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Monkeys Modified With Genome Editing

31st January 2014

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Researchers at Nanjing Medical University and Yunnan Key Laboratory of Primate Biomedical Research in Kunming, China, have created genetically modified monkeys using a new method of DNA engineering known as Crispr. The infant macaques show that targeted genome editing is feasible in primates—a potential boon for scientists studying complex diseases, including neurological ones, and an advance that suggests that the method could one day work in humans. The work was reported in the journal Cell on Thursday.

Progress is what happens when you don’t have wierdo luddite eco-terrorists interfering with your research.

No doubt this will figure in Tom Friedman’s next why-can’t-we-just-be-like-China book.

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Screw Your Standing Desk, How About Squatting?

31st January 2014

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Anthropologists can tell from the characteristic deformation of certain bones in the feet whether a culture squats or kneels to rest.

Bet you didn’t know that.

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Welcome to “Girlington”: Helen Smith on How College Is Becoming a Hostile Working Environment for Men

31st January 2014

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Latest News From the Revolving Door

31st January 2014

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The top enforcement official at the Commodities and Futures Trading Commission, David Meister, is leaving to join Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, the New York Times reports….

 

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The Zimmerman Instagram

31st January 2014

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Explained: The Media’s Light Touch Toward Barack Obama

31st January 2014

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Yes, to be sure, they are liberals and Democrats. I’ve long documented how often “objective” reporters for the Washington Press Corp came over from liberal organizations and now feign objectivity. But with the revelation that Mark Murray is married to the FAA Chief of Staff, we need to be more specific. Murray is the NBC senior political editor who declared the Remsburg story in the State of the Union to be about the God-man Obama himself.

Given the Obama economy and people’s inability to get jobs, the Washington press corps must go lightly on Barack Obama. Were they to push too hard, their spouses could find themselves on the unemployment line and they would be forced to give up luxuries like hipster living in Dupont Circle and Chef Week DC.

They cannot afford to probe too hard because they cannot afford the single income that might occur when their spouse gets canned.

This really is Chicago politics. Well played, Mr. President.

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Dueling Pot Billboards at the Stoner Bowl

31st January 2014

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Because THERE IS NOTHING MORE IMPORTANT FACING THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD then whether or not one can smoke weed legally.

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Palestinian Workers Back Scarlett Johansson’s Opposition to SodaStream Boycott

31st January 2014

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American actress Scarlett Johansson has been criticized as naïve and irresponsible for endorsing SodaStream, an Israeli company that operates a factory in the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim – to the detriment of Palestinian rights, say critics.

But those most familiar with the factory – Palestinians who work there – largely side with Ms. Johansson.

“Before boycotting, they should think of the workers who are going to suffer,” says a young man shivering in the pre-dawn darkness in Azzariah, a West Bank town cut off from work opportunities in Jerusalem by the concrete Israeli separation wall. Previously, he earned 20 shekels ($6) a day plucking and cleaning chickens; now he makes nearly 10 times that at SodaStream, which also provides transportation, breakfast, and lunch.

There, there, little brown brothers, the rich white people of the First World know far better what’s good for you than you do.

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Planning a Night Out? Olive Garden Will Pay Your Baby-Sitting Tab

31st January 2014

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Before dining at Olive Garden, parents can drop off their kids at any one of 145 participating My Gym locations and return with their Olive Garden receipt to have their baby-sitting tab covered.

And the thanks of a grateful nation….

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Is Sea Salt Healthier Than Table Salt?

31st January 2014

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The expert: Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, nutritionist at Elements Behavioral Health and author of The Hunger Fix

The verdict: The answer isn’t as cut-and-dry as most chefs might like, but that’s because the path every salt (even if it’s the same “kind”) takes to reach your shaker varies.

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

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Michigan Police Investigate Bags of Human Remains Left on Roadways

31st January 2014

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And here I thought that Michigan was big on recycling.

 

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Woman Dies After Scarf, Hair Get Caught In Montreal Subway Escalator

31st January 2014

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A woman died Thursday after her scarf and her hair got caught in the teeth of a Montreal metro escalator and the scarf then apparently strangled her.

The Montreal Gazette reports that the incident occurred when the 48-year-old’s scarf got caught in the escalator Thursday morning.

“The woman’s scarf got caught in the escalator and then she bent down to try to get it out and her hair got stuck, too,” Constable Jean-Pierre Brabant told The Gazette.

