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Monday, March 22. 2021
Nathan Evans' sea shanty Wellerman goes to number one in UK chart
The Enduring Relevance of Czesław Miłosz’s ‘The Captive Mind’
Fossils in a Forgotten Ice Core Rewrite Greenland’s Icy Past
National Review Prevails against Michael Mann
'Fat Sex Therapist' compares fitness trainers to Nazis, children's dieting to sexual assault
Tufts removes portraits of past presidents because they're too White
Ivy League pockets millions from COVID stimulus as endowments reach record values
BIDEN CALLS FOR ‘COVID-19 HATE CRIMES ACT’ AFTER ATLANTA SHOOTING
Columbia University to Offer Graduation Ceremonies Based on Race, Income and More
Professor Hounded For Saying It’s Okay To Take Your Kids On Vacation
Democrats’ bid to turn screws on New York’s richest
De Blasio’s pathetic school reopenings fail the parent test
Is The Left On The Cusp Of Permanent Triumph, Or Is It Committing Suicide?
WHY WE SHOULD HATE “HATE CRIME” LAWS
"A Threat To American Democracy" - Federal Judge Alleges Democrats Control Almost All Major News Outlets
New York Times Writers May Have Deceived Readers in Stories About Project Veritas: Court
Critics say Trump’s changes to the citizenship test made it harder. Here’s what actually happened to the failure rate
Families sending children alone across the border in response to Biden policies
ICE Reserves Hotel Rooms For Illegal Migrants, Biden May Fly Them To States On Canadian Border
Special Ops Aren’t A Substitute For Strategy
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Per the Gateway Pundit, there is video of Migrants drowning in the Rio Grand. I imagine this is not an infrequent occurrence.
This tragedy is the DNC’s fault, along with Biden’s and all the mindless, inane, shallow, myopic soul less people who voted for them. That MacDonald guy needs to write a song about this.
Which is more vile the Immigration Industry or the Poverty Industry? The Democrat’s policy wasn’t a secret; it's intentional and supposedly 80 million people voted for it. These people flaunt their malice; they have no problem with exploiting poor people, especially poor brown people. They know they are exacerbating the conditions for covid, not to mention extortion, drug, sex, and human trafficking; they know that their encouragement endangers women and children and puts them at risk for exploitation or harm, they know that large swaths of the economy, including hospitality are shut down, and they simultaneously plan to raise the cost of living, raise taxes, and suppress economic growth and jobs. What is wrong with them? They are cruel and heartless, predatory even.
To be clear, I’m not talking about the decent compassionate people, who are in the trenches, I’m talking about the people for whom tragedy is profitable or status enhancing.
Lest we forget Haitian tragedy. How many drowned before they were detected by the Coast Guard?
We knew one of those Haitians by correspondence. We were sponsoring a Haitian child through one of those Christian $18.month programs. Bill Clinton insisted he would never send those people in boats back. Just after his election, a fivefold increase took to assembled, unseaworthy boats and tried to come to America. They were, of course sent back after all. One was the father of our sponsored child, whose life was now far worse than before.
Real generous, those liberals. Deeply committed to the international poor.
They love poor people they can get a thrill from 'helping'.
Until it comes time to really help them - then they won't.
Because they LOVE poor people - and want there to be as many of them as possible.
The Democrats don't care about these people at all except as part of their plan to replace American voters and workers. I heard recently that tens of thousands of women and girls have been raped by the cartel smugglers since Biden go elected. This is a sad record for the Democrats. Wonder why it isn't news?
They don't care. It is about power. Period! They are more than willing to turn a blind eye to the tragedy(ies) they cause so long as they win power.
Yes, but they actually delude themselves into believing that they are altruistic and humane while, as you say, they turn a blind eye to the harm, the unintended consequences, just like they do for third word supply chain coerced labor. Meanwhile they scold and demean the rest of us. They're benevolent, all right; their largesse costs them nothing. It is at the expense of the less fortunate. while they are insulated from the damage that they have endorsed and subsidized.
