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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

How to Tell If a Hamster Is Truly Happy : Discovery News

Hamsters can experience happiness, optimism, sadness and depression much the way that we do, suggests a new study that describes a method for determining the feelings of these cute and cuddly popular pets.

via news.discovery.com

Dear lord. It will be cats next.

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Amber fossils demonstrate deep-time stability of Caribbean lizard communities

An unresolved question in ecology is whether the structure of ecological communities can be stable over very long timescales. Here we describe a wealth of new amber fossils for an ancient radiation of Hispaniolan lizards that, until now, has had a very poor fossil record. These fossils provide an important and previously unavailable perspective on an ecologically well-studied group and indicate that anole lizard communities occurring on Hispaniola 20 Mya were made up of the same types of habitat specialists present in this group today. These data indicate that the ecological processes important in extant anole communities have been operative over long periods of time.

via www.pnas.org

Not a lot goin' on in the Caribbean if you're a lizard.

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Beetle Infiltrates Ant Colonies, Pretends to Be Queen | RealClearScience

University Roma Tre's Professor Andrea Di Giulio and his team of co-authors set the scene remarkably well in their paper recently published to PLoS ONE. The focus of that paper? A group of conniving beetles that somehow manages to infiltrate ant colonies and parasitize the ants without eliciting any retaliation whatsoever. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the ant nest beetle.

via www.realclearscience.com

And there are human analogs I'm sure.

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What Happens When Your Brain Says You Don't Exist : Shots - Health News : NPR

Cotard's syndrome was something that was first identified by a French doctor in the late 1800s. His name was Jules Cotard, and it's named after him. It's a constellation of symptoms ... and the most characteristic symptom is the situation where people say that they don't exist. This is a perception that they have, and you cannot rationalize, you cannot really give them evidence to the contrary and expect them to change their mind. It is a complete conviction that they have that they don't exist. ... It's very, very paradoxical. It poses a great philosophical challenge to people who are trying to understand what it means to say "I exist" or "I don't exist." It also makes you wonder about all the other things that we are certain about, like you and I probably are very certain that we exist, well, these people are just as certain that they don't. So it makes you question about perceptions that arise in the brain and somehow, in this case, the delusion is so complete and so convincing that you really cannot shake their conviction that they are dead.

via www.npr.org

Bummer.

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Using Algorithms to Determine Character - The New York Times

Computers aren’t just doing hard math problems and showing us cat videos. Increasingly, they judge our character.

Maybe we should be grateful.

via bits.blogs.nytimes.com

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Hunter who paid $55G to kill Cecil the lion ID'd as American dentist | Fox News

Palmer is thought to have lured Cecil about a mile out of the park on the night of July 1, and the injured lion was discovered roughly 40 hours later by Palmer’s hunting team, who had Cecil shot and killed. Cecil was ultimately beheaded and skinned. The hunters also removed his collar, which is against the park’s rules.

via www.foxnews.com

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How ‘smart skin’ could revolutionize military vehicles | Fox News

BAE Systems' U.K. division is developing the Smart Skin concept, which aims to give machines the ability to ‘feel’ the world around them, sense and process the data like an animal and relay the information to a “brain” within the machine.

via www.foxnews.com

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George Washington University drops SAT, ACT requirement

Dean of Admissions Karen Stroud Felton said in a statement Monday that university administrators were concerned that below-average test scores were leading some otherwise strong students to not apply to the school.

via bigstory.ap.org

This will enable them to admit students who are more qualified, in a pecuniary sense, to make the most of the opportunities that GW offers.

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Florida family unearths gold coins worth over $1M from 1715 shipwreck | Fox News

Under federal and Florida law, up to 20 percent of the treasure will be turned over to the state for display in a museum, while Brisben's company and the Schmitts will split the remainder.

via www.foxnews.com

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News from The Associated Press

MAHWAH, N.J. (AP) -- Police say a man drove off with a bag containing $150,000 in cash after two employees who were replenishing ATMs mistakenly left it on a lawn in northern New Jersey.

via hosted.ap.org

He was in a white van too.

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Ivana Trump rejects rape claims, supports Donald's 2016 run - NY Daily News

Just a day after allegations re-emerged that Donald Trump raped his ex-wife, Ivana Trump, the bombastic billionaire’s former spouse played down the controversy — and endorsed his presidential run — saying that the two are still “the best of friends.”

via www.nydailynews.com

We've already established that rape doesn't disqualify you from being president.

