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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

Bullet train misfires…

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California has  yet another  useless,  hideously expensive boondoggle,  one more useless project which was based on lies.   The 800-mile High Speed Train network was supposed to be funded with matching funds from various government and private entities,  so that taxes would not have to be raised to pay for it.

It is at least 50% over budget,  and the best California can do at this stage is kill the project,  considering that the state’s May cap-and-trade carbon dioxide auction raised only $10 million of the expected $500 million.   Since the scheme was counting on borrowing against future auction proceeds as an income stream,  the economics are flat out busted,  not that anyone with a decent brain ever thought they would actually work.

Now the question is whether voters will allow the state to use the $500 million reserve on a filed liberal project which would have served pitifully few people.   This abject and utter failure should be Gov. Jerry brown’s lasting legacy.

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June 26, 2016 at 11:50 pm

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West Virginia inundated…

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The state has  been hit  by rains of nearly Biblical proportions,  resulting in death and massive property destruction.   The most startling thing I’ve seen is  this video  of a burning house being swept down a river.   Put these benighted residents in your prayers  —  they surely need them.

 

 

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June 26, 2016 at 10:14 am

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Wonderful news…

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Beijing  is sinking  —  literally.   Its 20 million inhabitants are using up too much of the ground water in the capital,  and different areas are subsiding at different rates,  which poses a threat to infrastructure,  most notably the high-speed rail system.   The Chinese bureaucrats are aware of the pending problem,  but who knows whether they will actually do anything about it before disaster occurs?

 

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June 25, 2016 at 11:52 pm