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  • Nearly one-in-five Americans now listen to audiobooks

    03/16/2018 5:18:40 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 58 replies
    Pew Research ^ | March 8, 2018 | Andrew Perrin
    Americans are spreading their book consumption across several formats, and the use of audiobooks is rising. About three-quarters (74%) of Americans have read a book in the past 12 months in any format, a figure that has remained largely unchanged since 2012, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in January. Print books remain the most popular format for reading, with 67% of Americans having read a print book in the past year. And while shares of print and e-book readers are similar to those from a survey conducted in 2016, there has been a modest but statistically significant...
  • Will: Infrastructure spending won’t transform America

    03/16/2018 1:02:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    The San Jose Mercury News ^ | February 16, 2018 | George F. Will
    “MASON CITY: To get there you follow Highway 58, going northeast out of the city, and it is a good highway and new.” — Robert Penn Warren, “All the King’s Men” (1946) WASHINGTON — Appropriately, Warren began the best book about American populism, his novel based on Huey Long’s Louisiana career, with a rolling sentence about a road. Time was, infrastructure — roads, especially — was a preoccupation of populists, who were mostly rural and needed roads to get products to market, and for travel to neighbors and towns, which assuaged loneliness. Today, there is no comparably sympathetic constituency clamoring...
  • The downside of student protests against guns: moronic signs

    03/16/2018 9:39:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 20 replies ^ | 3/16/2018 | Thomas Lifson
    The mainstream media and Democrat pols could barely contain their glee at student walkouts demanding gun control. They attach all kinds of virtue to innocents spouting the propaganda they feed them, and even coerce them into demonstrating for. Only one small problem: they have, in the immortal words of Professor Kingsfield in The Paper Chase, skulls full of mush. “They think there aren't any guns in the White House.” Their magical thinking leads them to believe that gun free zones are safe zones, apparently. On Facebook, David Baker spotted this gem, that reveals a poverty of knowledge:
  • Alt-Left Insanity: Tupac ‘Worship’; TV Needs Black Female Swingers and More!(?)

    03/16/2018 8:59:35 AM PDT · by rktman · 5 replies ^ | 3/16/2018 | Matt Philbin
    Vice’s music site Noisey is reassuring readers, “You Don’t Have to Worship 2pac.” And I, for one, am relieved. I wasn’t wild about getting that “Thug Life” tattoo. It seems that “Recent criticism of the rap icon from Lil Xan and 03 Greedo forces us to ask whether or not our heroes are beyond reproach.” Heroes assuredly are not beyond reproach. Neither is Noisey’s definition of “hero.” It’s certainly not for me to judge Tupac Shakur’s music, but people who can tell the difference (and I’ll assume Lil Xan and 03 Greedo are among them) haven’t been uniformly impressed. According...
  • Help Wanted: Government Actions Throughout History

    03/15/2018 6:40:00 PM PDT · by huckfillary · 20 replies
    Artful Dilettante ^ | March 15, 2018 | Artful Dilettante
    Some scholar, whose name I cannot recall, did a seriously in-depth study to identify all of the government "success stories" throughout recorded history. He could not find a single, solitary example. Every action the government has taken throughout history has either resulted in a zero-sum outcome or an abject failure. An example of zero-sum outcomes would include income-redistribution schemes where you rob Peter to pay Paul. Abject failures would include Obamacare, the Iraq War, and public education. If anyone can identify the author of this study or book, or provide additional information that could help me identify the study/book, please...
  • Chicago Students Riot And Loot At Strip Mall During Gun Walkout

    03/15/2018 1:10:24 PM PDT · by rktman · 52 replies ^ | 3/15/2018 | HollyMatkin
    Chicago, IL – A crowd of students swarmed a south side strip mall during Wednesday’s National Walkout Day demonstration, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. “They pretty much trashed this whole area,” GameStop manager Robert Owens told Blue Lives Matter on Thursday. Not all of the protests were peaceful. On Chicago’s South Side, Simeon Career Academy students descended on businesses situated in a strip mall behind the school, and began harassing customers and employees. “Things started out cool,” a Potbelly Sandwich Shop manager, who did not want to be further identified, told Blue Lives Matter. “But then some...
  • Baltimore teachers threaten to walk out if any of them are armed

