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  • What ABC Left Out of the Bruce Jenner Special

    04/28/2015 12:51:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 04/28/2015 | by John Ziegler |
    Conservatives have rightly reacted with amusement to various elements of the modestly titled blockbuster ABC special, “Bruce Jenner, The Interview.” After all, Diane Sawyer was literally more shocked that Jenner came “out” as a conservative, than she was that he came out as a woman. Also, much of the highly-rated two-hour special felt much like an exercise in pushing the public to embrace, or even celebrate, something that many believe to be an acquired mental disorder. Understandably, conservatives get very nervous when a liberal media monolith determines that only one opinion on a subject (theirs) is valid and all variance...
  • Rules of Logic, Reason, and Debate for Radicals (Satire)

    04/28/2015 9:36:47 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 5 replies
    The Peoples Cube ^ | 4/27/2015 | Will Beria
    Rules of Logic, Reason, and Debate for Radicals Will Beria 4/27/2015, 5:44 pm Comrades! Perhaps all of us, while debating the enemy, have been subjected to accusations of logical fallacies. Ignore such accusations. The non-concept of "logical fallacy" is a tool of capitalist propaganda, designed to expose us to a retrograde pre-twenty-first century mindset, which may cause the weakest of us to question their allegiance to Progress. But that is the enemy's mindset; it no longer applies to the new era. Progress calls us to destroy the straightjacket of linear thinking. There are no absolutes. The outdated scientific methods of...
  • Lessons from a happy place: Limited government and low taxes make Switzerland improbably successful

    04/28/2015 7:09:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 04/28/2015 | Richard Rahn
    Geneva, Switzerland — What is the happiest place? Last week in its annual “World Happiness Report,” the United Nations reported that Switzerland was No. 1. The United States ranked No. 15, and the African country of Togo came in last, at number 158. Switzerland is arguably the world’s most successful country — and most improbably so. It is landlocked and without much in the way of natural resources. It has four official languages, many different religious groups, and is surrounded by warring neighbors. Yet, it has remained an island of peace and prosperity. The last armed conflict on Swiss territory...
  • When Looting and Rioting Happened from 2001-2008, the media blamed BUSH...

    04/28/2015 6:23:33 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    4/28/15 | sff
    Watching the city of Baltimore burn, hearing the lame mayor there talk about giving thugs "space"....recalling the riots of Ferguson, as well as the violence seen over Eric Garner and the attacker of George Zimmerman..... My mind was brought back to the time when Bush was President....New Orleans was the primary catalyst, but it sure seems to me WHENEVER there was domestic unrest or unhappiness on the streets of America, GEORGE W BUSH was being blamed. The man child Obama is getting a FREE PASS AGAIN. I just heard a local media report assure us Loretta Lynch was going to...
  • Blacks Riot In Baltimore Attack Whites And Police Do Nothing

    04/28/2015 5:47:22 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 43 replies
    Youtube ^ | 04/28/15
    Blacks Riot In Baltimore Attack Whites And Police Do Nothing
  • Baltimore Riot Pictures - Vanity

    04/28/2015 5:04:29 AM PDT · by petercooper · 88 replies
    Various | 04/28/15 | petercooper
    Post pictures of the Baltimore riots for the world to see.
  • DOJ: ‘No Scientific Basis' for Saying Same-Sex Couples ‘Not Fit to…Become Parents’

    04/27/2015 2:47:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 27, 2015 - 11:25 AM | (CNSNews.com Staff)
    In an amicus brief submitted to the Supreme Court in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, which the court will hear tomorrow, the U.S. Department of Justice argues that state laws prohibiting two people of the same sex from marrying each other are unconstitutional. In its argument to the court, DOJ approvingly cites a statement issued by the government relations office of the American Psychological Association that says: “There is no scientific basis for the assertion that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons are not fit to marry or to become parents of health and well-adjusted children.” …
  • These Women Met a Mormon Man Who They Thought Was the ‘Perfect Guy’ (Dr. Phil Video)

    04/27/2015 12:23:40 PM PDT · by TexasCajun · 30 replies
    TheBlaze.com ^ | Apr. 27, 2015 | Billy Hallowell
    Seven women each thought that they were texting and interacting with the man of their dreams, ... but they soon discovered that the guy they were all building a relationship with was actually a gay woman from Texas. The victims of the elaborate “catfish” — the term used to describe a situation in which a person poses as someone else — decided to sit down together to confront Kayla, the woman with whom they had corresponded, in an uncomfortable appearance on “Dr. Phil.” The women were given the chance to question the 24 year old who had tricked them into...
  • Russian dissident Vladimir Bukovsky charged over child sex images

