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Saturday, May 2. 2015
Hayward's reading list
How to Be Real With God - What to do when spending time with God seems like chore.
Modern romance: An Ill-Defined Relationship Is All Drama
Wearing a Suit Makes People Think Differently - Formalwear elicits feelings of power, which change some mental processes.
Debating the Moynihan Report, 50 Years Later
Rubio Talks Tough on Border Security: ‘No Right to Illegally Immigrate’
All diversity, all the time, everybody, right now
Why Does the Left Continue to Lie about Its Ideological Agenda?
Is your city burning? Thank a Democrat!
Democrat-Run Baltimore is a Gangsters' Paradise
PHOTOS RELEASED of Racist Cops Charged in Freddie Gray’s Death
The Fall of Saigon Revisited - Review: ‘Last Days in Vietnam’ on PBS
Hatred, Lies, and Violence in the World of Islam
Marxist Democrats and the Return of the Hanoi Lobby
Russia may be readying for new Ukraine offensive: NATO commander
Chart on left via Carpe
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Russia and China will not form a real alliance unless the India-China competition can be resolved. Otherwise, Russian support for India and Chinese support for Pakistan will always disrupt the Russian-Chinese relationship.
On the other hand, if a Chinese-Indian rapproachment is achieved, it will mark the end of Western domination.
Claire Berlinski: So What Ever Happened to Ebola?
The epidemic ended Nov 4, 2014, at least it did in America.
Charity for Augustine was thinking the best of others rather than the worst. That's how it was soul-saving.
Somewhere it changed to money.
might want to look up what Jesus said to the rich man who asked what he had to do become a follower.
Just taking the opportunity to thank you for the work you do producing Morning Links. I find it very useful and check on it almost every day.
Pity that the interest and western public charity dried up since; a. The epidemic was never stamped out, it still infects new patients. b. For the first time there are large numbers of survivors and many of them are dealing with Ebola related medical issues. Mostly full or partial blindness.
And the virus continues to mutate. You might say that it has left the nest and is out in the world.
Ebola has been around before, surged, then faded. Like other similar diseases, it will do so agin.
(And like most epidemics, it's prominent only till something else comes up in the news)
It faded in the jungle, it faded when it was sustained by isolated villages. Where there were paths, now it is on the coast with roads; trains, planes and automobiles. Oh My!
I hope someone is studying how the virus gets into it's host animal. What it's new habitat has for compatible species.
Wouldn't surprise me if it was an engineered strain.whether by accident it was released....or purpose..the elites make their intentions for world depopulation.
Formal wear causing changes in cognition, has any one considered the effects of constricted blood flow due to ties?
Cities burning, pish posh, the important parts of the city are clean and orderly. The less important parts are ignored since they vote right, don't have the mayor and council on speed dial and serve as a conduit for dollars.
Spring is here and so time for more AFV driving and gunnery practice by the Russians is par for the course.
Return of the isolationist, spend the peace dividend three fold lobby is a given. However, since many know what side of the croissant is buttered, doubt we'll see many leaving Team Hillary for Team Sanders.
Baltimore prosecutions; Two weeks, 28 charges. The (female, black) State's Prosecutor a product of the forced busing in Boston decades ago. Comes (it is said) from a cop family. Must be ambitious.
If I threw a guy into the truck of my car, drove around a while and when the trunk was opened the guy was dead, then I’d expect to be charged with manslaughter but not murder. But a cop, on duty, has more expectation of immunity then I would. However wrote up these charges is ignoring that and the reality of urban policing.
So I’ll go out on a limb and predict that maybe one of these Manslaughter charges is supported, some of these officers lose their jobs, all of them spend a hell of a lot of money on their defense which will be dwarfed by the millions the city and state will spend. In the end, Baltimore will continue it’s downward slide with burnt out buildings remaining as a reminder and with most of the police force mainly interested in not following the Freddie Gray 6 into the belly of the beast.
You couldn’t pay me enough money to journey into Baltimore.
If there are not convictions for serious charges, it will be a replay of the Rodney King riots. If there are, the exodus of police will not start but accelerate as will the exodus of the middle class (black and white).
Such is the fate for cities that have been run entirely from the left for decades (eg. Detroit). In a way, that is a little unfair as almost all large cities are run by demoncrats and some successful ones have been for decades. One might consider San Francisco, but it's incredibly expensive to live in San Francisco so the population tends to be educated and financially secure (and as long as we're talking race, mostly non black). The myth that Chicago is successful will be on full display sooner rather than later.
Now before anybody gets on their hind legs about the black angle, they are the group most granted victim status and most of their kids are brought up on how society/the man/ white men have kept them down. That lie (or at least that it necessarily determinative) is born out by the mayor and the rest of the entire Baltimore government - as misguided or wrong as they may be).
Unless or until there is a mass movement that encourages those kids to be responsible (especially with regard to sex), to get an education (which the current Baltimore school system has proven involves independence from it), Baltimore is doomed. It is a fate it will share with other similar cities and no amount of money poured into it will change that.
As the photos finally released show only half of the police officers charged are white. The sole murder charge went to a negro. Who lives out of the city.
And it doesn't seem that there's a Irishman in the bunch!
What it is perhaps is the fate, if we advance 50 years, of every city in the US that allows itself to be ruled by a single political party. If that party shows more faith in ideology then professionalism, the opinions of the mob over that of the rule of law.
