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The Robots Are Coming

22nd March 2015

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Put all this together, and we can start to see why many people think a big shift is about to come in the impact of computing and technology on our daily lives. Computers have got dramatically more powerful and become so cheap that they are effectively ubiquitous. So have the sensors they use to monitor the physical world. The software they run has improved dramatically too. We are, Brynjolfsson and McAfee argue, on the verge of a new industrial revolution, one which will have as much impact on the world as the first one. Whole categories of work will be transformed by the power of computing, and in particular by the impact of robots.

Frey and Osborne’s conclusion is stark. In the next two decades, 47 per cent of employment is ‘in the high-risk category’, meaning it is ‘potentially automatable’. Interestingly, though not especially cheeringly, it is mainly less well-paid workers who are most at risk. Recent decades have seen a polarisation in the job market, with increased employment at the top and bottom of the pay distribution, and a squeeze on middle incomes. ‘Rather than reducing the demand for middle-income occupations, which has been the pattern over the past decades, our model predicts that computerisation will mainly substitute for low-skill and low-wage jobs in the near future. By contrast, high-skill and high-wage occupations are the least susceptible to computer capital.’ So the poor will be hurt, the middle will do slightly better than it has been doing, and the rich – surprise! – will be fine.

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In Defense of a Beautiful Boss

21st March 2015

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It shouldn’t come as any surprise that someone out there writing for The Economist has a problem with the looks of our bosses.  Leftists have been waging a war against nearly every personal advantage for years: if they aren’t upset because your parents are rich, they’ll insult you because your parents are white, or maybe because you have a penis.  In their most unreasonable moments, they might even be upset that you deserve your own job.  It seems only reasonable to expect that sooner or later, they would be complaining about whether or not our bosses keep themselves in shape.

This is because at the heart of all leftism lies an unreasonable envy of all advantage (disguised as an advocacy of the disadvantaged) and an unhealthy hatred of actual diversity (disguised as an appreciation of difference).  They call life a meritocracy when your successful parents raise you to win, which is a lot like complaining that your parents raised you at all.  It’s almost enough to make you wonder whether they loathe the laws of cause and effect.  In the fight against all odds – not his, but everyone’s – the leftist hasn’t only forgotten that different people breed different people; he’s forgotten that different people are diversity itself, and that diversity, the thing he claims to be championing, means that someone is going to have natural advantages.

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Nano-Architecture

21st March 2015

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To visit the lab of Caltech materials ­scientist Julia Greer is to enter a realm where the ordinary rules of physical stuff don’t seem to apply. Greer designs and builds nanomaterials that behave in ways surprising to those of us who spend our days in a world where strong materials like ceramic and steel tend to be heavy, while lightweight ones are weak. When Greer controls architecture at the nanoscale, the rules change.

If materials like Greer’s could be produced in large quantities, they could replace composites and other materials used in a wide range of applications, because they’d be just as strong at a fraction of the weight. Another possibility is to greatly increase the energy density of batteries—the amount of power they can hold at a given size. To do that, researchers have been trying to develop electrodes that are lighter than the ones used in today’s batteries but can store more energy. However, promising electrode materials such as silicon are prone to cracking under strain. An electrode made by coating a metal nanolattice with silicon could have crack-resistant toughness in its very structure. The key to creating such wondrous materials is an arsenal of specialized machines—some of which Greer has rebuilt to suit her purposes—that make it possible to precisely control structure at the nanoscale over relatively large areas.

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The Little “Fighter” That Couldn’t: Moral Hazard and the F-35

21st March 2015

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Among the crippling problems highlighted in the DOT&E report:

  • Software glitches disrupting enemy identification and weapon employment.
  • A redesigned fuel tank that continues to demonstrate unacceptable vulnerability to explosion from lightning or enemy fire.
  • Departures from controlled flight during high-speed maneuvering, a six-year-old problem that apparently will not be solved without sacrificing stealth or combat capability.
  • Helmet issues fundamentally degrading pilot situational awareness.
  • Engine problems so severe they’re limiting sortie rates, impeding the test schedule, and generating risky operational decisions.
  • Nightmarish maintainability issues leading to over-reliance on contractor support.

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The Coming Ice Age

21st March 2015

Betty Friedan (you remember her, right?) discusses ‘climate change’ — in 1958.

