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Captain America to The Rescue!

by coldwarrior ( 78 Comments › )
Filed under immigration, Islam, Islamic Terrorism, Multiculturalism, Open thread, Political Correctness, Terrorism at August 26th, 2015 - 7:00 am

An interesting commentary from our British Cousins:

Allison Pearson: We can’t always rely on Captain America to get us out of trouble

After hero tourists prevented a massacre on a French train, Allison Pearson says: are we really going to sit on our hands and wait for some Islamist maniac to get lucky and commit another massacre in our country?

Skarlato spent 10 days in Germany before meeting up in Amsterdam with a friend earlier this week before they boarded the train to France on Friday

Alek Skarlatos’s father said of his son’s bravery: ‘It’s better to die like a lion than be slaughtered like sheep. And this terrorist coward deserved what he got’ Photo: Nick Razzell

There is something thrilling about that unhesitating call to action, and the way in which the three young Americans, aided by British IT consultant Chris Norman, did what had to be done without, as the citation would say, any regard for their personal safety. In so doing, they undoubtedly saved the lives of many of the 550 helpless people on that train. Stone, who had his thumb almost severed by a box cutter, even found time to staunch the profusely bleeding throat wound of another passenger, earning himself the nickname “Captain America”.

The stirring simplicity of “Let’s go, go!” recalls the final words of Todd Beamer. A software salesman who was on United Flight 93 on 9/11 when the plane was hijacked, Beamer realised that the terrorists planned to fly the aircraft into a target. With several fellow passengers, he decided to storm the cockpit. After reciting the 23rd Psalm, Beamer can be heard on a recording quite clearly addressing his impromptu band of brothers: “Are you ready? Okay. Let’s roll.”

Not everyone who finds themselves in the valley of the shadow of death can summon such can-do courage. French actor Jean-Hugues Anglade, who was with his girlfriend and two children on the Paris train, reports that Thalys train staff barricaded themselves inside a work car after fleeing from the gunman. “As screaming passengers pounded on the locked doors, nobody replied,” Anglade said, adding that “it was terrible and unbearable. For us it was inhuman.”

Chris NormanChris Norman  Photo: Reuters

Until quite recently, if you typed “French military victories” into Google, up would come the question: “Do you mean French military defeats?”

Like most good jokes, it contains a grain of truth. As if to draw a veil over the train staff’s cowardice and over the embarrassing fact that French police had been warned that the gunman, Ayoub El-Khazzani, was a possible threat, President Hollande was quick to award the Legion d’Honneur to the four foreign heroes. The whole thing felt hurried through, as though the heroism of their actions should be kept to the fore, allowing more troubling aspects of the story – what the hell was a suspected jihadist doing wandering around? – to be pushed conveniently to one side

“You have shown us,” said Hollande, “that, faced with terror, we have the power to resist. You have given us a lesson in courage, in will, and therefore in hope.”

Fine words – but how evasive and hollow they sounded. The brutal fact remains that an appalling massacre on European soil was only averted last Friday thanks to the intervention of three random American tourists – the trio very nearly didn’t take that train – and one British grandfather who thought he was going to be killed and would rather die “doing something”.

Europe has no answer to the metastasising cancer of Islamist terror, and we can hardly rely on Captain America to show up every time a fanatic decides to turn his weapons on us. Just imagine how many health and safety forms in triplicate a British railway employee would need to fill in before apprehending a bare-chested Moroccan gentleman with an AK47. Indeed, any desperate lunge to disarm the guy might well have been viewed as Islamophobic.

This is deadly serious. Counterterrorism officers in Spain warned on Monday that about 800 Islamist extremists, who have returned from Syria or Iraq after being recruited by Islamic State, are preparing to launch attacks on the Continent. At least 350 Britons have returned from fighting in the region, and our own security services acknowledge that some are plotting attacks in the UK.

U.S. serviceman Spencer Stone departs the Clinique Lille Sud, which specializes in hand injuries, in Lesquin, France‘Stone, who had his thumb almost severed by a box cutter, even found time to staunch the profusely bleeding throat wound of another passenger, earning himself the nickname Captain America’  Photo: Reuters

Are we really going to sit on our hands and wait for some Islamist maniac to get lucky and commit another massacre like 7/7 in our country? Or are our leaders going to finally grow a pair and start internment of suspected jihadists returning from Syria and Iraq?

Listen to the words of Emanuel Skarlatos, the father of National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos. Reflecting on his son’s bravery, Skarlatos told MSNBC: “It’s better to die like a lion than be slaughtered like sheep. And this terrorist coward deserved what he got, and the PC crowd needs to recognise terrorism for what it is.”

I reckon the British people are with Skarlatos senior and junior on this. There would be huge popular support for internment of individuals who have declared war on our way of life or for their passports to be cancelled, preventing their return to these islands. Their numbers are simply too great for the security services to monitor them properly. The threat to civil liberties is outweighed by the threat to innocent people.

Organic Food Hoax

by coldwarrior ( 162 Comments › )
Filed under Food and Drink, Open thread, Progressives at July 30th, 2015 - 7:00 am

Here is an excellent article about the ‘Organic Food’ scam. I don’t often go to Wholepaycheckfoods. Mrs Coldwarrior does and that is for some undrinkable Russian dairy product that she misses from home. I do like some of their selection tho. When I go I get a great laugh at the customers. ‘Affluent Narcissists’ indeed!

 

Organic Food for me made me laugh the first time I heard the term. Doesn’t all of our food have Carbon? Turns out, the term means grown in animal poo (lotsa E. Coli there) whilst using far more water and land to get the same yield as best practice farming (not ‘environmental at all). And don’t get me started on GMO. We have been GMO’ing since we first settled down to grow wheat, and that is for another thread.

Enjoy yinz’s Thursday!

 

Is Organic Agriculture ‘Affluent Narcissism?’

By Henry I. Miller and Richard Cornett

As can be seen from the popularity of rip-off artists like Whole Foods markets, organic foods are popular. The U.S. market for organic produce alone was $12.4 billion last year.

Some of the devotion from consumers attains almost cult-like status, which is why a recent article by Stanford University researchers that was dismissive of health or nutritional benefits of organic foods created such a furor.

The study, by researchers in the university’s Center for Health Policy and published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, was a meta-analysis in which results from the scientific literature were combined but no new, original laboratory work was conducted. Data from 237 studies were aggregated and analyzed to determine whether organic foods are safer or healthier than non-organic foods. They concluded that fruits and vegetables that met the criteria for “organic” were on average no more nutritious than their far cheaper conventional counterparts, nor were those foods less likely to be contaminated by pathogenic bacteria like E. coli or Salmonella.

The investigators themselves were surprised by the result. “When we began this project, we thought that there would likely be some findings that would support the superiority of organics over conventional food,” according to physician Dr. Dena Bravata.

Many devotees of organic foods purchase them in order to avoid exposure to harmful levels of pesticides. But that’s a poor rationale: Although non-organic fruits and vegetables do have more pesticide residue, more than 99 percent of the time the levels are below the permissible, very conservative safety limits set by regulators – limits that are established by the Environmental Protection Agency and enforced by the Food and Drug Administration.

Ironically, the designation “organic” is itself a synthetic construct of bureaucrats that makes little sense. It prohibits the use of synthetic chemical pesticides – although there is a lengthy list of exceptions listed in the Organic Foods Production Act – but permits most “natural” ones (and also allows the application of pathogen-laden animal excreta as fertilizer).

These permitted pesticides can be toxic. As evolutionary biologist Christie Wilcox explained in a September 2012 Scientific American article (“Are lower pesticide residues a good reason to buy organic? Probably not.”): “Organic pesticides pose the same health risks as non-organic ones. No matter what anyone tells you, organic pesticides don’t just disappear. Rotenone is notorious for its lack of degradation, and copper sticks around for a long, long time. Studies have shown that copper sulfate, pyrethrins, and rotenone all can be detected on plants after harvest—for copper sulfate and rotenone, those levels exceeded safe limits. One study found such significant rotenone residues in olives and olive oil to warrant ‘serious doubts…about the safety and healthiness of oils extracted from [fruits] treated with rotenone.’” (There is a well-known association between rotenone exposure and Parkinson’s Disease.)

There is another important but unobvious point about humans’ ingestion of pesticides: The vast majority of pesticidal substances that we consume occur in our diets “naturally,” and they are present in organic foods as well as conventional ones. In a landmark research article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, University of California, Berkeley, biochemist Bruce Ames and his colleagues found that “99.99 percent (by weight) of the pesticides in the American diet are chemicals that plants produce to defend themselves. Only 52 natural pesticides have been tested in high-dose animal cancer tests, and about half (27) are rodent carcinogens; these 27 are shown to be present in many common foods.”

The bottom line of Ames’ experiments: “Natural and synthetic chemicals are equally likely to be positive in animal cancer tests. We also conclude that at the low doses of most human exposures the comparative hazards of synthetic pesticide residues are insignificant.”

In other words, consumers who buy overpriced organic foods in order to avoid pesticide exposure are focusing their attention on 0.01% of the pesticides they consume.

There seems to be confusion about these issues even at the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP), which in October released a report that appeared to endorse organic produce because of its lower levels of pesticide residues, while at the same time admitting, “in the long term, there is currently no direct evidence that consuming an organic diet leads to improved health or lower risk of disease.”

