Overnight Open Thread (5-2-2016)


Quote of the Day I


-- from an amicus brief filed in a lawsuit over who owns the Klingon language

Quote of the Day II - Modern Academia Edition

The following article introduces the hobosexual as a concept in queer materialism. Mapped at the intersection of not-for-profit hobo sex and labor practices historically, the hobosexual collapses the apparent impasse between the material and the symbolic so prevalent in queer studies. The concept represents the redeployment of queer as anti-capitalist practice; highlighted are the non-normative hobo practices of nonproductive expenditure, but also the recognition that these abnormalities are organized by capitalist systems of normalization designed to engender profit. The article also considers the degree to which industrial capitalism affected both hobo mobility and hobo anti-capitalist practice in the 19th century. Generated out of hobo history and queer as anti-capitalist practice, the hobosexual represents resistance to capitalist systems of normalization and enables connections, not necessarily between identities, but between anti-capitalist practices generated out of difference.

-- from a paper by Professor Heather Tapley of the University of Victoria. Also reason #22 why snuffing hobos is both necessary and fun.

Why Thieves Steal Soap

Because it's a liquid asset with a steady market.

Thieves and burglars are very aware of the markets for stolen goods-and what sells in those markets. Most thieves have a "mental loot list," the authors write, that they keep in mind as they approach stores or enter homes.

Thieves may even steal to order. One thief volunteered that when an acquaintance requested a "Mark V Escort, soft top, in cream," he called him when he stumbled upon that exact car. Then he stole it and sold it to him.

Generally, though, thieves steal what is popular on the illicit market. The top of thieves' mental loot list features expensive electronics like Playstations, GPS systems, and DVD players. Thieves can sell items for around a third of their retail value, according to the report, or for roughly half their value if they sell them to second hand shops. For expensive electronics, that means some solid, quick cash.

But price is not the only consideration. The "prolific thieves" interviewed by law enforcement suggest that the ease of selling something outweighs its retail value.

...In fact, the consistent demand for products like soap on the illicit market can make it as good as stealing cash. Tide laundry detergent has widely been reported as a favorite target of drug gangs. In 2013, New York Magazine ran a story that described a Safeway store that lost $10,000 to $15,000 a month to thefts of Tide detergent.


CIA Director John Brennan Feels That the Missing 28 Pages of the 9/11 Report are "Inaccurate"

On the other hand there are reasons to suspect that Brennan may have been compromised and/or has ulterior motives for preventing their release.

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Obama Jokes About Making a Ton of Money Giving Speeches At Goldman Sachs-- You Know, Like Hillary Does/Did


Is this actually a joke?

Hillary wasn't taking that money jokingly. And when Obama takes that money -- and hooboy, will he take that money -- he won't be taking it ironically, either.

At the White House Correspondants' Dinner:

"If this material works well, I am going to use it at Goldman Sachs next year," Obama said, adding that he would earn "some serious Tubmans."

The joke was a light jab at Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who has come under fire by opponents for taking in about $675,000 for making three paid speeches at Goldman Sachs events.

It's an interesting new phase in politics, where the politicians are openly joking about their cynicism and mercenary hunger for money and corporate comforts, and the public is wise enough to know these aren't jokes.

Kind of a dangerous time.

Open thread.

Thanks to not_steve.

Posted by Ace at 07:27 PM Comments

Malia Obama to Take a "Gap Year" off from College Before Attending Father's (Alleged) School Harvard


This is some kind of trend, The Five are telling me.

Is this a good idea?

I think it is, actually. I don't know about you, but when I got out of high school, I was burnt. Not because it was so hard (it was, here and there, but that's not the problem), but because it was just a grind I was so tired of. I was sick of it. I was cynical about it -- I used to have a joke that 90 was the best possible grade, and a single point higher than that indicated you wasted your time.

I guess senior year is sort of a "gap year" for many because they blow it off.

I think if I had had to work between college and high school, it would have prepared me better for college, because it would have instructed me in no uncertain terms that I was unskilled and a bad worker and I had better get that Muppet-Felting degree (with really good grades) if I ever wanted to get one of those jobs where you really don't need skills and can kind of get by with being a bad worker.

I've said this over and over: education is wasted on the young. There's a push quality to it -- it's what you've been forced to do since you could talk -- and really, if you want to learn, it should have a pull factor: I'm here because I really want to be here, and I actually want to learn some shit.

Now, the drawback people will point out is that people who take a year off often do not continue with education at all.

But... is that a bad thing? If you never go back, I'm going to assume, generally, that one of two things is true: 1, you have a pretty good job out of high school, or 2, you really do not have a great desire to continue with college. Or, 3: You have kids to raise. In which case, maybe you should go to college, but it's a tough thing to balance.

If either of those things are true, the value of going back just to go back is a bit dubious.

Now what I'm all about is some serious adult learning. I needs me some of that.

Now that I'm older, I actually want to learn things.*

* I think I do, at least. Though I suspect, the moment I'm in a classroom environment being assigned to read chapters and do exercises, I'll go back to my old rhythm of work-dodging and trying to figure out the bare minimum needed to count as vaguely "learning."

