2015

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A new poll shows that a majority of leftist college students oppose censorship in theory – but also support censorship in practice when it boosts their “politically correct” progressive ideology.

First, the platitudes. Ninety-seven percent of leftist students claimed free speech was important and 74 percent claimed that preserving free speech is more important than assuring no-one gets offended, according to the poll, which was commissioned by Young America’s Foundation (YAF).

But next the reality: Fifty-four percent of student leftists believe that the Confederate flag should be banned.

Among all students surveyed, 77 percent favored their schools flying the gay pride flag, but only 41 percent say schools could fly the Confederate flag.

The Left is, at its core, totalitarian. Always has been, always will be. Animal Farm and 1984 were not written about conservatives.

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Academia’s Rejection of Diversity

31st October 2015

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They like diversity in appearance but not in substance.

Scholarly studies have piled up showing that race and gender diversity in the workplace can increase creative thinking and improve performance. Meanwhile, excessive homogeneity can lead to stagnation and poor problem-solving.

Unfortunately, new research also shows that academia has itself stopped short in both the understanding and practice of true diversity — the diversity of ideas — and that the problem is taking a toll on the quality and accuracy of scholarly work. This year, a team of scholars from six universities studying ideological diversity in the behavioral sciences published a paper in the journal Behavioral and Brain Sciences that details a shocking level of political groupthink in academia. The authors show that for every politically conservative social psychologist in academia there are about 14 liberal social psychologists.

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Thought for the Day

31st October 2015

Atheists Don't Sue Muslims copy

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

31st October 2015

Clip-On Cap Light. For those normal people who still wear their cap with the bill in front.

Groundfridge.

Ember magic mug.

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A Passage to Germany

31st October 2015

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There has never been a better time to be in the people-smuggling business in Turkey. It’s a bull market — lots of demand, and now lots of supply, with 25,000 smugglers providing services to customers, according to the following Czech news report. Business is booming, and the price of a passage to Europe keeps dropping,

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Black Man Arrested for Black Church Fires

31st October 2015

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

What ever became of the Black Property Matters movement?

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OOPS: Watch Obama Promise That He’d Never Send Troops to Syria

31st October 2015

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This is not so much evidence of Obama lying his ass off — although he does do that — as of Obama not knowing what the hell he is doing.

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The Next Wave: Afghans Flee to Europe in Droves

31st October 2015

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And why not? It’s a great gig.

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$11 Billion in Excess Disability Payments Found by GAO

31st October 2015

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The Social Security Administration requires that beneficiaries promptly report their work activity, including starting a new job or a change in wages.

But according to a GAO report issued on Thursday, the SSA staff has frequently bypassed established tracking procedures or provides limited oversight that have led to billions of dollars of unwarranted “overpayments” to beneficiaries.

 

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

30th October 2015

‘Fighting ISIS in Syria is no Call of Duty video game’, says US soldier

German-born rapper turned ISIS ‘poster boy’ reported killed in US airstrike

Sadaf Taherian: Iranian actress who published photos on Instagram without a hijab banned from working

Four Peshmerga soldiers reportedly ‘beheaded by Isis’ at site of recent US-Kurdish raid against Isis prison in Iraq

Turkish Government Seizes Opposition TV Stations

ISIS shuts down women’s clinics in Raqqa to prevent male gynaecologists treating female patients

‘Exponential’ increase in executions in Iran says UN report

‘Armed terrorists’ attempt to attack school near Peshawar in Pakistan

ISIS planning ‘mass casualty’ terror attacks in UK, head of MI5 warns

US special forces reportedly in covert combat for months against ISIS

Refugee crisis: Last influx to fortress Europe cross Austrian border before route closes

Yemen civil war: MSF condemns ‘complete disregard’ for civilian life as Saudi authorities destroy vital hospital

ISIS may be preparing to invade Central Asia says Russian Intelligence chief

Baghdad bomb attack: Suicide bomber kills at least seven Shi’ite pilgrims in Iraq

Taliban overrun remote Afghanistan district, official says

Amputation, blinding and lashes all part of Iran’s medieval system of justice, says report

Iran on track to kill more than 1,000 this year, UN expert reports

Refugee crisis: The map that shows how Europe is becoming a fortress to keep people out  With good reason.

