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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

26th July 2014

Watch that will project time on your wrist.

The Swash machine.

Cordless Ultrasonic Rodent Repeller. Let’s set one up on Capitol Hill….

Chainmail running shoes. I am not making this up.

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Convicted Ex-Los Angeles Councilman Will Continue Collecting Six-Figure Pension

25th July 2014

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Hey, he stole that money fair and square.

Former Los Angeles Councilman Richard AlarcónCredit: SEIU International / photo on flickrRichard Alarcón’s was convicted of four felonies this week, including voter fraud and perjury. It turned out he lied about where he lived in 2007 and 2009 in order to represent the city’s District 7. His wife was also convicted of three counts.

But he will keep his pension, which totals $116,000 a year for that short stint on the City Council.

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Nancy Pelosi: Moses Was a Refugee Too, Just Like Baby Jesus

25th July 2014

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And he was a Jew, too, just like Baby Jesus! Wow, what an amazing coincidence!

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Hamas Claims Rockets Only Target Jews

25th July 2014

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Well, that’s all right, then. After all, it’s not as if Jews were Muslims or anybody important.

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Michelle Obama Asks for ‘Biggest, Fattest’ Checks From Donors

25th July 2014

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At a fundraiser in Chicago, First Lady Michelle Obama complained that there was too much money in politics before asking for the “biggest, fattest check” from each of her donors.

And she didn’t even blush when she said it. (Of course, how could you tell?)

What she really meant is that there’s too much of the wrong kind (i.e. non-Democrat) money in politics, but of course it wouldn’t do to say that; anyway, her listeners knew what she meant.

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New Study Looked at Whether Smoking or Obesity Takes More Years Off Life

25th July 2014

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Hint: Obesity is worse. So if you smoke to keep your weight down, you’re ahead of the game.

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

25th July 2014

U.N. Accuses Islamic State of Executions, Rape, Child Abuse in Iraq

New Islamic Caliphate Declares Jihad on … Muslims

Terrorist Rockets Found in United Nations Operated School in Gaza

Turkish Paper: ‘God Bless That Hitler’

Boko Haram extremists attack Nigerian town, many feared killed

7 killed in Kenya militant attack

Baghdad suicide bombing kills at least 9

Dozens dead in undefended Nigerian town, Boko Haram suspected

ISIS threatens to kill Christians in Mosul who don’t convert

Gunmen attack Egyptian troops near Libyan border, kill 21

Police: Philadelphia Muslim Leaders Hacked Accused Thief’s Hand with Machete

Israelis Attempt to Destroy Hamas Terror Tunnels

Gunmen attack Egypt troops, killing 21 near Libya

Baghdad bombings kill dozens

11 parents of Nigeria’s kidnapped girls die from attacks and stress

Two Women Living in U.S. Charged with Terrorism

Hamas resists Kerry’s attempts at Gaza cease-fire deal

US lawmakers seek answers in ‘troubling’ violation of Sudanese Christian woman’s human rights

Attack on Iraq prisoner convoy kills 60

Dozens killed in twin blasts in Nigeria

At least 21 dead in Iraq checkpoint car bombing

Pro-Palestinian Protesters Attack Israeli Soccer Players in Austria

HORROR IN IRAQ: Islamists Order Genital Mutilation for All Females

Israel surprised by number, sophistication of Gaza tunnels

US pulls Peace Corps volunteers from Kenya

Norway warns of imminent terror threat

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From Sudanese Death Row to a Vatican Meeting with Pope Francis

25th July 2014

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Ibrahim, pregnant at the time, was jailed after authorities in Sudan were alerted that she converted to Christianity in order to marry her husband, a crime that is punishable by death.

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Russia Firing Artillery Across Border at Ukrainian Military

25th July 2014

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“We have new evidence that the Russians intend to deliver heavier and more powerful multiple rocket launchers to the separatist forces in Ukraine, and have evidence that Russia is firing artillery from within Russia to attack Ukrainian military positions,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said.

