Thursday, May 26, 2016

Angry Birds, political screed?

If you watched The Angry Birds Movie and saw just a shameless cash grab to milk the last penny out of a once ubiquitous but now waning mobile app, you need to get your eyes checked.

This film is not just another saccharine kids flick but a parable of immigration. Depending on whom you ask, it’s either a racist screed against the migrants flooding into Europe, or a ripoff of Avatar that celebrates the defeat of a band of would-be conquistadores.

Angry Birds tells the story of a race of birds living isolated on an island. The angriest bird, Red, can’t fit in because he’s too darn angry. But then a race of pigs land on the island crushing Red’s house and seduce the rest of the birds with parties and food. Only Red is suspicious of these newcomers. His fears are eventually realized when the pigs make off with the town’s eggs and Red must save the day by slingshotting himself at the pigs’ castle. It really only makes sense if you’ve played the game.

But is Red the island’s Donald Trump or Geronimo? Xenophobe or freedom fighter?

Forbes calls Angry Birds "a pretty obvious parable for European colonialism and the horrors which it brought to indigenous peoples."

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Migrant crime wave in Germany

A massive, migrant crime wave is surging across Germany according to figures buried in a new report released by the country’s Interior Ministry. The data reveals that without migrants considered, crime rates in Germany would have remained roughly static since 2014. But, in fact, the country recorded an extra 402,741 crimes committed by migrants.

While much of this criminality concerned illegal border crossings, German authorities instead talked up a "record surge" in crimes by "right wing radicals".

Concerning statistics from the 135-page report reveal that 70 per cent of pickpocketing, one of the crime types on the rise, was committed by non-Germans. Of this figure, 34 per cent was committed by recent asylum seekers, with the rest committed by "non-Germans".

Foreign nationals are thought to account for around 11 or 12 per cent of the total population of Germany, but were over-represented in every area of crime.

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No jokes allowed on campus

Tell a joke, and you might make someone laugh. But tell a joke on a college campus, and you might make someone report you to the administration’s Bias Response Team (BRT)an Orwellian bureau that investigates students and faculty members for saying the wrong thing.

The wrong thing could be any remark, gesture, joke, or jape that offends anyone for virtually any reason. If the university’s spies are listening, you could be ratted out to a panel of administrators who keep files on alleged perpetrators, suggest ways for offenders to be more politically correct, and even submit their names to disciplinary committees.

Dispatches from the bias incident case files are illuminating. The University of Oregon’s BRT publishes a yearly review of its activities that includes summaries of all 85 bias incidents investigated by the administration last year. They will come as a shock to anyone who mistakenly believes that universities do an adequate job of protecting free expression on campus.

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Quote of the day

"Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions….By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine."

---Peter Gunter, 1970


Just do it....or else

President Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services implemented a rule change to the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) last week mandating that all health providers receiving taxpayer dollars must perform sex-change operations or lose their federal funding.

The final rule states that, under Title IX, any hospital receiving funding from HHS must "treat individuals consistent with their gender identity." The rule provides no religious exemption. In other words, religious hospitals that receive taxpayer dollars via Medicaid or Medicare will be required to perform sex-change operations or get cut off financially.

The rule change is not the only directive from the Obama administration forcing individuals to embrace the transgender agenda. Just last week, the administration sent letters to every school district in the country mandating that they open bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers to all students, regardless of their biological sex. Meaning that under Obama’s directive, male students must be allowed to shower with female students if the former call themselves a girl.

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Alternative view of quantum mechanics

Of the many counterintuitive features of quantum mechanics, perhaps the most challenging to our notions of common sense is that particles do not have locations until they are observed. This is exactly what the standard view of quantum mechanics, often called the Copenhagen interpretation, asks us to believe. Instead of the clear-cut positions and movements of Newtonian physics, we have a cloud of probabilities described by a mathematical structure known as a wave function. The wave function, meanwhile, evolves over time, its evolution governed by precise rules codified in something called the Schrödinger equation. The mathematics are clear enough; the actual whereabouts of particles, less so. Until a particle is observed, an act that causes the wave function to "collapse," we can say nothing about its location. Albert Einstein, among others, objected to this idea. As his biographer Abraham Pais wrote: "We often discussed his notions on objective reality. I recall that during one walk Einstein suddenly stopped, turned to me and asked whether I really believed that the moon exists only when I look at it."

