Whether we call them refugees or migrants, they’re coming – and they won’t stop

Two recent articles have highlighted the reality of modern so-called “refugees” – in reality, most of them are economic migrants – who are flooding into the First World any way they can.  Having lived and/or worked in some of the worst affected areas from which the migrants are coming, I think I can provide an informed perspective on them. First, New Republic focuses on the migrant flow through South America, and tells the story of several individuals.  Here’s a brief excerpt from a lengthy article. Today, more than 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes—a

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That’s a big plane . . .

Stratolaunch, the hybrid aircraft made up of two new fuselages and wings, plus six engines from old Boeing 747’s, is conducting taxi tests prior to its first flight later this year.  It’s enormous, designed to hang a satellite launch rocket from beneath its center wing, and lift it to 30-40,000 feet before dropping it, to get it through the thickest layers of atmosphere and give it a “head start” to orbit. The six-engine, 385-foot-wide aircraft, nicknamed Roc, is the world’s largest airplane as measured by wingspan. It’s designed to carry up rockets for high-altitude launches in midflight. Stratolaunch has said

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The shotgun: brutally effective at close range

A video has surfaced on LiveLeak showing the fatal shooting (richly deserved) of a suspect by a police officer in San Diego, CA in 2016.  The DA’s analysis (link is to a .PDF document in Adobe Acrobat format) includes this assessment: Mr. Juan Carlos Fernandez had been issued a court-ordered restraining order forbidding him from contacting his former wife. Fernandez continued to harass and stalk her. On November 13, 2016, Fernandez went to his former wife’s family residence. His ex-wife’s father went outside to talk to Fernandez. The boyfriend of his ex-wife arrived, confronted Fernandez, and the two began to

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Predatory lending comes to hospitals?

It looks like Big Medicine may be getting into bed with Big Banks. Laura Cameron, then three months pregnant, tripped and fell in a parking lot and landed in the emergency room last May — her blood pressure was low and she was scared and in pain. She was flat on her back and plugged into a saline drip when a hospital employee approached her gurney to discuss how she would pay her hospital bill. Though both Cameron, 28, and her husband, Keith, have insurance, the bill would likely come to about $830, the representative said. If that sounded unmanageable,

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Combating child sexual abuse: an Internet dilemma

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has spoken out against the proposed Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA). FOSTA would undermine Section 230, the law protecting online platforms from some types of liability for their users’ speech. As we’ve explained before, the modern Internet is only possible thanks to a strong Section 230. Without Section 230, most of the online platforms we use would never have been formed—the risk of liability for their users’ actions would have simply been too high. Section 230 strikes an important balance for when online platforms can be held liable for their users’

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Would you pay $100 for a meatball???

Even this meatball? Meatball lovers unite. The humble meatball is being transformed for one day only — on March 9, for National Meatball Day. (Who knew?!) The $100 meatball will be available at Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse at 447 Lexington Ave. Created by executive chef Juan Tourn, it’s made with Wagyu beef, truffle Caciocavallo cheese, foie gras, winter truffles — and topped with a creamy shallot and champagne sauce. There’s more at the link, including a photograph of the gonzo gargantua meatball. Sorry.  I’ll be darned if I pay $100 for any meatball, no matter how good its ingredients –

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So when does an adult become an adult?

Calls by several groups and individuals (including President Trump) to raise the legal age for purchasing a firearm to 21 are making headlines at present.  The problem is, buying a gun is just one part of being an adult, and it’s neither the most risky nor the most politically awkward one. At the same time, some are calling for the voting age to be reduced to 16.  Tell me;  if someone’s not mature enough to own a gun until they’re 21, what makes you think they’ll be mature enough to vote – arguably a far graver responsibility – when they’re

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Cowardice and betrayal of trust in Broward County

By now, I’m sure most of my readers are aware that four Broward County deputy sheriffs – including the school security officer – cowered outside the Parkwood school buildings and refused to go in to confront the shooter as he was murdering 17 of his former classmates.  (I won’t name him.  He doesn’t deserve to be remembered as a human being.  Let his name be forgotten.) When it comes to the deputies’ conduct, I don’t think anyone has said it better than my friend and comrade Lawdog. I’ll go so far as to say that there is no dishonour in

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