DYSPEPSIA GENERATION

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Pre-Inca Canals May Solve Lima’s Water Crisis

2nd July 2015

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A revival of pre-Inca water technology in the mountains of the Andes is set to keep taps flowing in the drought-affected Peruvian capital, Lima. Grouting ancient canals, it turns out, is a far cheaper solution to the city’s water crisis than building a new desalination plant.

Lima is one of the world’s largest desert cities and relies for water on rivers that flow out of the Andes. But those rivers diminish to a trickle during a long dry season, leaving the population of almost 9 million with intermittent water supplies.

Now the city’s water utility company, Sedapal, has decided to invest in conservation projects in the Andes to keep the rivers flowing and taps running. And researchers have discovered that the most cost-effective way is to revive a system of ancient stone canals, known locally as amunas, that were built in the Andes by the Wari culture between AD 500 and 1000, centuries before the rise of the Incas.

Sometimes the old ways are best.

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The Walton Kids Are ABSURDLY Wealthy – and You’re Benefiting

2nd July 2015

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One of the great statistics being bandied about in the great inequality debate is that the Walton family have more wealth between the four siblings than the bottom 40 per cent of Americans do in total. Apparently this is something most shocking – and, of course, something must be done.

I would argue that there’s nothing very unusual in this at all and also that it’s actually a thoroughly good idea. Who knows, by the time I’ve finished explaining why one or two of you might even agree with me.

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Political Correctness 101: Praising America, Virtues of Hard Work Dubbed ‘Micro-Aggression’ on Campuses

2nd July 2015

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Simply asking someone “Where are you from?” or calling America “the land of opportunity” is now considered offensive at some colleges and universities, where such “micro-aggressions” are detailed in training programs and seminars for new faculty and staff.

Other examples of “offensive” statements include, “I believe the most qualified person should get the job,” “Affirmative action is racist,” Everyone can succeed in this society, if they work hard enough,” When I look at you, I don’t see color,” and “I don’t believe in race.” A full list of these “offensive” statements can be seen here. The newly forbidden terms were initially identified in a 2007 American Psychologist publication by Columbia University’s Psychology and Education Professor Derald Wind Sue, that has now become a key training primer for incoming faculty at schools including the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

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US Reportedly Blocks Arab Allies’ Attempts to Deliver Weapons to Kurds Fighting ISIS

2nd July 2015

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Obama really is the Worst President Ever.

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What ‘Education’ Teaches

1st July 2015

The Other McCain turns over a rock.

My stance as a critic of public education began while I was in fifth grade at Lithia Springs (Ga.) Elementary School, but it was not until our eldest daughter spent a year in kindergarten that I realized that the system is inimical to liberty. Your local public schools are destroying America, and are ultimately a greater threat to our nation’s survival than ISIS.

The first lesson of school is, your parents are idiots.

See, this is why we need school: If parents were smart enough to teach their own children how to read and write, there would be no need for this massive government bureaucracy to provide education to our youth. Silly parents! How dare you think yourselves competent to educate your own child! Education is only possible when conducted by a government-trained expert and provided in a government-controlled classroom under the direction of government-certified bureaucrats.

The second lesson of school is, your parents are wrong.

This was not really a problem so much when I was in school four or five decades ago, when our parents and our teachers shared similar or identical religious, moral and political beliefs. Adult authority in that time and place spoke in a single voice that was patriotic, Christian and dedicated to basic values like hard work and honesty.

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Toyota’s Mirai Will Go 312 Miles on a Tank of Hydrogen

1st July 2015

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If it doesn’t blow up somewhere along the trip.

No, thank you.

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Black Teen in Critical Condition After Store Employee ‘Shoots Him for Stealing 79-Cent Pack of Cookies’

1st July 2015

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Moral: Don’t steal shit in a country that has a legal right to keep and bear arms.

Seems pretty straightforward to me.