But there’s another viewone that’s been around for almost a centuryin which particles really do have precise positions at all times. This alternative view, known as pilot-wave theory or Bohmian mechanics, never became as popular as the Copenhagen view, in part because Bohmian mechanics implies that the world must be strange in other ways. In particular, a 1992 study claimed to crystalize certain bizarre consequences of Bohmian mechanics and in doing so deal it a fatal conceptual blow. The authors of that paper concluded that a particle following the laws of Bohmian mechanics would end up taking a trajectory that was so unphysicaleven by the warped standards of quantum theorythat they described it as "surreal."

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Why don't socialists ever learn from their failed policies?

Nicolas Maduro never looks too sure of what he’s saying. For a man who’s been accused of enforcing authoritarian rule over Venezuela, there’s no resolve in his speeches. It’s odd. Just before he starts a statement you notice a small pause and a mumble, a hesitation, as if he was debating with the voices in his head. It doesn’t matter whether he’s speaking from a colonial press conference room in the Government Palace of Miraflores or, as he did last weekend during a nationwide military exercise, surrounded by men in uniform, holding their rifles high above their heads, chanting oaths of loyalty to the revolution.

How could Maduro not second guess his speeches, when every second that passes chavismo misses an opportunity to fix the economic mess that has brought Venezuela to a deadly standstill? Bears the question: why wouldn’t he just go ahead and fix the mess?

Hugo Chávez has been dead for more than three years, and the results of his irresponsible fiscal policies and criminally despotic rule have finally come to light in the form of pain and misery.

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EPA's secret slush fund

Two internal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) committees secretly control how billions of dollars are spent, a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation has found.

Congress appropriates about $1 billion annually for EPA’s Superfund program, and the agency has accumulated nearly $6.8 billion in more than 1,300 slush fund-like accounts since 1990.

Two committees consisting entirely of EPA officials meet behind closed doors twice annually to decide how the agency spends those funds on highly polluted and often dangerous Superfund sites. All reports to and from the groups, as well as the minutes of their meetings and all other details, are kept behind closed doors.

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Was Obama abused as a child?

It is not considered polite to mention it, but Obama observers have ignored a great deal of evidence that the president of the United States was abused at approximately age ten and afterwards, in a way that would be criminal under American and European law. This whole topic should be out of bounds for political debate, but now the grown up Barack Obama has issued an edict to American school systems, which are responsible for the welfare of millions of children in this country. It is legally unprecedented that the president would direct whether schoolchildren should able to enter bathrooms reserved for a different gender. It is Obama himself who has now pushed what Freud called psychosexual development onto the political stage, where it does not belong.

Medically and scientifically, the credibility of children's beliefs about their own sexuality has no foundation in evidence. Sexual development has been studied in psychiatry and psychology since the 19th century, usually by way of case histories. But our truly reliable evidence is near zero. Any nationwide policy affecting the psychosexual development of children is therefore absurd and irresponsible on its face. Nobody knows for sure, because there is no scientific standard for sexual identity. Some studies of so-called "sex change" surgery show high failure rates. Until recently, no medical doctor would have authorized any unproven treatment for an underage individual. The Obama edict therefore has no medical or scientific basis, to say the least.

The only explanation that makes sense comes from the young Barry Soetoro's own life story.

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Sexual abuse in Hollywood, big surprise right?

Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood claims that young actors in Hollywood are being sexually abused by predatory high-powered 'vipers' working in the industry..

The Hobbit actor, 35, told The Sunday Times that the child abuse is 'probably still happening'.

Shocking allegations that top Hollywood figures have been protecting child abusers have circulated widely in recent years.

Several industry figures have been convicted following claims of sex abuse and former child actors - including The Goonies actor Corey Feldman, 44 - claimed he was 'surrounded' by molesters when he was a teenager.

Anne Henry, co-founder of Bizparentz - a group to help young actors - said that Tinseltown is currently sheltering around '100 active abusers'.

Wood, who stars in his new film The Trust told The Sunday Times that his mother had protected him from abuse when he first arrived in Hollywood aged eight.

But he said: 'I've been led down dark paths to realise that these things are probably still happening.'

The actor, who played Frodo Baggins in Lord of the Rings, believes that other actors remain in danger.

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Salt is bad for you, or maybe not

It has long been held that a diet high in salt is dangerous to the heart, raising the risk of heart attack and stroke.

