Trump Pitches Tax Reform, Missile Defense Test in Hawaii, Search for Intelligent Life in Berkeley: P.M. Links

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    President Trump delivered remarks on tax code reform aimed at "Main Street."

  • The U.S. conducted a missile defense test off the coast of Hawaii.
  • Philadelphia became the latest city to sue the Department of Justice over its sanctuary city policies.
  • The FBI denied a freedom of information request for files related to the Hillary Clinton investigation, arguing there was a lack of public interest.
  • The death toll from a series of mudslides and floods in Sierra Leone has doubled, to more than 1,000.
  • The NFL has canceled Thursday's pre-season game between the Cowboys and Texans, which was scheduled to be played in hurricane-stricken Houston.
  • A program to find intelligent life in Berkeley has reportedly recorded 15 high-energy radio bursts from a distant galaxy.

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  1. President Trump delivered remarks on tax code reform aimed at “Main Street.”

    BUT STILL WON’T RELEASE HIS RETURNS

    1. Donald Trump is essentially Harry Ellis in an orange wig.

      Arrogance – check.
      Cluelessness – check.
      Cocaine sniff – check.
      Hans Gruber sends him to meet his maker – not quite yet.

      1. DEATFBIRSECIA, bubby, I had no idea his first name was Harry.

        You learn something new everyday.

        1. Yeah Holly and everybody else always called him “Ellis.” I love how delusional he is right up until the very end.

            1. You’re no Bruce Willis, Fist.

              1. Maybe a Sam Jackson playing sidekick.

              2. Welcome to the party, pal.

    2. Just shows that Trump was dumb enough to conduct business under his own name. Take a look at Hillary’s returns and see how a political pro does it.

  2. The U.S. conducted a missile defense test off the coast of Hawaii.

    The race to bomb Guam is on.

  3. Philadelphia became the latest city to sue the Department of Justice over its sanctuary city policies.

    Hey, if Sheriff Joe can make up his own rules…

  4. Here’s the Vogue fashion writer who criticized Melania for wearing high heels.

    http://www.gastrochic.com/tag/lynn-yaeger/

    1. Jesus, not what I was expecting.

      1. Yeah, me too! She really needs to consider footwear with more arch support.

        1. Where’s her shopping cart?

    2. Wouldn’t

    3. “Here’s the Vogue fashion writer who criticized Melania for wearing high heels.”

      Onion just can’t keep up…

    4. She manages to make Lena D. look attractive.

      1. If grandma took acid . . . . . .

        1. What is Woody Guthrie’s most underappreciated song?

    5. Thanks, now I can skip dinner.

    6. “That’s a man, Baby!”

    7. I think it’s appalling that Vogue is viciously exploiting this obviously mentally ill person instead of getting her the help she needs.

      -jcr

  5. The FBI denied a freedom of information request for files related to the Hillary Clinton investigation, arguing there was a lack of public interest.

    I mean, if the public wasn’t interested enough in her to make her president…

    1. If you like her then you should have put a POTUS on it…

  6. The U.S. conducted a missile defense test off the coast of Hawaii.

    Fire the Ion Cannon!

  7. “The FBI denied a freedom of information request for files related to the Hillary Clinton investigation, arguing there was a lack of public interest.”

    They misspelled pubic.

  8. The NFL has canceled Thursday’s pre-season game between the Cowboys and Texans, which was scheduled to be played in hurricane-stricken Houston.

    Anyone kneeling for the anthem would have had to hold his breath.

  9. The FBI denied a freedom of information request for files related to the Hillary Clinton investigation, arguing there was a lack of public interest.

    *facepalm*

    Statists must laugh themselves to sleep every night.

    1. Shouldn’t the measure of interest be if someone took the time to file a FOIA request?

      If no one was interested, then why did they ask to see it?

    2. With an evil laugh? Then yes.

  10. A program to find intelligent life in Berkeley…

    Oh, Krayewski.

  11. “A program to find intelligent life in Berkeley has reportedly recorded 15 high-energy radio bursts from a distant galaxy.”

    When paid Reason writers start trolling, we’re in the depths of true anarchy.

  12. Offshore human testing of herpes vaccine stokes debate over U.S. safety rules

    Defying U.S. safety protections for human trials, an American university and a group of wealthy libertarians, including a prominent Donald Trump supporter, are backing the offshore testing of an experimental herpes vaccine.

    The American businessmen, including Trump adviser Peter Thiel, invested $7 million in the ongoing vaccine research, according to the U.S. company behind it. Southern Illinois University also trumpeted the research and the study’s lead researcher, even though he did not rely on traditional U.S. safety oversight in the first trial, held on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts.

