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Jack Burton

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I miss summer.

Can somebody send a little global warming my way? About 15°F will be about right.

I blame all these people driving a Prius. We need car manufacturers to start making these again.


Twenty-three-and-a-half feet long, and nearly 7 feet wide, the Brougham was the classiest thing you could buy in the 1970s. And by classy, I mean big. There was a time when luxury meant acres of sheet-metal, and the industry was slow to respond to higher fuel prices, which is why this mammoth car was still on sale up through 1976. Performance came in the form of a 500 cu in Caddy V8, and a 3-speed auto. MPG was dismal, as you might expect in a carbureted 4,500 lb sedan.

Tragic school shooting in Spokane WA

all could have been prevented with better signage. Pols will be rushing in front of the cameras to propose new laws and more gun free zones. Yay.

All cultures are equal.

Islam is the religion of peace. Open borders for all. Liberal policies spread misery for all.
A journalist investigating the rape of a 12-year-old girl in Sweden was told that police have not even interviewed the prime suspect two months later because authorities “cannot cope” with the sheer volume of cases since Sweden opened its borders to mass immigration two years ago

When Lamotte contacted authorities, he was told that the case hasn’t been acted on because police “cannot cope with the workload” of having so many rape cases to investigate.

“Do you know how many rapes we have?” Lamotte was told by the police officer in a conversation he recorded and uploaded to YouTube. “No, I don’t. But I’ve talked to the mother and her daughter feels very bad because of this, and I know who this man is, I have his name, address, social security number and everything, and, I mean, you haven’t even interrogated him yet, isn’t that remarkable?” asked Lamotte.

Rapes have skyrocketed in Sweden over recent years. Authorities have claimed that this is due to the definition of rape being changed, but the spike occurred long after the change was made. Sex crimes in the country have doubled since 2012. The most recently available statistics showed that immigrants were 5.5 times more likely to carry out sexual assaults. Sex attacks as music festivals throughout Sweden are also soaring, with over 150 cases of assaults and 20 rapes being reported this summer.

Marxist whines about capitalism and climate change.

98% of leftist scientists believe the global warming hoax can bring about a socialist paradise.
Climate change and capitalism: We can’t confront one without facing the other
But it goes beyond simply discussing climate change. After Harvey and Irma we also have a moral duty to talk about the economic system that has brought us to this point. That is, we can no longer talk about climate change without talking about capitalism, which has laid waste to our planet and now impedes humanity’s effort to deal with the climate crisis it engendered.

This was of course the thesis of Naomi Klein’s 2014 book, “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate,” in which the author and activist posed climate change as a “battle between capitalism and the planet.” Klein convincingly argues that without radical changes to our economic system, we will ultimately fail to confront climate change in the radical way that is necessary in order to preserve our planet for future generations. “We have not done the things that are necessary to lower emissions,” writes Klein, “because those things fundamentally conflict with deregulated capitalism, the reigning ideology for the entire period we have been struggling to find a way out of this crisis.”

Simply put, capitalism is an economic system that prioritizes short-term profits over the long-term good of society (and the planet), and as a result encourages myopic self-interest that often has disastrous long-term consequences. This is evident in the behavior of multinational corporations that put profit over people. According to the logic of capitalism and the market, for example, it was entirely reasonable for ExxonMobil to mislead the public about climate change for decades, or for Koch Industries to skirt environmental and safety regulations to boost their profit rate. It was also reasonable for these companies to fund climate change denial groups and anti-science politicians, as their entire business model depends on the continued extraction and burning of fossil fuels.

Capitalism has brought unprecedented material progress to humanity over the past 300 years, and for that it should be celebrated. Even Karl Marx once wrote of the “great civilizing influence of capital.” But he also recognized the economic system’s inherent destructive tendencies, and he would no doubt recognize today that corporate capitalism does not offer a sustainable future on Planet Earth.

If we fail to make radical changes to our economic system, the chances of successfully confronting climate change decline precipitously. And if we fail to confront climate change now, nature will surely take its revenge on all of us in the future.

Inauguration Day letter Obama left for Trump

Give credit to whom credit due. It's a classy letter to leave for a successor.
Exclusive: Read the Inauguration Day letter Obama left for Trump

Ouch. That hurt more than you know.

Libs over at DU are slapping themselves on the back

with a new way to "piss off your republican friends". Yet another display of the vaunted liberal goodhearted nature they constantly brag about.

I think the list is funny. Most of the facts aren't "facts". The other points don't bother me at all. As usual Libs do not understand conservatives in the very least.

Lefty teachers don't like it when their socialist indoctrination screeds are revealed to public
Don’t tape our teachers: Why surreptitious recording in the classroom isn’t OK
Last month, a New Mexico teacher was caught on tape denouncing President Trump in class. “If you have a history teacher teaching you that Trump is good then I feel really scared for you,” the teacher said, in response to a 10th-grader’s question.

The school district’s superintendent said he was “very concerned” about the teacher’s comments, but he had “no problem” with a student recording her. I’ve got a problem with both. The teacher should be disciplined if she was trying to slant her students against President Trump, which violates her professional duty to educate rather than propagandize. But students should also be prevented from surreptitiously recording in our schools, which deprives teachers of their professional discretion.

In June, a New York high school teacher was reprimanded by the city’s Department of Education for calling Trump a “rapist” and a “dictator.” The teacher also criticized a student who wore a pro-Trump “Make America Great Again” hat. How do we know? A student recorded him, of course, and sent a tape of his remarks to school investigators.

In North Carolina, meanwhile, a teacher was caught on tape last year telling her class that “the only people who seem to be safe” from Trump are “white Christian males.” The tape caused an uproar when it was posted online, and the teacher resigned.

Lefty hate posing as science

Remember when the socialist Nazis did the same thing to "scientifically" explain why Jews were inferior? The more things change the more they stay the same. The leftist mindset is the leftist mindset.
This is your developing brain on white supremacy
The white supremacist uprising in Charlottesville shocked the nation, which watched with horror the angry, racist chanting, the threats of violence against groups seen as “the other” — and the use of a car as a terrorist weapon. The many parallels to Jihadist extremism are impossible to miss.

There is another significant convergence that often escapes our attention because it is so obvious: participants are overwhelmingly young, and predominantly male. Why? Research reveals deep similarities in the mindset driving these actions: strong social connections to comrades who see their cause as “sacred”; recruitment that appeals to adolescents and youth who are disconnected from and who feel disrespected or threatened by the larger society; and the influence of authority figures who provide validation.

Although active participation in extreme groups and activities, including violence, has many sources, we shouldn’t overlook recent research on brain development showing that “capturing the passion” is a central characteristic of adolescent and youth development – and that offer clues to how we can capture this passion for positive social goals.

The parts of the brain that are devoted to sensation- and reward-seeking become hyperactive in early to middle adolescence, dropping toward adult levels only by the mid-20s. This elevated sensitivity to arousal and rewards — rooted in the “bottom brain” or limbic system — is especially active when peers are involved, and particularly so in close social networks.

The part of the brain that is responsible for impulse control and executive functions like thoughtful judgment — the “top brain” or prefrontal cortex — is not fully developed until the mid-20s, so its ability to compete with arousal and reward is relatively weaker. And, although this prefrontal brain system will eventually begin to govern many lower brain functions, this aspect of brain development also will take time to reach maturity. This competition between a “faster” reward- and sensation-seeking brain and a “slower” judgment-focused brain is like having a lot of accelerating power but few brakes.

6 years ago this month Occupy Wall Street changed everything!

The revolution continues. Yay!

Celebrate the apex of human culture. Let's all share our memories of this pivotal event in this thread.
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