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Virginia Shooting Tragedy: Britons DEMAND America Re-Thinks Gun Control Laws on Twitter

26th August 2015

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Let them ask the corpses at Charlie Hebdo how ‘gun control’ worked out for them.

Indeed, let them ask the corpse of Fusilier Lee Rigby whether ‘gun control’ makes you safe.

Actually, come to think of it, gun control for black people (like the shooter in this case) would probably be a good idea. They seem to be doing most of the gun crime, judging by law enforcement crime stats. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

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Bernie Sanders Takes Aim at ‘Greedy’ Koch Brothers

24th August 2015

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No mention, of course, of George Soros or Tom Steyer.

Sanders delighted a South Carolina rally of more than 3,000 people Saturday with his assertions that the Kochs and other “greedy” billionaires are destroying American democracy by infusing huge sums of cash into campaigns and election.

Like, oh, the Clintons?

The Vermont senator, who is pushing former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton from the left, called for publicly financed elections that would allow “anyone” to seek public office without “begging from billionaires.”

At least the Koch brothers don’t want to steal your money through taxes … unlike Bernie Sanders.

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Dinner and Deception

23rd August 2015

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In a playground for the superrich, I was an overpaid chaperone wearing a bespoke suit. Gluttony was common. So was sex; more than once we had to interrupt coitus in the restroom. Once a woman asked to leave her baby at the coat check. When the maître d’ explained that dinner lasted at least three hours, she stared back at him, unfazed. “Yes, I know.” Grown men wearing Zegna and Ferragamo would sit at the bar chanting, “We are the 1 percent!”

Another whine-whine-pity-me thumbsucker from the New York Times.

Edward Frame is a graduate student at the New School for Social Research.

I have no doubt.

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The Times at Work

23rd August 2015

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When I wrote about Ta-Nehisi Coates’s new book Between the World and Me, I noted that he was this year’s officially certified angry black. He is officially certified by the New York Times through Jennifer Schuessler, the Times culture critic and gatekeeper. Schuessler’s July 17 profile of Coates attests that Coates’s book “has had an almost frictionless glide straight to the heart of the national conversation.” (The official publication date of the book was July 14; Schuessler was on top of the story.) I wrote about Coates’s book in the City Journal essay “An updated racial hustle.”

Michelle Alexander is the author of The New Jim Crow, a book decrying the “mass incarceration” of blacks in the United States. Alexander was 2012’s officially certified angry black. She was certified by Schuessler an adoring profile when her book took off in paperback that year. I wrote about Alexander’s book in the Power Line post “Deep secrets of racial profiling (4).”

When the Times got around to assigning Coates’s dreadful book for review, whom did they turn to? Michelle Alexander, of course. It’s almost funny.

Imagine an immensely large circle of people in New York, each breathing the other’s exhaust.

The Times’s treatment of Coates’s new book represents a variation on an old story. Earlier this year Bryan Burrough’s book Days of Rage on the terrorist left prompted me to reflect on the role played by the New York Times as an instrument of celebrity propping up the revolutionary left. As a corollary, the Times is invested in protecting the reputation of the left. It is, shall we say, not given much to introspection regarding the impact of its judgments.

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Morrissey Accuses Obama of ‘Being White on the Inside’ for ‘Not Helping His Own People’ During Ferguson Riots

21st August 2015

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A white guy accusing a black guy of not being black enough. And people take that seriously.

I like to think of Barack Obama as the son the Clintons never had….

 

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‘I’m never going to buy anything from Amazon, and neither should you’

18th August 2015

Rosianna Halse Rojas, Servant of the Narrative, is shocked, shocked, that Amazon would get on the bad side of the New York Times.

I don’t shop at Amazon and I don’t actively belong to any of the websites owned by them either. When they acquired my favourite book review website, Goodreads, I abandoned my account and ran a mile. I’m a videoblogger, and on the several occasions I’ve been approached to work with Audible, Amazon’s audiobook company, I get a few words in before deleting the email. Many of my vlogs are about books, their successes, failures, and value.

In other words, whe doesn’t really know what she’s talking about; she just likes to complain about a company with which she doesn’t do business. (Why they would care about her opinion is left as a puzzle for the reader.)

