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Alzheimer’s Disease Breakthrough as New Drug Clears Toxic Proteins From Brains of Patients

31st August 2016

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An antibody that can almost completely clear the visible signs of Alzheimer’s disease from the brain has been discovered in a breakthrough that left one scientist “trying not to get too excited”.

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Fighting to Win: The Art of Sword Combat in the Early Modern Period

31st August 2016

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Usually, writing about the Early Modern Age isn’t my deal, but it was definitely an interesting time. This was the period in which men went around in puffy pants with rapiers at their hips, ready to duel anyone who ridiculed the puffiness of their pants. And if you’re going to wander around with a rapier, you’d better know how to use it.

‘Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.’

Remember: Han shot first.

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Deportation and Deals

31st August 2016

Scott Adams is just chock-full of good ideas.

Here’s the interesting part. When I was getting my MBA at Berkeley, years ago, a professor taught us that so long as two parties do not want the same limited resource, you can usually reach a deal. That is an extraordinarily important concept, and one that has made a difference in my own life. Whenever you think there is no deal to be had, you’re usually wrong, unless both parties want the same limited resource.

That’s why Israel and Hamas will never agree to peace. They both want the same limited resource. They both want the same land. No deal can be had.

But with the issue of deportation, there is no such limited resource. When you add people to an economy – and you do it right – everyone is better off. So in theory, there is a “deal” that could make everyone happy.

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Protesters in Gabon Burn Parliament Building Amid Allegations of Stolen Election

31st August 2016

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I guess they’re serious.

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‘Racism Zone’: BLM Hijacks Town Hall Meeting on Gay Pride

31st August 2016

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The bulls paw the ground and shake their horns to determine who is to be the Alpha Victim.

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Toulouse Attack: Man Shouting ‘I’m sick of France’ Stabs Police Officer in Neck

31st August 2016

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Tell the truth: Haven’t we all wanted to do that?

Maybe Obama knows. We’ll ask him once he gets done playing golf.

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Puerto Rico: All Banana, No Republic

31st August 2016

Steve Sailer looks at one of America’s last mathoms.

Puerto Rico is being allowed to fall apart in order to rig American presidential elections by tipping Florida’s electoral votes to the Democrats. The looting of Puerto Rico’s institutions by the rich and the poor alike is depopulating the island.

Maybe some developers could move in and build some condos. It worked for Cancun.

About three-fifths of all Puerto Ricans now live on the mainland.

Would you want to be cooped up on an island full of Puerto Ricans? What do black people do when they get money? They go live with white people. Maybe they know something you don’t know.

That’s an important fraction to be aware of because we are often told that only a small percentage of the 6.1 billion people who live in the less developed nations would bother to decamp for the first world under a policy of open borders. But the experience of Puerto Rico, which is hardly poor (GPD per capita is near triple the world average), suggests that if allowed, third worlders would keep coming until life in America and Europe declines to third-world conditions.

Hey, those are facts, and nobody around here is interested in facts. Certainly nobody in the government.

The Democrats’ intensive ground game in Orlando to register new arrivals from Puerto Rico isn’t controversial. After all, the Democrats’ grand strategy in the 21st century is for the government to elect a new people, while demonizing as hateful racists any Americans who dare object to politicians importing foreign ringers to win elections. Within that context, Hillary’s Puerto Rican ploy is among her less ethically challenged immigration stratagems.

Remarkable.

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Lawmakers Furious Feds Spent $3.3 Million Paving Over Sacred Indian Burial Grounds

31st August 2016

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Utah Republican Rep. Rob Bishop wrote Interior Department Secretary Sally Jewell to find out why NPS officials spent taxpayer dollars on 78 projects that damaged sacred Indian sites, including boardwalks and trails over 200 sacred mounds without conducting any sort of impact analysis. Bishop, the chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, wants Interior officials to brief committee staff on the situation no later than Sept. 9.

