Friday, May 29, 2015

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Baltimore Has Descended Into A State Of Lawlessness

Baltimore Has Descended Into A State Of Lawlessness – And More Cities Will Soon Follow
Did you really think that Baltimore would return to normal after everything that has happened?
Did you really think that Baltimore would return to normal after everything that has happened? On Thursday, a mother and her 7-year-old son were both shot in the head in a double murder that has shocked the entire nation. Police believe that the son may have been shot in order to prevent him from identifying the individual that shot his mother. So is this what America is turning into? A place where 7-year-old kids are executed in cold blood? That mother and son were the 37th and 38th murder victims in the city of Baltimore so far this month. That makes this the deadliest month in Baltimore in 15 years, but because of all the controversy surrounding the death of Freddie Gray, police in Baltimore are afraid to do their jobs at this point. In some areas of the city, young men boldly smoke weed in public and wave guns around at innocent bystanders without any worry that police will intervene. Baltimore has descended into a state of lawlessness, and this is just the beginning. As I discussed just the other day, the same kind of lawlessness will soon sweep all across this country.
Have you ever been afraid to step outside of your own home? That is what day to day life is like for many residents of Baltimore right now. In fact, one woman is even barricading her door and setting up metal slabs behind her windows to deflect gunfire. Just check out the following excerpt from a recent news report about what is going on in the city…
“I’m afraid to go outside,” said Antoinette Perrine, whose brother was shot down three weeks ago on a basketball court near her home in the Harlem Park neighborhood of West Baltimore. Ever since, she has barricaded her door and added metal slabs inside her windows to deflect gunfire.
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Fresh data shows Indian economy grew faster than China’s in March quarter

NEW DELHI: India's economy grew faster than China's in the quarter through March, data showed on Friday, but a sharp downward revision for the previous quarter has added to doubts about the accuracy of a new method used to measure economic activity. 

Asia's third-largest economy grew 7.5 per cent year-on-year in the last quarter, outstripping China's 7 per cent growth in the same quarter and beating a Reuters poll of economists who forecast 7.3 per cent growth. 

Previously, India had celebrated that its growth was faster than its larger neighbour in the December quarter, but on Friday the Central Statistics Office sharply revised the number down to 6.6 per cent from 7.5 per cent, further distorting the picture. 

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US and Israeli pressure on Nigeria to sell out Palestine at U.N. amounted to ‘national security threat’

Aminu Wali of Nigeria
You may recall that last December the Security Council considered a resolution to call for an end to the occupation, and that the motion failed because it only got eight yes votes. Nigeria abstained after it had been expected to support the resolution. Now Nigerian Foreign Minister Aminu Wali has apologized to the Palestinian Authority for abstaining. From Middle East Monitor, citing the newspaperAl Quds:
The statement said that Wali has officially apologised to the Palestinian ambassador, citing huge pressure put on his country pushing it to vote against the Palestinian motion. He said that the pressure amounted to a “national security threat”.
The statement does not say who applied the pressure. The Guardian coverage of that vote last December is headlines, “US and Israeli intervention led UN to reject Palestinian resolution:”
The UN security council rejected a Palestinian resolution demanding an end to Israeli occupation within three years after Israel and the US crucially intervened to persuade Nigeria to abstain from voting.
Palestinian officials and other observers had thought Nigeria would back a Jordanian-tabled resolution, thereby delivering a nine-vote majority on the council which would have required a US veto to be blocked. Washington had been working strenuously to avoid having to use its veto.
Even a half hour before the vote, Nigeria was expected to support the resolution.
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015


(Mr. Biehl is a man of German origin, who settled in South Africa and took up residence in Orania. You can read more about his interesting story here)

The government of South Africa, which is dominated by the socialist and black-nationalistic African National Congress (ANC), is busy with the second phase of their so-called "transformation" of our country. The second phase of their planned "transformation" is much more profound and destructive than the first phase. The first, transitional phase – which involved dismantling Apartheid-- still left some space for Afrikaners, but the next phase, the so-called "National Democratic Revolution", aims to wipe out any traces of white, especially Afrikaner history.

It began with the aggressive promotion of "affirmative action". Unlike in the USA, where some minority groups are promoted, here the already all-powerful black majority (80% of the population) enforces the outcome that all branches of government become "demographically representative of the total population." That means that everywhere, 80% of all posts must be filled by blacks, whether there are qualified black persons available or not. Thousands of whites, after years of dedicated service, have been fired from all sorts of sectors, especially in government and municipal administration. Instead of complaining, whites started their own small enterprises and through hard work could still make a living and often provided as contractors the services for the state. 

