EMT 4/30/16 [krakatoa]
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Just in time for an open thread.
Overnight Open Thread (29 Apr 2016)
Pentagon warns of conflict over Chinese buildup on disputed island. I just don't see the White House escalating this beyond some hashtags of concern. It's not the first time the White House has disagreed with military leadership.
the Obama administration, with just nine months left in office, is looking to work with China on a host of other issues from nuclear non-proliferation to an ambitious trade agenda, experts say, and would prefer not to rock the South China Sea boat, even going so far as to muzzle Harris and other military leaders in the run-up to a security summit.
Military Operation Names
I just wish someday there will be an Operation Sleepy Weasel. 7 military operations with ridiculous names.
1. Operation Viking Snatch
Nothing more inspiring than a mission that sounds like a porno about hot lady vikings, right? Wrong. Despite its name, Operation Viking Snatch was a simple raid to interrupt weapons smuggling in Iraq, and was carried out Sept. 20, 2007. That said, Operation Viking Snatch is possibly one of the most hilarious mission names of all time.
Police Shooting Study
Study found race matters in police shootings as unarmed white suspects are three times more likely to be shot as unarmed black suspects are. Ahh, white privilege I suppose.
Hot Wings Interview
You know, this format would be perfect for a debate between Hot Sauce in my purse Hillary and Trump.
Must be nice to be able to support politicians and groups that look to take away your second amendment rights and yet be able to spend $6.5M for armed bodyguards.
John Wayne is now unsuitable for remembrance? Ugh. If you're a democrat you can still be honored as Princeton did earlier this month when they decided to keep Woodrow Wilson's name on a building.
Only liberal icons can be forgiven their past sins, or their troublesome views placed in historical context. Wilson's nauseating racism can be excused because he expanded government. Martin Luther King's communist affiliations are actually celebrated by some liberals. Malcolm X's violent, eliminationist rhetoric against whites was justified. Ted Kennedy's drinking, womanizing and murder of a young girl can be forgotten because of his accomplishments in the Senate - so goes the rationale.
Where Is My Mind Animal Cover
Remember the Chinese bulldozer street battle? Well, it looks to be a sign of how bad China's economy has gotten.
China's construction sector has fallen on hard times, with growth down by two-thirds from its peak a decade ago. Real estate construction represents close to a quarter of China's economy, a far higher proportion than other major countries, and its slowdown is now sending ripples through industrial sectors such as steel, glass and cement, causing waves of layoffs.
The Beer Run
Now this is a friend. An honorable merchant seam snuck into Vietnam combat zone to buy his friends beer.
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A NYTimes article on "monotasking," that is, actually paying attention to one thing we are doing rather than annihilating our concentration with a barrage of multiple sources of stimulation.
I wrote about this last month, when I reviewed a book called Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World. (Don't comment on old post; the site autobans IPs posting in old threads because it thinks they're spammers.)
Been a month and a half, maybe, since I became a proud Twitter Quitter and several aspects of my life have improved. Less distraction = more actual time. Distracted time is crap time -- neither doing one thin nor the other; neither really working, nor really relaxing, either. The attempt to cheat work hours by mixing in zero-calorie non-entertainments (Twitter, Facebook. clickbait articles with pictures of large breasts (gets me every time) just winds up making you feel guilty about not working, and then you cheat your actual downtime by mixing in light crap that you can pretend is sort of work related (like "building your brand on Twitter") when it's really nothing of the sort.
Just leads to a bad habit of wasting work hours by doing low-quality, distracted work, and then "making up for it" by wasting leisure hours by doing low-quality, distracted leisure.
Here's another NYT article that's (sort of) vaguely about the idea of defeating a bad habit by changing your every day environments and patterns. Actually, it's about a woman who lost weight by leaving the city she had grown fat in and moving permanently to a place she had gotten thin in (in fat camp), but I think one can take it more broadly as an endorsement of the idea that bad habits need to be dehabituated.
I guess that's kind of obvious. But I read a good point, somewhere: No one can make any change by willpower. People's reservoirs of willpower are limited. The only way to make changes is to do things as a habit until they become a habit. Then just try to maintain the habit.
I guess that's not such a big distinction but I think there's something to it.
I'm taking an early night. Everyone, have a nice weekend. Go somewhere new!
Cutting TV, the Huge Time-Waster:
Quitting most TV and being extremely selective with movie viewing has freed up so much time for me. I only waste down time on things that really give me something back like music and art and comedy and dog videos and anything else dog related. I feel much less frenetic and feel more in control of my life.
I keep telling myself I'm going to do this but then I don't. I am still watching shows that, in a word, suck: Arrow, Flash, Legends of Tomorrow. Yes, they all suck now. Arrow sucks the worst but they all suck.
Archer isn't good anymore. Still watch it. It feels like *work.*
Survivor I'm starting not to watch. (Score one on that.)
The idea that one should make an inventory of Shows I REALLY Like, Shows I Somewhat Like, and Shows I Don't Really Like But Am Only Now Watching Out of Habit and eliminating category 3 (and honestly, category 2 as well) is a good one.
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Education or Indoctrination? [Mis. Hum]
I am not a teacher. Ooops, my bad, I mean educator. My direct personal experience with secondary education recently has been limited. I did attend the graduation ceremony of my two youngest daughters in May of 2015. They graduated from a University of Wisconsin system school. The only thing I remember from that ceremony is that they received diplomas and portions of the address given by the chancellor.
The address went something like this, "These students have faced adversity as our school has had significant budget cuts." Now, he did not come out and say Scott Walker was to blame. You could read that between the lines. Mrs. MH elbowed me in the ribs when I let out an audible groan. So as the one year anniversary of this address approaches I've been thinking about his speech and other exemplary actions of colleges and universities in the news. Basically, the thoughts have been, WTF is wrong with our education system?
Hillary Clinton once famously said it takes a village to raise a child. Does the village teach manners and courtesy? It's quite obvious the the village, her parents and schooling from K-12 failed. Budget cuts in MA or any other state have nothing to do with this behavior. The President once chimed in about the private sector not building their business. OK, with that philosophy and Hillary's village beliefs, then the Public Education System is 100% responsible for this creature. Not too mention her parents who obviously taught her eating was fine but manners/courtesy were no-nos.
Now you might say, give her a break, she's an immature adult who needs further guidance. (OK play along here) This poor misguided soul will encounter educators who will teach her the value of open thought, differing ideas and free expression/discussion of topics. Not only will she be exposed to critical and independent thinking she will be exposed to how to play well with others. And finally she and other students will learn the lesson of accepting the truth, no matter if it is different than their original belief yes immature adult, a secondary education will give you all of these life lessons. You will graduate and be a well rounded person. (In her case in more ways than one)
The left preaches diversity. They shout it from the roof tops. But, it appears the only diversity they want is color, unless you are white gender, gender identity and sexual preference. Diversity of thought and political beliefs are not welcomed. When do they add Re-education to their name? For example, The Re-education University of fill-in-the-blank-state.
These kids don't come to a college or a university blank slates. The K-12 public school systems are failing miserably as well. Don't believe me if this comes out of a teacher who represents teachers what are we to expect in the classroom? In 2011 thousands of protesters marched on Madison, WI in response to Scott Walker's Act 10 legislation. This legislation addressed public unions, school teachers hardest hit. Teachers taught their students valuable lessons by "striking" although school strikes in WI are illegal. We won't get into the fake "Sick Excuse Notes" written by UW Doctors for the striking teachers.
