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November 30, 2016

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

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

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

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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

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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

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November 29, 2016

Job Exodus Cooling


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Everybody Needs A Hobby


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

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.

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The End of the High Church


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

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November 28, 2016

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

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From Breakbulk To The Container


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

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Small Scraps Holding Gigantic Thoughts


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.

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


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

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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

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Poem Before Birth


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

the song of falling haze,
veins, translucent

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

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Why the Office Needs a Typewriter Revolution


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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Neolithic Female or Sophia Loren?: We report. You decide.


Archaeologists in Turkey Find Neolithic Female Statuette Intact

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Social Justice Warrior, Syria Edition


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Was the Scarab an Original Minivan?


Ron Schneider of Milwaukee bought and restored a 1936 Stout Scarab. The car, so radical and expensive for its time (about $5,000, which would be about $85,000 today), didn’t catch on.
I paid $12,000 for one, and bought another for parts, then began a two-year restoration. Once done, I drove the Scarab across country twice. Along the way, I found Bill Stout’s grandson, living in Phoenix. I asked if the car was like what he remembered as a boy. He said it was, down to the finger and nose prints on the windows, from people wanting to see inside. - - WSJ

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On Working Shitty Jobs

Working shitty jobs has enabled me to travel all over the country and all over the world in a unique and almost legendary manner.

Working shitty jobs has given me a perspective on life that few people in my position, as a relatively privileged white boy, are able to have. Working shitty jobs has helped me to be grateful for the opportunities that I have earned for myself over the years. Working shitty jobs has shaped my sense of self, my sense of humor, and my sense of soul in a deeply profound manner. Working shitty jobs has opened up social networks to me that are otherwise inaccessible to American WASPs. Working shitty jobs has reinforced with grit my stubborn, indomitable dignity. – My Blog

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White Liberal, Who Are You?

1980s: [cue Mr. Van Driessen’s voice] “Reagan is a dangerous warmonger. It’s cruel to deport California’s illegal immigrants. The environment should be protected from greedy developers. Homeless people need shelters. Be more open to life’s experiences.”

1990s: “Gay people have the right to serve in the military. Her body, her choice. I never signed your mean-spirited Contract with America. Immigrants enrich us with wonderful restaurants, you ignorant loser. We’d make progress on racism if not for Jesse fucking Helms!"

2000s: “Fuck Bush Fuck Bush Fuck Bush no war no profiling Fuck Bush Fuck Bush Fuck Bush Fuck Bush Fuck Bush open borders you bigot Fuck Bush Fuck Bush Fuck Bush islamophobe Fuck Bush Fuck Bush 911 was an inside job Fuck Bush Fuck Bush Fuck Bush!”

Today: “I’m gonna get your ass fired, you fucking transphobic asshole. Drone the Bundys. Trump hates women. Racist bitches oughtta be raped. Go back to whatever rock Mike Pence crawled out from under.” – PA

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November 27, 2016

Most of these happy proximities have produced bloodbaths, actual genocide or attempts at it

What have been the relations between:

In Germany, Germans and Moslems. In Canada, Frogs, Anglos, and Indians. In the US, blacks, whites, browns, and Moslems. In Sri Lanka, Tamils and Sinhalese. In Sweden, Swedes and Moslems. In Ireland, Prots and Catholics. In Rwanda, Hutus and Tutsis, or maybe Tutus and Hutsis. In India, Hindus and Moslems among others. In Israel, Jews and Arabs. In France, French and Moslems. In Sudan, Moslems and Christians. In South Africa, Xhosa, Bantus, and whites. In Iraq and elsewhere, Shias and Sunnis. In Xian Jiang, Chinese and Moslems. In Spain, Basques, Catalans, and the rest. In Germany, Jews and Germans. In Turkey, Turks and Armenians and Kurds. In ISIS-land, Moslems and Christians, Sunnis and Shias. In Indonesia, Indonesians and Chinese. In Holland, Dtuch and Moslems. Diversity: A Civilizational Nightmare | Fred On Everything

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There's a lot of magic in that moonlight.

The most luminous moonlight painting I've ever seen is this illustration by N.C. Wyeth, at the Brandywine Museum in Pennsylvania ILLUSTRATION ART: MOONLIGHT MAGIC

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[Bumped] The decision of modern man to live in the here and now

is reflected in the neglect of aging parents, whom proper sentiment once kept in positions of honor and authority. There was a time when the elder generation was cherished because it represented the past; now it is avoided and thrust out of sight for the same reason. -- Ideas Have Consequences

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"Fear, Craft, and Avarice / Cannot rear a State...."


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Cuba and "The life that was not lived."

Forget the gulags and the concentration camps and the firing squads.
Those are the stories that made the papers at least – stories that were told. No – the most important part of this tragedy is not what happened, but what didn’t happen. The novels that were not written, stories of beach and mountain and freedom and loss; the beautiful paintings that did not come to be, which in turn did not inspire abounding love – the love of storybooks. The cuisine that was not refined; the businesses that did not provide for families; inventions that do not help humanity; diseases that were not cured.

The life that was not lived.The Untold Story of Cuba | Joel D. Hirst's Blog

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Papa's Got a Brand New Bag.


This is a yellow-headed jawfish male that incubates its eggs (or its brood) in its mouth.
That’s right-the male carries the babies. In the beginning, the jawfish is able to swallow the eggs, keeping them hidden, and occasionally spits them out to grab a bite, then sucks them back in, all in one gulp. It is fascinating to watch, and quite a challenge. The challenge gets tougher as the brood develops and gets larger. What was so sweet though was that after about an hour of observation with this little fish, he accepted that I was not a predator and that my presence could actually protect him. Soon he became comfortable and almost even proud to show off his family to be. Photographed by Suzan Meldonian near the Blue Heron Bridge in Florida. Smithsonian Magazine's 2015 Photo Contest - The Atlantic

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So what really was Fidel’s Cuba?

A huge tick – sucking blood for sixty years.
First, during the years of the Soviet Union, turning the country into a client state of that defunct system for a few billion dollars a year; enough to keep people fed, well mostly. Then the USSR fell and the tick crawled elsewhere in the desperate search of lifeblood – and those were terrible years, called the “Periodo Especial” in Cuban nomenclature (google it). Rickets, nutritional-deficiency-induced blindness. Starvation. Then along came Hugo – a product of the temper tantrum that paid huge dividends, and the tick latched on. Until Venezuela dried up Fidel is Dead | Joel D. Hirst's Blog

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Easy divorce was one of the worst things to hit the working classes, but it was not the only rich man fad to wash through the lower ranks.

Casual drug use is one obvious example. The sexual revolution is another. These are things that are tolerable when you are immune from the want of money. They are a disaster when you must maintain the delicate balance required of the lower classes. White City Fighting | The Z Blog

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The strange lighted dots in the distance represent men with torches and pitchforks on the move.

The inmates of the castle are beginning to understand that the strange lighted dots in the distance represent men with torches and pitchforks on the move.
The old deference to authority has weakened suddenly and catastrophically. In 1989 America bestrode the world. Now, Syrian Kurds are now attacking U.S.-supported rebels, leaving U.S. officials to wondering whether the Kurds have switched sides. Roy Gutman writing in Politico says "after nearly five years of watching Washington fumble the Syria crisis, Turkish officials say they are giving up on the Obama administration and will await its successor to craft a strategy for sorting out the Middle East’s expanding conflict." The Return of the Nations | PJ Media

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November 26, 2016

Our students’ ignorance is not a failing of the educational system – it is its crowning achievement.

