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By Phantom On May 8th, 2019 at 4:38 am

Today, Amazon opened a new physical Go store in NYC. It’s in the World Financial Center, on the other side of the Trade Center.

These are stores without checkout counters. You show an app on your phone as You enter, select your goods, then walk right out.

I walked over to pick up an early sushi lunch. I was in the store for 30 seconds.

This store is small. They sell pre made sandwiches, sushi, drinks, chips.

It joins other locations in Seattle and Chicago. But they have huge ambitions – there is talk of 3000 more Go stores in two years.

People hate to wait in line in department stores, a big reason for the success of Amazon’s online store. I don’t want to wait in line at a food store either.

I want to see one of these in every airport I travel to. When traveling I don’t want foo foo food in 15 minutes. I want OK food right now.

The best defense against online shopping could be physical stores like this.

Amazon is one of the best world companies, led by a great builder and thinker. Never bet against them.


By David Vance On May 7th, 2019 at 10:18 pm

By Tony Morrison

May 7th 2019

The American public were utterly dumbfounded this week as they watched live on TV the spectacle of numerous senators and congresspersons refusing to accept the stone cold facts that President Trump did not collude with Russia, or even obstruct justice in the commission of a non-existent crime.

Why? Folks like Senators Blumenthal, Harris, Booker and Congresspersons Nadler, Ocasio-Cortez, Pelosi all have in common the inability to express much of a coherent train of thought and, maybe not coincidentally, they all have liberal arts degrees.

This is fuelling the growing belief that there is no point to a liberal arts degree and the Republic would be better served if these majors transformed into something more useful such as robot construction engineering.

This belief has been given legs by the ongoing college admissions scandal.  An FBI probe into US college entrances has shown that Chinese oligarchs, Hollywood types and assorted chattering class members were prepared to pay as high as $6.5 Million to cheat little Johnny’s or little Zhao’s way into college.

Yusi Zhao studying for her finals!

But, funnily enough, it was only prestigious liberal arts colleges, or schools of universities, that are the target of the cheats.   No-one wants little Felicity to go to MIT or CalTech. The obvious conclusion is that the scam has nothing to do with academics, just societal bragging rights.

A member of the Elite wishes to show his child is superior (and his parents superior to you Mr. & Mrs D. Plorable) by getting into colleges that have both a low acceptance rate, such as Stanford, Yale, Harvard, and a liberal arts course of studies. As they know their kid will not be up to it academically, the parents will not want any maths or engineering nonsense.  And they can’t have the little treasures failing as this will ruin the “my kid got into Swanky U” boasting.  So they want the kids taking only “gut courses,” i.e., undemanding college courses that can be passed with saying anything.  Hence liberal arts only.

But can this be really true?  What are these schools like these days?  Luckily for me, it was easy to find out as my home state Connecticut is the epicentre of East coast preening liberal arts university schools and colleges.  And as luck would have it, the local papers are full of what is going on at a nearby elite representative of the type – Trinity College, Hartford. 

Trinity has 31 liberal arts majors, of which 13 are “studies,” the giveaway statement that there will not be much studying going on.  It is the 11th most expensive college in the nation and will cost you north of 60 grand a year to go there.  These last few weeks the campus was rocked with student and faculty weirdness that certainly did not strike many as giving value for money.

A new group at Trinity, the Churchill Club, has been formed by some young conservatives.

Conservatives are thin on the ground down Ivy League Way, but they are a cheerful and kind bunch.  Two years ago, graduate students at Yale went on a hunger strike about something or other and the conservatives were nice enough to set up a BBQ next to them! But niceness doesn’t cut it these days.  The Club is  “dedicated to the preservation, dissemination and extension of the Western moral and philosophical tradition.”  Well, we can’t have any of that said the student body en masse and proceeded to demonstrate in large numbers.  As no real work is needed for many studies majors, large numbers were assured.

The “Justice 4 Marginalized Students” group drew up the charge sheet against the bemused supporters of free speech and the rights of the individual. Churchill said a few bad things about Indians, Julia Gorka is a member (her father is Sebastian Gorka an ex-Trump aide, so suspected orange nastiness involved) and western tradition is code for “white supremacy” in a parallel universe.  The group’s name is kind of weird seeing as how a liberal arts major will set your parents back a cool quarter of a million.  A better name would be “Justice 4 Upper Middle Class Highly Advantaged Students,” but of course this would not fit on a placard.

So the students hate diversity of thought, especially that which has enriched the entire fabric of the USA and has made it the richest and most successful nation in the world.  But what of their faculty?  It’s not good.  Faculty member Professor Johnny E. Williams was also recently in the news, a professor given to sharing his scholarship in angry social media rants rather than lectures.

