DYSPEPSIA GENERATION

We have seen the future, and it sucks.

On the Farm, Algae May Be the New Corn

28th July 2015

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Apart from human uses, corn makes up the majority of feed for livestock. At one point, over 95% of the feed grains grown in the United States were based on corn. It’s no surprise then that in 2015 alone, some 89.2 million acres will be grown in the United States. This represents around 40% of all the corn grown worldwide.

But corn has seen a decline due to a number of factors. Crops have been hard hit by climate change. Higher temperatures have led to decreased yields and less overall abundance. As a result, the value of corn has dropped since 2012. This has put additional pressure on farmers, suggesting they may have to forego corn and look to other crops to maintain viability. This could harm corn stocks and hinder food security.

There may be an answer to the corn dilemma, but to find it, one has to look not in the prairies but the sea. Within the salty brine are algae. These microorganisms, once believed to be primordial plant species, are nutrient-making machines. They are known to produce high levels of antioxidants and also a variety of essential fatty acids. Some companies have even seen their algal-derived products make it to market.

Hmm. Kelp-fed beef just doesn’t have the same ring, somehow.

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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished in Taxachusetts

28th July 2015

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George Simolaris is a member of the Board of Selectmen (the town council) in Billerica, Massachusetts. According to him, some of the crosswalks around town have become unsafe because the paint has faded, and it’s been taking forever to get the town manager and/or Board to repaint them. After more than six months of waiting, he says, he decided to help, so he went out last week and painted several of the crosswalks himself, at no cost to the city. He even used his own paint. Then they looked nice and were easy to see.

For this, he will be prosecuted.

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Order, Please, Not Utopia

28th July 2015

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Listen, Mayor: the first job of government is to keep the people safe in their homes and in the streets. If you can’t do that as a municipal chief executive, you are a flop. Equality is not the job of government, unless you are a Communist, in which case equality usually comes at the barrel of a gun or the end of a noose. And voters of New York, please learn this lesson too, despite your attachment to FDR and the New Deal or your seductive professor of race-class-and-gender studies at Brown or Wesleyan. New York needs a realistic mayor. We don’t have one.

Unfortunately, stupid voters usually get the politicians they deserve.

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Watch the Moment When a Bronze Goat-Headed Satanic Statue Is Unveiled in Detroit

28th July 2015

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Tell the truth: Where would it be more appropriate? Yeah, well, maybe Washington….

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Thought for the Day

28th July 2015

One of the surprising privileges of intellectuals is that they are free to be scandalously asinine without harming their reputation.

— Eric Hoffer, Before the Sabbath

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More Gridlock Than Ever

28th July 2015

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As the Antiplanner noted a couple of weeks ago, the source of the gridlock is Congress’ decision ten years ago to change the Highway Trust Fund from a pay-as-you-go system to one reliant on deficit spending. This led to three factions: one, mostly liberal Democrats, wants to end deficits by raising the gas tax; a second, mostly conservative Republicans, wants to end deficits by reducing spending; and the third, which includes people from both sides of the aisle, wants to keep spending without raising gas taxes.

This third group is no doubt the largest because it is politically the easiest position to take, and it is responsible for the Senate bill. Gas taxes and other federal highway user fees bring in about $40 billion a year, while Congress is currently spending about $52 billion a year and wants to increase it by at least the rate of inflation. To make up the difference, the Senate bill includes a hodge-podge of ideas such as increasing customs fees and selling oil from the strategic petroleum reserve. As the Post noted, the one thing these sources of funds all have in common is that “none is related to surface transportation.”

According to the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis, these funding schemes will only be enough to last through 2018, after which Congress will have to find another $51 billion to keep the spending going for another three years. That shortfall alone is probably what killed the bill in the House, though it would be nice to think that House members were also wary of a 1,000-plus-page bill sprung on them at the last minute (scroll down to “SA 2266? or search for “DRIVE Act”).

