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The 7 ‘Healthy’ Foods That Aren’t as Healthy as You Think

31st December 2015

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Eating well is hard, especially if you live a busy lifestyle and are often on the go. You pick up dinner from a shop while on your way home, and spot a ‘healthy’ label and so think you’re doing good.

But this might not always be the case. They say never judge a book by its cover and perhaps the same principal should be applied to food.

Women and minorities hardest hit.

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The Ten Worst UN Moments of 2015

31st December 2015

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And there are some doozies. I’ll start you off:

10. Iran elected to UN Women Executive Board

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At Last, Some Campus Sanity: ROTC Gains

31st December 2015

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In a year marred by campus strife, at least one bright spot emerged in American higher education: the comeback of the Reserve Officer Training Corps, known as ROTC, at leading universities.

This year, Columbia University commissioned its first Marine officer, Patrick Poorbaugh, since 1970. Yale graduated two Naval ROTC officers— Sam Cohen and Andrew Heymann—for the first time since Richard Nixon was in the White House. Yale, with 41 midshipmen, boasts the largest NROTC unit in the Ivy League. Harvard senior Charlotte Falletta was recognized as one of the top 10 Army cadets in the nation.

Even Brown University, the last Ivy League school to move beyond the Vietnam-era politics that yanked ROTC programs from campus, is changing. In 2012 Brown established a center for students interested in military careers, and this year the school signed deals allowing students to participate in Naval and Air Force ROTC programs off campus.

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Student Can Be Punished for Criticizing Lesbian Movie in Film Class, Court Rules

31st December 2015

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Update on this First Amendment lawsuit filed against the University of New Mexico last year: A federal judge has dismissed the case by former student Monica Pompeo, saying the Board of Regents is protected by “qualified immunity.”

The case revolved around Pompeo’s film-studies paper about the lesbian-romance movie Desert Hearts, in which she said homosexual attraction was “perverse” and referred to a childless woman in the film as “barren.” Her professor refused to grade the paper, saying it included “hate speech,” Pompeo claimed.

Yet another reason not to allow your kid to go to a government school.

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What You Need to Know About “The Big Short”

31st December 2015

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Hollywood loves to lie through films because they know that, in a world where nobody reads history any more, their version will be the one that’s remembered by Low Information Voters.

 

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The Hijackers

31st December 2015

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I don’t pretend to know what the truth is. But there is no need to prove malign intent on the part of the Western powers. The most charitable theory available, ‘the eternally recurring colossal cock-up’ theory of history, will do well enough. If a more sophisticated theory is required, I suggest we recall the assessment of C. Wright Mills when he spoke of US policy being made by ‘crackpot realists’, people who were entirely realistic about how to promote their careers inside the Beltway, and incorrigible crackpots when it came to formulating foreign policy. Since it is not only American folly and incompetence that is in the dock, I would also recall the assessment of Ernest Bevin, who remarked that ‘superiority is claimed by the middle class in the realms of government, when as a matter of fact their work is a monument of incompetence.’

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Will Politicians Finally Admit That the Paris Attacks Had Something to Do With Islam?

31st December 2015

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In France, Britain, Germany, America and nearly every other country in the world it remains government policy to say that any and all attacks carried out in the name of Mohammed have ‘nothing to do with Islam’. It was said by George W. Bush after 9/11, Tony Blair after 7/7 and Tony Abbott after the Sydney attack last month. It is what David Cameron said after two British extremists cut off the head of Drummer Lee Rigby in London, when ‘Jihadi John’ cut off the head of aid worker Alan Henning in the ‘Islamic State’ and when Islamic extremists attacked a Kenyan mall, separated the Muslims from the Christians and shot the latter in the head. It was what President François Hollande said after the massacre of journalists and Jews in Paris in January. And it is all that most politicians will be able to come out with again after the latest atrocities in Paris.

