DYSPEPSIA GENERATION

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LEGO is Coming: Game-of-Thrones Inspired Minifigs

13th April 2014

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‘If you nail together two things that have never been nailed together before, some schmuck will buy it.’ — George Carlin

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The Six-Shooter Marketplace: 19th-Century Gunfighting as Violence Expertise

13th April 2014

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How are new forms of violence expertise organized and exploited? Most scholars view this as primarily a question of state-building; that is, violence experts use their skills in an attempt to regulate economic transactions or to extract and redistribute resources via protection rents either for themselves or at the behest of political elites. In an alternative view, this article demonstrates that historical gunfighters active in the late 19th-century American Southwest were actually market actors—the possessors of valuable skills cultivated through participation in the Civil War and diffused through gunfighting and reputation building in key market entrepôts. Neither solely state-builders nor state-resisters, as they have traditionally been interpreted, gunfighters composed a professional class that emerged in the 1870s and 1880s and who moved frequently between wage-paying jobs, seizing economic opportunities on both sides of the law and often serving at the behest of powerful economic, rather than political, actors. I establish this claim by examining a dataset of over 250 individuals active in the “gunfighting system” of the post-bellum West, demonstrating that the social connections forged through fighting, and diffused through social networks, helped generate a form of organized violence that helped bring “law and order” to the frontier but as a byproduct of market formation rather than as state-building.

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

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PackPoint Makes Packing as Simple and Easy as Possible

13th April 2014

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‘Whatever happened to personal responsibility and planning for the future?’

‘There’s an app for that….’

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Unpacking Progressivity

13th April 2014

Amity Schlaes takes a look at the man behind the curtain.

“A progressive levy on individual wealth would reassert control over capitalism in the name of the general interest while relying on the forces of private property and competition,” Piketty writes confidently.

Private property will bolt to the moon if such a tax becomes global law. Most Americans sense this, but are halted from arguing because they are not sure they understand Piketty’s formula. It’s not clear that most Americans even understand progressivity.

And that’s not an accident. You don’t have to be Machiavelli, to name a clearer foreign writer, to see that the incomprehensibility of such concepts is not incidental — it is necessary to the grander process of redistribution.

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RadFems vs. Trannies: Will Feminists Let ‘Gender Queers’ Boss Them Around?

13th April 2014

The Other McCain is on the case.

The ongoing conflict between radical feminists and transgender activists, which I first noticed in January and revisited last night in the context of the Dana McCallum rape case, has escaped the notice of mainstream liberal journalism. Liberals tacitly side with the transgenders in pretending that the radfems — a/k/a TERFs (Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists) — have no legitimate grievance.

What the TERFs perceive is that male-to-female transgenders are cynically seeking to usurp and co-opt the “feminist” label for their own advantage, thus shunting aside biological women and demoting them to second-class status within their own movement.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

13th April 2014

High School Dance

Yeah, I like Disco. Deal with it.

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The Warthog, a Soldier’s Best Friend; Obama, Not So Much

13th April 2014

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Why is President Bush so much more popular than President Obama among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans? That’s an easy one. Bush was the president of let’s roll. Obama is the president of let’s retreat.

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Balancing Act: The Democrats’ Ideology Versus Reality

13th April 2014

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The Carneys are Democrats, so it goes without saying that they are well-read. (“I always have a pile. I hate to be without books,” Shipman says.) So they are photographed in front of a wall of books. … Only, funny thing: those are actually the same books, photoshopped to create duplicates and make it look as though there are more books than are really present. If you look carefully you will see multiple copies of a number of books. It is really a terrible photoshop job; the funniest thing is that they duplicated the boy’s finger, too. You can see the finger floating in front of a book on the right side of the photo, in the second shelf from the top.

As a man, you don’t know how easy you have it until you read feminist tracts.

