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Friday, May 13. 2022
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Professor Jordan Peterson Rejoins Academia as Chancellor of Ralston College. “Dr. Peterson has been an eloquent advocate for and a fearless champion of the ideals that have, for centuries, been central to the enterprise of university education.”
A New Drug Will Help You Shed 50 Pounds! But is it really a good idea?
“Meet The Press” host Chuck Todd continues to be downgraded from his post at MSNBC.
The New York Times’s worst Pulitzer Prize winners- A selection of the award's least deserving recipients
Professors identify 960 ‘racist’ names in national park system
Washington Post Runs Op-Ed Urging George Washington University to Change Its Name
How the Democrats became the party of the rich. The working class is excluded from its agenda
The Associated Press Doesn't Understand Free Speech, And That's Scary
TGIF: This Week in Foot-Shooting - Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, Congress, Bill Gates, and Lufthansa.
Many Illegal Aliens Biden Released Into Our Country May Not See A Court For 3-7 Years (If Ever…)
Victor Davis Hanson: Imagine The Unimaginable
American Security Interest in Ukraine
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RE: Washington Post urges "George Washington University" to change its name.
Nitpicking here; but, if they are going to urge a name change they had better get the current name correct.
As a graduate of The George Washington University I would like to point out that "The" is an integral part of the name. Except when using the initials "GW" or "GWU."
Sort of like the names The Bronx, The Netherlands, The Hague, The United States of America, etc.
Jeez, if they cannot even get that right how do they expect us to take them serious about anything else they publish?
And, of course, they don't see the irony of urging an name change from Washington for the school while they continue to use the name Washington for their newspaper. Let them change their name first before telling others what to do!
Re: Washington Post Runs Op-Ed Urging George Washington University to Change Its Name
This idiocy reminds me of when George Washington High School in New Orleans was renamed George Washington Carver High School. I guess it was all about economy because it would probably be cheaper to change the signage but it was also economy of thought. They didn’t want a school named after that “racist slave owner” so they renamed it for a man who was named after that “racist slave owner.”
I've long thought governments should ban naming anything after someone who is still alive (because e.g., appearance of impropriety, the honoree can still do something horrible, etc.) I'm kind of wondering if my proposal should be extended to "anyone, living or dead." All schools can be renamed to something banal, like "Central Capitol District University."
Games are a kind of enjoyment that attract many individuals. The video games are designed to be tough, yet additionally enjoyable. Hack games is a term that is utilized to describe the process of customizing a video game in order for it to have a benefit or manipulate the system. Hack games can be provided for different reasons, including personal satisfaction as well as revenue.
I think The Washington Post should lead the way and rename their paper.
"Professors identify 960 ‘racist’ names in national park system"
Just goes to show you how few professor actually add any value to scholarship and knowledge.
"Like many of their contemporaries, they agreed that college-educated professionals should be the party’s new base."
That's because the "educated strata" have historically been the most gullible and easily to lead to support cognitively dissonant ideas.
The fading of the critical sense is a serious menace to the preservation of our civilization. It makes it easy for quacks to fool the people. It is remarkable that the educated strata are more gullible than the less educated. The most enthusiastic supporters of Marxism, Nazism, and Fasciscommentsm were the intellectuals, not the boors. The intellectuals were never keen enough to see the manifest contradictions of their creeds. It did not in the least impair the popularity of Fascism that Mussolini in the same speech praised the Italians as the representatives of the oldest Western civilization and as the youngest among the civilized nations. No German nationalist minded it when dark-haired Hitler, corpulent Goering, and lame Goebbels were praised as the shining representatives of the tall, slim, fair-haired, heroic Aryan master race. Is it not amazing that many millions of non-Russians are firmly convinced that the Soviet regime is democratic, even more democratic than America?
von Mises, Ludwig (1945). Bureaucracy
“Why you fool, it’s the educated reader who CAN be gulled. All our difficulty comes with the others. When did you meet a workman who believes the papers? He takes it for granted that they’re all propaganda and skips the leading articles. He buys his paper for the football results and the little paragraphs about girls falling out of windows and corpses found in Mayfair flats. He is our problem. We have to recondition him. But the educated public, the people who read the high-brow weeklies, don’t need reconditioning. They’re all right already. They’ll believe anything.”
