Sunday, April 20, 2014


(04:02 PM)

“GOOD FATS:” Applause for Avocados.


(03:00 PM)

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(02:36 PM)

MACHINE SAYS YES: We’re Ready For Our Robot Poet Overlords.


(02:33 PM)

A 335 WORD GRADUATION SPEECH that’s awesome.


(02:00 PM)

POPULAR MECHANICS: Yes, You Can Learn to Weld. Here’s How.


(01:30 PM)

WELL, THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY, YOU KNOW: Woman With Engineered Vagina Says She Has ‘Normal Life.’


(01:04 PM)

EASTER THOUGHTS from Roger Kimball.


(01:00 PM)

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(12:57 PM)

ANN ALTHOUSE ROUNDS UP Inane War-on-Women headlines of the day, from The Washington Post. There’s a lot of Hillary2016 battlespace prep going on under the radar. These people never stop.


(12:10 PM)

TEMPERATURE DROP: Record Great Lakes Ice Coverage Will Control Spring Weather. “Although spring may be in full swing, more than one-third of the Great Lakes remains covered in ice. The harsh cold from this past winter resulted in extensive ice coverage over the Great Lakes, making it the second highest ice cover on record for the lakes. . . . In addition to causing cooler weather around the lakes and areas downwind in the Northeast well into spring, the ice has had a negative impact on a variety of businesses that are dependent on the lakes to transport materials.” Related: Great Lakes Ice Extent Twice Previous Record.

Fallen Angels was just a science fiction novel. Right? Right?


(11:00 AM)

IN THE MAIL: From Gnat Bloominthrall, Judgment Play: My Years With Ayn Rynd.

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(10:30 AM)

BUT IT MAKES WARREN BUFFET RICH(ER): The Opaque Dangers Of Oil-By-Rail.

America is in the middle of an oil and gas boom, and it’s pumping out hydrocarbons faster than it can build out infrastructure to transport them to markets. This has put a new strain on America’s extensive rail networks, which have been bringing crude from new fields in remote places like North Dakota’s Bakken formation to refineries, sometimes as far away as the Gulf Coast. With more freight cars comes more accidents. Train crashes are already destructive enough to warrant their own idiom, but when oil is involved, the risks to health and environment are compounded. Complicating the matter further, the crude being transported is of a particularly explosive variety.

To help minimize risk, railroads are required to send hazardous materials—like crude oil—along the safest routes possible. But as the NYT reports, there’s very little oversight to this process. . . .

Of course, there is an alternative: build out our nation’s already extensive oil pipeline network. Pipelines are ultimately the most efficient way to bring hydrocarbons from large fields to large refineries, and they’re also safer than transporting crude by rail or truck.

As the shale revolution continues to yield millions of barrels of tight oil, it makes sense from both cost and safety perspectives to expand and extend our pipelines. That includes the Keystone XL pipeline.

Heck, even Warren’s come out in favor of that.


(10:07 AM)

CHANGE: China on course to become ‘world’s most Christian nation’ within 15 years. “By 2030, China’s total Christian population, including Catholics, would exceed 247 million, placing it above Mexico, Brazil and the United States as the largest Christian congregation in the world, he predicted.”

The government is concerned because the churches form an alternate power center, and sometimes a locus of resistance.


(10:00 AM)

ESPECIALLY TEA PARTIERS? IRS Uses Private Company to Track Taxpayer License Plates.


(09:00 AM)

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(08:59 AM)

SEX, BOOZE, AND QUOTAS: The troubles at Dartmouth. “Binge drinking is a huge issue on campuses across the country, and fraternity hazing can be cruel and dangerous. But fraternities are not, by and large, the cause of the breakdown of civil and responsible behavior at Dartmouth or other colleges. Dartmouth could ban fraternities tomorrow, and students would still get plastered every weekend, and young women would still wake up after drunken hookups feeling like they’ve been assaulted (and they aren’t entirely wrong). What’s more, minority students who’ve been admitted with lower grades and test scores through misguided affirmative action programs would still feel alienated and find themselves the objects of unfortunate stereotyping.”

