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MT @CNN Julian Assange said Wikileaks might release "a lot more material" related to U.S. elections pic.twitter.com/ib0LVBljfe

— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) July 26, 2016

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It's probably nothing...

Could France be facing a civil war? Just down the road from me on the outskirts of Montpellier on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea,
there's long been a gun club where enthusiastic game hunters can polish their skills during the off-season. Unlike in Britain, it is perfectly legal for members of such clubs to own pistols and semi-automatic rifles. In the last few months, since the wave of terrorism has intensified, the membership of the gun club has quadrupled, from 200 to 800 members. The new members are not all motivated by the love of shooting sports. Benoit, a local olive farmer who owns more than a dozen rifles, pistols and shotguns, as well as an AK-47 assault rifle, admitted to me this weekend something much darker. "They're getting ready for a war," he said.

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It's probably nothing...

Recently, I grabbed a taxi in Moscow. When the driver asked me where I was from, I told him the United States.

“I went there once,” he said, “to Chicago. I really liked it.” “But tell me something,” he added. “When are we going to war?” The question, put so starkly, so honestly, shocked me. “Well, I hope never,” I replied. “No one wants war.” At the office I ask a Russian employee about the mood in his working-class Moscow neighborhood. The old people are buying salt, matches and “gretchka,” (buckwheat) he tells me - the time-worn refuge for Russians stocking up on essentials in case of war. War Fever | Wilson Center


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In 1999, he achieved the Holy Grail of arcade gaming, executing the first-ever perfect game on Pac-Man.

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The feat requires navigating 256 boards, or levels, and eating every single possible pellet, fruit, and ghost, for the highest score of 3,333,360, all without dying once....
He stands squarely with his feet planted shoulder-width apart, his back straight, and his knees bent slightly, in the stance of a baseball batter, taut and balanced. Staring intently at the screen, his loose hold on the joystick occasionally tightens into a full-fisted grip, and his hand jerks with a violent thrust, up or down, left or right. Even well past the easier early levels, Ms. Pac-Man, the hero-character Mitchell manipulates, whips around the board, darting through the pathways of the maze at flawlessly executed angles. The game’s four ghosts, charged with tracking down and “killing” Ms. Pac-Man, are hopelessly overmatched. Mitchell taunts and teases his pursuers, leading them into harmless circles, grouping them together and pulling them apart with such exact command that it almost seems that some flaw in the wiring has given his joystick direct control of the bad guys. -- The Perfect Man

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Muslims Make Every Day Flag Day

We are supposed to change our avatars back to the French flag after changing them on Friday to German
(and keeping them German on Monday) after turning them French after the Bastille Day massacre. We have to show our defiance by doing nothing. - - Don Surber

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Mankind Is Stuffed

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The juxtaposition of the guinea pig with the knuckle-duster,
the latter being the perfect symbol of the use of violence as a first rather than a last resort, was deeply ironical, then. I was reminded of the scene in Some Like It Hot in which men jump out of the huge cake brought as a peace offering and shoot the guests dead, the subsequent explanation of their demise being that “there was something in that cake that didn’t agree with them.” Something in the guinea pig wouldn’t have agreed with whomever was struck by it with the knuckle-duster inside. - Taki's Magazine

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It’s not hard to figure out why Trump is a popular option. People have had it.

They are tapped out and they look around to see the elites partying and dancing while the rest of the country is slowly crumbling away.

They see entire industries sold away or shutdown by ever more onerous regulations, taking their jobs with them. They also see the trend of people who seeming never actually doing anything worthwhile making the rounds of Washington and Wall St and walking away with millions for speeches that nobody can remember and selling access to our enemies. The wonder isn’t that Trump is likely to be the next President, but that the people are not burning Washington down. When You Are At The Bottom, You Want Volatility | The Arts Mechanical


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Pets: The second to last source of fresh meat.

Hungry Venezuelans Hunt Dogs, Cats, Pigeons as Food Runs Out
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There's a metaphor lurking here but I'm not sure what it is....

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A cabbage butterfly caterpillar stands watch over butterfly wasp cocoons, a common parasite that kills its caterpillar hosts by eating them from the inside out. -- NatGeo
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Bungling, Inc.: Yahoo Sold to Verizon :

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Yahoo is arguably the worst-run major company in the history of high tech.
In 1998, Yahoo could have bought Google for a mere $1 million. Four years later, after Google was already crushing Yahoo’s search-engine business, Yahoo offered $3 billion for Google, and was turned down. Google wanted $5 billion, but Yahoo wouldn’t pay that much. Google is now worth more than $350 billion. In 2008, Microsoft offered $44 billion for Yahoo, an offer Yahoo rejected. And then on Monday, it was announced Yahoo would be sold to Verizon for a mere $4.8 billion. The Other McCain

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Is Free Will an Illusion?

