DYSPEPSIA GENERATION

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Russian Bomb Factory/Mosque Hoist With Its Own Petard

2nd May 2016

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The Russian intelligence services discovered a bomb-making factory when they raided a secret mosque in the city of Samara. The explosives they found in the building were so unstable that they had to be detonated on the spot, leaving the mosque a little worse for the wear and tear.

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Mass Transit Use Is Declining As Millennials Buy More Cars

2nd May 2016

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Turns out young people actually like driving.

Imagine that.

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Plant That Grows ‘Fries’ and ‘Ketchup’ Going on Sale

2nd May 2016

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Scientists from the Netherlands took six years to develop a plant that can grow both potatoes and tomatoes. A bonus: It’s natural!

Thompson and Morgan, the firm that commissioned the study, says it hasn’t done any genetic modification to the plant.

And if you believe that one they’ll tell you another one.

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Urban Foraging

1st May 2016

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If Hillary is elected in the fall, we’ll all need to study up.

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The Logic of Logistics

1st May 2016

Robert Fernandez reveals some inconvenient truth.

However threatening the Taliban offensive becomes, the avalanche of logistics now has a momentum all of its own. The timing of the Islamic assault was probably no coincidence. The Taliban have been watching the Obama policy for years. All they had to do was wait till things passed the point of no return and then strike.

Perhaps the most tragic thing about Afghanistan is that the president picked a useless objective and made the decision to lose it at the greatest possible cost.

He has a gift.

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Scientists Developing Tire Rubber That Can Fix Itself

1st May 2016

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Vulcanized rubber is durable and elastic, but it if gets a torn, breaking its chemical bonds, it can’t be repaired with anything other than a patch, which reduces its strength. Tire companies have tried to overcome this drawback by developing tires with built-in foam or gel sealing systems, but they only fill in the holes and don’t reconstitute the rubber itself.

However, in a report published in the American Chemical Society’s Applied Materials and Interfaces journal, a team of German chemists describe how they were able to treat a commonly used tire rubber with a carbon and nitrogen additive that resulted in giving it superior mechanical properties — including tensile strength and ductility – to vulcanized rubber without using any vulcanization, while along with the ability to heal itself.

The study found that the material can repair itself at room temperature, and after eight days it will withstand over 750 pounds per square inch of pressure, far more than required by an automotive tire. Heating the material to 212 degrees F shortly after a tear accelerated the process, but was not necessary to make it work.

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New Location for the Battle of Crécy discovered

1st May 2016

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For over 250 years it has been believed that the Battle of Crécy, one of the most famous battles of the Middle Ages, was fought just north of the French town of Crécy-en-Ponthieu in Picardy. Now, a new book that contains the most intensive examination of sources about the battle to date, offers convincing evidence that the fourteenth-century battle instead took place 5.5 km to the south.

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An Unteachable President

1st May 2016

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It’s a remarkable record of prediction. One hundred percent wrong. The professor president who loves to talk about teachable moments is himself unteachable. Why is that?

When you’ve defined your political task as “fundamentally transforming the United States of America”—as Mr. Obama did on the eve of his election in 2008—then your hands are full. Let other people sort out their own problems.

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Black Residents Matter

1st May 2016

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Black lives matter, we’re told—but in many American cities, black residents are either scarce or dwindling in number, chased away by misguided progressive policies that hinder working- and middle-class people. Such policies more severely affect blacks than whites because blacks start from further behind economically. Black median household income is only $35,481 per year, compared with $57,355 for whites. The wealth gap is even wider, with median black household wealth at only $7,133, compared with $111,146 for whites, according to a study by Demos and the Institute on Assets and Social Policy.

How, then, are cities faring in meeting the aspirations of their black residents, judged especially by the ultimate barometer: whether blacks choose to move to these cities, or stay in them? Among major American cities, three main typologies emerge: the high-flying progressive enclaves of the West, the historically large cities of the Northeast and the Midwest, and the fast-growing boomtowns of the South. Though results vary to some extent, the broad trend is clear: the most progressive-minded cities are either seeing a significant exodus of blacks or, never having had substantial black populations, are failing to attract them. These same cities, home to some of the loudest voices alleging conservative insensitivity to blacks, are failing to provide economic environments where blacks can prosper.

