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50 Things I Pretend To Know Now That I Am Nearing 50

29th July 2016

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I can vouch for #3 and #7.

I found #8, on the other hand, a piece of cake.

And I disagree entirely with #25.

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The Real Cancer Is Historical and Economic Ignorance

29th July 2016

Don Boudreaux, a Real Economist, speaks truth to stupid.

Here’s a comment, in full, from one “Bob” on this Marginal Revolution post by Tyler Cowen on Tyler’s receipt of Joel Mokyr’s new book, A Culture of Growth:

Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.

Bob likely believes that, with this single pointed sentence, he makes a profound point – a point that causes all but the most philistine of readers to pause and say “Omigosh!  Bob is so insightful!  Economic growth is cancerous.  We mindlessly bow to it – accept it – demand it even! – unaware that it will eventually destroy us.”

In fact, Bob is painfully sophomoric.  The reason is that the case for economic growth is not and never has been “growth for the sake of growth” (although misinformed best-selling authors such as Douglas Rushkoff continue to insist otherwise).  Instead, the case for growth is this: growth for the sake of human betterment.  The case for economic growth is founded on the fact that it improves human lives, and especially the lives of those who are currently worse off.

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The Unsurprising Outcome of California’s Top-Two Senate Race: Fewer Likely Votes

28th July 2016

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The poll looks at the upcoming race to replace retiring Democrat Barbara Boxer in the United States Senate. Because of this top-two primary system, voters are left with two Democrats, Attorney General Kamala Harris and Rep. Loretta Sanchez.

Harris is better looking. We’ve already got enough ugly Senators. (Yeah, Mitch McConnell, I’m lookin’ at YOU.)

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Thought for the Day

28th July 2016

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Post-Partisanship Is Hyper-Partisanship

28th July 2016

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Compare the Nazis to the German Jews and to the Japanese. The Nazis were very similar to the German Jews: they looked the same, spoke the same language, came from a similar culture. The Nazis were totally different from the Japanese: different race, different language, vast cultural gap. But the Nazis and Japanese mostly got along pretty well. Heck, the Nazis were actually moderately positively disposed to the Chinese, even when they were technically at war. Meanwhile, the conflict between the Nazis and the German Jews – some of whom didn’t even realize they were anything other than German until they checked their grandparents’ birth certificate – is the stuff of history and nightmares. Any theory of outgroupishness that naively assumes the Nazis’ natural outgroup is Japanese or Chinese people will be totally inadequate.

So what makes an outgroup? Proximity plus small differences. If you want to know who someone in former Yugoslavia hates, don’t look at the Indonesians or the Zulus or the Tibetans or anyone else distant and exotic. Find the Yugoslavian ethnicity that lives closely intermingled with them and is most conspicuously similar to them, and chances are you’ll find the one who they have eight hundred years of seething hatred toward.

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Canid Biodiversity: “DNA Study Reveals the One and Only Wolf Species in North America”

28th July 2016

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So who cares?

We often hear that science has proved that race does not exist. But I alway ask, Don’t the same arguments about blurry boundaries and the like also apply to the proposition that species does not exist?

Ah.

Then I cite confusing cases regarding species that have big money implications under the Endangered Species Act.

Aha.

Are dogs, coyotes, and wolves one species or separate species? What about red wolves?

‘Dog lives matter?’

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RIP David Bald Eagle

27th July 2016

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In Dances With Wolves, the teepee scene where the Lakota are discussing what to do about Kevin Costner (not the first such discussion, I’m sure) is one of the most entertaining I’ve ever seen, and almost makes up for the rest of that wretched movie.

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Selling Past the Close

27th July 2016

Scott Adams continues his masterful analysis.

I’ve been watching the Democratic National Convention and wondering if this will be the first time in history that we see a candidate’s poll numbers plunge after a convention.

Let me say this again, so you know I’m not kidding. Based on what I know about the human body, and the way our thoughts regulate our hormones, the Democratic National Convention is probably lowering testosterone levels all over the country. Literally, not figuratively. And since testosterone is a feel-good chemical for men, I think the Democratic convention is making men feel less happy. They might not know why they feel less happy, but they will start to associate the low feeling with whatever they are looking at when it happens, i.e. Clinton.

Seeing Hillary Clinton (or, worse, hearing her) make my testicles want to retreat into my abdomen. I’m sure I’m not the only person who has that reaction.

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Hillary Clinton Just Threw Donald Trump Into the Briar Patch

27th July 2016

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Today’s news cycle was supposed to be all about giving Bill Clinton a tongue bath for his DNC speech last night. Instead, Donald Trump held a press conference in which, with one ten-second throwaway remark, he sucked all the air out of the media and left the Clintons standing at the train station.

“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Trump said to a room of TV cameras at Trump National Doral. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press…By the way they hacked, they probably have her 33,000 e-mails. I hope they do. They probably have her 33,000 e-mails that she lost and deleted because you’d see some beauties there. So let’s see.”

Notice how Trump grabs the camera and focuses it back on the e-mail scandal, and does it in a humorous way that is sure to dominate the buzz.

What the Clinton campaign did next was make a colossal error:

The Clinton campaign was quick to respond. Said advisor Jake Sullivan: “This has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent. That’s not hyperbole, those are just the facts. This has gone from being a matter of curiosity, and a matter of politics, to being a national security issue.”

As Sean Davis noted, the Clinton camp just walked right into Trump’s trap, whether or not he knew he was setting one. For the past year, Hillary’s defense of her private email server has been that the whole thing was a nothingburger that put no sensitive information at risk. Originally she claimed that the emails on her server were harmless things like yoga schedules. FBI Director Comey contradicted that, publicly concluding both that there was significant senstive information in the emails and that there was no way to know if they had fallen into hostile hands. And now, this morning, her own campaign admits that it would be “a national security issue” for Russia to gain access to those emails.

Can’t anybody here play this game?

This was what Scott Adams calls a ‘linguistic kill shot’. (If you haven’t been following his analysis of the campaigns, the angels will weep for you.)

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The Left Goes Ballistic

27th July 2016

Steve Sailer looks at crime, unlike most at the DNC.

Trump’s carefully documented Republican convention speech came as an unwelcome intrusion into this new elite consensus against law and order, which helps explain the agonized yelps in response to Trump’s “dystopian” picture.

The ThoughtCrime of ‘noticing’.

During the mayoral terms of the liberal Republican social justice warrior John Lindsay (1966–73), the body count soared to 986 in 1968. As the WASP mayor fought for the rights of blacks and Puerto Ricans against the largely Irish NYPD, the cops retreated to the doughnut shop.

It would be nice if policemen didn’t tend to be divas who sulk and slack off when political leaders demonize cops as racist murderers and encourage black rage, but that’s the way they are.

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The Left’s ‘Rock Stars’ Blew It

26th July 2016

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Day one of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia was all about healing, but the patients in need of therapy seemed to prefer their condition to treatment. The procedural portion of the day was devoted to an airing of grievances among Sanders supporters while the night was designed to provide them with catharsis and a means by which they could reconcile their remaining objections to Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. To facilitate that purification process, Clinton brought in the biggest progressive guns she could: Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders himself. Their performance was, to say the least, underwhelming, and it underscores the extent to which their reputations are utterly undeserved.

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Loose Ends, Convention Style

26th July 2016

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There were numerous reports last night that it was impossible to find any American flags displayed in the Democratic convention hall, even though Michelle Obama conspiciously reversed her 2008 position that she was proud of her country for the first time, to saying now that America was always great. (Or maybe the text said she thought America was always grate?) Anyway, while the American flag was missing, apparently the Palestinian flag showed up….

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DNC: The California Delegation’s Hillary Haters

26th July 2016

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If you are watching the Democratic National Convention at home, you may notice that most any time a new speaker talks about why we should unify behind Hillary Clinton, or merely say her name out loud, there is a minority chorus of boos emanating from the side of the stage. That’s about 30 percent of the California delegation, and I just spent an hour sitting next to them, and boy do some of them despise Hillary Clinton.

Who could hate Hillary Clinton? She’s America’s sweetheart!