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Schwab Heads for Texas With 1,200 Jobs

25th July 2014

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry has persuaded San Francisco brokerage firm Charles Schwab to bring 1,200 jobs to El Paso and Austin with nearly $6 million in cash grants from a state investment fund.

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After Leveling Iraq’s Tomb of Jonah, the Islamic State Could Destroy ‘Anything in the Bible’

25th July 2014

Read it. And watch the video.

But as reluctant a prophet as Jonah was, his purported tomb in Mosul, Iraq, is a holy site for Muslims – even though it’s not likely the final resting place of a man purported to live in a fish’s tummy for three days. Instead, wrote Columbia University Near Eastern history PhD student Christopher Jones, the tomb is a sacred place “to meditate on the questions raised by the story of Jonah: questions of justice, obedience, providence, fairness and divine mercy.”

Until this month, when it was destroyed by the Islamic State.

As is traditional, the chief victim of Muslim idiocy is other Muslims.

 

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Fight Heats Up Over EPA Sabotage of Alaska Gold Mine

25th July 2014

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“The intent of the EPA is to take on an authority that nowhere has Congress given them, to go across America and determine where development should occur and where it shouldn’t occur before anyone ever files a permit,” Pebble Limited Partnership CEO Tom Collier said.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., also is investigating. A year into its inquiry, though, the committee is hitting roadblocks. Phil North, a key, now-retired EPA biologist can’t be located. North worked in the EPA’s Kenai office and is a longtime acquaintance of the lawyer who filed the tribe’s request for an EPA veto. Some accuse North of initiating the Pebble Mine veto discussion within the EPA and even helping opponents craft the letter to the agency.

Now, not only is North unavailable to the committee, but two years’ worth of his emails about Pebble Mine are also missing. In response to the oversight committee’s request, the EPA searched North’s laptop and old computer hard drive, and three external hard drives, but could not find any of his electronic documents related to the mine for the period between April 2007 and May 2009.  The EPA says it is still searching.

The EPA is one of the reasons that Richard Nixon will burn in Hell for all eternity.

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Biden: I Should Have Had a Republican Kid

24th July 2014

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It wouldn’t have prevented him from being the child of an idiot.

Joe Biden, speaking at the Urban League conference in Cincinnati, reflected, “I should have had one Republican kid to go out and make money.”

The crowd burst into laugher.

“You know,” Biden continued, “so when they put me in a home, I get a window with a view.  You know what I mean? But my daughter is a social worker.”

So Democrats are parasites who don’t produce but live off of taxes paid by productive people? Well, that certainly fits what we know of his family. Besides, with his Senatorial and Vice-Presidential pension, I doubt that he’ll be living hand to mouth when he gets old and … I was about to say ‘senile’ but I think he’s achieved that stage already.

 

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Bring Back the Firing Squad

24th July 2014

The Other McCain has a great idea.

 Joseph R. Wood III was 30 when he murdered his ex-girlfriend, Debbie Dietz, 29, and her father, Gene Dietz, 55, in Tucson in 1989. Because our legal system has been encumbered by federal court concessions to the “rights” of murderers, it took 25 years to impose justice on this cowardly hateful killer. Also, because of concessions to the Murderers’ Rights Movement, effective methods of capital punishment — the noose, the firing squad, the gas chamber, the electric chair — have been outlawed, replaced by lethal injection drugs, so that those who callously take human life can be dispatched in a “humane” manner.

This is the guy concerning whom all of the Special Snowflakes are upset because it apparently took him a couple of hours to die. I have no sympathy for him, and nothing but contempt for those who ignore the victims and weep for the victimizer.

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Anti-Tank Missiles Deflected by New Israeli Defense System

24th July 2014

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At least five times in the past week in Gaza, Israeli tanks equipped with a revolutionary defense system have deflected anti-tank missiles fired at them by Hamas fighters, according to the Israeli army.

The success of the Windbreaker system, as it is called in Israel, augments on the ground the technological achievement in the air of the Iron Dome anti-rocket defense system which Israel credits with neutralizing the intensive rocketing from Gaza of the past two weeks.

