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Friday, February 27, 2015

Why Washington Power Players Are Flocking to Seminary School - NationalJournal.com

To the casual Washington observer, the path from partisan politics to theology might not be obvious, but it has nonetheless quietly become well trod. This past spring, former Mitt Romney adviser and longtime political operative Eric Fehrnstrom surprised colleagues by announcing he would pursue a master's in theological studies at Boston College. Like McCurry's degree, the credential Fehrnstrom is earning is academic—meaning that he isn't seeking to be ordained—and he continues to consult on political campaigns with the Shawmut Group. Over the summer, Matt Rhodes, a former spokesman for the House Budget Committee, left his position at the American Hotel & Lodging Association to follow a call to the seminary and ordained priesthood in the Episcopal Church.

via www.nationaljournal.com

Hopeful I guess.

February 27, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Driver who broke through Lake Minnetonka tells of 40 minutes of terror | Star Tribune

As the frigid water and ice chunks poured into the open window, the pickup truck plummeted to the bottom of Lake Minnetonka and Ryan Neslund felt the surge of panic and fear.

“I was doomed,” said the 35-year-old paraplegic.

via www.startribune.com

There is a God and He likes ice-fishing.

February 27, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monster black hole born shortly after big bang | Science/AAAS | News

All galaxies are thought to have supermassive black holes at their center. These start out small—with masses equivalent to between 100 and 100,000 suns—and build up over time by consuming the gas, dust, and stars around them or by merging with other black holes to reach sizes measured in millions or billions of solar masses. Such binge eating usually takes billions of years, but a team of astronomers was stunned to discover what is, in galactic terms, a monstrous baby: a gigantic black hole of 12 billion solar masses in a barely newborn galaxy, just 875 million years after the big bang. The researchers report online in Nature today that they were scouring through several astronomical surveys looking for bright objects in the very early universe called quasars, galaxies that burn very bright because their central black holes are consuming material so fast. The monster they found (depicted in this artist’s impression) is roughly 3000 times the size of our Milky Way’s central black hole. To have grown to such a size in so short a time, it must have been munching matter at close to the maximum physically possible rate for most of its existence. Its large size and rate of consumption also makes it the brightest object in that distant era, and astronomers can use its bright light to study the composition of the early universe: how much of the original hydrogen and helium from the big bang had been forged into heavier elements in the furnaces of stars.

via news.sciencemag.org

weird

February 27, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Surgeon: We Could Transplant Human Head in 2017

(Newser) – Italian surgeon Sergio Canavero said in 2013 that surgery to transplant a human head would be possible soon. Now he's set to announce a project to do just that, via a keynote lecture at the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgeons annual conference this June. He sees the procedure as being possible as soon as 2017 and believes it should be pursued as a means of saving people with, say, multi-organ cancer, reports New Scientist. But the obstacles loom so large—spinal cord fusion among them—that most surgeons the magazine contacted dismissed the proposal altogether. "There is no evidence that the connectivity of cord and brain would lead to useful sentient or motor function," a prominent surgeon said. But earlier this month, Canavero sketched out what he considers to be a viable procedure in Surgical Neurology International:

via www.newser.com

New body here I come. This is going to be so Awesome. Italy kinda gives me pause though.

February 27, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Net neutrality's stunning reversal of fortune: Is it John Oliver's doing? - CSMonitor.com

“John Oliver absolutely helped turn the tide in the net-neutrality debate,” says Aram Sinnreich, professor at Rutgers University’s School of Communication and Information in New Brunswick, N.J. “The FCC got flooded with an unprecedented number of citizen contributions to the policy discussions afterwards, that probably wouldn’t have happened to that extent otherwise.”

via www.csmonitor.com

That's just great. But this won't work with the courts.

February 27, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

American missionary kidnapped in Nigeria - CNN.com

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)An American missionary in Nigeria has been kidnapped in what authorities call a "purely criminal" act.

via www.cnn.com

There's a Baptist sect or branch or something called the "Anti-Mission Baptists." I don't know, I but I guess that as per Calvin, they think it's all pre-destined anyway, so missions are a waste of time. You don't want to think about that too carefully.