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Order, Please, Not Utopia by Myron Magnet, City Journal July 27, 2015

Listen, Mayor: the first job of government is to keep the people safe in their homes and in the streets. If you can’t do that as a municipal chief executive, you are a flop. Equality is not the job of government, unless you are a Communist, in which case equality usually comes at the barrel of a gun or the end of a noose. And voters of New York, please learn this lesson too, despite your attachment to FDR and the New Deal or your seductive professor of race-class-and-gender studies at Brown or Wesleyan. New York needs a realistic mayor. We don’t have one.

via www.city-journal.org

Zing.

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The Mystery of ISIS by Anonymous | The New York Review of Books

The problem, however, lies not in chronicling the successes of the movement, but in explaining how something so improbable became possible. The explanations so often given for its rise—the anger of Sunni communities, the logistical support provided by other states and groups, the movement’s social media campaigns, its leadership, its tactics, its governance, its revenue streams, and its ability to attract tens of thousands of foreign fighters—fall far short of a convincing theory of the movement’s success.

via www.nybooks.com

I go with a combination of they're nuts, they're power-hungry, and they're blood thirsty, but this one looks worth reading.

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China losing control as stocks crash despite emergency measures - Telegraph

The Shanghai Composite index fell 8.5pc despite emergency measures to shore up the market, with a roster of the biggest blue-chip companies down by the maximum daily limit of 10pc. The mood was further soured by news that corporated profits in China are now contracting in absolute terms, falling 0.3pc over the past year.

The violence of the moves unnerved investors worldwide, stirring fears that the Communist Party may be losing control after stoking a series of epic bubbles in property, corporate investment and equities to keep up the blistering pace of economic growth.

via www.telegraph.co.uk

Let's hope.

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The Stonewall at the Top of the IRS - WSJ

Despite all this—an internal IRS preservation order, a congressional subpoena, and knowledge about Ms. Lerner’s hard-drive and email problems—the Treasury inspector general for tax administration discovered that the agency on March 4, 2014, erased 422 backup tapes containing as many as 24,000 emails. (Congress learned of the discovery only last month.)

Ms. Duval has since left the IRS and now works at the State Department, where she is responsible for vetting Hillary Clinton’s emails sought by congressional investigations of the Benghazi attacks.

via www.wsj.com

This is really disappointing.

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Donald Trump, Clown Candidate | National Review Online

Donald Trump, who inherited a real-estate empire worth hundreds of millions of dollars from his father, has had every opportunity to involve himself in the consequential questions of his time. He has been a very public figure for decades, with a great deal of time, money, celebrity, business connections, and other resources to put in the service of something that matters. Seventy years in, and his curriculum vitae is remarkably light on public issues for a man who would be president. One would think that a life spent in public might inspire at least a smidgen of concern about the wide world. He might have had any sort of life he chose, and Trump chose a clown’s life. There is no shortage of opportunities for engagement, but there is only one thing that matters to Trump, and his presidential campaign, like everything else he has done in his seven decades, serves only that end.

via www.nationalreview.com

This one by Kevin Williamson worth reading. I think I like Kevin Williamson.

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Jon Stewart’s secret White House visits

Love Stewart’s jokes or hate them, he has proven to be a unique voice who is capable of turning in-the-weeds policy discussions into viral video sensations that the country is still talking about the next morning.

via www.politico.com

I don't think Stewart is all that funny. The more you know about an issue, the less funny he is. Still, he's a sign of where things are going.

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Donald Trump and the high priests of the press - POLITICO

I think Trump is flawed on many counts. But I don’t think he has “coarsened our political dialogue and cheapened the electoral process.”

I think it was coarse and cheap by the time Trump got here.

via www.politico.com

We probably get the candidates we deserve.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Hawking, Musk, Wozniak Freaked About Artificial Intelligence Getting A Trigger Finger

Big names have been touting big fears about the implications of a future in which artificial intelligence plays a bigger role, and now those same folks — including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk — have been joined by others, including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in signing an open letter calling for a ban on offensive autonomous weapons.

via www.forbes.com

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Hero mom killed by escalator - Times LIVE

As she fell half-way through she pushed her son forward, and a nearby shop assistant dragged him to safety. But the escalator continued rolling, and several seconds later Xiang is seen disappearing downwards into the mechanism. It took firefighters more than four hours to cut open the machine and recover the woman, who showed "no signs of life".

via www.timeslive.co.za

yikes

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Church Re-evaluating Scouting Program

SALT LAKE CITY — 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement today after a vote on a policy change by the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board to admit openly gay leaders:

“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is deeply troubled by today’s vote by the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board. In spite of a request to delay the vote, it was scheduled at a time in July when members of the Church’s governing councils are out of their offices and do not meet. When the leadership of the Church resumes its regular schedule of meetings in August, the century-long association with Scouting will need to be examined. The Church has always welcomed all boys to its Scouting units regardless of sexual orientation. However, the admission of openly gay leaders is inconsistent with the doctrines of the Church and what have traditionally been the values of the Boy Scouts of America.

