DYSPEPSIA GENERATION

We have seen the future, and it sucks.

Nato Is Considering Joining Fight Against Isis, Says US Defence Secretary

11th February 2016

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Because ISIS totally operates in the North Atlantic. Yeah, that makes perfect sense.

Isn’t it time we got rid of NATO, and let the Europeans pay for their own defense?

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Felony Charge for Selling a Wisconsin Beer In Minnesota: Americans, This is Where We Live

11th February 2016

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Complete f-ing insanity from the outskirts of the Land of the Free, as reported by Minnesota Star-Tribune, about a former pair of publicans from Minnesota who will be going to court in March facing felony charges for selling Spotted Cow beer at the Maple Tavern in Maple Grove, Minnesota.

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Talk About a Bad Hair Day: Unhappy Customer Pulls Gun on Barber

11th February 2016

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I guess Black Lives Matter … unless it’s a case of a bad haircut.

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Severed Feet Keep Mysteriously Washing Up on the Pacific Northwest Coast

11th February 2016

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They appear on the sand like any piece of sea detritus. Sometimes they’re found, amid the candy wrappers and cracked shells, by volunteers cleaning up the area. Other times a vacationer might glimpse the grisly discard from the corner of her eye, a serene walk along the beach interrupted just like that.

Sixteen of these detached human feet have been found since 2007 in British Columbia, Canada, and Washington state. Most of these have been right feet. All of them have worn running shoes or hiking boots. Among them: three New Balances, two Nikes and an Ozark Trail.

Perhaps there’s a James Bond villain in his Secret Island Lair out there somewhere who is disciplining his Minions.

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UK: Man Who Tripped Up Suspected Drug Dealer Was Off-Duty Soldier on Early Valentine’s Date

11th February 2016

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Lance Sergeant Matthew Lawson of the Band of the Scots Guards has been described by Kingston Police as a “legend” for his actions.

Lance Sgt Lawson told the Evening Standard: “I heard a shout, ‘Stop! Police!’ and immediately my military training just kicked in.

“I saw the policemen chasing a guy and I thought, ‘He’s a bit of a whippet, they’ll never catch him’, so I reckoned I’d buy them a few seconds and just stuck my leg out to trip him up.

“The guy fell and as the police grabbed him, they called back, ‘Cheers, mate, thank you’ and my wife and I just continued on our way and thought nothing more of it.”

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Why Does Trump Terrify People?

11th February 2016

Scott Adams is not afraid to ask the hard questions.

It isn’t unusual for members of the public to hate politicians. For example, lots of people hate President Obama. Some of that hatred is because of his policies, some is because of racism, and I assume there are a few other reasons. But I have never seen anyone who was literally afraid of him on a visceral level.

Trump, on the other hand, actually scares people. I have seen people’s bodies twist up and go into full panic at the thought of him being president. I’m talking about actual, literal, bodily fear, as if a monster is already in house and you don’t know where it is hiding. Even professional members of the media feel this fear.

And yet I feel none of that fear – not even a trace amount. To me, Trump looks like the safest candidate in the history of presidential elections, and I don’t even share his politics on a number of topics. So I have to ask myself why I have zero fear of Trump while so many others are in full panic mode. Should I be more afraid?

Like Scott, I feel no fear of Trump; I’d certainly feel more fear of Obama.

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Professors Moved Left Since 1990s, Rest of Country Did Not

11th February 2016

Sam Abrams runs the numbers.

First let me explain how I made the graph. The Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) at UCLA has been conducting triennial surveys of undergraduate teaching faculty for the past 25 years. The HERI samples are huge — tens of thousands of professors — and this is a robust and well-executed survey. The data is comparable and responsibly collected over a long period of time. The survey includes a question asking respondents to describe themselves using a 5-point ideology scale that offers these options: “Far left,” “Liberal,” “Moderate,” “Conservative,” and “Far right.” I merged far left with liberal, and I merged far right with conservative, so that we can see the big picture most clearly. Figure 1 plots the percentage of respondents who fell into those three groups, in each of the 3-year data collection periods. The data is weighted to represent the national population of full-time faculty with teaching responsibilities for undergraduate students.

Figure 1 reveals a striking ideological change among faculty over time. While the data confirms that university and college faculty have long leaned left, a notable shift began in the middle of the 1990s as the Greatest Generation was leaving the stage and the last Baby Boomers were taking up teaching positions. Between 1995 and 2010, members of the academy went from leaning left to being almost entirely on the left. Moderates declined by nearly a quarter and conservatives decreased by nearly a third.

