DYSPEPSIA GENERATION

We have seen the future, and it sucks.

Another Left-Wing Science Scandal

20th June 2017

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In general, insecticides are toxic to humans because humans are quite a bit like bugs. Herbicides, on the other hand, are generally not very toxic to humans, because we aren’t a lot like plants. But even in this context, glyphosate stood out as a harmless chemical. It targets an enzyme that is found in plants, but not in humans or animals. Moreover, glyphosate breaks down easily and does not persist in the environment. It is pretty much the perfect herbicide (until resistance starts to develop, but that’s another story).

This sounds like a win-win situation–cheaper food, better health, longer lifespans–but some people irrationally hate genetically modified crops, even though the modification–in this case, making the corn or soybean plant tolerant of glyphosate–has nothing to do with its nutritional value. After decades of world-wide experience with glyphosate, it was accepted that the product was safe. So it was a bombshell when the International Agency for Research on Cancer declared, in March 2015, that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic,” based on tests on rodents.

Hundreds of cancer patients promptly sued Monsanto, claiming the company had concealed the danger of carcinogenicity, notwithstanding the fact that it would be hard to find a farmer who hadn’t been exposed to glyphosate. The European Union said it would consider IARC’s finding when deciding whether to continue to allow glyphosate to be used in Europe. “Environmentalists” had scored a major coup.

But the whole thing turned out to be a fraud.

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CBS, NBC Censor Murder of Muslim Girl at Hands of Illegal Immigrant

20th June 2017

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Apparently, not only can only white people be racist, but only white people can be Islamophobic.

You learn some new Narrative every day.

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Chicanos Like Living on Their Tragic Dirt

20th June 2017

Steve Sailer turns over a rock.

As we all know, blacks and Mexicans have low test scores because wherever they happen to live, such as in convenient inner city locations, has tragic dirt. Progressive whites want them to move to the magic dirt of the suburbs, so they can get high test scores, and the progressive whites will then nobly move into these inner city hellholes where they can walk to work downtown. (How the blacks and Mexicans will get to their jobs from their new locations in remotes suburbs is one of those questions that never quite occurs to Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing supporters.)

Boyle Heights is a crummy but not too crummy Mexican neighborhood just east of booming Downtown Los Angeles. Not surprisingly a lot of white people are thinking of moving in. Not surprisingly, lots of Mexican activists are ginning up campaigns of racial hatred against white gentrifiers.

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‘Solar Paint’ Breakthrough Can Provide Endless Energy Source

19th June 2017

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The scientists developed a new compound that sucks water vapor from the air—much like those humidity-absorbing packets of silica gel you find in shoeboxes. But unlike silica, the new material (synthetic molybdenum-sulphide) also acts as a semiconductor and water-splitting catalyst, meaning that it takes water molecules and separates them into oxygen and hydrogen, a clean fuel source.

The compound is made more effective when mixed with titanium oxide, a white pigment often found in house paint, which makes it easily applicable to a wide range of buildings.

Cool.

The technology is likely still a few years away from commercialization, since the harvested hydrogen gas would still need to be collected somehow and stored until put to use.

Details, mere details. Cue government subsidies….

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Authorities Refuse to Disclose Immigration Status of El Salvadoran Immigrant Who Murdered Muslim Teen

19th June 2017

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Nothing to see here, move along, move along….

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Supreme Court Axes Law Banning Disparaging Trademarks

19th June 2017

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I guess the whole Free Speech thing still has some friends in high places. Wonder how long it will last.

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Chicago Celebrates Father’s Day With Over Fifty People Shot

19th June 2017

Thanks, dad.

Thank God for those strict gun control laws in Chicago, or the place would be like Texas.

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Overpopulation Scaremongering Never Gets Old

19th June 2017

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The tiny land-locked African country of Lesotho is the poster child for the impending population explosion in the mind of journalist Eugene Linden.

In “Remember the Population Bomb? It’s Still Ticking,” an op-ed in the Sunday New York Times, Linden repeats a 40-year-old refrain: “Lesotho’s biggest problem probably was, and is, the obvious: too many people.”

Oh noes! The sky is falling! Women and minorities hardest hit! The planet will be destroyed!

