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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Ohio State marching band’s Nazi song draws Jewish ire - Diaspora - Jerusalem Post

According to the Journal, one song, titled Goodbye Kramer and set to the tune of the song Don’t Stop Believing, contained lyrics such as “small town Jew…who took the cattle train to you know where,” “[h]ead to the furnace room, ‘[b]out to meet your fiery doom,” and “[o]h the baking never ends, [i]t goes on and on and on and on.”

via www.jpost.com

Not very funny.

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Rousey crushes Correia to defend her title at UFC 190 - The Orange County Register

Rousey charged at Correia at the start and finished the fight by throwing a rapid sequence of punches at the Brazilian’s head, landing a combination of right and left strikes that sent her opponent face-first into the ground and disappointed the home crowd that packed the HSBC Arena.

via www.ocregister.com

An upside to feminism.

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Mom Throws Dream Party for Personal Injury Lawyer-Obsessed Toddler - Law Blog - WSJ

“He’s always been very drawn to Morris Bart commercials,” she told Law Blog. “He used to watch ABC and color videos, and he used to love those. But now he wants to watch Morris Bart commercials.” When they’re not on TV, he watches them on YouTube.

via blogs.wsj.com

Weird.

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Here Comes Puerto Rico’s Default - The American Interest

The Puerto Rico meltdown is going to be brutal: Many of the bonds are held by Puerto Rican retirees, either directly or as part of pension fund portfolios. Moreover, the island is a typical example of blue model governance, with a bloated state that doesn’t perform effectively, public sector unions out of control, and lots of poor people who depend on a government that doesn’t serve them very well. And on top of all this, there are no bankruptcy provisions that would enable an orderly restructuring.

via www.the-american-interest.com

You know what to say.

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Hitchhiking Robot That Crossed Nations Fails to Last 2 Weeks in U.S. | TIME

HitchBOT was vandalized in Philadelphia overnight on Saturday after exploring parts of Massachusetts and New York, Canadian researchers David Smith and Frauke Zeller shared on the project’s website. The friendly robot, who sports yellow polka dot boots and a smiley-face LED screen, had hoped American humans would shuttle it around the country to see Times Square, pose with the Lincoln Statue and tour Walt Disney World, among other destinations on its bucket list.

via time.com

Tough town, Philly. They don't need no stinkin' robots.

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Charles Koch Urges Conservatives to Skip ‘Corporate Welfare’ | TIME

Conservative billionaire Charles Koch told his ultra-rich friends that they face a “life and death” decision whether to keep lobbying for tax breaks and government subsidies.

via time.com

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Obama Appointee Blocks More Video Releases By Group Behind Planned Parenthood Sting

A federal judge late Friday granted a temporary restraining order against the release of recordings made at an annual meeting of abortion providers. The injunction is against the Center for Medical Progress, the group that has unveiled Planned Parenthood’s participation in the sale of organs harvested from aborted children.

Judge William H. Orrick, III, granted the injunction just hours after the order was requested by the National Abortion Federation.

Orrick was nominated to his position by hardline abortion supporter President Barack Obama. He was also a major donor to and bundler for President Obama’s presidential campaign. He raised at least $200,000 for Obama and donated $30,800 to committees supporting him, according to Public Citizen.

via thefederalist.com

Also an old money NorCal family unless I'm mistaken.

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Tools, Oracles, Genies and Sovereigns: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Government

I have a new paper with the above title up on SSRN.  This was a difficult paper to write but enjoyable in the end.  Download it (twice, and tell your friends and acquaintances and even people you don't know about it) and see what you think.  I know it has problems but I followed that University of Chicago maxim that says, when it's 80 percent done, it's done.  I say comments are welcome and I mean it, unless of course they are even slightly critical.  Just kidding.

A few of the ideas in the paper, if I say so myself, I found quite intriguing.  One is the idea of the "submergence" of technology, an original idea, which means somebody is sure to have thought of it somewhere, but I just don't know about it.  It refers to the curious quality that technology has of submerging itself into daily life and not being noticed or even acknowledged as technology.  We only think of it as technology as long as it is recent and its effects are novel.  Twitter is technology but pencils, papers, even language are not, but really if you think about it, they are.  I think technology that affects government will be like this, that is, have a tendency to submerge itself.

