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If You’re on Medicare, the Doctor May Not See You Anymore

31st July 2013

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The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that the regulatory cost of complying with Medicare and its payment rate is driving doctors to steer clear of the program’s elderly patients.

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

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The Price of Being a Superhero in Real Life: Then & Now

31st July 2013

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‘Where does he get those wonderful toys?’

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BeerSci: How Beer Gets Its Color

31st July 2013

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Two basic chemical reactions are responsible for beer being “beer-colored” rather than clear like water. One reaction couples amino acids to sugars; the other spurs sugars to decompose. In addition to adding color to beer, the products of these reactions also add significant flavor to the resultant brew.

A century ago in October, the Maillard reaction made its debut in the scientific literature thanks to the work of French chemist Louis-Camille Maillard. And the Maillard reaction is one of the most important reactions to understand how an amber beer looks different from a stout, which in turn looks different from a wit beer or pale ale.

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

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Regionalism: Obama’s Quiet Anti-Suburban Revolution

31st July 2013

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The most obvious new element of the president’s regionalist policy initiative is the July 19 publication of a Department of Housing and Urban Development regulation broadening the obligation of recipients of federal aid to “affirmatively further fair housing.” The apparent purpose of this rule change is to force suburban neighborhoods with no record of housing discrimination to build more public housing targeted to ethnic and racial minorities. Several administration critics noticed the change and challenged it, while the mainstream press has simply declined to cover the story.

Yet even critics have missed the real thrust of HUD’s revolutionary rule change. That’s understandable, since the Obama administration is at pains to downplay the regionalist philosophy behind its new directive. The truth is, HUD’s new rule is about a great deal more than forcing racial and ethnic diversity on the suburbs. (Regionalism, by the way, is actually highly controversial among minority groups. There are many ways in which both middle-class minorities in suburbs, and less well-off minorities in cities, can be hurt by regionalist policies–another reason those plans are seldom discussed.)

The new HUD rule is really about changing the way Americans live. It is part of a broader suite of initiatives designed to block suburban development, press Americans into hyper-dense cities, and force us out of our cars. Government-mandated ethnic and racial diversification plays a role in this scheme, yet the broader goal is forced “economic integration.” The ultimate vision is to make all neighborhoods more or less alike, turning traditional cities into ultra-dense Manhattans, while making suburbs look more like cities do now. In this centrally-planned utopia, steadily increasing numbers will live cheek-by-jowl in “stack and pack” high-rises close to public transportation, while automobiles fall into relative disuse. To understand how HUD’s new rule will help enact this vision, we need to turn to a less-well-known example of the Obama administration’s regionalist interventionism.

More proof, if any is needed, that Obama and his minions (like most liberals) are really fascists at heart.

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More Than 1,400 Cities Could Be Underwater by Century’s End, According to Climate-Change Model

31st July 2013

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And if you believe that one, they’ll tell you another one.

I’m hoping one of them is New York City — I want to see what sort of a ring it leaves around the Atlantic.

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Report: TSA employee Misconduct Up 26% in 3 years

31st July 2013

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

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The Decline of Privacy in Open-Plan Offices

31st July 2013

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I despise open-plan offices, and will not work in one. Open-plan offices are suitable for drones and paper-pushes, but it’s impossible to get anything done that requires even the most superficial amount of thought.

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Woolly Mammoth DNA May Lead to Resurrection of the Ancient Beast

31st July 2013

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The pioneering scientist who created Dolly the sheep has outlined how cells plucked from frozen woolly mammoth carcasses might one day help resurrect the ancient beasts.

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Federal Mortgage Bailout Program Sees a Quarter of Homeowners Re-Default

31st July 2013

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Boy, that program sure worked, didn’t it? Rather draws a line under the fact that these people shouldn’t have been borrowing money in the first place. Oh, sorry, that was ‘insensitive’. (Prudence usually is.)

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Don’t Appear on a Reality TV Show if You Are Doing Illegal Stuff

31st July 2013

Good advice.

You should also click on the link and look at the pictures of the people involved, because it will help you to follow the advice I’ve previously given which is to avoid marrying anyone who looks like she could be on a “Real Housewives” show.