Or maybe not:

How does Linden know that Lesotho is inhabited by “too many people”? The country’s population density is 176 people per square mile. But compare that to Malthusian hellholes like the United Kingdom (694 people per square mile); Germany (601 people); or the deities forfend, the Netherlands (2,852 people). In fact, the population density of the entire European Union is more than 300 people per square mile.

So I guess what he means is that Lesotho has too many black African people. But of course he can’t say that.

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Thought for the Day

19th June 2017

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Amazon’s New Customer

19th June 2017

Ben Thompson’s blog Stratechery is one of my go-to places for understanding the tech world.

As you might expect, given a goal as audacious as “taking a cut of all economic activity”, Amazon has several different strategies. The key to the enterprise is AWS: if it is better to build an Internet-enabled business on the public cloud, and if all businesses will soon be Internet-enabled businesses, it follows that AWS is well-placed to take a cut of all business activity.

On the consumer side the key is Prime. While Amazon has long pursued a dominant strategy in retail — superior cost and superior selection — it is difficult to build sustainable differentiation on these factors alone. After all, another retailer is only a click away.

One of Amazon’s key features (that everybody knows implicitly but few realize explicitly) is informational — people go to Amazon not just to buy stuff bot to find out what stuff there is to buy. I catch myself doing it multiple times a day: I have a need, and go to Amazon to find out whether somebody out there makes a product that will fit that need, and roughly what that product might cost.

This is the ‘network effect’ writ large; he bigger the Amazon ‘marketplace’ becomes, the better an approximation of the entire market it is, and the better the informational function that it can serve. I don’t know whether this was a conscious decision on Bezox’ part, but it may have been — when Amazon was Just Books, it dumped a universe of information on its site about books, many of which it didn’t even sell; old geezers of my generation may recall when Amazon was castigated by the Usual Suspects for doing so. But it got us accustomed to going to Amazon to find out what books were out there, even if they couldn’t be bought from Amazon, and eventually we got used to buying them from Amazon when we could, and that habit expanded with the expansion of Amazon’s stock.

This, though, is the brilliance of Prime: thanks to its reliability and convenience (two days shipping, sometimes faster!), plus human fallibility when it comes to considering sunk costs (you’ve already paid $99!), why even bother looking anywhere else? With Prime Amazon has created a powerful moat around consumer goods that does not depend on simply having the lowest price, because Prime customers don’t even bother to check.

Absolutely.

Today, all of the logistics that go into a Whole Foods store are for the purpose of stocking physical shelves: the entire operation is integrated. What I expect Amazon to do over the next few years is transform the Whole Foods supply chain into a service architecture based on primitives: meat, fruit, vegetables, baked goods, non-perishables (Whole Foods’ outsized reliance on store brands is something that I’m sure was very attractive to Amazon). What will make this massive investment worth it, though, is that there will be a guaranteed customer: Whole Foods Markets.

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The Killing Season

19th June 2017

ZMan looks at Balitmore, Yet Another Democrat-Ruled Murder Zone.

Baltimore has the nickname of “Bodymore, Murderville” because of a high rate of homicide and the habit of the locals spray painting the slogan on abandoned buildings. The other “slogan” you see around the city is a re-write of a marketing campaign run by the city a few years back. The pols had the idea of putting the word “Believe” on everything, so the more clever changed it to “Behave” which gets to the heart of the issue. The city has a huge population of people who cannot behave themselves like civilized people.

Currently the city is on pace for over 360 murders and we are just getting into peak killing season. Usually, the winter tamps down the murder rates as it is just not as much fun to pop a cap in an ass when it is snowing sideways. Similarly, the spring has been very rainy and gangsters tend not to like going out to murder people for their sneakers when it is raining. In other words, it’s possible there is a lot of pent up demand for murder that will now be unleashed with the summer weather.

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Winners and Losers in Amazon’s $13.7B Purchase of Whole Foods

19th June 2017

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This is the best overview I’ve seen.

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Planned Parenthood’s Century of Brutality

19th June 2017

Kevin Williamson turns over a very big, very smelly rock.

