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The Calais Jungle: It’s Baaaack!

31st December 2016

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Back in October the French authorities ordered the dismantling of the “Jungle” migrant camp near Calais. The camp was duly razed and its inhabitants dispersed, but the “refugees” didn’t abandon hope of getting through the Chunnel to Britain — they just relocated to other spots nearby.

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Floridians and Mastodons Once Coexisted

31st December 2016

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About 30 miles from Tallahassee, at an archaeological site known as Page-Ladson, archaeologists dove down about 30 feet deep into a sinkhole at the bottom of the Aucilla River in Florida. And it paid off. There they found bones and tools that showed the area may have been where early occupiers of what came to be known as America hunted mastodon about 14,550 years ago. That’s right, a Florida man once roamed the land with Mastodon.

The site is a rare pre-Clovis site, which means they were a people that pre-date the Clovis people (a prehistoric Native American culture). In the sinkhole, the archaeologists found a slaughtered mastodon–including one which those first Floridian colonizers may have killed, as well as a stone knife fragment.

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IBM Creates a Molecule That Could Destroy All Viruses

31st December 2016

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For their study, the researchers ignored the viruses’ RNA and DNA, which could be key areas to target, but because they change from virus to virus and also mutate, it’s very difficult to target them successfully.

Instead, the researchers focused on glycoproteins, which sit on the outside of all viruses and attach to cells in the body, allowing the viruses to do their dirty work by infecting cells and making us sick. Using that knowledge, the researchers created a macromolecule, which is basically one giant molecule made of smaller subunits. This macromolecule has key factors that are crucial in fighting viruses. First, it’s able to attract viruses towards itself using electrostatic charges. Once the virus is close, the macromolecule attaches to the virus and makes the virus unable to attach to healthy cells. Then it neutralizes the virus’ acidity levels, which makes it less able to replicate.

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Dems Plan to Use MILLIONS in Taxpayer Money to Keep Illegal Immigrants From Being Deported

31st December 2016

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Democratic politicians, including mayors in three major cities, are looking to use millions in taxpayer funds to protect illegal immigrants in their cities from deportation.

Mayors of Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco are looking to create funds to provide attorneys to illegal immigrants who face deportation, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Isn’t that special. Aren’t you glad you don’t live in Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco?

 

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Why the Left Secretly Loves Trump

31st December 2016

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Forget all the wailing and gnashing of teeth by the left. That’s just for show. Remember that the left was never very enthusiastic about Hillary Clinton, and are not sorry to have seen her lose. Trump’s victory, however, provides the left with something much more important that patronage in Washington DC: it provides them with the supposed evidence to bolster their essential hatred and contempt for America, and endless opportunities to proclaim and parade their supposed moral superiority over their fellow citizens.

I’ve been waiting for concrete evidence in the form of a confession from a certified liberal source, and Slate has stepped up!

Four years of rope-a-dope, here we come.

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Your Government Officials

31st December 2016

Look it up.

I have a little list, they never would be missed….

Don’t ever say we don’t have useful stuff here.

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Why California’s New Gun Laws Deserve Contempt

31st December 2016

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The state lacks effective means of enforcing the new laws, which now ban the possession of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

After July 1, you will have just three legal options for disposing of these magazines: remove them from the state, sell them to a licensed dealer or turn them in to the police.

Or you will keep your mouth shut and keep your magazines stashed.

I do not advocate flouting the law. But nor do I advocate being naive. After July 1, tens of millions of illegal ammunition magazines will remain in private hands. And there is not much the state can do about it.

That’s the problem with sweeping and arbitrary bans. People have a much stronger incentive to resist than to comply. That’s what happened in Connecticut and New York after the Sandy Hook school massacre in 2012. Both states passed sweeping gun control laws requiring, among other things, registration of so-called assault weapons. Millions of guns remain unregistered.

And here we are not talking about actual weapons. Magazines are simply metal boxes with a spring inside. Even if the state had a way to collect existing magazines, new ones are not difficult to make on the cheap.

Let us all sign up to help California become a free and independent country, so that it can swiftly degenerate into a Third World hellhole, as it deserves, and leave the rest of us alone.

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Work Requirement Trigger Predictable Drop in Arkansas Food Stamp Enrollment

31st December 2016

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Funny how that works.

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BBC Finally Admits Its Famous ‘Women Write Better Code’ Story Was Fake News

31st December 2016

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It’s all about the Narrative, Larry.

