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151  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Sex leads to man's DNA becoming part of the woman?!? on: June 26, 2017, 01:40:36 PM
http://yournewswire.com/women-dna-man-sex/

Looking for confirmation here , , ,

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0045592
152  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Breaking news! Law of Supply & Demand still in effect! on: June 26, 2017, 01:38:47 PM

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/christinerousselle/2016/11/30/mcdonalds-to-install-ordering-kiosks-instead-of-paying-people-15hour-n2252849

153  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Trump's accomplisments and promises kept on: June 25, 2017, 11:08:53 PM
8. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/05/09/illegal-border-crossings-drop-immigration-enforcement-trump/101472618/

Si, se puede!
154  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: North and South Korea on: June 25, 2017, 10:20:51 PM
I had a fascinating conversation today with a fascinating man.

His prediction was that the Norks would be solved by China in return for our conceding the South China Sea.


That would not be good. However, it may be the best deal we can get at this point.

155  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: A British Sikh speaks on: June 25, 2017, 09:59:21 PM

The Sikhs have a long history of fighting the global jihad. I like the fact they are a warrior culture with a religious symbol made up of four weapons. Allies that should be cultivated.

156  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: At what point does this become Treason? on: June 25, 2017, 08:53:58 PM

It already has.
157  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Trump's accomplisments: PO'ing the media on: June 25, 2017, 08:53:32 PM
7. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oZpTzTL9cU

Makes me smile every time. Especially professional journalist Martha Raddatz! Strange, I thought she was supposed to be impartial, being a professional journalist and all...
158  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Remember when Obama promised to fix the VA? on: June 25, 2017, 08:30:11 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIXK2cjcbPg


http://www.cbsnews.com/news/los-angeles-veterans-affairs-hospital-patients-died-waiting-for-care/?ftag=CNM-00-10aab8a&linkId=39052106

Nearly 100 patients died waiting for care from Los Angeles VA

LOS ANGELES -- President Trump signed a bill today giving top-ranking officials at the department of Veterans Affairs more power to fire incompetent workers and protect whistle-blowers. The agency has struggled to provide health care and other services to military veterans.

The legislation was prompted by a 2014 scandal at the Phoenix VA medical center, where many veterans died while waiting months to see a doctor.

The problem was even worse at the Los Angeles VA hospital, CBS News correspondent Melissa Villarreal reports.

A new report by the VA inspector general shows 43 percent of the 225 patients who died between October 2014 and August 2015 at the Los Angeles VA were waiting for appointments or needed tests they never got. However, the report does not conclude these patients "died as a result of delayed consults." 

Susan and Allen Hoffman were happily married for 43 years -- but Allen, a U.S. Navy veteran, was living in pain.

"He had an enlarged prostate and they just kept saying it's not a problem you know, whatever, and then, it started to get worse," Susan says.

He was scheduled to see a specialist in May 2013, but she says that didn't happen.

"She said, 'No, you're here just for a consult. You have to understand people have cancer and he doesn't,'" Susan Hoffman says. "I think we were there for 15 minutes."

Four months later, Hoffman was diagnosed with stage IV prostate cancer.

Dr. Christian Head is a surgeon at the Los Angeles VA. He says 140,000 patient consults were deliberately deleted.

"The number of patients waiting for care, the deletion of consults, and the wait list were much more significant here than at Phoenix," Head says.

"I first noticed an unusual number of patients who are presenting with delay in diagnosis, meaning that they present into the system, they disappeared for a number of years and then they presented late with advanced cancers. Those consults were being deleted, literally removed from the system," Head says.

Allen Hoffman died a year and a half after he was diagnosed. The VA has settled out of court with his widow.

"Was there any doubt in your mind that they were responsible for your husband's death?" Villarreal asked.

"Definitely they were," Susan Hoffman says.

The VA would not comment about Hoffman's case or Head's allegations, but Los Angeles' hospital director admits the problems in the report are serious.

To fix them, they've hired new leadership, are retraining employees and now posting wait times on-line.
159  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: India/Indian Ocean (and India-afpakia and India-China) on: June 25, 2017, 03:28:40 PM
BTW Modi is in the US meeting Trump on Monday, very low key affair (compared to Chinese premier visit). No mention on the news channels.

Contingency planning, IMHO.
160  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Russian conspiracy, Comey, related matters on: June 25, 2017, 03:28:08 PM
The amount of sources and methods exposed by this article is extraordinary  angry angry angry angry angry angry angry angry angry

Some people agreeing with you:

The story comes complete with this revelation: “Obama also approved a previously undisclosed covert measure that authorized planting cyber weapons in Russia’s infrastructure, the digital equivalent of bombs that could be detonated if the United States found itself in an escalating exchange with Moscow. The project, which Obama approved in a covert-action finding, was still in its planning stages when Obama left office. It would be up to President Trump to decide whether to use the capability.”
I’m sure Putin is grateful for the heads-up from the Post.

