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Civil War on the Left, Part 38: The Beclowning of Science

24th March 2017

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With the sensational success of the Wymyn’s march a few days after Trump’s inauguration on everyone’s mind (/sarc), the science community decided that it needs a march of its own, because as everyone knows Trump hates science, and as we also know there was no science at all before federal funding.

The March for Science is scheduled for April 22, which is Earth Day (also Lenin’s birthday by “coincidence”). And like the Wymnyn’s March, there is a lot of gnashing of teeth at the intersection of intersectionality. (Among other things, apparently the “diversity policy” for the march as been re-written four times.)

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The Forces Driving Middle-Aged White People’s ‘Deaths of Despair’

23rd March 2017

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Think of it as evolution in action.

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Parents Overdose on Heroin While Driving 9-Year-Old Daughter

23rd March 2017

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I’ve know children who would have that effect.

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High School Boy Sues Over Having to Change in Front of Trans Boy

22nd March 2017

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Sue! Sue! It’s what we do!

(‘Trans Boy’ is NewSpeak for ‘confused girl’)

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Patents Are a Big Part of Why We Can’t Own Nice Things

22nd March 2017

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When you buy something physical—a toaster, a book, or a printer, for example—you expect to be free to use it as you see fit: to adapt it to suit your needs, fix it when it breaks, re-use it, lend it, sell it, or give it away when you’re done with it. Your freedom to do those things is a necessary aspect of your ownership of those objects. If you can’t do them, because the seller or manufacturer has imposed restrictions or limitations on your use of the product, then you don’t really own them. Traditionally, the law safeguards these freedoms by discouraging sellers from imposing certain conditions or restrictions on the sale of goods and property, and limiting the circumstances in which those restrictions may be imposed by contract.

But some companies are relentless in their quest to circumvent and undermine these protections. They want to control what end users of their products can do with the stuff they ostensibly own, by attaching restrictions and conditions on purchasers, locking down their products, and locking you (along with competitors and researchers) out. If they can do that through patent law, rather than ordinary contract, it would mean they could evade legal limits on contracts, and that any one using a product in violation of those restrictions (whether a consumer or competitor) could face harsh penalties for patent infringement.

Our ‘intellectual property’ laws are insane.

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Diversity Versus Debate

22nd March 2017

Steve Sailer looks behind the scenes.

America used to be able to afford nice things such as freedom of speech, science, and disinterested objectivity. But now we are blessed with diversity, peace be upon it, so we can’t tolerate our Western heritage anymore.

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Man Killed by Exploding TicketMmachine at German Railway Station

21st March 2017

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Dear Recruiter, “Open Floor Space” Is Not a Job Benefit

20th March 2017

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There are actually people out there (typically CEOs, who have private offices) who think that ‘open floor plan’ offices have some sort of positive benefit. They don’t.

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Trump Administration Publishes First ‘Weekly List of Crimes’ Committed by Immigrants

20th March 2017

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Cue Leftist asses being burned.

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Looking Into the Katyn Massacre

20th March 2017

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U.S. government officials have often been hesitant to take the Soviet Union to task on their humanitarian crimes. This reluctance to confront Moscow was usually an effort to avoid worsening already poor relations. After World War II, for example, the U.S. was willing to let Soviet war crimes committed during the war go unchallenged despite clear evidence of Soviet guilt. As early as 1943 the United States was aware that the Katyn Forest Massacre had been carried out by the Soviet secret police, or NKVD. Yet, in order to avoid inciting Soviet retaliation, the US remained silent.

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Crap Appliances

19th March 2017

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Now refrigerators last 8–10 years, if you are fortunate. How in the world have our appliances regressed so much in the past few decades?  I’ve bought and sold refrigerators and freezers from the 1950’s that still work perfectly fine. I’ve come across washers and dryers from the 1960’s and 1970’s that were still working like the day they were made. Now, many appliances break and need servicing within 2-3 years and, overall, new appliances last 1/3 to 1/4 as long as appliances built decades ago. They break more frequently, and sooner, than ever before. They rust and deteriorate much quicker than in the past. Why is this happening, and what’s really going on? I’ve been wrestling over these questions for years while selling thousands of appliances, and more recently, working with used appliance sellers and repair techs all across the country. The following is what I’ve discovered.

