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New Dog Breeds

26th November 2011

Bob gets all the best lines.

In need of a new canine companion? You might consider one of these:

Pointer + Setter = Pointsetter, a traditional Christmas pet

Kerry Blue Terrier + Skye Terrier = Blue Skye, a dog for visionaries

Great Pyrenees + Dachshund = Pyradachs, a puzzling breed

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Australia: Parents may be jailed over forced marriages

26th November 2011

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This could lead to a direct confrontation between Muslims upholding Islamic law and practice and Australian authorities. In such instances, Muslims are used to non-Muslim authorities giving way to their demands. We’ll see if that happens here.

A pointed reminder that individual rights are not a Muslim value.

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Reporters Without Borders Says Egypt Unsafe for Female Reporters After More Sexual Assaults on Journalists

26th November 2011

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

They ought to be called ‘Reporters Without a Clue’.

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U.S. Congressmen Call for Investigation After Palestinian Authority’s Embezzlement of Development Fund to Reward Jihadists

26th November 2011

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Why the surprise? It’s just jizya, and one of the traditional uses of jizya is to support jihad.

The request this week came three weeks after MK Moshe Matalon (Israel Beiteinu) had sent a letter to the budget committees of the US Senate and House of Representatives, informing them of PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s policy of paying freed Palestinian prisoners who had been convicted of murder $5,000 and building them new homes.

Which answers Dennis’s question, not that he’ll ever admit it.

Your tax dollars at work.

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UK: Man Throws Fire Extinguishers and Furniture From 10th Floor Office Window

26th November 2011

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Tell the truth, we’ve all had days like that.

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Nigeria: Muslims murder children of convert to Christianity

26th November 2011

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Islamic law forbids Muslims to leave Islam. These murders were revenge upon one Muslim who dared to exercise his freedom of conscience.

A pointed reminder that freedom of religion is not a Muslim value.

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

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America’s Stupid Future

26th November 2011

The Other McCain is not afraid to ask the hard questions.

“Look deep into her eyes: Is she the stupidest person on Earth, or does she actually know what she’s advocating?” (The death toll of Mao’s Cultural Revolution is estimated from 1.5 million to 20 million.)

Her name is Colleen. She’s a 20-year-old student from Vermont – 95% white, where the unemployment rate is a relatively low 5.6%.

She attends Johnson State College, where in-state tuition is a modest $8,568 a year. We may therefore dismiss as implausible any idea that Colleen is part of an oppressed group whose plight justifies “revolution,” cultural or otherwise. So why was she in Zuccotti Park last week? Dunno.

It’s the romanticization of victimhood. Liberalism teaches kids to identify so profoundly with “victims” that, no matter how comfortable or privileged their own circumstances may be, they have to protest on behalf of the downtrodden, the exploited, the oppressed. Otherwise, they feel inauthentic, full of guilt about being un-victimized.

We live in a country where the people who complain the loudest about oppression are not oppressed in any rational sense of the term. Coupled with the fashionable concern for ‘poor’ people (who aren’t really poor as the rest of the world understands the word) and ‘rich’ people (who mostly earned what they have and are still pilloried as blood-sucking parasites), there comes a time when one is forced to conclude that the inmates are in charge of the asylum, and the safest thing to do is find a convenient hiding place in which to wait for things to get better — if, indeed, they will get better.

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Boyfriend’s Body Found in Pool of Castle

26th November 2011

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Tragic Steven Penny, 43, was found submerged and unconscious in the basement pool of Walton Castle which is owned by his partner Margarita Hamilton, 54.

She had hosted the bash – which saw guests knock back champagne, wine and beer – to celebrate the birthday of her wealthy ex-husband, Roderick Hamilton.

Mr Penny, who was three-and-a-half times the drink-drive limit, was dragged out of the water at 4.45am by fellow party guests, but could not be resuscitated.

Think of it as evolution in action.

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Egypt: Freed Egyptian-American Journalist Says She Was Sexually Assaulted

26th November 2011

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A pointed reminder that respect for women is not a Muslim value.

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Thanksgiving Lessons

26th November 2011

Alex Tabarrok, a Real Economist, points out some inconvenient truth.

