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The VICE Morning Bulletin

Posted  May 23, 2017  by  VICE Staff

ISIS claims responsibility for deadly bombing at Ariana Grande concert, Trump reportedly asked top intel officials to deny Russia links, three new lawsuits launched against FOX News, and more.

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LIVE: Watch the Former CIA Head Testify About Russian Election Meddling

Posted  May 23, 2017  by  VICE Staff

John Brennan will answer questions in front of the House Intelligence Committee Tuesday at 10 AM EST.

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NBA’s Enes Kanter Tells Desus and Mero About Turkey Revoking His Passport

Posted  May 23, 2017  by  Anonymous

The Oklahoma City Thunder center talks about how his political views got him in trouble with the Turkish government.

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Ten Indigenous Writers You Need to Read Right Now

Posted  May 23, 2017  by  Anonymous

Following the Appropriation Prize controversy, Indigenous writing is more vital than ever.

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Everything We Know About the Suicide Bombing in Manchester

Posted  May 23, 2017  by  VICE Staff

At least 22 are dead and 59 injured after an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena.

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What 100 Percent Pure Cocaine Actually Does to You

Posted  May 23, 2017  by  Anonymous

A warning was issued last week that high purity coke is available in the UK, so we asked an expert to take us through its effects, step by step.

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Did the Manchester Bomber Act Alone?

Posted  May 23, 2017  by  VICE Staff

Security analysts suggest it’s likely the attacker had co-conspirators.

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ISIS Claims Responsibility for Manchester Attack

Posted  May 23, 2017  by  Anonymous

The attack on an Ariana Grande concert on Monday evening left 22 dead.

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A Conservative Activist Reconciles His Many Identities

Posted  May 23, 2017  by  Ben Bryant,

“There is something deeply unsettling about the idea that leftists just assume you subscribe to a set of preconceived notions based wholly on religion or the color of your skin.”

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Children of Queer Parents Don’t Have it Easy

Posted  May 23, 2017  by  Anonymous

Navigating the world is no cakewalk for ‘queerspawn.’

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My NEW Taki’s column, inspired by the book “Tough Enough” and “heartlessness as an intellectual style”

Posted  May 23, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
My NEW Taki’s column, inspired by the book “Tough Enough” and “heartlessness as an intellectual style”

I’m not satisfied with this at all. I struggled to make myself clear. I knew exactly what I wanted to say, or thought I did, but got bogged down by mot juste matters: which “connective tissue” words to use (“to” or “towards;” etc.) And there is a lot I left out (maybe for the better.) It became […]

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An Incredibly Belated Review of James Hamblin’s Terrific New(ish) Book

Posted  May 23, 2017  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Full disclosure: I received an e-copy of Hamblin’s If Our Bodies Could Talk: A Guide to Operating and Maintaining a Human Body for review from James’ publisher Doubleday. I should also disclose, I was likely predisposed to enjoying this book as I’ve long been incredibly fond of Hamblin’s Twitter feed and Atlantic pieces. I’d have written this sooner, but I have this rule of not writing about things I haven’t actually read myself and it took me longer than I expected – not because I didn’t enjoy it, but more because I fall asleep in about two seconds flat every night. Also, if you use the Amazon links I provide, Amazon will send me a tiny commission.

James Hamblin is a medical doctor. But he doesn’t practice medicine in its traditional seeing his own patients sense, instead his practice involves the translation of health into words for whoever wants to read them as he decided to pursue journalism and writing rather than the much safer path of radiology. Hamblin’s main platform is his work with The Atlantic where he’s a senior editor, and he’s also a must-follow (if you like wonderfully dry humour) on Twitter.

Hamblin’s book, If Our Bodies Could Talk: A Guide to Operating and Maintaining a Human Body, was published back in December. Simply, it’s a collection of questions spanning various topics about health, the human body, followed of course by Hamblin’s science-informed answers. It’s also a lot of fun.

From questions like,

Why don’t eyelashes keep growing

(and answers that include, “For three months, then, the hair is called a “club hair”. It is, like so many people in clubs, outwardly fin-looking but actually dead at the roots“), to

Does the G-spot exist?

(and Hamblin’s admonishment, “never liken it to a bike tire“), to

What about Smartwater?

(where Hamblin helps you to learn that “electrolyte enhanced” means “bullshit”), the book covers a lot of ground.

