Saturday, April 30, 2016

Anti-Trump protesters show how tolerant they are

Police clashed with hundreds of protesters outside Donald Trump’s rally in Southern California on Thursday night.

At least one police car was smashed up as hundreds of demonstratorsmany of them waving Mexican flagstook to the streets outside the Pacific Amphitheater in Costa Mesa, Orange County where Trump was speaking.

The protesters flooded the street outside the amphitheater with some stomping on cars, hurling rocks at motorists and forcefully declaring their opposition to Trumpbringing traffic to a halt and creating a tense standoff with authorities.

One Trump supporter was pictured with a bloody face after clashing with the anti-Trump activists, many of whom appeared to be young Hispanic people.

The violence in Southern California where Latinos make up a large segment of the population suggests Trump may face more of this in the days to come, as he campaigns ahead of the state’s June 7 primary. Trump currently leads Kasich and Cruz in the California polls, with an estimated 45.7 per cent of voters, according to Real Clear Politics.

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From Russia with Love

Recently, I came across a series of internet stories by foreigners on their impressions of Russia. One was by a Swedish man who had a chance to live with a Russian family, and was astonished to see that the Russian family is very much alive and well!

He noted that the Russian family still has a patriarchal structure. Children obey their parents, who are free to punish them. This doesn’t mean beating children for misbehaving but, for example, scolding a child, not letting them go out with friends, or depriving them of pocket money. All this is inadmissible in Sweden.

Swedish parents don’t have a right to encroach on the personal freedom of their children, and can lose them if they do. Any child can report his or her parents to the police, and the government will take action against them. They may not raise their voice, and striking a child is now a criminal offense.

Initially the Swedish family was also patriarchal: members obeyed the principal breadwinner. Now there is full equality, and in Europe as well as the US, same-sex marriage laws refer to parent 1 and parent 2 instead of father and mother, and it’s not obvious who is number 1.

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Racing to the bottom

Only 37% of American 12th-graders were academically prepared for college math and reading in 2015, a slight dip from two years earlier, according to test scores released Wednesday.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the "Nation’s Report Card," said that share was down from an estimated 39% in math and 38% in reading in 2013.

Educators and policy makers have long lamented that many seniors get diplomas even though they aren’t ready for college, careers or the military. Those who go to college often burn through financial aid or build debt while taking remedial classes that don’t earn credits toward a degree.

Bill Bushaw, executive director of the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees the test, said the board was pleased that high school graduation rates were rising, but disappointed in the lack of progress in boosting students’ skills and knowledge.

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John C. Calhoun safe at Yale, for now

Yale University has decided to keep the name of a residential college named for 19th-century alumnus John C. Calhoun, who was an ardent supporter of slavery.

The Ivy League university in New Haven, Connecticut, announced the decision Wednesday via Twitter. The tweet said it would keep Calhoun’s name to ‘teach and confront the history of slavery in the U.S.’

‘Ours is a nation that often refuses to face its own history of slavery and racism. Yale is part of that history,’ Yale President Peter Salovey said. ‘We cannot erase American history, but we can confront it, teach it and learn from it.’

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Jefferson Muzzle Awards

Every year, the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression (TJC) hands out its Jefferson Muzzle Awards -- an honor usually reserved for oppressive federal agencies that curtail free speech.

But this year, the TJC couldn't resist a riper target: the explosion of intolerance and anti-free speech bullies on college campuses.
Since 1992, the Thomas Jefferson Center has awarded Jefferson Muzzles to those individuals and institutions responsible for the more egregious or ridiculous affronts to free speech during the preceding year. Our usual practice has been to select eight to twelve recipients each year, reflecting the unfortunate reality that threats to free expression regularly occur at all levels of government. This year, however, we were compelled to take a different approach. Never in our 25 years of awarding the Jefferson Muzzles have we observed such an alarming concentration of anti-speech activity as we saw last year on college campuses across the country. We are therefore awarding Jefferson Muzzles to the 50 colleges and universities discussed below, both as an admonishment for the acts already done and a reminder that it is not too late to change course.
They have divided the "winners" into 5 categories: Censorship of Students, Censorship by Students, Efforts to Limit Press Access on Campus, Threats to Academic Freedom, and Censorship of Outside Speakers.

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Asian hater

"I hate that beaner," one text reads, "but I think the nig is worse."

