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Thought for the Day

14th September 2017

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The Hurricane Algorithm

14th September 2017

Joe Bob Briggs does the breakdown.

News executives love disasters. They get to act like Chuck Norris and Assemble the Squad.

“Maginnis, you cover first responders.”

“Wilson, get over to NOAA and stay on those maps.”

“Kelly, official press briefings. Work with Yurozawski to keep tabs on every emergency room within a 300-mile radius.”

“Bergram, you’re Cop Shop, but we’ll keep the aperiodic radio tracking the locals.”

“Ramstein, find that German guy who gets a hard-on for global warming.”

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Silicon Valley Bosses Are Globalist Crustians, Not Libertarians

13th September 2017

 

 

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Democrats Bring the H8: Liberal Fascists

13th September 2017

Screen Shot Stephen Colbert Nazi Salute (CBS: Sep 8, 2017)

And yet Trump is the New Hitler.

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Thought for the Day

13th September 2017

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Trump’s Bipartisan Politics Only Surprising Because of Obama

13th September 2017

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The biggest surprise in President Trump’s willingness to work with Democrats is how much of a surprise it is to much of America. Expressions of shock are coming from all corners, suggesting that many of us view fierce polarization as normal and bipartisanship as abnormal.

If so, add that to the legacy of Barack Obama. He was the ultimate my-way or the highway president.

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The IKEA Humans: The Social Base of Contemporary Liberalism

13th September 2017

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A century and a half later, the satire in Our Mutual Friend may seem quaint. Today, an ambitious, upwardly mobile young couple in London, Brooklyn, or Seattle (the rough equivalents of the Veneerings) are unlikely to host large dinner parties, their networking taking place on corporate-owned social media or in cramped urban apartments and bars; staffs of servants are a preserve of the truly rich. In addition, our young couple are unlikely to own a single furnishing even with a cherrywood veneer, much less a solid piece of hardwood — hence the joke of the Veneerings’ name has lost its bite.

On the other hand, the Veneerings’ thinly-veiled manipulation and social climbing today seems so ordinary that it is hard to imagine why Dickens expected his readers to find the young Londoners repugnant. They merely knew, it may seem to many readers today, “how to play the game.” The Veneerings represent a social class — the professional and investing class that arose from Britain’s rising industrial and imperial wealth and that provided the bedrock of the Liberal Party. That class has not disappeared, but has grown and evolved into the white-collar professional and managerial elite that sets the general tone of political and intellectual life in the West.

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Absentee Strangers

13th September 2017

ZMan ponders.

I have this theory that some of what drives this desire for Amerind labor and Asian servants is a weird manifestation of white guilt. A crew of blacks, singing spirituals, while raking leaves would set off mass panic is a place like Bethesda. A thick black women, kitted out like Mammy, dotting on the youngins, would probably kill the typical SWPL in Cloud Country. Ruling class whites simply have no will to face up to the reality of black America, so they systematically exclude it from their lives, with the use of foreigners.

This denial of reality also would explain the lack of whites working as domestics. There are plenty of unemployed white girls who could be trained to clean houses and tend to small children. The same is true for landscaping and residential work. The presence of working class whites, however, would fill the Cloud People with angst. It would be a daily reminder that for all but the grace of the void where God used to exist, that could be the life of the lady of the house. Who needs to be reminded of class reality in their own home!

This deliberate self-alienation by our elites is probably what drives their zeal for open borders. Those Cloud People in their seven figure homes don’t know any working class whites. They’ve never met a man who makes a living driving a truck or running a tow motor in a warehouse. They do know Garbonzo, the guy they see cutting their grass in the summer. Their kid’s Korean nanny, whose daughter plays the flute, is someone they know and bond with across class lines. The Dirt People, on the other hand, are strangers.

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The Williamsonian Persuasion

12th September 2017

Listen.

Jay Nordlinger interviews Kevin D. Williamson.

I like both of these guys and it’s an interesting conversation.

I especially like Kevin’s characterization of Donald Trump as ‘a poor man’s idea of a rich man’s life’. That really says all that needs to be said.