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Teenage Boy Accidentally Shoots Himself in the Head While Taking Selfie

1st May 2016

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‘Part of the blame obviously goes to the father for not keeping his loaded gun under lock and key,’ says deputy police superintendent Manoj Kumar

Obviously a case of defective genes expressing themselves. Think of it as evolution in action.

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Fox News and Huffington Post reporters brawl at White House Correspondents’ Dinner After-party

1st May 2016

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’bout time, too. I’ve been waiting for a Fox crew to take somebody from MSNBC out back and beat the snot out of him.

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Hillary-Supporting Harvard Student Says He’s Treated Like a Republican

1st May 2016

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Well, serves him right, swimming against the zeitgeist like that. Where does he think he is?

(Welcome to my world, kid.)

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Gender Roles and Shopping Don’t Mix

1st May 2016

Lileks.

We went with my wife’s choice, which is fine. She has excellent taste, too, and by deferring to her choice I accumulated husband points, which I can spend on a new 4K TV.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

1st May 2016

Christos Anesti

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Back to Your Safe Spaces, WHM Is Ending!

1st May 2016

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Today is the last day of Whiteness History Month up at Portland Community College, though it is not clear whether the social justice set at PCC want the world to know about it or not. Yesterday a person attempted to videotape a session on feminist theory, and as you can see at the beginning of this six minute video, one of the instructors encourages people in the audience to physically obstruct the person’s video.

Now, never mind the charming people who turn up on the video: if you’re preaching about justice, why wouldn’t you want more people to see and hear you? This takes gnosticism a bit too far I think.

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Functioning ‘Mechanical Gears’ Seen in Nature for the First Time

30th April 2016

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a plant-hopping insect found in gardens across Europe – has hind-leg joints with curved cog-like strips of opposing ‘teeth’ that intermesh, rotating like mechanical gears to synchronise the animal’s legs when it launches into a jump.

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Medieval Fort Building 101

30th April 2016

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

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The Uberization of Banking

30th April 2016

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branch with an antique stagecoach inside. But I was interested in talking with a former Wells Fargo employee, so I headed elsewhere, to SoFi, a “fintech”—financial technology—company doing its best to turn the banking system upside down. I wound my way out to the Presidio, a former military base now commercialized, with beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and, if you peer through the fog, the future.

Once inside SoFi’s modern, open-floor-plan headquarters, I meet the CEO, chairman and co-founder, Mike Cagney, sitting at a table in a gray company T-shirt and jeans. The 45-year-old native Californian speaks in a deep, deliberate voice, with an undercurrent of confidence and excitement. What’s he so confident and excited about? Doing to banks, with a smartphone-based model, what Amazon has done to book stores and Uber has done to taxi fleets. “There is going to be a seismic redistribution of market cap in the banking world,” he says. “They won’t see it coming until it’s done.”

What started out as an ingenious little enterprise making gold-plated student loans at the Stanford Graduate School of Business a few years ago has since expanded to student loans more generally and added mortgages, personal loans and wealth management. Mr. Cagney says SoFi has done 150,000 loans totaling $10 billion and is currently at a $1 billion monthly loan-origination rate.

This will be huge, at least until the fascists in Washington wake up and grab ahold of it.

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Conservative Group Called ‘Hateful,’ Denied Official Recognition at Drake University

30th April 2016

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But I’m sure they’ve got explicitly racist groups like ‘Black Student X’ where X is anything that strikes their fancy.

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The Sinister, Secret History of a Food That Everybody Loves

30th April 2016

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The study, published last year by economists at the United Kingdom and Israel doing novel work on archaeological and anthropological evidence, attempts to explain a strange pattern in agricultural practices. The most advanced civilizations all tended to cultivate grain crops, like wheat and barley and corn. Less advanced societies tended to rely on root crops like potatoes, taro and manioc.

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in our vegetables, that we are underlings.

