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The Perilous Whiteness of Pumpkins

13th October 2017

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This article examines the symbolic whiteness associated with pumpkins in the contemporary United States. Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte, a widely circulated essay in McSweeney’s on “Decorative Gourd Season,” pumpkins in aspirational lifestyle magazines, and the reality television show Punkin Chunkin provide entry points into whiteness–pumpkin connections. Such analysis illuminates how class, gender, place, and especially race are employed in popular media and marketing of food and flavor; it suggests complicated interplay among food, leisure, labor, nostalgia, and race. Pumpkins in popular culture also reveal contemporary racial and class coding of rural versus urban places. Accumulation of critical, relational, and contextual analyses, including things seemingly as innocuous as pumpkins, points the way to a food studies of humanities and geography. When considered vis-à-vis violence and activism that incorporated pumpkins, these analyses point toward the perils of equating pumpkins and whiteness.

I defy you to read this without laughing.

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

13th October 2017

Islamic faith school’s segregation of boys and girls ruled unlawful sex discrimination by Court of Appeal

The Italian Connection

The Bulgarian-Turkish Border is Porous — When the Price is Right

Pakistan sentences three Ahmadi men to death for blasphemy

Indonesian Man Overstays Fulbright Visa By Decades To Teach Koran, Hides In Church To Avoid Deportation

Researchers find name of Allah woven into ancient Viking burial fabrics

American Family Freed After Five Years In Taliban Captivity

Man accused of plotting to behead right-wing blogger Pamela Geller: ‘I was living in a fantasy world’

‘White Widow’ Sally Jones ‘killed by US drone strike in Syria’

Gianluca Buonanno: “We don’t want these alleged refugees, who aren’t even refugees!”

Daily Mail/AFP: Malaysian sultans in rare intervention on intolerance

Culture-Enriching Violence at German Schools

Italians Say: Stop Illegal Immigration!

Turkey’s Erdogan refuses to recognise US ambassador as visa spat escalates

Beauty Queen Jihadi Landed Top Job At UK Council

“This is Africa. You know it’s Africa here, right?”

Turkey Sentences Wall Street Journal Reporter To 25 Months In Prison

ISIS Fighters Practice Getting Kicked In The Nuts To Prepare For Combat

Is Austria’s Burqa Ban an Example for America?  No, because that would be unconstitutional.

A Streetcar Named Desire — With Migrants

Turkey Has Turned Itself Into a Terrorist Target

Gunmen Kill Two in Attack on University Convoy in Kenya

Turkish troops enter Syria in major operation to support anti-Assad rebels

Isis among terrorist groups using slaves to recruit rapists and domestic abusers

Isis supporter jailed for life after trying to make ‘fairy lights bomb’ at parents’ home in Birmingham

French schoolgirl, 10, ‘beaten up for being Jewish after classmates taunt her for days’

Islamic Militants Kill 5 Shiites, 3 Soldiers In Pakistan

Turkey Bars US Visitors In Latest Sign Of Fraying Alliance

Isis fighters surrender en masse after fall of Hawija despite vowing to fight or die

Bodies of 21 Coptic Christians Beheaded by ISIS in Libya Found in Mass Grave

A Burning Desire to Get Rid of Migrants in Italy

US, Turkey Mutually Suspend Visa Services After Consulate Worker Is Detained

Soiled ISIS Fighters Surrendering In Droves: ‘It Really Means This Is The End’  Two to the body, one to the head/Always leaves the target dead.

