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Treasury: Record Number Renounce US Citizenship, Green Cards Over Tax Laws Read more: WSJ: Record Number of US Citizens, Green-Card Holders Cut Ties With U.S. in 2015

8th February 2016

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The number of people renouncing their U.S. citizenship or abandoning green cards has soared to record levels for the third consecutive year, US Treasury Department data reveal.

The surge is likely the result of stringent U.S. tax policy, officials told the Wall Street Journal.

‘Cause I’m the tax-man, ooooo, I’m the tax-man, yeah…..

The underlying cause behind the massive increase in renunciations is believed to be the Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), which came into force in 2010. The law imposes harsh penalties for non-compliance, even if people aren’t dodging it on purpose, Andrew Mitchel, an international lawyer who analyzes IRS data, told the Wall Street Journal.

“An increasing number of Americans appear to believe that having a U.S. passport or long-term residency isn’t worth the hassle and cost of complying with U.S. tax laws,” he said.

Some of us here at home are thinking the same thing.

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The Rent-Seeking Is Too Damn High

8th February 2016

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Imagine you run a barbershop and you learn that someone is planning to open a rival business down the street. What do you do?

One option, of course, would be to compete the old-fashioned way by offering lower prices or better service. But the old-fashioned way is hard! Wouldn’t it be nice if you could keep your competitor from setting up shop in the first place? There’s evidence that a growing number of businesses in the U.S. are trying to do exactly that. And while that may be good for them, it’s bad for entrepreneurs, workers and the economy as a whole.

On Tuesday, a Senate subcommittee held a hearing on “occupational licensing” laws, which require government-issued licenses to perform certain types of work. Such laws have long existed for doctors, lawyers and others in highly skilled professions, but they are increasingly spreading to low- and mid-skill jobs as well. A White House report last summer found that occupational licensing requirements have increased fivefold since the 1950s, covering more than a quarter of all workers in 2008. Cosmetologists, tree trimmers and even interior designers need licenses in some states.

The only way to prevent competition is via government action, and that is the major source of (a) special interest legislation and (b) corruption in government, not just in America but around the world.

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Thought for the Day

8th February 2016

http://www.openbeamusa.com/blog/2016/1/27/factory4all-a-case-study-on-everything-that-can-go-wrong-with-offshore-sourcing

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Why Are Stethoscopes Still a Thing?

8th February 2016

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There are few technologies more symbolic of western medicine than the stethoscope. Medical schools often gift them to new med students along with a white coat when they start their studies. As far as medical tools go, it’s a fairly versatile and cost-effective one, allowing doctors to detect early signs of trouble in the body with a device that costs just a few hundred dollars.

It’s also 200 years old.

If I’m not mistaken, most are electronic these days.

But new technologies are starting to give the stethoscope a run for its money. In particular, handheld ultrasounds are becoming more compact, powerful, and easy-to-use, giving trained doctors the ability to actually see into the chest from the comfort of their office, rather than simply listening. In cardiology, a doctor might use a stethoscope and, if he hears a potential problem, send the patient for an echocardiogram to investigate further. Narula says the handheld ultrasounds could streamline this process.

Cool.

“Claims that the ‘stethoscope is dead’ are entirely false. In fact, with its new digital capabilities, the stethoscope is healthier than ever,” Fuster writes.

Sometimes the old ways are best.

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Indian Bus Driver Becomes the First Person in Recorded History to Be Killed by a Falling Meteorite, Authorities Say

8th February 2016

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A bus driver, named only as Kamaraj, was reportedly killed on 6 February after a meteorite fell next to him on the campus of the Bharathidasan Engineering College in the town of Natrampalli, in the south of the country.

The New Indian Express reports that Kamaraj was severely injured by flying debris thrown up by the impact, and died on the way to hospital.

Let that be a lesson to us all.

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Satellites Show Mystery Construction at Iran’s Top-Secret Military Site

8th February 2016

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Newly released satellite images of Iran’s top-secret Parchin military complex reveal that even as Iran was working to negotiate a nuclear deal, it was apparently working to hide its atomic work of the past and hedge its bets for the future.

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Prof Bans Students From Saying ‘Husband’ Or ‘Wife’ Because It’s Not ‘Inclusive’

8th February 2016

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My question is, what business is it of a professor what terms students use, so long as they accurately express the meaning the students intend?

In the syllabus for her “Creativity In Context” class — a required course for any student pursuing a minor in Innovation — UF professor Jennifer Lee informs students of her four paragraph long classroom “communications policy” that she says will enforce “ethical conduct” in the classroom.

There appears to be something in the bottled water supplied to Florida colleges these days.

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New Hampshire Election Fraud Prediction

8th February 2016

Scott Adams is delightfully cynical these days.

As I often say, wherever you have large stakes, an opportunity for wrong-doing, and a small risk of getting caught, wrong-doing happens. That’s a universal law of human awfulness. When humansCAN cheat, they do. Or at least enough of them do.

