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A Hands-On President–On Your Wallet, That Is

31st October 2011

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Remember the woman in the YouTube video who was convinced that, once Barack Obama was president, she would no longer have to pay to gas up her car? She pretty well summed up the intellectual basis for Obama’s 2008 campaign.

Love the cartoon.

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Justice Department Sues South Carolina Over State’s Strict Immigration Law

31st October 2011

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“The Department of Justice has many important tasks,” Nettles said. “Two of those important tasks are the defense of the constitution and ensuring equality is afforded to all.”

But not, apparently, enforcing the law.

The last time they did this sort of shit, South Carolina seceded.

Perhaps it’s time for another bite at the apple.

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Socket Map of the World

31st October 2011

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For some useful background, see this handy map, showing the world’s five common types of electrical sockets. On this map, these five socket types constitute as many zones of plug-and-socket compatibility, each rooted in political, colonial and economic history – but none corresponding quite exactly to any existing supranational bodies; an alternate arrangement of the world community not unlike the map of driving directions discussed earlier….

Don’t ever say we never have useful stuff here.

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The Fragmenting of the New Class Elites, or, Downward Mobility

31st October 2011

Kenneth Anderson has some interesting thoughts on the occupation.

 Glenn Reynolds is correct in his weekend post to point to the social theory of the New Class as key to understanding the convulsions in the middle and upper middle class; I’ve written about it myself here at VC and in a 1990s law journal book review essay.  The angst is partly income, of course — but it’s also in considerable part, as Glenn notes, “characterized as much by self-importance as by higher income, and is far more eager to keep the proles in their place than, say, [Anne] Applebaum’s small-town dentist. It’s thus not surprising that as its influence has grown, economic opportunity has increasingly been closed down by government barriers.”

The New Class has always operated across the lines of public and private, however, the government-university-finance and technology capital sectors.  It is not a theory of the government class versus the business class — as 1990s neoconservatives sometimes mistakenly imagined.  As Lasch pointed out, it is the class that bridges and moves effortlessly between the two.  As a theory of late capitalism (once imported from being an analysis of communist nomenkaltura) it offers itself as a theory of technocratic expertise first  – but, if that spectacularly fails as it did in 2008, it falls back on a much more rudimentary claim of monopoly access to the levers of the economy.  Which is to say, the right to bridge the private-public line, and rent out its access.

And Megan McArdle takes the ball and runs it down field:

 We have no hereditary aristocracy; all fortunes originated, fairly recently, in “trade”.  Except for a small and peculiar class of people in relatively old coastal cities, we don’t celebrate people who “don’t have to work”–and don’t.  And though I have been surprisingly* often consulted by panicked people worried about “using the wrong fork”**, the class markers are mostly different.  But there are still all sorts of hidden cultural signifiers that tell us, yes, we’re still in the elite, we know that Formula One is cool and NASCAR isn’t (unless you’re watching it ironically.)

Orwell’s next passage points out that it is the lower-upper-middle-class who have the most venom towards those below them–precisely because to preserve their status, they have to keep themselves sharply apart from the workers and tradesmen.  And I think that that does apply here as well, at least to some extent.  One of the interesting things about going back to my business school reunion earlier in the month was simply the absence of the sort of cutting remarks about flyover country that I have grown used to hearing in any large gathering of people.   I didn’t notice it until after the events were over, because it was a slow accumulation of all the jokes and rants I hadn’t heard about NASCAR, McMansions, megachurches, reality television, and all the other cultural signifiers that make up a small but steady undercurrent of my current social milieu, the way Polish jokes did when I was in sixth grade.

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‘When You Spread the Wealth Around, It’s Good for Everyone’

31st October 2011

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Okay, this makes two funny Halloween cartoon I’ve seen.

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U.S. Will Withhold Funds for U.N. Agency After Vote to Grant Membership to Palestinians

31st October 2011

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The United States will not pay $60 million to a U.N. cultural and educational agency after it voted Monday to accept the Palestinian mission as a full member, triggering a U.S. requirement to cut off funds.

Yeah, I wonder how long THAT will last.

