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Mammoth Bones Discovered Under Football Field at Oregon State University

31st January 2016

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That sounds about right.

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Typically, ‘Tech Support’ Offers Little of Either

31st January 2016

Lileks limns the travails of our times.

As problems go, this is small. As small problems go, though, this is big. Step one: You’re watching something on Netflix, and the picture pauses every 37 seconds, displaying a circle that seems to represent the passage of time. Is this an arty French movie that addresses the omnipresent sense of mortality by superimposing a clock over the lives of its characters? No, it’s a “Transformers” movie. The circle means your wireless connection is slow. Well, let’s go to the Internet provider’s HELP page. You learn that certain things can block Wi-Fi, including “walls, pipes, paint, air and the lingering aroma of last night’s fish dinner.” Hey! You had cod. Open a window. Doesn’t help.

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Which NFL Player Claims the Most Lavish Mansion?

31st January 2016

Curbed has a new scorecard.

It’s obvious that quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Cam Newton are supremely skilled athletes—they led their teams to Super Bowl 50, after all—but how would they match up if they were judged not on their on-the-field talents, but on their keen home-buying acumen? Does Manning’s sprawling Denver-area estate put Newton’s shiny Charlotte condo to shame? What about their teammates? Would the $2 million Dallas mansion once owned by Broncos’ linebacker DeMarcus Ware crush the seven-bedroom Scottsdale house that Panthers’ defensive end Jared Allen called home? Let’s find out.

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New Wedding Trend: Sologamy (Marrying Yourself)

31st January 2016

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When the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, some who objected to the ruling opined that this will lead to legalizing polygamy or even group marriages (where two or more couples marry each other). What they didn’t mention was a new kind of marriage trend which also goes against the biblical definition of marriage being between one man and one woman. The new trend is called Sologamy, which defines marriage between one man or one woman – otherwise known as marrying one’s self.

I am not making this up. On the other hand, I have no confidence that the writers aren’t. But it’s fun to read.

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Does ISIS Have Four Nukes?

31st January 2016

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The following video and text don’t supply an answer to that question.

The author of the text (which is in German) is purportedly a former member of the Islamic State who wants to warn the West that ISIS possesses four nuclear devices, and plans to use them against the United States, Russia, France, and Germany. What he says may well be a hoax, or more specifically, deliberately planted disinformation to achieve particular political ends. I can think of several Great Powers who would find it useful to disseminate the fiction that ISIS is ready to use nuclear weapons.

However, it could also be true. If it is, you may be sure that the intelligence services of Russia and the major Western powers are well aware of it. As the ISIS defector points out, the West has moles inside the highest levels of the Caliphate.

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Serfs Up With California’s New Feudalism

31st January 2016

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Is California the most conservative state?

Now that I have your attention, just how would California qualify as a beacon of conservatism? It depends how you define the term.

Since the rise of Ronald Reagan, most conservatives have defined themselves by pledging loyalty to market capitalism, supporting national defense and defending sometimes vague “traditional” social values. Yet in the Middle Ages, and throughout much of Europe, conservatism meant something very different: a focus primarily on maintaining comfortable places for the gentry, built around a strong commitment to hierarchy, authority and a singular moral order.

Until recently, modern California has not embraced this static form of conservatism. The biggest difference between a Pat Brown or a Reagan was not their goals – greater upward mobility and technical progress – but how they might be best advanced, whether through the state, the private sector or something in-between. Under both leaders, California evolved into a remarkable geography of opportunity.

In contrast, California’s new conservatism, often misleadingly called progressivism, seeks to prevent change by discouraging everything – from the construction of new job-generating infrastructure to virtually any kind of family-friendly housing. The resulting ill-effects on the state’s enormous population of poor and near-poor – roughly-one third of households – have been profound, although widely celebrated by the state’s gentry class.

Most people from a hundred years ago would look at the modern American ‘Left’ and call them dyed-in-the-wool reactionaries.

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What Next for the Left?

31st January 2016

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A strange period has now passed into history. Captivated by a presidential campaign in 2008, Americans by the millions came to believe that a new leader would be able to produce more than a transformed society and an era of world peace. Politics could be extended beyond its ordinary boundaries and bring about a spiritual renewal. This exhilarating prospect fed on its own spiraling expectations, surprising even its original purveyors.

