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Wednesday, February 5. 2020
Photo is a reader's Winter Crocus this week. Sadly, not in the snow right now
Geologists Dig Into the Origins of Plate Tectonics. Researchers examined some of the oldest rocks in western Greenland to probe the beginnings of today’s continents.
1,000 ADULTS WERE ASKED WHAT THEY THINK OF VEGANISM. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED NEXT.
"Whether women singing and dancing in barely-there costumes or otherwise celebrating their bodies is empowering, or an assault on our ability to move through the world as men’s equals..." - "... is one of those forever fights....
Extinction Rebellion Co-Founder Caught Calling To “Take Down Civilization”
Attenborough’s Arctic Betrayal: New video reveals that terrorizing young children about climate began with polar bears
Baltimore County Admits It Hasn't Been Recycling Glass for 7 Years. It Still Encourages Residents to Recycle Glass. When ritual is more important than reuse
Isn't garbage recycling mostly a scam?
Democrats Declare War on Freelancers
Why? Freelancers are just self-employed, or doing side gigs. Isn't that a good thing?
Why the Left Really Wants to Kill America
Target Trump Forever. Destroying the president is not just the only viable trajectory for the Left, but it is also the only possible narrative given that focus on the current left-wing agenda is slow-motion suicide.
Trump's Was the Most Muscular, Consequential State of the Union in Years
How is that sort of behavior good for the country?
“When the President Talked About 7 Million People Coming Off of Food Stamps – Congressional Democrats Hissed”
I thought self-sufficiency was a good thing
Dem Women in White Sit While Trump Announces Lowest Minority Unemployment Numbers EVER
Dean Obeidallah Suggest Iowa Chaos Could Be Due To Russians
Trump Just Won The Iowa Democratic Caucuses
Trump's popularity grows
Here We Go… Trudeau Minister: All News Websites Must Get a Government License for Approved Content
That's called "liberal fascism"
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Veganism: I think, if you want to, go ahead. For me, I want to meet up with MEAT.
Extinction Rebellion: You guys go ahead. It's not for me.
Attenborough: Why do you lie to our kids? Just because you can?
Why the Left Really Wants to Kill America: They're "progressives". The word, "progressive", ALWAYS reminds me of CANCER, and we know that cancer kills.
Target Trump Forever: The Left can't win over Trump; he's much smarter than they are, and has an "invisible shield" to keep Lefty hands unable to grab hold of him. Is bummer for them.
“When the President Talked About 7 Million People Coming Off of Food Stamps – Congressional Democrats Hissed” – Ted Cruz GOES OFF on SOTU Democrats: They HATES Trump with a passion! Is bummer for them.
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When I saw the White Women sitting on their hands while Trump announced great news, I knew he had won again. What better message can he send: I want to help you. They don't.
I could see Pelosi bristle every time he mentioned murderous Islamic terrorists. But when he introduced the wife of a soldier killed by Baghdadi even Pelosi had to applaud. That must have stuck in her craw.
When she ripped up the speech it probably felt good to her. It was JUST what he wanted, though. Trump couldn't have scripted a better visual to convince Americans who are on the fence.
Pelosi pique. Pique is the weapon of small, weak-minded people. Pique and walking out, which Pelosi did during a White House meeting, are the only weapons the weak-minded have. Whatever acuity Pelosi may have once possessed has been ravaged by old age. Sad.
Pelosi tearing up the SOTU speech will make a great Trump political commercial about what the democratic socialists don't approve.
The White House responded to Nancy’s latest immature gesture by saying that Nancy disrespected the SOTU honorees that the President spotlighted throughout the evening.
“Speaker Pelosi just ripped up:
One of our last surviving Tuskegee Airmen.
The survival of a child born at 21 weeks.
The mourning families of Rocky Jones and Kayla Mueller.
A service member’s reunion with his family.
“That’s her legacy.”
Trumps plan to make the Dims look bad: Have them dress in white so they're refusal to applaud success really stands out, have Pelosi make faces behind me and then have her do something really stupd. Thank you very much.
I think Trump showed great restraint in not making them look as bad as they really are. Imagine if, after saying that blacks have the lowest unemployment ever and the Democrats and even the Congressional Black Caucus members sit on their hands, Trump were to say something like, "Now, most of the Democrats including the black Democrats in this room were apparently uninterested in the low unemployment rate for blacks that they didn't stand up or even clap for that great news. I think that speaks volumes about how they really feel about blacks."
Re: freelancers. Democrats probably prefer a unionized workforce with mandatory dues flowing into a left leaning political machine. Likewise it is easier to hide high taxation in payroll and other business taxes; a self-employed friend of mine likes to relate a story how he cured his wife from her leftism by showing the tax papers.
When Al Gore was born there was about 7,500 Polar Bears.
Today only 30,000 remain.
In another 50 years, we're going to have to worry about polar bear armies headed south to the Antarctic to snack on the penguins...
Hate to be a wet blanket, but when Al Gore was born (and I was 17), people weren't obsessed with counting polar bears, and even if they had had been, they didn't have access to the plethora of money and aircraft available today to do it with. There were probably a whole lot more uncounted polar bears in '48 than there are today.
There are likely still far more uncounted polar bears than we know about.