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D.C. Police: Three Black Males Mugged White Man While Shouting, ‘This Is For Trayvon Martin!’

31st July 2013

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If Martin had gotten to Zimmerman’s gun before Zimmerman and had shot him instead, can you imagine three white guys beating up a black guy and shouting ‘This is for George Zimmerman!’? No, of course not. Hmmm. There seems to be a difference there. Hmmm. I wonder what it could be….

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The Fallacy of Human Progress

31st July 2013

Fisking Steven Pinker.

Predictions about the future of humankind are better left in the hands of writers who see human nature whole, and who are not out to prove that it can be shaped or contained by the kinds of “liberal” institutions that Pinker so obviously favors.

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More Unintended Consequences of Obamacare

31st July 2013

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…there is some evidence that Obamacare is leading some employers  to lower the number of hours employees work to avoid having to provide health insurance under the ACA. Case in point: Virginia community colleges.

Second, my colleague Jason Fichtner sends me this new NBER paper by economists Garthwaite, Gross, and Notowidigdo, which suggests the ACA may cause even larger reductions in labor supply of lower-income Americans. While I am not sure how reliable their data or methodology is, it is interesting and their conclusions don’t seem far-fetched considering what we’ve been observing in the past.

And the hits just keep on comin’. Thanks a lot, Barry; we couldn’t have done it without you!

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Human Rights Watch Protects the Arab Tyrants

31st July 2013

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In October 2011, as the Libyan uprising neared its end with the death of Mu’ammar al-Qaddafi, Human Rights Watch (HRW)—a highly influential global organization claiming to promote universal moral principles—published a statement condemning Western governments for their “apparent eagerness to embrace Qaddafi because of his support on counterterrorism, as well as lucrative business opportunities” that, according to HRW, “tempered their criticism of his human rights record in recent years.”

What this statement conspicuously failed to note is that HRW had been an active participant in this eager embrace of the Qaddafi regime. Led by Executive Director Kenneth Roth and Sarah Leah Whitson, director of its Middle East and North Africa division, HRW has an overall dismal record with regard to “naming and shaming” Arab dictatorships. Over the years, it has devoted few resources to opposing the daily human rights violations that are characteristic of these regimes and has even built alliances with some. In 2009, for example, Whitson visited Saudi Arabia, where, instead of speaking out against attacks on women, minorities, and others, she sought funds to expand HRW’s role in the campaign to market the U.N.’s Goldstone report which falsely accused Israel of committing war crimes.

Not really news,  but a useful reminder.

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Increasing Number of Radicalized Western Muslims Heading for Syria

31st July 2013

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Good. As long as they’re killing each other, they aren’t killing us.

This is why we need to exit Iraq and Afghanistan and let those tar-babies go to work for us.

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San Francisco Airport Officials Make Citizen Arrests of Ride-Share Drivers

31st July 2013

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Officials at San Francisco International Airport have been making citizen’s arrests and issuing citations to ride and car share drivers who pick up or drop off passengers at the curb.

Airport spokesman Doug Yakel told the San Francisco Chronicle that car and ride sharing services do not have authority to operate at SFO and the airport is merely enforcing its current regulations until the PUC decides how to regulate the industry.

God forbid anybody should go anywhere or do anything without an official license.

The airport sent cease-and-desist letters in April to several ride and car sharing services, including Lyft, UberX, Sidecar and InstantCab. The companies have faced criticism that they steal business from taxis and limousines.

A use of the word ‘steal’ that appears illegitimate. I guess next we’ll fine Burger King for ‘stealing business’ from McDonalds.

California regulators proposed new rules Tuesday for the burgeoning services after cab drivers staged a raucous demonstration and blocked traffic outside the state Public Utilities Commission’s office near San Francisco City Hall.

Yup, nothing like mob violence to get the Crust to pay attention.

Ride and car sharing services say business has been soaring, particularly during a transit strike in the Bay Area that displaced hundreds of thousands of commuters in early July.

People buying the service that they want? Hey, we can’t have any of that.

The companies have faced calls for bans, however, because they compete with taxis. Some of the services get around safety regulations and government fees by working under a donation-based system.

Competition? Can’t have any of that, either. Freedom of association? Nope, not in California. Get back inside your box.

