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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.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

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

Republicans’ Taylor Swift problem

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Well it’s not specifically a Taylor Swift problem but a bigger and more generalized problem that nearly all celebrities support Democrats, and the sheeple actually listen to celebrities. Taylor Swift has more political sway than the entire combined staff of the National Review and the Heritage Foundation

It would help if Republicans would stop cucking for the super-rich who want lower taxes. Hollywood types understand that their huge fortunes came from luck and not because they are superhuman value creators like Howard Roark. Hollywood types WANT their taxes raised.

But then, conservatives need to create an alternative to Hollywood that produces entertainment that people want to consume, and which isn’t loaded with subliminal leftist brainwashing.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

October 10, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Politics

Chapter-by-chapter book review of The Lord of the Rings

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I’m writing this on a different platform. I’m up to the part where the hobbits reach Bree and meet Strider.

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Why? The Lord of the Rings is the best-selling fiction book of the 20th century.

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October 9, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Books

Hurricane Michael update

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2:29 PM Tuesday

Predicted to strengthen to a strong category 3 before making landfall, which means the wind damage will be much more extensive than we had with Florence which weakened before making landfall.

Landfall late tomorrow afternoon, near Panama City, Florida. 200,000 people live in the Panama City metropolitan area, which is nothing compared to the six million who live in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metropolitan area. One day a major hurricane will land there and there will be massive economic damage.

9:28 AM Wednesday

Will make landfall shortly after 2 PM, east of Panama City, as a Category 4.

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October 9, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Weather

More from Bloomberg about Chinese hack

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Bloomberg presents new evidence of Chinese hardware hacks, even as the rest of the mainstream media ignores the story. Because it doesn’t fit the narrative that the biggest hack ever was Russia publishing a few emails from the DNC and John Podesta?

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October 9, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Politics, Technology

Still thinking about how unfair the hearings were to Brett Kavanaugh

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In any normal trial, a defendant is allowed to use discovery to obtain evidence to prove his innocence, a process that was denied Kavanugh. As much as Democrats try to say it was a job interview and not a trial, damn it, it was a trial, and the people of America were the jury.

1. The therapist’s records. Normally, therapy is considered privileged, but because Ford presented the therapy as proof that Kavanaugh assaulted her, then in any normal and fair legal proceeding, Kavanaugh would be entitled to obtain those records and even question the therapist at a deposition.

2. The polygraph test. In any normal courtroom, polygraph tests are not allowed because they prejudice the jury while being unreliable. But because the polygraph test was introduced into evidence, it’s only fair that (1) Kavanaugh is entitled to all documentation about it; (2) to cross-examine the guy who gave the polygraph (who would be like an expert witness), and (3) have his own guy give her a polygraph test.

3. Deposition. Kavanaugh is entitled to have his attorney depose Ford and ask her tough questions she was never asked. As well as other people who might know things such as her FBI friend.

4. Cross-examination. Kavanaugh is entitled to have his attorney cross-examine Ford.

5. Present witnesses. Kavanaugh is entitled to have a parade of people called to the stand to testify that they don’t remember any such party (although they would be subject to cross-examination by the other side).

6. Freedom from prejudice. Kavanaugh is entitled for this to take place in a setting where Democratic Senators are not allowed to interrupt every five minutes and give a speech about how much they believe Ford. Where whoever is questioning Ford for the prosecution is not allowed to ask leading questions or give their opinion.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

October 9, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Law, Politics

Nikki Haley resigns?

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Now I think it’s more likely that she’s the one who wrote the anonymous op-ed and maybe I was wrong about Mike Pompeo.

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October 9, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Politics

No more green pants for Republicans

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This isn’t your father’s GOP. This is the party of Trump. The GOP has gone from a party of guys wearing green pants with a yellow shirt, going golfing at the country club with Muffie and Chip, to a party of brawlers, head-bangers and New York street fighters.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

October 8, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Politics

Monday update

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It’s a slow news day when the biggest story is a motor vehicle accident in upstate New York. I say that we can’t get safe self-driving cars soon enough. Self-driving cars could save more than thirty-thousand lives per year in the United States.

In politics, it looks to me that the liberals are not going to drop Kavanaugh. Just as they refused to accept the results of the 2016 election, they refuse to accept the results of a Senate vote which in turn was the result of previous elections that put more Republicans than Democrats into the Senate. I see a dangerous turn in U.S. politics in which liberals would rather tear down the legitimacy of our institutions rather than accept losing control of them.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

October 8, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Politics

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