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N.Y. College Students Accused of Fabricating Racially Motivated Attack

4th May 2016

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Three New York college students who said they were targets of a racially motivated attack face multiple charges for what prosecutors are calling a false claim.

A grand jury on Monday indicted Ariel Agudio, Asha Burwell and Alexis Briggs, all 20, each on a charge of third-degree assault and multiple counts of falsely reporting an incident, the Albany District Attorney’s Office said.

Agudio and Burwell also face charges of harassment. Agudio also was charged with two counts of attempted assault.

Yet Another Racism Hoax.

The State University of New York at Albany rallied behind the students, who are black, when they came forward with claims that a group of white men and women attacked them on January 30 in a confrontation on a city bus. Students held a rally and university President Robert J. Jones said in a letter to students and faculty that he was “deeply concerned, saddened and angry about this incident.”

Others came to their defense on social media using the hashtag #DefendBlackGirlsUAlbany. The People of Color Caucus issued a letter in support of them.

But university police said an investigation revealed that no one used racial epithets against the women. Instead, they assaulted another passenger and falsely reported the incident.

“What happened on the bus was not a ‘hate crime,'” University Police Chief Frank Wiley said in February. “The only person we heard uttering racial epithets was one of the defendants.”

I guess it’s racism to defend yourself against black people assaulting you.

Black Lies Matter.

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How to Do Persuasion Wrong

4th May 2016

Scott Adams continues his masterly analysis.

Now that Donald Trump has effectively wrapped up the Republican Party nomination, let’s talk about the general election. Clinton’s campaign chair, John Podesta, has started to make the case that Trump is too “risky” to be president. That signals a shift from arguing about policy and experience to pure persuasion.

That’s a big deal. If you missed it, you missed the only important thing that happened this week. The rest is just blah-blah delegates, blah-blah, polls. Persuasion will determine the next president. As always.

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Crevasses in the Classroom

4th May 2016

Steve Sailer points out some inconvenient truth.

Where are racial gaps in school test scores worst? Ironically, where liberals are most dominant.

The new national database of school-district test scores created by education researchers at Stanford and Harvard reveals that the single widest white-black racial gap in American public school districts is in the city most synonymous with leftism since 1964: Berkeley, California.

How badly do blacks lag whites in Berkeley public schools? Berkeley’s white-black gap is 1.60 standard deviations. In other words, the median black student would score at only the 5th percentile if he were white.

Yet, Berkeley is ferociously antiracist. It was the first to have a Black Studies Department at the high school level. In the 2012 election, Berkeley voted for Obama over Romney 90 to 5. Berkeley Unified school-district administrators obsess over any data showing that black students get punished more than other races.

Still, the racial gap is bigger in Berkeley than anywhere else.

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Should Felons Get Their Gun Rights Back?

4th May 2016

A. Barton Hinkle is full of it.

Republicans have slammed McAuliffe’s order as nothing more than political chicanery. But while they might have a point about the politics, they are wrong on principle. Having paid their debt, felons should be able to rejoin civil society as full members in good standing. As Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) put it the other day, responding to GOP critics: “The right to vote is a right. It is not a privilege.”

Huh? What DEBT? Do not be confused by the fantasy phrase ‘paid your debt to society’. There is no debt here; these people didn’t spend time in the slammer because they were ‘in debt’. They were there for a reason — what part of CONVICTED FELON does this writer not understand?

Felons can NEVER ‘rejoin society as full members in good standing’ because the presumption that applies to all other non-convict citizens, that they can be trusted out loose in society, has been convincingly refuted in the case of a CONVICTED FELON. These are people who have demonstrated THROUGH THEIR OWN ACTIONS that they think that their desires outweigh the duties imposed on them by law to NOT ROB, NOT STEAL, NOT MURDER, NOT ASSAULT, and NOT whatever else they were caught doing.

Ordinary people can be trusted to vote and carry firearms safely because the law presumes them to be safe, law-abiding citizens. That presumption does not operate with respect to CONVICTED FELONS, who have demonstrated that they can NOT be so trusted.

Prison is not a Catholic priest; it cannot absolve you from your sins once you do your penance. They lost control once, and may lose control again; the law’s job is to protect everybody and cannot just give them a do-over because it makes some people feel warm and fuzzy. Sorry, Charlie, but you don’t get to endanger my safety just because you might be feeling forgiving.

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Alligator Caught on Video Attempting to Ring Doorbell of South Carolina Home

4th May 2016

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‘Hey, lady, can your dog come out and play?’

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New Georgia Law Makes Sure Undercover Cops Can Count as Sex-Trafficked Teens

4th May 2016

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A new sex-trafficking law in Georgia clarifies that undercover cops totally count as minors for purposes of handing out 10-year mandatory minimum prison sentences. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed the measure, which is being touted as a crackdown on the sex-trafficking of minors, into law this week. In addition to enhancing the penalties for sex trafficking someone with a developmental disability, House Bill (HB) 770 says that it shall be no defense to charges of sex trafficking of a minor that no such minor actually existed.

Making the world safe for entrapment….

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International Respect for Chickens Day

4th May 2016

I am not making this up.

You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred.

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Happy Birthday, Jane Jacobs

4th May 2016

The AntiPlanner has some thoughts.

As noted in today’s Google doodle, today is Jane Jacob’s 100th birthday. No doubt many people will write positive things about her. However, as the Antiplanner has noted before, her book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, is overrated.

Jacobs made two points, one of them right, and one of them wrong. Her correct point, which is celebrated by many libertarians, is in recognizing that urban planners don’t understand the cities they claim to be designing. The hubris of planners writing 50 year plans when they don’t even know what’s going to happen five years from now would be amusing if the consequences weren’t so expensive.

Jacobs wrong point, which is celebrated by many urban planners today, was in thinking that she did understand cities. She thought she understood her neighborhood, Greenwich Village, New York, but she didn’t understand it very well. She reduced her understanding to four simple “conditions” that she said all cities needed: mixed uses, short blocks, a mixture of old and new buildings, and density of residents and jobs. Her application of these oversimplified conditions to all “great cities” made her just as guilty of hubris as the planners she criticized.

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#NeverHillary

4th May 2016

Mark Krikorian speaks, I suspect, for many.

Donald Trump is unfit to be president. He’s a braggart and a liar. And a serial adulterer. He’s behaved shamefully during the primary campaign. He wouldn’t recognize the Constitution if he tripped over it in the street. He doesn’t know even the Cliff Notes version of any policy issue. The idea that the party of Lincoln and Reagan, Coolidge and Eisenhower, Justice Harlan and Senator Taft has nominated Trump is appalling.

And I’m going to vote for him anyway.

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Why Financial Literacy Will Not Save America’s Finances

4th May 2016

Voice of the Crust The Atlantic explains why you ordinary people are too dumb to run your own lives and so out to leave it to exeprts, like, oh, I don’t know, let’s see, maybe government?

While Americans are not expected to manage their own legal cases or medical conditions, they are expected to manage their own finances. To be sure, the rise of the independent and empowered consumer rests on the belief that they have the requisite knowledge to be up to the task. But is it reasonable in such a system to expect people to succeed? Economists examining financial literacy would say no.

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UMass Officially Embraces Role of Turning Out Social Justice Warriors, Say Critics

4th May 2016

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Incoming freshmen at one Massachusetts university are supposed to do more than pay tuition and study — they are now being officially told to become social justice warriors.

The latest guidelines at the public University of Massachusetts Amherst instruct students “to create change toward social justice” and to hold “attitudes which value cultural differences.” Colleges have long tried to foster good citizenship among their charges, but Amherst’s approach has drawn criticism – including from faculty – for codifying left-wing indoctrination.

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Mimicking the Ingenuity of Nature With Artificial Photosynthesis to Create Fuels

3rd May 2016

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Wating for the eco-Nazis to raise the cry of ‘Frankenfuel!’

