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This is where we all gather around and chant “fight, fight, fight” or whatever they do these days to cheer a schoolyard fight on. IBM says Google may not have reached quantum supremacy after all

Same as above, different context. Everyone Is a Russian Asset

Purdyville is safe from a German invasion. Germany: ‘Highly aggressive cow’ sparks lengthy police chase in Bavaria

The funny thing about the below is that it seems that the free runners really thought they had a chance (I say runners because it was group the gave the legion the challenge even though they only sent one runner to represent). At first I thought it was a publicity stunt from the legion but as best I can tell it was a real challenge from the free runners and one that they would go on to repeat in a more tedious context. Not speaking the language and not having spend a lot of time chasing down leads, I am sure that I could be wrong. On the other paw, I guess you have to say the free runner in this case did pretty well considering how the odds were stacked against him.

Science Links

Hat tip to Grumpy for some of the links this time around…..

We all expect to the big one to happen tomorrow but at the same time most act like it never will. How many people have food and water on hand for more then a couple of days? A California Fault Line Has Started ‘Creeping’, And We Don’t Know What to Expect

I did not know they already had more then one: Mathematicians Have Discovered an Entirely New Way to Multiply Large Numbers

You would think that if this really happens that it could create problems for ships. Seems to me that jury is still out though I don’t really doubt that volcanoes could do this: Some Volcanoes Create Undersea Bubbles Up to a Quarter Mile Wide

A lot of passes for modern medicine is poorly supported. Massive marketing muscle pushes 3D mammograms, despite no evidence they save more lives, investigation shows.

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From the department of unintended consequences. ‘Fear Of Falling’: How Hospitals Do Even More Harm By Keeping Patients In Bed

Riots everywhere: Chile. Lebanon. Spain. Holland. And of course, Hong Kong. If they do this when the grass is green, what will they do when the real trouble starts?

Your daily dose of a white non-Muslim man explaining to you what you should think about Sharia law. It is only mansplaing if it is not goodthink. Sharia law is already here — the IRS must respond

Remember California and their rolling blackouts. They think they can do these things without consequences New York State Attorney General (AG) Letitia James takes Exxon to trial this week, for alleged climate fraud.

It is kind of unfair that only Mexicans get to get into the US by crossing the border: Mexico flies 300 Indian migrants to New Delhi in ‘unprecedented’ mass deportation

Science Links

I am old enough to have been taught as fact that this never happened: Inherited Learning? It Happens, but How Is Uncertain

A good explanation of an iffy study. My money is this is just a variation of the common sense wisdom that stress and worry shorten your life: The More Active Your Brain, the Shorter Your Lifespan May Be, a New Study Says

Shocker: Poor People Are Still Sicker Than The Rich In Germany, Despite Universal Health Care

From what I have heard, they don’t need much encouragement: Public university tells professors not to grade based on merit

Stock up on bacon:A terrible pandemic is killing pigs around the world, and US pork producers fear they could be hit next

If I was him, I would not go home again even if I had a Canadian Passport. UBC student uses satellite images to track suspected Chinese re-education centres where Uyghurs imprisoned

Sad World Links

This is also one of the reasons we can’t have a flat tax: Inside TurboTax’s 20-Year Fight to Stop Americans From Filing Their Taxes for Free

Everything in this article seems like standard communist practice. The world has forgotten or never really wanted to remember that this is what they are like. A Million People Are Jailed at China’s Gulags. I Managed to Escape. Here’s What Really Goes on Inside

Why the sharp increase in such a short amount of time? The suicide rate among young Americans aged 10 to 24 years old soared by 56% between 2007 and 2017, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The homicide rate for that age group fell by 23% from 2007 to 2014, but rose by 18% in 2017.This reflects overall suicide rates. They’ve risen nearly 30% between 1999 and 2016, the CDC also said last year, citing mental-health issues as one major factor. Between 1999 and 2016, suicide rates increased significantly in 44 states, with 25 states experiencing increases of more than 30%.

Just to be clear, the whistle blowers are the ones on trial: Body Parts Buyers Were ‘Scalping the Babies,’ Planned Parenthood Trial Reveals

The Mexican Government Lost: Mexico’s president on Friday defended releasing a son of notorious drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman after security forces were outgunned by drug cartel members when the fugitive was captured.

The below is what you will not see on TV. Not sure how long it will even be on YouTube….

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My main thought reading this is why does anyone in this day and age still think it is a good idea to store nukes in Turkey? Seems like the US can destroy all the likely (and unlikely) targets just fine without them. Belated Realization: The Old World Order Is in Shambles

Average users believe a lot of wrong things: Undercover agents in Washington D.C. monitored the site, filled with images of child rape, and were able to deanonymize the Bitcoin transactions, something that average users often believe is impossible.

