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Archive for November, 2009

Eko Stoplight gives countdown on red light

30th November 2009

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This is actually a bad idea. It would turn every intersection into US 30 Drag Strip.

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Where Should I Eat? Chain Restaurant Edition (Flowchart)

30th November 2009

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We do these things so that you don’t have to. Note that The French Laundry stands alone.

I’d kill for some onion strings right now….

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The Prisoner Online

30th November 2009

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I still have the t-shirt.

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A Party Both United and Divided

30th November 2009

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It seems to me we have a lot of “Republicans” running around who are still drunk and hung-over on this intoxicating elixir of personality-politics. Palin’s policies and Obama’s policies, they say, are somewhat or mostly irrelevant. The democrats have found a likable guy, so we need to find a likable guy. Palin may be likable but she doesn’t inspire confidence. We have to find a guy who is oh-so-likable, and oh-so-competent looking — that nobody will ever want to make fun of him, ever.

Then we put him up against Barack Obama, in an election that is bereft of any policy discussions just as the election of ‘08 was. And Obama gets hammered into one-term history.

Yeah good luck with that.

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December Named National Awareness Month

30th November 2009

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Just so you know.

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How a Government Gets a Job Done

30th November 2009

An Informative Chart.

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Welfare for Politicians

30th November 2009

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“Albany should emulate New York City’s public financing of campaigns, which promotes competition and lessens the corrupting influence of special interests,” the New York Times advises in an editorial this morning. How’s that “public financing of campaigns” working out for New York City? Well, it’s hard to credit the law with promoting competition when, as this article notes, “Over the past two decades, incumbent New York City Council members have enjoyed a 97.5 percent rate of re-election.” And it’s hard to credit the law with countering corruption, when, as this article reports, the council “for years used slush funds, stowed in the names of fictional organizations, to sidestep budget rules and bestow political favors.

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List of Taxes Proposed to Pay for Health Care Reform

30th November 2009

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Oh, you actually believed Reid and Pelosi and Obama when they said that it would save money?

Foolish rabbit….

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What the 9-11 Plotters Will Say in Court

30th November 2009

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The plotters quote the Koran to justify their jihad war against the American Infidels. “In God’s book,” asserts the letter, “he ordered us to fight you everywhere we find you, even if you were inside the holiest of all holy cities, The Mosque in Mecca, and the holy city of Mecca, and even during sacred months. In God’s book, verse 9 [actually verse 5], Al-Tawbah [the Koran’s 9th chapter]: Then fight and slay the pagans wherever you find them, and seize them, and besiege them and lie in wait for them in each and every ambush.”

We constantly hear that to speak about the jihad doctrine and Islamic supremacism as rooted in Islamic texts and teachings is to “side with the extremists.” All right — then why doesn’t a moderate Muslim go through this court filing and refute this use of the Koran? It would be most interesting to see Ibrahim Hooper of CAIR or some other vaunted moderate Muslim reply to the Islamic beliefs and assumptions manifest here. Now would be a perfect time to delineate in specific terms the differences that moderate Muslims have with this approach to Islam, wouldn’t it?

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‘Honor killings’ in USA raise concerns

30th November 2009

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“There is broad support and acceptance of this idea in Islam, and we’re going to see it more and more in the United States,” says Robert Spencer, who has trained FBI and military authorities on Islam and founded Jihad Watch, which monitors radical Islam.

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The looming crisis in human genetics

30th November 2009

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Human geneticists have reached a private crisis of conscience, and it will become public knowledge in 2010. The crisis has depressing health implications and alarming political ones. In a nutshell: the new genetics will reveal much less than hoped about how to cure disease, and much more than feared about human evolution and inequality, including genetic differences between classes, ethnicities and races.

Well, if they’d just concentrate on the science rather than obsessing on the Politically Correct  politics, then it wouldn’t be a crisis.

As Steve Sailer says, ‘For years, I’ve been hearing that as the evidence piles up, the dominant ideology will have to adapt to it. Why? Why not just lie more and persecute more? A lot of people find covering up the truth to be more emotionally satisfying than learning it.’

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Swiss apple is key to Michelle Obama’s youthful looks

30th November 2009

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According to the US edition of Vogue, the First Lady buys a £215 serum which uses an extract from the stem cells of the Uttwiler Spätlauber apple.

The bitter, blame-America-first racialism is probably not a side effect.

