Monday, January 15, 2018
Authentic gets thrown around a lot these days but few truly warrant the designation like a pair of Levi's 501s. For those looking to winnow down their portfolio of blue jeans to just the essentials, 501s carry fresh appeal and iconic status.
So just to be clear -- this is $168 fort an old pair of Levi's? Am I missing something? You can also get T-shirts for $38 and plain "Japanese" style pants for over $200. My closet would be worth a fortune.
Here is the basic truth about “free” Internet services: If you’re not paying, you’re not the customer. Project Veritas provides us with yet another reminder of that which we should already know about platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Google, Yahoo, and other Internet providers. Once you post something on them, they last forever — and become commodities for the platform owners:
WASHINGTON—Shortly before his death in February 2016, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia spoke favorably of Donald Trump’s presidential run.
“Justice Scalia thought it was most refreshing to have a candidate who was pretty much unfiltered and utterly frank,” said the late jurist’s literary collaborator, Bryan Garner, a legal dictionary editor who spent two weeks in 2016 traveling with Justice Scalia through several Asian countries....
Pesky paywall. You can buy WSJ on your kindle though.
Australian birds have weaponized fire because what we really need now is something else to make us afraid | National Post
What he saw sounds now like something out of a fairy tale or dark myth. A whistling kite, wings spread, held a burning twig in its talons. It flew about 20 metres ahead of Eussen and dropped the ember into the brittle grass.
And the fire kicked off once again.
All told that day, Eussen put out seven new flare-ups, according to a research paper published recently in the Journal of Ethnobiology. All of them, he claims, were caused by the birds and their burning sticks.
What’s more, the paper argues, the birds might well have been doing it on purpose.
It was withdrawn after June Kenton, who fitted bras for the Queen, released a book called 'Storm in a D-Cup'.
Mrs Kenton said there was "nothing" in the book to "be upset about", adding that it was an "unbelievable" decision.
Buckingham Palace said it did not "comment on individual companies".
Rare, venomous sea snake found slithering on Southern California shores. Are more coming? - LA Times
“Oceans are warming and the species that respond to that change will be those that are the most mobile,” Pauly said. “So the big question now is this: Are sea snakes swimming off the coast of Southern California the new normal?”
Sporting short sharp fangs capable of delivering extremely potent venom, the snake — named for its bright yellow underside and flattened yellow tail with black spots — is no joke.
Although it is just a little funny.
“He was witnessed circling back at the start/finish staging area after completing a lap, spending over 7 minutes in a portable restroom and then ‘completing’ the lap and going on for his next without actually running the mile plus loop,” organizers said.
Organizers took immediate action, approaching Agnew and asking him to turn over his racing bib.
The judge who barred the Trump administration from turning back the Obama-era DACA program last week has some legal scholars concerned that the ruling could damage the notion of an impartial bench.
The New York Times reported Sunday that Judge William Alsup, the federal judge from the Northern District of California, used a local case before issuing the nationwide stop.
“How can a single judge decide a question for the whole country?” Samuel Bray, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, asked the paper.
Illegal immigration flourished because Democrats wanted future constituents, and Republicans sought inexpensive labor. But an irate public has had it with open borders — and both parties are scrambling to hide their past and present agendas for now by focusing on the idealized Dreamers.
He was supposed to select the option for a drill. Instead, he chose the real thing
An alert heard by people across the island chain said: "A missile may impact on land or sea within minutes. This is not a drill."
Begnaud asked, "With all due respect, are you sure this was an accident?"
"Yes," Miyagi said. "I know the individual. This was an accident. Not intentional at all."
"But why did he hit 'yes' twice?"
"That's being talked about and being investigated right now."
Let’s state the obvious. Some countries are shitholes. To claim that this is racist is racist. They are not shitholes because of the color of the populace but because of bad ideas, corrupt governance, false religion, and broken culture. Further, most of the problems in these countries are generated at the top. Plenty of rank-and-file immigrants from such ruined venues ultimately make good Americans—witness those who came from 1840s potato-famine Ireland, a shithole if ever there was one! It takes caution and skill to separate the good from the bad.
Rand Paul: We Can’t Do Immigration Reform ‘If Everybody’s Out There Calling’ Trump a ‘Racist’ | Mediaite
“You can’t have immigration compromise if everybody’s out there calling the president a racist,” Paul exclaimed. “They’re actually destroying the setting — and he’s a little bit of it — they’re destroying the setting in which anything meaningful can happen.”
Well, that probably the point. The last thing the Dems want now is a compromise on DACA. Best way to get the base riled up.
Sunday, January 14, 2018
Losing Ground also marked the beginning of a pattern in his work. Every decade or so thereafter, as regular as the tides, Murray innocently would lob an intellectual grenade into the public square, sending the bien pensant left into hysterics and shifting the ground of debate.