“A bystander called 911 and by the time police arrived, she was declared dead.”

The Gazette said she apparently was strangled by the scarf.

How much brain does it require to TAKE THE DAMNED THING OFF when it gets caught in an escalator?

UPDATE: Well, now we know. The ‘scarf’ was a hijab, which explains why she wouldn’t take it off.

Just more proof that Islam will be the death of you.

Think of it as evolution in action.

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Rep. Waxman, Key ObamaCare Architect, to Retire After 20 Terms in Office

31st January 2014

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Don’t say I never post good news here.

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Dark Thoughts

30th January 2014

John Derbyshire, Patron Saint of Dyspepsia, jumps on the ‘Dark Enlightenment’ bandwagon. Sort of.

The Dark Enlightenment is, so far, a critical movement, with no particular intent to endarken individuals. They just want us to be aware that the Enlightenment had a dark side and that the modes of thought and society that it steered us toward might lead ultimately to a dark place, an antithesis.

And I guess I should drop the third-person pronoun in talking about the movement. A few months ago the blogger Scharlach (German for “scarlet”) drew up a very handy diagram of the movement, with participants grouped according to their major themes. At 11 o’clock on the diagram, grouped with Secular Traditionalists, is me. (Or possibly “…am I.” Please don’t email in to tell me.)

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Drilling Surprise Opens Door to Volcano-Powered Electricity

29th January 2014

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The Icelandic Deep Drilling Project, IDDP, has been drilling shafts up to 5km deep in an attempt to harness the heat in the volcanic bedrock far below the surface of Iceland.

But in 2009 their borehole at Krafla, northeast Iceland, reached only 2,100m deep before unexpectedly striking a pocket of magma intruding into the Earth’s upper crust from below, at searing temperatures of 900-1000°C.

Now your talking….

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Revolving Door Spins

29th January 2014

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The former chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., Sheila Bair, has reportedly joined the board of directors of Banco Santander, SA.

And 3D Systems, a 3-D printing company, has reportedly named Neal Orringer, a former senior adviser to the secretary of commerce on manufacturing policy and director of manufacturing at the Pentagon, as its new vice president for alliances and partnerships.

‘And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.’ — Luke 16:9

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Overreacting to Neoreaction

29th January 2014

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Mainstream liberal blogs have recently discovered the neoreactionary movement, also known as the Dark Enlightenment, which is a plucky collection of backward-looking upstarts that started to gel sometime in late 2012. The only unifying themes in coverage are an unfounded sense of hysteria and a complete inability to get the point.

Ah, yes. The race thing. If race is a Dark Enlightenment obsession, someone forgot to tell them. While there’s some overlap with human biodiversity (which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like and is thus a horrifying heresy to those of the universalist faith), it’s more a cousin of neoreaction; like the manosphere, it’s hardly a wholly owned subsidiary. On the matter of race, neoreaction’s biggest crime is its refusal to parrot the “White people…ewwwwwww!” meme that dominates much of progressive discourse; instead it offers a critique of the Cultural Marxist “critical race theory” that is an essential leftist article of faith.

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Minorities Rising

29th January 2014

Steve Sailer has a little fun with the pod people.

A few years ago, I came up with the idea for a sitcom called Korean Mother-in-Law, about a nice Stuff White People Like white guy (picture Joaquin Phoenix in Her) who has to live with his (wait for it) Korean mother-in-law, who regularly punctures his liberal American delusions with her bleak, Malthusian cackling.

Chua, however, more or less beat me to this shtick with Tiger Mother.

But it’s probably just as well, since Korean Mother-in-Law would have been the lowest rated show ever, judging by how only Charles Murray and I noticed that Tiger Mother was awfully funny. Most of the press, which is heavily driven by the primal resentments of Jewish women writers and editors, was outraged by Chua’s act. First, she steals our husbands, and then she steals our children’s spots at Harvard!

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Small Businesses Don’t Add Jobs Because Government Makes Doing So Stupid.

29th January 2014

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In December, I received a notice from the IRS saying I was off some amount in the taxes I paid for the third quarter of 2013. I looked at my records and said, No I’m not. I called and I was told that yes I was, because although I’d used the electronic payment system to make my payment (I’m required to do this by law) and had made sure it would fund to the IRS by the correct date (the “settle date”), the system had malfunctioned, and the IRS didn’t get my payment on time. I protested that this wasn’t my fault and by law the settle date is supposed to count as the date of payment, and I got some garbage about the amount not being settled by that date.

