Global Warming: Canadian Ice Alert

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Oh, this is just too good. Back in 2014, I wrote Icebreaker Irony, which was, well, very ironic. Here’s a sample:

Every now and again, a story comes along so filled with ironic goodness that I spend days chuckling whenever I think of it, and particularly, whenever I think of the intellectual energy the smug, effete, intellectual twits involved expended to deny and spin the obvious.  In this case, the intellectual firepower involved surely is of the refrigerator bulb wattage variety.

You’ve heard of the ship stuck in the Antarctic–the MV Akademik Schokalskiy–and the unsuccessful attempts of Chinese and French icebreakers to reach her?  What a tragedy…but hey, what was that ship doing so far out in the Antarctic this time of year anyway?  Are you ready for this?  Sit down…

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What’s Up at WoW?

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As regular readers know, I’m a founding contributor at Wow Magazine, a collaboration of some of the most insightful writers on the Internet–or elsewhere, for that matter.  Here are some of the articles at Wow I’m sure you’ll find interesting.  As I’ve often noted, it should be on your daily “to read” list:

Trump and how to beat him, according to the Guardian

Republicans Win Georgia 6 Election

Not Unity But Civility

How Cats Used Humans to Conquer the World

Sweden’s Clueless Government Puzzled Over ‘Rise In Islamic Extremism

The Savage Nation – Michael Savage – June 19, 2017 Full Show

Ecuador: Odebrecht stoolie turns in tapes of meetings with officials

Was It Terrorism?

Democrats Place Bounty on Trump Agenda, GOP Leadership Aims to Collect

A Few Remarks About the DC Shootings

Another London  Terrorist Attack

CNN’s Startling Incompetence

When the Left asks us to “turn down the rhetoric” what they really mean is SHUT UP!”

HuffPost Scrubs Article Calling for President Trump and GOP Leadership’s “Execution” Days Before Shooting

Bookworm Beat 6/14/17 — Never give a Leftist an opening

Movie Review: Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 2

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Director: James Gunn

Writers: James Gunn, Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning

Cast:

Chris Pratt: Peter Quill/Starlord

Zoe Saldana: Gamora

Dave Bautista: Drax

Vin Diesel: Voice of Baby Groot

Bradley Cooper: Voice of Rocket

Michael Rooker: Yondu

Karen Gillan: Nebula

Pom Klementieff: Mantis

Kurt Russell: Ego

Slyvester Stallone: Stakar Ogord

Jeff Goldblum: Grandmaster

David Hasselhoff: David Hasselhoff

I reviewed the original film back in 2014, beginning thus: 

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Taxing Reason And Guns In Seattle

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Progressivism is, in many ways, a secular religion. While some progressives profess a faith of one kind or another, many do not. Nothing can be allowed to rival party, power and progressive narratives and ideology. Nothing can be greater than the current progressive maximum leader (see: “Barack Obama”). And as with religious true believers, progressivism cannot be falsified. No progressive narrative or doctrine can possibly be wrong; none may be proved wrong, and no evidence can ever be sufficient to prove it wrong. The most common response to anyone daring to produce evidence of the failure of a progressive policy is flashing anger, screamed obscenities, accusations of racism, sexism, any other ism one would care to name, and the always favorite: “shut up.” If violence is necessary to obtain that silence, so be it.

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WoW! Magazine Forum For June 19, 2017

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Every week on Monday, the WoW! community and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: What Will be The End Result Of Mueller’s Investigation?

Mike McDaniel: The results of Mueller’s investigation do not require the insight of an Old Testament prophet. Special prosecutors spends tens, even hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars, and they prosecute as many people for as many crimes as they can… I was going to say “for as many crimes as they can find,” but the better formulation would be: “for as many crimes as they can manufacture.”

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Electric Vehicles: Tesla Turnoffs

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As regular readers know, I’ve been keeping track of the problems of Tesla vehicles, including several cases of spontaneous combustion. Just a brief visit today to the continuing Tesla saga, this time, via Zerohedge.com:

In early 2014, a Tesla Motors Model S that was part of the Edmunds.com test fleet suddenly lost power while merging onto a freeway. The car flashed several warning messages — ’12V Battery Power Low – Car May Shut Down Unexpectedly’ and ‘Car Needs Service – Car May Shut Down Unexpectedly’ — before coming to a stop on the freeway onramp. Eventually a tow truck came to haul the stricken vehicle to a Tesla service shop, where the company replaced its drive unit for the third time.

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Murderers Caught; Juan Williams Relieved

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Juan Williams

Among the favorite arguments of anti-liberty advocates is Joe Average Citizen cannot be trusted with guns. Yesterday, while channel surfing, I happened to tune, briefly, into The Five. I happened to hear Juan Williams trot out the ancient and abjectly false canard that anyone owning guns is virtually certain to kill themselves, their family or other innocents. This is particularly ironic coming from Williams. I’m sure readers recall his dismissal from NPR for not being a sufficiently bull goose demented leftist. For a time, Williams tempered his progressive rhetoric, at least in part, one assumes, out of gratitude to the many conservatives that stood up for him, and to Fox, which employed him and continues to employ him to date. Obviously, gratitude, and rationality, go only so far.

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Starbucks: They Don’t Stand With America

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Back on March of 2015 I wrote Starbucks: The Beans of Idiocy.  On that occasion, the CEO of Starbucks, one Howard Schultz, buying into Eric Holder’s racialist hectoring that Americans were cowards because they aren’t obsessed with racial problems that didn’t exist until he and Barack Obama stirred them up, was encouraging his “baristas” to write pithy little slogans about race on the cups they dispensed to their customers. I noted:

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Education: Testing Tyranny, Part 1

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credit: learningtrust.org

I last updated this series of article in 2014. Much has changed since then, but the problems presented by mandatory, high stakes testing remain. As is always the case, I don’t know where the series–and the interests of readers–will take me. I simply hope I can provide some useful and thought-provoking ideas.

The school year has drawn to a close.  It’s always a bittersweet time.  It is good to bring the year to a close, to finish all that we’ve worked on for a year and to take some small satisfaction in all we’ve learned.  But it’s a sad time as well, for each of my classes, made up of all of my students, will never meet again.  Each class had its own unique personality made of the personalities of all of my students.  I’ll miss them.

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