Dartmouth’s applications are in steep decline already (14 percent last year). Making it a place where men are stigmatized and PC reigns won’t help that. If you want to curb student partying, how about reinstating tough academic standards and eliminating grade inflation. Oh, wait, that won’t help applications either . . . .


(08:26 AM)

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Mid-Continent U. Will Close. “The university has been financially struggling, and facing rumors about a possible closure for months. All employees received layoff notices, and the university hopes that some faculty members will volunteer to allow a final cohort of students to graduate.”


(08:18 AM)

BUREAUCRATS NEED TO BE KEPT IN FEAR, BECAUSE THIS IS HOW THEY ACT WHEN THEY’RE UNAFRAID: Crushed by the bureaucrats: The brilliant cardiologist who turned whistleblower to save lives talks of his brutal 13-year persecution and why he believes NHS managers are destroying a great service. One of the most useful things you can do is to publicize their names. They hate accountability, and like to hide behind institutions.


(08:08 AM)

CHARLES COOKE: Gun owners flying through N.Y and N.J. shouldn’t be arrested when they check their guns. No, they shouldn’t be.

This is something I talk about in my Second Amendment Penumbras piece.


(08:00 AM)

PUBLIC PENSION UPDATE: Detroit Gives Pensioners a Sleight of Hand.

Detroit doesn’t have any money. Rather, it doesn’t have enough money: It cannot both pay its debts and run the city. That’s why the city filed for bankruptcy some months back, over the outraged protests of pensioners who stand to lose a big chunk of their monthly checks.

Today, those pensioners are breathing a little easier. The city seems to have struck a deal that will leave their pensions in better shape than previously feared. Instead of cutting those monthly checks by as much as a third, the city will trim them by less than 5 percent.

How did they make such a big change? In part by assuming higher investment returns.

This will end well.


(07:53 AM)

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Student debt holds back many would-be home buyers. “Of the many factors holding back young home buyers — rising prices, tougher lending standards, a still-shaky job market — none looms larger than the recent explosion of college debt.”

Unexpectedly!


(07:23 AM)

NO PLACE FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS in the Democrats’ Top/Bottom Coalition.

The plight of the middle class in cities like Chicago can’t be blamed entirely on liberal policies. The global economy has clearly benefited the talented, the educated, and the already wealthy, often at the expense of those in formerly middle-class occupations, like manufacturing. And it’s unlikely that the forces unleashed by globalization will diminish. One might expect, then, that big-city Democratic leaders like Emanuel or de Blasio would make a strong appeal to middle-class constituents.

They haven’t, because for liberal mayors, middle-class decline is convenient and politically advantageous. Much of America’s moneyed elite has already shifted its allegiance to the Left, especially in cities. Wealthy, educated urbanites hold generally liberal social values and can afford the higher taxes “blue” cities like Chicago impose—especially when those taxes help pay for the upscale amenities they desire. Even when the mayoral administration is less friendly, the urban elite tends to get its needs met. At the same time, the urban poor have remained loyal to the Democrats, no matter how little tangible improvement liberal policies make in their lives. And the various unions, community organizers, and activist groups that advocate for the poor profit handsomely from the moneys directed toward liberal antipoverty programs.

This is the Democratic Party’s new top-bottom coalition, one in which the traditional middle class—white ethnics, blue-collar manufacturing and trade workers, small business owners, and others—has no part.

It’s not all that new, but yeah.


(07:17 AM)

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Professor Bainbridge: Rank-Ordering The Likelihood of Law School Reforms.


(07:13 AM)

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: “For most strong, successful women, the alpha male of old isn’t the best match. . . . A strong woman will reap the benefit of this kind of respectful, responsible beta man; he will be more flexible, more nurturing and more willing to share the responsibilities of family life.”

