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Thought for the Day

23rd March 2017

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Eight People Arrested After London Attack

23rd March 2017

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“It is still our belief – which continues to be borne out by our investigation – that this attacker acted alone and was inspired by international terrorism,” said Mark Rowley, Scotland Yard’s acting deputy commissioner, according to BBC. “To be explicit, at this stage we have no specific information about further threats to the public.”

That’s the point. One never knows when some random Muslim will decide that killing random people is what God wants him to do.

Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed the suspect is a British citizen who’s been investigated by Britain’s domestic security agency MI5 for his ties to violent extremism. He was considered a “peripheral” figure on the current intelligence picture.

Oh, that’s a comfort. Funny how these ‘lone wolves’ are always people who have ‘been investigated’ and then dismissed by the ‘domestic security agency’.

“We are not afraid and our resolve will never waiver in the face of terrorism,” May told the parliament. “He was not part of the current intelligence picture.”

Here’s a hint: MAYBE HE OUGHT TO BE. MAY BE YOUR CURRENT INTELLIGENCE PICTURE IS LACKING SOMETHING.

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Want to Examine Your Semen? There’s a Device for That

23rd March 2017

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Assuming, of course, that’s what you want to do.

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Drinking Pint of Beer a Day Linked to Reduced Risk of Heart Attack

23rd March 2017

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Well. There it is.

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Rescue Dog Saves Life of Three-Year-Old Girl Found in a Ditch

23rd March 2017

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Feds Indict Philly DA Seth Williams on Charges of Corruption, Stealing from His Mother

22nd March 2017

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Federal prosecutors have indicted Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, a Democrat first elected in 2009, on 23 counts related to allegations of official corruption and fraud. Williams is accused of accepting gifts and bribes in exchange for favors of a professional nature, as well as for stealing more than $20,000 from his mother, who was in a nursing home. According to The Inquirer, Williams rejected a plea deal earlier this week, and is scheduled to surrender to authorities today.

Oh, look … a corrupt Democrat politician who is also a Person of Color. What are the odds?

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High School Boy Sues Over Having to Change in Front of Trans Boy

22nd March 2017

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Sue! Sue! It’s what we do!

(‘Trans Boy’ is NewSpeak for ‘confused girl’)

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Chelsea Clinton To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award For Some Reason

22nd March 2017

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Chelsea Clinton is set to receive a lifetime achievement award from Variety magazine next month, though it is unclear why.

Well, she survived to adulthood with Bill Clinton as her father and Hillary Clinton as her mother. I find that impressive.

Clinton’s other achievements include being born to one of the most skilled politicians in American history, growing up in the White House, landing a $600,000 contract with MSNBC, marrying a hedge fund millionaire, and tweeting constantly about President Trump.

That’s more than I’ve ever achieved. I’m convinced.

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WashPost Coverage of High School Illegal Immigrant Rape Typifies Media Treatment

22nd March 2017

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Early Tuesday evening, Curtis Houck at NewsBusters noted that the rape of a 14 year-old girl at a Maryland high school by two older teens (17 and 18) who recently arrived the U.S. was the subject of a question at Trump Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s press conference earlier that day. The Washington Post’s first story on the rape Friday illustrates Houck’s observation that the crime is “an inconvenient story for their liberal narrative” that one must downplay or simply not report negative news about the actions of illegal immigrants.

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The Different Kinds of Electrical Outlets You Can Install in Your House

22nd March 2017

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

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Patents Are a Big Part of Why We Can’t Own Nice Things

22nd March 2017

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When you buy something physical—a toaster, a book, or a printer, for example—you expect to be free to use it as you see fit: to adapt it to suit your needs, fix it when it breaks, re-use it, lend it, sell it, or give it away when you’re done with it. Your freedom to do those things is a necessary aspect of your ownership of those objects. If you can’t do them, because the seller or manufacturer has imposed restrictions or limitations on your use of the product, then you don’t really own them. Traditionally, the law safeguards these freedoms by discouraging sellers from imposing certain conditions or restrictions on the sale of goods and property, and limiting the circumstances in which those restrictions may be imposed by contract.

But some companies are relentless in their quest to circumvent and undermine these protections. They want to control what end users of their products can do with the stuff they ostensibly own, by attaching restrictions and conditions on purchasers, locking down their products, and locking you (along with competitors and researchers) out. If they can do that through patent law, rather than ordinary contract, it would mean they could evade legal limits on contracts, and that any one using a product in violation of those restrictions (whether a consumer or competitor) could face harsh penalties for patent infringement.

Our ‘intellectual property’ laws are insane.

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Why American Farmers Are Hacking Their Tractors With Ukrainian Firmware

22nd March 2017

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To avoid the draconian locks that John Deere puts on the tractors they buy, farmers throughout America’s heartland have started hacking their equipment with firmware that’s cracked in Eastern Europe and traded on invite-only, paid online forums.

Tractor hacking is growing increasingly popular because John Deere and other manufacturers have made it impossible to perform “unauthorized” repair on farm equipment, which farmers see as an attack on their sovereignty and quite possibly an existential threat to their livelihood if their tractor breaks at an inopportune time.

Our ‘intellectual property’ laws are insane.

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Diversity Versus Debate

22nd March 2017

Steve Sailer looks behind the scenes.

America used to be able to afford nice things such as freedom of speech, science, and disinterested objectivity. But now we are blessed with diversity, peace be upon it, so we can’t tolerate our Western heritage anymore.

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Rep. Maxine Waters Veiled Threat to Trump: ‘Get Ready for Impeachment’

22nd March 2017

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If that’s a ‘veiled’ threat, I’d like to know what an ‘unveiled’ threat it.

She talks big for somebody who hasn’t got the votes. Perhaps someone ought to explain to her that the Democrats lost the election; she seems to think that they won.

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Large Hadron Collider Turns Up Five New Particles

21st March 2017

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Boffins poring over data from the Large Hadron Collider’s “Beauty” experiment are blinking in surprise, having turned up five new particles in one hit.

The “hiding in plain sight” articles in data from the “LHCb” are all excited states of the baryon Omega-c-zero, ?c0, and the CERN boffins saw the five new particles from its decay states (?c(3000)0, ?c(3050)0, ?c(3066)0, ?c(3090)0 and ?c(3119)0, with bracketed numbers showing mass measured in mega-electron-volts).

Ever since ?c0 was first observed in 1994, scientists have predicted states like the five now spotted by CERN, but they needed LHCb’s sensitivity to watch their brief life.

No word on when they’ll be available at the local WalMart.

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Science Is Making Killer (Tasting) Tomatoes Again

21st March 2017

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For example, most supermarket tomatoes have a genetic mutation that partially delays the production of ripening hormones, thereby adding one to two weeks of shelf life. An unintended consequence of the mutation, however, is that flavor and sugar production are also diminished. Meanwhile, when breeders selected for fruit with a uniform red color, they did not realize that the splotchy green patches on wild and heirloom varieties that they got rid of contain chloroplasts essential for sweetness and flavor production, Giovannoni says.

The new study builds on these discoveries by taking a genome-wide look at the chemistry and genetics of hundreds of tomato varieties and connecting the fruit’s chemistry with people’s preferences. The researchers also discovered that when breeders selected for larger fruits, the added girth came at the expense of sweetness: The enzymes required for sugar production got redirected toward bulking up.

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Man Killed by Exploding TicketMmachine at German Railway Station

21st March 2017

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

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The Social Machine

21st March 2017

Kevin Williamson lays it out.

The purpose of an automobile factory is not to “create jobs,” as the politicians like to say. Its function is not to add to the employment rolls with good wages and UAW benefits, adding to the local tax base and helping to sustain the community — as desirable as all those things are. The purpose of an automobile factory is not to create jobs — it is to create automobiles. Jobs are a means, not an end. Human labor is valuable to the extent that it contributes to human prosperity and human flourishing, not in and of itself as a matter of abstraction.

Politicians always get this one wrong, because the aim of a politician is to get votes, and his perspective on a proposal is ‘Will this get me more votes?’ rather than ‘Will this make life better?’

If I were a Republican politician or someone paid to advise such creatures, I might point out that the great sources of friction in our public life right now have to do mainly with a few areas in which abundance has not been allowed to emerge. We have one economic model for producing food and mobile phones and automobiles, and a different one for producing health care and education, and to some extent (more in some areas of the country than others) housing. The typical American today can afford housing that is much better (larger, better built, better furnished) than could the typical American of his grandparents’ generation. He can afford a better car and better food than a millionaire of that generation. And he has access to better health care and educational options, too, but these have not improved at the rate of everything else in his life, and the options for financing them have become a source of insecurity and stress.