But the politics of discrimination did not stop with Affirmative Action. Next came "BEE," Black Economic Empowerment (in fact, it is rather "Black Elite Enrichment") where every white owned business has to have a black partner if it wants to get business from the state and its many entities like state owned companies. You build up your own business and just when you succeed, you have to give half of it away to a black partner whose value adding is limited to make you a BEE-compliant business that may do business with the state. Without BEE, you stay a backyard business forever, dependent on the ever shrinking private, non BEE-compliant sector. Not even private property is safe. "Redistribution" of farm land is a permanent issue and the state plans new laws to give it the power of expropriation, not only of farm land, but even urban land and houses. 

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The Protohomosexual by TYLER BLANSKI

Why are so many straight people pro gay? Because the normalization of homosexuality is the premiere achievement of heterosexual ideology. “Gay” and “straight” are not taxonomies but ideologies. They are not orientations but disorientations: whether bi-, homo-, or hetero-, hyphenated sexuality makes us lose our sense of direction toward the truly sexual, and the victims of such ideology are children.
The words “homosexual” and “heterosexual” are nineteenth-century neologisms made to sever romance from responsibility and sex from fecundity. “Heterosexuality was made to serve as this fanciful framework’s regulating ideal,” writes Michael Hannon, summarizing Foucault, “preserving the social prohibitions against sodomy and other sexual debaucheries without requiring recourse to the procreative nature of human sexuality.” The myth has become fact, and that is why so many straight people are pro gay. Homosexuality ratifies heterosexuality.
The very principles and practices that aid and abet homosexual ideology only validate heterosexual ideology: cohabitation, no-fault divorce, sterile sex, the exultation of romantic love, the trite story of the couple who rebels against the world so they can ride off into the sunset together, the assumption that children are a lifestyle option, even a purchasable commodity through adoption and in vitro fertilization. Heterosexuality, I would argue, is in fact protohomosexuality.
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Liberalism Is Expensive, Conservatism Is Cheap by Steve Sailer

Here’s another set of polarities to accompany previous concepts such as Fringe versus Core and High/Low versus Middle that are useful in grasping why some things in modern America are automatically assumed to be liberal and others conservative. This is a reductionist, one-dimensional perspective that hardly explains everything, but it does sum up broad tendencies:
Liberalism Is Expensive, Conservatism Is Cheap
While you are considering that, let me try to usher a few objections out of the way:
There are obvious exceptions to my general rule. Democrats favor, at least theoretically, spending less on defense and medicine.
This correlation hasn’t always been true. The British Liberal Party of the later 19th Century, for example, espoused most of the arguments made by American conservatives today for thriftiness, public and private. The equation of liberalism with high prices has simply been a hallmark of our era since roughly the cultural revolution of the 1960s.
I’m not focusing on traditional topics such as taxes and government spending, but instead calling attention to some empirical commonalities, such as that the more liberal a region or institution is, the more expensive it tends to be, and vice-versa. For example, San Francisco, where the average one-bedroom apartment rents for $3,100 per month, voted 84 percent for Obama in 2012.
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Damaging Effects Of Jewish Intellectualism And Activism On Western Culture


In the past couple of years I began to wonder about the fact that Jews are firmly in the middle of leftist movements centered around socialism, communism, and feminism. The Culture Of Critique by Kevin MacDonaldanswered why they are so heavily invested in leftist causes and how they have damaged traditional Christian ideals by treating America as a cultural laboratory to further their own group interests above those of gentiles (non-Jews).
Up to recently, Jews did not have a homeland, meaning they had—and still have—to live in countries where they’re minorities. Therefore they would historically favor societies that were open, multicultural, pro-immigration, and left-leaning so that they would not be persecuted by the host nation or be barred from attaining higher social and economic status.
Jews benefit from open, individualistic societies in which barriers to upward mobility are removed, in which people are viewed as individuals rather than as members of groups, in which intellectual discourse is not prescribed by institutions like the Catholic Church that are not dominated by Jews, and in which mechanisms of altruistic punishment may be exploited to divide the European majority.
To accomplish such a society, Jewish intellectuals moved mountains to promote human equality and the idea of racial equality (the inventor of the word ‘racist’ was Russian Jewish communist Leon Trotsky, born Lev Bronshtein). While pushing the notion of equality, Jews were hyper-aware of their own unique race and would exclude themselves from many of the prescriptions they offered to their host cultures. They made sure to help their “tribe” before all others.
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The Canada They Want Us to See — And the Canada They Want Us to Forget by Tim Murray