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Worker Killed by Robot at Volkswagen Car Factory

1st July 2015

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A worker at a Volkswagen factory in Germany has died, after a robot grabbed him and crushed him against a metal plate.

The victim was working as part of a team installing the robot when it grasped hold of him, according to the German car manufacturer.

‘I told you never touch me there!’

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The Secret Scam of Streetcars: How to Sell a 100-Year-Old Technology as the Future of Transportation

1st July 2015

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The DC government has spent hundreds of millions of dollars over the last decade trying to erect a streetcar line in the up-and-coming neighborhood of H Street. The project has been an epic disaster, perfectly demonstrating how ill-suited streetcars are to modern urban life.

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Regulations Strangling Small Business Growth

1st July 2015

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Big businesses can cope pretty well with regulatory uncertainty and regulation creep. When the minimum wage jumps to $15 an hour in a big city, a chain of drugstores can afford to install expensive automatic check out machines to replace all those human workers with some nice robots who won’t get $15 an hour plus overtime plus health care. A start up doesn’t have that freedom. At just the moment when our economy desperately needs a wave of innovation and small-scale entrepreneurialism, the Left has decided to do everything in its power to make the American system as inflexible and corporatist as possible.

Business is the horse that socialists beat to keep their kleptocracy running. A big horse can take this beating better than a small one, that’s why socialists favor the big horses. But you know all this.

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A Monument to Mercantilist Superstitions Shuttered!

1st July 2015

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I.e. Ex-Im Bank authorization expired. One less Crustian transnational slush fund down, hundreds left to go.

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Wisconsin University Dubs ‘America Is a Melting Pot’ a Racial Microaggression

1st July 2015

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University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point officials have advised faculty that the term “America is a melting pot” is a racial microaggression.

The common phrase was among a list of examples of so-called racial microaggressions used “as a discussion item for some new faculty and staff training over the past few years,” a campus official told The College Fix in an email.

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Reminder: Crazy People Are Dangerous

1st July 2015

The Other McCain makes sure it doesn’t slip our minds.

How many times do I have to explain this? You let enough kooks run around loose — as has been the policy in this country since we de-institutionalized the mentally ill in the 1970s — and people adjust their expectations. People become accustomed to encountering weirdos, freaks and lunatics, jabbering madness to themselves on street corners or posting deranged nonsense on Tumblr blogs. You’re not even supposed to notice there is anything strange about these wild-eyed nutjobs roaming around with facial piercings, tattoos and purple hair. I’ve been denounced as an “ableist” for pointing out that a Tumblr feminist is mentally ill, even though her “about” page listed a long litany of psychiatric diagnoses and her writing was self-evidently crazy.

Well, you can’t call them “crazy” anymore, because then you’re stigmatizing the mentally ill, and stigma is bad. Probably not as bad as getting bashed in the face with a hammer, however.

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First Gay Divorce Comes Before First Gay Marriage in New Orleans

1st July 2015

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And that tells you everything you need to know.

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The Coulter Effect

1st July 2015

Steve Sailer is on the case.

Coulter’s latest best-seller, the impressively researched ¡Adios, America!, of course features numerous witticisms. We’re constantly told that conservatives aren’t funny by people without the native wit to realize what a large percentage of professional comedy writers are on the Right. (It’s not unknown for TV writers to email jokes to Ann that they don’t dare use on their own shows.)

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Happy Canada Day

1st July 2015

Canada Facts

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The Arab War On Everyone

1st July 2015

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This all began because Sunni Islam is what the majority (over 80 percent) of Moslems practice and in Arabia itself (where Islam first appeared in the 7th century) the locals believe they are more Islamic than other Moslems. After all, the Koran was written in Arabic and all the founders of Islam were Arabs. Yet for over a thousand years there has been a tradition of different factions in Arabia trying outdo each other to prove who is “more Islamic” than each other. This led to constant fighting and suppression of new ideas. One of those fanatic factions is the Wahhabi form of Sunni Islam in what is now Saudi Arabia. Wahhabis, who first appeared in the 18th century, are very conservative and very hostile to non-Moslems and Moslems who are not Sunni.

This meant little to the non-Moslem world until lots of oil wealth appeared in Arabia after World War II. Suddenly it became possible for Moslems to show how pious they were by funding Wahhabi missionaries who went to other Moslem (and many non-Moslem) nations and to preach, establish Wahhabi religious schools and mosques and create the current Islamic terrorism problem. Billions were (and still are) spent on this and the policy of getting the young boys into these free religious schools and turning many of them into hateful (towards anyone not like them) Islamic religious fanatics led to a major outbreak of Islamic terrorism in the late 20th century. Saddam had kept this out of Iraq until 1991. Many secular rules of Moslem countries (like Syria and Libya) had also resisted the Wahhabi missionaries and money.

 

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Ramadan is the Month of Jihad, Even in Austria

1st July 2015

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“The danger of more attacks during Ramadan is considerable,” opines the Near East expert Karin Kneissl after the terrorist murders in Tunisia and France. And she has doubts about the official version of the tragedy in Graz. “The additional knife attacks took me aback.”

“Ramadan is not a month of ceasefire. No. The Islamic fasting month is a time of emphasizing strength,” the Near East expert reminds us in her conversation with KRONE about the situation in Iraq. “Starting in 2005, we have the first bloody attacks during Ramadan in Iraq. Always after incitement by preachers.”

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Chick-fil-A Is America’s Favorite Fast Food Chain, Survey Says

1st July 2015

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Of course. I could eat there seven times a day.

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‘Seifeddine Rezgui: What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?’

30th June 2015

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Hint: Reading the Koran, and believing it. Ask me a hard one.

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Man Shot Dead After His Dog Defecated on a Neighbour’s Lawn

30th June 2015

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Illustrating two core concepts of the Common Law: Trespass and Respondeat Superior.

Let this be a lesson to us all.

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Terrorists ‘Targeting Universities and Scholars’ Says Report

30th June 2015

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Most serious are “at least 485 killings involving members of higher education communities in 18 countries”. Some were completely indiscriminate, as when gunmen affiliated with Somali militant group Al Shabaab forced their way on to the campus of Garissa University College in Kenya, asked students whether they were Muslim or Christian, and shot at least 142, along with three security officers and two university security personnel.

Yet the report also draws attention to a number of far more targeted murders. Muhammad Shakil Auj, “an outspoken and progressive religious scholar” who served as dean of Islamic studies at the University of Karachi, was killed by unidentified attackers. Many others have been “disappeared” or threatened with violence designed to keep them quiet, including Professor Mohammed Dajan of Palestine’s Al-Quds University, “accused of treason for leading a student trip to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland as part of a course in conflict resolution”.

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A College Balks at Hillary Clinton’s Fee, Books Chelsea for $65,000 Instead

30th June 2015

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The Crust takes care of its own.

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How Europeans Evolved White Skin

30th June 2015

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Most of us think of Europe as the ancestral home of white people. But a new study shows that pale skin, as well as other traits such as tallness and the ability to digest milk as adults, arrived in most of the continent relatively recently. The work, presented here last week at the 84th annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, offers dramatic evidence of recent evolution in Europe and shows that most modern Europeans don’t look much like those of 8000 years ago.

We are recent mutants, here to take over the world.

It almost worked.

(I didn’t notice where in the article they mention ‘white privilege’ but, the times being what they are, I’m sure it’s in there somewhere.)

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Test Pilot Admits the F-35 Can’t Dogfight

30th June 2015

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A test pilot has some very, very bad news about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The pricey new stealth jet can’t turn or climb fast enough to hit an enemy plane during a dogfight or to dodge the enemy’s own gunfire, the pilot reported following a day of mock air battles back in January.

“The F-35 was at a distinct energy disadvantage,” the unnamed pilot wrote in a scathing five-page brief that War Is Boring has obtained. The brief is unclassified but is labeled “for official use only.”

Well, it’s not as if this is news.

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ISIS ‘Beheads Two Women in Syria for Sorcery’ in First for Self-Styled Caliphate

30th June 2015

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Just in case you thought that the Greeks were having all the fun.

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Supreme Court Death Penalty: Writhing Prisoner Took 43 Minutes to Die But Judges Say Use of Midazolam Is Constitutional

29th June 2015

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Well, gee, how long did it take his victim to die?

Strapped in the gurney, Lockett, convicted of shooting and burying alive a 19-year-old woman, writhed, kicked his legs, breathed heavily and even managed to gasp a word: “Man.” He took 43 minutes to die, rather than the usual ten.

Okay, then. Shoot him and bury him alive. That’s obviously fair. Problem solved.

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Man Called Rod Is Hit by Lightning for a Second Time

29th June 2015

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Dude, take the hint.

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Prof: I Chose Not to Have Children, Because They’d Be White

29th June 2015

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I fully support her decision not to reproduce.

In fact, I’ll contribute financially toward her hysterectomy just to make absolutely sure.

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Gore Is Romney-Rich With $200 Million After Bush Defeat

29th June 2015

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The Crust take care of their own.

In 1999, Al Gore, then U.S. vice president and a Democratic candidate for president, sold $6,000 worth of cows.

The former senator, who spent most of his working life in Congress, had a net worth of about $1.7 million and assets that included pasture rents from a family farm and royalties from a zinc mine, remnants of his rural roots in Carthage, Tennessee. Funds from the cattle sale went to three of his kids, according to federal disclosure forms filed as part of his presidential run.

Fourteen years later, he made an estimated $100 million in a single month. In January, the Current TV network, which he helped to start in 2004, was sold to Qatari-owned Al Jazeera Satellite Network for about $500 million. After debt, he grossed an estimated $70 million for his 20 percent stake, according to people familiar with the transaction.

Two weeks later, Gore exercised options, at $7.48 a share, on 59,000 shares of Apple Inc. stock that he’d been granted for serving on the Cupertino, California-based company’s board since 2003. On paper, it was about a $30 million payday based on the company’s share price on the day he claimed the options.

That’s a pretty good January for a guy who couldn’t yet call himself a multimillionaire when he briefly slipped from public life after his bitterly contested presidential election loss to George W. Bush in late 2000, based on 1999 and 2000 disclosure forms.

Gore isn’t finished exercising his Apple stock grants. Those 59,000 are part of 101,358 Apple options and shares of restricted stock Gore has amassed, according to company filings, giving his total holdings a gross value of more than $45.6 million today.

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The Atlantic Slave Trade in Two Minutes

29th June 2015

Slate actually publishes something useful.

Usually, when we say “American slavery” or the “American slave trade,” we mean the American colonies or, later, the United States. But as we discussed in Episode 2 of Slate’s History of American Slavery Academy, relative to the entire slave trade, North America was a bit player. From the trade’s beginning in the 16th century to its conclusion in the 19th, slave merchants brought the vast majority of enslaved Africans to two places: the Caribbean and Brazil. Of the more than 10 million enslaved Africans to eventually reach the Western Hemisphere, just 388,747—less than 4 percent of the total—came to North America. This was dwarfed by the 1.3 million brought to Spanish Central America, the 4 million brought to British, French, Dutch, and Danish holdings in the Caribbean, and the 4.8 million brought to Brazil.

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15 Reasons ‘Marriage Equality’ Is About Neither Marriage Nor Equality

29th June 2015

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Unintended consequences usually come about when we are ignorant or maybe lazy about a course of action. But we usually crash land after following an arc of logic, which in this case has gone largely undiscerned and unaddressed in the public square.

Americans are in a fog about how marriage equality will lead to more central planning and thought policing. This is partly because the media and Hollywood only provide slogans to regurgitate while academics and judges push politically correct speech codes to obey.

Let’s explore the fallout of that arc of faulty logic. Included below are some 15 of the gaping holes in the “marriage equality” reasoning that Americans have not thought through.

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Scientists Figure Out Why Humans Have Chins

29th June 2015

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Hey, tenure doesn’t grow on trees, you know.

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Texas University’s VP of Diversity and Inclusion to Earn More Than Any Governor

29th June 2015

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Here we see the Diversity Scam at its finest: Government makes burdensome regulations that eventually provide cushy jobs for ordinary people who are trying to cope with said burdensome regulations (and institutions desiring some assurance that they won’t be sued under said burdensome regulations). After all, who better to steer people away from the Regulation Rocks than the bureaucrats who were charged with enforcing them in the first place?

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Law Prof: Defeat ISIS By Posting Pictures of Gay Marriage

28th June 2015

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It what may be the silliest expression of triumph at the Supreme Court ruling yesterday legalizing gay marriage across the United States, Rosa Brooks, a law professor at Georgetown University, ponders “Can gay marriage [lacuna] the Islamic State?”

It doesn’t take much to be a law professor these days, apparently. Certainly ideology substitutes for intelligence at a high ratio.

In addition to her post at Georgetown, Brooks is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, and previously served as a counselor to the U.S. defense undersecretary for policy and as a senior advisor at the U.S. State Department.

My, what a surprise! Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

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Lindsey Graham: GOP Needs to Drop Anti-Gay Marriage Constitutional Amendment from Platform

28th June 2015

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Why is this dipstick pretending to be a Republican? Is he just a masochist?

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Donald Trump: Jeb Bush Sees Me as a Threat

28th June 2015

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Trump has an ego bigger than Ross Perot’s. Jeb Bush, to the extent that he thinks about Donald Trump, more likely sees him not as a threat but as a pothole on the highway of Republican politics.

Can’t say that he’d be wrong.

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Will Dems Apologize?

28th June 2015

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In an open letter to DNC Chairman Debbie Blabbermouth Schultz, Jeffrey Lord provides a readout of the tangled history of the Democratic Party with slavery, segregation, lynching, and the Ku Klux Klan. Lord draws on the Democratic Party platforms of 1840, 1844, 1856 and 1860. He adds that, as the Civil War drew to a close, the Democrats opposed the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment (ending slavery), and proceeded afterwards also to oppose the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments. Lord has more, all in the spirit of the moment; Lord calls on Schultz to apologize on behalf of the party.

Will Obama, the chief functionary of the Democrite party and the government employee who most likes to make apologies on behalf of people who have not authorized him to do so, do the right thing.

I’m thinking: No.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

28th June 2015

Honey I’m Good

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British People Need Rescuing From North Africa. Where’s the Royal Navy Now?

28th June 2015

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Wishing the government would get it’s thumb out of its butt, that’s where.

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State Schools, Not Private Schools, Are the Real Sponsors of Inequality in Britain

28th June 2015

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In today’s Observer, Will Hutton unwittingly highlights the poverty of the inequality debate in Britain. Gifted writers like him bang on about private schools the whole time rather than look at the far greater problem: inequality within the state system. He devotes a column moaning about the schools which, I suspect, will supply a good chunk of the students he’ll meet in his role as Principal of Hertford College, Oxford.

“Social apartheid,” he says: a lazy analogy, suggesting a binary divide between state and private. In fact, the truth is far worse. Britain doesn’t have a two-tier system: we have a multi-tier system where educational attainment is directly linked to parental wealth. Are you semi-poor? Then your kids can expect semi-bad results. Stinking rich? Then your state school will be one of the best around. And so it continues (see graphic, above). Private schools educate just 7pc of pupils; state schools educated 93pc. And this is where the real damage is done.