Sunni Islamists March, Shots Fired at Shia in Copenhagen

Ankara bombing: Turkish police detain 30 more suspected Isis militants as raids continue

Thousands of Israelis join lawsuit against Facebook over pages inciting violence

Israeli medics risk all to render aid to casualties of Syria’s civil war

ISIS executes three people by tying them to ancient Palmya pillars and blowing them up

British citizens ‘chained and beaten’ in Somaliland mental health centres

Refugee crisis: Drone video shows thousands of refugees walking towards Slovenian border

Masked man reportedly attempts car bomb attack on military barracks in Belgium

Refugee crisis: Families could freeze to death after leaders warn EU could ‘fall apart’ if it fails to reach an agreemen

1 dead, more than 100 hurt in Bangladesh bomb attacks

New video purportedly shows US-Kurdish raid against ISIS

ISIS in Iraq: Peshmergas have new weapon in fight against militants – the ability to read

Israeli Arab paraglides into Syria ‘to join rebel group’

Al-Nusra leader Abu Suleiman al-Masri reportedly killed in Aleppo

ISIS earns $50m a month from oil sales

Sweden school attack: Teaching assistant was stabbed to death with sword after throwing himself in front of pupils

Isis releases first Hebrew video threatening to kill all Jews in Israel ‘for crimes against Palestinian people’

Video Shows Bomb-Carrying Condom Balloons In Syria

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Colleges Designating Official Halloween Costume Sensitivity Consultants

30th October 2015

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I am not making this up.

“Unsure if your costume might be offensive?” asks a poster that’s been hung around campus at State University of New York at Geneseo. “Don’t be afraid to ask questions.” The poster contains the phone numbers and e-mails of five (five!) campus officials that students can contact and discuss the very important issue of whether or not what they will dress up as to get drunk in will be advancing social-justice causes.

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‘Why I Will Vote For Donald Trump (Just Not In the Primary)’

30th October 2015

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An interesting perspective.

Well, I am voting for Donald Trump. Oh, not by choice, and not in the primaries if there’s any option other than the likes of Jeb Bush or John Kasich or Lindsey Graham, the sailor-suited Little Lord Fauntleroy of the GOP. None of them are conservatives, but Trump does not even pretend to be one so he won’t take conservatism’s reputation down with him. Bottom Line: If Donald Trump is the GOP nominee and running against that withered fascist Hillary Clinton, I’m all in for The Donald.

Now, please kill me.

Yes, we are at the point where a presidential candidate’s position of not being actively opposed to the Bill of Rights is a key selling point.

It might be different if we had a Republican Senate instead of one controlled by fussy submissives. If you were going to write about the shameful festival of capitulation presided over by Mitch McConnell, you should title it Fifty Shades of Reid.

What a pathetic state of affairs. The GOP is so full of losers that Donald Trump is a better choice than about half the GOP candidates. And the Democrats are worse – they have come out as actively anti-American adherents of an ideology that murdered 100 million people. I’m sure Hillary’s gulags would be “yuge,” but they would be neither “fabulous” nor “classy.”

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These States Let Police Take and Keep Your Stuff Even If You Haven’t Committed A Crime

30th October 2015

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These states fully allow what’s known as “civil forfeiture”: Police officers can seize someone’s property without proving the person was guilty of a crime; they just need probable cause to believe the assets are being used as part of criminal activity, typically drug trafficking. Police can then absorb the value of this property — be it cash, cars, guns, or something else — as profit, either through state programs or under a federal program known as Equitable Sharing that lets local and state police get up to 80 percent of the value of what they seize as money for their departments.

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Grounded: New Mexico Driver’s Licenses Fail Feds’ Test, Thanks to Illegal Immigrant Policy

30th October 2015

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The federal Department of Homeland Security informed state officials last week that a two-year effort to reconcile tough federal ID requirements with the granting of licenses to illegal immigrants based on dubious documents failed. Beginning on Jan. 10, state driver’s licenses will no longer be accepted at federal facilities, and eventually, state IDs won’t be enough to get bearers on board commercial flights.

“Although DHS recognizes the State of New Mexico’s efforts to enhance the security of its driver’s licenses and identification cards, New Mexico has not provided adequate justification for continued noncompliance with the REAL ID standards that would warrant granting your request for another extension,” read the DHS letter sent to the state Department of Taxation. “As a result, federal agencies may not accept New Mexico driver’s licenses and identification cards for official purposes in accordance with the phased enforcement schedule announced on December 20, 2013.”

