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Spotting Cancer in a Vial of Blood

12th August 2014

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We need to focus on prevention more.

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5 Race Riots in Obama’s Post-Racial America

12th August 2014

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Riots and looting in Ferguson, Missouri, over the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer represent just the latest spate of race-based mass violence to break out in President Obama’s post-racial America. When Obama was elected in 2008, many Americans hoped that racial conflict in the country would calm. Instead, precisely the reverse seems to have occurred.

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

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In Search of Manhattan’s Last Remaining Skybridges

11th August 2014

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I love Manhattan’s skybridges, the kind that connect two buildings over busy streets. They’ve always reminded me of a future New York as imagined in the early 1900s, a time when it seems everyone expected the city’s thoroughfares to ascend with the tallest skyscrapers.

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Injecting Liquid Metal Could Help Kill Tumours, Says Chinese Research Team

11th August 2014

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One of the most interesting emerging treatments for certain types of cancer aims to starve the tumour to death. The strategy involves destroying or blocking the blood vessels that supply a tumour with oxygen and nutrients. Without its lifeblood, the unwanted growth shrivels up and dies.

One way to do this is with drugs called angiogenesis inhibitors which prevent the formation of new blood vessels that tumours rely on for sustenance. But there is another approach as well?—?physically blocking the surrounding blood vessels so that blood can no longer flow into the tumour.

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Obama Surpasses 400 Fundraiser Events As President

11th August 2014

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Guess we know where his priorities are.

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D.C. News Crew Robbed While Reporting on “Sketchy” Neighborhoods

11th August 2014

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The news crew’s vehicle was burglarized while they were working on a story about a controversial app that alerts people to “sketchy” neighborhoods, WUSA reports.

The crew had locked their news van on a street in Petworth in Northwest, D.C. while they were out in the neighborhood conducting interviews. When they returned they found the lock had been popped out of the door of their news van, and that most of the crew’s gear had been stolen.

No better testimonial for an app will you ever see.

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The Un-Midas Touch

11th August 2014

Victor Davis Hanson points out some inconvenient truth.

Everything that Barack Obama touches seems to turn to dross. Think of it for a minute. He inherited a quiet Iraq (no American combat deaths at all in December 2009). Joe Biden bragged of the calm that it would be the administration’s “greatest achievement.” But by pulling out all U.S. peacekeepers — mostly for a 2012 reelection talking point — Obama ensured an ISIS wasteland. He put his promised eye on Afghanistan at last, and we have lost more soldiers there than during the Bush administration and a Taliban victory seems likely after more than a decade of lost American blood and treasure. The message seems to be that it is better for Obama to have his eye off something than on it.

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An Industry Dying for Female Workers

11th August 2014

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How come oil and gas firms are never a target for feminist groups? They pay great for education required. They are growing and spread out in many different regions of the US. They are also enclaves of masculinity. All this bitching about brogrammers, yet it is just coding at a desk in an air-conditioned room. The frac operators, mechanics, and cement specialists are doing manly physical work. Wouldn’t getting women involved in this sort of work prove gender equality? Come on, women’s studies majors! This is your big chance.

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Protest Over Black Missouri Teenager’s Shooting by Police Turns to Looting, Vandalism

11th August 2014

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Afterward, some people looted a convenience store. Several other stores along a main road near the shooting scene were broken into and looted, including a check-cashing store, a boutique and a small grocery store.

People were seen carrying bags of food and toilet paper. TV footage showed streams of people walking out of a liquor store carrying bottles of alcohol, and in some cases protesters were standing atop police cars or taunting officers who stood stoic, often in riot gear.

Other witnesses reported seeing people vandalize police cars and kick in windows. Television footage showed windows busted out of a TV station van.

Well, isn’t that what you do after a candlelight vigil for a teen shot by police?

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The Infinite Brat

10th August 2014

John C. Wright blows the whistle.

