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Not The Onion

30th June 2011

Steve Sailer has a way with words.

Remember when conspiracy theorists used to get all worked up about the secret meetings of the Bilderbergers? Personally, I thought the idea of senior bigshots like Henry Kissinger and Helmut Schmidt getting together in private to pull strings was reasonably reassuring. Thank God somebody knows what they are doing!

How naive I was …

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Israel ‘sabotages two ships bound for Gaza’, activists claim

30th June 2011

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Organisers said Israeli divers cut a piece out of the propeller shaft of the Irish ship MV Saoirse, endangering the lives of 20 activists who planned to be on board. The vessel, which was docked in Turkey, will not now be able to participate.

They said the damage appeared identical to that inflicted on Tuesday on another vessel in the convoy, the Greek-Swedish ship Juliano, docked in Greece.

(This is me grinning.)

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IBM develops ‘instantaneous’ memory, 100x faster than flash

30th June 2011

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And you can believe as much or as little of that as you care to.

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How the Life-Saving Blue Blood of Horseshoe Crabs Is Extracted

30th June 2011

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Just in case you were wondering. I know I was.

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Infallible Guide to Life

30th June 2011

An Informative Chart.

You’re welcome.

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Soda Tax Won’t Do Much To Reduce Obesity: Fat People Already Drink Diet

30th June 2011

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Irony is no longer a course module in the Home Ec curriculum.

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Italy: Muslim murders wife for being “too Western”

30th June 2011

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More indication of how mass immigration of Muslims enriches Western societies.

How ‘advanced’.

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Time’s Mark Halperin Calls Obama “Kind of a Dick”, Gets Suspended by MSNBC

30th June 2011

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Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall get you squashed.

Of course, this is nickel-and-dime compared to what Rachel Maddow and Bill Maher called George W Bush (and members of his family) on an ongoing basis, and yet they are still employed. Guess there’s a double standard in here somewhere….

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My Kind of Place

30th June 2011

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I guess California isn’t totally worthless.

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Papers about robot vacuum cleaner personalities

30th June 2011

Tyler Cowen has the skinny.

Hey, tenure doesn’t grow on trees, you know….

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Ancient animal eyes could see in the dark

30th June 2011

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I smell a Discovery Channel special coming on….

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UK: Snake lover killed by one of his 24 king cobras

30th June 2011

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Britain in list of countries ‘most at risk’ if an asteroid strikes

30th June 2011

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Just in case you were wondering. I know I was.

 

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Totally Insane Star Baby Names

30th June 2011

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I dunno, I kinda like ‘Bear Blu’. Certainly the only thing that’s gonna save ‘Bronx Mowgli Wentz’ is the near-certainty that he’ll never have to go to a public school.

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Self-Deception and the Jihad

30th June 2011

Cliff May turns over a rock.

Yonathan Melaku was charged in federal court with shooting at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. The officials who arrested him later searched his home and found a videotape in which he is shouting “Allahu Akbar!” They also found a notebook in which he’d written about Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and The Path to Jihad, a book of lectures by Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born Islamic cleric who was widely considered a moderate before he fled to Yemen where he is now a top al-Qaeda commander.

So it’s pretty obvious what Melaku was up to, right? Not if you’re a federal employee, it’s not. “I can’t suggest to you his motivations or intent,” James W. McJunkin, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Washington field office, told reporters at a news conference. “It’s not readily apparent yet.”

Wonder what it’s like to live in a country where government employees are above average in intelligence rather than below?

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Study Suggests U.N. Force Brought Cholera to Haiti

30th June 2011

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The study is the strongest argument yet that newly arrived Nepalese peacekeepers at a base near the town of Mirebalais brought with them the cholera, which spread through the waterways of the Artibonite region and elsewhere in this impoverished Caribbean country.

The disease has killed more than 5,500 people and sickened more than 363,000 others since it was discovered in October, according to the Haitian government.

Gee, whatever would we do without the U.N.?

