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  • Watch video of anti-gun(control) project that got student suspended(NJ)

    09/30/2016 8:26:22 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    nj.com ^ | Dave Hutchinson
    The assignment last April was for students to come up with an election topic that would provoke discussion in the class, said Frank Harvey. Harvey, then a junior at Manville High School, decided to pick the topic of anti-gun control, he said. He put together an impressive video presentation that earned him an "A" on the project, he said. But Tuesday, Harvey, a senior, was suspended from Manville High School and ordered to undergo a psychological exam for that same project. His teacher, Rachel Gottfried, has denied giving her College and Career Readiness class the assignment and approving his topic,...
  • Solar Generated Less Than 1% of U.S. Electricity in First Half of 2016(hidabama plan)

    09/30/2016 7:55:33 AM PDT · by rktman · 29 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 9/30/2016 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Solar energy accounted for less than one percent of the total electricity generated in the U.S. during the first six months of 2016, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest Monthly Energy Review. Table 7.2a of the report shows that the U.S. generated a total of 1,951,350 million kilowatthours (kWh) of electricity from January through June of this year. But solar-generated electricity made up only a small fraction of the total.
  • Hackers Infect Army of Cameras, DVRs for Massive Internet Attacks (I-net giveaway)

    09/30/2016 7:21:31 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    wsj.com ^ | 9/29/2016 | Drew FitzGerald
    Attackers used an army of hijacked security cameras and video recorders to launch several massive internet attacks last week, prompting fresh concern about the vulnerability of millions of “smart” devices​in homes and businesses connected to the internet. The assaults raised eyebrows among security experts both for their size and for the machines that made them happen. The attackers used as many as one million Chinese-made security cameras, digital video recorders and other infected devices to generate webpage requests and data that knocked their targets offline, security experts said. Those affected include French web hosting provider OVH and U.S. security researcher...
  • Study: Out-of-pocket costs for remedial education costs students billions

    09/29/2016 7:40:48 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 18 replies
    Education Dive ^ | September 28, 2016 | Jarrett Carter
    The Center for American Progress reveals that students pay more than $1.3 billion in tuition and fees each year for remedial courses which qualify them for academic credits, but do not count towards graduation. California had the highest rate of out-of-pocket remedial spending with more than $205 million, while Alaskan students spent just $1.1 million, statistics generally attributed to student enrollment in these states. According to the survey, the majority of college students enrolled in remedial courses are ethnic minorities, including 56% of African American students and 45% of Hispanic students, compared to just 35% of white students.
  • Wonder Woman is Bisexual, DC Comics 'Confirms'

    09/29/2016 6:35:36 PM PDT · by drewh · 58 replies
    Maxim Magazine ^ | 11 HOURS AGO | Sean Abrams
    In a move that would never have occurred when they created her in the 1940s, DC Comics has declared that their most acclaimed heroine is attracted to both men and women. That's right, ladies and gentlemen, Wonder Woman is officially bisexual. During a candid interview with Comicosity, Wonder Woman comic writer Greg Rucka gave the world confirmation, saying that there is no real concept of gay on the fictional island of Themyscira. [Y]es, [Wonder Woman is queer]. I think it’s more complicated though. This is inherently the problem with Diana: we’ve had a long history of people — for a...
  • THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD'S "GENERAL STRATEGIC GOAL" FOR NORTH AMERICA

    09/29/2016 10:51:22 AM PDT · by Dick Bachert · 15 replies
    discoverthenetworks.org ^ | 2/2005 | Unknown
    Below you'll find a link to this not terribly long – but very disturbing – piece bearing the title seen above. Given that many of us are fighting on a number of fronts to contain and defeat the enemies of this country and don't have time to read everything that comes our way, I've lifted the TAKEAWAY paragraph from the article. Akram and the Brotherhood understood that in order to succeed in this endeavor, they needed to appeal to different strata of the American population in different ways; that whereas some people could be influenced by messages delivered from a...
  • Author, poet and ex-con gives talk on criminal justice reform

    09/29/2016 10:25:46 AM PDT · by pabianice · 2 replies
    UMass Daily Collegian ^ | 9/29/16 | Jones
    ...At 16 years old, Betts plead guilty to six felony charges after he carjacked a man while holding him at gunpoint, and served over eight years in prison. Betts said, “It is easy to talk about innocence, it’s not easy to talk about guilt.” He said he wants to be an example for other ex-convicts who want to make a life for themselves. Since his release, Betts has received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, a master of fine arts from Warren Wilson College and a law degree from Yale Law School. ...His memoir is titled “A Question...
  • Enjoy Earth While It Lasts: Atmospheric Carbon Levels Pass the Point of No Return (RUH ROH!)

