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The Saudi Solution

18th May 2016

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As European governments slam the gates shut on illegal Middle Eastern immigrants, where can Syrians and others go to, not far from their homelands, for safety and employment? The answer is obvious but surprisingly neglected: to Saudi Arabia and the other rich Arab sheikhdoms.

Yeah, well….

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Highmark Sues U.S. Over Affordable Care Act

18th May 2016

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Highmark, the insurance arm of Pittsburgh-based nonprofit Highmark Health, said in the suit that the U.S. failed to live up to obligations to pay the insurer nearly $223 million owed under an ACA program known as “risk corridors,” which aimed to limit the financial risks borne by insurers entering the new health-law markets. The suit claims “violations of the mandatory risk-corridor payment obligations prescribed” in the health law.

This is money that Congress refused to appropriate, so Obama is providing it from his ‘stash’.

The federal Department of Health and Human Services announced last fall that insurers initially would receive only 12.6% of the money they claimed under the risk-corridor program for 2014, its first year of operation. Highmark is seeking the full amount it says is due to it for that year.

Apparently Obama’s ‘stash’ is pretty bare.

The risk-corridor suits are the latest sign that six years after its passage, the ACA continues to generate intense legal controversy. Just in the past week, a federal court ruled that the Obama administration overstepped its authority in making certain payments under the law without explicit appropriations from Congress, and the Supreme Court sent back to lower courts a case regarding religious employers’ role in covering contraception.

Apparently Obama doesn’t really have a ‘stash’ after all. Perhaps he’ll dip into his book royalties. (Cue raucous laughter.)

Highmark’s suit says agency officials have reiterated that the federal government is obligated to make full risk-corridor payments.

But that acknowledgment “is an insufficient substitute for full and timely payment of the amounts owed,” the complaint says.

Obamacare – the gift that keeps on shivving.

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It’s Sexist to Tell a Woman She Looks ‘Tired’ at Work – and Here’s Why

18th May 2016

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Just in case you were wondering. I know I wasn’t.

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Trump vs. the New Class

18th May 2016

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Mere anarchy is a fair description of the state of the Republican Party, at least amongst those who purport to be its falconers. Mimicking the vulgarity they decry in Trump, they employ every vile epithet to describe him and his followers. National Review’s Rich Lowry enthused that Carly Fiorina had “cut his balls off.” For Lowry’s colleague Kevin Williamson, Trump is a “witless ape … not just an ass, but an ass of exceptionally intense asininity.” As for Trump’s followers, George Will calls them “invertebrates,” while John Hood describes them as “a motley crew of simpletons, bigots, and cynical manipulators.” In their hatred of Trump, they have come to resemble the man they despise.

There is, I fancy, one more thing that troubles our falconers. Worse still than Trump is the fact that so many Americans like him, ripping apart the imagined America of the elites, a preppy, mid-Atlantic country south of Iceland and east of The New Yorker. Their America has no monster-truck races, no hip-hop, no reality TV, no Donald Trump; and yet Trump is authentically American. He is Sam Slick the Clockmaker, Thomas Chandler Haliburton’s fast-talking, Yankee peddler, whom Haliburton’s Canadian and British readers saw as the archetypal American. He is, like Johnny Cash and Muhammad Ali, a person who could only be American, and whom Americans will recognize as one of their own. At some level, our elites must recognize this too, and in their anger experience the rage of Caliban seeing his face in the mirror.

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Shock: GM Crops Are Good for You and the Planet

18th May 2016

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In a rebuke to the EU, and environmental activists worldwide, the biggest scientific metastudy yet conducted of genetically modified foods concludes they’re good for human health and the environment.

The National Academics of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, an advisory body of scientists, finds no evidence of risks over conventional crops, and huge benefits in the shape of increased yields in poor countries, and healthier crops. Nor did the boffins find any evidence of the catastrophic environmental risks touted by scaremonger green groups.

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Thought for the Day

18th May 2016

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In-Ear Device That Translates Foreign Languages In Real Time

18th May 2016

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Most of us have found ourselves in the awkward situation of trying to communicate in a foreign language. Sometimes it’s funny. Sometimes it’s embarrassing. And sometimes it’s downright disastrous. But thanks to a new translation device that easily fits into your ear, the days of struggling to speak the local lingo might soon be a thing of the past.