— C.S. Lewis, That Hideous Strength
Re: Illegal aliens not seeing a courtroom for 3-7 years
How long before the Democrats realize the Hispanics aren't voting (D) and start demanding the fence go up?
Make being in this country illegally a felony with a mandatory arrest requirement. No court necessary deport within 24 hours and deny any renetry status to the offender for their lifetime. Make it a felony to aid or abet the illegals in anyway including hiring them, housing or renting to them. providing any assistance at all. Ban any federal distribution of money or assistance at all.
The left wants these third world replacement voters. If suddenly English, Irish and Scottish "immigrants" started coming over the borders in the thousands the left would clamp down on illegal immigration,
All of the above plus no welfare, medical care (except in life-threatening emergencies), or free stuff of any kind.
Of course, the Leftists and the open-borders cheap labor lobby R's (but I repeat myself) want anything but a solution. For them, it's not even a problem!
In fact, ending welfare and free stuff for everybody (legally) in the country would be a signal good for all of us.
NYT and its Pulitzer winners ... That is the only news they see that is fit to print. They were the bureau of disinformation before the government created the bureau of disinformation.
The AP ... Doing exactly what they accuse others of doing.
Lockheed Martin says business is booming ... Warmongering is profitable, and the political contributions keep it rolling. And for the big guy and big guy club, the money laundering is spectacular. WIN, WIN for the club. But not so much for the average Ukrainian.
Weight loss. I thought the MD's article good, especially in that he acknowledged that there is not a one-size fits all. But giving any credence to Taubes at this point is not warranted. His ideas were plausible; they have not proved out. One key point is that there is some thumb on the scale, some X-factor, which is changing the weight gain equation increasingly since about 1980. Yes, it is calories-in, calories-burned, but there is something that is screwing up the communication between brain and body on caloric needs. For losing weight, you are stuck with the old formulas. You have to reduce calories, and secondarily, increase burning them. It sucks, but it has been the only thing that works until recently. It may not be your fault how you got there, but you had (have?) only one reality to get out. The new medications seem to correct the signalling. That is huge. You are now not fighting your own brain and body in the battle. They aren't quite yet on your side, but these medications make them at least neutrals, noncombatants.
BTW, I had a PCP who just lovedintense exercise and had ever since she was a X-country runner in school. She waxed rhapsodic about how great it felt to work out really hard. No, there's a Gaussian distribution for that feeling, repeatedly demonstrated for fifty years. She thought everyone could be like that if they just tried. It's not true, it's pure self-congratulation, and she should just stop it. No patient needs that level of arrogance in their life as a supposed "help." Do not listen to these people. Their love for themselves creates hatred for you.
With a first concerted effort to lose weight many people can lose about 10%. With much more effort you might make it to 20%, but frankly, the people who reach that seldom maintain it. If we can just up that 10% to 20% consistently and sustainably with medication, that is tremendous.
Note: When people brag on their weight loss, they are often including some temporary increase because of injury or other special circumstance that pushed their weight up 10 lbs that made them finally decide to diet. But those 10 lbs were likely coming off without effort anyway because of reversion to set point. When you get really strict about definition, losing and sustaining for five years more than a 10% loss from set point is rare. If meds can improve on that even slightly it is wonderful.
Excellent points here. However, may I boldly also suggest that the impending doom of nuclear war with Russia, so nicely boosting the net worth of Lockheed, (and Boeing, and Raytheon, ad nauseam) will do WONDERS for Americans' desire to lose weight! We are starting with a few missing items from our grocery shelves, a bit of unavailable formula for our babies, and then VOILA! When The Big One goes off, our obesity worries will evaporate, along with much of our corporeal selves. The survivors will be concerned about calories for sure, but not an excess thereof.
Re: The New York Times’s worst Pulitzer Prize winners. Shockingly, there is no entry for the NYT's Pulitzer for it's "deeply sourced" reporting on the Trump-Russia hoax. Some list!