That situation describes the primaries. I assume the primaries are corrupt to some degree. If not, that would mean the primaries are the one thing in history that has escaped the universal law of human awfulness. And that seems a stretch.

Maybe you think cheating in a primary – and not getting caught – is too hard to do. I scoff at that notion. “Too hard” just means you don’t personally know how to do it. But someone knows. Someone always does.

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None Dare Call It Treason

8th February 2016

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Treason doth never prosper; what’s the reason?
For if it prosper, none dare call it treason.

McAuliffe was referring to a scandal known as Plamegate. The backstory is complicated, but it boils down to this: During the run-up to the Iraq War, a fellow named Joseph Wilson wrote an op-ed in The New York Times undermining a key administration claim about Iraq’s quest for weapons of mass destruction. This made the administration most unhappy. Not long afterward, someone told columnist Robert Novak and a few other members of the media that Wilson was married to one Valerie Plame, a CIA employee.

When he was asked if Karl Rove “is guilty of treason,” Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) said, “Yes, I think so.” Rachel Maddow and others agreed. The word got tossed around so much Plamegate was sometimes referred to as “Treasongate.”

Which brings us to Hillary Clinton.

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Morocco Turns On What Will Become the World’s Largest Solar Power Plant

8th February 2016

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No mention of how much it paid for this, and how the price compares to more conventional power supplies.

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A New MIT Computer Chip Could Allow Your Smartphone to Do Complex AI Tasks

8th February 2016

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Yesterday, a team of researchers from MIT introduced a new computer chip optimized for deep-learning, an approach to artificial intelligence that is gaining popularity. The chip, dubbed “Eyeriss” could allow mobile devices to perform tasks like natural language processing and facial recognition without being connected to the internet. It’s the latest attempt to make the complex operations of machine learning more portable. That means that our smartphones, wearables, robots, self-driving cars, and other IoT devices could begin performing complex deep learning processes locally — something that until now has been very difficult to do.

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France to Pave 1,000 km of Road With Solar Panels

8th February 2016

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Ségolène Royal, France’s minister of ecology and energy, has said that the government intends to pave 1,000km of road with photovoltaic panels in the next five years, supplying power to millions of people.

Ah, but at what cost? Government never takes that into account.

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Boffins Smear Circuitry Onto Contact Lenses

8th February 2016

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University of South Australia associate professor Drew Evans has created proof-of-concept work that could in the future lead to computerised contact lenses.

The conducting polymer lens is an early step into what could lead to circuitry being etched into contact lenses.

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Leopard Wanders Into South Indian School, Injures 3 Before Caught

8th February 2016

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Let that be a lesson to us all. (Two words: Concealed Carry.)

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Bill Clinton Launches Attack on Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire

8th February 2016

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The former president appeared angry as he poured scorn on his wife’s opponent, portraying the Sanders campaign as dishonest and his healthcare proposals as unrealistic.

Being called dishonest by Bill Clinton is like being called ugly by a frog.

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Where the Bern Is

8th February 2016

Mark Steyn scratches his head.

Aside from the Marco Rubot malfunction, the most dismal aspect of Saturday’s Republican debate was the sight of supposed conservatives competing in their enthusiasm for making women sign up for “selective service”. For non-Americans, I should explain that registering for “selective service” – as in military service – is something all young men have to do upon turning 18, so, in the event that the draft is ever reinstated, they’ll have everybody’s name in the big database. As with many aspects of the vast bloated federal bureaucracy, it seems a largely redundant exercise: I mean, between Social Security numbers, the IRS and the US Census, don’t they have every 18-year-old male in the database already?

Oh, Mark, Mark, Mark. When will you ever learn? The purpose of government isn’t to provide a service efficiently; it’s to hire and pay government workers. And if that means paying more than once for the same thing, they’re okay with that.

Be that as it may, there’s now a proposal to make the young ladies register for selective service, too. And naturally the Republican candidates were falling all over each other to say how hot they were for the idea. For my own part, I’d like to go back to the days – barely within living memory now – when America won wars, rather than figure out ways to lose them more diversely. But, as usual with Republican pandering, it seemed to me a bit behind the curve.

Indeed. Time to Get With The Program.

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Brickbat: Mississippi Goddam

8th February 2016

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WAPT

Jackson, Mississippi, City Council member Kenneth Stokes is calling for an investigation of a local gun dealer who posted a sign saying that people who vote for Stokes or President Barack Obama are too stupid to own a gun. “If this gun dealer feels that it’s legal for him to display negative images of the president of the United States, keep in mind that he must have some kind of license,” Stokes said. “We’re asking the attorney general of the United States to do an investigation and let’s see whether the rules and regulations have been violated.”

Note that he wasn’t interested in violations of the Constitution. ‘Free speech? We don’t need no stinkin’ free speech!’

Never was a sign so thoroughly validated.

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Christians Victimized in German Asylum Centers

8th February 2016

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Most readers will consider the following report a dog-bites-man story. “So Christians are subject to harassment and violence in asylum centers in German — of course they are; everyone knows that! That’s what Muslims do.”

