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Can You Think Yourself Into a Different Person?

25th September 2016

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I’d like to think myself into Tony Stark, but that’s probably not in the cards.

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‘Why I Switched My Endorsement from Clinton to Trump’

25th September 2016

Scott Adams makes his move.

As most of you know, I had been endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, for my personal safety, because I live in California. It isn’t safe to be a Trump supporter where I live. And it’s bad for business too. But recently I switched my endorsement to Trump, and I owe you an explanation. So here it goes.

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Movie Body Counts: The 25 Deadliest Actors of All Time

25th September 2016

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Apparently Ahnold holds the record, which doesn’t surprise.

Thanks to Debby Witt, who is a kindred spirit.

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Tonsil Stones

24th September 2016

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The tonsils are a pair of glands found at the back of the throat designed to prevent illness by trapping viruses and bacteria. The ridges and craters in these glands therefore become filmed with debris – including food, mucus, and cells – that groups together to form white-ish, calcified blobs called tonsilloliths or tonsil stones.

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Some Monkeys Have Blue Testicles—Here’s Why

24th September 2016

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

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Piety in Pieces: How Medieval Readers Customized their Manuscripts

24th September 2016

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What you do when you don’t have a highlighter.

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Blowing Your Mind – as Promised

24th September 2016

Scott Adams explains it all to you.

About a year ago I told you that Donald Trump would change far more than politics. I predicted that he would change your understanding of the human condition and your role in reality.

Back then, I couldn’t explain what I meant. You didn’t have the mental framework to hold this new idea – unless you were a trained hypnotist or a cognitive scientist. The ideas were too radical.

Until now.

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Arsenic Pills and Lead Foundation: The History of Toxic Makeup

24th September 2016

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Dallas Paper Offers Discount in Scramble to End Hillary Endorsement Fallout

23rd September 2016

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The Dallas Morning News is offering massively discounted subscriptions to its readers in an effort to withstand the fallout caused by its editorial board’s endorsement of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Heh. How to make a Dead Tree Edition a Really Dead Tree Edition.

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Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day

19th September 2016

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The Comparatives and the Superlatives

19th September 2016

Freeberg nails it again.

Awhile ago, struggling to understand, I noted that the movement of what we today call “liberalism” seems to be split into two halves, which I called the “scheming elites” and the “ignorant commons”. The thing that separates the two, described from a 38,000 foot level, is that the former is accumulating a useful skill by way of evolving strategies that continue to find measurable success, whereas the latter isn’t accumulating skills at all, useful or otherwise. The former sells things to the latter. It is debatable how useful this skill is, because the skill is in communicating with people who don’t learn anything with either success or failure, because they don’t try to do anything. So one half maintains a tethering to reality, by way of refining the art and technique of aggravating passions in the other half, which has altogether lost its tethering to reality quite aways back and isn’t on any road that leads to regaining it.

As a result, both are nuts in some way. I wouldn’t hire either one of them to do anything practical, even something mundane, like trimming the hedge I forgot to trim this weekend. I would expect all of them to lose my sheers, snip off a finger or two, sue me for everything I’m worth, own my house, and then blame George W. Bush for the mutilation. Maybe they’ll find some excuses for new taxes in the meantime. Manage the country’s response to all of the mass shootings and terrorist attacks this weekend & before? Forget it. But…the competence thing with the scheming elites. They did get Barack Obama reelected. I’m still concerned they could get Hillary in there. I have to be. They do know their own people; they know how to communicate with the insane ones. I guess it’s a question of whether that is the challenge that arises to confront them. And if the challenge is something more demanding than that, like learning how to communicate with sane people who actually do constructive things, can they recognize that and meet the challenge. I suppose that’s the question.

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Thought for the Day

15th September 2016

Wizard of Id

Or maybe just sitting down somewhere and watching a movie….

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Sick and Tirade

14th September 2016

Steve Sailer looks at the Hillary situation.