‘We want revenge’: Meet the Yazidi women freeing their sisters from Isis in the battle for Raqqa

Isis has asked women fighters to join their ranks because of ‘khilafat’. As a Muslim woman who follows khilafat, let me set the record straight

Hizballah’s Nasrallah Escalates Threats as Syria Turns into Iranian Base

Gunman attacks Saudi security forces at gate of Jeddah royal palace

At least 100 European Isis fighters ‘to be prosecuted in Iraq, with most facing death penalty’

Men charged for ‘Isis-inspired plot’ targeting New York concerts, landmarks and crowded trains

Isis calls on women to fight and launch terror attacks for first time

Denmark set to ban the burqa despite fears for religious freedom

NYC ISIS Suspect: Philippines Is A ‘BREEDING GROUND FOR TERRORISTS’

Investigation Of Argentina’s ‘Dirty War’ Set Precedent For Inquiry Into Iran’s ‘Summer Of Blood’

BREAKING: Man Arrested For ISIS-Inspired Plot On Concerts In NYC

Man Tries To Board Airplane In Sweden With ‘Mother Of Satan’ Explosives

Denmark Set To Become Latest Country To Ban The Burqa

WATCH: Muslim Refugees Swim Across River To Escape Death Squad  Jeez, you’d think they were Jews in Palestine or something.

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Today in Trump Derangement Syndrome

12th October 2017

‘Mr. Robot’ Returns Warning of ‘Dark Future’ of Trump, Capitalism

Why are we still shocked that men in power abuse women when Donald Trump is the President?  Presumably the theory is that since Donald Trump abuses women what do you expect? Except, of course, there is absolutely no evidence that Donald Trump abuses women, much less that he was as bad as Harvey Weinstein. This is just another ‘Trump is a poppyhead’ screed pretending to be journalism.

Trump’s approval rating has fallen in every single state since he became President  Especially in polls that oversample Democrats. And yet he keeps on winning — see Clinton’s Former White House Pollster: Trump’s Low Approval Numbers Are A Mirage

Democrats officially unveil articles of impeachment against Donald Trump  As fringe Republicans used to do for Obama — except that this is Trump, so the DemLegHump Media actually cover it.

‘Morning Joe’ Compares Trump To Banana Republic Dictator For Media Tweets [VIDEO]  They’re actually getting paid for this shit.

San Juan Mayor Accuses Trump Of Committing Genocide  Now that’s just horseshit.

Largest Democrat Donor Steyer Demands Trump Impeachment  ‘Impeach Trump!’ ‘Why?’ ‘Because Democrats are losing!’ ‘That’s not an impeachable offense.’ ‘Well, it ought to be!’

Missouri Lawmaker Who Called For Trump’s Assassination Is Now Comparing Him To Hitler  Not really news.

CNN, MSNBC Speculate on Removing Trump From Office Via 25th Amendment  Grasping at straws. The proglodyte fantasy parade continues.

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Chicago Alderman Who Told Businessman to ‘Come Back To Me On Your Knees’ Sued for Abuse of Power

12th October 2017

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Machine politics in the United States is pretty much an invention of the Democrat party, and they certainly dominate it today. This is one of the reasons why I would never live in a major city, all of which are run by Democrat machines (even in Texas).

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NYT: Women Having to Pay for Own Contraception Means US Is Turning Into Saudi Arabia

12th October 2017

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You can’t make this stuff up.

When I see Linda Greenhouse in a burqa, then I’ll start worrying about the U.S. turning into Saudi Arabia.

Sheesh.

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Cyrus Vance Is a Product of Dangerous One-Party Rule

12th October 2017

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It’s been a bad month for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance. First there were reports that he declined to indict Ivanka Trump and her brother Donald Jr. for allegedly misleading prospective real estate buyers, but not til after Vance had received a large donation from Donald Sr.’s lawyer. Then Vance turned out to have had the same damning audio recording of Harvey Weinstein admitting to groping a woman’s breasts that The New Yorker published Tuesday, yet he declined to pursue the case.

The Manhattan DA’s office has more than 800 investigators on its payroll and took in more than $12 billion from asset forfeiture since 2009. It was more than capable of doing the work that Ronan Farrow did for The New Yorker, but it didn’t.

In a normal election, this kind of two-punch October Surprise would be more enough to sink a candidate. But New York City doesn’t have normal elections. Republicans offer largely token opposition in citywide races, and most of the borough-wide races (save for Staten Island) are the same way.

While New York City allows “fusion tickets,” where a candidate runs on the line of more than one party, no third party has taken advantage of this recently to mount a credible challenge to Democratic rule.

