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Neal Stephenson’s Swordfighting Game Is Officially Dead

20th September 2014

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Well, shucks.

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RIP Peter Black Mulloney, First Chairman of the Party of the Right

19th September 2014

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May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

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Rift Widens Between Obama, U.S. Military Over Strategy to Fight Islamic State

19th September 2014

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Even as the administration has received congressional backing for its strategy, with the Senate voting Thursday to approve a plan to arm and train Syrian rebels, a series of military leaders have criticized the president’s approach against the Islamic State militant group.

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

Paul Mirengoff of Powerline weighs in here.

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A Scientist Stole My Root Beer

18th September 2014

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Liver damage and cancer is bad. Period. But obviously I’ve got some issues, at least that’s what everyone tells me. I hate the “scale-up game” between rats and humans. It just doesn’t work. Rats and humans aren’t the same, and we don’t metabolize things the same. With that said, to just give you an idea of the magnitude we’re talking about, if I wanted to consume 0.5 grams/kg of safrole, and assuming I can extract out 0.04% safrole from Sassafras root chunks in water, I’d need to boil up 170 pounds of sassafras root…in about 400 gallons of water. If I had to dig up 170 pounds of Sassafras root every day for 2 months I’d die from exhaustion long before the cancer got me. Now obviously you don’t want liver damage. Or cancer. I don’t even want an LD1, let alone an LD50. But hopefully you can see how ridiculous this is. But the best part is that hepatocarcinogenic metabolite, 1?-hydroxysafrole. Remember that one, the one that messes with the DNA? Well, it’s not even found in humans (4). Really? Seriously.

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Portland: Where Young White Liberals Go to Retire

16th September 2014

Steve Sailer reveals a dirty little secret.

Portland has the whitest “core city” in America, so it continues to attract young liberal white people who want to live an urban life without many blacks and Mexicans around. This is continuing to happen even though there aren’t many jobs in Portland.

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California Continues to Be Anti-Innovation: Tells Ridesharing Services That Carpooling Is Illegal

15th September 2014

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More and more, the key to being a prosperous state is, find out what California’s doing and don’t do that.

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Humans Need Not Apply

14th September 2014

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The higher the minimum wage goes, the more cost-effective Baxter will look.

Your Democrat politicians at work.

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In South Florida and the Nation, Healthcare Costs Often Are Shrouded in Secrecy

14th September 2014

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“Contracts are proprietary,” said Patricia Nelson, regional head of strategic accounts for AvMed Health Plans, the county’s health benefits administrator that negotiated the payment rates for medical services for county employees. She noted that both the insurance company and the healthcare providers agree to keep such payment rates confidential.

Fitch and others who asked for the information never got to see precisely how Miami-Dade spends more than $400 million a year to pay healthcare claims for nearly 60,000 employees, retirees and dependents in the health plan.

That’s because Miami-Dade — like many employers across the country — isn’t allowed to know the prices their own insurance plan administrators negotiate with healthcare providers, even when they’re self-insured, like Miami-Dade County, and the claims are paid with taxpayer dollars.

Any auto repair shop will give you their prices for standard services. Try that at your doctor’s office. Better yet, try it at the office of somebody who is not your doctor.

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Full-Frontal Environmentalism: We Knew It All Along

12th September 2014

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There’s an old line that environmentalists are “watermelons”—green on the outside, red on the inside. A lot of environmentalists will take great offense if you say this: No no! We like economic growth and capitalism just fine! We just want it to be “sustainable,” whatever that means. And don’t ask for specificity about what “sustainability” means in detail, unless you have a lot of time and a full bottle of hootch handy. Before long you’ll figure out that “sustainable” is just a code word for green things we like, and that it has no rigor whatsoever aside from old-fashioned factor-efficiency, which economists figured out over a century ago at least.

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Businesses Consider Dumping Employee Health Coverage

12th September 2014

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And why not? If they can stick the taxpayer with covering their employees’ health insurance….