Over the years I have become convinced that Amazon does not value the book industry, and the recent New York Times exposé once again raises allegations that they value people – specifically, their employees – even less.

Allegations from the New York Times! Well, that proves … something.

Don’t let the door hit you in the butt on the way out, special snowflake.

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CNN Forgets to Mention Op-Ed Writer Is a Million Dollar Bundler For Hillary

17th August 2015

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CNN carried an op-ed today in its Opinion section titled, “Hillary Clinton revived America’s reputation in world.” The piece, by Eleni Kounalakis, was a paean to Hillary’s wonderfulness as Secretary of State. It took issue with those who say she has no accomplishments:

Kounalakis’s op-ed wouldn’t have had quite the same stature if CNN had disclosed the fact that she was one of Hillary’s top fundraisers, a fundraiser who was paid off with an ambassadorship, and therefore hardly an objective observer of Hillary’s successes (or lack thereof) as Secretary of State.

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

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As Clinton Touts Student Debt Bailout Plan, Critics Point to $2M In College Speaking Fees

14th August 2015

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That’s always the problem with a Clinton Plan, it only applies to Other People.

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Despite Drought, Crops Rotting in the Field Right on Schedule

12th August 2015

Steve Sailer celebrates the turning of the seasons.

An annual autumnal tradition here at iSteve is the crops-rotting-in-the-field stories about why we’re all going to die unless farmers get to import more peasants from Latin America to work cheap for them from such farm-savvy outlets as the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal.

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Peak Oilers Shut Up Forever Please

11th August 2015

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Princeton University geologist Ken Deffeyes predicted that global oil production would peak on Thanksgiving Day, 2005. In 2005, daily global oil production averaged 85 million barrels per day. Daily petroleum liquids production in July was 96 million barrels per day.

And yet I’ll bet he’s still a Princeton University geologist. Anybody working for a Real Company would be fired by now.

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When Fetishes Collide: Huffington Post Causes Outrage After Arabic Edition Criticises Gay People, Atheists and Selfies

10th August 2015

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The Huffington Post has caused outrage among those readers who considered it a liberal left website by launching an Arabic edition which has promptly criticised gays, atheists and the practice of taking selfies.

Days after going live, the site has already published a series of vitriolic outbursts including a piece by an Egyptian contributor on Saturday complaining that atheists were being allowed on Egyptian television and that the Government permitted “a press conference for gays in the heart of Cairo”.

I guess believing six impossible things before breakfast wears off quickly when the carbs hit.

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Voices of the Crust Do What They Do Best re the Republican Debate

7th August 2015

Richard Fernandez discover that his bullshit detector has gone off.

From them the reader might understandably conclude that the debate was a food fight among a random collection of zany, or slightly demented mental midgets.  That the whole thing is a waste of time, like a cartoon feature before the real show featuring titans of progress like Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden.  That’s when the “reality based community” comes out to judge the real horse show.

The media’s assessment is in its way a restatement of one of Fiorina’s main accusations: the political class has stopped caring about voters for a long time and become its own self-licking ice cream cone.  The entire debate, including its subplots — Trump vs Kelly, Fiorina vs the rest —  is about the dissatisfaction of the electorate with the Washington political elite.  But who cares because the debate and all the words in it were a “play within a play”, a drama acted out inside a larger drama.

The last world you wake up in is big money, giant lobbies, demographic blocs and voter groups clamoring to get paid off. That is the ultimate ground of political reality; that’s real.  That’s why, despite their complete mediocrity, the only “serious candidates” on either side are Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton because they know, as the media knows, where everything finally goes.

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Why Is American Beer So Bland?

4th August 2015

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Because that’s what sells. People could buy stronger-tasting beer if they wanted to, but the obviously don’t want to.

All the articles by all the Eurolingus beer snobs on the Other Left Coast aren’t going to change that.

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Lindsey Graham’s Charmed Military Career

3rd August 2015

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The Post shows that as a military reservist, Graham was promoted despite doing almost nothing and that he misrepresented his military service.

Come to think of it, that sort of sums up his political career as well.

For his part, Graham tells the Post that while he doesn’t mean to “pat myself on the back, Colonel Graham will put my entire record up against anyone who has ever served.”

