How ‘Fearless Cow’ Didn’t HappenPosted: June 7, 2017 Filed under: Art & Culture, U.S. News | Tags: Arturo Di Modica, Bill de Blasio, Boston, Charging Bull, International Women’s Day, Modica, New York City, Norman Siegel, State Street Global Advisors, Wall Street Leave a comment
The financial company that installed the “Fearless Girl” statue on Wall Street to help market a female mutual fund originally wanted to commission the bronze in the shape of a cow, according to an email exchange between the company’s rep and City Hall obtained by The Post.
Moo-cifully, three months before having it cast and installed opposite the existing “Charging Bull” sculpture for International Woman’s Day, it dawned on State Street Global Advisors a heifer might be misconstrued as sexist. Read the rest of this entry »
Scientists Reverse Ageing in Mammals and Predict Human Trials within 10 YearsPosted: December 15, 2016 Filed under: Mediasphere, Science & Technology | Tags: Aging, Bayer, Biological process, Blastomere, Boston, Cell (biology), Embryo, In vitro fertilisation, Longevity, Medicine, Stem cell Leave a comment
An end to grey hair and crows-feet could be just 10 years away after scientists showed it is possible to reverse ageing in animals.
Salk Institute in California, showed it was possible to reverse ageing in mice, allowing the animals to not only look younger, but live for 30 per cent longer.Using a new technique which takes adult cells back to their embryonic form, US researchers at the
“Scientists hope to eventually create a drug which can mimic the effect of the found genes which could be taken to slow down, and even reverse the ageing process. They say it will take around 10 years to get to human trials.”
The technique involves stimulating four genes which are particularly active during development in the womb. It was also found to work to turn the clock back on human skin cells in the lab, making them look and behave younger.
Scientists hope to eventually create a drug which can mimic the effect of the found genes which could be taken to slow down, and even reverse the ageing process. They say it will take around 10 years to get to human trials.
“Ageing is a plastic process and more amenable to therapeutic interventions than we previously thought.”
Dr Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, Salk Institute
“Our study shows that ageing may not have to proceed in one single direction,” said Dr Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, a professor in Salk’s Gene Expression Laboratory. “With careful modulation, aging might be reversed.
“Obviously, mice are not humans and we know it will be much more complex to rejuvenate a person. But this study shows that ageing is a very dynamic and plastic process, and therefore will be more amenable to therapeutic interventions than what we previously thought.”
“In other studies scientists have completely reprogrammed cells all the way back to a stem-cell-like state. But we show, for the first time, that by expressing these factors for a short duration you can maintain the cell’s identity while reversing age-associated hallmarks.”
Co-first author Pradeep Reddy, also a Salk research associate.
Scientists have known for some time that the four genes, which are known collectively as the Yamanaka factors, could turn adult cells back to their stem cell state, where they can grow into any part of the body.
But it was always feared that allowing that to happen could damage organs made from the cells, and even trigger cancer. Read the rest of this entry »
Elite Campuses Offer Students Coloring Books, Puppies to Get Over TrumpPosted: November 16, 2016 Filed under: Censorship, Education, Mediasphere, Politics | Tags: American Dream, Angus Deaton, Berkeley High School (California), Bernie Sanders, Boston, Brown University, college campus, Daily Beast, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Left Wing, Mental Illness, Princeton University, propaganda, Republican Party (United States), Special Snowflake, Triggered, Twitter, Yale Daily News, Yale University Leave a comment
The post-election freak-out on elite campuses is total, and is made all the worse because students on these campuses never meet anyone who disagrees with them.
Robby Soave writes: In the wake of the election, many college students at elite colleges and universities have come down with serious cases of PTSD: President Trump Stress Disorder.
Their inability to anticipate this outcome—the election of Donald Trump—should prompt the Ivy League to consider whether it’s really preparing students for life outside the liberal bubble of campus.
To equip students with the resources they need to refute Trumpism, colleges have to stop shielding them from ideas that offend their liberal sensibilities. They have to stop pretending that shutting down a discussion is the same thing as winning an argument. Silence is not persuasion.
“There were actual cats and a puppy there. The event as a whole seemed to be an escape from the reality of the election results.”
— UPenn student, Daniel Tancredi
Elsewhere, at campuses across the country, students begged professors to cancel classes and postpone exams, citing fear, exhaustion, and emotional trauma. Such accommodations were frequently granted: Academics at Columbia University, Yale University, the University of Connecticut, and other institutions told students to take some time to come to terms with what had happened, as if the election of Donald Trump was akin to a natural disaster or terrorist attack.
That wasn’t all. Law students at the University of Michigan were provided with a post-election “self-care with food and play” event, complete with “stress busting” activities like play dough, coloring books, legos,
and bubbles. Columbia University’s Barnard College offered hot chocolate and coloring. The University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League institution, created a healing space: more coloring books, and also puppies.
[Read the full story here, at The Daily Beast]
“There were actual cats and a puppy there,” one UPenn student, Daniel Tancredi, told The College Fix. “The event as a whole seemed to be an escape from the reality of the election results.”
One wonders whether some campuses have routinely provided too much of an escape from reality, if the election has reduced their students to tears, play dough, and a whole lot of coloring books.
Victor Davis Hanson: America’s Civilizational ParalysisPosted: October 14, 2016 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, History, Politics, Terrorism, Think Tank | Tags: Asia, Barack Obama, Boston, California, China, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Middle East, United States, Victor Davis Hanson Leave a comment
Our nation faces many existential challenges that our politicians refuse to address.