"Indian ppl are disgusting," proclaims another.

"Burn down walgreens and kill the bums," a third message states.

These and numerous other racist and homophobic text messages were allegedly sent by a San Francisco police officer at the center of an ongoing scandal that is the most recent disturbing revelation for the beleaguered SFPD.

CNN has exclusively obtained a list of dozens of offensive texts sent to and from Officer Jason Lai. The content has not been previously disclosed. The list is not a full history of his texts.

Lai resigned from the department earlier this month, according to a police spokesman.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Another day, another fake hate crime

The students identified as the people behind a recent racist drawing found at Salisbury University’s library are black, school officials confirmed Tuesday.

The image, found April 10 on a whiteboard in Blackwell Library, showed a stick figure being hung and labeled with a racial slur. Underneath was the hashtag "#whitepower."

The university confirmed Tuesday, April 26, the students involved in the incident were black, spokesman Richard Culver wrote in an email. The university would not provide names of the students, citing the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

This information was first reported in the University's student newspaper, The Flyer.

Since the incident, Salisbury University Police Department has completed its investigation, Culver said. In consultation with the Wicomico County State’s Attorney’s Office, the department has decided to not file criminal charges at this time.

The investigation is being turned over to the university and will be reviewed for any possible university policy violations, Culver said. If charged, those students who were involved could face disciplinary action.

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Cruz, flip-flopper

In 2013, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) emerged as one of the Senate's top H-1B visa supporters, and argued for a 500% H-1B visa cap increase. But during his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, Cruz had a conversion.

Cruz's presidential platform proposed a $110,000 minimum wage for visa workers, among other restrictions, as a way ending their use as low-cost labor. The move marked a complete turnabout on the H-1B issue.

Cruz's decision Wednesday to add former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina (and one-time GOP presidential candidate herself) as his running mate if he wins the nomination, may make his newly found H-1B beliefs a hard sell.

At HP, Fiorina was a prominent supporter of the offshore outsourcing model, said Ron Hira, an associate professor of public policy at Howard University, who wrote about Fiorina's approaches in his book, Outsourcing America.

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City in Sicily no longer European

Mafia bosses have ‘declared war’ against migrants on the holiday paradise of Sicily as one thousand new arrivals pour on to the island every week.

The feared Cosa Nostra are desperate to maintain supremacy after African crime gangs arrived with the migrantsand they are engaged in a deadly turf war.

An innocent Gambian man was shot through the head by an assassin in broad daylight sparking fears of a wider bloodbath.

Mayor Leoluca Orlando told MailOnline: ‘Palermo is no longer an Italian town. It is no longer European. You can walk in the city and feel like you’re in Istanbul or Beirut.’

Immigration to Italy soared by 90 per cent in the first three months of the year. The migrant population in Ballaró, the part of Palermo where the shooting took place, has risen from approximately five to 25 per cent since the migrant crisis began.

There is widespread concern in Italy that the number of new migrants exceeds the country’s capacity to copeand the mafia is its biggest and most dangerous critic.

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Comments to a story on the internet

Comment #1

I’m from way North of Boston in an old mill town. I like the Mexicans, Hispanics, anyway, I’m not sure where they’re from and don’t much care. They have repopulated the Catholic churches here, their kids go to school, the husbands work, the wives bring the kids home after school. They’re polite and nice in the stores, they aren’t White-Hating, they are in fact, the future of the United States. They’re nice to the old Veterans in the neighborhood, give them rides, take the crippled ones out shopping. Kinda like the fifties, only darker and their music is livelier.

I’m quite content for the Christians of the Hispanic world to repopulate the United States because sure as shit, we Whities ain’t doing it and I can’t stand the thought of the Muzzies filling it in. Good thing about Hispanics, they will never tolerate White-Bread feminism, they’ll slap it down, they won’t have it. They won’t tolerate lazy, insolent, violent Blacks. As for Muslims, they’ll crush the Muzzies. They’re strong, they won’t put up with any of the PC shit that gets in the way of living a family life.

