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Friday, March 27, 2015

Robert Rosenkranz: Piketty Corrects the Inequality Crowd - WSJ

Now in an extraordinary about-face, Mr. Piketty has backtracked, undermining the policy prescriptions many have based on his conclusions. In “About Capital in the 21st Century,” slated for May publication in the American Economic Review but already available online, Mr. Piketty writes that far too much has been read into his thesis.

via www.wsj.com

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The most beautiful cars on sale today - Business Insider

While beauty is without a doubt purely in the eye of the beholder, there are certain cars whose sleek lines, luscious curves, or sheer aggression make them universally loved. Well, at least universally loved here at Business Insider. 

via www.businessinsider.com

Autoporn.

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Amanda Knox case: Italian judges overturn conviction against Seattle woman - LA Times

Italian high court judges Friday overturned a conviction against Amanda Knox, rejecting her 28-year sentence in the 2007 slaying of British student Meredith Kercher.

The conviction of Knox’s former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, who was sentenced to 25 years in 2014 for the slaying, was also overturned.

Officials said Knox and Sollecito will not face new trials. 

via www.latimes.com

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Silicon Valley Firms Scold Indiana for Religious Freedom Law - Bloomberg Business

(Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook joined other technology-industry leaders criticizing Indiana Governor Mike Pence for signing legislation that critics say targets the gay community.

via www.bloomberg.com

Isn't just RFRA on a state level? What's the big deal?

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Lemon Grove school employee arrested in bizarre incident - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8

The after-school assistant's rage turned more bizarre when deputies say she started stripping off her clothes. The fire department had to call in deputies.

“The employee was actually barricaded in one of the classrooms and had thrown objects through the window at the fire department,” said May.

Deputies believe Lira was on drugs and hallucinating. They have not released what type of drugs. When deputies arrived they say she undressed and dressed herself again. 

“She overturned some desks and tables,” said May.

via www.cbs8.com

Non-coastal San Diego.

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San Francisco Sheriff's Deputy ring accused of pit-fighting inmates - Boing Boing

San Francisco sheriff's deputy Scott Neu is accused of leading a ring of corrupt jail guards who coerced prisoners into gladiatorial combat with threats of rape and violence.

via boingboing.net

via Instapundit.

Geeze.

March 27, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Obama's Mideast 'free fall' - Michael Crowley - POLITICO

Barack Obama faces a slew of Middle East crises that some call the worst in a generation, as new chaos from Yemen to Iraq — along with deteriorating U.S.-Israeli relations — is confounding the president’s efforts to stabilize the region and strike a nuclear deal with Iran.

The meltdown has Obama officials defending their management of a region that some call impossible to control, even as critics say U.S. policies there are partly to blame for the spreading anarchy.

via www.politico.com

You could on the other hand say that O's bungling and neglect, combined with his narcissistic pursuit of the "peace process" is now having its entirely predictable results.

March 27, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Good Riddance, Dirty Harry

Today we will hear a lot about Reid’s “service” to the Senate and to the American people. Ha! “Service” indeed. The truth of the matter is that Harry Reid is a stone-cold killer who has damaged Washington considerably, who has elevated his own political preferences above the institution he was elected to protect, and who has made worse the partisan rancor that our self-described enlightened class claims to abhor. The greatest service he can do America is to go away.

via www.nationalreview.com

You tell 'em, Charlie.

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King v. Burwell: my prediction | ERIC POSNER

Okay, I’ll say it. I predict that the plaintiffs will win  by a vote of 5 to 4. Not that they should. Why?

via ericposner.com

I hope he's right but Eric hopes he wrong.

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‘Happy days!!’ Harry Reid’s announcement that he won’t seek re-election kicks off weekend of celebration | Twitchy

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As Seen From Space: Russian Volcano Throws A Tantrum - ImaGeo

Yes, this is one angry, tantrum-prone volcano.

