Saturday, August 23, 2014

(03:00 PM)

AT AMAZON, still time to save in the Back To School Sale.

Plus, last-chance savings on Shoes, Clothing, Jewelry, Watches and more.

(02:30 PM)

TECH TIME WARP: Watch Apple’s Awkwardly Wrong Prediction of the Future From 1987.

(02:00 PM)

CHANGE: Surprisingly real value from virtual reality.

(01:30 PM)

NEWS I CAN’T USE: When It Makes Sense to Take a Private Jet.

(01:00 PM)

HOW CHINA Censors The Internet.

(12:48 PM)

A RESPONSE TO FALSE SEX-ASSAULT CLAIMS: New Startup Connects Students With A Lawyer The Minute They Get In Trouble.

As colleges and universities revise their sexual-assault policies and California considers applying the “affirmative consent” standard statewide, many more students could find themselves accused of sexual misconduct in campus disciplinary proceedings without traditional due-process protections.

A Boston-area startup aims to make sure that students accused of anything don’t have to play legal roulette or rely on a shoddy lawyer.

Seems like a booming market.

(11:00 AM)

IN THE MAIL: Wolf in Shadow.

Also, today only at Amazon: 45% Off ASICS GEL-Storm 2 running shoes for men and women.

(10:55 AM)

TAXPROF ROUNDUP: The IRS Scandal, Day 471.

(10:42 AM)

JUST THE SORT OF POLITICIAL JIU-JITSU I’VE ENCOURAGED: Republicans Strike Mark Begich Where He’s Strongest.

Earlier Thursday, American Crossroads launched an ad attacking Mr. Begich on women’s issues – the core of the argument he’s made for months against Republican nominee Dan Sullivan, who won Tuesday’s Senate primary. The Crossroads ad attacks Mr. Begich for gender pay disparity on his Senate staff: Women in his Senate office, the ad says, earn 71 cents for every dollar men do.

“Tell Senator Begich to end unequal pay for women,” states the Crossroads ad. Crossroads spent $1.25 million to air the ad through Sept. 3.

Heh. They should be doing this everywhere it applies, which is most places. It’ll suppress Dem turnout, and it’s just well-deserved payback for that imbecilic “War On Women” meme.

(10:30 AM)

LOYALTY QUESTIONS: ‘Twice as Many’ British Muslims Fighting for ISIS Than in UK Armed Forces.

There are now more than twice as many British Muslims fighting for Islamic State than there are serving in the British armed forces, according to a British Member of Parliament (MP).

Khalid Mahmood, the MP for Perry Barr in Birmingham, estimates that at least 1,500 young British Muslims have been recruited by extremists fighting in Iraq and Syria in the last three years. . . .

The role of British jihadists fighting in the Middle East has been brought into sharp focus after Islamic State released a video showing the apparent beheading of US journalist James Foley by a masked jihadist who spoke with a British accent.

That whole Labour immigration-surge thing isn’t looking so smart.

(10:12 AM)

RELIABLE FRIENDS OF ANY ENEMY: Our Bien Pensant American Historians: The New Friends of Hamas.

(10:00 AM)

IRINA MANTA AND ROBERT WAGNER: Intellectual Property Infringement As Vandalism.

(09:00 AM)

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(08:59 AM)


Plus another lefty plagiarism scandal.

(08:30 AM)

ASHE SCHOW: Fallout from campus sexual assault hysteria: College men now suspicious of women.

Thanks to an increased focus on sexual assaults on college campuses – mostly due to an overblown statistic claiming 20 percent of college women have been sexually assaulted – young college men are starting to rethink how they talk to women.

At first glance that might seem like a good thing – men learning to be more respectful of women and not be so rapey – but that’s not what this is.

This is about men actually avoiding contact with women because they’re afraid a simple kiss or date could lead to a sexual assault accusation.

Bloomberg reporters John Lauerman and Jennifer Surane interviewed multiple men from colleges like Harvard and Stanford who expressed concern over what was once known as a “hook-up culture” but is now labeled by feminists as “rape culture.” The change in terminology ensures that all responsibility is placed on men, just because of their gender.

