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Friday, January 30, 2015

Vortex builder

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Drones Are Now Appearing on Afghan Rugs - The Atlantic

Tanks, helicopters, Kalashnikovs, hand grenades, and bazookas started creeping into the centuries-old tradition, either as elements of a landscape or as icons in a pattern. “My favorite one is an old Beluch style one,” says the 49-year-old U.S. entrepreneur Kevin Sudeith. “The design dates back to the 19th century but it has two helicopters and two tanks at each end of the rug.”

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The Danish Don't Have the Secret to Happiness - The Atlantic

Danish author Askel Sandemose’s works are little read in his home country these days—except, that is, for a small fragment of one novel, A Fugitive Crosses His Tracks, published in 1933. The fragment of A Fugitive that has come both to define and to torment the Danes is a list of rules by which the residents of the fictional town of Jante were said to abide. These rules set out the Law of Jante, a kind of Danish Ten Commandments, the social norms one should be aware of if one is planning a move to the north:

  1. You shall not believe that you are someone.
  2. You shall not believe that you are as good as we are.
  3. You shall not believe that you are any wiser than we are.
  4. You shall never indulge in the conceit of imagining that you are better than we are.
  5. You shall not believe that you know more than we do.
  6. You shall not believe that you are more important than we are.
  7. You shall not believe that you are going to amount to anything.
  8. You shall not laugh at us.
  9. You shall not believe that anyone cares about you.
  10. You shall not believe that you can teach us anything.

The truth is, Sandemose really nailed the Danes. My experience has been that Jante Law, which has become a national social manifesto of sorts, operates everywhere in Denmark on some level or another.

via www.theatlantic.com

If you include the number of suicides, Danes have about the same homicide level as the US. Or so I have heard.

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The Scandals at Justice | National Review Online

The misconduct was so egregious that California Superior Court judge Leslie Nichols threw out the state’s case. Last year, he further ruled that the government’s case was “corrupt and tainted. Cal Fire failed to comply with discovery obligations, and its repeated failure was willful.” The judge charged that the state hid key photographs and tried to “steamroll the truth” in order to pin the fire on the company. Investigators lied under oath about what they knew, and federal prosecutors allegedly knew about their perjury and did nothing.” When Sierra Pacific lawyers questioned the bulldozer driver, he denied making a statement about the blaze’s origins, and he couldn’t have properly signed a document given to him by prosecutors because he can’t read. The U.S. Forest Service had evidence that one of its fire spotters may have been high on pot and missed the fire’s start. His supervisor wanted to fire him, but the supervisor’s superiors covered it all up by insisting the spotter get a satisfactory performance rating and stay on the job. 

via www.nationalreview.com

Jesus wept.

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TaxProf Blog: Corporate Profits Soar, Average Incomes Plummet

The news here, overall, is this: The American economy is getting bigger, but average incomes are shrinking. If that trend continues, it will eventually spell economic, social and political trouble for the country.

http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2015/01/corporate-profits-soar-.html

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The Insiders: How will Hillary Clinton not disappoint? - The Washington Post

Anyway, Clinton’s problems are preferable to most of the potential Republican candidates’ problems, but nonetheless, they are problems. And so far, it appears that she is going to deal with her problems by punting and delaying rather than engaging in a more confident, direct appeal. It’s hard to run for president and hide at the same time. This could give Republicans an opening.

via www.washingtonpost.com

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Andrew’s Burnt Out? Blogs Are, Too - The Daily Beast

Today, the advantages and limitations that shaped blog writing into an even notionally recognizably form don’t exist. Blogging was once the fastest form of one-to-many publishing available; today, there’s a kaleidoscope of options: Facebook (which in the early days of blogging was still limited to people will specific .edu addresses), Instagram, Vine, Twitter, Snapchat, things the kids are using that I haven’t heard of yet.

via www.thedailybeast.com

If Ann Cox says it, it must be true. Just kidding. I'm still not over all her jokes about a&&-fu#@ing. It made it hard to take her seriously, ever. I know that blogging is unfashionable. But I'll still do it. I'm not even sure why. I have noticed that when I have this outlet, I don't argue with my colleagues. So it's a win-win.