Here’s what the most recent eruption looks like from the ground:

via blogs.discovermagazine.com

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Halley Diary - February 2015 - British Antarctic Survey

As I write this, I can see and hear most of the research station contingent heading outside. The reason for this is that the sun will set for the first time in a number of months tonight. After perpetual daylight, everyone here would really like to watch our 24 hour summer companion disappear. Even if he will return above the horizon 30 minutes later!

via www.antarctica.ac.uk

Very cool.

March 27, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (1)

John McGinnis on the Originalist Case for Judicial Restraint

In an important new paper, law professor (and prominent originalist scholar) John McGinnis presents an extended originalist case for judicial restraint.

via www.nationalreview.com

Hmmm.

March 27, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Feds Financing System to ‘Automatically Detect’ Cyberbullying | Washington Free Beacon

The project was awarded this month to Rutgers University, which has received $117,102 so far. The real-time, automatic detection of hurtful online speech is necessary, according to the NSF grant, because cyberbullying is a “critical social problem.” The grant said 40 percent of American teenagers have reported being cyberbullied.

via freebeacon.com

Sort of like Santa Claus, only with the police power.

March 27, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Kashmir, Kerosene and Karma: An Expat Family Skis in the Himalayas - Expat - WSJ

“Hmm,” mused my father surveying the dire warnings on the FCO and U.S. State Department travel advisories, with the latter explicitly stating that foreigners are “particularly visible, vulnerable, and at risk” of terrorist operations and advised against all travel.

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And so started our remarkable skiing holiday. Why Kashmir? Because it’s Kashmir, and romance itself; the land the Persian poet called ‘paradise on earth.’ Because it’s an hour’s flight from Delhi. Because our twin seven-year-old girls, Cecilia and Elsa, need to learn to ski and it’s cool to say it happened in the Himalayas on the world’s highest trail.

via blogs.wsj.com

Cool.

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Click bait video

It's cats.

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Willie Nelson will launch marijuana brand he announces at SXSW | Daily Mail Online

It may have always been on his mind, but country singer Willie Nelson only recently announced he plans to create and sell his own brand of marijuana. 

The singer's personal brand of weed will be called Willie's Reserve and it could be available as soon as 2016.

via www.dailymail.co.uk

I kinda like Willie, but LWJ hates him, chiefly because of "Always on my mind," which she hears as a litany of excuses and too late apologies. As in "Maybe I was a scumbag/more often than I shoulda been . . . "

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Pope Francis will become the first pontiff to address the US Congress after accepting an invitation to visit the White House | Daily Mail Online

Pope Francis will become the first pontiff to address the US Congress after accepting an invitation to visit the White House.

via www.dailymail.co.uk

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Planned Parenthood Received $1.5 Billion in Taxpayer Funds Over Three Years, Gov't Report Finds

A report released Wednesday by the Government Accountability Office found that America's largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, received at least $1.5 billion in state and federal funding in a three-year span from 2010-2012.

via www.christianpost.com

Rent seeking and rent finding.

March 27, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Critters found in Antarctic ice shows how tenacious life is - World - NZ Herald News

DECEPTION ISLAND, Antarctica (AP) " Deep below the ice, far from the playful penguins and other animals that bring tourists to Antarctica, is a cold and barren world that by all indications should be completely void of life.

But recently, scientists researching melting ice watched a half-foot-long (15-centimeter) fish swim by. Not long after that, they saw shrimp-like creatures.

In even more remote places on the continent, areas that haven't been exposed to sunlight for millions of years, scientists found a surprise right out of an alien movie: the DNA of a microscopic creature that looks like a combination of a bear, manatee and centipede.

via www.nzherald.co.nz

Lovely.

March 27, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Pilots Didn’t Want to Fly With Capt. Who Crash-Landed SW Flight 345 - Flying Lessons

It is not hard to imagine this accident being tagged with the dreaded "pilot error", but the way this particular captain presumably made other subordinate pilots feel on the flight deck, should not be discounted as unique. Every airline has the kind of pilot, best described in Skygods, Robert Gandt's book on the collapse of aviation giant, Pan Am. Call them arrogant, call them as----s as my friend did, whatever you call them, they are pilots for whom communication and collaboration better known as crew resource management, did not take root and flourish.

via blog.seattlepi.com

Sounds like it couldn't have happened to a nicer person.

