DYSPEPSIA GENERATION

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Ten Ways the Mafia and Islam Are Similar

11th December 2014

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Gee, I’ve been saying that for years.

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Thought for the Day

11th December 2014

Gomez and Uncle Fester divide up the world.

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A Coal Plant That Buries Its Greenhouse Gases

11th December 2014

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The first commercial power plant to use carbon capture and sequestration shows the potential of a crucial technology.

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The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Falling Gas Prices

11th December 2014

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A left-coast writer named Mark Morford thinks that gas prices falling to $2 a gallon would be the worst thing to happen to America. After all, he says, the wrong people would profit: oil companies (why would oil companies profit from lower gas prices?), auto makers, and internet retailers like Amazon that offer free shipping.

If falling gas prices are the worst for America, then the best, Morford goes on to say, would be to raise gas taxes by $6 a gallon and dedicate all of the revenue to boondoggles “alternative energy and transport, environmental protections, our busted educational system, our multi-trillion debt.” After all, government has proven itself so capable of finding the most cost-effective solutions to any problem in the past, and there’s no better way to reduce the debt than to tax the economy to death.

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Hundreds of Millions Spent Housing Illegal Aliens Lured by Obama’s Amnesty

11th December 2014

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As Judicial Watch previously reported, there has long been ample evidence the Obama Administration was operating in anticipation of a surge in illegal aliens that it, in fact, clearly instigated. As Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) has said, “The rising crisis at the border is the direct and predictable result of actions taken by President Obama. He and his administration have announced to the world that they will not enforce America’s immigration laws, and have emphasized in particular that foreign youth will be exempted from these laws. The world has heard the president’s call, and illegal immigrants are pouring across the border in pursuit of his promised amnesty. President Obama is responsible for this calamity.”

After Judicial Watch’s HHS-BCFS FOIA lawsuit, we now have further evidence that this is the case. The start date of BCFS’s contract was October 1, 2013—a full eight months before the deluge of illegal alien children the US suffered in mid-summer 2014. The project’s end date of September 30, 2016, suggests that the Obama administration anticipates that the deluge will continue until near the end of his presidency.

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Bravo Star Noelle Reno’s Boyfriend Impaled on Fence, Dies

11th December 2014

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Why Math Might Be the Secret to School Success

10th December 2014

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Morris says a 2013 study by Greg Duncan, at the University of California, Irvine’s School of Education, showed that math knowledge at the beginning of elementary school was the single most powerful predictor determining whether a student would graduate from high school and attend college. “We think math might be sort of a lever to improve outcomes for kids longer term,” Morris says.

Oh, ya think?

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Fighting the Language Fragmentation

10th December 2014

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A German blogger explains why he’s switching to English.

Language

I would put it like this: Everything that is not being expressed in English does not matter on a global scale, is not being seen by others, is not being shared, questioned and re-thought by enough people with different views and experiences. Or, if it matters, it happens with a delay (until the translation and distribution in foreign circles).

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Obama Supporter: ‘Obamacare Has Hurt My Family’

10th December 2014

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Case in point: Obama supporter Catherine Keefe. On Wednesday, the Washington Post published an essay by Keefe lamenting the ways “Obamacare has hurt my family.” Keefe says her husband Jim was recovering from open-heart surgery when Obama was elected and that she was “elated” that Obama’s promise of health care reform would benefit she and her husband–a hope that never came to fruition.

First came the cancellation of both Keefe and her husband’s insurance plans, a pain experienced by nearly 5 million Americans whose plans were canceled by Obamacare. Keefe says Obama’s now-infamous broken promise–“If you like your plan, you can keep your plan”–was her and her husband’s “biggest disappointment.”

Next came the realization that another Obama promise–“If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor”–was also untrue.

Finally, Keefe says the endless hassles, higher premiums, and bureaucratic hoop jumping leaves her and her husband with nagging doubts and worries about what the future portends.

Be careful what you vote for.

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Thought for the Day

10th December 2014

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Missing Ohio State Football Player Found Dead

10th December 2014

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Kosta Karageorge, a fifth-year senior, had missed practice Wednesday and hadn’t been seen since.

Sgt. Richard Weiner, with Columbus police, said that Karageorge died from what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

His body was found inside a Dumpster and identified at the scene through tattoos, Weiner said.

