“But despite the promising blurb — Drawing on the lessons of Camus and Orwell, Gingrich will describe the dangers of a wartime government that uses language and misleading labels to obscure reality — the former speaker of the House did nothing of the sort! Instead, what we got was a somewhat meandering Geert Wilders-esque warning of the dangers of Shariah law and a condemnation of the Obama administration for not taking radical Islam seriously enough. [..] Hmmm…constantly invoking unseen foreign enemies to keep the populace on high-alert. I do seem to recall Mr. Orwell had some thoughts on that subject.”—
They’re proposing raising fairs by quite a bit. Again. After cutting service - especially a vital bus line down Wyckoff Ave. in Brooklyn that services a hospital (the L stations there are not handicap accessible). And after cutting cleaning service - have you noticed how filthy the cars and stations have become over the past few months?
Yeah, for us monthly users, it’s only $132 extra per year. But what are we getting for this hike? Probably nothing. The last time they hiked the fares, they reduced service. Are we going to get service reductions this time around, too?
Why not look at ways to increase ridership, instead of decrease it? Perhaps you, MTA, should be working on how to lower the price instead of increase it?
As is, this fare hike might be the kick in the pants I need to get a bicycle and lose my monthly. An OK bike will cost me what, $500-600? That’s about half what I spend on your increasingly shoddy service per year. (Case in point: the L train was filthy this morning, and delayed thrice between Graham Ave and Union Square, each time for five minutes)
Obviously, these leaders and this Dominionist theology do not advocate the use of violence to achieve their goals, but you have to marvel at Gingrich’s willingness to warn that ”Islamists” are seeking to impose their religious views on all cultural, political, and legal matters while his very own organization is seeking to do the exact same thing.
Console.log without littering it throughout your source
I hate adding console.log calls to my codebase. I tend to accidentally commit source without them removed.
return false; // true if you want it to actually break
Just put that code in the conditional break-point input field.
Unfortunately this only allows access to locally defined variables, or locally defined variables available via the break-point’s closure. That means you cannot reference variables set on the current object: this will point to the window object. It’s a little limited, but it definitely helps with no cluttering my source with extraneous console.log calls - they’re all transiently defined in my debugging layer!
“Mr. Chetty and his colleagues […] estimate that a standout kindergarten teacher is worth about $320,000 a year. That’s the present value of the additional money that a full class of students can expect to earn over their careers. This estimate doesn’t take into account social gains, like better health and less crime.”—Leonhardt, David. “The Case for $320,000 Kindergarten Teachers.” The New York Times. 27 July 2010. Web. 28 July 2010.
“Furthermore, nobody in the free culture movement is attempting to silence the ASCAP president. The remedy for misinformation is more information–last month’s ASCAP fundraising letter was linked by many free culture blogs, Creative Commons founder Lawrence Lessig offered to debate the ASCAP president […] and right here, we’re linking to the ASCAP president’s letter–go read it, blog about it, post the link–make sure the ASCAP president is not silenced!”—
“I don’t think Osama bin Laden sent those planes to attack us because he hated our freedom. I think he did it because of our support for Israel, our ties with the Saudi family and our military bases in Saudi Arabia. You know why I think that? Because that’s what he fucking said! Are we a nation of 6-year-olds? Answer: yes.”—
"More broadly, policing has often taken its cues from the military. The lessons of the battlefields are bound to be translated to our own streets. The new paradigm of counterinsurgency, with its focus on securing the population, addressing underlying grievances, and creating space for communities to craft political solutions to their problems, holds tremendous promise domestically. For decades, reformers have argued that enforcement alone is not sufficient, and can even prove counterproductive -having David Petraeus say the same gives that case a huge boost."
“Real crimes – actual transgressions against flesh-and-blood individuals – are generally not specified. The aim of the kafkatrap is to produce a kind of free-floating guilt in the subject, a conviction of sinfulness that can be manipulated by the operator to make the subject say and do things that are convenient to the operator’s personal, political, or religious goals. Ideally, the subject will then internalize these demands, and then become complicit in the kafkatrapping of others.”—"Kafkatrapping," Armed and Dangerous
“At its most repugnant, the belief that women must be subjugated to the wishes of men excuses slavery, violence, forced prostitution, genital mutilation and national laws that omit rape as a crime. But it also costs many millions of girls and women control over their own bodies and lives, and continues to deny them fair access to education, health, employment and influence within their own communities.”—
Of the more than $5 billion pledged to Haiti during an aid conference back in March, less than 2 percent has made its way to the devastated island nation. Only four countries have paid anything at all: Brazil, Norway, Estonia and Australia. Venezuela promised even more — $1.32 billion. It has also paid nothing, although it has written off some of Haiti’s debt.