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Germanwings Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz Hid Illness From Airline, Says Prosecutor - WSJ

Documents in the apartment showed Mr. Lubitz received a note from his doctor excusing him from work for a period covering the day of the incident, according to the statement. Other such notes were also found.

via www.wsj.com

"Please excuse Mr. Lubitz from work tomorrow. He is under the delusion that Allah wants him to kill everyone on board his plane." Oh, ok, just kidding. Lighten up.

March 27, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Obama Struggles With a Messy Middle East - WSJ

The Middle East has descended into a state of disarray unusual even for that troubled region, imperiling President Barack Obama’s policy dreams and leaving him with limited ability to control events.

via www.wsj.com

A pretty sympathetic view, I must say. A mess of his own making, they could have added.

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Mitt Romney on Fox

He coulda been a contenda.

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Death of baby cut from womb doesn't lead to murder charge - Houston Chronicle

Even though the baby girl died, legal experts say the case is complicated by the fact that Colorado is one of 12 states that do not have a fetal homicide law. State lawmakers in 2013 voted down such a measure over fears it would interfere with abortion rights, and voters overwhelmingly agreed when they rejected a similar ballot measure in 2014.

via www.chron.com

I don't see what the big deal is. It's like accosting someone to remove a wart. I've wanted to do that.*

*For new readers, this is satire.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Behold Sparklemuffin and Skeletorus, New Peacock Spiders

With so few professional scientists working on peacock spiders, Otto says that amateur naturalists and photographers are likely to be the ones discovering new species. It appears to be high time that Sparklemuffin got some new friends.

via news.nationalgeographic.com

Doesn't mention how venomous they are. They're from Australia though.

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Can Elephants' Amazing Sense of Smell Help Sniff Out Bombs?

The elephant ambled between the buckets, snaking his long trunk into each one—there were different, harmless scent traces in each bucket—and taking a big sniff before moving on to the next. At the fifth bucket he paused and raised his right leg, indicating to a research team that this was the one with a trace of TNT inside. Bingo.

via news.nationalgeographic.com

Not sure they'd work in airports though.

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Inside a Scorpion's Desert Haven | DiscoverMagazine.com

Scorpions may call to mind snapping pincers and a venomous sting, but these ancient arthropods are far from invincible. To survive in harsh environments and evade predators like lizards and owls, many scorpions spend most of their time hunkered in their underground burrows.

via discovermagazine.com

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This Middle School Teacher Is So Dedicated He Got... | ClickHole

“I see my job as more than just standing in front of a classroom and reciting a bunch of formulas,” said Gaffey, who was willing to spend thousands of dollars and endure nine grueling sessions in a tattoo artist’s chair to connect with his pupil. “I want to find the best way to reach each and every one of my students. Whether that means one-on-one tutoring after class or having their likeness permanently etched onto my skin, I’ve got to be willing to do whatever it takes.”

via www.clickhole.com

I don't think a law professor would do this. It's too, well, they just wouldn't.

March 26, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Dog or Jewish Boyfriend? A Quiz - The New Yorker

Do the following statements refer to (a) my dog or (b) my Jewish boyfriend

via www.newyorker.com

My twitter followees are outraged by this but I think it's kinda funny. Not funny enough for the NYer but for Dunham's contract, but still kinda funny.

March 26, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

U.S. Caves to Key Iranian Demands as Nuke Deal Comes Together | Washington Free Beacon

LAUSSANE, Switzerland—The Obama administration is giving in to Iranian demands about the scope of its nuclear program as negotiators work to finalize a framework agreement in the coming days, according to sources familiar with the administration’s position in the negotiations.