February 27, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

China goes wild for Smith's research

Last week 5 count 'em 5 people in China downloaded my article on The Efficient Norm for Corporate Law, a good article if I say so myself. But what gives in China? Ah, the mysterious East.

February 27, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Comrades for Net Neutrality

oday’s vote by a bitterly divided Federal Communications Commission that the Internet should be regulated as a public utility is the culmination of a decade-long battle by the Left. Using money from George Soros and liberal foundations that totaled at least $196 million, radical activists finally succeeded in ramming through “net neutrality,” or the idea that all data should be transmitted equally over the Internet. The final push involved unprecedented political pressure exerted by the Obama White House on FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, head of an ostensibly independent regulatory body.

via www.nationalreview.com

It's up to the courts now.

February 27, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Obama to ban bullets by executive action, threatens top-selling AR-15 rifle | WashingtonExaminer.com

As promised, President Obama is using executive actions to impose gun control on the nation, targeting the top-selling rifle in the country, the AR-15 style semi-automatic, with a ban on one of the most-used AR bullets by sportsmen and target shooters.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives this month revealed that it is proposing to put the ban on 5.56 mm ammo on a fast track, immediately driving up the price of the bullets and prompting retailers, including the huge outdoors company Cabela's, to urge sportsmen to urge Congress to stop the president.

via www.washingtonexaminer.com

H/t instapundit.

February 27, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Investigators probing for criminal activity with Lois Lerner’s missing emails - The Washington Post

The watchdog agency found the backed-up emails by consulting with IRS information-technology specialists, according to TIGTA Deputy Inspector General for Investigations Tim Camus.

“They were right where you would expect them to be,” he said at the rare late-night hearing, which lasted until about 10 p.m.

via www.washingtonpost.com

February 27, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The fatal flaw in the Iran deal - The Washington Post

Bad enough. Then it got worse: News leaked Monday of the elements of a “sunset clause.” President Obama had accepted the Iranian demand that any restrictions on its program be time-limited. After which, the mullahs can crank up their nuclear program at will and produce as much enriched uranium as they want.

via www.washingtonpost.com

February 27, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Holman Jenkins: Obama’s Oil-by-Rail Boom - WSJ

He was lucky again on July 6, 2013. Thanks to various competing news stories (a plane crash in San Francisco, the Trayvon Martin shooting trial), Americans did not dwell on a fiery oil-train accident in Canada that killed 47. For if there’s one boom Mr. Obama can claim authorship of, it’s the oil-by-rail boom.

via www.wsj.com

February 25, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Mysterious East Coast flooding was caused by ‘unprecedented’ surge in sea level - The Washington Post

But global warming wasn’t the sole culprit. The study suggested a change in ocean currents coupled with persistent winds that pushed water into the region caused the spike — which may be the first of many. The seas are rising, Yin told The Post, but the ascent isn’t smooth or even. The mechanics of sea rise aren’t dissimilar to temperatures rising during spring. During some years, the weather gets warmer faster — but the general trend is upward.

via www.washingtonpost.com

Denier.

February 25, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

What ‘Parks and Recreation’ taught me about life - The Washington Post

As the cast of NBC’s long-running sitcom “Parks and Recreation” came together on-screen for a final hug last night, I started to cry in a way I haven’t since I was a child and my mother came to the last page of “These Happy Golden Years,” the final volume in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House” series. One of the special things about television is the opportunity to live alongside your favorite characters season after season. And if you’re particularly lucky, a series can come along precisely at the moment when you need it, showing you the world and life as it can be.

via www.washingtonpost.com

Maybe this only happens to chicks. I guess I was pretty sad when The Wire was over and I did cry during the opening of the first LOTR movie. So yeah.

