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  • Trump signals he's softening on immigration: 'Working on a plan' that'll make DREAMers 'very happy'

    01/19/2017 3:49:19 PM PST · 42 of 45
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to SeekAndFind

    The best bet to offer Dreamers citizenship: give them a choice of military service in the Reserves or National Guard, if they are educated enough and already have jobs, as the *fastest* route to citizenship.

    Second, and this is an odd one, use existing federal funds to set up local library English as a Second Language (ESL) programs targeted at both legal immigrants and Dreamers. That is, the fastest route to success in the US is to be English literate. Give them “citizenship credit” for levels of proficiency in English.

    Public libraries are a great place to do this, because much of their funding, from all sources, is based on the headcount of those that visit. Many library workers have degrees in English along with Library Science. And a goodly number speak Spanish.

    The idea is not just citizenship for those we choose to give citizenship, but *successful* citizenship. The path to prosperity.

    The flip side to all of this is deportation of the bad ones. Very little tolerance for misbehavior. If they foul up, they are and should be kicked out and permanently barred from reentry, a serious federal felony if they come back.

    Likewise, there should be no effort to integrate refugees. It is not unreasonable to set up secure refugee camps, such as we have in Florida. To let refugees know that if they come here because they fear for their lives, they will live, but they will not become residents of the US, only staying here as long as necessary before they can return home to their native country.

  • In final act as president, Obama commutes 330 drug sentences

    01/19/2017 3:30:07 PM PST · 95 of 104
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to ColdOne

    I wonder how many of those pardoned will be taken out by gun liberty in the next few years? That is while trying to rob, burglarize, assault, or commit various and sundry other serious misdemeanors and felonies.

    It will also be interesting to see their group recidivism rate. That is, how many end up right back in prison.

  • 28% of federal employees may quit their jobs when Trump assumes office: Poll

    01/19/2017 3:26:17 PM PST · 188 of 224
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to markomalley

    Will they all move to Canada?

  • Time to go Barry

    01/19/2017 3:22:39 PM PST · 20 of 29
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to BobP

    Big Obama photo dump.

    http://imgur.com/a/ZVlIi

  • California ‘Accidentally’ Releases Info of 3,500 Firearms Instructors

    01/19/2017 10:02:04 AM PST · 26 of 37
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to bkopto

    What these victims should do is find a hacker who is willing to compile personal information about those responsible for this and their organizations, and release that information online, anonymously, as well. A counter-hack.

  • CNN president: Network’s ‘credibility is higher than ever

    01/19/2017 9:53:11 AM PST · 57 of 78
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to ColdOne

  • Dear Gwyneth Paltrow, I’m a GYN and your vaginal jade eggs are a bad idea

    01/19/2017 7:34:35 AM PST · 36 of 45
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Gamecock

    In a vaguely related note, there have been a lot of women in past who have used their vaginas as “second purses” to store stuff. “Psychic mediums” who claimed to “materialize” objects out of thin air; drug and gun smugglers; and things far worse.

    That being said, there actually is an OB/GYN joke. An interesting way to describe the profession.

    An OB/GYN was going to take a holiday, which he said he planned to use making some home repair. “I plan to put up new wallpaper in my vestibule, through the mail slot.”

  • Under Trump, Approach to Civil Rights Law Is Likely to Change Definitively (thank goodness)

    01/19/2017 7:19:01 AM PST · 6 of 6
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to reaganaut1

    Imagine what would happen if the appalling “hate crimes” law applied evenly to people, no matter their race, religion, sexual orientation or national origin?

    That is, if say a black man is screaming racist epithets when attacking a white person, or a female impersonator homosexual is trying to defraud a straight male looking for a girlfriend or wife? Or a Muslim employed by CAIR calls for Jews and homosexuals and Christians to be murdered?

  • Inauguration Day 2017 Survival Guide [Update: No-Umbrella Policy Revised]

    01/19/2017 7:02:58 AM PST · 4 of 4
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to COBOL2Java

    For future reference, Washington, D.C. needs a major upgrade.

    To start with, the entire city needs to be eminent-domained by the federal government. A fair price for all the private and commercial buildings in the city, on an extended plan to gentrify the place over perhaps 50 years.

    Once an area of the city, starting with the ghettos, has been taken, it will be bulldozed, and its entire infrastructure from below ground up rebuilt. All its utilities will be put in maintenance tunnels for easy access.

    Large parts of the surface will be turned into parkland initially, to both clean the soil and provide for gathering places for the public. Commercial buildings will be provided by lease only. Even the Watergate hotel complex will be government owned and leased.

