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Friday, September 4, 2015

Bringing Molten Salt Nuclear Reactors to Reality | MIT Technology Review

For years nuclear scientists have talked about a revival of molten salt reactors, which are powered by a liquid fuel rather than solid fuel rods, that will help spark the long-awaited “nuclear renaissance.” Recent developments indicate that this alternative nuclear power technology is finally making gradual progress toward commercialization.

via www.technologyreview.com

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Egg producers caught conspiring to shut down a vegan mayo startup | Grist

Just Mayo looks like mayo, smells like mayo, and tastes like mayo, but it’s actually mayo’s vegan doppelgänger that uses pea protein in place of eggs. It’s made by the San Francisco startup Hampton Creek, and it’s this very lack of eggs that has the American Egg Board scrambling (sorry).

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Articles: Thinking About the Unthinkable: An Israel-Iran Nuclear War

Fourth, what may drive an early Israeli nuclear attack are two considerations: (a) Russian S-300 ATBM/SAMs (anti-tactical ballistic missile/surface-to-air missile) in Iranian hands; and (b) Hezb’allah's thousands of missiles. Russia's agreement to supply Iran four batteries of its fearsome S-300 by late August for defending priority targets would make it very difficult for Israel to mount the complex precision bombing strategies needed for tough targets. The S-300, the world's best, can knock down high-speed aircraft from near ground level to almost 100,000 feet. It can also engage some ballistic missiles.

Meanwhile, Hezb’allah's arsenal of more than 60,000 rockets (by some estimates) is a much greater threat to Israel, especially its air force, than is appreciated. Hezb’allah has retrofitted an unknown fraction of these missiles, whose range now covers almost all of Israel, with GPS and precision guidance, allowing them to hit critical targets. Unfortunately, Israel's Iron Dome and David’s Sling interceptors were designed on the assumption that most incoming missiles would be inaccurate and so the interceptors could be saved only for those approaching critical targets. The result? Hezb’allah rocket campaigns targeting Israeli airbases and other military targets could quickly run Israel out of interceptors. Iran could easily order such a campaign to throw Israel off balance as it focuses on the deadly US-abetted nuclear threat from Iran.

An Israeli nuclear pre-emption is thus eminently thinkable. Every other option has been stripped away by Obama's decision, concealed from Israel, Congress and our allies until it was too late to challenge, to let Iranian bomb-making R&D run free and to harden Iran's bomb-making infrastructure against Israel – while imposing lethal restrictions on Israeli countermeasures and forswearing any US and allied military attacks, such as B-2's and B-52's dropping MOP bombs.

via www.americanthinker.com

H/t JGS.

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Duke Researcher: Owning A Car '80 Percent' Riskier Than Owning A Gun

In this sharply divided country, there surely is also strong disagreement about the extent to which government ought to be protecting citizens from self-harm. But I presume that a broad spectrum of the public on both sides of the aisle would agree there is an appropriate government role in protecting citizens from being harmed by one another. So if we leave aside self-inflicted deaths, the average car is 1.8 times as risky as the average gun. That is, my owning a car is 80 percent more likely to result in the death of another person my owning a gun.

via www.breitbart.com

Guns don't kill people. Depressed young males kill themselves.

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Trump on Kim Davis: I hate to see her being sent to jail but the law is the law « Hot Air

We’re in a weird place as a party when Trump, the would-be strongman who’s going to smash sclerotic American government as we know it, is more of a “rule of law” guy than Ted Cruz is. And way, way more of one than Mike Huckabee is.

via hotair.com

Now I'm really confused.

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The New Romantics in the Computer Age - The New York Times

I could imagine a time when young thinkers discard the strictures of the academic professionalism and try to revive the model of the intellectual as secular sage. I could see other young people tiring of résumé-building do-goodism and trying to live more radically for the poor. The romantic tries as much as possible to ground his or her life in purer love that transforms — making him or her more inspired, creative and dedicated, and therefore better able to live as a modern instantiation of some ideal.

via www.nytimes.com

I don't think so.

