WITH THINGS FALLING APART ALL AROUND THE WORLD, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Is Talking About the NFL.
WITH THINGS FALLING APART ALL AROUND THE WORLD, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Is Talking About the NFL.
THIS IS CUTE: LOOK: A&M cadet delivers key block to protect Reveille.
MOLLIE HEMINGWAY: Proof That Sarah Palin Derangement Syndrome Is Real.
We all say, think or tweet stupid stuff. It’s best to just acknowledge that we can all be idiots at times, say we’re sorry, and move on. It may be a good idea for Goldberg to explain precisely what he was thinking, but apology accepted. I’m just using the whole incident as a means to discuss the broader oddity of American progressives’ Palin Derangement Syndrome.
Now, I’m no reflexive Palin-defender. See, for example, my “No, Sarah Palin, Baptism Isn’t A Good Punchline For A Terrorist Joke.”
But more than anything I might say in favor of or against her policies, I’m struck by how she causes people with progressive tendencies to lose their ever-living minds. What is that about? And I’m interested in that not just because she gets everyone to Peak Freud in under 10 seconds, but because she’s just a great example of how progressives treat all women who share some of her characteristics.
And that’s whether we embrace life in all its messiness — fertile wombs, grizzly bear mothering, shooting wolves out of helicopters, you know the usual — or simply reject the victimization status so graciously conferred upon us by feminism or, horror of horrors, we trust in God.
I’m honestly wondering why, though. Why are we such a threat? Is it the power of our non-barren wombs? Is it the power that comes with not accepting progressive politics of constant victimization? Are women only really acceptable to liberal elites if we’re constantly trying to be just like men? Is it our understanding of guns? (A friend noted in response to Goldberg’s odd comment that of course that picture isn’t reminiscent of Sarah Palin since “Palin knows the third rule of gun safety.”) Is it the confidence we exude as faithful women? . . .
I don’t know Goldberg. And I like his writing a lot. But if this kind of derangement can get even to someone like him, it’s disconcerting.
Just understand, it didn’t happen by accident, but by design.
SKINTIGHT SPACESUITS ARE AN OLD IDEA, BUT THIS IS STILL COOL: MIT’s New BioSuit Shrinkwraps Astronauts to Hold Them Together.
SEXISM: It’s 2014: Why Are Men Still Paying for First Dates? “Who pays for dates … is one arena where women may be resisting gender changes more than men.”
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Plus, big savings at the Movie & TV Deals Of The Week.
WORRIED ABOUT BEING RAPED ON A COLLEGE CAMPUS? Try Reynolds Online University: “The One Where Nobody Gets Raped.”
BUSINESS GENIUS: So I didn’t realize that popular college party website The Chive has Chapters.
What this means is you could go to online school — avoiding rape or accusations thereof — and still enjoy a college party lifestyle. The best of both worlds, and quite possibly cheaper than regular college.
I wrote about unbundling Higher Ed in The New School, but here you can see it happening.
SO APPARENTLY, IT’S NOT JUST THE BORDER THAT NEEDS A BETTER FENCE: Police comb White House lawn after ‘unarmed’ fence jumper got inside front doors. “The incident prompted fresh questions about the storied agency and its ability to protect the president.”
You know, one of the Secret Service’s best tools has been a reputation for extreme competence, such that people who think about killing the President decide the chance of success is too low to bother. That reputation has taken quite a hit over the past few years.
I WOULDN’T BRING UP OBAMA IF I WERE YOU, IT’S POOR SALESMANSHIP: These days, Democrats aren’t talking much about Obama in congressional speeches.
I’D PREFER FLYING CARS: The Totally Serious Plan to Connect Brooklyn and Manhattan by Gondola.
HARRY REID ON IMMIGRATION.
IMPORTANT NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF SCIENCE: Is Drinking Wine Better Than Going To The Gym? According To Scientists, Yes!
But don’t go full Depardieu. You never go full Depardieu.