Faith in this political religion eventually dissipated. Four years into the experience, many ceased to believe. Today most have forgotten. Politics has retreated to its more usual limits, focusing on the harder core of ideology.

Yeah, that ‘Hope and Change’ thing turned out to be the Typical Democrat Lie. I don’t want to be the one to say ‘We told you so’, but….

Modern progressivism has driven much of American politics for the past seven years. It now fully owns the Democratic party. President Obama failed to achieve the general electoral realignment that many anticipated after 2008, but he succeeded in creating an ideological realignment within his own party. The result was attained by subtraction. Advocates of rival positions — New Democrats, “blue dogs,” pro-lifers — were either sacrificed or induced to sacrifice themselves. The Democratic party is now divided between a progressive wing and a more progressive wing, one that openly wears the label of socialist.

Welcome to Italy of the 1920s.

Modern progressives have for the moment rallied around the idea of “leader democracy” that was introduced by the nation’s first progressive president, Woodrow Wilson. Wilson called for a concentration of political power in the presidency, arguing that it was both futile and inadvisable to attempt to restrain power by partitioning it among different institutions. “Leadership and control must be lodged somewhere,” he wrote. “No living thing can have its organs offset against each other as checks, and live.” Power would be restrained through presidential elections. Following a number of Republican presidencies after 1968, progressives seemed to abandon this view, sounding the alarm against “the imperial presidency.” Senator Obama in 2008 was an important voice for this position: “The biggest problems that we’re facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all.” But second (or third) thoughts have brought most progressives closer to the original position. Few presidents have shown greater contempt for Congress, or seized more powers legislative in character, than Barack Obama. Government by decree is now being legitimized. Progressive intellectuals have been Obama’s enablers, advancing a theory of “dysfunctional government” that justifies presidential aggrandizement.

Welcome to Germany of the 1920s.

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Trump, Sanders and the Revolt Against Decadence

31st January 2016

Ross Douthat at his best.

The state of the union isn’t all that one might hope, but it could clearly be a whole lot worse.

So what are Trumpistas and Bern-feelers rebelling against?

One answer might be that they’re fed up with exactly this — the politics of “it could be worse,” of stagnation and muddling through. They aren’t revolting against abject failure, or deep and swift decline. They’re rebelling against decadence.

Well said.

But don’t just think about the word in moral or aesthetic terms. Think of it as a useful way of describing a society that’s wealthy, powerful, technologically proficient — and yet seemingly unable to advance in the way that its citizens once took for granted. A society where people have fewer children and hold diminished expectations for the future, where institutions don’t work particularly well but can’t seem to be effectively reformed, where growth is slow and technological progress disappoints. A society that fights to a stalemate in its foreign wars, even as domestic debates repeat themselves without any resolution. A society disillusioned with existing religions and ideologies, but lacking new sources of meaning to take their place.

This is how many Americans, many Westerners, experience their civilization in the early years of the 21st century. And both Trump and Bernie Sanders, in their very different ways, are telling us that we don’t have to settle for it anymore.

Bingo.

There are pathways up from decadence. But there are more roads leading down.

Yup.

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Falling Oil Prices, the Saudis, and the Soviets

31st January 2016

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It’s hard to read about how Saudi Arabia’s rulers are handling the collapse of oil prices without recalling the end of the Soviet Union. Every petro-state has to ponder this precedent, but for the Saudis the parallels must be unnerving. Consider: Their economy is inefficient and undiversified, based on irrational pricing and vast subsidies. There’s no modern taxation system; money just sloshes around, Soviet-style, on the basis of insider connections. There are no mechanisms of meaningful political representation, and after years of senescent leadership a new generation is clamoring to take over. Growing ethnic divisions and the military’s huge share of the economy round out the picture. To all this, add a sharp drop in export earnings, and it’s no surprise that people worry about systemic failure.

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‘This was all planned’: Former IG says Hillary, State Dept. Are Lying

31st January 2016

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The State Department is lying when it says it didn’t know until it was too late that Hillary Clinton was improperly using personal e-mails and a private server to conduct official business — because it never set up an agency e-mail address for her in the first place, the department’s former top watchdog says.