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One in five HIV infections caused by medical staff

30th November 2009

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One in five HIV sufferers in Africa was infected by medical staff using dirty needles and clinical equipment, new research has found.

John Potterat, an epidemiologist and one of the editors of the International Journal of STD and HIV, said: “Governments and international health agencies have deliberately chosen to ignore the evidence.

‘We’re from the government, and we’re here to help.’

Researchers accused governments of ignoring up the problem so as not undermine existing health schemes.

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

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“No Guts to Jail the Nuts”: Man Wanted in Connection to Killings of 4 Police Officers Sunday in Tacoma Washington

30th November 2009

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His sentence was commuted due to the “mercy” of then governor Mike Huckabee who cited his tender years at the time his crimes were committed. Should Clemmons turn out to be responsible for the killings of the four police officers, I’d say Mike Huckabee should hang up his further political aspirations in America for good. This would be Huckabee’s Willie Horton moment only several orders of magnitude larger.

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Pakistani Muslims beat Sikh, threaten him “to convert to Islam if he wanted to live in Pakistan”

30th November 2009

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While the article does not elaborate, the fact that he was apparently active in some capacity as an advocate for the Sikh community — and thus an undesirably uppity dhimmi — likely singled him out to be targeted as an example to others.

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An Evolutionary Explanation for Sexual Smell Differences

29th November 2009

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So when Danae refers to ‘stinky old boys’, perhaps she’s being literal.

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The Dog Ate My Tree Rings

29th November 2009

Mark Steyn continues on top of Climaquiddick.

SCIENTISTS at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have admitted throwing away much of the raw temperature data on which their predictions of global warming are based.

In a statement on its website, the CRU said: “We do not hold the original raw data but only the value-added (quality controlled and homogenised) data.”

I am reminded of the scene in Guys and Dolls where Big Julie assures Nathan Detroit that he remembers where the spots were on his now-blank dice.

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Switzerland votes to ban new minarets

29th November 2009

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They said that the minarets — of which Switzerland has just four — were not architectural features with religious characteristics, but symbolised a “political-religious claim to power, which challenges fundamental rights.”

Absolutely correct. The call to prayer from a minaret is a symbol of the supremacy of Islam over all within the range of the muezzin’s voice. The Swiss, unlike most in Europe and many in America, can see the truth when it’s under their noses.

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Navy regularly releases Somali pirates, even when caught in the act

29th November 2009

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The Royal Navy is regularly allowing Somalian pirates to go free because of the risk they would claim asylum if prosecuted in Europe.

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Dangers of an Overheated China

29th November 2009

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PRESIDENT OBAMA’S recent trip to China reflects a symbiotic relationship at the heart of the global economy: China uses American spending power to enlarge its private sector, while America uses Chinese lending power to expand its public sector. Yet this arrangement may unravel in a dangerous way, and if it does, the most likely culprit will be Chinese economic overcapacity.

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Immaculate Conception: The Inner-city Version

29th November 2009

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It is an iron-clad rule, presumably taught in journalism schools, that when discussing black single mothers and their children, one must never, ever ask: Who and where is the father, and how many fathers are there?  Tens of thousands of articles have been written about the struggles of black single mothers, and the appearance of their children is always treated as a virgin birth. Not only are there no fathers in sight in such articles, there is no curiosity about where the  fathers are and why they’re not stepping up to the plate.  Instead, the reader will learn in great detail either about the callous lack of taxpayer-funded social services or, as in the present article on black infant mortality, about the provisions that a wise and benevolent government has made available to the mothers and their miraculously-conceived children, who seem to appear with the same inevitability as the tides.

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Guitar

28th November 2009

Listen.

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The International Criminal Court claims jurisdiction over U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.

28th November 2009

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The ICC’s chief prosecutor, though, has no intention of waiting for Washington to submit to the court’s authority. Luis Moreno Ocampo says he already has jurisdiction—at least with respect to Afghanistan.

Because Kabul in 2003 ratified the Rome Statute—the ICC’s founding treaty—all soldiers on Afghan territory, even those from nontreaty countries, fall under the ICC’s oversight, Mr. Ocampo told me. And the chief prosecutor says he is already conducting a “preliminary examination” into whether NATO troops, including American soldiers, fighting the Taliban may have to be put in the dock.