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2017/06/an-epidemic-of-lawlessness.php

The deep state is at war with both Trump and the American people.
161  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Spare Me The Principles Lecture on: June 25, 2017, 01:24:53 PM
https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2017/06/22/spare-me-the-principles-lecture-n2343749

Spare Me The Principles Lecture
Kurt Schlichter |Posted: Jun 22, 2017 12:01 AM  Share (910)   Tweet

I think it was mildly amusing that some loud right-wingers spent a minute disrupting a bunch of New York liberals’ conservative murder porn party.

There, I said it. And now, according to some people on the conservative side, I’m not a conservative anymore.

Oh. Well, if conservatism has morphed into a human centipede of onanistic purity-signaling, then you fussy guardians of the word can have it.

Now, there is a coherent and reasonable argument that hitting back liberals with a taste of their own medicine – that is, inflicting upon them a microscopic fraction of what they have spent decades inflicting upon us – is a bad idea. People I respect and who are friends adhere to this view. I’ve listened to their opinions – because they have earned my attention – and they are wrong.

Note that yes, we are allowed to disagree within conservatism.

Now, a few people I don’t respect also say the disruption was terrible, mostly because they are weak and scared because, in our new conservative world, they have been displaced by more interesting and influential talents who are committed to actually achieving results. Conservatism, Inc., is no longer dedicated solely to securing these timeservers’ mediocre status within the NY/DC establishment hierarchy, and they are understandably frightened of facing a future where mere posturing doesn’t get enough folks writing checks. People got woke because when it came time to fight the same leftist Democrat they had allegedly been fighting for decades, the wimpcons embraced her. After all, she went to the right schools, and under her they would be able to return to their comfortable, if ineffectual, positions in the political scheme of things. And that uncouth Trump – well, he and his supporters are just the wrong kind of people.
 
Regardless, it was appropriate and conservative to chastise the murder fetishizers at the Trump killing play. And you wusscons – don’t start with the, “Well, it’s a play and you don’t understand literature, and the whole butchering the president thing is art which you obviously don’t understand” baloney. Without their POTUS-murdering dog whistle, this would just be another bunch of theater geeks putting on a show. They are rubbing their violent threats in our faces while gaslighting us to the effect that we shouldn’t believe our own lying eyes.

Now, the good faith critique of the disruption, the one not made by conservatism’s Sore Loser League, is that we don’t silence presentations, that we don’t inject the political into the personal, and that we don’t interfere with free speech. Simply because liberals do all those things does not mean we should too. That’s true, to a point.

But let’s look at what actually happened. Some sort-of goofy people infiltrated the Murder/Trump staging of Julius Caesar and started yelling about how these giddy liberals needed to stop celebrating political violence, especially after one of their liberal ilk tried to butcher two dozen GOP legislators a few days before. They didn’t shut down the show – they paused it, for about a minute. After the main one was hustled off-stage, some guy started shouting about how the audience was “Goebbels,” which was embarrassingly silly. Then they followed it up with a lot of whining about being arrested, apparently not understanding how civil disobedience works. So, the initial stage rush was amusing and effective – a measured and short-term protest that did not prevent the moronic staging from continuing. The rest though, as Saul Alinsky warned, became a drag.


Overall, give it a B-. Next time, make your point and move on.

And yes, there should be a next time. There is a case for this sort of activity. It’s just not something we have done much of to date, but we should do more.

First, the “If it’s wrong for them to do it to us, then it’s wrong if we do it to them” formulation is less a principle than a tired cliché. This minor disruption was a tactic; shouting was a tool. It is moral for the good guys – and we are the good guys – to use tactics and tools against an enemy that are immoral when they do it. It was immoral for the Nazis to bomb London; it was moral for us to bomb Nazis. Of course every tactic and tool is not acceptable, but the guys who stormed Omaha Beach did not “become what they were fighting” because they used the same tools and tactics as the enemy.

Second, this sort of performance art is so harmless that the cost/benefit calculus weighs in favor of tolerating such occasional inconveniences. That’s not to say we should not impose higher costs on them – we disapprove of the firing of people for what they say, but Kathy Griffin’s defenestration was a sacrifice worth making to demonstrate the costs of liberal misbehavior. This is crucial. They must pay a cost for establishing their new rules.


Call it retribution or punishment or just payback, but causing pain to wrongdoers is a conservative principle we seem to have forgotten. The left needs to feel the pain that comes from their choices. If they want a world where people suffer for speaking, well, I prefer they didn’t, but I damn well know that if that’s the new rule, their side is going to get it shoved down their throat.

Yes, there is a slippery slope risk. I’ve seen it overseas, where the rule of law was replaced by the rule of power. But we will slip down that slope if we do not grab on up at the top. People are not going to sit back and take this leftist abuse and allow them to impose their leftist tyranny upon us without reacting. If we don’t stop the left now from taking this dangerous path – including by using tools like harmless civil disobedience – then that weakness, as my novels illustrate, invites real conflict with real bloodshed. And we can’t let that happen.