Little is one of the early figures in Planned Parenthood whose public pronouncements, along with those of its charismatic foundress, Margaret Sanger, often are pointed to as evidence of the organization’s racist origins. (Students at the University of Michigan are, at the time of this writing, petitioning to have his name stripped from a campus building.) Little believed that birth-control policy should be constructed in such a way as to protect “Yankee stock” — referred to in Sanger’s own work as “unmixed native white parentage,” if Little’s term is not clear enough — from being overwhelmed by what was at the time perceived as the dysgenic fecundity of African Americans, Catholic immigrants, and other undesirables. (“The feebleminded are notoriously prolific in reproduction,” Sanger reported in Woman and the New Race.) The question of racial differences was an obsession of Little’s that went well beyond his interest in eugenics and followed him to the end of his life; one of his later scientific works was “The Possible Relation of Genetics to Differences in Negro–White Mortality Rates from Cancer,” published in the 1960s.

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Van Plows Through Pedestrians in London

18th June 2017

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A number of casualties have been reported after a van plowed through a group of pedestrians in London Sunday.

One person has been arrested after a vehicle struck pedestrians in Seven Sister Road in north London. The incident took place outside a mosque, according to Mail Online.

 

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Are SWPL Kids Becoming Shorter?

18th June 2017

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It was reported two weeks ago that children who drank more milk were taller, but children who drank milk-alternatives like almond milk and soy milk were significantly shorter.

Who the hell gives their children almond or soy milk to drink? The answer is SWPLs. Stupid SWPLs who think that cholesterol is bad for their kids.

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Fitzgerald Crew’s ‘Heroic Efforts’ Saved Their Ship From Sinking, Admiral Says

18th June 2017

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An astonishing effort.

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The Six Phases of Dealing With a Power Outage. “Acceptance” Is Not One of Them

18th June 2017

Lileks.

It’s not quite accurate to say we lost power in last week’s harsh storm. It’s not like I couldn’t find it. “Hey, who had the power last, and where did you put it? Did it roll under the sofa? Wait, never mind — it was in my other pants pocket.”

No, the power was taken away. The transformer was hit by lightning, which seems to be the sort of thing a transformer would like: “Whoa! Awesome. That’s the good stuff. Set me up again, bartender.” But no, the transformer decided to do its best impersonation of a large star going nova while some snapped wires danced on the ground looking for squirrels to murder.

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The Umbrella as a Weapon

18th June 2017

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Even without any James Bond upgrades.

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Obama-Era FCC Caught Red-Handed Giving Preferential Treatment to Liberal Groups

18th June 2017

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A high-level employee at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 2014 appeared to give leaders of liberal-leaning groups preferential treatment for posting and publicizing comments on the agency’s public forum for the net neutrality debate.

Details of the highly friendly support were first described by then-The Washington Post’s Nancy Scola, who referred to it as an “unusual collaboration” in an in-depth report on the FCC’s filing system. Those details became significantly more incriminating after Mike Wendy, director of the market-oriented nonprofit MediaFreedom, recently received once-classified pieces of electronic communications years after he filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Wendy alleges that, along with other conservative organizations, they were not given the same effortful and enthusiastic treatment their liberal counterparts received.

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

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Your Neighbor’s Fancy Car Should Make You Feel Better About Income Inequality

18th June 2017

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But, if you’re a proglodyte, it probably won’t.

Today while I was out running errands in my 5-year-old Honda Accord, I passed a Tesla. If I were a different kind of guy, seeing Elon Musk’s latest creation whisk past me as I trundled along in my middleclassmobile might have inspired a sense of personal envy, or even some worry about the social implications of inequality in America.

But I’m an economist. And let’s face it: In practical terms, the difference between a $200,000 Tesla and my last car, a beat-up minivan worth $2,000 at trade-in, is not all that large. They’re both safe forms of transportation that get you from point A to point B and, given legal limits and the reality of suburban traffic, most of the time they’re driven at roughly the same speeds.

In that sense, measures of income inequality overstate the differences within a developed country like the United States. The products available to the masses are, in many cases, nearly as good as those available only to the elite. Your garbageman’s old Timex and your podiatrist’s brand new Rolex serve almost precisely the same function.

It wasn’t always so. A century ago, a hungry rich person had access to significantly more food and more choices than a poor one. Yet even bluebloods would have been able to get their hands on less variety and quality than one now finds at an average Midwestern all-you-can-eat buffet. When Herbert Hoover promised “a chicken in every pot” in the election of 1928, it was the sort of pledge that no one expected a politician to actually keep. Today, each American consumes an average of 27 chickens a year, and obesity is a bigger problem than hunger.

