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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Barcelona’s chief rabbi urges Jews to move to Israel | Daily Mail Online

Barcelona's chief rabbi has urged Jews to move to Israel after warning that Europe has been 'lost' because of the threat from radical Islam.

At least 14 people were killed and some 130 others injured when attackers ploughed into pedestrians on a promenade in the tourist area on Thursday evening.

via www.dailymail.co.uk

Is Israel even big enough?

August 20, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Revolutionary new ZERO1 football helmet may help NFL players reduce concussions | Fox News

It’s called the Zero1 and it’s ranked No. 1 on the NFL/NFLPA 2017 Helmet Laboratory Testing Performance Results. VICIS, the Seattle-based sports equipment company that makes the Zero1, says 25 of the NFL's 32 teams bought the helmets before spring practice, and the company hopes many NFL players — and players on at least 20 NCAA teams — will be wearing them during the upcoming season.

via www.foxnews.com

August 20, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Confederate statue debate moves west on horseback - Hot Air Hot Air

Traveler is the official mascot of the University of Southern California. With a sword-waving, faux warrior in the saddle, he gallops all over the home field whenever the USC Trojan football team scores, which it’s expected to do a lot this season.

via hotair.com

And even if he were to ride a PC horse, the Trojan is still culturally appropriative. The Oregon Ducks are speciesist, as are the Cal Golden Bears. UCLA similarly. Huskies are slaves, dragging sleds around, even if they do seem to like it. Beavers (Oregon State)-- well, we know what they are. Washington State's cougar is nicknamed "Butch" -- yes, that's right. She is demeaned when she should be a proud lesbian. The University of Utah Utes? What's a Ute? You racist dog. Sorry, you racist person. Stanford seems to get a pass as they are trees, but who are we to say that trees should be diminutives? Mighty redwoods will still be around we hope when the human race has regulated itself into oblivion. Colorado Buffs? Not just speciesist but celebrating one driven to extinction by hunters. This is getting dull: I'm sure you get it.

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Down syndrome in Iceland: The disturbing, eugenics-like reality that can emerge from genetic testing — Quartz

In essence, pregnant women in Iceland—and presumably their partners—are saying that life with disability is not worth living. It is one thing to decide that a child who will never walk, talk, feed herself, or engage with caregivers may not have a good quality of life. But children with Down syndrome do not fit this description. If a woman doesn’t want to have a child with Down syndrome, their bar for what qualifies as a life worth living is set quite high. Are babies who are born deaf destined to lead a worthwhile life? What about babies with cleft palates, which can be corrected but leave a visible scar?

via qz.com

I wonder if people with Down syndrome are actually pretty happy, as say Labradors are. I wonder if there are disabilities (it seems there must be) that make one strongly disposed toward melancholia.

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NASA to Stop a Doomsday Supervolcano by Stealing its Heat

Beneath Yellowstone National Park is a giant volcano. The heat from this volcano powers all of the park's famous geysers and hot springs, so most tourists probably don't worry about having tons of hot magma under their feet. But perhaps they should: The Yellowstone supervolcano is a disaster waiting to happen.

via www.popularmechanics.com

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Junipero Serra Statue Vandalized In Mission Hills « CBS Los Angeles

A picture circulating Facebook showed the statue spray-painted red and the word “murder” written on Serra in white.

via losangeles.cbslocal.com

USD has lots of Serra memorabilia.

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The Rise and Fall of Steve Bannon | The New Yorker

In March, I went to the White House to visit Steve Bannon, who today was fired by President Trump. After Bannon showed off his office and his famous whiteboard, we sat down at a wooden conference table in the large corner office of Reince Priebus, who was then the White House chief of staff. Moments earlier, Priebus had left the building, and Bannon seemed to use the chief of staff’s office as if it were his own, roaming around while he talked, and flinging a Coke can in Priebus’s trash bin, as if he were marking territory. Despite the show of confidence, Bannon felt like he was beset by enemies.

via www.newyorker.com

Bannon, looking down one's nose.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Billionaire Paul Allen Finds Lost World War II Cruiser USS Indianapolis in Philippine Sea

Seventy-two years after two torpedoes fired from a Japanese submarine sunk cruiser USS Indianapolis (CA-35), the ship’s wreckage was found resting on the seafloor on Saturday – more than 18,000 feet below the Pacific Ocean’s surface.

Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist, led a search team, assisted by historians from the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) in Washington, D.C., to accomplish what past searches had failed to do – find Indianapolis, considered the last great naval tragedy of World War II.

via news.usni.org

August 19, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Trump: "Who the f@&$ does this guy think he is?" - Axios

Bannon didn't bother to go to work yesterday. He knew it was over.

At the end, Trump was beyond fed up, viewing Bannon as a self-aggrandizer who had built a personal narrative as the grand puppetmaster.

via www.axios.com

Bannon needs to go to one of those rehab clinics, dry out, exercise every day, meditate and do all that clean living stuff. I get a hangover just looking at him. Pretty remarkable career though.

August 19, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Venezuela's ousted chief prosecutor flees to Colombia | Miami Herald

Venezuela's ousted chief prosecutor and her husband — two of President Nicolas Maduro's most outspoken critics — fled the country and landed Friday afternoon in Colombia.

via www.miamiherald.com

August 19, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

ICE Has Arrested More Than 400 In Operation Targeting Parents Who Pay Smugglers : NPR

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has arrested more than 400 people in an operation targeting undocumented parents and guardians who allegedly paid smugglers to bring their children to the U.S., putting them in grave danger. An ICE spokesman tells NPR the domestic phase of its Human Smuggling Disruption Initiative concluded on Friday. He said the "surge initiative" will now shift its focus to the transnational smuggling organizations that bring the children to the U.S.-Mexico border.

The operation, which uses immigrant children to target their sponsors in the U.S., has been controversial. Immigrant advocates complain it is hampering efforts to reunite families.

via www.npr.org

August 19, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Senator Ben Sasse Delivers Chilling Truth in a Post Entitled 'The Next Charlottesville'

It feels like violence is coming. I’m not sure if this moment is like the summer of ’67 or not. But it might be. Before that violence strikes again, it’s up to us to reaffirm that exceptional American Creed again today, with our neighbors, and in our kids’ hearts.

via www.redstate.com

Yup. I've already declared for Ben Sasse in 2020. He's a teensy bit self-promoting, but he seems like a good man. Has a PhD in History from Yale.

August 19, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The extremist show is just starting - Hot Air

All the wrong lessons are guaranteed now to be learned. For the Antifa crowd, not only did they win a manufactured victory over President Trump, but other jurisdictions, without consulting voters, are now racing to remove Confederate statuary. Even Mayor Signer on Friday changed his position to favor removal of the Charlottesville statue. White supremacists, for their part, get to play the victim—their legal demonstration was disrupted. And they are only too pleased to join the national media in misinterpreting the president’s convoluted remarks as a defense of white supremacists.

via hotair.com

Holman Jenkins. By subscription unfortunately.

August 19, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Kelly tightens his grip on the West Wing | TheHill

The departure of Steve Bannon, the strategist who helped transform President Trump’s campaign into a populist juggernaut, indicates the White House is evolving rapidly under its new chief of staff, John Kelly.

Trump’s decision to shift Kelly from secretary of Homeland Security to chief of staff was widely seen as a potential turning point for the White House. Allies praised him as a steady hand who could bring discipline to a team roiled by infighting, leaks and palace intrigue — contretemps that often involved Bannon. 

Bannon was shown the door on Friday, providing perhaps the strongest signal yet of Kelly’s growing clout. 

But even though Kelly has wide latitude to enforce discipline, it’s clear that the biggest management challenge for the retired four-star general is the president himself.

via thehill.com

So there's Kelly, and Mattis at DOD and McMaster at NSC. Quite the military trio. I guess we know now who's in charge of foreign policy. And Grumpy McGrumpyface at State. I think he's a hoot and kind of like him.