    09/29/2016 7:03:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 51 replies
    complex.com ^ | 9/28/2016 | Mac McCann
    The bad news: Earth's climate change problem just passed a point of no return. Atmospheric carbon levels have passed 400 parts per million, and they won't return to more environment-friendly levels "ever again for the indefinite future." The good news? Oh, wait, no. Sorry. We're pretty screwed. Carbon dioxide just hit its annual minimum at Mauna Loa Observatory and failed to dip below 400 ppm https://t.co/m0ZoyzgcEf — Climate Central (@ClimateCentral) September 28, 2016 We already knew it was bad. After all, in the last 20 years, humanity destroyed 1.27 million square miles—10 percent—of the Earth's wilderness. Climate change has "devastated"...
  • Hamas Celebrates, Calls Peres a Criminal as Palestinian Authority Remains Silent

    09/28/2016 8:21:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    Breitbart Jerusalem ^ | Septemberr 28, 2016 | Breitbart Jerusalem
    (AFP) – Hamas welcomed the death of former Israeli president Shimon Peres Wednesday, calling him a “criminal”, while the Palestinian Authority made no official comment after the death of the Nobel Peace Prize winner. In the Gaza Strip, a spokesman for the Islamist Hamas movement which runs the enclave said: “The Palestinian people are happy at the death of this criminal. “Shimon Peres was one of the last Israeli founders of occupation. His death marks the end of an era in the history of the Israeli occupation,” spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told AFP. Tributes to the 93-year-old poured in from...
  • Shocking Report Reveals Scientists Have Created the Word’s First Baby With Three-Parents

    09/28/2016 3:43:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    Life News ^ | September 28, 2016 | STEVEN ERTELT
    A shocking new report claims the world’s first three-parent baby (pictured above) has been born. Children born through ‘three-person IVF’ would contain some genetic material from each of three different people. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT There are about 50 known mitochondrial diseases (MCDs), which are passed on in genes coded by mitochondrial (as opposed to nuclear) DNA. They range hugely in severity, but for most there is presently no cure and little other than supportive treatment. The goal behind creating “designer babies” with three parents is to eliminate such diseases.But there are good reasons for pro-life people to be concerned about...
  • How Green Was My Campus

    09/28/2016 11:37:00 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 28, 2016 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The sustainability campaigns on American college campuses, which we have covered for about as long as they have existed, may seem more ubiquitous than pledge drives on PBS. Nevertheless, some scholars think they haven’t gone far enough. "We are currently on track to having the hottest year ever, breaking the record established last year," Marcus Peter Ford writes on the Academe blog maintained by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). "We also set records for warmth in 2013 and 2014." "And yet, to date, climate change has had little impact on how we understand the purpose of higher education....
  • Bogus Editorial Goes After Gun Owners(FL)

    09/28/2016 7:05:16 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    bearingarms.com ^ | 9/27/2016 | Beth Baumann
    Last Friday, the Tampa Bay Times published an absolutely asinine editorial in which it claimed the NRA and companies like Delta Defense are prepping gun owners for the legal ramifications of shooting someone. The state has created such a Wild West atmosphere that gun owners are signing up for coaching and legal help so they can be prepared when they shoot someone. …An emerging industry that offers instructions to members for responding to police after they shoot someone, liability coverage and legal advice fuels a shoot-first mentality.
  • Libertarian Author Charles Murray Calls for Pause in Low-Skill Immigration

