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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Election Update: Polls Show A Close Race (So Our Model Does Too) | FiveThirtyEight

Well, folks, this is getting tight. Donald Trump is in his strongest-ever position in FiveThirtyEight’s polls-plus forecast, which gives him a 46 percent chance of winning the election. Trump’s chances are about the same, 45 percent, according to our polls-only forecast, his best standing since it showed him with a 50 percent chance in the midst of his convention bounce.

via fivethirtyeight.com

September 27, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, September 26, 2016

Suspects, Victims in California Killings Were 'Furries' - ABC News

Two men arrested in the killings of a California couple were friends with the victims' teenage daughter and all attended "furry" events where some participants dress up in colorful animal costumes, according to friends and their social media pages.

via abcnews.go.com

Ah.

September 26, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Jolie exposes her ‘rebel-turned-saint’ myth by trashing Pitt | New York Post

By seeking to elevate herself by denigrating Pitt, Jolie’s hypocrisy has begun to show. Whatever went down on that plane, it most likely can’t be worse than having her children witness their father’s public humiliation at their mother’s hands — the ultimate irony for a woman who prides herself on motherhood above all.

via nypost.com

Worse than I thought. Much worse. Apparently pretty good reporting though. It almost make one glad not to be Hollywood trash/royalty.

September 26, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Obama Email Alias to Clinton Is Why FBI Didn’t Prosecute Hillary | National Review

Abedin knew an insurance policy when she saw one. If Obama himself had been e-mailing over a non-government, non-secure system, then everyone else who had been doing it had a get-out-of-jail-free card.

via www.nationalreview.com

September 26, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Why I Switched My Endorsement from Clinton to... | Scott Adams' Blog

In summary, I don’t understand the policy details and implications of most of either Trump’s or Clinton’s proposed ideas. Neither do you. But I do understand persuasion. I also understand when the government is planning to confiscate the majority of my assets. And I can also distinguish between a deeply unhealthy person and a healthy person, even though I have no medical training. (So can you.)

via blog.dilbert.com

This is Scott Adams. He's switched to endorsing Trump from Clinton because he doesn't like her on the estate tax and thinks she's unhealthy.

September 26, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Obama’s team isn’t laughing at Trump anymore - POLITICO

Obamaworld laughed as it watched Donald Trump’s hostile takeover of the GOP. After eight years of Republican opposition, inconsistent policy demands and racialized hate against the first black president, President Barack Obama’s aides, past and present, thought Republicans had gotten what they deserved--and more, all but forfeiting the 2016 race to the woman they defeated eight years ago.

They’re not laughing anymore.

via www.politico.com

September 26, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Before debate, Clinton works refs, asks for special treatment | Washington Examiner

"All that we're asking is that, if Donald Trump lies, that it's pointed out," Mook said. "It's unfair to ask for Hillary both to play traffic cop while with Trump, make sure that his lies are corrected, and also to present her vision for what she wants to do for the American people."

"But isn't that what a debater is supposed to do?" asked host George Stephanopoulos.

"Well, I think Donald Trump's special," Mook said. "We haven't seen anything like this…So we're saying this is a special circumstance, a special debate, and Hillary should be given some time to actually talk about what she wants to do to make a difference in people's lives. She shouldn't have to spend the whole debate correcting the record."

via www.washingtonexaminer.com

Hillary's special.

September 26, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

'Bernie' Clinton's Massive Tax Hike Is Based On Greed And Envy | Stock News & Stock Market Analysis - IBD

It's one of her dumbest ideas yet — which is saying a lot. It won't raise any revenue to speak of. It's a bow-tied gift to estate tax lawyers and accountants. Many studies have found that the cost to the economy of taxing a lifetime of savings more than ‎outweighs any benefits. It actually could end up costing the Treasury money by reducing investment in family businesses that are a major engine of growth for our economy.

But Hillary wants to take us back to the 1970s. According to a Wall Street Journal analysis, the plan would "impose a 50% rate that would apply to estates over $10 million a person, a 55% rate that starts at $50 million a person, and the top rate of 65%, which would affect only those with assets exceeding $500 million for a single person and $1 billion for married couple."