Kinda funny if you have a sick sense of humor: Riot police blast firefighters with water cannons during Paris protests

Possible Brexit deal is all in the news. Events are moving to fast for anyone to give any useful information but for what it is worth here is two non-US based perspectives. What’s new in this Brexit deal? and Brexit: madder and madder

Reading this story makes me think that the US has resorted to spaming countries it does not like and calling it cyber attacks to make it seem like a bigger deal. U.S. carried out secret cyber strike on Iran in wake of Saudi oil attack: officials

China Running Out Of People

The below video is a good if simplistic overview of China’s demographic issues. It is worth a watch if you don’t have time to read up on the issue as it is short and to the point. That said, it does have its issues. The biggest groaner comes when they are trying to pretend that there is a non-catastrophic way out for China at the end of the video and suggest that China might allow more immigration into the country. Where in the world do they think these people would come from in numbers great enough to make a difference to China?

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Its not just your imagination: Used Cars Cost Almost Double What They Did Nine Years Ago

Its tough being in the government when you have to impose liability on companies and protect them from that same liability at the same time. California utilities serve customers spread over vast terrain, in a landscape one spark away from bursting into flame. They face an additional challenge under the state’s unusual legal doctrine of “inverse condemnation,” which holds utilities liable for all damages caused by their equipment, regardless of whether the utility was negligent. Facing an estimated $30 billion in liabilities from recent fires, PG&E filed for bankruptcy protection in January. In July, Newsom signed a controversial bill creating a fund to help shield utilities from some fire-liability costs. But, since it might take only two or three major fires to drain the $21 billion allocated to the fund, utilities remain vulnerable.

Before long, the only thing they will not be required to provided is an education: Calif. Gov. signs law requiring colleges to offer ‘free’ abortions

Its effect on girls sports is the least of my concerns: Every Democratic frontrunner has pledged their support of the Equality Act, which would make “gender identity” a protected characteristic under federal anti-discrimination law. Among other things, the bill would force public schools to expand female athletic teams to include biological males who identify as transgender girls.

They are too determined to be respectable to have any kind of real effect: Motorists in Germany are banding together to oppose climate activists’ calls to limit the use of cars. Politicians are taking them seriously because, unlike the Fridays for Future movement and its leader Greta Thunberg, most members of the Fridays for Horsepower group can vote.

I am not a fan of Christopher Columbus, but Howard Zinn is a very unsafe guide to history: Howard Zinn lied about Christopher Columbus. Here’s how.

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From the department of unintended consequences: In the rush to harvest body parts, death investigations have been upended

The Turkish invasion of Syria presents the US with complex issues that are not well reported in the media: Among them, 21 previously received aid from the CIA or the Pentagon. Also, 14 have been provided TOW anti-tank missiles. This reveals a stark dilemma: The groups that were educated and equipped by the United States west of the Euphrates are now fighting against the groups east of the Euphrates that have been also educated and equipped by the United States. In other words, two US-backed groups are fighting with each other.

Just a reminder about how little we know about the past: Combing through the scans, Acuña and her colleagues, an international 18-strong scientific team, tallied 61,480 structures. These included: 60 miles of causeways, roads and canals that connected cities; large maize farms; houses large and small; and, surprisingly, defensive fortifications that suggest the Maya came under attack from the west of Central America.“We were all humbled,” said Tulane University anthropologist Marcello Canuto, the study’s lead author. “All of us saw things we had walked over and we realized, oh wow, we totally missed that.”Preliminary images from the survey went public in February, to the delight of archaeologists like Sarah Parcak. Parcak, who was not involved with the research, wrote on Twitter, “Hey all: you realize that researchers just used lasers to find *60,000* new sites in Guatemala?!?

Guess the State: Legislator Who Argues Housing Is a Human Right Also Suing to Stop Affordable Housing in Her District

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California is not the only crazy State: Cuomo orders utility to pump imaginary natural gas

On purely principled grounds, I support this. But this is the same crowd that believes in forced vaccination. This was a common theme at Thursday night’s CNN town hall focused on gay and transgender issues, sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign. Host Anderson Cooper, for example, called laws criminalizing HIV nondisclosure “antiquated” and based on “old science.” Presidential contender Pete Buttigieg agreed, saying, “It’s not fair and it needs to change.” And both on the CNN stage and in her new LGBT issues platform, Sen. Elizabeth Warren has endorsed decriminalizing HIV transmission as well.Sen. Cory Booker has also signed on to this radicalism, explicitly agreeing that laws requiring disclosure of HIV status to sexual partners are “archaic” and have “no scientific basis,” calling for their complete repeal.

On a different, but related note: Rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) continue to rise, with combined cases of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia hitting a record high in 2018.

Video at the link: Brilliant Midnight Fireball Lights Up Sky Over Northeast China

Nobody is ready for third world service: Massive California power outage triggers chaos in science labs

The important thing is to keep panicking: Some corals ‘killed’ by climate change are now returning to life

FYI: Tens of thousands of troops were deployed on rescue missions across Japan on Sunday after a powerful typhoon caused widespread flooding and landslides, leaving at least 26 people dead and 15 missing.