And Obama would be just the guy to surrender to it. Give the man some cheese, it’s traditional.

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CRU’s Tree-Ring Circus

28th November 2009

Mark Steyn looks at Climaquiddick.

The trouble with outsourcing your marbles to the peer-reviewed set is that, if you take away one single thing from the leaked documents, it’s that the global warm-mongers have wholly corrupted the “peer-review” process. When it comes to promoting the impending ecopalypse, the Climate Research Unit is the nerve-center of the operation. The “science” of the CRU dominates the “science” behind the UN’s IPCC, which dominates the “science” behind the Congressional cap-and-trade boondoggle, the upcoming Copenhagen shakindownen of the developed world, and the now routine phenomenon of leaders of advanced, prosperous societies talking like gibbering madmen escaped from the padded cell, whether it’s President Obama promising to end the rise of the oceans or the Prince of Wales saying we only have 96 months left to save the planet.

Here’s what Phil Jones of the CRU and his colleague Michael Mann of Penn State mean by “peer review.” When Climate Research published a paper dissenting from the Jones-Mann “consensus,” Jones demanded that the journal “rid itself of this troublesome editor,” and Mann advised that “we have to stop considering Climate Research as a legitimate peer-reviewed journal. Perhaps we should encourage our colleagues in the climate research community to no longer submit to, or cite papers.”

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Alums

28th November 2009

Steve Sailer loves pithy phrases that express truths most people won’t allow themselves to think.

One thing the article doesn’t mention is that U. of Virginia has a mean SAT score of 1326, one of the highest for any public university in the country. Maryland’s is about 50-60 points lower, but still pretty good for a state flagship university, and flagships are much harder to get into than a generation ago. To win a college football national championship, you need a whole lot of players who have no business being in college except to play football.

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Vampires fans marry with a werewolf for a witness

28th November 2009

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Such people should not be encouraged to reproduce.

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Why I was tempted to discriminate against women

28th November 2009

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I have often wondered why seemingly intelligent people like most in the IT field refuse to apply that intelligence to political, social, and moral questions. This has effects on the real world that the rest of us live in – check out how many employees of Google and Microsoft and Apple gave money so that a n00b that none of them would have hired was elected President of the United States just because his dad was black. This article is an example of what happens when SWPL conditioning comes up against the Dread Pirate Introspection.

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The Best Way to Solve a Problem: Give Up

28th November 2009

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The more I stop trying to force things to happen, the more they just seem to sort themselves out. The more I let things happen, the less time I spend trying to make them happen.

This is the chief attitudinal difference between normal people and ‘progressives’, commonly encapsulated in the redneck proverb ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’.

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Against Camel Case

28th November 2009

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A drone of the Crust looks down his nose at people who actually produce a useful product.

As you probably know, the California-based company Apple makes a portable communication device — a device that an acquaintance of mine whose first language is not English distinguishes as a “self” phone. Though proper nouns conventionally begin with a capital letter, Apple spells the device’s trademark with an initial lowercase i, followed by an uppercase P. Thus styled, the word has a hump in the middle. I could print it here to show you, but I refuse to allow my prose to be so disfigured.

Rather an elegant examplar of why Apple is making money, and the New York Times isn’t.

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Hiding the Decline: Part 1 – The Adventure Begins

28th November 2009

Eric S Raymond connects the dots.

This, people, is blatant data-cooking, with no pretense otherwise. It flattens a period of warm temperatures in the 1940s 1930s — see those negative coefficients? Then, later on, it applies a positive multiplier so you get a nice dramatic hockey stick at the end of the century.

All you apologists weakly protesting that this is research business as usual and there are plausible explanations for everything in the emails? Sackcloth and ashes time for you. This isn’t just a smoking gun, it’s a siege cannon with the barrel still hot.

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Green politician says oral sex is part of being Swedish

28th November 2009

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Survey says: You don’t have to be Swedish to believe that.

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Barbi Twins Slam President Obama, Democrats Over Animal Rights Issues

28th November 2009

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Imagine the distress of a President who has lost the support of twin Playboy Playmates. The ignominy!

Imagine a world in which ‘full-time animal activist’ can be described as a ‘career’ with a straight face.