One drawback is that perpetual victims give up on attempting to be virtuous and hardworking. The only thing they are taught to think and to do to get ahead in life is roll in the mud shrieking and whining for attention, kicking their legs in the air, and threatening violence they are rarely in a position to carry out. They are not just brats, but brats without boundary, reason, pause, or cease. They are infinite brats, because the whole of the endless universe is so very unfair to them.

The Infinite Brats are eternal losers. They do not want to be winners, because all winners are cheaters, so they adopt the behaviors which make them losers.

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In the Future We’ll All Be Renters: America’s Disappearing Middle Class

10th August 2014

Joel Kotkin sounds the alarm.

In ways not seen since the Gilded Age of the late nineteenth century, America is becoming a nation of increasingly sharply divided classes. Joel Kotkin’s The New Class Conflict breaks down these new divisions for the first time, focusing on the ascendency of two classes: the tech Oligarchy, based in Silicon Valley; and the Clerisy, which includes much of the nation’s policy, media, and academic elites.

Both of which constitute key components of the Crust.

Perhaps nothing reflects the descent of the yeomanry than the fading role of the ten million small businesses with under 20 employees, which currently employ upwards of forty million Americans. Long a key source of new jobs, small business start-ups have declined as a portion of all business growth from 50 percent in the early 1980s to 35% in 2010. Indeed, a 2014 Brookings report, revealed that small business “dynamism”,  measured by the growth of new firms compared with the closing of older ones, has declined significantly over the past decade, with more firms closing than starting for the first time in a quarter century.

Gradually being crushed out of existence by government regulations and bureaucracies that are much more comfortable dealing with the Fortune 500.

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Burger Robot Poised to Disrupt Fast Food Industry

10th August 2014

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“Our device isn’t meant to make employees more efficient,” cofounder Alexandros Vardakostas has said. “It’s meant to completely obviate them.”

That’s what increasing the minimum wage gets you. Simple economics, so simple that intellectuals can’t grasp it.

The Momentum burger-bot isn’t remotely humanoid. You can forget visions of Futurama’s Bender. It’s more of a burger assembly line. Ingredients are stored in automated containers along the line. Instead of pre-prepared veggies, cheese, and ground beef—the bot chars, slices, dices, and assembles it all fresh.

Burger robots may improve consistency and sanitation, and they can knock out a rush like nobody’s business. Momentum’s robot can make a burger in 10 seconds (360/hr). Fast yes, but also superior quality. Because the restaurant is free to spend its savings on better ingredients, it can make gourmet burgers at fast food prices.

By replacing human cooks, the machine reduces liability, management duties, and, at just 24 square feet, the overall food preparation footprint. Resources once dedicated to preparation can instead fund better service.

Better burgers through automation.

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It’s White People All the Way Down

10th August 2014

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Liberalism has been on a hair-trigger for several decades now about “blaming the victim” for any misfortune or ill-circumstance that they may be suffering—sometimes with good reason, but often not.  The irony is that liberals never seem to notice their symmetrical sin of blaming everything on racism, the “System,” the class structure of oppression, the Judean People’s Front, etc.  Like the apocryphal story of Bertrand Russell and turtles, for the left it’s always white people all the way down.

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Oak Island Money Pit

10th August 2014

Check it out.

If you’re interested in the famous Oak Island ‘buried treasure’, here’s a web site dedicated to it.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

10th August 2014

Ants Marching

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White Teacher Wins $350,000 in Bias Lawsuit Against Maryland School

10th August 2014

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Yet another news story you won’t see in the Lamestream Media.

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Teachers Union Prez Delivers Fiery, Threatening Rant Against Common Core Opponents

9th August 2014

Read it. And watch the video, if you have a strong stomach.

“If someone takes something from me, I’m going to grab it right back out of their cold, twisted, sick hands and say it is mine!” Mulgrew shouted. “You do not take what is mine!”

