Solar Flare Poses Huge Threat

Imagine life in the United States without any electronic technology. Welcome to the aftermath of an EMP – whether the result of a solar flare or a weapon.

“The disruption would kill a lot of people — some quickly, as medical devices failed, others later as food supplies and clean water became scarce. Without electricity, pretty much everything in our civilization comes to a stop. The economic damage would be incalculable.”

How the Hum of a Coffee Shop Can Boost Creativity

Now that I know this, I won’t  feel so bad forking over $4.00 for a specialty coffee.

“In a series of experiments that looked at the effects of noise on creative thinking, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that a level of ambient noise of a bustling coffee shop, about 70 decibels, enhanced performance compared with the relative quiet of 50 decibels.”

Or here‘s another option, for when I can’t go out.

“Coffitivity, was inspired by recent research showing that the whoosh of espresso machines and caffeinated chatter typical of most coffee shops creates just the right level of background noise to stimulate creativity. The Web site, which is free, plays an ambient coffee shop soundtrack that, according to researchers, helps people concentrate.”

Scalia: ‘High-Handed’ Kennedy Has Declared Us ‘Enemies of the Human Race’

Justice Scalia’s dissent makes for some very somber reading.

In the majority’s judgment, any resistance to its holding is beyond the pale of reasoned disagreement. To question its high-handed invalidation of a presumptively valid statute is to act (the majority is sure) with the purpose to “disparage,” “injure,” “degrade,” “demean,” and “humiliate” our fellow human beings, our fellow citizens, who are homosexual. All that, simply for supporting an Act that did no more than codify an aspect of marriage that had been unquestioned in our society for most of its existence— indeed, had been unquestioned in virtually all societies for virtually all of human history. It is one thing for a society to elect change; it is another for a court of law to impose change by adjudging those who oppose it hostes humani generis, enemies of the human race.

Obama’s Radical Climate Agenda

This is discouraging.

“The president announced that, on behalf of ‘all of humankind,’ he is in effect directing the EPA to take over the American economy.”

Junk Science Week: Epic climate model failure

The data in this article should make people strongly question the urgency and necessity of  President Obama’s planned executive orders aimed at cutting carbon emissions, which he announced yesterday.

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Junk Science Week: Ehrlich bombs again

Why do people keep listening to this prophet of doom when so much of what he has predicted has turned out to be utter rubbish?

“In the more than four decades since The Population Bomb was published, the number of people inhabiting the Earth has more than doubled, but the death and poverty rates have dropped, and life expectancy has increased.”

Let Em Speak

I love the First Amendment! And so does Andrew Klavan:

“Let people talk — let them talk without fear. They’re interesting. They’re, well, diverse. They say things we disagree with. They say things they shouldn’t. They use bad words. They make mistakes. It doesn’t kill us. It doesn’t even hurt us, if we have our heads on straight. We can just chalk it up to — oh, I don’t know — being alive with other people.”

 

Jayson Lusk: The Food Police

Listen to John J. Miller interview Jayson Lusk, author of The Food Police: A Well-Fed Manifesto About the Politics of Your Plate.

“This is a wonderful and well-written book.  It packs an awful lot of common sense and clear headed thinking into a small space.  Lusk makes clear that a lot of what academics and politicians take for granted about our agricultural system is in fact nonsense.

The food police have considerable clout at the highest levels of government and they think they know best about what everyone should eat, including you and me. If they get their way, they would put at risk the ability of our farms to produce healthy and nutritious food at a price the whole world can afford.”

– Jay Bhattacharya, M.D., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Medicine, Stanford University

France: Mayor faces jail for gay wedding refusal

Could this happen here?

“A French mayor is facing up to five years in prison and fine of up to £63,000 for declining to carry out a same-sex marriage. The French Interior Minister said elected officials ‘who do not respect the laws of the republic will risk significant sanctions’.”

Toronto safecracker opts for ‘finesse over force’ to figure out lock combinations

My son’s new hero?

“My preferred strategy is always finesse over force. It’s essentially figuring out the combination of the lock by moving the working part of the lock around and arranging them in a certain way, and then you know the combination and open the lock using its combination. There’s no force at all. You’re using sight, sound and touch to figure out the lock combination.”