August 19, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The $272 billion swindle

INVESTIGATORS in New York were looking for health-care fraud hot-spots. Agents suggested Oceana, a cluster of luxury condos in Brighton Beach. The 865-unit complex had a garage full of Porsches and Aston Martins—and 500 residents claiming Medicaid, which is meant for the poor and disabled. Though many claims had been filed legitimately, some looked iffy. Last August six residents were charged. Within weeks another 150 had stopped claiming assistance, says Robert Byrnes, one of the investigators.

via www.economist.com

August 19, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Friday, August 18, 2017

The sexy smell of dying | Science | AAAS

What if death smelled like sex? That’s how one fatal, parasitic bacterium lures its next round of victims, The Washington Post reports. After infecting vinegar flies, Pseudomonas entomophila causes them to pump out 20 to 30 times their regular amount of sex hormones, irresistibly attracting healthy flies to their feces—or their corpses, researchers report in Nature Communications. When a promiscuous fly tries to mate with a sick one, what should’ve been a moment of passion turns into a stealthy exchange of a lethal infection. 

via www.sciencemag.org

There's a joke here somewhere.

August 18, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Most archaeologists think the first Americans arrived by boat. Now, they’re beginning to prove it | Science | AAAS

The Cedros Island sites add to a small but growing list that supports a once-heretical view of the peopling of the Americas. Whereas archaeologists once thought that the earliest arrivals wandered into the continent through a gap in the ice age glaciers covering Canada, most researchers today think the first inhabitants came by sea. In this view, maritime explorers voyaged by boat out of Beringia—the ancient land now partially submerged under the waters of the Bering Strait—about 16,000 years ago and quickly moved down the Pacific coast, reaching Chile by at least 14,500 years ago.

via www.sciencemag.org

Certainly sounds better than walking.

August 18, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (2)

Frogs Hitch Ride on Water Buffalo—Never Before Seen

In autumn, farmers along the Black Sea coast release their domesticated Anatolian water buffalo to wallow in the marshes, where a menagerie of marsh frogs hops onboard, a new study says. (Read "Dolphins on Whales, and Other Animals Riding Animals.")

Some birds forage on top of large mammals, including cattle, rhinos, and zebras. But this is the first time scientists have described such a relationship between amphibians and a large mammal.

via news.nationalgeographic.com

Those darn frogs.

August 18, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Donald Trump fired Steve Bannon because he had become him - CNNPolitics

President Donald Trump dumped chief strategist Steve Bannon on Friday, ending weeks of speculation that just such a dismissal was in the works.

The decision will be met with jubilation within the Republican establishment, who viewed Bannon with a mixture of loathing (for his assaults on them as the head of Breitbart News) and fear (for his influence over Trump.)
That joy could well turn to ashes in their mouths. (Shouts to Tyrion Lannister!) Why? Because although Bannon won't work in the White House any longer, his worldview and mindset have been adopted almost in toto by the one person whose opinion matters in this White House: Donald John Trump.

via www.cnn.com

So now he'll be outside of the tent pissing in.

August 18, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Axios: Bannon firing decision "imminent"; Drudge: "Hell of a run"; Update: NYT says Trump's decided; Update: Circa reporter: Bannon resigned two weeks ago; Update: Out today - Hot Air Hot Air

Color me skeptical about an “imminent” end to Steve Bannon’s White House career, even with Jonathan Swan’s normally good antennae. Swan reports at Axios that an internal review of leaks and of Bannon’s activities has concluded, and that John Kelly will make the go/no-go decision on firing Donald Trump’s political strategist. Whether or not Bannon survives the review process, Swan hears from a source close to him that people need to get ready for “Bannon the barbarian”:

via hotair.com

August 18, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

RI federal judges are not big softies

Younger Smith brother in the news!

August 18, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Wisconsin bill giving $3 billion incentives to Foxconn advances

(Reuters) - Wisconsin's Republican-controlled state Assembly voted 59-30 on Thursday to approve a bill that paves the way for a $3 billion incentives package for a proposed liquid-crystal display plant by Taiwan's Foxconn.

via www.reuters.com

Last of heard of this bill was on NPR, where it was pilloried as waste of taxpayer's money. NPR is a reach watchdog, a veritable skinflint when it comes to the public fisc.

August 18, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Speech in America is fast, cheap and out of control - LA Times

Ultimately, nongovernmental actors may be best suited to counter the problems created by cheap speech. Tech companies such as Facebook, Google and Twitter can assist audiences in ferreting out the truth. Consumer pressure may be necessary to get there, but it is not clear if consumers or shareholders will have the power to move dominant market players who do not want to be moved.

