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Let’s Put the Future Behind Us

23rd November 2014

Charlie Stross takes a break from being a communist in a Clever Plastic Disguise to talk about something interesting.

Big-ass L5 space colonies as envisaged by Professor Gerard K. O’Neill in his book The High Frontier turn out to be both economically and biologically questionable. To be fair, it’s not entirely his fault: he took NASA’s early-1970s estimates of Space Shuttle flight rates as gospel—one flight per week, costs around $1M/ton delivered into orbit—back when they were selling it as a “space truck”. At which point, hauling 50,000 tons of hardware and 10,000 workers into orbit to build a gigantic factory town churning out gigawatt range solar power stations using materials mined from the lunar regolith and positioned where they could transmit microwave power beams down to Earth 24×7 sounded like it should cost about as much as the 350-odd tons and 6 astronaut crew of the ISS. And as a solution to the 1974 oil shock, it seemed like a good idea. If we ever do get space trucks like that, it might be time to dust off those concept drawings and go for it. But in the meantime …

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Tracking Ancient Hawaiian Farming Methods With Instagram

23rd November 2014

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Like many agrarian cultures, pre-contact Hawaiians used a lunar calendar to manage farming and fishing. Beginning with Hilo, the crescent moon, and peaking with M?healani, the full moon, the Hawaiian calendar was made up of 30 distinct moon phases. Based on observations passed down through generations, certain phases were thought to correspond to better fishing or planting, depending on the season and where one lived.

Today, that shared knowledge has largely faded, but one group of contemporary Hawaiian conservationists is looking to rebuild the oral tradition of how lunar cycles affect the environment by using a decidedly modern form of the diary: an Instagram account. The Moon Phase Project, as conceived by founders Kanani Frazier and Brenda Asuncion, encourages a team of island-based photographers to post observations of the natural world tagged with the corresponding Hawaiian moon phase to a shared account.

Sometimes the old ways are best.

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Speaking Truth to Power

23rd November 2014

Sarah Hoyt points out the intellectual inversions characteristic of Crustian propaganda.

One of the most fascinating conceits of our ruling powerful elites — be they in entertainment, politics, governance, jurisprudence or news reporting — is the often repeated assertion of being some kind of underdog “speaking truth to power.” This comes with the concomitant illusion that anyone opposing them is paid by powerful interests.

Never mind that the ones making the accusation are usually in positions of power and receive recognition all out of proportion to their achievements, (no, really, Mr. Obama failed to deliver his first book, so they contracted for a second with an exponentially bigger advance. When he delivered an auto-biography instead of a book on race relations, it was taken and lionized. I challenge any writer/personage not of the establishment to replicate this feat.) Never mind that the dissenting voices often have to come out in less respected and far less rewarding channels, it is against those of us who speak the actual truth against those who yield actual power that the finger of mercenary interest is pointed.

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Tallahassee Democrat Calls for Handgun Ban, Repeal of 2nd Amendment

23rd November 2014

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On November 22 the Tallahassee Democrat called for the repeal of the Second Amendment and a total ban on handguns and “assault rifles.”
For those who respond by saying that taking guns from law-abiding citizens will only leave them in the hands of criminals the Democrat says, “That’s a chance worth taking.”

What Ensley does not take into account is that the carry of handguns was banned on the FSU campus–thanks in large part of FSU president John Thrasher’s opposition to students being able to use them for self-defense–and what did that handgun ban accomplish? It simply guaranteed that the bad guy, 31-year-old Myron May, was the only person who had a gun when he decided to attack.

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Got Milk? Might Not Be Doing You Much Good

23rd November 2014

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More and more evidence is surfacing, however, that milk consumption may not only be unhelpful, it might also be detrimental. This is in spite of the fact that the United States Department of Agriculture and other organizations advocate that even adults should drink at least three cups a day.

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Our Universe Might Yet Be Special

23rd November 2014

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As cosmologists poked around Big Bang theory on ever-finer levels of detail, it soon became clear that getting this universe, the one we happily inhabit, seemed to be more and more unlikely. In his article, Scharf gives us the famous example carbon-12 and its special resonances. If this minor detail of nuclear physics were just a wee bit different, our existence would never be possible. It’s as if nuclear physics were fine-tuned to allow life. But this issue of fine-tuning goes way beyond carbon nuclei; it infects many aspects of cosmological physics.

