Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Mortgage bubble in Canada?

Hit by the sharp decline in oil prices the Canadian economy is struggling with a property market approaching the peak of a massive bubble, according to ex-Lehman Brothers trader and a financial writer Jared Dillian.

As Canada’s mortgage market is not securitized, the property crisis is expected to last much longer than in the US, where the loans are backed, Dillian said in an interview with Mauldin Economics.

The former trader says when the bubble bursts; it will be quite different from the sharp and sudden crisis in the US in 2008, due to the structure of the Canadian mortgage market.

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If minimization is fraud, exaggeration is fraud

On March 29, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced with great fanfare a coalition of 17 Democrat state attorneys general who were preparing to pursue "climate deniers" to "the fullest extent of the law." Calling themselves "AGs United for Clean Power," the group vowed to "as aggressively as possible" investigate and prosecute businesses like Exxon Mobile that commit "fraud" by "lying" about climate change.

Like Grand Inquisitors, they demanded -- without judicial sanction -- documents and files on individuals and groups with dissenting opinions on global warming. Most, if not all, of their targets responded by telling them to pound sand.

Meanwhile, a group of 13 Republican attorneys general sent their Democrat counterparts letters warning them that if Democrats can use the force of law to silence climate change narratives they don't like, so can Republicans. "If it is possible to minimize the risks of climate change, then the same goes for exaggeration," said the letter. "If minimization is fraud, exaggeration is fraud."

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Show us your medical records

Donald Trump is challenging Hillary Clinton to release her "detailed" medical records and put the questions surrounding her health status to rest.

"I think that both candidates, Crooked Hillary and myself, should release detailed medical records," Trump tweeted Sunday evening.

"I have no problem in doing so! Hillary?" he said.

Clinton so far has refused to release her detailed medical history.

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Impact of immigration on society is likely to be disruptive

Since the 20th century, one of the key arguments made against immigration is that it has a corrosive cultural impact on community life. Anti-immigration groups mobilised against immigration on the basis that it represented a threat to their nation’s way of life. Advocates for immigration, meanwhile, rejected this analysis. They insisted that claims about ‘cultural disruption’ were exaggerated. In response to anti-immigration rhetoric, they said immigration did not fundamentally alter the character of host societies. Moreover, they said, if they were treated well, then newly arrived migrants would swiftly adapt to, and embrace, their new nation’s culture.

More recently, however, the terms of this debate have changed. Both sides now acknowledge that the impact of immigration on society is likely to be disruptive. The debate now is over whether the disruption caused by immigration, and its social and cultural consequences, is positive or negative. Opponents of immigration only see immigration’s negative impacts on society. And while supporters of immigration now accept that immigration will change the character of a society, they insist that this transformation is, on balance, a good thing. From this standpoint, immigration comes to be considered as a positive and welcome instrument of social change.

Today, arguments in favour of mass migration don’t focus on the virtues of free movement; they focus on what are seen as the positive effects of mass migration on a host society. These positive effects are frequently communicated in the language of economics. But, increasingly, immigration is valued on the basis that it has a transformative effect on national culture, too. The use of immigration as an instrument of social engineering could be glimpsed in a statement made by the European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker last week. He declared that ‘borders are the worst invention ever made by politicians’. He coupled his condemnation of borders with a call to support migrants. But this wasn’t simply about showing solidarity with migrants. No, he was communicating a broader hostility towards the idea of the nation state and those who support it. ‘We have to fight against nationalism’, he said, ‘[and] block the avenue of populists’.

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Boycotts work, ask Target

A boycott against Target over its bathroom policy seems to be costing the retailer more than anyone expected.

The boycott started in April after Target announced that it would welcome transgender customers to use any bathroom or fitting room that matched their gender identity.

The announcement triggered an immediate backlash. Critics said the policy opened the door for sexual predators to victimize women and children inside the retailer's bathrooms, and more than 1.4 million people signed a pledge to stop shopping at Target unless it reversed the policy.

But Target didn't back down.

Now shopper traffic is declining for the first time in years, and the company is installing single-occupancy bathrooms in all of its stores to give critics of the policy more privacy. The new bathrooms, which already exist in a majority of Target stores, are costing Target $20 million to install, Fortune reports.

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Blame it on global warming

Historically political failures seek scapegoats. Now such failures are commonly fed to uncritical thinkers and paranoid doomsayers as "global warming tragedies".

A recent Siberian anthrax outbreak has reportedly killed ~2,000 reindeer and one child and is now being fed to a gullible public as evidence of global warming, as well as an example of the climate change plagues yet to come.

Despite the fact that early 20th century Siberian anthrax outbreaks had killed more than a million reindeer, earning anthrax the nickname the Siberian Plague, climate doomsayers are shamelessly blaming global warming for the reemergence of anthrax in Yamal.

(Perhaps due to racism or lack of permafrost, climate alarmists ignore Zimbabwe’s 1978 anthrax outbreak affecting over 10,000 humans!)

Global warming alarmists similarly attempted to erroneously blame global warming for the extinction of the Golden Toad and other amphibians, when in reality the pet trade and researchers were spreading a novel chytrid fungus against which New World amphibians had not immunity.

Blaming global warming stalled efforts by amphibian experts to prevent the chytrid’s spread, and inhibited captive breeding efforts that could have saved many now extinct species. I can only hope that similar climate change paranoia does not prevent more scientific interventions by more realistic epidemiologists.

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Japan's economy still in deep funk

Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) has posted a loss of $52 billion for April to June, following the tumbling Tokyo stock market and the yen’s surge.

The value of the fund’s assets dropped $1.3 trillion last quarter, wiping out all the gains GPIF made since October 2014, when it revised its investment strategy and put more money into stocks and foreign bonds.

The decline is another disappointment for the fund after a reported annual loss of 3.8 percent for the year ended in March, the worst performance since the financial crisis in 2008.

Concerns over the US economic outlook as well as UK’s vote to quit the European Union significantly hurt global equity markets, boosting demand for Japanese currency which was seen as a haven for investors in a time of economic uncertainty.

As a result, the yen surged against other currencies, reducing the value of overseas assets by 7.8 percent.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016


Kaepernick was born to a destitute black white mother in Milwaukee, who put him up for adoption. His father was a deadbeat from the neighborhood. In other words, he was born into the typical black environment, but unlike most black children, he was saved by a nice white couple who adopted him and raised him as their son. This got him into good schools, sports and a middle-class lifestyle. Later, nice white coaches helped him with his sports career, first at college and then in the NFL. Jim Harbaugh made Kaepernick a legitimate NFL player.

Kaepernick has decided to respond to this amazing run of good fortune, almost exclusively the result of generous white Americans, by giving his middle finger to his fellow Americans. Specifically, he is his flipping the bird to white people so he can pretend to make common cause with the black people from whom he was saved as a baby. You would think that someone living this wonderful life would be grateful to the country and the people who make it possible, but that’s not how things work in a grievance culture.

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Unemployed muslims

Germany's Angela Merkel opened the borders to a flood of Muslim migrants while assuring everyone that they would settle down, integrate and get jobs that would enable them to support all the Germans who took vacations in Spain instead of having children to support them in their old age.

But sadly the only skills that the Muslim migrants seem to possess are

1. Robbing tourists

2. Sexually assaulting women

3. Jihad

Sadly few German companies want to hire anyone to rob tourists, assault women or blow things up. So they're unemployed. Which means they're on the dole. Which means that any and all future acts of Muslim terror will be blamed on

1. Racism in the job market

2. Failure to integrate

3. The lack of corporate positions for robber rapist terrorists

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Murder and mayhem in Bolivia

In a shocking development in Bolivia, striking workers - who were demanding more mining concessions with less stringent environmental rules - kidnapped and "savagely beat to death" 56-year-old Deputy Interior Minister Rodolfo Illanes.

