DYSPEPSIA GENERATION

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Bacteria With Synthetic DNA Create Protein Never Found in Nature

19th August 2015

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Your DNA, like that of everything else on the planet, is made of four nucleotides: A, C, G, and T. These are like a blueprint that your body reads to produce 20 different amino acids, which combine to make up the proteins that enable everything your body does, like repairing damaged cells or breaking down food.

Last year, biotech startup Synthorx announced that it had pushed the limits of biology by adding new building blocks to a bacteria’s genetic code. Now they’ve gone a step farther: those engineered bacteria have created a well-studied protein that has an added function, according to a press release the company issued yesterday. This could be the first step towards the discovery of new, more effective drugs and vaccines.

Synthorx added two more nucleotides, X and Y, to a bacteria’s DNA. These combine with the other four to make up to 172 different amino acids—over eight times the 20 commonly found in nature. These can combine to make an enormous number of proteins never before seen on Earth.

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NASA and MegaBots Team Up to Build Giant Fighting Robots

19th August 2015

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I am not making this up.

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North Korean Underground Missile Complex Detected

19th August 2015

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North Korea has developed an elaborate underground missile complex at its Sohae missile and space launch facility near the northwestern border with China, according to U.S. officials. The underground complex includes both facilities for preparing missiles for launch and storage areas that are connected by rail lines, according to officials familiar with intelligence reports of the complex.

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Wisconsin to Market Chain: Jack Up Those Prices or Else!

19th August 2015

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Michigan-based market Meijer is attempting to expand into the state of Wisconsin, and they’re offering food for a steal. Who wouldn’t want Pop Tarts at $1.50 a box or tomatoes for $.79 a pound?

The answer to that question is, of course, protectionist bureaucrats and rival stores within the state of Wisconsin. Meijer is now under investigation for violating the state’s Unfair Sales Act, a depression-era law that forbids selling merchandise at below cost. A law firm in Milwaukee filed complaints on behalf of an unnamed client naming 37 products they believe are being sold below cost.

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The White Flight of Bernie Sanders

19th August 2015

Steve Sailer blows the whistle.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders was born in New York City in 1941, and by 1968 had permanently abandoned the rapidly minoritizing big city for virtually all-white Vermont.

About the only place whiter than Vermont is Oregon, especially ‘progressive’ Portland.

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Thought for the Day

19th August 2015

Life's Work

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Teamsters Look to Loan Union Muscle to UFC, Citing Lower Pay For Women Fighters

19th August 2015

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I am not making this up.

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ISIS Beheads 82-Year-Old Archaeologist in Palmyra, Syrian Official Says

19th August 2015

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ISIS militants have beheaded an 82-year-old archaeologist who had been in charge of overseeing the ancient site at Palmyra in Syria, a government official said Tuesday.

Syrian state antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim told Reuters that the family of Khaled Asaad had informed Abdulkarim that Asaad had been beheaded earlier in the day and his body hanged from a column in the town’s main square.

Asaad’s death was also reported by the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Observatory, which has a network of activists on the ground in Syria, said dozens of people gathered to witness the killing.

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Fast Moving Bad News Builds Prosperity

18th August 2015

Glenn Harlan Reynolds (The Instapundit) points out what markets are good — and not good — for.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb recently tweeted: “The free-market system lets you notice the flaws and hides its benefits. All other systems hide the flaws and show the benefits.”

This drew a response: “The most valuable property of the price mechanism is as a reliable mechanism for delivering bad news.” These two statements explain a lot about why socialist systems fail pretty much everywhere but get pretty good press, while capitalism has delivered truly astounding results but is constantly besieged by detractors.

That’s it, in nutshell.

At the same time, markets deliver the bad news whether you want to hear it or not, but delivering the bad news is not a sign of failure, it is a characteristic of systems that work. When you stub your toe, the neurons in between your foot and your head don’t try to figure out ways not to send the news to your brain. If they did, you’d trip a lot more often. Likewise, in a market, bad decisions show up pretty rapidly: Build a car that nobody wants, and you’re stuck with a bunch of expensive unsold cars; invest in new technologies that don’t work, and you lose a lot of money and have nothing to show for it. These painful consequences mean that people are pretty careful in their investments, at least so long as they’re investing their own money.