“This was all planned in advance” to skirt rules governing federal records management, said Howard J. Krongard, who served as the agency’s inspector general from 2005 to 2008.

The Harvard-educated lawyer points out that, from Day One, Clinton was never assigned and never used a state.gov e-mail address like previous secretaries.

Boy, that sure sounds suspicious, doesn’t it?

He also points to the unusual absence of a permanent inspector general during Clinton’s entire 2009-2013 term at the department. He said the 5¹/?-year vacancy was unprecedented.

But very convenient. Hmmm….

Added Krongard: “She’s trying to distance herself from the conversion from SIPRNet to [the nonsecure] NIPRNet and to her server, but she’s throwing her staffers under the bus.”

Hey, that sounds just like a … a Clinton.

Still, “It will never get to an indictment,” Krongard said.

For one, he says, any criminal referral to the Justice Department from the FBI “will have to go through four loyal Democrat women” — Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell, who heads the department’s criminal division; Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates; Attorney General Loretta Lynch; and top White House adviser Valerie Jarrett.

Even if they accept the referral, he says, the case quickly and quietly will be plea-bargained down to misdemeanors punishable by fines in a deal similar to the one Clinton’s lawyer, David Kendall, secured for Gen. David Petraeus. In other words, a big slap on the wrist.

“He knows the drill,” Krongard said of Kendall.

Democrats investigating Democrats: Nobody gets fired, nobody goes to jail.

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Karl Marx is the Most Assigned Economist at American Colleges

31st January 2016

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And that sure explains a lot. Anybody who thinks that Marx is any sort of economist is an idiot; they might as well call Thomas Aquinas an economist.

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Montana Commission on Political Practices Targets Ideological Opponents

31st January 2016

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

In Washington, D.C., Lois Lerner, head of the tax-exempt organizations division of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), allegedly slowed or killed the nonprofit applications of conservative and libertarian organizations. In Wisconsin, Kevin Kennedy, director of his state’s political ethics organization and Lerner’s longtime “professional friend,” worked with a rogue Milwaukee district attorney to spy on, and seize the personal papers and equipment of, supporters of Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican. In Texas, the benign-sounding Texas Ethics Commission convened to determine whether a conservative nonprofit journalist is really a journalist and therefore deserving of First Amendment protections—or is an activist who does not.

In each case, the officials leading the charge are Democrats. And in each case, they invoke the language of campaign-finance reform and the specter of so-called “dark money”—donations to nonprofit organizations that Democrats allege have tipped the electoral scales rightward.

Campaign finance regulations are designed to make it as difficult as possible to get people elected who don’t already have the newspapers and TV on their side (i.e. Democrats). This is just more blatant than usual.

 

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Shoes

31st January 2016

Freeberg shares his insight.

These are the guys putting Jeb Bush over Donald Trump, because, manners. Oh they say things about Trump being a showboat and a jerk, and they’re completely right. Where they’re wrong, is in thinking that we vote for a President to give us our manners. Silly.

In truth, we’ve been voting for a President to figure out what excuses should be used to suck money away from the industries that give us the things we really need, and where else that money should be diverted among the professions that make things nobody wanted. Republicans and democrats have both been doing it. And so the professions that give us the things we really need, while allowed to stagger on in the background while the loud people make a lot of noise, have been dwindling.

Companies that bake your bread, build the bottles for your water, build the cardboard boxes for your Amazon shipments, clean the poop out of your sewer lines. Oh yeah, and put together your “transportation equipment.” Passenger jets. That’s up at the top of the U.S. exports right now, the stuff the other countries want to buy…*choose* to buy. You know what else is on that list? Software is on there…but way down. Probably doesn’t include anything I’ve written, as of yet…

Nothing liberals build, is on that list. Psychological help isn’t on it. Crazy new rules about guns, written by people who’ve sworn not to ever own any guns — those aren’t on the exports list. Come to think of it, I don’t see anybody clamoring for those things inland, either. They’re such great ideas they have to be forced.

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‘Anti-Capitalist’ Campus Co-Op Faces Shutdown Because Renters Refuse to Pay Rent

31st January 2016

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The Campbell Club at the University of Oregon is $17,000 in debt because, well, people take its anti-capitalist bona fides seriously. Or they’re just lazy bums.