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For a moment, imagine how many people had to come together just for you to be here.
You’re sitting (presumably) there reading this. Maybe you’re at the office, maybe you’re sitting in your lounge chair or maybe you’re at the coffee shop. Try to calculate how many people had to come together—biologically, to pro-create—for you to be here, wherever you are as you read this…. You have your folks, their folks, and their folks. Beyond that, we start getting fuzzy. | Intellectual Takeout

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The Rarest Plant in Britain Makes a Ghostly Appearance

You look. It’s there. Then it’s not.
Decades go by, and people are prowling the woods, eyes down, hunting for it—crawling, searching, losing hope, and then, all of a sudden, there it is again! In a totally unexpected spot, far from the last sighting, hiding in the dark, barely as tall as your thumb, leafless, probably the rarest plant in Great Britain. It's known as the ghost orchid, and when it shows up, people go nuts. -- NatGeo
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Detailed List of Findings in Wikileaks DNC Document Dump

Gateway Pundit: HERE IT IS
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As I’m sitting in the cool shade of a large maple, letting the .375 H&H Magnum cool off while we sip mint juleps

here are few other important Newspeak words to pepper your cocktail party chit-chat with. Oldspeak meanings and explanations are given for all of you still with minds that function. Mind your usage when at the Faculty Club.
1. Vibrant. As in “a vibrant multicultural community in Cologne on New Year’s Eve”. If a crowd of White people rape hundreds of women in public, on the city streets, this is a heinous act of barbarism, whereas, if it’s Muslim “refugees”, the police would like you forget about it, even though it’s “vibrant multiculturalism”.
2. Non-judgmental. As in “What’s wrong with female genital mutilation in Islamic societies? Oh, I’m very non-judgmental”. As long as any act is carried out by non-White, non-Western, non-Christians then no criticism is allowed and you are non-judgmental. However, if a Mom and Pop bakery declines to make a wedding cake for lesbians, then you can be as judgmental as you like, preferably with multiple hissy fits and law suits to drive them out of business. But be careful, they have to be Christian; Muslims are allowed to decline to do anything for homosexuals due to their “cultural sensitivity”. -- Newspeak for Everyone

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And who of us doesn’t love Europe? If they say they don’t, they are lying.

Castles, quaint French villages overflowing with wine and cheese. Whitewashed Spanish villages perched on arid hills overlooking the Mediterranean: the smell of fresh-baked bread and strong coffee in the morning and calamari fried in olive oil at night. Tapas, wiener schnitzel, black olives and blood pudding; wine and beer and the great open spaces dotted with relics of 2000 years of history – history of the ‘west’, my history too. - - Joel D. Hirst


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What do tats and piercings on a woman really mean?

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It's a "tell". Probably 15%-30% of humans are mentally ill.
Most of them are functional. The majority would fall under the umbrella of bi-polar. But bi-polar is different for different individuals, sometimes very different. Serious symptoms usually become apparent at puberty but often are masked and difficult to identify.
Typical situation is while everything is going well the individual is fine but when things aren't going well... watch out. Usually this is discovered after you marry them and usually it isn't pretty. One major confounding factor with bi-polar is the mentally ill person thinks that they are normal and YOU are crazy. Everything that happens including everything they do is YOUR fault.
If you suddenly discover that your spouse is crazy there is only one safe choice to make: Apologize for whatever you did (or they think you did), promise to buy them something expensive and awesome, kiss ass and play nice... and rent a storage unit, move your shit out when they are gone one day and leave. If you fail to take this advise you will most likely one day be sitting in the back of a police cruiser in cuffs charged with domestic violence and mot likely you will not even have committed any violence.
They will harm themselves, tear their clothes, hit you and deny it, etc. When you get to court your spouse will appear sympathetic, be crying, will have bruises. or pictures of bruises, a good story and will cry on the stand. If you dare look up during this entire case expect the judge, jury, prosecutor and even your own attorney to be looking at you like you are shit.
You will go to jail. She will sell or throw away all your stuff. You will lose your license to drive, your job, your dignity and good name, and you will get to pay alimony, child support, fees for classes and shrinks, etc. Good luck. I told you how to avoid it but you didn't listen.
There is the chance of schadenfreude however. She will remarry (or more likely shack up so you have to keep paying alimony). And the guy who sleeps in your bed and plumbs your ex's depths will be all shitty to you when you try to see your kids. But his day will come. Sit back, wait, the shit storm will strike again.... Posted by: GoneWithTheWind

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Time By Kwame Dawes

We are at the edge of the madness,

sitting and swelling warm under the skin.

So you think that shuffling and press

of bodies against the fence will end?

You think the wail of that trumpet,

dizzy zig-zag over the tracks, leaping

off the tracks, doing their own junk,

not giving a damn about lining

up to something set out; you think

this is where we are going? Listen,

hear the chaos of that drum stinking

up the joint; we are crazy, brain missing

that screw they put in, it's gone, man,

and this madness is where all peace done gone.

