What I heard from the Democrats in their convention speeches tonight:
- Global warming is an urgent problem because it will put us under water in a hundred years, but we don’t care that Social Security and Medicare will be bankrupt within a couple of decades.
(According to the programs’ trustees’ own numbers, Social Security will be bankrupt by 2019 or 2034, depending on how you count it; Medicare by 2028, “two years earlier than projected in last year’s report”.)
- We want to tax the rich more, and also increase corporate welfare to already bloated colleges and universities.
Heartbreaking. A memoir for our time.
On NPR’s Fresh Air, Terry Gross interviews Sarah Hepola about her book, Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget. The world convinced her that she should drink as much as men, and sleep around as much—and consider it as casual and meaningless—as men. As the publisher’s summary on Amazon puts it,
For Sarah Hepola, alcohol was “the gasoline of all adventure.” She spent her evenings at cocktail parties and dark bars where she proudly stayed till last call. Drinking felt like freedom, part of her birthright as a strong, enlightened twenty-first-century woman.
If NPR were really interested in reporting the news impartially (as opposed to conducting a social-engineering propaganda campaign), they would probably report on this interesting development, reported by Life Site News (also covered at The Federalist Papers Project):
(Short version: Maya Dillard Smith was the interim ACLU director for a whole state; she’s impeccably liberal but resigned because she cannot support the militant new transgender activism.)
The African-American woman who leads a state chapter of the ACLU has resigned, citing her own daughters’ “frightened” reaction to biological males using the women’s restroom.
June 5, 2016
June 2, 2016
Granted, Wikipedia is greatly improved since its early days. Often it now cites its sources; often inaccurate information is removed almost as soon as a rogue editor adds it.
Still, for anyone who carelessly assumes that Wikipedia today is simply accurate and trustworthy, occasionally Wikipedia itself provides a cautionary reminder. From the first paragraph, the very top, of the article on Jainism:
It prescribes ahimsa (non-violence) towards all living beings to the most possible extent. The five main principles of Jainism are ahimsa, anekantavada (non-absolutism), aparigraha (non-possessiveness) and guruajna (obeyance of the preachings of the preacher).
Further down in the article, it talks about the “extreme difficulty” of “attaining true faith”. I don’t see what’s so difficult; all you have to do is embody five out of four principles!
May 26, 2016
In the United States, unemployment benefits or unemployment “insurance” is a government program that takes money from employees and employers (through a payroll tax) and gives money to employees who have become unemployed. Someone recently asked me to elaborate on why I oppose such programs, and what policy I would prefer instead.