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Rent-a-Minority

11th February 2016

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You too can be Politically Correct … for a price.

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Hillary Clinton Secures Endorsement of Influential Congressional Black Caucus

11th February 2016

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Of course she does. If everybody gets Free Stuff (per Bernie), then black people might get less Free Stuff, and the Congressional Black Caucus is not going to let that happen.

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UC-Irvine Welcomes ‘political Prisoner’ Involved in Cop Killings

11th February 2016

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Today, the African American Studies Department at the University of California-Irvine is hosting a talk by Sekou Odinga, aka Nathaniel Burns.

Odinga was a member of the Black Liberation Army and Black Panther Party who spent 33 years in prison for attempted murder and for assisting convicted murderer Assata Shakur (Joanne Chesimard) escape from jail. (Shakur remains in exile in Cuba.)

If black people are some separate and hostile polity, then by all means let us treat them as one.

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Remember the Scandal Over the IRS Targeting Tea Party Groups?

11th February 2016

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It seems like so long ago, but really isn’t. In 2013, President Barack Obama acknowledged that the IRS had in fact been directing extra scrutiny to broadly defined right-wing “Tea Party” groups as they applied for various forms of tax-code recognition. In fact, Obama forced out the acting commissioner of the agency and pledged publicly, “I will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency, but particularly the IRS given the power that it has and the reach that it has in all of our lives.”

Paul Caron, a Pepperdine University academic who runs the always interesting TaxProf blog, recently celebrated the 1000th day of the scandal, which he argues (convincingly) has never really been covered or investigated fully. After Obama’s first big statements, interest drifted away for the most part and even the president’s bald acknowledgements that something was rotten at the IRS started to be walked back.

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

In a new USA Today column, Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit, who’s been linking to TaxProf for the past 1,000-plus days, sums up the social implications of the IRS scandal:

It’s not just that evidence overwhelmingly points to the IRS having been weaponized in an effort to neutralize Obama’s Tea Party opposition. It’s that ordinary Americans can look at this and conclude that there’s no reason to follow the law if they can get away with breaking it since the people in charge of enforcing the law clearly regard it with contempt.

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Beyoncé Thanks Journalist Who Wrote About Significance of ‘Formation’ for ‘Understanding My Heart’

11th February 2016

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The song has been the subject on everyone’s lips since the singer dropped the music video unexpectedly on Saturday. Scenes in the politically charged video include Beyoncé on a New Orleans police car submerged in flood water and a young boy dancing in front of police officers who surrender their hands before the camera pans to a message on a wall: “Stop shooting us”.

Here’s a picture of this poor oppressed black woman:

Black women can be identified easily because black people have distinctive hair, noses, and lips. White Privilege leaves them shivering and hungry by the side of the road. Shed a tear.

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Oklahoma Man Arrested After ‘Shooting and Decapitating Grandparents’ at Their Home Day Care

11th February 2016

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I guess Black Lives Matter … except to black people.

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Thought for the Day

11th February 2016

Introvert Party

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Trying To Survive Moslem Allies

11th February 2016

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The U.S. is openly criticizing Moslem nations in the Middle East for saying they are eager to help destroy ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) but do little about it. Too many of these “allies” are much talk and little action. Then there is the delicate subject of Turkey and some Gulf Arab states quietly supporting al Qaeda affiliated Islamic terrorist rebels in Syria because they consider the Iran backed Syrian government more of a threat than al Qaeda. Turkey and these Arab states also see al Qaeda as much preferable to ISIL.

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Amnesty Report: Green Battery Technology Built on a Foundation of Child Abuse

11th February 2016

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But that’s okay because Climate Change. You can’t save the planet without breaking a few kids.

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An Inconvenient Truth: Electric-Car Battery Materials Could Harm Key Soil Bacteria

11th February 2016

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As so many times happens, the ‘green’ solution is worse for the environment than the ‘problem’.

I am entertained, however, by various flavors of eco-nazi going after each other like Sunnis and Shi’ites.

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Report Finds Half of Minnesota’s Obamacare Enrollees Were Ineligible for Program

11th February 2016

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

Obamacare: The gift that keeps on shivving.

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7 Tactical Gifts for Women on Valentine’s Day

11th February 2016

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For that special someone.

