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The End of Democracy in America

25th April 2016

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Alexis de Tocqueville was a more prophetic observer of American democracy than even his most ardent admirers appreciate. True, readers have seen clearly what makes his account of American exceptionalism so luminously accurate, and they have grasped the profundity of his critique of American democracy’s shortcomings. What they have missed is his startling clairvoyance about how democracy in America could evolve into what he called “democratic despotism.” That transformation has been in process for decades now, and reversing it is the principal political challenge of our own moment in history. It is implicitly, and should be explicitly, at the center of our upcoming presidential election.

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Inconvenient Study: CO2 Fertilization Greening the Earth

25th April 2016

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International team reports CO2 fertilization prompted plants and trees to sprout extra green leaves equivalent in area to two times the continental USA, or nearly 4.4 billion General Shermans (largest giant Sequoia tree).

Well. How about that.

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Melissa Click Rewrites History, Thinks She Was Fired Because ‘I’m a White Lady’

25th April 2016

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White, perhaps, but hardly a lady.

Melissa Click, the scowling face of campus repression and candidate for least self-aware person in academia, is attempting to rewrite history in her remarks to an all-too sympathetic reporter for The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Click’s confusion is such that she sees herself as a white savior of oppressed black students on campus while simultaneously believing that the university fired her because she was a white lady. She is also actively courting free-speech-martyr status, despite the fact that she repeatedly attempted to censor journalists and faculty members. Click isn’t sorry: she’s sorry she got caught.

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Trump, Hitler Among Nominations to Rename Robert E. Lee Elementary

25th April 2016

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The recommendations for the future name of Robert E. Lee Elementary in Austin were released, Friday.

On March 28, the Austin ISD board voted to rename the school, after hearing feedback from the community and school parents. While the board asked for recommendations, they will have final say on the name, regardless of number of nominations.

Security has been increased at the school as a precaution.

Makes you wonder what’s going on when (a) a school ‘needs’ to be renamed and (b) security ‘has been increased as a precaution’. Sounds to me as if certain people are forcing other people to do something that these other people would rather not do.

Top 10 renaming recommendations — sorted by most nominated:

Donald J. Trump Elementary: 45 nominations
Robert E. Lee Elementary: 34 nominations
Russell Lee Elementary: 32 nominations
Harper Lee Elementary: 30 nominations
Elisabet Ney Elementary: 15 nominations
Lee Elementary: 13 nominations
Adolf Hitler School for Friendship and Tolerance: 8 nominations
Waller Creek Elementary: 8 nominations
Dr. Frances J. Nesmith Elementary School: 7 nominations
Guy Bizzell Elementary: 6 nominations

Some of the more notable, but less voted names include:

Adam Lanza’s School of Fun, Bee Movie, Bleeding Heart Liberal Elementary, Boaty McBoatface Elementary School, Forgetting the Past Dooms You to Repeat It Elementary, Garfunkel, Hypothetical Perfect Person Memorial Elementary School, John Cena Elementary and Schooly McSchoolerson.

I guess some people aren’t really taking this process seriously — or are taking the opportunity to express their opinion of the Powers That Be.

Parents, past students, neighbors and community members are divided on the Confederate general’s role in history, and whether or not the school should bear his name. The school’s name was brought into question after the shooting in Charleston, South Carolina.

Once again, Austin is doing it’s best to pretend that it’s actually the capital of a Blue State. I suppose that there is a virtue to concentrating all of the socialist bile in one place, but it certainly makes that place an ugly one.

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Thought for the Day

25th April 2016

Trek Bathrooms

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Aspiring Campaign Worker’s Murder Leads to Retaliatory Killing in Philadelphia

25th April 2016

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The first shooting took place at around 3:30 p.m. in the Cedarbrook section of the city. Witnesses said the unidentified 21-year-old victim was talking with Chris Rabb, a Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives when someone approached the victim from behind and shot him.

Certainly more exciting than a Donald Trump rally. Democrats really know how to do a campaign.

The second shooting took place at approximately 7:30 p.m. about a quarter-mile from the scene of the first shooting. Police said an 18-year-old man was shot in the back and a 17-year-old boy was grazed by a bullet in a drive-by shooting. The 18-year-old was taken to a hospital, where he later died. The 17-year-old was expected to recover.

No arrests have been made in either shooting. Police described the suspect in the afternoon killing as a black man standing approximately six feet tall and wearing a light gray hoodie. He was seen running from the scene.

