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The Welfare Trait

14th February 2016

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Adam Perkins is a Lecturer in the Neurobiology of Personality at Kings College, which probably means the old Institute of Psychiatry, world centre of psycho-research, where half an hour in the canteen with other researchers is better than most post-graduate courses.

Perkins has put together an interesting thesis: welfare states are shaping up dependency behaviours, generating an increasing number of employment-resistant persons, who contribute very little, soak up resources, and are likely to have more surving work-shy children.

The central thesis of the book is that the benefits of a generous welfare state erode work ethics, and that the longer people live under welfarism, the more they depend on those benefits, and the more likely they are to cheat to obtain them. Dependent households have more children: for every 3% increase in UK benefits the number of children born to claimants rises by 1%, mostly due to discontinuing contraception. Perkins lays great stock on the findings of Heckman, Pinto and Savelyev 2013 that childhood disadvantage promotes anti-social behaviour. He argues that welfare dependency increases the number of children likely to be brought up badly, eroding human capital from generation to generation.

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Vellum: UK’s Last Producer of Calf-Skin Parchment Fights On After Losing Parliament’s Business

14th February 2016

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In the company’s original office, with its 1855 safe, overlooked by a photograph of the firm’s founding father, the general manager of parchment and vellum makers William Cowley receives a steady stream of phone calls from sympathisers and customers.

Paul Wright tells them how parchment and vellum are “the earliest writing materials, in use since man stepped out of a cave, wrapped some skins round a few sticks to make a tepee, and started scribbling on his tent walls”. He added: “All of humankind’s history is on parchment and vellum. Magna Carta was written on parchment. The Dead Sea Scrolls: parchment, in 435BC.”

Today, he says, William Cowley, based in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, may be the only company in the world making “proper” vellum in the proper way – “without any harsh chemicals, by hand and hard, pigging work”.

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A Country Breaking Down

14th February 2016

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It would be helpful if there were another word for “infrastructure”: it’s such an earnest and passive word for the blood vessels of this country, the crucial conveyors and connections that get us from here to there (or not) and the ports that facilitate our trade (or don’t), as well as the carriers of information, in particular broadband (if one is connected to it), and other unreliable structures. The word “crisis” is also overused, applied to the unimportant as well as the crucial. But this country has an infrastructure crisis.

The near-total failure of our political institutions to invest for the future, eschewing what doesn’t yield the quick payoff, political and physical, has left us with hopelessly clogged traffic, at risk of being on a bridge that collapses, or on a train that flies off defective rails, or with rusted pipes carrying our drinking water. Broadband is our new interstate highway system, but not everyone has access to it—a division largely based on class. Depending on the measurement used, the United States ranks from fourteenth to thirtieth among all nations in its investments in infrastructure. The wealthiest nation on earth is nowhere near the top.

A mashup review of six books that will convince you it’s time to buy a missile silo in Wyoming and convert it to a survivalist bunker.

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The Ultimate Minority Right

14th February 2016

Steve Sailer holds up the fetid corpse of Political Correctness to public view.

Of course, the various certified minorities don’t have much in common and don’t much like one another. The only thing that can keep them on the same page is stoking hatred of the majority.

Naturally, the Flight From White continues. The Census Bureau is seriously considering breaking out a Middle Eastern/North African racial category to save Arabs from the ignominy of being counted as white.

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E-Cigs Shut Down Hundreds of Immune System Genes—Regular Cigs Don’t

14th February 2016

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Think of it as evolution in action.

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NYC University Student Faces Backlash After Threatening Classmate Over Trump Sticker on Social Media

13th February 2016

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The student in question, whom the Daily Mail says was identified online as Clifford Durand, tweeted an image of the female student behind her laptop around 10 a.m. with the caption, “7000 retweets and i’ll smash this bitch’s computer.” The message was, in fact, retweeted more than 7,000 times, ultimately going viral. In fact, the tweet garnered so much attention that the female student, who has yet to be identified, saw it and reportedly confronted Durand, who boasted about the confrontation.

Needless to say, there would have been no problem with a Bernie Sanders sticker.

Guy sure sounds like a jerk. Why didn’t she report him as a rapist? That would at least have gotten him suspended, the way things are today, or perhaps even expelled. If you’re going to follow Trump, you have to do as Trump does: Game the system all you can.

