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  • Dr. Rand Paul Comments on the U.S. House Rejecting ‘Obamacare Lite’

    03/25/2017 4:38:50 AM PDT · by oblomov · 68 replies
    Senator Rand Paul ^ | 24 March 2017 | Rand Paul
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator and physician Rand Paul released the following statement after U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the American Health Care Act from a floor vote for the second day in a row: “I applaud House conservatives for keeping their word to the American people and standing up against Obamacare Lite,” said Dr. Paul. “I look forward to passing full repeal of Obamacare in the very near future.” Earlier this month, Dr. Paul introduced the Obamacare Repeal Act (S. 554), which is the same legislation, with an updated timeline, to repeal major components of Obamacare that...
  • A Disastrous Day for Trump [Nevertrump barf alert]

    01/29/2017 7:46:09 PM PST · by oblomov · 50 replies
    Commentary ^ | 29 Jan 2017 | Noah Rothman
    Maybe the most pernicious myth in American politics is also among the most cherished. It is the faith-based conviction that the federal government can be run like a business, and it would be if we only had leaders with the fortitude to make enemies of the corrupt careerists who thwart this common sense idea. We are in the earliest days of a grand experiment to test the validity of the notion that the businessman’s dispassionate acumen can transform our sclerotic federal government into something with private sector efficiency. So far, it’s not going well. On Saturday, Donald Trump revealed once...
  • Vanishing point: the rise of the invisible computer

    01/29/2017 12:45:19 PM PST · by oblomov · 56 replies
    The Grauniad ^ | 26 Jan 2017 | Tim Cross
    n 1971, Intel, then an obscure firm in what would only later come to be known as Silicon Valley, released a chip called the 4004. It was the world’s first commercially available microprocessor, which meant it sported all the electronic circuits necessary for advanced number-crunching in a single, tiny package. It was a marvel of its time, built from 2,300 tiny transistors, each around 10,000 nanometres (or billionths of a metre) across – about the size of a red blood cell. A transistor is an electronic switch that, by flipping between “on” and “off”, provides a physical representation of the...
  • Joe Biden warns that the progressive democratic world order is at risk of collapse [tr]

    01/18/2017 5:38:18 AM PST · by oblomov · 65 replies
    CNBC ^ | 18 Jan 2017 | Jay Yarrow
    Vice President Joe Biden delivered an epic final speech Wednesday to the elites at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The gist of his speech was simple: At a time of "uncertainty" we must double down on the values that made Western democracies great, and not allow the "liberal world order" to be torn apart by destructive forces. Biden went after Russian President Vladimir Putin by name, saying he is using "every tool" in his power to whittle away the European project, and undermine Western democracies. Biden accused Putin of wanting to "roll back decades of progress." Biden said...
  • Trump goes after civil-rights icon on Twitter

    01/14/2017 9:53:02 AM PST · by oblomov · 80 replies
    NY Post ^ | 14 Jan 2017 | Kathianne Boniello
    President-elect Trump slammed US Rep. John Lewis on Twitter Saturday, for “falsely complaining” about the election, and said he should spend more time fixing problems in his district. Lewis, a Georgia democrat and legendary civil rights activist, intends to skip Trump’s Friday inauguration and feels the Tweeter-in-Chief isn’t a “legitimate president,” he told NBC News’ “Meet the Press.” Trump shot back at Lewis with a pair of tweets, the first at 7:50 a.m., the second at 8:07 a.m. “Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not...
  • Inequality and Skin in the Game

    01/14/2017 3:03:02 AM PST · by oblomov · 14 replies
    Medium ^ | 27 Dec 2016 | Nassim N. Taleb
    There is inequality and inequality. The first is the inequality people tolerate, such as one’s understanding compared to that of people deemed heroes, say Einstein, Michelangelo, or the recluse mathematician Grisha Perelman, in comparison to whom one has no difficulty acknowledging a large surplus. This applies to entrepreneurs, artists, soldiers, heroes, the singer Bob Dylan, Socrates, the current local celebrity chef, some Roman Emperor of good repute, say Marcus Aurelius; in short those for whom one can naturally be a “fan”. You may like to imitate them, you may aspire to be like them; but you don’t resent them. The...
  • Philly Mayor Blames ‘Price Gouging’ for Outrage Generated by City’s New Soda Tax

