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  • Taiwan Mistakenly Fires Supersonic 'Carrier Killer' Missile Towards China

    07/01/2016 5:44:46 AM PDT · 30 of 32
    Rockingham to Bullish
    In 1943, during a routine demonstration, the USS William D. Porter, a Fletcher-class destroyer, mistakenly fired off a live torpedo at the battleship USS Iowa -- which at the time was carrying FDR to the Casablanca conference. Alerted of the danger, the Iowa turned and the torpedo exploded harmlessly in its wake. Supposedly, fearing that an assassination attempt might be under way, the Iowa then turned its guns toward the Porter. The entire ship's crew were then placed under arrest. The ensuing investigation showed that an error by the Chief Torpedoman was the cause of the incident. FDR, to his credit, intervened and reversed the sentence of hard labor. The Captain of the Porter remained in command and retired as a Rear Admiral.
  • Estimate of U.S. Transgender Population Doubles to 1.4 Million Adults (NYT alert)

    07/01/2016 5:28:31 AM PDT · 21 of 27
    Rockingham to reaganaut1

    I was astonished last night when, watching a military history show on the AHC channel, I recognized that the expert being interviewed — an unattractive, deep voiced woman with unruly red hair and makeup applied with a trowel — had originally appeared on military history shows as a man — which I assume was his original form. We live in crazy, disordered times.

  • Taiwan Mistakenly Fires Supersonic 'Carrier Killer' Missile Towards China

    07/01/2016 4:54:43 AM PDT · 27 of 32
    Rockingham to Fhios
    Once a missile has been proved a success, it is relatively easy for designers and engineers to extend its range or to develop a new model based on it and with longer reach from the outset. In addition, if Japan goes nuclear, Taiwan could follow in short order. If so, having a nuclear capable, supersonic indigenous missile already on hand would greatly enhance Taiwan's security against both Japan's notional menace and against the more substantial threat of bullying or even invasion by Taiwan's cousins on the Chinese mainland.
  • Six maps that will make you rethink the world

    06/29/2016 5:52:25 PM PDT · 58 of 58
    Rockingham to Dr. Sivana

    There is a long-stalled US claim under NAFTA against Canada for rejected a US company’s plan to export water to the US. I suspect that water claim may be put forward as a counter to Canada’s damages claim under NAFTA for the US denial of the Keystone oil pipeline. In the alchemy of legal disputes, water and oil may in fact go together.

  • Six maps that will make you rethink the world

    06/29/2016 5:36:48 PM PDT · 57 of 58
    Rockingham to Former Proud Canadian

    Such measures would force the conflict to the ultimate sanction of denying Canadians access to Florida and its winter warmth. I am confident that Canadian capitulation would soon follow.

  • Six maps that will make you rethink the world

    06/29/2016 12:53:48 PM PDT · 54 of 58
    Rockingham to Former Proud Canadian

    You are putting the entire Canadian diet at risk. Not just lettuce, but all of California’s green, red, and yellow vegetables, with California fruits and nuts also on the line (referring of course to the eatables, not to the crazy people in California). I realize of course that the disappearance of broccoli from Canada’s mealtimes will delight teens and younger, but they do not vote, if you catch my drift. And if Americans want to uncork some more punishment, we can force all that runaway TV and movie production out of Vancouver and back to Hollywood. We could also send the Chicago SWAT team to occupy Ottawa and control the entire country.

  • Six maps that will make you rethink the world

    06/29/2016 12:35:45 PM PDT · 52 of 58
    Rockingham to Dr. Sivana

    For people and countries alike, life is a matter of tradeoffs. Canadians sell oil, gold, and trees and much else for cash, and, on balance, they ought to be willing to sell surplus water as well. Of course, every now and then, the Canadians want to stick it to the US, and denying sales of fresh water may seem an ideal way to do so.

  • Six maps that will make you rethink the world

    06/29/2016 11:02:01 AM PDT · 47 of 58
    Rockingham to Former Proud Canadian

    Unless I am greatly mistaken, Canadians consume much produce from southern California. As you suggest though, Canadians would mostly balk at providing any water toward growing that produce. Perhaps, if Canada does not want to sell any water, we might forbid selling them any produce and bar any importation of Canadian timber.

  • Six maps that will make you rethink the world

    06/29/2016 10:05:35 AM PDT · 28 of 58
    Rockingham to Former Proud Canadian

    The problem is not just potable water, but also water for agriculture and to support wildlife habitat. When all the demands for water are taken into account, large scale engineering projects may be the best solution, moving water from where it is in excess (Canada) to where it is needed (California). Some Canadians may scream about it at first, but compensating benefits to Canada may make such a project politically palatable and genuinely beneficial to both countries.

