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New York Times Columnist David Brooks to Teach ‘Humility’ Course at Yale

31st December 2013

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I am not making this up.

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Illinois Law Grounds PETA Drones Meant to Harass Hunters

31st December 2013

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But PETA has another plan for lovers of the wilderness. They want to spy on hunters as self appointed green police trying to trap them in violations. Surprisingly, these “hobbyists” are able to take home their personal drone for only $324.99.

The most expensive clay pigeon available. Think about it.

 Doug Jeanneret of the U.S. Sportsman’s Alliance asserts that PETA using drones constitutes “hunter harassment.” He added , “Imagine drones running over your duck decoys or near your tree stand. It would certainly interfere with your hunt and break the law. They will definitely be using them against all hunters.”

And, since the hunters all have guns, it’s a problem easily solved. One of the more endearing qualities of ‘progressives’ is that they have this bizarre notion that they’re invulnerable — like Greenpeace harassing Russian oil platforms, reality has a way of pointing out the errors of their worldview.

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New York Investigators Obtain Fraudulent Ballots 97 Percent of Time

31st December 2013

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But of course there’s no actual vote fraud problem and therefore no need for photo ID, even though you need it to buy cough syrup, alcohol, or a gun.

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After Waging Campaign of Violence & Terror, Three Union Thugs Plead Guilty to Extortion

30th December 2013

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

Look for … the union label….

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$274 Million Paid to Dead Federal Retirees Since 2011

30th December 2013

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No doubt many of them voted Democrat, perhaps more than once.

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The Science of the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

30th December 2013

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Let’s get right down to the important stuff.

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Dave Barry’s Year in Review

30th December 2013

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Not in the sense of most of humanity dying from a horrible plague and then reanimating as mindless flesh-eating ghouls. No, it was much worse than that. Because as bad as a zombie apocalypse would be, at least it wouldn’t involve the resurrection of Anthony Weiner’s most private part.

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Success Is Its Own Defense

30th December 2013

The Other McCain reminds us of a timeless truth.

If something works, it works. To intellectuals, however, theory takes precedence over practice and ideological abstractions like “equality” are more important than actual success and happiness.

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Fools and Knaves: New York Times Edition

30th December 2013

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After Susan Rice disgraced herself on Meet the Press after the 9/11 attack on our consulate in Benghazi, I was so incensed that I wrote you about my research which made it very clear that the attack was not a spontaneous reaction to the YouTube video, and was undertaken by Ansar al Sharia, which is Al Qaeda affiliated.

After reading the New York Times whitewash of the Benghazi affair today, I find myself feeling like I did after watching Susan Rice on Meet the Press. The Times story is a transparent attempt to provide cover for Hillary Clinton’s upcoming run for POTUS in 2016. I find it incredible that the Times produced such a lengthy story filled with statements that are so easily refuted by facts that are readily available to anybody with half a brain and an Internet connection. There are so many misstatements that it is hard to know where to begin.

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Inefficiency Yields Opportunity

30th December 2013

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The world is filled with inefficiencies, large and small. I just called my credit card company to activate a new credit card and had to sit through a 90-second prerecorded message about the recent Target data breach and how it might affect me. I had to listen to the entire recording to get to the card activation menu, which was a waste of time because the Target issue has zero impact on me. (Since the new card has never been used, there’s no chance that it would’ve been in Target’s compromised database.)

Wasting a minute and a half is not a huge deal, but it really adds up when you consider all of the credit card company’s customers. If the company forces one million people to listen to that message, that sums to 3 man-years of time. It’s a sad fact to ponder: because someone decided to play a useless recording for every card activation, 3 years of productive time were taken away from the world. Many companies use these types of prerecorded messages: hospitals announce flu shot updates before letting you schedule an appointment, movie theaters advertise upcoming movies before letting you hear their hours of operation, and credit card companies tell you your balance and due date before offering you billing options.

Speed the day when some person of entrepreneurial bent rids my life of such time-wasters.

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The 13 Most Annoying People of 2013

30th December 2013

Jim Goad is delightfully dyspeptic today.

As someone who’s offended by nothing but annoyed by everyone, I found no shortage of people this past year to stoke the angry embers of my irascible soul. Try as I may to shield my eyes from the countless blinding petty indignities and massive vexations of everyday existence, each sunrise seemed to drop a new human being on my doorstep to annoy me.

Well do I know the feeling….

