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Steven Perez
"What level of risk to Ebola infections can Americans be expected to tolerate? "Zero" is a comforting answer, especially when an exotic disease has a cinematic impact on the collective imagination. It was in pursuit of zero that Govs. Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo this week imposed a mandatory, 21-day quarantine on all health-care workers returning to their states from West Africa. The governors say that even if there's an infinitesimal risk that a person without symptoms could pass the virus by, say, sharing a subway car, that risk is too high. Cue the applause. But as we should have learned in the fight against domestic terrorism, a government that seeks to eliminate all potential risk inevitably indulges in "security theater," and makes decisions that later look dumb." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
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Sean McBride
Evidence supports officer’s account of shooting in Ferguson - The Washington Post -
"Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown fought for control of the officer’s gun, and Wilson fatally shot the unarmed teenager after he moved toward the officer as they faced off in the street, according to interviews, news accounts and the full report of the St. Louis County autopsy of Brown’s body." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"Because Wilson is white and Brown was black, the case has ignited intense debate over how police interact with African American men. But more than a half-dozen unnamed black witnesses have provided testimony to a St. Louis County grand jury that largely supports Wilson’s account of events of Aug. 9, according to several people familiar with the investigation who spoke with The Washington Post." - Sean McBride
"Some of the physical evidence — including blood spatter analysis, shell casings and ballistics tests — also supports Wilson’s account of the shooting, The Post’s sources said, which cast Brown as an aggressor who threatened the officer’s life. The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are prohibited from publicly discussing the case." - Sean McBride
"The St. Louis Post-Dispatch late Tuesday night published Brown’s official county autopsy report, an analysis of which also suggests the 18-year-old may not have had his hands raised when he was fatally shot, as has been the contention of protesters who have demanded Wilson’s arrest." - Sean McBride
But surely Darion Johnson's eyewitness testimony will override any physical evidence. (Not really.) - Sean McBride
[New Information Released on Michael Brown Case] - Sean McBride
So many people rushed to judgment on this case: they KNEW what really happened immediately -- based on? - Sean McBride
Obama Is a Republican | The American Conservative - http://www.theamericanconserva...
Obama Is a Republican | The American Conservative
Mexican drug cartels are worse than ISIL | Al Jazeera America -
Mexican drug cartels are worse than ISIL | Al Jazeera America
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Steven Perez
Rick Perry Avoided Ebola Like the Plague - The Daily Beast -
Rick Perry Avoided Ebola Like the Plague - The Daily Beast
"For a governor who is thinking about mounting a presidential campaign, mastering the art of emergency politics is an effective way to convince the general public that you have the managerial skills necessary to lead the nation in times of distress. You don't even have to do much, really, you just have to not make things visibly worse while speaking in an authoritative tone and looking concerned for the huddled masses. Oh, and you have to be there. Physically. Like, your body has to be in the state you govern.  Given how easy all of that sounds, it seems odd that Texas Governor Rick Perry would fail to cancel a scheduled trip to Europe as his state grapples with two ongoing cases of Ebola and several dozens of other potential cases. That and incompetence at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital may have caused the deadly disease to spread.  Perry took off for England, Germany, Poland, and Ukraine for a "economic development trip" earlier this week, only cutting it short after a second case of Ebola was confirmed in Dallas on Tuesday night." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons - -
"In all, American troops secretly reported finding roughly 5,000 chemical warheads, shells or aviation bombs, according to interviews with dozens of participants, Iraqi and American officials, and heavily redacted intelligence documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"The United States had gone to war declaring it must destroy an active weapons of mass destruction program. Instead, American troops gradually found and ultimately suffered from the remnants of long-abandoned programs, built in close collaboration with the West." - Andrew C (✔)
"The American government withheld word about its discoveries even from troops it sent into harm’s way and from military doctors. The government’s secrecy, victims and participants said, prevented troops in some of the war’s most dangerous jobs from receiving proper medical care and official recognition of their wounds." - Andrew C (✔)