 

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Why Bugs Bunny Is the Greatest Cartoon Character Ever

27th July 2015

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Can’t say they’re wrong.

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Thinking Strategically

27th July 2015

Scott Adams.

The other day a smart, attractive, 27-year old, white woman told me it was hard to get a job in California because she is a woman.

That’s a victim.

Yup.

A few months ago I had a minor leg injury that looked like it would keep me from doing cardio for a few weeks. My first thought was that it was an opportunity to do more weight training on my upper body, which I wanted to do anyway.

That’s strategic thinking.  Every problem creates an opportunity.

Wisdom. Attend.

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Windows 10 Will Share Your WiFi Passwords With Your Friends By Default

27th July 2015

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Well, let’s just think about that one for a bit….

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Colleges Face Growing Costs From ‘Reluctant Retirees’

27th July 2015

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I wouldn’t mind having a job as a professor.

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Mexico Search for 43 Missing Students in Iguala Has Turned Up 60 Mass Graves With 129 Bodies

27th July 2015

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Sure, let’s just declare amnesty and open the border! What could possibly go wrong?

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White Police Officer Pepper-Sprays Crowd at First Ever Black Lives Matter Rally in Cleveland

27th July 2015

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Saw that coming.

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Man Who Jumped Zoo Fence to Pet Cougars Admits ‘It Was a Bad Decision’

27th July 2015

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“I was thinking I’m an animal lover. The cats were looking like they wanted some love and [I] just jumped over and petted them,” a regretful Josh Newell, 35, told the NBC affiliated WCMH news channel.

Uh, yeah.

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New Study Into Lack of Women in Tech: It’s NOT the Men’s Fault

27th July 2015

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Shucks, I could have told you that.

A new study into causes of the scarcity of women in technical and scientific fields says that it is not discrimination by men in the field keeping the ladies away. Nor is it a repugnance felt by women for possibly dishevelled or unhygienic male nerds.

No, the reason that young women don’t train in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) areas – and thus, don’t find themselves with jobs at tech companies, in IT etc – is quite simply that they mostly don’t know enough maths to do those courses.

“It is all about the mathematical content of the field. Girls not taking math coursework early on in middle school and high school are set on a different college trajectory than boys,” says economics prof Donna Ginther.

Ginther and a colleague, Shulamit Kahn, examined statistics on young women’s maths qualifications and mathematical requirements for college courses in America. Put simply, they found that absence of women studying a given course can be accounted for simply by the fact that most young women don’t know much maths.

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Milestone for Disability Studies

26th July 2015

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The University of Toledo is starting the nation’s first full undergraduate major in disability studies, an interdisciplinary field that already has considerable scholarly interest and graduate options.

This will eventually be subsumed into the Department of Fashionable Victimology. At some point there will come a Studies Studies major.

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End of the Car Age: How Cities Are Outgrowing the Automobile

26th July 2015

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Yet another fantasy sequence from Voice of the Crust The Guardian.

Gilles Vesco calls it the “new mobility”. It’s a vision of cities in which residents no longer rely on their cars but on public transport, shared cars and bikes and, above all, on real-time data on their smartphones. He anticipates a revolution which will transform not just transport but the cities themselves. “The goal is to rebalance the public space and create a city for people,” he says. “There will be less pollution, less noise, less stress; it will be a more walkable city.”

Just like in 1900, where all truly regressive ‘progressives’ want to wind up. Any resemblance to Disneyland is purely coincidental.

Walt would have loved these guys.

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Lockheed Martin’s New Compact Fusion Reactor Might Change Humanity Forever

26th July 2015

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Or maybe not.

A compact fusion reactor presented by Skunk Works, the stealth experimental technology section of Lockheed Martin. It’s about the size of a jet engine and it can power airplanes, most likely spaceships, and cities.

“We would like to get to a prototype in five generations. If we can meet our plan of doing a design-build-test generation every year, that will put us at about five years, and we’ve already shown we can do that in the lab. So it wouldn’t be at full power, like a working concept reactor, but basically just showing that all the physics works.”

