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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Feeling The Pain Of 'Free' Healthcare | TrigTent

Feeling The Pain Of 'Free' Healthcare | TrigTent


Democrats Love A War, As Long As It's Not Trump's Idea | TrigTent

Democrats Love A War, As Long As It's Not Trump's Idea | TrigTent

KURT BOYER
OCT 16, 2017 3:48PM

Last week, John McCain stepped forward to make a joint statement with fellow Senator Ben Cardin, a Democrat, criticizing President Trump strongly and demanding a new course of action.

What action? Why, a hawkish foreign-policy move, of course. The statement criticized the White House for delaying a move to further sanction Russia’s intelligence and defense sectors, designed to punish Moscow for any role it played in Hillary Clinton losing in 2016.



“The delay calls into question the Trump administration’s commitment to the sanctions bill which was signed into law more than two months ago, following months of public debate and negotiations in Congress,” the statement read. “They’ve had plenty of time to get their act together."

McCain has been hailed as a hero by Democrats in recent days. (He must have seriously reformed after being a white supremacist, and a liar, while campaigning against Obama in 2008.) McCain destroyed the seven-year Republican dream to dismantle Obamacare when just after midnight on July 28th the senator rocked the Senate floor by walking in and giving a dramatic thumbs-down to the secretary.

With 48 Democrats and two fellow Republicans, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, McCain simultaneously gave the Democrats a miraculous win and handed the Trump administration an embarrassing legislative setback.

But is that the real reason McCain is so beloved among Dems? In 2013, Mother Jones famously ranked John McCain's lust to attack and invade various countries around the world in “Angry McCain” heads. The list included the usual suspects, like Syria and Libya. "Providing military assistance to the Free Syrian Army and other opposition groups is necessary," McCain said about Syria, "but at this late hour, that alone will not be sufficient to stop the slaughter and save innocent lives. The only realistic way to do so is with foreign air power.”

But there were strange countries on McCain's hit-list as well, including Nigeria, Bosnia, and China. McCain told reporters “If [Bosnians] were equipped, especially with TOW missiles, some heavy armor, some tanks, then I think that we could foresee a stable situation.” He surely did not intend the thick irony of those remarks.

Is it any coincidence that McCain is currently more popular with mainstream Democrats than Bernie Sanders, Dennis Kucinich or any of the other stringent liberal anti-war voices in Washington? Would he be allowed to act as the Dems’ token Republican “mascot” in the fight against the White House, were he not willing to help keep the military-industrial complex running at full steam?




Democrats in 2016 signaled that they had become an aggressive war party with the selection of Hillary Clinton as nominee. The former Secretary of State has quietly pushed the idea of using military force to achieve the aims of the United States, even instigating force. Clinton has been a war hawk for most of her career, and stood as much more interventionist than either of the other two major contenders in the election.

What was supposed to be your typical, boring DNC convention in Philadelphia suddenly changed when Wikileaks attacked. The gathering was greeted by an onslaught of supposedly Russian-hacked e-mails outing a rotten scheme to cheat Bernie Sanders. Speaking to the press, Robby Mook and others began and finished every sentence with “Russia” or “act of war.” But deep down, Democratic leaders were likely feeling more threatened by Sanders and his views than by Vladimir Putin.




Sanders had given a memorable anti-war speech at Westminster College in which he flatly rejected decades of Washington foreign policy. “Let me be clear: Foreign policy is directly related to military policy and has everything to do with almost seven thousand young Americans being killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and tens of thousands coming home wounded in body and spirit from a war we should never have started. That’s foreign policy. And foreign policy is about hundreds of thousands of people in Iraq and Afghanistan dying in that same war,” Sanders said, later quoting Dwight Eisenhower on how funds for war abroad should be used for aid to the poor at home.

Stump speeches like that – from a candidate who nearly won the nomination for POTUS – had to be more unnerving to the Democratic Party than any Russian bots on Twitter.

Let’s consider the inner-party politics. Tom Perez, a conformist DNC hack, and its current chairman, won an election against top challenger Keith Ellison in February. Ellison is known to be less bellicose toward the Middle East and North Korea than many of his colleagues.

Lo and behold, Ellison was conveniently branded an "anti-semite" for just the amount of time it took to persuade party leaders to vote for Perez. Jesse Myerson of The Washington Postexplained his shock and befuddlement at the time:

‘It all happened so suddenly. Two weeks ago, the ADL’s national director Jonathan Greenblatt regarded Ellison as “a man of good character” in emailed remarks to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Now, per an official ADL release, Ellison’s views on the Israel-Palestine conflict are “both deeply disturbing and disqualifying.” What changed?’