But, in a dramatic U-turn, the scientific evidence has suggested the opposite can also be true.

A global study has found that, contrary to past belief, low-salt diets may not be beneficial.

Rather, they can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and death, compared with average salt consumption.

The study, published in the reputable Lancet journal, has garnered strong reaction, with one expert declaring his 'disbelief', while others are critical of the study's methods, and calling its findings into question.

The research was carried out by investigators at McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences.

They analyzed more than 130,000 people across 49 countries, focusing on whether the relationship between sodium (salt) intake and death, heart disease and stroke differs in people with high blood pressure compared to those with normal blood pressure.

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EU bossing the UK around

Britain has been ordered by Brussels to build more housesto cope with all the EU immigrants.

The European Commission warned the UK is heading for an ‘acute’ housing crisis caused by massive population growth.

It admitted that first-time buyers were being hit particularly hard and the situation could worsen, with official projections saying the UK needs at least 220,000 new houses a year. But, rather than acknowledging the clamour in the UK for stricter border controls to ease demand, the Commission ordered Britain to ‘take further steps to boost housing supply’.

The demand for more building is contained in a report into Britain’s housing market which was quietly slipped out on Wednesday.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The downside of Title IX

The University of Missouri’s softball team leaders are blaming Title IX for an ex-teammate’s complaint that sparked a wide-ranging investigation into Coach Ehren Earleywine for his "coaching style."

They say the dispute boils down to the short playing time that some players get because the federal equity law requires women’s teams to be larger than they should be, as well as "poor individual performances" by disgruntled teammates.

In the interest of continuing their winning streak into the postseason and honoring Earleywine’s request, the five-member Unity Council that represents each class said Wednesday the team would stand down from its protest against the athletic department for the Earleywine inquiry.

"We’re worried about playing right now," senior right fielder Emily Crane told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "Anything we can do to keep us together, keep us and [Earleywine] on the same side, that’s what our plan is. We’re not going to deal with anything protest-wise."

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Donald Trump and global warming

Donald Trump says he is "not a big believer in global warming." He has called it "a total hoax," "bullshit" and "pseudoscience."

But he is also trying to build a sea wall designed to protect one of his golf courses from "global warming and its effects."

The New York billionaire is applying for permission to erect a coastal protection works to prevent erosion at his seaside golf resort, Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Ireland, in County Clare.

A permit application for the wall, filed by Trump International Golf Links Ireland and reviewed by POLITICO, explicitly cites global warming and its consequences increased erosion due to rising sea levels and extreme weather this century as a chief justification for building the structure.

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Quote of the day

Stashing cash overseas

The rising cash holdings of U.S. corporations are increasingly in the hands of a few U.S. companies, with just five tech firms having grabbed a third of it. And nearly three-quarters of cash held by non-financial U.S. companies is stashed overseas, outside the long arm of Uncle Sam.

Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), Alphabet (GOOGL), Cisco Systems (CSCO)and Oracle (ORCL) are sitting on $504 billion, or 30%, of the $1.7 trillion in cash and cash equivalents held by U.S. non-financial companies in 2015, according to an analysis released Friday by ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service. That’s even more cash concentration than in previous years, as these five companies held 27% of cash in 2014 and 25% in 2013. Apple alone is holding more cash and investments than eight of the 10 entire industry sectors.

Corporate America’s rising pile of cash is becoming increasingly important to investors as profit growth and the stock market stalls. The amount of cash held by U.S. companies rose 1.8% in 2015. Unfortunately for U.S. investors, 72% of total cash held by all non-financial U.S. companies is stockpiled outside the U.S., up from 64% in 2014 and 58% in 2013, as companies try to avoid paying U.S. tax rates.

There was a time when Democrats would make an issue of this based on old school appeals to class. "Look at these fat cats robbing the working man!" The Right was not mute on this stuff either. Wholesale tax avoidance was not always a conservative principle. Conservatives would also note that these firms are run by progressive, nation wrecking wackos. But, that was when conservatives still thought countries were real things.

