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Functioning ‘Mechanical Gears’ Seen in Nature for the First Time

30th April 2016

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a plant-hopping insect found in gardens across Europe – has hind-leg joints with curved cog-like strips of opposing ‘teeth’ that intermesh, rotating like mechanical gears to synchronise the animal’s legs when it launches into a jump.

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Medieval Fort Building 101

30th April 2016

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

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The Uberization of Banking

30th April 2016

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branch with an antique stagecoach inside. But I was interested in talking with a former Wells Fargo employee, so I headed elsewhere, to SoFi, a “fintech”—financial technology—company doing its best to turn the banking system upside down. I wound my way out to the Presidio, a former military base now commercialized, with beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and, if you peer through the fog, the future.

Once inside SoFi’s modern, open-floor-plan headquarters, I meet the CEO, chairman and co-founder, Mike Cagney, sitting at a table in a gray company T-shirt and jeans. The 45-year-old native Californian speaks in a deep, deliberate voice, with an undercurrent of confidence and excitement. What’s he so confident and excited about? Doing to banks, with a smartphone-based model, what Amazon has done to book stores and Uber has done to taxi fleets. “There is going to be a seismic redistribution of market cap in the banking world,” he says. “They won’t see it coming until it’s done.”

What started out as an ingenious little enterprise making gold-plated student loans at the Stanford Graduate School of Business a few years ago has since expanded to student loans more generally and added mortgages, personal loans and wealth management. Mr. Cagney says SoFi has done 150,000 loans totaling $10 billion and is currently at a $1 billion monthly loan-origination rate.

This will be huge, at least until the fascists in Washington wake up and grab ahold of it.

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Conservative Group Called ‘Hateful,’ Denied Official Recognition at Drake University

30th April 2016

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But I’m sure they’ve got explicitly racist groups like ‘Black Student X’ where X is anything that strikes their fancy.

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The Sinister, Secret History of a Food That Everybody Loves

30th April 2016

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The study, published last year by economists at the United Kingdom and Israel doing novel work on archaeological and anthropological evidence, attempts to explain a strange pattern in agricultural practices. The most advanced civilizations all tended to cultivate grain crops, like wheat and barley and corn. Less advanced societies tended to rely on root crops like potatoes, taro and manioc.

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in our vegetables, that we are underlings.

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Le Pain Quotidien Joins Range of UK Firms in Cutting Perks for Staff Ahead of National Living Wage

30th April 2016

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Everywhere politicians think that they can wish-away the basic laws of economics; then they are so astonished when reality intrudes.

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This Towering 3D Printer Builds Clay Homes

30th April 2016

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Clay homes are as old as dirt. Well, as old as humans have been building homes. Older, if you count those made by insects. That doesn’t mean an ancient technique can’t get a thoroughly modern makeover. The World’s Advanced Saving Project, or WASP, after the arthropod mud nest-builders, has a giant machine that can 3D print a home out of cheap, durable mud.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

30th April 2016

Suction cup planters.

The Slammer.

CoyoteVest dog body armor.

Mini pick and hook set.

Weed killing steamer.

The Selfie Toaster.

 

 

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Artificial Leaf Harnesses Sunlight for Efficient Fuel Production

30th April 2016

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Next step: Artificial marijuana. (Betcha)

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Thought for the Day

30th April 2016

Dilbert Is Antisocial - Dilbert by Scott Adams

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Which stars are serious about leaving US if Donald Trump wins presidency?

30th April 2016

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Lena Dunham, Samuel L. Jackson, Miley Cyrus, Cher, Jon Stewart, Raven Symone, are just a handfull of Hollywood types who say that if Donald Trump wins the presidency, they will flee the United States. Some have since walked back their threats (Cher is apparently not really going to Jupiter) but Dunham has doubled down.

None of them, actually — we’ve heard this story before — but wouldn’t it be nice if they did?

Trump also weighed in on Dunham’s promise

“She’s a B-actor and has no mojo,” he said. “That would be a great, great thing for our country.”

I have a little list

They never would be missed….

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Hillary Clinton and Electoral Fraud

29th April 2016

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I would have voted for Hillary Clinton three months ago. I believed that our elections are just, verifiable, and democratic—but then discovered how easy it is to hack a voting machine without a trace. I told myself that previous elections hadn’t necessarily been rigged—but then found evidence proving me wrong. I convinced myself that it didn’t mean this Democratic nomination was rigged?—?until I uncovered the truth.