Whatever. I then asked why I had a thousand dollars in penalties for a payment that was a handful of days late. (Again, it wasn’t late.) I was told it wasn’t because of the days before the error was caught, it was because of those days PLUS the time it took for them to catch it and send me the notice, and penalties and interest run blah blah blah.

My mind and my time are my merchandise. The total time to resolve this mess that legally wasn’t my fault was over an hour.

The last thing I want to do is deal with a headache from the IRS, so I paid that amount by the new deadline date and thought I was done.

Last week, I got a notice of intent to levy for a little over $200. I called the IRS and asked, in more polite words, WTF.

Well you see, even though they gave me a deadline and I met that deadline, and even though I paid on-time, and paid electronically, and it was settled and received on-time, penalties and interest on the penalty and interest from before ran while I was trying to get through to ask about the original amount. And you see, the IRS tries to estimate the penalties you owe correctly, but it can’t always do that, and really, the burden is on me to find out whether the amount they told me to pay was the right amount.

If only I’d called and asked for a ten-day payoff amount, this lady says, they could have given me the correct payoff amount, which is yes, more than was listed, but really, what ARE you going to do? I should have known to call and ask for a payoff amount other than the amount they told me to pay.

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Companies Flee U.S. Tax System by Reincorporating Abroad

29th January 2014

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Thank you, Barack Hussein Obama … um, um, um….

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40 Years of D&D

29th January 2014

John Biggs takes a look.

On January 26, 1974 the world changed. A panoply of creatures popped into existence – Owlbears lumbered out of the woods while Bullettes snuffled out of caves, blinking in the sunlight. Adventurers donned metal plate armor and led their ambling pack horses into darkened dungeons. Traps sprung, capturing teams of dwarves in iron nets while gold glittered tantalizingly close to a shambling skeleton. For some, the ’70s were an era of free love. For others they were the era of untrammeled adventure.

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This Year’s Flu

29th January 2014

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You’ve probably heard by now that this year’s flu season is a bad one. Below is a guide to the viruses that are going around now, plus a refresher on flu basics.

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Eight False Things That Too Many People Accept Unquestioningly

28th January 2014

Freeberg nails it yet again.

1. If someone gets into trouble by being an idiot, we all need to lose a privilege
2. If someone works hard and produces more, he needs to share
3. Whoever is most fun to watch, is most likely to fix a problem
4. Being offended on behalf of others, who may not even exist, is a noble pursuit
5. Society’s advances were achieved by those who found new ways to be offended
6. Raw emotions do, and should, pull rank over rational thoughts
7. Inequality of wealth must precede some economic calamity
8. If you laugh, or snort derisively, at true things — you can magically make them untrue

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How to Be Rich: a Review

28th January 2014

Nancy French gets a metanoia moment.

Pastor Andy Stanley, in his great new book, How to Be Rich: It’s Not What You Have, It’s What You Do with What You Have, talks about how to be rich, not how to get rich. Why? Because you already are rich. Everyone has heard those statistics about how living in America is like winning the lottery. However, we never feel this, because “the rich person” is the one who has more than we do. It’s all relative. Stanley points out that Gallup did a poll about quantifying wealth. People who make $50 thousand per year believe that “rich people” make $100 thousand. Those who make $200 thousand believe true wealth begins at $400 thousand. And so on and so on. That makes the definition of “rich” simply “more than what I have.”

“Therein lies the problem,” Stanley writes. “Rich is the other guy. Rich is that other family. Rich isn’t just having extra. Rich is having as much extra as the person who has more extra than you do. Rich is having more than you currently have.”

In other words, people who are rich almost never feel wealthy, just as bone-thin anorexics don’t feel skinny.

“I really want to live in a country where the poor people are fat.”

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Self-Esteem Über Alles

28th January 2014

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It was axiomatically assumed that intellectually talented black high-school students abound but that top colleges ignore them. Furthermore, these potential college graduates were allegedly often clueless regarding the admission process. Particularly odious according to the president were standardized tests such as the ACT and SAT that impede access to top schools. (In the civil-rights lingo, when blacks cannot pass a test, it is “a barrier.”) The president called for doubling of the National College Advising Corps where recent college graduates help students in “underserved” high schools complete the college admission process. He also advocated hiring new advisers and subsidizing college prep classes routinely available to rich white and Asian students.