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Leftism Is Not Liberalism. Here Are the Differences.

12th September 2017

Dennis Prager takes a stab.

If someone asks what I am politically, I just say ‘anti-progressive’.

Like anti-Communist in the Good Old Days, it tells you everything you need to know.

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SHOCKER: Absurdly Expensive College Faces $5 MILLION Budget Crisis After Radical Loons Run Wild

12th September 2017

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Oberlin is the alma mater of Lena Dunham and, somehow, Michelle Malkin. Until recently, it was the professional home to finally-fired, virulently anti-Semitic professor Joy Karega, who has suggested that Israel plotted the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C. which killed 2,996 people.

Markets work, even when it’s Politically Incorrect.

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Defiant Hillary To Dems: ‘I’m Not Going Anywhere’

12th September 2017

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When the Marquess of Salisbury was asked whether there was a future for Randolph Churchill in the Conservative Party, is reputed to have said, ‘What man, having gotten rid of a boil on his neck, ever wishes it back again?’ I imagine that’s what a lot of Democrats are thinking about Hillary right now.

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‘Robot Lawyer’ Helping People Sue Equifax With a Few Clicks of a Button

12th September 2017

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We have the technology.

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Thought for the Day

12th September 2017

How about that Climate Change? Is it time for us all to die, women and minorities hardest hit etc. etc. yet?

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Mexico Rescinds Texas Aid Offer

11th September 2017

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That’s okay. The useful Mexicans are already here.

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Allergan Pulls a Fast One

11th September 2017

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One of Allergan’s products is Restasis, used for dry eyes, which is an opthalmic formulation of cyclosporine. It’s a valuable part of their portfolio (net revenues of more than a billion dollars per year), but it’s under threat from a patent challenge. Mylan and Teva are both trying to force the drug off patent before its appointed time (which is about 2024). Last December, the US Patent Office granted an inter partes review of the relevant patents, a decision that did not go down well with Allergan or its investors. That form of patent review has been around since 2011 and the America Invents Act, and its purpose is specifically for prior art objections to a granted patent. I’m going to pass on offering an opinion on whether Mylan’s challenge is justified or its chances for success, noting only that getting to the IPR stage does mean that it’s a serious one.

There things stood, as of Friday. Generic challenges to lucrative patented drugs are a regular feature of life in the business, but what happened next wasn’t (or not yet). Allergan announced that they had transferred the patent rights for Restasis to the St. Regis Mohawk Indian Nation, for an up-front payment and continuing annual payments to the tribe. Why would one do such a thing? Well, it turns out that whatever patented IP owned by the tribe is protected from inter partes review challenges by their sovereign immunity. The Mohawks are, then, immediately moving to dismiss the PTO’s actions. Let me tell you, on Friday afternoon the sound of people all over the biopharma world slapping their foreheads was echoing through the boardrooms, office suites, and hallways.

Once the government starts granting monopolies and calling non-property ‘property’, then the whole process is subject to political maneuvering like this.

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The Working Rich

11th September 2017

Lion of the Blogosphere explains some inconvenient truths.

As I’ve written before, that’s an old-fashioned definition of rich. Today, it’s considered low class to not have some kind of job. And the thing about the top out-of-sight rich is that because of their high social capital, in addition to their inherited financial capital, they tend to get paid a lot more money than you think relative to their actual value-creating contributions to the economy. So a top out-of-sight lifestyle can be maintained with less inherited wealth because it’s supplemented with a six-figure salary.

Furthermore, as I’ve also written before, non-transferable capital (what might be called human capital) has become a more important component of being rich. Mere ownership of assets have become a declining source of income. The dividend yield on stocks, the interest rates paid on corporate debt, have never been lower. If you’re just sitting on your assets, then your wealth is declining. I believe that the money which used to go to stockholders is now being transferred to C-level executives, investment bankers and other finance types, and to a lesser extent overpaid corporate helpers like BIGLAW partners and management consultants.

Most of the Chattering Class, and all of the Democrat Underclass base, have no clue about these simple truths.

