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THE FOLLY OF STRIKING SYRIA Print E-mail
Written by Ralph Peters   
Wednesday, 28 August 2013

You might as well try to teach a snake to juggle as hope the Obama administration will think strategically.

The "peace president" is about to embark on his third military adventure, this time in Syria, without having learned the lessons of his botched efforts in Afghanistan and Libya. He hasn't even learned from the Bush administration's mistakes - which he mocked with such delight.

Before launching a single cruise missile toward Syria, Team Obama needs to be sure it has a good answer to the question, "What comes next?"

If Obama does a Clinton and churns up some sand with do-nothing cruise-missile strikes, it will only encourage the Assad regime. But if our president hits Assad hard and precipitates regime change, then what?
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THE SAUDIS TRY TO BRIBE AND THREATEN PUTIN OVER SYRIA Print E-mail
Written by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard   
Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Saudi Arabia has secretly offered Russia a sweeping deal to control the global oil market and safeguard Russia's gas contracts, if the Kremlin backs away from the Assad regime in Syria.

The revelations come amid high tension in the Middle East, with US, British, and French warship poised for missile strikes in Syria. Iran has threatened to retaliate.

The strategic jitters pushed Brent crude prices to a five-month high of $112 a barrel. "We are only one incident away from a serious oil spike. The market is a lot tighter than people think," said Chris Skrebowski, editor of Petroleum Review.

Leaked transcripts of a closed-door meeting between Russia's Vladimir Putin and Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan shed an extraordinary light on the hard-nosed Realpolitik of the two sides.  Prince Bandar, head of Saudi intelligence, allegedly confronted the Kremlin with a mix of inducements and threats in a bid to break the deadlock over Syria.   Here they are.
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TIME FOR HAPPINESS Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Thursday, 29 August 2013

Time is a continuous, objectively measurable forward movement. We measure it with the rising and setting of the sun, the orbit of the earth about the sun, and the tilt of her axis relative to that sun as we make our way about it, giving us the changing seasons.

While the mechanics of time in a basic way are well understood, our experience of time and our relationship to time is complex, and can hold the key to our experience of life itself.

It turns out that we all have a  relationship with time and our life that is very personal, and over which we have a good deal of control, which can change our experience of life and our level of happiness dramatically.
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THE ABSOLUTE BEST DEFINITION OF LIBERALISM Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 30 August 2013

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HALF-FULL REPORT 08/23/13 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 23 August 2013

Is everybody blind?" "What in the world has happened to us?"

Two bulls-eye questions asked by ordinary Americans that we all should be asking each other. 

The first was asked by Marine Colonel Peter Martino last week (8/12) in a Concord NH city council hearing regarding its police department's proposed acquisition (with Homeland Security money) of a "counter attack vehicle" to protect Concord from "domestic terrorist threats" such as the liberty advocates of the Free State Project.
 
Thanks to Col. Martino, and the video of his testimony's going viral, people may start catching on that their local police department is being converted into Obama's Storm Troopers, militarily armed to crush any attempt to rebel against his 1984 fascism.

The highest priority of conservatives on a local basis should be to demand the defunding of their community's police militarization. Almost every city above 25,000 population in America has its own militarized SWAT Team.  Does yours?

Regarding the second question, since you're not a hermit in a Himalayan cave, you watch Duck Dynasty that keeps setting records for the most-watched show on cable-tv.  The show has become a cultural phenomenon as the Robertson family is hilariously but clean-decent funny, pro-family, pro-life, unapologetically Christian, self-made wealthy and unapologetically capitalist, and loves guns and hunting. 

The show is incredibly popular and is the antithesis of all liberal values.  This was made sparkling clear with a video of a speech given by Phil Robertson, the family patriarch, that has gone wildly viral this week.  This quote is why:
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MARSHMALLOWS, GREEN TEA, AND SUCCESS IN LIFE Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 22 August 2013

It began in Trinidad.  Walter Mischel, a Jewish kid from Vienna whose family escaped from the Nazis to Brooklyn, was doing field work on the Caribbean island for his Ph.D. in psychology.  It was 1955, and he noticed the population was split between people whose families came from India and those from Africa.