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Long-Time Iowa Farm Cartoonist Fired After Creating This Cartoon

3rd May 2016

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“Again, I fall hard in the best interest of large corporations. I am no longer the Editorial Cartoonist for Farm News due to the attached cartoon which was published yesterday. Apparently a large company affiliated with one of the corporations mentioned in the cartoon was insulted and cancelled their advertisement with the paper, thus, resulting in the reprimand of my editor and cancellation of its Friday cartoons after 21 years of service and over 1,090 published cartoons to over 24,000 households per week in 33 counties of Iowa.

“I did my research and only submitted the facts in my cartoon.

“That’s okay, hopefully my children and my grandchildren will see that this last cartoon published by Farm News out of Fort Dodge, Iowa, will shine light on how fragile our rights to free speech and free press really are in the county.”

Here’s the cartoon.

Rick, two words: Donald Trump.

 

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Ellen Pao Is Back!

3rd May 2016

And Steve Sailer is there to tell us all about it.

South and East Asians are considered white for the purposes of diversity statistics (except Ellen Pao, of course), but they’re told they’re People of Color for the purposes of hating Republicans and evil white men.

Still no pictures of Pao and her gay black diversity litigant scam artist husband Buddy Fletcher.

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TV’s Dwindling Middle Class

3rd May 2016

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In 2007, television underwent a great expansion — beyond the major broadcast networks, beyond televisions and into all kinds of genres — just at the moment the economy shrank, and a fantasy emerged. As real people became poorer and lost their jobs, the ones on TV got richer, and their jobs seemed more beside the point. All that space to tell new stories ended up dedicated to a limited set of jobs and an increasingly homogeneous notion of what work even means.

These days, there are only a handful of workplace taxonomies in scripted television. We’ve got police precincts, crime-and-forensics teams and legal-medical-Beltway dramas. NBC’s “Chicago Med,” “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago P.D.” are a virtual sexy-calendar night. These shows might know what a blue collar is, but they’re class-unconscious: Their characters don’t usually work for the explicit maintenance of their livelihoods. They work for comedy, for suspense, for sport. For the most part, TV cops, lawyers, bureaucrats and doctors inhabit the same kinds of toothsome residences and wear the same exquisitely tailored clothes, all showing off how fabulously art directors and costume designers earn a paycheck. Sometimes we see more of their work than that done by the people who inhabit it. Now on TV, no matter your actual job, almost everybody belongs to the same generic, vaguely upper-class class.

Watch an episode of a NYPD crime drama and tell me where a NYC cop gets the income to live in that sort of an apartment. (Apart of The Pad, of course….)

TV became — and still is — a medium struggling to understand “average,” “ordinary,” “normal.”

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List of Prices of Medieval Items

3rd May 2016

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Just in case you were wondering. I know I was.

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National Living Wage Has Hit UK Salaries, Jobs Site Says

3rd May 2016

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Markets work, even when you don’t want them to.

The national living wage is having an unexpected effect on monthly salaries, according to a jobs website.

CV-Library says the average monthly UK salary has gone down since the introduction of the national living wage on April 1.

Crowdsourced data on the site shows that the average UK salary decreased 3.4 per cent to £32,899 in April compared to £34,055 in March. The retail sector has been hit hardest, with an 8.9 per cent drop in salary month-on-month, pushing the average salary in retail down to £28,762.

Britain does this stupid stuff so that we don’t have to. (I wish….)

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New York’s “Food Desert” Myth

3rd May 2016

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To encourage a “sustainable, resilient food system,” New York’s city council has proposed a $5 million municipal farm-subsidy program, under which the city would buy development easements in the Hudson Valley. In this way, the council plans to help feed “3 million New Yorkers liv[ing] in neighborhoods without adequate supermarkets.” It’s alarming to consider that New York could suffer food shortages so acute that the city government must establish its own agricultural supply chain. Indeed, according to the council, 1.4 million New Yorkers are “food insecure,” indicating a massive failure of markets to respond to this most basic need.