    01/13/2017 12:39:16 PM PST · by oblomov · 60 replies
    Reason ^ | 11 Jan 2017 | Eric Boehm
    After driving up the cost of soda and other sugary drinks with a new tax, the mayor of Philadelphia is now trying to blame businesses for charging higher prices (and for the outrage those prices have generated). Mayor Jim Kenney, who proposed the soda tax and championed its passage through city council last year, told reporters on Tuesday it's not the new 1.5-cents-per-ounce tax that's making it more expensive to buy a can of Coke in Philly. No, according to the mayor, those higher prices are caused by city businesses price gouging their customers in order to stir up opposition...
  • We Are Not the World

    01/07/2017 10:16:34 AM PST · by oblomov · 5 replies
    WSJ ^ | 6 Jan 2017 | Greg Ip
    Late on a Sunday evening a little more than a year ago, Marine Le Pen took the stage in a depressed working-class town in northern France. She had just lost an election for the region’s top office, but the leader of France’s anti-immigrant, anti-euro National Front did not deliver a concession speech. Instead, Ms. Le Pen proclaimed a new ideological struggle. “Now, the dividing line is not between left and right but globalists and patriots,” she declared, with a gigantic French flag draped behind her. Globalists, she charged, want France to be subsumed in a vast, world-encircling “magma.” She and...
  • Greece Unleashes 'Soft' Cash Ban

    01/03/2017 10:18:52 AM PST · by oblomov · 18 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 03 Jan 2017 | Tyler Durden
    The spread of global cash bans continues with Greece unveiling their so-called 'soft' approach by which taxpayers will only be granted tax-allowances or deductions when payments are made via credit or debit cards. As KeepTalkingGreeece reports, the new guidelines refer to employees, pensioners, farmers, and also the unemployed. Accepted expenditure will be: purchases for food and supermarket products, electronic and electric devices, household equipment, footwear, clothing, fuel, furniture, cigarettes, drinks Restaurants, cafeterias,bars and hotels Services like by hairdressers and beauty parlors, gyms and dance schools, car repair, plumbers, electricians, painters, carpenters, lawyers and accountants. For doctors and pharmacy the same...
  • A well-kept open secret: Washington is behind India’s brutal experiment of abolishing most cash

    01/02/2017 7:10:24 PM PST · by oblomov · 62 replies
    Money and More ^ | 01 Jan 2017 | Norbert Häring
    In early November, without warning, the Indian government declared the two largest denomination bills invalid, abolishing over 80 percent of circulating cash by value. Amidst all the commotion and outrage this caused, nobody seems to have taken note of the decisive role that Washington played in this. That is surprising, as Washington's role has been disguised only very superficially. weiterlesen US-President Barack Obama has declared the strategic partnership with India a priority of his foreign policy. China needs to be reined in. In the context of this partnership, the US government’s development agency USAID has negotiated cooperation agreements with the...
  • Bitcoin surpasses $800 for the first time in 3 years

    12/21/2016 9:39:45 AM PST · by oblomov · 29 replies
    MArketwatch ^ | 21 Dec 2016 | Joseph Adinolfi
    The price of a single bitcoin touched a fresh three-year high on Wednesday with U.S. and European buyers accounting for the bulk of trading volume. Bitcoin prices have been rising steadily this year, but accelerated after the U.S. election results sent the U.S. dollar flying. Chinese traders were big bitcoin buyers, seeking protection from the rapid depreciation of the Chinese yuan, also known as the renminbi, which has weakened as the U.S. dollar has strengthened. Traders in the West have also contributed to the digital currency’s rise, using it as a hedge against the political and economic implications of President-elect...
  • Senate Clears Bill to Ease FDA Drug and Device Approvals

    12/07/2016 2:50:18 PM PST · by oblomov · 11 replies
    7 Dec 2016 ^ | Thomas M. Burton
    WASHINGTON—Passage of legislation aimed at speeding up Food and Drug Administration approvals, combined with an incoming president who has pledged to “cut red tape” at the agency, is expected to usher in a new, more industry-friendly era of drug and device regulation. The Senate on Wednesday cleared the measure known as the 21st Century Cures bill, which lays out in detail speedier and more pro-industry methods for the FDA to approve new drugs and medical devices. Its supporters, such as PhRMA, the drug-industry association, and AdvaMed, representing device makers, praise it as a way to bring about more innovation and...
  • Venezuela’s Nemesis Is a Hardware Salesman at a Home Depot in Alabama