Life is better except where politics has gotten involved. Want a flying car? Get rid of political restrictions on what you can fly/drive and where.

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Rich People WANT Their Taxes Raised

21st March 2017

Lion of the Blogosphere has a theory, with which I disagree.

Rich people talk a lot about getting taxes raised, but if you listen closely they’re talking about tax rates on Ordinary Income, wages and such-like, and that’s not where they make their money.

And even if taxes were raised on the forms of income that they get, they still have a comparative advantage over people who make orders of magnitude less than they do. A tax rate of 50% or even 90% is not going to hurt very much when you’re pulling down a hundred mil a year, but if you’re only making a hundred thou, that drops you to poverty level pretty quickly.

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Thought for the Day

21st March 2017

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Coke and Pepsi: This Is the Real Difference in Taste

21st March 2017

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In his 2005 book Blink, he confirms that Pepsi has more of a citrus flavour, while coke is characterised by a raisiny-vanilla tang.

He also states that the sweeter and more citrusy taste behind Pepsi is why it usually wins in taste tests. This gives is a stronger blast of flavour while Coke is a lot smoother.

No, the reason is that Pepsi tastes like something a human being would want to drink, while Coke tastes like something you would want to clean rust off of furniture with. It’s really just that simple.

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Meet the Father-Son Duo Importing American Bison to Siberia to Save the Planet

21st March 2017

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Will the planet actually be saved? Stay tuned for the next thousand years.

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Canada Conjoins Euthanasia and Organ Harvesting

21st March 2017

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Maybe this fits in somehow with their illegal immigration problem.

Just sayin’.

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Dear Recruiter, “Open Floor Space” Is Not a Job Benefit

20th March 2017

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There are actually people out there (typically CEOs, who have private offices) who think that ‘open floor plan’ offices have some sort of positive benefit. They don’t.

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Trump Administration Publishes First ‘Weekly List of Crimes’ Committed by Immigrants

20th March 2017

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Cue Leftist asses being burned.

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Student Allegedly Attacked Female Basketball Player Because Her Hairstyle Was ‘Cultural Appropriation’

20th March 2017

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Authorities charged a Hampshire College student with assaulting a member of Central Maine Community College’s basketball team over a dispute about cultural appropriation. Really.

The Hampshire student, 20-year-old Carmen Figueroa, allegedly started a fight because the basketball player had braided her hair in a manner that upset Figueroa. She walked up to the visiting player—during a basketball game—and demanded that the player remove the braids from her hair, according to masslive.com.

Figueroa is a female student of color. The basketball player was a member of the women’s team. Her ethnicity is not stated in news articles, though it seems likely she’s either white, or belongs to some other race whose members aren’t allowed to braid their hair Latina-style, according to Figueroa’s world view.

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Report: Trump Walking Out on UN’s Human Rights Council

20th March 2017

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President Donald Trump’s administration is walking out of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) — whose membership includes many states notorious for routinely violating human rights.

Long overdue. Cue hand-wringing and vapors from the Usual Suspects.

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“I Declare Mobile Phone Carriers to Be Enemies of the State”

20th March 2017

Scott Adams sounds the tocsin.

Here’s the basic problem.

Kids as young as eleven have smartphones. That situation won’t change.

A kid with a smartphone has access to any illegal drug in the world, as well as all the peer pressure in the world.

Pills are small, cheap, odorless, widely available, and nearly impossible for a parent to find in a bedroom search. When you have this situation, the next generation is lost.

That is our current situation.

I would say, think of it as evolution in action. I doubt that Scott Adams would find that persuasive.

Update: Disqus locked me out of commenting on my own post after a few.

Perhaps it’s a conspiracy. Just sayin’.

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Rerun? NPR’s Nina Totenberg Promotes Feminist Accuser of Gorsuch, Skips Her Democrat Resume

20th March 2017

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

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Are Robots Really Destined to Take Over Restaurant Kitchens?

20th March 2017

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Well, yeah. Especially if the Social Justice Warriors keep throwing poor people out of work by jacking up the minimum wage.

This past July, the BratWurst Bot, developed by the Forschungszentrum Informatik (FZI) Research Center for Information Technology in Karlsruhe, Germany, flawlessly took orders, cooked, and served over 200 meals for a salivating garden party crowd. “We had a few people at the party surprised that robotics can do something like this,” Arne Roennau, the department manager of robotics at FZI, said. “People are not aware that technology has come this far.”