As Ewing and Donn read the evidence, an Ice Age will result from a slow warming and rising of the ocean that is now taking place. They believe that this ocean flood — which may submerge large coastal areas of the eastern United States and western Europe — is going to melt the ice sheet which has covered the Arctic Ocean through all recorded history. Calculations based on the independent observations of other scientists indicate this melting could begin, within roughly one hundred years.

It is this melting of Arctic ice which Ewing and Donn believe will set off another Ice Age on earth. They predict that it will cause great snows to fall in the north — perennial unmelting snows which the world has not seen since the last Ice Age thousands of years ago. These snows will make the Arctic glaciers grow again, until their towering height forces them forward. The advance south will be slow, but if it follows the route of previous ice ages, it will encase in ice large parts of North America and Europe. It would, of course, take many centuries for that wall of ice to reach New York and Chicago, London and Paris. But its coming is an inevitable consequence of the cycle which Ewing and Donn believe is now taking place.

So ‘global warming’ will lead to a new Ice Age. Who knew?

Of course, Betty Friedan has moved on since than and so has the rest of the ‘progressive movement’, but this certainly accounts for all of the AlGore-come-to-town blizzards we’ve been seeing.

Just sayin’.

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Write Privilege

21st March 2015

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White privilege — the concept that whites benefit from structural racism in ways that similarly situated nonwhites don’t — has been hotly debated among academics for decades. But recent events — from the riots and protests in Ferguson, Mo., to the closure of a University of Oklahoma fraternity over its racist chants, to this week’s beating of a black University of Virginia student by campus police — have reinvigorated that debate, along with calls for teachers to talk directly with their students about white privilege.

For professors inclined to answer those calls, just how should they do it, particularly in a writing class? That was the topic of a popular session Thursday at the annual meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication. The session was led by Ersula Ore, an assistant professor of writing at Arizona State University who found herself at the center of a debate about police racism on that campus last year, when she was body-slammed by campus police after they stopped her for jaywalking and she refused to show her ID. (Ore is African-American.)

The new clerisy is on the march through the institutions, leaving no mind unmowed.

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Touring Portland’s Brand New Car-Free Bridge

21st March 2015

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Okay, it seems like now Portland is just showing off. The city is putting the finishing touches on the Tilikum Bridge, a multi-modal span that will serve buses, cyclists, pedestrians and trains — but no cars.

Hipster Portland has successfully regressed to 1900. Way to go, Portland.

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Thought for the Day

21st March 2015

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Today, one of the most powerful religions in the Western World is environmentalism. Environmentalism seems to be the religion of choice for urban atheists. Why do I say it’s a religion? Well, just look at the beliefs. If you look carefully, you see that environmentalism is in fact a perfect 21st century remapping of traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs and myths.

There’s an initial Eden, a paradise, a state of grace and unity with nature, there’s a fall from grace into a state of pollution as a result of eating from the tree of knowledge, and as a result of our actions there is a judgment day coming for us all. We are all energy sinners, doomed to die, unless we seek salvation, which is now called sustainability. Sustainability is salvation in the church of the environment. Just as organic food is its communion, that pesticide-free wafer that the right people with the right beliefs, imbibe. . . .

There is no Eden. There never was. What was that Eden of the wonderful mythic past? Is it the time when infant mortality was 80%, when four children in five died of disease before the age of five? When one woman in six died in childbirth? When the average lifespan was 40, as it was in America a century ago. When plagues swept across the planet, killing millions in a stroke. Was it when millions starved to death? Is that when it was Eden?

— Michael Crichton

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

21st March 2015

Analog Memory Desk,

Blue Freedom Portable Hydropower Plant.

Briefcase Barbecue.

Pick-Pocket-Proof Pants.

eTape16 digital measuring tape.

Nite Ize Gear Tie.

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Obama Administration Sets Record for Censoring and Denying Transparency Requests

21st March 2015

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

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Media Disappointed Black Man in Mississippi Wasn’t Lynched

21st March 2015

Steve Sailer does the news behind the news.

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John Boehner Defies Conservatives, Goes Bold on Budget

21st March 2015

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Of course, ‘goes bold’ is Voice-of-the-Crust for ‘sells out’.

