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The intersectional house of cards has fallen.

Every maladjusted minoritarian mini-tyrant in the country is freaking the frick out that their ragged, patchwork coalition of misfits is crumbing before their eyes.
From coast to coast, every HIV-positive mulatto one-armed transgender lesbian midget is suddenly worried that Trump and his supporters in the heartland will become “normalized.” How the Left Strangled Itself With Identity Politics


Graham's Number: On Beyond Googolplex

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Huge numbers have always both tantalized me and given me nightmares,
and until I learned about Graham’s number, I thought the biggest numbers a human could ever conceive of were things like “A googolplex to the googolplexth power,” which would blow my mind when I thought about it. But when I learned about Graham’s number, I realized that not only had I not scratched the surface of a truly huge number, I had been incapable of doing so—I didn’t have the tools.From 1,000,000 to Graham's Number -


It's Probably Nothing:

Secret Back Door in Some U.S. Phones Sent Data to China
For about $50, you can get a smartphone with a high-definition display, fast data service and, according to security contractors, a secret feature: a backdoor that sends all your text messages to China every 72 hours. Security contractors recently discovered preinstalled software in some Android phones that monitors where users go, whom they talk to and what they write in text messages. The American authorities say it is not clear whether this represents secretive data mining for advertising purposes or a Chinese government effort to collect intelligence.


The Power of Money: Bill Gates Sewage Sniffing Reported

A few years ago our foundation organized a “smell summit” to discuss ways to address this [smelly pit toilet] problem.
Representatives from Firmenich were among the attendees and they thought they might be able to help.With more than a century of experience creating perfumes and flavors, Firmenich has developed sophisticated approaches to analyzing odors and breaking them down to their chemical components. They started their work with the foundation’s sanitation team by asking a basic question: why do toilets smell so bad? The answer may seem obvious. But toilet odors are actually quite complex. A Perfume that Smells Like Poop? | Bill Gates


I Got Your Gluten Right Here, Pal

Look, people, I’m gonna explain this one time.
Gluten is a Latin word meaning “glue” and it’s the substance that makes dough elastic so we can shape it into bread, noodles, grits, tortillas, cakes, soy sauce, pies, beer, pretzels, macaroni, bagels, candy, cereal, croutons, lunch meat, salad dressing, potato chips, soup, and Belgian waffles. You might have noticed something about that particular food group. It’s stuff that tastes good. But because we live in a masochistic bulimic anorexic food-hating universe of nutzoid crusaders who want to sell us colon scrapers and Lake Titicaca Quinoa Seeds, we have to get rid of it precisely because it tastes good. -- Joe Bob Briggs


Every sign should read, “I don’t feel good. Make me feel better.”

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My anger with the Left - especially with young leftists - is turning into solicitude & pity…they’re lost…they’ve never known a sane society…like twigs carried down a stream. - HappyAcres

What happened in my birth year?

Just type in the year in the slot and settle back for the review.

Don't you love the way Russia rigged the election?

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We are told by the Left, Russia hacked the Democrats' emails, released them through Wikileaks, and ruined Hillary Clinton's chance to be the next president
because Putin and Trump are business buddies and they both hate NATO. Or something. In fact, they rigged the election so skillfully that Trump won the electoral college vote but Hillary won the popular vote. Now, that is some kind of talented computer hacking there! And Putin, that clever bear, winds up with two of the most talented and knowledgeable opponents of Russian expansionism in the whole United States as the secretary of defense and the CIA director.Sense of Events:


We Must Not Get Complacent After The Great Election Victory

I hope that in the next couple of years we will see an era of the Great Forgetting where all the loudmouth feminists, SJWs, and other far left elements slowly lose favor and fade into the background. In the Russian Revolution they were all either shot or sent to far away Siberian camps to do hard labor. Of course in 2016 we can’t do that, but I have hope that market forces will do the next best thing and cause them to keep quiet and actually get a job. -- ROK

Who Says There's No Good News?

Dramatic decline in dementia seen among older adults in the US It had been thought that the baby boomers’ march toward old age would triple the number of Alzheimer’s patients by 2050.
These new numbers not only portend a lesser burden on the health care system (and families) but also suggest that something has changed over the generations — and identifying that change could drive down dementia rates even further.
That’s a significant decline: If the rate of dementia in 2012 had been what it was in 2000, “there would be well more than 1 million additional people with dementia,” said John Haaga, director of the National Institute on Aging’s behavioral and social research, who was not involved in the study. As it is, an estimated 5 million Americans 65 and older are afflicted with Alzheimer’s or other dementia.