So the public school system is corrupted, what do we do? There are no simple answers. Pushing for school vouchers is one step. Pushing for charter schools free of the teacher union's grip is another. Better vetting of school board candidates at local election time. Supporting governors such as Scott Walker who reigned in the WI teachers union. These are all steps in the right direction. These institutions didn't change for the worse overnight and will not change for the better overnight either. It will require work, diligence and exposure of their corrupt ways and means.
Mike Pence's Terrible Nondorsement Of Ted Cruz
I think Allah's right here -- including about the Establishment types who will pretend-endorse Cruz to satisfy their conservative voters, but doing so so weakly they usher Trump into the nomination.
Meanwhile, Byron York says GOP bigwigs -- i.e., the establishment Trump is allegedly fighting, and Cruz is allegedly part of -- are making peace with the idea of the disaster candidate Trump.
I've heard a lot of RINOs openly talking about Trump being preferable, because his catastrophic loss will teach these Tea Partiers and uppity conservatives that they had better listen to the Cool Reason of John Boehner and Mitch McConnell in the future.
So we have not one but two wings of this party looking to teach the other a Lesson that will echo in the decades to come.
Both want the other destroyed completely so that they might rule alone.
It will end in tears. And Hillary. But mostly Hillary. And also, tears.
I Want the Benefits of Maternity Leave Without Bothering to Have Children, Says Stupid Fat Whore
Insomnia struck again.
To be honest, I'm not sure if this warrants the level of outrage (and insult) I'm giving it. It's a novel -- and it's a chiclit comedy, with a misunderstanding and a pretend pregnancy suit to scam her company.
I'm not sure how seriously she intends the idea of "me-ternity." I think maybe she does mean it a little.
It's extraordinary that feminists claim they want the right to work, then when they get the right to work like men do -- meaning, you show up at your job and work and no, you can't just take a sabbatical (me-battical?) when you feel like you Just Can't Even -- they begin bitching and moaning and claiming they need society to reconform itself yet again to accommodate their ever-growing list of vital needs and demands.
If you don't want to work, fine -- get married, be a housewife.
But what is this shit with the claims that they want to work, and then the constant whining about what work actually entails?
Meghann Foye, 38, was jealous of co-workers clocking out for maternity leave, and decided she needed a break of her own. Here, the author of the novel "Meternity" (Mira, out now), tells The Postís Anna Davies why she believes every woman deserves mandated "me time."
I was 31 years old in 2009, and I loved my career. As an editor at a popular magazine, I got to work on big stories, attend cool events, and meet famous celebs all the time.
And yet, after 10 years of working in a job where I was always on deadline, I couldn't help but feel envious when parents on staff left the office at 6 p.m. to tend to their children, while it was assumed co-workers without kids would stay behind to pick up the slack.
"You know, I need a maternity leave!" I told one of my pregnant friends...
[T]he more I thought about it, the more I came to believe in the value of a "meternity" leave -- which is, to me, a sabbatical-like break that allows women and, to a lesser degree, men to shift their focus to the part of their lives that doesn't revolve around their jobs.
"To a lesser degree, men" -- because while women are luminous creatures full of creative energies for things besides their jobs, men are expected to be workbrute labordrudges who show up every day to punch the clock while their female co-"workers" (quotes heavily sarcastic) are galavanting around on some much-unearned me-time.
The strongest possible arguments against the equality of the sexes are the stupid self-serving indulgent indolent things that come pouring out of feminists' mouths every damn day.
Feminism is a cult, and one of the cult beliefs of feminism is that women must work, for working is empowering. But it's quite clear that many women simply do not want to work -- yet they feel for maximum "empowerment" they must pretend at work.
Many men don't want to work, either. But we call them "bums." We do not make up cutesy neologisms like "me-ternity" to explain why some lazy men take months and years "figuring themselves out" going on a "Personal Journey to the Heart of the Unexplored Continent Known As Me."
We just say they're broke-ass layabouts.
But feminism says you cannot say anything about a feminist woman that is not positive. So we need to create new words to describe people who want a paycheck without having to actually work.
Just for them. Not for anyone else.
I can't help but notice that all the truly pernicious ideologies seem to posit that the believers in the ideology no longer have to sully themselves with dirty work. Islamists feel work is beneath them; they are Warrior Princes of Allah, who are to be served by slaves. Their "work" is only murder and thinking about Allah's lists of people to be hit.
Communists don't believe in work; they believe in elevating a Revolutionary Vanguard which will Think Big Thoughts while the proles work their benefit. (Communism simply seeks to displace one overcaste for another -- the incoming overcaste being the communists. Go figure!)
And some feminists, despite their religious conviction that work is "empowering" (read: a holy catechism) for women, seem to agitate endlessly for time off.
Work is tough. That's why they call it work.
And some people are simply too lazy or feel too entitled to work.
So they subscribe to ideologies that call their utter unwillingness to make themselves economically productive (or usefully reproductive) seem somehow noble.
Every asshole's dream: To be paid for doing nothing.*
Thus a thousand ideologies breeding rent-seekers and pressure-politics pirates, looting others' hard-won wealth.
* A commenter points out, rightly, that this is everyone else's dream too.
I should have said the asshole move comes in when you begin dreaming up ideological dogmas that claim that you don't have to work, but may seize the wealth of another to support you in your super-urgent Religious Work (whether for Black Lives Matter, communism, "democratic socialism," feminism, or Islamism).
Anti-Trump Protesters Get Violent In California Because Of Course They Do
The media frets and worries about the Bundy standoff, yet never seems to notice the unending violence from the left.
They have successfully normalized this behavior -- on the left only.
ndreds of demonstrators filled the street outside the Orange County amphitheater where Donald Trump held a rally Thursday night, stomping on cars, hurling rocks at motorists and forcefully declaring their opposition to the Republican presidential candidate.
Traffic came to a halt as a boisterous crowd walked in the roadway, some waving American and Mexican flags. Protesters smashed a window on at least one police cruiser, punctured the tires of a police sport utility vehicle, and at one point tried to flip a police car.
Boisterous -- like a mischievous 11 year old with a slingshot and a frog in his pocket.
About five police cars were damaged in total, police said, adding that some will require thousands of dollars' worth of repairs.
"I'm protesting because I want equal rights for everybody, and I want peaceful protest," said 19-year-old Daniel Lujan, one of hundreds in a crowd that appeared to be mostly Latinos in their late teens and 20s.
...he said as he smashed a police car with a rock.
"I knew this was going to happen," Lujan added. "It was going to be a riot. He deserves what he gets."
He just said, two seconds ago, he wanted "peace."
He seems to want "peace" like the Palestinian Knife Activists want "peace."
Video footage showed some anti-Trump demonstrators hurling debris at a passing pickup truck.
Nearly attempted murder. Let's just call it Aggravated Boisterousness With Intent to Commit Hijinks.
Indiana Governor Mike Pence to Endorse Ted Cruz
Of course, Trump already locked down what may be an even more important endorsement in Indiana -- Hoosiers coach and freeform chair motion artist Bobby Knight.
Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
Girl Braiding Her Hair
And for something a little different, some performance art below the fold....