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Le Pain Quotidien Joins Range of UK Firms in Cutting Perks for Staff Ahead of National Living Wage

30th April 2016

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Everywhere politicians think that they can wish-away the basic laws of economics; then they are so astonished when reality intrudes.

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This Towering 3D Printer Builds Clay Homes

30th April 2016

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Clay homes are as old as dirt. Well, as old as humans have been building homes. Older, if you count those made by insects. That doesn’t mean an ancient technique can’t get a thoroughly modern makeover. The World’s Advanced Saving Project, or WASP, after the arthropod mud nest-builders, has a giant machine that can 3D print a home out of cheap, durable mud.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

30th April 2016

Suction cup planters.

The Slammer.

CoyoteVest dog body armor.

Mini pick and hook set.

Weed killing steamer.

The Selfie Toaster.

 

 

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Artificial Leaf Harnesses Sunlight for Efficient Fuel Production

30th April 2016

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Next step: Artificial marijuana. (Betcha)

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Thought for the Day

30th April 2016

Dilbert Is Antisocial - Dilbert by Scott Adams

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Which stars are serious about leaving US if Donald Trump wins presidency?

30th April 2016

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Lena Dunham, Samuel L. Jackson, Miley Cyrus, Cher, Jon Stewart, Raven Symone, are just a handfull of Hollywood types who say that if Donald Trump wins the presidency, they will flee the United States. Some have since walked back their threats (Cher is apparently not really going to Jupiter) but Dunham has doubled down.

None of them, actually — we’ve heard this story before — but wouldn’t it be nice if they did?

Trump also weighed in on Dunham’s promise

“She’s a B-actor and has no mojo,” he said. “That would be a great, great thing for our country.”

I have a little list

They never would be missed….

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Hillary Clinton and Electoral Fraud

29th April 2016

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I would have voted for Hillary Clinton three months ago. I believed that our elections are just, verifiable, and democratic—but then discovered how easy it is to hack a voting machine without a trace. I told myself that previous elections hadn’t necessarily been rigged—but then found evidence proving me wrong. I convinced myself that it didn’t mean this Democratic nomination was rigged?—?until I uncovered the truth.

I am an ardent skeptic turned fervent believer.

Over the course of this article, I will demonstrate that electoral fraud was committed favoring Hillary Clinton with a plethora of sources: exit poll data, statistics, mainstream and independent media articles, expert quotes and analysis, videos, anecdotes, and so forth. All of these sources can be accessed through clickable hyperlinks (the underlined text).

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When Bread Grew on Trees

29th April 2016

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Medieval people ate a lot of bread. A lot. They ate pounds of bread every day, and even used it as plates – or trenchers – which sounds both practical and delicious (although trencher bread was usually stale). But the bread they ate wasn’t always made of wheat, or even rye. In some parts of Europe, especially the mountainous regions of Italy, France, and Spain, they made their bread out of something that literally grew on trees: chestnuts.

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Black Students at Salisbury University Caught in Racism Hoax

29th April 2016

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Again? But that trick never works….

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USC Cancelled an Awesome Video Game Panel for Including Too Many Men

29th April 2016

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The University of Southern California cancelled its planned “Legends of the Games” event after the lone female participant signaled that she wouldn’t be able to attend. Administrators made the determination that an all-male panel was unacceptable, and killed the event—a mere four hours before it was supposed to start.

Because, as we all know, games are played almost exclusively by young women, and nobody would have believed an all-male panel.

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Wilmington Couple Charged After Pulling Gun Over Boneless Wing Mixup

29th April 2016

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If they had been white, it would have been all over front pages nationwise, and the Usual Gun Control Trolls would have been on the march from coast to coast.

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Making Your Bed is a Total Waste of Time

29th April 2016

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So I have always thought.

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Newest ‘Progressive’ Bugaboo: ‘Intergenerational Unfairness’

29th April 2016

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Today’s young people have been disproportionately hit by the financial crisis and continue to struggle. Unemployment in this age group is high and job security poor. They have been priced out of the housing market and forced to rent at ever-spiralling costs.