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Socialism Is Like a Nude Beach—Sounds Like a Great Idea Until You Get There | The 10th Man Investment Newsletter | Mauldin Economics

In addition to debt forgiveness, Syriza wants a bunch of other stuff, including forgiveness of bank debt for people who are unable to meet their obligations. It’s no coincidence that the Greek stock market was down 13% when the snap election was announced, led by the banks.

via www.mauldineconomics.com

I had never heard the line about the nude beach before. It's perfectly true.

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'Ferocity' of China crackdown 'unseen in recent years' - Yahoo News

China is violating human rights at an intensity that is unprecedented in its recent history, a top watchdog group said Thursday.

The ruling Communist Party has "unleashed an extraordinary assault on basic human rights and their defenders with a ferocity unseen in recent years", the New York-based group Human Rights Watch said in its annual report.

via news.yahoo.com

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Sheldon Silver gave horndogs free rein | New York Post

In the end, it was money, not sex, that brought down New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. And that’s a giant slap in the faces of women who’ve toiled long and hard in the state capital in Albany.

via nypost.com

A quick education in NY state politics.

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Woman accepts cliffside proposal, then falls to her death | New York Post

A vacationing woman accepted her boyfriend’s romantic marriage proposal in a picture-perfect cliffside setting in Ibiza — only to fall off the edge to her death as she jumped up and down for joy.

via nypost.com

Well, this just goes to show you.

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Transgender kids show consistent gender identity across measures

A study with 32 transgender children, ages 5 to 12, indicates that the gender identity of these children is deeply held and is not the result of confusion about gender identity or pretense. The study, led by psychological scientist Kristina Olson of the University of Washington, is one of the first to explore gender identity in transgender children using implicit measures that operate outside conscious awareness and are, therefore, less susceptible to modification than self-report measures.

via medicalxpress.com

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Bibi Surges in Israeli Polls - Breitbart

The Post attributes Netanyahu’s improved showing to the cross-border conflict with Hezbollah, which attacked Israeli soldiers earlier this week, killing two. The attack was a retaliation, likely orchestrated by Iran, for Israel’s strike on a Hezbollah convoy in the Syrian Golan Heights earlier this month, in which an Iranian brigadier general was also killed.

However, this is also a week in which Netanyahu has been the target of withering criticism from the American and Israeli left over his decision to accept Speaker of the House John Boehner’s invitation to address Congress in March. If that has harmed Netanyahu, it has not prevented him from taking the lead–and it may even have rallied Israeli voters around him.

via www.breitbart.com

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Bibi Surges in Israeli Polls - Breitbart

The Post attributes Netanyahu’s improved showing to the cross-border conflict with Hezbollah, which attacked Israeli soldiers earlier this week, killing two. The attack was a retaliation, likely orchestrated by Iran, for Israel’s strike on a Hezbollah convoy in the Syrian Golan Heights earlier this month, in which an Iranian brigadier general was also killed.

However, this is also a week in which Netanyahu has been the target of withering criticism from the American and Israeli left over his decision to accept Speaker of the House John Boehner’s invitation to address Congress in March. If that has harmed Netanyahu, it has not prevented him from taking the lead–and it may even have rallied Israeli voters around him.

via www.breitbart.com

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Do we really mean ‘never again’? - The Washington Post

Amid the ritual expressions of regret and the pledges of “never again” on Tuesday’s 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, a bitter irony was noted: Anti-Semitism has returned to Europe. With a vengeance.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Solving an Unsolvable Math Problem - The New Yorker

From Amie I first heard about Yitang Zhang, a solitary, part-time calculus teacher at the University of New Hampshire who received several prizes, including a MacArthur award in September, for solving a problem that had been open for more than a hundred and fifty years

via www.newyorker.com

Touching and cool.