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Here Is the Complete List of Companies Planning to Leave Scotland if It Goes Independent

12th September 2014

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Be careful what you wish for….

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Army Officer Barred From Entering Daughter’s High School Over Uniform

12th September 2014

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A security officer at a Michigan high school told an Army lieutenant Tuesday that he could not enter the school because he was wearing his uniform and “may offend another student,” MyFoxDetroit.com reported.

And so it goes.

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Looking at Inequality in Faculty Pay

11th September 2014

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Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Company once had a policy that the CEO could not make more than five times the amount earned by the lowest entry-level employee, capping the CEO’s salary at $81,000 in the early 1980s. By 1995, though, that policy had been eliminated. It turns out that it was difficult to attract a qualified person to head what had become a $150 million company at that kind of salary.  But even this lesson from most idealistic hippies of the Green Mountain state does not seem to have deterred many liberals from promoting wage ratios as the key to solving economic inequality.

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Ferguson Shooting Protesters Attempt to Shut Down Highway

11th September 2014

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A planned highway shutdown fell through Wednesday as a wall of officers in riot gear kept people who planned to protest the Ferguson police shooting from walking onto Interstate 70 during the late afternoon commute.

State troopers and St. Louis city and county officers warned the roughly 150 demonstrators who gathered in a nearby suburb to stay out of the road as they protested last month’s shooting of Michael Brown, a black, unarmed 18-year-old, by a white officer. There were nearly as many officers as demonstrators.

Organizers said the protest in Berkeley was designed as an act of nonviolent civil disobedience similar to a 1999 demonstration in the same location. During that protest, hundreds of people shut down the interstate in a dispute over minority hiring for road construction projects.

Highway Patrol Sgt. Al Nothum said that 35 people were arrested, most on charges of unlawful assembly. Nothum said protesters threw rocks, concrete blocks, bricks and bottles, leading to four charges of assault on a law enforcement officer.

Of course they can’t use the term ‘riot’, although that’s what it was.

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America’s New Class System

10th September 2014

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We’ve heard a lot of election-year class warfare talk, from makers vs. takers to the 1% vs. the 99%. But Joel Kotkin’s important new book, The New Class Conflict, suggests that America’s real class problems are deeper, and more damaging, than election rhetoric.

Traditionally, America has been thought of as a place of great mobility — one where anyone can conceivably grow up to be president, regardless of background. This has never been entirely true, of course. Most of our presidents have come from reasonably well-off backgrounds, and even Barack Obama, a barrier-breaker in some ways, came from an affluent background and enjoyed an expensive private-school upbringing. But the problem Kotkin describes goes beyond shots at the White House.

In a nutshell, Kotkin sees California, once again, in its role as an indicator of where the nation is headed. And it’s not an attractive destination.

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Police: Founder of Maine Elephant Rehab Facility Was Crushed by One of His Animals

10th September 2014

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Gang of Black Teens Beats White Memphis Grocery Store Employee Into Unconsciousness

7th September 2014

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See it on the evening news? Of course not — it goes against the Narrative.

Eric Holder sending swarms of FBI agents to investigate? Don’t hold your breath.

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Know Your Military Colonists

7th September 2014

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Mexico’s military colonists are not military. Often they aren’t even Mexican. But they have managed to take back California without firing a shot. Unless you count the occasional drive by shooting.

While the United States sent tens of thousands of soldiers to try and hold Iraq and Afghanistan only to fail; Mexico took California with a small army of underpaid handymen who claim entire cities and send back some 20 billion dollars a year. As conquests go, it’s not hard to see who did more with less.

In the decade since the US invaded Afghanistan, 24,710 Afghans successfully invaded the United States and received permanent legal status. That is an occupying force larger than US troop numbers were at any point in time in Afghanistan until the very end of the George W. Bush’s second term.

During this same period there were also 19,000 Afghan non-immigrant admissions. As invasions go, the Afghan invasion of America was far more successful than the American invasion of Afghanistan.

