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Elliot Temple on July 23, 2018

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Anonymous at 2:55 PM on September 27, 2018 | #11253 | reply | quote

Comparison and criticism of speedrunning marathons https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vjyy-UkZBY


Anonymous at 2:17 PM on September 29, 2018 | #11255 | reply | quote

The story of XQC (overwatch player/streamer):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1bgzFGyNuU


Anonymous at 4:27 PM on September 29, 2018 | #11256 | reply | quote

curi.us - Apple tech news (also objectivism)


Anonymous at 1:49 AM on September 30, 2018 | #11258 | reply | quote

Apple is wonderful and interesting. Though Cook is far worse than Jobs :(


curi at 12:03 PM on September 30, 2018 | #11259 | reply | quote

And Apple products are a major part of *the good life* today. Philosophers should care about the tools they use to read/write/watch/listen/record.


curi at 12:04 PM on September 30, 2018 | #11260 | reply | quote

https://research.mozilla.org/files/2018/04/The-Effect-of-Ad-Blocking-on-User-Engagement-with-the-Web.pdf

Mozilla looked at some web browsing data and found:

> In the group that installed an ad blocker, we find significant increases in both active time spent in the browser (+28% over control) and the num- ber of pages viewed (+15% over control), while seeing no change in the number of searches.


Anonymous at 2:02 PM on September 30, 2018 | #11261 | reply | quote

>“Ten years ago, the $999 price of iPhone X would not have bought a state of the art camera, a pocketable computer, a personal audio player, portable TV and a cellular phone, let alone paid for any of the new key features of iPhone X. Add in inflation and last year's iPhone X price tag would barely have bought the original iPhone and used iPod in 2007, or not quite an entry-level Mac in 2000.”

Apple and the aggressive rollout of its iPhone XS vision for the future

https://appleinsider.com/articles/18/09/13/apple-and-the-aggressive-rollout-of-its-iphone-xs-vision-for-the-future

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Anonymous at 2:29 PM on September 30, 2018 | #11262 | reply | quote

Anonymous at 4:37 PM on September 30, 2018 | #11263 | reply | quote

>ON FRIDAY, FACEBOOK revealed that it had suffered a security breach that impacted at least 50 million of its users, and possibly as many as 90 million. What it failed to mention initially, but revealed in a followup call Friday afternoon, is that the flaw affects more than just Facebook. If your account was impacted it means that a hacker could have accessed any account that you log into using Facebook.

https://www.wired.com/story/facebook-security-breach-third-party-sites/

I never used the Facebook sign in crap cuz I didn't trust them. I feel vindicated


Anonymous at 4:50 PM on October 1, 2018 | #11264 | reply | quote

Mill advocating communism as a way of reducing the number of living human beings:

http://www.econlib.org/library/Mill/mlP14.html#II.1.13

> The Communistic scheme, instead of being peculiarly open to the objection drawn from danger of over-population, has the recommendation of tending in an especial degree to the prevention of that evil.


curi at 11:52 AM on October 3, 2018 | #11266 | reply | quote

> “Our paper-writing methodology always followed a specific pattern: it started with an idea that spoke to our epistemological or ethical concerns with the field and then sought to bend the existing scholarship to support it. The goal was always to use what the existing literature offered to get some little bit of lunacy or depravity to be acceptable at the highest levels of intellectual respectability within the field. Therefore, each paper began with something absurd or deeply unethical (or both) that we wanted to forward or conclude. We then made the existing peer-reviewed literature do our bidding in the attempt to get published in the academic canon.

> This is the primary point of the project: What we just described is not knowledge production; it’s sophistry. That is, it’s a forgery of knowledge that should not be mistaken for the real thing. The biggest difference between us and the scholarship we are studying by emulation is that we know we made things up.