Change almost anything associated with the fundamental laws of physics by one part in a zillion and you end up with a sterile universe where life could never have formed. Not only that, but make tiny changes in even the initial conditions of the Big Bang and you end up with a sterile universe. Cosmologically speaking, it’s like we won every lottery every imaginable. From that vantage point we are special—crazy special.

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How Scientists Are Developing the Robot Doctors of the Future

23rd November 2014

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Legions of research teams around the world are now working on proof-of-concept studies that take this tiny step further, engineering microscopic robots that may some day be able to cruise through both the large arteries and small veins of living bodies to perform a wide range of medical feats that would otherwise require invasive surgery.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

23rd November 2014

I’m Alive

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Agrihoods

22nd November 2014

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Though the trend is new, the idea is an old one. From Frederic Law Olmsted’s faux-pastoral Riverside to the nostalgic, Disney-built town of Celebration, suburbs have always represented cultural aspiration more than reality. And like others before them, life in these agrihoods is more about the idea of living on a farm than the reality of it. Though residents reap the benefits of the agricultural life in the form of bucolic views and fresh meat and produce, their heirloom tomato patches, citrus groves and chicken coops are mostly tended by salaried farm managers.

Personally, I can’t think of anything I’d like less than to live near a farm. But there it is.

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The Wallabies of Ireland

22nd November 2014

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Not far off the coast of Ireland’s County Dublin, there’s a private island with some unlikely inhabitants. Along with the native bird colonies and a herd of cattle, the island, called Lambay, is home to Ireland’s only wild mob of wallabies.

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Study: How Yoga Alters Genes

22nd November 2014

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All of the subjects’ blood samples revealed changes in gene expression following meditation. The changes were the exact opposite of what occurs during flight or fight: genes associated with energy metabolism, mitochondrial function, insulin secretion, and telomere maintenance were turned on, while those involved in inflammation were turned off. These effects were more pronounced and consistent for long-term practitioners.

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‘Rise of Saturated Fat in Diet Does Not Raise Fats in Blood’

22nd November 2014

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A new controlled diet study has found that increasing the levels of saturated fat in the diet does not lead to increased levels of saturated fat in the blood. However, increasing the amount of carbohydrates in the diet was found to raise the levels of a fatty acid associated with diabetes and heart disease.

Everything bad is good for you.

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Finland: Typing Takes Over as Handwriting Lessons End

22nd November 2014

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“There Can’t Be World Peace Until There’s Only Muslims”

22nd November 2014

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Four weeks ago today Michael Zehaf-Bibeau went on a shooting spree on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, killing Corporal Nathan Cirillo at the Cenotaph before being shot to death himself inside the parliament building.

Mr. Zehaf-Bibeau, who called himself Joseph Paul Michael Abdallah Bulgasem Zehaf-Bibeau after he returned to his father’s religion, was more than a psychotic homeless crackhead. In his lunacy he had found a spiritual home, and his murderous actions were motivated by religion — specifically the Islamic religion.

Reminder for the dimwitted: Islam is an oppressive totalitarian ideology with which no co-existence is possible.

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Scale a Glass Wall With Gecko-Inspired Adhesive on Your Hands

22nd November 2014

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

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Report: Two Black Panther Terrorists Arrested in Ferguson Bomb Plot

22nd November 2014

The Other McCain is on the case.

Two men suspected of buying explosives they planned to detonate during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, once a grand jury decides the Michael Brown case, were arrested on Friday and charged with federal firearms offenses, a law enforcement official told Reuters.

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

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Newly Discovered Hormone Points to Potential Treatment for Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, Fatty Liver Disease

22nd November 2014

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Looks like Michelle Obama will need a new hobbyhorse.

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Florida State University President Thwarted Concealed Carry For Self-Defense On Campus

22nd November 2014

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As news reports announced 31-year-old Florida State University alumnus Myron May drew a handgun and opened fire “in or near” the FSU library on November 20, one aspect of the story was conspicuously missing—namely, that FSU President John Thrasher played a key role in defeating a bill to allow students with concealed carry permits to carry guns on campus for self-defense.

It’s more important to be In With The In Crowd (to be fair, the guys who pay his salary) than protect your students against killers.