Finally, if our principles are worth having, they are worth fighting for in a way that might conceivably lead to success. One of the folks telling me how wrong and unconservative I am for finding it amusing – a patriot, though wrong – also mentioned that he had been fighting for free speech on campus and in the culture for 20 years. Hmmm. I’ve been fighting for them for 30 years, ever since my dean at UCSD called me in to yell at me because I wrote that the student government was composed of leftist dweebs. Shouldn’t the fact that we have spent decades using the same tactics and losing indicate that maybe we ought to try something new?

Are we going to reason the left out of its ruthless quest for absolute power? Are we going to talk them into civility? Is our sterling example of high principles – which apparently include never, ever, for even a moment, annoying leftists by interrupting their bloody assassination festivals – leading to anything but defeat?

At Fort Benning, they didn’t teach us to lose.

That’s why I reject any principle that somehow obligates me to submit to the left’s tyranny. If your principles told you we had to elect Felonia von Pantsuit and allow her to complete the transformation of the United States into Venezuela II, maybe that’s a sign you need some new principles.
162  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: POTH: President Trump and the families of those killed by illegal aliens on: June 25, 2017, 12:57:21 PM

"To Mr. Trump’s critics, the office and the people it was supposed to represent were little more than pawns in his crude attempts to make monsters out of a largely law-abiding population"

What lying c*cksuckers. If you are an illegal alien, that is a violation of the law. If you are working without legal docs, that is a violation of the law. If you are using someone else's SSN, that is a violation of the law.
163  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Environmental issues on: June 24, 2017, 03:58:18 PM
Battery production, battery lifespan, and battery disposal present serious issues which invariably are unaddressed by green propaganda.

https://www.wired.com/2016/03/teslas-electric-cars-might-not-green-think/
164  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Just another day in LA on: June 23, 2017, 10:28:23 AM

If there is a aloha snackbar nexus, this story will disappear.
165  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: FBI hesitates to call assassination attempt what it was on: June 22, 2017, 11:53:13 AM

We are so fcuked.
166  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Gates of Vienna: Are we approaching the end game? on: June 20, 2017, 03:54:09 PM

Yes. Next question?
167  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Rice documents protected after being moved on: June 20, 2017, 07:09:05 AM

Yeah, not a smidgen of corruption!
168  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Republicans divided on Cuba policy on: June 19, 2017, 11:16:24 PM

Not continuing Obama's bowing to America's enemies is WRONG!
169  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Things about to go seriously FUBAR? on: June 19, 2017, 11:13:53 PM

It could quite easily happen. But as it doesn't fit the left's narrative, not much attention from the MSM.
170  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Drones/UAV/UAS/Bots on: June 19, 2017, 06:47:13 PM
https://www.fastcompany.com/3069048/where-are-military-robots-headed

From the article:

Future generations of military robots will almost certainly operate with more autonomy than comparable machines today—but will they be able to make life-or-death decisions?

“I can’t imagine a case where you’d want a robot to be autonomously making decisions about harming people,” says Endeavor’s Bielat.

But others are imagining that very thing and sounding the alarm, including the Vatican.

We may want to keep a human finger on the trigger, but then we operate at a disadvantage to nation states that don't. Will China or Russia be so restrained?
171  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Britain: Hit on Muslims coming out of Mosque on: June 19, 2017, 04:23:24 PM
The apparent logic of the van driving into Muslims coming out of their mosque in London last night is what it is.

Apart from the deep moral failings of this tactic, my guess is that it will be used in furtherance of a moral parity paradigm and as such a failure as defined by its goals.

What is the moral response? As using social media to express anything "islamophobic" can result in a criminal charge in the U.K. Double down on the stuffed animals and floral arraignments?
172  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Huff compost on: June 19, 2017, 09:27:49 AM
now suddenly the work 'Muslim' is in headline of attack in UK:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

Heh. Suddenly, the t word is jumped upon immediately. What might possibly be the difference?
173  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Pictures of living Manchester bombing victims? on: June 18, 2017, 07:04:25 PM
Hidden at least as well as Obama's academic records. The press covered the dead, but the survivors, many of whom may be missing body parts and had their lives forever altered have been awful camera shy.

Can't have mutilated teens and tweens disrupting the "islam is awesome" official narrative.
174  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Fishy USS Fitzgerald story on: June 18, 2017, 04:48:53 PM

Very interesting. Do you have some SME's that could provide an analysis of this incident?
175  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: BBC, nailed with dishonest headline and article, apologizes on: June 18, 2017, 04:46:22 PM

Whenever the media uses the passive voice to describe violence, you know the side they are rooting for did it. "Violence broke out at pro-Trump rally" means leftist thugs attacked people with MAGA hats.
176  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: MSNBC surprises on: June 18, 2017, 04:42:03 PM

Milagro!
177  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / The Red Pill on: June 18, 2017, 04:05:34 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8T3qoBjzRMs

Not on Netflix. The left is trying to suppress the film. It's well worth watching.
178  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Unexpectedly! Restaurant and restaurant jobs "DIE OFF" on: June 17, 2017, 06:48:04 PM
http://www.fresnobee.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/article155979969.html

Restaurant die-off is first course of California’s $15 minimum wage
BY JEREMY BAGOTT

In a pair of affluent coastal California counties, the canary in the mineshaft has gotten splayed, spatchcocked and plated over a bed of unintended consequences, garnished with sprigs of locally sourced economic distortion and non-GMO, “What the heck were they thinking?”

