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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Terry Jones of Monty Python diagnosed with rare dementia - CNN.com

(CNN)Terry Jones, best known for his part in the British comedy group Monty Python, has been diagnosed with a rare form of dementia, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts confirmed today.

via www.cnn.com

This isn't very funny.

September 24, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

How Hillary's Campaign Is (Almost Certainly) Using Big Data - Scientific American Blog Network

Analytics will win votes this year. Science, as it did in 2012, is playing an important role for mass voter persuasion in the U.S. presidential race. It’s a numbers game: Predictive analytics targets campaign activities, strengthening a campaign's army of volunteers by driving its activities more optimally.

via blogs.scientificamerican.com

September 24, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Australia Is Drifting So Fast GPS Can't Keep Up

Australia is not quite where you think it is. The continent has shifted by 4.9 feet since the last adjustment was made to GPS coordinates in 1994, reports the New York Times.

via news.nationalgeographic.com

September 24, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Casual Quail Sex Leads to More Fearful, Fatter Offspring — NOVA Next | PBS

The personality of Japanese quail chicks changes depending on the kind of relationship formed between parents, according to a new study to be published in the Journal of Experimental Biology. Quail chicks born from parents who were attached to each other are more social, lighter, and less fearful.

And this effect, found by a team of researchers at the University of Rennes, France, isn’t a question of quail parenting strategies. Instead, it’s entirely prenatal. It all depends on whether the parent quails had settled into a tight, exclusive pair bond.

via www.pbs.org

September 24, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

First Ever Quadriplegic Treated With Stem Cells Regains Motor Control in His Upper Body - Good News Network

For the first time ever, neuroscientists have treated a total quadriplegic with stem cells, and he has substantially recovered the functions of his upper body only two months into the process.

The Keck Medical Center of USC announced that a team of doctors became the first in California to inject an experimental treatment made from stem cells, AST-OPC1, into the damaged cervical spine of a recently paralyzed 21-year-old man as part of a multi-center clinical trial.

via www.goodnewsnetwork.org

September 24, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Rutgers law professors say pets are 'animal slaves,' argue domestication is form of torture - Washington Times

Two Rutgers University law professors have published an essay making a “case against pets,” arguing that domestication of animals is a form of torture that is morally and ethically wrong.

via www.washingtontimes.com

Curious about these claims, the RC interviewed two straight-out pets, Chopi (short for Chopiqualque) and Gandalf about their views on this matter.

RC: Good morning, Chopi; Gandalf.
Chopi: Hi! Hi! Hi! Hi!
Gandalf: Where's my breakfast! I want my breakfast! Now! Now!
(I should add, Chopi is a Labrador, while Gandalf is a Bichon.)
RC: Just a moment, Gandalf.
Gandalf: Moment, hell! I want my breakfast! Get it for me! NOW! I demand it!
Chopi: Hi! Hey! Hey! Ooops. Better let me outside! Need to pee!
RC: Could we have a serious discussion, just for a moment?
Chopi: Hi! Ok! Sure! Sure!
Gandalf:I WANT MY
[Get Gandalf his breakfast]
Ok, humppff. Gobble, gobble.
Chopi: Hi! Hi! I suppose we have rights as animals even though we're not Kantian subjects! Who cares! Who cares!
RC: This is hopeless.

September 24, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Obama used pseudonym to e-mail Hillary on secret server - Hot Air Hot Air

New releases from the FBI investigation show that Obama communicated with Hillary over her clintonemail.com server, clearly making his statement to Kroft a lie.

via hotair.com

September 24, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

If Not Trump, Who Will Cure the Rot? - WSJ

At bottom, it’s this rottenness of American political culture that allows Mr. Trump, for all his flaws as a candidate and human being, to find traction with so many voters. Not because he’s a uniquely attractive individual, but because he’s uniquely willing to violate the political taboos and challenge the status quo. Indeed, his most insidious offense may be his suggestion that some problems aren’t intractable.

via www.wsj.com

September 24, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, September 23, 2016

How Reddit Ruined The Hillary Clinton Campaign | The Daily Caller

After years of searching by Congressional investigators, FBI agents and investigative journalists, the timeline of Hillary Clinton’s email scandal still contained gaps in which the buck could be passed. Paul Combetta, the IT tech from Platte River Networks, was Hillary Clinton’s fall-guy. The Clinton campaign said Mr. Combetta acted alone when he used BleachBit deletion software to permanently destroy 33,000 supposed yoga, recipe and marital communications on Hillary’s private email server, pursuant to a 60-day email retention policy. The data was so ruined that “even God” couldn’t read it.