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"We Are Ungovernable." [krakatoa]

—Open Blogger


I look at the annual May Day festivities hostilities in places like Seattle, and think "If you are a private citizen (much less a cop) and someone throws a brick at you, or swings a club at you, or hurls a molotov cocktail at you, you are within your rights to respond with deadly force." I don't understand the restraint. Well, to be more accurate: I wouldn't understand the restraint in me were I the target. I understand why Leftist institutions continue to coddle and excuse "anarchists", "immigrants", and union thugs: It is still in their interest to legitimize any grievance from the Left.

Things in this country are spiralling quickly to the very anarchy these mobs are agitating for. The systematic "Progressive" undermining of the social structures that provided the foundation of our country's incredible rise is almost complete, to the point where we have to endure "serious discussions" about whether or not people should have to use their biologically appropriate public facilities. Meanwhile, very real and very obvious lawbreaking is ignored or, if ignoring it is impossible at the moment, it is ennobled by the "intellectual" class, so long as those acts are committed by the "right" people, in service of the "right" causes. The narrative must be maintained.

There doesn't seem to be a cause that the Left cannot take to the most irrational and contentious conclusion, and every cause now requires the submission of the people, of ALL the people, in deed and most disturbingly, in mind. Dissenting thought is punished with social stigmatizing and with campaigns to remove private citizens' livelihoods, and the drive is fully under way to codify the Left's terroristic swatting tactics and to legitimately punish with the full force of the state anyone who is guilty of stating a belief that was altogether unremarkable less than a decade earlier.

The Left is on a blood drive, quite literally, and the donor is every single productive member of society, whether they realize it yet or not.

Ilya Somin suggests an international movement to enshrine May 1st as "Victims of Communism Day". I cannot imagine any major Western nation actually embracing such a thing.

The cultural rot is too deep for such a thing. The far Left is ungovernable. The so-called moderate Left is morally adrift in a post-modern dive to the bottom. The new moderate Right is one poll away at any time from a pivot on the principles they were elected on. And every principled Conservative is by common decree a bigoted throwback to barbaric times.

We seem doomed to repeat history, and I sincerely hope we can find some way avoid it. If not, I suspect everyone will get a very existential lesson in real intolerance, and its constituent real barbarism.

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CNN's Jeff Zucker on the Network's Increasing Ratings: "We May Have Been A Little Too Liberal In the Past"



So we weren't insane when we said so?

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Sacre Blah: High School French Teacher Speaks No Actual French


I'm sure when you saw Steven Green post this at Instapundit you knew it would be up here in a matter of hours.

Alors, vous avez raison.

Sharonda White’s son Nathanial is a junior at the school.

"I thought it was a joke, I couldn't believe this was happening,” White said.

We asked her son about his classroom experience.

I-Team: “Does your teacher speak French?”

Nathanial White: “No sir.”

I-Team: “Have you ever heard him speak a word of French?”

Nathanial White: “Bonjour, but everybody knows that.”

The teacher, Albert Moyer, said in a brief phone interview that the extent of his French education was just one year in high school.

The district removed its former French teacher and now assigns him to hall duty. The story doesn't say what that dispute was about. This guy, Moyer, is a replacement while they try to find someone qualified.

The local news report casts the story as "why is this qualified teacher not in the classroom?" Mais, de mon cote, je voudrais savoir pourquoi cet ancien enseignant s'est vire'.

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Andrea Tarantos Missing in Action at Fox; Chatter of National Review Conspiracies


This is what I call the Social Justice Warriorfication of the right.

Social Justice Warrioring -- identity politics -- posits as a central tenet that the tribe is pure and, more importantly, the other tribes are wicked and full of deceit and evil.

There is always some conspiracy by the other tribes afoot; their sorcerers are always working their dark magic.

Islamists are very sure that Muslim economies would be potent, if not for Jewish machinations and their strange magic of argentomancy. Black radicals are very certain that the CIA is smuggling crack into Compton and every black failure is rooted in "white supremacy." Feminists know the Patriarchy is powerful, terrifying, and full of rape.

And in some quarters on the right, this very same The Other Tribes Are All Scheming Against me thinking is not only indulged, but encouraged as the properly righteous mode of thought.

No, Andrea Tantaros, Charles Cooke was not trying to get you fired, and other people were not goofing on you because you're a "girl."


The National Review Cabal -- who of course has outsized (Jew-sized) influence at FoxNews-- must be trying to get her fired for being Too Right or "a girl."

This isn't just about Tarantos' claim -- I know some very, um, energetic Trump supporters are pushing this "Charles Cooke schemed to get Andrea Tarantos fired" line.

While not cited by FNC as a reason for her extended vacation, Tantaros recently claimed during a taping of Outnumbered that certain GOP Establishment-types were coming down hard on her for supporting Donald Trump; "They have been doing this. Specifically, Charles Cooke, who is a writer for National Review, he tweeted out that I should give my job to somebody else. Also, I saw a tweet, it was a meme by Kevin Williamson of National Review trying to make me seem stupid. There’s a girl talking about biorhythms, or something. So I’ve gotten my fair share as well from folks on the right and the left and in the media calling me stupid and Trump supporters as well… Exactly I should give up my job according to men in the Republican Party."