Perhaps the most illogical tenet of organic farming is the exclusion of “genetically engineered” plants – but only if they were modified with the newest, best, most precise and predictable techniques. Except for wild berries and wild mushrooms, virtually all the fruits, vegetables and grains in our diet have been genetically improved by one technique or another – often as a result of seeds being irradiated or genes being moved from one species or genus to another in ways that do not occur in nature. But because genetic engineering is more precise and predictable, the technology is at least as safe as – and often safer than – the modification of food products in cruder, “conventional” ways that can qualify as organic.

There are examples of new varieties of plants, including two varieties each of potatoes and squash and one of celery, that have sickened or killed consumers, but all of these were the result of conventional genetic modification – which would qualify for organic farming.

The organic community remains unswayed by either biology or history, however, and modern genetic engineering remains prohibited from organic agriculture. This bias against genetic engineering in organic agriculture makes recommendations such as those of the American Association of Pediatrics especially dubious because as genetically engineered “biofortified” foods with enhanced levels of vitamins, antioxidants and so on appear, none of them will be available to organophiles.

Another rationale for buying organic is that it’s supposedly better for the natural environment. But the low yields of organic agriculture – typically 20-50 percent lower than conventional agriculture – impose various stresses on farmland and especially on water consumption. A British meta-analysis published in September of this year in the Journal of Environmental Management identified some of the environmental stresses that were higher in organic, as opposed to conventional, agriculture: “ammonia emissions, nitrogen leaching and nitrous oxide emissions per product unit were higher from organic systems,” as was “land use, eutrophication potential and acidification potential per product unit.”

An anomaly of the way that “organic” is defined is that it is not focused on the composition, quality or safety of the actual food; it is essentially a set of acceptable practices and procedures that a farmer intends to use. So, for example, chemical pesticide or pollen from genetically engineered plants wafting onto an organic crop from an adjacent field does not cause the harvest to lose its organic status.

In an article entitled “The Organic Fable,” New York Times columnist Roger Cohen had some pithy observations stimulated by the Stanford study. “Organic has long since become an ideology, the romantic back-to-nature obsession of an upper middle class able to afford it and oblivious, in their affluent narcissism, to the challenge of feeding a planet whose population will surge to 9 billion before the middle of the century and whose poor will get a lot more nutrients from the two regular carrots they can buy for the price of one organic carrot.”

Finally, many who are seduced by the romance of organic farming ignore the human toll it exacts. Missouri farmer Blake Hurst offers this reminder: “In the many places around the world where organic farming is the norm, a large proportion of the population is involved in farming. Not because they choose to do so, but because they must. Weeds continue to grow, even in polycultures with holistic farming methods, and without pesticides, hand weeding is the only way to protect a crop.” He might have added that in many places, the back-breaking drudgery of hand-weeding falls largely to women and children.

Save your money. It’s more cost-effective, environmentally responsible and humane to buy conventional food than the high-priced organic stuff.

Henry I. Miller, a physician and molecular biologist, is the Robert Wesson Fellow in Scientific Philosophy and Public Policy at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution; he was the founding director of the FDA’s Office of Biotechnology. Richard Cornett is the communications director for the Western Plant Health Association, a nonprofit agricultural trade group based in Sacramento, Calif.

Car full of jeering black men killed black Confederate supporter after flag rally

by 1389AD ( 290 Comments › )
Filed under Bigotry, Crime, Free Speech, Liberal Fascism, Political Correctness at July 21st, 2015 - 9:38 pm

BizPacReview: Car full of jeering black men force black Confederate supporter off road to his death after flag rally

Not supposed to fly this Dixie flag - That's why I fly it!

The description of a fatal accident hearkens back to the height of Jim Crow in the Deep South, with a black man being chased down the highway because of who he is.

Only his tormentors were said to be fellow African-Americans.

Anthony Hervey, a fixture in his community and supporter of the Confederate Flag, was killed on Sunday when the car he was driving ran off the road and flipped, The Clarion-Ledger reported.

Hervey, 49, and passenger Arlene Barnum, were on their way back to Oxford, Miss., after attending the “Monumental Dixie” rally in Birmingham, Ala., in support of the Confederate flag.

Barnum told the Associated Press that Hervey swerved and crashed after another car filled with four or five young black men began chasing them — she said Hervey was driving her SUV, which was not displaying any Confederate flags or stickers.

The Clarion-Ledger reported:

Reportedly, Hervey was driving and feared they were being chased. Hervey told Barnham he noticed a silver car speeding to catch up to them, and then it swerved into their passenger side.

Barnham told the News-Capital even when Hervey sped up to get away, the car continued to pursue them. At some point, that’s what she said caused the crash.

