Bastille Day - Laramie Hirsch first posted this on his own site, but has agreed to post here at MOTW, as well. This week’s Bastille Day in Paris featured a man flying...
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How do you solve a problem when you are running a 10% fiscal deficit. You are not going to get growth in the absence of private sector demand. So the government's idea now is we are going to export our way out of this. When I asked a senior member of the Obama administration last week, 'how are we going to grow exports if we do not allow nominal wage deflation?', and he just said we're going to kill the dollar. It's a dead answer but that's where we're headed".America isn't as competitive with a strong currency, terrible trade deals, bad tax policy, crippling regulations, metastasizing welfare states, etc. The U.S. dollar is rising because of where we are in the global economic/credit cycle. China is on the verge of a currency devaluation and emerging market currencies are already tumbling. Commodity prices are way down in the past year, the euro is still in trouble. Unable to push the dollar lower when pretty much the whole world is pushing the other way, something else has to give. The managers of America decided that something is wages. "We are going to kill American wages" might as well be what the Obama official said, cause that's the truth.
I don't think most of the alt-right is neo-Nazi. I could be wrong. Sure, you'll find some neo-Nazis here and there. But let me ask a counter-question: What's with all the neo-Communists on the left? More specifically, why don't Democrats have to purge their party and all social connections of Communist sympathizers in order to win elections? Even more specifically, why is Jay Carney allowed to have propaganda for the murderous Bolshevik regime on his wall? Mainstream conservatives are proud of how Buckley purged the movement of Birchers, but this begs the question of why conservatives need to purge and liberals don't.If we were Nazis, they'd feel scared because there's a lot of us out there. It would be triggering, it would confirm their Progressive beliefs about the Right, but it would also be something they could put in a box. Name and shame, more of the same. They're going to unload everything they have on us, calling us Nazis and white supremacists and racists and it's not going to knock us down, it's not even going to phase us. If they want to fight us, they'll have to engage us intellectually. That is the next phase of this battle and it will be starting soon.
Let me ask you one more question: Did it work? Buckley purged the Birchers to gain respectability. Well? Does the left respect you? What did making Southern whites take down their flags win you?
That doesn't answer my question.
The alt-right is a safe space for crimethink. I recognize certain groups are double plus ungood, but as someone who's already at least ungood plus, I don't see any value in signaling that they're too extreme and hateful for me. The purpose of purges is to maintain respectability. Well, I think it's quite apparent that Buckleyite conservatism has failed. What the last 50 years has shown is that once you're done purging one group for being too extreme, the left just turns the ratchet, and now some formerly-acceptable group is the new Nazi. Once, it was Birchers. Today, it's anyone who doesn't clap hard enough for Bruce Jenner.
To be a safe space for crimethink, it means no purges. Yeah, you'll find commenters on any given articles calling me names for not accepting the Gospel of Der Führer. Oh well. The fact is, speaking within the left's moral framework has failed, so we're going to hang out down here in the pits with the rabble where we can speak freely.
But no, I'm not a Nazi, TRS isn't a neo-Nazi blog, and neither are many others on the alt-right. We're just not engaging in purges. There's no need to. We watch the left's tactics closely here, much more closely than conservatives do, because we want to learn from winners, not losers. No matter how extreme, mainstream leftists deal with radical leftists via radio silence, not loud, public purges. We're attempting the same thing over here. As for you guys...well, you've spent more energy denouncing the alt-right in the last few days than you ever did against Jay Carney's USSR fetish.
Like many others in the alt-right, I was a good, racially blind conservative until fairly recently. I approvingly cited MLK's maxim about the content of character.This. I really don't think older white conservatives understand that most of us fully internalized the MLK "dream." We believed it to the max. We expected racial harmony. What we got is anti-white hate. How can people not see how this is going to turn out? White people became the most anti-racist as one can possibly be, and the response from progressives, SJWs and minorities is to say whites are more racist than ever. They're aiming their hate at the least racist whites of all, the youngest people. Older conservatives simply have no idea what is going on in youth media and the schools. They are completely clueless.
However, what happened around 2008 or so is that the Democrat Party openly declared war on white people. You've seen the screeds about white privilege, reparations, diversity programs, and open borders all couched in explicitly anti-white lines. This isn't a "conspiracy theory." It's what they, themselves, say to anyone who's listening. They hate white people. "White male" is a pejorative whenever spoken by a Democrat.
Their open, stated goal is to strip white people of all "privileges" we have---including our incomes, our neighborhoods, and our avoidance of incarceration---and no one on the mainstream right is willing to stand up to it. Because to do so would mean saying words like "white people," "the white community," "white culture," and "white interests," and you have agreed with the left that those things are evil and illegitimate, and that anyone who disagrees is a Nazi. We all know you will be literally called a Nazi if you ever say, "the white community" except to talk about how it needs to be diversified, i.e., not exist.
Most of us really like capitalism, meritocracy, property rights, and the rule of law. Unlike you we recognize that the left's program of demographic replacement will destroy those things forever, and that those values, as "universally good" as they may be, are largely only attractive to persons of Anglo-European heritage....How hard it this to understand?