That's a left-wing feminist type of line -- the boys are out to get me because I'm "a girl"! -- and like most things left-wing feminists claim, it's bonkers.

Charles Cooke didn't try to get her fired or suggest she should lose her job in earnest. He replied to her claim that the entire structure of the conservative movement had accomplished absolutely nothing; to which Cooke replied, basically, well if that's true, and you're a part of that failed structure, you should probably do something else, huh?

He wasn't trying to get her fired or even suggest she should actually quit: He was trying to get her to examine her own over-statement, and think about the implications of so broad a claim.

I have no idea what the Wiliamson thing is about, but as it has the same pedigree as the Cooke lunacy, I tend to doubt it.

I notice this a lot in people, and frankly, in a lot of "conservative" women -- the grasping at these idiotic left-wing feminist tropes -- boys out to get me; they fear a strong woman, etc. -- when it's useful in an argument.

It's unprincipled, it's stupid, it's looney-tunes conspiracy thinking, and it's certainly not conservative.

This sort of conspiracy theory appeals to the weak and powerless, or at least those who don't have as much power as they think they ought to have. People who have a sense that their own world is beyond their control tend to find a conspiracy theory explaining the secret hands that work the gears and levers of the world empowering, in a sad way. People who feel more personal control over their own world know the world doesn't work like that.

"The Establishment" is a real thing, and it does have far too much power, and it must be chastened, but it is now an all-purpose left-wing identity-politics scare-figure and Conspiracy Theory Boogeyman to explain away every event that happens in the world.

Here's what I know about Charles Cooke (and all of National Review for that matter):

1. They don't have any particular power at Fox. They are occasional guests. They have the same power over Fox that, say, Scottie Nell Hughes has.

2. Charles Cooke does not give a shit about Andrea Tanataros' contract with Fox or any disputes that might be ongoing.

3. Stupid people leap to stupid reasons to explain things they don't have answers for, instead of just saying 'I don't know" like an intelligent person.

I don't know what's going on with Tantaros' contract or her book -- and neither do the leftwing/rightwing identity-politics race-powerists who think they pretty much know it all.

Note: I am indebted to Christina Hoff Sommers for pointing out that every identity politics cult is just a conspiracy theory with a racial (or gender) edge.

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Speculation Runs Wild as CERN's Atom-Smashing Supercollider Detects -- Maybe -- an Unknown and Unexpected New Particle


Science -- you gotta love it.

No seriously, you have to love it. It is now legally required to Love the Shit Out of Science.

The CERN collider is the atom-smasher that detected the Higgs Boson four years ago. The Higgs boson was important, as it had been suspected/predicted for years. Certain particles should be massless, and yet tests indicated they had mass. Physicists postulated a "Higgs field" that sometimes interacted with these particles and imparted mass to them.

The Higgs boson was less important of itself than it was of proof of the Higgs field.

But CERN kept smashing the smallest building blocks of the universe to see what might pop out. They've detected a particle (they think) that was not, like the Higgs field and Higgs boson, previously speculated and predicted by physicists.

This one seems to have just showed up the party uninvited.

I have to stress the scientists aren't all that sure they've really detected something other than the limits of experimental accuracy.

Still -- you must Love Science as a legal matter, and you are required to produce at least four (4) Science-Loving memes/gifs per year. So here's one to get you started.

The LHC’s Atlas and Compact Muon Solenoid particle detectors in December turned up preliminary readings that suggested a particle not accounted for by the Standard Model might exist at 750 Giga electron Volts. This mystery particle would be nearly four times more massive than the top quark, the most massive particle in the model, and six times more massive than the Higgs, CERN officials say.

The Standard Model has worked well, but has gaps notably about dark matter, which is believed to make up one-quarter of the mass of the universe. Theorists say the December results, if confirmed, could help elucidate that enigma; or it could signal a graviton -- a theorized first particle with gravity -- or another boson, even hint of a new dimension.

The graviton is speculated to be the particle that carries the force of gravity. All the other three fundamental forces have their own force-carrier particle associated with them; photons, for example, carry electromagnetic force in its guise as light. The graviton is speculated to carry gravity -- and therefore mass -- but this has never been proven or even really hinted by evidence (as far as I know). I think it just is postulated as something that should exist, to make gravity less of the One Of These Things Is Not Like the Others force it always has been.

I don't get the "new dimension" reference exactly, but string theory postulates that every "particle" is actually a string existing in 11 (or 15, or 20) dimensional space, all but three of those dimensions sub-nanoscopic and only existing on the tiniest of scales. The strings vibrate in their 11/15/20 dimensional spaces, and what we see as "particles" in our three-dimensional space are just the loops or ends of these strings vibrating in the dimensions we can see and experience.

I suppose the string theorists are speculating they may have glimpsed something that indicates the reality of one of these speculative phantom dimensions.

