News of the Week (January 21st, 2018)

 

News of the Week for Jan. 21th, 2018


 

Gun Rights

 

West Virginia aims to be ‘sanctuary state’ … for gun rights
Bill would make enforcement of unconstitutional firearms laws a felony

 

Hide the Decline

Environment &
“Green Energy”

 

Study: Arctic ocean “methane bomb” really isn’t anything to worry about
From the UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER comes this study that backs up a study that we reported on just a few days ago about methane clathrates on the ocean floor. The so-called Arctic “methane bomb” that some off the rails climate scientists have been worrying about just isn’t going to happen.

 

Obamacare

Government in Healthcare

 

Want to live longer? The US system of free-market investment in cures is the answer
“I have been given a bad break,” said Lou Gehrig, the great New York Yankee first baseman, on July 4, 1939, before a packed Yankee Stadium. Just two weeks earlier, he had been diagnosed with a terrible disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, which slowly destroys nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord and renders its victims paralyzed. There was no treatment for ALS, and two years after his retirement speech, Lou Gehrig was dead.

Can’t say I’m surprised. You?
According to Gallup, “After four years of Affordable Care Act implementation, the percentage of adults with no health care insurance has hit 12.2 percent”

DPC vs HSA: Interesting Twist
DPC, of course, being Direct Primary Care, about which we’ve written extensively over the years (here, for example).

 

War & Terror

 

“Charges being investigated” in Las Vegas shooting
Metropolitan Police Department lawyers said Tuesday that criminal charges related to the Oct. 1 massacre may be coming in the next 60 days.

Newly unsealed FBI search warrants show inconsistencies, but no second shooter
FOX5 is learning new information about the 1 October shooting from more than 300 pages of recently unsealed FBI documents. A judge made the decision on Friday to unseal dozens of search warrants despite insistence from investigators for the documents to stay sealed.

Navy files homicide charges against commanders of 2 ships in deadly crashes
Two Navy commanders face negligent homicide charges related to the deadly crashes of two ships off Asia last year, the Navy announced Tuesday.

Former CIA Agent Arrested on Suspicion of Collusion With the Chinese Government
Jerry Chun Shing Lee has been charged with “unlawful retention of national defense information”

China Wants to Use a Laser to Clean Up Space Junk
A new proposal seeks to clean up space junk by blasting it with a high-powered laser.

3 Things You Need to Know About Trump’s New National Defense Strategy
The first major defense policy document of the Trump administration contains some interesting clues about the present and future of the United States Armed Forces.

Charges: Former student set fires on St. Catherine campus in retaliation against U.S. military intervention
“You guys are lucky that I don’t know how to build a bomb,” Tnuza Hassan allegedly said.

‘Jihadi bride’ arrested at Heathrow with her baby then bailed is the first to return to UK with a child born under ISIS in Syria
The woman, 27, was arrested after landing in Heathrow on a flight from Ethiopia

 

National

 

Congress expected to hold hearings on dismissal of Bundy case
GOP lawmakers, the Trump administration and Democrats were sharply divided over public land use and a Nevada standoff between federal law enforcement and a militia led by Cliven Bundy before he was freed from jail.

Poll gives Laxalt advantage in Nevada’s governor race
One gubernatorial candidate released internal polling, while another snagged a key endorsement from the teacher’s union last week in Nevada politics.

Citing health, Stavros Anthony ends Nevada congressional bid
Las Vegas City Councilman Stavros Anthony is backing out of the race for Nevada’s 4th Congressional District, clearing the way for former Rep. Cresent Hardy to take a run at the seat.

Samantha Power Threw an Election Night Party for the Other Female U.N. Ambassadors Expecting a Clinton Victory
Samantha Power threw a 2016 election-night party for the other 37 female United Nations ambassadors expecting to see Hillary Clinton elected the first female U.S. president, only for the bash to end in despair, she revealed in a new interview.

