DYSPEPSIA GENERATION

We have seen the future, and it sucks.

Booker Breaks With Precedent to Testify Against Sessions – and Earns Republican Rebuke

12th January 2017

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Senators who have some complaint to make about a nominee have all the time in the world when the nominee is discussed before the vote to make their complaints public, so what is the point of ‘testifying’ at the confirmation hearing?

That’s obvious: He’s auditioning to be the next Magic Negro.

Like Obama he passes the paper-bag-and-ruler test, and ‘talks like a white boy‘, so he’s not too black to be electable, but he’s kept a low profile up until now (including working amicably with Sessions in the Senate) and so he’s got to start the Virtue Signalling process to get the Trump Derangement Syndrome celebutards behind him, money-wise, as well as the Crustian rich white liberals from his own party.

This surprises me, because I had assumed that the next Magic Negro would be Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, but Patrick looks more black than Booker and is raking it in at Mitt Romney’s old firm, Bain Capital, so perhaps he’s only runner-up.

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The Master Persuader Scrambles the Frame

11th January 2017

Scott Adams brings us up to date on Trump.

I’ve said before that half the country believe they are living in 1930s Germany and the other half think we got a better economy and some free entertainment. Those are two completely different movies running on the same screen at the same time. So how does the Master Persuader deal with the second-largest case of national cognitive dissonance in our history? (Slavery was first.)

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Thought for the Day

11th January 2017

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MIT’s 3D Graphene Is Ten Times Stronger Than Steel

11th January 2017

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Starting from a highly-accurate computer model, the researchers 3D printed diatomic cubes to represent the material’s sponge-like structure and then subjected them to compression tests. The shape here is incredibly important; the cube itself looks like a magenta sponge. Its porous nature means that there’s more surface area, and more surface area means higher strengths at lower weights.

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Rhinos Use Poop Piles Like a Social Network

11th January 2017

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Chemical clues in white rhino feces provide information about age, sex, general health, and reproductive status to other rhinos that visit the communal latrine, also called a midden, a new study found.

Much like Democrats with social media.

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Why one Indiana city has more than 100 roundabouts

11th January 2017

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The comically high number of roundabouts in Carmel, Indiana, can be credited to Mayor Jim Brainard. Since taking the helm of the city in 1996, the urban planning-obsessed Brainard has overseen the elimination of dozens of traffic signals and the installation of some 102 roundabouts. Today, the city has more roundabouts than any other town in the United States, and they’re about to get 40 more.

Carmel is the Rich People’s Suburb of Indianapolis, as Scarsdale is to New York City, Highland Park is to Dallas, and Atherton is to San Francisco.

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Reason #3 Americans Don’t Ride Transit: It’s Expensive

11th January 2017

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The 2015 National Transit Database shows that people pay an average of 28 cents per passenger mile to ride transit. To compare this cost with driving, the American Public Transportation Association uses American Automobile Association calculations of the cost of driving, which show an average cost of about 57 cents a mile for medium-sized cars. So it seems like a no-brainer to conclude that transit saves money.

If you have a car, no matter how old it is, you only pay the variable cost whenever you drive it on any particular trip. According to the AAA data, that variable cost–fuel, maintenance, and tires–averages less than 15 cents a mile, and would be even lower if you had a more fuel-efficient car. So right there you are saving at least 13 cents a mile over transit.

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Federal Transportation Dollars Spent on Streetcars No One Rides

11th January 2017

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Local governments routinely spend resources on infrastructure they don’t really need or want simply because available funds are sitting in a federal account and are therefore viewed as “free,” according to Sen. Jeff Flake’s new edition of the Wastebook.

Among the transportation and infrastructure examples highlighted by Flake in the latest Wastebook are the “two federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants totaling more than $65 million” supporting a streetcar that no one seems to want.

“I’ve never been on a car with more than 25 other people; it’s usually about a dozen, in a car that can seat 60 and carry up to 195,” a journalist observed, and many passengers are homeless people just looking for shelter, who often “got a little bit rough with the operators” and left it smelling foul, according to the Wastebook.

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Why Are Liberals Such Racists?