NPS disclosed this information in a 2014 report on agency actions at the Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa. The 2014 report found NPS officials “clearly knew what they were doing was against the law” during their decade-long effort building boardwalks and trails over Indian burial grounds.

And they want to put these people in charge of our health care.

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‘Blue Alert’ Bill, Signed With Fanfare, Now Stalled in Justice Department

31st August 2016

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The Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act of 2015 established a nationwide system to give police an early warning of threats against police officers, similar to Amber Alerts for missing children. The law sped through Congress — where it passed both chambers by a voice vote — after two New York City police officers were shot and killed in an ambush attack in 2014.

In a separate statement to USA TODAY, the Justice Department said it took more than a year to determine which office would be responsible for implementing the law.

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New York Court Redefines Parenthood to Protect Same-Sex Couples

31st August 2016

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And of course it was a black feminist judge who did it. What a surprise.

Hey, if’ you can re-defined ‘marriage’ to include homosexual relationships, re-defining ‘parenthood’ is a piece of cake.

Next up: Re-defining ‘sheep’ to include goats, badgers, and ocelots.

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McDonald’s Throws Special Party for Down’s Syndrome Worker Retiring After 32 years

31st August 2016

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Ask yourself why I had to go to a British newspaper for this good news.

Maybe Obama knows. We’ll ask him as soon as he finishes playing golf.

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Culture-Enriching Rapists on Trial in Hamburg

31st August 2016

Read it. And watch the video.

The video below and accompanying news story are a reminder that not all cultural enrichment comes to us from the Muslim world. The following harrowing account describes the horrors experienced by a 14-year-old German girl at the hands of four young immigrants from Serbia. (Yes, I know they could still be Muslims, even though they’re from Serbia. There’s no way to tell from the information provided. However, most Muslims in the former Yugoslavia are now in Bosnia, Macedonia, and Kosovo, so chances are these are Serbian boys with an Orthodox background.)

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Vermont College Launches New School Year by Handing Out Gender Pronoun Pins

31st August 2016

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My preferred gender pronoun is ‘Highness’.

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Mexico Issues Transit Visas to Surge of African Migrants

31st August 2016

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Apparently ‘transit visa’ is Mexican for ‘you have 20 days to enter the U.S. illegally with our blessing’.

Whenever I hear Mexico characterized as ‘our neighbor to the south’ I think ‘Yeah, he’s the guy whose pit bulls come and poop all over your lawn’.

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Why Diversity Programs Fail

31st August 2016

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It’s from Harvard, so it must be right. Right?

It’s no wonder that Wall Street firms now require new hires to sign arbitration contracts agreeing not to join class actions. They have also expanded training and other diversity programs. But on balance, equality isn’t improving in financial services or elsewhere. Although the proportion of managers at U.S. commercial banks who were Hispanic rose from 4.7% in 2003 to 5.7% in 2014, white women’s representation dropped from 39% to 35%, and black men’s from 2.5% to 2.3%. The numbers were even worse in investment banks (though that industry is shrinking, which complicates the analysis). Among all U.S. companies with 100 or more employees, the proportion of black men in management increased just slightly—from 3% to 3.3%—from 1985 to 2014. White women saw bigger gains from 1985 to 2000—rising from 22% to 29% of managers—but their numbers haven’t budged since then. Even in Silicon Valley, where many leaders tout the need to increase diversity for both business and social justice reasons, bread-and-butter tech jobs remain dominated by white men.

Funny thing how reality works even when you don’t want it to.

It shouldn’t be surprising that most diversity programs aren’t increasing diversity. Despite a few new bells and whistles, courtesy of big data, companies are basically doubling down on the same approaches they’ve used since the 1960s—which often make things worse, not better. Firms have long relied on diversity training to reduce bias on the job, hiring tests and performance ratings to limit it in recruitment and promotions, and grievance systems to give employees a way to challenge managers. Those tools are designed to preempt lawsuits by policing managers’ thoughts and actions. Yet laboratory studies show that this kind of force-feeding can activate bias rather than stamp it out. As social scientists have found, people often rebel against rules to assert their autonomy. Try to coerce me to do X, Y, or Z, and I’ll do the opposite just to prove that I’m my own person.