I am an ardent skeptic turned fervent believer.

Over the course of this article, I will demonstrate that electoral fraud was committed favoring Hillary Clinton with a plethora of sources: exit poll data, statistics, mainstream and independent media articles, expert quotes and analysis, videos, anecdotes, and so forth. All of these sources can be accessed through clickable hyperlinks (the underlined text).

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When Bread Grew on Trees

29th April 2016

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Medieval people ate a lot of bread. A lot. They ate pounds of bread every day, and even used it as plates – or trenchers – which sounds both practical and delicious (although trencher bread was usually stale). But the bread they ate wasn’t always made of wheat, or even rye. In some parts of Europe, especially the mountainous regions of Italy, France, and Spain, they made their bread out of something that literally grew on trees: chestnuts.

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Black Students at Salisbury University Caught in Racism Hoax

29th April 2016

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Again? But that trick never works….

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USC Cancelled an Awesome Video Game Panel for Including Too Many Men

29th April 2016

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The University of Southern California cancelled its planned “Legends of the Games” event after the lone female participant signaled that she wouldn’t be able to attend. Administrators made the determination that an all-male panel was unacceptable, and killed the event—a mere four hours before it was supposed to start.

Because, as we all know, games are played almost exclusively by young women, and nobody would have believed an all-male panel.

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Wilmington Couple Charged After Pulling Gun Over Boneless Wing Mixup

29th April 2016

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If they had been white, it would have been all over front pages nationwise, and the Usual Gun Control Trolls would have been on the march from coast to coast.

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Making Your Bed is a Total Waste of Time

29th April 2016

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So I have always thought.

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Newest ‘Progressive’ Bugaboo: ‘Intergenerational Unfairness’

29th April 2016

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Today’s young people have been disproportionately hit by the financial crisis and continue to struggle. Unemployment in this age group is high and job security poor. They have been priced out of the housing market and forced to rent at ever-spiralling costs.

Don’t have something you want? You’re a Victim!

‘I was just standing there, right?, and like this financial crisis just came up and hit me.’

I have noticed that pre-schoolers are disproportionately excluded from the country’s Olympic teams. Let’s get Obama right on that.

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

29th April 2016

Assad siege of Aleppo could be ‘imminent,’ experts warn

ISIS reveals how Jihadi John evaded security en route from UK to Syria

Isis in Iraq: Terror group are turning to fish farms and car dealerships to fund activities after losing territory

Leading Muslim Cleric: Coptic Christians Are ‘Criminal, Aggressive, and Oppressive’

Police arrest 21-year-old man in London on suspicion of attempting to join Isis in Syria

Three linked to California terror attack arrested

Turkey bombing in Bursa: Female suicide bomber attacks near city’s Grand Mosque

Philippine President vows to neutralise Islamist militants who beheaded Canadian hostage

Isis terror warning over tourist hotspots in Turkey issued by US embassy

Hezbollah: Iran’s Henchmen in Brazil

Female suicide bomber wounds eight in Turkish city of Bursa

Palestinian Children Kill Israelis in Hamas “Play”

Al-Qaeda claims murder of Bangladesh LGBT magazine editor hacked to death

South Sudan Rebel Leader Returning to Capital, May Signal End of Civil War

Terror suspect whose flight certificate was linked to Saudis one of Gitmo’s most dangerous

Palestinian Authority backs convicted killer for Nobel Peace Prize

Turkey deports 3,300 suspected jihadi fighters

Pro-ISIS hackers release names, personal info of targeted State Dept. employees

ISIS pay scale revealed: Documents show salaries based on number of wives, sex slaves

A Syrian rebel’s slaying in Turkey points to the long, lethal reach of Isis

Canadian hostage John Ridsdel killed by militants in the Philippines. Will the Islamophobia never cease?

Editor of Bangladesh’s first LGBT magazine hacked to death

Report: Iran May Send Hamas to Fight ISIS. That would be entertaining.