    09/28/2016 5:50:44 AM PDT · by oblomov · 40 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 27 Sep 2016 | Neil Munro
    Leading libertarian thinker Charles Murray is now urging a halt to the immigration of lower-skilled workers, because the cutoff of extra labor may persuade employers and political leaders to revive declining communities of lower-skilled Americans. “I have had to undergo a great deal of rethinking on all of this this year… [now] I want to shut down low-skill immigration for a while,” Charles Murray told a D.C. event hosted by the Center for Immigration Studies. “The thing that has gotten to me over this year … has been the very simple idea that the citizens of a nation owe something...
  • Utahns Fear Obama Will Heed Environmentalists, Not Them, on National Monument Designation

    09/27/2016 8:29:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | September 26, 2016 | Senator Mike Lee
    This past Monday marked the 20th anniversary of President Bill Clinton using the Antiquities Act to create the 1.5 million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah. For most Utahns, this date is not a cause for celebration. It’s a source of anger toward what many see as an out-of-touch and overbearing federal government Infamously, the Clinton administration failed to notify the people of Utah prior to announcing the monument designation—probably because the administration knew that nearly everyone in the state was opposed to the idea. Utah’s congressional delegation, state and county leaders, and local residents all warned that a...
  • Swarthmore student called ‘white b*tch,’ told ‘kill yourself’ over op-ed that upset liberal peers

    09/27/2016 4:36:45 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 13 replies
    The College Fix ^ | September 27, 2016 | Jeremy Beaman
    Swarthmore student flees campus after bullying prompts safety concerns Reaction to a Swarthmore College student’s recent op-ed in the campus newspaper about the preppy liberal arts school’s need-blind admissions program has been so vicious and severe — cyberbullying, a message telling her she should have her tongue removed, a note saying “kill yourself bitch” — that the column’s author has left campus. Erin Jenson told The College Fix her Sept. 12 column in the campus newspaper, “The Admissions Office Doesn’t Care About Your Values,” argued that the same colleges encouraging students to challenge anything perceived as privilege do in fact...
  • Presidential Debate: Hillary Clinton Calls for Background Checks to Fix ‘Gun Epidemic’

    09/27/2016 9:58:11 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/26/2016 | AWR Hawkins
    During the September 26 presidential debate Hillary Clinton said America has a “gun epidemic” and called for background checks to fix it. She also called for adding the terror watch list to background checks in hopes of keeping guns out of the hands of terrorists.
  • Candlelight vigil held to mourn deaths of victims of police violence

    09/27/2016 7:20:30 AM PDT · by pabianice · 18 replies
    UMass Daily Collegian ^ | 9/27/16 | Geller
    Around 200 people of different races, ethnicities and age groups came out to the University of Massachusetts at 6:30 p.m. Monday night to mourn the deaths of Tyre King, Terence Crutcher, Keith Lamont Scott and all other lives lost to police brutality in the United States. “It was beautiful, actually, to see so many people from so many different backgrounds coming in to commemorate on an issue surrounding black lives,” said President of Graduate Students of Color Association Ashley Carpenter. The vigil was organized by the GSCA with help from the Black Student Union (BSU), and featured six prepared speakers,...
  • Glenn Beck Sours on Cruz: I Should Have Backed Rubio

    09/26/2016 4:37:51 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 62 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 26 Sep 2016 | Rebecca Mansour
    In a long and often rambling discussion following a contentious interview on Monday with Senator Ted Cruz, radio host Glenn Beck criticized the Texas Senator’s justifications for finally endorsing Republican nominee Donald Trump. The radio talker even declared at one point that he should have backed Senator Marco Rubio for president, instead of throwing his full support to Cruz in the GOP primary. Beck grilled Cruz over his decision to back Trump after declining to do so on principle when he suspended his campaign and when he addressed the RNC convention in Cleveland. “This weekend, you wouldn’t answer the question...
  • Ed boards scramble to undercut Trump ahead of debate, as polls show dead heat

    09/26/2016 12:56:04 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 17 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 9-26-2016 | FoxNews
    The (New York)Times, after endorsing Clinton over the weekend, went a step further with a new editorial titled, "Why He Should Not Be President." The 1,400-word essay sought to systematically knock down Trump's own claims about his assets as a leader, describing him as a "man far more consumed with himself than with the nation's well-being." The Times wrote: "Voters attracted by the force of the Trump personality should pause and take note of the precise qualities he exudes as an audaciously different politician: bluster, savage mockery of those who challenge him, degrading comments about women, mendacity, crude generalizations about...
  • Charlie Daniels: What In the Hell Has Happened to Our Country?