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Democrats: The Party of Theft

24th July 2014

The Other McCain nails it.

It’s not merely that they steal money from taxpayers. Democrats are just generally dishonest and untrustworthy….

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On News Judgement

24th July 2014

David Warren blows the whistle.

Here is a “thought experiment” for my remaining journalistic friends. It is an attempt to cast light by means of analogy. (“Now is the time when we juxtapose,” as the adored Kate Macmillan likes to write at Small Dead Animals.) And let me remind the journalist-entertainers of the mainstream, that they do indeed have influence, in the aggregate, over the tenor of our society.

The area and population of the territory the “Caliphate” now controls in Syria and Iraq being currently roughly equal to that controlled by the government of Israel, let us imagine what the “coverage” would be, had the Israelis told all Muslims to run for their lives; had they announced that everything Muslims owned now belonged to the Israeli government; and that any Muslim still found within Israel’s de facto borders after twenty-four hours would be put to the sword. Questions:

Do you think this story might make the front page?

Do you think the media would seek more information?

Do you think the matter might remain news for more than one day?

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The New Extraterrestrial Geography

24th July 2014

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This month marks forty-five years since men first left planet earth and set foot on another world. The last man to walk on the moon did so in December, 1972, over four decades ago. It’s a good moment to ponder what we haven’t done since.

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Air Waveguides Use Differences in Density to Keep Light Beams Focused

23rd July 2014

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Scientists say they have turned thin air into an “optical fibre” that can transmit and amplify light signals without the need for any cables.

In a proof-of-principle experiment they created an “air waveguide” that could one day be used as an instantaneous optical fibre to any point on earth, or even into space.

The findings, reported in the journal Optica, have applications in long range laser communications, high-resolution topographic mapping, air pollution and climate change research, and could also be used by the military to make laser weapons.

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Sierra Leone’s hief Ebola Doctor Contracts the Virus

23rd July 2014

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

 

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It costs $50,000 to study ‘White Privilege’ and Taxpayers are Footing the Bill

23rd July 2014

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Did you expect any less?

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Four Students Robbed at Gunpoint on Gun-Free Campus in Ohio

23rd July 2014

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“Victims! Get your unarmed victims here!”

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Restaurant Owner: Business Up With ‘Guns Are Welcome’ Sign On Front Door

23rd July 2014

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A Maryville, Tennessee restaurant owner says her business has only increased since she posted a “Guns Are Welcome” on the front door.

Owner Sharma Floyd said she posted the sign after a restaurant in Durham, North Carolina posted a “No Weapons, No Concealed Firearms” sign and was subsequently robbed at gun point.

According to CBS Charlotte, Floyd said: “And that got me to thinking. I lost a whole group of motorcyclists because they thought I didn’t allow weapons. But I believe it’s okay to carry as long as you have a permit.”

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90% of Illegals No-Shows in Dallas Immigration Court

23rd July 2014

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

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Making the Cut

23rd July 2014

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Diode lasers — used in laser pointers, barcode scanners, DVD players, and other low-power applications — are perhaps the most efficient, compact, and low-cost lasers available.

Attempts have been made over the years to amplify the brightness of these valuable lasers for industrial applications, such as welding and cutting metal. But boosting power usually means decreasing beam quality, or focus. And the beam never gets intense enough to melt metal.

Now MIT Lincoln Laboratory spinout TeraDiode is commercializing a multikilowatt diode laser system that’s bright enough to cut and weld — even through a half-inch of steel — at greater efficiencies than today’s industrial lasers.

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White Like Me

23rd July 2014

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Officials at Iowa’s Marshalltown High School suspended Blair Van Staaldiune after they saw a picture online of him dressed all in white and forming a “W” with his fingers. Staaldiune’s mother says that the principal accused him of being a racist. She tried to explain that her son was dressed in white because the photo was taken during spirit week when school officials asked each class to dress only in one color and Blair’s class was told to dress in white. Instead of accepting her explanation, she says the principal called her a racist, too. School officials have declined to comment on the matter, citing student confidentiality.

