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Friday, April 28, 2017

Milo Yiannopoulos Is Starting a New, Ugly, For-Profit Troll | Vanity Fair

Milo Yiannopoulos Is Starting a New, Ugly, For-Profit Troll | Vanity FairMilo Inc., according to a press release, will be based in Miami, with a planned staff of 30. It will be in the business of what can be best described as corporatized trolling via live entertainment, with Yiannopoulos and his investors hosting events featuring right-wing talent. “The business of Madonna became touring,” said Yiannopoulos in a phone interview, citing the artist’s deal with Live Nation. “I’m doing the same thing, but instead of signing up with Live Nation, I’m building one. I’m building it for libertarian and conservative comedians, writers, stand-up comics, intellectuals, you name it.”


A 'Psych' Reunion Movie Is Reportedly In The Works | moviepilot.com

A 'Psych' Reunion Movie Is Reportedly In The Works | moviepilot.com

Are you psyched for the 'Psych' reunion movie? What were some of your favorite moments from the original show? Let us know in the comments below!

Is it the end of socialism in Venezuela? – Inside Story

Thursday, April 27, 2017

'people who' + 'make me nervous' - Twitter Search



The 'Laffer Curve' Renamed | Cato Institute


Aside from that odd remark about what some nameless supply-siders like to claim, Mankiw simply restated what real supply-siders really did claim. He emphasized that higher (marginal) tax rates reduce work effort and cause other inefficient distortions. He added that higher tax rates also reduce the size of the tax base — people respond to higher tax rates by taking it easy or figuring out ways to report less taxable income. This used to be called “the Laffer Curve,” but it now goes by the more respectable name of “taxable income elasticity.”I grow weary of people telling me what supply-siders supposedly said, thought or wrote without bothering to actually quote anyone. No economist ever claimed that all taxes are so distortionary that increasing any tax rate would reduce revenue. Art Laffer never said that. Bob Mundell never said that. Larry Lindsey, Larry Kudlow, Craig Roberts, Steve Entin and Bruce Bartlett never said that. I never said that.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Libertarianism is not Egalitarianism – Reformed Libertarian