Barnum, who attracted some media attention at Sunday’s rally when she lit her NAACP membership card on fire, posted photos of the rally on Facebook, and in the immediate aftermath of the crash, posted these horrifying messages…

More here…

Trump-a-palooza In Phoenix!

by The Osprey ( 84 Comments › )
Filed under Business, Elections 2016, Free Speech, immigration, Immigration, Media, Patriotism, Politics, Racism, Republican Party, RINOcracy at July 12th, 2015 - 3:39 pm

In the wake of his controversial, some say “RAAAAACIST™” comments decrying illegal immigration, Donald Trump has become a lightening rod in the Republican Party, who has RINOS everywhere scurrying for cover. Nowhere was that more apparent than here in Arizona, where the staunchly conservative Maricopa County Republican Committee, against the wishes of the RINOfied State GOP leadership, invited Trump to speak. The usual suspect RINOs such as John “My Friends” McCain rushed to disavow any connection with Trump, while the popular and controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio made clear his support for Trump’s opposition to illegal immigration, although he has not endorsed him as a candidate.

I got a text from PHXGirl on Friday that Trump was coming to AZ, and as of noon on Saturday, when he was due to appear in the Phoenix Convention Center at 2:00PM, over 9000 invites had been given out via EventBrite. Due to some personal commitments I got to the convention center late, at around 2:21, but the line of people waiting to get in to hear “The Donald” speak stretched around the south, east and north side of the Phoenix Convention Center North complex.

And of course, the opposition was there as well, on the Southwest corner of the building there was a small knot of Anglo Leftist hipster teenagers and LaRazanistas, including an odd looking hipster chick who was selling “Joe Arpaio Voodoo Dolls”. At that point I was figuring out how to get into the event so I hurriedly transited through the south end of the building to the southeast corner outside patio, and missed the opportunity to snap a pic of hipster chick.

As the line of people moved along the east side of the building, a security guard with a walkie-talkie informed us that the ballroom where Trump was speaking was full, that the fire marshall and decided not to allow any more people in for safety reasons. As we turned the corner to the north side of the building, there were the largest group of the protestors, again a mixed crew of Anglo Leftists and LaRaza types. The protestors were on the North side of Monroe street, making a racket with the typical stale old Lefty “hey hey, ho ho, (fill in the blank here – in this case Trump and Arpaio) has got to go!” chant and blasting noisy freon horns. A police street barricade fence was down the middle on the closed street, and on the south side of Monroe in the shade of the portico of the building were those of us who were still trying to get in to the event and a line of Phoenix PD with riot gear at the ready. The crowd of protestors was small compared to the amount of people wanting to hear Trump, maybe a few hundred at the most but they were noisy and aggressive. Several people from the Trump side tried to engage in polite dialog with them but were shouted down.

The pro-Trump crowd was predominantly White and middle-class looking, but there were at least as many non-Whites mixed in among the pro-Trump crowd as there were protestors, but they were more varied. There were Hispanics, Blacks and Asians among the pro-Trump crowd, while the protestors were exclusively Anglo and Hispanic.

As it became clear to me that I was not going to be able to get into the event, I decided to “Zombie” style, take pics of the “rojos”, as I had not seen this many Leftists out on the streets of Phoenix since the AB1070 protests a few years ago.

This fellow says Trump is a “Tyrannical Racist Unscrupulous Monster Pig!” and a Confederate Flag fan to boot! OMG! And here I thought he was a damnyankee from New York City!

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These two vatos locos in the bandanas were screaming obscenities at the pro-Trump crowd…”Trump you can suck my…” well, you get the picture. Curious about the red and blue bandanas…Sureños y Norteños unidad contra “El Donald”?

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Mexico? It’s about 200 miles south, sweetie.

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Hipsters against Trump!

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Phoenix’s finest keep a watchful eye on los rojos.

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Trump owns Dell Computers now?

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The ginger-haired guy with the glasses in the blue shirt with his back to the camera was trying to dialogue with the protestor blond haired woman in front of him. He was so soft-spoken I could not hear what he was saying, I’m guessing it had something to do with the military since the woman kept shouting that she was Mexican and her son was in the USMC. And your point is? If you are here legally and your son is serving in the Marines, then you are not the problem Trump is talking about!

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Trump supporters hoping to get in and Phoenix PD
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Devo fans for Trump!

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Donald Trump: Bringing more cowbell to the GOP!

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Walmart makes ISIS flag cake, refused Confederate flag cake.

by 1389AD ( 178 Comments › )
Filed under Censorship, Free Speech, History, Iraq, Jihad, Political Correctness, Syria at June 28th, 2015 - 5:00 pm

On YouTube:

(h/t: BlueSky)

Published on Jun 26, 2015 by Chuck Netzhammer
On 06/25/15 I attempted to get an Edible image cake printed with the confederate flag image on it at Walmart. It was denied. The next day I had them do the same for the ISIS battle flag image I brought to them. They cheerfully did it. and sold me my ISIS cake. WTF Walmart! ISIS is beheading Christians, selling little girls into slavery, and is currently a terrorist org at war with the United States……..but you can’t buy the General Lee toy car at Walmart? It’s a damn shame.