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Black Gang Beats White Couple in Missouri After Sexually Harassing Woman

7th September 2014

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The woman, Meredith Cole, told police she was sexually harassed outside the club by several of the black males on August 22. She quickly went inside to retrieve her boyfriend, Alex Vassey, a DJ at the Outland Ballroom. The pair then went outside to see if they could identify any of the harassers.

Once out on the street, a gang of six black youths snuck up behind them and started attacking the couple, beating them in their faces and kicking Vassey after he was knocked to the ground.

The video clearly shows Vassey being viciously assaulted, as well as showing the young woman being punched in the face and knocked to the ground twice.

Heard about this on the evening news? Of course not — it doesn’t fit the Narrative.

Heard about this from Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson? Of course not — it provides no grounds for them to shake down guilty white liberals.

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Obama to Voters: You Are So Stupid

7th September 2014

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I agree: Obama voters are incredibly stupid. That’s his ‘base’, and he works it like a stripper on a pole.

Obama frequently seeks to exploit the ignorance of voters, but here he’s telling us what he’s going to do and when, and counting on enough voters to ignore it to make it worth his while. He must think the voters are really, really stupid, and of course he can testify to their stupidity from personal experience, if only from the lies they repeatedly bought from him regarding the nondisruptive character of Obamacare.

It reminds me of the voters who put Connie Mack III over the top when he ran for the retiring Lawton Chiles’s Florida Senate seat in 1988. Mack narrowly won the race through the wisdom of the voters who pulled the lever for him because he was a woman.

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Wendy Davis Memoir: I Had 2 Abortions During 2nd Marriage

6th September 2014

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I find the idea of her defective genes not being propagated into the next generation strangely appealing.

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FBI: Cuban Intelligence Aggressively Recruiting Leftist American Academics AS Spies, Influence Agents

6th September 2014

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Cuban intelligence services “have perfected the work of placing agents, that includes aggressively targeting U.S. universities under the assumption that a percentage of students will eventually move on to positions within the U.S. government that can provide access to information of use to the [Cuban intelligence service],” the five-page unclassified FBI report says. It notes that the Cubans “devote a significant amount of resources to targeting and exploiting U.S. academia.”

“Academia has been and remains a key target of foreign intelligence services, including the [Cuban intelligence service],” the report concludes.

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

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Chicago Hospital Training, Preparing Navy Doctors for Battle Conditions

5th September 2014

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The U.S. Navy is using Chicago’s Stoger Hospital to train and prepare doctors, medics, and nurses for battlefield conditions.

As with so many of the experiences awaiting military medical personnel once overseas, “Stoger Hospital… stands in the middle of a war zone… in its own way.”

Every cloud has a silver lining, if that’s what you can call the fact that the war zone into which each Democrat-machine-run city descends provide a domestic training ground for combat surgeons.

According to the AP, “the Navy doesn’t have any trauma training facilities in the U.S., [so] military medical teams” have to be sent elsewhere for “experience dealing with penetrating wounds.” And these teams have found that bullet wounds–“even a single bullet wound”–“[unleash] the same kind of massive infection inflicted by roadside bombs in Afghanistan.”

There are plenty of bullet wounds to learn from in Chicago, where Stoger Hospital has “one of the busiest… trauma units” in the country. In 2013 alone, Stoger Hospital “treated nearly 600 gunshot victims,” over 260 stab victims, “and almost 900 people injured in traffic [accidents].”

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Every One Should Go to College, but Not Everyone Should Go to College

5th September 2014

Rhymes with Cars and Girls explains it all to you.

The NY Fed is releasing a series of posts (Part 1 here) about the returns to a college degree. The lede you may have heard from this work is something like: the NPV of a college degree is ~$300k, which is an all-time high; the years it takes to pay off a college degree is at an all-time low of ~10. So yay college!

But if you ask me, this is the real lede, down near the bottom of the post:

Why has the value of a college degree remained so high even while tuition has been rising and the wages for college graduates have been falling? The primary reason is that the wages of high school graduates have also been falling…

‘Also’. As if, by some sort of coincidence. In other words, it’s less that going to college gives you a bunch of extra money, than that not going to college gives you less money than ever before. But why is that? Because fricking everyone is going to college! Because of studies like this!