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Estate Tax Uncertainty Unsettles Small Businesses

30th June 2011

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When you say ‘estate tax’, everybody thinks of Bill Gates, nobody thinks of Bob’s Plumbing or Branson’s Farm.

“The business is your savings, your legacy for your kids,” says Dan Danner of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, the nation’s leading group for small businesses. “In most cases, it’s everything you own.”

But if a family-owned business doesn’t have enough cash on hand to meet the estate tax obligation, heirs are often forced to sell the business in order to raise enough money to satisfy the tax bill.

“In a lot of cases, it means the business gets shut down to be able to pay the estate tax – which we think is a terrible thing,” Danner said.

This is just one of many reasons why the economy isn’t recovering – business owners are just not hiring or expanding their businesses because they don’t know what the government is going to do by way of pissing in their soup. Uncertainty is the enemy, here.

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Police: Texas Man Dumps 4-Year-Old Son by Highway

30th June 2011

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Carlos Rico, 22, stopped his car along a cactus-lined stretch of Interstate 20 near Sweetwater at about 3 a.m. Tuesday and “threw the boy out of the car like a bag of garbage,” Sweetwater police Chief Jim Kelley told the Abilene Reporter-News on Tuesday.

The boy was picked up about three hours later by the local high school basketball coach and taken to a hospital, where doctors removed at least 500 cactus spines from the child’s body, Kelley said. The boy was in the state’s custody on Wednesday.

Well. There it is.

Rico told Saginaw investigators that God told him to choke the boy and expel him from the car, Kelley said. There was bruising on the boy’s throat, he said.

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Amazon Warns That It May Shut Down CA Associates Affiliate Program

29th June 2011

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Due to a sales tax measure recently passed in CA state legislature and on its way to be signed by Governor Jerry Brown, Amazon has sent all participants in its California Amazon Associates program the below email, warning of the termination of the program.

They’ve already done it in four states that passed similar legislation.

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Islamic Ritual Prayer Conducted At Toronto District School Board Middle School

29th June 2011

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Welcome to Canadistan.

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The Purposeful Flooding of America’s Heartland

29th June 2011

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Greg Pavelka, a wildlife biologist with the Corps of Engineers in Yankton, SD, told the Seattle Times that this event will leave the river in a “much more natural state than it has seen in decades,” describing the epic flooding as a “prolonged headache for small towns and farmers along its path, but a boon for endangered species.”  He went on to say, “The former function of the river is being restored in this one-year event. In the short term, it could be detrimental, but in the long term it could be very beneficial.”

And I bet you thought it was just Global Warming.

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Netherlands: “One dog less” — Young Muslims jeer and mock at Christian funerals, pound hearse with their fists

29th June 2011

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Any country that allows a Muslim to cross its border has a death wish.

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UN names North Korea chair of arms control agency

29th June 2011

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I am not making this up.

You can’t make fun of the U.N., since it spends so much time making fun of itself that it’s impossible to keep up.

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Obama and manufacturing

29th June 2011

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Let’s start with the White House title for the speech:

Remarks by the President on the Critical Role the Manufacturing Sector Plays in the American Economy

The manufacturing does not play a particularly critical role in the US economy. Employment in manufacturing as a percentage of total employment has been falling steadily since the end of World War II. But a lot of people think there is something special about manufacturing so the title strikes a resonant chord for many people even outside manufacturing.

Like ‘family farm’, urban density, mass transit, and ‘high speed rail’, the desperate clinging to manufacturing is one of the superficially plausible but substantially reactionary fetishes of the ‘progressives’.

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UK: More than 2,000 children “victims of sex grooming” — often by Muslim gangs

29th June 2011

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“Asian” is British dhimmi media code for “Muslim.” However, the racial breakdown of this study — “white” and “Asian” — obscures the possibility that white Muslims could have been involved in some of these cases, and ignores utterly the Islamic legal justification for sex slavery of unbelievers, which has the result of making this sort of exploitation of Infidel children more acceptable.

