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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Colin Flahrety debunks the 'white mass shooter' meme (podcast)
[Colin Flaherty] There’s only one reason why someone would spread the fairy tale that most mass shooters are white:

They want to spread the greatest lie of our generation: White racism. Black victimization.

We don’t play that game here. We expose that game with recent examples EVERY WEEK of black mass shooters and how that is wildly out of proportion.

Also, our book of the week is another of my favorites from Steven Pressfield: Gates of Fire. A story about the 300 Spartans at Thermopalae.

You can get it here https://amzn.to/2zhDcDU

Let me know how you like it.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/23/2019 09:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [138 views] Top|| File under:


Overstock CEO resigns after disclosing romance with Russian agent (video)
[FOX] Patrick Byrne says he was a part of political espionage during the 2016 election cycle.

Again, I'm not going into that.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/23/2019 02:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [228 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Is Overstock a federal contractor?
Is Byrne a national security risk?

Hillary's people actually worked with GRU agents to try to dig up dirt on her opponent, and created and ran with complete lies which their media friends amplified - for years.

Why the f--- is this private citizen being punished for a non-crime?

This society is insane.
Posted by: Lex || 08/23/2019 9:13 Comments || Top||

#2  He talks a whole heckuva lot without saying much, drops a few names but offers no details. I would say that he should probably avoid Fort Marcy Park.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/23/2019 10:09 Comments || Top||

#3  This could be a publicity stunt to support his emerging block chain biz.
Posted by: warthogswife || 08/23/2019 11:48 Comments || Top||

#4  I got the impression he was off his med.
Posted by: ruprecht || 08/23/2019 15:01 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
The end of America's 30-year engagement with China?
[Washington Insider] Will the demonstrations in Hong Kong come to be seen as the end of a 30-year period, beginning with the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989, of the American-Chinese economic engagement and entanglement christened "Chimerica" by historian Niall Ferguson?

Quite possibly, and without regard to what happens in Hong Kong. President Trump’s on-and-off tariff threats to China have shown his willingness to upend U.S.-China economic ties. Unlike his predecessors, he regards imports from China as harmful. In his view, they provide cheap clothes and toys to American consumers, but they also have destroyed more American manufacturing jobs than expected.

In any case, China's economic growth has been flagging, and its work force has essentially stopped growing. Post-Tiananmen annual growth, unparalleled in history, ranged from 8% to 14% from 1991 to 2013, but has tailed off, probably below the official 6% level.

Thanks to China’s longtime one-child policy, its working-age population has been declining, down 3% since 2011. For years, one big question about China was whether it would get old before it got rich. The answer seems to be that it has gotten old about halfway up the path. Poverty is way down, but incomes significantly lag those in North America, Western Europe and East Asia, including Taiwan and Hong Kong. Meanwhile, just as the United States once lost low-skill manufacturing jobs, so China is losing them now.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/23/2019 02:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [331 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  It's a good time to leave. We'll avoid the traffic rush.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/23/2019 2:51 Comments || Top||

#2  The pity of it.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/23/2019 7:29 Comments || Top||

#3  They could have been a contender.
Posted by: Hupolush Ulereling8010 || 08/23/2019 8:24 Comments || Top||

#4  Building up China's economic and military might and destroying our manufacturing class will be seen by future historians as one of many insanely self-destructive policies foisted on this country by its foolish political class.

Right up there with importing 20 million semi-literate illegal entrants from Mexico and Central America.
Posted by: Lex || 08/23/2019 9:45 Comments || Top||

#5  You'd have to be of a certain age to recognize your graphic, B.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 08/23/2019 11:57 Comments || Top||

#6  Donald J. Trump
‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump
Our Country has lost, stupidly, Trillions of Dollars with China over many years. They have stolen our Intellectual Property at a rate of Hundreds of Billions of Dollars a year, & they want to continue. I won’t let that happen! We don’t need China and, frankly, would be far....

....better off without them.
The vast amounts of money made and stolen by China from the United States, year after year, for decades, will and must STOP. Our great American companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China, including bringing..

....your companies HOME and making your products in the USA.
I will be responding to China’s Tariffs this afternoon. This is a GREAT opportunity for the United States. Also, I am ordering all carriers, including Fed Ex, Amazon, UPS and the Post Office, to SEARCH FOR & REFUSE,....

