DYSPEPSIA GENERATION

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‘As a Teen Cashier Seeing Food Stamp Use, I Changed My Mind About the Democrat Party’

26th July 2016

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Mamaw encouraged me to get a job—she told me that it would be good for me and that I needed to learn the value of a dollar. When her encouragement fell on deaf ears, she then demanded that I get a job, and so I did, as a cashier at Dillman’s, a local grocery store.

Working as a cashier turned me into an amateur sociologist. A frenetic stress animated so many of our customers. One of our neighbors would walk in and yell at me for the smallest of transgressions—not smiling at her, or bagging the groceries too heavy one day or too light the next. Some came into the store in a hurry, pacing between aisles, looking frantically for a particular item. But others waded through the aisles deliberately, carefully marking each item off of their list.

Some folks purchased a lot of canned and frozen food, while others consistently arrived at the checkout counter with carts piled high with fresh produce.

The more harried a customer, the more they purchased precooked or frozen food, the more likely they were to be poor. And I knew they were poor because of the clothes they wore or because they purchased their food with food stamps. After a few months, I came home and asked Mamaw why only poor people bought baby formula. “Don’t rich people have babies, too?” Mamaw had no answers, and it would be many years before I learned that rich folks are considerably more likely to breast-feed their children.

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Prince George ‘accused of white privilege’ by British Council boss

26th July 2016

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Angela Gibbins, Head of Global Estates for the cultural relations organisation, which is partially funded by the taxpayer, made the comments in response to a photo on social media captioned: “I know he’s only two years old [sic], but Prince George already looks like a f****** d***head”, according to The Sun.

Posting a message beneath the picture of the young prince, she reportedly wrote: “White privilege. That cheeky grin is the innate knowledge he’s royal, rich, advantages and will never know any difficulties or hardships in life”.

Feel the love.

In response to criticisms online, the 52-year-old Ms Gibbins is said to have responded: “I’m sound in my socialist, atheist and republican opinions.

Yet another right-wing hater. Oh, wait….

Now, imagine what would have happened had she said that about some black kid.

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This Attorney Wore a Black Lives Matter Pin to Court — and Went to Jail for It

26th July 2016

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Sometimes the system works.

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DNC 2016: Susan Sarandon Had ‘Literally the Worst Time’ After Bernie Sanders Lost Primary

26th July 2016

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Anything the gives Susan Sarandon a bad time certainly has my wholehearted support.

Let’s hand her over to ISIS and see whether that recalibrates her meter.

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Orientation at Amherst College Includes Mandatory Screening of ‘White Privilege’ Film

26th July 2016

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Does anyone believe incoming students at Amherst College are racists? Amherst College does, apparently.

‘Welcome go college. Here’s why you ought to be ashamed that you can afford to come here.’

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How the FAA Killed Supersonic Flight—And How It Can Revive It

26th July 2016

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Very few of us have enjoyed the thrill and convenience of a supersonic flight. This is partly due to economics: Both the Concorde (1,350 mph) and the Soviet Union’s Tupolev Tu-44 (1,200 mph) faced early retirements for financial reasons.

But this does not explain why top airplane speeds have lagged behind for so many decades. Today, most airlines cruise at altitudes well below the speed of sound, with a standard Boeing 747-B clocking in at a ho-hum 570 mph cruising speed. My Mercatus Center colleagues Eli Dourado and Michael Kotrous recently dug into airspeed data compiled by Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), an international sports aviation measurement and standard-setting body. Their finding: Innovation in air travel speeds came to a grinding halt after Joerz’s still-unbroken record-setting feat in 1976.

You can thank the FAA for this continued mediocrity in air travel. In 1973, amid ample developments in supersonic flight, the FAA bizarrely decided to prohibit supersonic travel (SST) over the US. Why? When an aircraft travels faster than the speed of sound, it generates shock waves that become compressed into one super-loud “sonic boom.” The FAA and other civilian activists were concerned about the potential damage that SST flights could do to the environment or to civil infrastructure.

