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July 23, 2017

Paper: Future of Globalization ‘Shaken’ by Trump Victory, Nationalist ‘Political Earthquakes’ (Video)

President Donald Trump’s 2016 victory and other nationalist “political earthquakes” have put globalization advocates on the defensive while even convincing some economists who once believed in globalization like a religion to change their minds, Nikil Saval writes after having attended this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos.

At Davos, according to Saval, “by all reports the mood was one of anxiety, defensiveness and self-reproach”: “The future of economic globalisation, for which the Davos men and women see themselves as caretakers, had been shaken by a series of political earthquakes.”

He writes that “in a panel titled ‘Governing Globalisation,’” the economist Dambisa Moyo, “otherwise a well-known supporter of free trade, forthrightly asked the audience to accept that ‘there have been significant losses’” from globalization.

Saval notes that the Brexit result and Trump’s election meant that “the barbarians weren’t at the gates to the ski-lifts yet – but they weren’t very far” since “the backlash to globalisation has helped fuel the extraordinary political shifts of the past 18 months.”

“Americanism, not globalism, shall be our creed,” Trump said on the campaign trail, as Saval points out. In the UK, he notes that “the vote for Brexit was strongest in the regions of the UK devastated by the flight of manufacturing.” British prime minister Theresa May, he notes, said at Davos that “talk of greater globalisation … means their jobs being outsourced and wages undercut.”


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July 22, 2017

Movie One Sheets: Dirty Dingus Magee

Dirty Dingus Magee is a comic 1970 anti-western film starring Frank Sinatra as the title outlaw and George Kennedy as a sheriff out to capture him. The movie was based on the novel The Ballad of Dingus Magee by David Markson and the screenplay was partly written by Joseph Heller. It was directed by Burt Kennedy.

July 20, 2017

What History Has Taught Me: Cheryl Rogers Barnett

After her mother died shortly after giving birth to Roy “Dusty” Jr., Cheryl found a mom in actress Dale Evans and became the second oldest of nine children. She formerly served as director of the now-defunct Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum.

Like her mother Dale before her, Cheryl helps battle against child abuse as a charter member of Childhelp USA. Cheryl and her husband, Larry, produce documentaries about Roy and Dale, and live in Washington, Utah.

The question I get asked the most is: Were Mom and Dad as nice as they appeared? They truly were!

When I rode Trigger, although he was a stallion and was as big as a racehorse, he was kind and gentle. He shared my mayonnaise sandwiches and sodas. He also loved Dad’s coffee. (See the black-and-white photo of me and Trigger.)

Mom considered Dad the funniest man she ever knew. He was a terrible tease. Just as she was about to explode, he would throw out a one-liner and have her laughing until tears came.


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July 18, 2017

Berkeley College Republicans Issue Challenge to Antifa (Video)

Worden added, “I’m looking at you Berkeley Antifa, speak with us or don’t — it’s your choice. This is a free country.”

The president of the Berkeley College Republicans has issued an open challenge to any member of Berkeley Antifa to debate them, with “any communist of socialist” moderator that they desire.

Troy Worden, president of the Berkeley CR chapter issued the challenge during a speech on Sunday.

“I would like to conclude my speech with a challenge, not to any of you, but to Berkeley Antifa,” Worden said. “I challenge you, Antifa, to participate in a debate with the Berkeley College Republicans. We can make it a safe space for you. We can have a neutral moderator — you can choose a communist or socialist professor of your choice to moderate the debate. Instead of attacking us, instead of terrorizing people like me, let’s sit down and have a discussion.”


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July 17, 2017

Graphic Quotes: Judge Jeanine Pirro or Campaign Rules

Judge Jeanine Pirro said she is sick of the Russia collusion narrative preventing President Donald J. Trump from enacting his agenda.

July 14, 2017

Complete Classic Movie: The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)

Stars: Robert Stephens, Christopher Lee, Colin Blakely. When a bored Holmes eagerly takes the case of Gabrielle Valladon after an attempt on her life, the search for her missing husband leads to Loch Ness and the legendary monster.

Click here to watch The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes.

July 6, 2017

The Most Important Graph in the World

Jonathan Haidt, the well-known psychologist from New York University, started as a “typical” liberal intellectual, but came to appreciate the awesome ability of free markets to improve the lives of the poor. Earlier this year, he penned an essay in which he pointed to what he called “the most important graph in the world.” The graph reflected Angus Maddison’s data showing a massive increase in wealth throughout the world over the last two centuries and which is reproduced, courtesy of Human Progress, below.

The “great enrichment” (Deirdre McCloskey’s phrase) elicits different responses in different parts of the world, Haidt noted. “When I show this graph in Asia,” Haidt writes, “the audiences love it, and seem to take it as an aspirational road map… But when I show this graph in Europe and North America, I often receive more ambivalent reactions. ‘We can’t just keep growing forever!’ some say. ‘We’ll destroy the planet!’ say others. These objections seem to come entirely from the political left, which has a history, stretching back centuries, of ambivalence or outright hostility to capitalism.”


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July 5, 2017

Vatican cops bust drug-fueled gay orgy at home of cardinal’s aide

They arrested the priest after taking him to a clinic to detox from the drugs he’d ingested — presumably on drugs charges, as gay sex isn’t illegal in Vatican City. He is now on a spiritual retreat in a convent in Italy, the paper reports.

Vatican police raided a drug-fueled gay sex party at the apartment of an aide to one of Pope Francis’ key advisers, according to an explosive new report.

The Holy Father is “enraged,” since the home, inhabited by Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio’s secretary, belongs to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith — the arm charged with tackling clerical sex abuse, Italian paper Il Fatto Quotidiano reports.

Cops raided the apartment in late June after neighbors complained about multiple people visiting the apartment and acting strangely.

Inside, police said they found men getting high and getting it on, the paper reports.

They arrested the priest after taking him to a clinic to detox from the drugs he’d ingested — presumably on drugs charges, as gay sex isn’t illegal in Vatican City. He is now on a spiritual retreat in a convent in Italy, the paper reports.


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July 4, 2017

US Navy SEALs Music Video – Warrior Song – Leviathan

Happy Independence Day!

July 3, 2017

Exchange Space Project – War Vet bringing the tools of effective discussion to college campuses (Video)

One US Forces’ veteran’s proposal to return civility to campus discussion: