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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

[snip]But however much money they spend, judicial progressives face an existential difficulty: the Left has no philosophy of jurisprudence to compete with originalism. Yes, progressives embrace a familiar set of specific legal positions tied to their agenda. They believe that Citizens United -- the case that gave corporations the same right to speak at election time as the media -- is an abomination. They believe that the Constitution's enumeration of powers does not prevent the federal government from regulating anything that it wants to regulate. They believe that progressive programs, be they Obamacare or antidiscrimination law, should never yield to claims of religious liberty, and that discrimination is generally fine, so long as it favors minorities -- and majorities, too, as long as those are women.


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was left with six broken ribs, including three displaced fractures, and months of intense pain that felt like 1,000 knives after his neighbor attacked him last year. The assailant, Dr. Rene Boucher, attacked Paul while he was mowing his lawn. The senator had just stepped off the lawn mower and was wearing silencing earmuffs and never saw or heard his neighbor coming. Contrary to original rumors, Boucher's attack on the senator was not about politics. He was upset about yard debris, according to new court documents.


Friday, June 08, 2018

A Process for Capturing CO2 from the Atmosphere

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Detailed engineering and cost analysis for a 1 Mt-CO2/year direct air capture

plant Levelized costs of $94 to $232 per ton CO2 from the atmosphere First DAC

paper with commercial engineering cost breakdown Full mass and energy balance with pilot plant data for each unit operation


Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Hours after the globe-rattling election of a man whom Barack Obama has total disdain for, a toon who would take a chain saw to the former president's legacy on policy and decency, Obama sent a message to his adviser Ben Rhodes: "There are more stars in the sky than grains of sand on the earth."

Perhaps Obama should have used a different line with a celestial theme by Shakespeare: "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves."

As president, Obama always found us wanting. We were constantly disappointing him.
He would tell us the right thing to do and then sigh and purse his lips when his instructions were not followed.

Shortly after Donald Trump was elected, Rhodes writes in his new book, "The World as It Is," Obama asked his aides, "What if we were wrong?"

But in his next breath, the president made it clear that what he meant was: What if we were wrong in being so right? What if we were too good for these people? (emphasis original)


Friday, June 01, 2018

During a sixth inning rain delay at a Detroit Tigers game, a Canadian goose flew onto the field and was chased down by groundskeepers hoping to shoo the bird away. When this failed they tried fireworks to scare it, but it did not work. Finally the goose left the field and tried to ascend out of Comerica Park, only to collide with a video scoreboard and fall to the lower deck in distress. Catherine Roach, a season ticket holder and veterinarian, was able to grab the bird and carry it out. "He was alert. He was looking at me," Roach said. "There's a big thing of grass and bushes (outside Comerica), and I released him so he could hide. He ran into the bushes; he didn't fly. I can imagine he's dazed after that fall." Later, she took the goose home for observation. read more


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