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  • Even If Torture Doesn't Work In The Real World, TV Has Us Convinced It Does

    12/12/2014 1:06:24 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 34 replies
    Northwest Public Radio ^ | 12-12-2014 | Eric Deggans
    Consider this warning that recently greeted viewers of ABC's political soap opera, Scandal: "The following drama contains adult content. Viewer discretion is advised." That label was slapped on the episode because of scenes like the moment when trained torturer Huck prepared to ply his trade on colleague (and soon-to-be girlfriend) Quinn Perkins. "Normally, I'd start with the drill or a scalpel," he told Perkins, who was bound and gagged, looking on in terror. "Peeling off the skin can be beautiful. Or removing fingers, toes; I like the feeling of a toe being separated from a foot. ... I'm so sorry,...
  • Fat pensions for outgoing lawmakers

    11/06/2014 8:57:57 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 8 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 11/06/2014 | Chris Isidore
    More than a dozen members of Congress were defeated on Tuesday night. But taxpayers will still have to keep sending most of them checks. Members of Congress are eligible for a pension after just five years in office, so that means senators qualify for one after a single six-year term. But most can't start drawing full payments until age 62. North Carolina's Kay Hagan, for instance, lost her first bid for reelection. For senators and representatives with only six years in office, the annual pension is about 10% of annual pay -- in Hagan's case, that's $17,400 a year based...
  • White House Won’t Say How Much Taxpayers Pay For Obama Fundraising

    10/13/2014 9:09:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7:22 PM 10/12/2014 | Alex Pappas
    When President Barack Obama takes Air Force One on a fundraising swing, he is required under the law to reimburse taxpayers for certain travel expenses. But as Mark Knoller of CBS News reports, the White House has made it a practice of not publicly releasing specific reimbursement figures, making it impossible for the public to see exactly how much they pay every time the president goes on a political trip. Knoller says it’s not about national security reasons, but rather about saving face. “Very simply, the White House doesn’t want to disclose the material because it might be embarrassing and...
  • Forest Service says media needs photography permit in wilderness areas

    09/23/2014 9:28:34 PM PDT · by hiho hiho · 69 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | September 23, 2014 | Rob Davis
    The U.S. Forest Service has tightened restrictions on media coverage in vast swaths of the country's wild lands, requiring reporters to pay for a permit and get permission before shooting a photo or video in federally designated wilderness areas. Under rules being finalized in November, a reporter who met a biologist, wildlife advocate or whistleblower alleging neglect in any of the nation's 100 million acres of wilderness would first need special approval to shoot photos or videos even on an iPhone. Permits cost up to $1,500, says Forest Service spokesman Larry Chambers, and reporters who don't get a permit could...
  • National Voter Registration Day

    09/23/2014 3:41:44 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 6 replies
    The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) ^ | September 23, 2014 | The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE),
    IMPORTANT: This information should not be downloaded using government equipment, read during duty time, sent to others using government equipment, or sent to anyone while in a government building because it involves election related activity. Today is National Voter Registration Day and while volunteers around the country will be on street corners, outside of groceries stores, at bus and subway stops and elsewhere to help people register, you can get started right now, right here with just one click.If we’re going to beat back the attack on working families by the likes of Mitch McConnell, Scott Walker, the Koch brothers and other...
  • Cal State No Longer Recognizing Christian Groups

    09/09/2014 6:32:05 AM PDT · by xzins · 80 replies
    CBN ^ | September 09, 2014
    A new policy put in place by Cal State University could cost InterVarsity and other Christian groups up to $460,000 to meet on campus because they cannot change their leadership requirements to include any student. "No campus shall recognize any fraternity, sorority, living group, honor society, or other student organization unless its membership and leadership are open to all currently enrolled students at that campus," the policy states. The rule requires leadership positions to be open to any student, regardless of whether they hold the same beliefs as the Club. The policy went into effect in 2012 but up until...
  • Have You No Sense of Decency, PBS?