    “What they’re doing is patently unethical,” said Jonathan Zenilman, chief of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center’s Infectious Diseases Division. “There’s a reason why researchers rely on these protections. People can die.”

    However, Rational Vaccines downplayed safety concerns, asserting there was little risk the participants would be harmed because they had herpes already

    lol

    1. We’re sending herpes sufferers to St Kitts? My passport is ready, where is the kissing booth?

      1. You’re not going to like the kissing location…

      2. Of all the possible options, THAT’S how you’d want to get herpes???

    2. The takeaway is that Peter Thiel has herpes?

      1. He’s doing it for a friend.

        1. President Trump has herpes?

          1. President Trump is herpes.

            1. Ancient Rome banned kissing because everyone was giving each other President Trump?

              1. No that was Dan Quayle.

            2. Well, that makes sense.

      2. I believe a couple of the dirty, evil, twisted, heartless libertarian gentleman involved have the herp:

        “I will not stop,” said Fern?ndez, who described the trials as his personal mission. “Too many people are suffering.” Before the trial, Halford tested the vaccine on himself and Fern?ndez. After he failed to secure federal funding and an IRB, Halford moved ahead with the trial offshore.

        1. “I will not stop,” said Fern?ndez

          If I had only known that libertarianism leads to unkillable hispanic monsters.

  13. A program to find intelligent life in Berkeley

    Ed, you sick bastard.

  14. The death toll from a series of mudslides and floods in Sierra Leone has doubled, to more than 1,000.

    Sorry, Africa. The news cycle has shifted to America. If only your natural disaster had the potential to be flubbed by President Trump.

    1. On the bright side, the Clinton foundation won’t be trying to help them.

      1. How is the Clinton Foundation doing these days? I claimed multiple times post election that if the C.F. didn’t maintain similar levels of funding from previous years than it would be a clear sign of donations being made to curry political favor from Hilary, no?

        1. Just checked the site; 2014 looks like the latest numbers available.
          https://www.clintonfoundation.org/
          Some fish smell better.

        2. “”How is the Clinton Foundation doing these days?”‘

          My guess is the coffers will be getting low due to purchasing boxes of Hillary’s books to make it look like a best seller.

  15. Science teacher, 38, is re-arrested for having sex with student after desperate texts to the 16-year-old boy were discovered by his girlfriend

    The victim first came forward to police after he became upset he had cheated on his girlfriend, who notified investigators after she found text messages on his phone from the teacher who apparently sounded desperate.

    1. ‘He was worried that he wouldn’t get rides home anymore if he stopped kissing [Bonkoski],’ according to the complaint.

      If you catch my meaning.

      1. Bonkoski give two rides.

    2. I’m half curious/half scared to know what the ads of someone with a search history full of intergenerational sex stories and Taylor Swift look like

      1. Not to mention the herpes research

      2. If you trying to finagle an invite to House Crusty, you should rest easy with the knowledge that my door is always open to you.

  16. Whitewater High School teacher resigns after Antifa emails call him ‘pro-Nazi’

    Whitewater High School English Language Arts teacher Joshua Hitson recently resigned his position at the school. Though there is no official comment on the move, Hitson’s resignation came in the wake of accusations made by the group Atlanta Antifascists, associated with the far-left movement known as “Antifa.”

    Information allegedly pertaining to Hitson was featured prominently, and voluminously, on the Atlanta Antifascists website.

    The website claimed an “extensive dossier on Hitson’s white power agitation and his pro-Nazi statements.”

    1. One thousand monkeys, here are your typewriters.

      1. The monkeys wouldn’t set the typewriters on fire and throw them through the window of a Starbucks.

    2. Joshua Hitson’s documented white power and antisemitic agitation means that he cannot possibly treat all students fairly.

      When is Antifa going to divest in Israel??? That’s what I want to know.

      1. and yet no one previously knew he was a nazi?

    3. Antifa are socialists just like Nazis.

      I guess being socialist is just not remembered for being that bad.

  17. A program to find intelligent life in Berkeley has reportedly recorded 15 high-energy radio bursts from a distant galaxy.

    “The extraordinary capabilities of the backend receiver, which is able to record several gigahertz of bandwidth at a time, split into billions of individual channels, enable a new view of the frequency spectrum of FRBs, and should shed additional light on the processes giving rise to FRB emission.” Gajjar said.

    You haven’t seen extraordinary capabilities until you’ve seen my backend receiver.