It’s worth keeping in mind, however, that if at the 9/11 memorial there hadn’t been a lone bystander with a videophone who alertly recorded Hillary’s alarming breakdown, we would still be getting lectured by the respectable press about how concerns over the Democratic nominee’s health are “conspiracy theories.”

My guess is that 2010-era JournoList-style secrecy is hardly necessary anymore. Twitter shows in real time how the hivemind operates, with pundits trying out hot takes for their peers and being shamed if they get off message.

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PA Democrats Explain Why They’ll Vote Trump

13th September 2016

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Every single Pennsylvania Democrat who attended a recent voter-registration drive in a small western community pledged to vote for Republican nominee Donald Trump.

“They think it is the celebrity of Trump,” Sheik Shannon, 55, told The Atlantic, referring to the political class’s understanding of why people like him are voting Trump. “It’s not. They think we’ve all gone mad. We’ve not. Communities like where I live do not need to shutter and die. We lead solid, honest lives, we work hard, we play hard, we pray hard … we love where we are from, and we feel a duty to make sure that it is here for generations.”

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Blue State Exodus

13th September 2016

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Which do better, blue states or red states? There is a veritable cottage industry devoted to obscure means of proving the superiority of the liberal tax-and-spend model, but when citizens vote with their feet, the result is clear: Americans are deserting blue states and moving to red states.

Texas is ready to welcome all immigrants who are already U.S. citizens.

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Inside the Violent, Geeky World of Hardcore International Medieval Combat

12th September 2016

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The team’s press officer, Nick Birkin, agrees. “Reenactors are used to dink, dink,” he says, mimicking the prissy swordplay anyone who’s sat through a retelling of Agincourt will no doubt cringe to recall. Another weekend warrior sums up the distinction more succinctly: “Reenactment’s for pussies.”

Sometimes the old ways are best.

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The Race for President is (Probably) Over

11th September 2016

Scott Adams calls it.

If humans were rational creatures, the time and place of Clinton’s “overheating” wouldn’t matter at all. But when it comes to American psychology, there is no more powerful symbol of terrorism and fear than 9-11 . When a would-be Commander-in-Chief withers – literally – in front of our most emotional reminder of an attack on the homeland, we feel unsafe. And safety is our first priority.

Hillary Clinton just became unelectable.

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Making Distinctions Where Distinctions Are Due

9th September 2016

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Just heard a term I really like: Alt-Left

The Alt-Left (a.k.a. SJW, SJZ, Social Justice Warriors, Social Justice Zealots, Social Justice Zombies, and crybullies) do not believe in free speech. tolerating people who disapprove of their ideas, or that the races should be treated equally. (They just convinced the University of California to offer race segregated housing. Poor Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. must be spinning in his grave. Perhaps this is a secret plan to create an perpetual motion machine by attaching a generator to the unfortunate reverend and his fellow Civil Rights leaders.)

They are the Alt-Left, because they are entirely a different group from the Left:

The Left are Liberals, i.e. people who are, well, liberal. They believe in freedom, free speech, toleration, treating everyone equally, regardless of race. They are open-minded, so much so that whatever you tell them, they will response:

“Nothing you can say will offend me.”

This is directly opposed to the Alt-Left, who even take offense at kindly meant comments, such as “Excuse me, sir,” or God bless you.”

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Thought for the Day

9th September 2016

Gallery: Matt cartoons, September 2016

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Father Dies of Heart Attack After Dancing With His Daughter at Her Wedding

8th September 2016

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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If Biblical events were covered by today’s media

8th September 2016

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Israelites crossing the Red Sea:

FRAGILE WETLANDS TRAMPLED IN LABOR STRIKE
Law Enforcement Officials Slain While Pursuing Unruly Mob

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Was Hillary Wearing an Earpiece During Last Night’s Presidential Forum?

8th September 2016

Was Hillary Wearing an Earpiece During Last Night's Presidential Forum?