That’s nice. What’s in it for him?


(07:06 AM)

BLUE COLLAR PARADE: Booming Energy Sector Pushing More Minority Employment.


(07:00 AM)

FREE SPEECH IN OBAMA’S AMERICA: War On Free Speech: Starkville, Mississippi Aldermen Want Twitter Parodist Arrested.


(06:06 AM)

THEY SEEM REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT DOING THAT LATELY: John Fund: Harry Reid Calling Bundy Supporters ‘Domestic Terrorists’ Part of Dems’ Effort to Rally the Base.


(01:38 AM)

FEAR OF GUITARS: The Great Gibson Guitar Raid: Still No Charges Filed. “They…come in with weapons, they seized a half-million dollars worth of property, they shut our factory down, and they have not charged us with anything.”


Saturday, April 19, 2014


(11:49 PM)

BETWEEN THAT, THE HACKING RISK, AND THE INEVITABLE ROBOT UPRISING, I’M NOT THAT ENTHUSED: The Internet of Things Will Make Millions Selling Your Personal Data.


(11:25 PM)

HARRY REID: Yes, Protestors at Bundy Ranch Were ‘Domestic Terrorists.’ That’s a lie, but it’s a dangerous one, since it seems to pre-justify government violence while egging on tension. That’s unwise. If they decide to actually become domestic terrorists, Harry, I expect you’ll be among the first to know.


(11:00 PM)

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(10:55 PM)

LOST IN NEON: GOP Convention Committee Visits Las Vegas.


(10:50 PM)

THESE EUROPEAN CITIES: Protesters in Ukraine’s Restive East Feel Far from Kiev, Close to Russia.


(10:22 PM)

MORE PUSHBACK FROM THE PEOPLE: High school senior forms petition with over ONE THOUSAND signatures against Michele Obama speaking at their high school graduation ‘because it would overshadow the students’ big day.’ And feature ruinously miserable security.


(10:08 PM)

I WONDER IF A DECLINE IN TRUST HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH THIS? Why Google Isn’t Growing. Google’s image has gone from sunny to creepy in short order, and while the secular factors described in this article are no doubt real, I’m not sure that’s the whole story.


(10:05 PM)

VIDEO: MSNBC host debates Michele Fiore on Bundy ranch. Does not fare well.

And faces questions about Harry Reid’s “suspicious” involvement.


(10:04 PM)

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UMass Dartmouth professor quits, rips administrators.

Clyde W. Barrow, a prominent political scholar at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, is leaving the school, accusing administrators of hiding behind security systems and driving away hordes of senior faculty, according to an open letter of resignation he sent to the Herald.

“I’ve had enough and you hear the same thing from others, ‘I’ve had enough,’ ” said Barrow, director of the school’s Center for Policy Analysis. “There’s absolutely no collaboration or two-way communication on that campus at all.”

Barrow, who accused Chancellor Divina Grossman of “abusive” treatment that is forcing out staff, said he plans to officially leave this summer to take a job at another university, which he wouldn’t name.

“It is important to mention that no one is leaving UMass Dartmouth because of last year’s tragedy,” wrote Barrow in the letter, referring to the Boston Marathon attacks and accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was a student at the school. “Instead, the real underlying problem at UMass Dartmouth continues to be an administrative crisis that is getting worse as senior administrators literally isolate themselves from the campus behind multiple walls of bullet proof glass, key code security systems, body guards, and newly constructed safe rooms.

That’s pretty much the whole political class these days, in and out of universities. What are they so afraid of?


(10:04 PM)

VIDEO: Boeing Touts Its “Sky Interior.” But a commenter complains: “What about the economy class, you just showed a business class in this video.”


(10:01 PM)

UNDER WIRES AND SEARCHLIGHTS: Russians evict Ukraine border guards from outposts.


(09:30 PM)

A COMING JUDICIAL FIGHT IN TENNESSEE?