Bureaucrats in government do  the opposite, trying to keep their bosses from discovering their mistakes.

Which is why it’s pretty much always a mistake to put government employees in charge of anything.

Markets make people better off, but they don’t provide sufficient opportunities for politicians to extract bribes and intellectuals to feel better about themselves. This explains why they’re unpopular with politicians and intellectuals. The real question is why anyone else listens to the self-interested claims of politicians and intellectuals. Maybe because the subject of what works and what doesn’t in economics is mostly written by journalists?

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The Tony Soprano Enabling Act

18th August 2015

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Labor gangsterism—mob-run labor unions that loot pension funds, make back-room deals with both politicians and companies that favor union management over workers, and support crooked big city machines as part of a strategy to keep law enforcement at bay—is one of America’s oldest union traditions. How important has the mob been in labor history? Ask Jimmy Hoffa, if you can find him.

Now, a recent rash of minimum wage laws have created a huge new opportunity for mafia enrichment: laws that hike the minimum wage to utterly unrealistic levels, but allow companies to pay less than the minimum wage—if the low wages are part of a collective bargaining agreement with a labor union.

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‘I’m never going to buy anything from Amazon, and neither should you’

18th August 2015

Rosianna Halse Rojas, Servant of the Narrative, is shocked, shocked, that Amazon would get on the bad side of the New York Times.

I don’t shop at Amazon and I don’t actively belong to any of the websites owned by them either. When they acquired my favourite book review website, Goodreads, I abandoned my account and ran a mile. I’m a videoblogger, and on the several occasions I’ve been approached to work with Audible, Amazon’s audiobook company, I get a few words in before deleting the email. Many of my vlogs are about books, their successes, failures, and value.

In other words, whe doesn’t really know what she’s talking about; she just likes to complain about a company with which she doesn’t do business. (Why they would care about her opinion is left as a puzzle for the reader.)

Over the years I have become convinced that Amazon does not value the book industry, and the recent New York Times exposé once again raises allegations that they value people – specifically, their employees – even less.

Allegations from the New York Times! Well, that proves … something.

Don’t let the door hit you in the butt on the way out, special snowflake.

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Australian Couple Wake Up Find Naked Irishman in Their Bed

18th August 2015

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Hey, these things happen.

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Avijit Roy Death: British Man Arrested After Atheist Blogger Hacked to Death

18th August 2015

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Touhidur Rahman was arrested along with two other men by Bangladeshi security forces on Tuesday in connection with the beheading of prominent atheist bloggers Avijit Roy and Ananta Bijoy Das in separate attacks, according to ITV News.

Oh, yeah, ‘Touhidur Rahman’ says ‘British man’ to me, right enough.

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Seven People Gored to Death During Spain’s ‘Running of the Bulls’ Celebrations Since Start of July

18th August 2015

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Think of it as evolution in action.

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Professor Stephen Ellis Was Condemned by the ANC for Revealing Nelson Mandela’s Communist Affiliations

18th August 2015

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Stephen Ellis was never a stranger to controversy. When he revealed beyond dispute that Nelson Mandela had been a member of the Central Committee of the South African Communist Party (SACP) for a short period in the 1960s, he won bouquets from some of the world’s best respected Africanists and brickbats from almost every leading figure in the African National Congress.

In his best-selling book External Mission – The ANC in Exile 1960-1990 he said that Mandela had not only been a member of the Communist Party  but that he had also been co-opted on to the SACP’s Central Committee.

Ellis believed that it was important to know this happened, not in order to discover reds under the beds, but in order to better understand the way that the SACP gave birth to the armed wing of the ANC, Umkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation).

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The Truth About Social Security

18th August 2015

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Eighty years ago this month (on August 14th, 1935, to be precise), Uncle Sam foisted on its subjects a scheme that would make Charles Ponzi green with envy.  And to help hide the hideous nature of this spending-other-people’s-money fraud, Uncle Sam maintains a scam called the “Social Security Trust Fund” – which is simply I.O.U.s written by the government to itself.

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Thought for the Day

18th August 2015

Non Sequitur

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No, the Alabama Sorority Video Is Not More Offensive to Women Than Donald Trump

18th August 2015

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For reasons that are still not entirely clear to me, a promotional video for a University of Alabama sorority that depicts the girls dancing in bikinis—and doing other stereotypical sorority stuff—provoked an internet backlash against its supposedly anti-feminist content. But that’s not all: the backlash itself has also earned its own backlash.

