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Too much money.

Graphene – pretty cool.

Good idea.

New solar power material converts 90 percent of captured light into heat

Keep in mind that almost all of these kinds of ideas never make it to the market.

Experiencing ‘the Brig’.

One of the two leaders of the cyber criminal group known as Team Digi7al was last week sentenced to two years in federal prison for his role in breaking into the computer systems of a pretty random mix of targets.

Those targets include Toronto police, national security sites, and a Defense Department agency responsible for maps, among over 50 public and private organisations.

Prosecutors had accused the team of being anti-government cyber crooks, but their real motives seemed to boil down more to boredom and the need to show off. …

… During that time, Knight was an active-duty enlisted member of the US Navy aboard the USS Harry S. Truman.

Part 4

Spinning a Terrorist Into a Victim – Part 4

This morning’s JPost.



Day by Day

The lonely Kurds

On this day in history.

On this day in 1858, the first store opens in a small frontier town in Colorado Territory that a month later will take the name of Denver in a shameless ploy to curry favor with Kansas Territorial Governor James W. Denver.

Well – a number of them are going to be looking for another job.

House Democratic leaders, less than a week before the midterm elections, are naming and shaming members for not hitting targets for donating money to their party.

In a conference call with the caucus on Tuesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Steve Israel (N.Y.), head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), urged rank-and-file members to dig deeper into their war chests for the sake of defending their most threatened colleagues.

The DCCC let it be known that only 77 of 199 House Democrats — 39 percent — are on target to meet their expected level of giving for the election cycle by the end of the month.

I didn’t have the chance to see this last night.

KC posts seven-run second, while rookie blanks Giants for seven

Not beyond the margin of fraud.

Colorado Governor: Beauprez (R) 49%, Hickenlooper (D) 47%

Arrests in the UK.

London police made three arrests last week in connection with the theft of up to £1.6 million ($2.58 million) from over 50 ATMs in cities across the UK.

The crimes took place over this year’s May Day holiday weekend (3 – 5 May) and hit 51 cash machines in multiple areas, including Brighton, Portsmouth and London in the south and Blackpool, Doncaster, Liverpool and Sheffield in the north of England.

The question is not if he’s liberal – it’s is he liberal enouth.

… I am, of course, unsure whether Maher has reflected upon the incident at all. But if he has not, perhaps he will be pushed into doing so now? “Sooner or later,” Freddie deBoer predicted, in an essay that I cannot recommend with enough vigor, the social-justice police are “going to come for people you do like.” And so, at last, they have. Per the Daily Californian, students at UC Berkeley who were informed this week that Maher was to be their commencement speaker have “sprung” into action and demanded vehemently that the invitation be rescinded.

Pathetic Privilege – Somehow she missed out on a personal trainer.

Lena Dunham is fond of lists. Here is a list of things in Lena Dunham’s life that do not strike Lena Dunham as being unusual: growing up in a $6.25 million Tribeca apartment; attending a selection of elite private schools; renting a home in Hollywood Hills well before having anything quite resembling a job and complaining that the home is insufficiently “chic”; the habitual education of the men in her family at Andover; the services of a string of foreign nannies; being referred to a homework therapist when she refused to do her homework and being referred to a relationship therapist when she fought with her mother; constant visits to homeopathic doctors, and visits to child psychologists three times a week; having a summer home on a lake in Connecticut, and complaining about it; writing a “voice of her generation” memoir in which ordinary life events among members of her generation, such as making student-loan payments or worrying about the rent or health insurance, never come up; making casual trips to Malibu; her grandparents’ having taken seven-week trips to Europe during her mother’s childhood; spending a summer at a camp at which the costs can total almost as much as the median American family’s annual rent; being histrionically miserable at said camp and demanding to be brought home early; demanding to be sent back to the same expensive camp the next year.

“I think I may be the voice of my generation.” So says Lena Dunham in the role of her alter ego, Hannah Horvath, in the first episode of Girls,

This would be a tough way to start.

Many Democrats in the first-in-the-nation caucus state who rejected Hillary Clinton seven years ago say they’re keeping their options open and aren’t quite ready to crown the former secretary of State in 2016.

