Actually, 2012 WAS the most important election of your life.

America’s Military Has a Big Problem: It’s Dead Broke

“We’re broke.” In essence, that’s the message Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work delivered to Defense-Secretary-in-Waiting James Mattis at the December 5 Future Strategy Forum.

Military leaders have testified to the problems caused by five straight years of budget cuts and how these cuts, combined with an extraordinarily high operational tempo, have resulted in a smaller, less capable military force.

What has received less attention is the degree to which the Pentagon’s future plans bank on questionable assumptions and budgetary sleight-of-hand to balance the books for 2018 and beyond. These gimmicks include: relying on rosy future estimates for the cost of labor, fuel and currency exchange; pushing the costs of large modernization programs like the nuclear triad into the ill-defined “out years,” and using Overseas Contingency Operations funds to help cover normal DoD operating costs. Taken together, these liabilities, combined with the administration’s decision to submit budgets in excess of the Budget Control Act caps, constitute about $100 billion dollars per year of unbudgeted liabilities or risk—a staggering sum that will severely limit the new administration’s ability to quickly rebuild the U.S. military.

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Superbugs

A Nevada woman dies of a superbug resistant to every available antibiotic in the US

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Hamilton?

Finally: The Case Against Hamilton

Of course, shit music and feels-over-reals weren’t the whole problem with America in 2016—and they aren’t the biggest deal facing us in 2017, either. No, the worst thing about this present moment in time is the smugness with which zillionaires and their sycophants on the coasts piss all over anyone who does actual work for a living.

That’s not just one of the main reasons that Trump won the election. That attitude makes for garbage art.

Turn out the lights, it’s over.  Alas, Broadway.

The election of Donald Trump and the leave vote in the United Kingdom aren’t just political decisions. They’re a cultural revolt against the pomposity of upper-crust liberals who don’t have to live with the consequences of their own values. Hamilton is where the modern day Marie Antoinettes tell unemployed forklift drivers to eat cake.

Off in the distance, the sans cullotes are sharpening the guillotine. The aloof nobles catching the latest performance of Hamilton have no idea they’re about to be cast—much against their will—in a bit part in Les Miserables.

Black Aristo’s with ill-noble  blood or breeding at the wrong end of the food chain.

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“Wall of Meat”

Bikers for Trump

USDA Prime…

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Doug: Most important lesson this coach will teach on the Basketball Court.

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Freeman Dyson on Climate Change

  quotes from Freeman Dyson:
  • In the history of science it has often happened that the majority was wrong and refused to listen to a minority that later turned out to be right. [article by, 2008]
  • Climate change is part of the normal order of things, and we know it was happening before humans came. [interview with, 2007]
  • Just because you see pictures of glaciers falling into the ocean doesn’t mean anything bad is happening. This is something that happens all the time. It’s part of the natural cycle of things. [interview with, 2007]
  • Vegetation is really controlling what happens…whereas the emphasis in the climate models has always been on the atmosphere. [YouTube interview Part1]
  • There is no doubt that parts of the world are getting warmer, but the warming is not global. [essay by, 2007]
  • The idea that global warming is the most important problem facing the world is total nonsense and is doing a lot of harm. It distracts people’s attention from much more serious problems. [interview with, 2007]
  • The average ground temperature of the Earth is impossible to measure since most of the Earth is ocean…So this average ground temperature is a fiction. [YouTube interview Part2]
  • When I listen to the public debates about climate change, I am impressed by the enormous gaps in our knowledge, the sparseness of our observations and the superficiality of our theories. [essay by, 2007]
  • We do not know how much of the environmental change is due to human activities and how much [is due] to long-term natural processes over which we have no control. [essay by, 2007]
  • It is not surprising that honest and well-informed experts can disagree about facts. But beyond the disagreement about facts, there is another deeper disagreement about values. [essay by, 2007]
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Age of Obama…Final Chapter

The irony of accusing Russia of “tampering” with our election when the only information that had damaging value which was released was hard evidence of actual tampering with our elections by the Democrat Party itself.

Kellyanne Conway: “If Meryl Streep cared so much about the disabled, she should’ve spoken on behalf of the teen who was tortured in Chicago.”

Germany: POLICE are today hunting five men of “African appearance” who lured a nurse into a park with fake cries for help then beat her unconscious and sexually abused her. Officers in the German city of Hamburg are appealing for witnesses following the brutal attack on the female hospital worker, who was unconscious for so long that she developed hypothermia. The 28-year-old was walking to her car from work at the nearby Asklepios hospital when she apparently heard cries for help coming from a nearby park. 

