Refugee Caregiver Beaten, Disfigured, and Blinded in One Eye by Culture-Enricher | Gates of Vienna

Source: Refugee Caregiver Beaten, Disfigured, and Blinded in One Eye by Culture-Enricher | Gates of Vienna

28 year old lady who works with refugees went to tell a 36 year old African illegal immigrant lady that it was time to move to a different center after her refugee application was denied.

End result: after a few attempts to avoid the whole “pack up and go” thing, the attempted refugee attacks the aid worker with a bush axe/bill hook/gertel. (if your grandmother didn’t have one for the garden, check amazon– it looks kind of like someone started with a k-bar, then sharpened the wrong side, then took a picture and warped it up around in a curve around the now-sharpened back)

The French Are Spinning American Food – Bloomberg

I pause here to note that I’m not that American who goes abroad and complains that nothing is as good as it is at home. This meal was, in fact, delicious, at least an 8 out of 10 in the category of bar food. The Maroilles was marvelous, and, I have sadly learned, is not readily available in the U.S. In any case, my hope upon finding an American-themed bar was not that I would find good food, but that — after a lifetime of experiencing American renditions of other cultures’ cuisines — I would see how the French do American food.

Volumes are written about the terrible things that Americans do to other cuisines, whether it be the teeth-aching sweetness of General Tso’s chicken, or the Godzilla-like growth of the American burrito. In most of the conversations I’ve had about this, the assumption is that there must be something wrong with Americans, that we cannot enjoy foreign dishes the way they were intended to be eaten. Or even worse, that we are culinary imperialists, plundering the recipes of other nations, and then screwing them up. What the heck is an “Asian salad,” anyway?

But every cuisine gets lost in translation, and always for the same reasons. The source’s ingredients are hard to get in a foreign land; the original skills are hard to teach to foreigners; local palates are hard to please with food that seems entirely strange. And local knowledge — like “bagels are a breakfast food” — doesn’t necessarily get transferred along with the recipes. I hardly need to point out that France has a formidable food culture, full of good chefs and great restaurants. But it’s no better than we are at replicating someone else’s tradition. The result is the culinary equivalent of Franglais.

Source: The French Are Spinning American Food – Bloomberg

Answering the question that wasn’t really meant to be answered, “Asian Salads” are “look, healthy crunchy lettuce, now with flavors you love when they are on stuff you really shouldn’t be eating right now.”  Like Italian Dressing has more to do with the flavors than the recipe.

That said, please, go read the whole thing.   It’s a really enjoyable article!

“White Supremacist/Terrorist” Jeremy Christian: Fact vs. Leftist Fiction – Jack Kerwick

Christian is vermin who deserves the ultimate penalty for his crimes. His victims deserve our sympathy.  Ricky Best acted heroically in trying to stop two men from being stabbed, and Micah Fletcher acted honorably and bravely in standing alongside Taliesin Namkae-Meche after the latter acted sensibly in rising to ward off what undoubtedly appeared to be an imminent attack on his person by Christian.

Yet none of these three men risked and sacrificed their lives in order to protect two Muslim women.  First, there weren’t two Muslim women.  Second, no women were in need of being rescued, for Christian was on a rant that wasn’t obviously directed toward them and which included comments that had nothing to do with Islam. The only person who did try to persuade Christian to stop his tirade—Mr. Forde—is receiving relatively no media coverage, and is certainly not being hailed as a hero.  Forde, clearly, doesn’t fit the narrative.  He also was unharmed.

Source: “White Supremacist/Terrorist” Jeremy Christian: Fact vs. Leftist Fiction – Jack Kerwick


Another Foolish Idea We Should Challenge
  – Crisis Magazine

“It’s only a clump of cells,” says my interlocutor. I’ll call him Mike.

“I’m not aware of the scientific meaning of the word clump.” In all arguments regarding abortion, sex, marriage, and the raising of children, we may well steal a march on our opponents by appealing to biological or anthropological facts, immediately.

“Well,” says Mike, “all I mean is that it is just a few cells, that’s all.”

“Do you have a particular number in mind that will be decisive? Surely you don’t believe that there is some threshold number beyond which a creature is more than a clump.

“All I mean is that it’s not a human being. It’s only a clump, a blob.”

“That’s another term I am not familiar with: blob. Does it have a scientific meaning, too?”

Source: Another Foolish Idea We Should Challenge
  – Crisis Magazine

Obviously compiled from multiple conversations, because “Mike” doesn’t run away, scream at the author, or start accusing him of anything….

C Stuart Hardwick’s answer to What happened to the radiation that was supposed to last thousands of years in Hiroshima (1945)? – Quora

The Little Boy bomb was little more than a lab experiment stuck in a cowling and hung under an airplane. Only about 1.5% of the uranium fissioned. The remaining 64 kg (141 lbs) went up in the mushroom cloud and spread across the Pacific ocean. Oh no! What have we done to mother Earth???

Not a lot, actually. The ocean already contains uranium. This is Earth, after all, and it’s a rocky planet, and the ocean contains the runoff from the mountains and the soup from hydrothermal vents. Every 20 cubic kilometers of unadulterated seawater already contains the same amount of uranium spilled by the bomb. The ocean contains roughly 1.332 billion cubic kilometers of water, so it already contains 66,600,000 times the amount of uranium released by the bomb. Put another way, the bomb had zero impact on the amount of uranium in the environment. Zero. Zilch. Nada.

But what about the 1.5% that actually fissioned? That’s your nightmare poison, right? Well, yes. Much of it transmuted into a cocktail of highly radioactive scariness, however:

Not all isotopes are equal. After an atomic bomb goes off, the isotopes that hurt people are those with short half lives, not long ones. Isotopes like Niobium-95, Cerium-141, Barium-140 and in particular, Iodine-131 are extremely dangerous because they have half lives of only days. They release all their radiation quickly, so it can do a lot of damage—especially Iodine-131 which can be taken up by the body and transported to the thyroid gland, and Strontium-89 which can be taken up by bones. These fission products are truly monstrous—but they don’t last long. In weeks, they are no longer a reason not to enter the area unprotected. In a year, they are gone. That leaves longer-lived isotopes like Strontium-90 and Cesium-137, both with half-lives of about 30 years. These pose a long term cancer risk, but by now, they are basically gone too. The only effect they impose on today’s world is mucking up highly-precise scientific measurements.

So what’s this thousands of years business? Hysteria and misinformation, that’s what.

Source: C Stuart Hardwick’s answer to What happened to the radiation that was supposed to last thousands of years in Hiroshima (1945)? – Quora

Go read the rest– it’s quite good.  And, sadly, one of those articles it’s a bear to get just ONE line from.

4 Hidden Facts About ‘Hidden Figures’ | Lifestyle

Look, The Right Stuff is a great movie that had some details wrong. People in various parts of the space program didn’t appreciate Tom Wolfe’s take on everything, either. But acting like the 1960s at NASA was no different than the early 1940s in the matter of civil rights is not a detail. It’s a major distortion of American history. Director Philip Kaufman didn’t pretend Chuck Yeager was still trying to break the sound barrier in 1965.

But then, Melfi couldn’t be bothered with the details in the book Hidden Figures. Why? The movie is based on a 55-page proposal to the publisher. A glorified outline. The filmmakers’ own prejudices about America took over from there.

Fine, they didn’t have the whole book. But couldn’t they have interviewed the principals—or used Google?

Source: 4 Hidden Facts About ‘Hidden Figures’ | Lifestyle

And this is why I refuse to watch the movie.

They took something awesome, and used it to lie. 

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