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The Union That Rules New York

30th August 2015

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The union’s clout can be assessed by several measures: the sheer size of its membership, its spending on campaigns and lobbying, and the depth and breadth of its connections with New York’s ruling elite. With well over 300,000 members in Massachusetts, Maryland, Florida, Washington, D.C., and New York (where over half of that total resides), 1199SEIU is the largest union local in the nation, and possibly the world. (The union’s current name stems from 1199’s merger with the Service Employees International Union, or SEIU, in 1998. For brevity’s sake, we will refer to that entity as “1199” throughout this article, except when referring to the national SEIU.) The contract terms established by 1199 also set the standard for the 10,000 workers in the city’s Health and Hospitals Corporation represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District Council 37. Thanks to state laws that allow unions to deduct dues automatically from employees’ paychecks, the union’s massive membership means a massive treasury. According to its most recent filings with the U.S. Department of Labor, 1199’s annual budget is about $185 million, derived mostly from members’ $18 to $75 monthly dues. Adjusted for inflation, annual revenues between 2002 and 2014 grew from $118 million to $180 million as the union’s membership ballooned from 225,000 to 354,000, mainly through mergers with other unions.

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The Sources of Hookup Culture

30th August 2015

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Most explanations for the rise of hookup culture focus on, well, culture—the steady ascent of social liberalism since the 1960s, especially among the upper classes, and the decline of traditional norms surrounding courtship and dating.

Mixed in with this cultural story, however, is a more straightforward demographic one. According to the writer Jon Birger, one reason a certain slice of today’s young people—well-off college graduates in urban centers—is having so much casual sex is that there is shortage of men among their ranks. The female-heavy gender ratio among the yuppie elite makes it easier for men to find sexual partners, and thus less likely to take the time and effort to court them.

No need to respect the cow when milk is free; no need to even think about cows when milk is free.

In a world in which children are an expensive luxury or an unfortunate byproduct, the formation of a family is of no importance. Hence marriage is of no importance, despite the noise the issue generates; and women are on their own, the end for which ‘feminists’ have been striving for half a century. ‘Be careful what you wish for; you just might get it.’

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Thought for the Day

30th August 2015

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No Ordinary Time

30th August 2015

Richard Fernandez looks under the media radar.

The news spotlight is on the US electoral drama.  Everything outside the circle of media brilliance is momentarily in shadow, most especially Obama administration’s governance record.  They persist in a singular state of invisibility.  Scandals, domestic crises, foreign conflicts — none have been resolved.  It is just that the newspapers don’t talk about them any more.   Matthew Continetti of the National Review thinks that the normally raucous anti-war groups, even Obama himself, have fallen deliberately silent.

The War — if one can call it that — exists without being acknowledged.   China, South America, Russia, the border, inhabit the same limbo.   These, like massive shadowy cliffs,  have faded into an out of focus background under shallow depth of field coverage of the media lens.  All we see sharply are the tiny, minutely defined candidates under a harsh glare. Occasionally actual events intrude in the form of attention-grabbing tragedies that have inexplicably multiplied.

We shudder at the sight of drowned Syrian children washing up on Libyan beaches; shake our heads at asphyxiated truckloads abandoned by people smugglers who took the money and ran; wonder at what the meltdown in China might portend.  But we shudder without much understanding; these tragedies seem to have a kind of meteoric quality, arriving from parts unknown and vanishing to the same distant parts of the media solar system.

The more widely read know these portents are merely the tip of the iceberg, visible simply because they ride above the water.  There’s a vague realization that what really matters is under the surface; inside the imploding countries of the Middle East, unfolding in Eastern Europe, or hatching in Beijing.  We know the real reservoirs of broken humanity pools are in regional sumps, too poor and exhausted to run any further.  The size of Syrian refugee camps in Jordan defy belief; literally stretching out of sight.  But that’s all it is, a picture on a page.

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Is African Immigration to Europe Driven by Chinese Land Grabs?

