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Wednesday, April 26. 2017
Why Teaching Proper Manners to Kids is More Important Today Than Ever
Rebellion in Vermont
A famous 'ancestor' may be ousted from the human family
So many past species of hominids
An eight-year project at Teotihuacán, once the western hemisphere’s largest city, failed to locate its rulers’ tomb but findings offered tantalising clues to its origins
Cruel And Unusual — Delta Airlines Passengers Forced To Endure Kenny G Live Performance…
Hard exercise and cognitive decline
Increasing number of Americans are willing to drive farther, pay more for ethanol-free fuel
Man Refuses To Accept He’s No Longer Black After DNA Test Results
What about the old "one drop" rule?
WARNING: THIS VIDEO WILL MAKE YOU WANT TO GOUGE YOUR EYES OUT
Guilt lasts a lifetime
As it should. Jesus washes, but I must still be on the wash cycle.
After great pain, where is God?
That's a teenage question
TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD ACCUSES JUSTICE GORSUCH OF MURDER
NY Gov Cuomo tells the truth: "Today, college is what high school was..."
March for Science: Comments On The March For Poverty
Bernie Sanders Defends Ann Coulter, Slams ‘Intellectually Weak’ Student Activists
What if John Bogle is right about 4% stock returns?
Subway Sandwiches: Death by a Thousand Cold Cuts
I'll always pick Subway over McDonalds
I sexually identify as an Attack Tyronecopter.
New York Times refuses To Use Term 'Female Genital Mutilation' Because It's 'Culturally Loaded"
And that decision is not culturally-loaded? As in loaded with dhimmitude?
Nuclear Power Subsidies Threaten Wind and Solar Power… Proof That Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction
Politicians are welfare queens
Why the Clintons Won’t Go Away
It's their money machine
The FBI and the Clinton Way
Looking back at Clinton's Samantha Bee problem
When will Obama have made enough money?
IMPEACH MAXINE WATERS
Scott Adams: President Trump’s First 100 Days
I still can hardly believe he was elected. People really disliked Hillary
How Trump Can Destroy Democrats and Keep Congress
German crowd hisses, boos at Ivanka when she defends her dad
Migrant crime in Germany rises by 50 per cent, new figures show
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Reposted: No links found yet for diet and heart disease or cancer
Evidently willfully misleading readers on their health, perhaps terminally. This is an absolutely and utterly untrue assertion, Farmers. And one does not believe that you do not know it.
Evidently willfully misleading readers on their health, perhaps terminally.
So the bloggers at Maggie's Farm are trying to kill people?
I am quaking in my boots.
The data is out there. It's not hiding. Yet I've seen what I call rightists deny it because evidently it confounds their bacon and Oreos lifestyle signalling.
So if it's available, and if it's denied, and if this phenomenon is consistently pointed up, what exactly would you make of that situation?
"Trying to kill people"? I'm not an intentionalist, feebles; I just disagree with what looks like denial. Most do, as it turns out.
Would you agree that some previously-claimed links have evaporated?
Sure. And would you agree that findings are akin to exploration; science in a complex field is therefore a practice; scientific information is subject to interpretation and to special interest and to bias; that therefore data may be ignored and that owing to these wants and whims, denial happens?
But it's not a comprehensive or particularly curious question, yours is. There's simply no reason to challenge the fact that if we really don't know, we're in no position to say that material that disagrees with us is incorrect. That would be an obvious fallacy.
Further, rightist pushback against the perception of the leftist lifestyle has to be the most feckless, inherent admission of codependency there is. It's a wholesale admission of defeat for which the rightist will actually deny himself health and well-being just to be partisan.
Ah. And then change back to the subject you prefer to discuss. As I suspected.
I just wanted to illustrate it in sharp relief for the others.
I've been reading "Shattered," about Hillary Clinton's doomed campaign. Oddly enough, it makes her seem slightly more likeable than I'd have thought, though an even worse candidate for president than I suspected. At least a third of the story involves her demanding that her staff come up with an explanation of why she's running. "Craft my message," she's always demanding. I always thought of her message as "It's my turn," and it seems her staff were aware of this perception but helpless to do anything to change it.