What changed is that when push comes to shove, the establishment wing of the Democratic Party doesn’t want a peace-monger anywhere near the controls. Neoconservatives like McCain are allies because the DNC itself is run by neoconservatives.

A visit to Twitter or Facebook reveals that plenty of Clinton voters think – or pretend to think – that President Trump is going to start a nuclear war that will end the world. These citizens are viewed as useful idiots by the D.C. establishment. Clinton might have instigated war against five or ten countries during a four-year term, but there is reward in maintaining the illusion of a “peace” party going up against a GOP full of hawks…at least toward those constituents who lean Democrat and don’t follow the news closely.

Democrats are fine with Trump making war and prodding nations with sanctions and rhetoric. They just want him to be at war with who they want him to be warring with – namely Russia and Syria.

CNN, practically a paid infomercial for the DNC at this point, offered rare praise for Trumpafter the President sent Tomahawk missiles to destroy an Assad airbase. “Donald Trump became the President of the United States today,” gushed Fareed Zakaria.

Trump, the ultimate two-faced pragmatist, clearly felt early in his presidency that tacking-neoconservative on military intervention would score political points with the mainstream. Instead, it has given Democrats an opening to out-Trump the Orange One. Deals and alliances are firmly in place, and the partisan public is still blinded to the Coke-Pepsi dichotomy. Trump is being attacked on military policy by three camps instead of one.

The popular talking point at the 2016 Democratic National Convention – Russia, Russia, Russia – was a sinister diversion tactic that has grown into a costly Red Scare and the threat of a new Cold War. But Democrats have succeeded in branding the President for the same sins they stealthily commit.




Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Is a free Kurdistan, and a new Israeli ally, upon us? - basnews

Is a free Kurdistan, and a new Israeli ally, upon us? - basnewsWe the Kurds are deeply sympathetic to Israel and an independent Kurdistan will be beneficial to Israel as well. It will create a balance of power in the region. Right now, Israel is one country against many. But with an independent Kurdish State, first of all Israel will have a genuine friend in the region for the first time, and second, Kurdistan will be like a buffer zone in the face of the Turkey, Iran, Syria and Iraq.

Prypto on Twitter: "We are bringing Blockchain to Gaming"

Prypto on Twitter: "We are bringing Blockchain to Gaming"


Bernie Sanders's Tax Returns Reveal His Hypocrisy | National Review

Bernie Sanders's Tax Returns Reveal His Hypocrisy | National Review

by JIM GERAGHTY April 18, 2016 1:52 PM 

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/434194/bernie-sanderss-tax-returns-reveal-his-hypocrisy

Kristen Terlizzi on Twitter: "When my dad was 7 he sliced his hand climbing a chainlink fence. His mom took him to the hospital for stitches. Here's his 1950 ER bill: https://t.co/yeCOqMN95X"

Kristen Terlizzi on Twitter: "When my dad was 7 he sliced his hand climbing a chainlink fence. His mom took him to the hospital for stitches. Here's his 1950 ER bill: https://t.co/yeCOqMN95X"

Drudge, Facebook, NYT readers could face libel suits for sharing 'fake news'

Drudge, Facebook, NYT readers could face libel suits for sharing 'fake news'


#ThePersistence on Twitter: "Bernie Sanders couldn't answer what is the difference between a democrat and a socialist on taxes. Speaks volumes. #CNNDebateNight"

#ThePersistence on Twitter: "Bernie Sanders couldn't answer what is the difference between a democrat and a socialist on taxes. Speaks volumes. #CNNDebateNight"

Wizard (magazine) - Wikipedia

Wizard (magazine) - Wikipedia



Wizard or Wizard: The Magazine of Comics, Entertainment and Pop Culture (previously titled Wizard: The Guide to Comics and Wizard: The Comics Magazine) was a magazine about comic books, published monthly in the United States by Wizard Entertainment from July 1991 to January 2011.[1] It included a price guide, as well as comic book, movie, anime, and collector news, interviews, and previews.