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For the First Time Ever, a Prosecutor Will Go to Jail for Wrongfully Convicting an Innocent Man

29th October 2015

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Justice will out – in Texas, of course. You won’t read about such a thing in New York or California.

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Discovery of Genes Involved in Inner Ear Development Hints at a Way to Restore Hearing and Balance

29th October 2015

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Loud noise, trauma, infections, plain old aging—many things can destroy hair cells, the delicate sensors of balance and sound within the inner ear. And once these sensors are gone, that’s it; the delicate hair cells don’t grow back in humans, leading to hearing loss and problems with balance.

But scientists hope to find a way to regenerate these cells by examining how they develop in the first place. New research at Rockefeller University, in A. James Hudspeth’s Laboratory of Sensory Neuroscience, has identified two genes pivotal to the production of hair cells in young mice, who, just like human babies, lose the ability to generate these sensors shortly after birth. The study is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Now There’s a Robot That Can Lay Bricks With No Human Supervision

29th October 2015

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Well, that was quick. Last month, news came of a robot called SAM (semi-automated mason), that could lay bricks. But don’t worry, its creators assured everyone, SAM did presage the end of human construction jobs, because people would still be needed to oversee its work and make sure it didn’t mess anything up.

But now, a Swiss team has developed another robot that “can actually go on construction sites and build non-standard designs, meaning designs that can vary and adapt to the local conditions.” It is being called the In-situ Fabricator, although if they’d asked us we’d have suggested FAM (fully-automated mason). Its creators are also claiming that their invention will not put human bricklayers out of work, saying, “They’ll actually collaborate with humans, so the best of each kind of skills come together,” but we’ll see.

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‘Inadequate’ English, No Ph.D.

29th October 2015

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An international student from China who was dismissed from a doctoral program in psychology after clinical supervisors judged his English-language communication skills as inadequate for engaging in patient care has sued his university.

Jun Yu, who was dismissed from the clinical psychology Ph.D. program at Idaho State University in May 2013, is alleging discrimination based on national origin and denial of due process. In addition to compensatory damages and legal fees, Yu is seeking readmission to the Ph.D. program and the right to complete a remaining practicum requirement in China, where he now resides.

I guess there weren’t any doctoral programs in China. Or Singapore. Or Hong Kong. Or Taiwan. You know how  the Chines don’t value education.

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EPA Winning the Race to Regulate the Economy

29th October 2015

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In particular, the EPA is by far the most expensive and active federal agency. The EPA leads the pack in both the number and costs of new regulations. From 2004 – 2014, the EPA passed 32 major rules, costing more than $45 billion annually. The EPA is responsible for more than a third of all regulations and almost half the costs of all the regulations included in the OMB report.

The costs of the EPA from this report should not be taken at face value. The OMB’s report is somewhat deceiving because it only reports a sliver of all federal regulations. The agency effectively picks and chooses which regulations to review because the law only requires the OMB to report on “major rules”. For example, this report only included 13 rules published in 2014, out of the total 3,581 that year.

The costs of these unreported rules add up to billions. In fact, the Competitive Enterprise Institute estimates that the OMB has left out more than $35 billion of annual costs since 2002 from other important and expensive, yet not “major” regulations. Thus, the true cost of the EPA’s endless regulation is much, much greater than the government reports.

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‘Hate Speech’ Laws Are Just Another Way for Governments to Punish People They Don’t Like

29th October 2015

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Yup.

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Why Jews Are Leaving France (Again)

29th October 2015

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Some Americans may remember Chateauroux as the locale of a U.S. army base in the 1950s and early 60s. Until recently, it could be described as quintessentially “deep France”: a sleepy local capital, surrounded by dark woods and rivers. Things are changing, however, as Angot realized with a start on her filmed visit there. Muslim immigrants are taking over many parts of the town, including her former neighborhood of public housing, and turning them into semi-independent enclaves, what the French police refer to as “no-go zones.”

No-go except for Muslims, that is.

When we arrived—all of us, the TV crew complete with their cameras and sound booms, and the writer who grew up there—we had to account for ourselves, to show our identity cards, to prove who we were, to state exactly where I had lived. . . . And then, the director’s first name—David, his full name being David Teboul—supplied material for unsavory jokes…. Some of the locals tried to intimidate us, saying that television was a cartel of the Jews… All this was uttered in a very menacing tone…. We shot a few scenes under a running fire of jibes and jeering, and as we left we were told to pay our compliments to the Talmud…. I swear we felt most uncomfortable.

