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Thought for the Day

13th March 2017

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Those Home Delivery Meal-Services Even Provide Liquefied Quail

12th March 2017

Lileks.

To save my family from my predictable pedestrian cooking, I signed up for one of those services that gives you a box of stuff once a week. If you’re used to using the smoke detector as a timer, it’s a new level of cookery. The accompanying directions have stories, of course.

I’d use one myself, but they appear oriented toward the hipster-foodie demographic, which gives me a rash.

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Louise Mensch Claims She Has Evidence That the Founder of Breitbart Was Murdered by Russian Agents

12th March 2017

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Louise Mensch is a Tory Member of Parliament in Britain. Apparently they have the same problems with the LaborLegHump Media over there.

Conspiracies! Conspiracies everywhere! Dogs and cats living together! Madness! Communists in Congress! (Well, that part happens to be true….)

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Thought for the Day

12th March 2017

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Campaign Launches to Make ‘Fearless Girl’ Statue on Wall Street Permanent

9th March 2017

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Until somebody steals it and sells it for scrap. Hey, this is New York and it’s a small statue — unlike the bull.

In a world where people go into a Paris zoo, put three in the head of a rhino and cut off its horn with a chainsaw, I give it about a year. You heard it here first.

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Holmes or Clouseau? Who Cares—Trump Wins Again

9th March 2017

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There’s a scene in the 1976 film The Pink Panther Strikes Again in which the nations of the world send their top assassins to eliminate Inspector Clouseau. One by one the assassins take their best shot, and time and again Clouseau survives (and the assassins die) due entirely to pure luck on the inspector’s part. That was the thing about Clouseau; unlike Sherlock Holmes, who would prevail through intelligence and skill, Clouseau could always be counted on to stumble out of danger and pratfall his way to victory. And the bad guys, no matter how smart they were, no matter how skilled, couldn’t beat him.

I’ll be frank; I still can’t decide whether Trump is Holmes or Clouseau. But the sonofabitch always wins, and his enemies always lose in spectacular fashion, and it’s making for a presidency that’s far more enjoyable to watch than any Hollywood movie.

Make Politics Entertaining Again.

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I Blame Charles Murray for This Bell Curve Gap

9th March 2017

Steve Sailer points the finger.

As we all know, IQ gaps don’t exist, but it they did exist, they would be the fault of the book The Bell Curve for noticing them and thus causing Stereotype Threat. For example, Charles Murray’s malignant influence is so all-pervasive it reaches all the way into the slums of Copenhagen where he singlehandedly caused Denmark’s draftees of non-Western background to score about a standard deviation lower than Denmark’s conscripts of Western ancestry.

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Some Neanderthals Were Vegetarians Who Used Natural Forms of Penicillin and Aspirin as Medicine

8th March 2017

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And look where it got them.

Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Free To Not Be Around You

8th March 2017

ZMan lays out some inconvenient truth.

People instinctively understand a basic truth about education. That is, the quality of product coming in dictates the quality of product coming out. Despite generations of lectures from our betters, we still know that the apple does not fall far from the tree. If the parents are low-IQ losers, the kids are most likely going to be low-IQ losers. The schools are not correcting this. In fact, it is the opposite, because the other old saying about apples is also true. One bad apple can spoil the whole bunch.

Everyone, including our hypothetical real estate agent, is too polite and too afraid to say what this means as a practical matter. For instance, I knew someone who lived in a mostly Jewish suburban neighborhood of starter homes. These were townhouses and ranchers. A black family moved in next door and they got along well with everyone. Then another black family moved in, but it was ghetto time, with parties into the late hours. Suddenly, the neighborhood sprouted “for sale” signs and the demographics changed within one summer.

With enforced diversity came the police state and that is not a coincidence.

Free association is illegal now. If a real estate agent is too obvious in how they handle these things, they face disciplinary action from the real estate board. A homeowner, who refuses to sell or rent to whoever shows up, can easily find themselves in front of a judge. Freedom of association is no longer a right in America. Everyone has to seek permission from the state before they can make these decisions. That means finding a place to live has become a game of cat and mouse for middle-class families.

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Tactical Yoga Pants

8th March 2017

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I am not making this up.

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Gender Reversal Teaches Uncomfortable Lessons

8th March 2017

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How would the Trump-Clinton debates have been perceived if the genders had been reversed? Two professors worked with trained actors to duplicate not just the words but also the mannerisms of Trump and Clinton–only with a female actor playing Trump, now called Brenda King, and a male actor playing Clinton, now called Jonathan Gordon.