Against Colin Powell? Against Tommy Franks? Against David Petreus? Against fellow RINO John McCain?

This sort of smug narcissism demonstrates for the world to see why Lindsey Graham doesn’t even belong in the Capitol, much less the White House.

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An Updated Racial Hustle

2nd August 2015

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Designation as the liberals’ official angry black man is a lucrative job. The market is upscale, but the job is only temporary. Fashions change, or rather remain subject to a cycle. The job isn’t easy; it requires high attainment in the art of performance. Black rage must be precisely matched with liberal guilt.

James Baldwin provides the original model, in essays published in The Progressive and the New Yorker in 1962 and then collected in The Fire Next Time in 1963. Baldwin was a deeply literary man, but the descent from Baldwin was steep. The sixties and early seventies served up new models on an almost annual basis. Before long we had Stokely Carmichael, Eldridge Cleaver, and, lest we forget, George Jackson.

Entering the latter days of the Age of Obama, we find Jennifer Schuessler serving as the New York Times’s gatekeeper of liberal certification. Schuessler has given us loving profiles of Michelle Alexander (2012), author of The New Jim Crow, and Alice Goffman (2014), author of On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City—books portraying America’s criminal-justice system (and more, America itself) as deeply unjust to blacks. Now Schuessler has certified Ta-Nehisi Coates in connection with the July publication of his book Between the World and Me.

Penguin Random House shrewdly moved up the publication date of Coates’s book to take advantage of its currency in the context of #BlackLivesMatter. The book debuted on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list at Number One. In Coates, the man and the moment have met. What can we learn from the meeting?

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‘What lion?’ Zimbabweans Ask, Amid Global Cecil Circus

30th July 2015

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For most people in the southern African nation, where unemployment tops 80 percent and the economy continues to feel the after-effects of billion percent hyperinflation a decade ago, the uproar had all the hallmarks of a ‘First World Problem’.

“Are you saying that all this noise is about a dead lion? Lions are killed all the time in this country,” said Tryphina Kaseke, a used-clothes hawker on the streets of Harare. “What is so special about this one?”

Very sensible.

“Why are the Americans more concerned than us?” said Joseph Mabuwa, a 33-year-old father-of-two cleaning his car in the center of the capital. “We never hear them speak out when villagers are killed by lions and elephants in Hwange.”

A very good question….

 

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Sometimes It’s Easier to Care About Dead Lions Than Dead People

29th July 2015

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And, look, I like lions well enough. I wouldn’t invite one over for dinner, probably, but I’m cool with them. Still, a dead lion just simply isn’t headline news. A dead lion should not be the most talked about thing in the world. ESPECIALLY on a day when another Planned Parenthood video was released, showing the literal dissection of human children.

But what better illustration of our culture than this? Some dentist goes to Africa and accidentally kills an off-limits lion, and this becomes a national outrage, meanwhile, on the same day, video of the butchery and sale of children goes completely ignored.

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End of the Car Age: How Cities Are Outgrowing the Automobile

26th July 2015

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Yet another fantasy sequence from Voice of the Crust The Guardian.

Gilles Vesco calls it the “new mobility”. It’s a vision of cities in which residents no longer rely on their cars but on public transport, shared cars and bikes and, above all, on real-time data on their smartphones. He anticipates a revolution which will transform not just transport but the cities themselves. “The goal is to rebalance the public space and create a city for people,” he says. “There will be less pollution, less noise, less stress; it will be a more walkable city.”

Just like in 1900, where all truly regressive ‘progressives’ want to wind up. Any resemblance to Disneyland is purely coincidental.

Walt would have loved these guys.

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What the ‘Cadillac Tax’ Accomplishes–and What Could Be Lost in Repeal

24th July 2015

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To limit the growth of health-care spending, and to help subsidize insurance for low-income Americans, the Affordable Care Act took a step toward limiting this tax break. Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, the law levies a hefty excise tax on health insurance plans worth more than $27,500 per family or $10,200 per individual (with some adjustments to thresholds to be made for hazardous jobs such as those in law enforcement or construction and other factors). This has been dubbed the “Cadillac tax.” (For details, see this Cigna summary or this Health Affairs policy brief.)

