Fine With Me
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Rockets Rain as Israel Agrees to 4-Hour Ceasefire – Defense/Security – News – Arutz Sheva

The Israeli government has agreed to a temporary humanitarian ceasefire starting at 15:00 today (Wednesday).

“The IDF (army) has authorized a temporary window in the Gaza Strip. The window will commence today between 15:00-19:00 (1200 – 1600 GMT),” it said.

But the lull would not apply in areas where ground troops were “currently operating”, it said.

The four-hour ceasefire was declared as the Security Cabinet meets at IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv to discuss whether to expand or end Operation Protective Edge, after 23 days of fighting in Gaza.

It comes as the IDF has stepped up its operations against Islamist terrorists, launching a fresh offensive into more densely-populated regions of northern and central Gaza to root-out rocket-launchers and “terror tunnels” into Israel.

At roughly the same time as the temporary truce was announced terrorists fired a salvo of rockets at communities in southern Israel. The Iron Dome intercepted two rockets over Israeli population centers, while several others struck in open areas.

Well, as long as you keep on killing Hamas….

Quantum Pain
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‘Quantum Cheshire Cat’ becomes reality

Researchers took a beam of neutrons and separated them from their magnetic moment, like passengers and their baggage at airport security.

Assuming their interpretation of their data is correct, what this means is they took a particle — a neutron — and sent the particle one way and one of its quantum properties another way.

I sure hope they can separate me from my headache. Quantum mechanics in general is a pain, but this is worse than usual.

By the way, the researchers’ paper has a great title: Observation of a quantum Cheshire Cat in a matter-wave interferometer experiment.

(via SoylentNews)

How Times Change
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Dems fear a debacle on turnout | TheHill

The challenge is most dire for Democrats, who are defending a fragile six-seat Senate majority that relies on a handful of races in hostile, GOP-leaning territory — and trying to pick up House seats in a difficult year, politically.

Fragile.

Remember when they thought it was overwhelming?

Mitch Stewart, Obama’s former battleground states director, said the lack of engagement at the primary level seems to be a systemic problem.

“It’s a symptom of our politics today. It’s hard to look at Congress and be super jazzed about voting,” he said.

It’s hard to look at Obama and not want to blow your own head off.

TLDR? Read the Damned Thing Anyway
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Our Totalitarian Future – Part 2 | Zero Hedge

Huxley’s Brave New World dystopian America had a good run from 1950 until 2000. Our keepers kept us fat, dumb, distracted, and in debt up to our eyeballs. Since 2000 Orwell’s 1984 dystopian Surveillance States of America seems to be taking shape, under the watchful eye of our very own Big Brother, the NSA. Fear, punishment, slogans (See Something Say Something) and appeals to non-thinking patriotism have replaced freedom, liberty, individual rights, the Constitution, personal responsibility for our own lives and questioning authority. The propagandists created the War on Terror as a way to keep the ignorant masses fearful and cowering behind the skirts of Big Brother. The 2008 financial collapse was another crisis that couldn’t go to waste. The Federal Government has expanded the spending of your tax dollars by 40% since 2007. The DHS concentrates on the internal enemy – you. The military industrial complex creates new foreign enemy threats every day – Hussein, Gaddafi, Ahmadinejad, Assad, and now Putin.

The monetary and fiscal policies of the country have remained in permanent crisis mode because the Ponzi scheme can’t be maintained without a constant debt fix. As our permanent state of crisis devolves into war, our remaining liberties will be stripped away in the name of safety, security and unquestioned support of the state. Huxley knew that we would consume, obey and submit until dictatorship became almost inevitable. Will you sit idly by while a small cabal of power hungry men destroys our country? Will you send your sons off to wars manufactured by tyrants as cannon fodder to further enrich the military industrial complex? Will you make a stand when they begin to round up subversives, dissenters, and malcontents under the guise of protecting you from domestic terrorists? Will you choose liberty and freedom over repression and descent into captivity and totalitarianism? The choice is yours.

“But liberty, as we all know, cannot flour­ish in a country that is permanently on a war footing, or even a near-war footing. Permanent crisis justifies permanent control of everybody and everything by the agencies of the central government. And permanent crisis is what we have to expect in a world in which over-population is producing a state of things, in which dictatorship becomes almost inevitable.” Aldous Huxley – Brave New World Revisited – 1958

This is one of the most important articles you’ll read this week. Try this one, too.

Useful antidotes to the endless drumbeat of war drums and socialist propaganda.

Gadgets You Can Easily Live Without
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The top 9 wearables you can buy right now

And I have no use for any of them.  The closest, and most promising, from my POV is the Google Glass system, but it’s nowhere ready for prime time.  At this point it’s little more than an interesting gadget of small utility.  In three years or so…maybe.