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Top Illinois Lawmakers Sue Gov. Quinn Over Pay Freeze

31st July 2013

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The top state lawmakers in Illinois are suing Gov. Pat Quinn after he halted the salaries of legislators because of their failure to find a solution to the state’s $100 billion pension crisis.

Funny how Texas never has this problem.

Quinn cut $13.8 million for lawmakers’ paychecks in the state budget through his veto power earlier this month after threatening consequences if they failed to act promptly on addressing the pension problem. When members of a bipartisan pension panel blew past another deadline the Chicago Democrat had set, he cut their salaries.

‘Consequences? Consequences are for the little people, not for us.’

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The Laser Jihad Comes to Switzerland

30th July 2013

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Every video of the nighttime riots in Cairo shows the flashes and green spears of hand-held lasers being used by the demonstrators in an attempt to blind police and soldiers. Now the same tactic has been imported to France, and is being used to blind train drivers.

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Half of Retiring Senators Become Lobbyists, Up 1,500% in 40 Years

30th July 2013

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

Christopher Buckley’s review of Mark Leibovich’s “In This Town,” a Thackeray-esque exposé of official Washington, uncovers this buried morel on page 330 of the book. In 1974, just 3% of retiring members of Congress became lobbyists. Today, 50% of retiring Senators and 42% of retiring House members stay in DC and become lobbyists. The more than 1,500% increase goes a long way towards explaining how an entrenched, permanent political class has risen in DC.

There’s gold in them thar shills….

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In Terms Of Cost-Per-Calorie, No Locavore, Organic Veggie Can Compete With the Mcdouble

30th July 2013

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What is “the cheapest, most nutritious and bountiful food that has ever existed in human history” Hint: It has 390 calories. It contains 23g, or half a daily serving, of protein, plus 7% of daily fiber, 20% of daily calcium and so on.

Also, you can get it in 14,000 locations in the US and it usually costs $1. Presenting one of the unsung wonders of modern life, the McDonald’s McDouble cheeseburger.

The argument above was made by a commenter on the Freakonomics blog run by economics writer Stephen Dubner and professor Steven Levitt, who co-wrote the million-selling books on the hidden side of everything.

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Tiny Channels of Water Could Cool Windows and Cut Down on Air Conditioning Bills

30th July 2013

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Like blood circulating through the human body, a new system out of Harvard harnesses channels of running water to cool windows that receive a lot of sun. The water carries away heat, leading to less work for air conditioners and a lower electricity bill.

The channels are ultra-thin and encased in a sheet of clear silicone rubber that is stretched over a window. They crisscross to create a mesh-like pattern. While the channels are visible when empty, they become transparent when they contain water.

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The Most Trendy Names in US History

30th July 2013

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I am not making this up.

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The Failure of Inclusionary Zoning

30th July 2013

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Data from the 2011 American Community Survey indicates that the median value of owner-occupied homes in Denver is nearly four times median family incomes. It should be just two times, which is typical for cities that don’t have urban-growth boundaries or other restrictive land-use laws. So housing prices are nearly twice as high as they ought to be.

As this city document explains, Denver’s “inclusionary zoning” ordinance requires developers who build 30 or more homes or condos at one time to sell at least 10 percent of those homes at “affordable” prices. Typically, this means an average of about $40,000 less than market prices, which is likely below the actual cost of constructing the homes. To make up for the losses, developers have to sell the remaining 90 percent for more than they would otherwise.

The people who buy these homes don’t really get a windfall. They are required to live in the houses themselves (i.e., they can’t rent them out at market rates) and, if they sell them within 15 to 30 years after buying them, they can’t sell them for more than they paid for them plus inflation. None of the buyers are really poor; anyone who earns up to 80 percent of the city’s median income is eligible. It is likely that many of the buyers are young people whose lifetime earnings are likely to be well above median incomes.

Markets do what markets do, despite what cities tell them to.

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Why Labor Unions and Silicon Valley Aren’t Friends, in 2 Charts

30th July 2013

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None of the Internet giants have unionized employees, which has made Silicon Valley a favorite target for civil libertarians.

Ponder the assumption that not having unionized employees makes you a target for ‘civil libertarians’. Ponder what that says about those who pass as ‘civil libertarians’ today.