“And I’m going to punch you in the face and push you in the dirt because this is the teachers!” he continued. “These are our tools, and you sick people need to deal with us and the children we teach. Thank you very much!”

Uh, I wouldn’t want this moron anywhere near any children of mine, thank you very much.

Send your kid to a government school,
And he will turn out a fool;
That’s the way
Things are today —
Your tax bucks at work and play!

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Thought for the Day

9th August 2014

Steyn on Obama copy

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We Don’t Really Need More Jobs

9th August 2014

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Most people, if offered the alternative between their current job on one hand and, on the other hand, the same salary but no job would choose the latter. Many do make this sort of choice. Casey Mulligan, a University of Chicago economist, calculates that half the depression of the labor market during the recent recession lies in the incentives created by the expansion of the safety net.

And note that anybody who gets bored without a job or needs the sentiment of being useful can do charity work. So why do most of us want to work at paid jobs?

The answer is simple. What people are really after is not jobs, but the incomes that come with them. And people want incomes because they want to consume during their leisure time. Life is not about making useless efforts, but about enjoying things, many of which, alas, only come with some effort. Jobs are the cost; consumption is the benefit.

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Why Do We Care About Transportation Mode Share?

9th August 2014

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The New York Times ran an op-ed piece that helpfully demonstrated the pitfalls of lifestyle arguments in favor of urbanism, namely that they are annoying to everyone but the people making the argument.

The boys, like their father, are lean, strong and healthy. Their parents chose to live in New York, where their legs and public transit enable them to go from place to place efficiently, at low cost and with little stress (usually). They own a car but use it almost exclusively for vacations.

“Green” commuting is a priority in my family. I use a bicycle for most shopping and errands in the neighborhood, and I just bought my grandsons new bicycles for their trips to and from soccer games, accompanied by their cycling father.

These arguments – whether they’re about physical health, or “diverse” or “vibrant” or “creative” communities, or whatever else – are, at bottom, about telling people that they are lacking, and that in order to improve themselves they should become more like the author. In the 1970s, when city dwellers felt superior mainly because of their supposed cultural capital and were telling middle-class suburbanites to loosen up a little, that might have been obnoxious but harmless. In our current situation – when the city dwellers making these arguments are the economic elite (the author of this particular piece, Jane Brody, lives in gentrified brownstone Brooklyn, I believe) – it’s a lot more sinister. Brody talks about commutes as if their length and form were something that most people could freely choose, rather than something imposed upon them by their wages and the price of housing and form of development of their metropolitan area. She makes this a story about personal morality, rather than the constraints we choose to put on people through public policy.

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The Caliphate Emerges

9th August 2014

Jerry Pournelle looks at the news.

The world goes on. Israel and Hamas have achieved a day of truce, but of course it isn’t peace and won’t be. Having seen what Hamas managed to accomplish in secret – amazing complex of tunnels and launch sites – leaves me wondering what they could have achieved had they put that effort into building schools and hospitals and factories; could Gaza have become another Hong Kong? But there was no attempt to do that.

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You Want Nazis?

9th August 2014

Mark Steyn looks at the Middle East.

ISIS are fast-track Nazis. No messing about with a few property restrictions and intermarriage laws as a little light warm-up: They’re only in the business of “final solutions”, and they start on Day One and don’t quit until the last Christian and Yazidi is dead or fled. As I’ve often remarked about today’s exhaustively cleansed Maghreb, Levant and Araby, Islam is king on a field of corpses. But pikers like the Muslim Brotherhood, the Baathists, the House of Saud take their time. ISIS are shooting for the Guinness Book of Records.

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Liberalism on the Rocks

9th August 2014

Fred Siegel reviews a couple of recent books.

