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Potpourri: Random Items of Interest

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For Wisdom: Weekly Postings of the Conservative Montana Cow Doctor -- Krayton Kerns, DVM
"Some of you readers with liberal leanings may find my opinions sting a little. That is okay. Liberalism is a disease from which you can be cured. Trust me, I'm a doctor!"

2018-01-27: USSA News: Study rates Conservatives more attractive than Liberals
According to a new study, attractive people are more likely to support right-wing parties because they are stronger and more successful than those who identify as Liberals. They surmise that hot people lean towards the right because they grow to develop a so-called "blind spot" that leads them to not see the need for more government support or aid in society, which is a core Liberal value.

2018-01-18: JWR: The Left's nostalgia problem, by George Will
Is there anything more depressing than a cheerful liberal? The question is prompted by one such, historian David Goldfield, who has written a large-hearted book explaining that America's problems would yield to government's deft ameliorating touch if Americans would just rekindle their enthusiasm for it.

2018-01-04: AP: Who's affected by computer chip security flaw, by Matt O'Brien
Technology companies are scrambling to fix serious security flaws affecting computer processors built by Intel and other chipmakers and found in many of the world's personal computers and smartphones.

2017-12-xx: IMPRIMUS: Churchill's Three Lessons of Statesmanship, by Larry P. Arnn
Imprimis lecture by Larry P. Arnn, President of Hillsdale College

2017-12-25: RT: Sign a contract before sex? Political correctness run amok, by Frank May
In the West, at least, everyone has become massively aware of the extent of coercion and exploitation in sexual relations. But bear in mind that millions of people on a daily basis flirt and play the game of seduction, with the clear aim of finding a partner for making love. The result of the modern Western culture is that both sexes are expected to play an active role in this game.

2017-12-20: Daily Mail: Robot with AI knows when you're lying, by Shivali Best
The system, called DARE, was trained by watching 15 videos of people in court. It was trained recognised five expressions that indicate someone is lying -- frowning, raised eyebrows, lips turning up, lips protruded and head tilt. In a final test, the system performed with 92 per cent accuracy. The researchers describe this performance as 'significantly better' than humans.

2017-12-11: Verge: Former FB exec says social media ripping apart society, by James Vincent
Another former Facebook executive has spoken out about the harm the social network is doing to civil society around the world. Chamath Palihapitiya's criticisms were aimed not only at Facebook, but the wider online ecosystem. "The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops we've created are destroying how society works," he said.

2017-11-14: WT: Teen suicides rise with smartphone use, by Laura Kelly
A study shows that suicide rates among teenagers have risen along with ownership of smartphones and use of social media, suggesting a disturbing link between technology and teen harm. ... One high school student commented, "I want to talk to my friends at lunch, but they're all on their phones."

2017-11-09: Axios: Sean Parker unloads on Facebook "exploiting" human weakness, by Mike Allen
Sean Parker, the founding president of Facebook, gave me a candid insider's look at how social networks purposely hook and potentially hurt our brains. ... "it literally changes your relationship with society, with each other ... It probably interferes with productivity in weird ways. God only knows what it's doing to our children's brains."

2017-10-25: NYT: The Battle of Brains vs. Brawn, by Gretchen Reynolds
A remarkable new study of how the human body prioritizes its inner workings found that if you intensely think at the same time as you intensely exercise, your performance in both thinking and moving can worsen. But your muscles' performance will decline much more than your brain's will, the study found.

2017-10-25: Ars Technica: Colliding neutron stars support dark matter theory, by Chris Lee
Recently, scientists detected two neutron stars spiraling into each other and merging, releasing a huge amount of energy as both light and gravitational waves. The time difference between the arrival of the gravitational waves and the light was nearly zero, which virtually kills the there-is-no-dark-matter MOND gravitational theory.

2017-10-17: BW: One Scientist's Marathon Quest for the Exercise Pill, by Adam Piore
A decade after a tantalizing breakthrough, a biology pioneer believes he's much closer to a fat-burning, muscle-growing drug that won't, uh, give you cancer.

2017-10-15: Daily Mail: Thomas the Tank Engine to become gender-balanced, by Stewart Paterson
In the spirit of Political Correctness, an overhaul of Thomas the Tank Engine will see two male engines turfed out to make way for female characters. Mattel, the US toy giant that owns rights to the much-loved show, collaborated with the United Nations to help meet the organization's "Sustainable Development Goals".

2017-09-25: WT: The steps from freedom to Socialism, by Richard Rahn
State socialism remains attractive to those who have never studied its failure everywhere. Their takeover playbook remains the same: 1) Deny free speech to others (today's colleges); 2) Take control of education and dumb down the curriculum (done); 3) stamp out any opposition press; 4) deny freedom of assembly and right to own guns; 5) nationalize businesses or regulate to such an extent that they become agents of the state.

2017-08-24: Telegraph: 3,700-year-old Babylonian tablet remaps math history, by Sarah Knapton
A 3,700-year-old clay tablet has proven that the Babylonians developed trigonometry 1,500 years before the Greeks and were using a sophisticated method of mathematics which could change how we calculate today.

2017-07-31: Daily Caller: George Soros, the 'Anti-Fascist' Fascist, by Dinesh D'Souza
The so-called "antifascist" movement in America today bears a strange resemblance to the very fascism it purports to combat -- witness masked Antifa protesters in black, carrying weapons, disrupting public events and blocking speakers from campus. The resemblance can be seen in some little-known aspects of one of Antifa's main financial sponsors, George Soros.

2017-07-11: WT: The values of the West ARE the best, by Clifford D. May
Trump's campaign for the survival of Western civilization drives the so-called 'progressives' crazy. But Ronald Reagan warned that "freedom is never more than one generation from extinction." He understood, and he wanted others to understand, that liberty is not an entitlement. It's a rare and precious commodity that "must be fought for."

2017-07-06: JWR: The sequence to success, by George Will
The success sequence is this: First get at least a high school diploma, then get a job, then get married, and only then have children. For older millennials ages 28 to 34, it's been found that only 3 percent who follow this sequence are poor. But some of the intelligentsia see this success sequence as middle-class norms to be disparaged for being middle-class norms.

2017-07-06: Crisis Mag: Disturbing Portrait of Present-Day American Left, by Stephen Krason
I've argued in previous columns that at bottom the problem of the left is a lack of integrity, inconsistencies in its positions, avoiding debate by simply demonizing its opponents, and its roiling of American politics. The reason is its unbending attachment to ideology. What would a fuller picture of the left look like and how is it put on display in current controversies?

2017-07-03: WT: Fourth of July 100 years ago made familiar headlines, by Nicole Ault
Among the big stories of the day: The Senators took a doubleheader from the Yankees at the Polo Grounds. The president took a sail on a yacht. Race riots raged in East St. Louis. Congress debated a tax bill but went on holiday before acting. Politicians gave speeches in various corners of the country with predictably patriotic rhetoric.

2017-07-03: WT: Sanders, wife accused of shady financial dealings, by Seth McLaughlin
The Vermont power couple has become the focus of a federal investigation into whether Jane O'Meara Sanders committed bank fraud as president of Burlington College and whether Mr. Sanders' office played a role. The press and many of Mr. Sanders' former liberal allies have gone silent.

2017-07-03: Epoch Times: Reclaiming Our History to Mend Our Culture, by Sharon Kilarski
Historian and educator Jason Goetz looks to the classics as a means for our culture to survive. As author of two sets of histories, Goetz hopes his works will reinvigorate high school history classes and better prepare the next generation. This is crucial, Goetz believes, because the model for how we educate is broken. (See LookingAtClassics for more.)

2017-06-28: ReasonTV: People Will Die!, by Remy Munasifi (video 1:55)
ReasonTV artist Remy Munasifi on Wednesday released this new song parody that tallied over 40,000 views in less than 24 hours on YouTube. The video serves as the libertarian organization's response to lawmakers who use red herrings, appeals to emotion, and other logical fallacies to demonize opponents.

2017-06-26: UK Sun: Meet 'the most armed man in America', by Jon Lockett
Mel Bernstein estimates that his military collection in Colorado is worth millions. Known as the Dragon Man, he has earned the title as 'the most armed man in the US' and has a frightening 3,000 weapons in his collection -- and that doesn't include the tanks.