SO THIS PIECE BY JAMELLE BOUIE SAYS THAT blacks share the views of most Americans on corporal punishment, and that’s the white man’s fault. Take it from somebody with African family — the attitudes on corporal punishment over there are pretty stout, too.
Bouie’s real problem is that while 70% of Americans support corporal punishment, basically nobody among the politico-journalistic Clerisy does. So defending blacks on the ground that they’re just like other Americans risks someone throwing an oikophobia flag — ewww, just like other Americans? Yuk.
RAISING AWARENESS OF SEPSIS. “Dr. Patrick Conway, the chief medical officer for the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, said that in a pilot study, 73 hospitals had been able to reduce deaths by sepsis by 10 to 40 percent. He expects the proven techniques to become national standards.”
TEACH WOMEN NOT TO LIE: Teen Who Made False Abduction Report Faces Felony Charges.
TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Female teacher, 25, who ‘abused a teenage student after showing her sexually explicit movie’ takes a plea deal to avoid jail.
WELL, DON’T BLAME ME. I DIDN’T VOTE FOR HIM: Intruder Made It Through White House Doors, Secret Service Says.
MOST TRANSPARENT ADMINISTRATION IN HISTORY: AP: 8 ways the Obama administration is blocking information.
IN THE MAIL: From Jody Lynn Nye, Fortunes of the Imperium.
Plus, today only at Amazon: Save Big on Select HP Chromebooks with Free 4G for Life!
TAXPROF ROUNDUP: The IRS Scandal, Day 499.
AS THE ADMINISTRATION FLOUNDERS ON IRAQ, let’s remember a time when Democrats were more forceful. Here’s a flashback to what the Democrats, including Harry Reid and Hillary Clinton, were saying on Iraq before the invasion:
LEON PANETTA: ISIS Flourished Because US Left Iraq Too Soon.
ANGELO CODEVILLA: Washington’s Ruling Class Is Fooling Itself About The Islamic State. “Yet again, consensus within the ruling class is setting America on course to demonstrate impotence. Its preferences, prejudices, and proclivities guarantee that the Islamic State and those among us whom it inspires will be a growing problem as months and years pass. Harsh consequences will follow until a political vehicle for the expression of the American people’s common sense comes into being.”
I said something similar recently. “It’s like antibiotics and bacteria: Best to kill them all before they up their resistance.”
AT AMAZON, fresh new deals at the Fall Outlet Event.
TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Teacher at troubled youths center charged with rape. “A female teacher at a residential center for troubled youths in Yonkers, N.Y., was arrested Wednesday after allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old male student, authorities said Thursday. The 34-year-old Leake & Watts teacher, Meaghan White, is charged with rape. She is accused of having sex with the boy at Willson’s Woods Park, a Westchester County park in Mount Vernon, N.Y., said Kieran O’Leary, a county police spokesman.”
ASHE SCHOW: If Republicans can roughly tie Democrats when it comes to women votes, the GOP will win, according to recent history. That’s because the Dems have a dreadful gender gap with men.
ROBERT TRACINSKI: Neil deGrasse Tyson and the Metaphysical Dilemma of the Left: The left needs science to serve as a metaphysical validation for their worldview—even if they have to kill it to capture it.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Hottest Seat on Campus: With growing competition for students, enrollment leaders face more scrutiny and less job security.
Making their problem worse: White House Plans to Roll Out Campaign Against Sexual Violence on Campuses.
And of course, their worst nightmare is emerging:
K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: Girl aged 14 raped in school toilets after teachers’ plan to ‘use her as bait’ backfires.
TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Queens teacher accused of sex with students being treated for ‘psychiatric disorder,’ lawyer says. “Joy Morsi, 39, who allegedly had sex with two teenage boys who attended Grover Cleveland High School in Ridgewood, missed a court appearance because she was being tested for psychiatric disorder, her attorney said. She is due back in court Oct. 6.”
