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Friday, June 23, 2017

Why It Matters Who Females Choose to Have Sex With

Here’s the fascinating issue with duck sex. Ducks are different from most birds in the fact that male ducks have a penis, analogous with the mammalian or human penis. And the fact that ducks still have a penis allows them to force copulation in ways that are unavailable to other birds.

via news.nationalgeographic.com

Ducks do it.

June 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Gangs of aggressive killer whales are shaking down Alaska fishing boats for their fish: report | National Post

The orcas will wait all day for a fisher to accumulate a catch of halibut, and then deftly rob them blind. They will relentlessly stalk individual fishing boats, sometimes forcing them back into port.

via nationalpost.com

h/t marginal revolution

June 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Congress Heads for a Showdown on Obamacare - The Atlantic

After days and weeks of breathless anticipation, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is set to release a “discussion draft” of his chamber’s version of the wildly controversial (read: unpopular) AHCA. To clarify: What McConnell’s dropping is not an actual bill, with the devilish details of a plan laid out in expansive, if largely impenetrable legislatese. A discussion draft can be as specific or as vague as the leader sees fit, and vanishingly few outside of McConnell’s office know for certain what to expect: A document resembling actual legislation? A reasonably meaty outline? A smattering of bullet points beefed up with meaningless slogans and cheery photos of senior citizens frolicking in fields of prescription drugs?  

via www.theatlantic.com

June 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

British schoolboys don skirts amid shorts ban in heatwave | KEYE

Boys at a British high school have found a novel way around strict uniform rules banning shorts, as the country swelters through a heatwave.

The schoolboys at Isca Academy in the southwestern city of Exeter donned skirts instead of the officially mandated gray slacks.

via cbsaustin.com

June 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Special election sweep boosts Trump agenda | TheHill

The Republican sweep of four contested House special elections this year has handed President Trump and his party a much-needed boost to move a healthcare bill and perhaps more of their stalled legislative agenda.

via thehill.com

June 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

When squirrels attack « Hot Air Headlines

Adam wasn’t bitten, thankfully. The squirrel leaped onto his chest, then quickly bounded off onto a nearby tree. (“So, basically parkour,” he said.)

via hotair.com

June 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Why does it get so hot in Phoenix? Arizona Science Center explains - ABC15 Arizona

"This is sometimes how heat travels is stuff bumping into each other," Huntley told them.

This was a heat demonstration Huntley involved them all in to try and explain what heat actually is.

via www.abc15.com

Good to get clear on that.

June 20, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Monday, June 19, 2017

The Supreme Court's Rulings on Free Speech in Tam and Packingham - The Atlantic

The U.S. Supreme Court handed down two notable victories for free-speech advocates on Monday as it nears the end of its current term. The two First Amendment cases came to the Court from starkly different circumstances, but the justices emphasized a similar theme in both rulings: Beware what the free-speech restrictions of today could be used to justify tomorrow.

via www.theatlantic.com

Every time the Court rules in favor the the First Amendment, an angel gets its wings.

June 19, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Lawsuit alleges hostile environment for Jews on San Francisco State campus - LA Times

Students and Jewish community members filed a lawsuit Monday against San Francisco State University and Cal State’s board of trustees, alleging that the San Francisco campus of the country’s largest public university system has long cultivated a hostile environment in which Jewish students are “often afraid to wear Stars of David or yarmulkes on campus, and regularly text their friends to describe potential safety issues.”

via www.latimes.com

June 19, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

EPA Ends $1 Million Taxpayer-Funded Gym Membership Program

The Environmental Protection Agency has ended a nearly $1 million program that provided gym memberships for employees.

via freebeacon.com

June 19, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Power causes brain damage « Hot Air Headlines

The sunniest possible spin, it seems, is that these changes are only sometimes harmful. Power, the research says, primes our brain to screen out peripheral information. In most situations, this provides a helpful efficiency boost. In social ones, it has the unfortunate side effect of making us more obtuse. Even that is not necessarily bad for the prospects of the powerful, or the groups they lead. As Susan Fiske, a Princeton psychology professor, has persuasively argued, power lessens the need for a nuanced read of people, since it gives us command of resources we once had to cajole from others. But of course, in a modern organization, the maintenance of that command relies on some level of organizational support. And the sheer number of examples of executive hubris that bristle from the headlines suggests that many leaders cross the line into counterproductive folly.

via hotair.com

Curious. I would bet it's irreproducible but who knows.

