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

24th July 2015

ISIS netted up to $1B in cash after taking over Mosul, US official says

Turkey agrees to allow US to use air base for strikes against ISIS

Iran executions: ‘Unprecedented spike’ in the number of Iranians put to death sees Tehran face renewed calls to address human rights abuses

13 Britons amongst 457 ‘foreign terror’ suspects held by Turkish authorities at Syrian border

Islamic State threat: ISIS plotting to use drones to bomb crowds at major British events

Moderate imam reveals how radicals won battle for soul of Boston mosques

Seattle officials join push for Sharia-compliant mortgages, loans

ISIS fighters ‘blown up by their own landmine’ in Iraq, Kurdish fighters claim

US airstrike kills senior Khorasan Group leader

African coalition nearly ready to take on Boko Haram, Nigerian leader says

Computer-obsessed man ‘ordered enough deadly poison ricin to kill 1,400 people’

ISIS in EUROPE: Terror group ‘has built jihadi base in isolated village’

ISIS targets civilians with chemical weapon attack in Iraq and Syria

Suruc bombing: Suspected ISIS suicide blast leaves 28 dead in Turkish city

Sick ISIS group are now using ‘suicide CHICKENS’ to bomb enemies as weapons stash runs low

ISIS blamed for Gaza City bomb attacks

ISIS forces Yazidi children to behead dolls as part of their ‘re-education’ training

Mali: Islamic Terrorists Driven South

‘They beat us everywhere': Inside ISIS training camps for terror’s next generation

Saudi Arabia says it stopped Islamic State attacks; 400 held

ISIS uses poisonous gas on Kurdish forces, says monitoring group  Hey, it’s traditional.

Anger in Iraq after suicide attack on marketplace kills 115

Summer camp, Islamist-style: Getaway for Palestinian children of martyrs teaches hate, violence, say critics

Tennessee gunman first radicalized, now idolized by Internet jihadists

ISIS car bomb kills at least 100 including children in Iraqi town of Khan Bani Saad

Forced marriage: One British woman’s story shows how much it matters to step up the fight

ISIS video shows young boy beheading Syrian soldier near ancient city of Palmyra

Muslim Brotherhood: Six supporters ‘killed in Cairo clashes with police’ after Eid-ul-Fitr prayers celebrating end of Ramadan

Eid Nigeria bombing: ’10-year-old girl’ kills 12 in suicide attack

 

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Thought for the Day, Black Lives Matter Edition

24th July 2015

They ought to have a high-school course on not talking back to a man with a gun. It might save more lives than driving lessons.

— Matt Helm, The Shadowers

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Malaria Vaccine Gets ‘Green Light’

24th July 2015

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The world’s first malaria vaccine has cleared one of the final hurdles prior to being approved for use in Africa.

The European Medicines Agency gave a positive scientific opinion after assessing its safety and effectiveness.

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Parents Should Be Banned From Smacking Children, UN Tells Britain

24th July 2015

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In a wide-ranging report, the UN Human Rights Committee called for Britain to implement a number of measures in order to comply with international treaties, including the holding of independent investigations into murders and other human rights abuses during Northern Ireland’s Troubles and improvements to the way human rights abuses by the Armed Forces overseas are dealt with.

It also said the age of criminal responsibility – which is 10 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and eight in Scotland although children there can only be prosecuted when they reach 12 – was “not in accordance with international standards” and should be raised.

Who hires these people? And why?

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We’ll See You in Paris

24th July 2015

Read it. And watch the video.

The Islamic State has released yet another grotesquely violent execution video. This one is directed at a French-speaking audience, and after he shoots his captive, the executioner promises that there will be corpses in the streets of Paris if the French do not submit to Islam.

I’m certain that he’s correct; there will be corpses in the streets of Paris. The question is: Whose? It is, after all, not that many generations since the French proved themselves adept at creating corpses with great efficiency…

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‘ The Mystery of ISIS’

24th July 2015

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The problem, however, lies not in chronicling the successes of the movement, but in explaining how something so improbable became possible. The explanations so often given for its rise—the anger of Sunni communities, the logistical support provided by other states and groups, the movement’s social media campaigns, its leadership, its tactics, its governance, its revenue streams, and its ability to attract tens of thousands of foreign fighters—fall far short of a convincing theory of the movement’s success.

