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Friday, May 30. 2014
A book: DNA USA: A Genetic Portrait of America by Bryan Sykes
A data-driven exploration of the evolution of chess: Popularity of openings over time
From Eat Without Fear:
The Campaign for Junk Food - Michelle Obama on Attempts to Roll Back Healthy Reforms
Survey: Detroit Needs $850 Million Just to Clear Abandoned Homes
Why the New York Times was right to publish Michael Kinsley’s views about the freedom of the press.
Obama's West Point Speech signals a presidency in deep trouble
Michael Bloomberg Blasts Ivy League For Liberal ´Censorship´
China sinks VN fishing boat; deploys 3 nuclear subs to South China Sea; troops
Congress Funds Army’s Hypersonic Missile After Chinese Strike Vehicle Test
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I would guess MI, just based upon the length of it's shoreline and the proximity of the navigational channels to land hazards. In the oceans there is a bit more space to work with...
Very good guess.
And the Chinese are showing the sword in their moslem province. Interesting times ahead for their surplus male population.
Wonder if the Detriot plan included the salvage value of all that old brick, gingerbread, etc. Serious coin to be made there. Wonder if OCP will make a bid?
Kinsley's response is odd. There are points I agree with, that everybody has a right to information and the right to disclose it.
But Kinsley says, at the end, there is no invisible hand choosing what information should be seen and what shouldn't.
That's not a problem at all. The invisible hand isn't something that chooses anything or separates good from bad. If the invisible hand is letting all that information out, or allowing people to seek the secrets they are hunting down, then the invisible hand is doing its job.
Ideas, in a free marketplace, are information. So are secrets. Knowing those secrets can be important to the population - especially if the population is the victim.
I agree with Kinsley's basic point, that freedom of the press does not include special rules for journalists as separate entities from, say, The News Junkie. On the other hand, I disagree with his final point that this is not Easter and these are not eggs. If a public institution, which is elected and approved of by 'the people' is keeping secrets, then that institution, by definition, should have no secrets from those it has been allowed to exist in the service of.
This, of course, is a slippery slope. It would seem that the military, by default, can have no secrets and everything it is working on, or planning in a war, or discussing in general, is open for discussion if it is discovered. I'm not saying that. Exposing spies identities is clearly detrimental to the lives of the spies, and exposing military plans puts individual lives at risk.
But the exposure of NSA spying on US citizens put nobody at risk. In general, most of the secrets the government keeps from citizens is designed specifically to give it additional powers over those it governs, so it can govern with greater impunity rather than at the behest of those who elect and approve of its existence.
In essence, Kinsley's article argues against itself by stipulating there are no special rules for journalists as opposed to other information vectors (like bloggers), while saying the government should have rights to regulate classified information.
From "Eat without fear"......the young lady is misdirecting her comments about "congress" having the power to regulate the mixing, baking,.....etc of food.
Her comments should instead be directed at Moochele Obama.
There's an interesting statement made at the Amazon link for the book DNA Portrait Of America, where its says "European genes appeared among Native Americans as early as ten thousand years ago."
So Neolithic sailors made it to North America. I wonder where their origin was? Scandinavians were still barely out of caves at that point and had yet to adopt their sailing ways. Irish perhaps? I may actually need to buy that book!
hmm those blue eyed mummies in Western China, the Ainu in Japan suggest maybe they came over the land bridge too. However, there doubtless many learned ones who deny any possibiity.
If you look at early portraits and descriptions of Indians in Eastern America vs Western America the difference is profound. It is likely that the Eastern Indians had a considerable amount of European blood.
While searching for other information yesterday, I found this article in the Law/Politics Journal of WA state. It is dated 2008, thought the Barrister and other legal folks at MF might be interested in Republican attorneys!
Even more interesting is this background material:
VA Health Director Resigns--MT
What a hoot--this one just got here (brought into the state by the national women's collaborative no doubt) last year--she is bailing out now! Doesn't have what it takes it appears
I reviewed and commented on Sykes's DNA USA previously. Just sayin'
Starter point. "Thus, when Sykes asks for some members of the New England Genealogical Society (Newbury St, Boston) who have a traced ancestor before 1700, and is surprised when he gets over 400, I suddenly realise this is a person who has no idea whatsoever what he is talking about outside his area of expertise. He was hoping for half-a-dozen. He could have gotten half-a-dozen immediately even if he had specified a boat and a year. And that year would have been between 1620 and 1642, BTW, not a vague "before 1700."
I liked the book, but it has limitations.
Detroit needs millions to clear housing...
When I was in the reserves, my unit participated in what was called "rat patrol" one weekend a quarter or some such. Our guys assisted the city clearing out vacant lots that had become dumping grounds -- old refrigerators, sofas, building materials, you get the idea.
Maybe the feds can authorize the reserves (and the state the guard) to use engineer units to demolish old houses and clear lots. It'd beat sitting around the armory doing the same-old same-old alleged training.