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  • Spacex Falcon 9 First Stage Reentry Footage from Plane

    08/18/2014 8:08:45 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 8 replies
    SpaceX ^ | August 18, 2014 | SpaceX
    Falcon 9 First Stage Reentry Footage from Plane Following the successful launch of six ORBCOMM satellites, the Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage reentered Earth’s atmosphere and soft landed in the Atlantic Ocean. This footage is from a chase plane filming the decent of the first stage back to earth. Towards the end of the video, the camera operator attempted to zoom in and unfortunately lost sight of the stage and was unable to capture the tip over into the water.
  • VICE News: Bulldozing the Border Between Iraq and Syria: The Islamic State (Part 5)

    08/14/2014 10:52:57 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 1 replies
    VICE News ^ | 8/14/2014 | VICE News
    The last installment of VICE News embedded video with ISIS. Look at the nice shiny new American weapons they have. VICE News: Bulldozing the Border Between Iraq and Syria: The Islamic State (Part 5)
  • VICE News: The Islamic State (Parts 3 & 4)

    08/12/2014 11:52:00 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 12 replies
    VICE News ^ | August 8, 2014 | VICE News
    Two videos have been posted from VICE news showing ISIS from inside Iraq. Here are the next two videos in the series. Enforcing Sharia in Raqqa: The Islamic State (Part 3)Christians in the caliphate (part 4)
  • ISIS tweeting US on hashtag #AmessagefromISIStoUS

    08/10/2014 12:52:30 AM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 47 replies
    Twitter ^ | August 10. 2014 | ISIS
    ISIS is now taunting Americans on the hashtag #AmessagefromISIStoUS
  • Charge: Obama plan to legalize millions of immigrants 'disastrous' to blacks

    08/06/2014 11:21:56 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 28 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 6, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    President Obama’s much-rumored executive order granting legal status to potentially millions of illegal immigrants will be “disastrous” to African-American job seekers and a slap in the face to others proceeding through the tedious legal immigration process, charges a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Peter Kirsanow, a black commissioner on the eight-member panel, warned in a letter (below) to Obama this week that giving legal status to undocumented workers will pave the way for them to take the few jobs that blacks, especially African-American men, need. “I write to remind you of the disastrous effect of illegal immigration...
  • Notice Who They are NOT Asking – Saudi Arabia Seeks Help from Pakistan, Egypt to Secure Border

    08/05/2014 12:02:48 AM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 60 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | August 5, 2014 | Sundance
    With the ISIS militant forces inching closer to Baghdad, Saudi Arabia has urged allies Pakistan and Egypt to send in troops to secure its border near Iraq. Saudi Arabia shares a 500 mile-long border with Iraq and Syria. “The kingdom is calling in favors from Egypt and Pakistan,” an adviser to the Saudi government told The Times. “No one is certain what ISIS has planned, but it’s clear a group like this will target Mecca if it can. We expect them to run out of steam, but no one is taking any chances.” The ISIS has a strong control on...
  • 5 Ways Muslims Have Contributed to ‘Building the Very Fabric of Our Nation’

    08/03/2014 3:45:45 AM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 19 replies
    PJMedia ^ | August 2, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    Last Sunday, in his message congratulating Muslims on Eid al-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, Barack Obama wrote: “Eid also reminds us of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy.” That’s right: he said “many achievements and contributions.” I could only think of five. Maybe you will be able to think of some more. 5. Getting us here in the first place This one predates the United States as a nation, but without it, the United States would...
  • Boko Haram Strapped And Remotely Triggered Explosives On Kidnapped Schoolgirls

    08/02/2014 9:07:02 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 29 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | August 2, 2014
    In what could only be deemed as one of the world’s most heinous crimes, the Boko Haram militants have been strapping explosives scoured from a Chinese factory onto little schoolgirls and exploding them via remote controls. Terrorism has been mutating into grotesque forms lately. The Boko Haram faction is perhaps the most dishonorable and cowardly team of so-called rebels who have been wreaking havoc in Nigeria. However, as The Inquisitr had reported, Boko Haram gained a new low in terrorism tactics by strapping bombs on little schoolgirls and sending them into their enemy camps, before detonating these unwilling suicide bombers...
  • Pope Francis And The Vatican Rescue A Christian From Being Killed by Muslims

