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I Did This Today August 19, 2017

Posted by daveintexas in News.
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Got rid of the monstrous ugly dining room light fixture and replaced it with this.

I did not turn off the power at the breaker panel. That’s how I roll.

lite

The Marlboro Man on the coat rack approves.

With Regard to the Media’s Take on Antifa August 16, 2017

Posted by geoff in News.
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Out: Law & order

In: Vigilante justice

Good times ahead, I’m sure.

11 Dimensional Chess Indeed August 14, 2017

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I may have wondered what the heck Trump was doing talking about military options in Venezuela, but I never had a problem with the way he handled the North Korea crisis. While the press and Dems were wringing their hands, I was pretty sure that Trump was being pretty shrewd in what he said in public and in private.

And now looky looky looky at what CNBC has to say:

After a weekend filled with a series of conciliatory statements from China, some of them downright surprising, the situation with North Korea seems to be less tense right now, which could be construed as a major win for the Trump team.

To be specific, the big move came Monday as China agreed to ban imports of North Korean iron, lead, and coal as part of new U.N. sanctions on Pyongyang. That’s hitting Kim Jon Un’s regime where it hurts.

Now if these sanctions hold and North Korea simply halts its ICBM launch tests, what many saw as some kind of massive fumble by the Trump team could easily turn into the administration’s biggest triumph of the year.

In short, President Trump broke a lot of established foreign policy rules but seems to have come out on top.

So About The Sexism and Stereotyping in that Google Memo August 14, 2017

Posted by geoff in News.
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Just read an article on a massive brain imaging study:

Researchers found that women’s brains were significantly more active in many more areas of the brain than men’s, especially in the prefrontal cortex, which is involved with focus and impulse control, and in the limbic areas of the brain, which deal with emotion, mood and anxiety.

On the other hand, the brain’s visual and coordination regions were more active in men.

“This is a very important study to help understand gender-based brain differences,” Dr. Daniel G. Amen, lead author, psychiatrist and founder of Amen Clinics, said in a press release.

I’m sorry, I was reliably informed by Google management that gender-based brain differences are non-existent and that anybody who talks about them should be fired for perpetuating stereotypes.

The Rationale for Military Intervention in Venezuela August 14, 2017

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I have to say that when President Trump popped off with his “military intervention in Venezuela is a possibility” statement, I was completely mystified as to what the man was thinking. As was everybody else, I think.

But maybe, just maybe, he was thinking about this:

Powerful Venezuelan lawmaker may have issued death order against Rubio

A death threat against a standing US politician? That would justify a little more than empty rhetoric and a few sanctions.

Stupid Racist Rally August 13, 2017

Posted by geoff in News.
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Is there a single good story out of the awful situation in Charlottesville?

The Bad:

  • Racist rally (just ridiculous)
  • Violent counterprotest (not helpful)
  • Law & order abandoned (WTF?)
  • Murderous loser drives car into crowd (woodchipper time)
  • The usual suspects demand that virtue signaling be turned up to 11 (maximum victimhood)

The Good:

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I will say one thing, though. Instead of ignoring the racist dorks who call themselves “alt-right,” we should take a more active role in countering them. I never took them seriously (still don’t), so I’ve been complacent about their nonsense in the media.

No more.

A Little Gender-Fluid Levity August 12, 2017

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This was pretty funny. From Twitchy:

GIRL POWER! Kickboxing World Champ Andrew Tate trolls SJWs, claims he’s (she’s?) a trans woman

Cost of Living By State August 11, 2017

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Cool graphic I ran across at Digg, who got it from the Tax Foundation. What’s $100 worth in each state? Have a gander:

Whatis100DollarsWorthByState

So if you move from DC to Mississippi, your $ is worth 36% more.

More About This “Men vs. Women in STEM” Thing August 9, 2017

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Just to make sure I completely step in it with both feet, I thought I’d weigh in on the #Goolag business. Again.

I’ll admit that I haven’t studied men’s and women’s mental characteristics and their differences. I haven’t studied sexual discrimination in education and the workplace. But I have complete confidence that my take is as informed as anybody else’s.

How can I be so arrogant when my credentials are so weak?

It’s simply this: The vast majority of social sciences research is absolute crap.

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Silicon Valley Silliness August 8, 2017

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What with the brouhaha over the Google fellow who wrote an anonymous critique of diversity practices and was subsequently outed and fired, I thought I’d repeat a point I made years ago. And that point was:

There’s not really a disparity between American men and women in science & engineering education.

Behold a chart (data from the National Science Foundation):

Science_and_engineering_doctorates

If you look at the top two curves, you see that men earned 25% more doctorates in 2011 than women. Patriarchy!!

BUT, if you look at the bottom two curves (in patriotic red, white, and blue), which have subtracted out foreign students, you find that since 2004 US women have earned an equal or greater number of doctorates than US men.

To repeat: Since 2004, US women have typically earned more science & engineering doctorates than US men.

The disparity in degrees comes from the disproportionately large percentage of males among foreign students.

And all the well-intentioned but misguided programs trying to pull more US women into STEM fields aren’t going to change that.

Exporting’s Apparently a Thing Again August 4, 2017

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Exports perked up again this month, with signs of life in both services and goods. If that trend continues for a few more months, we’ll be breaking through to never-before-seen heights.

If.

ExportsAugust2017Report

Corn and Tomatoes August 4, 2017

Posted by skinbad in Food, Gardening, Nature Shit.
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Looks like they’re on. The spousal unit just sent me this picture.

Garden

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