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Monday, July 6, 2015

How the Affordable Care Act Is Reducing Competition - WSJ

The urge to merge is sweeping managed health care. Aetna AET -5.97 % announced Friday a $37 billion deal to acquire Humana. HUM 2.37 % Anthem and Cigna CI -0.95 % are in merger talks and could be next. The national for-profit insurers are on an anxious mission to consolidate. These combinations will sharply reduce competition and consumer choice, as five big insurers shrink, probably, to three.

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I'm trying to get Obamacare ready (thinner, mostly) but it's a hard slog. Nanotech better hurry on up.

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Welcome To Culture War 4.0: The Coming Overreach

This is the hopeful side of the culture wars—a call for engagement, not retreat. Religious believers weighing the option of withdrawing from a culture increasingly hostile to their values should redouble their efforts to cultivate their ideas within active subcultures that influence the nation and the next generation of Americans. Those who share a commitment to the freedom to think, speak, associate, publish, and express their beliefs may not have the American Civil Liberties Union in our corner any more—but that just means that we get to take up the noble cause, and the moral authority, they have abandoned.

via thefederalist.com

The ACLU not in our corner anymore, forsooth. I can't say anything nice about the ACLU so I won't say anything at all.

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The Appeal of Christian Piety - The New York Times

In May, the Pew Research Center released a study showing that the Christian share of the population has declined, and that the decline came from Protestant mainstream churches and Catholicism — not evangelicalism. Evangelical churches are gaining converts more rapidly than they are losing any who grew up in the tradition. I’ve always thought that the primary appeal of these churches was the vivid immediacy of their God. The sex manuals remind us that another factor is the sense of being a countercultural activist who sets out to remake the world.

via www.nytimes.com

Stanford discovers the shocking truth about Evangelical Christianity and is shocked that it is appealing from a certain perspective. The air of explaining the customs of the Oogie-Boogies to the clerisy is somewhat infuriating, but I guess it's better than nothing.

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Welcome to Hooverville, California - The New York Times

As a native of the city, I was offended to hear it tagged with such a denigrating label. But in recent years, and for different reasons, I’ve come to believe that a metropolis of the “developing world,” to use a more polite expression, is being born here.

Its center is not in East Los Angeles, or any other Latino neighborhood; nor in our recently christened “Little Bangladesh.” The third world exists everywhere here — in the spread of inequality.

via www.nytimes.com

I was talking to somebody about inequality the other day -- I don't remember whom. He said something like there is not more inequality, and it's fine. I don't think it is, but the last thing I think is a good idea is government trying to do anything about it. They would just (to be brief) steal the money they tax and drive investment offshore. Not sure what to do about this. Of course, it would help if we had something like a culture of taking care of one another, but in America, everybody is alone. I kinda like that, given the available alternatives. But it's a fact.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

New Oxford Review

While it is tempting to align with the Copperheads, the Northern anti-war and anti-Lincoln Democrats who sympathized with the South, by doing so one runs headlong into true detestation of slavery. A similar contradiction manifests itself when one is attracted by the antebellum South, by the culture of the South, by the very idea of the South — but with an important difference. Notwithstanding the South’s sin of slavery, the antebellum South represented noble virtues and aspirations like tradition, manners, honor, hospitality, and duty far better than its eventual conqueror ever did. For a traditional Catholic, the antebellum South — its very ethos — is far more resonant and familiar than any other American subculture or time period. Thus, one must bring a fair amount of suspicion to any Lincoln hagiography or demonization of the South. In our time, knowledgeable haters of the South are, perhaps just beneath the surface, people who likely hate the Catholic Church as well.

via www.newoxfordreview.org

Goodness.

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40-year old meat confiscated in China: Weird business news - Yahoo Finance

Who doesn’t love a well-aged Porterhouse steak or an 18-month aged slice of prosciutto? Perhaps that’s what Chinese smugglers who were caught selling 40-year old frozen meat were thinking. Chinese officials found and confiscated 800 tons of contraband meat this week, and some of it dated back to the 1970s. The frozen meat that had been around since the end of the Vietnam War was headed towards restaurants, supermarkets and retailers.

via finance.yahoo.com

They get our confidential records, we get their old meat.