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The Hate Group That Incited the Middlebury Melee

19th March 2017

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Dees also started a nonprofit, which he named the Southern Poverty Law Center. But he gave up neither the high life nor the direct-mail business. He lives in luxury with his fifth wife and still runs the SPLC, which has used the mail-order model to amass a fortune. Its product line is an unusual one: For the past 47 years, Morris Dees has been selling fear and hate.

The business model is simple, albeit cynical, and best illustrated by its most famous case. In 1987, a Dees-led legal team won a $7 million judgment against the Ku Klux Klan in a wrongful death suit on behalf of Beulah Mae Donald, the mother of a 19-year-old kid murdered by members of the racist group. But the defendants’ total assets amounted to a building worth $52,000. That’s how much Mrs. Donald, who died the following year, received. But Dees reaped $9 million for the SPLC from fundraising solicitations about the case, including one showing a grisly photo of Michael Donald’s corpse.

Today, the center boasts a treasury of more than $300 million, the richest civil rights group in the country.

But with the Ku Klan Klan literally out of business, how was the SPLC able to frighten people into still donating? That’s where the AEI’s Charles Murray reenters our story, along with many other mainstream conservative groups. Scaring the bejesus out of people requires new bogeymen, and lots of them.

Scientology for Social Justice Warriors.

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Thought for the Day

19th March 2017

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Wages Rise on California Farms. Americans Still Don’t Want the Job

17th March 2017

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Of course not. They all have food stamps and section 8 housing vouchers and MedicAid.

Why work when Uncle Santa Clause will support you?

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Foreign Actor Denied Immigration Visa for Being the Wrong Race

17th March 2017

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Equity, in its statement Tuesday barring Mr. Pryce, said that it could not ”appear to condone the casting of a Caucasian in the role of a Eurasian.” …

I am not making this up.

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Internal Brain Drain

17th March 2017

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Experts have warned for years now that our rates of geographic mobility have fallen to troubling lows. Given that some areas have unemployment rates around 2 percent and others many times that, this lack of movement may mean joblessness for those who could otherwise work.

The brain drain also encourages a uniquely modern form of cultural detachment. Eventually, the young people who’ve moved out marry — typically to partners with similar economic prospects. They raise children in increasingly segregated neighborhoods, giving rise to something the conservative scholar Charles Murray calls “super ZIPs.” These super ZIPs are veritable bastions of opportunity and optimism, places where divorce and joblessness are rare.

As one of my college professors recently told me about higher education, “The sociological role we play is to suck talent out of small towns and redistribute it to big cities.” There have always been regional and class inequalities in our society, but the data tells us that we’re living through a unique period of segregation.

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Venezuela Has a Bread Shortage. The Government Has Decided Bakers Are the Problem.

17th March 2017

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The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.

To see Bernie Sanders’ America, look at Chavez’ Venezuela.

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The Fading Star

16th March 2017

ZMan blows the whistle.

Celebrity intellectuals are not famous because they have offered up a great insight or discovery. There’s no money in that. New ideas challenge the orthodoxy. The people with the money to help an aspiring celebrity intellectual live the sort of life they deserve tend not to like challenges to the orthodoxy. Instead they gravitate to people who confirm that the current arrangements are as the heavens ordained. That’s [Malcolm] Gladwell. His celebrity is rooted in his ability to flatter the Cloud People.

The typical path to celebrity for these guys is not much different than the way mediocre comics get rich and famous. The game is to flatter the right audience. Making a bunch of bad whites in the hill country feel good about themselves is not a path to the easy life. You can make a nice living, but you’re not going to be doing Ted Talks or getting five figures to do the college circuit. Figure how to let the Cloud People on the Upper West Side feel like champions and you have the golden ticket.

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Good Samaritan Beaten With Own Cane After Trying to Pay for Someone’s Meal [VIDEO]

15th March 2017

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By Persons of Color, of course.

