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When I saw this asking about the death of upward mobility, something hung in my brain and it didn’t click at first. Then it hit me.

Those lighter colored areas signifying the most upwards mobility skew male, pale, and rural.

Probably means nothing.

Water, Water Everywhere, But Not a Drop to Drink
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You don’t actually need to drink 8 glasses of water a day | Fox News

We’ve all heard we should drink eight glasses of water a day. But the advice isn’t based on scientific evidence, and for some people it may be flat out wrong, report researchers in Harvard Health Letter.

They conclude that 30 to 50 ounces of fluid intake a day is ideal, and that works out to more like four to six (8-ounce) glasses a day.

Note the word “fluid:” It doesn’t have to be water to hydrate, reports CBS News. “It’s really about fluids in general,” one doctor in Cleveland says.

For most people this is an academic question, but it is of significant importance to preppers who are trying to figure out how much water to store for emergencies.

The oft-quoted rule of thumb is one gallon per day per person, to cover drinking, cooking, and “miscellaneous,” whatever that might be.

Given that I have nearby natural sources of water I could use for cooking, washing, and the like – it’s brackish, but usable for those purposes – I fall back on 32 oz. of pure drinking water a day, or about half a gallon per person.

By those standards, I’m good for about eight months at the moment.  But my fresh water storage is refillable via rainfall, so that really should be considered enough to last indefinitely.

Just Call Me A Dreamer
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Order, Please, Not Utopia by Myron Magnet, City Journal July 27, 2015

Take a walk around the Grand Hyatt and neighboring Grand Central Terminal these days. It’s often like stepping out of Jules Verne’s time machine straight back into the 1970s or 1980s. Vanderbilt Avenue, in particular, is becoming once again the urinal of the universe, with one block wall-to-wall “bum stands,” as my son, with childhood inventiveness, used to call them: the stolen supermarket shopping cart, the garbage bag full of scavenged cans and bottles for redemption, the prone figure wrapped mummy-like in a filthy blanket. The heart sinks. It took so much effort by so many people to clear up the human wreckage that so many years of liberal “compassion” had created in a dying New York.

Nothing you can’t see plenty of in the heart of San Francisco at Union Square. Or every other damned place, too.

Bike folks in San Francisco tend to be “progressivier than thou,” but I was talking to a representatively bearded and tatted sample of same, a bike shop employee/owner, in fact, and we were talking about the amount of locks (in terms of weight) it took to keep your ride from being carted away – gone in fifty seconds! – just about anywhere in The City. (Yeah, we capitalize it here, because we’re so proud of how we’ve managed to fuck up one of the greatest natural locations in the world with an open borders policy for drunken, drug-addled thieves, bums, and illegal aliens.

The stolen bikes tend to end up in “bike squats,” rolling bazaars that settle under a particular section of freeway for a week or two, then move on a day or so ahead of the cop rousts – about which they are given plenty of warning, so they can just move on, and keep right on doing what they are doing – stealing, chopping, and marketing hundreds of bicycles a week.

I mentioned to this fellow the sad tale of how my beloved Brooks B-17 saddle was stolen off my bike in about two minutes when I was inside a corner store buying a pop for my water bottle. The bike itself was locked with not one, but two major u-locks – the Kryptonite New York Mini “Fuggeddaboutit” model, 4.5 pounds of case hardened steel that will withstand a portable angle grinder for as much as a minute and a half under the right circumstance. (That’s excellent, by the way – many locks even more expensive don’t last ten seconds against a grinder attack).

Anyway, that was enough to leave the bike in my hands, but the seat, which was secured to the bike frame by a length of bike drive chain, originally a messenger trick, wasn’t protected well enough. Somebody used a fairly large bolt cutter to snip right through it.

Rest In Peace, Brooksie.

I’m now using a full u-lock to secure it to the frame. It’s in a bad location for a grinder attack, and nobody will be able to cut it with bolt cutters, because they won’t be able to get the leverage they need for that attack to succeed again.

Anyway.

I said, in my own calm way, “You know, I have to say I’ve thought about making up some Molotov cocktails and firebombing that squat under 101 over by Mission Bay.”

The guy took a fairly deep breath, and I readied myself for a tirade about my definitely non-progressive sentiments, but then he exhaled and said, “You know what, dude? If you do it, I’ll buy the gas.”

