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Friday, December 6. 2019
The Mystery at the Center of the Solar System - A spacecraft has finally gotten close enough to the sun to gather clues about some lingering questions.
Just "be yourself"
GM Crops Like Golden Rice Will Save the Lives of Hundreds of Thousands of Children
A Divisive, Historically Dubious Curriculum - Teachers should reject the 1619 Project.
Another Fake Crisis — the College Hunger Hoax
Trump's tax cuts reduce US burden to one of lowest in the world. Taxes in France and Denmark are nearly twice what they are in the US
The war against wealth and saving: The Confiscation Is the Point
Poll: Fans of Bernie Sanders, Liz Warren Oppose Free Speech, Want Jail Time for Speech Offender
That is deeply offensive to me
The 10 most important revelations to expect from the Russia probe FISA report
Mueller witness bragged about access to Clintons secured with illegal campaign cash, says Justice Department
ROGER KIMBALL: ON THE Russia Hoax OMERTÀ
More: Former NYT "Public Editor," Now WaPo Hack: How Can We, The Unbiased Fact-Finding Media, Convince Our Deplorable Fellow Citizens to Do What We Want and Impeach This Motherf***er?
TIME Contributor Says 'Nancy Pelosi Reminds Me of Jesus'
Impeachment Power Can Be Abused, Too
Honey Badger don't give a sh-t.
Kimberley Strassel and Sharyl Attkisson DROP the MSM for giving Schiff a pass for SPYING on a member of the press
Impeachment hearing: Nothing is more convincing than liberal professors yelling at you
Chris Wallace Criticizes Dems for Refusing to Call on Republican Impeachment Witness: ‘Not a Search for Justice or Wisdom’
Do the French have a work ethic? Seems like they expect money for nuthin.
Report: Iran stashing missiles in Iraq that can reach Israel. Iran stockpiling ballistic missiles in Iraq with long enough range to reach Israel.
Religion of peace
Germany: All EU Members Must Take in Migrants
The German Empire, aka EU, strikes back
Our problems with Turkey aren’t due to Trump, or Obama, or any other President. Put the blame where it belongs: with Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his choices.
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From Ace: 'There’s a group the trackers call "less-certain Republicans"-- about 12 percent of the sample, not huge but given the even split in support for impeachment, mighty important.
'Note that that poll that has struck [Margaret Sullivan's] fancy also says that an identical number of Democrats support impeachment, but are "persuadable" to not support it.
'Does Margaret Sullivan discuss how to change the minds of her wishy-washy Democrat allies to be anti-impeachment?
'Of course not -- she's a journalist. She serves the Democrat Party exclusively.'
Re: Teacher's salaries: the lede 'graph:
According to the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) — a liberal think tank affiliated with teachers’ unions — public-school teachers earn, on average, 21.4 percent less than private-sector workers in other fields who have similar educational and demographic characteristics.
What they don't mention is that those same unions have in most contracts built in automatic pay rises for individuals who attain advanced degrees, and as a result there is a whole ecosystem of distance-learning and summer programs at 'reputable' universities that exist solely to allow teachers to get the next credential with minimum opportunity-cost.
I know that they worked hard to get the automatic pay boost for people who continue doing the same work but get a masters or PhD - but now that a majority of public-school teachers have some sort of postbaccalaureate degree it would seem that from a school-board-officer perspective it is harder to justify that there is enough benefit to the students or system to justify the higher pay for the same work.
A radical thought: pay based on quality of results instead of credentials.
Regarding the Golden Rice, opposition to this on GM grounds is simply the intersection of objectives for Greenpeace and their ilk. All GM is bad, they'll decide what is GM or isn't, and the world's surplus population needs reducing anyway; 'by any means necessary' is just adding a little satisfaction.
Regarding the impeachment follies, increasingly the 2020 election is becoming less about Trump (who I would say is heavily favored at this point) and more about a referendum on Democrats, who are suicidally bringing their party platform into sharper focus on a daily basis. We should be starting to see lists of which Senators are up for re-election next year. For once, there seem to be some young Republicans on the scrap. What interesting times we live in.
The Time editor is surely referring to the lost gospel of Jesus (hey-soos) Cesar. Jesus spent 30 years in the Senate of Rome lining his pockets with taxes collect, setting up family members with government contracts, and funding back alley abortions.
re The war against wealth and saving: The Confiscation Is the Point
That is what is so infuriating about it.