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Do Pedestrian Push-to-Walk Buttons Actually Work? - CityLab

It depends on where you are. At intersections with actuated signal controls, the button functions as a human detector, alerting the system to the presence of a pedestrian and requesting a “WALK” signal as soon as possible. In some cases, you may have to push the button to cross; otherwise, the system doesn’t know there’s a pedestrian waiting and will proceed through its cycles without ever displaying a “WALK” signal. In other cases, pushing the button simply reduces your wait time.

via www.citylab.com

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Why we need a legal definition of artificial intelligence

When we talk about artificial intelligence (AI) – which we have done lot recently, including my outline on The Conversation of liability and regulation issues – what do we actually mean?

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Stop Universities From Hoarding Money - The New York Times

SAN DIEGO — WHO do you think received more cash from Yale’s endowment last year: Yale students, or the private equity fund managers hired to invest the university’s money?

It’s not even close.

via www.nytimes.com

ICYMI.

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Migrant Chaos Mounts While Divided Europe Stumbles for Response - The New York Times

LONDON — The struggle among European leaders to develop a coherent response to the spiraling migrant crisis intensified on Thursday as fresh calls for a blocwide plan were met with recriminations about the Continent being swamped with Muslims.

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Trump accuses talk-show radio host of 'gotcha' question | Reuters

Earlier in the interview, Trump brought up the Kurds after being asked about the leader of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's Quds forces, before adding: "Oh, I thought you said Kurds, Kurds."

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His poll numbers will probably go up.

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Ted Cruz: 'I stand with Kim Davis' - Houston Chronicle

Cruz said in a statement:

"Today, judicial lawlessness crossed into judicial tyranny. Today, for the first time ever, the government arrested a Christian woman for living according to her faith. This is wrong. This is not America.

"I stand with Kim Davis. Unequivocally. I stand with every American that the Obama Administration is trying to force to chose [sic] between honoring his or her faith or complying with a lawless court opinion.”

via www.chron.com

This is weird.

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The Largest Failure of the Obama Era | RealClearPolitics

WASHINGTON -- One little boy in a red T-shirt, lying face down, drowned, on a Turkish beach, is a tragedy. More than 200,000 dead in Syria, 4 million fleeing refugees and 7.6 million displaced from their homes are statistics. But they represent a collective failure of massive proportions.

For four years, the Obama administration has engaged in what Frederic Hof, former special adviser for transition in Syria, calls a "pantomime of outrage." Four years of strongly worded protests, and urgent meetings and calls for negotiation -- the whole drama a sickening substitute for useful action. People talking and talking to drown out the voice of their own conscience. And blaming. In 2013, President Obama lectured the United Nations Security Council for having "demonstrated no inclination to act at all." Psychological projection on a global stage.

Always there is Obama's weary realism. "It's not the job of the president of the United States to solve every problem in the Middle East." We must be "modest in our belief that we can remedy every evil."

But we are not dealing here with every problem or every evil; rather a discrete and unique set of circumstances: The largest humanitarian failure of the Obama era is also its largest strategic failure.

via www.realclearpolitics.com

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Robots Lay Three Times as Many Bricks as Construction Workers | MIT Technology Review

Construction workers on some sites are getting new, non-union help. SAM – short for semi-automated mason – is a robotic bricklayer being used to increase productivity as it works with human masons.

via www.technologyreview.com

We'll be seeing more and more of this. Sooner than most of us think, you'll be able to substitute "cases" for "bricks".

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Image of Drowned Syrian Boy Echoes Around World - WSJ

“My kids were the most beautiful children in the world,” he said outside the morgue. “They woke me up every morning to play with them. They are all gone now. Now all I want to do is sit next to the grave of my wife and children.”

via www.wsj.com

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A natural progression?

We had her.  Then her.  Then afterwards her.  Now her. And next her?  Seems like some sort of trend, perhaps.  What does it all mean?