Because each question and answer are fairly short, the book makes for excellent bed time reading (in that sense it reminded me some of another book I loved – Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything). And along with the humour and pith, comes a great deal that’s both fascinating and informative (did you know that the hyperbole of carrot eating leading to better night vision arose in part as an attempt to conceal Britain’s discovery of radar in World War II, or that Ben Carson (yes, that Ben Carson), played an important role in the treatment of an exceedingly rare and devastating brain disease?).

So why do you need this book when you can simply Google those very same questions? I think Hamblin covers this aptly by noting that

Googling health information is roughly as reliable for finding objective answers as picking up a pamphlet on the subway floor

The book is a delight. Suitable too for those parents like me who want to find ways to teach their children in ways that don’t involve lecturing, that critical appraisal is sadly necessary in this day and age (another recommendation here is to listen to the podcast Science Vs. with them).

If you’re looking for a book that entertains while it educates and you’d like to purchase a copy for yourself, here’s an Amazon link to it for my American readers. And if you’re living here in Canada – this one’s for you (though at least when I was typing this, it would still be cheaper to use the American link).

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Mapping Adam Shoalts' Across the Arctic expedition

Posted  May 23, 2017  by  Anonymous

Adam Shoalts north Arctic Circle exploration maps cartography

It’s one heck of a hike. Explorer Adam Shoalts, a Fellow of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and named one of the nation’s top 100 explorers in 2015 by Canadian Geographic, is ten days into his latest expedition, travelling solo by foot, pack raft and canoe from the Alaska-Yukon border to Hudson Bay.

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What’s For Dinner? Homemade Burgers and Fries

Posted  May 22, 2017  by  Anonymous

A delicious dinner of Homemade Burgers and Fries!  Includes burgers, home fries, a tomato salad and brownies for dessert! – – – – – It’s time again for What’s For Dinner!  Every time I write one of these menu plans, I get reallllly hungry.  This week especially because it features my favourite home made burgers!  Burgers are the best.  And with home fries, it’s like summer on a plate! This menu is great for any time you are craving burgers, but it’s especially perfect for weekend BBQ’s, and gatherings with friends and family. Homemade Burgers and Fries Menu Main Dish:  Best Beef Burgers Side Salad:  Fresh Tomato Salad Side Dish:  Home Fries Dessert:  Chocolate Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies These really are the Best Beef Burgers!  I have been making burgers with this recipe for over 10 years and we just love them.  They’re juicy and so flavourful! This easy to make Home Fries recipe is the perfect side to burgers!  Just bake them in the oven until they’re nice and crispy…so good. Add a nice Fresh Tomato Salad, and your burger dinner is complete!  This salad adds just the right amount of crunch and sweet to accompany burgers and fries! And if you can fit it all in after all […]

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Front Group Paid by Dominion Releases Shady Poll Showing Support for Dominion’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Posted  May 22, 2017  by  guest

This is a guest post by David Pomerantz crossposted from Energy and Policy Institute

The Consumer Energy Alliance, a front group for oil and gas interests and utilities including Dominion Energy Inc, has released a poll which it claims shows support for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a gas pipeline co-owned by Dominion.

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The Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta Is Recruiting Its Own Troll Army!

Posted  May 22, 2017  by  bigcitylib

Talk shit on the Internet for Jason Kenney! Fat shame the socialist hordes!  Threaten the cucks and the squishes with death!  Most interesting bit is if you AREN’T a Conservative supporter but are willing to talk shit strictly for money, the …

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Part 10: A History of the Canadian Space Program – Policies & Lessons Learned Coping with Modest Budgets

Posted  May 22, 2017  by  Chuck Black

More on the 1990’s, the CSA, “On-Going Budgets,” a 3rd “Long-Term Space Plan,” 

New Astronauts, More Satellites but Never Enough Funding

The 1999 Federal Budget. C/o fin.gc.ca.

By Graham Gibbs & W. M. (“Mac“) Evans

This paper, first presented at the 65th International Astronautical Congress, which was held in Toronto, Ontario from September 29th – October 3rd, 2014, is a brief history of the Canadian space program, written by two of the major participants.

When the government established the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) in 1989 the only budget it provided was for specific programs. The second Long-Term Space Plan (LTSP II) did the same.

