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China: All the Way Down

Automobile Sales and Birth Rates Decline Worst Ever Car Sales Drop China reported the worst-ever monthly sales drop in the world’s largest vehicle market on Wednesday, exacerbating concerns over the country’s economic slowdown and growing impact of an ongoing trade … Continue reading

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The Paradox of the Flat Mind

Psychologist Nick Chater says that he has discovered that the human mind is exceedingly shallow — or even flat. This is not what most people want to hear about themselves, and has not been a very popular message on the … Continue reading

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Death by Administrative/Bureaucratic Bloat

For thousands of years, administrative bureaucracies have been seen as “necessary evils” by most taxpayers. Without them, it would be impossible to administer or defend cities and nations. But when they grow costly beyond their actual value — as in … Continue reading

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Women in Chess vs. Women in Tennis

When we think of the greatest players overall in either Chess or Tennis, we typically do not think of female players. In tennis, Serena Williams is often considered the best female player of all time, but if she were forced … Continue reading

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China Toadies Shirk from Discussing Tiananmen

Thirty years after Tiananmen, for all its new wealth and progress, The People’s Republic of China remains a regime willing to stifle the freedoms that Westerners regard as a birthright. Let us not forget what the students of Tiananamen Square … Continue reading

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Every Day of Homeschooling is a Day Without a Utopian Socialist Indoctrination

The Overqualified Homeschooler A recent story making the rounds suggests that homeschoolers can be overqualified for many of the high-skilled, highly paid jobs which employers find it difficult to fill. My son, Spencer, decided to apply for the High Voltage … Continue reading

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Trump’s War Against the Swamp

The Deep State government and its cronies comprise a debilitating parasitic mass sucking the life’s blood from the US economy and its people. Because Mr. Trump typically does what he says he will do, he represented a threat to the … Continue reading

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Why China is Losing: Reading Between the Lines

China increasingly realizes that it’s playing a losing hand in the trade war, and its counter-moves have been made mainly for public consumption in China. __ Source If you take the trouble to look at the items that China left … Continue reading

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China and Russia: Desperately Seeking Hegemony

Guest Article by Edward Lucas from the Center for European Policy Analysis The Toxic Twenty Revisited Russia and China are both engaged in an undeclared war on the West. They are not allies, but they cooperate. Their arsenals are different, … Continue reading

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The Government is Not the Country

The USA is a country that dominated the 20th century, but was supposed to have faded rapidly by now to take a subservient position to China in the 21st century. The US government is badly in debt, and mired in … Continue reading

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Scholastic Aptitude: Can Blacks Ever Rise to Equal Others?

The Scholastic Aptitude Test has for decades shown a stark gap between scores by black students and scores of other ethnic and racial groups. No matter what is done, nothing seems to help to even the score. Will blacks ever … Continue reading

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You Know Nothing Chairman Xi

China Chooses to Lie Cheat and Steal Rather than Reform China could have chosen to abandon its long practices of forced technology transfer, product piracy, arbitrary discrimination against foreign litigants in disputes with Chinese companies, large scale industrial espionage, and … Continue reading

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The Thing That Is Different About Space Enthusiasm This Time

Ever since US President Kennedy pledged in the early 1960s that the US would land a man on the moon within the decade, the US has been caught up in episodic bouts of space enthusiasm. Engineers and other technical people … Continue reading

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You Must Learn to Face the Pain and Suffer

This article was previously published on the Dangerous Child blog You must, where necessary, learn to face pain and to suffer, in order to destroy and assimilate the pathological material contained in the symptom. (p. 166) __ Perls, Hefferline, Goodman … Continue reading

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Wind Power Boom Is Over

… the 20-year subsidies granted to wind, solar, and biogas since 2000 will start coming to an end next year. “The wind power boom is over,” Der Spiegel concludes. __ https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelshellenberger/2019/05/06/the-reason-renewables-cant-power-modern-civilization-is-because-they-were-never-meant-to/#2a527dd2ea2b No economy can afford to run its industry and … Continue reading

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Taking Responsibility by the Numbers, thru the Word, from the Heart

Note: This article is cross-published from the Dangerous Child blog Dave Ramsey: Responsibility by the Numbers Dave Ramsey is an author and radio personality who teaches different ways for people to take responsiblity for their finances: Get out of debt, … Continue reading

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Big Five Personality Test

The big five personality traits are the best accepted and most commonly used model of personality in academic psychology. The big five come from the statistical study of responses to personality items. Using a technique called factor analysis researchers can … Continue reading

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Why Can’t Socialists Handle the Truth?

They feel that they have good intentions. This utopian dream of theirs is so vivid they can almost taste it! But why do they never sit down with the veterans of failed utopias and talk over the problems that their … Continue reading

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Homicide Near and Far

A bit of research will reveal that most of the US cities with high crime rates also host significant numbers of black residents — who are usually highly sequestered within particular neighborhoods. The graphic below indicates the type of statistical … Continue reading

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I Am Not a Crook

What Did the President Know and When Did He Know It? Worse than Watergate “… if a single bugging of the political opposition is enough to bring down a presidency — and maybe lead to an unprecedented criminal prosecution of … Continue reading

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How to Make a 60 Year Old Brain Work Like a 20 Year Old’s

Theta-gamma nerve coupling between brain regions is key to cognitive functioning Zapping the brains of people over 60 with a mild electrical current improved a form of memory enough that they performed like people in their 20s, a new study … Continue reading

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Move Ova Obama! They’s a New Messiah in Town

Obama Messiah 2007 George Soros needed a messiah around 2007, and he was determined to have one. After 8 years of seeing most of his grand plans put on hold, it was time to take direct action. Mr. Soros is … Continue reading

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Dying Russia Update

Population Decline: Russia is one of the few countries with a negative growth rate, and its 2019 population is estimated at 143.90 million, a decline from an estimated population of 146.3 million in 2015. It’s currently the 9th most populous … Continue reading

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Space Access 2019 via Experimental Rocket Propulsion Society

Why Does the US Have So Many of These Conferences? Preliminary Conference Schedule And What Good Do They Do? Free Speech and Free Association form the Groundwork for a Civil Society These freedoms are guaranteed by the 1st amendment to … Continue reading

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Spygate: The Corrupt Administration that Perverted the Entire US National Security Apparatus For a Political Hit Job

Following in the footsteps of the Richard Nixon administration, the Obama administration took control of the US spy and law enforcement agencies and used them as just another arm of the Obama political machine. The full story of the intentionally … Continue reading

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