The Source of Modern Liberalism

by: the Common Constitutionalist

I, yes I, the Common Constitutionalist, have discovered the source – the cause of the affliction known as liberalism, and its simpler than you might think.

The causes of modern liberalism are noise and light pollution. Allow me to explain by describing it in a way even liberals may understand – in terms of the animal kingdom. This should be easy being that many liberals are also wacky animal-rights advocates.

I’d also like to preface this by reminding you that liberals are liberals first and foremost and thus will often support knee-jerk policies to the detriment of any long-term negative effects, even to themselves.

Take for example, wind farms. You cannot be a good liberal without blindly supporting “renewable energy” such as wind. Yet every year, if not several times a year, we see a new study of the ill effects wind farms have on wildlife. read more

Dinobat Discovered in China

A bizarre new dinosaur with bat-like wings has been discovered by a farmer in China and is now helping to shed new light on the evolution of flight.

Palaeontologists in China say the impeccably preserved fossil belongs to a small dinosaur thought to have lived 160 million years ago.

The strange-looking creature had small stiff feathers on its body and long finger-like bones extending from each wrist that were covered in a membrane like a bat’s wing.

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The new dinosaur, named Yi qi (shown above in the artists reconstruction), had unusual bristle-like feathers and bat-like wings that were covered in a membrane. The dinosaur may have been able to glide and even flap
The new dinosaur, named Yi qi (shown above in the artists reconstruction), had unusual bristle-like feathers and bat-like wings that were covered in a membrane. The dinosaur may have been able to glide and even flap

Scientists believe the dinosaur, which they have named Yi qi, meaning ‘strange wing’, may have glided or even flown through the air.

The discovery has provided new insight into how vertebrates first began to take to the air.

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Volcano Celebrates Anniversary

Picture of the Tambora volcano taken from abovePicture of the Tambora volcano taken from above. The violent eruption of the Tambora volcano in 1815 created a massive crater about 3.7 miles (six kilometers) across and 3,600 feet deep (1,100 meters). PHOTOGRAPH BY NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY
Two hundred years ago on April 10, the Indonesian volcano Tambora erupted, obliterating an entire tribe of people, cooling the Earth by several degrees, and causing famines and disease outbreaks around the world.
It remains the largest eruption on historical record: larger than the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa, and roughly 20 times bigger than Mount Vesuvius, which wiped the Italian town of Pompeii off the map. If such a cataclysmic event happened now, the results would be even messier, experts say. read more

California Drought Conditions Were Preventable

by: the Common Constitutionalist

In December 2014 NBC Nightly News reported on a massive amount of rainfall that fell in a 24 hour period. In Southern California it was 8” or more in spots.LA River

During the broadcast an NBC reporter interviewed Fritz Coleman, a Southern California Weathercaster for KNBC who stood aside the swelled Los Angeles River and said: “All of our water – we sit and watch it run down the L.A. River and we go – see ya.” The reporter then claimed that in fact “85% of all the rain water that falls in Southern California is wasted.” It is not collected or diverted. It is allowed to simply run out to sea.

And why is that? Well of course – it’s radical environmentalism and the extremist policies they push, with the aide of their willing accomplices in the California State House and Governor’s Mansion.

Just as they do nationwide to our energy sector – forcing the closure of hundreds of coal plants, not allowing drilling on federal lands or permitting the construction of nuclear plants, these environmentalist wackos have all but caused the drought conditions in California.

No, they didn’t cause the actual drought. To my knowledge they are not gathering in field to perform a no-rain dance, but the policies pushed for decades by these loons have certainly caused the conditions we see today. read more

Earths Plates Don’t Move Like We Thought

Back when dinosaurs were just starting to skulk, Earth had just one giant land mass, a supercontinent that scientists call Pangea. pangea2It broke up about 200 million years ago, and since then its fragments—riding on chunks of crust called tectonic plates—have been gliding, merging, and splitting their way into their present—temporary—positions. Now, geoscientists have unveiled a computer model that maps the details of that tectonic dance in 1-million-year increments—practically a frame-by-frame recap of geologic time. It shows that the plates speed up, slow down, and move around in unexpectedly short bursts of activity. It also suggests that researchers may have to rethink what drives much of that incessant motion. read more

Daredevil Biker Traverses Cliff

This breathtaking video captures the moment a cyclist traverses an almost-vertical rock face to conquer the world’s most dangerous trail – before making a return journey.

Michal Kollbek was filmed defying gravity as he made his way over the famed White Line in Sedona – a near impossible route carved into a rock in Arizona.

The stunning one-minute clip was filmed using a drone flying overhead and sees Polish rider Kollbek gradually make his way along the path with Red Rock State Park seen in the background.

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Death-defying: Daredevil Michal Kollbek rides his bike across the famed White Line in Sedona, in Arizona’s Red Rock State Park

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The Backyak Modular Watercraft

The Klepper Backyak is a portable, modular watercraft

The Klepper Backyak is a portable, modular watercraft

Tucked away in one of the most distant corners of last week’s Boot Düsseldorf show was one of the show’s most interesting products: the ultra-versatile Klepper Backyak. As its name suggests, it’s a kayak that can hike to water’s edge on your back. But it’s also a sailboat, a snow sled and a floating sun deck.

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Viruses May Have Helped Our Brain Cells Evolve

But for years, this was dubbed junk DNA with no real use, and was considered to be a side-effect of evolution – until now.

New research suggests that, over the course of evolution, the viruses took an ‘increasingly firm hold’ on how cells work, and they may have made brain cells in particular more active and dynamic, ultimately making us smarter.

DNA from retroviruses (HIV pictured) make up around five per cent of our genetic makeup, but for years, this was considered to be a side-effect of evolution. New research suggests that, over the course of evolution, the viruses took hold of how cells work, and may have made brain cells in particular more active and dynamic

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Rare Ice Halo in New Mexico

A rare ‘ice halo’ was seen above New Mexico has as the arctic blast continued to make its way across the country, causing temperatures to plummet below freezing in dozens of cities.

The optical phenomenon was captured by Texan photographer Joshua Thomas above the town of Red River – which has experienced sub-zero temperatures throughout the last few days.

The variety of rings and arcs in the sky are formed by light interacting with ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere during the cold weather.

It comes as weather forecasters predict the cold snap will continue into next week and could even reach parts of southern Texas.

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Stunning: This ice halo was captured above Red River in New Mexico has temperatures plummeted across the country 
Stunning: This ice halo was captured above Red River in New Mexico has temperatures plummeted across the country

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Deepest Water Fish Found

A new record has been set for the deepest fish ever seen in the world, at an incredible depth of 26,722 feet (8,145 meters).

The snailfish was found at the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean, and breaks the previous record by almost 1,640 feet (500 metres).

The finding was part of an international expedition that also found many other new species at the extreme depths.

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Aberdeen University researchers have set a new record for the deepest fish ever found (shown in red ring). It was spotted 26,722ft down in the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean. Called a snailfish it has a ghostly tadpole-like body and no scales. It is seen here swimming with crustaceans

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