Comment #2

Wait until you have enough Mexicans to turn your old mill town into a barrio. Watch your stuff get stolen. Watch your schools turn into day care centers, where nobody learns anything and the teachers stop trying to teach because the kids flatly don’t care. Yes, the parents send them to school, but they seem to think that sitting in a classroom is all that’s required to become educated. They won’t even teach their own kids the multiplication tables. Watch the litter accumulate. Wait until they start demanding nice stuff like the Gringos have, without their ever realizing how we earned it. Wait until your town looks like Los Angeles. Or Mexico.

No, they don’t hate you. They’re not Blacks, and while they’ll steal from you, they won’t kill you or even beat you up. They usually limit their killing to personal enemies. But that’s a pretty low standard.

Comment #3

White people from Los Angeles blame Mexicans because we’ve seen our once prosperous and well-run city turn into a dump as the Mexicans flooded in. My neighborhood, where nobody had deadbolts, now has bars on windows and steel security doors. My old high school graduates less than half of the kids who enter, and that even includes the kids in the magnet program on campus. Before the magnet program, only 1/8 of entering students graduated. Legality has nothing to do with it. Mexicans are a blight, as a rule, and every White knows it, including liberals.
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Quote of the day

So far, seven of the 13 Colonies have spoken: Georgia, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia and, on the anniversary of Lexington and Concord, New York. All seven held elections, not party-rigged conferences or caucuses. All of them have gone for Trump. It looks like the 13 Colonies are trying to save America, once again.

--Ann Coulter
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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Odds and ends

Curly Haugland (Yes, that's his name) of the RNC Rules Committee says, "If Trump gets 1237 delegates, that doesn't mean he'll be the nominee." (He says the delegates choose the nominee, not the voters)

I know you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover but Reince Priebus, Chairman of the GOP, simply looks like the classic shifty-eyed weasel.

Chelsea Clinton is happy that Scalia is gone...now she says the Democrats can enact gun control.

More firsts by Obama....First President to arbitrarily declare an existing law unconstitutional and refuse to enforce it. First President to threaten insurance companies if they publicly spoke out on the reasons for their rate increases. First President to tell a major manufacturing company in which state it is allowed to locate a factory. First President to file lawsuits against the states he swore an oath to protect (AZ, WI, OH, IN). First President to withdraw an existing coal permit that had been properly issued years ago.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed an order restoring the voting rights of 206,000 ex-felons, a sweeping action the governor said was aimed at rectifying Virginia’s "long and sad history" of suppressing African-American voting power. Republicans accused McAuliffe of abusing his executive power to help longtime ally Hillary Clinton win a battleground state by putting more likely Democratic voters on the books.

The public release of 28 pages of classified data on the 9/11 terror attacks could "topple the House of Saud" says former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik.

Charles Koch of Koch Industries says...."It's possible Hillary might be a better president than anyone in the Republican field." (Libertarians and RINOs are a strange breed)

Good grammar is now considered racist by the usual suspects.

Republicans flip flop, Democrats "evolve"

Ted Cruz reduced to using Rubio's joke about the size of Trump's hands.

Kasich and Cruz are banding together to stop Trump's march to the nomination. Too late, guys. Sorry. Smells of desperation, doesn't it? (A poll says only 3% believe it will stop Trump)

Huckabee...."I wish Cruz and Kasich wanted to stop Hillary as much as they do Trump."

Steve Rogers, former FBI analyst, says the people who criticize Trump's plan to build a wall on the southern border ought to take down their own walls surrounding their properties before lecturing Donald Trump.

Democrats are always looking for a few more voters. Obama is thinking of releasing a huge chunk of incarcerated voters prior to the elections in November.

Lena Dunham is moving to Vancouver if Trump wins the presidency. (Trump responds..."Now I have to get elected to make sure she flees to Canada.")

Secretary of State John Kerry and his wife Teresa Heinz have invested millions of U.S. dollars through family trusts in at least 11 offshore tax havens....

"Make no mistake about it: the small clique of people who seek to destroy the character of skeptic climate scientists are relentless in order to keep their beloved global warming issue alive."

Billionaire Environmentalist Thomas F. Steyer spent $74 million to push climate for the elections. Almost all his candidates lost.

Section 5 of the Illinois Constitution prohibits government pensions from being "diminished or impaired," yet it is facing an ongoing pension crisis of a record $111 billion.

The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) launched a scheme on Monday offering 10,000 kroner (over $1,500) to migrants willing to return to their homelands voluntarily.