Victor Davis Hanson writes: The Greek city-states in the fourth-century BC, fifth-century AD Rome, and the Western European democracies after World War I all knew they could not continue as usual with their fiscal, social, political, and economic behavior. But all these states and societies feared far more the self-imposed sacrifices that might have saved them.
“We seem to be reaching that point of stasis in postmodern America. Once simple and logical solutions to our fiscal and social problems are now seen as too radical even to discuss.”
Mid-fifteenth-century Byzantium was facing endemic corruption, a radically declining birthrate and shrinking population, and the end of civic militarism—all the last-gasp symptoms of an irreversible decline. Its affluent ruling and religious orders and expansive government services could no longer be supported by disappearing agrarians and the overtaxed mercantile middle class.
[Read the full story here, at Hoover Institution]
Returning to the values of the Emperor Justinian’s sixth-century empire that had once ensured a vibrant Byzantine culture of stability and prosperity throughout the old Roman east remained a nostalgic daydream. Given the hardship and sacrifice that would have been required to change the late Byzantine mindset, most residents of Constantinople plodded on to their rendezvous with oblivion in 1453.
We seem to be reaching that point of stasis in postmodern America. Once simple and logical solutions to our fiscal and social problems are now seen as too radical even to discuss. Consider the $20-trillion national debt. Most Americans accept that current annual $500 billion budget deficits are not sustainable—but they also see them as less extreme than the recently more normal $1 trillion in annual red ink.
“Race relations pose comparable paradoxes. Inner-city Chicago has turned into a war zone with over 500 murders so far this year alone.”
Americans also accept that the Obama administration doubled the national debt on the expectation of permanent near-zero interest rates, which cannot continue. When interest rates return to more normal historical levels of 4-5% per annum, the costs of servicing the debt—along with unsustainable Social Security and Medicare entitlement costs—will begin to undermine the entire budget.
“Illegal immigration, like the deficits, must cease, but stopping it would be too politically incorrect and painful even to ponder. The mess in Europe—millions of indigent and illegal immigrants who have fled their own failed states to become dependent on the largess of their generous adopted countries, but without any desire to embrace their hosts’ culture—is apparently America’s future.”
Count up current local, state and federal income taxes, payroll taxes, property and sales taxes, and new health care taxes, and it will be hard to find the necessary additional revenue from a strapped and overtaxed middle class, much less from the forty-seven percent of Americans who currently pay no federal income taxes.
[Read the full text here, at Hoover Institution]
The Obama administration has tried to reduce the budget by issuing defense cuts and tax hikes—but it has refused to touch entitlement spending, where the real gains could be made. The result is more debt, even as, paradoxically, our military was weakened, taxes rose, revenue increased, and economic growth remained anemic at well below 2% per annum.
“…there are few multiracial societies of the past that have avoided descending into destructive ethnic chauvinism and tribalism once assimilation and integration were replaced by salad-bowl identity politics. Common words and phrases such as ‘illegal alien’ or ‘deportation’ are now considered taboo, while ‘sanctuary city’ is a euphemism for a neo-Confederate nullification of federal immigration laws by renegade states and municipalities.”
Illegal immigration poses a similar dilemma. No nation can remain stable when 10-20 million foreign nationals have crashed through what has become an open border and reside unlawfully in the United States—any more than a homeowner can have neighbors traipsing through and camping in his unfenced yard. Read the rest of this entry »
[VIDEO] Tim Kaine’s Defense Of Hillary Makes CNN Panel Burst Out LaughingPosted: September 6, 2016 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, Entertainment, Mediasphere, Politics, White House | Tags: 2016, Boston, CBS This Morning, CNN, Democratic Party (United States), Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, John King (journalist), News conference, Tim Kaine 1 Comment
After CNN’s John King played a clip of Tim Kaine defending how accessible Hillary Clinton has been to the press, he and the rest of his panel reacted by laughing.
In the clip (from a CBS interview days ago), Kaine says, “I don’t see what the massive difference is between a press conference and talking to the press everywhere you go. She talks to the press a lot.” Read the rest of this entry »
Obedience (Tei): Yoshinaka’s Mistress Tomoe, from the series ‘The Eight Virtues’Posted: September 2, 2016 Filed under: Art & Culture, Asia, Japan | Tags: Boston, Freer Gallery of Art, Gautama Buddha, Georges Bataille, Hanabusa Itchō, Utagawa Yoshikazu, Yoshinaka’s Mistress Tomoe Leave a comment
Obedience (Tei): Yoshinaka’s Mistress Tomoe, from the series The Eight Virtues (Jingi hachigyô no uchi)
「仁義八行之内 悌 義仲の妾 巴」
1856 (Ansei 3), 11th month
Artist Utagawa Yoshikazu (Japanese, active 1848–1870), Publisher Maruya Jinpachi (Marujin, Enjudô) (Japanese)
Calvin Coolidge: Address at the Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, Philadelphia, Pa.Posted: July 2, 2016 Filed under: History, U.S. News, White House | Tags: Active duty, American Revolution, Archaeological field survey, Belgian colonial empire, Boston, Boston Tea Party, British Army, British Empire, Continental Congress, United States, United States Declaration of Independence Leave a comment
We meet to celebrate the birthday of America. That coming of a new life always excites our interest. Although we know in the case of the individual that it has been an infinite repetition reaching back beyond our vision, that only makes it more wonderful. But how our interest and wonder increase when we behold the miracle of the birth of a new nation. It is to pay our tribute of reverence and respect to those who participated in such a mighty event that we annually observe the 4th day of July. Whatever may have been the impression created by the news which went out from this city on that summer day in 1776, there can be no doubt as to the estimate which is now placed upon it. At the end of 150 years the four corners of the earth unite in coming to Philadelphia as to a holy shrine in grateful acknowledgment of a service so great, which a few inspired men here rendered to humanity, that it is still the preeminent support of free government throughout the world.