30th August 2015

Steve Sailer is not afraid to ask the hard questions.

It’s not uncommon down through history to have a farm population scratching out a marginal living using traditional means off land that a few bright guys then figure out can more profitably be repurposed for other uses. The peasants are driven to emigrate by insiders cashing in on the value of the land. The most famous example were the Enclosures in Britain, but NAFTA’s destruction of small corn farmers in Mexico is a more recent instance.

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New Mandatory Diversity Class At University Of Oklahoma Draws Boos From Students

29th August 2015

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You can lead a kid to Political Correctness, but you can’t make him drink.

The course is part of the portfolio for the new vice president of diversity programs, Jabar Shumate, a former press secretary to President David Boren (an ex-U.S. senator) who will be making between $200,000 and $250,000 a year, the Associated Press reported.

The Crust take care of their own.

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London Company’s ‘Solar Classroom in a Box’ Project Aims to Change the Face of Education in Africa

28th August 2015

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You’d be surprised at what some cables, four batteries, a set of solar panels, and a 3G satellite connection could achieve, but that’s exactly how one UK-based computer company will be changing lives in one of the world’s poorest nations.

Along with the University of Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Aleutia, in London, will begin rolling out an education initiative across Kenya called Solar Classroom in a Box.

Yeah, that will surely make them qualified for all of those hi-tech jobs in the African backwoods.

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Google Streetview Car Put Out of Action by Tomato-Throwing Mob

28th August 2015

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One of the vehicles used by internet giant Google to gather images for its Streetview service has been put out of action after it was attacked by revellers at a famous tomato-throwing festival.

The car, which is fitted with video cameras and other electronic equipment, had filmed the empty streets of Buñol, Valencia, in the hours before the 2015 Tomatina festival was due to take place.

Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Stop Counting Calories and Start a High-Fat Mediterranean-Style Diet, Health Experts Urge

27th August 2015

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I’m on it.

‘Fat is bad for you!’ ‘No, fat is good for you!’ Makes you wonder about the ‘scientific consensus’ alleged to be behind ‘climate change’.

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Who’s Toby Miles?

26th August 2015

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Apparently Hillary isn’t the only bureaucrat doing public business under private auspices.

The IRS disclosed in a court filing on Monday that former agency official Lois Lerner used a second personal e-mail operated under the alias “Toby Miles” to conduct IRS business. Her use of the mysterious account has prompted speculation into the source of the name. “Toby Miles,” according to a former Lerner colleague, is the name of Lerner’s dog: Toby is the dog’s name, and Miles is the surname of Lerner’s husband, Michael Miles. The IRS disclosed the existence of the second account in a legal filing as part of its ongoing battle with the right-leaning investigative group Judicial Watch.

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Serena Williams and Sailer’s First Law of Female Journalism

26th August 2015

Steve Sailer lays it out, so to speak.

The New York Times Magazine has a giant article on tennis player Serena Williams by Claudia Rankine (pictured at right) that serves as yet another illustration of my observation that while many female journalists routinely crusade on the surface against sexism, racism, etc., a close reading of their most passionate articles suggests that their highest priority in demanding a cultural revolution to overturn society’s oppressive values is that they want to wind up being considered hotter-looking.

In most cases, it doesn’t work.

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Thought for the Day

25th August 2015

Sales Are Grim

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Why Salad Is So Overrated

24th August 2015

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As the world population grows, we have a pressing need to eat better and farm better, and those of us trying to figure out how to do those things have pointed at lots of different foods as problematic. Almonds, for their water use. Corn, for the monoculture. Beef, for its greenhouse gases. In each of those cases, there’s some truth in the finger-pointing, but none of them is a clear-cut villain.

There’s one food, though, that has almost nothing going for it. It occupies precious crop acreage, requires fossil fuels to be shipped, refrigerated, around the world, and adds nothing but crunch to the plate.

It’s salad, and here are three main reasons why we need to rethink it.