The Daily Emerald reports that the Student Cooperative Association, which oversees campus co-ops, will shut down the Campbell Club in two months if it doesn’t pay its tab.

Just as ‘capitalism’ was invented by Karl Marx to serve as a shame-name for an economic system that was UnGood (i.e. not communism), so ‘anti-capitalist’ is embraced by people who dislike economic procedures that personally inconvenience them, such as paying rent, buying stuff rather than just getting it for free, and the like.

One of these days I’m going to do an article on The Myth of Capitalism and explain the damage to Western intellectual history by Marxism that is largely off the radar.

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Indian SOCOM Defeated By Politicians

31st January 2016

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The most formidable foe Indian commandos face are Indian politicians. Since 2013 Indian special operations forces and the various branches of the military have sought to form a united Special Forces Command based on the success of the American SOCOM (Special Operations Command). Created in the 1980s SOCOM went on to be the model for similar organizations in many other nations. One of the most recent was Israel in 2007. That is important because Israel has become a major defense supplier and military ally of India since the 1990s and the two countries exchange a lot military-related information and experiences. Indian officers and special operations troops are quite familiar with the success of the Israeli SOCOM. But by late 2015 these Indian efforts were blocked by a lack of government willingness to back the proposal and the fact that half the Indian armed forces (and nearly as many of the special operations troops) are not in the military but an equally large collection of paramilitary forces controlled by other bureaucracies. This was done on purpose in the late 1940s to prevent the possibility that the military would become powerful enough to take over the government. That has worked. Neighboring Pakistan went in another direction, building a relatively more powerful military and has suffered periodic military takeovers. But India has several other cultural differences from Pakistan that have helped prevent coups. Meanwhile many non-defense branches of the Indian government have grown fond of having their own armed forces and mainly because of that have been unwilling to give up or share control of their special operations forces. In reaction to that the military has been reluctant to provide assistance to these paramilitary forces, even when there was a strong case for it (as in efforts to deal with Islamic terrorism, leftist rebels and armed separatist groups).

A pity. In the world that is to come, India will one of our few potential allies against an expansionist Red China, and we need her to be as strong as possible.

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The White Death and the Black Death

31st January 2016

Steve Sailer is guilty of the crime of Noticing.

I coined the term “the White Death” to refer to the rise in death rates among non-elderly whites during this century. It appears to be related to overdoses from prescription painkillers and heroin. Nobody paid much, if any, attention to it until economist Angus Deaton put out a paper on it last fall right after he won the econ (quasi-)Nobel.

“The Black Death” can refer to the >16 percent rise in homicide rates in big cities in 2015 over 2014. Nobody has crunched the numbers by race yet, but most of this appears to be a spike in black-on-black murders. This is likely related in some manner to Black Lives Matter agitation against law and order.

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Sacrificial Virgins

31st January 2016

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Whilst President Obama and his administration are waging non-violent war against Israel, and Swedish dignitaries are playing the old, old game of anti-Semitic blood libel at the behest of foreign (Muslim) relations, they are allowing forced religious prostitution of young girls and women all across Europe, Canada and, one must assume, the US. No cases have yet come out in the US, but one can be sure that the motivation is there, but maybe, just maybe, the thought of an angry father, armed to the teeth, is more than the average ‘brave’ Muslim sex jihadist can contemplate.

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Aggregation Theory

31st January 2016

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How has the Internet upended commerce? Here’s a good structural analysis.

The value chain for any given consumer market is divided into three parts: suppliers, distributors, and consumers/users. The best way to make outsize profits in any of these markets is to either gain a horizontal monopoly in one of the three parts or to integrate two of the parts such that you have a competitive advantage in delivering a vertical solution. In the pre-Internet era the latter depended on controlling distribution.

The fundamental disruption of the Internet has been to turn this dynamic on its head. First, the Internet has made distribution (of digital goods) free, neutralizing the advantage that pre-Internet distributors leveraged to integrate with suppliers. Secondly, the Internet has made transaction costs zero, making it viable for a distributor to integrate forward with end users/consumers at scale.

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Why the Calorie Is Broken

31st January 2016

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At the heart of this issue is a single unit of measurement–the calorie–and some seemingly straightforward arithmetic. “To lose weight, you must use up more calories than you take in,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dieters like Nash and Haelle could eat all their meals at McDonald’s and still lose weight, provided they burn enough calories, says Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University. “Really, that’s all it takes.”