What happened, however, was quite different. Audiences in two sold out performances were shocked. They liked Brenda King and distrusted Jonathan Gordon!

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

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There Is No Gender Wage Gap

7th March 2017

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Thought for the Day

7th March 2017

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The Destroyer of Worlds

6th March 2017

ZMan looks at the Washington scene.

There’s another aspect to this that has become abundantly clear over the last couple of months. Both parties wanted to see Clinton win. The Republicans, at least the leadership, liked the setup under Obama. They got to pose as rock-ribbed conservatives fighting Obama, without ever having to do anything. Democrats liked that Obama was just issuing executive orders and bypassing the parliamentary process. The Washington ecosystem was at equilibrium as long as everyone on both sides played their part.

The proof of this is the fact that the GOP has no plans ready for the 2017 legislative session. They have been talking for years about ObamaCare and now we know they never planned to do anything. The same is true of taxes, which is the one thing Republicans like doing. They have no plans for anything, not even something symbolic. They not only have no plans, they are still staggering around in shock, not sure what they should be doing. Suddenly nothing makes sense to the people inside the bubble and they are scared.

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Thought for the day

5th March 2017

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Thought for the Day

4th March 2017

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Man Pays for Elderly Woman’s Supermarket Shopping After Her Card Was Declined

3rd March 2017

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‘For I was hungry, and you gave me to eat….’

Gotta love Australians.

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Free College (online)

3rd March 2017

Scott Adams continues the disruption.

At the moment, the in-person college experience is superior to taking classes online. Today, online teaching is mostly simple videos of people talking and pointing at things. But that advantage of in-person college over online classes won’t last forever. The in-person experience will stay largely as it is, but online lessons will evolve indefinitely toward better techniques, more content, and more scientifically-proven methods. Best practices will propagate quickly online.

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The Three Ironies of the Dakota Access Pipeline Protests

3rd March 2017

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The months-long protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline project has seriously hurt the revenues of a casino operated by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe – the tribe that initiated the protests as a portion of the DAPL will pass through its territory.

The casino is facing a shortfall of US$6 million, in part because the protests blocked the main road leading customers from towns in the area to the complex, according to tribal officials involved in running the business. The casino funds social programs across the Standing Rock territory and the shortfall is certain to be felt in the community.

What goes around comes around.

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Thought for the Day

3rd March 2017

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Dopamine Puppets

2nd March 2017

Scott Adams is still having problems with Twitter.

Note: Twitter is hiding my tweets about politics from my followers, so I use the code word “kittens” in those tweets to beat their censorship bot.

I wonder whether his followers have a special hat? If not, they ought to.

When I was younger and dumber I thought I could transform unhappy people into happy people by giving them whatever they wanted, or fixing whatever they thought was broken. This approach worked approximately zero times. Once a dopamine addict’s alleged problem is fixed, the addict still needs the next high. So they magnify small problems into big ones just to feel something. Or they create a problem where there was none.

That explains a lot.

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Tundra-Trudging Refugees: Pushed or Pulled?

2nd March 2017

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A few days after President Trump issued his infamous “travel ban” executive order, stories began appearing in the media about illegal aliens in the USA who were braving arctic conditions to walk across the border from the USA into Canada. The reports implied (or even stated) that the puir, puir “refugees” were fleeing the country before the Xenophobe-in-Chief could deport them back to wherever they came from.

But were the border-crossers really running away from the Evil Trump? Or were they running towards the welcoming arms of Prime Minister Justin “Baby Doc” Trudeau? After all, Canada offers newly-arrived culture-enrichers far more generous welfare benefits than they could get in the USA, even when the country was governed by the Islamophilic Barack Hussein Obama.

Who cares? As long as they’re gone.

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Thought for the Day

1st March 2017

Wally And Gandhi Have Lots In Common - Dilbert by Scott Adams

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Juicing Isn’t Actually Good for You and Your Diet Is Probably Dumb

1st March 2017

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But you knew that.

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This Is What Happens to Your Body as You Die of Dehydration

1st March 2017

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

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Hundreds Of Non-Citizens Registered to Vote In Ohio, Investigation Finds

28th February 2017

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But voter fraud never happens, never never never, so we have ABSOLUTELY no need for voter ID laws….