Meanwhile, the University of Michigan also witnessed another ritualistic we-need-more-diplomas event. Here agitated black students were outraged that blacks comprised 14% of the state’s population but only 5% of the student body. So on the High Holy Day of Martin Luther King’s birthday, the activists granted the university seven days to respond to seven demands or face “physical actions” by Monday, January 27, 2014. Demands included emergency scholarships for black students unable to concentrate as a result of the school’s hostile racial climate, inexpensive on-campus housing for blacks, and doubling black enrollment to 10%. No mention was made of the state law that bars the university from using race in college admissions.

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Leave Us Alone

28th January 2014

Erick Erickson speaks for a generation. (No, not that one; the other one.)

Tonight, Barack Obama will stand before the Parliament of Whores in Washington, D.C. with Chuckles and the Orange Man behind him and, in more ways than one, say, “Ask now what you can do for your government, but rather ask what your government can do for you.”

You know what the government can do for me? Leave me the hell alone. They can’t get us through airports without groping us, they can’t deliver our mail without a bailout, they can’t fight a war without turning the military in a sociological experiment, and they can’t manage healthcare without 404 errors, death panels, and rigged numbers to hide massive debt.

Leave us alone.

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Hillary’s Top 7 Elitist Moments

28th January 2014

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Just in case you haven’t been keeping track, which I confess that I have not, since Hillary doesn’t loom all that large on my horizon.

On Monday, former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton spoke at the National Automobile Dealers Association in New Orleans – where she quickly revealed that she has not driven a car for the past 18 years. At a convention of auto dealers.

And why would she? Driving themselves is for The Little People.

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A Very Sincere Thank You to @Gretawire

28th January 2014

Erick Erickson gives back.

Greta Van Sustern wishes you to know I’m a creepy jerk. She does not know who I am and thinks no one should listen to me. I appreciate her letting someone she’s never heard of who she thinks should not be listened to live rent free in her head.

But I must sincerely thank her.

Wendy Davis believes it is perfectly acceptable to crack open a child’s skull, inject her cranium with saline, vacuum out her brains, then tear her limb from limb unstitching her from her mother’s womb even though a minute, an hour, a day, a week, or a month later she could survive outside the womb. Wendy Davis has staked her career on the right to chop a child to bits, no matter how viable the child is. The media prefers to ignore that to which Wendy Davis staked her career. They’d prefer to focus on her, as Vogue described her, “Barbie looks” and pink sneakers.

In Greta’s diatribe against me, she only used the word “Abortion” once and that was noting me calling Wendy Davis “Abortion Barbie.”

A coinage for which we are all suitably grateful.

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Today in White Guilt: White Guy Wins Hip-Hop Grammy; Another White Guy Worries About It at Length

28th January 2014

Steve Sailer never seems to lack for material.

 To prevent white people from robbing blacks, the only kind of popular music white people should be allowed to create is square dance calling. By the way, as Malcolm McClaren unkindly pointed out 31 years ago in “Buffalo Gals,” hip-hop was Stolen from the great white art form of square dance calling….

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Breivik’s Confession and the Media’s Silence

28th January 2014

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From his prison cell, the confessed mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik in January 2014 circulated a letter in which he repudiated all association with the Counterjihad and anti-Islamists. He gloated over how easy it was to fool the Western mainstream media (MSM) into supporting his intended witch-hunt on peaceful anti-Islamists….

Not a high bar to get over.

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Study: Most Sponsors of Minimum Wage Hike Bill Don’t Pay Interns

28th January 2014

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The Employment Policies Institute found that 96 percent of House and Senate sponsors of the minimum wage bill do not pay their interns. That includes lead bill sponsors, like Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, according to the study.

As a whole, most members of Congress — whether they support an increased minimum wage or not — do not pay interns. But the Employment Policies Institute argues that the practice shows “sponsors are legislating with a ‘do as I say, not as I do’ approach.”

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

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AFSCME in Dues Freefall After Wisconsin Labor Union Reforms.

27th January 2014

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Turns out that if you give people an opportunity to vote with their pocketbooks, they take it. I’d also note that a hefty percentage of those people opting out of forced union dues are undoubtedly doing it because Big Labor is a lapdog for the Democratic party establishment. Gallup found in 2012 that 35% of union households backed Mitt Romney (34%, government union); while that may not make much of an electoral difference, I imagine that those folks are now happy not to be paying for Democratic attacks on their candidates. I suggest that the unions take a hint or two from this.