 

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The Flight 93 Election

7th September 2016

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Love the classical handle. Publius Decius Mus was the name of a series of Roman consuls who were famous for sacrificing themselves to gain victory in battle.

2016 is the Flight 93 election: charge the cockpit or you die. You may die anyway. You—or the leader of your party—may make it into the cockpit and not know how to fly or land the plane. There are no guarantees.

Except one: if you don’t try, death is certain. To compound the metaphor: a Hillary Clinton presidency is Russian Roulette with a semi-auto. With Trump, at least you can spin the cylinder and take your chances.

That is the question: Trump or Clinton. You’re going to get one of them; which would you rather have? Take whatever action you deem appropriate….

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Political Punk Rock

7th September 2016

Steve Sailer is not afraid to ask the hard questions.

Hillary Clinton’s disastrous Labor Day raises the question: If Donald Trump were as bad as she says, shouldn’t Hillary drop out so a better candidate could beat him?

But first… Why is Trump outsmarting Hillary? And what’s this “alt-right” she’s denouncing?

Hillary has been doing almost nothing but politics for over 40 years, while Trump has had a lot of other fun stuff to think about. Shouldn’t she be dominating him on the issues? How is this a close race?

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The Bridge From Laissez-Faire to Socialism

7th September 2016

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We might object to the phrase crony capitalism for two reasons:

First, because cronyism is in some ways the antithesis of capitalism. The freedom to compete and the freedom to fail that are central tenets of capitalism are severely compromised by cronyism when in the former case powerful politicians intervene to shield their friends in business and finance from competition, and in the latter intervene again to save them from bankruptcy or occasionally from criminal prosecution. Of course, these friends in turn are no disloyal slouches and they later show themselves to be supremely appreciative by underwriting, financially and otherwise, those same politicians who had all but guaranteed their continued dominance in normal times and their survival against bad odds in times of distress.

Second, because cronyism is just as prevalent, or arguably more prevalent, in a socialist system than in a capitalist one. Socialism is made popular by charismatic figures appealing to the idealism of some voters but wherever it succeeds in establishing itself, its anonymous toiling bureaucrats turn out to be expert cronies of the very first order, if we are to judge by the experience of many countries in the past century.

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Miley Cyrus and 8 Other Celebrities Threatening to Leave the Country if Donald Trump Gets Elected

7th September 2016

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It’s a lie, of course. They always say it, but never do it. Such teases.

But wouldn’t it be nice if they did?

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Cash Means Freedom, Which Is Why So Many Officials Hate It

6th September 2016

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Cash—the familiar, anonymous paper money and metallic coins that most of us grew up using—isn’t just convenient, it’s also a powerful shield for our autonomy and our privacy. That’s the argument of cash advocates of course—but also of those economists and government officials who want to abolish the stuff. Cash’s power to protect people from meddling and tracking motivates both parties, either to shore up our defenses against the state, or to squish them under their thumbs.

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US Open: Ball Boy Hit in the Groin by 123 mph Grigor Dimitrov Serve

6th September 2016

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Perhaps this is God telling him to go into another line of work.

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Russians Purchased 500,000 Baseball Bats in One Year — but Only One Ball

6th September 2016

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A report last year from the Russian news agency TASS turned up on Reddit Thursday, stating that baseball bat sales in Russia soared in 2014 even though the sport has struggled to gain traction there.

Russians bought 500,000 baseball bats but purchased only one pair of baseball gloves and one ball, according to Moscow traffic police chief Viktor Kovalenko, who reportedly suggested that the bats were often used to resolve traffic disputes.

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In the Middle of the “Hottest Year Ever” Come Record Wheat Harvests

5th September 2016

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How about that Global Warming, eh? We may be doomed, but at least we’ll have full stomachs.

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Why Trump Doesn’t Scare Me

5th September 2016

Scott Adams.

Donald Trump scares a lot of people. They worry that he is a crazy racist who can’t be trusted with the nuclear codes. They worry that he will needlessly insult foreign leaders. They worry that he isn’t sufficiently knowledgeable to do the job. And so on.