The Indians thought the Africans were "impulsive hedonists" who lived for the moment and never cared for the future, while the Africans thought the Indians only cared about "stuffing money into their mattresses" and didn't know how to have fun.  He wondered what lay behind such assessments.

At age 28, Walter became an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard.  That was in 1958, but a year later, Timothy Leary joined the faculty, and Walter couldn't handle all of his students freaked out on the psychedelics Leary was preaching the use of.  So he went to Stanford.

In 1966, when the Stanford Psych Department launched its Bing Nursery School to research child development, Walter thought back to his days in Trinidad and came up with an experiment that was to become famous as the Stanford Marshmallow Test.  The implications for America today are astounding.
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AYN RAND IN DETROIT Print E-mail
Written by Daniel Hannan   
Tuesday, 20 August 2013

You thought Atlas Shrugged was fiction?

Look at this description of Detroit from the London Guardian:
What isn't dumped is stolen. Factories and homes have largely been stripped of anything of value, so thieves now target cars' catalytic converters. Illiteracy runs at around 47%; half the adults in some areas are unemployed. In many neighborhoods, the only sign of activity is a slow trudge to the liquor store.
(Of course, as the Guardian is hopelessly Left, it makes hallucinogenic claims that the city will "rise again" to be a "creative alternative to LA or NY.)

Now have a look at the uncannily prophetic description of Starnesville, a Mid-Western town in Ayn Rand's dystopian novel, Atlas Shrugged.  Starnesville had been home to the great Twentieth Century Motor Company, but declined as a result of socialism:
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WANT LOWER PRICES? SLASH THE BUDGET OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT! Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Why does the Obama administration claim it wants you to pay less for your airline ticket, but more for the shrimp you buy?  One reason the economy keeps stumbling along is that businessmen, consumers and taxpayers are having a hard time planning because of endlessly inconsistent and often lawless policy directives from the Obama White House.

On the same day last week, the administration announced that it was seeking to block the proposed American Airlines-US Airways merger, allegedly to protect consumers against higher prices - and that it might impose higher duties (taxes) on shrimp from foreign competitors to protect U.S. shrimpers, meaning that all who eat shrimp will have to pay more.

The Justice Department, under the leadership of ethically and intellectually challenged Eric H. Holder Jr., came up with a study that concluded that airline ticket prices would be higher and service worse if American Airlines and US Airways merged. The conclusion was immediately challenged by affected parties (the companies and the unions) and many transportation economists.

I do not know, as a frequent flier, whether I will be better or worse off with the proposed merger. I do know, however, that the folks at the Justice Department also do not know - but trying to block the merger massages their egos and their lust for power.
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THE FATUOUS NONSENSE OF CRITICIZING EGYPT'S MILITARY Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Barack Hussein Obama interrupted his presidential vacation briefly last week to deplore the bloody crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.  To show his displeasure, he cancelled a joint military exercise scheduled for next month -- but said nothing about the $1.3 billion in aid the U.S. gives to Egypt each year.

He should have suspended aid, said Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt, Carl Levin, D-Mich, John McCain, R-Ariz, Ted Cruz, R-Tex, and Rand Paul, R-Ky, and many others. The editors of the New York Times and the Washington Post agree.  So do pundits from left to right.

Rarely in politics these days has there been so broad a consensus.  But it's as shallow as it is broad, thinks columnist Charles Krauthammer.  "Anything John McCain and Rand Paul agree on has to be wrong," he said.

Mr. Krauthammer is right. Here's why.
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SHALE GAS IS REARDEN METAL Print E-mail
Written by James Delingpole   
Monday, 19 August 2013

For my summer holidays I have been mostly reading Atlas Shrugged. Ayn Rand has her faults but, boy, was she prescient.  She wrote it back in the 1950s.

One of the things she foresaw was the current nonsensical, dishonest, canting campaign against shale gas. In Atlas, it takes the form of Rearden Metal, the miracle technology which is going to transform the US economy if only the progressives will let it. But of course, Rand's fictional progressives don't want Reardon Metal to succeed any more than their modern, real-life equivalents want shale gas to succeed.

Why not? For the same rag-bag of made-up, disingenuous scare-mongering reasons which progressives have used to justify their war on progress since time immemorial: it's unfair, it uses up scarce resources, it might be dangerous.

