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  • Fewer Births Than Deaths Among Whites in Majority of U.S. States

    06/20/2018 4:44:23 PM PDT · 71 of 88
    Captain Rhino to rxsid

    1999 to 2016 is the first 16 years of the Millennial generation’s adult life. Prime family formation and childbearing years.

    So what happened during those 16 years:

    2001: 9/11
    2002: War in Afghanistan
    2003: War in Iraq
    2002 - 2007: Housing price bubble
    2007-2008: Housing bubble collapse, general economic recession
    2009 -2016: Slow economic recovery; changes in worker employment patterns and employee benefits.

    So, just at the time that the prime cohort for going to college, starting careers, landing that good job, starting families and buying homes, etc. is beginning their adult lives, they take a series of blows that damages all those activities. And, surprise of surprises, in the face of all this uncertainty, they are not having so many babies.

    In the meantime, the Baby Boom generation is beginning to “check out” in increasing numbers with the heavy abusers of, well...everything...leading the way. Since the Baby Boom generation is itself a huge bubble moving through the population demographics, you are naturally going to get exaggerated effects.

    The proportion of the United States population that is white has been larger in the past than at the present, so you also get a knock on effect from that in the statistics as well.

    The question is: Is this trend also reflected in native born Americans of Asian, African, and Hispanic racial heritage as well? The answer is yes.

    Here is some information on US fertility rates from Wikipedia:

    “The total fertility rate in the US after World War II peaked at about 3.8 children per woman in the late 1950s and by 1999 was at 2 children. The fertility rate of the total US population was just below the replacement level of about 1.9 children per woman in 1979. However, the fertility of the population of the United States is below replacement among those native born, and above replacement among immigrant families, most of whom come to the U.S. from countries with higher fertility than that of the U.S. However, the fertility rates of immigrants to the U.S. have been found to decrease sharply in the second generation, correlating with improved education and income. As of the beginning of 2016, there are 59.8 births per 1,000 women aged 15–44; this is the lowest number since records have been kept since 1909.

    Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Total_fertility_rate#United_States

    Here are US population and demography projections from another Wikipedia article:

    “A report by the U.S. Census Bureau projects a decrease in the ratio of Whites between 2010 and 2050, from 79.5% to 74.0%. At the same time, Non-Hispanic Whites are projected to no longer make up a majority of the population by 2042, but will remain the largest single ethnic group. In 2050 they will compose 46.3% of the population. Non-Hispanic whites made up 85% of the population in 1960.

    The report foresees the Hispanic or Latino population rising from 16% today to 30% by 2050, the Black percentage barely rising from 12.9% to 13.1%, and Asian Americans upping their 4.6% share to 7.8%. The United States had a population of 310 million people in October 2010, and is projected to reach 400 million by 2039 and 439 million in 2050. It is further projected that 82% of the increase in population from 2005 to 2050 will be due to immigrants and their children.

    Of the nation’s children in 2050, 62% are expected to be of a minority ethnicity, up from 44% today. Approximately 39% are projected to be Hispanic or Latino (up from 22% in 2008), and 38% are projected to be single-race, non-Hispanic Whites (down from 56% in 2008).[67] Racial and ethnic minorities surpassed non-Hispanic whites as the largest group of American children under 5 years old in 2015

    Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demography_of_the_United_States#Projections

    (There are some good tables at the links. BTW, note where all the growth is coming from.)

  • Faculty in Denial about Own Role in Decline of Humanities

    06/20/2018 12:29:55 PM PDT · 24 of 26
    Captain Rhino to CodeToad

    True. And not just corporate offices. Academy (already discussed), religious institutions, government, etc.

    This type of self-excusing reasoning will persist until the Chinese begin to eat our lunch (or actually do). Unfortunately, these idiots would probably welcome their Asian overlords with wide open arms.

    You can bet they, the Chinese, have absolutely no time for this nonsense.

