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Members of African Robotics Team Go Missing, Two Seen Crossing Canadian Border

20th July 2017

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All six members of the teenage Bundi robotics team were reported missing Tuesday, after they were last seen at during a competition at Constitution Hall, reports Fox 5 DC.

Two of them, 16-year-old Don Ingabire and 17-year-old Audrey Mwamikazi, were seen trying to get in to Canada, D.C. police said. The other four, 18-year-old Richard Irakoze, 17-year-old Kevin Sabumukiza, 17-year-old Nice Munezero and 18-year-old Aristide Irambona, have yet to be sighted.

Gee, I wonder why.

The African teens had traveled to America to participate in a robotics competition hosted by FIRST Global. The competition draws young adults around the world and encourages them to pursue math and science fields.

Indeed, and chase them all the way into the Great White North.

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The Mother of All Disruptions

20th July 2017

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Warning: don’t read too much about the future of jobs in an era of Artificial Intelligence if you are—psychologically speaking—in a dark place. If you’re a lover of the arts and humanities, for example, you should probably go full hermit in the basement of a university library with plenty of provisions (but no WiFi). If you greet all technological advances with gee-whiz enthusiasm, you’d best avoid long conversations with people who make a living driving trucks or reading X-rays. If you’re an antiglobalization protectionist, get ready to look with longing on a time when the biggest threats to jobs were NAFTA and an ascendant China. And even if you believe in the long-term benefits of what economist Joseph Schumpeter called creative destruction—as I do—prepare to have your convictions tested.

Sky is falling; film at 11. Women and minorities hardest hit, etc. etc.

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Low-Income Americans Wage Growth Outpacing High-Income Salaries

20th July 2017

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For the first time in roughly a decade, the weekly take for workers in the bottom 10th percentile of the wage scale grew at a quicker rate in the second quarter of 2017, from the same period in 2016, than any other class of laborers, according to the Labor Department. The last time the lowest end of the pay scale outpaced other groups was in 2010.

Damn that Trump! He keeps screwing things up! What happens to the Narrative if low-income wage earners’ incomes grow faster than the 1%?

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Cannabis Reverses Aging Processes in the Brain

20th July 2017

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Yup. It changes you from a mature adult into a stupid teenager within five minutes.

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

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The Slavery Paper

20th July 2017

Severian waxes philosophical.

You may not know that our educational system has its roots in Prussia.  So, as you might expect, it’s designed to crank out little automatons, who can be good soldiers or good factory hands as needed.  That system prevailed in America until the 1970s, when the first wave of hippies started having kids and decided to “educate” them using the theories of John Dewey.  Dewey’s method was the Prussian’s opposite —  free play, cooperatvie learning, and all the other stuff that was called “self-esteem” back in the 70s.

But eventually all but the most bong-addled hippies realized that the Prussian method produced kids who could actually get and hold jobs… but, being hippies, they couldn’t give up on, like, feeeelings, maaaan, so by the late 80s we had more or less the current system, which is the worst of both worlds — the industrial production of Special Snowflakes.  Nobody’s different from anybody and everyone’s the best at everything.  It’s a pedagogical nightmare.  How does one simultaneously encourage each of 300 kids to develop his own special uniqueness, while training him to ace the standardized test?

Nobody has yet figured out the “ace the test” part (which is why every year brings some massive cheating scandal in a public school district), but we’ve nailed the “develop his special uniqueness” part — put Social Justice platitudes on the standardized test.  You know you’re a brave, free-thinking iconoclastic nonconformist when you have the exact same opinions as every other brave, free-thinking iconoclastic nonconformist.  By the time I get them, then, these kids are past masters at SocJus mad-libbing an essay prompt.  You could pose a question about the economic development of Singapore, seen through the lens of Medieval Finnish Poetry, and you’d still get something about the plight of underrepresented minorities and the horrors of homophobia.

Which brings us to The Slavery Paper.  Nonblack students are at least expected to exercise a little ingenuity in coming up with their SocJus mad-libs.  Blacks, by contrast, only ever write papers about Blackness.  And since it’s impossible to fail the Blacks and keep your job, anyone who teaches Intro to Anything gets a million Slavery Papers every single goddamn semester, to the point where we can all recite it, chapter and verse, from memory.