Unfortunately, evidence-based policy-making did not guide the FAA’s supersonic ban. Knee-jerk techno-skepticism did.

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Murdered at the Altar

26th July 2016

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A PRIEST has reportedly been beheaded and another hostage is ‘fighting for their life’ after two knife-wielding men two nuns and several worshippers hostage at a church in northern France.

A third suspect has reportedly been arrested outside the church after a pair of ‘bearded’ attackers were shot and killed after reportedly ‘creeping’ into a Catholic mass at 9am in the French town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, near Rouen.

Local media claims Father Jacques Hamel, believed to be 86-years-old, was the priest who was slaughtered by the ‘extremist’ duo.

ISIS supporters are celebrating the horrific attack at the church which was reportedly on a terrorist ‘hit list’ which it is claimed French police have known about since April 2015 – following the arrest of an extremist in Paris last year.

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Peacekeeping: Feeding The Monsters

26th July 2016

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One reason so many people are going hungry in conflict zones is because too much of the donated food and other supplies are not reaching those who need it. The UN, Red Cross and thousands of other foreign aid organizations are having a harder time raising money mainly they are having an even harder time dealing with the growing revelations about the extent to which foreign aid is stolen after arriving in the countries where it is needed. The plundering has gone on for so long that the thieves have gotten greedy and sloppy. For example, the refugees from the 1960s-70s war in southern Morocco (West Sahara) decades ago are still sitting in Algeria supported by foreign aid. But it’s become increasingly obvious that, while the aid organizations are regularly providing aid for 120,000 refugees there are only about 40,000 real refugees in the camps. The rest of the aid goes to make a few Polisario (the rebel group that runs the camp) leaders and Algerian officials millionaires and many more underlings wealthier. For years people who lived in the camp have casually told outsiders, including reporters, details of how aid is stolen and resold and deals made with air officials to keep the loot coming. It was not long before donors were informed.

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AP Headlines ‘Positive’ Dem Convention, Ignores Bernie Fans’ ‘Lock Her Up!’ Chants

26th July 2016

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Though they haven’t yet completed covering things up, Hillary Clinton’s journalistic defense team at the Associated Press has swung into gear at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

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DNC: The California Delegation’s Hillary Haters

26th July 2016

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If you are watching the Democratic National Convention at home, you may notice that most any time a new speaker talks about why we should unify behind Hillary Clinton, or merely say her name out loud, there is a minority chorus of boos emanating from the side of the stage. That’s about 30 percent of the California delegation, and I just spent an hour sitting next to them, and boy do some of them despise Hillary Clinton.

Who could hate Hillary Clinton? She’s America’s sweetheart!

“I was lucky a couple of weeks ago: I shot a squirrel to bring home for meat,” said Brian Seligman, a former Marine on Social Security disability from a car wreck, who recently moved from the Los Angeles area to Victorville. Seligman says his wife can’t find a job, and when the food stamps run out at the end of the month he needs to find creative way to feed his children.

“This isn’t just my family,” he said, voice welling with emotion, tears beginning to pool in his eyes. “There are 15,300,000 children STARVING in this country, and this woman wears a jacket worth more than I get in a year, while she goes out talking about how she’s going to blow up other people’s children for another trillion dollars. My kids are dying and she wants to murder other people’s kids with my money!”

This is a Democrat? He sure sounds like a Republican to me.

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Syrian Who Wounded 12, Killed Self in Germany Bombing Pledged Allegiance to ISIS Chief

26th July 2016

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Thank God for those strict German gun control laws, or the place would look like Texas.

But it’s obvious it’s time to add common-sense bomb-control laws to prevent such tragedies in the future.

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Congressman Who Once Feared Guam Could Capsize Compares Jewish Settlers to Ttermites’

26th July 2016

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A Democratic member of the House Armed Services Committee compared Jewish Israeli settlers to termites on Monday while speaking at an event sponsored by an anti-Israel organization that supports boycotts of the Jewish state.

Rep. Hank Johnson, D- Ga., launched into a tirade against Israel and its policies toward the Palestinians, comparing Jewish people who live in disputed territories to “termites” that destroy homes. Johnson also compared Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, a remark that drew vocal agreement from those in the room.