Bolivian President Evo Morales is calling Friday a day of "deep pain" for the country following the violent murder of Deputy Interior Minister Rodolfo Illanes on his way to negotiate with striiking mine-workers. Illanes "was kidnapped, tortured and murdered," Morales said. As Reuters reports, officials said he died of blows to the head.

Striking Bolivian miners kidnapped and beat to death the country's deputy interior minister in a shocking spasm of violence following weeks of tension over dwindling paychecks in a region hit hard by falling metal prices.

The miners were demanding they be allowed to work for private companies, who promise to put more cash in their pockets.

The issue has bedeviled President Evo Morales, who began as a champion of the working class and privatized the nation's mining industry, only to see his support crater amid the downturn. Miners say Morales has become a shill of the rich, and done little to help them make ends meet as the economy slows.

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Quote of the day

Black Lives Matter finds nothing whatsoever wrong with black people. To the extent that there is something wrong, it is 100% due to white people. So white people earn the diagnosis of being racist oppressors. And if you deny you are racist, that only makes you more racist -- just as a mentally ill person who doesn't know he's mentally ill is that much more insane. You will have noticed that this reflects a larger pattern, in that the left never diagnoses man as such, but only a class of men. For Marx, you could say that the proletariat class was free of disease, whereas all classes above were sick and in need of treatment, up to and including literal eradication. For feminists, men are the problem, never women. It is written into Islam that non-Muslims are the problem, not Muslims.

Paris Agreement dead?

It’s a do or die moment for The Cause. Brexit has hit them hard, and the Trump factor threatens to wreck everything. The Paris agreement has stalled pathetically at 1.1% of all human emissions (they need 55% to come into force). What they need right now is a gamechanger, and if they can’t get it then, true to form, they will manufacture the illusion of it.

Next week expect a grand performance from US and China or rather from two men who look solemn and can sign important looking carbon chastity vows on behalf of 1.8 billion people. Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping will say they have ratified the Paris agreement. Expect triumphant parades, and smiles, handshakes and talk of a historic moment. It’s all for show. China will agree to do nothing different until 2030 when its population growth peaks, and Obama can’t get the support of Congress.

But the gala performance may work if enough other countries fall for it especially the stupidly obedient Anglosphere, and the trapped EU. India, Russia and Brazil will only buy into it they are fed enough pork. But the pork has to come from somewhere, and that’s us The West. That’s who this show is for western voters.

The Paris agreement has only won over 23 tin pot nations responsible for 1.1% of human emissions. They are doomed to failure without the US and China, which together control 38%. Once the largest two economies of the world are nominally, "technically", signed expect other countries to fall into line all over the world. That’s why it’s so important we make sure everyone knows that there is nothing real about this deal. The Chinese deal is symbolic, and an Obama deal has legal questions all over it.

In the real world, changing the planet’s weather costs a fortune. The US voters don’t care and won’t pay. The US Congress will never allow a meaningful economic hit to occur, so no real treaty, with real teeth, could get through.

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Women's studies, theory and grievance

When I first discovered women’s studies, I was lulled into a comforting sense that I had discovered the "truth." It was as if my veil of ignorance had been yanked away, and I was blissfully seeing the world for what it really was.

I have taken seven women’s studies classes; initially at a nondescript state university and later at a women’s college in Manhattan. After taking those classes, I realize that not only was I deluded, but I was led into an absurd intellectual alcove where objective truth is subordinate to academic theories used as political propaganda.

Indeed, since knowledge itself is considered a patriarchal construct, feminist theories are the organizing principles of classes.

The theoretical backbone of women’s studies is grounded in three main conjectures: that of the patriarchy, intersectional oppression, and social constructionism.

None of these contentions can be proven or falsified. Yet, as a student, good grades are contingent on agreeing with them. So what do they actually represent?

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Monday, August 29, 2016


Everyone seems to be wondering why Muslim terrorists are so quick to commit suicide. Well, here's a few possible reasons....

No Christmas
No television
No nude women
No football
No pork chops or bacon
No hot dogs or burgers
No beer
More than one wife, more than one mother-in-law


Persecution rather than prosecution

Colleges are supposed to be places of learning. However, many argue they've become liberal indoctrination centers, dedicated to churning out legions of progressive zombies who can parrot the Democratic Party's platform verbatim -- yet can't actually do anything useful to support themselves, or society.

Liberals, unsurprisingly, deny this.

However, there appears to be a movement afoot on college campuses that should alarm liberals, conservatives, and libertarians alike.

By now, most readers of this site are bound to be familiar with the persecution of men suspected of sexual assault on campuses throughout the nation. And yes, using "persecution" rather than "prosecution" is intentional. Prosecution implies they will be put through the unalienable rights-based American legal system. That isn't true anymore.

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Trump's plans on the immigration issue

Donald Trump ruled out Thursday a pathway to legal status for undocumented immigrants in the United States, walking back comments he made earlier this week in which he appeared open to the idea.

But the Republican nominee declined in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper to clarify whether he would still forcibly deport the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the USa major tenet of his immigration platformafter he suggested this week he was "softening" on the idea.

"There’s no path to legalization unless they leave the country," Trump said after an event in Manchester, New Hampshire. "When they come back in, then they can start paying taxes, but there is no path to legalization unless they leave the country and then come back."

Trump said that on his first day in office, he would authorize law enforcement to actively deport "bad dudes," such as those who have committed crimes, which he said numbered "probably millions." But he declined to flatly say whether he would round up other undocumented immigrants, stressing that once the initial deportations occur, "then we can talk."

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Where's all the female warriors? Do we need to lower standards again?

The Pentagon should benefit from the wisdom of the Olympians, according to experts on military policy, and allow men to have certain responsibilities and women others.

After all, the worldwide games every four years have specific competitions like male gymnasts suspending themselves in a "T" between the rings, a stunt demanding "testosterone-powered muscles" that is not expected of women.

The issue is the combat, "tip-of-the-spear" units that the Obama administration now has opened for women, despite the evidence that makes that a questionable decision.

The suggestion comes from the Center for Military Readiness, run by Elaine Donnelly.

She argued against the move when it was proposed, while it was under consideration, and even now, after the Obama administration has adopted it.

And there are problems, she noted.

"Now that their social experiment is under way, Pentagon officials are having trouble finding women who want to participate," this week’s commentary said.

"The Army’s top enlisted man. Sgt. Maj. Dan Dailey, recently found it necessary to get female non-commissioned officers to ‘step up’ and transfer into combat arms units such as the infantry," it said, noting the problem could have been seen coming.

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Swedish cops overwhelmed

Children are being sexually exploited. Hordes of men are sexually assaulting women. Cars are being set on fire while hand grenades are lobbed at the police.

No, this is not a Third World country, nor is it an American inner-city neighborhood. This is Sweden, the formerly peaceful Nordic land of hardworking Lutherans.

But the country is not as peaceful as it once was. Last New Year’s Eve, gangs of young men, described as "unaccompanied from Afghanistan," surrounded and molested women in Malmo, Sweden’s third largest city. The police and media managed to keep the story under wraps for 11 days afterward.

The reality is sexual assaults have become common in Sweden. At the music festival We Are Sthlm last week, there were seven reports of sexual harassment on the first day alone.

This was despite the fact Swedish police had ramped up security measures following a rash of assaults at the prior two years’ festivals. In January, Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter reported police had covered up a total of 36 incidents of sexual assault and two rape allegations at the 2014 and 2015 We Are Sthlm festivals.

Again, almost all the perpetrators were described as refugee youths from Afghanistan, and now right-wing groups in Sweden have accused the police and media of deliberately not reporting the assaults in order to not encourage anti-immigrant sentiments.

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Assault on peace

There is no explaining the events of the past several years. When one considers the impossibility of current events, it only makes sense when confronted with the fact that a hostile and aggressive form of totalitarianism is afoot. It is intentionally confusing and contradictory, pushing rational thought into a blind alley.