    03/15/2018 1:00:27 PM PDT · by rktman · 57 replies ^ | 3/15/2018 | Jazz Shaw
    Yesterday we had students walking out of school all over the country to protest gun violence. Now, in Baltimore and some other cities, there may be a different type of walkout. Teachers are objecting to the idea of any of them being trained and armed, so much so that if there are any armed teachers in the school they will walk out as well. (CBS Baltimore)
  • Gun Control ‘Walkout’ Mob Assaults Student Carrying Trump Flag

    03/15/2018 12:37:31 PM PDT · by rktman · 41 replies ^ | 3/15/2018 | Christian Datoc
    Minnesota students taking part in the national gun control walkouts on Wednesday allegedly assaulted another student carrying a Trump flag. According to CBS, the incident occurred outside of Southwest High School and Minneapolis Police are currently investigating the incident as an assault. Per CBS, two students taking part in the protest allegedly noticed the male victim holding the flag while standing across the street from the school. After the two approached the victim, six other protesters followed before stealing his flag, damaging his camera and “inflicting minor injuries.” So far, no arrests have been made in connection to the incident.
  • WATCH: Principal Allegedly Removes Student from Walkout Participants Because of Pro-Gun Sign

    03/15/2018 12:14:02 PM PDT · by rktman · 35 replies ^ | 3/15/2018 | AWR Hawkins
    Video has emerged of the principal at New Praque, Minnesota’s New Prague High School allegedly removing a student from a group of walkout participants because the student was holding a pro-gun sign. The student’s sign said, “Guns Don’t Kill People, People Kill People.” New Prague High School student Kenny McDonald put up a Facebook post alleging that the student was not only made to walk away from those participating in the walkout for gun control but was also threatened with being placed in a police car. The post contains a video which shows the student with a pro-gun sign being...
  • Republican Lawmaker Pushes Tax-Per-Mile To Replace Gas Tax

    03/15/2018 12:07:32 PM PDT · by rktman · 80 replies ^ | 3/15/2018 | Tom Knighton
    Americans love their cars. The United States has one of the highest car ownership rates per capita in the world. We're a mobile culture and we like it that way. But a tax-per-mile plan being pushed by Republican Rep. Sam Graves of Missouri might have drivers re-thinking those weekend joyrides instead of feeling all the pain at the pump.
  • Massive food stamp fraud uncovered(!?)

    03/15/2018 11:59:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 43 replies ^ | 3/15/2018 | Thomas Lifson
    The very expensive ($70.9 billion in 2016) federal food stamp program (officially: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP) is an open invitation to fraud. The latest indicator comes from Jacksonville, Florida. (Channel 4 in Jacksonville) reports:
  • Brzezinski Attacks First and Second Amendments Simultaneously

    03/15/2018 11:26:20 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies ^ | 3/15/2018 | Bill D'Agostino
    On Thursday, MSNBC’s Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski managed to dismiss both the First and Second Amendment in the same sentence when she opined that the NRA “should be sued, and forced to take down” what she described as “inflammatory ads.” Brzezinski voiced this startling opinion at the tail-end of her three hour show. In the final segment of the morning, an image of a recent NRA tweet featuring a photo of a firearm appeared onscreen, which read, “I’ll control my own guns, thank you.” Brzezinski responded: “The NRA, with their inflammatory ads, and threatening ads, should be sued and...
  • Vox: We'll Have to Confiscate Guns To Reach Those Low 'European Levels Of Violence'

    03/15/2018 10:30:50 AM PDT · by rktman · 62 replies ^ | 3/15/2018 | Matt Vespa
    Regardless, the whole crux of their argument is that banning so-called assault weapons, expanded background checks, waiting period etc. will save lives. It won’t do that, and the anti-gun Left knows it. So, thanks to Vox for actually showing the end game of the Democratic agenda on firearms, which is that they really just want to ban guns. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have cited the Australian model on gun control. Clinton even went so far as to say the Supreme Court got the Second Amendment wrong in 2016. The level of violence in Europe, which is often cited by...
  • Jordan Peterson on corporate virtue signalling