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Glenn Beck’s Wife Attacked in NYC Park

29th June 2011

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Glenn Beck says his family was accosted while watching a movie in a New York City park Monday night. On his radio show and his website today, Beck described the incident and said an angry moviegoer kicked a glass of wine onto his wife Tania’s back, and as she got up to walk away, a man shouted: “We hate conservatives here.”

The Left: Thugs R Us.

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Muslim polygamy – in Seattle

29th June 2011

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Lots of newspaper coverage about supposed Mormon polygamists — and attention from law enforcement — but everybody looks the other way when Muslims are polygamous.

One Muslima who was interviewed for the NPR piece said that Muslim husbands just spring their new marriages on their first wives. “Sometimes he say, ‘OK, I am going to be married tomorrow,’ or ‘I’m going to be married today.’ He’s going to ask you like that. It happened to me.” One Muslima in Philadelphia in 2007 wouldn’t stand for this: Myra Morton shot her husband, Jereleigh, to death just before he was going to fly to Morocco to pick up his second wife.

 

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‘A More Perfect Union’?

29th June 2011

The Other McCain stretches his fisking muscles.

Advocates of unlimited centralized power habitually seek to portray the Constitution as an obsolete remnant of the “horse and buggy” era, a pejorative phrase popularized by liberal proponents of the New Deal, key elements of which were struck down as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. By the 1950s, however — after two decades of Democrat presidents — the court’s former conservative majority had been replaced by liberals, and for more than three decades the Supreme Court itself became an instrument for the expansion of federal authority.

And, if Justice Kennedy gets replaced by a Ginsburg or a Breyer, it will be so again.

Yet again note how Stengel stigmatizes the past — where Washington, Madison and Jefferson were ignorant of all things modern — so as to flatter contemporary readers as superior in knowledge to the Founders. “You know so much more than those old dead guys,” Stengel is telling them. “Why should we let ourselves be hemmed in by what a bunch of slave-owners with wooden teeth wrote on a silly piece of parchment?”

A bunch of people who, in Chesterton’s apt phrase, people who prefer Thursday to Wednesday just because it is Thursday. Progress is inevitable, therefore the future is necessarily better than the past, without respect to whatever ‘the future’ or ‘the past’ might include.

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EPA: Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

29th June 2011

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Effective policy cannot be built on lies and myths. But when it comes to energy policy that seems to be all we have to go on. A report recently released by the EPA, for instance, claims that by 2020 regulations enacted under the Clean Air Act will provide an annual benefit of $2 trillion for a cost of $66 billion, a 30-to-1 return on investment. And that is the EPA’s low estimate. In a best-case scenario, the benefits could reach as high as $5.5 trillion, a 90-to-1 return, or $48,000 for every American household. Where do I go for my check?

Hey, me too.

The EPA estimate, therefore, has nothing to do with job creation, economic growth, or real economic output. It has everything to do with hiding the fact that EPA regulations will place a crushing burden on the economy. The EPA knows this. In fact, in the same report that purports to prove that we all gain from more regulations, there is a real macroeconomic study, one done by EPA economists rather than policy officials. They find that past EPA rules slowed the economy by $79 billion in 2010, and will slow it by $110 billion in 2020.

Poof! In the EPA’s own report a $2 trillion annual benefit turns into a $110 billion annual loss. That is a lot of jobs.

Well, shucks.

The lies and myth-making do not end there. Last month the infamous Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) once again let its global-warming agenda get ahead of the facts. The IPCC claimed that “Close to 80 percent of the world’s energy supply could be met by renewables by mid-century if backed by the right enabling public policies.”