Actual knowledge of how people really behave doesn’t last long in the Social Justice Warrior fantasy world.

Everybody assumes as a religious tenet that diversity is better than not; but nobody attempts to run the numbers to find out. When they do, they find that ‘diversity’ actually impairs team performance because people naturally distrust those who aren’t substantially like them.

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Report: ISIS Mass Graves Across Iraq and Syria Contain More Than 15,000 Bodies

31st August 2016

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Exact numbers for the total amount of dead are difficult to decipher, as many graves are located in areas too dangerous to fully explore. The amount of bodies in each grave can vary, with some containing families executed by ISIS fighters, and others holding the corpses of entire tribes.

Will the Islamophobia never cease?

Maybe Obama knows. We’ll ask him as soon as he’s finished playing golf.

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65-Year-Old Woman Obliterates Drone Hovering Over Her Property

31st August 2016

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A 65-year-old woman grabbed her shotgun and shot down a drone after she spotted it flying over her property in rural Virginia.

The men, presumably either perturbed or angry, approached Youngman. She told them the police will be there shortly, and advised them to leave.

The men reportedly agreed to depart.

“They got in their fancy ostentatious car–I don’t know if it was a Range Rover or a Hummer–and left,” Youngman told Ars Technica.

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Think Tank Hires Former Terrorist to Study Terrorists

31st August 2016

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Don’t think of it as selling out; think of it as buying in.

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Calais Locals Pledge to Block Port With ‘Human Chain’ Until Jungle Migrant Camp Is Demolished

31st August 2016

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Good luck with that.

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The Eleventh “Minnesota Man”

31st August 2016

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Late last week the United States Attorney for Minnesota filed a criminal complaint charging former Mohamed Roble with consiracy to support ISIS. He’s both the eleventh “Minnesota man” to be charged in the case and (by my count) the sixth Muhammad to make an appearance.

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Hillary Clinton Withheld 30 Benghazi-Related Emails From State Department

31st August 2016

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Maybe they had to do with Chelsea’s wedding.

Hey, it could be.

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Why This Midwest City Has Turned to Trump

31st August 2016

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“For the first half of my life, I thought Democrat was the only way to be,” Lephart says. “There’s this belief that you can’t be Republican and union-but I don’t believe that any more.”

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Woman Sets Herself Ablaze in Chicago Congressman’s Office

31st August 2016

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I suspect that there’s a story here.

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Name It and Shame It: The New, Improved Anthropocene

30th August 2016

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One Dead as Violence Grips DC in Rash of Shootings and Stabbings

30th August 2016

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The homicide rate in the District spiked 54 percent in 2015 and is only 14 percent lower so far this year. Homicides have tripled this year in Ward 7.

D.C. is suffering a violent year overall, with 90 homicides across the city. The alarming surge in homicides is down from the shocking numbers in 2015, but is still historically high. There were a total of 105 homicides in 2014 and 88 in 2012.

Where did all these criminal white people come from? After all, we know from Black Lives Matter that black people are peaceful and law-abiding.

Maybe Obama knows. We’ll ask him as soon as he’s done playing golf.

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Enviros Evicting Native Tribes To Fight Global Warming

30th August 2016

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Environmentalists are evicting native tribes in third world countries in the name of saving the environment, according to reports.

“Governments are accessing wealthy conservation groups based in the U.S. and Europe to take advantage of the billions of pounds of conservation money being offered by global banks, northern governments and foundations for climate change and biodiversity protection,” according to a Sunday article in The Guardian.