I think these policies may be reaching the ends of their various ropes, which are slowly being fashioned into nooses for those who promulgate them.

I can dream, at least.

Here’s the bike, fully loaded with three u-locks:

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I carry the two u-locks in leather holsters attached to the rear rack. Like a gunslinger. Call me a lockslinger.

And yes, I know this setup is very “grampaw-ish.” Well, I’m grampy-aged as far as it goes. But the technical term for this sort of setup is “constructeur,” a style of bike made famous by Renee Herse and Alex Singer. It works well for grampaws getting around the big city., Or anywhere, really.

I like the bike a lot.  Other bikers seem to as well.

Your Daily Dose of WTF
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William Burroughs, author, among other things, of Naked Lunch, and featured in the writing of Jack Kerouac as a character named “Old Bull,” apparently did this film at some point in his legendary (in certain circles), infamous (in certain other circles) career.

It cracked me up.  I’m trying to imagine a conversation between him, Mark Twain, H.L. Mencken, and Ambrose Bierce.  I’m not sure a normal human being could survive being assaulted with such a quantity of pure quill cynicism, but I’d sure as hell love to try it.

Although I’m probably not normal….

I Got Your Religion Right Here….
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Satanic statue unveiled in Detroit – Telegraph

Earlier on Saturday, The Detroit News said 200-250 people attended Mass at St. Joseph Church in a protest against the Satanic event.

The statue had been planned for the state Capitol in Oklahoma City until Oklahoma’s Supreme Court banned all religious displays on Capitol grounds.

The Satanic Temple now says it wants to erect it outside Arkansas’ statehouse, where a Ten Commandments monument also is planned.

Tell me more about the absolute supremacy of religious liberty over the laws of man, would you?

 

Here’s The Question….
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Obamacare-repeal loses, Ex-Im bank wins in GOP-held Senate votes – Washington Times

A procedural vote Sunday to repeal Obamacare couldn’t win over a majority of the GOP-led Senate, while a bid to revive an obscure exports agency succeeded, delivering twin blows to conservatives as they navigated a thorny path toward a highway bill that’s raised questions about civility and Republican discord in the august chamber.

If the Gentry GOP congressional leadership and their hack enablers were trying to act as much like Democrats as possible, what would they be doing differently?

The First Thing They Zap are Their Own Brains
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Ignoring an ‘Existential Threat to the American People’ | PJ Media

WASHINGTON – Former Central Intelligence Agency Director R. James Woolsey warned lawmakers that natural and manmade electromagnetic pulses present an “existential threat to the American people” and accused congressional and White House officials of ignoring a potential catastrophe.

Testifying before the Senate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee, Woolsey, who served two years under President Bill Clinton, warned that EMP is “a clear and present danger and that something must be done to protect the electric grid and other life sustaining critical infrastructures — immediately.”

But Woolsey noted that official Washington is ignoring the looming threat despite a report issued by a blue-ribbon congressional commission in 2004 that offered what he termed cost-effective solutions.

“Continued inaction by Washington will make inevitable a natural or manmade EMP catastrophe that, as the Congressional EMP Commission warned, could kill up to 90 percent of the national population through starvation, disease, and societal collapse,” said Woolsey, now the chairman of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. “Indeed, some actions taken by the Congress, the White House and the federal bureaucracy are impeding solutions, making the nation more vulnerable, and helping the arrival of an EMP catastrophe.”

But not to worry.  Just go to any major web site or blog where this question comes up, from Instapundit to Daily Kos, and you will find dozens of clueless ignoramuses informing you that the entire notion of EMP being dangerous – especially the HEMP scenarios – is just a fantasy ginned up by…well, pick your fantasy villain – with the conservatives, it’s “statists” looking to squander your money.  With the lefties, it’s usually the crony capitalists looking to suck your money.

“It’s just like lightning” they will tell you, stroking their chins (or whatever other member happens to be handy), “and we know how to protect against lightning.”

All I can say to such ignorant boobs is, after the “Lightning” Falls, don’t come round to my house looking for sustenance. 

I Don’t Think Poor Means What You Seem to Think It Means….
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Seattle’s problems with new $15 an hour minimum wage | PJ Tatler

The twist is just one apparent side effect of the controversial — yet trendsetting — minimum wage law in Seattle, which is being copied in several other cities despite concerns over prices rising and businesses struggling to keep up.