Once again, a Voice of the Crust shakes a finger at those who are spending money on things that the Crust would prefer it not be spent on.

Consider the concept of employer-paid-for health care, which the author admits was a market response to a Typical Government Stupidity, wage and price controls during WWII. (Funny how many of today’s ‘crises’ are the result of Typical Government Stupidity in times past. Don’t get me started on the Fourteenth Amendment.) Whenever one finds a separation between who pays for the service and who receives the service, you get the following: People grabbing all the service that they can (after all, they’re not paying for it); service providers thinking up ever more new and original ways of providing services that they can hoodwink the recipients and the payers into consuming; and tedious acres of articles by simple-minded pundits about how something, SOMETHING must be done.

The answer, of course, is simple: People pay for their own health care. That allows the market to do what it does best, i.e. set prices and clear the market for a particular service. But the Crust doesn’t like simplicity, because it doesn’t serve their agenda.

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How Photography Was Optimized for White Skin Color

23rd July 2015

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A Voice of the Crust makes its bid for Moral Superiority in an Identity Politics world.

Color film was invented quite a bit later. The principle was basically the same: take impressions of different wavelengths of light as separate photographs, and combine them into a full-color photo. The difference was they were able to take these “separate” photos in the different layers of chemicals on the same square of film; essentially a single photograph, and a single exposure (press-of-the-button.)

The proportion of the different colors in the photo — the photo’s color balance — was partially determined by the concentrations of chemicals in the film; and partially by the various chemicals used in processing the film and printing from it. This underwent a lot of fine-tuning. For example: the first color film was two-color, i.e. only in red and green. In the US, where this technology was being pioneered, most of this fine-tuning was done by affluent white men. And, as it turns out, the race of these men had implications: they were operating under a very particular assumption about whom and what their product was meant to capture.

Can’t get much more ‘progressive’ in tone than that.

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Hillary Clinton to Propose Tax Breaks for Firms Sharing Profits With Employees

13th July 2015

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Well, let’s see — does she share her profits with her employees?

(Sorry, I knew I couldn’t write that with a straight face.)

Or maybe she’s waiting until she can get a tax break….

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Shoplifting Arrests at Eagan Outlet Mall Raise Question of Bias

6th July 2015

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Only for Voices of the Crust, supporting the Narrative. The rest of us recognize that ‘persons of color’ are more likely to be criminals.

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Hillary Clinton’s Cribs Shock Young People

2nd July 2015

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“Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times,” Clinton said in the video announcement on April 12. “But the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top.”

So what do Millennials think of a candidate who criticizes the “1 percent,” but simultaneously owns multi-million dollar properties in Washington, D.C. and New York and spends her summers in the Hamptons? Campus Correspondent Cabot Phillips took to the streets of our nation’s capitol to find out in Campus Reform’s debut of “Candidate’s Cribs.”

She doesn’t mean herself, of course; she means those other people at the top.

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Supreme Court Death Penalty: Writhing Prisoner Took 43 Minutes to Die But Judges Say Use of Midazolam Is Constitutional

29th June 2015

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Well, gee, how long did it take his victim to die?

Strapped in the gurney, Lockett, convicted of shooting and burying alive a 19-year-old woman, writhed, kicked his legs, breathed heavily and even managed to gasp a word: “Man.” He took 43 minutes to die, rather than the usual ten.

Okay, then. Shoot him and bury him alive. That’s obviously fair. Problem solved.

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Lindsey Graham: GOP Needs to Drop Anti-Gay Marriage Constitutional Amendment from Platform

28th June 2015

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Why is this dipstick pretending to be a Republican? Is he just a masochist?

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Donald Trump: Jeb Bush Sees Me as a Threat

28th June 2015

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Trump has an ego bigger than Ross Perot’s. Jeb Bush, to the extent that he thinks about Donald Trump, more likely sees him not as a threat but as a pothole on the highway of Republican politics.

Can’t say that he’d be wrong.

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U. Michigan Professor Blames ‘Far Right Wing Jews’ for Charleston Shooting

25th June 2015

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These must be the same ‘right-wing Jews’ who overwhelmingly vote for (and contribute to) Democrite candiates.

The secret side of Barbra Streisand…? Who knew?

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Putin’s Plot to Get Texas to Secede

24th June 2015

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I am not making this up.