All these leaders are wrong. In private, they and their senior advisers often concede that they are telling a lie. The most sympathetic explanation is that they are telling a ‘noble lie’, provoked by a fear that we — the general public — are a lynch mob in waiting. ‘Noble’ or not, this lie is a mistake. First, because the general public do not rely on politicians for their information and can perfectly well read articles and books about Islam for themselves. Secondly, because the lie helps no one understand the threat we face. Thirdly, because it takes any heat off Muslims to deal with the bad traditions in their own religion. And fourthly, because unless mainstream politicians address these matters then one day perhaps the public will overtake their politicians to a truly alarming extent.

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Rotherham: The Perfect Storm

31st December 2015

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The following report by Anne Marie Waters examines the “grooming” phenomenon — actually, the sexual enslavement of underage girls by Muslim men— that has been making headlines in the UK for the past few years. In addition to the obstruction and obfuscation displayed by public officials and the police, much of the meaningful data on these crimes is either uncollated or altogether absent.

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Flooding: Bikers Protect Yorkshire Homes From Looting

30th December 2015

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How very American.

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Suspect in Houston Mosque Fire Attended Services There

30th December 2015

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Oh, the Islamophobia! Oh, wait….

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Thought for the Day

30th December 2015

Sanders Economics Books copy

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From NYC to Harvard: The War on Asian Success

30th December 2015

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The year 2015 was a dismal one for American public education — at least by the numbers.

But don’t blame the kids. Parents are missing in action.

Except most Asian-American parents, that is. They tend to oversee their children’s homework, stress the importance of earning high grades and instill the belief that hard work is the ticket to a better life.

And it pays off. Their children are soaring academically.

The outrage is that instead of embracing the example of these Asian families, school authorities and non-Asian parents want to rig the system to hold them back. It’s happening here in New York City, in suburban New Jersey and across the nation.

John Derbyshire used to say (and may still) that there wasn’t anything wrong with New York City that 1,000,000 ethnic Chinese wouldn’t cure. I think he’s right.

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Bioethics: Standing Athwart Science, Yelling ‘Whoa’*

30th December 2015

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Many years ago, I put my 23andMe genetic screening results online at SNPedia where they are regularly updated so that my friends and enemies can all find out what’s genetically wrong (and right) with me. Consequences? None.

So what is Skloot advocating that has gotten me riled up? The government is proposing revisions to the Protection of Human Subjects rule that could possibly impose new and extensive consent requirements for using all sorts of biological samples derived from people. Skloot begins by asking readers if they want researchers to continue the practice of freely passing around cells derived from their bodies and the genetic information they contain?

Knowledge is not property. Let me repeat that. Knowledge is not property. A fact about you is not something you own

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10 of the Most Annoying Corporate Jargon Phrases That You Should [sic] Never Use at Work

30th December 2015

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“For purveyors of meeting bingo this is only good news. For the rest of us meetings have degenerated in to a quagmire of nonsensical verbal piffle,” he said in an article for Marketing magazine.

I’m wondering how they managed to weed it down to 10.

 

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World’s Richest Lose $20bn in 2015 as Warren Buffett, Bill Gates and Carlos Slim Take a Hit

30th December 2015

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I’m just positive that they’re losing sleep over it.

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Hospital Refuses Pregnancy-Related Care Again Because of Religious Directives

30th December 2015

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Today we filed a lawsuit challenging Dignity Health’s use of religious directives to deny basic reproductive health care to its patients. Filed on behalf of patient Rebecca Chamorro and Physicians for Reproductive Health, the suit argues that withholding pregnancy-related care for reasons other than medical considerations is illegal in California.

I just love that weasel-worded phrase, ‘Pregnacy-Related Care’. Whenever you see ‘basic reproductive health care’, you know it’s neither ‘basic’ nor ‘health care’.

The refusal of hospitals to allow doctors to perform basic health procedures based solely on religious doctrine presents a real threat to a woman’s ability to access health care.