What Hillary doesn't get is this: Anyone who's smart enough to make half a billion dollars is smart enough to find a way to dodge this confiscatory tax. That's the whole history of the death tax — the very rich never pay it.

via www.investors.com

I hate everything about the death tax, except that I will never pay it, I guess.

September 26, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The robot bodyguard is coming -- and you'll want one | VentureBeat | Business | by Zoltan Istvan

Multiple government agencies will have to be involved with the regulation of personal robot bodyguards — including the creation of one central agency that greenlights robot endeavors and applications in the first place, an initiative I have advocated for. Even more so than the Internet, the age of robots presents a plethora of ethical questions humans have not faced before. And given that we humans haven’t yet mastered the art of providing security for ourselves — which is why there’s been such controversy this year around police brutality across America — it’s clear we don’t have all the answers needed to fail-proof the process in robots. Philosophers, ethicists, roboticists and politicians will have to come together to determine the best path forward — and to decide who the liabilities will fall on when failure occurs.

via venturebeat.com

September 26, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

New Study Indicates the Potential Benefits of Eating Regular-Fat Cheese over Reduced Fat | Big Think

Always forcing yourself to go for the reduced-fat cheese in the grocery aisle? Then you may be happy to read this latest study.

via bigthink.com

Of course it is.

September 26, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Is Cold Fusion Feasible? Or Is It A Fraud?

This would be a great source of energy, if it didn’t cost so much to produce and control muons in the first place! For all the other ideas, mechanisms and devices out there, there’s no experiment that you can perform where you get fusion occurring and more energy out than you put in. There’s nothing published that is verifiable and repeatable by an independent team. And there’s no device out there — despite purported “demonstrations” existing for over five years — that you can purchase, investigate, use or control without interference from the so-called inventors. Despite what claims you might hear from cold fusion enthusiasts, LENR researchers, Andrea Rossi or Defkalion, none of them are willing to provide you with a verifiable, working device that you can investigate independently, nor with an experiment you can repeat yourself. Any contention to the contrary is philosophically indefensible.

via www.forbes.com

Don't read the whole thing, just this paragraph.

September 26, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Why Are You Fat? Fecal Bacteria And Obesity Are Linked, Study Finds

While Beaumont said it was very unlikely researchers would be able to explain why the connection between stool and obesity existed, one of the theories the doctor listed in the study suggested that a lack of variety in fecal bacteria could lead to more aggressive levels of gut microbes that are known for turning carbohydrates into fat. Beaumont recommended more research to be gathered on microbes to help support the theory. However, the team’s latest findings may indicate that gut bacteria may have a deeper association with obesity.

via www.ibtimes.com

It looks like the state with the lowest obesity is Colorado, which does not surprize me, having lived in the P.R. Boulder for a year. Highest looks like it's West Virginia, perhaps tied with Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas. Ohio borders on West Virginia -- did you know that? So does Pennsylvania. Ohio looks fatter than Pennsylvania, however. There is a phenomenon called the "Columbus girl," not meant unkindly. I'll let you figure out what it means.

September 26, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

If San Diego Is Any Guide, Prop. 51 Could Fund Many New Stadiums - Voice of San Diego

Stadiums aren’t mentioned at all, but the money could still be spent on new football and other athletic facilities. That would be a familiar outcome to anyone who remembers San Diego Unified twice promising to fix that same list of needs, and proceeding to spend more than $100 million building stadiums and other athletic complexes over the last seven years.

via www.voiceofsandiego.org

Well that's just great.

September 26, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Negative Rates Aren't Working. Why Do Central Banks Persist? | RealClearMarkets

Monetary policies in Europe and Japan have produced trillions of dollars of bonds with negative nominal interest rates in the hope of stimulating economic growth. Indeed the Bank of Japan's recent policy announcement doubles-down on this strategy by pledging to cap 10-year Japanese government bond yields at zero until the central bank hits its 2 percent inflation target. But there is little evidence that negative interest rates are stimulating economic growth. Economic data suggest that consumers are actually saving more in countries with negative interest rates. And business investment, far from being stimulated by near zero borrowing costs, is weak across the board. It's time for a critical reassessment of unconventional post-crisis monetary policy experiments.

via www.realclearmarkets.com

Herr Doktor Professor! Herr Doktor Professor!

