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Wednesday, June 10. 2015
TS Eliot and Student-Loan Deadbeats: Fashionable Theft
Feds Spend $150,000 to Teach Rural Mainers How to Cook
Why Does author Ursula K. Le Guin Hate Amazon?
Are Evangelicals Winning the World? Why are parts of Germany formerly under the enforced secularism of the Communist party rediscovering charismatic religion?
‘Wounded Warrior’ Charity Fights—To Get Rich
Liberal Author And Princeton Professor Laments The Death Of A Dinosaur
Why Does Ursula K. Le Guin Hate Amazon?
This is where American women find themselves after a century of feminism. The role models for their daughters are lesbians and lunatics, but no one is allowed to mention that these women are lesbians and lunatics.
Building the New Dark-Age Mind - America’s descent into the Dark Ages will not end well. It never has in the past.
The Hartford Way: Keep Raising Taxes In Connecticut
Does Illegal Immigration Explain the Disconnect Between Jobs and Wages?
Rubio Pushes Back Against NYT Story Citing Financial Imprudence
Nothing More than Feelings: The Liberal’s Policy Yardstick
The Right Way and Wrong Way to Win the Presidency - Hillary Clinton appears to be taking the easy path. It would be the wrong one
Time to be honest about Israel's capital
Inside Mosul: What's life like under Islamic State?
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Rubio: Fiscally Irresponsible Cuban Kingpin up for full mockery treatment ala Miami Vice:
They must no have realized how they made him look like a regular, everyday American.
Clearly they haven't driven around suburbs and small cities west of NYC, so they could have seen the boats, Ski-doos, Sea-doos, and motasickles in the driveways and yards across the nation. Not surprising; research is what they are not noted for.
I say NO, the jump in the employment of foreign born workers is a symptom of income inequality, not a cause. I see technology, in tandem with globalization, as the driver of income inequality. It is not that mid level jobs aren’t being created; they are, but not as fast as they are disappearing. Also, the emergence of mid level jobs lags behind the emergence of high end jobs and low end jobs.
Just a reminder, it has been projected for years that 10,000 Boomers would be retiring every day, day in and day out, for years to come, so an increase of 280,000 non farm jobs is not inevitably a signal of significant economic growth. Ergo, I am not celebrating.
I briefly scanned the BLS site and I don’t see the 279K statistic. I can see that the number of foreign born workers increased 1,101,000 since last May, 2014 (on average 91,750/month), so I am wondering why the sudden increase (3X) in one month. Did, I miss something? Anyone?
Ursula K. Le Guin : Sclerotic economic mutterings versus reality.
Who controls the MSM controls the populace.
My uncle Letsgo Lozko, international champion bantam chicken rancher, uses newspapers to line the bottoms of his coops.
"Da chickens, dey can't read" he explains.
you believe yourself controlled by NBCBS?
and you're an adult??
Re: Building the new Dark-Age Mind
I've thought for a long time that we are never far from sliding into the Dark Ages again. We only need illiberal and anti-intellectual ideas to take hold. That's exactly what seems to be happening now. And as usual, the potential of the calamity is coming from the left.
now, let's not overdo the analogy.
the dark ages were brought on by weak leadership, uncontrolled migration, a foreign policy of placating implacable enemies and the erosion of the Roman virtues of gravitas, pietas, dignitas and virtus.
our dark ages are caused by warmal colding*.
* latin for bullshit
My mistake, Donny. I tend to underestimate the true social/religious/biologic effects of Global Warming/Climate Change. For instance, until recently, I was discounting the effect of climate change on hair growth and the rise and racial make up of the prison population.
don't forget the star wars prequels.
Las Vegas strip clubs ...
you do understand that marquee sign and the local news report is an advertisement for customers, right?
Re: comparing Kerry's yacht to Rubio's speedboat
I think it's unfair to compare the Poodle's (I saw Kerry called that somewhere this morning and I liked it!) yacht to Rubio's boat.
It makes sense that the Poodle has a bigger boat so it shouldn't be held against him. After all, he's older and has had more time to accumulate money from marrying rich women where as Rubio has had to earn his own money. As everybody knows, that's a slower way to get rich. Of course, Rubio foolishly borrowed a lot of money to pay his way through law school and to buy a house. The Poodle didn't need to do that. He wisely had a wealthy great aunt send him to boarding school, and while it's unclear who paid for his college education, he was smart enough to go when tuition was affordable. As for his housing, he already has several houses.