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Report: United States kept secret its chemical weapons finds in Iraq - CNN.com

The U.S. government suppressed information about chemical weapons it found in Iraq, and several servicemembers were injured by their exposure to those weapons, The New York Times is reporting.

via www.cnn.com

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The GOP’s Long Love Affair With Schmucks - The Daily Beast

So America’s most-famous snowbilly is out of the running for the 2016 Republican nomination. But what about all the other manifestly unqualified novices, jackasses, and publicity hounds that surface every four years when the GOP starts fishing for someone/anyone that can beat whatever sad sack of chum the Democrats toss in the water?

via www.thedailybeast.com

Sad but true: the stupid party.

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Why Dovish Critics Of The Fed's FOMC Statement Are Wrong - Forbes

Some observers of the Fed were complaining Wednesday that the FOMC statement should have rolled back plans for a mid-2015 rate increase. In their view, reduced rates of inflation observed currently, along with the strong dollar and weak nominal wage growth, should lead the Fed to postpone any rate increases. Such concerns are dead wrong. They reflect a deep misunderstanding of the time lags inherent in the removal of accommodative monetary policy, and confusion about the proper way to target inflation. Dovish critics are also wrong about how the Fed should respond to lower oil and gas prices, the strong dollar, and slow wage growth.

via www.forbes.com

Prof. Calomiris is pretty reliable.

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'American Sniper' thrills Baghdad crowd: 'Shoot him! He has an IED!' - Washington Times

Mr. Mohammed, asked by the newspaper if he agreed with some Western reviews that labeled the movie racist, replied, “No, why? The sniper was killing terrorists, the only thing that bothered me was when he said he didn’t know anything about the Koran!”

via www.washingtontimes.com

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Found in Spain: traces of Hannibal's troops - The Local

The moat, which surrounded the Iberian town of Vilar de Vals, contained coins and lead projectiles, researchers said in a statement.

via www.thelocal.es

Maybe the can find Maximus's little family gods.

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Jewish leader trapped and arrested inside Auschwitz - Telegraph

Mr Pacifici, whose grandparents died in the camp, spent an hour outside in freezing conditions trying to alert someone to their predicament. The group then set off an alarm when they tried to escape through an open window, alerting the museum guard and several Polish police officers.

Mr Pacifici and the other members of the group were arrested and interrogated at Auschwitz until 2.30am.

via www.telegraph.co.uk

It's a special place.

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Thigh-Gap Shaming Is Not Body-Positive | National Review Online

Earlier this week, the U.K.’s Advertising Standards Authority directed Urban Outfitters to remove an underwear ad – claiming it was “irresponsible” and “harmful” because the model was so “unhealthily skinny” that girls might hate themselves if they saw it.

via www.nationalreview.com

Note that the author reveals she has a thigh gap. Just sayin'.

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Who saw it coming: Jordan’s negotiations with ISIS over hostages collapse « Hot Air

ISIS originally set a deadline for the conclusion of negotiations on Wednesday but it was extended to sunset on Thursday. That deadline has come and gone, and no proof of life was provided to Jordanian officials. “There was no official statement from the Jordanian government that Ms. Rishawi was still in the country, but officials repeated their position that they required proof that Lieutenant [Moaz al] Kasasbeh was still alive,” The New York Times reported.

via hotair.com

And the bloodthirsty vermin probably killed him already.

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The Ebola Virus Is Mutating, Say Scientists | TIME

“We’ve now seen several cases that don’t have any symptoms at all, asymptomatic cases,” said human geneticist Dr. Anavaj Sakuntabhai. “These people may be the people who can spread the virus better, but we still don’t know that yet. A virus can change itself to less deadly, but more contagious and that’s something we are afraid of.”

via time.com

You and me both.

