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The day Al Gore was born there were 7000 polar bears on Earth.


Today, only 26,000 remain. - - Rufus Kings
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“Everybody in the wood business says the longleaf pine tree was the best wood the Lord ever made,”

said Pat Fontenot, the owner of Olde Wood Accents in Washington, La., an antique pine dealer. “If it wouldn’t have been for the longleaf pine tree, we wouldn’t have been able to do the Industrial Revolution.”
The largest mass of longleaf pine in the city probably sits under the two towers of the Brooklyn Bridge. Completed in 1883, the bridge was built using caissons, essentially enormous airtight timber chambers that engineers sank into the riverbed, allowing workers inside to dig deeper into the earth below and workers above water to construct stone towers on top. Salvaging a Long-Lasting Wood, and New York City’s Past

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He may be a dictator, butt he’s OUR dictator.


ask yourself, would anyone else – Cruz, Rubio, Walker…Bush – be willing to violate the Constitution in order to save the Constitution? I think not.
And we sense that America needs someone who will. In order to “level the playing field” again and give our kids and grandkids a shot at enjoying an American life. And currently that someone exists only in the persona of The Donald: no matter how much you may like some of the others, he’s currently the only guy on the podium who actually knows how to seize the power at his disposal and use it to do what he thinks needs to be done to make America great again: deport illegal aliens? Boom. End anchor babies? Boom. Get rid of Obamacare and start over? Boom. Nullify the agreement with Iran? Boom, and I do mean Boom! Michelle Obama's Mirror: Trump: Willing To Kill The Constitution In Order To Save It? I’m OK With That.

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Thousands of Apps Secretly Run Ads That Users Can't See

Forensiq identified over 5,000 apps that display unseen ads on both Apple and Android devices.
Advertisers are paying about $850 million for these ads each year, according to the report, and the apps with the highest rate of ad fraud can burn through 2 gigabytes of data per day on a single device. The sheer amount of activity generated by apps with fake ads was what initially exposed the scam. Forensiq noticed that some apps were calling up ads at such a high frequency that the intended audience couldn’t possibly be actual humans. The apps, says Forensiq, were hitting these numbers by showing as many as five ads in the background for every ad visible to users. Some apps continued to scroll through ads even after the app had been closed. - Bloomberg Business

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Charlie Daniels to Congress (in essence) 'Fuck you spineless maggots. Strong letter follows.'


An Open Letter to Congress by Charlie Daniels"The courageous politicians that once championed this nation have been replaced, for the most part, by a breed of milksop,
politically correct, scared of their own shadow, pushover, pathetic excuses for public servants who are supposed to be representing a constituency of citizens who have to live with the circumstances of their timid folly. You don't even have the courage to face down an out of control president, even when he makes a deal with the devil. Don't you bunch of timid capons even care what kind of world you're leaving to your children and grandchildren, not to even mention the rest of us? Are you really party partisans before you're parents and grandparents or even human beings?

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We need to pay more attention to the neglect of children.

They are not being neglected nearly enough, and the consequence is that they grow up neurotic, and asthmatic.
A model mother of my recent acquaintance boasts of the success of her own neo-mediaeval parenting style. For example, she would not help her children with homework, and left them to the consequences if it was not done. She would not drive them to more than one extra-curricular activity. “I was not their best friend or their chauffeur or their social secretary.” She did teach them to read and write, since the schools don’t do that any more; and was able to inculcate clear thinking in this way. How to raise children : Essays in Idleness

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Al Gore doesn't care about global warming. He just wants it to be 1976 again, forever.

When people complain that X sucks now, but it used to be great, you're usually listening to nursing home conversation.
All that people know is what was popular when they were young. They dream of their salad days and the soundtrack to what they were doing at the time, which is intensely trivial to everyone but them. Al Gore doesn't care about global warming. He just wants it to be 1976 again, forever. Lots of people are like him. They simply choose different topics to be fuddy-duddies about. Sippican Cottage: The Cover Charge to Greatness

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I was walking through the mall and I saw that there was a “Islamic Book Store.”


I was wondering what exactly was in an Islamic bookstore so I went in. As I was wandering around taking a look, the clerk stopped me and asked if he could help me.

I imagine I didn’t look like his normal clientèle, so I asked, “Do you have a copy of Donald Trump’s book on his U.S. Immigration Policy regarding Muslims and illegal Mexicans?”

The clerk said, “F*** off, get out and stay out!”

I said, “Yes, that’s the one! Do you have it in paperback?” Curmudgeonly & Skeptical
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The market demand for gay celebrities is much smaller than the available supply.

Despite her celebrity status, Ellen Page ultimately cannot escape the inevitable consequences of inequality, not even in gay-friendly Hollywood.
Her high-profile “coming out” in 2014 has damaged her career prospects as an actress because, despite what anyone may imagine, the market demand for gay celebrities is much smaller than the available supply. Denounce the movie-going public as a bunch of bigoted haters, if you like, but the heterosexual majority (97.7% of Americans, according to federal research) expect their entertainment to be entertaining, and tiresome propaganda about The People’s Glorious Democratic Struggle for Gender Equality is not entertaining. Radical Feminism and the ‘Equality’ Trap : The Other McCain

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For complete confidence that your secrets remain secure, be sure to use the Hillary Super Sweeper regularly:


Michelle Obama's Mirror: “Clean Up on Email 3!”
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For a school that was routinely on the front pages earlier this year for fights, arrests, bomb threats, assaults, and an email from the principal to the entire staff accusing a teacher of causing possible race relation problems, this is probably not the way North wanted to start the new school year. -- GoLocalWorcester
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“[Hitler] has grasped the falsity of the hedonistic attitude to life.

Nearly all western thought since the last war, certainly all “progressive” thought, has assumed tacitly that human beings desire nothing beyond ease, security, and avoidance of pain.
In such a view of life there is no room, for instance, for patriotism and the military virtues. Hitler, because in his own joyless mind he feels it with exceptional strength, knows that human beings don’t only want comfort, safety, short working-hours, hygiene, birth-control and, in general, common sense; they also, at least intermittently, want struggle and self-sacrifice, not to mention drums, flag and loyalty-parades … Whereas Socialism, and even capitalism in a grudging way, have said to people “I offer you a good time,” Hitler has said to them “I offer you struggle, danger and death,” and as a result a whole nation flings itself at his feet” George Orwell HappyAcres

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Generally speaking, you don’t bring a nothing to a gunfight and expect to win.

It can happen, but you don’t make “use your bare hands to take down a guy with an AK-47” your Plan A.

I know this because I have training, experience, and a brain. The blithering idiots at Addicting Info, however, looked at this fluke, consulted fellow blithering idiots who know nothing about lethal force, and published an article titled Proving The Best Defense Is A Good Guy WITHOUT A Gun, Unarmed U.S. Soldiers Foil French Gunman (VIDEO)

I’m pretty sure Addicting Info’s writers are literally the dumbest people on earth. I don’t know much about AI’s writers or editors. I haven’t seen their IQ test results. I’m sure they’re all educated, and probably know many things about important topics like white privilege or microaggressions. But anyone who believes you’re better off unarmed when someone tries to shoot you with an AK has to be dumber than Forrest Gump. You have to be pretty far down the intelligence scale to write drivel like this:
“The least surprising thing about Friday’s events in France is the fact that the shooter was stopped by unarmed good samaritans. The idea that the best weapon against a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun is pure NRA propaganda… It’s tough to imagine how things might have turned out differently if the two good samaritans were armed on that French train. Multiple guns would have just added to the chaos and potentially to the injury or body count.”
What the French Train Attack Doesn’t Prove | chris hernandez

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Urban Life Now: More fundamentally, Christ is not welcome there.