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Cordon Multi-Target Photo-Radar System Leaves No Car Untagged

31st October 2011

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Developed by Simicon, this new speed sensor promises to take highway surveillance to new heights of precision. Unlike most photo radar systems, which track only one violator at a time, Simicon’s device can simultaneously identify and follow up to 32 vehicles across four lanes. Whenever a car enters its range, the Cordon will automatically generate two images: one from wide-angle view and one closeup shot of the vehicle’s license plate. It’s also capable of instantly measuring a car’s speed and mapping its position, and can easily be synced with other databases via WiFi, 3G or WiMAX. Plus, this device is compact and durable enough to be mounted upon a tripod or atop a road sign, making it even harder for drivers to spot.

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‘Sex Education Should Be Mandatory in All Schools’

31st October 2011

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Considering the rate of unwed motherhood and teen pregnancy in ‘the black community’, I should think Roland Martin would hesitate to even open his mouth on the subject. Or perhaps he thinks it ought to be mandatory for white people, since they are so obviously behind the curve.

There are few things more annoying than listening to ignorant, whiny parents complain about a school district teaching their children about sex.

Unless it’s listening to ignorant, whiny liberals telling other people how to raise their kids.

I recall as an elementary student, as well as in middle school and high school, taking classes that dealt with sex. Yes, elementary school. It was done properly and smartly, and was needed. Did it prevent children from getting pregnant too soon? I can’t say for sure.

I can. From a site called BlackWomen’sHealth.com:

Here are some facts about teenage pregnancy in the United States:

  • Every year, close to one million young females under the age of twenty become pregnant.
  • 13 percent of all births in the United States are to teenagers.
  • Black American teenagers have higher pregnancy and out-of-wedlock birth rates than their White and Hispanic peers. However, since 1980 these rates are rising faster among Whites.
  • A female who does not use birth control the first time she has sexual intercourse is four times more likely to become pregnant than the person who uses birth control.
  • 9 times out of 10, the sexually active female who does not use birth control will become pregnant within a year.
  • Research information indicates that one-third to one-fourth of all teenage mothers will have a second child within two years of their first child.
Perhaps someone ought to show Mr Martin how to use Google. Really, it’s not that hard – we have the technology.

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#Occupy’s Favorite Anti-Semitic Teacher Turns Her Sights on LA School Board

31st October 2011

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Damn those racist white people! Oh, wait….

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UK: Metal Thieves Now Target Church Interiors

31st October 2011

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Churches already struggling to cope with the theft of metal from their roofs are now being targeted for items such as brass crucifixes and bible stands.

What sort of low-life would steal from a church?

Well, Muslims would….

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Supreme Court to the Ninth Circuit: No, We Really Mean It

31st October 2011

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A per curiam opinion is a short unsigned opinion on behalf of the whole court. It usually indicates that there wasn’t a lot of disagreement and not much time was spent on it.

The Ninth Circuit (or ‘Ninth Circus’, as Rush would say) Court of Appeals is the most reversed group of judges in the history of the United States.

But nevertheless Justice Ginsburg seems to feel the need to kiss it and make it better.

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White House Responses To Petitions

31st October 2011

Smitty from The Other McCain looks at what sort of people petition the Obamessiah.

It is not a pretty sight. But it gets pretty funny.

formally acknowledge an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race – Disclosure. 11,845 Must. Not. Make. Kucinich. Joke.

 

The man has iron self-control.

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Attention Media: Occupy Wall Street Protesters Are World’s Richest One Percent

31st October 2011

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As the Motley Fool reported Friday, those sleeping in tents and skipping showers in cities around the country are actually part of the world’s richest one percent:

In America, the top 1% earn more than $380,000 per year. We are, however, among the richest nations on Earth. How much do you need to earn to be among the top 1% of the world?

$34,000.

That was the finding World Bank economist Branko Milanovic presented in his 2010 book The Haves and the Have-Nots. Going down the distribution ladder may be just as surprising. To be in the top half of the globe, you need to earn just $1,225 a year. For the top 20%, it’s $5,000 per year. Enter the top 10% with $12,000 a year. To be included in the top 0.1% requires an annual income of $70,000.

Imagine that.

Contrary to the current media meme, when adjusted for international dollars as well as cost and standard of living, there is far greater income inequality in Brazil, China, and India.

More importantly as it pertains to the Occupy Wall Street movement, people in the bottom five percent of income here are still richer than 68 percent of the world’s citizens.

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Today in Settled Science

31st October 2011

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Remember the U.S. government report report five years ago that polar bears were drowning? Kassie Siegel, director of the U.S.-based Center for Biological Diversity, cited the report in her call to place the polar bear on the endangered species list.  Never mind that we now have 5 times as many polar bears today than we did 50 years ago. We must take action immediately. Based on one report. Because that’s how science works. One report is all it takes to leap to a conclusion that may cost society billions.