You know what's short-sighted? Displacement-level immigration. Hispanics are not going to vote for freedom and capitalism. They don't vote for it in Mexico, they don't vote for it in Venezuela, they don't vote for it in Colombia, they don't vote for it in Bolivia, they don't vote for it in Argentina, they don't vote for it in Brazil, they don't vote for it in Chile, they don't vote for it in Guatemala, and they're not going to vote for it here.
This is the essence of Walker’s appeal — and why he is so dangerous. He is not as outrageous as Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), but his technique of scapegoating unions for the nation’s ills is no less demagogic. Sixty-five years ago, another man from Wisconsin made himself a national reputation by frightening the country about the menace of communists, though the actual danger they represented was negligible. Scott Walker is not Joe McCarthy, but his technique is similar: He suggests that the nation’s ills can be cured by fighting labor unions (foremost among the “big government special interests” hurting the United States), even though unions represent just 11 percent of the U.S. workforce and have been at a low ebb.If he moves right on immigration, then I'd take Walker over the field. In any other election, the fact that Walker is a boring guy who gets the job done would be a major handicap. By April, Trump-fatigue will have set in and a guy like Walker will look like the perfect antidote. Trump is the wrecking ball who points out illegal immigrant crime, Walker can simply say, "We should put American workers first." Trump is the fullback the progressives and cuckservatives will expend all their energy fighting, behind him is Walker with the ball (or whichever GOP governor moves to the right on immigration), who will run untouched into the end zone.
What sets gay culture apart from straight culture is the belief that early sex is good and beneficial, and the sure knowledge (don’t think for a second that they DON’T know) that the only way to produce another homosexual is to provide a boy with sexual experiences BEFORE he can be “ruined” by attraction to a girl.
If you’re OK with that, and you might not be, it is worth your consideration. If you think I am wrong, that is your privilege, but watch out for the VAST number of stories of sexual abuse AND transgenderism that will come about from these gay “marriages.” Already the statistics for sexual abuse of children of gays are astronomically high compared to that suffered by the children of straights.
Prior to the establishment of the federal parody of marriage, children were 10 times more likely to be molested by a parent or adult guardian if their mother was a lesbian and 3 times more often if their father was gay. As Miss Grey predicts, imagine how that ratio is going to explode if both "parents" are gay; the math indicates it will be somewhere between 9 times and 100 times more often; given the greater access to children necessarily involved, it will probably be closer to the latter figure.Moira Grey obliterates the rainbow.
One element of internet subculture which is persistently invoked is the drive for free expression (often of the most politically incorrect variety possible), unhampered by restrictions of either an economic or governmental variety, and certainly without regard for offended parties.The cuckservative is a progressive in conservative clothing. They fully buy into the progressive narrative: Democratcs are the real racists, Republicans are the real pro-immigration party, Republicans are color blind, etc. Notice the cuckservative and even progressive response to the term, skipping "you racist" and going straight to "white supremacist." Although some are focused on race, the term cuckservative is broad and encompasses many issues.
The Democratic party, dominated as it is by multiculturally-minded quasi-socialists, many of whom have arguably been long since emasculated by sensitivity training, speech codes and other cornerstones of ‘progressive’ victim-mongering, could not possibly provide a satisfactory home to such people.
as "People of the Book," Jews (and Christians) are protected under Islamic law. The traditional concept of the "dhimma" ("writ of protection") was extended by Muslim conquerors to Christians and Jews in exchange for their subordination to the Muslims. Peoples subjected to Muslim rule usually had a choice between death and conversion, but Jews and Christians, who adhered to the Scriptures, were allowed as dhimmis (protected persons) to practice their faith. This "protection" did little, however, to insure that Jews and Christians were treated well by the Muslims. On the contrary, an integral aspect of the dhimma was that, being an infidel, he had to openly acknowledge the superiority of the true believer--the Muslim.The progressive media has come to the defense of cuckservatives.
On the “innocent” boat, one man is clamoring to use the detonator and save themselves at the expense of mere criminals. The boat’s officers conduct a vote among the passengers to decide what to do. This is the proper democratic thing to do, and, as always, “the people” feel justified in being collectively selfish, voting to save their skins. The interesting thing, though, is that no individual is willing to carry out the vote. The ship’s officers refuse to do such a thing. Even the very man most insistent on using the detonator finds himself unable to do it when given the chance. It was one thing to be a member of the mass, even a member loudly advising it. When the decision actually falls on one’s individual head, things appear in a different light. One then feels oneself as an individual soul standing before the judgment of God. One’s sense of personal honor rises to the front. In fact, we see on the convicts’ ship that even the most hardened criminal may scorn trying to save his life in this way. Nolan is arguably being romantic in this scene–although I loved it–yet the point stands that a man assumes his full moral stature only by standing apart from a democratic mass. Here the recurring message of the film shows forth most clearly. A system must either force someone to take personal responsibility or it will involve everyone in moral corruption.There is zero cost or responsibility for voting today, but a small cost would be enough to push millions of people out of the electoral process.
At a Tuesday Senate hearing dedicated to the families who lost loved ones thanks to illegal aliens, Laura Wilkerson gave testimony on her youngest son Joshua’s horrific death while some in the silent audience wept.Americans believe their government is failing at its most basic responsibilities. It is difficult to think of examples where governments have elevated foreigners above the natives, where the government was ostensibly run by the native people. The common explanation for an enemy government from history is a government captured by foreigners or a minority population that seeks to punish the majority. Imagine Mrs. Wilkerson's statement being read by a Shiite Iraqi to Saddam's Sunni government.