    1. It doesn’t involve shooting ping pong balls across the room, does it?

      1. Gimme a break. What part of extra-ordinary did you miss?

      2. It doubles as a handy bottle opener.

  18. Ex-teacher charged with unlawful sexual relations

    The complaint indicates that the alleged victim was a “person 16 years or older who was a student enrolled at Hiawatha High School where the offender was employed.”

    Bauman taught anatomy and biology at Hiawatha High School for one year

    Yeah she did.

    1. Looks like we are past the peak of inflated expectations and into the trough of disappointment with this teacher-student fucking trend.

      1. None of the recent slobs have done anything for me. I imagine most teens aren’t eager to rat on the hot teachers — that said most of these students seem either dumb or dishonorable, with a couple truly manipulated ones sprinkled in.

        1. I don’t think it’s ratting them out so much as bragging that’s the motivation when some kid talks about banging the hot MILF teacher.

          -jcr

  19. “A program to find intelligent life in Berkeley has reportedly recorded 15 high-energy radio bursts from a distant galaxy.”

    Good thing they’re looking far beyond city limits.

  20. The FBI denied a freedom of information request for files related to the Hillary Clinton investigation, arguing there was a lack of public interest.

    I’d be very interested to see the wording of the FOIA request. It might have been refused simply due to the way Clevenger wrote it.

    Also, all these headlines about “lack of public interest” are somewhat misleading, as they imply the FBI is willfully ignoring Team Red’s bloodlust for Hillary. That’s not the way the FBI uses the term.

    1. Hillary mishandled classified information. Case closed.

    1. BERKELEY, CA?Vowing to derail whichever event it is by any means necessary, local Antifa organizers announced plans Monday to disrupt an upcoming neo-Nazi rally or whatever else is going on that day. “We will stop at nothing to prevent these vile fucking neo-Nazi hatemongers from gathering, or, if not them, someone else,” said Sarah Jackson

      The porn star?

    2. If you read the Onion for too long, you will eventually want to punch everybody involved with it squarely in the mouth. Carrion comfort, but better than nothing.

  21. A program to find intelligent life in Berkeley has reportedly recorded 15 high-energy radio bursts from a distant galaxy.

    The search for high-energy radio waves was like Plan B because it’s obvious intelligent life wasn’t found in Berkeley…

    The FBI denied a freedom of information request for files related to the Hillary Clinton investigation, arguing there was a lack of public interest.

    “Public Interest” is whatever the FBI says it is.

    President Trump delivered remarks on tax code reform aimed at “Main Street.”

    Which means it’s aimed at no one.

  22. What if aliens sending out the radio signals were a bunch of trash talking a-holes basically telling us they were gonna rape the planet, eat us and there wasn’t a damn thing we could do about it.

    As for FBI and public interest, I wanna know which side they fall on in the Katty Perry vs Taylor Swift war. Come on FBI tell us Team Katty or Team Taylor, the public wants to know!

    1. Katty Perry vs Taylor Swift war

      Are you kidding?

      -jcr

  23. Even we receive a radio signal from intelligent life in a “distant galaxy,” we would never be able to answer. I guess the confirmation would be a relief.

  24. Based on our one example, it looks like high power omnidirectional radio broadcasts are very brief phase in a planet’s technological development. After less than a century we’re already moving largely to fiber optics and low power spread spectrum radio that would be impossible to detect at interstellar distances.

    1. It’s cute when they put on the lab coat and play in the lab with the adults. Broadcast TV and radio spectrum hasn’t actually changed much. Anything short of a directed burst is impossible to detect at interstellar distances. 1 ly = 9.4e15 m and since you said “omnidirectional” then inverse square applies, so at 1 ly the received radio power is down by almost 1e32. The entire electrical energy generation on the planet is about 10 TW = 1e12 W. If all of that were pumped into a single radio broadcast you would have 1e-20 W at our 1 ly distance or about 10 zeptoWatts. Take it down another order of magnitude to actually reach our nearest neighbor at 4 ly. And keep in mind the noise floor of the receiver as well.

      1. Read “Energy and Civilization – a History” (Smill)? your comments appreciated if you have.

      2. What if you turn it up to 11?

  25. Triumph of the free market: Arkema SA has informed the federal government that their giant chemical plant in Crosby, TX is going to explode and kill everyone in 1.5 miles and good luck with cleaning up our mess.

    Arkema: No way to prevent explosion at flooded Texas chemical plant

    1. If only we had more government. Then everywhere could be like hanford.

      1. Maybe we can contact Putin for advice; the Russkis did such a wonderful job with Chernobyl.

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