2017-06-24: WT: A guidebook for Christians experiencing cultural vertigo -- Book review
In his latest book, "Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World," Archbishop Charles J. Chaput tackles the question vexing so many Christians today: In a culture increasingly hostile to the religion that nourished its roots, should Christians retreat or engage? Archbishop Chaput's response is unambiguous: engage, with vigor.

2017-05-24: Epoch Times: The Dark Origins of Communism: Part 1, 2, and 3, by Joshua Philipp
Most people think communism originated with Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. However, Marxists point to FranÁois-NoŽl "Gracchus" Babeuf as the first revolutionary communist. Active during the French Revolution's Reign of Terror, Babeuf's vision was to eliminate money and force people to hand over all fruits of their labor to a 'common storehouse'.

2017-05-24: Epoch Times: Insects Are Making Their Way Into the American Diet, by Emel Akan
Investors are betting millions on the potential of crickets as a new protein source. Crickets are 65 percent protein by dry weight, which means they stack up well against traditional protein sources like beef, chicken, and eggs. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization says that crickets are 12 times more efficient to raise than cattle, requiring minimal feed, water, and space.

2017-05-22: Ars Technica: 'Emergent gravity' theory offers alternative to 'dark matter'
A Dutch physicist re-derives Einstein's equations from the thermodynamics of the space, getting general relativity plus an additional term, which may replace the theory of dark matter. Other physicists are challenged to refine his work and see if the unsatisfying concept of dark matter can be displaced.

2017-04-13: Epoch Times: The Somewheres vs the Anywheres -- Book review, by Simon Veazey
Author David Goodhart says society has increasingly been shaped by a group of people whose identity and self-worth is not tied to place, but rather to their achievements and position: the Anywheres. That domination is now being challenged by the Somewheres: people whose identity and worth is rooted in place and attachment to a group.

2017-04-01: JHU Mag: The internet of bad things, by Jenna McLaughlin
Computer code is in everything. Everything is connected. And that's the problem.

2017-03-30: FCTA: An online replacement for the Patient Intake clipboard form, by David Swink
After years of doctors and dentists using computer-based EMRs, it's surprising that the dreaded clipboard is still being used to collect patient information. And periodically the patient is asked to fill out the form again -- from scratch. This article demonstrates how a web-based alternative could benefit doctor and patient alike.

2017-03-23: TIME: The Home of the Future, by Karl Vick
Luckily for a nation of undersavers, a trailer park turns out to be a superb place to grow old in. Neighbors are close and look after one another. Asphalt paths invite strolling. The cribbage tourneys, bingo and potluck dinners that cram shift loneliness from a default of old age to a conscious decision. And no stairs!

2017-03-09: Examiner: The upsides and downsides to eliminating paper money, by Kevin Cochrane
There is an effort gaining momentum to limit, or even abolish, physical money. There are some very positive upsides, but there are also some very disturbing downsides too, especially privacy.

2017-03-09: American Mirror: Obama's two birth certificates, by Kyle Olson
An Obama has joined the birther movement. Malik Obama, Barack Obama's half-brother, tweeted image of what appears to be Barack's birth certificate. Except it's not from Hawaii, but rather Kenya.

2017-03-01: WT: The decline and fall of the American elite, by Victor Davis Hanson
Establishment furor over the six-week-old Trump administration is growing. Mr. Trump is in a virtual war with the mainstream global media, the entrenched so-called "deep state", the Democratic Party establishment, progressive activists, and many in the Republican Party as well. But who, exactly, makes up these disgruntled elite classes?

2017-02-xx: FCTA: Play notes and chords on your computer, by David Swink
Have some fun with this, and perhaps provide some feedback and we'll make it better.

2017-02-22: CNS News: Georgetown University OK with Slavery and Rape, by Bill Donohue
Two weeks ago, Jonathan Brown, a professor from Georgetown University publicly rose to the defense of slavery and rape, with barely a peep from the media. Brown, a convert to Islam, holds an endowed chair in Islamic studies at Georgetown. (The university received $20 million from Saudi Arabia 12 years ago to fund the Center run by Brown.)

2017-02-17: Epoch Times: Communism - The Dead-End Path, by Joshua Philipp John Nania
What Marx and Engels set forth in "The Communist Manifesto" was an ideology based on struggle that "abolishes all religion, and all morality." They regarded their beliefs as being absolute -- the end of human progress -- and set forth a proposal that all other beliefs should be destroyed through violent revolution. (Similar to Islam!)

2017-02-10: Epoch Times: Is Central Banking a Capitalist or Communist Concept?, by V. Schmid
Central banks look capitalist on the surface, but have their roots in communist literature. The U.S. Constitution gives Congress the power to "coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin". The Communist Manifesto calls for the "Centralization of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly."

2017-02-10: Epoch Times: The Myth of Multitasking, by Conan Milner
Multitasking is like a trick we play on ourselvesóbecause we're juggling more tasks, it feels like we're getting more done. But experts say the opposite is true. According to the American Psychological Association, multitasking can waste "as much as 40 percent of someone's productive time."

2017-02-09: Times Dispatch: Time to license guns - for journalists -- Editorial
The ignorance [of journalists] is embarrassing, but it does make the media's support for gun control a tad more explicable: People fear what they don't understand.

2017-01-26: Epoch Times: The Danger of Political Labels, by Joshua Phillip
There is now a prevailing method of argument -- "critical theory" -- that replaces discussion and debate with personal attacks. At its root is the same philosophy used by totalitarian systems and leaders over the 20th century.

2017-01-19: Fx Free Citizen: Metro Man Meets Alpha Man, by Michael Giere
Masculinity has been so degraded and so vilified in the last four decades that it is like a cold blast of arctic air to see men take the national stage who are emotionally and intellectually -- men. They act like men and they talk like men, and their mere presence causes panic with the well-tailored metro men around Capitol Hill and Washington's prestigious think tanks.

2017-01-18: Ars Technica: New ideas on gravity would vanquish dark matter, by Chris Lee
Dark matter is the current theory in vogue to match our understanding of gravity to the observed expansion of the Universe. But Erik Verlinde, a Dutch theoretical physicist, offers an alternative theory using some of the same tools used to examine quantum information and black holes on the Universe as a whole.

2016-12-28: BEST video compilation of 'Donald Trump WILL NEVER BE PRESIDENT' proclamations

2016-12-21: Epoch Times: Are High-Tech Devices Harming Our Children?, by Barbara Danza
Certainly, we can look at the significant advances in technology of the past decade or two and see the positive aspects. But the negative aspects of this now ubiquitous technology are also becoming increasingly apparent -- especially when it comes to children. But what it's really robbing children of is their childhood.

2016-12-13: WT: Wash Post's mad search for pro-Trump columnists, by R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.
Over the weekend some pathetic wretch filed a column in The Washington Post lamenting that after an extensive search of the newspapers of this great country he could hardly find any pro-Trump columnists -- not even among the 'alt-right' with whom The Post has become so familiar during this election year. Apparently, the pro-Trumpers are nowhere to be found.

2016-10-09: Patch: Here's How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs, by Mary Ann Barton
Watch Virginia Tech video here for easy way to trap 'em (eliminated 14 times more stink bugs than store-bought traps that cost up to $50).

2016-10-05: Telegraph: Luxury travel on the Boeing 787 Dreamjet, by John O'Ceallaigh
Ordinarily Boeing 787 Dreamliners serve as commercial aircraft that carry between 240 and 335 passengers, but in a world first, one of the planes has been transformed into a 40-passenger private jet so spacious and well-equipped that it resembles an airborne penthouse apartment.

2016-09-14: Epoch Times: China Could Control Global Internet After Oct. 1, by Joshua Philipp
Chinese officials have been very candid about their intentions to push CCP law onto the internet. The coming out party for this effort was the 2014 World Internet Conference, which followed upon the U.S. announcement that it would step back from internet governance. The CCP wants to create a "common code of rules" for the internet.

2016-09-14: AFP: Sexploits of Diego the Tortoise save Galapagos species, by S.P. Silva
He's over 100 years old, but his sex life is the stuff of legend. Diego the Tortoise is quite the ladies' man, and his exploits have helped save his species from extinction. (Tough work, but some tortoise has to do it.)

2016-08-31: WT: The more things change, the more they actually don't, by Victor Davis Hanson
America and the rest of the world have made enormous progress in technology, science and social relations. But beneath the veneer of 2016, human nature remains the same, and life often operates on principles similar to those from a half-century ago -- and even before that.