String theory has very few actual evidences behind it; it is now derided by many physicists as "just math," just speculative theory, completely unmoored from science with its evidence on observable phenomena, not just theories, and testable predictions, and, you know, proof.

But who knows, maybe this is some kind of indication in that direction.

More data is needed to iron those possibilities out, and even then, the December results could just be a blip. But with so much still unexplained, physicists say discoveries of new particles -- whether this year or later -- may be inevitable as colliders get more and more powerful.

Dave Charlton, who heads the Atlas team, said the December results could just be a "fluctuation" and "in that case, really for science, there’s not really any consequence ... At this point, you won’t find any experimentalist who will put any weight on this: We are all very largely expecting it to go away again."

"But if it stays around, it’s almost a new ball game," said Charlton, an experimental physicist at the University of Birmingham in Britain.

I should mention something about the Standard Model. It is one of the most relentlessly re-proven theories in all of science; almost all of its predictions get proven some day.

And yet, it is so ugly and weird and lacking in aesthetics that many people suspect it can't really be the final word on the matter. That's part of the reason people spend so much time with their heads in 11-dimensional space, trying to figure out a more beautiful version of fundamental physics.

If this particle is real, and wasn't predicted or hinted at by the Standard Model, the aesthetes of science will be very happy to find the very-useful-but-dreadfully-inelegant Standard Model needs to be updated.

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Go to the University of Missouri, Where Your Child Can Bathe in the Limpid Waters of White Supremacy


Mizzou's new head -- the one who replaced the guy the social justice warriors demand resign -- says, seemingly of his own university that "white supremacy... has permeated our culture" and compares the racial situation at Mizzou to what he experienced in the 1960s.

Oh, and then the university released a series of videos explaining white people's white supremacism to them.

The faculty committee on race relations put out the videos. One of the members explained: "White people tend to see racism in terms of lynching, physical abuse, bullying and other products of hate. Racism is more than the overt, blatant, extreme incidents."

And now you can view Mizzou's handy guide to What a Racist Your Child Is.

Plus -- there's still that one-in-five-will-be-raped thing!

So you know: Definitely send your kid there.

The University of Missouri

It's a hotbed of black radials and white Nazis beating each other.

Plus, the newest stationary bikes at the Rec!

Does anyone really believe that the University of Missouri, where the white kids are being berated on their way to class, is a hotbed of neo-naziism?

Let me quote one of the greatest philosophers of our generation who might shed light on what's going on here.

Here's "Billy" from St. Elmo's Fire:

Jules, y'know, honey... this isn't real. You know what it is? It's St. Elmo's Fire. Electric flashes of light that appear in dark skies out of nowhere.

(creates stream of fire by spraying perfume bottle through a flame)

Sailors would guide entire journeys by it, but the joke was on them... There was no fire. There wasn't even a St. Elmo. They made it up. They made it up because they thought they needed it to keep them going when times got tough, just like you're making up all of this. We're all going through this. It's our time at the edge.

You tell her, Billy. You help Jules get her head on straight and get her out of that dirty foreigner gangbang party.

It's our time at the edge now.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]

—Open Blogger

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When you ask Santa for a puppy but accidentally write Satan

Via @MedievalReacts on Twitter.

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Overnight Open Thread (5-1-2016) – Victims of Communism Day Edition


Quote of the Day I

Biden's meetings Thursday with Abadi and other senior Iraqi officials focused primarily on making sure that the political strife in Baghdad was not interfering with military preparations to retake Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, from the Islamic State.

"We talked about the plans that are in store for Mosul and the coordination that's going on with all of our friends here," Biden told reporters after his meeting with the Iraqi prime minister. "And so, I'm very optimistic."

As he spoke, the vice president was standing next to Salim al-Jubouri, the Iraqi parliament speaker. He pointed to Jubouri and noted that they last talked in Biden's office in Washington. "This is an old friend," Biden said.

Less than 36 hours later, the protesters were dancing and stomping on Jubouri's desk in front of the parliament chamber. Jubouri had fled the building.

-- from an article on the collapse of Iraq's parliament

Quote of the Day II

So is Germany becoming less German? Not really. The German national character, like all national characters, is complicated. The old American TV show Hogan's Heroes, about U.S. soldiers in a German POW camp during WWII, featured two leading Germans at the camp: Colonel Klink, the disciplinarian, and Sergeant Schultz, who would always look the other way for a cigarette or a bottle of schapps. Clearly, the Brandt Airport and VW are more Schultz than Klink. The other Germany never really went away; Sgt. Schultz is still nursing his schnapps.

-- from an article explaining why the years-behind schedule, way over-budget, white-elephant Berlin-Brandenburg Airport will likely never open

Quote of the Day III

One word: Martland. Martland was not persecuted directly by soldier-hating suits like Acting Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy (a career politician) or Secretary Designee Eric "Fabulous" Fanning. Martland's NCOER was deliberately crafted to harm him. It was prepared and signed by officers and NCOs who knew they were uttering a false instrument, knew they were rejecting the Army Way of criticizing subordinates face to face and in private, knew they were taking up arms in a political battle, and doing it on the side of falsehood, and injuring a good man who had done a good thing, because the Army had drifted off into a foamy pink froth of values that were politically constructed and inconstant. What would those people do with an unlawful order?