February 25, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Jason L. Riley: Why Eric Holder Won’t Let Go of Ferguson - WSJ

Attorney General Holder accuses Americans of being afraid to talk honestly about race relations, then uses his office to scapegoat police departments for black pathology. The conversation that Mr. Holder wants to have about race assumes facts not in evidence. It is also the wrong message to send to the young black men responsible for so much violent crime. These lawsuits make excuses for behavior that ought to be condemned and distract from a much more consequential debate about black cultural attitudes toward work, marriage, parenting and the rule of law. What ails these black communities are the Michael Browns, not the Darren Wilsons. And Mr. Holder’s war on cops won’t change that.

via www.wsj.com

February 24, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

YaleNews | Sunlight continues to damage skin in the dark

Exposure to UV light from the sun or from tanning beds can damage the DNA in melanocytes, the cells that make the melanin that gives skin its color. This damage is a major cause of skin cancer, the most common form of cancer in the United States. In the past, experts believed that melanin protected the skin by blocking harmful UV light. But there was also evidence from studies suggesting that melanin was associated with skin cell damage.

via news.yale.edu

Everything you thought was good is bad.

February 24, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Did dark matter kill the dinosaurs? | Science/AAAS | News

Every so often, the fossil record shows, ecological disasters wipe large numbers of species off the face of Earth. These mass extinctions occur roughly every 26 million to 30 million years—about the same interval at which our solar system passes through the plane of the Milky Way. Putting two and two together, some researchers have proposed that clouds of dust and gas in the galactic plane might disrupt the orbits of far-flung comets and trigger planet-smacking collisions. A new study suggests an additional culprit may lie behind those times of woe: dark matter.

via news.sciencemag.org

Scarier than global warming.

February 24, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

What Happens in Vegas Is Filmed in Vegas - Bloomberg View

Now for the creepy aspects: There are cameras everywhere. In the casinos, obviously, but also on the streetlights, the walls and every overhang. When I asked the cab driver whether there was much crime on the Strip, he laughed and pointed to the cameras. “No crime,” he said. “No point. Cameras everywhere.”

via www.bloombergview.com

It always struck me that there would be a lot of different sorts of places in a libertarian heaven -- places like Vegas and places like Ave Maria Town. You get to choose your poison.

February 24, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Paralyzed By Ukraine, Dumbfounded by Russia - NationalJournal.com

The sluggish disintegration of a weak peace deal in Ukraine has come as nothing less than a blessing for President Obama. It has helped mask his administration's inability to determine the best response to the crisis, and to Russia.

But this respite will not last. Given the events on the ground, Obama will soon have to decide whether to send weapons and trainers to the Ukrainian government and risk turning what has been largely a border skirmish into a major conflict by proxy with serious implications for the United States, Europe, and American interests worldwide.

via www.nationaljournal.com

At least we know the decisions are in good hands. Kidding!

February 24, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, February 23, 2015

‘Maximalist’ Shoes: The Latest Running Craze? | Only A Game

If you’re still taking off your shoes before heading out on a long run, you’re woefully behind the times. Minimalist running is so 2009. These days, runners are lacing up maximalist running shoes.

via onlyagame.wbur.org

o brother

February 23, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (1)

The Insiders: Why would anyone think Obama doesn’t love America? Plenty of reasons. - The Washington Post

And then there are the numerous odd incidents that cumulatively give us a picture of a president who doesn’t really care, including the disrespectful “latte salute”; the non sequitur of removing the bust of America’s great ally Winston Churchill from the White House; his embrace of the perpetually aggrieved Rev. Al Sharpton; right down to appointing a civil rights lawyer as secretary of labor even if he tends to look for grievances instead of helping to build up traditional businesses that put bread on the table for many Americans.

via www.washingtonpost.com

Maybe he's just not that into America.

February 23, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

I’m gay. And I want my kid to be gay, too. - The Washington Post

I live in the liberal bubble of Park Slope, Brooklyn, where no yuppie would ever admit to wanting their kid to be anything in particular, other than happy. But more often than not, we define happiness as some variation on our own lives, or at least the lives of our expectations. If we went to college, we want our kids to go to college. If we like sports, we want our kids to like sports. If we vote Democrat, of course we want our kids to vote Democrat.

I’m gay. And I want my kid to be gay, too.

via www.washingtonpost.com

Alrighty then.

