DYSPEPSIA GENERATION

We have seen the future, and it sucks.

College Ready by Age 12

19th October 2014

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FBN’s Charles Payne on Kip and Mona Lisa Harding and their 10 children, 7 of whom went to college by age 12.

Homeschooling works.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

19th October 2014

Queen of Hearts

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Seattle Socialist Group Pushing $20/hr Min. Wage Offers $13/hr for Web Developer

18th October 2014

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And that tells you all you really need to know about Socialism.

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From Behind Their Walls, Liberals Tell Us Walls Don’t Work

18th October 2014

Freeberg is delightfully dyspeptic today.

There’s something peculiar going on here with the modern American left, and separating people. They take their sharpest and quickest departures off the plane of reality, when common sense says there is a partition in place, or if there isn’t one then there ought to be one. In these situations, they pretend all kinds of things even when they’re repeatedly reminded that pretending is all they’re doing.

The crisis won’t go away, so: Day 1, think about maybe interrupting golf game. Day 2, give a speech blaming Republicans. Day 3, in response to the simplest and most sensible solution, murmur a bunch of nonsensical homilies about why it’s completely out of the question. Day 4, invent a fancy title and give it to a lawyer. It doesn’t even matter what the problem is, that’s the Obama road map for all of it.

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The Gathering Storm, part CLVI

18th October 2014

Scott Johnson is pessimistic.

John Kerry provides an element of continuity in Democratic politics going back to the fall of Saigon. He rose to prominence as a player in the Democratic production leading to our abandonment of South Vietnam. Kerry’s contribution was the dissemination of a demoralizing set of lies asserting the routine commission of war crimes by American forces. I bought his act at the time, but I was a sophomoric student who didn’t know any better. What is our excuse now?

John Kerry makes Neville Chamberlain look like George Patton. Barack Obama makes Jimmy Carter look like a President.

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‘Ebola Czar’ Absent From White House Ebola Strategy Meeting

18th October 2014

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Thereby confirming that he is perfectly suited for a position in this administration.

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Thought for the Day

18th October 2014

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Obama’s Under-Used Credit Card Declined in NY Cafe

18th October 2014

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Usually he just charges it to the American people.

“They thought there was some fraud going on,” he said, chatting while announcing a government plan to tighten security for debit cards that transfer federal benefits like Social Security to millions of Americans.

Truer than you know….

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

18th October 2014

Work Sharp WSKTS Knife and Tool Sharpener.

Handy Paint Pail.

Air Umbrella.

Cat Ear Headphones. It helps to be Japanese, female, and have magenta hair.

Portable Cardboard Standing Desk. This is really slick.

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Watch ‘The Hobbit,’ as Told in 72 Seconds of Lego Stop-Motion Animation

18th October 2014

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

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Amazon Prime Pantry

17th October 2014

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Take a Tour of the Gigantic, Secretive Market Where France’s Top Chefs Buy Their Food

17th October 2014

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Until 1969, France’s wholesale market was in Les Halles, a much smaller space in the center of Paris. It was centrally located but incredibly unhygienic?—?perhaps Émile Zola was thinking about guts when he called it “the belly of Paris.” But then, the market set up just outside the city in an area known as Rungis, near Orly airport. Now, its 573 acres are home to more than 11,000 workers, supporting more than 1,000 businesses from doctors to insurance salesmen to travel agents.

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Why Germany Is So Much Better at Training Its Workers

17th October 2014

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Well, to start with, they don’t pretend that everybody and his dog needs to go to college.

The U.S. has its own tradition of apprenticeship going back many years. But like most kinds of vocational education, it fell out of fashion in recent decades—a victim of our obsession with college and concern to avoid anything that resembles tracking. Today in America, fewer than 5 percent of young people train as apprentices, the overwhelming majority in the construction trades. In Germany, the number is closer to 60 percent—in fields as diverse as advanced manufacturing, IT, banking, and hospitality. And in Europe, what’s often called “dual training” is a highly respected career path.

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The Left Eats Itself: Equal Pay Ad Angers Trans Groups

17th October 2014

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Jewish “comedienne” Sarah Silverman angered transgender groups recently when she starred in an ad promoting equal pay for women. In the ludicrous video, Silverman undergoes a sex change to become a man so she can finally earn equal pay. Unfortunately for her, the eternally aggrieved trans community took offense to the ad.