She had a million policy proposals, but no way to explain why anyone should believe any of them would work. Usually she just fell back on "fighting for ___ group," typically blacks, women, and children. Lacking a message, she'd then concentrate on kneecapping rivals and insiders suspecting of disloyalty, and think herself completely justified. She surrounded herself with a lot of vicious backbiters, whom she encouraged in their worst instincts.
Then she was perennially surprised that people didn't like her. After all, everyone in her amply rewarded loyal inner circle liked her, right? The problem was, she couldn't think of any credible way to make voters afraid of denying her votes.
I'd be willing to swear that, to this day, she doesn't understand why she's almost universally perceived as dishonest.
And all this from a book written by people who actually would have liked to see her elected and believed she was in many ways treated unfairly.
Thanks for the notes about "Shattered", Tex. You are correct that the authors wanted her to win. After all, they gave glowing reviews for her speech announcing her candidacy at the time, but panned it in the book which gives you an idea about how much they wanted her to win - enough to lie about and for her!
For a change of pace, you might like Guilty As Sin by Edward Klein:
I picked it up intending to breeze through it since I already knew most of it from stories as they happened. But Klein's writing is page-turner good. And his research has opened facets to the story that I didn't appreciate or know.
It is a quick read, too.
And poke screwdrivers in my ears. Good Grief! can they make a living doing this? We're doomed.
'New York Times refuses To Use Term 'Female Genital Mutilation' Because It's 'Culturally Loaded"'
Appeasement never works with bullies. Why is this such a difficult concept for the so-called Progressives, or should I just call them self satisfied idiots?
Does anyone read the NYT any more? My job used to required that I read about twenty weekly and a dozen monthly/quarterly publications. In the last twenty years I have noted they all say the same thing -- in fact, they all come from the same media release -- so I gave up on those that repeatedly became more op/ed than news/fact-oriented.
I gave up on TV news programming long before that as the lack of checking facts was far more apparent when you hear exactly the same words repeated over and over again regardless of the source. Even local stations became too lazy to reflect on the canned info coming over their "news" desks. The Internet has changed media forever.
"A famous 'ancestor' may be ousted from the human family"
You mean the science isn't settled?
"Subway Sandwiches: Death by a Thousand Cold Cuts"
Bird Dog: "I'll always pick Subway over McDonalds"
Frankly, there's nothing particularly wrong with Subway. I've never been disappointed with their sandwiches.
By the way, Subway (Canada) is suing the CBC for $210 million:
"Subway is seeking $210 million in damages, saying its reputation and brand have taken a hit as a result of the CBC reports [...] CBC 'Marketplace' reported that DNA test results showed high levels of soy DNA in Subway's chicken products, suggesting potentially high levels of soy content in Subway's chicken products [...] Subway reacted angrily after the report aired, calling it false and misleading. The company said at the time its own analysis found only trace amounts of soy in its chicken."
I do think Subway went halal in the UK...not sure if it is in the US but that pretty much ends any Subway diet I had partaken.
Wait, in 1961 a high school decided Rebel was a great name, 6 years after the iconic Rebel with out a Cause. I think this is a case of people confusing 2017 sensitivities of some, with past actions in other places, that have nothing to do with 1961 Vermont. BTW, Vermont had the highest per capita losses resulting from the Civil War and they were on the Union side, in case some of the inventively sensitive need reminding.
The Baird Center was founded as "The Home for Destitute Children" in 1865 to help children orphaned by the Civil War. I know this because of one of my ancestors (Chittenden county). Also my whole life no one in Vermont talked about the Civil war because why would we (same for the Berkshires) (ancient history, we won, no more slavery). When I moved to the deep South I was surprised how frequently it was a topic of conversation and for the first time I heard it called the War of Northern Aggression. What the South wants to do now that almost no one alive had a grandparent that remembered the civil war (I knew a fellow who's grandmother spit every time the Yankees came up in conversation), is their business but let's not invent problems.