So it should not be a surprise that the Poodle has a bigger boat. Rubio's feckless youth and ill advised expenditures on education and housing, not to mention marrying a woman of limited means who racks up tickets, has held him back. But, as I say, he's young and has time to turn his life around - if he's smart.
Vegas Strip Club
It looks like Female Privilege to me.
Although, I took it as seeking recent college grads, but if they'd learned anything from the liberal arts education, you'd think they could make more money as "escorts" by offering a delightfully conversant dinner companion/"date".
I see the money for college angle as well.
And really, why should colleges get all the money for selling the proximity to a lot of young, nubile college girls. Is their an NCAA to enforce amateur status on the "college party" players?
America isn't descending into the Dark Ages. American universities are, but no longer to they have a monopoly on "knowledge". It is sad, but unimportant to see their decline.
The knowledge is out their. It is no longer limited to an odd monastery dotted on the countryside. The Protestant imperative to educate the "unwashed" means diversity and redundancy.
The "intellectuals" are descending into their superstitious age of ignorance because their "ideas" of the 20th century have brought ruin to society. Cultural relativism comes home to roost. If all cultures are equal, all thoughts are equal, then then why should anyone listen to the "intellectual". So F'em.
"Newcomen's religion had consequences greater than absence from a local census. Dissenters, including Baptists, Presbyterians, and others, were as a class, excluded from universities after 1660, and either apprenticed, or learned their science from dissenting academies."
"At the same time that he chartered the world's first scientific society, Charles II had created an entire generation of dissenting intellectuals uncontrolled by his kingdom's ever more technophobic universities."
p29, Rosen, Willam, 'The Most Powerful Idea in the World'
The establishment universities, nor those considered intellectuals in their contemporary, have not been on the forefront of the great advances of mankind. In fact, they are traditionally an anchor slowing progress.
The darkness is always out there, it's whether it takes hold in the general populace that matters. Until now, colleges and universities as well as the entertainment complex have been held in high esteem and they tend to produce a majority of the leaders who shape our politics and culture.
If the esteem of higher education and the entertainment industry continues to slide and common sense takes over, we might be ok in the long run, but the danger is that it doesn't and we'll be lucky to have free speech zones in our cities. So much of the left's agenda is anti-intellectual - critical thought is frowned upon. That is a large part of the recipe of a Dark Age.
During the '80s, I thought the '60s left was over, but it has roared back into prominence. I'm trying not to be so naive now.
Reason Magazine Subpoena Stomps on Free Speech
From the article:
"Wielding subpoenas demanding information on anonymous commenters, the government is harassing a respected journalism site that dissents from its policies. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York claims these comments could constitute violent threats, even though they’re clearly hyperbolic political rhetoric."
So Big Brother is watching our comments. Looks like the plan may be to make an example of a few in order to silence and intimidate the rest. Will be interesting to see how this unfolds.
Whoops. the link:
Metaphorically speaking, I would like to comment, purely as hyperbole, on this matter of public concern under my First Amendment rights to free speech. However, I decline since big brother is watching.
She's also part of the established writers with contracts with publishers. Kinda seems like she doesn't like the up&comers with Baen and indie and self- publishing.
Dinosaur: I've seen that picture before. Clearly Joyce hadn't. I wonder just where she found it, and how long ago did senility set in.
A Lunatic and a Lesbian: No publicity? SEXXXXXXXXXISM!!11!!
Feds Teach Rural Mainers How to Cook!
And this too:
I was just at my local library (here in Maine) where there's a sign on the front door for the local farmer's market that says they'll give you a $1 bonus for every $2 of food stamps you spend there. They'll turn $20 food stamp dollars into $30.
Always check Charity Navigator online before deciding to donate to, say, Wounded Warrior Project or Paralyzed Veterans of America. Yes these two charities do good work, but they pay themselves richly first. Look for a four star rating which denotes low expenses compared to what is distributed. Few of the big name "military related" charities have four stars. We donate to Fisher House which houses military families of troops undergoing medical treatment, and this organization is four star all the way.
Catholic Worker, if you want to get out of your comfort zone.