Libertarianism is not Egalitarianism – Reformed Libertarian





One of the difficulties that has come out of the more Progressivist libertarians in recent years is the threat of an inbred egalitarianism. There is a sort of contemporary presumption that libertarianism requires a variety of egalitarian tendencies.  That is to say, we are told that, as libertarians, we ought to vocalize our support and enthusiasm for all types of personal habits, cultural practices, and worldview diversity.  To do otherwise is “intolerant,” and therefore “hateful,” and therefore “unlibertarian.”
This is a mistake of the highest order.  Not only is such doctrine simply not required by the libertarian thesis (that individuals should not breach the property rights of others), but it is also a sure way to make certain that cultural conservatives never adopt the libertarian view at all.  When it appears that libertarians demand cultural liberalism and social progressivism in public policy, it is profoundly off-putting to many Christians and other cultural traditionalists.  This website is dedicated to the idea that Christians can and should be libertarians, but if the message itself is antithetical to Christian convictions, then surely no Christian would ever shift our way.
First of all, tolerance does not presume agreement or approval, rather, and contrarily, it actually presupposes disagreement.  To be tolerant is to refrain from using force to prevent someone from engaging in a lifestyle or activity with which we ourselves disagree.  We are tolerant when, even if we vocally express our disapproval against an activity, we refrain from physically interfering with the activity.    Tolerance is not present in a situation of agreement and approval.  I am not “tolerating” when I see a person reading a Christian Bible (because I approve of it), but I do tolerate a Jehovah’s Witness worshipping at a Kingdom Hall.  I do not think that worshipping at a Kingdom Hall is a moral activity, and it is perfectly fine to inform them of this if ever in a conversation, but I will not physically prevent them from going about that business.  Such is tolerance.
In our culture however, tolerance has been distorted.  To most people today, tolerance means that one actually accepts as morally or intellectually legitimate the views, actions, or lifestyles of all other people.  Thus, the infiltration of this distorted toleration into the libertarian movement has given libertarianism a very dangerous spin.  In short, libertarianism that has been infected by a bad view of toleration is by nature contrary to Christianity, which holds that there is one truth, one salvation, and one source of ethical behavior.  But the solution to this predicament is not to separate Christianity from libertarianism, but rather to rescue toleration from its modern progressivist disease.
Now, in a libertarian society where property rights allow the individual to discriminate based on whatever rubric he finds satisfactory, libertarians generally have no problem in letting business owners make decisions about their employees and customers.  A black business owner sympathetic to the Black Panthers can legally refuse to service a white man if he so desires.  And a Church can refuse to marry a homosexual if their convictions lead them to such a decision.  But something interesting happens when we talk about the employment policies of a government agency.  Some libertarians want to impose a rigorous egalitarian and diversity standard on the agency on the basis that the agency is public and therefore should not be allowed to discriminate.  This desire sometimes trickles down to public services like State-owned university education.  The standards for entry should focus, we are told, not necessarily on the individual merits of the students regardless of race, but rather on the diversity of the student body as a whole.
But it is my contention that all of this is profoundly misguided, a distortion of the demands of libertarian theory.  Murray Rothbard addressed this issue during the early nineties when the Clinton administration sought the elimination of the ban on homosexuals in the military.  Must the libertarian support this?  Rothbard answers in the negative: “The military should be considered like any other business, organization, or service; its decisions should be based on what’s best for the military, and ‘rights’ have nothing to do with such decisions.  The military’s long-standing ban on gays in the military has nothing to do with ‘rights’ or even ‘homophobia’; rather it is the result of long experience as well as common sense.”
In other words, it is not necessitated by libertarian theory, a political theory of property rights, that some public agency have a certain standard of employment.  There is no “right” to be hired by a public agency like, say, the FDA.  Even if this agency should not exist at all in a free society according to libertarian theory, there is no demand that in its existence it hires from every ethnicity or sexual orientation.  While we hold that public colleges should not exist, it is not unlibertarian to have a preference that the college’s entrance standards focus on grades, test scores, and writing ability rather than the modern progressive-egalitarian standards of racial or sexual diversity.  We breach no libertarian creed when we oppose the cultural-liberalism and moral subjectivism, the egalitarian-crusaderism, coming straight from the heart of the State.
Libertarianism is not to be confused with egalitarianism, progressivism, or centrally planned and promoted cultural engineering.  The mistake takes place when progressivist libertarians misinterpret the meaning of libertarian property rights, or at least fail to emphasize their role in libertarian theory.  Libertarianism is not about overcoming the “patriarchy,” social hierarchies, traditional tendencies, proper authority, or longstanding natural and social institutions (so long as these institutions are not artificially propped up by the State).  The mistake is that the egalitarian libertarians draw a false parallel.  They assume that since the State is not to interfere with the private decisions of free individuals, it should follow that the State breaks this rule when it demands that individuals meet a certain (non-egalitarian) standard when individuals work in the public sector.  But this makes a crucial blunder when we consider that employment by the State is voluntary, that is, no one is (except in very rare cases) forced to be employed by a government funded agency.  Also, they assume that since the State should not discriminate in its enforcement of property rights in society, it should follow that the State should not discriminate in its hiring policies.  But this is absurd.  Discrimination is a necessity.  In fact, every single employee hired is a discrimination against all those applicants that were turned down.
Libertarianism is about property rights.  The proper nature of rights in libertarian theory are negative, not positive.  A negative right means that an individual’s right is a “restriction” on the actions of another against the individual.  That is, the individual has a right to be free of another man’s physical interference.  Example: an individual has a right to not be stolen from or murdered.
Far too often, progressivist libertarians fall for what is known as positive rights.  A positive right is a so-called right to be provided something from the action of another individual.  Positive rights manifest themselves in the form of things like “right to healthcare,” “right to education,” or “right to a basic income.”  Positive rights are antithetical to, that is, they contradict negative rights.  The distortion of language is seen quite clearly when the progressivists give their list of rights that various people groups (commonly seen as victimized minority groups) are entitled too.  And it is a terrible thing that this mindset has infected the libertarian movement so that the egalitarian tendencies are demanded in the public agencies and public scenarios by self-described libertarians.
Libertarianism is about the use of physical coercion in society, it is about the State’s relationship to the private citizen.  That is all.


