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Cathy Young
Cathy Young
@cathyyoung
Apr 29, 2016
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New TNR hits new low with apologia for American Communism. If you're a conservative or libertarian worried about the intellectual state of the right today, cheer up! The intellectual downward slide of the left continues apace. As an example, I give you an article in what currently passes for The New Republic titled "Who's Afraid of Communism?", by New Inquiry writer and editor Malcolm Harris. Harris's basic argument is that post-Cold War Americans are getting over anti-Communism, what with continue...
Cathy Young
Cathy Young
@cathyyoung
Apr 25, 2016
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How to Femsplain Man-Bashing. One of the more irritating aspects of the current feminist revival is the steady stream of nasty commentary about men and male behavior, often on a very personal level -- often accompanied by the use of "man-" as a derogatory prefix ("manspreading," "mansplaining," even "manslamming" -- thankfully that one didn't take). The latest addition to the genre comes from New York Times op-ed contributor Julia Baird, who proposes "manologue" as a term for the (alleged) continue...
T. Boone Pickens
T. Boone Pickens
@boonepickens
Apr 12, 2016
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Let's Find a Better Way to Elect Our President. Growing up in Holdenville, Oklahoma turned out to be one of my life's greatest blessings. Never mind that it was the Great Depression. I was taught values and lessons that serve me to this day. I was surrounded by family. And I had a great group of friends. We called ourselves the Kelker Street Gang. There was my cousin Billy Bob Reed. He and his mom, my Aunt Ethel, lived next door to us along with my grandmother. Both women were widows. Next continue...
Cathy Young
Cathy Young
@cathyyoung
Apr 20, 2016
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The rabbit hole deepens. The trend of promoting societal acceptance of self-designed identities may be taking a new twist: from transgender to "trans-species." Vice, usually attuned to the direction of progressive politics, has a surprisingly respectful piece on "the trans species community," also known as "otherkin" -- people who "identify as" nonhuman species. (Some otherkin also identify as aliens or mythical/fairy-tale creatures such as elves and hobbits.) There's a person who continue...
malharmali
malharmali
@malharmali
Apr 19, 2016
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The Growing Political Divide. We all have them on our Facebook feeds. Those two or more vocal and committed friends who hold vastly differing political ideologies, and seem to battle them out in the comments section of a sometimes biased article or study regarding which one's position is superior  -  much to our entertainment. They bicker over a variety of issues from gun control, economic policy, war, global warming, to Trump, Hilary, Bernie, and Cruz. A good debate is fun to encounter, continue...
Cathy Young
Cathy Young
@cathyyoung
Apr 18, 2016
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The Alt-Right: They're creepy and they're kooky, and not in the cute Addams Family way. My Federalist article taking on the Allum Bokhari/Milo Yiannopoulos defense of the "alternative right" at Breitbart.com (developed from my earlier post here at Allthink) has drawn some responses along predictable lines: Cathy Young is a Jew (true), a "Marxist" ex-Soviet immigrant (here's a tip: people who emigrated from the Soviet Union generally did so because they didn't like Marxism), a militant continue...
ahnafkalam
ahnafkalam
@ahnafkalam
Apr 17, 2016
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Bernie Sanders doesn't have a clue about the Middle East, gets praised anyway. No other politician gets the same free pass that Bernie gets when they're wrong. While discussing the issue of Israel and Palestine in a recent interview with the New York Daily News, in what I could only have hoped was an April Fool's joke, Bernie Sanders boldly made the claim that "10,000 innocent people were killed in Gaza" during Israel's Operation Protective Edge in 2014. An especially audacious claim from continue...
malharmali
malharmali
@malharmali
Mar 27, 2016
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Otto Warmbier, Shades of Marxism, SJWs and a Lack of Kindness. On March 16th, an American college student on vacation in North Korea, Otto Warmbier, was sentenced to 15 years hard labor for allegedly attempting to steal a political propaganda banner from a hotel in Pyongyang. While most of the world reacted with a mixture of outrage, hardnosed pity, and sympathy, a dubious faction of our population reveled in Warmbier's imprisonment - the zealous Social Justice Warriors. Eager to cater to continue...
Cathy Young
Cathy Young
@cathyyoung
Apr 15, 2016
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The Clintons, the crime bill, and black lives. The other day, I wrote in Newsday about the controversy over Hillary Clinton's allegedly racist past advocacy (as First Lady) for the 1994 Omnibus Crime Bill and Bill Clinton's clash with Black Lives Matter protesters in Philadelphia. One of the points I made, also explored in this Slate.com piece in February, is that a lot of black politicians and community leaders also supported the bill because of concerns about crime levels that made it continue...
