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Fitzgerald Crew’s ‘Heroic Efforts’ Saved Their Ship From Sinking, Admiral Says

18th June 2017

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An astonishing effort.

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PillPack

17th June 2017

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PillPack is trying to solve the problem of drug adherence by simplifying your medicine cabinet. Medication arrives in the mail presorted into clear plastic packets, each marked in a large font with vital information: day, time, pills inside, dosages. These are ordered chronologically in a roll that slots into the dispenser. Let’s say you need to take four different pills in the morning and two others in the afternoon every day: Those pills would be sorted into two tear-off packets: one marked 8am, followed immediately by the 2pm packet.

A great idea. The only question is how this squares with people’s insurance plans.

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Rent-A-Minority

17th June 2017

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Rent-A-Minority is a revolutionary new service designed for those oh-shit moments where you’ve realized your award show, corporate brochure, conference panel is entirely composed of white men. For, like, the fifth year in a row. Suddenly you’re being called out on Twitter and you need to look not-racist and not-misogynist fast. Actually doing something meaningful to disrupt institutional inequality would be way too much work; so why not just Rent-A-Minority instead?

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Grocery Stores: An American Miracle

11th June 2017

Interview with Michael Ruhlman, whose books you need to read (he’s one of my Recommended Writers).

Grocery encompasses more than sales data, though. It is also a study of grocery stores’ business model, a memoir (Ruhlman writes at length about his father’s love for browsing supermarket aisles), and a history of how modern-day grocery stores came to be. Ruhlman plots their development from the late 1800s, when they stocked about 200 products, to today, when they typically have more than 40,000 items. During that span of time, the grocery store has swallowed up a series of small businesses that people used to shop at one at a time—bakeries, butcher stores, delis, liquor stores, florists—and put them under one roof.

It’s up to us to know the difference between what’s good and what’s bad, and I think that’s fine. But Marion Nestle, the NYU professor and nutritionist, would disagree, saying that the onus should not be on the consumer, because food is so important and we’re up against a $17 billion marketing campaign by the major food manufacturers.

That’s because she’s a statist totalitarian.

But to me, the onus is on us. We can’t rely on anybody else to do it for us; we need to think for ourselves.

Spoken like a true American.

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‘Crowds on Demand’ Provides Clients With Fake Protesters

5th June 2017

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If you’re looking to stage a march or rally and need fake protesters to legitimize your cause, a company now exists solely to provide you with as many actors as you require.

Crowds on Demand provides its clients with people who will form protests, flash mobs, rallies, paparazzi events and other inventive stunts. The company serves every major U.S city, metro area and small city, and executes clients’ specific plans or provides strategies for more general plans.

“We can organize rallies and get media attention for your causes and candidates,” the Crowds on Demand website claims. “We also assist individuals, companies and political organizations with protests and picketing campaigns. We’ve protested governments, corporations and everything in between.”

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Bernie Sanders Made Nearly a Million on His Book, Financial Disclosures Show

5th June 2017

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Which he immediately donated to the Federal government, I assume. Oh, wait….

Sometimes it is good to be the socialist, at least when there are other socialists willing to give you money.

Feel the Bern!

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Diners, the Original Prefab Success Story

30th May 2017

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By definition, diners are everyday and utilitarian, the no-frills, functional restaurant where nearly everyone can afford a meal. For decades, pulling up a seat or a stool and ordering a cup of coffee at these supremely democratic spaces has been a staple of the American diet, as well as the country’s pop culture.

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Pissed-off Artist Adds Statue of Urinating Dog Next to ‘Fearless Girl’

30th May 2017

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City sculptor Alex Gardega — seething over the “Fearless Girl” statue being placed across from Wall Street’s “Charging Bull” — has decided to retaliate with a work of his own.

Gardega created a statue of a small dog, titled “Pissing Pug,” and his sloppily crafted pooch takes direct aim at “Fearless Girl” — or, at least, at her left leg.

“This is corporate nonsense,” Gardega told The Post of “Fearless Girl,” saying it was put opposite artist Arturo Di Modica’s famed bull as a publicity stunt by a Boston-based financial firm.

Now that’s comedy.

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Quotation of the Year.

28th May 2017

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“What keeps you awake at night?” CBS “Face the Nation” host John Dickerson asked Mattis.

“Nothing,” a stonefaced Mattis responded. “I keep other people awake at night.”

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RIP Greg Allman

27th May 2017

I’m No Angel

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Thought for the Day: The Real America

16th May 2017

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Teenager Takes Less Than a Second to Answer Complex Maths Problem and Wins $20,000 Scholarship

16th May 2017

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A 13-year-old boy from Texas won a national math competition on Monday with an answer rooted in probabilities — and a dash of farming.

The boy, Luke Robitaille, took less than a second to buzz in at the Raytheon Mathcounts National Competition with the correct answer.