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NASA May Have Invented a Warp Drive

26th July 2015

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The EmDrive, an experimental propulsion device, may be producing a warp field.

According to posts on the NASA Space Flight forum, when lasers were fired into the EmDrive resonance chamber, it was found that some of the beams were travelling faster than the speed of light.

But, being a government agency, they will find some way to screw it up while making it impossible for anybody else to do anything with it.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

26th July 2015

Ring of Fire

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The Simulated City vs the Urban Downtown

26th July 2015

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The simulated city carries none of urbanity’s institutional hardware: no visible governmental facilities, religious institutions, schools or civic centers clutter the street wall. The simulated city eschews manufacturing and offices, instead making itself the chief enterprise: a mecca of retail, dining, and entertainment. It has cherry-picked the good stuff from the old urban form, presenting a cosmetically perfect face without blemish or quirk, redolent in its synthetic beauty.

Unlike the shadow-world of Florida’s urban downtowns, riverwalks, boardwalks, and Main Streets, throngs of people crowd these places every day and every night. For all the hoopla about the reinvigorated city, Florida’s urban scene fails to deliver even a fraction of the sidewalk life that these places have. The simulated city is the powerhouse of the future.

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Just One All-Nighter Can Alter Your Genes, Possibly for Years to Come

25th July 2015

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It made me the man I am today.

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How Dumb Is Donald Trump?

25th July 2015

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‘Touch my plate and feel my fork.’ In an Age of Sharing, Diners Who Don’t.

25th July 2015

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The only person with which I share food is my wife — Texas is a community property state, and she’s entitled to half.

All of this is a little hard on people who, darn it, just want a bit of alone time with the food they actually ordered. For years, reluctant sharers only had to fend off the occasional fry filcher, or the girlfriend who virtuously passes on dessert — and then plants her fork in her companion’s crème brûlée. Now, whole menus are devoted to socialist portions.

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Grillax, Bro

25th July 2015

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Is this a satire? Or straight? We report, you decide.

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Revenge of the Radical Middle

25th July 2015

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Well, here we are again, at the beginning of a presidential campaign in which the Republican Party, having lost its hold on the radical middle, is terrified of the electoral consequences. The supporters of Reagan and Perot, of Gingrich and Pat Buchanan, have found another aging billionaire in whom to place their fears and anxieties, their nostalgia and love of country, their disgust with the political and cultural elite, their trepidation at what our nation is becoming.

It is immigration—its universally celebrated benefits and its barely acknowledged costs—that is the third rail of U.S. politics, with repercussions from the border to Eric Cantor’s district in 2014 to courtrooms and the Republican debate stage today. Trump didn’t step on the third rail; he embraced it, he won’t let go of it, and in so doing he’s become electric. Republicans, Democrats, journalists, corporations all want to define themselves against him, and their flaunting of their moral superiority only feeds the media monster, only makes Trump more attractive to the dispossessed, alienated, radical middle.

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Progressives as Regressives

25th July 2015

Don Boudreaux, a Real Economist, nails it.

As Thomas Sowell points out (I believe in Intellectuals and Society, where he notes that the 1920s was one of the most economically progressive decades in American history), “Progressives” often oppose genuine progress – such as the lower distribution costs, lower product prices, higher product quality, greater product selection, and better employment opportunities opened up by innovations in retailing.  The only sort of change that “Progressives” consistently celebrate as “progress” is a progressive increase in the role of government – specifically, an increase in the scope and depth of government’s intervention into the economic affairs of ordinary people.  Such an increase in government power is considered by “Progressives” to be “progressive” even if (as is often the case) the goals and the effects of the use of such government power are to resist the forces of creative destruction or to otherwise stymie economic progress that is not directed or controlled by the state.

