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If We Want Bionic Limbs That Actually Work, We Might Need Smarter Amputations

31st May 2017

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

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Cancer Patient Dies After ‘Being Denied Transfer Due to NHS Bed Shortage’

31st May 2017

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How about that government-provided health care! Don’t you wish we had a system like that in America?

Raise your hand if you want your doctor’s office run like the Post Office.

Yeah, I thought so.

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Conspiracy Theory 101: These 10 Companies Control Everything You Buy

31st May 2017

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If, that is, you limit yourself to national brands.

Fortunately, you don’t have to do that.

On the other hand, these are the places to put your IRA money for a comfortable retirement.

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Lawmakers Want to Privatize Evergreen State, Plan Civil Rights Investigation Over Day Without Whites

31st May 2017

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Washington lawmakers plan to discuss legislation Thursday to privatize Evergreen State College, which dominated headlines recently for hosting an event segregating white and black students, as well as caving to protester demands.

Whaddaya know — looks like everyone in Washington State isn’t a knee-jerk proglodyte. Color me amazed.

Republican State Rep. Matt Manweller is leading the effort to strip Evergreen State of $24 million in state appropriations after protests rocked the Olympia, Washington campus in late May, according to Campus Reform.

Today’s lesson is: Actions have consequences, and stupid actions have unpleasant consequences. Daddy might even take your Xbox away.

“[Evergreen State students and faculty] are trying to re-institute a Jim Crow approach to education that Americans rejected over 50 years ago,” said the Republican state representative to Campus Reform. “We must never go back to a segregated society—whether it be drinking fountains, buses, or school buildings.”

Tell that to the BlackLivesMatter crowd; they don’t appear to believe it.

“The administration bears direct responsibility for this situation,” continued the representative to Campus Reform. “They hired the professors who have elevated the pseudo-science of ‘social justice’ to a religious movement. Now all dissent is crushed by threats of violence or actual violence.”

That flapping sound you hear is chickens coming home to roost. Feel the Bern.

Representatives will introduce the bill to deprive Evergreen State of state funding alongside a letter directed at Washington state’s Human Rights Commission to investigate possible civil rights infractions at Evergreen.

Oh, good luck with that. Really. (While you’re wishing, wish for a pony.)

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Journo Dubs Jared And Ivanka ‘Jivanka’

31st May 2017

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According to a writer for The New Yorker, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump have a hot new celebrity couple name.

A demonstration that The New Yorker has become shallower than a kiddie wading pool.

When William Shawn was running the magazine, none of his writers would have dared admit to knowing what a hot new celebrity couple name was, much less create one.

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Top Mexican Official: Don’t Worry, Trump Is Deporting Fewer Mexicans Than Obama

31st May 2017

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That’s because (a) Obama was a stone-cold hypocrite, and (b) a lot of them have Gotten the Word and are staying home.

Either way, it’s a win for us nativists.

(No, we are not a ‘nation of immigrants’. We are a nation of the grandchildren of immigrants. The difference is crucial.)

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The Kathy Griffin Controversy

31st May 2017

Scott Adams reads the tea leaves.

I have been telling you since before the inauguration that the country was going to split into two movies on one screen. Some of us are watching a new president do his best to make America great. But half the country is watching a disaster movie in which we unknowingly elected a Hitler-monster to destroy civilization. The Kathy Griffin situation illustrates the two-movie idea perfectly. For Kathy and her associates at the photoshoot, this photo was intentionally provocative, but in a silly way. In their movie, beheading the Hitler-monster is a widely-approved fantasy. Perfectly acceptable. Nothing to see here.

Then they published the photo.

And learned there was another movie on the same screen.

Obviously I support Griffin’s right to produce provocative and sometimes offensive art. That is part of her job. And I also respect her rapid and thorough apology. To feel otherwise about Kathy would make me one of the overly-sensitive folks I have been mocking for years. You don’t get to turn me into that person. But you can go full-snowflake on this topic if you like.