- - Three Poems


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"Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand"

25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:

26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?

27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.

28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.

29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.
- - Matthew 12 KJV
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[Munich Killer] Ali acquired his weapon illegally and, psychic that I am,

I can’t see a Muslim-looking boy speaking with a heavy foreign accent just going to a Bierhalle and asking the Bavarian barman where he could tool up.
What I do see is Ali getting the gun from… wait another second… oh yes… here, it has come to me. He got it from another Muslim, one in touch with an underground network providing weapons and explosives for devout chaps with suicidal tendencies. This network is part of an international criminal syndicate called Islam. “Freedom of movement is non-negotiable” – Alexander Boot

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Every so often, someone on Reddit realizes that about half of people wipe themselves with toilet paper sitting down,

and the other half do it standing up. This discovery is followed by horror on both sides that other people do it differently. | Slate Star Codex
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"I can choose…bandages in “flesh” color and have them more or less match my skin."

An essay included in high-schoolers’ reading list seeks to explain the hidden benefits supposedly enjoyed by white people. Some examples of so-called “white privilege”:
I have no difficulty finding neighborhoods where people approve of our household. I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well assured that I will not be followed or harassed. I do not have to educate my children to be aware of systemic racism for their own daily physical protection. I can choose…bandages in “flesh” color and have them more or less match my skin. I will feel welcomed and “normal” in the usual walks of public life, institutional and social.
New York City’s public schools join fight against ‘white power’ | New York Post
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Eating Local Doesn't Work In A Country of 300 Million +

Foodie localism loves farming in theory, but not in practice | While local food has emerged as an alternative to industrial food, many people have simply transferred their expectations from the grocery store to the farmers’ market.
Consumers still expect a global array of products, despite natural restrictions in season or geography. Additionally, emotional expectations surrounding food have increased. People want to imagine chickens free-ranging in a pasture without knowing anything about their deaths. They want their farmers to be simple, iconic food heroes. It is awkward to burst the bubble of this romantic image by raising issues that will make or break the entire movement: wells running dry, the ballooning stress of our producers, the fact that farmer suicide rates are twice that of the general population.

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Peak...very peak... PC. Not soon to be outdone.

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It ain’t so easy robbin’ the rich; easier by far, to keep robbin’ the poor.

And lousy public schools are a good way for robbing the poor. It only takes one undisciplined student being either ignored by the teacher or coddled by the teacher, to really limit the education of the rest of the class. And of course students who don’t understand the language, or the culture, or have any background education, take up a great deal of the teacher’s time, so making sure every classroom has a fair share of kids who really need help is a very good way for seeing that the ordinary middle class kids whose parents pay for those schools don’t learn much. And we can import an infinite number of kids who need all of the teacher’s time, and fill the classrooms with them, and call it equality.

But if you were to try to design a system to produce low class education, and make going to private schools very beneficial, and thus widen all gaps into castes, I wonder what system would be better than the one we are developing? And closing the Charter schools, making sure that all but the rich have lousy systems, is a great way to continue; only we never catch wise, do we? - - – Jerry Pournelle

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The Asian rise may have consequences.

It is not thought proper to notice that the white population of America, numbering very roughly two hundred million, provides nearly all of the scientific advance, engineering, and entrepreneurship. China has, again very roughly, a billion Han Chinese–you know, the kind that dominate Hagvacas (House and Garden Variety (non-Jewish) Caucasians) and Jews in the US. Jewish Decline and the Rise of China
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Being as I am a curmudgeon, and delight in human folly

and thoughts of huge asteroids, tsunamis, incurable plagues, continent-shattering volcanoes, and the Hillary administration, I follow the advance of robots with hope.
They may finally end civilization as we know it. Currently they spread like kudzu. Herewith a few notes from my favorite technical publication, the Drudge Report. It may convince you that the robots are upon us like ants on a sandwich. - - Fred On Everything

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The Black Heroes Who Took Down the Freddie Gray Hoax

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Not only is their Freddie Gray hoax being destroyed, trial by trial, based on the lack of evidence, but the destroyer is an articulate and principled African-American judge. Worse still, Judge Williams had prosecuted police misconduct cases for the Justice Department. And when he takes apart the Gray hoax, as he has done in multiple trials, it’s from the standpoint of a uniquely qualified expert. You can see why the media is staying away. Sultan Knish:


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The bewilderment of Barron Trump

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I found very refreshing Barron Trump's awe and inability to comprehend the moment.
His father had beaten the odds -- expressed by the experts -- to win the presidential nomination
Trump has a better chance of cameoing in another Home Alone movie with Macaulay Culkin—or playing in the NBA Finals—than winning the Republican nomination. —Harry Enten, FiveThirtyEight Politics, June 16, 2015

Trump triumphed. His way. He won not because of his style or his powers of persuasion but because of his message: Make America Great Again. Don Surber:

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None of us are immune from the impulse to shoot someone in the name of advancing the Brotherhood of Man.