But Nash and Haelle do not find weight control so simple. And part of the problem goes way beyond individual self-control. The numbers logged in Nash’s Fitbit, or printed on the food labels that Haelle reads religiously, are at best good guesses. Worse yet, as scientists are increasingly finding, some of those calorie counts are flat-out wrong–off by more than enough, for instance, to wipe out the calories Haelle burns by running an extra mile on a treadmill. A calorie isn’t just a calorie. And our mistaken faith in the power of this seemingly simple measurement may be hindering the fight against obesity.

Wrangham and his colleagues have since shown that cooking unlaces microscopic structures that bind energy in foods, reducing the work our gut would otherwise have to do. It effectively outsources digestion to ovens and frying pans. Wrangham found that mice fed raw peanuts, for instance, lost significantly more weight than mice fed the equivalent amount of roasted peanut butter. The same effect holds true for meat: there are many more usable calories in a burger than in steak tartare. Different cooking methods matter, too. In 2015, Sri Lankan scientists discovered that they could more than halve the available calories in rice by adding coconut oil during cooking and then cooling the rice in the refrigerator.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

31st January 2016

Don’t Stop Believin’

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In Turkey, Islamism and Pluralism Don’t Mix

31st January 2016

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I have no idea how many justice ministers in the democratically civilized world have to make speeches arguing that their country is not a dictatorship. But Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozda? has recently felt compelled to remind the world of just that. Bozda? said the mere existence of main opposition leader Kemal K?l?çdaro?lu is proof that “there is no dictator in the country.” That was relieving.

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In Detroit, Homeless Man Now Takes Visa and Mastercard

31st January 2016

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We have now reached the point where we have professional beggars. Lucky us.

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It Couldn’t Happen to a Nicer Bunch of Terrorists

31st January 2016

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In Gaza, Hamas members were repairing a tunnel into Israel a few days ago when it collapsed and killed seven of them. These are the cross-border tunnels that Hamas terrorists use to enter Israel to commit murder or, better yet, try to kidnap Israeli soldiers. Thirty or more of these tunnels were destroyed by Israeli forces in the most recent conflict, and Hamas is now rebuilding them so they can renew their attacks on Israel. Informed of the death of one of the terrorists, his cousin said he was “happy and proud and welcomed the news of his death” because he “was martyred defending Islam and Palestine.” I am glad he is dead, too, but for different reasons.

Terrorists are immensely popular in “Palestine,” and tens of thousands reportedly turned out to mourn the seven who died in the tunnel.

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France’s Anti-Terrorism Laws Leave Muslims in a State of Fear

30th January 2016

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Welcome to the club.

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US Military Finds F-35 Software Is a Buggy Mess

30th January 2016

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That’s because the F-35 is a piece of crap.

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Washington Gives $1.3 Million in Parking Fines During Snowstorm

30th January 2016

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

 

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Teachers Aren’t Dumb

30th January 2016

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Most Americans think that teaching is a natural talent, not the product of training, and that smart people are the ones with the talent. So some policy makers have concluded that the way to improve schooling is to lure top-scoring graduates into teaching (as Japan does) instead of scraping the bottom of the academic barrel (as America supposedly does). Arne Duncan, the secretary of education, invoked this idea in a speech last year.

But the problem in American education is not dumb teachers. The problem is dumb teacher training.

Teachers are smart enough, but you need more than smarts to teach well. You need to know your subject and you need to know how to help children learn it. That’s where research on American teachers raises concerns.

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Administration Pursues Charges Against Another Whistleblower

30th January 2016

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Another whistleblower is facing charges brought by this administration — one that has prosecuted more whistleblowers than all other administrations combined. Thomas Tamm, a DOJ lawyer during the Bush era, exposed the NSA’s super-secret domestic surveillance program, whose authorization ran directly from the Attorney General to the Chief Judge of the FISA Court.

I guess when Obama said he would run the most transparent Administration in history, he was referring to letting his inner fascist shine through.

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Alzheimer’s Can Be Transmitted From One Person to Another, New Evidence Suggests

30th January 2016

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That would certainly explain Congress.