Sometimes it’s hard to tell the victims without a scorecard.

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Obama Appoints Political Hack as Ebola Czar

17th October 2014

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Today President Obama announced the appointment of Ron Klain as his administration’s “ebola czar.” Mr. Klain is a lobbyist and long-time political operative who is currently an Obama aide and has served as chief of staff to both Al Gore and Vice-President Biden. Klain also served as Chief of Staff or Staff Director for Attorney General Janet Reno, the Senate Democratic Leadership Committee, and the Senate Judiciary Committee. He was a debate preparation advisor to Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, as well as Al Gore and John Kerry. Klain was General Counsel for the Gore Recount Committee in 2000, and was deeply involved in the Solyndra scandal. He has no experience or expertise relating to public health, infectious diseases or health care.

Which, of course, is why he was picked.

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Gang of Men Is Viciously Beating People at Random at the University of Illinois

17th October 2014

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The attackers — described as black men, perhaps 25 years old, wearing dark clothes — rambled around an area in Champaign, tackling various innocent and unsuspecting people to the ground and kicking them in the head.

Police say five students suffered injuries in four different instances. Three of the students received treatment for bruises, cuts and facial wounds, notes WLS. One student also had a cell phone stolen.

Ask your local ‘journalist’ why this isn’t on the news.

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Moms Demand Action Pushes Gun Ban After Masked Man Robs Kroger Bank

17th October 2014

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On October 15, an armed man wearing a skeleton mask robbed a bank inside a Cincinnati Kroger, and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America responded by calling the robbery “a wake up call to Kroger’s leadership to prohibit the open carry of firearms in its stores.”

I’m curious whether they thought that a ban would have been more effective at preventing the robbery than, oh, say, one guy with a pistol on his belt.

Where do these people come from? Is it something in the water?

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

17th October 2014

ISIS bearing down on Baghdad even as world watches Kobani siege

UN envoy warns of ISIS ‘massacre’ in Kurdish town near Syria-Turkey border

Cameroon says 27 hostages believed kidnapped by Boko Haram freed

Seven killed in stampede at Pakistan political rally

Ex-Blackwater Chief Urges Hired Guns to Take on ISIS

The US And Turkey Fundamentally Disagree On How To Fight ISIS — And That’s A Huge Problem

Despite airstrikes, ISIS forces draw nearer to Baghdad

Bomb explosion kills Iraqi provincial police chief, officials say

Kurds struggle to defend besieged Syrian town from ISIS

US pledges $212M to Palestinians, Kerry says

Car bomb attacks in Shia areas kill 38 people in Baghdad

ISIS magazine claims group has enslaved and sold Yazidi women and kids

Top US Gen. Dempsey: ISIS had ‘straight shot’ to Baghdad airport

In Nigeria, Heroism, Futility, and a Lesson About Liberalism

Fear and firepower: Bloodlust biggest weapon in ISIS arsenal

Gruesome photos may show ISIS using chemical weapons on Kurds, report says

Islamic State’s Distinct Battle Fronts Alarm Washington  It’s acting like, well, you know, a state.

Feds warn of possible ISIS-inspired attacks on police, government officials, media

ISIS Declares Itself Pro-Slavery

Islamic State: Syria rebels warn of backlash over US air strikes

ISIS Bomber Hits Baghdad, Killing 24

The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons  You know, the ones they accuse Bush and Cheney of lying about.

US airstrikes slow ISIS advance on Kobani, as momentum shifts to Kurds

Think the Islamic State is bad? Check out the ‘good guys’

Isis targets Baghdad with wave of car bombs and mortar attacks killing 150

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Gimmedat

17th October 2014

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When then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid saw fit to ram the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (now affectionately known as ObamaCare) through Congress, the country engaged in a substantive debate over the duty and role of government.

Did I say substantive debate? What I really meant was childish rancor and outrageous demands.

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Ex-Presidents and Class

17th October 2014

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Just about the entire Democratic Party is lining up to dump on Obama at the moment, including former President Jimmy Carter, who is obviously relieved that he’s no longer everyone’s go-to model for the worst president in modern memory.

