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Solar power to recharge the battery? Great!

Wind-powered to charge the battery while the car is parked - could be a good idea.

Powered by the wind created by the car being in motion? That's a losing strategy - the additional drag will mean a net loss of energy. I hope this is merely an error on the part of the reporter, not the man building this thing.
Earth is heating up. The gases from vehicles, power plants, and other sources are building up a thick blanket over our planet. We blame others but are we all doing our part? The dedication and desire to fight against climate change inspired Nigerian College Student Segun Oyeyiola to make a Wind and Solar Powered Car. …
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"March Against Monsanto" gets pranked by a third worlder who didn't really believe they would fall for his incoherent and false claims.

http://madagainstmonsanto.blogspot.sg/2014/05/madagascar-pranks-march-against.html?showComment=1401225201277&m=1
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Double standard much?

Actors portraying a man and a woman in an abusive relationship - when the man is a little pushy, people step in to help the woman. In the second go round, when the woman shoves the man into a fence, the crowd - and especially the women - laugh.
 
Thank you to a good friend who shared this with me, read the story

But, if this video does not put chills into your spine like it did me? Then - play it again and imagine your son being beaten by a young lady who believes and KNOWS - NOBODY will help him.

I have been there, nobody helped me! but they sure enjoyed watching

Don't tell me there is no need for MEN's Rights Activism - eh +Dannyboy CdnMRA ??
The video might change the way you see domestic violence.
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+Alan Light To paraphrase a study I read (many years ago, and memory is fallable): "of all DV cases, 33% are instigated by him, 33% are instigated by her, and in 33% of cases they deserve each other."
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Um, wow. Watch out or bonobos will soon be taking our jobs. ;-)
Kanzi the bonobo gathers wood, lights a match and builds himself a fire to roast the marshmallows that he so clearly enjoys in this lovely video by BBC One Monkey Planet. via The Mirror
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Almost a year old, and probably smacking of confirmation bias for me (which doesn't necessarily mean it's not true) - but this is impressive:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/everybody-is-stupid-except-you/201305/do-the-best-professors-get-the-worst-ratings
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That is exactly the kind of discussion we need to be having, +Alan Light - I am amazed at how reluctant faculty members are to discuss grades and grading (except for those people who want to jump up on the "grade inflation" soapbox, not to discuss grading but instead to bluster with fire and brimstone), and it's clear that there is an awful devil's bargain that goes on both in the world of grading (where both faculty AND students often conspire to do the minimum amount of work) and in evaluations also (since students' feelings about a course often revolve around their feelings about the grades). Grading is first and foremost a test of obedience, just as you point out. Obedience school is good for dogs; not for people! :-)
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For the guy with relatives in Chicago - in that region, even local calls were metered by the minute - just at much lower rates than long distance.

My dad taught us to never make long distance calls unless absolutely necessary, and to keep them as short as possible - mostly because he learned the habit at a time when the phone company had a special rate for long distance calls - $3 for 3 minutes anywhere in the USA. At this time, $3 was about a day's wages for most workers.

But even so he claims he preferred the phone system he had as a kid. He would pick up the phone to call his mother, and if he didn't know where she was the operator did, and would connect the call accordingly. (He grew up in a small town.) No dialing was necessary.
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Now, when will there will be a "kids react to a squirrel cage slide rule", or "kids react to a magic lantern"? or is it only going to be technology that makes me feel old?
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A journalist is arrested for doing his job, and it takes over six months for us to hear of it because of a gag order forbidding him to speak about it, because the prosecutor was afraid he might embarrass the government.

A big reason for the 1st Amendment is that an individual can raise the alarm when their rights are being violated. This is a very serious development on the road to tyranny. A government like this should be embarrassed!
 
The Justice Department tried to send a man to prison for more than a century for posting a link on a website. Oh, you didn't hear about this? That's because you weren't allowed to:

At this point the lead prosecutor, Assistant United States Attorney Candina S. Heath, began working to convince Judge Sam Lindsay that Barrett Brown was attempting to manipulate the media while in prison. Recently unsealed court documents reveal the prosecution’s fears that Brown’s media connections would paint the government in an unfavorable light. Ms. Heath argued that silencing Brown’s attorney’s, Charles Swift and Ahmed Ghappou, was necessary to protect the jury, and Barrett himself, from being tainted by media portrayal of the case.