    A critical part of the deal is to ban most private motor vehicle traffic from most of the city, except for VIPs. Small corridors for supply and trash vehicles will be located at the perimeter of the city, away from critical facilities.

    This means the emphasis will be on moving people around. This is done with a combination of light rail, buses, and covered moving sidewalks, already popular in large airport concourses. They move pedestrians much faster than walking, so can move a very large number of people a respectable distance quickly.

    The end result of all of this will be far fewer criminals about, since there will be no good place for them to hang out. There will be much more public land, needed because of the encroaching numbers of memorials, the city will have much needed infrastructure repair, be far cleaner, yet even more available to the public than it is today.

  • Michelle Obama Walks Through The White House One Last Time (Moochie's video walking with the dogs)

    01/18/2017 1:52:16 PM PST · 14 of 57
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to drewh

    Was she carrying a roll of toilet paper?

  • Trump to take handful of executive actions on Day One: transition

    01/18/2017 10:41:19 AM PST · 26 of 26
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to ColdOne

    Oddly enough, I imagine his first day in the White House the day after inauguration will be totally administrative. He will have to sign a gazillion forms, all of which state the obvious, that he is the new POTUS.

    He will be issued all sorts of pass codes, authorizations, keys, procedures that must be followed exactly, the list goes on and on. There are so many things that cannot be delegated.

    And then there is the old Marbury v. Madison (1815) problem.

    That is, Obama will have invariably made decisions that only come into play *after* Trump is in office, and those must be dealt with immediately.

  • Race Activist Calls Black Band Playing At Trump Inauguration ‘Coons’

    01/18/2017 10:15:10 AM PST · 26 of 26
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to ColdOne

    When the left and the media decided in the 1970s to call leftist agitators “activists”, it was just another word they euphemistically created to play down the bad consequences of their agitation.

    We should no longer play their game. Here is how that story should read.

    “A racist agitator referred to a historically black college’s marching band as “coons” for playing at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. Tariq Nasheed, a black racist and agitator, used racist slang to disparage Talladega College’s marching band.”

    Importantly, a racist spends as much time disparaging those in his race that disagree with him, as he does attacking those of other races.

  • Democrats: Left in the Lurch

    01/18/2017 10:04:55 AM PST · 14 of 29
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Magnatron
  • Al Gore on His 'Inconvenient Truth' Sequel, Private Donald Trump Talks, "Consoling" Hillary Clinton

    01/18/2017 10:02:26 AM PST · 11 of 13
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to RummyChick
  • PRISON INTERVIEW: Why this Woman Had to Kill a Man in a Wheel Chair in Phoenix, AZ (2012)

    01/18/2017 9:57:44 AM PST · 5 of 10
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to johnk

    Background (graphic)

    http://murderpedia.org/female.S/s/simpson-angela.htm

    Interesting note: She also wished she could murder child molesters, and, oddly enough, an armed robber. Though she was in prison for armed robbery.

  • DC Police Prohibited From Having Body Cameras On At Inauguration Day Protests

    01/17/2017 8:56:34 AM PST · 25 of 51
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to johnk

    Fortunately the city police won’t be the only LEOs with body cameras.

  • Boom: Trump eyes 10% spending cuts, 20% slash of federal workers

    01/17/2017 8:53:53 AM PST · 42 of 64
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Hojczyk

    It is very important for conservatives to set a reasonable timetable of expectations. Those who demand massive changes on “day 1” are definitely going to be disappointed.

    What is far more likely is that there are going to be rather hard to see *parallel* actions. That is, president Trump has selected cabinet posts with the eye that each cabinet officer will analyze and slash just their agency.

    They are going to have a little under a month to finish their analysis, plan for cuts, and to get them vetted by the White House in time for the State of the Union on February 21.

    *Meanwhile*, both the House and Senate Republicans have already been very busy with their own parallel agenda, and this will intensify leading in to the SOTU.

    At the same time, the opposition and obstructionists everywhere will be trying their damndest to slow down or even stop just about *everything*. Many of them will even pretend to support agenda items they want to kill dead.

    The congress has already vied to kill Obamacare taxes, which will starve the beast. The senate will have a major brawl seating a replacement Supreme Court justice, that everyone realizes is ridiculously important.

    Things are really going to be hopping in Washington, D.C. And news of it will be limited, the more important the news, the less will be written about it.