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Donald Trump appears to have sent a message to Beijing: the First Island Chain will be held.

Korea, Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines will remain the Westernmost bulwark in the Pacific.

The Hill writes: "Donald Trump spoke on the phone with Taiwan President Tsai Ying-wen, a conversation that breaks decades of U.S. protocol and risks a clash with China. ... The phone call will almost certainly infuriate Beijing, which sees Taiwan as a breakaway province." The First Island Chain, for those unfamiliar with the term, refers to a network of peninsulas and archipelagos which mirror the China coast, and whose possession blocks Beijing from direct access to the broad Pacific. Japan considers denying the First Island chain to a foe as essential to her defense. For many years the same string of islanders served as America's strategic frontier in the West. Return To the First Island Chain | PJ Media



Talk about a party on a suicide run.

'Panic in Progressive Park' -- What If Trump Is Actually Good?
Trump seems to be firing on all engines to a degree I have never seen in an American president, before he has even been inaugurated. His transition, once said to be confused, is rocketing along with a palpable sense of excitement that Trump and his team are deliberately sharing with the public, by-passing the media when necessary.
The Democrats, who have been floundering to an extent equally never before seen, are participating in a juvenile and over-priced recount while reelecting the terminally botoxed Nancy Pelosito the House minority leadership even thoughthat same chamber hemorrhaged Democrat members like a hemophilia victim under her rule. Topping that off, they're considering Keith Ellison to helm the DNC, a man who, according to a recent report, "met with a radical Muslim cleric who endorsed killing U.S. soldiers and with the president of a bank used to pay the families of Palestinian suicide bombers" on a trip to Saudi Arabia organized by an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood.


Who Says There's No Good News?

Under President Trump, Americans set a car sales record President Trump's election triggered a stock market rally, a record Black Friday, and a surge in car sales. Already discussed the first two. Let's look at the third one. Things are so good, even Volkswagen is selling more cars again.

Firestarter

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Disaster Girl Meme Zoe Roth Now The image spread like, well, you know.
Internet users began photoshopping Zoe into historic catastrophes, from the sinking of the Titanic to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima to 9/11, and sharing their work on viral sites like Fark, Reddit, and eBaum’s World. Buzzfeed aggregated the doctored photos to make a timeline going all the way back to the extinction of the dinosaurs. Somewhere along the way, Zoe became "Disaster Girl." Dave didn’t know about the meme until Zooomr user Ben Dan Hawks sent him a link.
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And now I have a message of my own for these students.

Stabbing a bunch of people for not believing the same things that you do is the very definition of hatred and intolerance, yet you self-absorbed little shits dare project the guilt for this heinous act upon the rest of us?
No. Here's the deal. The disgusting piece of trash who attempted this slaughter was here in this country as a guest, funded by taxpayers like me who've been in the workforce for 20 years. We literally rescued him and his family, and this is how he repaid us--by whining about oppression and microaggressions as he plotted a murderous act of terrorism against innocent people.
We will not let you make this about your self-centered agenda. This is not your show. Your callow sloganeering "thoughts" on tolerance, diversity, microaggressions and general butthurtedness are unwelcome at this time, precious snowflakes. Never, ever presume to lecture the rest of us again. Ace of Spades HQ


If you occupied what was considered the ideological / moral centre ground in 1966,

and went to sleep for 50 years and woke up in 2016 you'd find yourself occupying the ideological /moral 'far right'.
You didn't have to budge one inch ideologically to find yourself there. The whizzing sound you heard was the ideological / cultural centre ground zooming over to the Cultural Marxist hard left. Everything that was considered mainstream, obvious, common sense, logical and moral in 1966 is now considered by our political, academic and media elite to be bigoted, ignorant, hateful, xenophobic, racist, extremist and some form of moral abnormality. In other words, within the space of 50 years, morality, right, wrong, evil, good, normal, obvious, extreme, sanity, truth, beneficial, dangerous and the instinct for group preservation, has been inverted and stood upside down on its head. Never before in the entire course of human history has an entire culture, race and civilisation decided to hand over its lands, social capital, heritage and identities to competing and intruding alien cultures without a fight, and even worse, to evolve an ideology that morally justifies and glorifies it as proof of their moral supremacy.European man is in a civilisational death dance.What a difference fifty years makes.... | Boards[HT Happy Acres]


"Mom: "We're leaving now, go give Grandma a kiss goodbye."