Miscegenation in Canada

According to University of Toronto sociologist Shyon Baumann, there are too many white faces in Canadian ads, and he does not like it:
The media does have the power to shape our ideas about who people are. The media can reinforce cultural values that are already out there, so when we see commercials that feature characters that we are not used to seeing — a black family eating at a restaurant rather than a white family — little by little if we are exposed to those ideas over time, it broadens the idea of what is normal.
It was like sighting a Sasquatch or a flying saucer. I couldn't believe my eyes. I was watching TV today when a commercial advertising "Sears Optical" eyeglasses appeared — get this — without any "people-of-colour"! Quick, somebody phone 911! Somebody contact the Hate Crimes department of the local police! Somebody file a complaint with the Human Rights Commission! Hurry! 

Sears Optical needs to be punished. They need to be taught a lesson. They need to keep up with the times. Don't they know that we are living in the new Canada? Don't they know that ours is an "inclusive" multi-racial and multi-cultural society where every colour of the rainbow must be represented everywhere and at all times? Don't they know that most of their customers reside in Canada's five major centres, all of which boast of their "diversity", and that the biggest, Toronto is — as a CTV commercial put it — proud to be a "conduit" to the world? 

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When I started blogging for The Times of Israel, I knew it would be a risky endeavor. Risky in terms of wasted effort. Sure, I had to provide links to blog editors Hannah Fink and Miriam Herschlag (“Fink n’ Herschlag”…I can’t decide if that sounds like a wacky sitcom or a position from the Yiddish Kama Sutra). So, I provided them with links detailing my revisionist activities, my book, and my Taki’s Magazine columns, all in the name of honesty and full disclosure (if I was going to lose this gig, it wouldn’t be because I lied on my application).
I was approved. My first op-ed was pummeled by trolls (“He’s a denier! He’s a denier! Burn ‘im, he’s a warlock!”), but the Times stuck with me. The second piece was blessedly free of troll comments. Both pieces garnered hundreds and hundreds of shares, likes, retweets, etc. I thought to myself, “I might just be able to keep this going for a few months.” I mean, my pieces were successful, they were pulling in readers, and the admins had approved me knowing my history. Plus, I liked the challenge of “toning down” my voice. My steady gig at Taki’s Magazine gives me the opportunity to speak my mind, uncensored. But with the Times, I enjoyed the game of “how revisionist can I make this without being too revisionist?”
Ah, but never underestimate the power and tenacity of my former “Friends of Abe” pals, the Hollywood conservatives who declared me Public Enemy #1 when they learned I had an opinion about Auschwitz. There are a good dozen of them out there who refuse to leave me alone, even as we approach the two-year anniversary of my “outing” (April 20th, a very important date: the birthday of Judith O’Dea, star of “Night of the Living Dead”). The passing years don’t matter. These tiny-brained furious folks are still just as agitated and crimson-faced in anger now as they were in 2013. Bottom line – on Friday I picked up some “chatter” that something was going down with the Angry Abes, and by Monday my Times of Israel page had been scrubbed cleaner than Howard Hughes’ hands after touching a hobo. My bloggers password was revoked, and I was permanently barred from the site.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Documentaries to Get You Thinking by K. V. TURLEY

Think again about documentaries.
Once, the older, plainer sister to the more glamorous younger feature film, the genre has been quietly developing into something compellingly attractive. Only recently, films such as The Act of KillingFinding Vivian Maier and The Drop Box have revealed yet again the depth and breadth of the best of such films, and, in stark contrast to the seemingly endless dross coming from a suburb of Los Angeles, how globally relevant and artistically vibrant they continue to be.
So for any documentary refuseniks still out there, here are some films to get you re-thinking.
We begin with a classic, one with a star name at his most fiendishly charming. F for Fake (1973) is all about forgers and the art of forgery. The only thing is, the film is just as much a fake as the subject matter. It could be argued it’s really about its director: Mr. Orson Welles. To say the film is a case of “smoke and mirrors” would be an understatement, as one gets the impression that Welles savored making this almost as much as he relished the prospective audience’s puzzlement at it. Ostensibly concerned with forgery, but really about illusions and our willingness to believe—in the hands of this master magician one may as well give up trying to work out what is real and what isn’t and be entertained by the spell being cast.
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As Another Accusation Bites the Dust, Columbia Rape Saga Takes New Turn

