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Monday, September 2. 2019
On Labor Day 2019, Americans Strongly Support Unions, Just Not Belonging
‘Hire the Best People, Not the Best Resumes’
Here’s Why Housing Is So Expensive
Hudson Yards Retail Center Set to Draw Over 20M Annual Visitors
It's just a high-end mall
NOAA debunks assertions that global warming has spurred more hurricanes
GET READY FOR A HURRICANE OF NONSENSE
How fuzzy science fooled Macron and his G-7 cronies on Amazon dangers
New York is running out of fuel and power — just as Cuomo planned
Sorry Folks, It Isn't Grandma's Codeine Prescription That Is Fueling The "Opioid Crisis," It's China And Mexico And A Porous Border
David Gelernter Takes On Darwinism
Darwin and Wallace were probably right about species, but can't explain entirely new phyla
Ann Coulter: Can't America have a little self-respect on immigration?
In praise of Melania Trump, the first lady treated terribly by the media
Hate and envy
Pure hate speech
Anti-Trump Talking Points All Aligned, Check This Out…
VICIOUS HOLLYWOOD, THEN AND NOW
Black Church Sign in Birmingham, Alabama: “A Black Vote for Trump Is Mental Illness, A White Vote for Trump is Pure Racism”
Crazy, psychotic hate
Coming Legal Attractions
UNLIKE HIS PREDECESSORS, TRUMP GETS CHINA
What Was Free about Our Trade Relationship with China before Trump?
European Dreams Vs. Mass Migration:
So why accepting of Islamic "roots"?
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Election 2020: Will America Be the New China?
I'm not just referring to the violent so-called anarchists of Antifa, who often turn out to be emotionally disturbed community college instructors behind their Guy Fawkes masks, but to the larger zeitgeist. From Big Tech to Hollywood to our media to our campuses to the campaign rhetoric of virtually every Democratic candidate, we are moving toward a homogenization of thought and action that is, well, Chinese communist in style and ultimately in content.
. . . So an American Cultural Revolution—not that distant from the original Chinese one, except so far no dunce caps—has been put in place by those various elites of the Academic-Hollywood-Media Complex. Actually, it's been in place for a long time; only now it is escalating and approaching a point of no return.
Writers and thinkers are ghettoized. Only approved Republican pundits are allowed space, at least for long, in mainstream newspapers or television shows. The arts have become almost entirely off-limits to the right. Conservative professors are an endangered species at our universities, if not already extinct.
That is why it is no accident that you see Democrat proposals on the 2020 campaign trail that could have been taken from Lenin's playbook. They are just part of this metastasizing zeitgeist. That these ideas have failed over and over is of no consequence. They sound good.
For those of you interested in America's industrial past, here is some footage of some Huletts unloading a cargo of iron ore in Conneaut Ohio, in 1943. 6 minute video with no narration, background music only.
Hulett Unloaders were once a common sight along the shores of Lake Erie. They unloaded the ore ships coming down from Lake Superior and the Iron Range. These Huletts in Conneaut, Ohio, belonged to the Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad. the B&LE hauled coal north and iron ore south to Pittsburgh-area steel mills.
As a bonus, some footage of the Hulett unloaders in Lackawanna, New York is included at the end. This was taken in 1925.
For those wanting to know more, wikipedia link to Hulett ore unloaders https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hulett
Re: What Was Free about Our Trade Relationship with China before Trump?
I don't know about you, but I didn't have a trade relationship with China before Trump. Still don't have one. But I guess since we're all socialists now, "our" trade relationship is whatever the government decides is in the best interests of the collective (which, oddly enough, often seems to be what's in the best interests of the government) rather than those radical individualists who think it should be left up to the individual to decide what's in their own best interest.
As Adam Smith warned us about the horrors of capitalism and free trade, "“It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own self-interest." Bernie Sanders gets it - greedy corporations will do what it pays them to do and not what is best for the common good. This is why bread is so expensive in the US that only the rich can afford it and the poor starve whereas in countries with a more benevolent government controlling the bread supply, the bread is so cheap and readily available that people will stand in line for hours just to get their hands on it.
Left to their own devices, greedy corporations like Walmart will buy stuff from China and stupid consumers who don't know what's for their own good will buy stuff from Walmart and this is why we need Top Men to tell us what's for our own good. What would we do without Top Men?
Geez, maybe I have brain-freeze, but I remember the day in 1988 when we went into a WalMart in Cheyenne, Wyoming, to buy some leather gloves for a hiking trip. They were made in the U.S.A. (We still have them -- best purchases ever made!) and the entire store was bannered with Made in America signs.
If one breaks down the cost of a good by the number of days it lasts, America rules! Some stupe decided to make "service" jobs the gold standard ("don't train or study for jobs that get your hands dirty) and demean the manufacturing jobs that made this country great.
My great grandparents, grandparents and parents all could wear a three-piece suit with the best of them during the day, but after work and on weekends, they thralled at using their hands to invent, perfect, build, craft...make stuff.
And that's the way our kids and grandkids like it, too! Those leather gloves we bought cover lots of callouses, and we enjoy every minute behind them. Just have to find a new glove supply for the youngsters that is Made in America!