    07/25/2014 6:51:56 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 10 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | Theodore Shoebat
    Pope Francis and the Vatican have fought against the Islamic persecution of Christians, and this is illustrated by their heroic action of rescuing Meriam Ibrahim, a Christian convert from Islam, from being executed by the Muslim North Sudanese government. This is confirmed by one source that stated: The Sudanese government allowed the family to leave the country after intense negotiations with the Italian government and the Vatican. Even though Meriam was married to an American citizen, the United States under the heretic Obama did not take any actions to help rescue her, but instead it was the Vatican, under Pope...
  • ‘Galaxy Quest’: The Oral History

    07/25/2014 6:18:00 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 74 replies
    MTV ^ | 7/23/2014 | Jordan Hoffman
    “Never give up, never surrender!” That’s the hokey battle cry spoken by fictional Commander Peter Taggart, but it also easily applies to the long journey to get the beloved cult film “Galaxy Quest” to the screen. In 1999 Mark Johnson, already an Oscar winner for “Rain Man,” was an independent producer with a deal at DreamWorks Studios. Johnson’s scouts had come across a screenplay called “Captain Starshine” that, by all accounts, wasn’t particularly good, but which had that killer “what if” hook. Basically: what if the Thermians – a group of goofy space aliens – misconstrued old episodes of a...
  • [26yr Border Patrol Veteran] Zack Interview-Security on the border between USA and Mexico

    07/20/2014 1:00:13 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 15 replies
    Here are a couple of links to talks with Zack Taylor, the Chairman National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers and former Arizona Border Patrol Officer. The second video has some graphic content, but is still very much worth seeing. He brings up a very good point that the border agents are being pulled off the border to deal with these "kids." It isn't necessarily these people that are the problem, but the ones who now have unrestricted access coming through other areas and are not being caught. Zack Interview-Security on the border between USA and MexicoTREASON! Ret Border Patrol...
  • Soccer Balls, Sanctimony and A Billion Dollar Group Called “Baptist Child and Family Services”…

    07/16/2014 11:20:09 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 80 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | 7/17/2014 | sundance
    A few days ago we posted some details, and a large dose of opinion, about the latest misguided efforts of Glenn Beck’s “Bold and Sanctimonious Tour” – and a strange thing happened…. few, if any, thought our critical outline was controversial. It would appear the Patriotic U.S. Sleeping Giant is awake, at least on this issue. What follows below is a little more depth on the issue of “Faith Based” organizations and those receiving federal grants to facilitate illegal immigration. We have received numerous requests to turn the eye of research into exactly what these organizations are. Specifically, one group...
  • Exclusive poll: Karen Lewis could give Rahm run for his money

    07/14/2014 10:40:30 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 18 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 7/14/2014 | Natasha Korecki
    For the past couple of weeks, Karen Lewis has been saying she is “seriously” considering running for mayor. It turns out voters are taking the fiery Chicago Teachers Union president’s potential candidacy seriously as well. And Mayor Rahm Emanuel probably should, too. At least that’s what a surprising new Early & Often Poll suggests. If the mayoral election were held today, the lightning rod union leader who was the architect behind a 2012 teachers’ strike would beat Emanuel by 9 percentage points in a head-to-head contest, the survey found. Lewis was leading Emanuel 45 percent to 36 percent with 18...
  • THE FRUIT OF OBAMA’S LEFTISM ARRIVES EN MASSE AT OUR BORDER

    07/09/2014 3:40:36 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 3 replies
    Powerline ^ | June 25, 2014 | Paul Mirengoff
    There is no genuine dispute that President Obama is responsible for the sudden mass influx into the U.S. of adolescent immigrants from Central America. Dreams of sanctuary under the DREAM Act and via Obama’s pen convinced Central American families to hand their children over to coyote networks that would take them across Mexico and the Rio Grande. But Michael Gonzalez of the Heritage Foundation, writing in the National Interest, shows that Obama bears responsibility for the mass influx for this additional reason: his policies towards Central America have helped produce the hellish conditions in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador that...
  • MAJOR NEWS Muslims Destroy The Tomb Of The Prophet Jonah\