White Privilege means never having to prove you’re Bad by acting like an asshole.

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The Rich Are the Party of the Left

15th March 2017

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Thereby certifying that the Left in this country – and indeed around the world – have become throroughly corrupt; the biggest case of ‘regulatory capture’ in human history.

It is perhaps long past time that conservatives switch places with liberals in attacking big business and the rich generally—especially the Silicon Valley rich.

But if you want a really stunning portrait into the corruption of the rich left, take in a new report from the Brookings Institution (yes, the Brookings Institution!) about ill-liberal arts colleges. Like, oh I don’t know—perhaps Middlebury?

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New Zealand River Becomes First in World to Be Given Legal Status of a Person

15th March 2017

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I am not making this up.

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Map Shows the Animal Most Likely to Kill You in Each State

14th March 2017

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Good to know.

Wouldn’t have expected gators in Illinois, though.

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Mass Secret Grave in Eastern Mexico Could Be Country’s Largest, Official Says

14th March 2017

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Bodies are still being recovered from a clandestine grave in Mexico’s Veracruz state that a local prosecutor says could turn out to be the largest in the country. Jorge Winckler Ortiz, the state attorney general of Veracruz, says that at one large site, 250 skulls have been found, with more excavation to be done.

Winckler says the bodies are those of people murdered by gangs, with the complicity of the government. He added that officials had also deceived families who asked for help in identifying whether their missing loved ones might be in the graves.

But of course we don’t need a wall! Open the borders! Let ’em all in! What could go wrong?

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Wisconsin Says At Least 60 People Voted Illegally In Primary

14th March 2017

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But of course there’s no such thing as voter fraud so THEREFORE we don’t need any voter ID laws.

Who are you going to believe, Democrats or your lyin’ eyes?

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South Australia Embraces a Command Economy to Fix Green Energy Woes

14th March 2017

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Instead of coming clean on policy failures, South Australia, the world’s renewable energy crash test dummy, has announced a decision to ditch free markets and assume direct government control of the electricity grid, in an effort to stabilise their self inflicted renewable energy nightmare.

But THAT trick NEVER works….

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Why We Have Daylight Saving Time and Why We Should Scrap It

13th March 2017

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Let’s first dispense with some of the myths behind Daylight Saving Time (DST). Many people assume we enacted DST to help farmers. That’s nonsense. Most of my relatives who aren’t in prison are farmers. I have no idea what time they wake up in the morning because whenever I visit they’ve already eaten lunch by the time I’m mixing a hangover cure. They rise before dawn to feed the cows, mow the corn, construct scarecrows, etc. All without directives from Congress.

Daylight Saving Time came about because of World War I. Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States all pushed our clocks forward to better coordinate waking hours with light bulb use, thereby conserving electricity. The program lapsed until World War II, when President Franklin Roosevelt instituted “War Time Zones,” which were basically the same thing, only with a cooler-sounding name. Astonishingly, despite originating as a temporary FDR government program, War Time Zones actually ceased at the conclusion of the war. Thereafter time zones defaulted to municipalities until 1966, when Congress enacted a permanent annual Daylight Saving Time, in part to standardize the plethora of discordant clocks across the nation.

Today all of these reasons are outdated. We probably won’t go to war with Germany again for another 20 or 30 years. And all of the economic benefits seem to cancel each other out. While we saved about 1 percent on electricity when first enacting DST, that figure is now offset by an increase in air conditioning. The idea that we’ll all revert back to discordant municipal time zones set by the sundial in our mayor’s front yard is utter nonsense. Everyone I know owns a smartphone, set automatically by a clutch of nerds in Cupertino.

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Paypal Horror Story 40k Frozen No Answers

12th March 2017

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Avoid using PayPal.

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Man Pictured ‘Humping’ Fearless Girl Statue Unveiled on Wall Street for International Women’s Day

12th March 2017

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Told you so. New York.

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University Students Demand Philosophers Such as Plato and Kant Are Removed From Syllabus Because They Are White

12th March 2017

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The student union at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) insists that when studying philosophy “the majority of philosophers on our courses” should be from Africa and Asia.

