DYSPEPSIA GENERATION

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College Writing Center Declares American Grammar a ‘Racist,’ ‘Unjust Language Structure’

20th February 2017

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The poster, written by the director, staff, and tutors of the University of Washington, Tacoma’s Writing Center, states “racism is the normal condition of things,” declaring that it permeates rules, systems, expectations, in courses, school and society.

Nowadays that’s certainly true, although it’s anti-white racism, which is (I suspect) not what they mean.

The Tacoma Writing Center’s prioritization of social justice over grammar resembles previous concerted efforts to legitimize incorrect speech, such as Ebonics, “inventive spelling,” and “whole language.”

The proglodytes have a vested interest in normalizing deviance, expressed here in language, in order to boost the self-esteem of their political Underclass base.

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Sense and Sensitivity

20th February 2017

David Freer fisks the advent of ‘sensitivity readers’ at publishers.

Let’s be real: most of the vocal angry perpetually ‘triggered’ and ‘micro-aggressed’ are impossible not to ‘offend’: ergo the bribe, to get them to go away – which means the next ten will arrive the next shakedown, before the words are cold. Secondly: in real demographic terms most of the perpetually offended make up a tiny proportion of the population, and in many cases an even smaller proportion of target readership. My wilderness survival novel is of no likely interest to urban Wiccan vegans. If I mention them in an insensitive way, most of the target audience wouldn’t give a shit. In fact they might like the book more. That’s reality, not PC.

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Thought for the Day

20th February 2017

Democrats Then and Now

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Why Facebook Profiles are Replacing Credit Scores

20th February 2017

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There’s a scary thought.

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Covering Trump: A Disaster a Day, Inflated as Necessary

19th February 2017

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Nothing that happened in Barack Obama’s presidential administration was a scandal. Not the gun-walking, not the ambassador killed by terrorists, not the pay-to-play green-energy stuff, not the weaponization of the IRS, not the Bowe Bergdahl swap, not the inspector general’s firing — none of it. Obama wanted it that way, and that was enough to make it so.

Sometimes it is good to be the Magic Negro.

Everything that happens in Donald Trump’s administration will be a scandal. Every Tweet, every denial of the obvious, every course change, every refusal to change course, every leaked internal disagreement, every assertion that some word or action is not a scandal. Trump is breathing, and that is enough to make it so.

Media bias? What media bias?

The Democrats, the media and the squalling children with their protest signs will never let this month go. It’s going to be Groundhog Month. No matter how much Trump and his acolytes learn, and they can learn; no matter how much good they do, and they may yet do good; no matter how different his administration may look at the end from how it looks today, today is what the public will hear about forever.

Who are you going to believe, the Left or your lying eyes?

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Could you survive a falling elevator?

19th February 2017

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

Of course, if you’ve watched Captain America: The Winter Soldier, you know all this.

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Children’s Organic Storybook ‘Green Riding Hood’ is Apple’s Free App of the Week

19th February 2017

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I am not making this up.

The essence of ‘progressivism’, like Communism and fascism (its Siamese siblings), is that it is totalitarian — it must pervade every aspect of life, from cradle to grave. The key intervention stage is with children, because if you can brainwash the children so that they literally have never had an opportunity for free thought, then you’re home free. (This isn’t new – the Jesuits figured it out a couple of centuries ago.) If you take a look at modern government schools, especially the early grades, you can drop them next to the old Soviet and Nazi schoolrooms and the techniques are the same: all state-approved political messages all the time.

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New Medieval Books: English Food to Japanese Demons

19th February 2017

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A word game, popular in the great households of late medieval England, had at its heart the creation of collective nouns. In the lists of these names, alongside the laughter of hostellers, the glossing of taverners, the promise of tapsters and fighting of beggars, were household references – a carve of pantlers (who looked after the bread), a credence of servers (‘credence’ was the process of tasting of ‘assaying’ foods against poison), a provision of stewards of household – and a hastiness of cooks. The pressures of the medieval kitchen, the precipitate hurry and the irritation of the cooks are all captured in medieval meanings of ‘hastiness’. The word embodied a further dimension, however, through word play: ‘hasta’ was the medieval Latin for a spit, and we see at once the heart of the fire that has aggravated the cooks, the profligate the use of fuel in roasting, a busy-ness and the hard work that was necessary to produce the finest foods for table. This book is about what that food and drink, from the finest to the commonplace, meant to people in the later Middle Ages and how they expressed meaning through it in their daily lives – and many of them would have been engaged in cooking, even if they were not hasty professional cooks. The premiss is that food and drink mattered for a whole host of reasons beyond simply providing the necessities of life.

