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Aborted Baby Parts Sellers Are Shut Down; the View’s Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar Hardest Hit

13th December 2017

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In November 2015, Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar at The View rudely shut down then-presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, insisting that she was lying when she stated that Planned Parenthood had admitted to harvesting baby parts from aborted fetuses.

On Friday, in a development which is predictably failing to get the media visibility it deserves, Orange County’s district attorney announced a $7.8 million settlement with two California companies accused of “selling fetal-derived cells and tissues” obtained from fetal body parts acquired from Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. When will ABC demand that Whoopi and Joy apologize to Fiorina — and to the nation?

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Republican Tax Deal Opens Up Protected Wildlife Refuge to Oil Drilling

13th December 2017

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The ‘wildlife refuge’ in question is ANWR, which covers 19 million acres, of which only 1.5 million (about 8%) is being made available for drilling. The pictures I’ve seen of ANWR show the most desolate area of nothing I’ve ever seen; it’s not as if it’s crawling with endangered species.

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Today in Trump Derangement Syndrome

13th December 2017

Roy Moore loses to Doug Jones in humiliating Senate result for Donald Trump  Uh, ‘humiliating’? How? Moore lost by a razor-thin margin after serving as a Crustian piñata since his primary win. Trump’s only involvement was to endorse Moore because he was — wait for it — the Republican candidate. If anyone was humiliated it was the Washington establishment, who almost got their asses handed to them. If Trump had not been President, they would have won it walking away.

Trump ‘isn’t fit to clean the toilets in the Barack Obama Presidential Library’, says USA Today in searing editorial  Don’t hold it in, tell us how you really feel.

Roy Moore’s defeat is the biggest sign of hope for Americans wanting to stop Trump  Grasping at straws.

Trump poll: ‘Idiot’ most common word used by voters to describe US President  And yet he keeps winning. How about that.

CNN’s Chris Cillizza: Is Trump ‘Unaware Of How Words Mean Things?’  Is Chris Cillizza unaware that Trump is living rent-free in his head?

Past Three Months Of Trump Coverage 91 Percent Negative  It sure seems like more.

Anderson Cooper says his tweets calling Trump a ‘pathetic loser’ were posted by hacker What makes it effective is that everybody is prepared to believe it.

Meryl Streep: ‘I Don’t Want To Be’ A Political Leader Under Trump  Good thing that that’s not likely to happen.

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Chicago’s New Motto Is ‘a City Trump Will Never Sleep in’, Says Mayor

13th December 2017

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Of course not. He doesn’t want to get shot.

Personally, I can’t think of anything in my life that would be improved by going anywhere near Chicago.

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Presidential Approval Polls

13th December 2017

Scott Adams thinks they’re no longer useful.

The DemLegHump Media take great comfort in any poll anywhere that says Trump has a low approval rating. For an ordinary politician, this would be significant. For Trump, it’s not, because the available evidence indicates that Trump doesn’t give a shit about polls. The whole point of ‘approval polls’ is to put pressure on elected officials between elections, and if the elected official in question is pressure-proof (as Trump has demonstrated himself to be), then it’s really just a waste of money.

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Ideas for Improving Life in High Crime Areas

13th December 2017

Scott Adams has another outside-the-box idea.

Crime is the base problem for a number of poor urban areas. Wherever you have high crime, you have trouble attracting employers. And without employment options, you end up with poverty, a low tax base to support schools, hopelessness, drug dealing, and the rest. So I thought I would share some ideas for reducing urban crime. The first idea comes from Black Lives Matters out of New York. I can’t judge this sort of idea from my suburban home in California, but I share it with you because it belongs in the conversation. There is a small experiment going on in part of Harlem that has drastically reduced violent gun crime. Police say the big difference is the number of illegal guns they took out of the neighborhoods in question, but they also credit a group called Street Corner Resources with “. . . a mix of adult education courses, connections to legal and housing help and free job placement programs that would result in positions that could pay $40 to $50 a day more than selling drugs.”

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The Truth About Racial Profiling Is That Everyone Does It, Especially Leftists

13th December 2017

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My black brother who lives in Baltimore said something that has stuck with me. He said, “I am tired of having to show people (whites) that I am not like them (black thugs).” His comment was made to convince me that NFL players have valid reasons for protesting our country.

