May 17, 2021

REPORT: Jeffrey Epstein Gave Bill Gates Advice on How to End ‘Toxic’ Marriage, Sources Say.

CHANGE MORE OF THE SAME: Biden revokes Trump-era executive order on online censorship and Section 230. “Biden isn’t a fan of Section 230, either. In January 2020, then candidate Biden told the New York Times that Section 230 should be revoked due to the spread of misinformation. But the administration hasn’t taken any action on the subject, having other more pressing issues like the pandemic.”

HANNAH COX: Unions are bullying Democrats into giving them more power. “In case you haven’t heard, unions are on the outs. Since they can’t force people to join their ranks in 27 states, and since the Supreme Court ruled they can no longer compel nonmembers to pay dues, participation has fallen to an all-time low. Never one to take no for an answer, though, unions have turned to their old buddies in the Democratic National Committee for an assist. And boy, do the Democrats jump when the unions say jump!”

AT MCGILL UNIVERSITY, A BIG PROGRAM FROM the McGill chapter of the Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship on May 31, including Jordan Peterson, Barbara Kay, Gad Saad, and many others.

PEGGY NOONAN A YEAR AGO: Scenes From the Class Struggle in Lockdown.

There’s a class element in the public debate. It’s been there the whole time but it’s getting worse, and few in public life are acting as if they’re sensitive to it. Our news professionals the past three months have made plenty of room for medical and professionals warning of the illness. Good, we needed it, it was news. They are not now paying an equal degree of sympathetic attention to those living the economic story, such as the Dallas woman who pushed back, opened her hair salon, and was thrown in jail by a preening judge. He wanted an apology. She said she couldn’t apologize for trying to feed her family.

There is a class divide between those who are hard-line on lockdowns and those who are pushing back. We see the professionals on one side—those James Burnham called the managerial elite, and Michael Lind, in “The New Class War,” calls “the overclass”—and regular people on the other. The overclass are highly educated and exert outsize influence as managers and leaders of important institutions—hospitals, companies, statehouses. The normal people aren’t connected through professional or social lines to power structures, and they have regular jobs—service worker, small-business owner.

Since the pandemic began, the overclass has been in charge—scientists, doctors, political figures, consultants—calling the shots for the average people. But personally they have less skin in the game. The National Institutes of Health scientist won’t lose his livelihood over what’s happened. Neither will the midday anchor.

I’ve called this divide the protected versus the unprotected. There is an aspect of it that is not much discussed but bears on current arguments. How you have experienced life has a lot to do with how you experience the pandemic and its strictures.

In the past year, the overclass demonstrated its trademark blend of selfishness, incompetence, and sanctimony to an even greater degree than usual. And, as usual, paid no real price for doing so.

Related: Protests show two Americas — those who lost their jobs and those still getting paid.

Also, from a lefty source:

There’s a huge Covid class divide. The economy has not just bounded back for upper income Americans; it’s given them higher housing values and lower interest rates. Meanwhile, 12 million service industry workers are still out of work. Small businesses are struggling. The affluent see Covid as a health problem, while for the working class it’s about economic survival. And liberals are doing the same thing they did with Trump: Clothing their class privilege as science and facts and morality.

The politicians are even worse. Instead of coming up with a clean Covid bill, Democrats are now trying to pressure Biden into student loan forgiveness. Can you believe it? What kind of society thinks it’s ok to ask 12 million people who lost their jobs to Covid to foot the bill for the student loans of the top 40% of earners? Sure, maybe it will accidentally help someone in a food line who dropped out of college. But college-educated Americans are back at work. The Covid recession is over for them. Why are the Democrats designing legislation to help the people who need it least, in the belief that some of the benefits might trickle down to help those who need it most?

Oh, I think I know why.

SALENA ZITO: In the land of Dunder Mifflin, a critical test for Republican progress.

SO, I HAVE IT ON GOOD AUTHORITY THAT THE MESS IN AMAZON LISTINGS IS NOT INTENTIONAL: It is still a mess and a lot of indies who depend on their income to eat have been hurt. I can’t help everyone (obviously) but I tried to mitigate the situation for some of my regulars and their friends.  We’re Gonna Need A Bigger Promo Post.

(Yes, it’s a little  long, but stick with it. It could be longer, but a couple of links failed and I couldn’t figure how to make it work. And as my husband reminded me, after two hours of entering links “you can’t hug every cat.” Still these are real people, affected by database issues, and the books sound interesting, and I’ve bought a couple. And will likely buy a couple more tomorrow.)

