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Tuesday, December 11. 2018
Photo: 4 faiths celebrate in Haifa: Bahai, Christian, Jewish Muslim
Despite the devastation all around him, Camp fire dog waited for his owners to return home
Amount of deep life on Earth quantified
As FDA Contemplates Strict Vaping Regulations, Lives Hang In the Balance
How to Stop Apps From Tracking Your Location
Let the kids have their fun
I Was Kicked Off Stage by College Students. Did I Deserve It?
UMass Amherst students, faculty rally for ‘more to be done’ about campus racism
UMass is a hotbed of racism
The Counterrevolution on Campus - The backlash to the backlash.
Anti-Semitism A Part Of The Women’s March Almost From The Start
Harvard Study: Gender Pay Gap Explained Entirely by Work Choices of Men and Women
Are they allowed to say that?
Study exposes political bias in shaping ‘newsworthiness’
Duh. Too obvious
Trump Is Right — Subsidies For Electric Cars, Renewable Energy Must End
Judge rules Trump administration justified in ending Obama-era immigration program
Asylum claims soar 67 percent at U.S. border
It's the new scam
Questions Of Massive Regulatory And Taxation Schemes Are Burning Up At UN Climate Meeting
Ocasio-Cortes is Jewish
Conservatives and urban dwellers
Naked partisan: James Comey's mask comes off
James Comey's hubris has done irreparable damage to the FBI he claims to love
MUELLER’S THEORY: TRUMP DEFRAUDED VOTERS
A college kid running for 13th Ward alderman gets a lesson in the Chicago Way
South African MP: “Your Time Is Up, White People”
Meanwhile In Brexit... Total Chaos
The Latest: EU official: Bloc won’t renegotiate Brexit deal
European Court of Human Rights Blasphemy Laws: Where a Word out of Place Can Cost Your Life
Vive La French Revolution 2.0 – And Our Own!
Schlicter points out that Trump is the American riot
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My sister and B-I-L used Pyrenees for years, and now Anatolians, on their farm. These dogs are bred to be keep guard over livestock and are fully capable of operating semi-autonomously (semi-feral?). As far as I could tell they are first and foremost loyal to keeping the livestock safe (although prone to eating a chicken here or there), next to the property, and then to their human. They aren't the type of dogs who approach nearly anyone for an ear scratching and a tummy rub.
They are (or can be when employed that way) some serious working dogs.
re Questions Of Massive Regulatory And Taxation Schemes Are Burning Up At UN Climate Meeting
Of course they are.
This is what global warming/climate change is all about, stealing other people's money and dividing the loot.
Asylum claims soar: We should end asylum permanently and we should review all of the prior asylum claims and prosecute and deport the frauds. Asylum is not in our country's best interest and it was pushed on us be NGO's who also don't have the country's best interest at heart.
re South African MP: “Your Time Is Up, White People”
. . . And we get a collective yawn from the world.
Imagine if a member of Congress said, "Your time is up, Black People.", the reaction would be a wee bit more than silence.
Double standards/selective indignation.
I will enjoy seeing political hack fraudster James Comey in chains.
It would be far better to see him doing the Mussolini dance. Along with everyone else from the FBI and the DoJ. And add in the CIA and NSA while you're at it. So Cankles' e-mail may have gotten some CIA agents killed? GREAT!!!
Vaping: Can't have people using it to wean themselves from cigarettes, because REASONS.
Princeton has a "Let's Get It ON" club. Education be damned!
South Africa...is going down the drain.
Great Britain is screwed. By itself.
Europe defeated the Muslims at Vienna. Now they are surrendering to them.
They are not surrendering to them at Vienna. Nor in Warsaw. But they're having to fight the tribe to keep from doing so.
What we really need is for someone to shove a nuke up Merkel's posterior. Preferably when she is in Brussels.
Pour encourager les autres!
Re: conservatives and urban dwellers...
There are reasons why urbanites are more socially liberal that conservatives sometimes are and reasons why they are more politically liberal than conservatives, and some of those reasons intersect.
On the political side, urban dwellers are far more dependent on government services that they see, often on a daily basis. Emergency services: police, fire, medical. I can't say I've ever spent much of any time in NYC without hearing, and often seeing, sirens and such. Public works (garbage, street cleaning, snow removal, etc. Transportation - the portion of urbanites who can get somewhere without light rail, buses, taxis, etc is small. Urban dwellers at least subconsciously realize they cannot survive without these things so they like government. How could they get through their daily lives without it?
We non-urban dwellers, on the other hand, often wonder WTF we are paying for when it comes to services we don't see much of. If I see emergency services responding to something it is a sit up and take notice event. Not a normal and frequent part of my life. Public transport is not useful to me. I'm glad for public works but we don't need it constantly around us. I can imagine surviving just fine with less of those things and I would enjoy paying less.
On the social level, IMHO, urban dwellers fancy themselves more educated, intelligent, and intellectual than us non-urban rubes. They are "urbane." We, on the other hand, are unsophisticated, perhaps even uncouth. And those who self-identify as urbane, for a very long time now, also identify as more socially liberal than we. Not that they are since they seem to rarely consider their own biases and bigotries. Much easier to misapply language and define them away.
Interesting bit about the underground microbes. Some years back a geologist proposed a theory that oil was produced by microbes living in rocks. Everyone regarded him as a nutter because as we all know, oil comes from decomposed dinosaurs.
This was also around the time the idea of Peak Oil was in play, so the thought that little bugs were beavering away making more oil was eco-heresy.
re South African MP: “Your Time Is Up, White People”
They did that in Haiti, the Congo and Zimbabwe with great success. I mean they successfully got rid of the whites but the long term effects weren't exactly what they were expecting. After they got rid of those evil white exploiters that were stealing all the wealth then all the blacks were supposed to become wealthy. Of course, in Zimbabwe all the blacks became millionaires.
[url] (https://zimbabwedollars.net/) [/url]
Patel's whole column was a series of virtue-signaling to let the college kiddies know he's learned his lesson, and will be good from now on, so just hire him. That was dreadful. Comedy is dead, and it's largely from self-inflicted wounds, and for f*ck's sake, stop saying you're sorry!
Trump should let SA know that if they wanna go down that road, that America isn't going to be their backstop. Zimbabwe went from the breadbasket of Africa to a beggar-nation after they dispensed with all the whiteys. America needs to stop being the moral hazard for the rest of the world.