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Californians Increasingly Can’t Get Into State’s Public Colleges

24th August 2015

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California once showed the world how a state could guarantee a college education for nearly every resident, but then it failed to provide the long-term funding to do it, said Martha Kanter, a former U.S. education undersecretary and California community college leader.

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Tech Oligarchs Tightening Their Grip on Democrats

23rd August 2015

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The fundamental contradictions, as Karl Marx would have noted, lie in the collision of interests between a group that has come to epitomize self-consciously progressive megawealth and a mass base which is increasingly concerned about downward mobility. For all his occasional populist lapses, President Obama generally has embraced Silicon Valley as an intrinsic part of his political coalition. He has even enlisted several tech giants – including venture capitalist John Doerr, LinkedIn billionaire Reid Hoffman and Sun Microsystems co-founder Vinod Khosla – in helping plan out Obama’s no-doubt lavish and highly political retirement.

Silicon Valley is full of stinking rich Politically Correct granola-crunchers, the Democrites natural core.

“They don’t like Sanders at all,” notes researcher Greg Ferenstein, who has been polling Internet company founders for an upcoming book. Sanders’ emphasis on income redistribution and protecting union privileges and pensions is hardly popular among the tech elite. “He’s an egalitarian liberal,” Ferenstein explains, “These people are tech liberals. Equality is a nonissue in Silicon Valley.”

But not in San Francisco, where the Underclass doesn’t really appreciate the tech elite and their effect on the cost of living. And the Underclass is a core Democrite constituency, too.

Some conservatives, such as pollster Scott Rasmussen, see Republican backing for Uber as an opening for the GOP. Yet Ferenstein’s poll of Internet founders reveals that barely 3 percent say they are Republicans; 18 percent are libertarian, while nearly half are Democrats. Republican operatives peg the tech donors to be 9-1 in favor of Democrats. Talk about unrequited love!

The problem is that these tech whizzes were raised ‘progressive’ and that’s the way they’ve stayed, politically; they don’t appreciate that Republicans are the true supporters of entrepreneurship, while Democrites would really like to expropriate all that ‘undeserved’ wealth.

Overall, the hotbeds of the tech and information economies, including media, have become the financial bedrock of the Democratic Party. The 10 leading counties for Democratic fundraising in 2012 included, for the first time, Santa Clara, as well as San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. Given their domination of the ranks of wealthy people under age 40, one can expect that this power will only increase in the years ahead.

Unless they are rudely introduced to reality, which tends to happen to people as they get older.

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Is the Left Self-Destructing? The Evidence From Britain

23rd August 2015

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More fun than watching the Hillary meltdown and the Democratic Party rage against the results of the Obama regime is to cast your gaze over to Britain, where the Labour Party seems to have forgotten the lesson of their 1983 election platform (which included a call for unilateral nuclear disarmament) which UK political junkies referred to as “the longest suicide note in history.”

Labour was crushed in that election, and having not been chastened by the recent election rout at the hands of the Conservatives and the Scottish nationalist party seems to be hankering for a repeat of 1983. By all accounts, the Labour Party is set to choose as its next leader Jeremy Corbyn, a deep-left radical who is generally regarded as completely unelectable if he indeed heads the Labour Party into the next election.

The pessimist in me says No. The fact that Labour gets any votes at all indicates that there is a deep streak of stupidity in the British electorate that will pull its fat out of the fire once again.

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Professor Who Compared Scott Walker to Hitler Is Teaching a Course on ‘Scholar Activism’

23rd August 2015

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

The graduate seminar will “explore the biographies and narratives of a diverse array of scholar activists, examine the sociopolitical and economic forces shaping their work, and consider what they have achieved and why,” according to the syllabus.

Raise your hand if you have any notion of how this has any bearing on a University education; I must confess I see none.

Hypothesis: I suspect that ‘Caitlyn Jenner’ will need to dredge up a hyphenated surname from somewhere if it intends to be taken seriously.