THE NRSC’S WORK PROPPING UP DODDERING NONRESIDENT PAT ROBERTS WORKING OUT AS EXPECTED: In Kansas, Incumbent Pat Roberts Down 5 Points Against “Independent” Candidate. “This all raises a bigger question as to Roberts’ viability. He’s just a horrible campaigner, and doesn’t seem comfortable in his home state. I hope Roberts wins, but someone has to shake him out of his stupor.”
Meanwhile, Roberts primary challenger Milt Wolf comments: “Remember when the GOP establishment said that they, and only they, can win in November? Good times, good times.”
TEACH WOMEN NOT TO HIT WOMEN: Report: Keyshia Cole Arrested After Attacking Woman at Birdman’s Condo.
I’M STILL UNCLEAR ON WHAT OUR MILITARY IS SUPPOSED TO ACCOMPLISH, AND HOW THEY ARE TO KEEP SAFE: Lockdown Begins in Sierra Leone to Battle Ebola. “The most ambitious and aggressive government campaign against the Ebola epidemic gripping parts of West Africa began on Friday when Sierra Leone ordered everyone in the country to remain indoors for three days, suspending commerce, emptying the streets and halting this beleaguered nation in its tracks in an attempt stop the disease from spreading.”
SCIENCE UNSETTLED: Shaken Baby Case Dismissed.
OBAMACARE ARCHITECT EZEKIEL EMANUEL: Die Young, Please. “Doubtless, death is a loss. It deprives us of experiences and milestones, of time spent with our spouse and children. In short, it deprives us of all the things we value. But here is a simple truth that many of us seem to resist: living too long is also a loss. It renders many of us, if not disabled, then faltering and declining, a state that may not be worse than death but is nonetheless deprived. It robs us of our creativity and ability to contribute to work, society, the world. It transforms how people experience us, relate to us, and, most important, remember us. We are no longer remembered as vibrant and engaged but as feeble, ineffectual, even pathetic.”
I dunno, I think of some people that Ezekiel knows as feeble, ineffectual, and even pathetic even though they’re nowhere near 75. . . .
STEVEN CROWDER: The Difference Between Spanking And Abuse.
CHRISTINA HOFF SOMMERS: Are Videogames Sexist?
WHY IS GAIL COLLINS slut-shaming Mark Sanford?
THAT MAKES SENSE: Human sense of fairness evolved to favor long-term cooperation.
As I’ve noted, people’s hardwired economic instincts date back to the near-zero-sum existence of the Paleolithic, and track poorly with modern economies, something that many political movements take advantage of. And let me recommend Robert Frank’s excellent Passions Within Reason: The Strategic Role Of The Emotions.
WELL, THAT’S DISCOURAGING: Despite Apple’s Privacy Pledge, Cops Can Still Pull Data Off a Locked iPhone. “Jonathan Zdziarski offered a word of caution for the millions of users clamoring to pre-order the iPhone 6 and upgrade to iOS 8. In many cases, he points out, the cops can still grab and offload sensitive data from your locked iPhone without Apple’s help, even in iOS 8. All they need, he says, is your powered-on phone and access to a computer you’ve previously used to move data onto and off of it.”
THE U.S. ARMY wants a parachuting tank. Hey, who doesn’t?
NOMOPHOBIA: The fear of being disconnected from your smartphone. “A full 66 percent of all adults suffer from ‘nomophobia.’”
Two-thirds is by definition normal. Maybe God made us to want to be jacked into the matrix all the time.
OKAY, HE’S JUST TROLLING US NOW: Biden to women’s conference: I miss Republicans like Bob Packwood. “Nothing says ‘outreach to women’ more than getting nostalgic for a man bounced out of office for sexual harassment. Right?”
LOOKING TO KEEP UP WITH THE INCREASING WAR ON TERROR NEWS? Check out Fred Pruitt’s Rantburg.
SOME PROMINENT LIBERALS ARE unhappy with the dumb campus sexual assault bill. Well, they should be. And some prominent Republicans — like Sens. Heller, Rubio, Grassley, & Ayotte — should be ashamed for backing this un-American legislation.