Subsidies for (especially local) investigative reporting can also help the problems of corruption and boost the credibility of newspapers as well as other supports for civil society. But nothing is certain to work in these precarious times.

It seems cheap speech, despite its undeniable benefits, has come with a steep price for our democracy.

via www.latimes.com

Oy vey chihuahuas. Speech is out of control, Out. of. control! It must be controlled! But government--it's also out of control. Out. of. control! So many conservatives on the Supreme Court! What we should do! What we should do! Ah, yes. Enlist Google, Facebook, Twitter. They will help us get this genie back into the bottle.

August 18, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Noam Chomsky: Antifa is a 'major gift to the Right'

"When confrontation shifts to the arena of violence, it's the toughest and most brutal who win – and we know who that is," said Chomsky, a professor emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "That's quite apart from the opportunity costs – the loss of the opportunity for education, organizing, and serious and constructive activism."

via www.washingtonexaminer.com

August 18, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Once Shot For Advocating For Girls' Education, Malala Yousafzai Is Going To Oxford : The Two-Way : NPR

Malala Yousafzai was only 15 when she was shot by the Taliban in Pakistan for campaigning for the education of girls. Now, she has been accepted to Oxford, one of the world's elite universities.

via www.npr.org

Hmmmm.

August 18, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Scientists Try Gene Editing In Human Embryos : Shots - Health News : NPR

From the thirteenth floor of a glass tower at the Oregon Health & Science University, you get a panoramic view of downtown Portland and the majestic mountains in the distance. But it's what's happening inside the building that's brought me here.

via www.npr.org

Happy happy jolly gene editing! It's science!

August 18, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Trump administration shuts down Central American minor protection program | Fox News

The Trump administration on Wednesday shut down yet another Obama-era program — this one created to give Central American minors fleeing poverty and gang violence in their homeland temporary legal status in the United States.

via www.foxnews.com

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Another CalExit proposal put forward | The Sacramento Bee

This time, the goal is convening a U.S. constitutional convention to overhaul what proponents call a moldy national blueprint out of step with life in California.

via amp.sacbee.com

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Why Whiskey Tastes Better with Water

When the computer models diluted whiskey to just 45 percent alcohol, guaiacol was more likely to be present at the surface of the whiskey than in the bulk of the liquid. This would help the guaiacol better contribute to both the smell and taste of the spirit at this interface between the fluid and the air, the researchers report online Aug. 17 in the journal Scientific Reports.

In contrast, at concentrations of alcohol above 59 percent, guaiacol was driven away from the surface of the whiskey. The researchers said they expect similar results with other flavor molecules found in whiskey, such as vanillin, found in vanilla extract, and limonene, found in lemon and orange oils.

via www.livescience.com

I have long preferred my whiskey with a wee bit of H2O. But I will note diluting from 118 proof to 90 proof doesn't seem like the right test.

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Van rams into crowd outside kosher restaurant in Barcelona, 13 dead - International - Jerusalem Post

A van plowed into crowds in the heart of Barcelona on Thursday and Spanish media reported at least 13 people were killed, in what police said they were treating as a terrorist attack.

The death toll was reported by Cadena Ser radio, citing police sources. Police said some people were dead and injured but did not confirm the number of casualties. They said were searching for the driver of the van.

via www.jpost.com

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Steve Bannon, Unrepentant

“To me,” Bannon said, “the economic war with China is everything. And we have to be maniacally focused on that. If we continue to lose it, we're five years away, I think, ten years at the most, of hitting an inflection point from which we'll never be able to recover.”

Bannon’s plan of attack includes: a complaint under Section 301 of the 1974 Trade Act against Chinese coercion of technology transfers from American corporations doing business there, and follow-up complaints against steel and aluminum dumping. “We’re going to run the tables on these guys. We’ve come to the conclusion that they’re in an economic war and they’re crushing us.”

via prospect.org

This is more from that same Prospect article. The question is, is Bannon right about China. I fear that he is; I don't know, but I know if Bannon's right about China, and he might be, we do indeed have something to worry about. So I guess I'm happy.