Blacklisted Terrorism Financiers Still Active on Social Media

Libya: Death Watch

Islamic State Moves to Libya with the Promise of Fresh Plunder

Arabs Strive for Honor, Not Peace

A Caliphate Under Strain: The Documentary Evidence

At least 12 dead in double suicide attack on security forces in Baghdad

Isis claims its fighters murdered university professor in Bangladesh over ‘calls to atheism’

‘Drive-by jihad’ plotters Tarik Hassane and Suhaib Majeedi jailed for life

University professor on his way to work hacked to death in Bangladesh

ISIS suspect reveals plans to open up route from Syria to U.S. through Mexico

US Army officer helps foil terror plot to blow up Jewish school in Denmark

Prosecutors: ISIS Ebook Helped Inspire Aborted Attack on Pamela Geller

Turkish border guards ‘shoot eight Syrian refugees dead’ including women and children trying to reach safety

Brussels airport bomber Najim Laachraoui identified as Isis jailer of French hostages in Syria

Iranian women call on Western tourists to violate hijab law to fight against oppression

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The Secrets of Medieval Fonts

29th April 2016

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Just to remind everybody that this blog is about what I’m interested in, which may not necessarily be what you’re interested in.

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Thought for the Day

29th April 2016

Online Shopping

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DIY Urbanism

29th April 2016

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Over the years I’ve belonged to a variety of different organizations that had the ostensible goal of accomplishing X or Y. At a certain point I would realize that all anyone was doing was exercising their fears and frustrations. Most of all they were trying to stop other people from doing things they didn’t like.

I’m impatient. I want to get on with the business of actually doing something tangible. Waiting for someone else to come along and accomplish your goals for you is a really bad plan. Trying to change government policy is endless. Expecting “the market” to magically solve problems isn’t realistic. So where does that leave any of us?

Writing a blog, maybe? It doesn’t get anything done but you feel better about yourself. Those of us with Native Indolence Syndrome tend to prefer the low-effort option.

Enter the Incremental Development Alliance. Let’s say you have a problem in your neighborhood. It needs a grocery store. It needs bike infrastructure. It needs more public gathering spaces. It’s in decline and needs new investment. It’s in the process of being gentrified and people are being squeezed out. Whatever. Why not be the person who brings the desired change? You. Right now. Go do it.

I doubt seriously that anyplace outside of mainland Europe ‘needs bike infrastructure’; that tends to be the compelling fetish of Hipster Whiteopias like Portland and Seattle and San Francisco. Nor do I see any compelling nned for ‘more public gathering spaces’ in a world where staring down at your cellphone is what most people below the age of 60 spend their day doing. And the innate contradiction between ‘in decline and needs new investment’ and ‘being gentrified and people are being squeezed out’ suggests that the author is either incredibly confused or writing for the incredibly confused. I’m not sure I want a confused person and his confused audience to ‘bring the desired change’; such people cause more problems than they solve.

Easier said than done, right? This isn’t easy stuff. There are zoning regulations, building codes, financing obstacles, bureaucratic landmines… The red tape is endless.

Said as if ‘red tape’ falls from the heavens on the just and unjust alike — which it does, of course, but unlike Global Warming it has an easily detectable cause. RED TAPE IS CAUSED BY GOVERNMENT. I’ll repeat that. RED TAPE IS CAUSED BY GOVERNMENT. Those who want to ‘bring the desired change’ need to GET THE GOVERNMENT OFF PEOPLE’S BACKS.

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Black students connected in SU racist drawing

29th April 2016

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The students identified as the people behind a recent racist drawing found at Salisbury University’s library are black, school officials confirmed Tuesday.

The image, found April 10 on a whiteboard in Blackwell Library, showed a stick figure being hung and labeled with a racial slur. Underneath was the hashtag “#whitepower.”

The university confirmed Tuesday, April 26, the students involved in the incident were black, spokesman Richard Culver wrote in an email. The university would not provide names of the students, citing the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

[Yawn] Yet Another Hate Hoax by people who aren’t getting enough VictimPoints.

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Mexican Flag-waving Mob Harassing Motorists Outside Trump Rally in Costa Mesa, CA

29th April 2016

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Cue the Usual Suspects criticizing Trump because Mexican-flag-waving protesters indulge in violence at one of his rallies.

Good thing they weren’t waving Confederate flags, or they’d be In Trouble.

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Only One of Six Air Force F-35s Could Actually Take Off During Testing

29th April 2016

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More evidence that the F-35 is a flying piece of shit.

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Gene Therapy Reverses Sight Loss and Is Long-Lasting

28th April 2016

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A team at Oxford University is treating a rare disorder called choroideremia. The disorder affects young men whose light-detecting cells in the backs of their eyes are dying because they have inherited a faulty gene.

The therapy involves injecting a working copy of the gene into the back of their eyes to stop more cells from dying.

The researchers found that not only does the treatment halt the disease, it revives some of the dying cells and improves the patient’s vision, in some cases markedly.