We have fallen into the bad and unquestioned habit of thinking that our educational system is broken, but it is working on all cylinders.
What our educational system aims to produce is cultural amnesia, a wholesale lack of curiosity, historyless free agents, and educational goals composed of contentless processes and unexamined buzz-words like “critical thinking,” “diversity,” “ways of knowing,” “social justice,” and “cultural competence.” Our students are the achievement of a systemic commitment to producing individuals without a past for whom the future is a foreign country, cultureless ciphers who can live anywhere and perform any kind of work without inquiring about its purposes or ends, perfected tools for an economic system that prizes “flexibility” (geographic, interpersonal, ethical). Res Idiotica - Front Porch Republic

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Do Elephants Have Souls?


One of the major clues that elephants have something we would recognize as inner lives is their extraordinary memories.
This is attested to by outward indicators ranging from the practical — a matriarch’s recollection of a locale, critical to leading her family to food and water — to the passionate — grudges that are held against specific people or types of people for decades or even generations, or fierce affection for a long-lost friend.
Carol Buckley, co-founder of the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, a retirement ranch for maltreated veterans of circuses and zoos, describes the arrival of a newcomer to the facility. The fifty-one-year-old Shirley was first introduced to an especially warm resident of long standing named Tarra: “Everyone watched in joy and amazement as Tarra and Shirley intertwined trunks and made ‘purring’ noises at each other. Shirley very deliberately showed Tarra each injury she had sustained at the circus, and Tarra then gently moved her trunk over each injured part.” - The New Atlantis

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And there's still five days to go!


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The Victimhood Olympics

Commit a crime? It’s poverty, education, systematic racism.

Office assistant doesn’t make as much as an underwater welder? Gender wage gap.
Crap on cop cars? Wall St. made me do it.
Beat someone half to death? They were microagressing me with their thoughts.
Financed $100,000 in underwater basketweaving? Capitalism’s fault I don’t make $50/hr at Hot Topic.
It’s an admittedly alluring concept, a life of consequence-free living. It’s not real, but don’t tell poor Bernie that. What happens when you aren’t a victim, however? The obvious answer is to invent a debilitating something, wave your affliction around and now you’re in business. We used to admire people for excelling in a field or a discipline. The millennials have taken that same approach to victimhood and what we watched in Portland was the Victimhood Olympics. Policy solutions to a psychological problem – The Virginia Freeman's Society

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“Revolutionaries of the world must follow his legacy.” For once I agree: they should all drop dead.

One could enter into a long recitation of Fidel Castro’s monstrous crimes;
itemize from the scroll of the coldly murdered; the imprisoned and tortured; the exiled, at the risk of their lives; nod to a whole people enslaved, their whole lives on the Cuban plantation. One might spend the morning contending with the coolies of political fashion in the West, who have embraced so many real monsters; yet go hog wild over a little waterboarding. Or with media that instinctively applaud the crushing of media and free speech in foreign countries, provided only that the perpetrators claim to serve the progressive cause, on what we might call “the left side of history.”

But no, not today. Today we have something to celebrate. Pass the cigars : Essays in Idleness

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This retarded idea that the customer is always right needs to end and it needs to end now.

It’s an adorable way of explaining how businesses rise to greatness and crumble to shit
but all it’s really done is embolden customers and force the common man into serfdom. The customer is almost always wrong and putting this crazy idea in their heads has turned too many of them into gigantic little baby pussy farts. If we’re really going to change the culture in America we need to crush this business school dropout idea and change customer service for the better. - STREET CARNAGE

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November 25, 2016

"Diversity? What do you mean 'we', white man?"


China today is extraordinarily homogenous.
It sustains that by remaining almost entirely closed to new entrants except by birth. Unless someone is the child of a Chinese national, no matter how long they live there, how much money they make or tax they pay, it is virtually impossible to become a citizen. Someone who marries a Chinese person can theoretically gain citizenship; in practice few do. As a result, the most populous nation on Earth has only 1,448 naturalised Chinese in total, according to the 2010 census.Even Japan, better known for hostility to immigration, naturalises around 10,000 new citizens each year; in America the figure is some 700,000 The upper Han | The Economist

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"And then my generation took over. "

I grew up in pre-ironic, pre-racial healing America, in the 1950s, in the western suburbs of Minneapolis.  
It was a high-trust, wonderful place to live - shopping centers, golf courses and the sound of sprinklers.  Women stayed home, by and large, and raised the family - dads worked.  Kids were everywhere and no one wore a bike helmet.  Ike was in the White House.  The sky was blue.  It was fabulous.  I went to a high school with 2500 other kids.  The school had a principal, two assistant principals, a nurse and three ladies who worked in the office - no metal detectors, no cops, no trouble to speak of.  I'm not even sure the principal had a four-year degree.  If he did, it was from some cow-college in North Dakota.  We laughed at him (behind his back) because his first name was Milo.  But Milo certainly wasn't confused about what his job was.  School was orderly and fun.  Everyone got a decent education in the basics (and then some) and it didn't cost an arm and a leg.  Teachers were not called educators.  Lunch was 30 cents.

And then my generation took over. Pancho said sing! — I just don’t know anymore

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“Hang ’em high—it’s the Democrat way.”

“The enemy of a good lynching is introspection. The lyncher’s motto is, ‘allow your adrenaline and righteous anger to guide you.’”

So, bottom line, someone’s gotta pay now. Facebook is filled with weepy leftists looking for somebody or something to retaliate against, and as much as they may want, first and foremost, to hit back at Trump himself, the Big Man has made it quite clear—pretty much from the start of election season—that he is unmoved by the tears of his adversaries. So, who is the devil du jour? Lyncher, Faker, Mischief Maker - Taki's Magazine

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November 23, 2016

Got Dem Post-Election Blues?

Never mind the solid republican and federalist arguments in favor of the Electoral College, but the fact that it has now, in the space of less than 20 years, spared the nation both Al Gore and Hillary Clinton in the White House is enough to suggest it is divinely inspired. - - | Power Line

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"The silly children's party is over."

The US is STILL the best place on the planet to live.
The opportunity for opportunity's is far greater than anywhere else in world history.

And it should be treated as such.

Current, and recent, politicians and their employed minions, act like entry to the US is the equivalent to cheap plastic shopping bags, given away with no regard to any and all.

It is not their's to give.

There should be a steep entry fee, held in escrow, and very heavy restrictions on all that move here permanently, for a period of no less than 10 years.

Any and all infractions to the restrictions results in forfeiture of the entry fee and immediate, within 30 days maximum, expulsion to their original country, and a stern warning to never try to enter again.

The existing citizens of the US should not be hindered in any way by the rules set forth pertaining to immigration nor the immigrants themselves.

If the US cannot make a profit from immigration through human currency then immigration should not exist.

We do not need immigrants nor shall we bear their burden. We already have more than enough diversity and multiculturalism to last 100 lifetimes.

It is past time for all adult US citizens to grow up and start behaving as adults, especially the rule makers.