  • Prominent Poland politician honors victims of synagogue burning

    06/29/2016 5:00:28 AM PDT · 4 of 4
    Rockingham to Cronos

    Quite true. Coming from what is now the rural, southeastern corner of rural Poland, my father’s parents were at ease with Jews when they came to America more than a century ago. There was not a trace of antisemitism in my robust Catholic upbringing, and cheering Israel against the Arabs was a common feature of family political discussions.

  • Prominent Poland politician honors victims of synagogue burning

    06/29/2016 4:28:01 AM PDT · 2 of 4
    Rockingham to Cronos

    To a remarkable degree, Poles today mark the Holocaust in ways large and small and are strong supporters of Israel. I have read of Israelis searching for the remains of Jewish villages and cemeteries in rural Poland astonished to receive a kind welcome and to find such sites maintained and memorialized by the local populace.

  • Poland to push for 'radical' new EU treaty

    06/29/2016 4:16:47 AM PDT · 5 of 8
    Rockingham to RoosterRedux

    With the US under Obama an unreliable ally and NATO in disrepair, the Poles must of necessity look to the EU for support against Russia. I doubt that the Poles expect the EU to ever be a superpower, but they do hope to get something tangible in return for their loyalty to the EU.

  • A Doolittle Raider Passes Away; Now There is only One

    06/25/2016 1:03:09 PM PDT · 16 of 18
    Rockingham to fireman15
    Long thought to be little more than a booster of US morale, in recent years, research by Japanese historians prompted a reassessment of the Doolittle Raid. It turns out that a direct line can be drawn from the Doolittle Raid to the crucial US victory in the Battle of Midway.

    It turns out that the Japanese high command, shocked and humiliated by the surprise attack on their homeland, drew fighter and reconnaissance aircraft back to the home islands. This weakened Japan's front lines and permitted US forces to be more aggressive.

    More important, suspecting that US held Midway Island in the central Pacific could be used to launch more attacks on the home islands, the Japanese Navy came up with a complicated plan to seize the isolated scrap of sand and coral rock. US cryptanalysts though detected the preparations, which permitted the US Navy to ambush the Japanese at the Battle of Midway and destroy three Japanese fleet carriers.

    The US victory at the Battle of Midway proved to be the turning point of the entire Pacific War. After Midway and the loss of their best carriers and pilots, the Japanese suffered only defeats. And it was the Doolittle Raid that goaded the Japanese into the Battle of Midway.

  • Joe Biden to China: Curb North Korea or Japan Can Go Nuclear ‘Virtually Overnight’

    06/25/2016 4:17:30 AM PDT · 23 of 39
    Rockingham to TigerLikesRooster
    The problem of course is that, once set in motion, nuclear proliferation is hard to stop and brings in its wake a widened risk of nuclear war and nuclear terrorism. My guess is that Japan and South Korea were privately told that US policy has not changed and the now public warning to China is less part of a coherent strategy than a flailing about by the outgoing Obama administration hoping that something will work to induce China to bring the NorKs to heel — or to at least secure a deferral of the problem to the next administration.
  • Who legend Roger Daltrey: Why I'm voting 'Leave' in the EU Referendum

    06/23/2016 8:30:50 PM PDT · 44 of 51
    Rockingham to sushiman

    My youngest brother got quite a kick out of this article. We are both delighted at the apparent Leave victory and he is a devoted Who fan, having recently gone to four Who concerts in their current US tour, with seating in the first row or two.

  • Man Who Worshiped At Same Mosque As Orlando Gunman Reported Him To FBI

    06/22/2016 7:33:09 AM PDT · 64 of 94
    Rockingham to Starboard

    Saying that a fine man is at the top of a government agency and thinking that it means the agency is properly run is like thinking that the company with the most attractive models in its TV commercials must make the best products.

  • The US Navy Is Dumping Billions into New Aircraft Carriers—It Could Be a Disaster

    06/21/2016 11:23:47 AM PDT · 41 of 42
    Rockingham to pierrem15
    Modern bombs and missile warheads are hardened and can be fused to penetrate outer layers of hull and explode deep inside a ship. Defeating this takes armor plate, or at least several layers of sophisticated antimissile defenses to avoid getting hit at all.