To the world at large, however, the persecution of Christians in “refugee” accommodations is not widely known. It is not something the media and the political class want to look at. The Gutmenschen stood there with their “Welcome Refugees” signs and embraced the invasion by those who would eventually supplant them. They’re not anxious to be informed about the consequences of their virtue-signaling enthusiasm. In fact, the authorities don’t register the religion of arrivals at the asylum centers, so that there is no way anyone can determine the level of violence directed at Christians by Muslims.

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One of First Women to Register as Army Combat Engineer Designated a Deserter

8th February 2016

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Well, that’s disappointing.

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Are Airships the Answer to Canada’s Interior Woes?

7th February 2016

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By land mass, Canada is the second largest country on Earth. Yet much like Earth’s largest country, Russia, humans populate a very small amount of its land. This leaves large tracts of resources untapped and wilderness unvisited. However, snow and ice make vast swathes of this land inaccessible for all but a few summer months, and large sea ice prevents the same for ships much of the time. And though increasing global temperatures will eventually (if global climate change isn’t halted) reduce sea ice and the potential severity of winter, there’s another alternative if humans want to traverse interior Canada before that happens: actual freakin’ airships.

Needing only limited space to deliver their goods and capable of carrying heavy cargoes, airships could act much like ocean-going vessels do for much of the world: hauling in bulk items regularly, without the added costs and speed of airplane delivery.

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MesoGlue Is a Metallic Glue That Replaces Hot Solder

7th February 2016

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If you’ve ever soldered or welded, you’ll know that things get pretty hot. MesoGlue intends to fix that. It’s a room-temperature metallic glue that lets you stick parts together with reckless abandon and electrical control. The most interesting part of the entire system is that it allows us to solder parts onto boards without heat which will lead to press-fit electronics which, in short, is an amazing development.

That really is amazong. One of the constant dangers of hot solder is ruining adjacent components because of heat.

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Invasion of the Butter Vikings: Crowdfunding Cultured Butter

7th February 2016

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“Tell a French chef,” begins Patrik Johansson, “that the French didn’t invent butter, and he won’t be very happy. But they didn’t! The Vikings showed them how to do it.”

Johansson and his partner Maria Håkansson style themselves as the “Butter Vikings”, a small and merry band of butter lovers and makers. Johansson has been churning butter in his native Sweden for eight years, and is known for selling his “virgin” butter to the famous Noma restaurant in Copenhagen. Now he’s setting up a dairy on the Isle of Wight.

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How to Cut Through the Problem of Multinationals’ Tax Dodging

7th February 2016

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Surprising sense from the UK.

How about if we simply scrap corporation tax? That has been mooted by a number of commentators and libertarian-leaning think-tanks in recent weeks, in the wake of the latest outbreak of public outrage and confusion over Google’s meagre back-tax settlement with Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs.

The “just scrap it” proposition sounds suicidal from the point of view of the public finances. Corporation tax is expected to raise £42bn over the current financial year – that’s almost as much as all our excise duties bring in. HMRC would miss that money if it disappeared.

Yet would it simply flow into the state’s coffers by another route? Other things being equal, lifting the burden of corporation tax ought to translate one-for-one into higher surpluses for companies. That cash has to go somewhere. Managements could use it to invest. Or hire more staff. Or they could pay it out in dividends to shareholders.

If businesses increased investment, that would boost the UK’s GDP growth directly, and tax receipts indirectly. And more employment would bolster the Government’s income tax and national insurance take. And if the money were disbursed in dividends, a good deal would be caught by the income tax net. What left one pocket would come into another.

Too bad it won’t work — once politicians have gotten a hand in a pocket, there’s no getting it out again. If they can take a cut of the same dollar (or pound) three times before it gets to the individual, they’ll do it and never look back.

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Italian Actor Declared Brain Dead After Hanging Scene Goes Wrong

7th February 2016

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Let that be a lesson to us all.

Think of it as evolution in action.

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$153 Million in Bill and Hillary Clinton Speaking Fees, Documented

7th February 2016

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This fron  CNN, the ‘Clinton News Network’, a certified Voice of the Crust.

Anybody who think that Hillary’s ‘thoughts’ on any subject are worth over half a million dollars needs to be removed from the gene pool as too stupid to live.

I notice that neither Bernie nor Barry have proposed a special tax on speaking fees. Wonder why.

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Rams Stiff St. Louis, Leave City with $144 Million Bill

7th February 2016

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St. Louis residents no longer have a football team, but that doesn’t mean they will get to stop paying for one. While the Rams won a vote in mid-January to relocate to Los Angeles, St. Louis taxpayers will still be responsible for making $144 million in debt and maintenance payments for the Edward Jones Dome.

Lewis Reed, the St. Louis Board of Alderman president, has asked the NFL for money to help pay off the debt, but he seems unaware of how the multi-billion dollar league operates.