We had to wait a few weeks for the supporting evidence. It turns out that to get to that 80 percent number the folks at the IPCC threw out 163 scenarios where their models did not give them the answer they wanted. Only on the 164th try did they finally get an answer they liked. Moreover, the report the IPCC used as the basis for its claim turns out to have been written by Greenpeace activists in conjunction with a lobbying group for renewable energy. No real scientists or engineers were involved. But the story gets even better. For the IPCC model to work, they researchers had to assume the world will be using less energy in 2050 than it is today. By that date there may be 2 billion more people on the planet, all clamoring for their fair share of energy resources. But somehow the IPCC thinks we will be using less energy!

They wouldn’t lie to us, would they?

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Clever Foursquare Hack Turns New York City Into A Giant Game Of Risk

29th June 2011

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As if it weren’t already….

“World of Fourcraft” uses Foursquare and Google Maps APIs to turn New York City into a giant game of Risk. Users decide which team they are on by swearing allegiance to one of New York City’s five boroughs. Checking into a neighborhood on Foursquare is the online game’s equivalent to placing plastic man on a country in the board game. An algorithm decides who owns each neighborhood using the number of people who have checked into it on each team. There are currently about 100 players.

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Rage Against the TSA Machine

29th June 2011

Jonah Goldberg calls for jihad.

The backdrop of my favorite science-fiction novels, Frank Herbert’s Dune series, is something called the Butlerian Jihad. Some 10,000 years before the main events of the story take place, humanity rebelled against “thinking machines” — intelligent computers — controlling people’s lives. The revolution was sparked because a computer decided to kill, without the consent of any human authority, the baby of a woman named Jehanne Butler.

I bring this up because I’m wondering why we can’t have a Reppertian Jihad. Its namesake would be Lena Reppert, a 105-pound, 95-year-old Florida woman. Her daughter claims Reppert was forced by airport security to remove her adult diaper in compliance with a body search. Reppert is dying of leukemia. She did not have another clean diaper for her trip.

Sign me up.

The Transportation Security Administration belatedly denied forcing the removal of the diaper. Sari Koshetz, a spokeswoman for the TSA, insisted that the agency was sensitive and respectful in dealing with travelers, but she also told the Northwest Florida Daily News that procedures have to be the same for everyone: “TSA cannot exempt any group from screening because we know from intelligence that there are terrorists out there that would then exploit that vulnerability.”

That’s apparently why Drew Mandy, a 29-year-old disabled man with the mental capacity of a two-year-old, had his six-inch plastic toy hammer yanked from him by TSA on his way to Disney World. Mandy used the hammer as a security blanket of sorts. But the TSA agents insisted it could be used as a weapon. “It just killed me to have to throw it away because he’s been carrying this, like, for 20 years,” Mandy’s father told WJBK in Detroit. What his dad doesn’t understand is that if Islamic terrorists can’t have plastic toy hammers, no one can.

Government employees eventually learn that if they use common sense they get reprimanded by drones higher in the hierarchy, so eventually they all become drones.

It seems the first commandment of the TSA is that every mind must be trained in the likeness of a machine. “Garbage in, garbage out,” is how computer programmers explain the way bad inputs determine bad outputs. Likewise, if TSA workers are programmed not to use common sense or discretion — surprise! — TSA workers won’t use common sense or discretion.

Why not? One reason is we’ve institutionalized an irrational phobia against anything smacking of racial or religious profiling. Once you’ve decided that disproportionate scrutiny of certain groups is verboten, you’ll have to hassle everyone equally. Thus we’re told that a 95-year-old woman’s diaper is just as likely to be the front line in the war on terror as a 22-year-old Pakistani’s backpack.

 

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Camp of the Saints: Another Lull?

29th June 2011

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Tonight’s final article once again concerns the issue of responsibility for the would-be immigrants who have perished at sea while attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe.

Funny how everybody who lives inside the Ummah appears to want to leave. It rather resembles Communism in that respect.

Now, we all know who will ultimately be held responsible….

…white Europeans (or Americans).

It can’t be the Libyans or the Tunisians, with their corrupt kleptocracies and despotic governments.

It can’t be the people smugglers, who send their clients across the water in leaky and antiquated boats after demanding an extortionate price.