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A Big Week for American Politics

28th June 2015

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First, it is now officially ludicrous to say that the Supreme Court just interprets the law.  The majority in the King v. Burwell decision essentially rewrote the law to give their decision some twisted justification.  Their opinion showed that the desire among six of the Justices for there to be an Obamacare is greater than their desire for our Constitution to work as designed.  As Justice Scalia said in his dissent, even though Congress specifically wrote a law that says subsidies are only for “exchanges established by the state,” “This Court…concludes that this limitation would prevent the rest of the Act from working as well as hoped.  So it rewrites the law.”   This type of judicial activism has been in the works for a while, but for it to have carried the day in such a high-profile, consequential case means no one knows where the limits are anymore. The unelected few assuming this much power is new and dangerous.

And that decision, in turn, gives twisters like John Roberts no leg to stand on when the leftist faction on the Court, with its pet Kennedy, turned around and did the same with the Constitution on ‘gay marriage’.

None of this bodes well for our democracy.  It’s not partisan wrangling that turns people off; it’s the complete dysfunction and hypocrisy combined with deceit and malfeasance that voters have seen becoming routine, like it is all part of a game and no one is held to account. And I do blame the Democrats more for perpetuating this culture of dishonesty and lack of transparency.

As do I, although Republicans are perhaps even more culpable because they know the truth and yet turn from it.

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Greece Runs Out of Other People’s Money

28th June 2015

The Other McCain tells you the truth that you aren’t getting from Voices of the Crust.

In addition to Margaret Thatcher’s famous maxim about socialists eventually running out of other people’s money, there is also Stein’s Law. This was coined by Herb Stein, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers during Richard Nixon’s presidency: “If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.” And the problem of the Eurozone’s weaker nations expecting bailouts from their rich neighbors obviously cannot go on forever. So what happens when it stops? We don’t know.

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How the White House Abandoned American Hostages

28th June 2015

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In the last 10 months, the Islamic State has brutally executed four American hostages. As Americans died, their government was powerless to stop the slaying. For while European governments tirelessly toiled to secure the release of European hostages, President Barack Obama’s administration’s passive approach doomed their American cellmates.

The U.S. government’s principal channels with the four families largely consisted of mid-level officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs. The FBI was useless. Its tasks were alternately to extract information and to comfort the family. It never shared intelligence. One European hostage, who was incarcerated with the Americans and subsequently released, told me he was shocked that the FBI seemed more interested in gathering evidence to prosecute the hostage-takers than it was in locating the Americans. Our lead agent misled me on several occasions, employing convoluted legalisms that would have impressed the greatest Talmudic scholars. His tactics so frustrated the Sotloffs that they finally asked him to address all queries to me. Though Steve is dead, our nightmare with the FBI continues. The bureau still refuses to give the Sotloffs the original letters he smuggled out of prison, claiming it is studying them for clues.

The FBI could have helped most when the Islamic State initiated contact with each of the families. Instead, it relied on hostage training manuals designed for dealing with psychopaths. That was the wrong approach. The hostage-takers did not have fractured egos that needed soothing. This was a pure money racket. Its ringleaders were not driven by ideology and displayed no psychological disorders.

The State Department was no better. When the mother of one of the hostages requested a senior point of contact at the White House, a State Department official rebuked her for going over her head. When Steve’s father asked that I attend a government meeting, a consular official claimed the room was too small. When Steve’s father offered to give up his seat, the official demurred. The decision to prohibit family representatives from government meetings was made at the administration’s highest levels. The White House knew that some representatives, like the one retained by the family of James Foley, one of the four slain hostages, had intelligence and political experience. Banning them allowed the administration to manage expectations and control the tempo of consultations. Indeed, some families were so confused on secure conference calls that they could not identify the government officials on the other end of the line.

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You Are the Someone

28th June 2015

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Two news stories, each from a different side of the Atlantic, talk about the same thing but in different ways. The British Daily Mail has an article headed by a picture showing ISIS gunman Seifeddine Rezgui “with his AK47 – casually passing abandoned inflatables as a group of men keep their distance behind him”. Rezgui isn’t even holding his weapon at the ready.  He knew the men only 10 yards behind him wouldn’t sprint the distance to tackle him.