  • VIDEO - Bell V-280 Valor Reaches 80 Knots (New tilt-rotar aircraft)

    05/29/2018 1:24:00 AM PDT · 24 of 32
    Captain Rhino to Spktyr

    Thanks!

  • Record drug bust finds enough fentanyl to kill 26M people

    05/25/2018 6:34:30 PM PDT · 4 of 99
    Captain Rhino to ConservativeMind

    Yes. Basically the same rationale is being used/was used for the legalization and taxation of marijuana.

    Sow the wind; reap the whirlwind.

  • N. Korea still open to talks with US as Trump threatens Kim Jong-un after scrapping summit

    05/24/2018 4:35:18 PM PDT · 22 of 92
    Captain Rhino to Hadean

    This is going to sound odd - especially considering how swift and bloody Lil Kim has been is dealing with opposition (real or imagined) - but I have been thinking of the “two letters” portion of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. The first, written by Krueschev (sp) was conciliatory and spoke of avoiding war, etc. The second, arriving a day or so later was written by hawkish elements of the Central Committee and was bellicose and threatening. President Kennedy chose to ignore the second and responded to the first.

    Is it possible that Kim Jong Un isn’t as in control in Norkland as we have been led to believe?

    President Trump’s letter certainly shows a bias toward the peaceful solution of the crisis.

  • Hillary Clinton to receive prestigious Harvard medal

    05/20/2018 5:07:02 PM PDT · 74 of 84
    Captain Rhino to Salman

    Just another entry in the university’s long list of political hack jobs. The “prestigious” train left Harvard station a long time ago. It was towing the “distinguished” and “honorable” cars when it left.

  • Control the words, control the culture

    05/13/2018 8:53:29 AM PDT · 5 of 30
    Captain Rhino to Oldpuppymax

    “Do you know that Newspeak is the only language in the world whose vocabulary gets smaller every year?”

    Winston did know that, of course. He smiled, sympathetically he hoped, not trusting himself to speak.

    Syme bit off another fragment of the dark-coloured bread, chewed it briefly, and went on:

    “Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed, will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten.”

    “Already, in the Eleventh Edition, we’re not far from that point. But the process will still be continuing long after you and I are dead. Every year fewer and fewer words, and the range of consciousness always a little smaller. Even now, of course, there’s no reason or excuse for committing thoughtcrime. It’s merely a question of self-discipline, reality-control.”

    “But in the end there won’t be any need even for that. The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect. Newspeak is Ingsoc and Ingsoc is Newspeak,” he added with a sort of mystical satisfaction.

    “Has it ever occurred to you, Winston, that by the year 2050, at the very latest, not a single human being will be alive who could understand such a conversation as we are having now?”

    I trust you are familiar with the source.

  • Russia warships stalk US aircraft carrier in ‘cat and mouse chase’

    05/13/2018 6:00:46 AM PDT · 33 of 45
    Captain Rhino to BenLurkin

    Great book and movie.

  • Reed College Students Demand Removal Of White Authors From Humanities Course

    05/12/2018 7:11:42 AM PDT · 72 of 91
    Captain Rhino to Teacher317

    Not true. There’s Wakanda.

    Oh, right. Fictional.

    Oops. Sorry.

  • I'm a former Girl Scout — Boy Scouts' plan to allow female members is a pseudo-progressive ploy

    05/03/2018 3:49:34 AM PDT · 11 of 58
    Captain Rhino to Southside_Chicago_Republican

    Probably a case of maintaining some historical connection/reference to the original organization. Might even be some legal reason/justification to retain “BSA” in the organization’s title.

    As for the decision itself, this is just the end of game move in a series of recent BSA leadership decisions. After all, when you have (after a lot of internal turbulence and external pressure) decided to admit homosexuals and transgender “boys” into the organization’s membership and leader positions, how can you continue to exclude “real” (or to use the politically correct term, CIS) girls and women?

    Logically speaking, unless you are very careful, when you creep out onto a slippery slope, you may be obliged to slide all the way to the bottom; long term consequences be damned.

