DYSPEPSIA GENERATION

We have seen the future, and it sucks.

1000-Year-Old Village Told to Stop Using Name Because of Trademark Claim From Hotel Chain Founded There

5th May 2015

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And the myth of ‘intellectual property’ descends into self-parody….

 

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Dave Goldberg Died After Falling From Treadmill

5th May 2015

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Dave Goldberg, SurveyMonkey chief executive and husband of Facebook operating chief Sheryl Sandberg, died Friday after falling from a treadmill at a gym at the Four Seasons Hotel in Punta Mita, Mexico, a spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office of Nayarit state said Monday.

The spokeswoman, who didn’t wish to be named, said Mr. Goldberg had gone to exercise alone at one of the hotel’s gyms around 4 p.m. Friday. He appears to have lost his balance and fallen, hitting the back of his head, the spokeswoman said.

This is God telling you not to exercise. Let that be a lesson to us all.

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‘CarlyFiorina.org’ Site Criticizes Fiorina’s Record at H-P

5th May 2015

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This is the sort of juvinilia that passes for political discussion in These Degenerate Modern Times.

If some Republican had bought ‘barackobama.com’ and loaded it up with anti-Obama stuff, there would be a non-stop media circus ranging from cries of RACISM! to calls for government action to seize it and return it to Its Rightful Owner.

Since the target is a nominal Republican, all our Chattering Class can do is notice what a Really Funny Joke it all is.

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Thought for the Day

5th May 2015

Fitbit

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The Left’s Ever-Shifting Goalposts

5th May 2015

David Cole gives us a peek behind the curtain.

I first encountered leftists using the goalpost shift technique while attending a majority-black public high school in L.A. in the early ‘80s. “They might let us have Eddie Murphy or Michael Jackson,” some of my angrier black friends would lament regarding how much territory “the man” was willing to cede, “but you’ll never see a black Miss America.” When Vanessa Williams was crowned Miss America in ‘83, the perpetually outraged moved the goalposts. “Well, okay, but she’s light-skinned. You’ll never see a dark beauty as Miss America.”

And then it happened, two dark-skinned Miss Americas, two times in a row (‘90 and ‘91). So of course that previously important goal was immediately superseded by a new one: “Miss America? That don’t mean nothing. Who cares? What you’ll never see is a black president!

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Why the Textile Industry Supports the White House on Trade

5th May 2015

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Not free trade, mind you, but trade favoritism.

The textile industry is suddenly very chummy with the White House on trade, thanks to a geeky concept known as “yarn forward.”

As part of negotiations over the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, which includes the U.S., Japan and South Vietnam, the U.S. is insisting that only fabric produced from yarn made by a TPP country would be eligible for duty-free trade.

Why does that matter?

Since China isn’t a TPP member, Chinese-made fabric wouldn’t qualify. That’s important because Vietnam, a clothing-export powerhouse, often uses Chinese-made fabric—and that clothing wouldn’t be eligible for lower tariffs in the U.S. Vietnam would either have to develop its own fabric industry or import cloth from another TPP country to reap TPP benefits.

U.S. textile makers figure the yarn-forward rule could help keep China and Vietnam at bay when it comes to the U.S. market. The rule could also make Vietnam a more attractive place for U.S. textile-industry investment.

Yarn-forward is a “great start” for a TPP deal, says Jeff Price, president of a textile division at Milliken & Co., a big U.S. textile maker. Mr. Price also is chairman of the National Council of Textile Organizations, the U.S. textile-industry trade association.

For years Milliken considered yarn forward to be insufficient protection. The rule was developed to garner textile-industry support for the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1993. The company opposed Nafta and most every other trade agreement the U.S. proposed until its former CEO, Roger Milliken, died in 2010, as described in a page-one article in The Wall Street Journal.

“We wanted no Nafta,” says Milliken’s former chief Washington lobbyist, Jock Nash. “We didn’t see how we could benefit.”

This White House is all about ‘crony capitalism’, and American businesses are fine with that.

Next time you hear a Leftist wail about ‘corporate greed’, hold up a mirror.

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Satellite Global Temperature Trend Revised Significantly Downward

4th May 2015

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Funny how that works.

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Squawk Talk: Researchers Try to Decipher Chicken Speech

4th May 2015

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Hey, tenure doesn’t grow on trees, you know.

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Terrorist Attack In Texas Leaves Left In Bickering Quandary

4th May 2015

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The left has had to defend administration policies which if they had been implemented by G.W. Bush they would have been apoplectic about. If the Obama administrations troop withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan end in the collapse of those countries and a takeover by radical the left will own the failure.