Don’t have something you want? You’re a Victim!

‘I was just standing there, right?, and like this financial crisis just came up and hit me.’

I have noticed that pre-schoolers are disproportionately excluded from the country’s Olympic teams. Let’s get Obama right on that.

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

29th April 2016

Assad siege of Aleppo could be ‘imminent,’ experts warn

ISIS reveals how Jihadi John evaded security en route from UK to Syria

Isis in Iraq: Terror group are turning to fish farms and car dealerships to fund activities after losing territory

Leading Muslim Cleric: Coptic Christians Are ‘Criminal, Aggressive, and Oppressive’

Police arrest 21-year-old man in London on suspicion of attempting to join Isis in Syria

Three linked to California terror attack arrested

Turkey bombing in Bursa: Female suicide bomber attacks near city’s Grand Mosque

Philippine President vows to neutralise Islamist militants who beheaded Canadian hostage

Isis terror warning over tourist hotspots in Turkey issued by US embassy

Hezbollah: Iran’s Henchmen in Brazil

Female suicide bomber wounds eight in Turkish city of Bursa

Palestinian Children Kill Israelis in Hamas “Play”

Al-Qaeda claims murder of Bangladesh LGBT magazine editor hacked to death

South Sudan Rebel Leader Returning to Capital, May Signal End of Civil War

Terror suspect whose flight certificate was linked to Saudis one of Gitmo’s most dangerous

Palestinian Authority backs convicted killer for Nobel Peace Prize

Turkey deports 3,300 suspected jihadi fighters

Pro-ISIS hackers release names, personal info of targeted State Dept. employees

ISIS pay scale revealed: Documents show salaries based on number of wives, sex slaves

A Syrian rebel’s slaying in Turkey points to the long, lethal reach of Isis

Canadian hostage John Ridsdel killed by militants in the Philippines. Will the Islamophobia never cease?

Editor of Bangladesh’s first LGBT magazine hacked to death

Report: Iran May Send Hamas to Fight ISIS. That would be entertaining.

Blacklisted Terrorism Financiers Still Active on Social Media

Libya: Death Watch

Islamic State Moves to Libya with the Promise of Fresh Plunder

Arabs Strive for Honor, Not Peace

A Caliphate Under Strain: The Documentary Evidence

At least 12 dead in double suicide attack on security forces in Baghdad

Isis claims its fighters murdered university professor in Bangladesh over ‘calls to atheism’

‘Drive-by jihad’ plotters Tarik Hassane and Suhaib Majeedi jailed for life

University professor on his way to work hacked to death in Bangladesh

ISIS suspect reveals plans to open up route from Syria to U.S. through Mexico

US Army officer helps foil terror plot to blow up Jewish school in Denmark

Prosecutors: ISIS Ebook Helped Inspire Aborted Attack on Pamela Geller

Turkish border guards ‘shoot eight Syrian refugees dead’ including women and children trying to reach safety

Brussels airport bomber Najim Laachraoui identified as Isis jailer of French hostages in Syria

Iranian women call on Western tourists to violate hijab law to fight against oppression

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The Secrets of Medieval Fonts

29th April 2016

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Just to remind everybody that this blog is about what I’m interested in, which may not necessarily be what you’re interested in.

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Thought for the Day

29th April 2016

Online Shopping

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DIY Urbanism

29th April 2016

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Over the years I’ve belonged to a variety of different organizations that had the ostensible goal of accomplishing X or Y. At a certain point I would realize that all anyone was doing was exercising their fears and frustrations. Most of all they were trying to stop other people from doing things they didn’t like.

I’m impatient. I want to get on with the business of actually doing something tangible. Waiting for someone else to come along and accomplish your goals for you is a really bad plan. Trying to change government policy is endless. Expecting “the market” to magically solve problems isn’t realistic. So where does that leave any of us?

Writing a blog, maybe? It doesn’t get anything done but you feel better about yourself. Those of us with Native Indolence Syndrome tend to prefer the low-effort option.

