DYSPEPSIA GENERATION

We have seen the future, and it sucks.

Rejected Asian Students Sue Harvard Over Admissions That Favor Other Minorities

18th November 2014

Read it.

Harvard University’s affirmative action policies, which the school says are aimed at achieving diversity on the vaunted campus of Cambridge, discriminate against Asians who often can’t get in despite having higher test scores and grade-point averages than black and Hispanic students who are accepted, according to a lawsuit filed Monday.

Good luck with that.

Posted in Dystopia Watch | No Comments »

Nanoparticle Detects the Deadliest Cancer Cells in Blood

17th November 2014

Read it.

Patients and doctors often don’t know if surgery to remove cancerous tissue was successful until scans are performed months later. A new kind of nanoparticle could show patients if they’re in the clear much earlier.

Posted in News You Can Use. | No Comments »

These Scientists Are Training Computers to Help Farmers Save Their Crops

17th November 2014

Read it.

Want to know why your cucumbers are producing flowers but no fruit? It could be that your flowers are only male. Can’t for the life of you figure out what those white spots on your squash plants are? A new app called PlantVillage may be able to help.

Posted in News You Can Use. | No Comments »

New Cbo Study Shows That ‘The Rich’ Don’t Just Pay Their ‘Fair Share,’ They Pay Almost Everybody’s Share

17th November 2014

Read it.

Facts are such tedious things, that’s why ‘progressives’ prefer to ignore them.

 

Posted in Dystopia Watch | No Comments »

D.C. Police’s Asset Forfeitures Are Very Lucrative and Very Petty

17th November 2014

Read it.

The Washington Post’s original three-part, in-depth look at the use and abuse of police civil asset forfeiture seems to have transformed into an open-ended, ongoing series. Over the weekend they posted a sixth installment exploring grabby police departments taking their citizens’ cash and belongings.

This time they kept it local, noticing that Washington, D.C.’s, police are actually attempting to plan in its budget for asset forfeiture proceeds in advance. This is considered a no-no for any law enforcement agency participating in the Department of Justice’s Equitable Sharing Program, the program where the feds and local enforcement agencies team up, and the local police get to keep 80 percent of whatever’s seized. This planning came to light to the Post last week because members of D.C.’s Council are attempting to overhaul the city’s asset forfeiture guidelines to increase the threshold of proof and requiring all asset seizures—including the ones that come from the DOJ program—to be placed in D.C.’s general fund, rather than the police’s budget, thus seriously reducing the police’s incentives for snatching whatever they can.

Funny how every story about corrupt city government deals with a city run by Democrats.

Posted in Your tax dollars at work - and play. | No Comments »

Study: 57% of NHL Free Agents Went to Teams with Lower Taxes

17th November 2014

Read it.

They’re not the sharpest knives in the drawer, but they’re not spoons, either.

Posted in Think about it. | No Comments »

Washington State Health Exchange Shuts Down on First Day of Open Enrollment

17th November 2014

Read it.

Unlike with private enterprise, you can’t take your government business elsewhere.

Posted in Your tax dollars at work - and play. | No Comments »

Trustafarians Want to Tell You How to Live

17th November 2014

Read it.

Americans have always prided themselves on being a nation of the self-made, where class and the accident of birth did not determine success. Yet increasingly we are changing into a society where lineage does matter—and likely this process has just started, threatening not only our future prosperity but the very nature of our society.

Poster child: AlGore and anybody descended from Joseph P. Kennedy.

 

Posted in Dystopia Watch | No Comments »

This University Teaches You No Skills—Just a New Way to Think

17th November 2014

Read it.

Ben Nelson says the primary purpose of a university isn’t to prepare students for a career. It’s to prepare them for life. And he now has $70 million to prove his point.

Nelson is the founder and CEO of a new experiment in higher education called Minerva Project. He says when it comes to learning, job training is the easy part. With the emergence of online courses, it’s easier and cheaper than ever to acquire the hard skills you need to land a job. “Why would you spend a quarter of a million dollars and four years to learn to code in Python?” he says. “If that’s the role of universities, you’d have to be insane to go to universities.”

