Weekend Reading | July 1, 2016
Here are some of the most politically incorrect, incisive, interesting, or original links from around the web for the weekend of July 1, 2016.
Transgender people will be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military, the Pentagon announced Thursday, ending one of the last bans on service in the armed forces. Saying it’s the right thing to do, Defense Secretary Ash Carter laid out a yearlong implementation plan declaring that “Americans who want to serve and can meet our standards should be afforded the opportunity to compete to do so.”
So it looks like the classic “pass a bill and sign it on the weekend so it goes down the memory hole by Monday…” tactic just got employed by T.H.E.Y. (The Hierarchy Enslaving You), here in Hawaii. While the Democrats in congress grabbed all the headlines with their staged 60’s college hippie style sit in at the Capitol, Hawaii’s leftist stooge Governor just signed away all of the previously confidential personal information of Hawaii’s law abiding gun owners to begin filling up the FBI’s national gun owners database.
The left invoked the fascist bogeyman one too many times and their bogeyman materialized. The Alt-Right phenomenon is a problematic development for left; attempting to explain it reveals foundational cracks in the narrative. Either the Alt-Right exists in a vacuum, or the Alt-Right is a white, largely working class response to less than favorable objective conditions. If the Alt-Right is treated as a vacuum entity, the left proves their accusations of white supremacy to be mere projection, since it grants whites a degree of free-will and freedom of thought that persons of color – helplessly moved about by external factors – do not possess. On the other hand, if the Alt-Right Is a white, working class reaction to painful social stimuli, then – what the fuck? Why the demonization campaign? Aren’t they just another aggrieved victim class deserving of sympathy and understanding? Why does the left hold Alt-Right realtalkers to a higher behavioral standard than BLM? Check your white supremacy.
The Older Brother and I had a conversation some years back as our dad was fading from Alzheimer’s. The Older Brother noted that while our great-grandfather was sharp until nearly age 100, our grandmother developed Alzheimer’s in her 80s, and our dad had (in retrospect) started succumbing in his late 60s. Seeing the progression, The Older Brother said, “Well, we’re screwed.” (That’s the family-friendly version of his analysis.) I replied that Alzheimer’s is probably a form of diabetes, not a genetic destiny. We can avoid or delay it for decades by eating a good diet. Turns out a good diet might even reverse the condition to an impressive degree. Here’s part of the abstract of a 2014 pilot program published in the journal Aging:
The latest EU foreign policy document, titled Global Strategy, calls for an extended reach into new spheres as distant as the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa. It also outlined “gradual synchronisation and mutual adaptation” between different member states’ individual defence strategies. Ukip’s defence spokesman Mike Hookem said: “The EU wants its own Empire as former Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso made clear when he was in charge.
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