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Anti-Education by Friedrich Nietzsche: Review – Why Mainstream Culture, Not the Universities, Is Doing Our Best Thinking

10th February 2016

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Beautifully produced by New York Review Books in a new translation, by Damion Searls, with an illuminating introduction, Anti-Education consists of five lectures Nietzsche gave at the Basel city museum in 1872. (A sixth lecture was planned, but never delivered; portions of the series were used in his book Untimely Meditations.) Presenting his critique in the form of a series of dialogues between an old philosopher and a student companion, Nietzsche argues that education (he uses the German word Bildung, a term with multiple senses but that broadly means the formation of culture and individual character) has been degraded by being subordinated to other goals. Both the German gymnasium – the secondary school that prepared students for university – and universities themselves had forfeited their true vocation, which was to “inculcate serious and unrelenting critical habits and opinions”. Instruction in independent thinking had been renounced in favour of “the ubiquitous encouragement of everyone’s so-called ‘individual personality’” – a trend Nietzsche viewed as “a mark of barbarity”. As a result, education was dominated by two tendencies, “apparently opposed but equally ruinous in effect and eventually converging in their end results. The first is the drive for the greatest possible expansion and dissemination of education; the other is the drive for the narrowing and weakening of education.” The first extends education too widely and imposes it on a population that may not want or need it, while the second expects education to surrender any claim to autonomy and submit to the imperatives of the state.

And, indeed, we appear to see that happening right before our very eyes.

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Annie Machon: Former MI5 Agent Explains Why It Is So Easy for Isis to Move Around Without Being Noticed

10th February 2016

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Having a bunch of people scared shitless of being accused of ‘profiling’ probably doesn’t help.

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The Constitution Rewritten by Sensitive College Students

10th February 2016

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We the People [not ALL the people] of the United States [U.S.-centric!] in Order to form a more perfect Union [singles’ therapy and anatomy-neutral gingerbread persons available to uncoupled undergrads] establish Justice [students unfairly punished for “wrong” answers on organic-chemistry exam should join the Tweet for A’s study group], insure domestic Tranquility [teaching assistants who are married but still exploring their socio-sexual identities advised to stop reading now], provide for the common defence [those who have ever felt intimidated by campus security, please gather in the cafeteria, Thursday at 2 P.M., for Stoning ‘n Donuts] promote the general Welfare [warning: could cause distress to anyone not happy all the time], and secure the Blessings [anti-atheistic] of Liberty [full disclosure: I’m going outside now to dumpster-dive for lunch and do community service—it’s a beautiful day, though I mustn’t forget that the fine weather is a serious indicator of global warming] to ourselves [the Committee of Apologies feels shame that the Founding Parents used such a possessive, exclusive, and egomaniacal pronoun] and . . . [The length of this Preamble, which consists entirely of one complex sentence, is discriminatory to those suffering from A.D.D., as well as other learning issues, so we are skipping ahead to Article I, Section 1; not that we’re implying that there’s anything wrong with a disorder, or even learning, as long as it is consensual.]

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HIV-Positive Patient to Receive Organ Transplants From HIV-Positive Donor

10th February 2016

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That sounds fair.

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Longbow vs Crossbow

10th February 2016

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Gunny Ermey waxes historical.

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In Living Color: Microbes Make Tomorrow’s Ink

10th February 2016

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Throughout the fall of 2012, Marie-Sarah Adenis and Thomas Landrain toiled in La Paillasse biohacker space and their apartment on the outskirts Paris, trying to coax bacteria to bleed blue. They scoured more than 200 research papers and spent days growing colonies in their home incubator.

Shortly before Christmas, they settled on a Streptomyces soil bacteria originally discovered in 1908 on a potato plug that has become famous for its antibiotic properties. The bacteria also produces a beautiful, deep blue. Before long, Adenis, a designer, and Landrain, a biologist, had siphoned off their first drop of bacterial ink.

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Genghis Khan: Barbarian Conqueror or Harbinger of Democracy

10th February 2016

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The world has generally viewed Genghis Khan as a barbaric conqueror whose troops raped and murdered hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people and pillaged and often destroyed villages, towns, and cities throughout Asia and Europe. However, several popular writers have recently portrayed him as an advocate of democracy, international law, and women’s rights. Morris Rossabi, Senior Research Scholar, Queens College, Columbia University, offers this illustrated lecture, which seeks to provide a balanced depiction of Genghis Khan and to explain the reasons for the myths that have developed about the man and the Mongolian people who established the largest contiguous land empire in world history.

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Ferguson Resists Federal Demand They Raise Police Wages. Justice Dept. Threatens Legal Action.