But is it true? If it’s hard to reconcile the idea that New York City has, simultaneously, starvation-level conditions and an “epidemic” of obesity in the same neighborhoods and among the same people, it is because the contemporary debate about food availability tends to ignore individual choice (and taste). Paternalism and finger-wagging masquerading as science distort the argument about how and what poor people eat. For example, the idea of “food deserts,” which is what the council means when it refers to neighborhoods without adequate supermarkets, has become a truism among liberals concerned about urban dietary habits. First Lady Michelle Obama, for example, has made their elimination one of her top priorities. And indeed, some areas around the country, especially in rural regions, lack good grocery stores.

Few of these are in New York City, however. According to the Department of Agriculture, which originated the term, two small areas on Staten Island qualify as food deserts—meaning that at least one-third of the local residents live one mile or more from a grocery store that sells fresh food. The rest of the city, the department concludes, is reasonably well served.

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Clinton Versus Trump – Persuasion Scores

3rd May 2016

Scott Adams continues his masterful analysis.

Today I’ll take you to the third dimension of persuasion to see how Clinton and Trump are matching up lately. I can’t make this post appear balanced because Clinton is making big mistakes on the persuasion dimension while Trump is being his usual skillful self. So the best I can do is remind you that my political preferences do not align with Trump or any other candidate.

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It Takes 300 Hours to Become a Shampooer in Tennessee

3rd May 2016

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Tammy Nutall-Pritchard had been braiding hair with her older sister, Debra Nutall, since she was 18 years old.

Nutall taught Nutall-Pritchard the craft when she was 15, and the sisters would stand side-by-side behind the chairs of scores of clients at Nutall’s Memphis, Tenn., salon who came in to get their hair braided while chatting and gossiping with customers.

Nutall-Pritchard did well—she charged around $300 per head and sometimes made more than $1,000 each week.

“It gave me joy,” Nutall-Pritchard, 47, told The Daily Signal of working with her sister. “She told me, ‘You learn a skill, it will bring an income for you if you do it the right way.’ She taught me to be the woman I am today, and she taught me that you can be your own boss.”

But Tennessee’s onerous licensing laws governing natural hair stylists like Nutall and Nutall-Pritchard eventually drove Nutall out of the state she and her family have called home their whole lives.

As a result, Nutall-Pritchard, who worked at the shop for more than six years, was out of a job.

Black Lives Matter, but apparently Black Jobs Don’t.

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Is Transgender the “Get Out of Rape Prosecution Free Card”? Twitter Rapist Dana Mccallum Walks

3rd May 2016

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Wealthy transgender Twitter executive Dana McCallum evaded prosecution on multiple felony counts of rape, false imprisonment, and battery, even though there were multiple witnesses to his violent rape spree, which he inflicted on his estranged wife in the presence of their children.

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You Can’t Make This Shit Up: ‘Pet Owners Deserve Family Leave, Too’

3rd May 2016

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While the rest of the country is hung up on the necessity of maternity leave — or even the newly coined “meternity” — one group continues to be overlooked when it comes to paid time off from work: new pet owners.

“Paw-ternity” leave is already a reality in the UK — the US pet-insurance provider Petplan found that nearly 5 percent of new pet owners in the UK were offered time off to care for their four-legged kids. (Not surprisingly, the UK is also light-years ahead of the US when it comes to maternity leave, offering up to 39 weeks of paid leave for new mothers.)

It’s time for the US to hop aboard the “paw-ternity” train.

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Mizzou Race Relations Committee Video Aims to Teach White People About Racism

3rd May 2016

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I guess they must be doing it wrong.

Isn’t it amazing how academic institutions which have been controlled by progressives for decades are such hotbeds of racism?

The University of Missouri is already suffering greatly from the protests of last fall but they keep digging the hole deeper.

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Thought for the Day

3rd May 2016

Imagine

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Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump? The Winner Is…the Oligarchy

3rd May 2016

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This presidential election may have been driven by populist fever in both parties, but at the end, the campaign has left the nation’s oligarchs in better position than ever. As Bernie Sanders now marches to his own inevitable defeat, leaving the real winners those oligarchs—notably in tech, media, urban real estate and on Wall Street—who are among Hillary Clinton’s most reliable supporters.