    09/26/2016 11:00:30 AM PDT · by rktman · 35 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 9/26/2016 | Charlie Daniels
    A recent poll discovered that 44 percent of the population in this country no longer take pride in being Americans. 44 percent of the people living in the nation with more opportunity, more security, the land of overnight millionaires, the place where even the biggest dreams can come true, have decided that America is not still the greatest nation the world has ever known, but a place to be ashamed of, guilty of nation building, fighting ignoble wars and suppressing minorities. What has led us to this sorry state of affairs? How can people who have been blessed just to...
  • Everything You Need To Know Before Obama’s Global Warming Plan Goes To Court

    09/26/2016 9:40:45 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 9/26/2016 | Kevin Daley
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear oral arguments Tuesday in West Virginia v. EPA, the legal challenge to President Barack Obama’s signature global warming initiative, the Clean Power Plan (CPP). The litigation is massive in scale — nearly every state in the union is involved in some capacity. West Virginia is leading a coalition of 27 states who are challenging the rule, while 18 states have come to the Plan’s defense. Each side is joined by activist and industry groups, electric companies, academics, lawmakers, tech companies, and retired dignitaries who together have filed over 70...
  • Harvard professor discusses race, power and science in academia

    09/26/2016 8:12:47 AM PDT · by pabianice · 20 replies
    UMass Daily Collegian ^ | 9/26/16 | Curtin
    John Asher Johnson, a professor of astrophysics and astronomy at Harvard University, led a discussion about the lack of racial diversity in STEM academia and the need for national discussions of race and social power at his talk Friday in the Integrative Learning Center. “If I’m worrying about where my next meal comes from, I’m not trying to get telescope time.” said Johnson during the talk. The event titled “The Language of Equity and Inclusion: Four Simple Words” had about 35 people in attendance, leaving the majority of ILC S131 room empty. The discussion looked at some of the reasons...
  • N.J. firm backed terrorists linked to Hamas, al Qaeda

    03/28/2004 11:15:41 PM PST · by csvset · 6 replies · 222+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | March 29, 2004 | Jerry Seper
    <p>A now-defunct New Jersey firm that offered investments to wealthy Muslims, including housing developments in suburban Maryland, raised millions of dollars for what law-enforcement authorities describe as a "who's who" of international terrorists and Islamic extremists.</p> <p>BMI Inc., founded by Soliman S. Biheiri, an Egyptian convicted of immigration violations, reported more than $25 million in projected revenues and leases as early as 1992 in a business that solicited real-estate investments and offered leasing services for Muslims in what authorities said was a scheme based in Virginia and Maryland to raise cash for terrorists.</p>
  • Isaiah Washington calls on African-Americans to boycott work to protest recent killings(T)

    09/25/2016 8:58:50 AM PDT · by rktman · 65 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | 9/22/2016 | nicole bitette
    Actor Isaiah Washington is calling on African-Americans to protest the recent killings of black men by police in a very different way. Washington took to Facebook on Tuesday to suggest that African-Americans across the United States boycott showing up for work on Monday to show that black lives matter in the wake of recent police brutality. "Imagine if every single African American in the United States that was really fed up with being angry, sad and disgusted, would pick ONE DAY to simply 'stay at home' from every single job, work site, sports arena and government office in the United...
  • Black Lives Matter Storms New Orleans’ Monuments

    09/25/2016 6:04:41 AM PDT · by rktman · 137 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/24/2016 | John Binder
    NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana – A Black Lives Matter-aligned organization called ‘Take ‘Em Down Nola’ stormed New Orleans’ Andrew Jackson monument demanding all monuments related to the Civil War come down across the city. The monument which sits at the heart of the city’s historic French Quarter. Chanting “No justice, no peace” and “F*ck the police,” the group of protesters took issue with barricades and police guarding the iconic Jackson Square monument as a few members of Take ‘Em Down Nola immediately tried to jump the barriers, but were quickly apprehended by New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) officers. The protests, for...
  • You might be a deplorable if...