I told my brother it is not white America’s fault that blacks commit more crimes than any other race except whites. Blacks are only 13% of the population.

White Americans did not burden my brother with constantly having to show he is not a thug, blacks did. Like our dad, Dr. Rev. Lloyd E. Marcus, my brother is highly respected in his community; awarded for his service as commissioner of his county’s youth football league. However, my brother does dress urban style — the causal attire typical of inner city blacks. No, he does not wear his pants below his butt.

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Infamous Racist Trump Invites Black Family to White House

13th December 2017

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The president sought to bolster his base with a speech from the White House Wednesday afternoon. In the speech, Trump touted the merits of the tax plan, bringing forward families who would benefit from it.  Trump brought forward pastor Leon and wife Marie Benjamin along with their children as an example of a family who will get a larger tax refund under the plan. The president invited the pastor to speak, and what he said next was amazing.  

“To God be the glory!” Benjamin said loudly into the microphone.

How politically incorrect.

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Palestinian Authority Says US ‘Unfit’ for Any Role in Peace Talks

13th December 2017

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What peace talks? Every time somebody organizes ‘peace talks’ the Muslim side wrecks it.

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Another Kind of Bubble

13th December 2017

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The most valued skill in this town is the ability to navigate the structure and processes of federal legislation, litigation, regulation, grant-making, and enforcement. These are legitimate skills with a market value for persons and groups with interests to be protected or advanced. Don’t knock it. Lobbyists protect you from most of the steady stream of cosmic stupidity that flows from the Good Idea Elves on Capitol Hill and within the agencies.

The problem is that these insider skills do not easily translate into useful tools for dealing with problems, issues, and realities outside of the federal processes. And people who are really good at these intra-Washington processes are often promoted to positions where the dominant tasks and issues are literally outside the box where their expertise and experience resides.

The reason lobbyists get rich is because they are much in demand. The reason they are much in demand is because the government can royally screw you over and will if you don’t defend yourself against it. Microsoft found this out in the 1990s and their Washington presence went from a few simple sales offices to a huge lobbying force as a result.

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Trump Administration to Open Oil & Gas Leasing on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)

13th December 2017

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Apparently, after his ‘humiliating’ defeat in Alabama (where he wasn’t on the ticket), Trump has decided to put another nail in the coffin of the Obama Legacy.

That sure looks like winning to me.

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Warren Demands McConnell Seat Jones Immediately

13th December 2017

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Ever notice that Democrats think that they run things, even when they don’t?

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Thought for the Day

13th December 2017

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Jones Wins: Al Franken Hardest Hit

13th December 2017

Steven Hayward totes it up.

I might as well get into the “hot take” game. Democrats and their media echo chamber will openly celebrate Doug Jones’s narrow win in Alabama, but inside I’ll bet they are actually disappointed. There is little chance they can hold this seat in 2020 (unless Republicans nominate Roy Moore again). Meanwhile, Jones deprives them of their favorite talking point that Republicans are all drooling knuckle-dragging morons. Worse, it means Al Franken will likely have to go through with his resignation after all. I’d bet money that a polygraph examination would reveal that Franken was secretly hoping for a Moore victory. It was his only chance of hanging on.

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Today in Trump Derangement Syndrome

12th December 2017

CNN Doubles Down On Trump Diet Advice  Damn, I’m glad they don’t have anything more important to do.

New York bomber blamed Donald Trump for terrorism before attack: ‘Trump, you failed to protect your nation’

Vanity Fair: ‘Will Donald Trump Take Facebook and Twitter Down With Him?’  Uh, no.

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young hate Trump so much they might reunite  Who says Trump never accomplished anything?

59 female Democrats call for Trump to be investigated over sexual harassment allegations  A fairly obvious political ploy that might work on anybody but Trump.

Pelosi: ‘I Don’t Think’ Trump ‘Should Have Ever Been President’  Yeah, that’s news.

Trump Wins Defamation Court Case Over His Twitter Account

Donald Trump Is Slut-Shaming Everyone, According To Liz Warren  Everybody but Elizabeth Warren, obviously.

WashPost’s Marcus Admits ‘Democratic Tilt’ to Mueller Investigative Team  Oh, ya think?

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Women Prefer Stronger-Looking Men, Study Finds

12th December 2017

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What a shock.

