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Pandemic Response Update

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"Authorized by the Department for Sacrificing School Teachers to the Great Bull God to Make Line Go Up"

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Previously, previously, previously, previously, previously, previously, previously, previously, previously.

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A New Artificial Material Effectively Cannot Be Cut

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Researchers from the University of Stirling, UK, have embedded ceramic spheres in aluminum foam to create a material that couldn't be cut with angle grinders, power drills or water jet cutters. "They dubbed it Proteus after the shape-shifting Greek god, for the way the material metamorphosed in different ways to defend against attacks," reports New Scientists. From the report: "It's pretty amazing," says Miranda Anderson at the University of Stirling, UK, who worked on the project. Rather than just being a hard surface that resists external pressure, the material turns the force of the drill or cutting mechanism back on itself, as the ceramic spheres create vibrations that disrupt the external force. "It actually destroys the cutting blade through the sideways jerky vibrations that it creates, or it widens the water jet's spray," says Anderson. The material has a second defense mechanism. Attempting to cut it breaks the ceramic spheres into smaller fragments which are even harder and act like very tough sandpaper. "So the attack mechanism causes the material to become more resistant to the attack," says Anderson. While an angle grinder took 45 seconds to cut through steel armor used to protect against explosive mines, it was rendered inoperative by Proteus. The only comparable structure in the natural world is diamond, says Anderson, but Proteus is cheaper and lighter, making it practical for a range of applications, from security doors and barriers to shoe soles or elbow pad and forearm guards for workers. She believes it can be mass-produced, as there is no shortage of the metals and ceramics it is made from. The new material has been reported in the journal Scientific Reports.

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The Deleted Clause of the Declaration of Independence

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When Thomas Jefferson included a passage attacking slavery in his draft of the Declaration of Independence it initiated the most intense debate among the delegates gathered at Philadelphia in the spring and early  summer of 1776.  Jefferson’s passage on slavery was the most important section removed from the final document.  It was replaced with a more ambiguous passage about King George’s incitement of “domestic insurrections among us.”  Decades later Jefferson blamed the removal of the passage on delegates from South Carolina and Georgia and Northern delegates who represented merchants who were at the time actively involved in the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.  Jefferson’s original passage on slavery appears below.

He has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating & carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither.  This piratical warfare, the opprobrium of infidel powers, is the warfare of the Christian King of Great Britain.  Determined to keep open a market where Men should be bought & sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or restrain this execrable commerce.  And that this assemblage of horrors might want no fact of distinguished die, he is now exciting those very people to rise in arms among us, and to purchase that liberty of which he has deprived them, by murdering the people on whom he has obtruded them: thus paying off former crimes committed again the Liberties of one people, with crimes which he urges them to commit against the lives of another.

From Blackpast.  Kevin Kallmes at Notes on Liberty has more details.

Hat tip: Brandon C.

The post The Deleted Clause of the Declaration of Independence appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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Today I learned.
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kazriko
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Jefferson is always one of the most conflicted of the early figures of the country. Always convinced of the evils of slavery, yet who wasn't sure how they could manage to get rid of it, having actually been a part of the southern society that had it, and thus seeing the economic difficulties therein. The solution of course was to just rip off the band aide and let the market reorganize around something new, of course, but that would have probably caused the US to split into two countries even earlier on, and maybe made us easier pickings in 1812.
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Migrants and Refugees were Genghis Khan’s best weapons

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I enjoyed Professor Dorsey Armstrong’s Years that Changed History: 1215 course.

One interesting tidbit: When Genghis Khan wanted to take over a big fortified city, he would attack surrounding small villages and drive the inhabitants as migrants and refugees to the big city. Swelled with a larger-than-usual population, the big fortified city would collapse from within, its resources (such as food) exhausted. This saved Temüjin, the Great Khan, the effort of a traditional Greek/Roman-style siege and catapult attack on a walled city.

Thus did Genghis Khan assemble the largest contiguous land empire that the world has ever seen.

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The More You Know!
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A fine is a price.

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PG&E now knows that a human life is only worth $48,000. That's definitely going to affect their maintenance budget and executive compensation packages, but probably not in the way you'd hope.

'Guilty, your honor': PG&E enters pleas for 85 Camp Fire felonies

Bill Johnson, CEO of PG&E Corp., the utility's parent company, personally entered each of the pleadings at a hearing in Chico, the result of Butte County prosecutors' criminal investigation into the 2018 Camp Fire. The fire nearly leveled the town of Paradise and surrounding areas more than 1½ years ago, and investigators found that it was started by an old power line that PG&E allowed to deteriorate.

One by one, the judge read aloud the names of the victims, mostly elderly and infirm, who had suffered horrific, preventable deaths. The court projected their photos onto the wall. Mask pulled down, Johnson took in each picture as he entered the 85 guilty pleas on behalf of his company.

After accepting PG&E's guilt, which took more than a half-hour, Johnson said [a meaningless platitude.]

The company has agreed to pay the maximum fine of $3.5 million and another $500,000 to reimburse the district attorney's office. PG&E is already on probation because of felony convictions that arose from the deadly 2010 San Bruno gas pipeline explosion.

Remember, kids: you should believe that corporations are people as soon as Texas executes one.

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kbrint
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"Remember, kids: you should believe that corporations are people as soon as Texas executes one."
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CallMeWilliam
46 days ago
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That's why you've got to execute the board. Piece the corporate liability shield, and hold the executives personally liable.
fxer
47 days ago
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> you should believe that corporations are people as soon as Texas executes one.

They’d just become a new entity before you could execute them. Cambridge Analytica is called Emerdata now. Blackwater renamed to Academi, etc
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Gregidon
46 days ago
I truly believe that the way that we treat corporations in this country is one of the single biggest problems we have
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