Think of the firestorm in the press if a white Republican had said something so stupid.

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Man Pulls Gun on Child for Repeatedly Kicking Back of Chair in Kentucky Movie Theatre

25th July 2016

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Tell the truth: Who hasn’t wanted to do that? Although I would have thought it more proper to pull the gun on the parent.

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Pokemon Go: Man ‘Impaled on Metal Fence’ While Playing Game in Stockholm

25th July 2016

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A firefighter told the Aftonbladet tabloid the man had been trying to sneak into the stadium while he was playing the game.

Think of it as evolution in action.

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Terror Is the New Normal for Germany and France

25th July 2016

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Well this is all going very well isn’t it?  I refer of course to the totally unforeseeable, impossible to predict wave of attacks in Germany and elsewhere across the continent in recent days.

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Student Op-Ed Laments ‘Lack of Attention to Race Issues’ in New ‘Ghostbusters’

25th July 2016

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I am not making this up.

The movie’s treatment of Jones’ character Patty was not satisfying as it resorted to the sassy black woman stereotype. However, as Jones often plays the type of character she did in the film in comedy sketches, I can only give the film’s makers the benefit of the doubt and hope they were riding on Jones’ comedy character that she has built for herself, as Patty did have some of the best lines.

I guess having a fat ugly black woman as one of the ‘scientists’ wasn’t empowering enough. Oh, well.

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Thought for the Day: Headlines

25th July 2016

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The Chart The Racial Grievance Industry Won’t Talk About

25th July 2016

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According to this chart, except for a short period in the 1990s, Asian men consistently out-earned all other racial groups, including white men. The latest data shows Asian men earned 117 percent as much as white men did. Similarly, Asian women out-earned all other racial groups. Since the popular political narrative insists U.S. social, political and economic systems are “dominated by whites” and “stacked against minorities,” what gives?

I guess Asians are actually White People in a Clever Plastic Disguise.

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Carbecues in the Paris Banlieues — Again

25th July 2016

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Rioting in the culturally enriched French tradition — burning cars and garbage containers, vandalizing buildings, etc. — occurred recently in several suburbs north of parents. The youths who took to the streets were unhappy because one of their fellow youths had died in police custody, and the police were suspected of beating him to death.

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In WashPost, Trump Gets Photo Bombed, Hillary Is Love Bombed

25th July 2016

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The Washington Post isn’t good at being subtle when it comes to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. It’s quite easy to figure out which one is the Democrat, simply from the photos and photo illustrations they chose on the last two Sundays.

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

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What I Saw in the Schools

25th July 2016

Sol Stern illustrates the New York City behavioral sink.

I can still recall the shock I experienced one morning in September 1991 after dropping my boys off at P.S. 87’s schoolyard. I lingered for a few minutes, chatting with some other parents, when I noticed a bent man in dirty, tattered clothes, wandering around the yard as if in a stupor. Wondering if a derelict had gotten into the schoolyard, I asked one of the parents if she recognized him. She responded with an ironic grin: “Don’t you know? That’s Malcolm, one of our new teachers.”

Incredulous, I headed off to Principal Jane Hand’s office. It was all true, Hand confirmed. Malcolm was now a teacher in good standing at our K–5 school. She had to hire this deeply troubled person because of the seniority-transfer clause in the labor agreement between the city and the United Federation of Teachers. The contract required principals to post half of their schools’ teacher vacancies at the end of each year and offer the positions to applicants with the greatest seniority in the system. Hand didn’t even have the right to interview Malcolm (who had transferred from a Bronx elementary school) before he showed up on the first day of school.

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Community Organizing America

25th July 2016

Victor Davis Hanson deconstructs a ‘progressive’ trope.

The modern art of a community organizer seems fairly simple.

The proverbial agitator identifies a particular aggrieved racial, ethnic, gender, or class group that believes equality of opportunity must guarantee equality of result.