Looking back at Clinton's Samantha Bee problem
From the link:
Trump’s extremism also limits his appeal, of course. But if liberals are fortunate to be facing a Johnny Rotten figure in this presidential campaign, they are still having real trouble putting him away … and if he were somewhat less volatile and bigoted and gross, liberalism would be poised to close its era of cultural ascendance by watching all three branches of government pass back into conservative hands.Trump's being "volatile and bigoted and gross" didn't stop him from getting control of all three branches of government. Lesson: many considered "volatile and bigoted and gross" to be a better alternative to Hillary and the Progs.
Yes, I agree that he is impolite and doesn't agree with me on some policy issues. But when I looked at the kingpin of a crime family that is above the law on the one hand, and Trump on the other, I had no trouble deciding. I saw a poster once that said none of us should be surprised that Hillary lies and breaks the law. The scary thing should be that so many millions of people still trust her.
The other issue is that if Republicans had run a more principled and traditional candidate, I don't think that he or she could have survived the smear campaign that would have been launched at that hapless Republican. I know that some of the bitterness was because of Trump's perceived racism, sexism and resemblance to Hitler. But even liberal diehards like Bee know that if Jeb Bush had been the Pub candidate, he would have been painted as the 2nd coming of Hitler. And like Romney, Bush would likely have wilted. For all of his warts, Trump inspired former Democrats in the Rustbelt states to show up and vote for him over Hillary in numbers no other Republican in the race could have matched.
Disagree. Yes, people despised Hillary, but many of us LOVED Trump. The latest polls show that only 2% of the people who voted for him, would've changed their vote if they had another chance.
I am assuming that 2% was the sum total of 'Never Trump' types who couldn't live with a Hillary presidency.
The rest of us KNEW Trump would fulfill his promises. He is doing that every day. Just read a quote from one of his advisers...Trump has a room where he has a running list of the promises he made during his campaign and crosses them off as he fulfills them.
2020 is going to be a landslide victory for Trump. Mark my words.
Trump wasn't my first choice, but I was going to vote for a Democrat only over my dead body. I was never a "Never Trumper," because I was a former Democrat who had evolved into "Never-a-Democrat." The more Demos attacked Trump, the more I liked him. When those Prog clowns hated Trump so much, that showed me that Trump and I had the same enemies. I very much liked the way that Trump wasn't polite and attacked right back. A lot of Demos forget that it isn't exactly polite to express contempt for voters by calling them "deplorables...irredeemable." That was no accident, as the default Democrat position for decades has been to be smug & condescending towards their political opponents. Sorry folks, smug and condescending ain't very polite.
Yes, a lot of voters liked Trump. Some did not. For an indication of how those who disliked both candidates voted, consider ‘Reluctant’ Trump Voters Swung The Election. Here’s How They Think He’s Doing.
Nearly 20 percent of voters in the 2016 presidential election had an unfavorable view of both Trump and Hillary Clinton, according to exit polls, and Trump won that group 47 percent to 30 percent. That made the difference.This was probably the election where both candidates elicited the most negative views among voters.
I have long considered voting a choice of the lesser of two evils, or which candidate I disliked the least.
Guilt lasts a lifetime
As it should. Jesus washes . . .
And people wonder why Western Civilization is expiring in a puddle of its own excrement. Nietzsche was - is - right: Christianity remains to this day the greatest misfortune of humanity.
"Christianity remains to this day the greatest misfortune of humanity." only in your mind, not mine. Western Civilization is expiring in a puddle because it has left the foundation of Christianity and given into worldly wants and desires. Wait until Islam takes over and see which is really the greatest misfortune of humanity.
My ancestors used to eat each other and engage in human sacrifice until the Christian missionaries showed up. Best thing that ever happened.
There doesn't seem to be any religion people aren't capable of using for horrific ends by exaggerating one or more of its precepts. The problem is, there also aren't any irreligious philosophies or even non-philosophical approaches to life that people aren't capable of using for horrific ends. I don't think the problem is in our religions. It's in us.
So I'm skeptical of claims that Christianity, or Islam, or Judaism, or Buddhism, or Paganism, or anything other belief system is uniquely vile or dangerous. Each has sects or styles at various times and places that are a disaster. Islam is going through a particularly horrible patch right now. Nihilism isn't doing all that great, either.