Fawcett writes that “the permanence of conflict in a society, distrust of power, faith in human progress and respect for people whatever they think and whoever they are” constitute the underlying tenets of liberalism. But each of these is problematic. In de facto one-party “blue” states, like New York and California, issues such as the imminent danger of climate change are deemed “settled” by leading liberals. Rather than distrusting power, Obama liberals, assuming they have a permanent lock on the presidency, have been happy to expand their power through a neo-imperial presidency and a Senate shorn of the rules that curbed majority abuses. The discovery of vast new sources of natural gas, which liberals once might have seen as progress, is denounced by today’s “progressives,” who decry carbon-based energy. They’re willing to block energy exploration, even at the cost of increasing poverty. Finally, public figures holding traditional views on, say, gay marriage have been excoriated and their companies threatened with boycotts. So much for respecting people, “whatever they think.” Fawcett misses all this because he tunes out liberalism’s intolerant tendencies, which first took hold on campuses and are now spreading to the broader culture.

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Rubin explains that “It is a privileged class that gives the current left its mission—not the proletariat or downtrodden but elements of the intelligentsia and cultural elite which views itself as the proper ruling class.” He’s right, but I would add that plutocrats such as Steyer, Soros, and the Rockefellers have formed a top-bottom political alliance with entities like the Service Workers International Union, which organizes janitors, fast-food workers, and, through what was once known as Acorn, the unemployed. This alliance is central to the Obama administration’s goal of making low-wage workers and the poor comfortable in their relative poverty.

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Obama’s Map of Misreading

9th August 2014

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Obama thinks in progressive clichés that fail to contemplate the predictable consequences of action or inaction, let alone the predictable consequences of his own words.

And as a result is always getting himselve — and us, his passengers — into trouble.

Warning: Friedman’s article may be hazardous to your health. I can feel brain cells dying as I read it.

True that.

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ISIS Rampant, America in Decline

9th August 2014

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ISIS succeeds mostly because it is incredibly brutal. Normal people can’t deal with mass murders, crucifixions, systematic rape, and so on. ISIS documents its reign of terror on the internet. These photos explain why pretty much everyone–including, unfortunately, Iraqi soldiers–flees when ISIS comes calling.

Note how crucifixion, as in Roman times, is a public spectacle intended to serve a political purpose, now aided by cell phone cameras.

Islam has always been expansionist and imperialistic, more a political movement than a religion. Today, ISIS is the leading champion of Islam, having surpassed al Qaeda in that regard. It is impossible to know how many of the world’s Muslims are cheering on ISIS’s rampage, but it is surely a large number, since everything ISIS does is, I believe, authorized by the Koran. And everything I have read about Mohammed suggests that he would be proud of ISIS.

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‘Aunt Jemima’ Heirs File $2 Billion Lawsuit Against Pepsi and Quaker Oats

9th August 2014

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D.W. Hunter, the great grandson of Anna Short Harrington, the woman who became “Aunt Jemima,” has filed a class action lawsuit against PepsiCo, The Quaker Oats Company, Pinnacle Foods Group and The Hillshire Brands Company on behalf of all of her great grandchildren. He is seeking $2 billion, plus punitive damages to be determined at trial.

Hunter alleges that the companies conspired to deny that Harrington had been an employee of Quaker Oats, all the while exploiting her image and recipes for profit, while refusing to pay an “equitable fair share of royalties” to her heirs for more than 60 years.

It would be amusing for the government to step in and take 45% of whatever they get as ‘inheritance tax’.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

9th August 2014

Beekeeping Starter Kit.

Spray Cake.

Nunchopsticks. Perfect gift for Bruce Lee.

Water-draining soap dish.

Spud bar.

Peg-leg pirate chopsticks.

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Box-Checking as Leadership

9th August 2014

Jonah Goldberg finds that his bullshit detector has gone off.

The other night Mike Barnicle tweeted “Make Dick Cheney read this.” The “this” was a link to an article in the Washington Post about the plight of the Yazidis, trapped on a mountaintop.