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The Black-White Sleep Gap

29th October 2015

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Fif­teen years ago, the in­ter­sec­tion of sleep and race wasn’t stud­ied much at all. Re­search­ers in the sleep field “hadn’t really thought about this idea—by race, by eco­nom­ic status—that people had dif­fer­ent amounts of sleep,” says Di­ane Laud­er­dale, an epi­demi­olo­gist at the Uni­versity of Chica­go. In the early 2000s, Laud­er­dale was part of an ef­fort that was one of the first to find ra­cial dif­fer­ences in sleep us­ing ob­ject­ive meas­ure­ments, as op­posed to self-re­ports. Study­ing a 669-per­son co­hort in Chica­go—44 per­cent were black; the rest were white—she and her col­leagues found, on av­er­age, an hour dif­fer­ence between blacks’ and whites’ sleep.

So what ex­plains the gap? It’s an in­triguing and still some­what open-ended sci­entif­ic mys­tery. (And one that is that gradu­ally get­ting more and more at­ten­tion: In Ju­ly, the ra­dio pro­gram Freako­nom­ics ded­ic­ated a seg­ment to doc­u­ment­ing the dis­crep­ancy and try­ing to ex­plain why it might ex­ist.) But the black-white sleep gap isn’t just a ques­tion for sci­ence; it also has im­plic­a­tions for the policy world. Sleep, after all, may be a key factor in a tra­gic spir­al: It ap­pears to be both a symp­tom of health prob­lems that dis­pro­por­tion­ately af­fect black com­munit­ies and also a cause of those same prob­lems. Which is why it seems worth ask­ing: Are there policy in­ter­ven­tions that could, real­ist­ic­ally, help to im­prove how black Amer­ic­ans sleep?

I am not making this up.

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It’s OK to Hack Your Own Car, US Copyright Authorities Rule

29th October 2015

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This is a great decision but it’s just a step on the road to a more important one, if we can get it: The right for farmers to hack the software in their farm equipment.

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Watchdog: Federal Security Force Has More Cars Than Officers, Wastes Millions

29th October 2015

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The security force that protects federal buildings has more SUVs than officers, according to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) watchdog, which found $2.5 million wasted each year due to mismanagement of its vehicle fleet.

The Federal Protective Service (FPS) had 101 more law enforcement vehicles than officers last year, and spent taxpayer funding to upgrade its SUVs with bike racks, the new audit released by the Office of Inspector General found.

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

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German Motorists Steal Digger to Destroy Speed Cameras

28th October 2015

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Hey, we’ve all been there.

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Wild Lynx Could Be Reintroduced to British Countryside after 1,300 Years

28th October 2015

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The Lynx UK Trust is seeking to release the animals in two locations, examining spots in Argyll and Bute, Northumberland, Cumbria, Norfolk and Aberdeenshire, over a five year period from next year.

If the charity gains approval for a licence, the consultation period of which starts from Wednesday, they intend to release approximately six big cats into each area and then monitor the effects on local agriculture, forestry and deer numbers.

What they really need to do is capture a breeding population of Skraelings and release them into the wild in Siberia. Redress that 10,000 year old wrong!

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Medieval Monastic Library to Be Recreated Online

28th October 2015

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Except for the smells, of course.

Durham University and Durham Cathedral have teamed to digitally recreate a medieval monastic library. The Durham Priory Library Recreated project, which was officially launched today, will make available over 350 volumes of texts that once belonged to the priory in northern England.

The manuscripts and early printed texts, which date back to the sixth century, originally belonged to the Benedictine monks of Durham Priory until the dissolution of monasteries by Henry VIII from 1536-41. Fortunately, much of this collection remained at the Cathedral, and over the next five years they will be digitized and made freely available online.

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Kentucky Judge Rules in Favor of Shooting Down Snooping Drones

28th October 2015

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Remember that guy in Kentucky who was arrested in July for shooting down a neighbor’s drone that was allegedly hovering over his property? He was charged with wanton endangerment and criminal mischief.

A judge has tossed out the charges.

You fly a drone over my property, that is trespass, pure and simple, and you will get what trespassers get in Texas: a bullet. Or maybe two.