Note another feature of “Progressives’” frequent opposition to innovations in retailing: it is opposition to what in accuracy should be called “shared prosperity.”  When the likes of Wal-Mart devises innovative means of creating and taking advantage of economies of scale in distribution, or Home Depot imports for resale in the U.S. more lower-cost goods assembled abroad, the benefits of these lower costs (and, also typically, of higher qualities) are shared with millions of consumers throughout America (and wherever else these firms have stores) in the form of lower prices and wider product selection.  Such a widespread sharing of prosperity was certainly a consequence of the spread of mail-order innovators, such as Sears, in the late nineteenth century and of supermarkets, such as A&P, in the twentieth century – all despite the hysteria at those times over the demise of local merchants and over the alleged permanent loss of jobs that such retailing innovations were said to cause.

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What Makes ‘progressives’ Happy

25th July 2015

Sonic Harm has a few thoughts on the subject.

Whether it ‘works’ or not, it ‘should make many progressives happy’. Why? Because it will ‘raise some money from the wealthy’.

This is exactly right and a good description of what it means to be ‘progressive': who cares about the actual real practical effects, what they want to do – all they want to do – is to tax the weatlhy, to ‘raise some money from’ them. If a policy does that, and nothing else, it ‘makes progressives happy’.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

25th July 2015

Cubrick cabinet.

Tactical Baby Carrier.

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Restaurants Warn NY Push for $15 Wage Could Close Hundreds of Businesses

25th July 2015

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There appears to be an informal requirement that an ignorance of basic economics is necessary for public office.

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Thought for the Day

24th July 2015

PP Guns copy

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What the ‘Cadillac Tax’ Accomplishes–and What Could Be Lost in Repeal

24th July 2015

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To limit the growth of health-care spending, and to help subsidize insurance for low-income Americans, the Affordable Care Act took a step toward limiting this tax break. Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, the law levies a hefty excise tax on health insurance plans worth more than $27,500 per family or $10,200 per individual (with some adjustments to thresholds to be made for hazardous jobs such as those in law enforcement or construction and other factors). This has been dubbed the “Cadillac tax.” (For details, see this Cigna summary or this Health Affairs policy brief.)

Once again, a Voice of the Crust shakes a finger at those who are spending money on things that the Crust would prefer it not be spent on.

Consider the concept of employer-paid-for health care, which the author admits was a market response to a Typical Government Stupidity, wage and price controls during WWII. (Funny how many of today’s ‘crises’ are the result of Typical Government Stupidity in times past. Don’t get me started on the Fourteenth Amendment.) Whenever one finds a separation between who pays for the service and who receives the service, you get the following: People grabbing all the service that they can (after all, they’re not paying for it); service providers thinking up ever more new and original ways of providing services that they can hoodwink the recipients and the payers into consuming; and tedious acres of articles by simple-minded pundits about how something, SOMETHING must be done.

The answer, of course, is simple: People pay for their own health care. That allows the market to do what it does best, i.e. set prices and clear the market for a particular service. But the Crust doesn’t like simplicity, because it doesn’t serve their agenda.

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

24th July 2015

ISIS netted up to $1B in cash after taking over Mosul, US official says

Turkey agrees to allow US to use air base for strikes against ISIS

Iran executions: ‘Unprecedented spike’ in the number of Iranians put to death sees Tehran face renewed calls to address human rights abuses

13 Britons amongst 457 ‘foreign terror’ suspects held by Turkish authorities at Syrian border

Islamic State threat: ISIS plotting to use drones to bomb crowds at major British events

Moderate imam reveals how radicals won battle for soul of Boston mosques

Seattle officials join push for Sharia-compliant mortgages, loans

ISIS fighters ‘blown up by their own landmine’ in Iraq, Kurdish fighters claim

US airstrike kills senior Khorasan Group leader

African coalition nearly ready to take on Boko Haram, Nigerian leader says

Computer-obsessed man ‘ordered enough deadly poison ricin to kill 1,400 people’

ISIS in EUROPE: Terror group ‘has built jihadi base in isolated village’

