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Taxing the Rich: The Record Under Obama

31st January 2015

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Not his rich, you understand; the other rich.

The idea is to help pay for other measures aimed at helping low- and middle-income families.

‘Aimed at’ but won’t; what they will do is hire and pay more government employees.

They may also be used to help pay for increased government spending.

Oh, ya think?

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GOPChairmen to Lead Task Force to Develop Obamacare Alternative

31st January 2015

Read it and gag.

It used to be that the ‘Republican alternative’ to an expensive government program was ‘Everybody to pay for their own stuff’, not ‘slightly less expensive government program for the same thing’.

But that was yesterday; and yesterday’s gone….

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

31st January 2015

ChillTHAT! ice cream bowl.

Sectional garage doors.

Coolbox, the world’s most advanced toolbox.

Microwave bowls with handles.

SlatePro TechDesk SE. The best way to celebrate Apple’s record-breaking quarter.

Paintball bow. I am not making this up.

Three Course Electric Steamer.

Popcorn Monsoon.

 

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What We Lose if We Lose the Canon

30th January 2015

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Paris. February 26, 1635. The Abbé François de Boisrobert stands before the newly minted Académie française and denounces Homer as a base street poet who eked out a living by declaiming his verses to the mob. Boisrobert’s impassioned speech was perhaps the first skirmish in la querelle des anciens et des modernes, whereby one group of writers sought to differentiate themselves from those who paid undue deference to the Greek and Latin poets. But the ancients couldn’t be dislodged so easily. When the corpus of Western literature consisted largely of two dozen writers who had set the standard for plays, essays, verse, and satires, it was no simple matter to consign them to the past, especially when the past was still present.

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Nine Trey Gangstas

30th January 2015

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The Nine Trey Gangsters (also referred to as Nine Trey Gangstas) are a set of the United Blood Nation street gang, the latter of which is a set of the Bloods street gang. The gang was established in 1993 at the Rikers Island jail complex in New York City, and operates on the East Coast of the United States. The gang has operated in the U.S. state of Virginia and other states. It has been alleged to engage in the sex trafficking of women and racketeering in Virginia, New York, North Carolina, Maryland and other areas. The gang has also been alleged to be involved in the distribution of illegal drugs, including heroin, cocaine, crack, ecstasy, marijuana and prescription painkillers in these areas. Further allegations include those of dealing in counterfeit U.S. currency and using counterfeit currency to “finance wholesale drug purchases”.

Hey, ‘Black Lives Matter’.

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Using the Book: An Introduction

30th January 2015

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Up to around 1200 members of religious houses—monks and nuns—were the primary consumers of books. They produced the objects themselves and in high numbers, because religious houses could not function without them. The 13th century saw a sharp rise in the production and consumption of books outside the monasteries. Books were now also made for profit in urban shops, both for use by citizens, students and even monks.

Most medieval bookstores were empty because books were too expensive to have in stock. Instead, each customer would have a long talk with the shopkeeper, who would ask how much he wanted to spend, what materials he preferred, what kind of writing style should be used for the text—and so on. The medieval book is therefore always one of a kind. Users often modified the manuscript post-production, bringing it even more in tune with their needs. Bookmarks could be added for quick access to favorite chapters, while nota signs and maniculae placed in the margin marked important passages. Moreover, glosses and slips with notes were inserted where the text needed clarification.

Khan Academy is a magical place.

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ISLAMOCOPIA FRIDAY: What’s New in the Religion of Peace

30th January 2015

Colo. teen who tried to help ISIS sentenced to 4 years in prison

Cash-starved Argentina tried to protect Iran, cover up Jewish Center bombings for cheap oil

Afghan police boss refused keys to US-funded, $8M barracks over shoddy construction

Afghans protest French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo’s caricature of the Prophet Muhammad

Japan PM left ‘speechless’ after video claims hostage dead (autoplay video)

Egypt tightens security for 2011 uprising anniversary

Boko Haram reportedly attacks key Nigerian city

Officials say bombings kill 10 in Iraq’s capital, Baghdad

30 Filipino police commandos killed in clash with rebels

Turkey orders Facebook to block pages that insult the Prophet Mohammed

Gunmen kill at least 3 guards, take hostages at Tripoli hotel, Libyan official says