Take Malik Gill of Harvard University, who said he wouldn’t even give a female classmate a beer.

“I don’t want to look like a predator,” Gill told Bloomberg. “It’s a little bit of a blurred line.”

Gone are the days of buying a woman a drink – even if it’s just to be nice.

Gill also told Lauerman and Surane that after he passed on the contact information of a woman who said she was interested in his fraternity brother, his friend was hesitant to call her.

“Even though she was interested, he didn’t want to pressure her,” Gill said. “He was worried about making her feel uncomfortable.”

William Pollack, a Harvard Medical School psychologist, told the Bloomberg reporters about a patient who was kissing a girl during a party and began thinking about what would happen if things went further.

“‘I want to go to law school or medical school after this,’” the student said, according to Pollack. “‘I said to her, it’s been nice seeing you.’” . . . We’re facing a cultural shift where soon men might be afraid to talk to women at all for fear of being labeled rapists. Without presumed innocence on college campuses, the only way this will be fixed is after universities have to start paying out millions of dollars to students after being sued for denying them due process.

And with the current landscape – that might not be too far in the future.

At least in the original version, people got to have a lot of sex.

Next question: How many women will want to attend in such an environment?

(08:12 AM)

WELL, THIS IS COMFORTING: This chart shows the stunning disappearance of middle-class jobs — everywhere.

(08:00 AM)

REVOLVING DOOR UPDATE: The Hill: The Rise Of ‘Obama, Inc.’

The presidency of Barack Obama has catapulted a network of former advisers into lucrative positions.

Members of the president’s brain trust have steadily moved outside the administration in recent years, capitalizing on their association with the Obama brand to launch careers as advisors, consultants and hired guns.

“You see people not only serving as representatives of a lobbying firm but taking these very high-profile corporate jobs. I think that is becoming more common,” said Julian Zelizer, a political historian at Princeton University. “Businesses understand that this is a great opportunity for them.”

I’m sure it is. It’s also another argument for my revolving-door surtax.

(07:37 AM)

MATTHEW CONTINETTI: 1,461 Days of Summer: Obama’s endless second-term vacation. He is like Cosmo Kramer of Seinfeld. ‘His whole life is a fantasy camp,’ George Costanza says of his friend. ‘People should plunk down $2,000 to live like him for a week.’ Imagine what they would pay to live like Obama. . . . In the 1990s, we heard about the all-night delivery-pizza brainstorm sessions in the Clinton White House. In the teens, we hear about the soporific, self-congratulatory gourmet dinner parties where Obama is the star. . . . In the 1990s, America had a holiday from history. Today, it has a president on holiday. The boundary separating vacation from vocation has disappeared. The party won’t end for years. And the hangover will be severe.”

(07:27 AM)

RESEARCH: The Capacity for Self-Governance and Post-Disaster Resiliency.

(07:20 AM)

REMEMBER THE VICTIMS OF COMMUNISM. “On this 75th anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, we recognize the morally reprehensible nature of the totalitarian ideas of Nazism and Stalinism, of fascism and communism. We also recall the historical fact that regimes dedicated to these deadly ideologies worked together to start World War II, and aided each other in murdering millions of innocent men, women, and children. We remember those victims on this Black Ribbon Day.”

(07:00 AM)

FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORMED: “Median household net worth decreased by $5,046, or 6.8 percent, between 2000 and 2011. … Between 2000 and 2011, experiences of households varied widely depending on their net worth quintile (See Figure 1). Median household net worth decreased by $5,124 for households in the first (bottom) net worth quintile, $7,056 (or 49.3 percent) for the second quintile, and $5,072 (or 6.9 percent) for the third quintile. Median household net worth increased by $18,433 (or 9.8 percent) for households in the fourth quintile, and by $61,379 (or 10.8 percent) for households in the highest (top) quintile.”

Friday, August 22, 2014

(11:50 PM)

JOHN MANCHIP WHITE, CALL YOUR OFFICE: Giant fissure splits the earth open in rural northwest Mexico.

White also wrote What To Do When The Russians Come, with Robert Conquest.

