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How to Destroy the Earth

31st May 2016

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Destroying the Earth is harder than you may have been led to believe.

You’ve seen the action movies where the bad guy threatens to destroy the Earth. You’ve heard people on the news claiming that the next nuclear war or cutting down rainforests or persisting in releasing hideous quantities of pollution into the atmosphere threatens to end the world.

Fools.

The Earth is built to last. It is a 4,550,000,000-year-old, 5,973,600,000,000,000,000,000-tonne ball of iron. It has taken more devastating asteroid hits in its lifetime than you’ve had hot dinners, and lo, it still orbits merrily. So my first piece of advice to you, dear would-be Earth-destroyer, is: do NOT think this will be easy.

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Battle of Jutland Animated

31st May 2016

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Another Nail in the Antibiotic Coffin

31st May 2016

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Over the last week, there has been a flurry of focus on antibiotic resistance. The attention stems from a recent article reporting the discovery of an antibiotic-resistant bacterium in the United States. While at first glance, this may not seem to be a reason for panic, the actual target of resistance–a class of antibiotics known as colistins–has led some to suggest the end of antibiotics is near.

This would appear to be an appropriate time to do some gene-editing on antibiotics to restore effectiveness.

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Burlington College Closes Its Doors Forever

31st May 2016

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It’s now official. Burlington College is closed, largely due to Jane Sanders, wife of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

More here: How Bernie Sanders’ Wife Destroyed Burlington College

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Those With Multiple Tours of War Overseas Struggle at Home

31st May 2016

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The idea that these elite fighters can adapt solely by addressing emotional trauma, some experts said, is badly misplaced. Their primary difficulty is not necessarily one of healing emotional wounds; they thrived in combat. It is rather a matter of unlearning the very skills that have kept them alive: unceasing vigilance; snap decision making; intolerance for carelessness; the urge to act fast and decisively.

“I don’t even leave my house much,” said Jeff Ewert, who served with the Marines in Iraq and now lives in Utah. “I’m scared not because I’m an über-killer or anything. I just minimize my exposure because I know how easy it is to cross that line, to act without thinking.”

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Ohio’s Obamacare Co-op Shutting its Doors

31st May 2016

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With the end of Obama’s presidency approaching, the end of the ill-fated Obamacare co-op experiment appears to be fast approaching too. Last week, The Ohio Department of Insurance announced that InHealth Mutual, the Obamacare co-op operating in the state would shut down and enter into receivership. This news makes InHealth Mutual the 13th Obamacare co-op to fail, a reckless experiment that has resulted in well over a billion in taxpayer dollars wasted.

Obamacare: The gift that keeps on shivving.

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The Toricelli Solution

31st May 2016

Jonah Goldberg gives us an interesting scenario:

Andy has a very interesting piece on the “Torricelli solution.” It has a vaguely Ludlumesque sound to it (a la: The Scarlatti Inheritance, The Osterman Weekend, The Rheineman Exchange and of course, The Torricelli Solution). Here’s how Andy describes the original Torricelli solution:
In October 2002, seeking reelection while beset by an indefensible corruption investigation, Senator Robert Torricelli was badly trailing his Republican rival, Doug Forrester, as the race came down to the wire — no small thing in the blue Garden State. At the eleventh hour (actually, more like after the twelfth hour), Democrats persuaded “the Torch” to step aside. Into his place they slid 78-year-old Frank Lautenberg, a reliably partisan former senator. The lateness of the switcheroo denied Republicans a meaningful opportunity to campaign against Lautenberg, in violation of state election laws. But New Jersey’s solidly Democratic judiciary predictably looked the other way. Overnight, the polls flipped and Lautenberg won going away.
What if, Andy asks, the Democrats do the same thing with Hillary?

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It’s A Moral Issue! So Just Shut Up!

31st May 2016

Ronald Bailey lets us peek behind the curtain a bit.