The Wapo, , NY Times, and Time journalists need a sit down with Stuart Schneiderman.
IMHO the Democrats are in coverup mode. It is becoming obvious that Obama and his entire administration was a criminal mob who committed multiple high crimes and misdemeanors. It is also obvious that many Democrats in the congress also committed crimes and/or were complicit in Obama's criminal endeavors. It is also clear that Obama extended his criminal activity into the DOJ, CIA, FBI, IRS and other government departments. I don't think we will get a full release of what I s known and thus many/most of the perps will walk free to write books about their career and make millions doing it. What saddens me most about this is the apparent lack of desire by most Republicans to expose this treacherous treason by the last administration. If we do not completely expose the crimes and prosecute the criminals then this will all continue until it brings down ourcountry.
The right 3D printed lattice can stop a bullet in its path:
Inspired by the structure of tubulanes, first predicted in 1993, a team of researchers at Rice University have managed to create lightweight materials with high ballistic impact resistance and load‐bearing capabilities “regarded as,” the paper states, “a holy grail in materials design.”
Re: ... no limit to the number of times the house can vote to impeach...
So the Republicans who changed in the 2018 midterms (and trashed in the press for the charge) that Democrats' only agenda was investigate and impeach Trump were right. They have no legislative agenda.
Rep. Green is also correct. The House can vote to impeach all they want to but what he leaves out is that the impeacers must have a majority in the House to propose that vote. What he also leaves out is that as things stand now, the Republicans are in control of the trial in the Senate. Presumably, they could open it up to Ukraine/Biden, Schiff/whistleblower conspiracy, Ukraine/2016 meddling, and from there it's a short walk to Crowdstrike, the Russia hoax, the handling of Hillary's emails, and the sedition by some in the FBI and the CIA. Whether any or all of those issues would get addressed in the Senate trial, the trial could end up taking an extended period of time. Time during which the Democrat senators running for president would want to be able to campaign. How long do you think that would last? Would some of them vote to acquit just to get out and hustle for votes? If they did, what would their radical leftist base do?
Finally, if the House decides to serially impeach the president, does the Senate actually have to hold a trial? Could it dismiss the changes out of hand?
But, as I said at the outset, this all hinges on a pro-impeachment majority in the House which, at the moment looks highly unlikely after the 2029 elections.
Livingston's blame of Lincoln "for the mess we're in" does bring up some often-forgotten episodes of history, but gets one large fact wrong. It is true that New England, and to a lesser extent other regions, contemplated and threatened secession more than once. They did believe in a "right to secession" in that sense. But they also knew that the rest of the country was not going to just say "oh, too bad then, have a good life." They knew that the federal government was going to at minimum insist on keeping everything it had previously paid for, like forts and port improvements. And they knew this would mean military intervention. The only question was how much the feds were going to be willing to sell out to keep their stuff.
The rest of the country was furious when they heard about it, and that fury had an effect on 1820 and subsequent elections. I am not familiar with Livingston, but the presentation had a sense that secession was just everyday Americanism until Lincoln went and spoiled it all.
The right to secession! This isn't like Brexit where two or more different countries choose to change the rules of how they interact. The U.S. is one country. No state or states could secede without serious harm to other states and to all citizens. Secession is a unilateral abdication from a enforceable contract. Any state that chooses that path can expect the rest of the states to "enforce" the contract.
I would allow one possibility for a legitimate secession; that would be where everyone, no exceptions, in the state seceding agreed with the decision AND everyone in all the other states agreed with the move AND the seceding state made reparations to any citizens who lost anything of value in that secession. But that is so convoluted I doubt those conditions could ever be met.
"Do the French have a work ethic? Seems like they expect money for nuthin."
When the French government introduced a 35-hour work week, a French Army officer I knew told me this joke that was making the rounds of the barracks:
Q: "Why are all the civil servants so upset about the new 35-hour work week?"
A: "They don't think it's fair that they have to work those extra five hours."
As bad as our government allowing illegal aliens to come here and stay, the legal alien invasion may well be worse.
We can't afford this. We are $22 trillion in debt. Our government does this mostly in secret. I doubt that 1% of citizens have any clue of the magnitude and foreign influence in these programs. We need to stop it and begin a reversal, send them back.