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Thought for the Day: A Girl and Her Dog

31st May 2017

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Iftar: Muslims Share Favourite Memories of Ending Their Daily Ramadan Fast

31st May 2017

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That is, the ones who haven’t gotten blown up.

By contrast, when was the last time you saw an article about Orthodox (or even Roman Catholics) pigging out during Bright Week, after Easter when Lent is over? Never, that’s when.

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Yanking the Media Chain: Trump Tweets ‘Covfefe,’ Twitter Explodes, and Hilarity Ensues

31st May 2017

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It’s like watching a dog chase a ball.

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Robots Wielding Water Knives Are the Future of Farming

31st May 2017

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JUST AFTER DAWN in the Salinas Valley south of San Francisco, a raucous robot rolls through a field spitting clouds of vapor. It’s cutting lettuce heads with water knives—super-high-pressure beams—and gobbling up the produce. The heads roll up its mouth and onto a conveyor belt, where workers in hoodies and aprons grab the lettuce and tear off the loose leaves.

Right across the road, workers are harvesting lettuce the agonizing old-fashioned way—bent over with knife in hand. “If you’re a beginner, it kills you because your back really hurts,” says Isabel Garcia, a harvester who works atop the robot. “It takes somebody really strong to be doing that kind of work.”

Message: Automation is in the process of killing unskilled manual labor. Increasing the minimum wage will only speed up this process.

Because if humanity expects to feed its booming population off a static amount of land, it’s going to need help.

Typical modern pseudo-journalism. (a) Population isn’t ‘booming’; the rate of increase is rapidly slowing, and many First World countries are actually declining in population. (b) The amount of land devoted to agriculture isn’t static; right now we use less land than we ever have, and if we need more, we can put idle land back into production. One of the most distasteful features of popular web sites like Wired is that it hires a lot of proglodyte millennials who take their cultural-Marxist myths as gospel and write as if everybody has the same prejudices that they do. Coming across that in an otherwise interesting/useful piece of writing is like biting down on a bit of eggshell at breakfast.

For sure, the robots will definitely support the dwindling farming workforce. Fewer immigrant workers are coming to the fields, and their demographics are shifting.

Thank you, Donald Trump. Just sayin’.

“Just with a changing population here in California, we’ve got an aging workforce,” says Mark Borman, president of Taylor Farms California, which operates the robot. “So people who are coming out to do agricultural, we’re not getting that younger population into the job.”

Apparently there are jobs that Mexicans are no longer willing to do. Progress, I guess.

That means not only using robots to help fill those jobs, but modifying the product they grow to make things easier for the machine. Taylor Farms has selected a kind of romaine that grows more like a light bulb, which leaves a longer base for the water knife to more efficiently slice. So while workers are adapting to work with the robot, the farm is adapting the produce to work with the machine. This is what the future of agriculture looks like: Humans modifying food to fit robots as much as they modify their own behavior to suit the machines.

This is the same process that gave us our current plethora of tasteless but easily produced produce. No one writing about food thinks this is ‘progress’. Don’t get Michael Pollan started.

“We’re not looking to replace a workforce,” Donohue says. “We’re looking to maintain an industry and the food supply for North America.”

Although, if that means replacing a workforce, well, can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs. I am reminded of the Dilbert cartoon where the pointy-haired boss chides Alice for not working at 110%. “That’s like stealing from the company.” When Alice points out that she’s not getting paid for her overtime, which is like the company stealing from her, he responds “That’s not stealing, that’s being competitive.”

But Donahue has an existential argument on his side that, say, car factory operators don’t: Humanity is in danger of not being able to feed itself.

No, it’s not. That’s (again) just proglodyte mythology, with no Real Science behind it.

By 2050, the world population could boom to almost 10 billion people.

Note the weasel-word ‘could’. It could all die off in a new Black Death, but it probably won’t, and it probably won’t reach 10 billion, either, given the current trends.

Farmers will have to feed those humans—not to mention their livestock—with the same amount of land. Hell, even less land, as ocean levels continue to rise.

‘Continue to rise’? Are they rising now? Really? Any proof of that? No, just another proglodyte assumption. (More eggshell in the scrambled.)