Uh, Ben? If you’ve got a job opening and the choice is between somebody who can code in Python and somebody with a Yale degree who can code in Python, which one is going to get hired? This conceit of ‘college is there to teach you how to think’ is obvious BS to anybody who has been to college — including Yale.

The places that really do teach you how to think are law schools — where, ironically, they’re supposed to be teaching you the legal equivalent of coding in Python, but typically don’t. Go figure.

Posted in Think about it. | No Comments »

Things You Didn’t Know About Pepsi

17th November 2014

Read it.

Think all cola is the same? Think again. Throughout the twentieth century, soda consumers around the world have formed fierce loyalties in the so-called Cola Wars. Pepsi’s sales may come in second to those of Coca-Cola, its largest competitor, but Pepsi’s notably sweeter, more citrus-y taste continues to dominate in blind taste tests, including our own at The Daily Meal.

Damned straight.

Soda experts say that Pepsi is sweeter, and more lemon-flavored, than its competitors’ cola.

Unlike Coke, which tastes like something one would use to take rust off of lawn furniture. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that….)

Posted in Think about it. | No Comments »

Special Types of Entitled

17th November 2014

Read it.

Apparently kicking back at the idiocy of the Social Justice Warriors brings the really special entitled ones crawling out from under whichever rock they were hiding under. That or there’s just something in the air at the moment. Or maybe the water.

Honestly. Apparently the moment you scratch a statist you bring out an obsession with genitalia and/or the end product of the digestive system.

Posted in Dystopia Watch | No Comments »

The Progressives’ War on Suburbia

17th November 2014

Read it.

You are a political party, and you want to secure the electoral majority. But what happens, as is occurring to the Democrats, when the damned electorate that just won’t live the way—in dense cities and apartments—that  you have deemed is best for them?

This gap between party ideology and demographic reality has led to a disconnect that not only devastated the Democrats this year, but could hurt them in the decades to come. University of Washington demographer Richard Morrill notes that the vast majority of the 153 million Americans who live in  metropolitan areas with populations of more than 500,000  live in the lower-density suburban places Democrats think they should not. Only 60 million live in core cities.

As will become even more obvious in the lame duck years, the political obsessions of the Obama Democrats largely mirror those of the cities: climate change, gay marriage, feminism, amnesty for the undocumented, and racial redress. These may sometimes be worthy causes, but they don’t address basic issues that effect suburbanites, such as stagnant middle class wages, poor roads, high housing prices, or underperforming schools. None of these concerns elicit much passion among the party’s true believers.

Posted in Think about it. | No Comments »

Turkey’s Erdogan: Muslims Discovered Americas

17th November 2014

Read it.

Fine. They can fight it out with the African-Americans.

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | No Comments »

YourLanguageSucks

16th November 2014

Read it.

Chapter and verse on why your favorite programming language stinks on ice.

Posted in Think about it. | 3 Comments »

United Arab Emirates Designates CAIR as Terrorist Organization

16th November 2014

Read it.

Now, the United Arab Emirates has designated CAIR a terrorist organization. It also so designated the Muslim American Society (MAS).

In addition, the UAE made this designation for a long list of non-U.S. groups. Among them are al-Qaeda, al Nusra, Boko Haram, and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Posted in Living with Islam. | No Comments »

What Is a Social Justice Warrior (SJW)?

16th November 2014

Read it.

Social justice warriors believe in an extreme left-wing ideology that combines feminism, progressivism, and political correctness into a totalitarian system that attempts to censor speech and promote fringe lifestyles while actively discriminating against men, particularly white men. They are the internet activist arm of Western progressivism that acts as a vigilante group to ensure compliance and homogeny of far left thought.

