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The Space Pen is Mightier than the Bollocksed Anecdote
"It certainly sounds like Tyson is implying that NASA put US taxpayers on the hook for [insert Dr. Evil voice] one meeeeeeelion dollars rather than using a cheap, simple pencil." But the company developed the pen on its own. [rdbrewer]

Beautiful time-lapse photography of aurora display over Finland
Vimeo. Via @coreyspowell. [rdbrewer]

I gave Mornay double his lands in Scotland and matching estates in England. Lochlan turned...
for much less.

Joan Rivers was Going to be on Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
That would've been good. [rdbrewer]


Hirsi Ali Criticizes Radical Islam at Yale
The parts of her speech I saw were excellent. [rdbrewer]
Fleming strikes again with another nifty short story.
"Anyway, the possibility of the universe collapsing at any moment is spilt milk now, so no use fretting over whether people should or shouldn't have made deals with demons in the past." [ArthurK]

Sean Davis: Another Day, Another Quote Fabricated By Neil deGrasse Tyson
"Tyson’s story has three central claims: 1) Bush uttered that precise phrase, 2) in the days immediately after 9/11, 3) in order to distance American religion from that practiced by radical Muslims. As you have probably already guessed, every single claim is false. Every one!" [rdbrewer]



Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos's Startup Is Part of Bid to Deliver Astronauts
They're working on a "space taxi." [rdbrewer]

The Tennessean: Liver transplant plan could punish donor-rich South
"UNOS may redraw liver-sharing regions. The new map would result in more donations from Tennessee being shipped to states beyond its existing district, which also includes Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia." Not only do they give more money to charity in the south, they also donate organs at a much greater rate. [rdbrewer]

Buzzfeed: Ted Cruz Had Advance Warning Of Alleged Hezbollah Ties At Christian Conference
"Other members of Congress — Sen. Mark Kirk, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and Rep. Ted Deutch — were also scheduled to appear at the summit, but pulled out when they learned the information beforehand." [rdbrewer]
Japanese Woman Has Own Stem Cells Injected Into Her Eyes
I assume this is some weird sex/porn thing

Jim Geraghty: Why Is Our President Thinking About What He Would Tell ISIS if He Were Advising Them?
"Notice Obama’s assessment presumes ISIS wants to avoid a U.S. military intervention. Is this a manifestation of the mirroring effect, where Obama projects its own values and priorities onto its foes?" [rdbrewer]

Neal McCluskey, Cato Institute: Bennett Piece Exemplifies Core Problems
"[T]hey want the public to believe either that the Core is rich and rigorous, or that it is empty and just a floor, depending, is seems, on whom they are trying to convince to support it. So in one breath they’ll talk about the obvious need for core content, and in the next they’ll protest if anyone says the standards have, well, core content." Added: More from Minding The Campus. [rdbrewer]

Sharyl Attkisson, The Daily Signal: Benghazi Bombshell: Clinton State Department Official Reveals Details of Alleged Document Review
"[A] former State Department diplomat is coming forward with a startling allegation: Hillary Clinton confidants were part of an operation to 'separate' damaging documents before they were turned over to the Accountability Review Board...." [rdbrewer]


Jack Cashill: 5 lies that have shaped the Obama presidency
"4. 'The Fast and Furious program was a field-initiated program begun under the previous administration.'" [rdbrewer]

NYT: Maybe it’s time to put lithium in the water supply
"One study found that at the higher therapeutic doses used to treat mood disorders, brain scans of bipolar patients treated with lithium actually had increased areas of gray matter (neurons) in their brains...." [rdbrewer]

The Daily Beast: Is This Alexander the Great’s Tomb?
"Round in shape and vast in size, the building beneath the hill has been called a tomb for lack of a better label. Circular buildings, though rare in antiquity, were sometimes used for royal burials, but no other known tombs approach the scale of this one...." Via @DoreenHDickson. Added: Is this it? 40°50'22.39"N, 23°51'46.10"E [rdbrewer]

Wired: Is Apple Watch’s Pressure-Sensitive Screen a Bigger Deal Than the Gadget Itself?
"The cool feature, which Apple calls a flexible retina display, will appear only on the Apple Watch to start, but if the innovative display is successful, it will represent a major step forward for touch computing." [rdbrewer]

Victor Davis Hanson, PJM: What Exactly Is Comprehensive Immigration Reform?
"If proponents of so-called reform detailed exactly what they wanted, American voters would never support their self-interested agendas." Via @EdDriscoll. [rdbrewer]

Fox News: Saudi anti-Christian sweep prompts calls for US involvement
Via @DoreenHDickson. [rdbrewer]

Lois Beckett, NYT: The Assault Weapon Myth
That's really something, coming from the New York Times. As Maet pointed out in the ONT, 30 years of lying about this. Via @Maetenloch and @TheH2. [rdbrewer]


Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels, Scientists Blame Extra Ice on Warming (Of Course)
"Of course those same scientists are afraid of losing income so what do they blame the increased sea ice--global warming (what else?)." #ClimateMoney [rdbrewer]
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Isaac Asimov: All Four Stanzas
"I have a weakness--I am crazy, absolutely nuts, about our national anthem. The words are difficult and the tune is almost impossible, but frequently when I'm taking a shower I sing it with as much power and emotion as I can. It shakes me up every time." H/t commenter "Rosmerta" at Hot Air. [rdbrewer]

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Ginni Thomas: Nigel Farage: An Emerging Leader Unafraid To Take His Country Back
Must-see interview. Farage talks about a 3d party in America, among other things. Regarding Margaret Thatcher: "She'd be a member of UKIP. No question about it." [rdbrewer]
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