  • Holman Rule will help improve civil service

    01/14/2017 9:53:49 AM PST · 15 of 15
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to george76

    Imagine if every congressmen was given an assignment by the RNC to each locate 100 items of government bad regulations, corrupt government employees, waste, etc. These lists would then be vetted by both the associated committee in the House and by the Trump administration. Then eliminated according to this process.

    For every one of these identified and eliminated, a given congressman would get a bonus of reelection support from the RNC.

    For every item greater than the first 100, they would get a bonus-and-a-half. Over 200, double bonus. Over 300 triple bonus.

    It wouldn’t actually matter how the congressman found out about the abuses. Complaints from constituents would actually serve a very useful purpose.

    This would be ridiculously cost effective in reducing the size and over-regulation by government.

  • Oakland Raiders to file relocation papers, will move to Las Vegas

    01/14/2017 9:43:29 AM PST · 44 of 53
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to C19fan

    I wonder if the California legislature will pass a law to try and prevent them from leaving?

  • The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon and Our Gamble over Earth’s Future

    01/14/2017 7:46:19 AM PST · 28 of 32
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Harmless Teddy Bear

    Not correct. The world population stops growing a country at a time. That is, demographically, when a country reaches an economic plateau unique to it, quickly its birthrate falls to between 2.1 and 2.3 children per family, which is the stable level of no growth.

    Importantly, while government often panics with this, there is little they can directly do to increase their population growth rate. However, both government and the predominant social culture can *lower* the rate even further.

    That is, every added “requirement” of potential parents by either government or culture means that fewer parents will want to have children. Added to this provision of birth control, and abortion, and the birthrate can really be driven down.

    Most recently, this phenomenon has taken place in Mexico, whose population growth rate has dropped to just 1.15%, just slightly less than Iceland, at 1.17%. Most of eastern Europe are in the *negative* numbers.

    https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2002rank.html#mx

  • REPORTS: MILO UC Davis Event Cancelled After Leftists Tear Down Barricades, Engage In Violence

    01/14/2017 7:31:15 AM PST · 53 of 57
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to boycott

    Just once, I wish some person or persons unknown would hire a bunch of masked illegal alien hombres, giving them $100 each to wade into the crowd of noisy protesters while carrying axe handles (symbolic), and give ‘em a whupping for 30 seconds, then to leave and disappear when an air horn is blown.

    The amount of hilarity this would create would be good for six months to a year of yucks nationwide.

    “Were they neo-Nazis?”

    “No, they were Mexicans.”

    “Were they KKK?”

    “No, they were Mexicans.”

    Imagine the MSM utterly befuddled.

  • Deadly Mushrooms: Santa Cruz Protocol Is Becoming Known Internationally

    01/14/2017 6:50:32 AM PST · 11 of 22
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to nickcarraway

    The active ingredient in Milk Thistle is called silymarin, and its effects on the liver have been known for several decades. Silibinin, also known as silybin, is the major active constituent of silymarin.

    It limits the uptake of deadly toxins by the liver, so it is not overwhelmed. It also has a protective effects against toxins as well. Last but not least, it speeds healing of liver damage around 30% faster than normal. It has been described as “the perfect liver medicine”.

    Both milk thistle and silymarin have been sold OTC for decades. Unless you already have some liver damage (always ask doctor), the purpose of taking silymarin is prophylactic, preventative, prior to eating wild mushrooms or exposure to other known liver damaging chemicals.

    Here’s the science about cirrhosis and liver cancer.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21466434

  • Jerusalem Truck Attack Raises Some Interesting Questions

    01/14/2017 6:28:01 AM PST · 19 of 34
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Kaslin

    In all fairness, officer cadets and even “green” soldiers are very ill-prepared for their first time in a combat situation. So it is very common that some will flee, others will be confused, and only a few will respond properly.

    This is why experienced NCOs *always* accompany both officer cadets and green soldiers. Because when both groups get effective NCO leadership, their responses and reactions are far better, there are far more enemy casualties, and far fewer friendly ones.

    NCOs also keep a lookout to prevent vulnerable situations from developing, such as their charges standing around, forming an aimless, high density target. Even in protected situations like military bases, NCOs will often put “road guards” out at a distance from a running formation, to spot careless drivers who could plow into the formation. One in front, one behind, and two sent ahead to watch crossroads.

    As far as not having their weapons loaded, that is common practice when traveling in vehicles, buses, trains, helicopters and aircraft. In helicopters, especially, not only unloaded, but barrels down in case one idiot has a round in the chamber.

    The standard Israeli rifle is the Tavor, which fires 5.56×45mm NATO ammunition, which violently fragments at short range. So, typically while entering or leaving a vehicle, if a round is discharged, it could wound or kill several people.