U.S. negotiators are said to have given up ground on demands that Iran be forced to disclose the full range of its nuclear activities at the outset of a nuclear deal, a concession experts say would gut the verification the Obama administration has vowed would stand as the crux of a deal with Iran.

via freebeacon.com

Uh well, that sounds bad.

March 26, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The 13 words you can’t write about Hillary Clinton anymore - The Washington Post

So these words are now off the table: "polarizing," "calculating," "disingenuous," "insincere," "ambitious," "inevitable," "entitled," "over-confident," "secretive," "will do anything to win," "represents the past," and "out of touch." 

via www.washingtonpost.com

What's left to say about her herness?

March 26, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Grace of a Slow, Painful Death - OnePeterFive

The list of things reflective of the gradual but now quickening loss of the Catholic mind is long. Among the things demonstrative that Catholics no longer think like Catholics is the often expressed wish, “I hope I die a quick and painless death.”

Death can be scary, for sure, and I resist and avoid pain as much as the next wimp. But for as long as I can remember, a quick, unsuspecting, and painless death is the specter that haunts my dreams. I cannot count how many people I have heard express the wish, “I hope I die in my sleep.” When a Catholic expresses this wish, I shake my head and offer a prayer that their wish will go unfulfilled.

via www.onepeterfive.com

Yeah, I don't think so. I'm not real big on pain.

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Andreas Lubitz Religion Debate: Germanwings Crash Raises Questions Over Pilot's Faith

Questions about the religious background of Andreas Lubitz, the Germanwings pilot who investigators said deliberately crashed a plane in the French Alps this week, killing all on board, have sparked outrage and debate about whether such information is relevant to the investigation. When a reporter asked French Prosecutor Brice Robin of Marseille, during a news conference Thursday, whether he knew Lubitz’s religion, Robin said he did not know and added, “I don’t think that’s where the answer to this lies.”

via www.ibtimes.com

Ah so.

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Mammoth step forward? Scientists splice Woolly DNA into elephant cells — RT News

Scientists at Harvard University are one step closer to bringing Woolly mammoths back to life, after successfully inserting some sequences of mammoth DNA into an elephant genome. The study is yet to be published, though, as there is still work to do.

via rt.com

I can't wait till they do the direwolf.

March 26, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Parents’ Message To San Francisco Archdiocese: Catholic School’s Leaders ‘Not A Good Fit’ « CBS San Francisco

The San Francisco Chronicle reported over 100 parents from the Star of the Sea School in the city’s Richmond District crowded into a meeting with representatives from the Archdiocese of San Francisco Wednesday. Their message was clear: Rev. Joseph Illo, pastor at the school’s church since August and Father Patrick Driscoll, the parish’s parochial vicar, should be removed from their posts.

Illo and Driscoll gained attention earlier this year when they initiated new policies at the school that instantly upset parents and attracted the media. In January, Illo decided girls would no longer be allowed to act as altar servers during Mass. He also excluded non-Catholic children from receiving blessings while their classmates received communion. He later reversed the second decision.

via sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

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Obama Sells Out Israel to Iran | VodkaPundit

The timing of the disclosure puts to rest any notion that President Obama acted out of spite for Bibi Netanyahu’s election win last week — but this is still a sellout of Israel, and the reason for it is plain.

Bad as that is, it gets worse.

via pjmedia.com

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8 years for woman who gave 'butt injections' with caulking gun | CTV News

"Ms. Reid has wounded, maimed, disfigured and endangered the lives of the victims," said Superior Court Justice Jane Kelly. "The offences appear to have been motivated by greed."

via www.ctvnews.ca

Well what about the people who got the injections? Surely their offences were motivated by what, the desire for larger butts?

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Facebook wants to use Aquila drones to beam internet access - Technology & Science - CBC News

The drones, code-named Aquila, have a wingspan about as wide as a Boeing 767, yet weigh about as much as a compact car. From an altitude of 18,000 to 27,000 metres, the drones are designed to beam down internet connectivity to regions of the world where wireless internet access is unavailable, while staying in the air for about three months at a time.

via www.cbc.ca

Well alrighty then.

