Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Iranian Team Openly Working On Bomb In Negotiating Room | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

VIENNA—Asserting the Middle Eastern nation’s right to a safe, peaceful energy program, members of the Iranian diplomatic team attempted to seek more favorable terms of a deal with the P5+1 global powers while openly assembling a nuclear weapon in the negotiating room, sources confirmed Monday.

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H/t BJ

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Man accused of posing as officer to cut into fast-food line - El Paso Times

ODESSA, Texas (AP) — A West Texas man has been charged with impersonating an officer by using sirens and flashing lights to skip to the head of the drive-thru line at a fast-food restaurant.

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Flowers, Fungi & Felines: An Unusual Epidemic in Brazil - Body Horrors

The infection, known as sporotrichosis, has an alarming presentation. Sores creep along the arms, tracking along the lymphatic vessels that drain your fingers and hands into the lymph nodes in your armpits. Craterous subcutaneous ulcers bloom as they crawl up the arm, with the oldest sores at the puncture site and the fresher, uglier sores further along the meandering lymphatic route. Mercifully, most infections burn out and resolve on their own in a matter of weeks to months. The disease is also rare: around 250 cases are seen annually in the United States and the incidence is believed to be higher in endemic regions throughout South America, Africa and China (1).

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1A. What Is the Religious Freedom Restoration Act? - The Volokh Conspiracy

Should you be entitled to an exemption from the generally applicable law, because of your religious beliefs? Or should the government be free to apply the law to you just as it does to others?

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Eugene explains it all for you.

I realize you couldn't discriminate on the basis of race under RFRA. I'm just saying I recognize, for purposes of debate and philo-consistency, the analogy between race and religion.

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1000-year-old Anglo Saxon remedy kills MRSA superbug that resists modern medicine | syracuse.com

The 9th century book is considered to be one of the earliest known medical textbooks. The recipe, used to treat infected eyelash follicles, or "styes," goes like this:

"Take cropleek and garlic, of both equal quantities, pound them well together... take wine and bullocks gall, mix with the leek... let it stand nine days in the brass vessel..."

Astonishingly, the recipe worked well against Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, a superbug known to be resistant to modern day antibiotics.

via www.syracuse.com

They probably had some pretty gnarly bugs back then.

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Wall St. retreats but S&P, Nasdaq post quarterly gains | Reuters

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks ended down on Tuesday in a retreat from the previous session's sharp rally as energy shares declined and the dollar edged up, but the S&P 500 and Nasdaq registered their ninth straight quarterly rise.

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A few more days like this and I'll be back to when I bought cubes in 1999.

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Pup killer | San Diego Reader

The lawsuit was filed by brothers Roger and Jason Bush as well as a girlfriend of one of the men on March 27 in federal court. In the complaint, the men allege that on May 26, 2014, deputies Gerardo Perez and Kevin Price entered a tall chain-link fence surrounding their property without a warrant or any reason and began to walk toward the front door.

Roger Bush was inside with three puppies. One of the dogs, a seven-month-old pit bull named Odin, heard the officers approaching and ran through an open door in the house. Without provocation, reads the lawsuit, Deputy Perez fired at the dog, killing him.

"Roger [Bush] followed immediately after [Odin]. He walked outside and was shocked to see the deputies standing there, just feet from his home, with their guns drawn. Before [Bush] could say anything, Perez pointed his gun at one of the puppies, Odin, and pulled the trigger. Then, he pulled the trigger again. The bullets tore into Odin’s side. Odin had not approached either Perez or Price in a threatening manner.

“Within seconds of the gunshots, Jason rushed out of the house. He took the other puppies to safety inside the house. Jason then returned outside to look for Odin. Jason found Odin behind the house, bleeding in the dirt. He held Odin’s head in his hands."

via www.sandiegoreader.com

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Questions remain in officer-involved shooting at NSA | The Seattle Times

The ordinary start to the work week came to a violent halt Monday, though, when two men dressed as women and driving in a stolen, dark-colored SUV ignored officers’ orders at the gate to the spy agency headquarters at Fort Meade in Maryland. Police fired on the SUV, which then rammed into a police vehicle. One suspect was killed. The second suspect was injured, as well as a police officer.

Whether the pair wanted to breach the perimeter or the driver was desperate and confused in a security-sensitive area only added to the mystery of the officer-involved shooting.

via www.seattletimes.com

Let's not impose our cultural stereotypes, quite possibly sub-conscious, on these two presumptively innocent fellows, who just happen to have been driving a stolen SUV while dressed as women. Who knows, maybe they were eloping somewhere?

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The New Intolerance - WSJ

The same reversal of tolerance applies to religious liberty. When RFRA passed in 1993, liberal outfits like the ACLU were joined at the hip with the Christian Coalition. But now the ACLU is denouncing Indiana’s law because it wants even the most devoutly held religious values to bow to its cultural agenda on gay marriage and abortion rights.

Liberals used to understand that RFRA, with its balancing test, was a good-faith effort to help society compromise on contentious moral disputes. That liberals are renouncing it 20 years after celebrating it says more about their new intolerance than about anyone in Indiana.

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As is often the case with Indiana, I thought if I ignored this controversy it would go away. But evidently this is part of the Dem big push to turn us into the great matriarchal termite society of the future. So, go religious liberty.

AND there's this from David Brooks.

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David Schenker and Gilad Wenig: Uncertain of Obama, Arab States Gear Up for War - WSJ

Few organizations boast a reputation of dysfunction comparable to the Arab League’s. Over seven decades the Arab League has distinguished itself through infighting and fecklessness. But now, with the Obama administration seen as missing in action in the Middle East, the alliance of 22 countries is undergoing a renaissance. Over the weekend, the Arab League met in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, and endorsed the creation of an intervention force to fight terrorism in the Middle East.

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So O can claim responsibility for reviving the Arab League!

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