Durand, whose social media account has since been suspended, was immediately slammed online for the tweet.

Well, perhaps all is not lost.

 

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Pro-Abortion University Staffer Calls for Raping Pro-Life College Students

13th February 2016

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He really looks like a rapist, doesn’t he?

The Purdue Students for Life group has been facing a heavy backlash this week after its members put up posters around campus that focused on how the abortion industry targets black women and their unborn babies for abortions. In coordination with Black History Month, the campaign posters read “Hands Up, Don’t Abort” and “Black Children are an Endangered Race” and included the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.

On Monday, a small group of pro-abortion students and faculty held a sit-in protest during the pro-life club’s meeting and demanded an apology, LifeNews reported.

Then on Wednesday, the team at Students for Life reported the discovery of a violent threat against pro-lifers by Purdue staff member Jamie Newman. Newman reportedly called for the rape of pro-life women in an online comment on Live Action News.

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Islam Is Now Officially a Race in Denmark

13th February 2016

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I must point out that the city of Elsinore, in which this odious judgment was handed down, is the same that prompted Marcellus to say (in Hamlet): “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” To add insult to injury, the legendary Holger Danske, the Danish hero who will awaken to save his country in its time of greatest need, sleeps in the cellars of Kronborg Castle at Elsinore. Surely at least one of Holger’s eyes is now blinking open …?

Reality? We don’t need no stinkin’ reality….

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Michael Sun ’16 Chased Down Cornell’s Knife-Wielding Library Laptop Thief, ‘Nobody Else Did Anything’

12th February 2016

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At approximately 5:30 pm, a young black male reportedly stole a laptop in Olin Library and was chased into and barricaded inside the McGraw clock tower. The unidentified suspect was later apprehended by Cornell University Police shortly before 6:00 pm.

The thief was chased through Olin’s first floor by the student whose laptop was stolen, his friend, and a librarian, according to eye witness Michael Sun ’16. However, all were too slow, according to Sun, who said he was the only bystander to give chase as well. Sun chased the thief out of the library and into the clock tower, and retreated outside after the thief told him he had a knife.

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The Disintegration of the Parent-Child Bond

12th February 2016

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One cause of the fragility is a weak parent-child relationship. Many teens would be the first to tell you that they love their parents. But they are not seriously concerned with what their parents think. Or more precisely, some are more concerned about what their peers think than what their parents think. Others are more concerned about their inflated self-concept than about what their parents think. Kids need to value their parents’ opinion as their first scale of value, at least throughout childhood and adolescence.

If parents don’t come first, then kids become fragile. Here’s why. A good parent-child relationship is robust and unconditional. My daughter might shout at me, “I hate you!” But she would know that her outburst is not going to change our relationship. My wife and I might choose to suspend some of her privileges for a week if she were to have such an outburst, but she would know that we both still love her. That won’t change, and she knows it.

Peer relations, by contrast, are fragile by nature. Emily and Melissa may be best friends, but both of them know that one wrong word might fracture the relationship beyond repair. That’s one reason why Emily is so frantic about checking her text messages every five minutes. If Melissa sends a text and Emily does not promptly respond, Emily is afraid that Melissa may misinterpret her silence as indicating a lack of enthusiasm. In peer relations, everything is conditional and contingent.

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Healthy Food Doesn’t Exist – According To Experts

12th February 2016

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Not long ago, I watched a woman set a carton of Land O’ Lakes Fat-Free Half-and-Half on the conveyor belt at a supermarket.

“Can I ask you why you’re buying fat-free half-and-half?” I said. Half-and-half is defined by its fat content: about 10 percent, more than milk, less than cream.

“Because it’s fat-free?” she responded.

“Do you know what they replace the fat with?” I asked.

“Hmm,” she said, then lifted the carton and read the second ingredient on the label after skim milk: “Corn syrup.” She frowned at me. Then she set the carton back on the conveyor belt to be scanned along with the rest of her groceries.

The woman apparently hadn’t even thought to ask herself that question but had instead accepted the common belief that fat, an essential part of our diet, should be avoided whenever possible.