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Centers for the Study of Inequality and Poverty Reduction

30th December 2013

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The consensus among professors in CSIPRs is that one solution lies in greater access to quality education.  A small number of elite universities enjoy large endowments and annual gifts which enable them to recruit the best (highly-paid) professors and students.  Meanwhile, the vast majority of community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, and massive state-financed universities are strapped for money.  State support is declining and many students cannot afford tuition increases.

To the best of my knowledge, no CSIPR in an elite institution has issued a policy paper recommending that some of its university’s endowment and annual gifts, and some of its faculty’s salaries and benefits, be transferred to less wealthy colleges that face the daunting task of educating the majority of America’s future work force.

CSIPRs recommend redistribution of income and wealth for all except for the centers and professors in them.

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

Just as most of those who advocate higher urban density tend to have multiple homes in places like Aspen, those who study (and wring their hands about) ‘income inequality’ tend to be in the upper 10%, income-wise.

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California Counties in Push to Withdraw From the State

30th December 2013

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Spurred by disaffection with urban culture, federal control and the increased state regulation pressed by the Sacramento government seated to the south, a growing number of northern Californians are pushing for secession from their state.

At least two counties — Siskiyou and Modoc  —  have already reportedly voted for withdrawal; officials in another, Tehama County, recently voted to put a referendum for secession on the ballot in June of 2014; and seven other northern California counties now claim popular committees in support of the long-shot measure, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Not only are Californians leaving, they’re trying to take parts of California with them.

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‘Why is the preferred weapon of the Galactic Empire the sword?’

29th December 2013

John C Wright has an answer.

War is fundamental. A man’s views on war tell you the basic axioms of his view on life. Because of this, a popular war story will tell you in an abbreviated form much about the storyteller’s most fundamental ideals and fears, and that of his audience.

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How ‘The Karate Kid’ Ruined The Modern World

29th December 2013

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America is full of frustrated, broken, baffled people because so many of us think, “If I work this hard, this many hours a week, I should have (a great job, a nice house, a nice car, etc). I don’t have that thing, therefore something has corrupted the system and kept me from getting what I deserve, and that something must be (the government, illegal immigrants, my wife, my boss, my bad luck, etc).”

I really think Effort Shock has been one of the major drivers of world events. Think about the whole economic collapse and the bad credit bubble. You can imagine millions of working types saying, “All right, I have NO free time. I work every day, all day. I come home and take care of the kids. We live in a tiny house, with two shitty cars. And we are still deeper in debt every single month.” So they borrow and buy on credit because they have this unspoken assumption that, dammit, the universe will surely right itself at some point and the amount of money we should have been making all along (according to our level of effort) will come raining down.

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Is Urbanism the New Trickle-Down Economics?

29th December 2013

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The pejoratively named “trickle-down economics” was the idea that by giving tax breaks to the wealthy and big business, this would spur economic growth that would benefit those further down the ladder. I guess we all know how that worked out.

But while progressives would clearly mock this policy, modern day urbanism often resembles nothing so much as trickle-down economics, though this time mostly advocated by those who would self-identify as being from the left. The idea is that through investments catering to the fickle and mobile educated elite and the high end businesses that employ and entertain them, cities can be rejuvenated in a way that somehow magically benefits everybody and is socially fair.

Two words: ‘football stadium’.

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Walmart Is Now More Selective Than Harvard

29th December 2013

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Harvard may have met its match. In a segment that aired earlier this week on “The Colbert Report,” Stephen Colbert commented on the fact that 23,000 people applied for 600 jobs at two recently-opened Walmart stores, giving Walmart a frighteningly low acceptance rate of 2.6 percent.

Colbert put it best when he warned applicants to Harvard and Princeton that they may be aiming too low. “It turns out,” he said, “there’s now an even more elite institution on the scene.”

 

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The Longest-Running Crime Family

29th December 2013

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Our Indian correspondent takes a look at the life script of Mohammed, which authorizes — and even commands — the murder, rape, enslavement, and subjugation of anyone who is not a member of his 1400-year-old crime family.

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Victim Class Rules

29th December 2013

Freeberg sums it up.

It’s funny. Whether the victim-class is defined according to race, gender, creed, obesity, language, immigration status, income level or sexual preference, the rules are always the same.

1. We should never hold the members of that class to any kind of a standard, be it a standard of performance or a standard of behavior;
2. We should treat it as a human-rights violation if any member of that class wants something, and ends up not getting it;
3. If any member of that class falls short of what they were supposed to do or screws up, we’re not allowed to notice it or talk about it;
4. They should never, under any circumstances, at all, anywhere, whatsoever — have to prove anything.