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Yale study estimates 3 trillion trees on Earth - SlashGear

A new study led by Yale's School of Forestry & Environmental Studies has revealed that the Earth is estimated to have over 3 trillion trees. The significance of this is that the figure is over 7.5 times more than previous calculations. However, it is still believed that there has been a 46% decline in the planet's number of trees since the beginning of human civilization. This study, which was recently published in the journal Nature, is said to offer one of the most detailed assessments of the Earth's tree populations.

via www.slashgear.com

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King Cobra Missing in Orlando

“We are used to snakes here in Florida, but a king cobra is a totally different story,” a TV anchor said on WESH2.

via time.com

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The Tomato Sandwich Perfected - The New York Times

When tomatoes are in season, you can’t do better than a simple tomato sandwich.

via www.nytimes.com

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Donald Trump 2016: He will sign GOP loyalty pledge

A close associate tells POLITICO that Donald Trump plans to sign a loyalty pledge Thursday that would bind him to endorse the Republican nominee, and would preclude a third-party run. Trump made the stunning decision, which he has long resisted, to avoid complications in getting listed on primary ballots, and to take away an attack line in the next debate, the associate said.

via www.politico.com

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Will Hillary Clinton’s Emails Burn the White House? - The Daily Beast

Hillary Clinton’s email problems are already causing headaches for her presidential campaign. But within American counterintelligence circles, there’s a mounting sense that the former secretary of state may not be the only Obama administration official in trouble. This is a scandal that has the potential to spread to the White House, as well.

via www.thedailybeast.com

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Drowned Syria boy's family had refugee bid rejected

Canadian authorities apparently rejected the family's attempt to seek asylum because as Kurdish Syrians who had spent time in Turkey the United Nations would not register them as refugees. The Turkish government, which is all but waging a war against Kurdish separatist groups in southeastern Turkey, refused to grant them exit visas.

via www.usatoday.com

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5 Chinese warships spotted off Alaska coast during President Obama's visit | Fox News

Five Chinese navy ships have been spotted in the Bering Sea, off the Alaska coast, coinciding with President Obama’s visit to the state, a senior defense official confirmed to Fox News.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Being Picky About Customers Early On Can Bolster Long-Term Success - The New York Times

In the weeks after Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Jane Parmel, the founder and co-owner of Events by TFL, an event-planning firm in Coney Island, was desperate for sales. The storm hit her three-story building hard, destroying all of her inventory: $12,000 worth of balloons, satin ribbon, chair covers and other accessories.

Around that time, she began looking into the background of a potential client — a religion-based organization she preferred not to name — and made an unequivocal decision to forgo the revenue.

“They were very anti-L.G.B.T., and I found that very unnerving,” she said, referring to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. She is proud of the diversity of her staff and clientele.

The client was “very confused” by her refusing the order, until Ms. Parmel tactfully said, “I don’t think we share the same belief system.”

New York’s laws prohibit discrimination based on religion or creed, but Mr. Bowen said he doubted Ms. Parmel’s choice would run afoul of those rules.

“It’s a very tricky line,” he said. “What if somebody said their religion forbids them to associate with African-Americans? Are you discriminating against their religion by refusing to do business with that person? I don’t think so. If they engage in something that would be unlawful, I think you can refuse to do business with them.”

via www.nytimes.com

Tolerance.

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Uber Rebuffed by Judge in Ruling on Drivers’ Suit - The New York Times

“The court concludes that a number of Uber’s class certification arguments are problematic,” Judge Edward M. Chen of the Federal District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco wrote in the 68-page ruling. He added that there was “simply no basis” to Uber’s claim “that some innumerable legion of drivers prefer to remain independent contractors rather than become employees.”

via www.nytimes.com

Here we go.

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Scrutiny of Security Start-Ups May Signal Shift in Venture Funding - The New York Times

SAN FRANCISCO — A funny thing happened to Orion Hindawi while he was raising $120 million for his cybersecurity start-up last month: Investors asked him about profits.