“I was lucky a couple of weeks ago: I shot a squirrel to bring home for meat,” said Brian Seligman, a former Marine on Social Security disability from a car wreck, who recently moved from the Los Angeles area to Victorville. Seligman says his wife can’t find a job, and when the food stamps run out at the end of the month he needs to find creative way to feed his children.

“This isn’t just my family,” he said, voice welling with emotion, tears beginning to pool in his eyes. “There are 15,300,000 children STARVING in this country, and this woman wears a jacket worth more than I get in a year, while she goes out talking about how she’s going to blow up other people’s children for another trillion dollars. My kids are dying and she wants to murder other people’s kids with my money!”

This is a Democrat? He sure sounds like a Republican to me.

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Man Pulls Gun on Child for Repeatedly Kicking Back of Chair in Kentucky Movie Theatre

25th July 2016

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Tell the truth: Who hasn’t wanted to do that? Although I would have thought it more proper to pull the gun on the parent.

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The Chart The Racial Grievance Industry Won’t Talk About

25th July 2016

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According to this chart, except for a short period in the 1990s, Asian men consistently out-earned all other racial groups, including white men. The latest data shows Asian men earned 117 percent as much as white men did. Similarly, Asian women out-earned all other racial groups. Since the popular political narrative insists U.S. social, political and economic systems are “dominated by whites” and “stacked against minorities,” what gives?

I guess Asians are actually White People in a Clever Plastic Disguise.

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Community Organizing America

25th July 2016

Victor Davis Hanson deconstructs a ‘progressive’ trope.

The modern art of a community organizer seems fairly simple.

The proverbial agitator identifies a particular aggrieved racial, ethnic, gender, or class group that believes equality of opportunity must guarantee equality of result.

Then he “organizes” the victims by claiming that their ostensible failure to obtain parity can only be due to systematic racism, sexism, and bias by the supposed callous establishment majority (usually emblemized as callous white, male, heterosexual Christians). Myth is useful (e.g., “hands up, don’t shoot” or “one in four women on campus suffer sexual assault”).

Next he mounts a shrill campaign to demand “fairness” and “equality” (demonstrations, demonization of public figures, boycotts, media campaigns, showing up outside the homes of supposed enemies of the people, getting “in their faces,” and metaphorically “taking a gun to a knife fight,” etc.).

Finally, he is willing to meet with authorities (such as the mayor, city council, various legislators, college president, police, etc.). Then the organizer subtly offers “solutions,” a euphemism for payoffs such as new laws, favorable executive orders, lucrative jobs for himself and friends, community block grants, diversity hires, some sort of reparations and set-asides, legal exemptions, new community programs, etc. Soon the organizer’s original radical demands metamorphosize from being shrill and costly to mainstream, doable and akin to cost-effective protection money. And then onto the next victim.

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A World Without Western Civ

25th July 2016

Jim Goad does a reality check.

If you were to note every manmade item within your field of vision, chances are that nearly every last gadget and trinket was invented by a white man. According to Charles Murray’s book Human Accomplishment, whites have historically dominated the fields of physics, math, chemistry, medicine, biology, and technology.

What’s grossly ironic is the specter of people using white computers hooked up to white electricity sent across white power grids to criticize the very white people who made their whining possible. Even worse is the ubiquity of white people pejoratively using the word “white people” as if it somehow doesn’t apply to them. That right there is a collective mental illness for the ages.

White technology has doubled lifespans across the globe and yanked several human subgroups out of the Stone Age. This makes certain white people feel guilty. It also apparently makes lots of nonwhite people resentful.

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Thought for the Day: Retirement

25th July 2016

Enjoy

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Barack Obama’s Half-Brother to Vote for Donald Trump ‘To Make America Great Again’

24th July 2016

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A ringing endorsement. What else do you need?

Can’t say that I blame him God knows I wouldn’t vote for my brother for President, the communist….

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Mesopotamian Accounting Tokens

24th July 2016

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Archaeological digs in the Mideast have uncovered thousands of small clay objects, dating from as far back as 7500 BCE. These objects, referred to as “tokens,” have specific shapes and markings indicating a designated, but until recently unknown, purpose. This mystery was solved by the art historian Denise Schmandt-Besserat who began researching these items in 1969. The extraordinary results of her research were published in a number of articles and books, including How Writing Came About (University of Texas Press, 1996).