Goo goo g'joob
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TGIF Morning News Dump (4/29/16) [Mis. Hum.]
- The Obama Administration, to serve and protect. LMAO.
- "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie."
- The State can't keep secrets forever
- Economy growth S-L-O-W
- Sheriff Joe offends lefties yet again
- Will some grunge rocker from Seattle come up with a song, "The Garbage Police"?
- Poor Huma
- 3 people affiliated with San Bernardino shooter arrested
- Hey Linda, if you claim you're transracial and a lesbian everything will be fine.
- Good thing it wasn't born in a Ford Probe
- Wonder if I can get the kids meal price at Trump Hotel? I'm a kid trapped in an adult's body
- This isn't rocket science
- Ehh gadz Lovey, a Yale man
- Protecting the environment one crony deal at a time
- Comedy tour hits Iraq
- Where is the Palestinian outrage?
- Fatso starts Twitter campaign against the wrong person
- Special snowflake not so special
- Germany considering an Islam Law
- Ransomware big business and frightening
- Was it something I said?
- Opinion piece that is thought provoking
- Funny how they can't do this at the southern border
- Speaking of fences, Obama's forefathers believe in them
- Genius Award, Part I
- Genius Award, Part II
- Feel good story of the day
Have a good Friday and a better weekend.
Overnight Open Thread (4-28-2016)
Yale University President Peter Salovey solemnly addressed "the Yale community" by email in the early evening hours last night. He had a portentous announcement. Among other things, Yale has reached a decision on whether to retain the title "master" to refer to the teachers taking up the mantle at Yale's residential colleges. You can feel the brain cells sloughing off as you read the deliberation that went into taking the long way around to arrive at the wrong conclusion in the current fashion. It's the tribute that knowledge pays to ignorance.
-- Scott Johnson of PowerLine
In fact, over the years, Mr. Gross has consistently asked one question of prospective employees: What drives you?
The twist is that they must pick one of three answers: money, power or fame.
Strangely to him, no one has ever picked fame."It is the one thing I have always wanted," he said. "When I was starting out at Pimco in 1972, I told my mother and father that I was going to become the most famous bond manager in the world."
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream-and not make dreams your master;
If you can think-and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings-nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,And-which is more-you'll be a Man, my son!
Rudyard Kipling published this poem in 1910 and Ernest Shackleton already had a framed copy of it in the ship's library on his ill-fated expedition to the Antarctic in 1914.
And the SJW Scolds never let you down: Reminder: Rudyard Kipling Was a Racist F*ck and The Jungle Book Is Imperialist Garbage
It's Official Now: Hillary! Now Offering the Woman Card
He ended up signing it but this is what he wrote:
Discovery. And a chance to try out a new legal theory against gun companies.
As I have documented before, the law protects firearms manufacturers, but excepts cases where there is "negligent entrustment." I recall thinking as I read this, "this is an oddball exception." The reason that it is odd is that firearms manufacturers don't sell to customers. They sell to distributors who then sell to stores (some manufacturers sell directly online, but go through a local FFL, e.g., Rock River Arms, LaRue Tactical, etc.).
They are thinking that this exception, the negligent entrustment clause, has not been tested in court and still need fleshing out as to its real definition.
Is it the Ferguson Effect or something else?
While the overall crime rate remained constant, and the violent crime rate ticked up by only 3.1 percent, the murder rate spiked by 13.2 percent in the 30 largest U.S. cities, "with 19 cities seeing increases and 6 decreases."
Because sometimes your personal free choice is just wrong and so you must be punished for it.
News You Can Use: How To Disarm a Mine
All of which begs the question: Why are so many people treating the act of asking someone to prom like it's a wedding proposal? Watching these high schoolers' promposals is like taking a deep dive into those weird videos on YouTube of kids pretending to get married in fake weddings (yes, that's a thing). And it suggests that an increasing number of young people are so focused on the attention they get from asking someone to prom that they forget what the high school ritual is supposed to be about: having fun with your friends before you all grow up and have to face the real world. For kids who grew up online, maybe that's the point: there is no real world unless it's documented online. Promposal pics, or it didn't happen.
So much so that she even instagrammed it with the tag #lilbbJupiter. See if you can spot the problem.
Thai Tranny Hooker Watch: Violent Gang of 'Ladyboys' Now Mugging Tourists
Having sex with them seems to be the best defense.
Come on be a smartie and join the yahoo group party! For party smartieness-tude.
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Is ESPN a Hotbed of Over Racists?
Yes it is, says fired former ESPN analyst Curt Schilling.
"Some of the most racist things that I've ever heard come out of people that are on the air at ESPN. There are some of the biggest racists in sports commentating, and you take it for what it is. You know who they are. You know what they are. I like that they are openly because then you know who they are. You know that they exist."
He needs to name names. If we're living in a Purge The Heretics Society now, all the Heretics must be Purged.
All. Not just the ones the left doesn't like.
Is Millennials' Dislike of Capitalism Rooted in the Same Psychological Weakness That Causes Them to Want #SafeSpaces?
I think David French is right -- we can see this broadly as a soft generation with no toughness or grit which is strongly adverse to any kind of challenge or competition.
They're very big on Reward, not so much on Risk.
[T]here is still startlingly broad opposition to capitalism, and I can't help but wonder if part of it springs from the same well-spring of risk aversion that gives us safe spaces, micro-aggressions, and trigger-warnings.
Actual free markets are risky. Companies can fail. Entire industries can vanish. Entrepreneurial dreams are crushed every single day. Free markets don't care for your feelings, your ethnicity, or your gender identity.
Is it any surprise that when millions of people demonstrate an extraordinarily low tolerance for emotional risk that theyíd be hostile to an economic system that can so callously disregard their wants and needs?
When a generation of weak, soft imbeciles decides it is too #EmotionallyUnsafe to ever lose in a footrace, we see the end of Track and Field as a sport.
And when these same coddled weaklings and runts decide they can't stand to lose in the competition for innovation and hard work, we'll see the end of all competition in innovation a d hard work.
Economic Participation Trophies for Everybody!
Eight Minute AbsAre You Ready for... One Minute Abs?
Seven Minute Abs
Six Minute Abs
Seven Minute Abs
Six Minute Abs
It is now put forward that one minute of all-out exercise may deliver the benefits of 45 minutes of lower-intensity conditioning.
You know what I call one minute of intense exercise? Sex twice a day.
For many of us, the most pressing question about exercise is: How little can I get away with? The answer, according to a sophisticated new study of interval training, may be very, very little. In this new experiment, in fact, 60 seconds of strenuous exertion proved to be as successful at improving health and fitness as three-quarters of an hour of moderate exercise.
Let me repeat that finding: One minute of arduous exercise was comparable in its physiological effects to 45 minutes of gentler sweating.
They tested three groups: the control group, who did nothing; the typical conditioning regimen group, doing 45 minutes of moderate/high cardio; and a last group, which did 10 seconds warm up, 20 seconds all-out-intensity bike pedaling, ten seconds cool down, 20 seconds all-out-intensity pedaling.
Total workout time: 60 seconds. I guess maybe they did a short cooldown after.