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Planetary Pas de Deux: See Venus and Jupiter Dance in the Evening Sky - NBC News

The celestial highlight of the month is actually a drama that has been building all through June: The two brightest planets in our sky — Venus and Jupiter — have been slowly approaching each other.

via www.nbcnews.com

I saw it last night. It was cool.

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‘I Don’t Believe in God, but I Believe in Lithium’ - The New York Times

Despite the fact that people have benefited from its use for millenniums, how lithium works upon brains is largely unknown. ‘‘It has so-called trophic or fertilizing activity on the brain — that is, it stabilizes membranes,’’ says James Kocsis, a professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York and an expert on lithium. But the actual mechanics are a mystery. One way to think about its effect, though, is suggested by a 2007 U.C.L.A. study that found that bipolar patients taking lithium had significantly more gray matter than their counterparts, especially in the region associated with a person’s capacity to maintain attention and emotional control.

via www.nytimes.com

Very interesting.

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That clown crank is something | San Diego Reader

Witnesses then alerted authorities to a vehicle that was seen fleeing the area "at a high rate of speed." Deputies tracked the car to the 8700 block of Rockview Drive (nearby), where two more unidentified adult males were detained after the discovery of methamphetamine and a clown mask in their vehicle.

An investigation revealed that the men had arrived at the Limon address seeking to collect a debt from the homeowner, who had armed himself with a shotgun. After the men forced their way into his garage, at least one shot was fired, striking one of his assailants, all three of whom were eventually arrested.

Animal control services also provided aid to one of the occupants' three dogs that suffered minor injuries during the altercation. Detectives say their investigation is ongoing.

via www.sandiegoreader.com

Another day in paradise.

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Gay Marriages Are Better Than Straight Marriages - POLITICO Magazine

Now that the Supreme Court has decided that gay marriages deserve the same rights as straight ones, it’s worth keeping in mind the findings of psychologists John and Julie Gottman, arguably the world’s leading experts on what makes relationships work. They are finding that gay and heterosexual marriages share a lot in common in terms of why they thrive or fail, but on one of the biggest determinants of marital success—how couples fight—gay couples have an edge.

“They are,” John Gottman told me, “a lot nicer to each other during fights.”

via www.politico.com

Some marriages are more equal than others. It's Science!

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It’s Time to Legalize Polygamy - Fredrik deBoer - POLITICO Magazine

The question presents itself: Where does the next advance come? The answer is going to make nearly everyone uncomfortable: Now that we’ve defined that love and devotion and family isn’t driven by gender alone, why should it be limited to just two individuals? The most natural advance next for marriage lies in legalized polygamy—yet many of the same people who pressed for marriage equality for gay couples oppose it.

via www.politico.com

O heck, it's past time! Not sure LWJ would go for it though. I certainly don't like the idea of sharing her, and I suppose that would be part of the deal. Also, good Lord, think of the expense.

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Supreme Court justices stop playing nice - POLITICO

And two, the gloves came off, with the justices hurling especially nasty words at each other, shattering the illusion that they are all good friends.

via www.politico.com

I was wondering about this.

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How I created the languages of Dothraki and Valyrian for Game of Thrones | OxfordWords blog

Before crafting the tales of Middle-Earth, J. R. R. Tolkien was a conlanger. Unlike the many known to history who came before him, though, Tolkien created languages for the pure joy of it. Professionally, he became a philologist, but he continued to work on his own languages, eventually creating his famous Lord of the Rings series as an extension of the linguistic legendarium he’d been crafting for many years. Though his written works would become more famous than his linguistic creations, his conlangs, in particular Sindarin and Quenya, would go on to inspire new generations of conlangers throughout the rest of the 20th century.

via blog.oxforddictionaries.com

This guy visited Cal and my son, who is an extreme Game of Thrones fan, went to see him. He said he was very interesting.