Oh, maybe it’s the whole Koran/Mohammed/Jihad business. Naw, that couldn’t be it.

But this simply raises the more fundamental question of why the movement’s ideology and actions—however slickly produced and communicated—have had popular appeal in the first place.

Perhaps it’s adherents read the Koran and took it seriously. Naw, that couldn’t be it.

The clearest evidence that we do not understand this phenomenon is our consistent inability to predict—still less control—these developments. Who predicted that Zarqawi would grow in strength after the US destroyed his training camps in 2001? It seemed unlikely to almost everyone that the movement would regroup so quickly after his death in 2006, or again after the surge in 2007. We now know more and more facts about the movement and its members, but this did not prevent most analysts from believing as recently as two months ago that the defeats in Kobane and Tikrit had tipped the scales against the movement, and that it was unlikely to take Ramadi. We are missing something.

Yeah – it’s called ‘Islam’. (Make you wonder what ‘we’ he’s talking about.)

The author has wide experience in the Middle East and was formerly an official of a NATO country.

Oh, well, then, that explains it.

We hide this from ourselves with theories and concepts that do not bear deep examination. And we will not remedy this simply through the accumulation of more facts. It is not clear whether our culture can ever develop sufficient knowledge, rigor, imagination, and humility to grasp the phenomenon of ISIS. But for now, we should admit that we are not only horrified but baffled.

‘Baffled?’ Try ‘clueless’. Try ‘dumber than a box of rocks’. Try ‘invincibly ignorant’.

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Your Tax Dollars at Work: 1,000-Page Funding Bill Dropped on Senate Floor One Hour Before Vote

23rd July 2015

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The legislative sausage-making process is apparently so streamlined that many sausage-makers are barely involved in the process. It’s not that they don’t want to be. It’s that other sausage-makers want their product to be pushed out the door with a minimum of inspection.

Senator Mike Lee posted a video to his Facebook page that contained a rather graphic depiction of expeditious sausage-making. As his printer whirred away behind him, Lee noted that a $47-billion, 1,033-page transportation funding bill was up for a vote. In less than an hour.

The bill — which failed to obtain the number of votes needed to open debate — was a bipartisan effort (led by Barbara Boxer [D] and Mitch McConnell [R]). That’s probably the best thing that can be said about it and the legislators behind it. Rather than prove lawmakers can occasionally put aside their differences and actually move forward with the business of legislating, this bill simply signals that both sides of the aisle are willing to resort to bullshit tactics.

The bill arrived at the last minute because the effort itself was last minute. Federal highway aid to states is up against a July 31st expiration deadline. Despite its length, the bill is still far from finished. It takes money from a variety of unrelated programs to fund federal aid for the next three years. The problem is the bill authorizes spending for the next six years. That’s the other reason the bill’s champions were hoping to shove this through with a minimum of debate: the bill leaves it up to the next Senate class to figure out where it’s going to get the other $45-60 billion it will need to keep the federal aid flowing.

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Five Ways Gawain Kicks Lancelot’s Ass

23rd July 2015

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Some people have entirely too much time on their hands.

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The Cities Americans Are Ditching

23rd July 2015

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In Texas, an Illegal Immigrant Crime Wave

23rd July 2015

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Christian Adams reports that an internal report by the Texas Department of Public Safety, obtained by PJ Media, finds that illegal immigrants have committed hundreds of thousands of crimes, including nearly 3,000 homicides, in Texas. According to the Department of Public Safety’s analysis, foreign aliens committed 611,234 unique crimes in Texas from 2008 to 2014, including thousands of homicides and sexual assaults.

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

They’re already criminals just by coming here. They’ve already proved that they’re willing to break the law if they get some advantage by it. Why is it news that they break other laws when they get here?

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Democrats Drop Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson Names From Annual Fundraising Dinner

23rd July 2015

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Under pressure from the NAACP, the state Democratic Party will scrub the names of the two presidents from its annual fundraising dinner because of their ties to slavery.

Watch tail wag dog. Feel free to point and laugh.