[W]hen the scientists retested the men's aerobic fitness, muscles and blood-sugar control now, they found that the exercisers showed virtually identical gains, whether they had completed the long endurance workouts or the short, grueling intervals. In both groups, endurance had increased by nearly 20 percent, insulin resistance likewise had improved significantly, and there were significant increases in the number and function of certain microscopic structures in the menís muscles that are related to energy production and oxygen consumption.
No but seriously: Sex takes care of that. You just have to do it once per day.
I need to find someone willing to let me put my shame inside them. For 20 seconds, then a ten second change-up slow-down, then 20 seconds to the fast finish.
Economy Grows an Enormous Zero Point Five Percent In First Quater
I knew they wouldn't let the number fall below zero -- they would fight that. Because two quarters of negative growth in a row is a recession, and they absolutely will not permit that before Obama's Legacy Election.
So they're making sure that can't happen. Even if we go negative next quarter -- and we may well might -- we can't have an official recession as we go to the polls.
So here's your Green Shoots: zero point five. Half of a percent.
Just enough to not be negative, and that's all that matters.
Gateway Pundit says that Obama now belongs to a very exclusive club: he is the only president in history, since we've been measuring economic growth, to not see a single year of (just better than the rate of population expansion) 3% growth.
What a guy.
What a god.
All hail King Obama, first of his name, the FOTUS -- Failure of the United States.
Or even FUOTUS.
Cruz: The Alliance With the Idiot Prick John Kasich Is Dead
Kasich needed Cruz to win Indiana as much as Cruz needed that -- both men's only hope relies on a contested convention, and a contested convention requires someone other than Trump to win Indiana.
But Kasich immediately repudiated their alliance and began making noises that he was competing there as hard as ever.
For some reason. Probably because he's a prick, and he's dumb, and has an ego more bloated than his stomach after all that disgusting eating.
Now Cruz acknowledges the reality of the situation: You can't trust the son of a federally-employed mailman to deliver anything.
Alliance is over.
John Boehner: Cruz is "Lucifer in the Flesh;" Donald Trump Is My Texting Buddy
I'd say that puts Cruz up over Trump 1-0.
"Lucifer in the flesh," the former speaker said [of Ted Cruz]. "I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life."
Boehner described other Republican candidates as friends. In particular, the former speaker said he has played golf with Donald Trump for years and that they were "texting buddies."
Most important endorsement Cruz has had so far.
But I'm sure the pretend anti-establisment stalwart Trump will say this just shows how Cruz "can't get along with people" to "make great deals."
Vice: Here's What It's Really Like to Fight For ISIS
Evil death-worshipping clowns -- they would be laughable, if their black hearts were not so set on murder.
They took this propaganda video using a head-mounted camera (which is always looking in the wrong place -- canted too far down -- because they're fuck-ups) and meant to show the world their might as they cruised around murdering people in their "improvised broke-ass Fat Albert Delta Deathmobile," as spongeworthy calls it. (Well, I added broke-ass and Fat Albert.)
Then they ran into the Peshmega.
If only more of them were killed it would be a great video.
Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
The Anatomy Lesson
Rembrandt van Rijn
Thursday Morning News Dump (4/28/) [Mis. Hum.]
- ICYMI, Ted Cruz names Carly Fiorina as his VP choice
- Come for the meals stay for the sadistic methods of killing
- IRS to do something right
- Feel the unemployment line
- Iran once again thumbs its nose at US
- Ooops, did I say that out loud?
- Muslim cemetery fight in MA
- If Vlad's not happy, no one is happy
- Dennis Hastert sentenced to prison
- Federal Reserve continues to prop Obama economy
- Existing home sales up
- Unaccompanied illegal minors shouldn't be here Period
- So much for attempting to mend any broken fences
- Will McConnell and Ryan show any spine? Time will tell.
- Military bases to see increase in tobacco products
- Surprise, Mooche's anti-obesity campaign falls flat
- Trump gets around the FAA paperwork
- Don't fall over House votes 419-0 for an email privacy bill
- Target boycott growing larger
- One more drink. NOT
- SCOTUS to overturn Gov. Bob McDonnell's (R-VA) conviction?
- Clemson Prof tells snowflakes to get a grip
- NYC cracks down on Bronx gang
- Outrageous. And we want to emulate Europe?
- Head scratcher
- Genius Award
- Feel good story of the day
Overnight Open Thread (4-27-2016)
The main problem with the notion of self-defense is it imposes on justice, for everyone has the right for a fair trial. Therefore, using a firearm to defend oneself is not legal because if the attacker is killed, he or she is devoid of his or her rights.
-- Justin Cormi in the Huffington Post which apparently does not have a drug testing policy
In June 1893, nine cowboys raced across a thousand miles of American prairie to the Chicago World's Fair. For two weeks they thundered past angry sheriffs, governors, and Humane Society inspectors intent on halting their race. Waiting for them at the finish line was Buffalo Bill Cody, who had set up his Wild West Show right next to the World's Fair that had refused to allow his exhibition at the fair.
The Great Cowboy Race occurred at a pivotal moment in our nation's history: many believed the frontier was settled and the West was no more. The Chicago World's Fair represented the triumph of modernity and the end of the cowboy age. Except no one told the cowboys. Racing toward Buffalo Bill Cody and the gold-plated Colt revolver he promised to the first to reach his arena, nine men went on a Wild West stampede from tiny Chadron, Nebraska, to bustling Chicago. But at the first thud of hooves pounding on Chicago's brick pavement, the race devolved into chaos. Some of the cowboys shipped their horses part of the way by rail, or hired private buggies. One had the unfair advantage of having helped plan the route map in the first place. It took three days, numerous allegations, and a good old Western showdown to sort out who was first to Chicago, and who won the Great Cowboy Race.-- from a review of American Endurance: The Great Cowboy Race and the Vanishing Wild West
We're told although Prince hired and fired a slew of professionals, his most trusted advisers were "beautiful, 20-something women, all models with no experience in anything." It caused chaos in his life ... especially in the financial department.
-- from a TMZ article on Prince's lack of a will
The Turner prize-winning artist has turned his sights on the survivalist [Bear Grylls] and his exceptionally rugged version of masculinity, arguing that it isn't fit for the 21st century. "He celebrates a masculinity that is useless," [Grayson ] Perry said. Perry said that the masculine ideal presented by shows such as The Island, in which Grylls is currently putting a third group of hapless contestants through survivalist hell, is making it harder for men to successfully negotiate modern life. "Men might be good at taking the risk of stabbing someone or driving a car very fast, but when it comes to opening up, men are useless," Perry told the Radio Times in an interview to promote his new series, All Man.
Note that Grayson Perry's interests include pottery, writing, opening up emotionally along with the occasional transvestism.
Because the rules say that you must have a required $35 permit to be allowed to sing at the site. Otherwise the terrorists have won.
But data released last week by the U.S. Soccer Federation show that the top women's players make nearly as much as the highest-paid men's players. Since 2008, six national-team men and six women have earned more than $1 million from the Federation. And according to ESPN, 14 of the 25 highest-earning national-team players over the past four years have been women, whose compensation averaged $695,269. That's 2.2% below the average for men. Women also receive benefits that men don't, including maternity leave and severance pay if they get cut from the team. Women get paid if they're sidelined with an injury; men don't.