    07/07/2014 9:16:33 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 46 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | July 7, 2014 | Walid Shoebat and Theodore Shoebat
    Muslim devils in Iraq, members of ISIS, destroyed the tomb of the prophet Jonah (called Younas in Arabic). Shoebat.com obtained a video of the destruction: Jonah's Tomb According to one Mid East report: On Friday a local Nineveh official, Zuhair al-Chalabi said that there is information that almost certainly confirms that members of the organization of the Islamic state in Iraq and the Levant dug up the grave of the Prophet Younis in the east of Mosul. Al-Chalabi said in an interview for IraqiNews.com, that “The elements of ISIL controlled the mosque of the Prophet Younis in Mosul since they...
  • Why Don’t Republicans Respond To Border Crisis? We'll Explain (shortened)

    07/05/2014 7:35:08 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 41 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | July 5, 2014 | sundance
    <p>Many people are wondering why Republicans are not doing more to stop the Illegal Alien influx, and more specifically not stop President Obama’s approach. We can answer that question…..</p> <p>This guy, Tom Donohue, is at the root of the matter.</p>
  • Las Vegas Running Out Of Water

    06/30/2014 6:36:19 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 63 replies
    Brietbart ^ | June 30, 2014 | William Bigelow
    If you like taking a shower every day, don’t move to Las Vegas. The city is beginning to run out of water because Lake Mead is well below half-full and drying up, according to the UK Telegraph. The area has faced a drought for the last 14 years, and despite the presence of Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the U.S. and the supplier of 90% of the city’s water, the future looks bleak.
  • OUT WITH KEYSTONE XL, IN WITH ENBRIDGE NORTHERN GATEWAY

    06/28/2014 11:45:02 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 28, 2014 | Thomas Rose
    Claiming it could no longer abide the Obama administration's five-year refusal to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline designed to bring 830,000 barrels a day of much-needed Alberta shale oil to U.S. refineries, the Canadian government recently approved plans for a huge new pipeline and port project to ship that oil to Asia instead.
  • Bennie Thompson Explains How Thad Cochran Can Reward Black Voters

    06/25/2014 5:33:02 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | June 25, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Senator Thad Cochran (R., Miss.) needs to reward the black voters who crossed party lines to support him in his runoff against tea party challenger Chris McDaniel by backing some concrete policy initiatives, according the the state’s only member of the Congressional Black Caucus. “We have historically black colleges in our state who do the best job they can trying to educate our citizens,” Representative Bennie G. Thompson told National Review Online during a Wednesday interview at the Capitol. ”I’d like to see efforts that they receive full funding. I’d like to see the health care of our citizens improved;...
  • Teenagers hack ATM by reading the instructions

    06/11/2014 9:49:58 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 45 replies
    The Inquirer ^ | June 10, 2014 | Chris Merriman
    TWO 14 YEAR OLD boys 'hacked' into their local bank's cash machine by bothering to read the instructions. While most hacking attacks seem to involve gangs of shadowy renegades in hidden dens, the teens - Matthew Hewlett and Caleb Turon from Winnipeg, Canada - realised that, like most electronic devices, there was likely to be a manual for the ATM available online. The Bank of Montreal ATM in the pair's local grocery store displayed a model number and, after downloading the appropriate manual, they hacked it with a combination of Occam's Razor and staff stupidity. The machine had not been...
  • SpaceX Dragon v2 Unveil

    05/29/2014 7:48:12 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 31 replies
    SpaceX ^ | May 29, 2014 | SpaceX
    Elon Musk is revealing the new design of the hopefully soon to be man-rated Dragon capsule. This is an important step forward for the company, and for American space travel. Innovations include: It is fully reusable, much like the grasshopper first stage, and will land on land. A Dragon 2 capsule launched from a grasshopper first stage will be an order of magnitude cheaper than any other current spacecraft. Nice safety features. While it is designed to land under rocket power, it can land via parachute like the Apollo era and current dragon capsules if the engines fail. The Dragon...
  • James O’Keefe Documents Extremely Hypocritical Hollywood Team Happily Willing To Undermine U.S.Energ

