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Wednesday, December 23. 2015
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Making Money, Getting Strong: Two Grownup Responsibilities
Sir Tim Hunt 'to leave Britain for Japan' after sexism row
Rape Culture: The Real Thing
Life Is Better Here: Greenfield Village
Chipotle’s stock keeps falling after analyst throws in the towel
Michael Wolff: The end of Yahoo
Even The Rich Are Cutting Back - Swiss Watch Exports Continue Collapse Despite Price Cuts
Will Connecticut's High-Tax, Union-Friendly Policies Turn Out GE's Lights?
The Age of Identity Wars - The dominant conflicts of the 20th century were ideological. In the 21st, they're identity-driven.
The Fed has awakened the Force, but beware the Dark Side
Americans Boycott Sam’s Club After CEO’s Racist Comments About White Males
Texas Formation’s Shale Gas Estimates Doubled
Senator Sanders and the Average Workweek
Habitual Liar Lies Habitually
Let’s Elect Hillary Now - We want a president we can loathe all of the time—not support some of the time.
Trump Spells Trouble for Clinton - He’s now in a position to weaken her well before the general.
China surpasses Mexico in sending immigrants to California
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Re: Real rape culture
Norway has mandated anti-rape training for immigrants from “more conservative societies.”
I wonder how long they labored over a word to describe the targeted societies. I'd say, not long enough. It's offensive and a lie.
Do they really think a class telling them that it's not acceptable to rape will be effective at all? Don't they realize that they think Allah has sanctioned it? And you can't get a powerful affirmation than that.
re Chipotle’s stock keeps falling after analyst throws in the towel
The interesting thing about these e coli outbreaks is that they could be largely prevented by cold pasteurizing food. The public however, has rejected this idea and finds the risk of getting sick preferable.
One wonders if the public's attitude will change if the scaremongers are right and we run out of effective antibiotics? Somehow I doubt it.
I would add that they could irradiate their veggies first too, but whatever process you use, you destroy their meme of being connected to the small local farmer for their 'natural' produce.
Yes mudbug. That is exactly what I am referring to. I just gave it a more palatable name. The term doesn't conjure up fantasy images of food glowing in the dark or giving one radiation sickness once consumed.
re China surpasses Mexico in sending immigrants to California
Maybe three years ago I visited that fantastic aquarium in Monterrey, California. While there my jaw dropped at the demographics of the school kids there on field trips. They were virtually all Asians and Mexicans.
When I was in jr. high school c. 1970, I recall reading the intro to a piece that suggested we imagine living in a neighborhood (I may have the percentages wrong but you'll get the point) that is 15% white and and 30% Christian. They broke out all the demographics on race and religion but their point was our 'neighborhood' was the world.
At the time I thought, "Big whoop." I don't need to learn Spanish cause I am not going to Mexico and all those other people are across the ocean. Never in my wildest dreams did I think 'the world' would come to me, particularly at the speed that it has.
Certainly my impression traveling to L.A. and San Diego the past few years is that there are a lot more people speaking Spanish than English.
It is useful to understand that both the legal and illegal immigration from Mexico AND the legal and illegal immigration from China is calculated and intentional. Those who are behind this conspiracy are hoping they achieve their goal before Americans wake up. Once the tipping point is passed we (Americans) will no longer be able to stop or control immigration. The flood gates will open as each immigrant group seeks to increase the numbers of their tribe until a saturation point is reached (more probably well past a saturation point). We will become a third world country where it will be accepted fact that the reason you have a home or car or whatever is because of past privilege and you have no right to keep it. Our fate then will be like the white farmers in South Africa or Zimbabwe and we will be in a state of civil war.
Re: Texas Formation’s Shale Gas Estimates Doubled
Bring on the nat gas cars and trucks!
Headline: Explosion in the Number of Natural Gas-Powered Vehicles.
The CEO at Sam's Club is a sheet wearing racist/sexist. We allow that if it is the right group being discriminated against. We encourage black/Asian/female privilege don'tcha know. I am not a member of Sam's Club for the simple reason I resent buying a membership in order to be allowed to purchase from them. But if I were I would boycott them.
I cannot wait to see how a graduate in black studies or other hate studies does as a physics prof.
I, too, resent buying a "membership" just to shop. There are several such clubs in my area, including Sam's Club. I've never joined any of them.
However, several grocery stores in my area have closed recently and we are left with just one (down from five); so, I'm considering joining one of the clubs. And, Sam's club will NOT be the one that I join.
I do wish the MSM would pick up on this more - the way they would if a white man had said something about the vendor being all black or all female - and maybe more people would be aware of the bigotry coming from Sam's Club.
I sympathize with Chipotle's. I do agree that this is connected to their organic trendy decision. I do not eat any uncooked greens at restaurants and ESPECIALLY in the winter. I carefully avoid anything labeled 'organic'.
"The average American man and woman are considered overweight. He and she also spend about eight hours a day (roughly 55% of their waking time) being physically inactive, or sedentary"
This can't be. The Billion$ first moo campaign of "Let's Twerk" solved the crisis of obesity and sedentariness.
Re: Will Connecticut's High-Tax, Union-Friendly Policies Turn Out GE's Lights?
Connecticut, yet another lefty success story!
This is why "progressives" want to federalize everything. Otherwise people will flee failed blue states to other states that are not quite so stupid.