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12 Apr 01:39

WHAT WERE THEY DOING IN GERMANY? Married ISIS couple who ‘raped two Yazidi slave girls aged 12 and F

by Stephen Green

WHAT WERE THEY DOING IN GERMANY? Married ISIS couple who ‘raped two Yazidi slave girls aged 12 and FIVE and would punish them with a broomstick or scalding hot water’ are arrested in Germany. “The Iraqi suspects, identified only as Twana H. S. and Asia R. A., are accused of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and membership of a foreign terrorist organisation, the federal prosecutor’s office said.”

12 Apr 01:38

INFLATION IS TRANSITORY, OR A MYTH, OR SOMETHING: USPS Proposes Raising Prices of Stamps to 73 Cent

by Glenn Reynolds
Jts5665

Given the 6 billion dollar hole from last year, they probably need to raise their rates.

INFLATION IS TRANSITORY, OR A MYTH, OR SOMETHING: USPS Proposes Raising Prices of Stamps to 73 Cents.

11 Apr 17:45

New York restaurant chain hires remote Filipino hostesses to get around minimum wage law

by Not the Bee

We know, from ample experience, that high minimum wage laws have a rather depressive effect on huge parts of the economy, most notably fast food:

11 Apr 13:18

Bill Barr rages over Trump's call to 'kill FISA'

by Ben Whedon
Jts5665

He seems to have been a bad actor all around.

The House on Wednesday failed to approve an extension to the Section 702 warrantless surveillance powers, due largely to pushback from conservatives over abuse.
11 Apr 02:01

You Vote: Do you think House Republicans should remove Mike Johnson as speaker?

by Just the News staff
Vote now in the poll below.
09 Apr 16:41

Asian antelope declared extinct in Bangladesh is now making a comeback

by LU Staff
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Rumors of its demise..

Bangladesh is one of the world’s most crowded countries, with a density of 3,441 people per square mile — much denser than U.S. cities like Charlotte, Jacksonville, Kansas City and Oklahoma City. Yet, species once declared extinct there due to habitat loss are making a comeback. That includes Nilgais, the largest antelope species in Asia. […]

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09 Apr 16:40

Blue City Officials Want To Let Residents Sue Grocery Stores For Closing

by Daily Caller News Foundation
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Good way to ensure no company tries again in those locations.

By Will Kessler Two members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors introduced an ordinance to be considered that would require grocery stores to provide six-months notice before closing, or be liable for a lawsuit. Supervisors Dean Preston and Aaron Peskin introduced the ordinance on Tuesday, which would also require that operators of supermarkets in […]

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09 Apr 16:39

Tech company headed by former CEO of bankrupt Solyndra to receive $6.6 billion from Biden admin

by Kevin Killough
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. president is the former CEO of Solyndra, the green energy company that went bankrupt in 2011 after receiving $500 million in loans during the Obama administration.
09 Apr 14:24

Elon Musk says X employees in Brazil have been "told they will be arrested," company is trying to get them to "a safe space" before releasing data on government censorship

by Not the Bee

Let's check in on the "my democracy" folks down in Brazil:

09 Apr 14:22

NATALIE SOLENT: A “PALESTINIAN WRITER.” “The tweet calls Walid Daqqa ‘a Palestinian writer,’ as if

by Glenn Reynolds

NATALIE SOLENT: A “PALESTINIAN WRITER.” “The tweet calls Walid Daqqa ‘a Palestinian writer,’ as if he had been imprisoned for his writings – as if he were the sort of prisoner of conscience on whose behalf I used to write letters on that special blue Air Mail paper, back when I was a member of Amnesty International. . . . Amnesty’s writer, Erika Guevara-Rosas, did not say much about Moshe Tamam. She cited Walid Daqqa’s youthful age at the time, 24, but did not see fit to say that his victim Moshe Tamam was just 19. And she skips over some relevant details in that brief word ‘killed.’ Daqqa and his PFLP comrades did not just kill Moshe Tamam, they tortured him to death. They gouged out his eyes and castrated him. Then they murdered him.”

I remember when Amnesty International opposed torture and murder, instead of covering for torture and murder.

08 Apr 22:15

FASCISM, STRAIGHT UP: Letitia James to Start Seizing Trump’s Properties. “On April 1, Trump submit

by Stephen Green

FASCISM, STRAIGHT UP: Letitia James to Start Seizing Trump’s Properties. “On April 1, Trump submitted a $175 million bond to prevent the seizure of his assets by New York Attorney General Letitia James during his appeal of a civil fraud ruling. However, the court’s filing system rejected the bond shortly afterward due to missing paperwork, including a ‘current financial statement.'”

Seizing properties on a technicality ought to do wonders for New York’s business climate.

08 Apr 16:43

Scientists Selectively Reject CO2 Measurements That Do Not Align With The Human-Caused Narrative

by Kenneth Richard
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Torture the data until it says what you want.