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Female Concealed Carry Up 793 Percent in El Paso County, Colorado

22nd November 2014

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Women are finally realizing that being armed is the great equalizer.

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Kids Tweet #ThanksMichelleObama for Crappy Public School Lunches

22nd November 2014

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When the government provides goods, it provides goods of Government Quality. Think about that.

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San Diego Rapper, and Suspected Gang Member, Tiny Doo Faces Potential 25 Years in Prison Over Lyrics, Album Cover Depicting a Gun

22nd November 2014

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Duncan, 33, who raps under the name Tiny Doo, is not accused of providing the guns or being present at the nine shootings that terrorized a neighborhood where the Lincoln Park gang has long used violence to protect its turf.

Instead, prosecutors are going after Duncan over something else: His latest album.

Entitled “No Safety,” the album features a picture of a gun and bullets on the cover.

Prosecutors say that shows that Duncan fits the legal definition of a gang member who “willfully promotes, furthers, or assists in any felonious criminal conduct by members of that gang.”

This is absurd and an obvious attempt to get around the First Amendment.

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Milwaukee Police Chief Drops Mask, Tells Truth About Crime Victim Demographics

22nd November 2014

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And then a reporter asks Flynn what his response would be to the people present at the meeting, who thought he was “being disrespectful by being on [his] phone and being inattentive.”

This is the straw that breaks Flynn’s back:

Well, I was on my phone, and yes, that’s true.

I was following developments about a five-year-old little girl that was sitting on her dad’s lap and just got shot in the head by a driveby shooting.

If some of the people here gave a good god damn, about the victimization of people in this community by crime, I’d take some of their invective a little more seriously.
 
The greatest racial disparity in the city of Milwaukee is getting shot and killed. HELLO.
 
80 percent of my homicide victims, every year, are African-American. 80 percent of our aggravated assault victims, are African-American.
 
80 percent of our shooting victims, who survive being shot, are African-American.

Flynn continues, saying that some of the agitators present at the townhall meeting in question “know all about the last three people killed by the Milwaukee Police Department over the last several years,” but that those same people, “who have the most to say,” are completely “MIA” when it comes to dealing with the endemic violent crime existing within the Black community. Flynn is just another part of the Brahmin class (this is easily seen when he mentions that, even given the crime demographics, the biggest problem for Milwaukee is “high-capacity, high-quality firearms in the hands of remorseless criminals who don’t care who they shoot,”) that can no longer ignore the reality in front of him.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

22nd November 2014

Flash drive cufflinks.

Remote-controlled heated insoles.

Spring-based nutcracker.

Chocolate Cake in a Can.

The Survival Bike.

Guitar Pick Punch. You never know when you’ll need an emergency guitar pick.

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Here’s Why Women in Combat Units is a Bad Idea

21st November 2014

Anna Simons, Professor of Defense Analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School, lays it on the line.

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‘We need the bad stuff to live.’

21st November 2014

Gavin McInnes tells it like it is.

Killing sexism also leaves women unsafe. When you tell girls they’re as tough as men, they go out and get wasted with no escort to make sure they get home safe. They strut down the street in the middle of the night through the bad part of town, almost daring criminals to attack them. When a black thug pulled a gun on Nicole duFresne in NYC in 2005, she said, “What are you going to do now, shoot us?” So he shot her. And her beta male boyfriend had an African funeral ceremony for her to promote peace and tranquility. How wildly unnatural.

Girls don’t rule the world. Evil does.

