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Plants Could Pave The Way For Greener Roads

25th May 2015

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Asphalt contains bitumen, a product of the oil-refining process. But some scientists and engineers believe that they could get the same results by using lignin, a compound found in all kinds of plants. Lignin is strong: it binds together material in trees. It is also plentiful, and currently discarded as a waste product in the process of making paper.

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None Dare Call It Slavery

25th May 2015

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The following news story concerns a Somali man in Arizona who forced a young girl to “marry” him, and then locked her up and assaulted her when she resisted the arrangement. Because the “groom” had cut a deal with the girl’s parents — presumably involving money — the media reports refer to the young woman’s predicament as an “arranged marriage”.

In his commentary, Vlad points out that the correct terminology for these nuptials is “forced marriage”, since the girl was dragged into unholy matrimony against her will. Furthermore, to be forcibly confined and compelled to commit sexual acts under the threat of violence is to be a slave — a sexual slave, as has been the lot of so many women in Islamic cultures over the past 1400 years.

If political correctness were not in control of our public discourse, the word slavery would be prominently featured in all these news stories.

By the way — this incident has a Mohammed Coefficient of 100%.

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‘Only in America can the media take a deadly shootout among white and Hispanic bikers and somehow make it all about black people.’

25th May 2015

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And only in America can these same media megaphone-mouths complain about “the media” without realizing that for all intents and purposes, they are the media.

At least one victim was a member of the larger and better-organized Bandidos gang. His name was Manuel Isaac Rodriguez, so I’ll go out on a limb here and guess that like George Zimmerman, he was one of those “white Hispanics.” The only shooting fatality that was allegedly “unaffiliated” with an organized biker gang was Jesus Delgado Rodriguez—again, I’ll presume he was a “white Hispanic.”

That’s right—even by a low estimate, cops killed four presumably white gang members. And yet no whites rioted. To my knowledge, the last group of reckless arsonists who tried to burn Waco down was the ATF in 1993.

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Asians Are the New Jews

25th May 2015

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Today, nearly 5 percent of Americans have Asian ancestry, tracing to countries from India to Japan. The Pew Research Center reports that they are “the highest-income, best-educated and fastest-growing racial group in the United States.”

They are overrepresented in fields like medicine, engineering and computer science. In Silicon Valley, they hold half of the tech jobs. For immigrants once associated with menial or subservient work, the transformation has been titanic.

But some things have stayed the same—such as the representation of Asian-Americans at Harvard, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious university. In 1992, they made up 19.1 percent of the undergraduate student body. In 2013, they made up 18 percent.

Today, according to a survey by The Harvard Crimson, Asian-American freshmen had higher SAT scores than any other ethnic group. It’s not enough for them to be as good as everyone else: To get in, they have to be considerably better.

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Inside the Obsessive World of Artisanal Cocktail Ice

24th May 2015

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“If you’re talking premium liquor, you expect premium glass and ice too,” says Andrew Bohrer, a longtime Seattle bartender and co-founder of the Washington State Bartender’s Guild.

I am not making this up.

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Diamonds Are Bullshit

24th May 2015

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The next time you look at a diamond, consider this. Nearly every American marriage begins with a diamond because a bunch of rich white men in the 1940s convinced everyone that its size determines your self worth. They created this convention – that unless a man purchases (an intrinsically useless) diamond, his life is a failure – while sitting in a room, racking their brains on how to sell diamonds that no one wanted.

Wisdom. Attend.

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Play War: Homemade Recreational Battlefields

24th May 2015

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You’re looking at a world of gameplay, of simulated war, fought by an army of paintball enthusiasts who spend their weekends shooting one another with gelatin shells of colored dye. Paintball is an industry of equipment suppliers who rely on amateurs to design and build the playing fields. Typically, a few friends with a Bobcat construct a combat stage by incorporating whatever materials remain on the land from its previous use, and whatever can be salvaged nearby. Old agricultural machines, remnants of fallen buildings, shipping containers, cable spools, loading pallets, railroad ties, junked cars, concrete fittings, PVC pipes, obsolete communication towers: The detritus of an industrial century is pushed to the urban margins to create apocalyptic playgrounds. Collectively, these sites represent a range of military conflicts at home and abroad, past, present and future.