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Thought for the Day

18th June 2017

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Michelin Reinvents the ‘Tweel’ With 3D-printed Vision Concept

18th June 2017

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Michelin has developed a new way to change a tire.

Its Vision concept is an airless ‘tweel’ made from 3D-printed bio-sourced materials that allow for new and different treads to be applied as they wear down or the seasons change.

Designed to mimic the structure of coral, it is stiff at the center and gets gradually softer as it approaches the outside edge.

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3 Charged in Shooting at Chicago Playground; 2 Girls Injured

18th June 2017

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Thank God for those strict gun control laws in Chicago, or the place would be like Texas.

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Black Students Who Hoaxed Hillary With Fake Hate Crime Claim Get No Jail Time

17th June 2017

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Of course not.

Black = Victim, always and everywhere.

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America’s New Tobacco Crisis: The Rich Stopped Smoking, the Poor Didn’t

17th June 2017

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Latest OMG bulletin from the Chicken-Little Left.

Wait until they find out how much weed ‘the poor’ smoke when it becomes legal, which these same bobos are pushing.

After decades of lawsuits, public campaigns and painful struggles, Americans have finally done what once seemed impossible: Most of the country has quit smoking, saving millions of lives and leading to massive reductions in cancer.

That is, unless those Americans are poor, uneducated or live in a rural area.

I’m sure it’s all Trump’s fault. Or maybe George W. Bush’s.

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Microsoft’s New Modern Keyboard Has a Hidden Fingerprint Reader

17th June 2017

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Microsoft has quietly unveiled a new “Modern Keyboard” with an integrated fingerprint reader. The Modern Keyboard is the successor to the Surface Keyboard, and looks identical. The only changes are a new fingerprint reader and the ability to use a cable for a wired connection instead of wireless.

Microsoft has integrated the fingerprint reader into the second Windows key on the right-hand side of the keyboard, and it can be used to log into Windows 10 or websites using Windows Hello. The new Modern Keyboard will work with Windows 10, MacOS, and the latest versions of Android.

Yet another thing to hack.

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How Amazon Crushed the Union Movement

17th June 2017

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Amazon.com, like many big businesses, isn’t a fan of labor unions. In contract negotiations, organized workers demand higher wages, layoffs by seniority and sometimes threaten to strike. Amazon has successfully fended off U.S. labor unions since its founding in 1994.

All the while Bezos and his top execs were donating tons of cash to the Democrats. Kind of shows you where their priorities lie.

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A Startup Making Paper Out of Stone, Not Trees

17th June 2017

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Nobuyoshi Yamasaki’s venture TBM Co. makes paper from limestone, a rock it proclaims is “almost inexhaustible.” He says it’s the answer to concerns over deforestation and water shortages, with world demand for paper set to double by 2030.

I can see it now: Save The Rocks!

TBM’s paper is so durable and moisture-resistant it can be written on underwater, and has just signed a deal to make menus for more than 400 sushi restaurants run by Sushiro Global Holdings Ltd. across Japan.

Yet another reason not to eat sushi.

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PillPack

17th June 2017

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PillPack is trying to solve the problem of drug adherence by simplifying your medicine cabinet. Medication arrives in the mail presorted into clear plastic packets, each marked in a large font with vital information: day, time, pills inside, dosages. These are ordered chronologically in a roll that slots into the dispenser. Let’s say you need to take four different pills in the morning and two others in the afternoon every day: Those pills would be sorted into two tear-off packets: one marked 8am, followed immediately by the 2pm packet.

A great idea. The only question is how this squares with people’s insurance plans.

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The London Fire and the Enduring Problem of Fighting High-Rise Infernos

17th June 2017

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THE FIRE THAT raged through a London apartment building on Wednesday night horrified engineers for more than its terrible human cost—at least 12 people died in the blaze at the 24-story tall Grenfell Tower, and London authorities expect to find more as they search the still-smoldering ruin. It was a disaster made even worse for its utter lack of unexpectedness. Residents had been warning about shoddy maintenance and smoking electrical equipment for at least four years.

But what investigators will have to figure out is exactly how the fire spread the way it did—because a fast-burning ignition that spreads from floor to floor of a tower block is exactly what modern building and fire codes are supposed to prevent. The mantra of high-rise fire protection is compartmentation, suppression, and evacuation, in that order. In London, the first two failed, but that’s unusual. It’s that third priority—getting out—that researchers around the world are still trying to solve.