Reconstructions of paleo CO2 levels openly rely on data derived from plant stomata. But when modern (1800s-present) CO2 measurements from stomata conflict with the narrative that humans drive CO2 levels, they are patently rejected.

Scientists readily acknowledge plant stomata evidence from one location are “widely used as an effective tool for paleoenvironmental reconstructions” of global atmospheric CO2 from 1 to 150 million years ago (Badihagh et al., 2024).

For example, in a new study, 100-150 million-year-old stomata samples from Iran are shown to re-confirm global atmospheric CO2 levels hit 1,100 to 1,700 ppm during the Jurassic period. The authors proudly showcase how consistently their stomata-derived CO2 measurements compare to several other reconstructions reaching the same conclusion about past CO2 concentrations.

Image Source: Badihagh et al., 2024

But that’s where the stomata-are-an-effective-paleo-CO2-measuring-tool perspective stops.

Whereas millions of years ago CO2 data derived from stomata were thought to be accurate, direct stomata measurements recorded in scientific papers from only a century ago – even the 1940s and 1950s – are regarded as not accurate. They must be rejected.

Dr. Ernst-Georg Beck’s compiled research with plant stomata-derived CO2 measurements was posthumously published in 2022. It’s an exhaustively-referenced paper detailing 97,404 direct near-ground measurement from 901 stations situated across the world, in both hemispheres. (This is very much unlike the ice core CO2 record in which only one continental location, Antarctica, is used; and yet this local record – contradicted by Greenland ice cores – is regarded as “global”.)

The research was recorded in 292 scientific papers (77 authors) covering stomata-derived direct CO2 measurements for the industrial era, 1800-1960.

These database compilations – ~60,000 global-scale measurements between the 1930s and 1950s alone – consistently show CO2 hit 380 ppm in 1943 and 372 ppm in 1950, with very small error margins after about 1870.

The currently accepted CO2 values for 1943 and 1950 are instead recorded as 310 ppm, and the 372 to 380 ppm values are not assumed to have been achieved until the mid-2000s. A data-driven portrayal of a decadal-scale decline in CO2 after the 1940s peak (shown in Fig. 24) contradicts the viewpoint that sharply rising anthropogenic CO2 emissions after 1945 led to tandemly increasing CO2 concentrations. Consequently, these direct CO2 measurements – tens of thousands of them from across the world – are rejected by the gatekeepers of the humans-did-it narrative.

Further, the stomata-derived CO2 values also indicate the temperature is the leading factor determining the CO2 concentration, with the CO2 changes correlationally (r = 0.67) lagging the temperature changes by about a year. This once again conflicts with the conclusion that CO2 levels are determined by anthropogenic emissions.

Image Source: Beck, 2022

Another stomatal CO2 study published nearly 20 years ago also documents ±100 ppm CO2 changes over the last few centuries, with a peak of about 380 ppm in the 1940s. Like Beck’s work, this too must be rejected, as it doesn’t align with the human-caused angle.

Image Source: Kouwenberg et al., 2005
08 Apr 13:00

“NATIONALISTS” MEANS THOSE WHO LOVE THEIR COUNTRY. WHICH APPARENTLY INCLUDES THE IRISH. WELL DONE, I

by Sarah Hoyt

“NATIONALISTS” MEANS THOSE WHO LOVE THEIR COUNTRY. WHICH APPARENTLY INCLUDES THE IRISH. WELL DONE, IRELAND:  Antifa Battered In Coolock, Their Phones Seized By Nationalists Apparently Revealing Seedy Links Between Media, NGOs, and Far Left.

08 Apr 03:08

Study grades natural gas as best source for reliability, affordability and environmental impact

by Kevin Killough
Natural gas got an “A” grade, followed by nuclear, which got a “B+”. Wind and solar energy came in last, each receiving “F” grades, according to the study.
08 Apr 03:02

This was an incredibly sophisticated operation to sabotage Linux.

by Kane
Jts5665

Decent odds it was the US govt.

07 Apr 23:31

JOSEPH CAMPBELL: Why Truman’s 1948 upset is no template for the 2024 U.S. presidential election, a

by Ed Driscoll

JOSEPH CAMPBELL: Why Truman’s 1948 upset is no template for the 2024 U.S. presidential election, according to the expert who wrote the book on polling failure.

Harry S. Truman’s stunning, come-from-behind victory in the 1948 presidential election has encouraged frissons of optimism for long-shot candidates ever since. Walter Mondale invoked the 1948 election in his race against President Ronald Reagan in 1984, insisting the polls signaling his overwhelming defeat weren’t picking up the popular support flowing to his candidacy. Mondale lost in a 49-state landslide. In 1996, Bob Dole channeled Truman’s pugnacity of 1948, declaring, “I’m going to win whether you like it or not.” The closing hours of Dole’s race against President Bill Clinton included a campaign stop at Truman’s hometown in Independence, Missouri. Dole lost by 8.5 percentage points.