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Speaking Bureaucratically

29th December 2013

Theodore Dalrymple is fluent.

My late friend, the distinguished economist Peter Bauer, used to say that the only true unemployment in the modern world was among satirists, for the world had grown so ridiculous that what was intended as satire was either a description of what already existed or a prophecy of what would soon come to exist.

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No Church for Obama Family on Christmas Day

29th December 2013

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

After all, only Christians go to church on Christmas.

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Mayoral Candidate Beaten by Teens With Club While Dozens Watch

29th December 2013

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Mind you, I understand their feelings.

Andrew told the media that he had just finished a call and placed his iPhone 4S on the table when a young man came up to the table, grabbed the phone, and ran. Andrew gave chase immediately but was quickly confronted by two teenaged girls just outside the coffee shop.

Note that they don’t mention the race of the perpetrators. That’s usually a good sign that they were black.

Police arrested Letaija Shapree Cutler-Cain, 18, and a 17-year-old accomplice whose name was not released because she is a minor.

And the name and accompanying picture confirms it.

“I was targeted because the phone was out and I’m 63 years old, and I’m sure they thought that I was easy pickins,” Andrew said.

Of course, being a Democrat, he can’t afford to mention ‘… and I was white.’

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Another Fake Hate Crime

29th December 2013

The Other McCain is on the case.

The apparent fakery by Williams probably won’t be reported in bold headlines by some outlets that reported the story originally.

And you can depend on that.

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Organizing For Action Makes ObamaCare ‘Opt-Out’

29th December 2013

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Organizing for Action (OFA) today announced that it will boost the rolls of the insured under ObamaCare by making the president’s signature health insurance law an “opt-out” feature for millions of young Americans already in its Obama campaign donor database.

“The best thing is, these new health insurance customers don’t have to do anything to join,” according to a confidential internal OFA memo. “If a donor gave $3 to the campaign at any time since 2008, he opted-in to ObamaCare. Of course, anyone can opt out at any time, with 12-24 months notice.”

Democrat principles in action — we’ll sign you up whether you want to be or now, but it will take you 12-24 months to get out again.

“We have this massive donor list of young people who already agree with President Obama and who want him to succeed, and we already have their credit card numbers and PayPal debit agreements,” she said. “So, we’re just going to cross-reference that with the NSA and IRS lists, sign them up for ObamaCare, and hope enough of them don’t opt out to keep the plan afloat–at least through November.”

Obamacare–the gift that keeps on giving.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

29th December 2013

The Wexford Carol

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Human Gait Optimized for Efficiency

28th December 2013

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Unless you’re John Travolta, of course.

From previous experiments done on treadmills, scientists know that people consistently transition between walking and running when they are traveling 2 to 3 meters per second. The reason it feels “natural” to change gaits at that speed is because your body and brain automatically try to minimize the amount of energy you have to expend getting from place to place. Below about 2.3 m/s, walking requires less energy. Above it, it takes less energy to run.

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The Burger Lab: How to Make Perfect Thin and Crisp French Fries

28th December 2013

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Dead cow and spuds are the basis of all true civilization.

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Florida Dad, Teen Son Found Dead in Scuba Diving Accident Testing Out Christmas Gifts

28th December 2013

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Darrin Spivey and Dillon Sanchez, his 15-year-old son, were last seen alive entering the Eagles Nest Sink location in Weeki Wachee, a town north of Port Richey on the state’s west coast. There’s a sign near the pond’s entrance alerting divers that the cave is dangerous and intended for advanced divers.

Let that be a lesson to us all.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

28th December 2013

7-in-1 Emergency Auto Tool

Retractable Spike Snow Boots

Stainless Steel Travel Cup

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Indiana Jones Meets The Da Vinci Code in Tiny French Village

27th December 2013

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 Indiana Jones meets The Da Vinci Code in a tiny southwestern French village, where three researchers have revealed the entrance to a cave they insist contains King Solomon’s gold, and possibly the Holy Grail.

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

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Ten People, Groups, and Countries Thrown Under Obama’s Bus in 2013

27th December 2013

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Should auld acquaintance be forgot….

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Does the Bell Toll for Excessive Public Pay?

27th December 2013

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Probably not. The Crust has been at this game for a long, long time.

“The art of government is to make two-thirds of the nation pay all it possibly can pay for the benefit of the other third,” mused Voltaire. Even that cynical French Enlightenment writer couldn’t imagine what would transpire one day in California, where a portion of the mere 15.3 percent of the public that works for government has gotten the rest of the public to pay for an eye-popping level of compensation.