Wilkerson called on Congress to place American lives and interests over foreigners, especially those illegally living in the country.
During the hearing, titled “Oversight of the Administration’s Misdirected Immigration Enforcement Policies: Examining the Impact on Public Safety and Honoring the Victims,” Wilkerson broke from her written testimony to deliver a dire warning.
“This was our family’s 9/11 terrorist attack by a foreign invader,” she said at the most pivotal point in her testimony. “It is going to take another life lost by a Senator, a Congressman, the President, even another of today’s heroes, someone from Hollywood before someone in a position moves on this.”
“My son’s name was Joshua Wilkerson,” she began. “On November 16, 2010, he was beaten, strangled, tortured until he died. He was tied up, thrown in a field, and set on fire. His killer, Hermilo Moralez, was brought here illegally by his illegal parents when he was ten years old, so he fit the ‘DREAM’ kid description. He was sentenced to life in prison, which means it will be 30 years before he’s up for parole. He’ll be a 49-year-old man, who I don’t expect to be deported. And I just hope he doesn’t come to live in your city.”
After the rolling finally stopped, and with the Explorer resting on its roof, upside down, Barnum told me that she was concerned that the men in the silver vehicle might try to finish them off. Because she did not know how to place an emergency phone call on her I-phone, she posted on Facebook, “HELP … They after us. My vehicle inside down.” She explained to me that she wanted someone to know that they had been attacked, in case the men in the silver car came back and killed them.”
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.’s dissent in Obergefell raised this very question, intending to show how radical the majority’s decision could become. But the issue was hard to discuss candidly while same-sex marriage was still pending, because both sides knew that association with plural marriage, a more unpopular cause, could have stymied progress for gay rights. (Opponents of same-sex marriage had reasons to emphasize the association, while supporters had reasons to play it down.) With same-sex marriage on the books, we can now ask whether polyamorous relationships should be next.You cannot live in a society filled with liars because you cannot debate liars. They must be shunned.
There is a very good argument that they should. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s majority opinion in Obergefell did not focus primarily on the issue of sexual orientation. Instead, its main focus was on a “fundamental right to marry” — a right that he said could not be limited to rigid historical definitions or left to the legislative process. That right was about autonomy and fulfillment, about child rearing and the social order. By those lights, groups of adults who have profound polyamorous attachments and wish to build families and join the community have a strong claim to a right to marry.
The other week I found out that my algorithm is a racist.CAN BIG DATA BE RACIST?
Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t birthed this way. In fact, we can be sure that in this case the racism is a product of nurture, not nature. You see, I was running two creative sets. Both were pictures of children, their mere image beckoning the web browser to click on them. Click on them people did. The problem is that, over time, they clicked on one creative more than the other, and when they converted on the landing page, they converted on that same creative with higher frequency. Doing what it was designed to do, my algorithm jumped in, optimizing the campaign to the better-performing creative: the one with the white child, not the black child.
An awkward moment arose. What do we do? After all, this is a results business and the Caucasian creative was bring in the goods. Still something didn’t feel quite right. It also made me wonder, are we racist? Had our racism poisoned my algorithm and turned it into a monster?
Take, for example, Harvard professor Latanya Sweeney’s discovery that searches for racially-associated names were disproportionately triggering targeted ads for criminal background checks and arrest records. The algorithm was both exposing racial bias (the offensive ads were more likely to reappear if people continued to click on them) and exacerbating it (the more people saw ads that suggested black names were connected to criminal activity, the more existing racial prejudice was reinforced).The Code We Can’t Contro
Imagine now a Big Data algorithm that systematically denies credit to people of color based on their Facebook likes, a practice that several credit rating agencies are beginning to embrace. The predictive model suggesting that minority populations are a higher credit risk could just be a reflection of the bias in our society, as was the case with St. George’s and with Sweeney’s study. But as marketers continue looking for a shorthand with which to identify population segments, their curiosity about black customers is being used for purposes as benign as selling basketballs and Justin Timberlake CDs, or as nefarious as refusing access to credit or basic civil rights and services.
Philosophy professor Samir Chopra has discussed the dangers of such opaque programs in his book A Legal Theory for Autonomous Artificial Agents, stressing that their autonomy from even their own programmers may require them to be regulated as autonomous entities. Pasquale stresses the need for an “intelligible society,” one in which we can understand how the inputs that go into these black box algorithms generate the effects of those algorithms. I’m inclined to believe it’s already too late—and that algorithms will increasingly have effects over which even the smartest engineers will have only coarse-grained and incomplete control. It is up to us to study the effects of those algorithms, whether they are racist, sexist, error-laden, or simply invasive, and take countermeasures to mitigate the damage. With more corporate and governmental transparency, clear and effective regulation, and a widespread awareness of the dangers and mistakes that are already occurring, we can wrest back some control of our data from the algorithms that none of us fully understands.When Algorithms Discriminate
Algorithms, which are a series of instructions written by programmers, are often described as a black box; it is hard to know why websites produce certain results. Often, algorithms and online results simply reflect people’s attitudes and behavior. Machine learning algorithms learn and evolve based on what people do online. The autocomplete feature on Google and Bing is an example. A recent Google search for “Are transgender,” for instance, suggested, “Are transgenders going to hell.”