Sometimes you can’t tell the shooters without a scorecard.

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New Body Armour Promises to Transform Fighting Sports

24th April 2016

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LOOKING somewhat like a stormtrooper from “Star Wars”, Martin “The Wolf” Söderström, a Swedish devotee of kung fu, raps a heavy fighting stick down onto the arm of his opponent, who is clad in similar attire. At the other side of the room a computer quickly determines if the blow would have caused a bruise or a fracture if his adversary had not been so protected. Welcome to a new world of violent martial arts brought to you by advances in materials and microelectronics.

Ordinarily, Mr Söderström would not be able to fight like this. His punches would have to be pulled to avoid causing serious or even fatal injuries. Chunky body protectors and helmets offer fighters more defence from harm, but such gear also slows and restricts their movements. Nor does it make scoring any easier. Would whacking that stick over his opponent’s head, for instance, have broken his skull, or delivered but a glancing blow?

The armoured body suit which Mr Söderström and his opponent are wearing is called the Lorica. It has been developed by Chiron Global, an Australian firm. At just 19 kilos, it is neither too heavy nor cumbersome to prevent even aerial cartwheels, but it is tough enough to render painless a powerful sword strike to the head or the chest, says Mr Söderström.

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Austria Presidential Election: Far-right Freedom Party ‘Comes Top in Vote’

24th April 2016

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Austria’s far-right, anti-immigrant party has come out comfortably on top in Austria’s presidential vote.

Early results released by the country’s election authorities appear to show the candidate of the right-wing Freedom Party taking 35 per cent of the vote, leaving his two establishment rivals with not much more than 10 per cent each.

Norbert Hofer has run on a pro-gun manifesto, carrying his Glock pistol with him on the campaign trail and declaring that the public arming themselves is a logical reaction to the influx of refugees as part of the pan-European crisis.

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Scientists Discover Enormous Coral Reef at the Amazon River

24th April 2016

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And this is only worth mentioning because — wait for it —

The unique reef is already being threatened by oil drilling companies

Women and minorities hardest hit, of course.

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Dutch journalist Ebru Umar arrested in Turkey

24th April 2016

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Yeah, the name ‘Ebru Umar’ sure says ‘Dutch’ to me….

A Dutch journalist has been detained for questioning in Turkey after allegedly insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Ebru Umar, a columnist for the Dutch Metro newspaper was arrested on Saturday soon after posting a tweet saying police were at her door at around 11pm Turkish time.

She later tweeted that she was being taken to a police station in Kusadasi.

Freedom of speech is not a Muslim value.

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Defunding Diversity

24th April 2016

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Tennessee Legislature votes to cut all state funds for office that promotes diversity at state’s flagship university, where students walked out of class to oppose the legislation.

I suspect that rigidly controlled double-blind tests will discern that the academic achievement of those who walked out of class doesn’t not differ significantly from that of those who stayed in class.

I have always thought that any real scholar is delighted when students walk out of class, and is barely restraining himself from saying to the half dozen or so students remaining, ‘Great! The dead wood has been flushed away. You remnant are obviously here to learn so let’s get to it!’

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Is University of Wisconsin-Madison the Next Mizzou? Some Say ‘Race War’ Brewing

24th April 2016

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It’s a Blue state, so chances are pretty good.

“Racizm in the air.” “Don’t breathe, God.” “White supremacy iz a disease.” “Fuck the Police.” “The devil iz a white man.”

Those are some of the spraypainted messages that have greeted students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison over the last six months. Recently, campus police arrested the student suspected of the vandalism. The 21-year-old has yet to be formally charged.

Police said they had trouble apprehending the black, male suspect — so they had nabbed him during his black visual culture class last week. A University of Wisconsin Police Department officer entered his classroom and asked him into the hallway, according to Chancellor Rebecca Blank.

I suspect that if you automatically arrested anyone who signed up for a course called ‘black visual culture’ the crime rate in the area would drop and the average IQ on campus would rise. But that’s just a surmise on my part.

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What’s in a number? William Shakespeare’s legacy analysed

24th April 2016

The Guardian reveals – I’m shocked, shocked I tell you — that Shakespeare was a sexist racist bigot homophobe who probably voted Republican.