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Thought for the Day

11th September 2017

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Thought for the Day

10th September 2017

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Who Is Winning the Food Delivery War?

10th September 2017

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This is an interesting ‘space’, as the tech writers say. For some reason, even though I am notorious among my friends for being boring and unadventurous when it comes to food, I am strongly attracted to meal delivery services like Blue Apron. And my native indolence responds to the appeal of Amazon Fresh and Instacart, although the economics don’t work out for two people who eat out more often than not. Still: Interesting times.

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Hurricanes Don’t Blow Away Economic Law

9th September 2017

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The debate over the morality and efficiency of so-called “price gouging” during natural disasters and other emergencies provides a unique opportunity to explore some of the most fundamental ideas in economics. Understanding those ideas is important not just for the economics of emergencies, but for how market economies operate in more normal times and why they are superior to the alternatives.

The biggest advantage of market economies is the way in which they tie together how we decide who will get to purchase and consume goods with the way in which those goods are supplied. Market prices are not only a good way of determining who should get goods. They also work to encourage people to supply more or less of the good depending on how much in demand those goods are.

The laws of economics are not suspended in an emergency, no matter what the laws of politicians attempt to do. When goods are more scarce, they will be costly to obtain, whether those costs are in terms of money or something else. The importance of letting market prices do their job and determining who gets what is that this process is also the way in which we make sure that there is stuff to be allocated in the first place. The only way to make sure we have sufficient production is to let market prices determine consumption.

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The Top Three Arguments Against a Universal Basic Income

9th September 2017

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The first argument, which nobody in these degenerate modern times ever mentions, is that it is fundamentally immoral, because it steals from one group of people in order to give unearned income to another group of people. The primary motivation for this institutionalized theft, in a quasi-democratic state like America, is to buy the votes of the underclass under the Clever Plastic Disguise of Compassion. ‘He who robs Peter to pay Paul can always count on the support of Paul.’

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Houston’s Anarchic Zoning Laws Are an Affront to Sim City

8th September 2017

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Recently Almighty God smote the city of Houston as punishment for its pathetic lack of zoning laws. I am an expert in zoning laws, having spent roughly 4,000 hours playing Sim City in high school instead of losing my virginity.

Going forward, Houston can either embrace zoning and place itself in the steady hands of technocrats who designate where bodegas, trailer parks and whatnot go, or it can stick with the present organic model, letting a bunch of mouth-breathing humans organize the city from the bottom up.

I know what Sim City would do.

Turn-based strategy games typically follow the Centrally Planned Economy of which the Soviets were so fond. That doesn’t really train you for real life, unless your ambition is to become a Faceless Bureaucrat in some future Democrat Oceania. But they are a lot of fun, and (among other things) demonstrate quite plainly that a centrally planned society will crash & burn nine times out of ten, and the tenth time is still pretty grim.

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Artificial Intelligence Can Identify ‘Gay Faces’ From a Picture, Study Claims

8th September 2017

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Hey, I guess there really is something to this biology stuff, after all.

Reality exists, even when you don’t want it to.

I can’t wait to hear what Scott Adams has to say about this.

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Thought for the Day

8th September 2017

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Official Notice

7th September 2017

I have no respect for anyone who uses ‘gender’ as a verb, and give what they say no credence.

You have been warned.

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Democrats Move to Banish Confederate Statues From Capitol Building

7th September 2017

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Very ironic when you consider that they were all Democrats.

Even more ironic when you consider that it was the election of a Republican President that triggered secession.

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Irma Could Force Disney World Florida to Close as the Hurricane Approaches US Mainland

7th September 2017

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Every cloud has a silver lining.

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Government Barriers to Private Solutions

7th September 2017

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Americans are witnessing the power of private individuals and businesses to solve pressing problems stemming from Hurricane Harvey. From the boaters and monster truck drivers engaged in search and rescue operations to local stores opening their facilities to displaced families, there’s no shortage of examples of private individuals and businesses stepping in to assist Houston in its recovery.