As fast-food employees continue their Fight for $15, restaurant corporations have begun to look for, and invest in, technological replacements.

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Sitting Up

20th March 2017

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The world is divided into people who sit on the floor and those who sit on chairs.

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3-D Printing With Cellulose

20th March 2017

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For centuries, cellulose has formed the basis of the world’s most abundantly printed-on material: paper. Now, thanks to new research at MIT, it may also become an abundant material to print with — potentially providing a renewable, biodegradable alternative to the polymers currently used in 3-D printing materials.

“Cellulose is the most abundant organic polymer in the world,” says MIT postdoc Sebastian Pattinson, lead author of a paper describing the new system in the journal Advanced Materials Technologies. The paper is co-authored by associate professor of mechanical engineering A. John Hart, the Mitsui Career Development Professor in Contemporary Technology.

Cellulose, Pattinson explains, is “the most important component in giving wood its mechanical properties. And because it’s so inexpensive, it’s biorenewable, biodegradable, and also very chemically versatile, it’s used in a lot of products. Cellulose and its derivatives are used in pharmaceuticals, medical devices, as food additives, building materials, clothing — all sorts of different areas. And a lot of these kinds of products would benefit from the kind of customization that additive manufacturing [3-D printing] enables.”

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Looking Into the Katyn Massacre

20th March 2017

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U.S. government officials have often been hesitant to take the Soviet Union to task on their humanitarian crimes. This reluctance to confront Moscow was usually an effort to avoid worsening already poor relations. After World War II, for example, the U.S. was willing to let Soviet war crimes committed during the war go unchallenged despite clear evidence of Soviet guilt. As early as 1943 the United States was aware that the Katyn Forest Massacre had been carried out by the Soviet secret police, or NKVD. Yet, in order to avoid inciting Soviet retaliation, the US remained silent.

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Can Tech Oligarchs Thrive Under Trump?

20th March 2017

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With the first billionaire in the White House, Wall Street booming and, for the first time in almost a decade, very solid and broad based job growth, one would think America’s business elite would be beaming. But that’s not so because the country’s moguls are more divided than at any time in recent history.

This conflict stems largely from divergent interests among rival factions of the putative ruling class. Trump’s backers tend to have links with the “real” economy, that is, those people who make things, such as energy producers, domestic manufacturers, agribusiness, suburban home-builders, and aerospace firms. These interests are increasingly concentrated in parts of America Trump painted “red”—the South, the Midwest, the Great Plains, and Appalachia.

On the other side lies the “ascendant” ephemeral economy, based in such industries as media, entertainment, software, and social media, as well as their financial backers. These industries are less affected by environmental regulations than those in more tangible lines of business. They are also concentrated in the deep blue slivers along the coasts and in college towns, the very places where the progressive social and environmental agenda is most deeply entrenched.

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Aussie Climate Scientist: Having a Baby Is an “Ethical Entanglement”

20th March 2017

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For a climate activist, having babies is apparently a troubling ethical dilemma, a distressing personal contribution to the global anthropogenic carbon footprint. But somehow they keep popping them out.

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Crap Appliances

19th March 2017

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Now refrigerators last 8–10 years, if you are fortunate. How in the world have our appliances regressed so much in the past few decades?  I’ve bought and sold refrigerators and freezers from the 1950’s that still work perfectly fine. I’ve come across washers and dryers from the 1960’s and 1970’s that were still working like the day they were made. Now, many appliances break and need servicing within 2-3 years and, overall, new appliances last 1/3 to 1/4 as long as appliances built decades ago. They break more frequently, and sooner, than ever before. They rust and deteriorate much quicker than in the past. Why is this happening, and what’s really going on? I’ve been wrestling over these questions for years while selling thousands of appliances, and more recently, working with used appliance sellers and repair techs all across the country. The following is what I’ve discovered.

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Barely News: Suit Can Proceed Over Far-Left Violence After 2016 San Jose Trump Rally

19th March 2017

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If a federal judge allowed a lawsuit to proceed alleging that police led participants in a far-left protest rally into a gauntlet of violence-prone right-wing counter-demonstrators, and that several protesters were pummeled and hurt as a result, it would be nationally prominent news.