The result of one early experiment in a citywide $15 minimum wage is an ominous sign for the state’s poorer inland counties as the statewide wage floor creeps toward the mark.

Consider San Francisco, an early adopter of the $15 wage. It’s now experiencing a restaurant die-off, minting jobless hash-slingers, cashiers, busboys, scullery engineers and line cooks as they get pink-slipped in increasing numbers. And the wage there hasn’t yet hit $15.

ADVERTISING

As the East Bay Times reported in January, at least 60 restaurants around the Bay Area had closed since September alone.

A recent study by Michael Luca at Harvard Business School and Dara Lee Luca at Mathematica Policy Research found that every $1 hike in the minimum wage brings a 14 percent increase in the likelihood of a 3.5-star restaurant on Yelp! closing.

Another telltale is San Diego, where voters approved increasing the city’s minimum wage to $11.50 per hour from $10.50, this after the minimum wage was increased from $8 an hour in 2015 – meaning hourly costs have risen 43 percent in two years.

The cost increases have pushed San Diego restaurants to the brink, Stephen Zolezzi, president of the Food and Beverage Association of San Diego County, told the San Diego Business Journal. Watch for the next mass die-off there.

But what of California’s less affluent inland counties? How will they fare?

Christopher Thornberg, director of UC Riverside’s Center for Economic Forecasting and Development, told the San Bernardino Sun that politicians should have adopted a regional approach. He said it would been better to adapt minimum-wage levels to varying economies – something like the Oregon model, the nation’s first multi-tiered minimum-wage strategy.

Oregon’s minimum-wage law is phased, with increases over six years. By 2022, the minimum will be $14.75 an hour in Portland, $13.50 in midsize counties and $12.50 in rural areas.

“That makes sense,” Thornberg told the Sun. “That’s logical.”

California is even more varied economically than Oregon. Thornberg believes hiking wages in blanket fashion will spark layoffs and edge low-skilled workers out of the job market.

In the Central Valley, wages for all workers, on average, are lower than those of the coastal counties.

U.S. Census Bureau data show about 21 percent of workers in Bakersfield earned from $8 to $12 per hour in 2015, the most recent year for which data was available. In Fresno, 32 percent of workers were in that wage group, and in Modesto about 25 percent. Contrast that with Santa Clara County, home of Silicon Valley, which registered only 12.5 percent at that level.

The state’s diverse unemployment rates tell a similar tale. Unemployment in Bakersfield was 9.5 percent; 8.8 percent in Fresno, and Stanislaus County notched 7.9 percent. Compare that to Silicon Valley’s unemployment rate – 3.2 percent

“Part of our whole concern with (the $15 wage) is it’s a one-size-fits-all,” Rob Lapsley, president of the California Business Roundtable, told The Sacramento Bee last year. “Areas with double-digit unemployment, this is scaring them to death.”

Jamil Dada, chairman of the Riverside County Workforce Development Board, told the Sun that he believed the state’s Inland Empire will be hit harder than other parts of the state.

“It might be tolerable in the coastal regions,” he said. “Their business environment is completely different.”

As politicians insert their sausage fingers into subtle market mechanisms, scarcity and unintended consequences will ensue.

Joining San Francisco’s restaurant die-off was rising star AQ, which in 2012 was named a James Beard Award finalist for the best new restaurant in America. The restaurant’s profit margins went from a reported 8.5 percent in 2012 to 1.5 percent by 2015. Most restaurants are thought to require margins of 3 and 5 percent.

If what’s happening with one early adopter of the $15 wage progression is any indication, locally famous inland hash houses and burger joints from Calexico to the Cow Counties will disappear as mandated wages climb to $15 statewide. And that will only be the start of things.

Jeremy Bagott, a former journalist, writes about California finance and land-use issues. He wrote this for The Modesto Bee.

“Economically, minimum wages may not make sense,” the governor said. “But morally and socially and politically they make every sense"
  - Gov. Jerry Brown
apnews.com/98cddb672d82427cb910b98c77fd1c4a

It makes moral, social and political sense to do the wrong thing economically and hurt businesses and workers?

Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders can't figure out why Democrats are losing elections outside of Vermont and California.

That's ok. The left will just shoot the legislators they don't like.
179  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Thoughcrime on: June 17, 2017, 04:07:16 PM


Above is the picture of a woman. Disagree? Thoughtcrime!