The broader trend is pretty clear. A good sizable chunk of people who would have been non- or marginal-college candidates back in 1970 the first year graphed at that link, most of whom would have fallen into the HS Diploma-Only bucket, now fall into the College Degree bucket. But (aside from being 4-5 years older) do they really know any more actual things, or have more skills, than their 1970 counterparts?

What I dispute is the conclusion we should draw. The national drive to send everyone to college has clearly led to degree-inflation. A college degree today just doesn’t mean what it did 40 years ago. It merely means, at minimum, that you kept up with the others in your cohort who got one. You might basically just have a 1970-equivalent high-school diploma in your hands, but you wasted** 4 non-earning years of your life (and spent possibly tens of thousands) getting it.

**well ok, not wasted. Those years are usually fun; such people may partake of a bunch of neat drugs, play computer games, enjoy a bunch of hookups, meet future spouses, generally consume a lot of valuable leisure, etc.

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16 Inventors Who Were Killed by Their Inventions

4th September 2014

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Nurse Union Chief’s Communist Past

3rd September 2014

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When Ms. Furillo was 25, she was an active member of the Young Workers Liberation League, a youth arm affiliate of the Communist Party USA, and an editor of its Young Worker publication. She wrote in 1975: “It is clear that for youth today, there is no real and meaningful future under capitalism. Capitalism means joblessness, racism and degeneracy.”…

After Crain’s asked Ms. Furillo about her YWLL membership, a NYSNA spokeswoman said Ms. Furillo would no longer participate in an article and accused Crain’s of “red baiting” organized labor….

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

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Hate Crime Exposed as Hoax: Student Hung ‘White’ and ‘Colored’ Signs to ‘Make a Point’

3rd September 2014

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Yep, barely a week into the fall 2014 semester, and we’ve already got our first official hate crime hoax of the school year.

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Left-Wing Enviro Elite Pours Millions Into Michigan Senate Race

3rd September 2014

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Liberal environmentalists, including billionaire Tom Steyer, are pumping cash into the Wolverine State to back up struggling Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI), opponent Terri Lynn Land (R) says.

That can’t be right — Democrats don’t have very many billionaires; Harry Reid told us so.

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Ten Ways Colleges Work You Over

3rd September 2014

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High school students who are inundated with personalized letters and emails (and even partially filled-out applications) from colleges urging them to apply may mistakenly think that the institutions contacting them are intending to admit them. In reality, schools often encourage students to apply so that they can reject them.

The aim of the game for colleges is to boost the number of students who apply and can be rejected. By doing this, the schools see their acceptance rates fall, making them appear to be more selective—which helps them rise up the U.S. News & World Report rankings.

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Mysterious Phony Cell Towers Could Be Intercepting Your Calls

2nd September 2014

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To show what the CryptoPhone can do that less expensive competitors cannot, he points me to a map that he and his customers have created, indicating 17 different phony cell towers known as “interceptors,” detected by the CryptoPhone 500 around the United States during the month of July alone.  Interceptors look to a typical phone like an ordinary tower.  Once the phone connects with the interceptor, a variety of “over-the-air” attacks become possible, from eavesdropping on calls and texts to pushing spyware to the device.

“Interceptor use in the U.S. is much higher than people had anticipated,” Goldsmith says.  “One of our customers took a road trip from Florida to North Carolina and he found 8 different interceptors on that trip.  We even found one at South Point Casino in Las Vegas.”

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The Day After Labor

1st September 2014

Mark Steyn chronicles our slide into the abyss.

n Ferguson, Missouri, the “conversation”, as they say on MSNBC, is between the dependent class and the governing class that ministers to them and keeps them in line. If you’re a convenience store owner, your low-skilled service jobs are the only labor on offer, and, for your pains, you get burned and looted by the dependent class while your 911 calls go unanswered by the governing class, both of which you fund.