MORALE: The U.S. Navy Is Fading Away. “The U.S. Navy recently ran an opinion survey which confirmed that morale was low and getting worse, with a growing number of experienced sailors eager to get out of the navy. The most common gripe was the length of time spent at sea and the belief that those long voyages to distant waters were going to get longer. There was also growing disillusionment with navy leadership. Sailors saw senior officers more concerned with political correctness and ‘zero tolerance’ than with legitimate complaints of sailors and junior officers.”
When the “social justice warriors” take over the military, the real warriors are inclined to depart. Which may well be the plan.
JIMMY WALES, CALL YOUR OFFICE: Why Is Wikipedia Deleting All References To Neil Tyson’s Fabrication?
TEACH WOMEN NOT TO HAZE! Lawyer: UNM women’s soccer players forced to strip, drink alcohol, sprayed with urine. “Members of the UNM women’s soccer team are alleging they were hazed by teammates Sunday night. A victim’s parent confirmed to KOB Monday night that freshmen on the women’s soccer team were forced to strip naked, consume large amounts of alcohol and were sprayed with urine. One of the victims ended up in the hospital, according to UNM police, who also said someone called 911 just before midnight Sunday night to report the incident.”
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Regents OK raises up to 20% for UC chancellors.
REMY: The ISIS Crisis.
JOE PAPPALARDO: The Right (and Wrong) Way to Use Artillery: Ukraine Edition.
IN THE MAIL: From Alex Epstein, The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels.
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And, also today only: Jurassic Park Trilogy on Blu-Ray: $29.99 (65% off).
TAXPROF ROUNDUP: The IRS Scandal, Day 498.
BIG NEWS FROM LAST NIGHT: Wisconsin Dem. Gubernatorial Candidate Mary Burke Blames Consultant For Campaign Plagiarism.
Was it Fareed Zakaria?
SO, BASICALLY, MSNBC MIGHT AS WELL HAVE JUST BROADCAST DIRTY LIMERICKS FOR SIX MONTHS: The Hill: Report: Bridge scandal probe finds no tie to Christie.
Federal officials on Thursday said they have not found information linking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) to traffic lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, a move that could help Christie repair his political image if he decides to launch a 2016 White House bid.
While the Justice Department investigation into the 2013 lane closures that caused major traffic is ongoing, federal officials told NBC 4 New York they have so far uncovered no evidence Christie had knowledge of or directed the road closures.
“My experience with federal law enforcement is that once you reach critical mass if you don’t have it within nine months or so you’re not likely to ever get it,” former federal prosecutor Robert W. Ray, who is unaffiliated from the Christie investigation, told NBC 4.
Christie has repeatedly denied claims he knew about or was involved in the closures, which caused problems for drivers and Fort Lee, N.J., Mayor Mark Sokolich, a Democrat who didn’t endorse Christie’s reelection.
GREGG EASTERBROOK: What Happens When We All Live To 100?
Viewed globally, the lengthening of life spans seems independent of any single, specific event. It didn’t accelerate much as antibiotics and vaccines became common. Nor did it retreat much during wars or disease outbreaks. A graph of global life expectancy over time looks like an escalator rising smoothly. The trend holds, in most years, in individual nations rich and poor; the whole world is riding the escalator.
Projections of ever-longer life spans assume no incredible medical discoveries—rather, that the escalator ride simply continues. If anti-aging drugs or genetic therapies are found, the climb could accelerate. Centenarians may become the norm, rather than rarities who generate a headline in the local newspaper. . . .
If medical interventions to slow aging result in added years of reasonable fitness, life might extend in a sanguine manner, with most men and women living longer in good vigor, and also working longer, keeping pension and health-care subsidies under control. Indeed, the most-exciting work being done in longevity science concerns making the later years vibrant, as opposed to simply adding time at the end.
I wrote about this in Forbes back in 2009.
I DUNNO, WON’T THIS JUST ENCOURAGE THE SCOTS TO TRY AGAIN? Astronomers To Revisit Question Of Whether Pluto Is A Planet.
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Colleges Give Students Academic Credit for Pushing Socialist Causes on Campus.