  • House votes to begin Obamacare repeal process

    01/14/2017 4:38:42 AM PST · 27 of 30
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to willibeaux

    Roberts was in a tactical bind. Justice Kennedy is two faced, voting with the conservative side on petty issues, but always with the liberals on the big issues. As such, he is the “swing vote”. Oddly enough, unless he can be the swing vote, he won’t join with the liberals, which suggests that he craves to get his name in legal textbooks.

    So, had Roberts voted *against* Obamacare, Kennedy would have voted for it, the liberals would have won, but their decision would have been written by them, and it would likely mean that Obamacare would be as impossible to repeal without 60 or even 67 votes in the senate, which the Democrats could likely prevent forever.

    When Roberts voted *for* Obamacare, this changed everything.

    First of all, Kennedy was reportedly *livid* at Roberts for denying him, Kennedy, the swing vote in one of the biggest decisions in his career. Because his vote wouldn’t matter, Kennedy then just stayed with the conservatives.

    But there was yet another important twist. One of the few powers the Chief Justice has that the other Justices do not is that, if he is on the side of the majority in a case, he is the one who assigns who writes the primary decision. While other justices on the majority can write an independent concurrent decision, it does not carry as much weight in the law.

    So, having this power, Roberts decided that he, not one of the liberals, would write the decision. Only when he announced this, did the liberal justices realize they had been skunked.

    But that is where the real legal artistry came into play.

    He couldn’t do a judicial branch poison pill, because there are so many liberal federal judges. So it had to be the legislative branch that used the poison pill to kill Obamacare.

    While typically a law requires 60 or even 67 votes in the senate, the constitution is very clear that all laws about taxes can *only* require a simple majority to pass. And this was the key to destroying Obamacare. Inserted in Roberts decision was that the individual mandate is a tax.

    If it is a tax, then all of Obamacare is also a tax.

    To be fair, the many people here who disparaged Chief Justice Roberts for voting “to uphold” Obamacare should not feel puzzled by it all; because it was so unexpected, and such a brilliant maneuver, even the conservative Justices on the court were taken by surprised and horrified by what they thought was Roberts “jumping ship”.

    It really is one for the law books.

  • No 'credible' security threats to Trump inauguration: government

    01/13/2017 3:49:18 PM PST · 16 of 18
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to ColdOne

    I wonder how many normally lawful, but in D.C. unlawful firearms are going to be brought anyway?

    There are a lot of people with low confidence that the authorities can protect them by disarming them.

  • Man admits to attacking teen with machete (& tries to chop off her head)

    01/13/2017 3:46:32 PM PST · 28 of 34
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to pangaea6
    The victim

    The attacker

  • Who Is Dina Habib, the Egyptian Trump Appointed as His Adviser

    01/13/2017 3:37:03 PM PST · 16 of 25
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to nickcarraway

    The Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria belongs to the Oriental Orthodox family of Churches, which has been a distinct Christian body since the schism following the Council of Chalcedon in AD 451, when it took a different position over Christology from that of the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coptic_Orthodox_Church_of_Alexandria

  • House votes to begin Obamacare repeal process

    01/13/2017 3:16:40 PM PST · 8 of 30
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Innovative

    Ordinarily, this would have been very difficult, which the Democrats were relying on. However, one person, Chief Justice Roberts, has made it remarkably (relatively speaking) easy.

    For all those conservatives who damned Roberts for supporting Obamacare when he would have lost if he opposed it, then inserting a “poison pill” into the SCOTUS decision, what we are witnessing right now is the effect of that poison pill.

    Had Chief Justice Roberts voted against Obamacare, the liberals would have won, and made Obamacare impossible to repeal.

  • Most Germans don't think racial profiling is a problem: poll

    01/13/2017 1:44:08 PM PST · 12 of 12
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Olog-hai

    Profiling only exists because racists in the US used it to determine in the 1960s that black people deserved unfair treatment.

    Thus profiling only has a bad name in the US. In other countries, it is the accepted norm. Not just profiling for race, but apparently wealth and social class, religion and citizenship. No problem at all.

  • Health Care’s Bipartisan Problem: The Sick Are Expensive and Someone Has to Pay

    01/13/2017 12:31:39 PM PST · 33 of 105
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to JeepersFreepers

    The way to solve this problem is straightforward.

    To start with, neither the government nor insurers should be permitted to pay for routine and ordinary medical screening or care. By eliminating both from the system, the price of medical care drops around 50%. Yes, their overhead is almost half the cost of medical care.