  • Malaysian Airlines MH370: Huge 50 foot waves cripple salvage op -- plane may never be found

    04/29/2018 3:42:39 PM PDT · 21 of 43
    Captain Rhino to volunbeer

    The lack of coverage of the remote reaches of the Indian/Southern Ocean reflects a conservation of radar and satellite equipment, computer, and human resources.

    It costs time and money to monitor any particular patch of sky and the locations where you expect the most activity get the most attention (and resources).

    Given the considerable performance capabilities required to operate in or simply transit those vast expanses of unbroken ocean, very few aircraft types can even enter the area. Imagine what the cost of developing, emplacing, maintaining and actively monitoring a full coverage radar or satellite surveillance system 24/7/365 would be.

    Spending resources to stare intently at a big space where nothing is usually happening probably seemed like a good place to begin eliminating unnecessary expense.

    Then MH370 happened.

    Now you have dead people from multiple countries and energized politicians involved. The previous surveillance system cost/benefit analyses (i.e., very little return for a whole lot of expense), while still valid, are now irrelevant and “insensitive” politically.

    Another post has already noted that the aircraft was probably very badly fragmented when it hit the ocean surface. Nothing is intact. Deep ocean organisms are well on their way to completely consuming what bits of the passengers survived the impact. The flight data and voice recorder batteries are long dead, so data might not be recoverable even if they are eventually found. In short, beyond the possibility of eventually declaring a field of shredded aluminum and steel nearly 4 miles deep in the ocean to be the aircraft, this is a story that already has no possible happy ending.

    The question is how much additional money/effort/risk of loss of life and property will be required before those in charge admit that the book on the incident must be closed and all the lives that continue to be bound up in this tragedy are released so they can recover as best as they can`

  • Steny Hoyer Caught On Tape Trying To Rig Colorado House Race!

    04/29/2018 8:05:18 AM PDT · 25 of 28
    Captain Rhino to SauronOfMordor

    Nothing, if you think the party-identifying voters shouldn’t have any role in selecting the candidate for the seat.

    If that is the case, why hold a primary election, at all? “Winning” the primary election would then be nothing more than a bit of small “d” democratic-process fiction papering over the Democratic Party’s dictatorship.

    American politicians are good at that: honoring in solemn pronouncements the virtues of a supposedly neutral process while simultaneously subverting it. The 2016 Democratic Party Presidental primary season being a stellar example.

  • Is Amazon Prime worth its new $119 price tag?

    04/28/2018 7:30:31 AM PDT · 89 of 142
    Captain Rhino to LibWhacker

    I use the free shipping, music, and video features of Amazon Prime.

    The free shipping feature pays for the service for me many times over. I bought 12 heavy duty, rolling, steel shelving units from Amazon last year. They weighed 54 lbs. each. All shipped free and arrived quickly, usually within 3 to 5 days of ordering. How much do you think the shipping on those units would have cost from a third party vendor?

    I use the Prime music benefit everyday. I listen to a wide variety of music (Christmas, religious, classical, big band jazz, historic, etc.). I have nearly 100 albums in my music library that I can listen to anywhere on any device that can link to the Internet. The only downside is that I am a CD buyer in the age of the MP3 download. If I could just click and buy an album CD, I probably would have purchased many of these albums by now. As it is, you have to hunt the album down by searching through the main Amazon site.

    I don’t use the Prime video service that much since I like to patronize local theaters and businesses when possible. I usually buy the films I see on DVD (Amazon gets only some of that business). I agree that the video selection that is free with Prime is not that great. That’s one area that needs better management. But you can rent 30 day viewing of first run feature films for far less than a regular Cineplex ticket. So there is a rental price discount through Prime.

    (Another reason for limited use of the Prime video benefit is that I also subscribe to Netflix. There is some of the same staleness in the selections on Netflix as they don’t turn over as much as you would like. However, the Netflix original features are very good (or better). I specifically recommend the 2018 revival of the 1960s “Lost in Space” scifi series. Just binge watched all 12 episodes of the first season last weekend. Terrific production values, CGI, character development, etc.)

    So count me a satisfied Amazon Prime member even at $119.00 per year.

  • Should Quantum Anomalies Make Us Rethink Reality?

    04/27/2018 3:46:52 AM PDT · 16 of 53
    Captain Rhino to LibWhacker

    I recall a quote, supposedly attributed to Einstein, that goods something like:

    “Before I heard your lecture, I was confused on this subject. After hearing you speak, I am still confused, but at a higher level.”

    A lot of the supposed “entanglement” being discussed here is nothing more than the fact that language is used by human beings to describe their environments and that individual human beings have differing levels of access to words to describe the attributes of objects.

    As we grow, we acquire (or should be acquiring) more and more vocabulary words to help us describe sensory inputs. Using the example from the article, it takes a lot of personal and collective education/experience/interest to go from a specific perceived sound the identifying it as a thrush “singing.”

    My descriptive vocabularity for color is going to be more limited than say, a professional color consultant. This limitation is not a limitation on the object but on the part of the observer’s education, experience, and frankly, interest in the subject. The particular color of an object, which is a function of the wavelengths of the visible light spectrum it does not absorb, is independent of who is observing the object.

    The same is true for other physical properties it may possess. They are attributes of the object and they do not change with the observer. I take this to be the “noncontextuality” being referred to. The “Quantum entanglement” being discussed seems to come down to a complaint about the lack of a specific enough vocabulary to describe what is being observed.

    On a separate note, the article’s author(s) do their audience no favors by assuming it has a deep, prior education in the details of the cited experiments being conducted to prove or disprove “noncontextuality” and “quantum entanglement.” Scientific American magazine has a educated but non-specialist readership and article content should be pitched at that level.

  • Dems flip New York state seat that Republicans have held for nearly four decades

    04/25/2018 4:15:24 AM PDT · 41 of 45
    Captain Rhino to chris37

    Good question. Same sort of question could be asked about Republican districts in California. Being red in an intensely blue state doesn’t count for much. Sort of like exotic display pieces.

    “Now children (voters), these are what so-called Republicans look like. Don’t get too close and please don’t listen to anything they say! Individual rights and responsibility! Balanced budgets! What a bunch of hate-filled racists!”

  • Syria Update: Peter Hitchens Reflections With A Warning About The Consequences Of War

    04/20/2018 5:29:24 AM PDT · 11 of 16
    Captain Rhino to Nifster

    Why must leadership be the only source of irrational action?

    The command and control situation on the ground is hardly perfect.

    The revenge motif runs deep in Arab culture and there has certainly been enough violence to produce deep reservoirs of it on both sides. It is just as possible that this act (the chemical weapon attack) was organized and carried out by a subordinate Syrian commander with access to the weapons; one who did not care about anything except getting revenge for the death of (fill in the blank).

    It might be the truth that neither the Syrian or Russian leadership had anything to do with the ordering the attack except...for the maintaining of the research, production, and storage facilities that make such attacks possible. And surprise! That, and only that, is what got attacked by the western powers late last week.

    Kill to your heart’s bitter content; but not with these weapons.

  • Nearly Two Hours on Critical Race Theory, White Privilege, T4G, and More

    04/19/2018 4:31:23 PM PDT · 19 of 20
    Captain Rhino to wbarmy

    Yes. There is nothing like overseas travel to make an American appreciate just how fricken lucky they really are.

    Growing up and during my enlisted time in the Marine Corps I had seen Mexico, South Vietnam, India and the Philippines. I used to tell people that, if they thought they had a good working definition of what being poor was, they should go to India and find out they were still talking about the middle class.

    The eye opener for my daughters was a family vacation that we took to Cancun in 2000. They were in their early-mid teens at the time and an overbooking fiasco by the travel and hotel companies sent a number of the families and couples in our travel group from a nice pyramid-shaped hotel in the Zona Turista down the coast to an all inclusive beach/diving resort at Akumal. (Akumal is just north of Tulum and the Mexico-Belize border.) Getting there was a 2-3 hour ride through the Mayan countryside.

    Once there, we made some excursions including a day trip to Chichen Itza. This involved another several hour trip through the Mayan jungle via the old colonial capital Merida. Along the way, they got to see a lot of real poverty.

    In the years since, both have done a lot of travelling in Europe, Japan, China, Central and South America.

    To this day, they both still agree that one of the biggest strokes of luck they ever had was simply to be born an American citizen and grow up in the United States.

  • 'Opposing Netanyahu's policies doesn't make us anti-Semitic'

    04/16/2018 6:43:37 PM PDT · 27 of 32
    Captain Rhino to Eleutheria5

    Senator Sander’s use of “we” is annoying.

    Is he afraid that the use of “I” would not carry sufficient gravitas? Or perhaps expressing his viewpoint as a personal viewpoint would make him too responsible for his words?

    In any event, his “we” has no majesty to it, it reminds me more of Gollum from LOTR.

    Well, heck! There’s your answer. Bernie has multiple personalities and “we” is his personal, personal pronoun.

  • Black teen who wanted directions shot at by white man

    04/14/2018 6:43:17 AM PDT · 55 of 88
    Captain Rhino to RegulatorCountry

    Thank you for posting a link to this standard daytime urban breaking and entering burglary technique. For those unfamiliar with it, it goes like this:

    1. Be a young, fit, male between 15 to 30 years old of any race.
    2. Be intent on breaking into unoccupied homes to steal easily stowed small items that can be sold quickly.
    3. Dress like a student, wear a hoodie to disguise yourself and carry a backpack for your burglary tools and loot.
    4. Cruise the target neighborhood looking for homes that look like the owners might be away at work (cars absent in front being a prime clue)
    5. Knock on the door/ring the door bell to see if the homeowner/occupant answers.
    6. If someone answers, make some excuse about needing directions to X (part of your cover story) and leave looking for another possibly in occupied house.
    7. If there is no answer, go around back where you are out of sight and check the back doors and windows to see if there’s one that can easily be broken into using the burglary tools in your backpack.
    8. Glove up, break-in and steal sellable small items that can be easily carried in the backpack.
    9. Depending on the value of the items stolen, assess whether you should continue trying other homes in the neighborhood.
    10. Continue until you feel uneasy (two to three times) then depart the neighborhood on foot to your car/bus stop to make your escape
    11. Sell your loot locally or on line.
    12. Repeat until caught.

    The problem is that up to Step 7 above, the lost student was indistinguishable from the daytime burgler. While the husbrand is responsible for shooting at the fleeing teen and will be called to account for it in court, let’s not discount the role of his wife in emotionalizing the situation and the role of past experience (both personal and in the neighborhood) in creating the emotional lens the couple were interpreting events through. And last, but not least, the police investigating this case have their own lenses and agendas in interpreting the evidence.

    Here is where things get tricky. Unlike CCW, having a gun in the home imposes no training requirement. How, without impacting fundamental 2nd Amendment rights, do you “train” the average home defense gun owner about the proper use of the firearm in home defense and the severe liabilities they face if they get it wrong?

    As a retired firefighter, the husband should have had a better capacity to manage the stress of the situation and controlled his impulse to shoot at the fleeing teen. That shot, fortunately a miss, is already proving very costly and the process has barely begun.

  • BBC Scotland Video Says Holy Communion ‘Smells Like Hate’

    04/13/2018 6:32:35 PM PDT · 4 of 17
    Captain Rhino to marshmallow

    Question to Freepers on the eastern side of “The Pond:”

    How is this video not incitement to hatred when far less virulent remarks directed at say, LGBT or Muslims, will get you, at a minimum, a visit and a warning from the local constables?

    Is there not even the pretense of equal application of the law anymore?