“He’s got such a big following, he doesn’t realize how big the animal community is so you can image how disappointed everyone is. I know so many Democrats that have gone republican just from that one move and he didn’t keep to his word. My good friend Jana Kohl (Sen. Herb Kohl’s niece) very much campaigned for Obama and brought the whole animal community behind him. She got a photo with him and her pound puppy, so she was very disappointed when he didn’t get one,” Shane continued. “The Democrats have been very discouraging toward a lot of animal issues, I’m starting to open up the eyes of a lot of people, and it’s a money issue. I’ve seen a lot of Democrats let down the animal side because there is a big business and a lot of money to be made on the liberal side of animal extortion.”

Ponder such terms as ‘the animal community’ and ‘the animal side’. (I had always thought that ‘the animal side’ referred to Hulk Hogan and his colleagues.) I have no trouble believing that there is ‘a lot of money to be made on the liberal side of animal extortion’, but I question the value of Democrats who ‘go Republican’ just because Obama didn’t pick a ‘pound puppy’ for the White house.

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How Badly Has Congress Screwed Up Ethanol?

27th November 2009

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Hint: Pretty badly.

Here’s how the process works:

  1. Bureaucrats, wanting to increase their power, identify a ‘crisis situation’, typically based on junk science. In order to get the politicians on board, they identify a solution that, just coincidentally, involves a huge payoff to a politically powerful interest group.
  2. Politicians, willing to do anything that will garner votes and keep them in office, mandate the payoff in appropriate legislation. Unfortunately, since they don’t know what they hell they are doing, they do it wrong, and the system thus put in place crashes and burns.
  3. The politically powerful interest group refuses to relinquish their death-grip on the payoff. After all, what’s the use of power if you can’t abuse it?
  4. Rinse. Repeat.

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New Provocative Film: ‘Kalifornistan’

27th November 2009

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‘Provocative’ in the sense that, were it about Christians, it would win some kind of award from the Usual Suspects in Hollywood.

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The Economic Condition of Poor Americans (and the rest of us) Continues to Improve

27th November 2009

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But the Class Warrior replies: ‘Who are you going to believe, me or these lying Census Bureau numbers?’

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Castes

27th November 2009

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Think only India has castes? Think again — America is planted thick with them.

Liberalism has built an entire “Western Sharia Law” around this; a religion inextricably intertwined with a way of governing. If you’re a straight white guy, you get one package of rights & responsibilities; if you’re black, you get another, if you’re gay you get another, if you’re a woman you get another. Expectations are made. If you’re Latino, you m-u-u-u-s-t support illegal immigration even if it offends you deeply — even if the reason for the offense, is that you and your relatives, or your grandparents, meticulously followed the rules when coming here. And we already know from the good Rev. Jesse Jackson that “You can’t vote against healthcare and call yourself a black man.” Of course you can’t. Expectations have been made.

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Killer whales attack and eat sharks

27th November 2009

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Choosing Death to Escape an Arranged Marriage

27th November 2009

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Your life under Islam. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

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The Bad Management Stimulus

27th November 2009

Scott Adams connects the dots.

You can thank The Dilbert Principle for some of this entrepreneurial zest.  The Dilbert Principle observes that in the modern economy, the least capable people are promoted to management because companies need their smartest people to do the useful work. It’s hard to design software, but relatively easy to run staff meetings. This creates a situation where you have more geniuses reporting to morons than at any time in history. In that sort of environment you’d expect the geniuses to be looking for a way out, even if Plan B has a low chance of success.

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Top 10 green living myths

27th November 2009

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Car Insurance Scofflaws Raise Health Mandate Doubt

27th November 2009

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Thousands of drivers on the nation’s roads don’t carry auto insurance, despite laws in all but two states requiring it. Critics of President Barack Obama’s health overhaul plan ask: What are the chances scofflaws will treat a requirement to carry health insurance any differently?

Nearly 40 years of car insurance mandates — which the insurance industry says have failed to make roads safer or lower auto insurance costs — raise questions about how well such mandates work.

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

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The Great Depression as a Recalculation

26th November 2009

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Because productivity in agriculture had been growing faster than demand, we needed to shift resources out of agriculture. The Great Depression did this, rather painfully. I would add that the advent of the internal combustion engine greatly re-organized economic life. Because you could move agricultural produce and other goods around by truck, you did not need central cities surrounded by farms. The farms that used to surround big cities were now converted either to suburbs or wilderness.

World War II got people off of the farms and into industry in cities.