The silly children's party is over.Posted by: ghostsniper Thomas Jefferson on Immigration, 1780 @ AMERICAN DIGEST

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November 22, 2016


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How to Serve a Flaming Bird


How to dress a peacock so that it appears to be alive:
first, the peacock should be killed by stabbing it in the head with a sharp knife or by slitting its throat, as you would with a baby goat. Then slice the body from the neck all the way to the tail, cutting only the skin and delicately skinning it so that you do not ruin the feathers or the skin. When you have finished skinning the body, turn the skin inside out, from the neck down. Make sure not to detach the head from the skin of the neck; and similarly, make sure that the legs remain attached to the skin of the thighs. Then dress it well for roasting, and stuff it with good things and good spices, and take some whole cloves and use them to stud the breast, and cook the bird slowly on a spit; and place a wet cloth around the neck so that the heat does not overly dry it; and wet the cloth repeatedly. When it is done cooking, remove form the spit and dress it up in its skin. - - Ask the Past: , c. 1465

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St. Mattis and the Holy Hand Grenade


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We have not yet begun to gloat.

chiefillinicake I liken the last few weeks since Trump’s (and Flyover America’s) victory to living inside a giant life-sized Advent Calendar where each day,
we get to run downstairs and rip open a new window or door with today’s date on it, and inside lies another shiny golden prize of a dream cabinet appointment, or maybe an ideological enemy going abso-fruitly mouth-foaming batshit, and even and filming their meltdown (!) for our repeated viewing pleasure as we nearly convulse laughing at what feckless pusstards they’ve always been, or perhaps it will be the promise of a worthless and abusive government Agency that’s about to be taken out at the knees, and I pop that candy news into my grinning maw and work the beautiful reality of it around in my mind like an intellectual all-day sucker that lasts clean out until bedtime.Obama Knocks on Wood with 2 Months To Go – Says His Administration Has Been Scandal Free

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Did somebody say "Jill Goodacre"?


This Jill Goodacre?

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Advanced Feminsim


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These are the days of miracle and wonder....

17th c. Danish bishop’s turd identified
The smoking gun was the presence of buckwheat. In late 17th century Denmark, buckwheat was almost exclusively grown on the island of Funen. Bishop Jens Bircherod was born in Odense, Funen’s main city and the site of another most excellent poop discovery, in 1658.

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The liberal mission civilisatrice has apparently failed.

The candidate who could not win, won. The candidate who could not lose, lost.

All the shibboleths that could not possibly be rejected were pulled down into the mud. Now it was the liberals who had to resort to Irish Democracy. The cast of the Broadway musical Hamilton lectured vice president elect Mike Pence. "We are the diverse Americans who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents." Why? Because they could and because they had no choice. One might add the cast of Hamilton was not just "alarmed and anxious" but thoroughly bewildered. How the uprising could happen without any warning has sent shock waves through the Left. There may be more to come.The Big Pretend | PJ Media

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November 21, 2016

Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes (Turn and face the strange)


Now that our long national nightmare is over, I'm thinking that I should turn this Mondo Bizarro sidebar into something that closer to a real Mondo Bizarro. Maybe make it a sidebar filled ONLY with the good, the beautiful, the touching, the human-all-too-human, and the off-the-wall weird; something that sings in the affirmative. Maybe I should move all the pointers to the more thoughtful, political, ponderous, and required reading articles and items in a single linkiest post every two or three days in the main column. What do you folks think? -- Gerard

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Horses are pretty regular around these parts, everybody has a few in the front yard, along with cows, chickens, and various other things you'll never see in suburbia, so I am pretty familiar with them.
Large mostly passive animals they are, and indeed they have unique personalities not unlike that of dogs, though a little more reserved.
Couple years ago I got the opportunity to hang out at a horse racing track and observe the horses there, in rest, play, and work. They ain't the same thing - like a whole nuther species.
People that haven't spent time with regular horses might not see the diff. Thoroughbreds are much more refined than everyday horses. They look diff, slimmer, longer legs, streamlined, and they (suffer) from ADHA, and act like they've drank 100 cups of high grade coffee. nervous, jittery, vying to break loose and just run, Run, RUN! In fact, it seems like they aren't fully occupied unless they are at a full gallop.
They get bored easily. We get used to seeing Corvettes lounging around, driving down the boulevards like all the other flotsam and rarely do we get to see the results of the shear terror that lurks just under the hood, when release happens and that which was designed long ago culminates in 2 wide black lines as far as the eye can see. Thus it is with the thoroughbreds, just below the surface in the hearts of the excellers, also lies the terror of the winner.
Standing next to the track as 6 of these powerful animals blow by is an experience not soon forgotten. The smell, the speed, the raw power, the pounding of the earth, the rooster tails that shower the onlookers - it takes a brave person to mount such an out of control, but slightly controlled, biological machine in full work mode. The blinders keep them manageable for I think they might spar with each other if they could see them, but the driver must keep them focused on forward only.
When the gate opens and these amazing land animals approach at full speed it is not uncommon to step back away from the continuous explosion only to step back up as it passes and the wind blows your hair sideways. What a spectacle! Posted by: ghostsniper @ AMERICAN DIGEST

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The nation with the largest petroleum production in the world is the United States of America.

The reason oil is imported from other countries is that Federal regulations set an unrealistic limit on the price of domestic oil when sold domestically; consequently most American oil is sold abroad, and much of it is bought back at OPEC prices…
and none of this oil moves across our borders, as these transactions are all on paper. The President can sidestep this insanity by having all domestic oil production purchased by the United States Navy, over which he has full command and need not consult Congress until such time as a Constitutional Amendment is passed to the contrary. This oil will be bought at a reasonable profit for domestic producers, and will in turn be sold to the domestic oil processing industry at a markup of ten percent, which is still well below OPEC prices and should do much to support my next step. The United States Navy will of course have in its physical possession just as much of this oil as foreign transshipment dealers do now.Suggestions for government, and other important matters – Chaos Manor – Jerry Pournelle

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Sophia Loren

Just because I am tired of seeing nothing but oh-so-serious or oh-so-moonbattish men around here. As a former editor of Penthouse Magazine I can do this all day, but I choose not to....

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The American Woods


Romeyn Beck Hough’s unique fourteen volume work The American Woods, a collection of more than 1000 paper-thin wood samples representing more than 350 varieties of North American tree.
Between 1888 and 1913, Hough published a total of thirteen volumes of the work, but died in 1923 before being able to fulfil his epic fifteen volume plan. However, a final fourteenth volume was published in 1928 using his samples and field notes compiled by his daughter. Each specimen page of the work is dedicated to a single tree and consists of a cardboard plate into which three translucent slices have been placed, three variations of cross-section — transverse, radial, and tangential. The wafer-thin slivers — which would glow like a slide when held up to the light — were prepared using a slicing machine of Hough’s own design and which he patented in 1886. | The Public Domain Review

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The decline and fall of toilet paper or How to assess a civilization


A few years ago, I'm not sure exactly when, rolls of toilet paper all shrank an inch or two in width.
The rolls used to fit snugly into their holders, which had remained the same for many decades. But now the rolls fit loosely. At the same time, the paper grew thinner, so that if people weren't careful, they discovered they were wiping themselves with their hand. This may be acceptablein some cultures, but not in ours. And this was "extra-soft, double-layered" tissue, not the bargain kind you find in public rest rooms and hotels. by David C. Stolinsky, MD | Hacienda Publishing

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12 Ways To Use Saul Alinsky's Rules For Radicals Against Liberals


4A) Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. Conservatives have a tendency to try to win every debate with logic and recitations of facts which, all too often, fail to get the job done because emotions and mockery are often just as effective as reason. The good news is that liberals almost never have logic on their side; so they're incapable of rationally making the case for their policies while conservatives can become considerably more effective debaters by simply adding some emotion-based arguments and sheer scorn to their discourse. This has certainly worked on Twitter, where conservatives keep making the Obama campaign look like buffoons by taking over its hashtags. - John Hawkins

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November 20, 2016

"Dumped on Prom Night" Hillary's election night meltdown


Hillary Clinton’s post election celebration plans included hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of fireworks,
live performances by various celebrities, such as Cher, who came believing that Hillary was going to win the election, a five-hundred-thousand-dollar special effect glass ceiling that she would break through in a dramatic display once she walked out on stage at her H.Q., among millions of dollars worth of other celebratory preparations, all paid for by the Clinton Foundation in full.
The most notable damage was located deep in the VIP room of the Clinton camp. A custom 150 inch ultra HD TV, a gift from the Saudi Arabian government, was found with a broken screen. The damage was caused by a $950,000 bottle of champagne that was believed to have been thrown at the screen by the former presidential candidate some time during the election.... The most telling sign of a massive meltdown was the cake..... -- The People's Cube

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The Left is writhing like a wounded serpent, but it is still as dangerous as ever.