10th February 2016

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Somehow, when the Founders were setting up the country, I suspect that having the Federal government dictate to a local city how much they pay their police was not the sort of role they had in mind.

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The Warship to End All Battles

10th February 2016

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In 1906, the Royal Navy rendered all other battleships obsolete when it unveiled the HMS Dreadnought: a steam-powered fighting vessel with 12-inch guns and cement-reinforced armor. This past summer, British naval engineers revealed a vision of its successor, the Dreadnought 2050.

The stealthy, semisubmersible ship is designed to move agilely around a battle zone and remain flexible in any type of mission, says Mark Steel, a manager of the Combat Systems Team at BMT Defence Services, a naval design firm involved in the project.

The battleship could function with a crew as small as 50, as opposed to the usual 200. It would serve as a mobile command center, unleashing and directing armies of drones, missiles, and rovers. “Robotics allows us to operate the ship at range to keep people out of harm’s way,” Steel says.

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Going Running Can Boost Your Brainpower, Say Scientists

10th February 2016

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I guess that’s why Arab soldier are so smart.

(Oh, wait, did I say that out loud?)

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Bernie Sanders: Who is he and what does he stand for?

10th February 2016

The Independent (UK) is not afraid to ask the easy questions.

Answer: He’s an old white guy from Vermont and he stands for taking your money, wasting a lot of it, and giving the rest to somebody who didn’t earn it.

Ask me a hard one.

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Obama Signs Law to Bring Electricity to 50 Million People in Africa

10th February 2016

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And here I thought he was the President of the United States. Good to know for whom he’s actually working.

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Scott Adams: My New Hampshire Prediction Scorecard

10th February 2016

Savor it.

In past posts, I have often said that predicting the future is hard, but you can fit any conspiracy theory to the past. I’m going to demonstrate that now.

Remember, my Rubio prediction was 100% wrong. That is objectively true. No wiggle room at all.

Now watch me describe my wrong prediction as being more right than wrong. I do this for entertainment, and to make the point that you can force any data to fit the past if you try hard enough. I’ll do that for you now.

Scott Adams has more fun than a human being is supposed to have. And we get to read along.

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Thought for the Day

10th February 2016

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Governor Mary Fallin Violates Taxpayer Protection Pledge in Budget Requests

10th February 2016

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Oklahoma faces a $900 million overspending problem, and that number could reach as high as $1 billion with falling gas prices and lower tax collections in December. Gov. Mary Fallin’s solution is $910 million in “recurring revenue,” an evasive term for tax hikes.

Pledge, schmedge — when money runs short, a politician will always pick raising taxes over cutting spending.

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Hillary Clinton: Citizens United Is Tragic for America Because It Allowed People to Criticize Me

10th February 2016

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And it is what all the angry brouhaha about Citizens United is about: Politicians trying to limit the circumstances under which Americans can band together in certain legal structures and say bad things about them. That is the principle that Clinton and her fans cheer: that government should have more power to make it illegal to criticize politicians.

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Iranian TOWs In Syria

10th February 2016

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In Syria Lebanese Hezbollah fighters have been seen using the Iranian Toophan ATGM (Anti-Tank Guided Missiles). This is an Iranian copy of the American TOW (Tube-launched, Optically tracked, Wire-guided) that entered service in 1970. When the Iranian monarchy was overthrown in 1979 the rebels found themselves in possession of lots of modern American weapons, including plenty of TOW systems. By the 1990s Iran had managed to copy the TOW as the Toophan. By 2000 they upgraded it and are now supplying Hezbollah with dozens of systems. Iran probably noted that in early 2015 Kurdish forces fighting in Iraq and Syria were using the Chinese HJ-8 ATGMs, which is the Chinese version of the TOW.

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Africa’s Third Term Power Grabs: Prelude to War

10th February 2016

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In late December 2015, Rwandan President Paul Kagame confirmed that he will seek a third presidential term. In doing so, Kagame became the latest member of sub-Saharan Africa’s “Third Term President Club.”

If this notional “club” sounds like a joke, it is not. The “Club” represents the near-permanent retention of personal and near-authoritarian political power.

In sub-Saharan Africa, where tribal rivalries can quickly escalate into savage civil wars, the club is a threat to peace. The Great Congo War (1998-2003) killed somewhere between three and five million people. If Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila seeks a third term, that horror may well reignite. Unfortunately, it appears Kabila is dead set on seeking a constitution breaking third term.

You’d think they’d just cut to the chase and establish a monarchy.