People who saw in their commissions, their documents of appointment of rank, their assignment to positions, not as a place to bring their own morals and character to bear, but a place where they would stake all on unthinking obedience? And rationalize it afterward?

That way? Go that way if you will. Be ready to board the boxcars. Your turn will come.

-- WeaponsMan on whether the military really would reject illegal orders

Quote of the Day IV

Unfortunately, the bathroom wars are likely just getting started. The Obama administration has already chosen sides. "This is a good illustration that the fight for civil rights is not over," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said of the North Carolina law. "The president, every time, is going to be on the side of equality and fairness and justice for every American." 

That sounds great, unless you're an American with traditional views on gender, your kids are in a public school, and the girls' locker room has just been declared a gender-fluid zone. Alas, my friend; you simply have the wrong thoughts. Sadly, in some cases, that's when "equality and fairness and justice" don't really apply.

-- Heather Wilhelm  in Why the Transgender Bathroom Wars Matter

Quote of the Day V

We know who Cora Segal is and we know what Cora Segal believes because Cora Segal has told us these things. Cora Segal is an activist, and when an activist goes to a public event and disrupts it by shouting obscenities - "F-k you! . . . Keep your hate speech off this campus!" - her public activism is newsworthy. Identifying her is not "doxing."

-- RSM on #TrigglyPuff

If I was more angry with you, I might include a picture of TrigglyPuff.

Reporters Get Into a Brawl at a White House Correspondents Dinner Party

Huffington Post reporter Ryan Grim went over to Fox New correspondent Jesse Watters  and started trouble over a 2009 incident.


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Food Thread: The South--Holding Out On Us Since 1865 [CBD]

—Open Blogger

Y-not: Our host, CBD, asked me to pinch-hit for him and finish the thread that he'd started for today as he is... indisposed.

Let's see what he had planned for us, shall we?

First off, CBD gets our mouths watering with a recipe from Garden and Gun:

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Shut Your Whore Mouth, I am Too A Planet! (CBD)

—Open Blogger


So....We have planets, dwarf planets, Both with and without moons (up until now), asteroids, and probably some other stuff. And did anyone know that Pluto has three companions? Haumea, Makemake, and Eris. But until recently, Makemake was the odd dwarf out; no moon! Until Tuesday.

Payback for all of the taunting! Makemake, the dwarf planet, has a moon!

The four dwarves are in the Kuiper Belt, which is beyond Neptune, and a long way from Moria.

"Makemake was the odd one out," said Alex Parker, a research scientist at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colo. "Makemake was the only one that didn't have a moon."

Michael E. Brown, a professor of planetary astronomy at the California Institute of Technology who led the team that discovered Haumea, Makemake and Eris, and the moons of Haumea and Eris, had looked for moons around Makemake, too. He did not find any, but that was not necessarily the end of the story. "I've always been suspicious in the back of my mind," he said.

Who knew that moons could be sneaky little bastards?

Supposedly there is mithril to be mined on Makemake's moon, but the orc situation will be a huge problem.

Open thread.

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 05-01-2016: Simply Irreformable [OregonMuse]

—Open Blogger

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Good morning to all of you morons and moronettes and bartenders everywhere and all the ships at sea. Welcome to AoSHQ's stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, where men are men, space isn't safe, and snowflakes will melt. The Sunday Morning Book Thread is the only AoSHQ thread that is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Except if you feel like you're going to shart.

“Be as careful of the books you read, as of the company you keep; for your habits and character will be as much influenced by the former as the latter.”

― Paxton Hood

Help Fight SOJS (Sudden Onset Jihadi Syndrome)

One of the most pressing questions of the 21st century is, why do acclimated, peaceful, law-abiding Muslims suddenly go nuts and run off to join ISIS? Or, worse, show up one day at work and start shooting people?

Nabeel Qureshi is a Christian convert from Islam, and his best-selling book is Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity. In a USA Today article, he writes about his own upbringing:

As a Muslim growing up in the United States, I was taught by my imams and the community around me that Islam is a religion of peace. My family modeled love for others and love for country, and not just by their words. My father served in the U.S. Navy throughout my childhood, starting as a seaman and retiring as a lieutenant commander. I believed wholeheartedly a slogan often repeated at my mosque after 9/11: “The terrorists who hijacked the planes also hijacked Islam.”

Yet as I began to investigate the Quran and the traditions of Muhammad’s life for myself in college, I found to my genuine surprise that the pages of Islamic history are filled with violence. How could I reconcile this with what I had always been taught about Islam?

So, in other words, he actually read the Qur'an for himself. Hmmm...

Others have argued that what Islam needs to have happen to it is the equivalent of the Protestant Reformation. In fact, this is the specific argument of Ayaan Hirsi Ali's book, Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now:

[Ali] identifies five key amendments to Islamic doctrine that Muslims have to make to bring their religion out of the seventh century and into the twenty-first. And she calls on the Western world to end its appeasement of the Islamists. “Islam is not a religion of peace,” she writes. It is the Muslim reformers who need our backing, not the opponents of free speech.