    11/22/2016 2:19:30 PM PST · by oblomov · 29 replies
    WSJ ^ | 20 Nov 2016 | ANATOLY KURMANAEV
    HOOVER, Ala.—Public Enemy No. 1 of Venezuela’s revolutionary government is Gustavo Díaz, a Home Depot Inc. employee in central Alabama. On his lunch breaks from the hardware section, Mr. Díaz, 60 years old, does more than anyone else to set the price of everything from rice to aspirin to cars in his native Venezuela, influencing the inflation rate and swaying millions of dollars of daily currency transactions. How? He is president of one of Venezuela’s most popular and insurgent websites, DolarToday.com, which provides a benchmark exchange rate used by his compatriots to buy and sell black-market dollars. That allows them...
  • There Is No Violent Hate-Crimewave in 'Trump's America'

    11/13/2016 5:21:43 AM PST · by oblomov · 37 replies
    Reason ^ | 11 Nov 2016 | Elizabeth Nolan Brown
    Let's get this out of the way: there's no doubt that Donald Trump's policies may pose a direct threat to certain classes of American people. But in the wake of his Tuesday night election as president of the United States, there has been a wave of people worrying for the physical safety of Mexicans, Muslims, and anyone else who isn't white, male, and gender-conforming. The fear seems to legitimately be that there are would-be perpetrators of sexual assault and race-based violence that have been well-behaved so far but will now, emboldened by a President-elect Trump, suddenly go wild with the...
  • Good News: No Evidence of Transgender-Teen Suicide Spike Post-Election

    11/13/2016 5:17:57 AM PST · by oblomov · 27 replies
    Reason ^ | 12 Nov 2016 | Elizabeth Nolan Brown
    Calls to mental health and suicide hotlines spiked this week after Donald Trump was elected president, according to four major crisis-prevention hotlines, with much of the increase coming in calls from LGBT people. Even worse, the election results allegedly triggered the suicides of at least 10 transgender Americans—the majority of them teenagers—within the few days following Trump's win, according to reports rapidly circulating on social media. But while the Trump/Pence win and the return of Republican power may have created apprehension among the LGBT community, there's no evidence to support rumors of a recent wave of transgender-teen suicides and very...
  • Attack on the GOP Ascendancy

    11/12/2016 12:11:04 PM PST · by oblomov · 38 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 12 Nov 2016 | John Podhoretz
    The Republican Party is in the ascendancy. Who could have predicted it? No one. The response of Democrats and liberals since the election has been screaming, crying, and telling tall tales about racist incidents on social media while providing no evidence that they’ve taken place—and, on the activist Left, rioting. That, alas, maybe anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear could have predicted. First, the ascendancy. Among the many things everybody got wrong about this election, including me, was what we were seeing happening on the Right side of the political divide. We looked at the heated primary,...
  • Special Report: The New Republican Party

    11/10/2016 1:52:51 PM PST · by oblomov · 9 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 9 Nov 2016 | F.H. Buckley
    As I write, at one in the morning, it looks as though the Republicans will score a hat trick: the White House, Senate, and House of Representatives. Which means we are poised for an extraordinary revolution in American government, with a 100 days of legislation beginning on January 20 next in which Obamacare will be repealed and replaced, and in which we can begin to talk about major tax, immigration, and campaign reform bills. We can imagine a Supreme Court that respects our republican system of government. We can begin to drain the swamp. What that adds up to is...
  • Trump Over Clinton in User Poll

    11/07/2016 8:27:28 AM PST · by oblomov · 9 replies
    Medpage Today ^ | 7 Nov 2016 | Matt Wynn
    Tomorrow, the nation heads to the polls to decide who will become the 45th president of the United States. In both 2008 and 2012 readers participating in our polls came close to matching the actual vote margins on election day. In 2008, they favored Barack Obama with 56% of the vote in our last pre-election survey, and he grabbed 53% of the actual tally. In 2012, the president received 59% of the MedPage Today vote, and 52% on election day. Readers were slow to warm to the candidate Obama endorsed as evidenced by a yearlong slog. In January, readers gave...
  • New Group Kicks off Post-Election GOP Conflicts Early