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Are India’s Christians and Muslims Forced to Become Hindus? - The Daily Beast

Hindu nationalist outfits like the VHP, armed with claims that Indian Muslims and Christians are descendants of Hindu forbears who were tricked or forced into converting in the past, have stirred controversy in recent months by holding several large “re-conversion” ceremonies across the country.

“We don’t believe in conversion,” Sharma stipulates. “It is re-conversion. We are just aiming to bring them back home.”

via www.thedailybeast.com

Dig that crazy hat.

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White House unhinged over Netanyahu speech - The Washington Post

To sum up, the administration uses Tehran’s talking points to decry passage of a sanctions bill that would go into effect only if Iran refused to make a deal by June along the lines the administration itself outlined. It attacks the leadership of our democratic ally Israel (which it tried to undermine in cease-fire talks at the end of the Gaza war by adopting the plan of Hamas’s patron Qatar) and refuses to meet with its elected leader when he visits. To boot, the administration throws a fit that Congress invited him to speak — all to give Netanyahu’s opponents back home fodder for their election campaign. At least there is no doubt this is the most anti-Israel and immature White House in history.

By the by, Hillary Clinton has endorsed the administration’s approach to Iran. Does she agree with all of this “smart” diplomacy as well? At least the American people, who remain doggedly pro-Israel, will have a choice in 2016 between a third Obama term and a robustly pro-Israel GOP nominee (for there can be no other kind in an overwhelmingly pro-Israel party).

UPDATE: In a blow to the White House’s campaign against Netanyahu and the New York Times’ credibility, the Menendez-Kirk bill passed the Senate Banking Committee by an 18-4 vote with six Democrats.

via www.washingtonpost.com

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Can The Health Care Industry Save Obamacare? - NationalJournal.com

January 29, 2015 Health insurance companies and hospitals mounted an aggressive defense of Obamacare's insurance subsidies Wednesday, warning the Supreme Court that eliminating the payments would be "grossly inequitable" to millions of Americans.

Both industries have a lot on the line as the court prepares to hear oral arguments in a lawsuit that aims to cut off the Affordable Care Act's premium subsidies in most of the country.

 

In an amicus brief filed Wednesday, health insurers said a ruling against the subsidies would have widespread and severe ripple effects, potentially throwing states' entire insurance markets into chaos.

via www.nationaljournal.com

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How a Two-Tier Economy Is Reshaping the U.S. Marketplace - WSJ

“It’s a tale of two economies,” said Glenn Kelman, chief executive of Redfin, a real-estate brokerage in Seattle that operates in 25 states. “There is a high-end market that is absolutely booming. And then there’s everyone in the middle class. They don’t have much hope of wage growth.”

via www.wsj.com

The question for those of us with kids the question is how to hook them into the wealthier group.

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Edward Pinto: Building Toward Another Mortgage Meltdown - WSJ

The Obama administration’s troubling flirtation with another mortgage meltdown took an unsettling turn on Tuesday with Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt ’s testimony before the House Financial Services Committee.

via www.wsj.com

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

World's most expensive sex? Tourist hit with £165k bill after outdoor tryst - Telegraph

"I haven't been able to pay it off and although it's always at the back of my mind, I have no regrets. Yes, I will never be able to forget that I owe so much money, but it was worth it for the sex. It's always worth it."

via www.telegraph.co.uk

Just keep telling yourself that.

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Bret Stephens: Greece’s Last Evasion - WSJ

My guess is that Mr. Tsipras will find a face-saving way to buckle, and Greece will continue to stagger along. The most painful outcome, but perhaps also the best, would be a forced Greek exit from the eurozone that serves as a dramatic warning to the rest of Europe’s lackluster reformers about what happens to countries that take their economics lessons from the op-ed page of the New York Times.

via www.wsj.com

Oh that's cruel.

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Breathing for Your Better Health - WSJ

“If you train yourself to breathe a little bit slower it can have long-term health benefits,” said Murali Doraiswamy, a professor of psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. Deep breathing activates a relaxation response, he said, “potentially decreasing inflammation, improving heart health, boosting your immune system and maybe even improving longevity,”

via www.wsj.com

I found not practicing law good for my breathing.