(11:45 PM)

SEA CHANGE: NYT poll: 65% of whites, 80% of blacks say police shouldn’t have military-style weapons.

(11:28 PM)

AT BRANDEIS, RETROSPECTIVE SAME-SEX SEXUAL ASSAULT: To Student A, the case was all about campus safety. In retrospect, he viewed their relationship as “pretty abusive” and said he realized months after breaking up that he wanted to file a report.

(10:53 PM)

NARRATIVE CONTROL: Sanitizing terror: Has the press distorted Islamic radical’s crusade against gay men?

(10:05 PM)

JESSE WALKER: Consolidating Governments Would Leave Black Ferguson With Even Less Power.

(09:51 PM)

MICHELLE FIELDS with your Daily News Nuggets.

(09:07 PM)

A RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN depression and inflammation.

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(07:00 PM)

AT AMAZON, shop the 3D printing store. But no 3D gun kits, yet.

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(06:30 PM)

DAVID BARON, CALL YOUR OFFICE: Colorado Hiker Sings Opera to Calm Stalking Mountain Lion.

Can music soothe a savage beast? If you were to ask 40-year-old Kyra Kopenstonsky, she will tell you that it might have saved her from a cougar attack. Kopenstonsky was hiking a trail near Down Valley Park in Placerville, Colorado on Monday when she encountered a mountain lion. According to a report by the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office, the lion stalked the hiker for about 20 minutes, during which it would often jump forward and crouch whenever Kopenstonsky attempted to move backwards. She told deputies that when she first saw the animal, she picked up a large branch and attempted to look big. That did not seem to faze the cat, so Kopenstonsky said she did the next thing that came to her mind.

“I don’t know why, I just started singing opera really loud,” Koestonsky later told KUSA. “It kind of put its ears down and just kept looking at me, and it sort of backed away. Then, it came around the bushes an came towards me again and crouched about 10 feet away.”

Something in .454 Casull might have worked, too. Or if you don’t like handguns, this .458 SoCom AR-15 from Wilson Combat, which I’ve kinda had my eye on, should be more than sufficient to address pretty much any predator.

(06:07 PM)

SCIENCE: Scientists Find Life Half a Mile Below Antarctic Ice.

(05:29 PM)

WHAT GOOD IS A DAY OF RAGE WITHOUT ANY RAGE? We Must Have A #DayOfRage To Protest The Failure Of Yesterday’s #DayOfRage.

(05:27 PM)

IRONIC: Calif. Lawmaker Votes for More Regs for Ride-Sharing, Then Gets Busted for DUI. “California Assemblyman Ben Hueso, a Democrat representing the San Diego area, was arrested in the wee hours of the morning for allegedly driving under the influence. This came just hours after voting for legislation that would force more regulation on ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber.”

(05:26 PM)

IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, Rick Perry Opens up on indictment, border security, Middle-East, business taxes …. and Obama, Shaheen.

(05:04 PM)

BIG COMPANIES, IN MY EXPERIENCE, OFTEN HAVE TWO-FACED IDEAS ABOUT COPYRIGHT: Thomson Reuters Thinks Not Responding To Their Email Means You’ve Freely Licensed All Your Content.

(04:01 PM)

BRUCE SCHNEIER: The NSA Broke Our Trust In The Web. Now We Have To Break Up The NSA. “Today, the NSA’s intelligence mission has expanded from just government-on-government espionage to government-on-population surveillance. At the same time, the communications world has shifted from dedicated circuits that can be passively tapped to a single global Internet infrastructure that requires active attack to eavesdrop on. Everyone uses the same networks, and creating the capability to eavesdrop on foreign communications by engineering backdoors into US technology leaves domestic transmissions vulnerable to eavesdropping. The NSA’s aggressive data-gathering, with seemingly little regard for how that might compromise the security of everyday digital communications—and with only loose oversight (at best) by government watchdogs—has far exceeded what any modern and free society should reasonably expect. Breaking up the agency would do a lot to bring it under control.”