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PunditFact: A Case Study In Fact-Free Hackery

4th May 2015

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If you like liberal ideologues who label inconvenient facts as “false,” then you’ll love PunditFact. Why? Because PunditFact just declared that a demonstrably true fact was false because, according to PunditFact, the factual claim “ignores critical facts that would give a different impression.” Facts are strange that way. They do tend to give an impression of the truth, even if some people find that impression discomfiting.

It gets more embarrassing than that, though. In an unsolicited April 28 e-mail to me, PunditFact author Louis Jacobson told me unequivocally that the demonstrably factual claim he was examining was “clearly accurate” and “technically true.” But today, Jacobson declares, that fact is suddenly “Mostly False.”

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Two Suspects Killed, Officer Injured After Shooting Outside Muhammad Cartoon Contest in Texas

4th May 2015

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Two armed men were killed after opening fire on a security guard outside an exhibit of artistic depictions of the Muslim prophet Muhammad in suburban Dallas Sunday evening.

The City of Garland said in a statement posted on its Facebook page that the men drove up to the Curtis Culwell Center and began shooting at the security officer. Garland Police Department officers returned fire, killing both gunmen, the statement said.

Presumably jihadists, they really picked the wrong state to pull that.

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VIDEO: This Is Why It Is NEVER a Good Idea to Try and Strap a GoPro to a GREAT WHITE SHARK

3rd May 2015

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The thought would never have ocurred to me, but, then, of course, I’m not an ‘international scientist’.

Think of it as evolution in action.

Hey, tenure doesn’t grow on trees, you know.

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Killer Croc With ‘Taste for Human Flesh’ Removed From Dam After Hunting Locals

3rd May 2015

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Mad as a Bag of Snakes: Kim Jong-un Uses Anti-Aircraft Guns for ‘Spies’ Firing Squad’

3rd May 2015

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Sounds as if the ‘dictatorship of the proletariat’ works just the same as every other sort of dictatorship.

Makes you wonder why all of the batty old white politicians are so keen on pushing this system onto their own countries. Are they really that stupid? Or is there something in it for them that they aren’t telling about?

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The Secret State vs. Enemies of State

3rd May 2015

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When Mohammed Emwazi went out from west London to Syria literally to carve out a new career as “Jihadi John”, masked avenger of non-wrongs, England lost an “extremely kind, extremely gentle” idealist. That is, according to a group called CAGE, whose director Asim Qureshi was moved to chivalrous indignation by the security services’ blatantly racist practice of quizzing known Muslim extremists about Muslim extremist terrorism. MI5 “harassment”, Qureshi opined, may have been the proximate cause of the young social justice campaigner’s flight into regrettable (if understandable) excess. He did not exactly say that the problem was rooted in aeons of Islamophobia, but that implication is always taken as read in such rationales.

When three teenaged girls from Bethnal Green flew from London to Istanbul to rendezvous with Islamist eye candy, it was obviously not their fault, because they were too “vulnerable” and too female to be autonomous individuals. Nor was it anything to do with their families — nor certain excitable Koran passages. It was the internet, but also the Metropolitan Police, who had handed letters about an absconded schoolmate to the girls to give to their parents rather than to the parents directly.

The core cause of British jihadism is of course the mass immigration mainstream politicians continue to promote, even though it was always obvious that when you import people you also import their pathologies — and when you assimilate no-one you alienate everyone. But again this is too difficult a target for politicians, many of whom are complicit in the cause and are in any case chronically uninterested in culture. This is a fast-moving situation, but it seems certain that for the foreseeable future we will keep fending off horror with soft hands, while looking concernedly at the crumbling consensus behind.

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University of Washington Event – Learn How to Become an Abortion Activist

3rd May 2015

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It is hardly surprising that the universities on the Left Coast are boot camps for Crustian activism.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

3rd May 2015

I Get Around

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The Medical Bill Mystery

3rd May 2015

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There are some thing s Man was not meant to know.

At first, I left messages on the lab’s billing office voice mail asking for an explanation. A few months ago, when someone finally called back, she said she could not tell me what the codes were for because that would violate patient privacy. After I pointed out that I was the patient in question, she said, politely: “I’m sorry, this is what I’m told, and I don’t want to lose my job.”

Bills variously use CPT, HCPCS or ICD-9 codes (more about those later). Some have abbreviations and scientific terms that you need a medical dictionary or a graduate degree to comprehend. Some have no information at all. Heather Pearce of Seattle told me how she’d recently received a $45,000 hospital bill with the explanation “miscellaneous.”