The school board in Austin, Texas, recently invited public submissions to rename Robert E. Lee Elementary. The most popular choice...Donald J. Trump Elementary. Among other suggestions were the Adolf Hitler School for Friendship and Tolerance, Ignorance is Bliss, Hypothetical Perfect Person Memorial and Bleeding Heart Liberal.
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Solar planes

Solar planes can’t carry meaningful amounts of cargo. They can barely carry passengers.

I am not disrespecting the talent of the engineers who achieved this feat. Flying a solar plane around the world is a remarkable achievement. But this achievement does not demonstrate the technology is viable. What it demonstrates is that solar is a ridiculously poor source of power. A solar collector the size of a 747 just managed to collect enough electricity, to keep an incredibly lightweight plane aloft.

Just like solar panels, solar planes might find some niche uses, such as long life high altitude robotic observation platforms, or even as mobile telephone repeater stations solar planes are not restricted by fuel payload, and can reach very high altitudes, because they don’t depend on burning fuel with oxygen for their power.

Solar planes will never replace fossil fuel powered planes, for ferrying people and high value cargoes across vast distances.

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When Confederates emigrated to Brazil

Brunno Lucke is a 9-year-old boy with a sweet smile, a love of soccer and his own YouTube channel. He also wears a cap with the Confederate battle flag emblazoned on its peak.

This city of more than 180,000, an hour’s flight from Rio de Janeiro, site of this summer's Olympics, is perhaps the last place you’d expect to find the most controversial symbol in American history. It adorns everything from belt buckles to bumper stickers among the Fraternidade Descend√™ncia Americana, an organization that celebrates the emigration of a group of defeated Southerners to Brazil after the Civil War 150 years ago.

Yet in Santa Barbara D’Oeste there is no negative association with the flag that many Americans see as a symbol of slavery and segregation.

"To me," Bruno says, already dreaming of the hot dogs he’ll soon consume at a popular annual Confederate festival, "the flag is a symbol of love."

The festival will be held Sunday in a peaceful patch of leafy greenery next to a small chapel and near a graveyard where settlers and their descendants Confederados as they are known here have been buried for generations.

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Once upon a time two candidates used the Confederate Flag to get votes

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

NATO is obsolete, as are all treaties

Donald Trump recently ignited another controversy when he mused that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was obsolete. He hinted that it might no longer be worth the huge American investment.In typical Trump style, he hit a nerve, but he then offered few details about the consequences of either staying in or leaving NATO.NATO is certainly no longer aimed at keeping a huge Soviet land army out of democratic Western Europe, as was envisioned in 1949.

The alliance has been unwisely expanded from its original 12-nation membership to include 28 countries, absorbing many of the old communist Warsaw Pact nations and some former Soviet republics. NATO may have meant well to offer security to these vulnerable new alliance members. Yet it is hard to imagine Belgians and Italians dying on the battlefield to keep Russian President Vladimir Putin’s forces out of Lithuania or Estonia.

Today’s NATO pledges to many of its newer participants are about as believable as British and French rhetorical guarantees in August 1939 to protect a far-away Poland from its Nazi and Soviet neighbors.

No NATO member during the 40-year Cold War invoked Article 4 of the treaty, requiring consultation of the entire alliance by a supposedly threatened member. Turkey has called for it four times since 2003.

The idea that Western Europe, beset with radical Islamic terrorism and unchecked migrations from the war-torn Middle East, would pledge its military support to the agendas and feuds of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s increasingly Islamist and non-democratic regime is pure fantasy.

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Too many skinny women

An activist blogger said earlier that all photos of skinny women need to be removed from all social media sites. She is urging other activists and women to flag any photos of skinny women in bikinis. She also believes that "thinspo" pictures, or women posting pictures of themselves proud of losing weight, should also be banned. These photos encourage women to become anorexic and self-hating.
Fighters against anorexia please join me on this quest to start flagging any photo of a skinny woman posing in a bikini or lingerie on all social media sites. Also, please write Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and especially Instagram about banning these provocative photos that cause women to become anorexic. With social media network’s powerful photo scanning technology, these companies have the power to automatically delete these awful photos. They simply need to hear from as many of us as possible and, I believe, if we reach a critical mass, we can get these photos banned!
Being proud of losing weight or being sexy should be shunned because it may cause other women to see it and begin starving themselves? If you are a hot woman, it is evidently your obligation to censor yourself from reality so that others who are not hot can live easier lives.