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The Bipartisan Commission Ruse

27th January 2014

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Blue-ribbon panels were much in the news this past week. The Presidential Commission on Election Administration came out with a report making the case for expanding early voting options, allowing online voter registration and eliminating long lines at the polls. The little-known Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board issued an analysis concluding that the National Security Agency’s domestic phone records surveillance program is illegal and ineffectual.

Know what else is ineffectual? Recommendations from groups like these.

Ultimately, they’re the equivalent of those participation trophies handed out to every kid who plays in a sports league. They look nice on the shelf, but you can’t take them seriously.

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Protesting Private Buses

27th January 2014

The Antiplanner is delightfully dyspeptic today.

One of the more ridiculous debates going on this month is the protests over Google and other companies providing commuter bus services for their employees in the San Francisco Bay Area. No one ever comments on how much better it is for the environment that people are taking buses to work instead of driving. No one ever comments on how the fact that at least 18,000 people take private buses to work is a devastating indicator of the failure of the region’s expensive transit system.

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What Happens If Obamacare Fails

27th January 2014

Each Voice of the Crust has a Pet Conservative — The New York Times has David Brooks, and the Washington Post has Jennifer Rubin.

It is a coin flip, at best, for the president as to whether his signature achievement, his only achievement, will fail. It will be repealed in essence by a popular referendum: The mass refusal of people to go along with Obama’s top-down, compulsory system that was set to transform a sixth of the economy. That possibility should traumatize and probably is traumatizing the White House. Same goes for any Democratic lawmaker who spent time thinking this through. The political implications of this are almost too enormous to calculate.

And so, of course, she doesn’t even make an effort. Pet Conservatives are allowed to bark, but not to bite.

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Barbarism v. 2.0

27th January 2014

The Baron looks at the Dark Enlightenment.

Meaningful dissent against the Cathedral is not permitted, not even among ostensible “conservatives”. Just ask John Derbyshire. Or Jason Richwine.

The greatest punishments are reserved for any deviation from orthodoxy on race and ethnicity. National Review dutifully excommunicates any race-heretics from its cramped crypt in the cellar of the Cathedral. But other topics are also frowned upon, such as skepticism about global warming. Or home-schooling. Or the gold standard — dissidents on fiat money are laughed out of the nave and down the front steps.

If mockery fails as a deterrent, then more stringent persuasions are brought to bear, running from denial of funding through loss of employment to lawsuits and prosecution. The Cathedral will not be gainsaid.

The Adam Smith of Neoreaction is, of course, Mencius Moldbug.

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Glassesoff App Claims to Eliminate Need for Reading Glasses

27th January 2014

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We have the technology. Maybe.

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The War Against Butter Is Over. Butter Won.

27th January 2014

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Anglo-Dutch consumer products giant Unilever spent more than 20 years trying to beat butter at its own game. But the maker of Flora, Country Crock, and I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, appears ready to give up the fight.

Butter is better. Next up: Potatoes.

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Goals Are for Losers. Passion Is Bull$%&#

27th January 2014

Scott Adams deals some inconvenient truth.

Goals work great for simple situations. But the world is rarely simple these days. You don’t know what your career will look like in a year. You don’t know what the economy will be doing, or which new technologies will hit the scene. Your personal life is just as unpredictable. The future is a big ball of complexity if you look out far enough. And that means your odds of picking the one best goal for you are slim, and the odds of achieving it are even slimmer, because everything is a moving target.

So instead of goals, try systems that improve your odds of success (however you define success) over time. Choose projects that improve your personal value no matter how the project itself does. Find systems for diet and fitness that replace willpower with simple knowledge. It’s easy to do.

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Shooting at Mall in Columbia, Maryland Happened in ‘Gun Free Zone’

26th January 2014

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Gun-free zones are where murderers shop for victims. It’s a target-rich environment with no down-side.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

26th January 2014

Holiday Road

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The Toll of the Anti-Vaccination Movement, in One Devastating Graphic

25th January 2014

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But in the developed world it’s an artifact of the anti-vaccination movement, which has associated the vaccine with autism. That connection, promoted by the discredited British physician Andrew Wakefield and the starlet Jenny McCarthy, has been thoroughly debunked. But its effects live on, as the map shows.

My, what a surprise. Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised. Remember that the next time you hear a ‘celebrity’ whining that the sky is falling.

Unmentioned in this Voice of the Crust, of course, is the number of vaccinators being murdered by Muslims in places like Pakistan. That would be raaaaaaacist.