June 19, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Canceled flights, burning door handles: Heat hits Southwest - SFGate

Arizona is seeing the most stifling temperatures, but the wrath of the heat wave is being felt across Nevada and California as well. Las Vegas was forecast to hit 117 (47 Celsius) on Tuesday on the first day of summer, and excessive heat warnings cover almost all of California.

via www.sfgate.com

Hotter than a chili pepper in a culturally appropriated burrito!

June 19, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Time does not mend a broken heart as scientists find condition causes long-term damage

But a new study has apparently put their agonising to bed and concluded that not even the clock can always mend a broken heart.

via www.telegraph.co.uk

Sounds about right.

June 19, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Otto Warmbier: what happened during North Korea jailing?

He was a pawn, a victim of the maniacal brutality of Kim Jong-un.

And Otto’s parents never saw the boy they knew – that lively, intelligent, and affectionate boy they loved with all their hearts - again.

Otto wept through the trial

via www.theaustralian.com.au

A terrible story.

June 19, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Sunday, June 18, 2017

the united nations may finally make cultural appropriation illegal | read | i-D

The committee is pushing for three pieces of international law to put sanctions place. This will expand international property regulations to protect indigenous property ranging from designs to language. The UN should "obligate states to create effective criminal and civil enforcement procedures to recognize and prevent the non-consensual taking and illegitimate possession, sale and export of traditional cultural expressions," James Anaya, dean of law at the University of Colorado, told the committee. Anaya took explicit aim at Urban Outfitters's aforementioned Navajo line, which resulted in the Navajo Nation slapping the company with a lawsuit in 2012. (The case was eventually settled out of court.)

via i-d.vice.com

But what is cultural appropriation, amigo? How do you define it? Stay thirsty, my friends.

June 18, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

A few thoughts (and prayers) regarding the USS Fitzgerald - Hot Air Hot Air

As to what happened afterward, let’s just say that you should pray that you are never onboard a naval vessel during a fire or flooding situation. All the sailors are trained in damage control (DC) and everyone has DC assignments during an emergency. A fire below decks can turn those cramped passageways into a living hell with zero visibility and your protective breathing apparatus is the only thing keeping you alive. Flooding can be even worse. And while at sea, there are no fire departments or first responders to call. The sailors are the fire department. If your ship catches fire you put it out yourself or you die. If the sea is rushing through a breach in the hull, you find a way to seal the watertight bulkheads or you either die or have a long swim ahead of you. The fact that the sailors are able to muster the will and strength to battle such situations is almost miraculous, but it’s what every sailor is trained to do. The Fitz was flooding, and badly from all the reports we’ve seen. Somebody had to go below to stop that disaster and some of the men sleeping in their quarters may never have even had a chance to make it out. It’s a situation most of us can only imagine and we really don’t want to.

via hotair.com

June 18, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Influence-rich Saudis blow through Sunni unity

The Qatar affair combines American incompetence, Saudi bullying and Qatari game-playing with Iranian meddling and subversion. Too many outside players are getting involved muddying the waters. What began as farce may end as much worse.

Read More: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/06/saudi-arabia-unity-sunni-states-trump-iran-salman.html

via www.al-monitor.com

I guess this is making America great again.

June 17, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Our friends on the left

June 17, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The real answer to the democracy-killing ‘administrative state’ | New York Post

To the extent that rule-making is taken out of the hands of the politicians and placed in the hands of a priesthood of expert regulators, we’re no longer a self-governing people or a country of laws and not of men.

via nypost.com

June 17, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, June 16, 2017

Katy Perry – Left-Wing Tilt Not Good Idea | National Review

Perry has broken her end of the sexy-ditz contract. Sexy ditzes are supposed to be breezy, not tiresome. Carefree, not careworn. Childlike simplicity was one of Perry’s main assets, and one of the reasons children love her so much. The last thing we want to hear about from sexy ditzes is problems. I’m not saying you forever forfeit your right to discuss the Flint water crisis the minute you film a video wearing a whipped-cream bra, but as a pundit Katy Perry has about as much appeal as George Will does in a halter top. Perry calls her engaged new style “purposeful pop.” Here’s an example of what that means, from “Chained to the Rhythm”: “So comfortable, we live in a bubble-bubble / So comfortable, we cannot see the trouble-trouble.”

via www.nationalreview.com

I don't agree there was a contract. She was always too ditzy for me.

