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Imams Say the Wackiest Things February 8, 2017

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But this one seems pretty reasonable:

Muslim Imam Claims SPONGE BOB Is Responsible For Turning Kids Gay

No More Hot Air February 8, 2017

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All right, Hot Air, I’ve had enough. I like several of your columnists, and I’m OK with the rest. Except one.

Taylor Millard.

This kid has no knowledge and no insight – he seems to specialize only in throwing bombs on conservative views. A huge majority of commenters hate his posts, and I’m certainly in their company.

So that’s it for me. No more Hot Air. This goof has tainted the whole site.

I’m taking it off the sidebar.

Lady Gaga and The Flub February 8, 2017

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Lady Gaga is fighting back against those who thought she had a little too much belly fat during her Super Bowl performance. She had this to say via Twitter (incriminating pictures at the link):

I heard my body is a topic of conversation so I wanted to say, I’m proud of my body and you should be proud of yours too. No matter who you are or what you do. I could give you a million reasons why you don’t need to cater to anyone or anything to succeed. Be you, and be relentlessly you. That’s the stuff of champions. thank you so much everyone for supporting me. I love you guys. Xoxo, gaga

This is, as usual, much ado about nothing. You can’t pick any subject, no matter how anodyne, without somebody vehemently disagreeing. So there are always losers who will complain about a bit of excess flub. By criticizing a famous star they feel empowered and superior, never realizing that it only makes them objects of pity or scorn.

But as to Lady Gaga’s response, I don’t quite agree.

When she says that she’s proud of her body, I’m of the opinion that she has every right to be. But in general, there are praiseworthy bodies and there are . . . those other bodies. Bodies like mine, for example.

I am not proud of my body, and I don’t think people who are overweight, out of shape, etc., should be proud of theirs either. But if you’re not going to do anything about it, then don’t worry about it. Just accept that that’s where you are in life.

It’s not a matter of pride, it’s a matter of being realistic and being comfortable with that reality.

Being “proud” of your body, without regard for its actual merits, is neither mentally nor physically healthy. If pride matters to you, make something you can be proud of. But being proud of being fat is like being proud of the participant ribbon you “won” when you took last place.

Chickenyodelninjaman February 6, 2017

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OK, you seem like nice people (snork!), so I kinda hate to do this (snork snork!!). There’s a guy. He’s Japanese. Name of Takeo Ischi. Normal tale of a normal Japanese kid.

But in high school he became fascinated with . . . yodeling.

Yes, yodeling.

So he went off to Germany, studied under the greatest yodeler of all time (there is such a title), and in 2011 he gave us this:

But here at Innocent Bystanders we’re not just here to bring you up on old viral videos. No, we’re here to introduce new viral videos!

However, if you thought “Chicken Yodeling” was a little odd, you may not be able to handle . . . Chicken Attack!! Yodeling + chickens + ninjas!!

Via RocketNews24

The White Collar Sweatshop 97 February 6, 2017

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A list of 97 companies who are opposed to Trump’s immigration policy (and filed a legal brief against it) is running around the intertubes today.

The amicus brief, which argues that Trump’s immigration order is illegal, highlights the contributions of immigrants to the tech economy while stressing the immigration controls already in place. The companies argue that Trump’s order is discriminatory and will have a negative impact on American businesses. The brief states that Trump’s immigration policies will make it more difficult and expensive for companies to hire new employees from around the world, and will make it more difficult for companies to conduct business because of travel restrictions on their employees.

There’s not a shred of doubt whether immigrants can contribute to our technology and economy. Not a shred. But I’m pretty sure we won’t miss the exciting talent from the countries that the Obama administration identified as being problematic. Let’s look at the list:

  • Iraq
  • Iran
  • Syria
  • Yemen
  • Sudan
  • Libya
  • Somalia

Yeah, I’m not feeling the sense of irreplaceable science & engineering talent here. Iran does have some decent scientists and engineers, but lets look at how many STEM types were actually recruited from these countries in FY2015:


Speaking Truth to Snowflakes February 6, 2017

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Courtesy of SondraK’s site (see sidebar)

Grapplin’ With the Grappler February 6, 2017

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Retired Geezer wanted me to post this video of a car-grabbing device for use in high-speed police pursuits. To which I say, “Are you the boss of me?” Uh-oh.