Erin Baker's® | Breakfast Cookies, Granola & Blue Bike Sprouted Snacks

Erin Baker's® | Breakfast Cookies, Granola & Blue Bike Sprouted Snacks

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Chapter 10. Vitamin K

Chapter 10. Vitamin K

The biologic role of vitamin K is to act as a cofactor for a specific carboxylation reaction that transforms selective glutamate (Glu) residues to gg-carboxyglutamate (Gla) residues (1,2). The reaction is catalysed by a microsomal enzyme, gg-glutamyl, or vitamin K - dependent carboxylase, which in turn is linked to a cyclic salvage pathway known as the vitamin K epoxide cycle (Figure 11).
Scheme shows the cyclic metabolism of vitamin K in relation to the conversion of glutamate (Glu) to gg-carboxyglutamate (Gla) residues for the coagulation protein prothrombin.


#WindowsDevDay - Fluent Design

(587) Diliman Abdulkader on Twitter: "Kurds fleeing #Kirkuk. Never forget this image, the day we lost the city not because of Arabs or Turks but by #Kurds. Treason by KDP & PUK. https://t.co/wjnmeoaPGz"

(587) Diliman Abdulkader on Twitter: "Kurds fleeing #Kirkuk. Never forget this image, the day we lost the city not because of Arabs or Turks but by #Kurds. Treason by KDP & PUK. https://t.co/wjnmeoaPGz"

(587) Namo Abdulla on Twitter: "When #Kurds took Kirkuk in 2014 after Iraqi Army fled Isis advance, Barzani said "dispute was finished" & that Kurds would never leave it."

(587) Namo Abdulla on Twitter: "When #Kurds took Kirkuk in 2014 after Iraqi Army fled Isis advance, Barzani said "dispute was finished" & that Kurds would never leave it."

Monday, October 16, 2017

Lachlan Markay on Twitter: "Maxine Waters paid $10k for Hamilton tickets, itemized as a "fundraiser expense" https://t.co/XYriP07noS https://t.co/BQtCjU0T15"

Lachlan Markay on Twitter: "Maxine Waters paid $10k for Hamilton tickets, itemized as a "fundraiser expense" https://t.co/XYriP07noS https://t.co/BQtCjU0T15"

(591) #Hashtag on Twitter: "What it be like / What it do:"

(591) #Hashtag on Twitter: "What it be like / What it do:"

Low-cost routing in selfish and rational wireless ad hoc networks - IEEE Journals & Magazine

Low-cost routing in selfish and rational wireless ad hoc networks - IEEE Journals & Magazine

Numerous routing protocols have been proposed for wireless networks. A common assumption made by the majority of these protocols is that each wireless node will follow the prescribed protocol without any deviation. This may not be true in practice since wireless nodes could be owned by users who perform in their own interests. We then have to design routing protocols that still work properly even for networks composed of selfish nodes. In this paper, we propose a unicast routing protocol to address this issue under the assumption that all networking nodes are rational. Here, a node is rational if it always chooses a strategy that maximizes its benefit. We assume that each node has a privately known cost of relaying a unit of data for other nodes. In our protocol, each wireless node has to declare a cost for forwarding a unit of data. When a node wants to send data to the access point, it first computes the least cost path to the access point and then computes a payment to each node on this path. We present a pricing mechanism such that the profit of each relay node is maximized when it declares its true cost. We also give a time optimal method to compute the payment in a centralized manner. We then discuss in detail how to implement the routing protocol in the distributed manner. We conduct extensive simulations to study the ratio of the total payment over the total cost incurred by all relay nodes. We find that this ratio is small in practice. Our protocol works when the wireless nodes will not collude and we show that no truthful mechanism can avoid the collusion of any pair of two nodes. We also give a truthful mechanism when a node only colludes with its neighbors.



Saturday, October 14, 2017

World Bank President: Everyone Is Excited About Blockchain, Not Bitcoin

World Bank President: Everyone Is Excited About Blockchain, Not Bitcoin

"Blockchain technology is something that everyone is excited about, but we have to remember that Bitcoin is one of the very few instances [of Blockchain’s use in currency]. And the other times when Blockchain was used they were basically Ponzi schemes, so it’s very important that if we go forward with it, we're sure that it’s not going to be used to exploit.”

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Why I Stopped Watching Porn And So Should You | ClickHole




David Swegler

Writer, blogger

I don’t like to admit it, but I used to watch a lot of porn. Until recently, I was visiting a pornographic website on a daily basis, and it quickly became a habit that was negatively affecting every aspect of my life. Then one day, I decided to quit watching porn completely, and right away my life started to turn around.