Although a century and a half measured in comparison with the length of human experience is but a short time, yet measured in the life of governments and nations it ranks as a very respectable period. Certainly enough time has elapsed to demonstrate with a great deal of thoroughness the value of our institutions and their dependability as rules for the regulation of human conduct and the advancement of civilization. They have been in existence long enough to become very well seasoned. They have met, and met successfully, the test of experience
“About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful. It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning can not be applied to this great charter. If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary. Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers.”
It is not so much, then, for the purpose of undertaking to proclaim new theories and principles that this annual celebration is maintained, but rather to reaffirm and reestablish those old theories and principles which time and the unerring logic of events have demonstrated to be sound. Amid all the clash of conflicting interests, amid all the welter of partisan politics, every American can turn for solace and consolation to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States with the assurance and confidence that those two great charters of freedom and justice remain firm and unshaken. Whatever perils appear, whatever dangers threaten, the Nation remains secure in the knowledge that the ultimate application of the law of the land will provide an adequate defense and protection.
It is little wonder that people at home and abroad consider Independence Hall as hallowed ground and revere the Liberty Bell as a sacred relic. That pile of bricks and mortar, that mass of metal, might appear to the uninstructed as only the outgrown meeting place and the shattered bell of a former time, useless now because of more modern conveniences, but to those who know they have become consecrated by the use which men have made of them. They have long been identified with a great cause. They are the framework of a spiritual event. The world looks upon them, because of their associations of one hundred and fifty years ago, as it looks upon the Holy Land because of what took place there nineteen hundred years ago. Through use for a righteous purpose they have become sanctified.
It is not here necessary to examine in detail the causes which led to the American Revolution. In their immediate occasion they were largely economic. The colonists objected to the navigation laws which interfered with their trade, they denied the power of Parliament to impose taxes which they were obliged to pay, and they therefore resisted the royal governors and the royal forces which were sent to secure obedience to these laws. But the conviction is inescapable that a new civilization had come, a new spirit had arisen on this side of the Atlantic more advanced and more developed in its regard for the rights of the individual than that which characterized the Old World. Life in a new and open country had aspirations which could not be realized in any subordinate position. A separate establishment was ultimately inevitable. It had been decreed by the very laws of human nature. Man everywhere has an unconquerable desire to be the master of his own destiny.
We are obliged to conclude that the Declaration of Independence represented the movement of a people. It was not, of course, a movement from the top. Revolutions do not come from that direction. It was not without the support of many of the most respectable people in the Colonies, who were entitled to all the consideration that is given to breeding, education, and possessions. It had the support of another element of great significance and importance to which I shall later refer. But the preponderance of all those who occupied a position which took on the aspect of aristocracy did not approve of the Revolution and held toward it an attitude either of neutrality or open hostility. It was in no sense a rising of the oppressed and downtrodden. It brought no scum to the surface, for the reason that colonial society had developed no scum. The great body of the people were accustomed to privations, but they were free from depravity. If they had poverty, it was not of the hopeless kind that afflicts great cities, but the inspiring kind that marks the spirit of the pioneer. The American Revolution represented the informed and mature convictions of a great mass of independent, liberty loving, God-fearing people who knew their rights, and possessed the courage to dare to maintain them.
The Continental Congress was not only composed of great men, but it represented a great people. While its Members did not fail to exercise a remarkable leadership, they were equally observant of their representative capacity. They were industrious in encouraging their constituents to instruct them to support independence. But until such instructions were given they were inclined to withhold action.
While North Carolina has the honor of first authorizing its delegates to concur with other Colonies in declaring independence, it was quickly followed by South Carolina and Georgia, which also gave general instructions broad enough to include such action. But the first instructions which unconditionally directed its delegates to declare for independence came from the great Commonwealth of Virginia. These were immediately followed by Rhode Island and Massachusetts, while the other Colonies, with the exception of New York, soon adopted a like course.
This obedience of the delegates to the wishes of their constituents, which in some cases caused them to modify their previous positions, is a matter of great significance. It reveals an orderly process of government in the first place; but more than that, it demonstrates that the Declaration of Independence was the result of the seasoned and deliberate thought of the dominant portion of the people of the Colonies. Adopted after long discussion and as the result of the duly authorized expression of the preponderance of public opinion, it did not partake of dark intrigue or hidden conspiracy. It was well advised. It had about it nothing of the lawless and disordered nature of a riotous insurrection. It was maintained on a plane which rises above the ordinary conception of rebellion. It was in no sense a radical movement but took on the dignity of a resistance to illegal usurpations. It was conservative and represented the action of the colonists to maintain their constitutional rights which from time immemorial had been guaranteed to them under the law of the land.
When we come to examine the action of the Continental Congress in adopting the Declaration of Independence in the light of what was set out in that great document and in the light of succeeding events, we can not escape the conclusion that it had a much broader and deeper significance than a mere secession if territory and the establishment of a new nation. Events of that nature have been taking place since the dawn of history. One empire after another has arisen, only to crumble away as its constituent parts separated from each other and set up independent governments of their own. Such actions long ago became commonplace. They have occurred too often to hold the attention of the world and command the administration and reverence of humanity. There is something beyond the establishment of a new nation, great as that event would be, in the Declaration of Independence which has ever since caused it to be regarded as one of the great charters that not only was to liberate America but was everywhere to ennoble humanity.