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Turning Education Upside Down

27th December 2013

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No school has taken flipping as far as Clintondale. It began because Greg Green, the principal, had been recording videos on baseball techniques and posting them on YouTube for his 11-year-old son’s team. Recording the content allowed kids to watch the videos repeatedly to grasp the ideas, and left more time for hands-on work at practices.

It gave him an idea, and in the spring of 2010, he set up an experiment: He had a social studies teacher, Andy Scheel, run two classes with identical material and assignments, but one was flipped. The flipped class had many students who had already failed the class — some multiple times.

After 20 weeks, Green said, Scheel’s flipped students, despite their disadvantages, were outperforming the students in the traditional classroom. No student in the flipped class received a grade lower than a C+. The previous semester 13 percent had failed. This semester, none did. In the traditional classroom, there was no change in achievement.

We have the technology — we just need to figure out the best way to use it.

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This Country Was Not Built by Beta Males

27th December 2013

Gavin McInnes turns over a rock.

Instead of accepting my opinions as sincere, the female professor on the panel insisted I was scared of empowered women. I rarely talk to people this removed from reality, so it was challenging. In their world, the only reason men have a reputation for being tougher than women is because they’ve been conditioned to act that way. In their world, women earn less because of sexism. Women aren’t in math and sciences because they’ve been discouraged from pursuing it, etc. You’ve heard it all before. To them, gender roles are a kind of performance art and we should all be fine with a 130-pound firewoman carrying us from a burning building.

Meanwhile, on Earth, we just want to put food on the table so our kids stay healthy. If a qualified female shows up to work on a project you think, “Good. Maybe we’ll get out of here early.” Nobody doesn’t want her on the job. Nobody is “scared” of her. College professors don’t know this because they don’t work for a living. They’re paid to pontificate, and even then they get to go on sabbatical and pontificate even harder. (I believe the woman I was arguing with was on sabbatical during this debate—I was at work.) Despite how we all feel about women in the workforce, the panel kept implying I felt threatened by qualified women.

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‘100 things we didn’t know last year’

27th December 2013

According to the BBC, that is.

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Professor Admits Faking AIDS Vaccine to Get $19M in Grants

27th December 2013

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

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The Six Wars to Be Fought by China in the Coming 50 Years

26th December 2013

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(This article is the English translation from an article in Wenweipo, a pro-Communist media, published on 8th July 2013, under the title of ????50?????????, which. From translator’s point of view, despite of its naivety, this article is quite a good portrait of modern Chinese Imperialism)

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The Real Reason the Poor Go Without Bank Accounts

26th December 2013

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 As part of my research as an urban policy professor at The New School, I recently spent four months working weekly, eight-hour shifts as a teller at RiteCheck, a check cashing business in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the South Bronx. I wanted to understand how and why the people who frequent these “alternative” financial institutions use them. Like the majority of my academic colleagues, I believed check cashers, with their per transaction fee structure, and payday lenders, preyed upon the unbanked. But I learned quickly that many RiteCheck customers have made a conscious choice to be unbanked.

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The PC Behind the Bloat

26th December 2013

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Administrative bloat is not a new story, but there are two aspects of the causes of bloat that I seldom see discussed.  First, how much of the growth in administrative ranks is driven by political correctness along with federal mandates?  Most larger universities not only have large offices policing “diversity,” sexual harassment, and so forth, but often have deans and vice chancellors for these programs, usually paid at dean and vice chancellor salary levels.  Any many colleges now have administrative officers for “sustainability”—ironic since the cost model of higher education is clearly unsustainable.  (And insofar as any sensible notion of “sustainability” refers chiefly to simple resource efficiency, why isn’t this a prime candidate for outsourcing?)  The point is, liberals who moan about the high cost of college education today need to look in the mirror, for much of this cost expansion is probably the result of catering to the pressure groups who demand special programs to scratch their itch.  It would be good to see a detailed study—perhaps from our friends at the Center for College Affordability and Productivity—into this phenomena.  And it might be nice to break out the cost into line items; that is, include separate charges for “diversity” services at universities, and watch the backlash grow.

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The Next Big Market for Data and Connected Devices? Agriculture

26th December 2013

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Popular mythology about ‘the family farm’ to the contrary notwithstanding, most food today is grown in what are essentially outdoor factories. Automation and robotics are starting to dominate these places as they have long dominated indoor factories, and have traveled under the radar of the Lamestream Media because (a) they think farmers are boring and (b) farms aren’t unionized and so don’t reflect an Undercrust pressure group.