Then he “organizes” the victims by claiming that their ostensible failure to obtain parity can only be due to systematic racism, sexism, and bias by the supposed callous establishment majority (usually emblemized as callous white, male, heterosexual Christians). Myth is useful (e.g., “hands up, don’t shoot” or “one in four women on campus suffer sexual assault”).

Next he mounts a shrill campaign to demand “fairness” and “equality” (demonstrations, demonization of public figures, boycotts, media campaigns, showing up outside the homes of supposed enemies of the people, getting “in their faces,” and metaphorically “taking a gun to a knife fight,” etc.).

Finally, he is willing to meet with authorities (such as the mayor, city council, various legislators, college president, police, etc.). Then the organizer subtly offers “solutions,” a euphemism for payoffs such as new laws, favorable executive orders, lucrative jobs for himself and friends, community block grants, diversity hires, some sort of reparations and set-asides, legal exemptions, new community programs, etc. Soon the organizer’s original radical demands metamorphosize from being shrill and costly to mainstream, doable and akin to cost-effective protection money. And then onto the next victim.

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‘We Tried to Give the Teens… a Safe Place,’ Said Fort Myers Nightclub Where Two Were Killed, 14 Injured Monday

25th July 2016

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Guess it didn’t work.

“Officers arrived on scene and found multiple victims suffering from various levels of gunshot wounds,” Fort Myers Police Captain Jim Mulligan said in a statement. Police say three people have been taken into custody related to the shooting but did not say why.

The problem with ‘gun free zones’ is that only law-abiding people leave their guns outside. Those aren’t the people from whom one needs protection.

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Anti-Union Ad Campaign Launches in Philadelphia Over Minimum-Wage Waivers

25th July 2016

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One big victory Bernie Sanders supporters won when the Democratic Party wrote its platform was including his call for a $15 minimum wage.

But this week in Philadelphia, Democratic delegates and other convention-goers will get a series of stark reminders that the union organizers who have been among the loudest advocates for a $15-per-hour wage floor have also sought carve-outs to allow companies to pay their own members less if they hire union workers, giving unions a key bargaining chip.

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A World Without Western Civ

25th July 2016

Jim Goad does a reality check.

If you were to note every manmade item within your field of vision, chances are that nearly every last gadget and trinket was invented by a white man. According to Charles Murray’s book Human Accomplishment, whites have historically dominated the fields of physics, math, chemistry, medicine, biology, and technology.

What’s grossly ironic is the specter of people using white computers hooked up to white electricity sent across white power grids to criticize the very white people who made their whining possible. Even worse is the ubiquity of white people pejoratively using the word “white people” as if it somehow doesn’t apply to them. That right there is a collective mental illness for the ages.

White technology has doubled lifespans across the globe and yanked several human subgroups out of the Stone Age. This makes certain white people feel guilty. It also apparently makes lots of nonwhite people resentful.

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Thought for the Day: Retirement

25th July 2016

Enjoy

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Fashion Ads From The 1970s

25th July 2016

I am not making this up.

I was safely ensconced in the Navy and college during this period, and so thank God missed most of it.

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The Unsinkable “Sinking Atolls” Meme

25th July 2016

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I’ve written before about the study of Arthur Webb and Paul Kench regarding the fact that coral atolls are not being swallowed by rising seas. Their conclusion in that study was that the claims of sinking atolls were contradicted by the actual measurements of the islands in question. The measurements showed the islands were mostly either growing in size or staying the same (emphasis mine)….

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‘Prove You’re Muslim or Die!’

25th July 2016

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In light of the recent terrorist attacks in Muslim nations, the argument is again being made that, say what they will, the terrorists are obviously not acting in the name of Islam—a religion which bans the indiscriminate slaughter of fellow Muslims.

Yet is it that simple? Since the Medieval era, Islamic clerics have justified the killing of other Muslims—intentionally, for they’re not “real” Muslims (e.g., Shias), or unintentionally, as collateral damage (who become “martyrs” and receive Islam’s highest paradisiacal rewards)—in the name of jihad.