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The Key to Repairing Your Bones May Come Out of a Printer

28th April 2016

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This year surgeons around the world will implant tens of thousands of 3-D printed replacements parts for hips, knees, ankles, parts of the spine, and even sections of the skull.

Most of them look a lot like their conventionally made titanium counterparts. But the first few 3-D printed implants tailored specifically to an individual’s anatomy may hint at a future in which customized bone replacements are commonplace.

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Someone Finally Redesigned Crutches

28th April 2016

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If you’ve ever used crutches, you know that they can be awful tools that slowly torture you the longer you use them. Thankfully, Mobility Designed realized our long international nightmare and decided to do something about it. The company has designed a crutch from scratch that removes the pressure from underarms and forearms, the traditional load-bearing areas for crutches, and shifts support to the elbows

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban bans ‘Islamisation’

28th April 2016

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Speaking in parliament on Monday to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Hungary’s new constitution, Viktor Orban said the document’s primary aim was to secure Hungarian language and culture.

The premier said the constitution meant the Hungarian government had to oppose any kind of mass migration that would imperil those principles.

He said: “We have the right to choose whom we wish to live together with and whom we do not wish to live together with.

“To be clear and unequivocal, I can say that Islamisation is constitutionally banned in Hungary.

The former Soviet client states of Eastern Europe, having experienced ‘progressive’ oppression first-hand, are more resistant to Political Correctness than most.

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Weird & Wild Woolly Wolf Spotted in Nepal Is Likely a New Species

28th April 2016

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Slow news day.

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Believing in Two Genders Now a ‘Hate Crime’ Under Investigation at Marymount University

28th April 2016

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I am not making this up.

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Oops! Suicide Bomber Detonates Vest Early, Kills 8 Other Terrorists

28th April 2016

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In a scene straight out of a Hollywood film, a Taliban fighter detonated his suicide vest by mistake, killing himself and his eight colleagues without a single civilian casualty.

It is so hard to get good help these days.

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World’s Longest-Serving President Wins Sixth Term in Equatorial Guinea With 99% of the Vote

28th April 2016

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Teodoro Obiang Nguema has never received less than 97 per cent of the vote in an election. On Monday, with partial results indicating that 99.2 per cent of the vote has gone in his favour, Equatorial Guinea’s leader was surely all set for another seven years in a seat that has no doubt molded to his figure.

One-sixth of African countries have an executive who has been in power for more than 20 years, which equates to nine out of 54 of the continent’s leaders. Mr Obiang, who took power nearly 37 years ago in a bloody coup, has Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea and King Mswati III of Swaziland for company. But Mr Obiang is most similar to José Eduardo dos Santos of Angola.

Mr Dos Santos and Mr Obiang preside over Africa’s second and third highest crude-oil producers, respectively, and are accused of embezzling much of the resulting wealth, while not distributing it fairly, if at all, to their citizens. Equatorial Guinea, once a Spanish colony, has the biggest gap of any country worldwide between its per-capita wealth and its human development index – a sure sign that there are a few outliers skewing the per-capita figure way upwards.

No doubt they are victims of White Privilege.

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America’s Subway: America’s Embarrassment?

28th April 2016

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When is the last time that the entire New York subway was closed with 12 hours notice to make repairs critical to the safety of the system? Or when was the last such shutdown of the London Underground, the Paris Metro, or for that matter the Kolkata Metro or the Caracas Metro, much less the threat of closing lines for months at a time?

How many of America’s many light rail systems have shut down as a result of their having failed to sufficiently maintain their safety? There is plenty to criticize about the many new urban rail systems in the United States. They may not carry the number of passengers projected, and often have cost far more than taxpayers were told and they may not have reduced traffic congestion. But they have managed to provide safe transportation to their riders. Only one of America’s rail systems has failed so abjectly in the most fundamental of its responsibilities: America’s subway in Washington.

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(De)Face of the Currency

28th April 2016

David Cole understands the dialectic.