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Another clean energy company goes belly up

SunEdison, once a poster child of the clean energy boom, filed for bankruptcy on Thursday due to a severe cash crunch.

It's a stunning reversal for SunEdison, a solar and wind company that was worth almost $10 billion less than a year ago. But the company was hit by financial troubles in recent months caused by a mountain of debt taken on during better times.

SunEdison hopes to clean up its balance sheet through a Chapter 11 restructuring. The solar company secured $300 million in financing to keep the business afloat. The new funds will allow SunEdison to continue ongoing projects, pay wages and benefits.

The decision to file for bankruptcy was a "difficult but important step to address our immediate liquidity issues," SunEdison CEO Ahmad Chatila said in a statement.

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400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death

April 23 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. The world will celebrate him as the greatest writer in the history of the English language. But his lasting fame wasn’t inevitable. It almost did not happen.

He was born in 1564 and died in 1616 on his 52nd birthday. A celebrated writer and actor who had performed for Queen Elizabeth and King James, he wrote approximately 39 plays and composed five long poems and 154 sonnets. By the time of his death, he had retired and was considered past his prime.

By the 1620s, his plays were no longer being performed in theaters. On the day he died, no one not even Shakespeare himself believed that his works would last, that he was a genius or that future generations would hail his writings.

He hadn’t even published his plays during his lifetime they were considered ephemeral amusements, not serious literature. Half of them had never been published in any form and the rest had appeared only in unauthorized, pirated versions that corrupted his original language.

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Latinos ascendant

There are 55.3 million Latinos in America, nearly triple the 1980 population, and those under 18 years old are the largest group, a demographic fact likely to influence the future of the country, according to Census figures.

A new analysis from the Pew Research Center, found that the vast majority are of "Mexican origin," and most of the younger Latinos were born in the United States to immigrants. Hispanics represent over 17 percent of the total U.S. population and 21 percent of all millennials, said Pew.

The new report helps to complete the picture of the U.S. immigration population, which previous reports pegged at 61 million. According to Pew, 35.3 million, or 64 percent of the total number of the Latino immigrant population are Mexican-origin. ...

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For once I agree with John McCain

Senator John McCain wants to charge EPA officials with a crime for their actions that led to the disastrous release of toxic wastewater from the Gold King Mine last year.

The spill polluted 3 rivers and severely effected the lives and livelihood of several indian tribes.

The senator made the declaration Friday during an Indian Affairs Committee field hearing in Phoenix, Ariz. The hearing was titled: "Examining the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Unacceptable Response to Indian Tribes."

"I've come to the conclusion that a Department of Justice criminal investigation is merited and must now occur," McCain said.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Missing explosives

Federal law enforcement investigators are searching in at least three states for more than 500 pounds of explosives stolen from a CSX train, CBS News has learned.

CBS News Justice Department and Homeland Security correspondent Jeff Pegues reported a law enforcement source says the amount stolen has authorities concerned that the explosives could fall into the wrong hands.

Sources say the theft was reported two days ago but the case has not yet gone public. The ATF is considering putting out an advisory and announcing an reward in the coming days.

The CSX train was traveling from Chicago through Ohio en route to Detroit. Somewhere along the way, investigators believe the explosives were stolen. According to a law enforcement source, when the train car of explosives arrived in Detroit, half of the shipment was gone.

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Record pace for incoming labor who work cheaply

Illegal immigrant families are streaming across the border at record pace, according to new Border Patrol statistics released Friday morning that show more than 32,000 have been caught trying to sneak into the U.S.

That’s nearly 40 percent higher than the previous record of 2014, and it’s well more than double last year’s pace, suggesting that the government’s relaxed enforcement policies have backfired and invited a new wave of illegal crossers.

There’s somewhat better news when it comes to children traveling alone. The record pace has slackened slightlythough an uptick in March suggests that the warmer months could once again see a massive wave at the southwest border.

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Quote of the day


Men, women, military, etc.

The men of our species (I’m assuming you are human) are bigger, faster and stronger than the females and it is not even close. I speak "on average" here. There are small, frail men and big brawny women, but those are both outliers. Even wimpy men are bigger, faster and stronger than the typical woman. That’s why the best women’s college basketball team scrimmages against frat boys, rather than male athletes.