It’s a good thing the private sector didn’t wait for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to do all the work, because the government would have been unable to handle everything on its own. It’s true of many disasters. Recall the tremendous support during the Katrina disaster of 2005. The American people stood on their own as an example of endurance and generosity—even more remarkable than the federal, state and local governments’ responses.

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Thought for the Day

7th September 2017

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Today’s SJW Is Tomorrow’s Obergruppenfuhrer

7th September 2017

Severian does some analysis.

As Marxism is Calvinism minus God, so modern “social justice” ideology is Marxism minus Marx.

Calvinism’s two fundamental tenets are:

  1. mankind’s total depravity, and
  2. predestination

Only a tiny fraction of mankind is destined to be Saved; you’ll know you’re one of them if you hate the rest of humanity almost as much as you hate yourself.  Since this is not a psychologically sustainable creed, even for such world-class haters as the Puritans, in practice Calvinism was endless, frantic displacement activity – the famous “Protestant work ethic.”  Drop God, and Puritans become Yankees — dour, hectoring pharisees who call you a whore while they’re fucking you over to make a few bucks.

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Voynich Manuscript: the Solution

7th September 2017

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Well, maybe.

UPDATE: So much for that Voynich manuscript “solution”

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Lessons From the Bear

7th September 2017

ZMan looks at the New Russian Enemy (not to be confused with the Old Soviet Enemy, which wasn’t cool).

For the last few years, the American ruling class has been obsessed with Russia. The Bear Scare in DC over Trump’s alleged ties to Putin is just one ridiculous element to the obsession.  At some level, even the dullards in the media know it is nonsense, but the Cloud People are convinced that the public shares their hatred of the Russians. China and Israel are much more involved in our elections, but they are not suitable bogeymen, in the minds of our betters. To them, the Russians are the scariest of scary monsters.

The Russia-Trump story is just a sideshow, of course. The neocon insistence that we start World War 3 over Ukraine is much more representative of the ruling elite’s hatred for the Russians. Steve Sailer has done yeoman’s work documenting the neocon warmonger’s efforts to stoke the fires of Russophobia. It’s not just the neocons. The Left has gone down a similar path, accusing Putin of being the new Hitler and claiming he has plans to invade Europe. The public face of the ruling elite is sure that Putin is very bad.

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Are Hard Work and Persistence Really “White Things?”

6th September 2017

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A few days ago, NRO reported that law professors Amy Wax and Larry Alexander started a firestorm by writing an opinion piece that extolled bourgeois values such as education, employment, hard work, marriage, and charity. Worse, the co-authors pointed out the fact that all cultures are not equally beneficial and constructive. Worst of all, they criticized “the single-parent, antisocial habits, prevalent among some working-class whites; the anti-‘acting white’ rap culture of inner-city blacks; the anti-assimilation ideas gaining ground among some Hispanic immigrants.”

Inevitably, the two professors were accused of racism by some on the left. Apparently, things like valuing hard work, grit, and persistence is something only white folks do. Well. I wonder what minority football, basketball, and baseball players think of that. Would they agree that they got where they are by avoiding hard work? Would they agree that grit and persistence are “white” traits?

Two of the world’s greatest living economists, Walter Williams and Thomas Sowell, happen to be black. Did they succeed by avoiding hard work and education? American physician and surgeon, Charles Richard Drew (also black), developed improved techniques for storing blood. Did he do that after dropping out of school?

Isn’t claiming that only white people care about things like learning, honesty, jobs, and kindness sort of, well, racist?

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Climate Change

6th September 2017

Funny how people who can predict the precise temperature and sea level of the entire earth twenty, thirty, forty years from now can’t predict where a hurricane is going to go in the next six days.

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Thought for the Day

6th September 2017

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They made a bad boy outa me.

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Here Are Four Ways in Which DACA Is Illegal

5th September 2017

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  1. DACA expressly violated federal statutes which require the initiation of removal proceedings.
  2. DACA violated the constitutional obligation of the executive to Take Care That The Laws Are Faithfully Executed.
  3. DACA conferred amnesty and federal benefits under the false pretense of “Prosecutorial Discretion.”
  4. DACA conferred a benefit without promulgating a rule.