Williams College Declares Using Pink and Blue To Denote Sex Is a ‘Bias Incident’
For generations, people have used pink to denote female and blue to denote male. This is especially handy with babies, since babies’ faces aren’t yet distinguishable as feminine or masculine.

Inexpensive Battery Could Revolutionize the Clean Energy Industry
Christopher Wolverton and his team of researchers at Northwestern University, in collaboration with a team of researchers from Argonne National Laboratory, have created a new lithium ion battery that shouldn’t work. For starters, it uses iron, a material that has always failed when used in other batteries. It also uses oxygen in a way scientists used to think would make batteries unusable.

Physicists Say They’ve Created a Device That Generates ‘Negative Mass’
Physicists have created what they say is the first device that’s capable of generating particles that behave as if they have negative mass.

LNC Vice Chair Arvin Vohra once again stirs controversy, calls for removal with age of consent comments
Vohra has continued to stir controversy with sharp statements about government schools, welfare, and other topics, but the outrage has now reached a new level as he has delved headfirst into the controversial topics of age of consent laws and potentially other laws regulating who is allowed to have sex with whom and under what circumstances.

House Of Horrors: THIRTEEN Children Rescued From Imprisonment And Torture In California
Parents are jailed after authorities found kids “shackled to beds” and living in filth.

Middle School Asks Students if They Thought About Changing Genders
“Some of the kids that had no idea what any of that stuff was,”

UCLA ‘Social Justice Advocates’ program goes dark
UCLA appears to have cancelled a program that sought to pay students to fight “whiteness, privilege, and heteronormativity.”

Portland State gets $1 million to overcome “preparation privilege” in computer science
The National Science Foundation has awarded $1 million to a Portland State University dean and some colleagues in order to “diversify computer science.”

Rutgers prof: White women voted for Trump because “sex difference is itself a racial structure”
A Rutgers University women’s and gender studies professor thinks she has the answer to why white women seemingly voted against their interests in the 2016 presidential and last month’s Alabama US Senate elections.

Prof: Valuing “emotion as knowledge” fights “white identity”
Hope Kitts, an assistant professor at the University of New Mexico, argues in a recent academic journal article that “valuing emotion as knowledge” is a good strategy for “deconstructing hegemonic white identity” in the classroom.

These Californians Declare Independence, with a Twist
There’s a new effort to split California into more than one state, but this time, a Declaration of Independence has been drafted. That’s right – rural California (aka Not The Coast) wants to declare independence from high tax-voting, sexual harassy, far left California. And not just geographically far left.

GOP cuts into Democrats’ advantage among Nevada voters
Republicans made some inroads into Democrats’ voter registration edge in Nevada last year but Democrats still hold a significant advantage of more than 76,000 active voters.

Nearly all members of National Park Service advisory panel resign in frustration
Three-quarters of the members of a federally chartered board advising the National Park Service abruptly quit Monday night out of frustration that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke had refused to meet with them or convene a single meeting last year.

Cory Booker ‘seething with anger’ as he yells at DHS chief Kirstjen Nielsen
Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., was enraged during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday and admitted he was “seething with anger” over President Trump’s alleged “shithole comments” and a Cabinet official’s statement that she did not recall the incident.

Homeland Security pursues charges against leaders of sanctuary cities
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen confirmed Tuesday that her department has asked federal prosecutors to see if they can lodge criminal charges against sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with federal deportation efforts.

PornHub saw increase in traffic from Hawaii after the ballistic missile threat was declared false
DATA taken from one of the world’s biggest porn sites has highlighted a peculiar spike in traffic following an event you wouldn’t think inspires a visit to the website.

This Bird Regulation Might Have Made You a Criminal. Not Anymore.
If you live someplace with a window, own a cat, or drive a car, then a recent change to a federal regulatory policy should come as a welcome relief.

Profs blast ‘tokenistic’ depictions of minorities in textbooks
A team of professors recently blasted K-12 textbooks for their “superficial” and “tokenistic” portrayal of women and racial minorities in pictures and illustrations.