In order to make room for conservation-oriented eco-tourism and other anti-global warming confabs, local governments are using green rhetoric as a pretext to abuse some of the poorest people in the world. The Guardian discovered several dozen cases of human rights abuses in central Africa executed in the name of global warming and with financially support from the U.S. and E.U.

Funny think how so many ‘environmentalists’ are rich white people. Maybe Obama knows; we’ll ask him once he’s done playing golf.

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Thought for the Day

30th August 2016

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ISIS Buried Thousands in Mass Graves

30th August 2016

The Other McCain indulges in Noticing.

Gosh, it’s almost as if the “religion of peace” isn’t quite as peaceful as some people would have us believe.

Imagine that.

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Why do Young People Support Socialism and Old People Don’t?

30th August 2016

Freeberg nails it again.

This question on Quora intrigued me, not quite so much because of the educated-above-their-hat-size, “solve all the world’s problems while we still know everything,” seldom-correct never-in-doubt sophistikateds that talk with smiles on their faces & their eyes closed; that’s a Quora staple right there. Rather, I was taken by the unusual experience. You have to read down quite a way to see it, but the answers under this one constitute a healthy mix. Eventually someone with good old-fashioned horse sense weighs in on the issue…yeah. Someone must’ve forgotten to close a door or something.

It all seems just so correct and reasonable. Until you stop to think — just how current are these ideas, which are ushering in this bold new age? And the answer is, not very. Discarding phrasing styles and words that have only recently come into existence or fashion, like “[I]nternet,” this all could’ve been written in…well, just about any year from 1917 onward. The overall sentiments of progressivism have remained unchanged in all that time. We’re battling these “conservatives,” who want to keep things the way they are, but our victory is inevitable, because we’re for sharing and economic equality, and the old bastions of stodgy traditionalism favor inequality, but the world is changing. There isn’t a thought in there that’s less than a century old. And the basics of it are considerably older than that…again, still unchanged.

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Canned Wine: The New Way Millennials Are Drinking

30th August 2016

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In the latest instalment of the on-going saga known as ‘millennials ruin everything’, canned wine is – shock horror – firmly a ‘thing’ in the US. Having already developed such innovations as “slap the bag” – ripping the sack out of a wine box, raising it above your head and spanking it, before opening the tap into your mouth – they’ve now moved on to “tinnies”, partly due to their convenience (something important to more than three quarters of US adults) and partly because they contain single-servings (attractive to almost half of US consumers). The drink’s fate was sealed when upmarket grocer and taste-maker Whole Foods declared 2016 the year of canned wine.

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A Faulty Cloaking Device

30th August 2016

Kathy Shaidle vents.

Each “new” Muslim regalia hoo-ha—this week, it’s the French burkini battle—makes me feel like I’m trapped in Turkish Groundhog Day. You lucky Americans haven’t been screaming at each other about Islam’s wearable trash bags for anywhere near as long as we Canadians.

So you had some cunty Olympic fencer to deal with for a couple of days. What about us? Some say Conservative PM Stephen Harper’s sudden-death-overtime anti-burka feint threw the last election to Zoolander, despite astounding public support for the Tories’ proposal. (When did you last see any poll question rack up 82 percent in the affirmative?)

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Reverse Voxsplaining: Drugs vs. Chairs

30th August 2016

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The problem with the pharmaceutical industry isn’t that they’re unregulated just like chairs and mugs. The problem with the pharmaceutical industry is that they’re part of a highly-regulated cronyist system that works completely differently from chairs and mugs.

If a chair company decided to charge $300 for their chairs, somebody else would set up a woodshop, sell their chairs for $250, and make a killing – and so on until chairs cost normal-chair-prices again. When Mylan decided to sell EpiPens for $300, in any normal system somebody would have made their own EpiPens and sold them for less. It wouldn’t have been hard. Its active ingredient, epinephrine, is off-patent, was being synthesized as early as 1906, and costs about ten cents per EpiPen-load.