After just one week without porn, I had more energy than I’d had in years—I wasn’t staying up late watching videos on PornHub, so I was going to bed at a decent hour, and waking up feeling rested and ready to take on the day. After two weeks, my girlfriend and I had rediscovered the spark in our relationship, I gained the ability to see in the dark, and I was exercising regularly for the first time since college. After three weeks without watching porn, I was in the best shape of my life, I was hovering three feet off the ground at all times, and I could heal the sick and wounded with my thoughts.

I owe it all to quitting porn.

In many ways, I have become like a god, yet ironically the only thing I cannot control is my own unbridled power.

Seriously, my life has completely changed. Ever since I stopped watching porn, I’ve been able to concentrate more at the office, and slow down or speed up the flow of time at my command. Over the past several months, I’ve become one of the most effective people in the office, and lightning now strikes me once every hour, even when there isn’t a single rain cloud in the sky. It’s no coincidence that these changes began once I stopped spending all of my alone time in front of the computer watching porn.

My love life has improved as well. I used to have trouble relating to my girlfriend on an emotional level, but once I stopped watching porn, I developed the ability to absorb the life force of another human being and merge it with my own—so now my girlfriend and I have fused into a singular entity! 

I have subsumed her physical and spiritual essence into my omnipotent porn-free form, and now her feelings are mine, as are her childhood memories. We’ve never been closer!

If you watch porn, I urge you to consider stopping. Your life will change in ways you can’t even imagine. If you want a deeper emotional connection with your significant other, or a third eye that sees angels screaming in agony, or to constantly dream of a massive pyramid on a distant planet with a mysterious voice saying, “This is your home now,” you really have to give it a shot. I did, and I experienced all these things and more.

I’ll never go back to watching porn. Even if I wanted to, I wouldn’t be able to, because my body generates a powerful magnetic field that destroys the hard drive of any computer within a two-mile radius. In many ways, I have become like a god, yet ironically the only thing I cannot control is my own unbridled power. It’s awesome. Everything I touch turns into a white dove that flies into the sky before swiftly disintegrating in a ball of flames. This happens to every single thing I touch, and it’s all because I made the choice to stop watching porn.

I’ve never been happier.







Monday, October 9, 2017

Microsoft gives up on Windows 10 Mobile - BBC News

Microsoft gives up on Windows 10 Mobile - BBC NewsHowever, Microsoft may not have given up on powering smartphones altogether.
Earlier this year, Windows Central reported the company was working on a new version of Windows 10 - codenamed Andromeda - that would run on all types of computer and make it possible for third-party apps to adapt without having to code a special "universal" version.
It said the OS was due for release next year, but suggested the code would not be offered as an upgrade to existing Windows 10 Mobile devices.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Smacks Down RINO Bob Corker Smear of Trump [VIDEO]

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Smacks Down RINO Bob Corker Smear of Trump [VIDEO]

Corker, who has a Conservative Review Liberty Score of “F,” an abysmal 47% out of a possible score of 100%, said.


Sunday, October 8, 2017

McDonald's Apologizes For Szechuan Sauce Shortages, Promises More Is Coming - GameSpot

McDonald's Apologizes For Szechuan Sauce Shortages, Promises More Is Coming - GameSpot




Kath Barbadoro on Twitter: "I was radicalized in the Szechuan sauce riots of 2017"

Kath Barbadoro on Twitter: "I was radicalized in the Szechuan sauce riots of 2017"

This DIY Recipe for That McDonald's Szechuan Sauce From "Rick and Morty" Is Pretty Damn Good

This DIY Recipe for That McDonald's Szechuan Sauce From "Rick and Morty" Is Pretty Damn Good

Sadly, according to McDonald’s Twitter account, the last three remaining gallons of the stuff have been given away.

That’s okay though, because Reddit user Xeropoint developed a copycat—well, near copycat—recipe with his father many moons ago, and it’s good. Here’s the full recipe in all of its (unedited) glory.

Mince 6 cloves of Garlic and sweat (heat them up in a skillet)
add 4 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
add soy sauce to taste (DO NOT USE LOW SODIUM SAUCE)
add 2 tablespoon Plum Sake (Drink additional 3 oz Plum Sake)
Reduce sauce slightly (Drink additional 1.5 oz Plum Sake)
3 1/2 tablespoons cock sauce (Sriracha)
add 2 tablespoon brown sugar
Red pepper flakes to taste
Minced Ginger to taste
Consume remaining Plum Sake

Simmer that shit for a solid 5 minutes, stirring pretty much constantly. The brown sugar helps it keep the proper consistency, so it’s important to use. Play around with the recipe to your taste. Might want more or less balsamic vinegar. Might want more or more Plum Sake. I’d definitely recommend you make it several times to figure out your own flavor.