 

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Assisted-Suicide Measure Takes Effect in Washington, D.C.

19th July 2017

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I will happily assist anyone in Washington D.C. who want to commit suicide.

And their descendants — scrub those defective genes out of the pool.

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The Zeroth Amendment

19th July 2017

Steve Sailer boils it down.

A little-known survey revealed the single most decisive reason Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton: White Democrats have drifted into ideological extremism over not regulating immigration.

By way of background, a general problem in political science with using polls to track ideological trends over the years is that you want to keep asking the same questions to see how voters’ responses evolve. But that means that pollsters seldom ask about new beliefs that would have seemed bizarre even in the recent past.

In turn, pundits, lacking polling data to write about, don’t even mention historic developments, such as the rise of mainstream antiwhite American hate discourse over the past half decade. For most mainstream journalists to notice their own increasingly vicious racist attitudes would be like a fish noticing it is wet.

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Strange Obsessions

19th July 2017

Kevin Williamson says you can’t make this stuff up.

Texas politics is in the midst of a kind of double civil war. The Democrats have not yet figured out that being the party of little old liberal white ladies with a fanatical dedication to defending the abortion license is a thing of the past for a party whose future is younger and browner than its present. The Democrats are torn between being the party of Elizabeth Warren and the party of the guy who cuts her grass, and it is inevitable that the people who provide the Democrats with their votes and manpower are going to eventually start asking why it is that their policy agenda, which is economically focused, is being held hostage to the excretory and sexual obsessions of a relatively tiny cabal of Wellesley graduates and puffed-up assistant vice principals.

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Hillary Clinton’s Opposition to Russia Sanctions Coincided With Bill’s $500K Moscow Speech

18th July 2017

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What an amazing coincidence.

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The Black Person’s Guide to Game of Thrones

18th July 2017

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Every road leads to Rome White Privilege.

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MIT: Advanced Nuclear Reactors Have ‘Big Promise’ to Revive Industry

18th July 2017

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Good luck avoiding the stranglehold of the eco-Nazis and their minions in government.

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Thought for the Day

18th July 2017

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UnitedHealth’s Profits Continue to Soar After Ditching Obamacare

18th July 2017

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Perhaps Reality knows something that politicians don’t.

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Three Tricks for Staving Off Hunger in a Survival Situation

18th July 2017

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

 

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“Clean eating? That’s some rich white people shit.”

18th July 2017

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Can’t say he’s wrong….

I recently attended a lunch held by one of the country’s foremost organic companies. The event’s host—a yoga teacher who lives in a Connecticut suburb where the streets are jammed with hybrid luxury SUVs and single-source organic almond milk lattes in every cupholder—explained how the brand’s holistic world view aligned with her own.

Puttin’ on the Crust.

I don’t buy organic, think the anti-GMO movement is basically BS, and eat a bowl of Lucky Charms with conventional whole milk every night of the week. And for 30 years I’ve somehow not only survived, but thrived. My docs say my health is stellar—on my diet of what is, apparently, filthy, fake food. Am I a miracle of biology? Not even close.

Probably voted for Trump. The swine.

Deweese says she hates the term clean eating. “It’s a social status thing. It’s more about ‘I’m better because I eat clean,'” she says. Adds Scott-Dixon, “‘Clean eating’ is a preoccupation of people who, in socioeconomic terms, really don’t have any real, legitimate worries. It’s a first-world problem.”

Yup.

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Vegetarian Diets Can Lead to Higher Risk of Heart Disease, Finds Study

17th July 2017

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Maybe death will shut them up.

We can only hope.

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Tales of the Adjustocene: Satellite Sea Level Edition

17th July 2017

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When the observations don’t match the models, adjust the observations…

Kind of like Marxists with economics.

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Subway Refreshing Store Designs With Self-Order Kiosks That Support Apple Pay

17th July 2017

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Thank you, $15 minimum wage.

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Skydiver Jumps to His Death After Recording Video Message for Wife Saying He Was Not Going to Open Parachute

17th July 2017

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Pretty cold.

On the other hand, this gives her a chance to marry somebody who isn’t a bozo, so she comes out ahead.

Few husbands are that amenable to Natural Selection.

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Leadership and Laziness

17th July 2017

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Thought for the Day

17th July 2017

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The Truth About Health Care

17th July 2017

ZMan brings the truth.