“It is a sad and short-sighted decision based upon tragic ignorance,” said Turner, who has written extensively about Jefferson’s legacy.

Yeah, come to think of it, ‘tragic ignorance’ pretty much sums up the Democrite party.

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How Photography Was Optimized for White Skin Color

23rd July 2015

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A Voice of the Crust makes its bid for Moral Superiority in an Identity Politics world.

Color film was invented quite a bit later. The principle was basically the same: take impressions of different wavelengths of light as separate photographs, and combine them into a full-color photo. The difference was they were able to take these “separate” photos in the different layers of chemicals on the same square of film; essentially a single photograph, and a single exposure (press-of-the-button.)

The proportion of the different colors in the photo — the photo’s color balance — was partially determined by the concentrations of chemicals in the film; and partially by the various chemicals used in processing the film and printing from it. This underwent a lot of fine-tuning. For example: the first color film was two-color, i.e. only in red and green. In the US, where this technology was being pioneered, most of this fine-tuning was done by affluent white men. And, as it turns out, the race of these men had implications: they were operating under a very particular assumption about whom and what their product was meant to capture.

Can’t get much more ‘progressive’ in tone than that.

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Learn to Read Korean in 15 Minutes

23rd July 2015

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If, of course, that’s what you want to do.

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Feminists Want to Be Both Whistled at and Ignored. What’s a Man to Do?

23rd July 2015

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Feminists are never happy: whistle at them, and it’s an act of abusive male entitlement; don’t whistle at them, and you’re ignoring women, treating them as invisible. What are men to do?

Ignore, treat as invisible. It’s what Allah would want you to do.

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Swedish Nationalists Plan a Gay Pride March Through a Muslim Area, Hoping for Trouble

23rd July 2015

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I haven’t seen this reported in the press anywhere, but in Sweden the right-wing nationalist Sweden Democrats are staging a gay pride march featuring men kissing each other. Why?

Simple: the July 29 march will pass through areas of northern Stockholm where Muslims make up a majority of the population – 75 per cent, according to some accounts. So there will be trouble.

Politics does indeed make strange bedfellows, multi-pun intended.

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Thought for the Day

23rd July 2015

The main gain of modern man has been the weakening of governments.  Unfortunately, that process is now reversed, not only in Europe, but also in America.  There is a constant accession of government authority and power.  It works inevitably toward the disadvantage of the only sort of man who is really worth hell room, to wit, the man who practices some useful trade in a competent manner, makes a decent living at it, pays his own way, and asks only to be let alone.  He is now a pariah in all so-called civilized countries.

— H. L. Mencken, Minority Report

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Talking About Illegals With Our Politicians

23rd July 2015

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In 2013 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement let 36,000 illegal aliens out of its custody. Of the 87,000 criminal convictions committed by the aliens, 15,635 were for drunk driving. These are offenses that the U.S. government doesn’t consider “serious crimes.”

Most of these crimes take place in sanctuary cities—that is, cities where the local government has given up enforcing the law. These sanctuary cities look like Latin America: a white upper class nominally in control while a brown, dumbed underclass services them while running on slave labor.

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Murder Incorporated Denies Wrongdoing

23rd July 2015

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On the radio, one of the top-of-the-hour news blurbs was that Planned Parenthood dismissed all allegations from an unnamed video as being fraudulent, an attempt to scare women and hinder their reproductive rights.

Nothing more was said. That was given as straight news, as if it were a newsworthy item. There was no context, no explanation, and the other side of the story was simply “pretended”out of existence.

The unnamed video, of course was the one where a top officer for Planned Parenthood (as Murder Incorporated is called on the cubicular bizzaro world, where all things are backward) was dickering for money over how much for each organ harvested from late term abortions. She described how the forceps would grasp the dismembered baby body in the proper spot, so as to not damage the expensive kidneys, lungs, or other juicy bits that bring a fine price on the medical meat market.

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Feminism as Totalitarian Ideology

23rd July 2015

The Other McCain continues his trip through the swamp.