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Veep’s 44-year-old Son Caught Coked-Up

17th October 2014

Steve Sailer connects the dots.

A commenter recently speculated that the future history of political parties in the U.S. would likely follow the Central American model where they are superstructures for dynastic families to wage war on each other. For example, in the 1990s I read a fellow’s dissertation on Nicaraguan politics in the 1920s, and most of the family names of leading politicians from way back then were the same as the ones I was reading in newspaper accounts of Nicaraguan politics at present.

For further evidence, see Nunn vs. Perdue: An Awkward Political Rivalry

The Nunn and Perdue families have long been intertwined in Houston County in central Georgia. They had farms and went to many of the same churches and schools and the country club. Each had a famous politician: former Democratic Senator Sam Nunn and former Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue. Despite their being from different parties, there was never much of a schism among residents.

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Hamburg Becomes a War Zone

17th October 2014

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Hamburg has become the scene of street fighting between Islamic supporters of ISIS and expatriate Kurds.

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The #GamerGate Hate Hoax

17th October 2014

The Other McCain is on the case.

Anita Sarkeesian (@femfreq) and Brianna Wu (@Spacekatgal) are feminist critics of the videogame industry who seem to be trying to cash in on the fact that they are feminist critics of the videogame industry. This involves portraying themselves as victims of horrific harassment and criminal threats. Who is engaging in this harassment? Who is making these threats? We don’t know, because it seems to be coming from a lot of anonymous online accounts, and I strongly suspect that some of these threats are fake. But whether it’s fake or real, the harassment is being blamed on the gamers who, using the Twitter hashtag #GamerGate, have been blowing the whistle on some of the sleazy tactics by which feminists have been trying to turn gaming into a Political Correctness Zone and — oh, just by the way — cut themselves in on a slice of the multimillion-dollar videogame industry pie.

I find it amusing that Anita Sarkeesian had to cancel an appearance somewhere because of death threats. Welcome to the world that ‘conservatives’ live in all the time; be careful not to step in the diversity.

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Rental America: Why the Poor Pay $4,150 for a $1,500 Sofa

17th October 2014

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I’d like to know what business ‘the poor’ have buying a $1500 sofa in the first place. They don’t sound all that poor to me.

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Afghanistan Vet Does Battle With Michigan Teachers Union

17th October 2014

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Upon investigating, Neuman learned that the union deduction was not considered dues, but something called “release time” — money earmarked to pay the salary of the union president. Teachers who double as union officers have half their salaries paid by the school district and the other half by the union. Under the current contract, all teachers, even those who opt out, must chip in for the union’s share.

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ISIS Puzzle

16th October 2014

Scott Adams connects the dots, which as a cartoonist he’s allowed to do.

I’ve described in this blog how my B.S. filter works. I look for two sources to be in agreement. For example, if the news reports match my common sense view, or my observations, or the first-hand accounts from witnesses, I tend to believe the news. But if the news conflicts with my common sense or my observations I raise an eyebrow and try to keep it that way.

The ISIS story doesn’t pass my B.S. filter because it violates common sense that such a competent fighting force could suddenly emerge and bitch-slap professionally trained (or even poorly trained) military forces with such consistency. I have worked in large organizations and I know that the logistics involved – the planning, training, and resupplying are huge challenges even for organized armies. Did ISIS really figure out all of that while their communications are presumably monitored by the enemy?

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Small Businesses Face Surge of Disability Lawsuits

16th October 2014

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 Small-business are facing a sharp increase in disabled-access lawsuits in the wake of a federal appeals-court ruling that allowed so-called disabled “testers” — private individuals who aren’t patrons but visit businesses to check for violations — to take the owners to court.

Sounds like a great business opportunity for Vinnie and Guido to take care of for a modest weekly fee. What better public service than to change ‘testers’ into actual disabled people?

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Muhammad and Islam’s Sex Slaves

16th October 2014

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As for “theological reasons” for sex slavery “according to the Sharia,” these are legion—from male Muslim clerics, to female Muslim activists. Generally they need do no more than cite the clear words of Koran 4:3, which permit Muslims to copulate with female captives of war, or ma malakat aymanukum, “what”—not whom—”your right hands possess.”