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Bonfire of the Vulgarians: Middle East Studies in Decline

23rd June 2015

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Earlier this year, a firestorm erupted when Connecticut College philosophy professor Andrew Pessin’s 2014 Facebook comments, in which he compared Hamas in Gaza to a “wild pit bull . . . chained in a cage, regularly making mass efforts to escape,” were deemed “racist” and “dehumanizing” by student activists, colleagues, and administrators alike. Meanwhile, Middle East studies academics regularly emit commentary that is unambiguous in its bigotry, tastelessness, and vulgarity, to nary a peep. Not coincidentally, the vitriol is directed at targets academe finds politically unpopular: Israel, pro-Israel Jews, and anti-Islamists.

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Why Are American Schools Slowing Down So Many Bright Children?

22nd June 2015

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It’s called ‘No Child Left Behind’ and socialist rags like the Washington Post love it.

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A Racial Fort Sumter?

22nd June 2015

Jim Goad views the media-storm with a jaundiced eye.

When I heard about last Wednesday’s spree, I thought of the 2010’s Hartford Distributors shooting, wherein Omar Thornton, a black former employee of a beer distribution company, shot eight white former coworkers to death before killing himself. Thornton’s white girlfriend would claim that he’d been taunted with racial epithets while at work, although even the nonwhite employees at the company denied that any such events ever occurred.

As with last week’s Charleston shooting, racial animus appeared to be a motivating factor for Thornton. The main difference is that you’ve likely never heard of Omar Thornton, while you are already painfully aware of Dylann Roof.

That is no coincidence. I’d even suggest it’s by design.

And so — what follows?

I suspect the double standard exists to simultaneously whip up black rage and white resentment. As it is currently configured, our media/government complex focuses almost exclusively on anti-black horror stories—whether real or imagined—while it outright ignores or buries stories about black-on-white violence.

This creates unnecessary resentment on both sides. Blacks get the false impression that they’re being disproportionately murdered by whites—rather than, you know, other blacks. And many whites who’ve been victimized by black violence feel that either no one believes them, no one cares about them, or that everyone feels that they deserved it anyway because of, you know, history and stuff.

How is that anything but a divisive strategy? How can either side win a game with rules like that?

A  very good question; one that Obama, for example, will not answer.

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Continued Survival of Humanity Starting to Get Embarrassing for Ehrlich

22nd June 2015

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A professor famous for predicting the imminent demise of the human race at regular intervals since the 1970s has predicted the imminent demise of the human race.

Paul Ehrlich, who is the Bing Professor of Population Studies at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, says it’s definitely on this time.

Why are people still listening to this ass? You’d think that somebody who’d been wrong so many times would lose his job — and he would, if he had a job in the Real World. Environmentalism, however, is a fantasy-land (much like Second Life, but not as much fun).

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‘Heterosexual Privilege’ Board Displayed in Univ. Of Wisconsin Residence Hall

22nd June 2015

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I am not making this up.

Ogg Hall, home to many first and second-year students, prominently displayed the heterosexual privilege board so that students could read about “benefits automatically derived from being or being perceived as being heterosexual.”

This is news? At least they’re using the term correctly — although, since the majority of people are heterosexual, they might use ‘pubilage’ instead (not that that’s a word….).

Why don’t they just say ‘normal privilege’ and be done with it? Of course there are a lot of ‘privileges’ associated with being normal, primarily because that’s what most people are — indeed, that’s what ‘normal’ is all about.

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Harvard-Stanford Admissions Hoax Becomes International Scandal

21st June 2015

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The Korean math prodigy at one of the nation’s top high schools had Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg on the phone, personally encouraging the teenager to attend Harvard University. She received letters from Harvard professors, encouraging her to bring her brilliant abilities to Cambridge next fall instead of accepting her admission to Stanford University on the opposite coast.

As the student struggled to decide between five-figure scholarship promises from both schools, she received a novel offer: She could spend two years at each elite school as part of an arrangement just for her. The exciting dual-enrollment opportunity garnered star-struck coverage from Korean media outlets, which dubbed her the “Genius Girl.”

But none of it was true.

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Martin O’Malley Is Pissed

21st June 2015

John Hinderaker does a little fisking.

