June 13, 2010
PROGRESS WITH voice stress detection?
PROGRESS WITH voice stress detection?
TEA PARTY MOVEMENT taking over the Texas GOP? “In the past, these conventions have been about social conservatism. Now the passion and dialogue is driven more by fiscal issues.”
“SMART DIPLOMACY?” Peter Hitchens: Why Does America Hate Us?
EXOCORTEXES, the iPad, and you.
FOR EUGENE AND SASHA VOLOKH, a big anniversary.
TIME TO abolish public sector unions?
CHINA BUYS CAMBODIA. “China aspires to be a world power. It’s understood that China cannot do this alone. Even the mighty United States has allies it depends on. Who can China depend on? Not a lot. In fact, China has a rather disturbing roster of friends. There’s Pakistan, a corrupt nation, always on the verge of falling apart and one of the few remaining sanctuaries for Islamic terrorists. China is also cozy with North Korea, Iran and Myanmar, pariah nations all. So China has been forced to improvise.”
WHERE TO GO FOR Bonnaroo coverage.
FOR FATHER’S DAY: Free one-day shipping on select watches.
WHAT SHARKS CAN TELL US about designing robots.
BUT LET’S BE HONEST — HOW HARD IS THAT? AI That Picks Stocks Better Than the Pros.
ENABLER-IN-CHIEF: Obama pleads for $50 billion in state, local aid. They’ll never mend their overspending ways if they think they can count on Uncle Sugar to write a check.
WOMAN CALLS 911 LOOKING FOR A HUSBAND.
LOVE HORMONE CAN ALSO LEAD TO WAR: “Oxytocin has received much attention for boosting social bonding and cooperation, but it also appears to trigger defensive aggression against outsiders who might threaten an individual’s social group, psychologists say. That indicates the hormone has a much more complex role in social dynamics than just encouraging humans to make love and not war.”
UPDATE: Robert Crawford emails: “So the ‘brotherly love’ hormone may also be connected to violence? Why am I reminded of the movie Serenity? What did Joss Whedon know, and when did he know it?!” Beware the Reavers!
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: The Professors Are In Charge.
TEN STRATEGIES FOR better air travel.
HOW TO peel a peach.
CAN WE KEEP A SECRET, OR WHAT? Prototype Hyperspectral Satellite Fast-Tracked to Begin Official Spy Work for Military.
MIDGET SUBS: Tiny terrors?
ARE HYBRID AND ELECTRIC AIRPLANES ready for commercial debut?
EVEN IF IT DOESN’T KEEP YOU AWAKE, noise during sleep impairs performance the next day.
GALLERY: The Ten Most Annoying Car Owners.
MERELY HUMAN? That’s so yesterday. And not in the Hillary Duff sense.
MAUREEN DOWD ON OBAMA AND THE PRESS: “The former constitutional lawyer now in the White House understands that the press has a role in the democracy. But he is an elitist, too, as well as thin-skinned and controlling. . . . Like many Democrats, he thinks the press is supposed to be on his side.” Well, to be fair, you can see where he’d get that idea. But Dowd adds, “It hurts Obama to be a crybaby about it, and to blame the press and the ‘old Washington game’ for his own communication failures.” Ouch. The problem is, they’re not just communication failures. They’re personality failures.
IN THE MAIL: From Mark Van Name, Overthrowing Heaven.
IF YOU MISSED IT ON SIRIUS/XM SATELLITE RADIO YESTERDAY, the latest PJM Political is now online. Karl Rove, James Lileks, Jim Glassman, and more.
DAVID WARREN: “We learned a simple thing this week: that the BP clean-up effort in the Gulf of Mexico is hampered by the Jones Act. This is a piece of 1920s protectionist legislation, that requires all vessels working in U.S. waters to be American-built, and American-crewed. So while, for instance, the U.S. Coast Guard can accept such help as three kilometres of containment boom from Canada, they can’t accept, and therefore don’t ask for, the assistance of high-tech European vessels specifically designed for the task in hand. This is amusing, in a way: a memorable illustration of … the sort of stuff I keep going on about. Which is to say, the law of unintended consequences, which pertains with especial virulence to all acts of government regulation.”
STEVEN PINKER: New Media Not As Scary As Claimed.
BIG BROTHER IN AUSTRALIA: “Revelations that the federal government wants Australia’s 400-odd internet service providers (ISPs) to log and retain customers’ web browsing data, so law enforcement can access it during criminal cases, have sparked alarm in the industry. Currently law enforcement needs court-approved search warrants before they can record someone’s personal data via their ISP. The proposed regulation would mean companies would be forced to store certain information for several years just in case it was later needed.”
HOW TO SEASON A WOK.
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CLAUDIA ROSETT: Please, No More “Arc of History.”
LIVESTREAMING VIDEO from the Humanity+ Summit.
THE ROAD TO PRICE CONTROLS: “Conventional wisdom is that U.S. pharmaceutical companies made out well under the Obama health plan by bargaining with the White House. That wisdom is wrong.”
MARCHING FOR freedom in Iran.
THIS WEEK IN THE FUTURE.
MICKEY KAUS on having fun.
MARK STEYN on our post-modern presidency.
MESSAGE TO HELEN THOMAS: The Jews are home.
NEW YORK POST: Obama’s True Gulf Goof.
HOW OBAMACARE IS already affecting health insurance benefits. “This year Ms. Watts estimates that changes made in response to the health law will add an extra 2 to 3 percent in cost increases, pressuring employers to engage in even more cost-sharing with employees — whether through higher premiums, co-payments or other out-of-pocket costs.”
APPLE’S MOBILE RULES to get FCC scrutiny. “The U.S. Federal Trade Commission will investigate whether Apple Inc.’s business practices harm competition in the market for software used on mobile devices, people familiar with the situation said. . . . This may not be the only antitrust investigation Apple faces. Justice Department lawyers recently contacted companies about Apple’s practices in the music business.”
THE PRESS AND OBAMA: Where’s That Lovin’ Feeling? “In just a year and a half, the president has squandered the nearly universal support of the mainstream press by his incompetent handling of the BP oil spill. . . . This particular event has presented the left with a highly visible crisis concerning an issue that means a great deal to them — energy and the environment — and on which Obama was supposed to lead in a manner completely different from his predecessor Bush.”
STEVEN PRESSFIELD interviews Mark Safranski.
COLORADO alters teacher tenure.
IN SWEDEN, a looser definition of masculinity. Except among the muslim immigrants.
PAM GELLER MAY SUE PAYPAL FOR CALLING HER BLOG A “HATE SITE.”
AT AMAZON, Warehouse Deals.
CRATERING ON everything the public cares about.
BP: “I knew these guys were cooked when they changed their name from British Petroleum to ‘BP’ — and then spread the insane story that they were now ‘beyond petroleum — the first green global energy company.’”
NOT TRUSTING OBAMA, Karzai hedges his bets.
PRIORITIES: “A recent Gallup poll shows the mounting debt tops American fears and yet Congress continues to pursue legislation that would deepen the debt crisis.”
I DUNNO, THE TAIWANESE SNAKE-PENIS DRINK WAS PRETTY DISGUSTING: Tarantula cocktail – the worst cocktail ever? Really, just some straight Tullamore Dew, or maybe a Beefeater’s and tonic is just fine.
FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES: The Obama Justice Department went to bat for the New Black Panther party—and then covered it up. “With Adams’s resignation and letter, a clearer picture is finally emerging of what led to the dismissal of the case, the actions of DoJ political appointees, the department’s misrepresentations about the case, and the Obama administration’s approach to civil rights enforcement.”
SO MUCH FOR THAT PROMISE ABOUT KEEPING YOUR OWN HEALTH CARE: ObamaCare will kill 51% of companies’ health plans. “Internal White House documents reveal that 51% of employers may have to relinquish their current health care coverage by 2013 due to ObamaCare. That numbers soars to 66% for small-business employers.”
A BP SHAREHOLDER FATCAT speaks out.
MARK STEYN on shaped news vs. the real world.
WELL, DUH: Social networking popular among boomers. And the Twitter demographic is older than Facebook’s. Blogs, on the other hand, are favored mostly by those who are young and hip. And good looking!
FRINGE MEDICINE: Stem-cell Tourism.
CAR LUST: The Mercury Marauder.
Some say there’s little doubt that if a spill like the one in the Gulf took place on former President George W. Bush’s watch, environmental groups would have unleashed an unsparing fury on the Republican in the White House. For their liberal ally, Obama, they seem willing to hold their tongues.
“These guys have bet the farm on this administration,” said Ted Nordhaus, chairman of an environmental think tank, the Breakthrough Institute. “There has been a real hesitancy to criticize this administration out of a sense that they’re kind of the only game in town. … These guys are so beholden to this administration to move their agenda that I think they’re unwilling to criticize them.”
Environmentalists, like feminists, are just another arm of the Democratic establishment: “running dogs” to be loosed or reined in as politics require. It is thus unnecessary to pay attention to what they say, since it’s just politics anyway.
STEVEN DEN BESTE: What A Difference A Year Makes. Yeah, the magic’s gone away.
I DON’T THINK IT USED TO BE THIS LUCRATIVE: Life In A Harem.
GULF OIL SPILL UPPING PRICE FOR DOMESTIC SHRIMP.
TODAY ONLY: 60% off men’s dress pants.
OIL FLOW strains the system.
YOUTUBE PULLS “WE CON THE WORLD” VIDEO, but it’s rehosted elsewhere. YouTube’s reputation, on the other hand, takes another hit. Perhaps the perception is inaccurate, but people on the right are beginning to feel that YouTube can’t be trusted. If I were YouTube, I’d be trying to address that somehow.
UPDATE: Ed Driscoll blames Warner.
Warner Brothers of course, are the second half of the business entity Time-Warner, which also owns as part of its conglomeration of businesses CNN. In 2009, CNN tried to claim a copyright violation over the video shot by an individual of the Tea Partiers grilling then CNN “reporter” Susan Roesgen, until the guys at Founding Bloggers fought for their clip to be restored at YouTube.