    09/05/2014 4:28:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 5, 2014 | Humberto Fontova
    PBS, who operates partly on the dime of the U.S. taxpayer, just ran a one-hour special on the terror-sponsoring dictator who shrieked that “war with the U.S. is my true destiny!” and who came within a hair of nuking millions of PBS’ involuntary donors during the gravest military threat against the United States in modern history.PBS, who bills itself as America’s “most-trusted source for news and public affairs programs,” aimed their documentary on the “turbulent life” of the “controversial Cuban leader” at a U.S. audience and titled it, The Fidel Castro Tapes. But PBS pulled off its documentary without mentioningthe...
  • Late-Term Abortionist on Pro-Lifers: “These are the Same People Who Think the Earth is Flat”

    09/04/2014 5:58:49 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 12 replies
    Life News ^ | 9/3/14 | Cortney O'Brien
    On Monday, PBS aired the controversial documentary “After Tiller,” a film that sympathizes with the four remaining late-term abortionists in the country. Pro-life groups immediately filed petitions urging the station to remove the film from its lineup, to no avail. Today, the documentary’s filmmakers and Dr. Susan Robinson, one of the abortionists featured in the film, participated in a Google Chat to field viewers’ questions. Their “answers” were misleading, accusatory, and, at times, outright lies.“What is the hardest part of your job?,” one Google participant asked Dr. Robinson: “Listening to the desperate, sad stories and not taking it on as...
  • PBS Doubles Down, Hosts Video Chat With Producers of Film “Humanizing” Late-Term Abortions

    09/01/2014 8:38:16 PM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt
    Millions of pro-life people may be up in arms about a pro-abortion film PBS will air this evening that “humanizes” late-term abortions, but the taxpayer-funded network doesn’t seem to care. Instead, it’s announced it is hosting a live video chat with the producers of the film, “After Tiller,” that glorifies late-term abortion practitioners. PBS posted a promotional for the chat on Saturday. Some pro-life groups are already encouraging pro-life advocates to be involved so the chat is not a one-sided affair in favor of abortion. RSVP and join the conversation on Google+ » pbsOn Tuesday, September 2, 2014, from 1...
  • Obama Third Greatest President??

    09/01/2014 1:30:18 PM PDT · by freepertoo · 84 replies
    09/01/14 | Tekva
    I work about a mile from the Smithsonian museums and like every good Washingtonian, I never visit the famous sites. Today, being Labor Day, and having nothing else to do, I decided to go the Smithsonian Museum of American History. In one area they had a poll, taken by the museum visitors (how many thousands would that be?), voting for the greatest president in history. George Washington came in first, Abraham Lincoln second, Barak Obama third. I always thought "my jaw dropped" was just a fanciful expression, but my jaw DID drop. Reagan, by the way was 4th.
  • Federal study on lesbian obesity costs $3 million

    09/01/2014 12:08:45 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 71 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 8/31/2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    A federal study to determine why 75 percent of lesbian women are obese and gay men are not has totaled nearly $3 million. snip They have determined that gay and bisexual males had a “greater desire for toned muscles” than straight men, lesbians have lower “athletic self-esteem” that may lead to higher rates of obesity, and that lesbians are more likely to see themselves at a healthy weight even though they are not, the Free Beacon reported. Their research also found that LGBT individuals exercise less than heterosexuals, and that sexual minorities are 46 to 76 percent less likely to...
  • Feds Creating Database to Track ‘Hate Speech’ on Twitter

    08/25/2014 6:10:49 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 64 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | August 25, 2014 3:30 pm | Elizabeth Harrington
    The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track “misinformation” and hate speech on Twitter. ... “This service could mitigate the diffusion of false and misleading ideas, detect hate speech and subversive propaganda [?], and assist in the preservation of open debate,” the grant said. ... “Truthy” claims to be non-partisan. However, the project’s lead investigator Filippo Menczer proclaims his support for numerous progressive advocacy groups, including President Barack Obama’s Organizing for Action, Moveon.org, Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, Amnesty International, and True Majority. ... The government-funded researchers hope that the public will use...
  • The Rebuilding of I-45: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity to Improve Houston