This is the result: A district attorney faces serious questions about his ethics and his prosecutorial decisions, in a case that’s getting massive attention in the news cycle, yet he has little fear of it costing him his job at the ballot box in a few weeks.

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Campus chaos — a shout-down a day

12th October 2017

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Stanley Kurtz reports on the escalating campus free speech crisis. He notes that last night’s disruption of Charles Murray’s speech at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor means that every working day for the past week has seen a significant shout-down.

The brownshirts of the Left are on the march. Yet Trump is the New Hitler.

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Many Professional Sports Teams Are Boycotting Trump Hotels

12th October 2017

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This is a feature, not a bug. If I were staying at an upscale hotel (which all Trump hotels are), the last thing I want to encounter in the halls is a passle of fresh-out-of-Compton thugs.

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Why Woodrow Wilson Is America’s Worst President Ever

12th October 2017

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You want a New Hitler? Wilson was the Hitler before Hitler.

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Executive Unilateralism on Health Care

12th October 2017

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A defining feature of Barack Obama’s presidency was the rise of executive unilateralism. Obama, frustrated with the procedural constraints that govern America’s government, took several executive actions on his own that amounted to legislation by presidential fiat. Some of these actions, like DACA and DAPA, were justified on the basis of prosecutorial discretion, while others, like certain financial and environmental regulations, were implemented via federal agencies. But in practice, these initiatives amounted to material changes to the law that were instituted without congressional approval. They amounted, in other words, to the President’s usurpation of Congress’s constitutional role. “To those members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better or question the wisdom of [my] acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer: Pass a bill,” Obama said in 2014.

In addition to underlining the sclerotic laziness of Congress in this area, it also underlies the danger to democratic government of an executive branch that feels justified, on the basis of opinion polls or ideology, in doing an end-run around the Constitution. Franklin Roosevelt was a master of this technique, even with a highly subservient legislature at his beck and call.

Today, a different president is engaging in executive unilateralism of his own. Donald Trump will sign an executive order rolling back some of the health-care regulations imposed by the Affordable Care Act. “Since Congress can’t get its act together on HealthCare, I will be using the power of the pen to give great HealthCare to many people — FAST,” he tweeted this morning. If that sounds familiar, it should: The president, whose agenda is constrained by the Constitution (and, arguably, the ongoing decay of our political institutions), is taking matters into his own hands.

How long will it take for proglodytes to realize that expanding the powers of government doesn’t always accrue to their benefit? They love it when Obama acts like Mussolini, but they have to wake up to the fact that there may be a Trump holding those reins of power. Will they take the hint? Probably not.

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The United States Will Withdraw From UNESCO

12th October 2017

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This is huge.

The Trump administration announced this morning that the U.S. is withdrawing from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The administration cited UNESCO’s anti-Israel bias, need for fundamental reform, and financial disarray as its grounds for leaving. The State Department further explained that the U.S. could and would remain engaged with UNESCO members even though it would no longer be part of the organization. While I applaud, I also note that the administration’s rationale for getting out of the UN’s cultural organization would equally well justify withdrawing from the UN entirely.

Speed the day….

UPDATE: Tillerson Just Saved $500 Million Withdrawing From UNESCO

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Thought for the Day: Our New Platform

12th October 2017

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Boy Scouts to Admit Girls in Historic Rule Change

12th October 2017

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Soon to be renamed the Young Pioneers in line with other Communist youth groups.

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Cities and Suburbs Are Becoming Pretty Similar

12th October 2017

Tyler Cowen looks at the trend.

A few decades ago the choice for most people was pretty simple: either the city or the suburbs. The city was exciting but a little dangerous. The suburbs were comfortable but bland. These days our suburbs and cities are converging, which is narrowing our lifestyle choices.

‘Narrowing’? I’d say rather ‘broadening’, since it is becoming more and more easy to have the lifestyle of one’s choice no matter where one lives.

