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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Everything You Need To Know About The EmDrive Thruster | Digital Trends

See, the EmDrive is a conundrum. First designed in 2001 by aerospace engineer Roger Shawyer, the technology can be summed up as a propellantless propulsion system, meaning the engine doesn’t use fuel to cause a reaction. Removing the need for fuel makes a craft substantially lighter, and therefore easier to move (and cheaper to make, theoretically). In addition, the hypothetical drive is able to reach extremely high speeds — we’re talking potentially getting humans to the outer reaches of the solar system in a matter of months.

via www.digitaltrends.com

It runs on mojo juju.

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State police nab serial butt slapper in Dutchess County

A 17-year-old girl reported she was jogging on Bushwick Road in the town of LaGrange at about 3 p.m. April 23 when a man pulled up in a pickup truck, got out and began jogging behind her, police said. The suspect then allegedly grabbed her buttocks before getting back in the truck and fleeing, police said. The victim and a witness attempted to get the license plate number of the vehicle, but it was covered with duct tape, police said.

via www.dailyfreeman.com

Don't forget to tape up your license plate.

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U.S. Cheese Inventories Soar to Highest Since 1984 - Bloomberg

The reason is the U.S. is sitting on more butter and cheese than it knows what to do with, and the Europeans are to blame.

via www.bloomberg.com

Too much cheese is not a good thing.

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Supreme Court rules on strangest First Amendment case in recent history « Hot Air

I’m happy for the plaintiff because it clearly seemed to me that he’d gotten a raw deal. At the same time, this is one of those “dangling penumbra” type decisions which always make me a bit queasy. This was, at least on paper, a First Amendment case. The officer’s First Amendment rights were not breached and even the majority opinion agreed with that. And yet they tossed out the decision because of the shadow it might cast on the First Amendment rights of others if they were, in fact, expressing their political views. That doesn’t make what the police department did honorable or just, but they are now going to be made to pay (well… actually the taxpayers will be made to pay) as if they had actually squelched dissent.

via hotair.com

Breyer got it right.

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TaxProf Blog

Even without the additional spending proposed by Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Sanders, more projected spending in the future will likely lead to calls for ever-higher taxes. Without more budget discipline, America may be headed toward a European-style VAT tax and ever-larger government.

via taxprof.typepad.com

:-(

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US-Created System In Iraq Is Collapsing: Protesters Storm Parliament, State of Emergency Declared - Live Webcast | Zero Hedge

Less than two years ago, the US set up another puppet government in the mid-east this time in the state of Iraq when following substantial US pressure, on August 14, 2014 then prime minister al-Maliki agreed to stepped down and be replaced with Haider al-Abadi. Today, the regime is in chaos and the system set up in Iraq by the US is collapsing when protesters loyal to popular Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr breached the heavily fortified Green Zone, home to government buildings and foreign embassies, and stormed the Iraqi parliament forcing MPs to flee and unleashing a state of emergency for all of Baghdad.

via www.zerohedge.com

Nothing to see here.

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West Point on Track for First Female Dean - ABC News

The U.S. Military Academy says President Barack Obama has nominated Col. Cindy Jebb to be the academy's next dean of the academic board. She also has been nominated for appointment to brigadier general.

via abcnews.go.com

That's so moving.

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Unfazed by Bay Area protesters, Trump calls on California Republicans to unite - LA Times

Surrounded by Secret Service agents, the New York developer clambered over a concrete barrier and entered the hotel through a back door.

“It felt like I was crossing the border,” Trump joked at a lunch banquet to hundreds of Republicans, who burst into laughter.

via www.latimes.com

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Hollywood can't help hating on Reagan | Washington Examiner

Hollywood sees no downside to mocking conservatives; it finds it both fun and profitable. Almost any conservative will do, but Reagan is the target the glitterati love most because he is so beloved of the people they so disdain and deprecate. He's the target whose humiliation will cause his admirers most fury and sadness. What's not to love.

via www.washingtonexaminer.com

But I can't think of any movies that really mock Hollywood since The Player.

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If Not Trump, What? - The New York Times

The better course for all of us — Republican, Democrat and independent — is to step back and take the long view, and to begin building for that. This election — not only the Trump phenomenon but the rise of Bernie Sanders, also — has reminded us how much pain there is in this country.

via www.nytimes.com

And how much stupidity.

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