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Thought for the Day

28th February 2017

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Thought for the Day

27th February 2017

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Nearly Half the Planet’s Species Could Be Wiped Out by the End of This Century, Biologists Fear

26th February 2017

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Good. Let’s clean out the trash.

Biologists ‘fear’ lack of species the way lawyers fear a simplified tax code. ‘Oh no, my graaaaaannnnntttts.’

You say ‘biodiversity’ I say ‘clutter’.

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‘And the Oscar for the trailer that gives away the whole plot goes to . . .’

26th February 2017

Lileks.

Winner: “The Mysterious Mr. Enigma’s Secret,” which ended with Ben Affleck saying, “Yes. I am Mr. Enigma.” The announcement was accompanied by a big BOOM like John Goodman kicking a timpani, then silence and then the title appearing with the date of the release.

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy

26th February 2017

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Thought for the Day

26th February 2017

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Old Food was Never Better: Augmenting Event Authenticity at a Medieval Festival

25th February 2017

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Abstract: This study aimed at developing an understanding of a medieval festival’s visitor attitudes towards how food and beverage service might augment an event’s authenticity mission. It applies an authenticity framework to relatively untested aspects of the tourist/visitor experience. Initially, an exploratory ethnographic study was conducted at a pre-festival medieval banquet to explore dimensions of food and beverage apparent in the literature. This informed a resultant survey which was administered at the festival tournament. Herein is reported the exploratory study and preliminary findings from the survey. In conclusion the paper proposes theoretical contributions, practical implications and considerations for future research.

Academics can suck the fun out of anything. If you want fun with your medieval food, go to an SCA event.

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Gender Ideology Harms Children

25th February 2017

American College of Pediatricians says what we all know to be true.

The American College of Pediatricians urges healthcare professionals, educators and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex. Facts – not ideology – determine reality.

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Thought for the Day

24th February 2017

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Cressida Dick Named New Metropolitan Police Commissioner – First Woman Ever to Head Scotland Yard

23rd February 2017

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So the head of Scotland Yard is officially a Dick.

You would think that they would have put some more thought into that.

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The Confluence

22nd February 2017

ZMan turns the page.

Progressivism, the civic religion of the North, has degraded into a lunatic cult and marginalized itself. The leaders still control the high ground, but they are under assault. Buckley conservatism, which has served as the ideological enforcers for the Left, is imploding. These people may not be packing their bags, preparing for exile, but the 2016 election map makes clear that the old Yankee hegemony is coming to an end. The sensibilities of the rest of the country will have to be included in the political culture.

Now, it is possible that Progressivism is on its death bed. Unlike Europe, the American Left has never been about economic equality. It was always about spiritual equality. The radicals on the Continent were always obsessed with busting up the class structure. The radicals in American have always been focused on saving the immortal soul of the nation. Economic equality was never anything more than a a political tool for the reformers to use as a way to get control of the culture in order to impose their moral vision on the nation.

In order for this to work, the Left has always needed victims and oppressors, saints and sinners. In the 20th century, they could champion black civil rights and women’s issues. Then it was onto gays and now foreigners. The trouble is, they are running out of victims to champion. Black guys getting pushed around by rednecks at the polling booth make for sympathetic victims. Mentally unstable men in sundresses wanting access to the girl’s toilet are not good victims. They are ridiculous and championing them makes the champions look ridiculous.

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Trump’s War on Leaks Might Bring More Chaos, Not Less

22nd February 2017

Tyler Cowen, a Real Economist, looks at leaks.

In other words, leaks are part of how the government manages the press and maintains its own popularity. A leak can get a story onto the front page, or if the first leak did not create the right impression, the information flow can be massaged by yet another leak.

Leaks are also a way of threatening other governments, yet without the president putting all of his credibility on the line. For instance, it can be leaked that the national security establishment would be especially unhappy with a further expansion of Israeli West Bank settlements. That sends a message, yet without committing the American government to any particular response if the settlements proceed. Or leaks can signal to foreign terrorists or governments that we know what they are up to.

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Undocumented Irrigation

22nd February 2017

Steve Sailer looks at water.

The ongoing Oroville Dam crisis has received modest national attention, in part because the press hasn’t figured out how to blame it on Trump. Moreover, attributing the surfeit of water to global warming, the only other respectable choice, seems inane.