"After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Mr. Bush insisted that Mr. Hussein was hiding an active weapons of mass destruction program, in defiance of international will and at the world’s risk. United Nations inspectors said they could not find evidence for these claims. Then, during the long occupation, American troops began encountering old chemical munitions in hidden caches... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Scientists’ depressing new discovery about the brain -
"Nyan and his collaborators have been running experiments trying to answer this terrifying question about American voters: Do facts matter? The answer, basically, is no. When people are misinformed, giving them facts to correct those errors only makes them cling to their beliefs more tenaciously." - Andrew C (✔)
"People who thought WMDs were found in Iraq believed that misinformation even more strongly when they were shown a news story correcting it. People who thought George W. Bush banned all stem cell research kept thinking he did that even after they were shown an article saying that only some federally funded stem cell work was stopped. People who said the economy was the most important... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"In Kahan’s experiment, some people were asked to interpret a table of numbers about whether a skin cream reduced rashes, and some people were asked to interpret a different table – containing the same numbers – about whether a law banning private citizens from carrying concealed handguns reduced crime. Kahan found that when the numbers in the table conflicted with people’s positions on... more... - Andrew C (✔)
I don't believe that you posted this. - Greg GuitarBuster
Why would silly facts get in the way when people believe what their emotions tell them to believe. - Joe
Andrew C (✔)
Antonin Scalia Doesn't Believe in Separating Church and State - The Other 98% -
[Scalia:] "I think the main fight is to dissuade Americans from what the secularists are trying to persuade them to be true: that the separation of church and state means that the government cannot favor religion over nonreligion… Our [the court‘s] latest take on the subject, which is quite different from previous takes, is that the state must be neutral, not only between religions, but between religion and nonreligion. That’s just a lie.”" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
[Other 98:] "If Scalia is confused about what that means, he can look to Thomas Jefferson for clarification: "I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibit the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state. ~Thomas Jefferson, to Danbury Baptists, 1802" " - Andrew C (✔)
Steven Perez
Explains some of the wordiest arguers on FF... - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
[via The Toast] Kalief Browder was arrested ten days before he turned 17, spent three years in jail -- not prison! -- and eventually it never even went to trial because the DA didn't even have a witness to testify. - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
The Brainy Braininess Of Bobby Jindal - Esquire -
""Bobby" Jindal, the battered bit of old presidential timber presently warping out behind the bait shoppe, put on his National Political Figure drag again and went to Washington to talk about energy policy. Most of the energy in the plan is to get people talking about what a serious person Jindal is, and not to notice that his state is falling apart, his education plan there is a whopping side dish of theocratic corruption, and that his constituents would be bitterly divided should Jindal be eaten by alligators." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
While On A Seven Week Paid Vacation John Boehner Calls The Unemployed Lazy -
"I think this idea that’s been born over the last – maybe out of the economy, over the last couple of years that, you know, I really don’t have to work. You know, I don’t really want to do this; I think I’d just rather sit around. This is a very sick idea for our country." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Senator To Try Submitting Rejected Bill To Canadian Parliament | The Onion - America's Finest News Source -
Senator To Try Submitting Rejected Bill To Canadian Parliament | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
The Salaita case and the Big Money takeover of state universities - LA Times -
The Salaita case and the Big Money takeover of state universities - LA Times
They voted 8 to 1 to uphold the firing. This can rightly be seen as a blow to the very concept of academic freedom, but there's another sinister undercurrent to the case: there's evidence that major donors put pressure on the board and the university administration to dump the professor, Steven Salaita. If so, it wouldn't be the first time that financial donors have tried to manipulate university administrations into doing their bidding, but it's certainly one of the most disturbing examples of a bad trend. - Halil from Bookmarklet
