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  • Who Wants to Be a Billionaire (in 1916)? (You, the average Middle Class American wouldn't want to)

    05/08/2017 8:00:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/08/2017 | George Will
    Having bestowed the presidency on a candidate who described their country as a “hellhole” besieged by multitudes trying to get into it, Americans need an antidote for social hypochondria. Fortunately, one has arrived from Don Boudreaux, an economist at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center and proprietor of the indispensable blog Cafe Hayek. He has good news: You are as rich as John D. Rockefeller. Richer, actually. Some historians estimate that on September 29, 1916, a surge in the price of Rockefeller’s shares of the Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey made him America’s first billionaire. Others say he never...
  • America's Next President Must Continue Obama’s Progress On Clean Energy

    04/06/2016 7:07:33 AM PDT · by Cyberman · 34 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 4/5/2016 | David Ignatius
    So much of America's future is at stake in the 2016 presidential election. But let's focus for a moment on just one area--energy and the environment--where the Obama administration has made startling progress.... Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, arguably President Obama's best Cabinet appointment, has been leading a quiet revolution in clean-energy technology. Innovation is transforming this industry, costs are plummeting and entrepreneurs are devising radical new systems that create American jobs--in addition to protecting the planet.... Here's a suggestion for any fact-based, technology-respecting candidate in either party: Promise that, if elected, you'll try to persuade Moniz to remain in place.......
  • Sanders After Vermont Victory: This Is About "Transforming America"

    03/01/2016 6:48:47 PM PST · by Biggirl · 42 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | March 1, 2016 | Pam Key
    Tuesday after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (I-Vt.) won his home state Democratic primary in Vermont by a large margin, he gave a victory speech saying, “this campaign is not just about electing the president, it is about transforming America.”
  • How “Progress” Led to the Dehumanization of Man

    02/17/2016 1:58:27 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | February 17, 2016 | MICHAEL QUINLAN
    The controversy over a Super Bowl ad for a snack chip that allegedly "humanized," of all things, a pre-born human being highlights the deliberate rejection of reality of the "abortion rights" objectors. On its face, as others have noted, the controversy exposes the pernicious obfuscation that a fetus is nothing more than a "meaningless blob of protoplasm." Yet, the anti-reality inherent in pro-abortion propaganda is only one example exposing the delusional foundations of modern secular culture, most prominently manifested in its ideology of sexuality, including the normalization of all manner of sexual deviance, same-sex "marriage," gender-fluidity, human-robot "intimacy," and...
  • California of the Dark Ages

    02/01/2016 10:15:14 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 57 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 1-31-16 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>I recently took a few road trips longitudinally and latitudinally across California. The state bears little to no resemblance to what I was born into. In a word, it is now a medieval place of lords and peasants-and few in between. Or rather, as I gazed out on the California Aqueduct, the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Luis Reservoir, I realized we are like the hapless, squatter Greeks of the Dark Ages, who could not figure out who those mythical Mycenaean lords were that built huge projects still standing in their midst, long after Lord Ajax and King Odysseus disappeared into exaggeration and myth. Henry Huntington built the entire Big Creek Hydroelectric Project in the time it took our generation to go to three hearings on a proposed dam.</p>
  • I Am a PROGRESSive Conservative

    10/31/2015 10:01:58 AM PDT · by xzins · 80 replies
    Vanity ^ | 31 Oct 15 | Xzins
    I am a Progressive Conservative. I base this on the definition of the word "progress". From the Merriam-Webster site: "the process of improving or developing something over a period of time". Among conservatives who follow the news, this word would seem almost a contradiction. They are used to hearing the word associated with liberalism and socialism. It appears those movements have co-opted a perfectly positive word "progressive" with its root word meaning of improvement. My sense is that the average person sees the word "progressive" and thinks "progress". This average person has little connection to secular campuses in which 'progressive'...
  • The World Just Continues To Get Better & Better

    10/26/2015 5:37:15 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 49 replies
    National Review ^ | Sept 25, 2015 | Kevin D. Williamson
    [snipets:] From polio to poverty, we are winning. Well done, human race. Well done. At the end of September, the Global Commission for the Certification of Poliomyelitis Eradication convened in Bali and, after reviewing the reports of its member nations, declared poliovirus type 2 eradicated in the wild. This was really only a bureaucratic stamp on a fact: The last case of type 2 polio was identified in Aligarh, India, in 1999. Thanks in no small part to... *** Despite the no-knowthings who go around complaining that “we don’t make things here anymore,” the United States continues to make the...
  • The Imperative of Technological Progress: Why Stagnation Will Necessarily Lead to Disaster & how...

