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The inmates are in charge of the asylum.

Democrats Demand Better Protections for Transgender Illegal Immigrant Children

16th December 2014

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Slow news day.

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The Media Heroine of the Australian Terrorism Counterbacklash Has Some Issues

16th December 2014

Steve Sailer connects the dots.

But even before the murders actually happened, the media was moving on to the real story: its fears of a backlash against Muslims, and the one brave woman, Melbourne writer Tessa Kum, who courageously tweeted her opposition to this theoretical but widely hoped for / denounced backlash. Tessa’s tweet is a genuine Big Story with Google News listing her in 88 news articles.

All you have to do is put the boot in when helping the Crust beat up on somebody in order to be praised for your ‘courage’, like a little kid smiling up at his big brother when he adds his pathetic little kick to the guy who is on the ground.

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Sandy Hook Parents Join With Democrat Lobbyist to Sue Bushmaster Firearms

15th December 2014

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Because it’s totally the company’s fault that some insane kid stole one of their products and killed a bunch of kids in a gun-free zone. Totally.

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Diversity TV

13th December 2014

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Pay real attention to the commercials for just one night instead of making a sandwich. You will quickly notice there is an heirarchy of correctness for commercials on Planet Diversity.

There is equality of one sort: Married men of all races are hen-pecked morons whose wives are much smarter and more attractive. The pathetic idiots never know what cereal to eat or which laxative to use. It’s a miracle they can dress themselves and locate their jobs.

Black people are always cooler, smarter, and hipper than white people in commercials. Any doofus will be white. The guy with the “wrong” phone or computer will be white and uncool. Black people can be cutely wacky, like the football player who gets excited when his number comes up at the deli. But they can never be stupid, bad, ugly, or subservient.

Asians do not exist except very rarely as part of the wallpaper in a crowd scene and identifiable Jews do not exist at all. Any women who are “acting stupidly”, will also be unattractive. An example is “Helen” the bad dancer at the high school dance where JJ Watt appears. But in most ad “storylines”, women will be thin, pretty, and in charge.

Children of all races are smarter than adults, but particularly their fathers. Father not only no longer knows “best”; he knows next to nothing. He is lectured by his offspring about phones, computers, cars, and his own investments. Without kids to tell him what’s what, he would be probably be homeless. Once again, played for humor, but part of the relentless assault on everything male, traditional, or authoritative. Government is Big Daddy, Sugar Daddy, and Baby Daddy now; no need for any real flesh-and-blood fathers.

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The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Falling Gas Prices

11th December 2014

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A left-coast writer named Mark Morford thinks that gas prices falling to $2 a gallon would be the worst thing to happen to America. After all, he says, the wrong people would profit: oil companies (why would oil companies profit from lower gas prices?), auto makers, and internet retailers like Amazon that offer free shipping.

If falling gas prices are the worst for America, then the best, Morford goes on to say, would be to raise gas taxes by $6 a gallon and dedicate all of the revenue to boondoggles “alternative energy and transport, environmental protections, our busted educational system, our multi-trillion debt.” After all, government has proven itself so capable of finding the most cost-effective solutions to any problem in the past, and there’s no better way to reduce the debt than to tax the economy to death.

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A Rolling Stone Gathers No Rape

8th December 2014

Jim Goad is nicely dyspeptic today.

Despite the Tawana Brawley rape hoax and the Duke Lacrosse rape hoax and the fact that on any given day you can search the phrase “false rape” on Google News and dredge up countless stories of bitter, scorned, vindictive, psychotic women falsely accusing men of rape, the howling harpies of latter-day feminism and their gelded male worker elves continue to insist that false rape accusations are a patriarchal fiction.

That’s why the nuclear-reactor-level meltdown of that mossy old rancidly flatulent hippie rag Rolling Stone over an at least partially—and perhaps entirely—fraudulent gang-rape story at the University of Virginia is so exquisitely delicious.

We live in a world where a fake rape at UVA gets more press than that (and worse) in entire Muslim countries. Go figure.

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Eric Garner’s Wife Slams Officer Who Killed Her Husband

5th December 2014

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

Why is this considered ‘news’?

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What #Feminism Hath Wrought

2nd December 2014

The Other McCain keeps birdwatching.

Just in time for the holidays, feminism is the gift that keeps on giving, and another academic sadist tells us what’s wrong with men….

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Duke Sociologist: ‘Racism Without racists’ Today in America

29th November 2014

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Duke University sociologist Eduardo Bonilla-Silva says today’s racism is fomented without the use of actual racists. Or something like that.