There you go. Those tattoos are actually useful. (We’ll pass over the part about a ‘fifth-year senior’….)

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Your Smartphone Could Replace Your Driver’s License Someday Soon

10th December 2014

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According to the Des Moines Register, the state’s Department of Transportation is aiming to next year provide a free app that will store your license, for use in traffic stops and any place else you’re asked to provide your ID—even when boarding a plane at an Iowa airport. Such a venture would make Iowa the first state in the U.S. to provide digital identification documents. Iowa is one of several that states already allow for proof of insurance to be displayed on an electronic device.

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Watch the Navy Destroy a Drone With Lasers

10th December 2014

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Speaking of drones — imagine that is Joe Biden’s head….

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Top Democrat Admits: Not One Member of House Rules Committee Actually Read Omnibus Bill Before Hearing

10th December 2014

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And why would they? That’s not their job. Their job is to spend money and buy votes, and more spending is always better for that.

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Obama: I’m Not Worried About Getting Impeached

10th December 2014

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Not while Joe Biden is still breathing, anyway.

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ISIS’s Stay-at-Home Radicals

10th December 2014

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Across Europe and America, governments and intelligence officials are struggling to address the problem of Western Muslims who join the jihad in Syria – and then come back home again. But in the process, they may be missing the bigger threat: the ones who never left.

Counterterrorism experts agree that the danger posed by returning jihadists is significant: already radicalized before they joined groups like the Al Nusra Front and the Islamic State (IS or ISIS), they are now well-trained in the practice of terrorist warfare. Unlike most Westerners, they have overcome any discomfort they may have previously felt about killing or confronting death. Chances are, they’ve already done it.

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Falling Deaths Outnumber ‘School Shooting’ Deaths by Tens of Thousands

10th December 2014

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported “27,483 unintentional fall deaths” in 2011 alone. That is 27,460.5 more deaths each year via unintentional falls than “school shootings,” yet Everytown is pulling out all stops to make America safer by pushing more gun control.

Well, then, let’s just ban heights. Nothing easier. IT’S FOR THE CHILDREN!

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Obama Becomes First President to Write a Computer Program

10th December 2014

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I predict that it crashed.

The most interesting part of the picture is the girl with him, who appears to be no more ‘black’ than he is. Perhaps the implicit message is that one needs significant white ancestry in order to code. The brown-bag-and-ruler test appears to be alive and well.

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High Speed Robot Hand Dexterity

10th December 2014

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Robot hand dribbles, throws a ball accurately, knotting a rope, catching a thrown cellphone with its fingertips.

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Senate Intelligence Committee’s Report Confirms That CIA Did Not Torture Detainees

10th December 2014

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First, the tone of the report is remarkably hostile to the CIA. It reads like a prosecutor’s brief. I don’t know what the Agency did to get on the wrong side of Dianne Feinstein, but the report is, seemingly, an act of revenge. I suspect that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed himself would render a more sympathetic account of the CIA’s interrogation program than we got from Senate Democrats.

Second, a great deal of the report is devoted to proving that the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques did no good. I didn’t find this discussion particularly persuasive, mostly because it is so patently partisan and one-sided. Further, while it is appropriate for the intelligence agencies themselves to analyze the success, or lack thereof, of various approaches they have used, this issue strikes me as almost beside the point. In the aftermath of 9/11, it was vitally important to learn all we could about al Qaeda–who was in it, how it was organized, how its members communicated, and above all, what other plots were in the works. It was appropriate to try just about anything to get information from the small number of high-level al Qaeda members to whom we then had access. If some techniques worked and others didn’t, so be it; but they all had to be tried.

Third, the report goes to great lengths to document alleged misrepresentations by the Agency concerning the enhanced interrogation program. Many of these come from Congressional testimony by former CIA Director Michael Hayden. The Agency has acknowledged that Hayden got some facts wrong, especially relating to events that occurred before he became Director. In other instances, I don’t find the Committee’s effort very persuasive. Once again, the vituperative tone of the report undermines its credibility.

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Israel Indicts American Over Plot to Bomb Muslim Holy Sites

10th December 2014

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Savor the contrast.

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Watchdog: IRS Paid $6 Billion in Bogus Child Tax Credits

10th December 2014

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

 

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Drug Flags Malaria-Infected Cells for Destruction

9th December 2014

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At the end of November, a team reported some good results from testing a chemical called (+)-SJ733 in cells grown in lab and in lab animals, such as rats, mice, and dogs. What makes the study interesting is that the scientists tested one possible way malaria might evolve against (+)-SJ733. They found resistance will likely arise slowly. The team included researchers from the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline, as well as biologists from universities and research institutes all over the world.

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From Those Fine People Who Brought You the Post Office

9th December 2014

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The Washington state healthcare exchange accidentally canceled coverage for some 6,000 accounts. Exchange officials say they don’t know how large a share of total accounts that represents because they don’t know how many people have signed up.

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Government for the Strongest

9th December 2014

George Will pulls back the curtain.

Intellectually undemanding progressives, excited by the likes of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) — advocate of the downtrodden and the Export-Import Bank — have at last noticed something obvious: Big government, which has become gargantuan in response to progressives’ promptings, serves the strong. It is responsive to factions sufficiently sophisticated and moneyed to understand and manipulate its complexity.

Hence Democrats, the principal creators of this complexity, receive more than 70 percent of lawyers’ political contributions. Yet progressives, refusing to see this defect — big government captured by big interests — as systemic, want to make government an ever more muscular engine of regulation and redistribution. Were progressives serious about what used to preoccupy America’s left — entrenched elites, crony capitalism and other impediments to upward mobility — they would study “The New Class Conflict,” by Joel Kotkin, a lifelong Democrat.

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‘Why I’m Giving Up My Passport’

9th December 2014

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Some 3,000 Americans gave up their citizenship last year, a tiny number that’s nevertheless been soaring. Yes, a few expatriates may be trying to avoid future taxes, as Senator Charles E. Schumer accused the Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin of doing two years ago, when Mr. Saverin, who lives in Singapore, surrendered his passport ahead of the company’s initial public offering.

But most, like me, are not tycoons. We’re responding to the burden and cost of onerous financial reporting and tax filing requirements that are neither fair nor just. (Living and working in London, I pay higher taxes, to Britain, than I would in New York.)

Some 7.6 million Americans live abroad — expats would be the 13th most populous state, if we were a state. Many are overseas temporarily, for work or study. But many others marry foreigners, start companies or have long-term overseas assignments. We are just like ordinary Americans — except that we lack representation.

The United States is an outlier: Its extraterritorial tax laws apply to American citizens and companies no matter where they are. We are the only country (except, arguably, Eritrea) that taxes all of its citizens on worldwide income rather than where the income is earned. Expatriate Americans have to pay taxes once, wherever they live, and then file again in the United States.

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Kroger Profits Up 21 Percent After Refusing to Ban Guns

9th December 2014

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In mid-August Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America launched a campaign pressuring Kroger to bar law-abiding citizens from openly carrying guns for self-defense in their stores. Kroger refused to change its policy and in the third quarter–“ending Nov. 8″–Kroger saw a “21 percent increase in profit…compared with the same period last year.”

I guess that’ll show ‘em.

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New Study Reveals Why You Shouldn’t Drink Coffee From a White Mug

9th December 2014

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

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Ken Weatherwax, Pugsley From ‘The Addams Family,’ Dies at Age 59

9th December 2014

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What a great name for an actor.

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A Rolling Stone Gathers No Rape

8th December 2014

Jim Goad is nicely dyspeptic today.

Despite the Tawana Brawley rape hoax and the Duke Lacrosse rape hoax and the fact that on any given day you can search the phrase “false rape” on Google News and dredge up countless stories of bitter, scorned, vindictive, psychotic women falsely accusing men of rape, the howling harpies of latter-day feminism and their gelded male worker elves continue to insist that false rape accusations are a patriarchal fiction.

That’s why the nuclear-reactor-level meltdown of that mossy old rancidly flatulent hippie rag Rolling Stone over an at least partially—and perhaps entirely—fraudulent gang-rape story at the University of Virginia is so exquisitely delicious.

We live in a world where a fake rape at UVA gets more press than that (and worse) in entire Muslim countries. Go figure.

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This Disk in Your Pants Tells You to Sit Up and Breathe Into Your Belly

7th December 2014

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Both good things. At last, a useful piece of ‘wearable’ tech.