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Your Shower Is Lame, Your Dishwasher Doesn’t Work, and Your Clothes are Dirty

31st December 2016

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We have long lived with regulated showers, plugged up with a stopper imposed by government controls imposed in 1992. There was no public announcement. It just happened gradually. After a few years, you couldn’t buy a decent shower head. They called it a flow restrictor and said it would increase efficiency. By efficiency, the government means “doesn’t work as well as it used to.”

We’ve been acculturated to lame showers, but that’s just the start of it. Anything in your home that involves water has been made pathetic, thanks to government controls.

When you travel to Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, or Switzerland – and probably many places I’ve never been – you are suddenly shocked. Why does everything work so well? Why don’t things work as well in the US? The answer is one word: government. This is the only reason.

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Want to Build an Igloo? Here’s How.

31st December 2016

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Assuming, of course, that’s what you want to do.

Personally, I prefer a Trane.

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Inequality vs Inequality

31st December 2016

Nassim Nicholas Taleb explains it all to you.

The first is the inequality people tolerate, such as one’s understanding compared to that of people deemed heroes, say Einstein, Michelangelo, or the recluse mathematician Grisha Perelman, in comparison to whom one has no difficulty acknowledging a large surplus. This applies to entrepreneurs, artists, soldiers, heroes, the singer Bob Dylan, Socrates, the current local celebrity chef, some Roman Emperor of good repute, say Marcus Aurelius; in short those for whom one can naturally be a “fan”. You may like to imitate them, you may aspire to be like them; but you don’t resent them.

The second is the inequality people find intolerable because the subject appears to be just a person like you, except that he has been playing the system, and getting himself into rent seeking, acquiring privileges that are not warranted –and although he has something you would not mind having (which may include his Russian girlfriend), he is exactly the type of whom you cannot possibly become a fan. The latter category includes bankers, bureaucrats who get rich, former senators shilling for the evil firm Monsanto, clean-shaven chief executives who wear ties, and talking heads on television making outsized bonuses. You don’t just envy them; you take umbrage at their fame, and the sight of their expensive or even semi-expensive car trigger some feeling of bitterness. They make you feel smaller.

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Better Left Unsaid

31st December 2016

Theodore Dalrymple turns over a rock.

Future historians, if there are any, will look on our epoch as one of bad temper. The ease with which people are provoked to the expression of outrage suggests that it has a very important function in our mental life, if not necessarily in our mental equilibrium. Outrage is a substitute for religion: It convinces us that our existence has some kind of meaning or significance beyond itself, that is to say beyond the paltry flux of day-to-day existence, especially when that existence is a securely comfortable one. Therefore we go looking for things to be outraged about as anteaters look for ants. Of all emotions, outrage is not only one of the most pleasurable but also one of the most reliable.

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Whole Lotta Lyin’ Goin’ On

31st December 2016

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By just about everyone’s reckoning, the so-called signature achievements of the Obama years are the enactment of Obamacare and the Iran nuclear deal. They have a lot in common. Both are ruinous and both were built on an edifice of bald-faced lies. President Obama is the lyin’king and these are the lyin’ years.

We recall the foundational lies of Obamacare: If you like your insurance plan, you can keep it. If you like your doctor, you can keep him. Obamacare will save the average family $2500 a year. Obama enunciated these lies in a manner suggesting that anyone who disputed them was an idiot. The compilation below documents Obama’s incessant reiteration of the lie about keeping your health care plan. Our familiarity with it should not dull our contempt for the liar, his partisan allies and his mainstream media adjunct.

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Thought for the Day

31st December 2016

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The Last Days of Barack Obama

31st December 2016

Kevin Williamson examines the Imperial Cult of the Presidency.

Rock stars, the heroes who stormed the beaches at Normandy, or Jesus Christ Himself — it doesn’t matter who you are next to the president. For the past year, there have been cringe-inducing headlines reminding us that x, y, or z is Barack Obama’s last as president. “This is Obama’s last Veterans’ Day as president,” the cable-news mouth said, as though that were the story. President Obama is about as beside-the-point as it is possible for a commander-in-chief to be on Veterans’ Day: He isn’t a veteran, for one thing. It isn’t his day.
But everything the president touches is about the president — that is true of all recent presidents and especially true of this remarkably self-regarding one.

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Trump’s Sexual Assault Accusers Have No Known Plans to Sue, Remained Silent Since Election

31st December 2016

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Guess they realize that nobody was buying what they were selling.