    Vladimir Bukovsky, the veteran Soviet era dissident, has been charged with making and possessing indecent images of children, the CPS has announced. The 72-year-old, who has been living in the UK since the 1970s, is facing five counts of making indecent images, five of possessing indecent images and one count of possessing a prohibited images. Mr Bukovsky spent 12 years in Soviet prisons and labour camps, before being released as part of a prisoner swap in 1976. He was forced into exile and moved to the UK, where he studied biology at Cambridge University. He has been an outspoken critic...
  • Why colleges now need cameras everywhere all the time

    04/27/2015 7:23:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/27/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    As the nation struggles with the idea of body cameras on police officers there are plenty of other places where some George Orwell style surveillance state technology may come in handy. One example of this may be found on the nation’s college campuses. Since our colleges are no longer institutions of learning and preparation for productive careers so much as they are factories churning out the next generation of liberal activists and community organizers, a new generation of problems have beset them. Even though each and every event must be squeezed through the sieve of liberal politics, we’ve seen...
  • Bruce Jenner Wants To Change The World When He Should Change His Mind [By a former transgender]

    04/27/2015 7:01:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 04/27/2015 | Walt Heyer
    Personal and medical experience indicates that switching genders will not give Bruce Jenner peace. With the airing of his interview with Diane Sawyer last Friday, Bruce Jenner became the most triumphant, celebrated, photographed, and interviewed transgender in the world. Jenner, a longtime transvestite, now at 65 years of age is going to explore his feminine side by transitioning to female. Along the way, he hopes to inspire others. Jenner’s interview opened a window for millions of viewers to see the psychological deliberation of a cross-dresser. Jenner shared that the emotional stress of hiding his secret has become unbearable. His internal...
  • Frank Thomas responds to Chris Rock's baseball rant

    04/26/2015 5:53:31 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 39 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 25, 2015 | Ed Sherman
    White Sox Hall of Famer Frank Thomas responded to Rock’s commentary Thursday on Fox Sports 1’s “America’s Pregame.” He believes Major League Baseball has a responsibility to get young African-American players back into the game. “Major League Baseball has got to take initiative and put academies in the inner cities across America,” Thomas said. “(They) do it in the Dominican Republic, (they) do it in Venezuela and as soon as Cuba is open, they’re going to do it in Cuba because those kids play baseball 24/7.
  • Open Letter to SFF fans

    04/26/2015 6:21:19 AM PDT · by Salgak · 3 replies
    Unknown | 4/26/2014 | Unknown
    And all members of Worldcon get the Hugo Voters package, soft copies of the nominated works. Read them, and make your own decisions on the best SF and Fantasy of 2014. https://sasquan.swoc.us/sasquan/reg.php
  • Epic Fail: Seven Big Failed Environmentalist Predictions

    04/25/2015 12:52:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 04/24/2015 | Robert Tracinski
    I recently discussed what it would take to prove that global warming is actually occurring, that it is caused by humans, and that it will be catastrophic. But that’s not the full picture. To understand why so many of us are so skeptical about global warming, you have to understand the environmentalists’ larger track record: a long series of failed predictions and bogus prognostications of doom. It has been 45 years now since the first Earth Day. You would think that in this time frame, given the urgency with which we were told we had to confront the supposed...
  • The remarkable life and lessons of Ronald Read, the $8 million janitor

    04/25/2015 5:18:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/24/2015 | By Barry Ritholtz
    You may have read about the remarkable life and times of Ronald Read. He was the gas station attendant and lifelong resident of Windham County, Vt., who had quietly accumulated a portfolio worth a fortune. As the Brattleboro ­Reformer reported earlier this year, Read died last June at age 92. Despite his relatively modest wages, he left an estate with “stock holdings and property” valued at nearly $8 million. His bequest was to leave most of it to the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and Brooks Memorial Library. His close friends and family were shocked when they learned the value of his...
  • 7.9 magnitude earthquake rattles Nepal 50 miles from capital, Kathmandu