"To realise English Socialism (Ingsoc) in Oceania, the Party created the controlled language of Newspeak to ensure universal orthodoxy of ideology and politics among the populace."
180  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Canada-US on: June 17, 2017, 03:58:48 PM
I would like to see that.

I agree with your assessment.

Here is another yet different example of a government not protecting its people:

http://dailycaller.com/2017/06/16/canada-passes-law-criminalizing-use-of-wrong-gender-pronouns/


It's worth watching. It's on Netflix now. Narcocultura is also well worth watching.

The governments of the west are bound and determined to utterly destroy and remake the people of the west.

181  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Canada: Soldiers of Odin, Three Percenters Canada on: June 17, 2017, 03:41:56 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JD7hPM_yxg

I see a similar theme shown in the above movie. When the public doesn't feel protected by it's government, it will form it's own structures to fill that void. Those structures may not be pretty or nice.
182  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: AI develops its own language on: June 17, 2017, 12:10:27 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ih_l0vBISOE
183  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Unexpectedly! on: June 17, 2017, 11:54:30 AM
http://www.fresnobee.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/article155979969.html

Restaurant die-off is first course of California’s $15 minimum wage
BY JEREMY BAGOTT

In a pair of affluent coastal California counties, the canary in the mineshaft has gotten splayed, spatchcocked and plated over a bed of unintended consequences, garnished with sprigs of locally sourced economic distortion and non-GMO, “What the heck were they thinking?”

The result of one early experiment in a citywide $15 minimum wage is an ominous sign for the state’s poorer inland counties as the statewide wage floor creeps toward the mark.

Consider San Francisco, an early adopter of the $15 wage. It’s now experiencing a restaurant die-off, minting jobless hash-slingers, cashiers, busboys, scullery engineers and line cooks as they get pink-slipped in increasing numbers. And the wage there hasn’t yet hit $15.

ADVERTISING

As the East Bay Times reported in January, at least 60 restaurants around the Bay Area had closed since September alone.

A recent study by Michael Luca at Harvard Business School and Dara Lee Luca at Mathematica Policy Research found that every $1 hike in the minimum wage brings a 14 percent increase in the likelihood of a 3.5-star restaurant on Yelp! closing.

Another telltale is San Diego, where voters approved increasing the city’s minimum wage to $11.50 per hour from $10.50, this after the minimum wage was increased from $8 an hour in 2015 – meaning hourly costs have risen 43 percent in two years.

The cost increases have pushed San Diego restaurants to the brink, Stephen Zolezzi, president of the Food and Beverage Association of San Diego County, told the San Diego Business Journal. Watch for the next mass die-off there.

But what of California’s less affluent inland counties? How will they fare?

Christopher Thornberg, director of UC Riverside’s Center for Economic Forecasting and Development, told the San Bernardino Sun that politicians should have adopted a regional approach. He said it would been better to adapt minimum-wage levels to varying economies – something like the Oregon model, the nation’s first multi-tiered minimum-wage strategy.

Oregon’s minimum-wage law is phased, with increases over six years. By 2022, the minimum will be $14.75 an hour in Portland, $13.50 in midsize counties and $12.50 in rural areas.

“That makes sense,” Thornberg told the Sun. “That’s logical.”

California is even more varied economically than Oregon. Thornberg believes hiking wages in blanket fashion will spark layoffs and edge low-skilled workers out of the job market.

In the Central Valley, wages for all workers, on average, are lower than those of the coastal counties.

U.S. Census Bureau data show about 21 percent of workers in Bakersfield earned from $8 to $12 per hour in 2015, the most recent year for which data was available. In Fresno, 32 percent of workers were in that wage group, and in Modesto about 25 percent. Contrast that with Santa Clara County, home of Silicon Valley, which registered only 12.5 percent at that level.

The state’s diverse unemployment rates tell a similar tale. Unemployment in Bakersfield was 9.5 percent; 8.8 percent in Fresno, and Stanislaus County notched 7.9 percent. Compare that to Silicon Valley’s unemployment rate – 3.2 percent

“Part of our whole concern with (the $15 wage) is it’s a one-size-fits-all,” Rob Lapsley, president of the California Business Roundtable, told The Sacramento Bee last year. “Areas with double-digit unemployment, this is scaring them to death.”

Jamil Dada, chairman of the Riverside County Workforce Development Board, told the Sun that he believed the state’s Inland Empire will be hit harder than other parts of the state.

“It might be tolerable in the coastal regions,” he said. “Their business environment is completely different.”

As politicians insert their sausage fingers into subtle market mechanisms, scarcity and unintended consequences will ensue.

Joining San Francisco’s restaurant die-off was rising star AQ, which in 2012 was named a James Beard Award finalist for the best new restaurant in America. The restaurant’s profit margins went from a reported 8.5 percent in 2012 to 1.5 percent by 2015. Most restaurants are thought to require margins of 3 and 5 percent.