As you might have guessed, Donald Trump is somehow involved.

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Portland Attracts the Creative Class by Increasing Congestion and Demolishing Neighborhoods

18th August 2015

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Because that’s what ‘progressive’ governments do.

Joseph Rose, the Oregonian reporter who proved that streetcars are slower than walking, has left the paper’s transportation beat. So it took another Oregonian reporter, Andrew Theen, to make the brilliant discover that Portland highways really are at or above capacity.

Of course, that shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who lives in the Portland area. According to the Texas Transportation Institute’s latest urban mobility report, Portland has more congestion today (measured by hours of delay per auto commuter) than Los Angeles did 30 years ago, when LA was considered to be about the worst congested city in the world.

Speaking of housing, Portlanders are now joining Seattleites in protesting the demolition of single-family homes to be replaced with higher-priced condos. But few of the protesters seem to understand that the real cause of their problems is the urban-growth boundaries that create artificial shortages of land for development, thus forcing builders to redevelop existing neighborhoods to higher densities.

Markets work even when you don’t want them to.

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Hitler and Islam

18th August 2015

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This will come as no surprise to anybody who has been paying attention.

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‘Call 911’: Man Whose Truck Fell on Him Says Apple’s Siri Made the Call That Saved His Life

18th August 2015

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Eighteen-year-old Sam Ray says the voice recognition service on his iPhone — famously named Siri — called emergency dispatchers after his truck fell on him while he tried to make repairs.

Ray tells media outlets that a jack collapsed, pinning him under nearly 5,000 pounds of metal in a location where he couldn’t be easily seen or heard. He says he was trying to get free when he heard Siri activate.

He says: “I said ‘Call 911,’ and that was all it said.”

Buy an iPhone, says the man who owns Apple stock.

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Man Trying to Prevent Suicide Falls to His Death From University of Hawaii Dorm

18th August 2015

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Two men fell from the 14th floor of a University of Hawaii dormitory — one of them to his death while trying to pull the other from a ledge, Honolulu police said.

The 24-year-old man who died was trying to bring inside an apparently distraught 19-year-old who went out a window onto the ledge early Sunday, authorities said.

Both men fell to the ground and were critically injured, police said in a statement. They were taken to a hospital, where the older man was pronounced dead. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday.

Let that be a lesson to us all.

Just for grins, try to think of what the older guy was saying as he fell. I think a variant of ‘You stupid asshole!’ is most likely.

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Obama Administration Green Lights Shell to Drill in Arctic

18th August 2015

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Money always trumps ideology when it comes to the Crust.

And yet the Enviro-Nazi’s would still all vote for him if he ran for something.

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Terrorist, Torturer, Turncoat Make Short List T=to Succeed Palestinian Chief Abbas

18th August 2015

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The age and flagging popularity of Mahmoud Abbas have spurred speculation the Palestinian Authority president is preparing to step down, and the short list of likely successors is topped by a convicted terrorist serving life in an Israeli prison.

They don’t have much of anybody in their leadership who doesn’t fit one of those categories.

Abbas was originally elected to serve a four-year term, but no elections have been held since he took power and he rules by decree. His tenure has been marked by accusations of cronyism and corruption, and in recent months there has been open criticism of the wealthy lifestyle led by members of his family, presumably on the dime of international donors who prop up the Palestinian state.

How special.

In theory, the PA represents Palestinians in both Gaza and the West Bank, but the two territories are effectively governed separately. An exit by Abbas could theoretically clear the way for a successor sympathetic to Hamas, which runs Gaza, to take control of both territories.

Something to look forward to.

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Typhoon Lifts Boeing 747 Off the Ground

18th August 2015

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The typhoon is shown repeatedly lifting the nose wheel of a China Airlines Cargo jet in a MrOutofcontrolvideos YouTube video.

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Army Ranger School to Graduate Its First Two Women

18th August 2015

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Two women have made military history by becoming the first female soldiers to complete the U.S. Army’s grueling Ranger Course, the Army announced late Monday.

I am suspicious that the standards were lowered (a process called ‘gender norming’) to the women’s benefit.