One finds oneself asking impossible questions: Why would feminists remain silent while the promotion and importation of anti-feminists known for the most severe forms of oppression goes on at an accelerated pace? Why would homosexuals support the administration's full-throated support of regimes that routinely imprison, burn and toss homosexuals off of buildings? Why would a president encourage the division of the races, inflaming old hatreds and new resentments with the potential to cause massive civil slaughter otherwise only known to places like Rwanda? Why would the media assail and seek the punishment of a lying Olympic swimmer, yet defend with screaming silence the multitude of lies told by a presidential candidate, knowing all the while that her lies are exponentially more dangerous to individuals and society?

Why, why, why?

The only answer possible is that it is a multi-frontal assault on peace. It is an attempt to do exactly what it is doing, keeping the public off balance with daily insults to rational thought. The people start to understand the connection of the president to the jihadists and Black Lives Matter encourages the burning of the suburbs. The people start to understand the Democratic strategy of importing illegal voters and the president demands that transsexuals use any restroom they want.

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Odds and ends

Hillary has spent $120 million so far on mostly negative ads targetting Trump. Trump has yet to spend any money on ads.

Bill McKibben wants the world to wage war against Climate Change, by giving governments full wartime powers to seize private property and coerce businesses into supporting the effort, and with strict government control of the economy.

Whenever welfare is mentioned there are those who are quick to point out that more whites collect benefits than blacks. But those whites don't kill thousands of their neighbors every year. And those whites don't burn down their neighborhoods whenever the police shoots a thug.

Tunisian begs the West to obliterate Islam.

Slavery existed longer under the U.S. Flag than it did under the Confederate Flag.

After the floods came, a Baton Rouge resident wondered, "Where are the Black Lives Matter and the Black Panthers?"

Campaign motto...."In Trump We Trust"

Melania Trump, the glamorous wife of GOP nominee Donald Trump and a former model, is threatening to sue the London Daily Mail, Politico and a list of eight other news outlets for defamation after reports indicated she was an "escort" in the 1990's.

Khizr Khan, the Muslim father of deceased Army Capt. Human Khan, thrust himself into the limelight at the Democratic National Convention last month by attacking Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Since then, some interesting tidbits of information have surfaced about Khan, and most of them are less than desirable.

A recent Gallup poll says 80% of Americans favor voter-ID laws.

So who gives money to the Clinton Foundation?

Diane Reynolds is the fake name Hillary used for her in-house email system.

EU President Jean-Claude Juncker...."Borders are the worst invention ever."

Headline....Nearly 15 Years and $70 Billion Later, U.S. Troops Still Endlessly Fighting Taliban. (Good thing the Nazis were not that tough)

Copenhagen had 21 cars torched last weekend. Sweden has had at least 70 cars torched in Malmo since July. Yes, blame it on the Religion of Peace.


Bill Clinton's mom thought he could have done better, wife-wise.

Trump averages about 5800 at his campaign events. Hillary averages less than 1000 at her events.

Cats mark their territory by urinating. Apparently Muslims do the same.

No wonder Al Gore feels cars are a menace to our environment. His son has been arrested four times for reckless driving.

Merkel assassination attempt in Prague.

"America’s share of total NATO spending has only risen since the end of the Cold War, from roughly 50 percent before the Soviet Union collapsed to more than 75 percent today."

The United Kingdom currently can't launch fighters from its lone carrier because they retired their Harrier jump jets in 2010 to save money.

Colin Kaepernick is defending his decision not to stand for the national anthem before the 49ers preseason game Friday night. "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color," Kaepernick told NFL Media after the 49ers loss to the Packers. "To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."


University of Missouri has big drop in enrollment, thanks to BlackLivesMatter

The University of Missouri’s (MU) flagship Columbia campus has officially lost a staggering 23 percent of its freshman class this year, an even worse figure than administrators initially predicted in the wake of major racial strife.

The big enrollment drop at MU has been brewing for months, but finally became a reality this week with the start of fall term on campus. MU’s freshman class this year has some 4,799 students, a drop of over 1,400 from last year, when freshmen numbered 6,211. Overall enrollment is down by over 2,200, a drop of about 7 percent, according to preliminary numbers released by the school.

The drop is even worse than officials at the school were predicting last spring. In March, interim chancellor Hank Foley warned the school was facing a drop of 1,500 students.

The decline is wreaking havoc on the school’s budget, which has a hole of about $30 million. To contain costs and reflect its shrinking population, the school has already shuttered several dormitories.

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The mole in the NSA

Molesthat is, long-term penetration agentsare every intelligence service’s worst nightmare. Though rarer in reality than in spy movies and novels, moles exist and can do enormous damage to a country’s secrets and espionage capabilities. They’re what keep counterintelligence experts awake at night.

The recent appearance on the Internet of top secret hacking tools from the National Security Agency has shined yet another unwanted spotlight on that hard-luck agency, which has been reeling for three years from Edward Snowden’s defection to Moscow after stealing more than a million classified documents from NSA. As I explained, this latest debacle was not a "hack"rather, it’s a clear sign that the agency has a mole.

Of course, I’ve been saying that for years. It’s not exactly a secret that NSA has one or more Russian moles in its ranksnot counting Snowden. Now the mainstream media has taken notice and we have the "another Snowden" meme upon us.

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How to get rid of illegal immigrants

Illegal aliens are here in the good ole USA because of beneficial policies and lack of enforcement of existing law. If we simply enforce the law and enact some minor policy changes, the people who are here illegally will self deport.

These simple rules will make illegal aliens self deport:

Correctly interpret the 14th Amendment so that an illegal alien mother is subject to the jurisdiction of her native country, as is her baby. No anchor babies.

End all welfare benefits and food stamps to illegal aliens.

Fine any company that hires illegal aliens $1000.00 per day per illegal alien.

Require proof of citizenship to attend public schools or Universities.

Make it illegal to give a scholarship to an illegal alien, or children of illegals.

No driver's licenses for illegal aliens.

Any illegal alien caught committing a crime will be deported and disallowed from ever entering the US for life.

Once these measures are enacted and illegal aliens leave voluntarily at their own cost, we enact a 50 year ban on all immigration. The ban will give time for existing legal immigrants to assimilate into American culture, speak our language and identify as Americans.



Germany's new civil defense strategy (probably too late)

Germany is considering reinstating conscription as part of a new civil defence strategy.

The "Concept for Civil Defence", published in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) on Sunday, outlines plans to temporarily bring back conscription during times of national crisis.

The 69-page report, due to be discussed by the cabinet on Wednesday and which represents the first major assessment of Germany’s civil defence measures since the end of the Cold War, also mentions the necessity of a reliable alarm system, better structural protection of buildings and more capacity in the health system.

It says that although a national disaster is "unlikely" preparations are needed in case of a future terror attack or "hybrid" conflict that could damage fundamental infrastructure.

The plan to reintroduce conscription emerged in a section of the government paper entitled "Civil support for the armed forces", according to DPA news agency.

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Segregation making a comeback

Calling it the "next evolution" for Jefferson County Public Schools, officials unveiled a plan Tuesday to create a district-wide magnet school geared toward black male students that would open in time for the 2017-18 year.

The school, which is being referred to as the W.E.B. DuBois Academy, would initially serve up to 150 sixth graders with plans to expand to more grades in the future, according to John Marshall, the district’s chief equity officer.

It is being modeled after Lexington’s Carter G. Woodson Academy and feature an Afrocentric curriculum that would educate students through the lens of African American history and culture, he said.

"We can no longer shy away from the fact that the majority of students in JCPS look like this," Marshall said referring to the fact that minorities make up more than half of children born in the United States. "As a city, as a country, we have to discuss race."

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Goal of 10 million more U.S. (Democrat) voters

A top priority of liberal billionaire George Soros is to enlarge the U.S. electorate by 10 million voters by 2018, according to leaked documents.