    09/25/2016 5:55:16 AM PDT · by rktman · 22 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 9/26/2016 | Peggy Ryan
    Comedian Jeff Foxworthy is famous for his "You Might Be a Redneck If..." For those of you in the outback who haven't heard Foxworthy's famous routine, here's a sample. You Might Be a Redneck If... 1. You think "loading the dishwasher" means getting your wife drunk. 2. You ever cut your grass and found a car. 3. You own a home that is mobile and five cars that aren't. There are literally hundreds of these gems out there, and the list is growing as his fans add their own lines. Jeff's success was due to his ability to capitalize on...
  • The Four Stages of Islamic Conquest

    09/25/2016 1:25:09 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 27 replies
    STAGE 1: INFILTRATIONMuslims begin moving to non-Muslim countries in increasing numbers and the beginning of cultural conflicts are visible, though often subtle. - First migration wave to non-Muslim “host” country. - Appeal for humanitarian tolerance from the host society. - Attempts to portray Islam as a peaceful & Muslims as victims of misunderstanding and racism (even though Islam is not a ‘race’). - High Muslim birth rate in host country increase Muslim population. - Mosques used to spread Islam and dislike of host country & culture. - Calls to criminalize “Islamophobia” as a hate crime. - Threatened legal action for...
  • Home schooling ripped by Obama education chief

    09/24/2016 7:23:59 AM PDT · by kevcol · 78 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | September 23, 2016 | Paul Bedard
    "I worry that in a lot of cases students who are homeschooled are not getting the kind of the breadth of instruction experience they would get in school, they're also not getting the opportunity to build relationships with peers unless their parents are very intentional about it," said Education Secretary John B. King Jr. "And they're often not getting those relationships with teachers and mentors other than their parents. I do worry whether home school students are getting the range of opportunities we hope for for all kids," he said slamming the system.
  • Fingerprints on gun match Charlotte shooting victim

    09/24/2016 6:38:31 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 9/24/2016 | unknown
    U.N. working group compares police killing blacks to era of lynchings
  • It’s Murder-By-Muslim Immigrant, Stupid

    09/23/2016 8:16:52 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    Constitution.com ^ | September 23, 2016 | Ilana Mercer
    Can we cut the cr-p, kids? Forgive my language, but, as Ecclesiastes teaches that there’s a time for everything. The time to cuss is now.“Radical Islamic terrorism”: He has to be able to say it! This, preach conservative talking heads, is the acid test for electing the next American president.Is this convoluted concept one you can even remember?“Radical Islamic terrorism” is like the LGBTQ acronym, it’s a mouthful. It’s unmemorable, unintuitive and does not accurately describe the vile men and women who menace us in our American, English and European homelands.“Radical Islamic terrorist” is, very plainly, wrong.Language mediates behavior. In...
  • Islamic State Uses Welding Gear to Execute Six Youths in Mosul

    09/23/2016 8:40:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 59 replies
    National Security (Breitbart) ^ | September 23, 2016 | John Hayward
    According to a report from Iraqi News, the Islamic State staged the public execution of six youths from a “resistance faction” in Mosul by handcuffing them and then killing them with a welding machine, before a large crowd of onlookers. “This came in order to create a state of fear and panic among the people,” said a source from within Mosul. The Toronto Sun explains that the Islamic State often uses the term “resistance group” to describe groups of young people who spray graffiti on the walls of occupied cities. Fox News reported the six boys, whose exact ages are...
  • In Iran, a shady market for (technical) papers flourishes

    09/23/2016 11:08:01 AM PDT · by fishtank · 3 replies
    Science ^ | 16 Sep 2016 | Richard Stone
    In Iran, a shady market for papers flourishes Richard Stone Science 16 Sep 2016: “Can you write me a thesis?” asks the woman, who has called a number from a flier taped to the main gate of Iran's prestigious University of Tehran. The woman, an actress, is posing as a botany graduate student from Islamic Azad University (IAU), Abadeh, in Fars province. Her topic is the flora of the Khuzestan region, she explains with a Fars accent to the salesman at the other end of the line. He obligingly lays out a schedule for delivery of thesis chapters. “If your...
  • Retired police officer sets CNN panel straight on Tulsa shooting