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This week's graduation at Columbia University caps the bizarre, often sordid saga involving the two most famous members of the Class of 2015: Emma Sulkowicz, the activist who protested the school's alleged mishandling of her alleged rape by carrying a mattress around campus, and Jean-Paul Nungesser, the German scholarship student she accuses of raping her. On Tuesday, Sulkowicz carried her mattress across the stage at Class Day, despite half-hearted attempts by Columbia officials to enforce a regulation against bringing "large objects" into the ceremonial area—and despite the fact that the "mattress performance" was for a senior visual arts thesis she had already completed. Her activism was also lauded (with no mention of her name) by two commencement speakers, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power.
This isn't quite the end of the story: Nungesser is suing Columbia, university president Lee Bollinger, and Sulkowicz's thesis supervisor for allowing him to be subjected to "gender-based harassment" which severely damaged his educational experience and future prospects, even though a campus panel found him not culpable on the sexual assault charge. Meanwhile, there is new information related to one of this story's many strange twists: another sexual assault complaint brought against Nungesser late last year by a male classmate. The charge was made public in February, on the heels of my article in The Daily Beast questioning the pro-Sulkowicz narrative.
Now, I have learned that after a hearing in late April, Nungesser was found "not responsible" in this latest case—altogether, the fourth time he has been cleared of a sexual assault charge at Columbia. When Sulkowicz first went public a year ago, the fact that her alleged attacker was still on campus and had never been subjected to any formal sanctions despite being accused of sexual assault by three different women helped fuel the outrage. Yet the latest investigation strongly supports Nungesser's claim, made in media interviews and in his lawsuit, that the multiple complaints were not independent of each other and may have been part of a vendetta stemming from the original charge by Sulkowicz. 
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White people are the product of evolution… which works only through reproduction.

Ah, mankind! The crowning achievement of three billion years of evolution. Except – we now dismiss evolution and we take credit ourselves for our achievements! What hubris!
We race realists will make the blindingly obvious, and scientifically indisputable, statement that world’s different races must be the product of evolution. As Darwin himself observed, a large successful species such as ours invariably separates into races and sub species adapted to different geographies and niches.
Adaptation, the process of becoming better suited to an environment, means becoming more disease-resistant, faster, or better able to deal with unexpected problems that the environment presents. Intelligence is the term we use to describe this adaptation. Yes, evolution, which favored intelligence over the seven million years since our ancestors split from chimpanzees, seems somehow still to favor intelligence. The unavoidable conclusion, except for those whose thought is muddled by liberal fantasies, is that different peoples have to have evolved to different average levels of ability.
Altruism has been another of our northern European adaptations. The survival of our own genome depends on the survival of the tribe. We learned to support the weaker members of the clan. As we consolidated from clans into tribes, nations, and states that altruism persisted. It served our ancestors as nations and states coalesced and competed with one another.
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Fury Road at the Box Office by Steve Sailer

The four Mad Max movies are nominally post-apocalyptic, although their explanations for the end of civilization keeps mutating as the budgets expand, from the decline of morality in 1979’s Mad Max to the energy crisis in 1981’s Road Warrior to nuclear Armageddon in 1985’s Beyond Thunderdome to all of the above plus global warming in last weekend’s Fury Road. Director George Miller doesn’t take his movies’ prophecies of imminent environmental doom very seriously, describing their catalyzing catastrophe as merely “when all the bad things we read in the news come to pass.” Thus, Fury Road is a car chase flick on such a jaw-dropping scale that the shoot looks like it must have emitted enough greenhouse gases to melt the Antarctic ice cap.
Indeed, these movies about a future in which savage Australian booners drive fast and fight furiously to get enough gasoline in order to drive and fight to steal more gas might eventually give you the impression that the petrol isn’t really the point. The “guzzoline” is simply the McGuffin justifying all that very Down Underish driving and fighting.
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Is Christianity Dying from Boredom? By ROD DREHER