Headline you’ll never see: ‘Democrat President defies liberals, goes bold on budget’.

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Tunisian Took Break From Travel Agent Job to Shoot Tourists

21st March 2015

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Shortly before he and a friend gunned down 20 foreign tourists at Tunisia’s Bardo museum, Yassine al-Abidi sat down to a breakfast of olive oil and dates with his family and left for work at his travel agency as usual.

His relatives, mourning his death in a hail of police bullets in the midst of the attack, said they could not understand how a lively, popular young man with a taste for the latest imported clothes could have done such a thing.

Well, he was Muslim. Jihad is what Muslim’s do. It’s in the Koran.

They said he was typical of the young men of Tunis’ Omrane Superieur suburb. He graduated in French, held down a job and showed no sign of the hardline Islamist ideology that would drive him to commit the worst militant attack in a decade.

Which goes to show that there’s no way to tell a ‘moderate’ Muslim from a ‘militant’ Muslim until he starts killing people. Now, what lesson can we draw from that? Hm?

 

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How Big Contractors Mooch on Federal Subsidies

21st March 2015

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

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Sun Setting on Daylight Saving Time? States Consider Alternative to Clock-Changing ‘Hassle’

21st March 2015

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Proponents of scrapping daylight saving time say it’s generally unnecessary, disturbs sleep patterns and has recently become even more complicated. In 1986, Congress extended daylight saving from a six- to seven-month period and extended it again in 2005 to eight months — mid-March to mid-November.

Indeed, since ‘standard’ time only applies for about a third of a year, it ought to be re-labeled ‘dayling spending time’ and the other one re-labeled ‘standard time’.

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Suspect Shot After Machete Attack at New Orleans Airport

21st March 2015

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A man armed with a machete and insecticide attacked two Transportation Security Agency workers at a New Orleans airport late Friday before he was shot multiple times by authorities, police said.

I wonder whether the usual Lame-stream Media hand-wringers will come out and probe into what AWFUL circumstances made this guy crack. But I suspect that they won’t.

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New York Creates Massive Cigarette Black Market, Wants Virginia to Fix It

20th March 2015

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With state cigarette taxes at $4.35 per pack and the Big Apple piling another $1.50 on top of that, New York has become a major destination for smuggled smokes. Up to 60 percent of all cigarettes sold in the state are smuggled from elsewhere (The Mackinac Center, which tracks these things, puts the number at 56.87 percent for 2012). By contrast, Virginia’s taxes per pack are only 30 cents, which makes it an excellent source for all of those smokes headed up I-95 to the Empire State. Logically enough, at least in the context of the political world, New York officials are concerned and think Virginia should do something.

Okay, let’s reduce the tax to 10 cents. Entrepreneurship ought to be rewarded.

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First Robin of Spring

20th March 2015

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Thought for the Day

20th March 2015

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“If you replace ‘men’ with ‘Jews,’ a huge percentage of Tumblr becomes Nazi propaganda.”

20th March 2015

The Other McCain documents the derangement.

The phenomenon of “Tumblr Feminism” really has to be seen to be believed. In the 1950s, women with mental illness were treated with psychoanalysis, tranquilizers or electroshock therapy. Now, all the crazy women just log on and post their deranged gibberish on Tumblr, where thousands of other crazy women tell them how awesome they are.

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The Judenrein Future of Eurabia

20th March 2015

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All across Europe, Islamic and radical right-wing scum are strangely allied in their belief in the worldwide Jewish conspiracy. So we shouldn’t be surprised that the persecution of Jews is hitting its stride again. The exodus from France is only the tip of the iceberg. Anti-Semitic insults and smears have long since become “normal” again — including in Austria. The threshold for physical violence is sinking steadily. Smug European citizens look the other way (in irritation?) — like that other time in Vienna when Jews were allowed to clean the streets with toothbrushes. And the oh-so-humane Left chants anti-Semitic mottos in their demonstrations against Israel, but say nothing about this new mega-scandal.

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Why No One Trusts Environmentalists

20th March 2015

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It didn’t start with global warming: environmentalists have been distorting (and sometimes fabricating) facts for a long time. As a result, most people have learned to view environmentalists’ claims with skepticism. Here is a case in point.