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Thoughts on the Role of Cavalry in Medieval Warfare

19th February 2017

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Most historians, despite the recognition that field-battles were not the heart and soul of medieval warfare, still judge medieval cavalry by their performance within them. My findings show a much greater concentration on small unit actions, both in armament and organization, with cavalry centred on chevauchées on raiding and subduing castles in swift commando type take and hold missions. The diversity of mounted forces are also examined in the context of the lance and the integration of mounted crossbowmen and bowmen for combined arms tactics.

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Sanctimony Cities

19th February 2017

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Any place that has political power becomes a choke-point through which global money streams must pass. Such places are sheltered from globalization’s storms. They tend to grow. Austin, Texas, adds tens of thousands of residents a year, and is now the country’s 11th-largest city. The four richest counties in the United States are all in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. Resources are sucked from almost everywhere into political capitals and a few high-tech centers and university towns allied with them, where ambitious people settle and constitute a class. The Democratic Party is the party of that class, the class of the winners of globalization.

In other words, the Crust.

And the rest of the country belongs to Trump. Pretty much all of it. Trump took 85% of America’s counties; Hillary Clinton took 15%. Trump even won a third of the counties that voted for Barack Obama twice. In November the New York Times had the idea of drawing up a topographical map for each candidate that showed won counties as land and lost counties as water. Trump’s America looks almost exactly like the actual United States, diminished a bit on the coasts and with a couple of new “lakes” opened up in urban areas. Hillary’s looks like the Lesser Antilles. It is possible to travel coast to coast—from, say, Coos Bay, Oregon, to Wilmington, North Carolina—without passing through a single county that Hillary Clinton won. Indeed there are several such routes. This is the heart of the country and it is experiencing a kind of social decline for which American history offers no precedent. (The economic crises of the 1870s and 1930s were something different.) Here people fall over, overdosed on heroin, in the aisles of dollar stores, and residential neighborhoods are pocked with foreclosures. This country, largely invisible to policymakers until the 2016 election, is beginning—only just beginning—to come into view. Trump was the first candidate to speak directly to the invisible country as something other than the “everyplace else” left over when you drive away from the places that are powerful, scenic, or sophisticated.

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Thought for the Day

19th February 2017

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International Visitors Are Already Turning Their Back [sic] on Trump-era America

19th February 2017

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A feature, not a bug.

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Humans Never Stopped Evolving

19th February 2017

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We’re just waiting for them to become sentient. And waiting … and waiting….

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Migrants Choose Arrest in Canada Over Staying in the U.S

19th February 2017

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And we encourage them to do so.

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Map Showing the Homeland of Every Character in Homer’s Iliad

19th February 2017

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Way cool.

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Twitter’s New Tool to Crack Down on Politically Incorrect Language

19th February 2017

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Twitter has launched a new way to punish users for bad behavior, temporarily “limiting” their account.

Some users are receiving notices their accounts are limited for 12 hours, meaning only people who follow them can see their tweets or receive notifications. When they are retweeted, people outside their network can’t see those retweets.

Some speculate these limitations are automatic based on keywords, but there is no hard evidence.

This would be fine if this was used uniformly to clamp down on harassment, but it appears to be used on people, simply for using politically incorrect language.

All of this can be avoided, of course, simply by not using Twitter. (Duh.)

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Who Rules the United States?

19th February 2017

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By any historical and constitutional standard, “the people” elected Donald Trump and endorsed his program of nation-state populist reform. Yet over the last few weeks America has been in the throes of an unprecedented revolt. Not of the people against the government—that happened last year—but of the government against the people. What this says about the state of American democracy, and what it portends for the future, is incredibly disturbing.