    05/20/2014 10:06:47 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 52 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | May 20. 2014 | Project Veritas
    CANNES — In a blockbuster new video, Project Veritas has exposed the truth about the dark funding behind Hollywood’s anti-fracking messaging machine. New York Times Bestselling Author and Project Veritas founder and president James O’Keefe debuted the latest investigation at a “premiere” in Cannes, France on Wednesday. In the investigation, an undercover journalist from Project Veritas posed as a member of a Middle Eastern oil dynasty and offered $9 million in funding to American filmmakers to fund an anti-fracking movie. In video from a meeting with Ed Begley Jr., Mariel Hemingway and Josh Tickell, a Project Veritas investigator disguised as...
  • Movie review: Godzilla [no spoilers ]

    05/17/2014 7:59:48 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 94 replies
    Godzilla | Vince Ferrer
    The new Godzilla is out, and while I'm not the biggest fan I saw it last night and enjoyed it. Some dissapointing statements were made by the filmmaker about the film being about climate change. Seeing the film, I don't understand how he would make that connection other than to score Hollywood points. That isn't what it is about. The original film was about the destructive power of the atomic bomb, and the beliefs that despite our technological arrogance, nature was still in control. This is the opposite of saying that emitting some carbon dioxide can destroy the Earth. Happily,...
  • Ice on Lake Superior still higher than anytime in past 40 years

    05/17/2014 4:23:35 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 41 replies
    MLive ^ | May 16, 2014 | Mark Torregrossa
    Lake Superior still has some ice on it. In fact, Lake Superior has more ice on it as of yesterday than it has had at any other time this late in the season in the past 40 years. The high resolution satellite image from May 14, 2014 shows a patch of ice floating out the in the eastern part of Lake Superior. Also notice some of the shoreline areas on southern Lake Superior are still covered in ice. Anne Clites, physical scientist at the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (NOAA-GLERL) looked at the years when ice cover was real high....
  • STILL A MESS: No Cleanup In Site For Hazardous Waste At Abound Solar

    05/08/2014 7:47:37 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 8 replies
    Colorado Peak Politics ^ | May 8, 2014 | ColoradoPeakPolitics
    For the all the praise solar power gets for being “cleaner” than traditional energy resources, there sure are a lot of hazardous materials involved in the process. When a solar panel manufacturer goes out of business – like the bankrupt Abound Solar in northern Colorado – a costly cleanup of toxic materials must ensue. So what happens when no one jumps to cleanup all that cancer-causing cadmium? Environmental protests? Rep. Jared Polis funded ballot initiatives banning solar plants from Colorado? Actually, none of the above. Weld County Commissioner Sean Conway and Rep. Cory Gardner seem to be the only voices...
  • Spacex will be trying to get the Dragon crew rated in 2014

    05/01/2014 8:28:52 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 8 replies
    Next Big Future ^ | May 1, 2014 | NextBigFuture
    A U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge issued an injunction late Wednesday prohibiting a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing from proceeding with plans to buy Russian-made rocket engines. SpaceX sued the federal government Monday, protesting the Air Force’s award of a lucrative space contract, saying it should have been competitively bid. In the suit, SpaceX criticizes United Launch Alliance (ULA) for using Russian engines in some of its rockets, which SpaceX founder Elon Musk said might be a violation of U.S. sanctions and was unseemly at a time when Russia “is the process of invading Ukraine.” Musk alleged...
  • Antibiotic crisis bigger than Aids as common infections will kill, WHO warns

    04/30/2014 9:13:59 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 38 replies
    Telegraph ^ | April 30, 2014 | Rebecca Smith
    A child's scratched knee from falling off their bike, common bladder infections among the elderly in care homes and routine surgery to replace broken hips could all become fatal as antibiotics are becoming increasingly useless, the World Health Organisation has said.
  • SNEAKY, SNEAKY: Ferrandino Blocks Stapleton From Task Force on Retirement Savings [Colorado]

    04/28/2014 7:25:26 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 8 replies
    Colorado Peak Politics ^ | April 28, 2014 | Colorado Peak Politics
    You know Democrats are up to no good when they set up a task force to study the state of Coloradans’ retirement savings, yet they deny the state Treasurer a seat at the table. Treasurer Walker Stapleton is the only statewide official who sits on the board of the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA), and his expertise would be invaluable to the task force. So why block him from participating? Turns out, Stapleton isn’t bought into the task force’s pre-determined agenda. House Bill 1377, which was introduced at the last minute by House Speaker Mark Ferrandino, creates a task force...
  • The Walking Dead Hiatus: Cargo