Only 17% of speeches in Shakespeare’s plays are by women

Shakespeare may have been widely championed as a visionary, but this description can’t be applied to his record on gender equality. On average men are given 81% of speeches, while 17% go to women and the rest are made up of unknowns or mixed groups, according to Open Source Shakespeare. Women tend to come off worst in his tragedies: Timon of Athens features just nine speeches by women, compared with 725 by men. And yet the population of Shakespeare’s England was roughly 53.5% male and 46.5% female. “It’s been rough on women actors with a passion for Shakespeare these 400 years,” says Tina Packer, the actor and artistic director at Shakespeare & Company in Massachusetts.

Somehow I can’t help but feel that this sort of misses the point. But I feel that way a lot these days.

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The Minimum Wage and the Dangers of Government-by-Decree

24th April 2016

Kevin Williamson fisks the Democrat Presidential contenders and their enablers.

Bernie Sanders doesn’t have to think too hard about the minimum wage. He lets other people do his thinking for him, which, in his case, probably isn’t the worst idea most of the time. There’s a movement afoot on the left for a $15/hour minimum wage, there is a reasonable chance of prevailing, and that’s all Senator Sanders really needs to know. His approach: Take what you can get now.

Hillary Clinton doesn’t have to think too hard about the minimum wage. She lets other people do her thinking for her, which, in her case, probably isn’t the worst idea most of the time. There’s a process under way in New York in which the minimum wage probably will be raised to $15/hour, with a moment’s pause around $12.50 to evaluate the effects of the change. New York supports this, and that’s all she really needs to know. Her approach: Take most of what you can get now, but make sure there’s a Plan B.

The thought probably never has crossed a mind such as Senator Sanders’s, but Professor Krugman the economist can distinguish causes and effects, even if Mr. Krugman the columnist cannot. Low wages are an effect. The underlying cause is that American workers do not provide labor that is highly valued under current economic conditions. Professor Krugman insists that this is not a reflection of skill, inasmuch as wages for college graduates have stagnated in real terms for 15 years. It does not occur to the gentleman from Princeton that this may reflect the markets literally – literally, Mr. Vice President — discounting the value of U.S. college degrees, a perfectly rational thing to do given the recent direction of college education. Caitlyn may have worked very hard for her women’s-studies degree from Butterscotch College, but that isn’t going to help her income very much if she messes up my tall flat white.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

24th April 2016

Kyrie

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Thought for the Day

24th April 2016

Obama Shootings

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Decoding the Antikythera Mechanism

23rd April 2016

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A fascinating detective story.

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Town’s Entire Police Department Quits in One Day

23rd April 2016

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A town in the US state of Colorado has been left without any police after the entire department quit in one day.

The resignation of police marshal Tim Bradley prompted the town’s three other volunteer officers to do the same – leaving nearby El Paso County and Teller County sheriff’s offices to look after the town of Green Mountain Falls.

Residents were apparently offered no explanation for the sudden departure of their police force, although Fox News reported an anonymous source as saying the police were unhappy with the newly elected mayor Jane Newberry. Their resignations happened just a day before she took office.

I don’t want to seem insensitive, but this strikes me as very American.

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Thought for the Day: Saviors Need Victims Who Need Saving

23rd April 2016

Don Boudreaux, a Real Economist, waxes philosophical.

One of the many lovely benefits of the mass prosperity made possible by free-market innovationism is that it unleashes the better angels within us – angels that encourage us to turn some, and sometimes much, of our time and individual attentions toward helping others.  The mother of children dying of diarrhea or near starvation isn’t much interested in helping strangers.  In contrast, the mother of children healthy and well-fed has the luxury of being able to care about strangers.

But this praiseworthy human moral sentiment can, and often does, backfire.  Wealthy people – by which I mean people healthy, well-fed, well-clothed, well-shod, well-housed, and well-leisured and literate – are often deformed by their better angels into saviors.  Busybodies.  Officious do-gooders.  Arrogant meddlers.  Tyrants seeking as personal payoff not crass material gain but the perverted satisfaction of lording it over other people for what these tyrants sincerely believe to be the good of these other people.

In other words, Democrats.

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Grace Under Pressure

23rd April 2016

Read it. Just … read it.

I’ve never seen Scorsese’s The Last Waltz. But I’m going to, now.

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Women don’t need feminist instruction manuals

23rd April 2016

Ella Whelan at the Spectator is fed up.

Another day, another instruction manual is published on how to be female. ‘Girl Up’ by Laura Bates, author of ‘Everyday Sexism’, is out this week. It is intended to be a handy guide for women on all the ‘lies they told us’. Who are they? ‘They’ means anyone who disagrees with the contemporary feminist line: that women are weak, vulnerable and oppressed.