It was not because it was proposed to establish a new nation, but because it was proposed to establish a nation on new principles, that July 4, 1776, has come to be regarded as one of the greatest days in history. Great ideas do not burst upon the world unannounced. They are reached by a gradual development over a length of time usually proportionate to their importance. This is especially true of the principles laid down in the Declaration of Independence. Three very definite propositions were set out in its preamble regarding the nature of mankind and therefore of government. These were the doctrine that all men are created equal, that they are endowed with certain inalienable rights, and that therefore the source of the just powers of government must be derived from the consent of the governed. Read the rest of this entry »
GLOBAL PANIC: Boston Globe EditionPosted: April 9, 2016 Filed under: Humor, Mediasphere, Politics | Tags: Bill Clinton, Boston, Boston Globe, Deportation, Drudge Report, Hillary Clinton, Immigration, journalism, Lampoon, Matt Drudge, media, news, Parody, satire Leave a comment
EXCLUSIVE: BOSTON GLOBE set to publish fake news, in lampoon Trump edition of Sunday paper.. https://t.co/XH3TJzRMiUpic.twitter.com/1R8BhTmH3P
— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) April 9, 2016
“Ladies and gentlemen, we are living through history…”
[VIDEO] Atlas the Humanoid Robot in ActionPosted: February 29, 2016 Filed under: Robotics, Science & Technology | Tags: Android (robot), Boston, Boston Dynamics, Center of mass, Chumbawamba, Google, Humanoid robot, LIDAR, Robot, video Leave a comment
Atlas the humanoid robot can trudge through snow and overcome physical challenges from its developers at Boston Dynamics, a unit of Alphabet Inc.
This White Dude Was a Boss in the Chinese MafiaPosted: December 20, 2015 Filed under: Asia, China, Crime & Corruption | Tags: Bac Guai, Blue-collar worker, Boston, Chinese Mafia, Crime Boss, Domhnall Gleeson, Foreign worker, Irish American, John Crowley, John Willis, White Devil 1 Comment
They called him “Bac Guai,” or as the FBI translated it, White Devil. He was a kid who grew up in Dorchester, a hardscrabble Boston suburb, and played hockey like the other Irish Americans denizens and blue-collar workers who dominated the Charlestown and Southie locales. Boston is a town steeped in deep-rooted traditions, proud of its colonial history, sports teams, and even its crime legacy. But the man born John Willis, the “White Devil” who would become a crime boss for a sect of the Chinese Mafia, ended up loyal to a group of people far different from the Boston natives he grew up with.
Willis’s father left by the time he was two and his mother passed just after he turned 15. He had some relatives around town, but they didn’t take in the teenage orphan. Like any kid feeling hurt and alone, Willis looked for acceptance. When he didn’t find it from his own people, he gravitated towards a community that did. Surprisingly enough, that group was a Chinese gang called Ping On….(read more)
Liberalism’s Imaginary EnemiesPosted: December 1, 2015 Filed under: Global, Mediasphere, Science & Technology, Think Tank, U.S. News, White House | Tags: Amateur Athletic Union, Association of American Universities, Boston, Harvard Law School, Office for Civil Rights, Sexual abuse, Sexual assault, Title IX, United States Department of Education, University of Virginia 1 Comment
Little children have imaginary friends. Modern liberalism has imaginary enemies.
Bret Stephens writes: Hunger in America is an imaginary enemy. Liberal advocacy groups routinely claim that one in seven Americans is hungry—in a country where the poorest counties have the highest rates of obesity. The statistic is a preposterous extrapolation from a dubious Agriculture Department measure of “food insecurity.” But the line gives those advocacy groups a reason to exist while feeding the liberal narrative of America as a savage society of haves and have nots.
The campus-rape epidemic—in which one in five female college students is said to be the victim of sexual assault—is an imaginary enemy. Never mind the debunked rape scandals at Duke and the University of Virginia, or the soon-to-be-debunked case at the heart of “The Hunting Ground,” a documentary about an alleged sexual assault at Harvard Law School. The real question is: If modern campuses were really zones of mass predation—Congo on the quad—why would intelligent young women even think of attending a coeducational school? They do because there is no epidemic. But the campus-rape narrative sustains liberal fictions of a never-ending war on women.
[Read the full text here, at WSJ]
Institutionalized racism is an imaginary enemy. Somehow we’re supposed to believe that the same college administrators who have made a religion of diversity are really the second coming of Strom Thurmond. Somehow we’re supposed to believe that twice electing a black president is evidence of our racial incorrigibility. We’re supposed to believe this anyway because the future of liberal racialism—from affirmative action to diversity quotas to slavery reparations—requires periodic sightings of the ghosts of a racist past.
I mention these examples by way of preface to the climate-change summit that began this week in Paris. But first notice a pattern. Read the rest of this entry »
40% of Millennials Say Government Should Prevent Offensive Speech Toward MinoritiesPosted: November 21, 2015 Filed under: Censorship, Education | Tags: Association of American Universities, Boston, Brown University, California Institute of Technology, Dartmouth College, Harvard Management Company, Harvard University, Ivy League, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York City, Princeton University, Yale University Leave a comment
Kerry Picket reports: A new Pew Research Center poll shows that 40 percent of American Millennials (ages 18-34) are likely to support government prevention of public statements offensive to minorities.
