- 8: If you answered “yes” to 8 out of the above, you’re a whackjob who’s probably permanently in a purple haze, camped out in a public park with a Unibomber-inspired protest sign nearby. And if you are not currently working for the Obama administration, working on a Democratic voter-registration campaign or doing commentary on MSNBC, you should look into those opportunities.
Friday, April 17, 2015
Dr. Danielle N. Lee, who writes for the Scientific American blog network and calls herself “the Urban Scientist,” believes that the push to visit Mars and eventually inhabit it is “white colonialism.”
This had not occurred to me. It does strike me as an enormous sinkhole of money though.
Stevenson College, part of the University of California, Santa Cruz, is apologizing to its students for serving Mexican food during “Intergalactic” night.
In a letter sent out to students, the college apologized for having “a Mexican food buffet,” while also featuring spaceships and aliens. The college received complaints saying the combination was racist because of the association between Mexicans and illegal immigrants.
So what does this new classification mean? There’s a great, er, roundup of reactions from scientific experts in the field here. That comes from the Science Media Center, which does yeoman’s work in taking controversial headlines and placing them within the context of scientific knowledge. I highly recommend taking a look at that. Here are the takeaways:
- There is a real chance that these pesticides could cause cancer, and we should be careful with them.
- There’s controversy — several scientists disagreed with the designation.
- Don’t forget that the list of things that probably cause cancer includes … just about everything.
It's a drag pulling weeds.
The conviction of Chinese journalist Gao Yu is a setback for the slowly developing constitutional state in China. At the same time, China's President Xi Jinping has taken up the fight against corruption as well as reforming the judicial system. Clear rules provide greater stability, he argues. However, he must also react to increasing pressure from within society as the people's sense of justice deepens.
Constitutional government by 2100.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
But all that debate and posturing are largely academic. Clinton is already tied to Obama and is likely to remain so. Remember when Clinton was Obama’s secretary of state and her favorable ratings ran well ahead of his? That isn’t the case anymore. Check out this chart of YouGov data since the beginning of 2013:
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
GOOD NEWS. Scientists think they know what makes knuckles crack. I know, right? How did we not know that already? It turns out the subject has actually been a topic of debate for more than half a century. In a study published Wednesday in PLOS, researchers report that they finally just threw those ivory ticklers into an MRI to see what was going on. They still have to confirm their findings, but they believe the sound that we hear when cracking knuckle joints is caused by the formation of a bubble in joint fluid.
I thought it was more profound than that.
In a recent post , famed economist Paul Krugman claims that “there basically aren’t any libertarians” out there because public opinion breaks down neatly along a liberal-conservative spectrum where almost everyone who favors government intervention in the economy is a social liberal and almost everyone who is skeptical of it is a social conservative. But Krugman cites no data to support his conclusion. And, in fact, extensive survey data contradicts it.
It's a full time job, checking up on Krugman.
Women are better at DIY (in chimps at least): Female primates can master and use tools more easily than males | Daily Mail Online
WEDNESDAY, April 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Acetaminophen, the painkiller best known to Americans as Tylenol, may do more than simply dull pain -- it may also dull happy or sad emotions, new research finds.
I never trusted that stuff. What about ibuprophen?
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Three men, one armed with a 9mm pistol, burst in through a window in the very early hours of the morning while the 49-year-old metalworker and his wife were sleeping. The couple were beaten, 3,600 pesos were stolen, and then–during a lapse in the attack–Argentina’s newest social-media hero proceeded to draw a katana from its decorative position on the wall and go to work on the thugs. They fled, reportedly two of them with “deep” cuts on their forearms and faces leaving a trail of blood all the way to the driver waiting outside in their getaway car–because all good crimes scenes are fled in a blood-stained Peugeot 206–and entered into a “police chase”. Then they crashed into a tree.
Useful articles. I keep one handy.
We have known Hillary Clinton both professionally and personally for close to 20 years, dating back to before
President Bill Clinton's first trip to Africa in 1998 — a trip that they both acknowledge changed their lives, and gave considerable meaning to their post-White House years and to the activities of the Clinton Foundation. Joe, serving as the National Security Council Senior Director for African Affairs, was instrumental in arranging that historic visit.
However, Hillary is the wrong banner carrier for the message by any measure. First, she takes in six times the annual average household income per hour for her speeches, at $300,000 a pop. It would only take her 50 speeches to get to the same 300x metric she decries here. Furthermore, Hillary signed a deal in 2013 for a $14 million book advance for the memoir she released last year, which sold unimpressively for such a marquee advance. On top of that, she’d already received an $8 million advance for her first memoir, “Living History.” That totals $22 million in advance of any work at all, or roughly 440 times what average American households gross in a year. In the years since the Clintons left the White House, they’ve earned well over $100 million. And unlike CEOs at that level, they don’t employ many people, and don’t produce anything except income for their own benefit.
It's a bit like CEO salaries only much worse.
Monday, April 13, 2015
“After my opponent left the very toilet partition yet another time, the arbiters entered it,” he said. “What they found was the mobile phone with headphones. The device was hidden behind the pan and covered with toilet paper.”
Samantha Cristoforetti, who has been suffering through instant coffee, was really looking forward to to getting a specially designed, Italian-made espresso maker on a supply capsule which is scheduled for launch Monday.
She needs her coffee.
