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Thursday, November 29. 2018
The Myths of Troy
Mass. Pot Shops Ring Up $2M-Plus in Sales in 1st Week
Mysterious, paralyzing disease has now spread to 31 states and Canada
Why GM CEO Mary Barra killed Chevrolet cars, approved likely plant closures
A researcher’s claim that two CRISPR-edited baby girls have been born has been met with widespread condemnation from scientists and ethicists alike.
Different culture over there
Lord of the Rings Slammed for Perpetuating Racism through Depiction of Orcs
We need more masculinity, not less
"Ah, another article about “strong” women. That is, women who become emotional wrecks and lose all self-control"
Unstable women are not good feminist role models. BTW, Thompson can be quite witty when he has the time.
‘I’m Broke and Mostly Friendless, and I’ve Wasted My Whole Life’
Sheesh, Polly. She should be an artist? Unleash her inner Picasso?
Twitter Has Gone Full Trans-Activist
On November 15, I woke up to find my Twitter account locked, on account of what the company described as “hateful conduct.”
She actually said what?
White Liberals Dumb Themselves Down When Talking To Blacks
Dem politicians sure do
Berkeley prof wants to nix student evals after white male profs score higher
Students at Williams College Demand Freedom from Speech
Except their own
Why do so many academics dislike the market?
New Orleans looks underground as parts of city slowly sink
Martha McSally campaign says it's not, not, NOT her fault she lost to Kyrsten Sinema
Blaming others is neither attractive in adults or children
If government unions have a choice, why shouldn’t workers have it too? Janus and the Free-Rider Myth
Sorry Lib Media: Bill Clinton Took 26 Junkets with Deviant Epstein—Trump Banned the Perv From Mar-a-Lago
New York Times Columnist on Trump Supporters: ‘Maybe They’re Just Bad People’
IT WAS A HOAX: Guardian Report Blows Up – Manafort Passport Shows NO UK TRIPS – Never Met with Assange
What's up with The Guardian? The Guardian’s Desperate Attempt To Connect Assange To Russiagate Backfires
USA Today: As American troops install razor wire in Arizona, images of the Berlin Wall resurface
The whole world wanted to move to the East German paradise
The problem with those in favor of ‘illegal’ immigration
Poll: 7 Of 10 Mexicans Have Negative View Of Migrant Caravan Marching Through Their Country
What Hillary got right (and wrong) about Europe’s migrant mess
A Sobering New Report on the State of US Military
In Dramatic Reversal, Theresa May Will Allow Parliament To Change Brexit Deal
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USA Today: As American troops install razor wire in Arizona, images of the Berlin Wall resurface
Yup, I remember all those desperate refugees from E Germany those heartless Nazis kept from reaching W Berlin .. errr, or was it the W Berliners (not jelly donuts) who were trapped and kept from reaching the paradise of E Germany ... dang, history is so hard ...
"The whole world wanted to move to the East German paradise"
In 1986, on the 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall, I saw a little cartoon in a newspaper showing two East German border guards in an observation tower.
One guard was saying to the other:
"Just think what a great success this wall has been, comrade! In 25 years, no one has ever broken into the German Democratic Republic!"
The Continuing Lunacy Of The Neocons
That is neoconservatism in its essence — and what separates it from other varieties of hawkish foreign policy thinking: the U.S. should seek to destabilize governments around the globe ... because pursuing a moralistically confrontational foreign policy will be good for the United States domestically.
Which is one of the reasons why the neo-cons are now breaking bread with the Left because they too consider foreign policy primarily in terms of its effect on domestic politics, and not just from a hawkish perspective.
One of the things I disagree with Trump on is his occasional jaw boning CEOs. He should run the government (something I believe he is doing pretty well) and let CEOs run their companies. So I'm not really a fan of his putting pressure on Barra. On the other hand, GM was the beneficiary of massive government subsidies and so in my opinion the government has purchased the right to "suggest" ways in which GM could be a better corporate citizen (don't discount the idea that that was part of Obama's plan when he gave those subsidies).
GM's action seems pretty self-explanatory to me: stop making a couple of cars that no one wanted to buy.
My understanding is that GM is not closing any plants in Mexico or China but is closing plants in Ohio and Michigan. That MAY actually make sense but it looks really bad.
When GM or any company choose to move their manufacturing overseas they do so simply for the cheap labor BUT they must have and they demand OUR great market. THAT is the problem. IMHO the fix is easy, deny them the market or more simply make them pay for it. Make them pay just enough that in fact it would be cheaper to manufacture here. Do exactly the same for every foreign company. That is they can sell into our market but they must pay the costs that we incur by their products being manufactured outside the U.S.