That makes a certain degree of sense.

The union said it is part of wider campaign to “decolonise” the university, as it seeks to “address the structural and epistemological legacy of colonialism”.

That, however, does not.

It comes after education leaders warned that universities will be forced to pander to the demands of “snowflake” students, however unreasonable they might be.

Lot of that going around.

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Another University of Michigan Student Admits Fabricating a Hate Crime

11th March 2017

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

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Alt-Left Insanity: Can We Have a Day Without Whiny, Male Liberals, Too?

10th March 2017

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Probably not. They’re everywhere, like foot-fungus.

In the meantime, this week was the Day Without “Some” Women. Hopefully, next we’ll get a day without liberal men, too. We saw lefties proclaim that women shouldn’t work on International Women’s Day, essentially arguing that the way for women to get ahead is for them to skip work. That’s advice given by no boss ever. But it worked for the lazy lefties of Alexandria, Va., who opted out of teaching the children and decided to make parents do the job they were paid to do.

Our friends over at Fusion even bothered to interview some of the strikers in a piece headlined oh so subtly: “Talking to 11 NYC women (and one man) on Women’s Day about striking, Trump, and why capitalism sucks.” Yes, this is the site of an actual, alleged news organization. Anyhow, the comments from strikers include: When one couple was asked “Is this your first protest?” the “reporter” got an illuminating answer: “No! We try to go to one every week. We’re retired now.”

That cuts to the heart of the alt-lefty protest movement and why media and especially Republicans on the Hill need to ignore it. It’s not a tidal wave of growing opposition, it’s a group of people who do it as a vocation or even a vacation. Here’s the rest of the actual quote: “Sunday it was Standing Rock. [To her wife] Honey, what was the other one we went to on Saturday? There was Not My President, Planned Parenthood. Oh—and every day we make calls to our representatives in Minnesota.”

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I, For One, Welcome Our New Robotic Burger-Flippers

9th March 2017

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You can #FightFor15 all you want, kids. But if you demand more money than you’re worth to any employer, you’re going to be replaced. Perhaps by an illegal alien undocumented immigrant. Or, as is becoming increasingly likely, by a robot.

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SPLC 2: The Search for More Money

8th March 2017

Steve Sailer follows the money.

It was a bad week for the Southern Poverty Law Center, America’s self-appointed witch-sniffers-in-chief. For decades, the SPLC, despite its comic history of money-grubbing and out-of-control vilification, has been treated by the mainstream media as the unquestionable authority about who the Bad Guys are.

Finally, however, doubts have been allowed to surface about an organization that is in reality America’s richest hate group (with financial assets of $302,800,000).

Since the American people elected Donald Trump, the SPLC has been doing what the SPLC does best—whipping up fear and loathing among both violence-prone young thugs and elderly, affluent, easily confused Jewish donors nervous that the Cossacks will soon be riding through the streets of Brookline.

But the SPLC stumbled into two embarrassments last week.

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The Storm Troopers of the New World Order — In Nashville

6th March 2017

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As we reported yesterday, the pro-Trump rally in Denver on Saturday March 4 was attended, but not disrupted, by European-style Antifas, or “anti-fascists”. Similar “March 4” rallies were held across the country, and Antifa groups — dressed in the same hip grungy black-masked outfits, carrying the same flags and banners — showed up at many of the other ones. These groups had no noticeable presence in the United States before Inauguration Day, and now they are being deployed everywhere to counter with their menacing presence any support for President Trump.

It’s as if they sprang into existence fully-formed, like Athena from the head of Zeus. Such uniformity of appearance and simultaneous deployments at multiple locations are further evidence that the entire operation is being funded, controlled, and coordinated internationally on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Here’s a Supercut of Anti-Trump Protesters Pummeling People

6th March 2017

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Just to give you the full brownshirt vibe on the Left.

And yet Trump is the New Hitler.