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Our parents were spies

Tim Foley turned 20 on 27 June 2010. To celebrate, his parents took him and his younger brother Alex out for lunch at an Indian restaurant not far from their home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Both brothers were born in Canada, but for the past decade the family had lived in the US. The boys’ father, Donald Heathfield, had studied in Paris and at Harvard, and now had a senior role at a consultancy firm based in Boston. Their mother, Tracey Foley, had spent many years focused on raising her children, before taking a job as a real estate agent. To those who knew them, they seemed a very ordinary American family, albeit with Canadian roots and a penchant for foreign travel. Both brothers were fascinated by Asia, a favoured holiday destination, and the parents encouraged their sons to be inquisitive about the world: Alex was only 16, but had just returned from a six-month student exchange in Singapore.

After a buffet lunch, the four returned home and opened a bottle of champagne to toast Tim reaching his third decade. The brothers were tired; they had thrown a small house party the night before to mark Alex’s return from Singapore, and Tim planned to go out later. After the champagne, he went upstairs to message his friends about the evening’s plans. There came a knock at the door, and Tim’s mother called up that his friends must have come early, as a surprise.

At the door, she was met by a different kind of surprise altogether: a team of armed, black-clad men holding a battering ram. They streamed into the house, screaming, "FBI!" Another team entered from the back; men dashed up the stairs, shouting at everyone to put their hands in the air. Upstairs, Tim had heard the knock and the shouting, and his first thought was that the police could be after him for underage drinking: nobody at the party the night before had been 21, and Boston police took alcohol regulations seriously.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Evil whites

The currently approved conceptual framework for American race relations dictates that whitesall of them, simply by dint of being whiteare oppressors. Any deviation from this rigid script, no matter how deeply rooted in fact, must be immediately annihilated like a blood-engorged tick.

We are taught that black academic and financial underperformanceas well as black over-performance in crimeare the direct result of slavery’s horrid legacy. There are to be no other possible explanations. To note the hugely embarrassing fact that American blacks live far longer and under vastly superior economic conditions in America than they do in any majority-black nation on Earth may be factual, but it is RACIST because it undermines the ironclad Guilt Narrative that must never be questioned.

Here are some facts that The Script demands you ignore:

1) Even at the peak of American slavery, only a tiny percentage of American whitesabout 1.5%owned slaves.

2) Leading up to the Civil War, a vastly higher quotient of whites had worked as indentured servants and convict laborers than had ever owned slaves. Most historians, regardless of their political orientation, agree that anywhere from half to two-thirds of whites who came to the American colonies arrived in bondage. The fact that the vast majority of whites existed in a state closer to slavery than to slave ownership is something resolutely ignored in the modern retelling of history.

3) Documents from the era show that so-called white "indentured servants" were often referred to as "slaves" rather than "servants."

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Cuts not deep enough

407,000 private sector workers are about to lose most of their pensions.

I first wrote about this on April 21, in One of Nation's Largest Pension Funds (Truckers) Will Reduce Benefits or Go Broke by 2025.

The Central States Pension Fund, which handles the retirement benefits for current and former Teamster union truck drivers across various states applied for reductions under that law.

Currently the plan pays out $3.46 in pension benefits for every $1 it receives from employers. That’s a drain of $2 billion annually.

The plan filed for 60% cuts in pensions. The Treasury Department has the final say. The verdict came in today: "cuts not deep enough".

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The most energy efficient building on the continent

San Francisco’s greenest city office building isn’t quite as successful as city officials had hoped.

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission headquarters at 525 Golden Gate Ave. opened in 2012 and was touted as the most energy-efficient building on the continent ... With wind turbines, solar panels and a wastewater treatment facility, the $200 million structure was intended to be entirely self-sufficient. But analysis shows it has not met those expectations.

Wind turbines affixed to the front of the 13-story building failed after the first year, and the company that installed them filed for bankruptcy soon after. The commission’s engineers can’t even get to the turbines because safety measures to prevent falls aren’t adequate. And there is no estimate of the cost to get the turbines running again …

And, while the 164-kilowatt solar panels have fulfilled about 7 percent of the building’s energy needs, the inverter room, where energy is converted from solar power into electricity, was too small and overheated easily. A cooling system had to be installed. The manufacturer of the inverter room also filed for bankruptcy after the project was completed.

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Prelude to secession?

Last year Texas Governor Gregg Abbott signed HB 483, allowing the creation of the Texas Gold Depository. "With the passage of this bill, the Texas Bullion Depository will become the first state-level facility of its kind in the nation, increasing the security and stability of our gold reserves and keeping taxpayer funds from leaving Texas to pay for fees to store gold in facilities outside our state," he said last June.