But from what I can tell, her suggestions on how to "fix" Islam would turn it into something that really wouldn't be Islam. Also, if the Protestant Reformation was just Christians reading the Bible for themselves (and I think for the most part it was), then Al-Qaeda and ISIS are what you get when Muslims start reading the Qur'an for themselves.

Now, that weird rustling sound you're hearing is coming from all the lame equivocations being constructed out of straw: "But the Bible has violent passages, too." Yes, it does. But do you know what the Bible doesn't have? Specific instructions for Christians to go out and kill unbelievers. That many have done so throughout the history of the Church (and in the name of Christ) is to our shame, not glory. Because such actions go against the specific scriptural injunctions *against* violence and attempts at establishing the Kingdom of God by force of arms, by fighting and killing. These injunctions are so strong that there developed an absolute pacifist stream of Christian thought, where no fighting or taking up of arms can ever by justified. I don't much agree with it, but I can appreciate its pedigree, from the Church's earliest days. There's nothing comparable to this in the Islamic world, is there?

Christianity and Islam are not symmetrical in this manner. The Reformation was helped along by increasing rates of literacy in Europe. And now, literacy is spreading throughout the Islamic world and ordinary believers are reading the Qur'an for the first time in their lives, and they're finding what Dr. Quereshi has found. I read an article earlier this week, which link I forgot to save, about a Palestinian writer who was interviewed on Palestinian TV and he asked, "so why do I have to hate the Jew?" He cited times past in history where Muslims and Jews lived peaceably together. And he repeated his question, then added, "Why now? Why do I have to hate the Jew now?"

And the answer is, of course, because the whole Islamic world is under pressure from the jihadis to conform. They're not "hijacking" Islam, they're exploiting characteristics that have been in Islam since the very beginning.

Because of this, the Qur'an is kind of like the Muslim version of a headcrab. All of a sudden, it will overwhelm an unsuspecting Muslim and then they show up at work with weapons and murderous intent and officials can say nothing but gee, how could that have happened, when the answer is right there in front of them.

Fortunately for us, not all Muslims who read the Qur'an get bitten by the headcrab. Who does and who doesn't, at least in this country, is the subject of United States of Jihad: Investigating America's Homegrown Terrorists by Peter Bergen, which

...tells the entwined stories of the key actors on the American front. Among the perpetrators are Anwar al-Awlaki, the New Mexico-born radical cleric who became the first American citizen killed by a CIA drone and who mentored the Charlie Hebdo shooters; Samir Khan, whose Inspire webzine has rallied terrorists around the world, including the Tsarnaev brothers; and Omar Hammami, an Alabama native and hip hop fan who became a fixture in al Shabaab’s propaganda videos until fatally displeasing his superiors

But as one review notes, "Bergen’s position that conservatives have overblown the Jihadist threat for political gain and the focus should be on climate change and gun control mirrors the position of the Obama administration. Whether Bergen is echoing the administration, the reverse or both arrived at the same conclusion is not known." So there's that.

Me, I figure that the guys who suddenly run off to join ISIS are probably the Mulsim equivalents of the same type of people who, back in the 70s, would disappear and then reappear some months later selling flowers on the street corner as members of some religious cult, i.e. they're mostly middle class, bored, with an excess of leisure time on their hands.

The jihadis have raised hard questions about how the Qur'an should be read and interpreted. I'm not sure how the more moderate Muslims answer these interpretive questions. I have heard, for example, that moderate imams have been brought to Gitmo to talk with the detainees about how Al-Qaeda distorts and misuses the Qur'an, but I don't know what is said, or how the interpretive issues are dealt with.

And who gets to say authoritatively what the Qur'an does or does not say?

And while we're at it, here's a woman who's not down with the whole ISIS/Al-Qaeda "let's make all the women wear Hefty Bags" schtick: Brigitte Gabriel, a Maronite Christian who was born in Lebanon, has written Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America, which

is a political wake-up call told through a very personal memoir frame. Brigitte warns that the US is threatened by fundamentalist Islamic theology in the same way Lebanon was— radical Islam will stop at nothing short of domination of all non-Muslim countries. Gabriel saw this mission start in Lebanon, and she refuses to stand silently by while it happens here.

I'm old enough to remember when Beirut was known as "The Paris of the Middle East". It was very modern, very cosmopolitan, where Muslims, Christians, and Jews all lived together and more or less got all lone. And then one day the jihadis showed up, and that was the end of that.

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EMT 5/01/16 [krakatoa]

—Open Blogger

May first. Which means I'm 4 short days from another holiday Americans have decided to celebrate.

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for another excuse to drink.

But Seriously Mexico: Celebrating beating the French is like celebrating managing to get your feet into the correct shoes.

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Overnight Open Thread (30 Apr 2016)


This is rich. ICE Director admits 'sanctuary' policies put agents at risk. Then when she's asked if these 'sanctuary' policies also pose a risk to the public, she dodges the question. Um, if it is riskier for your agents, it's bound to be riskier for the public.