The notion that employees are intentionally working less to preserve their welfare has been a hot topic on talk radio. While the claims are difficult to track, state stats indeed suggest few are moving off welfare programs under the new wage.

Despite a booming economy throughout western Washington, the state’s welfare caseload has dropped very little since the higher wage phase began in Seattle in April. In March 130,851 people were enrolled in the Basic Food program. In April, the caseload dropped to 130,376.

At the same time, prices appear to be going up on just about everything.

An unmentioned (and perhaps unmentionable) conclusion:  Ordinary people are not economic ignoramuses, especially when it comes to their own personal economics.  So if these people are telling you that fifteen bucks an hour, after taxes, doesn’t come close to what they are already sucking from the bottomless tits of the state, you might want to listen.  And maybe even reevaluate how “poverty stricken” people really are, especially when measured by income standards that ignore entirely public income received.

Shhhh. It’s a Secret (Menu)
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#HackTheMenu – The Ultimate List of Secret Menu Items

#HackTheMenu is your one-stop resource for all Secret Menu items at all fast food restaurants. Secret Menus at restaurants are comprised of unofficial and unadvertised selections that fast food chains will make when ordered but that do not exist on their regular menus. While some secret menu items were created by the restaurants themselves, most of the secret items were invented by customers and passed on by word-of-mouth. Here at #HackTheMenu we leverage the knowledge of the community and are dedicated to providing you with details, recipes and prices about the most interesting and tasty secret menu items available at all of your favorite fast food restaurants. Customers learn by word of mouth and we’re spreading that word just a little bit further.

From “Animal Style Fries” available exclusively at In-N-Out Burger and the “Orange Dream Machine” available only on the secret Jamba Juice menu all the way to the “Quesarito” from Chipotle’s secret menu, #HackTheMenu is your best friend. There are hundreds of other items available just for the asking from many other restaurants. As the list of secret menus keeps growing, we will update and report on all new items to keep you in secret menu heaven. So, if you hear of one that we don’t have listed, feel free to contact us. In the meantime, we also have the regular menus from each of these restaurants along with their nutrition information.

Don’t forget to check out HackTheMenu’s List of Healthy Secret Menu Options. You won’t want to miss out on some of the healthier secret menu choices from your favorite restaurants!

I had no idea.  Apparently all the big guys have these menus.  And some of the stuff looked pretty interesting.  Biscuits and Gravy from McDonalds?  Who knew?

Check it out.  (via Ace of Spades HQ)

Is the Long-Awaited Third Leg Down Slouching Towards Bethlehem?
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Stocks off lows amid China, commodity slide

U.S. stocks traded lower on Monday as the continued decline in commodities and an overnight plunge in Shanghai stocks pressured sentiment amid a lackluster earnings season.

The S&P 500 briefly dipped below its 200-day moving average of 2,064.14 and attempted to hold above it.

The energy sector was one of the worst performers in the S&P 500 as oil extended losses to trade below $48 a barrel.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 150 points in the open as nearly all the blue chips declined. The Nasdaq Composite briefly declined more than 1 percent.

“China’s already happened so there’s nothing more to happen out of China today,” said James Meyer, chief investment officer at Tower Bridge Advisors. “What you’re going to watch today is commodities and earnings. It’s the biggest week in S&P earnings this week.”

The usual smoke and bafflegab from “traders and analysts” who have to be more than a bit worried at some basic charting news:  After last week and today, the DJIA has broken a support trendline going back to 2010. 

The domestic commies must be fairly worried, too:  With the Soviet mothership turned into a bastion of fascism, they’d been depending on Communist China to carry the red banner of triumph over the evil capitalists of America.  That’s starting to look iffy now as well.

Patrice Cullors Planning to Suck Tear Gas and Do Jail Time
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Black Lives Matter co-founder threatens to “shut down” GOP convention « Hot Air

Who exactly is running things over at the top secret headquarters of the Black Lives Matter movement, assuming that such even exists? There seems to be some confusion on the messaging. You may recall that when Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors seized the stage from Martin O’Malley at Netroots Nation after the candidate was foolish enough to say that all human lives matter, she prefaced her comments as follows:

You know, I was in attendance at the last attempt by the left to shut down a major political convention in 1968.  Chicago, it was.