President Joe Biden’s uncertain campaign for reelection this year has invited comparisons to Truman’s come-from-behind victory in 1948. A recent assessment in Politico, for example, said the blueprint Truman followed in his aggressive and strenuous campaign in 1948 offers Biden a playbook for victory. Even the leading newspaper in France, Le Monde, has invoked the 1948 template as a way of understanding this year’s U.S. presidential election.

While broad and superficial similarities may be detected between 2024 and 1948, the two cases are in fact quite dissimilar, especially in the conventional wisdom that pre-election polls generate and reinforce.

* * * * * * *

In 2020, several prominent national polls, including those conducted for CNN and jointly for NBC News and the Wall Street Journal, anticipated Biden’s winning by 10 points or more. Biden carried the popular vote by 4.5 points in what, overall, was the poorest polling performance in a presidential election since 1980.

As of Apr. 4, the RealClearPolitics polling average showed Trump with less than a percentage point lead in a two-way race against Biden–scarcely a margin to inspire 1948-style overconfidence.

Another notable difference lies in the sense of vigor projected by the Democratic candidates. Truman was 64 years old in 1948 and pursued a grueling campaign of a kind that is difficult to imagine the 81-year-old Biden even remotely contemplating. Truman logged thousands of miles by train in an arduous, cross-country whistlestop campaign, or what biographer David McCullough called “a fast-rolling political roadshow.”

“I know I can take it,” Truman said of the rigors of the campaign, adding in jest: “I’m only afraid I’ll kill some of my staff.”

Meanwhile, Dewey ran an above-the-fray campaign, a model Trump would never embrace. Dewey, unlike Trump, sought to minimize controversy and avoided specific policy pronouncements, once telling an aide “When you’re leading, don’t talk.”

Biden doesn’t have the energy and the good health sufficient for a repeat of Truman’s last-minute whistlestop campaign, but the entire Democratic apparatus are dedicated to repeating one aspect of it:

07 Apr 23:28

MILE MARKERS ON THE ROAD TO DETROIT: San Francisco Bill Would Let People Sue Grocery Stores for Clos

by Ed Driscoll

MILE MARKERS ON THE ROAD TO DETROIT: San Francisco Bill Would Let People Sue Grocery Stores for Closing Too Quickly.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is considering a remarkable policy that would allow people to sue grocery stores that close too quickly.

Earlier this week, Supervisors Dean Preston and Aaron Peskin introduced an ordinance that, if passed, would require grocery stores to provide six months’ written notice to the city before closing down.

Supermarket operators would also have to make “good faith” efforts to ensure the continued availability of groceries at their shuttered location, either through finding a successor store, helping residents form a grocery co-op, or any other plan they might work out by meeting with city and neighborhood residents.

Lest one thinks this is some heavy-handed City Hall intervention, the ordinance makes clear that owners still retain the ultimate power to close their store. It also creates a number of exemptions to the six-month notice requirement. If a store is closing because of a natural disaster or business circumstances that aren’t “reasonably foreseeable,” it doesn’t have to provide the full six months’ notice.

Still, should stores close without providing the proper notice, persons affected by the closure would be entitled to sue the closed store for damages.

San Francisco’s city government apparently can’t stop their city’s doom spiral, so why not extort those supermarkets closing up as a result of it? I’m sure that won’t accelerate the city’s descent at all.

07 Apr 23:22

SUICIDE MISSION: What Boeing did to all the guys who remember how to build a plane.

by Glenn Reynolds
06 Apr 23:00

FOULING THEIR OWN NESTS IS WHAT COMMUNISTS DO: https://twitter.com/MarkSimonHK/status/17754818977

by Glenn Reynolds

FOULING THEIR OWN NESTS IS WHAT COMMUNISTS DO:

06 Apr 22:58

WOEING: “Thanks to a string of unforced errors and botched responses, Boeing, like other corporate

by Glenn Reynolds

WOEING: “Thanks to a string of unforced errors and botched responses, Boeing, like other corporate giants from the 20th century, has devolved from the epitome of world-beating quality to a symbol of managerial fecklessness, focused on short-term profits at the expense of the company’s long-term sustainability. Boeing cut corners in production, pushed out experienced workers to save money, and poured money into boosting the stock price instead of investing in its products.”

06 Apr 22:57

OF COURSE IT DOES: The Book ‘White Rural Rage’ Gets the Research Wrong. “The book White Rural Rage

by Glenn Reynolds

OF COURSE IT DOES: The Book ‘White Rural Rage’ Gets the Research Wrong. “The book White Rural Rage was co-authored by political scientist Tom Schaller and commentator Paul Waldman. As the title suggests, the gist is that white rural voters are a threat to democracy. . . . But political scientist Nicholas Jacobs from Colby College says the authors of the book have gotten some of the research underlying their claims wrong. He has a personal stake in the argument because some of the research cited in the book is his own. Jacobs is clearly not a fan of the book, in part because he thinks it is wrong-headed in its approach but also because he finds that it is simply wrong in many cases.”