If what’s happening with one early adopter of the $15 wage progression is any indication, locally famous inland hash houses and burger joints from Calexico to the Cow Counties will disappear as mandated wages climb to $15 statewide. And that will only be the start of things.

Jeremy Bagott, a former journalist, writes about California finance and land-use issues. He wrote this for The Modesto Bee.
184  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Islam in Europe, Sweden now has thousands of radical Islamists on: June 17, 2017, 11:31:38 AM
Up from an estimate of 200 in 2010, growing 10-fold in 7 years according to security agency SAPO.  What could possibly go wrong.

http://www.friatider.se/s-po-det-finns-flera-tusen-v-ldsbejakande-islamister-i-sverige

Go long on florists and teddy bear companies.

185  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / NJ Democratic Strategist Launches #HuntRepublicans and #HuntRepublicanCongressm on: June 16, 2017, 02:23:35 PM
https://heatst.com/politics/nj-democratic-strategist-starts-huntrepublicans-and-huntrepublicancongressman/

NJ Democratic Strategist Launches #HuntRepublicans and #HuntRepublicanCongressmen
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By Jillian Kay Melchior | 9:53 am, June 16, 2017
 
After a shooter in Alexandria left House Majority Whip Steve Scalise in critical condition and wounded four other people, a longtime New Jersey Democratic political strategist responded by introducing the hashtags #HuntRepublicans and #HuntRepublicanCongressmen.

“We are in a war with selfish, foolish & narcissistic rich people,” wrote James Devine on Twitter. “Why is it a shock when things turn violent? #HuntRepublicanCongressmen.”

Devine has run for office, consulted for numerous New Jersey campaigns, and worked in the offices of state lawmakers. He’s also a blogger.

In an interview with MyCentralNewJersey.com, Devine said, “If you want to invite a class war, then you have to expect people to fight back at some point.” The Democratic strategist also wrote on Facebook that he had “little sympathy” for Scalise because of his lack of support for gun control.

Several New Jersey Democrats criticized Devine’s comments and said they did not endorse violence.

But Devine has refused to apologize and has continued using the controversial hashtags.

“I am sorry if my #HuntRepublicanCongressmen hashtag hurt the feelings of any GOP snowflakes but you have not egaged in civil discourse,” Devine said on Twitter late Thursday afternoon.

In an interview with New Jersey 101.5, Devine admitted his comments were “insensitive.”

“And I don’t care,” he said. “You want me to be politically correct? I don’t have time for that anymore.”

In 2014, Devine was convicted for shoplifting lettuce, protein powder and hair conditioner.

And in 2015, state election officials charged the Democratic strategist with 23 separate election-law violations; the Election Law Enforcement Commission claimed he never reported nearly $79,000 in contributions and more than $70,000 in expenditures involving his Central Jersey Democratic Leadership Committee.

— Jillian Kay Melchior writes for Heat Street and is a fellow for the Steamboat Institute and the Independent Women’s Forum.
186  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Left goes after the Founding Fathers on: June 16, 2017, 12:45:07 AM

Mao did all he could to destroy Chinese history. The Khmer Rouge killed everyone with eyeglasses because the new society they were building couldn't be contaminated by people that could read.

Always, they feel the need to destroy a society so they can make their eutopia in it's ruins.
187  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: What could go wrong? Cons overlooking cops in Oakland on: June 16, 2017, 12:13:28 AM

The delegitimization and deconstruction of law enforcement is not accidental.
188  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The day feminism died , , , again on: June 15, 2017, 05:01:54 PM

Everyone should game this stupidity to the fullest. A utterly average male can set records in women's sports. There is no reason biological males shouldn't own every sports scholarship available now.
189  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Fake News Network, Get This, Publishes FakeNews About Subject They're Girlishly on: June 15, 2017, 04:57:38 PM
http://ace.mu.nu/archives/370238.php

June 15, 2017
Fake News Network, Get This, Publishes FakeNews About Subject They're Girlishly Ignorant of (Guns), Refuses to Correct; CNN's Media Reporter Says "I'm not playing your game" of Journalistic Accuracy
CNN claimed the SKS that Rachel Maddow-inspired assassin James Hodgkinson used was a "variant of the AK-47."

It's not. And that's important, because claiming it's a "variant" of the fully-automatic AK-47 makes it a lay-up for banning by the gun-grabbers; CNN's "error" just happens to track with the language that gun control groups would prefer.

In fact, the one-shot-per-trigger-pull SKS was developed before the AK-47, making it hard to see how this gun could be a "variant of" the full-auto AK-47.

But they refuse to correct.

Several observations:

Once again, I repeat that the media's ignorance here is an ignorance they're proud of. They don't like icky boy-stuff; they like lots of whipped cream on their moccachinos.

This is Genteel Ignorance, a cultivated ignorance that one is proud of, like an aristocrat proud that he has no idea how to fix his own door. We have "people" for that, after all.