 

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The Left Airbrushes LBJ Back Into the Picture

13th April 2014

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While they would speak very approvingly of the Civil Rights and ‘Anti-Poverty’ laws passed during his tenure in Office, the Left would not give LBJ credit as the leader of those efforts.  For the former, they would say that he was carrying-out the wishes of JFK, prodded by Bobby’s efforts [let us not forget that they were the ones who first revealed the famous quote by LBJ — when the 'Anti-Poverty' laws were passed — that they have, until recently, repeated nearly ad nauseam: 'I’ll have those niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years.']  For the latter, they would credit JFK, RFK, and others, like Hubert Humphrey [who got Rehabilitated by the Leftists a lot quicker, especially once he was dead and couldn't correct them].  If the Left gave LBJ any credit, it was for giving-in to the political and ‘moral’ pressure put on him by the Holy Priests Of The Leftist Order Of Illumination because he was the Ultimate Political Player.

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The Week in Pictures

12th April 2014

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My favorite:

Golf Digest Parody copy

Runner-up:

Rude Bikers copy

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Have You Enlisted Yet?

12th April 2014

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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has two framed Soviet propaganda posters in his home, as revealed by the latest edition of Washingtonian magazine.

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

Just think of the reaction if a Republican White House staffer had two framed Nazi posters from WWII on his wall.

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National School Lunch Program Embarrassment Continues

12th April 2014

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Last month I noted that a GAO report had found that last school year’s disastrous rollout of the updated USDA National School Lunch Program helped drive 1.6 million paying students from the lunch rolls. The new rules led some schools to abandon the program, as I reported in 2012. What’s more, the new rules, championed by First Lady Michelle Obama, have also resulted in unprecedented mountains of food waste.

Big Brother isn’t much of a chef. And Big Sister Michelle doesn’t have a clue.

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Transgender Lesbian Dana McCallum Accused of Raping Lesbian Ex-Wife

12th April 2014

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Really, you can’t make this stuff up.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

12th April 2014

Motorized tie rack. Yeah, I know, nobody wears ties any more, but it’s still kinda cool.

Body drier. And it’s about time.

Grush gaming toothbrush. I am not making this up.

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Bee Fossils Provide Rare Glimpse Into Ice Age Environment

12th April 2014

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A new analysis of rare leafcutter-bee fossils excavated from the Rancho La Brea Tar Pits in Southern California has provided valuable insight into the local environment during the last Ice Age.

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Scientists Use Lab-Grown Cartilage to Reconstruct Cancer Patients’ Noses

12th April 2014

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Utilizing a technique called tissue engineering, scientists at the University of Basel extracted very small amounts of cartilage from the patients’ noses, and then amplified the tissue in the lab.  The resulting product: A relatively large mass of white, glossy cartilage – which could be easily shaped to fit each patient’s individual nose.

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Americans Pay More in Taxes than on Food, Clothing, and Housing Combined

11th April 2014

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

Hey, those Gucci loafers don’t come cheap….

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Divorce Beltway Style

11th April 2014

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As government expands, extending its reach to every aspect of business, every sector of the economy, private citizens and corporations require sherpas to lead them through the mountains of regulations and tax provisions, to discover exemptions and special favors and other forms of relief or favoritism to improve the bottom line. And who better to act as sherpas than the relatives of the Democrats who impose the regulations and tax provisions in the first place, who better than the lively proprietors of a family business operating in the luxurious and morally uncomplicated world of the caste of limousine liberals who dominate politics, culture, news, and finance.

Corporations give to Democratic politicians, avoiding the scrutiny of liberal attack dogs in the media and nonprofit sectors, and enjoying the ego boost that comes with being on the “right side of history.” Then those corporations hire the Podestas to get them out of the Rube Goldberg traps the Democrats have enacted into law. John’s innovation was to establish a corporate-funded think tank where the burdensome policies would be concocted, and whose staff would go on to man the regulatory agencies that put their wool-headed ideas into practice. And to whom do the corporations turn when they find themselves on the receiving end of all this uplift, all this do-goodery, all this progress, hope, and change? Why, to the man in the red Prada loafers, and to his flamboyantly patterned wife.

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Thought Police on Patrol

11th April 2014

Charles Krauthammer really doesn’t love Big Brother.

Two months ago, a petition bearing more than 110,000 signatures was delivered to The Post, demanding a ban on any article questioning global warming. The petition arrived the day before publication of my column, which consisted of precisely that heresy.

