Early 80s, I was in NY for work. Muhammad Ali was standing in the lobby of the Plaza Hotel, wearing a beautifully tailored suit. Although there were people around he was somehow by himself, allowing distance from others. That man was so handsome, so elegant. So -- still, standing without fidget. Maybe that dignity was why nobody approached him for comment or autograph. What a gorgeous man he was.
Genetically engineered crops are safe for humans and animals to eat and have not caused increases in cancer, obesity, gastrointestinal illnesses, kidney disease, autism or allergies, an exhaustive report from the National Academies of Science released Tuesday found.
Work on the 388-page report began two years ago and was conducted by a committee of more than 50 scientists, researchers and agricultural and industry experts convened by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. It reviewed more than 900 studies and data covering the 20 years since genetically modified crops were first introduced.
Overall, genetically engineered (GE) crops saved farmers in the United States money but didn’t appear to increase crop yields. They have lowered pest populations in some areas, especially in the Midwest but increased the number of herbicide-resistant weeds in others. There’s also no evidence that GE crops have affected the population of monarch butterflies, the report said.
The review was thorough and systemic, assessing many of the issues that have been raised about genetically engineered crops over the years, said Gregory Jaffe, director of biotechnology at the non-profit watchdog group the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington D.C. The group was not involved in the report's creation.
Yeah, I know the rest of the rhyme, but --
Thinking about May Day when i was a child, early Fifties. It was a thing in our class to make a basket ("art project") with the intention of bringing it home to give to somebody. Kindergarten year my May Basket was made of a paper plate folded in half and stapled, sort of like the photo here but not so neat. I colored some flowers on the front and on the way home from school -- the bus dropped us at the end of our street (we walked to our houses BY OURSELVES) -- I filled it with blossoms filched from neighbors' shrubs, droopy from my warm hands. I knocked on a door -- do not remember now whose door it was or why i chose that one -- hid giggling behind a parked car so I could watch the surprised recipient open the door and swoon with wonder. Did she? Don't know. I've forgotten all after the hiding part.
Think about the freedom of being five years old and deciding to dawdle between the bus and home. I'm sure my mom wasn't staring at the clock and thinking of alerting the media when i was a few minutes late. I didn't know it was autonomy, but I had loads of it then and it's made me what I became -- a sort of human Gadsden flag. For the better or the worse of it.
So happy -- May Day.
I miss you, Mom.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch said there's no deadline for concluding the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server, and said setting a deadline would only make the probe less thorough.
Jane Sanders to FBI: Get on with Clinton email probe
The FBI should get the lead out on its investigation over Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state, Jane Sanders said Thursday.
Who was Birdsey Northrop?
Birdsey Northrop of Connecticut was responsible for globalizing [Arbor Day) when he visited Japan in 1883 and delivered his Arbor Day and Village Improvement message. In that same year, the American Forestry Association made Northrop the Chairman of the committee to campaign for Arbor Day nationwide. He also brought his enthusiasm for Arbor Day to Australia, Canada, and Europe. -- Wikipedia
Hug a tree in remembrance of Birdsey.
This study found race matters in police shootings, but the results may surprise you. “The Reverse Racism Effect,” to be published in the journal Criminology & Public Policy, WSU researchers share findings.
The conventional thinking about police-involved shootings, and some scientific research, has been that black suspects are more likely to be shot than white suspects because of an implicit racial bias among police officers. But now a new study has found exactly the opposite: even with white officers who do have racial biases, officers are three times less likely to shoot unarmed black suspects than unarmed white suspects.
A hidden feature buried deep in the architecture of both Apple and Android phones is secretly keeping a record of every place you visit. Although the data is easy to delete, the feature must be turned off manually via your phone’s settings, and many users do not even know the feature exists...
[E]xperts estimate that exclusive e-cigarette use is associated with about five percent of the mortality risks of smoking. He says that the evidence also suggests a strong potential for e-cigarettes use to improve population health by reducing or displacing cigarette use in countries where cigarette prevalence is still high and smokers are interested in quitting.