    04/25/2015 12:40:38 AM PDT · by eastforker · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/25/2015 | Ben Brumfield
    A 7.9 magnitude earthquake has struck Nepal less than 50 miles from the capital, Kathmandu, the U.S. Geological Survey said Saturday. It occurred at a depth of less than two miles, which is considered shallow. The USGS previously rated the temblor at 7.5 magnitude but later upgraded the strength.
  • Home schooling was focus of Child Protection investigation, N.J. family says

    04/24/2015 11:00:15 PM PDT · by Tired of Taxes · 51 replies
    NJ.com ^ | April 10, 2015 | Emily Cummins
    BELVIDERE—A Warren County family is suing the state's Division of Child Protection and Permanency for alleged unconstitutional home intrusion and civil rights violations. Christopher Zimmer and his wife Nicole, of Belvidere, filed a civil rights complaint in United States District Court in Trenton yesterday against DCP&P, a DCP&P supervisor and one of its case workers for an alleged "unlawful and unconstitutional home intrusion of their home." "I won't forget that morning for a long, long time," said Mr. Zimmer, thinking back to a Tuesday morning in January that began with a caseworker pounding on their door. .... Mr. Zimmer said...
  • Parents anger after children as young as THREE told to sign contract promis'g not to use transphobic

    04/24/2015 8:10:45 PM PDT · by massmike · 63 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 04/24/2015 | ELEANOR HARDING
    Children as young as three are being asked to sign a contract pledging not to use transphobic language at school. The pledge is contained in a ‘home-school agreement’ which all children must sign before they start at Turnham Primary School in September. The infants must also promise to refrain from using homophobic and racist phrases and to be tolerant of people with different sexual orientations and lifestyles. Each child must print their name and provide a signature to confirm that they understand their ‘responsibilities’ while attending the school. It is understood that teachers at the South-East London school introduced the...
  • Marlins' Jose Fernandez officially sworn in as a U.S. citizen

    04/24/2015 9:07:43 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 6 replies
    fox sports ^ | 4-24-15 | Christina De Nicola
    "It means a lot," Fernandez said afterward. "It means respect, it means love, it means freedom and it means one of the reasons I came to this country -- for freedom. Honestly, being an American citizen is amazing. That's a lot of respect. A lot of people have died to defend this country to have it the way it is. It's an honor that I can be a citizen." When the National Anthem played, Fernandez smiled and mouthed "I hear this every day." But Friday marked no ordinary day at the ballpark. "It obviously did take a little special meaning,"...
  • Polls Giving Hillary A Lead Over Anyone?,They Can't Be Serious.What States Were They Surveying?

    04/24/2015 6:41:54 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 26 replies
    So what is with these polls saying that Hillary is ahead of any of the leading GOP candidates? Who are they polling? People living near the beaches of Los Angeles who have never had a job? At this point, pollsters should just take polls in the six or seven purple states that the GOP needs to flip. That leaves about 51 states that don't matter at this point!
  • Drunk driver on stolen excavator left trail of Harvey destruction

    04/24/2015 4:52:34 PM PDT · by BBell · 18 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 4/24/15 | Michelle Hunter
    William Strength had quite a night. Authorities say the 23-year-old Harvey resident stole an excavator and led Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office deputies on a drunken chase through parts of the West Bank, plowing over trees and utility poles before sinking the 89-ton machine in the Harvey Canal. No one was injured during the joy ride. But it left behind a path of destruction. "I just would like someone to pay for the damage," said Albert Daigle, 69, whose business, Daigle Towing Services LLC., took the brunt of the rampage.The excavator plowed through the locked, chain-link fence on the side of...
  • Zillow Ranks Best Real Estate Markets for Buyers, Sellers

    04/24/2015 3:14:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Zillow ^ | 04/24/2015 | BY EMILY HEFFTER
    When it comes to negotiating power, it’s better to be a home seller in the Bay Area and a buyer in Philadelphia. Zillow’s spring analysis of buyers’ and sellers’ markets across the U.S. looked at how long homes spend on the market, how likely they are to have had a price cut and how much they sold for in relation to their listing price.The nation’s top sellers’ markets are the big West Coast tech centers in San Jose, San Francisco and Seattle. Less competitive markets where buyers have time to negotiate are in the East and Midwest, including Philadelphia, Chicago...
  • Bruce Jenner Began Reassignment in 1980s...Inspired By Story of Tennis Player Renee Richards