Women on the U.S. national soccer teams aren't paid less than men. They're paid differently because the collective-bargaining agreements they have negotiated emphasize income- and job-security. Women players earn annual salaries of $72,000; the men get paid by how many games they play. The men's roster is more fluid, and the head coach can call players to camp for one game.Nearly 50 men's players appeared in games for the U.S. national squad last year, but only three played more than 13 games. The women's team fields about half as many players.
Soon to be followed by a zero-day workweek and a seven-day famine-week.
Fun fact: Venezuela has the world's largest proven oil reserves.
Apocalypse Watch: Labiaplasty is the Hot New Teen Girl Trend
So many teenagers are seeking cosmetic surgery to trim or shape the external genitalia that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists issued guidance from its Committee on Adolescent Health Care to doctors last week, urging them to teach and to reassure patients, suggest alternatives to surgery that may alleviate discomfort, and screen them for a psychiatric disorder that causes obsession about perceived physical defects.
A Modest Proposal: Let's Bring Back Dueling
Call up the Royal Norwegian Air Force and ask about their special F-16 delivery option.
Crucially, though, all prior research has utilized explicit reports of satisfaction, which reflect deliberative processes that may override the more automatic implications of phylogenetically older evolved preferences. Accordingly, capturing the implications of sexual frequency for relationship evaluations may require implicit measurements that bypass deliberative reasoning. Consistent with this idea, one cross-sectional and one 3-year study of newlywed couples revealed a positive association between sexual frequency and automatic partner evaluations but not explicit satisfaction. These findings highlight the importance of automatic measurements to understanding interpersonal relationships.
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Feds: The Economy Has Slowed
Obama's Miracle Economy of super-fast growth has slowed???!!
Well, when you're performing at this high a level, there's really no place to go but down.
Guardian: Correcting Grammar is Racist
I just saw this on The Five.
Apparently speaking non-grammatically is a treasured trope of minorities.
Boy, progressives sure have a low opinion of minorities, don't they?
Oh, I forgot to mention: Lena Dunham vows she will absolutely move to Vancouver if Donald Trump wins the presidency.
Speaking of obnoxious hefty gals:
I mentioned the Crowder/Milo/Hoff Summers panel earlier, and the disruptors at it.
Below you will see why they couldn't talk - the audio in the tape was skewed so you mostly hear Crowder et al. But below you will see an... interestingly shaped woman (???) screaming incoherent obscenities from a few yards away.
When I say "interestingly shaped," I mean that the way bean bag furniture with flapping armfat arms is interestingly shaped.
And of course she keeps drinking from her sippie cup. Must be water in that cup. I figure an active gal like her has to keep herself hydrated.
Are you sure you're angry about racism, sweetie? Because I can barely make out your race. It's rather buried beneath walrusian layers of flab.
Will Ferrell to Play "Reagan" as Demented Basket-Case
The script postulates that Reagan had dementia in office and was so out of it that an intern has to keep him on script by convincing him he's an actor playing the president in a movie.
It's interesting that their hate never diminishes.
Oh, Ferrell is also working on a movie with John C. Reilly where they will play, assumedly, misguided nativists who go on their own down the border to protect it.
So Ferrell is officially out of his making-profitable-films phase and deep into his low-budget vanity project phase.
Ted Cruz to Make His Big Announcement Within Minutes
In the meantime we can talk about Trump's foreign policy speech. Jonah Goldberg calls it "okay," but also wonders if Trump has any idea what some of the claims put into his mouth by writers might mean.
The major theme was "America First," which few can disagree with in broad strokes. Trouble is, most people say they're America first, even if they're not. Even Barack Obama, had you asked him in 2008, would have claimed to have been most interested in advancing American interests.
The trouble is, people define "American interests" differently. Obama, obviously, thinks America will somehow benefit by being weak and passive. (He also thinks the world will benefit from this -- which is his real motivation. But he thinks America will benefit too. Just less than everyone else.)
I suppose the general reminder that America should act in her own self-interests -- even if ruthlessly on occasion -- is a worthwhile thing to re-state.
Trump opened his speech Wednesday vowing to "shake the rust off America's foreign policy" and said he would outline a vision for a U.S. foreign policy "that replaces randomness with purpose, ideology with strategy and chaos with peace."
He added, "My foreign policy will always put the interests of the American people and American security first."
Very platitudey, though I have to say, every platitude is somewhat different and appeals to a different mentality. Obama's "Smart Diplomacy" and "community of nations" is a platitude.
But these two platitudes are obviously different, and signal, platitudinously, different things.
I prefer Trump's platitudes, at least.
He panned the Iran nuclear deal, a centerpiece of Obama's foreign policy, and claimed the President has "weakened our military by weakening our economy."
And he sought to wrap former secretary of state Clinton in his criticism of the Obama administration, referring to the "legacy of the Obama-Clinton interventions" as one of "weakness, confusion and disarray."
"We will no longer surrender this country or its people to the false song of globalism," Trump said, explaining that he is skeptical of international agreements "that tie us up and bring America down."
Okay, read the whole article at CNN if you want more. He also said that Muslim-American cooperation "must be a two-way street," suggesting that it's not at the current moment.
Meanwhile, I'm waiting to see the new tandem of Cruz and Fiorina.
Former Speaker of the House and Serial Pedophile Child Molester Denny Hastert Sentenced to Fifteen Months in Prison
The problem with his sentence is that he seems to be accused of an action which ought to not be a crime -- hiding one's transactions from the government by making them in increments below the level at which a bank must report them.
Which is insane. It's insane first of all that there's a law that says anyone has to report to the government any size transaction to make. And then it becomes positively Lovecraftian that that isn't enough -- no, now it's a crime to "structure" transactions below that threshold as well.
At some point, they'll expand the law to criminalize making transactions just below the phantom threshold to avoid being charged for the that.
First, it was illegal to cross the threshold without reporting.
Then, it was illegal to flirt with the threshold without reporting.
Soon it will be illegal to flirt with the threshold of flirting with the threshold without reporting.
As they often say: A government wants nothing more than to criminalize all behaviors. That puts all power of discretion into their hands, and makes the citizens scared and compliant.
His crimes against his victims are serious. But the "crime" he's being sentenced for today is no crime at all -- except on the government's part.
The statute of limitations ran out on his real crimes.
The AP article is about his actual crimes, and barely mentions the non-crime he's actually going to jail for.
Dennis Hastert, the Republican who for eight years presided over the House and was second in the line of succession to the presidency, was sentenced Wednesday to more than a year in prison in the hush-money case that included accusations he sexually abused teenagers while coaching high school wrestling.
In explaining his punishment, the judge called Hastert a "serial child molester" and described as "unconscionable" his attempt to accuse one of the victims of extortion.
Earlier in the hearing, a former athlete who said he was molested by Hastert decades ago told the courtroom that he was "devastated" by the abuse.
The man, now in his 50s, said Hastert abused him while they were alone in a locker room. He struggled to hold back tears as he described the incident in detail. In the years since, he said, he sought professional help and had trouble sleeping. He said the memory still causes him pain.
He said he trusted and looked up to Hastert.
In his own statement, Hastert admitted that he "mistreated" some of his athletes and said he was "deeply ashamed."
"I am sorry to those I hurt and misled," he said. "What I did was wrong and I regret it."
Individual A was 14 when Hastert abused him, according to court documents filed by the government earlier this month. Hastert would have been in his 20s or 30s.