Mr. Netzhammer commented further:

Sent this to Walmart’s ethics department. I’m a loyal customer who requested an edible printed cake with the image of an Confederate flag. It was refused, but I was able to to get the ISIS battle flag image printed on my cake at a different store.

I am highly offended, distraught, and in tears over the fact you pull American history off your shelves, but allow the offensive battle flag of terrorists, sex slavers, be-headers of Christians, burners of gays to be made in your store.

You also allow offensive Rap music which sings about cop killing, degrading women, drive-by murder, drug use, selling drugs, prostitution and repeatably uses the highly offensive word “nigger”.

But you can’t buy a beloved children’s toy car with an Confederate flag on the roof?

Freddy Gray Autopsy Report Deals Blow to Murder Charges

by Iron Fist ( 166 Comments › )
Filed under Crime, Democratic Party, DOJ, Progressives at June 25th, 2015 - 6:29 am

Speaking of Civil Wars (I just did a vitriolic Facebook status report about the Left’s seeming lust for a new Civil War to kill or enslave the South), we have this missive from the Baltimore Front:

Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby has withheld the autopsy report on Freddie Gray from defense counsel and the public for nearly two months. It is the report on which she relied to file murder and other charges against six police officers, even though the investigation into Mr. Gray’s death was not close to being complete. Now, just two days before Friday’s court deadline for the state to disclose the report to the defense, it has been leaked to the Baltimore Sun. The Sun’s story makes it easier to understand why Ms. Mosby wanted the autopsy kept under wraps. It raises additional disturbing questions about her case — a case in which she has already had to dismiss false-imprisonment charges, the untenable nature of which I explained when Mosby filed them. It turns out that Mr. Gray “tested positive for opiates and cannabinoid.” Moreover, he carried on wildly when initially placed in the police van. It had previously been widely reported that he was not belted into his seat, a violation of recently adopted Baltimore police policy that Mosby dubiously makes the plinth of her case. The Sun’s latest dispatch, however, indicates that Gray was making matters difficult for the police: “yelling and banging, ‘causing the van to rock,’ the autopsy noted.” The van made several stops during its 45-minute ride. At the second one, six minutes after the arrest, Gray was reportedly “still yelling and shaking the van.” Police thus removed him and placed him in leg restraints — ankle cuffs, to go along with the handcuffs that had already been applied. Gray was “then slid onto the floor of the van, belly down and head first,” according to the autopsy report, which gingerly adds that he was, at that point, “still verbally and physically active.” It’s now easier to understand why Mosby wanted the autopsy kept under wraps: It raises additional disturbing questions about her case. It was after this, the medical examiner concluded, that Gray suffered a severe spinal injury (which led to his death, a week later). At some undetermined point during the van’s journey, he was catapulted by the force of its deceleration and crashed into the interior. The injury is likened to a “shallow-water diving accident.”

An accident. Not murder. Mosby has way over-charged this poor man. He may indeed be guilty of involuntary manslaughter, but he is not a murderer, and the autopsy proves it. Mosby charged murder to placate the mob. She is sending the message that rioting works. It gets results. Therefore, when another unfortunate incident occurs you are much more likely to see more rioting. Mosby is on the side of the mob in this case. She is not on the side of the State, and she is certainly not on the side of Justice.

The Pantheon of Hipster icons

by Husky Lover ( 186 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Democratic Party, Hipsters, Humor, Progressives at June 17th, 2015 - 7:00 am

Since its rise in the late 90’s as a result of the Tech boom, the Hipster movement has reshaped the popular culture and the politics of this nation. Like all movement, they have a pantheon of heroes who in other times would have been considered losers or evil men.

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FILE - This Nov. 30, 2011 file photo shows television host Jon Stewart during a taping of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" in New York. The 18th edition of "Bartlett's Familiar Quotations," has just been released, the first for the electronic age and a chance to take in some of the new faces, events and catchphrases of the past 10 years. General editor Geoffrey O'Brien says he has expanded upon the trend set by his predecessor, Justin Kaplan, of incorporating popular culture into an anthology once known for classical citations. Shakespeare and the Bible still reign, but room also has been made for Steve Jobs, Madonna and Michael Moore, Justin Timberlake and Jon Stewart. (AP Photo/Brad Barket, file)

FILE – This Nov. 30, 2011 file photo shows television host Jon Stewart during a taping of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” in New York. The 18th edition of “Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations,” has just been released, the first for the electronic age and a chance to take in some of the new faces, events and catchphrases of the past 10 years. General editor Geoffrey O’Brien says he has expanded upon the trend set by his predecessor, Justin Kaplan, of incorporating popular culture into an anthology once known for classical citations. Shakespeare and the Bible still reign, but room also has been made for Steve Jobs, Madonna and Michael Moore, Justin Timberlake and Jon Stewart. (AP Photo/Brad Barket, file)