The plan to grow the electorate by millions of voters was discussed during a May 2014 board meeting of the Open Society Foundations, a liberal grant-making group founded by Soros. A 220-page guide detailing the plan was among more than 2,500 hacked Soros documents released by DC Leaks, which publishes documents from influential officials around the world.

The guide covers strategies and tactics the group will employ in the United States from 2015 to 2018. The top goals listed by the guide are to "advance electoral reform" and "combat suppression."

"The following four goals form the scaffolding of U.S. Programs’ work," the guide states. "1. An American democracy strengthened through increased meaningful participation, inclusive practice, and accountability." The third strategic goal expands upon this, calling for "Full political, economic, and civic participation of immigrants and communities of color by dismantling the barriers and strengthening the conduits to opportunity."

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Let's do away with trigger warnings and safe spaces

In the letter sent to all freshmen, University of Chicago officials write that the university "[does] not support so called ‘trigger-warnings'" and that it will not condone "the creation of intellectual ‘safe spaces'".

U of Chicago, which is consistently ranked as among the nation’s best universities, says that it stands firmly behind its policy of free speech, and that it will not allow censorship on campus to shield students from unpopular or controversial opinions. The letter states:
Our commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support so-called "trigger warnings," we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial, and we do not condone the creation of intellectual "safe spaces" where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own.
U of Chicago’s response differs sharply from that of many American universities, many of which have given in to students who want to prohibit discussions on campus that can trigger difficult memories.

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Screw you Greenies, fracking is good for the environment

Hydraulic fracturing, a process more commonly referred to as fracking, is actually good for the environment, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said at a field hearing in Seattle last week, according to the Washington Examiner.

"The increased production of oil and natural gas in the United States has, obviously, been a major story in terms of our economy, and also our environment," said Moniz, who previously served as the head of the Physics department at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology, earned a doctorate degree in physics from Stanford University.

"The natural gas boom, in particular, has led to the displacement of high-carbon coal with low-carbon natural gas producing fewer emissions," Moniz reportedly said during the Seattle field hearing.

Since the Environmental Protection Agency’s advisory board published a study earlier this month debunking the widespread claim that fracking contaminates drinking water, environmentalists have attempted to double down claiming that the study didn’t have enough scientific evidence in it to back up its findings. Moniz’s testimony at last week’s hearing was meant to dispel these criticisms and confirm to the public that fracking doesn’t just drastically reduce the cost of energy, it also helps the environment.

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Conspiracy Theory

The Term "Conspiracy Theory" Was Invented by the CIA In Order To Prevent Disbelief of Official Government Stories

Ron Unz reports on the cold shoulder given to an extensively researched book that concludes that World War II hero General George Patton was murdered by the CIA because he became a powerful critic of Washington.

The book was ignored because the US media and public have been programmed to regard the US government as a truth-teller and those who expose government crimes as "conspiracy theorists."

In 2013 Professor Lance Dehaven-Smith in a peer-reviewed book published by the University of Texas Press showed that the term "conspiracy theory" was developed by the CIA as a means of undercutting critics of the Warren Commission’s report that President Kennedy was killed by Oswald. The use of this term was heavily promoted in the media by the CIA.

It is ironic that the American left is a major enforcer of the CIA’s strategy to shut up skeptics by branding them conspiracy theorists.



50 conservatives against Trump

A group of 50 conservative foreign policy elites and veteran national security officials of prior Republican administrations recently wrote an open letter denouncing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

They cited especially his lack of character and moral authority and his "little understanding of America’s national interests." Particularly bothersome, they wrote, is Trump’s inability "to separate truth from falsehood."

The letter stated that Trump’s one-year campaign of blustery rhetoric suggests he could be as reckless in deed in the White House as he has been in word on the campaign trail.

Is there a like group of past Democratic wise men and women who can commensurately "police their own" and so warn us about Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton?

Unlike Trump, Clinton already has an actual political record as a former U.S. senator and secretary of state.

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Sure, go ahead, it's okay

The seizure of Infidel girls and their use as sex slaves is sanctioned in the Qur’an. According to Islamic law, Muslim men can take "captives of the right hand" (Qur’an 4:3, 4:24, 33:50). The Qur’an says: "O Prophet! Lo! We have made lawful to you your wives to whom you have paid their dowries, and those whom your right hand possesses of those whom Allah has given you as spoils of war" (33:50). 4:3 and 4:24 extend this privilege to Muslim men in general. The Qur’an says that a man may have sex with his wives and with these slave girls: "The believers must win through, those who humble themselves in their prayers; who avoid vain talk; who are active in deeds of charity; who abstain from sex, except with those joined to them in the marriage bond, or whom their right hands possess, for they are free from blame." (Qur’an 23:1-6)

The rape of captive women is also sanctioned in Islamic tradition:

Abu Sirma said to Abu Sa’id al Khadri (Allah he pleased with him): 0 Abu Sa’id, did you hear Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) mentioning al-’azl? He said: Yes, and added: We went out with Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) on the expedition to the Bi’l-Mustaliq and took captive some excellent Arab women; and we desired them, for we were suffering from the absence of our wives, (but at the same time) we also desired ransom for them. So we decided to have sexual intercourse with them but by observing ‘azl (Withdrawing the male sexual organ before emission of semen to avoid conception). But we said: We are doing an act whereas Allah’s Messenger is amongst us; why not ask him? So we asked Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him), and he said: It does not matter if you do not do it, for every soul that is to be born up to the Day of Resurrection will be born. (Sahih Muslim 3371)

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Mind your microaggressions

The American public university's war on words has entered a new phase: the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee will soon move from "passive" programming to the more sinister sounding "active programming": conversations, facilitated by the administration, that see to limit offensive speech.

Think UW-Milwaukee is being a tad too politically correct? You too might run afoul of the administration, since complaining about "political correctness" is now considered a microaggression, according to the university's ironically-named Inclusive Excellence Center.

The university's website complains that "PC has become a way to deflect, say that people are becoming too sensitive, and police language." Yes, a web page designed for the sole purpose of discouraging offensive speech is now complaining that its critics are actually the ones policing language.

UW cites the work of Dr. Derald Wing Sue as inspiring its efforts. But Sue recently expressed concern that universities were taking his ideas too far.

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Change NATO?

Would you change NATO or leave it as is?

Stately McDaniel Manor: In this, at least, Donald Trump is right. As a military alliance, NATO retains potential utility, but it has fallen into disrepair and disrepute. A large part of the latter is the fault of Barack Obama, but every president since the fall of the Soviet Union bears responsibility for the former.

Any military threat is viable only if that force has sufficient numbers, capability, and demonstrated skill. What’s left of NATO is lacking in every category, and this is largely due to our ally’s failure to live up to their financial obligations. This is what Trump was talking about. Virtually all of our allies have failed to maintain their militaries at a level necessary to maintain a credible deterrent.

This is particularly ironic for nations of the European Union. If the EU is truly an economic powerhouse and a political wonder, why should any member nation have the slightest difficulty maintaining its NATO obligations? The nations of the EU should be equipped with the most up-to-date equipment, ready to field forces of sufficient numbers on a moment’s notice, and should be fully integrated with the rest of the NATO force. As Sarah Palin would say: "How’s that workin’ out for yah?"

A third issue is a failure of imagination. Too many assumed that once the Soviet Union was gone, there was essentially no existential threat. I suspect Georgia and Ukraine would have differing opinions. And, of course, North Korea remains a festering boil on the posterior of the world. NATO must be revamped, not only to once again face down the Russian/Neo-Soviet threat, but the threat of Islam, led by Iran.

The worst problem, however, is NATO has virtually no credibility left. When Barack Obama, early in his administration, pulled promised defensive missiles out of Eastern Europe, when he betrayed the Poles, he sent the very clear message that NATO existed in name only, and Vladimir Putin played him and Hillary Clintonreset!like the fools they are. He gambled, wisely, that NATOwhich is mostly the United Stateswould do nothing to stop him, and he was right.