I still have yet to see any explanation of how ‘scientists’ can measure the temperature of the entire globe to the precision of 1/10 of a degree Celcius, much less any explanation of how that measurement escapes the Aggregation Fallacy.

 

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Occupy Wall Street Shrugged

31st October 2011

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Certainly the agitators behind this movement are far-left ideologues. But my sense is that the rank and file is not so explicitly ideological, and the overall message they have been sending is vague and incoherent. Part of what is driving the movement is Tahrir envy and Tea Party envy: left-leaning kids see other groups rising up in successful mass protests, and they don’t want to be left out of the fun. But the actual precedent for the movement is a series of protests and tent camps that sprang up in Israel over the summer, You see the same combination: inchoate economic discontent, organized behind the scenes by the far left, but with a purposely vague message that allows the protests to attract a larger audience, mostly drawn from the college-educated middle class and upper middle class.

The same goes for Occupy Wall Street. It is perhaps best understood as a form of children’s theater for middle-class college kids.

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U.S. Median Household Income Under Barack Obama

31st October 2011

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It’s pretty bad.

According to a study done by former Bureau staffer Gordon Green and others at data-crunching firm Sentier Research, the income of the typical American household, adjusted for inflation and in 2011 dollars, has dropped well below the January 2000 level ($55,836).”

How’s that Hope & Change stuff working out for you? What have you got to show for Barack’s 1.5 TRILLION dollars of ‘stimulus’?

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‘How Tea Party Could Drive GOP to Disaster’

31st October 2011

David Frum progresses on his career as a contra-conservative. I can see why CNN continues to publish his drivel, but I can’t see any reason for people to continue to read it.

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The Only Funny Halloween Cartoon I’ve Ever Seen

31st October 2011

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

31st October 2011

Roll With It

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Bombs at Baghdad Music Shop Kill 32, Wound 71

31st October 2011

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Muhammad said: “Allah Mighty and Majestic sent me as a guidance and mercy to believers and commanded me to do away with musical instruments, flutes, strings, crucifixes, and the affair of the pre-Islamic period of ignorance.”

And not just by asking nicely.

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Going Non-Postal

31st October 2011

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The Post Office is the poster child for an activity that is ‘too important to be left to the private sector’.

Government long ago abrogated legitimate public enterprise to fund an endless variety of personal concerns. However much one complains (and many do), the post office serves the vast majority of citizens. All you need is an address. If you don’t have one, your local branch will rent one for a nominal fee. Everyone is represented if they want to be.

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Egypt: Muslim Students Murder Christian Classmate for Wearing a Crucifix

31st October 2011

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

Of course, if Christian students had murdered a Muslim classmate because he wore a crescent, it would be headlines around the world, and there would be riots in the streets across the Middle East.

Another timely reminder that freedom of religion is not a Muslim value.

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The Unexamined Premises of Multiculturalism

31st October 2011

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The practitioners of the Multicultural Arts are at least subliminally aware that the basic assumptions of their dogma cannot stand up to close scrutiny. This is why the proponents of PC/MC tend to respond to reasonable criticism with accusations of “racism”, vicious ad-hominem attacks, and physical violence. They fear that the edifice in which they have invested so much emotional and physical energy may in fact be spun from pure gossamer. Fear generates anger, and their fury demands the destruction of those who would expose their delusions.

The other day former British prime minister Tony Blair invoked one of the major unexamined premises of Multiculturalism while defending his party’s immigration policy during his time in office: “Britain cannot succeed unless it opens its borders to more people from different backgrounds.”

In what ways was Britain unsuccessful while it was still, well, British? In what ways is it more successful now?

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U.S. Tracks ‘Millions’ of Dollars Stolen by Iraqi officials

31st October 2011

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Out of the billions of dollars in cash that the U.S. shipped to Iraq during the war, “hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars . . . was stolen by senior Iraqi officials for their own personal gain,” the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction tells CNBC.

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

It will no doubt come as a shock to most people that ‘Thou shalt not steal’ makes no appearance in the Koran.