Feminist gender theory, explained by Professor Salih in her synopsis of Professor Butler’s influential 1990 book, Gender Theory: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity, is totalitarian in two senses of the word. First, it is a political invention, a belief system that claims to define reality in order to advance the claims of a group to exercise complete power. Second, feminism is a totalitarian movement in that its adherents employ methods of terroristic intimidation to silence those who dissent from feminist ideology. This is most evident in academia. On those rare occasions when any critic of feminism appears on a university campus, they are met by angry mobs of feminist protesters.

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Robots Step Into New Planting, Harvesting Roles

22nd July 2015

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A 14-arm, automated harvester recently wheeled through rows of strawberry plants here, illustrating an emerging solution to one of the produce industry’s most pressing problems: a shortfall of farmhands.

Harnessing high-powered computing, color sensors and small metal baskets attached to the robotic arms, the machine gently plucked ripe strawberries from below deep-green leaves, while mostly ignoring unripe fruit nearby.

Such tasks have long required the trained discernment and backbreaking effort of tens of thousands of relatively low-paid workers. But technological advances are making it possible for robots to handle the job, just as a shrinking supply of available fruit pickers has made the technology more financially attractive.

“This is the least desirable job in the entire company,” she said. With machines, “there are no complaints whatsoever. The robots don’t have workers’ compensation, they don’t take breaks.”

Winter is coming.

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CEO Hotbed: Underhyped Texas College Shocks the Ivy Leaguers, Ties for First In America

22nd July 2015

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Reintroduce yourself to Texas A&M, CEO maker!?

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So Many Stupid Kids Are Going to College, Marine Officers Are Actually Getting Dumber

22nd July 2015

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A new study indicates that Marine Corps officers’ intelligence has consistently declined over a 35-year period, and researchers are placing the blame on the “democratization of college,” that is, an ever-expanding pool of college graduates.

Brookings Institution researchers Matthew F. Cancian and Michael W. Klein looked at General Classification Test (GCT) scores from 1980 to 2014, finding a steady decline, which is troubling since the GCT predicts success in the military.

Officer scores dropped by 8.8 points, moving from an average of 130.9 in 1980 to 122.1 in 2014.

Not good news.

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This Year’s Model

22nd July 2015

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Certification as the liberals’ official angry black man is a lucrative gig. The market is upscale, but the job is only temporary. Fashions change, or rather remain subject to a cycle. The job isn’t easy; it requires high attainment in the art of performance. Black rage must be precisely matched to liberal guilt.

James Baldwin provides the original model, in the essays originally published in the New Yorker and then collected in The Fire Next Time. Baldwin was a deeply literary man working at an elevated height, but the descent from Baldwin was steep. The sixties and early seventies served up new models on an almost annual basis. Before long we had Stokely Carmichael, Eldridge Cleaver, and, lest we forget, George Jackson.

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First They Came for Your Light Bulbs. . .

22nd July 2015

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I’m always struck by the irony that the same kind of people who say government should stay out of your bedroom have no hesitation about getting into your bathroom, and have mandated such splendors as low-flow shower heads and toilets (or commodes that are no longer commodious). And then they moved on to light bulbs and clothes washers and dryers.

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Migrant Crisis Chaos: Two Injured After Falling Off Lorry and 10 Others on the Run in UK

22nd July 2015

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TWO illegal immigrants have been seriously injured after falling from a lorry and another 10 are on the run in the English countryside as Britain’s migrant crisis continues to spiral out of control.

The pair are thought to have climbed under a lorry at Calais, clinging on for a further 60 miles after reaching Dover before succumbing to tiredness and tumbling onto the motorway.

 

Welcome to the wonderful world of illegal immigration. Be thankful that you only have a hundred miles of ocean to watch, rather than a thousand miles of desert.

There are almost 4,000 migrants, mostly from Africa, living in squalid camps in and around Calais waiting for their chance to make the crossing to Britain.

 

And what are the French doing about that? Why, nothing. It’s what the French do best. God forbid that they should send them back where they came from.

Attracted by a generous benefits system and an abundance of black market work, many are going to increasingly dangerous lengths in an attempt to enter the country.

My, that certainly sounds familiar.

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Could the Taliban Become a Useful Ally Against Islamic State?

22nd July 2015

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This is like asking can we use Mussolini as a useful ally against Hitler?

Hint: No. Let ’em fight each other, sure, but don’t pretend we’re allies.