Why don’t they? They keep trying, and the FDA keeps refusing to approve them for human use. For example, in 2009, a group called Teva Pharmaceuticals announced a plan to sell their own EpiPens in the US. The makers of the original EpiPen sued them, saying that they had patented the idea epinephrine-injecting devices. Teva successfully fended off the challenge and brought its product to the FDA, which rejected it because of “certain major deficiencies”. As far as I know, nobody has ever publicly said what the problem was – we can only hope they at least told Teva.

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The US Navy to Spend Millions Ditching Its Blue Camo Uniforms

30th August 2016

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“The Navy ‘blueberries’ – I don’t know what the name is, that’s what sailors call them – the great camouflage it gives is if you fall overboard,” Navy Secretary Ray Mabus told reporters in 2013.

They tried this silliness under Zumwalt, and eventually went back to the old uniforms. No telling how long it will take them to wake up from this one.

Other complaints about the NWU Type I include that it’s heavy and melts easily when exposed to heat.

This is why uniforms were traditionally of natural fibers, like cotton and wool. Sometimes the old ways are best.

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Mexican Police Discover 103-Foot Drug Tunnel That Ran From Mexico to Arizona

30th August 2016

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Authorities discovered the tunnel after noticing a difference in the surface of the drainage pipes leading from Mexico to the U.S., the National Commission for Security said Sunday. Once they noticed a change in texture, the statement said, police broke through and found the drug tunnel.

The tunnel was 103 feet (31.5 meters) long and ran toward an empty lot on the Arizona side. The first half of the tunnel had been stabilized with wooden beams, but the second half was incomplete. It had not yet broken the surface in the U.S.

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ObamaCare Coverage Options Disappearing Across Country, Report Finds

30th August 2016

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

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Barbra Streisand Says She Plans to Move to Australia If Trump Wins

29th August 2016

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Yeah, well, she said that about Reagan, too. She’s such a tease.

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New Black Panther Leader Says Dems Pimp Blacks ‘Like Prostitutes’

29th August 2016

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Quanell X stated that although the black community had been loyal to the Democratic party, Democrats had not given them back the same loyalty.

“We, as black people, have to reexamine the relationship. We’re being pimped like prostitutes and they’re the big pimps pimping us politically, promising us everything and we get nothing in return. We gotta step back now as black people and we gotta look at all the parties and vote our best interests,” he said.

Took ’em long enough to figure it out. Not like it’s a big secret.

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Baltimore Residents Beg Police to Protect Their Neighborhoods

29th August 2016

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Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.

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The Giant Pyramid Hidden Inside a Mountain

29th August 2016

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But not all is as it seems. Beneath the tiny church, hiding under tufts of grass, trees and soil, is an ancient pyramid of truly gigantic proportions. Standing 450 metres wide and 66 metres tall, from end to end the Great Pyramid of Cholula is equivalent to nine Olympic sized swimming pools.

For an obscure temple no one’s heard of, Cholula holds an impressive array of records: it’s the largest pyramid on the planet, with a base four times larger than the Great Pyramid at Giza and nearly twice the volume.

Never mind the largest pyramid – it’s the largest monument ever constructed anywhere, by any civilisation, to this day. To locals it’s aptly known as Tlachihualtepetl (“man-made mountain”). Thanks to the church on top, it’s also the oldest continuously occupied building on the continent.

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Man ‘Beat Girlfriend’s Two-Year-Old Son to Death After Telling Him to Put Up His Hands and Fight’

29th August 2016

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Black Lives Matter – except to mom’s boyfriend.

 

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Thought for the Day

29th August 2016

Railroad

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Cops Trash Home in 10-Hour Standoff With Dog

29th August 2016

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While the problem is sometimes that police barge in without a warrant, here it was kind of the opposite: the tenant had not only given them permission to go in to look for her ex-boyfriend, she had actually given them the keys. But instead of just using them, they called out the SWAT team and softened the place up for half a day before smashing in about midnight.

The dog they found in a back bedroom was arrested without incident.