2016-08-25: BW: This Is Your Company on Blockchain, by Peter Coy & Olga Kharif
The poetic vision of a blockchain society is a flock of starlings at dusk: decentralized yet perfectly coordinated. Blockchain, in this vision, could replace gobs of bankers, accountants, and lawyers, as well as escrow accounts, insurance, and everything else that society invented pre-21st century to verify payments and the performance of contracts.

2016-08-24: WT: Diversity is history's pathway to chaos, by Victor Davis Hanson
The Roman Empire worked as long as Iberians, Greeks, Jews, Gauls and myriad other African, Asian and European communities spoke Latin, cherished habeas corpus and saw being Roman as preferable to identifying with their own particular tribe. By the fifth century, diversity had won out but would soon prove a fatal liability.

2016-07-29: Epoch Times: Middle-Class Backlash Threatens Globalization, by Matthew Little
A populist sentiment sweeping the world is taking aim at the global economic order set by the United States in the decades following World War II. Rising inequality, political polarization, and a growing belief that governments serve the monied elite are destroying the trust and cohesion that healthy societies are built on.

2016-07-28: Ars Technica: Apollo astronauts dying of heart disease 4-5X faster than others
Apollo astronauts who have left the protective magnetosphere of mother Earth appear to be dying of cardiovascular disease at a far higher rate than their counterparts -- both those that have stayed grounded and those that only flew in the shielding embrace of low-Earth orbit. This may dampen future attempts to fly to Mars and elsewhere in the cosmos.

2016-06-24: AMAC: Yes, There Are Options When Planning a Funeral, by Angela Webster
To reduce stress on family members, many Americans are choosing to pre-plan their funerals by working with a funeral home or other provider to ensure that the arrangements reflect their final wishes. And you have certain rights that the funeral provider cannot deny.

2016-06-16: WaPo: Start-up wants to change how stocks are traded, by Renae Merle
Investors' Exchange wants to provide a venue for regular investors. IEX would delay every order to buy or sell a stock -- a 350-microsecond "speed bump" to prevent high-speed traders from cutting into the line to pick up stocks at the best prices, leaving slower mom-and-pop traders in the dust.

2016-06-09: Sun UK: Meet 'Generation Snowflake' - young women can't cope with being offended
A top British thinker has claimed young women are in the grip of a "hysteria" which has made them unable to cope with being offended. Mollycoddled kids are breaking down in tears when asked to deal with controversial ideas.

2016-06-06: WT: Book Review - 'Eamon de Valera: A Will to Power', by Ronan Fanning
Had de Valera been shot with the executed rebels of the Irish Easter 1916 uprising, his name would have been similarly immortalized, but Mr. Fanning doubts that Ireland could have achieved true national sovereignty for several decades -- or perhaps ever -- without his indomitable will, steely determination and political skill.

2016-06-05: Motley Fool: India's New Space Shuttle -- Cheaper Than SpaceX?, by Rich Smith
India has built a prototype space shuttle that looks an awful lot like ours -- but with a much smaller price tag. And since India doesn't regulate and test everything to death before flying it, the production model may eventually give SpaceX competition in launch costs.

2016-06-02: WT: English majors at Yale shun top writers, by Bradford Richardson
In something of a Shakespearean twist, English majors at Yale University don't want to study the greatest English writers. They are demanding that the English Department "decolonize" the curriculum by dropping a pair of Major English Poets required courses that feature works by dead white men.

2016-05-24: Newsmax: Koran's Reward of 72 Virgins Raisins? -- Canadian academic Irshad Manji
The Koran's promise to Islamic jihadists of a heavenly reward of 72 virgins actually mistranslates the word for "raisins," a Canadian scholar asserts -- a startling declaration that's fueling a twitter storm.

2016-05-16: WT: Students using devices to take notes perform worse, by Bradford Richardson
A group of economists went to West Point to measure the effects of integrating computerized devices into the classroom. The results: The technology-ridden classrooms scored 1.7 points lower on average in a 100-point exam than their pen-and-paper counterparts, perhaps demonstrating the pitfalls of multitasking.

2016-05-06: Ars Technica: SpaceX booster lands "very hot and fast" after launch, by E. Berger
SpaceX nailed it again. Early this morning, the Falcon 9 rocket delivered a Japanese satellite into orbit 36,000km above the planet's surface. Then the first stage slowed from supersonic speed, reentered the earth's atmosphere, and successfully landed on a robotic barge in the ocean some 200 miles downstream. (Complete video provided.)

2016-04-13: WT: Connecting with the young across 'the generations gap', by Suzanne Fields
In today's world, how you communicate is deemed more important than what you say. There's no appetite for reading when 'books smell like old people'.

2016-04-09: AMAC: We are the 'Better Angels' we are looking for, by Diana Erbio
Milton Friedman to Phil Donahue: Greed is based in human nature, not inherent to any particular economic system. That is why the outcome of economic systems must be measured by the results, not the intentions. After all, isn't the road to hell said to be paved with good intentions?

2016-04-08: Examiner: One cheer for GE's Jeff Immelt, by Tim Carney
GE is a great American story of innovation, but the company's lobbying agenda and Immelt's rhetoric are often less than perfectly capitalist.

2016-04-08: Ars Technica: SpaceX booster lands on ocean barge after launch, by Eric Berger
SpaceX nailed it. On Friday night the Falcon 9 rocket shot 200km up into space and flew almost horizontal to the planet at six times the speed of sound, before falling back to Earth. Then, somehow, it landed like a feather on a robotic barge in the ocean.

2016-04-06: Epoch Times: Tax Havens? Forget Panama, Look at Delaware, by Valentin Schmid
The United States strong-arms other countries (through FACTA) to provide asset information on U.S. citizens, but doesn't have to reciprocate with other countries. This has effectively made the United States one of the world's biggest tax havens.

2016-03-24: WT: Men are fleeing Christianity, but embracing Islam, by Bradford Richardson
"Christianity presents itself as a religion of the powerless: 'Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth,'" Mr. Voas told Pew, quoting Matthew 5:5. "Depending on your point of view, that's appealingly feminine or appallingly effeminate." Islam is more of a muscular kind of faith, and women don't tend to fare as well.

2016-03-12: WaPo: These Christian teachers bringing Jesus into public schools, by Emma Brown
Finn Laursen believes millions of American children are no longer learning right from wrong, in part because public schools have been stripped of religion. To repair that frayed moral fabric, Laursen and his colleagues want to bring the light of Jesus Christ into public school classrooms across the country -- and they are training teachers to do just that.

2016-03-10: BW: The Democratization of Surveillance, by Robert Kolker
The StingRay is a suitcase-size device that tricks phones into giving up their serial numbers by pretending to be a cell phone tower. Various government units now use these devices with or without search warrants. But what are the implications when such technology becomes available to everybody?

2016-03-01: Epoch Times: James Grant on the Folly of Central Banking, by Valentin Schmid
Part of our problems stems from the attempts of the central bank to expropriate the formerly free market for some macroeconomic policy agenda with the result of distorting prices and thereby distorting the nerve endings in finance that tell you what's risky and what's not.

2016-02-18: Crisis Mag: Why Natural Law is a Superior Guide to Life, by James Kalb
Once the issue of man's nature and good is squarely raised as unavoidable, the arguments over particulars can begin. Under such circumstances the liberal or progressive view will have much less of an advantage, because its account of man and the world is so evidently false, and its status as orthodoxy depends on disguising its nature.

2016-02-11: AP: Scientists detect Einstein-predicted gravitational waves, by Seth Borenstein
The discovery of space-time ripples puts our view of the universe in a new light. Some physicists said this is as big a deal as the 2012 discovery of the subatomic Higgs boson, sometimes called the "God particle". Some said this is bigger.

2016-02-05: NYT: Who Needs Advanced Math? Not Everybody, by Jane Karr
Challenging convention in his new book, "The Math Myth and Other STEM Delusions", Andrew Hacker argues against the requirement that all high school students take a full menu of math. (Read also his Op-Ed: Is Algebra Necessary?)

2016-02-02: WT: Muslim cultural practices antithetical to Western pluralism, by Abe Miller
People do not leave their culture at the water's edge. If America follows Europe's immigration policies, it will experience the tragic consequences of Europe's cultural conflicts. Multiculturalism: meet reality.

2016-01-26: WT: Trump Derangement Syndrome sweeping the elite, by Charles Hurt
It is a fast-moving disease, highly contagious and attacks the nervous system. Early stages are inexplicable, fast eye-blinking, light palsy, stammering and overbearing snobbery. Sometimes redness of the face and shortness of breath accompany.