Didn’t work out so well for my side.  And I had the tear gassed lungs to prove it.  Missed the head-bashing, though.  Thank goodness.

WTF? Cuckservative?
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Don’t believe the #cuckservative lie « Hot Air

The pejorative du jour on social media these days is “cuckservative.” The word is a combination of cuckold, i.e. the husband of an adulteress, and a conservative. There are those who promise it’s used to describe Republicans in Congress and conservative media figures who are sell outs. They claim it’s similar to “RINO” or “squish.” Matt Lewis at The Daily Caller and Erick Erickson havebeen called ones for shining light on the term. One person described it as people on the right who are actually trying to conserve Marxism.

I don’t care.

The word itself is repulsive.  There is no indication from simply reading it that gives you any clue as to what it might actually mean.  Even those “explaining” (or VoxSplaining) it seem fairly unclear on the concept, given the gauzy handwaving they engage in upon undertaking the task of clarification.

And for Jebus sake:  Who gives a fuck about a stupid-sounding word some lamebrain on Twitter made up on the spur of the moment, except other Twitter lamebrains?

The Party of Pillage Versus the Party of Loot: The Glenn Reynolds USA Today Column
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Reynolds: Politicos put past before progress

Cynical or not, these statements accurately describe why economic progress is so much harder today than it once was.  But why is it so much harder?  And why are so many politicians coming out against innovative new services such as Uber or Airbnb?  The answer, I think, is simple: Those new services offer insufficient opportunities for graft.  The old services they compete with — hotels or taxi companies — offer politicians a better deal, even if the deal they offer for consumers often isn’t as good.  And politicians back the companies because — and be clear about this — politicians don’t care about you, they care about using their positions to accumulate money, power and prestige.

Just imagine that you’re a big-city mayor.  If taxi medallions — granting the right to run a taxi to a limited number of people — sell for six figures, the people who own them are heavily invested.  They’ll offer lots in the way of money, political support and votes to a politician who will protect their investment from competition. Thus, even though services like Uber (which requires no medallions) are cheaper and offer service in poor neighborhoods where taxis won’t go, for a politician, it’s a no-brainer: Support your supporters. The result is a host of regulations and taxes designed to protect old businesses from new competition.

Sometimes the new competition wins anyway. Uber has been good at generating a large base of mobile customers, then using them to pressure politicians: When New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio went after Uber, Uber used its app to let its users pressure de Blasio.

Happy Uber customer Kate Upton weighed in, producing more pushback than de Blasio could withstand — especially when it turned out he’d gotten over $550,000 in donations from taxicab interests.

Other services aren’t so lucky, and the ability to do an end run around regulators, though welcome, isn’t universal.  And if, on top of setting up your lemonade stand, you need licenses, permits, lobbyists and subsidies to make it, not many new lemonade stands will get started. That’s good news for existing lemonade stands, and for the politicians they support, but it’s bad news for everyone else.

Look:  The origin of the notion of government itself probably came when marauding gangs of bandits decided their was more loot in simply conquering the farmers they’d been pillaging, and then settling in their midst and changing the definition of pillage from looting to taxes.

Everything since has been nothing more than adding refinements to the concept.

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The Gentry Gutless Old Pussies Play Rough
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Senate Sunday session: Ted Cruz, Mike Lee efforts squelched by leaders – POLITICO

So when Cruz came to the floor looking for at least 11 senators to agree to hold a roll-call vote, only three raised their hands. McConnell, sitting at his desk, turned around and peered at Cruz, who looked stunned at what had just happened. The Senate dispensed with his effort by a voice vote and quickly moved on, doing the same to Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), a Cruz ally who sought to use arcane procedures to force a vote on defunding Planned Parenthood.

It all went down in an instant, but the message was clear: If Cruz doesn’t want to play nice with his Republican colleagues, they will respond in kind.

“You learn that in kindergarten: You learn to work well together and play by the rules,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, a close McConnell ally who was beaming after Cruz and Lee were handed such lopsided defeats. “Another thing you learn in kindergarten is to respect one another.”

Another thing you learn in kindergarten is that the kids with the biggest fists rule the playground.  We need to build a bigger conservative fist – and then punch McDonnell, McCain, Lamar!, Corker, Grahamnesty, and the rest of the Gentry GOP Go-Along, Get-Along Gang into retirement – or oblivion.  Either one would be fine with me.