    04/24/2015 2:13:35 PM PDT · by drewh · 78 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | PUBLISHED: 11:28 EST, 24 April 2015 | By RACHEL MCGRATH FOR MAILONLINE
    New claims have surfaced suggesting that US Olympic herp Bruce Jenner started a gender transition process in the mid-1980s but stopped after he met and fell in love with Kris Kardashian, who became his third wife. Entertainment Tonight, quoting 'a source with direct knowledge,' said Bruce, now 65, talked about transitioning 30 years ago. By the mid-1980s, the Olympic gold medalist had allegedly started hormone therapy and electrolysis and had had plastic surgery to make his features look more feminine. Jenner found his own facial hair to be repulsive, the source told ET. The bombshell Entertainment Tonight report, broadcast Thursday...
  • State university considers 'college bankruptcy,' liberal arts schools aren't only ones in trouble

    04/24/2015 1:41:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/24/2015 | Abby Jackson
    Proving it's not only small, private, liberal-arts colleges that are susceptible to financial distress, Louisiana State University (LSU) announced that it's in the midst of drawing up a financial exigency plan. Bloomberg News, which reported the development, called the plan "equivalent to a college bankruptcy" and noted that it would let LSU fire tenured faculty and restructure its finances. The Baton Rouge-based university with over 30,000 students is drafting the plan, in part, because the most recently proposed budgetary cuts by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal threaten to severely impact the higher-education system in the state. The governor's plans would cut...
  • Cheaper Robots, Fewer Workers (Video and Article)

    04/24/2015 1:13:50 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | 4/24/15 | Jonah M. Kessel and Taige Jensen
    China faces rising labor costs and a shortage of workers. But a government project called “replacing humans with robots” is trying to change the face of the work force in Guangdong Province.
  • 'The Bronx Bull' is another shot at the story of boxer Jake LaMotta

    04/24/2015 10:34:34 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | April 23, 2015 | Theresa Walker
    ... [Jake] LaMotta has been the subject of several books, a film considered one of the greatest in American cinema, and a failed stage show called "Lady and the Champ." Now there's a second feature film about his life, this one titled "LaMotta: The Bronx Bull." LaMotta will be in Orange County on Saturday when the new movie, produced by Irvine-based Main Street Films, premieres as part of the Newport Beach Film Festival ...
  • The happiest countries in the world, according to neuroscientists, statisticians, and economists

    04/24/2015 7:16:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/24/2015 | Erin Brodwin
    An international team of economists, neuroscientists, and statisticians just released their third World Happiness Report, which measures well-being in countries around the world to help guide public policy. Switzerland topped the list of the happiest nations, and all of the top eight countries were in the global north. Switzerland was followed by Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Canada, Finland, the Netherlands, and Sweden. The United States ranked 15th, behind Mexico and Austria. Still, that's a slight improvement from the last report, in which the US ranked 17th. The World Happiness Report isn't without a scientific basis. One of its key findings, based...
  • Here's what happened during the Armenian genocide and why Turkey denies it

    04/24/2015 7:11:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Business Insider via the Daily Telegraph ^ | 04/24/2015 | RICHARD SPENCER, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
    As Yerevan and Armenians across the world gather to remember the 1.5 million killed during the massacres, Richard Spencer explains what happened On Friday, Yerevan and the Armenian disapora together with world leaders in the Armenian capital will commemorate the 1.5 million victims of the Armenian genocide . It is the 100th anniversary of the date on which the Ottoman Empire began its attack on Armenians when intellectuals and political leaders were rounded up in Istanbul on April 24, 1915. What was the Armenian genocide? As the Ottoman Empire suffered its first losses in the First World War, the “Young...
  • Gronk: Maybe Obama Was Wasted When He Made Deflate Joke About Patriots

    04/24/2015 6:35:13 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    www.breitbart.com ^ | 04/23/2015 | by Charlie Spiering
    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowsi questioned President Obama’s decision to crack a joke about deflated footballs at a White House event honoring the Super Bowl champions. Gronkowski indicated that the team was serious as the Patriots spent time with Obama in the White House before the ceremony on the South Lawn. “If they would have put some tunes on, I would have done some dance moves,” he joked. When asked if there was any drinking with the president, Gronkoswi said no, but wondered if Obama had a few before he made his joke about deflated footballs. “There was...
  • Columbia Student Sues University, Says Rape Accuser Has Ruined His Reputation