2015-12-21: Ars Technica: SpaceX booster lands intact after successful launch, by Eric Berger
SpaceX did it. On Monday night the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket soared into space, separated from the second stage, and then made a guided flight back to a landing site in Florida. The historic flight marked the beginning of the orbital economy by promising a future of dramatically lower launch costs.

2015-12-19: Fx Free Citizen: Conversion to Islam -- a Personal Story, by FCTA's Tom Cranmer
Mr. Cranmer relates a painful story. He and his wife had sponsored a bright Hindu boy fluent in English to come to the U.S. to study at a university some 25 years ago. While there, he met a Pakistani girl and they eventually got married, with the condition that the boy convert to Islam, go on a jihad, cease contact with Christians (including Mr. Cranmer) and with his parents.

2015-12-07: Ars Technica: The machines that make modern recycling work, by John Timmer
Over the last several decades, recycling has gone from a manual process to an extremely automated one, where things like infrared sensors and small jets of air mix with massive front-end loaders and enormous material balers.

2015-11-25: WT: Google deems Sanders' economic plan a 'phishing scam', by Stephen Dinan
Democratic presidential hopeful Bernard Sanders' economic plan triggered Gmail's "phishing scam" antenna, with the mail system saying the senator's liberal campaign promises -- including lower prescription drug prices and free college for all -- sound like frauds.

2015-11-24: DNC & WaPo & NYT -- "How to talk to your family about politics this Thanksgiving"
Year in, year out, a day or two before Thanksgiving, you can count on Democratic party hacks or their fellow travelers to crank out a "How to talk to conservatives at the holiday dinner table" piece. Apparently liberals are so cloistered from interaction with conservatives and so insecure in their own basic political beliefs that they actually need to be prepped before the most basic social engagement with the enemy.

2015-11-20: WaPo: Women's curves, mansplained -- Curvology book review, by Caitlin Flanagan
Almost 50 years ago, British zoologist Desmond Morris published one of the greatest works of pop science ever written: "The Naked Ape". Now, half  a century later, Cambridge-educated veterinarian David Bainbridge attempts a similar feat with "Curvology", a book that takes "an evolutionary and zoological approach to the origins and power of female bodies."

2015-11-19: Examiner: O'Reilly's Killing Reagan is a 'pile of garbage' -- Craig Shirley
Craig Shirley, Reagan's official biographer opines in an interview: "No historian 100 years from now will reach for Killing Reagan ... The essential difference is O'Reilly strives for sales, the facts be damned, while I strive for accuracy and truth, as I did in my new Reagan book, Last Act."

2015-11-15: WT: A little history of 'politically correct' -- Editorial
The term "politically correct" was coined in the late 1920s by the Soviets and their ideological allies around the world to describe why the views of certain of the party faithful needed correction to the party line. The term carried no honor then and it carries none today.

2015-11-10: NR: David Horowitz's Journey from Left to Right, by Jamie Glazov
From red-diaper baby to New Leftist to champion and tutor of the Right. A recent quote: "For the Left, America is the hated seat of global capitalism and individualism. For Islamists, America is the hated seat of Western values, a bulwark against the global domination of Islam, and a wellspring of spiritual iniquity."

2015-11-08: WT: University officials agree to rip up Constitution -- Project Veritas sting
Conservatives have long accused academics of shredding the Constitution, figuratively speaking, but a Project Veritas sting operation recently caught them doing it literally. Administrators at Yale, Cornell, Syracuse, Vassar and Oberlin agreed to rip up copies of the Constitution handed out off campus after an investigator posing as a student described the document as "triggering" and "oppressive".

2015-10-29: WaPo: How McDonald's gets to kids while they're at school, by Roberto Ferdman
Two years ago, a 280-pound teacher in Iowa decided he would eat only food from McDonald's for six months. After 540 straight meals, he emerged 56 pounds slimmer. Since hired by McDonald's as a "brand ambassador", Cisna's story has prompted a lively debate about whether it is appropriate for McDonald's to use schools as a way to teach kids about healthy eating habits.

2015-10-22: TIME: Inside the Quest for Fusion, Clean Energy's Holy Grail, by Lev Grossman
Research into fusion as an energy source has traditionally been confined to massive government-sponsored research programs. Now a few entrepreneurs are racing to reach the break-even point using innovative engineering approaches at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods.

2015-10-21: WT: Can California be saved?, by Victor Davis Hanson
Liberal ideologues are running the state into the ground. California is becoming like Detroit -- growing government that it cannot pay for, shorting the middle classes, hiking taxes but providing shoddy services and infrastructure in return, and obsessing over minor bumper-sticker issues while ignoring existential crises.

2015-10-15: AMAC: A Waiter Learns Why Socialism Doesn't Work, by Rob Knowles
Humans run on incentive, and if you take that away, they fall apart. Tip pooling is a microcosm of socialism. My roommate stumbled upon a profound principle of economics and human psychology, but is still a Bernie Sanders supporter. Maybe, with some gentle nudging, he may come around.

2015-10-14: WT: Washington Times reaches profitability after 33 years, $1 billion in losses
The Washington Times announced Wednesday it achieved in September the first profitable month in its 33-year history, successfully transforming a traditional money-losing print publication into a leaner multimedia company with diverse revenue streams and a growing national audience.

2015-10-14: Telegraph: Male brain is programmed to seek out sex over food, by Sarah Knapton
Researchers have found that the male brain is hardwired to seek out sex, even at the expense of a good meal, with specific neurons firing up to over-ride the desire to eat. And it is proof that male and female brains are wired differently, a controversial subject, which has been argued by scientists and feminists for decades.

2015-10-09: Guardian: Are shipping containers really the future of housing?, by Adam Forrest
From London to Amsterdam to Mumbai, shipping containers have been celebrated as a cheap and easy way to provide pre-fab housing. But what is it like to live in one -- and can they transcend pop-up status to be a permanent solution?

2015-10-06: Infowars: Matt Drudge Warns of the End of the Internet -- video (9:38)
Matt Drudge recounts a Supreme Court Justice telling him that freedom of speech will soon be a thing of the past. He sounds the alarm of multinational forces like the TPP hellbent on crushing dissent and killing freedom of speech under the guise of copyright.

2015-10-05: Examiner: If you really want to reduce economic inequality ..., by Michael Barone
Two things seemed to work to reduce economic inequality in the first half of the twentieth century -- world wars and economic collapse. By destroying vast amounts of wealth, they reduced economic inequality vastly. The lesson seems to be that if you really, really want economic equality, destroy things so that everyone is poor.

2015-10-04: Science News: Einstein's genius changed science's perception of gravity
Before Einstein, space seemed featureless and changeless. And time, Newton declared, flowed at its own pace, oblivious to the clocks that measured it. But Einstein looked at space and time and saw a single dynamic stage -- spacetime -- on which matter and energy strutted, generating sound and fury, signifying gravity.

2015-09-28: WaPo: Trust in the media is at an all-time low, by Chris Cillizza
A member of the mainstream Democratic media establishment provides his take on a Gallop finding that just four in 10 Americans say they have a "great deal" or a "fair amount" of trust in the media to report the news fairly and accurately.

2015-09-28: The Insider: False Economic Security and the Road to Serfdom, by Donald Boudreaux
A government that is resolutely committed to protecting people from any downsides of economic change requires nearly unlimited powers to regulate and tax, and fellow citizens are likely to suffer falling incomes as a result. The only way to prevent any such declines in income is near-total government control over the economy.

2015-09-22: WT: Donald amongst the conservative eggheads, by R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.
Mr. Trump has perceived that political correctness rankles average Americans. It angers them when political correctness intrudes into school curricula, political discourse, and how government treats its citizens.

2015-09-18: WaPo: Pope Francis' fact-free flamboyance, by George Will
Pope Francis embodies sanctity but comes trailing clouds of sanctimony. With a convert's indiscriminate zeal, he embraces ideas impeccably fashionable, demonstrably false and deeply reactionary. They would devastate the poor on whose behalf he purports to speak -- if his policy prescriptions were not as implausible as his social diagnoses are shrill.