    08/18/2015 11:37:37 AM PDT · by Mellonkronos · 1 replies
    Wave Chronicle ^ | August 18, 2015 | G. Stolyarov II
    [Another pro-technology piece. Of course, we need free markets so entrepreneurs can do great things!] The Imperative of Technological Progress: Why Stagnation Will Necessarily Lead to Disaster and How Techno-Optimism Can Overcome It“He who moves not forward, goes backward.” -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe If the approximate technological and economic status quo persists, massive societal disintegration looms on the horizon. A Greece-style crisis of national-government expenditures may occur as some have predicted, but would only be a symptom of a greater problem. The fundamental driver of crisis since at least September 11, 2001, and more acutely since the Great Recession...
  • Progress

    07/15/2015 5:34:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 15, 2015 | John Stossel
    Obamacare! The War on Drugs! A War on Poverty! Prohibition! The idea that government will bring social progress isn't new. Europe's monarchs believed in big government long before there was a Soviet Union or a welfare state. Eighteenth-century philosopher Voltaire praised "enlightened" monarchs like Prussia's Frederick the Great. Since the nineteenth century, so-called "progressives" have wanted government to get ever larger. They got their wish. The results were not so good for people. Today pundits and protesters moan about fiscal "austerity" in nations like Greece. But if austerity means cuts in government, there hasn't been much of it. Sure, Greece...
  • You Can’t Compromise with Culture Warriors

    07/01/2015 5:40:03 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/1/2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    I loved reading the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie books to my daughter. The somewhat Aesopian theme is that if you give the mouse what it wants – a cookie – it will just want more: a glass of milk, a straw, etc. The story came to mind last week, a week that began with many vowing to inter the Confederate flag and that ended with the Supreme Court mandating that there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. As far as culture-war victories go, the flag news was big, but the marriage ruling was tantamount to VE...
  • Russia's Robotic Progress Cargo Spaceship Will Fall Within Hours

    05/07/2015 7:06:31 PM PDT · by don-o · 23 replies
    Nine days after its launch to the International Space Station went awry, Russia's robotic Progress 59 cargo ship is due to take a fiery plunge through Earth's atmosphere within hours. Predictions from a variety of expert analysts — at places ranging from Russia's Roscosmos space agency to the U.S. Strategic Command — call for the Progress to break up in the atmosphere around 10 p.m. to midnight (02:00 to 04:00 UTC), with a margin of uncertainty that extends a couple of hours before or after that time. "We can exclude any time after early Friday morning," the European Space Agency's...
  • MLK Day, 2015: We Have Come a Long Way

    01/18/2015 12:08:34 PM PST · by EveningStar · 74 replies
    The State of the Union ^ | January 16, 2015 | Arthur Christopher Schaper
    On this Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, instead of listening to irreverent race-baiters like “Reverends” Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson, let us imagine what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his colleague Rosa Parks might say about race relations in America. First, Dr. King would remind us that in previous decades, white people were never indicted, let alone convicted and incarcerated for willfully killing black people. White lynch mobs would preen for cameras following their savage murders of black people, brazenly smiling because they knew that no white jury would convict them. King would retell the trial of the...
  • Rep. Trey Gowdy: We Are Making “Tremendous Progress” in Benghazi Investigation (Video)