    11/06/2016 4:03:43 AM PST · by oblomov · 81 replies
    National Review ^ | Eliana Johnson
    New Group Kicks off Post-Election GOP Conflicts Early The much-anticipated battle within the Republican party — widely expected to play out whether or not Donald Trump loses on Tuesday — has arrived early. On October 11, a group of about three-dozen conservative intellectuals, political operatives, and former administration officials gathered to assess the damage Trump has done to the GOP and the problems he has revealed within it. The meeting, first reported by Real Clear Politics, was hosted by Restart GOP, an organization founded last month by a handful of anonymous Republican operatives still working for party committees. The attendees...
  • Trump OH +5, NC +2, NV+4, FL +4

    10/31/2016 6:54:37 AM PDT · by oblomov · 126 replies
    twitter ^ | 31 Oct 2016 | Axiom/Remington
  • ABC Changes Party ID weighting from D+9 to D+10 in Latest Poll

    10/31/2016 6:10:15 AM PDT · by oblomov · 67 replies
    ABC ^ | 31 Oct 2016 | oblomov
    Still, the poll has Clinton 46% Trump 45% JOHNSON 4% STEIN 2%. Sunday's Poll ResultsMonday's Poll Results
  • Meet the Pirates: radical group set to form a new government in Iceland

    10/29/2016 12:09:52 PM PDT · by oblomov · 10 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | James Rothwell
    On the freezing, windswept streets of Iceland's capital, there is little evidence that a motley crew of computer hackers and anarchists could soon form its next government. As elderly couples and swarms of tourists amble around Reykjavik, not a single outdoor canvasser or campaign poster is in sight. But inside the headquarters of the Pirate party, which lurks by the harbour, dozens of volunteers are hammering on keyboards as they spread their anti-establishment message on social media - which they say is where the real election battle is being fought. With an affluent, friendly population that is smaller than Bristol...
  • Trump Diversity Adviser: Voters Will Speak "Loud And Clear" On Election Day; Black Vote Will Be 16%+

    10/29/2016 10:40:03 AM PDT · by oblomov · 37 replies
    RCP ^ | 26 Oct 2016 | Ian Schwartz
    Donald Trump's adviser for African-American outreach predicts the Republican nominee will receive more black votes than the 5% projected in a new FOX News poll. Brunell Donald-Kyei, vice-chair of diversity outreach for the Trump campaign, estimated support from the black community will be between 16 and 25% on election day. On Wednesday's edition of Special Report, Donald-Kyei talked about "backlash" in the black community when you say you're a Trump supporter. She expects blacks will use the election booth to "speak up." "I'm going to tell you there's backlash when you say hey, I'm a Trump supporter and I'm black,"...
  • FEATURES‘The woman is a disaster!’: Camille Paglia on Hillary Clinton

    10/28/2016 11:23:39 AM PDT · by oblomov · 24 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 29 Oct 2016 | Emily Hill
    Talking to Camille Paglia is like approaching a machine gun: madness to stick your head up and ask a question, unless you want your brain blown apart by the answer, but a visceral delight to watch as she obliterates every subject in sight. Most of the time she does this for kicks. It’s only on turning to Hillary Clinton that she perpetrates an actual murder: of Clinton II’s most cherished claim, that her becoming 45th president of the United States would represent a feminist triumph. ‘In order to run for president of the United States, you have to spend two...
  • What the Early Vote in North Carolina Means: A Daily Tracker [Oct 28, 2016]

    10/28/2016 9:21:11 AM PDT · by oblomov · 26 replies
    New York Times-Picayune ^ | 28 Oct 2016 | Nate Cohn
    There aren’t many states more important this November than North Carolina, a rapidly changing state crucial to Donald J. Trump’s hopes of winning the White House and to Democrats’ hopes of winning the Senate. If Mr. Trump does not win the state, his path to the presidency – already narrow – becomes nearly impossible. There also aren’t many states with better election data than North Carolina. The state releases detailed, individual-level information on every voter in the state. It even publishes a daily account of who has voted early, either in person or by mail. To get a better sense...
  • Trump leads Clinton 50%-36% in Florida among voters who plan to vote on election day

