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The judge calling for a return to the guillotine

Impeachment is slower, but not as messy.

The judge calling for a return to the guillotine

Ninth Circuit Appeals Court Judge Alex Kozinski holds provocative views on the death penalty. In an interview with Lesley Stahl this week, he advocates for the firing squad — even the guillotine.

“It’s 100 percent effective, and it leaves no doubt that what we are doing is a violent thing,” he tells Stahl on the broadcast.

But look past the shocking sentiment and French Revolution imagery and see Judge Kozinski’s broader notion: killing a person — no matter how it’s carried out and how legally justified courts deem it — is vicious.

“If we’re going to take human life, if we’re going to execute people, if the state is going to snuff out a human being,” he says, “we should not fool ourselves into thinking that it’s anything but a violent, brutal act.”

Family Feud

One of my favorite shows. It's mindless but it can be fun trying to guess what the average polled group of Americans would answer to various questions, some of which are leading with double entendres. And of course, the contestants can be hilariously clueless. Like a recent one who gave an answer that was already given, and then kept assuring Harvey, "It's up there, I know it is!"...

But what is it with Steve Harvey and the cars? All last year when he pointed at the automotive prize for five day winners, it would be "A brand new Ford Fusion" or other Ford product, menationed by name.

But this year the Fords are gone, and instead a perfectly acceptable Jeep Renegade. OK, granted the Renegade is not the most attractive ride, but hell it IS a Jeep. They are not necessarily supposed to be good looking.

So I am guessing that Family Feud had a deal with Ford and part of that deal was to announce the brand and the model several times in each show. Maybe Fiat Chrysler cheapened out, agreed to provide a low end model but didn't sweeten the deal as much as Ford had. Just guessing, mind you. I wouldn't think that Harvey has a love for Fords and a hate for Jeeps. Or does he?

What do you call it when someone lies so massively they soon contradict themselves?

"Going The Full Donald"...

How you can tell if Trump has been busy making promises again...

Twitter sues U.S. over demand for records on anti-Trump account

Source: Reuters

Twitter Inc said in a lawsuit on Thursday that it had received a demand from U.S. officials for records that could reveal the user behind an account opposed to President Donald Trump and that it was challenging the demand in court.

The lawsuit over the anonymous account was filed in federal court in San Francisco, where Twitter is based.

Read more: http://uk.reuters.com/article/twitter-lawsuit-idUKL2N1HE1JY

Youthful Poo Makes Aged Fish Live Longer

Posting here in lieu of a young killifish health subgroup...

Youthful Poo Makes Aged Fish Live Longer

It may not be the most appetizing way to extend life but researchers have shown for the first time that older fish live longer after they consumed microbes from the poo of younger fish. The findings were posted to the bioRxiv.org preprint server on March 271by Dario Valenzano, a geneticist at the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing in Cologne, Germany, and colleagues.

So-called ‘young blood’ experiments that join the circulatory systems of two rats — one young and the other old — have found that factors coursing through the veins of young rodents can improve the health and longevity of older animals. But the new first-of-its-kind study examined the effects of 'transplanting' gut microbiomes on longevity.

“The paper is quite stunning. It’s very well done,” says Heinrich Jasper, a developmental biologist and geneticist at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato, California, who anticipates that scientists will test whether such microbiome transplants can extend lifespan in other animals.

Life is fleeting for killifish, one of the shortest-lived vertebrates on Earth: the fish hits sexual maturity at three weeks old and dies within a few months. The turquoise killifish (Nothobranchius furzeri) that Valenzano and colleagues studied in the lab inhabits ephemeral ponds that form during rainy seasons in Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

Why Were There Fewer Microcephaly Cases from Zika Last Year?

They all moved to the Midwest and voted for Trump?

Why Were There Fewer Microcephaly Cases from Zika Last Year?

Of the many mysteries that remain about the Zika virus and its attack on the Americas, perhaps the most puzzling one relates to the bizarre distribution of babies born with Zika-induced microcephaly.

After so many such births were recorded in Northeastern Brazil in the last quarter of 2015, the country — and other places where the virus fanned out to from Brazil — braced themselves for a similar tsunami in 2016. But it didn’t materialize — at least not to the same degree.

A new and intriguing letter to the New England Journal of Medicine offers a theory for how to explain the missing microcephaly cases, the babies that were predicted to be born in Northeastern Brazil after Zika’s second wave of infection in the early part of 2016.

The authors suggest the region’s first wave of Zika may have been its only wave of Zika to date. Something that caused similar illness, likely the chikungunya virus, was probably responsible for the high level of fever and rash illnesses Brazil recorded in 2016, they theorized.

Ryan cuts off debate

He puts the House into recess until he calls it back...

I guess he doesn't like having his face pounded into the mud...

Magnitsky lawyer injured after 'falling' from building near Moscow

Source: BBC

A lawyer for the family of Sergei Magnitsky, the lawyer whose death in 2009 sparked a crisis between Russia and the West, has been badly injured.

Russian media say Nikolai Gorokhov fell from the fourth floor when a rope snapped as he and others tried to lift a bath into his house near Moscow.

He was flown to hospital by helicopter, a medical source was quoted as saying...

Life News, a Russian tabloid news site, published photos of a shattered bath lying on the ground by a block of flats.

Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39347461

Authorities call to have Iowa Congressman Steve King removed from his post

Source: ABC News

see linked video

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/authorities-call-iowa-congressman-steve-king-removed-post-46133103?cid=marketing_Outbrain_Politics_Desktop
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