We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Our Recent Essays Behind the Front Page
Tuesday, April 19. 2016
Tuesday morning links
Why Are My Seedlings Leggy? What Causes Leggy Seedlings And How To Prevent It
Tennis: David Foster Wallace’s Perfect Game
New Research Shows Vegetable Oils Are Not Good for Heart Diseases.
Sin makes us sad
Man takes sleeping pills, accidentally orders a yak online
How to manage your supply of the very best chocolate
About the author of the site A Force for Good
A Maggie's sort of guy
76-Year-Old Asks SCOTUS to Overturn Life Sentence for 37 Pot Plants
Why kids fall behind in science
to manage your supply of the very best chocolate - See more at:
Academe Is Overrun by Liberals. So What?
Mizzou students demanded ‘heat and refrigeration’ during November protests
Remarkably spineless admin
Can You Say, “Quota”?
‘Gender’ Madness: How Far It’s Gone
Campus community hunts for missing vulva
White Privilege Conference: Almost Everything Bad Is Tied To Christianity
Can Civility Be Restored to Our Campuses?
Gillibrand's tearful plea to Bernie: Give up your guns
Dirty Big Green Criminalizes Climate Science - How corrupt and abusive the Green Mob has grown
Dem AGs Colluded With Activists To Prosecute Exxon And Then Tried To Cover It Up
Top Earners Gave an Average of $33 Million Each to Charity, IRS Says
The CDC Keeps Lying About Adolescent Vaping and Tobacco Use - The agency bizarrely counts tobacco-free, noncombustible e-cigarettes as a kind of tobacco.
To Broke and Back - The story of the Motor City’s return from bankruptcy’s brink
Catholic parishioners seek federal fraud probe of Sanders' wife for land deal
Hacking Hillary: Panama Papers Show Danger of Clinton’s Secret Server
3 Major Problems With ‘Confirmation,’ HBO’s Anita Hill History Rewrite
Working-Class Heroes - The 2016 election shows that, when talking about class, Americans and their candidates are both out of practice.
Obama Administration Admits It Could Have Respected Nuns’ Rights After All
So long to the ‘Sister Souljah moment’ - The Democratic Party is moving swiftly and resoundingly left
Why Hillary Clinton Thrills the Hell Out of Me
CNN Commentator on Hillary’s High Unfavorables: ‘A Lot of This is Sexism’
Guardian: Only Bernie Sanders can break the power of capitalism in the US
Trump May Soon Discover Independent Campaign Is His Only Option Left
Trump is not a narcissist, but he plays one on TV
Why Obama is unteachable - The president distrusts America’s definition of its interests
Pressure grows on US Marines to consider lowering combat standards for women
When all else fails, lower your standards
A Palestinian state has never existed during any period in human history. Let’s change that.
What If Israel Had Given Up the Golan Heights? A Lesson for Syria’s Crisis.
UK to slash UN agency funding by £180m over failed Unesco reforms
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 05:06 | Comments (41) | Trackbacks (0)
Trackback specific URI for this entry
Display comments as (Linear | Threaded)
Dirty Big Green Criminalizes Climate Science ... Attorney General Loretta Lynch admitted that there had been discussions about prosecuting climate dissenters. And that materials had been passed along to the FBI.
To be clear, they are considering civil action, not a criminal prosecution.
Oh, what a relief!
To be clear, they only sent Nelson Mandela to Robben Island for 18 years, they didn't execute him.
The South African government didn't sue Mandela, but imprisoned him for sedition. Not sure what point you are trying to make.
By the way, the South African government considered murdering Mandela in prison, but considered it too risky to do so.
Civil action...for WHAT, exactly?? Not reciting the catechisms for compliance to the morality of the Green Religion?
Total blind idiocy, imo.
Dale: Civil action...for WHAT, exactly??
The claim is that ExxonMobile scientists had determined that anthropogenic global warming was occurring due, in part, to the burning of fossil fuels, then lied about it to their stockholders and customers.
There is some evidence that they have known about the possibility for decades, but then funded groups that called into question these scientific findings. If true, they could be held liable. Their response is that early findings were tentative, and publicly shared.
All the major oil companies, including ExxonMobile, now recognize the problem of anthropogenic climate change.
Known about the possibility..."!
Boy that says it all. We will now have civil suits and maybe criminal prosecutions because someone knew about the possibility. Where, exactly, is that found in the constitution?
GoneWithTheWind: Known about the possibility..."!
Please read more carefully. The question is whether they lied to their shareholders and their customers. If they did, they could be held liable. We would hope they would not do such a thing, and publicly available information doesn't support a cause of action.
#22.214.171.124.1 Zachriel on 2016-04-19 16:09 (Reply)
Getting testy are we???
The issue is did they know facts not superstitions. If anyone has lied it is the Warmies. They have known all along this was a Marxist/commie plot backed by the Marxist/commie UN.
The list of "possibilities" is very large. Perhaps All corporations, government agencies and individuals should list ALL the "possibilities" before they speak or act. Maybe include all the doubtfuls and "you gotta be kiddings" too.