Notwithstanding all our hubris about technology, vast swathes of Arctic Canada and Russia are entirely unobserved and unobservable for any kind of serious census.
I love the vegan survey. It reminds me of a survey I saw in New Hampshire a few years ago in which a UNH student conducted a survey in which 90% of those surveyed were very much in favor of a bottle recycling bill. (Thank God, we are one of the few states still without one.). It turned out in her sampling, she never left the UNH campus. I suspect the vegan survey has very similar sampling statistics.
I have to congratulate Nasty Nancy on finding a new way to prove she has the maturity and character of a spoiled, petulant 6 year old. Behavior like that would get the average (non-progressive household) child a butt swat or a long time out.
The scary part is that the witch is 3rd in succession to the presidency.
On the vegan survey: They said that half of Americans think that slaughter houses should be closed. If that has any truth at all, where do these people think the meat in a store comes from? They are totally removed from reality.
How much did Volkswagen pay you, Bill Nye, to help whitewash their image after faking emission standards for years? Must have been a lot since, according to you, they literally helped set the world on fire.
No, no, it's much worse. Case in point is a former colleague of my wife, who is a strict vegan, and raised her kids on a vegan diet. The kids are underweight, undersized, and only developed normally because they regularly sneaked burgers and hot dogs when out of the house. Mom went to the doctor for foot pains, and was diagnosed with a broken foot (from stepping on a stone!), and the beginnings of osteoporosis.
Another colleague tried feeding his dog a vegan diet. When the pup became sickly and listless, his veterinarian chewed out the owner and prescribed meat, meat, MEAT.
Fortunately, my wife is distressingly sane, and demands we dine on medium-rare steak at least once a week.
"Another colleague tried feeding his dog a vegan diet."
That's pretty bad when you consider that dogs are considered omnivores (like bears). Now cats on the other hand need Meat. They are carnivores.
a vegan diet will kill them quicker.
"where do these people think the meat in a store comes from?"
Lefties know that cows produce meat in neat white Styrofoam containers covered with shrink wrap. Just change slaughter house to abattoir and they wouldn't have a clue what you were talking about.
Dean Obeidallah is a comedian.
I get the feeling he's poking fun at the situation, based on his observation that there's no proof of it.
I do not find him interesting or funny, but I would take anything he writes with a grain of salt....much like I handle any late night talk show host.
Part of me is hoping that after the acquittal today, McConnell ceremonially rips up the "articles of impeachment" and delivers the pieces back to Nancy Pelosi.
The conservative media is crowing about Trump's speech, but to be honest I didn't think it was that great. He had a good few obvious flubs, not that it's terribly important. But I thought that all the game-show Hallmark moments were not appropriate to the occasion's tradition - so I guess that means that we're now stuck with the feature, going forward, making a spectacle of political opportunism. I thought there were many deliberate provocations and exaggerations for the Democrats, which will be interesting to see resolved in public debate. Unemployment numbers is one, yes we are in a modern renaissance but - not at historic lows, according to the record books. My feeling is that he could easily have alienated more potential voters than he won over.
Trump has every right to be highly pissed off right now, and he appears to be pretty good at channeling anger into effective counterattack. He'll most likely win re-election. His antagonists are kind of left now, to stew in the juices of their own making. It's starting to become apparent that there are more Independents and Democrats attending his rallies than those of the Democratic Candidates. That's gotta sting a little.
"Here We Go… Trudeau Minister: All News Websites Must Get a Government License for Approved Content"
Ahem. It would appear that the minister "misspoke"! The next day he issued a hasty climb-down.
2 February: "We would ask that [media outlets] have a licence. Yes."
3 February: "Let me be clear. Our government has no intention to impose licensing requirements on news organizations nor will we try to regulate news content."
Oh, to have been a fly on the wall when he was briefed on reality between these two statements!
We need the Liberals up here in Canada to commit many, many more of these gaffes.
Here's a pretty good list of products derived from cows.
While I admit, necessity would cause other products to be derived if cows weren't around or allowed to roam free (which would kill them, because their ability to survive without us is gone), but just like the argument for not using "fossil fuels", there are thousands of products derived from refining oil, as well as using coal ash and products from coal and natural gas.
I like to bring this up when some watermelon thinks we're 'killing the planet".
If you want to live without the first world comforts than go live in a third world.
"Here We Go… Trudeau Minister: All News Websites Must Get a Government License for Approved Content"
This is why we have the First Amendment.
And the Second Amendment.
1,000 ADULTS WERE ASKED WHAT THEY THINK OF VEGANISM. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED NEXT
Let me guess. Vegan propaganda started popping up everywhere and everyone in the media began talking about it. Every celebrity got on the bandwagon and every second talk show guest was a vegan, kids were taught about it in school, vegans even got their own parade. Eventually the government decided the science was settled, people’s diet was too important to leave up to the commoners. Close enough?
Recycling trash and garbage is necessarily a scam - if it's worth recycling it's not trash and garbage. Nobody's "recycling" houses or '65 Mustangs or diamond earrings or antique furniture or Monets - they're just selling valuable used goods. Once you've gotten all the good out of a good, if the raw materials themselves are valuable, you sell them for scrap prices. Aluminum, copper, iron, those have value. Paper and plastic, not so much.