> This process is the one, single thread that ties all twenty of our papers together, even though we used a variety of methods to come up with the various ideas fed into their system to see how the editors and peer reviewers would respond. Sometimes we just thought a nutty or inhumane idea up and ran with it. What if we write a paper saying we should train men like we do dogs—to prevent rape culture? Hence came the “Dog Park” paper. What if we write a paper claiming that when a guy privately masturbates while thinking about a woman (without her consent—in fact, without her ever finding out about it) that he’s committing sexual violence against her? That gave us the “Masturbation” paper. What if we argue that the reason superintelligent AI is potentially dangerous is because it is being programmed to be masculinist and imperialist using Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Lacanian psychoanalysis? That’s our “Feminist AI” paper. What if we argued that “a fat body is a legitimately built body” as a foundation for introducing a category for fat bodybuilding into the sport of professional bodybuilding? You can read how that went in Fat Studies.”

Academic Grievance Studies and the Corruption of Scholarship - Areo

https://areomagazine.com/2018/10/02/academic-grievance-studies-and-the-corruption-of-scholarship/

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Anonymous at 12:12 PM on October 3, 2018 | #11267 | reply | quote

> “At other times, we scoured the existing grievance studies literature to see where it was already going awry and then tried to magnify those problems. Feminist glaciology? Okay, we’ll copy it and write a feminist astronomy paper that argues feminist and queer astrology should be considered part of the science of astronomy, which we’ll brand as intrinsically sexist. Reviewers were very enthusiastic about that idea. Using a method like thematic analysis to spin favored interpretations of data? Fine, we wrote a paper about trans people in the workplace that does just that. Men use “male preserves” to enact dying “macho” masculinities discourses in a way society at large won’t accept? No problem. We published a paper best summarized as, “A gender scholar goes to Hooters to try to figure out why it exists.” “Defamiliarizing,” common experiences, pretending to be mystified by them and then looking for social constructions to explain them? Sure, our “Dildos” paper did that to answer the questions, “Why don’t straight men tend to masturbate via anal penetration, and what might happen if they did?” Hint: according to our paper in Sexuality and Culture, a leading sexualities journal, they will be less transphobic and more feminist as a result.

> We used other methods too, like, “I wonder if that ‘progressive stack’ in the news could be written into a paper that says white males in college shouldn’t be allowed to speak in class (or have their emails answered by the instructor), and, for good measure, be asked to sit in the floor in chains so they can ‘experience reparations.’” That was our “Progressive Stack” paper. The answer seems to be yes, and feminist philosophy titan Hypatia has been surprisingly warm to it. Another tough one for us was, “I wonder if they’d publish a feminist rewrite of a chapter from Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf.” The answer to that question also turns out to be “yes,” given that the feminist social work journal Affilia has just accepted it. As we progressed, we started to realize that just about anything can be made to work, so long as it falls within the moral orthodoxy and demonstrates understanding of the existing literature.

> Put another way, we now have good reasons to believe that if we just appropriate the existing literature in the right ways—and there always seems to be a citation or vein of literature that makes it possible—we can say almost any politically fashionable thing we want. The underlying questions in every single case were the same: What do we need to write, and what do we need to cite (all of our citations are real, by the way) to get this academic madness published as high “scholarship”?”

Academic Grievance Studies and the Corruption of Scholarship - Areo

https://areomagazine.com/2018/10/02/academic-grievance-studies-and-the-corruption-of-scholarship/

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Anonymous at 12:16 PM on October 3, 2018 | #11268 | reply | quote

Meant to set the voat.co title to the title here. It's: "UBISOFT leaks: company mandates diversity training for white employees, HR drones brag about hiring based on skin color! Anti-white propaganda to be implemented in all games"


Alisa at 2:50 PM on October 3, 2018 | #11270 | reply | quote

> On campus, all can present equally valid narratives. What privileges one story over another is not necessarily any semblance to reality, at least as established by evidence and facts. Instead, powerful victimizers supposedly “construct” truths based on their own self-interests. As a result, self-described victims of historical biases are under no obligation to play by what they consider to be rigged rules of facts, evidence, or testimony.

> This dynamic explains why Senator Cory Booker (D., N.J) insisted that Dr. Ford told “her truth.” In other words, evidence was not so relevant. Ford’s story of events from 36 years ago inherently would have as much claim on reality as Kavanaugh’s rebuttal — and perhaps more so, given their different genders and asymmetrical access to power.