California may be out of its brutal drought, but there’s no telling how climate change will shape the coming decades.

But, even though ‘there’s no telling’, you Social Justice Warriors will be happy to tell us anyway.

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Thought for the Day

31st May 2017

Gallery: Matt cartoons, May 2017 

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First Impressions of an Amazon Bookstore

31st May 2017

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The new just-opened Amazon bookstore in Manhattan made my wife think of an airport bookstore or a “gallery, where the books are displayed rather than sold”. Everything is faced out. The selection is limited. An airport bookstore would almost certainly have a different mix of titles: far fewer cookbooks (the Amazon store gives them quite a bit of space) and a much bigger selection of novels, particularly genre novels (of which there seemed to be relatively few at Amazon).

But the gestalt is similar. It’s not a store in which you are expected to spend hours browsing. You’re there to select from the most popular possible titles displayed for very rapid scanning and choosing.

However, unlike any airport bookstore to date, or any other there will ever be until Amazon builds one, there are a few features and merchandising ideas that are special and that it would be hard for another entity to imitate.

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The Best Defense Is a Good Offense

31st May 2017

Steve Sailer looks at The Gap.

What if Charles Murray is right? What if some of the various racial gaps in cognitive performance are due to genetics? Would that be the end of the world?

It is considered appropriate to hyperventilate as if you believe so.

On the other hand, what if Murray is wrong and his best critic, James Flynn, is right? Would that validate traditional liberal approaches to bridging The Gap?

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American Retail’s Fast, Furious Decline

31st May 2017

Kevin Williamson chronicles the fall.

Heritage Park Mall is a tomb, a crumbling and boarded-up monument to a particular weird moment in American history when we did that most American of all things: attempt to perfect a community by rebuilding it from scratch. With its shops and restaurants and public spaces, and its proximity to banks and offices, the American shopping mall was the reincarnation of the downtown business district, moved indoors where it could be air-conditioned, efficiently policed, and surrounded by a sprawling Salton Sea of asphalt to provide ample parking. The old downtown died most places, and, now, the new downtown is dying, too: At the highwater mark, there were about 5,000 malls in the United States, and there are now 1,100, at least 400 of which are expected to close in the next few years. In the 1980s, developers built an average of 60 malls a year — and more than 100 in some years. Now, cities from San Bernardino, Calif., to High Point, N.C., are dealing with the husks of these dead retail behemoths. There are documentary films and TED talks about dead malls.

The emergence of the mall as the preeminent public space in American life may seem like one of those weird inexplicable 1980s things, like 18 percent mortgage rates, American Psycho, or the presidential candidacy of Walter Mondale. But it was in a sense only a reversion to ancient norms: In Singapore, there is a large shopping mall called “The Forum” (which was, and is, a common name for malls), while the one in Santo Domingo has a more Hellenic moniker: “Agora.” But if you go back and watch Fast Times at Ridgemont High, what’s really remarkable isn’t the underage sex or the terrible fashion sense or how close in retrospect the 1980s were to the 1960s (nice hippie wagon, Spicoli) or any of that. It’s that all those middle-class, white, suburban high-school kids had jobs.

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Bomb-Building 101

31st May 2017

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The Manchester suicide bomber used used student loans and welfare benefits to finance his terror operations, and others may be doing likewise. This revelation speaks volumes about not only the cultural divide separating Islamists and the West, but also about the West’s own, if I may so phrase it, suicidal tendencies.

A program designed to further democratize universities and extend higher education to ever-larger proportions of the population is now facilitating the ongoing campaigns of young radicals (often of the same rebellious age as university students) to destroy Western civilization. We already knew that the student loan program brought unintended consequences, but perhaps it takes this to provide us with a true perspective on the mischief we are sowing.

Is it possible that our obsession with finding every possible means to decrease the effort and responsibility in our lives – and turn over as much of them as possible to the management of state officials – is creating the mechanisms for eradicating our civilization?