 

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The Road to Green Hell Is Paved With Sustainable-Development Initiatives

7th December 2014

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Sustainable-development theorists’ aversion to, and environmental activists’ dislike for, synthetic products, long-distance trade and economies of scale is most unfortunate. True, manufacturing operations are not yet perfect, but the ‘green’ alternatives touted as inherently superior, from organic food to local and smaller-scale productions, are typically much worse.

Natural dyes are a case in point. What well-meaning activists and ‘enviropreneurs’ miss is that their ‘solution’ to a largely non-existent problem would come not only with a hefty price for consumers (in terms of paying a lot more for inferior products), but it would also affect the environment given that many parts of the world that have been allowed to ‘rewilden’ in the past few decades would need to be, once again, put under the plough.

Market processes are not perfect, but they constantly reward the development of more efficient and less problematic alternatives over time. Ignoring the lessons of business and technological history can only deliver a poorer and more environmentally stressed world.

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The Search for Exceptional Genomes

7th December 2014

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This is the sort of discussion that makes ‘progressive’ heads explode. It is therefore virtuous ipso facto.

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The Resource Leak Bug of Our Civilization

7th December 2014

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Our mainstream economic system is oriented towards maximal production and growth. This effectively means that participants are forced to maximize their portions of the cake in order to stay in the game. It is therefore necessary to insert useless and even harmful “tumor material” in one’s own economical portion in order to avoid losing one’s position. This produces an ever-growing global parasite fungus that manifests as things like black boxes, planned obsolescence and artificial creation of needs.

I’m not sure where he’s going with this but it’s an interesting read.

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The Shape of Rome

7th December 2014

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A fascinating review of the many layers that accrete in an ancient city.

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Discovering How Greeks Computed in 100 B.C.

7th December 2014

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After a closer examination of a surviving marvel of ancient Greek technology known as the Antikythera Mechanism, scientists have found that the device not only predicted solar eclipses but also organized the calendar in the four-year cycles of the Olympiad, forerunner of the modern Olympic Games.

The new findings, reported Wednesday in the journal Nature, also suggested that the mechanism’s concept originated in the colonies of Corinth, possibly Syracuse, on Sicily. The scientists said this implied a likely connection with Archimedes.

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Pearl Harbor Day

7th December 2014

Some of us remember.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

7th December 2014

Put Me In, Coach

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Francesinha

6th December 2014

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Legend has it that in the 1960s, one Daniel da Silva returned to his native Portugal following a stint in France and Belgium, with a vision of adapting the classic grilled ham and cheese croque-monsieur for local palates.

The result was the Francesinha (“Frenchie”), an example of what happens when you take a simple sarnie, crank it up to 11 with the addition of meaty overdrive and then douse it in alcohol-heavy sauce.

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Yale, Organovo Team Up to 3D Print Organs for Transplants

6th December 2014

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They’re not a reality quite yet, but laboratories are already busy 3D printing living tissue. Industry leader Organovo and Yale’s schools of medicine and engineering announced a partnership this week that will focus specifically on research into printing transplantable tissue, and we may see some working applications very soon.

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Robotic Exoskeletons Are Here, and They’re Changing Lives

6th December 2014

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When you think of bionic exoskeleton suits, images of futuristic high-tech super soldiers often come to mind. Think Tom Cruise in this summer’s sci-fi flick Edge Of Tomorrow, or Ripley taking on the queen xenomorph in Aliens. While militaries across the world are certainly interested in designing weaponized exo-suits for their armies of the future, powered exoskeletons are actually finding a much more benevolent niche right now: patient rehabilitation.

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Trains Could Use Lasers to Blast Leaves Off Track

6th December 2014

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Leaves … cows … demonstrators … it’s all good.

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Michael Brown Demonstrators Cheer as Police Officers Hit by Car

6th December 2014

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They don’t like the police? Fine. Pull the police out of their neighborhood and see how long they survive.

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Power Savings of Smart Meters Prove Slow to Materialize

6th December 2014

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Gee, I wonder why.

The end is in sight for the meter reader, who each month faithfully tramps through the flower beds or into the basement, flashlight and clipboard in hand, to record electricity use.

