Children have become such screen addicts they are abandoning their friends and hobbies, a major report warns today.
Researchers found under-fives spend an hour and 16 minutes a day online. Their screen time rises to four hours and 16 minutes when gaming and television are included.
Youngsters aged 12 to 15 average nearly three hours a day on the web – plus two more hours watching TV. The study said YouTube was 'a near permanent feature' of many young lives, and seven in ten of those aged 12 to 15 took smartphones to bed.
It concluded: 'Children were watching people on YouTube pursuing hobbies that they did not do themselves or had recently given up offline.'
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Kara Dansky, a feminist lawyer and spokeswoman for Women's Liberation Front (WoLF), spoke against the so-called "Equality Act" at the Heritage Foundation on Monday, denouncing the transgender and gender identity movement as anti-women and anti-lesbian in particular. Her remarks echoed the London Pride March sign declaring that "Transactivism Erases Lesbians."
"This is a men's Rights movement — this is really a men's rights movement," Dansky declared, calling for men to stand up for women and denounce the transgender movement.
"The completely illogical statement that 'trans women are women' is recited like a Big Brother mantra in every Leftist space," Beck declared. "No one really believes it, but saying so will jeopardize your career, your community, and your life."Beck, Dansky, and Chavez only spoke at the conservative Heritage Foundation because no liberal organization would welcome them, despite the fact that they are liberals — radical feminists!These radical feminists received a standing ovation at the conservative Heritage Foundation on Monday. Their bravery in speaking truth to the Left's increasingly intolerant orthodoxy inspired an audience that would normally grimace at the idea of siding with homosexual activists.
Update: Andrew Sullivan noticed the lesbians at the Heritage Foundation.
The core disagreement, it seems to me, is whether a trans woman is right to say that she has always been a woman, was born female, and is indistinguishable from and interchangeable with biological women. That’s the current claim reflected in the Equality Act. But is it true that when Caitlyn Jenner was in the 1976 Olympics men’s decathlon, she was competing as a woman, indistinguishable from any other woman? Contemporary orthodoxy insists that she was indeed competing as a woman, and erases any distinction between a trans woman and a woman. Similarly, public high-school girls track or wrestling teams would have to include female-identifying biological males — even if they keep winning all the trophies, and even if the unfairness is staring you in the face.Post-Modernism meets Reality, crumples up and goes on fire.
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Following last Saturday's (Jan 19) Telegraph magazine cover story "The mystery of Melania", we have been asked to make clear that the article contained a number of false statements which we accept should not have been published. Mrs Trump's father was not a fearsome presence and did not control the family. Mrs Trump did not leave her Design and Architecture course at University relating to the completion of an exam, as alleged in the article, but rather because she wanted to pursue a successful career as a professional model. Mrs Trump was not struggling in her modelling career before she met Mr Trump, and she did not advance in her career due to the assistance of Mr Trump.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
The president abruptly announced on Twitter in July 2017 that the military would not permit trans personnel to serve. Thereafter, former Defense Secretary James Mattis convened a panel of military experts to conduct an independent review of the subject. Their findings served as the basis of Mattis' February 2018 memo which implemented Trump's request.
What does that all mean, exactly?
That memo provides that individuals with a history of gender dysphoria — a clinical term referring to anxiety triggered by the conflict between one's biological sex and the gender with which they identify — may enlist provided they are willing to serve in their biological sex and have not suffered gender dysphoria for a continuous three-year period prior to recruitment. Active personnel who are diagnosed with gender dysphoria may continue to serve provided they do so in their biological sex.
Basically, despite the shrieking and wailing of the Left and their paid character-assassins in the media, nobody is "banned" from the military any more than any other medical condition is banned. It does mean that the military has chosen not to go along with the gender-dysphoria cosplay that so many Lefties seem to consider mandatory.
Update: To illustrate the point, here's the downside of getting your bowels in an uproar about "trans-inclusion" and "cismale white hetero patriarchy!" in the military.
As for readiness, it is not solely a Navy problem. Over the holidays, I talked to an Army dude who has been in for 17 years (and is really looking forward to getting out in 3 more years). He was bitching about readiness and how it has taken a back seat to SHARP. He was really irate about this.Yes I can, because I've seen the same shit at hospitals. You get one (1) class on infection control. You never stop getting Wokeness and harassment classes. Because that's what's important in a hospital, y'know.
“What’s SHARP”, I asked.
He told me. SHARP is Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention. According to him, that is much more important than readiness training. He’s had to stand down from a training exercise to attend a SHARP class. Can you imagine that?