Democratic presidential contender Martin O’Malley is pissed about the Charleston shootings. That is what he said in an email to supporters. So, is he pissed at the murderer, Dylann Roof? Don’t be silly! He’s pissed at Republicans. When you’re a Democrat, it’s all politics, all the time.

Every bad thing that hits the news is yet another stick with which Democrites try to beat Republicans, even when Republicans as such had nothing to do with it.

And yet  cities that are run by Democrites and undergoing major meltdowns, like Detroit, or murder machines, like Chicago, are apparently nobody’s fault, or else everybody’s fault, like Global Warming.

The real issue relating to straw purchasing is lack of enforcement. Under the Obama administration, federal prosecutions of gun-related offenses have declined by 30% to 40% compared with the Bush years. Eric Holder’s politicized Department of Justice had higher priorities than prosecuting actual crimes. As is so often the case, it makes much more sense to enforce laws already on the books than to pass new ones.

But Democrites get Election Points for passing new cool-sounding laws, even if they don’t do anything effective, rather than, you know, enforcing existing law, which might leave them open to Being Evaluated On Performance, to which they react like Bela Lugosi to garlic.

I’d be more interested in whether O’Malley is ‘pissed’ about the crime wave in Baltimore, of which he was once mayor and of which he is at present Governor, and just what he plans to do about it. Oh, wait, that would be Being Evaluated On Performance, and we can’t have that.

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Robots Are Leaving the Factory Floor And Heading for Your Desk – and Your Job

21st June 2015

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More to the point, leaving the factory floor — where they’ve pretty much taken the jobs of the sort of people whom the Guardian champions (whether they like it or not) — and heading to take the jobs of the office drones into whose corner the Guardian is being forced because their traditional constituency (assembly-line proles) are going extinct.

Sky Is Falling – Film at 11 – Women and Minorities Hardest Hit. Wake me when we get there.

The problem is that the world is become a place that has a lessening need for people on the left side of the IQ bell curve, and the solution is to find ways to encourage such people not to reproduce. (But that would be raaaaaaacist….)

 

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How For-Profit Prisons Have Become the Biggest Lobby No One Is Talking About

21st June 2015

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Perhaps because nobody is surprised that a business that depends on politicians has a lobbying group. Does this come as news to anybody? Anybody Bueller?

Allow me to translate this headline out of Voice-of-the-Crust speak: ‘The biggest lobby of which we don’t approve that no one is bad-mouthing as much as we think ought to be happening.’

The Washington Post, like the New York Times, is shocked, shocked, that there is lobbying going on — and it’s always things they don’t like. Funny how that happens.

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Stanford Researcher Declares That the Sixth Mass Extinction Is Here

21st June 2015

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‘Sky is falling. Film at 11. Women and Minorities Hardest Hit.’

What is obviously in no danger of extinction is disaster-predicting academics. Let’s put this with the ‘peak oil’ and ‘population bomb’ predictions.

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Obama’s Howler

19th June 2015

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Paul and John have already commented on the egregious distortions and falsehoods of Obama’s highly ideological comments on the heinous shootings in South Carolina. To gild the point a bit further about how “This type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries,” Wayne Laugesen of the Colorado Spring Gazette tallies the numbers for us:

Behring Anders Breivik killed 75, 2011, Norway
Mohammed Merah killed 7, 2012, France
Genildo Ferreira de França killed 14, 1997, Brazil
Michael Robert Ryan killed 16, 1987, UK
Eric Borel killed 15, 1995, France
Friedrich Leibacher killed 14, 2001,Switzerland
Christian Dornier killed 14, 1989, France
Ljubiša Bogdanovi? killed 13, 2013, Serbia
Derrick Bird killed 12, 2010, UK
Robert Steinhäuser killed 16, 2002, Germany
Tim Kretschmer killled 15, 2009, Germany
Wellington Menezes de Oliveira killed 12, 2011, Brazil
Bai Ningyang killed 12, 2006, China
Juhani Matti Saari killed 10, 2008, Finland
Huanming Wu killed 9, 2010, China
Ahmed Ibragimov killed 41, 1999, Russia
Ami Popper killed 7, 1990, Israel
Antoní Blažka killed 6, 2013, Czech Republic

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Democrats Now the Party of Plutocracy

17th June 2015

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And, really, have been for some time. It’s just now becoming too obvious to fake.