    09/23/2016 7:29:56 AM PDT · by rktman · 98 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 9/22/2013 | Paul Bremmer
    Amid a climate of confusion and anger, retired police officer Jeff Roorda lent his pro-police perspective to CNN’s analysis of the shooting of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While video footage shows Crutcher with his hands up only seconds before Officer Betty Shelby fired the fatal shot, Roorda cautioned against rushing to condemn the officer, particularly given what already is known about the suspect. “Let’s wait for all the information before we reach some judgment,” Roorda told host Don Lemon during a Tuesday appearance on CNN Tonight. “And I think what we know so far is that this gentleman did...
  • Next revolution will seek to overthrow the privileges of nationhood

    09/23/2016 7:19:24 AM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 50 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 9/19/16 | Robert Shiller
    For the past several centuries, the world has experienced a sequence of intellectual revolutions against oppression of one sort or another. These rebellions operate in the minds of humans and are spread eventually to most of the world, not by war, which tends to involve multiple causes, but by language and communications technology. Ultimately, the ideas they advance, unlike the causes of war, become noncontroversial. The next such revolution, likely to occur in the 21st century, will challenge the economic implications of the nation state. It will focus on the injustice that follows from the fact that, entirely by chance,...
  • Washington at Its Worst: Senate Passes Nonexistent Bill

    09/22/2016 9:02:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | September 21, 2016 | Rachel Bovard
    On Tuesday night, the Senate voted to proceed to the continuing resolution, a bill that will allegedly fund the government until Dec. 9. The only problem is that there isn’t actually a bill yet. There is no text. There is no agreement between Democrats and Republicans on what the bill will fund—Planned Parenthood, the Export-Import Bank, control of the internet—all of it remains a mystery. Yet the Senate voted 89-7 to proceed to this nonexistent bill. The Senate operates under complex parliamentary rules that require a series of votes in order to “proceed to” or “get onto” a bill. The...
  • Analysis: Is it lawful self-defense to “run down” rioters surrounding your vehicle?

    09/22/2016 1:04:37 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 92 replies
    Legalinsurrection.com ^ | 9-22-2016 | Andrew Branca
    The details on the Charlotte riots and attacks on motorists trapped on the highway and others are in our earlier post.Instapundit (law professor Glenn Reynolds) was suspended from Twitter (then later reinstated) after posting the following tweet as those riots and highway blockades were ongoing:Professor Jacobson has asked me to address whether such an act would be lawful as a justified act of self-defense. I’m on a flight now using airplane WiFi, so I’ll make this quick. (Before I go on, however, I should point out that Professor Reynolds has added some important context to his pithy tweet, and these...
  • Obama Directs Federal Agencies to Consider Climate Change As a National Security Issue

    09/22/2016 9:47:13 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 9/22/2016 | Susan Jones
    In a Sept. 21 memo to his department heads, President Obama instructed all federal departments and agencies to consider the impact of climate change on national security. Obama states that it is the policy of the U.S. government to ensure that current and anticipated impacts of climate change be "identified and considered" in developing national security doctrine, policies and plans. "Climate change poses a significant and growing threat to national security, both at home and abroad," the memo says. Those threats, according to Obama, include flooding, drought, heat waves, intense precipitation, pest outbreaks, disease, and electricity problems, all of which...
  • Large Hominin Teeth Found in Hobbits’ Cave

    09/22/2016 9:29:30 AM PDT · by fishtank · 19 replies
    www.archaeology.org ^ | 9-21-16 | www.archaeology.org
    Large Hominin Teeth Found in Hobbits’ Cave Wednesday, September 21, 2016 NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA—According to a report in Nature, archaeologist Thomas Sutikna and geochronologist Richard Roberts of the University of Wollongong say that two teeth from modern humans have been found in the Indonesian cave where the remains of Homo floresiensis were discovered in 2003. The teeth have been dated to 46,000 years ago, making them slightly younger than the estimated date for the extinction of the hobbits some 50,000 years ago. The upper premolar and lower molar are larger than the teeth of H. floresiensis, but some scholars...
  • Hillary's Hate Code