2015-09-02: Epoch Times: Drought Could Turn Millet Into American Food, by Gretchen Kell
Millet is a type of grain crop that's been a staple for humans in many parts of the world. Millets are gluten-free; contain lower carbohydrates than rice, corn, or wheat; and have higher levels of proteins, fiber, and certain minerals. And millets are robust dryland crops, making them ideal for drought-prone areas such as California.

2015-09-01: WT: The president who casts no shadow, by R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.
Gertrude Stein is famous for saying "There is no there there." Well, with Mr. Obama things get worse. There is no shadow there. Our 44th president will go down in history as the first American president who left the White House leaving nothing but a vast diapasonal sigh of relief across the nation.

2015-09-01: Last Refuge: Rush Limbaugh recognizes the GOP's "Splitter" strategy...
See, the point is you've got Bush, the establishment guy, and you've got some junior establishment guys up there. The junior establishment guys are all there to protect Jeb by taking money and votes away from the others who are not part of this, the Carsons, the Scott Walkers...

2015-08-23: WT: "Why I can't get a mortgage", by Stephen Moore
While my tax dollars are backing thousands and thousands of loans likely to default, my loan with close to zero probability of default can't get financed -- because I'm upper-middle class. This is considered fairness. Only in America.

2015-08-22: Examiner: The price of stealth -- and USAF's next-gen bomber, by Tara Copp
Northrop Grumman is competing against a team of Boeing and Lockheed Martin for the contract to build the B-3 bomber. Why? Because a long-range bomber capable of penetrating ever-more sophisticated missile and radar systems is a top strategic defense priority, and not just for the U.S.

2015-08-20: Politico: Democratic Blues... in Obama's wake, by Jeff Greenfield
No president in modern times has presided over so disastrous a stretch for his party, at almost every level of politics. Barack Obama will leave his party in its worst shape since the Great Depression -- even if Hillary wins.

2015-08-20: AMAC: To Win, You Have to Know How to Lose, by Fran Tarkenton
I think one of the best signs that someone has a good chance to be successful is when they know how to deal with failing. I learned more from losing than I ever did from winning, and my greatest successes have all come about because of the things I learned from things that didnít work -- that failed.

2015-08-13: MarketWatch: Map of the world, if size were determined by market cap

2015-08-09: WT: Herbert Hoover predicted the perils of big government, by Thomas V. DiBacco
Hoover is depicted as the Republican president who contributed to the misery of the Great Depression times. But FDR didn't make things any better. As Hoover correctly predicted: "Every time the government is forced to act, we lose something in self-reliance, character and initiative." He died in 1964, just before LBJ's Great Society was implemented.

2015-08-03: WT: The two Donald Trumps (Brash in public, kind in private), by Ron Kessler
"Donald can be totally outrageous, but outrageous in a wonderful way that gets him coverage." The private Mr. Trump, on the other hand, is "the dearest, most thoughtful, most loyal, most caring man." -- Norma Foerderer, Trump's top aide for 26 years.

2015-07-22: BBC: 'Oldest' Koran fragments found in Birmingham University, by Sean Coughlan
The pages of the Muslim holy text had remained unrecognised in the university library for almost a century. Radiocarbon dating found the manuscript to be at least 1,370 years old, making it among the earliest in existence.

2015-07-19: WT: The deprogramming of Dinesh D'Souza -- OpEd: Conservatism a mental disease?
After psychiatrists told Judge Berman they found Mr. D'Souza of sound mind, the judge ordered further psychoanalysis to find out why he's a conservative. The judge apparently can't understand why everybody can't be a liberal just like normal people.

2015-07-15: WT: Liberalism's finger of fault always points outward, by Victor Davis Hanson
Human nature is unchanging, predictable -- and can be dangerous if ignored. But Liberals are always propounding new theories and policies promised to change human behavior. And they never seem to pay firsthand for the consequences of their own naive -- and selfish -- theories about human nature.

2015-07-15: WT: Harper Lee's 'Watchman' flips 'Mockingbird' on its end, by Suzanne Fields
Readers of "Watchman" are shocked that the same Atticus they knew in "Mockingbird" questions the inclusion of Negroes in the white schools, an issue that tore the South apart after the Brown decision, dividing families, permanently rupturing friendships and sometimes splitting church congregations. (The book is causing a frenzy in the Mainstream Media.)

2015-07-13: WT: The summer the nation went mad -- Elite mob hysteria, by Wesley Pruden
Mobs are usually raised from the ranks of the poor. This time the leaders are the "respectables": know-it-all academics, the usual pundits looking for attention, rectors and reverends and other divines out to get a few lines in the public prints, governors, senators, mayors and assorted politicians in pursuit of voters with unrequited grievances.

2015-07-01: WT: We are all Californians now, by Victor Davis Hanson
California keeps reminding us what has gone astray with America in recent years. Once leading the nation is how to get things done, California has for decades now assumed the mantle of political correctness, demonstrating to the rest of us how not to do things -- environmental obstructionism, bad schools, high-speed rail instead of roads, etc.

2015-06-16: Limbaugh: My Advice for Apple's News App: Hire DRUDGE!
The most successful news website in America, by far, is the Drudge Report, with more people looking at it every day than any other single website. If Apple wanted a really successful news app, they'd hire Matt Drudge. But they won't, and so they'll show the same content that you'd find on CNN or the New York Times.

2015-06-15: WT: State of the American Mind: On the new Anti-Intellectualism -- Book review
The anti-intellectualism trends identified in Allan Bloom's "The Closing of the American Mind" in 1987 have only gotten worse. Americans actually know less now than they did just a generation ago despite astonishing amounts spent on education and technology that gives worlds of knowledge to everyone's phone.

2015-06-14: WT: Magna Cartaís first 800 years, by Bruce O'Brien
The 1215 Magna Carta barons' and Edward Coke's achievements four centuries later were milestones on the road toward protecting citizens against the state. We have far to go before we can say that Magna Carta's principles of justice are enjoyed by all of us.

2015-06-09: Examiner: Washington Free Beacon a headache for New York Times, by Becket Adams
For the New York Times, ignoring an upstart conservative news site called the Washington Free Beacon has resulted in not only unflattering headlines for the 164-year-old newspaper, but it has also thrown the Gray Lady's objectivity into question.

2015-05-27: Ars Technica: SpaceX's Falcon 9 certified for nat'l security, military launches
... thus breaking the monopoly currently held by the United Launch Alliance (a joint venture operated by Boeing and Lockheed). SpaceX will now be allowed to compete for very lucrative launch contracts for military and reconnaissance satellites.

2015-05-19: WT: Boy Scouts ban water guns-- "pointing a firearm not kind", by Douglas Ernst
The manual includes a lengthy list of other prohibited items -- boomerangs, crossbows, potato guns, spear guns and throwing stars. Scouts also may not use "marshmallow shooters that require placing a straw or similar device in the mouth." (Welcome to the Girl Scouts!)

2015-05-14: WT: Women in military can't march like men... Subject to stress fractures
In trying to integrate women into combat roles, the Army is finding that women are more susceptible to stress fractures from marching and training. Special boots may help, but it is more likely that women just walk differently than men, and are not suited for the same combat training exercises.

2015-05-14: BW: Elon Musk's Space Dream -- a modern-day Howard Hughes, by Ashlee Vance
Elon Musk started SpaceX to send mice to Mars. He has created a lean-and-mean operation reminiscent of the U.S. aerospace firms of the mid-twentieth century -- "just do it" attitude that is the exception to the ways of the modern defense establishment.

2015-05-07: The Hill: Is Matt Drudge the second most influential man in America?
One of the great mysteries of modern life is that the highest Democrats in the land complain about Drudge, read Drudge like talmudic scholars poring over biblical texts -- as Republicans do -- but have never even tried to compete with Drudge in the marketplace of media and ideas. (Rush Limbaugh comments!)

2015-05-05: The Intercept: How NSA converts spoken words into searchable text, by Dan Froomkin
Top-secret documents from the archive of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden show the National Security Agency can now automatically recognize the content within phone calls by creating rough transcripts and phonetic representations that can be easily searched and stored.

2015-04-xx: Swiss America: The Biggest Bank Heist In History, by Craig Smith, Lowell Ponte
"Virtually zero percent interest rates are to long-term economic policy what junk food is to nutrition -- it tastes great going down, but later come horrible results....[that] pose dangers for all of us.... ZIRP [is] the Fed gave the U.S. Financial Diabetes." -- Gregory Bresiger, Business Journalist

2015-04-27: WT: Liberals and magical thinking -- OpEd, by Tammy Bruce
We all know that children think magically, and naturally inhabit a world of fantasy and imagination. But adults on the left seem to have decided they deserve to live in that same magical world, where facts and logic and reason just don't exist. And those who are behaving the most like children, relying exclusively on feelings, emotions and fantasy, are in positions of power and influence.

