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Thursday, March 22. 2018
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Facts about farmed salmon you wish you didn’t know
“The use of nor’easter to describe a northeast storm is a pretentious and altogether lamentable affectation, the odious, even loathsome, practice of landlubbers who would be seen as salty as the sea itself."
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Stop Making Children Into Moral Authorities
Labor unions' fearmongering on autopilot
Inside California’s War on Trump - As the state resists the White House on issues from immigration to climate change, Governor Jerry Brown is determined to avoid a pitched battle.
" It’s time to regulate YouTube, Google, Facebook, and Twitter as common carriers."
Dershowitz To Mueller: Stop. Just Stop.
Obama Campaign Official Admitted Democrats Sucked the “Entire Social Network in US,” Kept the Data, Still Use It
Army Major: "Unmitigated Failure" - Operation Iraqi Freedom, 15 Years Later
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"Operation Iraqi Freedom"
Was Saddam manufacturing WMDs? We all remember the long long buildup to war that allowed Saddam to move "something" out of country. Every day thousands of trucks made that trip between Saddam's weapons factories and Beqaa Valley in Syria. What do you think was in those trucks? What did Saddam hide as the UN created a delay to allow him to hide his secrets. What was less televised was that Russia flew in multiple cargo planes every day for a couple of years as they dismantled biological weapons factories so their fingerprints would be on Saddam's WMD efforts.
When the U.S. troops arrived they did find massive but empty factories and warehouses which had been built by the Dutch, Germans and French to manufacture WMDs. That was why France and Germany opposed the war because they were using Saddam's oil money to build Saddam's military might. The U.S. troops did find 550 tons of uranium yellow cake stored at a massive underground facility that was built to manufacture nuclear weapons.
The Israelis knew what Saddam was doing and they were themselves preparing to invade Iraq before 9/11. The U.S. held them back because they were afraid it would precipitate a larger war in the Middle East. Right or wrong that possibility was part of the reason that the U.S. chose to invade Iraq after Iraq massively failed to uphold their part of the treaty rather than let Israel declare war in that ME hotspot.
GoneWithTheWind: The U.S. troops did find 550 tons of uranium yellow cake stored at a massive underground facility that was built to manufacture nuclear weapons.
The yellow cake uranium was legally held by Iraq, and under U.N. seal at the time of the invasion. Iraq had dismantled its WMD programs.
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Sounds like wishful thinking.
They know about me and I have never even been to facebook.
Stop Making Children Into Moral Authorities
We're only teenagers. We're not the ones that should have to make the change, it should be politicians. But now we have to make sure we get it done. — Parkland teenagers
Isn’t it wonderful that these teenagers are “properly educated”? As long as the change is the democrat party line of more gun control. If you happen to not speak the party line, like Kyle Kashnuv, you won’t be invited to the party. These teenagers have been properly educated to believe that more gun control, means less crime. These teenagers have been properly educated to toe the party line, don’t ask questions about the complete and utter failure of government to intervene with a teenager before he kills. Despite having all the warning signs displayed prominently. Despite having the government visit the kid over 39 times. Despite facts that show more laws don’t deter the criminals. Let’s not pretend that these teenagers aren’t be used as pawns.
I saw a survey which showed that the most important thing to young people is fame. Shove a TV camera in their face and they will say and do anything for a few minutes of fame.
B. Hammer: Isn’t it wonderful that these teenagers are “properly educated”?
Columbine happened before these kids were born. The grownups have failed them.
The world is a harsh place. Part of raising children is shielding them from much of that harshness until they are ready to experience it. Sometimes grownups fail at this, sometimes that harshness filters through despite the best of efforts.
Yes, this is a case where the grownups failed, spectacularly so. The problem is, that when these kids demand that changes be made, because of that sheltering they don't always recognize the compromises and trade-offs that must be made in order to give them what they demand. There's just so much of the world that they simply haven't experienced yet.