Then came “Stonetear,” whose actions could become the modern-day equivalent of Watergate in this campaign. On September 16, 2016, Twitter user @GOPpollanalyst, who goes by the online name “Katica,” sent me this bombshell via direct message to my @RepStevenSmith congressional parody account:

via dailycaller.com

This is sort of an epic story. H/t GB.

September 23, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (1)

A Hollywood Spotlight on South Sudan's Horrors | RealClearPolitics

Clooney and Cheadle’s activism on this issue (the former spotlighted atrocities in the Darfur region of Sudan a decade ago; the latter, who starred in “Hotel Rwanda,” is a founding board member of Not on Our Watch, a global human-rights group) is a caution for anyone inclined to take a jaundiced view when celebrities sally forth on the political issue du jour. This is a serious report, a serious challenge to officials and journalists, about a land and people that are too easily forgotten. Especially winning was Clooney’s humble challenge to the journalists at the press club:  "Investigate us. But don't take our word for it. Investigate it yourself. Look at the information with an open mind."

via www.realclearpolitics.com

September 23, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Heather MacDonald on Black Lives Matter: Does The Truth Matter? | Video | RealClearPolitics

Are the police racist? Do they disproportionately shoot African-Americans? Are incidents in places like Ferguson and Baltimore evidence of systemic discrimination? Heather Mac Donald, a scholar at the Manhattan Institute, explains.

via www.realclearpolitics.com

September 23, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton's Chances Revealed by Startup Predata

Aaron Timms, Director of Content at risk analytics startup Predata, thinks so. In Predata’s latest report on the election, Timms writes that it is “suddenly starting to look like the election is Trump’s to lose.”

The two-year-old New York company was founded by Jim Shinn, a veteran of the CIA and an assistant secretary for East Asia at the U.S. Department of Defense, and Andre Choi, his former student at Princeton. The mission was to harness the web’s metadata to put a number on the likelihood of a real world event occurring.

via fortune.com

September 23, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Anthem protest spreads to Oakland City Council - San Francisco Chronicle

Colin Kaepernick’s decision to not stand for the national anthem has inspired two Oakland City Council members to remain seated for the pledge of allegiance.

via www.sfchronicle.com

It is kind of dreadful song, as has been often noted. Maybe Ted Nugent could write us a new one.

September 23, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

My Big Problem With President Obama’s U.N. Speech

“Polyphonous”? Whatever you say David. It was also revolting.

via freebeacon.com

September 23, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

WATCH: Inside the Night President Obama Took On Donald Trump | The Choice 2016 | FRONTLINE | PBS

“Every critic, every detractor, will have to bow down to President Trump,” she adds. “It’s everyone who’s ever doubted Donald, whoever disagreed, whoever challenged him — it is the ultimate revenge to become the most powerful man in the universe.”

via www.pbs.org

Sounds kind of like Obama, except in his case it was more like he was revealed to be the most virtuous man in the universe. Hillary OTOH appears motivated by just a craving for raw power. It's all just loverly.

September 23, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Climate Change Threatens World’s Coffee Supply, Report Says - The New York Times

The report, released this month by the Climate Institute, a nonprofit organization in Australia, was commissioned by Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand, the regional hub of the global Fairtrade system.

via www.nytimes.com

One hopes I'll be dead before this happens.

September 23, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Clinton’s 65% Killer Death Tax - WSJ

Hillary Clinton says she wants the votes of Republicans who are troubled by Donald Trump, but you wouldn’t know it from her continued left turns on the economy. On Thursday she decided that her proposal to raise the death tax to 45% from 40% isn’t enough and endorsed even higher levies that would apply to thousands of estates.

via www.wsj.com

So whatever you do, don't die.