“Each Ranger School graduate has shown the physical and mental toughness to successfully lead organizations at any level,” said Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh in a statement.

If the women performed to the same standards given the men, all praise to them. If not, wihch is what I suspect, then the government is once again sacrificing performance to politics. I suspect it will be some time before we know for sure.

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Ex-Officials Prosecuted for Mishandling Gov’t Info See ‘Double Standard’ in Clinton Case

18th August 2015

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Ex-officials who were prosecuted and had their lives upended for allegedly mishandling sensitive records are accusing the Obama administration of a “double-standard” in its approach to the Hillary Clinton email scandal.

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

This administration has charged more people under the Espionage Act, a World War I-era law once used to go after major breaches, than any other in history. While the FBI is looking into Clinton’s server amid revelations of state secrets potentially passing through it, some critics — including those charged under that act — doubt the Democratic presidential candidate will get the same treatment.

The Crust take care of their own.

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Let’s All Go Live in the New ‘Star Wars’ Theme Park

17th August 2015

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Ka-ching!

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CNN Forgets to Mention Op-Ed Writer Is a Million Dollar Bundler For Hillary

17th August 2015

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CNN carried an op-ed today in its Opinion section titled, “Hillary Clinton revived America’s reputation in world.” The piece, by Eleni Kounalakis, was a paean to Hillary’s wonderfulness as Secretary of State. It took issue with those who say she has no accomplishments:

Kounalakis’s op-ed wouldn’t have had quite the same stature if CNN had disclosed the fact that she was one of Hillary’s top fundraisers, a fundraiser who was paid off with an ambassadorship, and therefore hardly an objective observer of Hillary’s successes (or lack thereof) as Secretary of State.

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

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Minimum-Wage Offensive Could Speed Arrival Of Robot-Powered Restaurants

17th August 2015

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The industry could be ready for another jolt as a ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour nears in the District and as other campaigns to boost wages gain traction around the country. About 30 percent of the restaurant industry’s costs come from salaries, so burger-flipping robots — or at least super-fast ovens that expedite the process — become that much more cost-competitive if the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is doubled.

“The problem with the ­minimum-wage offensive is that it throws the accounting of the restaurant industry totally upside down,” said Harold Miller, vice president of franchise development for Persona Pizzeria, who also consults for other chains. “My position is: Pay your people properly, keep them longer, treat them right, and robots are going to be helpful in doing that, because it will help the restaurateur survive.”

“The miracle is, the wage increase is driving the interest,” Brewer said. “But the innovation and the automation, they’re going after it even before the wages go up. Why wait?”

Hey, low-information voters! Be careful what you wish for — you might just get it, and it might just cost you your job.

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Obamacare Insurance Agent Pockets $9000 a Month From Fraudulent Applications

17th August 2015

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

In order to qualify for federal health insurance subsidies, which covers most or all of premiums for low-income people, one must have at least $11,700 in expected income over a year. According to a report by CNBC, the agent was reportedly instructing low-income individuals to apply for the subsidies with projected income generated from panhandling, selling drugs, and even prostitution.

This unusual activity was brought to the attention of North Carolina officials after an insurance software company in California noticed a high volume of applications with addresses at homeless shelters and expected income listed at the threshold of $11,700. Once brought to light, healthcare company Aetna immediately ceased their relationship with the agent and will investigate the matter fully, as does the administrator of Obamacare and the Healthcare.gov exchange, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Betcha he votes Democrite.

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Black Lies Matter Too

17th August 2015

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Like all lies uncorrected, the #BlackLivesMatter movement has become a religion with evangelists, disciples, heretics, opportunists, and enforcers.

First, the media spread the Word. Those outlets that couldn’t afford to send reporters were helped by Twitter—that blackest of the social networks—and the well-equipped, well-credentialed rioters descended en masse to proclaim it. Some of these “reporters” were child molesters and criminals, but CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Brian Stelter didn’t mind. After all, their network’s ratings increased and postponed the inevitable reckoning all media companies must one day confront in the digital age.

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Thought for the Day

17th August 2015

CO River copy

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With High-Profile Help, Obama Plots Life After Presidency

17th August 2015

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… which can be summed up in one onomatopoeic sound: Ka-ching!