11th January 2017

John Hinderaker is not afraid to ask the hard (well, not that hard) questions.

As a conservative, I essentially never encounter racism. I don’t have any racist friends or acquaintances. The issue never comes up. Liberals, on the other hand, tell us that they are swimming in a sea of racism. I don’t know, they might be right. Maybe in their liberal world, racism is still an issue.

It’s certainly an obsession.

But what is it with liberals and racism? Remember when liberals tried to make some kind of scandal out of the fact that one of Mitt Romney’s grandchildren was African-American? What is wrong with these people? This kind of thing happens a lot. If you are looking for racism, look to the left.

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Snowmageddon Kills 8 in The Balkans

10th January 2017

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How about that Global Warming, eh? Rising seas nipping at your toes yet?

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Obama-Backed ‘Clean Coal’ Plant Creates More CO2 Emissions Than It Captures

10th January 2017

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The first operational U.S. “clean coal” plant could end up increasing carbon dioxide emissions, calling into question the hundreds of millions of dollars the Obama administration has spent on such projects.

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If You’re Freaking Out Over Donald Trump’s Presidential Powers, Thank a Liberal!

10th January 2017

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One of the things that Streep, who spoke at the Democratic National Convention last summer in support of Hillary Clinton, didn’t address, though, is the way in which Barack Obama has handed Trump vast powers as president. There’s no question that Obama worked overtime to arrogate more power to the presidency over the past eight years, using all sorts of unilateral action to get shit done. Even Yellow Dog Democrats will grant as much when it comes to civil liberties abuses (remember Bam’s “secret kill list”?) and waging war (still waiting on his request to Congress under the War Powers Act to sanction Libya, which turned out so well). Obama was on the losing end of a 9-0 Supreme Court ruling about abusing recess-appointment powers and his moves on immigration law suffered a similar fate as well. In all sorts of ways, the plain fact is that, like George W. Bush before, Obama was ready to grab as much power as he could. And whatever presidential precedents he established will now be sitting in Oval Office, waiting for the arrival of Donald Trump.

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Thought for the Day: Poor Kid

10th January 2017

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FEMA Pays to Fix Olympic Con Man’s Vacation Home That Wasn’t Worth Fixing

10th January 2017

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Taxpayers are spending $326,000 fixing the waterfront vacation home of a serial financial criminal and former Olympic gold medalist, which is nearly as much as the house was worth.

The boondoggle last year came courtesy of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) because Steven Riddick bought a home in Virginia too close to the water, leading to flooding, highlighting the agency’s often wasteful and inconsistent assistance programs.

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The Aquaflage Nightmare Has Finally Ended

10th January 2017

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Anyone who thinks that, for all its flaws, at least the government is good at doing military stuff hasn’t been tracking the clown-car routines the Navy has been going through during the last fifty years (fifty years!).

When first forced to use the blue pattern camo work clothes back in 2010 U.S. Navy sailors thought their new work uniform was mainly silly. It consisted of shirt and pants in a gray, blue (mainly) and black camouflage pattern. Most sailors wear the work uniform while on a ship. What’s the point of camouflage there? This has at least led to some entertaining humor. For example, sailors called the new camouflage “Aquaflage” and tried to find some purpose in it. Some believed it was a safety measure, since if you fell overboard while wearing it there was little chance you’d ever be seen in the water, so there was no need to turn the ship around to try and find you. Along those lines, some believed that if you fell overboard, the aquaflage would make it more difficult for any sharks to spot you. Actually, sharks detect prey via smell, not sight, but no matter, it was better to laugh about this blue clothing nightmare rather that look hard and cry.

There was more to cry over. Aquaflage came along mainly because of the herd instinct at the top. Since 2001 all the services had gotten new camouflage uniforms, or gotten them for the first time. Even the air force had a blue type camouflage pattern. The admirals felt compelled to replace the traditional (and popular) dungarees and blue work shirt with the much less popular aquaflage. For more formal occasions, junior enlisted sailors were still allowed to wear a khaki shirt and black pants (an arrangement the U.S. Marine Corps has made famous). The navy “dress blues” remained unchanged.