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Diners, the Original Prefab Success Story

30th May 2017

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By definition, diners are everyday and utilitarian, the no-frills, functional restaurant where nearly everyone can afford a meal. For decades, pulling up a seat or a stool and ordering a cup of coffee at these supremely democratic spaces has been a staple of the American diet, as well as the country’s pop culture.

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The Hobbesian Net

30th May 2017

ZMan is in the trenches.

I clicked on a link from Drudge and I was taken to a website called CBS Money Watch, which is obviously a CBS property. The first thing I see is a video trying to load. I see the pause button and stop it before it starts. It then starts itself in a few seconds and I stop it again. I hate baked-in video. If I want to watch videos, I’ll go to a video site or turn on the television. The trend of jamming video into sites borders on the sadistic. No one likes this. No one can possible think it is a good idea. Yet, they keep doing it.

Fox and National Geographic are especially bad about this.

Like everyone, I use a combination of blockers and filters on my browser. It’s not that I begrudge the content makers their money. I get that they need to sell ads. I’m OK with it and prefer it over the paywall model. Having 85 pop-ups and hidden audio play automatically, on the other hand, is a dick move that should carry the death penalty. This does nothing but piss people off, which is why ad-blocking software proliferates, along with tools to block plugins. How did this happen? Why would anyone do this?

Because they’re assholes, just like the car salesman who thinks that getting in your face is the way to move product. I have no objection to ads, but I object to stuff moving on the page that distracts me from doing what I came there to do, READ. And if you make a noise without my permission, you’re toast.

It’s another example of people applying the front lash and then complaining about the backlash. Ad-blockers, flash-block, script blockers, etc., would not exist if the web sites had been slightly responsible for their content. Instead, they got caught up in the hype of the “new economy” and tried to turn their customers into content. Even that could have been done with some care, but they carried on like they were doing you a favor and thereby created a market for these defensive browser add-ons.

And don’t get me started about ‘software piracy’. If you’re not boarding a boat with a gun in your hand, IT IS NOT PIRACY. It Just Isn’t.

Internet business, particularly the content side, is the exact opposite. The business model seems to be based on assaulting the customers in ever more creative ways. Twitter, which should be like radio in terms of a business model, is at war with its customers. The web designers appear to be sitting around, wondering how they can make the experience less pleasant for the user. In order to use your mobile devise to consume web content, you need a script blocker. Otherwise, your browser will lock up and force a restart.

Which is why I don’t use Twitter.

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Report Finds Thousands of Noncitizens on Voter Rolls in Virginia

30th May 2017

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But of course voter fraud doesn’t exist, perish the thought, not a speck.

Prediction: Not a fargin one of these is registered as Republican.

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Jerry Springer Could Run For Ohio Governor In 2018

30th May 2017

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Why not? Everybody else has. It’s not as if Kasich is a hard act to follow.

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Scientists Map the Genome of Ancient Egyptian Kings, and They Weren’t From Africa

30th May 2017

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The first ever genetic analysis of mummies found that ancient Egyptian kings were more closely related to West Asians than Africans, according to a study published Tuesday by scientists at the Max Planck Institute.

This is going to upset the Black Lives Matter crowd.

The research found that ancient Egyptians were most closely related to Neolithic Levantine, Anatolian and European populations. The mummies tested did not share strong genetic links to Africa often found in modern Egyptians.

Modern Egyptians are a mixed bag brought in by Muslim slave traders over the centuries. This ought to come as no surprise to anyone. They call themselves ‘Arabs’, not ‘Egyptians’; the native Egyptians are the Copts (and Christian).

It’s further evidence that ancient Egyptians were genetically different than modern day residents. Scientists largely agree that ancient Egyptians were indigenous to the Nile area, but a vocal minority of “Afrocentric” scholars claim that the area’s ancient population was entirely African.

Those scholars claim ancient Egyptians were similar to Sub-Saharan African cultures, arguing that famous Egyptian rulers, including Tutankhamun and Cleopatra, were more African than Caucasian.

Who are you going to believe, Black Lives Matter or your lyin’ DNA?