Matt Walsh went to a church service recently, was bored out of his mind by the pandering, weak-tea pageantry, and wrote a hell of a jeremiad about it. Excerpt:
[T]his is the problem with Christianity in this country. Not just inside our church buildings, but everywhere. It often has no edge, no depth. No sense of its own ancient and epic history. There is no sacredness to it. No pain. No beauty. No reverence. Or I should say Christianity has all of those things, fundamentally and totally, but many modern Christians in every denomination have spent many years trying to blunt them or bury them under a thousand layers of icing and whipped cream and apathy.
Yet many of our fearless leaders, pastors, and pundits think this is, rather than the disease, the remedy. It’s the same remedy they’ve tried for half a century. As the problem gets worse, they don’t change the medication, they just keep upping the dosage. They tell us that in order to bring the sheep into the fold — especially the millennial sheep — Christianity must be as un-Christian as possible. It must be stripped it of its truth, of its sacredness, of its sacrifice, of its morality, of its tradition, of its history, of its hardships, of its joy, and whatever is left will be enough to, if not engage and excite people, at least not scare them away.
And that’s been the strategy of the American church for decades: just try not to scare people. They put on this milquetoast, tedious, effeminate charade, feigning hipness and relevance, aping secular culture in a manner about as cool and current as your science teacher retelling a Dane Cook joke from nine years ago, and then furrow their brows and shake their heads in bewilderment when everyone gets bored and walks away.
Christianity is fading because more and more of our leaders want to steal people from the true faith and deliver them to this convenient version. But that isn’t what actual Christians want, and the Christians who do, only want it because it doesn’t much resemble Christianity at all. Those folks eventually figure out that the only thing more secular than Christian secularism is secular secularism, and there’s really no reason to choose the former over the latter.
Matt Walsh is a man who deeply needs to discover Orthodoxy. Seriously, reading his post made me grateful for what we have in our little mission parish in the middle of nowhere. It’s the opposite of what Matt Walsh had to endure. It’s ancient, it’s substantive, it’s reverent, it’s beautiful, it’s muscular in its countercultural witness, and boy, does our priest knows how to preach both mercyand repentance. Not all Orthodox parishes are like ours, but if your experience of church is like what Walsh had to deal with, find an Orthodox parish nearby and visit. Believe me, I don’t feel the least sense of triumphalism about this; I’m just incredibly grateful for what I have been shown, and given.
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Shoplifting arrests at Eagan Outlet Mall raise question of bias By Stephen Montemayor

Nearly 85 percent of those arrested or cited in connection with shoplifting calls at Eagan’s new outlet mall were people of color, according to a Star Tribune analysis of nearly 1,000 calls to police in the first eight months the center was open.
The percentage of blacks and other minorities arrested or charged with shoplifting offenses at Eagan’s Twin Cities Premium Outlet was higher than at nearby Burnsville Center, in all of Minneapolis or at a similar outlet mall in Albertville.
Eagan police say the mall has attracted organized and sophisticated shoplifting rings, but say they typically rely on the mall and store security to report suspected shoplifting.
“We get these calls from third parties who we believe are providing information in good faith,” Eagan Police Chief Jim McDonald said. “When we get down there we don’t get to adjust the circumstances.”
Mall officials deny that they or the retailers are singling out any particular group.
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Confessions of a “Transphobic”

Gavin McInnes: mug shot of a thought criminal

I never had a chance to read Gavin McInnes’ article “Transphobia is Perfectly Natural,” since Thought Catalog has taken it down. (But we can read outraged reactions from around the web.) McInnes has apparently been hounded out of his job as chief creative officer of something called Rooster, which I am too unhip to have heard of.

I am sure McInnes’ article is somewhere out there on the web, and I am sure someone will send it to me eventually. But I don’t want to read it until I have written my own take on the subject matter. Frankly, I am jealous that McInnes wrote on this first, since I have been kicking a similar idea around for years. I did not write it out, because up until May of this year, I was living in San Francisco, and the trannies there are far scarier than the antifa. Like the lesbians of Berkeley, they can reduce a man to a skeleton in under 30 seconds.

“Transphobia,” like “homophobia,” is an inherently dishonest term. “Phobia” derives from the Greek “phobos” or fear, and phobias are by definition irrational fears. But transphobia is neither irrational nor a fear. It is an emotion, of course. But it is a completely natural, normal, and healthy emotion. Which is as rational as any emotion gets.

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Palestine’s Man-Made Drought. USA Today marvels at Israeli feats of high-tech water management, but ignores that water's unjust distribution.

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While the money flowing to presidential candidates who offer unqualified support for Israel is finally receiving some media attention, much of what falls under the rubric of “The Israel Lobby” is more subtle. In much of the mainstream media, it consists of a nearly incessant effort to present Israel to Americans as both exemplary (in terms of morals or science) and completely normal (as if Palestinians do not and never did exist). A striking instance of the phenomenon was presented over the weekend in USA Today, the middle-of-the-road national paper which, to my limited knowledge, has not been a foremost exponent of Israel Lobby positions.
Over the weekend, it ran a piece, with illustrations, taking up the entire back page of the front section, entitled “Israel’s Guide to Water.” Michele Chabin, who seems to be the paper’s principal Israel correspondent, suggests that California might look towards the “Middle East”—that is, Israel—for a solution to its water difficulties. She then elaborates upon Israel’s decades of experience with managing scarce water resources, and the techniques and technologies that Israel has developed. She quotes an Israeli official, the former top water minister, who states reassuringly that “Israel no longer has a water shortage.” In a digression, she notes Israeli success in keeping pine trees alive in a dry climate, though not mentioning that the trees—”part of a man-made greenbelt”—are not indigenous to the region. The paper’s takeaway: brilliant Israelis, who make the desert bloom, can help solve California’s major problem.
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Firefighters fear colleague who routinely flees fires