Maine Antifa on Twitter: "Szechuan sauce belongs to us! https://t.co/X8pLJYw6FB"

Maine Antifa on Twitter: "Szechuan sauce belongs to us! https://t.co/X8pLJYw6FB"

Vix & Clag - Google Search

Vix & Clag - Google Search

The Walking Dead Will Cross Over with Fear the Walking Dead—But How? | Vanity Fair

The Walking Dead Will Cross Over with Fear the Walking Dead—But How? | Vanity Fair




8 Famously Fit Nerds – Brains and Brawn For The Win! | Nerd Fitness

8 Famously Fit Nerds – Brains and Brawn For The Win! | Nerd Fitness

Fit cred: 
Socrates strongly believed that every human being had a responsibility to live up to their physical potential. “No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training…what a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.” Meanwhile, Plato is quoted as having said: “In order for man to succeed in life, God provided him with two means, education and physical activity. Not separately, one for the soul and the other for the body, but for the two together. With these two means, man can attain perfection.”


Saturday, October 7, 2017

‘The Walking Dead’ Plans Crossover With ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Crossover – NY Comic-Con | Deadline

‘The Walking Dead’ Plans Crossover With ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Crossover – NY Comic-Con | Deadline


How FDR Made the Depression Worse | Mises Institute

How FDR Made the Depression Worse | Mises Institute

In their understanding of the Depression, Roosevelt and his economic advisers had cause and effect reversed. They did not recognize that prices had fallen because of the Depression. They believed that the Depression prevailed because prices had fallen. The obvious remedy, then, was to raise prices, which they decided to do by creating artificial shortages. Hence arose a collection of crackpot policies designed to cure the Depression by cutting back on production. The scheme was so patently self-defeating that it's hard to believe anyone seriously believed it would work.

Stone Temple Pilots Lyrics - Meatplow

Stone Temple Pilots Lyrics - Meatplow

take a break from the mousetrap we call home
takes more than a message to make me smile
I can feel when she kisses me sleeping
but not when the news is on.


Stone Temple Pilots Lyrics - Meatplow

Stone Temple Pilots Lyrics - Meatplow

they got these pictures of everything
to break us down, yeah to break me down.
they make us hate and we make it bleed.




Thursday, October 5, 2017

3D printing could make Sen. Dianne Feinstein's proposed 'bump stock' ban obsolete

3D printing could make Sen. Dianne Feinstein's proposed 'bump stock' ban obsolete


10 Daily Activities to Break Out of the Long-term Unemployment Funk | Bankable Insight

10 Daily Activities to Break Out of the Long-term Unemployment Funk | Bankable Insight

1. Maintaining personal hygiene

Those who haven’t been unemployed over the long-term may be shocked to find out the degree to which many of those who have been simply let themselves go. Depression can set in as people begin to feel that their situation is hopeless, and it can become all too easy to let important habits like shaving fall by the wayside. This tends to make people feel worthless and feeds the cycle of depression and inactivity, exacerbating an already big problem. Regardless of whether someone is unemployed for a day, a week, a month, or a few years, maintaining personal care and hygiene is a vital part of maintaining health and self-worth. The unemployed must prepare themselves to meet each day just as they would if they were going to work.


Best Butt Exercises to Pump Up Your Booty Fast - Shape Your Energy

Best Butt Exercises to Pump Up Your Booty Fast - Shape Your Energy


Klingon  |  Blockly  |  Google Developers

Klingon  |  Blockly  |  Google Developers

All phrases must be manually translated. Bing Translate produces such translations as "Library" -> "be'nI''a'wI', Datu'" which actually means "discover my big sister". Clearly this would be an inadvisable phrase to use in a Klingon environment.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Partisano - Wikipedia, la enciclopedia libre

Partisano - Wikipedia, la enciclopedia libre

El término partisano 1​ se refiere a los combatientes organizados como guerrillas que generalmente se oponen a un ejército de ocupación; con más frecuencia se asocia esta denominación a organizaciones clandestinas de resistencia en la Segunda Guerra Mundial.