It’s one of the ironies of American history that when the Pilgrims first arrived at Plymouth rock they promptly set about creating a communist society.  Of course, they were soon starving to death.

A fine illustration of the fact that there is no truth about human behavior, nor a so high a stack of empirical proof, that cannot be ignored by the foolish and ignorant.

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Tory Students to Send Letter of Apology to Barack Obama Over Effigy Burning

26th November 2011

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Authorities at the university – where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge studied and first met – investigated but ruled that the action was not “intentionally racist”.

Mr Marshall was summoned and made aware of the university’s “very serious concerns”. He said the society would write to Mr Obama to apologise.

Has any group of students anywhere around the world, including the U.S., ever been forced to apologized for any of the incidents in which President Bush was burned in effigy or otherwise insulted? The question answers itself. After all, some animals are more equal than others.

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Dearbornistan: Male nurse fired for treating Muslim women

26th November 2011

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“He was told the clinic’s male Muslim clientele did not want a male treating female patients.”

For a taxpayer-funded entity to comply with such a demand opens more than one nasty can of worms. First, there is the disturbing prospect of a state institution taking it upon itself to enforce and observe an Islamic separation of men and women. The practice also left the facility open to tremendous liability over the prospect of delayed or denied care on the basis of gender, recalling conditions under the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan.

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New Jersey Father Suspected of Murdering Daughter, Son-in-Law in Pakistan ‘Honor Killing’

26th November 2011

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A New Jersey resident whose daughter and son-in-law were gunned down while on a trip to Pakistan was named as the chief suspect in their deaths.

Muzaffar Hussain is suspected of murdering his New York native daughter Uzma Naurin, 30, and her husband, Saif Rehman, 31, in an “honor killing,” the Daily Mail reported.

Naurin and Rehman were shot dead Nov. 1 when their car was ambushed near the northeastern Pakistan city of Gujrat. The car’s driver and several other passengers were uninjured.

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

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

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Ruth: In Memoriam

25th November 2011

Your Wildest Dreams

Please remember in your thoughts and in your prayers Ruth Woodring, beloved wife, who was taken from us in body but not in spirit on this day thirteen years ago.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon her; may her soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace

May God keep her in memory eternal.

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‘Company Policy: We Are Not Hiring Until Obama Is Gone’

25th November 2011

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“Can’t afford it,” explained the employer, Bill Looman, Tuesday evening. “I’ve got people that I want to hire now, but I just can’t afford it. And I don’t foresee that I’ll be able to afford it unless some things change in D.C.”

And who could blame them? Who know with what sort of mandates and restrictions his administration will hit those who are responsible for creating jobs, while bailing out unionized government workers?

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Graphene circuits from an inkjet printer

25th November 2011

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The researchers, led by Andrea Ferrari of the university’s Department of Engineering, created an ink able to deposit graphene on a flexible silicon substrate, using this year’s favourite magic material to improve the efficiency and performance of an organic semiconductor material.

We have the technology.

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All US Pro Basketball to Be Played by Topless Strippers

25th November 2011

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A former NBA superstar was been tugged in by a bunch of hoop-shooting strippers as their head coach ahead of the launch of a basketball league comprised entirely of topless dancers.

The 23-strong Rick’s Cabaret International chain of “upscale adult night clubs” set up its league after spotting a hole in the market – due to an acrimonious dispute between the NBA and players that has shut down the league for the last five months.

Just think of the ratings.

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It’s the ALL NEW FUTURISTIC WEAPONS Black Friday Roundup!

25th November 2011

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And the Brits don’t even do Thanksgiving. Talk about cultural dominance….

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Humans Were ‘Trolling’ the Deep Seas 42,000 Years Ago, Says Prof

25th November 2011

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The archaeologists found the 42,000-year-old bones of tuna and sharks in a cave on East Timor near Australia, providing strong evidence that people were deep-sea fishing back then, according to their findings, published in Science.

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List Mania: The Top Five New Malthusians

24th November 2011

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“The New Malthusians” sounds like the name of a new wave or punk band, but just as new wave is old school, there is never anything new about Malthusianism no matter how many times it gets punked. Only the band members change.