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Philadelphia School Cheating Probe Widens; More Than 100 Educators Targeted

25th January 2014

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Just days after three Philadelphia school principals were fired for alleged cheating, news comes that the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office is conducting a criminal investigation into widespread cheating involving more than 100 educators around the city.

Gee — wonder what the kids will learn from that?

Meanwhile, an official with the union that represents Philadelphia school administrators is blaming the alleged cheating that took place at 53 district schools and three city charter schools on high-stakes testing, and ultimatums from higher-ups to reach performance plateaus.

For the Union makes us … victims?

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What’s the Matter With Brooklyn?

25th January 2014

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Ever since the Nixon era, the Democratic Party has faced its own internal tug of war over fiscal matters, as the party has replaced white working-class voters in the South with upscale voters, especially in the Northeast and Pacific Northwest, who are mainly drawn to the party’s social liberalism. This has placed political constituencies that desire more redistribution of wealth and view corporations and Wall Street with suspicion if not outright animus at odds with those who seek to protect their interests and use the levers of power to gain advantage – typically with the taxpayer paying the price for their cartel-like activity. With the dominance of Bill Clinton’s post-1994 approach to triangulation and the pro-war, pro-surveillance push of the party after 9/11, the progressives have been shoved aside again and again – their positions ignored if not denigrated in matters foreign and domestic. This has continued and even expanded under Barack Obama, whose approach to fiscal and regulatory policy has led to an America where corporations thrive, wages stagnate, the surveillance state expands, Too Big To Fail lives on, and Wall Street grows fat and happy.

In this understanding of what’s taken place over the past twenty years, the Obama campaign of 2008 takes on a new and more tragic depiction. It reads as the death rattle of a political movement that traces its lineage to Robert La Follette, Samuel Gompers, and Ida Tarbell: a charismatic, appealing candidate who gives verbal endorsement to the frustrations of ill-treated progressives, promising a rejection of traditional political quid pro quo, the end of wars and privacy invasion and Gitmo and lobbyists in government, and a new aspirational and transparent communitarian approach to policies that achieve positive change… and then, once elected, reveals these to be words, just words.

The Crust breaks out of its chrysalis and reveals itself as a pretty nasty bug.

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This Massive Vending Machine Serves Up Cars

25th January 2014

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For sufficiently generous definitions of ‘car”.

If you find yourself in need of a ride in Hangzhou, China, you can waltz up to a multi-story garage, punch a few buttons, and have a fully charged electric vehicle deposited in front of you.

It’s a new car-sharing scheme launched by Kandi Technologies that takes the hyper-successful bike-sharing model in China and puts it onto four electrically powered wheels.

For a little over $3 an hour, these ultra-compact, Chinese-made EVs can get about 75 miles on a charge and max out at 50 mph, and when the driver is done, they can drop off their rented ride at another Kandi station near their destination.

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Swedish Gangster Who Claimed He Had Photos of the King In Compromising Sexual Situations Is Found Dead With Four Bullet Wounds to the Head

25th January 2014

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I’ll just bet that Bill Clinton is kicking himself right now.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

25th January 2014

Journal of Personal Science: Baby Shampoo Cured My Sinusitis

HeatTrak Snow and Ice Heated Stair Mat

Pivoting Microdermabrasion Brush  I look a this and think, ‘Hmmm. Enhanced Interrogation Techniques….’

Shredder Scissors

The Backpack Cannon

Seed spoons

Igloo-making tool

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Stand by Your Scam

24th January 2014

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Nearly 1/4 of Texas House Republicans Invite Sean Hannity to Lone Star State

24th January 2014

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The move comes after Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst penned a January 21, 2014 letter welcoming the conservative icon, in response to Hannity’s remarks that he was considering such a move. The letter signed by the legislators was penned by Texas House Ways and Means chairman and candidate for Texas Comptroller Harvey Hilderbran. Rep. Hilderbran spearheaded the effort to get the signatures. Breitbart News was the first to learn of the effort.

Y’all come back now, hear?

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Study: 422% Increase Since 1998 in Former Government Officials as Lobbyists

24th January 2014

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When you’re the Crust,
You’re the Crust all the way
From your first GS job
To your lobbyist pay!

When you’re the Crust
Let ‘em do what they can,
You won’t have to resign,
You won’t land in the can!

You’re always employed—
You’ve got remuneration…
If someone’s annoyed
With your administration,
You’ve got salvation!

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