“Fake News”, the purging of social media, the Trumped-up calumnies against Steven Bannon,
the desperate rush to distance themselves from the identitarian monster they’ve created but can no longer control, the candidacy of Keith Ellison for the DNC chair, the adminstration’s cataract of last-minute regulations, the Calexit movement (which our resident gadfly the One Eyed Man enthusiastically supports), the accelerating disintegration of the last vestiges of cultural and political unity in America, amid what may indeed turn out to be a reversal of truly stupendous proportions — these are all worthy topics. Recess – waka waka waka

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Leftists are weak people, are noisy women and weak men,

who identify with power and cruelty, and thus identify with mass murderers and torturers like Che Guevera, Aristide, and Zapata.
They loved the Khmer Rouge until the Khmer Rouge lost power by murdering each other until there were not enough competent Khmer Rouge left to uphold the regime. They loved the Khmer Rouge as long as the Khmer Rouge were successfully engaging in mass murder and mass torture, and hated them when, and only when, they lost, hated them not for mass murder and mass torture, but for weakness. As small boys identify with men who drive monster trucks, leftists identify with those who murder and torture. Hence the tendency of teenage boys to be radical leftists, and to cease being radical leftists when they reach their full growth and realize they need to be careful about getting into fights lest they kill someone with their bare hands. Trump's secret plan to defeat Isis

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So the Apostle John was taking dictation on Revelation from God:

"Uh, excuse me,Lord, but can you repeat that? Was that "Trumpets shall herald the end of the time?"



“Never mind, they’ll figure it out."

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The most important lesson I learned from Trump’s victory is how pointless it is to control human beings,

both their behaviors and their minds. Every single major institution in the United States, represented by billions of dollars of economic activity and influence, could not stop a populist candidate, in spite of trying everything short of assassination.

George Soros and his billions weren’t effective. Obama and his allies weren’t effective. The mainstream media and their dozens of outlets weren’t effective. CEOs of the biggest companies in the United States weren’t effective. Hollywood and it’s superstars weren’t effective. Academia and it’s thousands of professors weren’t effective. Social media and its censorship efforts weren’t effective. The FBI allowing Hillary to skate from real crimes wasn’t effective. Even Donald Trump’s own party wasn’t effective in stopping him. It’s absolutely incredible that all these forces couldn’t stop one man and his believers. What a disgrace to the fields of scientific management and modern propaganda for them all to fail so miserably!The Path Men Took To Trump

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Why We Have the Electoral College


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November 19, 2016

Why is this man laughing?


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It works if you work it and work it ‘cause you’re worth it.


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The last time Hamilton publicly mocked and taunted a Vice President.


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I identified a process I called “roll hard left and die.”

When a magazine or a newspaper or any news or entertainment media was in real trouble, they went hard, hard left, then died.
It took me a little while to realize this was a sane strategy. In a field completely controlled by the left, when you knew that your job was in peril be it through missmanagement or whatever, your last hope was to go incredibly hard left, so you could blame the failure on ideology. And instead of not being able to find a job, you found yourself lionized by all the “right” (left) “thinking people.” New jobs were assured. - - Rolling in the Deep | According To Hoyt

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Trump will have vast powers. He can thank Democrats for them.

Obama's administration detained terrorism suspects without due process, proposed new frameworks to keep them locked up without trial, targeted thousands of individuals (including a U.S. citizen) for execution by drone, invoked secrecy doctrines to shield torture and eavesdropping programs from judicial review, and covertly expanded the nation’s mass electronic surveillance.

Blinded by the belief that Obama was too benevolent and benign to abuse his office, and drowning in partisan loyalties at the expense of political principles, Democrats consecrated this framework with their acquiescence and, often, their explicit approval. This is the unrestrained set of powers Trump will inherit. The president-elect frightens them, so they are now alarmed. But if they want to know whom to blame, they should look in the mirror. - - The Washington Post

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They have to ask?

Who Should Be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2016? | TIME

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November 18, 2016

Furthermore, everyone needs to relax about his appointees.


This is not a traditional administration.
It doesn't necessarily matter what Mitt Romney or Rudy Giuliani or John Bolton think, because if they don't do what Trump wants them to do, he'll replace them without a moment's hesitation and they all know it now. Look how swiftly Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House, slapped down the idiot Republicans who wanted to bring back earmarks. Vox Popoli: Change is coming

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The Leftist is parasitical to civilization.


He creates nothing, merely subsisting off of the wealth generated by others.
There is no negotiation to be had; he wants your life blood, and in return he offers disease. Cut him off, however, and his colony withers. Deny him access to your children, and his ideology dies. Defund his grant money, and he winds up homeless. Do not negotiate with the man who has no honour; do not protect him from the consequences of his sloth; allow him to meet his inevitable fate on his own terms.The Amazing Atheist is a Patriot, Apparently - Stares at the World

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Seconds Before Happiness


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Science Finally Gets a Round Twoit


Scientists just discovered the roundest object in the known Universe - ScienceAlert
In terms of exact measurements of 'roundness', they calculated that the difference between the equatorial and polar radii of the star is only 3 km - "a number that is astonishing small compared to the star's mean radius of 1.5 million km; which means that the gas sphere is astonishingly round", they report. To put those numbers into perspective, our Sun has a radius at the equator that is 10 km larger than at the poles, and for our lumpy old Earth, this difference is 21 km.

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November 17, 2016

Keep Wildlife Wild - Grand Canyon National Park


U.S. National Park Service PolicyFeeding wild animals disrupts their lives, and is dangerous for people.

Many things we eat are toxic to animals. When animals become used to being fed, they become habituated and no long act naturally. They often become aggressive and will attack people to take food. NPS staff finds it heartbreaking when they are forced to euthanize animals whose aggressive behaviors were caused by being fed by well-meaning people. Animals that are fed from cars congregate near roads, and are at a high risk of being killed by a car collision. Animals that are fed often become dependent on food handouts and lose the ability to feed themselves naturally.

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Tom Hanks Breaks from Hollywood Pack and Says He Hopes Trump Does Well

"This is the United States of America. We'll go on.
There's great like-minded people out there who are Americans first and Republicans or Democrats second," Hanks told THR. "I hope the president-elect does such a great job that I vote for his re-election in four years." | PJ Media

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If you like watching paint flake off the walls, you'll love this live feed from the Trump Tower Elevators

Watch Pool Feed Trump Tower Lobby | Video | C-SPAN.org

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Sad Obama Moment of the Day


and now as edited by Clayton, one of American Digest's readers....


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November 16, 2016

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

Giant Roaches Can Grow Big Testicles When They Need Them

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Are You Suffering From Trump Acceptance Resistance Disorder (TARD)?


People with Trump Acceptance Resistance Disorder [TARD] are characterized by a persistent unwillingness to accept that Donald Trump is going to Make America Great Again.
Individual sufferers often display signs of paranoia and delusion; in acute cases psychotic episodes have been observed. Trump Acceptance Resistance Disorder is different from being upset about the results of the 2016 presidential election; People with TARD are unwilling or unable to accept reality, despite irrefutable evidence. According to the DSM-V, individuals with TARD exhibit most or all of the following symptoms: - Telling others they are moving to Canada - Fixated on fantasies about the Electoral College -- DISCLOSE

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November 15, 2016

"Elections have consequences and at the end of the day I won."