State Dept CT Bureau on Twitter: "Wild boars overrun #ISIS position, kill 3 militants: https://t.co/DKQuTD5Wg7"

State Dept CT Bureau on Twitter: "Wild boars overrun #ISIS position, kill 3 militants: https://t.co/DKQuTD5Wg7"



Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Far-Left Voters More Likely to Share Their Wives, Right Wingers More Sexually Dominant, Claims Study

Far-Left Voters More Likely to Share Their Wives, Right Wingers More Sexually Dominant, Claims Study




Ethan Klein on Twitter: "New options for advertisers that is resulting in most of us not having ads. https://t.co/8pEFzBl7Ca"

Ethan Klein on Twitter: "New options for advertisers that is resulting in most of us not having ads. https://t.co/8pEFzBl7Ca"

Learn Liberty on Twitter: ""Nobel Prize-winning economist @AmartyaSen_Econ has pointed out that functioning democracies do not have famines." https://t.co/5NlLDglI4F"

Learn Liberty on Twitter: ""Nobel Prize-winning economist @AmartyaSen_Econ has pointed out that functioning democracies do not have famines." https://t.co/5NlLDglI4F"

This little plastic-munching caterpillar could become a huge hero | myfox8.com

This little plastic-munching caterpillar could become a huge hero | myfox8.comThe team found the wax worms broke down polyethylene plastic bags faster than other recently tested methods. There are still more tests that need to be done, but if scientists can replicate whatever causes the breakdown, if could be used to alleviate the burden of non-biodegradable waste.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

James O'Keefe on Twitter: "They just kicked me out of the movie that is about me at the TriBeCa film festival. I had a ticket."

James O'Keefe on Twitter: "They just kicked me out of the movie that is about me at the TriBeCa film festival. I had a ticket."

Trump Negotiates the Freedom of American Imprisoned in Egypt - One America News Network

Trump Negotiates the Freedom of American Imprisoned in Egypt - One America News Network



American citizen Aya Hijazi returned to the United States Thursday night after spending the last three years in an Egyptian prison.

Twitchy Team on Twitter: "In France, looks like both major parties were just told to take a hike; Runoff forthcoming https://t.co/eJT6m2Cx52"

Twitchy Team on Twitter: "In France, looks like both major parties were just told to take a hike; Runoff forthcoming https://t.co/eJT6m2Cx52"

Tease from Creator Hints at Blumhouse Making 'Five Nights at Freddy's' Movie - Bloody Disgusting!

Tease from Creator Hints at Blumhouse Making 'Five Nights at Freddy's' Movie - Bloody Disgusting!

CYN �������� on Twitter: "NYT refuses to print real problems in this Country Not just the O'Reilly problem #Islam https://t.co/WOQhtfr6L0"

CYN �������� on Twitter: "NYT refuses to print real problems in this Country Not just the O'Reilly problem #Islam https://t.co/WOQhtfr6L0"

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Maher: Cancelling Speakers on Campus Is The Liberal 'Version of Book Burning' - Breitbart

Maher: Cancelling Speakers on Campus Is The Liberal 'Version of Book Burning' - Breitbart



Maher stated, “Berkeley used to be the cradle of free speech, and now it’s just the cradle for f*cking babies, who don’t, — and I feel like –. You know, this goes on all over the country on campuses. They invite someone to speak who’s not exactly what liberals want to hear, and they want to shut — I feel like this is the liberals’ version of book burning, and it’s got to stop. Howard Dean tweeted today about this, ‘Hate speech is not protected by the [F]irst [A]mendment.’ Yes, it is! Threats are not protected by the First Amendment. This why the Supreme Court said the Nazis could march in Skokie. They’re a hateful bunch, but that’s what the First Amendment means. It doesn’t mean, ‘Just shut up and agree with me.'”
He added that he “can’t believe” he has to remind liberals of this.

France 2015 to Present: Strict Gun Control a Paper Tiger - Breitbart

France 2015 to Present: Strict Gun Control a Paper Tiger - Breitbart

The strict French gun control that makes it extremely difficult for law-abiding citizens to defend themselves has proven little more than a paper tiger when it comes to prohibiting terrorists and public attackers from acquiring the guns they need to kill innocents.