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Night Bus With Beds for Late Night Revelers Could Soon Take You Home

12th December 2017

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We have the technology.

I’d want to see this thing go under an overpass safely first.

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A Homeless Camp Sparked Fire That Ravaged LA’s Wealthiest Zip Code

12th December 2017

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Another blow against wealth inequality. Democrats ought to be jubilant. Bernie Sanders ought to be ecstatic.

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This Human-Sized Penguin Isn’t Vven the Largest Ancient Penguin We Know About

12th December 2017

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The largest was, of course, Sister Mary Elephant.

They would, however, make a great Disney movie.

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Nanoparticles Could Detect Tiny Tumours Months Earlier Than an MRI Scan, Study Finds

12th December 2017

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We have the technology … Real Soon Now.

(Sorry, but Tiny Tumors sounds like a kid’s book written by a feminist.)

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Man Beaten to Near Death by Left-Wing Extremists for Wearing Flag Suspenders

12th December 2017

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How come the anti-fascist crowd keeps acting like, well, fascists?

The German term for ‘anti-semitism’ is judenhasse, jew-hatred. There ought to be a corresponding term for America-hatred.

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Colleges Recruit ‘Therapy Llamas’ To Comfort Stressed Students

12th December 2017

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Plus you can shave them and use the hair to knit socks. Win-win!

And you won’t EVER have to worry about coyotes on campus, unless they’re smuggling illegal immigrants to take advantage of special in-state tuition rates. Such a deal!

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Florida Bill Would Make it a Crime to be the Victim of Auto Theft

12th December 2017

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Florida state Rep. Wengay Newton (D–St. Petersburg) is so tough on auto theft that he wants to punish the crime’s victims as well.

Newton has introduced a bill that would make it a criminal offense to have your car stolen if you leave it unlocked with the keys inside. His legislation would make this a second-degree misdemeanor; violators would face fines of up to $500 and jail time of up to 60 days.

Democrats — they never cease to amaze.

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Liberal Media Attack Bullied Child’s Mother As a ‘Racist Money-Grabber’

12th December 2017

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The left has found itself stuck between a rock and a hard place. Bullying is bad, on the one hand, but on the other hand, isn’t it important to stick to the narrative of racism?

When a video of middle school student Keaton Jones addressing his bullies went viral, everyone was sympathetic. It wasn’t until two photos of Keaton’s mother holding a confederate flag was discovered that celebrities and journalists started to turn their backs to little Keaton’s plight. After all, racism is one of the few mortal sins left in the liberal media.

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“Why did climate scientists emit 30,000 tonnes of C02 this weekend?”

12th December 2017

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This weekend, 25,000 Earth, Sun, and planetary scientists from across the US and abroad flew to New Orleans for the annual American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting. These scientists study the impact global warming is having on Earth. Unfortunately, their air travel to and from the meeting will contribute to that warming by emitting around 30,000 tonnes of CO2.

Hey, some pigs are more equal than others.

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Thought for the Day

12th December 2017

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Al Franken Still Hasn’t Said When He’s Actually Resigning

12th December 2017

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Told ya so. The pressure is off, and I’m sure he’s scrambling for some excuse not to go through with it.

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In the Middle Ages, the Upper Class Went Nuts for Almond Milk

12th December 2017

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Things haven’t changed a whole lot.

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Blame The Government For Your Ridiculously Overpriced Phone Bill

12th December 2017

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If you think you pay too much for your cell phone each month, you shouldn’t necessarily blame your provider. Instead, first look closely at your bill, then your public officials.

The average American family paying for four cell phones and service costing $100 per month will also pay about $221 each year in wireless taxes, fees, and surcharges, according to a recent study by the Tax Foundation. This means Americans as a whole will pay $17.1 billion in taxes and fees across all levels of government for wireless service in 2017. These taxes and fees make up 18.5% of the average American’s wireless bill, so a significant chunk of your bill each month goes not to your provider, but to Big Brother.

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Killer Whales Fight Great White Sharks for Ocean Supremacy

11th December 2017

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Off the coast of South Africa, just below the ocean’s surface, an epic battle is underway as killer whales hunt and kill the world’s most iconic predator, the great white shark.

The phenomenon began in early May when scientists at the shark cage diving company Marine Dynamicsspotted a pair of killer whales cruising along the southwestern coast of South Africa. Days later, great white shark carcasses began washing up in their wake.