I would suggest a similar solution to cheap immigrant labor. That is allow the farmers and food processors to hire non-citizens but charge them a fee/tax that would compensate the taxpayers for their costs to subsidize the cheap labor. Perhaps that would be the equivalent of $10 and hour but what ever the costs are make them pay it.
For the illegal aliens fine any employer $1000 a day for hiring a illegal.
I guess all of that is great, in principle, until Presidents start bailing out large corporations in times of extreme stress because they can't bear the thought of declaring bankruptcy - and their major shareholders, who stand to take a bath, wield their political clout to avoid it. GM should have gone through the process rather than having a President come to the rescue. Same for Bear Sterns / AIG. GM and Chrysler took the bailout scheme and yet Ford didn't (although it asked to be included for level playing ground reasons). Pay the ticket, take the ride.
Agreed. Also remember that not only did the shareholders take a bath but also the bond holders, who were first in line to be paid. They were shafted so that Obama could pull off the deal.
re: Berkeley prof wants to nix student evals after white male profs score higher
(1) The Administrators at Berkeley should find out which students evaluated any white male highly. (2) Re-educate those students. (3) Then expel them anyway.
> 3) Then expel them anyway.
At the risk of bringing, like, logic and stuff into the discussion, one possible explanation for the ratings is that since the minority/wimmen professors were likely hired for their skin color and gender, it may be that they are simply less better at professoring than the white dudes.
Thompson's commenters are also often witty.
Hear The Lamentations Of Unstable Leftist Women: Would it be sexxxxxxist of me to say that these women are overly emotional?
How about WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY overly emotional?
‘I’m Broke and Mostly Friendless, and I’ve Wasted My Whole Life’: Bummmmmmmmmmmmer.
Twitter has gone full trans-activist: Making itself more exclusive.
Bullet, meet foot.
Berkeley prof wants to nix student evals after white male profs score higher: Clearly, the ONLY politically correct solution.
Our Rotten Liberal Arts Colleges: They're just so PROGRESSIVE (like cancer).
Why do so many academics dislike the market? Doesn't follow academic rules, so they don't have a clue as to how to understand it.
New Orleans looks underground as parts of city slowly sink: How LOW can you GO?
New York Times Columnist on Trump Supporters: ‘Maybe They’re Just Bad People’ NYT's out of touch with the USA. Just one more (unnecessary) reason to distrust, despise, and detest the NYT.
"Blaming others is neither attractive in adults or children"
I've worked in sales (B2B, technology) for 30 years. For the last 18 or so leading sales teams. I learned early on that the rep that refuses to take ownership of losing, will just keep on losing. So I usually let them go. Would rather they work for my competitor.
If McSally cannot take responsibility for losing the election, then she would have been a poor representative.
Re: McSally complaining about losing
Laurie Roberts of the Arizona Republic says:
...15 years ago a clearly frustrated Sinema told a bombastic radio talk-show host who wouldn’t let her get a word in edgewise that she didn’t care if he wanted to go fight for the Taliban. This, just to get him to shut up.
Listen for yourself (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8l5kmP0gFrk) In this clip, they play the actual audio of the interview in question. It didn't seem to me that it was really that much of a throw away line (it's interesting all the throw away lines that people on the left have available to them that those on the right do not). This CNN clip explains that the one time anti-war activist (I believe she was in Code Pink), and Green Party member (what a colorful history!), is now actually a moderate Democrat who is somewhat of a hawk.
I would say that she must have been pretty convincing in remake of herself and that might be as much the cause of her electoral success than McSally's campaigning failures.
Re: A researcher’s claim that two CRISPR-edited baby girls have been born has been met with widespread condemnation from scientists and ethicists alike.
Nothing like the condemnation when Gogg the Caveman first brought fire into the home - violations of the precautionary principle that nothing should ever be done for the first time are serious business. Look at the mess we've gotten into because no experts were consulted in granting Edison permission to develop electricity nor Ford to develop the automobile nor the Wright brothers to develop the flying machine nor Sam Walton to develop a system of distributing consumer goods as efficiently as possible. How can humanity expect to develop in a logical and rational manner if there are no rules established whereby panels of experts can regulate the process of development? It's insane to think that a process of just allowing people to decide for themselves what's in their own best interest and what risks they're willing to take in their pursuit of happiness can work as well or better than a centrally-planned process of regular order overseen by experts. Thankfully, we don't live in such a society where such nonsense is tolerated.
I might buy an ethicist's concern over this (though I find the whole notion of an "ethicist" vaguely preposterous) but when scientists get all moralizing, they're not being scientists anymore.
No, wait, on second thought, they are. But now they're scientists in the sense of scientism rather than science.
Put another way: science doesn't much care whether it's used to create nuclear power or nuclear warheads.