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Thursday, February 14. 2019
WSJ: Haze the Dead! More Obit Writers Tell It Like It Was—Warts and All. Once generic and reverent, more remembrances written by family members include frank, humorous assessments of the departed; ‘the biggest tightwad in the mid-Atlantic region’
Every funeral needs some knowing laughs and giggles
Graduation Inflation is Harming Students
Say, Can You Guess What The Science Is Behind Seattle’s Historic Snow?
MCCONNELL ON GREEN NEW DEAL: LET’S VOTE
He's a sly one
Democrats invent a new word for bullsh*t: ‘aspirational’
What was the problem California's bullet train was supposed to solve?
This Train Won’t Leave the Station. If high-speed rail can’t make it in California, it can’t make it anywhere.
The Case for Amazon in New York
Covington high school students cleared of any wrongdoing in viral incident after independent investigation
Chicago Police Will Re-Interview Jussie Smollett Over Redacted Phone Records
FEC Still Refuses To Investigate Alleged $84 Million Clinton Campaign Money Laundering
High taxes are driving away the tri-state golden geese
The Republican Pouncing Problem
Senate Intel Dems, GOP Agree: No “Direct Evidence” Of Collusion Found
Migrants overwhelm New Mexico border post with thousands of illegal crossings
New Mexico border patrol resources stressed after more than 28 large migrant groups make illegal crossings since October
For the ACLU, Antipathy to Israel Trumps Antidiscrimination
HonestReporting Invites Congresswoman Ilhan Omar to Israel
China, Russia Building Attack Satellites and Space Lasers: Pentagon Report
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Re: High-speed rail
I have to suspect that at least part of the enthusiasm for high-speed rail by people like AOC stems from the fact that they are familiar with the NYC subway system and NYC in general and absolutely nothing else. Like the famous Saul Steinberg New Yorker cover showing a view of the world from 9th Avenue, I think they have this vague idea that a trans-continental rail network connecting New York to Atlanta to Chicago to Dallas to Los Angeles is just a matter of extending the D-line a few miles across the Hudson. Someone should ask AOC to guess the distance between Miami and Spokane, see if she even knows where those two cities are and whether or not her guess is accurate within 3,000 miles.
Did you see where the AOC campaign spent over $20k on air travel? You’ll never guess how much she spent on train travel.
The California high speed rail was a resounding success. The intent was to move vast amounts of taxpayer money into the hands of unions and other special interest groups in return for votes. It was successful.
What we need is a independent investigation into where and how that money was spent. Trump should initiate that. The federal government is on the hook for billions so they would be justified in finding out if there was any fraud.
If we're going to rebuild every structure in the U.S. over the next ten years, why don't we just move them all inland to an extra 20 feet of elevation? I know it would be expensive, but we can pay for the same way we pay for everything else: by printing money.
Texan99: why don't we just move them all inland to an extra 20 feet of elevation?
Six meters? While possible, most projections are for about one meter sea level rise by 2100 or so. This is Florida with one meter rise. Longer term, here's the six meter map.
We don’t like to talk about it, but there is a problem with coastal lands sinking:
Pumping out groundwater not only causes lands to sink, it increases the oceans’ volume. China’s Huanghe Delta is sinking 10 inches a year. Southeast Asian cities battle sinking rates of 1.2 to 2.4 inches per year. Regions around Houston, Texas had sunk 10 feet by 1979; a disaster waiting to happen where hurricanes commonly generate 15-foot storm surges. Likewise, New Orleans was doomed by sinking 1.4 inches per year. Built on marshland, San Francisco’s airport sinks 0.4 inches per year.
In contrast, ocean warming plus added glacial meltwater are estimated to have only added 0.06 inches per year to sea level from 1850 to 1990, punctuated by decades that accelerated sea level rise to 0.14 inches a year. Still, that fastest rate of modern sea level rise remains only one-tenth of New Orleans’ sinking rate.
Must be a notably slow day at the troll office, huh? That is correct.
What do angels of memory and lightbringers have in common?
GOTTA FIB A LITTLE TO SAVE THE WORLD FROM ALL THE TOOTHLESS HONEST PEOPLE!
Aren’t the the enlightened developing prenatal tests for toothless deplorables? I think it is written into the NY abortion bill.
That's the problem with my suggestion? Change "six" to some other number. The higher the better, as far as all this healthy stimulus from printed money is concerned. Good government jobs!
I'd be happy to pick up some of the abandoned coastal property at its severely depressed price.
There is nothing new in graduation inflation. There was a recent scandal with the Washington DC and Prince George schools because they were doing some affirmative action on student records to graduate the students. According to reports about 1/3 of the students shouldn't have graduated. The bureaucrats have successfully turned the high school diploma into a worthless piece of paper signifying nothing and now they are working on making the college diploma worthless. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is an excellent example of that.