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Quote of the day

North Korea fires submarine launched missile, the world yawns

Depending on how you view it North Korea is either a nuisance or a growing threat to world peace. Today North Korea fired a submarine launched ballistic missile from a port off its east coast to a point more than halfway to Tokyo. "The missile was fired at around 5:30am (local time) from near the coastal city of Sinpo, where satellite imagery shows a submarine base to be located, and flew about 500 kilometres before splashing into the Sea of Japan, US and South Korean officials said. The projectile landed in Japan's air defence identification zone (ADIZ), an area of control designated by countries to help maintain air security, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported."

North Korea's "SLBM (submarine-launched ballistic missile) technology appears to have progressed," a South Korean military official said." The North Korean missile is based on the Soviet Russian R-27. It's primary targets are clearly Japan and South Korea. Wikipedia writes "the KN-11 is the first sign of a North Korean sea-based nuclear deterrent, which complicates the U.S. and South Korean ability to preemptively destroy the country's nuclear capabilities by threatening a second strike. While there is a chance to take out land-based nuclear sites, ballistic missile submarines ensure that a retaliatory strike could still be launched before it can be found and neutralized."

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I swear on the Koran, I swear to Allah

From Down Under....

Sweary ex-deputy mayory Salim Mehajer lashes out:
Attention-seeking former deputy mayor Salim Mehajer has been shown on national TV allegedly yelling horrific obscenities and threats at his wife …

"Aysha, you’ve got five minutes to call me," the former Auburn Council deputy mayor was shown screaming, followed by "Aysha, I hope you die, you **** ... I swear on the Koran, I swear to Allah."

At one point Mehajer threatens to rape both his wife's mother and father, which at least demonstrates a gender-inclusive attitude to sexual violence.

In accordance with the sacred hadiths, Mehajer subsequently claimed his comments were taken "out of context".



Fair play? Who, what, where, why, when?

Donald Trump may or may not fix his campaign, and Hillary Clinton may or many not become the first female president. But something else happening before our eyes is almost as important: the complete collapse of American journalism as we know it.

The frenzy to bury Trump is not limited to the Clinton campaign and the Obama White House. They are working hand in hand with what was considered the cream of the nation’s news organizations.

The shameful display of naked partisanship by the elite media is unlike anything seen in modern America.

The largest broadcast networksCBS, NBC and ABCand major newspapers like the New York Times and Washington Post have jettisoned all pretense of fair play. Their fierce determination to keep Trump out of the Oval Office has no precedent.

Indeed, no foreign enemy, no terror group, no native criminal gang suffers the daily beating that Trump does. The mad mullahs of Iran, who call America the Great Satan and vow to wipe Israel off the map, are treated gently by comparison.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Thwarting the mass's expressed will?

There are stupid, ignorant people in every country but their blameless stupidity mostly doesn’t matter because they are not asked to take historically momentous and irrevocable decisions of state’, read an article in Prospect, on the eve of the EU referendum. ‘It’s time for the elites to rise up against the ignorant masses’, read a startling headline in Foreign Policy, post-referendum. ‘Like all fundamentalisms’, noted one Tory Remainer, ‘democratic extremism takes a noble idea, that everyone’s political views should count equally, too far’. Not for decades has the elite felt emboldened to make arguments so brazen, so anti-democratic, so positively 19th century, as they have in the wake of the Brexit vote.

The bald, seething contempt with which journalists, academics and politicians met the British people’s decision to leave the European Union has been remarkable. Though often dressed up in defences of representative, parliamentary democracy, against the alleged instability of direct democracy and plebiscites, the message has been clear: the masses are too stupid, too emotional, too morally ill-equipped to play a serious role in political life. ‘Letting policies with wide ramifications be settled by the emotions of a moment will only ensure that popular sentiment holds sway over informed decision-making’, writes former United Nations grandee and Shashi Tharoor (my italics), without a glint of self-awareness.

The necessity of having a cool-headed elite to temper the will of the masses, and insulate politics from the people, has been argued for plainly, even by those who would consider themselves radical and progressive. In an interview with Open Democracy, philosopher Slavoj Zizek slammed the referendum, arguing instead for the ‘appearance of a free decision, discretely guided’ by the elite an ‘invisible state, whose mechanisms work in the background’. Elitism, technocracy, soft tyranny, even, are being presented as necessary correctives to the ignorance of the masses: ‘Perhaps’, opined a US academic, ‘the UK’s leaders owe it to the people to thwart their expressed will’.

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Why aren't there terror attacks in Italy?

At lunch the other day, a smart man asked me how come there hadn't been terrorism in Italy, even though Islamic State keeps promising to attack the Vatican.

You've undoubtedly been asking yourself the same question, so I'm going to give you the answers. Answers, plural, because hardly anything happens for a simple reason, especially in a country as tricky and complicated as Italy. So there are several reasons.

First, Italian intelligence, especially domestic intelligence, is a lot better than you might imagine. They are exceptionally good snoopers, since the state knows that the citizens don't much like the powers-that-be, and so the agents of the state are forever peeking and listening. Sometimes I have believed that the snoopers listen in on every telephone conversation and even face-to-face chats. I've spent a lot of time reading Italian court records, in which I've found transcripts of conversations in bars, in restaurants, and even in taxi cabs.

Keep in mind that the Italian word for "privacy" is "privacy." They lifted ours because the concept isn't in the native language. Wittgenstein, along with Bill Clinton, will tell you if there is no word for it, it doesn't exist.

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If Texas was its own country...

If Texas was its own country - which, let's be honest, to many of us, it is - it would rank eighth in the 2016 Olympics medal count with 42 total medals.

That means the Lone Star State by itself has more medals than all of Canada (22). Countries like Australia (29), Italy (28) and Spain (17) don't want to get into any kind of medal-counting contest with Texas, either. Oh, and host country Brazil (19)? Thanks for all your medals.

The 26 gold medals from athletes with Texas ties, without taking in consideration medals from other states, would rank third, only behind the United States (46) and Great Britain (27).

Of course, if we took away all the United States' medals that were won by Texans, then Texas would pass the U.S. as well. But, then again, we're giving Texas credit for three gold medals for winning the men's basketball championship and two for winning the women's basketball title. Whatever, nerds. Texas Forever.

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The next big thing

Three years ago, a Supreme Court ruling paved the way for gay marriage.

After it, the mainstream media had one question: What was next for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender movement? They had, after all, won the big fight. In addition, many corporations had adopted policies barring discrimination based on sexual orientation, and two of America’s most watched shows at the time "Modern Family" and "Glee" featured openly gay characters.

"I really do believe [the Supreme Court ruling] is the domino that is going to tip over the rest of the dominoes," Wilson Cruz, an LGBT activist, told CNN at the time. "Do not get in the way of this train, because it will run you over."

To ensure things ran full-steam ahead, billionaire George Soros, through his Foundation to Promote Open Society, dedicated at least $2.7 million to the cause that year, according to his tax returns.

Some Republicans at the time mistakenly thought the LGBT movement had reached its pinnacle, that the culture wars had ended. They thought the party could now focus on fiscal concerns, which weren’t nearly as divisive.

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In spite of everything, Obama will be remembered warmly

One of the most puzzling aspects of current events is the contrast between the ever increasing size of government and its paradoxical helplessness. It gets bigger and more impotent at the same time. Charles Krauthammer has a long list of Obama administration failures. Never has the White House had such a free hand in foreign affairs. Yet Krauthammer notes that Russian bombers are now based out of Iran, American troops are under serious threat of attack from an enemy air force (Syria!) Putin is threatening to annex the Crimea, which Obama promised never to allow and the administration has just admitted paying ransom to one of the chief terror nations on earth. The more power Obama is given, the less he seems to be able to do with it.