Climate change is a moral issue on a par with slavery. Abortion is a moral issue. Gun control is a moral issue.  Same sex marriage is a moral issue. Genetically modified crops are a moral issue. Human enhancement is a moral issue. Premarital sex is a moral issue. Childhood vaccination is a moral issue. Pornography is a moral issue. Immigration is a moral issue. Recycling is a moral issue.

Partisans often seek to frame their views as a “moral issue” as way of saying that whatever it is that they favor is beyond the grubby realm of mere costs versus benefits and the sordid practicalities of reaching a compromise with opponents. Such framing works according to a new study in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. The researchers report that “merely labeling an attitude as moral increases its strength.” For example, take recycling.

Please….

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China’s Greatest Fear: Is Another Cultural Revolution Possible?

31st May 2016

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Couldn’t happen to a nicer place.

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Clinton and Trump Money Wells

31st May 2016

You will note that the Big Money, especailly from the Other Left Coast, is going to Hillary.

But I thought that the Republicans were the Party of the Rich [tm]?

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Captain America, Nazi Spy

31st May 2016

John C Wright points out why this is significant.

Here is another man’s opinion on the desecration of Captain America I’d like to bring to your attention. Mr. Tanaka pens a column titled Why What Happens to Captain America Matters

A few choice quotes:

But the triviality of it is precisely what makes it important, because it is in such things that the real mindset of these people is revealed. Someone might be hesitant to claim that anyone who is concerned about millions of Muslims flooding Europe is literally a Nazi is less hesitant to put their words into the mouth of a fictional character who is a Nazi. Nick Spencer, the man who produced this offal, might not care to claim in public that he believes America is an essentially evil nation, but by turning Captain America into a Nazi, he’s essentially saying that in the oblique language of literature.

You see, fiction and art and “pop culture” in general are the weak spots in the dam of civilization. They are the points where the flood of chaos and barbarism can most easily work its way through and subvert the whole structure. And they are weak precisely because they are trivial: because most people don’t pay attention to them, or think it worth protesting when writers slip in a poisonous idea.

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Hillary Clinton’s Camp Set Up ‘Veterans Against Trump’ Protest

31st May 2016

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It seemed like an outpouring of veteran anger against Donald Trump: over a dozen former service members protesting outside Trump Tower.
But the reality was more complicated. The protest was actually a coordinated effort, led in part by the Hillary Clinton campaign, to embarrass her Republican rival for his failed efforts to raise money for veterans. It only looked like a grassroots demonstration.
A spokesman for the demonstrators insisted they had no affiliation with any campaign. Later he said the protesters had reached out to the Clinton campaign for press contacts, but that’s all. Then the activist finally admitted that, yes, the Clinton campaign had helped organize the protest.

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

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After Winning Regulatory Battle Against Ride-Sharing Firms, Austin Turns to Black Market and Deregulation

31st May 2016

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

Markets exist, even when you don’t want them to.

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Isis In Fallujah: ‘Human Catastrophe’ Unfolding in City as Civilians Used as Human Shields for Iraqi Assault

31st May 2016

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In jihad, there are no non-combatants.

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A ‘Diet’ to Give California Drivers Indigestion

31st May 2016

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The Jerry Brown administration’s obsession with becoming a global model for reducing greenhouse gases is leading to an unprecedented drive to completely reshape how Californians live. Rather than focus on more pragmatic, affordable steps to reduce greenhouse gases – more efficient cars, rooftop solar systems and promoting home-based work – the goal increasingly seems like social engineering designed to force Californians to adopt the high-density, transit-oriented future preferred by Brown’s green priesthood.

The newest outrage comes from the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research in the form of a proposed “road diet.” This would essentially halt attempts to expand or improve our roads, even when improvements have been approved by voters. This strategy can only make life worse for most Californians, since nearly 85 percent of us use a car to get to work. This in a state that already has among the worst-maintained roads in the country, with two-thirds of them in poor or mediocre condition.

The OPR move reflects the increasingly self-righteous extremism animating the former Jesuit’s underlings. Ironically, the governor’s proposals to impose this road diet rest partly on expanding the California Environmental Quality Act, which Brown, in a more insightful moment, described as a “vampire” that needs a “stake through the heart.” Now, instead, the inquisitors seize on vague legislative language and push it to what the Southern California Leadership Council has dubbed “an undesirable and unmanageable extreme.”

Never a better time to flee California and escape to Texas.

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Camille Paglia Discusses the State of Modern Universities

31st May 2016

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Camille Paglia is a National Treasure.

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The Left. vs. Israel

31st May 2016

Daniel Pipes reviews the current scene.

Since the creation of Israel, Palestinians, Arabs, and Muslims have been the mainstay of anti-Zionism, with the Left, from the Soviet Union to professors of literature, their auxiliary. But this might be in process of change: as Muslims slowly, grudgingly, and unevenly come to accept the Jewish state as a reality, the Left is becoming increasingly vociferous and obsessive in its rejection of Israel.

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Thought for the Day

31st May 2016

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The Real Reason DC’s Metro Doesn’t Work

31st May 2016

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The continuing decline of the Washington Metro Rail can be traced to two mistakes made by the people who planned it. Their first was to chose an expensive, obsolete technology that most American cities had already abandoned. Of the hundreds of cities that had rail transit in 1910, only eight were left when the Metro Rail system was planned in the late 1960s.

By sharing infrastructure with cars and trucks, buses cost far less than trains and can go anywhere there are streets. The high costs of rails means they can only reach limited destinations.

The second mistake was to fail to plan for maintenance and rehabilitation costs. Such costs start out low but rapidly grow rapidly as rail lines approach thirty years of age.

Governments exist to keep people safe and to keep people honest. Once they wander outside of their natural sphere, they screw things up.

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Academic Loons of the Week: The Yoga and the Commissar

31st May 2016

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Tough to decide on who gets the honor of our Academic Absurdity of the Week award. I was inclined to give it to the ingenious author of “Humor and Parody in Finnish Rap Music Videos,” since I’m still trying to recover from the mistake of listening to a Finnish rock band in a park in Helsinki last summer. (Their “music” sounded to me like a whale being waterboarded.) I can’t even imagine what “Finnish Rap Music” must be like.

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

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Harvard Scientist Engineers Bacterium That Inhales CO2, Produces Energy

30th May 2016

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Oh, you mean like a plant?

The chemist who gave us the artificial leaf has genetically engineered bacteria to absorb hydrogen and carbon dioxide and convert them into alcohol fuel.

Fine. Does it scale? What does it cost?

When Harvard Professor of Energy Daniel G. Nocera announced he was working with bacteria last year, other scientists cautioned it would be difficult to achieve a productive level of efficiency. At the time, Nocera was aiming for 5 percent efficiency—about 5 times better than plants. This month at the University of Chicago, he announced his bug converts sunlight ten times more efficiently than plants.

Nice, if true. (How would you like to be a ‘Professor of Energy’? Sounds cool, doesn’t it?)

“I can just let the bugs grow exponentially. They’re eating hydrogen, that’s their only food source, and then they breathe in CO2, and they keep multiplying. They procreate, and that goes into an exponential growth curve.”

Cue the eco-nazi freakout about this stuff ‘escaping into the wild’ and converting all of the oceans to alcohol. (You know it’s going to happen.)

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While You Were Crying Over a Dead Ape, 125 Thousand Babies Were Just Murdered

30th May 2016

Matt Walsh brings the perspective – a big one, with spikes on it.

This weekend, our culture’s worship of animals and its cruel indifference to children finally came crashing together when a 4 year old child fell into the gorilla exhibit at the zoo in Cincinnati. Zoo officials were forced to shoot the ape to protect the kid. Many animal experts have agreed that the ape could have and probably would have killed the child at any moment — intentionally or unintentionally — leaving the zoo with no choice.

But that hasn’t been good enough for the peanut gallery. Scores of people have expressed outrage over the death of the gorilla, insisting that the zoo ought to have risked the child’s life in order to preserve the gorilla’s. There’s already been a shrine built to the ape, and tonight a candle light vigil is planned.

You can’t make this shit up.