These days an architect of the overreaching and antidemocratic Waters of the U.S. regulation worries that her work will be overturned so she undertakes extraordinary means to defeat her potential boss. But a change in policy is a risk of democratic politics. Nowhere does it say in the Constitution that the decisions of government employees are to be unquestioned and preserved forever. Yet that is precisely the implication of this unprecedented protest. “I can’t think of any other time when people in the bureaucracy have done this,” a professor of government tells the paper. That sentence does not leave me feeling reassured.

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The full extent of unregistered schools in England revealed

18th February 2017

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Unregistered schools! ThoughtCrime! IngSoc is threatened!

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Donald Trump Goes Golfing Five More Times Than Barack Obama So Far

18th February 2017

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And gotten five more times done. (That’s the part the DemLegHump Media always leave out.)

I’m good with it.

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Jobs for Social Justice Jihadis: “Sensitivity Reader”

18th February 2017

Steve Sailer unmasks the scam.

One reason that there is so much competition on campus these days to be the Single Most Offended Student is that that seems like a way to try out for one of the growing, but still limited, number of paying gigs as Social Justice Jihadis.

So that could be the next battleground, with young SJWs protesting that artists are hiring as their Sensitivity Readers excessively reasonable and helpful members of each Official Victim Group instead of fire-breathing puerile Social Justice Jihadi know-nothings like they are supposed to.

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Who Are We?

18th February 2017

Victor Davis Hanson is not afraid to ask the hard questions.

The entire notion of identity politics — of appearance and tribe being essential rather than incidental to our characters — is coming under new reexamination in the post-Obama era. In this regard, there is a fascinating new documentary on race, identity, and the state by the filmmaker Eli Steele (son of Shelby Steele) on the paradoxes and contradictions of the Kafkaesque race industry. What started with his son’s being denied enrollment at the local school for dad Eli’s unwillingness to check off the proper ethnic boxes (for the tribally obsessed, his son is African-American, Native American, Mexican American and Jewish) culminated in a wonderful documentary, I Am, or How Jack Became Black. It is a fascinating (and disturbing) exploration of the contemporary subordination of the individual to careerist bureaucracies and anti-humanist orthodoxies.

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Miami-Dade Formally Drops ‘Sanctuary City’ Protections for Illegal Immigrants

18th February 2017

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The county commissioners voted 9-3 to uphold an order from Mayor Carlos Gimenez that local authorities cooperate with federal immigration officials, in accordance with the law, and refuse to provide arrested illegal immigrants sanctuary. Gimenez issued the order after President Donald Trump warned he would strip so-called “sanctuary cities” of federal funds.

Another win for Trump … and reason. And I’m sure greed had something to do with it.

One commissioner characterized the vote as “just a financial decision,” saying it has “nothing to do” with immigration. “This is a country that opened arms to everyone, allowed opportunities to everyone,” Rebeca Sosa said before her vote. “I am so sad to see that people are afraid of something that has nothing to do with immigration. This was just a financial decision.”

It was just business. I always liked you.

After the vote, upset residents shouted “shame on you,” and threw pieces of paper and white carnations at the dais before storming out of the chambers, a local outlet reports. “May God have mercy on your soul,” one woman yelled. Others stood and shouted obscenities, according to Fox News.

How tolerant.

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The United Arab Emirates Wants to Build a City on Mars

18th February 2017

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Full of Muslims, of course. What could go wrong?

(Ever try to behead somebody wearing a spacesuit? It’s a challenge.)

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Live Slow, Die Old: Mounting Evidence for Caloric Restriction in Humans

18th February 2017

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Non-humans get to eat all they want to. Lucky them.

You won’t live forever, it will just seem that way.

