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Tuesday, March 28. 2017
Gwynnie's photo of overhead Snows
Sex may be key to a happy marriage, study finds
Where would we be without such studies?
Robots are Taking Our Jobs, and That is a Good Thing
Hmmm. That could take a while...
As Trans Tide Rises, Women Athletes, Moms, Prisoners and Playwrights Beware:
The problem with medical care (and everything else) is scarcity
NY TIMES PUBLISHES, THEN RETRACTS, FAKE NEWS
MORE FAKE NEWS FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES
Fox’s Cavuto Slams ‘Over-the-Top Negative Media Response’ to Everything Trump Does
A Republican Fiasco Years in the Making
The growing nuclear threat from North Korea
London Mayor's Ties To Extremism Call Commitment To Fighting Terror Into Question
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‘Masculinity Confession Booth’
Sounds like a nice opportunity to boast and brag.
"Come and share your sins so we can begin to discuss how to identify and change our ways build a web dossier on you that will dog you for the rest of your life !!!” (Them ain't RC priests taking notes while you blab.)
"Them ain't RC priests taking notes while you blab."
A better analogy would be Scientology "auditors".
Bird Dog: The contradiction in multiculturalism is that it is a uniquely Western concept
Cyrus the Great.
I was wondering what it is like to be paid by a Nazi to come here and tell us that 2+2 = 5. So Zack, how does that feel?
Oh, I'll give Z a bit of credit on this one. The response was elegantly stated and on-point. "Unique" was a bit of a rhetorical exaggeration, though accurate enough if taken as a description of the vast body of experience of the modern world we actually live in. So, yes, the Middle East can boast an example of someone dabbling in multiculturalism thousands of years ago, and a very refreshing example it was, too.
Multiculturalism implies a mingling of cultures, free sharing of thoughts and beliefs, good things. The reality is so much different. It requires you believe or be punished, bake the cake or be bankrupted, one culture dominates and the other is subjugated. Instead of the multi-colored unicorn farts we get a filthy skunk thrown into our midst and everyone caught holding their nose will be punished. Like so much that we get from the left multiculturalism is given a sweet name and high sounding description but the reality is oppression and subjugation. 97% of multiculturalist agree that YOU are wrong and they are right and you better not disagree or you will be guilty of racist speech. Sit down, shut up and pay your new much higher tax bill because after all the immigrants and refugees need to live better than you do.
Apropos of the end of urban planning as we know it, it's long overdue ... assuming, of course, that the political sector actually cede that much power to those on the receiving end of 50 years of mostly hare-brained schemes. Given the opening act of the health care debacle, and five months of thinly-veiled contempt for common citizens who would dare to question their "betters," I'll be optimistic about this, but not enough to hold my breath. It's gratifying that my [former] profession is finally coming to terms with what Jacobs and those like her observed, but a bit frustrating tat it's taken them more than half a century to do it. If you haven't read her first book, "The Death and Life of Great American Cities," I'd recommend it as being well worth your while.
The clue word in the article was "Imagine".
We've dealt with these Imagine types.
They've infested lots of cities.
It's yet another lefty prog planned city attempt. High density, mass transit, car unfriendly, multi culti, Agenda 21 sustainable development twaddle.
Their meetings are kabuki, the final plans were made before they get "meaningful community input and buy-in."
The biggest problem with designing anything as large and complicated as a city is that by the time it's built, the requirements will have changed to render the original design obsolete. Nobody planned New York City to accommodate passenger cars, the Los Angeles Basin does not have enough water infrastructure to support more people living there. The famous mixed, walkable neighborhoods of the 1940s and 50s were at best transitional states to the extent they really existed at all, and abandoned by those who could afford family cars as early as the 1960s.
Well, KC, that would be business as usual ... which I saw far too many times ... and which is [the main reason] why I'm not holding my breath. A part of me is heartily glad to be rid of it ... but a part of me misses the few, largely isolated examples of how it can be done professionally and effectively.
Re: The problem with medical care
In other words, if you design a system that doesn't follow the first rule of economics, "demand is infinite and supply is finite", it will fail. Second, the best way to deal with the effects of rule number one is price discovery. In other words, Capitalism.
No, no! The best way is to compete over who has the best right to assert an infinite demand. I claim it, because someone associated with you or your ancestors did something that today still arouses a feeling of outrage in me. You must submit in order to prove that you are a worthy citizen, yourself entitled to elevate your own demands over those of your neighbors.
The free market is soulless and mercenary in comparison.
"London Mayor's Ties To Extremism"
Another moderate Muslim. Frankly I am shocked! Shocked I tell you that a Muslim is pro-Islam and that Islam turns out to be anti-everything else. But seriously, that is what they have been telling us and practicing since the early 7th century.
I'm afraid the blinders will come off, moments before it is to late.
"I'm afraid the blinders will come off, moments before it is to late."
When the dull knife is at the throat...
"The contradiction in multiculturalism is that it is a uniquely Western concept..."
The fundamental difference between ancient and modern multiculturalism is that the former was simply a reflection of the particular demographics of a given empire or state while the latter is a government-promoted nostrum.
And have you noticed: The only culture that is not allowed to be celebrated, is the white culture? When we do, we are called all sorts of names, like Nationalists, Xenophobes, Nazis, etc., ad nauseam.
It is clear to me that many in Congress thought Trump would never win. Even Ryan's last minute shenanigans before the election made that clear.
My guess is they expended so much of their energy hating on Trump and expecting Hillary that they don't have anything to present.
2018 could be very interesting for both the Democrats (further losses in the Senate almost certain) and Republicans (anti-Trumpers may be at risk).
No one in the Power Elite expected Donald Trump to win this election. So much is at risk when the citizens find out about the trillions being skimmed from the top of the U.S. economic pie for distribution to the Deep State and the bankers supporting it for their globalists power trip. These are not nice people, and they could give a whit about you or yours. Try to deter them, you get Fostered.
The scariest thing is that a League of Criminal Cities is now being formed by the Democrat Deep State to welcome criminals and illegals. Will simply cutting off all federal assistance be enough to stop them, or will further measures need to be taken? What can be done to protect Americans who are trapped in these cities?
RE SEX & MARRIAGE STUDY
There seems to be a discrepancy between the weekly "episodes" of men and women. Does this imply the men were having sex with "someone else"? If so, is that why they're happier? Likewise, does the fact that the women were having sex less often imply that's why they were happier?