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'Downton Abbey' to end after upcoming 6th season | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee

Producers of the popular British period drama on Thursday confirmed it will end after its sixth season, scheduled to air in the United States in early 2016. The series, which airs earlier in the U.K., will have its finale on Christmas Day, 2015.

via www.sacbee.com

It's just not the same for me after LWJ pointed out that the Countess of Grantham is very like a basset hound and that Lady Mary is a total b*tch. Especially the basset hound.

March 26, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Andreas Lubitz, Germanwings Flight 9525 co-pilot, was "happy" with his job - CBS News

On Thursday, French prosecutors said Lubitz, the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525, "intentionally" crashed the jet into the side of a mountain.

via www.cbsnews.com

Not that happy.

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Click bait video

Well, yesterday was a success, relatively speaking, in terms of visitors to the blog. Not that many, really, but enough to get listed on the Conservative Blogs of the Year, or whatever it's called, were that list done fairly. Whatever. Oddly, though, it does not seem to have come from the cat video, at least not as far as Stat Counter is concerned. It's rather odd. But deferring to the difficulty of measurement and tipping my hat to the role of the inexplicable, here is today's click bait video:

 

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Study: Law Faculties Short on White Christians, Republicans | National Law Journal

The demographic groups most underrepresented on law faculties include white Christians and Republicans, according to research by Northwestern University School of Law professor James Lindgren.

His working paper, “Measuring Diversity: Law Faculties in 1997 and 2013,” challenges the notion that women and minorities are underrepresented in teaching the law. Those groups actually have made significant gains, he said.

via www.nationallawjournal.com

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Why is Pikkety picking on capital?

It's only 7 percent of total income (in the OECD). Seven! That's "modest."

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Why is Pikkety picking on capital?

It's only 7 percent of total income (in the OECD). Seven! That's "modest."

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Parents Must Sign Permission Slip Before Kids Can Eat Oreos - Hit & Run : Reason.com

There are 18-wheelers with brake problems, hungry bears just stumbling out of hibernation, and lawnmowers that suddenly shift into reverse. And then there's the unparalleled danger of Double Stuf Oreos. Thank goodness this teacher requires parents to sign off on cookie consumption—if they dare.

via reason.com

It's not the teacher in this case, it's the parents.

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Google Execs' White House Visits Raise Ethical Questions | The Daily Caller

Frequent meetings between Google executives and Federal Trade Commission officials are raising questions about the FTC’s 2013 decision to drop an antitrust probe against the company.

The Wall Street Journal reported this week that, “as the federal government was wrapping up its antitrust investigation of Google Inc., company executives had a flurry of meetings with top officials at the White House and Federal Trade Commission, the agency running the probe.”

via dailycaller.com

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'Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson under fire again

He was talking about sin, good and evil, and his brutal story of an atheist has gone viral.

via www.azcentral.com

What Phil overlooked was that the raper-torturer-murderers were infringing on everyone's autonomy and, doubtless, reducing the net amount of total utility, unless of course they themselves got extraordinary amounts of utility out of hurting others, which is possible, but unlikely.

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Disney's $1 Billion Bet on a Magical Wristband | WIRED

If you want to imagine how the world will look in just a few years, once our cell phones become the keepers of both our money and identity, skip Silicon Valley and book a ticket to Orlando. Go to Disney World. Then, reserve a meal at a restaurant called Be Our Guest, using the Disney World app to order your food in advance.

via www.wired.com

This is a good article. You'll want to read the whole thing. I suspect large swaths of the future will look like this. I wonder if that's a good thing.

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14 Commonwealth realms embrace the Queen as head of state while Barbados opts out | World | News | Daily Express

But perhaps the most remarkable thing about yesterday’s announcement is not that one Caribbean island plans to go republican but that so few other “Commonwealth realms” do. 

via www.express.co.uk

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