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Hackers ‘Remotely Carjack’ Jeep From 10 Miles Away and Drive It Into Ditch

22nd July 2015

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Hackers have remotely carjacked a Jeep, took control of it and crash it into a ditch.

Two men used a laptop and a mobile phone to seize control of the Cherokee model as it drove at 70mph along the motorway – and turned off its engine, slammed on the brakes and ramped its wind-screen wipers to maximum speed.

They were also able to take over its steering – albeit only when it was in reverse – its brakes and its locks.

This is one of the reasons why I don’t drive an American-brand car. There’s more to Detroit being a disaster area than just a penchant for electing black Democrats.

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How to Hire Better Cops

22nd July 2015

Steve Sailer has the answer.

With the Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley being shouted down at a progressive convention for not abasing themselves fully enough to a Black Lives Matter rent-a-mob, it’s worth taking a look at what some cities could quite feasibly do to hire better policemen.

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Dr Mengele: Call Your Office!

22nd July 2015

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Selling the organs of aborted babies is big business and Planned Parenthood can deliver most organs intact chirped Dr. Deborah Nucatola between mouthfuls of food a few days ago. Nucatola, a high placed executive at Planned Parenthood, unwittingly exposed the grisly work of her organization in an undercover video released by the Center for Medical Progress, a pro-life group.

The video is disturbing. Nucatola’s demeanor, her perfunctory manner about manipulating an abortion to preserve the quality of particular body parts for resale, her eagerness to cultivate the client reveals no shred of conscience about trafficking in the harvested organs of unborn children. She talks like a salesman selling a cell phone upgrade.

Evil enters the world when a man puts his hands in service to a lie. Evil enters because the man has to restructure reality to conform to the lie, lest reality reveal that the lie is indeed a lie.

The lie operating in Nucatola’s glib descriptions about fetal parts is that the aborted baby is not a baby. It takes titanic self-deception to deny the humanity of a fetus (Latin for “little one”) but in the battle between avarice and charity many choose the cash. That’s one reason why they lie.

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The Board Game of the Alpha Nerds

21st July 2015

Diplomacy, of course.

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An Inventor Built a Solar-Powered, High-Tech ‘Man Cave’

21st July 2015

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Conceived one night over a few beers, New Zealand-based engineer and inventor Jomo Williams worked over three years to design and build his Skysphere. At 33 feet tall and 270 square feet, the project looks straight out of the Jetsons and boasts some novel smart home credentials: solar power, fingerprint access, a beer cooler that texts you when running low, and voice command LED lighting. Williams aims to consolidate these functions, plus a few more, on a single smart phone app. The project set him back $50K but, unlike most retreats, this one is mobile: Williams plans to eventually move it to the coast and build a house underneath it.

Makes a beautiful target.

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Dodd-Frank at 5: How Financial Reform Led to Bloodshed in the Congo

21st July 2015

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The Dodd-Frank financial reform act turns 5 today. It was signed into law by President Obama on July 21, 2010. In the two years immediately following its passage, violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) nearly tripled.

Think those two things are unrelated? Think again.

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At UC Berkeley, Naked Treehuggers Protest Fire Hazard Abatement Plan

21st July 2015

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Yet more reasons to avoid California.

“Together we will peacefully, powerfully gather, share the news that the deforestation plan will INCREASE fire danger in the hills, and then create a dramatic fine art photograph with TreeSpirit founder Jack Gescheidt,” stated the environmentalists on their webpage.

And you can’t get any hipper or trendier than that.

 

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“They Cannot Stay in Italy Because There is no Work”

21st July 2015

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Last week residents of the Italian town of Quinto di Treviso, near Treviso, protested angrily about the resettling of immigrants in their neighborhoods and residences. After two days of protests, the town’s mayor ordered the unwanted migrants moved elsewhere.

They didn’t come for work, they came for benefits; that’s why they’re desperate to get to Britain.

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Tollbooth Worker Fired for Paying Driver’s Fee

21st July 2015

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A Florida tollbooth worker who had been on the job for nearly three decades was fired for paying a driver’s $5 toll, according to WBBH.

Vladislav Samsonov said that when he realized he charged a tractor-trailer driver too little earlier this month, he paid the difference out of his own pocket.