Bitpay Sprints Towards Processing $1B Bitcoin Payments Annually - Bitcoin News

Bitpay Sprints Towards Processing $1B Bitcoin Payments Annually - Bitcoin News

The global bitcoin payment service provider, Bitpay, has released a progress report that details the company’s payment volume has grown exponentially this year by 328 percent. The Atlanta-based company founded in 2011 says it’s steadily approaching US$1B in bitcoin payments processed annually.


#1MillionMohawks for Mental Health Challenge

Jacob Rees-Mogg politely takes on angry protesters at Conservative Party Conference

Jacob Rees-Mogg politely takes on angry protesters at Conservative Party Conference

Results of Obama’s own CDC study on guns support other side | Conservative News Today

Results of Obama’s own CDC study on guns support other side | Conservative News Today



Stephen Miller on Twitter: "Your newfound support for voter ID is very welcome, @anamariecox https://t.co/U6ChXv81IY"

Stephen Miller on Twitter: "Your newfound support for voter ID is very welcome, @anamariecox https://t.co/U6ChXv81IY"

Monday, October 2, 2017

Translation of English Past and Present Perfect Tenses in Klingon

Translation of English Past and Present Perfect Tenses in Klingon"

-pu� translated as a simple past: (30 examples)

yaS vImojpu� - I became an officer (TKD p. 22)
yaS Dimojpu� - We became officers (TKD p. 22)
De��e� vItlhanpnISpu� - I needed to get the INFORMATION (TKD p. 29)
De� vItlhanISpu� - I needed to get the information
vIneHpu� I wanted them (neH want) (TKD p. 41)
qaja�pu� I told you (ja� tell) (TKD p. 41)
Qaw��eghpu� - he/she destroyed himself/herself (TKD p.45 )
vItlhapnISpu� - I needed to take him/her (TKD p. 45)
HeghqangmoHlu�pu� - it made him/her willing to die (TKD p. 45 )
qaleghpu� je - I also saw you, I saw you too. (TKD p. 55)
bong yaS vIHoHpu� - I accidentally killed the officer (TKD p. 56)
qama� vIqIppu� neH - I merely hit the prisoner. (TKD p. 56)
pa�Daq yas vIleghpu� - I saw the officer in the room. (TKD p. 60)
SutlhtaHvIS chaH DIHIvpu� or DIHIvpu� SutlhtaHvIS chaH - While they were
negotiating we attacked them. (TKD p. 63)
qIppu�bogh yaS - officer who hit him/her (TKD p. 63)
yaS qIppu�bogh - officer whom he/she hit (TKD p. 63)
qIppu�bogh yaS vIlegh - I see the officer who hit him/her (TKD p. 64)
mulegh qIppu�bogh yaS - The officer who hit him/her sees me. (TKD p. 64)
yaS qIppu� �e� vIlegh - I saw him/her hit the officers. (TKD p. 66)
 �Note that the verb in the second sentence, vIlegh - I see it, is neutral
as to time.  The past tense of the translation (I saw . . .) comes from the
verb in the first sentence, qIppu� he/she hit him/her (-pu� perfective).
(TKD p. 66)


Sunday, October 1, 2017

Greg Pak's New Comic Takes On A Very Wild West Of Chinese Cowboys, Mexican Empires, And Magic Gold | Kotaku Australia

Greg Pak's New Comic Takes On A Very Wild West Of Chinese Cowboys, Mexican Empires, And Magic Gold | Kotaku Australia



It's extremely rare for me to get pulled all the way into a new fictional reality from the very first page of a comic. With only a map and four captions of expository text, the first page of Kingsway West #1 got me hungry to know more about the world of a Chinese cowboy in an Old West radically changed by magic gold.

Sweden Poised to Become Leading Scandinavian Cashless Society through Bitcoin

Sweden Poised to Become Leading Scandinavian Cashless Society through Bitcoin“We don’t want to be behind the times by taking cash while cash is dying out… There was such a feeling of insecurity… It made me think: what would happen if this was a cashless society, and the robbers couldn’t’ sell what they stole?”

