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Friday, April 17, 2015

Black Scientist: Push to Colonize Mars is Racist | PUNDIT PRESS

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.”

via thepunditpress.com

This had not occurred to me. It does strike me as an enormous sinkhole of money though.

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College Apologizes for Serving Mexican Food During Sci-Fi Event | PUNDIT PRESS

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.

via thepunditpress.com

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Jeepers! Hillary's Campaign Is Even Creepier Than You Think | RealClearPolitics

Greetings, American humans! Hello, advanced mammalian friends! Welcome to the Week of Hillary!

via www.realclearpolitics.com

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So Roundup “probably” causes cancer. This means what, exactly? | Grist

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.

via grist.org

It's a drag pulling weeds.

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Chipotle manager says Hillary didn't tip | TheHill

The manager of an Ohio Chipotle restaurant on Wednesday said Hillary Clinton didn’t drop money in the tip jar during her visit earlier this week.

via thehill.com

Yup.

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Sieren′s China: Not a good day for the Party | Asia | DW.DE | 17.04.2015

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.

via www.dw.de

Constitutional government by 2100.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Candy Crush injury suggests gaming is great for pain | UTSanDiego.com

A Pacific Beach resident and former Navy man played a cellphone game called Candy Crush so relentlessly that he tore a tendon in his thumb.

Although the injury sounds painful, he said he didn’t notice it – even though it took six to eight weeks to develop.

Naval Medical Center San Diego researchers hypothesize it was the video game itself, acting as a digital painkiller, that took the pain away.

via www.utsandiego.com

PB gets all kinds.

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Person killed during gas station robbery in Clairemont | UTSanDiego.com

— A customer who stopped to get a light for his cigarette at a Clairemont Arco gas station was fatally shot early Thursday morning by a masked gunman who robbed the convenience store, San Diego police said.

via www.utsandiego.com

Guns don't kill people; cigarettes kill people.

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For Better Or Worse, Clinton Is Likely Stuck Running For Obama’s Third Term | FiveThirtyEight

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:

via fivethirtyeight.com

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Scientists finally figure out what makes your knuckles crack - The Washington Post

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.

via www.washingtonpost.com

I thought it was more profound than that.

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Paul Krugman claims “there basically aren’t any libertarians” - The Washington Post

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.

via www.washingtonpost.com

It's a full time job, checking up on Krugman.

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Women are better at DIY (in chimps at least): Female primates can master and use tools more easily than males | Daily Mail Online

When it comes to DIY stereotypes suggest that men are more adept than women.

via www.dailymail.co.uk

So then why do they make us do it?

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Could Taking Acetaminophen Dull Your Happiness? - US News

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.

via health.usnews.com

I never trusted that stuff. What about ibuprophen?

April 15, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Professor explains whether cat is going up or down stairs - CNET

For the last 48 hours, the world has been divided between those who think the cat is going upstairs and those sure it's on its way down.

via www.cnet.com

I can't tell.

April 15, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

TaxProf Blog: NY Times: Would You Let The IRS Prepare Your Taxes?

Mr. Ventry said that if return-free filing were operated nationally, tens of millions of people with simple tax situations might have to do just a few minutes of work at tax time every year. The I.R.S. would send them a tax return that had already been filled in with their financial data, and if everything looked in order, they would file it either through the mail or electronically. The return would be completely voluntary. People who disputed the I.R.S.’s calculation would be able to do their taxes the old-fashioned way. Tens of millions of additional taxpayers with more complex returns would be able to save time by downloading all the financial information that the government has collected about them during the year. You would be able to do your return without hunting for every stray W2 or 1099 in your household. “It can help all 145 million taxpayers,” Mr. Ventry said.