When the world’s population reached the estimated 7 billion mark a few weeks ago, the most famous Malthusian of modern times, Paul Ehrlich, made a few encore appearances for old time’s sake, but for the most part Ehrlich and his generation of Malthusian rock stars, such as Garrett Hardin, Lester Brown, and the Club of Rome, appear about a fresh as Keith Richards after a 7 am wake up call. The old guys really need to be retired (well, actually, Garrett Hardin is long dead anyway), to make room for the new kids. The criteria for making the list are simple: a winner’s Malthusianism has to be essentially unmodulated from the older kind, be relentlessly monotonic, be extremely lucrative, and/or a pretext for increased centralized political power.

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Why Ford Just Became A Software Company

24th November 2011

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More and more, cars are becoming software-heavy. Can’t say at this point whether this is a good thing or a bad thing. I will note that one of the chief advantages of American forces in WWII and Korea was the fact that almost any infantryman could repair 90% of the problems with almost any vehicle; nowadays that would be impossible, not because modern military vehicles are complex but because the civilian vehicles that those grunts practiced on in high school are now beyond their capability to play with — if the school even has shop courses any more, which many don’t.

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In Guatemala, a Rhode Island-Size Jade Lode

24th November 2011

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The deposits rival the world’s leading current source of mined jade, in Myanmar, formerly Burma, the experts say. The implications for history, archaeology and anthropology are just starting to emerge.

For one thing, the scientists say, the find suggests that the Olmecs, who flourished on the southern gulf coast of Mexico, exerted wide influence in the Guatemalan highlands as well. All told, they add, the Guatemalan lode was worked for millenniums [sic], as compared with centuries for the Burmese one.

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Turn Left and Follow the Money

24th November 2011

Jim Goad has some fun with the deep-pockets of the Crust.

It’s refreshing to see leftists finally admit they’re rich. Politics is the whimsical sport of capturing a gullible public’s minds like butterflies in a net, and the meme-gurus of the political “left”—roughly defined as those who favor more government—have performed a masterful job of hoodwinking the nation’s blinkered info-consumers into believing it is exclusively the evil capitalistic private-sector greed-sharks on the “right” who are backed by corporations, big money, and the pheromonal stench of “power.” What’s fascinating is that this seductively successful message is largely being transmitted by people who are themselves backed by corporations, big money, and every imaginable sort of financial and political power. Leftist politics are a Möbius strip of exceedingly wealthy messengers railing against “the wealthy” while getting wealthier in the process.

Still, the left somehow gets away with posing as a proletarian movement boldly arrayed shoulder-to-shoulder like warrior serfs against legions of predatory corporate-fascist right-wing robot battering rams. This, despite a 2006 study of Fortune 500 companies that showed America’s wealthiest 100 corporations donated $59 million to leftist causes and a paltry $4 million to the political right. This, despite a 2002 Washington Times report that showed when it came to “fabulously wealthy” donors who were able to dump at least $100,000 on a political party, the People’s Democratic Party fetched $108 million while the fatcat GOP corporate stooges were only able to snag $37 mil. And even though he sort of mutely winked and nodded approvingly at Occupy Wall Street, Barack Obama still gets more Wall Street money than any other presidential candidate.

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The Proper Study

24th November 2011

John Derbyshire, Patron Saint of Dyspepsia, would not have felt at home in the Ivy League.

There are excuses with which I can console myself. I was a STEM student. That’s what we’re supposed to say nowadays, STEM. It stands for “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.” Mastering differential equations doesn’t leave a lot of time over for Turgenev. Not that we didn’t do our best. We math geeks used to quip defensively that when we dated girls from the Humanities or soft-science departments, while visiting their rooms we could browse their books while they were making coffee or powdering noses; but they never browsed our books.

Unfortunately for him, even our engineers were erudite. Mark Miller, for example, was never happier than when discussing philosophy; I once wound him up like a cheap clock at a P.O.R. debate by stating that I didn’t accept Aristotle’s principle of the excluded middle. The ensuing discussion took half the night and sucked in people such as Rick Brookhiser, Gene Meyer, and Peter Keisler. ‘Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, but to be young was very heaven!’