The teenager was one of around a dozen boys returning to Yorkville from a wrestling camp. Stopping at a motel, Hastert, the only adult on the trip, told Individual A to stay with him in one room. The other boys stayed in another room.
Hastert said he wanted to check a groin pull the boy suffered, ordering him onto a bed and telling him to take off his underwear. When the teen realized Hastert "was touching him in an inappropriate sexual way," he jumped up, ran across the room and sat in a chair, the court papers said.
Later, he walked back and apologized to Hastert, who then told the boy to give him a back message. Confused and embarrassed, the boy complied.
Hastert's attorneys questioned whether Hastert's actions legally constituted sexual abuse. Prosecutors hit back in their filing: "There is no ambiguity; defendant sexually abused Individual A."
Individual A confronted Hastert in 2010. At a prearranged meeting, he asked why Hastert had abused him. Hastert, the filing said, responded that it had been "a confusing and difficult time in his life."
Individual B was also 14 when he says Hastert abused him. It happened when he was alone in the locker room with Hastert after a workout. He told prosecutors Hastert offered him a massage, telling him it would help "loosen him up." Hastert then "performed a sexual act" on him, the court documents said.
Individual C had just stepped out of a locker room shower when Hastert offered him a massage. He didn't think it strange at first. But when his towel came off, Hastert brushed his hand against the boy's genitals. "Individual C recalls that it was 'very weird' and made him uncomfortable," according to the court papers. But Individual C wasn't sure the touching was intentional.
You get the pattern.
The guy Republicans called "Coach" for years.
The Flair Principle of Law: If the government will throw people in jail for not wearing 37 pieces of flair, they should at least make 37 the official legal requirement -- not tell them 15 is the minimum, but they'll encourage them (through prison sentences) to do more than the minimum.
Steven Crowder Gives The Social Justice Warriors A Piece of His Mind
The social justice warriors began the communal satanic chants, and acting like the assholes they are, and Steven Crowder tells them what useless assholes they are.
"You androgynous little amoeba."
A couple minutes in, I came.
Full Video: Lizzy says the 91 minute video is worth watching in full, so here it is.
Also embedded below.
Cruz to Make "Major Announcement" at 4pm
Update: Carly Fiorina Will be His VP Running Mate
Ted Cruz says he has a "major announcement" at 4 PM.— Teddy Schleifer (@teddyschleifer) April 27, 2016
Given that Trump exceeded his path-to-1237 pace yesterday, winning a luxurious 200 delegates, and that Trump is either tied or ahead in Cruz's absolutely-must-win state Indiana, Cruz is certainly looking for something that shakes up the dynamic of the race in his favor.
He let it be known that he was vetting Carly Fiorina for his VP running mate, and that she was on his short-list for that job. She could bring some strengths to the ticket, though warm-and-fuzzy likability isn't one of them.
Maybe we're past that kind of thinking, though.
Anyway, Cruz is going to announce something major. It might be that Kasich has agreed to a more tangible form of their deal -- though, in that case, I would imagine this would be a Cruz and Kasich statement.
He could also announce and end of the deal, given that it appears to have played badly in the public, and Kasich isn't even really honoring it.
It's hard to think what kind of big announcement Cruz could make at this point that isn't a VP pick or something to do with the deal with Kasich.
Update: Carly Fiorina scores a second huge win this election cycle.
First she was a guest on the Ace of Spades podcast. She probably thought it could get no better than that.
Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
Spring In Town
Wednesday Morning News Dump (4/27/16) [Mis. Hum.]
- ICYMI, election results from last night
- Apparently freedom of assembly is a one way street at Ha-vaaaard
- Carbon emissions good
- Human life origin captured on film
- "What difference--at this point, what difference does it make?"
- TFG (That Funny Guy) interviewed by tough hitting Charlie Rose
- Iran imprisons pro-reform journalists
- Feel The Porn
- The Senate continues to pi$$ in the wind
- R&B singer Billy Paul, RIP
- PETA emboldened by Sea World victory
- 30 year anniversary of Chernobyl nuclear disaster
- Fox News Channel fills Sunday's 3AM time slot
- Trump U, will go to trial
- Self-identified environmentalists down
- Venezuela slides further into chaos
- Opinion piece, The suicide of Venezuela
- Mayor busted robbing Peter to pay Paul
- What do you expect from a school in Madtown?
- Global warming strikes Europe
- It appears 'men' are good for something after all
- Genius award.
- Feel good story of the day
Overnight Open Thread (4-26-2016)
"We obviously have to do a whole lot more to avoid what they call the 'school to prison pipeline' and replace it with a 'cradle to college pipeline' and that really starts early, and it starts early with working with families, working with kids, building up community resources. I'm very supportive of the mayor's proposal to tax soda to get universal preschool for kids. I mean I don't, you know, we need universal preschool, and if that's a way to do it, that's how we should do it."
-- Hillary Clinton at a campaign event in Philadelphia
I'm not sure, but I suspect that once upon a time "juvenile delinquent" was a liberal euphemism for "young criminal." As often happens, however, eventually even the euphemism is thought to be too harsh, and so a better one has to be found. And so one has: This Obama-administration press release yesterday talked a lot about "justice-involved youth."
-- Roger Clegg
Some of my nurses were great - concerned about my comfort and stress - but other hospital workers were indifferent. When the customer doesn't pay, customer service rarely matters.
-- John Stossel on his treatment for lung cancer
Despite what we hear from labor unions and the "Fight for $15" crowd, employees compete not against employers for higher wages, but against other employees. And it's also the case that employers compete against other employers for the best employees. It's like that in every market: buyers (employers) always compete against other buyers (employers), and sellers (employees) always compete against other sellers (employees).
Economist Walter E. Williams has used the following example to illustrate the competition described above between unskilled and skilled workers by looking at the market for different qualities of beef (see examples here, here, and here). Suppose that hamburger sells for $4 per pound and sirloin steak sells for $8 per pound. Hamburger is a much lower quality variety of beef compared to sirloin steak, but can attract a significant number of buyers who choose hamburger over the higher quality option for the 50% savings in price. Likewise, many employers may choose lower quality, unskilled workers over higher skilled employees for the significant savings in labor costs.
But now suppose the government imposes a "$8 per pound minimum beef price law." In that case, most shoppers who buy beef will then purchase more sirloin steak and less hamburger because the lower quality meat has lost it main weapon to successfully compete against higher quality sirloin steak - a significantly lower price that compensates for the lower quality. Result? Hamburger sales will suffer due to the "minimum beef price law" and sirloin steak sales will increase. Just like in the labor market, a $15 an hour minimum wage will remove the most effective weapon that unskilled workers currently have to compete against skilled workers - the ability to work for a lower wage. Result? Employment opportunities for unskilled and limited-experience workers will contract, while employment opportunities for skilled workers will increase.
Yet Another Thing to Worry About: The Earth's Magnetosphere Collapsed in Space on Saturday For Two Hours
This has gotten a lot of play on certain rather excitable and paranoid websites but it seems to be legit. No magnetosphere would be a Very Bad Thing and even a magnetic pole flip would be a whole lot of pain and trouble.
This magnetic field, so important to life on Earth, has weakened by 15 per cent over the last 200 years. And this, scientists think, could be a sign that the Earth's poles are about to flip.