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Happy Boxing Day

26th December 2013

Good King Wencelsas

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Da Vinci’s String Organ Must Be Heard to Be Believed

25th December 2013

Read it. And watch the video.

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The Goog Life: How Google Keeps Employees by Treating Them Like Kids

25th December 2013

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I was talking with a friend the other day about that perennial subject of conversation in the Valley, Google. And finally she gave me the clue that made the whole place make sense. “It’s about infantilizing people,” she explained. “Give them free food, do their laundry, let them sit on bouncy brightly-colored balls. Do everything so that they never have to grow up and learn how to live life on their own.”

And when you look at it that way, everything Google does makes a sick sort of sense.

I guess that explains why most of them vote Democrat.

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The Nativity of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

25th December 2013

Good Christian Men, Rejoice

Go to church. It will do you no harm.

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Bob Belvedere’s Medieval Christmas

24th December 2013

Read it. And watch the videos.

Feel free to sing along.

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‘Having a Servant Is Not a Right’

24th December 2013

Voice of the Crust New York Times trots out one of its Pet Brown People to lay down the Party Line.

 AT the heart of the fracas surrounding the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York who promised to pay her housekeeper $9.75 per hour, in compliance with United States labor rules, but instead paid her $3.31 per hour, is India’s dirty secret: One segment of the Indian population routinely exploits another, and the country’s labor laws allow gross mistreatment of domestic workers.

Lesson: Unions vote Democrat more dependably than brown people. Check.

 India is furious that the diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, was strip-searched and kept in a cell in New York with criminals. Retaliation from the newly assertive but otherwise bureaucracy-ridden nation was swift. American diplomats were stripped of identity cards granting them diplomatic benefits, and security barriers surrounding the American Embassy in New Delhi were hauled away. A former finance minister suggested that India respond by arresting same-sex partners of American diplomats, since the Indian Supreme Court recently upheld a section of a Colonial-era law that criminalizes homosexuality.

I would find that amusing, certainly, when the Immovable Object of who-are-we-to-judge-their-culture gets in the way of the Irresistable Force of we-like-perverts-therefore-you-must-too and ‘progressive’ heads explode. Oh, that Orwell were alive to see this day….

 Notwithstanding legitimate Indian concerns about whether American marshals used correct protocol in the way they treated a diplomat, the truth is that India is party to an exploitative system that needs to be scrutinized.

Too bad that they’re not Muslim, which would deflect all such ‘scrutiny’.

I grew up in a middle-class household in India in the ’80s; my parents were schoolteachers, and our lifestyle was not lavish by any means.

Touch base I-grew-up-working-class: Check.

I received new clothes once a year; I don’t recall ever going to a restaurant; our family couldn’t afford a car, so we used a scooter.

Touch base Economically-disadvantaged: Check.

But we always had a live-in housekeeper who cooked and washed our clothes, while a man came by every other day to sweep and mop the floors.

Touch base criticize-culture-that-substitutes-human-labor-for-automation-because-latter-not-available-as-if-everybody-lived-like-Americans: Check.

Fisking the remainder of this article is left as an exercise for the reader — I have presents to wrap.

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Vigil of the Nativity

24th December 2013

O come, o come, Emmanuel

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Jogging: The Body Killer

24th December 2013

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First ask yourself one thing.  Have you ever met a runner that hasn’t complained about their ankles, knees, low back or hips?  I haven’t.  Why is that?  Let me explain.

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A Micro-Muscular Breakthrough

23rd December 2013

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Vanadium dioxide is poised to join the pantheon of superstars in the materials world. Already prized for its extraordinary ability to change size, shape and physical identity, vanadium dioxide can now add muscle power to its attributes. A team of researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has demonstrated a micro-sized robotic torsional muscle/motor made from vanadium dioxide that for its size is a thousand times more powerful than a human muscle, able to catapult objects 50 times heavier than itself over a distance five times its length within 60 milliseconds –  faster than the blink of an eye.

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Susan Rice: “The fact that we have not had a successful attack on our homeland since 9/11 should not be diminished”

23rd December 2013

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Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad murdered Pvt. William Long outside a military recruiting center in Little Rock, Arkansas, on June 1, 2009, in the name of Islam and jihad.

Nidal Malik Hasan murdered 13 people and wounded 31 at Fort Hood on November 5, 2009, in the name of Islam and jihad.

Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev murdered 3 people and wounded 264 at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, in the name of Islam and jihad.

Susan Rice knows this. She just hopes you don’t.

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