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Sparking the Diapause: Zookeepers Jedi Mind Tricked This Adorable Baby Tortoise to Get It to Hatch

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Favorable conditions are when it’s warm enough that the hatchling won’t freeze and will have access to plenty of vegetation for food and camouflage, she told me.
"So you need to kind of spark the egg out of this diapause," Augustine said. To do this, the zoo takes the egg and puts it in an incubator to keep it warm. If they don’t see any signs of development, they’ll slowly cool the egg down to simulate a cold snap. Then, after a few weeks, they bring the temperature back up. Every zoo does this process slightly differently. | Motherboard

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The Sexual Interests of 4 Million People Are Now on Sale for $17,000

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You can now buy the private data of almost 4 million users of the hacked hook up website AdultFriendFinder for a little less than $17,000—in Bitcoin, naturally.
AdultFriendFinder, a dating site for online and real life hookups, admitted that it had been breached last week. The attack was allegedly carried out earlier this year by a hacker that goes by the name of ROR[RG] -- | Motherboard

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And a lovely stamp it is.

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Flannery O'Connor to Grace New U.S. Postage Stamp
Since 1979, the US Postal Service has made a practice of issuing postage stamps honoring “skillful wordsmiths” who have “spun our favorite tales — and American history along with them.” Edgar Allan Poe, Richard Wright, Julia De Burgos, Mark Twain, O. Henry, and Ralph Ellison have all been fêted since 2009. And soon we can add the Southern Gothic writer Flannery O’Connor to the list. Her stamp will make its debut on June 5th.

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Right after Penn Jillette went bonkers and took up atheism as his cause,

he was on Red Eye making the case for his new religion.
Like all converts, he was proselytizing because he was full of doubt. Logically, the reason people try to recruit is for confirmation. If scads of other sensible people are signing up for the cause, the cause must be a good thing. So, he was trying to get the others on the panel with him to go along with his new cause. He also employed a little trick I suppose has become popular with the atheist movement. It works like this. If you cannot or will not fully embrace the belief in a living god, then you are an atheist. This is an attempt to widen the pool and normalize atheism by declaring it the default position. Dennett, Dawkins and other Atheist Crackpots | The Z Blog

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There are no job opportunities for genderqueer bloggers who want “full communism.”

On the train this morning, I saw a twenty-something decked out in a movie-quality Captain America costume.
I asked him what he was doing because I knew I’d be writing this and he said, “I’m going to a photo shoot.” I asked him why and he said, “It’s just a photo shoot. A bunch of us are doing it. Spider-Man is going to be there.” Assuming he meant another man in a costume and not the real Spider-Man, I walked off the train horrified (as the train pulled out, I saw a man in the next car wearing Despicable Me pajamas). Turn On, Tune In, and Drop Out - Taki's Magazine

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Mistaeks Wur Maid: Updated NASA Data: Global Warming Not Causing Any Polar Ice Retreat

Updated data from NASA satellite instruments reveal the Earth’s polar ice caps have not receded at all since the satellite instruments began measuring the ice caps in 1979.
Since the end of 2012, moreover, total polar ice extent has largely remained above the post-1979 average. The updated data contradict one of the most frequently asserted global warming claims – that global warming is causing the polar ice caps to recede. - - Forbes

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"Imagine what we could do to someone we actually have a personal problem with, perhaps someone who betrayed us."

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We are not the “peaceful” generation; we won’t just watch.
We are not the “greatest” generation; we don’t need a cause. We are a different kind of generation. We are the Heroes of Lost Fucking Causes. Did you see what we did in Iraq and Afghanistan? Did you see the carnage we spread? According to the News … we did that … because it was Tuesday. Imagine what we could do to someone we actually have a personal problem with, perhaps someone who betrayed us. The Heroes Of Lost Causes | Western Rifle Shooters Association

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ISIS is not a reaction. It’s the underlying pathology in the Muslim world.

Everything planted on top of that, from democracy to dictatorships, from smartphones to soft drinks, suppresses the disease. But the disease is always there. The left insists that Western colonialism is the problem. But the true regional alternative to Western colonialism is slavery, genocide and the tyranny of Jihadist bandit armies. Sultan Knish: De-Islamization is the Only Way to Fight ISIS
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Apparently we are supposed to be worried about fracking depleting water in California.

ThinkProgress reports that Despite Historic Drought, California Used 70 Million Gallons Of Water For Fracking Last Year.
Similar concerns are raised by RT, Huffington Post, and even The New York Times. But 70 million gallons equals 214 acre-feet. Remember, alfalfa production uses 5.3 million acre feet. In our family-of-four analogy above, all the fracking in California costs them about a quarter. Worrying over fracking is like seeing an upper middle class family who are $6,000 in debt, and freaking out because one of their kids bought a gumball from a machine. California, Water You Doing? | Slate Star Codex

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“Let no unauthorized personnel or vehicles pass.”