It can’t be the enrichers themselves, who choose to set sail without resources or visas in an attempt to reach the Land of Milk and Welfare Benefits.

No, only white people are considered to have agency, so only white people can be to blame. Everyone else is an innocent dupe, or a pawn, or a prisoner of circumstances beyond his control.

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Compromise on Pledge of Allegiance in Oregon Town Has Some Seeing Red

29th June 2011

News from the Left Coast.

Clark says all he wanted to do was unite the council and show his more conservative constituents that in this city where diversity is celebrated, their more traditional values also are important.

Sounds like it didn’t work. Sounds like the truth came out.

“It’s a little ironic to see those who have championed the idea of tolerance be less tolerant on this question,” Clark Said. Mayor Kitty Piercy called the Pledge of Allegiance divisive. “If there’s one thing the flag stands for,” Piercy says, “it’s that people don’t have to be compelled to say the Pledge of Allegiance or anything else.”

Oh, sure, that’s the ONE THING that the Pledge of Allegiance is all about.

Councilman George Brown voted against the compromise, saying the Pledge of Allegiance had no place at City Hall. “People can say it in their front yard or backyard,” Brown says. “It really doesn’t help move the city business forward. It does not unite us.”

Well, no; not on the Left Coast it doesn’t. ‘Gentlemen, please! You can’t fight in the War Room!’

Another pledge opponent, Councilwoman Betty Taylor compared saying the Pledge of Allegiance to reading from “The Communist Manifesto.”

Oh, yeah, those are totally equivalent. (Well, maybe for her they are….)

Resident Anita Sullivan summed up a common viewpoint: “So you say I pledge allegiance and right there I don’t care for that language,” Sullivan says. “It sort of means loyalty to your country; well, I feel loyalty to the entire world.”

And there you have the Left Coast in a nutshell.

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Napolitano: DHS Not Looking to Deport ‘DREAM Act Students’

29th June 2011

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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano denied that the Obama administration is trying to unilaterally execute immigration policies contained in the stalled DREAM Act — but at the same time she said it “doesn’t make sense” to deport illegal immigrant students who would be covered by the proposal.

Her comments Tuesday on Capitol Hill suggest that even if the DREAM Act does not pass, federal immigration officials will not target illegal immigrants who would otherwise be given a reprieve under the bill.

Of course not. Obeying the law and DOING HER JOB would be, like, so fifteen minutes ago.

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High School Football Star Dies in Fight After Graduation Dinner

29th June 2011

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A high school football star was stabbed and later died just hours after his graduation Tuesday in a fight with Bronx parking attendants over whether something was stolen from his family’s car during the ceremony, police said.

Isayah Muller, 19, a star running back who led his team to the Public Schools Athletic League championship, was rushed to a nearby clinic by his family and girlfriend and was later pronounced dead, said Paul Browne, the New York Police Department’s chief spokesman. No arrests have been made but the parking attendants and Muller’s father, Andre, were speaking to officers from the 52 Precinct in the Bronx early Wednesday, Browne said.

Yeah, New York is really the place to be.

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TCTV Pilot Season: This Week In STFU

28th June 2011

Paul Carr and Sarah Lacy are Not Safe For Work.

Delightfully entertaining. (Complaints always sound more sincere in a British accent.)

My favorite is PETA wanting to re-name the Tenderloin area in San Francisco to ‘the Tempe district’. I am not making this up.

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Time for the Rich to Shut Up on Taxes

28th June 2011

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Good to see somebody else picking up on what I’ve been saying for years.

What commonality binds Haim Saban, Penny Pritzker, and Warren Buffett, aside from membership in the billionaire’s club?  Guilt, and not the quotidian variety — unfulfilled potential, disappointing behavior, lost love — that afflicts most of us.  Theirs is a guilt that only afflicts the very rich — a guilt that arises from wanting more equitable outcomes coupled with an unwillingness to pay the requisite taxes to achieve those outcomes.  It’s the same guilt that has plagued Rockefeller, Kennedy, and Mott progeny for decades.

