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Wednesday, February 25. 2015
Is It Really Safe to Give Babies Peanut Butter?
Explain to me, once again, the mystical allure of this "sport."
In Defense of the Notoriously Arrogant French Waiter
In Brazil, ‘Surfer Angel’ Is Considered for Sainthood
Silicone On Trial: Bastardization Of Justice
Longshoremen play an indispensable role in getting 90 percent of
Education policy meets Economics 101.
New York Times Worried That Allowing Cubans to Have More Money Will Increase ‘Income Inequality’ No, I’m not making that up
Don’t Just Shut Down the DHS — Get Rid of It - From its creepy name to its kluge of ill-fitting departments, this panicked overreaction to 9/11 is a disgrace to America
Goldman Sachs Is Ready for Hillary - The most hated corporation in American is a loyal patron of the Clinton empire
Barack Obama has identified the enemy, and it is us
NSA Director: Snowden’s Leaks Helped Terrorists Avoid Tracking
Russia Pushes Reset Button: Parades Missile Threatening to BLOW UP Obama
Paralyzed by Ukraine, Dumbfounded by Russia
Ukraine: Unhappy Anniversary
China’s Island-Building Spree Is About More Than Just Military Might
Turkey's new Culture of Horror
Empowering Women, Palestinian-Style
An Iran nuclear deal is coming into focus, but there's one glaring problem
Now we know who to believe on Iran
A Threat to Europe: The Islamic State's Dangerous Gains in Libya
Incidental Superpower: America Will Be Forced to Lead
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The excerpt on the class division certainly seems like it was updated from George Orwell's observations in the last part of 'The Road to Wigan Pier" where he discussed the 'shabby genteel' of the lower upper middle class. Those with the middle class training and tastes but the working class incomes.
What really has to chap the college fetishist is the fact that almost all the great material advances of humanity have come from non-college graduates. Bessemer's steel making process, Tesla's induction motor, Malcolm Mclean's containerization, those who made the microcomputer useful for non-nerds, etc.
College is good for making cube monkeys; not ignorant by any means, but best suited for the incremental and pursuing the visions of others.
Re: Shutting down DHS
I agree with the author's comments regarding DHS. It is a worthless piece of bureaucracy, I know that's redundant, but the author says we should have attacked Saudi Arabia!?
I wouldn't say that Saudi Arabia is guiltless in the rise of radical Islam, nor do I necessarily think Iraq was the best target but what makes Saudi Arabia an appropriate target? Unless there is evidence that Saudi Arabia had some involvement in 9/11 or they were at least an international pariah, attacking them makes no sense to me.
Is It Really Safe to Give Babies Peanut Butter? Back in the early 60s we had a next door neighbor whose oldest son, from the age of three or so until he was a teen, refused to eat anything for lunch but a peanut butter sandwich. When lunch time arrived, he would say that he had to go home and eat his peanut butter. If he ate at our house, it was a peanut butter sandwich; nothing else. Last I heard he was hale and hearty, going on 60.
Longshoremen, the last of the old wobblies, a ready source of campaign funds for the Ds and goon squads for the peace, justice, etc street riots.
America, the reluctance hegemon would seem a better view of where we are heading. Though, I believe letting people sort out their own troubles is better than imposing a colution from the outside.
A surfer saint, why not, based on the article, he has lead a good life and others should follow his example, which, the process of canonization is all about now a days.
Identifying the enemy, waiting for the inevitable "bitter clinger" part whoknows open mike moment from the Clinton machine.
"Silicone on trial"
This was an unholy alliance between nutcase anti-science alarmist and ambulance chasing trial lawyers. It always was about the money and never was about health or the citizens. We learned nothing from this. It continues today, fat may have been pulled from the fire but sugar looks like it will bring sweet rewards to trail lawyers in the near future. Not to mention HFCS, GMO and any number of harmless food additives that we have safely used for generations. Perhaps we are just too stupid, too uninvolved a people to deserve to survive the 21st century.
"Is it really safe to give babies peanut butter" "The incidence of peanut and tree nut allergies in the United States quadrupled in the past 13 years".
Does anyone really believe that in the last 13 years nut allergies have quadrupled? Are these scientists unaware that claiming your child has a peanut allergy is the latest fad and guaranteed to get you attention and special treatment. It is a mostly harmless munchausen by proxy craze that is affecting bored housewifes all over this country. Not so very different from the gluten allergy fad.
Re: The NYT laments inequality in Cuba under economic liberalization
Doesn't that just lay the real agenda of the New York Times and the real meaning of "inequality"? The NYT has been pining for a worker's paradise since Walter Duranty. Now that there's a threat to that model of equality in Cuba, they are unhappy.
Maggie Thatcher has still not been proven wrong (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okHGCz6xxiw).
"If you don’t have a college degree, by contrast, you are looked down upon as a vulgar commoner who is presumptuously attempting to rise above his station"
They said the same about Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln.
Ban Bibles: "A spokesman for The Christian Institute said: “It is hard to imagine how a person could actually be offended by a Bible simply being in their room." A lot of people these days just looooooooooooooooooooove the opportunity to be "offended".
Cuba: Income inequality doesn't matter if it's between the communist party apparatchiks and "the masses".
Ukraine: Benghazi Barry just wants to ignore it until it's his successor's problem. Who can then blame Barry for the mess it is.
Scott Walker: Reminds me of the Brit landed aristocracy complaining about those lower-class newly rich industrialists.
Or that war veteran turned failed business man, Harry Truman.