Islamic State group pushed out of Syria’s Kobani

IS spokesman calls on Muslims in West to commit more attacks

Strategic city falls in Nigeria’s battle against Boko Haram

Hezbollah claims responsibility for missile attack on Israeli vehicle

American Among Dead as Hotel in Libya Stormed by Terrorists

Unwanted: Bodies of foreign ISIS fighters pile up in Iraqi hospitals

47 percent say Obama downplays threat from Islamic terrorists

Gun range’s ban on Muslims draws fire

Mystery surrounds death of US defense contract worker at Saudi hotel

Iraq officials vow to investigate alleged massacre of Sunnis

White House acknowledges — but also denies — that Taliban are a terrorist group

Official: Gitmo prisoner traded for Bergdahl reaching out to Taliban

Taliban claims responsibility for shooting at Afghanistan airport

FBI adds alleged al-Shabab recruiter from Virginia to most-wanted terrorist list

US reportedly reaches out to Yemen’s Houthi rebels to promote anti-Al Qaeda campaign

Report: Pentagon officials opened back-channels with Qaddafi regime to slow Clinton push into war

Egyptian group with ties to ISIS claims responsibility for deadly Sinai attacks

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Thousands of Early English books Released Online to Public by Bodleian Libraries and Partners

30th January 2015

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More than 25,000 early English texts from 1473-1700 have been released online to members of the public as part of a collaborative initiative led by the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries and the University of Michigan Library.

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Chemists Confirm the Existence of New Type of Bond

30th January 2015

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Donald Fleming, a University of British Columbia chemist involved with the experiment, thought that perhaps as bromine and muonium co-mingled, they formed an intermediate structure held together by a “vibrational” bond—a bond that other chemists had posed as a theoretical possibility earlier that decade. In this scenario, the lightweight muonium atom would move rapidly between two heavy bromine atoms, “like a Ping Pong ball bouncing between two bowling balls,” Fleming says. The oscillating atom would briefly hold the two bromine atoms together and reduce the overall energy, and therefore speed, of the reaction. (With a Fleming working on a bond, you could say the atomic interaction is shaken, not stirred.)

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Hipster Churches in Silicon Valley: Evangelicalism’s Unlikely New Home

30th January 2015

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The Bay Area has never been perceived as religious: a 2012 Gallup poll found that fewer than a quarter of residents identify as “very religious” (defined as going to church weekly), as opposed to 40% of the nation as a whole. High salaries have drawn droves of well-educated millennials to the booming tech sector, which correlates with lower religious sentiment. So far afield from the Bible belt, the region is in fact seen as hospitable to all forms of old testament abominations: fornication, paganism – even sodomy.

If you look around, however, you’ll notice a bumper crop of newer Christian ministries that, upon superficial glance, could pass for any other Bay Area start-up: glossy web design, well-curated social accounts and yes, free coffee promotions. County-level statistics substantiate this: numbers from the Association of Religion Data Archives show that several large Protestant denominations have grown in San Francisco County in recent years.

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Enjoying the Race Wars? Thank the Media.

30th January 2015

Gavin McInnes turns over a rock.

The media love hate crimes because they seem to explain everything that’s wrong with America and put the blame on someone who can handle it: white people. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough hate crimes against blacks to go around, and journalists are forced to invent them. What they don’t realize is that the biggest hate crime hoax is the press itself.

By creating an imaginary reality where blacks are constantly under siege, they are all but daring them to attack and murder whites. The media have created the racial tension they were going for, only they got everything backwards. In an attempt to create a fictional world where whites hate blacks, they accidentally created a real one where blacks hate whites.

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Male and Female Marriage Returns to Schooling

30th January 2015

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A collective marriage matching model is estimated and calibrated to quantify the share of returns to schooling that is realized through marriage. The predictions of the model are matched with detailed Danish household data on the relationship between schooling and wage rates, the division of time and goods within the household, and the extent to which men and women sort positively on several traits in marriage. Counterfactual analysis conducted with the model suggests that Danish men and women are earning on the order of half of their returns to schooling through improved marital outcomes.