August 17, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Steve Bannon, Unrepentant

But Bannon was in high spirits when he phoned me Tuesday afternoon to discuss the politics of taking a harder line with China, and minced no words describing his efforts to neutralize his rivals at the Departments of Defense, State, and Treasury. “They’re wetting themselves,” he said, proceeding to detail how he would oust some of his opponents at State and Defense.

via prospect.org

This is the piece that has DC's undies in a bundle.

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Hmmmm: "Major staff shakeup" in Mueller probe - Hot Air Hot Air

So far, other than the ABC News report, those in the know have remained tight-lipped about the departure. There is also no indication that Mueller’s investigative phase of the probe has wrapped up either, and even if that was the case, it seems unlikely that Strzok would have taken an assignment in HR rather than a more high-profile position based on his earlier experience. Assuming the probe hasn’t ended, this looks like a setback for Mueller, and it may be that the investigation isn’t proceeding to his liking.

via hotair.com

This is real inside baseball but it's kinda intriguing.

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No, really, what was Steve Bannon up to with that interview yesterday? - Hot Air Hot Air

The two theories aren’t strictly contradictory. Bannon may be unhappy enough with the environment inside the West Wing and the trajectory of Trump’s presidency right now that he decided to make a power play to try to change it. If Trump lets him slide on the Kuttner interview, it serves notice to Kelly and McMaster that Bannon doesn’t answer to them like other Trump advisors do. If Trump ends up firing him, no biggie: Bannon rides off into the sunset as a populist hero who refused to compromise and was ousted in a “globalist” coup. Either he’ll regain some stature in the White House or he’ll be martyred and build further stature among the nationalist right.

via hotair.com

So either Bannon wants to be fired or he doesn't.

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Sperm count in western men has dropped over 50 percent since 1973, paper finds - Hot Air Hot Air

The sperm count of men in Western countries has been declining precipitously with no signs of “leveling off,” according to new research, bolstering a school of thought that male health in the modern world is at risk, possibly threatening fertility.

via hotair.com

It's got to be feminism. Oh for heaven's sake, I'm kidding.

August 17, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Trump Defends 'Beauty' Of Confederate Memorials : NPR

President Trump stood by his heavily criticized defense of monuments commemorating the Confederacy in a series of tweets Thursday morning. Trump said removing the statues of Confederate generals meant removing "beauty" — that would "never able to be comparably replaced" — from American cities. As he did in a Tuesday press conference, he also attempted to equate some Confederate generals with some of the Founding Fathers.

Strung together, the tweets read:

"Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. You can't change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson - who's next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish! Also the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!" [ellipses removed for clarity]

via www.npr.org

I was planning a more elaborate post on this stuff, but who has time these days. There's Game of Thrones to be watched, a kid to ferry to basketball and rowing camp, regressions to check up on (it's exciting!), and somewhere in there classes to be prepared for. But look, guys, it should be obvious to one and all that Trump is playing to his white base and attempting to rile them up. The Democrats are similarly trying to rile up their base of Black and Hispanic voters. It's too bad anybody had to die in this fundamentally cynical process. Remember, Trump is the guy, or one of them, behind the Birther movement on Obama. (He should have just said -- Obama wasn't born in America; He was born in Hawaii! But nobody would have gotten the joke.) You might say this was his big debut in Presidential politics. Trump threw away his high popularity marks from The Apprentice with Blacks and Hispanics in order to curry favor with White (I'll call them) Uncomfortables (rather than Deplorables) by pushing the incendiary charge that Obama wasn't even 'Murican. This was cynical but it was also kind of brilliant, in an evil way. Trump saw the potential of white identity politics in our post-post-modern age, when establishment Republicans wanted to reach out to Hispanics at least and give them some reason to vote GOP, something lame I'm sure. Is white identity politics ugly? Yes, indeed! Identity politics tends to be, but nobody can claim it's ineffective.