The CSA did not have an “on-going” budget like all other government departments and this created significant long term planning problems. This was rectified in Budget 1999 when the government provided an on-going budget of $300Mln CDN per year (approximately the level of funding for the Canadian space program in 1990).

Associated with this new method of funding was the injection of $430Mln CDN of new funding over three years to finance several new space initiatives. These initiatives were the result of the government’s approval of LTSP III which included a re-balancing of the Canadian space program.

For the first time, the earth observation activities of the CSA received the largest portion of the space budget (almost 30%) while the remaining major activity areas (human presence in space, science, satellite communications, and technology development) each received about 15%.

The 1990’s saw a flurry of activity in Canada’s space program.

The 1992 crop of Canadian astronauts included (clockwise from top left) Marc Garneau, Chris Hadfield, Bjarni Tryggvason, Steve MacLean, Mike McKay, Dave Williams, Julie Payette and Robert Thirsk. Only McKay never reached space. As outlined on his CSA bio, “he resigned as an astronaut in 1995, but remained active in the program until 1997 working on projects such as the space vision system and the robotic arms for the International Space Station. After leaving the military in 2001, McKay joined the private sector.” Photo c/o CSA.

Three new astronauts were selected (Chris Hadfield, Dave Williams, and Julie Payette). There were more astronaut flights (eight) in the 1990’s than ever before or since, including Chris Hadfield’s flight to the Russian Mir space station in November 1995.

RADARSAT 1 was launched in 1995, propelling Canada into the select list of nations to have its own earth observation satellite and immediately capturing more than 15% of the world market for remote sensing data.

Mobile Satellite (MSAT) was launched providing mobile communications services across Canada and the US. Canadian scientific experiments flew on the shuttle and on the Russian space station Mir. Canada’s first instrument for interplanetary exploration was launched aboard a Japanese satellite (which unfortunately in 2003 missed Mars). Telesat (which in 1992 had become totally privatized when the government sold its shares in the company) launched two new satellites (Anik E1 and E2) and the nation’s first direct broadcast satellite (Nimiq).

To close the decade, in 1999, Canada’s Measurement of Pollution in The Troposphere (MOPPIT) science satellite was launched.

A new Space Policy Framework was adopted giving new policy direction to the Canadian space program. Canada’s participation in the International Space Station (ISS) program was re-confirmed after coming close to termination. And finally, the CSA was put on a stable, long-term (but insufficient, according to the space community) funding basis.

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Graham Gibbs & Mac Evans. Photos c/o MyCanada & CSA.
Graham Gibbs represented the Canadian space program for twenty-two years, the final seven as Canada’s first counselor for (US) space affairs based at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC. 

He is the author of “Five Ages of Canada – A HISTORY from Our First Peoples to Confederation.”

William MacDonald “Mac” Evans served as the president of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) from November 1991 to November 2001, where he led the development of the Canadian astronaut and RADARSAT programs, negotiated Canada’s role in the International Space Station (ISS) and contributed to various international agreements that serve as the foundation of Canada’s current international space partnerships.

He currently serves on the board of directors of Vancouver, BC based UrtheCast and as a member of the Federal government Space Advisory Board.

Last Week: The 1990’s, The Second Long-Term Space Plan, SCISAT, RADARSAT-2 & ‘Competitive Procurement’” in part nine of “A History of the Canadian Space Program: Policies & Lessons Learned Coping with Modest Budgets.”

Next Week: “The 2000’s and Beyond” as part eleven of “A History of the Canadian Space Program: Policies & Lessons Learned Coping with Modest Budgets,” continues.

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Hour long conversation ranking Nicholas Cage performances!

Posted  May 22, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
Hour long conversation ranking Nicholas Cage performances!