Now lest you take me for the sort of person who follows Mike Barnicle on Twitter, let me explain that I saw the tweet because Paul Begala thought it was sufficiently perspicacious to warrant retweeting. Now, lest you think I am the sort of person who follows Paul Begala on Twitter, let me say in my defense that I find it useful to monitor some enemy broadcasts, as it were.

Anyway, the tweet was simply part of a whole plague of prattle from an army of argle-barglers that seem to think they’re taking a bold moral stance by aiming all of their attention on people with no power to make any decisions. Trapped on a mountaintop by savages who make the Thuggees seem civilized, watching their children die of thirst, presented with the choice of renouncing their faith (and being condemned to Hell by doing so) or execution (for the men; slavery for the women), no doubt the Yazidis were deeply gratified when they got word that Mike Barnicle had taken to Twitter to hold accountable a man who can do nothing for them. Nothing takes the pain out of slow death, genocide, and seeing your wives and daughters carried off into slavery more than the firm knowledge that fingers are being pointed thousands of miles away at men who’ve been in retirement for five years.

Heaven forbid Barnicle tweet “Make Barack Obama read this” or even “Make Joe Biden read this” (which would require his drawing in the margins of the Washington Post article pictures of flying saucers shooting each other. “Pew-pew! Boom! Good article.”). After all, Obama is the actual president of the United States. He could actually do something to help the Yazidis.

Let us stipulate — at least for the sake of argument — that the First Cause of Iraq’s unraveling was the Iraq War. That doesn’t change the fact that the second, third, fourth, fifth, and nth causes of the chaos are the result, directly or indirectly, of President Obama’s decisions (or indecisions). Obama chose to pull troops out of Iraq as quickly as possible. Obama chose to dismiss ISIS as the “jayvee squad” this year. Obama chose to issue a “red line” ultimatum, then chose to say “never mind.” The guy has been president for five years. And yet to listen to him and his defenders he’s been utterly powerless to undo his predecessors’ mistakes, real or alleged. It’s like these people think the twice-elected president of the United States is still new to the job.

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Hamas Launches Rockets in Shadow of Orthodox Church

8th August 2014

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Hamas used a Greek Orthodox Church sheltering hundreds of Palestinians who fled their homes to escape Israeli shelling of the terrorist group’s positions in Gaza City to launch rockets, according to an Orthodox bishop.

Archbishop Alexios, who oversees the church, says Hamas set up a rocket-launch site adjacent to the church even though at least 1,000 Muslim refugees had crowded inside. He told CBN News the terrorists set up the launch site near a roof terrace outside his office at the 12th century church.

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Obamas Go on 12-Day Martha’s Vineyard Vacation Amid Global Crises

8th August 2014

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‘King Putt’ at his finest.

He just wants to be President, he doesn’t want to be bothered to do President.

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$11 Billion Later, High-Speed Rail Is Inching Along

8th August 2014

From the New York Times:

WASHINGTON — High-speed rail was supposed to be President Obama’s signature transportation project, but despite the administration spending nearly $11 billion since 2009 to develop faster passenger trains, the projects have gone mostly nowhere and the United States still lags far behind Europe and China.

Don’t look at me, YOU voted for him.

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Maine Regulators Shutter Boat-Based Small Business

8th August 2014

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Yet another example of how heavy-handed regulations are killing small businesses.

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Bikanta’s Tiny Diamonds Find Cancer Before It Spreads

8th August 2014

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Y Combinator-backed biotech company Bikanta wants to find and stop cancer at its source by inserting tiny, fluorescent diamonds inside your body. The brainchild of Dr. Ambika Bumb, who holds a PhD in biomedical engineering from Oxford, these nanodiamonds can detect molecular abnormalities at a much earlier stage, essentially stopping cancer from spreading any further.

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

8th August 2014

Social Media Jihad: Islamic State ramps up gruesome Internet campaign

Hamas Kidnapping Shatters Ceasefire

At least 22 killed as Libyan militias clash at Tripoli airport

Islamic State seizes two Iraqi towns, oil field, defeating Kurds

Record Number of Illegals from Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan Being Caught at Border. ‘Tunnels? We don’t need no steenking tunnels!’