They haven't lost a job they loved, or worked a job they hated in order to pay the bills. They haven't fallen in love, fallen out of love, figured out what it means to be in love, figured out that no one really knows what it means to be in love, or at least how to articulate it. They haven't bought a house, sold a house, dealt with a broken water pipe at two in the morning. They've never sat across from a doctor and heard "These are the options, none of them is very good, what should we do?"
All these things and more are what it takes to make an adult. They don't have that visceral knowledge that every change you make affects far more than the thing you're trying to change. Until they know that, until they feel that, until that is part of their beings, they simply don't have the moral sense to dictate their beliefs on the greater world.
another guy named Dan: this is a case where the grownups failed, spectacularly so.
That's right. They failed over and over again.
another guy named Dan: The problem is, that when these kids demand that changes be made, because of that sheltering they don't always recognize the compromises and trade-offs that must be made in order to give them what they demand.
Sheltered? The Parkland students lost people they loved. They've had friends struck down and crippled. They have a right to speak on the subject of school violence.
I never said they did not have the right to speak on the subject. What I said was they don't have any special right to dictate terms to anyone else. sure they should be listened to, but they should also be taught that there are other perspectives as well, who are equally deserving of being heard. They need to learn that their solution to school violence may cause other, even bigger, problems in other areas.
As to sheltered, yes they are, as evidenced by the fact that they are in the school to begin with. They have a time in their life that is specifically dedicated to them learning to develop the skills to learn how to become an adult - but they by definition have not yet made that transition. Was there a breakdown in that shelter that caused them to be exposed to something that no child, heck no one, should ever be exposed to? Yes. But my point is that victimhood does not grant any special status regarding moral reasoning.
It just doesn't. We don't restrict designing airplanes to people who have lost loved ones in plane crashes. They just don't necessarily have the skills, the tools to come up with something that works.
Keeping them in gun free zones makes it much easier to kill them...that was a political decision. E.O.'s along with monetary bribes to not prosecute misbehavior in schools guarantees that there will be more misbehavior and more violent misbehavior when bad behavior is not punished...that was a political/economic decision. Failure to terminate employment of every superintendent and principal that went along with these programs simply encourages more slaughter in the schools...that is a political decision. Did any student condemn any of these decisions? They blamed GUNS...not those who killed and not those who through political correctness made it all possible.
another guy named Dan: What I said was they don't have any special right to dictate terms to anyone else.
How are they "dictating terms"?
another guy named Dan: But my point is that victimhood does not grant any special status regarding moral reasoning.
The main point is that the grownups have failed, and that the kids are left to be their own advocates.
indyjonesouthere: Keeping them in gun free zones makes it much easier to kill them
It wasn't a gun-free zone. There was an armed guard on the premises.
It is a gun free zone...only law enforcement is allowed a gun on school premises. You can thank ole Joe Biden for that stupidity. I'm old enough to remember guns in vehicles at school...we would go duck or pheasant hunting after school and on weekends. These shootings have nothing to do with GUNS and everything to do with the post modern/Marxist theology that has destroyed the culture.
Far more children die from riding a bicycle than school shootings. Are they any less dead? Why no marches to ban bicycles or at least not allow anyone under 21 to ride them?
Far more children die from drowning in swimming pools. Are they too any less dead? Why not demand no swimming until you reach age 21.
Most childhood deaths are from children driving while texting. Are they any less dead? THAT is where adults have failed children.
If you want to reduce school shooting then improve mental health care.
GoneWithTheWind: Far more children die from riding a bicycle than school shootings. Are they any less dead?
And far more people die of cancer than died on 9-11? Are they any less dead?
Rather, when preventable deaths are not addressed, then they can be repeated, or even scaled up. And such attacks impact not just those killed or injured, but those who lived physically unscathed through the attacks, and in this case, every schoolchild in America who no longer feels safe.
Are you saying that a law against cancer or a law preventing cancer before age 21 would prevent those deaths? Preventing kids from riding bicycles would indeed prevent deaths while riding bicycle. I'm not sure your elevator goes up past the 2nd floor. I am very serious. I want to know why we don't go for the real preventable deaths that threaten our children? Going after guns is a political stunt. The right to own and bear arms is sacrosanct and enshrined in the constitution and cannot/should not be infringed. Why is the left playing in the little pools of these children's blood trying to take away the civil rights of law abiding citizens???
