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Rick, fresh out of accounting school, went to an interview for a good paying job.

The company boss asked various questions about him and his education, but then asked him, “What is three times seven?”

Not thinking, Rick blurted out, “22.”

After he left, he double-checked it on his calculator (he *knew* he should have taken it to the interview!) and realized he wouldn’t get the job. read more

The West and Iran on Separate Population Paths

By: the Common Constitutionalist

For years we’ve been hearing about a coming population crash in developed Western nations – mainly Europe. Births are simply not keeping pace with death rates.

In Germany, “births per 1,000 population have fallen to roughly 8.2 – below even Japan’s 8.4. The death rate, meanwhile, is about 11 per 1,000,” according to Hamburg’s World Economy Institute. Many other European countries appear also to be in the same boat, with dwindling birth rates not keeping pace with deaths.

In June it was estimated that the German population in 2060 will shrink to 67 million – down from its current 81 million.

Journalist Daniel Greenfield writes that a big part of the declines are due to the left’s assault on both marriage and the traditional nuclear family. He says, “Marriage is a fading institution. Family is a flickering light in the evening of the West.” read more

First Ever Bionic Eye Transplant

The 80-year-old Raymond Flynn was the first to receive the implant for AMD treatmentThe 80-year-old Raymond Flynn was the first to receive the implant for AMD treatment (Credit: Second Sight)

You might remember the Argus II implant from when it first gained market approval in the US back in 2013. The ambitious prosthesis is back, with researchers now looking to utilize the technology to treat patients with dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The effort forms part of a feasibility study, and early results are positive. read more

Going to College? – Become a Mute

by: the Common Constitutionalist

It’s a very exciting time for some kids. Many children have already begun to pack up to leave home for the first time and head off to college. In about three weeks or so, kids from all over will begin to move out of the house and into the dorms at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), in Durham New Hampshire.

Hopefully the children are ready for the change from home life to campus life, but I doubt it, unless they have already received and memorized from cover to cover the “UNH Bias-Free Language Guide.”

If the students have not already done this, they had better get to it, for things could get uncomfortable on campus for the unindoctrinated.

The guide’s indoctrination begins immediately, without even a welcoming message.

Under the heading, “Language as Leadership,” the guide says, “Language has been described as complicated, intriguing and beautiful. Benjamin Lee Whorf said, ‘Language shapes the way we think, and determines what we can think about.’ Some writers have commented on language as the biggest barrier to human progress…”

Right away we can see where this is going. Language, is in fact the way most people express thoughts, not the opposite, and it “determines what we can think about?” What?! Actually it appears that the thought and language police will determine what students “think about.” And language isn’t a barrier to progress, but is the biggest barrier to the continuity of community and country. But I’m sure were not supposed to broach that topic on campus. read more

Robotic Hotel

Robots are deployed at the front desk to help guests check-in and outRobots are deployed at the front desk to help guests check-in and out (Credit: Henn-na Hotel)

A new hotel that is staffed with robots has opened in Japan. The Henn-na Hotel (which translates as “Strange Hotel”), is part of the Huis Ten Bosch theme park complex in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture. Guests can also access their rooms via face-recognition, and are able to control room amenities via tablets. read more

More Liberal Nanny Food Myths Busted

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Politics aside, this past has past year has been pretty productive for those of us trying to live a common sense lifestyle, particularly on the food front.

There was the new research on salt intake. Actually, as it turns out, the new research study has been the only real research study and it showed virtually no link between salt intake and hypertension, which has been the conventional wisdom for as long as I can remember.

I did a Podcast  in March on the subject of salt, where the scientific and medical communities have bought into the myth that salt is bad and must be severely limited.

All this mass hysteria over salt was based on one study done in the 1970s, where the researchers fed massive amounts of salt to mice over an extended period of time and surprise, they developed health problems.

They never followed up with any reasonable human studies – other bogus ones, used only to advance the low/no salt myth, but no reasonable human studies. The myth of salt has been based on a single shoddy research study.

The new research found that not only is a reasonable, commonsense amount of salt not bad, but may very well aid in weight loss. And too little salt, as is currently recommended, can have catastrophic negative health effects.

Then came the new research on saturated fats, where they discovered once again, the claims of health issues like heart disease and stroke is completely unfounded. Once again, the new research found virtually no ill effects when consuming reasonable amounts of saturated fat and cholesterol. In fact they could find little to no link to show cholesterol caused either stroke or heart disease.

But for decades we have been preached to about the dangers of salt and cholesterol laden foods. All unfounded – all bogus. read more