This is an iron law of economics. All goods and services are rationed. This is true for health care too. There are no exceptions to this law. Thus, the First Truth of Health Care: No health care plan or system can ever be taken seriously unless it addresses, up front, how it will say “No, you cannot have it” to people who want it. At some point, someone has to tell the patient they cannot have whatever it is they want or need.

In America, rationing is mostly done by price, but increasingly the state is taking over this role. In Britain, most people are denied services by the long lines for those services. The long wait times for basic services is a form of rationing. If you can deliver X per day and the demand is for 2X, you solve this by giving people numbers and having them wait a long time until their number is called. This is socialized medicine in nutshell.

And that says it all, about as simply as it can be said.

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Patients Dying Due to Poor Care, ‘Shocking’ NHS Report Finds

16th July 2017

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How about that great government-provided health care! Don’t you wish we had a system like that in America?

 

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Call Centers Challenge Our Resolve to Be Nice

16th July 2017

Lileks.

Let’s keep sending e-mails, and see what happens.

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Coffee With Scott Adams: How to Take a Meeting With a Russian Lawyer

16th July 2017

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Scott Adams is the last bastion of common sense in America.

Be sure to hang on to his comments about Kid Rock.

UPDATE: Democrats dismiss Kid Rock’s bid to run for Senate as ‘bizarre publicity stunt’

Yeah, well, they’re the party who ran Al Franken, and we see how that turned out.

Democrats: The Clown Party.

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A Service That Turns Pictures of Keys Into Working Keys

16th July 2017

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This is why you never post a picture of one of your keys in public.

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Thought for the Day

16th July 2017

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Working From Home Makes You Happier and ‘Massively’ More Productive, According to Science

15th July 2017

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I know this will come as a shock to some people.

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‘Remarkable’: Scientists Amazed by Thriving Marine Life at Bikini Atoll Site Where 23 Atomic Bombs Were Dropped

15th July 2017

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Not really a surprise for those of us who have been paying attention.

The fact that not everybody caught in Hiroshima and Nagasaki died ought to have provided a clue.

The further fact that those are both thriving cities today ought to have been another hint.

The ability of human technology to Destroy All Life On Earth, be it by nuclear war or ‘climate change’, is vastly overrated, chiefly by those who want an excuse to steal your money and spend it their way.

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Teen Who Played ‘F**k Tha Police’ During Cop’s Funeral Gets Kicked Out of His Place

15th July 2017

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Actions have consequences.

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The Churches’ Bans on Consanguineous Marriages, Kin-Networks and Democracy

15th July 2017

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This paper tests the hypothesis that extended kin-groups, as characterized by a high level of cousin marriages, impact the proper functioning of formal institutions. Consistent with this hypothesis I find that countries with high cousin marriage rates exhibit a weak rule of law and are more likely autocratic. Further evidence comes from a quasi-natural experiment. In the early medieval ages the Church started to prohibit kin-marriages. Using the variation in the duration and extent of the Eastern and Western Churches’ bans on consanguineous marriages as instrumental variables, reveals highly significant point estimates of the percentage of cousin marriage on an index of democracy. An additional novel instrument, cousin-terms, strengthens this point: the estimates are very similar and do not rest on the European experience alone. Exploiting within country variation support these results. These findings point to the importance of marriage patterns for the proper functioning of formal institutions and democracy.

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Capitalism — It’s What’s For Dinne: Amazon Prime Does More for Northern Food Security Than Federal Subsidies, Say Iqaluit Residents

13th July 2017

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The consensus in Iqaluit seems to be that everyone with a credit card has an Amazon Prime membership. That’s because people can often find groceries cheaper online than in local stores, despite government food subsidy programs.

“Amazon Prime has done more toward elevating the standard of living of my family than any territorial or federal program. Full stop. Period,” a local principal, who declined to speak further, said on Facebook.

I love the term ‘food security’. That’s a politician’s term if ever I’ve heard one.

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Want to Fight Climate Change? Have Fewer Children

12th July 2017

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We should all encourage people who read the Grauniad or worry about climate change to have fewer children.

Like, none. Zer0. If you have children already, smother them with a pillow. Do the planet a favor.

UPDATE: Having children is one of the most destructive things you can to do the environment, say researchers

I would encourage these researchers to have fewer children as well.

