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Monday, October 22. 2018
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I pulled a 1,500-year-old sword out of a lake
Paul Simon: Fathers, Sons, Troubled Water
How much do you remember about the miracle of photosynthesis?
Striking photos of human scars on earth
Americans Strongly Dislike PC Culture - Youth isn’t a good proxy for support of political correctness, and race isn’t either.
The more equal women and men are, the less they want the same things, study finds
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How Manhattan Became a Rich Ghost Town - New York’s empty storefronts are a dark omen for the future of cities.
The Japanese Man Who Saved 6,000 Jews With His Handwriting - What the astonishing Chiune Sugihara teaches us about moral heroism.
South Carolina convicts 'blackmail soldiers in sexting scheme'
Old Interview With Heavy-Drinking ‘Thug’ Obama Puts Wild-Man Brett Kavanaugh To Shame
Everyone Is Smart Except Trump
Kanye West’s White House Rant Steals Trump’s Spotlight
KKL: Incendiary balloons caused environmental disaster
Pentagon faces 'mounting challenges' protecting its weapons programs from cyberattacks, audit reveals
Travesty of Palestinian education
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Why does anyone listen to PETA any more...other than the comic relief? For the thousandth time, PETA people: Animals are NOT people.
Nothing wrong with listening to the right PETA:
People Eating Tasty Animals
Just as everyone knows the real WWF:
World Wrestling Federation
Is that a theory, an argument, or a premise? Next I expect you'll turn it into a nice political plank.
To their credit animals certainly aren't people. To return the favor, man has never much abridged his unmitigated savagery towards the animal, abutting that policy with bullshit like 'they're not people'.
Maybe you can see the circularity of your senseless abstract but I wouldn't be surprised if you'd chose not to.
No doubt humans have been bad to animals. And if I am to believe paleontologists, then primitive people were munched on by animals in the distant past. Now that people are at the top of the food chain, I suppose that we are to not eat them like they used to eat us.
To the victor belong the spoils.
More nonsense, unless you're some kind of Darwinist reductionist with a residual need to justify death.
The Eleventh Commandment: Thou shalt wantonly destroy any sentient life thou chooseth in thy industrial slaughterhouses and wear it proudly as thy only badge of cultural identity against the evil leftist.
Dangerous Dean: Now that people are at the top of the food chain, I suppose that we are to not eat them like they used to eat us.
Hmm. Thought the top of the food chain were mosquitoes.
KING CLAUDIUS: Now, Hamlet, where's Polonius?
HAMLET: At supper.
KING CLAUDIUS: At supper! where?
HAMLET: Not where he eats, but where he is eaten: a certain
convocation of politic worms are e'en at him. Your
worm is your only emperor for diet: we fat all
creatures else to fat us, and we fat ourselves for
maggots: your fat king and your lean beggar is but
variable service, two dishes, but to one table:
that's the end.
KING CLAUDIUS: Alas, alas!
HAMLET: A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a
king, and cat of the fish that hath fed of that worm.
KING CLAUDIUS: What dost you mean by this?
HAMLET: Nothing but to show you how a king may go a
progress through the guts of a beggar.
"PETA: Cow's milk a symbol of white supremacy"
These people are absolutely barking mad. Not only that, they are clearly historically illiterate as well.
Milk, once it was produced, pasteurized and readily available in vast quantities from the early 20th Century on, had a major nutritional effect in improving the lives of millions and millions of ordinary people, particularly children.
JJM: Milk, once it was produced, pasteurized and readily available in vast quantities from the early 20th Century on, had a major nutritional effect in improving the lives of millions and millions of ordinary people, particularly children.
You seem to have the nutritional aspects of milk covered. Here's the white supremacy angle.
Vox, Colbert, and PETA all get the science wrong, and the chuckleheaded white supremacists, dense as they are, are closer to the correct answer. All are primarily interested in getting people to notice them rather than to get things right, however, and it is wise to keep that in mind with all four.
Improved ability to digest lactase as an adult did (and does) have survival advantage.
It was my understanding that a child who was lactose tolerant got half again as much nutrition from milk as a child that was lactose intolerant. If memory serves, the population geneticists proposed that it was provided significant advantage to the central Asian pastoralists who moved into Europe and replaced the Early European farmers, especially where agriculture was marginal. I think that is a pretty big deal. For reasons, I don't quite understand, it has been downplayed after it became known that the Steppe pastoralists also carried plague.
Exactly. I recommend to you the site West Hunter, and Greg Cochrane, who wrote The 10,000 Year Explosion with the late Harry Harpending. New stuff all the time on this topic, and spirited debate with some very smart commenters.
Okay, not all of them. But a lot.
Assistant Village Idiot: Improved ability to digest lactase as an adult did (and does) have survival advantage.
In some environments.
Colbert is a dud.
He belongs to the current crop of entirely humour-free putative comedians.
When all else fails, being a sneering poseur doesn't cut it.
And PETA remains barking mad.
Even for a PETA release, that's incoherent. Dairy cows are impregnated against their will, which makes milk production a kind of rape, which is like white supremacy. I missed the connection to whiteness, unless it's the color of the milk.
On the other hand, I hear Brett Kavanaugh drank milk in high school. Coincidence?
I'm not sure I have ever seen a white supremacist. I know the left sees them everywhere but I truly doubt they have seen any either. I do see muslim supremacists and Black supremacists and Hispanic supremacist all the time. In fact it seems CNN is a black supremacist network.
That's an unusually well-written Wiki article on photosynthesis. I found this part especially charming: "In addition, a few marine mollusks Elysia viridis and Elysia chlorotica also maintain a symbiotic relationship with chloroplasts they capture from the algae in their diet and then store in their bodies. This allows the mollusks to survive solely by photosynthesis for several months at a time. Some of the genes from the plant cell nucleus have even been transferred to the slugs, so that the chloroplasts can be supplied with proteins that they need to survive." Now, if that isn't cool! Nick Lane writes wonderfully books for the popular audience on this stuff, by the way.
"Edward Burtynsky’s images show ‘the indelible marks left by humankind on the geological face of our planet’." Isn't that special. I vote he gets rid of himself first. He thinks the earth is a snowflake just like him.
I was surprised to see a solar power plant, included in the destruction. Gaea doesn't like solar power? Who knew.
PETA... Well. EVERYTHING is a sign of White Supremacy. You don't like it? Maybe you should move to Africa. Think about it.
Obama a thug? I can't imagine a day when he would have worried anyone. I think he was trying too hard to convince people he was some kind of tough guy. How do you go from tough guy to metrosexual?
And then there's Corey Booker... oh, wait a minute!
Re: Manhattan Ghost town...
"In a theoretical universe, you are standing in the nation’s capital of business, commerce, and culture."
Nation's capital of culture? Pretty full of himself, the author is. The truth- plenty of people go whole days at a time without thinking about (or caring) what's happening in New York City.
Everyone thinks Trump craves the spotlight. Sigh. This is why they underestimate him time and time again. He uses his loud, brash persona to distract and force his 'enemies' to act out and reveal themselves over and over and over.
They really believe Trump is 'thin skinned.' It might surprise them to know he is not. They have been duped numerous times by the Trump they think they know. If only they would start thinking differently, they'd be much better off.
This would be begin with thinking Kanye 'stole' Trump's spotlight. LOL.
Advice from Our Food Critic: If I Have One Day in New York, Where Should I Eat?
My immediate reaction was a roast pork bun and a coconut bun from a bakery in Chinatown. Inexpensive, great value, and delicious. Interesting that, at least about the pork bun The New Yorker agreed with me.