    09/21/2016 11:43:33 PM PDT · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 11 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | Hillary's Hate Code By James Lewis Hillary Clinton is an Alinsky disciple, going back to her Welles | James Lewis
    Hillary Clinton is an Alinsky disciple, going back to her Wellesley College days, fifty years ago, long before old age left its indelible marks on her. Half a century ago, Hillary was thoroughly indoctrinated by first-generation feminist leftists, for four whole years, until she wrote her B.A. thesis in praise of Saul Alinsky and his Rules for Radicals. From Goldwater girl to leftist radical in just four years. For Hillary, "deplorable" doesn't mean what the dictionary says....in the fantasy world of the Hillary left, Communists are peace-loving do-gooders. For the hard left, the only answer to alleged hatred is even...
  • Donald Trump:Underminer of Truth (Barf Alert)

    09/21/2016 2:58:35 PM PDT · by SFmom · 20 replies
    How is the divide between truth and authenticity affecting this presidential cycle? So we have this culture where you understandably value the people you perceive to be truth-tellers in order to avoid liars and manipulators—and then what? The best way to manipulate a crowd very quickly becomes explicitly arguing that everyone who disagrees with you is a lying manipulator. I call this hyper-sincerity. There were versions of it in ancient Athens and we have our own version now. We see it most clearly in speakers who claim their opponents are full of rhetoric and that they alone can be trusted...
  • Democrat steers terrorism hearing toward gun control(hijack alert!)

    09/21/2016 11:46:43 AM PDT · by rktman · 32 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 9/21/2016 | Jacqueline Klimas
    It's impossible to talk about protecting the homeland from terrorists without addressing gun control laws, one New York Democrat said on Wednesday. During a House Homeland Security Committee hearing titled "Stopping the next attack: How to keep our city streets from becoming the battleground," Rep. Brian Higgins said American streets already are a battleground where people are 3,000 times more likely to be killed by an American with a gun than by a terrorist. "You can't with any credibility hold a hearing with the topic 'stopping the next attack, how to keep our cities from becoming battlegrounds,' without fundamentally addressing...
  • 85 YEARS AGO TODAY: J. R. R. TOLKIEN CONVINCES C. S. LEWIS THAT CHRIST IS THE TRUE MYTH

    09/21/2016 12:30:55 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 35 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | September 20, 2016 | Justin Taylor
    On an early Sunday morning, September 20, 1931, three 30-something English professors took a stroll together on Addison’s Walk in the grounds of Magdalen College at the University of Oxford: 32-year-old C. S. Lewis (Fellow and Tutor of English Literature at Magdalen College, Oxford), 39-year-old J. R. R. Tolkien (Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford), and 35-year-old Hugo Dyson (Tutor and Lecturer at Reading University). Their time together had begun the evening before at dinner, but their conversation went late into the night.
  • Union leader says Question 1 is not about the Second Amendment(Nevada)

    09/20/2016 9:41:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    guns.com ^ | 9/19/2016 | Christen Smith
    The leader of a statewide law enforcement union said Sunday Nevada’s expanded background check ballot question isn’t about protecting the Second Amendment — it’s about promoting public safety. Jim Dunlap, president of the Nevada Association of Public Safety Officers, told the Las Vegas Sun he disagrees with most of the state’s sheriffs when it comes to Question 1. “As top law enforcement officials, they have an obligation to their employees and to the people who elect them,” he said. “They say their opposition is about the Second Amendment, but our stand is on public safety. This measure will make it...
  • EcoWatch Posts McCarthy-esque Hit List of ‘Climate Change Deniers’

    09/20/2016 7:21:46 AM PDT · by rktman · 43 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/20/2016 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    In a move reminiscent of a wild-eyed, 1950s Commie hunt, EcoWatch has published a list of the most dangerous heretics from climate change orthodoxy, including Donald Trump, Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX), and Marc Morano. For the crime of questioning the science behind current global warming theories, especially regarding human causality and radical proposals of CO2 reduction, EcoWatch writer Michael Mann has branded these freethinking skeptics as “deniers”—in an intentional reference to those who repudiate the Jewish Holocaust. Gone are the days when intelligent inquiry was lauded as a prized element of serious science. Mann accuses the skeptics of “clouding the...
  • Diversity without Dissent