The transcript of the proceedings that led to the gag order reveal a fearful government attempting to silence a rising voice in independent media. The prosecution attempted to limit Barrett’s ability to write while in prison based on an article where “He is critical of the witnesses that will be called. He is critical of the government which has the tone, and I mentioned the tone of the article was problematic.” Ms. Heath claimed criticism of the government would affect the FBI agents she wanted to call as witnesses. Judge Lindsay did not buy the claim however. “I think at this point what you are saying, Ms. Heath, is too broad. I think it is overly broad, and  I really do not think if I put something like that in the order that it would pass constitutional muster.”
Dallas, May 20, 2014 - On April 23 District judge Sam Lindsay unsealed documents relating to journalist Barrett Brown’s trial and the subsequent gag order tha
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Meg Tufano on how American universities devolved to their current state of suppressing dissenting opinions (in her first link).
 
No one could possibly count the compromises of intellectual honesty made on American campuses to reach this point .

I tried to count them.  

http://www.synaptiqplus.com/journal/journal_-articles/issue-2/a-critical-history-of-the-university-part-one
In The Wall Street Journal, Dan Henninger writes that the International Monetary Fund's Christine Lagarde is the latest ritualistic burning of a college-commencement heretic.
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such honors grant villains an illegitimate veneer of  respectability.  In the opposite case of Hirsi, some idiots in charge refused to let her speak.  This article is badly written, as it makes a false equivalency between her & the administrator who had students pepper-sprayed.
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The U.S. government is encouraging the adoption of Bitcoin!

Though, not really in a good way. :-(
 
Since March, even perfectly legal services and whole industries were being quietly and secretly destroyed by the Obama DOJ's morality crusaders in "Operation Chokepoint".  Banks are being overtly and expensively harassed by the DoJ until said banks abandon all their customers in certain industries.

This sort of thing is precisely the behavior of tyrants.  And all you Democrats voted for it (not that a Republican would have done any differently.)

One more reason why the world needs Bitcoin.  So that no one can tell how you can or cant spend your own damn money.

http://www.cryptocoinsnews.com/news/dojs-operation-choke-point-driven-30-industries-bitcoin/2014/05/01
Operation Choke Point is the US government abusing their control of the financial system to drive out industries that they themselves have deemed legal.
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We've heard a lot of misrepresentation of Cliven Bundy's remarks. He certainly is no public speaker, but he's not a racist either. Here's what he actually said before The New York Times distorted it:

http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/unedited-tape-bundy-emerges-sheds-light-racist-remarks
A new, unedited version of comments by Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy has emerged, and it sheds some light on the context of his remarks, universally condemned on Thursday as horrifically racist.
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+Ace Frahm That's an incredibly superficial reading of what he said.
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Interested in history and humanity, including colonization (Antarctica, Seasteading), the future of humanity and the post-human world, technology, and just about everything.  Except sports.  Sports bore me.

The following is to allow people who know me to determine if I am the person they are looking for.

Alan R. Light, Alan Robert Light.

Born in Washington, D.C., in 1970, but grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia and Waxhaw, North Carolina.

Graduated from Wheaton College in 1992.

Online since 1988.  Participated in rec.arts.books on USENET in the 1990's.

Project Gutenberg volunteer, 1993-1999.

Interest in Antarctica since childhood.  South Pole Station, 31 October 2007 to 4 February 2008.  McMurdo Station, October 2007 and 16 February 2009 to 9 October 2009.

Since 6 July 1981, have lived within 50 miles of Charlotte, North Carolina more often than not.

U.S. Army National Guard 1988-1994 (IRR until 1996).  South Carolina and Illinois National Guard.  Radio Teletype Operator.

Was a DJ at a college radio station Senior year.  Did a weekly show with World Music.  Not to be confused with a famous New York DJ with same name.

Father's family is from Rolla, Missouri.  His family had moved to Rolla from the Murfreesboro, Tennessee area in 1875.  His mother was from Kansas.

Mother was born in Tucson, but grew up in Marana and Phoenix, Arizona; Arlington, Massachusetts; and the Washington, D.C. area.  Her parents had moved to Arizona from Tennessee and West Virginia.

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Has visited every continent at least twice. Between October 2009 and February 2009 visited every continent, including 20 countries, in one trip.
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