There is more to this than we are being told. There was another prisoner in the paddy wagon and he has told his story and it doesnt include the "rough ride" the media made up. Also the DA gave the media (through her partner) enough info to identify the other prisoner who was then interviewed and in that interview he denied that he said the prisoner who died was trying tohurt himself. BUT subsequently it is discovered that the DA intentionally feed the media enough so that they would interview the wrong guy!! But wait! Not only is he the wrong guy but he is the guy with Freddy Grey when he was arrested! He has a reason to lie and he was coached. Why would any honest DA do something like this? She would have to know it would come out eventually. At this point I distrust the media narrative, the DA, the Mayor and the police chief. I think these six officers are being thrown under the bus. Di one or more of them rough up Grey and deserve prosecution? Maybe but the coronor says the fatal inury occurred in the paddy wagon and theere is zero evidence that any of those cops got into the back of the paddy wagon except to help Grey get out.
Re African IQ, this is more of a cultural thing, but it is interesting.
Years ago Wretch at Belmont Club wrote:
"Years ago when traveling in the Congo, I boarded an airplane bound for one of the interior towns. The aircraft was an Ilyushin and before it took off a very strange thing happened. Several dozen passengers went forward to look inside the pilot’s cabin, including the man, an African gentleman in a business suit, who sat beside me. My wonder at the strange proceedings increased when my rowmate returned an announced in a satisfied voice, “homme blanche”. The pilot was a white man and it was safe to travel on the airplane.
The pilots, upon further inquiry were apparently Slavs, whether from Russia or another one of the Slavic countries, I could never determine. Not exactly people who would inspire automatic confidence in a Western airport. But the incident got me to thinking about what my seatmate meant by the “homme blanche”. It turned out to mean something rather different in that setting. For example, if you were black but a black American, you might be the “homme blanche” in Africa.
And it’s not limited to African Americans. In that setting, the Japanese for example, are homme blanche as well. It’s hard to describe, but you will soon get the drift. Once abroad one comes face to face with the fact that the West still has a legend. The fact of Western-ness is a de facto assumption that you are qualified to lead. The doors of the local elite will open to you on the strength of your culture. And if you fit the bill and show your quality, then right, you are the white man, whatever your skin color. The mystique of the West has almost magical qualities. I remember someone calling me long distance once and asking me to look up something on the Internet. When I asked, over the crackly connection, why he didn’t go to some Internet cafe and look it up himself, he replied “the Internet is different there.” A large part of the power of the West derives from the memory of its once-dominant competence."
This was also interesting:
The Evolution of One Person’s Views
on Racial Differences in Intelligence
With the publication of The Bell Curve, we see the fascinating phenomenon of mainstream journalists and intellectuals wrestling, most of them for the first time, with the uncomfortable facts about race differences in intelligence. While this is a historic event, it can also seem rather disappointing. Apart from the writers who demonize the book’s co-authors, Charles Murray and Richard Herrnstein, which was to be expected, even those more thoughtful liberals and conservatives who (grudgingly) admit the subject of race and intelligence into discourse hedge it around with so many qualifications as to make it almost meaningless. Thus William Buckley acknowledged the reality of the racial IQ difference, but then quoted Murray and Herrnstein to the effect that it’s not important. Scott McConnell in the New York Post said that IQ can be changed. Jacob Weisberg of New York magazine, a true liberal die-hard, threw even more fences and evasions and escape hatches around the subject. Unfortunately, Murray and Herrnstein had already set the stage for this intellectually unserious treatment of their work by downplaying the idea of race differences even as they promoted it. Murray, in his many appearances on television, has been appallingly evasive about the true content and purport of his ideas. (Here is a letter I wrote to Murray about this.)
As disappointing as this hedging is, we need to recognize that it is a natural and predictable stage in an unfolding of thought that will take some time to reach clarity. It does not happen all at once, but necessarily goes through several stages. This is because the question of race and intelligence does not consist, as people seem to imagine, of just one idea, it consists of a constellation of ideas, which must be grasped one at a time until the larger scene comes into view. To illustrate this, I would like to tell the story of the involvement of one non-specialist—namely myself—with these ideas. The experience as I’ve lived through it can be compared to looking at the world through slightly out-of-focus lenses, then slowly sharpening the focus until what was hazy becomes clear. Or it is like something in the background of one’s field of vision slowly moving into the foreground.
In this process, rationalizations and evasions slip away, sometimes gradually, sometimes through startling insights that revolutionize one’s whole way of thinking. In telling about my own experience of these ideas as they came to me, one by one, I can perhaps give the reader a more comprehensive, if non- systematic, approach to understanding this subject.
SHOCKING: ANOTHER FOOD FAD THAT ISN’T BACKED BY SCIENCE.
"Chickens on an unsupplemented vegetarian diet typically fall short of an essential protein-based amino acid known as methionine, and without it, they fall ill. Worse, the birds will also turn on each other, seeking nutrients by pecking at each other, and these incidents can escalate into a henhouse bloodbath, farmers say."
Compiled with the cage free housing system, this is a recipe for disaster.
Highest mortality rate, requires more employee hours (searching for eggs) higher contamination of eggs with feces, bacteria, Weak members are preyed upon by the stronger and fail to thrive. Chickens are housed among the dead, unless employees go thru daily and remove them. Any stress can set them off and upon each other. I've seen it with turkeys, panic when a four wheeler goes by or a loud noise from a tractor or equipment that startles them. Surging and trampling leads to cannibalism of the weak and wounded. Or just dead from the trampling.
I believe it's Purdue who is being sued by some of their own contract producers over management practices. And Purdue is not looking like the good guy.
The Left lies because the truth is so bad for them.
Freddie Gray's "switchblade": A knife clipped to his right front pocket. With a spring assist on the blade; a "one-hand-opener". I have one such, though most of mine have no assist, and I suspect they would be illegal in the east.
Sam L: The Left lies because the truth is so bad for them.
The truth: Someone's son is arrested and put into a police vehicle. His voice box is crushed and his spine is severed. He dies a few days later.
My first statement was a general observation. My second was a specific observation. Yours is a non-sequitur, and would need examples. I can see that it could happen, though.