INSTAVISION ON YOUTUBE: War on Men? Sexual Assault Hysteria Could Mean Fewer Male Students. I talk with the Washington Examiner’s Ashe Schow about campus sexual assault hysteria.
Plus, InstaVision acquires a new sponsor:
IT’S COME TO THIS: Exclusive: Angry with Washington, 1 in 4 Americans open to secession.
I suggest that federalism is the answer.
TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Teacher Nicole Dufault charged with sex with 3 teen students at Columbia High School.
WAR ON WOMEN: Democratic Men Declare War On Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., is coming under fire from her party — and male Democrats are hanging her out to dry.
Wasserman Schultz has become a liability to the DNC due to a string of gaffes, including one recently in Wisconsin that caused Democrats such a headache that she may no longer be welcome to campaign for the gubernatorial race in the state.
Wasserman Schultz has also drawn ire for focusing on her political ambitions ahead of DNC goals, Politico reported, and for attempting to get the DNC to buy her clothing for multiple events.
President Obama hasn’t liked Wasserman Schultz since 2011, when she complained to him that she couldn’t hire a donor’s daughter to the DNC. “Obama summed up his reaction to staff afterward: ‘Really?’” the article recounted.
Though Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., had a monthly lunch with Obama while he was DNC chair, Wasserman Schultz does not. She’s also not involved in strategy talks with Obama or the administration.
Obama is apparently also growing tired of Wasserman Schultz’s constant requests for photos with him.
After being asked Thursday if Obama had “complete confidence” in Wasserman Schultz, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said only that the president has “strong confidence” in her abilities.
After the 2012 election, several men in Obama’s inner circle wanted to replace Wasserman Schultz with a man — R.T. Rybak, a DNC vice chair and former mayor of Minneapolis.
Then-DNC executive director Patrick Gaspard, Obama’s re-election campaign manager Jim Messina, and political strategist David Plouffe all “intensely” debated the idea of replacing Wasserman Schultz.
And it appears the only reason they didn’t replace her was, according to the article, “the optics of Obama dropping a woman from the party leadership,” especially after they spent 2012 blaming Republicans of waging a “war on women.”
Well, that didn’t last.
EXPOSED: The Secret Mailing List of the Gaming Journalism Elite. It’s basically Journolist for people who didn’t go to Harvard. “The sight of journalists not only engaging in activism on behalf of their reporting subjects but also discouraging other reporters and editors from covering stories of interest to their readers will be disturbing to many in the industry, who have long suspected a persistent bias and unusual levels of co-operation and co-ordination from senior journalists.”
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: New Jersey Bill Would Freeze Tuition — at Private Colleges, Too. Well, academics tend to favor price controls, right?
A CRACK IN THE WALL OF ABSOLUTE JUDICIAL IMMUNITY? No prosecutor? No defense lawyer? Judge allegedly held trial anyway; 3rd Circuit allows lawsuit. “A judge accused of trying two defendants without a prosecutor or defense lawyers may have shed his immunity to a civil rights suit, a federal appeals court has ruled.”
ANDREW KLAVAN: Is ISIS Islamic?
JULES CRITTENDEN ON IRAQ, BACK IN 2008:
This is not a simple war to understand, and it has been going on for decades. It has expressed itself with everything from low-grade terrorism to conventional war to nuclear threats, across multiple continents, and with many, seemingly unconnected, adversaries. Just the part of it we call the Iraq war has involved many different, and not always distinct, adversaries in numerous, overlapping conflicts. Faced with this kind of complexity, it isn’t so surprising that vague messages of “hope” and “change” resonate with the American public, and politicians vie for the right to own those terms.
The shallowness of the debate suggests our nation is in danger of failing the test of our time. The abstract circumstances of cause and consequence in this war have fostered an avoidance of reality in some quarters–and at some of the highest levels of our leadership, often quite nakedly for purposes of political gain. Would-be leaders would rather play to emotions than make the hard calculations that adulthood forces on us.