It should be noted that vastly different numbers resulted for older generations in the Pew poll on the issue of offensive speech and the government’s role.
US Millennials more likely to support censoring offensive statements about minorities https://t.co/58zV9e31k9 pic.twitter.com/wdHf7aB1oI
— Pew Research Center (@pewresearch) November 21, 2015
Around 27 percent of Generation X’ers (ages 35-50) support such an idea, while 24 percent of Baby Boomers (ages 51-69) agree that censoring offensive speech about minorities should be a government issue. Only 12 percent of the Silent Generation (ages 70-87) thinks that government should prevent offensive speech toward minorities.
The poll comes at a time when college activists, such as the group “Black Lives Matter,” are making demands in the name of racial and ethnic equality at over 20 universities across the nation.
[Read the full story here, at The Daily Caller]
Some of the demands include restrictions on offensive Halloween costumes at Yale University to the deletion of U.S. President Woodrow Wilson’s image and name at Princeton University to “anti-oppression training” for employees at Brown University.
“Woodrow Wilson obviously … had a very ill-informed and ignorant view of race,” 1968 Princeton graduate Eric Chase told Reuters. “But he is a big piece of Princeton history and he should stay a big piece,” noting that it’s a push to “erase history and whitewash it and put something else in its place.” Read the rest of this entry »
Democratic Debate: Nothing at StakePosted: November 14, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Mediasphere, Politics, White House | Tags: Bern, Bernie Sanders, Bloomberg L.P., Boston, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, CBS, CBS Interactive, Democratic Party (United States), Hillary Clinton, Vermont Leave a comment
The candidates began their closing statements with more than 10 minutes to go until the scheduled 11 p.m. conclusion, with Bernie Sanders finishing his at 9:52 p.m. local time…
[VIDEO] The Infamous Irving Texas Clock: ‘Homemade’ Claim Effortlessly DebunkedPosted: September 22, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, Education, Mediasphere, White House | Tags: Ahmed Mohamed, Barack Obama, Boston, Clock, hoax, Irving, Irving Texas, Islam, media, Muslim, news, Texas, United States, video, White House, White House Press Secretary 1 Comment
The original story was about a controversial package in a school setting, but it was quickly claimed to be a homemade clock.
If so, the clock itself (not the presentation) might be cool as the White House said. If not, the world may be propping up a plagiarist who flaunted the piece of crap in an intentionally controversial way (suppositions). This video challenges that the clock was homemade by showing a nearly identical package being prepared in about twenty seconds (screws and simple fasteners were excluded for brevity here).
Fed Up Cops Turn Their Backs on Obama’s Labor Day VisitPosted: September 11, 2015 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Law & Justice, Mediasphere, White House | Tags: Barack Obama, Boston, Boston Herald, Jerry Flynn, Joe Biden, Labor Day, New England, Police, Police officer, White House 1 Comment
President Obama gave a Labor Day speech in Boston about the importance of unions on Monday, but one of the area’s top police union’s didn’t want to hear any of it.
The New England Police Benevolent Association boycotted the event to protest Obama’s lack of support for law enforcement in an era of anti-cop violence.
The Obama White House has overseen a “horror show” of lawlessness, the union charged, with cops as the intended victims.
The association’s president Jerry Flynn gave a statement to the Boston Herald about its reasoning for the boycott.
Our members are enraged at his lack of support of law enforcement. It’s clear that he has an agenda, and unfortunately the police are not part of his agenda.
Let’s face it, (there have been) eight people killed in a nine-day period, eight police officers, and his silence up until recently has been deafening. And the real sad part of this — and when I went to the White House in the first term with (Vice President) Joe Biden — he said to me that he would be the voice of law enforcement. Well, as much as I love and adore Joe, his voice has been silent as well. So it’s not an Obama problem, it’s an administration problem.
This is a horror show, this is an epidemic of lawless people trying to kill police officers for no apparent reasons. Case in point is the lieutenant who was pumping gas in Houston. Over 7,000 people were at that church, and where was he (Obama)? Why wasn’t he there instead of a unity breakfast? Read the rest of this entry »
[VIDEO] Vintage School House Rock: ‘Shot Heard Round the World’Posted: July 4, 2015 Filed under: Education, Entertainment, History | Tags: American Revolution, American Revolutionary War, Boston, British Army, George Washington, Independence Day (United States), Paul Revere, Paul Revere's Ride, Samuel Adams, United States 1 Comment
Schoolhouse rock sings about the Revolutionary War! No more monarchy. Paul Revere announces the British are Coming!
BREAKING: Boston Bomber Apologizes, Admits Guilt for Deadly 2013 AttackPosted: June 24, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Law & Justice, U.S. News | Tags: al Qaeda, Boston, Boston Marathon, Cambridge, Dormitory, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Massachusetts, Scott Malone, Sentence (law), United States federal judge 1 Comment
Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Wednesday apologized for the deadly 2013 attack at a hearing at which he was to be formally sentenced to death.
“I am sorry for the lives I have taken, for the suffering that I have caused you, for the damage I have done, irreparable damage,” Tsarnaev, 21, told a federal court.
“I am sorry for the lives I have taken, for the suffering that I have caused you, for the damage I have done, irreparable damage…In case there is any doubt, I am guilty of this attack, along with my brother.”
It was the first time that the ethnic Chechen, who did not speak in his own defense during his trial, had addressed the court.