“Even if they are not designed with the intent of discriminating against those groups, if they reproduce social preferences even in a completely rational way, they also reproduce those forms of discrimination,” said David Oppenheimer, who teaches discrimination law at the University of California, Berkeley.
In fact, many of the racial injustices we associate with the South are actually worse in the North. Housing segregation between black and white residents, for instance, is most pervasive above the Mason-Dixon line. Of America’s 25 most racially segregated metropolitan areas, just five are in the South; Northern cities — Detroit, Milwaukee and New York — top the list. Segregation in Northern metro areas has declined a bit since 1990, but an analysis of 2010 census data found that Detroit’s level of segregation, for instance, is nearly twice as high as Charleston’s.Remember, northern whites vote democrat. Obama's HUD policy was created by White democrats. The goal of White democrats is to remove Black people from the cities and earn billions from gentrification. The way to counter their plan is to send more Blacks into the cities, move them into the wealthy White neighborhoods in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, etc. This is something the next Republican administration can do, thanks to the new HUD rules.
The division between black and white neighborhoods in the North is a result of a poisonous mix of racist public policies and real estate practices that reigned unchecked for decades. Until the mid-20th century, federal homeownership programs made it difficult for black Americans to get mortgages and fueled the massive growth of whites-only suburbs. Real estate agents openly discriminated against black aspiring homeowners, refusing to show them houses in predominately white communities.
President Barack Obama told aides that he is "really good at killing people."
The employment to population rate of high school–aged youth has fallen by about 20 percentage points since the late 1980s. One potential explanation is increased competition from substitutable labor, such as immigrants. I demonstrate that the increase in the population of less educated immigrants has had a considerably more negative effect on employment outcomes for native youth than for native adults. At least two factors are at work: there is greater overlap between the jobs that youth and less educated adult immigrants traditionally do, and youth labor supply appears more responsive to immigration-induced wage changes.
Warn your friends not to bring others with them!!! I had told two friends to bring themselves and their families to my home. They, unknown to me, told half-a-dozen other families to come too - "He's a good guy, I'm sure he won't mind!" Well, I did mind . . . but since the circumstances weren't personally dangerous, I allowed them all to hang around. However, if things had been worse, I would have been very nasty indeed to their friends (and even nastier to them, for inviting others without clearing it with me first!). If you offer a place of refuge for your friends, make sure they know that this applies to them ONLY, not their other friends. Similarly, if you have someone willing to offer you refuge, don't presume on his/her hospitality by arriving with others unforewarned....Speaking of preparing, we may be nearing another period of turbulence in the financial markets. Greece is not solved yet, China is slowing and the world is waking up to this fact, the U.S. dollar could break its highs (even though the dollar is flawed, it is less flawed than any other major fiat currency and if China has a major crisis, the dollar will soar). Looking at a potentially major U.S. dollar rally, this chart says the post-2008 "good times" may be ending:
People who were prepared were frequently mobbed/threatened by those who weren't. This was reported in at least seven incidents, five in Mississippi, two in Louisiana (I suspect that the relative lack of Louisiana incidents was because most of those with any sense got out of Dodge before the storm hit). In each case, the person/family concerned had made preparations for disaster, with supplies, shelter, etc. in good order and ready to go. Several had generators ready and waiting. However, their neighbors who had not prepared all came running after the disaster, wanting food, water and shelter from them. When the prepared families refused, on the grounds that they had very little, and that only enough for themselves, there were many incidents of aggression, attempted assault, and theft of their supplies. Some had to use weapons to deter attack, and in some cases, shots were fired. I understand that in two incidents, attackers and/or would-be thieves were shot. It's also reported that in all of these cases, the prepared families now face threats of retribution from their neighbors, who regarded their refusal to share as an act of selfishness and/or aggression, and are now threatening retaliation. It's reportedly so bad that most of the prepared families are considering moving to other neighborhoods, so as to start afresh, with different neighbors.
Exit is far smaller than political secession because it begins by simply being as independent as possible upon the prevailing regime. It begins in the soul, of an individual and then in that of a community. Most power relationships—hierarchies—are informal and extra-legal. They are neither written down, nor commonly policed by more powerful governments. And while modernity is no doubt a corrosive toward all the various natural hierarchies of human society, and tho’ it drives progressives to distraction to see it, they do not yet have complete power to force people out of freely chosen hierarchical institutions like marriage and natural family, private business, and private voluntary organizations.Exit is a very long process. The American Revolution and Civil War are preceded by decades of increasing conflict in the ideological realm.
“Watch your thoughts, they become words;Exit begins with your thoughts and the principle of wu wei applies from the beginning: exit can begin in your mind when you stop thinking about it. If you want to Exit "Modern America," you do not think of Exit or "Modern America" at all. You can't think of secession, even though secession might be the goal, because secession involves leaving a place, and by thinking of secession, you are thinking of that place.
watch your words, they become actions;
watch your actions, they become habits;
watch your habits, they become character;
watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
Greece got a triple dose of good news on Thursday, when creditors agreed to open talks on a third bailout package, to give the country an interim loan to cover its debts, and to provide more support to its shuttered banks.
