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Eugene Volokh: Thuggery wins, free speech rights lose
"But I think the dissent is exactly right in noting that allowing a 'heckler’s veto' — speech suppression justified by the violence or threatened violence of the audience — simply provides (a) an incentive for more such violence, and (b) an incentive for government officials to suppress speech they dislike. Behavior that gets rewarded gets repeated." [rdbrewer]


Astronomy Magazine: Chandra X-ray Observatory picture of Eta Carinae
An interesting look at a star we usually see like this. Added: More from Wikipedia, including this near-infrared picture, also new to me. [rdbrewer]

Live Science: High-Tech Sleuthing Cracks Mystery of Death Valley's Moving Rocks
It's a combination of ice, water, and wind. Better video explanation here. [rdbrewer]

NYT: How the Supreme Court protects bad cops [rdbrewer]

Meghan O'Keefe, Decider: Disasterpiece Theater: 'Dune'
"However, there are some films that go beyond being disasters. They are so bad that it’s inconceivable that man alone made them." She makes a lot of good points, but I think it's an underrated movie. Unfortunately, the bad aspects tend to overshadow the good. [rdbrewer]


Magma From Iceland's Bardarbunga Volcano Moving As Quakes Intensify
"Now underground magma appears to have moved beyond the edge of the glacier and is heading for another volcanic system...." More from the BBC. [rdbrewer]

Video: Einstein the Robot
This one gets into "uncanny valley" territory. Also: A comedy robot. [rdbrewer]

Time: What Are Animals Thinking? (Hint: More Than You Suspect)
"Animals, the research is proving, are creatures capable of reflection, bliss, worry and more. Not all of them in the same ways or to the same degrees, surely, but all of them in far deeper measures than we’ve ever believed." [rdbrewer]

The Telegraph: Giant panda ‘faked pregnancy for extra treats and nicer accommodation
Thanks for the links, Drudge. [rdbrewer]


Mary Katharine Ham: It’s come to this: The War on Bacon is real
"This person is a miserable little local dictator on a power trip and we needn’t indulge him or her in American society. The word bacon is not insensitive." Via @DoreenHDickson. [rdbrewer]


Jim Geraghty: Obama Unveils New Plan to Work with Foreign Governments to Ignore the Constitution
"Look at how these people speak. If you cannot get the Senate to ratify a treaty (technically, passing a resolution of ratification), then the United States is not a party to that treaty. Period. Full stop." [rdbrewer]
Arby's is now selling a $10 “Meat Mountain” Sandwich. Suck it Vegans [dri]
Krauthammer: Obama's 'Narcissism' Won't Allow Him To Admit Any Mistakes He Has Made [rdbrewer]

10 of the Most Deadly Foods on the Planet
1. Puffer fish. [rdbrewer]

The Wrap: 550 Buyouts, Layoffs Imminent at Turner; HLN, CNN Among Cuts [rdbrewer]

Paul Ryan: "Give me more money to spend" [rdbrewer]

Video: Iron Dome takes out 15 rockets at once
Via @CuffyMeh. [rdbrewer]


Indian woman kills leopard that attacked her
"She had been fetching water in northern Uttarakhand state when the leopard pounced on her from nearby bushes - she fought back with a sickle and spade." Via @DrewMTips. [rdbrewer]


Mollie Hemingway: Feminism Or Sexism? Depends. Is It Beyonce’s VMAs or Vergara’s Emmys?
"It was what you’d expect from Queen Bey these days — a stage full of back-up dancers in 'naked stripper' costumes gyrating on strip poles, one of the most amazing collections of derričres I have ever seen.... Many in the media, sometimes the very same people who loved Beyoncé performance (!), were upset at Vergara’s bit." [rdbrewer]


Sean Trende: In Defense of the Brown-Shaheen N.H. Poll [rdbrewer]

Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight: Is The Polling Industry In Stasis Or In Crisis? [rdbrewer]


Fox News Hits Ratings Highs, MSNBC Sputters in Busy Week
"A busy week in news was a good one for Fox News Channel, which logged its second highest-rated frame of the year, but a weak one for MSNBC, which found itself deep in third place. Even with #Ferguson." [rdbrewer]


USA Today: NSA built 'Google-like' search engine to share data
"The National Security Agency built its own search engine and shares hundreds of billions of digital records with federal law enforcement and several other U.S. government agencies...." Did you guys know the NSA was set up for foreign intelligence and counterintelligence? [rdbrewer]


Mary Katharine Ham: Super: Federal grant funds plan to detect 'misinformation,' 'hate speech' on social media [rdbrewer]