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The Revolution Devours Its Children

18th February 2017

Abolish H1B Visa program

H-1B program is flawed beyond repair. It should be abolished in favor of something smarter. Corporations have no place being immigration middle men. Immigration is about something much more pure and sacrosanct than corporate profits. It needs to be abolished in favor of permanent immigration as opposed to corporate sponsorship. Immigration should be limited to 5% of net job gains each year. In years when we have job loss, It should be restricted. Off course there will be more people would applying than we have openings for. Then acceptance should be based on first come first serve basis. The case is about economics and national interest, and has nothing to do with race. The reason H1B visa holders are so easily exploited is because of corporate sponsorship. Green cards in sustainable numbers would make them equal players in the labor market. An H-1B visa amounts to second class labor and corporate sponsorship gives companies leverage against American workers wages and salary. This hurts American workers directly and it hurts us as a nation indirectly.

You can’t make this stuff up.

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Why Did Medieval Artists Give Elephants Trunks That Look Like Trumpets?

18th February 2017

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

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Salmonella Can Help Fight Cancer, Scientists Discover

18th February 2017

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Everything bad is good for you.

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Green Weenies, Forever

18th February 2017

Steven Hayward turns over a rock.

The Standing Rock/Dakota Access Pipeline protesters are becoming the Meryl Streep of leftist protests, winning multiple awards for Worst Performance in a So-Called Protest. We awarded them a coveted Power Line Green Weenie a couple weeks ago for leaving so much trash around that it had become an environmental threat to the very same river they claimed to be trying to protect.

But here is my favorite single sentence of the story:

Relevant personnel are combing the site for dead bodies rolled up in tarps, as well as weapons that could be used against Morton County police officers. They are using bulldozers and earth-moving equipment to scrape the area clean of debris.

Young males who live at home are used to having their mothers pick up after them. Especially when they’re off protesting. Now they’ll have an extra Green Weenie statuette to pick up.

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‘Blind Sheikh’ Trade Center Bomber Omar Abdel-Rahman Dies in Prison

18th February 2017

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Thank you, Andrew McCarthy.

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The Two Worlds of a Soviet Spy

18th February 2017

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Yes, Virginia, there really were Soviet spies.

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‘Liberal Moms’ Make Fancypants Manhattan Prep School Cancel Ice Skating Party at Trump Rink

18th February 2017

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Once again, Crustian parents make sure that their spawn are properly indoctrinated.

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Head of Journalism Organization Compares Trump to Chavez

18th February 2017

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The executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalism compared President Donald Trump to the late Venezuelan leftist dictator Hugo Chavez in a column Friday.

Guess they realize that calling him the New Hitler is getting lame.

“What does Trump have in common with Hugo Chavez? A media strategy,” Joel Simon wrote in a column for the Columbia Journalism Review.

Also in common with Kim Kardashian, Mark Zuckerberg, Barbra Streisand, and everybody elected to public office. Boy, that Chavez guy really gets around. But Joel Simon doesn’t have ‘a media strategy, oh no. Trump also puts his pants on one leg at a time, another similarity to Chavez! It’s uncanny!

Simon wrote, “Trump’s unrelenting attacks on the media and attempts to undermine its credibility and paint it as an opposition force are straight out the Latin American populists’ playbook.”

A playbook he stole from previous socialists everywhere. Let’s get our attributions right, now.

While these Latin American populist leaders are “leftist-oriented there are remarkable similarities between the two in the rhetoric they employ to mobilize supporters,” the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalism wrote.

Perhaps because that’s because of unrelenting attacks beforehand by the media.

“In Latin America, this process was aided by the fact that the traditional media has been allied with oligarchic interests,” Simon added.

Of course, that wouldn’t apply to the New York Times, owned by the Sulzbergers, or the Washington Post, owned by Jeff Bezos. No sir, no oligarchic interests around here.

He added that, “Trump’s intent is clear. Through his relentless attacks, he seeks to create an environment in which critical media is marginalized and the truth is unknowable.”

Sounds like the DemLegHump Media coverage of Hillary. But Hillary can’t be like Chavez, that would be sexist.

The executive director of the journalism organization said that American journalists should not “take the bait” and act like the “opposition.”

Too late.

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Why Customers Like Check Cashers and Payday Lenders

18th February 2017

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Why do so many Americans shun the institutions traditionally devoted to saving and loaning money? The answer, many people tell Servon, is that banks don’t seem to want their business and make it too difficult and expensive to get anything done.