Experts believe we're currently overdue a flip, but they're unsure when this could occur.
If a switch happens, we would be exposed to solar winds capable of punching holes into the ozone layer.The impact could be devastating for mankind, knocking out power grids, radically changing Earth's climate and driving up rates of cancer.
The slow death of Schengen.
The Danish Home Guard will assist police in carrying out random checks at Denmark's border with Germany, measures that were initially put in place as a temporary response to Swedish border controls but have since been extended five times.
Which is why the Mariana Islands wants to subject all new handgun sales to a $1,000 tax.
Further confirmation of my theory that all car companies have been cheating on the tests because there's no way to meet the government-mandated efficiency targets without making the cars so underperforming that few consumers would want to buy them.
But where previous metahype promoted key dates in a marketing campaign -- like official trailer releases and fan celebrations -- the burgeoning trend of teasers within trailers exist purely to retain the viewer's attention in that exact moment. The teaser within the trailer speaks to a moment in which we have so many distractions and choices that marketers must sell us on giving a trailer three minutes of our time. This practice isn't limited to movie trailers, though. Next time you're on Facebook, pay attention to how the popular videos in your newsfeed are edited. Is the most interesting image the first thing you see? And does that trick get you to stop scrolling and watch?
The girl in red is so far behind on the last leg that you don't even see her until near the end.
Apparently the reason the girls are so slow is that this race was at the end of the day and they had already run several events before it. The girl in red, Phil Healy, explained her win this way:
It was crazy because we didn't expect to win and I only decided to run 20 minutes before the event. I had ran (sic) in the 100 and 200 metres and one of the girls just asked would I fill in on the last leg and I said 'throw me in and I'll see what I can do'.
Because they're altruistic like that.
The Yahoo group is for non-justice-involved morons only.
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Late Deciders Splitting Between Trump and Kasich in I-95 Primary
So the conservative doesn't play well in the liberal northeast. Ah, to be expected.
Polls close at 8 pm. It will likely be Trump down the line.
Decision Desk will be covering all the elections, or, as I call them, "primary elections."
The deal announced late Sunday [for Kasich to concede Indiana to Cruz, and Cruz to concede NM and Oregon to Kasich] night started to show cracks by Monday morning. Kasich declined to direct Indiana voters away from him and toward Cruz. "I've never told them not to vote for me -- they ought to vote for me," he told reporters while campaigning in Pennsylvania, which hosts its primary on Tuesday. "But I'm not over there campaigning and spending resources; we have limited resources."
The Mailman's Son has trouble delivering an intact message -- go figure!
Open Thread. Apologies for the crap blogging today.
Skullduggery: Did Hillary Clinton Supporters Get Bernie Sanders Supporters' FaceBook Pages Taken Down by Porn-Bombing Them?
I'm not sure to be outraged or just shrug this off as the cyber world's equivalent of pulling down an opponent's yard-signs.
As does the resort to the Crybully Culture tactics -- create a hoax, then whine to the authorities that you #SafeSpace is being #ButtHurt.
This site suggests, without proving, that this might have been the work of internet trolls hired by one of David Brock's endless slimey tentacles.
I don't know about that -- people look for some Prime Mover behind these things but the fact is that political passions are high enough, and people like being vandals and creeps enough, that most of this sort of stuff is initiated by Self-Radicalized Leftist Lone Wolves.
Who, like other Self-Radicalized Lone Wolves, act in concert and imitate each other to achieve the same ends.
Desperate Blogger Posts Story He Doesn't Think You Care About Because He Can't Find Anything Else: the Megyn/Trump Interview
I honestly cannot find anything I care about today.
The special event I don't care about will occur May 17.
Open thread, obviously.
Oh, I guess this is an amusing Trump story: Trump's happy that loud, obnoxious celebrities (besides him) will leave the country if he's elected president.
Admittedly, that's a selling point.
In a phone interview with Fox News on Tuesday morning, host Brian Kilmeade mentioned that O'Donnell, a sometime nemesis of Trump, was on a growing list of celebrities who have said that they would leave the country if he won the White House.
"We'll get rid of Rosie?" Trump said. "Oh, I love it."
Another Fox host, Steve Doocy, listed other celebrities who have said that they would leave the country if Trump was elected, including comedian Jon Stewart and "The View" host Whoopi Goldberg.
"Now, I have to get elected," Trump said, "because I'll be doing a great service to our country. I have to. Now, it's much more important. In fact, I'll immediately get off this call and start campaigning right now."
The Minimum Wage: How To Prove It Is Bad For Our Economy (CBD)
Don Beaudroux over at Cafe Hayek suggests an interesting minimum wage experiment. I am not sure that he has designed it perfectly, and some of the commenters suggest modifications, but the premise is interesting, if completely unworkable in today's childish political environment.
Readers urge me: "Why not regard minimum wages as social experiments? If they succeed, great. If not, they can be undone." The more intelligent of these readers understand that real-world minimum-wage legislation is instituted for political and not objectively scientific reasons. But these readers hold out hope that the political zebras who alone can inflict minimum wages on workers will lose their stripes and begin to be more "scientific" about enacting minimum wages.
It's an interesting thought experiment, and it also exposes the lack of intellectual rigor on the Left. Or more precisely, the conscious rejection of empiricism in the form of clear economic axioms. It is the minimum wage more than any other progressive shibboleth that convinces me that they are uninterested in reform, and very interested in power. That their power comes at the expense of real people is unimportant to them.
Here is a 10+ year old blog post from Coyote Blog describing his own experience with the minimum wage, but this time from the other end of the age spectrum. We mostly see the minimum wage as a hindrance to hiring teenagers and people entering the work force for the first time (i.e. no experience), but he hires retired folks with lots of life experience. The numbers are dated, but the points he makes are valid, since Obama has been unable to repeal the law of supply and demand.
Addendum Because apparently nobody is reading the linked article....
Here's a scientific experiment that I propose: abolish the minimum wage completely and for a long stretch of time and then see what happens over time.
And there's more!
If minimum-wage opponents (such as me) are correct, we'll see over time that elimination of the minimum wage increases the employment of low-skilled workers, as well as eliminates or greatly reduces the differences between the unemployment rates of black and Hispanic low-skilled workers and the unemployment rates of white low-skilled workers. We'll see a slight reduction in the incomes of middle-class households and increases in the incomes of lower-income households. We'll see also fewer people in their 20s and 30s who have never gained on-the-job experience and skills.
Of course, if minimum-wage opponents (such as me) are incorrect, then we'll not see these consequences. A much-more-solid scientific basis than what we have today will thereby be created upon which to found the case for minimum wages.
In Wake of Panama Papers Scandal, It's Revealed that John Kerry and Teresa Heinz Have Millions "Invested" in Overseas Tax Shelters, Because of Course They Do
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, according to an analysis by The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Since the release of the papers, no American politician has been identified as using the secretive offshore accounts.
Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
Marie Antoinette in Court Dress
Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun
Tuesday Morning News Dump (4/26/16) [Mis. Hum.]
- Dennis Hastert sued. Interesting moral/legal questions
- We'll be there between 8 and 5
- He really is in retirement mode, isn't he?