But unlike the frightened masses, I perceive Trump to be safer than the average candidate for president. You might wonder what-the-hell I’m seeing that you are not seeing. That’s worth detailing because it is always fascinating when people look at the same situation and have wildly different interpretations. With that setup, here are my reasons why Donald Trump does not scare me.

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Happy Labor Day

5th September 2016

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English Is Not Normal

5th September 2016

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English speakers know that their language is odd. So do people saddled with learning it non-natively. The oddity that we all perceive most readily is its spelling, which is indeed a nightmare. In countries where English isn’t spoken, there is no such thing as a ‘spelling bee’ competition. For a normal language, spelling at least pretends a basic correspondence to the way people pronounce the words. But English is not normal.

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Academic Assholes and the Circle of Niceness

4th September 2016

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If performing like an asshole in a public forum creates the perverse impression that you are more clever than others who do not, there is a clear incentive to behave this way.

Welcome to the Internet.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

4th September 2016

4 Chord Song

Gotta love Australians.

Further reference:
Variations on the I-V-vi-IV Chord Progression

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The Lost Art of Typing Shit by Hand

3rd September 2016

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Typing helps you learn the syntax. It helps you learn the keywords. It makes you think, and as you’re writing out the 10th import foo from ‘foo’, the little details become apparent.

“Oh, those separators in the for loop are semicolons, not commas.”

“Oh, import {foo} from ‘foo’ isn’t the same as import foo from ‘foo’.”

Typing makes you curious about the words you are forced to write out. “What do all those things in public static void main(String[] args) mean, anyway?”

It also helps you learn the various error messages. Inevitably, you’ll type something wrong or leave out something you thought wasn’t important or that your eye didn’t notice (damn semicolons).

When you’re typing in a program by hand, you can try to run it at various points along the way, to see what works. Maybe more importantly, you can see where it breaks. “Poking the box.”

Sometimes the old ways are best.

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Thought for the Day

3rd September 2016

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Coming Soon: Strange New Respect for Kissinger

2nd September 2016

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According to Time, Henry Kissinger and George Schultz are considering making a joint endorsement of Hillary Rodham Clinton for president. This is not surprising – in an era of dopey anti-“Establishment” rhetoric, Kissinger and Schultz may be the last two men in politics happy to call themselves pillars of the establishment. Which, of course, they are, as is Mrs. Clinton.

‘Hillary: The New Nixon’ Yeah, I can see that. Birds of a feather flock together; the Crust takes care of its own.

The next part, which will be amusing, will be watching progressive leftovers from the 1960s, who have for decades denounced Kissinger as a war-monger, an enabler of genocide (as Senator Bernie Sanders charges), and a war criminal – who have called for his prosecution — rejoicing in his endorsement of Mrs. Clinton. “Even Henry Kissinger!” they’ll say. Schultz doesn’t stand very much higher in the Left’s estimate, to be sure, though he doesn’t inspire quite the passion that Kissinger does.

It’s all about the Narrative, Larry.

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How to Fight Multiple Assailants

2nd September 2016

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

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Ten Principles of Economics, Translated

2nd September 2016

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The best explanation of economics I’ve ever heard.

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Liberal Parents on Twitter Deeply Upset Their Girls Like Dolls, the Color Pink

2nd September 2016

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Waaa waaa waaaa….

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Trump’s Immigration Speech – Persuasion Score

1st September 2016

Scott Adams is keeping track.

Trump gave his much-awaited Immigration speech last night. I’ll let the fact-checkers tell you how much of it was based on reality. That’s not my department. I will focus on how persuasive it was, not the politics.

Trump’s approach to immigration is to make border control a priority over deportation. And a big part of that plan involves persuasion. In order to convince would-be illegal immigrants to stay in their own country, you have to make it look like a bad deal to come to America illegally, which is not the case right now. In other words, Trump is focusing on persuasion – the area he knows best.