The column ran as usual. But I was gratified by the show of intolerance because it perfectly illustrated my argument that the left is entering a new phase of ideological agitation — no longer trying to win the debate but stopping debate altogether, banishing from public discourse any and all opposition.

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A California Car Dealer Helped A Mexican Billionaire Fund American Elections

11th April 2014

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Democrats, of course.

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

11th April 2014

Bangladeshi-American Writer Censored, Threatened by Radical Islamist

Cries of Islamophobia Silence Debate on Muslim Honor Killings

Moroccan Allegedly Plotted to Use Remote Toy Airplane Bomb

What Pakistan Knew About Bin Laden

Bomb blast in Pakistani capital kills 22

Car bombs in Baghdad, Iraqi town kill 34 people

U.S. Designates Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis as a Foreign Terrorist Organization

Man Arrested for Bomb Plot Was in US on Expired Visa

Iran steps up pace of executions as it courts West

Brandeis Flap Marks Another Win for Islamist Intimidation

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MSNBC Host: The IRS ‘Were The Ones That Have Been Actually Targeted’

11th April 2014

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MSNBC host Alex Wagner attempted to argue that the IRS was actually the victim of the recent investigation into the IRS targeting of conservative groups that were seeking 501(c)(4) status.

Is there a more thoroughgoing Voice of the Crust than MSNBC?

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Nile Crocodile Terrorizes California Mall

11th April 2014

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According to reports, someone left a four foot crocodile at the TJ Maxx plaza in Roseville, California, in its container with a note that identified the animal as a Nile crocodile and advised whoever found him to “call rescue.” The cunning crocodile managed to escape from its cage and was found making the rounds outside the retail store.

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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Quits After Botched Obamacare Rollout

11th April 2014

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Well, it’s a start.

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Lesson Has Schoolkids Comparing Martin Luther King To Cop Killer Mumia Abu-Jamal

11th April 2014

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Maureen Faulkner, whose husband Daniel was gunned down in Philadelphia on Dec. 9, 1981, said the latest effort to glorify Abu-Jamal’s past using a lesson plan posted on the Oakland (Calif.) Unified School District’s website is akin to advocating violence to young students.

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LAPD Cops Sabotaged Equipment Installed to Monitor Them

10th April 2014

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

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FAA Stops Free Life-Saving Rescue Missions, Group Fights Back

10th April 2014

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The Texas EquuSearch Mounted Search and Recovery Team (TXEQ) saves lives. These volunteers conduct free search-and-rescue missions with remote-controlled airplanes. They’ve used these drones to find more than 300 missing people across the U.S. and seven other countries. Too bad, says the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA): The organization is violating federal drone policy.

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How the Tax Code Manipulates Us

10th April 2014

John Stossel turns over a rock.

The tax code is now complex enough that most Americans now hire Bob, or his equivalent. Instead of inventing things, doing charity work or just having fun, we waste weeks (and billions of dollars) on tax preparation. And we change our lives to suit the wishes of politicians.

“What the tax code is doing is trying to choose our values for us,” complains Yaron Brook from the Ayn Rand Institute.

I think I choose my own values, but it’s true that politicians use taxes to manipulate us. Million-dollar mortgage deductions steer us to buy bigger houses, and solar tax credits persuaded me to put solar panels on my roof.

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Navy Develops Technology to Turn Seawater Into Fuel

10th April 2014

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The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s (NRL) Materials Science and Technology Division announced Monday that it had already flown a radio-controlled replica of a World War II plane using hydrocarbon fuel made from seawater.

The fuel is created with the help of an electrolytic cation exchange module, a machine which removes carbon dioxide from seawater while simultaneously producing hydrogen. The gases are then formed into liquid hydrocarbons by a metal catalyst in a reactor system, the lab said in a statement.

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Israeli Archaeologists Uncover 3,300-Year-Old Coffin, Gold Signet

10th April 2014

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A ring with an Egyptian scarab seal was found with the name of the crown worn by Egyptian pharaoh Seti I, who ruled Egypt in the Late Bronze Age. Seti I was the father of Ramses II and some scholars identify him as the pharaoh in the biblical story of the Israelite’s exodus from Egypt. The seal of Seti I helped the archaeologists date the site back to the thirteenth century B.C.

