The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity | A European PATRIOT Act Will Not Keep People Safe


As in the United States, the security crisis in Europe is directly tied to bad policy.

Until bad policy is changed, no amount of surveillance, racial profiling, and police harassment can make the population safer.

Source: The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity : A European PATRIOT Act Will Not Keep People Safe

Q&A: Senate Judiciary Committee | Chuck Grassley


What’s something about the Judiciary Committee people are surprised to learn?

Not surprisingly, many people typically equate the Judiciary Committee with having to do with the courts and law enforcement.

To be sure, the committee conducts oversight of the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service and immigration agencies.

However, the Senate Judiciary Committee also is a vehicle to ensure our system of free enterprise is operating as effectively and efficiently as possible. Keeping tabs on competitive business practices, cutting burdensome regulatory red tape and curbing frivolous lawsuits are issues that may not come to people’s minds, for example.

Source: Q&A: Senate Judiciary Committee | Chuck Grassley

Political Cartoons – Energizer Bernie | Washington Times


Illustration by Walt Handelsman of The New Orleans Advocate

Source: Political Cartoons – Campaigns and Elections – Energizer Bernie – Washington Times

Antarctic Ice Melt Could Be Responsible for a Dangerous Rise in Sea Levels | TIME


Grim results for the modern world could come fast with major ice-sheet loss as soon as 2050, the researchers say, and the processes driving ice-sheet loss could take centuries to reverse once they are set in motion.

Total sea-level rise from Antarctica could total more than 40 ft. (13 m) by 2500 without action.

Source: Antarctic Ice Melt Could Be Responsible for a Dangerous Rise in Sea Levels | TIME

How Big Could Living Things Be?


If our brains grew enormously to say, the size of our solar system, and featured speed-of-light signaling, the same number of message crossings would require more than the entire current age of the universe, leaving no time for evolution to work its course.

If a brain were as big as our galaxy, the problem would become even more severe.

Source: How Big Could Living Things Be?

New USGS Map Shows Man-Made Earthquakes Are on the Rise | Smithsonian


For the first time, the USGS Earthquake Hazard Map includes the potential for human-induced temblors, aka “induced seismicity,” caused by fracking and oil and gas exploration, adding roughly seven million Americans to zones of increased earthquake risk.

In particular, the states of Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Colorado, New Mexico and Arkansas are seeing spikes in seismic activity.

Source: New USGS Map Shows Man-Made Earthquakes Are on the Rise | Smart News | Smithsonian

Could Understanding the Impact of Stress on Evolution Help Cure Cancer?


According to Susan M. Rosenberg and colleagues like Robert H. Austin, a physicist at Princeton University, organisms have evolved mechanisms that enable them to drive their own evolution in times of stress.

Environmental pressure can boost mutation rates rapidly, even in cells that are not dividing, enabling them to adapt more quickly to new conditions.

“Stop insisting that all mutations are random and evolution is slow is the entire story,” Austin says.

Source: Could Understanding the Impact of Stress on Evolution Help Cure Cancer?

From ‘Plato to NATO’ in a dangerous world | Washington Times


Students could soon choose from all kinds of courses to replace “Western Civ.”

The diluted content of study was illustrated in one elective at Stanford called “Food Talks: The Language of Food.”

The Stanford debate is a window on how institutions of higher learning lost sight of what’s important to think about.

Source: SUZANNE FIELDS: From ‘Plato to NATO’ in a dangerous world – Washington Times

When Good Plants Eat Junk


.. there is a trade-off. High-yielding crops raised on a steady diet of fertilizers appear to have lower levels of certain minerals and nutrients.

The diet our crops eat influences what gets into our food, and what we get—or don’t get—out of these foods when we eat them.

Source: When Good Plants Eat Junk

After 350 Years, Researchers Prove Huygens was Right


‘An odd sympathy’ was the way the renowned Dutch physicist Christiaan Huygens termed the unexpected discovery he made at home in The Hague in 1665.

Two pendulum clocks he built himself and hung on the same structure appeared time and again to swing nicely to and fro with the same frequency regardless of their starting position.

Source: After 350 Years, Researchers Prove Huygens was Right