You use the word Altruism. I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means (to coin a phrase). Altruism is commonly held up as the standard for moral behavior. But if you read August Compte's - who coined the word - definition, you will find that altruism is incompatible with freedom, with capitalism, and with individual rights. Rand wrote:
The basic principle of altruism is that man has no right to exist for his own sake, that service to others is the only justification of his existence, and that self-sacrifice is his highest moral duty, virtue, and value.
Ayn Rand called altruism "The destroyer of the modern world" - and "the basic evil behind today’s ugliest phenomena.”
Thus ends philosophy hour...
Is today the Babylon Bee Science Junk-box day, or something?
Greenland used to have plants, but now has ice, and we have proof!!! Plus: You all should remain terrified because (dramatic pause) Greenland could someday be green again!!!. I wonder what aspects of intersectionality this guy's dissertation was exploring. Probably the next article discusses Trump buying Greenland and putting golf courses there, oh the ecology.
Greenland ABSOLUTELY was green in the 980's, when it was settled by, wait for it! Vikings! (surprise). They grew crops, had cattle and sheep? goats?
The theory was that the climate changed for the colder and after 500 years (?) the residents left. Even though this fits the Medieval Warming evidence, followed by the mini ice age, it does not fit the Woke Narrative of 'nasty old anthropgenic climate change'.
So now there is a NEW! theory of why they left. Black Death left land open in Europe, so there they went!
Pretzel Logic, baby.
Willing to be wrong about this, but we have been jerked around so much with all the 'follow the science' shriekers, I am always a little bit skeptical when told they really, really know the answer THIS TIME!
What the scientists in the article fail to say (but hopefully don't fail to recognize) is that this is reaaly NOT horrifying, but rather reassuring that the climate is not susceptible to runaway, but in fact this information suggests that the climate can oscillate quite nicely, thank you very much. There are natural mechanisms that provide feedback.
Now perhaps the oscillations are larger and faster than we appreciate, but if Greenland's Ice Cap can disappear and reappear so quickly, perhaps there's nothing to worry about concerning climate change, that it is a natural process of our planet.
'Blindsided': Biden faces tough test in reversing Trump's cruel border legacy: Sayeth The Grauniad. Stupid, say I.
The US must not rejoin the Iran nuclear deal
US policy makers should assume Iran has or will have the Bomb as there is no practical way to stop this.
Then the Cold War equations that have kept the peace since 1950 control (US v USSR, India v Pakistan, etc.). Iran will never have first-strike capability against the US or any US ally, meaning, the ability to prevent nuclear retaliation. Israel has its own nuclear triad of subs, land missiles and aircraft. While Biden might show a craven "measured" response to a nuclear attack, Israel won't and Iran will cease to exist. Israel calls its land missiles "Jericho" -- after the Biblical city razed by the Israelites. "Countervalue," in the rubric of nuclear warfare. Non-military targets like cities. Iran understands the implications.
All true but one important point is missing. Israel is a very small country and two nukes would kill most of their citizen and destroy the country. In other words Israel cannot afford any risk at all of a first strike. Therefore they must and will strike first if Iran get's nukes and probably before they get nukes. In other words, a nuclear Iran insures a nuclear war.
Th UK isn't woke enough. All the woke folks made WAP number one. Sea shanties don't even have twerks in them.
It's originally from New Zealand, so, yeah.
The Kiwis were so prosperous and happy before the Brits came.
Fauci’s Fall from Grace Began a Year Ago Today In engineering school, I never spent 30 minutes learning about human behavior. In a way, that failure crippled me somewhat during my working years, but that's another story. Now that I'm older, I spend more time observing people. The first time I observed Fauci, he reminded me of a character out of Kafka's The Trial, or Shirer's The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. Yes, I think he would have done well in the National Socialist party of Germany.
I don't know who these experts are that thought Greenland's ice sheet was always there. It's expected that there are oil/gas deposits on both the East and West sides of Greenland. Unless the abiotic theory of how natural gas got there is true- and that's a controversial theory in itself- there was plant and animal life there- a lot of it.