I have an idea about smart contracts, wet and dry code, and the tendency of wet code to become dry code . . . I did my best to explain what I'm talking about in the paper.  This part is largely in the 20 percent.

A more perhaps familiar thought is the effect of AI technology on agency costs.  AI are just artificial agents and my guess is that they will be better agents than humans are, at least as technology gets better.  With really low agency costs, government could be radically improved. Of course, maybe it won't.  Maybe agency costs will be built into the AIs by the people who currently run government.  That would be bad.  I consider this possibility.

I personally don't think we'll see superintelligence perhaps ever but not for at least 200 years, but who knows.  I think of AI as what most people will think of as weak or narrow AI, but consider some of the possibilities of strong or general AI.

Writing a paper on something new as this topic was for me is like -- choose your metaphor:  pulling teeth, digging in rocky soil, pulling up deeply rooted weeds, etc. etc.  But it's fun to be 80 percent done.

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How Obama’s Confidant Became a Climate Adversary -- NYMag

Just after noon on June 18, Laurence H. Tribe, the nation’s foremost scholar of constitutional law, fired off an angry and anguished self-defense. “I just finished my roughly half-hour interview on WNYC with Brian Lehrer,” he wrote in an email to the publishers of his most recent book about the Supreme Court, Uncertain Justice. “I suppose I did well enough, but the interview was a complete disaster. Please let the Brian Lehrer Show know that I felt totally sandbagged.”

via nymag.com

If you were Attila the Hun and the Supreme Court was deciding whether he should be allowed to conquer the country, you should hire Larry Tribe as your lawyer. But he won't come cheap.

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The Insiders: Democrats can’t pretend forever - The Washington Post

With all the media focus on Donald Trump’s antics and the anxiety over the upcoming Republican primary debate, the mainstream media are mostly ignoring the surreal drift of the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton’s troubles. Despite the fact that the Democrats seem to be escaping harsh media scrutiny, this is no easy time for them. In fact, to be considered as a leader who is in sync with the Democratic faithful and the disconnected yet growing left-wing base of the party, you have to put yourself through ideological, intellectual and moral contortions. To be seen as a good Democrat, you have to ignore a lot. You have to pretend a lot.

via www.washingtonpost.com

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Hillary Clinton Helped UBS Avoid the IRS—and Then Bill Clinton Got Paid $1.5 Million to Speak at Events for the Swiss Bank - The Atlantic

The Swiss bank UBS is one of the biggest, most powerful financial institutions in the world. As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton intervened to help it out with the IRS. And after that, the Swiss bank paid Bill Clinton $1.5 million for speaking gigs. The Wall Street Journal reported all that and more Thursday in an article that highlights huge conflicts of interest that the Clintons have created in the recent past.

via www.theatlantic.com

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Planned Parenthood strikes back | TheHill

Planned Parenthood is pulling out all the stops to preserve its federal funding in the face of an aggressive anti-abortion video campaign that shows no signs of slowing down.

With a half-billion dollars at stake, the drip-drip release of secretly recorded footage about Planned Parenthood’s fetal tissue program has plunged the group into a fight for its survival.

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As the GOP’s effort to defund it gains momentum, Planned Parenthood is attempting to shift the debate to its opponent’s tactics, hoping to generate outrage while diverting away attention from the topic of fetal tissue recovered from abortions.

The group’s top leaders have sharpened their attacks against the Center for Medical Progress this week, calling the creators of the videos hostile “extremists” who engaged in illegal activity to obtain their footage.

via thehill.com

Big story on NPR Friday morning.

August 1, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Civil Liability for End-to-End Encryption: Threat or Fantasy? Part II - Lawfare

The bottom line, as we shall explain, is that Apple may have more serious potential exposure under this theory of liability than in a negligence tort. The reason is surprising: In the facts we considered in our previous post, a court might—believe it or not—consider Apple as having violated the criminal prohibition against material support for terrorism.

via www.lawfareblog.com

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Ted Nugent Expresses Support for Man Who Killed Lion - ABC News

Rocker Ted Nugent says he supports an American dentist who killed a protected lion in Zimbabwe.

via abcnews.go.com

He knows he's in trouble now.