This gold bank would allow Texas to recover the gold that it has stored in New York vaults, and give Texan citizens and institutions a chance to store their gold in the facility, and open checking and savings accounts that would be valued in gold rather than dollars. This even opens the possibility of making gold transactions electronically for the very first time.

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Black Lives Matter, pimping a 17 year-old girl

Charles Wade, a prominent Black Lives Matter organizer and co-founder of Operation Help or Hush, was arrested last month and charged with human trafficking and prostitution.

Mr. Wade was arrested at a Howard Johnson Inn in College Park, Maryland, on April 25. Police said he was residing in a motel room where he allegedly pimped a 17-year-old girl, The Daily Caller reported Thursday.

Mr. Wade was held on seven counts relating to felony human trafficking and prostitution. He was bailed out shortly after his arrest, according to a statement he released on Twitter Wednesday.

He was arrested as part of a sting operation in which an undercover officer responded to an ad Mr. Wade allegedly placed for a 23-year-old woman on, a website frequently used by sex traffickers and prostitutes, The Daily Caller reported.

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When science becomes political

In a move spearheaded by environmentalists, the Portland Public Schools board unanimously approved a resolution aimed at eliminating doubt of climate change and its causes in schools.

"It is unacceptable that we have textbooks in our schools that spread doubt about the human causes and urgency of the crisis," said Lincoln High School student Gaby Lemieux in board testimony. "Climate education is not a niche or a specialization, it is the minimum requirement for my generation to be successful in our changing world."

The resolution passed Tuesday evening calls for the school district to get rid of textbooks or other materials that cast doubt on whether climate change is occurring and that the activity of human beings is responsible. The resolution also directs the superintendent and staff to develop an implementation plan for "curriculum and educational opportunities that address climate change and climate justice in all Portland Public Schools."

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Odds and ends

The newly elected mayor of London is already giving warnings to Trump....Let in more Muslims or they will attack America. (apparently he's unaware that they already did back on 9/11/2001)

Headline....Decline in society, not NRA, responsible for gun deaths.

There are estimates that China's bad loans are between 15 to 19% of all loans outstanding. The state-owned rail corporation is reportedly more than $600 billion in debt.

Reports from Venezuela say that some people are now eating pigeons, cats, and dogs because of food shortages.

Mitt Romney is said to be thinking of a Third Party run against Trump.

The German V2 rockets were 46 feet long and over 5 feet in diameter. From photos I have seen I would have guessed they were around 25 feet long and about 3 feet in diameter.

If Trump stripped naked in front of television cameras at the Washington monument, did a little pole dance, confessed to a daily cocaine-and-call-girl habit, then promised to put every Congressman and Senator on trial, he'd gain five points in the polls. Maybe ten.

According to Team Obama, criminals should now be called "justice-involved individuals".

Germany's federal police chief says there have been 45 arson attacks on refugee shelters so far this year. He warned of the potential threat posed by organized right-wing extremist crime.

Hillary says she's going to go after hedge fund bankers. Apparently she's either lying through her teeth or she's unaware that Chelsea's husband is a hedge fund banker.

George Zimmerman on Trayvon Martin's parents....."They didn't raise their son right and tried to capitalize on his death."

Remittances, the earnings that Mexican workers in the U.S. send home, quietly replaced oil revenues as Mexico’s number one source of foreign income last year. Crude oil production in Mexico reached an all-time high of 3.5 million of barrels per day in 2003. The country current production level is 2.2 million of barrels per day.

In the U.S. the top five countries of origin for foreign-born TB patients are Mexico, the Philippines, Vietnam, India and China.

This week's fake hate crime.

And then there's this story that has the smell of a fake hate crime all over it.

Trump says...."Sanctuary cities are unacceptable."

Reports show 14 green-tech firms that Albert Gore invested in benefited from over $2.5 billion in loans, grants and tax breaks as part of the administration’s push to fund U.S. renewable energy industry with taxpayer funds.

Redskins....A new Washington Post poll has brought the question surging back to the fore with a definitive finding: 9 of 10 Native Americans do not have a problem with the name.

"Trump is Normal, the Republican Party is Not."

The national debt when Obama took office was $10.6 Trillion. At the end of his eight years in 2017 the national debt is projected to be around $20 Trillion.