    04/27/2014 4:10:41 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 22 replies
    You Tube ^ | Feb 17, 2013 | Ben Howling & Yolanda Ramke
    For your zombie watching needs, here is a nice short film about a man trying to save his daughter during the zombie apocolypse. Cargo
  • America’s power grid at the limit: the road to electrical blackouts

    04/23/2014 7:49:05 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 22 replies
    Communities Digital News ^ | April 23, 2014 | Steve Goreham
    CHICAGO, April 23, 2014 — Americans take electricity for granted. Electricity powers our lights, our computers, our offices, and our industries. But misguided environmental policies are eroding the reliability of our power system. This past winter, bitterly cold weather placed massive stress on the US electrical system―and the system almost broke. On January 7 in the midst of the polar vortex, PJM Interconnection, the Regional Transmission Organization serving the heart of America from New Jersey to Illinois, experienced a new all-time peak winter load of almost 142,000 megawatts. Eight of the top ten of PJM’s all-time winter peaks occurred in...
  • It's Final -- Corn Ethanol Is Of No Use

    04/21/2014 12:04:02 AM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 59 replies
    Forbes ^ | 4/20/2014 | James Conca
    OK, can we please stop pretending biofuel made from corn is helping the planet and the environment? With huge subsidies for ethanol in gasoline, with all States now selling gasoline having some ethanol blend, and a general misconception that these biofuels are green, corn ethanol has taken on a $30 billion/yr life of its own.
  • Immigrants Will Form Half of Russian Federation’s Population in 2050, Experts Say

    04/17/2014 9:53:15 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 6 replies
    The Interpreter ^ | April 17, 2014 | Paul Goble
    Staunton, April 17 – If current trends continue, half of the population of the Russian Federation in its current borders will consist of immigrants, according to a new Moscow study, a conclusion clearly intended to feed anti-immigrant feelings and, more speculatively, designed to promote a discussion of what can and should be done, including the changing of those borders. If half of the country’s population in 2050 does in fact consist of migrants, that country will have a Muslim majority, given the share of indigenous Muslim peoples already there. On the one hand, that is a frightening prospect for many...
  • The Walking Dead Hiatus: Perished

    04/13/2014 11:30:56 AM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 22 replies
    YouTube ^ | Stefan A. Radanovich and Aaron McCann
    For your dose of undead, here is a short film called Perished. A man is trapped in a shed after his girlfriend/wife turns into a zombie during the zombie apocolypse, and has to find a way to survive. This is different from a lot of zombie films in that the guy is pretty smart and resourceful, rather than making obvious mistakes. Still doesn't help him much, though. Perished
  • Michael Che Stand Up

    04/07/2014 11:26:28 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 10 replies
    NBC ^ | 3/1/2014 | Michael Che
    This is the first time I have seen Michael Che and thought he was funny: Michael Che
  • Walking Dead Hiatus: The Last Man On Earth

    04/06/2014 4:48:43 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 19 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1964 | Ubaldo Ragona
    In order to prevent zombie withdrawl, here is a good dose of zombies. Vincent Price's Last Man on Earth. (1964) This was one of the three versions of Richard Matheson's novel I am Legend, on film, and was credited by George Romero as being his inspiration for the Night of the Living Dead. The zombies in this film don't obey the rules set down by Romero, they are actually more of a cross between vampires and zombies. They are still intelligent, and can talk. This movie has one of the creepiest scenes ever in a zombie film, at least for...
  • Samsung researchers claim graphene breakthrough

    04/05/2014 6:51:29 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 30 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/4/2014 | Sophie Curtis
    Samsung researchers have developed a new method of synthesising graphene, which they claim could accelerate the commercialisation of the so-called 'miracle material', for use in electronic devices. Graphene is one of the thinnest, lightest, strongest and most conductive materials know to man, consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb structure. Its versatility means that it can potentially support a wide variety of applications in electronics, including flexible displays, wearables and other next-generation electronic devices.
  • Venezuela Decrees "All Properties Leased for 20 Years Will Be Sold to Tenants in 60 Days"