And the soft-handed Media Reporter Oliver Darcy, I'm sure, is quite proud that his hands never get any dirtier than the keys on his MacbookPro.

Second: These people pretend to be experts. They claim they know what The Facts!!! are. Capitalizations and italicization required.

Yet, when errors of fact are pointed out to them, they say "I'm not playing your game, man."

If you don't care about The Facts!!!, then, as Mary Katharine Ham once said, What is the point of you?

The media claim to be general experts in the cognitive decathalon. Yet any time someone attempts to correct them, they say "Facts are dumb and don't matter."

The media, as far as journalistic accuracy and facts go, is like a surgeon who intends to remove your pancreas. When you say, "Wait, doc, you said part of my liver," he says: "Pancreas, liver-- what's the diff, really? They're both Weird Organs that no one can really understand."

Finally, on that point, the media's claim is that they don't want to ban all guns, just the "bad" ones of particular propensity to misuse in mass assaults.

But then, when you point out they repeatedly misidentify which "bad gun" is involved in an attack, they tell you they don't care about such petty details.

So:

Media: We don't want to ban all guns, you Paranoid Gun-Lovers. We only want to ban the Bad guns.

Expert: But you just completely botched your identification of the "Bad" gun involved here.

Media: That doesn't matter, they all need to be banned eventually anyway.

They're giving the game away, and they don't even care that their lying is not even of the half-hearted level of exertion any longer.

They want you to know they're lying -- just as a serial killer, ultimately, wants you to know he's the one.

They're each proud of their respective butcheries. They want to be famous for them.

They are not just murdering facts; they are unleashing a Great Revolution with their ritualistic torture of basic facts. What is the point of doing so, if the world does not know who the Author of these noble murders is?
190  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Common thread: Failed masculinity on: June 15, 2017, 04:53:29 PM

Yes.
191  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The Left Embraces Political Violence on: June 15, 2017, 03:15:38 PM
The Left Embraces Political Violence

Counter-protestors pepper spray a Trump supporter during a rally in Berkeley, Calif., April 15, 2017. (Reuters photo: Stephen Lam) by KEVIN D. WILLIAMSON   June 15, 2017 4:00 AM @KEVINNR

The Alexandria shooting is the continuation of the riots in Berkeley and Middlebury. This is why the standard liberal motto — that violence is never legitimate, even though it may sometimes be necessary to resort to it — is insufficient. From a radical emancipatory perspective, this formula should be reversed: for the oppressed, violence is always legitimate (since their very status is the result of the violence they are exposed to), but never necessary (it will always be a matter of strategy whether or not use violence against the enemy). Slavoj Žižek, On Violence and Democracy

It did not take very long to get from “Punch a Nazi!” to “assassinate a congressman.” A great deal of spittle has been deployed in the debate over whether or to what extent the Left’s recent indulgence of its penchant for violent rhetoric can be linked to the shooting of Representative Steve Scalise and other members of a Republican congressional baseball team by an angry Democratic activist and Bernie Sanders partisan. But the relevant question here is not violent rhetoric but violence itself. The violence at Berkeley and Middlebury did not lead to the shooting in Alexandria — they are part of the same phenomenon: The American Left has embraced political violence.

More precisely, the Left has embraced “anarcho-tyranny.” (Yes, I know what kind of man Sam Francis became; his phrase remains useful.) The anarcho part: Progressives including mainstream Democrats have embraced the sort of violence that has been directed against the likes of Charles Murray as an instrument of liberationist politics. Representative Val Demings, a Democratic congressman from Florida, shared her view that the riots greeting Milo Yiannopoulos at Berkeley were “a beautiful sight.” After a physical attack on white nationalist Richard Spencer, Jeremy Binckes of Salon wrote: “Maybe the question shouldn’t be, ‘Is it okay to punch a Nazi?’ but, ‘If you don’t want to be punched in the face, maybe you shouldn’t preach Nazi values to the public?’”

 A lively debate about the ethics of using violence to suppress certain political views ensued. Short version: Free speech did not experience a runaway victory. Things are worse on campus. The editorial board of the Daily Californian defended blackshirt violence on the grounds that, without it, “neo-Nazis would be free to roam the streets of Berkeley.” The argument that people who hold unpopular political opinions should be physically unsafe — that they should be subject not to social exclusion or criticism but to violence, afraid to roam the streets — is textbook totalitarianism. California’s political leaders did almost nothing in response to the violence at Berkeley, but when the Trump administration threatened to sanction California, they leapt to action. Nancy Pelosi claimed, with no evidence, that the violence in Berkeley was the result of peaceful protests being “infiltrated,” and insisted “the protesters have a right to free speech as well.” But what greeted Yiannopoulos in Berkeley was not free speech: It was political violence organized to suppress free speech. Representative Barbara Lee complained that the Trump administration’s insistence that Berkeley protect the safety and civil rights of its students and visitors was an attempt to “bully our university into silence” — but it was Yiannopoulos who had literally been bullied into silence — with firebombs and truncheons — along with Charles Murray, Ann Coulter, and others. A Middlebury professor had to be briefly hospitalized after being physically attacked for having invited Charles Murray to campus. That is not free speech. That is violence, and Democrats, judging by their non-response to these episodes, have more or less made their peace with it.

