Interesting Bits

03/23/2017 2:38

Said It Much Better than I Could

John C. Wright, a brilliant science fiction author, and Christian tells why he is overjoyed that  Big Bird and the other parasitic money suckers at PBS will have to find private donors.

As a man who worked, not for one bankrupt news organization, but for two,  the knowledge that part of my meager paycheck went to fund my competators, and to spread lies and propoganda, was a thorn in my eye for all the years of my adult life.

Add to this that Big Bird and all his horrid crew will now have to beg for money from corporate sponsers, or even (gasp!) work for his goshdarned pay like an honest avian.

Add to this that so-called works of art like Piss Christ will not be paid for by money that would otherwise go to pay for bread to feed my children, so that the blasphemous enemy of muse and man alike who calls himself an artist will also be thrown into the marketplace to earn his keep or to starve. (Judging from the alleged quality of the alleged work, my money is on starve.)

What else?

"The departments of Commerce and Energy would see major reductions in funding, with programs under their jurisdiction either being eliminated or transferred to other agencies. The departments of Transportation, Justice and State would see significant cuts and program eliminations."

Since, to the best of anyone’s knowledge, none of the departments of Commerce, Energy, and Transportation have ever added an iota of happiness to any human life, have unloaded buckets of misery by acting as leg-irons to the economy, and have no justification whatsoever under the Constitution, this is merely delight added to ecstasy.



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03/23/2017 6:42

German scientists test 'artificial sun'

Scientists in Germany flipped the switch Thursday on what's being described as "the world's largest artificial sun" and which they hope will help shed light on new ways of making climate-friendly fuel.

(Have you notice there's never been a flood of scientific discoveries croming from Muslim countries? Have you noticed that?)

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03/23/2017 6:34

Exposed: Soviet cover-up of nuclear fallout worse than Chernobyl

It was a nuclear disaster four times worse than Chernobyl in terms of the number of cases of acute radiation sickness, but Moscow’s complicity in covering up its effects on people’s health has remained secret until now.

We knew that in August 1956, fallout from a Soviet nuclear weapons test at Semipalatinsk in Kazakhstan engulfed the Kazakh industrial city of Ust-Kamenogorsk and put more than 600 people in hospital with radiation sickness, but the details have been sketchy.

After seeing a newly uncovered report, New Scientist can now reveal that a scientific expedition from Moscow in the aftermath of the hushed-up  disaster uncovered widespread radioactive contamination and radiation sickness across the Kazakh steppes.

 The scientists then tracked the consequences as nuclear bomb tests continued — without telling the people affected or the outside world.

(In a free society, such a disaster could not have been covered up. Alas, nowadays, the press seems to be nothing but an arm of the Democratic party. When an event is damaging to leftists it's downplayed or ignored.)

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03/22/2017 8:04

Now Let Us Praise Shale

Global greenhouse gas emissions stalled for the third year in a row in 2016, and environmentalists the world over are going to have to swallow their pride and give credit where credit is due: to the American shale revolution.

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03/22/2017 7:55

ICE Cheering the Trump Administration

U.S. Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement unions are cheering President Trump's plan to hire 15,000 new agents, claiming that he has boosted sagging morale by promising to finally help the outnumbered immigration officers — and let them do their jobs.

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03/22/2017 6:56

The Decline of Academia

In anti-intellectual email, Wellesley profs call engaging with controversial arguments an imposition on students. (Many progressives hate the Second Amendment and almost just as many hate the First Amendment too.)

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03/22/2017 6:46

A New McCarthyism in Hollywood?

In an astonishing reversal of Hollywood history, just as liberals here once considered themselves an endangered species, so do conservatives today. They no longer are free to talk in the open, because they feel — rightly — we're no longer prepared to listen, any more than they're prepared to listen to liberals. There's deafness on both sides.

Tim Allen made headlines this week when he groused: "You gotta be real careful around here. You get beat up if you don't believe what everybody else believes. This is like '30s Germany." It's nothing like Nazi Germany, and he undermines his point by so exaggerating it — but there's some truth to what he says.

Think I'm wrong? Imagine what Mel Gibson or Vince Vaughn must have felt at the Golden Globes. I couldn't help wondering how the crowd would have reacted if they had spoken out instead of Meryl Streep. While she was given an ovation, they'd have been booed off the stage.

And that worries me. Because nobody should be afraid to speak. Freedom of speech means freedom for all, for our opponents as well as ourselves.

True, there's no rule of law that says speech isn't allowed. But censorship and self-censorship are two sides of the same coin, and once we accept one, the other is sure to follow.

(Of course in the days of the Hollywood Ten, there were a number of prominent  writers, ditrectors, etc. who were diehard Communists and praised Stalin. The essay notes, ironically that while conservatives face a menacing atmosphere, Muslims are also uneasy in Hollywood)

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03/21/2017 8:40

At Least 11 Signed It

The Good News: Harvard Professors Sign Statement Endorsing ‘Freedom of Expression’ The Bad News - Only 11 professors actually signed it.

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03/21/2017 10:46

MSM Will Use Other Polls

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty percent (50%) disapprove.

(The MSM has used the Gallup poll numbers which are much lower for Trump. But to be honest, MSM should report other polls differ from Gallup. Oh...LOL...the MSM being honest...LOL..That will be the day...)

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03/21/2017 7:03

The Dems' Russian Hypocrisy

Prominent members of the Democratic Party now seem to be in favor of supplying Ukraine with lethal military aid, despite the fact that the Obama administration refused to give weapons to the besieged country in its fight against pro-Russian separatists for years.