Her conclusion? The tokens were counters. Their use evolved over thousands of years from simply shaped tokens (see Figure 1) to more complex tokens bearing markings (see Figure 2). Each counter shape represented a specific quantity of a specific commodity. For example, a cone stood for a small measure of grain and a sphere for a large measure of grain. Using different shapes of counters to count different commodities is evidence of concrete counting, meaning that each category of items was counted with special numerations or number words specific to that category. There is a hint of concrete counting in our own society in our preference for phrases such as “a pair of shoes” or “a couple of days” over “two shoes” or “two days.” However, we almost always use abstract counting with our abstract numbers “two,” “three,” “four,” … that can be used to count any item. After 3300 BCE, the tokens were sometimes stored in clay envelopes with their imprints made on the envelope’s surface to make visible the number and shapes of tokens enclosed (see Figure 3). According to Schmandt-Besserat, the transformation of three-dimensional tokens to two-dimensional signs to communicate information was the beginning of writing. Eventually, the tokens were replaced by signs made by their impressions onto solid balls of clay, or tablets (see Figures 4 and 5). The impressed signs evolved to become cuneiform writing.

Slow news day.

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Munich Shooting: Germany’s Strict Gun Control Laws Did Not Prevent Horrific Attack

23rd July 2016

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

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Another Thought for the Day

22nd July 2016

Brooke

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Maths Notation Is Needlessly Complex. It Can and Should Be Better

22nd July 2016

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Making students learn to execute similar operations using three different kinds of notation – as in the case of exponents, logarithms and roots – is a bit like asking them to learn to say the same thing in three different languages for no good reason. With such counterintuitive and redundant standardised notation systems, it’s easy to understand why many students become overwhelmed by mathematics and choose to pursue fields where complex calculations aren’t necessary. This video by Grant Sanderson, who makes films under the moniker 3Blue1Brown, looks at how expressing exponents, logarithms and roots could be made simpler by using one elegant notation system, and makes a broader case for how maths could be made more accessible by developing cleaner – and perhaps even artful – notation.

An interesting notion.

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Trump and the Proles

20th July 2016

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When Trump, Sr. speaks unscripted and un-telepromptered at his campaign rallies, he speaks the way that blue-collar white concrete pourers and sheetrock hangers would talk to each other on their lunch break. And this is why the elites hate Donald Trump, Sr., because the elites hate white proles. The adjectives they assign to Trump, Sr. like “racist,” “misogynist,” “xenophobic,” “narcissistic,” “autocratic,” are politically correct ways that the elites slam prole-white speaking patterns. But when prole whites see Trump speak, instead of seeing the evil that elites see, they merely see someone who sounds just like themselves, someone they can relate to. Unfortunately for elites, the proles far outnumber the elites at the voting booths. As Trump, Sr. might say, it’s not even close.

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Hand Over £25, or the Centre-Left Gets It

20th July 2016

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In order to become a ‘registered supporter’ of the Labour party, you first have to disclose whether you’re a member of an organisation opposed to the Labour party. Such as, I suppose, the Labour party. You also have to affirm that you agree with the party’s ‘aims and values’, which must be the hardest bit, because who alive now knows what those are?

Think Donald Trump is bad? It could be worse.

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Police Turn Up at Birthday Party to Investigate ‘Disturbance’ and Get Mistaken for Strippers

20th July 2016

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Don’t you just hate it when that happens?

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Why Your Job Might Be Killing You

20th July 2016

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Recently, economists at Purdue and the University of Copenhagen made a clever attempt to clear up the question. They looked at Danish manufacturing companies where overseas sales increased unexpectedly because of changes in foreign demand or transportation costs between 1996 and 2006. These constituted a set of natural experiments. At firms where exports spiked, there was suddenly a lot more work to do, a lot more things to sell. This put the squeeze on employees, who became measurably more productive — but also started to have more health problems.

“The medical literature typically finds that people who work longer hours have worse health outcomes — but we try to distinguish between causality and correlation,” said Chong Xiang, an economics professor at Purdue and co-author on the paper, along with David Hummels and Jakob Munch. A draft was released this week by the National Bureau for Economic Research.