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Adventures in Light Rail

23rd July 2014

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Remember the Twin Cities light-rail line that was supposed to average 17 mph but, after testing, was scheduled for just 13-3/4 mph? It turns out that, in actual operation, it averages less than 12.5 mph. That means it takes 53 minutes to go from downtown Minneapolis to downtown St. Paul, 36 percent longer than the 39 minutes originally promised and more than twice as long as the 26 minutes required by a bus.Remember the Twin Cities light-rail line that was supposed to average 17 mph but, after testing, was scheduled for just 13-3/4 mph? It turns out that, in actual operation, it averages less than 12.5 mph. That means it takes 53 minutes to go from downtown Minneapolis to downtown St. Paul, 36 percent longer than the 39 minutes originally promised and more than twice as long as the 26 minutes required by a bus.

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Bigger, Cheaper Fuel Cells Will Eliminate Power Outages

23rd July 2014

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General Electric has a bright idea for keeping the lights on even when the electrical grid short-circuits. The 122-year-old company wants to bring clean, reliable, affordable energy to the masses with hyper-efficient fuel cells , and in a rare move, is launching a startup to do it.

On Tuesday, the energy and electronics conglomerate unveiled GE Fuel Cells, an internal startup that’s working to commercialize fuel cell technology that runs on natural gas, creating energy that’s not only cleaner than dirty power plants, but more energy efficient, too. In the race to create a more environmentally sound alternative to power plants, fuel cells have emerged as a viable option, alongside solar and wind power. But unlike solar and wind power, fuel cells can provide steady, nonstop energy that doesn’t fade when the sun goes down or when the wind stops blowing.

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Top Three Super PAC Donors Are Superrich Liberals

22nd July 2014

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How can that be? Harry Reid said that the Democrats don’t have many billionaires.

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Beretta Dumps Maryland After New Gun Laws

22nd July 2014

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Beretta USA, one of the nation’s largest firearms manufacturers, will move its manufacturing and approximately 300 jobs out of Maryland because of the state’s new gun control laws, the company said in a statement Tuesday.

Rick Perry’s phone number is (512) 463-2000. Just sayin’.

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Thought for the Day

22nd July 2014

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Israel Supporters Attacked by Crowd Shouting ‘Kill Jews’ in Canada

22nd July 2014

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The victims said they were just trying to express their support for Israel when an angry mob of pro-Palestinian demonstrators surrounded them, began shouting anti-Semitic slogans, and then proceeded to aggressively beat the family, which included a 22-year-old girl and a 52-year-old woman who had recently had stomach surgery.

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Occupy Protester Threatened to Kill Two Officers’ Families

22nd July 2014

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The Occupy Wall Streeter who once sobbed in court because she had to appear in the same dress twice also threatened to kill two cops’ families, court papers show.

Couture-crazed protester Cecily McMillan — who became a poster child for OWS indignation after socking a cop in the eye in 2012 — was arrested again in December 2013 during a subway scuffle.

She was busted after allegedly urging two turnstile jumpers not to cooperate with a pair of cops in the Union Square subway station — and then made death threats against the officers, according to the papers.

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White House Puts Fresh Focus on Federal Job Training Efforts

22nd July 2014

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Explain to me again how it’s the business of the Federal government to conduct job training.

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New Spongelike Structure Converts Solar Energy Into Steam.

21st July 2014

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The structure — a layer of graphite flakes and an underlying carbon foam — is a porous, insulating material structure that floats on water. When sunlight hits the structure’s surface, it creates a hotspot in the graphite, drawing water up through the material’s pores, where it evaporates as steam. The brighter the light, the more steam is generated.

The new material is able to convert 85 percent of incoming solar energy into steam — a significant improvement over recent approaches to solar-powered steam generation. What’s more, the setup loses very little heat in the process, and can produce steam at relatively low solar intensity. This would mean that, if scaled up, the setup would likely not require complex, costly systems to highly concentrate sunlight.