The quake left more than 220,000 dead, 300,000-plus injured and more than 1 million homeless. It destroyed 60 percent of government infrastructure and left more than 180,000 homes uninhabitable. Six months later, more than 1.5 million remain in overcrowded displacement camps.
While spending a decent amount of time on the Bolt Bus shuttling back and forth from D.C. this weekend wondering what will happen to professional journalism, I came up with a definitive solution to all some of the world’s problems. While many of the Old Media giants (e.g. Time) are…
Nuclear power in developing countries wouldn’t be so frightening if we had continued development of thorium reactors over our current water reactors (India is doing research into this) - Oak Ridge scrapped their molten salt reactor in ‘76 due to lack of funding. According to Wikipedia’s article on Molten salt reactors, this fuel cycle resist proliferation by: producing weapons-grade material very slowly, and the cycle contaminates thorium-232 with thorium-230, which breeds into uranium 232 - this is a gamma emitter, and is too dangerous to work with in terms of building weapons.
Amid much mutual backslapping and loud calls from the Pakistani president for more Chinese investment in his country’s ravenous energy sector, Zardari and Hu Jintao, his Chinese counterpart, have stayed almost silent on the biggest of their shared concerns.
Neither side was expected to trumpet their blockbuster civilian nuclear agreement, which could knock another hole in the developing world’s non-proliferation regime and lead Islamabad farther down the road away from Washington and towards Beijing. The deal for China to design, build and finance two new nuclear reactors at an estimated cost of nearly $2bn has been out in the open for more than a year, but it is technically forbidden under international rules.
“Five to six years from now, I think China-Pakistan relations will definitely outweigh US-Pakistan relations, especially because China is willing to invest in sectors outside the military,” Rohit Honawar, a Pakistan analyst for the Mumbai-based Strategic Foresight Group, said. Although many details have yet to emerge from last week’s high-level meetings, the state-owned Associated Press of Pakistan reportedthat China’s Three Gorges Dam Corporation has agreed to invest more than $100bn in hydro-electric projects in Pakistan.
Washington is hamstrung for a number of reasons when it comes to the impending nuclear deal, observers say.
Foremost is the unprecedented civilian nuclear pact the US made with India in 2005, which flew in the face of much of the previous international consensus and was viewed by many non-proliferation experts as a heavy blow to efforts to control the spread of nuclear technology.
Mark Fitzpatrick, a London-based nuclear policy expert with the International Institute for Strategic Studies, said the India deal “set a bad precedent”.
Finally signed in 2008, the agreement required the US and India to negotiate an exemption from embargoes imposed by the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), an international organisation that represents virtually all of the world’s nuclear powers.
It also needed an unprecedented safeguards agreement from the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN nuclear watchdog.
India and Pakistan, which both possess nuclear weapons, are the only countries, aside from Israel, that have not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), and Pakistan warned prophetically in 2008 that the India-US deal would set a precedent for them.
Beijing in particular would like its neighbour to serve as a future energy route, according to Anatol Lieven, a professor at King’s College in London and senior research fellow at the New America Foundation.
“China is very worried that its growing economy is far too dependent on sea-borne energy routes … and that in any future conflict the Indian navy would find it very easy to block those sea routes,” he said in an interview with Russia Today.
“China has been looking at a variety of different overland routes for energy from the Persian Gulf to flow to China, and one of those possibilities, actually it’s becoming a reality, is to build an oil and gas pipeline across Pakistan, along the line of the existing Karakorum Highway across the Himalayas.”
As China pushes the nuclear deal forward this summer, the prevailing wisdom is that the US will struggle to counterbalance its influence and Beijing will have its way.
In a significant step toward an AIDS vaccine, U.S. government scientists have discovered three powerful antibodies, the strongest of which neutralizes 91% of HIV strains, more than any AIDS antibody yet discovered.
Looking closely at the strongest antibody, they have detailed exactly what part of the virus it targets and how it attacks that site.
The antibodies were discovered in the cells of a 60-year-old African-American gay man, known in the scientific literature as Donor 45, whose body made the antibodies naturally. Researchers screened 25 million of his cells to find 12 that produced the antibodies. Now the trick will be for scientists to develop a vaccine or other methods to make anyone’s body produce them.