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You Know You Want One

11th December 2017

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The Irish DNA Atlas: Revealing Fine-Scale Population Structure and History Within Ireland

11th December 2017

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Located off the North-Western seaboard of Europe, Ireland’s geographic situation is conducive to genetic homogeneity and isolation. Indeed, several traits are found to be at high frequencies within the Irish, compared to the mainland European populations, including; cystic fibrosis, lactase persistence, coeliac disease, galactosaemia, and multiple sclerosis. Studies of ancient Irish genomes suggest that the modern Irish genetic landscape was established about 3,500 years ago in the Irish Bronze Age. There have since been a number of significant historical migrations into Ireland; the Norse Vikings in the late first millennium, the Norman invasion of the 12th century, and the Plantations of the 16th and 17th centuries. The impact of these migrations on the modern Irish genome is largely unknown. 

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Another Massachusetts Democrat Facing Massive Scandal

11th December 2017

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Yet another crooked politician from the party that gave us Tammany Hall.

Not really news, but a useful reminder.

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LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball Reportedly in Talks to Join Lithuanian Basketball Team

11th December 2017

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Where they will add much-needed diversity, I have no doubt.

How much extra would they charge to take their dad with them?

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Woman Arrested for Threatening to Kill Entire Plane Over Smoking in the Bathroom

11th December 2017

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I am not making this up.

I’m thinking she was probably a Democrat.

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NYC Terror Suspect Picked Target Because of Christmas-Themed Poster

11th December 2017

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But it had nothing to do with Islam! Hear? NOTHING TO DO WITH ISLAM!

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Fewer Blacks, Hispanics Go Jobless Under Trump

11th December 2017

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More black and Hispanic Americans are getting jobs on President Donald Trump’s watch, the latest employment numbers show, although critics accuse him of ignoring such minority populations.

But of course you have to remember that Trump has accomplished ABSOLUTELY NOTHING during his first term.

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Today in Trump Derangement Syndrome

11th December 2017

Humanity’s Annihilation Is ‘One Impulsive Tantrum Away,’ Nobel Peace Prize Winners Warn  Perhaps on Kim Jong Un’s part.

Bernie Sanders leads Democrats calling for Donald Trump to resign over sexual harassment allegations  In Bernie Sanders’ America, ‘allegations’ is a synonym for ‘proof’.

Donald Trump drinks ’12 cans of Diet Coke’ a day – What could this be doing to his body  I’m happy they don’t have anything more important to write about.

Women who accuse Donald Trump of sexual assault unite to demand investigation by Congress  If they had a real case, one would sue. They don’t — it’s just another bullshit attempt at character assassination — so they want Congress to ‘investigate’ i.e. hold a witch-hunt.

WashPost Op-Eds Puff Hillary as Romance Novel Heroine, Trump Gets Us All Killed

40 Minutes After NYC Terror Attack, CNN Obsesses Over Trump’s Diet Coke Habits

NBC Dismisses Media Screw Ups, Attacks Trump Instead

‘Mr. Trump grew uncomfortable after two or three days of peace’  And rightly so. As any martial artist knows, you have to maintain contact in order to control the process.

MSNBC: Donald Trump Doesn’t Like CNN’s Don Lemon Because He’s Black  Trump has sufficient justification to dislike Lemon because he’s a moron, and it’s entirely possible that he wouldn’t be as much of a moron as he is if he weren’t black, so in that sense it may be a contributing factor. But there’s no evidence that Trump gives a shit where he’s black or not; this is just more of the TRUMP IS RACIST! hallucination.

Trump Calls Don Lemon ‘Dumbest Man’ On TV. CNN Responds Comparing Themselves To Bullied Child  MOMMEE! JOHNNY HIT ME BACK!

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The Fourth Stage of American History

11th December 2017

ZMan looks at politics. (I know — what a shock.)

Over a century ago, Robert Lewis Dabney noted that Northern Conservatism never conserves anything. It makes a show of resisting whatever Progressive fads are currently popular, but in the end it always gives in and eventually, embraces the fad as a principle of conservatism. He was probably not the first to note this, but his description remains the most famous, among those who traffic in taboo thoughts. His description of conservatism as a shadow that follows the Left is a great image that captures their nature perfectly.