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New Oxford Review-- gender fluid scouts

In a first for the Utah Girl Scouts, a new local troop is now accepting boys — at least those who identify as girls (KUTV.com, Apr. 14). “As long as a youth identifies as a girl or with girls, even if they are genderfluid on the day that they registered, then they can become a Girl Scout,” said Shari Solomon-Klebba, outreach coordinator for the Girl Scouts of Utah. The troop held its first meeting at the Utah Pride Center in Salt Lake City, which, according to director Sheila Raboy, opened its doors to the troop to offer a safe space for children and those grappling with gender identity. The meeting was held in a game room that had a box of condoms on a table and signage that read, “Some boys have vaginas.” Leaving the items in the room was an oversight, Raboy said, noting they would be removed for future meetings. The troop’s first meeting included five girls, ages 6-10 years old, all of whom were born female. No boys who identify as girls attended.

via www.newoxfordreview.org

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New Oxford Review -- Belloc on you-have-to-guess

In 1938, when fascism and communism were the most powerful threats to Western civilization, a brilliant but failed Balliol historian turned his acid pen to a quick but sweeping study of pernicious Catholic heresies such as Arianism (and its associated movements of Nestorianism, Monophysitism, and Monoletism) and Albigensianism (and other forms of Manichaeism like Catharism). In the very long run, he thought, there is nothing to fear, for most heresies, although resurfacing intermittently, die out after a few disruptive centuries and remain virtually extinct — except for one.

via www.newoxfordreview.org

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Is there a booby trap in Roberts's ObamaCare decision? | TheHill

Supporters of the Obama administration and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are rightly thrilled by the 6-3 decision reaffirming the subsidies essential to the functioning of the statute. The decision likely cements the statute in place as part of the U.S. healthcare system. However, the way that Chief Justice John Roberts reached that decision may provide the seeds for judicial curbing of regulation in other areas, and could very easily come up in future court cases regarding Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations on climate change.

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‘Avengers’ Patrick Macnee: Bookie, Actor, Nudist, Spy - The Daily Beast

Daniel Patrick Macnee was born in west London—he was never quite sure where, because his mother had gone into labour during a party—on Feb. 6, 1922. His father, also Daniel, but known as “Shrimp,” was a racehorse trainer, and Patrick at first grew up at Lambourn in Berkshire, an equestrian centre with a reputation for raciness in every sense.

Shrimp Macnee was a great friend to the pub, as well as the racetrack, and liked waving guns around. An attempt to simplify the family name to “Nee” was eventually reversed. Pat’s mother Dorothea’s bohemianism tended rather to the sexual sphere, and she eventually left Shrimp to live with a rich lesbian whom Macnee was instructed to call “Uncle Evelyn.” The pair tried to get him to dress as a girl but settled for a kilt, a garment he wore until he was 11.

via www.thedailybeast.com

I used to love the Avengers. Diana Rigg was the personification of sexiness and Macnee of urbanity.

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Conservatives Love Scott Walker’s Anti-Gay Transition - The Daily Beast

After the court ruled that the Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry, Walker released a statement calling for a Constitutional amendment to let states define marriage as between one man and one woman. Social conservatives loved it, and it came at a moment when he needed all the love he could get.

via www.thedailybeast.com

Could the Supremes rule that an amendment violated the 14th Amendment? I know, I know, but why not?

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Democratic Turnout a '16 Risk Factor, Poll Finds | RealClearPolitics

Democratic voters are skeptics this summer.

They doubt presidential contenders can deliver favored reforms from Washington, no matter how enticing the policy agendas sound. Those doubts depress enthusiasm about next year’s White House contest and could impact turnout for the eventual Democratic nominee.

Those were among early warnings in a survey released Monday of likely 2016 voters, sponsored by Democracy Corps and Women’s Voices, Women Vote Action Fund.

Americans want change and reforms, but “people don’t think any of this is going to happen,” Stan Greenberg, chairman and CEO of polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, said during a reporter roundtable organized by the Christian Science Monitor.

Their skepticism doesn’t turn on the idea of a Democratic nominee who would follow a two-term Democrat, President Obama. “It’s because the old political system is uniquely corrupted” in their eyes, Greenberg said. “What matters is how deep the critique people have about what’s happening in the country, both politically and economically.”

via www.realclearpolitics.com

If you're a Democrat, don't vote.