Iraq has become the central battlefield in the 21st century’s Islamic war, and may have been destined to be, with or without us. Lying geographically, ideologically, and culturally athwart the Middle East, rich in resources and boiling with rage long before we got there, it is the place where the war will either be settled or truly begun. It is a fitting role for the cradle of civilization to host a war in which the very progress of civilization is being challenged.
While there were terrible errors made in going to war in Iraq, the decision to go to war was not one of them. . . .
Five years on, the threat Saddam Hussein posed to regional stability–global stability, if you consider the resources he sought to control–has been neutralized. The toll in American and Iraqi lives to date may well have averted a far worse toll, though we can yet get the full accounting if we withdraw precipitously. The deadly influence of Iran remains limited by our presence in Iraq and by the still somewhat credible threat to use force against its nuclear ambitions. Iraqi genocide and the remaking of the map of the Middle East to the benefit of the Islamic Republic of Iran remain potent what-ifs.
The side benefits of the 2003 invasion included a briefly more compliant Iran and capitulation by Libya. The beacon of democracy shined, with successful, if sometimes problematic, democracies emerging in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Lebanon and with democratic movements making gains elsewhere in the Islamic world. Even the Palestinians had a crack at it and have learned that choices come with consequences. Those parties most threatened by civil order find themselves increasingly marginalized within the larger Islamic world, from Hamas in Gaza, to Syria and Hezbollah in Lebanon, to the Pakistani Taliban.
Yeah, well Obama pretty much threw all that away. Now he’s bringing us Iraq War II — halfhearted, on the cheap, and run by committee. And we’ll be very lucky indeed if, at the end of Obama’s presidency, things are as good in the Middle East as they were at the beginning of Obama’s presidency.
TRAIN WRECK UPDATE: Minnesota’s Biggest Obamacare Insurer Leaves Exchange. “PreferredOne was the least expensive insurer in the Minnesota’s state-run Obamacare exchange last year. It was also the most successful at signing up customers, capturing 59 percent of the state’s market for private plans, according to CBS Minnesota. And now it’s leaving the exchange, and the 30,000 people who had enrolled in its coverage.”
ALSO NO TO BECOMING VENEZUELA WITH A WORSE CLIMATE, I SUSPECT: Scotland Votes No On Independence.
SOMEHOW, IT’S NEVER A TEA PARTIER: Guy Who Threw Molotov Cocktail Into Congressman’s Office Was Active In Occupy Movement.
For many feminists, questioning claims of rampant sexual violence in our society amounts to misogynist “rape denial.” However, if the CDC figures are to be taken at face value, then we must also conclude that, far from being a product of patriarchal violence against women, “rape culture” is a two-way street, with plenty of female perpetrators and male victims.
How could that be? After all, very few men in the CDC study were classified as victims of rape: 1.7 percent in their lifetime, and too few for a reliable estimate in the past year. But these numbers refer only to men who have been forced into anal sex or made to perform oral sex on another male. Nearly 7 percent of men, however, reported that at some point in their lives, they were “made to penetrate” another person—usually in reference to vaginal intercourse, receiving oral sex, or performing oral sex on a woman. This was not classified as rape, but as “other sexual violence.”
And now the real surprise: when asked about experiences in the last 12 months, men reported being “made to penetrate”—either by physical force or due to intoxication—at virtually the same rates as women reported rape (both 1.1 percent in 2010, and 1.7 and 1.6 respectively in 2011).
In other words, if being made to penetrate someone was counted as rape—and why shouldn’t it be?—then the headlines could have focused on a truly sensational CDC finding: that women rape men as often as men rape women.
Rape culture, indeed.