(03:00 PM)

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(02:55 PM)

IF HE WERE A REPUBLICAN, THIS WOULD LEAD THE NEWS: Reid apologizes for Asian jokes. You do have to wonder, though, what with the quotas under affirmative action, and the ethnic jokes, whether the Democrats really like Asians much.

(02:47 PM)

ORWELL’S GYM: What if your employer gave you a Fitbit to wear and reduced your health insurance payments if you racked up the right number of steps?

(02:30 PM)

RAMEN NOODLES — HEART ATTACK IN A BOWL? “Think of this the next time you slurp a cheap cup of hot ramen noodles: It could be linked to heart disease, especially if you’re a woman, the AP reports. A new American study of South Korea’s ramen consumption examined the diets of 10,700 people aged 19 to 64. They found both healthy (fish and rice) and unhealthy (meat and fast food) diet trends, but neither was linked to metabolic syndrome and ultimately heart disease, the New York Times explains. When instant noodles were thrown in the mix, researchers saw trouble. Women who ate a cup of them more than twice a week saw a 68% jump in cardiometabolic syndrome. It didn’t matter what else they ate.”

I’m going to stick to steak and red wine, just to be safe.

(02:20 PM)

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: ‘Sex Box,’ A Reality TV Show Where Couples Have Sex In A Box and Discuss It, Is Coming to America.

(02:00 PM)

REGULATION: California DMV says Google’s self-driving car must have a steering wheel.

(01:36 PM)

SARAH HOYT’S NEW SHORT STORY COLLECTION, Crawling Between Heaven And Earth, is 99 cents on Kindle for a limited time. How can you say no?

(01:30 PM)

IN PRAISE OF EFFICIENT PRICE GOUGING: Uber’s most important innovation is the way it prices its services. But that innovation has not been unreservedly welcomed by customers. They’re wrong.

Yes, but most people’s economic intuitions are — quite literally — paleolithic. Whole political ideologies have flourished by taking advantage of that.

(01:00 PM)

ASKING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: What Happens When A Volcano Erupts Under A Glacier.

(12:52 PM)

REPORTER: I WILL NOT BE RETURNING TO FERGUSON. “The behavior and number of journalists there is so appalling, that I cannot in good conscience continue to be a part of the spectacle.”

(12:06 PM)

ALEX LONG: The Forgotten Role of Consent in Defamation and Employment Reference Cases. The importance of those agreements.

(11:00 AM)

IN THE MAIL: The Death of Sleep (Planet Pirates Book 2).

(10:55 AM)

TAXPROF ROUNDUP: The IRS Scandal, Day 470.

(10:39 AM)

ROGER SIMON: Build The Border Fence, Already!

(10:34 AM)

ANDREW KLAVAN: Democrats At War.

(10:30 AM)

THE UGLY FACE OF UNIONISM: Padma Lakshmi and ‘Top Chef’ crew find Teamsters’ Local flavor bitter.

According to, the Teamsters threw up a picket line while the hit TV cooking competition was filming at the Steel & Rye restaurant in Milton. The union types were miffed because Bravo was using production assistants to drive their cars and not the union. When “Top Chef” star Padma Lakshmi arrived on the set, picketers called her a “(expletive) whore,” our source confirmed, and threatened to “bash that pretty face in.”

The picketers lobbed sexist, racist and homophobic slurs at the rest of the cast and crew for most of the day, the website reported, and when production wrapped, the “Top Chef” crew found that tires were slashed on 14 of their cars. Milton police confirmed that the union members were “threatening, heckling and harassing” but said no arrests were made.

More here:

The Teamsters picketers were already mad. By the time Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi’s car pulled up to the Steel & Rye restaurant in the picturesque New England town of Milton just outside Boston, one of them ran up to her car and screamed, “We’re gonna bash that pretty face in, you fucking whore!” . . .

“She got of her car in front of the location and quickly ran through the picket line,” a source said. “They were yelling, ‘You bitch! You slut! We’re gonna get you!’ It went on like that all day.”

And they wonder why people would rather use non-union help.

(10:15 AM)

EVEN THE NEW YORK TIMES IS NOTICING: A Terrorist Horror, Then Golf: Incongruity Fuels Obama Critics.