The device is called The Pilot system and Waverly Labs is the company behind this brilliantly simple yet potentially groundbreaking idea. When it hits the shelves in September, the system will allow the wearer to understand one of several foreign languages through real-time in-ear translation. A handy app will allow you to toggle through the languages you want, and the selection includes French, Spanish, Italian, and English. It’ll retail for $129, and you can pre-order one here. Or you can just keep talking to people really loudly and slowly in English. Good luck with that.

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Samsung’s First Mirror Displays Are Now Being Used in a Hair Salon

18th May 2016

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Samsung has been experimenting with mirror and transparent displays for years, but mostly in concept form. While we saw a pair of impressive 55-inch mirrored and transparent OLED displays last year, Samsung is revealing the first commercial installation of its mirror display today. A hair salon in Seoul, Korea is using four of Samsung’s 55-inch mirror displays to make haircuts a little more entertaining.

The mirror displays will show different styles, colors, and information on the latest cuts for customers to pick and choose from. When the displays aren’t providing information, they’ll look like regular mirrors for the salon. Samsung is planning to sell its mirror displays to businesses specializing in fashion, furniture, interior design, and retail in the third quarter of this year.

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A Brief History of Drowning

18th May 2016

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Much here that I did not know.

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Wendy’s Replacing Workers With Machines Because of Rising Wage Cost

18th May 2016

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Hello, minimum wage increase! Goodby, minimum wage jobs!

But of course there is NO empirical evidence that increasing the minimum wage has ANY effect on employment. That’s why we don’t mind raising it to $100 per hour.

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The Immigration Gambit

18th May 2016

Steve Sailer looks overseas.

The British will vote in a referendum on whether to leave the European Union on June 23, but the debate has gotten bogged down because of the limits on respectable opinion. The two allowable views are that Britain should leave because other Europeans are hateful, or that Europe should stay united so it can let in more non-Europeans.

The notion that Europeans might favor each other over outsiders (its founding idea) is today unthinkably racist.

Yet the main problems driving support for Britain exiting are immigration and the English fear that the EU is increasingly a mask for German mastery, hand in glove with Germany’s Great War ally Turkey.

But you aren’t supposed to talk about such matters.

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Lost in Translation: The Taqiyya of the Interpreters

17th May 2016

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The following investigative report from the German public broadcaster ARD exposes the deliberate mistranslation by Muslim interpreters of the Arabic words spoken by non-Muslims. The rate of influx of Arabic-speakers into Germany is such that the authorities are unable to find enough translators who are both fluent and reliable. When acting as interpreters, Muslim translators take the opportunity to suppress the complaints and calls for help by non-Muslim refugees.

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IBM’s Phase-Change Memory Is Faster Than Flash and More Reliable Than RAM

17th May 2016

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IBM today announced a more efficient way to use phase-change memory, a breakthrough that could help transition electronic devices from standard RAM and flash to a much faster and more reliable type of storage. Phase-change memory, or PCM, is a type of non-volatile optical storage that works by manipulating the behavior of chalcogenide glass, which is how data is stored on rewriteable Blue-ray discs. A electrical current is applied to change PCM cells from an amorphous to crystalline structure, allowing you to store 0s and 1s in either state while the application of low voltage can read the data back.

The issue in the past has been PCM’s limited capacity and high cost; you can typically only store one 1 bit per cell. That makes it less useful for main memory applications like laptop or mobile phone storage. Yet IBM researchers discovered how to store 3 bits per cell by tinkering with how the crystals react to high temperatures, which are required to tap into multiple states for PCM cells. The jump is significant “because at this density, the cost of PCM will be significantly less than DRAM and closer to flash,” Haris Pozidis, IBM’s manager of non-volatile memory research, wrote in a statement.

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You’re Gonna Need a License for That

17th May 2016

Megan McArdle looks at the creeping totalitarian state.