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Social Justice Activists Disrupt Charles Murray’s Speech at University Of Michigan

12th October 2017

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The event, which was slated to begin at 6:00p.m. EST, was immediately shut down when student activists filled up the auditorium. The group projected a “white supremacist” hologram above Murray’s head as he attempted to speak.

Students who appeared to occupy most of the auditorium seats continually chanted “Charles Murray, go away. Sexist. Racist. KKK,” throughout the proceedings. A live stream of the event procided by the College Republicans chapter who hosted the event showed the debacle as it happened.

 Your Michigan taxpayer dollars at work.

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University of Oregon Students ‘Exercise Free Speech’ by Shouting Down University President

12th October 2017

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According to The Oregonian, the students didn’t have a cohesive message, but chanted “Nothing about us without us,” implying that they wanted to have a larger say in the school’s administrative direction and the decisions it made. The protesters complained about neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other social justice issues.

The Left Coast is increasingly descending into anarchy.

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Middle East Studies Profs Head to Turkey, Academic Freedom Be Damned

12th October 2017

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“Turkey seemed like a natural home for me, especially with its current leadership.” So declared Sami Al-Arian, the former University of South Florida professor, of Turkey’s Islamist and increasingly autocratic president Recep Tayyip Erdo?an. Al-Arian was deported to Turkey in 2015 by the terms of a 2006 guilty plea for his involvement with Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Given Al-Arian’s Islamist proclivities, it’s not surprising that he feels at home in Erdo?an’s Turkey, nor that his like-minded U.S.-based Middle East studies friends joined him for the October 8-10 “International Conference on the Muslim Ummah” at Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University, where Al-Arian is director of the Center for Islam and Global Affairs.

Naturally, conference sponsors included Georgetown University’s Saudi-funded Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU) and participants, ACMCU director (and Al-Arian’s son-in-law) Jonathan Brown and founding director John Esposito. The latter is a notorious apologist for Islamism, and Brown, a Muslim convert, openly espouses Islamist tenets, including slavery and concubinage.

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Notorious Misogynist Trump to Nominate Woman for DHS Secretary

12th October 2017

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That’ll fool ’em.

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Morning Joe Calls for Crippling U.S.’s Nuclear Defense Capabilities

11th October 2017

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Sure didn’t take Joe Scarborough long to travel from former Republican Congressman to proglodyte tool. Hope he got a good price.

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Postcolonial Parenting

11th October 2017

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At breakfast, in the glass-towered city of Vancouver, five-year-old Abigail looks glumly at her half-eaten bowl of cereal.

“What is it, honey?” I brush the bangs back from her face.

She lets out a big sigh. “I wish I wasn’t white.”

I start. Nothing in the parenting manuals has prepared me for that.

“All we’ve ever done is hurt people,” she continues. “I wish my skin was dark and that I had a culture.”

This is not a world in which I would wish to raise a child.

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Here’s 19 Times Eminem Talked About Beating and Raping Women

11th October 2017

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Not unexpected from a white prole who wishes he were a black gang-banger. He can get treatments to turn his skin dark if he really wants it.

And yet Trump is the New Hitler.

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Bodies of the 21 Coptic Christians ISIS Beheaded Found, to Be Returned to Families

11th October 2017

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Libya’s Ministry of the Interior found the grave in the town of Sirte, once held by ISIS militants, after a former captive of ISIS provided the location of the bodies, according to Christian Today. ISIS kidnapped the 21 Christians between Dec. 2014 and Jan. 2015, beheaded them on a Libyan beach in Feb. 2015, and published a video of the execution for the world to see.

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HITLER LEARNS ABOUT HARVEY WEINSTEIN

11th October 2017

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Today in Trump Derangement Syndrome

11th October 2017

Aghast MSNBC Host: Golfing With Trump Is ‘Kim Jong-Un Type Antics’

MSNBC’s Schmidt: Trump’s ‘Incompetence’ Caused ‘Deaths’ in Puerto Rico  Yup, he personally went to Puerto Rico and killed all those people.