 

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Herman Cain Delenda Est

31st October 2011

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It would appear to be a validation of the political threat posed by Herman Cain that the Voices of the Crust are trotting out tricks from the regular ‘progressive’ playbook, the modern-day equivalent of the classic Soviet ‘Crimes Against the People’. The current Two-Minute Hate is no more credible than that used during the borking of Clarence Thomas during his confirmation hearings, but it’s a necessary step in demonizing  anyone who may grow into a threat against Business As Usual in Washington unless diverted. No Republican candidate could so well illuminate Barack Obama’s role as an affirmative-action hire as Cain, who actually accomplished what Obama wished he had.

This is not going unnoticed — after all, there is nothing new under the sun. Erick Erickson of RedState is right on top of it:

We’re going to see a few things happen I suspect.

First, a great many liberals who defended Bill Clinton will come forward to express outrage. Second, a few conservatives who went after Bill Clinton will defend Herman Cain. Third, many people will quietly brace for more to come out.

This time, people don’t want to be caught off guard. They want to make sure Herman Cain cannot become Mike Huckabee for 2012.

Ann Coulter, of course, minces no words:

There’s nothing liberals fear more than a black conservative. Ask Alan West, ask Michael Steele, and ask Clarence Thomas. And even what the allegations are here, I mean, it shows you how the civil rights juggernaut has gone off the rails. The idea of civil rights laws to begin with ironically was to protect blacks from Democrats in the south who wouldn’t protect them. Now it’s white women in Scarsdale who say, “Ooh, I don’t like that he called me honey.”

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The Man Who Prints Houses

30th October 2011

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 While we’re currently printing relatively small objects in today’s 3D printers, 3D printing will work at larger scale too. Much larger. In fact, if you have a big enough 3D printer, it becomes applicable to the construction industry. We’ve got a ways to go, but people are exploring the idea of printing buildings.

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Our Unpaid, Extra Shadow Work

30th October 2011

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The conventional wisdom is that America has become a “service economy,” but actually, in many sectors, “service” is disappearing. There was a time when a gas station attendant would routinely fill your tank and even check your oil and clean your windshield and rear window without charge, then settle your bill. Today, all those jobs have been transferred to the customer: we pump our own gas, squeegee our own windshield, and pay our own bill by swiping a credit card. Where customers once received service from the service station, they now provide “self-service” — a synonym for “no service.” Technology enables this sleight of hand, which lets gas stations cut their payrolls, having co-opted their patrons into doing these jobs without pay.

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16-Foot Python Found in Florida Everglades Had Eaten Deer

30th October 2011

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Well, it was just lying there; shame to let it go to waste….

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Measuring Fairness

29th October 2011

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Take the question of equal pay for equal work. If you see it as a gender issue, aren’t you leaving out a few dimensions that are also important? I saw an interview the other day with the woman who is the lead plaintiff for the class action suit against WalMart. Her complaint is that WalMart discriminated against her for being a woman. The thing that fascinated me is that somehow she managed to discern that the discrimination she experienced was because of her gender and not the fact that she’s also obese, unattractive, and African-American. Based on the interview, she also seems to have a sketchy command of grammar. I couldn’t judge her height or personality, but those are two more factors that have a big impact on career advancement.

Far too often nobody mentions that the correct answer to the charge, ‘You’re discriminating against me because I’m X!’ is ‘No, I’m discriminating against you because you’re a jerk.’ But that’s not legally actionable, so nobody phrases it that way.

I make this observation as a short, hair-challenged, nearsighted, unattractive, over-the-hill individual who was pushed out of two different careers (banking and the phone company) explicitly for being male and white. In my case, my bosses explained it to me directly, as in “You’re our most qualified candidate for promotion, but we can’t promote a white male in the foreseeable future.” This happened in the context of finishing my MBA at night so I could overcome discrimination against me based on the reputation of my school. I’m not complaining. It’s just context. We live in a world with so many triggers for bias that it seems simplistic to divide things along gender lines.

It is unfortunate that there are many permissible grounds for disfavoring one class of people with respect to another, and they rarely match up with what would be rational.

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Spare Us From the Wrath of the Trick-Or-Treaters

29th October 2011

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Nothing more embarrassing than a little fellow shouting through your letterbox: ‘We know you’re in there!’

For which, of course, the appropriate answer is one of these.

(Yes, I am an asshole. Nice of you to notice.)

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#OWS Occupy London Stock Exchange Not Showing Up on Standard Thermal Scans.

