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‘Kill Climate Deniers’ – Upcoming New Theatre Funded by the ACT Govt (Canberra)

30th September 2014

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I can hear the chorus of ‘BURN THE WITCH!’ in the background.

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Threats Against Children of Colorado School Board Members Investigated

28th September 2014

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Investigators are looking into threats reportedly made against the children of members of the board of education of Jefferson County, Colorado (JeffCo), where thousands of students have walked out of classes to protest what they have been told is an attempt to teach them patriotism and citizenship and discourage civil disobedience.

The forces of tolerance and inclusion strike again.

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Ethanol Does Most of Its Damage in Off-Season

28th September 2014

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Joe Whitlow, manager of the repair department at Anderson Power Equipment, is passionate about the care of gasoline engines.

That’s why he hates ethanol.

“Ethanol is not our friend,” Whitlow says. “It costs, not only in miles per gallon, but more so in the damage it can do to an engine. Our industry suffers tremendously from the use of ethanol.”

Even worse, Whitlow says, most engine owners aren’t aware of it.

“Ethanol attacks rubber and corrodes metal in the engine,” says Whitlow, a mechanic of 32 years who teaches two small-engine classes at Greenville Tech each semester.

Ethanol, a corn-based fuel additive that became an Environmental Protection Agency requirement for fuel outlets in 2005, has a short shelf life. It’s most harmful, mechanics say, in engines that might sit idle over the winter.

But the government still requires it, because the people who sell ethanol have more political power (i.e. make more noise and campaign contributions) than the people who are harmed by it (i.e. you and me).

Your tax dollars at work.

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‘We Only Whisper It’

26th September 2014

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg, having decided for some inexplicable reason to do a long interview with a fashion magazine (maybe it is her celebrated collection of lace collars), reaffirmed the most important things we know about her: her partisanship, her elevation of politics over law, and her desire to see as many poor children killed as is feasibly possible.

Speaking about such modest restrictions on abortion as have been enacted over the past several years, Justice Ginsburg lamented that “the impact of all these restrictions is on poor women.” Then she added: “It makes no sense as a national policy to promote birth only among poor people.”

This is not her first time weighing in on the question of what by any intellectually honest standard must be described as eugenics. In an earlier interview, she described the Roe v. Wade decision as being intended to control population growth, “particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.” She was correct in her assessment of Roe; the co-counsel in that case, Ron Weddington, would later advise President Bill Clinton: “You can start immediately to eliminate the barely educated, unhealthy, and poor segment of our country,” by making abortifacients cheap and universally available. “It’s what we all know is true, but we only whisper it.”

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Harvard Gives Student Full Ride After He Tells Them He’s Illegal Immigrant

26th September 2014

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When Dario Guerrero, an illegal immigrant who found out about his status in high school, told Harvard that he was in the country illegally, the school encouraged him to apply–and gave him a full scholarship after he was accepted.

Writing in the Washington Post, Guerrero, who is currently a junior at the university, said after an MIT official recommended that he not apply to the school during a trip to visit college, he “left the office in a daze” because MIT had been his dream school. He started walking down Massachusetts Avenue” and, “without really planning it, I found myself in the middle of Harvard.” A Harvard admissions officer told him, “If you are admitted to Harvard College, we will meet your full financial need without regard to your legal status.”

He eventually got in, and “they gave me a full ride. This meant I wouldn’t have to worry about student loans or quarterly tuition payments; that I always had a place to stay away from home; that I could travel every semester, on Harvard’s dime, back to California; that my parents would never have to worry whether I’d finish school. Those are luxuries few people, documented or not, ever have.”

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Michigan SEIU Branch Allowed to Keep Millions Taken From Home Health Care Workers

26th September 2014

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A Michigan court ruled that the state branch of the powerful Service Employees International Union does not have to pay back tens of millions of dollars in dues taken from home health care workers who were forced into unionization.