That special kind of guilt that doesn’t manifest itself in behavior modification, but rather self-righteous attempts to interfere with how others live their lives. White liberal guilt.

Most income earners — salary and wage earners, in particular — are stuck with their onerous tax burden (which, by the way, is why they rarely bitch about paying too little tax).  The very rich, in contrast, enjoy the economy of scale to defer and avoid taxes through trusts, off-shore accounts, property exchanges that resemble barters, and myriad manipulations of the tax code.  Their tax-importuning subset are like the chatty members of a group dinner who convince everyone to order the foie gras, caviar, and truffles but skip out before the bill arrives.

And even if they stuck around, they would take comfort in the fact that after the bill is paid, they’d still have folding money in their pockets while the rest of the party had pockets full of change. Small change.

There are solutions to this vexing tax problem.  There is the obvious: The whiny woeful rich could simply write an additional tax check each year.  But that solution doesn’t allow the rich to step down from their pedestals when the mood strikes to commiserate with the lesser rich, nor does it allow them to join idiotic self-congratulatory Web sites like Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength.  As for the psychosis, it is really a fear of being the lone patsy writing addition checks to the government.

Couldn’t have put it better myself.

But let’s be honest: The very rich don’t want to pay more tax, they want you to pay more taxes.  …  These rich tax agitators know that the real cost of any tax freight is borne by the comfortable and very comfortable, the almost rich and nearly rich income earners.

Exactly so. They want to impoverish the up-and-comers who are breathing down their necks, financially. They want to prevent competition from Those People for the luxury goods on which they’ve become so psychologically dependent.

 

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Kabul Intercontinental hotel attack: Taliban gun down foreign guests in bloodbath

28th June 2011

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Perhaps this will bring home to people the stupidity of visiting places where the per-capita annual GDP is less than one of a burger-flipper’s paychecks.

That’s some fine Religion o’ Peace™ you got there, Mohammed.

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Ages Apart

28th June 2011

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America today is startlingly segregated by age relative to historical norms, a change that is as lamentable as it is unremarked upon. Alarms have not been sounded — partly because we have chosen this separation, partly because it is unnoticeable in its progress, partly because its harms are not concrete or statistically measurable. They fall on our patience, our humility, our relationship to history, our gratitude, our preparation for death, in short our wisdom — things that are hard to put before Congress or in a think-tank finding.

What is the origin of age segregation? Most broadly, it is a component of modernization as the expansion of individual autonomy. Modernization in that sense includes the agricultural revolution, which inverted man’s relationship to his environment, and the Enlightenment, which inverted the individual’s relationship to the political order — man went from creature to a creator of each. (The troubling prospectus for modernization’s future is that computer science and biotechnology may invert even our relationship to human nature, making the next generation’s biology and consciousness a product of human design rather than an inheritance.) And with our new autonomy we have chosen to part with the elderly for obvious reasons: They can be costly, grumpy, or stodgy, they are not useful for advancing our careers, and we are not attracted to them. Let them live in their own communities, then.

HAH! Slow are we to anger, but implacable in our wrath….

‘A spirit of innovation is generally the result of a selfish temper and confined views. People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.’ — Edmund Burke

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The Steampunk Art of Friston Hookano

28th June 2011

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Interesting stuff.

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Afghan central bank governor Abdul Qadeer Fitrat flees

28th June 2011

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The governor of Afghanistan’s central bank, Abdul Qadeer Fitrat, has resigned and fled the country, saying his life is in danger for investigating fraud.

He said the government had interfered in his efforts to pursue those responsible for corruption at the privately-owned Kabul Bank.

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

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Iran Makes Giant Strides in Missile Programs

28th June 2011

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Iran has made dramatic progress in its ballistic missile programs over the past year, unveiling three new missiles it claims are already in production, including an innovative design that could be a “game-changer” if used against U.S. aircraft carriers, an Israeli expert widely considered one of the world’s top authorities on Iranian missile programs says.