The true definition of SJW is up for debate, but most generally it has become a catch-all term that describes feminists and liberals who actively try to solve the perceived social injustices of modern society by organizing in online communities to disseminate propaganda, censor speech, and punish individuals by getting them terminated from their employment. They have also been successful at positioning themselves in the upper echelons of universities, media organizations, and tech companies.

 

 

Posted in Think about it. | No Comments »

The Future of the Book

16th November 2014

Read it.

An excellent essay in The Economist, which does a lot of that.

Posted in Think about it. | No Comments »

Liberal Bullshit

16th November 2014

Walter Voegeli investigates that whooping sound.

It’s difficult to banish the glum suspicion that life in the 21st century, for all its economic and technological benefits, necessitates putting up with much more bullshit than our ancestors had to.

Frankfurt limits his discussion of bullshit to descriptive statements, analyzing and regretting our departure from the standard of truth. He does not take up the question of prescriptive statements, the mainstay of politics. Criticizing Republican proposals to cut spending on Head Start and other educational programs, for example, President Obama said, “We know that three- and four-year-olds who go to high-quality preschools, including our best Head Start programs, are less likely to repeat a grade, they’re less likely to need special education, they’re more likely to graduate from high school than the peers who did not get these services.” The first part of Obama’s statement is not bullshit, because it does nothing worse than employ the politician’s constant companion, the selectively revealed half-truth. Children who attend the best Head Start programs show positive results but, as we have seen, Head Start attendees overall are no better off than peers not enrolled in the program. Obama invokes the sunny side of the law of averages without acknowledging its grim side: If children who attend the best Head Start programs do better than their peers, children who attend the worst programs must, necessarily, have developmental problems even more severe than those afflicting children in a control group who never enrolled in the program at all.

Posted in Dystopia Watch | No Comments »

Right and Left Joined Forces in Fight to Legalize Home Schooling

16th November 2014

Read it.

Farris and his wife — a certified teacher who he says “had to unlearn all the stuff she’d been taught” in order to educate their kids — are two pioneers of the home-schooling movement as we know it today. Farris fought many of the most prominent home-school battles through the 1980s, when it was illegal to home-school children in many states; he founded the Christian Home School Legal Defense Association in 1983, and his family became a model for home schoolers across the U.S.

Posted in Think about it. | No Comments »

The Hippie Uniform

16th November 2014

Read it.

Through the modern miracle of the Internet it is now possible to buy hippie uniforms from China wholesale at “high quality and low prices”.  The phrase “hippie uniform” may sound like a contradiction in terms, but as the Washington Post’s article on mathematician Jonathan Touboul explains, it’s entirely natural. Most hippies are doomed to don — and to change — uniforms.

Touboul concluded that is because “hipsters” define nonconformity in terms of the ‘perceived mainstream’ and because of delays in rebellion toward it, they entered into oscillating states which effectively doomed them to uniforms.

Posted in Dystopia Watch | No Comments »

Gang Members Allegedly Kidnapped VA Cop, Drove Him to Banks Before His Death

16th November 2014

Read it.

But they won’t get the death penalty because that would be raaaaaaacist.

Posted in Dystopia Watch | No Comments »

The Masterful Marketing of the Heimlich Maneuver

16th November 2014

Read it.

Sometimes there’s no ‘science’ behind things that actually just work.

Posted in Think about it. | No Comments »

Meet Your New Boss, Mr. Algorithm

16th November 2014

Read it.

We all know the story about algorithms and work the past few years. Service jobs across the country are increasingly being managed with the help of mathematical models of customer demand, revolutionizing everything from taxi driving to food delivery, home cleaning, and laundromats. I have argued that the increased autonomy and flexibility of these jobs means that algorithms are taking over unions as the primary driver of workers’ rights in the 21st century.

But now, startups are starting to move up the corporate ladder, using algorithms to improve and disrupt professions that up until recently have seemed almost completely insulated from the efficiencies of computation.

Posted in Think about it. | 1 Comment »

On the Origin of Celebrity

16th November 2014

Read it.