They are being phased out because tens of millions of new meters talk directly to the electric company. The meters can record use by the hour, changing the price as the market changes and telling the customer — or maybe even the appliances themselves — the best time to buy energy.

But this is not happening. Although the goal is to shift consumption to off-peak hours when cheaper, cleaner electricity is available, experts say it is still many years away, despite billions in federal subsidies that have helped finance the switch to the so-called smart grid.

Your tax dollars at work.

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Relatives Gather to Mourn Bosnian Man Murdered in St. Louis Hammer Attack

6th December 2014

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As relatives of Zemir Begic prepare for his funeral Saturday, neither they nor police detectives appear to have any idea what caused a pack of teens to beat him to death with hammers on a St. Louis street.

No motive has been identified in the Begic murder, according to investigators. But members of the close-knit Bosnian community are questioning whether Begic’s death and other crimes committed within the past year in the neighborhood are racially charged — and they’re calling on a larger police presence on St. Louis’s south side. Begic was white, while Mitchell and one of the two juveniles are black, and the other is Hispanic.

They were black, and he was white — what could their motivation have been? It’s just so puzzling!

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Cold, Dead Hands: Buffalo to Seize Guns From Families Following Owners’ Funerals

6th December 2014

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A plan by police in Buffalo, N.Y., to begin confiscating the firearms of legal gun owners within days of their deaths is drawing fire from Second Amendment advocates.

The plan is legal under a longstanding, but rarely enforced state law, but gun rights advocates say, with apologies to onetime NRA spokesman Charlton Heston, it is tantamount to prying firearms – some of which may have substantial monetary or sentimental value – from the cold, dead hands of law-abiding citizens.

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Austin Cop’s Sure Shot Stopped Crazed Gunman

6th December 2014

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Holding the reins of two horses with one hand, Austin Police Sgt. Adam Johnson raised his service pistol and fired a bullseye into the target some 312 feet away.

Down went Larry McQuilliams, and so ended his rampage through the streets of the Texas capital, where he’d fired more than 100 rounds from his AK-47 and .22-caliber rifles at buildings. The shot, from Johnson’s Smith & Wesson M&P .40 pistol, hit McQuilliams square in the chest and made the 15-year-veteran the toast of gun enthusiasts around the country.

“At a minimum, it was extraordinary shot,” said Army Maj. John Plaster, a retired Special Forces operator, long-range shooting expert and author of “The Ultimate Sniper: An Advanced Training Manual for Military and Police Snipers.”

 

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US, South African Hostages ‘Murdered’ During Failed Rescue Attempt in Yemen

6th December 2014

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American hostage Luke Somers died during a joint rescue mission by the U.S. and Yemen Saturday morning.

Somers was still alive, but badly injured when U.S. Special Forces reached him in the rescue mission, a Yemeni national security official told Fox News. The official also said it was Al Qaeda militants who shot Somers

Somers would die later as he was being transported away for medical treatment.

Ten militants were killed between the rescue attempt and the drone strike prior to the mission, the Yemeni official confirmed.

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Whistleblower Alleges Agency Cover-Up Over $300M ‘Boondoggle’ to Protect Obama Nominee

6th December 2014

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Senior officials at the Social Security Administration (SSA) tried to hide a damning report on a $300 million computer system that lawmakers have called a “boondoggle” in order to protect President Obama’s nominee to lead the agency, a whistleblower claimed in an interview with FoxNews.com.

Whistleblower Michael Keegan told FoxNews.com that McKinsey & Company, a consulting firm, issued a draft report in December 2013 saying the agency had spent $288 million over six years for a new computer system processing disability claims that has yet to launch.

But Keegan said he was present at a meeting of senior officials in May of this year where they decided to sit on the report as long as Carolyn Colvin’s nomination for commissioner was pending.

The nomination of a black woman is a terrible thing to waste.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

6th December 2014

25 Amazing Life Hacks You Won’t Believe You Didn’t Know.

Edible Greeting Cards. I am not making this up.

Shoulder Bag With Pop-Up Tablet Holder. For those who are insecure with their geek status.

New Pills Make Farts Smell Like Chocolate.

Pressure Oven.

Bubble-Wrap Suit.

‘You Suck at Parking’ Business Cards.

Ring Weeder.

Liquid Plastic Welder.

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