So come be a slacker and vote for Hillary, who will give you free stuff and tax those assholes who expect you to work for a living.

This kind of study could only be done in a place such as Denmark, where the single-payer health care system keeps track of everyone’s doctor’s visits and drug purchases.

One of the best arguments against single-payer health care systems I’ve ever seen.

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Modern Scientific Controversies Part 3: The War on Sugar

20th July 2016

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The proponents of the War on Sugar – those fighting to eliminate —  or at least sharply reduce the amount of – sugar from the American diet have painted sugar as bad have made sugar into a villain – because it is  too popular – people like it and, in the opinion of the anti-sugar advocates,  eat too much of it. We should additionally note that sugars are one of the carbohydrates that the body breaks down into glucose – also known as blood sugar. This illogic – sugar is bad because we eat too much of it —  is then used to vilify food producers who use sugar in their products – positioned as unnecessary, too much, wrong kind – an endless attack on a substance that is not only innocent, but is a necessary part of the human diet and the main source of quick energy for most higher life forms on earth.

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“Why Haven’t We Been Taught This Material Until Now?”

20th July 2016

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As always, near the end of the course I cover foundational public-choice economics – including an introduction to Arrow’s Impossibility Theorem.  Summarizing the conclusions of this literature as succinctly as my meager writing skills permit, Arrow’s theorem – made famous by Nobel laureate economist Kenneth Arrow (and often explained using examples from the work of the Scotsman Duncan Black) – says that it is impossible for any collective decision-making mechanism or procedure to generate outcomes that reflect only the preferences of the choosers.  The outcomes of all collective decision-making mechanisms or procedures – including majoritarian voting – necessarily are determined in part by the manner in which those mechanisms or procedures are used to settle upon outcomes.  Put differently, Arrow proved that it is impossible to devise any collective decision-making mechanism or procedure that generates results free of the influence of arbitrary factors (that is, factors that reasonable people believe should not play a role in determining the outcome of decision-making procedures).

The short conclusion for majoritarian voting is this: the preferences of the voters are not the only factors that determine the outcomes of elections.  If the manner in which the vote in conducted is changed, the outcome of an election will change even if no voter’s preferences change.

Put even more succinctly: in almost all elections, there isn’t only one correct outcome.  There isn’t one outcome that reflects the individual-voters’ collective “preference” better or more accurately than some other possible outcomes.  Stated differently, in almost all collective-decision-making settings, there is no “will of the people.”  It’s a mistake to anthropomorphize a group of people.  Each individual has preferences; a collection of individuals has only a collection of individual preferences and not a separate and determinate group preference.

Democracy is a means, not an end, and sometimes not a very good one.

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How the White House Correspondents’ Dinner Gave Us the Trump Campaign

19th July 2016

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The WHCD was once a sort of icon of well-intentioned false bonhomie, in which the administration and its adversaries in the press would lay down their swords for a night of good-natured ribbing. The president would deliver some self-deprecating humor, sometimes pointedly making light of their own failures: Bill and Hillary Clinton satirizing the “Harry and Louise” ads that sank HillaryCare, George W. Bush doing a mock hunt for missing WMDs. A comedian would come in to roast the President, as Stephen Colbert did to Bush in 2006. True believers and populists hated the way it made light of substance and played into the idea that everybody in DC thinks the whole thing is a game, but there was also a virtue in enforced civility and the Commander-in-Chief eating humble pie for laughs.

Under President Obama, the dinner has taken on a decidedly different cast: lauded as the “nerd prom,” it confers cool and Hollywood glamor on workaday journalists, and it typically features the President and a left-leaning comedian tag-teaming Obama’s critics, to the laughter of a courtier media that is already predisposed to take the President’s side in such battles. But the 2011 dinner was especially ugly. Coppins details at length how President Obama’s pique at Trump for bringing the “birther” nonsense to a head overrode Obama’s better judgment and led him to tear into Trump to his face.

Democrats, like Mafia goombahs, have very poor impulse control, and it sometimes gets them in trouble that could have been easily avoided by more adult behavior.