    10/26/2016 4:24:52 PM PDT · by oblomov · 38 replies
    FAU ^ | 26 Oct 2016 | FAU Poll
    FAU Poll Shows Trump Closing to Within Three Points of Clinton in ‘Must-Win’ State of Florida Rubio and Murphy in Tight Senate Race; Medical Marijuana Likely to Pass BOCA RATON, Fla. (October 26, 2016) – Donald Trump has closed to within three points of Hillary Clinton in what the Republican nominee has called the “must-win” state of Florida, according to a poll of 500 likely Florida voters conducted by the Florida Atlantic University Business and Economics Polling Initiative (FAU BEPI). Trump has cut in half Clinton’s six-point lead from FAU’s poll just two weeks earlier. Among likely voters in Florida,...
  • Trump 46 - Clinton 42 in OH (Axiom / Remington Poll Oct 20 - 22)

    10/25/2016 11:54:47 AM PDT · by oblomov · 78 replies
    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/docs/2016/Remington_OH_Oct_25th_2016.pdf ^ | Survey conducted October 20 through October 22 , 2016. 25 Oct 2016 | Real Clear Politics Axiom/Remington Missouri
    Q: The candidates in the General Election for President of the United States are the Republican Donald Trump, the Democrat Hillary Clinton and the Libertarian Gary Johnson or someone else. If the election were held today, for whom would you vote? (ROTATE) Donald Trump: 46% Hillary Clinton: 42% Gary Johnson: 4% Someone else: 2% Undecided: 6%
  • Re: POLITICO Playbook, presented by Boeing – DIG-OUT EDITION – EXCLUSIVE: Hillary prepares to run ag

    10/23/2016 10:09:32 AM PDT · by oblomov · 65 replies
    Wikileaks ^ | 24 Jan 2016 | Neera Tanden to John Podesta
    Re: POLITICO Playbook, presented by Boeing – DIG-OUT EDITION – EXCLUSIVE: Hillary prepares to run against Trump! DAVID BROCK ‘now thinks Hillary will face The Donald,’ and that he’ll be tough – TRUMP PLANS outreach to African Americans – B’DAY: Eric Schultz From:ntanden@gmail.com To: john.podesta@gmail.com Date: 2016-01-24 13:07 Subject: Re: POLITICO Playbook, presented by Boeing – DIG-OUT EDITION – EXCLUSIVE: Hillary prepares to run against Trump! DAVID BROCK ‘now thinks Hillary will face The Donald,’ and that he’ll be tough – TRUMP PLANS outreach to African Americans – B’DAY: Eric Schultz I truly believe he's an unhinged soulless narcissist. Because...
  • Earth To Hillary: "...she doesn't seem to know what planet we are all living in at the moment. "

    10/19/2016 7:02:27 AM PDT · by oblomov · 60 replies
    Podesta Emails- Wikileaks ^ | 15 Sep 2015 | Neera Tanden to John Podesta
    From:ntanden@gmail.com To: john.podesta@gmail.com Date: 2015-09-15 18:36 Subject: Re: I mean it makes my life more difficult after telling every reporter I know she's actually progressive but that is really the smallest of issues. It worries me more that she doesn't seem to know what planet we are all living in at the moment. On Tue, Sep 15, 2015 at 4:23 PM John Podesta wrote: > I pushed her on this on Sunday night. She claims she didn't remember > saying it. Not sure I believe her. We were speculating, that it may be a > Don Baer intervention. > >...
  • RT: NatWest 'freezes Russian channel's UK bank accounts'

    10/17/2016 4:20:06 AM PDT · by oblomov · 52 replies
    BBC ^ | 17 Oct 2016 | BBC
    he UK has frozen all bank accounts owned by Russia's state-run broadcaster, Russia Today (RT), its editor-in-chief has claimed. Margarita Simonyan tweeted: "They've closed our accounts in Britain. All our accounts. 'The decision is not subject to review.' Praise be to freedom of speech!" RT has previously been sanctioned by Ofcom for biased reporting on the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria.
  • Dems help reopen a NC Repub office

    10/16/2016 8:30:43 PM PDT · by oblomov · 56 replies
    Go Fund Me ^ | 16 Oct 2016 | GoFundMe
    On October 16, a North Carolina headquarters of the Republican Party was firebombed , and an abhorrent threat was painted on its outside wall As Democrats, we are starting this campaign to enable the Orange County, North Carolina Republican office to re-open as soon as possible. Until an investigation is undertaken, we cannot know who did this or why. No matter the result, this is not how Americans resolve their differences. We talk, we argue, sometimes we march, and most of all we vote. We do not resort to violence by individuals or by mobs. So, let's all pitch in...
  • Republican HQ in Orange County firebombed, vandalized, police say