Enter the Incremental Development Alliance. Let’s say you have a problem in your neighborhood. It needs a grocery store. It needs bike infrastructure. It needs more public gathering spaces. It’s in decline and needs new investment. It’s in the process of being gentrified and people are being squeezed out. Whatever. Why not be the person who brings the desired change? You. Right now. Go do it.

I doubt seriously that anyplace outside of mainland Europe ‘needs bike infrastructure’; that tends to be the compelling fetish of Hipster Whiteopias like Portland and Seattle and San Francisco. Nor do I see any compelling nned for ‘more public gathering spaces’ in a world where staring down at your cellphone is what most people below the age of 60 spend their day doing. And the innate contradiction between ‘in decline and needs new investment’ and ‘being gentrified and people are being squeezed out’ suggests that the author is either incredibly confused or writing for the incredibly confused. I’m not sure I want a confused person and his confused audience to ‘bring the desired change’; such people cause more problems than they solve.

Easier said than done, right? This isn’t easy stuff. There are zoning regulations, building codes, financing obstacles, bureaucratic landmines… The red tape is endless.

Said as if ‘red tape’ falls from the heavens on the just and unjust alike — which it does, of course, but unlike Global Warming it has an easily detectable cause. RED TAPE IS CAUSED BY GOVERNMENT. I’ll repeat that. RED TAPE IS CAUSED BY GOVERNMENT. Those who want to ‘bring the desired change’ need to GET THE GOVERNMENT OFF PEOPLE’S BACKS.

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Black students connected in SU racist drawing

29th April 2016

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The students identified as the people behind a recent racist drawing found at Salisbury University’s library are black, school officials confirmed Tuesday.

The image, found April 10 on a whiteboard in Blackwell Library, showed a stick figure being hung and labeled with a racial slur. Underneath was the hashtag “#whitepower.”

The university confirmed Tuesday, April 26, the students involved in the incident were black, spokesman Richard Culver wrote in an email. The university would not provide names of the students, citing the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

[Yawn] Yet Another Hate Hoax by people who aren’t getting enough VictimPoints.

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Mexican Flag-waving Mob Harassing Motorists Outside Trump Rally in Costa Mesa, CA

29th April 2016

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Cue the Usual Suspects criticizing Trump because Mexican-flag-waving protesters indulge in violence at one of his rallies.

Good thing they weren’t waving Confederate flags, or they’d be In Trouble.

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Only One of Six Air Force F-35s Could Actually Take Off During Testing

29th April 2016

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More evidence that the F-35 is a flying piece of shit.

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Gene Therapy Reverses Sight Loss and Is Long-Lasting

28th April 2016

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A team at Oxford University is treating a rare disorder called choroideremia. The disorder affects young men whose light-detecting cells in the backs of their eyes are dying because they have inherited a faulty gene.

The therapy involves injecting a working copy of the gene into the back of their eyes to stop more cells from dying.

The researchers found that not only does the treatment halt the disease, it revives some of the dying cells and improves the patient’s vision, in some cases markedly.

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The Key to Repairing Your Bones May Come Out of a Printer

28th April 2016

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This year surgeons around the world will implant tens of thousands of 3-D printed replacements parts for hips, knees, ankles, parts of the spine, and even sections of the skull.

Most of them look a lot like their conventionally made titanium counterparts. But the first few 3-D printed implants tailored specifically to an individual’s anatomy may hint at a future in which customized bone replacements are commonplace.

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Someone Finally Redesigned Crutches

28th April 2016

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If you’ve ever used crutches, you know that they can be awful tools that slowly torture you the longer you use them. Thankfully, Mobility Designed realized our long international nightmare and decided to do something about it. The company has designed a crutch from scratch that removes the pressure from underarms and forearms, the traditional load-bearing areas for crutches, and shifts support to the elbows

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One Regulation Is Painless. A Million of Them Hurt.

28th April 2016

Megan McArdle reports.

“In one year,” wrote Warren Meyer in 2015, “I literally spent more personal time on compliance with a single regulatory issue — implementing increasingly detailed and draconian procedures so I could prove to the State of California that my employees were not working over their 30-minute lunch breaks — than I did thinking about expanding the business or getting new contracts.”