Yes, by not properly teaching them about firearms, the Constitution and liberty.
They've failed them by letting people like you repeat lies under the auspices of "free speech," all while other speech is censored and banned.
You and the liars you represent and parrot are a parasite on W. Civilization.
re " It’s time to regulate YouTube, Google, Facebook, and Twitter as common carriers."
I think Instapundit is right.
As I understand common carrier status, these platforms would have to leave every post up, but in return they would have no liability for the content.
However, Government does not want that, anywhere in the world. Government likes calling for these social platforms to cull 'offensive' speech. By censoring their sites they are doing Government's dirty work for them and the heat doesn't fall on Government for the censorship.
The argument is always made that these sites are privately owned and they can censor whomever they want, but legally, how is that any different from serving white people at the lunch counter while forcing blacks to stay away?
To this feeble mind, their actions are discriminatory, pure and simple, and I thought that was against the law?
What we need is a class action lawsuit from the people being discriminated against directed at Youtube and the social networking sites.
Not only no but hell no. The problem is real but the proposed solution is anything but.
The whole history of regulation, including media regulation, shows that regulating bodies immediately become controlled by the incumbent businesses they purport to regulate, and used to keep out new competition, creating effective monopolies or duopolies in each area. Look at how limited the political range of TV and radio was before cable and then the internet opened them to serious competition.
What we really need is plenty of new competitors to Youtube, Google, Facebook, and Twitter. And we're already seeing most of them emerge. Youtube now has to compete with Bitchute; Twitter with Gab; Google with DuckDuckGo; and Wikipedia with Infogalactic. The best way to help is to support and subscribe to these new platforms.
But don't try to regulate the industry, or the giants will soon be true monopolies.
Re children a moral authorities.
It's the new children's crusade.
"To produce farmed fish such as salmon, you must feed them about three times their weight of wild-caught fish."
I'm calling BS on this one.
1) The 'wild-caught' fish are not fish that are normally eaten.
2) There aren't enough wild salmon to supply demand.
3) The usual BS about additives. Yes, some are harmful, but people are not "rats and dogs".
4) Dyes? Are you kidding me? Lots of our food is colored with natural dyes for many reasons.
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"Large-scale salmon farms in the United States, Canada, Scotland, Norway and Chile have attracted hideous marine insects called sea lice that attach themselves to the fish, causing skin lesions and secondary infections, killing the host or rendering meat inedible." Well, I have fished for salmon since the early 1980s, and have killed wild salmon in most of the rivers on the Gaspe Peninsula and some on the North Shore of the St. Lawrence, and I can tell you that finding sea lice on fresh fish is not unusual in the least. Sea lice are not looked upon by anglers as indicative of imminent salmon mortality. In fact, the sea lice die in fresh water and drop off. They are instead taken as a sign that the fish is freshly in from the sea. Attached sea lice are also thought to be no big deal at all by anglers, and they certainly do not spoil a salmon for eating.
Nor'easters here in Michigan are called "Alberta Clippers". We usually like Canadians here. But not always.
Alberta clipper is a different kind of storm. The closest to a Nor'easter here in the upper Midwest is a Panhandle Hook, where a cold air mass comes down out of Canada, makes it as far as the Northern Texas/Oklahoma region, picking up Gulf Moisture, then heads back up the Mississippi valley, dumping that moisture as snow.
An Alberta Clipper comes directly out of the Canadian Prairies and stays really cold. It may drop a lot of lake snow, but doesn't affect inland areas as much.
I am a Trusty Shellback, and True Sailor of the Seven Seas, tried and found worthy by King Neptune and His Royal Court.
Which means I can call it a nor’easter.
Show proper respect slimy wogs!
I hate being a day late when there is something important to reference. But re: farm salmon and sea lice:
Lasers, what can't they do?
The thought of being subjected to psychological treatment for my back pain makes me incandescently angry. It’s hard enough to get my doctor to take me seriously. It hurts, for real, and has for more than a year.