    07/29/2014 10:14:21 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 24 replies
    Cite Magazine ^ | Jul. 28, 2014 5:35 PM | Torie Ludwin
    According to proposals on the table at the Texas Department of Transportation, the highway system around Downtown Houston may be subject to a significant transformation. This well may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the city to reconnect neighborhoods long bifurcated by highway IH-45 while also improving traffic capacity of the highways. How to change and improve the highway system is of great debate. As the Department of Transportation follows through on its federally required processes to propose and examine alternatives to the expansion of IH-45, also called the North Houston Highway Improvement Project, itÂ’s winnowing the options quickly. Now is...
  • The Psychopathology of Sandra Fluke's All-American Totalitarian Vagina

    07/26/2014 1:52:25 PM PDT · by Objective Scrutator · 42 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 23, 2014 | Deborah C. Tyler
    [...]The constitutional right to be free from unlawful search and seizure is based on the psychological need to maintain control over personal information and behavior. The involuntary loss of privacy and dignity regarding sex is a central aspect of the psychopathology of American sex totalitarianism. And it has been inflicting itself on the American mind from the highest offices of government. Sexually oriented feminists can be divided into two generations. The central purpose of the first generation was to legalize abortion and normalize sex outside marriage. Gloria Steinem is still the leader of that generation. She, who is often seen...
  • Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz to Spend $3 Million to Elect Wendy Davis

    07/21/2014 8:58:32 AM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt
    The political arm of the Planned Parenthood abortion business says it will spend as much as $3 million in Texas to elect pro-abortion gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis and other pro-abortion candidates. Cecile Richards, the president of America’s biggest abortion corporation was in the Lone State State to push her plan. Cecile Richards, president of the national advocacy group Planned Parenthood Votes, said the effort aims to draw differences between Democrat Wendy Davis and Republican Greg Abbott, the state attorney general, in the campaign for governor. wendydavis12“When women have a chance to know the difference between candidates, they won’t vote for...
  • The Armpit of Academia

    07/21/2014 5:36:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 21, 2014 | Mike Adams
    "'Life' in this 'society' being, at best, an utter bore and no aspect of 'society' being at all relevant to women, there remains to civic-minded, responsible, thrill-seeking females only to overthrow the government, eliminate the money system, institute complete automation and eliminate the male sex." - Valerie Solanas.Professor Breanne Fahs is a revolutionary. She teaches Women's and Gender Studies at Arizona State University. Recently, she decided to give extra credit to her female students for "defying social norms" by refusing to shave their armpits. In the name of equality, she also gave her male students an opportunity to earn...
  • New video shows Planned Parenthood teaching teens to use whipping and asphyxiation

    07/15/2014 2:08:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 15, 2014
    Two more investigative videos from pro-life organization Live Action show Planned Parenthood facilities in Denver, Colorado offering disturbing and dangerous advice to what staffers think are underage girls. The counselors lay out in graphic detail a spectrum of sadistic sexual behaviors to the investigators, including "whipping," "tying up," and "asphyxiation." As one of the Live Action videos shows, a gruesome crime involving asphyxiation recently captured media interest.  Police discovered 16-year-old Jessica Burlew this past January with the corpse of 43-year-old Jason Ash, whom Burlew had strangled to death and mutilated with razor blades in the midst of "a sex game." "Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains...
  • Frustration boils over as Houston woman goes on epic rant about illegal immigrant children

    07/10/2014 11:52:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | July 10, 2014 | Tom Tillison
    With the children being sent across the country, a Houston woman went on an epic rant when she learned that officials were looking at a closed school in her neighborhood as a potential detention facility. Bernadette Lancelin not only opposed the idea, but did so emphatically: It’s not right. Now billions of dollars want to be borrowed from the White House to help feed and house them. What about the kids here? In our neighborhood? In our country? Not just in this neighborhood but in our country. All these kids? Really? Why can’t they go back? I’m sorry that their...
  • NPR Shills for Socialism