Course uses ‘Pyramid of White Supremacy’ to teach diversity
A course at Salisbury University in Maryland is using a “Pyramid of White Supremacy” to help teach students about diversity and “cultural competence.”

ICE plans major sweep through Northern California
Promise Kept

Manhattan DA raids Newsweek headquarters
About two dozen investigators from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office raided the offices of Newsweek and its parent company, IBT Media, on Thursday.

Betsy DeVos: Common Core is dead at U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos gave a far-ranging speech today in Washington at an American Enterprise Institute conference, “Bush-Obama School Reform: Lessons Learned.”

A Bombshell House Intelligence report exposing extensive FISA abuse could lead to the removal of senior government officials
A review of a classified document outlining what is described as extensive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuse was made available to all House members Thursday and the revelations could lead to the removal of senior officials in the FBI and Department of Justice, several sources with knowledge of the document stated. These sources say the report is “explosive,” stating they would not be surprised if it leads to the end of Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel investigation into President Trump and his associates.

“We will prosecute” employers who help immigration sweeps, California AG says
The state’s top cop issued a warning to California employers Thursday that businesses face legal repercussions, including fines up to $10,000, if they assist federal immigration authorities with a potential widespread immigration crackdown.

Straws only for those who ask under California bill
Restaurants in California would be prohibited from automatically handing out straws to customers under a bill introduced Wednesday.

57.9% of Illegals Caught at U.S.-Mexico Border in FY17 Not Mexican; From 111 Other Countries
Only 42.1 percent of the “deportable aliens” that the U.S. Border Patrol apprehended along the U.S.-Mexico border in fiscal 2017 were citizens of Mexico, according to data collected by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Rockefeller University: Doping Western Cultures With Oxytocin Will Cure Hatred Of Refugees
A group of researchers from Germany and the United States have published a study which concludes that doping “xenophobic” populations with massive quantities of the estrogen-linked hormone Oxytocin will cure nationalism – making native citizens more accepting and generous towards migrants who simply want free handouts from Western taxpayers while Islamic extremists peacefully rape and murder infidels.

“ICE Has Your Six,” Fed Immigration Chief Tells California Cops
Acting Director Thomas Homan pledged agency ‘will never turn our back on law enforcement’ in this sanctuary state

5 measures will be on 2018 ballot in Nevada
From bolstering protections for crime victims to eliminating taxes on tampons and medical supplies, Nevadans this year will vote on a slew of new measures.

Nuclear reactor being tested in Nevada could power Mars mission
A future manned mission to Mars could be powered by a new type of nuclear reactor now being tested at the Nevada National Security Site.

Group moves to oust Las Vegas councilman Barlow via recall
A group that wants to eject Las Vegas Councilman Ricki Barlow from office early has 90 days to collect 1,154 signatures from Ward 5 residents to force a special recall election.

Cresent Hardy jumps into race for his old congressional seat
Former Nevada Rep. Cresent Hardy is officially running for his old seat.

Comey to Teach College Ethics Course
Former FBI Director James Comey will begin teaching an ethical leadership course at the College of William & Mary in the fall, the school announced Friday.

Police have to protect Trump supporters from mob at USC
Campus police escorted two Trump supporters from the premises of the University of Southern California when a mob threatened their safety following a gubernatorial town hall.

Being black in America is a “disability,” black law professor argues
A black law professor argues that African Americans should embrace the notion that being black in America is a disability as a new legal strategy toward enacting protections for the black community against unconscious bias, stereotyping and structural inequality.

House passes Born Alive Abortion Survivors Act as March for Life 2018 begins; Update: Trump speaks live; Update: Full Pence, Trump speeches added
Today is the March for Life in Washington DC, the powerful statement made each year at the anniversary of Roe v Wade. Donald Trump will address the march today from the White House, a first in the long history of the decades-long effort to highlight the scourge of abortion and to promote hope over despair.