After aquaflage was introduced the navy brass, bowing to loud and sustained complaints, agreed to allow sailors living off base, on their way home from work, to get out of their vehicles to perform short errands (picking up dry cleaning, groceries, day care, and so on), while wearing the new navy work uniform. Prior to this, navy personnel were forbidden from leaving their vehicles while outside the base if they were wearing the work uniform. While sailors appreciated being allowed to get out of their cars on the way home work, most would prefer to do it while wearing the traditional dungarees and blue work shirt rather than the cartoonish aquaflage.

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Reason #2 Why Most Americans Don’t Ride Transit: It Doesn’t Go Where You Want to Go

10th January 2017

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Most transit is oriented to downtown, a destination few people go to anymore. If you don’t want to go downtown, transit is practically useless.

In the Good Old Days, business was concentrated downtown for convenience — convenience in communications, convenience in supply, convenience in coordinating employees.

Nowadays, a lot of jobs don’t require you to be in any particular place, so long as you have a computer workstation and a fast Internet connection. UPS and FedEx and Stamps.Com mean you don’t need to be near a Post Office or transportation hub. More and more companies are locating their offices in suburbs, which are closer to where people actually live; ‘where are you located’ is the first question I used to ask of places where I was considering working.

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Golden Globe Coda

10th January 2017

John Hinderaker points and laughs.

I wrote about the Trump hate-fest at the Golden Globes last night while the show was in progress, based on a news account. (I would rather get a root canal than watch a Hollywood awards program.) Subsequent to my post, Meryl Streep went completely over the top with Trump Derangement Syndrome, for which she has been appropriately bashed non-stop for the last 20-odd hours. Still, crazy as Streep’s screed was, I am not sure she topped Hugh Laurie’s claim that he won his award “at the last ever Golden Globes.” Did he mean to suggest that President Trump will somehow decree an end to Hollywood awards shows? Not even Trump’s biggest fans are that optimistic.

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Women’s March on Washington Opens Contentious Dialogues About Race

10th January 2017

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Many thousands of women are expected to converge on the nation’s capital for the Women’s March on Washington the day after Donald J. Trump’s inauguration. Jennifer Willis no longer plans to be one of them.

Ms. Willis, a 50-year-old wedding minister from South Carolina, had looked forward to taking her daughters to the march. Then she read a post on the Facebook page for the march that made her feel unwelcome because she is white.

The post, written by a black activist from Brooklyn who is a march volunteer, advised “white allies” to listen more and talk less. It also chided those who, it said, were only now waking up to racism because of the election.

“You don’t just get to join because now you’re scared, too,” read the post. “I was born scared.”

Stung by the tone, Ms. Willis canceled her trip.

‘Scorecard! Getcher scorecard here! Ya can’t tell the victims without a scorecard!’

Pass the popcorn.

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150 MPH+ Winds, 8 Feet Snow, Possible From Next California Storm

10th January 2017

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How about that Global Warming, eh? Rising sea livels nipping at your toes yet?

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Europe Under Ice: Pictures Show the Freezing Weather That Has Gripped the Continent

9th January 2017

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How about that Global Warming, eh? Rising sea levels drowned Manhattan yet? (Or ANYWHERE?)

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Seafood Companies Sue Obama Admin for Requiring They Track Every Fish

9th January 2017

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Under the rules from the National Marine Fisheries Service, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, companies would have to prove where each fish or cut of meat came from, down to the ship that caught it or the farm that raised it. Fish sellers would be required to show the origin for 13 of the most popular fish species — including most types of tuna fish, crabs and cod — and when the seafood arrived at U.S. customs stations.

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Teachers’ Union Urges Schools to Host Drag Shows, Use ‘Comrade’ Instead of ‘Boy’ and ‘Girl’

9th January 2017

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Canada, if you can believe it. No wonder Hollywood keeps pretending to want to move there.

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Congressional Dems Under Attack for Not Hiring Minorities

9th January 2017

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The Washington Post reports that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is under pressure over the poor record of congressional Democrats with regard to minority hiring. In response, Schumer reportedly will urge his fellow Democrats to adopt the Rooney Rule, which requires NFL teams to interview at least one minority applicant for top positions.