2015-04-07: BBC: Bendy battery promises safe, speedy charging -- aluminum and graphite
Scientists have built a flexible aluminium battery which they say could be a cheap, fast-charging and safe alternative to current designs.

2015-03-31: WaPo: How America's most famous farmer can appeal to left, right and center
You've heard of Joel Salatin, right? The self-proclaimed heretic who runs Polyface Farm in the Shenandoah Valley? The eco-friendly, avant-garde Old MacDonald featured in Michael Pollanís 2006 bestseller, "The Omnivore's Dilemma", and the 2008 documentary "Food, Inc."? The vociferous critic of industrial feedlots and petroleum-based monoculture?

2015-03-24: Examiner: Deja vu once again -- How liberals explain election failures
Every time an election result disappoints liberals, it's never because the liberals did anything wrong. It's always because they were made to have seemed to, by someone who tapped subconscious fears of something quite different -- most often that old standby, race.

2015-03-20: Bacon's Rebellion: Uh, Oh, Maybe We Haven't Reached "Peak Car"
While total Vehicle Miles Traveled is nearing its previous peak, VMT per capita still remains considerably below the peak. My new modified position is that driving will continue to increase but on a slower growth trajectory than in previous decades.

2015-03-12: WT: D.C. streetcars go back and forth to nowhere, by Deborah Simmons
After already spending more than $160 million (and millions more for the study and yakkety-yak) to design and construct a street line that runs a mere 2.4 miles, city leaders could scrap the project. And that might not be a bad idea. Buses are cheaper.

2015-03-10: Fx Free Citizen: The Christian "Church": Missing in Action, by Mike Giere
If the America we have known is lost, it will be because we have undone the Judeo-Christian ties that once secured the civil society, and because a large part of the modern "church" has been missing in action -- yielding to the long-term cultural collapse -- rejecting what it once was and what it is called to be.

2015-03-09: MarketWatch: Understanding the IRA mandatory withdrawal rules -- after age 70 1/2
For traditional IRA owners: If you're going to turn age 70 1/2 this year (2015), the IRS requires that you begin taking withdrawals from your account, starting no later than April 1 of 2016. Here's what you need to know to do it right.

2015-03-03: WT: M. Stanton Evans, conservative icon, dead at 80 -- Obituary
"We have two parties here, and only two -- one is the evil party, and the other is the stupid party," he said. "I'm very proud to be a member of the stupid party. Occasionally, the two parties get together to do something that's both evil and stupid. That's called bipartisanship."

2015-02-23: Examiner: A brief history of the Internet, leading to Obama's "net fix"
This coming Thursday, Feb. 26, the Federal Communications Commission will formally pass its fourth set of regulations on broadband Internet services. It's a sobering thought. The Internet is working well, so itís not obvious that the FCC needs to help it. The reasons for regulatory change are purely political.

2015-02-21: Video: President Obama, do you really love America?, by CJ Pearson (3:01)
This black preteen from Georgia shares Mayor Giuliani's assessment of the president, and adds his own views as eloquently as any adult.

2015-02-16: Reuters: Russians expose breakthrough U.S. spying program => "Equation Group"
The NSA has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world's computers, according to cyber researchers and former operatives. (Details here.)

2015-02-04: WT: Redneck ethnic cleansing on the Shenandoah -- Book review by James Bovard
Few things vanish from public memory more quickly than government atrocities. When I was growing up on a mountainside across from the Shenandoah National Park in the 1960s, no one spoke of the injustices committed against the mountaineers brutally expelled from their homes in the 1930s to create that park.

2015-01-29: Examiner: Transportation mode of the future: The bus, by Michael Barone
Rail lines are by definition inflexible: planners had better be right about consumer patterns 50 years from now. Bus companies can change service locations and times by clicking on the Internet.

2015-01-28: WT: California protects the chickens, Al Gore targets the humans, by Ernest Istook
Add chicken rights to regulators' abuse of the Endangered Species Act, and you see that America is on the verge of giving animals more special rights protection than people get. It's scary when activists agitate to coop up the people but allow the chickens free range. They must think that freedom is for the birds.

2015-01-28: WT: 'American Sniper' thrills Baghdad crowd -- 'Shoot him! He has an IED!'
Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" has wowed American audiences, but for one short week it also thrilled crowds in Baghdad. Iraq's upscale Mansour Mall played the film for one week before the controversy surrounding the film prompted management to end showings. (Of course, WaPo has a different opinion!)

2015-01-22: Examiner: Student journalist Daniel Mael on free speech and campus culture war
Daniel Mael, a 22-year-old student journalist at Brandeis University, reported on fellow student Khadija Lynch's malicious tweets in the aftermath of the death of NYPD officers Liu and Ramos, and Lynch was subsequently sanctioned. End of story? Of course not.

2015-01-15: BW: Forget Everything You Didn't Understand About Bitcoin, by Carter Dougherty
Conceived as a substitute for conventional currency, without the involvement of established institutions, Bitcoin is poised to evolve into a money transfer system that would do what Western Union or Citigroup does, only more cheaply and efficiently.

2015-01-13: Examiner: Piketty's data don't match the facts, by Jason Russell
Thomas Piketty's tome on inequality, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, a surprise best-seller that was widely hailed by liberals, is filled with flaws, according to a new study.

2015-01-10: Red Nation Rising: Muslim Extremists are an Extreme Problem, Politically Incorrect
The Shoe Bomber was a Muslim; The Beltway Snipers were Muslims; The Fort Hood Shooter was a Muslim; The underwear Bomber was a Muslim... etc.

2014-12-17: WT: 'Twas the night before Christmas -- Updated for modern times

2014-12-11: WT: The Bible's Influence -- 25 articles sponsored by the Bible Literacy Project
Regardless of one's beliefs, no one can deny the influence of this one book on human history nor dismiss its value either as literature or as a guide to a better world.

2014-11-25: Telegraph: Frenchman develops pills to make flatulence smell of roses
65-year-old inventor says he came up with his range of indigestion tablets after he was "nearly suffocated" by the smell of farts.

2014-11-24: Examiner: WaPo editor defends 'fact check' on SNL Obama skit (executive amnesty)
... telling the Examiner that his article was meant only to explore "interesting questions". ..."Only thing funnier than SNL's Obama amnesty power grab sketch is [the Washington Post] actually doing a 'fact check',Ē one-time Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said in a tweet.

2014-11-23: The College Fix: "Do The Left Thing", by Omar Mahmood
Read the 'hostile' column that got a University of Michigan student writer suspended from the campus newspaper.

2014-11-17: WT: The Stupidity of 'Experts' -- Obamacare, Gruber Warming, Dodge-Frank, etc.
The whole socialist and big-government ideal is predicated on the notion that the intellectuals can bring us nirvana -- but something always goes wrong. Yet, blissfully, without self-doubt, they go from failure to failure to failure, as others pay the price.

2014-11-17: Yahoo: Facebook slams the door on political campaigns, by Jon Ward
An upcoming code change means Obama's groundbreaking 2012 outreach on the site won't happen again.

2014-11-10: WaPo: Washington National Cathedral to host Friday Muslim prayer service
ACT! for America response: "We challenge those running the nationís one and only National Cathedral to find a mosque -- anywhere in the world -- inviting a rabbi, priest or pastor into that mosque to conduct a service."

2014-11-09: Daily Mail: Algae-borne virus found that makes us more stupid [... more Liberal?]
The virus, called chlorovirus ATCV-1, was only known to appear in algae. Researchers in U.S. have not established how it comes to infect humans. Research suggests it alters genes in brain including memory and emotion. Scientists found 44 per cent of patients tested had virus in their throats.

2014-10-20: Examiner: A nation divided by marriage -- Interview with W. Bradford Wilcox
Examiner: Why is marriage so important? What does it do that government programs canít do? Wilcox: Three pillars undergird opportunity in America for most men and women. Those three pillars are: one, education; two, work; and three, marriage.

2014-10-20: KHouse: Thorium - One Nuclear Alternative
Thorium has become an attractive potential alternative to conventional nuclear fuel. It isn't naturally radioactive and its power-plants would not be prone to meltdown. Nearly the entire fuel rod can be used in energy production without the serious national security and nuclear waste issues of using conventional uranium fuel. Plus, thorium is abundant.

