Chipping Away at the Superstition of Free Will

June 30, 2011 by  
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Here's another blow to the Nature Deniers. Yes, I did just invent a new label for people who believe human nature is not an important factor in human actions.

 

 
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10 Memorable Moments From Glenn Beck’s TV Show

June 30, 2011 by  
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There’s no doubt about it– Glenn Beck’s had quite the ride on Fox News. In honor of his last show, we’ve compiled a slideshow of some of his most memorable moments. They include epic rants, plenty of tears and some big controversies.

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WATCH: Jon Stewart Takes On Obama’s Debt Speech

June 30, 2011 by  
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President Obama gave a press briefing Wednesday, the focus of which was the United States’ trillions of dollars of debt. On Wednesday night’s “Daily S…

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Iraq, Afghanistan Medals Get More Stars As Wars Go On

June 30, 2011 by  
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WASHINGTON — On the day the Pentagon said combat deaths reached a three-year high in Iraq and a brazen attack on a Kabul hotel demonstrated the war there is hardly at an end, the military announced new campaign medal stars for these longest of American wars.

The Defense Department announced Thursday it is adding a seventh star to the Iraq Campaign Medal and a fourth to the Afghanistan Campaign Medal. Each star recognizes a period of time and service members who serve more than one tour in Iraq or Afghanistan are eligible to pin on additional stars. Multiple deployments mean some service members could wear one, two, three or more stars on their medals.

The newest star for service in Iraq is for the period the Pentagon is calling “New Dawn.” It begins Sept. 1, 2010 “through a date to be determined.” It follows, in order, the periods known as, “Liberation of Iraq,” “Transition of Iraq,” “Iraqi Governance,” “National Resolution,” Iraqi Surge” and “Iraqi Sovereignty.”

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Worse Outcomes For Older Breast Cancer Patients With Comorbidities

June 30, 2011 by  
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A recent study led by Jennifer L. Patnaik, Ph.D., of the University of Colorado Denver, Aurora that was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute shows higher rates of mortality in older breast cancer patients with other health problems (‘comorbidities’) in contrast to patients without these problems…
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Lung Screening For Smokers Save Lives Amid False Alarms

June 30, 2011 by  
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Full results of a big study that showed some smokers’ lives could be saved by screening with lung scans now reveal more clearly what the risks are: There’s a good chance of a false alarm.

Of those who got the recommended annual scans for three years, 4 out of 10 had a suspicious finding on at least one scan and were advised to have a follow-up test or biopsy. And more than 95 percent of them turned out to have nothing wrong.

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Feds expand probe of CIA interrogations, deaths of 2 detainees

June 30, 2011 by  
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A federal prosecutor has deepend his inquiry into harsh CIA interrogation practices during the Bush administration and is conducting a full criminal investigation into the deaths of two detainees, U.S. officials said Thursday.

At the same time, Assistant U.S. Attorney John Durham has concluded that no charges will be filed in the interrogations of 99 other detainees who were in U.S. custody after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said. At Holder’s request, Durham has been examining the actions of CIA interrogators and contractors at “black site” prisons for nearly two years.

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Obama Has Been Lying About The Extent Of Our Involvement In Libya (Among Other Things)

June 30, 2011 by  
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Barack Obama has been claiming that the role of U.S. forces in Libya is limited; however, like so many other claims the president has made during his presidency, facts support an entirely different picture than he claims.

According to the Navy Times, American forces have been involved in operations over Libya to a far greater extent than the Obama Administration’s representations have led Americans to believe:

Air Force and Navy aircraft are still flying hundreds of strike missions over Libya despite the Obama administration’s claim that American forces are playing only a limited support role in the NATO operation.

An Africa Command (AFRICOM) spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday that since NATO’s Operation Unified Protector (OUP) took over from the American-led Operation Odyssey Dawn on March 31, the U.S. military has flown hundreds of strike sorties. Previously, Washington had claimed that it was mostly providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and tanker support to NATO forces operating over Libya.

“U.S. aircraft continue to fly support [ISR and refueling] missions, as well as strike sorties under NATO tasking,” AFRICOM spokeswoman Nicole Dalrymple said in an emailed statement. “As of today, and since 31 March, the U.S. has flown a total of 3,475 sorties in support of OUP. Of those, 801 were strike sorties, 132 of which actually dropped ordnance.”

A White House report on Libya sent to Congress on June 15 says that “American strikes are limited to the suppression of enemy air defense and occasional strikes by unmanned Predator UAVs against a specific set of targets.” The report also says the U.S. provides an “alert strike package.”

Dalrymple named the Air Force’s F-16CJ and Navy’s EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft as the primary platforms that have been suppressing enemy air defenses.

However, those F-16s are not solely drawn from units based in Spangdahlem, Germany, or Aviano, Italy. The service has reportedly deployed U.S.-based units to Europe to conduct these operations.

Earlier this month, Malta Today reported that two F-16s from the 77th Fighter Squadron, 20th Fighter Wing, made emergency landings on the island. The 20th Fighter Wing is based at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C.

Does this sound like “we’re not engaged in hostilities” over Libya?

And while we’re on the subject of Obama lies, remember all that demagoguery and BS Obama spun in his press conference yesterday … with claims like tax breaks for corporate jet owners have gotten in the way of student aid and food safety, hedge-fund managers and CEOs have never had it so good in taxes, and Obama’s been making “unprecedented” efforts to reduce government regulations to aid businesses? Although most of these claims were laughable on their face, Glenn Kessler at the Washington Post put them through the fact-check cycle — and discovers that … you guessed it … those claims Obama made in his presser were lies (hat tip – Ed Morrissey).

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Turtles crossing runway cause flight delays (Reuters)

June 30, 2011 by  
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Reuters – Flights at John F. Kennedy International Airport were delayed shortly on Wednesday when about 150 diamondback terrapin turtles were spotted crossing a runway, authorities said.
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Wimbledon Whites: A Retrospective Roundup (PHOTOS, POLL)

June 30, 2011 by  
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Ah, Wimbledon.

With tennis’ classiest, most quintessentially British tournament comes the start of summer (not to mention royal spottings in the stands) and a slew of white hot tennis get-ups. It’s been a few years since we rounded up the glam and the gaudy looks from tournaments past, so we’re bringing you an updated retrospective.

Andre Agassi showed us ever-evolving hair, Roger Federer once donned a three-piece suit, Maria Sharapova gave us a tuxedo romper and Bjorn Borg never fault-ered in his red, white and blue motif. Take a look and let us know which looks are white hot winners and which are waaaaay out.

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