Euless is a suburb of Fort Worth. Note that he was homeschooled.

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By Standards of a Century Ago, We’re Better Off Than John D. Rockefeller

7th May 2017

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Having bestowed the presidency on a candidate who described their country as a “hellhole” besieged by multitudes trying to get into it, Americans need an antidote for social hypochondria. Fortunately, one has arrived from Don Boudreaux, an economist at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center and proprietor of the indispensable blog Cafe Hayek.

He has good news: You are as rich as John D. Rockefeller. Richer, actually.

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‘Why is this airplane seat $42 more than the one behind it? Because someone will pay it.’

30th April 2017

Lileks.

“While the plane is preparing for takeoff, please pretend to pay attention to the flight attendant with the game smile, going through the safety instructions. It’s humiliating for her, standing in the aisle showing you how to put on a seat belt like it’s 1962. She could put this around her neck and pull the strap until she’s blue and you wouldn’t notice.

“Whoever makes eye contact with her gets a free drink. Anyone? No? Well, thank you for choosing to fly with us today, even though we know it had everything to do with price and nothing to do with the brand we spend millions promoting. Do you even know which airline you’re on? No.

“When we’ve reached cruising altitude we will be coming by with small pieces of shellac painted to look like pretzels.”

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101-Cheese Pizza: US Pizza Joint Creates the World’s Cheesiest Slice

28th April 2017

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A pizza joint in Portland Oregon has created the world’s cheesiest pizza using a total of 101 different cheese varieties.

And hipsters all over the globe start hyperventilating.

It is, of course, GMO-free. Sorry about the gluten — it’s that crust thing.

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Pizza Dubbed ‘The Inducer’ After Multiple Women Go Into Labour After Eating It

24th April 2017

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While many overdue woman resort to spicy food, sex, pineapple and bouncing on an exercise ball, the Buffalo Wing Pizza at Hawthorne’s New York Pizza and Bar in Charlotte, North Carolina has reportedly sent “multiple women” into labour, reports local news outlet Charlotte Five.

The paper spoke to three women who all gave birth to their children shortly after sampling the pizza which they did from hearing on the local grapevine that it was the place to visit if you were desperate to push your baby out.

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How Utah Keeps the American Dream Alive

19th April 2017

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Well, for one thing, it’s full of people who ‘self-identify’ as Christians. Funny how that works.

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Thought for the Day

16th April 2017

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Knife-Wielding Stabbing Machine Could Help Solve Violent Crimes

7th April 2017

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Science marches on.

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Pinball Prison Blues

7th April 2017

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Not quite a Four Chord Song, but still….

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Uninspirational Quotes for People Who Hate Inspirational Quotes

24th March 2017

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These go with your Demotivation Posters. My favorite:

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Despite Political Boycotts, Ivanka Trump’s Brand Boasts Record Sales for February

8th March 2017

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Boycotts only work when you’ve got a lot of people behind you. AstroTurf don’t count.

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Remembering Calvin Coolidge’s Record on Civil Rights

21st February 2017

Walter Olson reminds us.

 

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Why Frederick Douglass Was an Exemplary American

13th February 2017

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Not every black American is Al Sharpton.

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George Washington: A Descendant of Odin?

10th February 2017

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And why not?

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This Robot Cooks Your Pizza En Route to Your House

9th February 2017

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We have the technology.

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C. S. Friedman Contest Winner!

5th February 2017

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Well, if I’m going to win something, it might as well be something good.

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All Houston Does (Economically) is Win

4th February 2017

Joel Kotkin lays it out.

At its current rate of growth, Houston could replace Chicago as the nation’s third-largest city by 2030.

Why would anyone move to Houston? Start with the economic record.

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Many Are Cold, but Few Are Frozen

1st February 2017

Bluebird of Bitterness celebrates the season.

My favorite is the polar bear.

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Amazon Echo and Echo Dot Update Adds “Computer” Wake Word to Help Complete the Star Trek Fantasy

26th January 2017

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And about time, too.

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‘It’s All About the Narrative, Larry’

24th January 2017

Watching Donald Trump deal with the DemLegHump Media has been one of the most entertaining experiences in my sixty-odd years on this planet. It’s like watching a really, really good matador work a clever-but-not-clever-enough bull through its paces in the ring. Every Republican President since Nixon has gone into the arena and done his best, but wound up on the horns eventually. Every one — until now.

Scott Adams has done yeoman work playing Ernest Hemingway for us, pointing out the finer points of the process, but you don’t need to be an expert to appreciate a job well done.

Every day, sometimes multiple times during the day, Donald Trump (or one of his crew) walks up to the media bull and boots it in the butt. We then step back and watch it run around in circles and jump up and down, sweating and snorting and pawing and bleeding into the sand. Then it happens again. And again. You begin to wonder how long the beast is going to last. It never seems to learn.