He’s a firefighter in name only.
Michael D. Johnson won’t fight fires. Instead, he stays on the sidelines as his Engine Company 257 colleagues rush into burning buildings, FDNY insiders told The Post.
Nicknamed “Tragic Johnson” by the rank and file, he’s managed to evade the smoke and flames several times since joining the Canarsie, Brooklyn, firehouse last year, sources confirmed.
“To have a guy that you know to be afraid is not going to be there for you when you need him to be — it’s frightening,” said one FDNY source.
The latest fright unfolded April 2 at a three-alarm blaze on East 78th Street, when Johnson’s irked captain radioed a “mayday” after discovering Johnson was AWOL, sources said. He had been assigned as “backup” to the nozzle man carrying the hose into the burning two-story building.
That left just two firefighters — the first and a third — to haul the heavy hose up a long staircase and spray water on the flames.
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Monday, May 18, 2015

THE POWER ELITE by Patrick J. Deneen

As the dust from the recent explosion over Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act begins to settle, one thing is clear: Republicans and Christians lost, Democrats and gay activists won. Republican leaders initially ­supported the legislation for what was likely a combination of strategic political reasons and the belief that religious freedom is a positive good. Passage of RFRA laws was an intensifying demand in conservative Christian circles. Having concluded that the culture war was lost, conservative Christians retreated to the castle keep of American political order: the right to the free exercise of religion, a right that had been bolstered by the bipartisan passage of the federal RFRA law in 1993. Governor Mike Pence no doubt thought he was practicing good politics: giving his base something they dearly wanted, while only potentially alienating committed members of the opposition party.
Mike Pence, Asa Hutchinson, and the Republican party were not blindsided by opposition to RFRA by gay rights activists. What knocked them back were major corporations, such as Apple, Walmart, and Angie’s List, and organizations such as the NCAA that denounced the law, in many cases announcing boycotts of Indiana. Had the only appreciable opposition to RFRA come from gay rights activists, RFRA would have been a smashing political success for Republicans. It would have made the right enemies while generating gratitude and energy in the base. They did not expect their usual friends in corporate America to join the opposition, which was an idiotic miscalculation given the fact that establishment outrage scuttled the Arizona RFRA last year.
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Britain in Crisis. David Cameron’s troubles are just beginning. By THEODORE DALRYMPLE

On Election Day, May 7, I went to see my doctor, a Polish immigrant. Because he was a legal resident he had the right to vote, and he lost no time (in a very un-English way) in telling me that he was voting Tory. I turned to his nursing assistant, who was also in the room.
“You’d better vote Tory too,” I said, “or you’ll be out of a job.”
“I’m voting Conservative,” she said.
“The Tories are the Conservatives,” said the doctor.
“I never knew that,” she said. “I always wondered who they were.”
I was immediately reminded of what Churchill once said: the best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter. How, I wondered, could someone born and bred in this country reach her early twenties and not know that the Tories were the Conservatives? How had she managed not to notice it? But then she said something that redeemed her a little: “I want to keep what we have, you never know with change, do you?”
In any case, she was not alone in her ignorance. It turned out that the pollsters, with nothing else to do but prognosticate, were completely wrong. They had predicted that Labour and the Conservatives would be neck and neck, but the Conservatives polled 6 percent more votes than Labour and won an unexpectedly outright majority in the House of Commons.

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Bad Character: The Life of Saul Bellow: To Fame and Fortune, 1915-64 by Zachary Leader

On his deathbed, Saul Bellow asked a question of himself that he might have asked at the time of his first novel and his first marriage: ‘Was I a man or a jerk?’ You could say it’s a good question for anyone to ask, especially someone who wrote 18 books and had five wives. Next to Norman Mailer, who did equally well on the spouse-mongering front, Bellow was a worker of slow, monkish application, always tied, seldom happily, to a university department, and agonising over a book. John Updike, who had a modest two wives and wrote 63 books, was, in a way, worldlier and more comfortable, finding nests at the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books that he never left. These writers are dead now, and the only thing that can be said with certainty is that, of the three, Bellow got the best biographer. This first volume by Zachary Leader might be the most intelligent, fair-minded and most carefully furnished Life of a contemporary novelist I have read. I’m not sure Bellow would agree, and that’s one of its strengths: it challenges both the official and the fictional versions, it upends the one-sidedness of Bellow’s furious and self-justifying letters, and offers an account that is never knowingly uncomplicated, sentimental or prejudiced, and never dull when it comes to the business of examining the writer’s inner world.