With either Ted Cruz, or , more likely, Donald Trump, as the GOP nominee, the emerging post-industrial ruling class will have little to no reason to even consider breaking with the Democrats. It’s already clear that companies such as Facebook consider it their duty to stop Trump, and there is a growing tendency among social media firms, including Twitter, to censor unpopular right-wing views.

Clinton, by outlasting Sanders, has done the oligarchs’ dirty work for them. As Greg Ferenstein, who has been surveying Internet billionaires in the Bay Area notes, the tech elite—much like media and Wall Street—have no sympathy for Sanders’s social democracy. After all, it’s much harder to become a mega-billionaire if tax rates for the wealthy soar; much better to show your commitment to things like gender equality, gay rights, climate change from the comfort of San Francisco or Manhattan luxury apartments or soaking in the hot tub in Malibu, Boulder, the Hamptons, or Los Altos hills.

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Captain Cook’s Ship Endeavour ‘Found’ in Newport Harbor

3rd May 2016

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Marine archaeologists say they have likely found HMS Endeavour, which Capt. Cook sailed on when he discovered Australia, at the bottom of Newport Harbor.

The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project (RIMAP) says that Endeavour, which was renamed Lord Sandwich, is one of 13 ships scuttled in Newport Harbor in 1778. Lord Sandwich had been used to transport troops during the American Revolution and was scuttled in the days leading up to the Battle of Rhode Island.

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Laid-Off Coal Worker Wants Explanation From Hillary Clinton

2nd May 2016

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Good luck with that.

“I just want to know how you can say you’re going to put a lot of coal miners out of jobs and then come in here and tell us how you’re going to be our friend,” Mr. Copley said.

And how does Hillary, the working man’s friend, respond?

“What I said was totally out of context from what I meant,” Mrs. Clinton said. “It was a misstatement.”

Weasel, weasel, weasel, weasel, weasel….

Despite Mrs. Clinton’s best efforts to apologize and explain her plans for coal country, Mr. Copley remained unconvinced. He said he wanted more information about her plans for Appalachia.

Mrs. Clinton won’t get his vote when West Virginia voters go to the polls. Mr. Copley said he hasn’t decided which candidate to support, but he will be voting in the Republican primary.

Heh.

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Purity and Tolerance: The Contradictory Morality of College Campuses

2nd May 2016

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Increasingly college students throughout the United States complain of perceived slights they call microaggressions, they demand safe spaces where they can be protected from harmful ideas, and they ask for trigger warnings to alert them to course material that might cause discomfort. We have argued that these are all manifestations of victimhood culture — a morality in which people display a high sensitivity to slight, handle conflicts by appealing to authorities, and seek to portray themselves as weak and in need of help. Older moral injunctions to ignore minor and unintentional offenses get cast aside, and those who successfully identify as victims or allies of victims gain a kind of moral status.

The technical term for ‘victims’ is prey, and in the Real World prey get eaten. God help these people if they ever get out in the Real World.

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Donald Trump Naked Painting Artist ‘Punched in the Face by Trump Supporter’

2nd May 2016

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The artist behind a nude Donald Trump painting has claimed she was punched in the face by a supporter of the Republican hopeful.

Illma Gore made headlines earlier this year when her painting of Mr Trump with a small penis, titled Make America Great Again, went viral. It is displayed at the Maddox Gallery in London.

On Saturday, Ms Gore shared a picture of herself with a black eye to her Instagram page.

“Today I was punched in the face by a man who got out of his car and yelled, ‘Trump 2016!’ in Los Angeles,” she wrote.

Sorry, but I find that vastly entertaining. ‘Mommee! Johnny hit me back!’ She should try painting a picture of Mohammed with a small penis and see what she gets.

Looking at her picture, it’s hard to tell where the makeup and tattoos stop and the bruises begin. ‘Were you injured? Or is that a political statement?’