We got your fake news, right here.

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2016: The Year of the Hoax Hate Crime

31st December 2016

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The 2016 year saw an explosion in “hate crime” accounts that turned out to be hoaxes. Many of those accounts were attributed to supporters of Donald Trump.

Of course. Because Trump is the New Hitler.

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KKK Leaders Allege Producers Paid Them to Fake Scenes in Canceled A&E Documentary

31st December 2016

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

When you hear the DemLegHump Media complain about ‘fake news’, remember what they do for a living.

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This Is the War Plan America Will Use When It Invades Canada

31st December 2016

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Hey, at least we have a plan. This is the country that elected a SWPL college frat-boy Prime Minister.

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Professor: North Carolina Is NO LONGER A DEMOCRACY Because Republicans Win Too Many Elections

31st December 2016

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A notion so stupid that, in Orwell’s phrase, only an intellectual would believe it.

Considering the number of dumb-ass things that left-wing academics embrace, is it any wonder that Normal People disbelieve Global Warming basically because left-wing academics embrace it?

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Nick Cannon: Planned Parenthood Designed To ‘Exterminate The Negro Race’ [VIDEO]

30th December 2016

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Guess it didn’t work.

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The Year in Stupid

30th December 2016

Listen.

A podcast by Andrew Klavan, containing some of the most entertaining satire I’ve heard this year.

He’s not as good as Lileks, but who is? Nevertheless, he’s good.

He also understands the relationship between God and time better than anybody I’ve ever seen.

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Thought for the Day

30th December 2016

Non Sequitur

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ISLAMOCOPIA FRIDAY: What’s New in the Religion of Peace

30th December 2016

Heavily armed terror cell ‘under orders from Isis’ arrested in Russia

A Bomb at the Door of a Church in Toulouse

Unhinged Georgetown Professor Attacks Muslim Woman Who Voted for Trump

CNN’s Beinart Calls It ‘Racist’ to Warn Jews Would Be Killed in Palestinian Arab State

While Obama Blames Israel, Hamas Prepares For Another War

Religious Freedom in Pakistan Takes One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

ISIS Leader Who Defaced Priceless Ruins Destroyed By US Missile  What goes around comes around.

British woman ‘kidnapped and abused as a sex slave for 13 years’

Kidnapped schoolgirls ‘used as human shield’ by Boko Haram

Turkey and Russia have ceasefire plan for Syria, says Turkey’s foreign minister  Once everyone is dead, they will cease fire.

Russian embassy in Damascus hit by shells, claims country’s foreign ministry

Woman beheaded in Afghanistan ‘for going out in city without her husband’

Berlin attack: Tunisian man arrested in connection with Christmas market tragedy

Muslims Celebrate the Christmas Jihad in Berlin

Report: Latin America Offers A Haven For Jihadis

U.S. official says top Islamic State commander killed in Syria

Obama Admin Rushes To Resettle Refugees During Last Days In Office

Culture-Enrichers Brawl “Like Monkeys” on an Augsburg Bus

Germany: Suspected contact of Berlin attacker arrested

More Terror, More Denial

Turkish Intelligence Agents Funneled Weapons To ISIS, Says Captured Terrorist

More than 2,000 Saudis fight for militant organisations, says interior ministry

Berlin attack: Donation page for family of murdered Polish lorry driver raises £170,000 in six days

Erdogan says he has evidence US-led coalition has given support to Isis

Myanmar: Rohingya Muslim man’s headless body found in river after speaking to journalists

MEF Presents 15 “Useful Infidels” Who Enable Islamists

Cultural Enrichment in Cologne: A Turk, the Police, Gasoline and a Lighter

Five of the Berlin Subway Firebugs Are Syrians, And One is Libyan

Erdogan’s Daughter Tells US Muslims That Gulen Movement Is ‘More Dangerous’ Than ISIS [VIDEO]

Syrian Refugees Celebrate Christmas By Torching Homeless Man [VIDEO]

Irate Nigerians Lynch Failed Boko Haram Female Suicide Bomber

Isis fighters in Syria found to be receiving benefit payments from Danish government

Hamas condemns video of Muslim and Jewish people dancing as ‘disgraceful spectacle’

It’s not only Germany that covers up mass sex attacks by migrant men… Sweden’s record is shameful

Teenager forced to marry Pakistan man ordered by Foreign Office to pay fees to return home

Turkish man arrested after saying he wouldn’t serve President Erdogan tea

Saudi ‘Morality Police’ Arrest Party-Goers For Dancing And Drinking [VIDEO]

A bigger problem than ISIS: The Mosul Dam is failing

European border agency Frontex warns Isis is weaponising refugees  My, what a surprise.