For there is no community. The public spaces are sterile, the surfaces all designer-paved, and elaborate by-laws prevent anything human from growing in the cracks.
Restaurants outnumber groceries; each is a fake, in menu and decor; the groceries flog ready-made microwave meals. The people themselves are permanently “in transit,” many throughout their lives, on a journey that is the opposite of a pilgrimage. They have allowed themselves to become almost pure economic factors, with a job and a place to sleep, plus free time for demeaning entertainments. It is an environment in which there are more dogs than children — especially those small, yappy, and spoilt, on which the females ladle their maternal instincts. (On one recent walk I counted specialized retail outlets: eight for pets, and two for children.) The roundest wheel : Essays in Idleness

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Now review Trump’s empty sentence: "We need to take America back."

From whom? Notice the intentional lack of detail? In this case, the lack of detail is the powerful part of the sentence.

Who did this awful thing??? Is it the top one-percenters who stole all the country’s money? Is it the liberals? Is it the politically-correct people? Is it the immigrants who are taking jobs? Is it the wrong-headed people in general? Is it the minorities? The women? Is it just our reputation in the world that we lost? Was it our former greatness we lost?

See how the open-ended suggestion works? Every voter is free to fill in the topic of their own greatest fear. Trump VS Bush: Persuasion Wars | Scott Adams Blog

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My Grandfather’s Imposter


My grandfather, Donald Dea McGirk died in May 2012. At his funeral, my dad, Tim McGirk, who is a journalism lecturer at Berkeley and a former correspondent, told me something very peculiar:
“Did I ever tell you your grandfather had an impostor? One of his friends—a guy named Les Manning—assumed his identity and used his stories to get into the Explorer’s Club.” - Roads & Kingdoms

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If we were to erect a monument to the spirit of our age, it wouldn’t be something sublime like the Eiffel Tower,

St. Peter’s Basilica or the Empire State Building. No grandiose frescos would decorate it. No wondrous ostentations in gold leaf and lapis lazuli would adorn it. No clean-limbed marble statuary would guard it.
No, it’d be a squat, ugly thing, like a paleolithic fertility fetish or a Morlock or typical WorldCon polyamory enthusiast. It would be sexless, androgynous and gendernonconforming all at the same time, and rendered in drab wattle and daub. Its most striking feature would be a great big mealy mouth, from which would drip liquid bromides and taurine fecal matter. Hordes of hooting crypto-humanoids in their mobility scooters would gather under this toxic shower to pray for equality and more all-you-can-eat buffets. -- John C. Wright's Journal

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By championing the little brown guys, they think they are washing off the stink of racism.

It’s why the reality of Hispanic voting patterns
have never left a mark on the thinking of modern conservatives. It’s also why they keep yapping about how they must win over these “natural conservatives,” even though all the data says otherwise. They are sure they are on the side of angels. They have the right answer to the Great Question. Facts will come around soon enough. - - The Specter of Immigration | The Z Blog

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The man who posted himself to Australia


In the mid-1960s, Australian athlete Reg Spiers found himself stranded in London with no money to buy a plane ticket home.
Desperate to get back to Australia in time for his daughter's birthday, he decided to post himself in a wooden crate. "I just got in the thing and went. What was there to be frightened of? I'm not frightened of the dark so I just sat there. "It's like when I travel now if I go overseas. There's the seat. Sit in it, and go." - BBC News

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"I just looked over at Spencer and said, 'Let's go!'"

The expensive global security establishment failed to stop 9/11, and — despite having the French-train gunman flagged as a possible jihadist— did nothing to stop this weekend's attack. And that’s a lesson.
Bureaucracies have their place, but they don’t deal well with diffuse threats such as terrorism. By the time “first responders” get there, it’s usually too late. But there’s one group of “responders” who don’t have to go anywhere, and that’s the group already on the scene. In conventional analysis, and in the terrorists’ hopes, those people are called “victims.” But as the three Americans on that French train demonstrated, victimhood isn’t the only response. - - Glenn Reynolds: See something? DO something!

