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Wednesday, January 22. 2020
Treasures From a 16th-Century Venetian Shipwreck Have Been Hidden Away for Centuries. Now, a Curator Is Planning to Make Them Public
In death of dinosaurs, it was all about the asteroid — not volcanoes
Denver Post Columnist Fired After Arguing There Are Two Sexes
French Intellectual Sentenced To 2 Months Jail After Calling Mass Immigration An "Invasion"
Use of Derogatory Terms to Motivate Student-Athletes is Permissible Under Title IX
2020 May Possibly Maybe Be The Last Chance To Stop Climate Doom
Mexico Begins Deporting Migrants Who Rushed The Border Monday
Should You Hate the Media?
TRUMP AT DAVOS: APOCALYPSE NOT NOW
More on TRUMP IN THE LIONS’ DEN
Imagine if Trump staffers were on camera talking about plans to drop communists from helicopters.
Bernie Sanders Says He Will “Look At” Tearing Down Existing Border Walls…
Biden: “We Should Be Helping” China, “The Idea That China’s Going To Eat Our Lunch…Give Me A Break”
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“Volcanic activity in the late Cretaceous caused a gradual global warming event of about two degrees, but not mass extinction,” said former Yale researcher Michael Henehan....
Are you even allowed to say that? In France it might land you in prison.
I worked weekends and holidays all the time but I had a play for pay job. The company supplied computers and blackboards.
I spent an entire 35-year military career with the understanding that, at any moment the situation demanded it, I could expect to work 24/7 until further notice.
Working research vessels, I've worked everyday for months at a time. When in port, that could be only 8 hours. At sea, 13-16 hrs a day.
"Millennials Offended by Suggestion They Work Weekends"
And it's unfair that those who work weekends and extra hours make more money.
What he said.
2020-may-possibly-maybe-be-the-last-chance-to-stop-climate-doom/ DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM is coming! We're ALL GONNA DIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. But not today, nor tomorrow, but SOMEDAY. As Alfred E. Neuman always said, "What? Me worry?"
Should You Hate the Media? Nooooo, but 'despise, detest,and distrust the media" is my mantra. Mainly, the NYT and the WaPoo.
Trump in the Lions' Den: "Trump’s success, conversely, raises an obvious question: If he can do it, why can’t you?" They don't WANT to, They've given up. They don't care anymore.
Most lawyers have had to work 7 days a week since the economic collapse of 2008. And that's for partners. It's an aging and dying profession since millennials are not willing to work that hard, whereas for older attorneys that's what they have always known. The washout rate for associate attorneys is very high--they cannot handle the hours or pressure. The economic model for law firms--where partners delegate work to multiple associates working under them--has largely broken down. The other threat is that much of what U.S. lawyers do can be done more cheaply in India, and with the tech age more and more work is going to be outsourced.
Hey Bernie, why not tear down the walls to your mansions. That way, anyone who wanted to could wander onto your property whenever they felt the urge.
I know that sounds ridiculous. But it is no less ridiculous than you wanting to open our borders to anyone who wants to cross them.
By the way, you sure seem to own a lot of personal property for a guy who has made a career of wanting to do away with personal property.
His speeches are better in the original German
All reformers, however strict their social conscience, live in houses just as big as they can pay for.
- Logan Pearsall Smith
re 2020 May Possibly Maybe Be The Last Chance To Stop Climate Doom
Yep. It's interesting how the True Believers accept the annual postponement of Doomsday without so much as a murmur.
Of course it is in the interests of the conmen, grifters and totalitarian wannabes to keep the charade going as long as possible.
re Treasures From a 16th-Century Venetian Shipwreck Have Been Hidden Away for Centuries.
Shipwrecks are time capsules. I imagine this will be an interesting exhibit to see.
French Intellectual sentenced. The authorities should read “The Camp of the Saints” written in 1973. The speeches by the saintly do-gooders could come out of politicians mouths today. The disastrous results in the book are already occurring.
Somebody should explain to Mr. Biden the difference between Chinese and Japanese culture--values, attitudes, honor, etc.
Most politicians and policy makers in Washington have an unbelievably naive and uninformed view of Mainland China. The underlying ethic promoted in Mainland China from childhood is that China was unfairly oppressed by the West (and Japan) since the early 19th century, and it is only right and fair that China regain its place as the leading nation in the world, even if that means taking "shortcuts" against others to do so. It is only balancing the scales of past injustice, they say.
On the other hand, there are respected "advisers" in Washington who still think that China is like it was in the early days of Deng Xiaoping. Within the last year I read an article by some respected policy wonk in D.C. that went on and on about China not being a threat because it was still backwards, people ride around on bicycles, and don't know anything about the outside world. Are you kidding me??? China is more technologically advanced than the U.S., it's largely a cashless society where virtually EVERYTHING is done by people on their smartphones, and I can tell you that Chinese know a lot more about America and American politics than Americans do, let alone Americans know what is going on in China. And yes, they know all the latest American movies and pop stars. They are just as plugged in as anyone. And anyone who spends any time outside of the U.S. can tell you that Chinese tourists are everywhere, and they are the wealthy ones with money to burn. (American tourists are so 20th century--no one pays attention to them any more.)
Sure, there are still lots of rural areas in China that are backwards, just like you could find the same thing in parts of America like Appalachia--not to mention most of America's decaying urban cities. But China is driven by its large and growing middle class, which is now both larger and more affluent than the middle class in America. Sure they are under the control of their government in what they do and think, but they have never known anything else and so they are happy with their present situation. Ironically, if anything urban Chinese are nostalgic for the old rural days. One of the most popular vlogs in China is about a girl, Li Ziqi, who supposedly abandons urban life and goes back to care for her aged grandmother in rural China and tries to live the old traditional life. (She's been called a combination of Martha Stewart and Snow White.) If you're interested you can watch her videos here:
Her videos are really quite exceptional.
And here's an interview with her, partly in English and the rest subtitled: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9CfVcXoYh4
The Air Force's New B-21 Stealth Bomber Will Be a High-Tech Doomsday Machine
What these planes are, like the Submarine launched missiles and ICBMs is the potential for doomsday. Something that any potential aggressor must factor into his plans BUT it cannot be factored in with an acceptable outcome. These weapons have created a relatively stable world for 75 years or so and with upgrades and proper maintenance and manning will possibly do so for another 75 years or so. The risk is that the weapons do the job too well and that brings a complacency that lulls us into thinking we could use that research and defense money to cure all our problems. When we do that and the result is a deteriorating nuclear defensive position at some point a potential aggressor will be tempted to go for broke.
China; A report that they are refusing to pay Brazil what is owed for beef that was delivered, and wanting to renegotiate future shipments. I guess the tariff war is giving them buyers remorse.
Which raises the question if you have a deal struck when corn is at $200 and it goes to $400, do they have a contract, or a percentage pricing situation?
Depends in part on how badly they want the next seller to trust their credit instead of demanding cash on delivery.