The makeup of the Tennessee Supreme Court could be in for a drastic change if three of the five current members are ousted by voters in August.

The trio are all Democratic appointees and have become the target of an ouster campaign, spearheaded by the most powerful man in the state legislature. His mission funded by out of state PAC money.

Our current judicial selection system was put together by Democrats in the 1970s in response to the growth of Republican electoral power statewide. It succeeded in preserving Democratic influence in the Supreme Court for several decades, but may now be coming to an end. Meanwhile, those defending the existing Justices might want to tone down the Koch Brothers demonization while simultaneously talking about the importance of fairness and the rule of law. . . .


(08:28 PM)

NAMES OF THE PEORIA JUDGES WHO SIGNED OFF ON WARRANTS TO GO AFTER PARODY TWITTER ACCOUNT: Judge Kirk Schoebein and Judge Kim Kelley.


(08:01 PM)

LIVING IN YOUR PARENTS’ BASEMENT AT 30? YOU’RE NOT A VICTIM OR A SLACKER, you’re an “Emerging Adult.” “So, yes, emerging adults today have high and often unrealistic expectations for work, but lazy? That’s laughably false. While they look for their elusive dream job, they don’t simply sit around and play video games and update their Facebook page all day. The great majority of them spend most of their twenties in a series of unglamorous, low-paying jobs as they search for something better. The average American holds ten different jobs between the ages of 18 and 29, and most of them are the kinds of jobs that promise little respect and less money. Have you noticed who is waiting on your table at the restaurant, working the counter at the retail store, stocking the shelves at the supermarket? Most of them are emerging adults. Many of them are working and attending school at the same time, trying to make ends meet while they strive to move up the ladder. It’s unfair to tar the many hard-working emerging adults with a stereotype that is true for only a small percentage of them.”


(06:38 PM)

REPORT: University Of Colorado Trashing Academic Freedom Under Guise Of Eliminating Sexism. This business where university administrators generate bogus “threats” to go after faculty needs to stop. I think lawsuits are needed.

From the comments: “Choice of two evils: sexist philosophy professors or fascist corporate professional administrative class. An easy choice for me — there’s hope you can change the professors.”


(06:25 PM)

OBAMACARE NUMBERS GAMES: How Many Enrolees, Really? Not surprisingly, there’s more to the raw numbers of Obamacare enrollees than meets the eye.


(06:05 PM)

YES, BODY MASS INDEX IS STUPID WHEN USED FOR INDIVIDUALS: A Number That May Not Add Up.

The index was devised in the 1830s from measurements in men by a Belgian statistician interested in human growth. More than a century later, it was adopted by insurers and some researchers studying the distribution of obesity in the general population. Though never meant to be an individual assessment, only a way to talk about weight in large populations, B.M.I. gradually was adopted as an easy and inexpensive way for doctors to assess weight in their patients.

At best, though, B.M.I. is a crude measure that “actually misses more than half of people with excess body fat,” Geoffrey Kabat, an epidemiologist at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, has noted. Someone with a “normal” B.M.I. can still be overly fat internally and prone to obesity-related ills.

Calling B.M.I. an imperfect predictor of a person’s health risks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cautions doctors against using it as a diagnostic tool.

For one thing, body weight is made up of muscle, bone and water, as well as body fat. B.M.I. alone is at best an imprecise measure of how fat a person may be. When Arnold Schwarzenegger was Mr. Universe, his B.M.I. was well in the obese range, yet he was hardly fat.

Another problem: the distribution of excess body fat makes a big difference to health. Those with lots of abdominal fat, which is metabolically active, are prone to developing insulin resistance, elevated blood lipids, high blood pressure, diabetes, premature cardiovascular disease, and an increased risk of erectile dysfunction and Alzheimer’s disease.

But fat carried in the hips, buttocks or thighs is relatively inert; while it may be cosmetically undesirable, it is not linked to chronic disease or early death.