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The Bright Students Left Behind

22nd August 2015

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A great problem in U.S. education is that gifted students are rarely pushed to achieve their full potential. It is no secret that American students overall lag their international peers. Among the 34 countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, whose students took the PISA exams in 2012, the U.S. ranked 17th in reading, 20th in science and 27th in math.

What has gone wrong? Thanks to No Child Left Behind and its antecedents, U.S. education policy for decades has focused on boosting weak students to minimum proficiency while neglecting the children who have already cleared that low bar. When parents of “gifted” youngsters complained, they were accused of elitism. It is rich that today’s policies purport to advance equality, yet harm the smartest kids from disadvantaged circumstances.

The problem with No Child Left Behind is that it necessarily implies No Child Gets Ahead. No amount of effort will make a dumb kid smarter, but it’s very easy to hold a smart kid back.

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Dresden Riots: Protesters in Germany Attack Refugee Buses Shouting ‘Foreigners Out’

22nd August 2015

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Looks like the open-borders Eurocrats are getting a little pushback.

Remember what happened the last time the Germans thought their government stabbed them in the back….

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The Hook

22nd August 2015

Freeberg nails it again.

A movement to outlaw all jobs that pay less than $15 an hour, would never attract enough support to survive. A movement to destroy the work ethic in children by awarding participation trophies, would suffer the same problem; it would eventually wither away and die. A movement to spare women from any and all responsibility, and help them blame men for all their problems in life, grant them legal authority to kill their unborn children no questions asked, ditto. All of these “movements” would need — have needed — a hook. A way to reel in those who care more about moral posturing than about politics, the ones who don’t pay attention, the ones who can be easily deceived.

It’s got to be about raising workers’ wages, building childrens’ self-esteem, empowering womens’ choices and demanding equal pay. Those “hooks” sell. Sure they are dishonest as expressions of the ultimate objective, but they’re being expressed to people who don’t have time or inclination to assess their sincerity, or lack thereof. So they have their hooking power. The clumsy-moderate sees the advertising, believes it if only on a tentative basis, starts to make an ego investment in it. That’s the hook. Once the ego is invested, good luck talking them out of it.

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The Revolution Will Not Be Emphasized

21st August 2015

David Cole blows the whistle.

Leftists truly understand the power of labels. They know that labels, properly utilized, have the ability to stigmatize and marginalize. “Cisgender” is a perfect example. The left has persuaded millions of people to use a term that essentially means “I’m normal.” To understand how ridiculous that is, consider this: By most accounts, there are far more people in the world who have some form of dwarfism than there are people who self-identify as “trans.” Yet there is no special label for those of normal height. Imagine if “little people” demanded that everyone of normal height had to use a label to define themselves as “not a dwarf.” Such an idea would be ridiculed from the get-go, and justifiably so.

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The First Postmodern Political Machine

21st August 2015

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The Clinton political machine, like all machines, ultimately runs on money. Somebody has to pay the apparatchiks and loyal technicians who keep the wheels turning. In traditional machines, the money came out of the rough and tumble of local politics: You stroke City Hall, and City Hall strokes you. Private contractors who depend on city contracts, public sector unions, law firms, and Wall Street banks who manage city pension funds and peddle the city’s bonds: There is an army of special interests whose businesses do well when the Mayor is a friend. But the Clintons don’t do it that way anymore; they figured out something better.

The Clintons stand where money, influence, and celebrity form a nexus. When Hillary Clinton was running the State Department and Bill Clinton was shaking down contributors to the Foundation, the donors knew, or thought they knew, what they were getting. Now that Hillary is running for President, the donors have an even better idea of what good things might come to them—or what problems and complications could develop if they cut the Clintons off.

The machine gathers the cash that provides perches and incomes to Clinton loyalists; the loyalists keep the publicity machine pumping, keep the networks of contacts and patronage refreshed throughout the vast Clinton network, and staff what amounts to a permanent campaign. This is what party machines used to do: provide incomes for the army of operatives who would jump into action to make sure the machine stayed in office.

