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Sunday, December 11th, 2011
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15 Responses to “Sunday Links”

  1. #1 |  CharlesWT | 

    “Scientists find a black hole the size of 21 billion suns.”

    It doesn’t take a scientist to find the federal deficit.

  2. #2 |  FloO | 

    “drones are become a part of domestic law enforcement.”

    Why else would census takers record the GPS coordinates of the front door of every house in the U.S.? They already had your address in case they wanted to knock on the door. They have Google Earth if they want a picture. It takes GPS coordinates to blow it up.

    Oh, and all of the U.S. is classified as a “battlefield” now.

  3. #3 |  Episiarch | 

    The International Development Ryan Gosling Tumblr.

    Look, you can take all the shots at Gosling you want, but he was in Drive, and that gets infinite good points in my book. That was the best movie of the last few years by far, and he did a great job. Granted, he didn’t have to do much, but what he did was perfect. God damn I want that blood-stained scorpion jacket.

  4. #4 |  EH | 

    Newt is Dwight Schrute with a sense of humor.

  5. #5 |  BrookeinVegas | 

    Oh, Radley, I don’t doubt you are.

  6. #6 |  Juice | 

    6-7 years ago, if you said that the US would be deemed a battlefield, you could be indefinitely detained without trial, and that drones would be patrolling US cities, you would have been labeled a whacko conspiracy theorists, ala Alex Jones.

  7. #7 |  Greg Adams | 

    NIH spending:
    American science journals have turned up the heat the past year on the statist propaganda. The current generation of experienced scientists raised on the “question authority” attitude have sold their intellectual soul and shoved it down a rent-seeking black hole (the size of 21 billion hypothetical suns). I’m so sick of reading NIH representatives who use climate change as an example of why federal spending on science is critical. As if researching pediatric kidney disease qualifies you to speak on behalf of the “settled science” on climate change???

    As for the NIH…considering science is a PROCESS without a product on the market, there is no possible way to know how “well” research money is being spent. They’ll claim there’s exciting procedures being developed, but by far the majority of the spending goes to so-called basic research. This really only means more of an opportunity for people to ask essentially meaningless questions about the tiniest molecular detail about an obscure protein no one cares about. Malinvestment, indeed

  8. #8 |  Charlie O | 

    “We don’t use [drones] on every call out,” Bill Macki, head of the police SWAT team in Grand Forks told the Times.

    I’m certain it’s only a matter of time.

  9. #9 |  Stephen | 

    I wonder how often this happens.

    http://gawker.com/5866926/idiot-swat-team-tries-to-catch-guy-who-was-already-in-prison

  10. #10 |  Leon Wolfeson | 

    @7 – Absolutely, I mean, there’s no significance to…ooh…DNA

  11. #11 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    ‘The girl saw the dog coming and she started running so the dog attacked her.

    Even their dogs know: If you run, you’re guilty.

    6-7 years ago, if you said…you would have been labeled a whacko conspiracy theorists…

    I’ve got a few dozen pages of these over the last 25 years. Yes, I’m insanely crazy and seeing these things is obvious. All the more reason why people should be embarrassed when I’m right and they’re wrong.

    It’s even easier today to predict the outcome of global policies and state growth…and I’m not even close to being any smarter.

  12. #12 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Asked if the change he was offering the country would stop killings like those in South Carolina (mother drowns her two kids in a lake), he replied, “Yes. In my judgment, there’s no question.”

    Fucking tiger rocks. How do they work?

    Remember, Newt is the front-runner for the Republican Party. And, Ron Paul is labeled everything from “a moron” to “bizarre” and his views are “outrageous”. Very promising.

  13. #13 |  Greg Adams | 

    @Leon: >23,000 genes in the human genome producing several spliced variants of each corresponding gene, each with up to 500 amino acids, all interacting with other proteins in hundreds of cell types. Yes, there is over-investment in aspects of medicine that are insignificant compared to the potential for treatments that work

  14. #14 |  Sean | 

    “Mendoza-Jimenez said: ‘It was an isolated incident.'”

  15. #15 |  marco73 | 

    For the police dog bite story, everything is in there except for the police taking responsibility for the dog’s actions.
    If a private citizen had their dog secured in their car, even though they thought it was locked, and the dog got out, you bet the cops would shoot first and ask questions later.
    But the cops are: blaming the problem with the door lock on the cop car, and checking videos to see who may have opened the unlocked door and let the dog out.
    Arizona is a carry state. I wonder how this story would have turned out if a law abiding citizen would have seen the attack and shot the dog. We’d have a dead citizen and a formal funeral for the dog.

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