29th October 2011

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I guess occupation is only part time — we spend the night where it’s warm and comfy. We’re here in solidarity with the 99% except when it’s inconvenient.

Masking one’s numbers by putting up extra tents and suchlike is a trick that the Ancient Romans knew. Which is why we actually have thermal imagers, in fact: people got tired of having that trick work.

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Punctuation, Quotation Marks, and Footnotes

29th October 2011

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This is the way lawyers do it, and they do it this way because the courts require it, and the courts require it because that’s the way the judges and clerks learned it in law school, and they learned it that way in law school because the Blue Book said to, and the Blue Book is published by the Law Review editors at Harvard, Yale, and Columbia.

Take whatever action you deem appropriate.

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Another Setback for Cape Wind

29th October 2011

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In 2002, federal reguators predicted it would take between 18-months and three-years for the proposed Cape Wind energy project in Nantucket Sound to receive federal approval.  Nearly ten years later, the project is still awaiting full federal clearance, and has yet to begin construction.  Full operation remains at least two years away.

You want ‘green jobs’? Surprise — for all the rhetoric, the government is the chief impediment. (OF COURSE we want to have the Post Office provide our health care!)

The Cape Wind experience also shows that it does not take much to gum up the regulatory gears for new projects of this sort.  Opposition to Cape Wind has been driven by a few dozen families willing to invest their time and money to influence the regulatory process — and it’s worked.  It does not matter whether a proposed project is popular with local residents, as a relatively small group of naysayers can exploit existing regulatory requirements to slow things down in the hope of eventually killing the project altogether.  If other offshore wind projects are to succeed where Cape Wind has (thus far) failed, they will must prepare for similar opposition, and encourage regulatory reforms that will streamline wind project development and approval.

Meddle not with the environment of the Crust, for they are subtle and quick to anger.

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Wrecks That Promise to Unlock the Mystery gf Francis Drake’s Final Resting Place

29th October 2011

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The hero of the Armada died of dysentery in 1596, and his body – in a full suit of armour and lead-lined coffin – is known to have been laid to rest near the ships, which were scuttled shortly afterwards to prevent them falling into Spanish hands.

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Rare Video of Egyptian Tank “Mowing Down” Christian Civilians

29th October 2011

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Watch this one-minute video and see a tank literally run over a handful of Christians for protesting the constant destruction of their churches in Egypt, at the recent Maspero Massacre. These tanks were made possible by U.S. military aid, supposedly for the protection of Egyptian “citizens.” But apparently the military — hailed by the Western media as the “savior” of Egypt for ousting Mubarak — does not see the nation’s Christian minorities as “citizens,” but dhimmis who have no right to protest — unsurprisingly so, considering the military, even in Egypt’s early black-and-white movies, was known as al-Jihadiyya — “the wagerer of jihad.”

Another timely reminder that freedom of religion is not a Muslim value.

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Productivity Future Vision (2011)

29th October 2011

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Sorry, this is only for the 1%.

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Obama’s Top Muslim Adviser Blocks Middle Eastern Christians’ Access to White House

29th October 2011

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

He ain’t named ‘Hussein’ for nothin’, ya know.

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NZ: Robots Allow Cows to Milk Themselves

29th October 2011

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Farmer and businessman Ryan Carr of Mayfield has four robots on his farm near Ashburton which allow the cows to decide when they want to be milked.

Mr Carr told Country Life that the robotic system also means cows can eat and move at their own pace.

He says that’s doing wonders for their health and they have a longer life expectancy.

Farm production has also improved and is 4% ahead of this time last year.

Mr Carr said each unit costs about $250,000.

As Gibson said, the future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed.

(Cue handwringing from leftists over the agricultural jobs lost and stupid people left without work.)

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All the Single Ladies

29th October 2011

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Recent years have seen an explosion of male joblessness and a steep decline in men’s life prospects that have disrupted the “romantic market” in ways that narrow a marriage-minded woman’s options: increasingly, her choice is between deadbeats (whose numbers are rising) and playboys (whose power is growing).

Gee, I wonder why that is.

In 2001, when I was 28, I broke up with my boyfriend. Allan and I had been together for three years, and there was no good reason to end things. He was (and remains) an exceptional person, intelligent, good-looking, loyal, kind. My friends, many of whom were married or in marriage-track relationships, were bewildered. I was bewildered. To account for my behavior, all I had were two intangible yet undeniable convictions: something was missing; I wasn’t ready to settle down.

