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I'm beginning to think this is exactly what she is -- a sacrificial candidate.

Either that or she's just too damn stupid to be on the stage.  Either is certainly possible, given her record in the business world with both Lucent and HP.

Slate, not normally a site I read, pretty-much nails her to a tree with this piece:

For reasons I can’t even explain to myself, Carly Fiorina’s big fib at the GOP debate last week truly surprised me. Fiorina claimed a video of a Planned Parenthood clinic showed this: “Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says, ‘We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.’ ”

The problem of course is that the videos didn't show that.  A Super-PAC that advocates for her put out a video shortly thereafter but it was hacked together from multiple sources and was not the CMP source tape that many people might have assumed.  That was obvious on first inspection and a few people pointed that out.

It got no traction and the mainstream "we lie by omission" media did not seize on and run with it.

Now I don't happen to subscribe to the doomsday nonsense that the left puts out on Planned Parenthood.  Among other things I have a daughter (now a legal adult) who has had exactly zero trouble getting any sort of birth control she wants from the local county health department.  There's clearly no issue with availability of birth control that I can see.  What you can't get at the county health department, however, is one particular "birth control" method: an abortion.

Hmmmm.... is it really that simple -- that cross-subsidy games are what's at issue and without them this entire edifice collapses down around the left's heads?


Can I prove it?  No, but I don't need to.  I simply need to observe that I see no reason on God's Green Earth for people to have a hissy fit about being unable to get routine pregnancy preventing drugs and devices (e.g. birth control pills, Depo shots and other prescription-related things of this sort) at very low or zero cost without Planned Parenthood being around.

Might this not have been true 5, 10, 20, 30 years ago?  Maybe.  I certainly didn't give a damn personally about whether you could get female birth control for "free" 10 years ago; I happen to be of the wrong gender and I wasn't poor, so there's two reasons it didn't matter to me, and as a guy I always bought my own birth control in the drugstore -- it's called a condom and men have always been expected to fork up a buck or so per busted nut.  But I can tell you that there's utterly no problem obtaining these services today for any woman in this state (Florida), and we're often seen as one of those redneck hillbilly places.

And incidentally, lest you think we're an anomaly in Florida, you'll be pleased (or perhaps infuriated that I already shot your straw man to pieces and then burned the remains) to know that we're not. Both Alabama, which is widely regarded as one of the biggest bible-banging states there is and Mississippi, another widely-regarded hard-right, bible-banging state, offer the same sort of services at their county health departments.

Oh, and by the way I found that with a quick web search; why do I think it's true basically everywhere in the US?

Never mind Obamacare, which is now the law, right?  If everyone has health "insurance" that must cover contraception (one of the "selling points" of the law) or is on Medicaid, which also offers such services, what's the problem even in the absence of county health departments that all seem to be providing these services too!

Did Carly rip off a whopper in the debate?  It looks like it.

Will it sink her? It should, if it was a knowing lie.

But let's leave that aside for a minute and ask exactly what so-called "essential services" Planned Parenthood provides to any woman these days that cannot be obtained at a County Health department at low or, if you're low-income, zero cost.

If you boil it all down and have an honest debate on this matter there's only one such service, isn't there.

And yeah, you know which service that is....

Cut the crap Slate -- along with the rest of the screaming, loony, forceps-wielding and wallet-robbing left.

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Earnings are out and as expected the Street didn't like what it heard -- that is, it doesn't like companies that fail to gear themselves to the gills and punishes them.

Friday's closing price was, approximately, valuing the firm at its cash balance.  You got that right -- the market says the company has zero net assets (that is, assets less debt) and no forward value whatsoever.

This, despite the fact that Chen said he'd manage to keep his cash pile stable to slightly negative -- he actually increased it.

How?  Cost control while he acquires and amasses what he believes will be a critical mass among mobile (and possibly IoT) management clients.  We shall see -- but the company is not going bankrupt tomorrow, irrespective of how Wall Street values it.

Next up is the Priv, their new slider handset.  It will ship with Android, not BB10.

I'm not sure how I feel about this, but analytically it might be a smart move.  BB10, for the last two years, has served me extraordinarily well and has matured very quickly.  It runs the vast majority of Android apps native including things like Waze, Google Maps and most of the financially-related things (such as ThinkOrSwim's trading app along with Schwab's, etc.)

Yes, there are a few that don't work -- Snapchat, for one.  Some of them are intentional on the part of the coders and some are due to bad practices on their part, but it doesn't matter from the standpoint of the user -- the app either doesn't run at all or blows up somewhere in use.  This has contributed to a much-overblown "app gap" view and badly dented BB10's appeal.