> There was little interest in discovering the ancient idea of “the Truth.” To do that would have required the messy work of taxing the memories of teenage behavior nearly four decades prior.

> Truth-finding would have required difficult, time-honored examinations of physical evidence, the testimony of witnesses, and even unpleasant cross-examinations about the time and place of the allegations. Feelings might have been hurt. Motives might have been questioned, as they are under constitutional norms of due process.

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/10/brett-kavanaugh-hearings-campus-chaos-comes-to-congress/


Anonymous at 4:53 AM on October 4, 2018 | #11271 | reply | quote

> “There are two ways for spies to alter the guts of computer equipment. One, known as interdiction, consists of manipulating devices as they’re in transit from manufacturer to customer. This approach is favored by U.S. spy agencies, according to documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. The other method involves seeding changes from the very beginning.

> One country in particular has an advantage executing this kind of attack: China, which by some estimates makes 75 percent of the world’s mobile phones and 90 percent of its PCs. Still, to actually accomplish a seeding attack would mean developing a deep understanding of a product’s design, manipulating components at the factory, and ensuring that the doctored devices made it through the global logistics chain to the desired location—a feat akin to throwing a stick in the Yangtze River upstream from Shanghai and ensuring that it washes ashore in Seattle. “Having a well-done, nation-state-level hardware implant surface would be like witnessing a unicorn jumping over a rainbow,” says Joe Grand, a hardware hacker and the founder of Grand Idea Studio Inc. “Hardware is just so far off the radar, it’s almost treated like black magic.”

> But that’s just what U.S. investigators found: The chips had been inserted during the manufacturing process, two officials say, by operatives from a unit of the People’s Liberation Army. In Supermicro, China’s spies appear to have found a perfect conduit for what U.S. officials now describe as the most significant supply chain attack known to have been carried out against American companies.

> One official says investigators found that it eventually affected almost 30 companies, including a major bank, government contractors, and the world’s most valuable company, Apple Inc. Apple was an important Supermicro customer and had planned to order more than 30,000 of its servers in two years for a new global network of data centers. Three senior insiders at Apple say that in the summer of 2015, it, too, found malicious chips on Supermicro motherboards. Apple severed ties with Supermicro the following year, for what it described as unrelated reasons.”

China Used a Tiny Chip in a Hack That Infiltrated Amazon and Apple

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-10-04/the-big-hack-how-china-used-a-tiny-chip-to-infiltrate-america-s-top-companies


Anonymous at 10:00 AM on October 4, 2018 | #11272 | reply | quote

A guy runs down the origin of a fake title for Federalist 78 in this twitter thread https://twitter.com/derektmuller/status/1047902874762502144?s=21


Anonymous at 11:01 AM on October 4, 2018 | #11273 | reply | quote

https://www.macrumors.com/2018/10/05/anandtech-iphone-xs-review/

> AnandTech Calls A12 Bionic in iPhone XS 'Just Margins Off' Best Desktop CPUs in New Review

also

> As part of the review, AnandTech also offered a look at how Apple has improved performance in older devices by tweaking scaling performance. The A9 in the iPhone 6s, for example, took 435ms for the CPU to reach maximum frequency, but that time was cut to 80ms in iOS 12 for a "great boost to performance in shorter interactive workloads."


Anonymous at 12:58 PM on October 5, 2018 | #11275 | reply | quote

guides to going pro in overwatch – general stuff and role specific.

https://www.reddit.com/r/Competitiveoverwatch/comments/9lnfl7/beginningyourpathtopro_main_support/


Anonymous at 1:15 PM on October 5, 2018 | #11276 | reply | quote

> “Kavanaugh, for the first time, used language in his testimony to make it implicitly clear to the people whose support he needed—people who would pressure wavering senators—that he was being assaulted by the very forces Republicans and conservatives had been fighting against for the better part of 40 years. He called them out by name and thanked President Trump for his support. This was a breach of judicial etiquette, but you cannot ask a man to allow himself to be ruined to preserve a set of behaviors that have already been rendered passe by the deployment of charges of sexual assault and gang rape. I mean, you can ask, but only a fool would take you up on it.”