“Medical bills and explanation of benefits are undecipherable and incomprehensible even for experts to understand, and the law is very forgiving about that,” said Mark Hall, a professor of health law at Wake Forest University. “We’ve not seen a lot of pressure to standardize medical billing, but there’s certainly a need.”

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Forget Harvard: Here’s Where to Go to College if You Want a High-Paying Job

3rd May 2015

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Want a prestigious education? Harvard, Yale, and Princeton are the way to go. But if you’re looking for a high-paying career after graduation, you may want to look elsewhere.

It’s too late for me, but the rest of you might have a chance.

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Feds Preparing Criminal Charges Against NY State Senate Leader

3rd May 2015

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The activity detailed in the draft complaint involves a real-estate developer and an environmental technology company, according to the person.

When government has such great power to determine winners and losers, some of the losers are going to want to buy a win.

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Liberalism Meets Reality in the Comic Book Business

2nd May 2015

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As of today, May 1, [Brian] Hibbs is required by law to pay his employees at Comix Experience, and its sister store, Comix Experience Outpost on Ocean Avenue, $12.25 per hour. That’s just the first of four incremental raises that threaten to put hundreds of such shops out of business. …

Hibbs says that the $15-an-hour minimum wage will require a staggering $80,000 in extra revenue annually. “I was appalled!” he says. “My jaw dropped. Eighty-thousand a year! I didn’t know that. I thought we were talking a small amount of money, something I could absorb.”

Raising the minimum wage doesn’t force employers to pay their employees a ‘living wage’, it forces them to lay people off, and in many cases to close, laying everybody off. How’s that for screwing the people you’re trying to help? Stupidity + Government = Poverty. Happens every time it’s tried.

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More Trees Than There Were 100 Years Ago? It’s true!

2nd May 2015

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And quit swallowing eco-Nazi lies. (Yeah, Greenpeace, I’m lookin’ at YOU.)

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19 Reasons Why Technologists Don’t Want to Work at Your Government Agency

2nd May 2015

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And these reasons pretty much go for anybody for whom the security and power of a government job doesn’t outweigh the stifling sclerotic atmosphere, or who have the wit and education to escape it.

It really all boils down to whether one can honestly say ‘I don’t have to put up with this shit.’

For those for whom that is a true statement, who presumably have the talent and qualifications to go elsewhere, then elsewhere they’ll go. For those for whom that is not a true statement, there they’ll stay.

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The Most Diverse Cities Are Often Most Segregated

2nd May 2015

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This ought to come as no surprise. ‘Diversity’ is a code-word for ‘people not like us’, and most people (‘progressive’ mythology to the contrary notwithstanding) don’t really want to live near people that are greatly different from themselves. Even for SWPLs, a neighborhood full of ‘them’ is a nice place to visit but they wouldn’t (truth be told) want to live there.

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Time Speaketh No Longer

2nd May 2015

Taki mourns the greatness of the past.

How have we come to this, you may well ask. How can Time sink so low as to put such an obscenity as Kanye West on its cover and even have him rap his obscenities during the gala dinner? I suppose it’s because we live in a world in which lies trump the truth, ugliness beauty, and evil goodness. West is a black man and he can do no wrong. By putting him on the cover as the most influential man in America Time wants to show its coolness and anti-racist credentials. Pop culture is what counts, not culture, and the Luces and their original creation are products of a white racist society that no longer has any say in America. Well, if you think the Time people got it wrong, what about one Sarah Blake? She’s written a book about the attention-grabbing rapper and has compared him to – yes, I ain’t kidding – to Jesus Christ. “Kanye is 33. If he were Jesus, he would die this year and be resurrected.” Nurse, help.

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This Is the First True Sea Salt From Oceans That Don’t Exist

2nd May 2015

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Perfect for your foodie friends who think that ‘sea salt’ somehow has magical properties that will, in some ineffable way, save the planet.

(Hey, they laughed at the Pet Rock, too, but that guy made a lot of money.)

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Can 3D-Printed Rhino Horns Stop Poachers?

2nd May 2015

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As is usual with such rhetorical questions in media headlines, the answer is ‘Probably not’.

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Baltimore: Will the Mob Tolerate an Acquittal?