June 16, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Cheap Building Materials May Have Made the London Tower Blaze Even Worse

According to news reports since the fire, the answer, in part, seems to lie in cladding that was applied to the building as part of a refurbishment completed last year. Described as "rain screen cladding," it was added partly to improve the appearance of the building. A London newspaper has suggested that the cladding was to make the raw concrete tower less ugly when seen from new luxury housing nearby.

via www.popularmechanics.com

It seems the cladding was almost entirely decorative. In retrospect, a really stupid idea. I'm in London at the moment and the fire is all over the news. The people in the fire never had much of a chance. Reports of children screaming as they burned and many others are heartbreaking.

June 16, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (2)

Iraqi Christians Face 'Death Sentence' as Trump Prepares Mass Deportations

"This is a deliberate attack on the Chaldean Catholic Assyrian community of Detroit by the Administration. They waited until Sunday when our community would be going to church and gathering with their families and have rounded up to 40-60 community members," Naoum said in Facebook post.

via www.newsweek.com

This seems to screw up priorities.

June 16, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Rage Is All the Rage, and It’s Dangerous - WSJ

What we are living through in America is not only a division but a great estrangement. It is between those who support Donald Trump and those who despise him, between left and right, between the two parties, and even to some degree between the bases of those parties and their leaders in Washington. It is between the religious and those who laugh at Your Make Believe Friend, between cultural progressives and those who wish not to have progressive ways imposed upon them. It is between the coasts and the center, between those in flyover country and those who decide what flyover will watch on television next season. It is between “I accept the court’s decision” and “Bake my cake.” We look down on each other, fear each other, increasingly hate each other.

via www.wsj.com

June 16, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Shiloh Sailor Believed Lost at Sea Found Alive on Ship | Military.com

"I am relieved that this Sailor's family will not be joining the ranks of Gold Star Families that have sacrificed so much for our country," he added.

via www.military.com

June 15, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Maine woman drowns rabid raccoon; like a scene from 'Twilight Zone' - Portland Press Herald

HOPE — A woman who was attacked by a rabid raccoon while running in the woods near her home drowned the animal in a puddle after it latched onto her thumb.

via www.pressherald.com

I don't understand why she didn't turn around.

June 15, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

So now "coordinated traffic stops" are a Fourth Amendment violation? - Hot Air Hot Air

If an officer pulls over a car for a traffic violation and suspects the car has drugs, but he can’t get the drug-sniffing dog to come in time to sniff it, can the officer end the traffic stop and call ahead to another police officer to get a dog and watch for the car to pull it over for a second violation? Specifically, if the second officer gets a dog and spots a second traffic violation, can the second officer pull over the car and use the drug-sniffing dog to get probable cause to search the car?

via hotair.com

This is why I hate constitutional law. The Court will vote on essentially political grounds then come up some reason why it is or is not (or in the case of the dissenters, why it is not or is) a lawful search. But I suppose you have to do this if you're going to draw a line. It's like two farmers who own the land around their respective cottages dividing up the land between them. What the line ultimately reflects is their respective power. I know this makes me sound like a Crit. Sorry.

June 15, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Meanwhile in Venezuela, protesters set fire to the Supreme Court building - Hot Air Hot Air

The Supreme Court of Venezuela recently handed down a ruling in favor of the government of Nicolas Maduro which rejected a measure designed to prevent the dictator from rewriting that nation’s constitution. The current plan is for a group of people largely selected by Maduro to elect a “constituent assembly” to draft a new version of the document. The court’s ruling keeps that plan in place for the time being.

via hotair.com

I guess Maduro has enough hard currency to pay the Army and police. And probably the Court too.

June 15, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Suit: Man died after falling into deep fryer at Gwinnett Publix

A Commerce woman has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Publix, claiming the grocery chain was at fault when her husband fell into a deep fryer, leading to his 2015 death.

via www.ajc.com

Dang.

June 15, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Can a Divided America Survive? - Victor Davis Hanson

The United States is dividing as rarely before. Half the country, mostly liberal America, is concentrated in 146 of the nation's more than 3,000 counties -- in an area that collectively represents less than 10 percent of the U.S. land mass. The other half, the conservative Red states of the interior of America, is geographically, culturally, economically, politically and socially at odds with Blue-state America, which resides mostly on the two coasts.

via townhall.com

This is crazy talk but it scratches an itch some people have. They should watch zombie movies instead probably.

