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Amherst College changes name of mascot to an extinct herbivore—poetic

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Amherst College changed their mascot from the Lord Jeffs (short for Lord Jeffrey Amherst) to the Mammoths. When asked why they chose the name of an extinct animal, they explained that mammoths were stupendous, monumental, highly social, and herbivores. (Have the fat students—especially the fat cheerleaders—at Amherst complained about mammoths being call stupendous rather than “big boned” or “food-consumption-discipline challenged?”)Herbivores? Is that a virtue? An herbivore is a vegetarian. Termites are herbivores. So are boll weevils. This is the state of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Is cream a vegetable? Use an incisor, go to prison In the state that...

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Leftists disguise themselves with lab coats

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I sort of agree with some of the principles of the demonstrators around the world—called the March for Science. The headline on our local paper was “Fans of facts take to the streets.” But is was on the occasion of Earth Day, a day when liberals say they support the earth in order to imply that conservatives do not. This wall has long been explicitly devoted to drawing conclusions based on facts and logic. https://www.johntreed.com/…/60887299-intellectually-honest-…One of their clever placards said,“What do we want? Evidence-based science.“When do we want it? After peer review.”I like the first half of that. Peer review,...

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The MOAB dropped on Afghanistan

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Does size matter when it comes to bombs? Generally, no. The media loves phrases like “carpet bombing” and “mother of all bombs.” Generally, bombs are rather mundane like a workman’s tools..The appropriate size bomb depends on the nature of the target. Also, different bombs have different fuzes and casings. The fuze determines where it blows up: in the air, when it hits the ground, or delayed until after it penetrates underground. Some casings stay intact to penetrate. Others are full of like big shotgun pellets to kill people in a wide radius..The size of the bomb is determined by the...

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Trump appears to be using the Carrier Vinson as bait to get an excuse to attack North Korea

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Why did Trump send the Carl Vinson carrier strike group to the vicinity of North Korea?   My Unelected President allowed a carrier strike group to stay in the Persian Gulf, to his great regret, but he did not send one to North Korea. Trump declined to comment on what’s next in Korea. Smart. But smarter not to draw attention with the strike group to begin with. Readers of my Unelected President novel probably can see what’s going on very clearly. 1. That carrier can be sunk by North Korea.2. The U.S. can “sink” North Korea—with just one of the US...

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Taking out the Syrian Air Force cheap

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As best I can tell, Syria has about 300 combat fixed-wing aircraft. Why not destroy all of them? Planes spend most of their time on the ground. They can be destroyed by a .50 cal. sniper rifle fired from about 1,000 meters away. Land a remote-operated belt fed .50 cal. on top of a building or on a hill at night. Put an incendiary or exploding bullet into every plane at that base. Cost? I would guess $500 or so.Or deliver small thermite grenades to the wings of them by small helicopter drones. Cost? Probably about a $1,000 before they...

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