He celebrated this Easter Sunday by tweeting “all self-identified white people (no exceptions) are invested in and collude with systemic white racism/white supremacy.” Earlier tweets in April specified that “whiteness is terrorism,” and accused all and sundry of being white, including, rather curiously, President Obama and Michelle, who need a “good ol’ ass kicking.”

This wasn’t as bad as two years ago when Williams had to take a leave of absence after advancing an academic theory on Facebook that in accidents first responders should “let them (white people) f***king die” as they are “inhuman assholes.”  For this trailblazing line of research, Trinity awarded him tenure as soon as he came back from his leave!!

Well, you can’t argue with the experts.  His profile shows his teaching and research areas include white supremacy/systemic racism. He must know what he is talking about and I am sure his students are grateful for his expertise.  But wait, what’s this?  In evaluations, his students think he is prone to classroom rants and his grading is totally random.

A Chinese Oligarch is prepared to put a $6.5 Million price tag on his child’s liberal arts education.  But perhaps certain Democratic politicians are the only ones bold enough to really comprehend the exact value of such a degree these days – zero point zero.  All leading candidates for the Democratic Presidential nomination, except Buttigieg, believe college should be free.

If we ignore the fact that “free” in Demspeak means someone else will pay, and restrict the free stuff nonsense to liberal arts, they may have a point.

(Ed note: Mr Morrison has both undergraduate and advanced liberal arts degrees.  None of the above applies to him as he learned to code on leaving Uni.)

Declare The Pennies On Your Eyes

By Mahons On May 7th, 2019 at 12:57 pm

For all his happy hippy Hindu-babble and sitars George Harrison probably wrote the most materialist capitalist complaint of the rock era when he penned Taxman.
That irony pales in comparison to the House Democrats efforts to obtain President Trump’s tax returns. I agree with the Treasury Department that there is no convincing legislative purpose for their effort. Their request, technically legal, is transparently partisan. The Administration should resist.
Do I think that thete is embarrassing information in the returns? Certainly. Do I think the President should be compelled to produce them as fodder for his political enemies? Certainly not. It is a side show.
It has become a farce. Like Chico Marx claiming he had an Uncle in Dollars, Taxes under the cross examination of Groucho Marx in Duck Soup. There is no need for this Congressional tangent. There is more important work to do. Squabbling is not that work. Especially when it serves no legitimate purpose.

May we have those notes…. No….

By Patrick Van Roy On May 6th, 2019 at 1:26 am

The video speaks for itself….. AG Barr being questioned about Mueller’s Letter. 5 min well worth the watch.

Sunday Satire

By Patrick Van Roy On May 5th, 2019 at 3:32 pm

The World bores me at the moment. Take the time to watch the genius of Howard, Fine, & Howard. It’s 20 min. My favorite part starts at the 3:00 min mark Enjoy


By Pete Moore On May 4th, 2019 at 8:00 pm

Acte XXV

For the twenty fifth consecutive week, vast crowds of anti-Macron protestors gathered across France.

Along the way the police have meted out brutality, resulting in deaths, mutilations and uncountable injuries. Just as astonishing as the persistence of the protestors is the silence of the media. We would know nothing about this if it wasn’t for citizen journalists.

The silence betrays the lie of a free and independent media.


By Pete Moore On May 4th, 2019 at 7:06 pm

We cannot remain ignorant of the clear warnings, that mainstream environmentalism is hard-left radicalism in a new wrapper.

At a news conference last week in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism.

“This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution,” she said […]

The only economic model in the last 150 years that has ever worked at all is capitalism.

That’s the IBD, quoting the remarks of Figueres, ahead of the Paris “climate change” conference in 2015. It’s correct, of course, to say retort that capitalism (allied to markets) is the only economic system that has worked at all. More than that, capitalism is astonishingly successful.

Man’s continuous and natural state, for almost all time, has been one of grinding poverty and endless work simply to stay fed and warm. Capitalism and markets alone have been the motive force which has lifted the great majority of the billions of people on the planet into wealth and comfort.

To seek capitalism’s destruction is to seek the impoverishment of mankind. These are the openly stated aims of mainstream so-called environmentalists and they are evil.


By Pete Moore On May 4th, 2019 at 6:53 pm

I’m afraid that Islam brooks no compromise. Wherever it goes, the most hateful and violent strains inevitably emerge.


By Pete Moore On May 3rd, 2019 at 6:59 pm

Because Friday night is Music Night

Another week done at the coalface of capitalism, another long weekend beckons. Have fun whatever you’re up to. It’s been a busy few weeks and I’m knackered, so I’m going to please myself. That starts now, with a banger of a tune from one of the greatest bands that ever came together.

As always, feel free to share your top sounds down below –


By Pete Moore On May 3rd, 2019 at 6:35 pm