Friday, January 18, 2019
Here's a classic scenario from a toxic work environment. A snowflake triggered by the use of an every-day normal word in a work meeting.
A Google executive sparked a fierce backlash from employees by using the word "family" in a weekly, company-wide presentation, according to internal documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Many Google employees became angry that the term was used while discussing a product aimed at children, because it implied that families have children, the documents show. The backlash grew large enough that a Google vice president addressed the controversy and solicited feedback on how the company could become more inclusive.
What does that look like in real life?
One employee stormed out of the March 2017 presentation after a presenter "continued to show (awesome) Unicorn product features which continually use the word 'family' as a synonym for 'household with children,'" he explained in an internal thread. That employee posted an extended rant, which was well-received by his colleagues, on why linking families to children is "offensive, inappropriate, homophobic, and wrong."
Use the word "family" to mean a loving assemblage of people who may or may not live together and may or may not include people of any particular age. STOP using it to mean "children". It's offensive, inappropriate, homophobic, and wrong.
All that activity occurred during work hours. Those people were not doing any revenue generating work while they were raging on about pronouns. But worse, now every guy who has a presentation to make is worried about what harmless word is going to be the next one to cause a mob. Will it be "team?" How about "shoe" or "badminton?"
Update: Welcome Instapundit readers!!! Woohoo!
Thursday, January 17, 2019
The way the border to Mexico is portrayed in the media, you'd think crossing it was a leisurely stroll on a Sunday afternoon. Chad and Muffy take the two kids across at Nogales AZ at 10AM, then enjoy a refreshing iced tea on the back patio at 1PM. The reality?
|Yes, the sun will kill you.|
On the weekend before Christmas, a group of volunteers set out to search for the remains of dead migrants on the Barry Goldwater Air Force Range, a remote desert area in southwestern Arizona where military jets from bases in Arizona conduct live bombing exercises.The volunteers from the non-profit group Aguilas del Desierto recovered the skeletal remains of eight migrants in two days.
30 volunteers search the bombing range over a weekend and come up with eight bodies. That's a lot of bodies.
In 2018, the remains of 127 dead migrants were recovered in southern Arizona, the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office said.
The office conducts autopsies on the remains of migrants found in Pima, Cochise and Santa Cruz counties, where the majority of migrants die.The 127 remains recovered in 2018 were slightly below the 128 remains recovered the previous year, Medical Examiner's Office data show.Over the past two years, the number of migrants recovered in southern Arizona has dipped to some of the lowest levels in recent years. In 2010, the number of migrant deaths recorded by the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office peaked at 222.Although the number of remains recovered dipped in 2018, "we are not down to where we were," said Gregory Hess, Pima County's chief medical examiner.
They're trying hard to word this as if the difference between 127 and 128 is a "dip." Hilarious in itself, and even funnier when you read on.
Before 2000, the remains of fewer than five migrants were found each year, the Arizona OpenGIS Initiative for Deceased Migrants shows.
In 2000, just one was found. In 2001, the number soared to 79 and then to 151 the year after that. The number of annual migrant deaths since then has remained well above 100, according to Humane Borders, a Tucson-based group that compiles data and logs it on the OpenGIS website.
Coincidentally, what changed in 2000?
Migrant deaths have remained high despite a sharp decrease in the overall number of migrants apprehended by the Border Patrol, which in fiscal year 2018 totaled just less than 400,000, down from 1.6 million in 2000, when Border Patrol apprehensions peaked.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
"The punishment for armed robbery is not death, though. Of course I don't think he should have had a gun either, but if she had let him rob her, even at gunpoint, both likely would have survived. It's the praise for her gun ownership that bothers me."
There was also this piece of genius here:
"Conservatives a thrilled a woman with a concealed-carry permit shot and killed a 19 year-old would-be mugger. That's not how justice works. The penalty for theft is not death, nor do we want it to be."
The problem he's having is that he already said what he actually thinks. Which is that women (and everybody, really) should let themselves be robbed, raped, what have you, because those crimes don't rate the death penalty.
My ideal is for a world in which guns do not have to be a part of anyone's daily life and in which gun deaths are not a part of our daily news. I stand by this ideal and disagree with the proposition that more guns will make people safer.
I'm reminded of previous posts where SJWs say retarded things about self defense. Plus Aaron. Can't forget Aaron, he's a special kinda special.
Thursday, January 10, 2019
The country would face an economic hellscape if the government shutdown lasts "months or even years," as the president has suggested it might, experts tell NBC News.