2nd May 2015

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The first is reflected in the title of this entry:  Will the mob tolerate an acquittal? The calls in recent days have been for “justice.”  I have considerable doubt whether those doing the loudest calling have even a slight interest in justice.  I think they want to see policemen and policewomen punished simply because of who they are.  If that is true, then the riots we have seen up to now will pale in comparison to the ones we’ll see in the event of an acquittal.
This is what we need to face:  The evidence will not make any difference to those most inflamed (and I use that word advisedly) about this case.  We’ve all seen this before  —  most recently with Darren Wilson in Ferguson and the fraternity falsely accused of hosting gang rape at the University of Virginia.
The facts are not the point.  The narrative is the point.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

2nd May 2015

Foot-Powered Washing Machine.

High-Capacity Household Icemaker.

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145 American Writers Think Honoring Charlie Hebdo Is ‘Islamophobic’

2nd May 2015

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Which it is, by their definition of ‘Islamophobic’ (i.e. daring to tell the truth about Islam).

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Death of Freddie Gray Was a Triumph of Diversity

2nd May 2015

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So now we can see why the national press has been so tactically vague for all these weeks about the precise races of the Baltimore officers involved, while allowing the public to assume it was all about Straight White Males run amok again.

Well, then, what’s the problem?

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Harvard Faculty Backs Democrats 96% of the Time, Says School Paper

2nd May 2015

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Be careful not to step in the diversity.

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The Baltimore Spring

1st May 2015

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The government of Egypt is composed of Egyptians, and of Egyptians who are not starkly different in terms of class or creed from ordinary citizens. Yet these Egyptians do not know how to provide adequate education, jobs, health care, or decent housing for large numbers of citizens. They do not know how to balance the budget or curb corruption or pay for the pension obligations they have amassed. Above all, they do not know how to create a sense of confidence, loyalty, and community between those who govern and those who are governed despite at least rudimentary forms of accountability. And they do not know how to control the police.

The municipal government of Baltimore is composed of normal people from Baltimore, and both the present and previous democratically elected Mayors of the city are black women. Three of the past four Mayors have been black. Much of the city council and school board is composed of black members, too—as is about 40 percent of the police force. Yet these leaders do not know how to deliver quality education to the children of the city, especially those from poorer families. They don’t know how to deal with anxiety-ridden children growing up without a father, amid neighborhoods infested with gangs. They don’t know how to provide adequate nutrition to children so that they are ready to learn in school. They don’t know how to make landlords paint their lower-rent properties so that little kids like Freddie Gray don’t eat lead paint chips, or how to make heroin-addicted mothers (like Freddie Gray’s mother) sweep the floors to prevent their kids from eating lead paint chips. They don’t know how to control the trade in illegal drugs (Freddie, at age 25, had been arrested 22 times for drug-related crimes), to balance a budget, to pay pension obligations, to inspire confidence—or to control the police. You need not have watched The Wire to know all this, but it certainly would have helped.

What am I trying to say here? Simply this: Cairo and Baltimore suffer from serious structural social dysfunctions. The problems in each are not the same, but both sets of problems have multiple and compound sources that are varied, engrained, poorly understood for the most past, and largely immune to fast-working policy fixes from on high. Leaders cope with problems if they can, manage them if they are very lucky; they cannot solve them, either because they lack the power, or because they don’t know how, or both.

Lessons from Baltimore:

  1. Don’t live in a city that has a large number of black Underclass in it.
  2. Don’t live in a city run by Democrats.
  3. Avoid any combination of 1 and 2.

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Thought for the Day

1st May 2015

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

1st May 2015

Islamic State militants ambush Iraqi convoy killing general, 3 soldiers

British ‘jihadi bride’ teen boasts of IS life with takeaway delight

British pop stars team with Iraqi clergy to condemn ISIS in song

Iraqi army claims progress against ISIS in Anbar amid Baghdad bombings

Israel launches airstrike targeting militants on Syria border

Celebrated Pakistani female online activist Sabeen Mahmud dies in shooting

Terrorist Activity on Israel-Syria border as Iran Seeks to Arm Hizballah

New Anti-Semitic Film All the Rage in Turkey

Iraqi forces face their toughest test in push to retake Anbar Province from ISIS

REVEALED: How IS teach British ‘sleeper cells’ to stay undetected online with ‘DIY guides’

British terror suspect on trial accused of killing American soldier with roadside bomb

More than 200 girls rescued in Nigeria, Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram not among them

FBI helped family of American hostage pay ransom to Al Qaeda, report says

Iraqi Shiite cleric threatens US over budget provision

Foreign Money Promotes Radical Islamist Agenda in Canada

Leaders of Cyprus, Egypt, Greece to boost cooperation on combatting terrorism ‘scourge’

More women and children freed in Nigeria from extremists

Car bombs kill 21 people in Iraq; EU warns of donor fatigue

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Run to the Left

1st May 2015

Richard Fernandez points out some inconvenient truth.