    As for torpedoes, consider what two torpedoes did in 1982 to the American-made WW-II era Argentine light cruiser General Belgrano during the Falklands war. The first torpedo blew off its bow, while the second struck about three-quarters of the way along the ship, just beyond the side armour plating.

    That torpedo -- a pre-WW II model with 805 pounds of torpex explosive -- punched through the side of the ship before exploding in the aft machine room. The explosion tore upward and ripped a 20-metre-long hole in the deck, also taking out the ship's electrical power.

    The ship rapidly filled with smoke and water flowed in through the hole in the hull. Due to the electric power failure, water could not be pumped out and the General Belgrano sank within hours.

    Exploding a torpedo under a ship is said to do about ten times as much damage as a simple hull hit. The bubble of explosive gasses lifts the vessel, then drops it, making the vessel collide with the water rushing back in. This usually breaks the ship's keel, opens seams along the hull, and does major internal damage. Under such a pounding, ships often sink, frequently breaking apart as they do.

    Might a supertanker with its bulk, multiple tanks, and even a double hull survive such an attack? Perhaps, but there has never been a direct test of the proposition, and I am hard put to think that a supertanker would do better than a substantial naval warship. Even if a supertanker survived an initial salvo, it will be damaged and can be hit again and again until it sinks.

  • The US Navy Is Dumping Billions into New Aircraft Carriers—It Could Be a Disaster

    06/21/2016 9:49:14 AM PDT · 40 of 42
    Rockingham to OA5599
    In truth, I have but a thin personal basis for my views. Intuitively, I rely on my father's stories and comments based on his experience as a graduate of Kings Point, years as a merchant marine officer, and time in the USN when his reserve commission was activated. And as a boy, I read my father's old marine engineering texts and his copy of Bodwitch's American Practical Navigator.

    Notably, it has been proposed that if the necessary engineering and prototyping was done in advance, in an emergency, US flagged and allied merchant vessels could be quickly equipped with enhanced radar and surveillance capabilities and drop in batteries of antiaircraft and antiship missiles. Such vessels could have considerable value as naval auxiliaries even though they would not be suitable as front line naval combatants.

  • The US Navy Is Dumping Billions into New Aircraft Carriers—It Could Be a Disaster

    06/20/2016 4:42:48 PM PDT · 25 of 42
    Rockingham to OA5599

    By definition, a frigate like the USS Samuel B. Roberts lacks the bulk to suffer a mine strike and remain serviceable, while a tanker many times larger may survive a mine strike that misses the vitals of the ship. Different results might obtain in the open sea against anti-ship missiles. There the large tanker would be easy to target and the frigate much harder, with terminal defenses like the Phalanx auto cannon offering a fair chance of destroying an incoming missile.

  • The US Navy Is Dumping Billions into New Aircraft Carriers—It Could Be a Disaster

    06/20/2016 3:37:17 PM PDT · 24 of 42
    Rockingham to pierrem15
    There are two fundamental problems. Fist, large oil tankers (VLCCs -- Very Large Crude Carriers) have a useful life of about 20 to 25 years. Those that get sold off cheaply are old enough to have expended most of their economic value and to be nearing the point at which in a commercial context they must be scrapped or undergo detailed assessment and expensive repairs and upgrades.

    Thus, like an old clunker of a car, those surplus oil tankers are cheap because they are nearing the end of their useful lives. Whatever the Navy spends to acquire, rehab, and modify the tankers must then suffer rapid depreciation. How long will these navalized, missile-spewing Tankers of Death last in service? Ten or fifteen years, with lots of babying and maintenance expense. Then they must be written off. Budget analysts will be highly skeptical.

    Second, against modern naval weapons, the damage absorbing capacity of oil tankers is much less than it may seem. Modern missiles and bombs can easily penetrate the unarmored sides of a tanker and explode in the vitals of the ship. A single torpedo will commonly be fatal by exploding under the hull and breaking it in half.

    Due to the innovations of naval weapon designers in fashioning more lethal warheads and more accurate missiles, the example of the Atlantic Conveyor containership during the Falklands War is no longer relevant. Yes, after a hit by an Argentine Exocet missile, the ship lingered for days, but that would not happen today. One and done is far more likely against any unarmored civilian vessel, even a large tanker.

    The basic problem is that without armor, watertight compartments and bulkheads, damage control systems, and defensive anti-missile systems, large civilian ships are easy targets these days.