Joining Milo Yiannopoulos and Professor Christina Hoff Sommers at an event called "The Triggering: Has Political Correctness Gone Too Far", Crowder gives his opening statements to the students at UMass College.
Meanwhile, here's a post by Yiannopoulos from fall 2015: I’m a Gay Man and Mass Muslim Immigration Terrifies Me. Pay attention.
Geologists at the University of Cincinnati just wrapped up a three-year investigation of hydraulic fracturing and its impact on local water supplies.
The result? There’s no evidence—zero, zilch, nada—that fracking contaminates drinking water. Researchers hoped to keep these findings secret.
Why would a public research university boasting a top-100 geology program deliberately hide its work? Because, as lead researcher Amy Townsend-Small explained, “our funders, the groups that had given us funding in the past, were a little disappointed in our results. They feel that fracking is scary and so they were hoping our data could point to a reason to ban it.”
Bin (contraction of "nubbin" describing her little tail) is a 13-year-old glossy black Rottweiler loved by Jennifer. We visited them over the weekend during which Jen came home to find that Bin had brought a baby bunny into her living room. The tiny creature was unhurt and full of life but seemed too young to be out on its own. The fields around Jennifer's farm had been burned a few days before (weird to a native Californian but good husbandry in the heartland) and there were indications the bunny's family of origin had perished. Bin seemed worried.
By the time we left for home Monday morning the little bun was still alive and still full of vim and vigor. Bin removed it from its box a couple of times -- hard to know what she was thinking. Bin hunts some and in the past has killed voles and mice, so if she wished harm to this little creature it was not evident. She picked it up so gently and just stared at it.
Bin is a good, good dog and Jennifer loves her a lot.
Kind of creepy. From the Kuwaiti Times.
KUWAIT: The DNA testing law that will go into effect this year is aimed at creating an integrated security database and does not include genealogical implications or affects personal freedoms and privacy. Senior officials told Kuwait Times that the law, the first of its kind in the world, will only be used for criminal security purposes. When the law (no. 78/2015) is applied, it will be binding on all citizens, expatriates and visitors too. A Kuwaiti security delegation had earlier visited Washington to study DNA testing systems there.
A beaver reportedly took a man hostage in Latvia. A great story. Read the whole thing.
From Power Line:
Today is the 40th anniversary of the greatest play in baseball history: Chicago Cubs outfielder Rick Monday snatching away an American flag from two hooligans determined to set it afire at Dodger stadium in Los Angeles...But here’s the video of the episode with Monday’s recent comments about it at the end. Pay close attention to the narration by the great Vin Scully at the very beginning (this year being Scully’s last in the broadcast booth for the Dodgers). You can hear him say, “And wait a minute—there’s an animal loose. . .” Truer words have seldom been spoken.
I grew up in a suburb of L.A. and Vin Scully was the voice I remember hearing in the long summer twilights. It could be heard from open windows house to house as we'd play in the street or run to a friend's. It was there like the orange blossom fragrance and the tinkle of the ice-cream truck. I am told this is his last year before retirement. Here he is reading a grocery list.
A rookie police officer pulled a biker over for speeding and had the following exchange: • Officer: May I see your driver's license? • Biker: I don't have one. I had it suspended when I got my 5th DUI.