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University Professors Blame the West for Paris Terror Attacks

30th January 2015

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Middle East studies professors responded to the attacks by Islamic terrorists in Paris earlier this month not with rigorous, informed analysis or even unadultered sympathy for those gunned down in the offices of Charlie Hebdo and a kosher market. Their reaction was instead precisely what one has come to expect from academics more concerned with shielding Islam from blame and shifting responsibility for its adherents’ actions to the West than with the disinterested pursuit of truth.

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

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The First Rule of Feminism

30th January 2015

The Other McCain boils it down.

Feminism is the belief that men are entirely useless, except when men are destructive and evil. If you think any man ever had any skill, knowledge or virtue that entitled him to be treated with courtesy and respect, you are not a feminist.

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Report: United States Kept Secret Its Chemical Weapons Finds in Iraq

30th January 2015

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The U.S. government suppressed information about chemical weapons it found in Iraq, and several servicemembers were injured by their exposure to those weapons, The New York Times is reporting.

In an article published late Tuesday, the newspaper says it found 17 American servicemembers and seven Iraqi police officers who were exposed to mustard or nerve agents after 2003. They were reportedly given inadequate care and told not to talk about what happened.

“From 2004 to 2011, American and American-trained Iraqi troops repeatedly encountered, and on at least six occasions were wounded by, chemical weapons remaining from years earlier in Saddam Hussein’s rule.

“In all, American troops secretly reported finding roughly 5,000 chemical warheads, shells or aviation bombs, according to interviews with dozens of participants, Iraqi and American officials, and heavily redacted intelligence documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

God forbid anything should interfere with the ‘No Blood For Oil’ or ‘Bush Is A Stupid Warmonger’ memes. (Will the Times apologize for the ‘NO WMD WERE FOUND!’ coverage? Surely you jest.)

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This Is How Your Tax Dollars Paid for the Super Bowl

30th January 2015

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You might as well watch the Super Bowl, America: You’re paying for it.

Forget about the league’s federal antitrust exemption dating back to the ’60s that allows it to yank any game off broadcast television it likes if it feels there aren’t enough backsides in the seats. Let’s forget about the same antitrust exemption that declared the NFL a nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization on par with a Chamber of Commerce or real estate board. Hey, let’s even forget a Federal Communications Commission ruling that, for almost 40 years, forbids cable and satellite providers to switch to a live feed of a game that was blacked out in a local market.

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8-year-old Girl Suggests a Possible Cure for Cancer

30th January 2015

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Camilla Lisanti’s parents are both cancer researchers at Manchester University. Over dinner, her father, Michael, asked her how she would cure the disease, and she suggested using antibiotics, “like when I have a sore throat.”

Michael and his wife, Federica Sotgia, tested her theory at the lab and were surprised to find that several cheap and widely used antibiotics destroyed cancerous cells in samples from breast, prostate, lung, ovarian, pancreatic, skin, and brain tumors. Some of the antibiotics worked by preventing cancer cells from making energy-providing mitochondria— which cancer stem cells are prolific in.

Kudos to her parents for actually following up.

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Oregon Gov Under Fire After Fiancee Admits Getting $118G in Consulting Role

30th January 2015

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Oregon Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber has called a press conference for Friday morning after his fiancee disclosed that she had collected $118,000 from an out-of-state clean energy group while advising the governor on clean energy policy.

Cylvia Hayes admitted in an e-mail to the East Oregonian newspaper in Salem Wednesday that she had been paid $30,000 in 2011 and $88,000 in 2012 by the Clean Economy Development Center, based in Washington, D.C. The paper reported that it is unclear what Hayes’ actual duties were for the organization, which promotes clean energy policies nationwide.

During that period, the Oregonian reported that Hayes referred to herself as Kitzhaber’s clean energy and economic development adviser. She also served as CEO of 3E Strategies, a consulting firm that she founded, a situation that has previously prompted ethics complaints against her and the governor.

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Father, Son Bag Charging 700-Pound Boar in North Carolina

30th January 2015

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You might have to go to Washington to find this much pork.