More from my siteHey, who’s up for a two and a half hour long conversation about ‘Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!’ (1965)?Nicholas Pell’s obit for LemmyStan Getz: ‘I think what we did was in spite of the drugs’When Nicholas Cage puts on that squeaky, nasal voice, that’s always a bad sign

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Jim Goad: 1 + 1 = You’re Racist

Posted  May 22, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
Jim Goad: 1 + 1 = You’re Racist

Jim Goad writes: Short version: Blacks and Latinos score much lower than whites on math tests because they’ve internalized the false stereotype that they score lower than whites on math tests, a racist fiction that couldn’t possibly have originated from the quantifiable fact that blacks and Latinos scored lower than whites on math tests in […]

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JJ McCullough: Weird National Anthems

Posted  May 22, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
JJ McCullough: Weird National Anthems

More from my siteJim Goad: An Evil Virus Called PopulismNEW J.J. McCullough video: 10 Dumb Canadian Foods(VIDEO) JJ McCollough: How To Read a Canadian NewspaperJ.J. McCullough: Boxing Day and 9 Other Dumb Canadian Traditions (video)

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“The Naked Kiss (1964) may be described as the best movie Douglas Sirk never made”

Posted  May 22, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
“The Naked Kiss (1964) may be described as the best movie Douglas Sirk never made”

Samuel Fuller developed a reputation over time of being the tough guy director of movies like Pickup on South Street (1953), The Steel Helmet (1951) and The Big Red One (1980). This is all well and good but his films have a sense of style, and insight at their core, that belies the notion that […]

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Rover Pipeline Owner Disputing Millions Owed After Razing Historic Ohio Home

Posted  May 21, 2017  by  Steve Horn
Rover pipeline about to be laid underground next to a home in Ohio

After taking heat last fall for destroying sacred sites of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the owner of the Dakota Access pipeline finds itself embattled anew over the preservation of historic sites, this time in Ohio.

Documents filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) show that Energy Transfer Partners is in the midst of a dispute with the Ohio State Historic Preservation Office over a $1.5 million annual payment owed to the state agency as part of a five-year agreement signed in February.

Energy Transfer Partners was set to pay the preservation office in exchange for bulldozing the Stoneman House, a historic home built in 1843 in Dennison, Ohio, whose razing occurred duing construction of the Rover pipeline. Rover is set to carry natural gas obtained via hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) from the Utica Shale and Marcellus Shale — up to 14 percent of it — through the state of Ohio. The pipeline owner initially bulldozed the historic home, located near a compressor station, without notifying FERC, as the law requires.

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18 Vancouver concerts this week, May 22 to 26

Posted  May 21, 2017  by  Steve Newton

Folk-roots, alt-rock, indie, hardcore, hip-hop, electronica: take your pick.

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Homeless in Vancouver: They grow up so quickly, don’t they?

Posted  May 20, 2017  by  Charlie Smith

There was word on the street yesterday (May 19) of an important birthday in the Cambie Village area.

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33 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Sunday, May 21

Posted  May 20, 2017  by  Steve Newton

Keep busy with these events.

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Bollywood actor Tiger Shroff will star in next Rambo film

Posted  May 20, 2017  by  Charlie Smith

Sylvester Stallone has given his thumbs up to the Bollywood martial-arts master taking over one of his most unforgettable roles.

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imagined rain

Posted  May 20, 2017  by  Anonymous

photo © inge-marie

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Atlantic Coast Pipeline Corporate Backers Fund Faulty Pro-Pipeline Poll

Posted  May 20, 2017  by  guest
Pipeline construction sign

This is a guest post by  and originally appeared on LittleSis.org.

On May 9th, 2017, a group called EnergySure tweeted:

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Back Monday morning-ish…

Posted  May 20, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
Back Monday morning-ish…

More from my siteI’ll be back Monday morning…I’ll be back Monday morning…I’ll be back Monday morningStill a work in progress

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Saturday Stories: Slavery, Young Physicians, and Sexism

Posted  May 20, 2017  by  Yoni Freedhoff

Alex Tizon in The Atlantic with an article on modern day slavery that I can’t imagine you haven’t read, but on the off chance, find some time and do so.

Suzanne Koven in The New England Journal of Medicine with her letter to a young female physician.

Eve Forster in Vox on sexism in science and her telling social experiment.

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57 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Saturday, May 20

Posted  May 19, 2017  by  Steve Newton

Keep busy with these events.

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TrailersFromHell: “She Demons” (1958), an early Naziploitation effort

Posted  May 19, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle
TrailersFromHell: “She Demons” (1958), an early Naziploitation effort

More from my siteDark Corners tackles early Nazisploitation flick ‘She Demons’ (1958) – at my requestHonest Trailers: ‘Forrest Gump’Dear Muslims: This is why people hate you.If you forwarded your email exchange with Khurrum Awan to me in June 2008, please get in touch

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MOTHERFUCKIN’ NEWS ALERT!!! TABBY’S STAR IS DIPPING!