Welcome to the modern economy, where increasingly, everything not compulsory is forbidden. We are hedged around with rules to protect us, to protect other people, to protect some theoretical victim who exists only in the minds of regulators and judges. And there’s reason to worry that this red tape is getting wrapped so tight that it risks rendering us immobile.

I’m not talking about environmental regulations, or even the labor regulations that make it increasingly expensive and burdensome to employ people. Today I’m talking about occupational licensing, and the burden it places on people who want to build a career.

The government doesn’t want you to have a career, much less build one yourself. They want you dependent on government benefits.

Why, you might ask, is the state requiring a license to decorate an interior? Are customers at risk of death from collapsing piles of pillow shams? Must we fear that they will be blinded by the decorator’s decision to pair fuchsia chiffon drapes with a chartreuse brocade sofa? Do we worry that without the threat of losing their license to keep them on the straight and narrow, these fly-by-night operators might be tempted into purchasing furniture from unlicensed auctioneers, and sourcing their floral arrangements from black-market florists?

Well, no. Mostly, these regulations benefit folks who are already plying the trade. They get helpful state legislators to protect them from competition by instituting tough licensing requirements. Their income goes up; the consumer’s wallet suffers. And people who want to follow their dreams into the industry get shut out if they lack the time to study for the licensing exams, the capital to pay the licensing exam fees (which can run in to the hundreds of dollars), or the social capital to know how to work the system.

In international trade this is called ‘protectionism’ and is recognized as a Bad Thing.

We can see just how little protection these laws provide by noting that in the 1950s, only about 5 percent of workers required an occupational license; now that number is closer to one in three. Yet few histories of the 1950s record epidemics of mass child death at the hands of unlicensed babysitters, or poisoning in the hands of unlicensed bartenders.

Moreover, there is still a great deal of variation from state to state. We free citizens of DC have managed to live surprisingly happy and healthy lives despite the fact that there is no government agency to protect us from predation by incompetent florists. This suggests that perhaps the folks of Louisiana could do the same.

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Twitter Appoints Its First Black Board Member

17th May 2016

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Black women are distinguished by dark skin, broad nose, broad lips, and kinky black hair.

Find a black woman in this picture. I couldn’t.

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Type 1 Diabetes ‘Could Be Caused by Germs’

17th May 2016

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Researchers from Cardiff University’s Institute of Infection & Immunity discovered that certain germs trigger killer T-cells, a form of white blood cell that can cause diabetes.

The killer T-cells destroy insulin-producing ‘beta cells’, leading to an insulin deficiency.

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In the Netherlands, Empty Prisons Become Homes for Refugees

17th May 2016

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Eliminate the middle-man, so to speak.

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‘Blue Lives Matter’ Display Vandalized by BLM Supporters at Dartmouth

17th May 2016

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

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The Fight for Free Speech on Campus: Charade?

17th May 2016

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The New Republic just published a bizarre piece attacking Charles Koch and Michael Bloomberg’s recent Wall Street Journal op-ed supporting free speech on campus as a “charade.” Colby College English professor Aaron Hanlon purports to explain what Koch and Bloomberg “really mean” when they oppose campus censorship, and rarely have I read a column that displays more ignorance or bad faith in describing the free speech crisis on campus and the motives of free speech advocates.

The prevalence of Cultural Marxist ‘useful idiots’ in academia ought to be a wider concern than it apparently is.

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Corn Yields Boosted 50 Percent by Biotechnologists

17th May 2016

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Cue screams of outrage about ‘frankenfoods’ by enviro-nazis, who would rather poor people around the world starve so long as it’s done ‘organically’.

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Shukla’s Emails Tell a Very Different Story About How NY AG’s RICO Campaign Started Off

17th May 2016

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A new batch of emails, released late Friday afternoon, pulls back the curtain further on the level of collusion and coordination between anti-fossil fuel activists, their funders, and the attorneys general that have launched climate investigations into people, companies, and think tanks with which they disagree on the issue.

These emails, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by brought by The Competitive Enterprise Institute and Chris Horner, show that key activists behind this campaign had hoped they could make a case for prosecuting climate “deniers” under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. But, due to multiple warnings from experts that such a case would be have no chance to actually succeed, they decided instead to shift their strategic focus to state-level attorneys general to get the job done. Interestingly, these emails date back to last summer, months before the Rockefeller-funded InsideClimate News and the Columbia School of Journalism published their #ExxonKnew investigations.