But the national establishment press, and the California press outside of the San Francisco Bay area, have just demonstrated that when the political affiliations of those involved are different, it’s not news, even when the aggrieved protesters win a significant court victory affirming their depiction of events.

On Tuesday, pro-Trump supporters at a June 2016 rally in San Jose, California, who allege that police led them into a mob of anti-Trump protesters and then stood by as they were violently attacked, won a major court victory when a federal judge allowed a portion of their legal action against the City and the police officers directly involved to proceed.

(If the American Civil Liberties Union was the organization it claims to be — working “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country” — it would be heavily involved in this matter, or at the very least would have denounced the violence when it occurred. Nope.)

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The Hate Group That Incited the Middlebury Melee

19th March 2017

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Dees also started a nonprofit, which he named the Southern Poverty Law Center. But he gave up neither the high life nor the direct-mail business. He lives in luxury with his fifth wife and still runs the SPLC, which has used the mail-order model to amass a fortune. Its product line is an unusual one: For the past 47 years, Morris Dees has been selling fear and hate.

The business model is simple, albeit cynical, and best illustrated by its most famous case. In 1987, a Dees-led legal team won a $7 million judgment against the Ku Klux Klan in a wrongful death suit on behalf of Beulah Mae Donald, the mother of a 19-year-old kid murdered by members of the racist group. But the defendants’ total assets amounted to a building worth $52,000. That’s how much Mrs. Donald, who died the following year, received. But Dees reaped $9 million for the SPLC from fundraising solicitations about the case, including one showing a grisly photo of Michael Donald’s corpse.

Today, the center boasts a treasury of more than $300 million, the richest civil rights group in the country.

But with the Ku Klan Klan literally out of business, how was the SPLC able to frighten people into still donating? That’s where the AEI’s Charles Murray reenters our story, along with many other mainstream conservative groups. Scaring the bejesus out of people requires new bogeymen, and lots of them.

Scientology for Social Justice Warriors.

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Thought for the Day

19th March 2017

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Tillerson: ‘I Spend My Time Working on This Airplane,’ Defends Not Bringing Press Corps

18th March 2017

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The U.S. diplomatic press corps was deeply angered when the Department of State announced it did not intend on bringing any members of the press corps aboard the secretary’s aircraft. “The State Department Correspondents’ Association is disappointed that Secretary Tillerson chose to travel this week to North Asia without a full contingent of the diplomatic press corps or even a pool reporter,” the group said in a statement.

Tillerson defended his action, saying, “There’s this long tradition that the Secretary spends time on the plane with the press. I don’t know that I’ll do a lot of that. I’m just not … that’s not the way I tend to work. That’s not the way I tend to spend my time. I spend my time working on this airplane.”

The squealing sound you hear is the pigs being kicked away from the trough.

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Thought for the Day

18th March 2017

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

18th March 2017

Wooden gears.

Skinners instead of socks.

Portable pizza oven. With cheese on her fingers and sauce on her toes, she shall have pizza wherever she goes.

 

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Paris Orly Airport Shooting: Attacker Was ‘Radicalised Muslim’ Man Known to French Intelligence Services

18th March 2017

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

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Big Box Jesus

18th March 2017

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One of my cousins recently attended an event at a suburban church and I tagged along. I’m amoral and omnivorous. I’ll go to any house of worship on the odd chance I might actually learn something useful – and I often do. And I meet a lot of really nice people along the way. But mostly I like to explore the landscapes other people inhabit. Church provides an intimate glimpse into what people are thinking and feeling in a particular location.

I was immediately impressed with how much this church looked and functioned like a shopping mall. The size, shape, and general construction of the buildings and surrounding parking lots were indistinguishable from a large retail center. I spent more time than I probably should have trying to figure out which denomination it was. Catholic? Definitely not. Lutheran? Not exactly. Baptist? Meh. Mormon? Nope. It was a generic all inclusive Christian arrangement that celebrated the lack of any specific affiliation. Come and worship. We take all kinds. And enjoy the ample free parking and food court while you’re here. There was a well populated Christian school, a substantial auditorium, and all manner of programs and facilities. It was a highly successful suburban version of Big Box Jesus.

The Dallas term is ‘Godatorium’.

But then I looked out at the parking lot. How many people paid cash for their cars? I explored the subdivisions all around the church. How many people bought their suburban homes with cash? How many people are capable of setting aside even a sliver of savings on a regular basis ever. How many people bought their clothes and shoes and had their hair done with a credit card that got rolled over into a big ball of vague but gradually mounting debt? How many people are approaching middle age and still paying off student loan debt?