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Lawson’s popular with peakbaggers and rockclimbers alike | San Diego Reader

Lawson Peak, at elevation 3664 feet, is one of the 100 peaks (41st tallest) listed for the county by the San Diego Chapter of the Sierra Club. It is also one of a series of three peaks, along with Gaskill and Lyons, located in Cleveland National Forest, that help define San Diego’s eastern mountainous skyline. In addition to peakbaggers, Lawson is also popular among rock climbers who enjoy the challenges found on the large granite boulders that make up the summit area. Off-roaders particularly like the challenges found on the rutted Carveacre Road, beginning from Japatul Road and climaxing with a climb up the granitic face of Pancake Rock. Lawson Peak is named for John Lawson, a settler who had his own post office from 1890-1891.

via www.sandiegoreader.com

Just 15 minutes from my front door! A long walk though.

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Watch what happens when regular people try to use handguns in self-defense - The Washington Post

The civilian just stands there, holding her gun limply at her side. She doesn't begin to raise it until the assailant has already fired his first shot.

via www.washingtonpost.com

The study has a point. People need firearms training as well as guns.

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Exclusive: Huge Python Captured At Shark Valley In Everglades National Park « CBS Miami

The largest snakes removed from the Everglades have exceeded 18 feet and 150 pounds. Snakes of this size are capable of ingesting large prey like deer and alligators according to US Geological Survey officials.

via miami.cbslocal.com

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Rand Paul: Pro-Life Dems Crucial to Defunding Planned Parenthood

“It’s not a guarantee that we get all the Republicans on this,” he adds. “The vast majority of Republicans will support this but we need a few Democrats. If we can get six Democrats and all the Republicans we can actually put this on the president’s desk.”

via dailysignal.com

Unfortunately, babies don't vote and so pro-life or not, this legislation is deader than a 24 weeker headin' out to a Nurse Ratched with forceps. That's my prediction, anyway. As for the parts, do I hear $50? 75? It's all non-profit!

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Rand Paul: Pro-Life Dems Crucial to Defunding Planned Parenthood

“It’s not a guarantee that we get all the Republicans on this,” he adds. “The vast majority of Republicans will support this but we need a few Democrats. If we can get six Democrats and all the Republicans we can actually put this on the president’s desk.”

via dailysignal.com

Unfortunately, babies don't vote and so pro-life or not, this legislation is deader than a 24 weeker headin' out to a Nurse Ratched with forceps. That's my prediction, anyway. As for the parts, do I hear $50? 75? It's all non-profit!

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Top French Official Contradicts Kerry on Iran Deal - Bloomberg View

Secretary of State John Kerry has been painting an apocalyptic picture of what would happen if Congress killed the Iran nuclear deal. Among other things, he has warned that “our friends in this effort will desert us." But the top national security official from one of those nations involved in the negotiations, France, has a totally different view: He told two senior U.S. lawmakers that he thinks a Congressional no vote might actually be helpful.

via www.bloombergview.com

Heh.

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Clintons Reaped Millions From Foreign Bank After Hillary Intervened In UBS Tax Case To Reduce IRS's Requested Disclosures Of Americans' Offshore Accounts By 91%

A few weeks after Hillary Clinton was sworn in as secretary of state in early 2009, she was summoned to Geneva by her Swiss counterpart to discuss an urgent matter. The Internal Revenue Service was suing UBS AG to get the identities of Americans with secret accounts.

If the case proceeded, Switzerland’s largest bank would face an impossible choice: Violate Swiss secrecy laws by handing over the names, or refuse and face criminal charges in U.S. federal court.

Within months, Mrs. Clinton announced a tentative legal settlement—an unusual intervention by the top U.S. diplomat. UBS ultimately turned over information on 4,450 accounts, a fraction of the 52,000 sought by the IRS, an outcome that drew criticism from some lawmakers who wanted a more extensive crackdown.

via taxprof.typepad.com

If I had enough money I would hide it in Switzerland too. This is just Hillary providing first class service. That's what she's paid for, isn't it?