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The Storm Troopers of the New World Order — In Denver

5th March 2017

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We’ve been posting about European Antifa groups for more than ten years. “Antifa” (or “anti-fa”) is short for “anti-fascist”, and the Antifas are prominent in almost any European demonstration or riot against the right wing. If a politician expresses sentiments that are even mildly nationalistic, or talks about limiting immigration, he can expect an Antifa manifestation outside his offices, complete with black clothing, black masks and hoods, flags and banners featuring logos and slogans of the Antifa and affiliated groups, burning trash containers, flung paving stones, and violent confrontations with police.

I learned about the Antifa was when I was first delving into the Danish anti-fascist scene. Back then (2007) a local manifestation of the anarchists known as the Autonomer was more prominent in Copenhagen than the Antifa; I don’t know if that’s still true. But the Antifa groups were dominant in Sweden, Germany, and the Netherlands. With the help of El Inglés and our Flemish correspondent VH, we posted a couple of investigative reports on the anti-fascist scene in Northern and Western Europe.

Since then it has become clear that the Antifas act as the enforcement arm of the permanent bureaucratic state in Europe; that is, the establishment that remains in place and manages political, cultural, and economic affairs regardless of which party is in power in any given country — what we now know as the “Deep State” here in the USA. Such functions are particularly concentrated in the bureaucracy of the European Union, which has no democratic component whatsoever — the European Parliament is a figurehead body (and a gravy train for those elected to it), lacking any significant power.

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Against Empathy & Einfühlung

5th March 2017

Jonah Goldberg.

What I find fascinating about the forces of empathy is the way they used their claims of superior understanding as a way to fend off arguments they didn’t like and facts they didn’t want to hear. I think this is often a problem for experts. They think they know, understand and feel their subjects so much better than everyone else that they can’t be argued with. It’s how intellectuals end up being owned by their theories and it’s how some historians become advocates for the subjects they study.
One can really see how this kind of empathy corrupts music critics. They become bitter and angry partisans for their favorite artists against all detractors. That’s probably okay for music critics, but it’s a really dangerous mindset for economists and other policymakers. Your empathy gives you a sense of ownership of someone or something, but it can also result in that someone or something having ownership of you.

We see this a lot with respect to immigration. The bleeding-hearts are so sympathetic to the plight of e.g. kids who were born in this country and so (formally) citizens, or brought here when very young, and who now face having their parents (and perhaps themselves) sent back to a ‘home country’ that they never knew, that they forget (or ignore as unimportant) the fundamental fact that they are here illegally. They bitch and moan about the Heartless Government breaking up families without reflecting on the fact that the actual family-wreckers are the adults who chose to put their kids in the position of being criminals.

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Our Miserable 21st Century

4th March 2017

Nicholas Eberstadt lays out why everything sucks.

It turns out that the year 2000 marks a grim historical milestone of sorts for our nation. For whatever reasons, the Great American Escalator, which had lifted successive generations of Americans to ever higher standards of living and levels of social well-being, broke down around then—and broke down very badly.

The warning lights have been flashing, and the klaxons sounding, for more than a decade and a half. But our pundits and prognosticators and professors and policymakers, ensconced as they generally are deep within the bubble, were for the most part too distant from the distress of the general population to see or hear it. (So much for the vaunted “information era” and “big-data revolution.”) Now that those signals are no longer possible to ignore, it is high time for experts and intellectuals to reacquaint themselves with the country in which they live and to begin the task of describing what has befallen the country in which we have lived since the dawn of the new century.

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South African President Calls for Confiscating White-Owned Land

4th March 2017

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All of which was predicted Way Back When.

Unlike Zimbabwe, where the white people were all law-abiding English fold, the white people in South Africa are Afrikaners, and they have a very low boiling point.

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A Professor Who Attended Charles Murray’s Middlebury Talk Is Now Wearing a Neck Brace. Protesters Attacked Her.

4th March 2017

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The principle of free speech was not the only thing to suffer injury at Middlebury College on Thursday: a professor was physically assaulted by members of the mob that shut down Charles Murray’s talk.

That professor, Allison Stanger, had to go to the emergency room and is now wearing a neck brace.

