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Breeding Incompetence Into the Human Race September 1, 2015

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Survival of the fittest. A means of strengthening a species so that it can improve its lot and withstand future adversity. It’s a vital principle that is threatened by the crutches that well-meaning scientists and technologists provide so that the weaker may thrive.

Well-intentioned perhaps, but they’re just making our species more vulnerable.

Today they’re threatening to do it again, enabling the weak with their latest development, so that bad genes are handed down to succeeding generations. I shudder to think of our children’s children, living in a world where these genes not only survive, but whose propagation is encouraged.

I’m speaking, of course, of eating ice cream:

Eating an ice cream cone is often a matter of timing. You need to snarf it down fast enough to avoid the sticky mess of melting frozen dairy product encroaching on your fingers, but slowly enough to stave off the painful brain-freeze phenomenon. If only science could help us out. Oh wait, it can.

Scientists from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland are looking into using a naturally occurring protein called BsIA to slow down the melting process in ice cream.

As someone who was traumatized in his youth by the near-tragic tale of Slow Joe and his peppermint ice cream cone, I have trained assiduously to excel at ice cream eating. Focusing on speed and accuracy, I have no use for a world where the slow may lap half-heartedly at their frozen confections.

I despair yet again for the fate of humanity.

More Unsolicited Fashion Advice for the Wimmens September 1, 2015

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Finally finished my travels and have returned to bring you, once again, fashion advice for the IB wimmens. Today’s selections come from the Miley Cyrus Concert Collection. I’ll be greatly disappointed if I don’t see at least one of these outfits adorning the ladies at the next IB gathering:

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Ms. Cyrus has a decided knack for turning sexy into banal.

So NOW Executive Experience is Important August 15, 2015

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A lot of us pointed out in 2008 that Barack Obama had no experience in anything relevant to the presidency, especially management. Deaf ears, deaf ears. But now management experience is a selling point for the Democrats (as it should be):

“I am not the only candidate for president in our party who holds progressive values, but I am the only candidate for president in our party with 15 yrs of executive experience,” Democratic 2016 contender Martin O’Malley says.

If only he had mentioned this 8 years ago.

Chop Chop With Those Sammiches August 13, 2015

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We joke a lot about how wimmens need to be making sammiches for the menfolk, but somebody didn’t get the memo that it is, was, and always shall be, a hyperbolic joke:

A Nigerian court granted a 57-year-old man a divorce after hearing that his wife often brought his meals to him too late in the evening, local media reported on Thursday.

“My wife had failed in her matrimonial obligations. She does not prepare my food on time and I have warned her several times, but she would not listen to me,” he was quoted as saying.

“There is no point in harbouring a wife that makes me hungry. I am totally fed up,” Adekoya told the hearing, for which the paper gave no date.

A different and not very appealing world.

Time to Tweet? August 13, 2015

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Update: vaitguy tells me that the 10000-character limit only applies to direct messaging. So Twitter still sucks (IMHO).

I had a Twitter account many years ago (DrRichardSeaton), but gave it up because it seemed to me that the 140-character limit was just driving us toward more bumper-sticker-style political discussion. It’s not like we need to be more shallow in our policy analysis.

That concern has been borne out by many years of tweeted tripe, but I didn’t realize that Twitter would become relevant because it was also a fast way to propagate news stories across the web. So yay Twitter. But I still didn’t feel that it was all that useful to me.

But now Twitter is going to allow 10000-character posts, which means you can actually say something that’s not just a surface-level jab at the opposition. That changes the game completely.

Might just have to become a tweetin’ fool.

Belated Book Review: Nickel and Dimed (2001) August 12, 2015

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All the minimum wage hoopla reminded me of a post I’ve long wanted to write: a brief debunking of Barbara Ehrenreich’s liberal classic, Nickel and Dimed.

Back in 2001, Barbara Ehrenreich (a writer with a PhD in biology) decided that she would experience just how hard it is to get by on entry-level jobs. Dr. Ehrenreich tried several jobs during 3 months spread over 2 years, sometimes two at a time (well, for a grand total of 3 days), including waiting tables, cleaning hotel rooms (well, for 1 day), cleaning people’s houses, being a nursing home aide, and working at Wal-Mart. She wrote up her experiences (with much drama and angst) in Nickel and Dimed and the book was a bestseller, forming part of the foundation and mythos of the Left’s class wars ever since.

I applaud her spirit in getting her hands dirty and diving into those sorts of jobs, but her blindness to logic and reality permeate her decisions and her actions. For example:

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Kerry Claims He’s Brought Us to the Brink of Disaster August 11, 2015

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I think Secretary of State Kerry meant this to be a little less self-incriminating than it actually is:

During a discussion hosted by Reuters on Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry said if the United States rejects the Iran nuclear agreement, the U.S. dollar would not be the world’s reserve currency.

“That is a recipe, very quickly, my friends, businesspeople here, for the American dollar to cease to be the reserve currency of the world, which is already bubbling out there,” Kerry said.

So how, pray tell, did we get to the point where the American dollar’s status is at risk? Didn’t we have sanctions before without risking the dollar?

Why yes we did. But now John Kerry says he’s put us in a situation where we can’t have sanctions without seriously injuring our economy.

He’s pretty much saying he should be fired for gross incompetence.

Quoted Without Context August 9, 2015

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“The mouthfeel had to be in line with what consumers expect…”

Not the Same Things as Bill Clinton, One Hopes August 9, 2015

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Donald Trump: “I Cherish Women. I Am Going to Do Things For Women No Other Candidate Will Be Able to Do”

More Meat for Minimum Wage August 9, 2015

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Just when you thought there were too many useless degrees being issued in modern times, they add one more:

Dr. Kimmel is the founder and director of the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities at Stony Brook University, part of the State University of New York system, which will soon start the first master’s degree program in “masculinities studies.”

Now, I won’t deny that there are probably things worth investigating about masculinity, especially as besieged as it is in modern times, but an entire degree program seems like just another form of useless navel-gazing.

Plus, they’re not starting off very well:

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Obama and Our Racial Festering August 8, 2015

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President Barack Obama, December 2014:

…we have to recognize that issues of racial prejudice and discrimination, they’re embedded deeply in society, and they don’t transform overnight, but each successive generation, what we’ve seen in America is we’ve seen improvement.

Well, we used to see improvement until a certain “racial-healing” president came on the scene:

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[Via ZeroHedge]

Flawless Failure August 8, 2015

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Once upon a time there was a United States president who would say anything, so long as it made him look good. He’d lie, he’d brag, and he’d make unrealistic promises that he had no power to keep. In the latter case, there were his promises to double exports in 5 years (fail!!) or put a million electric cars on the road by 2015 (fail!!) or create 5 million green jobs (failing!!) or…

…add 1 million manufacturing jobs by September 2016. Here’s your fail:

ManufJobsAug2015

He’s running about 300,000 jobs behind at this point, with just over a year to go.

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