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

CHRIS HEDGES Empire of Illusion The End of Literacy and the Triumph of...

Robert Downey, Jr. and the Problem of Political Intolerance

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I am reasonably certain that Robert Downey, Jr., is not a conservative—at least not in any serious sense. What with the drugs, the girlfriends and wives, and the successful movie career, it is highly doubtful that the man behind Iron Man is harboring a library filled with the works of Edmund Burke or even William F. Buckley, Jr. Not that I care particularly. One does not expect someone who lives and makes a living in Hollywood fantasyland to spend a great deal of time thinking about reality and trying to conform his life thereto.
The truth is, I know almost nothing about Mr. Downey’s personal life or politics; and that is about what I care to know. I simply assume that an actor is a liberal in his politics and a libertine in his personal life and move on; if such turns out not to be the case, well, good (even heroically good) for the actor. But such knowledge has no bearing on my viewing habits. I take is as part of the “lifestyle” of playing pretend for a living (and even more of pretending that one has captured “the human condition” by so doing) to give oneself license to lead the life of a perpetual adolescent, and to think one is being virtuous by arguing that everyone else should as well. Thus, for example, I fully expect Leonardo DiCaprio to take his private jet around the world to lecture people on their carbon-emitting sins against Gaia. The problem lies, not with the man-child, but with people who care what he thinks about, well, pretty much anything.
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Indianapolis family speaks out after brutal home invasion

Isolated in the security of their whitopian neighborhood, Carl and Eileen Portenza's home was invaded by six black thugs.

The attack occurred at 5 a.m. on October 29, 2013.

Mrs. Portenza was shot twice and forced at gunpoint to drive to an ATM to withdraw cash. Both she and daughter Ali were sexually assaulted in the harrowing ordeal that lasted for hours.

The  media refused to mention race or the fact that the attack was black-on-white. Never did the media note the Porenza family was unarmed, as in 'the unarmed Trayvon Martin' or 'the unarmed Michael Brown.'

Even the victims refused to mention race. Rather they expressed compassion for their attackers.

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Going to an Ivy League School Sucks by Zach Schwartz

There have been few things in my life that I've wanted as bad as admission into an Ivy League school. Many students, especially children of immigrants (like me), conflate the American dream with going to an Ivy. At 17, I was averaging two all-nighters a week, kept alive on a depraved cocktail of Adderall, Percocet, and coffee. The only light at the end of my tunnel was visions of the "Congratulations!" letter from Columbia University, my dream school.

On average, the Ivies accept about 8 percent of applicants. I still remember the shock I felt when I got into Columbia. In my freshman orientation program, we had a discussion about what it meant to attend an Ivy. The greatest artists, politicians, scientists, and entrepreneurs had walked through these halls. "We're the elite," one girl said. "We're not like other people." She pointed to the passersby outside, visible through the barred windows. "We're going to change the world."

That was the fall of 2012. Now I'm finishing up my junior year at Columbia and I can't wait to get the hell out of here. Ivy League schools are supposed to be hard, but even back then, I couldn't have imagined the world I was stepping into: a place of unimaginable wealth, privilege, cruelty, pressure, and stress. My first night at Columbia, a girl jumped out of her window. I saw the blood on the pavement. Depression is normal, but here, it's the norm.

Things at an Ivy League school are not what they seem to be. If you're one of the few who've been chosen to go to an Ivy League school this fall, here's what you're in for. And if you're not, maybe you should be thankful for that.

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Russia-China talks: Silk Road leads to Eurasia

Russia-China talks: Silk Road leads to Eurasia

Talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping last week ended with the signing of several deals. Perhaps the most important document concerns the leaders' joint declaration on their readiness to unite the Moscow-backed Eurasian Economic Union with the Chinese Silk Road Economic Belt.

