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‘Blade Runner’ Sequel: Harrison Ford Confirmed; Denis Villeneuve In Talks To Direct [rdbrewer]

CNN: Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz declared 'unfit to work,' officials say
"Investigators found a letter in the waste bin of his Dusseldorf, Germany, apartment saying that Lubitz, 27, wasn't fit to do his job, city prosecutor Christoph Kumpa said Friday. The note, Kumpa said, had been 'slashed.'" [rdbrewer]

Yahoo AFP: Alps crash pilot told ex 'everyone will know my name'
Wouldn't you know it? Added: More from The Guardian. [rdbrewer]
This Iranian Nuke Deal Just Keeps Getting Better And Better- [XBradTC because Y-not told me to pimp this here]

Radley Balko: Absurd Fourth Circuit ruling embodies everything that’s wrong with drug raids
A guy got shot in the face for no reason. Before the American Revolution, "British soldiers could serve warrants only during the day. And they were always required to knock, announce themselves, announce their purpose and give the resident time and opportunity to come to the door to let them in peacefully." So even then colonists had more protections. Now we have goons who opt for no-knock raids because Its Fun!!! And there's probably a little bonus pay involved, right? [rdbrewer]
Charles Krauthammer on Harry Reid's departure
Video. [rdbrewer]

24 Carrot Cake
Video. [rdbrewer]


Dark Matter Probably Isn't a Mirror Universe, Colliding Galaxies Suggest
"New research suggests that no, dark matter does not splatter when clusters of galaxies collide, and this finding limits the kinds of particles that can make up dark matter." More from Astronomy. [rdbrewer]

PC World: Bring back the classic Gmail experience with Old Compose
You know how stupid Gmail compose is now? Firefox and Chrome have an app to fix that. From last summer. (It's awesome.) [rdbrewer]


CJ Ciaramella: Criminal Justice Reform Movement Gaining Momentum
"'There is a growing consensus across the political spectrum that our criminal justice system is in need of reform,' Goodlatte said in his video statement. 'The issue of over-criminalization is an issue of liberty.'" Grassley is in the way. "Gingrich said he is confident that Grassley can be assuaged, and that the current alliance between the younger, libertarian wing of the Republican caucus and progressive Democrats will continue to widen." [rdbrewer]


Jonathan Last: The Campus Left Begins to Implode
"[W]e may be witnessing the first dawning realization on the left about the problems inherent in their movement. Allow me to present three pieces, each from a liberal looking at contemporary campus politics." [rdbrewer]


Obamacare flying machine begins a death spiral
"Premiums are rising rapidly and the young and healthy are bailing out." It happened before. "Eight states learned this the hard way in the 1990s when they enacted two policies known as 'community rating' and 'guaranteed issue,' requiring health insurers to sell coverage...." [rdbrewer]


Meet Chuck Schumer, One of the Most Trivial Pols Ever. And Your Next Senate Minority Leader
"Which brings us back to Chuck Schumer, our next Senate Minority Leader and a demonstrated foe of just about every possible innovation or reality that for whatever furshlugginer reason drives a bug up his ass. Including that time he called a flight attendant 'a bitch' because she was enforcing a cell phone ban that I'm sure he's totally in favor of for everyone else." [rdbrewer]

'Spectre' teaser trailer [rdbrewer]

Supercompressor: What Your Watch Water Resistance Numbers Really Mean [rdbrewer]

The Independent: Night vision eyedrops allow vision of up to 50m in darkness
"[The scientists] theorised that Chlorin e6 (Ce6), a natural molecule that can be created from algae and other green plants, could enhance eyesight in dark environments. The molecule is found in some deep sea fish...." [rdbrewer]


Jacob Sullum: Study Confirms That E-Cigarettes Generate Virtually No Toxins
"Levels are about the same as those found in air." Via @GregGutfeld and Ace. [rdbrewer]
Trey Gowdy: Hillary Clinton wiped her server clean. This is being reported both by Politico and by AP. It is also, by a remarkable coincidence, what I predicted two full weeks ago. [Friztworth]
Will Ferrell Can Be Seriously Funny
He specializes in the Funny Strange (not Funny Ha-Ha) sort of offbeat gag... I like this one
Detailed examination of colliding galaxies reveals Dark Matter is WEIRD Matter.
This blows out the story I posted here 2 weeks ago. [@ComradeArthur]
Truth Revolt: Hillary Gets Special Protection On Wikipedia
"Despite the steady wave of scandals that have begun to erode even the New York Times’ portrayal of Hillary Clinton, her image remains unblemished on Wikipedia." [rdbrewer]

Daily Beast: Willie Nelson Is Launching His Own Brand of Weed
"Willie’s Reserve." And he'll sell his own brand of bongs and such. Via Drudge. Added: Someone needs to trademark "Old Toby," the best pipe-weed in Middle Earth, I read. [rdbrewer]


Star Wars I-III: A Phantom Edit
This is based on the Topher Grace 85 minute edit that everyone invited to the screening liked. AFAIK, it's not available online. This one is 123 minutes. Related: Infographic reveals updated canon. I'm not sure what it means, but it looks Star Warsy. [rdbrewer]

@Iowahawkblog: US peace partners Egypt & Saudi Arabia ready to invade US peace partner Yemen to fight US peace partner Iran [rdbrewer]

Discover Magazine: Global Warming Turns Rainforest Leaves into Junk Food
Uh-huh. [rdbrewer]

Andrew Klavan, Truth Revolt: 50 Shades of Barack Obama
Video. [rdbrewer]

The Independent: Saudi Arabia says it won't rule out building nuclear weapons
Via Drudge. Yay Obama, huh Dems? [rdbrewer]


Harry Reid endorses Chuck Schumer to succeed him as Senate Minority Leader
And not Dick "Dick" Durbin. [rdbrewer]
Low(er) Carb breakthrough for Rice Lovers? Add fat to boiling water before the rice, cook, then cool for 12 hours in fridge. Through the magic of science, a great deal of the starch turns digestion resistant. Needless to say, this wasn't discovered by a climatolosciencytist. [krak/t]
NY Times: Richard III Gets a Kingly Burial, on Second Try
"With the solemn ceremony laid down for monarchs through the ages, the coffin was borne to a marble tomb adjacent to the cathedral’s altar by a party of 10 British Army pallbearers wearing red sashes over their khaki uniforms and rows of glinting medals...." [rdbrewer]

Michael Crowley: Obama's Mideast 'free fall'
As Jon Stewart said last night, we're now punching ourselves in the dick. We've removed the middleman. How long will Democrats continue standing by our narcissist-sociopath president? [rdbrewer]

Daily Mail: How Germanwings co-pilot hid secret mental illness: Families' fury at airline as police find pile of torn-up sick notes in home of killer nicknamed 'Tomato Andy' - including one for day he crashed jet
"[I]nvestigators today revealed they have found torn-up past sick leave notes and, most chillingly, a doctor's sign-off for the day of the disaster. Prosecutors said the finds indicate 28-year-old Lubitz may have had a medical condition which he kept secret from his bosses...." In addition, "Lubitz was said to be in a 'relationship crisis' with his girlfriend in the weeks before the crash and was struggling to cope with a potential break-up, Bild reported." Related: Captain used an axe. Lubitz acted like a spree killer. [rdbrewer]
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