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Agency on Trump’s Chopping Block Under Investigation for Sketchy Solar Loans

30th May 2017

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A federal aid program President Donald Trump proposed cutting is under investigation for giving out nearly $1 billion in loans to several nearly bankrupt solar companies, according to a Reuters report published Tuesday.

The Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID OIG) is auditing $890 million of loans approved by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a program used to advance loans to overseas business ventures.

This is the sort of proglodyte virtue-signaling at taxpayer expense that the Obama administration specialized in.

USAID OIG initially began its audit in 2016 but kept it under wraps. The probe is centered on OPIC’s decision to fund five Chilean solar farms and a hydroelectric project in 2013 and 2014 – many of the loans are unlikely to be repaid, according to the report.

So as not to impede Hillary’s triumphant march to the White House, no doubt.

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California Pushes Forward $400 Billion Universal Health Care Bill

30th May 2017

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The California Senate Appropriations Committee passed a $400 billion universal health care bill Thursday with no plan to pay for it.

The essence of any Democrat agenda. If they think people are leaving the state now, wait until this kicks in.

Oh, people will be moving in, of course — poor people and illegal immigrants. Good luck with that.

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How EPA Began to Destroy America’s Health

30th May 2017

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Wastewater treatment plants operate on the same principle that drove Rachel Carson to organize the effort that led to EPA’s creation. In Silent Spring, she documented how DDT and other water insoluble chemicals are biomagnified up the food chain as they concentrate in the body fat of birds and other animals. Wastewater treatment plants remove trace amounts of these pollutants by concentrating them in the animal fats contained in sewage sludges, which collect in settling tanks.

The question was what to do with sewage sludge. It contains, at millions of times higher concentrations, all of the pollutants EPA strictly regulates in air and water. Since Congress passed Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, but no Clean Soil Act, EPA simply deregulated virtually all pollutants in sewage sludge and encouraged municipalities to reduce odors with lime and apply treated sewage sludges to any available land, from farms and forests to school playgrounds.

EPA’s only challenge was to explain how trace amounts of petrochemicals and other industrial wastes it strictly regulates in air and water become harmless when mixed with sewage sludge at far higher concentrations, and tons per acre of it are spread on land where animals graze and children play. The answer EPA’s Office of Water came up with was to fund research projects at land grant universities across the United States to “support the science and substance” of its 503 sludge rule, and “overcome misinformation spread by opponents.”

The E.P.A. is one of many reasons why Richard Nixon will burn in Hell for all eternity.

EPA uses this same approach of buying scientists and silencing its critics in every other area, including climate change. The tragedy is that EPA could actually solve environmental problems by working with industry to develop commercially attractive approaches to dealing with environmental problems. For example, sewage sludges can be converted into valuable soil amendments and cheap fertilizers using pyrolysis to destroy toxic chemicals, bind heavy metals to activated charcoal, and return carbon to the soil instead of adding it to the atmosphere.

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The First Cookbook

30th May 2017

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From the Good Old Days when men were men and women could cook.

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Crack in CRISPR Facade After Unanticipated in Vivo Mutations Arise

30th May 2017

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Uh-oh.

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Intel’s Compute Card, a Credit Card-Sized PC, Will Ship in August

30th May 2017

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Is this a great country, or what?

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The Fusion Party

30th May 2017

Victor Davis Hanson lays it out for you.

The Democrats are following the lead of the progressive media — together, they now form the anti-Trump brigade.
Is there a Democratic-party alternative to President Trump’s tax plan?
Is there a Democratic congressional proposal to stop the hemorrhaging and impending implosion of Obamacare?
Do Democrats have some sort of comprehensive package to help the economy grow or to deal with the recent doubling of the national debt?
What is the Democratic alternative to Trump’s apparent foreign policy of pragmatic realism or his neglect of entitlement reform?
The answers are all no, because for all practical purposes there is no Democratic party as we have traditionally known it.
It is no longer a liberal (a word now replaced by progressive) political alternative to conservatism as much as a cultural movement fueled by coastal elites, academics, celebrities — and the media. Its interests are not so much political as cultural. True to its new media identity, the Democratic party is against anything Trump rather than being for something. It seeks to shock and entertain in the fashion of a red-carpet celebrity or MSNBC talking head rather than to legislate or formulate policy as a political party.