Besides the photographs taken during the Victory Day Parade on May 9 of Vladimir Putin with Xi Jinping sitting next to him, besides the Chinese soldiers marching on Red Square, which became the most important symbol of the Chinese leader's visit to Moscow, the talks between the two leaders also resulted in many commercial agreements. Beginning in May 2014, when due to the crisis in Ukraine and western sanctions China started playing a major role for Russia, the signing of a large number of documents each time the two leaders meet has become a tradition.
On May 8, the two countries signed 32 agreements in the Kremlin. The most significant block concerns the access for Russian companies to Chinese financial platforms and instruments, first of all credit lines in yuan.
Moscow and Beijing have been planning to leave the dollar and euro in mutual payments since the middle of the 2000s. Against the backdrop of western sanctions and Washington's talk of possibly denying Russia's largest banks correspondent accounts in the US and the EU, in the event of escalation in Ukraine. This has made transactions in alternative currencies a vital necessity. Therefore, even though China's currency is not freely convertible, Russia is still moving towards an increased use of the yuan.
According to Vladimir Putin, as of the beginning of 2015 the share of transactions in national currencies makes up seven percent of the trade volume (in 2014 it was about $89 billion, according to data from Russian customs agencies, and according to the Chinese, $95 billion). Agreements on loans in yuan were signed by Sberbank (6 billion yuan from the State Development Bank of China), VTB (12 billion yuan from the State Development Bank of China and 3 billion from the Export-Import Bank of China) and VEB (3.9 billion from the Export-Import Bank of China for the metallurgical project in the Kemerovsky Region).

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Moneyball for Real Estate by Steve Sailer

Where’s the best place to move for your children’s sake?
For several years now, a Harvard Big Data project has been crunching confidential IRS numbers to discover the enduring secrets of why some parts of the country nurture more prosperous young people than other places. Is it public transportation? Is it integration?
Or have the Harvard analysts failed to understand their own numbers due to ideological and academic prejudices?
As I pointed out last week, the analysis of baseball statistics has made historic progress over the last 40 years because of the influx of amateur kibitzers. In contrast, in more important fields such as medicine and social policy, our society hasn’t gotten as far for reasons such as an excessive respect for professional titles and the fear of discovering some truth that is politically off-limits.
This week I’ll offer an amateur Moneyball analysis of the giant database created by The Equality of Opportunity Project’s staff at Harvard under celebrated economics professor Raj Chetty, a domestic policy adviser to Mrs. Clinton. I’ll demonstrate some tricks I’ve learned over the decades for how to do reality checks on academic analyses.
Chetty’s goal is to find out where in America you should relocate to so your children could grow up to enjoy the American Dream. Then, the rest of the country should copy whatever policies Dreamville, USA is getting right.
This is a great topic for a Big Data exploration. Young couples talk about where to move incessantly in private, and many will spend huge amounts of money for more desirable locations (which are summarized and euphemized with the shorthand phrase “good schools”).

This Is The New Loneliness Jamie Varon

Eugenio Marongiu

It’s a weekday evening and you’re feeling restless. You’re texting friends and you’re watching Netflix and you’re on your laptop and you’re scrolling through Tumblr or Facebook or Instagram or Twitter. Your attention is in ten different directions, yet there’s a tug, a tiny voice in the back of your mind. It asks: what are you distracting yourself from? You ignore. Scroll again. Click again.
You send a text: “Wanna hang tomorrow night?”
“Sure, I need to leave my apartment eventually, lol”
“L O L, me too, goddddd. Ok, let’s plan tomorrow”
Tomorrow rolls around.
“You know, can we maybe rain check on plans? I’m cozy!”
“YES, omg, I totally wanted to bail, too. PERFECT.”
Then, you two text all night. Netflix on in the background. Computer on your lap. Scroll. Click. Scroll. Click. Refresh. Scroll. Click. Text.
Wait a second. What? How is this our new normal? What are we doing with our lives? Making plans with actual human beings and then canceling in favor of a screen, Netflix, gchat, bullshit, bullshit, bullshit. How is this okay? How are we accepting this?
How is this a life?

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Chris Hedges: ‘We’ve decapitated more civilians than ISIS ever has’

Americans Living Abroad Set Record for Giving Up Citizenship

More Americans living outside the U.S. gave up their citizenship in the first quarter of 2015 than ever before, according to data released Thursday by the IRS.
The 1,335 expatriations topped the previous record by 18 percent, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Those Americans are driven to turn in their passports in part because of laws that have expanded bank reporting and tax compliance requirements for expatriates.
The increase in early 2015 follows an annual record in 2014, when 3,415 Americans gave up their citizenship.
An estimated 6 million U.S. citizens are living abroad, and the U.S. is the only country within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development that taxes citizens wherever they reside.
In many cases, those choosing to give up their citizenship have limited connections to the U.S. and have lived outside of the country for most of their lives. Anyone born in the U.S. automatically receives citizenship, and people born abroad to U.S. parents are typically citizens as well.
For some the decision is easy, because they perceive little benefit from holding U.S. citizenship. For others, the choice is more complicated.
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