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North Carolina Woman’s Death Investigated as Possible Bear Attack

30th January 2015

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A North Carolina woman known as the “Bear Lady” for her devotion to feeding black bears that visited her remote Tyrrell County property might have been killed by the very animals she cared for, authorities said.

The remains of 67-year-old Kay Grayson were found by law enforcement Monday in woods about 100 yards off a dirt road leading to her home, after a resident alerted authorities that she had not seen the woman in several days, Tyrrell County Sheriff Darryl Liverman told FoxNews.com.

Think of it as evolution in action.

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Iran Calls for Assassination of Netanyahu’s Children

30th January 2015

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Iran is encouraging its terror allies to pursue the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s children by publishing personal information about them, including photographs of the kids lined up in crosshairs, and declaring, “We must await the hunt of Hezbollah.”

Reminder for the dimwitted: Islam is an oppressive totalitarian ideology, masquerading as a religion, with which no co-existence is possible.

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How Sequencing Foods’ DNA Could Help Us Prevent Diseases

29th January 2015

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Enter a new project from IBM Research and Mars Incorporated. Today, scientists from the two organizations announced the Sequencing the Food Supply Chain Consortium, a collaborative food safety organization that aims to leverage advances in genomics and analytics to further our understanding of what makes food safe.

The researchers will conduct the largest-ever metagenomics study of our foods, sequencing the DNA and RNA of popular foods in an effort to identify what traits keep food safe and these can be effected by outside microorganisms and other factors. Eventually, the researchers will extend the project “from farm to fork,” examining materials across the length and breadth of the supply chain.

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Selfie in Front of Running Train Costs Three College-Goers Their Lives

29th January 2015

Darwin award.

Attempts to click “eye-catching pictures” to upload them on social networking sites cost three college going friends from New Delhi, Moradabad and Faridabad their lives on Monday when they were run over by the speeding train.

Think of it as evolution in action.

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Modeling Suspects’ Faces Using DNA From Crime Scenes

29th January 2015

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This winter, a biotechnology company began offering a whole new service to police departments. Virginia-based Parabon NanoLabs’ Snapshot service allows police to send Parabon NanoLabs DNA samples taken from crime scenes. From that DNA, the company reconstructs a guess of what the person’s face looks like.

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Big Sugar Leaves a Bitter Aftertaste

29th January 2015

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Taking candy from a baby is easy. Taking sugar from a senator? Not so much. For decades, economists, free market think tanks, good-government advocates, newspaper columnists, and even the occasional elected official have decried the special treatment enjoyed by the American sugar industry.

Under current policies, U.S. sugarcane and sugar beet farmers receive minimum price guarantees regardless of market conditions. In addition, the federal government allots 85 percent of the U.S. sugar market to domestic producers, and it imposes quotas and tariffs on the 40 countries that are allowed to export sugar to America.

In 1993, the Government Accounting Office (GAO) estimated that such policies were costing U.S. consumers $1.4 billion a year because they resulted in “higher prices for domestic sugar.” Twenty years later, the University of Michigan–Flint economist Mark J. Perry estimated that this annual cost had grown to $3 billion by 2012, and that consumers and U.S. sugar-using businesses had paid “more than twice the world price of sugar on average since 1982.”

In other words, sugar producers are getting a sweet deal, while consumers are getting screwed.

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Outragists Are the New Awful

29th January 2015

Scott Adams connects the dots.

I coined the word outragism and defined it as the act of generating public outrage by quoting famous people out of context.

Creating the word is only the first part of my strategy.

My plan is to arm victims of false accusations with a word that has equal weight to the accusation. For example, if you are falsely accused of being a Nazi sympathizer because you watch the History Channel, the accuser is using full verbal firepower and all you have is a weak denial about your interest in history. It isn’t a fair fight.

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ArnoldC

29th January 2015

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Programming language based on the one-liners of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

I am not making this up.

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Multicultural Meltdown

29th January 2015

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“Do you believe in witchcraft?  Do you believe that men can turn themselves into bats and fly?”