The Dissident Right often uses a version of Dabney’s description to describe the modern conservative movement. What gets lost is the fact that Dabney was describing northernconservatives. This geographic split has been erased from the modern mind, as the people who won the Civil War slowly, but surely, erase everything but the history of the North from the nation’s memory. That last bit is critical. One of the distinguishing features of 20th century American conservatism was its Yankeeness.

Think George Will and William F. Buckley.

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American Express, Mastercard and Discover to Eliminate Signature Requirement for Purchases in April 2018

11th December 2017

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American Express today announced plans to eliminate signature requirements when customers make credit or debit card purchases, joining both Mastercard and Discover.

All three companies plan to stop asking customers to provide a signature when making a purchase in the United States and Canada starting in April of 2018. The change is designed to allow for a more consistent, streamlined, and speedy checkout experience for both merchants and cardholders.

This will save everybody a lot of time.

 

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Meat Tax ‘Inevitable’ as Society Becomes More Concerned About Impact on Health and enviroment, Analysts Warn

11th December 2017

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Oh, I doubt it.

If it did, it would be just one more think that rich Crustian proglodytes can indulge in while denying it to the Dirt People. The optics of that would be pretty bad.

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Take a look at the Luttrell Psalter

11th December 2017

Read it.  And watch the video.

The Luttrell Psalter is one of the most famous relics of medieval illumination.

It is, shall we say, very pretty.

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St Albans Cathedral Finds Lost Abbot

11th December 2017

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Archaeologists from the Canterbury Archaeological Trust (CAT) working at St Albans Cathedral have discovered the grave of John of Wheathampstead, a former Abbot of national and international renown, who died in 1465, and whose burial site had remained a mystery up until now.

I guess they didn’t have milk cartons back then.

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Garrison Keillor Flushed Down the Memory Hole

11th December 2017

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I have alway considered Garrison Keillor to be an odious proglodyte toad, but many people loved and were entertained by his work for public radio, and his Stalinesque erasure from Minneapolis Public Radio ought to serve as a stark warning of what progs and their front-men in the Democrat party are capable.

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Why Black Lives Matter (BLM) and Republicans are Natural Allies (or should be)

11th December 2017

Scott Adams does his best to wake everybody up.

 

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Chinese Man Famous for Scaling Skyscrapers Films His Own Death as Stunt Goes Horribly Wrong

11th December 2017

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

Not quite a Darwin award, but certainly deserves honorable mention.

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Teacher Who Was Fired for ‘Misgendering’ a Student Slaps School With Lawsuit

11th December 2017

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And the pushback begins.

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Thought for the Day

11th December 2017

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The Mating Crisis Among Educated Women

11th December 2017

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Every year, more women than men become college-educated. The disparity is already prevalent across North America and Europe, and the trend is beginning to spread across the world more widely. At the University of Texas at Austin where I teach, the sex ratio is 54 percent women to 46 percent men. This imbalance may not seem large at first blush. But when you do the math it translates into a hefty 17 percent more women than men in the local mating pool. Speculations about reasons range widely. They include the gradual removal of gender discrimination barriers and women’s higher levels of conscientiousness (relative to men’s) that translate into better grades and superior college app qualifications. Whatever the causes turn out to be, the disparity is creating a dramatic and unintended mating crisis among educated women.

Stop it, you’re breaking my heart.

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Two Kinds of Identity

11th December 2017

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I don’t actually have an awful lot to say about bonding identity, not beyond what’s already been said by others.  Overall I’m not a fan — insofar as you can meaningfully say that you’re “not a fan” of a core feature of human psychology — in a terminal-values kind of way.  The end-point of pumping up your bonding identity is becoming a eusocial hive insect, caring less about your own fate and more about the fate of the group with which you identify, and while that’s a viable form of eudaimonia I tend to react to it with disgust.  It’s also true that one of the major functions of bonding identity is facilitating group action and shared grievance, and that (like revolutionary fervor) this is a crisis technology that becomes less useful and more dangerous as you move towards utopia and things get better.  Also, of course, people who invest strongly in bonding identity are especially prone to ignore concrete truths about themselves, since it’s so easy to play mental sleight-of-hand games that shuffle “traits I possess” and “traits possessed by the average member of My Group” and “traits possessed by the most heroically extraordinary members of My Group.”

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