    For moderate health care, such as short term hospitalizations and lesser surgeries, insurers should be allowed in for those who wish to buy insurance; and government gives block grants to the states, who will use it to prioritize medical care for those who cannot afford insurance.

    For extreme, catastrophic, extended stay care, it should be a separate block grant to the states. In declared emergencies, additional monies for this can be provided to the states involved.

    The purpose of turning it over to the states is intended to create a price list of medical procedures. At the top of the list are things like cleft palate surgery, which is inexpensive, generally works, and substantially improves the quality of life. At the bottom of the list are things like multiple organ transplant surgery for premature infants, that is egregiously expensive and almost never works. The states prioritize procedures based on a finite amount of money. No money, no procedure, starting from the bottom of the list.

  • On eve of Trump, Obama’s Energy Department announces new policy to protect scientists

    01/12/2017 12:14:09 PM PST · 10 of 42
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to ColdOne

    “You can’t fire me or cut off my funding, because I don’t want you to!”

  • Community draws on freedom Tombstone proclaimed ‘America’s Second Amendment City’

    01/12/2017 9:06:14 AM PST · 15 of 19
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to SandRat

    Proclamations are easy. What would make a much better statement would be to erect a city monument to the Second Amendment.

    One in a prominent place where observation is frequent, against vandals. And decorous enough to become a photographed attraction.

    My own preference would be to make it out of a very hard and durable rock, laser cut with both high relief and low relief.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Relief

  • Marine Le Pen in Unannounced Visit to New York

    01/12/2017 8:45:56 AM PST · 14 of 18
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to maggief

    She will likely meet with several of President Trump’s top team members. Wisely, I assume that she wants to be square in the middle of the rising nationalist (as opposed to internationalist) movements in Europe and the US.

    This being said, it is next to impossible for them to communicate at a distance without both their governments and opposition monitoring the heck out of them, with the intention to undermine and hurt them both. I would not put it past either government to even try to waylay a courier carrying documents.

    So it has to be done in person, if not face to face. This is because neither wants a meeting between them to be used as propaganda against them either. Again, smart move.

  • No Sign of Japan-Related Radiation Found in Alaska Waters

    01/11/2017 7:20:25 PM PST · 8 of 9
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to nickcarraway

    A nuclear scientist could have told them that. Radioactive particles still have their chemical properties. As a rule of thumb, the lighter they are, the more able they are to travel, because the heavier ones sink in the air or water.

    Lighter isotopes also generally have shorter half lives, so they can’t travel too far before they are no longer radioactive. The most dangerous isotopes are the medium sized ones, especially if of elements that are easily absorbed by plants and animals. But in addition to everything else, they tend to disperse.

    You likely have some of these in your body, but too few to even notice.

    In any event, the Pacific Ocean has about 180 million cubic miles of water. However much medium sized radioactive particles released from Japan would be spread out in this.

  • The Legendary A-10 (Warthog) Looks Like It's Here To Stay After Being Upgraded By The Air Force

    01/11/2017 7:05:07 PM PST · 13 of 53
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to SandRat

    As an aside, the acronym must have elicited some grins somewhere, because in addition to Combat Search And Rescue, it also stood for the Center for Scientific Anomalies Research in Ann Arbor. They got a lot of government funding to figure out some way to use telepathy to communicate with nuclear submarines. It didn’t work, and served as an example of the waste of taxpayer dollars.

    http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/center-scientific-anomalies-researchcsar

  • Tips for Hate Crime Hoaxers

    01/11/2017 6:16:00 PM PST · 8 of 11
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to scottinoc

    Here’s a better tip.

    PETA nuts and other freaks decided to ruin agriculture with direct actions and slanders. So some states have passed laws making such things unlawful. And not just as petty crimes.

    So why shouldn’t states pass laws tailored to hate crimes hoaxers? While they obviously need to be written very carefully so as not to harm real victims, they have to be very punitive to those caught out in deceptions.

    First of all, they must misuse police and prosecutorial resources. Accusations against named individuals come under criminal and civil libel laws. So these hoaxes need to implicate indeterminate persons; *or* they should seek to create a public disturbance or animosity between people.

    If under examination they either substantively change their story to the police, or confess that it is a hoax, this should be enough for arrest. Likewise, if the police can identify them as creators of the hoax, like buying spray paint on the day of spray paint hate vandalism, that also should substantiate an arrest.

  • Trump conducts his own sting operation to ensnare intelligence briefers

    01/11/2017 4:54:07 PM PST · 26 of 36
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to COBOL2Java

    This isn’t particularly hard to do, and has long been done in intelligence circles. When there is a briefing, make sure the participants each get a slightly different briefing document.

    Leakers and plagiarists rarely are smart enough to paraphrase. And if there is nothing grammatically wrong in the different briefs, they likely won’t compare copies.

    Importantly, this isn’t just a “gotcha”. Once a leaker has been identified, you task a competing intelligence group to catch him, or one of his staff, in the act. When they do, the cuffs go on right there.

    Intelligence organizations have their own rules about leaking, and some of them can be particularly brutal. None are going to talk about that, however.

  • Rep. Duncan Hunter: If Trump really wants a ‘beautiful’ wall, here's what he's gotta get right

    01/10/2017 8:36:03 AM PST · 56 of 75
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Beautiful_Gracious_Skies

    Because the drug cartels are large, violent, and more than willing to cross the border with military style weapons to attack Americans. So trickling their criminals back to them is an awful lot more cost effective than stationing two or more US Army divisions on the border.

  • Wall Street hates the Volcker Rule. Will Trump finally kill it?

    01/10/2017 8:01:51 AM PST · 15 of 15
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to expat_panama

    I think it would be best to make a few additions to the rule.

    Only financial institutions that are *not* “too big to fail” can make such “gaming” investments. And they can only do so with their annual *net* profit, after taxes and payments to their investors and creditors, not with anyone else’s money.

    This accomplishes several things. First of all, financial institutions that are “too big to fail”, are also “too big to survive”, so need to be broken up to protect the economy. So if they make poor choices with their gaming, they go broke and are out of business, owing nothing to anyone who will be punished in their bankruptcy.

    Second, no gaming with anyone else’s money. They are willing to take the risks to get the rewards, so the risk must entirely be theirs.

  • Bombshell-CIA agents issue major threat to Trump, they went too far

    01/10/2017 7:45:53 AM PST · 144 of 189
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to HomerBohn

    It would be super useful if someone can compile a list of leftists and deadwood in the CIA. The fools who will resign are just the start of what should be a serious purge.

    Plus, their hiring practices need a major readjustment to get rid of the Ivy League “honorable schoolboys”, and replace them with graduates of non-Ivy League schools.

    This would be much like the military replacement of inferior military academy graduates with ROTC graduates which took place out of necessity.

  • The Hate Group That Tracks Down 'Hate Groups'-The despicable Southern Poverty Law Center

    01/10/2017 7:07:54 AM PST · 17 of 29
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to SJackson

    President Trump should not abolish the onerous and disgusting “Operation Choke Point”, used by the left to oppress legal businesses they disdain, like gun dealers. It coerces banks and other financial organizations to refuse to provide these legal businesses any legal banking or credit services.

    Instead, President Trump should just rewrite the list of those businesses affected.

    Imagine if Planned Parenthood and the SPLC were denied banking services for their ill gotten gains? And there are so many more technically legal but repugnant leftist businesses and NGOs that could be crippled in this way.

  • Rep. Duncan Hunter: If Trump really wants a ‘beautiful’ wall, here's what he's gotta get right

    01/10/2017 6:59:24 AM PST · 32 of 75
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Beautiful_Gracious_Skies

    To start with, a “virtual fence” is as useless as marrying an inflatable doll and calling it a wife.

    However, a *realistic* analysis of the real border fence needs to be examined based on its projected results. This is because of “the law of diminishing returns”.

    1) Priority to building the wall should be to the limited number of “high volume transit routes.” This is because much of the border is very difficult to cross due to terrain. So blocking the high volume routes will be most cost and time effective. That is, they will reduce illegal immigration from Mexico by about 60%. A lot of “bang for the buck”. The typical crosser would be dissuaded from making the effort.

    2) When the wall is built in its entirety, the emphasis begins to seriously shift from human crossing to drug smuggling, and non-Mexican crossers from Mexico. Because drug smugglers are looking for big profits, they are very determined and creative in figuring out how to evade the fence. They are also heavily armed, often with military grade weapons, far outgunning the CBP. The rest of the wall will be far more expensive, but will likely only reduce the number of crossers by another 10-15%, leaving 25% of the illegals still able to get in.

    3) Most of these 25% of illegals do not cross from Mexico, but come in through abusing the Visa program. They arrive mostly from Canada or by air as either foreign workers, students, or tourists, and “overstay” their visit. Likewise, many bogus “refugees” now claim “political persecution” in their homeland, which is effectively a “get out of jail free” card to stay in the US.