But ‘Girl Up’ is merely the latest instalment in a series of feminist manuals. It began in 2011 when Caitlin Moran – the world’s most annoying woman – published ‘How To Be a Woman’. Ever since, media savvy feminists have continued to reel out book after book of female instruction manuals.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

23rd April 2016

Ho-Mi Korean Hand Tool.

Survival tube. I am not making this up.

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Machines Replace Migrants as Maine Blueberry Harvest Booms

22nd April 2016

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A steady push toward mechanization in Maine’s blueberry industry is reducing the number of migrant farmers who travel to the state to rake the crop, which is vitally important to the state’s economy, state officials and industry leaders said. Maine’s blueberry harvest attracted more than 5,000 migrant farmers 10 years ago and it’s down to about 1,500 today, said David Yarborough, a University of Maine professor of horticulture.

I doubt that the machines are making $15 an hour.

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Robots Lay Three Times as Many Bricks as Construction Workers

22nd April 2016

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Construction workers on some sites are getting new, non-union help. SAM – short for semi-automated mason – is a robotic bricklayer being used to increase productivity as it works with human masons.

SAM and a human mason work together. SAM repetitively lays bricks, leaving the detailed finishing touches to the mason.
In this human-robot team, the robot is responsible for the more rote tasks: picking up bricks, applying mortar, and placing them in their designated location. A human handles the more nuanced activities, like setting up the worksite, laying bricks in tricky areas, such as corners, and handling aesthetic details, like cleaning up excess mortar.

Even in completing repetitive tasks, SAM still has to be fairly adaptable. It’s able to complete precise and level work while mounted on a scaffold that sways slightly in the wind. The robot can correct for the differences between theoretical building specifications and what’s actually on site, says Scott Peters, cofounder of Construction Robotics, a company based in Victor, New York, that designed SAM as its debut product.

Let me guess — it doesn’t get $15 an hour, or benefits. Nor does it take lunch breaks, vacation, or call in sick.

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Israel’s Very Effective Golan Heights Fence

22nd April 2016

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Who’s Trump gonna call?

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At Milo Yiannopoulos Protest, Prof’s Hassling of Journalists Backfires After She Calls Cops

22nd April 2016

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An American University faculty member attempted to make life difficult for journalists covering a campus protest last night, but her plan went awry after she called the police.

The Washington Examiner’s Ashe Schow was at AU last night reporting on Breitbart tech editor Milo Yiannopolous’ visit to campus. Yiannopoulos is a deliberately controversial figure, and his presence on campus prompted a student protest.

A female faculty member—now dubbed Melissa Click 2.0–tried to interfere, telling Schow and her camera crew that they were required to accompany her inside. They had to follow “certain regulations that the university is guided by” because AU is providing “a safe space for everybody who works or studies on this campus,” she claimed.

After the faculty member realized Schow’s group was recording her, she became hostile. “Are you kidding me?” she asked. “Seriously, I’m calling the police.”

The police didn’t immediately respond to her call. Later, when the cops did appear, the faculty member expected them to escort the journalists off campus. Instead, they wanted to have a chat with the faculty member, according to Breitbart News.

“The police came over and she thought they were going to save her but actually they escorted HER away,” Schow wrote on Twitter.

‘Progressives’ think that the instruments of state oppression are now in their hands, but apparently the Revolutions hasn’t fully completed yet.

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Plain Omelette. No Potatoes. Tomatoes, Instead

22nd April 2016

Richard Fernandez dishes out some inconvenient truth.

… the basic laws of institutional behavior remain, one of the most important is that organizations can only do what is in their repertoire. Bureaucracies are like jukeboxes.  They can’t play what’s not on the list.  One of the most striking examples of this is the scene in the 1970s movie, Five Easy Pieces. in which the character played by Jack Nicholson unsuccessfully tries to order breakfast items in a diner which are scattered in different parts of the menu.  He simply couldn’t get a “plain omelette. No potatoes. Tomatoes, instead”.

In the old days the phrase for this was “just following orders”.  Today the same constraints will apply to the EU’s response to  refugee/migrant crisis.  Even though logic dictates that the only long term policy alternative to absorbing the MENA population  is helping them make their countries “habitable” again by reforming its Human Terrain, this option is not on the menu.