No good deed goes unpunished.

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MOON DAY

20th July 2015

Bet you forgot, didn’t you?

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Donald Trump’s Six Biggest Gaffes of the Presidential Campaign…So Far

20th July 2015

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And yet he’s ahead in the polls. Perhaps he knows something that Kiran Moodley (‘editorial video manager at The Independent’) doesn’t.

‘You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.’

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As Beijing Becomes a Supercity, the Rapid Growth Brings Pains

20th July 2015

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For decades, China’s government has tried to limit the size of Beijing, the capital, through draconian residency permits. Now, the government has embarked on an ambitious plan to make Beijing the center of a new supercity of 130 million people.

Guess they bought the regressive ‘density’ argument. Always knew that was a Commie plot.

The planned megalopolis, a metropolitan area that would be about six times the size of New York’s, is meant to revamp northern China’s economy and become a laboratory for modern urban growth.

The technical term for that is ‘behavioral sink’.

“The supercity is the vanguard of economic reform,” said Liu Gang, a professor at Nankai University in Tianjin who advises local governments on regional development. “It reflects the senior leadership’s views on the need for integration, innovation and environmental protection.”

In other words, if they’re all in one place, they’re easier to control.

But the new supercity is intended to be different in scope and conception. It would be spread over 82,000 square miles, about the size of Kansas, and hold a population larger than a third of the United States. And unlike metro areas that have grown up organically, Jing-Jin-Ji would be a very deliberate creation. Its centerpiece: a huge expansion of high-speed rail to bring the major cities within an hour’s commute of each other.

I want to know where they’re going to get the water. And where they’re going to put the sewage.

But some of the new roads and rails are years from completion. For many people, the creation of the supercity so far has meant ever-longer commutes on gridlocked highways to the capital.

Ah, yes, reality is what happens while you’re making plans….

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Scott Adams: List of Don’ts

20th July 2015

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Excellent, every one.

1. Don’t ask me to remind you of something later. All you are doing is transferring your future failure to me. I’m not going to remember your thing.

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Dolezal Doubles Down on Crazy

20th July 2015

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I thought we had pretty much covered the entire waterfront on the Rachel Dolezal fraud last month, but who knew that she’d show up for an encore, granting an interview to a clearly skeptical (but in this case how appropriately named) Vanity Fair magazine.

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‘Finding Zero’: A Long Journey for Naught

20th July 2015

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“Finding Zero” is Dr. Aczel’s story of his quest for the origins of the most elusive of numbers: zero. It is zero, Dr. Aczel points out, that makes our place-value number system possible. Without it, there is no way to distinguish among 48, 480 and 4,080. Zero is indispensable for our familiar arithmetical operations, and it is half of the binary language of modern computers.

And yet, even though we can hardly imagine life without it, Europeans had no concept of zero until the 13th century, when they referred to it as and Indian or Arabic numeral. Where then did this epoch-making concept originate?

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The Happy Meal Fallacy

20th July 2015

Alex Tabarrok uses an analogy.

Some restaurants offer burgers without fries and a drink. These restaurants cater to low-income people who enjoy fries and drinks but can’t always afford them. To rectify this sad situation a presidential candidate proposes The Happy Meal Act. Under the Act, burgers must be sold with fries and a drink. “Burgers by themselves are not a complete, nutritious meal,” the politician argues, concluding with the uplifting campaign slogan, “Everyone deserves a Happy Meal!”

But will the Happy Meal Act make people happy? If burgers must come with fries and a drink, restaurants will increase the price of a “burger.” Even though everyone likes fries and a drink they may not like the added benefits by as much as the increase in the price of the meal. Indeed, this must the case since consumers could have bought the meal before the Act but chose not to. Requiring firms to sell benefits that customers value less than their cost makes both firms and customers worse off.

The Happy Meal Fallacy is fairly obvious when it comes to happy meals but now let’s consider the debate over the gig economy and the hiring of employees versus contractors. Employees are entitled to benefits that contractors are not. Thus the standard conclusion is that classifying workers as contractors “is great for employers but potentially terrible for workers.” Wrong. Employees get their wages with fries and a drink while contractors get wages only. Would a law requiring firms to provide all workers with fries and a drink help workers?