Greece's fellow states in the 19-country eurozone said they were willing to open talks on a new rescue package worth 85 billion euros ($93 billion) over three years after Athens approved a series of tax hikes and economic reforms overnight.
The austerity bill triggered a revolt in the governing party and demonstrations in central Athens, one of which briefly turned violent, but was required by creditors as a precondition for starting bailout talks.
Because completing a new rescue deal is expected to take up to four weeks, Greece's European creditors also agreed on interim financing in the meantime. European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker confirmed that an EU-wide bailout fund would give Greece a loan to cover it through mid-August.
But perhaps the most troubling accusation about the search giant is that it distorts our view of the world, giving us a fatally flawed idea of what is going on around us.If Google and Facebook are creating a bubble, the progressives are America's bubble boys. It is impossible to avoid the progressive media bubble.
This problem is known as the “filter bubble”: as Google learns from your searches and makes its results increasingly personalised and tailored to you, you stop seeing anything else.
“There’s a narrowing down of focus,” psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg, who works with adolescents, told news.com.au. “For most of my clients, Kim Kardashian is important, but the arms deal the US signed with Iran is not really on their radar. By and large, the focus is on peers, school, parents and reality TV.
“Parents used to sit around the table and have conversations with their children, but now they are distracted by this stuff themselves.”
So "Green Inferno" is your reaction to the #SJWs of twitter?Eli Roth's 'Green Inferno' devours the Internet's 'social justice warriors'
Yeah. I actually wrote it, and when I finished the draft Kony 2012 happened. I was like this is it. Everyone is going, ‘What’s wrong with you?’ They’re drinking their mugs going ‘Don’t you care about child soldiers and kids being raped how can you not tweet this video?’ Everyone got so self righteous and publicly shaming. It was something that they hadn’t heard of 24 hours ago. I think it’s a double edged sword. I think there are ways to get involved and ways to be helpful. But the SJW culture has gotten so out of control. That you feel that everyone, are they doing it because they believe in it? Or do they just want to look like good people? Are people retweeting things because they think it’s important or because they want everyone to think that they’re a caring person? And I’m not making a judgment on these people either way. I’m just making a comment on it.
A religion is a synthetic tribe. But progressives hate tribalism, so Christians have piously stopped being tribal.
Retro is in, and I’m all for it, if by “retro” you mean “Mad Men,” midcentury modern furniture and martinis. But mantillas? That’s one fashion trend this vintage-loving girl is skipping. Although I adore the styles of the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s, I definitely prefer a more 21st-century attitude toward women.Tribalism is making its way back into the Church, and if history is any guide, those who split for the modern tribe will not be in the Church within a generation or two.
If traditionalist Catholic blogs are to be believed, veil wearing in church is making a comeback. The biggest supporters? Young women, who see it as a countercultural sign of their devotion to the church. A recent Facebook photo of a young woman, hands folded in prayer and head topped by a lace veil, garnered dozens of “likes” and comments gushing about how it’s an “amazing way to express our faith” and “honor the Blessed Mother,” as well as an antidote to “immodest dressing.”
Other websites supporting a return to head covering for women note that it’s a privilege, not a sign of submission, since the only other “covered” things at Mass are clergy, the tabernacle and the chalice. That’s a stretch. Most supporters cite 1 Corinthians 11:5-6, which says that “any woman who prays or prophesies with her head unveiled disgraces her head ... she should wear a veil.”
...Unfortunately, most traditionalists calling for a return to veil wearing believe in complementarity, that women and men’s differences complement one another. This justifies separate roles, usually men as leaders and women as followers, thus the emphasis on submission, humility and modesty as virtues for women.
I’m all for submitting to God, and for the virtues of humility and modesty -- for men and women. Any implication that it’s just for women belongs in the past, with all those lace veils.
“We’re not talking about what kind of pencils PepsiCo wants to use – we are talking about exploiting the remains of an aborted child for profit,” she said. “Using human embryonic kidney (HEK-293) to produce flavor enhancers for their beverages is a far cry from routine operations.No wonder Pepsi was going on about Choice. They need more raw materials.
The current crackdown on lawyers, though perhaps unprecedented, is anything but unexpected. Since Xi’s administration came into power in 2012, attacks on NGO groups, civil society activists, and media freedoms have impacted anti-discrimination groups, liberal intellectuals, and young feminists, and have resulted in arrests or detentions in the thousands. The ultimate goal appears to be the total prohibition of any possible outside checks and balances on the power of the Chinese Communist Party. The current crackdown is just the most recent manifestation.I can tell you exactly what the Chinese leadership is thinking: "Drain away!"
In a May 2015 speech at the Central United Front Work Conference, Xi highlighted overseas Chinese and especially Chinese students abroad as a new front for mobilization of Party interests. “Personnel studying abroad,” he said, constituted “a key element of the skilled workforce, as well as the new focus for a United Front.” That approach is wrongheaded. The state should recognize that having studied and lived abroad, students and scholars will carry different, sometimes dissenting, opinions with them back to China. The government’s stated refusal of Western values and its paranoia about foreign influence is seriously short-sighted and in the long run, may deprive China of opportunities to reform economically, politically, and legally.