I am beginning to suspect that the attack on prescription drugs is all about the deep pockets of pharmaceuticals. The experts know that it isn't the prescription drugs that are fueling the wave of overdoses and they know it is the Fentanyl that is causing most of the deaths. 99.9% of the Fentanyl is produced in China and travels via Mexico into the U.S. This is no accident, China has a stranglehold over their citizens and their industries. Clearly the Chinese government is complicit in this "attack" and is condoning it. This was true before Trump was elected and when China had a "good" relationship with us so why are they doing this. When you connect the dots you begin to wonder if China is also complicit with the massive invasions of Western countries of immigrants from the shithole countries. Someone is organizing and paying for this invasion and it certainly isn't the poor people from these shithole countries. Is this part of a massive attempt to destabilize America and Europe? When you factor in that literally tens of thousands of Chinese immigrate to the U.S. every year unchecked and uncleared by our government; how many of them are Chinese government spies?
That same church a year or two ago had "Black folks should stay out of white churches" on the marquee. The pastor's a real winner ain't he?
In praise of Melania Trump, the first lady treated terribly by the media: The media hate, Hate, HATE anything and everything related to or within 100 miles of Mr. Trump.
Hollywood: The level of hate for Trump means I'm not going to give any money to Hollywood. I expect I won't be alone in this.
Here’s Why Housing Is So Expensive: Democrat government busybodies (need I say more?)
Get Ready for a Hurricane of Nonsense: I'm hoping Dorian makes it's way to Martha's Vinyard.
I liked the article about Melania, but it failed to mention what I think is her most endearing quality: her way with children. I've seen numerous videos and photos of her--all from foreign media, of course--on international visits involving children. She just beams at the kids and they all flock to her with unfeigned affection and awe.
Her religious faith must be strong to carry on like that after the way she is treated in this country.
If I understand Steven Meyer's point, The codes/language/information contained in DNA are analogous to examples of human intelligence. It is the only comparison available in human experience. He is not saying it it the only alternative to evolution. He is comparing the language/codes of DNA to human language, computer codes created by human intelligence ie intelligent design. Or to reverse the analogy; codes, languages are created by intelligence, DNA is a coded language that would take intelligence to design.
I would have not used the words "Intelligent Design" as they are too emotionally loaded terms.
"Darwinism" I suspect the name is used like "birther" or "denier" in an attempt to slam the people who believe in something that the author cannot directly refute so therefore must slander. The issue is the theory of evolution. Darwin stumbled upon something that changed science 180 degrees. He wrote about his observations and proposed a theory. He did not write a exhaustive treatise, he didn't need to because what he discovered was stunning and irrefutable. The proof of this is that "deniers" have been trying to refute it ever since.
"The proof of this is that 'deniers' have been trying to refute it ever since."
That's not proof of anything, one way or the other.
Certainly not in scientific terms.
It is actually. Somewhere there is a flat earth society. I thought for years it was a joke. I think they hold co-meetings with the lunar landing deniers. Some things are obviously true. It is crazy to write long winded diatribes to deny it. Why do they do that? They don't need to... unless they are stuck in the dark ages and it offends their religious sensibilities. There is absolutely nothing that Darwin wrote that actually harms or refutes religion. Oh, maybe that the earth is really 4.5 billion years old, or that the first sign of life on earth happened 3.5 billion years ago. But you could still weave the intelligent design claim around all that. There is no reason to deny anything Darwin discovered or theorized. The very fact that they feel compelled to do it says so much about them and what they are trying to convince us of. It is literally impossible to refute Darwin's basic thesis that living things evolve. The ONLY reason to do it is to prop up a failed tenant of religion.
Hire the Best People ...Every teen completing High School should take several of the widely available aptitude tests. I've taken one which was surprisingly accurate. It even indicated that I preferred to work outdoors.
Find out exactly where your talents lay then decide a course of study. (If you must have a B.A then get one in night school)
The military used to administer an aptitude test as well...not sure if they still do or not.
I got my Contractor's License in California back in 1982. It didn't take me long to figure out that I now had a big target on my back. Before I had built anything, the State wanted money for all kinds of things: License fees, Insurance, Bonds, Sales Tax, Workman's Comp, Unemployment Insurance. I found out early that the goal of the building department was to stop all building. I left the State soon thereafter.
Some years back my father bought a really rough fixer upper. He wanted to tear down the main building and rebuild it, same foot print, pretty much the same layout, but with insulation and new materials. The city was demanding thousands even a fee to tear it down. So he asked what it would cost for a permit to fix a wall and upgrade the windows. Surprisingly no permit was required. So he did exactly that. He tore down a wall and replaced it. Then tore down the second wall and replaced it. After the forth wall had been replaced he tore up the floor and replaced all the rotting and bad materials and then did the roof. The city didn't know, didn't care and never came by to look at it.
on NY running out of gas: when they shut down Indian Point, all pretenses will be in vain. The city will grind to a halt. The "green energy" is all just pretend. There will never be enough batteries to store wind and solar power even if there was enough of that. It certainly does not exist now. The idea that you shut down supplies first is so so clever--until they succeed.
On the hatred for western civ: every civilization ever had bad aspects. If it didn't wage war you never heard about it because it was instead conquered. Throughout history most of the rulers were gangsters who came to power either by war or assassination--everywhere. That is the bad stuff we can try to learn from.