Democrats Play Against Brett Kavanaugh Backfired Big Time

https://www.commentarymagazine.com/politics-ideas/brett-kavanaugh-the-surprise-ending/

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Anonymous at 6:17 AM on October 6, 2018 | #11277 | reply | quote


Anonymous at 12:35 AM on October 7, 2018 | #11279 | reply | quote

RIP Google+ (the consumer version) + data breach

https://www.macrumors.com/2018/10/08/google-plus-shutting-down-data-breach/


Anonymous at 11:22 AM on October 8, 2018 | #11280 | reply | quote

Thoughts on Moldbuggery, Curi?

https://www.unqualified-reservations.org/


Anonymous at 9:18 AM on October 9, 2018 | #11281 | reply | quote

#11281 Disorganized. Condescending ranting that doesn't really attempt rigor or seriousness. More interested in social dynamics and DHVs than changing the world or educating anyone or clarity. Knows less than he pretends to. Not a philosopher. Lacks principles to organize the ideas. Lots of parochial details. Does a bad job of engaging with existing good ideas. Kinda mean. Putting on a show that complains about other people putting on shows. No paths forward.


curi at 11:37 AM on October 9, 2018 | #11282 | reply | quote

If it weren't for double standards, the left would have no standards at all.


Anonymous at 1:13 PM on October 11, 2018 | #11283 | reply | quote

> “Another Republican president might have lost his nerve amid all this. More than one elite conservative pundit called on Trump to ditch Kavanaugh and appoint Amy Coney Barrett instead. She was a woman, you see, so she’d be immune to criticism. Except, of course, she wouldn’t have been: the very appearance of anti-abortion commitment that made her appealing to many elite Christian conservatives would have made her unacceptable to Susan Collins, the pivotal Republican vote in the Senate. And if Barrett wasn’t vulnerable to sexual allegations, something else would have had to serve. Plagiarism, maybe? Finances? Did she ever meet a Russian?

> More to the point, abandoning Kavanaugh would have been a sign of weakness, demoralising to the Republican base — which firmly stood by Kavanaugh — and an intoxicating taste of blood to liberals, who would know that if they could win this first fight, the next round would be worth fighting too. Instead, by seeing Kavanaugh through to confirmation, Trump has showed Republicans that they can win so long as they don’t pre-emptively surrender. His own campaign in 2016 had been fought on the same premise. Republicans had been in a habit of apologising for themselves since at least the time George W. Bush ran on ‘compassionate conservatism’ — what exactly was he implying about everyone else’s conservatism? — in 2000, when he became president only by grace of the Republican majority on the Supreme Court. (Which is fair enough: the 2000 election genuinely was a virtual tie in the decisive state of Florida.) Mitt Romney cringed when he was called out for ‘self-deportation’ and ‘binders full of women,’ even though the former was a humane and effective immigration policy (one much in evidence during the Obama administration, in fact) and the latter was a ill-phrased but sincere promise to include many women in his administration.

> But that was another problem with the ‘draft Barrett’ idea: although the conservative writers pushing it liked her for her presumed views on abortion and thought of themselves as being clever political strategists for suggesting a woman, in fact they were playing to the very style of politics that the centre-left dominates — that is, they were conceding the narrative that Republicans are bad for women and only a woman could negate the GOP’s justly-acquired bad reputation among women. This didn’t work when John McCain put Sarah Palin on his presidential ticket. It wouldn’t have worked for Amy Coney Barrett, either — though she may indeed make a fine justice one day. Just as the politics of ‘compassion’ doesn’t work for conservatives (as opposed to the politics of jobs and American industry), the politics of ‘see, we can too find women who like us!’ concedes everything to conservatism’s enemies. It doth protest too much.”