July 31, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Navy Pursuing Upgraded Railgun, Higher-Power Laser Gun By 2020 - USNI News

The Navy is pursuing a multi-pronged approach to fielding energy weapons by the end of the decade, with the hopes of upgrading its 30 kilowatt laser gun to 100 kw or more, and giving its electromagnetic railgun a higher repetition rate.

via news.usni.org

Gettin' ready for China.

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Zimbabwe calls for extradition of dentist who killed Cecil the lion | Environment | The Guardian

I don't think I would be heading back there, oh, no.

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Patriotic Cat Stands For Comrades During National Anthem | Internet Action Force

If you thought American cats were the only patriotic ones, you were dead wrong. This is Margo and her owners say every time the Russian National Anthem plays, she instantly stands and gives all of her focus and concentration to paying respect to the Motherland. The Cold War may be over but if Margo is any indication, the Cute War is just heating up.

via iaf.tv

July 31, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

CMP chief: Stem Express hiding trade in intact human fetuses; Update: Abortion industry group demands TRO against more videos « Hot Air

Why does Stem Express want to keep the undercover video shot by the Center for Medical Progress under wraps? David Daleiden, CMP’s project leader, tells CNN that the conversation included an admission that they “sometimes get fully intact fetuses shipped to their laboratory from the abortion clinics that they work with.” Daleiden notes, “That could be prima facie evidence of born-alive infants” — and a potential series of violations of the Born Alive Infant Protection Act (BAIPA), passed into law in 2002. And that’s why “they’re very scared of it,” Daleiden says … right before the interviewer changes the subject:

via hotair.com

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Cops: Man buys car after taking $150,000 left by ATM workers - Yahoo News

MAHWAH, N.J. (AP) — One of two men suspected of making off with a bag containing $150,000 in cash that was mistakenly left behind by ATM workers bought an SUV with the money hours later, police said.

via news.yahoo.com

Not too smart.

July 31, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Qualcomm Lays Off 4,500 While Lobbying For More H-1bs | The Daily Caller

“Qualcomm has been engaged within the technology industry in highlighting the ‘skills deficit’ in all areas of today’s workforce, especially engineering,” a spokeswoman for Qualcomm told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “This is an industry-wide problem, and we are committed to working to build the pipeline of students studying STEM fields.”

via dailycaller.com

Hmmm.

July 31, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Snail as Big as a Tennis Shoe Running Amok in Florida : Discovery News

Florida plant detectives are on the trail of a slippery foe, an invasive African land snail that is wily, potentially infectious, and can grow as big as a tennis shoe.

via news.discovery.com

Slimy.

July 31, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

What's that bright spot on Ceres?

Can you guess what's creating those unusual bright spots on Ceres? On March 6, NASA's Dawn spacecraft began orbiting Ceres, the largest body in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Even before the spacecraft arrived at the dwarf planet, images revealed mysterious bright spots that captivated scientists and observers alike. Until Dawn gets a closer look over the next few months, it's anyone's guess what those spots could be. So, go ahead! Cast your vote below.

via www.jpl.nasa.gov

Some sort of alien invasion prep site.

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Lerner emails show IRS tried to cover up targeting of conservative groups | Fox News

“We now have smoking-gun proof that top officials in the Obama IRS unlawfully harassed taxpayers just to keep them from complaining to Congress about IRS‘ targeting and abuse. No wonder the Obama IRS has had such little interest in preserving or finding Lois Lerner’s emails,” Fitton said.

via www.foxnews.com

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Rich People Raise Rich Kids—Even When They're Adopted - The Atlantic

In short, the researchers found that environment prevails. For children who were raised by their biological parents, the correlation between parents’ wealth and a child’s eventual wealth was strong—calculated to be 0.33. (A correlation of 0 would mean parents’ wealth has no bearing on children’s wealth, and a correlation of 1 would mean they are identical.) For children who were adopted, the correlations were much different: Between adopted children and their birth parents, it was weaker (only about 0.13), while between children and their adoptive parents, it was in the middle (about 0.23). These numbers suggest that children who are raised wealthy owe their future financial success more to the household they grew up in than any inherent ability they possess.

via www.theatlantic.com

I don't quite follow this. A correlation of .23 shows that the household you grew up in is more relevant than ability?