But the cash doesn’t come from a system of payoffs that go all the way from the cop on the beat up to the Board of Aldermen and the Mayor. The cash comes from donations and speaking fees. When the husband of the Secretary of State or potential next President calls about a special charity project, most people, even if they happen to be CEOs of major companies or senior government officials, take the call. More than that, there will be times when government and corporate officials will reach out and make the call themselves, rather than waiting passively to hear that the Clinton machine has an ask.

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How Google Could Rig the 2016 Election

21st August 2015

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Research I have been directing in recent years suggests that Google, Inc., has amassed far more power to control elections—indeed, to control a wide variety of opinions and beliefs—than any company in history has ever had. Google’s search algorithm can easily shift the voting preferences of undecided voters by 20 percent or more—up to 80 percent in some demographic groups—with virtually no one knowing they are being manipulated, according to experiments I conducted recently with Ronald E. Robertson.

Given that many elections are won by small margins, this gives Google the power, right now, to flip upwards of 25 percent of the national elections worldwide. In the United States, half of our presidential elections have been won by margins under 7.6 percent, and the 2012 election was won by a margin of only 3.9 percent—well within Google’s control.

Sky falling — film at 11. More here.

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Regional Tensions to Spark Submarine Manufacturing Boom in Asia-Pacific

20th August 2015

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The submarine market in the Asia-Pacific region is valued at $7.3 billion this year, but is projected to grow at an annual rate of 4.18 percent to reach $11 billion in 2025, according to a new report “The Global Submarine and MRO Market 2015–2025,” produced by Strategic Defence Intelligence, a London-based business information firm. The United States is expected to remain the largest market for submarines, with a projected cumulative spending of $102.2 billion over the next decade.

The growth in Asia is primarily driven by major countries such as China, India, Australia and South Korea, which are focusing more on developing their naval capabilities. This is attributed to the rising number of maritime conflicts and potential threats in the South China Sea as well as the Pacific and Indian Oceans, the report said.

“Growing Chinese assertiveness in disputes over islands in the South China Sea and the rapid modernization of China’s submarine fleet spurred the demand for submarines in countries such as India, Japan, Taiwan, Australia and Vietnam,” Sravan Kumar Gorantala, an analyst at SDI said in a statement.

Smaller nations such as Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore are also investing in submarine acquisitions in order to strengthen their naval arsenals, according to the report’s executive summary.

China, India and Pakistan prefer nuclear-powered submarines, the report said.

Of course they do.

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Disney Plans Galactic Domination With Endless Star Wars Spin-Offs

20th August 2015

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

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‘Cadillac Tax’ Key in Allegheny Technologies’ Lockout

20th August 2015

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A provision of the Affordable Care Act, which is one reason Allegheny Technologies locked out more than 2,000 union workers last week at 12 plants in six states, also could be a stumbling block in negotiations involving two other major steel producers whose contracts covering about 30,000 union workers expire in less than two weeks.

The federal legislation subjects employers to a 40 percent tax if premiums for health care coverage exceed prescribed limits starting in 2018.

The tax was imposed to pay for the premium and cost-sharing subsidies, Medicaid expansion, and other provisions designed to make health care coverage more affordable for more people. It was dubbed the “Cadillac tax” because many believed it would apply only to gold-plated coverage provided to high-paid workers.

However, 48 percent of companies are likely to be subject to the tax in 2018 and 82 percent could be liable by 2023, according to benefits consultant Towers Watson.

“We’ve been calling it the ‘Chevy tax,’” said Anna Fendley, a legislative representative with the United Steelworkers union. “This is a tax that’s really falling on the backs of working people.”

Every government employee ought to be required to recite the definition of ‘unintended consequences’ before receiving a paycheck.

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California’s Central Valley Sinking Due to Groundwater Pumping, Report Says

20th August 2015

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Perhaps everybody’s dream of California sinking into the sea will come true.