Berlin: Seven Migrants Set Homeless Man on Fire

Berlin Truck Jihadi’s Pledge of Fealty to the Islamic State

Syrian man who filmed his daughters being sent on suicide mission is killed

‘I can’t believe I lived through all this evil’: Worshippers celebrate Christmas in a town finally liberated from Isis

Dozen women and girl, 8, massacred in ethnic Christmas Day violence in Congo

Mass graves found in eastern Aleppo, Russia claims

First female Afghan Air Force pilot has applied for asylum to the United States  Gee, I wonder why.

A Moving Look At The Lone Kurdish Sniper Fighting ISIS In Kobani [VIDEO]

Switzerland: Muslims Attack Christians Going to Mass in Longeborgne

Man Easily Enters Germany Dressed As ISIS Fighter [VIDEO]

Hundreds Of Iraqis Displaced By ISIS Return Home For Christmas Mass

Yemeni army claims snipers shot dead six Saudi soldiers

Council worker blames ‘people of certain culture’ for drowning deaths at Camber Sands

Boko Haram ‘crushed’ by Nigerian army in final forest stronghold

Berlin attack: Tunisian police arrest nephew of Christmas market terror suspect Anis Amri

The tragedies of Syria signal the end of the Arab revolutions

Keith Ellison Cancels Speech At Radical Islamist Group’s Annual Convention

Berliners Come To Terms With Terrorism Being The New Normal

FBI Warns of Attacks on US Churches

100 people feared dead in Mediterranean taking toll for 2016 to 5,000 – the highest ever

The 12 most unsafe cities in Europe

Berlin attack suspect Anis Amri ‘recorded video pledging allegiance to Isis’

Leading Jewish scholar prosecuted in France for alleged anti-Muslim remarks – Europe – Haaretz.com

2 Kosovo-born men held in suspected German mall attack plot

Media Desperate To Cast Berlin Jihadi Hellbent On Murdering ‘Crusader Pigs’ As Hopeful Refugee

Alleged ‘Avowed Jihadist’ Searching For Midnight Masses Busted In Phoenix

ISIS Celebrates Christmas By Burning Two Captives Alive

HuffPo Columnist: ‘Women to Blame’ for New Year’s Sex Attacks in Germany

US military says 28 al-Qaida militants killed in Yemen since September

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Judicial Watch: New Obama Travel Costs Bring Eight-Year Total over $96 Million

29th December 2016

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Hey — being the Magic Negro ain’t cheap.

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Billionaire Clinton Backers Are Richer Since Trump Won

29th December 2016

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Not that it will end their whining.

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USexit: The Case for Booting the UN out of America Grows Stronger

29th December 2016

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In his lame-duck attempt to undermine the State of Israel with a diplomatic knifing in the front, President Obama has created fertile ground for a campaign to lead the United States out of the United Nations. Or as I call it: USexit.

Commenting at the time, Rep. Mike Rogers said: “Why should the American taxpayer bankroll an international organization that works against America’s interests around the world?” The time is now to restore and protect American sovereignty and get out of the United Nations.”

“I dislike paying for something that two-bit Third World countries with no freedom attack us and complain about the United States,” his Senate colleague, Rand Paul (R-KY), previously remarked. “There’s a lot of reasons why I don’t like the UN, and I think I’d be happy to dissolve it.”

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Medievalists at the Movies: Assassin’s Creed

29th December 2016

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Disclaimer: This reviewer has never played the video game Assassin’s Creed and has minimal knowledge of the game’s major characters or storylines.

Thus putting the reviewer on the same level as the game’s designers, who have an equivalent ignorance of the Middle Ages.

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2016: The Year the Left Broke

29th December 2016

Gavin McInnes runs down the list.

APRIL
This was the month everyone told us they were going to move to Canada if Trump won. None of them did.

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The Climate Science Challenge

29th December 2016

Scott Adams takes on Global Warming.

Notice I am avoiding the question of the measurements. That’s a separate question. For this challenge, don’t let your scientist conflate the measurements or the basic science of CO2 with the projections. Just ask the scientist to offer an opinion on the credibility of the models only.