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Russian PM Warns Boots on Ground in Syria Could Spark World War

12th February 2016

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Bring it on. We won the last three.

 

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INDIA: Woman Cuts Off Brother-In-Law’s Penis and Takes It to Police Station Claiming He Raped Her

12th February 2016

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Think of it as evolution in action.

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‘Zoe Quinn,’ SJW Martyr

12th February 2016

The Other McCain turns over a rock.

“Zoe Quinn” was Patient Zero of the #GamerGate controversy. A tattoo-covered, mentally ill ex-stripper whose real name is Chelsea Van Valkenburg, Quinn was the creator of a tediously dull game called “Depression Quest.” She broke up with her boyfriend, a software geek named Eron Gjoni, and allegedly became intimate with a videogame journalist named Nathan Grayson. In August 2014, Gjoni published a nearly 10,000-word article exposing Quinn’s alleged misconduct.

There were all kinds of background factors involved, but liberals decided that the narrative was about “misogyny” within the male-dominated videogame industry, and also about women being “harassed” online. We can stipulate both of those points — yes, many videogame dudes are crude sexists, and yes, women are targeted for harassment — without allowing ourselves to be distracted from the essence of #GamerGate, namely that some women are shrewdly exploiting gender as a means of gaining lucrative advantages. The videogame industry would very much like to attract more female players, and this has creates certain incentives that attract cunning opportunists.

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Virginia High School Nixes ‘White Guilt’ Video After Criticism

12th February 2016

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Officials said in a statement Tuesday that the video, “The Unequal Opportunity Race,” was a presentation involving “American history and racial discourse.” They added, “A segment of the video was one component of a thoughtful discussion in which all viewpoints were encouraged. As always, we are welcoming of feedback from students and their families, and we address concerns directly as they come forward.”

Henrico County Superintendent Patrick C. Kinlaw acknowledged Wednesday that the video may not have been the best way to deliver a lesson in “racial discourse.”

“While we as educators do not object to difficult and constructive conversations about American history and racial discourse past and present, we understand why many people feel this video in particular was not the best way to deliver such an important lesson,” Kinlsaw said in the statement.

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Talk About a Bad Hair Day: Unhappy Customer Pulls Gun on Barber

11th February 2016

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I guess Black Lives Matter … unless it’s a case of a bad haircut.

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Severed Feet Keep Mysteriously Washing Up on the Pacific Northwest Coast

11th February 2016

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They appear on the sand like any piece of sea detritus. Sometimes they’re found, amid the candy wrappers and cracked shells, by volunteers cleaning up the area. Other times a vacationer might glimpse the grisly discard from the corner of her eye, a serene walk along the beach interrupted just like that.

Sixteen of these detached human feet have been found since 2007 in British Columbia, Canada, and Washington state. Most of these have been right feet. All of them have worn running shoes or hiking boots. Among them: three New Balances, two Nikes and an Ozark Trail.

Perhaps there’s a James Bond villain in his Secret Island Lair out there somewhere who is disciplining his Minions.

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Hillary Clinton Secures Endorsement of Influential Congressional Black Caucus

11th February 2016

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Of course she does. If everybody gets Free Stuff (per Bernie), then black people might get less Free Stuff, and the Congressional Black Caucus is not going to let that happen.

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UC-Irvine Welcomes ‘political Prisoner’ Involved in Cop Killings

11th February 2016

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Today, the African American Studies Department at the University of California-Irvine is hosting a talk by Sekou Odinga, aka Nathaniel Burns.

Odinga was a member of the Black Liberation Army and Black Panther Party who spent 33 years in prison for attempted murder and for assisting convicted murderer Assata Shakur (Joanne Chesimard) escape from jail. (Shakur remains in exile in Cuba.)

If black people are some separate and hostile polity, then by all means let us treat them as one.

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Oklahoma Man Arrested After ‘Shooting and Decapitating Grandparents’ at Their Home Day Care

11th February 2016

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I guess Black Lives Matter … except to black people.

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Amnesty Report: Green Battery Technology Built on a Foundation of Child Abuse

11th February 2016

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But that’s okay because Climate Change. You can’t save the planet without breaking a few kids.

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An Inconvenient Truth: Electric-Car Battery Materials Could Harm Key Soil Bacteria

11th February 2016

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As so many times happens, the ‘green’ solution is worse for the environment than the ‘problem’.

I am entertained, however, by various flavors of eco-nazi going after each other like Sunnis and Shi’ites.

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Hillary Clinton: Citizens United Is Tragic for America Because It Allowed People to Criticize Me

10th February 2016

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And it is what all the angry brouhaha about Citizens United is about: Politicians trying to limit the circumstances under which Americans can band together in certain legal structures and say bad things about them. That is the principle that Clinton and her fans cheer: that government should have more power to make it illegal to criticize politicians.

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Africa’s Third Term Power Grabs: Prelude to War

10th February 2016

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In late December 2015, Rwandan President Paul Kagame confirmed that he will seek a third presidential term. In doing so, Kagame became the latest member of sub-Saharan Africa’s “Third Term President Club.”

If this notional “club” sounds like a joke, it is not. The “Club” represents the near-permanent retention of personal and near-authoritarian political power.

In sub-Saharan Africa, where tribal rivalries can quickly escalate into savage civil wars, the club is a threat to peace. The Great Congo War (1998-2003) killed somewhere between three and five million people. If Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila seeks a third term, that horror may well reignite. Unfortunately, it appears Kabila is dead set on seeking a constitution breaking third term.

You’d think they’d just cut to the chase and establish a monarchy.

Kagame has the woof and warp of a president for life. In several hard corners on our planet, presidents who are not term-limited have a tendency to remain presidents for life, which is another way of saying dictator. Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe is an example.

Burundi, bordering on Rwanda and Congo, may be providing a bloody sneak preview of Congo’s club-caused collapse.

In April 2015, Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he would seek a third term. His decision violated the 2005 Arusha peace agreement that ended Burundi’s 12-year long civil war — a war that resulted in an estimated 300,000 deaths. A substantial plurality of Burundi’s citizens erupted in anger. But last July, Nkurunziza held a referendum ratifying a constitutional amendment allowing him to seek and hold a third term.

However, turmoil and violence continue to afflict Burundi.

 

Funny how that works.

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Adherents of Junk Campus Rape Science Are Retaliating Against Critics

9th February 2016

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What happened when new research undercut the prevailing justification for the public panic about serial rapists on college campuses? Psychologists deeply invested in their discredited theory launched a crusade of retaliation against the people who proved them wrong.

“There’s been a scientific misconduct case filed against us,” Mary Koss, a professor of public health at the University of Arizona and a critic of the serial predator assumption, told Reason. “It’s frustrating.”

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

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Fewer People Working

9th February 2016

Freeberg points to some inconvenient truth.

BLS-LFPR

Not to put too fine a point on it, but 01/08 was when Obama took office.

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Why So Many American Companies Are Abandoning America

9th February 2016

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Yet another major U.S. company is “renouncing its corporate citizenship,” said Andrew Ross Sorkin at The New York Times. Auto parts supplier Johnson Controls announced last month it is merging with Ireland-based Tyco International to take advantage of Dublin’s lower corporate tax rate. The fact that Johnson Controls is joining a “tidal wave of corporate migrants” is all the more galling because the company has been on the receiving end of plenty of U.S. largesse, including at least $149 million in tax breaks between 1992 and 2009 from Michigan alone — and, indirectly, the $80 billion auto bailout. Given that history, it’s tempting “to cue the national anthem and argue about the need for corporate patriotism,” but shaming companies into staying isn’t going to be effective. At least a dozen other so-called inversion deals are currently in the works. It’s high time we figured out how to make it “more attractive for American companies to be American companies.”

“The solution isn’t complicated,” said Ike Brannon in Real Clear? Markets. Our corporate tax rate is among the highest in the world — nearly 40 percent when state and local taxes are included. And unlike most other countries, the U.S. taxes every dollar earned, whether the profits are made at home or overseas. So, if a firm earns money in, say, Germany, it has to pay German taxes, and then U.S. taxes when it brings that cash home, a double penalty that makes U.S. businesses less competitive. To avoid this double whammy, American companies are sitting on $2 trillion in profits earned overseas — money that could be invested in the U.S.