    Here is the State Department Directory of Visa Categories, which needs serious reform. H1-B is just the most frequently mentioned. Often these are used in support of human trafficking.

    https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/general/all-visa-categories.html

    4) Finally, *at the same time* as these “big bang for the buck” programs, the US needs to substantially streamline its deportation program. We need to incorporate the lifetime ban on reentry to deportations. A big sticking point is that many of these peoples’ home countries don’t want them back. For this reason, we have to be cagey.

    If you have seen the Tom Hanks movie, The Terminal, it is about a foreigner stuck in the customs part of an airport, unable to return to his home country because of a revolution, yet unable to legally enter the US. Not wanting to break the law, he refuses to just leave the airport customs area, though assured he can leave scot free any time he likes, that his illegal entry will be ignored.

    The important take from this should be that when someone is in a customs area, they are under CPB authority. Typical American rights and civil liberties, including Habeus Corpus, do not apply. And this gives the US an “out” for foreigners we wish to deport, but their home countries do not want.

    That is, we need to build what are in effect prisons, but not called prisons, on the north side of the border with Mexico. These will be called customs holding centers, and will be under customs authority. So US federal judges cannot interfere with them.

    The vast majority of people we put in there will be Mexican criminals who have served their sentences in the US, but Mexico says it is unwilling to take back except very slowly.

    It is indeed a very bad idea to just “kick them across the border”, because they will either immediately join one of the drug cartels, or be murdered by them as an enemy. And this can come back to bite us later.

    So once Mexico agrees to take them back, we need to do what Arizona used to do, and fly them on big bodied chartered planes to Mexico city, the better part of a thousand miles from the US border. Very cost effective, and few deported this way ever return.

    So, all told, this is a complete package to solve illegal immigration. Unlike what the internationalists want, it does not focus on legal citizens, forcing them to become numbered and labeled and be inconvenienced to live their lives, but instead focuses on illegal aliens, and booting them out.

  • Why chickens are twice as big today as they were 60 years ago

    01/08/2017 8:13:06 PM PST · 111 of 113
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to T-Bird45

    Because of the problems associated with over specialization, to avoid chickens becoming like turkeys, it would likely be a good idea to have a program to create more diversity in the species.

    The USDA did it with wheat, creating strains that could thrive in less than ideal places. So why not do it with chickens?

  • Why chickens are twice as big today as they were 60 years ago

    01/08/2017 3:05:14 PM PST · 91 of 113
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to T-Bird45

    I know, but the article didn’t really give the scale or scope of the contest, which was nationwide, and a very big deal because chicken farming was so decentralized. A&P was huge at the time, which is why I compared it to Walmart today.

    Imagine the press today, if Walmart sponsored a “Who wants to be a billionaire” contest?

  • Why chickens are twice as big today as they were 60 years ago

    01/08/2017 12:17:08 PM PST · 54 of 113
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Trump20162020

    No mention of the great 1948 A&P Grocery Chicken of Tomorrow contest. A&P was the Walmart of yesterday.

    http://modernfarmer.com/2014/05/today-eating-winners-1948-chicken-tomorrow-contest/

    “So who won? Arbor Acres White Rocks’ white feathered birds beat the competition in the purebred category, but Red Cornish crosses from the Vantress Hatchery definitely outperformed them. And as it happens, those two breeds would eventually be crossed and become the Arbor Acre breed — whose genetics now dominate poultry farms worldwide.

    “By 1964, Arbor Acres was producing chickens cheaper and faster than anyone in the world — and Nelson Rockefeller noticed. He bought the company, and the cycle seemed complete. It went global, and as of 2013, over half the chickens raised in China have a genetic link to the Arbor Acres stock.

    “But what about the thousands of famers who lost the Chicken of Tomorrow contest in 1948? At least half of their farms are gone, along with their ancestral chicken breeds. Purdue University cites the greatest decline in diversity coincided with the rise of industrial chicken production in the 1950s.”

    However, it should be noted that the chicken of today has much less flavor, and is so over-bred that it could likely not survive long after the time it is to be harvested.

    But there are still farms that raise “heritage” chickens of different stock, sold at premium prices for those who want the “authentic” chicken taste of yesterday.

  • There is No Such Thing as Equal Opportunity

    01/08/2017 6:14:28 AM PST · 29 of 39
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to aquila48

    In all fairness, he under-defines “equality of opportunity”.

    A proper definition takes three things into account.

    The first thing is a term from economics: “opportunity cost”. It basically means that you have enough money for a choice among several choices. To make a choice means that you cannot make the other choices. Opportunity costs happen frequently in life, and this is where individuality comes to the fore.