Curse you, RG, and your Svengali-like powers!

About That Pause in Global Warming February 6, 2017

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Michael used to love to rag on climate change promoters, writing several posts on problems with their predictions and theories. I think “Noise” was his most popular post on the subject, with nearly 14K hits.

He would have loved hearing this:

A high-level whistleblower has told this newspaper that America’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) breached its own rules on scientific integrity when it published the sensational but flawed report, aimed at making the maximum possible impact on world leaders including Barack Obama and David Cameron at the UN climate conference in Paris in 2015.

The report claimed that the ‘pause’ or ‘slowdown’ in global warming in the period since 1998 – revealed by UN scientists in 2013 – never existed, and that world temperatures had been rising faster than scientists expected. Launched by NOAA with a public relations fanfare, it was splashed across the world’s media, and cited repeatedly by politicians and policy makers.

NOAA’s 2015 ‘Pausebuster’ paper was based on two new temperature sets of data – one containing measurements of temperatures at the planet’s surface on land, the other at the surface of the seas.

Both datasets were flawed. This newspaper has learnt that NOAA has now decided that the sea dataset will have to be replaced and substantially revised just 18 months after it was issued, because it used unreliable methods which overstated the speed of warming. The revised data will show both lower temperatures and a slower rate in the recent warming trend.

Emphasis mine.

Oh No She Didn’t! February 6, 2017

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The Duchess of Cambridge (i.e., Mrs. Prince William, the former Kate Middleton, also known as the sister of Pippa’s butt) did NOT just say that kindness is as important as math, did she?

She was joined by Prince William as she celebrated pupils with the K factor, or kindness factor, at a special assembly to mark Children’s Mental Health Week.

She said: ‘I realise how central values like these have been to me throughout my life.

‘That is why William and I want to teach our little children George and Charlotte just how important these things are as they grow up.

‘In my view it is just as important as excelling at maths or sport.’

I hope none you weak-minded regulars were influenced by this nonsense. There’s math, then physics, then chemistry, then waaaaaaay down the list there’s kindness. Somewhere after ice cream and beer.

At least she didn’t say that kindness is as important as charts.

Manufacturing Jobs Perk Up a Bit February 3, 2017

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We all know that Obama failed to keep his quickly-forgotten promise to generate 1 million new manufacturing jobs within 4 years. Thought I’d keep tracking them, though, just to see how manufacturing is doing. Here’s the latest chart:



Two things to note: first, the BLS did a major revision to their numbers, so this chart reflects their latest values. It ended up adding 20K-30K jobs in most months, so Obama’s manufacturing job performance looked a wee bit better.

The second point is that manufacturing jobs stopped their decline in November and started rising. Wonder what happened in November? Hmmmm….

Anyway, if this trend could continue it’d be great news for manufacturing, employment, and the fundamentals of the American economy.

Here’s hoping.

The Feb 2017 Trumployment Report February 3, 2017

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Trumployment has arrived! – at least for the first month of 2017:


Nice little uptick. Hope it represents our new trajectory, though that’s probably being too optimistic.

Site Theme Voting Update January 29, 2017

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Elemin takes a commanding lead with 6 votes. Of course it’s one of the most expensive templates they have. You guys sure have good taste.

Elemin geoff, Jimbro, Sobek, Cathy, historyupclose, jam2
Opti geoff, skinbad, retiredgeezer, historyupclose
Plane OBF, retiredgeezer, Cathy
Lovecraft OBF, Cathy, historyupclose
Colinear geoff, Mr. Matamoros
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