This is behavior characteristic of — dare I say it? — Nazis in the ’30s. And yet Trump is the New Hitler.

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Teenage Car Thief Caught Because He Couldn’t Drive a Stick Shift

3rd March 2017

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Sometimes the old ways are best.

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Indian Student ‘Burned Alive on Pyre After Wrongly Being Pronounced Dead’

3rd March 2017

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Don’t you just hate it when that happens?

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Anti-Trump Communist Arrested for Jewish Community Center Bomb Threats

3rd March 2017

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

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Thoughts From the Ammo Line: Crazy Christians

3rd March 2017

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Turn on a television crime drama. Here is a scenario that occurs with nauseating regularity: The investigators go to the house of a person of interest in the murder of a young girl. The timid woman who answers the door is wearing a cross. Uh-oh. That’s called a “clue.” I always turn to Mr. AG and say, “Crazy Christian Alert! Her husband did it. The girl was a foster child, molested by the Christian man and then killed to cover up the crime. The wife is cowed because she is also a battered wife.” I always hope I am wrong; but I never am. In Hollywood, nobody ”good” wears a cross. Out of ideas for decades, Hollywood needs villains and really has only three permitted categories.

You can’t suggest that black gangstas commit horrific, pointless, drug-related crime every day that ends in “y.” Racist! You can’t suggest that Muslims kill their daughters in honor killings. Islamophobic! And, you can’t sell a script in which an illegal immigrant from El Savador is just a vicious, drug-dealing gang member with three teardrop murder tattoos whose “Dreamer” status comes from sniffing glue. Those are “No-Go” Zones in Hollywood.

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Angry Students Disrupt Conservative Scholar’s Speech at Middlebury College

3rd March 2017

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And the brownshirts of the Left are on the march. Yet Trump is the New Hitler.

Student protesters in the audience refused to give Murray a chance to speak as they chanted and shouted for several minutes before faculty members moved the scheduled speaker to a private room to deliver his address via livestream video — minus the student audience, according to the Burlington Free-Press.

Free speech for me but not for thee — the essence of political oppression.

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Van Jones Is Trying to Lead Lost Liberals Back to Reality

3rd March 2017

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Pretty bad when the most sensible guy in the Democrat party is a communist.

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Woman Allegedly Tells Police She Crashed Into Chicken Truck Because She’s Vegan

3rd March 2017

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Q. How do you tell a vegan?

A. You don’t tell a vegan — the vegan tells you.

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The Perils of Dating in the Time of Trump

2nd March 2017

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It sure would seem that way. Jenny, 26, from New Orleans, was outspoken against President Trump. She says she wouldn’t date a Trump supporter, because there would be “fundamental differences in the values we hold most important.” If she were in the middle of a good first date and found out the guy was a Trump fan, she’d “try and finish the evening like nothing was wrong — but definitely wouldn’t make concrete plans for a second date.”

Not everyone manages to hold it together as well. Peter, 41, in Midtown East has gotten dramatic reactions from dates when he mentions he’s a Trump supporter. “One stormed out,” he said. Another “just shut down and stared into space.” He describes sitting next to women who are drinking $30 glasses of wine and talking about their upcoming Vermont ski trips — while also discussing their fear that America has become Nazi Germany.

It’s murder out there. The solution, of course, is not to associate with proglodytes.

 

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Columbus Dispatch and AP Fail to Cite Minimum Wage in Covering Wendy’s Kiosk Announcement

2nd March 2017

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A week ago, the Columbus Dispatch reported that Wendy’s, the fast-food chain, announced “plans to install self-ordering kiosks in 1,000 of its stores — about 16 percent of its locations — by the end of the year.” Although company officials observed 18 months ago that such a move would be inevitable if the trend towards laws demanding far-above-market minimum wages continued, both J.D. Malone’s Dispatch story and the Associated Press’s condensed version based on Malone’s work do not mention minimum wages at all.

It’s all about the Narrative, Larry.

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Valerie Jarrett Moves into Obama’s New House

2nd March 2017

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The plot to remove Trump proceeds apace.

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