Interestingly, Murray never spent any time as an academic, except to get his PhD, and that was at MIT.
It’s not as though California policymakers have neglected to wage war on poverty. Sacramento and local governments have spent massive amounts in the cause. Several state and municipal benefit programs overlap with one another; in some cases, individuals with incomes 200% above the poverty line receive benefits. California state and local governments spent nearly $958 billion from 1992 through 2015 on public welfare programs, including cash-assistance payments, vendor payments and “other public welfare,” according to the Census Bureau. California, with 12% of the American population, is home today to about one in three of the nation’s welfare recipients.
What it could be? Derp! Derp!
And as Kate McKinnon’s Mika Brzezinski lamented that we were doomed as a nation and no one was coming to save us – here comes OPRAH (SNL’s Leslie Jones).
Not nearly as funny as it could have been, but still, they jammed a lot into the segment, with Armisen being the absolute, laugh-out-loud jewel.
Check it out.
check it out.
Saturday, January 13, 2018
How Conservatives Are Being Destroyed by Facebook, Twitter and Google Without Even Realizing It - John Hawkins
Today, as you read this, my website Right Wing News is shutting down operations. It has been around since 2001, but became massive a few years ago because of Facebook.
Remember the mainstream media liberals going out of their minds because the Russians reached almost 150 million people with their $100,000 Facebook ad buy? In July of 2015, in just a week, the Right Wing News Facebook page reached 133 million people. Because conservatives were sharing content they were interested in, little ol’ Right Wing News (well, I guess nearly 3.6 million Facebook likes isn’t so little) was driving the same amount of web traffic as some of the biggest newspapers in America. Barack Obama’s Facebook page was 36 times bigger than our page; yet we had 7 times as many people talking about our content.
Ironically, that’s a big part of what killed the website.
You see, what Facebook giveth, Facebook can take away. So, why would Facebook want to kill extremely successful Facebook pages that its users enjoyed?
Unlicensed Teen Driver Crashes Vehicle After Swerving to Avoid Rabbit in San Diego County: CHP | KTLA
A 17-year-old driver and her passenger were injured after an effort to avoid hitting a small animal ended with their vehicle overturning in the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Friday evening, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Althouse: "A wretched place... (a) a dirty or dilapidated dwelling; (b) a remote, downtrodden, or unpleasant city, town, etc."
So what is the big deal? The big deal is that it's racist. Supposedly. That's in the mind of the hearer, as the hearer really hears it or chooses to speak of it, and the motivations there are not untainted. Anything about Trump that can be called racist, will be called racist, but Trump said (we're told) "shithole countries," and "shithole," in this context means a wretched place. Is Haiti not a wretched place? There are connotations of dirtiness, obviously, but more notably, that the place is just awful, not that the people are bad in some way because of their race. There's enough reason to think of Haiti as dilapidated and downtrodden without needing to start assuming that there's something about the people because of their race. Perhaps the racism is in the mind of the person who hears "shithole" about the country and starts thinking about the race of the people who live there.
The sanctioning of Larijani, the most prominent of the US targets, could have "serious political impact inside Iran," a senior Trump administration official predicted Friday.Senior administration officials said Larijani has overseen the sentencing and execution of juveniles in Tehran.
Everyone, near enough, knows that he was telling a home truth. It was outrageous not because he said something crude that was untrue. Quite the contrary: it was outrageous precisely because it was true but intolerable to progressive sensitivities.
In other words, the potency of taboo is still strong in our superficially rational culture. There are some things—quite a few, actually, and the list keeps growing—about which one cannot speak the truth or, in many cases, even raise as a subject for discussion without violating the unspoken pact of liberal sanctimoniousness.
I think Trump probably is some sort of racist, but probably a less harmful racist than the sort of bien pensant racist who supports affirmative action and decries "white privilege." I saw an interesting example of this the other day as I completed the mandatory sexual harassment on line course at my small but undeniably cute university. In the scene it helpfully created, an incident of possible sexual harassment occurred in which a girthonally challenged white male professor with a bushy beard attempted to give a back rub to a cute undergraduate person of evident femaleness and less whiteness. Of course he did and of course he was attempting to sexually harass the young woman in question. Or so the narrative would have us believe. He wasn't quite as ugly as Harvey Weinstein, but you get the idea. I suppose it was the best gig the actor could get. And that's just what we do, you know, we older, girthonally challenged white male professors with beards. The lesson was frankly offensive and yet officially held out as just the sort of thing we ought to swallow without objection. I didn't like it because it was racist, not to mention offensive for various other reasons, but I was tired of ignoring the increasingly insistent reminder emails. So yes, Trump was racist, but so are the people objecting to his language, or most of them. And besides, you know the plan is to admit as many people from these poor countries so that you will get more Democrats. Not liking the current electorate, the Democrats wish to import one more to their liking, as the wag observed. I'm not sure what sort of immigration policy we here at the RC support. But I'm sure I don't have any patience for the shrill cries of racism. Let ve who is without sin cast the first stone.
