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Monday, February 29, 2016

N.Y. judge backs Apple in encryption fight with government | Reuters

The U.S. government cannot force Apple Inc (AAPL.O) to unlock an iPhone in a New York drug case, a federal judge in Brooklyn said on Monday, a ruling that bolsters the company's arguments in its landmark legal showdown with the Justice Department over encryption and privacy.

via www.reuters.com

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The Suicide of the GOP Establishment | LifeZette

Nevertheless, even today, the Rubio supporters refuse to budge. They could have supported Govs. Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal, or Christie, or Carly Fiorina. Even today they could support Gov. John Kasich or Sen. Ted Cruz. But from the beginning, most of the Rubio supporters have made it clear that they are only willing to support two people: Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio. They have shot down every other candidate who has been offered. And many have publicly and privately threatened to bolt the party and support Hillary Clinton if they don't get their way.

via www.lifezette.com

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Glenn Reynolds: Cash is the currency of freedom

Former Treasury secretary Larry Summers wants to get rid of the $100 bill. But I think he has it exactly backward. I think we need to restore the $500 and $1000 bills. And the reason is that people like Larry Summers have done a horrible job.

via www.usatoday.com

Damn tootin'.

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From Obama to Trump - The New York Times

But Trumpism is also a creature of the late Obama era, irrupting after eight years when a charismatic liberal president has dominated the cultural landscape and set the agenda for national debates. President Obama didn’t give us Trump in any kind of Machiavellian or deliberate fashion. But it isn’t an accident that this is the way the Obama era ends — with a reality TV demagogue leading a populist, nationalist revolt.

via www.nytimes.com

One more thing O gets credit for.

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Navy SEAL Earns US Military's Highest Honor

Byers, who remains in active duty, says he wears a patch of St. Michael the Archangel and prays to him before every mission. Those prayers, he says, have given him the confidence and the serenity needed tackle each dangerous task.

via www.voanews.com

Mike is also available for hoops games.

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PARSING THE POLLS: Why are Sanders voters nearly twice as likely as Rubio voters to 'disapprove of Lincoln freeing the slaves'? | Washington Examiner

These headlines, and dozens like them, are misinterpretations of an incomplete story stemming from a misleading poll. It's a great lesson in how polls can muddle the truth about public opinion more than reveal — and about how sloppy and biased journalists can drive a beloved narrative without being caught as long as their bias is working against people like Donald Trump.

via www.washingtonexaminer.com

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Why grit is highly overrated - The Globe and Mail

When I was six, I had a dream. I dreamed of being a ballet dancer, floating across the stage in my white tutu and tights. I would dazzle the world! Alas, I never made it. I was built like a brick, and had no sense of rhythm. I had plenty of determination, but so what? Not even 10,000 hours of practice would have made me fit to carry Karen Kain’s pointe shoes.

via www.theglobeandmail.com

I think she's right.

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Is this as good as it gets? - The Globe and Mail

The essence of Mr. Gordon’s thesis is that these times are not an aberration – they’re probably the norm. He calls 1870 to 1970 a “special century” that’s unlikely to be repeated. The astonishing leap from three-mile-an-hour horse-drawn carriages to 60-mile-an-hour automobiles can happen only once – even if the cars are eventually driverless, or even fly.

via www.theglobeandmail.com

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Trump being advised by ex-U.S. Lieutenant General who favors closer Russia ties | Reuters

Donald Trump is receiving foreign policy advice from a former U.S. military intelligence chief who wants the United States to work more closely with Russia to resolve global security issues, according to three sources.

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In case you're feeling like a pancake odyssey

I'm not, but I can dream. BTW supposedly Henry Fielding said the Illiad was "Homer's book about eating."

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