One consequence of the recent detentions is likely to be the continued brain drain of young, justice-minded Chinese abroad. As a young feminist and aspiring advocate for Chinese civil rights, I find 2015 an ominous year to begin pursuing my Juris Doctorate (J.D.) at an American law school. While I’m not aware of statistics on the number of Chinese nationals going overseas to pursue J.D.s, I sense I’m part of a growing trend. Will our legal training in the United States impact the future of the Chinese legal landscape? Will young legal talents become interested in the separation of power, possible redistribution of power in the Chinese context, and perhaps even civil rights? Or will they just become yet another elite, depoliticized Chinese circle, collaborating with the state for personal status and material gain?
With the deal done, Greece is now racing to meet its first deadline: to pass four pieces of legislation by the end of Wednesday.Greek voters rejected a better deal last week.
But the cracks are emerging in Alexis Tsipras' coalition.
Away from parliament, Mr Tsipras will also struggle to sell this deal to his own voters, with strike action already called.
The Republican-controlled Congress has 60 days to review the accord, but if it votes to reject it Obama can use his veto, which can be overridden only by two-thirds of lawmakers in both houses. That means dozens of Obama's fellow Democrats would have to rebel against one of their president's signature achievements to kill it, an unlikely prospect. Leading Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called the deal "an important step that puts the lid on Iran's nuclear programs".Republicans have 54 Senators, so they don't need dozens, they need a baker's dozen. There are already a few such as Menendez of NJ who oppose the deal. Even if Obama vetos a rejection of the deal, as with Greece, a new president in 2017 could put new sanctions on Iran.
The Senate was not expected to vote on the deal before September.
Carter said he is creating a working group that will review the policies and determine if lifting the ban would have any impact on the military's ability to be ready for battle. But he said the group will begin with the presumption that transgender people should be able to serve openly "without adverse impact on military effectiveness and readiness, unless and except where objective, practical impediments are identified."Will transexuality adhere to the chain of command, such that a male general can force subordinates to call him a woman? If he tells you to attack, should you defend?
Max is a science graduate, in his early thirties. Articulate, with a ready smile and an infectious laugh. He could be your neighbour, your work colleague or your sister's new boyfriend. A nice guy. An average bloke. Except he's also a paedophile.
Max is sexually attracted to pre-pubescent girls — typically between the ages of six and 11. It's an urge that for years filled him with self-loathing and despair.
"I would see a girl, and I would undress the girl in my mind, and it was just disgusting, and I'd say to myself: 'Stop this.' And it just wouldn't stop. I had feelings of disgust and fear," he says.
Max has never abused a child sexually, nor does he consume child pornography — itself a form of indirect abuse, because children are usually involved in its production. In fact Max is just one of many people who feel an attraction to children, but who are determined not to act on it.
They are sometimes called celibate or "virtuous" paedophiles. The word "paedophilia" describes the sexual attraction, not the abuse itself, so not all paedophiles are child abusers - and not all child abusers are paedophiles, experts say, since abuse sometimes has other root causes.
A gun stolen from a federal agent was confirmed to be the murder weapon in a San Francisco pier shooting that's sparked national debate about immigration policy, police said Friday.
Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, a 45-year-old undocumented immigrant, tossed the .40-caliber gun in the San Francisco Bay after he shot Kate Steinle, 32, in front of her father on scenic Pier 14 on July 1, police said.
Authorities recovered the pistol and determined it belonged to a U.S. Bureau of Land Management ranger, local media reported. The gun had been stolen in a car burglary on June 27.
Unlike other insects the heavyweight bees, which play a vital role in pollination, are not migrating further north in search of cooler places to live as their southern territory heats up.
Professor Jeremy Kerr, from the University of Ottawa, said: 'Global warming has trapped bumblebees in a kind of climate vice. The result is dramatic losses of bumblebee species from the hottest areas across Europe and North America.'
The Wall Street Journal came out with an article a few years back documenting "The New White Flight," a twist on a term used to describe the phenomena of white people moving out of poor neighborhoods, taking their tax dollars with them, and often leaving the largely-black schools derelict and underfunded. At Lynbrook and nearby schools, the Journal writes, whites weren't quitting schools because the schools were bad. And they weren't harming them academically when they left; more Asians just moved in. "Quite the contrary: Many white parents say they're leaving because the schools are too academically driven and too narrowly invested in subjects such as math and science at the expense of liberal arts and extracurricular activities like sports and other personal interests.One has to laugh at what progressives consider racist.
"The two schools, put another way that parents rarely articulate so bluntly, are too Asian."
It wasn't until I read the article that I was able to recognize the code words that the administrators used were, intentionally or unintentionally, aimed at a countering an "Asian" school. I don't mean to suggest any covert or overt racism on the part of my school administrators. They are not racist. But what their words and policies did show was a lack of understanding of Asian academic drive. At my school, we were inoculated against the evils of doing things for college applications, counseled to lessen our workload, reminded that true meaning in life was found not in academic success but in "personal worth." I heard the phrase "self-esteem" so much that I wanted to throw up every time an inspirational speaker waltzed into our school.