That's a direct quote from Obama himself. Guess what? Those of us who opposed his agenda and didn't like the outcome didn't cry, we didn't whine and we certainly didn't riot.

We could have, too -- we do own a lot of guns, you know, and we could have used them, but we didn't. We did the representative republic thing -- we accepted the outcome even though we disagreed with it -- and with what was shortly thereafter announced and followed. You, on the other hand, have done the exact opposite in the face of a man who was both gracious and pleasant to the woman he beat, and you didn't even wait for actual policy to be rolled out. Trump did not say "tough crap; I won, you lost" or anything similar. Yet you have taken to the streets, you have looted, burned and, in at least one known case, assaulted and battered people who you think voted for the other guy. Representative republic? Not so much, right? Just remember before you riot, loot and burn -- we still have our guns, we refine all your gasoline, we produce most of your electricity and we grow all your food too. How many deer can you shoot and eat in the inner city of Chicago? How much wheat can you grow to make bread? How many apple trees are there .vs. how many people? How well does your car run without gas and do your lights work without power? Better think long and hard about all this, because I assure you -- we'll be just fine if you turn your cities into cesspools and smoking craters yet should you try to come do the same thing out here where we have some respect for both the democratic process along with The Rule of Law you're going to get the hardest lessons there are and they will be delivered quickly in lawful self-defense. Snowflake, meet flamethrower. He's called "the real world" and when, not if you melt -- tough crap. Should You Let Bygones Be Bygones? in [Market-Ticker]

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Go ahead and be a sore loser. Go ahead and whine.

Go ahead and try to change what our representative process led to.

Go ahead and decide to loot, burn and beat. Refuse to accept the result of the election, if you insist. Hell, go ahead and try to threaten or even bribe the electors! Make sure you tear down the last little bit of foundation and structure inherent in the design of the legislature and executive of the United States. Who needs it; it's all in the name of being "progressive", right -- even if when counted by landmass, counties or states the election was a landslide for Trump. Just don't be surprised, if you keep it up, that at some point, given that you're utterly reliant on those you're abusing for the basics of life -- the loaf of bread, the gallon of gasoline, the electricity that powers your lights -- they decide they've had enough. That day your supply of cellophane-wrapped meat and plastic bag full of bread disappears like a fart in the wind. There comes a time when those who you've put the boot to for so long, and then try to deny the ability to change things peacefully through the representative process our founding fathers gave us, decide that despite their religious beliefs and good manners they're not going to service you on their knees any more. -- That'll Be Enough

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Who Says There's No Good News?

Satellites: No global warming at all for 18 years 8 months | Climate Depot

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Patience, Dear Remus. Remember that diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice doggy' while looking for a stick.

This is where I disagree with Trump.

He asks us to put ill will behind us and work together for the good of the country. He says we're all in this together. No, we're not. Sure they're our fellow Americans, but so are Jeffrey Dahmer and Charles Manson. We're all in this together in the sense we coexist with termites. Woodpile Report


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What the Next President Must Do About the World: Michael Totten

Get real about Russia, finish off ISIS in Syria, back the Kurds to the hilt, downgrade relations with Turkey, repair our relations with Israel and crack down hard again on Iran.

World peace won’t break out if you do these things, but we’ll be a lot better off than if you don’t.

All this advice is based on one simple principle—you reward your friends and punish your enemies. It’s the first rule of foreign policy, one that has been with us since antiquity and will survive until the end of time. Presidents who behave as though this rule doesn’t apply to them are as doomed to fail in foreign policy as rocket scientists who ignore gravity. Hubristically declaring that it would not do “stupid shit” like its predecessors, the Obama administration flipped this rule on its head over and over again—with Israel, with Russia, with Iran, and with Turkey—with disastrous results every time.

So turn things around. Again: Reward your friends and punish your enemies. Tattoo that rule on the back of your eyelids if you have to. - The Tower

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The #SadObama Tour


Everything Obama touched during his presidency turned to muck,
yet he cannot and will not recognize that. Instead he gives paternalistic advice to his successor, sticks a shiv into the already sore and broken ribs of his own party's candidate--giving her campaign advice and telling her how he did it--and presumes to give us all a smug lecture on the ways of the world. The DiploMad 2.0: January 20, 2017 . . . It Can't Come Soon Enough!

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Ode to Canned Fish

Double the cost, quadruple the quality

Americans will shove just about anything in our mouths,
from e-cigarettes to dirty dollar bills at strip clubs, along with all the processed crap that passes for food in our country, yet we treat canned fish as the oceanic equivalent of potted mystery meats like SPAM, more fit for cats than humans. How come? The gag reflex is clearly culturally transmitted, one we’re taught or simply mirror by example. It isn’t inborn. | The Smart Set

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Once more I have to ask, "What did humans ever do to deserve dogs?"


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Whenever you think you've had a bad day that has left you cut off from all that you love....


New Zealand’s massive earthquake left three cows stranded on 'quake island' t

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November 14, 2016

BunnyDuck or DuckBunny?


In watching and interpreting the game footage, the students were behaving similarly to children shown the famous duck-rabbit illusion, pictured above.
When shown the illusion on Easter Sunday, more children see the rabbit, where on other Sundays they are more likely to see the duck.1 The image itself allows both interpretations, and switching from seeing one to the other takes some effort. When I showed duck-rabbit to my 5-year-old daughter, and asked her what she saw, she replied: “A duck.” When I asked her if she saw “anything else,” she edged closer, forehead wrinkled. “Maybe there’s another animal there?” I proffered, trying not to sound as if magnet school admission was on the line. Suddenly, a shimmer of awareness, and a smile. “A rabbit!” How Your Brain Decides Without You Nautilus

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Listen to your inner cowboy [Bumped]

The fact that there are riots in the streets because Donald Trump was elected president… is proof Donald Trump needed to be elected! — Sam Elliot – Knowledge is Power

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Andrew Archangel

Apropos of This Very Specific Moment in American History… | The Last Refuge

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Presidents were elected by Saturday Night Live skits.

John Oliver, John Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Samantha Bee were our journalists.
Safe spaces were everywhere and you better watch your microaggressions, buddy. No more coal would be mined. No more anything would be made. The end of men was here. The end of the dead white men of the literary canon. The end of white people. The end of binary gender and marriage. The end of reason. The end of art. The end of 2 2 equaling 4. This was Common Core time. It was time to pardon an endless line of drug dealers. To kill cops and praise criminals. To be forced to buy worthless health insurance for wealth redistribution to those who voted their way to wealth. This was Obama's America. And there was no going back. Sultan Knish: The Obama Era is Over

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If you missed Trump on 60 Minutes, the episode is at the link.

President-elect Donald Trump speaks to a divided country on 60 Minutes. Strongly recommended.

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Oh, the humanity!

A Newly Vibrant Washington Fears That Trump Will Drain Its Culture -

Ms. Johnson, 25, was speaking in the Coffee Bar, a fashionable cafe on M Street where Mr. Trump’s pseudo-anthem, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” played in the background. In the aftermath of Mr. Trump’s election victory on Tuesday, she sought solace in caffeine. Others around town signed up for free tension-relieving sessions at yoga studios, or meditated on emails from their progressive rabbis.

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November 13, 2016

National Populism is nothing more than the a return to normalcy.

The logical end of these populist movements is that everyone goes back to where they belong to live in peace.
Unlike the nationalism of a century ago, National Populism is not ambitious. It is mildly isolationist and inward looking. A century ago Western rulers were swollen by excessive pride. Today, populist dissenters are simply interested in crawling out from under a half century of shame, heaped upon them by people who claimto be their betters. National Populism is nothing more than the a return to normalcy. National Populism | The Z Blog

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Don't Bogart That Joint My Friend....

2,500-year-old Cannabis plants found in Chinese tomb

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November 12, 2016

Listen Up

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Resistance and Protest against Trump's forced deportations begins.


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Dear Liberals, SURPRISE!

It’s as though we expected to spend some time in the hospital having a colonoscopy,
and after doing all the nasty prep and getting to the point of lying in the hospital room with the IV about to be inserted, instead a brass band came into the room and the drum majorette announces that we need to get up, because instead we’ve won a free trip to a luxury resort in Hawaii. - - neo-neocon Some words of hope

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Who Says There's No Good News?

FEDERAL AGENCIES: Tears, angst as workforce braces for Trump takeover
Trump has even suggested abolishing the agency entirely, although that would be an uphill political climb. Trump has picked a top climate change skeptic to lead his EPA transition team — Myron Ebell of the Competitive Enterprise Institute — and has promised sweeping reforms in the agency that's long been a target for industry groups and Republicans who say its rules overreach.

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November 11, 2016

Want to see what voters rejected last Tuesday?

Just look at the unrepressed expressions on the faces of the howling and demented mobs. They remind us of what we despise. = =One Cʘsmos

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Trump succeeded in large part because of three brilliant, super-tough, ultra-effective women:

KellyAnne Conway, Katrina Pierson, and Ivanka Trump.

If you cried on election day because it was a bad day for women, perhaps you were looking in the wrong direction. While You Were Looking in the Wrong Direction | Scott Adams' Blog

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Can We Escape from Time?


When it comes to the philosophy, and indeed the physics, it goes without saying that it’s fascinating to see brilliant minds “taking up residence in Grand Hotel Abyss” (to borrow George Lukacs’s crack about Theodor Adorno).
What would be good, though, would be for someone to call us back when the thinking leads to something, anything, that we can see or feel or sense or even understand—because all this astonishingly brilliant thought and science and learning and history, all these amazing stories, as far as I can tell, have no consequences at all. Our commonsense subjective understanding of time is as telling, as tyrannical, as it ever was. A century-plus of fervent speculation and analysis of time and time travel have led to exactly no outcomes. We are as stuck in the present, as irrevocably exiled from both past and future, as ever. | by John Lanchester | The New York Review of Books

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The slogan chosen by their own champion, Mrs. Clinton, who chose to run her own campaign under the rallying cry “Stronger Together” — which, as anyone with a rudimentary familiarity with political history* will know, is precisely the essence of the Fascist idea, and of the ancient symbol, the fasces, that gave the movement its name and emblem. – waka waka waka

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“Let us Calculate!”: Leibniz, Llull, and the Computational Imagination


Llull sought to create a universal tool for helping to convert people to the Christian faith through logical argumentation. He proposed eighteen fundamental general principles (“Goodness, Greatness, Eternity, Power, Wisdom, Will, Virtue, Truth, Glory, Difference, Concordance, Contrariety, Beginning, Middle, End, Majority, Equality and Minority”), accompanied by a set of definitions, rules, and figures in order to guide the process of argumentation, which is organised around different permutations of the principles. The art was to be used to generate and address questions such as “Is eternal goodness concordant?”, “What does the difference of eternal concordance consist of?”, or “Can goodness be great without concordance?”. | The Public Domain Review

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A Translucent Figurative Sculpture Appears Camouflaged Against the Horizon of Bondi Beach

| Colossal

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The fact is people buy stuff because they think they need it.

Reince Priebus is running around saying it was the GOP data operations that got the Trump vote out on Tuesday.
He was on the radio claiming that his team “knew what people ate for lunch, when they went to work and how they voted in the past” so they could target these voters and get them to the polls. He made it sound like they had studied all of us since birth so they could maximize their vote.

This is nonsense. Trump had none of this stuff in the primary and he poleaxed everyone in his way. His “ground game” was to go on TV and radio and be interesting. Then he went on Twitter to give reporters something to ask him. In the general, he preferred the old fashioned whistle stop tour. Instead of a train, he flew around on his plane and did stadium shows near airports. His campaign was lean and mean, avoiding the trap of hiring an army of experts. Trump was outspent something close to 5-to-1 when including outside groups. Data Driven Nonsense | The Z Blog

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This is all a “whitelash,” you see.

You’d think that Trump’s victory – the one we all discounted too far in advance – would lead to a certain newfound humility in the political press.
But of course that’s not how it works. To us, speaking broadly, our diagnosis was still basically correct. The demons were just stronger than we realized. This is all a “whitelash,” you see. Trump voters are racist and sexist, so there must be more racists and sexists than we realized. Tuesday night’s outcome was not a logic-driven rejection of a deeply flawed candidate named Clinton; no, it was a primal scream against fairness, equality, and progress. Let the new tantrums commence! Commentary: The unbearable smugness of the press - CBS News

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It's coming to America first,
the cradle of the best and of the worst.
It's here they got the range
and the machinery for change
and it's here they got the spiritual thirst.
It's here the family's broken
and it's here the lonely say
that the heart has got to open
in a fundamental way:
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.


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November 10, 2016

Over at Gab.Ai this insight...

In a few months, a New York billionaire will move with his family from their Manhattan penthouse to a Washington, D.C. public housing unit, formerly occupied by a black family. I think this scenario has never happened before. Gab

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

Canada to build border wall, ask Trump to pay for it

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Today is the start if the long war to try and save the nation and our culture.

Join the H. L. Mencken Club. Go to an American Renaissance event. Kick in a few bucks to a Steve Sailer beg-a-thon. Tune into an Anthony Cumia show. Be a John Derbyshire listener. Tell the screeching harpies in the office that maybe giving women the vote was not such a great idea. Sign up for a Gab account. Speak the truth in a world where speaking truth is a revolutionary act. Be a man with nothing to lose. Celebrate now. Tomorrow we go back to the war. Celebrate Today, Fight Tomorrow | The Z Blog

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The Democratic Party establishment is finished after Trump.

Listen. They're playing our song:
The Democrats will now control next to nothing above the municipal level. Donald Trump will be president. We are going to be unpacking this night for the rest of our lives, and lives beyond that. We can’t comprehend even 1 percent of what’s just happened. But one aspect of it, minor in the overall sweep, that I’m pretty sure we can comprehend well enough right now: The Democratic Party establishment has beclowned itself and is finished. -- Slate

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In a month none of these reptiles will have packed a single box.

16 Celebrities Who Will Leave the U.S. if Trump Wins

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November 9, 2016

The Grapes of Sour

So who is the man who will be the 45th president?
After a year and a half of erratic tweets and rambling speeches, we can’t be certain. We don’t know how Mr. Trump would carry out basic functions of the executive. We don’t know what financial conflicts he might have, since he never released his tax returns, breaking with 40 years of tradition in both parties. We don’t know if he has the capacity to focus on any issue and arrive at a rational conclusion. We don’t know if he has any idea what it means to control the largest nuclear arsenal in the world.
Here is what we do know: We know Mr. Trump is the most unprepared president-elect in modern history. We know that by words and actions, he has shown himself to be temperamentally unfit to lead a diverse nation of 320 million people. We know he has threatened to prosecute and jail his political opponents, and he has said he would curtail the freedom of the press. We know he lies without compunction. Donald Trump’s Revolt - The New York Times
[Let's lynch these folks first.]

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November 8, 2016

What beat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election wasn't Donald Trump's well-oiled machinery, American bigotry or the Republican Party. It was God, or if you prefer "the facts" which did it.

History's Unexpected Guest | -- Fernandez

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I’ve been slowly withdrawing my support of the system.