I understand the dynamics of contemporary accounting. Carrying mortgage debt provides a substantial tax advantage. Using “other people’s money” at a low interest rate to invest in an asset that consistently rises in value is smart and frees up cash to be deployed in other more productive ways. Putting cash into savings is inefficient since it sits in a bank earning near zero interest these days. Stock values keep rising so investing in equities is a no brainer.

You can’t go around wearing thrift store clothes and sporting a bowl haircut and expect to be taken seriously in a professional business setting. You don’t want to drive around in an old clunker and put your family at risk when you could have the latest safety and reliability features of a newer car bought on credit. If you can buy that car with a home equity loan and get the tax deduction, all the better. Everything about respectable modern life is predicated on people spending a certain amount of money in a very specific way that is nearly impossible to achieve on a cash basis. And that set of arrangements is in direct conflict with the traditional virtues of frugality, saving, and self reliance. Big Box Jesus takes Visa, Mastercard, and American Express.

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Wages Rise on California Farms. Americans Still Don’t Want the Job

17th March 2017

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Of course not. They all have food stamps and section 8 housing vouchers and MedicAid.

Why work when Uncle Santa Clause will support you?

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In Manufacturing and Retail, Robot Labor is Cheaper Than Slave Labor Would Be

17th March 2017

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Of course, when ‘slave’ is actually another word for ‘taxpayer’, that’s cold comfort.

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Escape to Another World

17th March 2017

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Over the last 15 years there has been a steady and disconcerting leak of young people away from the labour force in America. Between 2000 and 2015, the employment rate for men in their 20s without a college education dropped ten percentage points, from 82% to 72%. In 2015, remarkably, 22% of men in this group – a cohort of people in the most consequential years of their working lives – reported to surveyors that they had not worked at all in the prior 12 months. That was in 2015: when the unemployment rate nationwide fell to 5%, and the American economy added 2.7m new jobs. Back in 2000, less than 10% of such men were in similar circumstances.

What these individuals are not doing is clear enough, says Erik Hurst, an economist at the University of Chicago, who has been studying the phenomenon. They are not leaving home; in 2015 more than 50% lived with a parent or close relative. Neither are they getting married. What they are doing, Hurst reckons, is playing video games. As the hours young men spent in work dropped in the 2000s, hours spent in leisure activities rose nearly one-for-one. Of the rise in leisure time, 75% was accounted for by video games. It looks as though some small but meaningful share of the young-adult population is delaying employment or cutting back hours in order to spend more time with their video game of choice.

Think about it:

No fat ugly feminists screeching about The Patriarchy.

No welfare queens complaining that drinking milk is raaaaaaacist.

No nerd little shrimp of indeterminate sex complaining about what pronoun she/it is entitled to.

No minimum wage pricing out of the only jobs you’re qualified for.

No gangbangers whupping your ass because you looked at them on the street.

Just peace – and quiet – and fun.

What’s not to like?

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TSA Gave My MacBook Pro to Another passenger at LAX, and Now It’s Gone

17th March 2017

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Don’t you feel safer?

Don’t you wish these fine people could run your health care system, too?

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Foreign Actor Denied Immigration Visa for Being the Wrong Race

17th March 2017

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Equity, in its statement Tuesday barring Mr. Pryce, said that it could not ”appear to condone the casting of a Caucasian in the role of a Eurasian.” …

I am not making this up.

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Internal Brain Drain

17th March 2017

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Experts have warned for years now that our rates of geographic mobility have fallen to troubling lows. Given that some areas have unemployment rates around 2 percent and others many times that, this lack of movement may mean joblessness for those who could otherwise work.

The brain drain also encourages a uniquely modern form of cultural detachment. Eventually, the young people who’ve moved out marry — typically to partners with similar economic prospects. They raise children in increasingly segregated neighborhoods, giving rise to something the conservative scholar Charles Murray calls “super ZIPs.” These super ZIPs are veritable bastions of opportunity and optimism, places where divorce and joblessness are rare.

As one of my college professors recently told me about higher education, “The sociological role we play is to suck talent out of small towns and redistribute it to big cities.” There have always been regional and class inequalities in our society, but the data tells us that we’re living through a unique period of segregation.

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