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Language Policing Doesn't Pervert Liberalism, It Is Liberalism

I’m glad Chait has suddenly decided that speech policing is a terrible idea. He’s only a couple hundred years behind the times, but better late than never, I suppose. Unfortunately, I don’t think he’s all that sincere about it. In fact, I think he just opposes speech codes when they’re used against him or his fellow travelers. And the reason I think that is because I’ve actually read what Jonathan Chait has written about people on the right who disagree with him. It’s one thing for Jonathan Chait to oppose the practice of using speech codes against Jonathan Chait and his friends, and another thing entirely for Chait to oppose speech codes used against his political opponents.

via thefederalist.com

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Not Even Wrong

Columbia never used to shut down at all, New York City never used to shut down the transit system, and the states never used to shut down all roadways. Until the past decade or so people tried to go about their business here in the winter, taking action to shut things down only once snow had arrived and was causing a problem. The US has now become a nation of hysterics, with media-driven hype frightening everyone about everything, and public officials desperately taking action to protect the citizenry from imaginary threats.

via www.math.columbia.edu

Symptoms of crumudgeonly conservatism are evident.

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Lecherous Nuns And Priests, Murder Plots and Coverups: Meet The Mother Superior of Catholic Scandals - The Daily Beast

Nuns using visions of God to persuade novices to have sex, threesomes with priests, the poisoning of a fat German princess, a prominent theologian shacking up with a vicaress, young nuns murdered, fetuses removed from an abbess, and cardinals, the Jesuit superior general, and the pope all enthralled by a beautiful and charismatic fraudulent saint—it’s enough to put The Decameron to shame.

The hard-to-believe story that contains all of these juicy nuggets—the 1858 scandal at the convent of Sant’Ambrogio in Rome—is the subject of Hubert Wolf’s rigorous and stunning new book, The Nuns of Sant’Ambrogio: The True Story of a Convent in Scandal. Translated by Ruth Martin, it is a hybrid of high and low perfect for the modern reader—racy and yet simultaneously erudite.

via www.thedailybeast.com

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The Car Windshield Is Turning Into a Computer Screen - Businessweek

Cars are running out of screens. The dashboard is a jumble of numbers, icons, indicator lights, and gauges. In some vehicles, the display built into the center console is bigger than our televisions in certain rooms at home. But drivers' and passengers' appetite for more information isn't subsiding, so the dashboard and entertainment console are about to get a companion: the windshield.

via www.bloomberg.com

It's going to be awhile for me. I'm putting a new transmission in my 2005 Suburban. I'm doing it for the planet.

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Forget Cadbury. Why the classic Hershey’s bar still rules - MarketWatch

But I think our love affair with the Hershey's bar goes beyond that. For starters, it’s got a texture that’s just right — smooth and milky. A chocolate bar that doesn’t challenge the tongue, but invites you to enjoy bite after bite. And you’ve got to love the way the bar breaks apart into perfect rectangular segments, as if it’s meant to be enjoyed in small pieces across a long day. You’ve also got to love the bar’s packaging — a statement in simplicity, if ever there was one. The Hershey's bar didn’t need an Andy Warhol to turn it into an icon. It just is one.

via www.marketwatch.com

Meh. I don't agree. They're way too sweet and cloying. Better if they're cold though.

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Defense in case of woman accused of poisoning son with salt faces uphill battle, legal experts say | Fox News

The boy's sodium levels rose to a dangerous point with no medical explanation, prosecutors said, leading to a swollen brain, seizures and death. They believe his single mother, who was sharing his hospital room at Westchester Medical Center, administered salt through a feeding tube into Garnett's stomach.

via www.foxnews.com

LWJ tells me Munchhausen patients are the worst.

