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Gambling to grow…

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Plants may be more clever than we think.  Scientists have discovered that peas  will gamble  on finding nutrients when they are limited in availability,  but are less inclined to don’t when they’re plentiful.   that doesn’t mean the peas are actually intelligent,  but that they have evolved to be extremely efficient at survival.

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June 30, 2016 at 11:48 pm

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Chatbot beats parking tickets…

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The artificial  intelligence lawyer  has successfully contested 160,000 parking tickets in London and New York,  all for free.  Its 19-year-old creator,  London-born second-year Stanford University student Joshua Browder,  is pleased with the 64% success rate,  as he should be.

As for me,  I’m in favor of nearly anything that puts lawyers out of business and makes cities behave.

 

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June 30, 2016 at 10:09 am

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Prepping the rich…

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This article  on how to prepare for disaster if you’re rich is written in a slightly tongue-in-cheek style which I found quite amusing.  It’s also refreshing to know that the really rich will have things the rest of us might need,  and that despite paying over a grand a night,  they will be largely unprepared to prevent us from taking those things.   Yes, the really rich will have private security,  but that will last only as long as the money and food does,  and money has little value when you need food and shelter.

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June 29, 2016 at 11:51 pm

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Feathers in amber…

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Researchers  working in northeastern Burma have discovered bird feathers perfectly  preserved in amber.   We have a lot to thank tree sap for,  don’t we?

 

 

 

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June 29, 2016 at 10:09 am

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Benghazi Report…

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I will need  some time to read both reports,  but my initial assessment of Benghazi remains unchanged:  you had to be incompetent beyond belief or astonishingly stupid not to have known Benghazi was a terrorist attack the instant there was directed mortar fire.   We now know that real-time intelligence confirmed it as a terror event almost immediately,  so there can be no doubt that the Obama Administration,  including His Oneness and Hillary,  lied to us all for many days.

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June 28, 2016 at 11:52 pm

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Hayek in the Hill Country…

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Kevin Williamson has a first-class  take-down  on arbitrary regulation and its costs.   You should read it.

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June 28, 2016 at 10:03 am

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Gerald Walpin, R.I.P.

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As an Inspector General,  Gerald Walpin investigated the misdeeds of one of Obama’s cronies,  and found massive misuse of federal funds.  The Obama Administration told him to resign or be fired.   Mr. Walpin courageously  refused to resign  and was instantly fired,  which was itself a violation of rules regarding the dismissal of inspectors general.   Walpin was a canary in the coal mine with regard to the lawlessness of the Obama Administration,  but few people paid attention.

When confronted by Sen. Charles Grassley,  the White House claimed that Walpin was ” too confused”  to perform his duties,  which was a bald-faced lie,  as every interview Walpin subsequently did showed an alert,  intelligent gentleman who was not confused about anything.   Mr. Walpin was struck by a vehicle while crossing a street in Manhattan and died of his injuries,  at age 84.

 

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/gerald-walpin-inspector-general-fired-by-obama-dies/article/2594889

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June 27, 2016 at 10:07 am