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House Dust Could Spur Growth of Human Fat Cells, Suggests Study

12th July 2017

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I knew it had to be something.

But we can still blame it on Global Warming.

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Thought for the Day

12th July 2017

To Catch A Fish

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The Case for Continentalism

12th July 2017

Steve Sailer connects the dots.

Once again, Trump’s historical role appears to be to act as a catalyst accelerating existing trends, inciting his enemies to declare what’s really been on their minds all along. Thus, even cohesion in Western Europe, which is favored by Trump’s Polish hosts, is now viewed as a racist plot against People of Color, denying them their rightful right to migrate en masse to Europe.

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Why Conservatism Died

12th July 2017

ZMan waxes delightfully dyspeptic today.

Full disclosure: I read (and like) both Tyler Cowan and Raihan Salam (who writes for NR).

That said, I agree with this:

One of the reasons many of us gave up on conventional politics is that in the mainstream, guys with weird, unpronounceable names, from foreign lands keep demanding we change our country to suit their needs. That would be tolerable if the response was “shut up and learn how to be Americans.” Instead, the political class goes out of its way to celebrate these people. Our rulers make it clear that the opinions of newly arrived boat people count for more than the opinions of the natives, who made the country possible.

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Thought for the Day

11th July 2017

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“The World Keeps Not Running Out of Oil”

10th July 2017

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Amazing how that just keeps happening.

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Thought for the Day

10th July 2017

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Democrats, Party of the Rich: $2.6 Million Spent by Ivy League on Hillary. Trump? $15,000

9th July 2017

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The center compiled data on donations made from faculty to presidential, Senate, and House campaigns. Clinton received the most money from each school, with her donations often totaling more than 10 times the amount contributed to the second-most highly funded candidate.

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

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People Who Can’t Recognize Humor (Literally)

9th July 2017

Scott Adams encounters the world the rest of us live in.

One of the most mind-boggling discoveries I made while becoming a professional humorist is that a large segment of the general public has no sense of humor. I mean that literally, in the same way that some people can’t tell the difference between good wine and bad, and some people are tone deaf. Humor appreciation is like every other human capacity. Some have it, some don’t.

Most of them gravitate to ‘the media’.

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Thought for the Day

9th July 2017

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Thought for the Day

9th July 2017

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Stabbing Paddy O’Grady

8th July 2017

Severian looks at history.

The Left finds it politically useful to pretend that certain people can, and should, be held to account for the sins of their forebears.  But only certain people, of course — nobody’s demanding “slavery reparations” from, say, Ghana, even though just about every African sold into bondage in the New World was sold by a fellow African.  And surely if Paddy O’Grady’s great-great-great-grandson showed up at their door, demanding a room in their house and half their bank account for what great-great-great-grandpa did back on the potato boat, they’d throw him out on his ear.

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Who did rich people really vote for?

8th July 2017

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A new data source became available in April, at the U.C. Berkeley SDA archive, and that’s the American National Election Studies (ANES) 2016. This provides a cornucopia of information not available in the exit polls.

I ran this report selecting only non-Hispanic white voters.

In this dataset, among this demographic, Trump beat Clinton by 52.5% to 40.2%

However, the breakdown by income clearly shows that those with the top incomes swung decisively for Clinton. Trump’s support came from whites with income below than $110,000/year. Note that study asks for “family income.”

Income below $110,000: Trump beats Clinton 55.7% to 36.7%
Income $110,000 and above: Clinton beats Trump 50.3% to 43.3%

Democrats, party of the rich.

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Thought for the Day

8th July 2017

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New Satellite Data Still Shows Less Global Warming Than Climate Models

7th July 2017

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Satellite temperature data still shows about 40 percent less warming than the average climate model trend, despite more warming being added to the satellite record after researchers corrected for decaying satellite orbits.

These are the climate models that the Chicken Littles are using to predict catastrophic rising seas and mass extinctions.

AlGore must be speaking somewhere about ‘climate change’.

I’m still waiting for the apocalyptic Global Warming holocaust he predicted in 1997 would occur within 10 years.

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Silicon Valley Has a New Vision for the Pizzeria. It Involves Lots of Robots

6th July 2017

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Let’s hear it for the $15 minimum wage.

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Thought for the Day

6th July 2017

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