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Have We Thought Through the Idea of the Driverless Car

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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The driverless autonomous car has, it seems, finally come of age, with General Motors’ announcement of the release of the new GM Cruise AV (autonomous vehicle). At least this is what GM is banking on.

The Cruise has no gas pedal, no steering wheel, no brake or clutch pedal, no turn signals.

A report, by the New York Times, indicates that last Friday, January 12, “G.M. said it had submitted a petition to the United States Department of Transportation seeking permission to begin operating fully autonomous cars — without steering wheels or pedals — in a commercial ride-hailing service next year,” similar to Uber and Lyft.

There have been “driverless” cars before the GM, but most were not truly driverless, owing to the fact they still retained a steering wheel and various pedals.

The GM Cruise AV is the first truly driverless, fully autonomous mass production car. There is literally no way for a human to drive it. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Navy to Unveil Laser Weapon at RIMPAC 2018

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In light of the rising frequency of human – grizzly bear conflicts, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is advising hikers, hunters, and fishermen to take extra precautions and keep alert of bears while in the field.

They advise that outdoorsmen wear noisy little bells on their clothing so as not to startle bears that aren’t expecting them. read more

No More Besties

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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In 1968 singer/songwriter Harry Nilsson wrote and performed a theme song for a television program entitled, “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father,” starring the original Bruce Banner, Bill Bixby. The song was called, “Best Friend.”

Little did Harry know at the time, but his song should have been entitled, “Best Friends are bad and Exclusionary.” At least that’s the way one psychologist sees it.

In an article for US News & World Report, Dr. Barbara Greenberg asks: “Should Schools Ban Kids From Having Best Friends?”

Yes, you read that right. And just like most wacky leftist ideas, this too originates in Europe. “I am always fascinated by trends. And I am especially intrigued by the emerging trend among European schools, and now some American schools as well, to ban best friends,” writes the good Doctor. She adds that, “This, to me, seems like a Herculean task. The notion of choosing best friends is deeply embedded in our culture. Nonetheless, there is, in my opinion, merit to the movement to ban having best friends.”

Can you see where this is going? It may seem like just a silly notion, but it’s not. It’s actually part of something much larger and much more disturbing. read more

WND Exclusive – Trump and the Self-Deportation Phenomenon

Did you hear the good news? President Trump has taken the handcuffs, blindfolds and leg irons off the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) and is actually allowing its agents to do the job for which they were hired.

On Wednesday, Jan. 10, it was reported that, “agents arrested 21 people suspected of living in the country illegally in a predawn sweep targeting dozens of 7-Eleven stores across the country.” The number was actually 98 stores, but who’s counting. read more

Say Goodbye to Fillings

The drug promotes natural repair by stimulating the stem cells in the tooth pulp
The drug promotes natural repair by stimulating the stem cells in the tooth pulp(Credit:pressmaster/Depositphotos)

 

There’s not a whole lot to like about fillings, what with the prodding, scraping and jabbing and all. And that’s before the drill even comes out (followed by the bill at the end). Tending to our cavities might one day be a much more comfortable experience, with scientists discovering that a type of Alzheimer’s drug can actually stimulate stem cells within the tooth pulp to promote natural repair instead.

The drug in question is a small molecule called a glycogen synthase kinase (GSK-3) inhibitor. read more

Oprah is No Moderate

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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I take issue with some on the right believing that Oprah might turn out to be some sort of Joe Manchin-type democrat centrist. I’m not even sure Joe Manchin is any longer a Joe Manchin-type centrist democrat.

That right-wing sooth-sayer Bill Kristol, republican establishment hack and never-Trumper, who predicted that the Arab Spring would work out great, and has pretty much been wrong about everything else, believes The Oprah may be some sort of closet moderate.

He also believes she could win the democrat nomination and could make a better president than Trump. Wow – that’s a pretty bold statement for someone who knows nothing of Oprah’s actual politics, couldn’t have done even cursory research on her, but still claims that, “if she runs, couldn’t she win the Democratic nomination and the general election? And wouldn’t she be a better president than Trump?” read more