September 26, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Theories of the Race: How Solid Is Hillary Clinton’s Lead? - The New York Times

Hillary Clinton holds a modest and potentially vulnerable lead over Donald J. Trump heading into the first presidential debate Monday night, with a large number of voters remaining undecided or saying they’ll support a minor-party candidate.

via www.nytimes.com

I think it'll be Trump, but what the hell do I know.

September 26, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

What I need is a catalog where I can order to look like the model

This would be ok. Or just about anything, really.

September 26, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

What the NFL Can Teach Washington About Social Policy | Power Line

The obvious problem is that a rule intended to minimize kickoff returns is actually increasing them. And given that we’re only two games into the season for most teams, expect this trend to spread league-wide soon. . .

That the NFL’s rules committee couldn’t see this coming is baffling. If you thought about this for more than a few hours and talked out every possible scenario, there was no doubt this would be the rational play. . . kickoffs are the most dangerous plays and the NFL, in a desperate attempt to make the league safer, has unknowingly made it more dangerous.

“Unknowingly making something worse” is the unofficial motto of liberalism since the 1960s. Heck, the NFL’s rule committee could easily find jobs at the Department of Health and Human Services.

via www.powerlineblog.com

I think the NFL should wear helmets roughly like giant inner tubes around their heads. Big, soft pillowy things. That would reduce head injuries. Not sure about their necks though.

September 26, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Presidential Debates: Spectacle They Are, Not Debates | National Review

Philosophers have had a lot of fun with the Epimenides paradox, in which the Cretan philosopher says: “All Cretans are liars.”

Cretans I don’t know. Cretins I do, and what else could you call the people who lie professionally — or those who enjoy being professionally lied to as a form of recreation?

via www.nationalreview.com

It's only a paradox if the person uttering the sentence is in fact, a Cretan. Also, I think the term "cretin" derives from the Greek name for the island, whose inhabitants the Greeks considered cretinous.

September 26, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Presidential Debates: Spectacle They Are, Not Debates | National Review

I have invented a new drinking game for the upcoming Clinton–Trump presidential debate. It works like this: You stand in the stairwell of a very tall building. Every time somebody says something stupid or dishonest, you walk up a flight of stairs. At the end, you jump out of the nearest window, and people drink at your wake.

There are no winners.

Unfortunately, there will be a winner in November.

via www.nationalreview.com

This is a little extreme. There's only a 25 percent chance of the end of the world.

September 26, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

2016 Election Forecast | FiveThirtyEight

We'll be updating our forecasts every time new data is available, every day through Nov. 8.

via projects.fivethirtyeight.com

Basically, a tie.

September 26, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Normalize This | City Journal

Going forward, anyone who so much as offers the GOP nominee a gezuntheit when he sneezes will be accused of “normalizing” his odious and divisive candidacy.

via city-journal.org

September 26, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Young Prince George shuns high-five, low-five from Canada's Trudeau

Landing in Canada on Saturday on a weeklong official visit with parents Prince William and Kate Middleton, George, holding his father's hand, ignored Trudeau when he squatted down to the toddler's level to offer a high-five variation, the low-five.

Trudeau then switched his palm for a high-five and subsequently offered a handshake, both of which were seemingly rebuffed, creating an awkward moment on the airport tarmac in the western province of British Columbia.

via www.msn.com

Good boy.

September 26, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Santos Sets a Trap for Colombians - WSJ

The paradox of Obama foreign policy is that its compromises with enemies of liberty in the interest of peace are leaving the world more violent, polarized and dangerous. This is especially true in Latin America.

via www.wsj.com

September 25, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Golf’s most beloved figure, Arnold Palmer, dies at 87 - Golfweek

Arnold Palmer, a seven-time major winner who brought golf to the masses and became the most beloved figure in the game, died Sunday in Pittsburgh from heart complications. He was 87.

via www.golfweek.com

I don't know if there's golf in heaven, but there's sure to be golf in purgatory. RIP Arnie.