As a global organization with members in 170 countries, the Church has long been evaluating the limitations that fully one-half of its youth face where Scouting is not available. Those worldwide needs combined with this vote by the BSA National Executive Board will be carefully reviewed by the leaders of the Church in the weeks ahead.”

via www.mormonnewsroom.org

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CDC data says Montgomery most sexually diseased US city, group | Fox News

Montgomery, Ala., has more cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia than large U.S. cities like Baltimore, Philadelphia and New Orleans, according to a report released today from a renter’s website. 

via www.foxnews.com

Not sure why this should be. Maybe the humidity.

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4 poll numbers that should unnerve Hillary Clinton - The Washington Post

For Clinton, these polls argue that she may be hard pressed to win a traditional presidential election in which likability matters most. To get to the White House, Clinton almost certainly needs to turn the choice into one about experience and readiness to do the job at hand. If it's a popularity contest, these early returns suggest she will lose.

via www.washingtonpost.com

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The Ultimate Temple Raider?: Inside an Antiquities-Smuggling Operation - The New York Times

What no one in the room knew was that Mr. Kapoor was under investigation on two continents, suspected of running a $100 million art smuggling operation.

via www.nytimes.com

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Researchers predict material with record-setting melting point

The computations, described in the journal Physical Review B (Rapid Communications), showed that a material made with just the right amounts of hafnium, nitrogen, and carbon would have a of more than 4,400 kelvins (7,460 degrees Fahrenheit). That's about two-thirds the temperature at the surface of the sun, and 200 kelvins higher than the highest melting point ever recorded experimentally.

via phys.org

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Sex is a ubiquitous, ancient, and inherent attribute of eukaryotic life. - PubMed - NCBI

Long-lived clonal species seem strikingly rare. We analyze their properties in the light of meiotic sex development from existing prokaryotic repair mechanisms. Based on these considerations, we speculate that eukaryotic sex likely developed as a cellular survival strategy, possibly in the context of internal reactive oxygen species stress generated by a (proto) mitochondrion. Thus, in the context of the symbiogenic model of eukaryotic origin, sex might directly result from the very evolutionary mode by which eukaryotic cells arose.

via www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Sex talk.

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The Coming of the Age of Gibberish | Carl R. Trueman | First Things

I am not sure what is more depressing/amusing: That the editor felt it necessary to add this platitudinous preface; Or that we live in a world where such nonsense now passes for a coherent comment. Some white people now identify as African Americans. Somewhere out there someone who did not die on St. Helena in 1821 might nevertheless still identify as Napoleon. Is it now the case that we will not be able to talk about race or about the history of nineteenth century France without some equivalent caveat? One might translate what the editor is really saying as ‘the concept of being a woman is now utterly meaningless but we have decided to preserve the fiction at those points where it is politically convenient for us to do so.' Notice the editor's use of the vague term feel and the slippery adjective appropriate. As ever, in our aesthetic age, it is impossible to argue against a feeling.

via www.firstthings.com

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The Minimum-Wage Muddle - The New York Times

What we have, in sum, is a very complicated situation. If we do raise the minimum wage a lot of people will clearly benefit and a lot of people will clearly be hurt. The most objective and broadest bits of evidence provoke ambivalence. One survey of economists by the University of Chicago found that 59 percent believed that a rise to $9 an hour would make it “noticeably harder” for poor people to find work. But a slight majority also thought the hike would be worthwhile for those in jobs. A study by the Congressional Budget Office found that a hike to $10.10 might lift 900,000 out of poverty but cost roughly 500,000 jobs.

via www.nytimes.com

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The Singular Mind of Terry Tao - The New York Times