All of which demonstrates that a huge swath of the media is inseparable from the Democratic Party. If your first response to Democratic nut-jobbery is to get defensive about Republican blowback, you're no longer a journalist. You're merely a hack.
The problem with US media in one single quote. The media are no longer interested in truth and justice, if they ever were, they are all about furthering the democrat\socialist narrative.
BD: Covington high school students cleared of any wrongdoing
This makes no sense. The students were clearly hate-smirking just inches from the face of a tribal elder vietnam vet who was merely trying to pay homage to his hero, Abraham Lincoln.
Notably, the report does not even mention the word "hate-smirk" which reveals their inherent bias.
The only thing to do now is to make sure these children never get into college or obtain employment. I have already sent their names and dossiers to the SPLC.
Bird Dog: Say, Can You Guess What The Science Is Behind Seattle’s Historic Snow?
The Polar Vortex has long been known to be caused by excessive cow farts and diesel fumes. (See the film "The Day After Tomorrow starring Jake Gyllenhall) Global Anthopromitic Climate Weather Change Warming is causing obscene amounts of snow in places that Science never intended there to be snow. Soon all the snow will be gone, and we will have no water to drink. Polar bears will die by the millions. (See Smollett, Beavis, et.al. 2018)
As Al Gore said in his groundbreaking film, "The planet has a fever!"
And what comes after a fever? Chills. Which is exactly what we are seeing in Seattle.
You science deniers always miss the point. The problem with CO2, unlike the former deadly atmospheric pollution threats, is that it is colorless. Clear layers make for greenhouse warming, while pigmented pollution makes for global winter and starvation. We reduced atmospheric pollution from pigmented particles without even considering the long-term effects. What we need now is government-subsidized research to create opaque CO2. They'll say it can't be done, but I love the enthusiasm.
Texan99: Clear layers make for greenhouse warming, while pigmented pollution makes for global winter and starvation.
Only some molecules act as greenhouse gases. Monatomic and homonuclear diatomic molecules are virtually unaffected by infrared energy; consequently, nitrogen, oxygen and argon are not greenhouse gases, even though they are clear to visible light. You are correct, though, that particulates tend to cool the surface.
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You can't fool me. You are really 'Meh'. His writing is just as opaque and multisyllabic nonsense as what you wrote.
Please engage all 91 IQ points and regale us with some more detailed letters to the Penthouse editors starring yourself. That was really enjoyable.
Your amazing humorlessness suggests a non-human origin.
I would not seriously advocate printing money to finance government research on a pigmented CO2 molecule in order to induce global cooling. I'm sorry it's necessary to point that out.
Texan99: I would not seriously advocate printing money to finance government research on a pigmented CO2 molecule in order to induce global cooling.
Heh. Of course, we didn't think you were really advocating it. You were attempting to satirize environmentalists. Still, it was a good place to note the countervailing effects of greenhouse gases, which warm the climate, and particulate pollution, which cools it.
Graduation Rates: The EduTainment industry lies to us.
Green New Deal: "I bet that a lot of other Dems adopt the same dodge. When they do, they should be challenged with the response: “So, you admit it is bullsh*t but you’re afraid of the left, so you’re supporting something you know won’t work. Whatever happened to ‘Profiles in Courage’?”Those profiles are totally horizontal, and below ground level.
Bullet Train Solution: To spend federal dollars foolishly.
Smollett: Will eventually be proved a fake. And given a pass.
Tax The Rich: Cuomo sees The End Is Coming. Bummer for NY.
Republicans Pounce: Oh, the horror (when Dems do something clearly dumb)!!!!
For the ACLU, Antipathy to Israel Trumps Antidiscrimination: Well, It's NOT the IsraelCLU.
"Nearly 80 percent of people who die from drowning in the United States are male."
Everybody knows that dihydrogen monoxide is deadly, especially if you breathe it. Obviously, just to be safe, males should stay away from water and drink beer.
Ray: Obviously, just to be safe, males should stay away from water and drink beer.
In the 1854 London cholera outbreak, workers at the local brewery didn't get sick. They drank beer rather than water, and the brewing process killed the pathogen. This was one of the clues used by the physician John Snow to isolate the cause of the outbreak, establishing the field of epidemiology.
So, here's to your health!
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When are we going to talk about Graduate School grade inflation? That is everywhere. Was well-known when I was in grad school that a B- was really a D. I think the tacit agreement is that if they accepted you into their graduate program you weren't going to fail based on grades no matter what...
As long as the don't allow medical schools from recruiting substandard students and graduating them anyway in order to be PC. Now, THAT would be dangerous to the public. But surely they wouldn't do that, would they???