Doofus Of The Day #790

Today’s award goes to a politically-correct ultra-feminist mother who doesn’t appear to have a clue.  WARNING:  Language and sensitive subject alert, for those who are worried about such things. (Background:  a teacher sometimes allows ‘volunteer parents’ to bring in treats for her second grade class.) So Friday rolls around and the kids are excited. Autumn Lily Speaker comes into the classroom with a pan full of treats and brings them to me and says with a smile “I decided you can use these to teach the kids about the woman’s vagina today”. Baffled and completely caught off guard I slowly

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A book that rings true

Canadian author Patricia Pearson has written a book titled ‘Opening Heaven’s Door: Investigating Stories of Life, Death, and What Comes After‘.  The Sydney Morning Herald has linked to an excerpt from it that I found very interesting.  Here’s an extract. Monique Séguin was one of [my sister] Katharine’s nurses. She’s a middle-aged woman with curling dark hair who had seemed bossy to us in our overwrought emotional state. She shooed us out of Katharine’s room one afternoon so that my sister could rest. I even began writing a letter to her at the time, saying that it was none of

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Is government too big to govern?

There’s a good article in the Atlantic titled ‘When Humans Lose Control of Government‘.  Here’s an excerpt. The Veterans Affairs scandal of falsified waiting lists is the latest of a never-ending stream of government ineptitude. Every season brings a new headline of failures: the botched roll-out of Obamacare involved 55 uncoordinated IT vendors; a White House report in February found that barely 3 percent of the $800 billion stimulus plan went to rebuild transportation infrastructure; and a March Washington Post report describes how federal pensions are processed by hand in a deep cave in Pennsylvania. The reflexive reaction is to

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Entitlement reform: an attitude problem?

I came across an article at Legal Insurrection titled ‘Why I’m against drug testing for unemployment benefits and food stamps‘.  Here’s an excerpt. Our attitude on limiting public assistance is all wrong, and so is the way we talk about it. There’s any underlying assumption and I’d argue in many cases, arrogance on the right, that everyone on public assistance is lazy or entitled, and so we treat them as though they’re undeserving or unworthy of public charity. We complain there’s an entire generation living off entitlements, yet show no interest in helping them to a place where they can

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Doofus Of The Day #789

Today’s award is jointly and severally conferred upon all the idiots who fell for the so-called ‘iPhone Wave hoax’.  Britain’s Independent newspaper reports: A fake advert has [been] circulating on Twitter claiming that users of iOS 8 can charge their iPhones by putting them in the microwave, has been spotted as an obvious hoax. The so-called “Wave” technology is touted as Apple’s “latest and greatest addition to iOS8” and supposedly allows devices to be charged wirelessly though microwave frequencies. It is not the first time the Wave hoax has surfaced at the launch of a new operating system or phone.

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If you get vertigo, don’t watch this

Recognize this building? It’s the 100-floor John Hancock Center in Chicago.  The video clip below shows workers on top of the West Tower – one of the two antenna towers at the top of the building – starting to remove its uppermost level.  I recommend watching it in full-screen mode. I’m serious.  If you suffer from vertigo, DON’T WATCH THIS! All I can say is, you couldn’t pay me enough to get me to do that job, even if I was fully able-bodied . . . Peter

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Making an old hangar into a home

I was interested to read how a young married couple transformed part of an old aircraft hangar into a home (with offices for one of their enterprises below).  They went from this: to this: to this. Having restored an old, dilapidated four-bedroom apartment in South Africa, I have some idea of how much work is involved.  The amount needed for a hangar conversion must be at least ten times more!  My hat’s off to the couple.  Those interested in home improvement will enjoy their story. Peter

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Qatar and Islamic extremism

I mentioned last week that Qatar was under pressure from moderate Muslim neighbors to back off its support for Islamic fundamentalist extremism.  Now the Telegraph publishes an article that gives more information about Qatar’s activities.  Here’s an excerpt. Barely three years after Britain helped to free Libya from Col Gaddafi’s tyranny, anti-Western radicals hold sway. How could Britain’s goal of a stable and friendly Libya have been thwarted so completely? Step forward a fabulously wealthy Gulf state that owns an array of London landmarks and claims to be one of our best friends in the Middle East. Qatar, the owner

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