Even so, it’s clear that, whenever they can, the jihadis do make an effort to preserve the lives of Muslims. This was the case in the recent terror attack in Muslim-majority Bangladesh. On July 1, 2016, six Islamic militants shouting Islam’s ancient war cry opened fire on a bakery in Dhaka, the nation’s capital. The assailants entered the Bakery with crude bombs, machetes, pistols, and took several dozen hostages.

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Bernie Sanders Supporters Chant ‘Lock Her Up’ in Philadelphia Protest Against Clinton

25th July 2016

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At a lively Sunday march in support of former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, chants of “lock her up,” “Hillary for Prison” signs and t-shirts and calls for indictment were common among the most ardent supporters of Mr. Sanders, who arrived in Philadelphia to make their voices heard to the delegates attending the Democratic National Convention.

Seems like a trend.

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Mexican Mayor Gunned Down, Second Time in 2 Days

25th July 2016

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Sure, we want more of those people in this country. Open the border! What could possibly go wrong?

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Explosion in Ansbach

24th July 2016

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Bavaria is getting more than its share of excitement this month. The latest incident occurred tonight, and involved a heavy explosion in the town of Ansbach that was not an accident. It killed one person and wounded ten others, some of them seriously.

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Barack Obama’s Half-Brother to Vote for Donald Trump ‘To Make America Great Again’

24th July 2016

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A ringing endorsement. What else do you need?

Can’t say that I blame him God knows I wouldn’t vote for my brother for President, the communist….

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The genderfication of U.S. politics

24th July 2016

Steven Hayward looks at the ‘I think I can! I think I can!’

Unlike gay rights and same-sex marriage, which moved slowly from the ground up in state and local venues and courthouses for decades while public opinion crystalized, the issue of transgender rights was immediately elevated and centralized in Washington, with dictates issued from the Justice Department and Congress drawn into the fray.

Has there ever been a social issue that erupted into a national controversy this swiftly, especially about a proximate issue — bathrooms — so seemingly remote from our most pressing national priorities?

They wish to strike while the fear is hot.

The subjectivity at the heart of collegiate transgenderism can be seen in the instability of the root acronym. Whereas it used to be referred to as the LGBT (lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender) community, today there is a riotous diversity of acronyms that are starting to look like the names of Welsh villages.

At Bowdoin College in Maine, for example, you will find LGBTQIA in use, while down the road at Bates College it is LGBTIQQ. The most prolix was Wesleyan University in Connecticut, where the all-gender residence hall advertised itself as a “safe space” for LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM people. (This acronym was scrubbed from the university’s website last year after having been in use for a decade.)

Hey, college students like to be ‘inclusive’, to the point of being ridiculous. I am reminded of the People’s Front of Judea skit from Monty Python.

One wonders how long it will be until one of Lincoln’s famous logical aphorisms is banned from campus as “hate speech” — “If you call a tail a leg how many legs does a dog have? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg.” Gender dysphoria may be entirely authentic and deserving respect and legal recognition, but does a man calling himself a woman make him such in the absence of medical treatment?

Tell that to the ‘gay marriage’ people.

And yet one thinks of the aphorism of the Roman poet Horace: Naturam expelles furca, tamen usque recurret — “You may drive out nature with a pitchfork, but she keeps on coming back.” The issue of transgender bathroom integration in public schools may well come to resemble the debacle of forced busing 40 years ago, where compulsory liberalism was forced into headlong retreat by a ferocious public backlash.

Oh, that’s just so Dead White Male….

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Science and Politics: An Abusive Relationship

24th July 2016

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The greatest minds of humanity used to believe in a static universe, phrenology, and many more things that we might find ridiculous today. So if skepticism is so demonstrably useful and deserved, why do people demonize each other for failure to follow the herd?

It’s politics, stupid.

Like basically anything today, science often finds itself mired in the ostentatious game of political signaling. Opinions and interpretations of scientific research are as much a part of political identity as a bumper sticker or a lawn sign. This is hugely unfortunate because it leads people to adopt dogmatic approaches to a process that should be objective.