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Mitch Daniels: Andother Chump Self-Identifies
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The State GOP Wave by Steven Malanga, City Journal Summer 2015

In a 2012 survey, the trade publication Area Development found that 75 percent of manufacturers considered right-to-work an important factor in deciding location. Many said that they wouldn’t even consider moving to a state lacking such legislation. Former Indiana governor Mitch Daniels signed a right-to-work bill in 2012, the final year of his two terms in office, and he now thinks that he should have done so sooner. “During the debate [over right-to-work legislation], which was very contentious, I was urging both sides not to overreact or exaggerate,” Daniels told Area Development. “But I may have underestimated the impact. We have had a flood of calls and inquiries, starting literally the day I signed the bill.” Michigan and Wisconsin passed right-to-work largely because they witnessed businesses’ enthusiastic reaction to Indiana’s law.

Typical Gentry GOP “conservative” dumbass.  “Oh, we need to proceed carefully.  We must ignore the obvious fucking truth that unions destroy industries and not overreact.”  

The truth is that Daniels was terrified of the attack dogs of the DNC/union media in his state, and nationally.  Now that he’s pretty much out of politics, having been rightfully kicked to the side of the political highway (the right kind of roadkill), he descovers that he is shocked and suprised to discover unexpectedly that he might have “underestimated” the beneficial impact of letting people work without having to swear eternal servitude to a bunch of leftwing union bosses – and the Democrat party.

Non-thought: Worse than Not Thinking
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People who are unable or unwilling to think logically sure come up with some crazy ideas, anything from bizarre superstitions to full-blown nut-job religions.

And conspiracy theories:

Three scientists investigating melting Arctic ice may have been assassinated, professor claims

A Cambridge Professor has made the astonishing claim that three scientists investigating the melting of Arctic ice may have been assassinated within the space of a few months.

Good ol’ Petey-wad clearly isn’t the clearest thinker, but he does have some “thought” patterns. He likes to ignore any evidence which contradicts his theories — he is a climate “scientist”, after all.

“It was very steep stairs and I heard Seymour fall,” said Ms Strawbridge, “It is just completely bonkers [to suggest murder].

His “professional” predictions are just as ill-founded:

Wadhams added: “The imminent disappearance of the summer sea ice in the Arctic will have enormous implications for both the acceleration of climate change, and the release of methane from off-shore waters which are now able to warm up in the summer. This massive methane boost will have major implications for global economies and societies.”

(The original “reporting” was in The Wanker, but I found it at Watts Up With That?, the one-stop resource for warmenism debunking.)

Yowzers. Good thing “Little” Peter is a nutcase, or we’d all be about dead by now. Melting Arctic ice! Catastophic methane release! Exxon assassins!

He’s got the whackjob religion. He’s got the conspiracy theory. I was, alas, unable to find any non-warmenism superstition he subscribes to, so I can’t say he’s pulled a hat trick. Just as well, I guess, as Peter Wadhams, Super Genius, has his head too far up his ass to wear a hat.

At Amazon: The Digital Dime Store
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Remember, you can buy and give digital gifts like music and books on the same day, even on Christmas day itself!

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100 Albums for $5

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SSDI Now Disabled – Send Money and Congressmen Now!
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A cut to Social Security disability benefits may be around the corner – The Washington Post

If Congress doesn’t act, people receiving Social Security disability benefits could see a nearly 20 percent cut to payments at the end of next year, according to the latest version of the Social Security trustees report released Wednesday.

The disability trust fund will be depleted by the fourth quarter of 2016, leaving the administration with enough income to pay 81 percent of benefits, according to the report, which is updated annually.

The health of the Social Security program didn’t change by much, and the cut to disability benefits has been expected for years. But now that Congress has still not come up with a compromise for boosting the funding, the shortfall is more imminent. As explained in the report’s summary:

Social Security’s Disability Insurance (DI) Trust Fund now faces an urgent threat of reserve depletion, requiring prompt corrective action by lawmakers if sudden reductions or interruptions in benefit payments are to be avoided.

The cuts would most immediately affect the 10.9 million people receiving disability benefits as of 2014, but other beneficiaries could see benefit cuts down the line. If Congress doesn’t act to reform the program, the trust fund used for retirement benefits would be depleted by 2035, a year later than previously expected.