The papers are full of "Trump trips over himself! He just can't help being an as@hole! He can't get out of his own way!" This ain't true. He's not playing four-dimensional chess. You don't have to be a brain surgeon to see what he's doing. He's doing what he did to get into the WH gig in the first place. Things are going poorly in Congress so he's fanning the flames of racial resentment by in effect saying, oh, to the mom of a child killed in a drive by shooting, "I'm sorry for your loss, but you know, gun control laws are way too strict." They may be way too strict, but there's a time and a place. He's baiting the Left and they're rising to the bait. Of course, it goes without saying the Left is playing up their part for all they're worth. The identity politics of the Left is every bit as ugly as that of Right. We're just more inured to them. My favorite example so far of the political reaction to this hot mess is something I linked to yesterday about some Congressman from Maryland calling for more money to be spent on fighting right wing hate groups. Atta boy! Indeed it would be shocking if the ACLU, the anti-ACLU, DNC, Trump support groups, and the rest do not all see @Charlottesville as a fund-raising bonanza. Heather Heyer is dead. Please send money.

My wallet, as ever, remains tightly sealed. I have a lot more to say on this topic, but I've gotta go.

August 17, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

$350 Million L.A. Mansion Hits Market, Becomes Priciest Listing in the U.S. - Mansion Global

The most expensive home for sale in the United States is the grandiose mansion from the 1960s TV-series “The Beverly Hillbillies,” which hit the market Monday for $350 million.

via www.mansionglobal.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwzaxUF0k18

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White Nationalists & Alt-Right: What Do They Want? | National Review

Maybe too good: A great many of these young men have an interest in evolutionary psychology and evolutionary sociology — they like to think of themselves as “alpha males,” as though they were living in a chimpanzee troop — but it never occurs to them to consider their own status as rejects and failed men in that context. Online fantasy lives notwithstanding, random girls do not want to have sex with them. How do we know this? Because they are carrying tiki torches in a giant dork parade in Charlottesville. There’s no prom queen waiting at home. If we credit their own sociobiological model, they are the superfluous males who would have been discarded, along with their genetic material, by the pitiless state of nature. The fantasy of proving that they are something else is why they dream of violence and confrontation. They are the products of the soft liberal-democratic society they hold in contempt — and upon which they depend, utterly. James Alex Fields Jr. is angry at the world, and angry at his mother, probably for the same reason.

What does an angry white boy want? The fact that they get together to play dress-up — to engage in a large and sometimes murderous game of cowboys and Indians — may give us our answer. They want to be someone other than who they are. That’s the great irony of identity politics: They seek identity in the tribe because they are failed individuals. They are a chain composed exclusively of weak links. What they are engaged in isn’t politics, but theater: play-acting in the hopes of achieving catharsis. Their online personas — knights, Vikings, reincarnations of Charles Martel — will be familiar enough to anybody with a Dungeons and Dragons nerd in his life. But sometimes, role-playing around a card table isn’t enough: Sometimes, you need a stage and an audience. In the theater, actors and audience both can forget ourselves for an hour or two. Under the soft glow of the tiki torches, these angry white boys can be something else — for a night.

In the morning, they wake up with the same faces. And there is something in the faces. James Alex Fields Jr. has more than a little whiff of Dylann Roof about him, and we know what Dylann Roof wanted: to murder black people. Sometimes, it is worth taking angry white boys at their word.

via www.nationalreview.com

Kevin Williamson. Yeah, they do kinda give evolutionary psychology a bad name.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

'It still fits': Engagement ring missing for more than a decade found with a garden carrot growing inside it

The family had harvested some carrots from their farm in Alberta, Canada, for dinner, and one had grown around the engagement ring, which was then pulled from the ground.

via www.telegraph.co.uk

I'm glad she found it, but that's one ugly ring.

August 16, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Trump says Amazon causing 'great damage to tax paying retailers'

President Donald Trump blasted Amazon on social media Wednesday, saying the e-commerce giant is hurting retailers and causing U.S. job losses.

via www.cnbc.com

Well, it's true, but it's great for us the consumers. I'm an Amazon Prime member and I vote.

August 16, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Dems may force fight to fund groups combatting neo-Nazis | TheHill

Democrats may push for federal funding to groups combatting neo-Nazis and white supremacists in response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va.

Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), who sits on the Appropriations subcommittee overseeing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) budget, is currently exploring drafting legislative language to ensure some groups devoted to fighting white supremacy receive grant funding in the future, though his office cautioned that the effort is still in the early stages.

via thehill.com

Geez, it's just like on campus. Have a big demonstration, get some high administrator to put his (or her!) foot in it, collect a cash peace offering. Repeat as necessary or possible.