This is true of domestic policy as well. Margot Sanger Katz describes in the New York Times how the administration spent $1.2 trillion dollars on Obamacare only to collapse into Medicaid. "Think your Obamacare plan will be like employer coverage?" she asks. "Think again". Yet this was his signature plan, his legacy, his glory.

Six years into the health law, the reality is that a typical Obamacare plan looks more like Medicaid, only with a high deductible. ... that change in norms may not be all bad. It largely reflects the preferences of Obamacare’s consumers, who are shopping aggressively for the most affordable health insurance they can find." ...

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Switching sides

A group of voters that once supported President George W. Bush before defecting to back President Barack Obama is once again switching sides and getting behind Donald Trump, pollster John Zogby told Newsmax TV Monday.

During an interview on "Newsmax Prime," Zogby told host J.D. Hayworth the race for the White House is "very, very close."

"What's very interesting here is that initially, weekly Wal-Mart shoppers who we have been tracking for a decade and a half now, and NASCAR fans, they were solidly with George W. Bush," said Zogby, whose most recent poll has Democrat Hillary Clinton leading Trump by 2 points.

"And then their demographics actually changed in the last seven or eight years following the recession. They were solidly with Barack Obama in 2008 and in 2012. They're swinging back now, back over to Donald Trump."

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Huma Abedin

Huma Abedin was born in 1976 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Her father, Syed Abedin (1928-1993), was an Indian-born scholar who in the early 1970s had been affiliated with the Muslim Students Association at Western Michigan University.

Huma's mother, Saleha mahmood Abedin, is a sociologist known for her strong advocacy of Sharia Law. A member of the Muslim Sisterhood (i.e., the Muslim Brotherhood's division for women), Saleha is also a board member of the International Islamic Council for Dawa and Relief. This pro-Hamas entity is part of the Union of Good, which the U.S. government has formally designated as an international terrorist organization led by the Muslim Brotherhood luminary Yusuf al-Qaradawi.

When Huma was two, the Abedin family relocated from Michigan to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. This move took place when Abdullah Omar Naseef, a major Muslim Brotherhood figure who served as vice president of Abdulaziz University (AU), recruited his former AU colleague, Syed Abedin, to work for the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs (IMMA), a Saudi-based Islamic think tank that Naseef was preparing to launch. A number of years later, Naseef would develop close ties to Osama bin Laden and the terrorist group al Qaeda. Naseef also spent time (beginning in the early 1980s) as secretary-general of the Muslim World League, which, as journalist Andrew C. McCarthy points out, "has long been the Muslim Brotherhood’s principal vehicle for the international propagation of Islamic supremacist ideology." IMMA's close ties to the Muslim World League are further evidenced by the fact that IMMA's in-house publication, the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs (JMMA), has long listed its official address as 46 Goodge Street in London -- precisely the same address as that of the Muslim World League's London office.

It is vital to note that IMMA's "Muslim Minority Affairs" agenda was, and remains to this day, a calculated foreign policy of the Saudi Ministry of Religious Affairs, designed, as Andrew C. McCarthy explains, "to grow an unassimilated, aggressive population of Islamic supremacists who will gradually but dramatically alter the character of the West."

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Inconvenient truths

Riots broke out in Milwaukee the other day, and before that in other cities, each erupting with familiar sights: fire and pain, anger and looting.

It will likely happen again in some other urban area, perhaps after a black man is killed by a police officer, whether the shooting is justified or unjustified. Was the victim a known criminal pointing a gun at a cop? Or not? These are reasons, but reasons really don't matter now, do they?

The fire is the thing. The anger is the thing.

And all we're doing now is waiting for the next one.

Our media high priests the guardians of the political establishment come to us with reasoned explanations for the urban tinderbox.

They tell us of hopelessness and despair. But ignore the one thing that binds them all, the one inconvenient truth of things.

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Anti-Olympics rant

Once again the only country of any size that, as far as I can see, emerges from the Olympic Games with any credit is India. Accounting for something like a sixth of the world’s population, it had notthe last time I looked at the tablewon a single medal in any event. This proves that, at least in this regard, it has its priorities right. It has steadfastly refused to measure itself by the number of medals it wins at the Olympics and does nothing whatever to encourage its citizens to devote their lives to trying to jump a quarter of a centimeter longer or higher than anyone else in human history.

This is the kind of goal that totalitarian regimes set for their citizens (or perhaps they should be called prisoners). The Marquis de Custine observed a long time ago, in his great book Russia in 1839, that tyrannies demand immense efforts of their populations to bring forth trifles, and there can be no trifle more trifling than an Olympic record, or even a victory without a record. To be the best in the world at something is no achievement unless what you are best at is in itself worthwhile. A man who throws the javelin farther than anyone else (I don’t even know whether the activity exists anymore) is not to be admired but pitied, at least if he has devoted many hours to it, which presumably he must have done to be the best at it in this world of fools.

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Quote of the day

White fragility

An academic and author is offering courses for white people teaching them how to cope with their ‘white fragility’and tickets for the lectures have sold out.

The City of Seattle is offering the class through its Office of Arts and Culture, with Dr. Robin DiAngelo taking students through the course.

The workshops, which cost $60 to attend and had its first four-hour session on Wednesday night, focus on: ‘the specific way that racism manifests through White Fragility and provides the perspectives and skills needed for white people to have more constructive cross-racial interactions’.

The Office of Arts and Culture also defines ‘white fragility’ as: ‘the inability for white people to tolerate racial stress.’

‘White people in the U.S. live in a racially insular social environment,’ a description on its website reads.

‘Because these racial perspectives are so rarely challenged within this environment, white people have not had to develop the stamina needed to tolerate racial stress.

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What you're not being told

In the EU referendum about whether or not the UK should remain in the European Union, the UK government warned that leaving the EU could mean 10 years of uncertainty as new trade deals are formed, and even a collapse of the UK economy with a year of recession.

Meanwhile, the news media and anti-EU politicians concentrated on the topic of immigration, leaving the general public in fear of increasing migrants who will drain the economy and swarm their towns.

This same fear mongering happened in Norway when they held a referendum in 1994; yet Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland, as non-EU members within Europe, enjoy some of the highest living standards in the world.

Iceland was also the only country to put bankers in prison instead of bail them out and Norway will ban the sale of all fossil fuel-based cars in the next decade.

But inside the EU, a member country has the ability to influence the laws of 507 million people. Surely it makes sense to be part of a group of nations working together for a shared common good?

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Monday, August 22, 2016

The strange family of Hillary advisor Huma Abedin

Hillary Clinton's closest and most powerful aide is Huma Abedin.

Abedin's parents have been tied to wide range of terrorist activity and Islamist repression.

In 2012, the Center for Security Policy published a comprehensive review of Abedin's mother's work (PDF). Given Ms. Abedin's proximity to a possible future President, these connections and beliefs are well worth exploring.

...Saleha Abedin, was described in Foreign Policy misleadingly as a "leading voice on women’s rights in the Muslim world" for her work on Islamic women’s issues. The content of that work, however, turns the western concept of women’s rights on its head; Abedin’s mission is the promotion of doctrinal shariah in family life and justification of the brutal and objectively anti-women practices commonplace everywhere that shariah is enforced...

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F-35C doing damage to runways

In the latest of a series of errors, the US Navy’s F-35C is causing significant damage to runways upon landing -- and the Pentagon is touting this as a good thing.

The F-35C variant is designed to take off and land on aircraft carriers, and later this month, the final round of developmental testing will take place aboard the USS George Washington. Until then, pilots are performing practice landings on land.

Unfortunately, these landings are producing noticeable wear and tear on runways. But with the F-35A and F-35B already declared combat-ready, the Navy is getting impatient, and rather than admit that the aircraft is facing yet another problem, it is creatively turning a bug into a feature.

"They were landing in the same spot on the runway every time, tearing up where the hook touches down," said Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, head of Naval Air Forces, according to DoD Buzz.