Greenwald goes on to say that the same thing is happening today in manufacturing–productivity has been growing faster than demand. This is a problem for the United States, but we have a fair amount of the restructuring behind us. Japan, China, and Germany are the most vulnerable economies right now.

So we need to get people out of industries and into … what?

The transition would be easier if (a) we did not tell workers in declining industries to expect to get their jobs back and (b) we did not limit access to employment in education and health care through licensing, accreditation, unionization, etc.

And then what happens when we eventually automate education and health care, as we did manufacturing, thus bringing the productivity expansion that hit agriculture and manufacturing?

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How Private Property Saved the Pilgrims

26th November 2009

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A lesson you won’t hear from the dinosaur media.

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Anti-Social, And Proud of It

26th November 2009

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People can be anti-social in two ways. One in which it’s socially acceptable, for instance if you waste your time on computer games, dress subcultural, criticize Israel, refuse to vote, or hate classical music. What Martin would call “nerds” would fall under this category, as would pseudo-rebels, anarchists, feminists and any type of people who pretend to be different within the social frame of modern liberal society.

The other anti-social method is however socially unacceptable: being proud of your athletic body, telling dumb people they shouldn’t be allowed to vote, following the Christian Right movement, suggesting certain ethnic groups are annoying, upholding capitalism as an ideal, embracing gender inequality, calling Obama an overrated errand monkey etc.

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Johnson’s Grand Unified Theory of Inappropriate Liturgical Clothing

26th November 2009

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All ugly, garish, pretentious or otherwise unacceptable liturgical vestments will eventually coalesce into one single and magisterially awful set of vestments. There are unmistakable signs that this process has already begun to happen.

One of which is the accompanying picture. I’ve seen homosexuals in mockumentaries wearing better. You really can’t make this stuff up.

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Video: SEIU activists try to set ObamaCare opponents straight

26th November 2009

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After the President himself talked about getting in people’s faces when they oppose his policies and setting up snitch lines at the White House, the only shocker in this video is that it took so long for townhalls to turn violent. The SEIU showed up in t-shirted uniform to a townhall meeting for Rep. Russ Carnahan in St. Louis, apparently intent on demonstrating union tactics in organizing elections if Congress passes Card Check.

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How to Destroy a Liberal’s Worldview

26th November 2009

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Their basic problem is that most of what they ‘know’ ain’t so.

That’s why the best remedy for a pigheaded progressive liberal idiot-type is to ask them questions which they can’t slither out of with party line lies they would rotely recite to escape giving an honest, well-thought answer.  You see, if you ask a question that the recipient has heard before, they’ll just parrot how they’ve heard others like them answer.  If you ask a liberal about abortion, for example, you’ll get the liberal talking points.  They’re just repeating what others say about it.  You haven’t engaged their anti-lie mechanism because they aren’t telling their own lies, they’re just telling someone else’s.  The goal is to elicit the emotional response associated with telling a lie.  Since most people who would even be interested in this type of conversation don’t want to be liars – particularly to themselves – if you make them feel their lies, they might be more receptive to altering their worldview, which is of course our end-goal.

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‘Whales can’t even hear naval sonar’ says Navy boffin

26th November 2009

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A boffin funded by the US Navy has used a gigantic CT scanner, normally employed for inspecting space rockets, to X-ray the head of a whale. The results apparently indicate that naval sonars can’t be the cause of whale beachings, as the mighty cetaceans are unable to hear the relevant frequencies.

But the ONR announced yesterday that Cranford’s latest findings “suggest that mid-frequency active sonar sounds are largely filtered, or ‘muffled’, before reaching the animal’s ears. The findings also suggest that higher frequencies used by whales to hunt prey are heard at amplified levels without any dampening.”

Mid-frequency active sonar has been in widespread naval use since World War II, though it has only been fingered by pro-whale activists as a cause of beaching in recent times – and beachings are rare, whereas sonar is used constantly in exercises. There have been protracted legal struggles between the US navy and environmental groups in the US courts over the issue, and similar allegations have been made regarding beachings in the UK.

And once again the religion of environmentalism falls before actual science.

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Man Stuck Upside-Down in Utah Cave Dies

26th November 2009

Darwin Award nominee.

This is God telling you to stay out of caves.

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Industrial Thanksgiving: Science Takes Mom’s Recipes to the Assembly-Line

25th November 2009

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We have the technology.

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