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April 18, 2024

The ONT Is Coming! The ONT Is Coming!

Listen my children and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.


It's likely that Revere would have shouted “The Regulars are coming out!” rather than “The British are coming”. The later makes no sense considering that the Colonies considered themselves British. It wasn't until the next day, at Lexington and Concord, that they became Americans.

This Is Bizarre

This may be the strangest story I've read in a while.

21-year-old student from Pune and the curious case of her changing hands

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Explaining the shift, Pune-based physiotherapist Ketaki Doke, who has been working with Shreya, says behind this could be the muscle reconditioning itself to the new host. “The nerve begins to send signals, it is called reinnervation, and the muscles function according to body needs. A man will have muscle function different from a woman. The muscles in her hand may have started adapting to a female body,” says Doke, adding, “It was still not anticipated that her hands will transform so much.”

In the last 3-4 months, Shreya’s mother Suma noticed that her fingers were becoming leaner, slightly longer. “I see her hand every day. The fingers have become like a woman’s, the wrist is smaller. These are remarkable changes,” she says.

Iyer, from Amrita Institute, says they never anticipated such changes. “This is our first case of male-to-female hand transplant. We can only guess that female hormones have led to the change but assessing the exact cause is difficult,” he says.

So the transplanted hands were beefier and more muscular, because the donor was male, and also had much darker skin. Over time, the skin tone lightened to match her natural color, and the hands themselves became more slender and feminine. That's just amazing.

Journalism By Bot

The best restaurant for Tex-Mex in Tyler, according to diners—plus, see the runners-up

The article is crap – 2 of the 12 restaurants are fast food and there's no mention of places that are actually good like El Norteno, Jalpita's or Ruby's, but if you read between the lines it becomes apparent what they did. They wrote an intro paragraph and then had a bot collect the 12 highest rated places in the Tex Mex category on Yelp. Boom! Instant content. Wish I could figure out how to automate the ONT like that.

Meet The Press

Tucker Carlson’s Turn

So what the hell happened to Tucker Carlson?

The skepticism that served him well in the Trump years when much of the fourth estate behaved like an opposition political party has led him all the way around the horseshoe. His opposition to the people he hates—liberals and neocons—has turned him into Noam Chomsky in a bow tie.

I'm of two minds here. Yes, Tucker can get out on the fringes sometimes. Some of his recent blatherings about how wonderful the Potempkin village the Russians showed him were just embarrassing. But the main beef the author of this piece seems to have with Tucker is that he has interviewed people he doesn't like. That should be the job of journalists. Interviewing Putin gives us a chance to see the man and hear what he has to say. That's information, and the job of the news should be to inform. Also, since in the article the author openly poo-poos the idea that the FBI influenced the Jan 6 demonstrators in any way or that the 2020 election was anything other than squeaky clean, I don't think he has much room to talk about people not being grounded in reality.

Just The Tax, Ma'am

Here are the massive tax increases coming your way in a second Biden term

Biden’s written plan calls for a small business tax hike, a corporate tax hike, a capital gains and dividends tax hike, income tax hikes, energy tax hikes and even a second Death Tax on top of the first one. Biden would increase the corporate income tax from today’s 21% to 28%. That’s a higher tax rate than communist China and France and the U.K., each at 25%.

Now add the average state corporate income tax at 4% and the average combined Biden rate would be 32%. That would be the second-highest corporate income tax in the developed world. Just below Colombia.

Biden promises to impose a tax on "unrealized gains." If your land or stock account has increased in value in the last year you would pay taxes on the unrealized gain. You have not sold the property; you do not have the income. It isn’t "real." Yet you will be taxed as if you had made the sale and received the income.

And to think our founders rebelled and founded this country in protest over a 2% tax on tea. How low we have fallen.

And Now For A Different Perspective

What Is It Good For? Absolutely Nothing

America Is Now in the Business of Losing Wars

Obviously, America ought not involve itself in foreign conflicts in which we are unwilling to stay the course. American interests dictate pragmatism. But we've gone far beyond that. Now we're telling our allies that they can't win victories in conflicts in which they are willing to stay the course and in which they can win. 

We will actively step in to prevent victory.

And so our enemies grow stronger. They have no such Hamlet-like moral qualms. They push where there is mush. Should Israel accede to America's request to leave Hamas in place in Rafah, Hezbollah will challenge Israel in the north; Iranian proxies will challenge Israel in the West Bank; Iran will up the ante in Yemen and the Red Sea. Israel and Saudi Arabia will be forced to search for new allies and new weapons. The world will significantly become more dangerous.

It turns out that the alternative to an America confident in its own moral role -- and an America willing to stand with its allies -- is a world of chaos. We are now living in that world. And things will get much, much worse before the end of this era of moral vacillation and cowardice in the face of evil.

There's only one way to win a war and achieve a lasting peace. You have to kill the enemy, and keep killing them until they have had enough and say “No more”. Then and only then can you start defining a post-war world. If the enemy doesn't believe that they have been defeated, all you do is give them a chance to rearm and regroup, and sooner or later start fighting again. Not only is this endlessly bloody, it is ultimately immoral and in the long run far costlier.

The Face Of Evil

Texas gender clinic dubbed 'Frankenstein's lab' performs hundreds of experimental surgeries each year - including giving patients a penis AND vagina and 'Barbie-dolling' clients by removing both

No comment. But I pray there will come a reckoning. And that it will be unbelievably harsh.

Good Advice

For many Gen Z students, skipping college for a trade may be their best bet

The median pay for new construction hires was $48,089 last year, compared to $39,520 for new hires in professional services. According to payroll-services provider ADP, pay for new hires in construction increased 5.1% last year, nearly double the increase for professional services. 

Trade jobs are also less subject to replacement by AI and other technologies. Some tech exec might make good money before student loan payments, but he’ll pay some kid a fortune to unclog his toilet.

If there’s a dummy in that scenario, it ain’t the kid. 

We were extremely pleased when Little said he wanted to go into the trades. He's finishing his first year in the welding program at the local junior college, and doing quite well. All this and no student loans to worry about.

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