#126.96.36.199.1.1 GoneWithTheWind on 2016-04-20 21:26 (Reply)
GoneWithTheWind: [i]The issue is did they know facts not superstitions. [/b]
Not sure what you mean by superstitions, but their scientists now agree that anthropogenic climate change is occurring. The question is when they knew it, and whether they hid this knowledge from their stockholders and customers.
#188.8.131.52.1.1.1 Zachriel on 2016-04-21 08:47 (Reply)
By the way, we doubt, based on the available evidence, whether there is a substantive case to be made against ExxonMobile.
So what you're saying is that the real purpose of Lynch's statement is to intimidate companies who disagree with the administration?
mudbug: So what you're saying is that the real purpose of Lynch's statement is to intimidate companies who disagree with the administration?
Please don't misrepresent our comments. They are investigating, but, based on the publicly available evidence, it doesn't look as if there is enough cause to bring suit.
#184.108.40.206.1 Zachriel on 2016-04-19 16:07 (Reply)
Sounds like lawfare to me.
#220.127.116.11.1.1 Sam L. on 2016-04-19 17:32 (Reply)
Sam L: Sounds like lawfare to me.
Sounds like an unsupported claim.
There is some tentative evidence that ExxonMobile had already determined climate change was a problem in the 1970s. If so, and if they then tried to hide this from their stockholders and customers, then they could be liable.
The federal government has not yet pursued a lawsuit. Based on the available information, they probably will not.
#18.104.22.168.1.1.1 Zachriel on 2016-04-20 08:29 (Reply)
What's with the use of the first person plural?
It's quite creepy.
Or are you channelling the Freemasons?
#22.214.171.124.1.2 JJM on 2016-04-19 19:56 (Reply)
To be clear, they are considering civil action, not a criminal prosecution.
said someone who has no clue how civil RICO work in reality. its a civil version of a criminal statute and it is extremely expensive to fight and extremely expensive/intrusive if you lose, with a compulsory award of treble damages, costs, and attorneys fees (except where the fed is suing.)
according to the US Attorneys Civil RICO Manual
RICO’s civil remedies are set forth in 18 U.S.C. § 1964(a), (b) and (c), which provide as follows:
(a) The district courts of the United States shall have jurisdiction to prevent and restrain violations of section 1962 of this chapter by issuing appropriate orders, including, but not limited to: ordering any person to divest himself of any interest, direct or indirect, in any enterprise; imposing reasonable restrictions on the future activities or investments of any person, including, but not limited to, prohibiting any person from engaging in the same type of endeavor as the enterprise engaged in, the activities of which affect interstate or foreign commerce; or ordering dissolution or reorganization of any enterprise, making due provision for the rights of innocent persons.
and, so there's no understanding that civil RICO is closely tied to the criminal version:
Federal attorneys are encouraged to contact the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section of the United States Department of Justice (“OCRS”) early in the preparation of their case for advice and assistance.
RICO was designed as a tool against criminal enterprises, like narcotics gangs, the mafia, and other kinds of organized crime. allowing this as a weapon in ordinary civil litigation has been extensively criticised by the legal community.
in this context, it is a libtard wetdream to silence dissent.
We wouldn't wants anythings bad to happen to youse company, see? Like Oily Joe over there, he didn't hear so well and now it's gonna cost him.
A decade ago Gillibrand was an upstate Rep who would never have gotten elected if she was anti-gun. The second she inherited Hillary's Senate seat, she dropped her rural constituents like a hot potato and went full anti-gun. She's a disgusting career politician.
I had a tennis instructor at my local club who was in college. He was her intern a few summers ago - when she lost all that weight.
Interesting stories he told me. Not mine to tell. If you're a Progressive, you'd love them. I found them quite distasteful. My view is that she is entranced and enthralled (as most politicians are) with power.
She doesn't seem particularly bright. Just a good leftist soldier who will repeat whatever talking points Hillary or Schumer hand her.
The left, the Democrats MUST take away our guns just as every despicable left wing government from Stalin and Hitler to the tin pot dictatorships had to take away guns. You cannot rule of an armed populace, you are forced to ask them for power and that is not the way the left thinks. There has been a quickening in their efforts and desire to deny us our civil rights almost as though they have grown tired of Democracy and intend to change it by force if necessary.
So the science gap occurs "close to the tap," by which they mean birth. This knucklehead - a professional researcher, I'll have you notice - is on the cusp of understanding that it is genetic but cannot bring himself to see it. His solution for closing the science gap is bringing all the other cognitive abilities up to speed: reading level, general knowledge. Those also begin "close to the tap."
To make an analogy, let us compare this to playing musical instruments. We discover that there is a piano gap among different students, and it starts as far back as we can measure. We find that it correlates with a rhythm gap, a symbol-recognition gap, a tune-recognition gap, and finger dexterity. We trace them back, and as near as we can tell, these gaps all exist at birth, too. So the solution this guy proposes is that we close those other gaps and Bob's your uncle. To close those gaps, we teach them to play the clarinet. Piano gap solved.
