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  • The Politicization of Motherhood

    10/29/2017 7:28:25 AM PDT · by Pontiac · 33 replies
    WSJ ^ | Oct. 27, 2017 | James Taranto
    The premise of Ms. Komisar’s book—backed by research in psychology, neuroscience and epigenetics—is that “mothers are biologically necessary for babies,” and not only for the obvious reasons of pregnancy and birth. “Babies are much more neurologically fragile than we’ve ever understood,” Ms. Komisar says. She cites the view of one neuroscientist, Nim Tottenham of Columbia University, “that babies are born without a central nervous system” and “mothers are the central nervous system to babies,” especially for the first nine months after birth. What does that mean? “Every time a mother comforts a baby in distress, she’s actually regulating that baby’s...
  • GEOMAGNETIC STORMS UNDERWAY NOW:

    09/27/2017 11:21:23 PM PDT · by Pontiac · 43 replies
    spaceweather.com ^ | 9/28/17 | staff
    GEOMAGNETIC STORMS UNDERWAY NOW: Geomagnetic storms are underway on Sept. 28th as a fast-moving stream of solar wind buffets Earth's magnetic field. With storm levels reaching category G2, Northern Lights have been photographed in the USA as far south as Wisconsin and Washington. NOAA forecasters say there is a 60% to 80% chance of continued storms during the next 24 hours. Geomagnetic storms are underway on Sept. 28th as a fast-moving stream of solar wind buffets Earth's magnetic field. With storm levels reaching category G2, Northern Lights have been photographed in the USA as far south as Wisconsin and Washington....
  • Hurricane Harvey Makes The Case For Nuclear Power

    09/02/2017 1:53:10 PM PDT · by Pontiac · 29 replies
    Forbes ^ | 9/1/2017 | James Conca
    Hurricane Harvey made land fall in Texas this week and the flooding was historic. What is shaping up to be the most costly natural disaster in American history, the storm has left refineries shut down, interrupted wind and solar generation, caused a constant worry about gas explosions, and caused a chain of events that led to explosions and fires at the Arkema chemical plant that is only the beginning. The two nuclear reactors at the South Texas Project plant near Houston were operating at full capacity despite wind gusts that peaked at 130 mph as the Hurricane made landfall. The...
  • A billionaire-owned restaurant charged a ‘minimum wage’ fee. Outrage ensued

    08/22/2017 5:12:08 PM PDT · by Pontiac · 44 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 17, 2017 | Maura Judkis
    A customer dining at D.C.’s Oceanaire restaurant noticed an unusual line at the bottom of his receipt: “Due to the rising costs of doing business in this location, including costs associated with higher minimum wage rates, a 3% surcharge has been added to your total bill.” Brian, who asked The Washington Post to use only his first name to avoid conflicts with his employer, was surprised to see the additional charge. He snapped a picture and sent it to local blog Popville, which posted a picture of his receipt. The outraged comments started rolling in. “Just raise prices if you...
  • Perseid Meteor Shower 2017: When, Where & How to See It

    08/12/2017 1:51:20 AM PDT · by Pontiac · 25 replies
    Space.com ^ | August 11, 2017 | Sarah Lewin
    The peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower is peaking this weekend! According to NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke, the Perseids are perhaps the most popular meteor shower of the year. Typical rates are about 80 meteors an hour, but in outburst years (such as in 2016) the rate can be between 150-200 meteors an hour. The meteor shower's actual peak is around 1 p.m. EDT Aug. 12, which means that the night before and the night after will both have good rates; Cooke said the show would be slightly better in the predawn hours of Aug. 12, but that there'd...
  • Jesus Shrugged

    07/24/2017 8:05:00 AM PDT · by Pontiac · 16 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | July 20, 2017 | Addison Del Mastro
    We’ve all heard of the idea of a general worker’s strike. In her tome Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand posed a provocative question. What if, in response to an increasingly overbearing regulatory state, the entrepreneurs of America decided to go on strike? The resulting 1000 pages, if you can get through them, constitute one of the most creative, if overwrought, dystopias ever envisioned. Society’s producers quietly disappear, enclosed in their own hidden capitalist utopia, while innovation grinds to a halt, intellectual property languishes, and overconfident, arrogant bureaucrats run world-class factories into the ground. When all’s said and done, all that was...
  • His parents said he just needed to sleep. A SWAT team came instead.