The assumption here, of course, is that ‘health care’ is some sort of right that ‘health care providers’ have to provide whether they like it or not. In the old days that was called ‘slavery’, but of course the ACLU doesn’t dare use the correct terms in this propaganda piece because then the game would be up.

Patients seeking medical care from public institutions should not have to worry that religious doctrine rather than medical judgment will dictate what care they receive.

The term ‘public institutions’ is suppose to fool Low Information Voters into thinking that this is some sort of government-owned facility, which of course it is not.

Ten of the 25 largest hospital systems in the U.S. are Catholic-sponsored, and nearly one of nine hospital beds in the country is in a Catholic facility.

So a win here would be a big step forward in the ACLU’s campaign to force people to do something contrary to their religious beliefs just because the ACLU thinks they ought to. If the Catholic Church in the U.S. tried to do the same to the ACLU, you would be able to hear the screams of outrage in Kazakhstan.

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Video Shows Woman Wakeboarding During Floods in Ireland

30th December 2015

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The Irish are unique.

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The Time I Got Promoted to Nobody

30th December 2015

Scott Adams is having more fun than a human being should be allowed to have.

According to Paul Waldman at THEWEEK.COM, nobody predicted that Trump would be doing so well at the end of 2015.

For those of you who haven’t been paying attention, Scott predicted this.

 

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Muslim Student Association Demands All ‘Islamophobic Speech’ Be Punished

30th December 2015

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The Muslim Student Association at San Diego State University is demanding that administrators combat Islamophobia by developing a “zero tolerance policy explicitly for Islamophobic speech and actions.”

Of course they are.

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How to Get Barack Obama Interested In Terrorism

30th December 2015

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The Danger of Partial No-go Zones to Europe

30th December 2015

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I call the bad parts of Europe’s cities partial no-go zones because ordinary people in ordinary clothing at ordinary times can enter and leave them without trouble. But they are no-go zones in the sense that representatives of the state – police especially but also firefighters, meter-readers, ambulance attendants, and social workers – can only enter with massed power for temporary periods of time. If they disobey this basic rule (as I learned first-hand in Marseille), they are likely to be swarmed, insulted, threatened, and even attacked.

Little bits of the Dar al-Islam amidst the Dar al-Harb. How homey.

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Corsicans Strike Back Against Muslim No-Go Zones

30th December 2015

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The following video reports and articles concern a situation that is very familiar to those who live in or near culturally-enriched areas of northern Europe, such as the Swedish city of Malmö. Firemen or other emergency personnel are called to an immigrant neighborhood, where they are met with a hail of stones, bricks, bottles, and fireworks. Nowadays the fire brigade in Malmö won’t enter these enriched areas without a police escort.

The same situation arose in the Corsican town of Ajaccio on Christmas Eve, when residents of a Muslim neighborhood attacked firemen responding to an emergency call. The difference between Malmö and Ajaccio, however, is that an immediate, spontaneous resistance formed and fought back against the Muslims. Perhaps there is a strong collective memory in these southern regions of centuries of Islamic occupation and oppression. In any case, a crowd of locals not only took to the streets in protest, they went into the no-go zone and trashed a mosque.

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Washington Judges Congress by the Number of Laws It Passes

30th December 2015

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But as I’ve written before, journalists may well believe that passing laws is a good thing, and passing more laws is a better thing. But they would do well to mark that as an opinion. Many of us think that passing more laws – that is more mandates, bans, regulations, taxes, subsidies, boondoggles, transfer programs, and proclamations – is a bad thing. In fact, given that the American people pondered the “least productive Congress ever” twice, and twice kept the government divided between the two parties, it just might be that most Americans are fine with a Congress that passes fewer laws.

All I want for Christmas is a ‘Do Nothing Congress’.

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The World of LA Parenting: How Did California Child-Rearing Become So Ideologically Charged?

29th December 2015

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Let us descend into the depths of SWPL-dom on the Left Coast….