I lie on every form.
I discourage young people from joining the military or getting into politics. I’ve even started to discriminate in subtle ways. I’ll be pulling the plug on TV this month. I kept it for football, but I’m not watching many games this year. The preaching is too much. I’m doing as much commerce in cash in order to keep myself out of database nation. I’m not paranoid. I’m just not cooperating.Election Night Thread | The Z Blog

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Investigators also found a container of Vaseline in his locker, but again, totally circumstantial.

Rectal Smuggler Won't Know Doody’s Position Until November |
The Ottawa Citizen reported yesterday that Justice Peter Doody heard closing arguments, but did not rule, in the trial of a former employee of the Royal Canadian Mint, on trial for allegedly smuggling gold nuggets out of the mint via the time-honored practice of inserting them into an internal smuggling compartment and then walking out with them. The roughly 210-gram (7.6-ounce) nuggets, known as “pucks” but obviously not puck-sized, are used to make gold bars or coins, and if these are basically the same thing as the “buttons” described here, are .9999 pure gold.

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Sleep well tonight/ Your National Guard is awake.

National Guard Deployed to Seize One Marijuana Plant | Lowering the Baron September 7 several government vehicles and one helicopter descended on the property of 81-year-old Peg Holcomb as part of what a police spokesman described with a straight face as a marijuana “eradication operation.” In Holcomb’s case, they eradicated a single marijuana plant from her backyard.

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This is my Social ethics class.

The questions are framed to discourage disagreement with the prevailing ideology.
It doesn’t mean that the questions can’t be answered in the negative, but most young students aren’t geared for that. They’re just going to read the question and answer it, and store that tacit agreement away in their consciousness. It’s soft, oblique conditioning, and the teachers know full well what they are doing. Freedom to Donut | New West Havens

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I’ll head off to vote for the last time in my life tomorrow and I will vote for Trump, even though he has no chance to win my state.

It will be the last time we have a chance to vote for someone that is not a nut or a grifter.
If Clinton wins, she will amnesty 50 million foreign peasants, creating something close to a one party nation as a result. America will rocket along toward becoming Brazil, if we’re lucky. The crazy bitch could very well start a war with Russia or the Chinese and that could finish us all off. Ivy Day In The Blogosphere | The Z Blog

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November 7, 2016

The decade sold out everyone it could -- including Bernie Sanders.

It aborted babies; betrayed the white working class, impoverished the black inner cities, destroyed health insurance, started a campaign against every form of decency even in public bathrooms, presented blatant liars as the most qualified candidates and demanded that we greet it with hails and hossanas. == Richard Fernandez


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My Son at a California University

says his campus is swept by a fever pitch campaign, pressuring each student who can legally vote to “pair up” with an illegal alien and then - after a struggle session - cast his ballot according to the illegal alien’s preferences. - HappyAcres

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If Breitbart were your primary news source,

you would receive a view of the election that would be largely distorted and wholly unrecognizable to swaths of the American public.
When I checked the news the other day, it was more of the same. I counted some 20 articles about the presidential race, each espousing the unequivocal view that one candidate is collapsing due to moral failings, financial improprieties, and complete and utter lack of judgment and ethics. Notably, I was not reading Breitbart. Instead, I was reading The Washington Post, delivered to my doorstep, and the attacks were squarely waged not against the Clintons but rather against Trump. Ace of Spades HQ

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BREAKING! The Golden Spiral Endorses Donald Trump


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I don't like the invertebrates who run the Intertunnel. I've decided they need a name. Let's coin the term right here and now: The Wobblies.

The Website Wankers of the World have united into a Voltron of suck, and they rule this alternate ecosystem that's taken over the real world.

They don't care if anything productive happens in the brave new world they've created. As long as they lord over the nonproduction, of course. Sippican Cottage: Minor Swing By Minors

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America’s policy elites are sleepwalkers,

in the way that historian Christopher Clark described Europe’s leaders in August 1914 on the eve of the First World War.
Five years and 500,000 corpses after the disastrous “Arab Spring” and the Libyan coup of 2011, the American elite still does not understand that today’s chaos in the Middle East is borne of American meddling. President Obama, Secretary of State Clinton, and the McCain mainstream of the Republican Party passionately believed that the Arab world had broken free of its tyrannical past and was en route to democracy. By destroying the old dictatorships, the United States simply opened the field to ethnic and sectarian war. Syria is in civil war, Iraq is close to it, and even Turkey is at risk. Donald Trump vs. the Sleepwalkers | PJ Media

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


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November 6, 2016

Is it possible that Mrs. Bill Clinton just isn't too bright?

Her reckless greed is no secret, her poor judgment is widely acknowledged, but what about ordinary brains?
If you recall, she could not pass the DC bar exam. Today's example: She could not operate her fax, so required her maid to copy out secret memos for her to read. Just unbelievable. Smartest woman in the world? Doesn't say much for women. Is it possible? - Maggie's Farm

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A Message to the 21st Century | by Isaiah Berlin

If you are truly convinced that there is some solution to all human problems,

that one can conceive an ideal society which men can reach if only they do what is necessary to attain it, then you and your followers must believe that no price can be too high to pay in order to open the gates of such a paradise. Only the stupid and malevolent will resist once certain simple truths are put to them. Those who resist must be persuaded; if they cannot be persuaded, laws must be passed to restrain them; if that does not work, then coercion, if need be violence, will inevitably have to be used—if necessary, terror, slaughter. | The New York Review of Books

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Some advice from the Dalai Lama on preparing for November the 9th.


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You don’t get to pick the unflawed option.

Ironically, we have the two “worst” candidates of all time, according to their favorability ratings.

But those two worst candidates have given us two of the best (clearest) choices we have ever had as a country. Thomas Jefferson and the other founders did a good job. Their system allowed us to do just about everything wrong and still end up with two clear choices that make perfect sense. I Don't Want a Government Job | Scott Adams

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November 5, 2016


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What’s happening today is Official Conservatism™ is being fired.

A theme here over the years has been the fact that the Conservative Movement has managed to conserve nothing. The reason they are in a crisis is the same reason a losing ball coach finds himself in jeopardy. People will tolerate only so much losing. A salesman, who cannot close deals, gets fired, even if he is the nicest guy in the world. Why They Hate Us | The Z Blog

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Spirit Cooking, Simulated Cannibalism and the Election →

Well here are your decadent, immature, worthless elites, amusing themselves with ironic devil-worship dinner parties (ultimately on your dime).
Hollow, diseased people desperate for stimulation. They presume to rule over you, literally rule over you, with the force of the government’s guns. Every one should be hung by the neck until dead. Spirit Cooking, Simulated Cannibalism and the... - HappyAcres

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November 4, 2016

Woodpile Report Sez "For your reading pleasure, this is an excerpt from a comment at American Digest

about "Michael Moore's Monologue Redone As a Trump Campaign Ad":
We still afford Mr. Moore the lack of respect which is his due from us. We still hold fast to our knowledge of him being, then, now and always the loutish man his reputation lives down to. But. BUT. We use his reputation as the lever, to pry open the weak and directionless minds of the LiV, the lazily leftist, and through that wedge, we pour Mr. Moore's words into the void where those folks brain would normally nestle... I'll email that video of him at any suitable opportunity. To liberals, to fence-sitters and to staunch conservative leaders in their respective communities. I have absolutely no compunction against turning the enemy's howitzers around 180 degrees and pulling the lanyard. -- Jim, Sunk New Dawn -- Woodpile Report

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Unhypnotizing a Clinton Supporter

Trump might be the safest president we have ever had.
He can lead the dark parts of his base toward the light (as Nixon went to China) and he has no incentive for war. Claims about his 'temperament' are mostly about his penchant for insults, and that isn't a mortal danger to anyone. | Scott Adams' Blog

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WHO SAYS THERE'S NO GOOD NEWS? Jury finds Rolling Stone guilty in fake rape story

A federal jury found Rolling Stone and reporter Sabrina Erdely guilty of libeling Nicole Eramo, an administrator at the University of Virginia, in a fake story about a non-existent gang rape. Don Surber

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You and I are what is wrong with America. Our homes are what is wrong.