The key players that emerge from this latest batch of emails are George Mason University (GMU) professors Jagadish Shukla and Edward Maibach, who spearheaded a letter in September 2015 with several other colleagues to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and President Obama asking them to explore RICO charges against climate “deniers” and their funders.

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Weak Enforcement Will Blunt the Impact of New York’s $15 Minimum Wage

17th May 2016

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Markets work even when you don’t want them to.

In January, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer made the case to the State Senate that a $15 minimum wage would be good even for “smaller businesses.” He pointed to the example of Brooklyn Brine, “a pickle manufacturer in Sunset Park [that] pays workers at least $16 an hour.”

It’s telling that an artisanal pickle maker that prides itself on “hand-crafted, non-GMO, Kosher-certified” fare and a “spicy maple bourbon” flavored variety that sells for $10 per jar is Stringer’s model small business. Notably, he didn’t mention the numerous Ecuadorian restaurants, Chinese dumpling houses, and Mexican coffee shops in the same predominantly immigrant neighborhood. youtube

The Crustian definition of ‘small business’ is not necessarily yours. They think of Whole Foods as a neighborhood grocery store, for example, where the rest of us think of Kroger or even Walmart.

Ensuring that New York businesses comply with government-mandated wage floors falls primarily to a dysfunctional and understaffed division of the state government. Many businesses don’t heed the current $9 minimum; when the rate rises to $15, the ranks of the noncompliant will swell.

The only thing that saves us is that we don’t get all the government we pay for.

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LGBT Relationships Are Illegal in 74 Countries, Research Finds

17th May 2016

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Maybe they know something we don’t.

Sometimes the old ways are best.

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Experts Stunned to Discover Early Shakespearian Theatre Was Rectangular

17th May 2016

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‘Experts’ are always being ‘stunned’ about something.

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Iron Man 3’S Female Villain Got Axed Over Fears of Poor Toy Sales, Director Claims

17th May 2016

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‘We had finished the script and we were given a no-holds-barred memo saying that cannot stand and we’ve changed our minds because, after consulting, we’ve decided that toy won’t sell as well if it’s a female’

The ‘Ewock Rule’ triumphs again.

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Oxford’s ‘Rhodes Must Fall’ Co-Founder Hits Back Over Waitress Altercation: ‘Even If She’s Working Class, She Is Linked to Whiteness’

17th May 2016

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Apparently race trumps class — just as black people can’t be racist, they can’t be non-victims even when they’re Rhodes Scholars.

 

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Bad Teacher

17th May 2016

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I just read “The Battle For Room 314”, Ed Boland’s account of a year teaching at a NYC high school. Boland had been an admissions officer, done fundraising for nonprofits – but wanted to DO GOOD, and of course go broke in the process.

Such people are why ‘educators’ aren’t paid very well, despite all of the Great and Good telling us they’re the Most Important People Ever — because it doesn’t take much to be a teacher, and the market doesn’t pay a lot of what there’s an overabundance of.

The dean of the Harvard graduate school of education praises it, as does the former head of the Ford Foundation. So you know it’s a bad book. Sheesh, Boland only taught for a year, and he wasn’t particularly successful. He didn’t have great personal force, couldn’t control the kids, didn’t realize when they were lying to him. Came to hate them. But I didn’t expect to learn anything about educating kids- I wanted to see what page the educrats are on lately, just I have a green chili cheeseburger every ten years or so just to see if they’re still nasty.

I know that feeling.

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Thought for the Day

17th May 2016

Salad?

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You Don’t Have to Be Crazy to Be Scott Adams, But It Helps

17th May 2016

Kathy Shaidle at Taki’s Magazine looks into some nooks and crannies.

Leon Neyfakh writes for Slate so, big surprise, his article “They Totally Knew: The People Who Foresaw the Rise of Donald Trump” doesn’t include a single prognostication that dates past last summer. That’s because all genuinely vintage “President Trump” predictions were made in the media equivalent of NASCAR country, where guys like Neyfakh rarely venture.