Medicaid Restrictions That Require Recipients To Work Miss The Point, Critics Say : Shots - Health News : NPR
The president had few defenders on the airwaves on Friday, as cable news outlets went wall-to-wall with coverage about how Trump had complained in an Oval Office meeting about restoring protected status for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African nations.ADVERTISEMENT
Privately, sources close to the White House were unbowed and dismissive of what they described as predictable hysteria over Trump’s vulgar remarks.
For example, there was the prediction that our national weather bureaucracy (NOAA) came out with back in October as to the severity of the upcoming winter. How do they come up with that prediction? Eric Niler at Wired wrote a post on the prediction on October 29 that revealed that the seasonal predictions rely on models using the same theories of "heat trapping" greenhouse gases as they use for the longer-term models:
NOAA climate scientists incorporate heat-trapping carbon dioxide levels when they run the models that produce their seasonal climate predictions.
So what was the prediction?
Warmer-than-normal conditions are most likely across the southern two-thirds of the continental U.S., along the East Coast, across Hawaii and in western and northern Alaska.
Friday, January 12, 2018
The Center for Immigration Studies has exhaustively examined welfare use by immigrant area of origin. Central America and Mexico are at 73 percent, the Caribbean at 51 perrcent and Africa at 48 percent. Europe was far lower at 26 percent. East Asia was at 32 percent and South Asia the lowest of all groups at 17 percent. And such disparate outcomes for immigrants by nation-of-origin continue multi-generationally.
Immigrants from very poor countries are likelier it seems to be poor in the US and remain poor longer. Still, they're probably better off than if they stayed in their very poor country of origin.
WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court on Friday said it would review the Securities and Exchange Commission’s in-house judicial system, agreeing to decide whether the commission’s judges were selected in a way that violates the Constitution.
Probably does, now that the Constitution is fashionable again.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President Donald Trump received well-above-average job approval ratings in 2017 from Mormons and Protestants, and well-below-average ratings from those who identify with a non-Christian faith, including Muslims and Jews, and from those who have no formal religious identity. Catholics' approval of Trump roughly matched the national average.
Led by David Gillborn, a professor at the University of Birmingham, the professors argue that math serves white interests because it can “frequently encode racist perspectives beneath the facade of supposed quantitative objectivity.”
In the aftermath of the election, political commentary emphasized the divide between the college educated and those with no degrees. The exit polls reported that college graduates cast a majority for Clinton, non-graduates a majority for Trump. White college graduates cast a narrow plurality for Trump, however, as female graduates cast a majority for Clinton and men for Trump. An Economist/YouGov panel study allows a finer breakdown that reveals some additional significant nuances. The common observation that among whites only female college graduates cast a majority for Clinton overlooks an important distinction: Hillary Clinton at best broke even among white women with only four-year degrees; only among postgraduate women do we find majority support for Clinton. Interestingly, despite the attention focused on less-educated whites, the gender gap if anything is largest among those with postgraduate degrees, where men broke evenly or even slightly for Trump. The sobering reality for the Democratic Party is that it did not just have a problem with white working class men in 2016; it appears to have lost the white middle class—men and women—as well, albeit more narrowly.
President Donald Trump, frustrated with America's continued responsibility for immigrants fleeing Third World natural disasters, asked members of Congress Thursday in vulgar terms why the United States had to shoulder such a burden.
'Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?' Trump said, according to two people who were briefed on the meeting and then leaked the comment to The Washington Post.
Trump was reportedly speaking about Haitians and citizens of various African nations.
'Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out,' he told people in the meeting, according to CNN.
The comments has caused outrage around the world, with the United Nations calling President Trump 'racist'.
Harvey ran advertisements in newspapers along the East Coast and Midwest seeking single, young women with 'good moral character' and a host of other attributes to hire at Harvey Houses.
'Wanted: Young women 18 to 30 years of age, of good moral character, attractive and intelligent, to waitress in Harvey Eating Houses on the Santa Fe in the West. Wages, $17.50 per month with room and board. Liberal tips customary. Experience not necessary. Write Fred Harvey, Union Depot, Kansas City, Missouri,' the ads read at the time.
I find stories like this interesting now. I am becoming my father.
The interesting question is: Why have movie stars and other celebrities become an aristocracy of secular demigods? It seems to me an objective fact that virtually any other group of professionals plucked at random from the Statistical Abstract of the United States -- nuclear engineers, plumbers, grocers, etc. -- are more likely to model decent moral behavior in their everyday lives. Indeed, it is a bizarre inconsistency in the cartoonishly liberal ideology of Hollywood that the only super-rich people in America reflexively assumed to be morally superior are people who pretend to be other people for a living.