    09/20/2016 7:09:39 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 20, 2016 | Malcolm A. Kline
    There is one type of diversity that university officials are manifestly hostile to: diverse viewpoints critical of the policies which they are pursuing. "I've tried opposing affirmative action and I'm no longer invited to sit on committees," University of Pennsylvania law school professor Amy Wax said at the Cato Institute on September 15, 2016. Anyone who dissents, as a she did, faces a university "monoculture," and risks "marginalization, even ostracism." That universities are wedded to the idea is particularly ironic, Wax noted at the Constitution Day conference, because "Few universities have competitive entry in admissions." They don't reject that many...
  • Is Government A Deity?-A Letter From Schaeffer Cox

    09/20/2016 5:24:15 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 7 replies
    Gavin Seim For Liberty/Call Me Gav ^ | 9/16/2016 | Schaeffer Cox
    (A letter from Schaeffer Cox from a black prison site about what he faces....We are so consumed with government fake law that we forget God's law.) "The biggest challenge I was running into in my efforts to teach people how to think like free people was the way Americans categorize the government as a diety in their minds. They never stopped to think about its origin or what it is at it's core essence. It's a dead idol that only has power because the human hands that made it pretend it has power. The act of pretending is so convincing...
  • Russia 'to revive the KGB' after Putin wins biggest majority

    09/19/2016 8:56:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 72 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 19 September 2016 • 3:39PM | Marc Bennetts
    Russia plans effectively to revive the KGB under a massive shake-up of its security forces, a respected business daily has reported. A State Security Ministry, or MGB, would be created from the current Federal Security Service (FSB) , and would incorporate the foreign intelligence service (SVR) and the state guard service (FSO), under the plans. It would be handed all-encompassing powers once possessed by the KGB, the Kommersant newspaper said, citing security service sources. Like the much-feared KGB, it would also oversee the prosecutions of Kremlin critics, a task currently undertaken by the Investigative Committee, headed by Alexander Bastrykin, a...
  • THE PARTY OF SCIENTISM, NOT SCIENCE

    09/19/2016 10:38:51 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 11 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | May 19, 2016 | Bruce Thornton
    In a commencement speech at Rutgers, President Obama took an indirect shot at Donald Trump and the Republicans: "Facts, evidence, reason, logic, an understanding of science: These are good things. These are qualities you want in people making policy . . . We traditionally have valued those things, but if you’re listening to today’s political debate, you might wonder where this strain of anti-intellectualism came from." Obama here indulges one of the hoariest progressive clichés: that they are the party of enlightenment, reason, and fact, while conservatives are ignorant obscurantists, “bitter clingers” to the superstitions of religion and tradition. This...
  • Dinosaurs in Noah’s vineyard (carvings at 14th century church)

    09/19/2016 1:18:28 PM PDT · by fishtank · 64 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | 6-19-16 | David Lewis
    Dinosaurs in Noah’s vineyard by David Lewis The carving (see image at right), which appears to show two dinosaurs, is on an outside wall of the bell-tower of a fourteenth century church in the Republic of Georgia. Holy Trinity Church (also known as Tsminda Sameba) is on Mount Gergeti, near Stephantsminda village, in the Mount Kazbegi area—close to the borders with North Ossetia and Ingushetia. When I visited this area in 2006 and saw the carvings, I asked a Georgian cleric at the church what they depicted. He commented that they looked like dinosaurs, and he had no idea when...
  • Philly FOP Chief On Presidential Endorsement: Clinton ‘Blew The Police Off"

    09/19/2016 9:45:51 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    philadelphia.cbslocal.com ^ | 9/19/2016 | Dom Giordano
    John McNesby, the President of the Philadelphia FOP, discussed their endorsement of Donald Trump for President over Hillary Clinton and criticized the Democratic nominee for not engaging with them in their selection process. “They didn’t care. Their attitude, then, back in July, during the DNC, was they were going to win this thing anyway, so who cares? Now, I think the tides have turned a little bit and she’s on her heels. As many times as we’ve tried to…have it a fair process and an open process, the emails back were that they’re not interested and no thanks. Just snide...