Former governor of Pennsylvania, Ed Rendell, says ugly women love Hillary.

NRA endorses Trump.

Trump has contributed $43 million of his own money into his campaign so far.

Evil white guys

I can’t recall the first time I heard the phrase "white male" hissed as if it were some form of particularly vile insult. I know it happened in law school, where it was used as a short-hand way of saying that I should be silent, that my views were not welcome. Over time, I learned that, to a certain set of people, there was something positively wrong with being white. "We" were the great privileged oppressors of history. And "we" were the great privileged oppressors of the present.

Our law schools are, in many ways, incubators for the identity politics that dominate the social-justice Left. For those soaked in progressive identity politics, skin color was a stand-in for virtue. It was impossible for a black person to be racist; it was impossible for a white person not to be. Any in-depth discussion of history had to acknowledge past injustice. It was tough even to talk about, say, Omaha Beach without in the next breath acknowledging the systematic segregation in the World War IIera U.S. Army.

Since my law-school days, the problem has only gotten worse. Now the true cultural and historical demons are white gasp! "cisgender" males, and any white cisgender woman who doesn’t appropriately check her privilege. The ticket to white acceptability in progressive politics is a form of self-loathing: a constant attitude of repentance not just for the sins of the past but also for the benefits of the present, which are presumably enjoyed only or mainly because of the plunder and exploitation of "brown bodies."

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Deeply flawed candidates, say the experts

Donald Trump tops Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup, according to a new Fox News Poll that also finds majorities of voters feel both frontrunners lack strong moral values and will say anything to get elected.

Trump has a 45-42 percent edge over Clinton, if the presidential election were held today. That’s within the poll’s margin of sampling error. Last month, Clinton was up by 48-41 percent (April 2016).

Clinton is ahead by 14 points among women (50-36 percent). Yet Trump leads by a larger 22 points among men (55-33 percent).

He also tops Clinton by 37 points (61-24 percent) among whites without a college degree (working-class whites).

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China on shopping spree for U.S. property

Chinese nationals have become the largest foreign buyers of US property after pouring billions into the market in search of safe offshore assets, according to a study.

A huge surge in Chinese buying of both residential and commercial real estate last year took their five-year investment total to more than $110bn, according to the study from the Asia Society and Rosen Consulting Group.

The sheer size of that total has helped the real estate market recover from the crash that began in 2006 and precipitated the 2008 economic crisis, they said.

Chinese investment in property has also helped to inflate prices in other developed countries, notably the UK and Australia in the wake of the dip in world stock markets in 2015.

And despite a slowdown due to Beijing’s subsequent clampdown on capital outflows, the figure for the second half of this decade is likely to double to $218bn, the study said.

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Fake, fake, fake

The laid back and trendy college town of Iowa City was plunged into turmoil a little over two weeks ago, after a black University of Iowa freshman claimed that three white men had viciously attacked him in the downtown and called him a racial slur. A media firestorm ensued, with the first report airing on a Chicago news station. Iowa City police quickly declared they were investigating a possible hate crime and even consulted with the FBI. City and university officials were on the defensive. Social justice warriors held protests.

The hate crime, however, turned out to be a hoaxjust as more than a few observers had suspected all along.

Marcus Owens, 19, nevertheless found willing ears from media outlets and among university officials when claiming that racist college-age white men had attacked him in the mostly white college towna city that social justice warriors have long claimed is pervaded with an undercurrent of racism, as reflected in all the "microaggressions" and standoffishness supposedly suffered by black newcomers. Many blacks from Chicago’s inner city have migrated to Iowa City in recent yearsthereby ending its status (to the delight of liberals) as an orderly whitopia.

Owens, a business major, adroitly courted the news media with his harrowing story, and so did his supportive and media-savvy family, who live in the affluent and mostly white Chicago suburb of Naperville. The hate crime story was picked up by outlets as far away as New York. Some published photos of Owens’s bruised face and chipped front teethphotos provided by his family.

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Creeping socialism

The Fabian Society is a British socialist organisation whose purpose is to advance the principles of democratic socialism via gradualist and reformist effort in democracies, rather than by revolutionary overthrow. As founders of the Labour Party in 1900, the Fabian Society has influenced British policy to the present day, from the postwar creation of the modern welfare state to the election of Tony Blair. Later members of the Fabian Society included Jawaharlal Nehru and other leaders of new nations created out of the former British Empire, who used Fabian principles to create socialist democracies in India, Pakistan, Nigeria and elsewhere as Britain decolonised after World War II.