  • Supreme Court Weakens Protections Against Unconstitutional Police Stops

    06/20/2016 1:37:35 PM PDT · 34 of 57
    Rockingham to All
    The opinion can be read at: UTAH v. STRIEFF. The facts are more complicated than they may seem from the article.
  • Love Theme from Blade Runner, by Vangelis (1982, video)

    06/20/2016 1:13:02 PM PDT · 7 of 30
    Rockingham to KC_Lion

    Replicants though are biological and can love. The problem is that they are erratic because they are born as adults with implanted memories that do not provide an adult level of emotional restraint and resilience.

  • The US Navy Is Dumping Billions into New Aircraft Carriers—It Could Be a Disaster

    06/20/2016 1:00:40 PM PDT · 21 of 42
    Rockingham to pierrem15
    There is a vast difference between civilian tanker hulls designed for low cost and economic efficiency and rugged navy spec hulls designed for combat, heavy loads, and sharp maneuvers. Retrofit and strengthening of such civilian hulls to make them suitable for combat would be expensive and burdened with risky compromises.

    The Navy has an inadequate budget and three expensive needs: to maintain, update, and replace its current inventory of ships; to develop new ship designs and weapons and bring them into service so as to enhance its capabilities; and to expand the numbers of its current hard pressed fleet. Buying unsuitable surplus civilian tanker hulls would not offer much toward any of these goals.

  • Game of Thrones S06E09 discussion thread

    06/20/2016 12:16:03 PM PDT · 65 of 84
    Rockingham to martin_fierro

    In our contentious political season, I take heart from the victory of the Good Bastard, Jon Snow, against the Evil Bastard, Ramsey Bolton. Going into battle against a larger force with the benefit of a fortress to fall back on is a move that Donald Trump would appreciate and endorse.

  • Pope Francis says most marriages today are ‘invalid’. This is a disaster for the Catholic Church

    06/20/2016 12:08:01 PM PDT · 266 of 525
    Rockingham to Elsie

    And that degenerate, ill-tempered fat man, Henry VIII. Of course, if Pope Francis had been in office then, he would have granted Henry his annulments as readily as the Vatican issues new commemorative stamps these days.

  • Chicago man drives 1,200 miles to deliver 49 handmade wooden crosses to Orlando

    06/19/2016 9:35:44 PM PDT · 31 of 35
    Rockingham to txrefugee

    Abortion is a great evil, but injecting into consideration of another evil can foster moral confusion. Condemning some Christians as false compounds the fault with an eagerness to cast stones that is hard to reconcile with the teachings of Christ.

  • Chicago man drives 1,200 miles to deliver 49 handmade wooden crosses to Orlando

    06/19/2016 9:24:50 PM PDT · 30 of 35
    Rockingham to rusty schucklefurd

    At their best, the Christian view of free will and of the world and the people in it as created by God tend to foster a sense of humility and acceptance of human imperfection and sinfulness. We are called on to hate sin but love sinners — in whose ranks we too are included.

  • RetractionWatch.com is an Interesting Read

    06/19/2016 9:11:44 PM PDT · 12 of 13
    Rockingham to Paladin2

    Open review has its virtues but remains a work in progress due to the relative lack of a track record. Additional issues arise out of the expense of commercial journal subscriptions, the cartelization of their ownership by a handful of publishers, and increasing specialization of research that makes it hard to find qualified and reliable reviewers. I wonder why major research universities do not establish a consortium to publish a range of nonprofit journals at a cheaper cost and with reformed editorial practices.

  • Chicago man drives 1,200 miles to deliver 49 handmade wooden crosses to Orlando

    06/19/2016 5:28:07 PM PDT · 7 of 35
    Rockingham to Blood of Tyrants

    I am not so sure. With the stakes revealed as existential, gays have seemed to quickly recognize that while Christians may prefer to decline to bake wedding cakes for gays, unlike Islam, they do not want to kill gays. Christianity alone of the major faiths regards all people — including gays — as having an innate dignity and worth conferred by God. And the genuine and open-hearted shock and mourning by Christians and services by churches for those killed and wounded in the Orlando attack marks as lies the usual propaganda by the Left that Christians hate gays.

  • Vatican reining-in Francis? Not a chance

    06/19/2016 3:44:49 PM PDT · 14 of 14
    Rockingham to Shanghai Dan

    Perhaps I am being uncharitable, but you seem to be taking the opportunity of a goofy Pope to get a kick in against the Catholic Church and in favor of Protestant Biblical literalism and inerrancy.

  • Dads compete to stack Cheerios on babies' heads because ...dads

    06/19/2016 10:50:03 AM PDT · 13 of 14
    Rockingham to Not gonna take it anymore

    That reminds me of a Malcolm in the Middle episode in which Hal and other fathers briefly left alone contrive a competitive game using brooms to project their infants across a basketball court as if they were shuffleboard pucks.