An easy-to-get number that’s bogus will nonetheless be widely used, because it’s an easy-to-get number.


(05:00 PM)

AT GOODSTUFF’S CYBER WORLD, retro-blogging fun with Barbara Eden. I follow her on Twitter.


(04:04 PM)

COMMUNICATIONS: FCC chairman regrets that AT&T and Verizon control the best spectrum.


(03:00 PM)

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(02:43 PM)

WELL, THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY, YOU KNOW: Why There Will Be A Robot Uprising.


(02:30 PM)

YOUNGER SKIN THROUGH EXERCISE. “Exercise not only appears to keep skin younger, it may also even reverse skin aging in people who start exercising late in life, according to surprising new research.”

A phenomenon I’ve seen frequently in new law-professor hires who come for practicing law is that they seem to reverse-age for the first year or two here, even though being a new law professor is actually fairly stressful — my first year of teaching I was working more hours than I had as an associate at Dewey Ballantine. But you have much, much more control over your daily schedule, which I think is a big deal. It may be that because of this, people are better able to exercise. But, then, sleep, diet, and such all play a role, too, and all are likely to be better among law professors than practicing lawyers, especially those at big firms.


(02:00 PM)

FASTER, PLEASE: Stem-Cell Treatment for Blindness Moving Through Patient Testing.


(01:30 PM)

SO, KINDA LIKE SELLING TESLAS HERE, THEN: Selling Teslas in China Won’t Do Much for the Environment. Now when the power comes from nice, clean nuclear plants — or, at least, nice, clean gas plants (go fracking!) — it’s better.


(01:00 PM)

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: My Popular Mechanics column: Should We Be Afraid Of The 3D-Printed Gun?


(12:40 PM)

BLOWBACK: Western lawmakers gather in Utah to talk federal land takeover. “More than 50 political leaders from nine states convened for the first time to talk about their joint goal: wresting control of oil-, timber -and mineral-rich lands away from the feds.” The feds have been poor stewards.


(12:02 PM)

“RAPE CULTURE” IN THE OBAMA WHITE HOUSE: A painting of President Barack Obama by a shock artist with a rape fetish hung in the White House for at least two years. But the Churchill bust was sent packing.


(11:00 AM)

IN THE MAIL: You Are Here: From the Compass to GPS, the History and Future of How We Find Ourselves.

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(10:58 AM)

TAXPROF ROUNDUP: The IRS Scandal, Day 345.


(10:50 AM)

BACK-DOOR BOEHNER: A Trojan Horse on amnesty in the defense bill?


(10:47 AM)

TRANSPARENCY: ABC News: Monica Lewinsky E-Mail Omitted From Latest Batch of Clinton Documents. “Vaguely referenced as concerning a ‘medical record,’ the omitted email is listed as four pages long.” Hmm. What could that be about?


(10:42 AM)

MICKEY KAUS: Obamacare’s Core Flaw?

Risk-filled sump, update: If everyone knew the risk pool on the Obamacare exchanges would be sicker-than-normal — as the last sentence of this NYT piece suggests — then why throw the hapless unsubsidized people (e.g. singles making $46,000) into that pool, where their policies will inevitably be more expensive, with more restrictions, than if they were in a more normal pool? Did Obamacare’s designers think they’d be happy about it? This seems like the programs’ core flaw, no? It’s why, despite all the seemingly impressive numbers, Obamacare leaves a bad taste. … $350,000 a year lawyers with fancy employer plans get care from the best doctors and check into Sloan Kettering if they need it, while even previously insured $46,000-a-year suckers can’t, and are told that’s just the price of insuring the uninsured.

ObamaCare: Of, by, and for the 1%!


(10:30 AM)

HOW’S THAT HOPEY-CHANGEY STUFF WORKIN’ OUT FOR YA? (CONT’D): ‘This thing is working’? Widows of Alabama county workers dropped from health plans.