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Streetcar Boondoggles

17th May 2016

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“The Dallas streetcar project is another great example of how the Recovery Act is creating jobs and providing accessible transportation,” said then-Secretary of Immobility Ray LaHood in 2011 when he funded the project. Now that it’s been open for about a year, how many people are riding it? About 150 to 300 per day.

This is just one in a series of dramatic failures documented by the transit-friendly Streetsblog. After Atlanta began charging fares for its streetcar, ridership fell below 1,000 per day. Salt Lake’s streetcar carries a few more than that, but only about a third of the original projections. Tucson’s is supposed to be more successful, carrying 4,000 per day, but most of them are students who get major discounts.

Meanwhile, the cost of the Cincinnati streetcar has gone up from $102 million to $148 million. It won’t be completed until September, so there’s still time for more cost overruns.

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Rift Between Labor and Environmentalists Threatens Democratic Turnout Plan

17th May 2016

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Two of the Democratic Party’s most loyal constituencies, labor and environmentalists, are clashing over an effort to raise tens of millions of dollars for an ambitious voter turnout operation aimed at defeating Donald J. Trump in the November election.

That’s because the Democrat party doesn’t have principles, merely pressure groups that it attempts to buy off with taxpayer money. Unfortunately, there’s often not enough to go around.

The rift developed after some in the labor movement, whose cash flow has dwindled and whose political clout has been increasingly imperiled, announced a partnership last week with a wealthy environmentalist, Tom Steyer, to help bankroll a new fund dedicated to electing Democrats.

That joint initiative enraged members of the nation’s biggest construction unions, already on edge about the rising influence of climate-change activists. The building-trades unions view Mr. Steyer’s environmental agenda as a threat to the jobs that can be created through infrastructure projects like new gas pipelines.

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Obama Still Making It Up as He Goes Along

17th May 2016

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President Obama spoke today with local reporters from around the country about the stalled Supreme Court nomination of his Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland. As America Rising Squared (AR2) reports, the president got several facts wrong (which, says AR2, has become the new normal for this Administration).

Obama told reporters that “in the past, [Garland] has been confirmed unanimously by the Senate for the current position that he holds.” Not so. In 1997, 23 Senators voted against his nomination to the D.C. Circuit. Among them were current Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and current Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley.

Obama went on to criticize Republicans for citing the fact that this an election year as grounds for not holding a hearing or a vote on the Garland nomination. With feigned incredulity, he asked “where’d that rule come from?”

It comes from Obama’s vice president, Joe Biden. In 1992 as Judiciary Chairman, Talkin’ Joe stated on the Senate floor that a President should not even nominate a Supreme Court justice in an election year.

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Truck Full of Illegal Immigrants Crashes Into Naval Air Station

17th May 2016

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Three people were recovering in a hospital Monday and 12 were in custody after a truck carrying 15 illegal immigrants crashed into a barrier at a Texas Naval Air Station on Saturday night, The Corpus Christi Caller Times reported.

The vehicle ran the initial entry gate at Naval Air Station Kingsville before crashing into the base’s “final denial barrier,” a news release said. The vehicle was not the subject of a pursuit prior to the crash, air station spokesman Kevin Clarke told The Austin American-Statesman.

Six people initially were hospitalized after the crash, though three were subsequently released and arrested. Three passengers ran from the vehicle soon after impact, but authorities tracked them down and arrested them after a brief manhunt.

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Panama Papers Reveal George Soros’ Deep Money Ties to Secretive Weapons, Intel Investment Firm

17th May 2016

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Soros’ offshore companies may not pay U.S. taxes (his spokesperson, Michael Vachon, declined to answer that question), but the billionaire donates lots of money to Democrats who write and enforce the tax laws. In the 2004 presidential election, he contributed $24 million to George Bush’s opponents. He is the largest donor to Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the presidency, plunking down $8 million, so far. He has donated “up to $1 million” to the Clinton Foundation. And Secretary of State Clinton’s emails reveal that Soros has lobbied her on behalf of his interests, which encircle the globe, mostly in the dark.

Something you won’t read about in the New York Times, because they’re too busy looking into Trump’s old girlfriends.