Obama, of course, had his reasons for wanting petty vengeance over the birth certificate controversy, which he not-unreasonably regarded as racist. But he’s also the prime example of a guy who has always been the coolest kid in the room (“I’m LeBron, baby”), and the spectacle of him using the platform of an event originally designed for lèse-majesté to lock arms with a TV comic and gang-tackle Trump’s ego to his face to the laughter of a crowd that Obama fit into and Trump didn’t is one of the more graceless things he’s done. His speechwriters, John Favreau and Jon Lovett, express some remorse now for having let the “circus-like atmosphere” goad them, and Obama, into it. One doubts that the president has any second thoughts; he rarely does.

But what comes off clearly is that the WHCD has become just another vehicle for amplifying, rather than leavening, the presidential megaphone and the bitterness of our present politics, while widening the gulf between the DC “cool kids” and the rest of the country. It’s a tradition that has outlived its usefulness, and should die.

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Obama, Biden back Kamala Harris in Calif. Senate race

19th July 2016

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Harris, the Golden State’s first black female attorney general, has been a supporter of Obama’s dating back to his first Senate campaign.

Black people are characterized by dark skin, wide nose and lips, and kinky black hair.

Find the black woman in this picture. I’ll wait.

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Silicon Valley and the Logic of the Globalized Economy

19th July 2016

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The technology driven global economy is brutally competitive and has put enormous stress on businesses to adapt or die.

Because Silicon Valley has largely gotten a pass from the rules and norms that apply to every other industry in America, they’ve been able to take this to the next level, so we see it in the purest form. The results in Silicon Valley speak for themselves.

Now consider that most of you reading me probably have an IQ of 115+.  And we are all still feeling the heat, although some of us surely thrive on it at some level.  Imagine what it’s like for people who have a below average IQ, which is by definition half the population.

If we proceed on with the superstar economy, where enormous value can be delivered with relatively small teams of ultra top players, what does that mean for the social environment?  It’s worth pondering what the future would look like if the Netflix/Amazon models of personnel became more standard.  The nature of technology and global competition seems to be pushing things in that direction.

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Are You Experienced?

19th July 2016

Rollo Tomassi fisks a feminist.

About three weeks ago I was made aware of an article on the New Republic blog called Bros Before Homes and a few of my followers on Twitter asked me for my take on it then. I did feel it merited more than 140 characters so I figured I’d build a post on it.

The gist of Bovy’s fabricated angst is how offensively sexist it is for men to prioritize life experience, exploration, self-betterment, hobbies and the virtue signaling she sees inherent in men when they actually go their own way. Men cutting themselves free from the expectations of the Feminine Imperative and a feminine-primary social order always imply the threat of them coming to realize their own value.

It’s very easy to criticize men for being juvenile about foregoing what popular culture would have us believe is preparing ourselves for adulthood, but when this new idealism affects the men women hope will be well-positioned Betas when they’ve reached the end of their Party Years, then there’s cause for concern.

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The Brilliance of Having Michael Flynn Speak After Melania Trump

19th July 2016

Lion of the Blogosphere reveals all.

If the speeches ended after Melania, then the news media would have shown a bunch of talking heads talking to each other for the rest of the evening. And what would they talk about? They hate Trump and would spin everything in a manner unfavorable to Trump.

So instead, they put Flynn on, and they know the media would have to cover his speech because they think Flynn is someone important because they know he was almost picked to be Vice President (which would have been a horrible mistake). Flynn’s actual purpose was to cockblock the media and prevent viewers at home from listening to their anti-Trump spin. Flynn’s job was to bore everyone and make them turn off their televisions.

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Truck-buying Advice

17th July 2016

Scott Adams is having a problem buying a truck.

The impossible part is simply getting the truck I want, and not being baited-and-switched. And I want to see that truck and drive it before buying.

Scott is going about it the wrong way.

Don’t ask the people who sell trucks.

Ask the people who buy and use trucks, like farmers or construction contractors or oil workers or peace corps volunteers in Third World countries. They will tell you what’s useful and what’s not, and whether you can get there from here.

Then you take your list in and say ‘Give me one of these’. If they can’t get you one, go to the next guy (there’s always a next guy).