Note the drumbeat: Congress must spend more money immediately in order to plug the sucking wound of SSDI, now that Congress has waited until the last minute to make the panic even stronger and more supportive of finding that money somewhere, either by borrowing (most likely), raising taxes, or simply printing. 

Nobody ever says, “Let’s cut the disability rolls by the forty or so percent who are fraudulently claiming disabiity (and get rid of many of the legal claims that mostly involve phony mental-disabilities-of-the-day “I can’t work!  I’m terrified of trigger warnings!” – and see how viable the remainder of the system might be.

It’s worth a try.  Couldn’t be worse than what we have now.   (I know, I know – there is nothing our Ruling Class couldn’t make worse.  I’m just feeling uncharacteristically charitable this morning).

Rebellious Boys Grow Up to Be Amphetamine Addicts
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Instapundit » Blog Archive » HMM: Rebellious kids grow up to out-earn rule-followers. Here’s a silver lining for parents of…

Here’s a silver lining for parents of rule-breaking, defiant, disagreeable children: Such surly offspring could end up being a very good investment.

As long as the don’t end up being amphetaminized into a mindless drug haze by female school teachers trying to turn them into good little girls.

And by the way: this push from kindergarten on to turn little boys into little girls wouldn’t have anything to do with the plague of progressive girly-men we’re afflicted with today, would it?

A final thought:  I’d like to see these stats broken out by sex.  My hunch is that misbehaving girls are a far smaller group than misbehaving boys.

Also, this:

Rebellious kids grow up to out-earn rule-followers – Quartz

“We also cannot rule out that individuals who are likely or willing to break rules get higher pay for unethical reasons,” the researchers wrote in the recently published paper.

Unethical means shoving obedient little girls out of the way on the career ladder, would be my guess.  But since I can’t get at the actual study, it has to remain a guess.

Proof!
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Rumors have long been circulating (and not only by me) that Michelle Obama doesn’t much care for the company of men. Here at last is a candid picture showing this to be true:

Michelle Obama and some white chick

The Self-Styled “Real Republicans” In Insty’s Comment Section Are Drumming Ace Out of the Party
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Instapundit » Blog Archive » ACE: The Donor Class, Which Is Stupid, Has Mistaken Itself for Clever, and Other Things You Already…

From the comments:

The Donald Trump Childrens’ Crusade continues! At the Ace Place!
I don’t think you can kick somebody out of a party after they’ve already left.

At Amazon: The Digital Dime Store
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Remember, you can buy and give digital gifts like music and books on the same day, even on Christmas day itself!

Here are several links that feature the equivalent of the Amazon Digital Dime Store (for you geezers old enough to remember what a dime store was….).

The Kindle Daily Deal

This Week’s Featured .99 Songs

100 Albums for $5

100 Kindle Books for $3.99 Or Less

These change constantly, so keep clicking the links:  You’ll always find something new.

Remember – anything you buy from Amazon through any link on this site puts a commission in my pocket, at no cost to yourself, so thank you very much! Also, arf! from the Presidential Pomeranian.

Gentry GOP/Donor Class Team Up to Destroy Conservative Wing of Party
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Donald Trump — Wrong Candidate for the GOP | National Review Online

The only answer to division and hatred on the left is inclusion and unity on the right.

War: Chamber of Commerce gearing up to take out conservative incumbents in the House next year « Hot Air

I’m trying to imagine the effect on conservative morale next spring if we end up with a double whammy of Jeb Bush cruising towards the nomination while the Chamber of Commerce sets about zapping House conservatives like Jim Jordan, Raul Labrador, and Tim Huelskamp.

Ace quotes Breitbart:

“Fuck you. War.

And I quote me:

We will burn your fucking corrupt party to the ground and sow the embers with salt.

And I will vote for Hillary Clinton in hopes of destroying you utterly. I loathe Clinton. But I loathe you more.

As for Mona Charen, the shameless flack for the Gentry quoted in the first link, take your “inclusion and unity” (which really means submission and obedience) and shove them next to where you generally keep your head.

Trump: Collected Headlines
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How Donald Trump’s surge helps Scott Walker | Washington Examiner

Donald Trump is the gift that keeps on giving to Jeb Bush | Tampa Bay Times

Trump Voters Are Hillary’s New Best Friends – Rick Wilson – POLITICO Magazine

Thanks, Donald: How Trump Could Help The Democrats Win

Morning Plum: How Donald Trump could end up helping Republicans – The Washington Post

Dan Senor: I Think Trump Is Helping Jeb and Rubio – Bloomberg Politics

Is there nothing the man can’t do?

 

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Politico and Projective Vomit Analysis
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Insiders: Donald Trump has peaked – Katie Glueck – POLITICO

About three quarters of Republican early-state insiders say they believe Donald Trump has peaked — but many acknowledge that may also be wishful thinking.

That’s the assessment from this week’s POLITICO Caucus, our weekly bipartisan survey of the top operatives, strategists and activists in Iowa and New Hampshire.

What assessment?  That “insiders” (read:  Gentry GOP establishment hacks and flacks) hope he’s peaked, but admit they don’t have a clue whether that is true or not?

Politico, do you even read the crap you vomit up?

Or is vomit the whole point of what passes for your “reporting?”

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Reason.com’s Idea of Libertarian Military Humor
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I don’t understand why these guys never seem to be able to win any elections.

I mean, don’t you understand the brilliant, cutting humor on display here?  The sarcastic innuendo to the effect that our fighting men would be much better off disarmed on bases here at home than defending America anywhere else in the world where they might get shot at?

Genius, I tell you.  Genius.

Boot the No-Hope Losers Out of the GOP Primary Right Now
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Marco Rubio Has a New Answer For His Inexperience Problem – Bloomberg Politics

The 44-year-old first-term senator is competing for the Republican presidential nomination against a crowded field that includes eight governors or former governors and several more experienced lawmakers.

And we need to choke about ten of these no-hope losers out of the field right freaking now, before we end up in the same quagmire we got in 2012.

It’s not just the Gentry GOP who is suicidal (with their belief they must nominate a scamnesty candidate or lose the general).  The boobs who cling like glue to Santorum, Fiorina, Jindal, Carson, Kasich, Christie, Pataki, Huckabee, and Graham, none of whom have any more shot at achieving the nomination than I do, will make sure that the not-Bush vote never coalesces around anybody capable of stopping him until it’s too late.

The Stupid Party is Stupid From Top to Bottom.  Suicidally so.

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Trump Reacts to Enemy Fire
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Trump Bans Des Moines Register from Campaign Event over Editorial Criticizing Him | Mediaite

Donald Trump‘s campaign has banned The Des Moines Register from covering an Iowa campaign event tomorrow because of their editorial calling on him to get out of the race.

In case you missed it, the Register‘s editorial board put out a pretty brutal editorial calling Trump a “bloviating side show” and a “self-absorbed, B-list celebrity” who is “unfit to stand on the same stage as his Republican opponents.”

Trump fired back by calling them “sophomoric” and mocking their circulation numbers, but the paper reports tonight that one of their political columnists was denied a credential to a “family picnic” Trump is holding tomorrow morning.

And just so there’s no lingering questions, the Trump campaign specifically said it was due to the editorial.

Good.  They are the enemy, not objective news reporters.

Treat them that way.

Gentry Finally Drives Base Away, Loses, And Blames…Base For the Defeat?
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Revenge of the Radical Middle | Washington Free Beacon

Our political commentary is confused because it conceives of the Republican Party as a top-down entity. It’s not. There are two Republican parties, an elite party of the corporate upper crust and meritocratic winners that sits atop a mass party of whites without college degrees whose worldviews and experiences and ambitions could not be more different from their social and economic betters. The former party enjoys the votes of the latter one, but those votes are not guaranteed.

Well, if the suicidal boobs of the second party vote for the paladins of the first party on the basis of “we have to vote for them, they’re always better than….The Clintons (Ayeahargggjh!),” then yes, those votes are guaranteed.

What so worries the GOP about Donald Trump is that he, like Ross Perot, has the resources and ego to rend the two parties apart. If history repeats itself, it will be because the Republican elite was so preoccupied with its own economic and ideological commitments that it failed to pay attention the needs and desires of millions of its voters. So the demagogue rises. The party splits. And the Clintons win.

And whose fault will that be?  The Gentry GOP, or the base who finally gets tired of bending the knee and baring their neck to them?

BTW, all American politicians are demagogues.  And so are most of the media.

