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ENDNOTE: The nuclear family is the foundation of America’s greatness


Venker: The Future Of Men & Marriage Is Bleak
Sun, 06/16/2019 – 19:30
Authored by Suzanne Venker, op-ed via The Washington Examiner

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With Father’s Day upon us, the time has come to address as a nation what Heather Mac Donald noted earlier this year is “the greatest social catastrophe of our time”: fatherlessness. Fatherlessness is the No. 1 cause of nearly all social ills we face. We can’t afford to ignore it any longer.

To be clear, father absence is the more accurate term, since fatherlessness implies that men have become “deadbeat dads” — nothing could be further from the truth. Sure, this faction exists, as do “deadbeat moms.” But the two most significant threats to a father’s presence in the home are divorce and out-of-wedlock births.

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That’s really what we’re up against this Father’s Day: a lost generation of men. But it will be our loss in the end. We can’t afford for men to retreat any further than they have. The nuclear family is the foundation of America’s greatness; and a dearth of productive men invariably means, as Tucker Carlson noted in January, the subsequent disintegration of marriage.

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I agree that “family” is the bedrock of any society.  The “launching pad” for a good posterity and even individual “greatness” — however you define it.  We might even tinker around the edges of the definition of family.  Since I come from a single mother home, my family was all my aunts, uncles, and grandparents that made sure I had more than enough.  Throw in a few good Nuns and Christian Brothers, and maybe a few “crazy ones” too.  I certainly had my start in the right direction. 

I feel for those who didn’t have it as “easy” as I did.  But “lemons and lemonade”.  Even the silver spoon children have their own unique set of challenges.

But we as a society should recognize that “family” is critical to the USA’s “greatness”.  Hopefully to come and not behind our generation.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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ENDNOTE: If everyone believed that abortion was murder, it would not matter if Roe v Wade existed.


Ep. 1424 Feminism and the Family
11th June 2019 — Tom Woods

(N.b.: some sensitive subject matter.) Ladies of Liberty week begins with Brave the World, as my guest Julia is known to her followers. We talk feminism, family, promiscuity, children, the state, and being an adult.

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There’s a great line in this podcast about abortion which struck me a priori axiomatic:

“Nobody would follow a law that a majority of the population does not respect. If everyone believed that abortion was murder, it would not matter if Roe v Wade existed.”

Not much to say after that.

And, it does give a good little L libertarian view of what “feminism” should mean.

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ENDNOTE: Yet physicians in the US are still busily manning the ambulances at the bottom of the cliff instead of building fences at the top


Flashback Friday: Evidence-Based Medicine or Evidence-Biased?
Michael Greger M.D. FACLM  June 7th, 2019  

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Evidence-based medicine may ironically bias medical professionals against the power of dietary intervention.

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Dr. Esselstyn’s landmark study showing even advanced triple vessel coronary artery disease could be reversed with a plant-based diet has been criticized for being such a small study. But the reason we’re used to seeing such large studies is they typically show such small effects. Drug manufacturers may need to study 7,000 people in order to show a barely statistically significant 15% drop in ischemic events in a subsample of patients, whereas Esselstyn got a 100% drop in those who stuck to his diet—all the more compelling given that those 18 participants experienced “49 coronary events [such as heart attacks] in the 8 years before” they went on the diet. And these were the worst of the worst—most of whom having already failed surgical intervention. So, when the effects are that dramatic, how many people do you need?

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Yet physicians in the US are still busily manning the ambulances at the bottom of the cliff instead of building fences at the top.

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Yes, switching to a whole-food plant-based dies is tough.  But the alternative is so bleak that it should be in a horror movie.  “We, The Sheeple” have been brainwashed into a meme that kills and cripples us.  

This doctor advocates going vegan, but he does urge even any change is better than no change.  

If you don’t believe it, just look at the death and disease rates in pre- and post- World War 2 Japan, Okinawa, China, and certain African countries like Uganda.  Or the examples in the US of the Seventh Day Adventists, who are vegan non-smoker non-drinkers.  So it can be done!

I’ve changed my diet.  Not nearly as much as I want to.  Having just received some “bad” medical news (i.e., some marginal chemistry numbers and a heart murmur), I have become more diligent about my diet and exercise. 