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

21st November 2014

ISIS beheading, stoning and crucifying Syrian residents, UN report says

NATO: Insurgents kill service member in northern Afghanistan

Islamic State sets sights on Saudi Arabia

Extremists Seize Nigerian Town of Kidnapped Schoolgirls

Cutting Islamic State oil wealth difficult, RAN scholar says

 Iraq’s forces drive IS militants from key town

3 killed in suicide attack targeting female Afghan parliamentarian

‘Cruel murder': Terror attack on Jerusalem synagogue kills four, injures six

Palestinian song glorifies terror trend of driving into crowds

Virginia woman charged with lying to federal authorities about supporting ISIS

At least 4 dead in attack in Kabul, official says

Kenyan police shoot dead man and make arrests in mosque raids

Car bombings in Baghdad kill 14 people

Nigerian army ‘retakes’ town of Chibok from Boko Haram

Mosque Raids in Mombasa

2nd Frenchman seen in ISIS beheading video, president says

 Palestinians celebrate ‘lone-wolf’ attack on Jerusalem synagogue

Abbas twice condemns deadly attack on Jewish worshipers in Jerusalem synagogue

Terror Attacks in Mombasa

Arab States Voice Alarm Over Rebel Gains in Yemen

Palestinian Incitement, Attacks, Glorification

The Aftermath of NATO’s Libya War: ISIS Reportedly Seizes Mediterranean City

Sick hit parade: Another Palestinian song praises running over Jews

The ‘Caliphate’s’ Colonies: Islamic State’s Gradual Expansion into North Africa

Boko Haram kills about 45 people in attack on Nigerian village, report says

Bomb kills 2 Pakistan soliders, Taliban responsible

Female Genital Mutilation in the West: A Creeping Crime Against Humanity

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Keeping Up With the Carnivores

21st November 2014

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Over the past 100 years, coyotes have, quite literally, been taking over America. They are native to the continent, and for most of their existence these rangy, yellow-eyed canids were largely restricted to the Great Plains and western deserts where they evolved. But after wolves and cougars were exterminated from most of the United States by the 1800s, coyotes took their place. Colonizing some areas at a rate of 720 square miles per year, coyotes now occupy—or “saturate,” as one scientist I spoke with described it—nearly the entire continent. (Long Island is a notable exception.) The animals are now the apex predators of the east. And they’re proving so resourceful that even the last stronghold—the urban core—represents an opportunity to flourish.

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The Islamic State in the Sinai

21st November 2014

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Being Skinny-Fat May Be Worse Than Being Fat

20th November 2014

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For as many as a quarter of normal-weight Americans, the opposite is true. While they may have a “healthy” BMI and look skinny on the outside, on the inside, they’re a mess. Dr. Neil Ruderman first recognized these individuals 33 years ago, labeling them “metabolically-obese, normal-weight.” Today, they’re more casually described as “skinny-fat.” Skinny-fat people generally have all the hallmark health problems associated with obesity — high blood pressure, increased levels of LDL cholesterol, insulin resistance — without overtly looking the part.

I think that this is like the ‘unconsciously racist’ theme: you’re actually bad even though everything about you looks good.

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Quote of the Day

20th November 2014

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An IDE, or “Integrated Development Environment” will turn you stupid. They are the worst tools if you want to be a good programmer because they hide what’s going on from you, and your job is to know what’s going on.

Hear, hear.

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Yet Another Study Shows US Satire Programs Do a Better Job Informing Viewers Than Actual News Outlets

20th November 2014

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By now it’s sadly clear that the nation’s satirical news programs do a significantly better job at reporting the news than most of the nation’s actual news outlets, despite a fraction of the budget and experience. John Oliver’s recent analysis of Miss America scholarship claims, for example, contained more original reporting in a fifteen minute segment than most Apple regurgitation blogs manage to stumble through in an entire year’s worth of gadget lust. Not only are satirists now doing a better job unearthing the truth, they’re doing a better job explaining complex issues.

Not really much of a surprise.

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University Drops Term ‘Freshman,’ Replaces It With ‘First-Year’

20th November 2014

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Sorry, ‘first-year’ is already claimed by law school. Try ‘FNG’ instead.

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The Justice Department Becomes a Schoolyard Bully in Wisconsin

20th November 2014

George Will blows the whistle.

It is as remarkable as it is repulsive, the ingenuity with which the Obama administration uses the regulatory state’s intricacies to advance progressivism’s project of breaking nongovernmental institutions to government’s saddle. Eager to sacrifice low-income children to please teachers unions, the Justice Department wants to destroy Wisconsin’s school choice program. Feigning concern about access for disabled children, the department aims to handicap all disadvantaged children by denying their parents access to school choices of the sort affluent government lawyers enjoy.

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

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Schools to Parents: Pick Up Your Kids From the Bus or We’ll Sic Child Services on You

20th November 2014

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School administrators in Tampa, Florida, are insisting that parents pick up their kids from the bus stop after school lets out. And if they fail to comply, they could receive a visit from child services.

Why is all this statist crap happening in Florida?

According to the Tampa Bay Times, district policy forbids kindergartners to walk home and requires bus drivers to bring them back to school if their parents don’t appear on time.