Your scientist will fight like a cornered animal to conflate the credibility of the measurements and the basic science of CO2 with the credibility of the projection models. Don’t let that happen. Make your scientist tell you that complicated multi-variable projections models that span years are credible. Or not.

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Mexico: The Forever War Is a Decade Old

29th December 2016

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Mexico’s Cartel War passed the ten year mark on December 11. That’s the day then-president Calderon ordered a military-led task force to enter Michoacan state and defeat very-well armed organized criminal gangs that out-gunned local and state police. Calderon feared the drug gangs were on the verge of carving out “drug duchies” similar to those in Colombia. Calderon was quickly criticized for “militarizing” a criminal problem. However, Mexico faced an unusual situation. The drug cartels had gunmen who were better trained than the police. They also had military-grade arms. The drug gangs had lots of cash to bribe politicians as well as local and state police. Drug gang firepower and cash had overwhelmed local police forces and government institutions. The drug cartels also turned their guns on one another as they fought “turf wars” for control of drug trafficking routes to the U.S. Mexican citizens were often caught in crossfires. The gangs also extorted money from legitimate businesses and kidnapped people for ransom. With cartel gunmen ambushing and out-gunning municipal, state and federal police, Calderon decided he had to use the military as a last resort. The Mexican military is the one institution the long-governing PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party) had never completely corrupted. As 2017 begins, the military remains one of the most highly trusted institutions in Mexican society.

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Thought for the Day

29th December 2016

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It Was the Best of Times

28th December 2016

Kevin Williamson urges you to suck it up.

Buck up, you pansies: 2016 was the best year in human history, and 2017 almost certainly will be better.
We can build railways and food-distribution networks in Ethiopia and reverse-engineer viruses and figure out clever ways to squeeze a little more productivity out of an acre of agricultural land or a lithium battery. Howard Hughes was one of the richest men in the world, but he never drove a car as good as yours. Most of your grandparents never set foot in a house as nice as an ordinary new house in 2016. And the children who are born in 2017 will one day look back on us as poor.

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2016: The Year in Blame Shifting

28th December 2016

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My favorite is blaming the Russians for showing us how much Democrats suck.

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What Medicare’s Payment Woes Tell Us About the Limits of Technocratic Reforms

28th December 2016

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On consistent lesson from these failures is that it’s as important to make the politics work is as important as getting the particulars of the policy right. A well-designed policy that is likely to fail politically is not a well-designed policy. Often the two are at odds.

Another is that it is better to avoid entangling complex and vital systems—like, say, the health care sector—with politics in the first place. Because we are now in a situation in which we have a health care system that weighs down both the federal government and the private sector, a system which nearly everyone agrees is inefficient and unsustainable in its current form, but which, despite the efforts of reformers, also consistently and frustratingly refuses to be reformed.

A perennial problem when attempting to take money from one class of people (e.g. taxpayers) and use it to provide a benefit for another class of people (e.g. influential voting blocks) is that choices are made on political grounds rather than on economic grounds; this way leads to inefficiencies, as always happens when people try to substitute politics for economics.

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Thought for the Day

28th December 2016

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5-Year-Old Boy Accidentally Walks to School on Saturday, So Cops Arrested Dad

28th December 2016

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A 5-year-old in Berwick, Pennsylvania, woke his dad up on early a Saturday morning and said it was time to go to school. Daddy told him no, hon, it’s Saturday—no school!—and went back to sleep.

Now the dad, Jeffry Wagner, is facing child endangerment charges. Unbeknownst to him, his son continued to get ready for school and ventured out into the chilly day to make his way to the bus stop.

Of course, no bus arrived, so the determined little boy started to walk to school.

There’s something about working for the government that just makes people stupid.

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How to Think Trump

28th December 2016

Joe Bob Briggs explains it all to you.

Probably the worst thing you can say to Donald Trump is “Mr. President, you have to do it that way because we’ve done it that way for the past fifty years.”

That’s like telling an alcoholic, “Don’t touch this MacAllan single malt I’m leaving on your nightstand over the weekend.”

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Professor Under Fire for ‘White Genocide’ Tweet Blames ‘Violent Facists’ for Uproar

28th December 2016

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Let us contemplate the irony of a professor, who called publicly for ‘white genocide‘, complaining about ‘violent racists’. There are times when the phrase ‘totally clueless’ is completely inadequate.

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The Coming Exodus of Career Civil Servants

28th December 2016

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Best. News. Ever.