Sweden Poised to Become Leading Scandinavian Cashless Society through Bitcoin

Sweden Poised to Become Leading Scandinavian Cashless Society through Bitcoin

4 Ways Fifty Shades is a ripped-off version of Secretary

4 Ways Fifty Shades is a ripped-off version of Secretary


Red Iberoamericana de Estudio de las Sectas: Nicolás Maduro, sucesor de Hugo Chávez, es seguidor de Sai Baba

Red Iberoamericana de Estudio de las Sectas: Nicolás Maduro, sucesor de Hugo Chávez, es seguidor de Sai Baba

El motivo de tan extraño tema en lides políticas, además del delicado momento emocional que atraviesa, es la creencia del venezolano en el movimiento espiritual Sai, con origen en India, más de 30 millones de seguidores en todo el mundo, y que se resume en la comunión de todas las religiones, la búsqueda de la paz interior y el amor a todos como base de la vida.



Canada police terror attack: Officer repeatedly stabbed by motorist with ISIS flag after he rams patrol car before driving truck deliberately at pedestrians - Mirror Online

Canada police terror attack: Officer repeatedly stabbed by motorist with ISIS flag after he rams patrol car before driving truck deliberately at pedestrians - Mirror Online


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Cuphead Launch Trailer | Xbox One | Windows 10 | Steam | GOG

Klingon Pop Warrior on Twitter: "Trump & his followers are far more like Ferengi. Sorry 'bout it. https://t.co/EZVxdVtFT5"

Klingon Pop Warrior on Twitter: "Trump & his followers are far more like Ferengi. Sorry 'bout it. https://t.co/EZVxdVtFT5"

Hacking as a Way of Thinking

The Democrats have a 'crying wolf' problem

The Democrats have a 'crying wolf' problem

He's a racist! He's a demagogue! He's authoritarian! His presidency could deliver a fatal blow to the Constitution! This is all true of Donald Trump. The problem is, Democrats have been saying it's true of nearly every prominent Republican for the past 30 years.


Puerto Rico governor: More needed, but feds have helped - CNN

Puerto Rico governor: More needed, but feds have helped - CNN

(CNN)Much more help is needed to meet Puerto Rico's critical humanitarian needs after Hurricane Maria, the US territory's top official said Saturday, while also emphasizing that the federal government is fulfilling his every request -- striking a conciliatory tone minutes after President Donald Trump lambasted a mayor who criticized the US response.

"We need to do a lot more in order for us to get out of the emergency," Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said in San Juan. "But the other thing that's also true is that the administration has answered and has complied with our petitions in an expedited manner."



Veterans differ in views of kneeling during national anthem

Veterans differ in views of kneeling during national anthem



Charlie Kirk on Twitter: "Friend in Canada really needs an MRI. Canadian healthcare agency just back to him: earliest they can see him is January 15th #SocialismSucks"

Charlie Kirk on Twitter: "Friend in Canada really needs an MRI. Canadian healthcare agency just back to him: earliest they can see him is January 15th #SocialismSucks"

Friday, September 29, 2017

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Star Trek: Discovery: Why A Klingon Expert Translated Every Script | IndieWire

Star Trek: Discovery: Why A Klingon Expert Translated Every Script | IndieWire

 “In a moment when we are living in a world where ideologies are so polarized and polarizing, what I did not want to do was just make them the bad guys. I was not interested in doing that version of the show.”



Norquist: GOP Tax Cut Plan Will Turbo-charge the Economy | Americans for Tax Reform

Norquist: GOP Tax Cut Plan Will Turbo-charge the Economy | Americans for Tax Reform

Check back to www.ATR.org for updates as the day goes on.

Government Creates Wealth The Way Ticks Create Blood - Meoso

Government Creates Wealth The Way Ticks Create Blood - Meoso


Would Kaepernick have an NFL job if he was gay instead of protesting national anthem? - Outsports

Would Kaepernick have an NFL job if he was gay instead of protesting national anthem? - Outsports

Marooned in Realtime - Wikipedia

Marooned in Realtime - Wikipedia

Marooned in Realtime is a 1986 murder mystery and time-travel science fiction novel by American writer Vernor Vinge, about a small, time-displaced group of people who may be the only survivors of a technological singularity or alien invasion.



CBO: Graham-Cassidy Bill Would Reduce Deficit by $133 Billion

CBO: Graham-Cassidy Bill Would Reduce Deficit by $133 Billion

While the budget office says that millions would not have insurance under the legislation, it notes that one reason for this is because individuals would not be forced to purchase insurance.

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The Law Strangling Puerto Rico - The New York Times


The Law Strangling Puerto Rico - The New York Times

By NELSON A. DENISSEPT. 25, 2017

Hurricane Maria was the most powerful storm to hit Puerto Rico in more than 80 years. It left the entire island without electricity, which may take six months to restore. It toppled trees, shattered windows, tore off roofs and turned streets into rivers throughout the island.

