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Thursday, June 18. 2015
Photo from Sipp's Not Homeschooled
No Child Left Un-assisted: A Day at the Playground
Willis Carrier, the father of cool
A New Recreation Shows How Ancient Romans Lifted Wild Animals Into the Colosseum
With bodies sculpted to look like comic-book heroes, today’s muscle men create an impossible template for masculinity
New NASA data show how the world is running out of ground water
Too many people, living in marginal areas
What’s Wrong with Teaching Women to Avoid Rape?
Six decades before Caitlyn Jenner, there was Christine Jorgensen.
What would a university do if an applicant self-identified as “black” on an application but showed up looking “white”?
How Rachel Dolezal Crossed Line From Solidarity to Slumming
The Trans Fat Ban and Labels On Salt And Soda Won't Make Us Healthier
Obama gives free pass to businesses that hire illegals
Newest campus microaggression: “I believe the most qualified person should get the job”
‘Trigger Warning’ Professors Aren’t Compassionate; They’re Co-Conspirators in Campus Censorship
Another high-tech lynching
Meteorologists Dismantle Bill Nye’s Alarmist Global Warming Claims
Kelo v. New London: Central Planning Does Not Work, Ruins Lives
Democrats Now the Party of Plutocracy
Who’s afraid of America? The military playing field is more even than it has been for many years. That is a big problem for the West
No Way To Treat An Ally - First interview: Former Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren has written a devastating insider’s account of White House distancing from Israel.
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Re: "Who's afraid of America"?
The ever expanding welfare state continually increases its share of both the federal budget and the GDP. This squeezes out all other spending, including defense and research spending, especially non-defense research spending. Europe is the canary in the mine on this. They cannot meet the 2% goal given their welfare load.
I should also like to question whether the US economy is really growing. At least on a per capita basis it seems to be shrinking. Labor force participation is falling (in part do to retirements); working class real income has fallen dramatically over the last 30 years; and middle class real income is slowly falling. The overall median is stagnant. All this suggest to me that population increases are outstripping real economic growth.
The US military is being dismantled and it will continue to be reduced in the future. We are on the verge of a catastrophic military defeat somewhere. The probable places are eastern Europe, the Middle East and east Asia and possible all three. After that, we will be rolled back to a regional power.
Wasn't the USA subsidizing European welfare states by shouldering their defense burden?
Re: running out of groundwater
Water doesn't get destroyed so if the aquifers are drying up, where is all that water going?
Maybe this is going to cause the rise in the sea levels Obummer talked about!
It's the cycle. The water is being drawn from the reservoir faster than the return cycle can handle.
But it does raise interesting questions, is more of it flowing to the ocean, more in the atmosphere? The latter a serious greenhouse gas if you've ever been down South in July and August.
...if you've ever been down South in July and August. Try June. At 8:00AM today in south AL, temp 81°F, heat index 86°F.
Re: Christine Jorgensen
Nobody seems to want to remember Renee Richards - not the first, but maybe the most famous tranny. He was a professional tennis player so Caitlyn isn't even the first famous athlete to renounce his gender. Why all the fuss?
Also under the radar was Walter/Wendy Carlos of Switched On Bach fame. Started hormone therapy in 1968 and surgery in 1972.
Dolezal: Look, I get that political and news junkies are going to look at this story through that prism. But, my first thought was what kinda personality type is glib, confident, sneaky, deceptive, manipulative, lies for no reason, blames others, can spout elaborate plausible explanations, on the fly, when confronted with reality, …Is the activist shtick just opportunism?
mudbug and Exasperated, Dolezal is clearly part of an Axelrod ploy to draw our attention away from all the carp hitting the fan before the Big O ends his reign. The Kardashians were running out of steam with their never-ending ice cream sodas, so we're getting the whipped cream, nuts and maraschinos plus from the one-that-pulled-it-off-to-elect-a-president.
Re: showing up black when you're not
If race and gender are an opinion, then affirmative action doesn't make sense. The whole "protected class" BS could be crashed (a la Cloward & Piven) if we all joined one. Unfortunately it's too late to become a black farmer and get in on the Pigford payout.
You can become informed, or you can be happy. Your choice.
You have to love Bobby Jindal! He almost makes me wish I lived in New Orleans again!
Air conditioning allows politicians to stay in Washington DC for longer periods of time - something that allows politicians to cause more mischief and further isolates them from their constituents - both very bad things.
On the whole, A/C is a good thing, but the political aspect makes it a fairly close call.
Maybe it should be illegal only in DC and the counties surrounding it.
I think you're on to something here.
That sounds like a great idea, AVI! Let's call our congresscritters today and let them know what should be done!
Mudbug, thanks for another laugh. As if they would take a call from a constituent, let alone consider it.
Mary, it was an honor to have contributed something positive to your day! Thank you!