AS THIS weekend's rupture between the Vatican and the Turkish government demonstrated, upsetting people has become an integral part of being pope these days. On April 12th Pope Francis delivered an address in which he came down more publicly than ever before in favour of the Armenian interpretation of the state-sanctioned persecution in Anatolia a hundred years ago that killed as many as 1.5m Armenians. At a mass attended by Armenia's president, Serzh Sargsyan, Francis called it “the first genocide of the 20th century”. Turkey hit back by recalling its ambassador to the Holy See for consultations and declaring that the pope’s remarks were based on “prejudice”.
Democrats hold advantages in party identification among blacks, Asians, Hispanics, well-educated adults and Millennials. Republicans have leads among whites – particularly white men, those with less education and evangelical Protestants – as well as members of the Silent Generation.
"This sort of fly infestation is extremely rare, especially in the skull. I found eight references to it in medical literature worldwide, and in every case the other patient died,” he told CEN. “In this man's case, however, the maggots had not gone on to eat any of his brain because of the metal plate, and actually may have kept him alive by eating the dead tissue that might otherwise have made the infection spread more quickly and killed him.”
The bright side of maggot infestation.
If provisions were left vaguely worded in the hope they can be sharpened in the final months of negotiation, they are the very provisions the success of the agreement will hinge on. If they are not made clear in high resolution the deal will endanger the security of the U.S. and its allies. As of today, someone is reporting to Khamenei a very different agreement than the one Obama is presenting to the American people. The most worrying thing isn’t necessarily that one side or the other is spinning, as the president called it. It’s that both sides honestly believe that their characterization of the agreement is the accurate one.
Obama routinely ascribes to critics of the agreement a preference for a military solution. That is the kind of “spin” that deserves condemnation. Nobody—neither Senator McCain nor any of his like-minded colleagues—has called for military strikes against Iran’s nuclear infrastructure. They have said, just as the president has, that military action should remain an option. But not one of them has said we should exercise that option rather than sign this agreement.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Reid Family Values: Prime Suspect in Beatdown of Elderly Senator Arrested for Assault on Cop | PJ Tatler
So Hillary assaulted Bubba during the Clinton presidency — something for which, by the way, anybody else would have gone to jail — and now Larry whales the stuffing out of Harry, causing the nation’s leading corruptocrat to abdicate his Senate seat and endorse Sen. Snidely Whiplash — excuse me! I mean Chuck Schumer! — to replace him as minority leader.
The country really is in the best of hands.
Roy Rogers? Snidely Whiplash? Who dem? Actually, it brings back great memories of lounging in front of the TV in my jammies.
As a resident of the upstate portion of New York (not the Big Apple) I have written frequently about the depressing, negative effects which liberal tax and spend policies combined with strangling regulatory burdens have had on the state, as well as the economic death spiral which has followed. Many of the complaints I hear from residents of the more rural, upstate region center on the unbalanced power held by New York City and the complete disconnect between the government and the more conservative, rural communities to the north and west. But even as a person studying and experiencing these effects first hand, I don’t think I ever grasped the full impact of this disparity in the way it’s spelled out by William Tucker of the American Media Institute.
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Top Saudi mufti reportedly issues fatwa allowing starving husbands to eat wives - Not Just News - Jerusalem Post
Saudi Arabia's highest religious authority has issued a fatwa allowing a starving man to eat his wife in order to save himself, causing a stir among the Kingdom's residents, London-based daily al-Quds al-Arabi reported.
Sounds like a fake though.
LONDON — A surprising study contradicting all previous research found that being fat in middle age appears to cut the risk of developing dementia rather than increase it, the Lancet scientific journal has reported.
Hooray! Via instapundit.
Are they crying? Are they crying? Are they crying? There’s no crying! There’s no crying in journalism!
Really. Honestly. This is too much. If you don't like the guy or how he interviews, fine. But to say he's some sort of sexist because he doesn't sit there like a third grader listening to his teacher lecture him, is just too much.
I'm getting to be a bitter, old man. Oh well.
Forty years after the Swedish parliament unanimously decided to change the formerly homogenous Sweden into a multicultural country, violent crime has increased by 300% and rapes by 1,472%. Sweden is now number two on the list of rape countries, surpassed only by Lesotho in Southern Africa.
Is this true? I had no idea.
Friday, April 10, 2015
The bad news for conservatives is that, although the progressive agenda outlined in the report is not well suited to the circumstances and challenges of contemporary American life, it is designed for political appeal and may well have some. The good news is that, by applying their principles to the core problems Americans now face, conservatives could readily outline an agenda that would both do more to strengthen economic growth and opportunity in America and be more attractive to the public.
The narrative was, perhaps, just a little too good to be true. When news broke last month of the so-called "buddha from space" – a swastika-emblazoned statue, apparently 1,000 years old, that had been carved out of a meteorite and looted by a Nazi ethnologist – the world was enthralled.
Led by Prof. Cheng-Ming Chuong, of the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, the study reveals how individually plucking 200 hairs from the back of a mouse in a specific pattern led to the regeneration of up to 1,300 hairs.
I think I'd rather be bald.
Out of 11.57 million brackets filled out inTournament Challenge, Romney is in 25,485th place -- good enough for the 99.98th percentile. By contrast, the famously basketball-savvy President Barack Obama sits all the way back in 6,918,578th place (the 40th percentile).
That's because O is so much smarter than Mitt?
San Diego police report that the stabbing took place sometime after 2 a.m. at a home near State Route 94 and College Grove Way. Tenants threw a party but later asked people to leave when strangers started arriving. Police initially came to the home and disbursed the crowds. However, they were called back following the stabbing of the male and female cousins.
On my way home. The details are rich.