    06/27/2014 5:04:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 27, 2014 | Humberto Fontova
    That National Public Radio has nice things to say about socialism shouldn’t be surprising. After all, “Federal funding is essential to public radio's service to the American public,” explains NPR’s own website. “Elimination of federal funding would result in fewer programs, less journalism…and eventually the loss of public radio stations.” NPR’s brand of journalism came under fire most recently when Republican Senators Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn sponsored a bill in 2011 to defund the Corporation of Public Broadcasting. “Since 2001, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funds programming for National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting Service, has received...
  • Your tax dollars at work: Planned Parenthood hosts “condom crafting”

    06/17/2014 8:27:10 AM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies
    Jill Stanek ^ | Jill Stanek
    The occasion was the opening of a new commuter rail line in Minneapolis/St. Paul, for which Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota had been “waiting excitedly… for a long, long time.” Planned Parenthood condom crafting partyThat’s because the new line has a stop near Planned Parenthood’s Vandalia abortion feeder clinic. This past Saturday, June 14, the rail station hosted bands and activities “friendly for kids and fun for grown-ups,” wrote Planned Parenthood, acknowledging this was intended to be a G-rated event. Planned Parenthood’s condom sense But we already know Planned Parenthood has a demented view about what “kid friendly”...
  • ‘Islamophobia’ Thought Crimes at Berkeley--Coming soon to a university near you

    06/04/2014 4:30:59 AM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | June 4, 2014 | Cinnamon Stillwell and Rima Greene
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://www.frontpagemag.com - ‘Islamophobia’ Thought Crimes at BerkeleyPosted By Cinnamon Stillwell and Rima Greene On June 4, 2014 @ 12:39 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 2 Comments [To order David Horowitz and Robert Spencer's pamphlet Islamophobia: Thought Crime of the Totalitarian Future, click here.]What’s an “Islamophobia”-promoting academic to do when there simply aren’t enough hate crimes to sustain the mythical narrative that Muslim-Americans are persecuted for their religion? The Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project (IRDP) at the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Race & Gender came up with a brilliant idea for this spring’s Fifth Annual...
  • Hurricanes with feminine names cause more damage than storms with masculine names: study

    06/03/2014 7:34:58 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 38 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 06/03/2014 | Staff of MarketWatch
    What’s in a name? Apparently, when it comes to hurricanes, a lot. A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that, for Atlantic Coast hurricanes in the U.S., storms with feminine names lead to more deaths than those with masculine names. The best explanation for this, according to the Economist, is that people do not take hurricanes with women’s names as seriously as storms with men’s names. The researchers actually tested this theory — and produced supporting results. They picked five male and five female names from the list to be used for this...
  • Nancy Pelosi: VA Wait List Manipulation Isn't a Scandal

    05/30/2014 8:12:02 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 37 replies
    Imagine the press letting a Republican or conservative try to get away with trying to avoid uncondtionally calling something as infuriating and outrageous as the Veterans Administration waiting list scandal a real scandal. Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did that on Monday (HT Patterico and Real Clear Politics) in an interview with Vox's Ezra Klein, who naturally let it slide right on by:
  • In Need Of A Bailout: The ‘Che Cafe,’ A Co-Op Run By Commie-Loving Students

    05/22/2014 7:54:38 AM PDT · by rktman · 31 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 5/21/2014 | Robby Soave
    Proving that communism has worked no better for students at a University of California-San Diego cooperative living space than it did for the billions of citizens of the Soviet Union and the People’s Republic of China, the aptly-named “Che Cafe” is quickly running out of cash. In the cleverly titled article, “In the Red,” The UCSD Guardian noted that the Che Cafe–a student-run co-op named after mass-murdering dictator Che Guevara and governed by the communist philosophy–has become a “money pit consistently plagued with safety issues.”
  • Nasa releases images of prototype Mars space suit

    05/02/2014 10:41:06 AM PDT · by bkopto · 58 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | May 1, 2014 | Maria McEvoy
    Nasa has released pictures of a prototype space suit, parts of which American astronauts could one day wear on the first manned mission to Mars. The public voted on three different designs for the Z-2 and the "Technology" design won by a landslide with 63 per cent of the vote. The design uses luminescent wire to form a light on the front of the suit that can be personalised to help astronauts identify other individuals on their team. The Z-2 is a prototype so will not be making any future trip to Mars itself as it does not have the...
  • SpaceX Releases Raw Video of First Stage Landing Attempt