Without massive infrastructure to store and move water, California (current population: 39 million) wouldn’t support a sizable population. In 1846, the number of Spanish-speakers in Alta California was likely under 10,000.

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Remembering Peak Oil: Saudi Arabian Production Was Supposed to Peak in 2006

21st February 2017

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Oh no! We’re going to run out of … uh, I forget….

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The Cost Of Lab-Grown Hamburgers Has Fallen 3 Million Percent

20th February 2017

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Making enough artificial beef in a lab for a burger cost $325,000 as recently as 2013, but further development of the process has cut the price to just $11.36.

An amount now less than the Democrat-favored minimum wage.

Coincidence? I think not….

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Are Liberal Boycotts Of Trump Family Products Backfiring?

20th February 2017

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This weekend, the Daily Dealer wrote about Ivanka Trump’s perfume line, which has skyrocketed to the top of the bestseller list of all beauty products. People rushed to buy the product to support Ms. Trump, even as left-wing activists called on Americans to boycott Amazon. In other words, at least in that case, the so-called Grab Your Wallet campaign backfired.

Now, it’s happened again. The boycotters have called on customers to protest Wegmans, a popular grocery store, for selling wines from Trump Winery. People didn’t listen. According to the Washington Post, the boycott “backfires spectacularly.” Even as the hashtag #StopTrumpWine popped up on Twitter, Wegmans keeps selling out of the offering. In fact, all but one Wegmans in the entire state of Virginia is sold out.

Boycotts only work when all the power is on one side. The Internet sees censorship as damage and routes around it.

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Why Facebook Profiles are Replacing Credit Scores

20th February 2017

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There’s a scary thought.

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Thoughts on the Role of Cavalry in Medieval Warfare

19th February 2017

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Most historians, despite the recognition that field-battles were not the heart and soul of medieval warfare, still judge medieval cavalry by their performance within them. My findings show a much greater concentration on small unit actions, both in armament and organization, with cavalry centred on chevauchées on raiding and subduing castles in swift commando type take and hold missions. The diversity of mounted forces are also examined in the context of the lance and the integration of mounted crossbowmen and bowmen for combined arms tactics.

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International Visitors Are Already Turning Their Back [sic] on Trump-era America

19th February 2017

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A feature, not a bug.

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Humans Never Stopped Evolving

19th February 2017

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We’re just waiting for them to become sentient. And waiting … and waiting….

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Migrants Choose Arrest in Canada Over Staying in the U.S

19th February 2017

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And we encourage them to do so.

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Who Rules the United States?

19th February 2017

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By any historical and constitutional standard, “the people” elected Donald Trump and endorsed his program of nation-state populist reform. Yet over the last few weeks America has been in the throes of an unprecedented revolt. Not of the people against the government—that happened last year—but of the government against the people. What this says about the state of American democracy, and what it portends for the future, is incredibly disturbing.

These days an architect of the overreaching and antidemocratic Waters of the U.S. regulation worries that her work will be overturned so she undertakes extraordinary means to defeat her potential boss. But a change in policy is a risk of democratic politics. Nowhere does it say in the Constitution that the decisions of government employees are to be unquestioned and preserved forever. Yet that is precisely the implication of this unprecedented protest. “I can’t think of any other time when people in the bureaucracy have done this,” a professor of government tells the paper. That sentence does not leave me feeling reassured.

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Donald Trump Goes Golfing Five More Times Than Barack Obama So Far

18th February 2017

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And gotten five more times done. (That’s the part the DemLegHump Media always leave out.)

I’m good with it.

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Who Are We?

18th February 2017

Victor Davis Hanson is not afraid to ask the hard questions.

The entire notion of identity politics — of appearance and tribe being essential rather than incidental to our characters — is coming under new reexamination in the post-Obama era. In this regard, there is a fascinating new documentary on race, identity, and the state by the filmmaker Eli Steele (son of Shelby Steele) on the paradoxes and contradictions of the Kafkaesque race industry. What started with his son’s being denied enrollment at the local school for dad Eli’s unwillingness to check off the proper ethnic boxes (for the tribally obsessed, his son is African-American, Native American, Mexican American and Jewish) culminated in a wonderful documentary, I Am, or How Jack Became Black. It is a fascinating (and disturbing) exploration of the contemporary subordination of the individual to careerist bureaucracies and anti-humanist orthodoxies.

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