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A Political Party Named Desire

27th December 2016

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Since Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump in the late presidential election, the entirety of the Democratic Party has descended into its own Blanche DuBois madness. They have latched on to fantasy after fantasy on exactly how they were going to stop Trump’s presidency and/or cut off all future instances where a Republican could win the White House through the Electoral College.

And I do mean fantasies. Because every last one of them needs the explicit participation of Republicans. Every last one.

The whole issue of faithless electors needed massive amounts of Republican help.

The whole idea that an election thrown into the House would produce anything but a Trump victory needed massive amounts of Republican help.

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Brawling Teens Shut Down 15 Malls On Boxing Day

27th December 2016

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Two words: Amazon Prime.

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Thought for the Day

27th December 2016

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How Literature Became Word Perfect

27th December 2016

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In poetic terms, the typewriter means thudding while word processing means deftness. Word processing on one’s own software or computer or special device—on WordPerfect (1980), the Osborne 1 or IBM PC (1981), the Kaypro II (1982), Microsoft Word (1983)—was for many writers special because it is done with light. Andrei Codrescu wrote that the Kaypro “let you write with light on glass, not ink on paper, which was mind-blowing. It felt both godlike and ephemeral.” The word processor is a powerful and empowering tool, far less about dominating the prone typewriter than about feeling humbled in the presence of infinite possibility.

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How Breakfast Became a Thing

27th December 2016

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Before cereal, in the mid 1800s, the American breakfast was not all that different from other meals. Middle- and upper-class Americans ate eggs, pastries, and pancakes, but also oysters, boiled chickens, and beef steaks. 

The rise of cereal established breakfast as a meal with distinct foods and created the model of processed, ready-to-eat breakfast that still largely reigns. And it all depends on advertising and convincing you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. 

Sometimes the old ways are best.

The first is that any company that convinces you to eat their cereal, pop tarts, or bagels absolutely owns your breakfast, because most people eat the same breakfast every day. Studies have found that consumers have strong brand loyalty to breakfast foods like cereal. Our breakfast choices are likely more habitual because of the strength of morning routines. Ads by the chicken lobby may convince people to eat a bit more chicken. But an avalanche of Tony the Tiger ads can get tens of thousands of children to eat Frosted Flakes every morning for years. 

Another is that while some Americans cook breakfast, people’s desire for a fast, convenient meal means that many breakfast foods are packaged products that rely on advertising. You can glean this from the structure of the cereal industry: cereal is extremely easy to make—a fact that angered Dr. Kellogg, who patented his creation but failed to prevent others from copying it—yet just a few companies dominate the market. 

Rather disturbing.

Try the Breakfast on a Bun by Whataburger. Basically a breakfast cheeseburger.

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The Hidden Messages of Colonial Handwriting

27th December 2016

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Imagine a world in which the font you use is chosen for you, based entirely on your demographic affiliations. All doctors write in Garamond, while designers are mandated Futura Bold. Middle-aged men get Arial; women, Helvetica. Goofy aunts must use Comic Sans.

Seem strange? A few centuries ago, that was just how things worked. In colonial America, “the very style in which one formed letters was determined by one’s place in society,” writes historian Tamara Thornton in Handwriting in America: A Cultural History. Thanks to the rigorous teachings of professionals called “penmen,” merchants wrote strong, loopy logbooks, women’s words were intricate and shaded, and upper-class men did whatever they felt like. So different were the results, says Thornton, that “a fully literate stranger could evaluate the social significance of a letter… simply by noting what hand it had been written in.”

I’m a Palatino man, myself, with occasional forays into Zapf Chancery.

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Supreme Court Freakout at the New York Times

27th December 2016

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The New York Times was once known as The Grey Lady. Today, a more apt moniker would be The Hysterical Bag Lady. The Times editorial board is home to the most immoderate, shrieking Leftism you will find this side of The Nation.

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Giant Seal Dents Car Hood While Roaming Australian Neighborhood

27th December 2016

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Think of that next time you’re feeling put upon.

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Mike Rowe

26th December 2016

Listen.

We have reached an era in society and our culture where many people are graduating from college with degrees that will not get them hired in their fields of study. Meanwhile, they they’re often at least $100,000 in debt because they’ve been told they “have” to go to college. In the meantime, there are thousands and thousands of skilled jobs available to people but nobody is prepared for those jobs. Because they’ve been conditioned to think those jobs are not worthy of taking.

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