    04/30/2014 1:38:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | April 30, 2014 | Nancy Atkinson on
    Video released today by SpaceX confirms the landing legs deployed successfully on the Falcon 9′s first stage booster, paving the way for future vertical soft touchdowns on land. SpaceX’s next-generation Falcon 9 rocket was tested following the launch of the CRS-3 mission for the Dragon spacecraft, which launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on April 18. This was the first test of the landing legs deployment with a re-entry burn and soft landing in the Atlantic Ocean. The SpaceX CEO had mentioned the success during a post launch briefing and later tweeted further updates that the Falcon 9 first...
  • Officer has face mauled by police K9 [truncated]

    04/26/2014 12:22:07 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 155 replies
    MailOnline h/t Your Jewish News ^ | 22 April 2014 | DAILY MAIL REPORTER
    Murray County Deputy Greg Morrison put his arm around the FULL TITLE: Officer has face mauled by police K9 when he tried to take selfie with it AA Georgia deputy sheriff was rushed to the hospital Monday after a police bit his face, ripping open his chin and lip. Murray County Deputy Greg Morrison put his arm around the Malinois after a job well done in an attempt to take a selfie with his cell phone. But the professional pup was in no mood for camaraderie and proved it with a vicious snap at Morrison's chin. 'It’s an act of...
  • Biden: Taking Grandkids on Trips ‘One of the Great Advantages of Being Vice President’

    04/19/2014 12:59:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 15, 2014 - 7:13 AM | Susan Jones
    The Obama daughters aren’t the only ones with travel privileges. Vice President Joe Biden told a gathering on Monday that he likes to bring his grandchildren with him when he travels. “I literally—at Christmastime, Mr. Ambassador, I always sit with the kids the last five or—and say, well, where do you want to go this year? Because one of the great advantages of being vice president, I’m able to take, if I’m not going into a war zone, one of my grandchildren with me. And I do take them all. They’re good kids. They don’t get in the way. And...
  • Healthcare.gov crashes on day of deadline for enrollment under Affordable Care Act

    03/31/2014 4:26:44 PM PDT · by Jean S · 48 replies
    blog.al.com ^ | 3/31/14 | Debbie M. Lord
    Healthcare.gov, the troubled website set up to help Americans choose and enroll in a health care policy, crashed early Monday morning, on the final day to begin the process to apply for health insurance. According to a CNBC story, the website crashed around 3:20 a.m. (ET) Monday. It was  still down as of 7:40 a.m.Monday is the deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act -- commonly called Obamacare -- before facing a fine.According to the White House, more than 6 million people have signed up since the enrollment period began on Oct. 1. According to...
  • Gay couples wed across Michigan in 24 hours same-sex marriage was legal (Stay issued)

    03/23/2014 12:33:09 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 26 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | March 23, 2014 | Khalil AlHajal
    PONTIAC, MI -- It was fun while it lasted for hundreds of gay Michigan couples who got married Saturday. With a voter-approved ban against same-sex nuptials out of the way for about 24 hours, couples rushed to tie the knot in four Michigan counties where clerks held special weekend hours to issue marriage licenses. But an appeals court put a stop to the immediate wedding planning, issuing a temporary stay of U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman's Friday ruling that called the Michigan Marriage Act unconstitutional. Friedman issued a decision that rejected all of the state's arguments that voters made a...
  • (Transparency) No reporters allowed on Michelle Obama's trip to China

    03/19/2014 11:11:57 AM PDT · by armydawg505 · 46 replies
    www.weeklystandard.com ^ | 3/19/2014 | Danile Halper
    First Lady Michelle Obama will be accompanied by her children and her mother on her trip to China, which begins today. But she won't be accompanied by the press. "Michelle Obama’s trip to China starting on Wednesday will be nonpolitical, the White House says, a 'people-to-people exchange' emphasizing the importance that both nations place on education. As if to underscore the point, no reporters are traveling with the first lady, and she does not plan to give interviews while there," reports the New York Times. The White House is defending the first lady bringing her family along for the ride...
  • Will NFL's Super Bowl bullying be too much for our lawmakers?