“Though I encourage passion, opinion and emotion, especially through art, I think violence is disgusting […] This type of violence makes creatives feel like we live in a world where our individual creative input isn’t safe.”

It would seem that the pervertatarians can dish it up, but can’t take it. Poor special snowflakes. Somebody needs to educate them that ‘passion, opinion and emotion’ are the precursors for violence, as ultra-left riots around the world testify. I rather suspect that she would be among the first to distinguish what happened to her from what happens to any person who ‘does art’ that the ultra-left disagrees with.

The artist also pleaded with Mr Trump to stop “glamourising and perpetuating violence” and to “make America decent again”.

Perhaps she needs to talk to the Black Lives Matter crowd. Good luck with that.

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Surprise: Hurricanes Create Carbon Sequestration – Exceed Carbon Emissions by American Vehicles Each Year

2nd May 2016

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Previous research from Duke environmental engineer Ana Barros demonstrated that the regular landfall of tropical cyclones is vital to the region’s water supply and can help mitigate droughts.

Now, a new study from Barros reveals that the increase in forest photosynthesis and growth made possible by tropical cyclones in the southeastern United States captures hundreds of times more carbon than is released by all vehicles in the U.S. in a given year.

Cue conniptions by the Usual Suspects. (‘Who are you going to believe, me or your lyin’ science?’)

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Target Stock Plummets as “Transgender” Bathroom Boycott Swells to Over One Million

2nd May 2016

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When retail giant Target announced their new policy of allowing anyone to use whichever bathroom they wish in their stores it was completely predictable that a firestorm was going to follow… and boy howdy, has it ever. While the SJW crowd cheered the decision, realists around the country signaled their collective displeasure with a boycott of the store spearheaded by The American Family Association. In a relatively short time, more than one million people had signed on to the protest.

Well, I certainly wouldn’t dare use a Target bathroom.

On Friday, the shares of Target Corporation Common Stock (TGT) fell 2.52 percent in one day, according to recent reports. In addition since April 19th, the day they announced the new policy, the stock went from a share value of $84.14 to $79.27 per share. That’s a drop of 5.8 percent in 10 days.

Well. There it is.

We aren’t having a conversation here about discrimination or the suppression of anyone else’s rights. Dress however you wish. And for that matter, the vast majority of us aren’t going to care one way or the other what you call yourself despite the obvious denial of basic genetics and science on display. The real motivation of the SJW is to force such twisted claims on everyone else and mandate their participation even when it comes at the expense of the rights of the majority.

Exactly so. And the same logic informs their activities re ‘gay marriage’. It is not enough for homosexuals to have relationships equivalent to marriage; they must be called ‘marriage’, so as to devalue it for normal people, all on the road to destroying the concept of ‘normal’ in its entirety.

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U.S. Army Is Getting Ready for Great Power War (Think Russia or China)

2nd May 2016

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The Army is developing its weapons, technologies and platforms with a greater emphasis on being ready for great-power, mechanized force-on-force war in order maintain cross-the-board readiness and deter near-peer adversaries from unwanted aggression.

While the service aims to be prepared for any conceivable contingency, to include counterinsurgency, counterterrorism and hybrid-type conflicts, the Army has been shifting its focus from 15-years of counterinsurgency war and pivoting its weapons development toward major-power war.

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Arizona Law’s Embrace of GRE Draws Ire of LSAT-Maker

2nd May 2016

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University of Arizona College of Law’s decision to make the Law School Admission Test optional has put the school at odds with the powerful national nonprofit group that administers the exam and controls much of the law-school application process nationwide.

One of the distinguishing characteristics of the bureaucratic state is that it is not enough to be qualified to perform a certain function, one must have the correct credentials from the correct credentialing agency in order to be allowed to perform that function.

Last month, LSAC’s general counsel notified Arizona Law that the school’s new policy may violate its bylaws, which require that “substantially all of” a law school’s applicants take the LSAT.

