Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Global Anti-Semitism Drops 12% But Surges By 45% On American College Campuses

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Academia needs an enema.

Via JPost:

While violent incidents of antisemitism dropped 12% worldwide in 2016, US campuses saw a surge of 45% in antisemitism, according to data released Sunday.

The Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry at Tel Aviv University in collaboration with the European Jewish Congress released its Annual Report on Antisemitism for 2016 during a press conference held at the university.

According to the report, a total of 361 anti-Semitic violent incidents were reported worldwide, down from 410 in 2015.

The decrease in the number of all types of anti-Semitic incidents put together, as monitored by communities and governmental agencies, is most evident in France, where the Interior Minister announced a 61% decrease in all forms of antisemitism as well as in Belgium which witnessed a 60% decline.

The report credited the reason for this drop to increased security measures and the heavy presence of soldiers and police surrounding Jewish institutions as well as the fact that an increasing number of Jews avoid appearing in public spaces with identifying attributes, such as a Kippah.

In contrast, English speaking countries saw a rise in antisemitic incidents: The UK saw an increase of 11%, though the rate of violent incidents decreased by 13% while antisemitic incidents in Australia increased by 10% this past year.

One of the most startling findings is a 45% increase in antisemitism on US campuses, which the report stated have become a hot-bed for antisemitism, often under the guise of anti-Zionism and due to increased pro-Palestinian movements, such as BDS on campuses.

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Thank You JPost and Dapandico, 

Pelosi: "We Would Totally Have A Budget Agreement In Place If Trump Wasn't Involved"

Speaks volumes of the people who keep electing her.

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Hey, it’s not like he’s the President.


WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., delivered a message to President Trump on Monday morning about Congress’ sensitive negotiations over a spending bill that must pass by Friday.

That message: Butt out.

“It’s my view that if the president stepped out of it, we could get a budget done by Friday,” Schumer said on a conference call with reporters.

“Totally agree,” Pelosi said. “We were on the path to get it done until he did intervene.”

The government will run out of funding Friday night unless Congress comes to an agreement on a series of spending bills. The major sticking points are the billions of dollars the president has demanded to begin building a wall on the southern border, as well as Democrats’ demands for at least some of the billions of dollars Congress owes insurance companies under Obamacare.



Thank You Yahoo and Zip. 


The Duchess of Toontown.




How loopy is Nan?



Dem Senator Richard Blumenthal Asks Fellow Senate Dems To Help Fund His Lawsuit Against Trump

Democrats/Socialists . . . "What's mine is mine. What's yours is mine."

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Blumenthal can afford to fund it himself, he’s worth more than $66 million.

Via Hartford Courant:

Sen. Richard Blumenthal is asking his fellow Democrats to help fund a lawsuit against President Donald Trump, charging that his international business dealings violate the constitution, one of his colleagues said this week.

“Right now, Sen. Blumenthal is leading an effort asking each one of us to contribute an amount of money for a court case,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., told the crowd at a town hall meeting in San Francisco. “The hope is that there will be 41 of us that will be on that court case,” she said.

A spokeswoman for Blumenthal said Senate Democrats were looking at a variety of actions related to Trump’s “unprecedented conflicts of interest.”

“There are ongoing conversations between members of the Senate and constitutional and ethics experts about how best to do that if the administration continues to fail to provide transparency and comply with the nation’s laws,” said Maria McElwain, Blumenthal’s communications director.

Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which Blumenthal is a member, said her staff was “looking very closely” at the emoluments clause of the constitution, a provision that prevents the president from receiving gifts from foreign leaders.

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Thank You Hartford Courant and Zip.

Tunisian Doctoral Student Refutes Einstein Et All To Prove The Earth Is Flat. Why? Because It's In The Koran


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Why? Because the Koran says so.

Via World Crunch:

In our age of endless debates and alternative facts, at least we thought this question was long settled. Everyone from Ferdinand Magellan to Apollo astronauts had provided the proof that our world — messy as it might be — is round. Not flat. Right?

Well, at the highest levels of Tunisian academia, one doctoral student has reopened the question. Since 2011, the aspiring PhD at the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Sfax has been working on a thesis in geology entitled: “The flat, Geocentric Model of the Earth, Arguments and Impact of Climate and Paleoclimactic Studies.”

In short, her thesis was that the Earth is flat. She has gone to great lengths to refute the theories of Newton, Kepler and Einstein, whose work apparently had serious flaws that others have failed to see over the past several centuries. The doctoral student puts forth a new vision of kinetics that, instead, conforms to the verses of the Koran.

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One of the world's "Great Religions." 