ISIS targets civilians with chemical weapon attack in Iraq and Syria

Suruc bombing: Suspected ISIS suicide blast leaves 28 dead in Turkish city

Sick ISIS group are now using ‘suicide CHICKENS’ to bomb enemies as weapons stash runs low

ISIS blamed for Gaza City bomb attacks

ISIS forces Yazidi children to behead dolls as part of their ‘re-education’ training

Mali: Islamic Terrorists Driven South

‘They beat us everywhere': Inside ISIS training camps for terror’s next generation

Saudi Arabia says it stopped Islamic State attacks; 400 held

ISIS uses poisonous gas on Kurdish forces, says monitoring group  Hey, it’s traditional.

Anger in Iraq after suicide attack on marketplace kills 115

Summer camp, Islamist-style: Getaway for Palestinian children of martyrs teaches hate, violence, say critics

Tennessee gunman first radicalized, now idolized by Internet jihadists

ISIS car bomb kills at least 100 including children in Iraqi town of Khan Bani Saad

Forced marriage: One British woman’s story shows how much it matters to step up the fight

ISIS video shows young boy beheading Syrian soldier near ancient city of Palmyra

Muslim Brotherhood: Six supporters ‘killed in Cairo clashes with police’ after Eid-ul-Fitr prayers celebrating end of Ramadan

Eid Nigeria bombing: ’10-year-old girl’ kills 12 in suicide attack

 

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Thought for the Day, Black Lives Matter Edition

24th July 2015

They ought to have a high-school course on not talking back to a man with a gun. It might save more lives than driving lessons.

— Matt Helm, The Shadowers

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Malaria Vaccine Gets ‘Green Light’

24th July 2015

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The world’s first malaria vaccine has cleared one of the final hurdles prior to being approved for use in Africa.

The European Medicines Agency gave a positive scientific opinion after assessing its safety and effectiveness.

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Parents Should Be Banned From Smacking Children, UN Tells Britain

24th July 2015

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In a wide-ranging report, the UN Human Rights Committee called for Britain to implement a number of measures in order to comply with international treaties, including the holding of independent investigations into murders and other human rights abuses during Northern Ireland’s Troubles and improvements to the way human rights abuses by the Armed Forces overseas are dealt with.

It also said the age of criminal responsibility – which is 10 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and eight in Scotland although children there can only be prosecuted when they reach 12 – was “not in accordance with international standards” and should be raised.

Who hires these people? And why?

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We’ll See You in Paris

24th July 2015

Read it. And watch the video.

The Islamic State has released yet another grotesquely violent execution video. This one is directed at a French-speaking audience, and after he shoots his captive, the executioner promises that there will be corpses in the streets of Paris if the French do not submit to Islam.

I’m certain that he’s correct; there will be corpses in the streets of Paris. The question is: Whose? It is, after all, not that many generations since the French proved themselves adept at creating corpses with great efficiency…

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‘ The Mystery of ISIS’

24th July 2015

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The problem, however, lies not in chronicling the successes of the movement, but in explaining how something so improbable became possible. The explanations so often given for its rise—the anger of Sunni communities, the logistical support provided by other states and groups, the movement’s social media campaigns, its leadership, its tactics, its governance, its revenue streams, and its ability to attract tens of thousands of foreign fighters—fall far short of a convincing theory of the movement’s success.

Oh, maybe it’s the whole Koran/Mohammed/Jihad business. Naw, that couldn’t be it.

But this simply raises the more fundamental question of why the movement’s ideology and actions—however slickly produced and communicated—have had popular appeal in the first place.

Perhaps it’s adherents read the Koran and took it seriously. Naw, that couldn’t be it.

The clearest evidence that we do not understand this phenomenon is our consistent inability to predict—still less control—these developments. Who predicted that Zarqawi would grow in strength after the US destroyed his training camps in 2001? It seemed unlikely to almost everyone that the movement would regroup so quickly after his death in 2006, or again after the surge in 2007. We now know more and more facts about the movement and its members, but this did not prevent most analysts from believing as recently as two months ago that the defeats in Kobane and Tikrit had tipped the scales against the movement, and that it was unlikely to take Ramadi. We are missing something.

