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You heard it here first. Alaska Senator Frank Murkowski was elected Governor of that state. As a result, he gets to appoint his own replacement to the Senate. He will appoint his daughter to the post. What did Mel Brooks say? “It’s good to be the king.”
USA Today carries a story outlining several of the criticisms of the air marshall program by the officers themselves. I was most intrigued by this revelation: (O)ne marshal faces disciplinary action after he left his gun aboard a Nov. 13 flight from Detroit to Indianapolis. A spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration, which oversees the program, confirms that the gun apparently fell between seats on the Northwest Airlines flight. A cleaning crew found it.
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Christopher Elliott wants foreign airlines to enter the U.S. domestic market. I think some of the warrants for his claim are weak, but he’s definitely on to something.
Impostor beats airport security. A watchmaker breached security at Pittsburgh International Airport Sunday night by flashing a constable’s badge at the checkpoint to get to the boarding terminal to see his brother off.
Ninety-nine years later, aviation is still looking to the government for subsidies (Guess they aren’t using the “infant industries” argument.) On this day in 1903, the New York Times reported the Wright Brothers’ successful flights — and the focus of the story was on their desire to get the government to buy their invention. Some things never change.
How The Discovery of Beer Led to Civilization As We Know It (Link via the Volokh Conspiracy) According to one prominent anthropologist, what lured our ancient ancestors out of their caves may not have been a thirst for knowledge, but a thirst for beer. Dr. Solomon Katz theorizes that when man learned to ferment grain into beer more than 10,000 years ago, it became one of his most important sources of nutrition. Beer gave people protein that unfermented grain couldn’t supply. And besides, it tasted a whole lot better than the unfermented grain did. But in order to have a steady supply of beer, it was necessary to have a steady supply of beer’s ingredients. Man had to give up his nomadic ways, settle down, and begin farming. And once he did, civilization was just…