That spring day in his office, reflecting on his career so far, Tao told me that his view of mathematics has utterly changed since childhood. ‘‘When I was growing up, I knew I wanted to be a mathematician, but I had no idea what that entailed,’’ he said in a lilting Australian accent. ‘‘I sort of imagined a committee would hand me problems to solve or something.’’ But it turned out that the work of real mathematicians bears little resemblance to the manipulations and memorization of the math student. Even those who experience great success through their college years may turn out not to have what it takes. The ancient art of mathematics, Tao has discovered, does not reward speed so much as patience, cunning and, perhaps most surprising of all, the sort of gift for collaboration and improvisation that characterizes the best jazz musicians. Tao now believes that his younger self, the prodigy who wowed the math world, wasn’t truly doing math at all. ‘‘It’s as if your only experience with music were practicing scales or learning music theory,’’ he said, looking into light pouring from his window. ‘‘I didn’t learn the deeper meaning of the subject until much later.’’

via www.nytimes.com

Smart.

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Same-Sex Spousal Benefits and Religious-Freedom Claims: What Does the Law Say Now That Gay Marriage Is Legal in America? - The Atlantic

This is a big deal: The Commission’s recommendations shape rulings on federal employees’ workplace-discrimination claims, and its field offices deal with claims made by employees at private organizations, as well. But the ruling is also a reminder of how complicated—and unresolved—the post-Obergefell legal landscape is. The Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of same-sex marriage at the end of June has set the country up for two new waves of discrimination claims: those made by same-sex couples and LGBT workers, and those made by religious Americans who oppose same-sex marriage. The two may seem distinct or even opposed, but they’re actually intertwined: In certain cases, extending new rights to LBGT workers will necessarily lead to religious-freedom objections, and vice versa.

via www.theatlantic.com

Aiii chihuahua. Getting tired of saying it but it seems so appropriate.

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Marginal REVOLUTION — Small Steps Towards A Much Better World

Then MacAskill subverts the narrative and drops the bomb:

…despite the hype and the awards and the millions of dollars spent, no one had really considered the practicalities of the PlayPump. Most playground merry-go-rounds spin freely once they’ve gained sufficient momentum–that’s what makes them fun. But in order to pump water, PlayPumps need constant force, and children playing on them would quickly get exhausted.

The women whose labor was supposed to be saved end up pushing the merry-go-round themselves, which they find demeaning and more exhausting than using a hand-pump. Moreover, the device is complicated and requires extensive maintenance that cannot be done in the village. The PlayPump is a disaster.

via marginalrevolution.com

What a horrible idea. Lots of people must have known this before it was stuck in a bunch of African villages.

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Lost in Cambodia | The life and death of Malcolm Caldwell | World news | The Guardian

The name of Malcolm Caldwell is remembered now by very few people: some friends, family, colleagues, and students of utopian folly. In the 1970s, though, Caldwell was a major figure in protest politics. He was chair of CND for two years, a leading voice in the anti-Vietnam war campaign, a regular contributor to Peace News, and a stalwart supporter of liberation movements in the developing world. He spoke at meetings all over the country, wrote books and articles, and engaged in public spats with such celebrated opponents as Bernard Levin.

via www.theguardian.com

A fascinating and darkly hilarious story. From 2010 and the Guardian.

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Mexico search for 43 missing students in Iguala has turned up 60 mass graves with 129 bodies | Fox News

Mexico's attorney general says authorities have found at least 60 mass graves with 129 bodies in the southern city of Iguala since the disappearance of 43 college students there last September, a case in which the government says the youths were killed and incinerated.

via www.foxnews.com

Yeah, this makes me uncomfortable about visiting old Mehico.

July 27, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Judge orders Obama administration to release illegal immigrants from 'deplorable' facilities | Fox News

A federal judge in California has ruled that hundreds of illegal immigrant women and children in U.S. holding facilities should be released, another apparent setback for President Obama’s immigration policy, according to The Los Angeles Times.

via www.foxnews.com

Welcome to America!

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The State GOP Wave by Steven Malanga, City Journal Summer 2015

The victories continued a remarkable state winning streak for Republicans since Barack Obama became president. Pundits initially described the 2008 election as a major leftward shift in American politics, and it’s easy to see why: as the Obama era opened, the GOP held just 22 governorships and 14 state legislatures. But voters almost immediately began electing Republican lawmakers who rejected Obama’s call for bigger government and higher taxes. And they kept electing them last year, despite failed efforts by Democrats’ union allies to unseat incumbent Republican governors like Scott Walker in Wisconsin and John Kasich in Ohio. Today, Republican governors rule in 31 states, and the party has gained nearly 900 state legislative seats, giving it control of 30 state legislatures; Democrats hold the majority in 11, with eight split, and one (Nebraska’s) unicameral and officially nonpartisan.