September 25, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Associated Press

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Tens of thousands of people marched through Mexico City on Saturday in opposition to President Enrique Pena Nieto's push to legalize same-sex marriage.

via hosted.ap.org

September 25, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Obama Gun "Super Owner" - New Study Finds 50% Of Guns Owned By Just 3% Of Population | Zero Hedge

A recent Harvard study of the demographics of gun ownership in the United States yielded a fairly shocking discovery, namely the emergence of the Obama gun "Super Owner."  The study, entitled "The Stock and Flow of US Firearms: Results from the 2015 National Firearms Survey", was conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health and found that just 14% of all gun owners, or 7.6mm adults and 3% of the total U.S. population, possessed 50% of all guns owned by civilians in the country.  Moreover, with a total stock of 270mm civilian-owned guns in the U.S., that implies that these "super owners" possess an average of nearly 18 guns per person. 

via www.zerohedge.com

I wanna be a super owner!

September 25, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sperm bank offers ‘order a daddy’ app | News | The Times & The Sunday Times

British women can now select a sperm donor to father their child by using a mobile phone app, believed to be the first service of its kind in the world.

via www.thetimes.co.uk

Those darn Brits.

September 25, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Electoral Mapmaking | The Weekly Standard

So there are eight potential knockout states in this election, and five of them are being defended by Hillary Clinton.

via www.weeklystandard.com

September 25, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Election Update: Where The Race Stands Heading Into The First Debate | FiveThirtyEight

1. Who’s ahead in the polls right now?

Hillary Clinton, but tenuously. There were some semantic debates on Twitter this morning after ABC News and the Washington Post released their new national poll that showed Clinton 2 points ahead of Donald Trump. Did the Post convey the right impression in describing the race as a “virtual dead heat” in its headline?

via fivethirtyeight.com

September 25, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Vote for Cruz [strike that] Trump

Ted posted this on his facebook page:    

Six key policy differences inform my decision. First, and most important, the Supreme Court. For anyone concerned about the Bill of Rights — free speech, religious liberty, the Second Amendment — the Court hangs in the balance. I have spent my professional career fighting before the Court to defend the Constitution. We are only one justice away from losing our most basic rights, and the next president will appoint as many as four new justices. We know, without a doubt, that every Clinton appointee would be a left-wing ideologue. Trump, in contrast, has promised to appoint justices “in the mold of Scalia.”

Yeah, well, there it is. As I've said before, I'm glad it's not me deciding. As a not exactly proud, but reconciled for the time being resident of Californiyay, I get to vote only in the most symbolic sense. Hillary's odds are currently about 99 percent heer on the left coast.

Actually, I think Hillary would be better for me, as she'll probably throw money at the Ed sector, and that will probably last another 10 years, when God willing and the river don't rise, I shall hang up my spurs and mosey into the sunset. I think that's cliched enough. But that's just one of several ways she plans to sink the country, and I'd like it to be around for my kids. And the weather in Texas just sucks, so that's not an option. Trump evidently plans his own blow out of spending, so that's not much better. Did I mention I'm voting libertarian. Yup. Gary won't win but I'm damned if I'm voting for those two.

September 25, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Can the Unthinkable Happen? by Michael Tomasky | The New York Review of Books

To the extent I support Trump, which is not much, it is because I would love to see the reaction of these fools to his getting elected, which, BTW, he might.

September 25, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Green Universe: A Vision by Freeman Dyson | The New York Review of Books

Halfway between Big Space and Little Space, there is a group of companies that grew rapidly in recent years, led by SpaceX, a company founded in 2002 by Elon Musk. Musk is a young billionaire who has dreams of founding human colonies on Mars. His company builds big spacecraft paid for by big NASA contracts in the Big Space style, but he tries to keep the design and manufacture cheap and simple in the Little Space style. In ten years he has built a launcher, Falcon, and a transfer vehicle, Dragon, which ferry unmanned payloads from the ground to the International Space Station. He intends soon to include astronauts in his payloads. The SpaceX culture is a compromise, using commercial competition to cut costs while relying on the government for steady funding. The twenty-first century is likely to see manned missions exploring planets and moons and asteroids, and possibly making spectacular discoveries. But this century is unlikely to see costs of such missions low enough to open space to migration and settlement by ordinary citizens.

via www.nybooks.com

Inneresting.