He’s also written a book by the same name — Racism Without Racists, that is — and says that such is “a new way of maintaining white domination in places like Ferguson.”

If an Enemy doesn’t exist, one has to be invented, in order to preserve Victim Privilege.

Emmanuel Goldstein, we have a new gig for you….

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Prof. Blames Thanksgiving on Consumerism, Suggests Spirit of Holiday Is Apologizing

27th November 2014

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Speaking at California State University at Fresno last week, Dr. Cornel Pewewardy gave a lecture to students titled “How the Grinch Stole Thanksgiving.” Pewewardy spoke about the historical and cultural implications of the holiday.

“Like other holidays, including Christmas and Columbus Day, Thanksgiving is not based on historical accuracy, but rather on the importance and prevalence of maintaining a consumer culture”, Pewewardy, who is a member of both the Comanche and Kiowa tribes, said on Tuesday.

Obviously an affirmative action hire; this is what passes for scholarship on the Left Coast. (How can you be a member of two tribes who were historical enemies? Is that like being a ‘white Hispanic’?)

Historical ignorance in modern America being what it is, of course, few are aware that the Pilgrims were celebrating the traditional European festival of Martinmas:

St. Martin was known as friend of the children and patron of the poor. This holiday originated in France, then spread to Germany, Scandinavia, and Eastern Europe. It celebrates the end of the agrarian year and the beginning of harvesting. From the late 4th century to the late Middle Ages, much of Europe, including the UK, engaged in a period of fasting beginning on the day after St. Martin’s Day, November 11. This fast period lasted 40 days, and was therefore, called “Quadragesima Sancti Martini”, Latin for “the forty days of St. Martin.” Sundays were not counted as part of the fasting period. Gaudete Sunday, which can fall anywhere between December 11 through 17, was also not counted as a day of fasting, thus giving the 40-day count. On St. Martin’s Eve, people ate and drank very heartily one last time before they started to fast. This period of fasting was later shortened and called “Advent” by the Church.

And, indeed, the Orthodox Christian Church still starts the Nativity Fast on the Saturday after Martinmas, something of which ‘Professor’ Pewewardy is probably also ignorant — but, then, his ‘historical accuracy’ is obviously based on a political agenda rather than real history.

 

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The Megaphone Doubles-down on the Ferguson Narrative

27th November 2014

Steve Sailer turns over a rock.

While I was writing my new Taki’s Magazine column on Ferguson across Monday night and Tuesday morning, the sense was palpable that the dominant media had taken a humiliating double blow in a battle of their own choosing:

– The grand jury’s finding after months of careful research contradicted the Narrative promulgated in August and tenaciously held to ever since despite the piling up of evidence.

– The looting and arson by “protesters” in Ferguson was disgusting.

The first mainstream media pieces trying to snark about the events of Monday were deluged that night by critical commenters clearly better informed than the paid journalists.

Granted, a low bar.

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Media Ignore 224 Teenagers Killed in Chicago Since Michael Brown’s Death

25th November 2014

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Black people killing black people. Not news.

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Tallahassee Democrat Calls for Handgun Ban, Repeal of 2nd Amendment

23rd November 2014

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On November 22 the Tallahassee Democrat called for the repeal of the Second Amendment and a total ban on handguns and “assault rifles.”
For those who respond by saying that taking guns from law-abiding citizens will only leave them in the hands of criminals the Democrat says, “That’s a chance worth taking.”

What Ensley does not take into account is that the carry of handguns was banned on the FSU campus–thanks in large part of FSU president John Thrasher’s opposition to students being able to use them for self-defense–and what did that handgun ban accomplish? It simply guaranteed that the bad guy, 31-year-old Myron May, was the only person who had a gun when he decided to attack.

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Being Skinny-Fat May Be Worse Than Being Fat

20th November 2014

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For as many as a quarter of normal-weight Americans, the opposite is true. While they may have a “healthy” BMI and look skinny on the outside, on the inside, they’re a mess. Dr. Neil Ruderman first recognized these individuals 33 years ago, labeling them “metabolically-obese, normal-weight.” Today, they’re more casually described as “skinny-fat.” Skinny-fat people generally have all the hallmark health problems associated with obesity — high blood pressure, increased levels of LDL cholesterol, insulin resistance — without overtly looking the part.

I think that this is like the ‘unconsciously racist’ theme: you’re actually bad even though everything about you looks good.