Kagame has the woof and warp of a president for life. In several hard corners on our planet, presidents who are not term-limited have a tendency to remain presidents for life, which is another way of saying dictator. Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe is an example.

Burundi, bordering on Rwanda and Congo, may be providing a bloody sneak preview of Congo’s club-caused collapse.

In April 2015, Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he would seek a third term. His decision violated the 2005 Arusha peace agreement that ended Burundi’s 12-year long civil war — a war that resulted in an estimated 300,000 deaths. A substantial plurality of Burundi’s citizens erupted in anger. But last July, Nkurunziza held a referendum ratifying a constitutional amendment allowing him to seek and hold a third term.

However, turmoil and violence continue to afflict Burundi.

 

Funny how that works.

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Obama’s Lame Duck Budget

10th February 2016

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President Obama has unveiled his last budget proposal, which calls for $4.1 trillion in spending for FY 2017. In the final year of his presidency Obama is by definition a lame duck. With Republicans in control of Congress–even though it doesn’t always seem like it–he is the lamest possible duck. As always, Obama’s final budget purports to cover the next ten years. But since Obama will be gone in a mere eleven months, why should anyone care what he wants ten years from now?

Investor’s Business Daily points out that 70% of Obama’s budget consists of writing checks to individuals. It’s a sign of the times: the principal purpose of the federal government is one not found in the Constitution, redistributing wealth, most often from the young and middle-aged to the elderly.

Obama’s budget is a fantasy in several respects. It calls for programs that have no chance of being enacted. It relies on economic growth projections that will not be realized. It proclaims goals–stop the Earth’s climate from changing, as it has been doing for millions of years!–that cannot be achieved by any federal action. In one respect, however, it is not a fantasy: it would transfer trillions of dollars from those who earned the money to Democratic Party constituencies, like “green” energy scammers. At bottom, Democratic Party policies are motivated by a cold, hard realism.

And the chattering classes wonder why people are voting for Trump.

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‘White Guilt’ Video Shown to High School Students Irks Community

10th February 2016

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An animated film designed as a lesson in “racial discourse” for students at a Virginia high school has led to backlash from community members who’ve taken issue with not-so subtle references to so-called white privilege throughout the video.

“They are sitting there watching a video that is dividing them up from a racial standpoint. It’s a White guilt kind of video,” Don Blake, whose granddaughter attended the assembly where the video was shown, told told WWBT. “I think somebody should be held accountable for this.”

And the Narrative will get you if you don’t watch out.

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Clinton, Top Dems Take Contributions From Lobbyists at Firms Hired by Koch Industries

10th February 2016

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Top Democratic politicians and committees have taken tens of thousands in contributions from individuals who work at firms that lobby on behalf of Koch Industries, despite railing against Koch’s influence for years, according to campaign finance filings.

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

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School Zero Tolerance Policy Costs Vermont Taxpayers $83,750

9th February 2016

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The taxpayers of Barre Town, Vermont, just spent $83,750 settling a lawsuit that should never have happened. The money is going to one mother who was banned from her child’s school last year. Her offense? An off-handed comment she made about a 2006 school shooting.

Katie Sherman had been fighting with the school district already, asking them to give her special-needs son the accommodations his Individualized Education Plan (IEP) requires. According to The Barre Montpeliar Times Argus, the dispute goes back to November 2014, when the school first issued the IEP. Sherman expressed concerns and then filed an official complaint in January 2015.

She enlisted the help of advocacy group Vermont Family Network (VFN) and later commented to VFN’s Martha Frank that she could understand how Christopher Williams, an Essex, Vermont, man convicted of killing two elementary school teachers, had been “pushed to the edge.”

Little did Sherman know the Supervisory Union would use that comment as justification to issue a no-trespass order, which kept her from going to meetings to complain about the IEP problem. The order also prevented her from voting in elections, since her son’s school is also her polling place. In July, Sherman sued, claiming the order violated her constitutional right to vote as well as her right to participate in public meetings.

There must be a special stupidity test that prospective government employees, especially school administrators, have to fail before they’re hired on.

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Adherents of Junk Campus Rape Science Are Retaliating Against Critics

9th February 2016

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What happened when new research undercut the prevailing justification for the public panic about serial rapists on college campuses? Psychologists deeply invested in their discredited theory launched a crusade of retaliation against the people who proved them wrong.

“There’s been a scientific misconduct case filed against us,” Mary Koss, a professor of public health at the University of Arizona and a critic of the serial predator assumption, told Reason. “It’s frustrating.”