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Obama Donor Fights to Keep Riff-Raff Away From Private Beach

21st July 2014

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A wealthy venture capitalist and major Obama donor is fighting tooth-and-nail to prevent others from accessing his private Northern California beach, according to Bloomberg News.

Vinod Khosla’s support for Obama has paid off in the form of millions in taxpayer subsidies for green energy companies in which he has invested.

A prominent environmentalist, Khosla nevertheless cherishes his control over a private beach alongside his 56-acre property near San Francisco—which he bought for $32.5 million—Bloomberg reported on Monday.

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Affirmative Action = Discrimination Against Asians, NYC Schools Edition

21st July 2014

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New York City politicians—including Mayor Bill de Blasio—want to change the admissions system for the city’s nine highly-selective premiere public high schools, including nationally-renowned Stuyvesant High School. The schools currently use a single exam, the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test, to determine admittance. Less than three percent of applicants are admitted to Stuyvesant.

The problem, in the eyes of some, is that black and Latino students are increasingly underrepresented at the elite schools. So are white students. When a test score is the only criteria, it seems that Asian Americans are more likely than other racial groups to gain admission to Stuyvesant.

Some minorities are fashionable, and some ain’t.

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Diplomat: UN Gave Hamas Rockets to the Palestinian Government

21st July 2014

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United Nations officials handed Hamas missiles found last week in a U.N.-run school in Gaza to the Palestinian government, according to a Western diplomat familiar with the case who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.

At least 20 rockets were discovered last week in a Gaza school run by the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which operates several schools in Gaza and elsewhere.

I am convinced that U.N. stands for Utterly Nuts.

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40 Shot, 4 Killed in Chicago This Weekend, Including 11-Year-Old Girl

21st July 2014

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Thank God for all those strict gun-control laws, or the place would look like Texas.

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From Alzheimer’s to ADHD: What Doctors Can Diagnose From Your Voice Alone

20th July 2014

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If Guillermo Cecchi wants to figure out if you’ve taken MDMA or meth, all he needs is a computer and a recording of your voice. Cecchi is a computer scientist at IBM, and part of a growing community of scientists who think our voices can reveal far more than our sex, age, or cultural origins. He thinks it can also unlock the mind — and the various psychological and neurological states our brains may be experiencing at any given time.

“This is exactly what psychiatrists do every day: they talk to the patients,” Cecchi says, “but we used machine learning and mathematics to replicate it.”

Pretty creepy.

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The Inevitable: Drunk Man Arrested for Impersonating Groping TSA Agent at Airport

20th July 2014

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Words fail me.

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Commies in Anaheim?

20th July 2014

The Other McCain blows the whistle.

ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) is a front for the Marxist revolutionary Workers World Party. This is simply a fact, but a fact routinely omitted from media coverage of ANSWER protests. This was the case in California, where the local CBS affiliate deliberated ignored the communist orientation of this weekend’s “march against police brutality” in Anaheim….

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Happy Moon Landing Day

20th July 2014

Just, you know, remember.

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World Mysteries – The Piri Reis Map

20th July 2014

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The admiral’s scanned the yellowed charts and found the tracings to be precise. Using his collection of antique charts, Admiral Piri Reis compiled a world map in 1513. In 1929, a group of historians found the Piri Reis map in a pile of rubble in the harem section of the Palace of Topkapi in Constantinople. These scholars were astonished to discover that the map showed the coastal outlines of South and North America. It also included precise data on the southern polar continent, Antarctica.

Piri Reis could not have acquired his information on this region from contemporary explorers because Antarctica remained undiscovered until 1818 CE, more than 300 years after he drew the map. The ice-free coast of Queen Maud Land shown in the map is a mystery because the geological evidence confirms that the very latest date that it could have been surveyed and charted in an ice-free condition is 4000 BCE. It is not possible to pinpoint the earliest date that such a task could have been accomplished, but it seems that the Queen Maud Land littoral may have remained in a stable, unglaciated condition for at least 9,000 years before the spreading ice-cap swallowed it entirely. There is no civilization known to history that had the capacity or need to survey that coastline in the relevant period, i.e. between 13,000 BCE and 4000 BCE.