If conservative civility proves just a veneer under which nativist passions seethe the same can be said for the impulses of the Left.
There's an commissar lurking behind many a mild mannered academic. For every bigot there's a commissar, In the end people just go and shoot without the niceties for the convenience. By and by we will miss civilization which is what holds barbarism and our worse natures in check. The entire apparatus of civilization is geared towards moderating raw passions it must control. The purpose of churches, custom, culture, manners and law is to restrain the Beast, because the Beast needs restraining. Unfortunately we are a juncture where restraint may have just left town. Not only have we, in our misguided wisdom, dismantled morality, civility and even law, but on both sides of the aisle the watchword is: power by any means necessary. Munich Follows Cleveland | PJ Media

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I don't write the headlines. I just report them.

Sec Army to Worldwide Army Commands: “Balance Lactation Support and Readiness”:

“Soldiers who are breastfeeding or expressing milk remain eligible for field training and mobility exercises.” So, a breastfeeding mother will deploy to the field and participate in field exercises while lactating? How is this going to happen? Is the mother going to bring her child to the field? Should the Army now bring tactical day care centers to field exercises with them?


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"Would you prefer seeing Bill and Hillary Clinton decompose in front of your eyes for eight years, or watch the Trump family develop their dynasty?"

A week ago you compared ugly Donald Trump with ugly Hillary Clinton and declared them a visual tie.
That matters because our visual “brain” generally wins against whatever part of the brain is pretending to be logical that day. But once we got a look at the entire Trump family, acting as a group, our visual brains started seeing them as a package deal. And when you compare the entire Trump family’s visual appeal to the entire Clinton family’s visual imagery it’s a massacre. Would you prefer seeing Bill and Hillary Clinton decompose in front of your eyes for eight years, or watch the Trump family develop their dynasty? Entertainment-wise, that’s no contest. And people usually vote for entertainment over policy. They just don’t realize it. That’s the biggest news from the convention, and you won’t see it in any headline. - - Scott Adams

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“For the Sake of the Prospect”: Experiencing the World from Above in the Late 18th Century

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With the “Balloon-Prospect” (Baldwin:154), Baldwin again departs from convention.
It is a coloured map, accompanied, upon unfolding the page behind it, by a key which moors the elements of the image to more recognizable, and labelled, cartographic features. The city of Chester is once again included, this time in the bottom right-hand corner. | The Public Domain Review

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How Russia Takes Over The World In One Sweeping Arc

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Viewing Russia from space, the West-East game of shifting buffer zones in European Russia is just a tiny part of Russia’s overall geopolitical picture.
European Russia has three-quarters of Russia’s population but is just one fifth of the land area. European Russia is perched on the edges of Central Europe, Anatolia, and the Caucuses. The rest of Russia’s territory makes an arc around the top of Asia, snaking around Central Asia, China, Korea, and Japan. That same arc extends into Alaska and down the West Coast of North America. - Social Matter

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America is packed to the gills with ideologues who for the life of them could never agree in principle to the following:

..forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil...
I just understood that in a whole new way, which is that the third and fourth phrases are continuations of the second and first. Which is to say that on the whole, vindictiveness is an evil temptation. You need to forgive those who break your heart. The forgiveness one might receive is dependent on the forgiveness given, and yet we are sorely tempted not to forgive but to blame and to punish. This is the evil from which we must be delivered. It is our forgiveness that allows us to be forgiven. - - Cobb

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Shopping Husbands

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Barack Obama’s position on police shootings seems to be that more blacks get shot by police than their percentage of the population tells us is reasonable.

In other words, about 45 a year is okay, any more is racist.
Where the idea of a quota comes from no one knows. Maybe in a baby’s rocketship sent to Earth just before the planet Stupid exploded, because we don’t find it in the Constitution. In short, for every one hundred people that get shot by police liberals believe no more than 14 may be Black, 17 Hispanic, 60 White and the remainder miscellaneous. Woodpile Report

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'1 in a billion' police shooting: Cop's bullet jams suspect's gun

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If a jury in Colorado ever is asked to decide whether Jahlil Meshesha was pointing his gun at off-duty Jefferson County Deputy Sheriff Jose Ramon Marquez in an apparent attempted robbery last winter, they just need to look at a photograph of his weapon.
The photo shows Marquez’s bullet, which he fired at Meshesha while he was being fired on, inside Meshesha’s gun. Marquez’s .45 caliber shot had hit Meshesha’s gun exactly in the barrel opening and traveled down the barrel, jamming the assailant’s .40 caliber weapon completely. -- World NewsDaily

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