Monday, September 8, 2014
A group of 11 sick, disabled and elderly Iraqi Christians — including an 80-year-old woman with breast cancer — defied terrorists who ordered them to convert to Islam or be beheaded, saying they preferred death to giving up their faith.
The Internal Revenue Service is missing e-mails from five more employees whose records could shed light on the agency’s targeting scandal, but there are no signs that personnel have intentionally destroyed evidence, according to an IRS review.
THERE are enough grim tidings from around the world that the news from Rotherham, a faded English industrial town where about 1,400 girls, mostly white and working class, were raped by gangs of Pakistani men while the local authorities basically shrugged and did nothing, is already slipping out of American headlines.
But we should remain with Rotherham for a moment, and give its story a suitable place of dishonor in the waking nightmare that is late summer 2014.
For Obama and his team, this is now what winning looks like. The impeachment meme—cheap, easy, ephemeral, partisan, hyperbolic, everything the administration claims to loathe—was their lone clear victory in a summer during which the president's approval rating foundered amid a chain of crises stretching from the U.S.-Mexico border to Iraq to Gaza to Ferguson, Missouri.
Yesterday Chancellor Dirks sent an email about free speech to Berkeley students, faculty, and staff. In today's competitive publishing environment it is astonishingly difficult to distinguish yourself as an academic by being wrong about free speech, but Chancellor Dirks is equal to the challenge. His email is so very bad on every level — legally, logically, rhetorically, and philosophically — that it deserves scrutiny.
Via instapundit. And emailed to my kids at Cal.
In judicial rulings against marriage laws, the ratio of hubris to reasoning has been very high. It’s no surprise that Seventh Circuit judge Richard Posner’s ruling yesterday against Indiana’s and Wisconsin’s marriage laws increased that ratio.
Yeah, I don't find this very surprizing. I once attended a lecture by Posner that was an extended comparison between himself and O.W. Holmes. Not a task most jurists would undertake. I don't think that highly of Holmes either, as it happens. But he was a judge who had enormous influence by dint of working very hard and having clear views, even if not that nuanced or accurate.
The Google-backed life-extension company, Calico, announced today that it was partnering with Chicago-based pharmaceutical giant AbbVie to develop and bring to market new drugs targeting diseases associated with old age. Each partner has committed to providing $250 million in funding with the option to each add another $500 million to the project. The money will be used to create a new research center in San Francisco, where Calico will hire a team of researchers to discover new drugs and guide early development. AbbVie will focus more on the clinical trials, late-stage development, and bringing promising new drugs to market.
This is what happens when three guys own a gigantenormous company. Still, it's their money I guess.
German artist and cosmonaut Andreas Hoge has unique tastes in Soviet space memorabilia. His collection ranges from cosmonaut-themed penholders to space cigarettes to one of the rare "dog space suits" still in existence today.
One giant leap. Good boy.
If you just returned from the counterculture festival and are experiencing symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting or a rash, then you should see a doctor. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 70-80% of people who have been infected do not have symptoms, making the mosquito trap results that much more worrisome.