The Baltimore mayor was unconcerned about property destruction because she was convinced that “someone” would rebuild it.   The same “someone” who will pay for the deficit and ransoms to al-Qaeda, as well as the bribes to Iran.  The identical “someone” that will cough up the reparations to the inmates of Guantanamo.  The “someone” who will man the ships to fight the Iranian boghammers, should it come to that.

“Someone” is the source of other people’s money.  He is like the tooth fairy who makes the wreckage of looted streets and houses go away.  In fact four pastors in the revival tent of the Left  advocate sending prayers known as tax collection letters to “someone” — who is not from earth, not from MSNBC anyway  – to pay for all their wishes as they don’t pay any themselves.

“Someone” is the Leftist equivalent of God; responsible for all the good and bad in the world, something to fear as much as  need. This mysterious deity, when loosed from control, is the cause of the failure of all their schemes, he makes the crops go bad, ruined Detroit, hexed foreign policy, inspired the riots in Baltimore and caused the drought in California.

Lenin called imperialism the final stage of capitalism, but he always assumed that Communism would be the highest phase of socialism. That’s where he was wrong. What Lenin didn’t realize was that prayerful piety is the ultimate stage of Leftism.  It’s when you are in a line praying there is still toilet paper, or bread or a job left for you at the end; it is when you are on your knees before al-Qaeda begging them to reduce the ransom from $2 to $1.85 million because that’s all your house, car, jewelry and life savings are worth.  It is when your arms are raised in rapturous hope at the coming of Obama, Warren, Sanders — or Hillary.  That’s the last vision of heaven you will see as you rush to one side of the boat.

Chesterton was right. When people stopped believing in God they didn’t believe in nothing, they started believing in anything.  ”Lock them in the hold! Lock them in the hold!!”

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Obama Admin. Won’t Let States Ask for Proof of Citizenship … On Voter Registration Form!

1st May 2015

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 Federal law says that states must accept and use a federal form for registering voters. But the federal form doesn’t require any proof that the person submitting the form is a citizen.

The form just asks the registrant to check a box.

Meanwhile, federal law mandates that voter registration forms be made available and pushed everywhere from licensing branches to welfare offices.

Of course not. Perish the thought.

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EU Wants to Bomb Smugglers’ Boats to Stop Migrant Crossings

1st May 2015

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Presumably without people in them, although with the E.U. you never know.

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Denver-Area School Won’t Let Child Eat Cookies in Lunchbox, Sends Note About Healthy Options

1st May 2015

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And the Nanny State proceeds apace. This is why you don’t want to send your kid to a government school. (Well, one of the reasons.)

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Seoul’s Spy Agency Says North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un Executed 15 Senior Officials This Year

1st May 2015

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Well, that’s #Communism for you. Makes you wonder why so-called intellectuals keep pushing it. Maybe they’re just stupid or something.

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This Bee Hive Can Give You Honey on Tap

30th April 2015

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This is an amazingly clever idea.

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Outschooling in the Bay Area

30th April 2015

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I first became interested in homeschooling several years ago after a friend with six kids began homeschooling in San Francisco out of necessity – the public school system wanted to send each of her kids to a different school. Instead of hiring six Ubers each morning she decided to start homeschooling her kids herself.

What she told me about the experience was very different, and much better, than what I expected:

  • It only takes 2-3 hours of study per day to keep up with the regular school curriculum since the kids were able to study when they were best prepared and motivated. No time was spent on bureaucracy / classroom management.
  • The kids could deep dive into their own interests, thus learning self-direction and creativity without the requirement to stick to a fixed schedule and curriculum largely driven by logistical concerns
  • A lot of basic material could be covered through online courses, such as those offered by Khan Academy
  • A lot of learning occurs outside the home and is social

The last point was the biggest surprise to me. Especially in the Bay Area, there is a wealth of group learning activities that are offered outside of regular school. The Exploratorium, Academy of Sciences and Museum of Craft and Design, to name but a few, offer tours and classes. New microschool startups, such as QuantumCamp which offers one-day per week science programs, are popping up. Parents group together to informally organize their own classes.

 

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Cracking Knuckles: Real-Time Visualization of Joint Cavitation

30th April 2015

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Just in case you were wondering. I know I was.