2014-10-07: Smash Co: OOP, an expensive disaster ... analogies for today's world (now 404)
This long (now gone) article described an extremely flawed software paradigm (Object Oriented Programming), but brought up such philosophical issues as... "talking past each other because we can not understand the axioms on which each other's arguments rest". (For an anti-OOP article, go here.)

2014-10-03: Video: Frightening Details From Beheader's Oklahoma Mosque (9:07)
Chilling details about activities at the Oklahoma City mosque which beheading suspect JahíKeem Yisrael attended. In the video, an undercover operative reveals a hidden Jihadist culture in the mosque during his two years there.

2014-09-18: Ars Technica: Apple expands data encryption under iOS 8 -- To cops: "Get Lost"
"Apple's old policy for extracting user data from iPhones for law enforcement: Come back with a warrant. Their new policy: Get lost."

2014-09-17: The Atlantic: Why I Hope to Die at 75, by Ezekiel Emanuel; Breitbart response.
The author of Obamacare's 'Death Panels' asserts: "Once I have lived to 75, my approach to my health care will completely change. I won't actively end my life. But I won't try to prolong it, either." John Nolte at Breitbart responds.

2014-09-17: MercatorNet: It's time to take the Islamic State seriously -- Rev. James Schall
A Catholic priest has taken the time to thoroughly study Islamic doctrine and the history of Islam and has articulated his findings and opinions in very clear terms. It serves as an excellent analysis for the origins of the Islamic State with which we are now at war.

2014-09-05: Video: "Republicans Are People Too" (1:37) -- Who put together this zaney video?

2014-09-04: Telegraph: What happens when your friends start leaving Facebook?
I logged in north, south, east and west. / I checked it at work and during Sunday rest. /
I liked and commented, posted status and song. / I thought Facebook would last forever: I was wrong.

2014-09-02: Video: Former Muslim describes the true face of Islam (8:35)
Brother Rachid addresses President Obama about ISIL and Islam; he explains to him how ISIL is imitating the prophet Muhammad in every detail they do. ISIL represents Islam.

2014-08-17: Examiner: Iraq, Ferguson, and the 'libertarian moment'
This wariness of big solutions, this skepticism of governmentís ability to right wrongs, is at the heart of the wiser strains of libertarianism and the more consistent forms of conservatism.

2014-08-11: Examiner: The most liberal and conservative U.S. cities revealed in one chart

2014-08-10: WKRB: SyNAPSE Chip by IBM Mimics Brain
The True North computer chip by IBM is designed to think as a human brain does. The size of the chip is equal to a postage stamp yet it is able to outdo the majority of supercomputers.

2014-07-22: WaPo: Don't send your kids to Ivy League Schools!
The author summarizes yesterday's article in the New Republic. "[T]he students who are sent there are conformist, over-privileged overachievers. They emerge from homogeneous backgrounds and grow up to be elitist little twits."

2014-07-22: Infowars: How Matt Drudge Changed the World
The establishment's iron-fisted grip on media and information dissemination was irrevocably transformed when Matt Drudge launched his website in 1998. Suddenly Americans and the world at large were no longer dependent on a skewered and politically-driven corporate media with its distorted establishment spin and agenda.

2014-07-18: Nat'l Journal: Elizabeth Warren's 11 Commandments of Progressivism

2014-07-16: Examiner: The things Obama likes to say in just about every speech, in 76 seconds

2014-06-xx: First Things: The Good of Government, by Roger Scruton
American conservatives need a positive view of government. They have an obligation to map out the true domain of government, and the limits beyond which action by the government is a trespass on the freedom of the citizen. But it seems to me that they have failed to offer the electorate a believable blueprint for this...

2014-06-28: Zero Hedge: Warning - Civil Unrest Is Rising Everywhere: "This Won't End Pretty"
Martin Armstrong: "The greatest problem we have is misinformation. People simply do not comprehend why and how the economic policies of the post-war era are imploding. ... Even confiscating all the wealth of the so-called rich will not sustain the system. Consequently, we just have to crash and burn and start all over again."

2014-06-27: WT: An obituary for the Tea Party
The Tea Party, the popular political movement that grew from widespread public concern over the growth of government, died on Tuesday, June 24, in Mississippi. ... The Tea Party is dead; long live the fight for limited government.

2014-06-04: WT: The monotony of thought in the modern university, by Victor Davis Hanson
A funny thing has happened on the way to the 21st century. Colleges that were once our most enlightened and tolerant institutions became America's dinosaurs.

2014-05-29: Examiner: Why even Reagan couldn't be Reagan today, by Michael Barone
Michael Barone gives a detailed analysis of Ronald Reagan, and claims he was a political leader suited for the times. Aspiring Republican politicians may claim Reagan's mantle, but in today's America even Ronald Reagan could not be Reagan.

2014-05-27: Examiner: A historian who understood why big business wanted regulation
Every American knows the fable of the Progressive Era and that "trust buster" Teddy Roosevelt wielding the big stick of federal power to battle the greedy corporations. We would be better off if more people knew the work of the man who dismantled this myth: historian Gabriel Kolko, who died this month at age 81.

2014-05-12: Defense One: What the Most Secure Email in the Universe Would Look Like
Say you wanted to send an email more secure than any message that had ever been transmitted in human history, a message with absolutely no chance of being intercepted. How would you do it?

2014-04-20: Quarks To Quasars: Will MOND replace the "dark matter" theory?, by Joshua Filmer
The "holy grail" of a scientific theory is one that can make accurate predictions of phenomena in advance. Modified Newtonian Dynamics (MOND) is an alternative to dark matter theory and attempts to explain the gravitational discrepancies seen in the motions of galaxies.

2014-04-07: Chris Dixon: The decline of the mobile web (Reversing this 2011 prediction.)
People are spending more time on mobile vs desktop and more of their mobile time using apps, not the web. This is a worrisome trend for the web, and for the innovation inspired by its truly open architecture.

2014-04-06: WaPo: Serious reading takes a hit from online scanning and skimming -- researchers
Humans seem to be developing digital brains with new circuits for skimming through the torrent of information online. This alternative way of reading is competing with traditional deep reading circuitry developed over several millennia.

2014-04-06: Ars Technica: Not dead yet: Dutch, British gov'ts pay to keep Windows XP alive
Windows XP is supposed to be dead next week. But the Dutch and British governments have both inked deals with Microsoft to continue to keep it on life support, at least for themóunder Microsoft's Custom Support program.

2014-04-01: Book Review: An Anxious Age: The Post-Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of America
So there is a hole in the center of American culture. Once filled by the mainline and not replaced by Catholicism, that space has been filled by a kind of extreme individualism; religion is what you make of it, or you can make nothing of it.

2014-03-06: Peter Schiff: What Needs to Happen to Bring Production Back to the US
In an Epoch Times interview, the CEO of Euro Pacific Capital says reduced government key to unlock productive potential.

2014-03-05: The Week: Why American internet so slow? (Also Protest-1, Protest-2, Your speed?)
The country that literally invented the internet now ranks a shocking 31st in the world -- behind Estonia -- in terms of download speeds. Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon, and AT have "divided up markets and put themselves in a position where they're subject to no competition."

2014-02-24: BW: The Unlikely Tale of How ARM Came to Rule the World
This is a story about ARM Holdings, the British mobile technology company. Just about every smartphone, mobile phone, and tablet runs on an ARM chip. Still, a great many people have not heard of ARM.

2014-02-19: Nat'l Journal: Pandora Knows How You'll Vote
The online music service is telling political campaigns what music you listen to, which they say gives away your party affiliation. (Wonder how they'd rate these selections?)

2014-02-07: Breitbart: WaPo laments that Democrat groups have no one like the Kochs
An odd claim considering that the left has spent the better part of the last 40 years creating dozens of purported think tanks and agenda shops like the Center for American Progress (CAP), and in George Soros has one of the richest men in the world funding Democrats and their issues at nearly every turn.

2014-02-07: Ars Technica: GOP arms itself for next "war" in analytics arms race
Borrowing from Obama's successful 2012 digital campaign, the RNC wants to leapfrog the Democrats technologically by building an infrastructure that will not just help their next presidential contender, but Republicans across the board.