February 23, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Why Eric Posner is wrong about speech codes - The Washington Post

Meanwhile, Posner suggests that libertarians should be happy that there is an educational market at work here.  Yet, not a single university has, for esxample, challenged the Department of Education’s new sexual assault guidelines, which are contrary to both what the law actually says and the policies most universities had adopted beforehand. This isn’t the product of competitive marketplace forces at work, but of diktat from the government, sufficiently intimidating to cow even the Harvards of the world.

via www.washingtonpost.com

February 23, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Walker’s anti-union law has labor reeling in Wisconsin - The Washington Post

Many of those changes came to pass, but the once-thriving ­public-sector unions were not just shrunken — they were crippled.

via www.washingtonpost.com

February 23, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The young woman and the mountain - Metro - The Boston Globe

As she climbed out of the car 90 minutes before sunrise, Kate Matrosova could not have seen the top of Mount Washington, 5,000 feet above in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. It was 5 a.m., still dark and already overcast on the Sunday before Presidents’ Day.

The forecast was frightening, but it did not dissuade her: Matrosova was headed for the summit.

via www.bostonglobe.com

Read this by your cozy fire.

February 22, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Chargers departure could hit U-T where it hurts | San Diego Reader

News that the team is partnering with the Oakland Raiders on an L.A. stadium in case San Diego taxpayers don't come up with enough scratch for one here could spell the beginning of the end for the U-T, already struggling under the ownership of voluble real estate mogul Douglas Manchester.

via www.sandiegoreader.com

Ay chihuahua.

February 22, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Gum Will Be on Democrats' Shoe if Court Upends Health Law | RealClearPolitics

Much ink has been spilled over what Republicans must do if the Supreme Court decides, in the upcoming case of King v. Burwell, that the Affordable Care Act does not authorize the government to provide subsidies to people enrolled on federal healthcare exchanges. Such a decision would cripple ACA implementation, imperil health coverage for millions and, so the thinking goes, put pressure on state and congressional Republicans to save the subsidies and the statute.

But conventional wisdom has it backwards — as long as Democrats remain unwilling to consider ACA alternatives, they are the ones who face fallout from such a decision.

via www.realclearpolitics.com

February 22, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Obama to seek emergency order restarting immigration programs | TheHill

The Obama administration will seek an emergency court order to move forward with President Obama’s executive action on immigration.

via thehill.com

February 22, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Lenovo Superfish scandal: Why it’s one of the worst consumer computing screw-ups ever.

When Lenovo preinstalled Superfish adware on its laptops, it betrayed its customers and sold out their security. It did it for no good reason, and it may not even have known what it was doing. I’m not sure which is scarier. The various news reports of this catastrophe don’t quite convey the sheer horror and disbelief with which any technically minded person is now reacting to Lenovo’s screw-up. Security researcher Marc Rogers wrote that it’s “quite possibly the single worst thing I have seen a manufacturer do to its customer base. … I cannot overstate how evil this is.” He’s right. The Lenovo Superfish security hole is really, really bad.

via www.slate.com

All my personal home PCs are Lenovo I basically don't care. But that's just me. It's probably really bad.

February 22, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Liberals' Attacks on Scott Walker Reek of Flopsweat | RedState

This level of patent desperation would be sad if it weren’t being wielded by such despicable people. The political party that harbored massive numbers of 9/11 truthers – i.e., people who accused Bush of Cheney of being guilty of killing thousands of American people on purpose – does not get to lecture Republicans on confronting extremist rhetoric, not with a straight face. Especially not when the rhetoric in question isn’t “I think Obama killed thousands of Americans on purpose just so he could lead us into war,” but rather “I don’t think Obama was raised to love America as much as other people in this country were.” At least arguably, this statement might be damaging to Walker if he had made it himself, but the idea that it will be damaging to Walker that Giuliani said it, and that Walker didn’t condemn him forcefully enough, is an argument so facially laughable that only the truly desperate would attempt to peddle it.

via www.redstate.com

I'm happy to say I don't know what flopsweat smells like. But the attacks on Walker do seem pretty desperate. It makes me think he might be the guy.