    03/19/2014 7:03:08 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 3-18-14 | Joe Soucheray
    The National Football League sent six of its lieutenants to Minneapolis the other day to advertise what essentially is a take-it-or-leave-it offer. Either you people give us the tax breaks we want so that we might not be fettered by the reasonable expectations of doing business or you don't get a Super Bowl. Capiche? "It's an incredibly competitive environment,'' said Frank Supovitz, NFL senior vice president of events. If Supovitz wasn't wearing a tie, he would have said, "Look, we've got other cities that will do what we want, so you either play by our rules or you can stuff...
  • UC Berkeley Hires First Wikipedian-in-Residence

    03/18/2014 5:38:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 | Lisa Fernandez
    A 24-year-old geography major is the first Wikipedian-in-residence at the University of California, Berkeley. His announcement can be found - where else? - but on his own Wiki page. Cal hired Gorman, according to a February announcement, to advise students and professors on the complex task of editing articles for Wikipedia, the user-generated online encyclopedia that gets 500 million monthly visitors. Until now, Wikipedians-in-residence have been assigned to cultural institutions, such as the British Museum, the Gerald Ford Presidential Library and the U.S. National Archives. In a statement, Cal calls Gorman a "hardcore Wikipedian" since his undergraduate days at Berkeley,...
  • Dems' All-Night Talkathon on Climate Change Includes Swipes at Republicans' 'Dark Money'

    03/11/2014 9:13:13 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | 3/11/2014 | Susan Jones
    Democrats control the Senate, but instead of bringing up a Democrat-sponsored climate-change bill, a few dozen of them pulled an all-nigher on the Senate floor to draw attention to the issue. It's a clear indication that Democrats don't have the votes -- or the public support -- to pass their own climate-change legislation. And they blame the lack of bipartisanship on billionaire Republican donors and "all that dark money," as one Democrat described it.
  • West Hollywood's increasing diversity inspires mixed emotions

    03/08/2014 6:59:34 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 25 replies
    L.A.Times ^ | March 6, 2014 | Hailey Branson-Potts
    Councilman John Duran and his gay colleagues on the West Hollywood City Council never expected a backlash when they voted recently to remove the rainbow flag from above City Hall. For Duran, who is gay, taking down the flag wasn't about slighting gays but sending a message about the city's diversity. "It's not just a city of gay men. It belongs to heterosexual people as well," he said. http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-weho-gay-identity-20140307,0,7458432.story#ixzz2vNq2Uy21
  • Things That Would Have Gotten Me Fired in the Corporate World

    03/08/2014 3:49:24 PM PST · by 1rudeboy · 4 replies
    Coyote Blog ^ | March 7, 2014 | Warren Meyer
    This week's episode:  Spending enormous resources on a program to reduce X, and then not tracking (or even putting in place a mechanism to track) whether X was reduced as promised.   James Taranto quoting the National Journal quoting Administration officials: The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the health care law will reduce the number of uninsured people by about 24 million over the next few years, and that about 6 million previously uninsured people will gain coverage through the law's exchanges this year. So, is enrollment on track to meet that goal? Overall enrollment is looking pretty decent, but...
  • At NYU it’s hard to tell American Studies from outright anti-Israel organizing

    02/27/2014 10:25:15 AM PST · by servo1969 · 1 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 2-27-2014 | William A. Jacobson
    We previously made reference to the anti-Israel conference organized for February 28- March 1, 2014 by Lisa Duggan, a professor in NYU’s American Studies Department and incoming President of the American Studies Association. (Full conference poster at bottom of post.) When Elder of Ziyon blog and others caught wind of Duggan trying to keep the Conference from coming to the attention of those who oppose ASA’s academic boycott of Israel, the Facebook post for the event was taken down. The Conference is an NYU function, but it’s hardly academic. The panels are stacked with anti-Israel academic boycott movement supporters arguing...
  • Something is rotten in the state of science: How did computer generated gibberish get published?