June 15, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

'Emotional' Trump visits shot politician's bedside - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

US president Donald Trump has visited critically-ill party whip Steve Scalise, who was shot by a rifle-wielding attacker as he practised for a charity baseball game.

Mr Trump spoke to the House of Representatives majority whip's family during a visit to MedStar Washington Hospital Centre on Wednesday evening.

The president and his wife Melania spent about half an hour at the hospital, where White House press secretary Sean Spicer described the scene in the intensive care unit as "emotional".

via www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk

June 14, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Incitement to Violence | City Journal

Democrats may be horrified by today’s attempted massacre of the GOP House baseball team by an avowed progressive, but their incendiary demands for “massive resistance” since November have been an open plea for the escalation of words into violent action. The daily repetition that President Trump is an illegitimate usurper who stole the election through collusion with foreign powers has been a hypnotic incantation in search of an Oswald: a siren call for an assassin.

via www.city-journal.org

Everybody needs to calm the f%^k down.

June 14, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Fungal Disease Attacks Rattlesnakes as Scientists Seek Treatment

In the last two decades, fungal diseases have rapidly attacked populations of frogs, bats, and salamanders. The latest victims under siege are snakes, and if snake fungal disease isn’t stopped, researchers say it could yield disastrous results.

via news.nationalgeographic.com

One could be forgiven for seeing this as a sign of the times.

June 14, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Mysterious Ghost Sharks' Sex Habits Revealed

Ghost sharks, which sport retractable sex organs on their heads, have even more bizarre bodies than we thought.

A new study of the deep-sea dwellers reveals that some females have a built-in sperm storage bank that allows them to keep viable sperm for possibly years at a time.

via news.nationalgeographic.com

There's a joke in here somewhere.

June 14, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

So that's why so many Trump allies have called for firing Mueller this week - Hot Air Hot Air

It all makes sense after WaPo’s bombshell tonight. The whole “fire Mueller!” thing seemed to sprout out of nothing over the weekend — Newt Gingrich started talking it up, then Jay Sekulow reminded the public that Trump had the right to can the special counsel, then Trump superfans like Hannity and Coulter began chattering about it, and on and on. It smelled like a coordinated messaging effort. And maybe it was. The most obvious explanation in hindsight is that the White House found out recently what WaPo’s reporters have now discovered, namely, that the president is at last under federal investigation. Not for colluding with Russia but for possibly having unlawfully obstructed an investigation into finding out who did collude with Russia. Hence the sudden frenzy over whether to cashier the special counsel. Do they let this go on or order a nuclear strike on Mueller to end the probe? The latter could damage Trump’s presidency beyond repair. The former, if it produced an indictment, could mean impeachment and removal.

via hotair.com

Well that's just great.

June 14, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Saying genius or brilliant 'can alienate female students' | Daily Mail Online

It follows Oxford University’s decision to allow students to take a history exam home in the next academic year, in order to help more women get top results.

via www.dailymail.co.uk

Maybe women don't do as well on the exams because they don't know as much history. This is most unwelcome news.

June 13, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (2)

Sessions calls suggestion he colluded with Russia a 'detestable lie' - POLITICO

"The suggestion that I participated in any collusion or that I was aware of any collusion with the Russian government to hurt this country, which I have served with honor for over 35 years, or to undermine the integrity of our democratic process, is an appalling and detestable lie,” Sessions said as he testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Story Continued Below

via www.politico.com

Well it kind of is.

June 13, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Bizarre, Glowing Sea Creatures Bloom in the Pacific

Tropical, tube-shaped animals called pyrosomes, known as "fire bodies," appear by the millions off the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. No one knows why.

via news.nationalgeographic.com

June 13, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Bizarre, Glowing Sea Creatures Bloom in the Pacific

Tropical, tube-shaped animals called pyrosomes, known as "fire bodies," appear by the millions off the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. No one knows why.

via news.nationalgeographic.com

June 13, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Bizarre, Glowing Sea Creatures Bloom in the Pacific

Tropical, tube-shaped animals called pyrosomes, known as "fire bodies," appear by the millions off the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. No one knows why.

via news.nationalgeographic.com

June 13, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Bizarre, Glowing Sea Creatures Bloom in the Pacific

Tropical, tube-shaped animals called pyrosomes, known as "fire bodies," appear by the millions off the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. No one knows why.

via news.nationalgeographic.com

June 13, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

North Korea Releases Cincinnati Student Otto Warmbier, Parents Say He's in Coma - NBC News

WASHINGTON — North Korea has released Otto Warmbier, the American student serving a 15-year prison term with hard labor for alleged subversion, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday.

via www.nbcnews.com

eesh.