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Are Today's Millennials a New Victorian Generation? | RealClearPolitics

I think what we are seeing is a mass changing of minds, something like the movement in Victorian England toward what historian Gertrude Himmelfarb described as "the morality that dignifies and civilizes human beings."

via www.realclearpolitics.com

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An Orgy of Claptrap Is the Way To Describe State of Union Address - The New York Sun

From here the speech tapers off into jeremiads about global warming, though that phrase has been abandoned by the eco-terrorists in favor of the blancmange “climate change,” since there has been no appreciable warming in 75 years, though the president claimed otherwise. And then, mercifully, it ended, after an hour sprinkled with acoustically painful invocations of “folks,” “kids,” and “mom” (he’s the president, not Mr. Rogers). The State of the Union cannot be good when its twice-chosen leader summarizes it in such an orgy of claptrap. As Tex Ritter used to sing, during his unsuccessful campaign for the U.S. Senate from Tennessee in 1970, “God bless America, again.”

via www.nysun.com

It's Conrad Black but still all true.

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Apocalypse Soonish Redux | National Review Online

Last autumn, I argued in National Review (“Apocalypse Soonish) that the real intellectual achievement of the climate-change alarmists has been to improve on the marketing model of the traditional fundamentalist-wacko/UFO-cult/Mayan-calendar-lunatic operation by eliminating its greatest weakness: the expiration date. When your UFO cult predicts that the world will unquestionably come to an end on December 21, 1954, then you start to look sort of silly by Christmas.

via www.nationalreview.com

Kevin Williamson is on a bit of roll lately.

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Starbucks adventure

This morning I got to the Starbucks payment window (whatever youcallit) and was informed that the lady in front of me, driving a Mercedes SUV, was paying for my drink and apologized for cutting me off. If I'd known she was going to do that, I would have gotten another grande quad whole milk latte and a morning bun to boot.  But it was a win-win because she didn't even really cut me off. It was more of a tie.

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Godaddy gets benched from Superbowl ads

Some people have no sense of humor.

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Sam Smith will be sharing his 'Stay With Me' royalties with Tom Petty | The Music Mix | EW.com

Sharp-eared listeners have been pointing out the melodic similarities between Sam Smith’s breakout solo hit “Stay With Me” and Tom Petty’s 1989 hit “I Won’t Back Down” since the former dropped last spring. Apparently one of them was Petty himselfU.K. paper The Sun reports that the classic rocker and Smith settled a lawsuit out of court last fall that gives Petty and his “I Won’t Back Down” songwriting partner, ELO frontman Jeff Lynne, 12.5 percent of the royalties from “Stay With Me.”

via music-mix.ew.com

And thus justice is served and an annoying di*@head gets his comeuppance.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

At Newly Discovered Water Temple, Maya Offered Sacrifices to End Drought

Nestled in a quiet forest in Belize, a deep aquamarine pool holds ruins from a time when the ancient Maya turned to a "drought cult," archaeologists suggest, and hurried sacrifices to a water god to try to stave off the fall of their civilization.

via news.nationalgeographic.com

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Watch Obama Refer to Himself 118 Times in Three Minutes | PJ Tatler

The president went on to refer to himself an astonishing 118 times in the short 33-minute speech, touching on injustices in the United States and in his own personal life.

via pjmedia.com

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Judge refuses to throw out Perry indictment, case will proceed - San Antonio Express-News

AUSTIN – A state judge on Tuesday refused to throw out an indictment accusing former Gov. Rick Perry of abusing his veto authority to try to force out a local prosecutor.

via www.mysanantonio.com

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Court battle set for Obama climate rule | TheHill

A federal appeals court has agreed to hear arguments in a pair of cases challenging the Obama administration’s climate rule proposal for power plants.

via thehill.com

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Koch brothers set $889 million budget for 2016

WASHINGTON — Top officials in the Koch brothers' political organization Monday released a staggering $889 million budget to fund the activities of the billionaires' sprawling network ahead of the 2016 presidential contest.

via www.usatoday.com

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