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Watch How Easy It Is for a Rat to Climb Through Drain Pipes and Up Into Any Toilet Bowl

19th August 2015

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This is why God gave us cats.

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North Korean Underground Missile Complex Detected

19th August 2015

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North Korea has developed an elaborate underground missile complex at its Sohae missile and space launch facility near the northwestern border with China, according to U.S. officials. The underground complex includes both facilities for preparing missiles for launch and storage areas that are connected by rail lines, according to officials familiar with intelligence reports of the complex.

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Australian Couple Wake Up Find Naked Irishman in Their Bed

18th August 2015

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Hey, these things happen.

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Minimum-Wage Offensive Could Speed Arrival Of Robot-Powered Restaurants

17th August 2015

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The industry could be ready for another jolt as a ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour nears in the District and as other campaigns to boost wages gain traction around the country. About 30 percent of the restaurant industry’s costs come from salaries, so burger-flipping robots — or at least super-fast ovens that expedite the process — become that much more cost-competitive if the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is doubled.

“The problem with the ­minimum-wage offensive is that it throws the accounting of the restaurant industry totally upside down,” said Harold Miller, vice president of franchise development for Persona Pizzeria, who also consults for other chains. “My position is: Pay your people properly, keep them longer, treat them right, and robots are going to be helpful in doing that, because it will help the restaurateur survive.”

“The miracle is, the wage increase is driving the interest,” Brewer said. “But the innovation and the automation, they’re going after it even before the wages go up. Why wait?”

Hey, low-information voters! Be careful what you wish for — you might just get it, and it might just cost you your job.

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Black Lies Matter Too

17th August 2015

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Like all lies uncorrected, the #BlackLivesMatter movement has become a religion with evangelists, disciples, heretics, opportunists, and enforcers.

First, the media spread the Word. Those outlets that couldn’t afford to send reporters were helped by Twitter—that blackest of the social networks—and the well-equipped, well-credentialed rioters descended en masse to proclaim it. Some of these “reporters” were child molesters and criminals, but CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Brian Stelter didn’t mind. After all, their network’s ratings increased and postponed the inevitable reckoning all media companies must one day confront in the digital age.

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Changing San Francisco Is Foreseen as a Haven for Wealthy and Childless

16th August 2015

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A Democrite paradise.

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The Tragic and Complete Collapse of Racial Relations

16th August 2015

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Why do polls show that racial relations have gotten much worse under Barack Obama, who won the White House with over 95% of the black — and 45% of the white — vote?

A recent New York Times/CBS News poll just revealed that about 60% of Americans feel race relations are not good. Some 40% think that they will become even worse. Yet when Obama was elected, 66% of those polled felt race relations were generally OK. All racial groups recently polled that Obama’s handling of racial relations have made things worse since 2009. Another recent Pew Poll confirms these tensions, and suggests whites are now about as pessimistic as blacks.

What has happened to racial relations?

Obama lied, and race relations died.

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Illegal Immigrant Accused in Triple Homicide in Florida Home

16th August 2015

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Sure, open the borders! Let everybody in! What’s the worst that could happen?

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Socialism: The Most Corrupt Path to Great Wealth

15th August 2015

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Hugo Chavez, deceased President of Venezuela, is still revered on the international left. Chavez was a vicious socialist: The rich are evil! The rich are lazy! Confiscate their money! Now we know what he did with it. Diario las Americas, as translated and reported by the Daily Mail, says that Chavez’s daughter Maria Gabriela Chavez has stashed away a cool $4 billion….

If you want a world in which a few obscenely rich jet-setters lord it over a sea of poor people, socialism is the ideology for you.

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Media as Islamic Publicity Agents

15th August 2015

The Other McCain is on the case.

One of the best books you’ll ever read is Thomas Sowell’s The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy, and in Chapter 6 (“Crusades of the Anointed”), Sowell observes the tendency of liberals to divide the world into “targets” and “mascots.”