(10:13 AM)

RICHARD FERNANDEZ: It’s Alive: Can Obama still control all of the nightmarish forces he’s “unexpectedly” unleashed?

(10:00 AM)

SAD THAT ENVIRONMENTALISTS OPPOSE THIS NEW GREEN ENERGY TECHNOLOGY: Fuzzy Math Can’t Hide Shale Boom’s Green Credentials. “One day, with the right technologies, we’ll be able to power society without relying on fossil fuels, but we’re not there yet. Until then, natural gas is one of our best options, and greens would do well to recognize the fracking boom for what it is: good news.” It’s only good news if clean cheap energy is your goal.

(09:00 AM)

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(08:34 AM)

PROF. PHILIP HAMBURGER: The SEC And The Cascade Of Evasions. “The SEC clearly hopes to use administrative proceedings to evade the constitutional right to jury. When discussing the recent trial losses suffered by the SEC, Ceresney defended its evasion by talking about the SEC as if it were a victim of unfortunate circumstances in court — circumstances that ordinarily are called juries. . . . But the juries have a point. The SEC, in reality, is acting as a prosecutor. Notwithstanding the pretense of “civil penalties” — a strange oxymoron — the SEC candidly proclaims on its website that ‘the SEC is a law enforcement agency.’ Indeed, its proceedings are government enforcement actions that seek to punish or correct, and they thus are criminal in nature. No surprise, then, that juries expect more than a civil burden of proof. Rather than a problem, this is a reminder of why juries are valuable.”

They’re only valuable if you want to protect individual freedom and government accountability. That’s not the SEC’s priority. And as Hamburger notes, it’s not just the SEC: “The ever widening evasion of constitutional rights is worrisome. Administrative agencies, such as the SEC, enforce important laws, but this is no justification for their evasion of rights — let alone the cascading evasions that threaten to make judges and juries nearly irrelevant. At one point or another, the judges will have to face up to the expanding evasions, and the longer they wait, the more difficult their task will be.”

(08:30 AM)

ROLL CALL: GAO: Pentagon Broke Law in Bergdahl Case.

The Defense Department violated the law when it didn’t tell Congress before transferring five Taliban detainees from Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to Qatar in return for the Taliban’s release of captured Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the Government Accountability Office said in a legal decision made public Thursday.

Pentagon officials “did not notify the relevant congressional committees at least 30 days in advance of the transfer,” as required by law, GAO General Counsel Susan A. Poling said in a letter to nine Republican senators who had sought the analysis.

What’s more, Poling said, “because DOD used appropriated funds to carry out the transfer when no money was available for that purpose, DOD violated the Antideficiency Act,” which “prohibits federal agencies from incurring obligations exceeding an amount available in an appropriation.”

The GAO ruling provides legal backing for the position that the administration flouted the notification requirement — a view held by most Republicans and more than a few Democrats. The GAO does not address other issues that many lawmakers have raised about the merits of the exchange.

Anti-Deficiency Act violations are a serious thing. But will a False Claims Act action lie?

(08:00 AM)

I BLAME RACISM: Republicans support President Obama on Iraq more than Democrats.

Most Americans support the White House’s limited airstrikes on ISIS in Iraq, with a majority of Republicans enthusiastically backing the effort, according to new Washington Post-ABC News survey.

The Aug. 13-17 survey, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points, found that 61 percent of self-identified Republican respondents support the airstrikes, while only 54 percent of Democrats say the same.

I mean, it’s already been established that there’s no other possible reason for disapproving of anything Obama does, right? So it’s got to be racism.

(07:47 AM)

SHOCKER: Revolving door at regulator CFPB enables former bureaucrats to cash in at taxpayers’ expense.

Peter Carroll helped shape the mortgage regulations at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau until this spring. Now, Carroll is senior vice president of capital markets at Wells Fargo Home Mortgages, the largest private mortgage lender in the country.

Carroll’s colleague, Lisa Applegate, was the “Mortgage Implementation Lead,” at CFPB, and now she’s “strategic quality manager within Wells’ home lending capital markets group,” according to American Banker magazine.