As Reason has reported in the past, stadium financing is one way the NFL holds cities hostage—either pay for a state-of-the-art facility or lose the prestige of having a professional football team. This has resulted in often lopsided stadium deals that leave cities (and their taxpayers) burdened with much of the debt.

Not that taxpayers got all that much to say about it; politicians just LOVE major league teams.

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Iraqi Refugee ‘Raped 10-Year-Old Boy at Austrian Swimming Pool’

7th February 2016

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Will the Islamophobia never cease?

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

7th February 2016

Everyday People

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Why Do BIC Pens Have a Hole in the Lid?

6th February 2016

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The hole is designed to allow the passage of air if someone accidentally swallows it and it blocks their windpipe.

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

A hundred people every year in the United States reportedly choke to death on these pen lids.

Think of it as evolution in action.

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Are Hipsters the New Aristocracy?

6th February 2016

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Hint: Probably not.

Inevitably, also, the politics of Twitter is status-based, with the centre-left and centrists being the cool kids from the school playground, and the various other tribes of Corbynites, Communists, social conservatives, English nationalists, rad feminists, jihadis, counter-jihadis and Alt-Right people being the equivalent of metallers, goths or the angry loners planning a school massacre. Social justice warriors are more like a gang composed of middle-class kids with trouble at home: whatever one privately thinks of them as individuals, there are enough of them to cause problems, and they have a habit of doing so.

You can say that again.

In the absence of more obvious class indicators, political views now project status more than ever before.

The most important thing is to identify with the Crust, and to identify yourself as being Crust-worthy.

The modern contradiction is that political ‘egalitarianism’ is fashionable, and professing to believe in equality is a way of standing out from the crowd, from all those losers with their England flags and their parochial attachments (we’ll see a lot of this attitude during the Brexit referendum). This is at least partly why even the most competitive northern Californian companies love to pay lip service to social justice causes.

Much as animals develop protective coloration that allows them to hide in the underbrush.

It’s a bit of cliché that a lot of hippies turned out to be ruthless, successful businessmen, but it’s based on a fair amount of truth; men who were at the top of the cultural hierarchy in the late 1960s and early 70s tended to also have the same qualities that drove them towards domination in Silicon Valley in the 80s. Equally, the ‘liberation’ of the 1960s freed the new ruling class more than it did any other section of society. It helped reduce a sense of noblesse oblige, and contributed to the idea that by supporting the right cultural causes and having the right politics, they were also a moral elite.

The core of the modern Crust.

Today’s cultural elites are also hugely aided by the egalitarian blank slate theory of human nature, which gives them the false idea that they deserve their high status, when in fact intelligence is just another privilege they inherited from mum and dad.

This is, of course, just reflexive ‘progressive’ base-touching, cemented by the misuse of terms like ‘privilege’. See ‘political views now project status’, above.

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How Saudi Arabia Sending Ground Forces Into Syria Will Have Huge Ramifications on the Civil War

6th February 2016

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While the soldiers are intended to fight Isis, they may find themselves clashing with Iranian ‘volunteers’ and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters in what is a highly combustible situation.

Oh, by all means, let us combust.

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As U.S. Modernizes Nuclear Weapons, ‘Smaller’ Leaves Some Uneasy

6th February 2016

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A fighter jet took off with a mock version of the nation’s first precision-guided atom bomb. Adapted from an older weapon, it was designed with problems like North Korea in mind: Its computer brain and four maneuverable fins let it zero in on deeply buried targets like testing tunnels and weapon sites. And its yield, the bomb’s explosive force, can be dialed up or down depending on the target, to minimize collateral damage.

As might be expected from the New York Times, the news comes with a healthy dollop of left-wing hand-wringing.

The build-it-smaller approach has set off a philosophical clash among those in Washington who think about the unthinkable.

But critics, including a number of former Obama administration officials, look at the same set of facts and see a very different future. The explosive innards of the revitalized weapons may not be entirely new, they argue, but the smaller yields and better targeting can make the arms more tempting to use — even to use first, rather than in retaliation.

I have no problem with First Use of Nuclear Weapons. Look what it did for Japan, not to mention the U.S.

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The Etiology of the European “Refugee” Crisis

6th February 2016

Baron Bodissey of Gates of Vienna connects the dots.