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At least 20 bodies found in western Mexico

24th November 2011

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Sure, we need more of those people in this country! Open the borders! Make ‘em all citizens! All is forgiven! Y’all come on in! Barack will give you a pony!

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Medvedev Threatens to Target U.S. Missile Shields in Europe

24th November 2011

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President Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday that Russia will deploy new missiles aimed at the American missile defense system in Europe if it does not go ahead with an agreement with Washington and NATO on how the systems will be built.

Thereby proving that the missile sheild is necessary. Thanks, Dmitri. We couldn’t have done it without you.

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Weapons Cache Found During Zuccotti Park Cleanup, Sources Say

24th November 2011

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Those right-wing fanatics ought to be arrested! Oh, wait….

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Taking Liberties: Bigfoot Spotted, Needs Permit

24th November 2011

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It’s the YouTube posting that got Doyle kicked off Mount Monadnock. Park Rangers caught the video on the Internet and when Doyle came back to shoot a sequel, the rangers told him no, claiming Doyle was a “film crew,” and needed a “film permit.”

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Sinking, sinking…Almost Gone: Europe’s Navies

23rd November 2011

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Although close to the United States in population and combined economic power, our European allies and partners continue to shrink in terms of military capabilities.

 

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Porsche’s Design Tower Project Solves Parking Problem With Robotic Elevator for Cars

23rd November 2011

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I keep hearing the Bugs Bunny cartoon factory music in the background….

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Researchers Create Spinal Cord Connectors From Human Stem Cells

23rd November 2011

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Led by bioengineer James Hickman, the team pulled off the feat with help from Brown University Professor Emeritus Herman Vandenburgh, who collected muscle stem cell samples from adult volunteers. After close examination, they then discovered that under the right conditions, these samples could be combined with spinal cord cells to form connectors, or neuromuscular junctions, which the brain uses to control the body’s muscles.

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What You Need to Know About the CIA Getting Rolled Up in Lebanon.

23rd November 2011

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As some of you may or may not already know, Hizballah, together with the Lebanese government, has rolled up what is believed to be the vast majority of the assets of the Central Intelligence Agency in Lebanon. Ken Delanian of the Los Angeles Times and Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo of the Associated Press have more, but this story has already attracted the attention of the U.S. Congress, which has some questions for the CIA.

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Romney’s Business

23rd November 2011

Megan McArdle puts Mitt Romney’s ‘business experience’ under a microscope.

Perhaps awed by this résumé, his debate opponents all failed to offer the obvious rebuttal: If he loved the private sector, why did he ditch it to seek public office? Romney’s last immersion in business was more than a decade ago; his last full-time job was as governor of one of the most liberal states in the country. The other Republicans onstage didn’t dare ask the question that ran through my mind as I watched this performance: How, exactly, did almost 25 years with Bain prepare Romney for the presidency?

Now consider what a consultant does. Consultants are, as any firm will tell you, the “best and the brightest,” culled from elite undergraduate and graduate programs. But they rarely lead anything larger than a small team; the average Army second lieutenant nine months out of a third-tier state college probably has more direct reports, and more deliverables.

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Please Let This Not Be the Future of Reading on the Web

23rd November 2011

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I’m worried that the wells of attention are being drilled to depletion by linkbait headlines, ad-infested pages, “jumps” and random pagination, and content that is engineered to be “consumed” in 1 minute or less of quick scanning – just enough time to capture those almighty eyeballs.

The problem appears to arise because of a mismatch in expectations between the site and the prospective reader. The reader is there to read. The site is there to make money, of which providing something to read may or may not play a part. In the online world, advertising is the prevalent business model; and in the advertising model, money goes to those who attract attention. Unfortunately, much of the advertising world doesn’t differentiate between favorable attention and unfavorable attention. (See here for why this is a bad idea.) In any event, providing an unencumbered reading experience is lower in priority for the site than for the prospective reader.

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Afghan Woman Forced to Choose Between Marrying Her Rapist, or 12 Years in Jail for Adultery

23rd November 2011

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And all the feminists say: [chirp] … [chirp] … [chirp] ….