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Pissed-off Artist Adds Statue of Urinating Dog Next to ‘Fearless Girl’

30th May 2017

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City sculptor Alex Gardega — seething over the “Fearless Girl” statue being placed across from Wall Street’s “Charging Bull” — has decided to retaliate with a work of his own.

Gardega created a statue of a small dog, titled “Pissing Pug,” and his sloppily crafted pooch takes direct aim at “Fearless Girl” — or, at least, at her left leg.

“This is corporate nonsense,” Gardega told The Post of “Fearless Girl,” saying it was put opposite artist Arturo Di Modica’s famed bull as a publicity stunt by a Boston-based financial firm.

Now that’s comedy.

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Half of Alaska’s Commercial Dairy Farming Is Shutting Down Due to Labor Shortage

30th May 2017

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I guess Mexicans can’t make it that far north.

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TX Dem Admits to Assaulting GOP Colleague

30th May 2017

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The rot exists even in Texas. But it’s better here than most places.

A Texas state Democrat admitted to assaulting a Republican colleague after the Republican called ICE on illegal immigrant protesters Monday.

Matt Rinaldi, a Republican Texas state representative, claimed that his Democratic colleagues threatened and assaulted him when he called ICE on illegal immigrant protesters in the state capitol.

Nevarez admitted in an interview Tuesday morning that he “shoved around” Rinaldi.

“I did shove him around a little bit, I pushed him, because he needed to get out of there,” Nevarez said.

The brownshirts of the Left are on the march. And yet Trump is the New Hitler.

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Chicago Experiences Bloody Memorial Day Weekend Despite Police Presence

30th May 2017

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Chicago saw approximately 52 people shot during Memorial Day weekend, despite a heavier police presence throughout the city.

Thank God for those strict gun control laws in Chicago. Otherwise the place would look like Texas.

Oddly enough, they don’t say how many of these victims were black, since (after all) Black Lives Matter.

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English Church to Host ‘Baptismal Style’ Services to Celebrate Transgender People

30th May 2017

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The Church of England may host “baptismal style” services to honor when a transgender congregant transitions to the opposite gender.

Church officials plan to vote on the proposal at the upcoming General Synod meeting in July, The Gospel Herald reported  Monday.

I am not making this up.

The Church of England used to pretend to be a Christian church. Now it’s just performance art.

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Thought for the Day: Food Is Not Healthy

30th May 2017

Food may be healthy when it is in the ground or on the animal, but, once removed, it is not healthy; it is dead.

Food (when chosen wisely) may be nutritious, but that’s a different thing.

People (when they eat wisely) are healthy, and that’s the goal. Take whatever action you deem appropriate.

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Could Subjects Soon Be a Thing of the Past in Finland?

30th May 2017

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Its ability to produce high academic results in children who do not start formal schooling until the age of seven, have short school days, long holidays, relatively little homework and no exams, has long fascinated education experts around the world.

Finland is doing some very interesting things these days.

“Traditionally, learning has been defined as a list of subject matters and facts you need to acquire – such as arithmetic and grammar – with some decoration, like citizenship, built in around it,” Ms Lonka says.

“But when it comes to real life, our brain is not sliced into disciplines in that way; we are thinking in a very holistic way. And when you think about the problems in the world – global crises, migration, the economy, the post-truth era – we really haven’t given our children the tools to deal with this inter-cultural world.

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The Ruin of England

30th May 2017

Mark Steyn is not having any.

When death stalks the land, make no mistake: He may look like a grim reaper, but he’s really a grim sower. An entire sowing bee of experts has so decreed. Indeed, in their warnings about sowing division, our betters are so non-divided that they give off the faintly creepy whiff of fellows all reading off the same cue card helpfully biked round to them by the Central Commissar ten minutes after the “incident” occurred.

You non-experts might think this a fairly crude sleight of hand – that concerns about “division” is a not so subtle way of suggesting that the real problem isn’t guys like Salman Abedi waiting with his nail bomb at the exit to the pop concert, but divisive types like you querying whether it’s prudent to keep importing more and more Islam into the western world. Well, screw you: if you disagree that the real danger here is the sowing of division, you’re just sowing even more division.

Looks to me as if the division is already there. The question is, what is to be done?

It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace– but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle?

— A famous dead white guy

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Fake News From the New York Times

30th May 2017

The Antiplanner turns over a rock.

That well-known fake-news site, the New York Times, has once again published a report claiming that transit hubs are a “growing lure for developers.” The Times published a similar story eight years ago, and the Antiplanner quickly found that every single development mentioned in that story was subsidized with tax-increment financing (TIF) and other government support.

So has anything changed since then? Nope. The first development mentioned in the recent story by Times reporter Joe Gose is Assembly Row, in the Boston suburb of Somerville. Is it subsidized? Yes, with at least $25 million in TIF along with other state funds.

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Students Furious Over Release of Video Depicting Them Going Berserk at College

29th May 2017

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Students at Evergreen State College are furious that a video documenting their anarchic behavior has been made public, The College Fix reports.

The footage shows students going berserk, swearing like your mother never heard and screaming about “racist white teachers,” “white-assed administrators,” and the obligatory “black power” slogans during what was supposed to be a “meeting” between the malcontent students, college president George Bridges and other college administrators.

My, my, my. If I were a college admissions officer, I would scrutinize every applicants CV for any trace of ‘activism’, and (if I found some) would deny them admission. ‘We’re trying to create a safe space for our students here, and you’re a self-proclaimed troublemaker.’

Activists are not pleased that the embarrassing video can now be seen by the world on the internet, and they they are demanding that the “stolen” document be “taken down” by this Friday.

Apparently they’re not clear on what ‘stolen’ means. (Well, they’re obviously clueless about what ‘property’ means, so it stands to reason they are clueless about property-related crime. Just watch them during a riot.)

“We demand that the video created for Day of Absence and Day of Presence that was stolen by white supremacists and edited to expose and ridicule the students and staff be taken down by the administration by this Friday.”

Stolen … by whom? If they know that it was stolen by ‘white supremacists’, then obviously they could give us names … right?

The video contains many memorable moments of the students’ interacting with their school administrators. They shout “fuck you, and fuck the police” repeatedly while maintaining that “whiteness is the most violent fuckin’ system to ever breathe!” Attempting a philosophical bridge, the students say they are “tired of white people talking about what black and brown people need” before getting to their real point: “Fuck you George [Bridges]; we don’t wanna listen to a goddamn thing you have to say! No, you shut the fuck up.”

Funny how, with all of this ‘violent whiteness’ going around, these people are still reasonably healthy. One would think that the first priority of ‘violent whiteness’ would be to snuff these people out like a bug. But I guess not. That’s ‘whiteness’ for you, can’t even do ‘violent’ right.

Professor Bret Weinstein, who had already experienced the students’ antics in his classroom, recently told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson that the latest student uprising was “far crazier” than what had come before.

That’s a true statement. I’d go into another line of work. Life is to short to deal with crazy people.

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Forget “Coexist” in French Social Housing

29th May 2017

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(‘Social housing’ is a bureaucrat euphemism for government housing built to store poor people.)

The following clip from a talk show on French TV features a young woman who works for the housing authority. She explains the institutional impossibility of placing Muslims together with Jews in housing — specifically because of what the Muslims habitually do to Jews in their midst.

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Florida Museum Celebrates the Loss of Hagia Sophia

29th May 2017

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The day will come when it will be taken back. I hope to be there, on that day.

Reminder for the dimwitted: Islam is an oppressive totalitarian ideology masquerading as a religion, with which no co-existence is possible.

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Trump’s Medicaid ‘Cuts’ Actually Increase Federal Spending

29th May 2017

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Last week, President Trump proposed massive spending increases for Medicaid.

Of course, most of the media didn’t report it that way. They reported that the president’s proposal “slashes spending.” That he wants to cut “at least $610 billion” from Medicaid. That “Trump’s Budget Cuts Deeply Into Medicaid.” And so on.