The people in Bea’s baby yoga class are split down a social fault-line between vaxxers and anti-vaxxers. In a sensible society, parents would heed their doctor’s advice. Here, the hierarchy of perceived wisdom tends to be reversed: the one who knows best how a baby ought to be reared is the baby itself, followed by his or her parents, who’ve read at least three baby books and a bunch of persuasive unsourced articles that they found on the internet.

The paediatrician, meanwhile, is considered a corporate shill who just wants to poke needles in your child and pump it full of toxins, diphtheria and non-organic baby formula. A doctor’s recommendations must always be filtered through a Facebook forum for concerned local moms. And what do doctors know, anyway? Only what they’ve gleaned from a decade of medical training and their years of subsequent experience, backed up by the full weight of modern science.

If I were to ask my parents whether they raised me according to Attachment, Tiger or Parisian principles, they’d wonder what on earth I was on about. Middle-class child-rearing across most of the developed world has become increasingly demented: consumerist, competitive, ideologically charged. And LA’s “crunchy” moms and dads are pioneers, way out west at the crossroads of celebrity and new-age culture.

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Ford files Patent for Rear Tire That Converts Into an Electric Unicycle

29th December 2015

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Is it just me, or is there something very American about this?

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What’s It Like to Work as a Christmas Tree Light Untangler?

29th December 2015

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Talk about your First World Problems….

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14-year-old Girl ‘Raped as Revenge for Election Defeat’ Kills Herself in India

29th December 2015

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A 14-year-old girl who was gang-raped as ‘revenge’ after her mother won a local election has reportedly killed herself.

The girl’s mother was a candidate of the block development council (BDC), a local government faction in the Mirzapur district of north-east India.

In a horrific twist on what is locally known as “Panchayat poll rivalry”, two men allegedly kidnapped the sleeping girl and raped her in a nearby field last Wednesday, according to the Times of India.

 

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Show Me the Money–I’ve Got a Ph.D.!

29th December 2015

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Pity the poor faculty of the University of North Carolina system, who have only gotten one across-the-board raise in the last four years, and whose average wages have not risen since 2009. Throw in a Republican legislature, a Republican-majority Board of Governors, and a “behind closed door” raise for many of the system’s top administrators, and you have all the trappings of a great injustice. Except that, when you peel back another layer or two of the onion, another picture emerges. That’s what Stephanie Keaveney did in her article, “Faculty Salaries Reflect Reality, Not Politics.” She discovered that the faculty is merely undergoing the same wage dynamics as the rest of the country since the 2008 economic collapse. Prior to that, the faculty made enormous gains in pay, especially relative to the rest of the working public.

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Diversity on Campus: Does It Have a future?

29th December 2015

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Diversity is under threat on college campuses across the land — from exactly the students cherished for their diversity by admissions committees.

Let us recall that for almost 40 years now, diversity has been the gold standard defense of racial preferences. Racial diversity is said to enhance the classroom (and general social) experience by exposing other students to views purportedly most likely to come from people of color.

Yet it is too little remarked that much of what we hear from black students — and not only amidst the protests of late but often over decades past as well — flies directly in the face of the whole diversity argument that university administrators propound so ardently.

For example, at Oberlin, student protesters are demanding not just one but several “safe spaces” for “Africana-identifying” students. It’s fair to assume that white students would not be allowed in these spaces, given that the rationale is that here is where black students could catch their breath after the endless sallies of racism that the school’s students and environment force upon them daily.

Aside from the obvious problems with this plan, note that students barricading themselves in this way would have pointedly little interest in sharing their experiences as “diverse” people with their fellow white students. Even those who would consider this self-segregation justified will admit that these students are giving a thumbs down to the idea that they are valuable on campus as “diverse” lessons for others.

Apparently not. Evidently the Special Snowflakes of Color have no time to spread the sweet balm of diversity while up to their asses in the alligators of microagression.

