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Celine had the opening solo at the FCHS variety show this year. I caught it on video Friday night:
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Ed Driscoll contrasts a new NewsBusters article with forecasts from a few years ago on the decline of the newspaper business.  Both new and old forecasts lay the blame at the feet of the journalists running the businesses.
The NewsBusters article responds to a lament from a professor at the Columbia School of Journalism by pointing out "[journalists] frequently demonstrated contempt for your audience. As a result, the public has largely tuned newspapers out, and they're not coming back."
That happened to me back in '95-ish, when I canceled my subscription to the Myrtle Beach leftist rag.  It still happens today when I decline to subscribe to (or disable adblockers for) newspaper websites that are biased against me.
MISSED IT BY THAT MUCH: What Happens to Journalists When No One Wants to Print Their Words Anymore? Actually, the real issue is that much of the country doesn't want to read their words anymore. You can only say for so long, as the late Ginny Carroll, of the then-Washington Post-owned Newsweek, ...
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The Software Freedom Conservancy is one of the few non-profits I am delighted to offer financial support.  They sent me an update on their fund-raising efforts, asking to get the word out on their progress and to echo their plea for support.
With Hellwig vs. VMWare in progress and other significant GPL fights brewing, now is the time to join the effort.  Please consider giving.
The Software Freedom Conservancy provides a non-profit home and services to Free, Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) projects.
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At Brazeiros Churrascaria in Knoxville with Andy, Kristin, Sara, and Kamryn. :-)
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Makers and Takers.  Also known as free markets and planned economies.  Or Freedom and Slavery.  But best known, if not always well understood, as Capitalism and Socialism.
Global trade, with no single regulatory mechanism and only voluntary rules, has slashed global poverty to unprecedented lows.  Wherever markets are free and regulation minimal, humanity flourishes.
The wealth created draws parasites and the power-hungry, who have many rhetorical tools at their disposal, since the flourishing is never evenly distributed.  The unevenness empowers demagogues and revolutionaries under the banner of 'fairness'.
The 'solution' is always some form of forced transfer from the wealthy to the poor.  Eyes are averted from the slice the demagogues and revolutionaries take for themselves.  And as the productive environment evaporates, the level of force rises, until the vaunted 'fairness' devolves to starvation and misery.
Socialism in theory results in Rainbows and Unicorns.  Socialism in practice, demonstrated time after time by human history, results in misery, slavery, and mass murder.
In response to Ricochet member Mark’s post about the failure of President Obama’s Cuba policy, Titus Techera, who is Romanian, left a comment that too few people born and raised in Western democracies will fully understand: I was a bouncing baby boy when the communist tyrant was assassinated. I’m not sure it would have happened without Reagan and his foreign policy. Maybe the USSR was…
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Socialism isn't an instant disaster, and even appears wonderful for a while, but the loss of reward for work poisons the community and kills it.  Sorta like taking arsenic to make your skin beautiful.  Works for a while, but you have to keep upping the dose.  And if you quit (because it's killing you), you end up worse than before.
As with most vices, tolerance varies.  The socialist point of no return depends on the structure of the community, it's relationships with others, and the will of its members.  We Americans have been flirting with socialism to a greater and greater degree, especially since Johnson's Great Society push.  But hope remains:  Obamacare, the latest ratchet on the wheel, is a complete and obvious disaster.  Will Americans reject it and those who would lock it in?  (Bernie, Hilary, Trump)
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So, I recognized that Trump was Democrat running as a Republican when he started.  That's a "time-honored" tradition in local politics where R's reign, and the reverse where D's reign.  Local voters generally can tell, and reject them unless they really do tilt their way.
I figured Trump was the same sort, and it would work out.  Such that I could vote for him in the general if he actually wins the nomination.  I'm not so sure any more.  In fact, I'm starting to think like Protein Wisdom's Jeff:  (language warning)
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Trans-gender activists are going to be infuriated at the American College of Pediatricians.  I hope the ACP has the fortitude to hold the line.
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Drinking water contamination in Flint, Michigan.  Massive mine waste spill into the Animas River in Colorado.  What do they have in common?  Government officials breaking the very laws they're employed to enforce.
"The root of the problem here is that the EPA and other agencies assume that only they protect the environment and that private parties are always the ones who despoil it."
The details of the Flint, MI, water scandal are all too well known to require more than a brief summary. For many years, Flint obtained its water service from the Detroit Water and Sewage Department, which acquired its supply through both Lake Huron and the Detroit River. But with Flint in receivership since 2011, its city council decided to switch…
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So, were you considering upgrading to Windows 10, but worried about the tracking data it collects?  Heard that you could turn it off if you paid for the enterprise version?
Well, that's what MS pitches, but it isn't true.
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Ha!  BernieBro ?  Hilary Harpy ?  Be busy for a few days and miss the arrival of the most delightful epithets!  With bonus leftist infighting!
Disaster Pants: Will Wheaton Attempts a Brief Defense of "BernieBros," Then Collapses Into a Quivering Pile of Shame and Fear. He pushed back, slightly and not terribly cleverly, at the "BernieBro" stuff, asking, perfectly fairly I think, if those tossing about the "BernieBro" term as an insult ...
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