So, just as I had to do when everyone was worked up about Cecil the Lion, I am forced to step in with two very basic observations: 1) That the child’s life is worth more than the gorilla’s, and it isn’t even close. I would kill a thousand gorillas to save one child. I would rather the entire species be wiped off the Earth than one human perish.

2) That 125 THOUSAND CHILDREN will be murdered through abortion TODAY, as we speak, all across the globe. There will be no vigils for them. There will be no shrines. There will be no “National Outrage.” The outrage will be confined to a very specific group of people called “pro-lifers,” but everyone else couldn’t care less. Or, even worse, they’re actually quite happy about it.

And there it is.

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Climate Change and Trump

30th May 2016

Scott Adams continues his masterly analysis.

Let’s say you think climate change is the biggest threat to humanity, and you also think Trump believes climate change to be a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese, because he actually said that in the past. That’s a big problem, right?

Let’s put it in context and see if doing so changes your mind.

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Thought for the Day

30th May 2016

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Why Are Blacks and Asians So Darned Mean to Each Other?

30th May 2016

Jim Goad is not afraid to ask the hard questions.

A horrifyingly racist Chinese detergent commercial threatens to drive even deeper wedges between the black and Asian communities, further impeding their righteous mission of uniting as people of color toward their natural common enemy—namely, the white community.

In what is being billed as “The most racist Chinese laundry detergent commercial you’ll see all year,” a black man toting a paintbrush and paint bucket with his face and shirt smeared with fresh paint wanders into a room to discover a sultry Chinese woman motioning for him to come hither. As he leans in for a kiss, she jams a detergent packet in his mouth, shoves him into the washing machine, and sits atop it gleefully while he screams in pain. She then appears spellbound as a gleamingly light-skinned Asian male emerges from the washing machine, cleansed of all his blackness.

CNN called the commercial “staggeringly offensive.” You should watch it. It’s pretty cool.

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DePaul Professor Offended by Milo Announces Resignation, Calls Free Speech ‘Delusional’

29th May 2016

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A sociology professor at DePaul University announced her resignation in a public Facebook post Friday morning in which she denounced the idea that universities should be “neutral platforms for ‘equal’ exchanges of ideas” and said that “so-called free speech” is “delusional.”

Dr. Shu-Ju Cheng, who goes by the first name Ada, posted a copy of an email she apparently sent to university president Rev. Holtschneider to a Facebook page affiliated with the DePaul University sociology department.

“To believe that universities are simply neutral platforms for ‘equal’ exchanges of ideas, the so-called free speech rooted in the market ideology, is delusional,” she wrote. According to Cheng, “that positional objectivity ends up reinforcing the exact inequalities and dominant ideologies upon which this institution is built.”

Spoken like a true daughter of Mao.

Yiannopoulos responded to news of Cheng’s resignation by declaring victory. “Splendid. I told you I was winning,” he said. “One down, the rest of the American educational establishment to go.”

We need to book Milo on a ‘housecleaning’ tour of liberal colleges. Do a clean sweep.

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Ivan the Terminator: Russia Is Showing Off Its New Robot Soldier

29th May 2016

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Russia is touting its Iron Man — a humanoid military robot — in the new global arms race that has sprung up over high-tech weaponry.

“The development of a special military robot is one of the priorities of military construction in Russia,” the Russian daily newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda reported recently.

The purpose of Iron Man, the newspaper continued, is to “replace the person in the battle or in emergency areas where there is a risk of explosion, fire, high background radiation, or other conditions that are harmful to humans.”

Komsomol was the Soviet equivalent of the Hitler Youth, and Komsomolskaya Pravda was its house organ.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

29th May 2016

Sittin’ Heavy

 

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A Question of Moral Radicalism

28th May 2016

David Brooks writes like a conservative about once a year just to show he knows how.

The argument against this sort of pure moral heroism is that fanaticism in the relief of suffering is still a form of fanaticism. It makes reciprocal relationships difficult, because one is always giving, never receiving. It can lead to a draconian asceticism that almost seems to invite unnecessary suffering.