Dude, it’s time to come to Texas.

A new working paper from the Mercatus Center attempts to document the cumulative cost of all these regulations. It finds that the growth of regulation between 1977 and 2012 has shaved about 0.8 percent off the rate of growth, costing the nation a total of $4 trillion worth of GDP.

You won’t see that in Obama’s State of the Union address.

That matters, and not just because of business owners’ headaches. The burden of regulation is not distributed symmetrically. It falls heaviest on firms that deal with dangerous substances, yes. But it also falls most heavily on smaller businesses, which cannot afford staffs of pricey compliance specialists to make sure that their desk chairs meet the new California workplace seating requirements. This may help explain why the number of firms is falling, and markets are consolidating.

Big companies just love government regulations, because they can afford to have massive teams to ensure compliance, teams that smaller competitors can’t afford. (This is the same motive for ‘rich people’ to push for higher income taxes.)

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban bans ‘Islamisation’

28th April 2016

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Speaking in parliament on Monday to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Hungary’s new constitution, Viktor Orban said the document’s primary aim was to secure Hungarian language and culture.

The premier said the constitution meant the Hungarian government had to oppose any kind of mass migration that would imperil those principles.

He said: “We have the right to choose whom we wish to live together with and whom we do not wish to live together with.

“To be clear and unequivocal, I can say that Islamisation is constitutionally banned in Hungary.

The former Soviet client states of Eastern Europe, having experienced ‘progressive’ oppression first-hand, are more resistant to Political Correctness than most.

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Weird & Wild Woolly Wolf Spotted in Nepal Is Likely a New Species

28th April 2016

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Slow news day.

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Believing in Two Genders Now a ‘Hate Crime’ Under Investigation at Marymount University

28th April 2016

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I am not making this up.

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Oops! Suicide Bomber Detonates Vest Early, Kills 8 Other Terrorists

28th April 2016

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In a scene straight out of a Hollywood film, a Taliban fighter detonated his suicide vest by mistake, killing himself and his eight colleagues without a single civilian casualty.

It is so hard to get good help these days.

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World’s Longest-Serving President Wins Sixth Term in Equatorial Guinea With 99% of the Vote

28th April 2016

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Teodoro Obiang Nguema has never received less than 97 per cent of the vote in an election. On Monday, with partial results indicating that 99.2 per cent of the vote has gone in his favour, Equatorial Guinea’s leader was surely all set for another seven years in a seat that has no doubt molded to his figure.

One-sixth of African countries have an executive who has been in power for more than 20 years, which equates to nine out of 54 of the continent’s leaders. Mr Obiang, who took power nearly 37 years ago in a bloody coup, has Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea and King Mswati III of Swaziland for company. But Mr Obiang is most similar to José Eduardo dos Santos of Angola.

Mr Dos Santos and Mr Obiang preside over Africa’s second and third highest crude-oil producers, respectively, and are accused of embezzling much of the resulting wealth, while not distributing it fairly, if at all, to their citizens. Equatorial Guinea, once a Spanish colony, has the biggest gap of any country worldwide between its per-capita wealth and its human development index – a sure sign that there are a few outliers skewing the per-capita figure way upwards.

No doubt they are victims of White Privilege.

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America’s Subway: America’s Embarrassment?

28th April 2016

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When is the last time that the entire New York subway was closed with 12 hours notice to make repairs critical to the safety of the system? Or when was the last such shutdown of the London Underground, the Paris Metro, or for that matter the Kolkata Metro or the Caracas Metro, much less the threat of closing lines for months at a time?

How many of America’s many light rail systems have shut down as a result of their having failed to sufficiently maintain their safety? There is plenty to criticize about the many new urban rail systems in the United States. They may not carry the number of passengers projected, and often have cost far more than taxpayers were told and they may not have reduced traffic congestion. But they have managed to provide safe transportation to their riders. Only one of America’s rail systems has failed so abjectly in the most fundamental of its responsibilities: America’s subway in Washington.

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