• Officer: May I see the owner's card for this vehicle? • Biker: It's not my bike. I stole it. • Officer: The motorcycle is stolen? • Biker: That's right. But come to think of it, I think I saw the owner's card in the tool bag when I was putting my gun in there. Officer: There's a gun in the tool bag? • Biker: Yes sir. That's where I put it after I shot and killed the dude who owns this bike and stuffed his dope in the saddle bags. • Officer: There's drugs in the saddle bags too?!?!? • Biker: Yes, sir. Hearing this, the rookie immediately called his captain. The biker was quickly surrounded by police, and the captain approached the biker to handle the tense situation: • Captain: Sir, can I see your license? • Biker: Sure. Here it is. It was valid. • Captain: Who's motorcycle is this? • Biker: It's mine, officer. Here's the registration. • Captain: Could you slowly open your tool bag so I can see if there's a gun in it? • Biker: Yes, sir, but there's no gun in it. Sure enough, there was nothing in the tool bag. • Captain: Would you mind opening your saddle bags? I was told you said there's drugs in them. • Biker: No problem. The saddle bags were opened; no drugs. • Captain: I don't understand it. The officer who stopped you said you told him you didn't have a license, stole this motorcycle, had a gun in the tool bag, and that there were drugs in the saddle bags. • Biker: Yeah, I'll bet he told you I was speeding, too.
...and the artwork. Photo taken at personal risk so you can have this opportunity to to increase your culture quotient.
"Personal risk" involved an inopportune and very public flash in the dim gallery, a shocked and muttering mob of art lovers looking for torches and pitchforks -- plus an angry docent hissing, "Delete it right now" which I tried to do, really I did.
So...here for your edification is "Girl Writing a Letter':
Harriet Tubman was a black, Republican, gun-toting, veterans’ activist, with ninja-like spy skills and strong Christian beliefs. She probably wouldn’t have an ounce of patience for the obtuse posturing of some of the tenured radicals hanging around Ivy League faculty lounges.
IN LIGHT OF THE HARRIET TUBMAN NEWS, they’ve put this story by Charles C.W. Cooke on blacks and the Second Amendment outside the paywall. Read the whole thing.
We are going to see our friend Jenn in Kansas, visiting the Harry Truman museum again and Harry and Bess's residence, hoping to take in a Vermeer exhibition in Kansas City and eat some ribs. I am a travelphobe in love with a swashbuckling adventurer. Working hard at letting go and embracing my inner Gertrude Bell (oh for heavens sake, look her up) -- with inspirational stir-the-blood singing from Edith Piaf to help stiffen my resolve.
Milord was sung by an entertainer who appeared the early-to-mid seventies sometimes at the grand Olympic Hotel in Seattle where I worked as a cocktail waitress -- fishnets, bustier. I wish I could remember that singer's name. She had a throaty voice and, although no Piaf, could knock the stuffing out of this song. My friend Donna and I would dance and high kick during the chorus. That's not so amazing for foolish young women. The amazing part is we worked full eight-hour shifts wearing four-inch stilettos.
It was a Golden Tibetan Yak Cow.
Who could sell him a yak, you ask? A little farm in Wisconsin, as it happens, "Yaks N Thing's LLC" in Clintonville, Wisconsin. (Apostrophe in original.)
At Yak's N Thing's we raise pure bred Tibetan Yaks. Our Yaks are used for meat and fiber. Yak meats is naturally high in Omega 3 and low in fat, cholesterol and calories. Yak fiber is excellent for spinning, it is warm & soft. Our Yaks are only grassfed, they do not receive any hormones, or antibiotics.
They offer jerky and snack sticks too. Don't talk back.
And who are these "surprised investors" of whom you speak?
UnitedHealth, which was a late and seemingly reluctant participant in the public exchanges, surprised investors last year when it announced its sizable losses, now estimated at more than a combined $1 billion for 2015 and 2016, because of its poor performance in the public exchanges. Policy analysts have been watching UnitedHealth closely as an indicator of whether the new individual market developed under the Affordable Care Act is sustainable.
Hint: It's not.
Brian Quinn, "Social Awareness Blogger, with his blog Brother of the Sisterhood".
And thank you.
"When a Man Loves a Woman" is a song recorded by Percy Sledge in 1966 at Norala Sound Studio in Sheffield, Alabama. It made number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B singles charts. It was listed 54th in the List of Rolling Stone magazine's 500 greatest songs of all time. The sidemen for this recording included Spooner Oldham, organ; Marlin Greene, guitar; Albert "Junior" Lowe, bass and Roger Hawkins, drums. The song is credited to Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright, who played bass and keyboards with Sledge. However, the song was in fact written by Percy Sledge himself, but he gave it to Lewis and Wright.