Politics ruin science (and pretty much everything else) because everything is reduced to a zero-sum game: an us versus them scenario where concession is likened to defeat. They also reduce diversity of opinion and promote groupthink.

‘Progressives’, of course, don’t have a problem with groupthink; their whole world depends on it.

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The Common Core Costs Billions and Hurts Students

24th July 2016

Diane Ravitch blows the whistle.

FOR 15 years, since the passage of George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind act, education reformers have promoted standardized testing, school choice, competition and accountability (meaning punishment of teachers and schools) as the primary means of improving education. For many years, I agreed with them. I was an assistant secretary of education in George H. W. Bush’s administration and a member of three conservative think tanks.

But as I watched the harmful effects of No Child Left Behind, I began to have doubts. The law required that all schools reach 100 percent proficiency as measured by state tests or face harsh punishments. This was an impossible goal. Standardized tests became the be-all and end-all of education, and states spent billions on them. Social scientists have long known that the best predictor of test scores is family income. Yet policy makers encouraged the firing of thousands of teachers and the closing of thousands of low-scoring public schools, mostly in poor black and Hispanic neighborhoods.

As the damage escalated, I renounced my support for high-stakes testing and charter schools. Nonetheless, I clung to the hope that we might agree on national standards and a national curriculum. Surely, I thought, they would promote equity since all children would study the same things and take the same tests. But now I realize that I was wrong about that, too.

Six years after the release of our first national standards, the Common Core, and the new federal tests that accompanied them, it seems clear that the pursuit of a national curriculum is yet another excuse to avoid making serious efforts to reduce the main causes of low student achievement: poverty and racial segregation.

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Thought for the Day: Democratic National Convention

24th July 2016

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Super-hard Metal ‘Four Times Tougher Than Titanium’

24th July 2016

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A super-hard metal has been made in the laboratory by melting together titanium and gold.

The alloy is the hardest known metallic substance compatible with living tissues, say US physicists.

The material is four times harder than pure titanium and has applications in making longer-lasting medical implants, they say.

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German Machete Attack: At Least One Person Killed and Two Others Injured Near Stuttgart

24th July 2016

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The police has confirmed the attacker was a 21-year-old Syrian refugee but have not released his name. The motive for the attack is unclear.

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Mesopotamian Accounting Tokens

24th July 2016

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Archaeological digs in the Mideast have uncovered thousands of small clay objects, dating from as far back as 7500 BCE. These objects, referred to as “tokens,” have specific shapes and markings indicating a designated, but until recently unknown, purpose. This mystery was solved by the art historian Denise Schmandt-Besserat who began researching these items in 1969. The extraordinary results of her research were published in a number of articles and books, including How Writing Came About (University of Texas Press, 1996).

Her conclusion? The tokens were counters. Their use evolved over thousands of years from simply shaped tokens (see Figure 1) to more complex tokens bearing markings (see Figure 2). Each counter shape represented a specific quantity of a specific commodity. For example, a cone stood for a small measure of grain and a sphere for a large measure of grain. Using different shapes of counters to count different commodities is evidence of concrete counting, meaning that each category of items was counted with special numerations or number words specific to that category. There is a hint of concrete counting in our own society in our preference for phrases such as “a pair of shoes” or “a couple of days” over “two shoes” or “two days.” However, we almost always use abstract counting with our abstract numbers “two,” “three,” “four,” … that can be used to count any item. After 3300 BCE, the tokens were sometimes stored in clay envelopes with their imprints made on the envelope’s surface to make visible the number and shapes of tokens enclosed (see Figure 3). According to Schmandt-Besserat, the transformation of three-dimensional tokens to two-dimensional signs to communicate information was the beginning of writing. Eventually, the tokens were replaced by signs made by their impressions onto solid balls of clay, or tablets (see Figures 4 and 5). The impressed signs evolved to become cuneiform writing.

Slow news day.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

24th July 2016

Boogie Nights

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Here’s Why They’re Coming After Your Ministry, Church or Synagogue

24th July 2016

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Are they coming after your house of worship or ministry? And who are “they?’