There’s a very good reason why unions have never had a presence in Silicon Valley: they aren’t fans of technology. Labor unions have aggressively fought Uber and Lyft, which threaten taxi drivers with increased competition. They’ve effectively paralyzed a multi-billion-dollar sharing economy industry from spreading around the country.

Unions — dinosaurs from an earlier age. And it makes perfect sense; unions are about getting benefits for workers, and modern technology is focused on machines doing work that people used to do. Unions and technology are natural enemies.

Not to be outdone, one of the largest labor unions in the country, AFL-CIO, is the leading opponent of more high-skilled immigrants, calling the tech community “greedy” for wanting to make it easier to hire foreign engineers.

While, of course, unions aren’t greedy for wanting to stick the ‘tech community’ with higher costs.

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Will Your Congressman Retire Richer Than You?

30th July 2013

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Yeah, probably. And why not? He certainly started out richer than me.

 “If you can get elected to Congress and stay there, you can retire pretty well,” said Chris Kahn, a Bankrate analyst, who conducted the research.

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

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Girl Contracts Brain Eating Amoeba After Swimming at Arkansas Water Park

30th July 2013

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Soon to be a major motion picture, I have no doubt.

Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Workers at Obamacare Call Center Angry After Being Offered Jobs Without Health Benefits

30th July 2013

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[Bugs Bunny voice] ‘Suckersssssss….’

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Watchdog Report Finds Millions in Gov’t Payments to Dead Farmers

30th July 2013

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

The Government Accountability Office estimated in a new report that agencies within the department may have paid more than $30 million to thousands of deceased recipients between 2008 and 2012. The findings come as Congress tries to pass a new farm bill, and could stir concerns among conservatives that the government’s many subsidy programs are not being carefully managed.

Oh, ya think?

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Broken Bones Might Heal Faster With Help From Tiny Nanowires on Metal Implants

29th July 2013

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And if it gives you super powers as a side effect, well, who’s going to complain?

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The Quantified Patient: Boston Hospitals Show the Future of Data-Driven Remote Care

29th July 2013

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About seven in 10 Americans track some health indicator, like their weight, diet or symptom from their homes (even if they take a low-tech, paper and pen approach). But now hospitals are adopting more high-tech ways to help doctors follow along remotely.

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Booksellers Furious That Obama Is Giving Jobs Speech From Amazon Warehouse

29th July 2013

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Aw, poor iddle hipsters, maybe Auntie Hillary will kiss it and make it all better….

[Bugs Bunny voice] ‘Suckersssssssss….’

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How Big Data Is Taking Teachers Out of the Lecturing Business

29th July 2013

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And about fargin time, too.

Having a computer for an instructor was a change for Hawkins. “I’m not gonna lie—at first I was really annoyed with it,” she says. The arrangement was a switch for her professor, too. David Heckman, a mathematician, was accustomed to lecturing to the class, but he had to take on the role of a roving mentor, responding to raised hands and coaching students when they got stumped. Soon, though, both began to see some benefits. Hawkins liked the self-pacing, which allowed her to work ahead on her own time, either from her laptop or from the computer lab. For Heckman, the program allowed him to more easily track his students’ performance. He could open a dashboard that told him, in granular detail, how each student was doing—not only who was on track and who was not but who was working on any given concept. Heckman says he likes lecturing better, but he seems to be adjusting. One definite perk for instuctors: the software does most of the grading for them.

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The Sad Joke From John Cornyn’s Office

29th July 2013

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John Cornyn has turned out to be a severe disappointment as a Senator (much as George W. Bush was as President) … not as bad as Kay Hutchison, but pretty bad.

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Court to Striking Teamsters: Stop Profanity, Harrassment & Threats Against Funeral Goers

29th July 2013

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That’s like asking Muslims to stop blowing people up — it’s what they do.

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NUKEMAP

29th July 2013

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If you were to nuke San Francisco, how much better off would the country be?

Note that the pre-sets are all in Blue states….

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Damn the Man, He’s a Spender After All

29th July 2013

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The Obama administration dug in Sunday on its vow to reject proposed spending cuts by congressional Republicans in upcoming budget talks but declined to say whether the president would veto their proposals or allow a government shutdown.