 We have the modern answer to the beer-hall brawlers of the 1930s. That’s the anarcho part. The tyranny part is that while the Left’s blackshirts are permitted to inflict actual physical violence on people who have political opinions they don’t like, the Left’s whiteshirts — respectable Democratic officeholders and media figures — are working feverishly to inflict civil and criminal penalties on individuals and institutions that hold and communicate unpopular political opinions: “Arrest climate deniers!” Adam Weinstein and Robert Kennedy Jr. demanded, and, soon enough, Democrats were cooking up fraud cases against oil companies that had criticized climate-change proposals, and then used subpoenas and other measures to harass conservative and free-market political groups affiliated with them. Every Democrat in the Senate voted with Harry Reid to repeal the First Amendment and allow Congress to regulate political speech. The Obama administration saw to it that no one in the IRS ever faced any real punishment for that agency’s targeting of conservative groups for persecution and harassment. So, on the one hand, we have the modern answer to the beer-hall brawlers of the 1930s, and on the other hand, we have powerful political figures working to criminalize dissent. The same people who have spent the past 30 years cooking up ever-battier campus speech codes want to do the same thing for society at large in the form of so-called hate-speech regulation. They do this partly because they intend to win and to rule. They also do it because they have convinced themselves that we are in a state of national crisis, and that the dark shadow of fascism in descending on the United States.

In reality, the only thing resembling a genuine totalitarian movement in American politics is the progressive camp from which emerged the man who shot Steve Scalise. Once you’ve accepted political violence as a legitimate tool in the context of American democracy — once you have concluded that the decision to use violence is only a matter of strategy, as Slavoj Žižek insists — then progress from pepper spray and bicycle locks to rifles and bombs is neither very long nor very difficult to anticipate. And here we are.

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/448660/alexandria-shooting-political-violence-left-berkeley-middlebury
192  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / As usual, a different standard on: June 15, 2017, 10:08:48 AM
https://pjmedia.com/andrewklavan/2017/06/14/how-the-media-covered-the-giffords-shooting/

When Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in Arizona in 2011, the media knew exactly what to blame: hateful right-wing rhetoric. Today is a good day to replay this sampling from our libertarian friends at Reason.com:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oSLR3bW4vI
193  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: CAIR shapes San Diego CA school program on: June 15, 2017, 09:54:06 AM

Coming soon to a public school near you.

194  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: SCOTUS to weigh fate of travel moratorium on: June 15, 2017, 09:45:51 AM

Does the president have the powers of the president if the court doesn't like him?
195  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Russia-- Europe on: June 15, 2017, 09:43:19 AM
AGREED.

I read the article to be talking about Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia-- aren't they paying their 2%?

I was thinking primarily about Norway.
196  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Feynman on the scientific method and cargo cults on: June 15, 2017, 09:34:13 AM

At Esalen there are some large baths fed by hot springs situated on a ledge about thirty feet above the ocean. One of my most pleasurable experiences has been to sit in one of those baths and watch the waves crashing onto the rocky shore below, to gaze into the clear blue sky above, and to study a beautiful nude as she quietly appears and settles into the bath with me.

One time I sat down in a bath where there was a beautiful girl sitting with a guy who didn’t seem to know her. Right away I began thinking, “Gee! How am I gonna get started talking to this beautiful nude babe?”

I’m trying to figure out what to say, when the guy says to her, I’m, uh, studying massage. Could I practice on you?”

That's a hell of an endorsement for Esalen! And "studying" massage.
197  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The Venezuela of the midwest on: June 15, 2017, 09:26:41 AM
https://mishtalk.com/2017/06/14/unable-to-pay-bills-illinois-sends-dear-contractor-letter-telling-firms-to-halt-road-work-on-july-1/

Does anyone on the left see a problem here? Is this working?
198  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: NATO's essential minnows on: June 15, 2017, 09:05:59 AM
Though I disagree with the article's challenge to the importance of the 2% minimum for the minnows-- think of it as having skin in the game/a show of will and commitment-- this article has a number of intelligent observations.

https://thestrategybridge.org/the-bridge/2017/6/13/natos-essential-minnows-and-the-russian-threat

Why protect people who won't protect themselves? Who sneer at us every chance they get? Who are allowing themselves to be swallowed by islam anyway?
199  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: VDH: Can a Divided America survive? on: June 15, 2017, 09:03:35 AM

No. This can't continue. It won't.

Plan accordingly.
200  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Huffpo writer wishes leftist violence was more organized on: June 14, 2017, 06:41:36 PM
http://twitchy.com/sd-3133/2017/06/14/fck-steve-scalise-huffpost-writer-wishes-violent-resistance-were-more-organized/

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