Carroll’s replacement at CFPB, Patricia McClung, was recently at the National Association of Realtors (one of the largest lobbying groups in the country), and for years was an executive at failed mortgage giant Freddie Mac.

What’s remarkable about the revolving-door action at the CFPB this year is that it’s completely unremarkable for the agency.

The Democratic Congress and the Obama White House created the CFPB with its 2010 Dodd-Frank financial regulation bill. The top aides to Messrs. Dodd and Frank, of course, have cashed out to K Street and Wall Street.

Yet another argument for my revolving-door surtax.

(07:30 AM)

MISSOURI DEMOCRAT: “Rand Paul Was Right.”

“Rand Paul was right. He talked about how we cannot militarize our cities. That what it looked like.

“I’ve never seen anything like it and I grew up in the South during the civil rights days,” he said.

He and Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) said the military-grade weapons and equipment donated by the Pentagon to local agencies were never intended to be used against citizens engaged in civil disobedience.

Well, I’m not so sure about that.

(07:25 AM)

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: American University’s Washington College of Law Plunges In Rankings, But Builds $130 Million New Campus.

(07:13 AM)

MOST TRANSPARENT ADMINISTRATION EVER: White House Going With ‘Security By Obscurity’ As Excuse For Refusing To Release Security Details.

(07:00 AM)

JUST A FEW MONTHS AGO OBAMA WAS CALLING THEM JUNIOR VARSITY: Defense secretary: ISIS threat ‘beyond anything we’ve seen.’ I predict that the press won’t make a lot of this 180-degree shift in position.

(12:04 AM)

EUGENE VOLOKH: Why the Gov. Rick Perry prosecution unconstitutionally intrudes on the gubernatorial veto power.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

(11:30 PM)

“ANYONE BUT OBAMA” SENTIMENT DOESN’T EXTEND TO HILLARY: YouGov poll: Most Americans, and most Democrats, do not wish Hillary had won in 2008.

(11:00 PM)

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(10:44 PM)

ED DRISCOLL: Dispatches From The CNN Style Guide. “And CNN wonders why it long ago lost the trust of a nation.”

(10:06 PM)

CENSORSHIP: University Blocks Student Access To “Harmful” Webpages.

Northern Illinois University is restricting students’ access to certain websites. For their own good, of course. The internet is a dangerous place, and we wouldn’t want students inadvertently coming across something controversial, now would we?

Students who attempt to visit an unauthorized site through the campus network are redirected to a creepy “Web Page Access Warning.” The “warning” is that the students are about to go somewhere that probably violates NIU internet policy. One student reported the policy to Reddit after he received a warning for trying to access the Westboro Bapist Church’s Wikipedia page. That’s right, its Wikipedia page.

NIU cites “common sense, decency, ethical use, civility, and security,” as its various rationales for the policy. Yes, a public institution of higher learning believes that it is just common sense—and ethical—to dissuade students from visiting websites deemed harmful by administrators.

Is it any wonder that higher education is losing respect?

(09:31 PM)

BOB ZUBRIN: Free Kurdistan!

(09:12 PM)

WELL, THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY, YOU KNOW: It’s Alive(ish)! Brain Cells Grow and Respond in Artificial Tissue.

(08:03 PM)

ASKING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: Is Breakfast Overrated? “For years, we’ve heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But scientific support for that idea has been surprisingly meager, and a spate of new research at several different universities — published in multiple articles in the August issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition — could change the way we think about early-hours eating.” Yet another place where the settled science wasn’t.

(06:28 PM)

NICK GILLESPIE: The Libertarian Moment In Ferguson.

What has helped the story to go fully national, however, is that the events surrounding it exemplify the concerns that libertarians have been raising for decades about the militarization of police, which has its roots both in the drug war and the post-9/11 terror-industrial complex. As my former colleague Radley Balko, now at The Washington Post, has documented for years (first at The Cato Institute, then at Reason, and most fully in last year’s Rise of the Warrior Cop), “The buzz phrase in policing today is officer safety. You’ll also hear lots of references to preserving order, and fighting wars, be it on crime, drugs, or terrorism. Those are all concepts that emphasize confrontation. It’s a view that pits the officers as the enforcer, and the public as the entity upon which laws and policies and procedures are to be enforced.”