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Text Messages Prevent Deaths by Elephants in India

29th December 2015

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In India, millions of people live alongside Asian elephants. Generally, they interact peacefully. But sometimes encounters can turn deadly.

The stakes are particularly high in the southeastern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Between 1994 and 2013, 41 people there lost their lives in encounters with elephants. But now, new technology is helping prevent such deaths: An early warning system texts residents if elephants are near.

You think you’ve got problems? You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

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Silencing Students: The 8 Most Loathsome Campus Censors of 2015

29th December 2015

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Every year brings new examples of ruthless college administrators trampling the free expression rights of students and faculty, and 2015 was no different. Here are eight of the most notable campus censors I wrote about this year.

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Overwhelmed, Sad and Lonely

29th December 2015

The Other McCain sees the dystopian future.

The children of the American elite class suffer from a form of oppression that most of us can never understand. Parents whose privileges are a matter of having the right resumé — Ivy League diplomas, etc. — are keenly aware that, in order for their child to follow in their footsteps and become members of the soi-disant “meritocracy,” the child must get into their school’s “gifted” program, must maintain a perfect GPA, must achieve certain scores on the SAT, and must accumulate the kind of extracurricular and school leadership positions that will make their college application a winner. If Dad went to Yale and Mom went to Harvard, their child would be deemed a disappointment if she weren’t accepted at either of the parental alma maters.

To attend a mere state university? This will not do. She might as well be living in a trailer park and working the day shift at Waffle House.

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Hotel Made Out of Old Sewer Pipes Runs on a ‘Pay As You Wish’ System

29th December 2015

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Looks like you got yer basic hobbit hole goin’ heah….

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The Chemistry of Grilling

29th December 2015

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Maillard reaction … ummmm….

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Information Warfare: Islamic Terrorists Love Social Media

29th December 2015

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ISIL (al Qaeda in Iraq and the Levant) was recently revealed as a heavy user of unencrypted messaging software (usually smartphone apps) during actual attacks, rather than just for recruiting and fund raising. Major intel agencies knew this, because these organizations have long tracked Islamic terrorist activity on the Internet. Most of the terrorist Internet users are not techies and pay more attention to all the messages they send in receive rather than security (how best to hide them from anyone.) All this came as a surprise to many journalists, politicians and people in general. It had been believed that the Islamic terrorists were using new encryption tools that were all the rage in the geek community. But the vast majority of Islamic terrorists and their supporters are not geeks and the intel agencies were content to keep quiet about this because they knew that saying otherwise would cause panic among Islamic terrorist social media users and make a lot of them more difficult to track. The media coverage of how vulnerable messaging sites like Telegram were did cause panic, especially since a lot of Islamic terrorist supporters were users of Telegram and many were arrested in the wake of the November 13 Paris attacks. Each Telegram user who was arrested usually had enough data on his phone of PC about fellow Islamic terror fans to get them arrested as well. Soon the Islamic terrorist chatter on the Internet was all about how everyone had to be more careful and not share personal information over the Internet. But if the past behavior is any indicator the average Islamic terrorist (or supporter) will soon revert to sloppy (and vulnerable) habits.

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Civil Rights and Fiscal Wrongs

29th December 2015

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In Los Angeles, the NAACP filed a successful lawsuit against the county Metropolitan Transportation Authority for building light rail. The group argued that light rail was so expensive that the agency was forced to cut bus service to minority neighborhoods, resulting in a huge decline in transit ridership. The court ordered the agency to restore bus service, allowing ridership to recover. But in Baltimore, the NAACP seems to be arguing that cuts in bus service are worth building a billion-dollar tunnel under an African-American neighborhood.

Maybe this is a case of the NAACP’s Right Coast not knowing what its Left Coast was doing. But the heart of the complaint in Baltimore seems to be that blacks are somehow harmed because the state of Maryland chose to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on bus improvements instead of billions of dollars on one light-rail line. This suggests that the Maryland NAACP thinks dollars spent are more important than results. After all, Baltimore’s other light-rail lines are all embarrassing failures, with costs greater than projections but ridership well below projections.

