…newpaper reporters who can’t divide or have any sense of proportion:
While also factoring in temperatures and pressures down below, the researchers concluded that 3 billion teragrams — or a billion kilograms — are being pulled down every million years.
Lemme see here: 3 billion (3×109) kilograms every million (106) years, works out to an astounding 3 thousand (3×103) kilograms per year. Why, why, why, that’s enough water to fill up my swimming pool almost TWO times. Every year. PANIC! CRISIS! RUN AWAY!
Tip from Sarah Hoyt at the Instapundit, who does make even the most boring stuff sound interesting.
The Confucius Institutes in the US are in the government’s crosshairs:
President Trump is about to sign the new National Defense Authorization Act, which will prohibit funding to Chinese-run Confucius Institutes on American campuses.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz added the key amendment to “The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019,” which also restricts funding to universities that host Confucius Institutes and requires them to provide a public record of any agreements or contracts they have with the program, which has deep ties to the Chinese Communist Party.
This is going to be a bit of a problem at UT San Antonio:
Right out of Lenin: “The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.”
Update: Apparently UTSA has learned from the Confucianists to “embrace the harmony of opposites.”
This is what happens when city folk “play country:”
Live poultry in backyard flocks are linked to several multistate outbreaks of salmonella infections that have now sickened 212 people in 44 states, federal health officials warned Monday.
Health officials advise washing with soap and water right after touching live poultry or anything nearby. They also advise not letting live birds inside the house, especially where food or drink is prepared, served or stored. Also, no kissing or snuggling with birds only to then touch your face or mouth.
You shouldn’t have to tell people this.
Tip from Drudge, who don’t permalink nuthin’.
Those wily Brits have identified some major stumbling blocks in their education system:
Schools are removing analogue clocks from examination halls because teenagers are unable to tell the time, a head teachers’ union has said.
Teachers are now installing digital devices after pupils sitting their GCSE and A-level exams complained that they were struggling to read the correct time on an analogue clock.
It gets worse
Earlier this year, a senior paediatric doctor warned that children are increasingly finding it hard to hold pens and pencils because of an excessive use of technology. …”It’s easier to give a child an iPad than encouraging them to do muscle-building play such as building blocks, cutting and sticking, or pulling toys and ropes. Because of this, they’re not developing the underlying foundation skills they need to grip and hold a pencil.”
My remedy? Establish some simple prerequisities: if you can’t hold the pencil, or read the analog clock, you fail the exam.
What a bunch of lightweights.
Tip from the GeekPress.
So some woke Chino-American gets his knickers in a twist because a Caucasian young lady wore a cheongsam as a prom dress. But somehow, I don’t think he had a problem with something like this:
To me, women of color wearing Daisy Dukes is an especially un-woke cultural appropriation, since her TV brothers drove around in a car painted like this
By sv1ambo – 1969 Dodge Charger – General Lee, CC BY 2.0, Link
Is it just me? or has this whole “cultural appropriation” thing degenerated into a vicious farce perpetrated by spiteful little junior-high girls (of all ages and genders)?
Tip from Ed Driscoll writing at The Instapundit, who remarks “The entire corpus of Identity-politics ideology is just a new way to bully,” Jordan Peterson tweets, with “the additional twist of simultaneously claiming higher moral ground.”
So I guess it’s not just me.
…and does it in style.
It’s not uncommon here to see chickens roaming in their owners’ homes or even roosting in bedrooms, often with diapers on, according to Leslie Citroen, 54, one of the Bay Area’s most sought after “chicken whisperers,” who does everything from selling upscale chickens and building coops to providing consultation to backyard bird owners. Her services cost $225 an hour. Want a coop and walk-in pen (known as a run)? You can expect to pay $4,000 to $5,000 for a standard setup.
Fools and their money. But as Kid Creole and the Coconuts sang “Whatcha gonna do when the money’s all gone?”
Tip from the Instapundit, where not everyone is willing to just give in to the absurdity.
I’m a real Goop Boy now.
If a pricey shot of B vitamins gives you the same thrill as taking a dump, why not save time and money, and go take a dump?