White liberalism is dying | Spectator USA

https://spectator.us/2018/10/white-liberalism/

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Anonymous at 2:52 PM on October 11, 2018 | #11284 | reply | quote

The Stakes (America vs. The Mob Part 2) by Justin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvVRDZVq3-0


Anonymous at 1:57 PM on October 12, 2018 | #11285 | reply | quote

> The Stakes (America vs. The Mob Part 2) by Justin

> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvVRDZVq3-0

actual GOP ads are just edits of my vids now ;-DDD

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlMIyae9-ZU&frags=pl%2Cwn


Justin at 2:05 PM on October 12, 2018 | #11286 | reply | quote

BTW I put links to the source videos in the description, in case people either wanted more context or wanted to use them for their own vids or whatever. I plan on doing that from now on since it's very little work to do so and adds some real value to the end result.


Justin at 2:06 PM on October 12, 2018 | #11287 | reply | quote

https://daringfireball.net/linked/2018/10/11/arm-v83-javascript

> LATEST REVISION TO ARM INSTRUCTION SET INCLUDES OPTIMIZATIONS JUST FOR JAVASCRIPT

Apple did some CPU design specifically aimed at javascript performance, cuz javascript matters that much cuz of its use by web browsers.


Anonymous at 2:28 PM on October 12, 2018 | #11288 | reply | quote

> The sources noted that the morning Barr’s tweet exploded on the internet, Barr had even offered to issue public apologies and make the rounds on every talk and news show in order to make amends.

> “Ben and Channing weren’t having any of that and wanted her gone,” the sources remarked.

Report: ABC execs regret firing Roseanne, worry about spinoff: ‘We didn’t think it through properly’

https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/10/12/report-abc-execs-regret-firing-roseanne-worry-about-spinoff-we-didnt-think-it-through-properly?utm_content=bufferd2896&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=theblaze


Anonymous at 2:32 PM on October 12, 2018 | #11289 | reply | quote

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhS4a11jZOg

> The Legend of Korra is Garbage and Here's Why

1.6 million views. I thought Avatar The Last Airbender was amazing, but Korra was only OK (not garbage, though!). The video description begins:

> Reuploaded due to salty Legend of Korra fans mass-flagging the previous video and having it locked to private.

What the fuck, it's not just political stuff being censored, it's just the mob causing problems with sharing any ideas that offend a large group.


curi at 3:48 PM on October 12, 2018 | #11290 | reply | quote

> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhS4a11jZOg

>> The Legend of Korra is Garbage and Here's Why

> 1.6 million views. I thought Avatar The Last Airbender was amazing, but Korra was only OK (not garbage, though!). The video description begins:

>> Reuploaded due to salty Legend of Korra fans mass-flagging the previous video and having it locked to private.

> What the fuck, it's not just political stuff being censored, it's just the mob causing problems with sharing any ideas that offend a large group.

Korra is an LGBT heroine now so she's political. Everything is political. Even Taylor Swift (formerly the Switzerland of celebrities when it came to being neutral on politics) is now doing left-wing advocacy


Justin at 4:03 PM on October 12, 2018 | #11291 | reply | quote

The Left Doesn't Focus on Persuasion

Leftists say their policies will make everyone better off overall. But then why can’t they persuade people to participate voluntarily? They don’t really do persuasion. The leftists will say stuff like that’s impractical, there’s a collective action problem, etc etc. But I think the basic issue is leftists think that non-leftists are too dumb to see the brilliant genius of left-wing policies and need to be forced for their own good by the state.

That’s how they act, anyways. They’re mostly not focused on creating like great viral content to persuade everyone about how harmful plastic bags are or something like that. There is some of that type of thing, but I think that’s mostly geared towards activating their “base” for political action (and some I guess might be geared towards indoctrinating captive audiences in the schools). Overall, they focus on political power a lot more than anything like persuasion.


Anonymous at 7:35 PM on October 12, 2018 | #11292 | reply | quote

> But I think the basic issue is leftists think that non-leftists are too dumb to see the brilliant genius of left-wing policies and need to be forced for their own good by the state.