Thousands flee after militants seize towns in Iraq

ISIL Targets Saudi Intelligence

ISIS advances as Kurds run out of ammunition

Islamic State militants fight for Iraq’s two biggest dams

Islamic extremists impose reign of terror in Iraq

Attack at Afghan Base Kills US Soldier, Wounds 15

Indian TV Crew Catches Hamas Firing Rocket From Densely Populated Area

US military officials ID officer killed in Afghanistan as Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene

Afghan policeman fatally shoots 7 of his colleagues

Lebanon ceasefire falters; Saudi offers $1 billion to army

A Friend Flees the Horror of ISIS

Monuments Men: The Quest to Save Syria’s History

Chaos in Iraq’s north as Yazidi refugees starve and Islamic State presses Kurds

Iraq Christians flee as Islamic State takes Qaraqosh

Journalists Confirm Hamas Rockets Used In and Around Civilian Sites

Hamas warns of more rocket attacks unless all demands are met

Anti-Semitic Muslim Protesters Chant ‘Heil Hitler’ in London

Israel resumes strikes on targets after rocket fire from Gaza

Militant takeover of Iraq’s largest Christian city, mountaintop siege fuel calls for aid

Iraqi officials say suicide car bomb targeting checkpoint kills 17 people in Baghdad

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New Material Makes It Possible to Thwart Counterfeiters With a Single Breath

8th August 2014

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A new iridescent plastic that reveals hidden images with a breath is described in a recent paper published in Advanced Materials. Researchers at the University of Michigan hope to use this technology for anti-counterfeiting purposes, replacing the ubiquitous hologram stickers used on things like luxury handbags and passports with a humidity-activated logo (or celebrity).

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Thought for the Day

8th August 2014

My Mistake

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Inspectors General: Watchdog Investigations Stymied by Federal Agencies

8th August 2014

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At least three government agencies obstructed independent investigations into alleged wrongdoing, according to a letter sent to congressional oversight leaders Tuesday by 47 independent federal watchdogs.

The 47 Inspectors General (IG) said the Justice Department, the Peace Corps, and the Chemical Safety Board withheld information from their offices, citing various privileges.

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

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President Humpty Dumpty

8th August 2014

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Anyone who believes the talk about how Barack Obama is already a lame-duck president, detached and irrelevant, is deluding himself. President Obama has accomplished more or less what he set out to accomplish. He has made himself the most consequential and transformative president since Lyndon Johnson. His foreign policy has been more systematically destructive of the world order and American power than LBJ’s Vietnam War. His wrong-headed domestic policy has proved more catastrophic and intentionally hard to correct than Johnson’s madcap War on Poverty, whose consequences still bedevil our society.

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Minnesota Cafe Charges “Minimum Wage Fee,” Liberals Outraged

8th August 2014

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This is currently the most-read story on the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s web site: “Stillwater cafe faces heat for adding ‘minimum wage fee’ to tab.” Minnesota’s Democratic legislature recently voted to raise the state’s minimum wage to $8 an hour, 75 cents more than the federal level. Naturally, that increase is leading to higher prices….

What is unique about the Oasis is that the cafe wants its patrons to know where the higher prices are coming from….

“We believe that the industry is overreacting,” Wade Luneburg of the MN State Council of UNITE HERE Unions told the Star Tribune this week. “Putting [minimum wage] fees on tickets and passing the cost on to consumers directly is strange at best, and creates an ‘us against them’ mentality while ordering dinner.”

Uh, guys, businesses don’t pay taxes; their customers pay taxes. This business is just refusing to pull the wool over the expense to the customer that is caused by pursuing your political agenda. Honesty is always the  chief enemy of ‘progressives’.