For all primates, no matter how rich the ecosystem, resources are finite and competition can be fierce. Numerous primate species have evolved dominance hierarchies, which ritualize unequal resource distribution. Take savanna baboons, a species I have studied in Africa for 30 years. They live in groups of dozens of animals, and the most defining fact of life for a baboon is his or her rank in a sex-specific dominance hierarchy. Social status is always on a baboon’s mind. Even when going about their daily business, baboons are frequently glancing at dominant individuals.

Why is rank so important to a baboon? For one thing, a stable dominance system is a huge social convenience—it insures bloody teeth and claws don’t reign each time a potential conflict arises. Instead, everyone knows his or her place, and if, say, something to eat is discovered, a dominant individual typically needs to do nothing more than glare at a subordinate to get the prize. The dominance ranking system also influences who a baboon mates with, whose genes are going to be passed on in their offspring. It greatly influences who a baboon will form a coalitional partnership with. After all, who’d you want to have your back in a fight—the schlub of a low-ranking baboon snoozing by the bushes, or the alpha male who’s been on the cover of Baboon magazine?

This is the reality that ‘progressives’ deny.

We literally view those with high status as bigger than life. A 2009 study led by Georgetown psychology professor Abigail A. Marsh shows that people who express dominance are perceived as being taller than they are. And we overgeneralize the expertise of the famous. Actors who play doctors get asked for medical advice. Dennis Rodman discusses Korean geopolitics, Tom Cruise spouts Scientology drivel about the sins of psychiatry, and Jenny McCarthy, whose fame comes more from her Playboy appearances than from her epidemiology training, convinces people to not vaccinate their babies because of pseudoscience about autism. People have probably died because of that.

The abiding defect of modern times.

Posted in Think about it. | No Comments »

Thinking About Soylent: Are We Really That Interested in Saving Time?

16th November 2014

Read it.

More than money, Soylent saves time. It’s not just preparing, cooking and eating food that you can cut out of your life. You don’t have to shop for food or wait to be served in restaurants. Some of those who’ve experimented with the meal-free lifestyle say it saves them at least an hour every day, effectively adding another day to the week. If like many people you feel you’re always harassed and busy, this must seem an enormous benefit. Yet it’s far from clear that free time is what consumers of Soylent truly want.

Posted in Think about it. | No Comments »

The Suffrage of the Insufferable

16th November 2014

Read it.

One of the arguments of my friend’s book is that idolatry of elective democracy as the political and ethical summum bonum inevitably leads to an absence of any sense of limitation in the political class. As he points out, the founding fathers of the American republic were decidedly not democrats, and indeed feared democracy as an inevitable gravedigger of freedom; but We the people (meaning the few of us here assembled) did not find a formula for limiting the power of We the people, because no such formula exists. As the doctor in Macbeth says, “Therein the patient/ Must minister to himself”: in other words, if a man has no inner sense of limitation, no mere constitution is going to restrain him.

Modern politicians, having been given the mandate of heaven (vox populi vox Dei), do not accept limitations of their authority or their moral competence, even if, in practice, only a third or even a quarter of the eligible voters have voted for them. Procedural correctness is all that is necessary for such a man to feel justified in pursuing his own moral enthusiasms at other people’s expense.

Posted in Think about it. | No Comments »

New ISIS Video Claims Beheading of American Hostage Peter Kassig

16th November 2014

Read it.

And the heads just keep on rolling.

Posted in Living with Islam. | No Comments »

The Great Immigration Betrayal

16th November 2014

Ross Douthat turns over a rock.

First, we now have a clear sense of the legal arguments that will be used to justify the kind of move Obama himself previously described as a betrayal of our political order. They are, as expected, lawyerly in the worst sense, persuasive only if abstracted from any sense of precedent or proportion or political normality.

Second, we now have a clearer sense of just how anti-democratically this president may be willing to proceed.

Ross Douthat got a gig writing at the New York Times, presumably because nobody bought the idea anymore that David Brooks is really a conservative.