PeterSweden on Twitter: "SWEDEN: Abdul freed after raping 14 yr old girl because he allegedly has ADHD and cannot understand what no means. https://t.co/p0jKr8LVzV https://t.co/BcsgQQDC64"

PeterSweden on Twitter: "SWEDEN: Abdul freed after raping 14 yr old girl because he allegedly has ADHD and cannot understand what no means. https://t.co/p0jKr8LVzV https://t.co/BcsgQQDC64"

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Maya (illusion) - Wikipedia

Maya (illusion) - Wikipedia



In Mahayana Buddhism, illusion seems to play a somewhat larger role. Here, the magician's illusion exemplifies how people misunderstand themselves and their reality, when we could be free from this confusion. Under the influence of ignorance, we believe objects and persons to be independently real, existing apart from causes and conditions. We fail to perceive them as being empty of a real essence, whereas in fact they exist much like māyā, the magical appearance created by the magician. The magician's illusion may exist and function in the world on the basis of some props, gestures, and incantations, yet the show is illusory. The viewers participate in creating the illusion by misperceiving and drawing false conclusions. Conversely, when appearances arise and are seen as illusory, that is considered more accurate.[citation needed]


Monday, April 17, 2017

High-income Americans pay most income taxes, but enough to be 'fair'? | Pew Research Center

High-income Americans pay most income taxes, but enough to be 'fair'? | Pew Research Center

Tax-deadline season isn’t many people’s favorite time of the year, but most Americans are OK with the amount of tax they pay. It’s what other people pay, or don’t pay, that bothers them.


Pareto principle - Wikipedia

Pareto principle - Wikipedia



The Pareto principle (also known as the 80/20 rule, the law of the vital few, or the principle of factor sparsity)[1] states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.[2] 




Why Nintendo killed the Classic that consumers loved | ZDNet

Why Nintendo killed the Classic that consumers loved | ZDNetWhile Nintendo hasn't offered anything in terms of its retro console plans, it notes that it has learned a lot from the NES Classic mini experience. And with announcement-happy E3 coming up in a few months, it would not be surprising to see Nintendo announce a replacement retro console. This one, perhaps based on the Super NES, could allow Nintendo more opportunity to drive revenue during and after the initial purchase.

Such a console could include Wi-Fi as a gateway to Nintendo's Virtual Console, the traditional way. This would result in a higher price point for the hardware, which could still come bundled with a few games. But it would also allow Nintendo to make a full catalog of its NES and Super NES titles available for purchase.

Friday, April 7, 2017

What's the relationship between Syria's rebel and the ISIS? - Quora

What's the relationship between Syria's rebel and the ISIS? - Quora



Two major groups exist - ISIL, an ex Al Qaeda affiliate which broke with Al Qaeda during the late years of Al Qaeda engagement in Iraq against US occupation, and Al Nusra, the local Al Qaeda affiliate.
ISIL controls mainly NorthEast, East Central and East of Syria, especially next to ?Iraq's Anbar province . ISIL is present in Iraq's Anbar province as well.
Al Nusra is the biggest and leading group in the 'Army of Conquest' alliance which combines all the islamist groups which do not fall under ISIL umbrella. Smaller groups like Turcoman Jihadis etc are included in this group. Army of Conquest is strongly backed by Turkey.
Army of Conquest controls NW and N parts of Syria mostly. With Al Nusra presence being strong in NW part, near Turkish border.
Then there is the nebulous, elusive FSA - islamists still, but this name is just dropped and adapted as necessary according to political climate of whatever season there is. FSA is generally found in the South of Syria, near Jordan/Israeli border. These practically only exist in the talking points of Western establishment in order to sell the public the idea of backing the insurgency in Syria. For the main financier of this stampede is Saudi  Arabia, and there is no way in hell it would be willing to fund anyone who was a non islamist. Leave aside seculars, leftists or modernists.
The below map is from some time ago. But the map did not change too much. The yellow areas under 'Rebels' classification, you can assume plethora of different small  islamist groups under Army of Conquest umbrella.
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The relationships in between these groups is foremost being under one major islamist umbrella - the main proponent this affair is Saudi Arabia, hence all the rebel groups are ideologically on the same side. Not to mention not being so would upset the big daddy and cut the flow of weapons.
You didn't see that coming, did you. Well, you can as well say that 'Free Syrian Army' is the name that is used by the financiers of the islamists when they are delivering weapons to ISIL and Al Nusra.
But being ideologically on the same side and being funded by mostly the same actors does not prevent these groups from fighting against each other. When supplies and weapons become scarce or there are contested zones, these do take up arms against each other and war against each other. But these last generally short, since they are all on the same side and the aim of their backers is overthrow of Syrian regime and establishment of an islamist government. And by backers i mean Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey. There is no way Al Nusra would be able to hold itself this long in the north without having free reign from Turkey just north of the border.

The Grim Logic Behind Syria’s Chemical Weapons Attack - The New York Times

The Grim Logic Behind Syria’s Chemical Weapons Attack - The New York Times




Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Adecco Group on Twitter: "Fighting the informal labour market requires untangling over complex labour regulations which in LATAM stifle innovation’ @DavidHerranzA https://t.co/PRP3J8n7Hc"

The Adecco Group on Twitter: "Fighting the informal labour market requires untangling over complex labour regulations which in LATAM stifle innovation’ @DavidHerranzA https://t.co/PRP3J8n7Hc"

THIS JUST IN... on Twitter: "This is a new approach to dealing with evil. Those weren't pallets of cash flying into Syria tonight."

THIS JUST IN... on Twitter: "This is a new approach to dealing with evil. Those weren't pallets of cash flying into Syria tonight."

beleroy on Twitter: "@SyrianMemeArmy like the Arab Socialist Baath Party led by Al-Assad in Syria? Syria is a *socialist State*. sorry, not sorry."

beleroy on Twitter: "@SyrianMemeArmy like the Arab Socialist Baath Party led by Al-Assad in Syria? Syria is a *socialist State*. sorry, not sorry."

Architects - From the Wilderness Lyrics | Musixmatch




"We live in an infinite growth paradigm.
Nothing grows forever, it's not possible.
As a great, uh psychologist James Hillman wrote,
'The only thing that grows in the human body after a certain age is Cancer' and I think that, that's clearly what we're seeing at the end of human industrial civilization with the population approaching seven billion."




HumanProgress.org on Twitter: "Why does socialism keep reappearing, despite its failure wherever it has been tried? https://t.co/BR78sa2AN8"

HumanProgress.org on Twitter: "Why does socialism keep reappearing, despite its failure wherever it has been tried? https://t.co/BR78sa2AN8"

Protein in Coffee | coffeechemistry.com

Protein in Coffee | coffeechemistry.com



In both arabica and robusta coffee, free and bound proteins account for roughly 10 to 13% of coffee’s dry matter. Since proteins are made of smaller components called amino acids - these can vary significantly within each coffee based on a number of factors. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

paizo.com - Rules Questions: Psychic - Tranquility Discipline

paizo.com - Rules Questions: Psychic - Tranquility Discipline



That other thread about demoralizing psychics had me take a closer look at the Psychic, specifically the Tranquility discipline, and I found what seems like an oversight. Tranquility's "Calming Presence" lets the Psychic project a calm emotions SLA - correct me if I'm wrong, but won't using that shut down your ability to use most of your psychic spells? It's an emotion effect and it isn't harmless, so even though you're the one projecting the field, it seems that it would shut off your ability to provide an emotion component.

The Linux Foundation on Twitter: "Greenblatt: A DNA sequence is 150Gb per person. #ONS2017"

The Linux Foundation on Twitter: "Greenblatt: A DNA sequence is 150Gb per person. #ONS2017"

Ann Coulter: A Health Care Plan so Simple, Even a Republican Can Understand! - Breitbart

Ann Coulter: A Health Care Plan so Simple, Even a Republican Can Understand! - Breitbart