I remember when the catchphrase on Hill Street Blues changed from “Let’s be careful out there,” to “Let’s do it to them before they do it to us.” In retrospect, that seems like an inflection point.

(06:00 PM)

WELL, THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY, YOU KNOW: In a fun competition to design a 3-D-printed Martian habitat, three designs are finalists.

(05:04 PM)

WHEN MODELS DISAGREE WITH TEMPERATURE RECORDS, well, the state of knowledge must be imperfect. I like the way the model-makers say that this means the temperature records must be wrong. . . .

(04:03 PM)

THAT’S BECAUSE IT’S ALL SECURITY THEATER: Researchers Easily Slipped Weapons Past TSA’s X-Ray Body Scanners. “The glaring vulnerabilities the researchers found in the security system demonstrate how poorly the machines were tested before they were deployed at a cost of more than $1 billion to more than 160 American airports.” Security theater, and, likely, graft.

(03:00 PM)

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(02:30 PM)

MAY/DECEMBER? ISN’T THIS MORE LIKE AUGUST/DECEMBER? Richard Gere And Padma Lakshmi’s May-December Romance Still Going Strong! “The 64-year-old Richard and 43-year-old Padma were spotted on a romantical dinner date in New Jersey and according to a source, the pair looked quite cozy.” Or maybe September/December? I mean if she were 23 it would be a May/December.

(02:00 PM)

I THOUGHT THE SCIENCE WAS SETTLED: Best Way to Brush Your Teeth? Experts Disagree.

(01:36 PM)

SARAH HOYT’S NEW SHORT STORY COLLECTION, Crawling Between Heaven And Earth, is 99 cents on Kindle for a limited time. How can you say no?

UPDATE: Sarah emails that her book goes on sale tomorrow — just say no until then!

(01:30 PM)

ROBOTS VS. JOBS since 2009.

(01:00 PM)

HOW ISRAEL’S IRON DOME is changing warfare.

UPDATE: Popular Mechanics emails that the story was posted prematurely to their Website, and is now offline. Watch for a relink when it goes live (for real) at PM.

(12:21 PM)

GEORGE WILL: From cupcakes to the police, fed up with government. “By printing and borrowing money, government avoids thinking about its proper scope and actual competence. . . . The collapse of confidence in government is not primarily because many conspicuous leaders are conspicuously dimwitted, although when Joe Biden refers to ‘the nation of Africa,’ or Harry Reid disparages the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision as rendered by ‘five white men’ (who included Clarence Thomas), Americans understand that their increasingly ludicrous government lacks adult supervision. What they might not understand is that Reids and Bidens come with government so bereft of restraint and so disoriented by delusions of grandeur that it gives fighting knives to police and grief to purveyors of noncompliant cupcakes.”

(11:00 AM)

IN THE MAIL: Eight Million Gods.

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(10:53 AM)

TAXPROF ROUNDUP: The IRS Scandal, Day 469.

(10:34 AM)

“SMART DIPLOMACY:” Obama’s War Of Choice Yields Chaos In Libya.

(10:30 AM)


My first thought while reading the article was that this is outrageous judicial overreach in a state that has historically been somewhat known for being friendly to plaintiffs. It is, I thought, just allowing plaintiffs to go in search of the deepest pockets in the hopes of getting the largest possible recovery.

Then I read further. And it turns out that generic manufacturers are not allowed to put warning labels on drugs unless those warnings are also in the warning label for the original brand-name drug. That’s when I realized that this was a classic case of outrageous regulatory incompetence. Oblivious bureaucrats at the Food and Drug Administration created a ridiculous situation in which Pfizer can be sued for a product it didn’t make.

Then I read further. And it turns out that the FDA has proposed a new rule that would allow generic-drug manufacturers to add labeling to their products independently. And guess who’s blocking it?

The generic drug manufacturers, of course. They’ve got a pretty sweet deal right now: They get the profits, while the folks who actually did all that expensive research to develop the drug bear a lot of the liability. They’re in no hurry to have that change.