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Milwaukee School Officials Say Budget Item Listing $471G for Black Lives Matter a Misunderstanding

17th May 2016

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I’m sure it is.

Although the budget draft lists the controversial activist group, whose members have called for attacks on police officers, as the recipient of the funds, school officials said much of the money would go to hiring and training three social studies teachers.

I suspect that all three will be black activists.

The funding would also pay for a “cultural studies curriculum” which aims to “[ensure] that culturally responsive teaching practices are in place at all schools, enhancing the district vision for student participation in a wide range of after-school activities…”

In other words, Black Lives Matter, except we aren’t going to call it that.

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7 Useless Body Parts We No Longer Need

16th May 2016

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It’s taken six million years for humans to evolve from our ancestors to where we are today.

Unsurprisingly, our physiology has also changed – but not always for the better.

In fact, there are several body parts that were once very useful, but have since lost become all but redundant.

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Africa’s ‘New Generation’ of Leaders, 18 Years Later: New at Reason

16th May 2016

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In a 1998 speech, Bill Clinton lauded four African presidents for their commitment to democracy and free markets. Three of them are still in power today. The fourth one is dead.

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The End of Food Is Here, Finally

16th May 2016

Update on Soylent.

If you’ve heard about Soylent at all, it’s likely as a saccharine, mealy, unappetizing glop that a bunch of journalists tried and failed to live off of exclusively, just like Soylent’s inventor, Rob Rhinehart.

Marketed to coders and people launching startups, the entire Soylent phenomenon came across as a cult designed to deprive the rest of the world of some of the most basic pleasures of all—good food and the fellowship that comes with it.

But with an infusion of $20 million in January 2015 from venture-capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, Soylent the company pivoted from being a vehicle for its inventor’s quasi-apocalyptic notions about the future of humanity—Mr. Rhinehart recently declared that “grocery shopping is a multisensory living nightmare,” while lamenting that his apartment came with a kitchen—to a brand targeting people who just need something healthy and cheap to tide them over until their next proper meal.

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We’re the Only Animals With Chins, and No One Knows Why

16th May 2016

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No doubt soon to be a protected class under the Civil Rights Acts.

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Glow-in-the-Dark Cement

16th May 2016

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I am not making this up.

Dr. José Carlos Rubio, a scientist at Mexico’s University of San Nicolas Hidalgo, has created a new type of cement that glows in the dark, opening a whole new world of possibility for illuminating streets and buildings.

When fully charged by exposure to light, Rubio’s cement can glow for up to 12 hours, and should retain this ability for about a century.

Hmm. I’m thinking sidewalks and freeways.

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49 Percent of Millennials Say They May Flee USA If Trump Wins

16th May 2016

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Wouldn’t that be a blessing? (Can Canada absorb that many whining slackers?)

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Hamas Exploits Easing of Gaza Blockade to Smuggle More Weapons

16th May 2016

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Of course they do.

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Temporary Protected Status Means Never Having to Go Home

16th May 2016

Mark Krikorian pulls back the curtain.

Congress in 1990 created something called Temporary Protected Status in an attempt to hem in unilateral executive actions on immigration. The law created a framework for presidents to let illegal aliens from a country stay here for a limited period of time if there was a natural disaster or civil violence back home that made the country “unable, temporarily, to adequately handle the return of its nationals.” The point was to prevent presidential freelancing, though what had happened up to that time was microscopic compared to Obama’s outrages. (I wrote last month about the likely grant of TPS to Ecuadorian illegals in the wake of the earthquake there.) Predictably, there’s nothing “temporary” about TPS. No one – not a single person – has ever been made to leave the United States because his TPS ran out. There are now maybe 300,000 or so illegal aliens with this status, which gives them work permits, Social Security numbers, driver’s licenses, and more. Obama’s lawless DACA and DAPA amnesties were modeled on TPS, though they target politically sympathetic categories of people rather than all aliens from a particular country, as TPS does. The reason this “temporary” status is de facto permanent is that it is renewed every 12 or 18 months, forever. The Liberians who were the first group to benefit from the new formal status are still here a quarter-century later.