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Guest Workers’ Flight Irks Sheep Ranchers

29th December 2015

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Denis Kowitz has a shepherd-retention problem at his Idaho wool-growing operation, and he hopes changes in federal immigration law will help fix it.

“One was named Oscar, the other…well, I can’t remember. But he’s gone!” he says of two hired hands who left in March, just when he needed them for lambing season on his ranch in Rupert, in southern Idaho.

Mr. Kowitz said he paid about $3,000 per shepherd to find them and fly them from Peru. He said he assumed they quit to work in construction or at a dairy or landscaper. In the past 16 months, he said he has lost six shepherds under similar circumstances.

Boy, that sure sounds like a problem. Sure can’t have immigrants moving around as if they were free to choose jobs. People might think that the whole Open Borders thing is about cheap labor, not humanitarian heart-bleed.

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In Case You Missed It, John Kerry Is Bringing Peace to Syria

29th December 2015

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In a recap of “significant success[es]” in 2015, State Department spokesman John Kirby lists “Bringing Peace, Security to Syria.” Talk about a whopper. Even the obnoxious team of Jan Psaki and Marie Harf might have shied away from a claim this preposterous.

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Nothing to Do With Islam

29th December 2015

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I’m always puzzled when government officials say that terrorism has nothing to do with Islam. If that is the case, why are guards at Guantanamo Bay required to wear gloves when they handle the Koran? Why did we give Osama bin Laden an Islamic burial at sea? Somehow, when you investigate terrorism, Islam keeps popping up.

The Farook/Malik case illustrates the fact that when you poke around in the background of an Islamic terrorist, you find…Islam. That isn’t a surprising conclusion, unless you work in the Obama administration.

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Science Fiction Stories With Good Astronomy & Physics: A Topical Index

28th December 2015

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Don’t say we never have useful stuff here.

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Here’s What Genuine Tax Reform Looks Like

28th December 2015

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The first goal of taxation is to raise needed government revenue with minimum economic damage. That means lower marginal rates—the additional tax people pay for each extra dollar earned—and a broader base of income subject to tax. It also means a massively simpler tax code.

Hear, hear. Unconscionable amounts of money are wasted every year just trying to dodge burdensome tax levies.

What would a minimally damaging, simple, fair tax code look like? First, the corporate tax should be eliminated. Every dollar of taxes that a corporation seems to pay comes from higher prices to its customers, lower wages to its workers, or lower dividends to its shareholders. Of these groups, wealthy individual shareholders are the least likely to suffer. If taxes eat into profits, investors pay lower prices for less valuable shares, and so earn the same return as before. To the extent that taxes do reduce returns, they also financially hurt nonprofits and your and my pension funds.

Second, the government should tax consumption, not wages, income or wealth. When the government taxes savings, investment income, wealth or inheritance, it reduces the incentive to save, invest and build companies rather than enjoy consumption immediately. Taxes on capital gains discourage people from moving or reallocating capital toward their most productive uses.

Excellent analysis.

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Assortative Mating and Income Inequality

28th December 2015

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Cowen rather coyly overlooks another aspect of the assortative mating that takes place at universities: The heritability of intelligence. Men and women now tend to look for partners who are at least as smart as they are and they tend to pass along their smarts to their children. A 2015 study reports that assortative mating correlates more with intelligence than for any other trait.

If they have kids, which a lot of them don’t; or at most one. I know at least one couple who are each only children and have only one child (and probably won’t have another). Sure, that kid will be highly intelligent but might not reproduce at all.

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Seeing the World Through Third World Eyes

28th December 2015

Gavin McInnes reminds us of some inconvenient truth.