Posted in Think about it. | No Comments »

If You Like Your Health Insurance Plan, You Must Pay More to Keep Your Health Insurance Plan

16th November 2014

Read it.

The New York Times reports that many Americans with health insurance purchased under Obamacare will face substantial price increases next year — in some cases as much as 20 percent — unless they switch plans. The Times report is based on data released by the Obama administration on Friday, just hours before the health insurance marketplace opened to buyers seeking insurance for 2015.

According to the Times, “the new data means that many of the seven million people who have bought insurance through federal and state exchanges will have to change to different health plans if they want to avoid paying more — an inconvenience for consumers just becoming accustomed to their coverage.” Beyond the matter of inconvenience, there is also the fact that the new plan, available at about the price of the old one, typically will be less desirable than the old plan, which now costs more.

Obamacare: The lie that keeps on taking.

Posted in Your tax dollars at work - and play. | No Comments »

HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

16th November 2014

Turn Up the Radio

Posted in Is this a great country, or what? | No Comments »

Do the Most Hipster Thing Possible—Move to Des Moines

15th November 2014

Read it.

Anything to get you away from the coasts, where all you do is elect Democrats and cause trouble.

Posted in Think about it. | 1 Comment »

Why Farmed Fish Are Taking Over Our Dinner Plates

15th November 2014

Read it.

Not long ago, full farming of tuna was considered impossible. Now the business is beginning to take off, as part of a broader revolution in aquaculture that is radically changing the world’s food supply.

Posted in News You Can Use. | No Comments »

U.S. Navy Deploys First Laser Weapon in Persian Gulf

15th November 2014

Read it.

The amphibious transport ship USS Ponce has been patrolling with a prototype 30-kilowatt-class Laser Weapon System since late August, according to officials. The laser is mounted facing the bow, and can be fired in several modes — from a dazzling warning flash to a destructive beam — and can set a drone or small boat on fire.

Posted in Is this a great country, or what? | No Comments »

Chicago School Zone Speed Cams Tag Drivers Even in the Summer, Because Chicago

15th November 2014

Read it.

Well, this is fun. We just recently wrote about how Chicago’s speed cameras, ostensibly all to do with safety, failed to bring in as much money as Mayor Rahm Emanuel had suggested in his budget plan. Yes, tickets based on speed cameras were worked into the budget numbers, which is a strange thing to do if they’re supposed to be about safety and not money. Safe driving, in other words, should not trigger a budget crisis. But it turns out the ticketing revenue might still be inflated, even at the crisis number, as a bunch of speeding tickets were generated by cameras within school zones flagging drivers for driving over the school zone limit in the summertime.

Funny how all corrupt city governments are run by Democrats. Only a coincidence, I’m sure.

Posted in Your tax dollars at work - and play. | No Comments »

Barbarism 2014: On Religious Cleansing by Islamists

15th November 2014

Read it.

In a brief, nationally televised announcement on August 7th regarding the Islamic State, which invaded the multicultural, northern Nineveh Province of Iraq this summer, President Obama observed “these terrorists have been especially barbaric towards religious minorities, including Christian and Yazidis.”

It’s so bad that even Obama noticed.

Posted in Living with Islam. | No Comments »

Thought for the Day

15th November 2014

Posted in Your tax dollars at work - and play. | No Comments »

‘ Why I can’t stop reading Mormon housewife blogs’

15th November 2014

Read it.

I’m a young, feminist atheist who can’t bake a cupcake. Why am I addicted to the shiny, happy lives of these women?

Another victim of Identity Politics and Voice of the Crust stares through the bars of her ideology at the Happy Hunting Ground in which she will never get to live.

Posted in Dystopia Watch | No Comments »

The Loneliest President Since Nixon

15th November 2014

Peggy Noonan understands the dialectic.

