Thursday, January 9, 2014

Soup Since The Second

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    • Soup McGee "At the facility, Robins befriended a mentally handicapped boy. He recalled feeding him candy bars, and frequently getting into fights to protect him from being bullied by other residents. One morning, Robins said, he discovered his friend lying motionless. The night before, both he and Robins had been sent to the White House for punishment.

      “I went to his bed to check on him and he was cold,” Robins said. “When I came in that afternoon, he wasn’t there.” Robins asked a cottage father what happened to him. “He’s dead,” the man said. He told Robins the boy was being taken to the mental institution and he died.

      “No, he was dead, in that bed,” Robins said. “I’m sure of that.”"
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  2. #HOFBARRYBONDSNOW "He was the best hitter I ever faced, to be honest with you," Maddux said when asked about the former Giants and Pirates star left fielder during a conference call Wednesday. "When he was in Pittsburgh, he was good. He might have been the best player when he was a Pirate, too. As far as the Hall of Fame is concerned, I definitely respect Barry's ability to play baseball. It was always a privilege to face him. The game revolved around him."
    --Barry Bonds: 762 Career Home Runs 20 leading off, 10 walk-off, 87 tying, 262 go ahead … … #HOFBARRYBONDSNOW
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  3. Treat Yourself! A gracious donor has gifted us a week stay in a Jr. Suite at Casa Dorado, a 5 star resort in Cabo San Lucas. We are holding a social media bidding war today through Sunday at midnight. All funds raised will directly impact children's literacy!

    Here are the details:

    The Week at the condo is: Jan 31, 2014 – Feb 7, 2014.


    Value (at current booking rate): $310+ per night, or roughly $2,500 for the week.

    Includes: One week lodging in a Junior Suite (kitchen, dining area, sleeping area in one expanded suite) in one of the best locations in Cabo – easy walking distance to the Marina, downtown and numerous favorite beachfront bars and restaurants.

    Limitations: The week is set, we cannot move it later or earlier; if you cannot arrive until Saturday, that’s ok, we would work out a late check in.

    Excludes: Airfare, transportation to/from airport, food, incidentals and tips. They should plan for roughly $450 pp for airfare, $50-75 for airport shuttles, and of course daily expenses depend on their spending habits. Extra’s available for separate fees/prices: Unlimited internet/wifi, golf, dining, excursions, etc.

    To bid: Place a bid in the comment box below. The highest bidder will be win this awesome vacation at midnight, PST, on Sunday 1/12/2014

    Questions: contact Katie at 916-284-7560 or email at
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  4. no but cirrusly
    A "thank you" would have been nice.
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  6. Here are the Chris Christie emails everyone's talking about today:
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  7. """2) Will people be able to see the doctors they want, when they want?

    Even as millions of people gain insurance, they may have trouble getting a doctors’ appointment — especially for a primary-care doctor. The Association of American Medical Colleges predicts the country will be 91,500 physicians short by 2020. There’s also evidence that some of the plans on the new exchanges have narrow networks that exclude popular regional hospitals.

    For a bad-case scenario, look no further than Massachusetts, which enacted universal healthcare seven years ago. Now, only half of its primary care doctors accept new patients.

    Part of the solution lies not with Obamacare, but with Congress: Medical organizations are urging lawmakers to raise the cap on residencies so that more doctors can be trained."""
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  8. I dislike corrupt politicians and inefficient governments as much as the next rational guy, but that doesn't make them guilty of everything.
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  9. via Soup McGee...
    Bill Day tries to explain global warming to conservatives...
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  10. Bill Day tries to explain global warming to conservatives...
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  11. If Johnny Depp doesn't get a nomination for his role as a pirate in CAPTAIN PHILLIPS the Academy Awards are a hoax.
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  12. BTW-Barry Bonds: 762 Career Home Runs 20 leading off, 10 walk-off, 87 tying, 262 go ahead … … #HOF
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  13. """Peter Thiel, the co-founder of PayPal, declared, "I no longer believe that freedom and democracy are compatible.""" #BS
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    • Soup McGee """"Speaking of which, neoreactionaries are obsessed with a concept called “human biodiversity” (HBD) — what used to be called “scientific racism.” Specifically, they believe that IQ is one of — if not the — most important personal traits, and that it’s predominately genetic. Neoreactionaries would replace, or supplement, the “divine right” of kings and the aristocracy with the “genetic right” of elites.

      To call these claims “controversial” would be putting it lightly, but they underpin much of anti-egalitarian and pro-traditionalist claims neoreactionaries make. Delving into the scientific debate over race, genetics and IQ is beyond the scope of this article, but I’ve included some links on the topic in the reading list.