As President Obama touts rising enrollment in ObamaCare and declares “this thing is working,” one Alabama county has reported another negative side effect from the law — widows of county workers getting dropped from their insurance.

A report by Huntsville-based WHNT said that more than a dozen widows of retired Madison County employees lost their coverage earlier this year.

They originally had been covered under the county’s self-insured plan. But, according to WHNT, officials learned that it would have been too expensive to keep providing that coverage and comply with the Affordable Care Act’s coverage mandates.

The county instead joined a statewide network that dozens of county governments already are in. That plan, though, does not offer coverage to husbands and wives when their government employee spouses die.

You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs. Er, but where’s my damn omelet?


(10:00 AM)

IT’S COME TO THIS: Vet asked to leave Pizza Hut after manager thinks his USMC patches are gang symbols.


(09:00 AM)

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(08:58 AM)

POLITICS IN THE ERA OF HOPE AND CHANGE: IRS “wants to throw us in jail,” says tea party leader.

Related: More Lerner Smoking Gun Emails At The IRS: Correspondence reveals administration collusion in attack on Tea Party groups.


(08:58 AM)

OOPS: Cherokee women want to meet Elizabeth Warren on book tour, to get Warren to understand why they are hurt and angry that she assumed, then discarded, Native American identity.


(08:56 AM)

VIDEO: How To Get Kicked Out Of A Clay Aiken Fundraiser. “While Aiken’s success could allow him to largely self-fund the effort, politics still requires you to get out there and do some fundraising, pressing the flesh with the local donors and power brokers. But as the following video shows, don’t bother stopping by if you’re a Republican. You’re likely to get an icy – and expletive laden – welcome.”


(08:46 AM)

PAR FOR THE COURSE: Obama signs Ted Cruz bill into law, but says he won’t enforce it. “Obama frequently criticized President George W. Bush for such signing statements during his 2008 campaign.”


(08:43 AM)

SPACE: Cargo Launch and Rocket Test Add Up to ‘Happy Day’ for SpaceX.


(08:30 AM)

JAMES TARANTO: Shut Up, He Explained Again: Obama continues a debate he insists is over.

They say it’s the sincerest form of flattery. At a press conference yesterday President Obama asserted that when it comes to ObamaCare, the Republican Party “is going through the stages of grief–anger and denial and all that stuff–and we’re not at acceptance yet.” We used the same gag in October, though ObamaCare supporters were the butt of our joke. And we were recycling our own material: We also invoked the Elisabeth Kübler Ross “stages of grief” way back in November 2000 in reference to Al Gore’s refusal to concede his loss to George W. Bush.

Blogress Ann Althouse astutely observes that Obama skipped “bargaining,” perhaps “because he doesn’t want his party to have to bargain with the other side.” . . .

Another adjective that comes to mind is “unpresidential.” Obama, after all, isn’t president of only Democrats, nor are only Republicans opposed to ObamaCare or worried about its consequences. To those who see an inconsistency in this column’s criticizing Obama for using a gag we’ve employed in the past, let us clarify things with a Shermanesque answer to a question nobody is asking: We promise that we will never run for, or serve as, president.

Would that Obama had given such a pledge. And kept it.


(08:00 AM)

TEXAS: Wendy Davis’s Deals Are The Subject Of FBI Corruption Investigation.


(07:30 AM)

NON-COMPLIANCE SPREADS: Bob Corker, other Tennessee Republicans refuse subpoenas from Big Labor.


(07:11 AM)

ORGANIZATION THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO PROTECT THE LITTLE GUY, HURTS THE LITTLE GUY: Six small shopkeepers are big losers in CFPB headquarters building renovation.

Federal officials have ignored six small businesses on the ground floor next to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new headquarters, refusing to share information about the building’s renovation or the future of their shops.

The shopkeepers’ fears are warranted, because CFPB’s renovation blueprints assume the businesses will be forced to leave in the bureau’s $136 million project.