Which leads me back to tiger parenting. Because the cultural gap wasn't just between Asian parents and school administrators. It was also between Asian students and white students; Asian parents and white parents. And tiger parenting was predictably viewed with either amusement (this is new?) or horror. It was as if on solely the issue of tiger parenting one could tease out from a randomly selected student or parent a vast array of demographic details, as specific as "what level math are you in."
And you could see it at the school. Walk into Advanced Placement Calculus BC math course and you'd have a hard time finding a white person, besides the (wonderful) teacher. Walk amongst the Asian students at lunch and you'd hear some pretty racist things said about white people. There was a somewhat famous SAT tutor in the region who told a white student, a student known for being extremely intelligent, that he was pretty much Asian. This didn't reflect so much on the tutor as on the culture because people agreed with him – the white student didn't play football, he didn't party, and his friends were almost all Asian as well. Especially in the higher grades, as classes began to diversify between difficult and easier, the racial self-segregation based on academic lines began to emerge in even greater clarity. White kids played football, smoked weed and hooked up on the weekends. Asians studied and took Instagram photos at McDonalds. (Interestingly, though, the Indians at my school were said to have a pretty raucous party scene. Cannot confirm as I was never invited.)
“Which means we have to be a lot more productive, workforce participation has to rise from its all-time modern lows,” Bush continued. “It means that people need to work longer hours.”
At a celebration for departing MFA director Malcolm Rogers on June 24, a small group of protesters stood vigil. “This is appropriation, this is Orientalism,” read one sign. Rogers himself didn’t seem fazed, telling the Globe, “A little controversy never did any harm.”A handful of these crazies managed to shut down the exhibit.
But the protesters were back on July 1.
“Asian-Americans in this country have a history of being mis- or underrepresented — they’re either completely absent from the media or only depicted as Kung Fu, exoticized, mystical, dragon ladies, prostitutes, or what have you,” said Christina Wang, 29, who held a sign that read, “Try on the kimono, learn what it’s like to be a racist imperialist !!!today!!!” She added: “This event that the MFA is putting on — asking the public to come don the kimono — is part of that legacy.”
Unsurprisingly, in their article Polifact completely ignores the reports issued by Homeland Security's Secure Communities Program which is by far the best source we have on immigrant crime numbers. For the last few years, via the Secure Communities Program, anytime someone is arrested their fingerprints are sent to the DHS which then checks to see if their fingerprints match the fingerprints of any known immigrants in their database. Obviously, this program will under-estimate the number of times that illegal immigrants are arrested because many illegal immigrants will not have their fingerprints registered with the DHS. But a large proportion of them will and this method is clearly better than just asking whether or not someone in jail is an immigrant. Moreover, unlike SCAAP, Secure Communities covers the entire country. The most recent numbers from Secure Communities show that by August immigrants had been arrested 503,000 times in 2014. Given how large this number is, and the fact that we know it is lower than the true number, it seems very safe to say that more than 200,000 non citizens went through our prison/jail system last year. That being said, not all non citizens are illegal aliens. So it is possible, though I think improbable, that less than 200,000 illegal immigrants were arrested in 2014.Let the Hate Facts fall like rain.
Politifact also failed to cover the Homeland Security report that Trump based his claim on. They claimed they couldn't find the report, yet, somehow, journalists at other sites have had no problem locating the document. In it, Homeland Security reports that there are currently 347,000 criminal immigrants in the united states. Now, to be fair, Trump seems to have misunderstood this number. He thought it referred to the number of criminal immigrants in prison. It's actually a much scarier statistic than that because most of these criminal immigrants are in America but are not in prison. They are just roaming the streets. None the less, the Secure Communities data covered above indicates that Trump was correct, even if he mistook this document as saying something more innocuous than what it actually states.
Maybe Washington will always get away with it. Maybe it won’t. White Americans are an obedient and passive people, easily cowed, but maybe enough will prove enough. Maybe things will blow. Maybe jurisdictions will just ignore the feds, as begins to happen.The economy is pretty good right now. That's not saying much, but people have jobs, collect Social Security, their stocks are going up. When the currency or asset prices collapse and stay down, the Social Security is cut or destroyed by inflation, then people will be really angry. Yet with things doing pretty well, people are already itching to fight and picking fight after fight. When things turn down next, the anger level will already be the highest it has been since the 1960s and 1970s.
But it is dangerous. The economy declines, people out of college can’t get jobs, the ghettoes simmer, automation surges across the board, and one day soon we will have cutbacks in the entitlements. When groups begin competing for dwindling resources, things will get ugly. It could explode. It really could. You might be surprised how many people out there think, “Bring it on.” Not a good idea, but we go that way.
A Marine officer who led the service's only all-female recruit battalion was fired amid complaints of a toxic leadership environment — but her supporters say she was only trying to make the unit better by holding women to tougher standards.
“Unfortunately, too many Americans find their dreams limited by where they come from, and a ZIP code should never determine a child’s future,” said HUD Secretary Julian Castro in a statement. “This important step will give local leaders the tools they need to provide all Americans with access to safe, affordable housing in communities that are rich with opportunity.”The Supreme Court case that opened the door to this policy was based on a suit by McKinney, Texas. That city was also famous in the past month for this.