“Banks want one customer with a million dollars,” the owner of one check-cashing chain tells her. “Check cashers like us want a million customers with one dollar.”

“Customers can find it difficult to predict when banks will charge them a fee (they sometimes change the timing) and what the amount of the fee will be; this lack of clarity can be costly,” Servon writes. “Now imagine the interior of a check casher—or visit one. It resembles a fast food restaurant more than a bank. Posters tell you what products are sold, and large signs above the teller windows list every product, along with its price.”

I’d like to have a doctor’s office like that, please.

Alternative services come with clear costs—and they move fast. Somebody facing bills needs a paycheck cashed now, not after an arbitrary delay while the check clears. Unpaid rent or unpurchased groceries are bigger concerns than a few dollars in fees.

And that’s what competition — when it’s allowed — delivers. Unfortunately, legislators, academics, and other government employees are too fond of telling other people how they ought to live their lives.

Financially sophisticated young Americans are also turning away from traditional banking. Peer-to-peer lending through online services such as Prosper and Lending Club “requires far less paperwork than other loans and is perceived to be more transparent than payday loans,” writes Servon. Loans through these platforms tend to be relatively inexpensive, too. Online-only banks such as Simple and Walmart’s GoBank cater to customers seeking greater transparency and lower costs, and some offer financial advice that millennials in particular find helpful.

Paperwork that is mandated by government regulation, ‘just standard clauses for your protection’, as the Phantom of the Paradise  likes to say.

“The regulators are causing the opposite of the desired effect by making it so dangerous now to serve a lower-income segment,” JoAnn Barefoot tells the author. A former official with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Housing Administration, and the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, and a deputy controller of the currency, Barefoot points to a web of red tape—much of it intended to battle discrimination—that makes serving many potential customers a legal minefield.

Traditional banks have meanwhile gained a reputation for working hand-in-hand with government. That relationship certainly doesn’t serve the needs of the many customers, from illegal immigrants to established businesses, who want to avoid official scrutiny of their transactions. When Servon asks a successful building contractor why he uses check-cashing services, he answers, “The insurance, the taxes, the workers comp—it’s killing us. Some guys try to hide as much of their income as they can—they got two-million-dollar businesses and they report half a mil. I’m telling you—it’s impossible to stay afloat if you don’t do some of that.”

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Watch This Origami Police Shield Stop A Bullet

18th February 2017

Read it. And watch the video.

It’s more of a pavise than a proper shield, but useful nevertheless.

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Thought for the Day

18th February 2017

http://dailysignal.com/2017/02/17/in-1-chart-what-your-favorite-fast-food-items-would-cost-with-15-minimum-wage/

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Campus Leftists at UChicago Say Free Speech Shouldn’t Apply Equally to Everyone

18th February 2017

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That pesky old First Amendment….

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

18th February 2017

Growler Chill.

Anti-Steam ‘Ove’ Gloves.

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Trump Made Me Break Up!

17th February 2017

Ammo Grrrll has the answers.

A story appeared a few days after the election about a poor, troubled woman who had just started a new relationship with a real live man, but now was so upset by the election of President Trump whom she feared and hated, that she felt compelled to end her new relationship and hunker down in terror. I say: “Run, guy! You dodged a bullet!”

Amen.

It does make me sad that many women looking for good men do not seem to know where to find them. I’m here to help. Movies are useless, with men and women always meeting “cute.” She drops her purse on the street, stuff falls all over, and a gorgeous man picks up her things. They bump heads going for the lipstick, eyes lock, hands touch. Most cities, you drop your purse on the street, you are never going to see its contents again, let alone the purse. If a guy does pick up stuff, he is likely to be a homeless guy lunging for your embarrassingly large secret stash of Fun Size Snickers.

Now (trigger warning) I’m about to get very cis-normative here, so grab some Play-Doh. Ladies, with rare exceptions, men are not going to be at your yoga class, your line dancing class or your card-making class. They may be at your flower arranging class, but will only notice the flowers, see above. So where do appropriate men hang out? You know, the kind who are never even momentarily ambivalent about which restroom to use.