    11/11/2014 7:13:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 68 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 11/11/14 | Jim Hoft
    Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) told Megyn Kelly Tuesday that the Special Committee investigating Benghazi is making “tremendous progress.” “We have a very robust investigative plan that will kick off in December. And, Megyn I can tell you my goal was to have an investigation where witnesses who had never been talked to before felt comfortable coming forward because of the seriousness of our investigation and that is precisely what is happening. It is not with a lot of fanfare and there aren’t a lot of public hearings but trust me when I tell you we are making tremendous progress.”
  • Microcosm of S.F. housing plight: 6,800 applications for 18 units

    11/08/2014 11:25:16 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 36 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 8, 2014 | C.W. Nevius
    When real estate developer Forest City began construction on a new apartment complex at 2175 Market St., it announced that it would build more affordable units than required by the city — 20 percent instead of 12. The response was overwhelming. Forest City put a booth in the lobby of The Chronicle building — chosen because it is centrally located, near public transit and well-recognized — and got more than 6,800 applications. For 18 apartments
  • How you know progress is making the world go to hell...

    10/13/2014 3:19:49 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 9 replies
    CRASHR ^ | 10-13-14 | The Looking Spoon
    There you have it... :-) And here I thought it was liberal policies. There isn't much of a difference between that and Superman since belief in both requires make-believe.
  • State Department: Kerry Has 'Made Progress' in Ceasefire Bid

    07/31/2014 2:41:57 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/8/14 | Elad Benari
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has "made some progress" in complicated talks to try to reach a ceasefire in Gaza, his department said Thursday. "We know we're not there yet. But I think we have made some progress," said deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf, according to AFP. "The secretary is very engaged in it. And hopefully soon we'll be able to get something temporary in place," she added. Harf refused to be drawn further, including whether Washington was still trying to put in place a 24-hour truce or something longer, nor would she be drawn on how much...
  • This Japanese toilet should make Americans very worried

    04/10/2014 7:16:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 141 replies
    The Week ^ | April 9, 2014 | Noah Smith
    I remember about 10 years ago, I was watching a National Geographic show about a hunter-gatherer tribe in Papua New Guinea. The men were running around in loincloths with spears, hunting animals, making offerings to the gods — you know, typical primitive-tribe stuff. But okay, I don't judge... we're all descended from people like that. ......................................................... I suspect that the real reason we don't adopt Japanese toilets is the very fact that people are so eager to give reasons not to. We've grown used to the idea that everything good is invented in America. If it wasn't invented here, it...
  • Syria talks: (UN) Mediator apologises for lack of progress

    02/15/2014 12:42:11 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2/15/14 | BBC
    The UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi has apologised to the Syrian people after peace talks in Geneva ended without making progress. He had held final discussions with both sides in Geneva in a last-ditch bid to break the stalemate between the Syrian government and opposition. Mr Brahimi said a key sticking point was the government's refusal to talk about a transitional governing body. No date has been set for a third round of talks. The UK and France have blamed President Assad's government for the failure of the talks. The conflict in Syria has claimed more than 100,000 lives since March...
  • Our Future Could Be Awesome If Only...

    01/25/2014 6:46:51 AM PST · by rktman · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1/25/2014 | Alicia Colon
    Call me a cockeyed optimist but many of the recent reports about our energy resources and discoveries in medical advances conjure up visions of an America enjoying low gas and energy prices; low unemployment, high wages and low cost medical treatments. None of these changes will be possible, however, unless we have a government willing to allow them. American citizens (legitimate citizens, not just residents) can vote to elect a government that is not beholden to special interest donors and lobbyists. While this sounds unlikely at the moment, it is not impossible especially if the comatose voters who got us...
  • The resurgent progressives

    01/02/2014 3:43:12 AM PST · by Biggirl · 55 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 2, 2014 | E.J. Dionne Jr.
    The reemergence of a Democratic left will be one of the major stories of 2014. Moderates, don’t be alarmed. The return of a viable, vocal left will actually be good news for the political center. For a long time, the American conversation has been terribly distorted because an active, uncompromising political right has not had to face a comparably influential left. As a result, our entire debate has been dragged in a conservative direction, meaning that the center has been pulled that way, too.