It takes some imagination to read these free-form interpretations of castles, spaceships, and Islamic villages. But for the 9 million players that use them, all that’s needed is the symbolic form, a suggestion of meaning. Over the years, the sites take on new complexities, as buildings are layered with patchwork repairs and surfaces acquire an abstract expressionist patina of exploded pigment. They hold the memories of battles won and lost, testifying to the power of personal narrative. We were here then. That’s where I caught them. Authentic hauntings.

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The Difference Between Memorial Day & Veterans Day

24th May 2015

Bob Mayer reminds us.

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We Did Nothing Wrong, and They Destroyed Our Stores

24th May 2015

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Apparently Black Lives Matter, but Yellow Lives Don’t.

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See-Through Solar Is Tomorrow’s Threat to Oil

24th May 2015

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Solar energy is the future. The problem is, it’s been the future for a long time. And while progress has been made, using the sun as a primary source of power hasn’t really broken through.

One possible breakthrough, however, is becoming clearer—literally. The engineers at Ubiquitous Energy are developing solar panels that are completely transparent and as thin as a laminate. They can do this by creating see-through solar cells that absorb only the invisible parts of the solar spectrum—ultraviolet and infrared radiation.

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Free the Seeds!

24th May 2015

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The Open Source Seed Initiative wants to make carrot seeds more like software. That may seem like an odd project, but consider this: It’s currently possible to patent plants with certain traits, whether they are created through traditional breeding or biotech modification. Worried that the trend of increasingly vague, aggressively enforced patents was discouraging innovation, a group of scientists at the University of Wisconsin–Madison got together in 2012 with the goal of producing and distributing seeds outside of the conventional intellectual property framework—much in the same way that the open source Linux operating system exists in parallel with Microsoft Windows and iOS, or the anyone-can-edit resource Wikipedia competes with Encyclopaedia Britannica.

The situation is so bad that if a farmer buys seed from, say, Monsanto and raises a crop, that farmer cann0t use that seed to plant another crop because Monsanto can (and will) sue his ass off for patent infringement. Patent and copyright are relics of statism past that need to be excised from our polity if we don’t want progress to come grinding to a halt.

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What to Learn in College to Stay One Step Ahead of Computers

24th May 2015

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Don’t ever say we don’t have useful stuff here.

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Our Bond With Dogs May Go Back More Than 27,000 Years

24th May 2015

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Now, there‘s a scary thought.

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Who Benefits From Other People’s Transit Use?

24th May 2015

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In the May 11 issue of Finance and Commerce, Matt Kramer, a local Chamber of Commerce representative lobbying for additional public transit and transportation spending (currently being debated at the Minnesota Legislature) is quoted as saying “Every person who is riding transit is one less person in the car in front of us.”

This is a fascinating quote. First is the use of “us.” So the Chamber of Commerce (probably correctly) identifies riding transit as something someone else does (since “we” are still in the car) and goes on to imply that it benefits us because there will be fewer cars. (Actually he says fewer people per car, but I think he meant fewer cars, not that it would reduce carpooling.) And I suppose he could mean he rides the bus, and the car in front has fewer people (or there were fewer cars in front), but I don’t think that’s what he meant, since the arguments in the legislature are mostly about building and operating new facilities — such as LRT lines or freeway BRT, rather than supporting existing buses driving in traffic.

‘Get those proles in their POS cars off our roads and out of our way!’ is a key building block in the ‘progressive’ program — not that they’ll ever admit it.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

24th May 2015

Dreamer

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ABC Spokeswoman in Stephanopoulos Flap Worked in Clinton White House

24th May 2015

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

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Foundations Plan to Pay News Media to Cover Radical UN Agenda

24th May 2015

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The United Nations Foundation created by billionaire Ted Turner, along with a branch of media giant Thomson Reuters, is starting to train a squadron of journalists and subsidize media content in 33 countries—including the U.S. and Britain–in a planned $6 million effort to popularize the bulky and sweeping U.N.-sponsored Sustainable Development Goals, prior to a global U.N. summit this September. where U.N. organizers hope they will be endorsed by world leaders.

The unprecedented media push is formally intended to start on May 25 but is already underway. It is intended to help breathe some new life into a sprawling U.N. effort–supported by, among others, the Obama administration–to create a global social and environmental agenda for the next 15 years.

They’re not even bothering to hid it any more. (What does this do to the old ‘progressive’ standby that all rich people are Republicans?)

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Matthew Weiner as the George W. Bush of Hollywood

23rd May 2015

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His father, Dr. Wiener, worked at Johns Hopkins in the Baltimore ‘hood, so it’s not implausible to wonder if the Wieners were guilty of the the now much denounced practice of “white flight.” As we all know, when white people leave cities due to black criminality, they are actually causing, using their White Privilege Time Machine, the black criminality they reacted to.

But having engaged in white flight is a psychologically fraught topic for white liberals, especially for white liberal Jews who are in the business of telling everybody else how to remember the past, so it tends to lead to issues that may ramify in indirect fashions.

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The End of Farming

23rd May 2015

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Modern biotechnology could put dairy farms out of business. And not just dairy, but lots of other farms as well, including those that produce meat, leather, and even staple starches. In fact, the amount of land devoted to agriculture could shrink by 80 percent in the next few decades.

Modern agribusiness has converted traditional farming into something that resembles a factory without walls or a roof as it is possible to get. It’s only a matter of time and technology  before they close the circle.

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Confessions of an Overeducated A/C Man

23rd May 2015

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College is not for everybody, popular mythology to the contrary notwithstanding.

For a young person in America, college is the thing to aspire to. It’s the go-to option for virtually every American looking to maintain or enhance his station in life. Higher education embodies the values, hopes and dreams of millions of young people and their families. The stories write themselves. Here a first generation freshman, out to do his family proud. There a young woman out to better herself and shatter a glass ceiling or two. Everywhere the expectation that “This Is How You Get The Good Life.” Why, without the credentials offered by as prestigious as institution as one’s ability, tenacity, savings and, yes, connections can muster, you’re liable to be stuck with the dregs—working dead end jobs with no hope of advancement, living wages, or health insurance!

What tripe.

Next time you’re in a coffee shop, ask your barista if they’re going to school and for what. Or better still ask if they’ve graduated. Ask your bartender. Ask your server. Ask the guy stocking groceries at the Whole Foods. If they’re not still in high school, odds are they’re enrolled, in school or recent grads. Odds are good they’ll find themselves doing something similar after graduation.

While the average student is now in need of remedial classes, that same student is paying far more out of pocket for the privilege of relearning what he didn’t master in high school. And then he will go on to required courses in Women’s or African American or Chicano Studies. When Boomers went to school, these parasitic pseudo-disciplines were still embryonic rather than metastasized.

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A Plea for Culinary Modernism

23rd May 2015

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As an historian I cannot accept the account of the past implied by Culinary Luddism, a past sharply divided between good and bad, between the sunny rural days of yore and the gray industrial present. My enthusiasm for Luddite kitchen wisdom does not carry over to their history, any more than my response to a stirring political speech inclines me to accept the orator as scholar.

The Luddites’ fable of disaster, of a fall from grace, smacks more of wishful thinking than of digging through archives. It gains credence not from scholarship but from evocative dichotomies: fresh and natural versus processed and preserved; local versus global; slow versus fast: artisanal and traditional versus urban and industrial; healthful versus contaminated and fatty. History shows, I believe, that the Luddites have things back to front.

That food should be fresh and natural has become an article of faith. It comes as something of a shock to realize that this is a latter-day creed. For our ancestors, natural was something quite nasty. Natural often tasted bad.

Have you ever wondered how come people who want the world to return to how it was before 1900 (except for bicycles instead of horses) are called ‘progressives’? Wouldn’t ‘regressives’ be a better term?

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A Puzzler

23rd May 2015

Warren Obama spat copy

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

23rd May 2015

Portable Folding Kayak. Well, you never know when you might need one….

TGX Tactical Flask.

Electric Boot Dryer.

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Has The Urban Planning Profession Declined? (Like Planners Claim)

23rd May 2015

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I read this charge about the decline of American city planning frequently from architecture/planning writers. But can anyone please tell me what the hell they are talking about? The fact is that land use regulations–the most essential planning tool– have grown substantially in America in the last century, and even more so in recent decades. Zoning has transformed from merely separating incompatible uses to policing the design, coloration, placement, shape, density and “form” of buildings. Lots that years ago would have been subdivided in suburbia, or built upwards in cities, are now, respectively, preserved. Practically every city of minor significance has a planning department (not to mention an urban development corporation and design review board). Whereas America’s great legacy cities–New York, San Francisco, DC, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia–adopted their built pattern during the relatively laissez faire industrial era, and thus in a manner that was dense, walkable, and attractive, land use controls often prevent them from furthering these goals today–and prevent newer cities from mirroring the old ones.

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A Smart and Short Addition to Your Islamic Library

23rd May 2015

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By now, I hope our readers are collecting a library of necessary books on Islam in all its stunted unvarying horror. It is imperative to know the truth — even if learning it makes you miserable at first — in order for your children and our culture to survive.

Thus, we have Edward Cline’s newest offering on Islam. This latest one, A Handbook on Islam, is so new it contains Bosch Fawstin’s prize-winning illustration.

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America’s Most Awful Liberal Is a #FloridaMan: Alan Grayson

23rd May 2015

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I’m curious — how could they tell?

One of the fundamentally grotesque facts of the American political system is that we get the politicians we vote for.

Which brings me to Alan Grayson, the congressman who is vying to become the political equivalent of @_FloridaMan, a never-ending series of cringe-inducing incidents, headlines, and actions that define—and defame—an entire state.

But Grayson, who represents the Sunshine State’s 9th District, is not simply an ill-fated, hard-luck Twitter handle conjured from headlines such as “Florida Man Accidentally Smashes Wrong Car With Baseball Bat,”“Florida Man Compiles Map Detailing the Most Popular Places in Miami to Poop in the Street,” and “Florida Man Pocket-Dials 911 While Cooking Meth With Mom.”

He’s a goddamn congressman, which means he should be held to slightly higher standards than homeless men who are forever masturbating in Walmart toy sections, wrestling squirrels and alligators while fucked-up out of their minds, and punching police horses while protecting imaginary girlfriends. Indeed, Grayson should strive to comport himself with at least the modicum of decorum that Internet phenom and 9/11 truther Alex Jones has managed while having Grayson on his show.

I should think that the Most Awful Liberal title ought to go to those who voted for him.

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Ford F-150 Getting Trailer Backup Assist Feature That Takes Your Hands Off the Wheel

23rd May 2015

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After putting a checkerboard sticker on the trailer tongue for the rearview camera to use as a reference, and entering a few measurements to help it determine the size of the trailer and where it’s axles and pivot point are, you simply activate the system, turn the knob in the direction you want the trailer to go, then operate the gas and brake pedals while it manages the steering.

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Giant Sinkhole Forms at Entrance of Missouri Golf Course

23rd May 2015

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This is God telling you not to play golf.

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Violent Crime Surges as Arrests Drop in Baltimore Post-riots

23rd May 2015

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Prediction: Crime is not rising in Waco, Texas.

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Why Is The Attorney General Making Claims About PATRIOT Act That Her Own Agency’s Report Says Are Not True?

22nd May 2015

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Uh, because she’s a statist lying Democrat weasel who was appointed by a statist lying Democrat weasel primarily because she was black and female?

That’s just a guess, you understand, but it fits the available evidence.

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New Greaseless Bearings Spin With 10 Times Less Friction

22nd May 2015

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New ball bearings developed by Coo Space solve that problem in an ingenious new way. Instead of forcing balls apart with a cage or retainer, Coo Space puts small divots in the track the balls roll over. These divots subtly speed up and slow down the balls just so, and the end result is balls that will never clash, even with no cage. That means 10 times less friction than traditional bearings and no need to ever lube them up. Win win!

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Flight from White: Matthew Weiner Thinks Jews Are “Of Color”

22nd May 2015

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One of the more striking aspects of Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner’s recently flurry of interviews is his repeated distinction between Jews and “whites.” I wanted to come up with a picture of Matthew White with a black person to see if system of categorization makes much sense, but while Weiner gets his picture taken frequently, he does not get his picture taken with blacks or other nonwhites very much at all. The only black I could find him photographed with is film critic Elvis Mitchell below. For comparison sake, above is Weiner with George Lucas, who is primarily of British ancestry.

Sounds as if he really is a Wiener after all.

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Right on ’Cue: Why Big-City Barbecue Is Suddenly Better Than Ever

22nd May 2015

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Special for Roy, the barbecue boy.

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11-Year-Old Tanishq Abraham Graduates From California College

22nd May 2015

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Judging from current trends, we can expect to hear, sometime in the next five years, than he has blown himself up in Ramadi or Fallujah.

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The 7-11 for Robot Subs: Underwater Plug and Stay Hubs

22nd May 2015

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Think it’s hard to find a place to charge your smartphone at the airport? Try finding a power outlet in the ocean.

Imagine you’re a robotic Navy mini-sub whose batteries are running low after a long mission monitoring, say, traffic around Chinese artificial islands in the South Pacific. Currently, you’d have to recharge at a land base or a surface ship. The former keeps you close to friendly shores while the latter gives away your presence. But if Navy program manager Mike Wardlaw makes it work, sometime in the early 2020s the Navy will start deploying unmanned, underwater pods where robots can recharge undetected — and securely upload the intelligence they’ve gathered to Navy networks.

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These 11 Cities Are Growing Faster Than San Francisco

22nd May 2015

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Hey, what do you know — the top three, and five of the top seven, are in Texas.

San Marcos, Texas, for example, grew at a whopping 7.9 percent rate, from 54,567 residents in 2013 to 58,892 in 2014. It’s been the fastest growing city for three consecutive years.

Maybe, just maybe, there’s a reason for that.

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The Astrolabe: Medieval Multi-Tool of Navigation

22nd May 2015

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No doubt soon to be an app on the Apple Watch.

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An RPG for an RPG

22nd May 2015

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In the following video, you’ll see a young man executed for making war against the Islamic State. His crime was to attack the IS with an RPG, so he is being executed by RPG. As the translator points out, this summary punishment is administered according to the sharia doctrine of qisas, the Islamic version of “an eye for an eye”.

If any civilized country did this, the outcry would ring around the world. Muslims? Eh, not so much.

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The Trigger-Happy Generation

22nd May 2015

Peggy Noonan nails it.

Readers know of the phenomenon at college campuses regarding charges of “microaggressions” and “triggers.” It’s been going on for a while and is part of a growing censorship movement in which professors, administrators and others are accused of racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, gender bias and ethnocentric thinking, among other things. Connected is the rejection or harassment of commencement and other campus speakers who are not politically correct. I hate that phrase, but it just won’t stop being current.

Kirsten Powers goes into much of this in her book, “The Silencing.” Anyway, quite a bunch of little Marats and Robespierres we’re bringing up.

But I was taken aback by a piece a few weeks ago in the Spectator, the student newspaper of Columbia University. I can’t shake it, though believe me I’ve tried. I won’t name the four undergraduate authors, because 30 years from now their children will be on Google, and because everyone in their 20s has the right to be an idiot.

Yet theirs is a significant and growing form of idiocy that deserves greater response.

We need a good long Depression to bring these people back to reality — or subtract them from the gene pool. I’m good with it either way.

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A Gunfight, Not a Riot: What Happened in Waco

22nd May 2015

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Making the comparison with Baltimore, many on the left — Salon’s Jenny Kutner, to take an example — demanded to know why the media did not describe the events in Waco as a “riot.” The answer, obviously enough, is that the event in Waco was not a riot — it did not represent a general state of civil disorder, there were no mobs targeting property for destruction, etc. What happened in Waco was accurately described — in the New York Times, the Waco Tribune, USA Today, and many other outlets — as a gunfight. Also chaos, biker gang shooting, the work of very dangerous, hostile criminal biker gangs, and, in case that is not strong enough for your taste, something akin to a war zone. What happened in Baltimore was not a gunfight. (It might have been a gunfight if it had been attempted in or around Waco.) Which is not to say that bikers are never involved in riots: The modern outlaw biker mythology is very much rooted in a riot in Hollister, Calif., known in the history books as — can you guess? — the “Hollister riot,” during which such forerunners of the modern motorcycle gang as the Pissed Off Bastards of Bloomington and the Market Street Commandos treated Hollister as though it were Baltimore. There is a great deal of mythology surrounding motorcycle gangs, but the (almost certainly apocryphal) story is that after the Hollister riot, a spokesman for American Motorcycle Association insisted that 99 percent of all motorcycle enthusiasts were decent, law-abiding people — hence the adopting of the “1%” iconography by the outlaws.

If the altercation in Waco had happened between two groups of Fashionable Ethnic Minorities, Texas would be crawling with Social Justice Whiners attempting to get them excused.

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ACA Health Insurance Rates Set to Skyrocket

22nd May 2015

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In 2016, insurance premiums could go through the roof as big insurers across the country apply for large rate increases for their ACA plans. For example, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, the state’s biggest insurer, wants to raise rates 36.3 percent on average. New Mexico (at a truly eye-popping 51.6 percent), Maryland, and Oregon are seeing similar big numbers. Even in states where insurers are requesting more moderate increases, the percentages are still high enough to give one pause (Michigan’s Blue Care Network, for example, wants a 10 percent bump). Only in Maine has a state’s main insurer signaled its intent to keep rates flat for 2016.

That’s why they called it the Affordable Care Act, because laws are always titled the opposite of the effect that they have.

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ISLAMOCOPIA FRIDAY

22nd May 2015

Islamic State seizes key parts of capital of Iraq’s largest province

Ancient ruins of Palmyra under threat from ISIS militants

BBC reporter slammed for comparing hate preacher Anjem Choudary to Gandhi and Mandela

Islamic State second-in-command ‘killed in air strike’

Osama bin Laden’s London media fixer jailed for life in US

ISIS leader declares ‘Islam was never a religion of peace. Islam is the religion of fighting’ as he calls on Muslims to ‘fight for the Caliphate’ in new audio message

US special forces kill top ISIS commander and capture his wife during raid

Islamic State ‘shoot dead 23 civilians, including nine children’ near ancient city

Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi sentenced to death

Taliban suicide bomb kills British citizen at Afghanistan airport

Saudi-led coalition airstrikes resume in Yemen, officials say

‘Brutal’ battle for Baghdad ‘likely’ amid warning of ISIS terror cells in Iraqi capital

Nigerian military claims destruction of 10 Boko Haram camps

11 Afghan police sentenced to year in jail in connection with mob killing of woman

Shi’ite forces move in on Iraqi city taken by Islamic State

Macedonia’s Muslim uprising seen as flashpoint in East-West energy war

Pentagon: Iraqis ‘Didn’t Want to Fight’ ISIS for Ramadi

This detailed look at ISIS’s budget shows that it’s well-funded and somewhat incompetent

ISIS gains big in Iraq; Obama remains functionally indifferent

Imam PUNCHED and KICKED nine-year-old for getting words in Koran wrong

Prosecutors say Minnesotans who tried to join ISIS threatened FBI agents

Iranian cargo ship changes course after request from UN, Pentagon

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Washington Post Attacks Rubio: He’s Not Rich!