....all deliveries of Fentanyl from China (or anywhere else!). Fentanyl kills 100,000 Americans a year. President Xi said this would stop - it didn’t. Our Economy, because of our gains in the last 2 1/2 years, is MUCH larger than that of China. We will keep it that way!
Posted by: Phinens Dingle9259 || 08/23/2019 11:58 Comments || Top||

#7  ^^^
#6, Bravo! About damn time.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/23/2019 13:40 Comments || Top||

#8  The moral of the story is: When you enable evil, it does not reform. It only gets more powerful and more dangerous.

We should have been dealing with the Chinese the same way we did with the USSR. If we had they might have collapsed by now the same way the USSR did. Trump gave them more of a chance than I would have but he is not naive and stupid the way jimmuh carter was. Nor is he as greedy and unscrupulous as Henry Kissinger. I hope he's not too late.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/23/2019 14:11 Comments || Top||

#9  Ref #5: Parking in the back row, near the ditch. Nobody walks past your car for popcorn or soft drinks.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/23/2019 16:26 Comments || Top||

#10  Play the Russia card (against China - not at the drive-in).
Posted by: Lex || 08/23/2019 17:27 Comments || Top||

#11  ☺
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 08/23/2019 18:15 Comments || Top||

#12  President Trump on Friday announced plans to increase tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars in Chinese goods in a sweeping response to duties announced by Beijing earlier in the day.

Trump tweeted that a 10 percent tariff on $300 billion in Chinese goods set to go into effect on Sept. 1 would increase to 15 percent, and that an additional $250 billion being tariffed at 25 percent will be hit with a 30 percent tariff starting Oct. 1.

"China should not have put new Tariffs on 75 BILLION DOLLARS of United States product (politically motivated!)" Trump tweeted.
Posted by: Phinens Dingle9259 || 08/23/2019 18:55 Comments || Top||

#13  We should have been dealing with the Chinese the same way we did with the USSR.

Unfortunately, America's policy towards China has always been driven by dreams of what its population could be -- an unparalleled mass of customers, an unparalleled source of new converts. It's never been about what the Chinese want or need, but always about what influential Americans can get out of it.

(For example, for the Clinton's, it was about trading US defense secrets for cash.)
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 08/23/2019 19:37 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Culture Wars
The Real Reason They Behave Hypocritically On Climate Change Is Because They Want To
h/t Instapundit
[Forbes] British Royal couple Prince Harry and Princess Meghan Markle triggered widespread outrage recently after lecturing the world about climate change while flying around the world in private jets.

...But was the couple’s ostentatious display of climate hypocrisy really accidental? After all, celebrities have been hypocritically moralizing about climate change and other environmental issues for decades. And, now, a growing number of celebrities are getting into the act.

...A simpler explanation for the hypocrisy of celebrities who moralize about climate change is that it is a way of flaunting their special status.

Hypocrisy is the ultimate power move. It is a way of demonstrating that one plays by a different set of rules from the ones adhered to by common people. Hypocrisy demonstrates how unaccountable one is to conventional morality.

Such displays work because, unlike wealth, status is inherently subjective. The more of it you are perceived to have, the more of it you actually have.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/23/2019 08:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [176 views] Top|| File under:

#1  British newspapers have noticed though!

Harry and ex-yachter Princess MeAgain are burning through goodwill faster than even I believed possible.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/23/2019 8:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Also notice who's not going to Balmoral to see the Queen.
Princess Yacht-girl not managed to make many friends with royals. Perhaps she can chat to Andrew again as they likely bumped into each other in the past.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/23/2019 10:13 Comments || Top||

#3  Latest conspicuous consumption by the nouveau riche. Rub the noses of the proles in it to make yourself feel powerful.
Posted by: AlanC || 08/23/2019 11:26 Comments || Top||


Vermont is going insane. Will the rest of the country follow ?
[American Thinker] This spring, visiting professor Ryszard Legutko was prevented from speaking at Vermont's prestigious Middlebury College due to strident opposition by extremist and intolerant students. This was the second such embarrassment for the college: writer Charles Murray and a Middlebury professor were insulted and assaulted there in 2016.