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Thought for the Day

20th July 2015

The only way that democracy can be made bearable is by developing and cherishing a class of men sufficiently honest and disinterested to challenge the prevailing quacks.  No such class has ever appeared in strength in the United States.  Thus the business of harassing the quacks devolves upon the newspapers.  When they fail in their duty, which is usually, we are at the quacks’ mercy.

— H. L. Mencken, Minority Report

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Scott Walker: ‘I Don’t Know’ If [sic] Being Gay a Choice

20th July 2015

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In a weekend interview with Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker about whether the Boy Scouts should allow gay troop leaders, CNN’s Dana Bash asked Walker, “Do you think being gay is a choice?”

“I don’t have an opinion on every single issue out there. To me, that’s, I don’t know,” Walker answered. “I don’t know the answer to that question.”

Whoa – an honest politician. That gets my vote.

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Obama Collecting Personal Data for a Secret Race Database

20th July 2015

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A key part of President Obama’s legacy will be the fed’s unprecedented collection of sensitive data on Americans by race. The government is prying into our most personal information at the most local levels, all for the purpose of “racial and economic justice.”

Unbeknown to most Americans, Obama’s racial bean counters are furiously mining data on their health, home loans, credit cards, places of work, neighborhoods, even how their kids are disciplined in school — all to document “inequalities” between minorities and whites.

This Orwellian-style stockpile of statistics includes a vast and permanent network of discrimination databases, which Obama already is using to make “disparate impact” cases against: banks that don’t make enough prime loans to minorities; schools that suspend too many blacks; cities that don’t offer enough Section 8 and other low-income housing for minorities; and employers who turn down African-Americans for jobs due to criminal backgrounds.

Big Brother Barack wants the databases operational before he leaves office, and much of the data in them will be posted online.

So civil-rights attorneys and urban activist groups will be able to exploit them to show patterns of “racial disparities” and “segregation,” even if no other evidence of discrimination exists.

I wonder how many ‘fake black people’ these records will contain. I suspect that the ‘one drop test’ will get a new lease on life.

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Rhinos’ Horns to Be Fitted With Spy Cameras and Alarms to Help Catch Poachers

19th July 2015

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I suggest we start with Lindsey Graham and Chris Christy.

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In an IS Training Camp, Children Told: Behead the Doll

19th July 2015

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As my boot camp instructors used to say, you can only do what you’ve trained for.

 

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Obama Has Not Ordered Flag Flown at Half-Staff for Servicemen Killed in Chattanooga Terror Attack

19th July 2015

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Hey, it’s not as if they were black people killed by police or something significant like that.

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Obama’s Awesome New Race Database Even More Awesome Than You Imagined

19th July 2015

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We recently discussed a story that wasn’t particularly popular here (to be charitable) which dealt with a new White House plan to implement enforced neighborhood diversity in American towns and cities through the power and influence of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The rest of the nation wasn’t exactly pleased with the idea either, but it did raise some interesting questions. One of the biggest among those was the puzzle of exactly how the federal government plans to figure out precisely how many people in each racial pigeonhole are living where and how they are interacting. Is that sort of data even available to be used in making such determinations, assuming you wanted to do it?

The short answer seems to be “no.” The longer – and apparently more accurate – answer is, “not yet.” But never fear, citizens! As Paul Sperry reports for the New York Post, the required data collection is on the way and it’s going to be mind blowing.

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The Refugee Resettlement Scam in Minnesota

19th July 2015

Read it. And watch the video.

The following video was recorded at a town council or board of supervisors meeting in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota on July 7, 2015. The gentleman speaking — a concerned local citizen — has a good handle on the “refugee” scam being foisted on Minnesota by the federal government.

As he notes, the Somalis being unloaded on the state bring no skills and will generally be unable to support themselves for the indefinite future. Local welfare agencies will be picking up the tab, yet the “stakeholders” — unelected citizens, mainline churches, and NGOs — are making big money off the deal. After a few months the federal subsidy will expire, leaving the state holding the bill. In ten years or so the municipalities of Minnesota will be facing bankruptcy as their culturally enriched neighborhoods slide into Third World conditions:

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