But Intuit’s opposition to return-free filing has been ferocious. In the last five years, according to disclosure documents, Intuit spent nearly $13 million on federal lobbying. That is about the same amount that companies many times its size have spent on lobbying. Apple, which has an annual income about 40 times that of Intuit, also spent about $13 million on lobbying in the same period. While documents show that Intuit lobbies on several issues, including immigration, cybersecurity and intellectual property law, the company’s largest lobbying contracts all involve the issue of tax administration.

via taxprof.typepad.com

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about this story is how cheap it is to buy the laws you want. $13 million is a mere pittance.

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Clowns

I hate clowns.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Córdoba Man Attacks Robbers with Katana | The Bubble

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.

via www.bubblear.com

Useful articles. I keep one handy.

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I Am An ‘Everyday Iowan’ And Here Is How Close I Got To Hillary Clinton Today

Funny.

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Valerie Plame & Joe Wilson: America needs Hillary

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.

via www.usatoday.com

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

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Woman with $14 million book advance attacks CEO pay « Hot Air

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.

via hotair.com

It's a bit like CEO salaries only much worse.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

ISIS Demands $30 Million to Release Christians - World - CBN News - Christian News 24-7 - CBN.com

The Islamic State is demanding a $30 million ransom to release hundreds of Christian hostages.

via www.cbn.com

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Chess champ busted in embarrassing bathroom cheat | New York Post

“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.”

via nypost.com

That's cheating.

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Italian Espresso Maker Is Space Station Bound « CBS Miami

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.

via miami.cbslocal.com

She needs her coffee.

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The Pope and Turkey: Anger over Armenia | The Economist

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”.

via www.economist.com

Go Pope!

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A Deep Dive Into Party Affiliation | Pew Research Center for the People and the Press

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.

via www.people-press.org

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Concealed-carry gun case heads back to 9th Circuit | UTSanDiego.com

It’s been more than a year since a divided panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that self-defense is reason enough for law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms — a victory for gun-rights advocates. Now, that decision has been put on hold, as a larger panel of judges within the same court prepares to rehear the case in June.

via www.utsandiego.com

You know what to say.

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Maggot infestation saves man’s life | Fox News

"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.”

via www.foxnews.com

The bright side of maggot infestation.

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US vows to protest 'unsafe and unprofessional' Russian intercept of reconnaissance plane | Fox News

The U.S. has said it will protest what it called the "unsafe and unprofessional" intercept of an American reconnaissance plane by Russian fighter jet over the Baltic Sea last week.

via www.foxnews.com

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Obama Owes Critics of the Iran Deal an Apology | RealClearPolitics

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.

via www.realclearpolitics.com

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Top firms not touching gay marriage briefs

Discretion is the better part of valor, after all.

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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.

via pjmedia.com

Roy Rogers? Snidely Whiplash? Who dem? Actually, it brings back great memories of lounging in front of the TV in my jammies.

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It’s not red state vs blue state. It’s city vs country « Hot Air

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.

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Ready for Hillary

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Court Sides With Baker Who Denied A Christian Customer Bible Verses Be Written on Cakes

A bakery in Colorado has been found not guilty of discrimination after they denied baking two Bible shaped cakes for a Christian ‘activist.’

via www.ijreview.com

Now I'm confused.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Insiders: The Democratic Whackjob Survey - The Washington Post

  • 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.

via www.washingtonpost.com

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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.

via www.jpost.com

Sounds like a fake though.

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Being fat in middle age reduces risk of developing dementia, researchers say - The Washington Post

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.

via www.washingtonpost.com

Hooray! Via instapundit.

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There's No Crying In Journalism! Stop Whining About Rand Paul

Are they crying? Are they crying? Are they crying? There’s no crying! There’s no crying in journalism!

via thefederalist.com

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.

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Sweden: Rape Capital of the West

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.

via www.gatestoneinstitute.org

Is this true? I had no idea.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

The Lefts Middle-Class Problem

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.

via www.nationalreview.com

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Nazi buddha from space might be fake | Science | The Guardian

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.

via www.theguardian.com

O darn.

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Drinkard named as Potrero fatal shooting victim | UTSanDiego.com

— A man who was fatally shot in Potrero two weeks ago has been identified by authorities as Ronald Patrick Drinkard, brother of a man shot and killed by a sheriff’s deputy in 2006.