Approaching ramming speed: Senate Judiciary Committee advances 17 judicial nominees
Numerous non-judicial nominees also advanced through other committees, leading to howls from liberal interest groups.

California Democrats fear losing congressional seat over census proposal
California Democrats are increasingly worried over losing a Congressional seat if proposed changes to the U.S. Census are implemented.

Committee Calls for GAO Probe on ‘Pernicious Problem’ of Sexual Harassment in Science Community
The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee wants the Government Accountability Office to investigate and report back on sexual harassment within the federal science community.

Rand Paul’s attacker will plead guilty to felony charge of assaulting a member of congress
Rene Boucher, the neighbor who tackled and seriously injured Senator Rand Paul back in November, has signed a plea agreement in which he agrees to plead guilty to a federal charge of assaulting a member of Congress.

Marriage licenses may soon be extinct in Alabama
The state senate in Alabama has approved a bill which, if signed into law, would eliminate marriage licenses in the state. Not just gay marriage licenses, mind you. All marriage licenses. There would also be no requirement for any sort of official ceremony. You’d only have to submit a few documents to a probate judge declaring that you were wed, met the minimum age requirements, weren’t already married and weren’t too closely related by blood.

 

Economy & Taxes

 

California corporate tax bill offsets Trump cuts
A pair of California lawmakers want to claw back some of steep tax cuts that corporations will receive under the federal tax overhaul signed last month by President Donald Trump.

There Is A Solid Conservative Antitrust Case Against Alphabet-Google
In a nutshell, the solid conservative antitrust case against Google is: information is power; power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

 

International

 

Sweden Blocks Christian Refugee Aideen Strandsson from a Job as She Faces Dangerous Deportation
An Iranian Christian actress whose asylum request was rejected by the Swedish government still faces deportation and cannot work to support herself.

Scientists discover 280-million-year-old fossil forest in Antarctica
Trees are believed to have lived through extremes of complete darkness and continuous sunlight

Switzerland Follies
Switzerland has followed New Zealand and a few other localities to outlaw boiling live lobsters. It also requires them to be shipped in salt water. Supporters claim that lobsters can feel pain, a dubious prospect, given that they don’t have brains to process stimuli.

Top grammar school bans teachers from calling its pupils ‘girls’ in case it offends transgender children
Altrincham Grammar School for Girls banning teachers from calling pupils ‘girl’

Man ruptures throat by stifling a sneeze
Stifling a sneeze by clamping your nose and mouth shut can cause serious physical damage, doctors are warning.

Pope Francis to Chileans: Stop slandering my bishop
This isn’t the ending that the Vatican had hoped for its papal visit to Chile. At the end of a trip designed to heal wounds, Pope Francis’ final address may have poured salt into them instead. The pontiff accused critics of Bishop Juan Barros of slander and “calumny” in accusing him of complicity in a cover-up of a notorious sex scandal that ended seven years ago

Justin Trudeau Puts Pro-Lifers on Notice that Their Views Won’t Be Tolerated in Public
During his town hall tour across Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has given explicit notice to pro-life Canadians that their beliefs on abortion make them second-class citizens.

United Nations rife with sexual harassment and assault
Now we know what the UN is doing when it’s not passing resolutions to condemn Israel or sending peacekeepers around the world to molest local children. According to a report at the Guardian Thursday, the staff at the UN experience frequent sexual harassment and assault, including rape.

Jeremy Corbyn faces race row for making white people pay more than ethnic minorities to hear a speech
Dispute erupted over price-cut for black and ethnic minorities to attend a rally

 

Opinion

 

Of Crudeness and Truth
Thoughts on President Trump’s latest verbal tempest

Do Mass Protests In Tunisia Mark The Start Of A New Arab Spring?
As if by some cosmic irony, Tunisia is once again being rocked by mass protests and its government, once again, is cracking down.