  1. The sudden increase began at about the same time as the first terror attack by the Islamic State on Turkish soil. Turkish Kurds were the target of the bomb, but still the attack took place on Turkish territory. That could not be allowed to continue.
  2. Erdogan had a choice: he could attempt to fight back against the Islamic State, or he could devise a way to divert them into leaving Turkey alone. The former would have been fraught with difficulty — he would have had to take the battle across the border into Syria, which would have aroused both the Russians and the Americans, although for different reasons (the Assad regime is a Russian client, and is currently under Russian military protection, while ISIS and its protean allies are at least in part a US creation, and are considered CIA assets against Assad, Iran, and the Russians).
  3. Under a tacit agreement with the EU, Erdogan’s police and coast guard had been stopping the people-smugglers’ boats from crossing the Aegean from Anatolia to the Greek islands. This is actually a shorter and safer journey than the one from Libya to Lampedusa, but only a trickle had been coming into Europe that way before last summer. All that changed during July and August, when the bulk of the flow shifted to the Aegean route. This could only have happened if Turkey deliberately stopped interdicting the boats.
  4. Up until then the Islamic State had served the interests of the Erdogan regime. It is Turkish state policy to bring down the Assad government, and ISIS is working to achieve that goal. Turkey had been supplying the Islamic State with weapons and materiel, or at least turning a blind eye to such traffic and taking a cut of the profit. Erdogan’s family and cronies were also making big money from the sale of ISIS’ oil on the black market.
  5. By opening the floodgates and emptying the refugee camps, Erdogan allowed an unknown but significant number of ISIS mujahideen to decamp and take up residence in Europe. It wasn’t enough to keep Turkey entirely free of Islamic State terrorism, but it may well have reduced the number of incidents. And it forced the EU to share Turkey’s ISIS problem.
  6. The “refugee crisis” of 2015 was not a change of process, but only an increase in magnitude of an existing process. The “refugees” had been flowing into Europe steadily for many years, tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands annually. But the summer of 2015 saw an increase in the rate of flow by at least an order of magnitude.
  7. Before last summer, the rate of migrant flow was modest enough so that the vast majority of ordinary Europeans didn’t notice it and/or weren’t concerned with it. All that changed in August and September, especially when the craze for Dead Baby Porn hit the media in early September. Sudden public awareness turned the issue into a “crisis”.
  8. The transnational globalists are encouraging and bankrolling the migration process, including the Aegean route. Someone is helping poor, indigent “Syrian” “refugees” find enough cash to pay the people smugglers so that they can cross to Greece. Someone is paying for the ferries to the mainland, the buses and rail journeys, the food, clothing, bedding, and other necessary supplies required to get those migrants all the way to Munich and Berlin from Lesbos and Kos. And someone is giving them €500 notes for spending money to be used when they arrive in the Promised Land. National governments provide some of the assistance, but a large chunk comes from New World Order NGOs, including but not limited to George Soros’ many sock puppets. There isn’t even any serious attempt to hide this fact; you can find multiple reports about various aspects of it in the MSM. Maybe not on the front page of the NYT, but it’s there — progressives love to brag about this sort of thing where other progressives can read it.
  9. When the full scope of the increased flow became evident, Chancellor Merkel faced a hard choice. It would have been relatively easy for the EU to reduce the flow to a trickle — simply order the international naval task force already in the Med to stop the boats from proceeding and force them back to the Anatolian coast. However, to do so would have been a reversal of official policy, namely that every single poor unfortunate refugee be rescued and allowed to land in Europe, where he can then apply for asylum. The alternative policy would have inevitably involved more migrant deaths — some of those boats would sink — and Merkel would have had that much more Dead Baby Porn to contend with in the media, plus growing political opposition from the leftish side of the coalition that keeps her in power (and some from the rightish side — Dead Baby Porn induces the abandonment of reason and the embrace of sentimentality even among putative conservatives). So the chancellor chose what seemed the least damaging option: “Come on in, boys! There’s plenty of room for you here in Germany!” This decision looks like it may cause her political demise, but in all likelihood, so would the alternative.
  10. The result of all this is that a far higher proportion of the European population is aware of what is being done to them, and who is responsible. This may cause various governments to fall, and enhance the chances that “right-wing extremist” parties will increase their share of the vote and even form governments west of the Elbe. If those parties are successfully suppressed by the European establishment, then the real extremists are waiting in the wings, would-be fascists and neo-Nazis of various types who, unlike Tommy Robinson, Geert Wilders, and Tatjana Festerling, do not shrink from violence, but rather embrace it. Civil unrest, with open street warfare between the nationalist-fascists and the antifas, would then become a distinct possibility.

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The Collapse of Oil IS the Economic Boom

6th February 2016

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Applied to commodities, while essential to economic progress they’re nowhere close to first order goods in economic importance. Oil is a crucial high order input, but per Brookes again “it was the internal combustion engine that gave oil its present value, and not the other way around.” The world would be awful without oil, but it’s first order products like automobiles and planes that gave oil value in the first place.

This is of course why it’s not important that rich countries (think Japan, Switzerland, Singapore, etc.) be resource abundant. Figure commodities are easily importable at the market price, and as plentiful oil exports from economically backward countries like Venezuela, Iran and Equatorial Guinea constantly reveal, commodities in a normal world free of currency distortions would largely be exported by less developed countries to developed ones full of entrepreneurs creating the first order advances that give the prosaic (commodities) life.

Cheap resource inputs mean cheaper resulting products, and that benefits everybody. As the perennial fights over protective tariffs demonstrate, it is very easy to identify those who are harmed by low prices, while those who benefit are more obscure; that’s why lobbyists get rich and politicians convert stupid policies into law.