A clay coffin with an adult skeleton was also found at the site.

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The Truth About Tilapia

10th April 2014

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It’s cheap, easy to find, and it’s fish – so it’s good for you, right?

Maybe not. There are some disturbing allegations about the fish, and one is particularly surprising: Some nutritionists have been touting a study that they implies that eating tilapia is worse than eating bacon.

Yes, bacon.

I like it already.

Red Lobster has a dish called Parmesan-encrusted Tilapia that tastes very good.

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Scientists Trying to Create Human Heart With 3D Printer

10th April 2014

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Ultimately, the goal is to create a new heart for a patient with their own cells that could be transplanted. It is an ambitious project to first, make a heart and then get it to work in a patient, and it could be years — perhaps decades — before a 3D printed heart would ever be put in a person.

The technology, though, is not all that futuristic: Researchers have already used 3D printers to make splints, valves and even a human ear.

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IRS Employees Accused of Donning Pro-Obama Gear, Urging Callers to Vote for Him

10th April 2014

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A report by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, released Wednesday, cited accusations that workers at a Dallas IRS office may have violated federal law by wearing pro-Obama items like shirts, stickers and buttons. The Hatch Act forbids Executive Branch workers from engaging in partisan political activity.

The report, further fueling allegations of bias at the agency, claimed that several accusations were made against the Dallas office claiming pro-Obama gear was “commonplace” there. Employees allegedly wore Obama shirts, buttons and stickers to work and had Obama screensavers on their IRS computers.

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

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8100 Hawaii Employers Face Premium Hikes Due to Obamacare

9th April 2014

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Barack. Hossein. Obama. Um, um, um.

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1800 New Jersey Children Policies Canceled Because of Obamacare

9th April 2014

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Barack. Hossein. Obama. Um, um, um.

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The Way You’re Born Can Mess With the Microbes You Need to Survive

9th April 2014

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Throughout the animal kingdom, mothers transfer microbes to their young while giving birth. Different species of tadpoles acquire specific skin bacteria from mother frogs even though they all live in the same pond with the same bacterial background. Emerging chicken eggs get inoculated with microbes from a bacteria-filled pouch near the mother hen’s rectum. And for millennia, mammalian babies have acquired founding populations of microbes by passing through their mothers’ vagina. This microbial handoff is also a critical aspect of infant health in humans. Today it is in peril.

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Land Rover’s New Concept Can Make a Car Transparent

9th April 2014

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Land Rover is showcasing a new concept that would give drivers a better view of the road through augmented reality. The Transparent Bonnet Concept utilizes cameras mounted in the car’s grille to capture a view of the road that’s usually obscured by the hood. This data is then fed to a heads-up display that shows the video in real-time at the bottom of the windscreen, overlaying where a driver sees their car’s bonnet and effectively giving the impression that it — and the engine — are transparent.

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Doctor Says Google Glass Saved a Man’s Life

9th April 2014

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Google Glass can be used to check emails or search for information on the move. It can also apparently be used to save lives. The Boston Globe reports that Dr. Steven Horng, working at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, was wearing Glass last year while working on a man whose brain was bleeding. Dr. Horng knew that the patient was allergic to certain drugs that would arrest the bleeding, but didn’t know which ones. With no time to leave the stricken patient, Horng says he called up the man’s medical records on Google’s wearable device, found the relevant information, and stabilized his condition.

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UCSB Student Calls Campus Prolife Protestors ‘Domestic Terrorists’

9th April 2014

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A UCSB student interviewed by Austin Yack of The College Fix brings new meaning to the term low information voter.

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Aunt Zeituni: The worst asylum excuse of all time

9th April 2014

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Aunt Zeituni’s reason for getting asylum may even top Ibragim Todashev’s, which was more or less: My dad back home in Russia is only three levels down the org chart from Vladimir Putin, so if the 82nd Airborne ever installs Masha Gessen in the Kremlin to bring Russia democracy, good and hard, well, our family could face repercussions.