June 13, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Jonathan Turley: Trump tweets on travel ban are like a presidential version of suicide by cop « Hot Air Headlines

In the wake of the Kathy Griffin severed-head fiasco, and the Central Park play depicting the assassination of President Trump, you’d think that pundits might have the good sense to lay off metaphors invoking the violent death of the president.

via hotair.com

Turley as far as I know is a good man. Legal insurrection is being paranoid about the wrong guy. Still things are getting very weird indeed.

June 13, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Monday, June 12, 2017

So, how long before Trump fires special counsel Bob Mueller? - Hot Air Hot Air

We haven’t yet reached the point where big-name Trumpers are calling on him to pull the trapdoor on Mueller but we’re getting closer. At least one, Newt Gingrich, has already called for Mueller to be removed — by Congress, however, not the president.

via hotair.com

It's about the only way I can think of to increase the drama of our situation, that is, if farce is considered part of drama. Perhaps it isn't. Does anybody know their Aristotle?

June 12, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Artificial Intelligence Will Put Spies Out of Work, Too | Foreign Policy

If Robert Cardillo has his way, robots will perform 75 percent of the tasks currently done by American intelligence analysts who collect, analyze, and interpret images beamed from drones, satellites, and other feeds around the globe.

via foreignpolicy.com

June 11, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Theresa May's top advisers quit after UK election shock - CNN.com

London (CNN)British Prime Minister Theresa May appears to have begun a purge in her party after shock election results threw the future of her leadership in doubt.

via www.cnn.com

June 10, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Friday, June 9, 2017

Supreme Court says no to excessive government penalties | TheHill

On Monday, the Supreme Court decided Kokesh v. SEC, and Honeycutt v. United States. Each of these cases, decided without dissenting or concurring opinions, limited overly-aggressive government claims to assets of those found to have violated the law. It is easy to say that wrongdoers should pay the maximum possible amount as a consequence of their actions, but reasonable limitations on how much punishment the government can impose protect everyone and promote effective prosecutorial decision-making. 

via thehill.com

Yay.

June 9, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Watch a Strange 'Walking Fish' That Has Experts Stumped

During a recent night dive off the coast of Bali, Indonesia, a diver named Emeric Benhalassa noticed something odd.

A fish appeared to be walking across the seafloor on a pair of legs.

via news.nationalgeographic.com

You could call the fish Stumpy.

June 9, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

DC police: "Have to look at terrorism very closely" in truck attack - Hot Air Hot Air

Did two men in a truck try to pull off a terrorist attack in Washington DC’s Adams Morgan neighborhood last night? Or was it an attack on law enforcement? Police say they need to look at terrorism as a motive “very closely,” as two police officers and another city employee recover from serious injuries. A weapon was found on two men in the truck, who now face charges in the assault:

via hotair.com

Cool! This is just down the street from where I and LWJ used to live when we were but newlyweds. We lived on Kalorama St., which is just NW I think from the public space in the photo. It was a groovy, happening neighborhood back then, but I left when there were two robberies on our street.

June 9, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

No-one likes Trump, I don't care | Asia Times

It takes refined intellect and profound scholarship to rationalize the mayhem that the foreign policy establishment has inflicted on the world in the name of nation building, human rights, and similar humbug. An entire generation of diplomats, soldiers and professors has devoted itself to this sort of rationalization. The intellectual caste thinks Trump is the man who put the “dumb” into oderint dum metuant (let them hate so long as they fear). On the contrary: They are the malady for which Donald Trump is the cure.

via www.atimes.com

Interesting.

June 9, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Trump pitched Republican leaders on a solar-paneled border wall - Axios

In the meeting at the White House today with Republican Congressional leaders, President Trump spent some time talking up his latest idea for the border wall. According to 3 people with direct knowledge of the meeting, Trump floated the idea that the wall could be covered in solar panels and the electricity generated used to pay for the cost.

via www.axios.com

Ai chihuahua.

June 9, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)