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew told “Fox News Sunday” that President Obama will neither sign government funding bills that slash domestic spending nor negotiate with Republicans over spending cuts to reduce the federal debt limit.

After all, you can’t buy votes by cutting spending.

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Poll: Politics Is for Losers, According to the Nation’s Youth

28th July 2013

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Young people increasingly look down on politics as useless and think only losers choose a life of government work, a pessimistic new poll found.

Yeah, well, they’ve got a job and you don’t, ‘nation’s youth’ … who’s the loser now? (Your parents are paying for it in either case, but they don’t have to live in the basement.)

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End of Compulsory Dues Has Led to Plummeting Union Membership in Wisconsin

28th July 2013

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I guess unions and individual freedom just don’t mix. Whoda thunkit.

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State-Funded College Now Pretty Much Offering Occupy Studies Program; Register Now!

28th July 2013

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Laney is a state-funded, open-enrollment community college located in beautiful Oakland, Calif., America’s seventh-deadliest city (just behind Newark).

The community change studies program – which is accepting applications through August 5 – “combines classroom and on-the-job training to prepare students” for exciting careers in community activism, protesting and general mau-mauing.

The one-year program offers participants paid internships in addition to college credit. The 18 hours of coursework includes “Civic Engagement in Urban Communities,” “Grassroots Knowledge: Community Based Research in Action” and, of course, “Introduction to Ethnic Studies.” There are six classes total; each course is worth three credits.

Every class in the community change studies program qualifies for transfer into the prestigious University of California system as well the Cal State system.

Laney promises that completion of the program will give students “strong backgrounds” for work at nonprofits and in union organizing.

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Eminent Domain and the Decline of Detroit

28th July 2013

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Detroit’s sixty year decline, culminating in its recent bankruptcy, has many causes. But one that should not be ignored is the city’s extensive use of eminent domain to transfer property to politically influential private interests. For many years, Detroit aggressively used eminent domain to promote “economic development” and “urban renewal.” The most notorious example was the 1981 Poletown case, in which some 4000 people lost their homes, and numerous businesses were forced to move in order to make way for a General Motors factory. As I explained in this article, the Poletown takings – like many other similar condemnations – ended up destroying far more development than they ever created. In his prescient dissent in Poletown, Michigan Supreme Court Justice James Ryan warned that there was no real reason to expect that the project would produce the growth promised by GM and noted that Detroit and the court had “subordinated a constitutional right to private corporate interests.”

Detroit: Nobody Left to Steal From.

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Job Gentrification

28th July 2013

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What happens if Walmart starts offering to pay cashiers and shelf stockers $22/hr? As it raises wages, the kind of people who compete for Walmart jobs changes. As wages go up, workers with greater skill, human capital, and experience start to compete for these jobs, and, being better workers, they will beat out the kind of workers who are currently getting Walmart jobs. Call this phenomenon job gentrification. If Walmart increases its wage significantly, this will be very good for the people who end up working at Walmart. But that doesn’t mean it will be good for the kind of people who currently are getting the low-paying jobs at Walmart.

Eh, who cares about them? Obviously not the people on the D.C. city council.

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Charles Rangel Has a Fix for Student Loans – Free College

28th July 2013

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Of course. Free healthcare, free college educations, free money. Everything should just be free, free, free. Let’s make all of America look just like Detroit.

Sure, why not.

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Is there anything that progressives can’t blame on racism and homophobia?

28th July 2013

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The obvious answer to that question is no.

The issue: Student loan debt.

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‘Everything I Learned in College Was a Lie’

28th July 2013

Gavin MacInnes comes clean.

Getting a BA in English lit and taking all the insane lefty electives that surround it is a great way to spend tons of money getting brainwashed. Before I went to college, I had common sense. I believed women are fundamentally different than men and I didn’t think everything is racist. It took them four years to convince me otherwise and about twice that long to recover. (This was in the early 90s before LGBT persecution took over the lexicon.)