  • The Emerging Pulse Massacre Cover Up

    06/19/2016 5:55:32 AM PDT · 90 of 92
    Rockingham to Williams

    What you describe vaguely as “connections” seem to amount to little more than a few brief courtesy meetings. They do not make a case for a conspiracy.

  • RetractionWatch.com is an Interesting Read

    06/18/2016 6:21:23 PM PDT · 8 of 13
    Rockingham to Paladin2
    Peer review is a flawed system, but with nothing better yet devised, it endures as the primary standard for evaluating scientific research. The larger issue -- the soundness of much peer-reviewed and published scientific research -- remains in doubt.

    For example, a few years ago, a major drug company reviewed the published literature on cancer in search of new drug targets. Then, with targets identified, they tried duplicating the key published research -- just to make sure -- and were startled to find that much of that research could not be duplicated. The entire project was then abandoned as a waste of effort.

    For a more detailed accounting of the defects in published scientific research, I suggest taking a look at: Erroneous analyses of interactions in neuroscience: a problem of significance and The misuse and abuse of statistics in biomedical research.

  • Pope Francis says most marriages today are ‘invalid’. This is a disaster for the Catholic Church

    06/17/2016 3:27:55 PM PDT · 50 of 525
    Rockingham to piusv

    Saints often battle with superiors and colleagues, but I am unable to name anyone whose sainthood was based on being a dissident in the Vatican and battling a wayward Pope.

  • The Emerging Pulse Massacre Cover Up

    06/17/2016 3:19:54 PM PDT · 84 of 92
    Rockingham to Williams

    A cover up is always to be feared, but it does not seem to be happening in regard to the Orlando attack. The on scene forensic investigation is intense and still has a major roadway blocked off. The search for possible accomplices is proceeding with much energy and effort. And, significantly, there is a steady flow of information to the public. My surmise is that the FBI-DOJ fall down will be in regard to Hillary, with the Bureau at least looking to redemption through its investigation of the Orlando attack.

  • Pope Francis says most marriages today are ‘invalid’. This is a disaster for the Catholic Church

    06/17/2016 2:54:26 PM PDT · 48 of 525
    Rockingham to piusv

    The last Vatican dissident whom I know of was the late Father Malachi Martin. I suggest that such a sparse record tends to support my view that such a role is difficult and intimidating.

  • Pope Francis says most marriages today are ‘invalid’. This is a disaster for the Catholic Church

    06/17/2016 8:27:31 AM PDT · 43 of 525
    Rockingham to piusv

    “Vatican whistle blower” and “Vatican dissident” are such tough life choices that even saints would avoid them.

  • Pope Francis says most marriages today are ‘invalid’. This is a disaster for the Catholic Church

    06/17/2016 6:59:47 AM PDT · 39 of 525
    Rockingham to piusv

    By “the Vatican,” I assume that you mean the Roman Curia, the Vatican based administrative structure of the Catholic Church. I am sure that Pope Francis has them deeply worried and buttoning down the hatches for the sake of survival. They are obliged though to be at least nominally loyal to the Pope.

  • The Emerging Pulse Massacre Cover Up

    06/17/2016 6:30:46 AM PDT · 68 of 92
    Rockingham to Williams

    Orlando is my hometown and most of my family live there. With Obama and his crowd on the way out, the FBI has greater freedom of action to do the right thing. On the ground, the FBI investigation is active and energetic and they are running down even thin leads as to possible accomplices and collaborators. There is no sound reason to assume that a cover up is underway.

  • Pope Francis says most marriages today are ‘invalid’. This is a disaster for the Catholic Church

    06/17/2016 6:09:22 AM PDT · 35 of 525
    Rockingham to ebb tide

    Pope Francis is deeply calculating and manipulative. By characterizing quick marriages by the young as null due to a lack of the necessary sacramental intent, he is setting the basis for wide scale Catholic annulments of any such failed “starter marriages.” Once established, such a practice will have to be accommodated by the Vatican or suppressed at the risk of a schism.

  • Do You Need Key Limes to Identify as a Key Lime Pie?

    06/17/2016 5:43:36 AM PDT · 9 of 24
    Rockingham to NOBO2012

    Now we know: at least as to Key lime pie — the state pie of Florida no less — Judge Ferrer is not an originalist or strict constuctionist.