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As Labor Day Weekend Starts, 3 Lie Dead and 33 Are Wounded in Chicago Violence

1st September 2014

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Thank God for those strict gun control laws, or the place would look like Texas.

(Extra credit: How many of the victims were black? And how many news stories did you read about them?)

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People Getting Dumber? Human Intelligence Has Declined Since Victorian Era, Research Suggests

1st September 2014

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Our technology may be getting smarter, but a provocative new study suggests human intelligence is on the decline. In fact, it indicates that Westerners have lost 14 I.Q. points on average since the Victorian Era.

And socialism is more popular now than it was then. Coincidence? I think not.

What exactly explains this decline? Study co-author Dr. Jan te Nijenhuis, professor of work and organizational psychology at the University of Amsterdam, points to the fact that women of high intelligence tend to have fewer children than do women of lower intelligence. This negative association between I.Q. and fertility has been demonstrated time and again in research over the last century.

That’s it, blame it on women….

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The Dead Billionaire’s Club That Runs the Environmental Movement

31st August 2014

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The report uses the unfortunate term “Billionaire’s Club” to describe the funders who give groups like the Environmental Defense Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Sierra Club Foundation millions of dollars a year. In fact, in most cases it would be more accurate to describe it as the “Dead Billionaire’s Club,” as most of the money comes from foundations set up by wealthy people who were often fairly conservative, but their foundations are now run by their liberal children and/or left-wing staffs.

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New York Teen Dies in Lamborghini Test Drive

31st August 2014

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Police say 18-year-old Samuel Shepard was taking the car for a spin on a county road in Mount Sinai on Long Island early Friday when he lost control. The car’s owner, Michael Power, was a passenger in the car and was treated for nonlife-threatening injuries.

Det. Sgt. Michael Fitzharris told Newsday that excessive speed is believed to be a factor in the crash. Police told the paper that the two were heading back to a parking lot.

Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Portuguese Food Co-op Fights Back Against EU-Mandated Waste

30th August 2014

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Fruta Feia, formed in 2013 by Isabel Soares, is a co-op that’s fighting both inane EU food regulations and the food waste those regulations cause. The group pushes back against regulations that dictate the size and shape of fruit that can be sold throughout the EU. If fruit is misshapen, irregular, or fails to meet certain color guidelines, then the regulations state that it’s not fit for sale. The rules, published in 2008, state that apples, for example, may not be sold if they have certain cosmetic “defects” in “shape” or “coloring.”

At a time when the economic downturn means fresh fruits and vegetables are harder to come by for many—with small farmers struggling to make ends meet—and with food waste an enormous problem, these regulations couldn’t be more idiotic and infuriating.

The biter bit. Pass the popcorn.

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The Un-Midas Touch

30th August 2014

Victor Davis Hanson sums up the Obama legacy.

Everything that Barack Obama touches seems to turn to dross. Think of it for a minute. He inherited a quiet Iraq (no American combat deaths at all in December 2009). Joe Biden bragged of the calm that it would be the administration’s “greatest achievement.” But by pulling out all U.S. peacekeepers — mostly for a 2012 reelection talking point — Obama ensured an ISIS wasteland. He put his promised eye on Afghanistan at last, and we have lost more soldiers there than during the Bush administration and a Taliban victory seems likely after more than a decade of lost American blood and treasure. The message seems to be that it is better for Obama to have his eye off something than on it.

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The Political Economy of NYC “Affordable Housing”

30th August 2014

Steve Sailer blows the whistle.

Why is there this kind of windfall available to bestow on about 20% of tenants of new luxury buildings? Because getting the political permission to build in NYC is a goldmine because the right to build is so restricted that anybody who does get all the permits approved is guaranteed a big profit, so the city makes the developers kick back some of their profits in terms of these crazy Fairy Godmother deals for some small fraction of all the people in New York. It seems like there ought to be about 10 better ways to do things, but that’s the current system, and the new mayor wants to crank it up.