This is why I would never live in a high-rise, and why I laugh at all of the ‘urban planners’ who think that ‘density’ is the answer to all our problems. Until we have the technology, uh, no thanks.

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Rent-A-Minority

17th June 2017

Check it out.

Rent-A-Minority is a revolutionary new service designed for those oh-shit moments where you’ve realized your award show, corporate brochure, conference panel is entirely composed of white men. For, like, the fifth year in a row. Suddenly you’re being called out on Twitter and you need to look not-racist and not-misogynist fast. Actually doing something meaningful to disrupt institutional inequality would be way too much work; so why not just Rent-A-Minority instead?

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Trump Orders Government to Stop Work on Y2K Bug

17th June 2017

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Well, you don’t want to rush these things.

At least it didn’t take them as long as the telephone tax that was to finance the Spanish-American War.

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Google’s Moffett Field Modular Apartment Plan Hailed as Possible Housing Crisis Fix

17th June 2017

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This reminds me of the SF story Gladiator-at-Law, in which one’s home is provided by one’s employer — lose your job, and you lose your home.

Of course, this wouldn’t be a ‘crisis’ if the yuppie hipsters on the Left Coast didn’t cause it with their crazy NIMBY land use laws. Their tax dollars at work.

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New Stick-on Soles Protect Users From Cuts and Grazes While on the Beach or in the Sea

16th June 2017

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The soles are “waterproof, cut-proof and slip-proof”, according to the manufacturers Nakefit. Costing £26 for ten pairs, the flip-flop alternatives look to save the scorching feet of holidaymakers world over.

Wearers can also be sure of attracting attention in the eye-catching elastic soles available in bright pink, blue and black.

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Game of Thrones: Someone Made a Compilation of All 150,966 Deaths

16th June 2017

Watch it, if you dare….

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Canadian Jews Are Top Target of Hate Crimes, According to Government Study

16th June 2017

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Will the Islamophobia never cease?

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Amazon Is Buying Whole Foods

16th June 2017

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Jeff Bezos: “Alexa, buy me something from Whole Foods.”

Alexa: “Sure, Jeff. Buying Whole Foods now.”

Jeff Bezos: “WHA- ahh go ahead.”

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Democrats Bring the Hate: Dem Consultant Creates #HuntRepublicanCongressmen in Response to Shooting

16th June 2017

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James Devine, a Democratic operative from New Jersey ,created a #HuntRepublicanCongressmen hashtag Thursday, one day after a gunman shot at Republican congressmen in Virginia and wounded Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise.

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NY Daily News Writer Goes Nuts Over Scalise Shooting, Blames White People for It

16th June 2017

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In the wake of the shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise on Wednesday, many liberal journalists and celebrities on Twitter and other social media sites began exploiting the tragedy, lobbying for gun control or bashing Republicans. But, New York Daily News commentator Shaun King chose specifically to blame white people for the incident. Embarking on a Twitter tirade he tweeted out the following,“Instead of white people, in general, taking the heat for James Hodgkinson, he is almost instantly being called a liberal radical.”

Maybe because he was. Bernie Sanders supporter, hates Trump, shoots Republicans — yeah, that says ‘liberal radical’ to me.

King gained worldwide notoriety back in 2015 when, as a Black Lives Matter activist, he was revealed to be white despite having previously identified himself as black.

He sure sounds black.

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Dem Staffers Boo Trump at Congressional Baseball Game

16th June 2017

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So much for ‘unity’ and ‘bipartisanship’.

The problem with Democrats is that they get bigger and older but just never grow up.

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The Left Continues Fomenting Hatred

16th June 2017

The Other McCain draws back the curtain.

Really? Fusion.com exploits the fact that a black lesbian is a member of the Capitol Police force to label a wounded Republican congressman a “bigoted homophobe.”

Well, of course — he’s Republican, so of course he’s a bigot, of course he’s a homophobe, everyone knows that.

Has Steve Scalise, or any other GOP member of Congress, advocated a policy that would prohibit hiring of black people, women, or homosexuals as Capitol Police? No, that never happened, and so labeling Scalise a “bigoted homophobe” is merely a continuation of the anti-Republican rhetoric that inspired “passionate progressive” James Hodgkinson to open fire Wednesday morning.

In April, I called attention to how the Left has developed the habit of using “hate” as a synonym for Republican. This rhetorical tactic explains the mood of irrational fear and rage that has gripped so many on the Left since Donald Trump was elected President. There is nothing that separates the shooter Hodgkinson from the typical “progressive” blogger. Hodgkinson was part of the “Occupy” protests and denounced the “one percent” — the same kind of sentiment commonly espoused by Democrat politicians and their liberal media allies. Demonizing their opponents in this way has become standard operating procedure for the Left — “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it,” to quote Saul Alinsky — and we should not be surprised when such tactics inspire criminal violence. As Rep. Rodney Davis said, this is “rhetorical terrorism.”

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Seattle Gun Tax Backfires as Gun-Related Deaths Double

16th June 2017

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Seattle City Councilman Tim Burgess introduced a bill in 2015 to place a $25 tax on every firearm sold and a 5-cent tax on every ammunition round sold.

Since the tax took effect, gun violence has risen and gun sales have decreased, leading to a much smaller payout than the city expected, Fox News Reports.

Amazing how that works.

Dave Workman believes the city should have predicted the rise in violence. “All these gun control laws affect the wrong people. The gang bangers don’t go in and buy ammunition at retail, at least not around here. It certainly hasn’t stopped them from getting their hands on firearms.”

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Democrats Bring the Hate: Shots Fired at Truck With MAGA Flag on Indianapolis Freeway

16th June 2017

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And yet Trump is responsible for the Climate of Hate.

Women and Minorities Hardest Hit.

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It’s Been 4,253 Days Since The Last Major Hurricane Landed In The US

16th June 2017

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It’s been nearly 12 years, or 4,253 days, since the last major hurricane made landfall in the U.S., which is the longest such period on record.

On a global level, accumulated cyclone energy is at its lowest level on record, according to Colorado State University hurricane expert Philip Klotzbach.

How about that Global Warming, hey?

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Subsidies Encourage Maine Farmers to Keep Growing Too Many Blueberries

16th June 2017

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During a multi-year wild blueberry glut, government agencies have been using subsidies and grants to encourage Maine farmers to keep growing the crop. Too bad no one seems to want them. Maine has a glut of the berries, and now the governor of Maine hopes to help sell them off by spending $2.5 million on agricultural marketing.

Farmers have been growing wild blueberries in Maine since the mid 1800s. The berries perish quickly, so 99 percent of the crop is frozen, making it easier for a berry surplus to continue from previous years.

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Thought for the Day

16th June 2017

Chip Bok - Creators Syndicatehttp://reason.com/blog/2017/06/16/friday-funnies-college-campus-madness

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Man Dies After Going Over Niagara Falls in an Inflatable Ball

16th June 2017

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Think of it as evolution in action.

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

16th June 2017

Wahhabism Versus The Muslim Brotherhood: Opening Old Wounds In Qatar

Messy fight awaits Islamic State’s next Syrian capital at Mayadeen

US adds 3 Islamic State group leaders to terrorism blacklist

Tennessee Man Sentenced For Soliciting To Burn Down Mosque

Bulgarian MEP: “We say zero illegal migrants”

Many Muslims Need to Do Some Soul-Searching

Isis condemned by 300 Austrian Muslim imams who sign declaration against ‘extremism, violence and terror’

Turkish President’s bodyguards to be charged after violent brawl with protesters on Washington visit

West Ignores Growing Terrorist Threat From ISIS Bosnian ‘Safe Havens’

Report: 12 Turkish agents to be charged for DC embassy melee

Crewman injured after Yemen rebels fired missile at UAE ship, Saudi coalition says

Afghan official: ISIS moves to seize Osama bin Laden’s hideout

More than 100 ISIS fighters attack Iraqi forces in Mosul

Two arrested over brawl between Turkish protestors and security guards during Erdogan White House visit

Saudi Arabia ‘has ties to terror across Middle East and West’, Iran says  Pot, meet kettle.

‘Allah Will Get You’ Stabbing In London Not Being Treated As Terrorist Incident

Six Migrants Convicted For Attacking Homeless Man In Germany

‘Jihadi Jack’ thrown in jail by Kurdish forces’ after leaving Isis territory  ISIS would have beheaded him.