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Beyond Left and Right

5th September 2017

Severian enters the discussion of the decay of the ‘left vs. right’ paradigm.

That’s your modern political divide, right there.  Are there Natural Rights or not?  The “Right,” to stick with the old-n-busted terminology for a second, for convenience, says “yes,” and wants to be left alone to exercise them.  The “Left” says “no,” and will be happy to have you shot to prove it.

Whatever terms we (see what I did there?) ultimately decide on to name these two sides, that will remain the basic split.  If that results in a theocracy, well, so be it.  The Inquisition will kill you in order to save your soul; the Cheka will kill you because you’re inconvenient, or because you had a rich ancestor, or because they feel like it.  How can you possibly object, comrade?

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Thought for the Day

5th September 2017

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Left vs. Right? No — Realist vs. Nominalist

5th September 2017

My thesis is that the ‘problem of universals‘ is a better conceptual framework for the modern political world than the ‘left vs. right’ paradigm that we inherited from 18th-century France.

Realists believe that, once we assign a name to a thing, however arbitrary that original assignment might have been, the assignment is locked — while the thing remains the same thing, the name we assign it ought to remain the same.

Nominalists believe that the names we assign to things are and remain completely arbitrary — if we wish to use a name assigned to a thing to include other things as well, we are free to do that.

Sound familiar?

As you might suspect, I consider myself a Realist, and judge most proglodytes to be Nominalists. A quick review of the way proglodytes use the terms ‘marriage’, ‘male’, ‘female’, ‘racist’, ‘sexist’, ‘homophobe’, and ‘free speech’ will, I suggest, adequately support my characterization.

The Nominalist agenda (and they always have an agenda) is summed up by Humpty-Dumpty’s response to Alice in Through the Looking Glass:

‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’

‘The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’

‘The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master — that’s all.’

Nominalists aren’t interested in Truth; they are interested in ‘which is to be master’. That’s all.

My thanks to ZMan, who first turned my mind toward this fruitful perspective.

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The Lost Boys

4th September 2017

ZMan takes a step out into the Dark.

The few times a month I bother to scan National Review, I feel the same way as when I watch a B-movie from the 1980’s. Yeah, it reminds me of that time I got to second base with Sally Sugarpants, but the movie is still terrible. Even more so now. Reading one of the bugmen NRO employs to write copy, tub-thump about their principles, I wonder what it must be like to live trapped in amber. Conservative Inc is a Potemkin village, where the people carry on as if nothing has changed since 1984. It’s creepy.

There is a reason, beyond the financial considerations, why these people cling so tenaciously to the past. They have nowhere else to go. They have always lived in a world, whose map is a tiny intellectual zone dominated by the Left. Around it is a blank space labeled “Here Be Monsters.” Even for those who figure out that the old Left-Right paradigm is no longer relevant, their fear of what’s out there has them staggering around on the fringes of the old world, like homeless beggars looking for a place to lie down.

This probably explains some of the Bernie Bros too. They no longer can tolerate Progressive Globalism, but they fear association with the Right, so they have staggered over to 19th century socialism. They don’t really embrace Bernie Sanders or his anachronistic politics, but they have nowhere else to go. It’s a form of populism they can embrace, without changing parties and supporting Trump. The Bernie Movement is just a convenient doorway for them to sleep in while the world sorts itself out.

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You are either in the ideological camp based in biological realism or you are in the camp that embraces the blank slate and egalitarianism. If you reject both, you are a lost boy, staggering around in the darkness.

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Mediated Negotiations: The Unreasonable Party Always Wins

4th September 2017

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Say you have 10 toy cars, and are told to share them with someone else. You, being reasonable, suggest a five-and-five split. The other person, claiming poverty or special circumstance or simple greed, says they should get nine, and leave you one.

So there is a disagreement, and you go to a mediator/arbitrator to work it out. He, of course, being of Solomonic disposition, splits the difference: you keep three, and the other guy gets seven. The unreasonable party just won.