Sowell, being black, ought to be a ‘mascot’ … but, being conservative, is a ‘target’ instead. (They justify this by saying that, like Clarence Thomas, he’s Not Really Black.)

For example, the U.S. military and evangelical Christians are common targets of the Anointed, whereas homosexuals and criminals are among their favorite mascots. You see how this plays out especially in media coverage of different groups. During the “Occupy” movement, when college kids took part in riotous protests against big business, this made college kids mascots, because they were attacking a target of the Anointed. The media were willing to ignore reports that women were being sexually assaulted in Occupy encampments. However, once the anti-business protests ended and the kids returned to college, sexual assault was suddenly big news because, in that context, heterosexual males are targets and feminists are mascots.

Sometimes it’s hard to tell the players without a scorecard, especially when some of them double as the ball.

The media narrative must always conform to the particular prejudices of the Anointed, which is why the media are always more concerned about “Islamophobia” than about, say, guys named Muhammad flying jets into skycrapers. Generally speaking, of course, the American media is hostile to religion, because in America, “religion” means Bible-thumpers who vote Republican. However, in terms of foreign policy, the Anointed always sees foreigners as mascots, and if the foreigners are Muslims, this means Muslims are automatically mascots, too. This was especially true after 9/11, because the U.S. military was fighting Muslims and the media hate the U.S. military almost as much as the media hate Bible-thumping evangelical Christians. You can tell when the Anointed have picked a group as mascots, because the media will always portray mascots as victims of “prejudice” and “stereotypes”.

Although that circle never includes Republicans, who are the greatest victims of prejudice and stereotypes in recent history, as any cursory glance at such behavioral sinks as Twitter and Facebook will make clear.

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The Green Scare Problem

15th August 2015

Lord Ridley hits the nail on the head.

Making dire predictions is what environmental groups do for a living, and it’s a competitive market, so they exaggerate. Virtually every environmental threat of the past few decades has been greatly exaggerated at some point. Pesticides were not causing a cancer epidemic, as Rachel Carson claimed in her 1962 book “Silent Spring”; acid rain was not devastating German forests, as the Green Party in that country said in the 1980s; the ozone hole was not making rabbits and salmon blind, as Al Gore warned in the 1990s. Yet taking precautionary action against pesticides, acid rain and ozone thinning proved manageable, so maybe not much harm was done.

But it isn’t just that environmental threats have a habit of turning out less bad than feared; it’s that the remedies sometimes prove worse than the disease.

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Watch Millennials Try to Explain the Difference Between Democrats and Socialists

14th August 2015

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Now that’s comedy.

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Planned Parenthood Workers, PACs Donated $25M to Dems Since 2000

14th August 2015

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Of course they did.

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Man in Bear Costume Harasses Bears in Alaska

14th August 2015

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It wasn’t immediately known what the man was trying to accomplish.

An elaborate form of attempted suicide is my guess.

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African Countries Say US Airline’s Trophy Ban Will Cause “The End of Conservation”

11th August 2015

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Get a clue, guys – it’s not about conservation, it’s about guns.

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Group Backing Clinton Gets $1M From Untraceable Donors

11th August 2015

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“This appears to be an out-and-out laundering operation designed to keep secret from the public the original source of the funds given to the super PAC, which is required to disclose its contributors,” said Fred Wertheimer, director of one such group, the Washington-based Democracy 21.

Fred is the Significant Other of Linda Wertheimer, reliable Voice of the Crust for NPR.

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Mexican Activist Who Led Search for 43 Missing Students Found Shot to Death in His Car

11th August 2015

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Sure, open the border! What’s the worst that could happen?