I confess to being a little nonplussed by such questions. But then I remembered that this is Britain in the 21st century, and the lunatic fringes of the Third World are now firmly anchored in the mainstream.

Honor killings, forced marriage, people trafficking, slavery, violent exorcism, clitoral mutilation, child grooming, and masked jihadists wishing to slit our throats—you name it, it’s part of our much-lauded, colorful cultural mix. Without a single vote being cast or our opinion being sought, the nation has been hijacked. Yes, on occasion, I pray for the power to transform myself into a bat and fly the hell away from here.

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50 Years of James Bond in Black Tie Inforgraphic

29th January 2015

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Just in case you had a bet going or something.

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Narrative Formation Case Study: NYT’s Role in the Ferguson Fiasco

29th January 2015

Steve Sailer blows the whistle.

As you’ll recall, the Myth of Michael Brown collapsed in mid-August due to two revelations. On August 15, the convenience store video appeared showing gentle giant Michael Brown violently shoving the poor little Asian store clerk who tried to stop him from stealing. Then two days later, the Brown family’s privately-hired coroner announced Brown wasn’t shot in the back. His wounds were fairly consistent with the cop’s story.

Unfortunately for the New York Times, the national media in general, the town of Ferguson, the Democratic Party in November, Zemir Begic, NYPD Officers Liu and Ramos, and America in general, the Megaphone had apparently passed its Point of No Return by August 14, 2014.

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The Christmas Junta

29th January 2015

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Yesterday’s political agreement in Sweden would have been labeled a “coup” had it occurred in some Third-World backwater. The seven mainstream political parties got together and agreed to ignore the wishes of their respective voters, and will act in unison from now until 2022. This wholesale abandonment of democracy was undertaken in order to maintain (or increase) the current unsustainable rate of mass immigration into Sweden, and to keep the Sweden Democrats from increasing their presence in parliament.

The agreement guarantees that Swedish voters will not get a chance to repudiate the new junta until the next general election in 2018. However, given the current rate of political self-destruction in Sweden, there may no longer be a functioning polity in four years in which meaningful elections can be held.

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General’s Alleged ‘Treason’ Remark Probed by Air Force

29th January 2015

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The Air Force is investigating allegations that the No. 2 commander at its prestigious Air Combat Command told lower-ranking officers that talking to members of Congress about the capabilities of the A-10 attack aircraft is tantamount to treason.

Post is reported to have told Air Force officers attending a recent weapons and tactics conference in Nevada that it is their duty to support the service’s budget priorities by refraining from offering opinions inconsistent with those priorities. Air Force leaders have proposed retiring the A-10 fleet but Congress has refused, and some inside the Air Force have sided with Congress.

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When Chocolate Was Medicine

28th January 2015

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Chocolate has not always been the common confectionary we experience today. When it first arrived from the Americas into Europe in the 17th century it was a rare and mysterious substance, thought more of as a drug than as a food. Christine Jones traces the history and literature of its reception.

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Four Anecdotes About Racethink

28th January 2015

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While the announcer was rightfully scourged for this ellipsis of common sense, I find to my dismay that if you google the phrase, there are still people using it. I wonder what term we will use in the future to distinguish African Americans from other nations versus African Americans from America or African Americans from Africa?

Likewise, my friend, born in South Africa, stepping into the student union hall for African American students on her campus on a hot day, to sit in a chair, panting, and enjoy the air conditioning, when she was peremptorily commanded to leave by a black woman, because this was the African American Student Union. My friend was unable to restrain her outrage, and shouted in her delightful British accent, “You fools! I am the only African in this room!”

I am reminded of the white kid from Tanzania, 3d generation in that country, whose first language was KiSwahili, being turned down for a scholarship that was reserved for students ‘of African descent’.

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When You Wish Upon a Star: Nuclear Fusion and the Promise of a Brighter Tomorrow

28th January 2015

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Everything about the project, known as Iter (formerly known as the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor), is huge. The main fusion reactor will be built on a flattened area of concrete that has been blasted into the hills at Cadarache and stretches to 60 football pitches. Around 2.5m cubic metres of earth and rubble were excavated from what was originally a small valley that undulated by several hundred metres in parts. That concrete baseplate sits on dozens of pillars containing layers of rubber sandwiched between the mortar and cement – not only do these pillars raise the building above the height of the surrounding countryside (the height was calculated to be above the maximum height that water would flow past if the nearby dam broke), they also create a “seismic isolation pit” that will protect the building from earthquakes.