via www.city-journal.org

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Family of screaming toddler is actually rewarded for good parenting « Hot Air

By now most of you probably saw the story of the restaurant owner in Maine who got in trouble for raising her voice at a belligerent toddler who was screaming in the eatery without the parents doing anything about it. The small business owner has been largely demonized for it. Well before that we covered a story here about the seafood restaurant which grew so frustrated with the unruly offspring of the Time Out Generation of parents that they sought to ban kids from the establishment. They were quickly forced to apologize and rescind the ban.

via hotair.com

For what it may be worth, LWJ and I would not dream of just sitting in a nice restaurant or even not so nice restaurant with a screaming child. What are tasers for, anyway? Ah, just kidding. But we would take our child out until he or she, had we had any female offspring, which we didn't, which is not an act of sexism on our part, it being notoriously difficult to choose the sex of your offspring, just shut up. Planes are different and I'm glad the kids are no longer of the disruptive age. Now they plug in and you need to make noise to get their attention.

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A Black Cat In A Dark Room: A Week In The Mysterious Sleeping Villages Of Kazakhstan - BuzzFeed News

“Lyuba? Lyuba?” They called. No response. Nadezhda, a former nurse, hurried over. She tapped her lightly — nothing. She checked Lyuba’s pulse — it was normal. She checked her pupils — they were dilated. “Call the ambulance,” she commanded. Then she noticed Lyuba was snoring.

via www.buzzfeed.com

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Why Israel will hit Iran after Obama's gone - The Orange County Register

Sixteen months later, America will have a new president. Very soon thereafter, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is likely to take military action against Iranian nuclear facilities. The United States will be drawn in to help support Israel.

via www.ocregister.com

Tom Campbell is a smart guy.

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No Americans in IAEA's Iran inspection teams, says Susan Rice | The Times of Israel

“The IAEA will field an international team of inspectors and those inspectors will, in all likelihood, come from IAEA member states, most of whom have diplomatic relations with Iran. We [the United States] are a rare exception,” US National Security Adviser Susan Rice told CNN on Thursday.

via www.timesofisrael.com

Of course.

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British economics graduates have left a trail of misery around the world » The Spectator

Most of our British university teachers imbue their overseas students with disastrous ideas and remain comfortably here, uninvolved in the misery they have sown overseas. One heroic-cum-tragic exception was Malcolm Caldwell, a communist lecturer at the School of Oriental and African Studies who was such a fan of Pol Pot and his murderous regime that he went over to see it in person. He had a private interview with Pol Pot himself and was murdered later the same day.

via www.spectator.co.uk

Ha! Serves the bugger right.

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British economics graduates have left a trail of misery around the world » The Spectator

Varoufakis was a product of British universities. He read economics at Essex and mathematical statistics at Birmingham, returning to Essex to do a PhD in economics. With the benefit of his British university education he returned to Greece and, during his short time in office, obliterated the nascent recovery. The economy is now expected to contract by 4 per cent this year — an amazing transformation. Greece’s debt burden has increased by tens of billions and many people have emigrated.

But Varoufakis is not alone. Plenty of other visitors to our universities have been influenced by the teaching here and returned to their countries to wreak havoc.

via www.spectator.co.uk

In the finest traditions of British education. I read Philosophy and Economics at Oxford. You could elect two out of the three famous Politics, Philosophy and Economics. I did very well on the Philosophy papers, but just so-so on the economics papers. I just couldn't understand the economics. Then I went to Yale Law School, fell in with the law and economics crowd, and learned about micro for the first time. I had also imbibed a lot of confusion as a Cornell econ undergraduate. Economics isn't so hard if you just understand it's about a lot of people trying to maximize their wealth. But not so at Oxford.

July 26, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Woman who shot alleged attacker may have slain a serial killer, police say - The Washington Post

A woman in Charleston, W.Va., may have saved her own life and the lives of many other women, as well, when she shot and killed an alleged attacker in her home last week.

via www.washingtonpost.com

July 26, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Seaweed that tastes like bacon - Business Insider

Researchers at Oregon State have patented a new strain of seaweed that tastes like bacon when it's cooked.

via www.businessinsider.com

This is big. Very big.