    Your judgment takes into account who you are, and what you think of your own abilities, not just your desires, but your assessment that your choice is *reasonable*, from your point of view.

    The second factor in “equality of opportunity” is this, your self definition. If you see yourself clearly, you can not just imagine your capabilities, but also your limitations. The opportunity is still there, but you do not consider it as a choice, because you do not imagine yourself achieving much with this choice.

    The third factor is the downside to all this. “Equality before the law”, and the interference of others in choices you want to make. Equality before the law is the rule book to choice. Optimally it equalizes people with the social contract: your opportunities are limited to legal choices.

    The interference of others in your choices is the opposite of equal opportunity. It implies coercion. If you choose to be an artist, but your parents demand you become a doctor, you are denied your just equality of opportunity if you are obedient to them.

    Likewise, if a supporter of President Trump walks into restaurant while wearing a “Make America Great” hat, and they refuse to serve him, they are denying his equality of opportunity.

  • 'Sicilian Stonehenge' Discovered by Amateur Archaeologists

    01/07/2017 6:28:23 PM PST · 12 of 13
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to nickcarraway

    Importantly, a solar sundial needs several features, the most important of which are two markers for the solstices. This really matters to archeologists for an odd reason.

    The axial tilt of the Earth is not the same as it has always been. Earth’s axial tilt oscillates between 22.1 and 24.5 degrees on a 41,000-year cycle. It is currently decreasing.

    So if the solar observatory is very old, its solstice points are further apart than they would be today, and because this change in axial tilt happens in a stable way, you can calculate when the observatory was built.

  • Bill to Get U.S. Out of UN Introduced in New Congress

    01/07/2017 5:35:43 PM PST · 35 of 36
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to VitacoreVision

    Direct *anything* is likely to fail in Washington, not just because of vested interests, but because the entire system was created for just the purpose of defeating direct actions.

    The founding fathers were no dummies. They knew that popular ideas are fleeting, and political power is, and should be, tenuous. Their emphasis was not to stop brilliant masterstrokes, but horrific disasters; and they were well aware that a good idea today can quickly become a pestilence tomorrow.

    This means that they set up a system it which change ideally cannot be ramrodded, but must survive through a gauntlet of challenges.

    But this also means that the public has to be patient, because while they might want a dictator or king, this is the path to misery. The public wants simple solutions to complex problems, to hack the Gordian knot apart with the sword instead of methodically untying it.

    So often the best route is an indirect one, to seemingly support something while undermining it. The Mexican wall is a great example: some of its biggest and loudest advocates actually made huge barriers to stop it from happening. Their excuses were legion. They even tried to lead the charge to doing nothing while seeming to be doing something.

    Likewise, cagey politicians often decry things they fully support. The Clintons bitterly complained about “Republican corruption”, for example.

    In any event, back to the problem of getting rid of the UN.

    The opponents to this are both the internationalist socialists, and the multinational corporatists of both parties. Together they are a formidable opposition.

    This is why I proposed the Beijing and Moscow UN headquarters. Both groups would foolishly think that it would advance their rather nasty anti-American agendas. This is a consequence of their elitist ignorance of both Beijing and Moscow. For a wealthy elite, only the best parts of both cities are known to them.

    They have no idea what would happen if the ignorant, violent and primitive UN general assembly was dumped there. Many of them would be in jail faster than their diplomatic immunity could be ignored. In Beijing, they would quickly incite tremendous moral outrage with their rotten behavior. The average Chinese hasn’t felt such xenophobia since the Boxer Rebellion.

    In short, it would be hilarious. After a few years of this, it would be much easier for the US to leave.

  • Bill to Get U.S. Out of UN Introduced in New Congress

    01/07/2017 8:28:08 AM PST · 27 of 36
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to VitacoreVision

    I doubt a direct exit would work, as it has too much political support by liberals.

    So a better way to start is to encourage Beijing and Moscow to build their own UN headquarters, then to propose that the UN move to one, then to the other, in a rotation cycle. Being out of the US for 50 years would give us a lot of time to figure out how to leave. And there would be far fewer supporters in the US after a while.

    If it was still untenable after 50 years, we could propose that India and some cities in Africa and South America could also host.

  • A bright new star will burst into the sky in five years, astronomers predict

    01/07/2017 8:22:36 AM PST · 28 of 32
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to BenLurkin

    The binary star KIC 9832227 is about 1800 light years away.

    Scientific literature cites 50 to 100 light years as the closest safe distance between Earth and a supernova.