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When Does a $5 Toll Cost $30? When You’re Driving a Rental Car

30th August 2014

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With the rise of “cashless” turnpikes, where tolls are collected via a device such as EZ-Pass rather than at tollbooths, rental car companies have found two ways to pass those costs on to their customers, both unpopular: Customers can choose to rent a pass for as much as $20 a day, which they’ll pay whether or not they pass through a toll plaza, or they can pay the fines for going through the lanes without a pass, plus a hefty processing fee tacked on by the rental company.

Customers are ticked at what seems like yet another charge, like fees for checked baggage. After a Florida Dollar Rent a Car added $30 in administrative fees to a bill for $2.74 in tolls, Roxanna Usher of Redwood Valley, Calif., vented her spleen on the entire state. “I’m angry beyond belief and can’t even imagine coming back to your state,” she wrote in a Jan. 13 complaint to Florida’s attorney general. “Talk about a corrupt state! It’s disgusting what you’re doing to tourists—the mainstay of your economy.”

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Democrats More Afraid of Global Warming Than ISIS

29th August 2014

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And that tells you everything you need to know about Democrats.

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Colleges Worsen Income Inequality

28th August 2014

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Tuition gouging for degrees that are useless in the real world and a failed business model have put U.S. colleges front and center as exacerbating income inequality.

Over the decades, college officials have used their nonprofit status to build an unsustainable business model more akin to hoteliers, one that real estate mogul Donald Trump would envy. And all on the backs of taxpayers, students and their families.

Schools across the U.S. offer practical degrees, useful in the corporate or public sector, like engineering, software design, or accounting.  But even the most prestigious colleges no longer offer a solid liberal arts education. Instead, many schools charge nosebleed tuition for degrees built on useless courses about, say, the cultural efficacy of soap operas, or sex and gender in society, that don’t lead to work in the real world and exacerbate income inequality.

The fact that the students are stupid enough to take these courses doesn’t help.

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Why Great Husbands Are Being Abandoned

27th August 2014

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Fifty percent of marriages are still ending in divorce, and women continue to be the gender that initiates those endings. In the past, their reasons for leaving most often had to do with infidelity, neglect, or abuse. Now they’re dumping men who are faithful, attentive, and respectful, the very men they said they have always wanted. Why would women who have accomplished the female dream suddenly not be satisfied with it? Why are they leaving these ideal guys, and for what reasons?

I am currently dealing with several of these great husbands. They are, across the board, respectful, quality, caring, devoted, cherishing, authentic, and supportive guys whose wives have left them for a different kind of man. These once-beloved men make a living, love their kids, help with chores, support aging parents, and support their mate’s desires and interests. They believe they’ve done everything right. They are devastated, confused, disoriented, and heartsick. In a tragic way, they startlingly resemble the disheartened women of the past who were left behind by men who “just wanted something new.”

You may think that these women are ruthless and inconsiderate. Those I know are far from that. More often, they still love their husbands as much as they ever did, but in a different way. They tell me how wonderful their men are and how much they respect them. They just don’t want to be married to them anymore.

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Five Liberal Megadonor ‘Soros Clones’ the Media Has Ignored

26th August 2014

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But of course Harry Reid assures us that there aren’t many billionaires in the Democrat party. I think Harry needs to read something other than Democrat talking points for a change.

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Chicago: 4 Killed, 24 Wounded; Child Shot 6 Times

25th August 2014

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Thank God for all those strict gun control laws, otherwise the place would look like Texas.

(None of the shootings were by white police, which is why they didn’t make the evening news.)

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Murder by Cherry-Picking

25th August 2014

Jim Goad blows the whistle.

After a white police officer shot and killed the undeniably black Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO on August 9, the story blew up in the nation’s face and has dominated headlines for two weeks running now.