    03/15/2018 4:39:34 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 21 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | 3-14-2018 | Rita Panahi
    Clinical psychologist, author, professor and easy-on-the-eye cultural critic, Jordan B. Peterson, took a break from his sold out speaking tour to chat with Miranda Devine. He had some sage words of advice for the likes of Qantas, Telstra, PWC, KPMG et al: “People who are doing this at the corporate level will rapidly get their comeuppance … If you’re operating within a capitalist environment like let’s say the executives and management of Qantas, who are being paid disproportionately well, you don’t also get to be a social radical. And you don’t get to salve your conscience for receiving a pay...
  • Ross Olmos: NRA built on false notion that gun rights are absolute

    03/14/2018 1:56:27 PM PDT · by rktman · 121 replies ^ | 3/12/2018 | Ross Olmos
    As a first step, I would like to challenge Sen. Rubio to publically explain why any American civilian actually needs to own a military assault weapon. The 2nd Amendment of our Constitution consists of 26 words written in arcane language that has caused much confusion down through the years. Since the amendment was written at a time in our history where virtually every home contained a flintlock musket and gun ownership was an accepted, normal part of everyday life, it’s reasonable to believe that, rather than dealing with individual gun ownership, the 2nd Amendment was intended to protect the right...
  • No one would accept, in any other national discussion, the level of ignorance seen in the gun debate

    03/14/2018 1:43:35 PM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies ^ | 3/9/2018 | Becket Adams
    There are two certainties following nearly every mass shooting event: Cable news television will have its programming schedule set for the next 72 hours, and a significant number of gun control advocates will reveal they lack even a basic understanding of the items they wish to regulate. The first certainty is to be expected. After all, if it bleeds it leads. The second certainty is more remarkable. It’s remarkable that so many proponents of stricter regulations appear to be generally ignorant of not just the minutiae of firearms, but also the basics. It’s also remarkable that this ignorance continues unabated,...
  • Sen. Kamala Harris to FBI: Will arming teachers result in black kids being shot because of(T)

    03/14/2018 1:13:25 PM PDT · by rktman · 38 replies ^ | 3/14/2018 | Frieda Powers
    Sen. Kamala Harris slammed the idea of arming teachers as one that doesn’t make sense and because, naturally, it is racist. The California Democrat managed to find a way to inject a theme of racial bias in a Senate hearing on the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla., and the failures by the FBI and law enforcement to prevent the tragedy by following through on the many warning signs.
  • Sex Change: Physically Impossible, Psychosocially Unhelpful, and Philosophically Misguided

    03/14/2018 9:35:52 AM PDT · by fwdude · 26 replies
    Public Discourse ^ | March 5, 2018 | Ryan T. Anderson
    Modern medicine can’t reassign sex physically, and attempting to do so doesn’t produce good outcomes psychosocially. Here is the evidence. Contrary to the claims of activists, sex isn’t “assigned” at birth—and that’s why it can’t be “reassigned.” As I explain in my book When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment, sex is a bodily reality that can be recognized well before birth with ultrasound imaging. The sex of an organism is defined and identified by the way in which it (he or she) is organized for sexual reproduction.
  • Elizabeth Warren Tries Really Hard To Cry On Cue For Gun Control Rally

    03/14/2018 9:28:25 AM PDT · by rktman · 45 replies ^ | 3/14/2018 | Nick Givas
    Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts tried working herself up at Wednesday’s gun control rally outside the White House but couldn’t manage to find her stride despite being filmed by MSNBC. Warren was asked what was going through her mind, and she immediately blamed the National Rifle Association (NRA) for a lack of gun control reform. “The NRA has held Congress hostage for years now,” Warren said. “These young people have shown up to spring us free, to say you’re not here to do the work of the gun lobby. You’re here to do the work of the American people....
  • George Clooney Political Career Moving Forward? Pens Op-Ed Piece in “Foreign Affairs” About Africa

    03/14/2018 9:20:30 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies ^ | 3/14/2018 | Roger Friedman
    George Clooney has been laying low in the film business recently. But he’s been getting more active politically. I told you a few weeks ago that he was donating $500,000 to the March 24th March for Our Lives. Now Clooney and John Prendergast have co-written an Op Ed piece for “Foreign Affairs” magazine on how to achieve peace in Africa. In the piece, titled “The Key to Making Peace in Africa: Fighting Corruption Can Help End Conflict,” Clooney and Prendergast, the actor’s partner in The Sentry, a project of Clooney’s South Sudan effort called Not On Our Watch. write: