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  • Ebola: Does It Matter?

    09/18/2014 5:56:21 PM PDT · 94 of 97
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to greeneyes

    As far as I’m concerned, I can wait a while. However, if I am proven to be correct, hopefully in future my opinions might be greeted with a bit more respect.

  • ‘CATALIST’: Obama’s Database for Fundamentally Transforming America

    09/18/2014 5:53:02 PM PDT · 18 of 31
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to 2ndDivisionVet

    The truth is that Mitt Romney was a bad candidate.

    Republicans in most of the country abhor liberal Republicans from New England, because they know they are not conservatives, and are almost not Republicans, but just liberal Democrats surrounded by extreme left Democrats.

    This is why the Bush family tries very hard to pretend to not have roots in New England.

    But Romney’s brand of Republicanism was “socially” liberal and so in the pocket of big business, including foreign multinational corporations, that actual Americans were low on the totem pole of his constituents.

    As far as the current Republican party leadership, they only want to present two choices for president, Romney and Jeb Bush. They will fight to keep any conservative from getting the nomination, to the point that they would support Hillary before they would back any conservative.

  • Microsoft's axeman Satya Nadella fills baskets with 2,100 fresh heads

    09/18/2014 3:43:40 PM PDT · 13 of 15
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to SeekAndFind

    An anagram of Satya Nadella is “Satan Allayed”.

    Allayed can mean “satisfied”.

  • Miley Cyrus under criminal investigation for twerk stunt with Mexican flag

    09/18/2014 11:31:46 AM PDT · 49 of 63
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Responsibility2nd

    By all means, arrest her. It would be to the national honor of Mexico and its people if she spent a month behind bars for despising their national symbol.

    Mexico wants respect from other nations. This is a way to get it.

  • Feds in El Paso: Rep. O’Rourke Called to Ban Contact with Judicial Watch

    09/18/2014 11:28:16 AM PDT · 8 of 14
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Kartographer

    This is a golden opportunity. Imagine what even the suggestion that Rep. Beto O’Rourke was in the pay of one of the cartels might result in? First of all, no LEO organization would return his calls again.

    The irony is that he might just be compromised in that way.

  • Ebola: Does It Matter?

    09/18/2014 11:19:16 AM PDT · 88 of 97
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to scouter

    Let’s refresh on the whole “exponential” thing.

    Some wit plotted the exponential increase of Ebola, on the assumption that it actually was exponential. Let’s see how exponential it behaves.

    Mar, 2014 – Infected: 104 Dead: 62
    Apr, 2014 – Infected: 203 Dead: 122
    May, 2014 – Infected: 417 Dead: 250
    Jun, 2014 – Infected: 898 Dead: 539
    Jul, 2014 – Infected: 2,031 Dead: 1,218
    Aug, 2014 – Infected: 4,821 Dead: 2,892
    Sep, 2014 – Infected: 12,016 Dead: 7,210
    Oct, 2014 – Infected: 31,448 Dead: 18,869
    Nov, 2014 – Infected: 86,421 Dead: 51,853
    Dec, 2014 – Infected: 249,365 Dead: 149,619
    Jan, 2015 – Infected: 755,513 Dead: 453,308
    Feb, 2015 – Infected: 2,403,461 Dead: 1,442,077
    Mar, 2015 – Infected: 8,028,264 Dead: 4,816,958
    Apr, 2015 – Infected: 28,157,589 Dead: 16,894,553
    May, 2015 – Infected: 103,695,185 Dead: 62,217,111
    Jun, 2015 – Infected: 400,969,208 Dead: 240,581,525
    Jul, 2015 – Infected: 1,627,993,821 Dead: 976,796,293
    Aug, 2015 – Infected: 6,940,388,486 Dead: 4,164,233,092

  • Ebola: Does It Matter?

    09/18/2014 8:35:03 AM PDT · 80 of 97
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to wafflehouse

    “Rates of transmission increased from June to July in Sierra Leone and Liberia from 1.4 to 1.7 respectively for every existing case. The statistical analysis is detailed in the paper, “Early transmission dynamics of Ebola virus disease, West Africa, March to August 2014,” published today in Eurosurveillance.”

    “Our findings suggest that control of the Ebola epidemic that has taken so many lives could be attained by preventing more than half of the secondary transmissions for each primary case. This could be attained by isolating those with Ebola and tracing each case to its source.”

    “Transmission rates are consistent with the rate of spread from prior outbreaks in Central Africa, researchers found.”


    “A person who has Ebola but has no symptoms can’t spread the disease, either.”


    The average time between contracting the infection and the start of symptoms (incubation period) is 8 to 10 days, but it can vary between 2 and 21 days.

    (see “Summary of the symptoms ordering by chronological order:”)

  • Al Qaeda Offshoot Says It Hijacked A Pakistani Navy Ship to Attack U.S. Vessels

    09/18/2014 7:40:22 AM PDT · 17 of 22
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to artichokegrower

    The background to this was that the dumbasses thought it was a US ship they were taking over, and galloped aboard a fully manned, with a full security complement, Pakistan navy warship. They were able to do so by wearing uniforms with ID cards.

    I believe they were delayed by a junior officer, who they murdered, which the rest of the crew took exception to, and proceeded to kill the dogs. Total casualties: 10 al-Qaeda and 1 Petty Officer.

    A lot more details (link shortened)

  • Austin Police Officer Tries To Paint Police Accountability...

    09/18/2014 7:28:18 AM PDT · 4 of 6
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Paine in the Neck

    The first problem is linguistic.

    1) “Activists” are used as a euphemism to disguise the activities of “agitators” and “radicals”. Properly speaking, a real “activist” *exclusively* uses their civil rights within the system to cause change peacefully.

    2) “Agitators”, who invariably describe themselves as “activists”, are half-in and half-outside of the system. They often receive funding from hidden sources, and use inappropriate and even illegal means to advance their agenda, while evading responsibility for their actions. They try to subvert the system, and once the change they want has been achieved, they misuse the system to retain it.

    3) “Radicals”, who often describe themselves as “activists”, work entirely outside of the system, even when they are in the system, and they wish to destroy the system, replacing it with a new system. Usually their ‘ends’ are tyrannical, and their ‘means’ to those ends violent. They are motivated by hate, greed, envy, racism, sexism, etc., and embrace philosophies that support their actions.

  • Ebola: Does It Matter?

    09/18/2014 6:47:51 AM PDT · 76 of 97
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to greeneyes

    Preparation for Ebola is nothing like preparation for Influenza or many other infectious diseases.

    CDC estimates that from the 1976 to 2007 flu seasons in America, flu-associated deaths each year ranged from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people.

    The H1N1 swine flu pandemic killed more than 284,000 people worldwide in 2009 and 2010.

    CDC data - “Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections. Many more people die from other conditions that were complicated by an antibiotic-resistant infection.”

    “In 2012, 90 percent of the world’s malaria deaths occurred in Africa and about 460,000 African children died before their fifth birthdays,” the WHO 2013 malaria report said.”

    “Diarrhea — a preventable and treatable condition — kills about 1.5 million children each year — more than malaria, AIDS and measles combined, according to global health organizations.”

    So, just because it is a media darling right now, and sounds so *scary*, tell me why we should really give a hoot about Ebola? The bottom line is that it is a “media celebrity” disease, which right now is realistically less of a threat to Americans than are polar bear attacks, which have killed far more Americans.

  • Ebola: Does It Matter?

    09/18/2014 6:31:05 AM PDT · 75 of 97
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Cvengr

    Actually, I put it in the same category as “meteorite preparedness”.

  • Why do bad things happen to good people

    09/18/2014 6:29:51 AM PDT · 55 of 73
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to alexander_busek

    In that case, “luck” is still meaningless, because some people are actively trying to kill that child, and other people did not protect or defend or feed the child enough.

    If you want to extrapolate far enough, things become silly, at least from our perspective (another Chinese story, as told by an American):

    Traveling to China on vacation, and American was walking down a sidewalk when he was hit by an inattentive bicyclist. A policeman was right there, and gave the bicyclist a ticket, but then he wrote out a ticket for the American as well.

    “Why do I get a ticket?”, he asked.

    “Because had you not come to China, this accident could not have happened”, replied the policeman.

    This pretty well defines “luck” in a nutshell.

  • Ebola: Does It Matter?

    09/17/2014 8:30:07 PM PDT · 50 of 97
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Smokin' Joe

    “Chinese scientists report that lab-generated hybrid viruses combining genes from avian H5N1 and pandemic 2009 H1N1 (pH1N1) influenza viruses can achieve airborne spread between guinea pigs, a finding that seems likely to renew the debate about the risks of creating novel viruses that might be able to spark a human pandemic.”

    The bottom line is that *nothing* is preventing H5N1 from having a successful genetic swap that makes it prefer the URT. So even now, by several factors, it is a far greater risk than is Ebola.

  • Why do bad things happen to good people

    09/17/2014 8:22:20 PM PDT · 27 of 73
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to impactplayer

    Let’s look at this from a basic point of view. Life is divided into three parts: being born, learning and experiencing things, and dying.

    If after you were born, being a naturally good person, nothing bad ever happened to you, you would only learn and experience a fraction of the things that you might if bad things happened to you as well. Your life and your personality would be dull and very boring. TV, turkey sandwiches and paddle ball.

    However, when bad things happen, they offer up a multitude of opportunities. You can succeed or fail against them, learn to avoid them, or even examine them to discover why you think they are bad in the first place, etc.

    A bad habit, however, is to assign human or spiritual qualities to normal things, like saying they are lucky or unlucky.

    An old Chinese story was of a farmer, who plowed his field with a stallion. But one day the stallion ran away.

    “Oh, you unlucky man!” said the villagers.

    But a week later the stallion returned with four wild mares, a bounty for the farmer.

    “Oh, you are so lucky!” said the villagers, complementing him on his good fortune.

    With 5 horses, he sold three of them to buy another plow, so that his son could plow land as well. But his son was not experienced, so he promptly broke his arm.

    “Oh, you are such a very unlucky man!”, said the villagers.

    But shortly thereafter, a group of Chinese army men came through, and took all the young men of the village, but not his son, because his arm was broken.

    Weeping about the loss of their sons, the villagers said that the farmer must truly be blessed and lucky to keep his son.

    At which point, the farmer angrily threw down his hat and exclaimed: “Good luck! Bad luck! Good luck! How can you tell the difference?”

  • Ebola: Does It Matter?

    09/17/2014 7:54:11 PM PDT · 43 of 97
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Smokin' Joe

    Outside of a rare mutation, the most menacing influenza, the one that fits in this class, is H5N1, which for unknown reasons has not yet become easily H2H transmissible. Very atypically, since it was discovered it has maintained a 60% mortality rate. It is the nuclear weapon of epidemics.

    The only epidemic that has come close to that in any mammal was the myxomatosis plague in Australian rabbits in the 1950s.

  • Ebola: Does It Matter?

    09/17/2014 7:47:44 PM PDT · 42 of 97
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to scouter

    Good, somebody who is educated in epidemiology should be able to explain why you think it hasn’t peaked. Perhaps you can first describe your credentials.

  • Ebola: Does It Matter?

    09/17/2014 6:48:05 PM PDT · 38 of 97
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to scouter

    Epidemics of this kind do not work like that. It has probably reached near its peak already. This can be said with some certainty because of several factors.

    1) It is not yet pulmonary, transmitted by coughs and sneezes.

    2) While people may be infected for just a few to 21 days before showing symptoms, they are only infectious to others when they are showing symptoms. This is a major flaw.

    3) From showing symptoms to death is about 10 days, during half of which they are incapacitated. So while appearing very sick to others, they only have 5 days to infect others.

    Put it together, and this means that if you stay away from sick people and things they have contaminated, you will probably not get the disease. While thousands will die before the public learns this lesson, they *will* learn it.

  • Top GOPer says it’s time to dissolve ATF

    09/17/2014 5:05:12 PM PDT · 51 of 60
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Objective Scrutator

    Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. is making a huge first step, and he needs to be applauded for it.

    To start with, it is incredibly hard to eliminate any government agency, because bureaucrats create poison pills that will create havoc. So transferring its duties to other agencies is a great start in the path to eventually drop most of these duties completely.

    Second, you can’t just hand out pink slips, because the government employees unions will fight tooth and nail. When Reagan took on PATCO, while it was not a large union, it still was a heck of a fight to kill it. How he isolated it from the other unions took some real finesse.

    This means that a lot of BATF&E personnel will be laterally transferred to other agencies, creating more problems. So if you can early retire and eliminate with attrition, every one who goes that way will be less hassle.

    Trying to prosecute those who broke the law after Barry has left office will also be hard. But not impossible. And this may be key to slashing other government agencies.

    That is, make them a deal: “Quit or retire now, and you won’t be prosecuted.”

    There are a LOT of scoundrels in the bureaucracy that would jump at this opportunity, if they thought they were going to go down hard if they stayed.

  • Koskinen: ‘Hard Drive Crashes Continue As We Speak’

    09/17/2014 4:23:24 PM PDT · 27 of 47
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Bubba_Leroy

    The easy rebuttal to this should be: “Everyone at the IRS whose hard drive crashed should hope beyond hope that no evidence of impropriety exists, because if they are implicated in such impropriety, they may be assured that they will spend time as inmates in federal prison.

    “However, if they come forward with evidence implicating others of impropriety, they will likely be offered a deal so that they alone will not become a felon.”

  • Ebola: Does It Matter?

    09/17/2014 4:17:01 PM PDT · 6 of 97
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Kartographer

    Truthfully, until Ebola gets into the 100,000 fatalities a day league, it is small potatoes. About the only contender in mortality like that is a “killer” influenza.

    Still, it is good to that if 1 million people a day died, it would be about 2 years and 9 months to kill a billion people, and there are an estimated 7 billion on Earth.

  • Venezuela on alert over mysterious, deadly disease (ebola?)

    09/17/2014 4:11:20 PM PDT · 72 of 90
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Black Agnes

    They sell them on Amazon. I noted that they sell some as “used”.

  • Democrats turn on Debbie Wasserman Schultz

    09/17/2014 4:09:20 PM PDT · 22 of 53
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to COUNTrecount
  • Venezuela on alert over mysterious, deadly disease (ebola?)

    09/17/2014 4:06:11 PM PDT · 70 of 90
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Black Agnes

    This still has N95 for Health Care Personnel (HCP) in aerosol generating procedures around Ebola patients.

    Do you have a link for the N100 recommendation? I mention because the CDC often produces dual recommendations for HCP and the public, the latter who are far less likely to have intense exposure in a closed environment.

    This matters because N100 are almost twice the cost, and for many the filtration makes inhalation very difficult. This is a longstanding problem with military filtered breathing equipment.

  • Venezuela on alert over mysterious, deadly disease (ebola?)

    09/17/2014 1:08:54 PM PDT · 40 of 90
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to CivilWarBrewing

    A properly fitted N95 mask would work, because it is designed for particles smaller than Ebola viruses. Distance from an infected person is even more important.

    N95’s are pretty common, and block 95% of particles that are 0.3 microns in size or larger. That is 300 nanometers, and the Ebola virus is about 80nm in diameter and 800-1000nm in length. So if the N95 is properly fitted, it should block all of the virus.

    notes: ear-loop surgical masks are not designed to protect the wearer, but to protect someone else from being infected by the wearer. So an N95 has a bowl shape to cover the nose and mouth.

    In addition to protecting the nose and mouth, lab glasses keep the virus out of the eyes. From there, the biggest concern is physical contamination, of mostly the hands.

  • Father shoots dead daughter's 'lover' as he crouched in her bedroom because he thought the man was a

    09/17/2014 11:05:33 AM PDT · 61 of 122
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to wyowolf

    It says in the article that “a struggle ensued”.

    Truthfully, if the father sticks by his story, it’s going to be very hard to get a conviction.

    1) Father hears noise in daughters room, arms himself (because he knows daughter is not in room?)

    2) Sees person crouching in room, thinks intruder. Calls the man out, man comes out in a hurry and maybe closes with father, and bang! shot in the head.

    3) When he was charged, the father says he “was in fear for his life”.

    That’s all she wrote.

    Importantly, according to witness testimony, the daughter was nearby, if not in the room. However, she might have told her father that “nobody” was in her room. And that lie would affirm her father’s not guilty.

  • Stanford professor wins MacArthur 'genius grant' for racial awareness studies

    09/17/2014 10:53:37 AM PDT · 28 of 38
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to 2ndDivisionVet

    The best response to this foolishness is to suggest that she is proposing another “Return to Africa” movement, for blacks who feel oppressed in America. Similar to the ideas of Marcus Garvey and many others.

    And, to insure equity, the vast number of blacks incarcerated in US prisons should be encouraged to leave as well, on condition that they could never return. This alone could save American taxpayers so much money that the one way emigration could be paid for all, as “reparations”.

    /dripping with sarcasm

  • Mississippi coroner to citizens: Use guns on burglars

    09/17/2014 6:37:40 AM PDT · 16 of 17
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to lee martell

    Ordinarily I’d agree with you, but Medical Examiners are an odd lot, and carry out their business as they think best serves their county.

    For example, I knew one in rural Arizona, who mostly had his ranch and lots of kids. He seldom had any coroner work, unless there was an accident on a nearby Interstate highway. And since he only had one cooler that fit two, if it was a bad accident, he kept the others waiting in his stable’s tack room (a room for storing saddles, harnesses, and other horse equipment.)

    All well and good, except when one or more of his kids went riding, and were carrying their tack back for storage to find a room of mangled dead people.

    But, as his daughter observed, he never heard a complaint from any of his customers.

  • Mississippi coroner to citizens: Use guns on burglars

    09/16/2014 7:24:56 PM PDT · 8 of 17
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to ButThreeLeftsDo
    In rural Mississippi? I doubt it. He might be making a bid for higher office, maybe the Mississippi State Department of Health. His picture.

    Gregory said the response and feedback from his post has been overwhelmingly positive, with more than 245 likes as of Monday morning – a big number for his page. Despite his prediction of making people mad, comments on his post included "Amen," "Tell it," and "Couldn't have said it better myself brother."

    Gregory, 40, isn't your average coroner. He's also the morning show host for classic rock station WLSM/Magic 107 and has been a radio DJ for 20 years. He's a former fireman and funeral home worker and was elected coroner in 2003.

    Gregory said his post was in part from being incensed by home and auto break-ins in his area – including a radio station coworker's house and car – and in part to promote a Winston County Sheriff's Department-National Rifle Association handgun training session coming up Sept. 27.

  • How to protect your family from home invasion

    09/16/2014 7:00:00 PM PDT · 110 of 115
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Ruy Dias de Bivar

    I suspect it would work well, unless the nail is aluminum. Or if the tube and the nail are two different metals.

  • How to protect your family from home invasion

    09/16/2014 4:29:57 PM PDT · 51 of 115
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Q-ManRN

    One of the easiest and least expensive means of making home invasion much more difficult and time consuming, is both inexpensive and easy. It does so by making even ordinary doors much harder to bust in, unless you totally destroy the door.

    What you need:

    One to three 60d (60 penny or 6”) nails.
    Metal tube sheaths, 1 per nail, about 3” length, a little wider than the nail.
    Concrete drill bit slightly wider than sheaths.
    Strong metal/concrete glue.
    Dustoff or spray can air.

    Drill from 1 to 3 holes in the concrete in front of the door that swings in. Use the dustoff to blow any sand out of the hole(s). Test to make sure the sheaths can fit in each hole. Then glue each sheath into a hole.

    Once the glue is dried, and the door is shut, drop a nail into each sheath. That door will be very hard to bust open, giving you much more time to recover your firearm.

  • Texas state trooper asked to leave Waffle House because he had a gun (VIDEO)

    09/16/2014 2:57:43 PM PDT · 28 of 29
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to jimmango

    “On the same day that Sonic’s(sic) restaurant followed in the footsteps of Jack in the Box and Chipotle asking its patrons not to bring firearms into the establishment, two individuals robbed one of the chains (Sonic) in Topeka, KS.”

  • Rapist Who Can't Bear Prison to Be Euthanized

    09/16/2014 7:10:15 AM PDT · 33 of 54
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Enterprise

    Impressive. Euthanasia has gone full circle to become capital punishment.

    This raises a very interesting question. If death row and ‘life term without possibility of parole’ prisoners in the US were polled, how many would opt for being euthanized?

    In all fairness, there might have to be a minimum term in prison before they were eligible to be euthanized, say 10 years out of however many, but after that, with the permission of the board of pardons and parole (which typically reviews all death sentences, and might deny it in many cases), they could be turned off.

    You have to admit, this would make a heck of a movie.

  • The "New Atheism" Has a Problem with Women

    09/16/2014 6:54:25 AM PDT · 7 of 22
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Heartlander

    So, atheism is evolving into Islam?

  • Texas state trooper asked to leave Waffle House because he had a gun (VIDEO)

    09/16/2014 6:41:44 AM PDT · 16 of 29
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to rktman

    (Not an inclusive list, and subject to change)

    Major companies that ban guns:

    Whole Foods
    AMC Theaters
    Toys R Us
    Disneyland/Disney World
    Peet’s Coffee
    Buffalo Wild Wings

    Companies that ask customers to not be armed, but do not enforce a ban:

    Sonic Drive-In
    Chili’s Grill & Bar
    Jack in the Box

    Companies that openly support gun control and/or gun control organizations:

    Ben & Jerry’s
    Microsoft (technically Bill Gates & wife)
    Dannon Yogurt
    Sara Lee Corporation
    Levi Strauss Corporation
    Hyatt Hotels
    America Online
    Time/Warner Inc.
    Broderbund Software
    GAP, Inc.
    Progressive Insurance
    Tiger Global Management (hedge fund)
    Wells Fargo (prior to Operation Chokepoint, which has forced many financial institutions to not provide services to gun dealers)

  • Hardy Perennial: Some Prog Sissy Whines that the Star Spangled Banner is Too Militaristic

    09/15/2014 6:48:41 PM PDT · 15 of 16
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to 2ndDivisionVet

    This gives me an idea: Why not make *new* verses to the Star Spangled Banner that reflect the good parts of our history since it was written (1814)?

    And the best part about this is that the Democrats and leftists get little or no mention at all.

    Instead it focuses on things like the Civil War (being polite to both sides), World War I, World War II, the Pax Americana, winning the Cold War, landing on the Moon.

    It should include something about America “spreading the democratic revolution around the world”, helping to free people from kings, dictators and tyrants.

    Unabashedly patriotic, praising American industry, and it definitely needs an entire verse praising religious faith and moral character, individual accomplishment and the frontier spirit.

    Hopefully it would make the left throw such a tantrum that they poop in their pants.

  • California Home Sales Dive, Prices Hit Wall, Millennials Blamed

    09/15/2014 2:06:53 PM PDT · 55 of 74
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Lorianne

    Wow, in the same article, the fantasy of home sellers, and the reality of potential home buyers.

    1) The fantasy: “Millennials who flock straight from college to San Francisco and other expensive cities are making a choice to spend their income on quadruple-digit rents and eight-dollar gourmet hot dogs from trendy food trucks.”

    2) The reality: “Many millennials, burdened like no other generation before them with student loans and making less money than their predecessors, are coming to grips with something important: they’re locked out of the American dream of homeownership for years to come.”

    The bottom line: Hopelessly overpriced, but mediocre quality, homes that fewer and fewer people want, and potential buyers who are going to have to scrimp and save for years, *not* for a home down payment, but *just* to pay off their staggering debts.

    For years, home sellers have been pretending that their just stupidly inflated market is going to “recover”, because they have been snorting too much unicorn powder. But eventually the bottom is going to drop out of the market, and speculative home sellers are going to lose their shirts.

    Because the buyers will *still* not be there.

  • Gawker: If You are a White Woman, Let Black People Steal Your Phone

    09/15/2014 1:46:09 PM PDT · 20 of 45
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to therightliveswithus

    I like the Arizona version of this.

    The boy steals a ladies iPhone. Shortly thereafter, she uses someone else’s phone to call the police and Medical Examiner. When the police arrived, after jotting down her story and seeing the body carted away, they properly asks her if she feels all right, and if she needs a lift to her destination, then they give her a receipt for her phone to be examined as evidence.

  • It's Time to Criminalise Serious Scientific Misconduct

    09/15/2014 1:29:49 PM PDT · 16 of 60
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to lbryce

    This makes me very concerned, because the very first people who would be attacked with this would not be the real fraudsters, like the MMGW crowd, *but* those skeptical scientists who did not toe the MMGW line, and have already been threatened, and in some cases punished, for doubting.

  • Germany Strikes Blow Against ISIS

    09/15/2014 1:24:34 PM PDT · 6 of 18
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to John Semmens

    “We did not want to go to the extreme of permitting beer vendors to over-foam the beer served to them, as this might have reflected poorly on the German beer vending industry.”

  • ESPN Commentator: We Need To Reprogram How We Raise Men (LESBIAN FASCIST ALERT!)

    09/15/2014 7:36:49 AM PDT · 63 of 82
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Viennacon

    This is actually hilarious. They should have asked her if changing the sexual behavior of men would be unlawful in California?

    A federal appeals court has upheld California’s ban on ‘sexual-orientation change’ therapy; so if she wants to “re-program” boys against their “natural” heterosexuality, she would be in contravention of the law.

  • Finally Waving the White Flag on the Assault Weapons Ban

    09/15/2014 7:27:02 AM PDT · 14 of 27
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to marktwain

    I am always suspicious of such announcements, because it suggests they are either about to open a new “front” of attack, or they are soliciting more contributions from their deep pockets backers.

  • Egyptian Cleric: ‘Global Zionism’ Behind Islamist Terror

    09/15/2014 7:22:52 AM PDT · 15 of 19
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Olog-hai

    A slightly rewritten headline could be quite amusing:

    “Sheikh Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, the Grand Imam of al-Azhar and president of al-Azhar University, calls ISIS “Jews”.

    Imagine the hilarity.

  • Charles Krauthammer, the Assault Weapon Ban, and Shannon Watts

    09/15/2014 7:05:34 AM PDT · 28 of 28
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to wastoute

    I would hesitate to ascribe it to a single source, as these were to a great extent very learned men, well grounded in not just religion, but philosophy, politics, history science, warfare, the technology of the time, agriculture, etc.

    Even their own attributions of the basis of their thoughts should be looked at in a guarded manner. But, if anything, the KJV Bible was an almost universal, concise, poetic reference appreciated by all, so made for good attribution of principles.

    Rather ironically, an *absence* of influence is noteworthy, that of Shakespeare. Scholarly editions of his work, by Samuel Johnson in 1765 and Edmond Malone in 1790, came too late to have a linguistic impact on the founding fathers. But had the revolution come about 20-30 years later, almost 200 years after Shakespeare’s death, their writings would have likely been peppered with them.

    However, it would be worth it to have a scholarly examination of the language of two contemporary authors of Shakespeare, who were far more popular in the formative years of the founding fathers, John Fletcher and Ben Jonson. The founding fathers were likely familiar with their writings.

    Other writers of the time that clearly influenced them were Adam Smith, David Hume, John Locke, William Blackstone’s commentaries on the laws of England, Charles Louis de Secondat-Baron Montesquieu’s The Spirit of the Laws, the Italian legal reformer Cesare Beccaria, Francis Hutcheson’s A System of Moral Philosophy (a big religious connection here), huge amounts of ‘classical’ Greek and Roman writings and histories, and many others, including each others writings.

  • Sweden far-right makes huge election gains

  • Charles Krauthammer, the Assault Weapon Ban, and Shannon Watts

    09/14/2014 7:05:57 PM PDT · 18 of 28
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to RedHeeler

    His name was James Robert Kearney III. He taught History at Arizona State for 30 years. He passed away in 2006.

    No idea why you would want to know that.

  • Will George Zimmerman kill again?

    09/14/2014 6:47:44 PM PDT · 43 of 53
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to 2ndDivisionVet

    Zimmerman is losing a huge opportunity in his rapidly closing window of 15 minutes of fame.

    He painted a painting, and made a small fortune. Why hasn’t he painted more paintings? By now he could have millions set aside.

  • Sweden far-right makes huge election gains

    09/14/2014 6:42:42 PM PDT · 14 of 22
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to lee martell; Brother Cracker
    The Seventh Seal, 'Garfield' version.

  • Charles Krauthammer, the Assault Weapon Ban, and Shannon Watts

    09/14/2014 6:30:36 PM PDT · 14 of 28
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to marktwain

    A good US history professor many years ago described western philosophies with a small matrix of “realism” and “idealism” on one side, and “optimism” and “pessimism” on the other.

    For example, after 1500 years of war in Europe, the Europeans are exhausted of idealism and optimism; so their philosophies are realistic and pessimistic. “Things will go on like they are today, gradually getting worse.”

    The majority of Americans, however, have the realism and optimism of the frontier. “With hard work we can make our lives and those of our posterity better.”

    However, mostly limited to New England, there is a strong current of just the opposite point of view: idealistic pessimism. The craving of the “New Jerusalem” where the “elect” will live and rule over others.

    But here is also a great irony. Their idealism has the fundamental belief that “people are inherently good”. But from this is extrapolated that “government is inherently good as well, so the more government, the better.”

    The flip side of this is “Frontier libertarianism”, that embraces the idea that “people are inherently bad, and so is any government”; at least enough so that the only agreements that exist are temporary handshake agreements between people who trust each other, up to a point.

    But the founding fathers had a different idea. Believing in the social contract, but knowing that there are both good men and bad men and both, and that it can be hard to tell them apart. So they concluded *not* that people are inherently “good” or “bad”, but that they are inherently *weak*.

    They knew that the ink on the constitution, and the law, would be barely dry before people would consider ways of avoiding and evading it. Which is why there are such a large number of checks and balances, of competing human interests, in our constitution.

    And in this is the answer to our society, and Charles Krauthammer.

    “Ultimately, a civilized society must disarm its citizenry if it is to have a modicum of domestic tranquillity of the kind enjoyed in sister democracies like Canada and Britain.”

    Seen through eyes that think that people are inherently good, this would make sense, that a good government made up of good people, can take away guns that can make good people do bad things.

    And it even “half” makes sense if all people are inherently bad. This is a chaos theory, that guns create chaos because bad people will inevitably misuse them.

    But it makes NO sense if people are inherently weak. If they live under the social contract, enforced by all, in defense of the weak good people, and against the weak bad people, guns are an absolute necessity.

    The founding fathers had the right idea.

  • Think tank proposes ‘assault weapon permits’ in place of bans (Molon Labe!)

    09/14/2014 7:52:35 AM PDT · 24 of 32
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Red in Blue PA

    It may sound subtle, but the flip side of the gun control movement is the “abolish the death penalty” movement. While they don’t seem linked on the surface, they are.

    It was announced today that a majority of US appeals court judges are now Democrat appointees. Of these, a large percentage are of the mind that they will never permit a death penalty, ever. Likewise, they will use any opportunity they can to support state gun control laws when they are made, and perhaps inflicting one state’s gun control laws on another state in their jurisdiction.

    And as has been shown in the last few years, a relatively small number of appeals court judges have forced perhaps half the states to have homosexual marriage, even when bans were written in their constitution or were approved by an overwhelming majority in referendums. Bench dictators.

    They would use this same leverage to prevent executions, and to create gun control laws from the bench.

  • San Francisco Feminism: Go Ahead, Abort Girls

    09/14/2014 7:35:49 AM PDT · 20 of 32
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Kaslin

    To put it all in context, the best bet might be to create a fake “cult of Moloch” in San Francisco, that gives political endorsements to pro-abortion politicians.

    It would be a “very exclusive” cult of the decadent rich, who burn the aborted babies of the poor on their altars of Moloch when they hold their secret gatherings, offering their souls to their pagan god in return for wealth and power.

    By invitation only, members must contribute huge sums of money to support abortion and elect pro-abortion political candidates. And those who haven’t been asked to join are insufficiently committed to abortion to be asked.

    The intention here is that ordinary people should become disgusted with the whole thing and suspicious of abortion advocates. The irony is that people like Pelosi, Feinstein, Boxer and many of the leftist wealthy would love nothing more than to become part of the cult.