I don't think many of them think that. And if they do, it's a consequence, not a cause.

The underlying causes are static memes, including social status games. They are tortured as children, for years, and then try to cope.


Anonymous at 7:40 PM on October 12, 2018 | #11293 | reply | quote

http://www.news.ucsb.edu/2018/019182/crowd-counting-through-walls-wifi

You can count people moving around a room (or other space) with only one wifi transmitter and one wifi receiver (which can be behind walls). All it takes is math and monitoring signal strength.


Anonymous at 11:17 PM on October 14, 2018 | #11294 | reply | quote

https://twitter.com/morganknutson/status/1049523067506966529

Long, interesting story about how awful working at Google+ was. Office politics and crap.

Notably, they had to bribe other parts of the company to do G+ integration by paying them lots of extra money, as bonuses. Cuz people didn't want to do G+ integration in other products. I think it's interesting that Google employees aren't just like slaves to be ordered around – Google found it easier to just pay them a ton of extra money to get them to do something dumb rather than just saying "yo I'm the boss, do this".


curi at 2:35 PM on October 15, 2018 | #11295 | reply | quote

Anonymous at 6:32 PM on October 15, 2018 | #11296 | reply | quote

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/411377-warren-dna-test-shows-strong-evidence-of-native-american-ancestor

> Bustamante said that Warren’s test results show the “vast majority” of her ancestry is European, but that “the results strongly support the existence of an unadmixed Native American ancestor,” likely 6–10 generations ago.

how did she know she's *cherokee* in particular if she had one indian relative 200 years ago, and has no idea what their name was, their gender, who they were, where they lived, what tribe they were in, etc?

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/411521-cherokee-nation-warrens-use-of-dna-test-inappropriate-wrong

> The Cherokee Nation in a statement said using a DNA test to claim connection with a tribal nation is “inappropriate” and “wrong.”

> “Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong,” said Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. “It makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonoring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is proven.”

> Hoskin accused Warren of “undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage.”

> He argued that DNA tests fail to distinguish whether a person’s ancestors were indigenous to North or South America and noted that tribes set their own legal requirements for citizenship.

> Warren claims to have Cherokee blood. The Cherokee Nation requires a person to have at least one ancestor listed on a federal census used to allot Cherokee land in the early 1900s known as the Dawes Final Rolls.

> Unlike other tribes, the Cherokee Nation does not require a minimum blood quantum for citizenship.


Anonymous at 6:38 PM on October 15, 2018 | #11297 | reply | quote

https://twitter.com/GGReisman/status/1052024953803919360

> If Elizabeth Warren had been Jewish in Nazi Germany, her 1/64th, ancestry, let alone 1/1024th, would have been considered too small to keep her out of the Nazi Party or the SS. That’s how insignificant the worst racists consider it. She’s gotten a lot of mileage out of nothing.

Good comparison by George Reisman.


Anonymous at 10:04 PM on October 15, 2018 | #11298 | reply | quote

ad blocking

adblock has been working badly lately on my mac. too many ads showing up. i just switched to uBlock Origin because it's supposed to work on youtube ads: https://safari-extensions.apple.com/details/?id=com.el1t.uBlock-3NU33NW2M3

i reloaded a page where 3 separate big ads had appeared just at the top, and they were all gone. adblock sucks. i think i also semi-recently tried adblock plus (which is different but similar) with similar results.

if i have trouble with ublock, i will get 1blocker which is supposed to be great except that it doesn't block ads within youtube videos. i have 1blocker on ios and have had good experiences with it, and i read some reviews recommending it on both mac and ios. 1blocker costs a small amount of money which is perhaps why it's superior.


curi at 12:53 PM on October 20, 2018 | #11302 | reply | quote

breaks

i started using an app to remind me to take breaks:

https://www.dejal.com/timeout/

i set it to 20s break every 20min and 3min break every 90min.

i think it's good. you can delay or skip breaks, but i often do them.


curi at 12:55 PM on October 20, 2018 | #11303 | reply | quote

> “Before the summer coup of 2016, Turkey was said to have 50,000 political prisoners. Many of them were members of the country’s oppressed Kurdish minority which is deprived of its most basic civil rights. These include even the use of their own language. Doing so can carry a prison sentence.

