Friday, August 30, 2019

San Francisco: America's Dumping Ground for the Homeless

Just amazing!  And good to hear that the good people of SF are just done with it.

Other cities in the US are actually giving homeless bus tickets to SF just to get rid of their homeless.

80 per cent decline in religious funerals as mourners opt for golf courses and zoos over churches

The Great Apostasy continues.

An all-black dress code, pallbearers marching in unison, and a steady stream of tears are not often associated with golf courses, zoos and Chinese takeaways.

Yet according to the most extensive ever report on UK funeral trends which, the religious funeral is dying a death.

Instead of services in crematoriums, churches and cemeteries, Britons are instead opting for increasingly quirky ways to mourn their loved ones.

The Co-op, the UK’s largest national funeral provider which conducts more than 100,000 every year, has today published a report revealing that since 2011 there has been a 80 per cent decline in religious funerals.

Eight-years-ago 67 per cent of people requested traditional religious services and just 12 per cent were non-religious. However by 2018, just 13 per cent wanted a religious funeral.
"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;"

Commentary: Reasons Why America Should Question Its Trade Relationship with China

It's time to rethink who we are buying stuff from. 
China is alleged to harvest the organs of thousands of political dissidents it keeps in concentration camps, it threatens Hong Kong and Taiwan daily, it appears to be funding and assisting the North Korean nuclear missile program and is using the hundreds of billions of dollars of trade deficits to build a first-rate navy to defeat the U.S. as every year’s trade deficit pays for more than two years of China’s military spending.

So why are we trading with China and underwriting this totalitarian regime and mass murder with $380 billion of trade deficits every year?

Saturday, August 24, 2019

The Donald and “the Blacks”

I picked up this story recently but it came out in 2016.  I for one get a little tired of hearing how racist President Trump is.  You don't grow a  billion dollar company by only hiring whites.  You hire the best.  And to get the best you have have a blind eye to color.
Meanwhile, in 1985, Donald Trump had bought the historic estate of Mar-a-Lago: a 128-room mansion on twenty acres in Palm Beach, Florida. He then began the long process of remodeling the property.

At the time, exclusive social clubs in Palm Beach were known for their “anti-Semitic policies.” As reported in the May 1991 issue of New York Magazine, the social clubs at Palm Beach “not only do not allow Jews and blacks to become members, they do not let members bring them as guests.” Accordingly, a town council election was “charged with undercurrents of anti-Semitism,” leading to a sharpening of the debate over the social clubs’ anti-Semitic policies. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) demanded that the mayor of Palm Beach resign from the Sailfish Club because it discriminated.

One occasional visitor described the extraordinary levels of discrimination in Palm Beach: “It’s a theme park of anti-Semitism,” and “Jews go there to be treated like they were in the [nineteen] forties.” For example, Christian members who married Jews were forbidden from bringing their spouses to the clubs. New York Magazine complained: “The towns two most exclusive clubs, the Everglades and the Bath and Tennis Club, remain shameless bastions of anti-Semitism. No one even bothers to deny it.” Likewise, the president of the Beach Club informed a reporter: “According to the Constitution, a private club is permitted to discriminate.”

In 1991, a writer for Vanity Fair asked Donald Trump why he wasn’t a member of the Bath and Tennis Club. Allegedly, he had not been invited to join. But Trump replied: “Utter bullshit!” He referred to them as “phonies!” And he argued: “Do you think if I wanted to be a member they would have turned me down? I wouldn’t join that club, because they don’t take Blacks and Jews.”
[I]n 1995, Donald Trump opened up Mar-a-Lago as a brand new social club. Promptly, the Palm Beach town council tried to impose restrictions on membership, party attendance, photography, etc. But suddenly, Trump undercut them “with a searing attack, claiming that local officials seemed to accept the established private clubs in town that had excluded Jews and Blacks while imposing tough rules on his inclusive one.”

To scorn them, in the fall of 1996 Trump’s lawyer sent copies of classic movies on discrimination to each member of the Palm Beach town council. The movies were A Gentleman’s Agreement, about a journalist exposing anti-Semitism in New York, and the other one was Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, about a white woman who brings her black fiancĂ© to meet her white parents.

In December 1996, Donald Trump filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Palm Beach, alleging that the town was discriminating against Mar-a-Lago, partly because Trump’s “Mar-a-Lago was open to Jews and African-Americans.” The lawsuit sought $100 million in damages.

Despite some misgivings, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, Abraham Foxman, was pleased that Trump denounced discriminatory policies at social clubs. Foxman said that Trump had exposed Palm Beach for “its seamier side of discrimination. It has an impact.”