United States federal government credit-rating …

… cut its rating from AAA to AA+, the first NRSRO … Bachmann noted that Obama “has destroyed the credit rating of the United States through his failed …

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_federal_government_credit-rating_downgrade

 

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Pure Gold, quote of the year (so far)

From the Woodpile Report

Panic in the streets, “Dangerous Faggot” on the loose

Huffington Post – Critics Threaten Boycotts Of Simon & Schuster Over Milo Yiannopoulos Book Deal

American Mirror – Chicago Review of Books bans covering Simon & Schuster works over Milo deal

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Boycotting a publisher for a book that hasn’t yet been written is the kind of publicity money can’t buy. By promoting one of their most effective critics, the Left has officially dropped below whatever’s below “stupid”.

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The rats leaving the Obama-ship…

Addition By Subtraction At CDC: Good Riddance, Tom Frieden

By Josh Bloom — January 3, 2017

Some people reach the pinnacle of their careers through some combination of brain power, wisdom, sound judgment, and the ability to logically cope with unforeseen events.

Then there is Tom Frieden, who mercifully just stepped down as the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Perhaps “fell down” would be a more apt term, since his tenure there was not terribly different than a 7-year long Three Stooges marathon — one embarrassment after another.

Scratch that. The Stooges were funny; their famous poke in the eye routine still amuses us after many years. Frieden poked America in the eye too, but there was nothing even remotely amusing about it. In fact, thanks to his agency, many Americans are suffering from pain far worse than a poke in the eye.

Frieden, who was named by President Obama in 2009, was formerly the Commissioner of Health for New York, where he did a pretty good job (1). But the term “pretty good” is even funnier than The Stooges when describing Freiden’s performance at the CDC. Let’s just go with “atrocious” for now. Or another word, which starts with “cluster.”

Frieden’s claim to “fame” came in 2014, and it came fast and furious. His bumbling of Ebola outbreak was the stuff of legends.

My favorite bit was the “Keep Ebola out of the USA by transporting Ebola patients to the USA program”.  Also…

When Ebola sent the world into a panic, the CDC formulated one seriously stupid plan to prevent the virus from spreading to the U.S.— take the temperature of people from epidemic areas as they entered the U.S. through five major airports: JFK, Newark, Washington Dulles, Chicago and Atlanta.This was ridiculous on many levels. Here’s why:

  • An asymptomatic, but an infected person will have a fever for about one day of the 21-day incubation period during which the virus can spread (before symptoms begin). Taking an Advil will mask the fever. The chances of actually detecting an infected passenger using this method are about zero.
  • If a fever is detected, the odds that it is a result of Ebola are less than zero. Fevers can be caused by all kinds of infections that are gazillions of times more common than Ebola:

“We believe these new measures will further protect the health of Americans…”

CDC Director Tom Frieden. October, 2014

This worked out about as well as expected. Over a two-month period, 36,000 people from Western Africa with fevers were detained. The number of Ebola cases? Zero. Yet, Thomas Duncan, a visiting Liberian, who became the first documented case in the U.S. made his way to Dallas in September, where he became ill. Duncan was sent home with Tylenol from the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital emergency room on September 25th, only to return four days later severely ill, at which point he was diagnosed with Ebola. Duncan died on October 8th, but not before infecting two nurses at the hospital. Nice.

And his disastrous reaction to opioid medications …

But the worst aspect of turning off the supply of pain pills is difficult to quantitate, but easy to read about almost every day—suffering. People—even those who had been treated responsibly with opioids for many years— found that the same doctors who had been treating them would no longer do so. Pain clinics began to close. The result? it is not uncommon for people who are living in severe pain and unable to get legal prescriptions to resort to street heroin(5). Veterans, with limited access to addiction treatment programs, have been cut off from drugs that some have been taking for 15 years, and have being told to try acupuncture, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong instead. Or being put on medications that were never designed to treat pain in the first place (and have their own liabilities). This has taken a huge collective toll on the country. News stories about people committing suicide to end their misery are increasingly easy to find. (See: Merciless In Seattle: Untreated Pain, Misery, And Suicide.

Yes, the rats are leaving the ship.  But lets keep an eye on where they end up.  Or with WHO.

 

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Some changes to your ‘Obama Phone’ on January 21st.

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