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Thought for the Day

17th July 2016

The major difference, from a sheep’s point of view, between a shepherd and a wolf is that the wolf eats one of you right away but in the meantime leaves the rest of you alone, whereas the shepherd eventually eats all of you but over the course of a few years, and in the meantime steals your wool every year.

Kind of a metaphor for government.

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Complementarity

17th July 2016

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Complementarity acknowledges the importance of the inborn differences between the sexes that egalitarianism marginalizes or outright denies exist while recognizing and embracing the strengths and weaknesses those differences represent.

There are many well documented, peer reviewed, scientific studies on the neurological differences between men and women’s brain structure. The easiest evidence of these differences is the cyclic nature of women’s sexuality (versus men’s always-on sexuality) and the neurological/hormonal influences on beliefs, behaviors and the rationalizations for those behaviors prompted by the innate drive to optimize Hypergamy.

Women experience negative emotions differently from men. The male brain evolved to seek out sex before food. And while our feminine-centric social order insists that, in the name of equalism, boys should be forced to learn in the same modality as that of girls, the science shows that boys brains are rudimentarily wired to learn differently.

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Former Governor: Europeans ‘Aghast’ at Trump

17th July 2016

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“I see her winning, but it’s going to be a very exciting year,” he said. “I travel a lot around the world and Europe and I could tell you in Europe people are aghast at what’s happening in our presidential election. They’re, quite frankly, very worried about Donald Trump being elected.”

Bear in mind that ‘in Europe’, which means among the transnational ruling nomenklatura, nobody was ‘aghast’ at Barack Obama’s election, because he was one of them — with results as you see them.

Frankly, I’m looking forward to the prospect of an American President who makes ‘in Europe people’ somewhat aghast.

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Freeberg Reflects

16th July 2016

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Maybe what has inspired these thoughts is the news. It made a big impression on me earlier in the week, when I prowled through several pages of new e-mail, clicking open links for further reading as I went, and when I was done I had these browser tabs all the way across my screen…which is typical…what was out of the ordinary was that every single story had something to do with reality, and the avoidance of it. Every single one.

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Testing Mobility in Medieval Armor

15th July 2016

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Jean II le Meingre Boucicaut (c.1366-1421) was a French knight of high renown in his own day. Aside from his chivalrous comportment, he was famous for his mastery of the physical demands of fighting in full plate armor.

A description of Boucicaut’s physical conditioning program survives to this day. To test its effectiveness and the practicality of wearing full armor, Daniel Jacquet performed those exercises and more while wearing a 58-pound suit of armor. He jumped on a horse, ran, chopped wood, did cartwheels, and more. And although Boucicaut did not call for it, at the end of the video, Jacquet danced to Elvis Presley’s “Don’t Be Cruel” in the steel suit.

Reminds me of a number of amusing S.C.A. stories.

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Online English Vocabulary Test

15th July 2016

Check it out.

For people who like that sort of thing. (Yeah, Robin, I’m lookin’ at you.)

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Tensions Flare at Obama Town Hall on Race

15th July 2016

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Apparently being the first black President isn’t enough.

Tensions flared during a town hall discussion on race with President Barack Obama, with the daughter of an African-American man who died after being held in an apparent chokehold by police yelling at the program’s organizers because she was not called on to ask a question.

Poor special snowflake.

Erica Garner said she was told by the event’s host, ABC News, that she would have the opportunity to ask Mr. Obama a question.

Hey, they lied. Welcome to the wonderful world of the mainstream media.

“I was railroaded!” Ms. Garner yelled as a small group of White House reporters were in the room where the town hall was being held. “I was railroaded by ABC on the two-year anniversary of my father’s death!”

I don’t think that word means what you think it means, poor special snowflake.

She continued: “That’s what I have to do? A black person has to yell to be heard?”

Well, they do that anyway.

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Man Who Tried to Rob Waffle House With an Ak-47 Is Shot by Customer

15th July 2016

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Antione Cooper, 26, is on life support after being shot by a Waffle House customer in DeSoto.

According to the DeSoto Police Department, Cooper robbed several customers at the Waffle House on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 2:30 a.m. in the morning.

According to the DeSoto Police Department, Antione Cooper, 26, entered the restaurant in the 1500 block of North Beckley Avenue at 2:30 a.m. Thursday. Patrons at the Waffle House told police Cooper robbed several customers before leaving the restaurant and entering the parking lot.