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Austria to Seal Off Border with Slovenia

28th October 2015

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And the Muslim tide keeps rising higher….

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Resolution to Impeach IRS Commissioner

28th October 2015

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Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) introduced a resolution yesterday to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, stating that “Commissioner Koskinen violated the public trust. He failed to comply with a congressionally issued subpoena, documents were destroyed on his watch, and the public was consistently misled.”

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) released a report on May 15, 2013 that found the IRS unfairly targeted conservative taxpayers. Commissioner Koskinen was issued a subpoena for “[a]ll communications sent or received by Lois Lerner, from January 1, 2009, to August 2, 2013” in an effort to investigate the “targeting of Americans based on their political affiliation.” The IRS destroyed the backup tapes that the communications were stored on instead of complying with the law.

Commissioner Koskinen has repeatedly given misleading statements regarding the status of Lerner’s emails and failed to examine and produce available sources of communication to congress. The TIGTA was able to investigate Lerner’s “blackberry, email server, loaner laptop, the IRS’s own backup tapes, and Lerner’s hard drive” in only 15 days.

It won’t go anywhere–the Crust takes care of its own–but it’s a nice thought.

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When Lobbyists Write Legislation, This Data Mining Tool Traces The Paper Trail

28th October 2015

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Most kids learn the grade school civics lesson about how a bill becomes a law. What those lessons usually neglect to show is how legislation today is often birthed on a lobbyist’s desk.

But even for expert researchers, journalists, and government transparency groups, tracing a bill’s lineage isn’t easy—especially at the state level. Last year alone, there were 70,000 state bills introduced in 50 states. It would take one person five weeks to even read them all. Groups that do track state legislation usually focus narrowly on a single topic, such as abortion, or perhaps a single lobby groups.

Computers can do much better. A prototype tool, presented in September at Bloomberg’s Data for Good Exchange 2015 conference, mines the Sunlight Foundation’s database of more than 500,000 bills and 200,000 resolutions for the 50 states from 2007 to 2015. It also compares them to 1,500 pieces of “model legislation” written by a few lobbying groups that made their work available, such as the conservative group ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) and the liberal group the State Innovation Exchange (formerly called ALICE).

As Pooh would say, a useful pot to put things in.

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The Gap Is Bigger in Blue States Than Red States

28th October 2015

Steve Sailer insists on doing That Science Thing.

Here are the brand new 2015 federal National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) tests scores sorted in order of the size of the White-Black Gap on 8th grade math. The color reflects whether the state went for Obama (blue) or Romney (red) in 2012.

Looking up the lineup of income inequality among states is left as an exercise for the reader. Hint: Blue states predominate there, too.

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Germany May Soon Have 8 Million Muslims, Islamic Political Party

28th October 2015

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The latest Muslim invasion of Central Europe proceeds apace.

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Manhattan Rezoning Fight Involves a School Called ‘Persistently Dangerous’

28th October 2015

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It is as though the neighborhood were divided by an invisible wall.

On one side, children attend a public elementary school where test scores are high, the students are mostly white and well off, and the parent-teacher organization can raise $800,000 a year to pay for things like a resident chef.

On the other side, children attend a public elementary school where 87 percent of the students are black or Hispanic and 84 percent receive some form of public assistance. Just over a tenth pass the state reading and math tests. There is no library or art teacher.

Guess what the fight is over. Just guess.

Guess who these people voted for in the last two Presidential elections. Just guess.

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Germaine Greer: ‘Lopping Off Your Dick Doesn’t Make You A Woman’

28th October 2015

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Who knew?

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Someone Made an Exact Life-Size Replica of Andy’s Room From Toy Story

27th October 2015

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Because life sucks so bad they’d rather live in a movie.

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DHS Incentivizes Employers to Hire Alien College Grads Over Native Grads

27th October 2015

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is expanding a program that awards businesses bonuses when they hire alien college graduates over native-born graduates, according to an analysis by the Center for Immigration Studies.

The optional practical training program (OPT) awards alien college graduates a work permit to stay in the United States for 12 months. If these graduates have majored in science, technology, engineering, or math, also known as STEM fields, the graduates get an additional 17 months of work. This means alien college graduates who graduated in STEM fields would be able to stay in the United States for a total of 29 months.

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Greenland Is Melting Away

27th October 2015

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Cool. It’ll be back to the way it was when Vikings roamed the earth.