Critics have decried the regulation, saying it essentially forces communities to integrate even when it is against the will of both the current and prospective residents.
Federal officials said the rules are designed to provide communities with better tools to uncover patterns of segregation based on race or other factors. It will be up to local governments to craft policies that help address such problems, not for the federal government to force new practices on them.
But as a final resort, the federal government can withhold money from communities that fail to address discriminatory policies.
Despite the fact that in 2014, Money magazine named McKinney, Texas, a small suburb located just outside of Dallas, "the best place to live in America," for the past few days the town has been inundated with media attention in response to circulated images of a white police officer cursing, pointing his weapon at and physically assaulting black teenagers as young as 14 in an attempt to break up a pool party at a subdivision. A teenager at the party filmed and uploaded video of the incident to YouTube on Saturday and it quickly went viral.One might draw the exact opposite conclusion based on the reality of what happens in cities such as Ferguson, literally an average city when it comes to race relations in the U.S. despite the media attention.
The police were reportedly called to the scene following what was at first a verbal, but quickly escalated to a physical, altercation between two white female community members and two teenage partygoers (one of whom was white and the other black) after the adults hurled racial slurs at both young people, and then slapped one, while yelling that they should leave the area and "go back to your Section 8 housing."
The hate-fueled reference to the federally funded Section 8 housing program, which provides housing subsidies for low-income participants, is significant because it, as well as McKinney and surrounding areas, are at the heart of a soon-to-be decided Supreme Court case that has the potential to either reaffirm our commitment to, or fully gut, fair housing laws designed to promote racial and economic integration.
The events in McKinney make a stronger argument than could almost any lawyer for why the court should affirm the importance of racially and economically integrated residential areas.
Home values in Ferguson, Mo., have plummeted nearly 50 percent since Michael Brown’s death, new housing data shows.A new calculation in buying a home will be to assess the risk of having your standard pool party.
Protests erupted in November following a grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown.
Members of the community are feeling the financial toll from the civil disturbances last year that caused property values to fall rapidly. John Zisser, owner of a business called Zisser's Tires says last year his business' property was valued at nearly a million. "If I sold this place today, I could probably get $300,000 for it, if anyone is crazy enough to buy."
This is a general problem with pretending to believe stuff so as not to hurt people’s feelings. After a while, people start actually believing it.
The Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it would scrap a decades-old lifetime prohibition on blood donation by gay and bisexual men, a major stride toward ending what many had seen as a national policy of discrimination.
However, the agency will continue to ban men who have had sex with a man in the last year, saying the barrier is necessary to keep the blood supply safe, a move that frustrated rights groups that were pushing for the ban to be removed entirely.
One generation pretends, and the next generation actually believes. When I was young everyone politely pretended women were not like this, but everyone knew women were like this. Back in those days no one would ever allow female guards contact with male prisoners for glaringly obvious reasons.Right trump life. Seriously, we're probably going to need a new blood supply. It'll be a money maker as soon as the first case of AIDS from a transfusion is discovered. The American Red Cross will have to throw out all of its blood. People talk about being ready to lead when things collapse. This is an early example of how it's going to work.
This is a general problem with pretending to believe stuff so as not to hurt people’s feelings. After a while, people start actually believing it. Expect aids infested blood to be back in the blood supply real soon now.
A Montana man said Wednesday that he was inspired by last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage to apply for a marriage license so that he can legally wed his second wife.
Nathan Collier and his wives Victoria and Christine applied at the Yellowstone County Courthouse in Billings on Tuesday in an attempt to legitimize their polygamous marriage. Montana, like all 50 states, outlaws bigamy — holding multiple marriage licenses — but Collier said he plans to sue if the application is denied.
"It's about marriage equality," Collier told The Associated Press Wednesday. "You can't have this without polygamy."
County clerk officials initially denied Collier's application, then said they would consult with the county attorney's office before giving him a final answer, Collier said.
Yellowstone County chief civil litigator Kevin Gillen said he is reviewing Montana's bigamy laws and expected to send a formal response to Collier by next week.
"I think he deserves an answer," Gillen said, but added his review is finding that "the law simply doesn't provide for that yet."
Collier said he is a former Mormon who was excommunicated for polygamy and now belongs to no religious organization. He said he and his wives hid their relationship for years, but became tired of hiding and went public by appearing on the reality cable television show "Sister Wives."Bigot! Bigot! Bigot! The Supreme Court was very clear:
The three have seven children of their own and from previous relationships.
"My second wife Christine, who I'm not legally married to, she's put up with my crap for a lot of years. She deserves legitimacy," he said.
Collier said he sent an email asking the ACLU of Montana to represent him in a possible lawsuit. ACLU legal director Jim Taylor said he has not seen the request.
Taylor said he has no opinion on Collier's claims, though the Supreme Court decision on gay marriage "is about something very different."
The Constitution promises liberty to all within its reach, a liberty that includes certain specific rights that allow persons, within a lawful realm, to define and express their identity.The Emperor had hundreds of wives.
The centrality of marriage to the human condition makes it unsurprising that the institution has existed for millennia and across civilizations. Since the dawn of history, marriage has transformed strangers into relatives, binding families and societies together. Confucius taught that marriage lies at the foundation of government.