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Reasons why early Israeli nuclear pre-emption is not only justified but almost mandatory.


Iran's underground nuclear targets are likely harder than American and Israeli hard-target munition (HTM) developers have assumed. Why?
Because Iranian engineers have perfected the world's toughest concrete, developing mixtures using geopolymers, quartz powders (called fume) and metal and ceramic fibers. The result is hardness levels reportedly up to 50,000-60,000 psi in experimental samples. This means that even shallow “cut and cover” hard targets like the Natanz centrifuge enrichment plant, an armored complex in an excavated pit that is then covered, can resist destruction by the US's most lethal hard-target bomb: the 30,000-lb “Massive Ordnance Penetrator.” Only the B-2 and the B-52 can carry the MOP. Yet while the MOP can penetrate ~200 ft into 5000-psi targets, it only reaches 25 feet into 10,000-psi concrete – and Iranian cement for new or up-armored underground bunkers has likely progressed well beyond that. Articles: Thinking About the Unthinkable: An Israel-Iran Nuclear War

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You will never elect anyone to take the government apart.

Once you know how to work it well enough to get in charge of it, you don't want to wreck it. You want to lord over it and add to it. No one wants the bulldozed empty lot where a Post Office once stood to be named after them. Humans don't work that way. Sippican Cottage: The Cover Charge to Greatness
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And, yes, those last two items were very meta.....

.... and, yes, this item only compounds that.


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It seems there are few options for responding to Trump:


Debate, uh uh; Discredit, nope; Bribe, ... huh? Blackmail, ditto; He should stay away from Dealey Plaza. Drudge splashes: "This just in, stadium hosting Trump and ten thousand followers reduced to rubble with eerie flame and smoke cloud. Witnesses from half a mile away report hearing "something like a loud bang, er, louder than a car backfire, ya know?" Local airport reported activity on radar screens just prior to explosion; NSA have confiscated the recordings and quarantined the air traffic controllers.
Any opposition to the investigation will be handled as complicity. Late night arrests, assets seizures, news breaks with names and addresses. Do all this so that for miles around people see it all, understand it, tremble, and tell themselves that we are killing the bloodthirsty "traitors" and that we will continue to do so ...Once done is done. the investigation by Government agencies, right? will drag on longer than the glove that didn't fit or Hilary's emails. -- Chasmatic in These Just In

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These Just In


The Long Lasting Style of Buster Keaton? Yes, Buster Keaton

Department of Bad Ideas: Mass grave of possible bubonic plague victims excavated in London

Early Planned Parenthood site: Ring of Babies: The disturbing scene found in 1,000-year-old tomb in Peru

Those people at the Trump rally are not buying what the GOP is selling,

Just this simple: If You Still Support Planned Parenthood, You Are Simply Not A Decent Person


The Dead Ovary Feminist has done more to ruin women’s lives than any Republican has.

Trump keeps delivering a master class in influence.

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Islamic Jihadi opens fire with AK-47. Terrorism not ruled out.

It happened again: on a train filled with cheese eating surrender monkeys hurtling through the Belgian countryside towards Paris, the Americans came to the rescue: Crew on Paris-bound train barricaded themselves in their staffroom and locked the door as Kalashnikov-wielding terrorist went on the rampage – leaving PASSENGERS to take him down.
And, as usual, the passengers were 3 Americans and a Brit. When an Islamic terrorist (Can I say that? The French called for caution before jumping to conclusions.) opened fire with an AK-47 (wait, you’re not allowed to have an assault rifle in France!) he was rushed and taken down by Americans Spencer Stone (U.S. Air Force) and Alek Skarlatos (Oregon National Guard) and subdued with the help of California student Anthony Sadler, and British national Chris Norman. Michelle Obama's Mirror:

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