By April 1997, Foxman reported that Jewish residents of Palm Beach had told him that now the clubs were changing, finally starting to admit Jewish patrons. Trump bragged that “Palm Beach is very much changing for the better, and a lot of that is because of Mar-a-Lago.”

Friday, August 23, 2019

Vegetarian teen disqualified from GCSE exam over Islamophobia for criticising halal meat

The exam board admitted it 'did not reach the right conclusion' 
Yeah.  What they thought was one of those disgusting ignorant slobbering CHRISTIANS was actually a vegetarian.  Then you see, that's ok. 
OCR apologised for the stress the disqualification had caused and wished Abigail luck with her GCSE results 
It added that it takes “all incidences of suspected offensive material against a religious group in exams very seriously” but admitted in this case, initially it “did not reach the right conclusion”.

Abigail’s Mum, Layla Ward, told The Telegraph she was pleased the disqualification was overturned, but “it should never have happened”.
The 36-year-old nurse said she thinks the disqualification was a result of an examiner being “over-zealous” and “over-righteous”.
This is truly remarkable.  So, now if you should slip up and say something they deem offensive you don't pass the test AT ALL. 

Standardized tests should be thrown in the trash bin.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Dan Murphy: Alt-Meat vs. Dog Food

...and I failed the quiz!

Here are the three ingredient statements. Which one’s the dog food? 
A). Water, pea protein isolate, canola oil, refined coconut oil, rice protein, natural flavors, cocoa butter, mung bean protein, methylcellulose, potato starch, apple extract. Salt, potassium chloride, vinegar, lemon juice concentrate, sunflower lecithin, pomegranate fruit powder, beet juice extract. 
B). Peas, sweet potato, pea protein, pea starch, lentils, flaxseed meal, sunflower oil, calcium carbonate, vegetable flavoring, salt, folic acid, minerals and vitamins. \ 
C). Water, soy protein concentrate, coconut oil, sunflower oil, natural flavors, potato protein, methylcellulose, yeast extract, cultured dextrose, modified food starch, soy leghemoglobin, salt, soy protein isolate, and vitamins.
Good luck on this!  What a waste of time an effort to make fake meat. Just ditch your veganism or vegetarianism, and eat the real thing.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Lessons From a ‘Local Food’ Scam Artist

An amazingly well written article about a young gal tending a produce stand.
By the time I myself became a New Yorker, I was lucky: The farmers were teaching and collaborating with urban foodies at community-supported agriculture groups and the widely expanding greenmarkets. The New York locavores taught me that “local” didn’t mean a quasi-mystical authenticity, or, for that matter, only a special kind of deliciousness, but also a relationship with the people who’ve produced the food, in a sustainable, equitable, regional network of labor and land stewardship. I could now buy honey and stone fruits from a farm just outside my hometown, whose existence I’d never even suspected. I got involved in the day-to-day work of CSAs based in upstate New York and Pennsylvania; the farmers delivered to Brooklyn, redefining “local” again.
I've always believed that the answer wasn't organic food. The real answer was locally grown food.  I can't imagine the taste of a peach from Mexico could stand up to a locally grown South Carolina peach.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Want One of FCA’s 5,000 Promised Jobs? Get in Line

30 years later, Detroit finally gets a new assembly plant.

The State of Michigan and the City of Detroit cobbled together more than $290 million in incentives for the Detroit part of a $4.5 billion project. Fiat Chrysler is promising nearly 5,000 positions will open up in the city as part of the deal. 
The wages — which start at $17 per hour for line-workers and can go up to as high as $29.94 per hour, and even higher for skilled trades — make these FCA jobs competitive, said Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. 
“They tell us on average they hire one in six people who come through the door,” said Duggan.
Well, we can hope all goes according to plan.  But I just wonder how much of the life the Unions will suck out of it before it even gets half built.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Meet the people working to kick Chicago out of Illinois

Everyone in ILL wants to divorce themselves from the FUBAR known as Chicago.  They think that by "spinning off" Chicago, they will save themselves from the Pension Crisis where Chicago sits at Ground Zero.

Most likely, Chicago, with their hundreds of thousands of lawyers will find a way, even after a CHIXIT will find a way to shift ALL of their debt onto Illinois-minus-Chicago.

How do I know this?  Because that's how evil works.
In New Illinois’ Mount Vernon summit, Merritt takes the crowd through a list of grievances, many of which echo the interviews in Cramer’s book: state corruption is so bad, Illinois is a laughingstock; the state fiscal crisis and underfunded pensions spell a financial apocalypse — she conjures an “economic asteroid” headed our way; and since state representation is determined by population, not geography, rural voters aren’t getting the representative government the U.S. Constitution entitles them to. Chicago, because of political dominance driven by population, is walking all over them.