Monthly Archives: August 2016

Michelle Fields: Conservative Legal Scholars Prefer A Liberal Supreme Court To A President Trump – Huffington Post

Ilya Somin, who teaches law at George Mason University and also blogs for the Volokh Conspiracy, argues that a Trump presidency might even be worse for the courts than a Clinton one. “Trump has a terrible record on constitutional issues,”

Posted in Legal Philosophy, Noted & Quoted, Politics

Time to scrap the idea that humans arrived in the Americas by land bridge – Ars Technica

…[T]o get from Beringia to the Americas, humans would had to pass through the ice free corridor, which could not have supported a mass human migration on foot until at least 12,500 years ago, when the area had enough animals

Posted in History, Noted & Quoted, Science

Richard Wolffe: The GOP tried to sink Obama. Instead, the party imploded – The Guardian

The Republican party did not entirely fail to destroy Barack Obama. For a few years, aided by the great recession, they almost succeeded. But then they contrived to revive him by nominating a man who would destroy everything Obama stood

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Burns and Haberman: Inside the Failing Mission to Save Donald Trump From Himself – The New York Times

Advisers who once hoped a Pygmalion-like transformation would refashion a crudely effective political showman into a plausible American president now increasingly concede that Mr. Trump may be beyond coaching. He has ignored their pleas and counsel as his poll numbers

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Brian Beutler: The GOP’s New Delusion: Hillary Would Be Losing Badly to Any Other Republican – New Republic

…[T]he biggest flaw lies with the thought experiment itself, rather than with any particular way you run it through your mind. Even if Trump had never entered the race, the nominee would still have had to prevail in the Republican

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bobince: using regex to parse HTML has doomed humanity to an eternity of dread torture – Stack Overflow

using regex to parse HTML has doomed humanity to an eternity of dread torture and security holes using regex as a tool to process HTML establishes a breach between this world and the dread realm of c͒ͪo͛ͫrrupt entities (like SGML

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Gizmodo: There’s Growing Evidence That Venus Was Once Habitable

“In plots of the habitable zone, you typically see Venus on the outside,” he said. “And for modern day Venus, that’s certainly true. But, if you have a Venus-like world around a solar-type star with a slow rotation, it could

Posted in Noted & Quoted, Science

Rogers and Shetler-Jones: After Brexit, a Bold Britain… – War on the Rocks

Brexit has given the United Kingdom a once-in-a-generation opportunity to sweep out the dead wood – clear away the policies that no longer serve a purpose in the contemporary context – and replace them with something more fit for the

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Hussein Ibish: The unknown Muslim who has kept America safe – The National

Unknown, unnamed and unappreciated, “Roger” should be exhibit A in the rebuttal to Islamophobia. Almost no one’s heard of him, but every single American, Mr Trump included, needs to discover and digest the fact that for most of the past

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Ornstein and Mann: The Republicans waged a 3-decade war on government. They got Trump. – Vox

Trumpist populists inside and outside Washington will attribute any Trump loss to the perfidy of the party establishment. Aided by the bevy of cable TV hosts, talk radio impresarios, and bloggers who thrive on chaos — they will spread the

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