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The Economics of the California Water Shortage

20th March 2015

Alex Tabarrok, a Real Economist, discovers that his Bullshit Meter has gone off.

California has plenty of water…just not enough to satisfy every possible use of water that people can imagine when the price is close to zero. As David Zetland points out in an excellent interview with Russ Roberts, people in San Diego county use around 150 gallons of water a day. Meanwhile in Sydney Australia, with a roughly comparable climate and standard of living, people use about half that amount. Trust me, no one in Sydney is going thirsty.

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New Series: Worst Professors in America

20th March 2015

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The other day we noted the tenured professor of sociology from Penn State, Karen Halnon, who ranted about Venezuela while lighting up a cigarette on an airplane. Surely she deserves to be Entry Number 1 in Power Line’s Worst Professors in America roster.

And barely three days later, we have out second distinguished professor to add to the roster: Pancho Savery of Reed College in Portlandia.

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Senate Democrats Vote to Pay Cash Benefits to Illegal Immigrants

20th March 2015

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The Treasury Department Inspector General for Tax Administration has repeatedly warned that illegal immigrants are collecting billion of dollars in refundable tax credits to which they are not legally entitled. This outrageous situation can be corrected rather easily, by requiring tax filers to supply a valid Social Security number in order to claim the Additional Child Tax Credit. Today in the Senate Budget Committee, Jeff Sessions proposed an amendment that would do exactly that, thereby saving American taxpayers billions of dollars that are flowing improperly to illegal aliens.

Incredibly, the ten Democrats on the committee voted in lockstep to keep the illegal money flowing. It is hard to believe, but you can see it for yourself….

No surprises here. Their eventual goal is to give these criminals ‘a path to citizenship’,and when they become voters they’ll remember the Party that gave them Free Stuff.

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The Islamization of South America

20th March 2015

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Islam has made serious inroads into South America. Hezbollah is know to be active there, particularly in the Tri-Border Area, and Venezuela has been working with Iran for decades. Narco-terrorists and Marxist groups in the region reportedly cooperate with Al Qaeda and other Islamic terror outfits to help smuggle pseudo-Latino operatives across the border between Mexico and the United States.

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Hillary Clinton Wants to Send Citizens to Camps—Fun Camps!

20th March 2015

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The punchlines write themselves on this one, and that’s exactly what’s happening. Hillary Clinton, soon to announce her candidacy for president, spoke last night before the American Camp Association in New Jersey. In an effort to try to connect with her audience, she said, “We really need to have camps for adults. … None of the serious stuff. None of the life challenge stuff. More fun. I think we have a huge ‘fun deficit’ in America.”

I guess laughing at the Clintons isn’t enough.

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Is London’s ‘Diversity’ to Blame for Its ‘Unprogressive’ Views on Homosexuality?

20th March 2015

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YouGov recently carried out a survey in the UK which sought primarily to judge public opinions on the issue of posthumous pardons to people convicted of homosexuality. So far so hip, cool and with the beat.

But the poll also asked respondents whether they think in general that homosexuality is ‘morally acceptable’ or ‘morally wrong’.  What do you think the figures were?  Well in most regions of the UK those people who thought homosexuality ‘morally wrong’ sat at around 15 per cent.  About what one might have expected.  But what do you think the figure was in that enlightened beacon of progressive diversity which is our capital?  1 per cent?  2 per cent?

Nope.  In London the number of people who said they thought homosexuality is immoral was almost double (29 per cent) what it was in the rest of the country.

Now why might that be?  Is it because lots of straight Londoners have at some point been to a gay bar in the capital and thought the music too cheesy?  Or is it possible that the ‘diversity’ of our capital city is precisely the cause of this ‘un-progressive’ fact?

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Thomas Friedman Asks “Should We Be Arming ISIS?” Better Q: Why Are We Reading Thomas Friedman?

20th March 2015

Nick Gillespie isn’t afraid to ask the easy questions.

What is it that Don Draper tells Peggy in that episode of Mad Men when she gives birth to an unintended baby? Something like “Don’t look back, there’s nothing for you there. Keep moving forward.”

I thought of that moment while reading Thomas Friedman’s column about the Islamic State and the Middle East in The New York Times.