The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled last week that the SEIU Healthcare Michigan does not have to pay back more than $34 million in dues collected from over 40,000 home health care workers. Many were forced into the union under state requirements that they join because they were taking care of sick family members at home.

The SEIU successfully lobbied for the plan in multiple states that classified unpaid family members as “home health care workers.” Dues were then automatically collected from the care recipients’ Medicare or Medicaid checks.

Hey, if they had to give the money back, their votes wouldn’t stay bought. Democrats aren’t stupid.

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Red Cross Team Attacked While Burying Dead Ebola Victims

25th September 2014

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A Red Cross team was attacked while collecting bodies believed to be infected with Ebola in southeastern Guinea, the latest in a string of assaults that are hindering efforts to control West Africa’s current outbreak.

One Red Cross worker is recovering after being wounded in in the neck in Tuesday’s attack in Forecariah, according to Benoit Carpentier, a spokesman for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Family members of the dead initially set upon the six volunteers and vandalized their cars, said Mariam Barry, a resident. Eventually a crowd gathered and headed to the regional health office, where they threw rocks at the building.

The attack is the most recent in a series that have plagued teams working to bury bodies, provide information about Ebola and disinfect public places. The most shocking to date was the abduction and killing last week of a team of several health officials and journalists in Guinea who were educating people on how to avoid contracting Ebola.

Perhaps this would be a appropriate time to leave and let them all die, since they don’t seem to want outside help.

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Democrats Relying on Big Donors to Win

23rd September 2014

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Democrats love to cast Republicans as the party of big money, beholden to the out-of-touch billionaires bankrolling their campaigns.

But new numbers tell a very different story — one in which Democrats are actually raising more big money than their adversaries.

Democrats, Party of the Rich.

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Liberals Want to Throw Us All in Jail. Or Worse.

23rd September 2014

John Hinderaker discusses the elephant in the room.

Until recently, the totalitarian impulse has been blessedly absent from American politics. Now, however, the American left has caught the totalitarian bug that infected Lenin, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Mao, Ho Chi Minh, Castro, and so many others. A case in point: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., the drug-addled son of the former Attorney General. Kennedy thinks it is a shame that he isn’t able to jail or execute the Koch brothers and other conservatives, like–for example–me….

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Litterbug Climate Marchers Leave Behind Piles of Trash

22nd September 2014

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This week in New York City somewhere around 400,000 litterbugs descended on the Big Apple, and not to celebrate the wonderful news that the planet hasn’t warmed in 18 years. Instead they gathered to do, uhm, whatever this is, and to pretend Global Warming is real and dire, so that those pushing this phony crisis can tell the rest of us what to do and how to live our lives.

You would think that the one thing environmental fanatics and those of us who are not fascists could agree on is that only arrogant scumbags are litterbugs. Unfortunately, as the pictures below show (gathered mostly by Twitchy), we can’t even enjoy some common ground on that one point. Climate fanatics are indeed arrogant litterbugs. But when you know the mainstream media will cover for your piggish behavior, why not?

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

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Workers of the World, Goodbye

22nd September 2014

Jim Goad points to some inconvenient truth.

There was something pathetically nostalgic at the specter earlier this month of fast-food workers demanding compensation to the tune of $15 an hour for performing jobs that require almost no skills beyond not being in a coma. It recalled a halcyon age very long ago when management depended on menial labor, when a general strike of unskilled workers could bring bosses to their knees.

But now a company called Momentum Machines is touting a device that can allegedly can shoot out 360 custom-ordered and fully wrapped burgers per hour, rendering the very idea of an exploited and undercompensated “fast-food worker” a quaint relic of a musty bygone age. According to the company’s website, “It does everything employees can do except better.” The machine will also presumably never call in sick, never get an order wrong, and will not tamper with food due to spite or boredom. It will also never demand a raise. According to the company’s co-founder, “Our device isn’t meant to make employees more efficient. It’s meant to completely obviate them.”

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Kentucky Fire Captain Injured in Ice Bucket Challenge Dies

21st September 2014

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Let this be a lesson for us all.

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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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