The sight of CFPB officials forcing out independent shopkeepers may not sit well with Congress, which created the bureau in 2010 to protect consumers and small businesses in the marketplace.

Are there any federal agencies that actually help the little guy?


(07:00 AM)

MOLLIE HEMINGWAY: Reflections On The Confidence Gap: Why Are Feminists So Insecure?

Nothing shouts “be confident in your natural abilities!” like “your brain is mushy and able to be reshaped by propaganda!” But maybe that’s just me. Still, all this second-guessing of female traits doesn’t feel empowering. At all. Feminists seem to be on a constant campaign of obsessive gender reflection, the net result of which is to tell women they’re bad at what they’re doing. Don’t call bossy people bossy. Don’t be considerate of others. Please keep kids out of the picture for the vast majority if not entirety of your fertility. If you do choose to stop fighting your fertility for a brief period, you shouldn’t let kids affect your career. You need to crush or at least smother your maternal instincts at all costs. In order to succeed in life, you must be like men — emulate everything they’re doing.

I love being female, and I’m actually quite confident about being a woman, but the only time I even come close to feeling bad about myself is when major media outlets and elite feminists use their power to tell me there’s some major flaw with me being female.

Feminism is a political herding mechanism for insecure women. It’s thus no surprise that (1) feminists tend to be insecure; and (2) they send messages that tend to enhance insecurity in other women.


(01:56 AM)

GOOGLE: The Unelected Superpower. “Google has cosied up to governments around the world so effectively that its chairman is a White House advisor.”


(12:01 AM)

TODAY IS THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE WARSAW GHETTO REVOLT. I recommend the miniseries Uprising, for those unfamiliar. Or you can always read Mila 18.


Friday, April 18, 2014


(11:09 PM)

ANOTHER FRINGE BENEFIT LOST TO LONG-SUFFERING PUBLIC EMPLOYEES: Hawaii Police No Longer Allowed To Have Sex With Prostitutes.


(11:00 PM)

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(10:36 PM)

THE WAR ON STANDARDS comes to college debate competition.


(10:06 PM)

SOME POSITIVE NEWS: Dr. Ben Carson Honors Kirk Cameron, Aubrey Chernick, and Brooks Robinson: His Carson Scholars Fund recognizes 300 high-achieving students.


(09:27 PM)

J. CHRISTIAN ADAMS ON JOHN GIBSON’S RADIO SHOW: (Audio) IRS Scandal Makes Richard Nixon Seem Like A Pussycat.


(09:02 PM)

TOOLS: The Silent Hybrid Motorcycles the Pentagon Will Use for Stealth Raids.


(08:09 PM)

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Facebook rolls out ‘Nearby Friends,’ a real-time friend tracker. Frankly, if it shows your location just as “Northwest DC,” that’s not very useful.


(07:00 PM)

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(06:35 PM)

HOW’S THAT HOPEY-CHANGEY STUFF WORKIN’ OUT FOR YA? (CONT’D): Trust In The IRS Is At An All-Time Low. With good reason.


(06:05 PM)

SO THEY’VE GONE FROM DENIAL TO ACCEPTANCE, THEN: Dem Sees ObamaCare Crisis: U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch on Obamacare’s election toll: It’ll bury Dems.


(06:00 PM)

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(05:01 PM)

WELL, WELL, WELL: U.S. ground troops going to Poland, defense minister says. “Poland and the United States will announce next week the deployment of U.S. ground forces to Poland as part of an expansion of NATO presence in Central and Eastern Europe in response to events in Ukraine. That was the word from Poland’s defense minister, Tomasz Siemoniak, who visited The Post Friday after meeting with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon on Thursday.”


(04:05 PM)

SO KIND OF LIKE PUBLIC-EMPLOYEE UNIONS, THEN: “Certain crops are vulnerable to parasites that take control of their hosts’ behavior, forcing them to act in the intruder’s interest.”