“In case there is any doubt, I am guilty of this attack, along with my brother,” Tsarnaev said, standing at the defense table. Read the rest of this entry »
BREAKING : Man Pulls Knife Outside of Boston Federal Court where Marathon Bomber is Being Sentenced to DeathPosted: June 24, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, Law & Justice, U.S. News | Tags: Boston, Boston Marathon, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Massachusetts, Sport utility vehicle, United States district court, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Watertown, WCVB-TV Leave a comment
Morgan Rousseau reports: Police arrested a man who drove an SUV past the barricades of a Boston court before removing what appeared to be a large knife or cleaver from under his rear license plate.
A Metro photographer at the scene said police wrangled the bearded man to the ground before arresting him. No one was hurt. The incident happened around 12:50 p.m. outside of the Moakley Federal Court entrance.
Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, is currently inside the court facing victims of the 2013 terror attack. The court has a high media presence today due to the formal sentencing. Read the rest of this entry »
[VIDEO] Boston Terror Suspects Reportedly Plotted to Behead Police OfficersPosted: June 3, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, War Room | Tags: ABC News, Boston, Boston Herald, Boston Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Fox News Channel, Joint Terrorism Task Force, Terrorism 1 Comment
DEVELOPING: The man shot and killed Tuesday by Boston police was plotting with another suspect to behead a cop, a law enforcement source told Fox News
BREAKING: Senate Blocks House Bill on NSA Surveillance, 2-Month ExtensionPosted: May 22, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Law & Justice, Politics, U.S. News | Tags: Associated Press, Boston, Kentucky, Mitch McConnell, National Security Agency, Party leaders of the United States Senate, Patriot Act, Rand Paul, Republican Party (United States), United States 3 Comments
BREAKING NEWS – The Republican-led Senate blocked a House bill early Saturday that would have ended the National Security Agency’s bulk of collection on domestic phone records.
The vote was 57-42, short of the 60-vote threshold to move ahead. It leaves the fate of the key provisions in the Patriot Act in doubt with a June 1 deadline less than two weeks away.
The Senate also failed to advance a two-month extension of NSA programs as well. The vote also needed 60 votes to get to the Senate floor. The vote was defeated 54-45…(read more)
[VIDEO] Katherine Timpf: Micro-Aggressions are on the RisePosted: May 17, 2015 Filed under: Entertainment, Humor, Mediasphere, Politics | Tags: Berklee College of Music, Boston, censorship, college, comedy, Katherine Timpf, National Review, NRO, PC, Political Correctness, Thought Police, Universities, video, White people Leave a comment
[VIDEO] THE PANTSUIT REPORT: Hillary Surprised ‘Turns Out We Are Not Producing As Many Small Businesses As We Used To’Posted: April 20, 2015 Filed under: Politics, White House | Tags: Barack Obama, Boston, Deval Patrick, Hillary Clinton, Lincoln Chafee, Mitt Romney, Rand Paul, Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee, Republican Party (United States), Small business, Ted Cruz Leave a comment
At The Corner, Joel Gehrke writes:
Hillary Clinton admitted today that she was “surprised” to learn that the people who told her small businesses have struggled in recent years were actually correct.
“I was very surprised to see that when I began to dig into it. Because people were telling me this as I traveled around the country the last two years, but I didn’t know what they were saying and it turns out that we are not producing as many small businesses as we use to.”
— Hillary Clinton, in New Hampshire
Clinton noted that small business creation has “stalled out,” to her chagrin. “I was very surprised to see that when I began to dig into it,” she said while campaigning in New Hampshire. “Because people were telling me this as I traveled around the country the last two years, but I didn’t know what they were saying and it turns out that we are not producing as many small businesses as we use to.”
“Small businesses lack the confidence they need to expand and hire new workers, and the President’s looming tax hikes are threatening to destroy another 700,000 jobs.”
— Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul
The struggles of small businesses during President Obama’s administration are hardly a new subject on the campaign trail. Mitt Romney raised the issue throughout the 2012 presidential election.
”At every turn, Hillary Clinton has supported top-down Washington-driven policies that have stacked the deck against small businesses. Hillary Clinton can’t possibly be a champion for everyday Americans when she doesn’t understand their most basic economic concerns and was ‘surprised’ to learn that small businesses are struggling.”
— Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus
“Small businesses lack the confidence they need to expand and hire new workers, and the President’s looming tax hikes are threatening to destroy another 700,000 jobs,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said in September of 2012, for instance. Read the rest of this entry »
Apple Buys Israeli Camera-Technology Company LinXPosted: April 14, 2015 Filed under: Entertainment, Global, Science & Technology | Tags: Apple Inc, Boston, Camera, Chief marketing officer, CNBC, iPhone, Israel, Samsung, Single-lens reflex camera, The Wall Street Journal 1 Comment
Acquisition of LinX deepens the Apple’s position in Israel
Apple confirmed the acquisition with its standard statement when it has bought a company. “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans,” said an Apple spokesman.
The companies had been discussing an acquisition price of about $20 million, according to people familiar with the matter.
LinX didn’t respond to requests for comment.
LinX develops and markets miniature cameras for tablets and smartphones. Using an array of sensors that capture multiple images at the same time and proprietary algorithms, LinX says its cameras can gauge depth and create three-dimensional image maps.