Wouldn’t that make a great T-shirt? “MAKE GREENLAND GREEN AGAIN. SUPPORT GLOBAL WARMING.”

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Affirmation of God as unsportsmanlike conduct

27th October 2015

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Sportsmen have been praising God and crediting him for their achievements since before the days of the Gipper. But now, such praise has been deemed unsportsmanlike conduct by a high school referee.

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The Aluminum Beverage Can

27th October 2015

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roduced by the hundreds of millions every day, the modern can—robust enough to support the weight of an average adult—is a tribute to precision design and engineering

Hey, tenure doesn’t grow on trees, you know.

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New Job Search Site Sorts Employers by Political Leaning

27th October 2015

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I am not making this up.

Much like other job aggregation sites such as Indeed and Simply Hired, CareerLabs gathers job listings from around the web. What makes the company different is the ability to filter those job listings based on data that CareerLabs has collected about the employers that posted those jobs. For example, you can filter out companies with low work-life balance scores, or search only for jobs at companies that are growing rapidly. Founder and CEO Anthony Van Horne says the most popular tool during beta testing was employee morale, which is based in part by scraping social networks like Twitter to get a sense of how happy a given company’s workers are. And, yes, thanks to the wonders of public data, CareerLabs will tell you about the political leanings of a company’s management. CareerLabs also is working on a filter for the number of gender or racial discrimination suits filed against companies so job seekers can screen out companies that might be unwelcoming of women or minorities.

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Sex Differences in Rhesus Monkey Toy Preferences Parallel Those of Children

27th October 2015

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One in the eye for the gender-is-a-social-construct dimwits.

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Black Friday: REI Closes 143 of Its Stores and Pays Employees to Go Outside Instead

27th October 2015

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In a letter to employees, Jerry Stritzke, REI CEO, said that for 76 years, REI has been dedicated to a life outdoors, so it is using the biggest shopping day of the year to remind customers and staff of this. “While the rest of the world is fighting it out in the aisles, we’ll be spending our day a little differently. We’re choosing to opt outside, and want you to come with us,” Mr Stritzke wrote.

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Trump’s Town Hall Performance

27th October 2015

Scott Adams continues his analysis.

Linguistic Judo: My favorite part was near the end, when a young man challenged Trump for not having enough details in his plans. Trump agreed he didn’t have details and explained to the young apprentice how the real world works. You could almost hear the kid’s head snap into pro-Trump mode. It was masterful persuasion down to the final smile and nod. The kid had accused Trump of being an empty suit and within 15 seconds Trump had redefined the situation as an experienced business person explaining something to a kid. That isn’t impressive until you think about how many ways that could have gone wrong.

Most pundits still believe that the more we see of Trump, the less we will like him. I predict the opposite, based on his skills as a persuader.

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Are Texans Really Smarter Than Californians?

27th October 2015

Steve Sailer asks the obvious question.

For years, Audacious Epigone and myself have been pointing out that Texas public school kids do surprisingly well on the federal NAEP exam within each ethnic group. Now, the NYT finally figures that out, too:

Well, for one thing, they live in Texas rather that California. That argues for a certain degree of smarter.

 

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The Decriminalization Delusion

26th October 2015

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America doesn’t have an incarceration problem—it has a crime problem.

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Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Is Getting an Extreme Makeover

26th October 2015

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Attending the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is the ultimate dream for Harry Potter superfans. Now, that dream is going to come true for some lucky Muggles, too.

Royal Cannaught Park, one of the Harry Potter series’ filming locations, is undergoing renovations to become a luxury apartment complex. On one level, this is a bit of a bummer — sleek condos aren’t quite as magical as stone walls hiding secrets and grand moving staircases. But, an opportunity to live ven slightly adjacent to the fictional wizarding world is still pretty cool.

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Sunni vs. Shi’ites in Copenhagen

26th October 2015

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Last Saturday a culture-enriching “Dane” discharged a firearm during a Shia Ashura event in Copenhagen. When he was picked up by the police, a crowd of Muslims attacked the police car, trying to get at him, and had to be beaten back by the police.

At the time he uploaded a video of the incident, Vlad Tepes speculated that the besieged gun owner in the police car might have been a Sunni Muslim who disrupted the Shi’ites at their festival. Sure enough, according to SHIA Waves TV, it was a Palestinian who was arrested for discharging a firearm.

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