A handgun-licensed customer, whose wife was on her way to meet him at the restaurant, followed Cooper to the parking lot, fearing for his wife’s safety, according to DeSoto police.

Police said the customer called to Cooper once they were outside. Cooper pointed the AK-47 in the customer’s direction, prompting the customer to shoot Cooper several times, according to police in the southern Dallas suburb.

Note that the race of the customer is not mentioned. This suggests that he is black, since if he were white they would have included it.

Cooper was then transported to a local hospital where he remained Wednesday on life support, police said.

The customer was not arrested. The investigation is ongoing.

DeSoto police were able to identify Cooper after circulating pictures of his tattoos. Cooper does not have an arrest photo yet as he is recovering in the hospital.

Tattoos are very handy for identifying criminals.

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Separated at Birth?

14th July 2016

Mike Pence:

Grant, Soviet agent in From Russia With Love:

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Trump’s Glide Path

13th July 2016

Scott Adams continues his masterly analysis.

I’ve been saying since last year that Trump’s path to victory is simple. All he needs to do is STOP saying controversial things for the last several months before election day to prove he can control himself. Plus, voters have short memories. So whatever Trump does in the coming months will be more important than whatever happened last year. And lately he’s been more presidential, at least by Trump standards.

But here’s the fascinating part, at least to me. Trump’s consistency in being outrageous has created a situation in which we’re all expecting more of it. Now Trump is in a position to get man-bites-dog publicity (the best kind) simply by being non-controversial. And the longer he maintains this new approach, the more newsworthy it becomes.

Step back and watch Hillary dig her own grave.

The new Quinnipiac poll shows Trump now leading in 4-out-of-5 battleground states. Most of the polling was done before the FBI announced its email server decision. Do you know what else was happening during that time to influence polls?

Answer: Nothing

In other words, Trump didn’t do anything outrageous for a few weeks. That’s all he needs to do from here on out – more nothing – to win in a landslide. The “Crooked Hillary” harpoon he landed a few months ago is bleeding her out. Trump’s glide path to victory involves picking his cabinet and acting serious for a few months. That’s all it will take. (Expect a few mini-outrages just for fun.)

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Trump Takes Lead Over Clinton in Crucial Swing States — Quinnipiac Poll

13th July 2016

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He has wiped out Hillary Clinton’s lead in Florida; is on the upside of too-close to call races in Florida and Pennsylvania and is locked in a dead heat in Ohio,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

Not bad for somebody who hasn’t been spending any money on ads, in the face of Hillary spending millions.

With Green Party candidate Jill Stein and Libertarian Gary Johnson included in the new poll, Mr. Trump’s lead improves to 5 points in Florida and 6 points in Pennsylvania, and he jumps ahead by 1 point in Ohio.

Which models the actual election.

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Obama Mentions Himself 45 Times During Memorial Speech For Dallas Officers

13th July 2016

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Hey, it’s all about him.

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Chris Rock on How Not to Get Your Ass Kicked by the Police

12th July 2016

Watch it.

Good advice no matter what color you might be.

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Trudeau Tour Sells Out

12th July 2016

Kathy Shaidle doesn’t like Justin Trudeau very much.

We rightly bitch about Obama’s two-term international “apology tour,” but what to call Canadian PM Justin Trudeau’s compulsive peregrinations? The “frivolity tour,” perhaps?

Sure, conservatives can lamely joke that as long as PM Zoolander’s not in Parliament, he can do less harm. (Just ask the female MP he elbowed in the tits.) But is even that true? Every time he attracts media attention abroad, Trudeau accidentally advertises Canada’s sheer stupidity for voting for him.

Not all of us, obviously, but it’s hard to explain to Americans how a dude who won less than 40 percent of the popular vote gets to form something call a “majority” government. And you guys aren’t helping, by the way: handing True-dope fake awards, inviting him to all the global one-percenter confabs, and going gaga every time he shows his stupid face.

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Surprising New Evidence Shows Bias in Police Use of Force but Not in Shootings

11th July 2016

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Not that you’d know that from listening to the Drive-By Media….

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