(02:48 PM)

J. CHRISTIAN ADAMS: The IRS Scandal: One-Way Civility In Academia. “Conservatives are ruthlessly attacked in the most vicious of ways, so many tend to shut up and hide. You don’t get many calls for civility when the left’s war machine has sprung to life and targeted a conservative for an Alinsky-style onslaught. Even many conservatives duck and cover. Rarely does a liberal defend a conservative under attack. Usually, they are the ones launching it. This imbalance is particularly acute inside the Beltway.”


(02:37 PM)

THEORY: There Was Never A Better Time To Enroll In Law School. “Is now the ideal time to enroll in law school? Steven Freedman, assistant dean for admissions at the University of Kansas School of Law, has been making the counterintuitive case that it is. In a series of posts on the law professor blog The Faculty Lounge, he argues that the relatively small number of people set to graduate with J.D.s in 2017 will mean better job prospects for those who do. In short, the supply of new lawyers will be much more closely aligned with the demand for their services than for the Class of 2013. . . . Freedman is not the first to float this idea. University of Washington School of Law professor Ryan Calo made a similar argument in Forbes in November.”

Fine, just don’t gamble on this with a lot of borrowed money.


(02:30 PM)

WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW CAN’T HURT US: LA Sheriff’s Dept. On New Surveillance Program: We Knew The Public Wouldn’t Like It, So We Kept It A Secret.


(02:00 PM)

POLICE RAID MAN’S HOUSE over Twitter account parodying mayor.


(01:29 PM)

THE DIESEL REVOLUTION: 2016 Audi A3 Sportback headed to US under diesel power.


(01:21 PM)

TODAY IN PROSECUTORIAL MISCONDUCT: Ex-Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes admits to detaining witnesses, a practice he denied last year; Testifying under oath, Hynes said, ‘They were not free to leave; so sure, they were prisoners.’ He repeatedly denied the controversial practice while seeking reelection in 2013.

Will he be punished? Will he even be disbarred?


(01:00 PM)

I SHALL CALL IT “EARTH TWO.” First Earth-Sized, Potentially Habitable Exoplanet Found.


(12:02 PM)

POLITICALLY, IT’S A DEADLY SIN TOO: The United States of Envy: Income redistribution will lead to high unemployment, crushing tax rates, and the end of innovation.


(11:00 AM)

IN THE MAIL: Twilight of Abundance: Why Life in the 21st Century Will Be Nasty, Brutish, and Short.

Also, today only at Amazon: Up to 52% Off Select Fellowes Home and Office Air Purifiers. Breathe clean.


(10:53 AM)

TAXPROF ROUNDUP: The IRS Scandal, Day 344.


(10:30 AM)

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Maryland Puts Up Roadblocks to Online Ed.

Maryland has decided to stand athwart the internet, yelling “Stop!” The Maryland Higher Education Commission recently sent letters to numerous institutions across the country that offer online courses, demanding that they pay registration fees for the Maryland residents enrolled in them. However, there [are] no data available on how many are enrolled in online programs, or which programs they attend. . . .

On top of this, Maryland requires that online education programs undergo a lengthy accreditation review process, and now it seems to be vying for the title of least hospitable state in the union. (Meanwhile, the Department of Education is pursuing its plan to reinstate the requirement that distance education programs obtain accreditation in all states where they do business.)

The motives behind Maryland’s new restrictions couldn’t be clearer, according to Inside Higher Ed. The state wants to stifle programs that compete with the online programs offered by the University of Maryland University College. UMUC has already seen layoffs this year due to declining enrollment. With more than 34,000 students, it is an asset that the state will fight to defend.

The protectionism on display here is distasteful enough, but worse yet, the new regulations will fall hardest on those who already face steep obstacles to higher education.

Protectionism generally protects the haves against the have-nots. And, of course, all is proceeding as I have foreseen.


(10:00 AM)

ANTARCTIC SEA ICE GROWS AT AN “ALARMING RATE.” Hey, Fallen Angels was just a novel, right guys? Guys?