Mr. Obama is doing what he knows how to do—stare them down and face them off. But his circumstances have changed. He used to be a conquering hero, now he’s not. On the other hand he used to have to worry about public support. Now, with no more elections before him, he has the special power of the man who doesn’t care.

I have never seen a president in exactly the position Mr. Obama is, which is essentially alone. He’s got no one with him now. The Republicans don’t like him, for reasons both usual and particular: They have had no good experiences with him. The Democrats don’t like him, for their own reasons plus the election loss. Before his post-election lunch with congressional leaders, he told the press that he will judiciously consider any legislation, whoever sends it to him, Republicans or Democrats. His words implied that in this he was less partisan and more public-spirited than the hacks arrayed around him. It is for these grace notes that he is loved. No one at the table looked at him with colder, beadier eyes than outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid , who clearly doesn’t like him at all.

,,,

Vladimir Putin delivered the unkindest cut, patting Mr. Obama’s shoulder reassuringly. Normally that’s Mr. Obama’s move, putting his hand on your back or shoulder as if to bestow gracious encouragement, needy little shrimp that you are. It’s a dominance move. He’s been doing it six years. This time it was Mr. Putin doing it to him. The president didn’t like it.

Posted in Dystopia Watch | No Comments »

USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

15th November 2014

Magnetic Shoe Closures.

Uzi Tactical Pen.

Hexagonal Shelving.

Cutting board with built-in knife sharpener.

Kinglock self-tightening nut.

Light-Casting Gloves.

Solar-Powered System Extracts Drinking Water From The Air.

Posted in News You Can Use. | No Comments »

GamerGate: How the Media Gave Away America

14th November 2014

Read it.

After Tuesday, I don’t know that I can call myself a liberal anymore.

It’s not that I don’t want to call myself a liberal. After all, as I understand liberal ideals, I still believe in most of them, if not all of them.  No, I guess I’m not a liberal anymore because Bustle, The Verge, Salon, Polygon, Kotaku, Gamasutra, The Mary Sue, The NY Times, The LA Times, The Washington Post, MSNBC, and others spent the last 2 months telling me I’m no longer wanted as an unashamed, voting liberal.  They did this based on my primary hobby and the Y chromosome I was born with.  They did this after some of them told me I was dead or needed to die for the crime of holding my primary hobby as a part of my identity.  They did this because some people I don’t know made threats against people I’d never heard of before; subsequently, I was told I needed to die because of my Y chromosome and my hobby.

One of the clichés of politics is that a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged by reality. Here we see that notion made flesh and dwelling amongst us.

Posted in Think about it. | No Comments »

Table Settings at the Cannibal Feast

14th November 2014

Sara Hoyt reminds us of certain Eternal Truths.

Revolutions like the US, which changed governance but didn’t presume to change the way people worked, in their minds and hearts, don’t turn into cannibal feasts. OTOH revolutions like the French, where people descended/aspired to changing the names of the weekdays and the months, in order to construct a completely different humanity, inevitably end up in a pile of blood-soaked corpses.

But the SJWs believe it does. They believe someone who is born with more victim cards, even if the person was in fact born very wealthy and never experienced a day’s hardship, immediately can judge them and tell them when they’re exhibiting “privilege” which is a taint that attaches to other seemingly arbitrary characteristics, no matter how poor or downtrodden people born with them are.

“SJW” means “Social Justice Warrior” and you know who they are.

Posted in Think about it. | No Comments »

“I don’t care if you landed a spacecraft on a comet, your shirt is sexist and ostracizing.”

14th November 2014

Read it.

No one knows why Taylor chose to wear that shirt on television during a massive scientific mission. From what we can tell, a woman who goes by the name of Elly Prizeman on Twitter made the shirt for him, and is just as bewildered as he must be that anyone might be upset about her creation. But none of that actually matters. What matters is the fact that no one at ESA saw fit to stop him from representing the Space community with clothing that demeans 50 percent of the world’s population. No one asked him to take it off, because presumably they didn’t think about it. It wasn’t worth worrying about.