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GOP Criticized for Lack of Women in Leadership

20th November 2014

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By whom? Democrats, of course. This is like Republicans criticizing Democrats for putting people who want to raise taxes in leadership positions.

The only news here is that the Wall Street Journal dignified it with coverage.

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Why Is It Bad for Tech to Eat Jobs?

19th November 2014

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Most jobs suck. Yours probably doesn’t–after all, you’re a member of the highly educated, cutting-edge TechCrunch demographic–but most jobs, almost by definition, are done by people coerced by the fear of not having enough money into doing work they mostly don’t want to do. We should be ecstatic about the prospect of robots doing that work for us. Shouldn’t we?

Nobody cares whether tech ‘eats jobs’ — what they care about is tech ‘eating incomes’, which said jobs provide.

Suppose self-driving trucks let us do all that work with 3 million fewer people, while creating 2 million better jobs with twice the salary elsewhere. How have we painted ourselves into a corner where that is somehow viewed as a bad thing? Why are we so scared of a future that boasts both greater economic production, and more people with the freedom to spend their time and effort however they desire? Shouldn’t a world with more output from fewer jobs (defined as “paying people to do things they don’t really want to do”) actually be extremely desirable?

Easy to see the three million eliminated jobs, easy to wave the hands about two million better jobs with twice the salary elsewhere; we people on the reality side of the aisle want some specifics behind that handwaving. Saying ‘here a miracle occurs’ is not sufficient.

Put another way: why would it still be important to maintain full employment in a world overflowing with machine-generated wealth available to everyone?

But it’s not ‘available to everyone’, outside of the Aggregation fallacy. Wealth doesn’t accrue to ‘everyone’ (except in socialist dreamworlds, and we’ve seen how well those work out), but to people who have a claim on that wealth through some market mechanism. This focus on distribution (for which I blame the fact that everybody reads Rawls in college) only deals with half of the question; what about production, and the claims on wealth that participating in production produces in all free societies?

The writer, of course, being a good Voice of the Crust, sees it as a Problem For Government; I blame the current media for allowing people like this to write about economic problems without bothering to learn something about economics first.

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The Dark Art of Political B.S.

19th November 2014

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On the other hand, these people get paid to do it.

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Turkey’s Erdogan: Muslims Discovered Americas

17th November 2014

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Fine. They can fight it out with the African-Americans.

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“I don’t care if you landed a spacecraft on a comet, your shirt is sexist and ostracizing.”

14th November 2014

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No one knows why Taylor chose to wear that shirt on television during a massive scientific mission. From what we can tell, a woman who goes by the name of Elly Prizeman on Twitter made the shirt for him, and is just as bewildered as he must be that anyone might be upset about her creation. But none of that actually matters. What matters is the fact that no one at ESA saw fit to stop him from representing the Space community with clothing that demeans 50 percent of the world’s population. No one asked him to take it off, because presumably they didn’t think about it. It wasn’t worth worrying about.

Of course, if he’d been black, nobody would have dared open his (or, more accurately, her) mouth about it.

Of course, if he’d been black, he wouldn’t be involved in landing a spacecraft on a comet.

But this merely illustrates that for some people (even in the supposedly ‘technical’ press) their political agenda intrudes on every aspect of their lives — they still haven’t gotten over the fact that the only people who have been to the moon were white and male.

UPDATE: John C. Wright addes the choicest comment: ‘If I wrote this in a parody SFF story, no editor would buy it. It is too far beyond belief.’

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Russia Launches Another Propaganda Outlet in the West, Claims Miami Is the Next Eastern Ukraine

13th November 2014

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I can see that.

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Robert Wald Sussman’s Religious Catechism: “Race Does Not Exist”

12th November 2014

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The Cathedral is panicking.  Modern science overwhelmingly shows that not only is race biologically real but it is also correlates with a number of important traits.    Such findings have made the guardians of Politically Correct Thought even more brash and, unfortunately, monotonous in their assertion of  “race is not biologically real.”

Case in point.  Professor of anthropology Robert Wald Sussman (who recently defamed Jared Taylor) published a hit piece in this week in Newsweek (“There Is No Such Thing as Race“), which is an excerpt from Sussman’s new book on why race is not real.  The target of the piece is race, which is not hard to miss, since it’s quite repetitive.  In fact, it’s not really an argument at all but just a broken record.   Sussman early on says his book has not “dwelt upon all of the scientific information that has been gathered” by scientists et al. about race, and then goes on to discuss Hitler, Medieval injustices against Jews, more Hitler, etc.   It’s funny that he cites Franz Boas as a savior of sorts, even though Boas has been thoroughly repudiated as a fraud.   He also engages in numerous logical fallacies, such as the one that since race is clinal it cannot exist (many things are clinal and exist).