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©Lou Jones/ZUMA Press/MAXPPP - Jun 01, 1995; Somers, CT, USA; Inmates waiting for execution on Death Row. Prisoner MUMIA ABU-JAMAL formerly Wesley Cook, conviced of shooting a Police Officer in a controversial trial. December 18, 2001 Federal judge threw out the death sentence, citing problems with the jury charge and verdict form. The judge upholds the conviction.  Mandatory Credit: Photo by Lou Jones/ZUMA Press. (©) Copyright 1994 by Lou Jones

©Lou Jones/ZUMA Press/MAXPPP – Jun 01, 1995; Somers, CT, USA; Inmates waiting for execution on Death Row. Prisoner MUMIA ABU-JAMAL formerly Wesley Cook, conviced of shooting a Police Officer in a controversial trial. December 18, 2001 Federal judge threw out the death sentence, citing problems with the jury charge and verdict form. The judge upholds the conviction. Mandatory Credit: Photo by Lou Jones/ZUMA Press. (©) Copyright 1994 by Lou Jones

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Victor Davis Hanson warned about the Hipster movement and despite defeats in the culture and 2 Presidential losses, many on the Right do not take the Hipsters seriously. Underestimating this movement has enabled it to spread its tentacles into many facets of American society.

People who laugh at Hipsters, do so at this nation’s peril.

Update: How could I have forgotten to add a picture of one of the most beloved martyrs in the Hipster pantheon, St. Pancakes!

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Update II: How could have I forgotten the ultimate Hipster icon for the ages, the original cool and hip Latin revolutionary, Che Guevara!

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Mars Attacks: The Department of Education Must Go

by Mars ( 146 Comments › )
Filed under Academia, Barack Obama, Blogmocracy, Climate, Communism, Democratic Party, Education, Environmentalism, Fascism, Free Speech, Global Warming Hoax, government, Guest Post, Liberal Fascism, Marxism, Political Correctness, Progressives, Regulation, Science, Socialism, Technology at June 16th, 2015 - 7:00 am

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2015/06/09/the-government-is-helping-fund-a-minecraft-style-game-for-teaching-kids-about-the-environment/

The government is helping fund a Minecraft-style game for teaching kids about the environment

Minecraft is a cultural phenomenon. The block-based exploration and crafting game was snapped up by Microsoft for $2.5 billion last year and has helped inspire competitors from giant toy companies like Lego.

Even the government is interested in building on Minecraft’s success: The Department of Education is helping fund a project known as “Eco” that looks a lot like Minecraft, except with a few added twists: There’s a looming ecological disaster and players must band together to make a community — agreeing on laws and living in harmony with the environment.

If they fail, the world dies forever. Strange Loop Games, the company behind the game, describes it a “global survival game” and says failure results in “server-wide perma death.”

Eco is designed to help teach middle school students about environmental science and was awarded a nearly $900,000 grant from the Department of Education last month. It has completed a test phase where 60 students in five classes tried it out, according to the grant contract. The prototype for that test run also received a DOE grant of around $150,000.

Here’s what the game prototype looks like in action:

The latest grant will help build out new features, including a teacher dashboard, and let researchers figure out how effective the game is by collecting data on 150 students in 10 classrooms. Half of the classes will use the normal environmental teaching plan, while the other half will supplement the curriculum with Eco — letting the developers see if the game actually helps boost students’ understanding of ecology.

Minecraft itself is already used by some educators for things like building replicas of ancient Roman apartment buildings and teaching problem-solving.

Understand, Minecraft is a phenomena amongst the younger crowd. It is a huge sprawling creative sandbox that allows the children to experiment with construction and even computer design and programming. This atrocity is something else entirely. It is also designed for programming, programming children to become Eco-nuts. It is developed using a gameplay that the kids are familiar with and enjoy, but adds in all of the Eco nonsense that you could ever hope a future generation of children would need to become good little “citizens of the world”.

Minecraft meets ecology simulation in an open-world educational game

By Charlie Hall on Jun 09, 2015 at 3:30p @Charlie_L_Hall
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Veteran studio Strange Loop Games is embarking on an ambitious project to create a new kind of open world multiplayer game where the survival of every player on the server depends on careful management of in-game resources. With funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Eco hopes to become a platform for teaching middle school students about ecology in a communal, cloud-based game world.

Strange Loop calls their project a “global survival game.” In Eco’s fiction there is an impending disaster looming over humanity — an event like a meteor strike, a drought or a flood. The clock is ticking, and players must work together to prevent the onrushing apocalypse or risk “server-wide perma death.”

The tools at players disposal are familiar to anyone who’s played Minecraft. Eco’s world is a lush paradise, modeled after the Pacific Northwest, filled with plants and animals. But unlike Minecraft, real ecological forces are at play in the background.