The beauty of cheap oil is that it will make it more likely that U.S. economic actors import it, and at the same time more and more U.S. investment will migrate toward the Mengerian first order goods that give oil and all manner of other commodities life. Back to Brookes, this is once again what he meant by an economy of the mind. Predicting a broad economic boom amid a “commodity recession” in 1981, Brookes was arguing that falling commodity prices would be brilliant for a country like the U.S. populated by the greatest minds on earth in need of cheap inputs to drive true innovation. From a consumption standpoint, it will surge thanks to cheap oil simply because our production will surge as fewer Americans extract already plentiful oil, and more focus on creating the first order goods that render oil marketable to begin with.

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Thought for the Day

6th February 2016

Income Gap

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Thailand: Gangsters Who Do a Little Islamic Terrorism on the Side

6th February 2016

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The military continues to be vague about exactly when they will once more allow elections and the return of democracy. Best estimate now is late 2017, maybe. There is growing foreign pressure from neighbors (except China) and the West. Worse since September 2015 the pro-democracy populists (the “red shirts”) have largely ceased demonstrations. The populists did so to demonstrate that there was no “violent opposition” to justify continued military rule. The red shirts are waiting for the military government to allow elections which is what Thai military governments all eventually do. The May 2014 coup came after months of political protests in the capital and those tensions remain but the army is definitely in control. Despite that the economy is not doing as well as people expect and the military government is blamed. In the past this sort of thing played a large role in persuading the generals to allow elections again and that seems to be happening again.

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The German Establishment Shuts Down Anti-Immigration Protests — By Socialists

6th February 2016

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The “refugee” situation in Germany has become so dire that even the rank-and-file of the Socialist Party felt compelled to take to the streets to protest current migration policy. So that made political leaders sit up and take notice, right?

Wrong!

The word went out through the party hierarchy ordering the cessation of such demonstrations. Local activists, being good little socialist apparatchiks, dutifully complied and retired from the streets.

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All The Terrible Things Hillary Clinton Has Done — In One Big List

6th February 2016

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We keep track so that you don’t have to.

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Iowa Democratic Party Altered Precinct’s Caucus Results During Chaotic Night

6th February 2016

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Ah, yes, Democrats, the party of machine politics and election fraud.

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USEFUL STUFF SATUDAY

6th February 2016

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More Corsican Resistance Against Islam, This Time With Heavy Weapons

5th February 2016

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Back in December we posted about a series of “Islamophobic” incidents in the Corsican town of Ajaccio. After firemen were attacked by culture-enrichers in a no-go neighborhood, local residents took to the streets, entered the Muslim quarter, and proceeded to vandalize an illegal mosque. There were additional angry demonstrations later….

According to the following report from a lefty French TV network, the anti-Islamic action has ratcheted up a notch, with an attack on a halal business by unknown gunmen using “heavy weapons”.

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People Have A ‘Fundamental Right’ To Own Assault Weapons, Court Rules

5th February 2016

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A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit said the state’s prohibition on what the court called “the vast majority of semi-automatic rifles commonly kept by several million American citizens” amounted to a violation of their rights under the Constitution.

“In our view, Maryland law implicates the core protection of the Second Amendment — the right of law-abiding responsible citizens to use arms in defense of hearth and home,” Chief Judge William Traxler wrote in the divided ruling.

Provisions that outlaw these firearms, Traxler wrote, “substantially burden this fundamental right.”

Of course, ‘assault weapon’ is just a scare-word invented by gun-grabbers because it sounds scary and ‘assault rifle’ has a technical meaning that they can’t wiggle around.

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Wentworth Woodhouse Sold to Conservation Group for £7m

5th February 2016

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The Grade-1 listed Wentworth Woodhouse, near Rotherham, has been sold to the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust. The sale of the mansion and 82-acre estate was funded by grants, pledges and donations, including £3.5m from the National Heritage Memorial Fund. The trust said the house would remain open to the public and has announced plans for a 15-year repair project.

The model for ‘Pemberley’ in Pride and Prejudice, it was the seat of the Marquesses of Rotherham and their heirs the Earls Fitzwilliam.

It is also believed to be the largest private house in the UK, with 250,000 sq ft (23,000 sq m) of floor space.

The 300-room house was put up for sale in May following the death of owner Clifford Newbold.

The major problem is that it sits on top of the Wentworth coal seams, and was subject to some rather explicit class warfare on the part of a Labour government.

In April 1946, on the orders of Manny Shinwell (the then Labour Party’s Minister of Fuel and Power) a “column of lorries and heavy plant machinery” arrived at Wentworth. The objective was the mining of a large part of the estate close to the house for coal. This was an area where the prolific Barnsley seam was within 100 feet (30 m) of the surface and the area between the house and the Rockingham Mausoleum became the largest open cast mining site in Britain at that time: 132,000 tons of coal were removed solely from the gardens. Ostensibly the coal was desperately needed in Britain’s austere post-war economy to fuel the railways, but the decision has been, and is, widely seen as useful cover for an act of class-war spite against the coal-owning aristocracy. A survey by Sheffield University, commissioned by Peter Wentworth-Fitzwilliam, the 8th Earl, found the quality of the coal as “very poor stuff” and “not worth the getting”; this contrasted to Shinwell’s assertion that it was “exceptionally good-quality.”