Now… you can’t fix the federal government. You can’t fix the crime rates.
You can’t fix the school system or the justice system. You can’t fix any of that. That isn’t under your control. But your home is under your control. You can fix your home. And if you fix your home, and I fix my home, then all of these other problems? They fix themselves.
The battle is right in front of you. The war for civilization is your family. Do not ask what is wrong with America. Ask what is wrong with your home. We’re all broken. All of us. But, by God, we are gonna fix this. We’re going to fix our homes. And we will do everything in our power to help you fix yours. - - What Is Wrong With America? - Men Of The West

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THE EPIC #NEVERTRUMP FAIL: Drudge, Breitbart See Massive Traffic Surges as NRO, Weekly Standard Melt Down

According to the Alexa traffic analysis service, the leading #NeverTrump websites
are hemorrhaging visitors and, by extension, ad revenue. For digital properties focusing on politics, this meltdown is especially damaging because the last few months should have been advertising bonanzas. Instead, the last few months have been catastrophes. - - Doug Ross @ Journal

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Suppose the administrator lives with someone less trustworthy, but who is pitied.

Therefore his presence is tolerated. This wretched creature observes the data being accessed but has no clue as to its import.
Nevertheless his sly nature leads him to suspect it is something important owing to the secrecy with which it is consulted. So he watches silently with his curiosity piqued until one day the removable media is left unguarded, perhaps only for a few minutes.
He copies its contents in that instant onto his own computer, still oblivious to its significance. Then he forgets about it, returning only to look at its hefty mass in megabytes before returning to his obsessions. But outside his little word great forces are on the move seeking something that he in his ignorance, has. They never think to look in his cave. There it lies, unremarked in his pocket until one day a stranger stumbles across it seeking something unrelated. Riddles in the Dark | PJ Media

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November 3, 2016

Beware the Riptide Just Under the Surface [Bumped]

And then, there it was, sticking it’s head out of the water: Jury Acquits Leaders Of Oregon Standoff On All Federal Charges.
A victory as unexpected as it was astounding. An Oregon (PORTLAND!) jury acquitted the leaders of the armed standoff at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge of all Federal charges. It was so surprising that even the defense attorneys couldn’t believe it. "It's stunning. It's a stunning victory for the defense," said Robert Salisbury, attorney for defendant Jeff Banta. "I'm speechless." - - Michelle Obama's Mirror

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Not a Moment Too Soon. (And I'm One of the Oldest)

Baby Boomers: Encase Me in Concrete and Dump Me in the Ocean - WSJ

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“November always seemed to me the Norway of the year.” -- Emily Dickinson

"Called Back"
It is also November.
The noons are more laconic and the sunsets sterner, and Gibraltar lights make the village foreign. November always seemed to me the Norway of the year. ------ is still with the sister who put her child in an ice nest last Monday forenoon. The redoubtable God! I notice where Death has been introduced, he frequently calls, making it desirable to forestall his advances.
- - 1864 letter to her frequent correspondent Elizabeth Holland

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It’s time for tit for tat.

The Progressives and the rest need to understand that they are caught in a giant game of the Prisoners Dilemma.
That both sides are armed and an attack will receive retaliation. That every business they close for not being PC will cause a blacklist of oneor more of those trying to be PC. That everytime an employee of a company refers to their customers as racists will create a backlash. For that matter, anytime somebody plays the race or any other intolerance card without justification will face the same fate if they are not as pure as the white driven snow. Tit For Tat | The Arts Mechanical

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Plague of spiders engulf homes as waters flood back into lakes "My shack was just full of spiders. The walls were moving," she said.

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Even for Earth-crossers, the chances of hitting Earth are extremely small, and here’s a way to see why.

Intruder Alert! NASA's 'Scout' Asteroid Detector Spotted Space Rock Heading Towards Earth

Make a circle with your left thumb and forefinger to represent the orbit of the Earth around the Sun – an imaginary dot in the centre of the circle of your thumb and forefinger.
Then link it with a circle of your right thumb and forefinger, representing the orbit of a killer asteroid. Now imagine the circle of your left hand changing from fingers to a filament 1/100 the diameter of a human hair, representing the path swept out by Earth. And imagine your right-hand fingers shrinking to a filament 1,000 times thinner than the left-hand one, representing the path of the asteroid.
Only if those hairs pass through each other is there any chance of an impact, and since impactor orbits move around in time, there is a chance of an impact only for a short time, before the hairs no longer intersect. And even if the orbits do intersect briefly, there is only a tiny window of time, a few minutes at most, in which both impactor and Earth are at the intersection point at the same time – otherwise, no impact. For any given asteroid or comet, the chance of impact is extremely small. How chance and probability affect the path of Big History | Aeon Essays

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November 2, 2016

“Politically Unreliable.”

The 49-year-old German man, named Wolfgang P., had legally possessed more than 30 weapons for hunting,
but local authorities had revoked his license because he appeared increasingly unreliable, Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said. Now you see the benefits of a registration and “background check” regime — if you’re Joachim Herrmann Göring. (Sorry, we always run those two German police officials together). Turns out, it was the second attempted confiscation. The first time he just said no. - - “Confiscate This!” | WeaponsMan

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Soul Food Eating Lesson for Hillary As the Days to Pander Dwindle Down to a Precious Few

Hillary eats soul food, campaigns in churches to boost lagging black turnout "I ain't no way hongry.... I cum too far to be hongry..."

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At this point, what difference does it make?

Anthony Weiner has checked into a facility for SEX ADDICTION treatment

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The Clintons — At the End of All Things

They have long ago lost any sense of shame — Bill is hourly caricatured as a sexual predator,

and the best that can be said of Hillary’s character is that the bankrupt Left shrugs, “She may be a crook, but she’s our crook.”In Dorian Gray fashion, their sins are now imprinted on their faces and visible in their tremors. They were and are capable of any and everything. And one wonders whether, in fleeting seconds here at the end of things, they still believe that it was all worth what they have become. Hillary & Bill Clinton: Greed, Corruption, Power, Cynicism, Endlessly

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November 1, 2016

"Smart and successful, competent and confident, outspoken and independent."

This year even ostensible Trump supporters preface their supportive words with the obligatory adjectives:
crude, boorish, egotistical, bombastic, etc. Few among those who disparage him have made billion-dollar fortunes, and none have captured a major party presidential nomination and ran a competitive race in the face of daunting establishment and media hostility. Even as he may be on the verge of the most audacious feat in the history of American politics, few disparagers acknowledge what came through loud and clear at his rally: he is smart and successful, competent and confident, outspoken and independent. Trump in New Mexico, by Robert Gore | STRAIGHT LINE LOGIC

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It's Probably Nothing:

Russia is gearing for war. It has amassed 30 motorised divisions on its western borders, with more tanks, by an order of magnitude, than Britain, Germany and France possess put together.
The deployment pattern points at a direct threat to the Baltic EU (and NATO) members. The large-scale civilian evacuation drills, vast army exercises in offensive tactics, surreptitious call-up of reservists, massive deployment of missile forces all cost billions which Russia’s shrinking economy can’t afford to keep up for long. That means the country is looking at some short-term action soon. Now is the winter of our discontent – Alexander Boot

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