Before the recording session, the song had no title or lyrics. The session proceeded with the expectation that Sledge would produce them for the vocal takes. When it came time to record the vocals, Sledge improvised the lyrics with minimal pre-planning, using the melody as a guide for rhythm and phrasing. The performance was so convincing that others working on the session assumed Sledge had the lyrics written down.
And isn't Bill Nye educated as a mechanical engineer anyhow? Criminalizing differences of opinion is -- unworthy of citizens in a free society.
The Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) posted a video to YouTube on Thursday featuring science popularizer Bill Nye "The Science Guy" suggesting that “climate deniers” and energy CEOs should be treated no differently from war criminals.
CFACT publisher Marc Marono quoted environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. as saying that “climate deniers” and energy CEOs should be in prison alongside war criminals, and asked Nye whether such rhetoric is too extreme. Nye didn't seem to think so.
Being portrayed as an example of Islamic intolerance but I don't see it that way. This is what you're SUPPOSED to do if you find something objectionable. You go on your way and don't participate, and you do not try to force others to share your discomfort and you don't try to make it unlawful, or blackmail or guilt others to stop doing it. Whatever it is.
Good for you, Rizwan Shabir, for acting like an adult.
A Muslim man has walked out of Bear Grylls’s reality TV show after he became uncomfortable because the female contestants were wearing bikinis all the time.
Rizwan Shabir, a married father of three, will be seen leaving The Island tonight, saying he is ‘not used to living with women who are half-naked'.
By V the K, writing at the always-excellent gaypatriot.net:
None of the corporations (PayPal, Pepsi, and so on) raising a stink about North Carolina’s bathroom law have any reservations about doing business in countries like Saudi Arabia where homosexuality is severely punished as a matter of law. But a few Air France flight attendants aren’t happy about doing business with Obama’s best friends, the Iranians.
A steward from Air France has launched an online appeal against gay cabin members having to travel to Iran. It’s titled: “Gay stewards from Air France don’t want to fly to the death penalty in Iran”.
The letter points out that homosexuality in Iran is illegal and comes with a penalty of 74 lashes for a minor, while adults can be given the death penalty.
Death penalty for homosexuality? No big deal. Now, if they were denied wedding cake or forced to use the bathroom that corresponded to their physiology, that would be the worst injustice and suffering ever inflicted on any people anywhere at any time in history.
Dear attorneys general, conspiring against free speech is a crime: Glenn Reynolds in USA Today:
I wonder if U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Walker, or California Attorney General Kamala Harris, or New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have read this federal statute. Because what they’re doing looks like a concerted scheme to restrict the First Amendment free speech rights of people they don’t agree with. They should look up 18 U.S.C. Sec. 241, I am sure they each have it somewhere in their offices.
Here’s what’s happened so far. First, Schneiderman and reportedly Harris sought to investigate Exxon in part for making donations to groups and funding research by individuals who think “climate change” is either a hoax, or not a problem to the extent that people like Harris and Schneiderman say it is.
Read the whole article -- you need to pay attention.
George Orwell’s dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four described “crimethink” as entertaining thoughts unacceptable to the government. Decades ago, the U.S. Supreme Court anticipated this horrific hypothetical when Justice Robert Jackson wrote:
If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein.
— West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943)
== Power Line, Scott Johnson
Circle April 24 on your calendar.
Six years ago, Tax Freedom Day fell on April 12, five days before tax day. In 2016, Tax Freedom Day isn’t unti April 24; an astonishing 12 days later than in 2011, thanks to tax hikes including Obamacare.
Some young people I know have no idea what Tax Freedom Day is. For them, this quick explanation: That is the day when you have earned enough, if all you earned until then is given to the government, for the remaining earnings of the year to be considered yours. Keep an eye on government bloat and overreach because it matters.