    10/16/2016 12:46:04 PM PDT · by oblomov · 87 replies
    WNCN ^ | 16 Oct 2016 | CBS North Carolina
    HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WNCN) — The Republican Party headquarters in Orange County was vandalized and firebombed overnight, Hillsborough Police said Sunday afternoon. The building at 347 Ja-Max Drive was hit with graffiti and “flammable material” was thrown through a window starting a fire inside, police said in an email. Graffiti that said “Nazi Republicans leave town or else” was spray painted in black paint on the side of a building next to the Republican headquarters, according to police. That graffiti, which was also at 353 Ja-Max Drive, included a swastika and was discovered before 9 a.m. by a nearby business owner,...
  • Matt Drudge Tweet! "Oh, on the sex stuff. Hillary is about to get hers..."

    10/15/2016 4:02:34 PM PDT · by oblomov · 155 replies
    twitter ^ | 15 Oct 2016 | Matt Drudge
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  • How One Young Black Man Supporting Trump Massively Skews The LA Times Presidential Poll

    10/14/2016 6:17:55 PM PDT · by oblomov · 10 replies
    Techdirt ^ | 14 Oct 2016 | Timothy Geigner
    Let's jump right into this, because this post is going to be a bit on the wonky side. It's presidential silly season, as we have said before, and this iteration of it is particularly bad, like a dumpster fire that suddenly has a thousand gallons of gasoline dropped onto it from a crop-duster flown by a blind zombie. Which, of course, makes it quite fascinating to watch for those of us with an independent persuasion. Chiefly interesting for myself is watching how the polls shift and change with each landmark on this sad, sad journey. It makes poll aggregating groups,...
  • A conservative scholar makes the case that Trump is the disruptive force America needs

    10/14/2016 2:30:13 PM PDT · by oblomov · 12 replies
    Vox ^ | 12 Oct 2016 | Mark Bauerlein
    After last week’s revelations of Donald Trump’s raunchy braggadocio, his opponents feel warmly vindicated. They knew it all the time. But they remain incredulous. How, they still ask, could such a vulgar jerk have ended up a nominee for president? In this, they fail to recognize a core aspect of his appeal — not his specific policies or economic acumen, but his ability to subvert social norms that many people have come to loathe. For example, early in his campaign, Trump took to making a certain terse directive a feature of his rallies. He would interrupt his monologue and tell...
  • Wikileaks: ‘Anti-SJW’ Heat Street Founder Louise Mensch Pitched Ad Script to HRC Campaign (t)

    10/13/2016 8:51:10 AM PDT · by oblomov · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 13 Oct 2016 | Liam Deacon
    Former British Conservative Party Member of Parliament and “right wing” blogger Louise Mensch privately tried to assist the Hillary Clinton campaign, emails published by Wikileaks reveal. Mrs. Mensch runs the Rupert Murdoch-backed blog Heat Street, which claims to stand against identity politics and what it labels “social justice warriors” under the slogan “no safe spaces.” However, its editor in chief, Mrs. Mensch, was caught writing a campaign advertisement script for the Democratic candidate – a woman who has traded off identity politics and social justice warrior politics. The ad appears to be based on the idea that Mrs. Clinton should...
  • Gross: Low Rates Pushing Investors to Gold, Bitcoin

    10/05/2016 7:43:54 AM PDT · by oblomov · 7 replies
    Barron's ^ | 4 Oct 2016 | Bill Gross
    My country club locker room is a fascinating 19th hole observatory where human nature and intelligence often come into conflict. Almost all of my golfing buddies are risk takers by nature and many of them are gamblers — not just in the card room but also in the casinos in Las Vegas. Having spent some time in Sin City myself in my early 20s as one of the first blackjack counters, I was, and still am, most familiar with odds and the impossibility of beating the “House” in any game other than blackjack over a long period of time. Still,...
  • A Lesson From Colombia’s Vote?