 

NYT Puzzled By Chapo Escape From Mexican Prison A Few Days After US Sought His Extradition
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U.S. Sought ‘El Chapo’ Extradition Before Escape – The New York Times

MEXICO CITY — Less than three weeks before Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the infamous drug kingpin known as El Chapo, escaped from Mexico’s highest security prison, the United States issued a formal request for his extradition, according to a statement by the Mexican attorney general late Thursday night.

The request, issued on June 25, was made public after testimony by the attorney general, Arely Gómez González, raised new questions about the relationship between the nations.

I find this interesting.  Don’t you find this interesting?  The MSM, however, doesn’t seem to find it significantly interesting, not the way they find Trump sneers at John McCain interesting, nor does the Obama administration.  I wonder why?

Whether Mr. Guzmán had been warned about the American extradition request, or whether that had any influence on the timing of his escape, is unclear.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

You guys at NYT kill me.

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Perot Was Right Then…And Trump Is Right Now
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Revenge of the Radical Middle | Washington Free Beacon

A brash showboat and celebrity, self-promoter and controversialist, silly and mocking, a caricature of a caricature, Donald Trump is no one’s idea of a serious presidential candidate. Which is exactly why the radical middle finds him refreshing. Not an iota of him is politically correct, he plays by no rules of comity or civility, he genuflects to no party or institution, he is unafraid of and antagonistic toward the media, and he challenges the conventional wisdom of both parties, which holds that there is no real cost to illegal immigration and to trade with China.

Trump’s foreign policy, such as it is, is like Perot’s directed not toward Eurasia but our southern border. Unlike Perot, whose campaign emphasized the twin deficits of budget and trade, Trump has taken on illegal immigration from Mexico, fighting with both the identity politics left and the cheap labor right, with both Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush.

And you know what?  Ross Perot was dead right about the budget and trade deficits.  For some reason, they always forget to mention that.

Just as Trump is dead right about borders, illegal immigration, and scamnesty.

Windows Ten A Big Winner?
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Windows 10, Day One

Last night, as promised, I installed Windows 10 on my own personal laptop. I left everything to chance. I didn’t back up my data. Hell, I set my Lenovo ThinkPad X240 on the floor of a pizza parlor in San Francisco—dongle and all—and let it install totally unattended.

Then, I woke my precious laptop to discover the most painless software upgrade I’ve ever performed. At least, that’s what it feels like so far.

Let the haters hate.  This may be the best Windows yet.  And it runs on everything – phones, tablets, notebooks, desktops, whatever.

 

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Junk…Science? Or Just Junk?
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Ars prepares to put “audiophile” Ethernet cables to the test in Las Vegas | Ars Technica

This isn’t the first time the JREF has taken on audiophile-grade cables. In 2007, the foundation offered its Million Dollar Challenge prize to the Pear Cable Company if the company could prove its $7,250 audio cables improved sound quality as advertised. The Pear Cable Company declined the offer. This time, we’re bringing the cables ourselves, so the test will happen regardless of the feelings of the OEM.

Realistically, we also know that this test won’t sway anyone—if for no other reason than that audiophiles tend to discount the results of blind listening tests (especially A/B/X tests like we’re planning on conducting). The reasons for their opposition are many and varied but come down to two main objections: first, that listening tests (especially double-blind or A/B/X) tend to be conducted in ways that are wildly removed from how folks typically listen to music, and so the applicability of their results are irrelevant outside of the lab. Personally, I don’t buy this for a variety of reasons (not the least of which is that we’re attempting a quantitative measurement, not a qualitative one), but it’s the second objection that I put more stock in. As Michael Lavorgna put it in his closing e-mail to me, “If you want to know what you enjoy listening to, there’s no better way than to listen over time.”

However, for those of you who put your faith in the scientific method when it comes to audiophile testing, this should be pretty exciting. We’ll have a write-up after the event—with video!—to let you all know how it all shakes out. And if any Ars readers happen to be attending The Amazing Meeting, stop by the Million Dollar Challenge on Sunday evening and we can go out for drinks (or at least “skeptical drinks,” in the spirit of the conference).

$7000 audio cables are hooey.  So are $700 ones.  But there are are always credulous dupes willing to gargle the Kool-Aid and convince themselves that the sound is so much better with a liberal application of money to a cable.