The Eurocrats have looked in the handbook and there’s no entry under “crisis” for effecting the transformation the Allies did to Germany 70 years ago —  described by Dwight Eisenhower in his book Crusade in Europe. The new EU handbook says “Crusades” are strictly forbidden and are to be regarded as “cultural chauvinism” and “evil”.

That’s out so the EU will give you something else. Like the waitress in Five Easy Pieces,  it can provide items from a wide selection of welfare products, even if it’s not what anybody needs or wants.   Is ISIS blowing up Palmyra?  “We can provide you resettlement.”  Are they beheading the sheiks in Anbar?  “We can provide you with public housing.”  Is Saudi Arabia now invading Yemen and vice versa?  “We can point you to the nearest transgender bathroom.”

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Plastic Bags Are Good for You

22nd April 2016

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Here is a list of things that are thicker than a typical plastic grocery bag: A strand of hair. A coat of paint. A human cornea.

High-density polyethylene is a miracle of materials science. Despite weighing less than 5 grams, one bag can hold 17 pounds, well over 1,000 times its own weight. At about a penny apiece, the bags are cheap enough for stores to give away and sturdy enough to carry home two gallons of milk in the evening and still be up to the task of scooping Cujo’s poop the next morning.

Yet almost as soon as grocers started offering their customers the choice of “paper or plastic?” these modern marvels became a whipping boy for environmentalists, politicians, and other well-intentioned, ill-informed busybodies. Plastic bags for retail purchases are banned or taxed in more than 200 municipalities and a dozen countries, from San Francisco to South Africa, Bellingham to Bangladesh. Each region serves up its own custom blend of alarmist rhetoric; coastal areas blame the wispy totes for everything from asphyxiated sea turtles to melting glaciers, while inland banners decry the bags’ role in urban landscape pollution and thoughtless consumerism.

But a closer look at the facts and figures reveals shaky science and the uncritical repetition of improbable statistics tossed about to shore up the case for a mostly aesthetic, symbolic act of conservation.

How did one of the most efficient, resource-saving inventions of the 20th century become an environmentalist bugaboo?

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“Ignorance of the Law” Is a Great Excuse if the Law Is Incomprehensible

22nd April 2016

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“Ignorance of the law is no excuse,” says an ancient legal nostrum.

The reason for it is simple enough: If ignorance could excuse any crime, then ignorance might excuse every crime. Rather than impose on the legal system the obligation to prove a defendant’s knowledge of the law — with the defendant’s incentive running in the opposite direction, toward ignorance of the law — the legal system assigns to itself no obligation in this regard. Upon which defendants find that they have an enormous incentive to know what the law is and to comport themselves accordingly.

Sounds great, but no — this is a rationalization made up after the fact. The real reason the ‘ancient legal nostrum’ came about is that it originated in a time where ‘the law’ was simply what every rational person would or wouldn’t do; the whole concept of ‘the common law’ is of a ‘law’ to which everyone is subject because it just made ‘common’ sense. Don’t kill or maim people, don’t rape, don’t burn down people’s houses, don’t steal their stuff — all of these were things that every sensible person would understand were ‘no-no’s. It was only later, when ‘law’ became a thing of legislatures rather than ordinary life that this self-serving statist ‘nostrum’ became popular. Indeed, that interpretation became so popular (especially with those charged with enforcing such ‘laws’) that people (including lawyers) are scarcely aware that there is any alternative.

 

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Green Energy Companies Waste Government Money

22nd April 2016

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Except, of course, that it isn’t government money, it’s taxpayer money, i.e. our money.

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Problematic New Chalkings Appear on UCLA Campus

22nd April 2016

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The social justice warriors aren’t going to like this one bit.

Quick! Send in the Grief Counselors!

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Seven Earth Day Predictions That Failed Spectacularly

22nd April 2016

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EarthDay_Envorinmental_Scares

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IRS Can Track Your Cell Phone, but Leaves Billions in Taxes Uncollected

22nd April 2016

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Since 2006, the IRS has overseen an annual tax gap—the shortfall between taxes owed and collected—of about $385 billion, government analysts say. And according to an April report, the agency has not implemented 70 of 112 actions identified by the Government Accountability Office to close that loop.

In 2009, though, the IRS purchased a “cell-site simulator,” more commonly known as Stingray technology. And since November, the agency has been trying to buy another of the devices.