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Huge Mystery Siberia Crater: Aliens or Meteor Not Involved, Officials Insist

20th July 2014

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For those who’ve always thought that Siberia was the asshole of the world — here’s proof.

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Samsung Electronics Mobile Executives Take Bonus Cuts

20th July 2014

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I’d love to have a job where unsatisfactory performance only resulted in a 25% reduction of my bonus.

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The Benefits of Failing at French

20th July 2014

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Every now and again, something in the New York Times is worth reading. This is one of those rare events.

In the last few years, unable to hold a list of just four grocery items in my head, I’d begun to fret a bit over my literal state of mind. So to reassure myself that nothing was amiss, just before tackling French I took a cognitive assessment called CNS Vital Signs, recommended by a psychologist friend. The results were anything but reassuring: I scored below average for my age group in nearly all of the categories, notably landing in the bottom 10th percentile on the composite memory test and in the lowest 5 percent on the visual memory test.

And yet he is paid to write for the New York Times. ’nuff said.

Seriously, this is yet another recommendation for the position staked out by Scott Adams in his life-changing book, How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

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The Plot Against Merit

20th July 2014

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As Ting’s story illustrates, however, the reality is just the opposite. It’s not affluent whites, but rather the city’s burgeoning population of Asian-American immigrants—a group that, despite its successes, remains disproportionately poor and working-class—whose children have aced the exam in overwhelming numbers. And, ironically, the more “holistic” and subjective admissions criteria that de Blasio and the NAACP favor would be much more likely to benefit children of the city’s professional elite than African-American and Latino applicants—while penalizing lower-middle-class Asian-American kids like Ting. The result would not be a specialized high school student body that “looks like New York,” but rather one that looks more like Bill de Blasio’s upscale Park Slope neighborhood in Brooklyn.

‘Merit’, in the eyes of ‘progressives’, is a function of who you are rather than what you can do. In that sense, they are deeply regressive. Like the European nobility, they regard who you came from as being far more important than what you can produce. This is one of the biggest con jobs in human history.

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Corporations Are Refrigerators

20th July 2014

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An odd article that contains a great deal of inconvenient truth. Most people would profit from having this pasted on their bathroom mirror where they would be forced to read it every damned day.

Don’t allow where you work or what you do become who you are.
There’s more to you than your job. There’s more to you than the title on your business card, the name of the corporation that employs you – while we’re at it, there’s more to you than where you live, what you drive or how much you earn. Sure, there may be some prestige associated with a certain employer or type of work, but one thing is certain: at the end of your life, it’s sure as heck not going to be the most important thing you remember or cherish. Who you are is who your family and friends love; who contributes back to society – not what you do or where you work. What are your talents, what do you love to do, what other roles do you play in your life? Father, Mother, Son, Daughter, Friend – WHO are you – not what do you do.

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No One Said They Wanted Faster Horses, They Wanted Less Horseshit

20th July 2014

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With all the bitching these days about the problems with automobiles, from air pollution to traffic fatalities, you would think that they were an unmitigated disaster — until, of course, you consider the alternative.

Since the base premise is around the usage of horses as a metaphor for the “status quo” of transportation, let’s look at it for a minute. Horses have been a preferred means of transportation for thousands of years. The earliest record of domestic horse usage for transportation goes back as far as 2000 BCE. As we built more and more complex, crowded villages, towns, cities, horses became a real problem. Here are some of the things people would have responded with if you asked a mid-late 19th century city planner what he needed with regards to equine transportation:

  • An easier way to remove the average of 41 dead horses a day on the streets of New York
  • Some place to relocate the 1200~ metric tons of manure produced each day, and someone to do the relocating
  • Some place to stable the 100,000+ horse that operated within New York, and food to feed them

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