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The Math Myth

1st September 2016

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The math myth is the myth that the future of the American economy is dependent upon the masses having higher mathematics skills. This myth goes back to at least Sputnik, when the Russians were going to surpass us because they were better in math and science. It returned in the late 80’s when the Germans and Japanese were going to surpass us because they were better in math and science. It’s occurring again now because the Indians and Chinese are better than us in math and science.

I find it difficult to find anyone who uses more than Excel and eighth grade level mathematics (=arithmetic, and a little bit of algebra, statistics and programming). In the summer of 2007 I taught an advanced geometry course and had two students in the class who had been engineers and one who had been an actuary. They claimed never to have used anything beyond Excel and eighth grade level mathematics; never a trig function or even a log or exponential function! There is in fact a deskilling going on in our economy, where even the ability to make change is about to disappear as an important skill.

I’ve actually used calculus once, in a D&D game where I needed to find out the maximum length of a spear that would fit around the corner of the intersection of a 10-foot-wide corridor and a 5-foot-wide corridor. I’ve used algebra and trig in Navy electronics — again, in school, never out in the Fleet.

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Trump Has the Ball and Hillary Can’t Run Out the Clock

1st September 2016

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As good a summary of the current situation as I’ve seen.

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Fighting to Win: The Art of Sword Combat in the Early Modern Period

31st August 2016

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Usually, writing about the Early Modern Age isn’t my deal, but it was definitely an interesting time. This was the period in which men went around in puffy pants with rapiers at their hips, ready to duel anyone who ridiculed the puffiness of their pants. And if you’re going to wander around with a rapier, you’d better know how to use it.

‘Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.’

Remember: Han shot first.

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Deportation and Deals

31st August 2016

Scott Adams is just chock-full of good ideas.

Here’s the interesting part. When I was getting my MBA at Berkeley, years ago, a professor taught us that so long as two parties do not want the same limited resource, you can usually reach a deal. That is an extraordinarily important concept, and one that has made a difference in my own life. Whenever you think there is no deal to be had, you’re usually wrong, unless both parties want the same limited resource.

That’s why Israel and Hamas will never agree to peace. They both want the same limited resource. They both want the same land. No deal can be had.

But with the issue of deportation, there is no such limited resource. When you add people to an economy – and you do it right – everyone is better off. So in theory, there is a “deal” that could make everyone happy.

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Why This Midwest City Has Turned to Trump

31st August 2016

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“For the first half of my life, I thought Democrat was the only way to be,” Lephart says. “There’s this belief that you can’t be Republican and union-but I don’t believe that any more.”

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Thought for the Day

30th August 2016

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Why do Young People Support Socialism and Old People Don’t?

30th August 2016

Freeberg nails it again.

This question on Quora intrigued me, not quite so much because of the educated-above-their-hat-size, “solve all the world’s problems while we still know everything,” seldom-correct never-in-doubt sophistikateds that talk with smiles on their faces & their eyes closed; that’s a Quora staple right there. Rather, I was taken by the unusual experience. You have to read down quite a way to see it, but the answers under this one constitute a healthy mix. Eventually someone with good old-fashioned horse sense weighs in on the issue…yeah. Someone must’ve forgotten to close a door or something.

It all seems just so correct and reasonable. Until you stop to think — just how current are these ideas, which are ushering in this bold new age? And the answer is, not very. Discarding phrasing styles and words that have only recently come into existence or fashion, like “[I]nternet,” this all could’ve been written in…well, just about any year from 1917 onward. The overall sentiments of progressivism have remained unchanged in all that time. We’re battling these “conservatives,” who want to keep things the way they are, but our victory is inevitable, because we’re for sharing and economic equality, and the old bastions of stodgy traditionalism favor inequality, but the world is changing. There isn’t a thought in there that’s less than a century old. And the basics of it are considerably older than that…again, still unchanged.

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Thought for the Day

29th August 2016

Railroad

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