    02/25/2014 6:54:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/25/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Evidence is accumulating that quality control is a serious issue in academic publishing, which is the key to career advancement for scientists and other scholars. In an age when appeals to "peer reviewed" "settled science" have become standard operating procedure in efforts to impose radical increases in government control over our lives, corruption in the mechanisms for reviewing  scientific publications has very real consequences for all of us. Nature magazine tells us: Publishers withdraw more than 120 gibberish papers. Richard Van Noorden writes: The publishers Springer and IEEE are removing more than 120 papers from their subscription services after...
  • Research: People Who Believe Hell Are Less Happy

    02/24/2014 7:45:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Live Science ^ | 02/24/2014 | By Wynne Parry, Live Science Contributor
    Fire, brimstone, eternal suffering — hell is not a pleasant concept. But research has pointed to the societal benefits of a belief in supernatural punishment, including higher economic growth in developing countries and less crime. But there are also drawbacks, even in this life. A new study links believing in hell, and perhaps even thinking about it, with lower levels of happiness and satisfaction in life. "It seems there is this trade-off," said Azim Shariff, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Oregon. In research published in January in PLOS ONE, Shariff and a colleague looked at international...
  • John Cornyn’s Three Pensions Make for One Uncomfortable GOP Situation (2013)

    02/20/2014 8:15:52 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 34 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 6/19/13 | LLoyd Grove
    Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas likes to present himself as a deficit hawk—a red-state conservative who “believes that Congress must be a good steward of the taxpayers’ money,” as his official website declares, and that “fiscal responsibility is the cornerstone for good governance.” So the revelation in the National Journal that the 61-year-old Cornyn is collecting three different state-government pensions while receiving his federal salary as a senator (a total of $239,383 in taxpayer-funded largesse) is slightly off-message, and just a tad inconvenient, as he gets ready to run for a third term next year. “There’s a lot of...
  • Moving To Mexico

    02/16/2014 1:11:42 PM PST · by Allen In Texas Hill Country · 26 replies
    Dear President Obama: I'm planning to move my family and extended family into Mexico for my health, and I would like to ask you to assist me. We're planning to simply walk across the border from the U.S. into Mexico, and we'll need your help to make a few arrangements. We plan to skip all the legal stuff like visas, passports, immigration quotas and laws. I'm sure they handle those things the same way you do here. So, would you mind telling your buddy, The President of Mexico, that I'm on my way over? Please let him know that I...
  • Google Subsidiary To Negotiate For Giant Eight-Acre NASA California Facility, Hangar One

    02/11/2014 8:28:25 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | February 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Howell on
    Lease terms are still being negotiated, but these are some of the things expected to be a part of it: rehabilitating Hangars One, 2 and 3, fixing up a golf course, starting a public use and educational facility, and getting rid of NASA’s operation and maintenance cost of the area, among other things. In a press release, NASA did not give a date as to when these negotiations would conclude.
  • Vicious Muslim Supremacist Professor at Berkeley demands students tweet on “Islamophobia”

    02/08/2014 7:38:08 PM PST · by lowbridge · 26 replies
    dcclothesline ^ | february 8, 2014 | pamela geller
    The Nazi-like march of Islamic supremacists into influential positions of power in media, politics and academia sank to a new low this week (and that bar was already conspicuously low ). Tarek Fatah received a  panicked message from a student enrolled at the University of California Berkeley, who along with 100 kids in his class is being forced to tweet on“islamophobia” as a course requirement by a notorious antisemitic, terror-supporting professor, Hatem Bazian: [The student} wrote: “I’ve been told by one of my professors I will be required, as part of my grade, to start a Twitter account and tweet weekly onIslamophobia. I can’t help but feel this is unethical. This is...
  • Team Obama's Topsy-Turvy Rhetoric Escalates the War on Faith