Iranian women get on their bikes to defy cycling fatwa  No issue is too petty for a fatwa.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan: Turkish President says isolation of Qatar ‘inhumane’ and like the ‘death penalty’   I think that was the idea.

ISIS Calls On Followers To Keep Killing During Ramadan

Combating Islamic Terrorism From Every Angle

US ‘created Isis’ and its war on the terrorists is ‘a lie’, says Iran’s Supreme Leader  And if you believe that one, he’ll tell you another one.

How Muslim Extremists Exploit European Liberalism

Austria bans Islamic dresses for women, mandates 12-month integration course

Norway plans to ban Muslim face veils in schools

Berlin Rabbi Notes Increased Antisemitic Attacks Due To Refugees

Why People Become Jihadists

Nets Practically Ignore 3-Week ISIS Siege in Philippines

Taliban’s No. 2 denies role in Kabul bombing

Libyan Security Committee Calls U.S. Muslim Leader a Terrorist

Philippines Celebrates Independence Day By Bombing ISIS

Deadly airstrike hits al-Shabaab in Somalia as US mission there intensifies

Refugee Caregiver Beaten, Disfigured, and Blinded in One Eye by Culture-Enricher

Trump-Authorized Strike Obliterates Base In Somalia Used To Train Terrorists

US-backed Syrian fighters seize parts of Isis ‘capital’ Raqqa

Qatar crisis: Iran begins food aid flights into nation isolated by Arab neighbours

Court in Pakistan sentences man to death for ‘blasphemous’ Facebook post

US aircraft in Philippines in battle against ISIS

Realism, Islamism and Islam: When Will Difficult Conversations Begin?

Taliban claims responsibility for attack that kills two US soldiers in Afghanistan  Of course they do.

Two US troops killed, two others wounded in apparent insider attack

Manchester attack: Salman Abedi’s explosive ‘designed to kill and maim indiscriminately’

London attack: Police reveal the knives used to slaughter innocent pedestrians

Marches against Islamic law to be held in many US cities

Report: US special forces assist in ending siege in the Philippines

London Bridge attackers tried to rent bigger van to kill more people

Isis propagandist who linked terrorists with Amaq ‘news agency’ arrested in Germany

Mosque Leader Quits Over Decision Not To Fire Imam Who Praised Female Genital Mutilation

ISIS Suicide Bomber Strikes Iraqi Market, 22 Dead

ISIS Propaganda Operative Arrived In Germany At Height Of Syrian Refugee Crisis

Leading Virginia Imam Placed On Leave After Endorsement Of Female Genital Mutilation

Pakistani Law Makes Ramadan a Dangerous Time for Religious Minorities

Karbala suicide bombing: 30 killed in Iraq terror attack

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The Dead End

16th June 2017

ZMan cuts to the chase.

Most of the issue that plague our modern societies stem from the unwillingness of our policy makers to consider the obvious solutions. In the 80’s, we had a bum crisis due to the states being forced to fling open the doors to their nervous hospitals. The former patients had no one willing to care for them and no ability to care for themselves, so they ended up on the streets as bums. The obvious answer was to put them back into the asylums, but that was ruled off limits and we still have a bum problem to this day.

The thing is, the Cloud People do not have a bum problem. They “solved” the “homeless” problem by agreeing to use their tax dollars to build flop houses in your neighborhood and they also make sure the bum services industry is located in your neighborhood. You will never see a homeless shelter next to a Starbucks. The cops in Cloud Country are adept at putting the stray bum on a bus and sending him to Dirt Country, where the shelters are located. After all, they are public servants and that is the humane thing to do.

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London High-Rise Fire Tragedy Result of Environmentalist Regulation

16th June 2017

Read it.

The highrise in London which recently burned, killing many was so devastating because it was recently clad with exterior insulation material to make it more energy-efficient.

The fire started in a lower-floor kitchen and rapidly spread up the entire building due to a “chimney effect” caused by the cladding.

Insulation keeps heat in. Basically, they converted the building into a giant kiln.

Jeremy Corbyn blames cuts to local council funding for the tragedy, but this cladding was part of a multimillion-dollar renovation.

About 30,000 other buildings around Britain have also been covered with this insulating cladding.

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