Of course, if he’d been black, nobody would have dared open his (or, more accurately, her) mouth about it.

Of course, if he’d been black, he wouldn’t be involved in landing a spacecraft on a comet.

But this merely illustrates that for some people (even in the supposedly ‘technical’ press) their political agenda intrudes on every aspect of their lives — they still haven’t gotten over the fact that the only people who have been to the moon were white and male.

UPDATE: John C. Wright addes the choicest comment: ‘If I wrote this in a parody SFF story, no editor would buy it. It is too far beyond belief.’

Posted in Axis of Drivel. | No Comments »

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

14th November 2014

Agency claims Iran still working toward nukes

UN report says Iran is stalling nuclear weapons probe

Inside a village under siege: How one of the most peaceful corners of England was turned into a state of anarchy by Libyan cadets accused of rape and violence… that left residents in constant fear

Reported Islamist Plot Against Queen Underscores Security Threat

US-led airstrikes target ISIS leaders in Iraq

Obama approves sending up to 1,500 more US troops to Iraq

Suicide attack on Kabul police station kills at least 1

Against looming deadline, diplomats from US, EU, Iran discuss deal on Tehran nuclear program

Agency claims Iran still working toward nukes

US faces last best chance on Iran nuke deal

Suicide Bomber Kills Dozens At School Assembly In Nigeria

Qaradawi Calls Muslims to Arms Against Israel and the Jews

Palestinian Terrorists Stab Israelis in Separate Incidents

Veterans, families, sue six banks claiming they helped Iran fund terror groups

Iraqi army has driven out Islamic State militants from refinery town of Beiji, state TV says

US troops arrive in Iraq’s Anbar province amid ISIS fight

Yemeni officials: Shiite rebels clash with security guards at Sanaa airport; 4 killed

Militant group in Egypt pledges allegiance to Islamic State

Suicide bomber kills 48 students in Nigeria

ISIS in Retreat in Iraq, Maybe, May Be Moving to Unite With Al Qaeda Components in Syria

Syrian boy purportedly fakes death to save girl in viral video

Intel memo shows NYC ax attacker’s online obsession with radical Islam

Palestinian song glorifies terror trend of driving into crowds

Iraqi forces retake most of strategic oil town

Iraqi Shiite militias grow brutal in anti-IS fight

Reporter’s notebook: The making of ‘Fallujah…10 years on’

US Navy sailors harassed, assaulted in Turkey

‘White Widow’ terrorist killed by Russian sniper, reports say

US faces uphill battle in Iraq’s Anbar

Iran denies nuclear scientist killed in Syria: IRNA

Iraqi forces advance in bid for Baiji refinery

Russia Signs Deal To Build Nuclear Reactors In Iran

ISIS, Al Qaeda affiliate reportedly unite to fight US-backed rebels in Syria

Posted in Living with Islam. | No Comments »

10 Black Things Liberals Just Don’t Understand

14th November 2014

Gavin McInnes responds to the New York Times.

Liberals love blacks but they love them like a fantasy football team, not like human beings. Black poverty is the crux of the leftist argument. The ethos goes: if you’re a Democrat, you want to help the impoverished African-Americans. If you’re a Republican, you want them to be attacked by German shepherds. As far as actual black culture goes, liberals are disappointed that they aren’t all wearing corduroy blazers with elbow patches and listening to NPR.

Nicholas Kristof, eat your heart out.

One of the reasons white, middle-class liberals are so out of touch when it comes to their favorite race is they don’t go near them. They don’t send their kids to remotely urban schools and they make sure their homes are as far away from the loveable Negro as possible. Sure, they have a black friend, but it’s a mulatto girl who grew up white and champions her black power beliefs because her white friends enjoy it. Liberals’ black friends don’t really have black friends themselves because they’re freaks. In black America, watching Doctor Who is like being Doctor Who.

Playing golf with Obama is about as close as they’re willing to stretch.