It’s always impossible to repeal laws that require Ann to pay for greedy people, because the greedy run out on the streets wailing that the Republicans are murdering them.
Obamacare is uniquely awful because the free stuff isn’t paid for through income taxes: It’s paid for through MY health insurance premiums. This is unfortunate because I wanted to buy health insurance.
Perhaps you’re not aware — SINCE YOU EXEMPTED YOURSELVES FROM OBAMACARE, CONGRESS — but buying or selling health insurance is illegal in America.
Right now, there’s no free market because insurance is insanely regulated not only by Obamacare, but also by the most corrupt organizations in America: state insurance commissions. (I’m talking to you, New York!)
Federal and state laws make it illegal to sell health insurance that doesn’t cover a laughable array of supposedly vital services based on bureaucrats’ medical opinions of which providers have the best lobbyists.
As a result, it’s illegal to sell health insurance that covers any of the medical problems I’d like to insure against. Why can’t the GOP keep Obamacare for the greedy — but make it legal for Ann to buy health insurance?
This is how it works today:
ME: I’m perfectly healthy, but I’d like to buy health insurance for heart disease, broken bones, cancer, and everything else that a normal person would ever need, but no more.
INSURANCE COMPANY: That will be $700 a month, the deductible is $35,000, no decent hospital will take it, and you have to pay for doctor’s visits yourself. But your plan covers shrinks, infertility treatments, sex change operations, autism spectrum disorder treatment, drug rehab and 67 other things you will never need.
INSURANCE COMPANY UNDER ANN’S PLAN: That will be $50 a month, the deductible is $1,000, you can see any doctor you’d like, and you have full coverage for any important medical problems you could conceivably have in a million years.
Mine is a two-step plan (and you don’t have to do the second step, so it’s really a one-step plan).
STEP 1: Congress doesn’t repeal Obamacare! Instead, Congress passes a law, pursuant to its constitutional power to regulate interstate commerce, that says: “In America, it shall be legal to sell health insurance on the free market. This law supersedes all other laws, taxes, mandates, coverage requirements, regulations or prohibitions, state or federal.”
The end. Love, Ann.
There will be no whining single mothers storming Congress with their pre-printed placards. People who want to stay on Obamacare can. No one is taking away anything. They can still have health insurance with free pony rides. It just won’t be paid for with Ann’s premiums anymore, because Ann will now be allowed to buy health insurance on the free market.
Americans will be free to choose among a variety of health insurance plans offered by willing sellers, competing with one another to provide the best plans at the lowest price. A nationwide market in health insurance will drive down costs and improve access — just like everything else we buy here in America!
Within a year, most Americans will be buying health insurance on the free market (and half of the rest will be illegal aliens). We’ll have TV ads with cute little geckos hawking amazing plans and young couples bragging about their broad coverage and great prices from this or that insurance company.
The Obamacare plans will still have the “essential benefits” (free pony rides) that are so important to NPR’s Mara Liasson, but the free market plans will have whatever plans consumers agree to buy and insurance companies agree to sell — again, just like every other product we buy here in America.
Some free market plans will offer all the “essential benefits” mandated by Obamacare, but the difference will be: Instead of forcing me to pay a premium that covers Mara Liasson’s special needs, she’ll have to pay for that coverage herself.
I won’t be compelled to buy health insurance that covers everyone else’s gambling addiction, drug rehab, pregnancies, marital counseling, social workers, contact lenses and rotten kids — simply to have insurance for what doctors call “serious medical problems.”
Then, we’ll see how many people really need free health care.
Until the welfare program is decoupled from the insurance market, nothing will work. Otherwise, it’s like forcing grocery stores to pay for everyone to have a house. A carton of milk would suddenly cost $10,000.
That’s what Obamacare did to health insurance. Paul Ryan’s solution was to cut taxes on businesses — and make the milk watery. But he still wouldn’t allow milk to be sold on the free market.
Democrats will be in the position of blocking American companies from selling a product that people want to buy. How will they explain that to voters?
Perhaps Democrats will come out and admit that they need to fund health insurance for the poor by forcing middle-class Americans to pay for it through their insurance premiums — because otherwise, they’d have to raise taxes, and they want to keep their Wall Street buddies’ income taxes low.
Good luck with that!
STEP 2: Next year, Congress formulates a better way of delivering health care to the welfare cases, which will be much easier since there will be a LOT fewer of them.
No actual money-making business is going to survive by taking the welfare cases — the ones that will cover illegal aliens and Mara Liasson’s talk therapy — so the greedy will get government plans.
But by then, only a minority of Americans will be on the “free” plans. (Incidentally, this will be a huge money-saver — if anyone cares about the federal budget.) Eighty percent of Americans will already have good health plans sold to them by insurance companies competing for their business.
With cheap plans available, a lot of the greedy will go ahead and buy a free market plan. Who wants to stand in line at the DMV to see a doctor when your neighbors have great health care plans for $50 a month?
We will have separated the truly unfortunate from the loudmouthed bullies who simply enjoy forcing other people to pay for their shrinks and aromatherapy.
And if the Democrats vote against a sane method of delivering health care to the welfare cases, who cares? We have lots of wasteful government programs — take it out of Lockheed Martin’s contract. But at least the government won’t be depriving the rest of us of a crucial product just because we are middle class and the Democrats hate us.
There’s your health care bill, GOP!
COPYRIGHT 2017 ANN COULTER 
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London Comedians Shocked England Not Laughing at Anti-Brexit Jokes

London Comedians Shocked England Not Laughing at Anti-Brexit Jokes

Comedians are frustrated after realizing their anti-Brexit routines are not popular outside of London, with audience members walking out for the first time in their careers.