Also significant were three unannounced tests of longer-range missiles most experts believe were designed to carry a nuclear warhead.

Boy, that sure makes me feel better. Doesn’t it make you feel better?

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Spain cuts high speed ‘ghost train’

28th June 2011

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Spain’s state-controlled rail operator has been forced to axe one of its newest high speed train services after it emerged that the only nine passengers were using it each day.

Oh, hey, we need one of those in this country….

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Doctors aren’t accepting new patients with private insurance either

28th June 2011

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They examined data from a representative sample pf physicians. Specifically, they looked at how often physicians accepted new patients by insurance type and year.

What did they find? The overall acceptance rate of new patients was pretty static from 2005-2008, going from 94.2% to 95.3%. The percentage of physicians accepting new Medicare patients dropped from 95.5% from 92.9% (about 2.5%). But here’s the thing. There was a bigger drop in physician acceptance of patients with private noncapitated insurance from 93.3% to 87.8% (about 5.5%). In fact, they found that over 90% of physicians accepted new Medicare patients. Reports of reimbursement rates driving away physicians may be more anecdotal than widespread.

And who could blame them?

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UK: Britain cannot deport dangerous immigrant criminals say EU judges

28th June 2011

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Undesirable or dangerous immigrants who may face ill-treatment at home cannot be deported, no matter how bad their crimes in Britain, human rights judges have ruled.

In a test case ahead of more than 200 similar actions pending against the UK, the Strasbourg judges decreed that the UK’s duty to protect people against torture or inhuman treatment is ”absolute”.

How long before the Brits realize that joining the EU was possibly the stupidest thing the British government has done since pissing off their American colonies?

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Bitcoin Laws Imminent

28th June 2011

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If it moves, regulate it. If it keeps moving, tax it. If it quits moving, subsidize it.

The only thing that saves us is that we don’t get all the government we pay for.

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Other People’s Children

28th June 2011

The Other McCain reminds us of some Inconvenient Truth.

One of the easiest things in the world to do is to tell other people how to raise their children. This is especially easy if you have no children of your own.

Got it in one.

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New San Francisco bridge built in China to be shipped to US

28th June 2011

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They have the technology.

“They have a very clever mechanism, with several advantages. The first is financing, which they have better access to because Chinese companies are mostly state-owned. It is getting more and more difficult for European contractors to access financing, and you need to have a lot of finance in the construction industry,” he said.

“Then they have managed to transfer Chinese workers, who are cheaper.

They can also use construction machinery they have built in China.

Finally, because they can generate still profit despite their low bids, they use that money to hire famous architects and demonstrate they can deliver a project above the normal standard”.

I remember, when I was young, seeing signs on products that said ‘Hand-made by slave labor in the Soviet Union’. Who says that slavery is economically inefficient?

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British settlement of Sydney an ‘invasion’

28th June 2011

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The British settlement of Sydney in 1788 has been officially declared an “invasion”, following strong pressure from the Aboriginal contingent of the city council.

The City of Sydney voted 7-2 to remove the words “European arrival” from documents and rejected a compromise plan to describe the First Fleet’s arrival as “colonisation”.

Of course, you can’t ‘invade’ something that wasn’t a nation at the time. It’s comforting to know that Australians have to suffer through the same Politically Correct ‘oh, the poor suffering natives’ nonsense with which the rest of us are afflicted. Perhaps they ought to look to the American experience and dump all the Aborigines in some outback reservation area (without clothes or medical care) to resume their former stone-age existence. Sheesh.

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Diabetics get blood vessels made from donor cells

28th June 2011

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Three dialysis patients have received the world’s first blood vessels grown in a lab from donated skin cells. It’s a key step toward creating a supply of ready-to-use arteries and veins that could be used to treat diabetics, soldiers with damaged limbs, people having heart bypass surgery and others.

We have the technology.

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