Shinwell, intent on the destruction of the Fitzwilliams and “the privileged rich”, decreed that the mining would continue to the back door of Wentworth, the family’s East Front. What followed saw the mining of 99 acres (400,000 m2) of lawns and woods, the renowned formal gardens and the show-piece pink shale driveway (a by-product of the family’s collieries). Ancient trees were uprooted and the debris of earth and rubble was piled 50 ft (15 m) high in front of the family’s living quarters.

The opencast mining moved into the fields to the west of the house and continued into the early 1950s. The mined areas took many years to return to a natural state; much of the woodland and the formal gardens were not replaced. The current owners of the property allege that mining operations near the house caused substantial structural damage to the building due to subsidence, and lodged a claim in 2012 of £100 million for remedial works against the Coal Authority.

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Don’t Use BMI as Reliable Measure of Health, Warns UCLA Study

5th February 2016

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Body mass index (BMI) is not a reliable measure of health, according to a study which claims 47.4 per cent of Americans considered to be overweight are actually “perfectly healthy”.

For years BMI has been considered a direct indicator of a person’s health, even used by life insurance companies to determine eligibility, but new research suggests this is misleading.

A team of psychologists analysed the link between BMI and a number of other health markers, such as blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

They found that nearly half of the 24.4 million Americans considered to be “obese” are, in fact, healthy, as are the 19.8 million deemed “overweight”.

Hah!

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Every ‘I should have killed you when I had the chance’ Uttered in Movies

5th February 2016

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Jukka-Pekka Bohm’s supercut doesn’t just collate ‘I should have killed you when I had the chance’s, but also the numerous ‘You should have killed me when you had the chance’s and ‘You should have killed him when you had the chance’s.

And, of course, watch the video.

Annoyingly however, the creator didn’t list which films the clips were from.

“You should’ve named all the movies in the description box, when you had the chance,” one commenter wrote.

Ah, well.

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Banned U.S. ‘Therapists’ Welcomed to Israel to Convert Gay Men Into Heterosexuals

5th February 2016

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Therapists linked to a leading American Jewish group that tries to convert gays into heterosexuals say they have found a haven for their work in Israel, after it was forced to close in the US.

Israel’s health ministry advises against so-called “gay conversion” or “reparative” therapy, calling it scientifically dubious and potentially dangerous, but no law limits it. An organisation called Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (Jonah) was shut in December for violating New Jersey consumer fraud laws by claiming therapy could “heal” homosexuality. But gays in Israel who contacted Jonah say they were referred to some of the 20 to 30 licenced psychologists and social workers, and 50 non-licensed therapists, who practice some form of conversion therapy in Israel.

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President Obama Wants to Fund Trains and Self-Driving Cars With a New Oil Tax

5th February 2016

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Much like the Mafia, the government is always on the lookout for new ways to steal money.

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

5th February 2016

Paris attacks: Woman who tipped off police and prevented second wave of atrocities says she feels ‘abandoned’ by authorities

The End of the Multiculturalist Consensus in Europe

Tens of Thousands Flee Syria’s Aleppo as Government Forces Intensify Attack

Woman claims Paris attacks mastermind came into Europe with dozens of ISIS militants

Putin ignores Kerry plea, instead deploys Top Gun fighter jet to join Syria battle

Madrid Barajas airport bomb threat: Passengers on jet to Saudi Arabia evacuated

‘Saudi Arabian women banned from Starbucks after collapse of gender segregation wall’

Al-Qaeda leader in Yemen Jalal Baleedi ‘killed in drone strike’

Dutch Intelligence Report Exposes Horrors of Daily Life Under ISIS

Muslim Women Protest Obama’s Baltimore Mosque Visit

Hezbollah in business with Colombian drug cartels, DEA says

Militant group Al Shabaab leading suspect in Somalia plane blast: U.S. government sources

Kansas Man Pleads Guilty in Plot to Bomb Army Post

Wasil Ahmad: Taliban assassinate Afghanistan’s 10-year-old hero of Uruzgan siege

Hamas ‘tank’ dismissed as harmless ‘parade float’ after wheels seen under structure driven through Gaza City

UK: Muslims who saved Jews from Holocaust commemorated in I Am Your Protector campaign

Three Palestinians shot dead after shooting and stabbing attack on Israeli policewomen at Jerusalem Damascus Gate

US airstrikes destroy ISIS’ ‘Voice of the Caliphate’ radio station in Afghanistan

Worldwide drug trafficking ring ‘links Hezbollah to Latin American cartels’

Refugee crisis: Two babies among nine refugees drowned after boat capsizes trying to reach Greek islands. Yet another tear-jerker in the Drive-By Media campaign to Let Them All In.