Clue: Not in ‘class’.

You can look for a husband at the grocery store, another movie favorite, but they are likely to be someone else’s husband. With some impressive exceptions, single men do not shop or cook. Their fridges contain yogurt, mustard and bologna, many of which are expired, and beer. They go out a lot or eat things that can be microwaved and eaten on a paper plate or over the sink. If you do find a straight, single man who cooks, grab him!

By the love handles — he’ll have ’em.

Lastly, we come to one of the best places to meet men. A place where the male to female ratio is exceedingly favorable. A place where, for some reason, few women go on a regular basis. I’m talking, of course, about the gun range.

Wisdom. Attend.

You must also negotiate for an adequate ‘portion’, i.e. the number of books that the prospective spouse will bring to the marriage.

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Thought for the Day

17th February 2017

Gallery: Matt cartoons, February 2017

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Undocumented Tech Workers Brace for Trump’s Next Move

17th February 2017

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I’d be more impressed if those writing all of these bleeding-heart tear-jerkers about people in this country illegally weren’t the same who wouldn’t think twice about killing an unborn child for the sake of convenience.

Granted that people who were brought here as children aren’t to blame for their illegal status, the people who actually are to blame are their parents, not Donald Trump.

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Japan Invents Coffee Butter Spread

17th February 2017

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Whenever I’m reading a science fiction story, I always quit if the aliens aren’t at least as odd as the Japanese.

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US Art Museum Removes All Works by Immigrants to Protest Donald Trump’s Travel Ban

17th February 2017

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Now this is just getting silly.

Notice that they took no action about Obama’s similar travel ban — which shows that this is just political posturing.

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100,000 Palestinians write to Donald Trump asking him to support two-state solution

17th February 2017

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The mass letter writing campaign, organised by the independent Youth Centre for Development and Innovation in Nablus, ran for 11 days in the run up to January 20 – Mr Trump’s inauguration day.

It collected notes for the president from young Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza, those displaced from Syria to Lebanon and the diaspora to draw Mr Trump’s attention to their desire to cooperate with the US in the peace process, centre director Mohammed Abu Ras told Al-Monitor.

Since not a fucking one of them is an American voter, why he is expected to give a shit is unexplained.

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

17th February 2017

Pakistani forces kill dozens of terror suspects after Isis shrine bombing in Sehwan

Baghdad bombing: At least 48 killed in ‘Isis attack’ on Iraqi market

Sehwan shrine bombing: Isis claims responsibility for suicide attack killing at least 72 at Sufi Muslim site

Syrian schoolgirl arrested by religious police for ‘inappropriate clothing’ freed after classmate protest

France’s most wanted Isis fighter killed in Iraq leaves final message accusing his leaders of hypocrisy

Iranian morality police beat and detain 14-year-old girl ‘for wearing ripped jeans’

Islamic State suicide bombing at Pakistan shrine kills 75

Baghdad car bomb claimed by Islamic State kills 55

New Hamas Leader, a Vicious Killer, Portends New Rounds of Violence  What a surprise.

Sri Lankan Immigrant, 22, Stabbed to Death in Germany by Nigerian Refugee

The Pentagon could send conventional military forces into Syria

Danish Parliament Adopts Declaration Barring Muslim-Majority Neighborhoods

Maryland Mosque Lauds Pakistani Assassin

Pentagon Considers Sending Ground Troops To Take Out ISIS In Syria

Special Ops Chief: US troops have killed 60,000 ISIS militants the past two years

Russia and Assad bombing of civilians continues as UN peace process staggers on

NATO Must Confront Islamic Terror or Become Obsolete

Germany Raids Imams Suspected Of Being Erdogan’s Spies

Young schoolboy tells London classmates he supports Isis as gory propaganda videos reach children

Turkey arrests French national suspected of planning New Year’s nightclub attack

Isis claims propaganda ‘more powerful than atomic bomb’ as group forms strategy for survival

Guilty Plea In San Bernardino Case

Rasmieh Odeh’s Co-Conspirators’ Testimony Sought for Retrial

No Charges For Suspected Muslim Hate-Crime Hoaxer

Hezbollah Launches Crowdfunding Campaign to Finance Fight Against Israel | The Tower

Advocates: Kurds Keeping Christians and Yazidis From Going Home

Isis commanders killed in Iraqi air strikes targeting Baghdadi, but leader’s fate remains unknown

Iranian Oscar nominee to get free London screening in protest of Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’  Which, of course, isn’t.