September 23, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

British Labour’s Breakdown - WSJ

Britain’s Labour Party holds its annual conference this weekend in Liverpool, and the occasion is being framed in the media as a battle between leader Jeremy Corbyn and his less-radical colleagues for the soul of the British left. The better way to understand the conference is as a death knell for what used to be called “New Labour.”

via www.wsj.com

September 23, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Clinton’s Leading In Exactly The States She Needs To Win | FiveThirtyEight

Right now, Clinton is over the line by exactly one state. As of this writing, that state — what we also call the tipping-point state — is New Hampshire. But a group of states are closely lumped together, and Pennsylvania, Colorado and Wisconsin have all taken their turn as the tipping-point state in recent weeks.

via fivethirtyeight.com

September 23, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Clinton’s Leading In Exactly The States She Needs To Win | FiveThirtyEight

Right now, Clinton is over the line by exactly one state. As of this writing, that state — what we also call the tipping-point state — is New Hampshire. But a group of states are closely lumped together, and Pennsylvania, Colorado and Wisconsin have all taken their turn as the tipping-point state in recent weeks.

via fivethirtyeight.com

September 23, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The transgender family where the father gives birth - BBC News

Diane and Fernando are South America's most high-profile transgender couple. For many, they are a symbol of growing tolerance in the region.

via www.bbc.com

I don't understand this. But it's ok, right?

September 22, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Tulsa Police Officer Charged in Terence Crutcher’s Death - WSJ

The police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man in Tulsa, Okla., was charged with first-degree manslaughter on Thursday, less than a week after the incident, which was caught on two widely circulated police videos.

via www.wsj.com

September 22, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The IRS chief's meeting with the Judiciary Committee didn't go particularly well - Hot Air Hot Air

You may recall that only a week ago the House decided to postpone an impeachment vote for IRS commissioner John Koskinen in favor of holding hearings instead. This clearly distressed a number of conservatives who feel that the mismanagement of the agency and its various scandals were more than sufficient grounds to give the man his walking papers. Still, the hearings were bound to produce some fireworks and the first round certainly didn’t disappoint. Today I wanted to hit a few of the highlights.

via hotair.com

Don't the Germans have a word for "a face that wants to be punched"?

September 22, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Yahoo Says Information on at Least 500 Million User Accounts Was Stolen - WSJ

Yahoo Inc. YHOO 0.23 % on Thursday disclosed a massive security breach by a “state-sponsored actor” affecting at least 500 million users, the latest hurdle for the beaten-down internet company as it works through the sale of its core business.

via www.wsj.com

At this point, I guess I just have to hope for safety in numbers.

September 22, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (1)

How to Know an Election is Over | Scott Adams' Blog

Listen to this clip in which Clinton asks why she isn’t leading by 50 points. Ignore the content of what she says, because no one cares about content. Just feel it.

via blog.dilbert.com

I don't feel anything. Maybe that's the point? Maybe I just don't get persuaded normally? Maybe Scott Adams is on some level just full of it? I don't think he is, though. I think it's more likely I'm emotionally blind to certain things. Or so I conclude after many decades of observing this odd country.

September 22, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (1)

CIA Director Once Voted for Communist Presidential Candidate

“We’ve all had indiscretions in our past,” he said. “I would not be up here if that was disqualifying.”

via freebeacon.com

Good lord.

September 22, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Young voters to 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton: We don't like you | McClatchy DC

Students all over Penn State University agree on this much about Hillary Clinton: “She’s slimy,” said Anay Pope.

via www.mcclatchydc.com

From the mouths of babes.

September 22, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Syria: Kurdish soldiers loot Christian homes; archbishop escapes death : News Headlines | Catholic Culture

Kurdish forces fired bullets into the home of a Syrian Catholic archbishop as part of a campaign of intimidation against Christians.

Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo, who is based in the northeastern Syrian city of Al-Hasakah, told the Fides news agency that he narrowly escaped being shot in the head.

via www.catholicculture.org

September 22, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Historic pictures reveal reality of visiting a beach in Victorian Britain | Daily Mail Online

From fashionable ladies flashing their ankles as they paddle in the shallows, to hard-working fish wives helping sort the catch of the day, these historic photographs reveal the reality of visiting a beach in Victorian Britain.

via www.dailymail.co.uk

September 22, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (1)

UCLA Freshman Sends Insane List of Demands to Roommates Before Meeting Them

College is a great time to make friends, especially when one gets to live with roommates in dorms. Oftentimes, a new roommate means new stories to share, fresh interests to pursue and sleepless nights to spend studying together.

But for two UCLA students, one particularly aggressive roommate might make their dorm experience less than enjoyable with her insane list of demands — and they haven’t even met her yet.

via nextshark.com

My kids have been through if not roommate hell, at least roommate purgatory. I've been through it too. Perhaps it's part of growing up, but not a pleasant part.