Oddly, Friedman is absolutely uninterested in pausing for a second and asking his assistants to rummage through his own archives. There, he would find voluminous words from the man himself pushing for the very courses of action he now tut-tuts.

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

20th March 2015

Iraq militia leader hails Iran’s ‘unconditional’ support, slams US for broken promises

ISIS Demands a Harsh Tax to Leave Town

IS group tightens its grip on Mosul residents

Pakistani brothers plead guilty to New York terror plot

Iraqi Kurds say ISIS used chemical weapons against troops

14 dead in twin blasts outside Pakistan church, officials say

Turkey arrests 3 British male teens believed to be on their way to Syria

ISIS’ dark agenda: Terror group’s tweets show more destruction of sacred Christian sites

Official: ISIS attacks Libyan hospital, kidnaps — then frees — 20 foreigners

U.S. Air Force Veteran Charged With Attempting to Support Islamic State

Lawyer for doctor who helped CIA hunt bin Laden shot dead

Gunman Believed to Be Behind 2 Copenhagen Attacks Is Fatally Shot, Police Say

Copenhagen gunman had gang background, criminal record, police say

Tunisia Museum Death Toll Climbs to 22

Tunisia president says country ‘in a war with terror’ after Tunis museum massacre kills 19

Heroine from hell: Palestinians honor mass killer with monument

Al Shabaab leader killed in US drone strike

Evidence suggests Syria shot down US drone, military source says

Skilled gunsmith helps Kurds turn ISIS’ guns on terrorists

US-led coalition airstrike destroys ISIS drone

Several victims of Tunisia attack were cruise ship passengers

Nigerian president vows to retake seized lands from Boko Haram within month

Medieval Fantasies? Islamic State Pursues Apocalyptic Logic

Why was a 9th century Viking woman buried with a ring that says ‘for Allah’ on it?

Tunisia Arrests 9 in Deadly Museum Attack; ISIS Claims Responsibility

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Mandatory Voting Is a Terrible—and Insulting—Idea

20th March 2015

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“It would be transformative if everybody voted,” he said. “That would counter money more than anything.”

No, it wouldn’t, not really. Well, first of all, let’s backtrack to the idea. Mandatory voting is a violation of our civil rights, just as denying a citizen a right to vote is a violation. Casting a vote is speech. It is showing support or opposition to a candidate or proposal. Making voting mandatory means voting is no longer a right. It’s an obligation. It’s forced speech. If we were forced to attend a church, but had a choice of several churches, we would still (most of us, anyway) recognize that this is a violation of our freedom to decline to practice religion at all. Not voting isn’t just an expression of apathy. It’s also a form of protest.

One of the purposes of not voting is to express the notion that ‘none of the above are correct’. If they would add that choice to every ballot, then my objections to mandatory voting would shrink amazingly. (But still not make them go away. The legitimate functions of government all involve making one not do something. Every time the government attempts to make one actually do something is an usurpation.)

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Magic Bullet Fail: Obesity Rose Most in Areas of L.A. Where Fast Food Openings Were Banned

20th March 2015

Elizabeth Nolan Brown peeks behind the curtain.

Lawmakers want one type of eatery, one offending beverage, one no-no nutrient that, if abolished from American diets, will reverse the course on this whole obesity trend. Because what we actually need is a lot more nuanced and a lot tougher sell: widespread shifts in cultural atittudes toward food; increases in nutrition knowledge; and overhauling of food policies that kill innovation and subsidize the foods that are killing us. You can see why lawmakers prefer to focus on limiting the number of McDonald’s.

“Researchers agree that even without an empirical effect, policies can start conversations that change societal norms,” the Times states. Gwendolyn Flynn, nutrition policy director for Community Health Councils, “has noticed that at community meetings in South L.A., there is often fruit and water among the pastries and soda. ‘That’s huge,'” she said.

It might sound radical, but perhaps community meetings could provide fruit and water without a banning economic activity from South L.A.?

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Racial Trouble on Starbucks Island

20th March 2015

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This week, Starbucks Coffee Company announced its “Race Together” initiative, which encourages employees to strike up conversations with customers about race relations in America. Yes, you read that right. Baristas will be encouraged to write “Race Together” on cups, offering a gentle psychological nudge and suggesting it’s a good idea to discuss hot-button and largely misunderstood issues with complete strangers who are also armed with piping hot beverages.

