How a solar storm two years ago nearly caused a catastrophe on Earth

"These plasma clouds, known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs), comprised a solar storm thought to be the most powerful in at least 150 years.

“If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces,” physicist Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado tells NASA."

Report: University of Wisconsin-Madison mulls ‘diversity-based grading’AGnews.org powered by Education Action Group Foundation, Inc.

"UW-Madison’s diversity guidelines state that if a course, major or program is in high demand, special status must be given to ensure the make-up of the class (and thus those taking the major) is racially and ethnically diverse with “just the right percentages.” Meaning, it would be justifiable for a placement in hard-to-get-in classes and prerequisites for specific majors be awarded to students based sole on their race."

by Victor Davis Hanson- Obama’s Tranquility

"But this summer Obama’s tranquil world has descended into medieval barbarism in a way scarcely seen in decades. In Gaza, Hamas is banking its missile arsenal in mosques, schools and private homes; even Hitler did not do that with his V2s. Hamas terrorists resort to trying to wire up animals to serve as suicide bombers. Aztec-style, they seek to capture Israeli soldiers to  torture or trade — a sort of updated version of parading captive soldiers up theTemplo Mayor in Tenochtitlan."

Stem the tide of corporate flight - The Denver Post

"The New York Times published a disturbing story last week about the CEO of Mylan, a large maker of generic drugs, who is reluctantly renouncing "her company's United States citizenship" in order to become "incorporated in the Netherlands, where the tax rates are lower."


Governor weighs in on bringing migrant kids to Colorado

"The Governor's comments came after 9NEWS broke the story of Denver Department of Human Services' plan to apply for a federal grant to house children who entered the United States illegally."


Erik Schechter and Dave Majumdar: Lasers Are No Longer a 'Star Wars' Fantasy - WSJ

"That's all good. But it does nothing to counter drone swarms or short-range mortar attacks, like the one that killed an Israeli at the Erez Crossing last week. That's a job for a laser—and the best indication is that Rafael is now developing Iron Beam. As depicted in company literature, Iron Beam is an electrically powered solid-state laser, mounted on a semitrailer and designed to work in pairs to put maximum wattage on target."

How flight MH17 was obliterated in just 12 seconds | Mail Online

"Capable of carrying 154lbs (70kg) of highly-explosive warheads, BUK can send missiles up to an altitude of 75,000ft (23,000 metres).

It takes just five minutes to warm up, 12 minutes to reload and 8-12 seconds to reach its target. Once there, it has a kill probability of 90 to 95 per cent."

The sun has gone quiet…solar cycle 24 continues to rank as one of the weakest cycles more than a century | Climate Depot

"Finally, if history is a guide, it is safe to say that weak solar activity for a prolonged period of time can have a negative impact on global temperatures in the troposphere which is the bottom-most layer of Earth’s atmosphere – and where we all live. There have been two notable historical periods with decades-long episodes of low solar activity. The first period is known as the “Maunder Minimum”, named after the solar astronomer Edward Maunder, and it lasted from around 1645 to 1715. The second one is referred to as the “Dalton Minimum”, named for the English meteorologist John Dalton, and it lasted from about 1790 to 1830. Both of these historical periods coincided with below-normal global temperatures in an era now referred to by many as the “Little Ice Age”.

Arvada Man Knocked To Ground Videotaping Lightning Strike « CBS Denver

"Before he was knocked off his feet, Greenlees wanted to take a closer look at the storms so he went outside and started recording the lightning strikes on his cellphone. He thought he was taking safety in his garage."

DIA Rental Car Agencies Now Dumping Grounds For Pot « CBS Denver

"The rental car agencies have become something of a dumping ground for marijuana as Colorado’s pot tourists apparently know that they could be cited if they attempt to bring marijuana into the airport itself"

Obama's Request: 4 Times As Much to House Illegals as to Secure Border | CNS News

"That amount is more than four times the $433 million carved out for U.S. Border Patrol to help strengthen border security."


See It in Action: ‘First-Ever Guided’ Bullet That Can Change Direction Mid-Flight Could ‘Revolutionize Rifle Accuracy’ | Video | TheBlaze.com

“DARPA’s Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) program recently conducted the first successful live-fire tests demonstrating in-flight guidance of .50-caliber bullets,” a press release on DARPA’s website said. “This video shows EXACTO rounds maneuvering in flight to hit targets that are offset from where the sniper rifle is aimed.”

What the Mayor of the Host City for the Next Republican National Convention Wants to Do With Guns | TheBlaze.com

"The proposed ordinance would limit gun purchases to one per person per three months; prohibit gun owners from leaving firearms in an area accessible to minors; and create a registry in the city that would require convicted gun offenders to register with police for four years."

Jared Polis Colorado Fracking Fight Could Cost Democrats U.S. Senate - TIME

"The reelections of the Democratic governor and U.S. Senator in Colorado are threatened by ballot initiatives pushed by a renegade House Democrat"

More Colorado drivers in fatal crashes positive for pot, study says - Boulder Daily Camera

Peggy Noonan: The Crisis on the Border - WSJ

"America is the house that is both falling apart and under new stress. Those living within it, those most upset by what they're seeing, know America has big problems—unemployment, low workforce participation, a rickety physical infrastructure, an unsound culture, poor public education. And of course discord of all sorts—a lot of mad squirrels running around the attic. They know America can't pay its bills. They fear we're living on the fumes of greatness. They want us to be strong again. Watching our border collapse doesn't look like a harbinger of progress."

Democratic Candidate Shoots Elephant Pinata In New Ad [VIDEO] - Yahoo News

"A Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives is taking aim at Republicans in a new television ad full of the type of violent rhetoric that Democrats have attacked Republicans for in the past."


The Moral Crisis on Our Southern Border | National Review Online

"The media talks of a moral crisis on the border. It is certainly that, but not entirely in the way we are told. What sort of callous parents simply send their children as pawns northward without escort, in selfish hopes of soon winning for themselves either remittances or eventual passage to the U.S? What sort of government allows its vulnerable youth to pack up and leave, without taking any responsibility for such mass flight?"


American teens can’t read a pay slip - MarketWatch

"More than one in six 15-year-olds is unable to make even simple decisions about everyday spending, and only one in 10 can solve complex financial tasks, according to the test."

Yes, long-term unemployment is falling, but for 'all the wrong reasons' | WashingtonExaminer.com

“The government uses a relatively narrow definition of unemployment that includes only people who are actively looking for work,” the report notes. “That means unemployment can fall for good reasons (because people are finding jobs) or bad ones (because they’re giving up looking). The recent decline in long-term unemployment is being driven by the bad reasons.”