Of course, just as the trolls on the right are planning their Tubman-bill stamp-a-thons, the perpetually outraged SJWs on the left are (guess what) outraged over the notion, and they are (guess what again) calling on the government to change and tighten the laws regarding currency defacement. The truth is, everyone is looking forward to the upcoming plague of Tubman-note vandalization. Every incident in which an ape face is stamped over a Tubman twenty will be another autopilot homepage piece for Salon and the Huffington Post. And of course the Salon and HuffPo writers will be unable to report the story without adding something anti-conservative, anti-Republican, or anti-white, which will lead to hundreds of posts in the conservative and right-wing press expressing outrage at the outrage. Every troll caught in the act of defacing the bills will become a reviled Internet superstar, and plenty of “people of color” will deface the bills themselves in order to sue for emotional pain and suffering after claiming to have received the defaced note as change from a purchase or a withdrawal from an ATM. The government will gleefully rush in to pass new laws tightening the definition of what’s illegal under federal statute 18 USC § 333, and probably a tech firm or two will earn a tidy profit by creating new technology making it impossible to use defaced or slightly altered twenties in vending machines.

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How Islam Erases Christianity from History

28th April 2016

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While Christianity continues to be physically erased from the Middle East, lesser known is that its historical role and presence is also being expunged from memory.

Last month a video emerged showing Islamic State members tossing hundreds of Christian textbooks, many of them emblazoned with crosses, into a large bonfire. As one report put it, ISIS was “burning Christian textbooks in an attempt to erase all traces of” Christianity from the ancient region of Mosul, where Christianity once thrived for centuries before the rise of Islam.

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Feds Fund Search for Microaggressions

27th April 2016

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After an email exchange with the principal investigator, University of Michigan psychology professor Denise Sekaquaptewa, I found out that the press reports had some inaccuracies: for one, the study does not focus solely on men’s microaggressions toward women but also tracks offenses by women, toward other women and sometimes toward men. Yet, in a more basic sense, the critics were on point.  Whatever valuable data this study may yield, it is primarily an exercise in trivial pursuit coupled with speech policing—directed at a problem that may not exist.

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

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A Man Spent Six Months And $1,500 Making a Sandwich From Scratch

26th April 2016

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And he did it without any government help. Isn’t that amazing.

Cooking something “from scratch” can mean different things to different people. For some it means heading to the farmers market for some fresh ingredients. For others it means skipping the frozen goods section. But for Andy George, host of the show How to Make Everything, it means spending six months and $1,500 growing a garden, turning ocean water into salt, making cheese, and killing a chicken all so he can take a bite of a sandwich truly made from scratch.

Now, for all the work that went into crafting this chicken sandwich, you’d expect it to be the best thing George has ever eaten. You’d expect it to be a sandwich that would inspire future George to spend every Thanksgiving telling his patient family about the time he had a real sandwich. You’d expect it to be so good that he would consider spending six months and $1,500 to make another one. But it isn’t any of those things.

“It’s not bad,” George said. “That’s about it. It’s not bad. Six months of my life for not bad. Yeah.”

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Turkish Influence in Germany: 970 Imams and €1,800,000,000 Per Year

26th April 2016

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Angela Merkel says that Islam belongs to Germany, but she may have reversed the relationship involved: based on the report below, Turkey is rapidly Islamizing Germany through the funding of mosques, imams, and other employees. The process is being done quite openly — Germany is becoming a province of Greater Turkey, and no one is trying to hide the fact.

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Seabed-Mining Robots Will Dig for Gold in Hydrothermal Vents

26th April 2016

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For decades, futurists have predicted that commercial miners would one day tap the unimaginable mineral wealth of the world’s ocean floor. Soon, that subsea gold rush could finally begin: The world’s first deep-sea mining robots are poised to rip into rich deposits of copper, gold, and silver 1,600 meters down at the bottom of the Bismarck Sea, near Papua New Guinea. The massive machines, which are to be tested sometime in 2016, are part of a high-stakes gamble for the Toronto-based mining company Nautilus Minerals.

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Woman Vows to Take Gun Into Target Discount Store Bathrooms to Protect Herself From Transgender People

26th April 2016

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‘Progressives’ have to ask themselves this simple question: ‘Why do they hate us?’

Actually, the problem is not the ‘transgender’ people, who are too few on the ground to bother about. It’s the perverts pretending to be transgender people that are the problem.

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Zizzi Cuts Staff Tips and Free Meals After the Introduction of the National Living Wage

26th April 2016

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Markets work, even when you don’t want them to. Raise the cost of labor, and the money is going to come from somewhere.

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Norway offers refugees £840 ‘bonus’ to leave the country

26th April 2016

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This is absurd. Why not just kick their asses out? Or, better yet, put them on a boat and dump their asses on the Libyan shore somewhere.