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College Removes All Nameplates Rather Than Allow a Donor One With a Bible Reference

8th February 2016

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Last fall, the Colorado School of Mines believed it would run afoul of the Constitution’s Establishment Clause after a donor to its athletic complex wanted a nameplate with a — gasp! — Bible reference on it.

As a result, it refused the reference. The donor, Michael Lucas, responded by filing a lawsuit.

The school has now countered — by deciding to remove all nameplates from its football locker room.

Not only that, but CSM has terminated the nameplate fundraising program entirely, and as such puts the kibosh on the lawsuit brought forth by Lucas.

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Treasury: Record Number Renounce US Citizenship, Green Cards Over Tax Laws Read more: WSJ: Record Number of US Citizens, Green-Card Holders Cut Ties With U.S. in 2015

8th February 2016

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The number of people renouncing their U.S. citizenship or abandoning green cards has soared to record levels for the third consecutive year, US Treasury Department data reveal.

The surge is likely the result of stringent U.S. tax policy, officials told the Wall Street Journal.

‘Cause I’m the tax-man, ooooo, I’m the tax-man, yeah…..

The underlying cause behind the massive increase in renunciations is believed to be the Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), which came into force in 2010. The law imposes harsh penalties for non-compliance, even if people aren’t dodging it on purpose, Andrew Mitchel, an international lawyer who analyzes IRS data, told the Wall Street Journal.

“An increasing number of Americans appear to believe that having a U.S. passport or long-term residency isn’t worth the hassle and cost of complying with U.S. tax laws,” he said.

Some of us here at home are thinking the same thing.

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Indian Bus Driver Becomes the First Person in Recorded History to Be Killed by a Falling Meteorite, Authorities Say

8th February 2016

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A bus driver, named only as Kamaraj, was reportedly killed on 6 February after a meteorite fell next to him on the campus of the Bharathidasan Engineering College in the town of Natrampalli, in the south of the country.

The New Indian Express reports that Kamaraj was severely injured by flying debris thrown up by the impact, and died on the way to hospital.

Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Leopard Wanders Into South Indian School, Injures 3 Before Caught

8th February 2016

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Let that be a lesson to us all. (Two words: Concealed Carry.)

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MesoGlue Is a Metallic Glue That Replaces Hot Solder

7th February 2016

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If you’ve ever soldered or welded, you’ll know that things get pretty hot. MesoGlue intends to fix that. It’s a room-temperature metallic glue that lets you stick parts together with reckless abandon and electrical control. The most interesting part of the entire system is that it allows us to solder parts onto boards without heat which will lead to press-fit electronics which, in short, is an amazing development.

That really is amazong. One of the constant dangers of hot solder is ruining adjacent components because of heat.

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$153 Million in Bill and Hillary Clinton Speaking Fees, Documented

7th February 2016

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This fron  CNN, the ‘Clinton News Network’, a certified Voice of the Crust.

Anybody who think that Hillary’s ‘thoughts’ on any subject are worth over half a million dollars needs to be removed from the gene pool as too stupid to live.

I notice that neither Bernie nor Barry have proposed a special tax on speaking fees. Wonder why.

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The German Establishment Shuts Down Anti-Immigration Protests — By Socialists

6th February 2016

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The “refugee” situation in Germany has become so dire that even the rank-and-file of the Socialist Party felt compelled to take to the streets to protest current migration policy. So that made political leaders sit up and take notice, right?

Wrong!

The word went out through the party hierarchy ordering the cessation of such demonstrations. Local activists, being good little socialist apparatchiks, dutifully complied and retired from the streets.

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All The Terrible Things Hillary Clinton Has Done — In One Big List

6th February 2016

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We keep track so that you don’t have to.

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Iowa Democratic Party Altered Precinct’s Caucus Results During Chaotic Night

6th February 2016

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Ah, yes, Democrats, the party of machine politics and election fraud.

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Trump, Sanders, and the Precariat

4th February 2016

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Recent polls suggest that almost 60% of Americans, both Democrats and Republicans, “don’t identify with what America has become.” According to Cliff Young and Chris Jackson, these “nativist” Americans are older, whiter, and less educated than the rest of the population – more working-class, in other words. For some middle-class professionals, this “nativism,” exemplified in support for Donald Trump’s racial comments, simply reinforces the assumption that the white working class is inherently racist and foolish. They conveniently ignore the way racism is resurfacing among the middle class as they, too, feel resentment over their economic displacement. As Barbara Ehrenreich warns, “Whole professions have fallen on hard times, from college teaching to journalism and the law. One of the worst mistakes this relative elite could make is to try to pump up its own pride by hating on those — of any color or ethnicity — who are falling even faster.”