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Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread 04-30-2016 [OregonMuse]

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"Come To Chess City!"

Good afternoon morons and moronettes, and welcome to the Sunday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread, the only AoSHQ thread with content specifically for all of us chess nerds who pay homage in the temple of Caïssa, goddess of outside passed pawns and Modern Chess Openings. And, for those of you who aren't, you can use this thread to talk about checkers, or tiddlywinks, or Tigglypuff, or whatever you wish. Only please try to keep it civil. Nobody wants to get into a pie fight on a Saturday afternoon.

“Nowadays, because of computers, a 13-year-old would probably know more than Bobby Fischer knew when he retired.”
--Garry Kasparov

Endgame Study

This is another one whose solution eluded me. And after I saw it, I said "duh". Hopefully, you'll do better. It's White to play and win.

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Ace of Spades Pet Thread [Mis. Hum.]

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I guess it's better than being named Dammit. Welcome aboard to the Pet Thread.
Climb on a piece of furniture get comfy and take it easy.

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Tin Foil Hats: The Newest Thing In Psychiatry (CBD)

—Open Blogger

**BUMPED so you have an open thread.**


This can't possibly be true. A Helmet That Treats Mental Illness? Okay, she is a scientist, and that is certainly impressive, but it's not like she has an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, like Bill Nye! That, of course, confers upon the holder a magical understanding of all of science. But she does have a foul mouth, so maybe....

Like a good skeptical scientist, I started asking for evidence before I put any information about it on my website.

Had it been through phase three clinical trials? Yes.

Was it FDA approved? Yes.

Did they have long term clinical data? Yes.

Interesting. Probably not revolutionary, but people with psychiatric disorders that don't respond to conventional therapies tend to have bad outcomes, so if TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) doesn't injure them, and has positive clinical data, why not?

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Saturday Gardening Thread: Shake Your Groove Thing [Y-not and KT]

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Y-not: Good afternoon, gardening morons and 'ettes!

Today's thread is brought to you by Bird Seed:


Hat tip: @frogmother1 on Twitter.

Recently, the Mister and I visited the Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, a bit south of Lexington. We enjoyed a tasty "farm to table" dinner and strolled around the grounds where I collected a few tidbits for today's thread.

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Archive of the Saturday Gardening Thread: Updated April 30, 2016 [Y-not]

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It's been a while since I updated the Saturday Gardening Thread archives, so here you go.

Remember: Don't comment on old threads lest your soul be eaten by pixy's voracious were-hamsters!

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NFL Draft Thread [Y-not]

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Today is the third day of the NFL Draft, picking up where they left off yesterday with Round Four. Coverage is available at ESPN (awful) and the NFL Network (slightly less awful) or online (try this link). The proceedings start at noon.

A few highlights (and lowlights) to date:

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EMT 4/30/16 [krakatoa]

—Open Blogger

Home again, Home again, jiggety jig.

Just in time for an open thread.

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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.

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Open Thread


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:

L'Elle wrote:

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 responded:

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]

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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.

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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.

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I Want the Benefits of Maternity Leave Without Bothering to Have Children, Says Stupid Fat Whore


Ah yes. I'm in a bad mood.

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 Post’s 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.

Quite right.

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).

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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.

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence to Endorse Ted Cruz


Should help him, as Walker helped him.

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.

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Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]

—Open Blogger


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Pierre-August Renoir

And for something a little different, some performance art below the fold....

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Overnight Open Thread (4-28-2016)


Quote of the Day I

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

Quote of the Day II

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.

Related: Only a PC Killjoy Could Hate the New 'Jungle Book'

And the SJW Scolds never let you down: Reminder: Rudyard Kipling Was a Racist F*ck and The Jungle Book Is Imperialist Garbage

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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.

Open thread.

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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.

We need a #SafeSpace in the economy.

[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 they’d 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!

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Eight Minute Abs
Seven Minute Abs
Six Minute Abs
Are You Ready for... One 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 men’s 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.