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15 of the Most Expensive Projects Scrapped by the US Military

30th January 2016

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But throughout the 2000s, the Pentagon spent $51.2 billion on 15 major programmes “without any fielded systems to show for it,” according to a new Center for Strategic and International Studies report.

The abandoned projects are largely due to a lack of funding attributed to the Budget Control Act and sequestration.

Hey, got to pay for all that welfare somehow.

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Asylum Homes in Germany: “Women Are Treated Like Dogs”

30th January 2016

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Full of Muslims. What do they expect?

The following account from Die Welt tells the story of a Russian woman who sought asylum in Germany along with her daughter. Based on her description, the situation for female refugees in German asylum accommodations is nothing short of horrific.

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At Trump Rallies, Buttons Promising Death to ISIS and Prison to Clinton Sell Briskly

30th January 2016

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Good to know that the Real America is still out there.

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Trump & Sanders and the Still-Unmentionable Corrupt Bargain

30th January 2016

Steve Sailer pierces the Veil of Ignorance.

Another one of those ideas looming just outside the realm of the thinkable is that for the Democrats to import ringers from abroad to win elections, which Democrats have boasted about throughout this century, is a shameless example of political corruption. This is especially true when the Democrats are more or less explicitly making a deal with the Republican donor class: You Republican plutocrats immediately reap the economic advantages of immigration to your net worths, we Democratic politicians later reap the political advantages of their children’s votes.

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Ink – Written by Hand

30th January 2016

Watch it.

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Bernie Sanders’ America

30th January 2016

Tax Man

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Thought for the Day

30th January 2016

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Al Azhar Promotes Abuse of and Discrimination for Christians

30th January 2016

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During a televised Egyptian talk show that aired on January 18, lawyer Ahmed ‘Abdu Maher called for the “punishment of those who author books that promote strange and perverse ideas in Al Azhar.”

As with many others before him, the lawyer denounced the Islamic world’s oldest and most prestigious university for continuing to radicalize its students, who go on to see the world the same way ISIS does.

By way of example, he said: “There is a book in Al Azhar that calls for the forceful shaving of the heads of the Copts [Egypt’s indigenous Christians], placing a sign on their homes [so Muslims know where the “infidels” reside], and refusing to shake hands with them.”

To call it a university is, of course, incorrect; universities are a European invention that are devoted to liberal thought, whereas Al Axhar is more accurately characterized as an Islamic academy devoted exclusively to religious thought, like an American ‘Bible College’.

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Study Finds More Accidents After Red-Light Cameras Installed

30th January 2016

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In the same week a federal jury convicted a Chicago transportation official of taking bribes from a leading manufacturer of red-light cameras, council members in another prominent American city are raising questions about the equipment’s effectiveness in improving traffic safety.

Several city council members in Tampa said this week they felt duped by promises of that red-light cameras would reduce traffic crashes. That’s not happening. Instead, crashes at 23 intersections where cameras are installed in the city have increased between 40 and 51 percent, two separate analyses found.

“We were told this would help and stop crashes and it’s not,” Tampa councilwoman Yvonne Yolie Capin tells WTSP-TV. “I look at these numbers and I don’t see the value to our tax dollars.”

Her comments came following a contentious meeting about the red-light cameras. Last month, a study compiled by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles showed crashes increased 14.6 percent at intersections after cameras were installed.

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More Bad News for the Snakebit F-35

30th January 2016

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There’s a new wrinkle in the drawn-out saga of the F-35, the Pentagon’s troubled fighter jet of the future. At the current pace of testing, the contractors being paid by the federal government will have produced as many as 500 of the jets – at $100 million or so apiece – before the Defense Department can say for sure that the plane can do what it’s supposed to do.

They’ll have to buy the plane to find out what’s in it. Is Nancy Pelosi in charge of this project?

Considering the plane’s track record so far, the likelihood that the testing of its capabilities will reveal shortcomings and other problems seems pretty high. And that means that the Pentagon will have hundreds of incredibly expensive planes on its hands that may not perform up to expectations.

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

Why is the F-35 a Turkey? Let’s see.