Child: "No! Stop forcing rape culture on me!"

Grandma: "God, just kill me..."

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Amazon reveals AWS Snowmobile, a 45-foot semi-trailer that moves exabytes of data to the cloud
LAS VEGAS — Snowball, a physical device introduced by Amazon last year to quickly move 50 TB of data out of a data center into AWS’s cloud, has proved extremely popular.But now, organizations are seeking a way to move more data. Much more data. In response, Amazon today unveiled AWS Snowmobile, a semi-trailer that will come to your facility and literally pick up an exabyte of data (1 million terabytes).


"Press 1 for English and 2 through 86 for every other language jabbering away in Buffalo, NY

The Insanity Reaches New and Undreamed of Levels: 85 languages spoken in Buffalo schools as 'New Americans' enter classrooms --

The City of Buffalo has taken in thousands of immigrants and refugees in recent years, and it’s reflected in many of its schools. More than 85 different languages are spoken throughout the district, but that number can change by the day....But last year, Buffalo – forced by necessity and new mandates – began making some long overdue changes at central registration intended to address its large customer base of students from foreign lands. Chief among them is a new team of multilingual staffers who can speak to the students in their own language – and thus are able to sign them up for school, test their English, detail their prior education, and discuss with parents what to expect in the classroom.
Excuse me, "teachers," but is there a hole here for me to get sick in?
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Excuse me, but do you speak 'Teeterer'?



I wonder how much we are willing to spend on "compassion"

... what ever that amount is, I would like for it to be spent on American servicemen/women and their families (and cops actually).

If there is compassion money left over after that, I'd like to see it go towards projects that benefit our country. I think immigrants should be assigned to "people of that particular compassion" who want to help immigrants assimilate in to American norms. Let those folks host immigrates in their homes as one might a foreign exchange student - let them be accountable to their neighbors for what that community thinks is right. I don't want to spend my compassion on soldiers intent on harming this Country. I don't think that is compassion well spent.True North:notes on COMPASSION



They reduce the argument to something like “I love love and I hate hate,” and if you disagree, you love hate. Please share this article by using the link below. When you cut and paste an article, Taki's Magazine misses out on traffic, and our writer

The next thing you know, they’re holding up signs that say, “Love trumps hate,” like anyone would have a problem with that.
I know a guy who was arrested on election night and he got the news Trump was the next president while in the Tombs. He said some of the black inmates were convinced they wouldn’t be allowed out now. What kind of logic is that? All black people go to jail? That’s simply not possible. Therefore, your hypothesis is incorrect. Play it through logically. Trump is going to deport legal immigrants? How? He’s going to imprison all his opponents? Who? He’s going to make it illegal to burn the flag? What? He’s going to repeal Roe v. Wade? When? He’s going to start a nuclear war? Where? He’s going to dissolve gay marriages? Why? Your belief system can’t make it past one question? - - Reality Bites


See, This Is Why We Can’t Have White Things

“The most toxic brand in political history.”
That’s a damn good line. I’d encourage people on the alt-right to take it to heart, but I know they won’t. Because, regarding the Third Reich, you essentially have two types of “thinkers” on (or around) the alt-right. You have the trolls, who care not about the toxicity of Hitler and the Nazis, because being hip and edgy with things that are taboo is their entire goal. And then you have the true believers, the ones who dismiss the Third Reich’s bad rep because they don’t think Hitler did anything wrong. To them, the toxicity is unfair. Much like how the fast-food chain Wendy’s suffered a torrent of bad press after an indolent mouth-breather faked finding a human finger in a bowl of chili, Hitler is only noxious because other people, other entities, framed him and “hoaxed” the world. - David Cole


Still, it is a good reminder that you can be highly intelligent and also have a head full of nonsense.