Donald Trump appreciates, as has no Republican politician before him, that the public image of the Presidency is all about Narratives. Narratives are not about truth, but about persuasion. The DemLegHump Media have had a monopoly on creating public narratives since Vietnam went sour, and they are so accustomed to getting their way (in service to the Democrat party) that they don’t know how to react to somebody who is even better at it than they are. In military strategy terms, he has gotten inside of their decision loop and is leading them on a merry chase, all the while laughing maniacally. ‘Run run run/As fast as you can/You can’t catch me/I’m the Gingerbread Man!’

I keep expecting some cartoonist (yeah, Ramirez, I’m looking at you) to do a panel where Trump is shining a laser pointer on the floor while a bunch of cats labelled ‘ABC’, ‘NBC’, ‘AP’, ‘NYT’, and ‘WP’ run around attempting to catch it, with the caption ‘Hate the media? No, no, no. I LOVE the media. They’re so cute!’

Pass the popcorn. It’s going to be a fun four years.

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Woman Thrown Off Her Flight to Cheers After Berating a Trump Supporter

23rd January 2017

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Left-Wing Rude doesn’t work the way it used to.

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Why Thousands of Low-Income Americans ‘Donate’ Their Blood Plasma to For-Profit Centers

16th January 2017

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It’s called ‘plasmaphoresis’ and I did it as a graduate student. It’s a great way to make money for students and other people with more time than cash. That and my Reserve drill pay paid my living expenses.

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Kitchen Tool Turns Radishes Into Super Mario Mushrooms

16th January 2017

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If, of course, that’s what you want to do.

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Jack Daniel’s Is Now Making Coffee

15th January 2017

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The non-alcoholic product is 100% Arabica coffee, roasted medium and infused with Old No.7.

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Trump: ‘Obamacare Was A Lie From The Beginning’

5th January 2017

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“The fact is ObamaCare was a lie from the beginning,” he said in the typo-ridden tweets, calling Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer the “head clown” of Democrats he accuses of blaming other people for the healthcare mess they created. Republicans are setting an aggressive agenda to repeal and replace parts of the health care law as the new Congress gets started.

This is why people voted for Donald Trump. He says what they’re thinking.

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It Was the Best of Times

28th December 2016

Kevin Williamson urges you to suck it up.

Buck up, you pansies: 2016 was the best year in human history, and 2017 almost certainly will be better.
We can build railways and food-distribution networks in Ethiopia and reverse-engineer viruses and figure out clever ways to squeeze a little more productivity out of an acre of agricultural land or a lithium battery. Howard Hughes was one of the richest men in the world, but he never drove a car as good as yours. Most of your grandparents never set foot in a house as nice as an ordinary new house in 2016. And the children who are born in 2017 will one day look back on us as poor.

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Diversity

25th December 2016

Chinese Food on Christmas

Atheist Song

 

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Christmas Can-can

25th December 2016

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Steven Stills Is Underrated

16th December 2016

Read it. And listen.

He was the driving force behind three of the best (non-Beatles) songs of the 1960s/early 1970s: Bluebird, Wooden Ships, and Suite: Judy Blue Eyes; in the process he anchored two of the major super-groups of that era.  “For What It’s Worth” is one of the most recognizable and oft-used iconic songs of the 1960s.  “Helplessly Hoping” is good too.  He was an underrated guitarist, try Super Session, with Michael Bloomfield and Al Kooper.

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Thought for the Day

12th December 2016

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Monkeys Eyebrow, Kentucky

7th December 2016

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An Oral History of ‘Get a Mac’

6th December 2016

Read it. And listen to the audio.

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The Firm That Can Turn Deceased Loved Ones Into Ceramics – From Coffee Cups to Vases

26th November 2016

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I wish I could have had my mother turned into a jar or something. Then I could run over it with my car, glue the pieces back together, and then run over it again.

She and I didn’t get along.

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Friday Happy Dance

25th November 2016

Watch it. And rock out.

With thanks to Bluebird of Bitterness.

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Nation’s Uncles Enter Last Stage of Prep for Thursday’s Thanksgiving Debates

25th November 2016

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Sequestered in their homes today to review talking points on a range of topics from gay marriage to Gaza to the wisdom of purchasing a hybrid car, the nation’s uncles have reportedly entered their final stages of preparation for Thursday’s highly anticipated sit-down Thanksgiving dinner debates.

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Thought for the Day

24th November 2016

Extra Time

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Kong: Skull Island

17th November 2016

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I am going to enjoy this movie.

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28 Delicious Ways to Use Leftover Bacon Fat

16th November 2016

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Doing our bit to make America great again.

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Price of Lab-Grown Burger Falls From $325K to $11.36

13th November 2016

Be still my heart.

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