 

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Repression Worse Now Than Under Mubarak, Says Report

23rd November 2011

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Yeah, hows that hope & change working out for ya?

Amnesty International on Tuesday accused Egypt’s rulers of levels of brutality that sometimes exceed those of Hosni Mubarak’s regime, saying that the hopes of protesters had been “crushed” since the former president was forced to step down.

This is where conservative pessimism about change shows ‘progressive’ optimism the door.

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Congress prepares for payroll tax battle

23rd November 2011

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I guess it’s too much to expect workers to pay for their own Federal retirement benefits. Well, at least it throws some dirt over the AlGorean conceit that there’s some sort of ‘trust fund’ full of money that’s going to pay for everyone’s Social Security.

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Labor Department Allows Ex-Solyndra Workers to Apply for Federal Aid

23rd November 2011

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Of course. Can’t allow potential Democrat voters to feel distress.

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Second Maryland 7-Eleven Hit in Flash Mob Attack, Police Say

23rd November 2011

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I’d point out the color of the people who do these robberies but that would be raaaaaaacist.

Suffice it to say that they aren’t white people.

You wouldn’t know that from reading the news report, of course.

A similar incident happened in August at another 7-Eleven in nearby Germantown, where 30 youths walked into the store late at night and plucked items off the shelves as if they were shopping. Some were even savvy enough to cover their faces with their shirts to protect their identities from cameras. No arrests were made in the incident.

Which is why there are (and will be) more such incidents. ‘It’s free! It’s free! Just swipe your EBT!’ Or swipe stuff from the shelves, as the occasion warrants.

Officials in Montgomery County are now considering putting a teen curfew in place as well as creating legislation on loitering.

Here’s a concept: How about, oh, I don’t know, arresting the people who appear on the surveillance video?

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Senate Bill Aims to Block Airline Baggage Fees

23rd November 2011

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Needless to say, not the fargin business of the federal government.

Needless to say, introduced by a headline-hungry Democrat.

Needless to say, this sort of micromanagement of business at the Federal level is the sort of thing ‘progressives’ love, and the primary reason that the country is going to hell.

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Ancient Cave Lion Bones Reveal Big Cats’ Diet

22nd November 2011

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They tried coming up with a fine-sounding Latinate name for ‘meow mix’, but nobody learns Latin in the schools these days, so they had to go to a Catholic priest, only to find out that those don’t learn Latin any more either. Is puzzle.

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Botched Cuban care and Chávez’s deceit may have worsened the Venezuelan’s cancer

22nd November 2011

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Quel dommage.

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‘Rolling in the Deep’ Cover From 3 Young Siblings Goes Viral

22nd November 2011

Read it. And watch (and listen to) the video.

Three young siblings from Mexico are attracting heavy attention for their cover of Adele’s thumping pop anthem, “Rolling in the Deep,” to the tune of nearly 3 million YouTube pageviews in just 12 days.

Just watching a 10-year-old Mexican girl singing English with an accurate southern accent is worth the time; but it’s pretty impressive.

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The Great Work Divide

22nd November 2011

Megan McArdle is always worth reading.

The notion of an executive washroom with its own special key now seems mostly ludicrous, but it was an actual thing–and I’m not sure that giving executives special bathrooms is actually noticeably less corrosive to social cohesion and personal happiness than giving them fatter pay packets.

It suddenly occurred to me that this is a standard feature of the work lives of blue state elites–(Update:  By which I mean, affluent people who attended elite schools, not “high income people who live in blue states”):  almost all of their contact is with people just like them.  Same education, usually the same few states of origin, and a pretty uniformly shared set of values about what work is for and how it should be done.

These people tend to vote Democratic.  Small-business owners, who work in much more diverse environments, tend to vote Republican.  I’m not going to speculate on why this might be so–but I suspect that it matters.

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Outspoken Wisconsin Dem Senator Accessory to Voter Fraud

22nd November 2011

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Media Trackers discovered that over 20 individuals voted, some illegally, from one of Senator Lena Taylor’s (D-Milwaukee) properties during the April 5, 2011 spring election. According to a Media Trackers open records request with the City of Milwaukee Election Commission, the property at 1018 N 35th St. in Milwaukee currently has 36 active voter registrations and at least 23 individuals voted using the address.