What’s missing is the point where the author changes from a child to an adult. There’s a lot of that going around these days, and what goes around comes around.

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Afghan Army Trainee Opens Fire on His Australian Trainers, Murdering Three

29th October 2011

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As I have said many times in the context of many similar incidents in Iraq and Afghanistan, there is no reliable way to distinguish a peaceful Muslim from a jihadist. This is yet more fruit of the unwillingness to make even a cursory attempt to take that fact into account.

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

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Even Mother Jones Confirms Police Provoked by Occupy Oakland Demonstrators

29th October 2011

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I’m shocked, I tell you, shocked.

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#OccupyWashington

29th October 2011

Read it … oh, wait, there’s nothing to read. Wonder why that is.

Perhaps it’s just because these ‘OccupyWhatever’ gatherings are just an internal squabble among the Crust, using tools and dupes from the Underclass (and their own silly kids) as proxies.

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1 MW E-Cat Cold Fusion Device Test Successful

29th October 2011

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Well, the big day has come and gone. Andrea Rossi’s one-megawatt-capable E-Cat cold fusion device has been tested in Bologna, Italy; and the unknown customer, who ran the test, is apparently happy.

There were some issues, so it couldn’t be run at full power in self-looped mode, but what it did do was plenty impressive.

It ran for 5.5 hours producing 470 kW, while in self-looped mode. That means no substantial external energy was required to make it run, because it kept itself running, even while producing an excess of nearly half a megawatt. Rossi explained the reasons for this in the presentation he gave, which I videotaped and will be posting later.

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UK: Marines in daring amphibious raid in Somalia

29th October 2011

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The commandos carried out a dramatic amphibious landing using Viking armoured vehicles launched from landing craft, according to the Daily Mail.

Heavily-armed personnel from 539 Assault Squadron pushed deep inland through the lawless zone to seize the influential clan chief.

He was taken off for talks with MI6 and Foreign Offfice officials aboard a Royal Navy support ship ancored off the coast, centring on issues such as terrror training camps and the seizing of hostages.

The old Britain is still there, underneath all the cruft, and occasionally shows itself.

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Liberal Indulgences

29th October 2011

Victor Davis Hanson, being an historian, can’t help but realize that there is nothing new under the sun.

In a nutshell, our American elites, even if well-meaning with real concern for the less fortunate, have adopted the medieval practice of compartmentalization. Loud demonstrations of general progressive piety exempt one from consistency. Our medieval ancestors could practice usury if they helped repair a collapsed nave or joined a Crusade, as traditional Christianity tried to deal with an imperfect world of important Christians who did not wish to live by their doctrine.

Today, liberalism puts a comparable burden on its elites: can one occupy Wall Street and still enjoy the luxury of that iPhone 4s? Did the university professor in Zuccotti Park worry about Wall Street when his TIAA-Cref account used to return 8% plus per annum? Can we still jet to Tuscany and worry about carbon footprints? Can we live in Chevy Chase, Malibu, or Woodside and be stalwarts on the barricades of racial integration and multiculturalism? How can we make $200,000 a year as Assistant Vice Provost for Diversity Affairs, when a part-time lecturer gets 1/5 for the same class a full-time, top-step professor teaches?

Modern society is a conspiracy of the Overclass and the Undercass against the Middle Class, and has been ever since ‘progressives’ captured the government and popular culture a hundred years ago. The Crust think that, since they’re all than anybody every sees, they’re actually the filling rather than just the decoration.

Savvy wealthy people—whether the Kennedy Trust beneficiaries, a Bill Gates, or Warren Buffett—understand that minimizing tax exposure, trying to avoid federal inheritance taxes through foundations, or accumulating vast riches are, in the liberal sense of ethics, offset by progressive platitudes. In short, we are supposed to think differently of John Kerry trying to avoid taxes on his multimillion-dollar superfluous yacht than we do of a car dealer’s Lexus. Warren Buffett can praise big government and higher taxes as the indulgence necessary to feel OK about shorting the government billions of future inheritance taxes by giving his fortune to a privately-run foundation that apparently is felt to be more efficient than the Department of Human Services, who, after all, could use the cash in these times of mega-deficits.

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Occupy Wall Street: Too White

29th October 2011

Steve Sailer says what everybody knows but nobody admits.