“Resources are finite,” states the game’s website. “Chop down every tree and fail to plant more? They won’t be growing back. Hunt every elk for food? They’re now extinct. Pollute a section of land with mining runoffs? Your crops are poisoned. This ecosystem is your only lifeline in a race against time.

“You’re facing two existential crises simultaneously: an external threat that you must avert, and the threat of causing your own destruction. A rock and a hard place.”

But the game doesn’t want to be preachy, it just wants to attempt to simulate the real forces at play on our planet, give players a sense of ownership and empower them with the tools the make change.

“In Eco the goal isn’t to save the environment,” said studio head John Krajewski earlier this year in the YouTube video above. “The goal is to build. The goal is to create a civilization.”

In the background the game is constantly keeping track of real complex data, which allows players to see the changes being felt by in-game populations in near real time. While players on the server will be given free choice, the entire community will also have the opportunity to vote on laws that will change how they’re allowed to interact with the environment.

“Every law in Eco needs to be backed up with scientific documentation,” said Krajewski, “that’s based on the actual data that’s coming from the game.”

The game will run on a server in the cloud, which will allow players to access the game from anywhere — including at home or in the classroom. Teachers will be given a toolset to allow them to tailor individual worlds to meet their educational needs, effectively letting them create specific scenarios and influence the game world in real time.

“The classroom time is the chance to have the council meeting. … That’s where we see the role of the teacher is very important.”

The promise of the game has even captured the interest of the U.S. Department of Education, which has given Strange Loop Games a two year, $900,000 grant to develop the game. There is also a Kickstarter expected later this year.

“Eco is possibly the first video game where your character can actually save the world,” says the website, “because the alternative is for once possible.”
http://www.polygon.com/2015/6/9/8752973/eco-minecraft-ecology-simulation-strange-loop-games

The overarching themes of “save the world” is worrying enough, it’s when you get into what the game is designed for is when things get really terrifying. They have actually set it up where you “design laws” for your enviro friendly civilization.

This is blatant programming of children, you take something kids are already enjoying, you change it around to fit an agenda and then you force feed the kids the final result in the school system. If a company tried something this blatant they would be shut down and the heads would probably be thrown in jail. Your federal government at work. Changing hearts and minds, by mandate.

With Objective Truth Rattling Off Its Final Breaths, Let Us Rejoice In the Bizarre, “One-Upsmanship,” That Will now Follow.

by Flyovercountry ( 143 Comments › )
Filed under Humor, Progressives at June 15th, 2015 - 10:46 am

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So I woke up to something that had me laughing for a good little bit this morning. Apparently, somewhere in the Liberal Mecca known as the Left, or West Coast, depending upon who your favorite cable news service happens to be, there exists a chapter of the NAACP who’s President happens to have been born with a lighter shade of pigmentation than one would expect for someone holding that position. Now, I’m not one for identity politics, and indeed I find the whole concept to be not only exasperating, but down right destructive to our national soul. I get that racism exists in American in some fashion, and I get that this is fundamentally wrong. I’ll go a step further and say that any decision or preconception based upon some shallow concept does more harm to the person clinging to that shallow compass that those at whom such idiocy is directed. With that being said, and I can not stress this point enough, it is every American’s God given right to be shallow. Allow me to repeat that. It is every American’s God given right to be shallow.

Now, let’s take this a step further. The only result of any of the social justice remedies designed to legislate away such forays into the world of politically incorrect thinking is that the economic cost of such idiocy will be reduced to zero. Ultimately, the Social Justice warriors are guilty of creating and magnifying the very problems they claim to care so much about. The lens of history has been crystal clear on this point, and we only have a few hundred real life examples of what happens when Democrats get their way in any community for decades, unchecked by those who are sane. Detroit, Saginaw, Chicago, Washington DC, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Jacksonville, Pontiac, Cleveland, Flint, Baltimore, St. Louis, Houston, Philadelphia, Patterson, Newark, are just a few examples of once nice cities which have been turned into cesspools after decades of unchallenged rule by the political left. Such is our lot in life however my fellow Conservatives. Our ideas and economic systems will always be compared to Utopia, and theirs will draw comparisons to Hell on Earth. Never mind that Hell on Earth often looks better than Detroit, St. Louis, or Washington DC, Social Justice dictates that all must be equally miserable.

Give them enough time however, and they’ll find a way to destroy themselves, along with everything else that they touch. Now, we’ve had our share of chuckle at them moments, like Ward Churchill being outed as a fraud, living the hard life of academic non-reality, preaching to the young skulls full of mush about how his Native American Heritage was a cruel cross he had to bear, watching the white man rape and pillage his ancestral homeland, decrying every sports franchise and NCAA member university that sported a culturally insensitive mascot. Of course, he turned out to be a whiter than snow phony, with not even a slim trace of DNA that couldn’t be traced to Europe’s least culturally diverse Gene Pools. Then we had Elizabeth Warren, who also used the Affirmative Action Laws to secure herself a couple of cushy gigs suckling off of the tax payer’s teat found within the system of academia, based upon her Native American Heritage, which of course was always a complete fabrication.