Yeah – it’s called ‘Islam’. (Make you wonder what ‘we’ he’s talking about.)

The author has wide experience in the Middle East and was formerly an official of a NATO country.

Oh, well, then, that explains it.

We hide this from ourselves with theories and concepts that do not bear deep examination. And we will not remedy this simply through the accumulation of more facts. It is not clear whether our culture can ever develop sufficient knowledge, rigor, imagination, and humility to grasp the phenomenon of ISIS. But for now, we should admit that we are not only horrified but baffled.

‘Baffled?’ Try ‘clueless’. Try ‘dumber than a box of rocks’. Try ‘invincibly ignorant’.

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Your Tax Dollars at Work: 1,000-Page Funding Bill Dropped on Senate Floor One Hour Before Vote

23rd July 2015

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The legislative sausage-making process is apparently so streamlined that many sausage-makers are barely involved in the process. It’s not that they don’t want to be. It’s that other sausage-makers want their product to be pushed out the door with a minimum of inspection.

Senator Mike Lee posted a video to his Facebook page that contained a rather graphic depiction of expeditious sausage-making. As his printer whirred away behind him, Lee noted that a $47-billion, 1,033-page transportation funding bill was up for a vote. In less than an hour.

The bill — which failed to obtain the number of votes needed to open debate — was a bipartisan effort (led by Barbara Boxer [D] and Mitch McConnell [R]). That’s probably the best thing that can be said about it and the legislators behind it. Rather than prove lawmakers can occasionally put aside their differences and actually move forward with the business of legislating, this bill simply signals that both sides of the aisle are willing to resort to bullshit tactics.

The bill arrived at the last minute because the effort itself was last minute. Federal highway aid to states is up against a July 31st expiration deadline. Despite its length, the bill is still far from finished. It takes money from a variety of unrelated programs to fund federal aid for the next three years. The problem is the bill authorizes spending for the next six years. That’s the other reason the bill’s champions were hoping to shove this through with a minimum of debate: the bill leaves it up to the next Senate class to figure out where it’s going to get the other $45-60 billion it will need to keep the federal aid flowing.

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Five Ways Gawain Kicks Lancelot’s Ass

23rd July 2015

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Some people have entirely too much time on their hands.

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The Cities Americans Are Ditching

23rd July 2015

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In Texas, an Illegal Immigrant Crime Wave

23rd July 2015

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Christian Adams reports that an internal report by the Texas Department of Public Safety, obtained by PJ Media, finds that illegal immigrants have committed hundreds of thousands of crimes, including nearly 3,000 homicides, in Texas. According to the Department of Public Safety’s analysis, foreign aliens committed 611,234 unique crimes in Texas from 2008 to 2014, including thousands of homicides and sexual assaults.

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

They’re already criminals just by coming here. They’ve already proved that they’re willing to break the law if they get some advantage by it. Why is it news that they break other laws when they get here?

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Democrats Drop Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson Names From Annual Fundraising Dinner

23rd July 2015

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Under pressure from the NAACP, the state Democratic Party will scrub the names of the two presidents from its annual fundraising dinner because of their ties to slavery.

Watch tail wag dog. Feel free to point and laugh.

“It is a sad and short-sighted decision based upon tragic ignorance,” said Turner, who has written extensively about Jefferson’s legacy.

Yeah, come to think of it, ‘tragic ignorance’ pretty much sums up the Democrite party.

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How Photography Was Optimized for White Skin Color

23rd July 2015

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A Voice of the Crust makes its bid for Moral Superiority in an Identity Politics world.

Color film was invented quite a bit later. The principle was basically the same: take impressions of different wavelengths of light as separate photographs, and combine them into a full-color photo. The difference was they were able to take these “separate” photos in the different layers of chemicals on the same square of film; essentially a single photograph, and a single exposure (press-of-the-button.)