Wow, that will definitely heighten awareness among Today’s Youth of Color: Harry Belafonte! Don’t let anybody tell you the NAACP is the National Association for the Advancement of Certain People resting on their laurels.

And it’s amazing how quickly recent immigrants latch on to the We Are Colored Victims trope.

How could they have forgotten America’s litany of historic crimes against Sikhs?

As I said, just an internal squabble among the Crust, using the underclass (and their own kids) as tools and dupes — a more-disorganized-than-usual bit of Street Theater.

So, they are organizing the logistics of their campout: How many different kinds of recycling bins should we have? That sort of thing. Middle class white people find this kind of self-organizing to be pretty fascinating. It also bores the heck out of most minorities and non-middle class whites, which has the salutary effect of driving away undesirables.

Heh.

The obvious model for this is the successful Burning Man campouts that take place each September on a godforsaken dry lake bed in Nevada. A bunch of naked white hippies do a pretty fine job of setting up a huge community for one week each year. (My cousin, the tough hippie, goes there every year, and now his octogenarian mother, a lifelong outdoorswoman, wants to go to Burning Man, too.)

Let’s them blow off steam and forget for a week that NOBODY ELSE GIVES A SHIT ABOUT THEIR PATHETIC ADOLESCENT WHINING.

Burning Man started out in San Francisco, but moved to the middle of nowhere for various reasons, one unmentionable one being: barriers to entry. Ticket prices are now a few hundred dollars for entry, plus the cost of travel and camping equipment. That keeps out the petty criminals, homeless guys, gang-bangers, and other predators, parasites, and losers. Old San Francisco hippies remember, even if they won’t mention it, what kept the Haight-Ashbury Summer of Love in 1967 from continuing: criminals, especially black criminals from the Fillmore district, discovered, to their delight, that drugged-up white hippie chicks were easy prey. So Haight Ashbury went from a utopian middle class scene to a dystopian underclass one in weeks. Hence, it’s really expensive to get to Burning Man now.

Reality always intrudes upon left-wing fantasy. If you own the country and its guns, you can stretch it out for a bit, as the old Marxist-Leninists found out, but eventually either it all comes apart, as the old Soviet Union discovered, or you hold the note and change the key, as the Chinese eventually decided.

Unlike some people, I remember the sixties and seventies, when such demonstrations were the social herpes of college campuses — they’d go into remission for months, only to break out in embarrassing sores when it was most inconvenient for the uninfected.

Read any of the hippy memoirs of the 1964-1974 period and you’ll find that the Voices of the People spent most of their time wrangling over political posturing while badmouthing the Judean People’s Front deviationists. It was very amusing if you were over for a visit but didn’t have to live there, and inexpressibly tedious if you had to step over the dogpiles while trying to get to work.

(I’ve always loved their use of the word ‘demonstration’ — it encapsulates the truth that these gatherings were only for show and didn’t represent an actual working version suitable for production.)

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Obama ‘Bundlers’ Sport Close Ties to Lobbies

29th October 2011

Read it.

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

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Yemen: Jihadists murder head of counterterrorism unit with car bomb

28th October 2011

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

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Occupy Wall Street Struggles to Make ‘the 99%’ Look Like Everybody

28th October 2011

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Two weeks into Occupy Wall Street’s takeover of Zuccotti Park, a group of Bronx community organizers and friends rode the subway down to Lower Manhattan to check out a movement they supported in principle.

When they got there, they recalled, they found what they had suspected: a largely white and middle-class crowd that claimed to represent “the 99 percent” but bore little resemblance to most of the people in the group’s own community. That community, the South Bronx, is one of the poorest areas of the country and home almost exclusively to blacks and Hispanics.

“Nobody looked like us,” said Rodrigo Venegas, 31, co-founder of Rebel Diaz Arts Collective, a center for political activism and hip-hop run out of a warehouse in Mott Haven. “It was white, liberal, young people who for the first time in their life are feeling a small percentage of what black and brown communities have been feeling for hundreds of years.

One of the signal hypocrisies of progressivism is that they claim to speak for ‘the people’ but wind up speaking only for their own preconceptions.

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Remedial Economics

28th October 2011

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Nan Terrie learned an expensive lesson last week about the importance of property rights. “Stealing is our biggest problem at the moment,” the 18-year-old protester told the New York Post. “I had my Mac stolen—that was like $5,500.” Why? Because she left it in a public place, amid a crowd demanding the redistribution of wealth. Imagine that.

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