Monday, January 07, 2019
Europe is still far from facing the gun prevalence and violence in Latin America or the U.S., which lead the world. World-wide civilian ownership of firearms rose 32% in the decade through 2017, to 857.3 million guns, according to the Small Arms Survey, a research project in Geneva. Europe accounts for less than 10% of the total.
But Europe's shift has been rapid, and notable in part because of strict national restrictions. In most European countries, gun permits require thorough background checks, monitored shooting practice and tests on regulations. In Belgium, France and Germany, most registered guns may only be used at shooting ranges. Permits to bear arms outside of shooting ranges are extremely difficult to obtain.
Strict registration requirements don't account for—and may exacerbate—a surge in illegal weapons across the continent, experts say.
Europe's unregistered weapons outnumbered legal ones in 2017, 44.5 million to 34.2 million, according to the Small Arms Survey. Many illegal weapons come from one-time war zones, such as countries of the former Yugoslavia, and others are purchased online, including from vendors in the U.S.
Gun ownership is both expensive and tedious in Europe. The governments have done everything they could to take all the fun out of it. But despite that social and legal oppression, people are still buying them. Legally, or illegally. Gun control doesn't work,, not even in Holy Europe the land of Big Brother.
The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is missing arguments for the first time in more than 25 years as she recuperates from cancer surgery last month.
Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said Monday the 85-year-old Ginsburg is continuing to recuperate and work from home after doctors removed two cancerous growths from her left lung on Dec. 21.
Friday, January 04, 2019
The lengthy [Apple shareholder] letter cites, specifically, that people are buying fewer iPhones because they are repairing their old ones. Apple has long fought efforts that would make iPhones easier to repair: It has lobbied against right to repair efforts in several states, doesn't sell iPhone replacement parts, sued an independent repair professional in Norway, worked with Amazon to get iPhone and MacBook refurbishers kicked off Amazon Marketplace, and has deals with electronics recyclers that require them to shred iPhones and MacBooks (as opposed to allowing them to be refurbished.) The Department of Homeland Security, meanwhile, has seized iPhone replacement parts from prominent right to repair activists in the United States.
[...] Apple has never clearly articulated why it doesn't want people to fix their own iPhones or to have independent experts repair them. It has previously said that iPhones are "too complex" for users to repair them, even though replacing a battery is pretty easy and is done by average users all the time. But the fact that repair hurts Apple's bottom line came out in Cook's official communication with shareholders, who he is legally obligated to tell the truth to.
UPDATE: It seems Apple has finally discovered that humans don't like being spied on.
My thoughts on this parallel my thoughts on Tim Cook's ecology crusade. Their whole business model is built on iPhones tracking their owner's movements and interests. They make more out of selling that data to advertisers than they make out of selling the phones.
Seeing that sign makes me giggle. What happens on your iPhone gets transmitted to Cupertino every ten seconds.
To be fair, Android is no better. The only difference between them is the location of the server farms. But please, lets not pretend Apple gives a good Goddamn about your privacy. They're the reason you don't have any.
Thursday, January 03, 2019
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and his chief lieutenants are offering contrition as some of his 2016 campaign staffers face allegations of sexual harassment that threaten to derail a second White House bid before it begins.
Hours after a New York Times report detailed allegations of unwanted sexual advances and pay inequity on his first campaign, Sanders apologized late Wednesday "to any woman who felt that she was not treated appropriately."
"Of course, if I run again, we will do better next time," Sanders told CNN.
Yet there were immediate signs that the allegations, which did not directly involve Sanders, could hurt the self-described democratic socialist's 2020 ambitions in the midst of the #MeToo era. In the wake of the report, some Democratic activists and operatives complained about the aggressive culture during the first campaign when male staffers and supporters were sometimes labeled "Bernie bros."
Scratch a Commie, find a pervert. They're like hogs and mud.
In December 2018, a Baltimore lawyer filed a devastating lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and two of its employees. The SPLC targeted Glen Keith Allen over his former ties to the National Alliance (NA), a white nationalist group. In doing so, the liberal group allegedly violated laws and legal codes of conduct by receiving and then paying for stolen documents in violation of confidentiality agreements. The group went after Allen with the intent of getting him fired by the city of Baltimore and permanently destroying his future prospects.
In August 2016, the SPLC published an article branding Allen a "neo-Nazi lawyer" and insinuating that this lawyer's work for the city of Baltimore was racist. Beirich, the article's author, smeared a small political party as racist and then published allegedly stolen documents protected by confidentiality agreements connecting Allen to the National Alliance.