August 16, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Alt-Right’s Donald Trump Support Hurts the Conservative Movement | National Review

The Right’s game of footsie with the alt-right ostensibly ended when Trump won. Bannon disavowed them once he made it to the White House. Like France after the liberation, it seemed everyone was suddenly a member of the resistance and nobody was a collaborator. At least, that is, until Saturday, when the president invited speculation that the old popular front is still operational.

Whatever its status at the White House, the alt-right thinks it will replace the traditional Right. It won’t, for the simple reason that the vast, overwhelming majority of conservatives are patriotic and decent, just like Americans generally. They don’t want anything to do with people who want to overthrow the Constitution and set up racial Bantustans.

via www.nationalreview.com

I don't know anybody who identifies with the alt-right. You probably have to be in your 20's or something.

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Is This The End Of Bibi? - Judicial Watch

Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu is the great survivor in the blood sport of Israeli politics. Glib, cunning and endlessly calculating, he squeezed past Shimon Peres to narrowly win a first term as prime minister in 1996, only to crash on the rocks of hubris and be crushed by Ehud Barak three years later. Ariel Sharon brought him back to political life as foreign minister and, later, finance minister. He repaid him by quitting the government after Mr. Sharon decided to withdraw from the Gaza Strip. In 2009, he returned as prime minister and has been there ever since, coming out on top in two more elections and cobbling together governing parliamentary coalitions with parties from many points on the Israeli political spectrum. He says he’ll seek an unprecedented fifth term as prime minister.

Unless he goes to jail first. The prime minister often has danced perilously close to scandal and defeat, only to come out on top. But a series of corruption cases suddenly has the Israeli public wondering if this is the end of Bibi. Four cases working their way through the Israeli justice system pose a threat.

via www.judicialwatch.org

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What Swedes Give Up for ‘Free’ Money - WSJ

Some parents insist, as my wife and I do, on having their own ideas about raising children. In our opinion, anesthetizing a 2-year-old girl and subjecting her to radiation for an unnecessary medical procedure is not lagom. Does this mean we can’t accept parental support from the state? Does this mean we can’t live in Sweden?

Although the welfare state is often debated in economic terms, we have yet to put a price on self-determination or freedom of conscience. What I once thought was free money may cost more than I am prepared to pay.

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When my son and his girlfriend lived in Shanghai last year they unsurprisingly suffered frequent respiratory complaints. They went to the local hospital for Chinese people and each time, until they ultimately refused, they were subjected to CT scans. Why could not be explained to them. I suppose there's just something about socialism and radiation.

I remember years ago I had lunch with a small but undeniably cute law professor from Paris. As she described her life, I felt as if I was being wrapped in a warm, comfy blanket. Everything was paid for, her kids' future college education (which college just depended on how well they did on their exams), their medical care, everything; every August they got vacation and went off somewhere. C'est la vie! Of course, it's not such a great deal unless you're already in the university-educated class and it seems their whole society is sliding into some foreseeable kind of hell. But it was a nice feeling for a least a lunchtime.

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If We’re Tearing Down White Supremacy, Start With Planned Parenthood

But Planned Parenthood’s partisans tend to downplay those unpleasant historical realities, dismissing them as products of the time rather than a guiding principle of the institution as it stands today. Yes and no. You will not likely find anyone at Planned Parenthood who will speak as plainly as did Sanger about discouraging the reproduction of “mentally and physically defective” individuals. But the institution nevertheless fights like hell for the right to, say, exterminate babies solely because of their mental and physical defects. Plus ça change, and all that.

It is also in killing black people that Planned Parenthood really shines. Around 941 black babies are aborted in this country every day. Planned Parenthood, netting more than a third of the abortion market in the country, is responsible for 329 of those daily deaths. That averages out to a little more than 120,000 black abortions at Planned Parenthood per year, or around a third of the total abortions the organization performs—this from a demographic that makes up about 13 percent of the United States population. According to the Guttmacher Institute, black women get abortions at five times the rate of white women.

If you were a white supremacist who wanted to sharply reduce the black population to make way for more whites, what would you be doing differently than Planned Parenthood?

via thefederalist.com

White supremacists should strongly support abortion on demand, which the enlightened and particularly evil among them, I'd bet, do.