As they are attempting to do now in Britain's West Sussex, and have succeeded in doing in New York.

Here's a relevant excerpt from Rand.
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THE FANATICS’ FIVE LIES ABOUT FRACKING Print E-mail
Written by Matt Ridley   
Monday, 19 August 2013

It was US Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan who once said: "You are entitled to your opinions, but not to your own facts." In the debate over shale gas - I refuse to call it the fracking debate since fracking has been happening in Britain for 50 years - the opponents do seem to be astonishingly cavalier with the facts.

Here are five things they keep saying which are just not true:

First, that shale gas production has polluted aquifers in the United States.
Second, that it releases more methane than other forms of gas production.
Third, that it uses a worryingly large amount of water.
Fourth, that it uses hundreds of toxic chemicals.
Fifth, that it causes damaging earthquakes.

Here are the facts for each:
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THE DEMISE OF AND ANSWER TO SKYPE Print E-mail
Written by Paul Rosenberg   
Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Skype began as a very cool service. I used it and recommended it - a lot.

Skype (originally Sky peer-to-peer) was a peer to peer voice system, which means that there was no central computer controlling everything. It was also encrypted, though the internal details were never revealed.

But, as will a lot of good tech ideas, the developers were persuaded to sell it. In this case, to eBay in 2005. (For $2.5 billion, which is a lot of persuasion!) Then, after doing very little with the tech for several years, eBay sold it to Microsoft for $8.5 billion in 2011.

That's when the serious trouble began. Here are the highlights:
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AMERICA'S TRUTH-TELLING GOVERNOR Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 23 August 2013

News item: Tuesday, August 20.  The latest libtard outrage is that Maine Gov. Paul LePage is a racist because what he said about Zero is precisely true

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HALF-FULL REPORT 08/16/13 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 16 August 2013

Zurich, Switzerland.  I'm here speaking at a conference and having a great time. 

I'm sure you've heard of the Oprah-in-Zurich media frenzy with headlines all over the world, almost all of which assumed Oprah was the victim of racist bigotry.  As did the Swiss Tourism Office, cravenly apologizing without even bothering to determine the truth or defend the salesgirl.  Oprah Gets Apology for Racist Diss in Handbag Shop is how ABC News so objectively put it. 

So it was up to the salesgirl to defend herself - and she did, saying Oprah lied straight out.  As one headline put it: Oprah ‘Cannibalized' Me: Shop Clerk in Zurich Handbag Scandal Says TV Host Is Lying About Alleged Racist Incident.  Good for her - and good for her boss, Tres Pommes owner Trudi Goetz, who supported her employee's side of the story and called Oprah's accusation "absurd."

Speaking of unspeakably tiresome phony libtard frenzies about racism, we were subjected to a second one this week. This time over a rodeo in Missouri.

We need to notice what these two "Libtards Crying Racism" spasms have in common besides hysterically using the only card they have left in their deck now.  It's what they both have in common with the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman debacle.
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A RADICAL NEW THEORY OF ANGLO-AMERICAN SLAVERY Print E-mail
Written by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard   
Monday, 12 August 2013

New evidence coming to light in the British National Archives and the Bodleian Library at Oxford University may soon change our entire view of the Anglo-American slave trade, and the roots of institutional plantation slavery in the Americas.

With luck it will help to vindicate the fathers of "classical liberal" government and the free market in the 17th and 18th centuries, falsely accused until now of abetting - or promoting - the great crime of race-based African slavery.

For academic orthodoxy holds that John Locke (1632-1704) and the great Whig thinkers of the Glorious Revolution of 1688 helped to design and foster the economic system of hereditary slavery that shaped Atlantic capitalism for a century and a half.

From that it is but a step to dismiss the moral claims of classical liberalism as so much humbug, to write off all the talk of justice, natural rights, inviolable contracts and government by consent as the self-interested catechism of oppressors. As Samuel Johnson said acidly: "How is it we hear the loudest yelps for liberty among the drivers of negroes?"

Except that this established version of events is not true. It is a near complete inversion of what happened, and this matters in all kinds of ways since the debate over slavery refuses to subside.
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