It’s impossible to starve in this country. In fact, our biggest problem with the poor is they’re getting too fat. Everyone has a smartphone, even homeless dudes. There are more cars and guns than there are people and it’s virtually impossible to find a home without a fridge and a TV in it. When I put on my magic glasses it is impossible to understand why every so-called oppressed minority doesn’t thank their lucky stars Fortuna’s deadly wheel plopped them down on American soil.

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Taliban Controls More Territory in Afghanistan Than at Any Time Since 2001

28th December 2015

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

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RIP Meadowlark Lemon

28th December 2015

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A National Treasure. He will be missed.

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Man Dies After Blowing Up Condom Machine While Trying to Rob It on Christmas Day

28th December 2015

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Bernie Sanders Says He’ll Try to Woo Donald Trump Supporters

28th December 2015

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Well, he’s a socialist, so he’s accustomed to thinking that wishes will come true.

Every time I see a picture of Bernie Sanders, I keep hearing ‘You kids get off my lawn!’

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Democrats Don’t Know ISIS

28th December 2015

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With each new speech they make, the nation’s two top Democrats continue to reveal their profound ignorance of what motivates the enemy both promise to defeat.

And they don’t want to know, because it intrudes reality into their ‘progressive’ fantasy world.

The White House trope that the prison camp in Guantanamo Bay must be closed because it inspires, recruits and ultimately creates terrorists is a stark illustration of the Obama administration’s failure to understand the threat posed by Islamism. Without offering any evidence, the president tells audiences that “Guantanamo has been an enormous recruitment tool for organizations like ISIL.” He argues that GITMO “is part of how they rationalize and justify their demented, sick perpetration of violence on innocent people.”

In reality the prison in Guantanamo Bay is not even a catalyst to the growth of the Islamic State. And until there are credible reports of jihadists, mid-attack, shouting “This is for Gitmo!” and “Release KSM!” rather than “This is for Syria!” and “Allahu Akbar,” no thinking person will believe otherwise.

Democrats making a statement as fact unsupported by any evidence, indeed contradicted by what evidence that actually exists? Say it ain’t so!

Explaining how American Muslims with “no criminal record or a history of terrorist activity” are motivated to join the Islamic State, the president pointed to a “notion of a gross injustice, that America is not living up to its professed ideals. We know that. We see the Internet traffic. We see how Guantanamo has been used to create this mythology that America is at war with Islam. And for us to close it is part of our counterterrorism strategy that is supported by our military, our diplomatic and our intelligence teams.”

Even Barack Obama can’t possibly believe that the Islamic State fighters would end their jihad if only the U.S. would change course and begin “living up to its professed ideals.”

Of course not, but he’s hoping that there are enough Low Information Voters out there that do believe it.

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Obama Does the Military

28th December 2015

Read it.

America takes its sports more seriously than its military. This is the conclusion we can draw from the December announcement by woebegone Defense Secretary Ashton Carter that women will now “be able to serve as Army Rangers and Green Berets, Navy SEALs, Marine Corps infantry, Air Force parajumpers, and everything else that was previously open only to men.” As though the only thing that militates against women serving in the military is baseless sexism.

Why hasn’t the NFL or the NBA or the NHL or the MLB followed the Obama Administration’s brave lead and started fielding women? In 2013, Lauren Silberman tried out as an NFL kicker and lasted just “two pathetic and pitiful” punts before limping off the field. Her best kick made it a whopping 19 yards. There hasn’t been a whole lot of women-in-the-NFL agitation since then. The idea of women joining, say, the Patriots’ defensive lineup, remains so ridiculous that not even the most doe-eyed frappuccino feminist is badgering professional football for women’s right to be trampled underfoot. But does the Secretary of Defense imagine that what happens in war is less violent than being run over by offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer (6’8”, 320 lbs)?

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Giant Marine Reptiles Swam Like Penguins

28th December 2015

Read it. And watch the videos.

Ah, but which distro of Linux did they prefer? Inquiring minds want to know….

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