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Spinal Cord Work Is Unexpected Shocker

8th April 2014

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“This is a breakthrough,” says Dr. Barth Green, co-founder of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami, who was not involved in the research. “It shows you can have a living spinal cord under the layer of their injury.”

More than 1,700 paralyzed people have inquired about using this technology, which involves surgically implanting a stimulator and giving it directions with an external remote control. The stimulator creates a small, slightly visible bulge in the lower abdomen and is connected to wires that send electrical pulses to the spinal cord.

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Here’s Your Flying Car. Now Shut Up.

8th April 2014

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Is Venice Going to Secede?

8th April 2014

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If something is going to happen in Veneto, it won’t be an uprise of micro-nationalism: but rather, a tax revolt. You could describe Italy as a country where the North pays taxes and the South consumes taxes. This picture is painted with a wide brush, but it is not incorrect. The gap between the two parts of the country has been there for ages, and it did not narrow, in spite of the fluxes of transfers. It is only natural that economic stagnation exacerbates the problem.

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Why Have One Government Program When 10 Can Do the Same Thing? GAO Report Reveals Duplicated Efforts, Wasted Money.

8th April 2014

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Among the problems identified in the latest report is the lack of any consolidated system at the Department of Defense to contract for health care professionals. “For example, we identified 24 separate task orders for contracted medical assistants at the same military treatment facility.” Now, multiply that across the entire military establishment.

And the creeping police state around us may be intrusive and presumptuous—but it sucks at cooperation. The Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and the Treasury are independently modernizing their wireless communications systems. “As a result, their communications systems, which represent hundreds of millions of dollars in investment, may not be interoperable and may not enable the most effective response to natural disasters, criminal activities, and domestic terrorism.”

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CBS: White House Getting ‘Roughed Up’ Over Its Gender Pay Gap

8th April 2014

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During the White House briefing Monday, reporters asked Carney to explain why an analysis by the American Enterprise Institute found the median salary for female White House staffers was 12 percent lower than those of male staffers.

Carney struggled to provide an explanation, barely mustering “We, as an institution here, have aggressively, addressed this challenge. And obviously though, at the 88 cents that you cite- that is not 100, but it is better than the national average.”

The biter bit, forsooth.

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Us Universities Bracing for Surge of Vets Heading to College as Military Downsizes, Wars Abate

8th April 2014

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Tens of thousands of new veterans are expected to return to college or the workforce in the next several years as the military downsizes after wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and as the Pentagon budget is pared back.

Oh, those lefty professors are in for a shock….

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Attack at Wrong Door Turns Into Fatal Mistake for the Taliban, Reports Say

8th April 2014

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KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban assailants apparently thought they were attacking an unprotected Christian-run day care center. But they mistakenly burst into the compound next door, where an American government contractor’s employees were heavily armed and ready, according to accounts that the contractor and the Afghan police gave on Friday of a wild four-hour shootout here.

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Numbers Never Lie: The True Cost of Obamacare

8th April 2014

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Although President Obama claimed victory on Tuesday due to the 7.1 million people who have signed up on federal or state exchanges for his health care law, the Affordable Care Act has been anything but ‘affordable.’

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This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

8th April 2014

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Officials at Salem High School in Plymouth, Michigan, have agreed to take down bleachers and a score board paid for and built by parents for the school’s baseball team. After an anonymous complaint, the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights found the school was in violation of federal law because the baseball facilities are now superior to the girl’s softball field. The school can’t afford to upgrade the softball field, so it had to take down the amenities at the baseball field.

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Condescending Climate Changers

8th April 2014

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That our colleges and universities have become forums to promote political ideology is a well known fact. A few days ago, the New York Times wrote uncritically about courses on global warming being taught at the University of Oregon. The course is entitled, “The Cultures of Climate Change.” Its goal is not to marshal evidence for climate change as a human-caused crisis, or to measure its effects – the reality and severity of it are taken as given – but how to think about it, prepare for it and respond to it.” Instead of using scientific texts, the class will use films, fiction, poetry and photography. Obviously, the purpose is indoctrination, not instruction.

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