Assuming something better doesn’t drop first.

Welfare By Any Other Name (Would Still Stink as Badly)
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Patent workers paid to exercise, shop, do chores: report – Washington Times

Dozens of employees working for an obscure federal agency went years with little work to do, allowing them to collect salaries and bonuses while they shopped online, caught up on chores, watched television or walked the dog, an investigation revealed Tuesday.

The probe by the Commerce Department’s inspector general found that paralegals at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s appeals board were paid more than $5 million for their time even though there was so little work for them to do that supervisors didn’t care how they used it.

When your real function is as an employer of last resort for people who likely would be otherwise unemployable, you can’t expect to attract the highest quality of employees.

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Remember – anything you buy from Amazon through any link on this site puts a commission in my pocket, at no cost to yourself, (you can check previous Amazon links by clicking the All Amazon Links menu item at the top of the page), so thank you very much! Also, arf! from the Presidential Pomeranian 2016.

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Shh. Dirty Secret Time.
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Krauthammer’s Take: Democrats Will Regret Obama’s Lawlessness | National Review Online

He went on to give a qualified endorsement of Speaker John Boehner’s lawsuit against President Barack Obama, authorization for which just passed the House earlier Wednesday evening. Krauthammer said the lawsuit was a novel way to rein in a president without resorting to impeachment, impeachment. He did note, though, that if successful the lawsuit would have the effect of enforcing a law that Republicans want to repeal.  

Duh.  Yeah.

But they really don’t want to repeal it, you know.  They just want to run against it…forever.

The Thug Life Saint
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CA Union Wants Convicted Cop Killer Compared to MLK Jr. in School Curriculum?! | Fox News Insider

Megyn Kelly tonight took on Johanna Fernandez, coordinator for Campaign to Bring Mumia Home, over a union-backed plan to teach students about convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.

A California labor union wants a school district to teach children that Abu-Jamal is a civil rights hero, comparing him to Martin Luther King, Jr.

Kelly asked Fernandez: Why would you want students being taught that Abu-Jamal is like King?

Fernandez said that just because Abu-Jamal was convicted doesn’t mean he’s guilty.

Doesn’t mean he’s innocent, either.

 

Cruz to Boehner: It’s War!
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Cruz whipping tonight against Boehner border bill – The Washington Post

U.S.-Mexico border, according to several House members who plan to attend the 7 p.m. gathering at Cruz’s office.

Cruz’s huddle is the latest example of the combative freshman senator wading into House affairs and serving as an informal whip against the leadership’s immigration position. It is also a direct shot at Boehner’s effort to pass his legislative package, hours before the bill is scheduled to come to the House floor on Thursday.

Have I mentioned that in John Boehner’s case, if you live in his district, I recommend a vote for his Democrat opponent, Tom Poetter? He’s running on the slogan: BECAUSE 24 YEARS OF JOHN BOEHNER IS ENOUGH.

I completely agree. Electing Poetter won’t change the partisan control of the House, but it will send a gigantic message to the Gentry GOP, not to mention knocking off another of their supposedly most invulnerable leaders.

Appealing to Base Instincts
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Blog: Why Criminals Are Afraid of Classical Music

Teenagers, especially those with uneducated ears, don’t like classical music, and they think it’s not “cool” to be seen by their peers listening to it.

Still other explanations are in the nature of classical music itself. Much of it conveys a sense of order, symmetry and beauty, that conflicts with the disorder and ugliness in the minds of hooligans.

Musicologist Giovanni Bietti explains that Beethoven — who was convinced that music could make a great social contribution — Mozart and Haydn had a rational image of music, which is why in their works the initial contrasts are always resolved through the rules of composition, giving order to thoughts. This discourages those who don’t accept the rules.

It’s like the link between criminal behavior and rap, through the rap lyrics and the “music” — or rather cacophony — itself.

I think it has more to do with the heavy, simple bass rhythms that are a feature of modern music.  Think:  pounding on a log with a club….

BTW, there’s  a reason that among the young, Asians dominate classical music performers.  Ask any local piano teacher.

It Could Happen
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Video: A huge executive amnesty for illegals would be a big mistake, says … Ed Schultz? « Hot Air

The GOP, which is frantic to ingratiate itself to Latino voters, should campaign on rolling back an executive amnesty that will be greeted rapturously by Latinos?

I know this possibility is entirely beyond Allahpundit’s surprisingly limited ken, but still: What if a GOP candidate ran on exactly this platform, and won a smashing victory fueled by White, Black, and Asian voters?

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