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Women, the patriarchy, and money

Legions of feminists will ferociously type smash the patriarchy! at their Internet rallies, calling out for the end of the male supremacy in all spheres of life. Yet, few of them acknowledge the fact that one of these spheres, the government (the institution granting them rights), is entirely supported by male taxpayers. Economically, women cost more to the state than they benefit. Put another way, the government (or men) is literally paying women to be alive. Strong independent women are only that way because the state is transferring money from men to them. Feminists are not seriously against being dependent on men, they are just against men having the full control over their money.

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Mysterious elongated skulls of Peru

The elongated skulls of Paracas in Peru caused a stir in 2014 when a geneticist that carried out preliminary DNA testing reported that they have mitochondrial DNA "with mutations unknown in any human, primate, or animal known so far". Now a second round of DNA testing has been completed and the results are just as controversial the skulls tested, which date back as far as 2,000 years, were shown to have European and Middle Eastern Origin. These surprising results change the known history about how the Americas were populated.

Paracas is a desert peninsula located within Pisco Province on the south coast of Peru. It is here where Peruvian archaeologist, Julio Tello, made an amazing discovery in 1928 a massive and elaborate graveyard containing tombs filled with the remains of individuals with the largest elongated skulls found anywhere in the world. These have come to be known as the ‘Paracas skulls’. In total, Tello found more than 300 of these elongated skulls, some of which date back around 3,000 years.

It is well-known that most cases of skull elongation are the result of cranial deformation, head flattening, or head binding, in which the skull is intentionally deformed by applying force over a long period of time. It is usually achieved by binding the head between two pieces of wood, or binding in cloth. However, while cranial deformation changes the shape of the skull, it does not alter other features that are characteristic of a regular human skull.

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Cuba wants its citizens back

The Cuban government has never liked the Cuban Adjustment Act, which allows Cubans who reach the United States to remain, but it’s stepping up its campaign against it as it struggles to hold onto human resources it considers crucial to the island’s economy.

In recent days, Cuban officials have called on President Barack Obama to use his executive powers to end the controversial wet foot, dry foot policy and to cut off the professional medical parole program that has led thousands of doctors and medical professionals, trained, for free, in Cuban universities, to flee to the United States.

The Cuban government made its latest demand via Granma, the Cuban government’s newspaper, where officials accused the United States of maintaining policies and laws that encourage illegal migration and violate migratory agreements between the two countries.

"Born in the times of the Cold War, its goal remains to destabilize the country," the Granma article stated.

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Odds and ends

The number of shooting victims in Chicago stood at 2,514 Thursday morning. At this time last year, 1,725 people had been shot. The city has not seen this level of gun violence since the 1990s, a trend the Police Department has blamed on lax gun laws and feuding gang factions.

Obama is being referred to as a "faculty lounge warrior."

Does Hillary wear a defibrillator vest?

Rioter in Milwaukee...."Rich people got all the money...don't give us none. So we burn gas stations."

Black sheriff of Milwaukee County to protestors...."Stop trying to fix the police, Fix the Ghetto."

Movie and television actress Rose McGowan whose career peaked with a five-year run co-starring in the TV series Charmed in the early 2000s penned an open letter to Donald Trump this past week that accuses Trumpand the media that gives him airtimeof causing mass illness with symptoms including "knots in our shoulders, sick feelings in the pit of our vaginas, stomach tightness, shortness of breath, wildly elevated stress levels."

CEO's of the 350 largest companies in the U.S. by sales earn an average of about 276 times what the average worker at their company makes.

Californians currently spend 49 cents more per gallon than the national average, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. For most of the last year, that difference exceeded 60 cents. Several times last summer, it topped $1.

According to poll results from Public Policy Polling released Tuesday, three out of five Texans said they would support seceding from America if Hillary Clinton becomes president.

The Great Wall of China is about 13,000 miles long and 25 feet high in some places.

Former Texas governor Rick Perry leads Senator Ted Cruz in an early poll for the Texas 2018 Senate race.

Blacks first won the 100 meter dash gold medal in 1932, and again in 1936 and 1948, but whites won the 100 meter dash gold medal in 1952, 1956, 1960, and again in 1972 and 1980. But from 1984 onward, all 72 finalists in the 100 meter dash have been at least half black.

Latest Rasmussen poll has Hillary at 41, Trump at 39, Gary Johnson at 9, and Jill Stein at 3.

Since 2000, France has pulled down 33 vacated Christian churches. In their place they erected more than 1000 mosques.


Era of The Bitch

Get ready for the era of The Bitch.

If Hillary Clinton wins the White House in November, it will be a historic moment, the smashing of the preeminent glass ceiling in American public life. A mere 240 years after this nation’s founding, a woman will occupy its top office. America’s daughters will at last have living, breathing, pantsuit-wearing proof that they too can grow up to be president.

A Clinton victory also promises to usher in four-to-eight years of the kind of down-and-dirty public misogyny you might expect from a stag party at Roger Ailes’s house.

You know it’s coming. As hyperpartisanship, grievance politics, and garden-variety rage shift from America’s first black commander-in-chief onto its first female one, so too will the focus of political bigotry. Some of it will be driven by genuine gender grievance or discomfort among some at being led by a woman. But in plenty of other cases, slamming Hillary as a bitch, a c**t (Thanks, Scott Baio!), or a menopausal nut-job (an enduringly popular theme on Twitter) will simply be an easy-peasy shortcut for dismissing her and delegitimizing her presidency.

Either way, it’ll be best to brace for some in-your-face sexist drivel in the coming years. Despite progress in the business world, women as top executives still prompt an extra shot of public scrutiny. (Just ask Marissa Mayer or Sheryl Sandberg or Carly Fiorina.) And just as Barack Obama’s election did not herald a shiny, new post-racial America, Clinton’s would not deliver one of gender equality and enlightenment. So goes progress: Two steps forward, one step back(lash). As the culture changes, people resent that change and start freaking out, others look to exploit their fear, and things can turn really, really nasty on their way to getting better.

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British Jews seeking German citizenship

Hundreds of British Jews and their descendants who were stripped of German citizenship by the Nazis have inquired about obtaining German passports in the wake of Britain’s vote for Brexit, figures from the German embassy in London have shown.

Applications for German citizenship from dispossessed British √©migr√© Jews and their families which normally run at just 20 per year have spiked sharply after the June 23 vote which cast a pall of uncertainty over Britain’s future relations with Europe.

Thomas Harding, the Jewish writer whose latest work ‘The House by the Lake’ tells the story of his ancestral summer home outside Berlin that was vacated after his family fled the Nazis in the 1930s, was among the first to stake his claim.

"I heard about Brexit around 6am and by 9am I had emailed the German embassy in London asking how I could go about requesting citizenship," he said.

Under Article 116 of Germany's Basic Law any Jew whose citizenship was revoked by Nazi-era ordinances passed between January 1933 and May 1945 is entitled to have it restored. The rule also applies to their descendants.

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So what do professors really think?

A controversial pair of letters written by faculty members at Smith College’s School for Social Work and addressed to administrators there have inspired a protest and charges of racism by students. The letters, which were leaked to students by an unidentified source, revealed that some professors in the program are frustrated both by the admission of students they view as academically unprepared and by an administration they see as too willing to cave to student complaints.

"We must acknowledge that social worklike every other kind of workis not for everyone," says one of the letters, which is signed by "concerned adjuncts" at the graduate school.

Another letter, written by Dennis Miehls, a professor and department chair at the school, alludes to a "tainted" admissions process that let in students who were not well-equipped to succeed. Mr. Miehls did not respond to an email requesting comment.

In a note to students, the person who leaked the letters said that the language of the faculty complaints gave credence to a "climate of fear experienced by students of color at Smith," and that exposing the letters would "facilitate transparency and accountability," according to a report from Inside Higher Ed.

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Lesbian farmers, Rural Pride

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is holding summits to promote the role of lesbian farmers as a part of its "Rural Pride" campaign.