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Google’s Driverless Cars Run Into Problem: Cars With Drivers - The New York Times

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google, a leader in efforts to create driverless cars, has run into an odd safety conundrum: humans.

via www.nytimes.com

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Mitch McConnell And The Planned Parenthood Atom Bomb

So what will Ted Cruz do? How will he play this opportunity, and how will leadership respond? If the message leadership sends is that they care less about Planned Parenthood and will do anything to avoid shutdown, even fund a harvester of baby organs with your tax dollars, Cruz will have a golden opportunity to make his case that the Republican Party has abandoned not just fiscal conservatives, not just national security conservatives, but social conservatives as well. If there is ultimately no shutdown, and whatever step avoids shutdown is seen as a sell-out by pro-lifers, he could benefit significantly. But just about every presidential candidate will have to take a stand on this issue as well, and it’s in their interests to cater to pro-lifers, too – so what does leadership do if it is at odds not just with Cruz, but with several other candidates as well?

via thefederalist.com

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Save the phony drama on Iran vote | Fox News

Getting 34 of 46 members of the Democratic caucus to not rebuke him ought not to be too tough. When folks are stoking speculation over how reliably partisan Senators will vote, one gets a strong sense that reporters and the White House are faking it. Will Sen. Maria Cantwell vote with the president or Sen. Tom Cotton on a nuke deal? Drama!

via www.foxnews.com

Really.

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Clinton, using private server, wrote and sent e-mails now deemed classified - The Washington Post

While she was secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton wrote and sent at least six e-mails using her private server that contained what government officials now say is classified information, according to thousands of e-mails released by the State Department.

via www.washingtonpost.com

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The Coming Liberal Disaster at the Supreme Court - The New Yorker

But the conservatives on the Court are poised for a comeback, and the subjects before the Justices appear well suited for liberal defeats. Consider:

via www.newyorker.com

The whole concept of law is antitheotical to progressive rule. They should just get rid of it and rule by ukase. Then they could get Owen Fiss or somebody like that to make up a new concept of law ("surprisingly un-lawlike" or something like that). They'd have to get around the Supreme Court but they can manage that.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Democrats One Vote Shy of Upholding Iran Deal | RealClearPolitics

In order for a veto override even to be needed, however, opponents must convince at least four of the 11 undecided Democrats to join them. Whether or not backers of the deal will get to 41 votes, and can thus block the disapproval measure, is likely to go unanswered until lawmakers return to Washington after Labor Day. 

via www.realclearpolitics.com

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Harold Bloom on The Band - WSJ

But the beauty of “The Weight” isn’t solely in the lyrics, which are almost surrealistic, or in the music. Instead, it’s the strange flavor that emanates from them. It’s a song that is more than the sum of its parts and suggests it doesn’t quite know itself. In the end, “The Weight” catches something about the contradictions and difficulties of authentic American spirituality.

via www.wsj.com

You can listen to it at the link.

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The Donald and the Demagogues - WSJ

It says that many of the same people who have bellyached nonstop for the past seven years about the cult-of-personality president currently in the Oval Office are seriously willing to consider another cult-of-personality figure on the off-chance he’s peddling the cure America needs. Focus group testing by pollster Frank Luntz suggests that Mr. Trump’s fans could care less about his flip-flopping political views but responded almost rapturously to his apparently magnetic persona.

When people become indifferent to the ideas of their would-be leaders, those leaders become prone to dangerous ideas. Democracies that trade policy substance for personal charisma tend not to last as democracies. They become Bolivarian republics. Donald Trump may be America’s Hugo Chávez, minus the political consistency.

via www.wsj.com

Bret brings it.

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Good old Federalist Papers

Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments to which the people are attached, and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprizes of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of. Notwithstanding the military establishments in the several kingdoms of Europe, which are carried as far as the public resources will bear, the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms. And it is not certain that with this aid alone, they would not be able to shake off their yokes. But were the people to possess the additional advantages of local governments chosen by themselves, who could collect the national will, and direct the national force; and of officers appointed out of the militia, by these governments and attached both to them and to the militia, it may be affirmed with the greatest assurance, that the throne of every tyranny in Europe would be speedily overturned, in spite of the legions which surround it. Let us not insult the free and gallant citizens of America with the suspicion that they would be less able to defend the rights of which they would be in actual possession, than the debased subjects of arbitrary power would be to rescue theirs from the hands of their oppressers. Let us rather no longer insult them with the supposition, that they can ever reduce themselves to the necessity of making the experiment, by a blind and tame submission to the long train of insidious measures, which must precede and produce it.