For any university, but especially a public institution such as Illinois, the encroachment of donor pressure on the administration is a harbinger of the destruction of academic freedom. Wealthy donors are able to step in and exert strong influence because public funding sources, such as the state legislature, have systematically withdrawn support for public universities. - Halil
Money talks,(you know) money talks (ah-hah)/Dirty cash I want you, dirty cash I need you, woh-oh - Halil
Andrew C (✔)
Bush's Press Secretary is Live-Tweeting 9/11 From His Perspective -
"Former President George W. Bush's press secretary Ari Fleischer is live-tweeting his experiences from Sept. 11, 2001, on the 13th anniversary of the day planes taken over by al-Qaeda terrorists crashed into the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania, ending thousands of lives and igniting America's "war on terror."" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
I still can't read through that without remembering how angry I was that nobody was communicating from the administration for hours and hours and hours. - Jennifer Dittrich
I was mostly numb that whole day, if memory serves. I was a lot angrier about the Katrina non-response. - Andrew C (✔)
I think part of it was jumping every time the fighter jets flew overhead, and it got more tense as the day wore on and we didn't really know what was going to happen in the city (other than the tanks/machine gun lockdown they'd ordered for the core around the White House.) - Jennifer Dittrich
I mean, I also think Ari Fleischer is a tool, and that's not a new sentiment. - Jennifer Dittrich
Oh, well, I was all the way across the continent at the time. I've almost entirely lived on the West Coast. I didn't know you were in DC at the time, but yeah, I can see how that was a lot worse. - Andrew C (✔)
Yeah, it was definitely driven by location (I remember my mom telling me I needed to 'simmer down' after I'd written her some sort of hot-headed email that day, which she usually would just let pass.) - Jennifer Dittrich
Andrew C (✔)
John McCain Votes To Preserve A Supreme Court Case He Called The 'Worst Decision Ever' | ThinkProgress -
"A proposed constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s controversial 2010 Citizens United ruling and give lawmakers greater ability to prevent large donors from corrupting government failed in the United States Senate on Thursday on a party-line vote. Among the 42 Republicans voting no was Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who in the past had been a campaign finance reform advocate." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
The Bar Sinks Ever Lower - Esquire -
"It is almost universally accepted among our political elite that, love him or hate him, Ted Cruz is a very smart guy and a genuine intellect. Some of the reviews follow:" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"[...] Over the last two days, the Tailgunner has put his off-the-charts intellect to interesting use. First, he argued that repealing the Citizens United ruling would enable the federal government to take Saturday Night Live off the air and declare political satire to be illegal, which is just nutty. Then he went before an audience of Christians of Middle East origins and got booed off the stage. I shudder to think what he might have done had he not been so off-the-charts brilliant." - Andrew C (✔)
Professor fired for Israel criticism urges University of Illinois to reinstate him -
Professor fired for Israel criticism urges University of Illinois to reinstate him
Salaita, a former tenured professor of English at Virginia Tech, accepted a faculty appointment at the University of Illinois in October 2013 to teach in the American Indian Studies program starting January 2014. But his appointment was revoked in early August, after Salaita posted to Twitter several messages criticising Israel. “Only Israel can murder around 300 children in the span of a few weeks and insist that it is the victim,” said one. “If Netanyahu appeared on TV with a necklace made from the teeth of Palestinian children, would anybody be surprised,” asked another. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Salaita wrote several angry tweets last month referencing the conflict in Gaza. At a press conference on Tuesday held at the university YMCA, he did not apologise for the tweets, but said that his “messages are no doubt passionate and unfiltered” and “reflect my deep dismay at the deaths of more than 2,000 innocent Palestinians”. - Halil
Academia is now required to march in step with the regime. - Eivind
Eric Logan
Free Speech Now! | We must stop bowing to this censorious army of offence-takers | Free speech | spiked
Free Speech Now! | We must stop bowing to this censorious army of offence-takers | Free speech | spiked