Steve Sailer has some thoughts:

My prediction: The Obamas will buy a Manhattan penthouse overlooking Central Park on the west end of Central Park North, so they can claim to live in Harlem but basically live on the Upper West Side.

Appearances are, after all, everything to the Democrites.

For a longer answer, Barack might point out that he hasn’t got caught cheating with an intern so he hasn’t had to agree to facilitate an aggrieved wife’s long-term plan for world domination like Bill Clinton had to.

True dat.

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Hillary Clinton’s Got This

17th August 2015

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And to continue to wax cynical, I think it would take an indictment of Herself, not merely an investigation that ultimately finds a fall guy in Clinton’s IT team or even among her intimates, to turn Democratic primary voters against Hillary or force her from the race.

Because absent an indictment— or, I suppose, an email showing her deliberately accepting payola from Vladimir Putin — the email affair, no less than the shady Clinton Foundation dealings, looks like the kind of scandal that Clinton supporters have long conditioned themselves to justify: An inappropriate and self-interested episode, clumsily covered over, but at once murky and slow-dripping enough for Democratic partisans to shrug, say, “LOLBenghazi” and move on.

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Changing San Francisco Is Foreseen as a Haven for Wealthy and Childless

16th August 2015

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A Democrite paradise.

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New Study Reveals Octopuses Have Alien DNA

16th August 2015

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I have always suspected so.

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The Tragic and Complete Collapse of Racial Relations

16th August 2015

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Why do polls show that racial relations have gotten much worse under Barack Obama, who won the White House with over 95% of the black — and 45% of the white — vote?

A recent New York Times/CBS News poll just revealed that about 60% of Americans feel race relations are not good. Some 40% think that they will become even worse. Yet when Obama was elected, 66% of those polled felt race relations were generally OK. All racial groups recently polled that Obama’s handling of racial relations have made things worse since 2009. Another recent Pew Poll confirms these tensions, and suggests whites are now about as pessimistic as blacks.

What has happened to racial relations?

Obama lied, and race relations died.

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Koala Chases Down Quad Bike in High Speed Chase

16th August 2015

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A South Australian woman found herself in an unusual high speed car chase when a koala bear chased after her as she rode away on a quad bike.

Ebony Churchill recorded the apparently fearless marsupial as it tried to keep pace with the bike and posted it to her Facebook page.

When she stopped the koala was then filmed trying to climb up onto of the wheels.

Gotta love Australians.

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The Most Expensive College in Every State

16th August 2015

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From Business Insider, which (despite its name) is neither from Business nor from Insiders.

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Who Needs Microaggressions When You Can Get Microcredentials?

16th August 2015

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Come to think of it, most bachelors’ degrees these days are a form of microcredential.

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In the Wake of Proposition 47, California Sees a Crime Wave

16th August 2015

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“The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act” isn’t living up to its promise. Also known as Proposition 47, the California ballot initiative, which was approved in November 2014 with 60 percent of the vote, downgraded drug possession and many property crimes from a felony to a misdemeanor. Proponents argued that lesser punishment for low-level offenders would enhance public safety. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon was the rare prosecutor who pushed for its approval. He told the San Francisco Chronicle, “What we have been doing hasn’t worked, frankly.”

In San Francisco, theft from cars is up 47 percent this year over the same period in 2014. Auto theft is up by 17 percent. Robberies are up 23 percent. And aggravated assaults are up 2 percent, according to San Francisco police spokesman Carlos Manfredi. Burglaries are down 5 percent.

The City of Angels saw a 12.7 percent increase in overall crime this year, according to the Los Angeles Times; violent offenses rose 20.6 percent, while property crime rose by 11 percent. Mayor Eric Garcetti says Prop 47 may explain Los Angeles’ change in course from crime reduction to crime increases.

“It used to be that if you were caught in the possession of methamphetamine, you would be arrested; you’d end up in drug court or in some other program, probably in custody receiving some type of treatment,” Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig told the Daily Democrat. “Well, now the officers on the street just give them a ticket. So they have been arrested for a crime. The case actually gets forwarded to my office. We charge them with a crime, but they never show up to court. They get arrested again and are given another ticket for methamphetamine. And so we’ve seen that.”