There was a presidential commission on the topic 25 years ago when the push for women in combat was first broached by the usual suspects. They published a report that you can buy if you’re interested. In that report, they concluded that the average female in her early adulthood is as physically capable as a typical late middle-aged man. They found that just 3.4% of female Army recruits could score at the mean for male recruits. After basic, that number fell to below one percent.

The above is a hate-crime, of course, and not intended to be taken literally. Let’s just say it is a theoretical construct in order to evaluate this story coming out of the Marine Corp this week.

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IRS is becoming Big Brother rather than tax collectors

While the Internal Revenue Service continues to leave uncollected tax money on the table, the agency beefed up its surveillance capabilities in a move that alarms both conservative and liberal privacy advocates.

Now some complain the IRS is acting too much like Big Brother and not enough like a traditional taxman.

Since 2006, the IRS has overseen an annual tax gapthe shortfall between taxes owed and collectedof about $385 billion, government analysts say. And according to an April report, the agency has not implemented 70 of 112 actions identified by the Government Accountability Office to close that loop.

In 2009, though, the IRS purchased a "cell-site simulator," more commonly known as Stingray technology. And since November, the agency has been trying to buy another of the devices.

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Plato's Atlantis

Around 360 BC, in his dialogues of Timaeus and Critias, the Greek philosopher Plato introduced an incredible story, a tale of an enigmatic island civilization which has since captivated the imagination of every generation that followed.

This was the story of Atlantis, thought to be one of the most advanced societies of the ancient world, an idyllic island paradise of skillful navigators capable of crossing the Atlantic Ocean to conquer and explore!

"For it is related in our records how once upon a time your State stayed the course of a mighty host, …..and it was possible for travelers of that time to cross from it (from Atlantis) to the other islands and from the islands to the whole of the continent over against them which encompasses the veritable (Atlantic) ocean …" Plato

Today, popular theories place Atlantis in locations like off the coast of Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean, around the Azores islands in the middle of the Atlantic, somewhere in the Bermuda Triangle off the coast of the United States, or even in more exotic locations such as Antarctica and Indonesia.

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Pensions going the way of the dinosaurs

A dark storm is brewing in the world of private pensions, and all hell could break loose when it finally hits.

As the Washington Post reports, the Central States Pension Fund, which handles retirement benefits for current and former Teamster union truck drivers across various states including Texas, Michigan, Wisconsin, Missouri, New York, and Minnesota, and is one of the largest pension funds in the nation, has filed an application to cut participant benefits, which would be effective July 1 2016, as it "projects" it will become officially insolvent by 2025. In 2015, the fund returned -0.81%, underperforming the 0.37% return of its benchmark.

Over a quarter of a million people depend on their pension being handled by the CSPF; for most it is their only source of fixed income.

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Intel, racing towards the bottom, who's going to buy your products when everyone is working at minimum wage?

Technology giant Intel announced April 19 it will fire 12,000 skilled U.S.-based professionalsafter already swelling its workforce with 14,523 requests in Washington D.C. since 2010 for visas to import foreign professionals through the controversial H-1B and Green Card programs.

The company said the layoffs were part of a restructuring plan to help shift its focus from desktop PCs to mobile devices. But the company is very profitable, and first-quarter 2016 profits were 14 percent above predictions.

Amid the layoffs, Intel is one of the nation’s largest users of the H-1B outsourcing program which allows companies such as Disney and Abbot Laboratories to replace white-collar American professionals with cheaper professionals from India, China, and other countries.

Intel has insisted that it cannot find enough skilled American workers to fill its needs. From 2010 to 2015, it filed requests for up to 8,351 H-1B visas, plus 5,172 applications for permanent Green Cards for its foreign employees, according to MyVisasJobs.com.

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Support for free trade agreements fading

One of the key themes here at Liberty Blitzkrieg over the past year or so, has been to highlight the fact that the plethora of "free trade" deals (TPP, TTIP and TISA) being promoted by the global robber barons in power are nothing more than fascist corporate handouts (links at the end). Calling them "free trade" deals is purely for PR, and primarily serves as a means for marketing these scams to the ignorant masses.

Fortunately, I have some good news to share. The public is not as ignorant as it used to be. There’s a massive awakening happening, and it’s sweeping these United States as well as Europe.

As Reuters reports in the article, Survey Shows Plunging Public Support for TTIP in U.S. and Germany:


Support for the transatlantic trade deal known as TTIP has fallen sharply in Germany and the United States, a survey showed on Thursday, days before Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Barack Obama meet to try to breathe new life into the pact.

The survey, conducted by YouGov for the Bertelsmann Foundation, showed that only 17 percent of Germans believe the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is a good thing, down from 55 percent two years ago.

In the United States, only 18 percent support the deal compared to 53 percent in 2014. Nearly half of U.S. respondents said they did not know enough about the agreement to voice an opinion.

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Victim-centered investigations

I was in the middle of my summer class when my phone went off around 11:40 am on Thursday, July 18th, 2013. It was my ex-girlfriend. As I answered, I heard her voice insisting that I admit to perpetrating an incident of sexual misconduct against her. I was puzzled by her request and did not know how to respond.

A few minutes later I received a call from Darrin DeCoster, a Fairfax County, Virginia detective, who revealed the phone call was being recorded. Ordering me to not hang up, he threatened to arrest me on a "slew" of charges if I did not cooperate. As a 20-year-old in college, I was scared beyond imagination.

I was instructed to appear for an interview the next day at the Fairfax County Police Station. Since I was completely innocent, what did I have to fear? I assumed the police would conduct an unbiased investigation of the matter. That was before I heard about "victim-centered" investigations.

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Rape, and more regulations

Adults may soon find their sex lives regulated to the point where nearly every sexual encounter is defined as rape unless neither party reports the activity.

The American Law Institute will vote in May on whether to adopt a model penal code that would make "affirmative consent" the official position of the organization. Affirmative consent or "yes means yes" policies have already been adopted by many colleges and universities, and have been passed as law in California and New York.

A source within ALI has confirmed to the Washington Examiner that the model penal code on sexual assault that was discussed at last year's meeting will be voted on at their annual meeting this coming May. Last year, the draft proposal was met with opposition from ALI members, including a female former prosecutor who called the draft "really disturbing."

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Odds and ends

George Clooney hosted a fund-raising dinner for Hillary this past weekend. Each participant paid over $350,000 for their plate.

"Warmists struggle with the reality that CO2 is plant food."

Pit Bulls account for only 7% of all dogs in the U.S., but are involved in about half of all dog-related human fatalities.

The Washington Post believes that OPEC has lost control of the oil market.

Caught between the desire to cut production to raise prices and pump to earn ready cash, the oil producers are unable to cut production for long term gain with some members, like socialist Venezuela, forced to keep pumping at all costs to barely keep afloat. Saudi Arabia and Russia are essentially in the same boat with Venezuela.

Leftists are already talking about impeaching Trump and he's not even gotten the nomination yet. Haha.

A celebration of Cannabis culture was cancelled in Denver on Sunday because of heavy snowfall.

Ralph Peters on Fox News...."The Saudis are barbarians with credit cards."

Florida man changes name to Bruce Jenner to preserve name's 'heterosexual roots'

Fresh from saying pro-life presidential candidate Ted Cruz is the "biggest threat" to her abortion business, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards is employing sexist attacks on Cruz to attempt to get women not to support him, "A woman voting for Ted Cruz is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders," Richards said during a rally for Hillary Clinton.

New York Rep. Peter King said Tuesday that if Ted Cruz secures the Republican presidential nomination, he'll take cyanide. (Big loss, right?)

Question of the day...."If the (climate) science is settled, why do we need research scientists to continue inquiring into the settled science?"

Donald Trump's rally in Buffalo on Monday had over 20,000 supporters show up. Ted Cruz's rally in Philadelphia on Tuesday had only 150 supporters show up.

A new viral rap song that encourages the assassination of Donald Trump and calls for riots if he wins the presidency is being celebrated by the music media.

Russian immigrant...."Socialism is a conspiracy of losers against achievers."

The vast majority of Americans have experienced more favorable weather conditions over the past 40 years, researchers from New York University and Duke University have found. (summers are a little warmer, as are winters)

Leaked British Government report says....Government funded imams promote extremism, distribute hate literature. (I could have told them that for free)

Houston flooding....The hardest hit areas saw between 15 to 20 inches of rain in 72 hours. The storms dropped 19.3 inches of rain on Jersey Village, 18.8 inches in Tomball and 17.8 inches in The Woodlands. (12 to 14 inches fell where I live)
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Vindication, says Pat Buchanan

Former presidential candidate and conservative author Pat Buchanan feels his views have been vindicated this election cycle, but his next prediction, if proven right, won’t be a celebratory matter as he sees the death of the western civilization on the horizon.

Buchanan ran in 1992 for the Republican party nomination on a platform opposing globalization, unfettered immigration, and the move away from social conservatism. He has been harping on these views ever since.

"What we’ve gotten is proof that we were right," Buchanan told The Daily Caller Tuesday. While he said, "I would not say that Donald Trump is a paleoconservative," and, "I don’t think [Trump’s] a social conservative."

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Aren't we so precious?

Canada-based circus and theater entertainment company Cirque du Soleil has canceled its upcoming shows in Greensboro, Charlotte, and Raleigh in North Carolina to protest the state’s Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act.

"Cirque du Soleil strongly believes in diversity and equality for every individual and is opposed to discrimination in any form," the group announced Friday in a press release. "The new HB2 legislation passed in North Carolina is an important regression to ensuring human rights for all."

Cirque du Soleil’s North Carolina cancelation comes as a growing number of artists and entertainers abandon their respective performances in the state to protest of the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act.

The world-famous circus, however, has not canceled its upcoming performances in the United Arab Emirates of Dubai.

Indeed, Cirque du Solei has a planned production, Varekai, scheduled to run from September 16 to 24 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The United Arab Emirates of Dubai has outlawed same-sex marriage, sex or gender reassignment surgery, adoption by same-sex couples, openly gay and lesbian military service, with the aforementioned being punishable by death, fines, or imprisonment.

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Science is broken?

Science is broken. That’s the thesis of a must-read article in First Things magazine, in which William A. Wilson accumulates evidence that a lot of published research is false. But that’s not even the worst part. Advocates of the existing scientific research paradigm usually smugly declare that while some published conclusions are surely false, the scientific method has "self-correcting mechanisms" that ensure that, eventually, the truth will prevail. Unfortunately for all of us, Wilson makes a convincing argument that those self-correcting mechanisms are broken.

Advocates of the existing scientific research paradigm usually smugly declare that while some published conclusions are surely false, the scientific method has "self-correcting mechanisms" that ensure that, eventually, the truth will prevail. Unfortunately for all of us, Wilson makes a convincing argument that those self-correcting mechanisms are broken.

For starters, there’s a "replication crisis" in science. This is particularly true in the field of experimental psychology, where far too many prestigious psychology studies simply can’t be reliably replicated. But it’s not just psychology. In 2011, the pharmaceutical company Bayer looked at 67 blockbuster drug discovery research findings published in prestigious journals, and found that three-fourths of them weren’t right. Another study of cancer research found that only 11 percent of preclinical cancer research could be reproduced. Even in physics, supposedly the hardest and most reliable of all sciences, Wilson points out that "two of the most vaunted physics results of the past few years the announced discovery of both cosmic inflation and gravitational waves at the BICEP2 experiment in Antarctica, and the supposed discovery of superluminal neutrinos at the Swiss-Italian border have now been retracted, with far less fanfare than when they were first published."

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Redefining words

Humans have been using euphemisms ever since Adam first "knew" Eve. In politics, especially, obfuscating and twisting the meaning of words has been going on forever. But today’s debates aren’t only littered with rhetorical distortions. In some ways, many of Democrats’ most potent arguments are built on corrupt language.

One of the words, for instance, that’s really getting a workout this cycle is "loophole."

Democrats have long deployed "loophole" as a means of implying that gun laws were being broken. Basically, all of life is a giant loophole until Democrats come up with a way to regulate or tax it. In its economic usage, "loophole" probably more of a dysphemismcreates the false impression that people are getting away with breaking the law or doing something unethical. It’s a way to skip the entire debate portion of the conversation and get right to the accusation.

So when Clinton promises to close the loophole of corporate inversion, which she does all the time, what she means to say is that Democrats disapprove of this completely legal thing that corporations do to shield their money from the highest corporate tax rate in the OECD. Loopholes are like "giveaways;" monies which DC has yet to double and triple tax.

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