July 26, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

This brain-eating amoeba is rare to find but the infection is always fatal - Nature World Report

A rare, and very serious infection is caused by the microscopic organism called the primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM). The Centers for Disease control and Prevention (CDC) stated that Naegleria fowleri is an amoeba that lives in warm, fresh water. The amoeba affects people who have water up their nose through swimming or other water activities. The amoeba infection is not contracted through drinking water and once it is contracted, it is always fatal. The CDC notes that several cases of PAM resulted from colonization of public water systems by N. fowleri.

via www.natureworldreport.com

Remind me not to swim in Louisiana.

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Police probe decapitation of Arizona woman and her dogs | Reuters

The grisly scene was discovered Saturday morning after a neighbor decided to check on the welfare of a married couple he knew had mental health issues.

When the husband opened the door to the couple's home he was naked, a portion of his left forearm was cut off, his right eye was missing, and large amounts of blood were seen throughout the home, according to Phoenix police.

via www.reuters.com

This is what happens when people don't have guns.

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Ace of Spades HQ

Nice move, Rick. You're the embodiment of the innovative and dynamic thinking that gave us New Coke. Heckofajob, Clowney.

See, here's the thing Rick Wilson: The message being sent is not that we <3 Trump. It's not even that immigration is the most important issue of our times, or that huge swaths of America suddenly woke up racist against Mexiacans. No, the message here that you're missing is that we hate and despise YOU. That's right, you personally, and the Republican Party specifically.

And still you don't get it. The Republican response to this groundswell of opprobrium is this pathetic Muppet flail of an article. The Senate response is to break all of it's precedents and rules by inverting the treaty oversight requirement from 2/3 to 1/3, handing Obama the ability to enter into this disastrous agreement with a country that has been at war with the US since 1979. You think we don't notice that Obama is paying Iran $140 billion of our money ( “our” as in “The American Taxpayer” ) to a regime that is responsible for killing or maiming tens of thousands of our sons and daughters who served honorably in the sandbox this past decade? Just this week the House decided that the proper response was a liberal bill with a rider attached that refunds the Ex/Im Bank so that you can pour more of our money into the pockets of your cronies. We're the politically active class, we notice these things, even though you think we don't. We. Are. Mad. As. FUCK. Mr. Wilson. And. We're. Not. Going. To. Take. It. Any. More. Those are all one syllable words Mr. Wilson, are you beginning to understand?

via ace.mu.nu

Ace is talking about Wilson's article in Politico. He doesn't like it.

July 26, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Top Scott Walker Fundraiser Calls Donald Trump ‘DumbDumb’ - Washington Wire - WSJ

“I didn’t mean that to be public but obviously I stand behind it,” Mr. Slayton said. “Look, this is a great country. Guys who are not that smart can get rich, it’s wonderful. But Donald Trump is not going to be president of the United States ever, period, end of story.”

via blogs.wsj.com

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Trump launches offensive against Walker | TheHill

Billionaire businessman Donald Trump on Saturday unleashed a personal attack at Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, days after being the target of the governor’s latest campaign blast.

Trump’s speech in Iowa came on the heels of a fundraiser for Walker referring to the New York business mogul as “DumbDumb” in an event invitation email earlier this week.

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Blasting the “horrible” insult from Walker’s campaign, Trump went on the offensive with criticism against Walker’s economic record.  

“Wisconsin is in turmoil,” Trump told a boisterous crowd at a rally in Iowa. He pointed to the state’s roads, schools and hospitals, which he said were all “a disaster.”

Walker, who is leading polls in Iowa, remains one of Trump’s biggest rivals in the race.

via thehill.com

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Looking Away From Abortion - The New York Times

This reluctance is a human universal. It’s why white Southerners long preferred Lost Cause mythology to slaveholding realities. It’s why patriotic Americans rarely want to dwell too long on My Lai or Manzanar or Nagasaki. It’s why, like many conservatives, I was loath to engage with the reality of torture in Bush-era interrogation programs.

But the reluctance to look closely doesn’t change the truth of what there is to see. Those were dead human beings on Richard Selzer’s street 40 years ago, and these are dead human beings being discussed on video today: Human beings that the nice, idealistic medical personnel at Planned Parenthood have spent their careers crushing, evacuating, and carving up for parts.

The pro-life sting was sweeping; there are reportedly 10 videos to go. You can turn away. But there will be plenty of chances to look, to see, to know.

via www.nytimes.com

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Trump Tells It Like It Is | RealClearPolitics

Donald Trump has said fewer untrue or mean-spirited things than Barack Obama utters in a typical day. His GOP critics should keep that in mind. 

via www.realclearpolitics.com

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