To be fair, anything that’s a threat to the power of Democrats counts as a “threat to democracy” in the eyes of the Democrats and their clients.

Plus: “Shockingly, people in rural areas don’t like being told they should be grateful for every effort big city progressives make to micro-manage their lives for them (always for the greater good of course). For daring to disagree, they get smeared with books like White Rural Rage.”

06 Apr 22:53

SAVED BY THE NERD: Did One Guy Just Stop a Huge Cyberattack? A Microsoft engineer noticed somethin

by Glenn Reynolds
06 Apr 22:50

I TOO AM SADLY UNABLE TO STOP IT: Michigan mayor says he’s been asked to stop the eclipse. There’

by Ed Driscoll

I TOO AM SADLY UNABLE TO STOP IT: Michigan mayor says he’s been asked to stop the eclipse.

There’s only one incorporated city in Michigan that‘s even going to see totality during the Great American eclipse, Luna Pier, which is just a little north of Toledo.

Like many small cities, Luna Pier is worried that they’ll be overrun with sun watchers.

So much so, that Jim Gardner says people have asked him to stop the eclipse from happening.

I’ve been told that I need to stop this eclipse and I do not have the authority to do that. So yes, people are really concerned. But we’re just trying to prepare them.

That’s an odd request and an odder response.

What does mayoral authority have to do with an astronomical event?

Especially when these are pre-planned regular events. No need to worry:

Related: Newspaper cutting unearthed from 1970 successfully predicted 2024 solar eclipse. It’s time to start bopping along to some Bonnie Tyler:

UPDATE: Speaking of Bonnie Tyler: ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ singer Bonnie Tyler feels extra love for her hit song ahead of the eclipse.

06 Apr 22:45

Scottish Police warn hate speech law is detracting attention from actual crimes. 6,000 complaints this week.

by Kane
05 Apr 15:08

Conservative House Freedom Caucus members secured over $900 million in earmarks: Watchdog

by Nicholas Ballasy
The amount of the Freedom Caucus earmarks are more than progressive members of the so-called 'Squad' sponsored $220 million of earmarks.
04 Apr 20:52

TAR, FEATHERS: Parents Under Investigation for Raising an Independent Seven-Year-Old.

by Stephen Green
04 Apr 20:31

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Unhinged Rutgers prof says it’s ‘homophobic’ to note that Ham

by Glenn Reynolds
03 Apr 21:01

AMERICA’S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD: Judge Orders Trump To Stop Noticing That The People Trying To Put Him

by Ed Driscoll
03 Apr 19:54

SUSTAINABILITY: https://twitter.com/Barchart/status/1775003352167797076 Entirely predictable,

by Stephen Green

SUSTAINABILITY:

Entirely predictable, entirely ignored.

03 Apr 16:35

NOT SURPRISING BUT STILL WRONG: JustTheNews published an investigative piece today that shows at lea

by Charles Glasser

NOT SURPRISING BUT STILL WRONG: JustTheNews published an investigative piece today that shows at least two well-funded and (duh) left-leaning groups are responsible for injecting climate hysteria into news and entertainment. It appears that no narrative is too silly for the MSM to barf out:

“Ahead of the Easter weekend, multiple media outlets reported that chocolate prices are soaring, and according to the coverage, the main culprit driving the inflating costs is climate change.”

There is no data at all that shows cocoa yields have dropped due to climate change, and NPR didn’t even bother to try and find supporting data.

The Guardian, AP, NPR and The Conversation are among the hundreds of media outlets associated with or listed as partners with an organization called Covering Climate Now (CCN), which encourages reporters to insert “climate crisis” narratives into all their stories.

Covering Climate Now charges nothing for membership. It’s supported by anti-fossil fuel groups such as the Park Foundation, the Waverly Street Foundation, and Actions@EBMF.  The group previously received funding from the Rockefeller Foundation, which had $5.2 billion in net assets in 2022, according to its tax filings, and funds many media organizations directly to advance the organization’s anti-fossil fuel message.

Worth noting is that these are the same media outlets who promote censorship and loudly decry “disinformation.” I suspect what they really mean is “disinformation is anything contrary to their narrative.”

Indeed, here’s the most insidious part:

“The group provides advice to reporters on all beats to not only insert a “climate crisis” narrative into every beat, but also how to cover the topic. This includes telling journalists not to platform what it calls “denialists,” which includes anyone who “ridicules” climate activists or suggests that climate change is not producing a global emergency.”

We have always been at war with Eastasia.