Conflict of Interest--> DOJ Lawyer Representing IRS In Scandal Was Involved In IRS Scandal Working For Lerner
"Emails show that Strelka was directly involved in the IRS targeting of conservative tax-exempt applicants." [rdbrewer]


Space.com: 'Thigh Bone' on Mars Is Just Another Rock, NASA Says
Yeah, right. [rdbrewer]


Andrew Stiles: Shocking Development: For Once, Republican Candidates Aren’t the Ones Embarrassing Themselves
"This year, the GOP has strong candidates and a favorable map.... That’s a welcome change of pace, assuming they the GOP can’t find a way to screw it up between now and November." [rdbrewer]


Noemie Emery: Nobody’s Fault
"All the bad news, from Iraq to Ukraine, from Libya and Syria to the Mexican border, just seems to have happened: Obama was standing there, golfing or shaking hands with donors, and, like a burst of bad weather, the winds blew, the skies opened, and things went to hell." [rdbrewer]

The Independent: Hallucigenia revealed: The most surreal creature from strangest period in history of life on Earth
"If Salvadore Dali were God, he would surely have designed an animal that looked like Hallucigenia. It has been described as the most surreal creature that lived in the strangest period in the history of life on Earth, more than 500 million years ago." [rdbrewer]

Daniel Halper: Cornel West: Obama a 'Counterfeit'
"'[H]e posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency, a national security presidency.'" [rdbrewer]

Kyle Smith: Why comedians and ‘SNL’ are shielding President Obama
"'I have to say, and even [Al] Franken agrees with me — I’ve talked to him about this — that the last couple seasons of the show were the only two in the show’s history where we were totally like every other comedy show: basically, an arm of the Hollywood Democratic establishment. . . . We just stopped doing anything which could even be misinterpreted as a criticism of Obama.'" [rdbrewer]

Maureen Dowd, Straight-Up Racist
"If there’s one thing I know from watching MSNBC*, even before Barack Obama took office, is that any criticism of him — any criticism, no matter how mild — was at its core, entirely 'about hating a black man in the White House.'" Also from PJM: Victor Davis Hanson, Ferguson Postmortem. [rdbrewer]
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The Telegraph: How Britain became the Yemen of the west
"Britain’s role as a chief exporter of terror was made horrifically clear this week. We examine the key failings of government and security forces that allowed home-grown jihadists to flourish." [rdbrewer]

Bardarbunga Live Feed
They have three cameras on the Iceland volcano. Nothing happening as of 10:00 Eastern. [rdbrewer]

J. Christian Adams, PJM: Take No Prisoners! Latest Book by David Horowitz Provides Modern Battleplan for Conservatives
"At the root of this strategic mistake is the belief among many Republicans that the two parties still share the same goals, but have divergent ways to get there. News flash: Democrats like John F. Kennedy and Scoop Jackson no longer exist. The Democrats have been taken over by messianic progressives...." Via @EdDriscoll. [rdbrewer]

James Foley beheading: London rapper turned jihadist believed to be under investigation for murder of journalist in Syria [rdbrewer]


Critics hail Peter Capaldi's Doctor Who debut
He's good. [rdbrewer]

Hey, did you guys see this video? [rdbrewer]

Politico: Vox not living up to the hype
"Dozens of media insiders surveyed for this story said they don’t really pay much attention to the site." [rdbrewer]



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The Telegraph: America's eyes opening to ophthalmologist as unlikely potential president
"Rand Paul is rapidly emerging as a leading Republican candidate for the White House..." [rdbrewer]

Ron Radosh, PJM: Our Bien Pensant American Historians: The New Friends of Hamas
"Then, and now, the group was composed of historians of the far Left.... What is different about this anti-Israel petition, is that the signers are writing not simply as American citizens opposed to Israel, but as 'historians,' whose credentials are being used as evidence that their position in the profession gives them more expertise to comment on Israel’s would be perfidy." Also from PJM: Frank J. Fleming, Give Obama a Break About Vacations: Presidenting is Hard. Via @EdDriscoll. [rdbrewer]

Digital Spy: Moffat on Doctor Who title sequence: 'I'm proud of creative response'
The new title sequence was inspired by a fan version that was published to Youtube. That video is here. (New Dr. Who episodes start tonight.) [rdbrewer]

Daily Mail: Mysterious oasis appears in Tunisian desert
From a few weeks ago. "The swimming hole was discovered by shepherds about three weeks ago when they stumbled across the huge beautiful blue coloured lake." [rdbrewer]

HITC Tech: Amblin Television to make Minority Report TV series
"Shortly due to go into the pitch process, the project will be developed by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television with scripts from Godzilla writer Max Borenstein." [rdbrewer]

The HumanaLight – A Flashlight That Uses Your “Dead” AA Batteries [rdbrewer]
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