The most prominent libertarians live on the adult day care centers we call the college campus.
Others live in the satellite version called the think tank. Most of their friends are in the Cult and often quite passionate about it. As a result, the most prominent libertarians spend their days trying to carve out an exception for themselves that does not vex their peers. Going in for the lunacy of NeverTrump was a cheap way to earn piety points with the nut jobs on campus. The Power of Belief | The Z Blog


Our presidential election system has, in effect, 51 elections--

46 states, four Commonwealths, and one District of Columbia.
Each one of those "little" elections has electors assigned to it equal to the number of representatives it has in both houses of Congress; each state (in general) grants it electors to the winning candidate within its boundaries. Since we currently have 538 members in that Congress, a winning candidate needs 270 electoral votes to win. The idea of the now much-maligned electoral college is to serve as part of the intricate system of checks-and-balances that this really, really smart Brits instituted to avoid tyrannies by either a minority OR by a majority. Everybody gets a voice, regardless of whether they are big or little. Dear progs, please look at the UN that you love so much: every country there gets the same vote regardless of size: Luxembourg gets the same vote as China. Should we change that? The DiploMad 2.0: Tough Times to be a Progressive


The Long, Politically Fraught History of Seeds in the U.S.

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For nearly a century, the federal government was organized around the reality of the economy, which is that it was still strongly agrarian.
Many early post offices were hubs for picking up seeds. It wasn’t a cheap program, either: At one point in the late 1800s, roughly a third of the USDA’s budget was dedicated to distributing seeds around the country. And some political parties wanted the seed program to go even further. | Atlas Obscura


Who Says There's No Good News?

In the last two months, ESPN has lost 1,176,000 subscribers, a subscriber loss nearly the size of the city of Dallas, Texas.

ESPN currently has just over 88 million domestic subscribers. In 2013, a mere three years ago, ESPN had 99 million subscribers. That’s right, in the last three years, ESPN lost somewhere in the neighborhood of ten million subscribers, the rough equivalent of the combined populations of New York City and Phoenix. ESPN Loses Over a Half Million Subscribers - Breitbart



Undead

James Riffel’s 1991 film
Night of the Day of the Dawn of the Son of the Bride of the Return of the Revenge of the Terror of the Attack of the Evil, Mutant, Alien, Flesh Eating, Hellbound, Zombified Living Dead Part 2 in Shocking 2-D spawned three sequels: Night of the Day of the Dawn of the Son of the Bride of the Return of the Revenge of the Terror of the Attack of the Evil, Mutant, Hellbound, Flesh-Eating Subhumanoid Zombified Living Dead, Part 3 (2005), Night of the Day of the Dawn of the Son of the Bride of the Return of the Revenge of the Terror of the Attack of the Evil, Mutant, Hellbound, Flesh-Eating Subhumanoid Zombified Living Dead, Part 4 (2005), and Night Of The Day Of The Dawn Of The Son Of The Bride Of The Return Of The Revenge Of The Terror Of The Attack Of The Evil, Mutant, Hellbound, Flesh-Eating, Crawling, Alien, Zombified, Subhumanoid Living Dead — Part 5 (2011). - - Futility Closet


Job Exodus Cooling

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Everybody Needs A Hobby

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It's all in the diet. Isn't it?

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World’s oldest living person celebrates 117th birthday: Morano lives alone and has outlived all her eight brothers and sisters, including one who died at 102.
She has thrived despite an unorthodox, unbalanced diet. "When I first knew her she used to eat three eggs a day. Two raw, and one fried. Today she has slowed down a bit, reducing the number to two some days because she says three can be too much," her doctor Carlo Bava told Reuters TV. "She has never eaten much fruit or vegetables. Her characteristic is that she always eats the same thing, every day, every week, every month and every year."
Tomorrow, my mother turns 102 years of age. Her diet includes, well, everything. She's discovered tempura and sushi in the last year and craves them.

The End of the High Church

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Part of what has destroyed the mainline Protestant churches is their full-throated embrace of Progressive lunacy
. At my friend’s ordination, three of the people ordained were woman. Judging by the haircuts, all three were lesbians. Gay marriage is a huge issue in these churches, driving off the sensible and leaving only those who see Christianity as a vehicle for Progressive activism. Many of these churches are no longer Christian, as a theological matter. They are just Progressive meeting houses for the deranged. | The Z Blog


To be imprisoned-by-emancipation is the fate of those who define their being in terms of time.

People who are so bound to our moment and cannot think or live outside it, congratulate themselves on being emancipated from “their land or place, their race or ethnic group, their traditions or their gods.”
They believe they are free, but in fact they have exchanged defining structures that can (and often do) offer security and meaning for a defining abstraction that can offer neither — a home for a prison. This helps to explain why people who believe they are emancipated nevertheless tend to seek, with an intensity born of unacknowledged nostalgia, compensatory stories set in fantastic realms where the longed-for structures are firmly in place. To be imprisoned-by-emancipation is the fate of those who define their being in terms of time. Modernity is thus temporal self-exile — though it may be other things as well. modernity as temporal self-exile - Text Patterns - The New Atlantis


From Breakbulk To The Container

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The shipping container, the vessels that carry them and the land vehicles that carry them

represent a revolution in the way cargo gets moved across the world. The full impact of that revolution is still being felt.  The one thing that is certain is, that like it or not the world is going to be more connected than it has ever been in history as getting stuff from point “A” to point “B” has never been cheaper. To understand the full impact of the revolution We need to start at the beginning. | The Arts Mechanical



Small Scraps Holding Gigantic Thoughts

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Emily Dickinson’s Singular Scrap Poetry - Only ten of her poems were published in her lifetime, all anonymously;
publication was, as she put it, as “foreign to my thought, as Firmament to Fin.” Not that she intended her poems to go unread—she often sent them in letters to friends, sometimes with other enclosures: dried flowers, a three-cent stamp, a dead cricket. She also tried a form of self-publishing: from around 1858 until roughly 1864, she gathered her poems into forty homemade books, known as “fascicles,” by folding single sheets of blank paper in half to form four consecutive pages, which she then wrote on and, later, bound, one folded sheet on another, with red-and-white thread strung through crudely punched holes. These books were found in Dickinson’s room after her death, in 1886, by her sister, Lavinia, along with hundreds more poems in various states of composition, plus, intriguingly, the “scraps,” a cache of lines that Dickinson wrote on scavenged paper: the flap of a manila envelope, the backs of letters, chocolate wrappers, bits of newspaper.


ISIS Calls for Random Knife Attacks in Alleys, Forests, Beaches, 'Quiet Neighborhoods'

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A new magazine issued by the Islamic State advises lone jihadists to get over any squeamishness about using knives and embrace sharp objects as "widely available" weapons of jihad in nighttime stabbing campaigns. - - | PJ Media

Immigration. Here Hillary and Obama did great work for Donald.

As Obama frantically brought in as many "refugees" as possible from everywhere, anywhere that might not be compatible with the people upon whom he would force them, Hillary promised to import huge numbers of Muslims.
It was luminously stupid politics, but politically she was luminously stupid, so it fit.

It is why she is not President.

She knew that the backward peoples of Flyover Land ought to want hundreds of thousands of Somalis and Pakistanis and who-knew-what to live with, and if they didn't, she would force them and it didn't matter because she had big donors and everybody in the media loved her.

However incoherent and ignorant Trump was, the Establishment was determined to elect him. Elect him it did. Uniquely Talented: Only the Democrats Could Have Lost to Trump | Fred On Everything




Poem Before Birth

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water, water,
flesh-cord feeding
taut bundle
of woman's belly.

the brow of the child
is first to form,
while gills still
pulse in the jostled quiet.

the long sleep
before birth hypnotizes
until shock of tongs and thrusting thighs
obliterates

the song of falling haze,
blue-red
veins, translucent
skin,

breath, heartbeat
and hunger.
tears and a sometimes
return to the quiet

hearth of stars in their cool
pond, bright blankness.
the depths
and the old remembering.

the waves
without the water.

-- Berkeley, California, 1966



Why the Office Needs a Typewriter Revolution

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How can we insert the common sense of the typewriter -- and other pre-digital equipment -- into the modern office?
Basically, there are three strategies. The most radical is to replace all our digital devices by mechanical ones, and replace all dataservers with paper stacked in vertical filing cabinets, in other words we could go back in time.
This would surely lower energy use, and it's the most resilient option: for all their wonders, computers serve absolutely no purpose when there's no electricity. Nevertheless, this is not an optimal strategy, because we would lose all the good things that the computer has to offer. "The enemy isn't computers themselves: it's an all-embracing, exclusive computing mentality", writes Richard Polt in The Typewriter Revolution. - LOW-TECH MAGAZINE


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