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Investing in Saudi Arabia

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The question to ask isn’t why companies are suddenly pulling out.

I say, the question is why did anyone want to invest there in the first place? Saudi Arabia is an Islamic revolution waiting to happen. (Which would be much worse for Middle East stability than the King killing an occasional journalist.)

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October 17, 2018 at EDT am

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Is J.C. Penney next?

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Their stock price (JCP) peaked above 80 in 2007, but yesterday it closed at $1.56. It didn’t get any boost from the Sears bankruptcy, just the opposite, even though there have been some news articles predicting a small increase in same-store sales from Sears customers. The company has been losing money since 2014. Stuck in long-term leases at failing malls.

I think that without anchor stores, mall traffic declines, and therefore the liquidation of Sears could ironically hurt other stores based at the same mall.

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October 17, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Business

Sears, Kmart bankruptcy

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Who shops at Sears? I think it’s brand name that resonates with people over the age of 60, which is a declining market.

And who shops at Kmart instead of Walmart or Target? No one I can think of. Except that there’s a ratty gross Kmart at Penn Station that I buy stuff at from time-to-time because it’s there. Anything they sell at Duane Reade you can get at the Kmart at Penn Station for less money. Unfortunately, I guess this means it won’t be there for much longer.

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October 15, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Business

Transgender “woman” wins bicycle championship

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A biological male who identifies as a transgender woman won a women’s world championship cycling event Sunday in California.

Rachel McKinnon, an assistant professor of philosophy at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, won the women’s 35-39 age bracket at the 2018 UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships in Los Angeles.

If we, as a society, continue down this path, then in the future, women’s sports will be dominated by transgenders. Women who were actually born women with two X chromosomes will give up on sports because they won’t be able to compete.

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October 15, 2018 at EDT am

New York Times admits that Khashoggi is Muslim Brotherhood

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In the NY Times:

Several of his friends say that early on Mr. Khashoggi also joined the Muslim Brotherhood.

Although he later stopped attending meetings of the Brotherhood, he remained conversant in its conservative, Islamist and often anti-Western rhetoric, which he could deploy or hide depending on whom he was seeking to befriend.

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Many of Mr. Khashoggi’s friends say that throughout his career of service to the monarchy, he hid his personal leanings in favor of both electoral democracy and Muslim Brotherhood-style political Islam.

Remember, the goal of the Muslim Brotherhood is “The introduction of the Islamic Shari`ah as the basis controlling the affairs of state and society.”

This is not a quote from some right-wing op-ed, this is a quote from the Muslim Brotherhood’s own English-language website.

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October 14, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in International

Saudi Arabia

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I really appreciate the Trump administration’s realpolitik. Obama would be doing something stupid right now if he were president. Trump understands that all Islamic countries in the Middle East are run by scum, but we need to support the scum who are on our side.

The guy who was killed, Jamal Khashoggi, was a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Muslim Brotherhood are not the good guys. Secularists are the good guys. Saudi Arabia has been shifting to moderate Islam, so they are moving in the right direction. Trump is wise to try to downplay this incident.

Nevertheless, the Saudi Arabians did a really stupid thing here.

For the record, I support the right of free speech, and I worry that extreme leftists in the United States, like Antifa people, will start doing to people they call “alt-right” what Saudi Arabia did to Khashoggi.

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Also, remember that half a million people died in the Syrian civil war. Much safer to live in Saudi Arabia where the secret police kill only a tiny fraction of that number. Which doesn’t mean that I approve of what Saudi Arabia did.

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October 12, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in International

Massive epidemic of women cheating

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DNA testing reveals that there has been a massive epidemic of women cheating on their husbands, getting pregnant, and then pretending the baby belongs to the husband and not to the guy she was committing adultery with.

A few years back, I discovered the same thing myself with a young female Washington Post columnist who shall not be named, and I didn’t even need to DNA test anyone.

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October 12, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Males and Females

Google Street View in outer space

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It looks very cluttered and prole, not at all like the Starship Enterprise.

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October 11, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Technology

When girls weren’t princesses

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An additional thought related to my previous post about gender-equalizing schools in Iceland.

It’s probably an anomaly of modern times that girls are raised to be little princesses. Before the industrial revolution, when times were hard and it was a struggle to survive, everyone had to be tough and pull their own weight. Only actual royalty had the luxury of raising their daughters to be princesses.

So the Icelandic school where girls are taught to climb trees and not to cry is probably more in line with how girls were historically raised.

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October 11, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Males and Females

How Icelandic schools equalize the genders

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In Iceland (possibly the world’s whitest country?), there are schools that try to equalize the genders by having the boys stay indoors and play with dolls, while the girls do outdoor activities like climb trees.

Elia climbed onto the table in front of her classmates. She threw her fists into the air and jumped on to the blue mats below.

“I am strong,” the 3-year-old said, her eyes alight with pride and exhilaration.

On the other side of this nursery school in the chic neighborhood of Laufásborg, boys were practicing having “gentle hands” by massaging each other with lotion.

Interesting. I wonder how this will turn out? Probably just fine for the girls, but the boys will be at a severe disadvantage later in life when they have to compete with boys who attended normal schools. Even the macho girls raised at these gender-equalizing schools won’t be sexually interested in these sissy boys.

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October 10, 2018 at EDT am

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