atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
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atomic_fungus

#628: O boy, more headlines.

I'll tell you what, it's a good day to be a conservative with these kinds of news stories.

Here is an article about the lot of women in Iran and how Sean Penn--who experienced, first-hand the oppression they endure--said nothing bad about Iran when he returned to the US. I could blockquote the hell out of the article to make the point, but I'm just going to implore you to read it, instead. 'Cause damn, I knew Penn was an asshat, but that pretty much proves it.

Global warming is 250 years old. That's right; data has been found which shows that the present warming trend that's supposedly caused by industrialization and SUVs and stuff actually started in 1750, before SUVs were invented and before the Industrial Revolution. Here's more data for the warmistas to ignore.

The Canadian health care system is so good, Canadian women come to the US to have their babies. Canada's health care system can't deal with all the high-risk and premature cases which are now taking place, so they are--as they always have, but haven't needed to much--using the US medical system as a safety net.

Basic economics: an artificially low price on a good or service increases demand beyond supply.

Advocating gun rights? Get thee to a shrink, kid. A student at Hamline University in Saint Paul, MN, has been suspended "...after he raised questions about the campus ban on concealed weapons, and [the university] is ordering him to have a mental health evaluation before he can resume his education."

Translation: "What? You want to be allowed to carry a gun? You must be crazy! You must be like that asian kid that shot up Virginia Tech! You can't come back until we know you're not going to go nuts and shoot a bunch of people!"

Alternate translation: "You want to carry a gun? You must be insane. No one in his right mind wants to carry a gun. I mean, what do you need it for? This is a university, not the wild west! All you'll do with a gun is hurt yourself or shoot a professor who annoys you, anyway."

Ah, how open-minded these liberals (or "progressives") are.

Larry Elder discusses the consequences of economic growth versus the perception of it. Despite the Democrat and media drumbeat, Americans--all Americans--are rich and getting richer.

Ask a poor guy in the Philippines if he would like to be as poor as an American poor person. Or go to Zimbabwe and ask a poor guy there. Ask anyone who lives in a third-world country whether they would rather be poor where they are, or come to America and be poor here, where a poor person typically:

  • has hot and cold running water
  • has air conditioning
  • owns a car
  • has a cell phone
  • has at least one TV and access to premium programming (ie cable or satellite)
  • never misses a meal
  • etc

Statistically speaking there are virtually no people in the US who live in grinding poverty--which is to say, poverty where obtaining food and shelter are major problems. There are enough welfare programs to prevent that in most cases, and the cases where they don't typically are due to other issues--not just a lack of employment, I mean.

Finally, Nealz's Nuze. Once again it's chock-full of tidbits that are on the official Atomic Fungus Required Reading list.

He's behind the curve on the "homeless in SF" story, though. Heh. Gotta move faster, there, Neal!
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