The focus on racism and xenophobia ignores an essential reality: precarity is bringing working-class and middle-class voters together politically. As Guy Standing has argued, the emerging precariat is a political class in the making. We see this in the “Fight for $15.” The struggle to increase the minimum wage seeks economic improvement for both the non-college and college educated.

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The Clinton System

4th February 2016

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It’s an axiom of Washington politics in the age of Citizens United and Super PACs that corporations and the very rich can channel almost unlimited amounts of money to candidates for high office to pave the way for later favors. According to the public service website Open Secrets, in the 2016 campaign, as of October, in addition to direct campaign contributions, Jeb Bush had at his disposal $103 million in “outside money”—groups such as PACs and Super PACs and so called “dark money” organizations that work on behalf of a particular candidate. Ted Cruz had $38 million in such funds, Marco Rubio $17 million, and Chris Christie $14 million.

Yet few have been as adept at exploiting this big-money politics as Bill and Hillary Clinton. In the 2016 campaign, as of October, Hillary Clinton had raised $20 million in “outside” money, on top of $77 million in direct campaign contributions—the highest in direct contributions of any candidate at the time. But she and her husband have other links to big donors, and they go back much further than the current election cycle. What stands out about what I will call the Clinton System is the scale and complexity of the connections involved, the length of time they have been in operation, the presence of former president Bill Clinton alongside Hillary as an equal partner in the enterprise, and the sheer magnitude of the funds involved.

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UK: Father-of-Three ‘Choked to Death After Eating Whole Cheeseburger’, Inquest Hears

4th February 2016

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A man who tried to eat a cheeseburger in one mouthful choked to death, an inquest has heard.

Darren Bray, a father-of-three from Barry, died from an obstruction of the airways after a ball of food measuring 8cm by 5cm lodged in his throat.

Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Seven-Month-Old Baby Shot to Death in Gang Violence Becomes Symbol of Mexican Drug War

4th February 2016

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Sure! Open the border! Let ’em all in! What could go wrong?

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Alexander Orekhov Dies After Being Hit in the Neck by Puck Travelling at Over 100mph

4th February 2016

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Alexander Orekhov, one of the most promising ice hockey players in Russia of his age, died in a Novosibirsk hospital on Tuesday, three weeks after being hit by the puck during a match.

Orekhov was competing in a match for Metallurg Novokuznetsk’s junior side in the KHL on Thursday, 14 January when the incident happened. The shot hit Orekhov in the neck, and the impact had enough force that it “damaged the carotid artery and broke several bones” in his neck.

Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Brown University Renames Columbus Day “Indigenous People’s Day”

3rd February 2016

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Rhode Island’s Brown University has long been recognized as a punchline for virtually any and every joke about political correctness (its reputation as a safety school for the dimmer lights of the Kennedy clan also doesn’t help people take it more seriously).

Brown is the Ivy League college that the Eurotrash prefer because it’s the most in tune with their transnational Crustian Narratives:

The Rhode-Island-based university’s hippie reputation is ironic given the positively regal students who have attended the institution, most notably silver screen-starlet and Hollywood royal Emma Watson, who graduated in May 2014. Members of the royal families of Iran, Austria, Jordan and Greece have all attended Brown, as did Lady Gabriella Windsor of Britain and Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark. If American political royalty counts, then it’s also worth mentioning that the son of JFK, John F. Kennedy Jr., also attended the Ivy.

 

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Former Yahoo Employee Accuses Company of Gender Bias – Against Men

3rd February 2016

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It had to happen.

It won’t go anywhere, of course — being contrary to the Official Narrative that only women can be oppressed and only men can be oppressors — but it’s the sort of situation that Identity Politics has shat upon us.

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“Narrative People”

3rd February 2016

Freeberg provides some useful insight.