September 22, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

UPDATED! In Defense of Instapundit Glenn Reynolds, Suspended from Twitter for Suggesting Motorists "Run Down" Charlotte Protesters - Hit & Run : Reason.com

Updated (10:44 A.M.): Glenn Reynolds is back on Twitter. Scroll down to see this return-tweet.

via reason.com

Glenn's back on Twitter, but he still has has UT to worry about, presumably. I don't think the complaints against him will go far there, however.

September 22, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Law professor urged motorists to run down Charlotte protesters - NY Daily News

The University of Tennessee College of Law Dean Melanie Wilson released a statement saying the school is investigating the post and that Reynolds "remarks on Twitter are an irresponsible use of his platform."

via www.nydailynews.com

It looks like Glenn is in hot water. If he were calling for cops to be shot, that would probably be OK though. It's good to know Twitter is such a vigilant defender of the 1st Amendment.

September 22, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Can Teenage Defiance Be Manipulated for Good? - The New York Times

A new study out today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds that teenagers make wiser choices if they are encouraged to reimagine healthy behavior as an act of defiance.

via www.nytimes.com

September 22, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Hmmm: Twitter suspends Instapundit over "Run them down" response to road-blocking rioters; Update: "An effort to shape the media battlespace between now and the election by silencing voices"? - Hot Air Hot Air

The Blogfather is off Twitter for the moment, which has most people scratching their heads. Glenn Reynolds responded to  news about protesters in Charlotte blocking roads, and in at least one case threatening the drivers by tweeting out, “Run them down.”

via hotair.com

September 22, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

How Cats Conquered the World (and a Few Viking Ships) - Scientific American

Thousands of years before cats came to dominate Internet culture, they swept through ancient Eurasia and Africa carried by early farmers, ancient mariners and even Vikings, finds the first large-scale look at ancient-cat DNA.

via www.scientificamerican.com

September 21, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Men’s Underwear Gets a Mesh Makeover - Bloomberg

It was 2006, Trent Kitsch was salmon fishing in Alaska, and he had a problem. “My package was stuck to my legs for hours,” he says. “The whole trip I kept thinking, I have to reinvent men’s underwear. There has to be a better way.” Kitsch, who at the time was 26 and in business school at the University of Western Ontario, hired a local fashion student to help create a design that would prevent stickage. Companies such as 2(X)ist had installed pouches for added room—and a more pronounced presentation—but Kitsch didn’t think they solved the Alaska dilemma.

via www.bloomberg.com

Could be epic.

September 21, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (1)

What’s the Most Popular Surname in Your State? – Ancestry Blog

When doing your family research, do you stumble across the last name Smith in your area frequently? According to listings in the white pages, Smith is one of the most popular last names in almost every region of the United States.

via blogs.ancestry.com

Just sayin'.

September 21, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Andrew Sullivan: My Distraction Sickness — and Yours

A year before, like many addicts, I had sensed a personal crash coming. For a decade and a half, I’d been a web obsessive, publishing blog posts multiple times a day, seven days a week, and ultimately corralling a team that curated the web every 20 minutes during peak hours. Each morning began with a full immersion in the stream of internet consciousness and news, jumping from site to site, tweet to tweet, breaking news story to hottest take, scanning countless images and videos, catching up with multiple memes. Throughout the day, I’d cough up an insight or an argument or a joke about what had just occurred or what was happening right now. And at times, as events took over, I’d spend weeks manically grabbing every tiny scrap of a developing story in order to fuse them into a narrative in real time. I was in an unending dialogue with readers who were caviling, praising, booing, correcting. My brain had never been so occupied so insistently by so many different subjects and in so public a way for so long.

via nymag.com

Yeah. I'm kind of a JV Andrew Sullivan I guess.

September 21, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Secret Canyon: Pine Valley Creek Wilderness Trail | San Diego Reader

Pine Valley Creek flows from the Laguna Mountains into Barrett Reservoir, passing through Secret Canyon on its descent. Most of the trail (about 14 miles) traverses the 13,000-acre Pine Creek Wilderness in the Cleveland National Forest. The trail is accessible from two locations: in the north from the Pine Creek Trailhead (described here) off Old Highway 80, and from the south at Horsethief Trailhead.

via www.sandiegoreader.com

The Horsethief Trailhead is only about 15 or 20 minutes from my house. I've gone hiking there with my kids. You don't want to do it on a hot day, but otherwise it's a remarkable hike. You go down into the scenery instead of up. Except on weekends, you're unlikely to see anybody. I guess it's safe from human-coyotes--I'm not sure. I'd pack if were legal to do so. It's only 15 miles or so from the border.There are signs that warn you about illegal activities going on and to be careful. It says "wide open spaces" but that's really not the vibe. It's more a feeling like you're descending into a secret, hidden place with only the sounds of water trickling and the wind to keep you company.