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Scalia's Full Dissent on Same-Sex Marriage Ruling | Frontpage Mag

The opinion is couched in a style that is as pretentious as its content is egotistic. It is one thing for separate concurring or dissenting opinions to contain extravagances, even silly extravagances, of thought and expression; it is something else for the official opinion of the Court to do so. Of course the opinion’s showy profundities are often profoundly incoherent. “The nature of marriage is that, through its enduring bond, two persons together can find other freedoms, such as expression, intimacy, and spirituality.” (Really? Who ever thought that intimacy and spirituality [whatever that means] were freedoms? And if intimacy is, one would think Freedom of Intimacy is abridged rather than expanded by marriage. Ask the nearest hippie. Expression, sure enough, is a freedom, but anyone in a long-lasting marriage will attest that that happy state constricts, rather than expands, what one can prudently say.) Rights, we are told, can “rise . . . from a better informed understanding of how constitutional imperatives define a liberty that remains urgent in our own era.” (Huh? How can a better informed understanding of how constitutional imperatives [whatever that means] define [whatever that means] an urgent liberty [never mind], give birth to a right?) And we are told that, “[i]n any particular case,” either the Equal Protection or Due Process Clause “may be thought to capture the essence of [a] right in a more accurate and comprehensive way,” than the other, “even as the two Clauses may converge in the identification and definition of the right.” (What say? What possible “essence” does substantive due process “capture” in an “accurate and comprehensive way”? It stands for nothing whatever, except those freedoms and entitlements that this Court really likes. And the Equal Protection Clause, as employed today, identifies nothing except a difference in treatment that this Court really dislikes. Hardly a distillation of essence. If the opinion is correct that the two clauses “converge in the identification and definition of [a] right,” that is only because the majority’s likes and dislikes are predictably compatible.) I could go on. The world does not expect logic and precision in poetry or inspirational pop philosophy; it demands them in the law. The stuff contained in today’s opinion has to diminish this Court’s reputation for clear thinking and sober analysis.

via www.frontpagemag.com

This is good too. And it's true of many of SCOTUS's opinionoids.

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Scalia's Full Dissent on Same-Sex Marriage Ruling | Frontpage Mag

I join THE CHIEF JUSTICE’s opinion in full. I write separately to call attention to this Court’s threat to American democracy.

via www.frontpagemag.com

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When the governed no longer consent

Rev. Bill Owens, president and founder of the Coalition of African-American Pastors (CAAP), said, “If they rule for same-sex marriage, then we’re going to do the same thing we did for the civil rights movement. We will not obey an unjust law.”

via absoluterights.com

I don't know what will happen. I live in a bubble.

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1,000 runners get norovirus after French mud run - UPI.com

This participant wearing a gas mask during a mud run in Boise, Idaho, might not have to worry about getting sick from ingesting feces-contaminated mud. Some 1,000 participants in a run in France were sickened with norovirus after likely ingesting the virus from muddy water.

via www.upi.com

Boise in the news!

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Supreme Court to Weigh Public-Sector Union Fees - WSJ

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court on Tuesday said it would consider whether the Constitution bars states from requiring government employees to contribute to collective bargaining costs, casting a cloud over the strength of public-sector unions.

via www.wsj.com

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Oh my: Ted Cruz says states can ignore SCOTUS gay marriage ruling « Hot Air

The former Supreme Court clerk weighs in on the states with same-sex marriage bans and their obligation to adhere to the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage. The distinction he makes is if a state is not named in the suit in question, it does not have to comply:

via hotair.com

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Repairing the ObamaCare Wreckage - WSJ

Why is private health insurance so important? Insurance without access to medical care is a sham. And that is where the country is heading. According to a 2014 Merritt Hawkins survey, 55% of doctors in major metropolitan areas refuse new Medicaid patients. The harsh reality awaiting low-income Americans is dwindling access to quality doctors, hospitals and health care.

via www.wsj.com

That's easy-- just require doctors to see 'em! That lower standards at medical schools so we have more doctors! Pretty soon, it will be as easy as getting an appointment at the DMV.