William Z. Nardi on Twitter: "#PictureAWorldWhere your tax dollars don't go to funding animal-based sex fetish talks at public schools...https://t.co/uSLprn6XNP"

William Z. Nardi on Twitter: "#PictureAWorldWhere your tax dollars don't go to funding animal-based sex fetish talks at public schools...https://t.co/uSLprn6XNP"

Monday, April 3, 2017

Lucian Acaru on Twitter: "Wonder why the Mongols swept through most grain based civilisations like a hot knife through butter? @ProfTimNoakes @SBakerMD @tednaiman https://t.co/EPlhrs9lBW"

Lucian Acaru on Twitter: "Wonder why the Mongols swept through most grain based civilisations like a hot knife through butter? @ProfTimNoakes @SBakerMD @tednaiman https://t.co/EPlhrs9lBW"

Latin American Herald Tribune - Chinese Scientists Develop All-Weather Solar Panels

Latin American Herald Tribune - Chinese Scientists Develop All-Weather Solar Panels



BEIJING - A team of researchers from two Chinese universities have developed solar panels capable of generating power on days of low-sunshine, rain, fog and even during the night, reported official newspaper People's Daily Monday.

"Solar cell research is mainly focused on elevating photoelectric conversion efficiency upon direct sunlight until new light has been shed on persistent high-efficiency power generation in poor light conditions such as rain, fog, haze and night," said Tang Qunwei, a professor from the Ocean University of China, one of the two institutions heading the project.

Another team, led by Prof. Yang Peizhi from Yunnan Normal University is also participating in building these solar cells, which the Chinese official media claim could constitute a "photovoltaic revolution".




Saturday, April 1, 2017

Reasons To Vote For Democrats: A Comprehensive Guide: Michael J. Knowles: 9781543024975: Amazon.com: Books

Reasons To Vote For Democrats: A Comprehensive Guide: Michael J. Knowles: 9781543024975: Amazon.com: Books

The most exhaustively researched and coherently argued Democrat Party apologia to date, "Reasons To Vote For Democrats: A Comprehensive Guide" is a political treatise sure to stand the test of time. A must-have addition to any political observer's coffee table. "Thorough" --Ben Shapiro, nationally syndicated columnist and New York Times bestselling author


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Protein Hints at a Fountain of Youth in Blood - MIT Technology Review

Protein Hints at a Fountain of Youth in Blood - MIT Technology Review

A protein has been added to blood cells that appears to make them young again—cue the speculation on whether this substance is, at long last, a way to reliably reverse some of the effects of aging.


Senadores cubanoamericanos llaman a Maduro ‘dictador trastornado’ | El Nuevo Herald

Senadores cubanoamericanos llaman a Maduro ‘dictador trastornado’ | El Nuevo Herald



“La democracia venezolana llevaba cojeando años, pero la decisión de cerrar el cuerpo legislativo del país confirma nuestros peores temores: Maduro es un dictador trastornado que ha desmantelado la democracia en su país sistemáticamente”, afirmaron los senadores, ambos de origen cubano, en un comunicado conjunto.

Venezuela opposition cries ‘coup’ as court seizes legislative powers | Miami Herald

Venezuela opposition cries ‘coup’ as court seizes legislative powers | Miami Herald



The move comes after the OAS debated on Monday whether Venezuela was fulfilling its democratic obligations. Secretary General Almagro has said the country needs to hold regional elections — which were supposed to take place last year — and said the government needs to respect congress, which is seen as the only forum left for opposition voices to be heard.

Muscle Madness on Twitter: "WONDER WOMAN in Real Life - Cassandra Martin | Muscle Madness https://t.co/tmSzvIuB6p"

Muscle Madness on Twitter: "WONDER WOMAN in Real Life - Cassandra Martin | Muscle Madness https://t.co/tmSzvIuB6p"

Monday, March 27, 2017

I’m a Muslim, a woman and an immigrant. I voted for Trump. - The Washington Post

I’m a Muslim, a woman and an immigrant. I voted for Trump. - The Washington Post

But I am a single mother who can’t afford health insurance under Obamacare. The president’s mortgage-loan modification program, “HOPE NOW,” didn’t help me. Tuesday, I drove into Virginia from my hometown of Morgantown, W.Va., where I see rural America and ordinary Americans, like me, still struggling to make ends meet, after eight years of the Obama administration.