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Christian Group Receives Death Threats Following LGBT Group ‘Hate’ Report

10th November 2014

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Funny how the people who make the loudest noise about being opposed to ‘H8′ are the worst haters around.

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NAACP Doesn’t Acknowledge Minority GOP Wins

9th November 2014

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Fox does a good job of mocking NAACP, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Democrat Party.

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ACLU Lawyer: Illegal Immigrant Minors Fail to Appear in Court Because They Don’t Have Lawyers

8th November 2014

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Of course — that’s the first thing they ask you when you arrive at the courtroom: Do you have a lawyer? If you say “No”, they won’t let you in. No exceptions.

Don’t even think of suggesting that people who are criminals by their very presence here would skip out on a court date. Never happen. Perish the thought.

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Against the Grain

7th November 2014

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The New Yorker is a pretty reliable barometer of What’s Happenin’ Now among the Crust. Here they do the whole Bad Gluten thing.

For many people, avoiding gluten has become a cultural as well as a dietary choice, and the exposition offered an entry ramp to a new kind of life. There was a travel agent who specialized in gluten-free vacations, and a woman who helps plan gluten-free wedding receptions. One vender passed out placards: “I am nut free,” “I am shellfish free,” “I am egg free,” “I am wheat free.” I also saw an advertisement for gluten-free communion wafers.

I’m waiting for the one that tells the truth: ‘I am brain-free.’

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Training for the End of the World as We Know It

6th November 2014

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Now, add ‘climate change’ to the list of potential disasters to be prepared for, and imagine how much this Voice of the Crust would change her tone.

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Why the U.S. Can’t Beat an Army the Size of a Junior College

1st November 2014

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Well: Obama. This Voice of the Crust can’t say that, of course, so they round up the usual suspects.

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The Bumpkinification of the Midterm Elections

30th October 2014

The New York Times, Voice of the Crust, looks down its nose at ‘fly0ver country’.

In large part, this is what we have to show for the nearly $4 billion that is expected to be spent in this campaign, the most of any midterm election in history. “When you have this much outside spending, way too much of the advertising has no soul,” acknowledged Todd Harris, a partner at Something Else Strategies, who is based in Washington, far from his clients Ernst and McFadden. The people who are creating these spots, in other words, don’t have much connection to the state they’re working in. It’s a good bet that few at Something Else Strategies have spent much time on hog farms. They are paid either way.

I rather doubt that the author has a lot of room to cast aspersions. ‘Mark Leibovich is the magazine’s chief national correspondent and the author of the forthcoming book “Citizens of the Green Room.”’ And that pretty much tells you all you really need to know about the New York Times.

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America’s Most Gerrymandered Congressional Districts

29th October 2014

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Some of these are pretty entertaining. The chief objection on the part of the Washington Post, of course, is that gerrymandering is beneficial to Republicans. (No mention, of course, that it was invented to benefit Elbridge Gerry, member of the precursor of the Democratic Party.)

Unlike some people, I have no problem with gerrymandering — absent a system in which one could sign up for the candidate of one’s choice, and that candidate had exactly as much power in the legislature as the number of his constituents, it’s the closest thing to pure representation (everybody is represented by somebody who agrees with him) as we are going to get. From the standpoint of democratic representation theory, it’s far better to have a bunch of districts in which the winner gets 90% of the vote than a bunch of districts in which the winner only gets 53%. (News organizations hate gerrymandering because it shoots the ‘horse race’ right in the butt and leaves them with nothing to report on election night; they’d much rather have a bunch of cliff-hangers that keeps the proles glued to their sets.)

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CBS Goes to Ground Over Claims It Buried Anti-Obama Stories

28th October 2014

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Everyone from network CEO Les Moonves to “Evening News’’ anchor Scott Pelley to former “Evening News’’ Executive Producer Patricia Shevlin ignored repeated phone calls and e-mails from The Post seeking comment on the bombshell claim by ex-CBS investigative ace Sharyl Attkisson.

In her new book, “Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington,” Attkisson charges that CBS higher-ups quashed her reporting on the deadly attack on the US Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, as well as reports on the federal “Fast and Furious’’ gun-running scandal and the president’s ObamaCare debacle.

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Hillary Clinton Reveals Her Stunning Ignorance of Economics

25th October 2014

John Hinderaker blows the whistle.

In this one-minute clip, trying to shore up the floundering Coakley campaign in Massachusetts, Hillary Clinton displays her ignorance of how the world works not once, but twice. First she assures her audience that raising the minimum wage doesn’t cost jobs, it leads to job gains. (“Our entry-level employees will now cost $15 an hour? Great! Let’s hire two!”) Of course, no one ever asks: if that’s true, Hillary, then why are you so cheap? Why not raise the minimum wage to $100 an hour?

“Don’t let anybody tell you that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs.” Where do they come from, then? Does the stork deliver them? Are they legislated by Congress? Two equally plausible alternatives.

Watch the video of Hillary sticking her foot in her mouth if you have the stomach for it.

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The Dream of the 1890s Is Alive in Denver

22nd October 2014

Steve Sailer goes through a thumbsucker by Voice of the Crust Ray Mark Rinaldi, ‘Fine Arts Critic’ for the Denver Post, whose chief objection to the new Denver rail station is that there aren’t enough black people wandering around to suit him.

We should just blow up all the beautiful buildings of the past. That way no nonwhites will be made uncomfortable by ever being reminded of what their ancestors didn’t accomplish.

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Another Stupid Defense of Law School From HuffPo

21st October 2014

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Join us then, as we review all 22 terrible reasons to go to law school….

Fisking dreck from a Voice of the Crust.

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Oxfam: World Must Do More to Stop Ebola Becoming ‘Disaster of Our Time’

19th October 2014

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Let me know when Ebola’s death toll matches that of militant Islam. Until then, STFU about ‘disaster of our time’.

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Rental America: Why the Poor Pay $4,150 for a $1,500 Sofa

17th October 2014

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I’d like to know what business ‘the poor’ have buying a $1500 sofa in the first place. They don’t sound all that poor to me.

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Beyond the Bounds

13th October 2014

The O’Flynn finds that his bullshit alert has gone off.

One is quickly stuck by a notion: How transgressive is it to stand up and bravely face the applause of one’s peers?

All of these actually sound like affirmations of the consensus reality within the world of Fantasy and Science Fiction. The only one that might get pushback from its own readers is the last one, regarding the obsolescence of science fiction itself. There will certainly be no sense of outrage over the suggestion that Christianity is based on a literary misunderstanding. Instead, there will be knowing nods and a hint of a smile. Contending that “we ought never stop thinking” is hardly a controversial theme.

‘Progressives’ are always patting themselves on the back for being ‘brave’, said bravery consisting of shouting loudly what all of their friends agree with. Tom Lerer lampooned this attitude in ‘The Folk Song Army‘, but it didn’t stick.

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NBC News Crew Under Mandatory Ebola Quarantine After Isolation Agreement Broken

12th October 2014

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The NBC news crew that returned from Africa after one of its photographers contracted Ebola is reportedly under a mandatory quarantine now because Dr. Nancy Snyderman may have violated the self-imposed quarantine.

On Thursday in Princeton, New Jersey, Snyderman, NBC’s chief medical correspondent, was reportedly spotted by many people “sitting in her car outside of the Peasant Grill in Hopewell Boro”:

Perhaps we could start a new holding camp, á la Gitmo, for journalists — in Monrovia….

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Obama Slams Billionaires at the Home of a Guy Named Rich Richman

9th October 2014

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Richman, who built his $10 billion company developing rental housing, lives in the Conyers Farm area, where the minimum lot size is 10 acres. Twenty-five donors paid $32,400 each to get their photo taken with the president. Others paid $10,000 for dinner.

It’s like he’s not even listening to himself, but just reading from a teleprompter loaded by the cast of Saturday Night Live.

“If Republicans win, we know who they’ll be fighting for,” Obama said. “Once again, the interests of billionaires will come before the needs of the middle class.”

Those two sentences are correct, but not in the way he arranged them.

Obama arrived from New York City — where he had attended a fundraiser with hedge-fund billionaires George Soros and Paul Tudor Jones — in a convoy of four helicopters that landed at the Greenwich Polo Club.

Sometimes it is good to be the king, even King Putt.

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What Do We Mean When We Talk About Inequality?

7th October 2014

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Amartya Sen, the Nobel Prize-winning economist, famously argued that since everyone favors equality of one sort or another, the key question is: Equality of what? A fierce argument in the wonkosphere over income inequality illustrates the need to be clear on this point.

It’s really very simple: It means that person X has more then person Y when the speaker doesn’t think that person X deserves to have more than person Y.

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Pot Calling the Kettle . . . White?

7th October 2014

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BLUF: Editorial from the New York Times criticizes Apple, Google, and Facebook for employing mostly white and Asian males contains link to the New York Times editorial board which is (wait for it) mostly white males.

The Times says it is a “problem” that “Most [Silicon Valley] employees are white and Asian men.” So let’s count! Sure enough, 11 of the editorial board’s 19 members are white or Asian men. Worse, only one out of 19 is African-American. That’s a little under one-half the proportion of African-Americans in the population. How about a Rooney Rule for the New York Times?

You can’t make this stuff up.

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The Vacuity of the Political “We”

6th October 2014

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When politicians say “We need to do X” or “We’ll have to start doing Y”, ask them whether they have a mouse in their pocket.

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‘Where’s the global warming?’ Expert Says Public Are Growing Sceptical of Climate Change

6th October 2014

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You can’t fool all of the people all of the time.

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How the Suburbs Got Poor?

5th October 2014

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Yet another analysis of why suburbs suck by somebody who has never lived in a suburb.

You might be wondering why poor families are moving to the suburbs in large numbers—the number of suburban poor grew more than twice as quickly as the number of urban poor between 2000 and 2011—if they are such hard places for poor people to get ahead. Part of it is that as middle- and high-income households moved to the suburbs, the low-wage workers who look after their children had little choice but to follow. Then there is the fact that as America’s most productive cities experience a revival, gentrification is displacing low-income families to outlying neighborhoods and towns.

Note the assumption that anybody who is not already ‘low-income’ necessarily has ‘low-income’ people ‘who look after their children’. Bzzt! Wrong. The people who have low-income people to look after their kids are the Crustian professionals who both have professional jobs and rarely have more than one kid in the first place; this author’s view of ‘suburb’ means Scarsdale or Darien, not Ferguson.

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The Walrus and the Climate Hysterics

5th October 2014

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The “walrus crisis” is the Left’s latest effort to bully us into electing Democrats. Because…they’re going to do something about the walruses, I guess. Hard to say what. Chase them back onto the ice, maybe.

Koo koo kachoo.

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Men Continue to Oppress Women by Working Hard for Free

2nd October 2014

Steve Sailer has uncovered another plot in the War on Women.

It’s almost as if women prefer to work hard in return for tangible rewards, such as a paycheck or their loved ones’ well-being. If you want people to work hard just for the satisfaction of being Right on the Internet, well, you’re probably going to wind up with a lot of men.

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The Rise of the Lumpenintelligentsia

28th September 2014

Steve Sailer has found a new tag for an invasive modern species.

The rise of the lumpenintelligentsia is a major development of Internet Age journalism. Below from Salon is a self-portrait by somebody named Daisy Hernandez of a modern Salon-type scribe in all her self-absorption, racism, sexism, wounded amour propre, dimwittedness, and general cluelessness.

My theory is that the rise of lumpenintellectuals like Ms. Hernandez is tied to the relative rise of advertising revenue relative to subscription revenue. For example, I pay a not insubstantial $3.75 per week to subscribe to the New York Times, but Slate, Salon, The Atlantic and other clickbait sites are advertiser-supported.

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What to Expect From the Earth’s Impending Magnetic Flip

28th September 2014

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(Aside, of course, from a lot of writers at places like Salon wringing their hands about how the government needs to establish new expensive programs, at your expense, to cope with something that may never happen.)

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Americans Have No Idea How Bad Inequality Really Is

28th September 2014

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Mostly because, being reasonable adults, they don’t much care that somebody has more money than they do.

Unlike, for instance, the people who write for Slate.

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Against Stuff!

26th September 2014

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You knew that climate change could be blamed for any kind of weather, but did you know that the underlying cause is not, in fact, carbon emissions but racism? That was one of about a thousand thrown-together messages put forward by the People’s Climate March, a recent NYC-centered network of rallies in support of something called “climate justice.”

All three words of the event’s title should give you pause: the possessive “people’s” is, so far as I can tell, the most naked signal of Stalinism; “climate”—when not being used by your grandparents while attempting to decide between Palm Springs and Pebble Beach—refers to the belief that politicians can control the weather; “march” conjures to mind stinking dreadlocks and half-digested critical theory more than it does soldiers marching in lockstep.

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Leo DiCaprio Lectures UN on Climate Change: Doesn’t Mention Four Homes, Private Jets, and Yacht Rented From Oil Billionaire

24th September 2014

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Hey, he’s of the Crust; the rules are for the Little People.

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