That might be vaguely true in the Washington sense. It’s not at all true in the real-world sense.

Either way, the Medicaid budget is going to grow. But under Trump’s proposal, it would grow more slowly. This is how Democrats and the media can scream about supposedly savage “cuts” to the program.

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Black Lives Matter Throws ‘Exclusively Black’ Memorial Day Weekend Party

29th May 2017

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Of course, and exclusively white Memorial Day weekend party would be universally condemned.

But black people can be as explicitly racist as they want and nobody dares mention it.

Except some of us.

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Unbuilt Los Angeles: The City That Might Have Been – in Pictures

29th May 2017

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Albrecht Speer could not be reached for comment.

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Thought for the Day

29th May 2017

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No Burritos For You!

29th May 2017

Jim Goad takes on The Burrito Kerfuffle.

I’m not a fan of Mexican food, for reasons which should be obvious. Although I hold Mexicans in the highest esteem as a proud and noble (if exceedingly short) people, they tend to score poorly on standardized tests and have never invented much of note beyond nachos. I can’t think of a single Mexican comedian, musician, writer, or filmmaker who’s inspired me. To put it bluntly, I’ve never appropriated anything from them because I’ve never wanted to.

I never eat food from a place where more people are moving here from there than are moving there from here. I figure they know something I don’t, and the food is the chief suspect.

Portland, OR is one of the best American cities to enjoy from a distance. After all, it hosted what is easily one of my Top Three Favorite Hate-Crime Hoaxes of all time in the person of one Azalea Cooley, an allegedly cancer-stricken, wheelchair-bound black lesbian who wound up being the person who, when all was said and done, turned out to be the Mystery Klansman who was burning crosses in her own backyard.

Plus the rain. Don’t forget the rain.

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New York Times Can’t Figure Out ‘What Led Salman Abedi to Bomb the Manchester Arena’

29th May 2017

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But they thought about it so hard they got a headache.

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Teamsters Spend Over a Week on Chicago’s Navy Pier Protesting Another Union

28th May 2017

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Teamsters Local 727, which represents 43 security, fire and safety officers that work on Navy Pier, filed an unfair labor practice charge against Navy Pier’s management company May 11 and went on strike May 18. The union said that Navy Pier, Inc. (NPI) intimidated the union in its efforts to protect the jobs of its members.

Local 727 is concerned that Allied wants to bring in workers at $13 an hour through Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1, according to the Chicago Tribune. The Teamsters said it was ironic that the SEIU is leading the fight for $15, but is being used by Allied to lower wages for security guards at the pier.

Workes of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your jobs….

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The Curious Rise of the ‘White Left’ as a Chinese Internet Insult

28th May 2017

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If you look at any thread about Trump, Islam or immigration on a Chinese social media platform these days, it’s impossible to avoid encountering the term baizuo (??), or literally, the ‘white left’. It first emerged about two years ago, and yet has quickly become one of the most popular derogatory descriptions for Chinese netizens to discredit their opponents in online debates.

Although the emphasis varies, baizuo is used generally to describe those who “only care about topics such as immigration, minorities, LGBT and the environment” and “have no sense of real problems in the real world”; they are hypocritical humanitarians who advocate for peace and equality only to “satisfy their own feeling of moral superiority”; they are “obsessed with political correctness” to the extent that they “tolerate backwards Islamic values for the sake of multiculturalism”; they believe in the welfare state that “benefits only the idle and the free riders”; they are the “ignorant and arrogant westerners” who “pity the rest of the world and think they are saviours”.

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The US Library of Congress Just Put 25 Million Records Online, Free of Charge

28th May 2017

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Unfortunately, it’s nothing that a normal person would care about.

I, however, am in hog heaven.

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Mississippi Man Detained After Shooting Rampage That Leaves Eight Dead

28th May 2017

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If he had been white, we would be warned about Right Wing Extremism And It’s All Trump’s Fault.

If he had been Muslim, we would be warned against Rushing to Judgment and Islamophobia.

But he’s a Person of Color, so that’s all right then.

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