Liberal-arts programs don’t point out why angry young men are being irrational. They tell us we’re not angry enough. Professors believe the customer is always right, so they provide kids courses on Sticking it to the Man. We wanted to blow minds with radical ideas, but our professors outdid us every time. I was sorta pro-choice as a teen, but my professor went a step farther by telling us it was OK to have an abortion up until a year after the baby was born. All you needed to do to be outrageous in college was quote your teachers. By the time you get your diploma, you are convinced the Western world is run by rapists from the KKK. We learned to be offended on behalf of others, and how they felt about the matter wasn’t even important. If they didn’t agree with our crusade, they needed more “education.” That’s the same cure for people who resist Scientology: more Scientology.

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Political Correctness at the Expense of Safety and Security

28th July 2013

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… the Gatestone Institute published a story yesterday about the epidemic of rapes by British taxi drivers and the rise of sex crimes by “child grooming gangs” in the U.K. And the government and the police are often hesitant to go after the perpetrators. Why? Because they are Muslim.

Welcome to Londonistan. Don’t forget your burka.

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8 Reasons Straight Men Don’t Want to Get Married

28th July 2013

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In the course of researching my new book, Men On Strike: Why Men Are Boycotting Marriage, Fatherhood, and the American Dream – And Why It Matters, I talked with men all over America about why they’re avoiding marriage. It turns out that the problem isn’t that men are immature, or lazy. Instead, they’re responding rationally to the incentives in today’s society.

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The Failure of Profiling Racists

28th July 2013

Steve Sailer turns over a rock.

… the KKKrazy Glue that holds together the disparate elements of the Obama Coalition is fear and loathing of white racists, even when they aren’t racist. Or white.

The only reason Zimmerman was put on trial for murder was because, in their lust to find a white racist murderer of an innocent black baby who got away by flashing his White Privilege Card, the media didn’t bother checking a photo of Zimmerman before inflating this exurban police blotter item into the Defining Event of Our Times.

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Bad Science: CDC Forced to Reverse its Recommendations on Salt

28th July 2013

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In 1977, the federal government put a warning label on saccharine, claiming it caused cancer. It took only 20 years to to admit this was wrong. Then there’s the so-called Healthy Food Pyramid created by the USDA to advise Americans on the composition of a supposedly healthy diet. Although many still follow the recommendations of the food pyramid, it has since been questioned by researchers and nutritionist and even cited as a potential factor in America’s skyrocketing rate of obesity. Now we have another example of bad advice — government recommendations on sodium intake.

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State Tells Parenting Columnist to Stop Dispensing Advice

28th July 2013

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For more than 30 years, syndicated advice columnist John Rosemond has dished out old-school, no-nonsense tips to parents.

Now, Mr. Rosemond is getting a spanking of his own.

Kentucky officials say he violated state law by presenting himself as a psychologist and then giving parenting advice without a proper license. Mr. Rosemond is a licensed “psychological associate” in his home state of North Carolina, but not in Kentucky.

‘All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.’ — Benito Mussolini

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A New World Record

28th July 2013

Scott Adams, unlike most liberals, still has a brain.

My understanding of the Trayvon Martin protests is that the participants would like the public to stop believing that young African-American males are crime-prone. The strategy for accomplishing this involves holding largely peaceful protests in which a small number of young African-American males are likely to be filmed by news crews wearing masks, breaking store windows, threatening innocent motorists, and getting arrested. That’s exactly what I watched on the news last night as Oakland was starting to heat up.

The trouble-makers are a small percentage of the protesters – maybe 1%. The problem is that the 1% gets the lion’s share of news coverage, thus reinforcing the racial bias that the peaceful protesters are trying to combat. In terms of managing the public’s impressions, the protests are an epic fail.

You’d think that ‘the black community’ would realize this. On the other hand, given the statistical evidence about race and intelligence, maybe you wouldn’t.

On a related topic, I’m fascinated by the way humans reflexively group things. In this case, most observers see this as a racial situation: black versus non-black. And yet no one believes Zimmerman would have made the same boneheaded moves if he had seen an African-American woman in his neighborhood instead of a man. Or an African-American child at age ten. Or even a middle-aged black dude in a sweater-vest. The fact that Trayvon was young and male was at least half of what made him seem suspicious to Zimmerman, one presumes.

But ‘activists’ have to make it about race, otherwise they’d be forced to confront the dysfunctional nature of their own subculture, and there isn’t any money to be made in that.

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