But maybe we have this all wrong. Maybe there is a mental disorder out there, where whiter than snow flake white people feel as though they’re black people trapped inside of a white body. I mean, there are way too many, “lesbian bloggers,” that have turned out to be straight male college professors just pretending to know about the struggle, and were believed by the way, to not see that maybe, something is afoot here. I mean if Bruce Jenner can bravely come forward and allow the entire population of adult and adolescent humans who possess the skill of reading to witness in real time his complete and utter departure from reality, (which I’m sure has not one gosh darned thing to do with the cool half billion bones one marketing guru has declared this exercise in public mental illness to be worth,) by declaring himself to be Caitlyn trapped in the body of a former Gold Medal Winning Decathlete, then a white girl who’s name should be Whitey McWhiterson could very well be a strong black woman trapped in a whiny brat’s weakling white body.

Bruce baby, (I refuse to call him Caitlyn until he changes his name legally, and further refuse the female pronouns until he finalizes his transformation,) this is for you.

I found this gem on Twitter today.

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the possibilities here are literally limitless. This, is just the tip of the iceberg, and the only question now that we as a society have decided to start celebrating lunacy as something to which people should aspire, is how far and how quickly this thing will take off? I was born an Earthling, and I feel like a person from the planet JM27qrxpjspacemodulator trapped in an Earthling’s body. We’re just getting warmed up here. I’ve always felt like a dolphin myself. Yes, South Park already did that one.

But why stop at other ethnic groups, planets of origin, or even disparate animal species? I read a seriously written article last week in which people felt that they deserved some sort of handicap, because they just didn’t feel right with both arms and both legs. I believe that I read transcapable or transhandicapped as the politically correct name for this particular psychotic break. There may be some poor soul among us who feels that he or she should have been born as a potted plant, or a Timex Watch. I mean now that truth itself is all relative anyhow, and each of us gets to have his or her own reality, where exactly are any lines to be drawn? Dan Rather’s fake but accurate news reporting, (and I still say he deserves more than the ubiquitous ‘gate’ appended to his name,) makes perfect sense in this Serlingesque dimension. The question we need to ask ourselves, and ask sooner rather than later, is do we really want to live here?

A world where objective truth has no more meaning than anyone who demands such will now be identified as a big meanie, comes with some pretty horrific consequences attached. A place where laws are interpreted by a factious subordination of various victim classes, and applied according to the whims of those who feel emotionally aggrieved at any particular moment, is also a world where the Bill of Rights, and more to the point, natural rights granted by God and not a central government, simply will no longer exist.

Please enjoy this video clip of Rachel Dolezal, President of the Spokane NAACP and recently outed as white by her parents, describing in full detail some of the various hate crimes allegedly perpetrated against her and her children, her struggles as a black woman facing racial hatred daily, (in the liberal mecca known as Washington State by the way,) as the reporter leads her straight to the payoff, about 7 minutes and 50 seconds in.

Exit request to God: Please let me see this woman appear on a stage with Condoleezza Rice, Thomas Sowell, Larry Elder, Mia Love, Janice Rogers Brown, Clarence Thomas, et al., and discuss with them the fact that she knows, better than they, the true black experience of growing up as a person of color in the United States of America.

Cross Posted from Musings of a Mad Conservative.

“We’re all from the African continent.”

by Husky Lover ( 118 Comments › )
Filed under Cult of Obama, Democratic Party, Hipsters, Humor, Multiculturalism, Progressives at June 12th, 2015 - 9:58 am

An NAACP leader named Rachel Dolezal was trying to pass herself off as Black. It turns out she’s White. Rachel when confronted about her false claims about being Black, responded by saying we are all Africans!

Controversy is swirling around one of the Inland Northwest’s most prominent civil rights activists, with family members of Rachel Dolezal saying the local leader of the NAACP has been falsely portraying herself as black for years.

Dolezal, 37, avoided answering questions directly about her race and ethnicity Thursday, saying, “I feel like I owe my executive committee a conversation” before engaging in a broader discussion with the community about what she described as a “multilayered” issue.

“That question is not as easy as it seems,” she said after being contacted at Eastern Washington University, where she’s a part-time professor in the Africana Studies Program. “There’s a lot of complexities … and I don’t know that everyone would understand that.”

Later, in an apparent reference to the origins of human life in Africa, Dolezal added: “We’re all from the African continent.”

Honestly, this situation is hysterical and makes for a good laugh. People should not get worked up about Rachel Dolezal and instead have good laughs at her claims of being White. It is possible she’s an avid follower of Mr. Toot (Charles Johnson) who also thinks he’s Black.