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Suspended Missouri Professor Reaches Assault Case Deal

30th January 2016

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The suspended University of Missouri assistant professor who was charged with misdemeanor assault stemming from a confrontation with two student journalists during November’s campus protests reached a deal Friday with prosecutors, getting community service but no jail time or fines if she stays out of trouble for a year.

Democrats investigating Democrats – Nobody gets fired, nobody goes to jail.

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UN Sex Abuse Scandal: New Allegations And More to Come

30th January 2016

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The United Nations has suddenly released a new spate of revelations about rape and sexual abuse carried out by peacekeepers—both U.N. forces and others—in the Central African Republic, involving at least a dozen children aged from 7 to 16.

And U.S. taxpayers are footing the lion’s share of the bill. How special.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

30th January 2016

Portable Collapsible Bathtub.

Swiss Robotic Barista.

Designer Dog Houses. I am not making this up.

The Exotic Virtual Adventure Run. This is the yuppiest device I have ever seen in my life.

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Venezuelan Socialism Still a Complete Disaster

29th January 2016

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As the United States faces the not-impossible prospect of an openly socialist president, Sen. Bernie Sanders, it is worth a quick revisit, from The Washington Post today, to how Venezuela’s socialist government is doing.

Hint: Poorly.

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Louisiana Governor Wastes No Time in Proposing Massive Tax Hike

29th January 2016

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Gov. John Bel Edwards (D-La.) is beginning his first term as governor by slamming taxpayers with a smorgasbord of tax hikes in order to close the Pelican State’s projected $700 million shortfall by June 2016. Nine of the tax increases proposed by Gov. Edwards, which are listed below, would directly hit consumers and five of them would take effect as soon as April 1st.

Well, he is a Democrat….

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Nothing To Do With Islam

29th January 2016

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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.

Amazing how that works.

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College Students Backing Clinton Are Frustrated With ‘Bernie Bros’

29th January 2016

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I guess ‘leftier than thou’ is harder than it looks. Supporters of the crook always have problems with supporters of the fool; ask Nixon.

Pass the popcorn.

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Clinton Emails Labeled ‘Top Secret’

29th January 2016

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The Obama administration will entirely withhold 22 emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server because they have been classified as “top secret,” the State Department said on Friday.

The existence of multiple top secret emails in the Democratic presidential front-runner’s inbox will only increase public scrutiny on the former secretary of State’s unusual email arrangement, mere days before Iowa’s first-in-the-nation nominating contest on Monday.

The 37 pages of emails are the first time the Obama administration has confirmed that messages within Clinton’s server while she was at State merit one of the highest levels of classification. Although the State Department has previously classified more than 1,300 of Clinton’s emails upon release, the vast majority of those were at lower classification levels.

Well, well, well.

Clinton’s presidential campaign quickly dismissed the news, which spokesman Brian Fallon called “overclassification run amok.”

My, what a surprise.

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Donald Trump, Masterpiece Theatre Edition

29th January 2016

Read it. And for God’s sake watch the video.

That’s entertainment.

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University of Tulsa Student Sues After Being Suspended Over Someone Else’s Facebook Post

29th January 2016

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His then-fiancee, who wasn’t even a UT student, posted criticism of two UT professors and tagged Barnett.

I think Communist regimes classify this as ‘associating with disruptive elements’.

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Master Persuader Scorecard on the Trumpless Debate

29th January 2016

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For starters, Trump’s “bimbo” tweets about Megyn Kelly caused her to get an anti-bimbo haircut shortly before the debate. In the 2D world, that haircut is a coincidence of timing. In the 3D world, Trump caused it.

Frankly, I liked her better as a bimbo. It went better with the twee spelling of her first name.

For about two hours BEFORE the debate, CNN went to full-time coverage of people standing in line for Trump’s event. The debaters across town had no visual imagery at all. Then CNN started showing video of Air Force Trump, the American flags on the stage, and more people in line. It was a full visual win for Trump.

Thanks to the bottom-feeders at CNN.

Only FOX had the broadcast rights to the debate, but several networks carried Trump’s event. CNN couldn’t get the grins off their collective faces as they stuck it to Fox News.

My, what a surprise.

A debate with no Master Persuader left nothing for Fox News but a bunch of Master Debaters. They were arranged in a straight line, but your mind probably put them in a circle.

I’m thinking the 9th Circle. But that’s me.

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