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

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The EPA Is Out of Control – Now They Want to Ban Hobby Race Cars

9th February 2016

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a regulation to prohibit conversion of vehicles originally designed for on-road use into racecars. The regulation would also make the sale of certain products for use on such vehicles illegal. The proposed regulation was contained within a non-related proposed regulation entitled “Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles—Phase 2.”

The regulation would impact all vehicle types, including the sports cars, sedans and hatch-backs commonly converted strictly for use at the track. While the Clean Air Act prohibits certain modifications to motor vehicles, it is clear that vehicles built or modified for racing, and not used on the streets, are not the “motor vehicles” that Congress intended to regulate.

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Titanic II: Fully Functioning Replica of Original Ship to Set Sail in 2018

9th February 2016

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But that trick never works….

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Obama’s Final Budget: Highest Cap Gains Tax Since 1997

9th February 2016

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Of course. We can’t have all those businesses growing and creating value; why, they might even create jobs, and where would Democrats be without their dependent underclass?

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New Hampshire’s Free State Project Eschews Presidential Primaries While Changing State Politics

9th February 2016

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This past weekend, a group of about 100 members of the Free State Project (FSP) gathered for one of their regular meetings in Manchester, New Hampshire. But this particular confab was different, because it was held just days after FSP hit its more-than-a-decade-in-the-making target to get 20,000 liberty-inclined citizens to pledge to move to New Hampshire in the hopes of creating a significant political force in the Live Free or Die State. While over 2,000 Free Staters have already moved to New Hampshire, the rest of the signers will begin migrating over the next few years.

I’d do it myself but my wife is more Texan that I am and won’t move to the Colder Latitudes.

As Brian Doherty noted after the milestone was reached last week, FSP already has a long list of accomplishments in the state, including “getting 15 of their brethren in the state House, challenging anti-ridehail laws, fighting in court for outre religious liberty, winning legal battles over taping cops, being mocked by Colbert for heroically paying off people’s parking meters, hosting cool anything goes festivals for libertarians, nullifying pot juries, and inducing occasional pants-wetting absurd paranoia in local statists.”

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Colleges With the Richest Students (Among Those Who Receive Aid)

9th February 2016

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Of the 25 schools included, 24 of them are private institutions, and 19 are located on the East Coast.

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Fewer People Working

9th February 2016

Freeberg points to some inconvenient truth.

BLS-LFPR

Not to put too fine a point on it, but 01/08 was when Obama took office.

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The Nano Membrane Toilet

9th February 2016

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Cranfield University is developing the Nano Membrane Toilet, designed for single-household use (equivalent to ten people). The toilet is designed to accept urine and faeces as a mixture. The toilet flush uses a unique rotating mechanism to transport the mixture into the toilet without demanding water whilst simultaneously blocking odour and the user’s view of the waste.

Solids separation (faeces) is principally accomplished through sedimentation. Loosely bound water (mostly from urine) is separated using low glass transition temperature hollow-fibre membranes. The unique nanostructured membrane wall facilitates water transport in the vapour state rather than as a liquid state which yields high rejection of pathogens and some odorous volatile compounds. A novel nano-coated bead enables water vapour recovery through encouraging the formation of water droplets at the nanobead surface. Once the droplets form a critical size, the water drains into a collection vessel for reuse at the household level in washing or irrigation applications.

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Dismantling The Repair Monopoly Created By The DMCA’s Anti-Circumvention Rules

9th February 2016

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One of the biggest victories of the copyright maximalists was the successful adoption of the 1996 WIPO Copyright Treaty, implemented by the DMCA in the US, and the Copyright Directive in the EU. Its key innovation was to criminalize the circumvention of copyright protection mechanisms. That strengthens copyright enormously by introducing yet another level of legal lockdown, and thus yet another powerful weapon for copyright holders to wield against their customers. But as Techdirt has reported, the anti-circumvention laws are now being used to prevent people from exploring or modifying physical objects that they own.

The DMCA’s anti-circumvention rules not only strengthen an old monopoly — copyright — they create a new one. Because it is forbidden to circumvent protection measures, only the original manufacturer or approved agents can legally repair a device that employs such technologies. Motherboard has an interesting profile of efforts by the wider repair industry to dismantle that new monopoly before it spreads further and becomes accepted as the norm.

This may seem obscure but it’s not — these sorts of monopolies are how governments stifle individual freedom, not to mention technical innovation and economic progress. For an example, read Before I Can Fix This Tractor, We Have to Fix Copyright Law.

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