Thus, whereas Sessions years ago hired an African-American as his top counsel, Schumer is now trying to get Democrats to interview African-American candidates.

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Man Fires Gun, Barricades Himself in His House After Someone Took a Bite From His Sandwich

9th January 2017

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“Apparently, the man had made a grilled-cheese sandwich and either the wife or the daughter, we’re not exactly sure who, but somebody, one of the females in the house, took a bite of his sandwich, and apparently, that enraged him to the point that he fired shots in the house,” Cpl. Shawn Vinson of the Baltimore County Police told said.

Blue state blues.

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Transcending Obamacare: A Patient-Centered Plan for Near-Universal Coverage and Permanent Fiscal Solvency

9th January 2017

Avik Roy does the heavy lifting.

  • The proposal contained herein—the “Universal Exchange Plan” (UEP)—seeks to substantially repair both sets of health-policy problems: those caused by the ACA and those that predate it; the UEP’s reforms are also perfectly compatible with the “repeal and replace” approach, but they do not require the full and formal repeal of the ACA in order to be enacted.
  • The UEP would, by 2025, increase the number of U.S. residents with health coverage by 12.1 million, relative to the ACA; beyond 2025, the UEP would outperform the ACA by an even wider margin.
  • The UEP would also: expand economic opportunity for those struggling with high medical bills, improve the quality of health care delivered to the poor, and put America’s finances on a permanently stable course.

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Damaged Teeth Can Be Regrown Naturally Using an Alzheimer’s Drug, Scientists Discover

9th January 2017

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Researchers at King’s College London (KCL) found that a drug designed to treat Alzheimer’s disease was able to stimulate the tooth to create new dentine capable of filling in large cavities.

Teeth can already cope with small areas of damage using the same process, but when the holes become too large a dentist must insert artificial cements or the tooth will be lost.

We may actually see treatments based on this discovery after companies fight their way through ten years and ten billion dollars of government regulations. (It will be available earlier, of course, in countries like Mexico, where government employees are more interested in collecting bribes than impeding progress.)

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Two Patients Die From Starvation or Thirst Each Day in UK Hospitals and Care Homes, Say Statistics

9th January 2017

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Don’t you just love that government-provided health care?

Don’t you just wish we had a system like that in America?

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Trump in Everything: Golden Globes

9th January 2017

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You might have been under the impression that the Golden Globes was about theatrical performances, but you would be wrong: It’s about Donald Trump. (What isn’t, these days?)

This is why Trump keeps winning: He’s living (rent-free) in every Leftist head.

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Cyprus Reunification: Greek and Turkish Leaders of Divided Island Enter Final Stages of Peace Talks

9th January 2017

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And about time, too.

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How to Lead in 2017

9th January 2017

Fast Company publishes a story on how to lead that focuses on three women and a kind-of-black guy, thereby showing that following their advice will not result in heading a major corporation, most of whom are bossed by people who are white and male.

Karli Kloss is pretty hot, though; I predict success for her, although I suspect that leadership won’t have a lot to do with it.

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Thought for the Day

9th January 2017

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When Should [sic] the Federal Government Own Land?

9th January 2017

Tyler Cowen, a Real Economist, takes a gander.

Overall, I don’t see why the federal government needs to own about 28% of the country.  Nonetheless, in the meantime the government does allow grazing and mining to take place on those lands, often at below-market rents.  (By the way, for now I am putting on hold a possible #6: “federal land ownership is the most efficient way to regulate mining and fossil fuel extraction.”  It raises issues far beyond the scope of the current discussion, though it is significant.)

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California as Alt-America

9th January 2017

Joel Kotkin makes some observations.

In 1949 the historian Carey McWilliams defined California as the “the Great Exception” — a place so different from the rest of America as to seem almost a separate country. In the ensuing half-century, the Golden State became not so much exceptional but predictive of the rest of the nation: California’s approaches to public education, the environment, politics, community-building and lifestyle often became national standards, and even normative.

More’s the pity.