Posted  May 19, 2017  by  bigcitylib
ALERT:@tsboyajian‘s star is dipping

This is not a drill.

Astro tweeps on telescopes in the next 48 hours: spectra please!

— Jason Wright (@Astro_Wright) May 19, 2017

This is what you should be paying attention to now.  Fuck that bullshit with that Trump asshole.  There is a small but non-zero chance that the dips are being caused by a MOTHERFUCKIN’ ALIEN MEGA-STRUCTURE!!!!   YYYUUUGE, BABY!   The size of JUPITER at least and maybe one of many such structures orbiting  KIC8462852, a star 1,600 light years away, in the direction of Uranus, a really dark and hairy part of the night sky.

But seriously.  There’s a real news story about it here.

But that’s the only one.  Everything else is about that orange haired fucktard making an idiot of himself in lands far away.  THIS SHIT IS WAY MORE IMPORTANT!!!!  If it really is aliens, we can pray to them and slaughter people in their name, and then maybe get taken away to some planet on the other side of the galaxy that’s all like California as our reward.

Or it could be a bunch of stupid comets.  But I’m hopin’.

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Don Blankenship, Fresh Out of Prison, Begs Trump to Have Mercy on Coal Execs

Posted  May 19, 2017  by  Ben Jervey
Stone memorial with the outline of the 29 coal workers killed in the Upper Big Branch explosion

Don Blankenship, who just wrapped up a year in federal prison for criminal conspiracy to violate mine safety and health rules — a coordinated and concealed series of violations that lasted for at least 15 months leading up to the tragic Upper Big Branch mine explosion that killed 29 coal workers — emerged from his incarceration unrepentant, and none the humbler.

On Tuesday, the former CEO of Massey Energy released an open letter to President Trump urging the administration to ignore any legislation that would strengthen punishments for mining company executives and supervisors who knowingly flout safety rules.

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10 Vancouver concerts this weekend, May 19 to 21

Posted  May 19, 2017  by  Steve Newton

Punk, rock, folk, grind, country, metal, DJ: take your pick.

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Gardening with Kids

Posted  May 19, 2017  by  Anonymous

Gardening with Kids can be fun!  Get them involved in planting seeds, flowers and a fruit and vegetable garden.  It’s so good for kids to get first hand experience with how to grow a garden! – – – – – Can you believe that it’s already time to start planting our gardens?  The start of gardening season sneaks up on me every year, and I think it’s because our transition from winter to spring is not very obvious.  One day it’s spring, the next day it’s winter.  Literally.  But then it happens, all of a sudden it’s May Long weekend, and suddenly we have permission to garden.  Oh the relief!  So I burn off to the garden centre with all the optimism a Canadian feels once winter is truly and finally behind them.  Because if the garden centre is ready and full of plants, it’s time right?!  Yes. So on a sunny and warm morning this week, I ventured off to our local PC® Garden Centre and filled my cart.  It was one of those trips where I told myself that I would only get a few things, but then left with a trunk full of plants…and maybe the front seat too.  But who’s counting?  😉 […]

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Daniel O’Donnell plays Vancouver on September 8

Posted  May 19, 2017  by  Jennie Ramstad

Tickets go on sale next Friday.

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Mark Steyn remembers Roger Ailes

Posted  May 19, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle

Mark Steyn writes: He learned a lot from those shows and then brought it to politics, treating his candidates as personalities whose events required creative production. The example he gave that day was from the Nixon campaign: The candidate was risk-averse and preferred the stump speech to go as planned. But Ailes knew his client […]

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Julie Burchill: When real rock stars roamed the world

Posted  May 19, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle

Julie Burchill writes: But of course the fall of the rock star is not all gloom and doom: it’s not awfully good for human beings to worship other human beings, either as love objects or love slaves. In such situations, it’s not even clear whether we were actually adoring another person or conducting a scenic-route […]

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Meanwhile, a timely reminder that ROBERT SPENCER WAS NEARLY POISONED TO DEATH

Posted  May 19, 2017  by  Kathy Shaidle

“So yeah nukem & fuckem” said a friend in an email about this shit. I give zero fucks about you people losing your jobs because you dared to talk like a normal person for once. You are all — and yes, I KNOW THIS — closest conservatives. You are the elites Charles Murray (who is […]

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