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Because those librarians are such jocks.

Robert Morin, a dedicated librarian, evidently loved his Alma Mater and employer so much that he gave them everything he owned on his death. It all went to fund scholarships and the needs of the library. Right?

Well…….

But let me just reiterate this. A librarian donated $4 million to his alma mater. $100,000 is being given to the library. $1 million is being used to buy A SCOREBOARD.

Source: How The University Of New Hampshire Chose To Waste An Alum’s $4m Gift

I’m sure they will mount this scoreboard so that it can be viewed from the library.

Hat tip to Dan.

This is called “making shit up.”

Reince Priebus tells Hillary Clinton in a tweet that she needs to smile more. He’s rightfully chastised for the remark but not for the reason he should have been. Evidently telling a woman to smile is misogynistic. No, it was condescending but not misogynistic.

However, condescending doesn’t seem to be bad enough so Noor Al-Sibai makes up some supposedly world known rule to support her claim of misogyny.

When men tell us to smile, they are telling us to soften, to be pleasant, to make ourselves a little less threatening. Basically, they are telling us to give up our power to make them more comfortable —

Source: Telling Hillary Clinton To Smile More Is As Anti-Feminist As It Gets | Bustle

This is bullshit! Women get their power from a scowling facial expression? No! Their power comes from their assertiveness, wisdom and knowledge. Nikki Haley is a powerful woman who smiles. Angela Merkel is a powerful woman who mostly smiles. Power does not come from any expression, it comes from inside. If a woman loses her power by smiling she never really had it to begin with.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday, United States of America. You don’t look bad for being 240 years old. Okay, you are a little crochety but your heart seems to still be in the right place. You are a country founded on the idea that government is there to serve the people and not the other way around.

For the most part you’ve lived up to that idea. Oh, you had the rocky start of not really understanding that the idea of all men are created equal as being ALL men but you worked that out, eventually. You also had trouble understanding that the term “men” when used in an all encompassing manner is gender neutral. You’ve figured that out too.

And while there are still those trying their best to use you to shut out contrary opinions you still are pretty much siding with intellectual freedom, including freedom of religion.

Now if we could just get you to understand that economic freedom needs to be a part of the mixture.

Seems Like She’s Apologizing All Of The Time

People in West Virginia are angry with Sec. Clinton. Why? Those people are coal miners and while discussing plans to create jobs in the renewable energy industry during a CNN town hall in March, Clinton said, “We’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.”

Yeah, if I’m a coal miner that’s the way to get my vote, tell me you are going to put me out of business. West Virginia, and all of Appalachia is an area that put Bill Clinton in the White House and

“What I said was totally out of context from what I meant because I have been talking about helping coal country for a very long time,” Clinton said, according to NBC News. “What I was saying is that the way things are going now, we will continue to lose jobs. That’s what I meant to say.”

Source: Clinton Apologizes To West Virginia Voter For Comments On Coal Country

Yeah, there isn’t much of a way taking “We’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business” out of context.

Now to be fair, I agree with her about putting coal companies out of business and miners out of work until they can be retrained as something else. Her problem is in the way she said it.

And that’s one of the many problems I have with her, she says stuff the wrong way all the time and finds herself having to apologize for her misstatements. In this case it wasn’t a misstatement, she said what she meant. It would have been nice if she had thought about how coal miners, many of them living in impoverished areas with little else paying a living wage.

 

The End of Ownership.

Is the era of IoT bringing an end to the concept of ownership? Are we just buying intentionally temporary hardware? It feels like it. I own a Commodore 64 that still works.

Source: The time that Tony Fadell sold me a container of hummus. — Medium

Yes. Yes, it is, actually.

And this isn’t just with home automation equipment, it extends to your phone, your tablet, your computer and even your car. It goes to books, music and movies. Everything you have that depends on the cloud will only last as long as the supporting company sees a business benefit for them to continue the service.

Hat tip to Dan.

Hillary Clinton doesn’t like Bernie Sanders’ tone

Okay, I’m reading this:

Hillary Clinton’s team insinuated Monday she would decline another debate with rival Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders unless he changed his “tone.” Mrs. Clinton’s campaign is worried the senator has been too negative in recent weeks and is “talking about running harsher negatives now.”

Source: Hillary Clinton threatens no more debates unless Bernie Sanders changes tone – Washington Times

And thinking this is just the primaries and Sen. Sanders has only been attacking her on the issues. I think that’s fair play. Does she think she will get a more positive tone from Donald Trump should she get the Democratic nomination? Sen. Sanders has been the perfect gentleman.

Emory Students Express Irrational Fear In Response to Trump Chalkings

Somebody wrote “Trump 2016” in chalk numerous times across the Emory University campus last night. Evidently this political speech was intimidating to some of the students. About forty of them gathered around the Administration Building to protest these chalkings, expressing the fear they felt from having to deal with this.

“I’m supposed to feel comfortable and safe [here],” one student said. “But this man is being supported by students on our campus and our administration shows that they, by their silence, support it as well … I don’t deserve to feel afraid at my school,” she added.

Source: Emory Students Express Discontent With Administrative Response to Trump Chalkings | The Emory Wheel

I can’t believe political diversity can be equated to intimidation but since these protesters brought it up, how do you suppose this Trump chalker feels seeing a gang of people chanting and condemning his or her expression of political thought? Don’t you suppose the chalker may be feeling a little intimidated now? Perhaps even fearful after witnessing this demonstration?

Bill Clinton calls Obama legacy ‘awful’ 

File this under “He Really Said That?”

At an event in Spokane, Washington, Mr. Clinton called for putting “the awful legacy of the last eight years behind us and the seven years before that, where we were practicing trickle-down economics with no regulation in Washington, which is what caused the crash, then you should vote for her,” Mr. Clinton said, referring to his wife, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, on the stump Monday.

Source: Bill Clinton calls Obama legacy ‘awful,’ potentially dooming wife’s campaign – Washington Times

We’ve all heard the rumors of how the Obama’s and the Clinton’s really don’t like each other all that much but because they are now politically tied together are making nice with each other out of their own self-interest. Maybe Bill is no longer the astute politician he was before his heart issues.

Clinton Clear on Trump: ‘We Were Not Friends’ – Oh, Really?

So now Hillary Clinton is saying that she and Donald Trump were never friends. While Chelsea jumps on the bandwagon and denies any friendship with Donald Trump but affirms her friendship with his daughter, Ivanka.

In ‘People’ interview, Democratic presidential candidate denies billionaire’s previous claims of friendship and denounces ‘mean-spiritedness’ in campaign

Source: Clinton Clear on Trump: ‘We Were Not Friends’

Okay, so if that’s the case why was Bill Clinton taking an hour long phone call with the Donald and encouraging him by pointing out he was striking a chord with frustrated conservatives and was a rising force on the right?

Personally? I think she is protesting too much.

 

What is Democratic Socialism?

Here’s an excellent essay on why we shouldn’t run from the label “socialist”. I honestly believe that smaller government is best but with both the Ds and Rs doing nothing but increasing the size of government I’d like to see this government juggernaut we are creating work more for us, the people, than giant corporations and billionaire political donors.

Although Sanders says that America needs a “grassroots political revolution,” he is actually a reformer, not a revolutionary. His version of democratic socialism is akin to what most people around the world call “social democracy,” which seeks to make capitalism more humane.

Source: What is democratic socialism, American-style? (Opinion) – CNN.com