    04/04/2014 4:40:39 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 57 replies
    Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro proves once again the capacity for stupidity is virtually unlimited. Today Maduro mandated that any properties leased for 20 years or longer will be sold to current tenants at government mandated prices, essentially confiscating all long-term rental properties. Via translation from Libre Mercado, please consider Venezuela Expropriates Properties Leased More Than 20 Years. Nicolas Maduro, president of the Republic of Venezuela decreed on Monday that properties leased for 20 years, will be sold to their tenants in a maximum period of 60 days. The National Superintendent of Housing says the lease countdown began on March 28....
  • California state Senator Leland Yee: Part-time politician, full-time arms dealer

    03/29/2014 9:55:00 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 12 replies
    Taiwanese Animators ^ | 3/29/2014 | Taiwanese Animators
    California state Senator Leland Yee: Part-time politician, full-time arms dealer
  • Lights Out [scary short film]

    03/24/2014 12:51:59 AM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 7 replies
    Vimeo ^ | 2013 | David F. Sandberg
    This is a short four minute film that won best director in a contest called the "Who's there film challenge." It is a great example of low budget good filmmaking. It is scary, so you have been warned... Lights Out
  • French far-right triumphs in local polls that hammer ruling Socialists

    03/23/2014 9:55:02 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 18 replies
    AFP ^ | March 23, 2014 | Marianne Barriaux
    Paris (AFP) - France's far-right National Front party dealt a major blow to the ruling Socialists Sunday after several of its candidates took prime position in the first round of local elections. The main centre-right opposition UMP party also hailed a "big victory" as initial estimates showed it came out trumps in the elections, as President Francois Hollande suffers record unpopularity against a backdrop of near-zero growth and high unemployment. According to preliminary results from the interior ministry, the UMP and allies took 47 percent of the vote nationwide while the Socialist party and allies took 38 percent, and the...
  • Controversial paper linking conspiracy ideation to climate change skepticism formally retracted

    03/23/2014 12:57:36 AM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 7 replies
    Retraction Watch ^ | 3/21/2014 | Retraction Watch
    A year after being clumsily removed from the web following complaints, a controversial paper about “the possible role of conspiracist ideation in the rejection of science” is being retracted. The paper, “Recursive fury: Conspiracist ideation in the blogosphere in response to research on conspiracist ideation,” was authored by Stephan Lewandowsky, John Cook, Klaus Oberauer, and Michael Marriott, and published in Frontiers in Psychology: Personality Science and Individual Differences. Here’s the retraction notice, which isn’t live on the journal’s site yet: In the light of a small number of complaints received following publication of the original research article cited above, Frontiers...
  • The New York Genome Center and IBM Watson Group Announce Collaboration to Advance Genomic Medicine

    03/20/2014 9:43:58 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 6 replies
    IBM ^ | March 19, 2014 | IBM
    The New York Genome Center (NYGC) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced an initiative to accelerate a new era of genomic medicine with the use of IBM’s Watson cognitive system. IBM and NYGC will test a unique Watson prototype designed specifically for genomic research as a tool to help oncologists deliver more personalized care to cancer patients. NYGC and its medical partner institutions plan to initially evaluate Watson’s ability to help oncologists develop more personalized care to patients with glioblastoma, an aggressive and malignant brain cancer that kills more than 13,000 people in the U.S. each year. Despite groundbreaking discoveries...
  • Putin maps the boundaries of greater Russia [From 2008]

    03/19/2014 6:24:11 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 23 replies
    Financial Times ^ | August 28, 2008 | Phillip Stevens
    We need to get this straight. Vladimir Putin’s Russia has invaded a neighbour, annexed territory and put in place a partial military occupation. It seeks to overthrow the president of Georgia and to overturn the global geopolitical order. It has repudiated its signature on a ceasefire negotiated by France’s Nicolas Sarkozy and disowned its frequent affirmations of Georgia’s territorial integrity. Most importantly: all of this is our fault. The “our” in this context, of course, refers to the US and the more headstrong of its European allies such as Britain. If only Washington had been nicer to the Russians after...
  • SpaceX Set to Launch the World’s First Reusable Booster