Posted in Think about it. | No Comments »

Turkish Nationalist Group Defiant After Attack on US Navy Sailors

14th November 2014

Read it.

The ultra-nationalist Turkish group behind a shocking, videotaped attack on three U.S. Navy sailors in Istanbul said Thursday it is proud of the assailants and that they acted in solidarity with Syrians and Palestinians.

Turkish police detained and then released 12 members of the Turkish Youth Union (TGB) in connection with Wednesday’s attack, which left none of the Americans injured but drew swift condemnation from the Pentagon and the U.S. Embassy in Ankara. In the attack, in the city’s historic Eminönü neighborhood, a throng of young men surrounded the sailors, taunting and jostling them, spattering them with red paint and pulling bags over their heads in a tactic the TGB favors to express anti-American sentiment before chasing them down a street.

Posted in Living with Islam. | No Comments »

Buffalo to Seize Guns From Families Following Owners’ Funerals

14th November 2014

Read it.

A plan by police in Buffalo, N.Y., to begin confiscating the firearms of legal gun owners within days of their deaths is drawing fire from Second Amendment advocates.

The plan is legal under a longstanding, but rarely enforced state law, but gun rights advocates say, with apologies to onetime NRA spokesman Charlton Heston, it is tantamount to prying firearms – some of which may have substantial monetary or sentimental value – from the cold, dead hands of law-abiding citizens.

Yet another reason not to live in New York.

Posted in Your tax dollars at work - and play. | No Comments »

Grimm Brothers’ Fairytales Have Blood and Horror Restored in New Translation

13th November 2014

Read it.

Or you could watch “Grimm” on ABC.

Posted in Think about it. | No Comments »

Is This the Political Map of the Future?

13th November 2014

Read it.

It looks almost entirely red, except for some pinpoints of blue in major metropolitan areas and a few blue blotches here and there — in Minnesota, northern New Mexico and Arizona, western New England, along the Pacific Coast.

But it does tell us something about the geographic and cultural isolation of the core groups of the Democratic Party: gentry liberals and blacks.

The Overclass and the Underclass, two essential components of the Crust.

Posted in Think about it. | No Comments »

Bureaucrats Bulldoze Beloved Playground for Special Needs Kids

13th November 2014

Read it.

Last month, the Seattle Parks Department ordered the destruction of a play area designed for special needs kids, claiming its four-foot rope ladder, tire swing, and “nest” made of rope and bike tires were “extreme dangers” and “hazardous conditions.” That’s an odd verdict: In 10 years of existence, no children were ever significantly injured on the play area equipment, according to Liz Bullard, who helped design the space.

That’s they way they do things on the Left Coast. Reality must conform to their preconceived notions, no matter who suffers.

Posted in Your tax dollars at work - and play. | No Comments »

How to Distort Income Inequality

13th November 2014

Phil Gramm and Michael Solon, Real Economists, point out that the poor aren’t actually all that poor after all.

What the hockey-stick portrayal of global temperatures did in bringing a sense of crisis to the issue of global warming is now being replicated in the controversy over income inequality, thanks to a now-famous study by Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez, professors of economics at the Paris School of Economics and the University of California, Berkeley, respectively. Whether the issue is climate change or income inequality, however, problems with the underlying data significantly distort the debate.

And now, thanks to a new study in the Southern Economic Journal, we know what the picture looks like when the missing data are filled in. Economists Philip Armour and Richard V. Burkhauser of Cornell University and Jeff Larrimore of Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation expanded the Piketty-Saez income measure using census data to account for all public and private in-kind benefits, taxes, Social Security payments and household size.

The result is dramatic. The bottom quintile of Americans experienced a 31% increase in income from 1979 to 2007 instead of a 33% decline that is found using a Piketty-Saez market-income measure alone. The income of the second quintile, often referred to as the working class, rose by 32%, not 0.7%. The income of the middle quintile, America’s middle class, increased by 37%, not 2.2%.

Posted in Think about it. | No Comments »