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The Latest Available Clinton Foundation Filings Appear Deceptive

16th May 2016

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Oh, ya think?

(Full disclosure: Charles Ortel and I were classmates at Yale.)

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Thought for the Day

16th May 2016

https://bluebirdofbitterness.com/2016/05/16/prey-on-words-part-seven/

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Trump and Women

16th May 2016

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It’s not exactly breaking news that Trump is a boor, but the Times did an extensive story on his interactions with women over the weekend that, given how a central figure (no pun intended) says she was mischaracterized and the haphazard material throughout, has to be counted a swing and miss. It feels like a notebook dump.

Funny how the Times never did any such stories about Bill Clinton. Apparently Bill doesn’t have any problems with women, at least so far as the New York Times can discern. His association with Jeffrey Epstein was, of course, perfectly casual.

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Democrats Get With the Program, Continued

16th May 2016

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What happens when a party that specializes in riotous suppression of opposing opinions has an internal squabble?

Organizers of the Nevada State Democratic Convention said they had to rush to wrap up the “unruly and unpredictable” event on Saturday after security became an issue and objects, including chairs, were being thrown.

State party officials said authorities at the Paris casino in Las Vegas informed them around 10 p.m. that they could no longer provide the necessary security for the event, where tensions between Bernie Sanders supporters and party leaders flared up. The convention was scheduled to end at 7 p.m.

Sanders supporters have accused state party leaders of rigging the process against them, and they objected to procedural votes to approve the rules of the event. They also questioned a credentials committee’s disqualification of 58 would-be Sanders delegates, who state party officials said didn’t provide evidence about their identities or weren’t registered to vote as Democrats by a May 1 deadline.

In other words, they objected to being treated like Republicans. Can’t say that I blame them.

Sanders supporters upset with the proceedings staged a protest outside the Nevada State Democratic Party headquarters on Sunday, writing in sidewalk chalk “Roberta Lange murdered democracy” and “Fire Roberta.” Officials also said Lange had received hundreds of phone calls and text messages, including death threats, after her cellphone number was posted on social media.

Apparently two can play at the ‘treat your opponents as if they were Republicans’ game. Pass the popcorn.

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It’s the Islam, Stupid

16th May 2016

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The professional journalists covering the trial of the “Minnesota men” before Judge Michael Davis include the Star Tribune’s Stephen Montemayor. I rely on his work, as well as that of MPR’s Mukhtar Ibrahim and Laura Yuen, even when I am sitting next to him in court. Montemayor is a good and indefatigable reporter. If you want to know what’s going on during the day at trial, follow him on Twitter. He tweets everything of interest. He misses almost nothing.

Today, however, Montemayor presents as a case study in overlooking the obvious. He is unduly concerned by the racial composition of the jury. He thinks it’s a big deal that, while the three defendants are all black, the jury is all white. He has thus produced today’s Star Tribune story on the trial with Randy Furst: “Black defendants, white jurors: Does race make a difference in the courtroom?”

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Lawmakers Rip TSA for $90K Bonuses Amid Failed Security Tests

16th May 2016

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House lawmakers on Thursday blasted the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for doling out $90,000 in bonuses to one agency official despite a damning report that showed screeners failing to detect fake bombs and weapons during security tests.

A Homeland Security inspector general report released in June 2015 found that auditors were able to smuggle mock explosives and weapons past TSA screeners 95 percent of the time.

Committee members questioned why bonuses, awards and other forms of compensation were granted to senior TSA officials in the face of security lapses and allegations that employees were being reassigned to other airports as a form of retaliation.

They pointed to a $90,000 bonus that was paid over a yearlong period to Kelly Hoggan, an assistant administrator for the office of security administrations, whose base salary is $181,500.

I could live on that.

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Democrats Get With the Program

16th May 2016

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The actor Wendell Pierce has been arrested following an alleged altercation with two  Bernie Sanders supporters in a dispute over US Democrat politics.

TMZ reports the 52-year-old became “enraged” after an apparent heated political debate with a man and woman who were Bernie Sanders supporters. Pierce is a supporter of Sanders’ rival and Democrat frontrunner Hillary Clinton.

Saw that comin’.

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