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Thought for the Day

16th August 2015

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

16th August 2015

I Like It Like That

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Illegal Immigrant Accused in Triple Homicide in Florida Home

16th August 2015

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Sure, open the borders! Let everybody in! What’s the worst that could happen?

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The $1 Trillion Question for the F-35: Is the U.S. Buying an Inferior Plane?

15th August 2015

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Hint: Probably.

A new report by a progressive think-tank says the astronomically expensive F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is inferior compared to other “near-peer” competitors and will be mismatched against emerging threats.

The study by the National Security Network states the jet, the most expensive weapons system in U.S. history, will not only be outmaneuvered and outgunned by Russian and Chinese aircraft but will also be limited in range and its stealth capabilities will be easily overcome.

They’ve been trying to buy one single plane for all three services since at least the sixties, and it’s never worked.

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Feds Spend $800K to Study Dating Habits of Obese Teen Girls

15th August 2015

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Last year, the National Institutes of Health, the government’s health research arm, gave nearly a half-million in taxpayer dollars to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to monitor groups of teenage girls to determine how obesity affects their dating lives and their ability to form relationships.

Hey, those girls grow up to be lesbian activists, a core Democrite constituency. It’s money well spent.

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How the U.S. and Its Allies Got Stuck with the World’s Worst New Warplane

15th August 2015

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“The F-35 is double-inferior,” Stillion and Perdue moaned in their written summary of the war game, later leaked to the press.

The analysts railed against the new plane, which to be fair played only a small role in the overall simulation. “Inferior acceleration, inferior climb [rate], inferior sustained turn capability,” they wrote. “Also has lower top speed. Can’t turn, can’t climb, can’t run.” Once missiles and guns had been fired and avoiding detection was no longer an option—in all but the first few seconds of combat, in other words—the F-35 was unable to keep pace with rival planes.

 

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Socialism: The Most Corrupt Path to Great Wealth

15th August 2015

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Hugo Chavez, deceased President of Venezuela, is still revered on the international left. Chavez was a vicious socialist: The rich are evil! The rich are lazy! Confiscate their money! Now we know what he did with it. Diario las Americas, as translated and reported by the Daily Mail, says that Chavez’s daughter Maria Gabriela Chavez has stashed away a cool $4 billion….

If you want a world in which a few obscenely rich jet-setters lord it over a sea of poor people, socialism is the ideology for you.

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Media as Islamic Publicity Agents

15th August 2015

The Other McCain is on the case.

One of the best books you’ll ever read is Thomas Sowell’s The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy, and in Chapter 6 (“Crusades of the Anointed”), Sowell observes the tendency of liberals to divide the world into “targets” and “mascots.”

Sowell, being black, ought to be a ‘mascot’ … but, being conservative, is a ‘target’ instead. (They justify this by saying that, like Clarence Thomas, he’s Not Really Black.)

For example, the U.S. military and evangelical Christians are common targets of the Anointed, whereas homosexuals and criminals are among their favorite mascots. You see how this plays out especially in media coverage of different groups. During the “Occupy” movement, when college kids took part in riotous protests against big business, this made college kids mascots, because they were attacking a target of the Anointed. The media were willing to ignore reports that women were being sexually assaulted in Occupy encampments. However, once the anti-business protests ended and the kids returned to college, sexual assault was suddenly big news because, in that context, heterosexual males are targets and feminists are mascots.

Sometimes it’s hard to tell the players without a scorecard, especially when some of them double as the ball.

The media narrative must always conform to the particular prejudices of the Anointed, which is why the media are always more concerned about “Islamophobia” than about, say, guys named Muhammad flying jets into skycrapers. Generally speaking, of course, the American media is hostile to religion, because in America, “religion” means Bible-thumpers who vote Republican. However, in terms of foreign policy, the Anointed always sees foreigners as mascots, and if the foreigners are Muslims, this means Muslims are automatically mascots, too. This was especially true after 9/11, because the U.S. military was fighting Muslims and the media hate the U.S. military almost as much as the media hate Bible-thumping evangelical Christians. You can tell when the Anointed have picked a group as mascots, because the media will always portray mascots as victims of “prejudice” and “stereotypes”.

Although that circle never includes Republicans, who are the greatest victims of prejudice and stereotypes in recent history, as any cursory glance at such behavioral sinks as Twitter and Facebook will make clear.

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