September 25, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

SpaceX Says Falcon 9 Rocket Investigation Still Pursuing Various Leads - WSJ

An investigative update released Friday by SpaceX offered little insight into the likely root cause of a catastrophic explosion that destroyed one of the company’s Falcon 9 rockets during routine ground tests in Florida three weeks ago.

via www.wsj.com

September 25, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Stephen Hawking Is Still Afraid of Aliens

"One day, we might receive a signal from a planet like this," Hawking says in the documentary, referring to a potentially habitable alien world known as Gliese 832c. "But we should be wary of answering back. Meeting an advanced civilization could be like Native Americans encountering Columbus. That didn't turn out so well."

via www.livescience.com

Indeed. For the Indians anyway. I don't want to be a footnote in some other civilizations history, if that.

September 25, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Jordanian Writer Shot Dead Ahead of Hearing Over Religious Cartoon - WSJ

A prominent Jordanian Christian writer was shot dead outside an Amman courthouse on Sunday, ahead of a scheduled court hearing for posting on social media a cartoon the government charged had offended Islam.

via www.wsj.com

No sense of humor. Makes me think the M-guy was not Allah's spokesperson. God has a sense of humor. Often it's not that funny, or we're the object of the joke (not the same thing). But He has a sense of humor.

September 25, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Washington State Mall Shooting Suspect Arrested - WSJ

However, Mr. Cetin immigrated from Turkey and is now “a legal permanent resident” in the U.S., said Mount Vernon police Lt. Chris Cammock at a news conference late Saturday.

Federal investigators said Friday night that there were no indications of terrorism, but they couldn't discount that as a possibility.

When asked about terrorism Saturday night, Lt. Cammock said: “I am not going to rule out anything at this point.”

via www.wsj.com

Probably a disaffected Chinese Jew. Or possibly an Amish on whatever they call that wandering year. Or a lumberjack thrown out of work by the spotted owl. Might be a displaced knowledge worker, I suppose. Or perhaps a disgruntled libertarian trying to move to BC. Any other ideas?

September 25, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Washington State Mall Shooting Suspect Arrested - WSJ

However, Mr. Cetin immigrated from Turkey and is now “a legal permanent resident” in the U.S., said Mount Vernon police Lt. Chris Cammock at a news conference late Saturday.

Federal investigators said Friday night that there were no indications of terrorism, but they couldn't discount that as a possibility.

When asked about terrorism Saturday night, Lt. Cammock said: “I am not going to rule out anything at this point.”

via www.wsj.com

Probably a disaffected Chinese Jew. Or possibly an Amish on whatever they call that wandering year. Or a lumberjack thrown out of work by the spotted owl. Might be a displaced knowledge worker, I suppose. Or perhaps a disgruntled libertarian trying to move to BC. Any other ideas?

September 25, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Number 50 ~ Fall 2016 - The New Atlantis

Editor’s Note: Questions related to sexuality and gender bear on some of the most intimate and personal aspects of human life. In recent years they have also vexed American politics. We offer this report — written by Dr. Lawrence S. Mayer, an epidemiologist trained in psychiatry, and Dr. Paul R. McHugh, arguably the most important American psychiatrist of the last half-century — in the hope of improving public understanding of these questions. Examining research from the biological, psychological, and social sciences, this report shows that some of the most frequently heard claims about sexuality and gender are not supported by scientific evidence. The report has a special focus on the higher rates of mental health problems among LGBT populations, and it questions the scientific basis of trends in the treatment of children who do not identify with their biological sex. More effort is called for to provide these people with the understanding, care, and support they need to lead healthy, flourishing lives.

via www.thenewatlantis.com

This report won't get the attention it deserves, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't know about it.

September 25, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The FBI Investigation of EmailGate Was a Sham | | Observer

“No wonder they couldn’t prosecute a case,” Rep. Chaffetz observed of Comey’s Bureau: “They were handing out immunity deals like candy.”

via observer.com

September 25, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Media in Charlotte: Light on the Details but Heavy on the Drama

In all, these reporters seem to view Charlotte as a playing ground to win a Pulitzer Prize, the scene of a new civil rights movement, playing out like a maudlin Hollywood film before their eyes. And they are the people who will set the scene for the history books, even if they aren’t quite covering the story.

via heatst.com

September 25, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Trump critics don't believe in math - The Orange County Register

Now it’s true that anything can, and probably will, happen in the six weeks leading up to the election, but, given all of these polling numbers, we can put to rest the rumor that Trump has been a down-ticket disaster. In fact, the only disaster that we’ve seen so far is the catastrophic collapse of all of the political pundits’ predictions.

via www.ocregister.com

September 25, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Justice Department's Hillary Investigation Reeks Of Corruption

Hillary is above these laws. She was never going to be indicted. Now we know none of her friends had to worry, either.

via thefederalist.com

It does kinda seem that way.