Also, is it just me, or has that guy with the laptop at the prime corner table been locked in the same hunched-over position with his stuff sprawled all over for the past three days? Why isn’t he at a smaller table? Are those cobwebs in his beard? Wait. Is he even ALIVE? Welcome to Starbucks, friends. Let’s go talk to that guy about race. Maybe then he’ll actually leave.

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Fox Makes It Easy for Amnesty

20th March 2015

Mickey Kaus points a finger.

Most of the mainstream broadcast and cable networks avoided giving excessive coverage to the recent congressional fight over the Department of Homeland Security, which was all about Republicans trying to block Obama’s executive amnesty by attaching restrictions to DHS funding. NBC Nightly News went a step further and avoided mentioning the immigration issue even when covering the funding fight — treating the threat of a DHS shutdown as if it were some sort of out-of-the-blue natural disaster.

But it’s one thing for Dem-friendly NBC to go to bat for Obama’s causes.  It’s another if Fox does it too. Fox is supposed to be the feisty opposition network. You’d think it would wage a rousing campaign against Obama’s executive actions on immigration, which are surely wildly unpopular among its viewers, both because of their ends (de facto legalizing of illegals) and their means (presidential overreach).

You’d think that.  But you would be wrong.

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Barbarism at the Bardo

20th March 2015

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The terrorist attack at Tunis’ Bardo museum (one of the world’s great museums) which killed 20 foreign tourists, is not just a blow to Tunisia’s political stability, but also a strike against its economy.

Though the government has been downplaying the role of organized Islamist radicals in the attack, a new group calling itself the Uqba ibn Nafi Battalion posted a video online which seemed to betray a detailed knowledge of how the attack took place. Praising the strike (while not yet taking full responsibility for it), the group went on to outline a strategy aimed specifically at foreigners….

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ACLU Sues TSA Over Behavior Screening Program

20th March 2015

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No doubt they want to make sure that it’s not designed to catch actual terrorists but rather reflects the diversity that is America.

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Union Lobbyist Who Worked One Day as a Teacher Suing Illinois for $30,000 Pension

20th March 2015

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Piccioli is a retired lobbyist for the Illinois Federation of Teachers and never worked in a classroom, but he took advantage of a loophole in Illinois pension law to score his teaching pension.

In 2007, he worked one day as a substitute teacher at a Springfield school. Under Illinois pension law, that one day in the classroom allowed him to qualify for a pension that would pay him for all of his years of work as a member of the union.

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Why Do We Have Eyelashes?

19th March 2015

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Eyelashes? More like why-lashes. A team of scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology wanted to understand the function eyelashes serve in mammalian species. So they tested fake eyelashes in a wind tunnel.

Hey, tenure doesn’t grow on trees, you know.

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U.N. Orders Review of 1961 Crash That Killed Dag Hammarskjold

19th March 2015

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Some would quote Ms Hillary, ‘At this point, what difference does it make?’, but not me. I love the smell of conspiracy in the morning.

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How Your Diet Soda-Drinking Habits Affect Belly Fat

19th March 2015

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Hint: It’s not good.

Over a period of nine years covered by the study, people who regularly drank diet soda gained almost triple the amount of fat in the abdominal area as those who didn’t consume it, researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio say.

Their increase in waist circumference was three times that of people who didn’t drink diet sodas, and even people who consumed diet soda only occasionally had double the increase over people who drank no diet soda, they reported in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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Ireland Enters Nationwide Recovery

18th March 2015

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Happy St Patrick’s Day.

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What I Saw At the Conspiracy Theory Conference

18th March 2015

Jesse Walker reports back.

“I think the reason we think conspiracy theories exist is because they exist,” he declared.

It was neither the first nor the last contentious moment of the conference, which took place on the university’s Coral Gables campus from March 12 to 14. The event had been organized by Joseph Uscinski and Joseph Parent, a pair of political scientists who did a commendable job of looking past their own field to invite people from different disciplines. And when I say “different disciplines,” I don’t merely mean “people who study different things.” I mean “people with entirely different tool kits for understanding the universe.”

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Meet Saudi Arabia’s Top Cleric. Like ISIS, He Also Thinks Churches Should Be Destroyed

18th March 2015

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Take a look at this guy, and take a look at Pope Francis, and pick whose God you would rather follow.

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Outlawing Human-Driven Cars

18th March 2015

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Of course, Daniel Keys Moran predicted all of this years ago.

He is, of course, one of my Recommended Writers, over there on the right.

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Dear Azealia Banks, Please Feel Free to Leave America and Never Return

18th March 2015

Matt Walsh calls a bluff.

A black pop star/rapper named Azealia Banks posed for Playboy and, during the interview portion of the proceedings, went on a deranged rant against white people. She said she hates everything about America, hates white people, hates people from the middle of the country, hates white girls who work at Kmart, and wishes she could be paid reparations and then leave this nation.

Now, you might think, “well, a racist black celebrity spouting insults at white people, what else is new?” You’re right. Totally par for the course. And that’s the problem. We cannot just sit back and allow hatred and bigotry and elitist snobbery towards working class Americans to become something so totally acceptable and normal that we don’t even comment on it when it happens.

But rather than simply lecture Ms. Banks, I figured I would take her up on her proposition. I’m not usually the guy who tells people to leave the country if they don’t like it, but in this girl’s case, because she hates “everything about” this country and almost everyone in it, I really think relocation is the only feasible solution. In fact, she would be quite the hypocrite if she said these things and felt this way and still stayed here. That’s true of anyone who shares her views. It’s one thing to wish for our country to improve — I certainly share that desire — but if you hate it from an elemental level, if you hate everything about it, if you hate its history and its people and what’s left of its culture, then why in God’s name would you stick around?

Because just selling to black people wouldn’t earn her enough to keep her in the style to which she has become accustomed?

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Quotation of the Day

18th March 2015

Don Boudreaux, a Real Economist.

It’s important to keep in mind the distinction between inequality and poverty.  To confuse the two (as is common today) risks addressing the wrong malady.  Just as we do not blame a cancer victim’s suffering on an unequal distribution of good health – that is, just as we recognize that a cancer victim’s illness is not caused by the good health of others and cannot be cured by making healthy people less healthy – we should recognize that a poor person’s poverty is not caused by the prosperity of others and cannot be cured by making wealthy people less wealthy.  Indeed, recent research suggests that simply transferring more money to relatively poor people in rich societies does not provide much relief; poverty persists for reasons that run far more deeply than the fact that some people earn more income than do others.

The whole ‘inequality’ fetish is the perennial refuge of low-information people  who mistakenly believe that an economy is a zero-sum game, i.e. if X has more then Y necessarily has less.

I blame Rawls and the professors who make him required reading.

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Cuban Democracy Advocate Viciously Beaten by Castro’s Thugs

18th March 2015

Read it.

You remember Castro? Obama’s new Latin American buddy?

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The Quantified Citizen

18th March 2015

Read it.

In 1992, when The Man from Hope established a new standard for campaign trail empathy, there were no smartphones, no wireless activity wristbands, no life-tracking apps, no cloud. Bill Clinton felt our pain, but couldn’t do much about it. In contrast, today’s government caregivers have a vast new arsenal of tools at their disposal. They can feel our pain, aggregate it, analyze it, and implement policies that will reduce it by at least 10 percent. Or at least they can aspire to such grand ambitions.

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Feds Unclear on the Concept of Birth Tourism

18th March 2015

Steve Sailer is irate.

I’ve been covering for at least 4 years the scandal of “birth tourism” — pregnant women from China paying a lot of money to hole up in Southern California for a couple of months so their upcoming baby can be granted the pecuniary benefits of American birthright citizenship — because the advertisements in Chinese are so clear about what chumps we Americans are with our schmaltzy ideas about immigration.

Finally, early this month the federal government raided 20 birth tourism operations in SoCal.

But it looks like most of the Chinese customers are going to get birthright citizenship for their future kid anyway, sending a message to foreigners to keep engaging in this scam.

Hm. Given the choice of which sort of people are getting anchor babies, I’d pick rich Chinese over poor Mexicans any day.

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Starbucks to Encourage Baristas to Discuss Race Relations With Customers

18th March 2015

Read it.

So much for shopping at Starbucks. I guess they want all the non-hipsters to go elsewhere. Good luck with that.

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