- State Department employees are on "hit list"
- Canadian executed by Islamic terrorist in Philippines
- Cleveland to pay $6 million in wrongful death claim
- You've heard of the Soup Nazi, meet the Cereal Nazi
- Obama sending more special troops to Syria
- Encouraging news on psoriasis treatment
- Oregon bakers continue their fight
- Gannett wants to buy Tribune Publishing
- New home sales slide, again
- It's funny when the left eats itself
- Erin Andrews and her attorney have guaranteed pay day
- The TSA continues to inspire confidence
- North Korea nuclear program more advanced than thought
- Don't drink the water
- Take this job and shove it
- Outrage award Part I
- Outrage award, Part II
- With what he has done the past 2 years he deserves the Genius Award
- Feel good story of the day
Overnight Open Thread (4-25-2016)
Over the course of three decades in public life Hillary Clinton has misspoken and misled the public and mismanaged herself and her team to such a degree that voters cannot help noticing. Yes, many of her falsehoods are white lies. But white lies accumulate. They matter. Not only do they harm the truth. They are turning Clinton into one of the least popular candidates in history.
Since 1998 Clinton has blamed her poor reputation on the vast right-wing conspiracy. Whitewater, Travelgate, Filegate, the health-care disaster - it was all the fault of the Republicans. What's forgotten is that Clinton has been lying in the service of her ambitions - most notably by protecting her husband from the truth of his infidelities - since long before Bill ran for president. Nor can she blame conservatives for her failure to win the Democratic nomination eight years ago. Hillary can't help being secretive and deceptive. It's her nature.-- Matthew Continetti in White Lies Matter
Hillary Clinton has been secretive and dishonest the entirety of her adult life. And the existence of generic 'enemies' or the 'VRWC' has always been just an excuse/justification for her to indulge her secretive and dishonest nature.
"Drones are the new UFOs."
-- from the article That drone that hit a British Airways plane might have been a plastic bag
PAGLIA: Yes, I've been in a rut on lamb vindaloo.
COWEN: A rut, tell us.
PAGLIA: It's a horrible rut.
COWEN: It's not a horrible rut, it may be a rut.
PAGLIA: No, it's a horrible rut. It's a 40-year rut. Every time I go to an Indian restaurant, I say "Now, I'm going to try something new." But, no, I must go back to the lamb vindaloo. All I know is it's like an ecstasy for me, the lamb vindaloo.
COWEN: Like De Quincey, tell us, what are the effects of lamb vindaloo?
PAGLIA: What can I say? I attain nirvana.
-- Conversation between Tyler Cowen and Camile Paglia who once described Indian food as her substitute for LSD
Question: Who is the last living head of state to have worn their country's uniform in WWII?
Answer: This one
She turned 90 years old last week making her the longest-reigning monarch in British history.
Apparently she's still upset over the damage he did to her gardens back in 2011.
The Queen called Obama's bevy of choppers "over the top", meaning the Secret Service had to rethink their plans to land about six aircraft in the 300-year-old gardens of her main residence.
..."She rarely imposes her will but when she does people listen - it just took the US Secret Service agents a little time to realise that," the source said.
The Queen, whose 90th birthday was celebrated recently, said there was no chance Obama's extensive security backup would be accompanying him to Windsor Castle.The engines' heat scorched the grounds and the wheels left divots in one of the UK's oldest lawns, planted during the reign of Queen Anne in the early 1700s.
Her insistence came after Obama's helicopters damaged the grass when half a dozen of them landed during his last visit in 2011.
Mark Steyn reflected on her long reign last fall in The Survivor:
King Farouk's famous line was that in the end there would be only five monarchs left - the Kings of Hearts, Clubs, Spades and Diamonds, and the King of England. It's not quite down to that, but the House of Windsor's share of the market is certainly dominant. The Queen's various realms, from Canada to Tuvalu, Belize to Australia, outnumber all the remaining Continental monarchies put together. That level of survival would not have seemed such a sure thing upon Princess Elizabeth's birth in 1926, in the wake of the tumbling thrones of the Romanovs, Habsburgs and Osmans.
There have been moments in the last 63 years when one might have wished for a little more imagination from the Queen. But in an undeferential and unmonarchical age she has played a difficult hand very shrewdly. The picture at top right was taken by my beloved daughter during the Diamond Jubilee year. My little girl has met many celebrities, from Macaulay Culkin all the way to Lindsey Graham (at the local fair last month), but she thought the Queen was very "cool" in the way she didn't feel the need to work the room. What I liked that day was the way she didn't bother with the 40-car motorcade - just a vehicle in front of a couple of coppers, and one behind with another copper and a lady-in-waiting, all of whom would take a bullet for her, which I cannot reliably say of those Secret Service guys cavorting with their Cartagena hookers.
...Is the monarchy anything to do with the unrivaled record of the Britannic inheritance? Working for the Free French in London during the war, Simone Weil found herself pondering why, among the European powers, only England had maintained 'a centuries-old tradition of liberty'. She was struck by the paradox of the Westminster system - that ultimate power is vested in one who cannot wield it in any practical sense. Endowing the sovereignty of the nation in an absentee monarch - as Australia does - is an even more exquisite refinement of the Weil theory: vesting power in its literal rather than merely political absence.What Malcolm Turnbull objects to most - she doesn't live here! - is what I find most appealing. A minimalist monarchy is perhaps the most benign form of government one could devise - except that no hyper-rationalist would ever 'devise' such a thing at all.
Thanks Obama: HSAs Now on the Obamacare Exchange Chopping Block
Advantage: Title IX
The Department of Justice now interprets Title IX to require colleges and universities to violate the First Amendment.
In an April 22 findings letter concluding its investigation into the University of New Mexico's policies and practices regarding sex discrimination, the Department of Justice (DOJ) found the university improperly defined sexual harassment. DOJ flatly declared that "[u]nwelcome conduct of a sexual nature"-including "verbal conduct"-is sexual harassment "regardless of whether it causes a hostile environment or is quid pro quo."To comply with Title IX, DOJ states that a college or university "carries the responsibility to investigate" all speech of a sexual nature that someone subjectively finds unwelcome, even if that speech is protected by the First Amendment or an institution's promises of free speech.
Calling for muscle and jamming a finger into a human face - forever.
The suicide rate in the US has surged to its highest level in almost three decades, according to a new report.
The increase is particularly pronounced among middle-age white people who now account for a third of all US suicides.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report did not offer an explanation for the steep rise.
However, other experts have pointed to increased abuse of prescription opiates and the financial downturn that began in 2008 as likely factors.The report did not break down the suicides by education level or income, but previous studies found rising suicide rates among white people without university degrees.
Over a decade ago the Navy got a case of cammie envy and came up with the digital blue Navy Working Uniforms. And these turned out to be hot and uncomfortable, flammable, and very good at camouflaging overboard sailors from their rescuers.
Note that this article contains absolutely no evidence that millenials in fact do not like VS. But that's no reason not to include this photo.
And time is of the essence. Following in the historical tailwind of Leif Eriksson, the Viking thought to have discovered America centuries before Christopher Columbus, the ship has a long journey ahead, taking a route via Iceland, Greenland and Newfoundland before it finally drops anchor in the United States.
"We've got one month because the only gap, if you don't want to battle low pressure and harsh winds, is May. That's your chance to make it across," Ahlander told the Swedish news agency TT on Monday.
The Yahoo AoSHQ group - it's got electrolytes and shit.
The twitter thang.
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