September 25, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Terry Jones of Monty Python diagnosed with rare dementia - CNN.com

(CNN)Terry Jones, best known for his part in the British comedy group Monty Python, has been diagnosed with a rare form of dementia, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts confirmed today.

via www.cnn.com

This isn't very funny.

September 24, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

How Hillary's Campaign Is (Almost Certainly) Using Big Data - Scientific American Blog Network

Analytics will win votes this year. Science, as it did in 2012, is playing an important role for mass voter persuasion in the U.S. presidential race. It’s a numbers game: Predictive analytics targets campaign activities, strengthening a campaign's army of volunteers by driving its activities more optimally.

via blogs.scientificamerican.com

September 24, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Australia Is Drifting So Fast GPS Can't Keep Up

Australia is not quite where you think it is. The continent has shifted by 4.9 feet since the last adjustment was made to GPS coordinates in 1994, reports the New York Times.

via news.nationalgeographic.com

September 24, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Casual Quail Sex Leads to More Fearful, Fatter Offspring — NOVA Next | PBS

The personality of Japanese quail chicks changes depending on the kind of relationship formed between parents, according to a new study to be published in the Journal of Experimental Biology. Quail chicks born from parents who were attached to each other are more social, lighter, and less fearful.

And this effect, found by a team of researchers at the University of Rennes, France, isn’t a question of quail parenting strategies. Instead, it’s entirely prenatal. It all depends on whether the parent quails had settled into a tight, exclusive pair bond.

via www.pbs.org

September 24, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

First Ever Quadriplegic Treated With Stem Cells Regains Motor Control in His Upper Body - Good News Network

For the first time ever, neuroscientists have treated a total quadriplegic with stem cells, and he has substantially recovered the functions of his upper body only two months into the process.

The Keck Medical Center of USC announced that a team of doctors became the first in California to inject an experimental treatment made from stem cells, AST-OPC1, into the damaged cervical spine of a recently paralyzed 21-year-old man as part of a multi-center clinical trial.

via www.goodnewsnetwork.org

September 24, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Rutgers law professors say pets are 'animal slaves,' argue domestication is form of torture - Washington Times

Two Rutgers University law professors have published an essay making a “case against pets,” arguing that domestication of animals is a form of torture that is morally and ethically wrong.

via www.washingtontimes.com

Curious about these claims, the RC interviewed two straight-out pets, Chopi (short for Chopiqualque) and Gandalf about their views on this matter.

RC: Good morning, Chopi; Gandalf.
Chopi: Hi! Hi! Hi! Hi!
Gandalf: Where's my breakfast! I want my breakfast! Now! Now!
(I should add, Chopi is a Labrador, while Gandalf is a Bichon.)
RC: Just a moment, Gandalf.
Gandalf: Moment, hell! I want my breakfast! Get it for me! NOW! I demand it!
Chopi: Hi! Hey! Hey! Ooops. Better let me outside! Need to pee!
RC: Could we have a serious discussion, just for a moment?
Chopi: Hi! Ok! Sure! Sure!
Gandalf:I WANT MY
[Get Gandalf his breakfast]
Ok, humppff. Gobble, gobble.
Chopi: Hi! Hi! I suppose we have rights as animals even though we're not Kantian subjects! Who cares! Who cares!
RC: This is hopeless.

September 24, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Obama used pseudonym to e-mail Hillary on secret server - Hot Air Hot Air

New releases from the FBI investigation show that Obama communicated with Hillary over her clintonemail.com server, clearly making his statement to Kroft a lie.

via hotair.com

September 24, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

If Not Trump, Who Will Cure the Rot? - WSJ

At bottom, it’s this rottenness of American political culture that allows Mr. Trump, for all his flaws as a candidate and human being, to find traction with so many voters. Not because he’s a uniquely attractive individual, but because he’s uniquely willing to violate the political taboos and challenge the status quo. Indeed, his most insidious offense may be his suggestion that some problems aren’t intractable.

via www.wsj.com

September 24, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)