Last year, the company said its tiny camera modules allow for better-quality pictures in low light and faster exposure at standard indoor conditions. It said the technology offers single-lens-reflex (SLR) camera image quality without the need for a bulky device. Read the rest of this entry »
BREAKING: Boston Bombing Case: Jury Reaches Verdict in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev TrialPosted: April 8, 2015 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Law & Justice, U.S. News | Tags: Aiding and abetting, Bomb, Boston, Boston Bomber, Boston Marathon, Closing argument, Conspiracy (crime), Federal Bureau of Investigation, Islamism, Jihadism, Judy Clarke, Jury, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Terrorism 1 Comment
BOSTON — The jury has reached a verdict in the Boston Marathon bombing trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev after two days of deliberations, the U.S. attorney’s office announced Wednesday.
The statement, posted on Twitter by the federal prosecutor’s office, did not indicate when the jury would announce the results.
“Seventeen of the counts carry the death penalty. Fifteen of the counts contain a series of subclause questions that jurors must take up one by one and try to answer unanimously.”
Federal Judge George O’Toole met earlier with attorneys for both sides for about 30 minutes to address the questions raised by the seven-woman, five-man jury, which deliberated for more than seven hours Tuesday before ending the day without a verdict.
“The jury’s last question sought clarification on the difference between aiding and abetting. Twenty-five of the 30 counts charge Tsarnaev with aiding and abetting, sometimes in conjunction with a broader charge.”
The charges against Tsarnaev — totaling 30 counts — fall into four main categories. Twelve pertain to two pressure-cooker bombs used at the marathon on April 15, 2013, when three people died and more than 260 were injured. Three other charges deal with conspiracy; another three cover the fatal shooting on April 18, 2013, of MIT security officer Sean Collier.
The final 12 address what happened after Collier’s murder, including a carjacking, robbery and use of improvised explosives against Watertown, Mass., police officers.
Seventeen of the counts carry the death penalty. Fifteen of the counts contain a series of subclause questions that jurors must take up one by one and try to answer unanimously.
“Can a conspiracy pertain to a sequence of events over multiple days or a distinct event?”
If Tsarnaev is found guilty, the second phase of the trial will consider whether he should be sentenced to death or life in prison without parole.
O’Toole began Wednesday’s proceedings by reading the jurors’ questions, one of which had two parts, and delivering his answers.
“Can a conspiracy pertain to a sequence of events over multiple days or a distinct event?” was the first question.
“Duration is a question of fact for you to determine,” O’Toole told the jury. It could be limited to one event or apply to more than one. Tsarnaev is charged with conspiracy in three counts, all of which name four victims who were killed during the week of April 15, 2013.
Jurors also asked whether they need to consider all the subclauses in each count, or if reaching unanimity on the overall question of guilt for that count is sufficient.
O’Toole said they must consider every subclause only if they determine Tsarnaev is guilty on that charge. Read the rest of this entry »
Seattle Area Man Accidentally Receives Email Invitation to Stranger’s Bachelor Party in Philadelphia, Decides to ‘Come Anyway!’Posted: March 20, 2015 Filed under: Entertainment, U.S. News | Tags: Bachelor party, Boston, Burien, Groom, NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Reading Terminal Market, Seattle, Washington 1 Comment
Groom Jeff Minetti: Why not still invite him?
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — You’ve heard of wedding crashers. Joey DiJulio is a bachelor party crasher, of sorts.
“I had no idea what any of these places are. After Googling them, everything was pointing to Philadelphia.”
— Accidental email recipient Joey DiJulio
For weeks, the man from the Seattle suburbs found himself getting emails from people he didn’t know about a bachelor party and a groom he’s never met. He saw names of Philadelphia landmarks like Reading Terminal Market thrown around in the emails but couldn’t put his finger on where they were located until he searched the names online.
“I had no idea what any of these places are,” said DiJulio, 31, who’s never been to the Northeast. “After Googling them, everything was pointing to Philadelphia.”
It turns out DiJulio, an information technology worker and a married father of one in Burien, Washington, had been mistaken for a friend of the groom with a similar last name. He sat as a “fly on the wall” for much of the email chain until Monday, when he broke the news after the groom’s brother wanted a headcount of people attending the party.
“This is the city of brotherly love. Any and all are welcome.”
— The Groom
But it didn’t end there. Groom Jeff Minetti, 34, figured: Why not still invite him? The Philadelphia real estate agent asked him to attend both the bachelor party March 28 and his wedding May 2 in New Jersey. Read the rest of this entry »
Cops Recall Deadly Shootout with Boston Bombing SuspectsPosted: March 16, 2015 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, U.S. News | Tags: Boston, Boston Bombing, Islamism, Jihadism, Law Enforcement, Terrorism 1 Comment
Opening Statements in Boston Bombing Trial to Begin Next WeekPosted: February 25, 2015 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, War Room | Tags: Boston, Boston Bombing, Boston Marathon Bomber, Jihadism, media, news, Terror attack, Terrorism, Time Magazine Leave a comment
Rare JFK Vacation Photos To Go Up For AuctionPosted: February 11, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, History, Mediasphere, White House | Tags: Boston, Cape Cod, Hyannis Port, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Katharine Graham, Kennedy family, Massachusetts, Osterville, Rachel Lambert Mellon, The Washington Post Leave a comment
STORM: DRUDGE GOES CODE BLUEPosted: January 26, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, U.S. News | Tags: Bill de Blasio, Blizzard Warning, Boston, Drudge Report, Headline, Matt Drudge, Mayor of New York City, media, National Weather Service, New Jersey, news, Philadelphia, Snow, Storm Leave a comment
NEW YORK (CBS Connecticut/AP) — Tens of millions of people along the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor rushed to get home and settle in Monday as a fearsome storm swirled in with the potential for hurricane-force winds and 1 to 3 feet of snow that could paralyze the Northeast for days.