    10/04/2016 10:10:28 AM PDT · by oblomov · 5 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 4 Oct 2016 | Rod Dreher
    A reader writes: I’m a Colombian living in the States who is an avid reader of your blog! Yesterday Colombia had a plebiscite regarding the peace agreement with the Marxist guerrillas and, incredibly, the No won… It’s is hard to explain all the reasons why this happened (even those who opposed the plebiscite “knew” it was going to be approved)… Political leaders in some areas did not push their constituents into voting (they didn’t have anything to lose). The Caribbean coast, for example, is known for its corruption and how local leaders literally buy votes. However this time, there was...
  • Libertarian Author Charles Murray Calls for Pause in Low-Skill Immigration

    09/28/2016 5:50:44 AM PDT · by oblomov · 40 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 27 Sep 2016 | Neil Munro
    Leading libertarian thinker Charles Murray is now urging a halt to the immigration of lower-skilled workers, because the cutoff of extra labor may persuade employers and political leaders to revive declining communities of lower-skilled Americans. “I have had to undergo a great deal of rethinking on all of this this year… [now] I want to shut down low-skill immigration for a while,” Charles Murray told a D.C. event hosted by the Center for Immigration Studies. “The thing that has gotten to me over this year … has been the very simple idea that the citizens of a nation owe something...
  • Conservative arts policy: Not an oxymoron

    09/26/2016 11:57:11 AM PDT · by oblomov · 12 replies
    C2C Journal ^ | 14 Sep 2016 | Leif Malling and Geoff Owen
    Artists are left wing, almost without exception. Most are contemptuous of conservatives. They loathe capitalism, trash tradition and back all the progressive, politically correct causes, from rainforests to electric cars to Obamacare. In July, Hollywood A-Listers lent their star power to the Democratic National Convention; Katy Perry, Meryl Streep, Susan Sarandon – even Bradley Cooper, star of American Sniper! A week earlier, the culturati scoffed at the (former) underwear model and reality TV personalities at the Republican National Convention. Michael Moore, Margaret Atwood, Neil Young, Sarah Polley, Alec Baldwin, K-OS, Sean Penn, Loco Locass, even Raffi – they all campaign...
  • At the Brooklyn Museum, a Polemical History Lesson

    09/21/2016 10:26:01 AM PDT · by oblomov · 2 replies
    WSJ ^ | 20 Sep 2016 | LEE ROSENBAUM
    Anne Pasternak, the public-art impresario and museum neophyte who one year ago became director of the Brooklyn Museum, quickly set about unraveling much of what her predecessor, Arnold Lehman, had done over his 18-year tenure. Her concept was commendable—to simplify and clarify installations that many visitors had regarded as chaotic, confusing and cluttered. But the results—particularly as seen in the sweeping overhaul of the encyclopedic museum’s distinguished permanent collection of American art in a mere seven months— suggest that Ms. Pasternak’s ambitions may have exceeded her know-how. Brought to fruition by assistant curator Connie Choi, a month before Brooklyn’s new...
  • PROBLEMATIC: Hillary Clinton Insults Homeless People on ‘The Tonight Show’

    09/21/2016 7:06:56 AM PDT · by oblomov · 64 replies
    Heatstreet ^ | 20 Sep 2016 | Andrew Stiles
    Hillary Clinton made a very problematic and insultingly “othering” joke about homeless on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. The host handed his guest a brown paper bag full of props to set up his jokes, and Clinton observed that the bag was “pretty beat up” and “looks like a homeless person’s.” No. She. Didn’t. [VIDEO AT LINK] Social media users were not impressed with multimillionaire (and multiple home-owner) Hillary Clinton’s condescending attitude toward real estate-challenged Americans. Sarmo @jordansarmo It's like a homeless persons bag? Wow... Go home Hillary #NeverHillary https://twitter.com/roark__/status/778241472739024896 … 10:52 AM - 20 Sep 2016
  • Trump to do town hall at black church with Hannity

    09/19/2016 2:53:05 PM PDT · by oblomov · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | 19 Sep 2016 | Joe Concha
    Donald Trump is scheduled to hold a town hall event with Sean Hannity of Fox News at a black church in Cleveland, Ohio. The Republican nominee will be hosted by Reverend Darrell Scott, an outspoken Trump supporter, at the New Spirit Revival Center in Cleveland Heights. The network indicates the event will specifically “discuss the core issues and concerns surrounding African-Americans this 2016 election cycle.” Trump has appeared on Hannity’s program more than any host in cable news recently. Hannity, a conservative, has publicly endorsed Trump. “I’m not hiding the fact that I want Donald Trump to be the next...
  • In interview, Biden outlines a lifelong role in cancer research, but not in a Clinton White House