Remember: Government is just a word for the things we choose to do together. Like protect well-funded cronies at the expense of the public interest.

(10:25 AM)

EXCEPT THAT THIS TIME THE MUSIC SUCKS: Roger Kimball: A Sixties Time Warp.

(10:11 AM)

STEPHEN GREEN: Wargaming November: Incumbents versus angry voters—who wins?

(10:00 AM)

THE ATLANTIC: How The US Failed James Foley. The response to Foley’s beheading should have been a MOAB dropped on an ISIS-held town.

(09:00 AM)

AT AMAZON, Outlet Deals in Electronics.

Also, Warehouse Deals in Home Improvement.

(08:39 AM)

TRIFECTA: Bill Whittle, Stephen Green & Scott Ott On The Perry Indictment.

(08:30 AM)

ASHE SCHOW: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and the cost of sexual assault on college campuses.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., one of the co-sponsors of a Senate bill targeting campus sexual assault, tweeted out an article Tuesday that defended her bill, writing that she agreed with the author that the cost of campus sexual assaults outweighs any cost included in implementing the bill.

Gillibrand’s Campus Safety and Accountability Act would fine universities up to 1 percent of their operating budgets if they do not comply with the legislation, which requires them to provide training for campus employees who handle sexual assault claims, among other things. . . .

“Talking about money misses the point,” Zhang wrote. “The goal of CASA isn’t to fine universities. It’s to incentivize compliance. By investing in the resources now, universities create a safer educational environment for current and prospective students.”

What Zhang misses is the fact that since CASA only focuses on accusers, the probability that colleges and universities will see more lawsuits from accused students will outweigh the cost of the bill and possibly even the penalty for noncompliance. Already there are more than 30 young men across the country suing their universities for what they claim was a denial of due process, and if CASA passes, putting more pressure on universities to convict, that number could increase dramatically.

Zhang also tries to shame the U.S. by comparing the debunked “1-in-5 women will be sexually assaulted during their time in college” statistic to the global problem of violence against women. Except that 20 percent of college women have not been victims of sexual violence, so Zhang, and other CASA supporters, are trying to make the U.S. look as hostile toward women as countries like Saudi Arabia, where women aren’t even allowed to drive, or Pakistan, where “honor killings” are prevalent.

For her part, Gillibrand still has not answered questions about the lack of due process guarantees in CASA. Her spokesman, Glenn Kaplan, did reach out to the Washington Examiner to discuss the bill, but wouldn’t answer the questions provided to him as other senators’ offices had done.

This is really just war-on-women agitprop, but I’d love to see folks on the right run with it and do ads warning women not to attend college because it’s too dangerous, with lots of quotes from Dems saying one in five college women is sexually assaulted.

(08:12 AM)

PRESIDENT PERFUNCTORY: The Hill: Obama returns to golf course after condemning ISIS.



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HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Survey: Grads Give High Marks to Law Schools for Professors, Training & ROI, But Not Job Placement.

(07:45 AM)

WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY COMPLAIN OF SEXISM, Ann Althouse is unimpressed. “How terrible is it to want to secretly say to them: Lighten up?”

(07:30 AM)

K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: Student Writes English Assignment About Killing Neighbor’s Pet Dinosaur. And then:

Investigators say the teacher contacted school officials after seeing the message containing the words “gun” and “take care of business,” and police were then notified on Tuesday.

Summerville police officials say Stone’s bookbag and locker were searched on Tuesday, and a gun was not found.

To be thorough, they should have searched the neighbor’s yard for a dead Triceratops, too. Everyone involved in this tragedy should be flogged naked through the streets, then put in the stocks wearing a dunce cap.

(07:23 AM)

WAIT, I THOUGHT THAT KIND OF LANGUAGE WAS RACIST: FBI director calls Islamic terror group behind journalist slaying ‘savages.’

(07:00 AM)

LIFE IN OBAMA’S POST-RACIAL AMERICA: Race-based hate crimes spike in D.C.; whites most common victims, but underreporting feared.