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

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Obama Bundler Rezko Sentenced to 10 1/2 Years in Prison

22nd November 2011

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I’m shocked, shocked, I tell you.

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The 57,000 Page Tax Return

22nd November 2011

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Consider the resources that GE spends to lowers its tax bill, not just the many millions spent on clever accounting and accountants and the many millions spent on lobbying but also the many inefficient ways that GE structures its businesses just to avoid paying taxes and the many millions it invests in socially wasteful projects just in order to produce privately valuable tax credits. Now add to that the allocational inefficiencies of taxing some firms at different rates than others and you have a corporate tax system which wastes a lot of resources and raises relatively little revenue. Indeed, a corporate tax system with a tax rate of zero could well be preferable as it would waste fewer resources and raise not much less revenue.

And consider that this same throw-money-at-the-problem system exists for people like, oh, say, Warren Buffett — which is why one always hears a sniggering sound in the background as he loudly claims that his taxes aren’t high enough.

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Denmark: Muslim cousin marriages fills schools for retarded

22nd November 2011

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The medieval prohibition of marriage between people of the ‘forbidden degrees’ actually had a reason; they didn’t know genetics, but they saw its effects.

No such bar exists in Islam, of course.

In Pakistan, 70 percent of all marriages are between first cousins (so-called “consanguinity”) and in Turkey the amount is between 25-30 percent. Across the Arab world today an average of 45 percent (in some parts up to 70 percent) of married couples are related.

That explains a lot.

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Meet the New Poor, Same As the Old Poor (Plus Dog)

22nd November 2011

Mickey Kaus is always worth reading.

Let’s just suppose, as a thought experiment, that the New York Times is a liberal conspiracy.  In this hypothetical alternate reality, the paper’s editors would like the government to do more to redress the material disparities generated by our version of capitalism, and they commission stories designed to bring this better world closer. They might think it a brilliant idea to get the U.S. Census Bureau to calculate, not just how many people are poor according to the government’s fancy new Supplemental Poverty Measure (which takes into account regional cost of living, and government benefits like food stamps, plus medical expenses and taxes**) but how many are under 150%of this new poverty line. Not poor, but “near poor.” Bet there are a lot of them!

I’ll just bet there are.

So the NYT piece notes, in its lede graf, that within this “near poor” category “many own homes.” Some 20 percent of the “near poor,” it turns out, own their homes mortgage-free. One reason they don’t earn much income may be because they don’t need it to pay the rent! And DeParle contacts Robert Rector of the Heritage Institute, who notes that “near poor” is a loaded term designed to “suggest to most people a level of material hardship that doesn’t exist.”

Imagine that. ‘Poor’ people who really aren’t all that poor after all. Where have we seen that before?

…unlike the old poverty line, it doesn’t measure Americans’ absolute level of material well-being or destitution, but their relative measure of well being. It’s pegged to the expenditures of the 33d percentile rather than a fixed amount of purchasing power (set, under the old poverty line, at three times the cost of a “minimum food diet” in 1963). Under the old poverty line, “poverty” could be eliminated as society got richer–an achievable and widely shared goal. But the new poverty line will rise as society gets richer (“adjust for rising levels and standards of living”). The newly measured poor will always be with us in substantial numbers, just as there will always be a third of the American population trapped in the bottom third of the income char

ts.  That will yield a permanent, inextinguishable stream of NYT front page “poverty” stat stories–even if  “poverty” no longer means ”poverty” in the sense we now understand the term.

The ‘poor’ you have always with you, by definition. Funny how that works.

If I were inclined to be paranoid–-and I am–-I’d say it’s an audacious, slimy bait-and-switch by liberal activists inside the government anti-poverty bureacracy.

Naw, that couldn’t happen. Could it?

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Money

22nd November 2011

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No one I know puts “scale” into perspective better than Randall Munroe at xkcd. If you haven’t seen the latest, you should take the time to dive into what may be his largest image ever (and he’s known for creating large images) dealing with money. I warn you, though, it may suck up a lot of time as you go through it:

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