    02/05/2014 1:52:34 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 5, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    A favorite tactic of this Administration is to engage in outrageous behavior, and then – with the support of its allies – put its opponents on the defensive by accusing them of engaging in the conduct of which it is in fact guilty. So, for example, the Obama Administration takes far-out positions on social issues— then labels as “extreme” anyone who stands up for mainstream values. The White House promotes monetary policies that destroy jobs– and then attacks the business community for driving “income inequality.” The latest example of this “jujitsu” maneuver involves the Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate...
  • NIH Spent $464,272 to Find Out Why Gay Men Get Syphilis in Peru

    02/04/2014 6:51:18 AM PST · by grundle · 32 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | February 3, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The National Institutes of Health has spent millions of dollars studying male sex workers in Peru, including more than $400,000 to determine why gay men get syphilis in the South American country. “Syphilis remains an uncontrolled infectious disease globally, with high prevalence and incidence in certain high risk populations, affecting more than 20 percent of men who have sex with men (MSM) in Peru,” according to the grant, awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). “The incidence of syphilis in MSM in Peru is about 9 cases per 100 person-years,” it said. “We are proposing a study to improve...
  • Public university sex week at the University of Tennessee

    01/28/2014 1:37:29 PM PST · by armydawg505 · 25 replies
    www.campusreform.com ^ | 1/28/2014 | Katherine Timpf
    University of Tennessee (UT), a public school, has announced the schedule for its second annual Sex Week, complete with a lectures on orgasms as a political act and masturbation. One event, “Get Wet: Exploring the Connections Between Sexual Pleasure, Health, & Advocacy” will ask students “When is an orgasm a political act? When is lube a tool of the revolution?” The event description promises that host Megan Andelloux will "demonstrate how three components of sexuality - pleasure, health, and advocacy - flow into one another as we explore a variety of topics centered on reproductive justice and sexual freedom." The...
  • San Francisco’s Gay Icon Larry Brinkin Guilty of Felony Child Porn Possession

    01/28/2014 12:11:26 PM PST · by ColdOne · 77 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 1/28/14 | cnsnews
    (CNSNews.com) – Larry Brinkin, who worked at the Human Rights Commission for the City of San Francisco for 22 years and was a prominent homosexual rights activist for more than 40 years, pleaded guilty to felony child pornography possession last week. Brinkin is expected to serve six months in jail, five years of probation, and register as a sex offender for the rest of his life when he is sentenced on Mar. 5. But he likely will get to keep his city pension because possessing and viewing child porn apparently is not considered a crime of “moral turpitude” under San...
  • On PBS, David Remnick Praises Obama Administration As Scandal-Free, Pro-Science

    01/21/2014 1:51:15 PM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | January 21, 2014 | Paul Bremmer
    David Remnick of The New Yorker showed up on PBS’s Charlie Rose Monday night to discuss his long, mostly sympathetic profile of Barack Obama from the January 27 issue of the magazine. Near the end of the interview, Rose focused in on the president’s reported desire to be “big.” The host wondered, “[W]hat's his definition of 'big,' and does he believe in his deep recesses of his own mind that the chance of that has slipped away?” Remnick replied that no, Obama does not think his chance of being “big” has slipped away. The editor then rattled off a laundry...
  • DoD Internal Website Celebrates Homosexuality

    01/09/2014 11:17:46 AM PST · by Barry Cratus · 8 replies
    A Department of Defense command. ^ | January 2014 | Department of Defense
    From an internal DoD website, encouraging employees to celebrate one man sticking his d*** in another man's a**hole:
  • Study: Racism May Accelerate Aging In African-American Men

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (CBSDC) – Accelerated aging and a greater likelihood of suffering from an age-related illness at a younger age are two consequences being linked to African-American men who have experienced high-levels of racism throughout their lives. A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that African-American men who reported high levels of racial discrimination, or who have internalized anti-black attitudes, have an increased risk of premature death and chronic disease than white people. Previous research has documented African-Americans’ shorter life expectancy and greater risk of chronic diseases, but this new study is the first to...