Highly Recommended Drama from India: Laakhon Mein Ek

Yes, you’ll need subtitles to understand what is going on, but this is a brilliant series that illustrates how corruption in high (or mid-level) places hurts needy people the most. Ordinary men and women lose incentive to try their best when they are caught in high-pressure circumstances created by those using the system for their own ends.

It sounds bleak, but it’s not. The acting, script, and story are excellent, the characters ring true, and the series maintains humor (okay, dark humor) every episode. The truths being told aren’t happy, but the depiction is artful and human.... [Read More]

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Swiss Federal Elections: October 2019

Swiss flagYesterday, Switzerland elected a new lower house of the federal parliament, the Conseil National.  This has, since 1963, been composed of 200 seats, apportioned among the cantons based upon their population.  Elections are held every four years, with all seats in play.  Elections are by a curious proportional representation scheme called “panachage”, about which you can read more at the link if you haven’t filled your quota of confusion for the day.

The results were a substantial shift to the left, with the Green Party and its splinter faction the Green Liberal Party both gaining largely at the expense of conservative and centre-right parties.  Here is the makeup of the new Conseil National.... [Read More]

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I could say there’s a time for every season…

but that’s too damn darn poetic for the likes of me.

Had to buy a new washing machine tonight. Another Whirlpool, will I ever learn? First Whirlpool lasted 24 years, (with repairs I made). Second one lasted 8 years, with a few minor repairs, but the transmission went, the agitator would only go in one direction, when it was supposed to go the other way it made a horrendous grinding noise. So…... [Read More]

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Andrew McCarthy on Turkey and the Kurds

On October 8th, 2019, National Review ran an editorial, “Trump’s Syria Mistake”, which concluded,

Sometimes, however, there are obviously incorrect decisions. Trump made just such a decision Sunday night, and if Turkish military action is already under way, it may be difficult to correct. He should try. Kurdish troops have fought and died alongside Americans, combatting our common jihadist enemy. Moral decency and strategic wisdom dictate that we don’t abandon then now. The Kurds deserve better than still more death, this time at the hands of Turkey’s authoritarian regime.... [Read More]

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Conservative Happiness

(I could have used “traditional” instead of “conservative” in the title.)

The problem with the Meddlers/Liberals is they are basically unhappy and need to change the world. They didn’t win so they think changing the rules of the game is there way to success. Unhappy people get comfort in bringing others down. Or failure is when others succeed. Life is unfair when they face consequences. Institutional Whateverism is keeping them down not there poor choices.... [Read More]

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College Football 2019 – Week 6

October has arrived, and this first weekend of the new month gives us some good games to look forward to.

In the Atlantic Coast Conference, the North Carolina Tar Heels 🦶 head to Atlanta to face the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 🐝, the Miami Hurricanes 🌪  host the Virginia Tech Hokies 🦃 , the Boston College Eagles 🦅 are on the road at the Louisville Cardinals 🐦, and the Duke Blue Devils 🔵 😈 defend home against the visiting Pittsburgh Panthers 🐆 .... [Read More]

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Cancel Culture: When you’ve Lost MIT…

MIT logoRecently we discussed how Richard Stallman had been hounded out of his long-term positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Free Software Foundation (which he founded).  Well, if there’s one thing you can depend upon with Social Justice Warrior (SJW) outrage mobs, one scalp is never enough, and they have to keep nailing them to the rubble of institutions they’re destroying until they completely collapse.

Now they’re going after Prof. Seth Lloyd, a pioneer in the field of quantum computing, author of Programming the Universe, and explorer of the ultimate physical limits to computation.  Prof. Lloyd cited funding from Jefferey Epstein in 19 of his published papers, and is claimed to have visited Epstein in prison.  On 2019-08-22, Lloyd published a letter in which he apologised for his associations with Epstein.  Apologies and groveling only incite the mob.... [Read More]

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Book Review: Lethal Agent

“Lethal Agent” by Kyle MillsThis is the fifth novel in the Mitch Rapp saga written by Kyle Mills, who took over the franchise after the death of Vince Flynn, its creator. On the cover, Vince Flynn still gets top billing (he is now the “brand”, not the author).

In the third Mitch Rapp novel by Kyle Mills, Enemy of the State, Rapp decapitated the leadership of ISIS by detonating a grenade in a cave where they were meeting and barely escaped with his life when the cavern collapsed. As the story concluded, it was unknown whether the leader of ISIS, Mullah Sayid Halabi, was killed in the cave-in. Months later, evidence surfaces that Halabi survived, and may be operating in chaotic, war-torn Yemen. Rapp tracks him to a cave in the Yemeni desert but finds only medical equipment apparently used to treat his injuries: Halabi has escaped again.... [Read More]

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International Tax Competitiveness Index, 2019

Tax shakedownThe Tax Foundation (founded in 1937, they are the people who compute Tax Freedom Day every year) have just released the 2019 edition of their “International Tax Competitiveness Index” [PDF].  It evaluates the 36 countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) for their rates and policies for five kinds of taxation: corporate, individual, consumption (sales/VAT), property, and international tax rules, computing a ranking in each category and an overall rank merging category scores.

The top ten ranking countries for 2019 were:... [Read More]

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Mathless in Seattle

Back in May 2006, the Seattle Public Schools distinguished themselves by publishing “Definitions of Racism” which was deservedly mocked and thrown into the Memory Hole, but not before Fourmilab snagged, and preserved for all time, this verbatim copy, which remains a frequently-cited document on our site.

Well, here they go again.  Now we have this document, dated 2019-08-20, titled “K-12 Math Ethnic Studies Framework” [PDF].  (I have linked to the original document on their Web site.  If it disappears under a tsunami of scorn, like the “Definitions of Racism” screed, be assured I have a copy squirreled away which I shall immortalise.)... [Read More]

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This is so sad.

[Bad language at the link.]
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/happened-mark-hamills-son-got-210000237.html

I don’t get the calculation in the article of it’s terrible for a child to have one parent but just fine and dandy to end the child’s life. It makes me sick the anthem of “I am not ready to be a parent.” by people who doing parent creating things.... [Read More]

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