Professor Legutko recently related his perspective on the experience, revealing that the college not only caved to the disruptive and disrespectful students, but legitimized their conduct! Further, the students have set out to proscribe future discourse that might again ignite their sociopathic anarchy.

Last year, our nation's children walked out of high schools to complain about school shootings. Encouraged by teachers and principals, these students proclaimed that they would finally end school violence by effecting changes to national gun laws. Many have praised these optimistic youths; others have condemned them. Both approaches are wrong.

Addressing the rebellion of America's youth in the 1960s, writer Wendell Berry remarked that "this generation is as subject as any other to intelligent scrutiny and judgment, and as deserving of honest criticism. It has received much approbation and condemnation, very little criticism" ("Discipline and Hope," 1970). Mr. Berry argued that the '60s youths correctly criticized their parents' world but that without guidance, they eventually embraced those same values in new forms. Thus, the Flower Children took root in Silicon Valley, where they now grow bald while the military complex and industrial waste flourish.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/23/2019 02:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [454 views] Top|| File under:

#1  on Monday boycott classes to protest racism
on Tuesday boycott classes to protest global warming
on Wednesday boycott classes to protest corporate profits
on Thursday boycott classes to protest animal abuse
on Friday boycott classes to protest voting ID laws
Posted by: lord garth || 08/23/2019 3:19 Comments || Top||

#2  On saturday attend the 'how to protest' workshop.
On sunday see the state appointed shrink.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/23/2019 4:38 Comments || Top||

#3  Returning to their parent's basement each evening.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/23/2019 5:32 Comments || Top||

#4  The Red Guard.

Just a note to the kiddies, the authorities sent the PLA in to finish them off. Keep it up. We don't have a PLA, but once the leash breaks, we have a militia. If history says anything, they'll be as concerned about 'due process' as you are.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/23/2019 6:48 Comments || Top||

#5  Fluoridated water?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/23/2019 7:38 Comments || Top||

#6  ...General Jack Ripper to the courtesy phone.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/23/2019 7:55 Comments || Top||

#7  Expel the little turds with tuition forfeiture.
Posted by: Hupolush Ulereling8010 || 08/23/2019 8:02 Comments || Top||

#8  No, Hupolush, they're more likely to get free tuition. And bonus credits for Dron's Saturday protest workshop.
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/23/2019 10:03 Comments || Top||

#9  They'll get as much crap as they are willing to take. Expel them permanently.
Posted by: gorb || 08/23/2019 12:57 Comments || Top||

#10  When I was a kid in VT - it was all sawmill workers and other yankee rednecks.... then NYC and Boston hippies decided VT was a beautiful thing.... so they spoiled it.
Posted by: Mercutio || 08/23/2019 13:13 Comments || Top||

#11  Vt has been insane for a while. Look at who they've been electing.
Posted by: The peanut gallery || 08/23/2019 13:47 Comments || Top||

#12  A degree in protesting won't pay off the student loans.
Posted by: ruprecht || 08/23/2019 15:02 Comments || Top||

#13  My niece starts college at UVM in a week or so. Alas, she'll fit right in - lives in DC area.
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/23/2019 16:55 Comments || Top||

#14  Norwich College (Senior Military College) is in northern VT, not far from Burlington. So not all bad.
Posted by: Lex || 08/23/2019 16:57 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Biden on capital gains tax: "We should raise the tax back to 39.6 percent"
[Americans for Tax Reform] Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden said he’d like to raise the capital gains tax rate to 39.6 percent, a near doubling of the current 20 percent.

Biden made the remarks on Wednesday, August 21 during an interview with Iowa Public Television:

"I believe we should, in fact, the capital gains tax should be at what the highest minimum tax should be, we should raise the tax back to 39.6 percent instead of 20 percent," Biden said yesterday.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/23/2019 02:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [226 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Joe's blunderings, what's next? Will he soon announce his support for the Black Robed tyrant's March 1857 position on Dred Scott ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/23/2019 5:43 Comments || Top||

#2  Get a job joe.
Posted by: Varmint Splat1454 || 08/23/2019 7:18 Comments || Top||

#3  That's mostly a tax on inflation - a tax on the money the government printed. I suggest making dividends tax-free - they have already been taxed as income to the corporation, why tax them again as income to the corporation owners?
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/23/2019 10:08 Comments || Top||

#4  Get a job joe.

