Archive for the ‘idiocy’ Category
Taking time out from Latin American news stories to look at a news item that illustrates one more instance of government overreach:
Edificio España is a 25-floor, 384′ high building that took 5 years to build, and at the time of its inauguration in 1953 was Europe’s tallest hotel, office and apartment building. If you are in Madrid, you can’t miss it.
It has been vacant since 2007.
Last year the Chinese real estate conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group bought it for €265 million from Banco Santander, who had paid constructor Metrovacesa €389 million. Under the deal,
the city allowed the proprietor to tear down part of the 25-story structure but stipulated that the façade and side wings should remain intact.
Dalian Wanda proposes tearing down the whole thing, and rebuilding
the façade to make it look exactly the same again, using similar materials that comply with modern building standards.
But noooo! (emphasis added)
The request was not well received in Madrid City Hall, now in thehands of a leftist bloc named Ahora Madrid after a quarter century of conservative rule by the Popular Party.
. . .
Local government sources have told EL PAÍS that the department of city planning will instruct Dalian Wanda to maintain as much of the main body of the building as necessary to prop up the façade, which may not be demolished in any case.
The company, which is chaired by Wang Jianlin, China’s richest man according to Forbes magazine, says that “the consolidation of the façade is not viable under safe conditions. There are no prior references or similar experiences relating to maintaining a structure of similar height and dimensions, which additionally lacks bearing capacity.”
To which City Hall found a former head of the Madrid Professional Association of Architects and a university professor who teaches structure calculus, who compared tearing down the building while preserving the façade with putting a man on the Moon,
But if we’ve been to the Moon, there’s almost nothing that is technically impossible.
Last time I looked, Spain didn’t send anyone to the Moon, but you can be sure any foreign investors thinking of doing business in Madrid (with an unemployment rate of 17.53 % in 2014) will be looking elsewhere.
In the meantime, Dalian Wanda is left holding the bag.
The government wants to protect you from ham, and not just from any old ham, but from the gold standard of celestial hammy exquisiteness.
Read my article here.
While Customs and Immigration protect us from ham, here are a few Drudge headlines,
Obama Admin gives tips to illegals on getting work permits...
ICE Director says no one fired for releasing 65,000 criminal aliens onto streets...
5,000 freed in Arizona...
280 arrested in Midwest for robbery, burglary, battery, hit and run...
Caught, released, caught and released again...
Zuckerberg's cynical ploy for cheap foreign labor...
Mexico Now Deporting More Than USA...
Technical 'glitch' cripples US visa system...
Robots to replace border police in France...
Greek island swamped by refugee flood; No relief in sight...
Haitians booted from Dominican Republic uncertain of future...
'The Dead Are Coming': Berlin activists bury drowned refugees...
Central European states against migrant quotas...
Record gains for anti-immigrant party in Danish vote...
Lurch brought a friend to Paris:
— Fausta (@Fausta) January 16, 2015
Some of the reaction:
— Angus E. Parvo (@angusparvo) January 16, 2015
— Fausta (@Fausta) January 16, 2015
Is Jerry Lewis doing a set after Taylor finishes? @JammieWF
— David Jack Smith (@davidjacksmith) January 16, 2015
May God help us. Our secretary of state brought James Taylor with him to Paris and had Taylor sing “You’ve Got a Friend.” THIS HAPPENED. I want to escape America in a balloon.
Marxist Nicolas Maduro’s making a fashion statement inspired by Marx.
Groucho Marx, that is:
Nicolás Maduro introduced the new symbol of the revolution: The mustache cap.
The Venezuelan president surprised all during at event by showing the new icon of chavismo, by which all his followers can have his mustache.
Nicolás Maduro presentó el nuevo símbolo de la revolución: la “gorra del bigote”
El presidente venezolano sorprendió en un acto al mostrar un nuevo dispositivo del chavismo, gracias al cual sus seguidores pueden tener su bigote
The cap has a detachable mustache you can place under your nose.
I’m not making this up,
Maduro wore a blue one, but it’s also available in red or green.
Just in time for Mother’s Day!
Linked to by Babalu. Thank you!
Ah, for the days of Dean Wormer. . . Students at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information accused a professor of racial discrimination after the professor corrected their grammar:
In a letter sent to colleagues in the department after the sit-in, Rust said students in the demonstration described grammar and spelling corrections he made on their dissertation proposals as a form of “micro-aggression.”
- graduate school students
- in “education and information”
- who haven’t mastered grammar
- in their dissertation proposals
- staging a protest when, maybe for the first time in their lives, they come across a professor who’s doing them a favor
- because they feel that not letting them get away with their errors is a form of micro-aggressive racism.
The protestors are upset that Professor Rust also corrected their citations and their bibliographies.
As a Latina, I particularly resent the students’ premise that this constitutes racism. I fully understand that grammar for bilinguals sometimes is tricky. However, all education that is worth its name is rigorous by nature. Deal with it, kids.
(As an aside, spell-check and grammar-check are your friends.)
Indeed, graduate students in Education and Information ought to be embarrassed that their work is substandard. A dissertation is not a quiz: it’s a work that takes months to complete. A dissertation proposal by definition must be carefully drafted, and ought to be subject to scrutiny.
I also suggest that Prof. Rust contact FIRE.
But back to Dean Wormer,
(h/t Weasel Zippers)
Those primitive hunter gatherers, at age 30, had the same odds of dying as a modern Swedish or Japanese man would face at 72.
Which doesn’t mean that you’re as spry at 72 as you were at 30.
But you didn’t need me to point that out, did you?
I’ll now go back to nursing my cold. Beeehave while I’m away.
It wouldn’t be worth noting, if there weren’t so many who share his opinion:
You’d think that he was making a joke and that he would understand that we live in a Constitutional Republic, but it wasn’t a comedy routine:
I’m just here to support the president of the United States. The president of the United States is, you know, our boss. But he’s also, you know, the president and the first lady are kind of like the mom and the dad of the country. And when your dad says something, you listen. And when you don’t, it usually bites you in the ass later on. So, I’m here to support the president.
Back in the days of Tsarist Russia people – including Lenin – referred to “our father the Tsar“. How did that work out?
Luckily, we can still poke fun at the idiocy,
— Ben Howe (@BenHowe) February 6, 2013
I wonder what Oleg would say to this…
In other news, TIME mag named Marco Rubio “savior”,
— TIME.com (@TIME) February 7, 2013
Marco has the good sense to not be amused,
There is only one savior, and it is not me. #Jesus
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 7, 2013
Stacy: “Whose brain is it?”
To paraphrase Petula, Don’t Poop in the Subway, Darling,
That songs begs the question, how did she end up with a boyfriend that needed to be told not to sleep in the subway, nor stand in the pouring rain, but I digress.
Linked by The Other McCain. Thank you!
JAMIE FOXX: First of all, give an honor to God and our lord and savior Barack Obama. Barack Obama.
A few observations though, before you go: Didn’t the first-round of “Obama is God” (and at times BHO himself and his Pangaea-sized ego didn’t seem to argue with the notion) peak in early 2009 with then-Newsweek editor Evan Thomas’s shark-jumping quote on the subject? Since then, most liberals — particularly at the Washington Post, oddly enough — constantly ran the man down as just another hack, centrist politician.
And the above quote from Foxx brings to mind Umberto Eco’s observation in 2005: “G K Chesterton is often credited with observing: ‘When a man ceases to believe in God, he doesn’t believe in nothing. He believes in anything.’ Whoever said it — he was right. We are supposed to live in a sceptical age. In fact, we live in an age of outrageous credulity.”
Add abundant stupidity, too.