    04/23/2015 8:21:40 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 28 replies
    CBS NewYork/ AP ^ | April 23, 2015
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Columbia University senior filed a lawsuit against the school Thursday, claiming that the university failed to protect him from harassment amid claims that he had raped a fellow student. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Manhattan U.S. District Court by Paul Nungesser. The German citizen said the student’s campaign to muddy his name by dragging a mattress around campus and demonstrating has isolated him and hurt his job prospects and ability to stay in America.
  • Brittney Griner, fiancee Glory Johnson arrested after fight at home

    04/23/2015 5:30:58 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 54 replies
    ESPN ^ | April 23, 2015
    GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner and her fiancee, fellow WNBA player Glory Johnson, were arrested on suspicion of assault and disorderly conduct after an argument in the home they recently purchased together became physical. The two 24-year-olds were each arrested Wednesday on counts of assault by recklessly causing physical injuries and disorderly conduct for fighting. They were booked into the Maricopa County Jail in downtown Phoenix and later released.
  • 1978 Flashback: Bruce Jenner, Wheaties, and the ‘Breakfast of Champions’ [Romans 1]

    04/23/2015 3:55:37 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 35 replies
    Yahoo Food ^ | 4/23/2015 | Cassie Carothers
    With America fixated on all things Bruce Jenner and the anticipation around his Diane Sawyer interview Friday night on ABC, it seemed an interesting moment to revisit another time when he captured this country’s attention. In 1978, Jenner snagged one of the sports world’s biggest honors: appearing on the Wheaties cereal box. While this might not sound impressive in today’s era of multi-million dollar endorsement deals, back then it was one of the ultimate prizes for a top athlete. A lot of people know Jenner today from his relationship to the Kardashian clan. But decades ago, he became a national...
  • WHAT THE HELL IS A BRONY? PLAYBOY INVESTIGATES

    04/23/2015 3:35:00 PM PDT · by CtBigPat · 63 replies
    Playboy ^ | APRIL 21, 2015 | Zaron Burnett III
    Bronies can be summed up in one sentence: they’re grown-ass men who love a little girl’s cartoon show about the adventures of a group of magical ponies. It’s Easter weekend, and I’m in an airport hotel in San Francisco attending the second annual Bay Area Brony Spectacular Convention, aka BABSCON. I have absolutely no idea what to expect. I just really want to see this scene for myself. I gotta know: What the hell have Bronies found in My Little Pony that the rest of us dudes missed?
  • McDonald’s Is Doomed

    04/23/2015 1:22:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 100 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/23/2015 | Stephen Green
    You probably saw the story yesterday that McDonald’s had yet another rough quarter, with sales down globally yet again. I didn’t think it was worth blogging again after reading this part, but please indulge me before we get to the good stuff: Shares of the fast-food company were up almost 5 percent in early trading. At midday, they remained 3 percent higher at $97.70 as investors shrugged off declines in quarterly earnings and sales.McDonald’s global sales at restaurants open at least 13 months fell a worse-than-expected 2.3 percent in the first quarter, and the company warned of another drop in...
  • Rep. Peter King: Alex Rodriguez shouldn’t be celebrated if he ties Willie Mays on Home Run list

    04/23/2015 10:47:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 04/23/2015 | BY NATHANIEL VINTON
    Congressman Pete King (R-NY) supports the Yankees’ refusal to celebrate as Alex Rodriguez approaches a historic baseball milestone, pulling within two home runs of Willie Mays on the career home runs list. “I think they’re right, because it’s obvious that so many of his home runs were tainted,” King told TMZ Sports. “I think it would be wrong to be celebrating ... since for all we know, hundreds of those home runs probably occurred when he was taking steroids." Rodriguez, who is not in the lineup for Thursday's afternoon game against the Tigers, has hit 658 dingers compared with Mays’...
  • Todays Obama Speech.No Empathy.It's As If He Just Cannot Be Bothered Anymore.

    04/23/2015 9:49:13 AM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 22 replies
    Did anyone watch "Todays Obama Sympathy Speech" and take notice that it sounded like he was "Reading A Cue Card", or "Reading From Notes".? The pattern continues. He always speaks as if he just doesn't want to be President anymore, speaks in such a monotone delivery to the extent where we are all to assume that Obama just doesn't care about the well being of our Nation and The Military. So did he go golfing afterwards?
  • Darwin's Robots: When Evolutionary Materialists Admit that Their Own Worldview Fails

    04/23/2015 7:59:36 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 13 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | April 23, 2015 | Nancy Pearcey
    Darwin's Robots: When Evolutionary Materialists Admit that Their Own Worldview Fails Nancy Pearcey April 23, 2015 3:02 AM | Permalink A materialist philosophy reduces humans to machines -- complex robots determined by material forces. It denies the reality of free will, the power to make decisions. Yet all civilizations throughout history have recognized that humans are moral agents capable of making responsible choices. There is no society without some moral code. The testimony of universal human experience is that humans are personal beings capable of willing and choosing -- which means their origin must be a personal Being, not the...
  • Should I Tie My Children's Allowance to Their Chores?

