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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Donald Trump’s Infrastructure Plan: Republicans Should Say “No” | National Review

Moore was talking, in particular, about Trump’s plan to spend $1 trillion or more on infrastructure projects. But, like many of Trump’s ideas, the infrastructure proposal is less an actual plan than a vague notion. As Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon put it, “We’re just going to throw it up against the wall and see if it sticks.” Harkening back to FDR, Bannon calls Trump’s plans “as exciting as the 1930s.” That’s not exactly reassuring.

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I think of it as the domestic version of our rebuilding of Iraq. I expect fewer people will be killed by it, however.

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The End of Fidel | by Alma Guillermoprieto | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books

Then there were the real achievements that endured even in the worst years of desperate hunger and privation for the island: the much-touted education and health systems; an end to de facto apartheid; the priority given to infants and children, who grew up as healthy as their counterparts in the wealthiest nations; an early interest in environment-conscious urban development; and adventurous research in the field of medicine. The standards he set raised the bar for the hemisphere’s primitive and rapacious ruling classes and showed the poor what they could aspire to.  

Close up, the picture darkened: squalid, crammed prisons that were the result of fifty years of clumsy effort at mind control; an economy that might have worked better were it managed by monkeys; families torn apart by an official intransigence that became part of the national mindset; children who lost their mothers and mothers who lost their children to the sea in their attempt to flee their suffocating homeland; the reckless waving about of nuclear warheads during two terrifying weeks that threatened the world with annihilation. There was, too, the unspeakable boredom of the later decades; the claustrophobic misery of living in a country that its ruler had tried to subordinate to his fantasies.

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The End of Fidel | by Alma Guillermoprieto | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books

Then there were the real achievements that endured even in the worst years of desperate hunger and privation for the island: the much-touted education and health systems; an end to de facto apartheid; the priority given to infants and children, who grew up as healthy as their counterparts in the wealthiest nations; an early interest in environment-conscious urban development; and adventurous research in the field of medicine. The standards he set raised the bar for the hemisphere’s primitive and rapacious ruling classes and showed the poor what they could aspire to.  

Close up, the picture darkened: squalid, crammed prisons that were the result of fifty years of clumsy effort at mind control; an economy that might have worked better were it managed by monkeys; families torn apart by an official intransigence that became part of the national mindset; children who lost their mothers and mothers who lost their children to the sea in their attempt to flee their suffocating homeland; the reckless waving about of nuclear warheads during two terrifying weeks that threatened the world with annihilation. There was, too, the unspeakable boredom of the later decades; the claustrophobic misery of living in a country that its ruler had tried to subordinate to his fantasies.

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Come on: Trump considering president of Goldman Sachs for budget chief? « Hot Air

First Steve Mnuchin at Treasury, now this. Trump’s two top fiscal officers may end up being Goldman Sachs alums, one of them among the biggest cheeses at the firm. This, after months of calling Ted Cruz a Wall Street puppet because he’s married to a Goldman employee and had a small margin loan from the bank. And this, despite Trump’s most darkly memorable speech of the campaign having accused Hillary Clinton of selling out average Americans to “international banks.” Footage of Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein even ended up in Trump’s “closing argument” ad as visual shorthand of the evil forces of finance who were pulling Clinton’s strings.

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There are a lot of talented people at Goldman Sachs.

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The Left Finally Admits 'The Hunger Games' Is About D.C. | RealClearMarkets

A "newly vibrant Washington" is evidence that Suzanne Collins's novels were either unwittingly or on purpose about the growth of the capital city at the expense of everyone else. Here's hoping Washington, D.C. becomes quite a bit less vibrant under President Trump. It will be a signal that Trump and Congress have done their jobs. As for all the hipsters who moved to D.C. in order to share in the bounty created by others, they'll still be hip; albeit not in Washington, D.C. They'll be advancing culture and culinary pursuits in other cities populated by people who are actually productive, as opposed to living off of the production of others.

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Heartless family leaves escaped dog at shelter, adopts new pup | New York Post

“She wasn’t a happy dog anymore,” Lara recalled them saying. “Their solutions for her unhappiness was just leaving her here! And go get another dog.”

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They gave that dog something to cry about, I reckon.

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Dutch euthanasia law used to kill Mark Langedijk who decided death was the way to escape | Daily Mail Online

A 41-year-old man has ended his life by fatal injection rather than carry on living as an alcoholic, in a radical new extension of Holland’s euthanasia regime.

Mark Langedijk decided that death was the only way to escape from his addiction to drink, according to an account published by his brother.

Mr Langedijk set the date for his own death and was joking, drinking beer and eating ham and cheese sandwiches in the hours before his GP arrived at his parents’ home to administer fatal injections, it said.

via www.dailymail.co.uk

It's a 100 percent effective cure for alcoholism, however.

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Mob smashes into Tampa gun store, steals weapons & ammo - Story | FOX 13 Tampa Bay

- A mob of brazen burglars stole dozens of weapons from a Tampa gun shop Tuesday morning, after breaking in by driving through the front of the store.

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Those darn Floridians.

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Colorado Peak Politics | ACTUALLY, NO ONE CARED: Mountain Towns Have Better 2016 without Defunct Bike Race

We’ve always looked sideways at the absurd claims made by tourism bureaucrats that the USA Pro Cycling Challenge attracted a million spectators to Colorado each year. Even if they counted people who were tied up in traffic because of closed roads, the number wouldn’t come anywhere close.

Now a year has passed since the defunct bike race last shut down Colorado streets and we have some interesting data about the economic impact of the race and all of these spectators: none of it mattered.  At all.

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After Terrorist Attack, OSU Students Want The Right to Carry Firearms on Campus, Including 'Miss Ohio'

Buckeyes for Concealed Carry on Campus, a chapter of the national group, Students for Concealed Carry, posted a public statement on their Facebook page and created an online petition via Change.org asking the Ohio Senate body to revise HB 48. The law currently allows campus carry in Ohio, but delegates that decision to each individual school and reduces the penalty of having a gun on campus from a felony to a misdemeanor. Unlike the Texas version of “campus carry,” Ohio State University was allowed to opt out of allowing permit holders to carry firearms on campus.

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We need guns to protect us from alt-right, white supremacist loony-tunes like the guy who shot up Ohio State.

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