I LIKE IT THAT THEY’RE TAKING THE OFFENSIVE HERE: FIRE Mails First Amendment Warning to More Than 300 Colleges. “In a national certified mailing sent today, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) warns the leaders of more than 300 of our nation’s largest and most prestigious public colleges and universities that they risk First Amendment lawsuits by continuing to maintain speech codes that violate student and faculty rights. . . . The letter informs college and university leaders about FIRE’s Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project, announced in July with the filing of First Amendment lawsuits against Ohio University, Iowa State University, Chicago State University, and Citrus College in California. As the letter details, lawsuits will be filed against public colleges maintaining unconstitutional speech codes in each federal circuit. After each victory by ruling or settlement, FIRE will target another school in the same circuit—sending a message that unless public colleges obey the law, they will be sued.”
THAT’S FUNNY — IT SEEMS LIKE EVERY INSTITUTION CONTROLLED BY THE LEFT DOES: Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem.
IT’S NOT PLAGIARISM, SHE’S JUST, ER, REDISTRIBUTING INTELLECTUAL CAPITAL: Wisconsin Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Plagiarized Large Portions Of Jobs Plan.
FOR TOMORROW’S INSTAVISION, I ANTICIPATED THE MARKET RESPONSE TO CAMPUS SEXUAL ASSAULT HYSTERIA. Here it is.
WHY #GAMERGATE MATTERS:
Finally, that framing of #GamerGate is precisely the kind of journalistic malpractice that created the firestorm in the first place. Gamers do not think girls are taking away their toys nor are they angry about women increasingly entering the industry, but they are tired of watching people who claim to be journalists pushing their particular social agenda, smearing people with the actions of the few trolls that exist in every community, and getting into bed with the subjects they cover.
Yes, the spark that ignited this firestorm involved the personal sexual activities of a female developer, but even then gamers were hardly concerned with her sexual proclivities, only the resultant conflict of interest her choice of partners had created. Rather than investigating if the accusations of malfeasance leveled against her and her partners had any merit, the games media sought to suppress any discussion of the issue at all. Were it not for that attempted censorship, the simmering pool of discontentment that had been building for so long within the community likely would not have been set ablaze. Then, rather than squelching that fire by admitting their mistakes and addressing gamers’ concerns, the gaming media effectively soaked themselves in gasoline and took a run through the flames by turning on their readers and maligning them as hateful misogynists.
As a result, we have people of all genders, races, and political persuasions banding together to demand objectivity and transparency in journalism, while pushing efforts that promote actual equality rather than the faux equality of outcomes and quotas. And despite the vehement attacks upon them, they have already succeeded in forcing several major outlets to re-examine their policies and in funding the efforts of a group the social justice crowd attempted to destroy.
The “social justice warrior” crowd isn’t about social justice. It’s about using race-and-gender talk to keep people in their place. In exchange for this, they get to cement their position on one of the lower rungs of the New Class.
PETER THIEL IS TRYING THE RIGHT THINGS: Technology Stalled in 1970: Peter Thiel says he’s trying to get entrepreneurs to go after bigger problems than the ones Silicon Valley is chasing. “[Twitter’s] specific success may be symptomatic of a general failure. Even though it improves our lives in certain ways, it is not enough to take our civilization to the next level. . . . You have to think of companies like Microsoft or Oracle or Hewlett-Packard as fundamentally bets against technology. They keep throwing off profits as long as nothing changes. Microsoft was a technology company in the ’80s and ’90s; in this decade you invest because you’re betting on the world not changing. Pharma companies are bets against innovation because they’re mostly just figuring out ways to extend the lifetime of patents and block small companies. All these companies that start as technological companies become antitechnological in character. Whether the world changes or not might vary from company to company, but if it turns out that these antitechnology companies are going to be good investments, that’s quite bad for our society.”
I had some kind-of-related thoughts here.
JON GABRIEL: Obama Can’t Afford To Win In Iraq. “He can’t afford to. If the projection of American military power successfully solved the problem of Islamic terrorism, it would shatter Obama’s entire worldview.”
NOAH ROTHMAN: The Left’s War On Football. I’m torn. On the one hand, I understand they’re attacking it because it’s unacceptably masculine. On the other hand, the NFL has become such a bunch of PC pantywaists — remember when they caved to a lefty pressure campaign to get rid of Rush Limbaugh? — that I’m inclined to just let it burn.