February 22, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

New York Times Reporter James Risen Accuses Attorney General Eric Holder of "Wrecking" the First Amendment - The Atlantic

Or not. Risen has launched a one-man crusade against Holder and the Obama administration. Risen escalated that this week with a series of angry tweets replying to a speech Holder gave the National Press Club, in which the reporter blasted the current White House as the greatest enemy of press freedom in a generation and accused the attorney general of shredding the First Amendment.

via www.theatlantic.com

February 22, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, February 20, 2015

India Officials: Tree Obama Planted Isn’t Dead, Just Looks Dead « CBS DC

EW DELHI — Officials in India want to make one thing clear: The tree that President Barack Obama planted in New D

via washington.cbslocal.com

February 20, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (1)

New Killer Virus Found in Kansas - NBC News.com

They're calling it Bourbon virus, after the county in Kansas where the previously healthy man lived. He'd been bitten by ticks before he got sick so doctors believe the virus is carried by ticks.

via www.nbcnews.com

Yikes.

February 20, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Colleagues mourn, mountaineers reflect on death of woman hiking White Mountains | New Hampshire

“Hiking alone in winter is fine,” said Wilcox, adding that “even though the general public perception is it’s suicidal, it’s not at all. On a nice day, under good conditions, we could have brought her down safely.” But on Sunday, he said, “even our best climbers could not get above tree line.”

via www.newhampshire.com

New Hampshire, especially in the winter, is a beech. I'm not sure what this woman was thinking. Eighteen miles, above the treeline, in these conditions?

February 20, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Archaeologists Stumble Across a Hoard of Gold

The find was made by accident in early February, when a team of six sport divers spotted what they initially thought were a few toy coins on the seabed near the ancient harbor of Caesarea. After realizing the significance of the find, they immediately notified the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA). Divers from the IAA's Marine Archaeology Unit accompanied the group back to the site and were stunned at what they found.

via news.nationalgeographic.com

My first thought would not be to notify the antiquity authorities.

February 20, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Insiders: Obama’s governing legacy hangs by a legal thread - The Washington Post

The long arm of the law is catching up with Obama. The King v. Burwell ruling looming in the Supreme Court could completely undermine the viability of Obamacare if the justices rule that the law be interpreted as written, not as the White House now hopes. Meanwhile, 26 states have brought a case that would prevent Obama’s executive orders on immigration — which would create new exceptions for many individuals to stay in the United States in defiance of what has, up until now, been a well-established law — from being implemented. A federal court judge has issued a temporary injunctive order declaring that the case against the president can go forward. In both cases, Obama is left hoping that a sympathetic court will allow unprecedented one-man rule and create a new era in which a president can rewrite existing laws in a manner never contemplated in the Constitution.

via www.washingtonpost.com

February 20, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

What ISIS Really Wants - The Atlantic

Our ignorance of the Islamic State is in some ways understandable: It is a hermit kingdom; few have gone there and returned. Baghdadi has spoken on camera only once. But his address, and the Islamic State’s countless other propaganda videos and encyclicals, are online, and the caliphate’s supporters have toiled mightily to make their project knowable. We can gather that their state rejects peace as a matter of principle; that it hungers for genocide; that its religious views make it constitutionally incapable of certain types of change, even if that change might ensure its survival; and that it considers itself a harbinger of—and headline player in—the imminent end of the world.

via www.theatlantic.com

Modern secular folks like us have a hard time understanding this medieval (or earlier?) mindset. Arguments about whether the Islamic State is Islamic sort of miss the point. Are the Mormons or the Christian Scientists Christian? Are the Lutherans? Catholics? You have to enter into theological considerations to even approach the question. No doubt Obama would end up saying, nobody is really Islamic unless they are willing to contribute to the DNC or Empower America or whatever his slush fund is called. I say Islamic State is Islamic, or close enough until the real thing comes along. But they have to be stopped. History hasn't ended yet.

H/t JS.

February 20, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

This Black Hole's Belch Could Transform an Entire Galaxy - NBC News.com

A ravenous, giant black hole has belched up a bubble of cosmic wind so powerful that it could change the fate of an entire galaxy, astronomers say.