And that’s what a lot of this is all about: by claiming copyright violations real or imagined, Warners and other entities can get clips pulled from the Internet’s largest host of videos for several weeks or months. These videos frequently wind up on smaller sites of course (such as the aforementioned Eyeblast), and those who initiate claims against them often lose their battles, if the video makers are prepared to fight back. But by then, much of the news value of these sorts of clips has dissipated.
So that’s at least three conservative clips pulled by Time-Warner-related entities. As a certain A. Goldfinger once said, “Mr. Bond, they have a saying in Chicago: ‘Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it’s enemy action.”
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UPDATE: Related: PayPal cutting off Pam Geller? [Later: A couple of readers wonder if this will hurt Meg Whitman's candidacy. Someone should ask her . . . ]
ANOTHER UPDATE: An entertainment-lawyer reader thinks that Google/YouTube may well be innocent in this, and notes that Warner Music hasn’t been part of Time Warner for several years. I’ve also heard, unofficially, from InstaPundit readers who work at YouTube who say they’re caught between a rock and a hard place on these takedown notices. May I suggest that YouTube should reach out to rightbloggers — officially, not just through employees who happen to read blogs — and talk about this?
HYBRID POWERTRAINS coming to LeMans.
IN THE MAIL: From Arthur Brooks, The Battle: How the Fight between Free Enterprise and Big Government Will Shape America’s Future.
ANOTHER SALAZAR SCREWUP:
The administration has decreed a six-month moratorium on exploratory drilling in the Gulf, based on a report that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar wrote for President Obama. Salazar claimed that a panel of seven experts selected by the National Academy of Engineering had peer reviewed his report. It turns out, though, that the seven experts never saw the recommendation for a moratorium, and in fact oppose it.
I’m beginning to lose confidence in these people.
FROM THE MANOLO: Tying The Right Knot.
SARAH PALIN: They’re Real, and They’re Spectacular.
TIGERHAWK: A short note on the Obama administration’s aggressive prosecution of leakers. “We doubt that he has failed to consider the collateral political benefit, that he will deter ‘dissenters’ in his own government from leaking against him.”
BOTTLES OF HOPE.
BUT OF COURSE: NYC Teachers Union Has an Office in Boca Raton.
WALTER SHAPIRO: Nikki Haley and Rand Paul Races: Where Have All the Reporters Gone? “What we are witnessing in this election cycle is the slow death of traditional statewide campaign journalism.” Not so slow. As I’ve said before, hard-news reporting is the killer app for news media, but they don’t seem to want to do it.
THIS IS THE WOMAN who launched her car over a toll booth.
THE DAILY CALLER LOOKS AT who’s behind Obama’s “Media Reform” Policy. These efforts are unAmerican. They should be stopped, and those behind them punished to the point that no politician dares go there again.
A PENSION SHELL GAME: “Gov. David A. Paterson and legislative leaders have tentatively agreed to allow the state and municipalities to borrow nearly $6 billion to help them make their required annual payments to the state pension fund. And, in classic budgetary sleight-of-hand, they will borrow the money to make the payments to the pension fund — from the same pension fund.”
LIVEBLOGGING THE HUMANITY+ CONFERENCE, at The Speculist.
ROGER KIMBALL: The age of the IOU, or chickens/roost, and “anarchy literally.” “And here’s a policy suggestion that I offer free and for nothing. If New York offers its citizens IOUs instead cash, citizens should do the same come April. After wading through the pages of gibberish that our legislators have thoughtfully provided under the rubric of your tax returns, they should enter the amount owed, sign on the dotted line, and enclose an IOU instead of a check. If an irresponsible and fiscally incontinent state can hold on to your money (and you should never forget that it is your money), then you are justified in practicing a little self-defense and treating the state with a little of the contempt with which it treats you. If five or ten or a hundred people did it, it wouldn’t make much difference. What if five or ten thousand people did?”
KEEPING THE BIG MONEY OUT OF POLITICS at a $5000 breakfast with Nancy Pelosi.
PENSION PLANS GO BROKE as public payrolls expand.
REVOLVING DOOR STILL SPINNING: Linda Douglass, former Obama aide, rejoins mainstream media.
ER, RIGHT: Obama: GOP to blame for spill, because if I had tried to prevent it, which I didn’t, they would have stopped me. Right. It’s got nothing to do with Obama receiving record contributions from BP, and regulators . . . coincidentally . . . cutting BP a lot of slack. But if he were a Republican, it would be all about that.
DON SURBER: Jim Bunning Is Owed An Apology. “Hypocrisy is a word I seldom use because it is double-edged. Instead, I will note the double standard. Jim Bunning was trying to make a point. Congress is trying to take a vacation. I see a difference. And really, so does the New York Times editorial board.”
DON’T MAKE ‘EM LOOK BAD: Raft guide arrested after helping stranded rafter on Clear Creek.
HOW TO PLAN for a double-dip recession.