Story says this person is a she.

Maybe it's got something to do with having to wear a bag over her head. 

She can't see too well.

Thanks Zip.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Jazz Break, Allan Holdsworth: Road Games

Testing an hypothesis here.


We ran Bill Bruford's LP One Of A Kind.

Allan Holdsworth played guitar on it. 

Stats have almost a thousand page views on it. 

We ran a notice WITHOUT the term Jazz Break on the news of Allan's untimely passing. 

In it, the EP Road Games was embedded. 

So far, 44 page views. 

So it's not that his music is un-accessible to non musicians. 

Does it need a Jazz Headline to be viewed?

Socialist Venezuela Has Only $10 Billion In Reserve To Fund The Government

 "Making the rich pay their fair share"

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They are in deep trouble…

Via Fox 40:

Amid all of Venezuela’s problems, the country is running out of time and money.

Venezuela only has $10 billion in reserves — the cash that’s intended to keep an economy stable and weather tough times.

What’s worse: most of those reserves aren’t in hard cash. About $7 billion is in gold bars, which doesn’t make it easy to make payments.

And Venezuela has a lot of bills to pay soon. It owes $6 billion in debt payments for the rest of this year. There’s also no sign that the country’s lone source of revenue — oil exports — will be able to pay down those debts.

At the end of the day, Venezuela is running the risk of defaulting on its debt this year, meaning it wouldn’t be able to get more loans to pay for basics like food and medicine, which are in scarce supply.

In 2011, Venezuela had $30 billion in the bank. As recently as 2015, it had $20 billion.

The worsening financial picture underscores Venezuela’s problems. Violent, anti-government protests killed three people Wednesday, and more protests are scheduled for the weekend. Armed forces met protesters with tear gas and shots.

Also on Wednesday, General Motors said Venezuelan authorities seized its assembly plant. Authorities later denied it was seized, saying it’s embargoed until a long-running court case is resolved, but that distinction didn’t matter to GM: it shut down operations due to the government intervention.

The IMF predicted on Tuesday that inflation in Venezuela would skyrocket 720% while unemployment would shoot up over 25%. This year will likely mark the fourth straight year of recession — entirely under socialist president Nicolas Maduro, who blames the U.S. and political opponents for the country’s problems.

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Thank You Fox and Zip. 



It can't be pointed out often enough that Corporate Tax Breaks are not an evil to be castigated.

Corporations, when hit with Government, across the boards mandates to pay up, don't Pay those Taxes.

They pass them through to the Little People who patronize those indispensable Corporations.

If Corporations paid those taxes out of their own own bottom lines instead of Raising the end price of whatever they're selling to cover them, the Investors would pull their money out and re-invest it in another sector which the Government hasn't declared a Tax War on, . . . yet.

It really is that simple.

It's the consumer who gets hit with those taxes, not the Corporation or the Investors.

This is a 1955 Ford Thunderbird.


In 1955 it retailed for $3,800.

You can thank the Tax-ocracy, not Ford, for what a new one costs today.

Obama Released People Who Were Threats and Covered It Up As Part Of The Iran Deal

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I don’t generally say wow or easily use the words treason, because it has very specific parameters. But it could fit here. And kudos to Politico for the effort behind the story…

Via Politico:


When President Barack Obama announced the “one-time gesture” of releasing Iranian-born prisoners who “were not charged with terrorism or any violent offenses” last year, his administration presented the move as a modest trade-off for the greater good of the Iran nuclear agreement and Tehran’s pledge to free five Americans.

“Iran had a significantly higher number of individuals, of course, at the beginning of this negotiation that they would have liked to have seen released,” one senior Obama administration official told reporters in a background briefing arranged by the White House, adding that “we were able to winnow that down to these seven individuals, six of whom are Iranian-Americans.”

But Obama, the senior official and other administration representatives weren’t telling the whole story on Jan. 17, 2016, in their highly choreographed rollout of the prisoner swap and simultaneous implementation of the six-party nuclear deal, according to a POLITICO investigation.

In his Sunday morning address to the American people, Obama portrayed the seven men he freed as “civilians.” The senior official described them as businessmen convicted of or awaiting trial for mere “sanctions-related offenses, violations of the trade embargo.”

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Thank You Nick and Politico.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Allan Holdsworth Passes At Age 70, R.I.P. Mr Holdsworth




This tribute doesn't begin to address Allan's contribution.

What he created was not a difference of degree, but of specie.

It's going to be decades analyzing and assessing his real value.


R.I.P. Mr Holdsworth, and thank you.

Here's another brief and early sample.


 

We'll be posting more.