Like something from a spy movie, a Stingray device mimics a cellphone tower, tricking all mobile phones in an area into revealing their location and numbers. Authorities can deploy the powerful technology to tag and track an individual’s location in real time.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says the IRS uses its Stingray to hunt down fraudsters and stop money laundering. The agency’s use of the devices remained a secret until an October report in the Guardian.

Hey, if we need more money, the government can just print more. The important part is stepping on these bothersome enemies of the state.

 

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The Barber’s Community Service

22nd April 2016

Bluebird of Bitterness tells the tale.

On Monday, a florist went to a barbershop for a haircut. But when he tried to pay the barber, the barber said, “I can’t accept money from you. I’m doing community service this week.”

When the barber went to open his shop on Tuesday, he found a thank-you card and a dozen roses waiting for him at the door.

Later that day, a baker came in for a haircut, and when he tried to pay the barber, the barber again said, “I can’t accept money from you. I’m doing community service this week.”

On Wednesday morning when the barber went to open his shop, he found a thank-you card and a dozen cupcakes waiting for him at the door.

Later that day, an English professor came in for a haircut, and when he tried to pay the barber, the barber again said, “I can’t accept money from you. I’m doing community service this week.”

On Thursday morning when the barber went to open his shop, he found a thank-you card and a dozen books waiting for him.

Later that day, a congressman came in for a haircut, and when he tried to pay the barber, the barber again said, “I can’t accept money from you. I’m doing community service this week.”

On Friday morning when the barber went to open his shop, there were a dozen congressmen lined up waiting for a free haircut.

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My Favorite News Item of the Day

22nd April 2016

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John Kasich is beginning to vet his potential running mates. There have been delusional presidential campaigns before, but usually they flame out quickly — Kasich is delusional for the long haul.

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A-10 Attack Jets Rack Up Air-to-Air Kills in Louisiana War Game

22nd April 2016

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The officer in charge of the semi-annual “Green Flag” exercise praised the 1980s-vintage A-10s. “They unleashed the Hogs,” Air Force Lt. Col. Brett Waring said of the Idaho and Louisiana squadrons.

Waring added a thinly veiled criticism of the Air Force, which wants to retire all 340 of the cheap, rugged Warthogs by 2019 and replace them with flimsy, pricey F-35 stealth fighters.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel described the A-10 as a “40-year-old, single-purpose airplane originally designed to kill enemy tanks on a Cold War battlefield.”

Waring rejected that assessment. “Single-purpose, single-mission? My ass. That bird out there kicks ass.” The armored A-10 carries missiles and bombs and packs a powerful 30-millimeter cannon. In 1991, a Warthog used its gun to shoot down an Iraqi helicopter. A-10s sank enemy warships during the 2011 international intervention in Libya.

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How Democrats Win Debates by Corrupting English

22nd April 2016

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Humans have been using euphemisms ever since Adam first “knew” Eve. In politics especially, obfuscating and twisting the meaning of words has been going on forever. But today’s debates aren’t only littered with rhetorical distortions; in some ways, many of Democrats’ most potent arguments are built on corrupt language.

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Earth Day and the Triumph of Dogbert

22nd April 2016

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It is Earth Day, when pieties flow like wine, when the self-applause of the right-thinking is deafening, when the antihuman core of modern environmentalism shines bright, and when the destructiveness of groupthink becomes ever more pronounced. And when an understanding of its true meaning is served by the profound wisdom of that noted political philosopher and sage observer of the human condition, Dogbert: “You can’t save the earth unless you’re willing to make other people sacrifice.”

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Special Thought for Earth Day

22nd April 2016

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Ira Einhorn was on stage hosting the first Earth Day event at the Fairmount Park in Philadelphia on April 22, 1970. Seven years later, police raided his closet and found the “composted” body of his ex-girlfriend inside a trunk.

Hey, man, it’s like organic.

(Is it just me, or does he look like a Bernie Sanders supporter?)

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Thought for the Day

22nd April 2016

Chip Bok, Creators Syndicate

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

22nd April 2016

Isis documents leak reveals profile of average militant as young, well-educated but with only ‘basic’ knowledge of Islamic law

Video Captures Palestinians Hailing Jerusalem Bomber

Isis increasing co-operation with Boko Haram – the ‘world’s most horrific terrorist group’

Boko Haram ‘strapping bombs to birds’ as Isis-affiliated group continues bloody insurgency in Africa

Islamic face veil to be banned in Latvia despite being worn by just three women in entire country

Terror victims win Supreme Court judgment against Iran

Family of Benghazi victim to receive $400G after CIA expands benefit program

Syria opposition figure says Assad has ‘buried’ cease-fire

The Arab Spring reported and misreported: foreign intervention in Libya and the last days of Gaddafi

Syria conflict: 500 wounded people in need of ‘life-saving medical treatment’ evacuated from besieged towns

Report: German Refugee Program Money Given to Hizballah Operatives. My, what a surprise.