And it’s not happening in America because bureaucrats and eco-Nazis have made it too expensive. Lucky us.

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Facebook Addiction and GPA

28th January 2015

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Think of it as evolution in action.

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Medieval Warfare Magazine – Volume V Issue 1

28th January 2015

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My favorite: The Battle of the River Talas – The Abbasid Caliphate vs the Chinese Tang dynasty — coming soon to an XBox near you….

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11 Human-Trafficking Bills Passed by U.S. House Tuesday

28th January 2015

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FlickrOn Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a spate of bills addressing human trafficking. Though politicians on both sides of the aisle have been crowing about their good work here, the bills do very little to address labor trafficking, which comprises the majority of human trafficking, according to the U.S. State Department. Rather, most focus on the more salacious prospect of sex trafficking, especially the sex trafficking of minors.

‘We have 11 human trafficing bills.’

‘Oh? How much are they charging us?’

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Snowpocalypse 2015

28th January 2015

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Columbia never used to shut down at all, New York City never used to shut down the transit system, and the states never used to shut down all roadways. Until the past decade or so people tried to go about their business here in the winter, taking action to shut things down only once snow had arrived and was causing a problem. The US has now become a nation of hysterics, with media-driven hype frightening everyone about everything, and public officials desperately taking action to protect the citizenry from imaginary threats.

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Apocalypse Soonish Redux

28th January 2015

Kevin Williamson is fed up.

Last autumn, I argued in National Review (“Apocalypse Soonish”) that the real intellectual achievement of the climate-change alarmists has been to improve on the marketing model of the traditional fundamentalist-wacko/UFO-cult/Mayan-calendar-lunatic operation by eliminating its greatest weakness: the expiration date. When your UFO cult predicts that the world will unquestionably come to an end on December 21, 1954, then you start to look sort of silly by Christmas.

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Who Worries About Income Inequality?

28th January 2015

Don Boudreaux, a Real Economist, uncovers a rock.

I’ve never worried about income inequality. It’s not that I’ve not worried much about it; I’ve not worried about it at all .

Income inequality — like the color of my neighbor’s car or the question of the number of pigeons in Central Park — just never dawns on me as an issue worthy of a moment’s attention. More importantly, I’ve never encountered many people who worry about inequality.

Indeed, the only time I had regular, close contact with people who express anxiety about inequality was when I was in law school at the University of Virginia. And there, those who wailed most loudly about inequality were those from families that were, as we say, the “most privileged.”

 

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In It to Win It

28th January 2015

Walter Russell Mead looks at Putin from a Davos perspective.

The trouble is that the contemporary Western mind has a hard time grasping a basic truth about both Putin and ourselves; we are not the world, and Putin is not us. There are three subjects on which virtually everybody in the Western policy and intellectual establishments agree: think of them as the core values of the Davoisie: The first is that the rise of a liberal capitalist and more or less democratic and law-based international order is both inevitable and irreversible. The second is that the Davos elite—the financiers, politicians, intellectuals, haute journalists and technocrats who mange the great enterprises, institutions and polities of the contemporary world—know what they are doing and are competent to manage the system they represent. The third is that no serious alternative perspective to the Davos perspective really exists; our establishment believes in its gut that even those who contend with the Davos world order know in their hearts that Davos has and always will have both might and right on its side.

But Putin lives and thinks outside of the Davos box. By Davos standards, Putin is a heretic and a renegade. He thinks the whole post-historical Western consensus is a mix of flapdoodle and folderol. It is, from his perspective, a cocktail of ignorance, arrogance, vanity and hypocrisy, and he wants no part of it.

Putin isn’t exactly right about the Davos consensus; there is more inertia and power behind the global status quo than he understands. But because he is outside the Davos bubble, he sees things that the Davoisie can’t, and it is those insights, some more valuable than others, that enable him to astound and wrong-foot his opponents time after time.