Maybe if the public was more aware, a lot of literal heart ache could be avoided.

I’ve begun asking restaurants for their “vegan menu”. Laugh!  After a strange stare and an admission they don’t have one, I pick the “least bad option”.  You can get a vegetable fajita that almost a good a steak; you just have to pretend that the carrots are steak. Laugh!  YMMV!

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ENDNOTE: Noa Pothoven, teen euthanized in the Netherlands


Assisted-suicide pioneer regrets allowing it for depression 

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Explaining that the pain of a childhood rape was “insufferable,” a 17-year-old Dutch girl took advantage of the Netherlands’ assisted suicide law and was euthanized on Sunday.

In her autobiography, “Winning or Learning,” Noa Pothoven recounted her battles with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anorexia after being molested and raped as a young child, reported

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I can’t imagine what this young woman went through to get to the point in her life where she would make such a horrendous irreversible decision.

I think one thing that we, as a culture, have failed to do is have a national conversation about life and the “right” associated with it.  We have never decided to recognize when human life begins so that’s why it’s always a fight?  We’ve never agreed when does a human being have “rights” — at conception, at birth, at 18, at 21, at some point from zero to 21, or when they can fight for them?  And, finally, it’s not enough to say we, as a society, grant someone their “rights” if we condemn them to a miserable life of suffering.  

Maybe if we, as a society, have this conversation, then we can have peace.

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[JR: There’s a update from a different source.]

The Daily Grind
June 9th, 2019

The Headline

Dutch rape victim passes away from anorexia after requesting euthanasia

The Grind

On June 2nd, Dutch rape victim Noa Pothoven died after asking for euthanasia. She was 17 years old.

“Maybe this comes as a surprise to some, give my posts about hospitalization, but my plan has been there for a long time and is not impulsive,” she wrote on Instagram.

While initial reports claimed her death was the result of euthanasia, witnesses say she passed away from anorexia. Follow-up reports confirmed there were no signs of euthanasia.

“I have quit eating and drinking for a while now, and after many discussions and evaluations, it was decided to let me go because my suffering is unbearable,” she wrote. “I’m still breathing, but I’m not alive anymore.”

The Details

Pothoven developed anorexia, depression, and PTSD after she was molested and raped at ages 11, 12, and 14. She finally reported the attacks to police at age 16.

“I relive the fear, that pain every day,” wrote Pothoven in her memoir. “Always scared, always on my guard. And to this day my body still feels dirty…My house has been broken into, my body, that can never be undone.”

Pothoven was admitted to a hospital last year after her refusal to eat left her organs in critical condition. Doctors placed her into a medically-induced coma and attached tubes to provide nutrients.

When she awoke, her request for euthanasia was turned down.

“They consider that I am too young to die,” she told reporters. “They think I should finish my trauma treatment and that my brain must first be fully grown. That lasts until your 21st birthday. It’s broken me, because I can’t wait that long.”

Euthanasia has been legal in the Netherlands since 2002, but only in cases of “hopeless and unbearable” suffering. Patients between the ages of 12-16 must obtain parental consent.

Rumors that Pothoven was euthanized stem from her recent conversation with the “end of life” clinic, a controversial facility where doctors reconsider patients’ requests for euthanasia.

Pothoven invoked her legal right not to be force-fed last week and passed away Sunday surrounded by friends and family.

[JR: This puts a completely different spin on it.  Hard to imagine what this poor child went through. She made her choice.  We can only pray for her soul.  And carefully watch for any regression on “right to life” issues.]

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ENDNOTE: Scott Horton on American “involvement” in Yemen


Ep. 35 Scott Horton Chastises Bob on His Ilhan Omar Episode, Talks
About Who’s to Blame In Venezuela, and Explains the Carnage in the
Middle East
By Robert Murphy | 05/24/2019

Horton returns to the podcast to share his wealth of knowledge on a
variety of topics. Bob first gives Scott the opportunity to express his
unhappiness with the recent episode (#29) on Ilhan Omar. Then they
discuss the economic crisis in Venezuela, the carnage in the Middle
East, the Mueller Report, and finally answer questions from the BMS
Secret Facebook Group.
Mentioned in the Episode and Other Links of Interest:

  • The Scott Horton Show.
  • Scott’s book on Afghanistan, Fool’s Errand.
  • The Bob Murphy Show ep. 29 (which Scott did not like).
  • David Stockman’s article on RussiaGate.
  • A NYT article declaring: “[T]he White House needed to placate the Saudis as the administration completed a nuclear deal with Iran, Saudi Arabia’s archenemy. That fact alone eclipsed concerns among many of the president’s advisers that the Saudi-led offensive [in Yemen] would be long, bloody and indecisive.“
  • Weisbrot and Sachs on whether Venezuelan government or US is to blame for Venezuelan economic crisis.
  • The Case for IBC.
  • The Lara-Murphy Report.
  • How you can contribute to the Bob Murphy Show.

About the author, Robert

Christian and economist, Research Assistant Professor with the Free Market
Institute at Texas Tech, Senior Fellow with the Mises Institute, and
co-host with Tom Woods of the podcast “Contra Krugman.”

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Now this is an “adult” podcast.  Not because of the occasional “bad work” that slips out, but the topic.

If you have Democratic liberal snowflake ears or a Republican warfare big Gooferment loyalty, then you’re going to be shocked when Scott lets loose on Reagn, all the Bushes, the Clintons, and DJT45.

The “genocide” in Yemen might be a SLIGHT over statement.  When I think of “genocide”, I think of many millions killed.  Yemen has “only” racked up over a million.  I’m horrified by it but it’s hasn’t drawn any attention from the media.

In his campaign, DJT45 said the right things about “bringing all the girls, boys, women, and men home”from Afghanistan and elsewhere, that I “disliked” him less that HRC.  With her, we knew what her stance on “war” (i.e., Libya; the AfPak area, killing OBL, killing others). 

I liked Scott’s point that DJT45 had a perfect excuse for ending all this “foreign adventurism” with “not my mistake; it was the Bushes’ and BHO44’s policies”.  But for whatever reason, he couldn’t pull it off and allowed himself to be drawn into the mess. 

Scott, imho correctly, blames the Deep State putsch against DJT45 with “Russian collusion”.

In any event, you may want to list to him with a pad and pencil a few time, because when he gets on a rant, he just rolls. 

I also recommend his book “Fool’s Errand”.

I hope you’re as “touched” as I am about the “Yemen War on Civilian Infrastructure” — in the finest tradition of Abe Lincoln — and the American Navy’s blockage of food and medicine into Yemen.

Why is the USA doing Saudi Arabia’s “were work”?

Every so often I tweet to DJT45 to get us out of this humanitarain disaster.


I am ashamed of “my” role in letting this happen.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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ENDNOTE: MIT Robot Solves Rubik’s Cube


MIT Robot Solves Rubik’s Cube in 0.38 Seconds
posted by Jason Kottke   May 16, 2019

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A robot built by a pair of engineering students at MIT can solve a Rubik’s Cube in 0.38 seconds (which happens to be 19 minutes and 59.22 seconds shorter than my fastest time):

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While this is an “easy” problem in my mind for a robot, it’s still impressive.

What a great gift to humanity.  Just think of all the cubes being solved.

Obviously, that’s tongue in cheek.

But, it does give one a feel for the speed that a robot can apply to a tough problem for a human without specialized knowledge, training, and skill.

We can relegate all the routine and mundane to the robots and move up the value chain.  At least, until the robots rise up and take over.

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ENDNOTE: ‘Smart Meters’ are a ‘heart problem’?


Smart Meters Cause Changes To The Heart
Posted on Apr 28, 2019, 5 p.m.

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Dr. Gilbertos Leon warns about this, saying these changes to the heart caused by smart meters are anything but symptomless or silent and major damages can take place without people even realizing it. Constant bombardment of microwave radiation from smart meters represents “and unnatural sequence of events we are not programmed to respond to… long-term exposure to smart meters can be extremely damaging to normal myocardial function.”

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Well, we know that a microwave oven if it leaks can damage a pacemaker.  So why are we “surprised” that a microwave transmitter aka “smart meter” may have similar properties.

I’m sure our wise and powerful overlords, aka politicians and bureaucrats, will investigate if too many subjects are killed.  Till then “let them eat cake”!


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