Drinkard, 40, a Potrero resident, was shot along Coyote Holler Road by Mike Walliser, 67, on March 22, sheriff’s officials said.

Homicide investigators said Walliser called 911 to report having shot a man who had made repeated threats against him. Walliser surrendered when a deputy went to the rural East County community.

Walliser was booked into jail, but then was released and no charges have been filed against him.

Drinkard was arrested in 2006 as a suspect in a hit-and-run collision with a bicyclist on Lyons Valley Road in Jamul. The California Highway Patrol alleged that Drinkard’s truck swerved into the wrong lane and hit cyclist Clark Metcalf head-on. Metcalf suffered several broken bones in the impact.

The CHP said evidence led to Drinkard as a suspect and he was arrested four months later when a deputy pulled him over for possible drunken driving. He was convicted and sentenced to four years in prison for the hit-and-run.

Four days after the hit-and-run crash, Drinkard’s brother, Kenneth Lee Drinkard, was killed in a confrontation with a sheriff’s deputy. He had been pulled over for a traffic violation on his motorcycle in Jamul and got into a fight with the deputy, authorities said. He was alleged to have grabbed the deputy’s baton and the deputy shot him in the chest.

via www.utsandiego.com

In this brief piece, one can savor, if you want, the essence of East County. There are too many layers for me to attempt to capture it all, rat now.

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San Diego hosts three different car events this weekend. | UTSanDiego.com

For a daylong adventure in the Jamul backcountry, head to this show, which will have lowriders, hot rods, trucks and classics on display. There will also be vendors serving up homemade chili, a beer garden, live music and other food options for those who don’t like chili.

Details: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Pio Pico Thousand Trails, 14615 Otay Lakes Road, Jamul. Free for spectators, various fees for chili tastes. (619) 993-9904 or jamulkiwanis.org

via www.utsandiego.com

For those of you not into the Concourse d'Elegance or whatever it's called.

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Plucking hairs could help treat baldness, study finds Medical News Today

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.

via www.medicalnewstoday.com

I think I'd rather be bald.

April 10, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Mitt Romney's NCAA Bracket Is Ridiculously Good

Out of 11.57 million brackets filled out in ESPN.com’s Tournament 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).

via www.huffingtonpost.com

That's because O is so much smarter than Mitt?

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Beyond the sweater vest: Santorum eyes 2016, religious freedom | MSNBC

So long, sweater vests.

via www.msnbc.com

Ahhh.

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2 cousins stabbed at party in Oak Park military housing complex - 10News.com KGTV ABC10 San Diego

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.

via www.10news.com

On my way home. The details are rich.

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Dog meat found in Tijuana Chinese restaurant | UTSanDiego.com

— Chinese restaurants across Tijuana have been suffering a sharp drop in customers this week following the discovery that workers at one establishment had been killing dogs and cooking their meat.

via www.utsandiego.com

Aiii Chihauhau! There's pun there. Get it? In fairness, it's probably just street mutts who would starve to death anyway. But people should be informed.

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Hot and bothered at San Diego State | San Diego Reader

San Diego State University is under scrutiny for its handling of a sexual assault investigation. In a lawsuit filed on April 8 in San Diego Superior Court, a now-expelled student is suing the college for failing to conduct a fair hearing and for not providing the accused student details of the charges nor allowing him to submit evidence in his defense.

via www.sandiegoreader.com

Gadzooks.

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Rough country's rewards | San Diego Reader

You will encounter Border Patrol agents. But no one will put that sign up. So, an awful lot of people come hiking here once and leave a little perturbed or insulted that a cop stopped and asked them where they were coming from or where they were going to. Which is sad, because their presence here is why this Alice in Wonderland mix of endangered habitat, wildlife, trash, astonishing views, and rare plants and animals is a good place to go hiking. It’s safe and really interesting.

via www.sandiegoreader.com

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