  • Spain’s once mighty socialists succumb to populist rage

    06/15/2016 12:12:08 AM PDT · 3 of 15
    Rockingham to Fhios

    In power, parties of the Left find that the demands of governing force the embrace of policies they opposed when out of power. Most importantly, the state, as a heavy borrower, needs orderly and secure bond markets. Despite hostility toward the wealthy, governments of the Left need the wealthy and their financial intermediaries to buy government bonds.

  • Reports: Toddler dragged by gator into water near Disney's Grand Floridian

    06/14/2016 11:48:54 PM PDT · 72 of 165
    Rockingham to sam_whiskey

    That is tough to do. The local bias has to be such that a fair jury cannot be impaneled after the court has attempted to do so. That standard favors deep-pocketed defendants.

  • Reports: Toddler dragged by gator into water near Disney's Grand Floridian

    06/14/2016 10:33:50 PM PDT · 54 of 165
    Rockingham to RegulatorCountry

    You are correct about the risks of such an event. Disney though has a massive injury claim defense team, hangs tough when cases go to court, and tries to settle for as little as possible. And, being both of good repute and economically important to the Orlando economy, Disney does not fear going to trial.

  • Reports: Toddler dragged by gator into water near Disney's Grand Floridian

    06/14/2016 10:23:34 PM PDT · 49 of 165
    Rockingham to ilovesarah2012

    Gators are a protected species. Nuisance and menacing gators can be removed under certain conditions, but that does not provide a basis for the removal of all gators from a large lake. In addition, gators tend to pop up in new places in the spring and summer as they roam looking for mates, food, and better habitat. As aquatic top predators, when adult gators see food, their reaction is to try to feed. Sadly, small children are seen as food by gators.

  • Is Particle Physics About to Crack Wide Open?

    06/14/2016 7:00:57 AM PDT · 62 of 102
    Rockingham to bigtoona
    The case for public financing of scientific research is strongest for basic research that does not have a clear prospect of practical benefit. In the later instance, commercial and non-profit funding sources are usually available because the benefits can be touted, while basic physics research can have immense value but on a longer time scale and with uncertain consequences.

    As for basic physics research, we are still in the early phase of understanding quantum mechanics, but gains are more and more arriving in the marketplace in the form of new materials that make new products possible. For most of us, the connection between understanding and control of quantum mechanics and benefits in ordinary life is best manifested in computers, flat screen TVs, and smart phones -- all resting on foundations laid decades ago by Einstein, Dirac, Bohr, and many others.

    If the physics pans out, basic research being done now could yield cheap and limitless clean electric power, routine travel throughout the solar system, and a new wave of innovation and prosperity. The hope for all that though depends on someone -- often the federal taxpayer -- funding decades of scientific drudgery that makes such advances possible. And, it deserves mention that in the modern era, the country that leads in science more or less also gets to run the world.

  • Orlando shooter a 'lone wolf'? Not so fast!

    06/13/2016 10:23:30 AM PDT · 16 of 19
    Rockingham to detective

    There are some obvious loose ends in the official account of the Orlando attacker as a lone wolf. For example, how did Omar Mateen travel to Orlando while leaving his car in Ft. Pierce? How did he pay for his recent weapons purchases? How and why did Mateen pick The Pulse as his target instead of other possible targets, such as a nearby WalMart? Did someone act as a spotter to assess the vulnerability of The Pulse and the size of the crowd? Perhaps the FBI and local law enforcement authorities will pause in their rounds of long, self-congratulatory, preening press conferences to do some investigative work.

  • How This 20-Year-Old Died From Kissing Her Boyfriend

    06/12/2016 11:58:53 AM PDT · 112 of 113
    Rockingham to Ditter
    Specialists have recently begun crediting the existence of non-celiac gluten sensitivity that requires the exclusion of gluten from the diet. In addition, a condition known as FODMAPS also implicates gluten and a larger category of carbohydrates that should be reduced or avoided. NON-CELIAC GLUTEN SENSITIVITY.
  • Breaking: Orlando Pulse nightclub: multiple dead

    06/12/2016 5:16:53 AM PDT · 83 of 150
    Rockingham to Alas Babylon!

    Yes. It has a wide following though, with my brother in Orlando telling me that straight girls he knows like the place for the music and dancing.

  • How This 20-Year-Old Died From Kissing Her Boyfriend

    06/11/2016 9:16:06 PM PDT · 103 of 113
    Rockingham to Ditter

    I had severe allergies for years, but they gradually diminished when I stopped eating gluten. It turned out that I had celiac disease.