July 30, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (1)

10 Southern novels to read if ‘Watchman’ disappoints : Ground Zero

So here, to make us all feel better, are 10 great Southern novels (and story collections) that will not disappoint.

via journalstar.com

A Summons to Memphis is good, though I don't think I finished it. There's also a lot of fair to good Southern horror.

July 30, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Gruesome abortion clinic footage in latest Planned Parenthood video | TheHill

Anti-abortion activists on Thursday released a fourth undercover video exposé of Planned Parenthood’s fetal tissue donation program, this one containing its most gruesome footage to date of aborted fetuses.

The video contains extremely graphic footage of aborted fetuses from inside a Planned Parenthood clinic. The group, the Center for Medical Progress, obtained access to the clinic by posing as buyers for a fake medical company.

via thehill.com

I'm not watching the video.

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Perils of a pop-culture presidency - The Orange County Register

As the Politico piece details, Stewart dutifully went on air after the meeting and used Vladimir Putin as a punchline. There was also a State Department campaign around the Twitter slogan #UnitedforUkraine. Remarkably, the Russian president was unbowed by either effort. It’s almost as if the Kremlin wasn’t regularly refreshing BuzzFeed.

Those Americans who’d prefer their presidents to exercise a measure of forbearance in order to preserve some of the dignity of the office are likely out of luck. We’re becoming a less-serious nation, and we’re going to get less-serious presidents.

via www.ocregister.com

No kidding.

July 30, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thync review: Where we just say yes to a drug-like, brain-zapping wearable

Thync is a crazy-sounding product that's going to sound too kooky for some customers. But if you can open your mind enough to try brain-zapping, you may find that it changes your life as much as any gadget you've ever bought. It's not only useful right now, but it also conjures images of a future where we use all sorts of (presumably safer) electrical drugs in place of chemical ones.

... and that may not be too far off the mark. Thync co-founder and CSO Dr. Jamie Tyler says the calm and energy vibes in this first-generation model are "just scratching the surface." The future could be very, very interesting.

via www.gizmag.com

But I'm an android user.

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Making Kill Bill's katana

via Ace

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Michigan supreme court upholds right to work status for state workers « Hot Air

While taking place at the state level, this one could be very big for the Right to Work movement. The state supreme court in Michigan has dealt a double blow to the unions and the state government apparatus which is essentially owned by them. The Justices ruled yesterday that not only is Right to Work the law of the land for private industry, but it applies to public sector workers as well, and they can’t be forced to participate in unions against their wishes. (Detroit Free Press)

via hotair.com

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California College Students have SIX Gender Identity Choices in Applications

“The choices are: “male; female; trans male/trans man; trans female/trans woman; gender queer/gender non-conforming; and different identity.””

“The application also asks “what sex were you assigned at birth, such as on an original birth certificate?” and the two choices are: male or female.””

via www.academia.org

What about furries?

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GW Admissions Goes “Test-Optional”

The cynical might note that this move will likely increase the student body, and tuition revenues. GWU has been facing significant budget cuts, up to 5% across the board, and experienced the sudden resignation of its chief fundraising officer during a $1 billion fundraising campaign. That campaign has raised at least half of that amount, with the end date of 2018. Also, their newly-constructed science and engineering building’s original financing plan was not met, meaning that the school will raise the rent prices at their commercial properties near the campus to make up $250 million of the original $275 million price tag.

via www.academia.org

The cynical.

July 30, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Worst Expansion Since World War II Was Even Weaker - Real Time Economics - WSJ

The economic expansion—already the worst on record since World War II—is weaker than previously thought, according to newly revised data.

via blogs.wsj.com

Lots of bad economic news if you look for it.

July 30, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

4th Shock Video Catches Planned Parenthood VP Breaking the Law to Sell Aborted Babies | LifeNews.com

New undercover footage shows Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains’ Vice President and Medical Director, Dr. Savita Ginde, negotiating a fetal body parts deal, agreeing multiple times to illicit pricing per body part harvested, and suggesting ways to avoid legal consequences.

via www.lifenews.com

I'm not an expert on this stuff, but this video strikes me as the most legally problematic for PP.