Undercover Video Catches NYT Online Editor Bragging About Slanting the News Against Trump

Donald Trump’s presidency ‘could be doomed’  Well, no, actually.

Donald Trump is the most dangerous President in US history, says Hillary Clinton  But you’d have been worse.

Jon Stewart joined Stephen Colbert to warn Donald Trump is a sociopath  Project much?

Donald Trump’s tweets could lead to war between US and North Korea, diplomats fear  Well, no, actually.

Las Vegas professor tells students Donald Trump incites violence after mass shooting

Why are Ivana and Melania fighting over that dead pigeon Trump anyway?

Trump refuses to deny America is on path toward World War Three  How dare he!

Republicans ‘discuss Donald Trump’s chief of staff tackling him to stop him lunging for nuclear football’  For which, of course, there is no evidence.

Trump Says NBC ‘Made Up’ Story Claiming He Wanted More Nukes

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Universal Coverage? My Fourth Health Care Plan Just Died Thanks to Obamacare

11th October 2017

Michelle Malkin brings the heat.

Two weeks ago, my husband and I received yet another cancellation notice for our private, individual health insurance coverage. It’s our fourth Obamacare-induced obituary in four years.

Just repeal the damned thing already.

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Eco-Terrorist Admits Necessity Plea Was A Ridiculous Justification For Sabotaging Pipelines

11th October 2017

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An environmentalist activist convicted of sabotaging oil pipelines in 2016 now claims he is having second thoughts about using the necessity defense to justify his crimes.

Michael Foster, who was convicted earlier this month of criminal mischief after damaging the Keystone XL Pipeline, now claims that he might “honor the judge and the jury and their verdict” rather than appealing the conviction. The antic was probably a waste of time, he now claims.

“It’s been a year, and pollution is worse today than the day I turned the Keystone valve shut,” Foster, who faces up to 21 years in prison for his actions, told reporters Tuesday. “Based on that alone, I wonder how effective it was. If people don’t respond quickly (to climate change), it won’t matter.”

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CNN’s Fareed Zakaria Proposes Gun-Control Laws That Already Exist

11th October 2017

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Joining the fray on the Sunday edition of Fareed Zakaria GPS (Global Public Square) on the Cable News Network, the host called for laws to be enacted to restrict gun possession apparently without knowing that those laws are already on the books.

A perfect storm of a liberal celebrity, combining ignorance with same-old-stuff-that-doesn’t-work.

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Thought for the Day: Conversation With Liberals

11th October 2017

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Thought for the Day

11th October 2017

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Trump Threatens to Take Obamacare Repeal Into His Own Hands Using ‘Power of the Pen’

11th October 2017

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Gee, just as Obama used to do.

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NHS Will Be Forced to Make Cuts Without Emergency Bailout, Chief Executive Warns

11th October 2017

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The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.

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The False Ideas Intellectuals Peddle at College Campuses

11th October 2017

Walter Williams brings the heat.

As George Orwell said, “some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals believe them.”

Many stupid ideas originate with academics on college campuses. If they remained there and didn’t infect the rest of society, they might be a source of entertainment, much in the way a circus is.

Let’s look at a few stupid ideas peddled by intellectuals.

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Patient Dies After Waiting 6 Hours to See a Doctor In Canada

11th October 2017

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Don’t you just love that government-provided health care? Don’t you wish we had a system like that in the U.S.?

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Journal Retracts Pro-Colonialism Essay Right Before Columbus Day

11th October 2017

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A journal retracted an essay defending colonialism on the Saturday before Columbus Day, alleging that the journal’s editor had received a threat.

Taylor & Francis, publisher of Third World Quarterly, withdrew “The Case for Colonialism” because of “serious and credible threats of personal violence” to journal editor Shahid Qatir, reported The Chronicle of Higher Education. Bruce Gilley, the Portland State University political science professor who authored the piece, had asked for its withdrawal.

He’ll still be tagged as a Bad White Person forevermore.

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‘Feminist Economics’: Coming to a College Campus Near You

11th October 2017

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If you haven’t yet heard of “feminist economics,” get ready, because liberal economists, policy organizations, and activist groups are pushing the concept as the next battleground for women’s rights.