Valentine’s Day celebrations clamped down on in parts of Indonesia for running counter to Muslim cultural values

Viktor Orbán: Soros Organizations Bring 100,000s of Migrants to Europe

Hezbollah leader optimistic about ‘idiot’ Donald Trump in White House

Saudi Arabia ‘deports 40,000 Pakistani workers over terror fears’

Pakistan bans Valentine’s Day for being unIslamic  Can’t say they’re wrong.

Brussels Airport Stopped 30 Terror Suspects In One Month

A 24-Year-Old Uzbek Is Running A Ruthless Mercenary Empire

“Putin and Assad Saved my Life”

Trump Terrorism Adviser Says War on ISIS About Ideology

Migration Expert: More Than 50 Million Muslims Would Support Terrorists

‘World’s First Feminist Gov’t’ Wears Hijabs During Iran Visit

Yet Another Report Claims ISIS Leader Has Been Injured

Ravensburg: Culture-Enriching Violent Rapist Gets Four Years in Prison

Failed French Rapper Joins ISIS, Gets Bombed By US  Sometimes the system works.

Assad says U.S. troops welcome in Syria to fight ‘terrorism’

Refugees Are Now Reportedly Trying To Make Their Way To Canada, Which Will Likely Not Let Them In

A Hurricane of Outrage Against a Swede Who Tells the Truth on Migrant Crime

Former guardsman gets 11 years for Islamic State group support

In Landmark Move, Australia Strips Citizenship From ISIS Terrorist

Muslim nonprofit groups rejecting federal funds because of Donald Trump  Good. Keep it up.

Far-right outcast Geert Wilders vows to ‘de-Islamise’ the Netherlands after taking lead in Dutch polls

Afghanistan official says operation by U.S., Afghan forces killed 22 civilians

Somali Refugee Who Fled To Canada: ‘I Knew Trump Would Deport Me’  But now he needn’t bother.

People smugglers ‘inject refugee children with contraceptive’ due to high chance they will be raped

Iraq protests: police officer killed and dozens injured amid clashes in Baghdad

‘Get out of France’: Paris police tear gassing refugees and stealing blankets in freezing conditions, report reveals

The “Terror Buses” of Dresden

Rockets hit Baghdad’s Green Zone after protests turn violent

California Islamic School Rejects $800,000 Anti-Extremism Grant From Trump Admin

Former Army National Guardsman ‘Mohamed’ Goes To Prison For 11 Years After Trying To Aid ISIS

“A Child Does Not Belong in a Marriage”

Montreal Imam: “Oh Allah, Destroy the Accursed Jews”

Former student from Blackburn becomes first British woman to fight Isis in Syria

Hamas ‘ready for a new war in Israel by summer’, former IDF general says

Man almost beheaded in Tube attack condemns Donald Trump over terrorism claims

ISIS Terrorists Tapping Organized Crime to Infiltrate Europe

Terror On American Soil

French Police Foil ‘Imminent’ Islamic Terror Attack

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How to Evaluate a President

16th February 2017

Scott Adams reads today’s lesson.

Steve Jobs. Bill Gates. Mark Zuckerberg. Richard Branson. What do they all have in common, aside from wealth?

They all succeeded without the right kind of prior experience. Apparently they knew how to figure out what they needed once they started. I’ll bet they are all systems-thinkers, not goal-thinkers.

Trump seems to be a systems thinker. I doubt he knew he would jump from real estate developer, to author, to reality TV star, to president. At least not in that order. Instead, he systematically accumulated money, persuasion skills, and personal connections until he had lots of options. Being president was one of them.