Love, by its nature, should be strongest when it is personal and intimate. To make love universal, to give no priority to the near over the far, is to denude love of its texture and warmth. It is really a way of avoiding love because you make yourself invulnerable.

And then, of course, he has to walk it back.

Yet I don’t want to let us off the hook. There’s a continuum of moral radicalism. Most of us are too far on the comfortable end and too far from the altruistic one. It could be that you or I will only really feel fulfilled after a daring and concrete leap in the direction of moral radicalism.

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The AirBow Kicks Bow Hunting Up a Few Notches

28th May 2016

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Powered by 3,000psi of compressed air, the weapon is able to shoot 8 arrows at 450fps in the time it would take a regular bow to fire off 3, and they’re all consistent thanks to a pressure regulator.

I’m thinking assassination….

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Britain First Leader Paul Golding Arrested During Party Campaign in Leicester

28th May 2016

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The leader of Britain First, Paul Golding, has been arrested after the party were surrounded by protestors during a campaign in Leicester city centre.

Golding and around 20 Britain First activists set up a stand handing out party leaflets in Gallowtree Gate on Saturday.

Pictures uploaded on social media, as well as videos by Britain First, show angry crowds of protestors gathered near the stand chanting “losers”.

Leicester City mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, reportedly confronted Golding during the demonstration saying: “This is a multi racial city and you are not welcome here. I have a mandate from 77,000 voters and I say on their behalf, leave Leicester,” Leicester Mercury reports.

We always knew that freedom of speech isn’t a Muslim value. Now we know that it’s no longer a British value either.

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Migrants Committing Disproportionately High Crime In Germany

28th May 2016

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

Perhaps they need a German Lives Matter movement.

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World Octopus and Squid Populations Are Booming

28th May 2016

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Wherever humans have changed the environment—and you’d be hard-pressed to find a place we haven’t—there are winners and losers. Cities around the world shelter pigeons, naturally adapted to life on rock ledges. Farms allow weedy plants to thrive between their fields. Oceans—plagued by rising temperatures, depleted fish populations, and acidifying waters brought on by human activity—are no exception. New research shows that these changes to marine environments are leading to a surge of cephalopods, the invertebrate group that includes octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish.

Release the Kraken!

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Nuclear Fusion Device’s 1st Test With Hydrogen Declared a Success

28th May 2016

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I still don’t have my flying car….

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Thought for the Day

28th May 2016

Racist to Progressive copy

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Greens Blame Donald Trump for Crumbling Paris Climate Accord

28th May 2016

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Never mind he’s not even President yet – greens are already trying to pin the blame for the embarrassing slow motion collapse of the Paris Climate Agreement on US Presidential Candidate Donald Trump.

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

‘Progressives’ invariably blame others for the fact that their silly programs never work; unlike many, Trump doesn’t seem to mind.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

28th May 2016

Molekule air purifier.

Dino-Lite USB Microscope.

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Iraqi Migrant Who Bought a T-Shirt Saying ‘I’m Muslim, Don’t Panic’ Is Hospitalised by Three Islamic Asylum Seekers Who Thought He Was Insulting Their Religion

28th May 2016

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Really, you can’t make this stuff up.

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More Anti-Trump Rioting, in San Diego This Time

28th May 2016

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Say the girl in the red bandana got ahold of the black cop’s gun and it went off, killing him.

Where would we be?

The Administration has been egging on urban unrest by blacks, which has already led to two outbreaks of undocumented shopping in Ferguson and a big one in Baltimore. And the media have been urging on anti-Trump rioting by supporters of illegal immigration, as we saw again this week. The press has been spinning the anti-Trump mobs as Trump is causing the violence against his own supporters, but in an age when smartphone video goes viral, that kind of propaganda power is harder to maintain than in the past.

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Chicago’s Murder Problem

28th May 2016

Steve Sailer connects the dots.

A big factor is that the nice white liberal Democrats of New York defeated five consecutive Democratic candidates for Mayor from 1993 through 2009, instead electing crime-fighters Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg. You can see Bloomberg’s stop-and-frisk program in the graph below of “Change in Weapons Cases Since 2001.” While there is a lot that the Democratic politicians of Chicago can get away with, what with being Democrats and all, they can’t get away with that.