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Woman Has Her Arm Bitten Off by an Alligator While Swimming in Wekiva River in Florida

10th August 2015

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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‘I Don’t Know If I’m Pro-Choice After Planned Parenthood Videos’

10th August 2015

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David Daleiden, head of The Center for Medical Progress, issued an unsurprisingly stronger statement: “Planned Parenthood’s system-wide conspiracy to evade the law and make money off of aborted fetal tissue is now undeniable. Anyone who watches these videos knows that Planned Parenthood is engaged in barbaric practices and human rights abuses that must end.”

I agree with that assessment, and I’m pro-choice. At least I thought I was until recently. These days, each time, I express concern, outrage, disgust, or horror over another video—which should come with warnings that they may produce nightmares—some supporter of the organization responds by attacking me and insisting that I was never really pro-choice to begin with.

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“You can’t stand on the sidelines, especially now that you’ve seen these videos,” she told me recently. “That’s bullshit! These are babies that are being killed. Millions of them. And you need to use your voice to protect them. That’s what a man does. He protects children—his own children, and other children. That’s what it means to be a man.”

I didn’t like the scolding, but I needed to hear it. For those of us who are pro-choice, the Planned Parenthood videos are a game changer. As to whether that means I’ll change my view, I’m not sure. I’m on the bubble. Ask me in a few weeks, after the release of more videos.

Ruben Navarette has been a syndicated columnist and reliable Voice of the Crust for a long, long time; I first encountered him when he was working at the Dallas Morning News. ‘For evil to triumph, it is merely necessary for good men to do nothing.’ If we can get the good men, of whatever political persuasion, to get off their hands, then maybe, just maybe, evil can be stopped — at least for a while.

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Google’s Search Algorithm Could Steal the Presidenc

10th August 2015

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Imagine an election—a close one. You’re undecided. So you type the name of one of the candidates into your search engine of choice. (Actually, let’s not be coy here. In most of the world, one search engine dominates; in Europe and North America, it’s Google.) And Google coughs up, in fractions of a second, articles and facts about that candidate. Great! Now you are an informed voter, right? But a study published this week says that the order of those results, the ranking of positive or negative stories on the screen, can have an enormous influence on the way you vote. And if the election is close enough, the effect could be profound enough to change the outcome.

In other words: Google’s ranking algorithm for search results could accidentally steal the presidency. “We estimate, based on win margins in national elections around the world,” says Robert Epstein, a psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology and one of the study’s authors, “that Google could determine the outcome of upwards of 25 percent of all national elections.”

As Steven Hayward says:

I have no idea if there’s much to this, but beyond the techniques of “data mining” implied here, it should be filed away that Silicon Valley, and Google in particular, leans to the left, and even when not consciously left, tends toward an authoritarian elitism that is troubling. If Google could swing an election, there’s no doubt which way they’d swing it.

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Global Warming: A $1.5 Trillion Industry

10th August 2015

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The Climate Change Business Journal has calculated that global warming is now a $1.5 trillion a year industry. The Business Journal’s report is not available for free online, but its findings are reviewed by the Insurance Journal.

What is striking about the global warming industry is that its growth is driven more or less entirely by “policymaking,” i.e., government mandates and other policies. This is why “green” businesses contribute so lavishly to the political campaigns of politicians who drink the global warming Kool-aid.

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Black Lives Matter Activists Push Sanders Off Stage at Seattle Event

9th August 2015

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Black Lives Matter activists stole the spotlight away from Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Saturday in Seattle, prompting Sanders to leave without giving his speech.

Sanders was just about to address several thousand people who gathered shoulder to shoulder at Westlake Park when two women took over the microphone. Organizers couldn’t persuade the two to wait and agreed to give them a few minutes.

The women spoke about Ferguson and the killing of Michael Brown. They also held a four minute moment of silence.

When the crowd asked the activists to allow Sanders to speak, one activist called the crowd “white supremacist liberals,” according to event participants.

There’s a phrase you don’t hear a lot: ‘white supremacist liberals’. The Underclass is getting restive.

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Looting Turns Deadly In Venezuela Amid Severe Food Shortages

7th August 2015

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Socialism fails every time it’s tried. Funny how that works.

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