“An organization that has the explicit purpose of restricting women’s rights by removing rights to abortion and the right for women to control their own bodies is not in line with where we are as a government, and quite frankly where we are as a society,” he said.
He also clarified that while people can believe what they want, acting on those beliefs was problematic, in his view.
“An awful lot of immigrants come from this country from other places that aren’t very nice," Carlson continued. "Those places are dangerous, they’re dirty, they’re corrupt and they’re poor, and that’s the main reason those immigrants are trying to come here and you would too if you lived there.”
This is a terrible deal. We would be happy with a straight-up trade of a DACA amnesty, even one broadly defined, for a mandatory E-Verify system for employers making new hires, one that would help dry up the jobs magnet for illegal immigrants. But that’s apparently not in the offing, nor, to judge from this afternoon’s proposal, is any deal worth supporting.
It is modern liberalism, not classical liberalism, that blurs the distinction between the state and society. For instance, modern liberalism is concerned about using the state to enforce equality, because it worries that substantial levels of inequality will make people too subservient to the rich, a social norm it dislikes. It is hostile to religious influence in the social world because that influence too can make it harder to for people to find their true selves. Even the family can be too confining. But classical liberalism essentially leaves people alone and subject to social influences so long as those with influence do not act with force or fraud. Indeed, one of the great insights of classical liberalism — one that has been formalized by public choice — is that the attempt to cabin the social influences in order to enforce a social order more to one’s liking aggrandizes the state.
John O. McGinnis
Details from diversity training sessions, accounts of alleged reverse discrimination, and screenshots of internal communications on company forums and message boards in the lawsuit cast the company culture as extremely hostile to employees with unpopular opinions, especially heterosexuals, men, white people, and those who hold conservative views.
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Chris McCabe, 70, said he got trapped after the freezer door in his shop in Totnes, Devon, blew shut behind him.
Stranded in temperatures of -20C (-4F), with the door-release button frozen shut, he said he used the 1.5kg (3.3lbs) sausage as a battering ram on the release mechanism.
Mr McCabe said: "No-one could hear me banging. Black pudding saved my life."
Lawmakers were explaining to Trump how immigrants from Africa could still later access some visas from the lottery under their plan. Then, Trump asked, why does the United States want “all these people from shithole countries?”
“We need more people from Norway,” Trump said, according to the people familiar with the meeting. Trump met with Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg earlier this week.
Rescue teams are continuing to search for survivors in southern California after a series of mudslides killed 17 people and swept away more than 100 homes.
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At first glance, Amy* is like many busy young moms—she’s 34, lives in Alberta, works full-time and is devoted to her five-year-old. “I love my son with all my heart,” she says. “My life revolves around this child.” Four nights a week from May to June are spent at a sports field, she says. “All his schoolmates do it, so if he doesn’t, he’s left out.”
When discussing motherhood, however, Amy deviates from the maternal script: if she could make that choice over again, she says, she wouldn’t. She never wanted children (“I was very independent,” she says)—her husband did. “It would have been a deal-breaker.” Parenthood put an untenable strain on the marriage; her husband wasn’t as involved as she wanted; they separated. Life is difficult, Amy reports: “Our child has two homes and I’m still doing 90 per cent of it on my own.”
Amy’s candour is part of a growing yet contentious conversation about parental regret, one primarily focused on mothers. Social media provides one hub, from the 9,000-member Facebook group “I regret having children” (on which “Warren Chansky” posted: “I hated being a father and I don’t like the people my kids have become”) to a Facebook community with more than 2,600 members founded by Lauren Byrne, a 32-year-old ER nurse and mother of two who lives in Newfoundland. Byrne doesn’t regret having children, she tells Maclean’s, though women on the site say they do.
So, what is a witch?
There is not a clear definition. It depends very much on the culture and the historical period you are looking at. In the Middle Ages its was rarely something you called yourself, usually something you were accused of being.
She turned me into a newt!
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
If the both parties persist in anointing whichever media star they think will win the most votes, we may have to take a hard look at why we even have presidents, and whether they should have as much power as they do. Alexander Hamilton wrote in the Federalist Papers that “Energy in the Executive is a leading character in the definition of good government,” but he also assumed a minimum of qualification for that future chief executive.
Until recently, he predicted correctly on that point. Now the prospect of a less qualified, more powerful executive beckons, and the idea of an energetic dilettante permanently residing in the White House should send a shudder down the spine of any American.
In the midst of the “fake news” hysteria last year, Google launched a project to help curate reliable information for its readers by identifying articles and sites that need fact-checking. And this may come as a surprise to some of you, but it looks like the tech giant’s truth project is imbued with a tiny bit of ideological and political bias.