The proportion of the different colors in the photo — the photo’s color balance — was partially determined by the concentrations of chemicals in the film; and partially by the various chemicals used in processing the film and printing from it. This underwent a lot of fine-tuning. For example: the first color film was two-color, i.e. only in red and green. In the US, where this technology was being pioneered, most of this fine-tuning was done by affluent white men. And, as it turns out, the race of these men had implications: they were operating under a very particular assumption about whom and what their product was meant to capture.

Can’t get much more ‘progressive’ in tone than that.

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Learn to Read Korean in 15 Minutes

23rd July 2015

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If, of course, that’s what you want to do.

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Feminists Want to Be Both Whistled at and Ignored. What’s a Man to Do?

23rd July 2015

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Feminists are never happy: whistle at them, and it’s an act of abusive male entitlement; don’t whistle at them, and you’re ignoring women, treating them as invisible. What are men to do?

Ignore, treat as invisible. It’s what Allah would want you to do.

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Swedish Nationalists Plan a Gay Pride March Through a Muslim Area, Hoping for Trouble

23rd July 2015

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I haven’t seen this reported in the press anywhere, but in Sweden the right-wing nationalist Sweden Democrats are staging a gay pride march featuring men kissing each other. Why?

Simple: the July 29 march will pass through areas of northern Stockholm where Muslims make up a majority of the population – 75 per cent, according to some accounts. So there will be trouble.

Politics does indeed make strange bedfellows, multi-pun intended.

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Thought for the Day

23rd July 2015

The main gain of modern man has been the weakening of governments.  Unfortunately, that process is now reversed, not only in Europe, but also in America.  There is a constant accession of government authority and power.  It works inevitably toward the disadvantage of the only sort of man who is really worth hell room, to wit, the man who practices some useful trade in a competent manner, makes a decent living at it, pays his own way, and asks only to be let alone.  He is now a pariah in all so-called civilized countries.

— H. L. Mencken, Minority Report

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Talking About Illegals With Our Politicians

23rd July 2015

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In 2013 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement let 36,000 illegal aliens out of its custody. Of the 87,000 criminal convictions committed by the aliens, 15,635 were for drunk driving. These are offenses that the U.S. government doesn’t consider “serious crimes.”

Most of these crimes take place in sanctuary cities—that is, cities where the local government has given up enforcing the law. These sanctuary cities look like Latin America: a white upper class nominally in control while a brown, dumbed underclass services them while running on slave labor.

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Murder Incorporated Denies Wrongdoing

23rd July 2015

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On the radio, one of the top-of-the-hour news blurbs was that Planned Parenthood dismissed all allegations from an unnamed video as being fraudulent, an attempt to scare women and hinder their reproductive rights.

Nothing more was said. That was given as straight news, as if it were a newsworthy item. There was no context, no explanation, and the other side of the story was simply “pretended”out of existence.

The unnamed video, of course was the one where a top officer for Planned Parenthood (as Murder Incorporated is called on the cubicular bizzaro world, where all things are backward) was dickering for money over how much for each organ harvested from late term abortions. She described how the forceps would grasp the dismembered baby body in the proper spot, so as to not damage the expensive kidneys, lungs, or other juicy bits that bring a fine price on the medical meat market.

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Feminism as Totalitarian Ideology

23rd July 2015

The Other McCain continues his trip through the swamp.

Feminist gender theory, explained by Professor Salih in her synopsis of Professor Butler’s influential 1990 book, Gender Theory: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity, is totalitarian in two senses of the word. First, it is a political invention, a belief system that claims to define reality in order to advance the claims of a group to exercise complete power. Second, feminism is a totalitarian movement in that its adherents employ methods of terroristic intimidation to silence those who dissent from feminist ideology. This is most evident in academia. On those rare occasions when any critic of feminism appears on a university campus, they are met by angry mobs of feminist protesters.

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