Daily Archives: October 23, 2015

It’s spreading, again, across western civilization

Germanstudents do their master's bidding, voluntarily

German students do their master’s bidding, voluntarily

English college students demand Germaine Greer be silenced because she disapproves of “transgenders”

Germaine Greer may be barred from giving a lecture on women’s rights at a leading British university after hundreds of its students signed a petition accusing her of holding “misogynistic views” about transgender people.

The petition calls on Cardiff University to cancel the event featuring the 76-year-old feminist author and academic, who has been invited to give a lecture entitled “Women & Power: The Lessons of the 20th Century” next month.

By late on 23 October almost 300 people had signed the petition, which was started by Cardiff Student’s Union Women’s Officer Rachael Melhuish. It claims hosting Greer would be “dangerous” due to her previously stated views on transgender people.

Funny thing about so-called liberals: they can’t see past their obsessions to the principles involved, because they have no principles, only “feelings”. Here’s the Guardian writing about a U.S. minister’s stated intention to burn a copy of the Koran – the paper has said nothing about the Cardiff uproar.

On the night of 10 May 1933, a crowd of some 40,000 people gathered in the Opernplatz – now the Bebelplatz – in the Mitte district of Berlin. Amid much joyous singing, band-playing and chanting of oaths and incantations, they watched soldiers and police from the SS, brownshirted members of the paramilitary SA, and impassioned youths from the German Student Association and Hitler Youth Movement burn, at the behest of propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, upwards of 25,000 books decreed to be “un-German”.

The climax of a month-long nationwide campaign, this best-known of literary bonfires was intended as both a purge and a purification of the true German spirit, supposedly weakened and corrupted by un-German ideas and intellectualism. “The future German man,” the Reichsminister declared in a speech, “will not just be a man of books, but a man of character. You do well, in this midnight hour, to commit to the flames the evil spirit of the past. From this wreckage the phoenix of a new spirit will triumphantly rise.”

The volumes consigned to the flames in Berlin, and more than 30 other university towns around the country on that and following nights, included works by more than 75 German and foreign authors, among them (to cite but a few) Walter Benjamin, Bertolt Brecht, Albert Einstein, Friedrich Engels, Sigmund Freud, André Gide, Ernest Hemingway, Franz Kafka, Lenin, Jack London, Heinrich, Klaus and Thomas Mann, Ludwig Marcuse, Karl Marx, John Dos Passos, Arthur Schnitzler, Leon Trotsky, HG Wells, Émile Zola and Stefan Zweig. Also among the authors whose books were burned that night was the great 19th-century German poet Heinrich Heine, who barely a century earlier, in 1821, had written in his play Almansor the words: “Dort, wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen” – “Where they burn books, they will, in the end, also burn people.”

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Or, if they can scrape up the bananas, they buy McLarens

I am hedgie, hear me roar

I am hedgie, hear me roar! (No parking zones are for the little people)

Monkeys with the smallest testicles roar the loudest.

Scientists have found that the deeper the howler monkey’s howl, the smaller their testicles are. Those they studied also produced less sperm.

Dr Jacob Dunn of Cambridge University said: ‘In evolutionary terms, all males strive to have as many offspring as they can, but when it comes to reproduction you can’t have everything.’

‘There is evidence in other animals that when males invest in large bodies, bright colours, or weaponry such as horns or long canines, they are unable to also invest in reproductive traits.

‘However, this is the first evidence in any species for a trade-off between vocal investment and sperm production.’

He added: ‘It may be that investment in developing a large vocal organ and roaring is so costly that there is simply not enough energy left to invest in testes.

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Belle Haven land sale

44 Harbor Drive

44 Harbor Drive

44 Harbor Drive, asking $8.375 million, reports a pending deal.The sellers bought this for $8.7 million in 2006 and spent  ugh amount on architectural and engineering fees before changing their minds in 2009 and putting it back up for sale, with those plans, at $10.750. Sadly for people in this kind of situation, buyers willing to spend that kind of money just for land also insist on building their own house, not someone else, so the plans are worthless.

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Two sales reported

4 Cove Ridge

4 Cove Ridge

4 Cove Ridge, Old Greenwich, $4.1 million on an ask of $4.5. I’ve always loved this hose, so I’m envious.

60 Cat Rock Rf

60 Cat Rock Rd

60 Cat Rock Road, $2.150, asking $2.450. It’s not the house on Cove Ridge but then, neither is its price.

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This is beginning to look like an attractive price

400 Stanwich Road

400 Stanwich Road

400 Stanwich Road, listed two years ago for $4.495 million, has dropped to $3.549. For conspiracy theorists who insist that real estate agents always set their own houses’ prices high, hold on, and get far better prices than their clients, I’ll note that this is an agent who listed her own house at least $1 million over market and, while she may be holding on, she’s certainly not getting that price.

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Global warming – it can do ANYTHING

Environmentalists' wet dream

Environmentalists’ wet dream

Can do, or at least justify every agenda item that’s dear to regressive’s hearts.

The Nature Conservancy, which has spent decades promoting the protection of coastal wetlands, now warns that we’ll need more of them to stop our coastlines and Interstate – 95 from flooding in 2080, as global warming ruins the planet. and so we must stop development now.

Preserving open space to allow new marshes and dunes to be created will afford more protection for inland areas from extreme weather, but much of the land needed for that is currently developed, the study found.

Pardon me for scoffing at the idea that the Nature Conservancy is worried about smooth traffic flow on I-95.

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You know you may have a drinking problem when …

Wrong Way Harridan

Wrong Way Fedigan

Grandmother who drove through her home and into lake, killing husband and her son-in-law, arrested for drinking while out on bond

A grandmother who killed her husband and son-in-law after driving drunk through her Washington state home and crashing into a lake with her three-year-old grandson sitting on her lap last year has been ordered back to jail.

Carol Fedigan, 69, had been allowed to remain out of jail after pleading guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide in Sammamish, Washington. A provision in her plea agreement required that the woman abstain from alcohol.

Earlier this month, KOMO reported that Ms Fedigan was arrested after an alcohol monitoring ankle bracelet indicated that she had consumed alcohol.

No no, THIS way!

No no, THIS way!

Ms Fedigan’s lawyer, Briteney Mercer, tried to help her client remain out of jail until her sentencing on October 30 by arguing in a Wednesday hearing that the monitoring device had ‘malfunctioned.’

Well something’s malfunctioning, but it’s probably not the device.

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Science or politics?

Obama Dog: "It's no longer red meat once you cook it. Besides, taste more like chicken, to me."

Obama Dog: “It’s no longer red meat once you cook it. Besides, taste more like chicken, to me.”

WHO will declare that red meat is as carcinogenic as cigarettes and asbestos.Those who follow the politics of modern science will remember that the same people have been waging a campaign against red meat under the name of global warming. Apparently, that wasn’t scary enough, so they’ve upped the ante.

Readers with an even longer memory – all the way back to 2009 – will remember Obama’s vow to rid science of politics and “restore scientific integrity”.  Integrity’s a flexible term, turns out.

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