A useful litmus-test question: Has anything at all occurred to, at the very least, open your consciousness to the possibility of X? Where X is something outside the perimeter of allowed thought, in the particular matter currently under discussion. Narrative people will have nothing to offer, because they have been proudly emphatic about the open-question-that’s-a-settled-question since Day One.

I thought that this condition was a myth, until I encountered it myself: Charles Stross, a science fiction author whose work I admire, in his blog (which I heartily recommend) dismissed via hand-waving the very thought that Jonah Goldberg’s painstakingly-researched book Liberal Fascism could possibly have anything useful to say on the subject because it was contrary to one of his Narratives, because everybody knew that liberals couldn’t be fascists and that was that.

That was a sad day. But a lot of writers and other ‘artists’ live by Narratives, even in what one would presume is a genre dependent on rational thought like science fiction, and we just have to cope.

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Black Wednesday

3rd February 2016

On this date in 1913, the Sixteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified.

Without the magic money machine of the income tax, and the everybody-is-guilt-of-something tax code, the modern administrative state would not be possible.

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Alexander Hamilton: Honorary Nonwhite

3rd February 2016

Steve Sailer goes to the theater.

A simple model that helps make much about the modern world easier to comprehend is that of a high-low tag team against the middle. As part of a time-tested strategy of divide and rule, the rich tend to push for policies and attitudes that increase identity-politics divisiveness—more immigration, more Black Lives Matter rioting, more transgender agitation, and so forth—which makes it harder for the nonrich to team up politically to promote their mutual economic interests.

You could call it: “Diverse and Conquer.”

As I have been saying for years.

A striking example of how identity politics turn in practice into the Zillionaire Liberation Front has emerged in the war over which Dead White Male to kick off the currency to make room for a woman: the $10 bill’s Alexander Hamilton or the $20’s Andrew Jackson. Bizarrely, the reactionary genius Hamilton, apostle of rule by the rich, is rapidly morphing in the conventional wisdom’s imagination into an Honorary Nonwhite.

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop musical Hamilton had already been a sensation when it debuted Off Broadway months before Lew’s announcement about the ten-spot. And it’s not hard to grasp how the show fits exactly what wealthy white New York liberals want to see: minorities defending Wall Street. It’s the Obama of musicals. (The president, by the way, made time in his schedule to see Hamilton twice last year.)

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Michigan Dad, Son Die After Fall Though Lake While Ice Fishing

3rd February 2016

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Let this be a lesson to us all.

If you want fish, try Kroger.

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European BEPS Proposal Is a Tax Grab Aimed at American Business

2nd February 2016

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The European Commission last week moved one step closer toward implementing a series of tax and regulatory proposals aimed directly at American businesses. This proposal is a thinly veiled tax grab at U.S. businesses and workers that will make it even harder for American businesses to operate across the world and could leave taxpayers on the hook for billions in retroactive payments.

This plan is being developed based on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project, a broader effort by tax collectors in many countries to surreptitiously extract more revenue from businesses operating across the world.

The European plan includes an information-sharing regime that will allow countries to trade sensitive tax information with each other and will designate many existing tax arrangements as “illegal state aid.” This could completely overhaul how business taxes are applied by unilaterally overriding existing tax agreements held between the U.S. and many of its trading partners and could force U.S. companies to pay taxes retroactively.

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

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14 Indian Students Drown While Swimming in the Sea on School Picnic

2nd February 2016

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Let that be a lesson to us all. Stick close to your desks, and never go to sea.

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Company Rewards Three Years of Failure

1st February 2016

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What do you get if you preside over 15 straight quarters of shrinking sales, evaporating profit and a sliding share price? A seven figure bonus if you are Ginni Rometty, the chief exec at IBM.

Her base salary for 2015 remained unchanged at $1.6m, but the bonus swelled by $1m to $4.6m. Oh, and the long term incentives package (due to vest in 2019) was $13.3m, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

The package is up on the $3.6m of last year, with the exec refusing to take home a bonus in 2013 citing “disappointment at the company’s output.” No such gesture was made for 2015.

Sounds like a great post-President job for Obama. He’s got the right skill-set.

Put this with Carly Fiorina’s tenure at HP and Marissa Mayer at Yahoo, and maybe you can begin to see why there aren’t a lot of female big-corp CEOs. Just maybe.

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