The BlackBerry Priv will change all of that, of course, since it will be Android.  And it is a spec-monster, which is going to get a lot of people's attention.  The Passport is to a degree, but this phone looks to be flat-out on top of the world in that regard, with a nice processor, 3Gb of memory, an 18Mp OIS-enabled camera (with a branded lens -- who knows if it will matter, but labels count in this world of idiocy you know) and more.  It should also have all-day durability in terms of battery, the screen is large and high-pixel, and of course it has the slide-out keyboard while not getting rid of the SD card slot -- which so many modern phones have.

The question will be what BlackBerry does to get rid of some of the biggest issues with Android and bring over the best of BB10.  Specifically the Hub, a decent email client and a working calendar, which has always been a shortcoming on Android devices.  In addition I will be watching very carefully to see if the auto-VPN configuration set up for saved WiFi connections comes with it -- it had better, as that's one of the big "hardening" things that BB10 does for you and the others do not.

What's so amusing about this is that at the much-smaller scale BlackBerry operates in terms of market cap if they sell 10 million of these a year it'll be a smash hit.  If they sell 20 or 30 million it will be screaming, runaway success story.

They may well do it too, since it will be an Android device, there will no "app gap", and it looks to be the spec-monster that all the "fanboies" want even though that really doesn't get you much in the real world.

Expect it to be expensive; I'm looking forward to this, in point of fact, as I do suspect this is the device that has to succeed for BlackBerry to remain in the hardware business -- and I like them there.

Still loving my Passport, by the way.

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If you're one of these folks...


you got dealt a serious blow to your claims that we're being "environmentally poisoned" recently.

But you didn't hear this reported in the media.  In fact, I missed it too -- until this evening, even though the results were published back in the winter of 2014.

If you remember my essay a couple of weeks ago I noted that the slow, steady increase in disorders such as autism, asthma, Type I diabetes and similar was utterly inconsistent with environmental poisoning.  Specifically, we've not only done a lot to clean up the environment over the last 30-40 years (which should lead to a decrease in such conditions) we've also removed a huge number of chemical and other agents from our environment that the moonbats claimed caused these ailments.  But the incidence kept rising.

Now it is certainly true that there remain environmentally troublesome materials out there.  But again, to "get you" it has to, well, get you -- or at worst, get at you through your mother while she's carrying you.

The other explanation is that it's genetic, and our technological improvements in society allow people who would not be able to reproduce to do so in more cases than was previously true.  If this is the case then the more technological advancement we make the more survivable a condition becomes, and thus the more-likely the genetic coding for it will be passed on.  This in turn means that there will be a material and continuing increase in the incidence of such conditions.

That happens to match observations.

Now that doesn't mean I'm right.  But it is an explanation that happens to fit the facts -- unlike the moonbat nonsense which posits something that doesn't fit the facts.

To that we now add this:

In collaboration with Dr. Stephen Scherer, senior scientist and director of The Centre for Applied Genomics at SickKids and the University of Toronto McLaughlin Centre, Frey's team compared mutations discovered in the whole genome sequences of children with autism, but not in controls. Following the traditional approach of studying protein-coding regions, they found no differences. However, when they used their deep learning system to rank mutations according to how much they change splicing, surprising patterns appeared.

It gets better, if you read the abstract of the actual paper:

Autism has been associated with disrupted splicing in brain regions, so we used our method to score variants detected using whole-genome sequencing data from individuals with and without autism. Genes with high-scoring variants include many that have previously been linked with autism, as well as new genes with known neurodevelopmental phenotypes. Most of the high-scoring variants are intronic and cannot be detected by exome analysis techniques.

When we scored clinical variants in spinal muscular atrophy and colorectal cancer genes, up to 94% of variants found to alter splicing using minigene reporters were correctly classified.


How do you get there from environmental factors?  You can't.  While environmental factors may have "turned on" expression of given genome factors they had to be present in the first place which means you were born with them.


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2015-09-27 13:49 by Karl Denninger
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Way back in January, long before the first women attended the Army's elite Ranger School – one of the most grueling military courses in the world – officials at the highest levels of the Army had already decided failure was not an option, sources tell PEOPLE.

"A woman will graduate Ranger School," a general told shocked subordinates this year while preparing for the first females to attend a "gender integrated assessment" of the grueling combat leadership course starting April 20, sources tell PEOPLE. "At least one will get through." 

I wrote an article on this a while back and noted that I hoped this was not the case, and gave a nice fat huzzah to those women who met the standard.

But now, it appears, they didn't.  They cheated, with the full complicity and permission from their superiors.

Folks, there is utterly no excuse for this and no place for it in a military force.  Ever.

Especially in an elite combat unit, and starting January 1st if you 'pass' you are eligible to be assigned.

Failure in the field doesn't lead you to be recycled back to the start of the particular event it gets people, including quite possibly your entire unit, killed.

The Brass is claiming that this story is BS.  If they're lying, and people die, everyone involved in this charade needs to stand on Courts Martial and upon conviction do life in Leavenworth.



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