September 21, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Large human genetics study finds loneliness is a heritable trait

Loneliness is linked to poor physical and mental health, and is an even more accurate predictor of early death than obesity. To better understand who is at risk, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine conducted the first genome-wide association study for loneliness — as a life-long trait, not a temporary state.

via www.psypost.org

I would be totally lonely but I'm with other people most of the time. It's hard to feel lonely if you're not alone. Harder.

September 21, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (1)

DHS Gave Citizenship To 1800 On Deportation Orders | The Daily Caller

The real number of people who got citizenship instead of deportation from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is more than double what the media initially reported, a footnote in the report reveals.

via dailycaller.com

September 21, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Top Earners Back Clinton in Bloomberg Poll After Decades With GOP - Bloomberg Politics

Higher-income voters are narrowly supporting Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in another sign of how the 2016 presidential race is fracturing traditional voting blocs.

via www.bloomberg.com

September 21, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

IRS Maps Same-Sex Marriages By City, State

New York Times, The Most Detailed Map of Gay Marriage in America:

NY Times

via taxprof.typepad.com

What is that place out in the desert of SoCal with the highest concentration of gays in the country? After some thought, I think it has to be Palm Springs and surrounds, which if you haven't been is sort of like somebody chopped off a prosperous piece of LA and its golf courses and tennis courts and plopped in the middle of the Mojave. It's kinda beautiful but very, very hot in the summer. Ok in the winter I guess. Personally, I prefer Borrego Springs. I didn't know there were so many gays there. But it makes sense.

September 21, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

THE NEW REFORM CLUB: Some Thoughts on Professor Garrett Epps’ "Trumpism Is the Symptom of a Gravely Ill Constitution"

The funny thing is ... I don’t disagree with Professor Epps’ core thesis, which I restate here in my own words, as: something is wrong in the United States, and some of what is wrong relates to our Constitution.

That said: some of Professor Epps’ specific claims strike me as, at the very least, odd. How much worse than odd, if at all, I leave to you, the reasonable reader.

via reformclub.blogspot.ie

This is Seth Tillman on Garrett Epps, which is not a fair fight. Still, it's fun for that reason as well as many other obvious reasons.

September 21, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Video: Debate audience bursts into laughter when congressional candidate claims Hillary is 'honest' - Hot Air Hot Air

This is beautiful on so many levels.

via hotair.com

September 21, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (1)

This poll of the U.S. military has Gary Johnson tied with Donald Trump in the race for president

If American military personnel alone were selecting the next president, the contest would be a dead heat between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, according to an exclusive new survey by Military Times and Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families.

via www.militarytimes.com

Look at that. I always said our military was unusually intelligent. Not may votes for H either I guess.

September 21, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

It’s Still Clinton’s Race to Lose - WSJ

Despite a distressingly low signal-to-noise ratio in this year’s presidential contest, Americans have taken the measure of both candidates. Now, thanks to a fine-grain poll by Quinnipiac University, we can see what they think.

via www.wsj.com

This is Bill Galston, who's a Clinton supporter from way back; worked for Bill. The comments are funny.

September 21, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

San Diego roads better, but still need improvement - The San Diego Union-Tribune

A comprehensive new assessment shows the overall condition of San Diego’s streets has significantly improved since 2011, but that only 60 percent of city streets can be classified as in “good” condition.

via www.sandiegouniontribune.com

So a 60% would be an F, most profs would say. But hey, let's spend a few billion to keep the Chargers here! Otherwise, they might starve or something.

September 21, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (2)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Paul Krugman on Gary Johnson, libertarianism, and pollution - Marginal REVOLUTION

Paul Krugman is upset that many Millennials are toying with the idea of voting for Gary Johnson rather than Hillary Clinton. 

via marginalrevolution.com

Krugman is such an idiot.

September 20, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

U.S. military commanders are 'pissed off' about the mission creep in Syria

The deal for U.S. military cooperation with Russia would expand the current mission in Syria far beyond its exclusive focus on the Islamic State group.

And the Pentagon is not happy about it.

via www.militarytimes.com

September 20, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)