But in South Salt Lake, UT on August 11—a mere two days after Brown was shot to death—a police officer described as “not white” shot and killed 20-year-old Dillon Taylor, whose pictures (HERE, HERE, and HERE) reveal him to be at least predominantly Caucasian, if perchance not a purebred Nordic snow bunny. Taylor appears to be mostly white phenotypically (if not stylistically) and is far whiter-looking than George Zimmerman, whom the liberal press initially described as “white” for reasons that appear to have suited an agenda. And unlike the Brown shooting, there is currently video evidence of the Taylor killing available for public consumption, which should inflame white passions to the point where they’d riot—that is, if modern American whites were like blacks in the sense that they were prone to torching cities when one of their own gets killed.

Then again, it’s hard to get upset when you’re not even aware that something upsetting has happened. As I type this, a Google News search for the phrase “Michael Brown” alongside “Ferguson” yields a fulsome 13,700,000 results, whereas “Dillon Taylor” and “Salt Lake” only coughs up a puny 4,250 hits.

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

You’ve likely heard of the 1998 truck-dragging death of a black man named James Byrd, Jr. by three white men in Texas. But you’ve probably never heard of the 2000 death of a six-year-old white boy named Jake Robel, who died after being dragged for four miles by a black carjacker. Google searches for the victims’ names reveal results as absurdly lopsided as the disparity between Michael Brown and Dillon Taylor’s relative media attention: James Byrd, Jr. yields 108,000 hits, while Jake Robel gets a mere 4,910.

I guess some murders are more equal than others.

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Fundraising, Or Hate Speech?

25th August 2014

John Hinderaker turns over a rock.

What is the point of being in power if you can’t help your friends and screw your enemies? That is the Democratic philosophy. Thus, the Democrats hand out massive tax breaks, subsidies and mandates to their “green energy” supporters like Tom Steyer, who in turn pledge tens of millions of dollars in campaign contributions to help the Democrats maintain control of Congress. So they can continue to subsidize the businesses that make Steyer a billionaire. Same thing with Wall Street, which supports the Democratic Party almost monolithically.

And, of course, while both parties use cash to “buy control of Congress”–i.e., try to persuade voters by putting ads on television–the Democrats always have more money to “buy control of Congress” than the Republicans.

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‘So what if abortion ends life?’

23rd August 2014

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The mask comes off.

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Why A Six-Figure Salary No Longer Means You’re Rich

21st August 2014

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With the median household income stuck at around $53,093 in 2014, an annual salary of nearly twice that still seems like more than enough money to succeed and thrive in any economy, no matter the circumstances. However, a convergence of factors have fundamentally changed what it means to rake in a “six-figure salary” in America, and many families who look rich on paper are merely struggling to get ahead along with everyone else.

Sad but true. I like the fact that they cite inflation as the first reason why six figures no longer means much.

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College Leaders Turn on Each Other as Higher Ed Implodes

21st August 2014

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As higher education faces a crisis of epic proportions, a group of respected campus leaders from across the nation have called on their peers to proactively address the many issues plaguing universities today, saying in a detailed report that “the failure of higher education governance” has helped create the current debacle.

Problems cited in the report include: a lack of a return-on-investment with college degrees; a tenure system that “adds to cost and compromises quality”; political correctness run amok, “undermining the free exchange of ideas”; never-ending collegiate athletic scandals and binge drinking woes; studies that find grads do not leave college prepared for the real world; curriculum requirements that leave students with a “lack a fundamental understanding of their history and heritage”; tuitions that continue to soar far above inflation; and student debt that today tops $1 trillion.

Pardon me while I snicker.

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How Your Boss Will Run Your Life in a Few Years

21st August 2014

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Consulting firm PwC recently published its outlook for work in 2022, based on interviews with 500 human resources experts and 10,000 others in the United States and several other countries. You probably won’t be surprised to hear that big companies could end up so powerful and influential they morph into “ministates” that fill the void when government is unable to provide essential services. Companies will also use sensors and other gizmos to monitor employees around the clock. And workers will mostly acquiesce to this digital leash, in exchange for job security, decent pay and important benefits.

Unspoken is the elephant in the room, that none of this would be possible without the active participation of the government.

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