There is a science gap among the educators as well as the educatees, methinks.
Assistant Village Idiot: So the science gap occurs "close to the tap," by which they mean birth.
Everyone knows that universal literacy is just a pipe-dream. Only a select few can possibly have the ability and knowledge to decipher the complex symbols that make up written language.
I guess when you have to pretend that I am making claims wildly different from what I actually wrote, I can conclude you don't have an argument against what I actually did say.
I take the point. People once thought that few could be made literate. I don't think that is anywhere near as true as you suggest - slaveowners forbade slaves learning to read because they thought they could do it and would become dangerous, not because they thought they were unable. But I'm sure there have been folks on record throughout history who believed that some people just could not learn to read. We now know that upwards of 95% can, and 99% can at least get a bit accomplished.
Your implication is this just obviously works for AP Chem as well, if we would just believe in the abilities of these poor souls and get them the early intervention and cheerleading that they need. A noble idea, but one that has the disadvantage of no supporting evidence. The truth is sad, but no less the truth.
Here is the important added meta-communication. Argument by sneer, implying that there is an obvious truth which is being overlooked, is frequently used when that "obvious" argument is in fact, elusive. As here.
Assistant Village Idiot: I take the point. People once thought that few could be made literate. I don't think that is anywhere near as true as you suggest - slaveowners forbade slaves learning to read because they thought they could do it and would become dangerous, not because they thought they were unable
We're referring to the pre-modern period. For most of human history, reading was a highly specialized skill.
Assistant Village Idiot: A noble idea, but one that has the disadvantage of no supporting evidence.
Supporting evidence is that reading is a highly complex skill that most people can learn, and additionally, other countries do a better job with science education.
No, other countries do not do a better job with science education. The worldwide PISA scores track by race, not borders. We actually educate all our races to scores a few points above the average. Shanghai may do a touch better than our Northeast Asians. Finland may be our equal (and Canada's) with those of European descent. American Hispanics outscore all Hispanic countries. African-Americans outscore all Caribbean and African nations - by a lot.
Keep this same issue in mind whenever you see US states ranked as well. NH is usually at the top, and I'd love to tell you that we're the best, but it's false measure.
#126.96.36.199.1 Assistant Village Idiot (Link) on 2016-04-19 21:42 (Reply)
Assistant Village Idiot: The worldwide PISA scores track by race, not borders.
#188.8.131.52.1.1 Zachriel on 2016-04-20 08:23 (Reply)
"While 52% of low-income children display below basic levels of science achievement, only 20% of higher-income children do so."
Here's a thought. Wealthier children obviously have wealthier parents. Maybe because those parents were smarter and more industrious than average???? Good genes helps a lot.
jay: Here's a thought. Wealthier children obviously have wealthier parents. Maybe because those parents were smarter and more industrious than average???? Good genes helps a lot.
Sure. However, some of the difference may be explained by environmental poisoning as children, or growing up in an household that is lacking in resources, including parental involvement.
RE Campus community hunts for missing vulva
it was snatched
Trump will get to 1237. No problems. All of this talk of a 2nd ballot is nonsense. The march begins today with a high likelihood of taking all 95 delegates, even with less he still is on track to win by June 7th. We haven't even started talking about the impact a string of wins in a row will have on voters. Voters may not show up for losing candidates as Trump nomination becomes more likely. Voters on the fence or semi-enthusiastic for another candidate may switch because of the 'winner' phenomenon. Many people just like to vote for a 'winner.
Anyway, let's circle around to the 'contested convention' talk in a couple of weeks and see what you think then.
From the Christians Bad article: “In the United States, there’s seven to ten thousand predominantly white, Christian men, who run the major institutions in our society: The corporations, the political parties, the think tanks, the foundations, universities, [and] cultural institutions,” Kivel is probably a lot of fun at parties - reminds me of the dad in, "So I Married an Axe Murderer" -http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YKRFlNryaWw
That CAN'T be right! We ALL KNOW the JEWS run them. (Or is it the Rosicrucians?? The Tri-Lateral Commission??)
Thank you. I am too modest to point that out.
Don't forget the Freemasons - who we all know are busy poisoning wells - too. Speaking of, I'd have thought since my great-grandmother was Jewish I would at least get an invite to the cabal...yet another ball I probably don't have the right tux for.
"Maybe I’m voting for Hillary because I’m beyond ready for a president who is capable of working with both Republicans and Democrats to find common ground. "
RE 76-Year-Old Asks SCOTUS to Overturn Life Sentence for 37 Pot Plants
this is Shirley an outrage. instead of grandpaw, they should be after the guys who forced him to move to a three-strikes state, made him grow trafficking-amounts of marihuana not once but three times, and forced his son to be involved in a narco operation.
update: USSC denied petition.
In regards to "Hillary thrills the hell out of me": There's no need to vote for chillary just because her father left her mother.
"I’d like to literally stream Netflix and chill with Hillary." - America Ferrera
Wow. A little too much information there, but I guess someone has to do it, like, literally.