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How man times can the dinosaurs escape in Jurassic Park before they officially change the name of the resort to The Island of Unloved Children?
I really don't like these movies. I don't get them. I liked the first one okay and I kinda liked the third, but how many times can we see some mumbo-jumbo ("we genetically grafted Laser Beam Cannon DNA into the velociraptor because we thought it would make it more docile"), the same failed security system, the same kids in danger, the same Godzilla vs. Rodan fight?
This new one doesn't even star a dinosaur. It's just Godzilla.
Also, I swear, the special effects look worse and worse.
Update: Lena Dunham's boyfriend just said he would marry her "when they finally get the kinks worked out of Jurassic Park's security systems. And also, when they have Jurassic Park."
Update: This is like Harry Potter with more velociraptors and less quidditch.
Update: Private Pyle has a plan to, and I'm quite serious, release the velociraptors into the wild, trusting that they will follow orders like troops and hunt Godzilla for them. This is his plan. He thought about this before doing it.
I'm just waiting to find out if it works!!! Sounds crazy, but they called Charles Manson crazy too, and look at what he accomplished!!!
Update: the raptors are wearing Hannibal Lecter style anti-bite masks. I guess that makes sense. In a stupid kind of way.
Update: How long can Chris Pratt run/drive around with a bad-ass rifle looking like a bad-ass with a rifle without ever actually firing said rifle? So far, it turns out the answer is "the whole movie."
Maybe they should have just given him a walkie-talkie to aim at the monsters.
Update: Okay, prepare for a shock: The "let's set the raptors loose to hunt Godzilla plan" did not go according to plan. In fact, if you can believe this -- it seems to have made things worse.
Plot twists -- I love 'em!!!
Update: Private Pyle's all like, "My Attack Plan Raptor didn't work...? Whuhhhh...? Whuh duh fuh...?
Update: the movie wants me to worry that the raptors will kill the black guy but black people don't die in movies anymore except like a wise grandmother in a Tyler Perry movie
Update: When the wise grandmother dies, she grabs the heroine's hand and says, "Always... remember... where you come from..." and then everyone's like "so wise" and "what a light shining in the world" and then they play a song by Boyz 2 Men
Update: now they're in the back room where the Evil Science is performed and they're looking at Evil Aquarium Tanks
Update: Private Pyle is explaining his Evil Plan to field an army of dino-soldiers. No, I'm not kidding. Something about "Nature wants to help us fight for FREEDOM" or something
Update: He was just killed by a dinosaur. I never saw that coming. IRONY!!!
Update: I still don't think Chris Pratt has shot his rifle. Or even used it as a club. He just carries it around like a pocketbook.
Update: the raptors just want to be friends
Update: it's the same Climax situation as in the first Jurassic Park only stupider and with Godzilla instead of T Rex
Update: Chris Pratt is finally firing his gun. It's okay though because it's completely ineffectual.
Update: Oh God. I didn't think it could get dumber. It just did.Guess who they enlisted to fight for them? Hint: His name rhymes with Shmyrannosaurus Schmex. Why not just get those two little Japanese girls in the clamshell and summon Mothra?
Update: Schmyrannosaurus Schmex seems to outmatch the new one. Proving the original is better than the sequel.
Update: T. Rex is down. I think it would be awesome if he just started laughing, and the other monster didn't know what he was laughing about, but then the other monster started laughing just because, and then you see T. Rex has a BIG GUN STRAPPED TO HIS BACK WITH CHRISTMAS TAPE!!! Yippie ki-yay, Muppet-Felter!
Update: the sea monster just jumped out of nowhere to end the fight. It reminds me of "there's always a bigger fish" in the Phantom Menace.
Update: T. Rex is walking away, beaten but unbroken, like he's fucking Rocky. Like, we were all just rooting for him to go the distance against the Champ. Oh T. Rexy, you showed so much heart!!!
Update: tearful goodbyes. Several actors seem kind of embarrassed.
Update: They should sell bags in the gift shop that say "My kid went to Jurassic Park and all I got was this bag of his half-digested remains."

Credits joke: a bunch of people were credited for allegedly writing the "screenplay" and the "story." LOL. Good one!
Suspended tenured Marquette University professor sues Marquette University over freedom of speech. Yeah, you know the polite and politically incorrect kind not the barnyard guttural shriek of one Fatty McFatt from UMass. [Mis. Hum.]
An Arkansas candidate running for John Boozman's Senate seat, has released a new ad, and it's all about Trump. This is just a taste of what we can expect in a general against Hillary. - NDH
One of the most incredible things I've ever seen in a campaign. Ted Cruz speaks directly with Trump supporters in Indiana. His ability to remain on point and, above all, respectful, in the face of such utter ignorance and disrespect, is almost inconceivable. Cruz is the grownup in the room. - NDH
Rubio is a Politician. Nothing More. Look, this isn't surprising. The depth of hatred for Cruz is unparalleled, as he is a threat to the most important constituents politicians have: The dollars in their bank accounts. [krak/t]
Calling all Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina residents: Coastal Georgia Honor Flight asks for support welcoming Vets returning from a trip to see their monuments in DC. I will be making the drive to give my thanks for their service and sacrifice. - NDH
It must be an election year for Congress critters as well. The House's latest attempt to throw red meat. "The Republican Study Committee, which counts over two-thirds of House of Representatives Republicans as its members, called recently for "the complete elimination of the IRS." [Mis. Hum.]
Poll: Ohioans want John Kasich to drop out "Nearly half - 49 percent - of Ohio voters say it's time for Kasich to drop out of the race for the Republican nomination, compared to only 38 percent who want him to stay in. Among Republican voters, 58 percent want him to drop out." [Y-not]
First Cruise in Decades to go to Coobah. Amazing how deftly today's reporters handle inconvenient facts:
After decades of treating the ... bay as a receptacle for industrial waste, the government is moving container traffic to...
Presto-change-O, communist environmental disaster is now communist paradise. [krak/t]
CERN on cusp of discovering New Particle? Would sort of devalue the Standard Model, it's only visible to those watching a single network, and it's 4 times larger than the Top Quark, so scientists are dubbing this the "Lena Dunham" particle. I made up some of that in the name of science. [krak/t]
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