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How the Feds Asked Me to Rat Out Commenters

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Geez … ya think?

A new study conducted at the University of Iowa’s National Advanced Driving Simulator has found drivers who use alcohol and marijuana together weave more on a virtual roadway than drivers who use either substance independently. However, the cocktail of alcohol and marijuana does not double the effect of the impairment.

This might be handy.

Now you can avoid email sender’s remorse with Gmail’s ‘Undo Send’ feature

And just yesterday they were trying to save it.

GOP-led Congress prepared to let Export-Import Bank expire

Some basic differences in culture.

Rotherham child sex abuse: 300 new ‘suspects’

Brave art,

Kurdish pop-star Helly Luv, a woman who – despite numerous previous death threats for her song “Risk It All” – has pushed the envelope even further with the release of her new hit, “Revolution.”

The entire video for “Revolution” was filmed less than two miles from the frontline where Peshmerga fighters were battling ISIS. The video ends as nearby gunfire causes Luv to duck.

The path to Athens.

Once you’ve given more than you have it becomes very hard to stop.

Arriving at the Bank of England for Saturday’s big anti-austerity demo, there was a sea of Tory-haters of every conceivable type. You had your animal lovers dressed as badgers, your percussionists in samba bands, unreformed Stalinists, people wearing “vote Labour” rosettes like the election hasn’t already happened, Green Party supporters, and those who don’t fall into any of these categories and therefore are probably either hardworking families or skivers, a.k.a. the general public.


Melissa Mayeux, a shortstop on the French U-18 junior national team, became the first known female baseball player to be added to MLB’s international registration list, which means she will be eligible to be signed by a Major League club on July 2.

Amazon has an answer for ‘fake reviews’.

Amazon uses artificial intelligence to weed out fake reviews

Another costly mistake. Costly for you.

More to talk about?

More Hillary Clinton Benghazi Emails Revealed

Nothing to hide?

The IDF has officially been instructed to stop the anti-Israel flotilla, which according to reports has sailed out and is now between Italy and Greece headed towards Gaza’s shores. It consists of two small vessels carrying anti-Israel activists from various countries and which do not seem to have a large enough capacity for much humanitarian or medical equipment.

So far it’s the only honest thing about Obamacare.

More Honest Accounting Shows That Repealing Obamacare Is Good for the Economy

The forgotten war?

The notion that the Ukraine cease-fire is still largely holding, or even being followed at all, is fiction.

In the eastern Ukrainian village of Pisky, only six kilometers from the separatist stronghold of Donetsk, and two kilometers from the ruined Donetsk airport, the Ukrainian army 93rd Mechanized Brigade is engaged in sustained combat with combined Russian-separatist forces.

Video at the link.

Say it isn’t so …

Official: IRS ‘Misled’ Congress

Dealing with fake reviews.

A recent Harvard study, for example, estimated that 15-30% of reviews you see online are fake.

It’s hard to be precise about how many reviews are fake, since they’re done in various clandestine ways, whether it’s businesses skewering each other in competitive zeal, people trying to blackmail companies, or companies purchasing puffery from for-profit review factories.

Snatching defeat form the jaws of victory.

A Taliban suicide bomber and six gunmen attacked the Afghan parliament on Monday as lawmakers met to consider a new defense minister, and another district in the volatile north fell to the militants as they intensified a summer offensive.

The brazen assault on the symbolic center of power, along with territorial gains elsewhere, highlight how NATO-trained Afghan security forces are struggling to cope with worsening militant violence.

Fighting has spiraled since the departure of most foreign forces from Afghanistan at the end of last year. The insurgents are pushing to take territory more than 13 years after U.S.-led military intervention toppled them from power.

This kind of thing happens when you under fund the military.

Marines looking at deploying aboard foreign ships

Faced with a shortage of U.S. Navy ships, the Marine Corps is exploring a plan to deploy its forces aboard foreign vessels to ensure they can respond quickly to global crises around Europe and western Africa.

It’s cheaper to buy a politician.

States are racing to see who can give rich people a bigger tax break on their yachts

It can be hard to turn down people who have money when they come asking for more from the government. If elected officials refuse to grant them the tax credits and subsidies they ask for, they can just take their valuable business elsewhere — a dilemma confronting lawmakers up-and-down the Atlantic Coast as they compete for a share of the yacht market.

Not that hard to figure out.

Why America’s Most Famous Veterans Lined Up Behind Rick Perry

Political weakness in Israel.

Over the past two decades Israel has managed to destroy its regional reputation.

With our own hands, we have twice shown our neighbors they have little reason to tie their fates to ours. We are unreliable.

In 1994, Israel betrayed the Palestinians in Judea, Samaria and Gaza who had helped us fight against PLO terrorists for decades. Open season on our Palestinian allies officially began in July 1994 with the entrance of thousands of PLO terrorists – led by Yasser Arafat – into Gaza and Jericho.

There’s going to be a lot of this going around.

Russia protests asset seizures by Belgium

Unless you believe in the ‘set point theory’. It would be easier to believe if ANY diet had a history of long term effect.

To Lose Weight, Eating Less Is Far More Important Than Exercising More

… or a cartoon dog …

“If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it’s probably a duck,” jokes Alan Stern, principal investigator for the New Horizons mission. In his view, the same applies to planets.

On July 14, New Horizons will make its closest approach to Pluto. The spacecraft will take the first ever close-range photos and scientific readings of the former planet, possibly revealing rings, subterranean oceans, or even more moons. And it could provide the evidence needed to redefine what we consider a planet.