Ironically, the state’s policies, which place strong controls on development, road construction, and energy production and usage, are somewhat symbolic; by dint largely of its mild climate, the state is already far more energy efficient than the rest of the country.  But to achieve its ambitious new goals,  most serious observers suggest, the state would lose at least 100,000 jobs and further boost energy prices — which  disproportionately affect the poorer residents who predominate in the state’s beleaguered, and less temperate, interior.

The impact of these policies would be far-reaching. They have already reduced outside investment in manufacturing to minuscule levels and could cost California households an average of $3,000 annually. Such economic realities no longer influence many California policymakers but they could prove a boon  to other   states, notably Texas, Arizona and Nevada, which make a sport of hunting down California employers.

Eventually Caliornia will find out what failed states such as those in Eastern Europe found out before them: The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.

According to the most recent Social Science Research Council report, the state overall suffers the greatest levels of income inequality in the nation; the Public Policy Institute places the gap well over 10 percent higher than the national average.

Isn’t it funny that the most Democrat places in the country — New York, California — are also the poster children for ‘income inequality’? I wonder why that is? Hmm, let me think….

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Popular NY Restaurant Shuts Its Doors, Blames ‘Suffocating’ Gov’t Regs

9th January 2017

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A popular New York City restaurant is closing its doors after 25 years because of what the owners call a stifling regulatory environment that treats the restaurant as a “cash machine.”

China Fun, a Chinese restaurant in Manhattan, announced its Jan. 3 closure because of increases in minimum wage and a city atmosphere that treats “mom-and-pop” eateries like cash cows to pay for all the ills of society, Albert Wu, told reporters. Wu is a representative of China Fun.

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

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Reason #1 Why Americans Don’t Ride Transit: Transit Is Slow

9th January 2017

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There’s a myth that Americans have some kind of irrational love affair with their cars, and they don’t ride transit because of that irrationality. In fact, there are very good reasons why autos provide well over 95 percent of mechanized travel in urban areas while transit provides less than two percent.

One of the most important reasons is that transit is slow. According to the American Public Transportation Association’s Public Transportation Fact Book, the average speed of rail transit is 21.5 miles per hour, while the average speed of bus transit is 14.1 mph (see page 7). So-called rapid transit, known to the Federal Transit Administration as heavy rail, averages just 21.1 mph, while light rail is 15.6 mph and streetcars are a pathetic 7.7 mph (see page 40).

Public transit takes you from where you aren’t to where you don’t want to be at a time inconvenient for you in the company of people whom you’d normally pay money to avoid.

And it takes between two and three times longer than driving.

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Feds Still Don’t Know If [sic] Their Energy Data Is Reliable After 21 Years

9th January 2017

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U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) officials refused to fix a major management flaw that allowed data manipulation to plague a federal lab for nearly two decades.

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University Students Demand Philosophers Such as Plato and Kant Are [sic] Removed From Syllabus Because They Are White

9th January 2017

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Racism, pure and simple.

Sir Roger Scruton, the philosopher, said the demands suggest “ignorance”. “You can’t rule out a whole area of intellectual endeavour without having investigated it and clearly they haven’t investigated what they mean by white philosophy,” he told The Mail on Sunday.

“If they think there is a colonial context from which Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason arose, I would like to hear it.’

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We Visited Obama’s New Wall

9th January 2017

Read it. And watch the video.

As you might have heard, Obama is building a wall around his upscale rental in D.C.’s Kalorama neighborhood.

The video doesn’t appear to work for me — much like Obama, come to think of it.

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What We Know About the Alleged Chicago Hate Crime Streamed Live on Facebook

9th January 2017

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Which is not the same as what the DemLegHump Media is willing to report.

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‘There Are No Jobs’: Obama Loyalists Scramble to Find Work

8th January 2017

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Thousands of Obama loyalists are struggling to find work in a city now dominated by the GOP, according to a report from Politico. “It feels like there are just thousands of us trying to find a job, and there are no jobs,” Mira Patel, a longtime Clinton aide told Politico.

And whose fault is that? Welcome to our world, bitches.

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We Are Not the World

8th January 2017

Greg Ip takes notice.

The new nationalist surge has startled establishment parties in part because they don’t see globalism as an ideology. How could it be, when it is shared across the traditional left-right spectrum by the likes of Hillary Clinton, Tony Blair, George W. Bush and David Cameron?