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Australians' transgender journeys continue as Caitlyn Jenner media storm subsides - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

In nine months' time, Taylor will walk into work as herself for the first time.

via www.abc.net.au

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'What lion?' Zimbabweans ask, amid global Cecil circus | Reuters

"What lion?" acting information minister Prisca Mupfumira asked in response to a request for comment about Cecil, who was at that moment topping global news bulletins and generating reams of abuse for his killer on websites in the United States and Europe.

via www.reuters.com

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Yesterday’s coffee science: It’s good for the brain. Today: Not so fast…* - The Washington Post

In a study evaluating 1,445 people, scientists found that consistently drinking one to two cups of coffee each day is associated with a significant reduction in the risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) -- a precursor to dementia and Alzheimer's -- compared to those who never or rarely consumed coffee. That supports previous work, published in 2010, that showed that caffeine may have a neuroprotective effect.

The surprise was that participants who increased their consumption over time saw their risk of mild cognitive impairment shoot up significantly. Those who went from one cup to more than one cup had twice the rate of MCI as those who reduced their drinking to less than one cup and 1.5 times the rate of MCI as those who continued to drink one cup a day.

via www.washingtonpost.com

Well, my mom drank 20 cups of coffee a day, lived into her 90s and only had no short term memory toward the end. So there. Also, she did not come from Italy. Could be Italians don't tolerate coffee all that well.

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13 demonstrators hang from Portland bridge to block Shell ship | Local & Regional | KATU.com - Portland News, Sports, Traffic Weather and Breaking News - Portland, Oregon

"They are creating a human barricade so that the Shell icebreaker cannot get through," said Annie Leonard, the executive director of Greenpeace U.S. "They are prepared to stay up there for days because that's what it is going to take to save the arctic."

via www.katu.com

Huh.

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Study: Bullies Have Higher Self-Esteem, Social Status « CBS Atlanta

ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) — Bullying behaviors are linked to higher self-esteem, social status, and a lower rate of depression, according to a new provocative study.

via atlanta.cbslocal.com

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Instapundit » Blog Archive » HONESTLY, I JUST AVOID BOTH

The Evidence Supports Artificial Sweeteners Over Sugar. This past year, the Insta-Daughter quit putting sugar in her coffee, following my advice: Just stop and after a couple of weeks you won’t miss it any more. That works for lots of things. And once you get used to that, the sugary stuff tastes icky-sweet.

via pjmedia.com

Sugar, sure. Try giving up the coffee. This morning, I had two Venti whole milk quad lattes. Two. I'm sorry.

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How I Realized I'm A Conservative

For me, it was “that’s a compassionate and good liberal policy” becomes “that’s a policy of destructive collectivism and government overreach.” Nothing brought this more clearly to light for me than observing the destructive practices and policies implemented at our public schools and in our inner cities. Policies that claim to help but almost always cause irreparable harm: welfare that destroys the black family, school busing that ruins a once-thriving school system that often served even the poorest students well, taxation and regulation that drives out business which take with them jobs that provided a decent living even for not-well-educated citizens, middle- and working-class neighborhoods that become rat-ridden slums. Everyone loses.

Once I started to see, I realized that I was never really a liberal, but always a conservative, a believer in self-reliance, individual freedom, small government, and individual equality of opportunity. Once I started to see, I could not go back. I could not un-see.

via thefederalist.com

This is a good 'un.

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Anti-abortion group releases third Planned Parenthood video - CNNPolitics.com

"Publicizing secret video footage of a woman's abortion process is a grossly offensive act that should be rejected by all regardless of political perspective," said Dawn Laguens, the executive vice president of Planned Parenthood, in the statement. "We are doing all that we can to upgrade our extensive security systems and to foster an environment in our country where providers of essential women's health care and their patients are not subject to threats, harassment and intimidation."

via www.cnn.com

"Grossly offensive"!

July 29, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Court bars anti-abortion group from releasing new videos | Fox News

A temporary restraining order has been issued preventing an anti-abortion group from releasing any video of leaders of a California company that provides fetal tissue to researchers. The group is the same one that previously shot viral covert video of a Planned Parenthood leader discussing the sale of aborted fetuses for research.

via www.foxnews.com

Seems like a prior restraint to me, but I would have to ask Eugene.

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