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'I Think Continually of Those Who Are Truly Great' - American Greatness

“I think continually of those who are truly great,” wrote Stephen Spender. And Lee was one of these. He fought to defend what he regarded as native land—Virginia—from attack, and throughout the United States there are many who admire his military prowess, his religious piety and his effort to effect a reconciliation between North and South after the war. To seek to obliterate his memory, is an act of hate itself. It also reeks of self-serving historical amnesia, a demand for cheap grace, for absolution for past wrongs that are American wrongs. The truth is, we we all share the guilt of America’s sins.

via amgreatness.com

This is Stephen Presser, an emeritus law professor from Northwestern. I wonder if Robert E. Lee was really all that great. Pardon me for asking. He was a great military leader, it seems to be true or at least universally agreed. By waging a deft and above all aggressive defense-as-offense of the South, he made the war a lot closer than it otherwise would have been. He was by all accounts a perfect gentleman, courtly in his behavior towards just about everybody, as was expected of a man of his station. But other than that, which is quite a bit, I grant you, I'm not sure he ascends to the ranks of the "truly great." Now of course we hear claims that he was "against slavery," as was supposedly Jefferson, both of whom did not appear to oppose slavery so much as actually to liberate any of the slaves they owned. So I guess they were against slavery the way a lot of Hollywood stars and tech moguls are against capitalism. On this point, call me unimpressed. On the other hand, the cult of Lee is well-entrenched, almost as well as the cult of Lincoln, who may deserve his status as saint of the Republic -- I'm not sure. In any event, I suppose who these people were matters a lot less than what they have become in our national mythology of memory. The mythology of the Old South decays by the day. Various people with little else to do have decided to shove it ignominiously into the past rather than let it die gracefully. That seems both unfair and the least that it deserves.

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Trump’s horrifying ‘take three’ on Charlottesville | New York Post

On Tuesday afternoon, we learned yet again that the president of the United States is against neo-Nazis, which is nice. They’re “very rough,” he said at an impromptu Trump Tower press conference — by which he likely meant some of the people he saw on TV in Charlottesville this past Saturday had beards and leather jackets and swastika tattoos and were overweight.

The night before, by contrast, Trump said there had been some “very good people” rallying with “a permit” by a statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville. Maybe he thought so because the photographs we all saw showed clean-cut young men in Polo shirts and Dockers.

The rest of us also saw them engaging in Nazi salutes and carrying torches.

Those images seem to have eluded the president.

via nypost.com

I think I'll just ignore this whole thing in the hopes it will go away. There are at least four sides to this deal, all of them wrong and at least two in utter bad faith.

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Trump Loses Corporate America - WSJ

Companies get in bed with politicians when it serves their interests and are quick to run away when it doesn’t. Thus nobody is obliged to interpret the flutter of CEOs away from President Trump’s advisory council since the Charlottesville riot as occasions of courage.

Still, these are some of America’s most delicate PR canaries, surrounded by risk-averse advisers. Mr. Trump’s administration is turning out not to be the administration they were hoping for, though probably the one they realistically expected.

Especially he has not made headway on corporate taxes—the issue that bought him whatever benefit of the doubt America’s CEO class was willing to give him.

via www.wsj.com

Holman Jenkins, the man.

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What if the DNC Russian “hack” was really a leak after all? A new report raises questions media and Democrats would rather ignore - Salon.com

Last week the respected left-liberal magazine The Nation published an explosive article that details in great depth the findings of a new report — authored in large part by former U.S. intelligence officers — which claims to present forensic evidence that the Democratic National Committee was not hacked by the Russians in July 2016. Instead, the report alleges, the DNC suffered an insider leak, conducted in the Eastern time zone of the United States by someone with physical access to a DNC computer.

via www.salon.com

There will be a lot of disappointed children out there.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

CBS: Hey, guess how Iceland "virtually eliminated" Down Syndrome? - Hot Air Hot Air

CBS News takes a deep look into Iceland’s dramatic reduction in Down Syndrome births, thanks to the use of near-universal genetic screening for pregnant women and the aggressive use of abortion to terminate such pregnancies.

via hotair.com

Eliminating Down syndrome by eliminating the people who have it. That's one approach.

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