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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Can the Bacteria in Your Gut Explain Your Mood? - The New York Times

Lyte’s interest was not in the feces per se but in the hidden form of life they harbor. The digestive tube of a monkey, like that of all vertebrates, contains vast quantities of what biologists call gut microbiota. The genetic material of these trillions of microbes, as well as others living elsewhere in and on the body, is collectively known as the microbiome. Taken together, these bacteria can weigh as much as six pounds, and they make up a sort of organ whose functions have only begun to reveal themselves to science. Lyte has spent his career trying to prove that gut microbes communicate with the nervous system using some of the same neurochemicals that relay messages in the brain.

via www.nytimes.com

My mood is starving, though this article didn't help that.

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SpaceX's Rocket Exploded Before It Got To Land On Its Barge | WIRED

Today, in the eternal war between SpaceX’s reusable rockets and SpaceX’s robot boat, the rockets lost again. Elon Musk’s company loaded up a Dragon capsule full of supplies this morning in what would have been its seventh mission to the International Space Station—and its third attempt to salvage the capsule’s rocket, Falcon 9, by landing on an autonomous barge. But the poor thing didn’t even get the chance to try. Less than three minutes into flight, the rocket and its cargo exploded, their disintegrating parts cloaked by a huge cloud of smoke.

via www.wired.com

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John Roberts, Intimidated by the Left? | RealClearPolitics

Whether it’s Clinton-appointed Stephen Breyer talking darkly at the Aspen Institute about conservative justices or Rachel Maddow’s anti-Supreme Court screeds, or President Obama repeatedly assailing the justices in public, the threat from Democrats to the court is this stark: If you don’t decide cases in our favor, we will delegitimize you in the eyes of the American people.

via www.realclearpolitics.com

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Stadium hope: Wait till next year | UTSanDiego.com

The three stadium meetings between the city-county team and the Chargers representatives can’t be called negotiations. Nothing was negotiated. But whatever they might be called, there was no progress and the Chargers group concluded the last session essentially saying there was no point in meeting again.

via www.utsandiego.com

I don't care but my 11 year old does.

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A big week for American politics - The Washington Post

None of this bodes well for our democracy.  It’s not partisan wrangling that turns people off; it’s the complete dysfunction and hypocrisy combined with deceit and malfeasance that voters have seen becoming routine, like it is all part of a game and no one is held to account. And I do blame the Democrats more for perpetuating this culture of dishonesty and lack of transparency.

via www.washingtonpost.com

Aiii great dane.

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Richard Matt, Escaped Prisoner in New York Manhunt, Is Fatally Shot - The New York Times

Richard W. Matt, one of the two convicted murderers who engineered an elaborate escape from New York’s largest prison, was shot and killed on Friday by a federal agent, the authorities said, ending one prong of a three-week manhunt that spread over large stretches of the state’s northern terrain.

via www.nytimes.com

Someone's going to make a lot of money on the movie.

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Jindal: 'Let's just get rid of the court' | TheHill

Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) condemned the Supreme Court on Friday following its ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.

“The Supreme Court is completely out of control, making laws on their own, and has become a public opinion poll instead of a judicial body,” the 2016 contender said in a statement.

“If we want to save some money, let’s just get rid of the court,” Jindal added.

via thehill.com

I'd say that would take a constitutional amendment, but now I'm not sure.

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Star of Bethlehem? Jupiter and Venus converge for the first time in 2000 years - CSMonitor.com

The conjunction of the two planets has been building during the month of June and will culminate in a spectacular display on June 30. “Every night in June, the separation between Venus and Jupiter will visibly shrink,” says NASA.

via www.csmonitor.com

Watch the sky!

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John Roberts’s full-throated gay marriage dissent: Constitution ‘had nothing to do with it’ - The Washington Post

Today's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states completely undermines America's democratic process.

That's the bold statement Chief Justice John Roberts made in his principal dissent. In one day, Roberts said, the court has basically transformed the societal institution that has held together humanity for millennia.

"Who do we think we are?" he said.

via www.washingtonpost.com

The right thing perhaps, but for the wrong reason.

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Worse Than the Supremes: Obamacare Economics | RealClearPolitics

The judicial decision to uphold all of the president's health care subsidies may be very disappointing, but the economics of Obamacare are far worse than whatever constitutional mistakes have been committed by the Supreme Court.

The economics of Obamacare are very bad. The law is inflicting broad damage on job creation and new business formation. It ruins job incentives by making it pay more not to work, thereby intensifying a labor shortage that is holding back growth and in turn lowering incomes and spending.

via www.realclearpolitics.com

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