The letter said the group is considering expelling Arizona Law from its membership, which would effectively cut off the school’s access to a crucial student admissions pipeline. The question of Arizona Law’s membership will be taken up at an LSAC board of trustees scheduled this week, the letter said. The board is made up of mostly law school deans and law professors.

Typically the Crust enforces such gateways by law or, when an appropriated law can’t be purchased, a set of semi-legal hoops to jump through that have the same effect. This ensures that all of the relevant apparatchiks are the Right Sort of People.

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Administrative Law Judges Are Unconstitutional

2nd May 2016

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The Securities and Exchange Commission, no longer content with just regulating securities, has accused a company called Timbervest of fraudulently taking undisclosed real-estate commissions. Timbervest was found liable by an SEC administrative law judge (“ALJ”), but even without getting into the merits of the allegations, there are several problems with this prosecution inquisition.

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How Much Is Your Body Worth on the Black Market?

2nd May 2016

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Ponder the term ‘black market’ — does it say something about the market, or the person who uses the term?

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Construction Workers in Spain Unearth 1,300 Pound Trove of Ancient Roman Coins

2nd May 2016

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Some 1,300 pounds of bronze Roman coins dating to the 3rd and 4th centuries have been unearthed by construction workers digging ditches in Spain.

The find, in 19 amphoras — storage containers — is unique not only because of the volume of coins but because the coins appear to have never been in circulation, making them almost pristine by comparison with other discoveries.

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Do Not Resuscitate Orders Imposed on Thousands of Patients Without Families’ Consent

2nd May 2016

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Don’t you just love Britain’s National Health Service?

Don’t you just wish we had a system like that in the U.S.?

Well, it’s coming.

UPDATE: Futher analysis here.

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May Day!

2nd May 2016

Gates of Vienna is having a fundraiser. Please give generously.

As is often remarked these days, the nations of the West — Europe, Canada, the United States, and Australia — are drifting inexorably into a Soviet-style totalitarianism. Soft totalitarianism, mind you — no gulag necessary just yet — but still Soviet-like in its insistence ideological conformity.

So what artistic style would we associate with the democratic totalitarianism that dominates the post-modern West? What ideology are we obliged to conform to in our visual representations if we, the artists, want to get ahead?

Why, Multiculturalism, of course. What else could it be?

Walk into a post office, or a bank, or a supermarket, or a pharmacy, and all the images you see will display a uniformity of iconography. Images are chosen carefully to include a certain selection of exquisitely represented races and ethnicities. And they’re gender-balanced, too.

Of course.

We have no choice: the future is multicultural.

Such has been decided for us, for our own good, by people who know better than we do. Left to our own devices, we would be racist throwbacks, little Nazis and bigots wearing Ku Klux Klan robes, goose-stepping around the mean streets of our white supremacist dystopia.

But with the help of our cultural betters, we can recover from our atavisms. Through education and diversity training, we can learn to truly celebrate the wonderful inclusive rainbow quilt of cultures!

Then we can buy the world a Coke and live in perfect harmony.

Uh-huh. Yup.

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Russian Bomb Factory/Mosque Hoist With Its Own Petard

2nd May 2016

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The Russian intelligence services discovered a bomb-making factory when they raided a secret mosque in the city of Samara. The explosives they found in the building were so unstable that they had to be detonated on the spot, leaving the mosque a little worse for the wear and tear.

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Mass Transit Use Is Declining As Millennials Buy More Cars

2nd May 2016

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Turns out young people actually like driving.

Imagine that.

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Plant That Grows ‘Fries’ and ‘Ketchup’ Going on Sale

2nd May 2016

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Scientists from the Netherlands took six years to develop a plant that can grow both potatoes and tomatoes. A bonus: It’s natural!

Thompson and Morgan, the firm that commissioned the study, says it hasn’t done any genetic modification to the plant.

And if you believe that one they’ll tell you another one.

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Urban Foraging

1st May 2016

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If Hillary is elected in the fall, we’ll all need to study up.