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The truck’s windshield explodes into shards of glass as their rounds take it apart and tear into the body of the son of a bitch trying to get past them to kill their brothers
– American and Iraqi – bedded down in the barracks, totally unaware that their lives at that moment depended entirely on two Marines standing their ground. Yale and Haerter never hesitated. By all reports and by the recording, they never stepped back. They never even shifted their weight. With their feet spread shoulder-width apart, they leaned into the danger, firing as fast as they could. They had only one second left to live, and I think they knew. The truck explodes. The camera goes blank. Two young men go to their God. Six seconds. Not enough time to think about their families, their country, their flag, or about their lives or their deaths, but more than enough time for two very brave young men to do their duty. Never Yet Melted » "Six Seconds"€

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The "Droneiacs" Way of War [Bumped]

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The drone attacks which the high-tech-idolizing idiots around the White House now favour.
These latter depend on the sort of algorithms that have resulted in the annihilation of many wedding parties, and other defenceless people who happen by ill-luck to fit the current programming criteria. It is a monstrous, an unambiguously evil way to conduct war, which is nevertheless attractive in the post-modern West because, for the perpetrators, it is sanitized and casualty-free — and thus compatible with the smug self-satisfaction of our liberal and progressive elites. Against bombing : Essays in Idleness

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The apparent randomness of history should remind us, on Memorial Day,

of how great an act of faith our forefathers made in carrying us to this point.
The men who crossed Omaha Beach or took Mount Surabachi with Bibles in their pockets and simple belief that they could make the world right didn’t know that America would win the war, just as the men who took Ramadi didn’t know that politicians would give the city back. They only knew they had to try, armed with a wisdom the Great rarely learned: that neither the future nor heaven can be treated like a business proposition. Faith of Our Fathers | Belmont Club

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White Woodland Privilege

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Albino redwood
An 'albino' redwood is a redwood tree which is unable to produce chlorophyll, and so has white needles instead of the normal green. In order to survive it must join its roots to the roots of a normal redwood, usually the parent tree from whose base it has sprouted, from which it obtains nutrition as a parasite.

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Hell's Alarm Clock

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Once it goes off, to stop it you must get out of bed, go into the kitchen or bathroom, and punch the day's date into a telephone-style keypad. That's the only way to stop the loud 'ding-ding,' designed to sound like a customer angrily banging on a concierge bell at a hotel. -- | Stuff.co.nz
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Hate speech is the most protected speech. We're at liberty to spew hate-speech at anyone or anything.

Except the Muslims? ...because they are threatening to murder us because we object to their murdering us?
You are kidding me! We are free to object to whatever we wish and to hate whomever we wish. Because some primitives are holding a knife to our throats we should just throw it in and say, "Aw, shucks, guys, we never really meant free-free? -- Why I love 'hate speech'

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How to Keep Down Sky-High Hospital Bills: Don’t Pay

The bill was $600,000, Hartter said... The administrator looked at the bill and said, “‘Don’t worry. By the time we apply the discounts and everything else, it’ll be down to about $300,000,’” Hartter recalled.
“I said, ‘What’s the difference? That doesn’t make me feel any better.’” Instead, he had ELAP analyze the bill. The firm estimated costs for the treatment based on the hospital’s financial reports filed with Medicare. Then it added a cushion so the hospital could make a modest profit. “We wrote a check to the hospital for $28,900 and we never heard from them again,” Hartter said. -- Newsweek

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Who Says There's No Good News?

Democrats' Vanishing Future One of the most underappreciated stories in recent years is the deterioration of the Democratic bench under President Obama's tenure in office.
The party has become much more ideologically homogenous, losing most of its moderate wing as a result of the last two disastrous midterm elections. By one new catch-all measure, a party-strength index introduced by RealClearPolitics analysts Sean Trende and David Byler, Democrats are in their worst position since 1928. That dynamic has manifested itself in the Democratic presidential contest, where the bench is so barren that a flawed Hillary Clinton is barreling to an uncontested nomination.