Not news for anybody who’s been paying attention rather than putting their fingers in their ears and yelling LA LA LA LA LA very loudly.

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The Long and Ugly Tradition of Treating Africa as a Dirty, Diseased Place

16th October 2014

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I’d be more concerned if Africans didn’t seem so determined to convince us that it is.

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Students: Transgender Woman Can’t Be Diversity Officer Because She’s a White Man Now

16th October 2014

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Patriarchy works even when you don’t want it to. Or something.

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Obama Has an Ebola Czar. She Re-Directed Federal Research Money to a Democrat Donor

16th October 2014

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

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President of the United States Rides in Limo with Illegal Aliens, Brags About It

16th October 2014

Freeberg is not pleased.

Of course, it’s not a new thing for a Democrat politician to share a car with notorious criminals and not do anything about it.

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Students at Women’s College Reject Transgender Student Govt Candidate for Being a ‘White Male’

16th October 2014

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I’m waiting for somebody to formulate a Hierarchy of Fashionable Victim Groups, like Mazlow’s Hierarchy of Needs, to guide those of us who are understandably confused.

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Arab States Make Play for Greater Government Control of the Internet

16th October 2014

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Islam is inherently totalitarian, and hence Muslim-dominated states likewise. This ought to come as no surprise except to those who aren’t paying attention.

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Italian Scientists Appeal Absurd Conviction for Quake Deaths

16th October 2014

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In 2012, seven scientists and engineers were convicted of manslaughter for things they said and did not say in the days before a major earthquake struck the mountain town of L’Aquila, killing more than 300 people. (Editor’s note: For more, see the author’s riveting feature story detailing the whole episode.) The first-level appeal is now underway, and here is what we know.

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Lab-Made Blood Cells Hunt Cancer, Leading to Remissions

16th October 2014

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The blood cells of cancer patients, reprogrammed by doctors to attack their leukemia and re-infused back into the patients’ veins, led to complete remissions in 27 of 30 people. That’s especially exciting because those patients had failed all conventional treatments.

This looks very promising.

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Here’s What We Should Learn From Nigeria’s Incredible Effort to Shut Down Ebola

16th October 2014

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Nigeria is much closer to the West Africa outbreak than the US is, yet even after Ebola entered the country in the most terrifying way possible — via a visibly sick passenger on a commercial flight — officials successfully shut down the disease and prevented widespread transmission.

Usually Business Insider is Just Another Oxymoronically Named Lefty Rag, but they may actually be growing up into real journalists.

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Nearly Every USGS Topo Map Ever Made. For Free.

16th October 2014

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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has been producing detailed topographic maps for more than 125 years. Today they are nearly all digitized and free to download through the USGS Map Store, an incredible treasure trove for both map junkies and casual hikers alike.

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Lawyer Says It’s Copyright Infringement to Use Her Own Blog Posts Against Her in Disciplinary Proceedings

16th October 2014

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This sort of thing (and this sort of people) is why I don’t practice law.

It is also, I think, why politics is full of lawyers — the only career field where you can make a lot of money by being absurd.

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Pencil Makers Go Back to Drawing Board

16th October 2014

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Pen and pencil makers are going back to school, learning to sell writing implements in the age of smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Good luck with that.

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Martha Lane Fox: YEUCH! The Internet is MADE by MEN?!?

16th October 2014

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Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho has talked of her discomfort that the internet is made by humans who have a penis.

The former Martha Lane Fox, CBE, told the Radio Academy’s Radio Festival in Salford that she felt uneasy “that something that is now fundamental, like the water, for everybody’s daily life has been entirely produced by men.”

Alas, she’s right. Unlike Cuban cigars, which according to legend are rolled on the thighs of (female) virgins, internet packets arrive through a brutal, phallus-dominated patriarchy. It’s enough to make anyone queasy.

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Amazon U.K. Taps Newspaper Distributor For Same-Day Deliveries

16th October 2014

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More innovation from Amazon. No wonder ‘progressives’ hate it.

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Government Intervention Resurrects Long-Dead Retail Practices

16th October 2014

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Everything that is old is new. Denim jeans, gratuitous use of neon, retro glasses, and nü-metal have all returned from the dead to plague the living. In the spirit of making the old new and relevant, Walmart has kicked off its seasonal layaway program, a practice that was discontinued in the mid-2000s but resurrected in 2011.