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February 19, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Barack Obama's 'Reckless Disregard' of the Law | RealClearPolitics

There is a continuum between lawful exercise of discretion and unlawful suspension of the law. Time and again, Obama has lurched toward the wrong end of it. 

via www.realclearpolitics.com

February 19, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

FCC Commissioner: ‘If You Like Your Wireless Plan, You Should Be Able to Keep It’ | Washington Free Beacon

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai is out with a new message to fight net neutrality: “If you like your wireless plan, you should be able to keep it.”

via freebeacon.com

February 19, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

BBC News - Evolution 'favours bigger sea creatures'

It describes a pattern of increasing body size that cannot be explained by random "drift", but suggests bigger animals generally fare better at sea.

via www.bbc.com

Maybe I should become a sea creature.

February 19, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Don’t Be Google | TechCrunch

Say what you like about Apple, and I can complain about them at length, you always know what to expect from them. (A gorgeous velvet glove enclosing an exquisitely sleek titanium fist.) But Google seems increasingly to have fragmented into a hydra with a hundred tone-deaf heads, each with its own distinct morality and personality. That wouldn’t matter so much if trust and awesomeness — “don’t be evil!” “moonshots!” — weren’t so intrinsic to the Google brand … which, to my mind, gets a little more tarnished every year.

via techcrunch.com

February 19, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Los Angeles hospital warns 179 patients possibly exposed to 'superbug' | Reuters

(Reuters) - A large Los Angeles teaching hospital has told scores of patients they may have been exposed to a drug-resistant bacterial "superbug" during endoscopy procedures that infected seven patients and contributed to two deaths.

via www.reuters.com

February 19, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Family knew suspect in Las Vegas road rage shooting | Fox News

Police made an arrest Thursday in the mysterious road-rage killing of a Las Vegas mother, apprehending a neighbor who had a history with the family before the shootout.

via www.foxnews.com

No shirt of course. I don't know about Las Vegas.

February 19, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Bride ditches groom at altar to marry wedding guest | New York Post

A bride in India ditched her fiance at the altar when she found out he had a medical condition — and then married a wedding guest just moments later, a report said.

via nypost.com

February 19, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

A Stupid and Sleazy Clinton Decision - NationalJournal.com

February 18, 2015 This is sleazy and stupid. Just as Hillary Clinton is getting ready to run for president again, her family's charitable foundation secretly lifted a ban on accepting money from foreign governments.

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February 19, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

We Need To Destroy ISIS, And We Need To Destroy It Now

Deploying a couple divisions of the U.S. Army or Marine Corps would crush ISIS quickly, but the wisdom of that is dubious, given the history of Iraq since 2003. What will degrade ISIS is U.S.-led airpower, at a higher sortie rate, in coordination with our SOF, the finest snake-eaters in the world. In a matter of months, this lethal tandem will inflict such serious losses on ISIS in Iraq and Syria, particularly on its high-value targets, that it will gradually lose operational effectiveness. We will incur losses, but the enemy’s will be hundreds-fold more. While the Islamic State will continue in some evil guise for years, it will not be a serious threat to the Middle East, if the Obama administration does what it must.

via thefederalist.com

February 19, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Scientists discover nature's newest, strongest material, thanks to a snail

In a study set to come out this month in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, British researchers announced that the teeth of shelled, aquatic creatures called limpets are the strongest biological material on Earth, overtaking the previous record-holder, spider silk.

via www.smh.com.au

February 18, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (2)

Graveyard of Giant Lemurs Discovered Underwater in Madagascar

Deep below the surface of a water-filled cave in Madagascar, divers and paleontologists have uncovered a boneyard full of extinct giant lemurs.

via news.nationalgeographic.com

February 18, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Bizarre Martian Plumes Discovered by Amateur Astronomers

An international network of amateur astronomers has spotted what looks like two plumes, or slender, cloudy projections, extending from the surface of Mars, and their professional counterparts have no clear idea of what they might be.

via news.nationalgeographic.com

February 18, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)