Feminists Hate All Men, So Why Expect Them to Love “Male Feminists”?
Glenn Reynolds calls attention to an article by Debra Soh, who seeks to explain the “male feminist” phenomenon by invoking evolutionary psychology. She sees this as a type of mating strategy “in which subordinate males manage to accomplish mating with females – which they otherwise might not get to do – by taking advantage of instances in which dominant (and more appealing) males are preoccupied, fighting off intruders. This has been observed across multiple species in the animal kingdom and in humans, it takes the form of feminist men.”

How California Democrats Have Turned The Golden State Into A “Sh*thole”
The new word of the week accurately describes California.

California’s proposed car ban is the perfect mix of hubris and silliness
It’s about time that members of Congress and the California Legislature got really serious about combating the nation’s pollution problem. Just as Jonathan Swift had a “modest proposal” to keep poor Irish children from being a burden to their families and their country (by selling them to wealthy English people as food), I, too, have a modest proposal for dealing with the unconscionable level of pollutants that are emitted in the U.S. to produce electricity. Let’s propose a plan to shut down the nation’s power plants.

The Supreme Court Quietly Gives Religious Liberty a Big Win
Religious liberty and freedom of conscience won big at the Supreme Court last week, just in time for Religious Freedom Day on Jan. 16.

Why We Are a Republic, Not a Democracy
Hillary Clinton blamed the Electoral College for her stunning defeat in the 2016 presidential election in her latest memoirs, “What Happened.”

The question Democrats fear most
As the tax reform bill entered its final consideration in December, one congressional Democrat confided to a colleague that the reason they so vehemently opposed it was that they were afraid it would work. With the bill now signed into law over unanimous Democratic opposition, every family is about to find out.

How California Democrats Have Turned The Golden State Into A “Sh*thole” Part ll
How many ways can California’s leftist Democrats turn the Golden State into a sh*thole? In Part l I addressed the outbound migration of California’s hard working middle class, as well as millennials choosing low-tax states to live and work. Despite this, California’s ruling party is doubling down on business-destroying policies, energy destroying policies, education destroying policies, and policies destroying California’s abundant natural resources.

Race, Culture, and Immigration
What Lind is ignoring—in common with many other commentators on immigration, as I have noted before—is that it is possible to favor lower immigration on grounds that are cultural but not racial. (I touch on this possibility in my Bloomberg View column today.) You can favor reduced immigration to slow cultural change or to preserve cultural cohesion, that is, without denying that immigrants from Africa can assimilate and become “fully American.”

Trump’s Infrastructure Opportunity
The administration’s plan, soon to be released, could unleash private partnerships and reduce Washington’s role.

Time for Republicans to play hardball on DACA
Republicans have plenty of leverage in the stalled talks about passing a new version of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. It’s time for them to quit negotiating with Democrats and use it.

Sorry, Ansari: a praxeologist looks at the latest scandalette
The leading edge of the sexual revolution give women options they didn’t have before; its completion has taken away many of the choices they used to have by trapping them in a sexual-competition race for the bottom.

Why Leftists Hate Masculinity
An ongoing mantra of the left is that everyone is a victim, with a singular carve-out for white men. A large group of the female population has embraced this chant.

How To Take Control Of Your Children’s Education
In her new book, ‘Rethinking Schools,’ Susan Wise Bauer offers a host of practical suggestions and alternatives for parents struggling with traditional education environments.

Employee Lawsuit Reveals Google as Intolerant Race Cult
Congratulations on finding this article if you used Google. A civil rights lawsuit filed this week revealed its search engine blacklists authors and ideas distasteful to the company.

Early 20th C. eugenics still predominates in Progressive abortion circles
A conversation with a young college student revealed that the Progressive abortion obsession has changed little since the early 20th Century.

Mean Girls, Nasty Women & Queen Bees
The embarrassing collapse of the feminist movement.

Jordan Peterson debate on the gender pay gap, campus protests and postmodernism
Channel 4 News full, fiery interview with clinical psychologist and professor Jordan B Peterson, whose views on gender have amassed great controversy – and a huge online following.

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