Karlstad blast: ‘Powerful explosion’ reported at secondary school in Sweden. Must be some angry white guy.

Yemen: Women giving birth in caves as civilians hide from Saudi air strikes

Syria peace talks hit trouble after Damascus blast kills 60

At least 65 people killed in attack in Nigeria’s Maiduguri

Boko Haram exposes Nigerian president’s empty promises to defeat Islamist terror group

Egypt arrests cartoonist for illegally running a webpage, publishing ‘offensive’ drawings

Isis ‘forced us to pray – then raped us’: Yazidi survivor Nadia Murad describes life as a sex slave in northern Iraq

Soldiers of Odin: The far-right groups in Finland ‘protecting women’ from asylum seekers. This is what happens when the government won’t do its primary job.

ISIS claims bombings that kill dozens, as Kerry pushes ‘peaceful’ Syria

From the school gates to armed groups, this is how Syrian children are turned into the next generation of Isis fighters

Tareena Shakil: British woman who took toddler to Syria sentenced to six years in jail for joining Isis

Kabul bombing: 10 people killed and 20 others wounded in a suicide attack on Afghanistan’s capital

At least 86 killed in Boko Haram attack, including children burned alive

Carter ‘very, very angry’ at Iranian video of US sailors. Not that he did anything about it.

Iran’s supreme leader awards medals to troops who ‘captured’ U.S. sailors

Isis in Iraq: The only way to ensure Islamists are beaten in Iraq is to defeat them in Syria first, say Kurds

Boko Haram burn children to death in attack on village in north-eastern Nigeria

Damascus bombing: 30 people killed by suicide bombers near Syria’s holiest Shia shrine

Isis releases new execution video as it warns of Doomsday attacks on UK

Nine Americans amongst 33 people detained on terrorism charges in Saudi Arabia

Syrian opposition vows to skip Geneva peace talks unless demands are met

Australian Teen Arrested For Terror Plot Involving A Bomb In A Kangaroo Pouch

Alleged ISIL hacker faces US terror charges for doxing soldiers

Syria crisis: Besieged civilians in Daraya feel forgotten by talks in Geneva as barrel bombs rain down

Young Somali activist sentenced to death for being a lesbian

Syrian civil war: Could Turkey be gambling on an invasion?

Syria talks: Anti-Assad opposition makes demands on prisoners and bombing but Kurds go home

Refugee crisis: Toddlers and children wash up dead on Turkish beaches after at least 39 drown in latest boat disaster

Far-right protesters and anti-fascists clash at violent Dover demonstrations

Madaya: Another 16 people ‘starve to death’ in besieged Syrian town

Isis Yazidi sex slaves subjected to traumatic ‘virginity tests’ after escaping. I’m guessing they all failed.

EU officials find that most of the ‘refugees’ are not refugees. What a mess. My, what a surprise….

Russian plane crash: Egyptian airline mechanic allegedly detained in connection with Sinai attack

Tareena Shakil guilty: Woman who took toddler son to Syria to join Isis convicted

Nigeria suicide bombings: 18 confirmed dead after attacks by men ‘dressed as women and with explosives disguised as babies’

Hand grenade thrown at refugee shelter in Germany in latest attack on asylum seekers in wake of Cologne assaults

Isis supporters who handed out Islamist propaganda in London outside Oxford Street Topshop jailed

Saudi Arabia mosque suicide bombing: At least two dead and seven hurt after Shia Muslims attacked

Afghanistan ‘terror museum’ a macabre reminder of the carnage Taliban car bombs have wrought

Saudi Arabia: Evidence of attacks on Yemen civilians may have been fabricated by rebels, says UK minister. Oh, ya think?

Refugee jokes banned at Austrian carnivals as organisers work to involve asylum seekers in celebrations

IDF Preparing for Arrival of ISIS on Syrian Border

Muslims Disproportionately Found Among Dangerous Prisoners in UK

Airplane mechanic reportedly suspected of planting bomb that brought down Russian plane

Blonde Danish girl who stabbed her mother to death after being radicalised by watching ISIS execution videos online is jailed for nine years

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The Groping Jihad in Hamburg: School Under Police Protection

5th February 2016

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More and more reports are appearing in the German media about the sexual harassment of young women by culture-enrichers, especially the recently arrived “refugees”. One of the latest is from the Wilhelmsburg district of Hamburg.

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The Bridge Jihad in Denmark

5th February 2016

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For years Danish motorists have faced impending danger whenever they approached one of those highway ‘groutings’ — narrow bridges leading local traffic over major routes. Especially around culturally enriched neighbourhoods.

The wise driver will slow down and carefully observe whether there are any Muslims on the bridge before passing under. Otherwise, the chances are that he or she will be pelted with various objects such as pellets, rocks, bottles and whatnot. So far no lethal damage has been done, mostly due to the fact that modern cars are constructed to be somewhat Islamophobic — such as with unbreakable windscreens and safety belts.

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