Because condemning catcalling and “toxic masculinity” in cultural terms isn’t enough, they’re now targeting government policies and institutions they contend are oppressive and discriminatory toward women.

In order to level the playing field, feminist economists are calling for a massive expansion in government benefits, from universal child care to universal health care plans that cover abortion, birth control, sterilization, fertility, and surrogacy.

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Today in Trump Derangement Syndrome

10th October 2017

CW’s ‘Supergirl’ Unveils New Trump-like Villain, Calls Global Warming Skeptics ‘Morons’

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Dumb People In St. Louis Keep Getting Gored Because They Take SELFIES WITH ELK

10th October 2017

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Life is just one big petting zoo to certain classes of people.

Think of it as evolution in action.

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Thought for the Day

10th October 2017

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Bringing Soviet Planning to New York City

10th October 2017

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to bring the same policies that worked so well in the Soviet Union, and more recently in Venezuela, to New York City. “If I had my druthers, the city government would determine every single plot of land, how development would proceed,” he says. “And there would be very stringent requirements around income levels and rents.”

As shown in the urban planning classic, The Ideal Communist City, soviet planners also believed they were smart enough to know how every single plot of land in their cities should be used. The cities built on their planning principles were appallingly ugly and unlivable. They were environmentally sustainable only so long as communism kept people too poor to afford cars and larger homes.

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Twitter Shuts Down GOP Rep’s Pro-Life Political Ad

10th October 2017

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Free speech is all very well, but Twitter serves the Narrative.

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Today in Trump Derangement Syndrome

9th October 2017

Republican Senator Says Trump Puts Nation On ‘Path To World War III’

Scarborough Stokes Fears Of Nuclear War, Calls Trump ‘Imminent Threat’ [VIDEO] I guess that’s the new Narrative.

Scarborough Scolds Trump For Pence’s NFL Walkout [VIDEO]  Oh, so football players get to disrespect the flag and the anthem, but Pence isn’t entitled to walk out on that disrespect — and, of course, whatever is going on is All Trump’s Fault. I see.

Hypocrisy Alert: Today’s Trump Bashing Media Thought It Was Awful to Bash Obama in 2009

CNN’s Karem: Trump’s Rhetoric Has Reduced Base to Include David Duke, Nazis, White Supremacists

Morning Joe: Trump and Republicans Will Be Responsible For ‘Nuclear Holocaust’  Will they apologize when it doesn’t happen. I think NOT.

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Dear Silicon Valley: America’s Fallen Out of Love With You

9th October 2017

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n case you haven’t noticed, though, you’ve changed from hero to villain. You’re too expensive and exclusive for the rest of the world: The garages that gave us Hewlett-Packard and Google now cost millions of dollars. You’ve moved from icon to joke — the show that bears your name is a cringe-worthy, true-to-life satire.

You’re churning out companies that are raising hundreds of millions of dollars, and going bankrupt in literal satires of themselves: a $700 million blood-testing company that never had any actual results; a $120 million juicer with packets that can actually be squeezed by hand.

Now Fast Company is declaring the end of the public’s “love affair” with the Silicon Valley ideal, and everyone from socialist Bernie Sanders to hard-right Steve Bannon is calling for your biggest companies to be heavily regulated, and your reputation is fast approaching that of Wall Street (which used to have a good reputation, too).

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GM Apples That Don’t Brown to Reach U.S. Shelves This Fall

9th October 2017

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Cue enviro-Nazi hysteria.

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New York Restaurant Finds Itself at Centre of Bizarre ‘Putin Burger’ Scandal

9th October 2017

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Just across the street from Madison Square Garden, Lucy’s Cantina Royale has found itself at the centre of an odd controversy after Russian state-owned media published claims last week that the restaurant had sold a burger special named after Vladimir Putin on his birthday.