There’s more than a bit of cognitive dissonance in the merger of Democrats with plutocracy – rule by the wealthy. After all, the party’s brand is supposed to be “party of the people.” For Democrats, the allure of corporate cash – in campaign contributions and, later on, in of corporate patronage – may be overwhelming, but it does pose a threat to the party’s positioning.

Oh, I don’t know — Democrites have never had a problem saying on thing and being another.

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If the Guardian Dislikes Privately Educated Oxbridge Types, Why Does It Hire So Many?

16th June 2015

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The Guardian is the voice of the Old Left in Britain, and is a reliable Voice of the Crust for the Labor wing of the ruling class. Like the New York Times and the Washington Post, it delights in rhetorical class warfare, so it’s a delight to see it called out by an actually independent publication as just another SWPL thumbsucker.

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Where the White People Live

10th June 2015

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Voice of the Crust The Atlantic burnishes it’s hipster credentials with this hand-wringer about ‘segregation’.

Racially concentrated areas of affluence, by the researchers’ definition, are census tracts where 90 percent or more of the population is white and the median income is at least four times the federal poverty level, adjusted for the cost of living in each city. Racially concentrated areas of poverty, by contrast, are census tracts where more than 50 percent of the population is non-white, and more than 40 percent live in poverty.

Note that ‘white’ = ‘affluent’ and ‘black’ = ‘in poverty’ by the researchers’ definition. Not hard to find the facts you like when you stack the deck before you start.

Oh … the writer, Alana Semuels, is a Harvard graduate — and, judging by her picture, white. Of course.

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Two Sentences That Perfectly Capture What It Means to Be Privileged in America Today

10th June 2015

Read it.

Hint: Not what the dictionary says it means.

“Don’t console yourself that you are the 99 percent,” he says. “If you live near a Whole Foods; if no one in your family serves in the military; if you are paid by the year, not the hour; if most people you know finished college; if no one you know uses meth; if you married once and remain married; if you’re not one of 65 million Americans with a criminal record — if any or all of these things describe you, then accept the possibility that actually, you may not know what’s going on, and you may be part of the problem.”

Like ‘subconscious racism’, ‘privilege’ is the catch-all leftist code-word for ‘you suck’.

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Hubbert’s Peak Refuted: Peak Oil Theory Still Wrong

10th June 2015

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As I have explained earlier geologist M. King Hubbert famously predicted in 1956 that U.S. domestic oil production in the lower 48 states would peak around 1970 and begin to decline. In 1969 Hubbert predicted that world oil production would peak around 2000. Hubbert argued that oil production grows until half the recoverable resources in a field have been extracted, after which production falls off at essentially the same rate at which it expanded. This theory suggests a bell-shaped curve rising from first discovery to peak and descending to depletion.

As, of course, it did.

I was under the impression that in order to be a ‘geologist’ you had to know something about, well, geology. Apparently I was wrong.

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Economic Inequality: It’s Far Worse Than You Think

7th June 2015

Scientific American has been grabbing ahold of Political Correctness with both hands recently, and this is another examples of the same.

Invariably discussions of ‘economic inequality’ (i.e. some people have more Stuff than other people) assume what they ought to be proving, that ‘economic inequality’ is a Bad Thing. This assumption doesn’t so much beg the question as ignore it entirely.

In a candid conversation with Frank Rich last fall, Chris Rock said, “Oh, people don’t even know. If poor people knew how rich rich people are, there would be riots in the streets.” The findings of three studies, published over the last several years in Perspectives on Psychological Science, suggest that Rock is right. We have no idea how unequal our society has become.

I think that the truth is that Ordinary People just don’t care as much about ‘economic inequality’ as the Chattering Class would like to think. Seriously: Bill Gates has 100,000 times more money than I do; just how does that make my life worse than if he had the same amount? Answer: It doesn’t. It just doesn’t. How much more money Bill Gates has doesn’t affect my life one bit. Not a shred.

