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Washington, Madison, Jefferson are Rolling in Their Graves

What would these three say of the state of Virginia today? One writer suggest the Commonwealth just bequeath Arlington and Alexandria to Washington D.C.

from the American Spectator:

Well, we learned one thing on Election Day: Virginia is for louts. This should not stand. It cannot stand. We have a reform proposal. Don’t know why we didn’t think of it earlier.

In 1985, when we moved from our Indiana home to our nation’s capital area, Virginia was our logical destination: a low tax, right to work land of freedom abutting Democrat statism and big government to the north and east. But that was then. Three plus decades later, the swamps of DC have spilled over all of our habitat in northern Virginia. In these conditions, government has mushroomed and poisoned the commonwealth, and the corresponding demographic boom of like-minded actors and their servitors has altered the indigenous character of what was once a swell Southern state. The end result we saw on Tuesday: a state whose voting habits are now more akin to California’s than to the Virginia of our forefathers. Demography is destiny? That’s what they’d like you to think. read more

No Filter Water Purification

A new water purification technique relies on an injection of CO2 gas into a water stream...
A new water purification technique relies on an injection of CO2 gas into a water stream rather than filters or membranes to separate particles from water(Credit: brozova/Depositphotos)

Most common water purification methods rely on mechanical filters or a membrane to remove contaminants. But over time, these become clogged and need to be replaced. A new technology developed by researchers at Princeton University doesn’t require filters at all, instead relying on the injection of CO2 gas to change the water’s chemistry and separate waste particles based on their electrical charge. read more

Will the Texas Shooting Advance the Confiscation Narrative

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Garbage in – garbage out. We see it all the time. It certainly isn’t the machines fault. You can’t blame the computer. In other words – it’s like the old saying, that the equipment is only as good as its operator.

We found this out the hard way on Sunday as Devin Patrick Kelley went on his killing rampage at the Sutherland Springs Baptist Church.

It was discovered that Kelley should not have been able to purchase the firearms he used due to a felony domestic assault charge on his wife and her child while serving in the Air Force.

For years leftists have been screaming about background checks. These heinous shootings could be prevented if only we had “common sense” background checks.

However, until this last act, not a single background check of any kind would have prevented any of the mass-shootings. But this one was different. As it turns out a background check may have been able to prevent the Texas murders, or at least made it more difficult for the whack-job Kelley to obtain his weapons.

But as I stated, a background check, like a piece of equipment, is only as good as its operator. In this case the operator was the United States Air Force, and the job was simply to add Kelley’s felony conviction to the federal database, thus preventing him from legally buying guns. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Chinese Mag-Drive Submarine

China has developed a new magnetic propulsion motor that could make nuclear submarines far stealthier, state media have claimed.

According to a new report, the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) has tested the country’s first permanent system of this kind, paving the way for quieter and more elusive high-speed vessels.

The new magnetic drive, if successful, could bring the Chinese navy more on par with the US and other Western naval forces.

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China has developed a new magnetic propulsion motor that could make nuclear submarines far stealthier, state media have claimed. A Chinese Navy nuclear submarine is pictured above, during a celebration in 2009

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You Don’t Need to Work to Make a Living

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Have you ever wondered why America’s unemployment rate is so low.

Over the years, I’ve gone through the various methods the government uses to calculate the employment, or unemployment rate – the different categories like U-3 vs. U-6 and so on. Knowing the particulars of each, we are effectively able to prove what are crock the published “U3” unemployment rate is and how useless and misleading the most often used U-3 number is..

Within the U3 category, the government differentiates between being unemployed and not working. Well, that’s easy, you may say. Maybe those in the “not working” category are the stay-at-home-Mom types. My apologies to stay-at-home Moms, but you know what I mean.

You may think that but you’d be incorrect. The “not working” category are those who are so discouraged that they just stopped looking. They are not counted as being unemployed. Of course they are, but not according to the government. It’s why the unemployment rate is so low. It’s a bogus, or at best, a misleading number – and purposely misleading.

Logically then, one may ask just how all these millions of people have been surviving for all this time – sometimes years to generations, without employment – without a paycheck?

Well, they may not be employed, but they sure receive a paycheck, of sorts, courtesy of you and me. In fact, in some States, families bring in more money through 126 government “entitlement” programs than they would earn if employed.

I’ve personally heard more than a few times from prospective employees, that, “I can make more money on government benefits than I can working for your company.” It’s called a perverse incentive, and boy is that right. As bad as this sounds, it’s actually worst than most people think.

In the video below, Michael Tanner, Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, explains just how out-of-control the “entitlement” system in America has become.  read more

New Cancer Treatment Won’t Harm Healthy Cells

Iridium, a rare metal brought to Earth by asteroids, has been found to be an effective...Iridium, a rare metal brought to Earth by asteroids, has been found to be an effective cancer-killer(Credit: Shad.off/Depositphotos)

Over 65 million years ago, an asteroid some 10 km (6 mi) wide crashed into the Earth and wiped out the dinosaurs. Strangely, the legacy of this huge space rock could include a treatment for cancer after scientists from the UK and China demonstrated that iridium – a rare metal delivered to Earth by the asteroid – can be enlisted to kill cancer without harming healthy cells. read more

WND Exclusive – ALL INCOME IS 1ST THE GOVERNMENT’S

The Republican tax plan has finally made its debut. At first blush it appears pretty good. At its heart the plan is populist, but what can we expect in these times?

As one might expect of populists, it is geared toward the lower income scale, but does have a few cut-outs for the wealthier among us – and is certainly more business-friendly than the status quo.

However, we must remember that all tax legislation begins in the House, so this is just a starting point, and what we see is as good as it will be.

The bill isn’t going to improve from here out. It will only get worse – more watered down, as the Democrats’ long-knives predictably start tearing into it. read more