I was the only one in my family who went to kindergarten, and I walked about a half hour each way, by myself. The worst thing that ever happened was I was late getting home when it rained because I had too much fun jumping in puddles without spoil-sport grownups along to interfere.

Time to homeschool….

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How the Fed Got Huge

20th November 2014

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Before he became chair of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke agreed with the free market economist Milton Friedman that central bank policy played a key role in making the Great Depression the most severe in U.S. history. But the two parted ways on the reason why. And that disagreement goes a long way toward explaining why the financial crisis of 2007-2009 has brought not just a dramatic increase in the powers and activities of the Federal Reserve but a fundamental transformation of its role within the economy.

Friedman viewed banking panics as monetary shocks, in which the checking accounts and other deposits at failing banks wink out of existence, causing a sudden fall in the total money supply. In contrast, Bernanke treats panics as shocks to the flow of savings, causing the failure of firms whose continued existence is crucial for the allocation of credit. Such disparate diagnoses dictate significantly different cures.

If the danger from bank panics is primarily a collapse of the money supply, then the proper response is a general injection of money by the central bank. The survival of particular financial institutions is of secondary significance. On the other hand, if the danger comes from key financial institutions failing and choking off credit, then the proper response is bailing them out.

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Hackers Seize Detroit’s Database, Demand $800k. Motor City Shrugs: OK, Take It

20th November 2014

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Hackers seized a database from the City of Detroit earlier this year before unsuccessfully demanding $800,000 in Bitcoin.

The failed extortion attempt back in April was disclosed by Detroit mayor Mike Duggan at the North American International Cyber Summit conference on Monday.

The stolen database wasn’t needed by the cash-strapped city so the ransom was never paid, according to local reports.

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How Much Would (Did) It Cost to Build the Death Star?

20th November 2014

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Slow news day.

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Boehner’s Office Lists 22 Times Obama Argued Against Executive Amnesty

20th November 2014

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But that was yesterday … and yesterday’s gone….

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Gruber Earned $5.2 Million From Obamacare Deception

20th November 2014

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MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber, the Obamacare architect who bragged about deceiving the “stupid” American people to secure passage of the bill, has been paid an estimated $5.2 million by the federal government and 12 state governments for consulting services to assist in the design and implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Doing well by doing good.

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GOP Criticized for Lack of Women in Leadership

20th November 2014

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By whom? Democrats, of course. This is like Republicans criticizing Democrats for putting people who want to raise taxes in leadership positions.

The only news here is that the Wall Street Journal dignified it with coverage.

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World’s Deadliest Spiders a Toxic Myth?

20th November 2014

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Toxic spiders have a terrible reputation. Yet even though deadly spider bites are regular fodder for scary stories, spider experts say it’s actually quite rare for anyone to suffer serious injuries from the world’s deadliest spiders.

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Utah Revives Plan For Executions By Firing Squab

20th November 2014

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Sometimes the old ways are best.

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Ransom Paid for Bergdahl

19th November 2014

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The ransom payment was first disclosed by Rep. Duncan Hunter in a Nov. 5 letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Mr. Hunter stated in the letter that Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) made the payment covertly as part of a release deal. But the money was stolen by the Afghan intermediary claiming to represent the Haqqani terrorist network.

These guys can’t do anything right.

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Hot Cakes Are Actually Not Selling Well at All

19th November 2014

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Time to hit IHOP. It’s my patriotic duty.

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Birmingham Council Knew About Child Grooming by Asian Men in 1991 But Did Nothing

19th November 2014

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Of course not. That would have been raaaaaaacist.

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U.S. Government Tries to Mug the Mayor of London

19th November 2014

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Such a broad definition of those subject to the IRS’s tender ministrations reaches far and wide. It reaches so far that American tax authorities say Boris Johnson (pictured), the mayor of London, owes capital gains taxes to the land of his birth, even though he hasn’t lived here since he was five years old.

The thing about Boris Johnson, who says he won’t pay, is that he’s not your average pushover for the thugs who keep the U.S. government fat and happy. He’s not just the mayor of an important city, but he’s a player in Britain’s ruling Conservative Party, and discussed as a potential future prime minister of the country.

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Why Is It Bad for Tech to Eat Jobs?