‘Up to 500 dead’ in refugee boat sinking, survivors tell UN investigators

Kabul attack: Death toll from Taliban bombing rises to 64 as terrorist group threatens more attacks on ‘invaders’

Report: Terrorists plotting summer attack on European tourist beaches

Roman arch destroyed by ISIS in Syria was recreated using 3D technology

Mass graves discovered in former Isis-controlled Iraqi city of Ramadi. My, what a surprise.

NATO believes there is ‘justified concern’ Isis will carry out nuclear attack in Europe. They would if they could.

UK prisons chief backs conservative Muslim sect who call non-Muslim women ‘repulsive’

British jets could bomb Isis fighters in Libya, UK Government says

Isis and Italy’s mafia ‘working together’ to smuggle cannabis through North Africa into Europe

Syrian girl campaigns against child marriage from her refugee camp in Jordan

Kabul bombing: At least 28 people killed and more than 300 injured in Taliban suicide attack on security agency

Muslim prison chaplains ‘encouraging murder of non-believers’. My, what a surprise.

Jerusalem bus bombing wounds more than 20; police call it terror

South Sudan attackers kill more than 140 at Ethiopia border, official says

Once seen as White House triumph, new nation of South Sudan descends into war, misery

Palestinians Praise Jerusalem Bus Bombing Targeting Israelis. Of course they do.

Underground Hamas Tunnels Continue to Threaten Israeli Civilians

Two Turkish youths detained after accosting US soldier at air base

ISIS revenue down 30 percent as its territory shrinks, report claims

In Wake Of Increasing Anti-Semitic Attacks, More Jews Flee France

Anti-Isis coalition ‘preparing to launch final assault on Raqqa stronghold’, US official says

Syria conflict: Turkish ultra-nationalist suspected of killing Russian pilot may have ties to his country’s ‘deep state’

South Sudan attackers kill more than 140 at Ethiopia border, official says

Chaos in Libya: The Rising ISIS Threat to Europe

Turkish border forces ‘fire live rounds at Syrian refugees’ fleeing Isis fighting

Peshmerga troops running on empty in fight against ISIS

At least 12 killed in joint US-Afghan raid targeting suspected Al Qaeda member

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Lining Up to Get Berned

22nd April 2016

Gavin McInnes does stupid stuff so you don’t have to.

I went to a Bernie Sanders rally dressed as a liberal douche and it went exactly as expected. It was in Washington Square Park next to NYU and there were about 27,000 students, hipsters, and Ben & Jerry’s boomers there with pamphlets and buttons and kooky sunglasses. As with the Trump rallies, the audience skewed male, but unlike the Trump rallies, there did not appear to be one person there who was not retarded. “Fuck Hillary,” a towering hipster told me. “She started Bengali.”

And that pretty much tells you everything you need to know about Berni’s ‘base’.

Millionaires pay pretty damn close to 50% right now. I know I do. The top 20% earners in America pay 80% of the income tax. You can try to squeeze more out of them, but when you tax something, you get less of it. Besides, as Bill Whittle has pointed out, the government is presently spending $10B a day. You could take 100% of Bill Gates’ AND Warren Buffet’s money and you’d cover just over a week of government spending. Now you’re out Gates and Buffet and all the jobs they create. You’ve also discouraged anyone else from following in their footsteps. Way to go, Bernie Bros.

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A Victory In the War For Free Speech

22nd April 2016

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One of the most sinister developments of our time is the Left’s use of both criminal investigation and mob harassment to suppress dissent. An outrageous instance of this trend is the effort by 20 Democratic state Attorneys General to investigate ExxonMobil and others for criminal “fraud,” i.e., carrying out research that doesn’t support the hysterical exaggerations of the Climatistas.

One of the leaders of this attempt to suppress scientific debate is California’s Attorney General, Kamala Harris. She has initiated a purported investigation into “whether Exxon Mobil Corp. repeatedly lied to the public and its shareholders about the risk to its business from climate change — and whether such actions could amount to securities fraud and violations of environmental laws.”