Finally, as a liberal Muslim who has experienced, first-hand, Islamic extremism in this world, I have been opposed to the decision by President Obama and the Democratic Party to tap dance around the “Islam” in Islamic State. Of course, Trump’s rhetoric has been far more than indelicate and folks can have policy differences with his recommendations, but, to me, it has been exaggerated and demonized by the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, their media channels, such as Al Jazeera, and their proxies in the West, in a convenient distraction from the issue that most worries me as a human being on this earth: extremist Islam of the kind that has spilled blood from the hallways of the Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai to the dance floor of the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla.

3CIOROGAR.pdf

3CIOROGAR.pdf




The 10 Dumbest Motivational Sayings | T Nation

The 10 Dumbest Motivational Sayings | T Nation



There's an entire population of people who believe statements are true and profound if they contain rhyming words or alliteration.

The Civil War is Here | Frontpage Mag



Sunday, March 26, 2017

Canada's Health-Care System Is Failing To Deliver Timely Care To Patients | Bacchus Barua

Canada's Health-Care System Is Failing To Deliver Timely Care To Patients | Bacchus Barua



Shorter waits for hip-fracture repair, and eight out of 10 Canadians receiving "priority procedures" within government-defined benchmarks.
Sounds pretty good, right?
However, these highlights from the Canadian Institute of Healthcare Information's (CIHI) annual update of Wait Times for Priority Procedures in Canada are little more than feel-good distractions from the real story: Canada's health-care system is failing to deliver timely care to patients.
This failure is partially recognized in the CIHI report itself. By simply viewing the data from another angle we note that, overall, two out of 10 Canadians do not receive "priority procedures" within the remarkably long benchmarks used in the report (six months for hip and knee replacements, for example). Moreover, governments still do not generally report comprehensive and comparable information on wait times for most medically necessary procedures.
More detailed statistics from other sources paint an even grimmer picture. For example, the Fraser Institute's most recent wait times report finds that wait times (GP to treatment) have almost doubled since 1993. Worse, physicians report that patients generally wait almost three weeks longer than what they consider clinically reasonable (after consultation with a specialist).
Many health-care officials routinely respond to such reports with talk of how these access failures can be overcome by "finding efficiencies" within the system. There is some truth to this, given evidence of hospital beds being occupied by patients with nowhere to be discharged to, operating rooms being underutilized, and the lack of a central registry to pool referrals in most provinces.
This means that when the public system is saturated, patients must either endure lengthy waits or leave Canada to receive treatment.
However, the overarching issue is that the predominance of government in the funding and delivery health care ensures the supply of health care is unable to meet the demand for it, and our stubborn refusal to learn from other universal health-care systems prevents us from correcting this imbalance.
On the supply side, the public system cannot be reasonably expected to expand capacity by spending more money since provincial governments already devote about 40 per cent of their budgets to health care. At the same time, private options (which may act as a pressure valve and also stimulate competition) are few and far between, are generally unavailable to the majority of the population, and are usually discouraged by government policy.
This means that when the public system is saturated, patients must either endure lengthy waits or leave Canada to receive treatment. In a departure from the norm, Saskatchewan is one of the few provinces that has recently recognized how third-party private clinics can complement public resources and reduce wait times.
Meanwhile, on the demand side, individuals face few incentives to use services responsibly. Notably, and unlike most other universal health-care systems in the world, cost-sharing is effectively prohibited in Canada by federal regulations that govern transfer payments to the provinces. In the absence of any cost-sharing incentives (however small), it's inevitable that our health-care system will be overused and potentially abused.
While there are certainly many improvements to be pursued through encouraging competition among insurers and providers, as well as correctly incentivizing hospitals through activity-based funding, it's essentially the combined effect of limited options to expand supply, and unlimited and un-tempered demand for scarce health-care resources, that has resulted in the rationing health-care in Canada through waiting lists.
Other successful universal health-care countries know these pitfalls well, which is why they have instead chosen to generally involve the private sector (as a partner, or an alternative) and expect some level of cost-sharing from patients (with exemptions for vulnerable groups, and annual caps for the general population).
Those who still stubbornly opine against the introduction of such policies should ask themselves what options they leave on the table for patients unable to receive treatment in a timely manner within the confines of our government's monopoly on health care.

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