    09/19/2016 11:34:06 AM PDT · by oblomov · 6 replies
    STAT ^ | 19 Sep 2016 | Dylan Scott
    HOUSTON — Vice President Joe Biden says he plans to dedicate his career after politics to cancer research — and to do so for “as long as I’m alive” — but ruled out serving in Hillary Clinton’s administration should she win the White House this fall. In a wide-ranging interview with STAT, Biden said he would want to work closely with a Clinton administration to build on the “cancer moonshot” he launched earlier this year and to help “coordinate” the initiative. But he dismissed the possibility that Clinton’s recent appeal for him to continue working on the effort meant he...
  • Clinton Camp Trolled by ‘Alt-Right’ Parody Account

    09/14/2016 3:18:30 PM PDT · by oblomov · 22 replies
    Polizette ^ | 14 Sep 2016 | Edmund Kozak
    The Clinton campaign is so desperate to associate the Trump campaign with white supremacists at the very fringes of the Alt-Right that it published a blog post on its website dedicated entirely to attacking a harmless internet meme — Pepe the frog — and allowed itself to be fooled by a fake twitter account in the process. The helpful “explainer” by one Elizabeth Chan is titled, “Donald Trump, Pepe the frog, and white supremacists” and warns that the “cartoon frog is more sinister than you might realize.” Chan asserts that the white supremacists “decided to take back Pepe by adding...
  • Here’s the Real Reason Trump’s Outreach to Blacks Scares the Left

    09/07/2016 11:23:08 AM PDT · by oblomov · 47 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 7 Sep 2016 | Liz Peek
    The Left hates Donald Trump, but nothing has inspired more invective than his outreach to the black community. It’s like he has barged into an exclusive club wearing the wrong color shoes. In a recent column in The New York Times, Charles Blow sounds positively unhinged by Trump’s overture to African-Americans, writing a hate-filled screed that calls the GOP candidate a bigot, a reprobate, and a charlatan whose soul is “dark” and who is “a prime example of the worst of humanity.” And that’s just in the opening paragraphs. Related: Clinton’s Email Mess Hands a Lifeline to the Floundering Trump...
  • Donald Trump (Black Version) - written by Prince, performed by The Time (1990)

    08/24/2016 12:24:39 PM PDT · by oblomov · 9 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1990 | Prince
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOAifG-mc1I
  • Graduate Students Clear Hurdle in Effort to Form Union

    08/23/2016 12:46:26 PM PDT · by oblomov · 37 replies
    NY Times ^ | 23 Aug 2016 | NOAM SCHEIBER
    Students who work as teaching and research assistants at private universities will be allowed to vote to unionize under a ruling Tuesday by the National Labor Relations Board that found that they are employees under federal labor law. The case arose from a union election petition filed by a group of primarily graduate students at Columbia University, who are seeking to form a union that will join the United Automobile Workers. The three Democratic members of the board made up the majority; the lone Republican member dissented. A fifth spot on the board has been vacant since last year. The...
  • Ohio’s GOP Senate Candidate Is Resisting Trump’s Downward Pull

    08/22/2016 3:18:15 PM PDT · by oblomov · 43 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | 22 Aug 2016 | Harry Enten
    Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and a few other key states are struggling under the weight of Donald Trump’s candidacy. But there seems to be at least one exception: Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio. Polling released in the past few days — including a Monmouth University survey of Ohio released on Monday — confirms that Portman is not being swamped by the anti-GOP sentiment Trump is stirring up. The Monmouth poll found Trump down by 4 percentage points and Portman ahead by 8. The new Monmouth survey is in line with the...
  • Review: ‘Lo and Behold’, the Danger, and Potential, of the Digital Revolution

    08/21/2016 6:23:57 PM PDT · by oblomov · 3 replies
    NY Times ^ | 18 Aug 2016 | A.O. Scott
    “Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World” is Werner Herzog’s documentary about the internet. For some readers, that sentence will be sufficient. One of our most intellectually ambitious filmmakers — a self­professed seeker of ecstatic truths, a tireless foot soldier of cinema — tackles what he calls “one of the greatest revolutions” humanity has experienced. The combination of Mr. Herzog’s doggedly curious sensibility and the mysteries of the digital universe seems both improbable and irresistible. In the course of a singularly peripatetic career, that curiosity has most often taken Mr. Herzog, who will turn 74 on Labor Day, into...