The agency is working with singer and LGBT activist Cyndi Lauper for a "day of conversation" about the struggles of gay and transgender individuals in rural America. The agency says its wants to change the perception of what it means to be a farmer in America away from the "white, rich male."

The latest summit, first reported by the College Fix, will be held on August 18 at Drake University in Iowa.

"The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights, in collaboration with the National Center for Lesbian Rights and The True Colors Fund, will engage with LGBT rural communities across the country to host the LGBT Rural Summit Series," the USDA said. "Each series will offer a unique opportunity for USDA and other federal agencies to share information relating to policies, programs, and services that exist to protect, promote and strengthen LGBT rural communities."

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California Governor Brown aligns himself against fossil fuels, but likes their money

Public interest group Consumer Watchdog today reported that twenty-six energy companies including the state’s three major investor-owned utilities, Occidental, Chevron, and NRGall with business before the statedonated $9.8 million to Jerry Brown’s campaigns, causes, and initiatives, and to the California Democratic Party since he ran for Governor. Donations were often made within days or weeks of winning favors. The three major investor-owned utilities alone contributed nearly $6 million.

An exhaustive review of campaign records, publicly-released emails and other documents at, court filings, and media reports, shows that Brown personally intervened in regulatory decisions favoring the energy industry, and points to Brown and his operatives having used the Democratic Party as a political slush fund to receive contributions from unpopular energy companies in amounts greater than permitted to his candidate committee. Between 2011 and 2014, the energy companies tracked by Brown’s Dirty Hands donated $4.4 million to the Democratic Party, and the Democratic Party gave $4.7 million to Brown’s re-election. Earmarking to the Democratic Party is illegal. Consumer Watchdog is forwarding its report to the Fair Political Practices Commission.

"The timing of energy industry donations around important legislation and key pro-industry amendments, as well as key regulatory decisions in which Brown personally intervened, raises troubling questions about whether quid pro quos are routine for this administration," said consumer advocate Liza Tucker, author of the report, Brown’s Dirty Hands. "While Brown paints himself as a foe of fossil fuels, his Administration promoted reckless oil drilling, burning dirty natural gas to make electricity, and used old hands from industry and government, placed in key regulatory positions, to protect the fossil fuel-reliant energy industry."

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Friday, August 19, 2016

V.P. candidate Tim Kaine on Bill Clinton

Tim Kaine Once Said Cheating Politicians Should ResignIncluding Bill Clinton

The Democratic vice presidential candidate is pretty much part of the Clinton family at this point. But in 2002, he said Bill Clinton should have stepped down in the wake of his affair with a White House intern.

Bill Clinton should have resigned over the Monica Lewinsky scandalat least, that’s a view Tim Kaine once held.

Kaine’s remarkreported 14 years ago in the Richmond Times-Dispatch in the aftermath of a state-level sex scandalhasn’t drawn any attention thus far in the 2016 presidential cycle. But it suggests Hillary Clinton's running mate at one point harbored reservations about the integrity of the man poised to become the country’s first first gentleman.

Kaine commented on the Lewinsky scandal in 2002, when allegations of sexual harassment had rocked the Virginia House of Delegates. The speaker of the house, Vance Wilkins, was a Republican power broker who had just helped his party flip the House and build its majority after Democrats had historically controlled the chamber.

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Six years to graduate from college?

College students in Texas have just a 40 percent chance of graduating within six years, according to a recent report by a Washington think tank that calls Texas public universities "dropout factories."

Graduation rates at Texas colleges are below the national average, according to the report, by Washington research group Third Way, which analyzed U.S. Department of Education data. Nationally, college students have a 50/50 shot of graduating within six years, according to the report.

And at a time when students across the nation are grappling with historic levels of debt, the report finds that they are having a harder time finding jobs that will pay them enough to dig themselves out of the hole. At the average Texas university, one-third of students earn less than $25,000 a year six years after they enroll.

Unlike high schools -- which can face federal penalties for graduating less than two-thirds of their seniors -- colleges aren't held to any such standards by the federal government. If they were, the report says, 85 percent of U.S. public colleges would be flagged for possible intervention.

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The Loathsome Cowboy rides again

Ken Salazar, President Obama’s disgraced ex-interior secretary and former U.S. senator from Colorado, was named Hillary Clinton’s White House transition chair on Monday.

The pick confirms that a Clinton presidency would not only be Barack Obama’s third term ideologically, but also culturally. As in the Democratic culture of corruption.

Ken Salazar is a thug. Before stepping down as Obama’s interior secretary in 2013 "to spend time with family," Salazar threatened violence against a local Colorado Springs Gazette reporter who had the audacity to challenge one of the ten-gallon hat-wearing bureaucrat’s cronyism-tainted deals.

At issue: How rancher and reported Salazar business associate Tom Davis profited handsomely from the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Program. Not long after Salazar took office, Davis paid $10 each for more than 1,700 federally protected horses who roamed on public lands. He then turned around and sold them for slaughter near the Mexican border for $154,000, despite signing a contract prohibiting him from doing so.

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Quote of the day

Free-speech activists, homosexual-rights advocates, feminists, and democracy reformers all privately accept that they are as free to attack the fundamentalism of the Christian Right as they are in real danger both to their persons and to their careers should they question Koranic support for widespread current Muslim discrimination against women, gays, and religious reformers. Political correctness has become synonymous with either cowardice or careerism or both. We damn "Islamophobia" to win social brownie points, but we tune out when there is mention of honor killings or female circumcision. Cheap silence is always preferable to principled but risky dissent.

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GOP is Jeb Bushes all the way down

This election has made it abundantly clear that the conservative and the establishment Republican have one thing in common: the hearts of losers. The reason Republicans have always been derided as merely slowing down the left is they never believed victory could ever be theirs, to begin with. Jeb Bush, who has the heart, mind, body, and soul of a loser, was just the tip of the iceberg. It turns out that the Republican Party is Jeb Bushes all the way down.

No doubt Donald Trump was thrown off his game by what in an incredible bunch of mendacious losers occupy the GOP and movement conservatism. He's never surrounded himself by mewling pukes, so it's unlikely he was prepared for just how pervasive the loser's heart is on the right, how worthless its institutions are, and how pathetic its spokesmen are.

Whether Trump wins or loses in November, one thing is clear: the entire leadership structure of the GOP---the party, the foundations, the magazines---must be purged. Everyone who has the heart of a loser needs to go. They've got to have no say in the future. After all, even they admit it was never theirs to begin with.

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The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927

On Good Friday, April 15, 1927, the Memphis Commercial Appeal warned: "The roaring Mississippi River, bank and levee full from St. Louis to New Orleans, is believed to be on its mightiest rampage...All along the Mississippi considerable fear is felt over the prospects for the greatest flood in history."

That Good Friday morning, the rains came, setting all-time records for their breadth and intensity. They came down over several hundred thousand square miles, covering much or all of the states of Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas, and Louisiana.

In New Orleans in 18 hours there were 15 inches of rainthe greatest ever known there. The river swelled so high and flowed so fast that in Berry's woods, for the residents along the river, " It was like facing an angry, dark ocean."

One man recalled, decades later, "I saw a whole tree just disappear, sucked under by the current, then saw it shoot up, it must have been a hundred yards [downstream]. Looked like a missile fired by a submarine."

In the spring of 1927, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers assured the public that the levees would hold. The Corps had built them, after all. But as had been the case at the mouth of the river, the Corps overestimated its own prowress and underestimated the power of the river..... The levees failed. Here, there, sometimes it seemed everywhere, the river undercut the levees. Water poured through breaks called crevasses, covering with 30 feet of water land where nearly one million people lived.

Twenty-seven thousand square miles were inundated. This was about equal to the combined size of Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Vermont. By July 1, even as the flood began to recede, 1.5 million acres were under water. The river was 70 miles wide.

---Man vs. Nature: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927