President Trump declared that “Puerto Rico was absolutely obliterated” and issued a federal disaster declaration. But the United States needs to do more. It needs to suspend the Jones Act in Puerto Rico.

After World War I, America was worried about German U-boats, which had sunk nearly 5,000 ships during the war. Congress enacted the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, a.k.a. the Jones Act, to ensure that the country maintained a shipbuilding industry and seafaring labor force. Section 27 of this law decreed that only American ships could carry goods and passengers from one United States port to another. In addition, every ship must be built, crewed and owned by American citizens.

Almost a century later, there are no U-boats lurking off the coast of Puerto Rico. The Jones Act has outlived its original intent, yet it is strangling the island’s economy.

Under the law, any foreign registry vessel that enters Puerto Rico must pay punitive tariffs, fees and taxes, which are passed on to the Puerto Rican consumer.Continue reading the main story

The foreign vessel has one other option: It can reroute to Jacksonville, Fla., where all the goods will be transferred to an American vessel, then shipped to Puerto Rico where — again — all the rerouting costs are passed through to the consumer.

Thanks to the law, the price of goods from the United States mainland is at least double that in neighboring islands, including the United States Virgin Islands, which are not covered by the Jones Act. Moreover, the cost of living in Puerto Rico is 13 percent higher than in 325 urban areas elsewhere in the United States, even though per capita income in Puerto Rico is about $18,000, close to half that of Mississippi, the poorest of all 50 states.

This is a shakedown, a mob protection racket, with Puerto Rico a captive market. The island is the fifth-largest market in the world for American products, and there are more Walmarts and Walgreens per square mile in Puerto Rico than anywhere else on the planet.

A 2012 report by two University of Puerto Rico economists found that the Jones Act caused a $17 billion loss to the island’s economy from 1990 through 2010. Other studies have estimated the Jones Act’s damage to Puerto Rico, Hawaii and Alaska to be $2.8 billion to $9.8 billion per year. According to all these reports, if the Jones Act did not exist, then neither would the public debt of Puerto Rico.

Three American territories are exempt from the Jones Act, including the United States Virgin Islands. Outright repeal of the law has already been backed by the Heritage Foundation, Cato Institute, Manhattan Institute and several major publications. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York found that the Jones Act hurts the Puerto Rican economy, and two Republicans, Senator John McCain of Arizona and Representative Gary Palmer of Alabama, have submitted bills to repeal or suspend the law. (The shipbuilding industry supports the law.)

The U-boats are gone and a protectionist law has been exposed. The crony capitalism of the Jones Act does not “protect” anyone and it is choking the economy of Puerto Rico. If the United States has any interest in the hurricane-battered people of Puerto Rico, it needs to take the law off their necks — and now.

Recovering from the disaster will be difficult no matter what, but the Jones Act will make it that much harder.

Food costs twice as much in Puerto Rico as in Florida. Jones Act relief will save many Puerto Ricans — especially children and seniors — from potential starvation. Jones Act relief will also enable islanders to find medicine, especially Canadian pharmaceuticals, at lifesaving rates. And it will give islanders access to international oil markets — crucial for running its electric grid — devoid of a 30 percent Jones Act markup.

And suspending or repealing the law is crucial to the arduous rebuilding process ahead. In one town alone, 70,000 people were evacuated because of a failing dam. Jones Act relief will enable residents to buy materials, rebuild their homes and prevent an explosion of homelessness.

This is not just about recovering from Hurricane Maria. It is also about Puerto Rico’s long-term future. If the Jones Act were suspended, consumer prices would drop by 15 percent to 20 percent and energy costs would plummet. A post-Jones Puerto Rico could modernize its infrastructure and develop its own island-based shipping industry. Indeed, the island could become a shipping hub between South America, the Caribbean and the rest of the world. This industry would generate thousands of jobs and opportunities for skilled laborers and small businesses. On an island withofficial unemployment over 10 percent (but actually closer to 25 percent), this would energize their entire work force.

A humanitarian crisis is about to explode in Puerto Rico. But the consequences of Jones Act relief would be immediate and powerful. This is not the time to price-gouge the entire population. It is time for Congress to act ethically and responsibly and suspend the Jones Act in Puerto Rico.

Nelson A. Denis, a former New York State assemblyman, is the author of “War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony.”

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