    07/16/2017 11:33:33 AM PDT · by Pontiac · 68 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | 7/16/17 | Jenna Russell
    HINGHAM — As police cars rolled into his pristine suburban neighborhood last Saturday night, past the sprawling Colonials and manicured lawns, and as dozens of officers from across the region surrounded his home, Russell Reeves begged them again and again to back off. In a bedroom upstairs his son Austin, 26, was distraught over a breakup. He had told his family he needed time alone. With him was his dog and his 9 mm handgun. If you pressure him, if he feels cornered, Reeves said he told the police, this will end with Austin killing himself.snip “Please,” the frightened father...
  • Noor Salman, widow of Orlando massacre shooter Omar Mateen, arrested in San Francisco

    01/17/2017 1:49:51 AM PST · by Pontiac · 30 replies
    CBS Interactive ^ | 1/16/17 | Staff
    The widow of Omar Mateen, the shooter in the Orlando nightclub massacre, has been arrested in San Francisco, sources tell CBS News. Noor Salman is facing charges of aiding and abetting, as well as obstruction of justice in the case of the worst mass shooting in American history. She moved to the San Francisco area after the June shooting, in which her husband was killed by SWAT team members after slaughtering 49 people inside a popular gay nightclub.“Noor Salman had no foreknowledge nor could she predict what Omar Mateen intended to do that tragic night,” her attorney, Linda Moreno, said....
  • Ground Truth

    12/22/2016 11:47:10 AM PST · by Pontiac · 21 replies
    TampaBay Times ^ | 12/22/16 | Ben Montogmery
    For more than a century, boys were sent to the Florida School for Boys reformatory in the north Florida town of Marianna. Many were beaten brutally and bear the physical and psychological scars to this day. Many boys, though, never came home. They died, some under mysterious circumstances. They were buried in unmarked graves and they were forgotten. Several years ago, a young anthropology professor from the University of South Florida decided she would try to answer the many questions about what happened to these boys and, if she could, return their remains to their families. To get to the...
  • Trump and his Words

    10/09/2016 9:35:50 AM PDT · by Pontiac · 39 replies
    Pontiac's First Vanity | 10/9/16 | Pontiac
    Donald Trump’s off color comments made in a private conversation about the behavior of women in the presence of male celebrities over a decade ago has raised quite a ruckus in the political stratosphere and the new media. I myself given the current societal norms find this a little puzzling. A little over a hundred years ago women were placed in a special place by society as mothers, wives and maidens. They were to be treated with respect by gentlemen and not to treat women with respect was to be labeled a low class lout and to be an outcaste...
  • Cavs win 2016 NBA Finals Championship!

    06/19/2016 8:26:11 PM PDT · by Pontiac · 155 replies
    WEWS ^ | 6/19/16
    BLOG: After 52 years, Cavs win NBA Finals Championship The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated defending champions Golden State Warriors, 93-89, in Game 7 of the NBA Finals for the first title in franchise history.
  • Hungary's Viktor Orban sees Brussels plot on migrant influx

    03/24/2016 7:03:42 AM PDT · by Pontiac · 9 replies
    Herald-Whig ^ | 3/15/2016 | PABLO GORONDI
    Oban said in his speech "If we want to stop the mass migration, first we must put the brakes on Brussels," AP story link only
  • 'Mistakes made' by RCMP in High River gun grab: Report

    10/24/2015 6:24:29 AM PDT · by Pontiac · 28 replies
    Edmonton Sun ^ | February 12, 2015 | Claire Theobald
    The report said that as RCMP officers conducted these searches, one team stumbled upon 50 firearms found in a bedroom on the second floor of a home. Prior to that, the RCMP had no plan to secure firearms found in searches. It became apparent that residents had removed firearms from gun safes in basements and moved them to higher ground in their homes, meaning some weapons were now illegally stored and legally warranted seizure for safe keeping.
  • September 11, 2001: What did we learn?