 -- James Madison, Federalist, no. 46, 315--23.  29 Jan. 1788

 Of course, that was, as is evident from the quotation, a very different world.  But still, citizens keeping guns, and a lot of them, remains an impediment to the further advance of . . . whatever you want to call it -- I prefer "tyranny", but your mileage may vary.  While I'm thinking these big thoughts, I don't think Hegel gets enough credit for generally screwing things up.  People always point to Marx.  But Marx was never that popular here.  Hegel on the other hand was extremely popular and had lots of American acolytes. People became Hegelians, then progressives, and the rest is History. Get it? Heh heh.

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Undoing the Unilateral Presidency - WSJ

On the next president’s first day in office, the president could simply issue an executive order revoking all of his predecessor’s executive actions, except those necessary for national security or the basic functioning of government. This includes Mr. Obama’s executive orders, but also a flood of presidential memorandums and directives, as well as informal guidance and orders from federal agencies, that he has used to reshape federal policy.

With a stroke of a pen, the next president could roll back efforts to expand the reach of labor unions, mandates requiring the expanded use of renewable energy by the federal government, and Mr. Obama’s foolhardy reconciliation with Iran and Cuba.

via www.wsj.com

Right.

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Is Silicon Valley in Another Tech Bubble? | Vanity Fair

Yet the presentation, which adhered to a16z’s gray-and-deep-orange palette, seemed to have an ulterior motive. Kupor, his hair neatly parted, was eager to assuage any worry about the existence of a tech bubble. While he conceded that there were some eerie similarities with the infamous dot-com bubble of 1999—such as the preponderance of so-called unicorns, or tech start-ups valued at $1 billion and upward—Kupor confidently buoyed his audience with slides that read, “It’s different this time,” and charts highlighting the decrease in tech I.P.O.’s, the metric that eventually pierced the froth in March of 2000. Back then, a company went public almost every single day; now it was down to about once per week. This time around, he noted, the money was flowing backward. Rather than entering a company’s coffers in the public markets, it was making its way to start-ups in late-stage investments. There was little, he suggested, to worry about.

via www.vanityfair.com

It's a bubble. Buy index funds.

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Donald Trump is set to blow up GOP orthodoxy -- again | Washington Examiner

First Donald Trump antagonized the Republican establishment with his proposals on immigration. Then he irritated some with his stands on trade and Social Security. Now Trump is preparing a tax proposal that will again set him far apart from the party's powers-that-be.

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A Lot of American Catholics Have Never Heard of Pope Francis' Most Important New Message | Mother Jones

Polling data released Monday by the Public Religion Research Institute shows that one in five Catholics are still unfamiliar with the pope's position on climate change, outlined in his landmark encyclical—or papal letter—in which he said humans were contributing to the "unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem." PRRI describes that number as "substantial" but notes that it's similar to other hot-button political issues, such as abortion and same-sex marriage. A separate poll, released two weeks ago by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and researchers from Yale University, found an even larger proportion of Catholics who were unaware of the pope's views: only 40 percent had heard about the papal letter and its themes of environmental and economic justice.

via www.motherjones.com

I heard of it, but I just think he's wrong.

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Dear Prudence: My husband wants me to dress up during sex—as someone we know.

Q. Husband’s Fantasies: My husband and I have resolved to be more open about our sexual desires after a long “dry spell,” which has really revitalized all aspects of our relationship and made us much happier. We often dress up during sex, which is really fun, but recently he confessed a desire that gave me pause. He wants me to dress up as a casual acquaintance of ours. He wants to call me her name and for me to wear a very particular kind of clothing she wears. I’m not sure what to think. It’s kind of gross, and also suggests he’d rather be sleeping with her. Then again, maybe I should be glad he’s not and he’s making do with what he’s got (me). What should I do?

via www.slate.com

Hohhhhhhkay.

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How Mindfulness Could Help Teachers and Students - The Atlantic

“Today we’re going to talk about mindfulness of emotion,” Gonzalez said with a hint of a Venezuelan accent. “You guys remember what mindfulness is?” Met with quiet stares, Gonzalez gestured to one of the posters pasted at the back of the classroom, where the students a few weeks earlier had brainstormed terms describing the meaning of “mindfulness.” There were some tentative mumblings: “being focused,” “being aware of our surroundings.”

via www.theatlantic.com

Good idea.