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The Logic of Logistics

1st May 2016

Robert Fernandez reveals some inconvenient truth.

However threatening the Taliban offensive becomes, the avalanche of logistics now has a momentum all of its own. The timing of the Islamic assault was probably no coincidence. The Taliban have been watching the Obama policy for years. All they had to do was wait till things passed the point of no return and then strike.

Perhaps the most tragic thing about Afghanistan is that the president picked a useless objective and made the decision to lose it at the greatest possible cost.

He has a gift.

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Scientists Developing Tire Rubber That Can Fix Itself

1st May 2016

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Vulcanized rubber is durable and elastic, but it if gets a torn, breaking its chemical bonds, it can’t be repaired with anything other than a patch, which reduces its strength. Tire companies have tried to overcome this drawback by developing tires with built-in foam or gel sealing systems, but they only fill in the holes and don’t reconstitute the rubber itself.

However, in a report published in the American Chemical Society’s Applied Materials and Interfaces journal, a team of German chemists describe how they were able to treat a commonly used tire rubber with a carbon and nitrogen additive that resulted in giving it superior mechanical properties — including tensile strength and ductility – to vulcanized rubber without using any vulcanization, while along with the ability to heal itself.

The study found that the material can repair itself at room temperature, and after eight days it will withstand over 750 pounds per square inch of pressure, far more than required by an automotive tire. Heating the material to 212 degrees F shortly after a tear accelerated the process, but was not necessary to make it work.

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New Location for the Battle of Crécy discovered

1st May 2016

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For over 250 years it has been believed that the Battle of Crécy, one of the most famous battles of the Middle Ages, was fought just north of the French town of Crécy-en-Ponthieu in Picardy. Now, a new book that contains the most intensive examination of sources about the battle to date, offers convincing evidence that the fourteenth-century battle instead took place 5.5 km to the south.

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An Unteachable President

1st May 2016

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It’s a remarkable record of prediction. One hundred percent wrong. The professor president who loves to talk about teachable moments is himself unteachable. Why is that?

When you’ve defined your political task as “fundamentally transforming the United States of America”—as Mr. Obama did on the eve of his election in 2008—then your hands are full. Let other people sort out their own problems.

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Black Residents Matter

1st May 2016

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Black lives matter, we’re told—but in many American cities, black residents are either scarce or dwindling in number, chased away by misguided progressive policies that hinder working- and middle-class people. Such policies more severely affect blacks than whites because blacks start from further behind economically. Black median household income is only $35,481 per year, compared with $57,355 for whites. The wealth gap is even wider, with median black household wealth at only $7,133, compared with $111,146 for whites, according to a study by Demos and the Institute on Assets and Social Policy.

How, then, are cities faring in meeting the aspirations of their black residents, judged especially by the ultimate barometer: whether blacks choose to move to these cities, or stay in them? Among major American cities, three main typologies emerge: the high-flying progressive enclaves of the West, the historically large cities of the Northeast and the Midwest, and the fast-growing boomtowns of the South. Though results vary to some extent, the broad trend is clear: the most progressive-minded cities are either seeing a significant exodus of blacks or, never having had substantial black populations, are failing to attract them. These same cities, home to some of the loudest voices alleging conservative insensitivity to blacks, are failing to provide economic environments where blacks can prosper.

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Teenage Boy Accidentally Shoots Himself in the Head While Taking Selfie

1st May 2016

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‘Part of the blame obviously goes to the father for not keeping his loaded gun under lock and key,’ says deputy police superintendent Manoj Kumar

Obviously a case of defective genes expressing themselves. Think of it as evolution in action.

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Fox News and Huffington Post reporters brawl at White House Correspondents’ Dinner After-party

1st May 2016

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’bout time, too. I’ve been waiting for a Fox crew to take somebody from MSNBC out back and beat the snot out of him.

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Hillary-Supporting Harvard Student Says He’s Treated Like a Republican

1st May 2016

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Well, serves him right, swimming against the zeitgeist like that. Where does he think he is?

(Welcome to my world, kid.)

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