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The Next Culture War - The New York Times

Put aside a culture war that has alienated large parts of three generations from any consideration of religion or belief. Put aside an effort that has been a communications disaster, reducing a rich, complex and beautiful faith into a public obsession with sex. Put aside a culture war that, at least over the near term, you are destined to lose.

Consider a different culture war, one just as central to your faith and far more powerful in its persuasive witness.

We live in a society plagued by formlessness and radical flux, in which bonds, social structures and commitments are strained and frayed. Millions of kids live in stressed and fluid living arrangements.

via www.nytimes.com

Normally I take Mr. Brooks in stride. I consider him rather grotesquely overrated, the liberal's favorite conservative. But this is just too much. The *reason* for the ills Brooks points out *is* the destruction of the family that "conservatives" (how much of a conservative do you have to be to think that families are a good idea?) deplore. Now Brooks expects conservatives to wage their war against these ills but please shut up about the causes. He writes this column without even acknowledging that obvious point. "We made this mess, but you could really help us out by cleaning it up! Just don't get into its causes though. That would be, I don't know, values or something."

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Churches are the left’s next target in the gay-marriage war | New York Post

Already, there are a few calls to remove the tax exemption of churches now opposed to what the Supreme Court has deemed a fundamental right.

These are only tea leaves. The move against religious groups will surely start small, with some isolated, unsympathetic Christian institution, and then grow until what once had been called unimaginable becomes mandatory.

The push for gay marriage is motivated by a moralistic zeal that sees only one point of view on the question as legitimate.

If its supporters weren’t patient enough to see their cause through the inevitable fits and starts of the democratic process, they aren’t going to let procedural niceties stand in the way of an effort to bulldoze their way to a more thoroughgoing conformity on the issue.

The gay-marriage debate isn’t over; it’s merely entered a new phase.

via nypost.com

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Justice Kennedy’s Bitter Truth - WSJ

Finally, it matters to all religious schools and religious institutions. Give the Obama administration its due: The president’s solicitor general admitted during the Obergefell oral argument that a victory for same-sex marriage would put the tax-exempt status of such institutions on the chopping block.

via www.wsj.com

Oh brother. I hadn't thought of this. But if they come after my schools, and I don't see why they wouldn't, it will really mean war. I don't know what I can do about it, but I'll do what I can.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

New research study says Google harms consumers by manipulating search results

The paper, titled “Is Google Degrading Search? Consumer Harm from Universal Search” was co-authored by legal scholar and former Federal Trade Commission adviser Tim Wu, Harvard Business School economist Michael Luca, and a team of researchers from Yelp, which bankrolled the study. Last weekend, Yelp presented the study to the Antitrust Enforcement Symposium, hosted at Oxford University in the U.K.

via www.consumeraffairs.com

Why doesn't Yelp like Google? Still, nice work if you can get it. I wouldn't confuse it with scholarship, however.

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Drinking too much water when exercising could pose serious health risks

A new statement from this year’s International Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia Consensus Development Conference goes against what many believe to be the safest course of action. Researchers say that drinking too much when exercising can be extremely dangerous, and that you should only drink when thirsty.

via www.consumeraffairs.com

Only drink when thirsty. Now they tell us.

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His bark wasn't worse than the gun | San Diego Reader

On that day, officers went to Anderson's residence on Garnet Avenue at 5:20 a.m. to respond to a domestic assault case in the area. Anderson answered the door and Burberry, a trained service dog who worked with children with Down syndrome, approached the two officers. According to the complaint, as well as media reports of the incident, one officer bent over to pet Burberry. The dog then approached the other officer. The officer began yelling, scaring Burberry. He barked and the officer shot Burberry in the head, killing him.

The incident was captured in a surveillance video.

News of the shooting spread and the incident was covered locally, across the nation, and in the United Kingdom. The Facebook page “Justice for Burberry” was created.

via www.sandiegoreader.com

You do not want to bark at SDPD.

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Supreme Court Gay Marriage Ruling Creates a New Reality - WSJ

The Rev. Jim Garlow, pastor at Skyline Church in La Mesa, Calif., said that at the end of his Sunday sermon he held up a copy of the Supreme Court ruling and a Bible.