The exception would be if I were one of those people (and you know who you are) who have the delusion that every one of us is just as good in every respect as every other of us, and so therefore it follows as the night the day that if one person has more he or she must have cheated other people out of Their Fair Share. That’s a personality disorder that Kierkegaard and Nietzsche named Ressentiment, and it afflicts the Crust and its Underclass at pandemic levels.

We don’t want to live like this. In our ideal distribution, the top quintile owns 32% and the bottom two quintiles own 25%.

And that’s the problem. The Chattering class think that everybody ought to believe as they do — indeed, they’re absolutely convinced that if everybody told the truth they would admit that they believed as the Chattering Class do — and so Somebody Needs To Do Something to convert their fantasy into reality.

The pity is that Scientific American used to be a great venue for bringing scientific discoveries into the popular realm. Now they’re just another Voice of the Crust leveraging their former reputation to bring ‘progressive’ values to the masses.

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The Meaninglessness of Ending ‘Extreme Poverty’

2nd June 2015

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This September, the world’s leaders will converge on the United Nations to declare a new set of Sustainable Development Goals for planetary progress over the next 15 years. Their first target will be to “eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day.” That’s a heady vision, one already embraced both by U.S. President Obama and Jim Kim, president of the World Bank—the organization that set the $1.25 poverty line back in 2005.

There’s just one problem: According to the World Bank, extreme poverty isn’t what it used to be. It turns out that the technique the bank has used in the past to set the extreme poverty line essentially guarantees we won’t wipe out extreme poverty by 2030—or ever. To save face, the World Bank’s economists are likely to change the method to one that creates a definition of extreme poverty that can be eradicated. But in doing so, they’ll set a poverty line that will move further and further away from anyone’s actual idea of what it is to be poor.

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What in the World Is “Privilege”?

2nd June 2015

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Hint: It’s not what they would have you believe it is.

If you are white; if you are male; if you are a Christian; if you have a college degree (or merely a high school degree where I currently live); if you were born in, were educated on, or currently live on the west coast or the northeast; if you come from a middle-class or upper-class family; if you have two parents; or if your first language is English; then there is a safe bet you have been asked to “check your privilege” at some point.

Sorry, my privilege doesn’t accept checks.

What does that even mean? Really, check my “privilege”?

‘Privilege’ comes from the Latin term for ‘private law’, and it means some benefit to which one is entitled by law that another is not.

‘Check your privilege’ is used by fashionable victim groups to put their enemies on the defensive and attempt to short-circuit discussion.

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The 1 Percent’s Ivy League Loophole

1st June 2015

Salon is being Crustian again.

Legacy preference in college admission, or the practice of selecting the offspring of alumni over other qualified candidates, was originally a strategy developed to grandfather Jewish applicants out of admission. Though the policy’s intention has changed, it remains the reality that as American students head back to campus this fall, 10 to 25 percent of them do not deserve their spots. They’re “legacy admits,” the kids who got a boost via birth.

Yet not a word about the 10 to 26 percent ‘diversity admits’, who also ‘got a boost by birth’, and who also ‘do not deserve their spots’. Funny how that works.

 

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Lefties Think ‘Mass Transit’ Is a Synonym for ‘Black People’, Therefore You (Not They) Are Racist

31st May 2015

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Bloomberg View columnist and Econ Professor Noah Smith just wanted to say that if you oppose ‘infrastructure’ (what kind of ‘infrastructure’? Unspecified/doesn’t matter; let’s just call it TBA Infrastructure), it’s because you’re racist against black people.

Like, just for example, let’s take the projected-to-cost-tens-of-billions bullet-train project in California. One presumes that lefties are all in favor while opposition comes largely from conservatives. This much we know. Smith’s point is this: if you oppose that, it’s NOT because you believe, say, that this expenditure of public monies will be wasted, skimmed, grafted, overrun, and deliver the service in question in a very inefficient and time-consuming way – thereby making you and your family worse off than they otherwise would’ve been.

No.

It’s because you ‘fear riding on the same train as black people’.

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All Aboard San Francisco’s Hipster Bus for Leather Seats, Wi-Fi and Iced Coffee

30th May 2015

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The Guardian is, of course, a famous snooty British Lefty rag, and conveniently ignores the fact that any random passenger on this bus has had a more positive impact on the world than they in the last 100 years.

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