> In that terrible summer, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey’s Islamic tyrant, finished securing his absolute hold on power with the coup as his Reichstag fire. The alleged coup became a blank check for the mass arrest and torture of countless thousands of political prisoners. Amnesty International estimated that 50,000 had been detained. The UN listed a figure as high as 180,000. They included 300 journalists.

> Lawyers described clients being brought to them covered in blood.

> Erdogan went after professors, judges, law enforcement, the military and the last remnants of a free press. A Human Rights Watch report documented electric shocks, beatings with truncheons and rubber hoses, and rape by Erdogan’s Islamic thugs. Heads were banged against walls. Men were forced to kneel on burning hot asphalt. Medical reports showed skull fractures, damage to testicles and dehydration.

> The media didn’t show any of the hysterical outrage at these crimes that it has over the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi. The media cares more about Khashoggi, a former media mouthpiece of the Saudi regime before it turned on his Muslim Brotherhood brothers, than about 300 Turkish reporters.”

>Jamal Khashoggi: The Media Fights for a Muslim Brotherhood Pal of Osama Bin Laden

https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/271623/jamal-khashoggi-media-fights-muslim-brotherhood-daniel-greenfield

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Anonymous at 7:12 AM on October 21, 2018 | #11307 | reply | quote

> “Almost every old farmstead in my vicinity is no longer just a home for a single farm family. They are often now surrounded by trailers and lean-tos, in turn sub-rented out to dozens of others—violations of zoning laws and building codes of the sort that would earn me a stiff fine, but which are of little interest to local authorities. Of three neighboring farmsteads down the road, one is now a storage area for dozens of used porta potties and wrecked cars. Another is an illegal dumping ground. The third has been raided on various occasions by authorities in order to stop drug dealing, gang activity, and prostitution.

> Our rural environs are often home to hard-working immigrants, but also to various Mexican gangs, drug dealers, and parolees. I hesitate to offer too many details because in the past I have incurred the anger of dangerous neighbors who got wind of filtered down stories of their criminality. It is enough said that sirens, SWAT teams, and ICE raids are not uncommon.

> A month ago a gang member shot up a neighbor’s house. He was arrested, released, and rearrested in a single night after trying twice to break into the home. The armed homeowner stopped his entry. I know of no nearby resident who is not armed. I cannot remember anything remotely similar occurring before 1980. In the 1970s we had no keys to our doors, and houses were permanently unlocked.

> Some of those with criminal records and gang affiliations were born in the United States. Perhaps America often does not seem as much a promised land to the second generation as it did to their parents, who arrived destitute from impoverished Oaxaca, Chiapas, and Central America. Arriving from one of the poorest regions in the world to one of the wealthiest and most culturally different— without the competitive requisites of English, legality, and a high-school diploma—in an era when the salad bowl is preferable to the melting pot, can easily result in the frequent chaos described below.

> I object most to the environmental damage in our rural areas. By that I mean the tossing of household waste or even toxic chemicals onto farmland. Staged cock- and dog-fighting is also not uncommon. I have found a few carcasses ripped to shreds, some with ropes around the dead dogs’ neck.

> Picking up tossed junk in my orchard is a routine experience. The perpetrators often leave plastic bags of their bulk mail (with incriminating addresses!) among soiled diapers and wet garbage. Local authorities have enough to do without hunting down dumpers to cite them for their antigreen habits.

> Every once in a while amateur and illegal collectors, who freelance for immigrant households that do not pay for “supposedly” mandated county garbage pick-ups, will come in at night with panel trucks and trailers. They dump literally tons of garbage such as mattresses, sofas, TVs, appliances, tires, junk mail, and car seats on alleyways and in vineyards.