“I said, ‘One was written by five people in black robes in Washington, D.C., and the other by 40 people over 1,600 years under the inspiration of God,’ ” he said. “ ‘You ought to decide who you are going to choose.’ ” He said he then dropped the copy of the ruling on the floor and held up the Bible, and his congregation stood and applauded.

via www.wsj.com

Why this is just down the street from casa smith.

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Leftist politics have doomed Greece to collapse - Telegraph

There are generally four steps to social and economic collapse. First, the middle class loses access to its money, either because the banks shut or go bust in a mass, uncontrolled manner. Second, food and supplies start to run out in supermarkets as foreign suppliers slash lines of credit or domestic companies are banned from sending cash abroad.

Third, the state starts printing money uncontrollably, and hyperinflation sets in. Fourth, the lights start to go out, with power cuts and a generalised failure of the infrastructure. This process has now started, and could easily spiral out of control.

via www.telegraph.co.uk

But it's not the Krugmaniac, oh no . . . It's too much austerity! That's it!

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Leftist politics have doomed Greece to collapse - Telegraph

There are generally four steps to social and economic collapse. First, the middle class loses access to its money, either because the banks shut or go bust in a mass, uncontrolled manner. Second, food and supplies start to run out in supermarkets as foreign suppliers slash lines of credit or domestic companies are banned from sending cash abroad.

Third, the state starts printing money uncontrollably, and hyperinflation sets in. Fourth, the lights start to go out, with power cuts and a generalised failure of the infrastructure. This process has now started, and could easily spiral out of control.

via www.telegraph.co.uk

But it's not the Krugmaniac, oh no . . . It's too much austerity! That's it!

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Leftist politics have doomed Greece to collapse - Telegraph

There are generally four steps to social and economic collapse. First, the middle class loses access to its money, either because the banks shut or go bust in a mass, uncontrolled manner. Second, food and supplies start to run out in supermarkets as foreign suppliers slash lines of credit or domestic companies are banned from sending cash abroad.

Third, the state starts printing money uncontrollably, and hyperinflation sets in. Fourth, the lights start to go out, with power cuts and a generalised failure of the infrastructure. This process has now started, and could easily spiral out of control.

via www.telegraph.co.uk

But it's not the Krugmaniac, oh no . . . It's too much austerity! That's it!

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A Deep, Dark Mystery | The UCSB Current

UC Santa Barbara geologist Jim Boles has found evidence of helium leakage from the Earth’s mantle along a 30-mile stretch of the Newport-Inglewood Fault Zone in the Los Angeles Basin. Using samples of casing gas from two dozen oil wells ranging from LA’s Westside to Newport Beach in Orange County, Boles discovered that more than one-third of the sites — some of the deepest ones — show evidence of high levels of helium-3 (3He).

via www.news.ucsb.edu

It's the end of the world.

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Gay Army General Reflects on Supreme Court's Historic Ruling | Military.com

The first general officer to come out as gay following the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell in 2011 says the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage across the country makes "a positive difference in many service members' lives" for practical and heartfelt reasons.

via www.military.com

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Sweet Briar College, San Diego State University On Top For #MyTopCollege First Week

Taking the next two spots are both west coast schools. San Diego State University comes in second, and in third is last year’s winner, California State University at Fullerton.

via www.forbes.com

I have no idea what this means.

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Gore Is Romney-Rich With $200 Million After Bush Defeat - Bloomberg Business

The former senator, who spent most of his working life in Congress, had a net worth of about $1.7 million and assets that included pasture rents from a family farm and royalties from a zinc mine, remnants of his rural roots in Carthage, Tennessee. Funds from the cattle sale went to three of his kids, according to federal disclosure forms filed as part of his presidential run.

Fourteen years later, he made an estimated $100 million in a single month. In January, the Current TV network, which he helped to start in 2004, was sold to Qatari-owned Al Jazeera Satellite Network for about $500 million. After debt, he grossed an estimated $70 million for his 20 percent stake, according to people familiar with the transaction.