The Fabian Society founded the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1895 "for the betterment of society," now one of the leading institutions in the world, an incubator of influential politicians, economists, journalists, prime ministers and liberal billionaires.

Today, the society functions primarily as a think tank and is one of 15 socialist societies affiliated with the Labour Party. ...

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Forcing countries to take back their criminal immigrants

Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) introduced a bill on Friday to withhold foreign aid and travel visas from countries that refuse to take back illegal immigrants who have been given a final order of removal from the United States.

The Criminal Alien Deportation Enforcement Act of 2016 or H.R. 5224 was filed in response to a House Oversight Committee hearing on criminal aliens. As previously reported, 86,288 criminal aliens were released by the Obama administration from 2013-2015 after committing over 231,000 crimes.

One of those criminal aliens was Jean Jacques, who served over 10 years for attempted murder. Haiti refused to take him back, and six months after he was released from prison, Jacques killed Casey Chadwick in New London, Conn.

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Black Lives Matter movement is confusing

What does the Black Lives Matter movement want? After all the "demands" on all the campuses; all the protests on all the city streets; and all the coverage in the national media, you might think the answer is obvious. Perhaps it is. Black Lives Matter activists want attention and they want political power.

But within the movement, things are more complicated. Some participants fiercely argue that America needs to change by embracing "diversity." Others just as fiercely argue that what is needed is a cohesive form of Black Nationalism that shuns white society. According to this second view, the only way to convince people that "black lives matter" is to reaffirm the importance of "blackness" itself. What is blackness? The advocates find that rather hard to say. And to make matters even more confusing, some of the participants in Black Lives Matter enunciate both views at once. They want to be "included" in mainstream society while at the same time expressing contemptuous rejection of that society.

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Get used to seeing naked men in your bathroom, hater

A shocking editorial in the Charlotte Observer counseled young girls to get over the "discomfort" they feel at the sight of male genitalia when transgender facilities are allowed in North Carolina.

The newspaper assumes the law will eventually be repealed or declared illegal. While that may or may not happen any time soon, it is the justification for this position used by the Observer that reveals the true nature of this battle of the bathroom.

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Judge spanks Obama

The Brownsville-based judge who halted President Obama’s 2014 executive action on immigration has decided that ethics classes are in order for the attorneys who defended the policy.

In a 28-page order, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen said the classes are required for the U.S. Department of Justice attorneys who wish to practice in the 26 states that are suing over the immigration policy. The order also told the government to provide Hanen a list of the immigrants who benefited prematurely from the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) policy.

Hanen said his sanctions stem from the administration’s attorneys purposely misleading his court about when the government would begin accepting applications for the program, and how many immigrants were mistakenly awarded work permits before the program was slated to start.

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When skepticism becomes a crime

House Republicans launched Wednesday an investigation into the 17 attorneys general pursuing fraud allegations against climate change skeptics, citing concerns about the campaign’s impact on free speech and scientific inquiry.

"Americans are entitled to express their views on matters of science and public policy even if certain groups disagree," said a statement from the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.

Thirteen Republicans on the committee sent letters Wednesday to the attorneys general requesting information on a series of meetings and communications with climate change groups and activists from 2012 until the March 29 press conference announcing AGs United for Clean Power.

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Bigger and "better" government

One of the many reasons so many have abandoned the Buckley Right in the last two decades can be seen at the nation’s airports. Immediately after 9/11, Progressives were out screaming for a new Federal bureaucracy to run airport security. The bodies were not even cold and the Democrats were proposing bills for a new Federal security force. You got the sense they had these bills ready to go, just waiting for the right moment.

Of course, that new agency would hire tens of thousands of dues paying union employees, who could be counted on to vote Left. Millions in union dues would flow into Democrat coffers and Democrats would work hard to expand the agency in the future, thus guaranteeing themselves another revenue stream. Like with the schools, any useful activity coming from this new agency would be coincidental.