It astonishes me how obvious this is, and how, time after time, “experts” demonstrate their complete ignorance of this fundamental feature of any arbitrated settlement. And it applies throughout life.

It applies to today’s delicate SJW snowflakes. Since their position is entirely unreasonable, any discussion that tries to find common ground ends up with a laughably stupid result.

The same principle applies to North Korea. Their positions are as extreme as any could be. Any attempt to negotiate means that they win before we even start, since by negotiating, we have conceded that there is something valid and acceptable about the demands of a madman.

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Established Story About How Humans Came From Africa May Be Wrong, Claims Controversial New Study

4th September 2017

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The belief that humans came out of Africa millions of years ago is widely believed. But it might be about to be entirely re-written, according to the authors of a new study.

They claim to have found a footprint in Crete that could change the narrative of early human evolution, suggesting that our ancestors were in modern Europe far earlier than we ever thought.

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Politics Trumps Economics

4th September 2017

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Years ago I was conversing with a hard-core economist, one of the benighted variety who assumes that everyone behaves like a wealth-maximizing robot. I observed that even if he were right in his presumption that economic decisions are made rationally and in a way that comports with economic efficiency, government stands in the way of efficiency. In my pithy phrasing: Politics trumps economics.

So even if the impetus for efficiency isn’t blunted by governmental acts (laws, regulations, judicial decrees), those acts nevertheless stand in the way of efficiency. A simple case in point is the minimum wage, which doesn’t merely drive up the wages of some workers, but also ensures that other workers are unemployed in the near term, and that more workers will be unemployed in the long-term. Yes, the minimum wage will cause some employers to substitute capital (e.g., robots) for labor, but they will do so only to reduce the bottom-line damage (at least in the near-term). The politics (the urge to regulate) trumps economics (the efficiency-maximizing state of affairs that would otherwise obtain).

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Thought for the Day

4th September 2017

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Thought for the Day

3rd September 2017

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Ah, yes — the Martini- Henry. A fine weapon.

Whatever happens, we have got
The Maxim gun, and they have not.

— Hillaire Belloc, The Modern Traveller (1898)

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The Next Big Blue-Collar Job Is Coding

3rd September 2017

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WHEN I ASK people to picture a coder, they usually imagine someone like Mark Zuckerberg: a hoodied college dropout who builds an app in a feverish 72-hour programming jag—with the goal of getting insanely rich and, as they say, “changing the world.”

But this Silicon Valley stereotype isn’t even geographically accurate. The Valley employs only 8 percent of the nation’s coders. All the other millions? They’re more like Devon, a programmer I met who helps maintain a ­security-software service in Portland, Oregon. He isn’t going to get fabulously rich, but his job is stable and rewarding: It’s 40 hours a week, well paid, and intellectually challenging. “My dad was a blue-­collar guy,” he tells me—and in many ways, Devon is too.

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The Old New Left and The New New Left

3rd September 2017

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he “Summer of Love” turns 50 this year. The hippies who flocked to San Francisco with flowers in their hair are now aging boomers who have long given up LSD for statins and blood pressure pills. Today’s youth couldn’t tell a hippie from a Yippie, though they may have heard, vaguely at least, of the yuppies, a later species from whom they are more directly descended.

Will the ’60s ever end? Ever since the ’60s we’ve been debating the ’60s. With the recent bursts of rioting and student activism at Berkeley, Yale, Middlebury, Claremont McKenna, and across the country, even today’s millennials and post-millennials (Generation Z, as they’re called, perched on the very alphabetic cliff) find themselves drafted into nostalgic comparisons with their grandparents’       generation.

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Notorious Racist Trump Embraces Black Hurricane Survivors

3rd September 2017

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But of course he didn’t do it with any ’empathy’, the swine.

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There Is No Such Thing As ‘Price Gouging’

2nd September 2017

“Price Gouging” Is Urgently Necessary

Bad Economics and Hurricane Harvey

Price hikes in Houston are the result of free market capitalism

 

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