What's changed? The newfound support for lethal aid on the left helps Democrats make their case that President Donald Trump has been influenced by the Russians.

(This is a major point that no one mentions, neither the Democrats of the media, because it undercuts the Dems' position. When the Russians took over Crimea and aided the pro-Russian separatists. the Obama Administration did nothing.)

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03/21/2017 6:59

Well, This is Not Good

Russia and China are displaying the highest level of military cooperation in three decades, posing an escalated threat to the United States and its allies, according to a government report released Monday.

U.S. air superiority in the Asia Pacific is particularly vulnerable due to sustained Russian arms sales to Beijing and a new focus between the two militaries on missile defense, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission detailed in its new report

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03/21/2017 6:52

This is Interesting

Vhina Sees a Manufacturing  Future - in America -  In global manufacturing, fortunes are starting to shift in America’s favor.   (Paywall at this WSJ story)

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03/21/2017 6:37

Loose the Woman

In Pentecostalism's early years it was not unusual to see women preaching, pastoring, and leading. IThey changed Christianity...and the world)

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03/20/2017 8:51

Who Cares About the NBA Anyway?

Tourism thriving, economy expanding in North Carolina despite bathroom bill desertions

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03/20/2017 7:31

Have the Media Gotten Worse?

Monday, The New York Times ran the headline “What Happens When You Fight a ‘Deep State’ that Doesn’t Exist?”

The article explained that unlike Egypt or Pakistan, America doesn’t really have a powerful deep state, and to claim that it does “presents apolitical civil servants as partisan agents.”

Give me a break. “Apolitical civil servants”?

A deep state absolutely exists. Some call it “administrative state” or “regulatory state.” These are the people who crush innovation and freedom by issuing hundreds of new rules. Regulators, if they don’t pass new rules, think they’re not doing their job.

Even “anti-regulator” President George W. Bush hired 90,000 new regulators. Calling them “nonpartisan” doesn’t make them harmless — it just means we put up with them through multiple administrations.

Even if you exclude the military and post office, more than 20 million Americans work for the government. Because of civil service rules, it’s almost impossible to fire them.

The Times calls these 20 million people “apolitical”. Please. Most are just as partisan as you or I. Maybe more so, as leaks and signs of bureaucratic resistance to presidential edicts demonstrate.

People who choose to work for, say, the EPA, tend to be environment zealots. This should surprise no one. Somehow, New York Times reporters don’t see it.

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03/20/2017 7:19

Has the Media Gotten Worse

Monday, The New York Times ran the headline “What Happens When You Fight a ‘Deep State’ that Doesn’t Exist?”

The article explained that unlike Egypt or Pakistan, America doesn’t really have a powerful deep state, and to claim that it does “presents apolitical civil servants as partisan agents.”

Give me a break. “Apolitical civil servants”?

A deep state absolutely exists. Some call it “administrative state” or “regulatory state.” These are the people who crush innovation and freedom by issuing hundreds of new rules. Regulators, if they don’t pass new rules, think they’re not doing their job.

Even “anti-regulator” President George W. Bush hired 90,000 new regulators. Calling them “nonpartisan” doesn’t make them harmless — it just means we put up with them through multiple administrations.

Even if you exclude the military and post office, more than 20 million Americans work for the government. Because of civil service rules, it’s almost impossible to fire them.

The Times calls these 20 million people “apolitical”. Please. Most are just as partisan as you or I. Maybe more so, as leaks and signs of bureaucratic resistance to presidential edicts demonstrate.

People who choose to work for, say, the EPA, tend to be environment zealots. This should surprise no one. Somehow, New York Times reporters don’t see it.

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03/20/2017 7:12

More Leftist Anti-Semitism

The University of St. Thomas is in the news, and the news is very ugly.

Several days ago it came to light that Mayzer Muhammad, the head of UST’s student government, had a long record of making anti-Semitic remarks on social media, including an implicit call for the genocide of the Jewish people. “[Y]ahood [Jews] will get what coming for them,” Muhammad tweeted.

Muhammad was the president of the UST chapter of the Muslim Student Association before his election in April 2016 as head of the UST student government. His comments about Jews and supporters of the state of Israel covered a two-year period from 2014 to 2016, not long before his election as student president. During that time, he repeatedly gave coarse expression to his hatred. For instance, in July 2014 he wrote: “If you support Israel in anyway, shape, or form, please unfollow me right now cause those people are the scum of the earth.”

(As Alan Dershowitz said, I can show you anti-Semitism. It's on our college campuses)

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03/20/2017 7:01

More Fake News

Byron York: How pundits got key part of Trump-Russia story all wrong

A key talking point in the theory that Donald Trump and the Russians conspired in the 2016 election is the allegation that last summer, during the Republican convention, the Trump campaign changed the GOP platform to weaken its stance on Russia's aggression in Ukraine.

It's been cited many, many times. The only problem is, it's all wrong.

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Missing from all the talk is what the Republican platform actually said before it was allegedly "gutted" by Trump. What did the original draft of the platform say about Russia and Ukraine? Was it, in fact, changed? If so, how?

As it turns out, a look at the original draft of the platform — which has never been released publicly — shows that it always had tough language on Russian aggression in Ukraine. And not only did that language stay in the final platform — nothing was taken out — it was actually strengthened, not weakened, as a result of events at the convention.


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