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Proteins: Explained.

Interesting stuff!

You might already know that proteins are a fundamental part of your diet, but they’re much more than that.

Ten Million Starlings Swarm (7 Tons of Bird Poo.)

From the folks at the BBC:

Rome plays host to one of the world’s most amazing displays of aerial acrobatics, but it’s not all beauty and grace…

When animals swarm they create a super-organism of incredible power. They can attack our food supplies, immobilise our transport systems, undermine our cities and even attack our energy supplies. They can stop us in our tracks. Using state-of-the-art photography, Superswarms reveals the collective intelligence behind the animal invasions, and how man fights back.

How The World’s Tallest Skyscraper Was Built.

The Citizen Who Changed The Government And You’ve Never Heard Of Him.

You’ve probably never heard of the name Mark Schlefer who passed away last November at the age of 98. His lasting effect on governments at all levels and the people of the United States cannot be overstated and yet most people would say “who?”

Schlefer flew 36 combat missions as a bomber pilot in World War II, but that is not his most enduring contribution to the country.

Schlefer started a fund to provide tuition assistance for minority children at D.C.-area private schools. But that too is not his greatest accomplishment for the country (although it may be for the lives of children and parents in the DC area.)

In the 1960’s Schlefer spearheaded to move for the passage of the Freedom of Information Act, (FOIA) that is now law at the federal level and in all 50 States and the District of Columbia.

Randy Fine: Repeal Florida Statute 215.4725 Now And Protect The First Amendment.

In 2016, the State of Florida passed a law that forbids the State from doing business with any company that boycotts or supports a boycott of Israel.

The bill contained a provision that allowed companies whose contracts with the State with a value under $1 million dollars would be exempt.

In 2018, Brevard County Representative Randy Fine sponsored a bill removing the $1 million dollar limit thus banning the State from doing business with any company or person who boycotted Israel or supported such a boycott.

The original bill requires the State to maintain a list of companies that boycott Israel (or support the Boycott, Divest, Sanction (BDS) movement) and have companies certify that they are not taking part in any such boycott before the state signs contract with the company.

About the same time, the State of Arkansas was doing something similar in passing a similar law called “Act 710 that required the State not contract with companies that boycott Israel or support a boycott of Israel.

Why Masks Work BETTER Than You’d Think.

The math of masks.

This video is about how masks (whether surgical, or N95, or cloth) are counterintuitive and actually work much better epidemiologically than one might expect. Masks do double-duty, and the fraction of interactions with masks is much higher than the fraction of people wearing masks, so partially adopted, partially effective masks are able to reduce the basic reproduction number surprisingly well

This is somewhat fascinating when you watch it because it turns out there is more to the effectiveness of masks that you may think.

Why Did the Democratic South Become Republican?

From Prager U.

The south used to vote Democrat. Now it votes Republican. Why the switch? Was it, as some people say, because the GOP decided to appeal to racist whites? Carol Swain, Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University, explains.

Correction: President Eisenhower ordered 101st Airborne to Little Rock, Arkansas, in September 1957; that is, after the 1956 Presidential election, not as stated in the video, before the election.

Facts matter.

Some People Are Scum.

There is no other way of putting this: Some people are scum and will use anything they can to scam people out of a few bucks.

The latest trick is that people are selling “Face Mask Exempt” cards which carry the seal of the Department of Justice saying that the bearer of the card is exempt from wearing faces masks and that requiring them to do so is a violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act.


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