He is walking with the confidence of a wolf among sheep.

One commenter wondered what Someone was doing while this ‘tragedy’ occurred. “How come there was an alarm raised, carrying that machine gun, it was obvious to the onlookers in the picture. Somebody could have prevented another tragedy in the name of this perverse and ancient religion.”

What did they care? He was just there to kill kufr. They were just there to watch.

The West is filled with millions of people like Alex, all of them waiting for Someone. They are the product of a multi-decade campaign to deliberately empty people of their culture; to actually make them ashamed of it. They were purposely drained of God, country, family like chickens so they could be stuffed with the latest narrative of the progressive meme machine. The Gramscian idea was to produce a blank slate upon which the Marxist narrative could be written.

Too bad for the Gramscians that the Islamists are beating them to the empty sheets of paper.  And they are better at it too.  Maybe the old Bolsheviks could have given ISIS a run for its money, but today’s liberals have declined from their sires.

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Is Animal Extinction Really the End of the World?

27th June 2015

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Hint: Uh, no.

‘Each year sees the disappearance of thousands of plant and animal species which our children will never see’, says Pope Francis in his gloomy encyclica lLaudato si. Can this possibly be true? Over the past 500 years, 1.3 per cent of birds and mammals are known to have become extinct — 200 species out of 15,000. There are far, far more species of invertebrates and plants in existence of course. The latest ‘predicted number’ of species is 8.7 million, of which 7.7 million are animals. (The remaining million are plants, fungi and microbes.) If you assume — which the great Matt Ridley assures me is unlikely — that an equally high percentage of these has become extinct, it averages out at about 350 a year. The loss of any species feels very sad — though, if Ridley is right, this has much more to do with (non-human) invasive species than climate change — but surely, at this rate, it is not the end of the world.

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California Town Calls for Ban on Space Weapons

27th June 2015

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Good luck with that.

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Hadrian the Robot Bricklayer Can Build a Whole House in Two Days

27th June 2015

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Doing jobs that Americans won’t do….

I wonder whether it speaks Spanish?

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‘Religion of Peace’ Is Not a Harmless Platitude

27th June 2015

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The West’s movement towards the truth is remarkably slow. We drag ourselves towards it painfully, inch by inch, after each bloody Islamist assault.

In France, Britain, Germany, America and nearly every other country in the world it remains government policy to say that any and all attacks carried out in the name of Mohammed have ‘nothing to do with Islam’. It was said by George W. Bush after 9/11, Tony Blair after 7/7 and Tony Abbott after the Sydney attack last month. It is what David Cameron said after two British extremists cut off the head of Drummer Lee Rigby in London, when ‘Jihadi John’ cut off the head of aid worker Alan Henning in the ‘Islamic State’ and when Islamic extremists attacked a Kenyan mall, separated the Muslims from the Christians and shot the latter in the head. It is what President François Hollande said after the massacre of journalists and Jews in Paris. And it is what David Cameron said yesterday after 38 people, mainly British, were murdered on a beach in Tunisia and a man was beheaded in France.

All these leaders are wrong. In private, they and their senior advisers often concede that they are telling a lie. The most sympathetic explanation is that they are telling a ‘noble lie’, provoked by a fear that we — the general public — are a lynch mob in waiting. ‘Noble’ or not, this lie is a mistake. First, because the general public do not rely on politicians for their information and can perfectly well read articles and books about Islam for themselves. Secondly, because the lie helps no one understand the threat we face. Thirdly, because it takes any heat off Muslims to deal with the bad traditions in their own religion. And fourthly, because unless mainstream politicians address these matters then one day perhaps the public will overtake their politicians to a truly alarming extent.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

27th June 2015

Wooden Watch.

Wooden Combination Lock.

Automatic Parked Car Finder.

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