If you live in Iowa, up until two weeks ago “they” would have been your own state government, in the form of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, a body empowered to interpret, apply, and enforce state civil rights laws and assess penalties for offenders.

Alarmingly, the Commission originally indicated that the state had a right to dictate how churches teach, preach, and operate regarding important doctrines such as gender and sexuality. First Liberty attorneys stepped in. For now, the Commission has admirably revised its application of the law and the Iowa problem seems to be corrected.

But the larger problem is not corrected. The larger problem is a lot of powerful “theys” across the country who are still infringing on churches or synagogues, or at least would like to do so in the right circumstances.

The aggressors are a small but powerful elite of legal activists, radical lawyers, government officials, and influential law professors. They question whether your First Amendment right to “free exercise” is even protected within the four walls of your house of worship.

Bad news for Iowa.

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Munich Shooting: Germany’s Strict Gun Control Laws Did Not Prevent Horrific Attack

23rd July 2016

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

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Thought for the Day

23rd July 2016

Separated at birth?

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Anthropology: Abandon All Truth Ye Who Enter

23rd July 2016

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I had the privilege of carrying out field research among the Baluchi tribes of Iran.

However, anthropologists, including those studying the Middle East, gradually moved away from a scientific perspective toward a more subjective and politicized view. They were influenced in part by Edward Said, who in Orientalism (1978) argued that Western accounts of the Middle East were fabrications invented to justify imperialist invasion, colonial imposition, and oppression of local peoples. This “postcolonial” view blames Western imperialism for myriad problems worldwide, a view that neglects the cultures and agency of people around the globe.

This intellectual revolution has infected anthropology (among many fields) with a dangerous, self-contradictory nihilism that rejects the possibility of objective Truth toward which we may move and posits many different truths held by different peoples — all equally valid. Yet they behave as if their belief in many truths must be treated as The Truth that must not be questioned.

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American Military Will Test Toyota Trucks For War

23rd July 2016

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SOCOM is ordering Toyota and Ford SUVs and trucks, with options to improve their armor and add-on other features that turn the civilian vehicles into covert military machines. Known collectively as “technicals,” civilian vehicles converted for war use are so common there’s even a Twitter account documenting them under the name “Toyota Wars.”

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

23rd July 2016

George Forman five-portion family grill.

Clear padlock for lock pick practice.

Sutcase attachment for your butt.

 

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Dwarfs on High

23rd July 2016

Taki doesn’t much like modern Europe.

France was once a very great country, both a military as well as an intellectual powerhouse. It is now just a tourist attraction where one may or may not get killed by an Islamist.

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The Real Problem with Killing America’s A-10 Warthog

23rd July 2016

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The history of American close air support is a tale of learn, master and forget. Institutional focus on strategic bombardment led the U.S. Army Air Forces to enter World War II with no concept of CAS or any organization to support it. Despite the bloody growing pains of early operations in the Mediterranean theater, the lessons learned by airmen of the Ninth Tactical Air Command, under the visionary leadership of Maj. Gen. Pete Quesada, enabled the delivery of masterfully effective close support amidst the chaos of Normandy’s beaches and Patton’s relentless advance across France. Merely six years later, Quesada’s innovations were completely forgotten as the strategically-focused USAF entered the Korean War with no professional close air support community. Tragically, U.S. troops were overrun by unopposed North Korean armor, while the Air Force struggled to reinvent CAS. The cycle repeated only a decade later in the jungles of Vietnam, and the USAF relied on Special Air Warfare units flying World War II–vintage A-1 Skyraiders to effectively recreate the mission. This pattern of learn, master and forget haunted the U.S. military in three consecutive wars, because it lacked a force-in-being of dedicated CAS professionals.

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Munich Attack: A Lone Gunman, Iranian-German, Now Dead

22nd July 2016

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A police press conference was held just after midnight, and the police chief said there was only one gunman, an Iranian-German with dual nationality. He killed nine people and wounded at least twenty others before killing himself.

Just your ordinary garden-variety Muslim terror attack. Nothing to see here, move along, move along….

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