> Not long ago someone jettisoned in our vineyard hundreds of used florescent light bulbs, about 100 paint cans, and fifty-gallon drums of used oil and chemicals. Needles and drug paraphernalia are not uncommon. I’ve seen about five stripped-down cars abandoned on our property after being stolen. Last summer a huge semi-truck was left on our alleyway, picked cleaned down to the chassis.

> I used to ride a bicycle in our environs. I quit for a variety of reasons.

> If one is bit by unlicensed and unvaccinated roaming dogs— and there are many out here— and if their masters do not speak English or do not have legal status, then a nightmare follows of trying to get authorities to find the dogs and impound them before the owners or the dogs disappear. It is up to the bitten whether the decision to play the odds and not get painful, and sometimes dangerous, rabies shots is prudent or suicidal. As a doctor put it to me when I was bitten: “Rabid dogs are almost unheard of in the United States, but I have no idea of what is true of Mexico. Your call.”

> Less dramatically, I got tired of watching local canteen trucks drive out on our rural roads, pull their drainage plugs, and dump cooking waste or toss leftovers on the road.”

The Diversity Of Illegal Immigration

https://www.hoover.org/research/diversity-illegal-immigration

via Instapaper


Anonymous at 7:18 AM on October 21, 2018 | #11308 | reply | quote

Daniel Pipes is skeptical of Trump's policy on Israel:

http://www.danielpipes.org/18546/still-skeptical-of-trump-israel-policy

> Question: The Trump administration seems to be following the logic of MEF's Israel Victory Project launched in January 2017: it recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, closed the PLO office in Washington, and cut funds to UNRWA and other Palestinians entities. With this, has your initial skepticism about President Trump's attitude towards the Palestinian-Israeli conflict changed?

> Answer: I remain skeptical. I see Trump's grand Middle East goal to weaken the Iranian regime. Toward this end, he has rewarded the Saudis with arms sales and the Israelis with Jerusalem. The steps against the Palestinian Authority serve as pressure on it to come to the table and receive what I expect to be its reward, namely recognition of Palestine with Jerusalem as its capital. If I am right, things will not turn out well.


Anonymous at 12:40 PM on October 21, 2018 | #11309 | reply | quote

from the dumb law archives:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sliced_bread#1943_U.S._ban_on_sliced_bread

> During 1943, U.S. officials imposed a short-lived ban on sliced bread as a wartime conservation measure.[6][7] The ban was ordered by Claude R. Wickard who held the position of Food Administrator, and took effect on January 18, 1943. According to The New York Times, officials explained that "the ready-sliced loaf must have a heavier wrapping than an unsliced one if it is not to dry out." It was also intended to counteract a rise in the price of bread, caused by the Office of Price Administration's authorization of a ten percent increase in flour prices.[8]

> In a Sunday radio address on January 24, New York City Mayor LaGuardia suggested that bakeries that had their own bread-slicing machines should be allowed to continue to use them, and on January 26, 1943, a letter appeared in The New York Times from a distraught housewife:

>> I should like to let you know how important sliced bread is to the morale and saneness of a household. My husband and four children are all in a rush during and after breakfast. Without ready-sliced bread I must do the slicing for toast—two pieces for each one—that's ten. For their lunches I must cut by hand at least twenty slices, for two sandwiches apiece. Afterward I make my own toast. Twenty-two slices of bread to be cut in a hurry![9]

> On January 26, however, John F. Conaboy, the New York Area Supervisor of the Food Distribution Administration, warned bakeries, delicatessens, and other stores that were continuing to slice bread to stop, saying that "to protect the cooperating bakeries against the unfair competition of those who continue to slice their own bread... we are prepared to take stern measures if necessary."[10]

> On March 8, 1943, the ban was rescinded. Wickard stated that "Our experience with the order, however, leads us to believe that the savings are not as much as we expected, and the War Production Board tells us that sufficient wax paper to wrap sliced bread for four months is in the hands of paper processor and the baking industry."[8]

btw you might recognize the name Wickard from this infamous case, which destroyed the Constitution forever:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wickard_v._Filburn


Anonymous at 7:03 PM on October 21, 2018 | #11313 | reply | quote

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