22nd May 2015

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Yes it’s true: Rubio isn’t rich, like Hillary Clinton and so many others in politics. He has made his money honestly, practicing law, earning a salary from public service and publishing a couple of books. No $300,000 speaking fees for Marco. And unlike Harry Reid, he hasn’t gotten wealthy on corrupt real estate deals. Somehow, the Post spins this into a negative.

He’s a politician — how dare he spend his own money!

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Omaha Police Officer Killed in Shootout Just Hours Before Going on Maternity Leave

22nd May 2015

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Kerrie Orozco, the first female officer from Omaha’s police department to die in the line of duty, had only recently given birth to a daughter, and also was stepmother to two children ages 6 and 7, according to authorities. She was pronounced dead at Creighton University Medical Center shortly after the 1 p.m. shooting, Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said at a hospital news conference. Schmaderer said the suspect, 26-year-old Marcus Wheeler, also died at the hospital.

Marcus Wheeler is, of course, black, but apparently White Lives Don’t Matter if they’re police officers.

Mother of Marcus Wheeler: ‘My son was not violent’

Of course not, which is why he was killed in a shootout with police.

Fugitive killed in shootout was known gang member with a violent record

Oops.

 

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Environmentalists Fail in Bid to Revoke GOP Senator’s Degree

22nd May 2015

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Totalitarian Political Correctness reaches into every corner of life; that’s why it’s called ‘totalitarian’.

“Sen. Doug Ericksen is welcome to have whatever political views he wants, but by misinforming the public on the science of climate change, he is undermining the credibility of our own degrees and reflecting poorly on the caliber of education students receive here,” the students said in a statement to the Herald.

Gee, he has a degree and you don’t … perhaps, just perhaps, he knows more about this than you do? Just a thought.

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Emails Reportedly Show Confidant Told Clinton Benghazi Attack Planned by Fighters Tied to Al Qaeda

22nd May 2015

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So Hillary lied. This is news?

Waiting for the furious op-eds in the New York Times and Washington Post … waiting … waiting….

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PETA Urge ‘Ye Olde Fighting Cocks’ Pub to Change Name – Because It’s Offensive to CHICKENS

21st May 2015

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Campign group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is demanding the St Albans based establishment in Hertfordshire rename itself ‘Ye Olde Clever Cocks’ to “celebrate chickens as the intelligent, sensitive and social animals they are”.

 

I guess these guys were scared by a Disney movie while in the womb and are working out their issues in real life.

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The College of Lost Arts

21st May 2015

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It took a while—the first class graduated in 2009—but today the American College of the Building Arts (ACBA) is the only school in the United States to offer a bachelor’s degree in traditional building trades.

Which, of course, completely inverts the basic function of a university degree, as it grew from medieval roots. But nobody cares about history these days, except to plunder it for clever-sounding words that they can ‘repurpose’ to serve their own agenda.

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On Legitimate Government

21st May 2015

David Warren has some interesting things to say.

My own development as a political thinker was tragically stunted by employment as a political pundit. No class of writers knows less about politics than they. In order to write at all in this genre, one must pretend to take seriously an entire political order that is preposterous, peopled by the mentally and emotionally disturbed, and ruled by power-hungry maniacs, until one’s own last mooring is shot. The madness is compounded by complete ignorance of what is going on, since no one not himself up to his ears in the actual exercise of political power can possibly understand what is in play. And, those up to their ears are drowning.

Where to the old Christian view, rights followed from duties in the same man, to our post-Christian view the arbitrary rights of one man translate to duties for unaccounted others. (My right to a free lunch translates to your duty to pay for it, &c.) In this sense, all modern political thinking is in its nature totalitarian.

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Nye Lied, I Sighed

21st May 2015

John Derbyshire, Patron Saint of Dyspepsia, does what he does best.

Bill Nye the Science Guy gave a commencement speech at Rutgers on Sunday. Reading the speech left me thinking that if this is America’s designated Science Guy, I can be the nation’s designated swimsuit model.

What did the Science Guy have to say to the Rutgers graduates? Well, he warned them of the horrors of climate change, which he linked to global inequality.

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