    09/11/2015 6:44:33 AM PDT · by Pontiac · 66 replies
    Me | Pontiac
    On September 11, 2001 nine Muslim fundamentalist boarded four commercial aircraft. These Muslim fundamentalist then proceeded to hijack these aircraft with nothing more than box cutters. Having taken control of the aircraft having murdered the flight crew these Muslim fundamentalist went on to murder nearly 3000 United States citizens and residents. Now 14 years later perhaps it is appropriate to ask; what lessons have we learned from that day? My answer is; not much. Just two days ago our government announced that we, the United States, would take in 'our share' 70,000 or more 'refugees' from the Middle East. Most...
  • Malware swipes 225,000 Apple accounts

    09/01/2015 6:06:29 AM PDT · by Pontiac · 4 replies
    Engadget ^ | 8/31/15 | Jon Fingas
    Jailbreaking an iPhone gives you the freedom to run the apps and interfaces you want (rather than those allowed by Apple), but it also carries some inherent risks -- you're giving apps much more control over your phone. And unfortunately, some of these users are discovering this the hard way. Researchers have discovered a strain of iOS malware, nicknamed KeyRaider, that has stolen over 225,000 Apple IDs from jailbroken devices. The software takes advantage of Chinese app repositories that let people directly upload and share their own titles. If you happen to download the code, it'll either scoop up your...
  • Kasich Defends Taking Obamacare Medicaid Expansion:

    08/08/2015 6:02:46 PM PDT · by Pontiac · 32 replies
    CNS News ^ | 8/7/15 | Staff
    During Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, Megyn Kelly of Fox News asked Ohio Gov. John Kasich a question about his decision to accept on behalf of his state an option under the Affordable Care Act (AKA Obamacare) to expand the number of people eligible for Medicaid by increasing the income threshold below which people qualify. Kasich responded that President Ronald Reagan had expanded Medicaid three times and then discussed some of the things Ohio is doing with Medicaid money. “Everybody has a right to their God-given purpose,” he said.Snip Megyn Kelly: Governor Kasich, you chose to expand...
  • Progressives and Disorder

    01/01/2015 4:35:33 PM PST · by Pontiac · 19 replies
    WSJ On-line ^ | Dec. 30, 2014 | Staff
    As the calendar turns toward the final two years of the Obama Presidency, this is a moment to consider the world it has produced. There is no formal Obama Doctrine that serves as the 44th President’s blueprint for America’s engagement with the world. But it is fair to say that Barack Obama brought into office a set of ideas associated with the progressive, or left-leaning, wing of the Democratic foreign-policy establishment. “Leading from behind” was the phrase coined in 2011 by an Obama foreign-policy adviser to describe the President’s approach to the insurrection in Libya against Moammar Gaddafi. That phrase...
  • Teen Safe Phone Ap

    09/28/2014 1:04:24 PM PDT · by Pontiac · 10 replies
    Self | 9/28/14 | Pontiac
    Anyone using the Teen Safe cell phone ap to control their teen's cell phone use. I would like to use something like Ignore No More but it is not available for iPhone, Android only.
  • In Illinois, Tax Increases Become an Article of Faith

    04/26/2014 8:02:26 AM PDT · by Pontiac · 44 replies
    WSJ On-line ^ | April 25, 2014 | Heather Wilhelm
    Donning orange T-shirts reading "Faith in Action," a coalition of religious groups flooded the state capitol in Springfield, singing hymns, shouting "Hallelujah," and praying for higher taxes on the rich. Their goal: replacing the state's long-standing flat income tax with a new, progressive "Fair Tax." Snip When asked whether additional tax revenue would really be used to help the poor, supporters like Rev. Hawking and Rev. Coulter tend to change the subject. When asked whether a progressive tax might backfire by driving wealth and jobs out of Illinois, both doubted anyone would leave. Besides, Rev. Hawking told me, "minimum wage...
  • Pelosi Video: You Can’t Measure ObamaCare By the Number of People it Insured

    04/05/2014 8:59:55 AM PDT · by Pontiac · 21 replies
    The Minority Report ^ | 4/2/14 | Steve Foley
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says Democrats passed their health insurance law, not to insure the uninsured, but to give people “quality” health care and “affordable” health care. “Madam Leader, isn’t the real measure of success, not the raw number who signed up, but how many of those who signed up were not insured before?” a reporter asked Pelosi at a news conference on Tuesday. “No, that’s not — the measure is twofold,” Pelosi responded. “The message is how many people have access to health care — quality, affordable health care and insurance.”