19th November 2014

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Most jobs suck. Yours probably doesn’t–after all, you’re a member of the highly educated, cutting-edge TechCrunch demographic–but most jobs, almost by definition, are done by people coerced by the fear of not having enough money into doing work they mostly don’t want to do. We should be ecstatic about the prospect of robots doing that work for us. Shouldn’t we?

Nobody cares whether tech ‘eats jobs’ — what they care about is tech ‘eating incomes’, which said jobs provide.

Suppose self-driving trucks let us do all that work with 3 million fewer people, while creating 2 million better jobs with twice the salary elsewhere. How have we painted ourselves into a corner where that is somehow viewed as a bad thing? Why are we so scared of a future that boasts both greater economic production, and more people with the freedom to spend their time and effort however they desire? Shouldn’t a world with more output from fewer jobs (defined as “paying people to do things they don’t really want to do”) actually be extremely desirable?

Easy to see the three million eliminated jobs, easy to wave the hands about two million better jobs with twice the salary elsewhere; we people on the reality side of the aisle want some specifics behind that handwaving. Saying ‘here a miracle occurs’ is not sufficient.

Put another way: why would it still be important to maintain full employment in a world overflowing with machine-generated wealth available to everyone?

But it’s not ‘available to everyone’, outside of the Aggregation fallacy. Wealth doesn’t accrue to ‘everyone’ (except in socialist dreamworlds, and we’ve seen how well those work out), but to people who have a claim on that wealth through some market mechanism. This focus on distribution (for which I blame the fact that everybody reads Rawls in college) only deals with half of the question; what about production, and the claims on wealth that participating in production produces in all free societies?

The writer, of course, being a good Voice of the Crust, sees it as a Problem For Government; I blame the current media for allowing people like this to write about economic problems without bothering to learn something about economics first.

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When I Think Back on All The Stuff I Learned in School

19th November 2014

Sarah Hoyt understands the dialectic.

I know that schools purport to teach you the skills to survive in the modern world. They actually teach you the schools to survive in the nineteenth century. But here what they don’t teach you that gets passed on and that I’ve run into trouble with (as have other people) in self directed professions:

  • You have more in common with people your age than with anyone else. People born within nine months of you have everything in common with you. This has got us to think in generations, which is stupid. To the extent boomers are as portrayed and to the extent that some of them discriminate against past and future generations, it’s the idea that there’s some magical bond between people within x years or each other. (This is mostly seen among leftists who view people as widgets, anyway.) Do I need to tell you there isn’t? The internet should prove that. And yet it was a shock to me to find that most of my friends are either ten years older or ten to twenty years younger than I. I find myself thinking “What is wrong with me?” Of course, nothing is. I’m just not complying with the educational-industrial complex version of it.

  • Performing to set task. I’m actually very bad at it. I think it’s a version of standing up to recite for the teacher. When I’m under contract my mind freezes. Back when there was no indie I could force myself to sort of perform, but it wasn’t my best work. Now… let’s say when these two books are delivered, I hope Toni will let me go on a loose rein. I will still deliver books to Baen, probably twice a year. But if she doesn’t want them, I can bring them out myself, and that allows me to work “loose”

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Border Resident: More Illegals ‘Every Time’ Obama ‘Opens His Mouth About Immigration’

19th November 2014

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

“Every time he opens his mouth about immigration and what he’s gonna do, there’s a huge negative impact on us that live out here along the border, especially in the rural areas where all the smuggling trails are,” Vickers said. “There’s no question if he takes an executive action for some kind of an immigration issue that allows amnesty, allows them to stay here. We’re gonna be covered up again. There’s gonna be another wave, a flood of people coming from all over the world to get in here.”

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The World’s Biggest Chocolate-Maker Says We’re Running Out of Chocolate

19th November 2014

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Chocolate deficits, whereby farmers produce less cocoa than the world eats, are becoming the norm. Already, we are in the midst of what could be the longest streak of consecutive chocolate deficits in more than 50 years. It also looks like deficits aren’t just carrying over from year-to-year—the industry expects them to grow. Last year, the world ate roughly 70,000 metric tons more cocoa than it produced. By 2020, the two chocolate-makers warn that that number could swell to 1 million metric tons, a more than 14-fold increase; by 2030, they think the deficit could reach 2 million metric tons.

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