This is editorial cowardice. If editors at The Economist really thought the review was wrong and wicked, then they should never have published it in the first place. That would have been a straightforward and legitimate editorial decision. If, post-publication, they decided upon reflection that the review was rubbish, then they should have left it where it was – in the review section – and let commenters pass judgement on it. In withdrawing it, in doing that oh-so-Orwellian thing of effectively ‘unpublishing’ an article that shocked some readers (while keeping it online in ‘the interests of transparency’), they have signalled their unwillingness to publish and be damned, to defend the right of publications to say both erudite things and also outright offensive things. They have essentially said: ‘From now on, we will only publish things that people find inoffensive. So if any of our stuff offends you, scream at us as loudly as you can and we will withdraw it.’ This sets a very dangerous precedent. - Eric Logan
Andrew C (✔)
Georgia Lawmaker Vows to End Early Voting Because Blacks Vote That Way -
Georgia Lawmaker Vows to End Early Voting Because Blacks Vote That Way
"Georgia Sen. Fran Millar, Republican of Dunwoody, has vowed to fight a plan to allow voting on Sunday because precincts will be "dominated by African American shoppers and... several large African American mega churches," and he "would prefer more educated voters."" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Considering how much the GOP adores our Founding Fathers, I think they fail to see how ashamed and appalled those same men would be at the people who are selected to represent our country. - Chris Topher
Dislike. - Brian Johns
Unbelievable. - Anne Bouey
Wow - Amit Patel
White man jaywalks with gun...guess what happens? -
I don't have sound on my pc, think sound board is broken, so can't watch video :( - Halil from Bookmarklet
Eric Logan
The modern satellite record of sea ice goes back only to 1979. In the Arctic, sea ice extent was larger in the 1960s than it is these days, on average. “It was colder, so we expected that,” Gallaher said. What the researchers didn’t expect were “enormous holes” in the sea ice, currently under investigation. “We can’t explain them yet,” Gallaher said. “And the Antarctic blew us away,” he said. In 1964, sea ice extent in the Antarctic was the largest ever recorded, according to Nimbus image analysis. Two years later, there was a record low for sea ice in the Antarctic, and in 1969 Nimbus imagery, sea ice appears to have reached its maximum extent earliest on record. - Eric Logan
Most of the fish and birds that she's studied have come from Lake Erie. Mason and her students began collecting fish in January by going to local ice fisherman; Mason wound up with a lot of perch, since that's what they were catching. Through the spring, Mason and her student assistants examined 75 perch and 17 cormorants, a type of water bird. In both cases, a high percentage of the subjects had plastics in their gastrointestinal tracts, Mason says. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Sean McBride
Michael Brown and Dorian Johnson, the friend who witnessed his shooting
Sort the nearly 700 comments by Most Liked and browse. Wow. - Sean McBride
Eric Logan
Sean McBride
Facebook users self-censor on controversial topics -
There are a lot of things I'm willing to say in person that I'm not willing to say online. - Brian Johns
Online remarks can be forever, globally. - Sean McBride
From what I've seen on my feed, some users don't self-censor or if they do, we are in hella trouble. - Greg GuitarBuster
It's probably one of the few places I do self censor because I don't know enough about people I respect who are friends, family, business partners etc. and lots of people read without ever engaging in conversation so you don't know what their perception is of views on topics that often need more complete explanations to fully grasp then just the snippets of conversation we leave on a thread. - Eric Logan
I always advise everyone around me -- don't post sensitive personal data on the Internet -- you will regret it. You don't know who is reading those posts, how they will react to them and how they will use them. - Sean McBride
Steven Perez
Steven Perez
Eric Logan
ABC invites BOM and Marohasy to speak — BOM decline, Marohasy accepts, but is cut off ? -
ABC invites BOM and Marohasy to speak — BOM decline, Marohasy accepts, but is cut off ?
Hm, curious event on the ABC today. Credit to Bronwen O’Shea, host of the ABC morning radio program for the Goulburn Murray, for asking both Jennifer Marohasy and the BOM to discuss the Rutherglen temperature adjustments. Good-o, I say – public debate and answers! But everything worked against the ABC. First the BOM chose not to even try to answer. (Hm?) Then not long after the interview started, the line suddenly went dead and Marohasy was abruptly cut off. She waited for the call back, but it never came. What bad luck eh? Even more unlucky – when the ABC tried to call her back they got John Cook on the phone instead. Then, things got even worse for poor ABC listeners — because Cook mistakenly thought Rutherglen was different to the surrounding stations, but the BOM raw records say otherwise (see the graph below). I’m sure the ABC wouldn’t want to mislead its listeners and hide serious questions about the BOM’s record of our temperatures. They are concerned about climate change after... more... - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
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