“Lucy’s Cantina Royale was subject of a hoax involving Vladimir Putin’s birthday. Our restaurant has never celebrated Vladimir Putin’s birthday in any way, shape, or form, and has never offered a ‘Putin Burger’,” a statement provided by manager Tim Ryan to The Independent reads.

I wasn’t aware that Putin was into Third World food.

Russian state-owned media claimed in a video last week that a waitress had told them that the restaurant had put together a five-patty burger that weighed about “1,952 grammes” — a reference to the year Mr Putin was born — to mark his 65th birthday on Saturday. The video segment, which was clearly filmed at least in part in the restaurant, shows a waitress delivering a mammoth burger to a customer and talking about how it’s made.

I’d be proud to have such a creation named after me.

Mr Ryan said that a burger is available in the restaurant, which offers a variety of Mexican fare,  but that it is named after their chef — not the Russian president.

What a disappointment.

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KFC’s Double Down Burger: Is Bacon and Cheese Sandwiched Between Chicken as Good as It Sounds?

9th October 2017

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I’ll never tell.

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Doctor Robot

9th October 2017

ZMan talks about the future.

The robot came to mind when booking my last physical. I’ve been saying for years that a good chunk of health care could be automated today. Yet, the only growing segment of the labor market, outside of government, is health care. At my doctor’s office, I interact with probably a dozen people during a physical. I know what two of them do and one of them could be replaced by a kiosk. The rest are just women in purple scrubs milling around doing nothing I can identify as medical work or even clerical work.

What’s always been puzzling to me is that I never actually see a doctor. In fact, I have yet to meet my doctor in person. We have communicated by e-mail once or twice. Instead, I deal with a nurse practitioner. Once a year, she asks me the same questions and then types my answers into a laptop. She then gives me a physical examination, sticks her finger in my arse and that’s the end of it. If I was allowed to answer the questions in advance, the whole thing could be done as a drive-thru service.

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Seven Body Organs You Can Live Without

9th October 2017

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With thanks to Debby Witt, who knows what’s important in life.

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Bump Fire, Trigger Toys, and Gun Laws

9th October 2017

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A primer for those who don’t do this stuff for a living.

This is going to be a technical post, so bear with me. In order to understand what a “bump fire” device is and how it works, and how laws restricting them would be pointless, it is necessary to understand exactly how firearms work, how fully automatic firearms work, and how semi-automatic firearms work. Key technical vocabulary is highlighted.

It has pictures, so even Democrats ought to be able to follow along.

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Florida Threatens Woman with Fines, Jail for Giving Diet Tips

9th October 2017

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The State of Florida is threatening a woman with jail unless she stops telling people what to eat.

To clarify: Heather Kokesch Del Castillo of Fort Walton Beach is not wandering around the supermarket in giving unsolicited advice. People have been asking her—and paying her—for dietary and nutritional advice. Though all she is doing is talking to people as a health coach, the state has declared her an unlicensed dietitian and fined her more than $750. She faces misdemeanor charges if she doesn’t shut her mouth, with further fines of up to $1,000 for each incident and possibly even a year in prison.

She has turned for help to the lawyers at the Institute for Justice, who have been fighting overreaching occupational licensing schemes for years.

Occupational licensing is typically a method for existing players in a market to use the coercive power of government to restrict entry and reap oligopoly profits, all in the name of ‘protecting the consumer’, even though in most cases the consumer is neither consulted nor desires such protection. But you knew that.

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Nuclear Power Plants That Can Fit In A Backyard Are A Real Possibility

9th October 2017

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Companies interested in building small-scale nuclear reactors are getting attention at the Department of Energy (DOE) after Secretary of Energy Rick Perry endorsed the idea in a speech in late September, the Washington Examiner reports.

Perry spoke of the concept in a speech to the National Clean Energy Week conference. He said the crisis in Puerto Rico showed the potential benefits of creating a transportable, long lasting source of energy.

Cue eco-Nazi hysteria.

Licensing and regulations are currently major roadblocks for development. Most attempts at building mini reactors haven’t proceeded past the blueprint phase, according to the WNA.

As usual, government is standing in the way of progress.

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