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Food for thought

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The mental model that people tend to have about leftists tends to be fundamentally rationalistic and utilitarian

It’s perhaps more useful to conceive of them like one of the many species of animal with an instinctive urge towards self-destruction and mass death.
That’s what they shoot for, and how they ought to be understood as political opponents. They have to be contained rather than bargained with. Leftists Work For the Total State - Henry Dampier

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This is a chorus ever-repeating in the musical that is Marxist insanity:

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“This thing is absolutely inevitable and unstoppable, so we must sacrifice everything to make it happen.”
It is the sort of mental slippage consequential to reading the future, with all the certainty attendant to recollection of the past. Then again, if lefties had some useful comprehension of time, they wouldn’t be asserting in 2008 that this is “the moment our planet began to heal,” and then seven years later that the planet’s sickness was worse than ever before, with not a hint of backpedaling, or “sorry I was wrong,” or “seemed like a good idea at the time” — or even, “key change!” Such reflections on the elementary human experience of time, reveal brutally that if this ideological movement retains so much as a semblance of sanity, it’s not any brand of sanity that’s useful to anyone else. House of Eratosthenes

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It's lonely at the top...

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World's oldest person to turn 116 Jeralean Talley was born in Montrose, Ga., on May 23, 1899.
She's been in Michigan since 1935. Relatives say she remains active and aware of what's going on around her. Talley was named world's oldest person in April after the death of Gertrude Weaver,who passed away at the age of 116. Weaver died just five days after 117-year-old Misao Okawa died in Japan.

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Choosing intellectual output based on who produced it is no way to achieve excellence.

We are in an era when many of the left seek wholesale rejection our intellectual heritage,

that is, what we have found to be true, based on who produced it. Plain old truth is considered white male truth and the left, like the Germans behind Deutsche Physik, actually embraces things that are not true in contraposition to what came before. That this project cannot succeed is obvious. That the left is degrading itself by carving out an embarrassing place in history is becoming more so. -- John C. Wright's Journal


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And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints

8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. Revelation 20:8-9
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Today in Wall Street Journal Land

The Horror of Boko Haram - The West should increase its help for Nigeria’s military.

Beijing Won’t Back Down - The Communist Party’s major aspirations have set it on a collision course with China’s neighbors.

Planets, Priests and a Persistent Myth - The Catholic Church and scientific discovery are utterly incompatible, right? History disagrees.

The Trigger-Happy Generation - If reading great literature traumatizes you, wait until you get a taste of adult life.

Me, Myself and Iran - Trust him, he wants a legacy.
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I got 99 problems but wa'sup wit the bogus bitches at The View ain't even in the first 999.

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The View Drama: After Barbara Walters' Departure, Battles Have Ensued During a commercial break, O’Donnell took the microphone and began complaining that Goldberg had cut her off and “hurt my feelings.”
Goldberg explained that they’d run out of time, but O’Donnell did not know it because she refused to wear an earpiece on air. O’Donnell persisted. “This isn’t the time for this, Rosie,” replied Goldberg, according to the Daily Mail. But O’Donnell continued to vent, and Goldberg snapped. “Fuck it, I told you to leave it alone and you just don’t want to listen,” she shouted, as the audience sat in stunned silence. “If you want to go there, Rosie, I will, dammit. I’m really sick of your shit.”

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Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Fluffer Boy!!

The only way, let me repeat that, the only way Liberalism can advance is through the tireless work of the Enslaved Press which promotes the Liberal agenda, gives a patina of mainstream to the kookiest of Liberal ideas, acts as human shield to even the most corrupt Liberal politicians, and serves as hit squad to any Liberal opposition.

When I saw the headlines about Stephanopoulos, I wasn’t in the least bit taken aback. Of course he donated to his favorite politician’s foundation. Of course he used his position at ABC News’ This Week to try and discredit Peter Schweizer and his book Clinton Cash Stephanopoulos have never been a journalist. He is the personal fluffer and human shield of the Clintons. He was in the nineties. He is today. Fluffer Boy - Patriot Retort


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Nemesis takes no prisoners, shows no Mercy, grants No Quarter.

The song remains the same and it is horribly out-of-tune with Reality.

The needed lessons were not learned and this time, given that our Enemies are much more savage then even the Nazis and the Japs [or our Communist ‘allies’] were, we will find ourselves in a Conflagration where the Enemy will not hesitate to use nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons. -- The Budding Flower Of Savagery


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Cannabis: A Journey Through the Ages

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The first recorded use of marijuana as a medicinal drug occurred in 2737 BC by the Chinese emperor Shen Nung.
He documented the drug’s effectiveness in treating the pains of rheumatism and gout. Both hemp and psychoactive marijuana were widely used in ancient China. The ancient Chinese used virtually every part of the Cannabis plant: the root for medicine; the stem for textiles, rope and paper making; the leaves and flowers for intoxication and medicine; and the seeds for food and oil. | Ancient Origins

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Seems Fair to Me

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