Two weeks later, Gore exercised options, at $7.48 a share, on 59,000 shares of Apple Inc. stock that he’d been granted for serving on the Cupertino, California-based company’s board since 2003. On paper, it was about a $30 million payday based on the company’s share price on the day he claimed the options.

via www.bloomberg.com

Who says there are no second acts in American lives? No, seriously, who said that? Hemingway or somebody?

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What Actually Comes Next | RedState

The left has worked very hard to control information. They will now work extra hard to push conservatives forcibly into a ghetto of thought. The overarching goal will be to convince you that no one agrees with you and there are no voices echoing you.

Just remember, you are not alone.

via www.redstate.com

Goodness. Not a ghetto surely. More like a gated community in Northern Idaho. Where I hope to end up.

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Greece Over the Brink - The New York Times

So why didn’t this happen? Because the Greek economy collapsed, largely as a result of those very austerity measures, dragging revenues down with it.

And this collapse, in turn, had a lot to do with the euro, which trapped Greece in an economic straitjacket. Cases of successful austerity, in which countries rein in deficits without bringing on a depression, typically involve large currency devaluations that make their exports more competitive. This is what happened, for example, in Canada in the 1990s, and to an important extent it’s what happened in Iceland more recently. But Greece, without its own currency, didn’t have that option.

via www.nytimes.com

Ah so, it's austerity's fault!

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Animated interactive of the history of the Atlantic slave trade.

Usually, when we say “American slavery” or the “American slave trade,” we mean the American colonies or, later, the United States. But as we discussed in Episode 2 of Slate’s History of American Slavery Academy, relative to the entire slave trade, North America was a bit player. From the trade’s beginning in the 16th century to its conclusion in the 19th, slave merchants brought the vast majority of enslaved Africans to two places: the Caribbean and Brazil. Of the more than 10 million enslaved Africans to eventually reach the Western Hemisphere, just 388,747—less than 4 percent of the total—came to North America. This was dwarfed by the 1.3 million brought to Spanish Central America, the 4 million brought to British, French, Dutch, and Danish holdings in the Caribbean, and the 4.8 million brought to Brazil.

via www.slate.com

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The Time Ted Cruz Watched Hard-Core Porn With Two Supreme Court Justices | TheBlaze.com

Sen. Ted Cruz once viewed hard-core pornography with two justices of the Supreme Court.

via www.theblaze.com

I remember being impressed back in the day when my Dad wrote an opinion in which the holding was (approximately) "the court hereby holds the film 'Five Way Bu** Fu$#" is obscene." It would be hard to argue with that, I thought.

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Hipster

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Is this guy hipster enough for you. I mean really.

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Supreme Court: EPA erred in rule on toxic emissions from power plants - The Washington Post

The Supreme Court on Monday said the Obama administration’s Environmental Protection Agency erred by not considering costs when it issued landmark 2011 regulations controlling emissions of mercury and other toxins from power-company smokestacks.

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The Next Financial Crisis? | RealClearPolitics

WASHINGTON -- A central economic question of our time is whether the policies undertaken to recover from the last financial crisis are laying the groundwork for the next. We now have two reports from reputable groups suggesting just that.

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When a Judge criticizes a Justice, it’s best if the judge doesn’t make mistakes of his own - The Washington Post

Contrary to Judge Posner’s claim the law at issue in Loving did not require “that marriage be uniracial.”  To the contrary, the Virginia law justly struck down by the Court prohibited inter-marriage involving whites, but did not prohibit non-whites from marrying non-whites of other races.  The law was exclusively about white “racial integrity.”  This fact was not essential to the Court’s holding (as Chief Justice Warren discussed in footnote 11 to his opinion) — and did not make the law any less evil — but it’s a fact nonetheless.

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15 Reasons ‘Marriage Equality’ Is About Neither

Unintended consequences usually come about when we are ignorant or maybe lazy about a course of action. But we usually crash land after following an arc of logic, which in this case has gone largely undiscerned and unaddressed in the public square.

via thefederalist.com

I hope she's wrong but a lot about this has surprized me.

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Greek Banking Crisis -- Lesson in Perils of Centralized Bureaucracy | National Review Online

The grand project of European Union bureaucrats — bringing the united continent under ever tighter centralized control exercised from the EU capital of Brussels — is the real sick man of Europe.

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