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Are You Sitting Down for This? Japan Just Opened a Groovy Gallery for High-Tech Toilets

30th April 2015

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Whenever I read a science fiction book that includes aliens, I put it down if they aren’t at least as weird as the Japanese.

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Scientists Are Figuring Out How To Change Blood Types

30th April 2015

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At some point in your life, you’ve probably been asked to donate blood. If your blood is type O, you may have been asked to donate even more, because your blood type is the most useful and is less common. The difference between blood types may seem small–people with blood types A and B have an extra sugar molecule bound to the surface of their red blood cells–but a transfusion of the wrong blood type can be fatal. For example, the immune system of a type O individual will launch a massive attack on the “invading cells” of a type A individual, all because it detects that sugar molecule.

Now researchers from the University of British Columbia have figured out a way to change the type of blood donated by volunteers, by using an enzyme that simply snips off that extra sugar, called an antigen. The result: The blood is more like type O, the universal donor.

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Vandals Built a Brick Wall in the Door of This German Train

30th April 2015

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Somebody (or more likely, bodies) managed to lug a bunch of construction blocks into a railway station and painstakingly glue them together to seal off a door on an S-Bahn train. Many initially thought the wall was fake, but now police and railway authorities have confirmed the ballsy action.

I’m sorry, but I think this is hilariously funny.

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Malala Attackers Jailed for Life

30th April 2015

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An Anti-Terrorism Court in Pakistan on Thursday sentenced 10 men to life imprisonment for attempting to kill Nobel-prize winning teenage activist Malala Yousafzai in 2012, officials said, though the chief suspect remains at large.

Pakistani Taliban militants boarded the teenager’s school bus and shot her in the head in October 2012 for her outspoken views on girls’ education, in an attack that also wounded two of her friends and shocked the world. Yousafzai, now 17, survived and in October last year became the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in history for her courageous and determined fight for all children to have the right to go to school.

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The End in Vietnam, 40 Years On

30th April 2015

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There are surprisingly few recollections under way today of the final ignominious chapter of our Vietnam agony, when the U.S. was chased out of Saigon.  I wonder if there isn’t a larger subtext here.  We not only seem to be re-running the 1960s at home right now (Ferguson, Baltimore, etc), but we seem to be trying to re-run 1970s foreign policy too, with American retreat leading to chaos, instability, and increasing the threat of new wars.

Maybe a few people recall how wrong the left was about what they predicted would take place after the U.S. finally bugged out of southeast Asia.  (We didn’t just bug out; we also cut off aid to our friends and allies in the region, degrading their own chances for self-defense and survival.)  Let’s recall what leading liberals had to say at the time, especially about Cambodia.  Anthony Lewis wrote in the New York Times: “What future possibility could be more terrible that the reality of what is happening in Cambodia now?”  It was, Lewis wrote a few weeks later, only our “cultural arrogance” that led us to believe that “our way of life must prevail.”  New York Times reporter David Andelman wrote that the vast majority of Cambodians “do not voice any concern about such issues as the shape of a peace or possible postwar reprisals,” while another Times reporter, Sydney Schanberg, wrote that “it is difficult to imagine how their lives could be anything but better with the Americans gone.” Sen. Alan Cranston said that “the ‘bloodbath’ that some people fear after the fighting stops if the [Khmer Rouge] insurgents take over is only conjecture.”  The Los Angeles Times said the aid cutoff was “for the good of the suffering Cambodians themselves.” Columnist Joseph Kraft asked, “Does it really matter whether Cambodia goes Communist?” And after South Vietnam followed Cambodia’s fall, the New York Times carried a news story, datelined Phnom Penh, with the headline: “Indochina Without Americans: For Most, a Better Life.”

I remember that date. It was not a happy time.

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Report: Freddie Gray Intentionally Injured Himself

30th April 2015

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The Washington Post reports that a prisoner who was in the police van with Freddie Gray says he could hear Gray “banging against the walls” of the vehicle and believed he “was intentionally trying to injure himself.” According to the Post, the prisoner’s statement is contained in an affidavit that’s part of an application by the police for search warrant seeking the seizure of the uniform worn by one of the officers involved in Gray’s arrest or transport.

Once again, the ASSUME bug appears to have bitten a lot of people.

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California Man Recovering After Sea Lion Yanked Him Overboard

30th April 2015

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A California woman was about to snap a photo of her husband holding a yellowtail fish on their 29-foot boat when a hungry sea lion leaped about 7 feet out of the water, bit into the man’s hand and yanked him overboard.

Let that be a lesson to us all.

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