    03/13/2014 11:34:43 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 28 replies
    Technology Review ^ | March 13, 2014 | By Michael Belfiore
    On Sunday, if all goes well, Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, will achieve a spaceflight first. After delivering cargo to the International Space Station, the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket used for the flight will fire its engines for the second time. The burn will allow the rocket to reenter the atmosphere in controlled flight, without breaking up and disintegrating on the way down as most booster rockets do. The machine will settle over the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of its Cape Canaveral launchpad, engines roaring, and four landing legs will unfold from the rocket’s sides. Hovering...
  • UK faces 'crippling' tax rises and spending cuts to fund pensions and healthcare

    03/13/2014 10:03:12 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 12 replies
    Telegraph ^ | March 13, 2014 | Szu Ping Chan
    Britain faces “crippling” tax rises and spending cuts if it is to meet the needs of an ageing population, according to the Institute of Economic Affairs. The IEA calculated the Government would need to slash spending by more than a quarter or impose significant tax hikes because official calculations had failed to factor in future pension and healthcare liabilities. “As populations age, tax bases will grow more slowly while government spending rises faster,” its report said. In a stark warning, the think-tank said Britain faced tax rises within just two years equivalent to more than 17pc of GDP – more...
  • Ukrainians Want to Arm Themselves to the Teeth

    03/07/2014 4:40:24 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 27 replies
    Vocativ ^ | March 7, 2014 | Versha Sharma and Vladi Vovchuk
    As the crisis continues, both demand and prices for weapons have gone up. We speak to their version of the NRA “Can you imagine snipers shooting people in Times Square? You must imagine that to understand how we feel.” That’s the hypothetical posed to us by George Uchaykin, the 44-year-old head of the Ukrainian Gun Owners Association. Given the current political chaos in Ukraine and the events leading up to it, Uchaykin and his cohorts are pushing for new laws on gun control that would allow citizens to carry handguns to defend themselves. “This is our main square, where it...
  • American Tanks Return to Europe After Brief Leave

    02/28/2014 3:26:40 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 36 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Feb 3, 2014 | Michael S. Darnell
    GRAFENWÖHR, Germany -- Less than a year after they left European soil, American tanks have returned to military bases in Germany where they had been a heavy presence since World War II. In April last year, the last Abrams tanks left Germany, coinciding with a drawdown of U.S. forces that saw the inactivation of two infantry brigades -- the 170th and 172nd. Now, it appears that chapter of history may have been closed a bit prematurely.
  • "Glory Drenched In Blood Will Pave China’s Road To Revitalization"

    02/27/2014 9:51:14 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 28 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 2/27/2014 | Dai Xu
    Some very disturbing thoughts are laid out in this blog post written by Dai Xu. He is a Chinese author, social commentator, and the president of Marine Institute For Security And Cooperation, he also a professor at the National Defense University. First posted in the US China Perception Monitor. The year 2013 was a year without fighting, but there was a strong potential for conflict. This year, the impact of local wars on the world situation is much more serious than in previous years. This year, the U.S. behaved very arrogantly, and Obama’s intentions were unclear; the Middle East retreated,...
  • World governments agree to automatic information sharing

    02/26/2014 12:20:56 AM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 6 replies
    Sovereign Man ^ | February 24, 2014 | Simon Black
    It’s like 34 drunken sailors holding each other up. That’s the best way I can think of to describe the latest product from the good idea factory that is the OECD. Over the weekend in yet another cushy five-star hotel, representatives from this unelected supranational bureaucracy announced plans for world governments to exchange all their citizens’ tax and financial data with one another. The 34 members states of the OECD are enthusiastically supporting this measure. And it constitutes the end of whatever remains of financial privacy. The premise behind the OECD’s destructive pipedream is, as usual, to stamp out ‘tax...
  • UT Dallas-led team makes powerful muscles from fishing line and sewing thread

    02/25/2014 9:09:16 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 17 replies
    Eureka Alert ^ | Feb 20, 2014 | Amanda Siegfried
    An international team led by The University of Texas at Dallas has discovered that ordinary fishing line and sewing thread can be cheaply converted to powerful artificial muscles. The new muscles can lift a hundred times more weight and generate a hundred times higher mechanical power than the same length and weight of human muscle. Per weight, they can generate 7.1 horsepower per kilogram, about the same mechanical power as a jet engine. In a paper published Feb. 21 in the journal Science, researchers explain that the powerful muscles are produced by twisting and coiling high-strength polymer fishing line and...