What exactly are students learning when they spend four years or more in a community that polices unintentional slights, places warning labels on works of classic literature, and in many other ways conveys the sense that words can be forms of violence that require strict control by campus authorities, who are expected to act as both protectors and prosecutors?
(via Naked Capitalism / MacroBusiness): "Simon Baptist of 'The Economist' magazine believes that the
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal is dead, following the failure of final round negotiations in Hawaii (in July)"...
=> www.techdirt.com/articles/20150805/09380431859/after-maui-meltdown-tpp-has-missed-key-deadline-that-probably-means-doomed-whatever-is-now-agreed.shtml
The small, planelike craft  is known as the  XS-1. It is hoped the craft could quickly launch small satellites that could defend against the growing threat of Russian and Chinese space weapons.
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A submerged, 12 m long monolith has been discovered at a water depth of 40 m, in a shallow bank of the Sicilian Channel.


Morphological evidence, underwater observations, and results of petrographic analysis testify that the monolith is man-made.


This monolith suggests a significant human activity in the Pantelleria Vecchia Bank, a former island of the Sicilian Channel.


Seawater inundated the Pantelleria Vecchia Bank at 9350 ± 200 yr B.P., presumably forcing inhabitants to migrate.
Thousands of locusts swarming the Russian village Achikulak in Stavropol

 

CDC destroyed vaccine documents, Congressman reveals; “...the [CDC] co-authors scheduled a meeting to destroy documents related to the [MMR vaccine] study. The remaining four co-authors all met and brought a big garbage can into the meeting room and reviewed and went through…

Thompson has the smoking-gun documents. So does Congressman Posey. I believe others do as well.
Scientists say the Philae space probe has gathered data supporting the theory that comets can serve as cosmic laboratories in which some of the essential elements for life are assembled.
'wtf' story getting weirder: > apparently, decomposed guy's fiancee Catherine Nebron (Pacific Palisades ritzy condo owner
w/ mega-arsenal stash) is daughter of deceased, esteemed former Calif. Superior Court/Appeals Court judge (Irwin Nebron
-- who was prominently active w/ masonic org. B'nai B'rith) ! =>
www.jewishjournal.com/obituaries/article/obituaries_june_15-21_2012_20120613
=> http://articles.latimes.com/1987-06-18/news/vw-7940_1_extended-family
Supposedly... C. Nebron & paramour "drove separate cars with no license plates to eat daily
at nearby 'Casa Nostra' restaurant"