    04/23/2015 7:40:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/23/2015 | Jen Wilkin
    Teaching children responsibility is a primary task for parents. The question of whether or not an allowance should be paid for completing chores requires parents to consider training in two areas simultaneously: responsibility for work and responsibility for money. I don't think that there's necessarily one right answer to the question of whether completion of chores should be tied to monetary reward or not, but I can tell you how we handled the issue and why. We decided not to tie allowance to chores. We set clear expectations for what the kids were responsible for (unloading the dishwasher, doing their...
  • 18 spectacularly wrong apocalyptic predictions made around the first Earth Day in 1970

    04/23/2015 7:26:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    AEI ^ | 04/23/2015 | Mark J. Perry
    In the May 2000 issue of Reason Magazine, award-winning science correspondent Ronald Bailey wrote an excellent article titled “Earth Day, Then and Now” to provide some historical perspective on the 30th anniversary of Earth Day. In that article, Bailey noted that around the time of the first Earth Day, and in the years following, there was a “torrent of apocalyptic predictions” and many of those predictions were featured in his Reason article. Well, it’s now the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, and a good time to ask the question again that Bailey asked 15 years ago: How accurate were the...
  • Mrs. Obama Can't Recall If She's Been Married '20-Something Years,' ....[snip]

    04/23/2015 2:13:15 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 46 replies
    MCTV ^ | April 22,2015 | Craig Bannister
    Uncut title: "Mrs. Obama Can't Recall If She's Been Married '20-Something Years,' 'Over a Decade,' or 'A While'" First Lady Michelle Obama couldn’t remember how long she’s been married to the President of the United States at a “Q&A With Children at Take-Our-Daughters-And-Sons-To-Work Day” event at the White House today – vacillating from “twenty-something years” to “over a decade” – before settling on, simply, “a while.” QUESTION: “How long have you been with Barack Obama?” MRS. OBAMA: “Have we been married? Twenty-something years. (Laughter.) Wait, somebody. You guys know the date. When was it? It’s been over a decade. It’s...
  • US to announce plans to reduce agricultural carbon emissions

    04/23/2015 12:41:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 23, 2015 1:26 AM EDT | Jeff Karoub
    Federal agricultural officials are planning to announce voluntary programs and initiatives for farmers, ranchers and foresters meant to build on President Barack Obama’s efforts to combat global warming—and don’t require congressional approval.Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is expected to unveil plans Thursday at Michigan State University, where Obama signed the sweeping farm bill into law last year. The efforts, many of which have their roots in that law, aim to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions, boost carbon capture and storage and come with various enticements, including grants, low-interest loans and technical assistance. […] Obama administration aides have said the issue of...
  • A personal account of how call out culture has harmed teaching

    04/22/2015 9:48:26 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 3 replies
    This is a matter of real, palpable fear. Saying anything that goes against liberal orthodoxy is now grounds for a firin’. Even if you make a reasonable and respectful case, if you so much as cause your liberal students a second of complication or doubt you face the risk of demonstrations, public call-outs, and severe professional consequences. My friends and colleagues might well agree that the student-teacher relationship ban is misguided, but they’re not allowed to say as much in public. C-can you guys see the problem, here? Personally, liberal students scare the shit out of me. I know how...
  • The Microaggression Farce

    04/22/2015 8:29:29 PM PDT · by Fiji Hill · 18 replies
    City Journal ^ | Fall, 2014 | Heather MacDonald
    The latest campus fad, which sees racism everywhere, will create a new generation of permanent victims. In November 2013, two dozen graduate students at the University of California at Los Angeles marched into an education class and announced a protest against its “hostile and unsafe climate for Scholars of Color.” The students had been victimized, they claimed, by racial “microaggression”—the hottest concept on campuses today, used to call out racism otherwise invisible to the naked eye. UCLA’s response to the sit-in was a travesty of justice. The education school sacrificed the reputation of a beloved and respected professor in order...
  • Rev.Graham:Gay Iceman ComicBook Made To Indoctrinate Our Young People to Accept This Destructive Lif

