• Lessons from the Bubble Quiz #2: The bubbliest zip codes for growing up

    I continue my exploration of the scores for the bubble quiz that have been registered on the NewsHour website, now numbering more than 50,000. 

    If you want your child to grow up clueless about mainstream white America, what are the zip codes that have the best track record?

    And the winner is… zip code 10023.

    To answer that question, I used the 50,464 cases with a score on the bubble quiz and the zip code where the person lived at age 10 that were available as of yesterday morning when I started this exercise. I asked my statistical software to calculate the median bubble score for every zip code represented in those 50,464 cases. Since I couldn’t make any judgments about zip codes that were represented by just a few people, I chose 10 as the lower limit of scores that I would examine more closely. There’s still a lot of room for oddball results with a sample size of 10, but this procedure gave me a useful starting point for examining patterns. READ MORE...

  • 50 Ways to Eat from Your Pantry When You Have No Money for Groceries

    When things go wrong and we have more month than money, it can be difficult to keep the family fed, the bills paid, and a roof over your heads. However, if you have built a well-stocked prepper’s pantry, you have one less thing to worry about when you have no money for groceries.

    Some Practical Reasons Why You Might Need a Food Supply

    The best investments in these questionable times are those which are tangible. Having a food supply, purchased at a good price during good times, can be invaluable if things become more difficult. And by “more difficult” I’m not necessarily talking about a massive, national economic collapse or an epic natural disaster. READ MORE...

  • Winding Back Life’s Story: Evolution of Mitochondria

    When mitochondria evolved: another just-so story about cellular origins.

    Among the great, unsolved evolutionary mysteries, the origin of eukaryotic cells—cells with nuclei—ranks high. Nucleated cells are the building blocks of all multicellular organisms, including us. And they are powered by mitochondria.1 Mitochondria use oxygen and a series of enzymes to extract the maximum possible energy from sugar and to package it in a usable form. Where did cells get these energy factories?

    Endosymbiosis Theory

    The most popular evolutionary story to explain how the last eukaryotic common ancestor (LECA) got mitochondria is that it ate them. Or rather that it ate small non-nucleated cells (prokaryotes, such as bacteria)—and that then those prokaryotes developed a symbiotic relationship with the host cell, supplied it with energy, and turned into mitochondria. That story, popularized in the 1970s by the late Dr. Lynn Margulis, is called the “serial endosymbiosis theory.” Because single-celled organisms and other cells like our white blood cells engulf debris and smaller microorganisms—an observable process called endosymbiosis—the serial endosymbiosis theory for the origin of eukaryotic cells seemed reasonable to evolutionists. After all, they reasoned, mitochondria and prokaryotes have some superficial similarities. Both are small. And while most of a eukaryotic cell’s DNA is in its nucleus, mitochondria have some DNA of their own as well as ribosomes to translate its genes into proteins. Nuclear DNA is in the form of double helical strands, but mitochondrial DNA is not. Though the mitochondrial genome is much smaller than a bacterial genome, both mitochondria and prokaryotes have circular DNA. READ MORE...

  • US Should Follow Australia's Lead: Return to Federalist System Founders Envisioned

    Australia is one of my favorite nations, and not just because the people are friendly.

    It has a modest-sized government, at least compared to other developed nations (see table 25 of this OECD data), and it has a very attractive private Social Security system that puts Australia in relatively good shape when looking at the long-run fiscal health of countries.

    Indeed, this is one of the reasons why I picked Australia when asked which nation to choose if (when?) America suffers a Greek-style fiscal and economic collapse. READ MORE...

  • Exposed: This Incredible Interview Blows The Doors Open On The New World Order

    It’s been long theorized that there exists an established global order run by the world’s richest and most powerful. These leaders and ideologues meet on a regular basis, usually without much fanfare, but some of their organizations and initiatives have been exposed through the Bilderberg Group, the Council on Foreign Relations and the secretive Bohemian Grove.

    In short, the politicians, central bankers, media personalities and financial leaders who convene at these meetings develop, execute and oversee the global agenda we have come to know as the New World Order. READ MORE...

  • Pro-War Dead-enders and Our Unending Wars

    Andrew Bacevich has written an excellent article on the need to end our ongoing “war for the Greater Middle East.” This part jumped out at me in connection with the debate over the Libyan war:

    A particular campaign that goes awry [bold mine-DL] like Somalia or Iraq or Libya may attract passing attention, but never the context in which that campaign was undertaken [bold mine-DL]. We can be certain that the election of 2016 will be no different.

    It is almost never mentioned now, so it is easy to forget that many Libyan war supporters initially argued for intervention in order to save the “Arab Spring.” Their idea was that the U.S. and its allies could discourage other regimes from forcibly putting down protests by siding with the opposition in Libya, and that if the U.S. didn’t do this it would “signal” dictators that they could crush protests with impunity. This never made sense at the time. Other regimes would have to believe that the U.S. would consistently side with their opponents, and there was never any chance of that happening. If it sent any message to them, the intervention in Libya sent other regimes a very different message: don’t let yourself be internationally isolated like Gaddafi, and you won’t suffer his fate. Another argument for the intervention was that it would change the way the U.S. was perceived in the region for the better. That didn’t make sense, either, since Western intervention in Libya wasn’t popular in most countries there, and even if it had been it wouldn’t change the fact that the U.S. was pursuing many other policies hated by people throughout the region. It was on the foundation of shoddy arguments such as these that the case for war in Libya was built. READ MORE...

  • Washington Can't Fix Broken Policing

    It has been one year since Freddie Gray died while in the custody of the Baltimore Police Department. Gray’s death sparked peaceful protests and then calamitous riots that brought international attention and prompted the deployment of National Guard units. While local prosecutors indicted the officers involved in Gray’s arrest, the federal government promised to investigate the entire police department for a “pattern or practice” of constitutional violations. The impending outcome of that inquiry seems foreordained. The real question is whether federal monitoring can truly fix a broken police department. The conventional wisdom is that it can, but experience tells us that it can be counterproductive. READ MORE...