Allthink
Allthink
@allthink
Apr 14, 2016
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A better long-form writing experience #allthinkupgrade Allthink is dedicated to the free exchange of ideas - and some ideas are longer than others. After listening to your feedback, today we're proud to announce a slew of new features on Allthink to improve posting long-form thoughts. You can access these features by clicking the LONG link in the bottom right of your gray thought box. Drafts. You can now save your long thoughts as unpublished drafts. Your list of drafts is accessible in continue...
azrael
azrael
@azrael
Apr 14, 2016
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Intimidating Atheists Through Threats of Torment: One common logical fallacy is argumentum ad baculum, which literally translated means "argument to the stick" and which is commonly translated to mean "appeal to force." With this fallacy, an argument is accompanied by the threat of violence if the conclusions are not accepted. Many religions are based upon just such an tactic: if you don't accept this religion, you will be punished either by adherents now or in some afterlife. If this is continue...
Cathy Young
Cathy Young
@cathyyoung
Apr 14, 2016
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SocialAutopsy.com: A worse mess than I thought. In my post about the Social Autopsy Kickstarter project, which promises to fight Internet bullies by preserving evidence of their online abuse in a database for a year, I tried to give the project the benefit of the doubt. In particular, I reported at face value the explanation offered by Social Autopsy founder Candace Owens in response to claims that the platform was a tool for doxing. Owens assured me that anonymous posters would not be continue...
Cathy Young
Cathy Young
@cathyyoung
Apr 14, 2016
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SocialAutopsy.com: A project against cyberbullying, or a doxing platform? Update: Go here for some updated information. In the last day, there's been a lot of Twitter buzz - none of it good - about a new Kickstarter project, SocialAutopsy.com, which promises a revolutionary solution to Internet trolling and bullying. Some of that buzz comes from me: yesterday, after reading the project's description and watching the promotional video, I tweeted asking if this was essentially a doxing continue...
malharmali
malharmali
@malharmali
Apr 07, 2016
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I am a Minority and I Prohibit You. I am a minority and I prohibit you from culturally appropriating my native culture. I was born in India. Hence, I prohibit you from stealing my culture and eating any foods that are representative of that place. But wait I have a reason. Since the British colonized us and stole our dishes, customs, and foods, there is a long history of oppression of my peoples. And you brazenly engaging in my traditions subverts the struggles of those actually ingrained continue...
Cathy Young
Cathy Young
@cathyyoung
Apr 13, 2016
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Are you a man? You're probably sick of this crap. There's a Facebook post on the VICE account that asks, "Are you a man? You're probably a creep." It promotes a piece on Broadly, VICE's women's page, titled, "Men are creepy, new study confirms." The actual study, conducted by Knox College (Illinois) psychologists Francis McAndrew and Sarah Koehnke and published in New Ideas in Psychology, was an online survey of 1,341 people who answered a battery of questions about creepiness, from the continue...
poetnwar
poetnwar
@poetnwar
Apr 13, 2016
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Small Business Tip of the Day: Identify your peak/non-peak Seasons and prepare for them in advance. Almost every single business has times of the year when they normally show an increase or a decrease in sales. These are normal conditions of almost every business type out there and nothing to be afraid of, if you are prepared for them in advance. If you know the month of April is your high point, have all your supplies, materials, inventory, and payroll/staffing ready to go at least 2 weeks in continue...
Mark Ankucic
Mark Ankucic
@markankucic
Apr 13, 2016
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I love tabletop gaming. I've done so for around seventeen years. It's an amazing hobby, equal parts maths, tactics, creativity and imagination. So when I saw that article circulating the other day about 'White male terrorism in tabletop', I was more than a little shocked. The claims made in it were outrageous - Sandy Beaches outrageous. For a few minutes, I was considering saying that I had performed another troll so I could watch the ensuing chaos of people trying to verify if it was true continue...
franklin
franklin
@franklin
Apr 12, 2016
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The Marxist Idea of Free Speech Is Ridiculous. Jonathan Chait, in a recent piece defending liberalism from the illiberal left, summed up the the latter's argument against free speech by noting that the Marxist dismissal of individual rights leads inevitably to their suppression. Any Marxist government immediately sets about snuffing out the political rights of parties or ideas deemed reactionary (a category that also inevitably expands to describe any challenge to the powers that be), he continue...
Mark Ankucic
Mark Ankucic
@markankucic
Apr 12, 2016
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I've interviewed so many devs in my time, and it pisses me off how well-trained most of them are. They're not natural. I get that they have a product to sell, but I know - I KNOW - when they're lying to me. Take for instance Creative Assembly - my interview for Rome II was a tap-dancing clusterfuck. 'AI is good' - bald-faced lie. 'Total War: Arena will be a good replacement for multiplayer in the main TW titles' - it's garbage. It's boring. And 10 v 10 where everyone controls three units each is continue...
grayscaleplaid
grayscaleplaid
@grayscaleplaid
Apr 10, 2016
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The human animal evolved reason as a survival strategy. Therefor, reason is subordinate to survival. Therefor, reason will be dispensed with when it ceases to further survival in either an absolute or a relative sense. Why do self-professed rationalists have such a hard time with this? Rationality isn't about assembling the most impressive Socratic dissertation of incalculably pure logic. It's about winning. And if deranged tribal zealotry is the revealed winning strategy, that's what you continue...