But globalism is an ideology, and its struggle with nationalism will shape the coming era much as the struggle between conservatives and liberals has shaped the last. That, at least, is how the new nationalists see it. After successfully pressuring Carrier Corp. to keep in Indiana about half of the 2,100 jobs that the firm had planned to move to Mexico, Mr. Trump told a rally last month, “There is no global anthem, no global currency, no certificate of global citizenship. From now on, it’s going to be ‘America First.’ ”

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Mark Hamill Has Begun Dubbing Donald Trump’s Tweets as the Joker

8th January 2017

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I always wondered why, when Harrison Ford went on to become a huge star and even Carrie Fisher managed to find work, Mark Hamil just sat on his butt and did nothing of note.

Now we see that he really was just useless all along.

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British student killed after falling from high-rise building in Tokyo

8th January 2017

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An “exceptional” British student has died after reportedly plunging to his death from a high-rise building in Tokyo on New Year’s Eve following an evening spent drinking with friends.

I can certainly believe that he was exceptionally foolish.

Justin Browning, 21, a third year student at Durham University, was spending a year studying at the Waseda University in Tokyo as part of his history degree when the tragedy occurred.

Oh, I think ‘tragedy’ a bit strong — think of it as evolution in action. Natural selection works even when you might not want it to.

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‘First Man in UK to Give Birth’ Finds Sperm Donor on Facebook After Pausing Transition to Become Father

8th January 2017

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You can’t make this shit up.

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Media Blames Truck for Palestinian Terror Attack in Israel

8th January 2017

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When a Palestinian terrorist drove a truck into a crowd of Israeli soldiers Sunday morning the headlines from major media outlets pinned the blame squarely on the truck, avoiding headlining the story as a terrorist attack.

We need background checks for truck drivers. (Will the truckophobia never cease?)

And maybe for journalists, too.

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RIP Nat Hentoff

8th January 2017

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Hentoff was less likely to be called a liberal later in life. That’s partly because his brand of free-speech absolutism was growing less common on the left, and it’s partly because of his heterodoxy on abortion. (Hentoff was pro-life, arguing against abortion on the same grounds that he argued against capital punishment and war. Or, at least, against some wars—he eventually rended his seamless garment to support interventions in Rwanda and Iraq.) But you couldn’t really cast him as a man of the right either: Besides his intense distrust for the police agencies that conservatives tend to revere, he was a longtime democratic socialist who held onto a lot of his leftist economic ideas in old age. It’s not even quite right to call him an ACLU liberal, because he kept butting heads with the ACLU. (The nation’s most prominent civil libertarian organization wasn’t always civil libertarian enough for him.) Best to think of him as his own man, with at least a couple of views to offend pretty much anyone.

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Smiles for Free Trade

8th January 2017

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While I agree that the Federal Reserve today has a comparative advantage at supplying currency to the global economy, I disagree that this reality is bad for Americans.  In fact, it’s good for Americans – very good.  The reason is that we receive from foreigners a steady flow of valuable goods and services in exchange for inexpensive monochrome portraits of dead American statesmen (or their even-less-costly-to-produce digital equivalents).

I am reminded of a scene in the third Jason Bourne movie, where Bourne is in Moscow and needs to go to the address of the daughter of the couple he killed in his first job. He shows up at a cab rank and asks if anyone can take him to the address that he shows them. Sceptical faces all around. Finally one says, ‘Rubles?’ and Bourne answers ‘Dollars.’ Suddenly all is smiles, and they’re on their way.

American Presidents have power, even after they’re dead.

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Thought for the Day

8th January 2017

Non Sequitur

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Prisoner Serving Life for Murdering Wife Stabs New Girlfriend to Death During Visit

7th January 2017

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Think of it as evolution in action.

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Japan’s New Business Language – English

7th January 2017

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Five years ago, I stood before several thousand mostly native Japanese speakers and addressed them in English. From now on, I told them, Rakuten – Japan’s largest online marketplace, of which I am the chief executive officer – would conduct all of its business, from official meetings to internal e-mail, in English. I still remember the shocked expressions on the listeners’ faces.

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