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The Prediction Racket

28th January 2015

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One of John Kenneth Galbraith’s better and more sound witticisms was that economic forecasting was invented to make astrology look good. He should have lived long enough to take in climate change predictions. While we continue Beta testing our Climate Change Cliché Counter and scoreboard, we are pleased to take note of a new website that will surely be indispensable: ClimateChangePredictions.org. This group effort looks to be a one-stop shopping archive for all of the crazy—and contradictory—predictions that have piled up over the years.

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It’s All About Him

28th January 2015

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President Obama, speaking to an audience of mostly young people celebrating India’s Republic Day in New Delhi on Tuesday, told the crowd, “I realise that the sight of an American president as your chief guest on Republic Day would have once seemed unimaginable.  But my visit reflects the possibilities of a new moment.” He pointed out that he was the first American president to participate in the country’s Republic Day and boasted, “And I’m the first American president to come to your country twice!”

The president went on to refer to himself an astonishing 118 times in the short 33-minute speech, touching on injustices in the United States and in his own personal life.

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State Department Funded Group Working to Defeat Netanyahu

28th January 2015

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John has written about how President Obama’s campaign team is working to defeat Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel’s upcoming elections. To make matters worse, the anti-Netanyahu campaign is benefiting from U.S. taxpayer money.

As John noted, the organization “One Voice” wants to help take down Netanyahu’s party in the March 2015 Knesset elections that will ultimately determine the next Israeli Prime Minister. “One Voice” claims to be non-partisan, but it is working with V-15, an Israeli group dedicated to defeating Netanyahu. And “One Voice” itself admits that it is teaming up with V15 because Israel “need[s] a prime minister and a government who will be responsive to the people.”

I think we know the identity of the Prime Minister “One Voice” doesn’t mean. If not, here’s a hint: the son of Mahmoud Abbas reportedly sits on its advisory board.

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Support for the Democratic Party in the American Media

27th January 2015

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My first takeaway is the shock at how much these companies really favour the Democratic Party. Forgetting the homogeneous results for institutions that everyone knows are liberal such as the New York Times, the New Yorker and the New Republic, even Fox News, the supposedly most bias media outlet and cheerleader for the Republican party still as an organization has higher support levels for the Democratic Party than Republicans.

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The Real Fight Against ISIS Begins in Saudi Arabia

27th January 2015

Tarek Fatah connects the dots.

On one hand the West claims it is fighting to destroy Islamic State (ISIS), yet it strengthens its ties with the very people who have spent an estimated $100 billion to spread Wahhabism, the foundational Islamist creed of ISIS, the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaida, Boko Haram and the Taliban.

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69 Percent of Americans, Including 60% of Democrats, Favor School Choice

27th January 2015

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Not that it matters a damn. They still vote for people who wouldn’t give them school choice if you twisted their tongues and kneed them in the groin.

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America’s Worst School System Will Soon Be Dead. Will What Replaces It Be Any Better?

27th January 2015

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“I have girlfriends who have a lot of children who have been killed, and I look at their pain and hurt on their faces, and I don’t want that,” says Shantella Davis, who’s an unemployed recovering drug addict and the single mother of a six-year-old named As-Sidq. “When I leave this earth I want him to be established…I want him to be able to go to college.”

They live in the impoverished city of Camden, New Jersey, which is home to some of the nation’s lowest performing public schools. “A lot of kids that came out of Camden High not knowing how to read and write,” says Davis. “How did the kid get through the school not knowing how to read and write?”

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CBO Still Refuses to Score Obamacare, Ignores 15 Tax Hikes in Healthcare Law

27th January 2015

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The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) this week released their annual Budget and Economic Outlook which sets the budget baselines and estimates for the whole year.

Buried in Appendix B of the report is CBO’s attempt to provide an updated score of Obamacare. But that’s not what they did.  They only scored the “coverage provisions” of the law, ignoring some fifteen tax increases which are also a part of Obamacare and its cost to taxpayers.

Makes you wonder what they do up there all day. But I bet they’re well paid.

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