Lion of the Blogosphere

Staten Island on SNL Weekend Update

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November 19, 2017 at 6:30 pm

Maureen Dowd op-ed

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A rare Maureen Dowd op-ed worth reading.

First, she makes the case that if Hillary had won the election, this wave of sexual assault accusations would not be happening. (I agree, but I don’t think Dowd explained it entirely correctly.)

And then she writes:

Time and again, Hillary was a party to demonizing women as liars, bimbos, trailer trash or troubled souls when it seemed clear they were truthful about her philandering husband. She often justified this by thinking of the women as instruments of the right-wing conspiracy.

Plus, my addition, is that Hillary is simply a hypocrite when she talks about “believing women” and she places her own personal power ahead of anyone and anything else.

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November 19, 2017 at 11:09 am

Posted in Politics

Yearbookgate

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http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/11/16/exclusive-stepson-of-roy-moore-accuser-accusations-one-hundred-percent-a-lie/

Beverly Nelson’s stepson has publicly stated that he believes that Beverly is lying. That’s pretty damning.

“I know for a fact that there is a lot that that woman does not tell the truth on,” Nelson claimed in an in-person interview with Breitbart News. “Do I think that Beverly is trustworthy? No, I really don’t. Could I see her making it up? …The odds are in that favor.”

And the yearbook signature is very mysterious. Gloria Allred refuses to release the yearbook to independent handwriting experts or allow her client to answer questions about it.

How did they even get together in the first place? Why does the accuser need a lawyer? There isn’t anyone to sue. The statute of limitations has long since expired. Is Allred being paid anything? Is she really representing her client, or is she representing her own hatred of conservative Republicans and using her client as a pawn?

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November 17, 2017 at 3:01 pm

Posted in Politics

Lion’s tax proposal

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We should close loopholes and eliminate deductions that primarily benefit the rich (yes, including deductibility of state taxes and mortgage interest on expensive houses, and even charitable donations), including the carried interest loophole, and use the savings (and only the savings) to lower FICA tax rates. There are a lot of people who pay no income tax but do pay FICA tax. Lowering the employee share of FICA taxes would be a fair way to distribute the additional tax revenue from loophole closure.

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November 17, 2017 at 1:54 pm

Posted in Taxes

Al Franken, creepy old man

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November 17, 2017 at 1:38 pm

Posted in News

Raymond B. Cattell quote from 1984

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“Societies in the past that have become too pluralistic, like India, and the old Mediterranean countries like the Roman Empire, didn’t perceive the danger to moral standards that arose from having too many differing moral standards, too many differing religions, too many differing cultures. On the other hand, there are advantages to a country in having some diversity, in that each can be used as an experiment to see in which direction the group as a whole might advantageously go. I think that there’s a happy medium on this matter of diversity, and it has probably been overshot in the U.S. at the present. Alienation is now quite severe, and it’s partly due to wholesale, unchecked immigration. Few politicians seem willing to confront the issue. I think it might not be a bad idea to remove the inscription from the Statue of Liberty which calls for the ‘wretched refuse’ of the other countries to migrate here. This is not what you want to build a nation of.”

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I agree with the above, and it’s the main reason I hate Democrats, even though Democrats may be more right than Republicans on issues like healthcare and taxes. Unchecked immigration and moral decline and lack of national unity are what’s going to destroy our nation.

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November 17, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Video games, IQ, and old-age decline

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http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0186621

Interesting new research article, which shows that MOBA games are correlated with fluid intelligence, and show the same age-related patter as fluid intelligence, with peak performance in the early 20s and declining thereafter.

However, FPS games have less correlation with fluid intelligence and higher correlation with reaction time and mouse-aiming abilities which peak at a younger age and decline more precipitously with older age.

The lesson here is that I just need to give up playing Overwatch which is an FPS game. When I switched to playing Overwatch last winter, I got stuck in what I believe is the bottom 10% and never got out. I’m just too old to ever “git gud” at it, or even get average at it.

I should go back to playing Vainglory, which is a MOBA game for the iPad. I had a decently high ranking at Vainglory (I would guess at least top 20%). Even though I have had decline in fluid intelligence since my 20s, it started out really high (top 1%, maybe even top 0.1%), so it’s still quite a bit higher than the average 21-year-old. Furthermore, I think that using a stylus and a tablet is less stressing on old people’s slower reflexes than mousing skills which are still required for PC-based MOBAs like League of Legends, so Vainglory is an especially good game for older people to play.

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November 17, 2017 at 12:55 pm

Posted in Biology, Nerdy stuff

The Orville S01E10 “Firestorm”

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Not my favorite episode.

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November 17, 2017 at 9:42 am

Posted in Television

Does a man need to have anything to talk about with a woman?

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There was a commenter this week who said something like a 30-year-old man would have nothing to talk about with a teenage girl.

I recently discussed this issue in a recent Star Trek post. You need to read my Star Trek posts!

A sub-plot was that McCoy discovered he has an incurable disease and has only one year to live, which explains why he is willing to settle down on an alien planet, so he could live his last year with a hot babe. If he went back to Earth, he would have just been another beta-male with a year to live, and zero women would have been interested in him. But what could McCoy possibly talk about with the “high priestess”? What do they have in common? Absolutely nothing. The message from TOS is that hot babeness is sufficient basis for a marriage. This is a belief that has been lost sometime during the last 50 years.

I’m not saying that I agree or disagree, I’m just putting it out there.

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November 17, 2017 at 9:39 am

Posted in Males and Females

Washington Post explains why you should support Roy Moore

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It’s an op-ed and thus not the official position of the paper, but nevertheless, we have a Democrat explaining why she supports Al Franken and Democrats no matter how lecherous they are.

This applies triple to Roy Moore. Dumping Al Franken just means that the liberal Democratic governor of Minnesota appoints another Democrat to replace him. Yet you have Democrats who still support him. But with Roy Moore, if he drops out of the race, or if people just don’t vote for him, we lose a precious Senate seat for three years to an open-borders tranny-rights Democrat (who for all we know may have done a lot of bad things himself that the media just hasn’t reported on).

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November 17, 2017 at 9:23 am

Posted in Politics

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