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Here Come the Laser Helicopters

27th May 2016

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And about fargin time, too.

When all you have is a gun and a bunch of missiles, every problem looks like something to blow up. The Army’s Apache helicopters are very good at blowing stuff up, but there are times when they need more precision.

On the other hand, blowing shit up works more often than you might think.

Better lasers and more lasers are one way the Pentagon plans to get around the cost imbalance of its weapons. Missiles and precision bombs, released from sophisticated helicopters and planes, are effective, but they’re not cheap, and they’re single-use. The cost of a weapon may make sense against a tank, but not against a truck carrying a machine gun. Lasers are expensive to develop, but their cost of use is expected to be very low, around $1 a shot. At that price, destroying trucks and buildings with lasers suddenly makes a lot more sense than using bombs.

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In Study, Beer Drinkers Found To Be Less Alzheimer’s-Prone

27th May 2016

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Well. There it is.

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The Vikings at Home

27th May 2016

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

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The Persian Rug May Not Be Long for This World

27th May 2016

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Ultimately he said, it is modernity — that all-devouring force that is changing societies at breakneck speed — that is killing the Persian carpet, Iran’s pride and joy. “People simply are no longer interested in quality.”

Or in paying for it, he might have added.

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TSA Gave my MacBook Pro to Another Passenger at LAX, and Now It’s Gone

27th May 2016

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Prediction: Nobody will get fired, nobody will go to jail.

Flying on an airline these days is like marching up to the front gate of Dachau and asking for a job.

Just don’t.

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Woman Killed by Fire Ants the Day After Her Mother Dies

27th May 2016

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Why Republicans Will Vote for Trump

27th May 2016

Victor Davis Hanson lays it out.

If Donald Trump manages to curb most of his more outrageous outbursts by November, most Republicans who would have preferred that he did not receive the nomination will probably hold their noses and vote for him.

How could that be when a profane Trump has boasted that he would limit Muslim immigration into the United States, talked cavalierly about torturing terrorist suspects and executing their relatives, promised to deport all eleven-million Mexican nationals who are residing illegally in the U.S., and threatened a trade war with China by slapping steep tariffs on their imports?

A number of reasons come to mind.

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V-22 Refueling Contract Highlights Close Ties to F-35

27th May 2016

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When the Marine Corps developed the V-22 Osprey in the 1980s, the vision was pretty simple: fly troops ashore in amphibious assaults launched from beyond the range of anti-ship missiles. Now they’re turning the Osprey into a gas station. The Marines clearly envision the tiltrotor as a sort of flying Swiss Army knife.

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Major Setback for the Climatistas

27th May 2016

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I’ve lost count of the number of recent papers in peer-reviewed science journals that conclude that climate sensitivity to greenhouse gas emissions is overstated. (Here’s the summary and abstract of the most recent one I have seen.) There are three new studies bearing on the issue that even Science magazine, which reported them this week, can’t help but note cast doubt on the high-end alarmist predictions.

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Washington Post Exonerates Hillary by Subordinate Clause

27th May 2016

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Yesterday, the Washington Post’s editors weighed in on the new report from the State Department’s Inspector General regarding Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. Their editorial is a classic example of a familiar genre — expressing disapproval of misconduct by politicians one likes, while dismissing without analysis the possibility that the behavior is criminal.

The Post has even come up with the perfect phrase with which to pull this off. It finds Hillary guilty of “willful misjudgment.” “Misjudgment” suggests innocent mistake. “Willful” suggests some level of wrongdoing.

I’m not sure there can be such a thing as a “willful misjudgment.” The term certainly doesn’t apply to Clinton’s use of the email server after being told (including by a memo she signed) that this is improper.

If you “judge” that you can use a private email server but then receive authoritative notice that you shouldn’t do so, this is no longer a “misjudgment,” it is a willful violation. If the notice comes from you, then to call the violation a “misjudgment” is as cynical as it gets.

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

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