I don’t question the organization, but I do question the methods.

The Students for Justice in Palestine on college campuses across the United States systematically violates the free speech and assembly of Jewish college students, which is supposed to be protected under US law. At the same time, they promote violence and terrorism.

Part 3

Spinning a Terrorist Into a Victim:

And for all the reporters at the WaPo ( and the NYT) – it’s an opportunity missed.

Next big moment: Attkisson gets her computer checked out by someone identified as “Number One,” who’s described as a “confidential source inside the government.” A climactic meeting takes place at a McDonald’s outlet at which Attkisson and “Number One” “look around” for possibly suspicious things. Finding nothing, they talk. “First just let me say again I’m shocked. Flabbergasted. All of us are. This is outrageous. Worse than anything Nixon ever did. I wouldn’t have believed something like this could happen in the United States of America.” That’s all coming from “Number One.”

And during the 3 years, involving many employees, no one … no one …

… spoke up. Or said ‘this stinks. Or quit. …

Somehow I don’t think that they would give this much money without expecting results.

The Brookings Institution bills itself as “the most influential, most quoted and most trusted think tank in the world,” but should it be?

Brookings’ long-term relationship with the Qatari government – a notorious supporter of terror in the Middle East – casts a dark cloud over such a lofty claim to credibility.

A September New York Times exposé revealed Qatar’s status as the single largest foreign donor to the Brookings Institution. Qatar gave Brookings $14.8 million in 2013, $100,000 in 2012 and $2.9 million in 2011. In 2002, Qatar started subsidizing the Brookings outreach program to the Muslim World which has continues today. Between 2002 and 2010, Brookings never disclosed the annual amount of funds provided by the Government of Qatar.

Arrest in Jordan.

Jordan is, in many ways, a special place in the Arab world.

Jordanian security forces arrested influential al Qaeda spiritual guide Abu Mohammad al Maqdisi on Monday on suspicion of fomenting terrorism on the Internet, security sources said.

They said Maqdisi was ordered to be held for 15 days after he was called in for questioning by the state security prosecutor. He was initially charged with “using the Internet to promote and incite views of jihadi terrorist organizations”.

The self-taught intellectual was seen as the spiritual guide of the slain al Qaeda leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and the think tank of the U.S. West Point military academy has called him the most influential living Islamist mentor.

Bibi going ahead even in light of US criticism.

Netanyahu goes toe-to-toe with US, EU over criticism of Jerusalem construction

It is the condemnation of Israeli building in Jerusalem, not Israeli developments beyond the Green Line in Jewish neighborhoods in the capital, that distances peace, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a combative response to US and EU condemnations of plans to move forward with another 1060 units in the capital.

Netanyahu, at a ground-breaking ceremony for a new port in Ashdod, said Israel would continue to build new ports, pave roads, lay rail road tracks and “continue to build in our eternal capital.”

“I heard the claim that our building in Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem makes peace more distant, but it is the criticism itself that makes peace more distant,” Netanyahu said of criticism that poured in following his announcement of plans to develop 660 more units in Ramot Shlomo in the northern part of the city and 400 in the southern neighborhood of Har Homa.

This criticism, he said, is “detached from reality” and feeds false Palestinian hopes.

Part 2 of war spin.

Part 2 of our series investigating the case against Rasmieh Odeh, and her supporters’ efforts to get the case dropped, looks at the victims of the 1969 Jerusalem supermarket bombing that led to Odeh’s conviction in an Israeli court.

Today’s installment traces the life of Edward Joffe, one of the two college students killed in the bombing. His brothers explain what prompted the family’s move from South Africa to Israel during the 1960s, and describe Edward’s hopes and dreams before his murder.

The fight in NC.

Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) is bringing out the big guns to rally the Democratic base to the polls, part of her get-out-the-vote effort that is rapidly becoming a necessity with one week until Election Day.

Hagan is zeroing in on turning out women and blacks as recent polls indicate her small lead has evaporated. Her team is emphasizing early voting at every campaign stop while tapping her party’s top names to help rally the party faithful.

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