If you are comparing the incoming Trump administration to the smooth transfer of power that defines our modern history, that’s an irrational comparison. If the country wanted a smooth ride it would have elected Hillary Clinton. Instead, voters opted to “drain the swamp.“ And you can’t drain the swamp without angering the alligators and getting some swamp water on your pants. That’s what we’re watching now.

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Somewhere Eichmann Smiles

16th February 2017

ZMan lays it out.

When I was a teenager, abortion was one of the big issues in politics and social policy. Bill Buckley used to say it was one of three issues that told you everything about a man’s politics. It turns out he was wrong about that, as so many of his tribe were pro-life for effect, as a part of the Frank Meyer “fusionism” strategy. Putting that aside, for normal people, abortion was the issue that defined you politically. Liberals were pro-abortion and non-liberals were pro-life. The latter emphasized the sanctity and uniqueness of each life while the former rejected that entirely.

Here we are 30 years later and abortion is not much of an issue for our politicians. There are some who make it a centerpiece of their politics, but they are rare exceptions. The so-called conservatives that we see in the commentariat wince when the topic is raised. You get the sense they look at it like public professions of faith, something the Dirt People still do, but unbecoming of a Cloud Person. They go through the motions, as we will see with the court nominee, but the result will be that a “conservative” judge will swear to never ever think about altering abortion law.

“Once unthinkable” basically means last week. In the Bush years, we had big fights about the use of embryonic stem cells for use in experiments. Now, we’re about to start experimenting on actual humans, without really knowing the result. This is, of course, eugenics. The Cloud People will not use the word, because they believe they killed that word and the bad juju that comes with it, but that’s just the nature of magical thinking. Once you step onto the path of designing humans, you are in the world of eugenics.

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Industrial Revolution Comparisons Aren’t Comforting

16th February 2017

Tyler Cowen, a Real Economist, looks at automation.

“Why should it be different this time?” That’s the most common response I hear when I raise concerns about automation and the future of jobs, and it’s a pretty simple rejoinder. The Western world managed the shift out of agricultural jobs into industry, and continued to see economic growth. So will not the jobs being displaced now by automation and artificial intelligence lead to new jobs elsewhere in a broadly similar and beneficial manner? Will not the former truck drivers, displaced by self-driving vehicles, find work caring for the elderly or maybe fixing or programming the new modes of transport?

As economics, that may well be correct, but as history it’s missing some central problems. The shift out of agricultural jobs, while eventually a boon for virtually all of humanity, brought significant problems along the way. This time probably won’t be different, and that’s exactly why we should be concerned.

Industrialization, and the decline of the older jobs in agriculture and the crafts economy, also had some pernicious effects on social ideas. The early to mid-19th century saw the rise of socialist ideologies, largely as a response to economic disruptions. Whatever mistakes Karl Marx made, he was a keen observer of the Industrial Revolution, and there is a reason he became so influential. He failed to see the long-run ability of capitalism to raise living standards significantly, but he understood and vividly described the transition costs and the economic volatility.

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Iowa GOP Passes Bill Opponents Say Will Gut Public Unions

16th February 2017

Read it.

Headed in the right direction. Government employee unions are Democrat bastions and breeding grounds for the administrative state.

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Drain the Real Swamp: Academia

16th February 2017

Read it.

Suppose for the past half century or so you’ve been forced to pay the Acme Swamp Company to engorge all lakes, caverns, rivers, streams, and puddles with effluents, along with enough reptiles to put Jurassic Park to shame. Then, after you’ve discovered that the Acme Company has also supplied Wile E. Coyote with Roadrunner-catching equipment since the Truman Administration, you decide to “drain the swamp.” And then—surprise! surprise! —you’re devastated to learn that the swamp you tried to drain simply filled up again from tributaries that cannot be shut off. And you’ve been paying for those tributaries, too, for a long, long time. In fact, you’ve discovered that these streams are not only exorbitantly pricey, but frequently destructive, parasitic, and virtually impregnable. Question is, what can you do?

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What’s My Congressman’s Number?

16th February 2017

Check it out.

Find out how much your Congresscritter is spending.

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