Apparently some cops watch too much television.

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How the Middle Class Lost the Election

29th August 2016

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 Middle-class revulsion with the political mainstream has been driven by slow economic growth, stagnant wages, a dysfunctional education system, and, for smaller businesses, a tightening regulatory regime. Homeownership is now at a nearly half-century low. New business start-ups, for the first time in three decades, are not keeping up with the number of deaths. Both stats reveal a real decline in aspiration. Most Americans, in a stunning reversal of past trends, see a worse future for their offspring than themselves. Who can blame them? Middle-class breadwinners and working-class wage-earners now suffer from deteriorating health and shorter lifespans.

Trump’s landmark professional achievement has been in catering to the luxury market while building casinos that empty the pockets of people who often cannot afford the losses. The average price of a condo in Trump Tower in New York, the Donald’s signature property, rests around a median of $5 million.

A Trump administration would be unlikely to reflect blue-collar interests, but rather those of his inner circle, which includes some of the most ravenous Wall Street operators. The same is true of his general election opponent.

By elevating this disingenuous demagogue, Trump voters have assisted in the further ascendency of the oligarch class. The forces coalescing around Hillary Clinton — mainstream Wall Street, particularly hedge funds, beltway lobbyists, the big media, Silicon Valley, Hollywood, and green capitalists  — do not share the priorities of Middle America. Bernie Sanders made an issue of Clinton’s Wall Street support, but the Vermont socialist was always too marginal, cranky and, ultimately, too doctrinaire to win even in today’s Democratic Party.

 

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Trump Did Not Flip-Flop on Immigration

29th August 2016

Gavin McInnes explains what the Drive By Media got wrong (as usual).

Remember last week when Trump tanked his campaign by flip-flopping on immigration? Few do. It was almost seven days ago and this campaign is about turning every glitch the GOP faces into a nuclear war, then quickly moving on to the next one. Nobody questions the press because by the time the truth comes out, they’re already onto something else. Well, just for fun, I’d like to single out this non-debacle as an example of the kind of fake controversies the media consistently tries to frame Donald Trump with.

 

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August 29th, 2:14 AM: Skynet Becomes Self-aware

29th August 2016

The future is now.

Where is John Conner when we need him most?

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Southern Poverty Law Center to List White Lives Matter Movement as a Hate Group

29th August 2016

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Of course they will. SPLC are themselves a hate group.

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Wingsuit Jumper Live Streams Accidental Death Days After Fellow Daredevil Dies

29th August 2016

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I think these qualify for Darwin Awards. ‘Hold my beer and watch this.’

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Lance Bass Just Mocked Donald Trump in A Way That’s Guaranteed to Strike a Nerve

28th August 2016

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Just from the look of him, I’d say Trump doesn’t have anything to worry about.

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Swimmer Nick Thomas Dies One Mile From French Shore in Cross-Channel Swim Attempt

28th August 2016

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A cross-channel swimmer has died just a mile short of reaching France, organisers have said.

The man, named in reports as Nick Thomas, 45, from Ellesmere in Shropshire, was pulled unconscious from the water as he neared the end of the 21-mile endurance feat.

Let that be a lesson to us all.

If swimming the Channel is on your ‘bucket list’, leave it there.

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Schoolgirl Killed Herself After Putting ‘Racially Offensive Picture’ Online and Fearing Backlash

28th August 2016

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A teenage girl took her own life after posting an offensive image online and fearing she could be accused of racism as a result, a coroner’s court has heard.

Phoebe Connop, 16, was found dead at her home in Halesowen in the West Midlands on 7 July. An inquest into her death at Black Country Coroner’s Court heard that prior to her death, she had posted a photo in a group message among friends which she had altered to show herself with dark skin. The teenager had recently begun dating an Asian man and joked that she would have to look like the girl in the photo to get his family’s approval, The Daily Mail reports.

Political Correctness Kills. Pass it on.

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