    04/22/2015 5:54:57 PM PDT · by markomalley · 42 replies
    CNS News ^ | 4/22/15 | Michael W. Chapman
    Marvel Comics outed its X-Men character "Iceman" as gay in its latest issue, a cultural step that is designed "to indoctrinate our young people to accept this destructive lifestyle," said Reverend Franklin Graham, who added that God Himself in the Bible says that "homosexuality is a sin" and we are to be on guard against all sin."An April 22, 2015 Facebook post by Rev. Franklin Graham."Today the Marvel comic character Ice Man, from the 'X-Men' series, is coming out as gay," said Rev. Graham in a post on Facebook. "This is another attempt to indoctrinate our young people to accept...
  • Super Dave grounded due to noise complaints

    04/22/2015 4:13:19 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 40 replies
    Chilliwack Progress ^ | April 22, 2015 | Jennifer Feinberg
    The roar of Super Dave Mathieson's aerobatic aircraft has been grounded over noise complaints. The full-time air show pilot, who made Chilliwack his home base a few years ago, received notification from Transport Canada earlier this month that he could no longer perform the aerobatics under 2000 feet at Chilliwack Airport, citing proximity to "noise sensitive or livestock" areas.
  • This newly declared microcountry wants to become the world's foremost tax haven

    04/22/2015 2:54:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/22/2015 | Ryan Gorman
    The world’s newest microcountry wants to become its foremost tax haven. Liberland, which sits on 2.7 square-miles of land along the Danube River between Serbia and Croatia, was founded earlier this month and plans to have only voluntary taxes. "We don’t want the state to take money from the people," Vít Jedlička, a native of Prague and Liberland's new president, told Business Insider in a phone interview. "We want to have voluntary taxes." Elected into office by a three-person committee, Jedlička says he started Liberland to “turn the concept of a state upside down.” After working as a financial analyst...
  • Great news! Law school applications down 50%!

    04/22/2015 1:49:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/22/2014 | NewsMachete
    It is actually good to have germs in small amounts.  They help inoculate us from bigger sicknesses.  But having too many germs is bad for us. That philosophy applies equally well to lawyers.  Some lawyers are useful, even necessary, such as lawyers who draft wills or contracts between companies or stock offerings (my former profession), federal prosecutors, and those who represent plaintiffs and defendants in legitimate civil lawsuits. But a lot of lawyers do things that are not so good.  In my opinion, the government has too many lawyers.  The lawyers at the EPA and the so-called "civil rights"...
  • Earth Day, a holiday of misery and death, invented by Ira Einhorn, a murderer

    04/22/2015 12:43:07 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 15 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | April 22, 2015 | Mark Whittington
    April 22 is Earth Day, which was the brain child of an activist named Ira Einhorn, a self-proclaimed hippie environmentalist and, of course, and opponent of the Vietnam War. The holiday is Easter and Christmas all in one for the environmental movement. It is said to be a celebration of the Earth, which is thus far humanity’s sole home, but is actually a celebration of misery and death. The opposition of environmentalists to virtually life-saving and life-improving technology from genetically modified organisms and all but the most stringently approved forms of energy bears witness to that supposition. Einhorn, who called...
  • Dad uses drone to follow his daughter to school (photos)

    04/22/2015 11:48:39 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 24 replies
    Wired, ABC, 6abc. ^ | April 22, 2015
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WPVI) -- Need a new way to keep tabs on your child? A father in Tennessee may have the answer. Chris Early uses an eye in the sky to watch his eight-year-old daughter. Early, from Knoxville, is a techie and he loves to play with his new drone. He owns a production company and loves to see what new things he can do with it. A few weeks ago he used it to when his daughter Katie asked to walk to school on her own. As she was walking out of the door, the father got out his...
  • Florida teen recovering after Water moccasin bite to his face

    04/22/2015 8:30:24 AM PDT · by fungoking · 44 replies
    Fox Tampa bay ^ | 4/21/15 | Staff
    <p>A Florida teenager is recovering after being bitten in the face by a water moccasin.</p> <p>The bite happened last Saturday, according to investigators with Florida Fish and Wildlife, two days after Austin Hatfield, 18, captured it in his girlfriend's yard in Wimauma.</p>