A sign of just how awful the Bush years were going to be was in the response to this craven attempt by the Left to exploit the death of Americans. Instead of fighting they proposed an even bigger government agency. We not only got the Transportation Safety Administration, we got the staggering monstrosity called the Department of Homeland Security. Fifteen years later, our airports are grinding to a halt because TSA can’t perform its one job, which is to molest people before they enter the terminal.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

A new Booker T. Washington is needed today

In reading Booker T. Washington's letters, speeches, personal biographies, and the many articles written about him while he lived [1856-1915], the most striking feature that one comes away with is his exceptional maturity. One can only be impressed by the clarity of this man's thinking and his objective grasp of the situation in which blacks found themselves in the late 1800s. He understood, in a way that only a son of the South could, the complicated nature of the relationship between the two races and the interests they shared in the future economic development of the country.

Convinced that the progress of blacks depended first and foremost on the race establishing a firm economic foundation, he made it his mission to help his people bring this about. In Washington's lifetime he proved that it was possible for thousands of ex-slaves to prosper throughout this country as creators of a whole new set of opportunities. Not only did blacks excel beyond all expectations of the day, we did it in this land of our bondage--without set-aside contracts and without annual "civil rights" bills.

To Washington it was clear that economic independence from whites was critical, if blacks were to develop and prosper as other groups. Education was the primary tool to begin the building of a firm economic foundation, and self-help was its cornerstone. In 188l, at Tuskegee, Alabama, he began his great experiment to educate the poorest blacks. Under his direction, Tuskegee Institute was to become a renowned training and educational center, where the highest standards prevailed, and its students were obligated to go and teach others.

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She had one job

Burlington College announced today that it will close on May 27 after it found itself unable to recover from "the crushing weight of the debt" incurred under Jane O’Meara Sanders, the college’s former president and wife of Bernie Sanders.

At the end of 2010, Ms. Sanders took out $10 million in loans on behalf of Burlington College to purchase a 32-acre swathe of land from the Roman Catholic diocese, which put the land up for sale to help cover the costs of a $17 million sexual-abuse settlement.

As Heat Street reported last month, the college almost immediately fell short on its financial obligations as fundraising pledges and commitments Ms. Sanders cited in the loan agreements never materialized.

Less than a year after leading Burlington College into massive debt, Ms. Sanders resigned, taking with her a $200,000 severance package. By 2014, because of its shaky finances and running deficits, Burlington College found itself placed on probation for two years by the regional accreditation agency.

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Only black lives seem to matter

Black Lives Matter, good; Blue Lives Matter, bad.

That is the view of some black students at Dartmouth College, who last week tore down a display by the Dartmouth College Republicans honoring police officers and firefighters who have died in the line of duty. The organization had received permission from the school to put up the display in conjunction with National Police Week, which runs through Saturday.

Black Lives Matter activists labeled the display on a bulletin board in Collis Atrium as "white supremacist," took it down and then guarded the area so that it could not be reconstituted. Josh Kauderer, a College Republicans member who helped put up the display, said that the student center administrator told the group on Saturday to come back in an hour to put it back up.

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Graves in runways

New development projects on previously undeveloped land often encroach upon existing private properties and farmlands. Sometimes such a property includes cemeteries. Usually in such cases, the bodies are dug up and moved to a new cemetery with the developers footing the bill. But sometimes families refuse to move the graves of their ancestors forcing developers to build around the cemeteries or the graves, such as in Amity, in the state of Indiana, U.S, where there is a grave right in the middle of the road.

Something similar happened when the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport in the city of Savannah, Georgia, United States was being expanded. Centuries ago, this area was woods and farmland belonging to the Dotson family. Their family cemetery was packed with more than a hundred people including those of many slaves. Among these graves were those belonging to Richard and Catherine Dotson, who died within seven years of each other in the late 1870s and early 1890s, nearly two decades before the Wright brothers flew the first flight.

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Roundabout migration

Hundreds of migrants from the Caribbean are travelling more than 6,000 miles to enter the European Union through Greece, the Mail can reveal.

Instead of trying to get into the United States a few hundred miles to the north, many are making the journey across the Atlantic to Istanbul in Turkey.

From there, they travel along the coast to join thousands of refugees on the perilous crossing of the Aegean to the Greek islands.

On arrival some claim to be from Somalia or even from Syria or Afghanistan in an attempt to gain asylum and get free travel across most of the EU.

Last year almost 400 migrants came to Greece from the Caribbean, the vast majority from the Dominican Republic.

And a further 150 have arrived from the Dominican Republic in the first three months of this year.

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