Kamala Harris is running for the Senate. As part of her campaign, she has sought press coverage of her attacks on “dark money,” i.e., money the Democrats don’t control. Harris has demanded that conservative 501(c)(3) organizations file their federal IRS Form 990s, including Schedule B, which identifies donors, with her office. Her obvious intent was either to publicize the names of donors, which are confidential under federal law, so that they could be threatened by liberals, or else to shut them up herself through bogus investigations.

Americans For Prosperity brought an action in federal court, seeking an injunction barring Harris from seeking Schedule B to its Form 990. Today, following a full trial on the merits, Federal Judge Manuel Real granted AFP’s motion and issued a permanent injunction against the Attorney General.

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Texas Drawing Millions Moving From Other States

22nd April 2016

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In recent years, people moving to Texas from other states — rather than from other countries — have played a key role in the state’s population growth, according to a new analysis by the Office of the State Demographer. From 2005 to 2013, an estimated 5.9 million people moved to Texas, and 4.8 million of those came from one of the other 49 states.

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Fight In Delaware High School Bathroom Kills 16-Year-Old Girl

22nd April 2016

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Family members identified the victim as Amy Francis-Joyner. She had gotten involved in a confrontation involving two other students at Wilmington’s Howard High School of Technology, spokeswoman Kathy K. Demarest said in a statement. She said no weapons were involved and police were questioning other students.

Francis-Joyner was pronounced dead at  A.I. DuPont Children’s Hospital, where she had been airlifted in critical condition, police spokeswoman Sgt. Andrea Janvier said.

“She was fighting a girl, and then that’s when all these other girls started banking her — like jumping her — and she hit her head on the sink,” Philadelphia TV station WPVI quoted Wilson as saying about the victim.

BlackLivesMatter — except to black people.

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Clinton Gave Paid Speeches to Firms That Lobbied, Contracted With Government

22nd April 2016

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Of course she did. What part of ‘Clinton’ don’t they understand?

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The Ever-Tightening Job Market for Ph.D.s

21st April 2016

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Why do so many people continue to pursue doctorates?

They don’t know what else to do, and money is easy to come by, thanks to Uncle Sam.

Getting a Ph.D. has always been a long haul. Despite calls for reform, the time spent in graduate programs hasn’t declined significantly in the past decade. In 2014, students spent eight years on average in graduate school programs to earn a Ph.D. in the social sciences, for example. It takes nine years to get one in the humanities, seven for science fields and engineering, and 12 for education, according to NSF. In other words, Ph.D.s are typically nearing or in their 30s by the time they begin their careers. Many of their friends have probably already banked a decade’s worth of retirement money in a 401K account; some may have already put a down payment on a small town house.

But … but … but … that would mean actually going out and getting a job!

Why hasn’t all this information helped winnow down the ranks of aspiring professors—why hasn’t it proved to be an effective Ph.D. prophylactic? Are people risking so much in the hopes of getting a cushy job with a six-figure salary and no teaching requirements? Is it because academia is a cult that makes otherwise sane people believe that there is no life outside of the university? Are graduate programs failing to inform their students about the realities of the job market? There are no answers to those questions in the charts and graphs from the NSF.

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Harriet the Spy: How Tubman Helped the Union Army

21st April 2016

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Tubman, who will replace President Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill, is most known to Americans for leading hundreds of slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad. But she also played a crucial and pioneering role in the Civil War.

In addition to being the first woman in U.S. history to lead a military expedition, Tubman—whom John Brown called “General Tubman”—was a Union army spy and recruiter.

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So, the White Privilege Conference Devolved Into a Total Cupcake Whinefest

21st April 2016

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The 17th annual White Privilege Conference in Philadelphia devolved into a precious snowflake whinefest when attendees noted that the conference was too white. No, I’m not kidding. To make things more absurd, a speaker, who was Caucasian, spoke over his allotted time, an offense that was nothing more than an exercise in white supremacy.

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Leftists Lose Their Lunch Over the Tubman 20

21st April 2016

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After years of complaining that America’s paper money featured only dead white guys, a lot of folks on the Left are in a snit that Harriet Tubman is going to replace Andrew Jackson on the face of the twenty-dollar bill. You can practically hear them: “We didn’t mean a gun-toting, Bible-believing Republican black woman! We meant Angela Davis!

Of course, if anyone in the Obama administration knew any history, I’m sure they would have picked Rosa Parks (or Rosa Luxemburg). But they don’t. Pass the popcorn.

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