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More Fraudulent Science From EPA

Nik L Wrote: Mar 30, 2014 8:53 AM
Odd. As recently as a year ago, many “scientists” were strongly advocating the intentional injection of sulphur dioxide into the atmosphere to combat global warming (by intentionally attenuating sunlight). Odd, too, is that the same people who wail about the health of “the children” are political pals of those who insist on an unrestricted right to abortion ((including “partial birth,” and viable fetuses).
Great column, John. Not to put too fine a point on it, though, the original, original meaning of racism was: to ascribe characteristics or capabilities to an individual based solely on the individual’s race, with an overtone that the individual is consequently inferior in some way. For example, assuming that a given white man would not play basketball well because of a belief that all white men cannot jump would be an example of racism. The “hate” aspect is a recent development.
Today (and since the Internet was founded), $10, a name, and an email address would get you a domain name (assuming it wasn’t already taken). That’s it. If the US relinquishes control, getting a domain name will soon require you to justify why you need one, demonstrate financial wherewithal, describe what you will do with/on your site, etc. – that is, for example, you will have to provide financial records, define/describe your content, and identify who your associates are, etc. Those who don’t measure up to the agency’s standards (which will be broad and subject to bureaucratic whim) will not get their domain name, or it will take so long as to have the same effect as a denial. (Sound familiar? Think IRS, only with all the enhanced speed, reliability, courtesy, security, and fairness of, say, the USSR, North Korea, or Iran.) And do not be surprised if you will also have to pay an initial fee of $1000, and pay annual fees (taxes) of $100, plus 10% of the gross receipts your site generates (and be prepared to prove your numbers). Failure to comply will result in the loss of your domain name. (And the agency will be monitoring.)
“Indiana withdrawing from Common Core standards.” Tell it to Jeb Bush and the rest of the GOP establishment.
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A Pilot on Hijacking of MH370

Nik L Wrote: Mar 17, 2014 8:22 AM
Sounds plausible. However, authorities should also be looking for the purchase and transport of large quantities of jet fuel by those who do not ordinarily buy/transport it, to places it would ordinarily not be transported.
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Win Lose or Draw

Nik L Wrote: Mar 17, 2014 8:07 AM
Done (prayers offered).
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Crimeans vote to leave Ukraine, join Russia

Nik L Wrote: Mar 16, 2014 7:22 PM
What “Crimeans”? Do you mean the Russians (civilian & military) who flooded the peninsula in the past 2 months? Or the Russians who’ve been living and multiplying in the Crimea for the past 20 years.
MM: a carbuncle on the posterior of what used to be a vibrant party of liberation, principle, and the Constitution. Perhaps it is time for a new Republican party to replace what has become the modern-day equivalent of the Whigs.
The Founders took their inspiration for the form of government defined in the Constitution from Sparta (a republic, with separation of powers), not Athens (a democracy).
And he is correct. Obamacare was designed to nullify the Constitution, to emasculate the States, and to make slaves of us all (those not members of the Club of the Political Class).
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