For those who can’t remember this antiquated ritual, which was a common practice during the Great Depression, here’s how it works: after the customer makes a small down payment, the store will “lay” the item “away” until the customer completes payment. You might ask: Why didn’t people just use their credit cards? The answer is that credit cards didn’t really exist back then. Some stores engaged in financing and extended credit to select customers, but the interest rates were high, and, keep in mind, these were stores, not debt collectors or banks.

With the bad economy of the Great Depression, consumer credit dried up as risk of default increased. Layaway was beneficial because it allowed the consumer to guarantee a good’s availability while the store minimized its risk exposure. The availability of goods was a concern because supply chains were not as developed, and when a store ran out, it might be out indefinitely.

Layaway largely disappeared during the 1980s with the massive expansion of consumer credit and credit card companies. Credit card companies were able to offer lower rates because they specialized in analyzing and pricing risk. They also took on the burden of debt collection. This shift was a win-win for everyone involved. Customers benefited by being able to immediately enjoy their purchases. Stores benefited from getting the full value of the purchase upfront while simultaneously freeing up storage space that was previously occupied by layaway.

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Will the FCC Try to Tackle ‘Redskins’?

16th October 2014

George Will finds that his bullshit alarm has gone off.

Wretched excess by government can be beneficial if it startles people into wholesome disgust and deepened distrust and it prompts judicial rebukes that enlarge freedom. So let’s hope the Federal Communications Commission embraces the formal petition inciting it to deny licenses to broadcasters who use the word “Redskins” when reporting on the Washington Redskins.

Using the FCC to break another private institution to the state’s saddle for the satisfaction of a clamorous faction illustrates how the government’s many tentacles give it many means of intimidating people who offend it. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, empowered to ban trademarks that “may” disparage persons, has already limited trademark protection of the Redskins’ name.

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NIH Spent Millions Studying Origami Condoms, Poop-Throwing Chimpanzees Instead of Ebola

16th October 2014

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Hey, it’s all about priorities.

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Lockheed Martin Announces Its Skunk Works Wants to Build a Fusion Reactor

15th October 2014

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Most existing fusion devices slam together atoms using a tokamak, a magnetic device that contains the superheated plasma required for fusion to occur. Invented in the Soviet Union in the 1950s, it’s what most nuclear fusion devices use. The problem is, the energy required to sustain the reaction is almost as much as what’s created by the reaction.

Lockheed says they’ve figured out how to solve that problem, using their CFR, a jet-engine-sized device. They’ve changed the process for holding the plasma in a way they say has 10 times the output of a tokamak.They also say there’s no risk of a meltdown, and that radioactive waste will be considerably lessened.

More here.

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Why Government Websites Cost More and Perform Worse Than Private Sector Sites

15th October 2014

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Aside from the obvious fact that government employees were obtained from the lowest bidder.

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Hillary Clinton Charges University $225K for Speech on the High Cost of Tuition

15th October 2014

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Only Hillary Clinton can take a $225,000 speaking fee from a public university and then, in the speech, lament how high the cost of higher education is.

Your tax dollars at work.

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Navy’s Exoskeleton Could Make Workers 20 Times More Productive

15th October 2014

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For the past couple of years, Miller has been leading a team of engineers and designers to create one of the first industrial-use exoskeletons. Called the FORTIS, the exoskeleton is able to support tools of up to 36 pounds and transfer that load from a worker’s hands and arms to the ground. The goal is to lighten workers’ loads, ultimately making them more productive and skilled at their jobs.

The U.S. Navy recently bought two of the exoskeletons and plans to test them over the next six months to see how they might be used in an industrial situation.

Mobile Infantry, here we come.

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Michael Mosley: Should People Be Eating More Fat?

15th October 2014

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It really is the sort of news that made me want to weep into my skinny cappuccino and then pour it down the sink. After years of being told, and telling others, that saturated fat clogs your arteries and makes you fat, there is now mounting evidence that eating some saturated fats may actually help you lose weight and be good for the heart.

Everything bad is good for you. Michelle, put a sock in it.

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