He's too old. He needs to go sit in a rocking chair.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/23/2019 10:33 Comments || Top||

#5  He can go be the pool boy on Odumbo's new estate on Martha's Vineyard
Posted by: AlanC || 08/23/2019 14:36 Comments || Top||


Science & Technology
Yale Computer Scientist David Gelernter Abandons Darwinism (video)
[Breitbart] Renowned Yale computer scientist David Gelernter claims that he is abandoning Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.

Gelernter, who formerly served as a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, published a column earlier this year detailing his move away from evolutionary theory. The column, which was titled "Giving Up Darwin," provides Gelernter’s arguments against Darwinism.
Darwin’s theory predicts that new life forms evolve gradually from old ones in a constantly branching, spreading tree of life. Those brave new Cambrian creatures must therefore have had Precambrian predecessors, similar but not quite as fancy and sophisticated. They could not have all blown out suddenly, like a bunch of geysers. Each must have had a closely related predecessor, which must have had its own predecessors: Darwinian evolution is gradual, step-by-step. All those predecessors must have come together, further back, into a series of branches leading down to the (long ago) trunk.

But those predecessors of the Cambrian creatures are missing. Darwin himself was disturbed by their absence from the fossil record. He believed they would turn up eventually. Some of his contemporaries (such as the eminent Harvard biologist Louis Agassiz) held that the fossil record was clear enough already, and showed that Darwin’s theory was wrong. Perhaps only a few sites had been searched for fossils, but they had been searched straight down. The Cambrian explosion had been unearthed, and beneath those Cambrian creatures their Precambrian predecessors should have been waiting‐and weren’t. In fact, the fossil record as a whole lacked the upward-branching structure Darwin predicted.

A group of scientists, including Gelernter and Meyer, sat down to discuss evolution this summer in a conversation that was hosted by Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [386 views] Top|| File under:

#1  @...They could not have all blown out suddenly...@

actually, the normative view is that in about a 10 million year period early in the Cambrian (about 500M years ago) there was such a 'blow up' and that's why it is called the Cambrian Explosion

there are no accepted causal theories of why this happened and for this to have happened the rate of successful mutation would have to have been at least 4 orders of magnitude greater than anything measured -- those problems make the 'explosion' a tough one to accept for many
Posted by: lord garth || 08/23/2019 3:50 Comments || Top||

#2  ....what you say?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/23/2019 6:52 Comments || Top||

#3  If these people had (just a bit less) arrogance, and just a bit more brains - they'd be talking about origin of life. Not yammering about fossils.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/23/2019 7:22 Comments || Top||

#4  No bones about it g(r)om.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/23/2019 7:23 Comments || Top||

#5  :-)
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/23/2019 7:27 Comments || Top||

#6  He's got a point. There is no trace of Trump in Republican fossils, for example. But, sometimes there is random skip-a-step evolution, when the 'gamma ray' hits a cell harder than normal. I guess. Evolution never took Algebra I and tried to get a passing grade. It probably never will.
Posted by: Beau || 08/23/2019 7:42 Comments || Top||

#7  All the f*cking "fossil history" is 99% conjecture. Evolution, on the other hand, you can see in a lab.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/23/2019 7:46 Comments || Top||

#8  In the last decade the availability of cheap genetic mapping has caused a reshuffling of the Tree of Life™. Things that looked alike tended to have far different ancestors ( Evolution in Action, eh?) .... so fossil evidence? :Meh:
Posted by: magpie || 08/23/2019 14:28 Comments || Top||

#9  Saying your "abandoning Darwin" makes as much sense as saying you're "abandoning Democritus" and his model of atoms -- there's been a hell of a lot of other work since then, and that phrasing just makes you sound ignorant. Frankly, coming from an over-inflated Ivy Leaguer, it's what I expect.

It's not just finches and fossils.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 08/23/2019 19:43 Comments || Top||

#10  When someone, like my elder Brother, says "I don't believe in Evolution!" then my response is "Define what you mean by that statement ... then we'll talk."
Posted by: magpie || 08/23/2019 20:31 Comments || Top||



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