      It’s not hard to see why this ideology would catch-on with white male geeks. It tells them that they are the natural rulers of the world, but that they are simultaneously being oppressed by a secret religious order. And the more media attention is paid to workplace inequality, gentrification and the wealth gap, the more their bias is confirmed. And the more the neoreactionaries and techbros act out, the more the media heat they bring."""
    • Soup McGee Neoreaction reading list

      Foundations of neoreaction:

      Michael Anissimov: Neoreactionary Glossary

      Michael Anissimov: Empirical Claims of Neoreaction

      Nick Land’s Dark Enlightenment Sequence

      Mencius Moldbug: A formalist manifesto

      Mencius Moldbug: Against Political Freedom

      Mencius Moldbug: An open letter to an open-minded progressive

      Heroes of the Dark Enlightenment

      Against Neoreaction:

      Scott Alexander’s Anti-Reactionary FAQ

      Alexander’s Response to the “Empirical Claims of Neoreaction”

      Popehat: Free Speech Does Not Include The Right to Be Free of Criticism

      Alexander on the historical forces that shaped modernity

      Alexander on racism, sexism and social justice

      Genetic Similarities Within and Between Human Populations by D.J. Witherspoon et al.

      Genetics Made Complicated: Is Race Genetic?

      Ron Unz on race, IQ and wealth

      Research on the cognitive effects of poverty

      Tim Maly on seasteading and other technocratic exit strategies
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  14. A la Debate One, Romney:
    "Creationists specialize in the what’s called the Gish gallop — a rapid-fire listing of supposed weaknesses of evolution that, in a limited-time format of a debate, cannot all be properly answered.This leaves the audience with the incorrect impression that evolution is shaky science."
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  15. -- who does this ASSHOLE think his neighbors are? And how is this attitude of his LESS entitled than thinking that the Government has a responsibility to me like I do to the Government? No, seriously...anyone?

    ""You should not expect a handout," he tells me. "You should not even expect a safety net. When my house burns down, I should not go to the government to rebuild it. I should have the savings, and if I don't, my neighbors should pitch in for me, because I would do that for them.""
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  16. Current temp, -19 degrees, feels like -46 in Buffalo MN.
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  17. USA - Record cold temperatures caused dozens of injuries today after people who said "so much for global warming" and similar comments were punched in the face.
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    January 6 via The Huffington Post
    • """"""Even if you include the value of IRA's, most shares of stock are owned by the very wealthy. The richest 1 percent of Americans owns 35 percent of the value of American-owned shares. The richest 10 percent owns over 80 percent. So in the bull market of 2013, America's rich hit the jackpot.""""""
      The Year of the Great Redistribution
      One of the worst epithets that can be leveled at a politician these days is to call him a "redistributionist." Yet 2013 marked one of the biggest redistributions in recent American history. It was a redistribution upward, from average working people to the owners of America.
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  19. EzBug calls her little Disney figures 'actors' since we took her to British Panto...
    Expose children to the theatre and amazing things happen.
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  20. """""Adherents of the movement believe the U.S. government creates a secret identity for each citizen at birth that controls a clandestine U.S. Treasury account totaling up to $20 million, which is used as collateral for foreign debt. And by filing enough bogus legal documents, including fake liens and false foreclosure notices, sovereign citizens believe they can game the system, ultimately eliminating personal debt or defrauding corporations.

    “This is a movement that breeds con artists who form fake entities, countries and even fake Native American tribes,” Pitcavage told “They feel entitled to everything and they’re willing to bully anyone to get it.”""""""
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  21. OH FFS.

    """A Sears security officer began following a man and woman outside the store after seeing the pair shoplifting.

    As the officer prepared to detain them, the female suspect retrieved a handgun from her backpack....See More
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  22. """""""When the state of North Dakota considered a ballot initiative that would have enacted a similar rule in that state, we quipped that “even the most minor inconveniences to religious practices would be suspect under the initiative. A person who is running late to church could claim it is illegal to make them obey traffic lights.” """"""""""
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  23. “all we need is universal love man and it’ll work.”

    “no it won’t, dude.”   

    “how come it won’t?  i know it will.
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  24. Cold here Soup....real cold.....
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    "All of this is all wrong in ways that have all been explained before. So just a few brief observations:

    1. Statements about climate trends must be based on, er, trends. Not individual events or occurrences. Weather is not climate, and anecdotes are not statistics.

    2. Global warming is actually expected to increase "heavy precipitation in winter storms," and for the northern hemisphere, there is evidence that these storms are already more frequent and intense, according to the draft US National Climate Assessment.

    3. Antarctica is a very cold place. But global warming is affecting it as predicted: Antarctica is losing ice overall, according to the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. However, sea ice is a different matter than land-based or glacial ice. Antarctic sea ice is increasing, and moreover, the reason for this may be climate change! (For more, read here.)

    Finally, just one last thing. When it's winter on Earth, it's also summer on Earth...somewhere else. Thus, allow us to counter anecdotal evidence about cold weather with more anecdotal evidence: It's blazing hot in Australia, with temperatures, in some regions, set to possibly soar above 120 degrees Fahrenheit in the coming days."
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    • Pam Weishaar I just heard from a new FBF in Buenos Aires - heat wave there just ending. That's still on the same earth that The Donald is on, for those who might be wondering.
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    Waiting a Year for Mental Health Assessment

    Jaime spent a year behind bars at Kewanee, where, at 14, he was the youngest inmate, and was yet to be assessed by the prison, his mother said. Without an assessment he could not receive more than the most basic therapy, and according to his mother, Jaime was not doing well, Susan Du reported.

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