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$11.3 Million Worth of Democrat

7th August 2014

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THE GOVERNOR’S State House digs just underwent “a museum quality” makeover.

It cost $11.3 million, ran $2 million over budget, and brings Deval Patrick’s interior decorating muse full circle.

When Patrick first took office, he was criticized for spending $27,000 of taxpayer money on new curtains and furniture. As he exits eight years later, he leaves behind a renovated suite that features historically accurate crown moldings and paint color, along with six plasma screen TVs and the equipment necessary for not-yet-installed facial recognition security cameras.

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New Name for Obama: ‘King Putt’

7th August 2014

I like it.

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In 1997, the FDA Set Out to Regulate Tic Tacs. They’re Still at It.

7th August 2014

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Begun in 1997, the push to regulate the labels on Tic Tacs, Certs, and other breath fresheners has recently been restarted with a new 145-page document after the first one was withdrawn for being outdated. But that first document spawned a host of other documents from a rogues gallery of agencies about the all-important question of portion size.

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Herd of Cows Kills German Hiker in Austria

7th August 2014

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Well, after all, they were Austian cows — maybe they were just getting a little payback for Hitler.

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Crack-Smoking Democrat Refuses to Pay Parking Tickets

7th August 2014

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Hey, parking tickets are for the Little People.

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Dartmouth Student to ‘Drop Out’ Unless She Can Carry Gun to Fend Off Stalker

7th August 2014

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A Dartmouth student who has been the victim of stalking says she will “drop out” of the Ivy League school if they won’t allow her to carry a gun for self-defense.

20-year old Taylor Woolrich claims 67-year old Richard Bennett has “been stalking her since she was 16.”

According to the Daily Mail, Bennett is currently in jail in California–where Woolrich is from–”on charges of violating a restraining order filed by Woolrich.” Police say he had a “rape kit” in his car when apprehended. The kit included “a flashlight, gloves, binoculars, and a rope tied in a noose.”

Woolrich says she checks “the inmate lookup online” every morning to see if he’s been released.

“I feel safe for now,” she said, “but the day he gets out is the day I have to leave Dartmouth.”

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NBC Correspondent Accidentally Says Obama ‘Is From Kenya’

7th August 2014

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A Freudian slip.

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Ex-Clinton Official Robert Reich Delivers Lecture on Greed While Earning $240G to Teach One Class

7th August 2014

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He doesn’t object to greed in general, it’s YOUR greed he has a problem with.

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Search Continues in Florida for 6-foot-long Door-knocking Alligator

7th August 2014

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Not the sort of headline you expect to see in the morning.

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Hey, Moms: Feminists Think They Know What’s Wrong With Your Children

6th August 2014

The Other McCain has some breaking news.

Dana Sitar is a 28-year-old writer who works as a barista in a bookstore coffee shop to pay her bills. Divorced and childless, she is perhaps not the role model of happiness and success to whom America’s mothers usually turn when they need parenting advice, but being a feminist entitles her to tell you what you’re doing wrong.

Uh, yeah.

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Obama’s Corporatist Constitution

6th August 2014

Mickey Kaus blows the whistle.

Corporatism’s easy — you just get the leaders of society’s various bodily organs in a room and work the sucker out.  It’s especially easier to impose regulations on a few big players, who can foot the bill or pass it on, than on a near-infinite number of small players. That’s one reason modern liberals tend to accept corporatism when they should know better.

Maybe we shouldn’t read too much into a press conference, but Obama certainly seems to be groping for a formal argument here that would set out the circumstances in which he is justified in bypassing the legislature described in the Constitution — Congress — and acting on his own. The argument would be: “Where the key interest groups of society — business, labor, religious organizations and the MSM (who else is going to anoint a bill “common sense … legislation”?) — are lined up behind a policy, then if Congress doesn’t act, the President can.

In short, it’s an argument for bypassing archaic elected legacy institutions when they stand in the way of modern government by interest group elites.

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