Snow was coating cars and building up on sidewalks and roadways in New York City by evening, and flurries were flying in Boston. Forecasters said the storm would build into a blizzard, and the brunt of it would hit late Monday and into Tuesday.
As the snow got heavier, much of the region rushed to shut down. Read the rest of this entry »
[CARTOON] Instagram Snow Photo AlertPosted: January 26, 2015 Filed under: Comics, Humor, U.S. News | Tags: Boston, Cartoon, comic, Illustration, New York, The New Yorker, Weather Alert Leave a comment
[PHOTO] Boston: ‘Big Wicked Stawm Comin’Posted: January 26, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Mediasphere, U.S. News | Tags: Boston, New York, NYC, Storm, Weather Leave a comment
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Call Off the Meeting and Get Back to WorkPosted: January 2, 2015 Filed under: Economics, Think Tank, U.S. News | Tags: Amazon.com, August Capital, Boston, Clayton M. Christensen, Harvard Business School, Meetings, Productivity, Professor Leave a comment
Maybe you’re sitting in a boring meeting right now, peeking at this on your phone. Don’t Just sit there! Get up! Walk out. Join the anti-meeting revolution!
Andy Kessler explains: I hate meetings. Everybody does. Yet Nancy Koehn, who teaches at the Harvard Business School, estimates that there will be 11 million meetings taking place today in the United States. Yes, just today. Maybe you’re sitting in a boring one right now, peeking at this on your phone. Not much consolation to know that millions of others are stuck in the same conference-table-shaped circle of hell.
“A 2013 study by officebroker.com found that the average office worker spends 16 hours in meetings every week; government workers spend 22 hours a week in meetings.”
Meetings are supposed to be about discovery and buy-in. That’s it. Someone has decided that a group needs to be informed about some new idea or process or scheme, and by the end of the meeting everyone has supposedly bought into this new vision of the world—one that, if you’re lucky, didn’t come with a 50-slide PowerPoint deck. But meetings instead too often end up being about preening and politicking, and devolve into productivity-robbing, mind-numbing monotony.
“Meetings are supposed to be about discovery and buy-in…But meetings instead too often end up being about preening and politicking, and devolve into productivity-robbing, mind-numbing monotony.”
Given that the hours taken up by meetings increase when the profit motive is absent—a 2013 study by officebroker.com found that the average office worker spends 16 hours in meetings every week; government workers spend 22 hours a week in meetings—many companies have their own homeopathic cure for meeting madness.
[Check out Andy Kressler’s book “Eat People” at Amazon.com]
At Amazon, Jeff Bezos starts executive meetings with 30 minutes of silence and has everyone read a carefully crafted six-page report. That’s still a waste of 30 minutes. Some executives at Twitter and Apple set aside Mondays for meetings; the rest of the week is for full days of actual work. BuzzFeed President Jon Steinberg is more lenient; he sets aside Tuesdays and Thursdays as “no meeting” days. Someone I met who runs a music startup bans electronics, restricts meetings to a single topic—and limits them to 10 minutes. Read the rest of this entry »
[PHOTO] President and Mrs. Kennedy with the 1961 White House Christmas TreePosted: December 25, 2014 Filed under: Art & Culture, History, White House | Tags: Blue Room, Boston, Christmas, Christmas tree, Jackie Kennedy, JFK, John F. Kennedy, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, North Pole, Photography, Robert Knudsen, Santa Claus 2 Comments
13 December 1961 President and Mrs. Kennedy with the 1961 White House Christmas Tree. White House, Blue Room. Photograph by Robert Knudsen, Office of the Naval Aide to the President, in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.
Rock Star: Rolling Stone Cover Boy Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Appears in Federal Court TodayPosted: December 18, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Law & Justice, Mediasphere, U.S. News, War Room | Tags: Arraignment, Associated Press, Boston, Boston Marathon, Capital punishment, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Hearing (law), Jury selection, Lawyer, Right to a fair trial Leave a comment
Dzhokhar appeared in court under heavy security Thursday ahead of his trial next month for the bombing of the Boston Marathon, telling the judge he was satisfied with his lawyers.
Tsarnaev, wearing gray pants, a black sweater-vest and a tie, was led in handcuffs into a federal courthouse in Boston for a pretrial hearing. It was his first appearance since July 2013.
Asked by the judge whether he had been kept up to speed on the court proceedings, Tsarnaev answered: “Yes, Your Honor.” Asked whether his lawyers were representing him adequately, he said, “They are.” Read the rest of this entry »
[VIDEO] Cognitive Malfunction: Hillary Clinton’s Generous Gift to GOP CandidatesPosted: October 24, 2014 Filed under: Economics, Politics | Tags: Boston, Clinton, Democratic Party (United States), Hillary Clinton, Martha Coakley, Trickle-down economics, Washington Leave a comment
“Don’t let anybody tell you it’s corporations and businesses create jobs.”
“You know that old theory, ‘trickle-down economics,’” she continued. “That has been tried, that has failed. It has failed rather spectacularly.”
[‘Delusional’ Hillary Clinton has ‘you didn’t build that’ moment, says businesses don’t create jobs – Twitchy.com]
“You know, one of the things my husband says when people say ‘Well, what did you bring to Washington,’ he said, ‘Well, I brought arithmetic,’” Clinton said, which elicited loud laughs from the crowd…