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Students Freak Out as Tennessee Votes to Defund “Office for Diversity and Inclusion”

26th April 2016

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A move months in the making has finally come to fruition as both Tennessee houses have voted to defund the University of Tennessee’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion at the Knoxville location, according to Inside Higher Ed. 

The office is known for its bizarre ways of promoting diversity, including warnings against Christmas parties and for encouraging the use of gender neutral pronouns. Both of which eventually had to come down after backlash, though students still supported the office.

If Thursday’s bill is signed into law, the $436,000 appropriation for the university’s office will be barred for the coming budget year, with the money being used to fund minority scholarships for engineering students.

Sounds like a much more practical use for the money — if you’re actually interested in diversity and inclusion.

Despite the funds still promoting diversity, students reacted harshly against the vote. After December’s study-in, the students on Tuesday afternoon walked out of their classes to stage a ‘die-in.’

Students walking out of class is like diners refusing to eat dessert. They’re still paying for it.

“We’re here today to show them that we care and that we demand that they change,” Clayton said about Tuesday’s event.

And the legislature has showed them that they don’t give a shit. Who’s going to win that one? The CryBullies really don’t have a lot of leverage here.

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The Unfavorability Illusion

26th April 2016

Scott Adams continues his masterful analysis.

No traditional politician could overcome a 70% unfavorability rating at this stage of the election cycle. But Trump isn’t a traditional politician. He’s a persuader.

Keep in mind that Clinton’s unfavorability is also high, at around 56%. That’s a 14 point difference from Trump. Can a Master Persuader close a 14-point gap before November?

I would rate that task as “easy.”

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Saunas Can Now Fit Inside a Closet in Your Bedroom

26th April 2016

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

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Costly Broken Wind Turbines Give College Whopping Negative 99.14% Return on Investment

26th April 2016

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When they say ‘Go Green!’ they’re talking about how much taxpayer money can be wasted.

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Feminists Demand Quotas for Award Nominations at Cannes Film Festival

26th April 2016

The Other McCain is on the case.

We know that women directors can make box-office hits — Nora Ephron (Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail), Amy Heckerling (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Look Who’s Talking, Clueless) and Penny Marshall (Big, A League of Their Own), for example — but I have no idea what the overall profit picture looks like on female-directed films. However, the feminists complaining about award nominations for women directors at Cannes don’t give a damn about profit, do they? Neither do feminists give a damn about audiences (the people who pay to see movies, and are thus the source of profit) and they don’t give a damn about the actual work that a director must do to deliver the product on time and under budget.

What feminists care about is an idea of “equality” that actually results in favoritism — quotas for women, or else they’ll file a lawsuit or organize a boycott or just protest and complain until somebody gives them what they want. And what do feminists want? More.

This constant demand — “More!” — is characteristic of totalitarianism.

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Subsidies for Supercars

26th April 2016

Kevin Williamson blows the whistle.

Governments have decided, for various reasons, that they like plug-in hybrids, electric cars, alternative-fuel vehicles, etc., and that they will therefore subsidize the purchase (and, in some cases, the manufacture) of such vehicles. That is pure economic central planning and destined to result in nothing other than the misallocation of scarce resources, but leave that aside for the moment. If you create subsidies, you should not complain when people take advantage of the subsidies you created. That is what they are there for.

In the U.S. context, this is a truly maddening phenomenon. In every State of the Union speech he ever has made, Barack Obama has proposed creating a portfolio of new tax credits and direct and indirect subsidies for businesses. He also complains a great deal about businesses not “paying their fair share” and exploiting “loopholes” in the law. But companies such as General Electric do not end up with $0.00 federal tax bills because of “loopholes.” They end up with those bills because of intentionally designed features of the tax code, namely those manufacturing credits so beloved of politicians, ordinary deduction of business expenses, etc.

You know what politicians do after creating those manufacturing tax credits? They complain about them. Endlessly.

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F-35’S Dodgy Software in the Spotlight Again

26th April 2016

Read it.

America’s toothless Tiger Moth, the F?35, has copped another backhander from US government auditors: the US Government Accountability Office reckons its logistics software isn’t ready for battlefield deployment.

The GAO also warns that the US$16.7bn Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) could, instead, swallow anything between $20 and $100bn.

Those warnings are contained in a report (PDF) titled DoD Needs a Plan to Address Risks Related to Its Central Logistics System.

The GAO is also concerned that the DoD’s management of ALIS is so ad-hoc that the “full scale production” due-date of 2019 might not be met.

More evidence that the F-35 is a flying piece of shit.

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