2014-01-21: Snopes: How to Create a Social State -- 8 levels of control; Saul Alinsky?
A flood of recent emails have credited Saul Alinsky, in Rules for Radicals, with describing 8 levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to create a social state. But what did Alinsky actually advocate, and what is the real source for these "8 levels".

2014-01-09: Reason: Dumbest New Ban in 2014 -- Incandescent Light Bulbs
Before the incandescent bulbs go out for good, itís worth shining a light on its cause: The ban was pushed by lightbulb makers eager to upsell customers on longer-lasting and much more expensive halogen, compact fluorescent and LED lighting.

2013-11-15: WSJ: The World of English Freedoms -- by Daniel Hannan
It's no accident that the English-speaking nations are the ones most devoted to law and individual rights.

2013-10-14: Hannah Arendt on How Bureaucracy Fuels Violence, by Maria Popova
In a fully developed bureaucracy there is nobody left with whom one could argue, to whom one could present grievances, on whom the pressures of power could be exerted. It is the form of government in which everybody is deprived of political freedom, of the power to act -- tyranny without a tyrant. It is this state of affairs which is among the most potent causes for the current world-wide rebellious unrest.

2013-04-16: EneNews: "Vandalism" to major power transformer triggers power alert
Here are the original articles on what appears to be an attempt by terrorists to attack key points in the electrical grid, perhaps as a precursor to future more serious and focused attempts. (The event did not receive national coverage at the time.)

2013-03-11: Video: Paper is not dead -- Emma.... (0:38)

2013-01-31: Video: The Girls on Fox News (4:17 min)
This rockin' song by Austin Cunningham will surely brighten up your day.

2012-11-27: Video: Best Conservative Speech of 2012 (Bill Whittle) (15:30 min)
Imagine how the 2012 presidential election would have come out if Mitt Romney had actually enunciated the Republican conservative message he claimed to believe, as Bill Whittle narrates.

2012-07-28: NYT: Is Algebra Necessary?, by Andrew Hacker
Yes, young people should learn to read and write and do long division, whether they want to or not. But there is no reason to force them to grasp vectorial angles and discontinuous functions. Think of math as a huge boulder we make everyone pull, without assessing what all this pain achieves.

2012-06-02: Boston Herald: Elizabeth Warren profited by flipping homes, by Jerry Kronenberg
Elizabeth Warren, who has railed against predatory banks and heartless foreclosures, took part in about a dozen Oklahoma real estate deals that netted her and her family hefty profits through maneuvers such as "flipping" properties, records show.

2011-xx-xx: Iron Spider: Tables vs. Tableless Web Design, by Robert Darrell
No doubt there are those who think that I'm going straight to web developer hell for having the audacity to teach people to use tables to layout web pages instead of using tableless designs. However, tables are more intuitive, and are less likely to cause browser presentation problems such as "float dropping". (This site uses tables.)

2011-12-xx: Book: The World Turned Upside Down: The Global Battle over God, Truth, and Power
Recommended reading. Author Melanie Phillips writes: "In what we tell ourselves is an age of reason, we are behaving increasingly irrationally. A loss of religious belief has led the West to replace reason and truth with ideology and prejudice. The result has been a kind of mass derangement, as truth and lies, right and wrong, victim and aggressor are all turned upside down."

2011-11-xx: The Conservative Tree House discusses Liberalism vs Conservatism
... "Which lends to the following theory: Fear is at the core of liberalism, and love/trust is at the core of conservatism. Liberalism is about control. Conservatism is about self-empowerment."

2011-05-19: MIT Tech Review: Why Mobile Apps Will Soon be Dead, by Christopher Mims
Mobile app exist because of a lack of standards in the mobile device community. They will eventually be replaced by web apps, where developers could code once and be reasonably confident their app will work on any object -- phone, tablet, laptop, etc. -- with a standards-compliant browser.

2011-05-13: Limbaugh: Origins of the EIB Theme Song -- Transcript

2010-12-10: Dear Abby, My husband has a long record of money problems. -- Lost in DC

2010-08-20: Video: When You're Holding a Hammer, Everything Looks Like a Nail (3:09 min)
A 26-year old assistant coach was fired from a Tennessee middle school for political incorrectness in producing and posting this rockin' anti-Obama song. One line: "If the stuff hits the fan, don't look at me, if you got trouble, blame forty-three."

2010-01-29: Cenedella: Leonardo da Vinci's Resume
Before he was famous, before he painted the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper, before he invented the helicopter, before he drew the most famous image of man, before he was all of these things, Leonardo da Vinci was an artificer, an armorer, a maker of things that go "boom".

2009-12-24: OLD FART PRIDE... It's just getting harder to find them.

2009-11-16: NPR: Predicting The Next Credit Crisis, by Joshua Kosman
Joshua Kosman, author of The Buyout of America: How Private Equity Will Cause the Next Great Credit Crisis, explains how PE firms hurt their businesses competitively, limit their growth, cut jobs without reinvesting the savings, do not even generate good returns for their investors, and are about to cause the Next Great Credit Crisis.

2008-04-08: Universe Today: A Case of MOND Over Dark Matter, by Nancy Atkinson
Some astronomers believe the orbital behavior of galaxies can be explained more accurately with Modified Newtonian Dynamics (MOND) -- a modified version of Newton's Second Law -- than by the rival, but more widely accepted, theory of dark matter.

2007-04-xx: GFOA: A New Vision for Public Sector Audit Committees, by Stephen J. Gauthier

2004-05-17: Bill Cosby's "Pound Cake" Speech -- Video (3:41)

2002-11-26: WaPo: My Heart on the Line, by Frank Schaeffer
Have we wealthy and educated Americans all become pacifists? What is the future of our democracy when the sons and daughters of the janitors at our elite universities are far more likely to be put in harm's way than are any of the students whose dorms their parents clean?

1996-01-24: KC Star: Urgent Prayer for America, by Pastor Joe Wright
When Minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but this is what they heard...

1995-05-30: Moe Berg - Baseball Player and WWII Spy
Moe Berg was a second-rate baseball player but a first-rate spy for America and its Allies leading up to and during World War II.

1957-xx-xx: Ayn Rand: "This is John Galt speaking"
"For twelve years, you have been asking: Who is John Galt? This is John Galt speaking. I am the man who loves his life. I am the man who does not sacrifice his love or his values. I am the man who has deprived you of victims and thus has destroyed your world, and if you wish to know why you are perishing -- you who dread knowledge -- I am the man who will now tell you."

1957-xx-xx: Ayn Rand: Francisco's Money Speech
"So you think that money is the root of all evil? Have you ever asked what is the root of money? Money is a tool of exchange, which can't exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them... Money is made possible only by the men who produce. Is this what you consider evil?"

1949-11-04: NY Daily News: Ode to the Welfare State
The troubles of our time strike us as new and unique. They are not. Here is a small example from over 60 years ago that appeared in the Daily News. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

1850-xx-xx: The Law -- Frederic Bastiat analyzes government proclivities versus human nature
In 1850, faced with a tide of sentiment toward socialism, French legislator Frederic Bastiat confronted the left's claims of government superiority with a timeless critique, The Law, perhaps the most penetrating analysis of human nature after the Bible, C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters, and Shakespeare.

.Not Dated: Wikipedia: The Curta calculator -- created in a Nazi death camp
The Curta is a small mechanical calculator developed by Curt Herzstark. It has an extremely compact design: a small cylinder that fits in the palm of the hand. Curtas were considered the best portable calculators available until they were displaced by electronic calculators in the 1970s.

.Not Dated: Skeptics Annotated Bible... Quran... Book of Mormon -- Accurate original material
This website points supposed errors, contradictions, and discrepancies -- divided into the following categories: injustice, absurdity, cruelty and violence, intolerance, contradictions, family values, women, good stuff, science and history, prophecy, sex, language, interpretation, and homosexuality. You may not agree with their comments, but their original material is accurate.

.Not Dated: History Lesson: Liberals vs Conservatives Joke
The two most important events in all of history were the invention of beer and the invention of the wheel. The wheel was invented to get man to the beer...

.Not Dated: Why Grandpa carries a gun!
Free citizens must protect themselves. With guns, we are 'citizens'; without them, we are 'subjects'.

.Not Dated: Online Music Oldies, by FCTA's David Swink
You may enjoy some of the online music selections listed here, including classical, rock, fox trots, and much more. (Note that any of these Youtube and mp3 selections can be disabled by the owner at any time.) Enjoy!