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Why researchers are concerned about 'grey swan' hurricanes - CSMonitor.com

Researchers at Princeton and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology named the city in a new paper that warns of potentially devastating storms they’ve dubbed "grey swans." Unlike Black Swans, which are truly unpredictable events, grey swans are highly unlikely but can be predicted with a degree of confidence.

via www.csmonitor.com

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How 'Netflix and chill' became internet slang for having sex | Fusion

As with most recent internet slang, “Netflix and chill” seems to have originated on Black Twitter before migrating to Instagram, Tumblr, Vine, and the outer reaches of Memeland. And in a way, it’s the perfect teenage shibboleth. If you were 16, and your parents caught you texting “Netflix and chill?” to your girlfriend, they might think you were proposing an innocent night of watching Chopped on the couch.

via fusion.net

Chopped?

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Urban Dictionary: Weeaboo

Someone who is obsessed with Japan/Japanese Culture/Anime, etc. and attempts to act as if they were Japanese, even though they're far from it. They use Japanese words but usually end up pronouncing them wrong and sounding like total assholes. You can find alot of these faggots clogging up the forums of Gaia Online, hanging out in the international aisle of the supermarket, or crowding the manga section of your local bookstore. Synonym of wapanese.

via www.urbandictionary.com

Evidently it has migrated to mean any phony, posey sort who is really into something obscure or another but does it badly.

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West Point law professor resigns after advocating attacks on colleagues ‘sympathetic to Islamist aims’ - The Washington Post

A West Point law professor has resigned after arguing that fellow legal scholars who criticize the war on terrorism are “treasonous” and should be arrested, interrogated and even attacked as “unlawful enemy combatants.”

William C. Bradford resigned from his post on Sunday following an uproar over a paper titled “Trahison des Professeurs” (Treason of the Professors), published in the National Security Law Journal in July.

via www.washingtonpost.com

Goodness.

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‘It’s now or never': Texts reveal teen’s efforts to pressure boyfriend into suicide - The Washington Post

“[If the police] read my messages with him I’m done. His family will hate me and I can go to jail,” Carter texted a friend after her 18-year-old boyfriend used a gas-powered water pump to commit suicide in the parking lot of a KMart.

via www.washingtonpost.com

Sounds like she's not a nice girl.

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Emails Show How Hillary Clinton Valued Input From Sidney Blumenthal - The New York Times

WASHINGTON — As secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton had access to the latest information and analysis from the nation’s premier intelligence agencies, from a corps of seasoned diplomats reporting back from every corner of the world, from a range of foreign policy experts in and out of government. And from Sidney Blumenthal.

via www.nytimes.com

And he's just generally a really cool kinda guy! ;-)

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Murder Rates Rising Sharply in Many U.S. Cities - The New York Times

MILWAUKEE — Cities across the nation are seeing a startling rise in murders after years of declines, and few places have witnessed a shift as precipitous as this city. With the summer not yet over, 104 people have been killed this year — after 86 homicides in all of 2014.

via www.nytimes.com

I'd like to say it's { }'s fault, but murder rates are murderous to predict.

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Ben Carson Rising: Is Nice Making a Comeback? | RealClearPolitics

Now, Carson has caught up to Trump, at least in Iowa, two new polls show. Both candidates are political outsiders, but their styles are starkly different. So how can the quieter candidate—whose most memorable lines from the GOP debate included the quip, "I wasn't sure I was going to get to talk again”—be surging?

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He'd be great but I'm afraid he'd lose to you know who.

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The Pros and Cons of Populism - The New Yorker

American populism has a complicated history, and Watson embodied its paradoxes. He ended his career, as a U.S. senator, whipping up white-Protestant enmity against blacks, Catholics, and Jews; but at the outset, as a leader of the People’s Party in the eighteen-nineties, he urged poor whites and blacks to join together and upend an economic order dominated by “the money power.” Watson wound up as Trump, but he started out closer to Bernie Sanders, and his hostility to the one per cent of the Gilded Age would do Sanders proud. Some of Watson’s early ideas—rural free delivery of mail, for example—eventually came to fruition.

via www.newyorker.com

Populism. Can't live with it, can't shoot it.

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