THE BABYLON BEE WITH NEWS YOU CAN USE: Eight Warning Signs You Might Be Sharing Office Space With Terrorists.

If the AP read the Bee, they could have saved themselves a deal of trouble….

(Oh, and I share my office with terrorists. They’re called cats.)

AH, 2021, NEVER QUIT THE INSANITY:  Pentagon Confirms Authenticity of Video Showing UFO Maneuvering Near U.S. Navy Ship.

SPACE FORCE CANNED HIM FOR WRONGTHINK, but his self-published book, Irresistible Revolution: Marxism’s Goal of Conquest & the Unmaking of the American Military is currently #2 on Amazon. Oft evil will shall evil mar, as they say.

UPDATE: Now #1 on Amazon.

SNIFF, SNIFF, AND MARXISM. YOU CAN TELL BY THE SMELL:  Woke Higher Ed Is A Mixture of “Cancel Culture, Critical Race Theory, and Cruelty”.

AMERICAN AIRLINES JOINS THE RANKS OF ENEMIES OF AMERICA:  American Airlines Investigating Pilot After Woke Mob Reported Him for Opposing Critical Race Theory.

THE MARXISTS ARE DANGEROUS AND WE CAN’T AFFORD THEM:  The (Security) Games Progressives Play.

THE LEFT DOESN’T WANT UNITY. IT WANTS POWER:  Why We Can’t Have Unity.

THE NEW YORK TIMES LIES AGAIN:  Seaton: An Open Letter To Jan Hoffman.

BECAUSE YOU CAN’T DENY THE THEOCRATIC LEFT’S RELIGION:  OUTRAGEOUS: Space Force Unit C.O. Relieved of Duty for Criticizing Marxism in the Military.

YES, I DO REALIZE THAT THIS IS ZERO HEDGE:  New Video Reveals Capitol Police Officer Giving Protesters Permission To Enter Building.

However, this accords with everything we’ve seen of the Glorious Sixth.  (Style Sheet, people, discipline. Do not under any circumstances adopt the left’s wording. The 6th were not riots. A forlorn hope, a desperate attempt to make themselves heard, a Glorious bit of American hopefulness, to yell one last time “but it was stolen” and perhaps to get our corrupt institutions to wake up. But riots, they were not. What damage there was seems to have been the work of tyros. And honestly I wouldn’t have held a little damage against them. Not with what the left has been and is doing. But nothing was set on fire, and the only one killed was poor Ashli Babbit [#Sayhername; #justiceforAshliBabbit.])

THEY’RE NOT THE ONLY ONES:  House GOP Members Want Answers on January 6 Probe.

FAUCI HAS SOME EXPLAINING TO DO:  A Review of ‘Origin of COVID – Following the Clues,’ by Nicholas Wade.

May 16, 2021

IT’S ALMOST LIKE THEY’RE LYING CRAPWEASELS:

OPEN THREAD: I would invite you, but these debutante balls would not excite you.

Background on the linked tune here.

WHO COULD HAVE SEEN THIS COMING, BESIDES ANYBODY WITH A FUNCTIONING BRAIN? Inflation fears grow for White House. Which, to be fair, gets Biden off the hook.

THE NEW SPACE RACE: U.S. senator: China landing on Mars a reminder ‘we don’t own space anymore.’

THE SAINTLY CONSPIRACY BEGAN BEFORE 2020: Scott Walters, the Capital Research Center’s chief, pulls the curtain back on the rest of the story Mollie Ball kept out of her now-famous Time Magazine story about the Left’s shadow campaign that put Biden in the White House:

“So the ‘shadow campaign Ball claims popped up in 2020 actually predates Trump by decades. The mainstream media hasn’t reported on this sophisticated, highly coordinated effort by the Left to find ever stronger tools to turn out Democratic voters. But don’t blame the media for not knowing about it; most Republicans didn’t either.”

 

HEH:

WELL, GOOD: Heart study: Low- and regular-dose aspirin safe, effective. “An unusual study that had thousands of heart disease patients enroll themselves and track their health online as they took low- or regular-strength aspirin concludes that both doses seem equally safe and effective for preventing additional heart problems and strokes.”

YOU NEVER WANT TO GET AS HIGH AS HUNTER: Nashville gas station trolls Hunter Biden: ‘Hope gas prices don’t get too high.’

Absolutely savage:

VIA A FRIEND:

WHAT’S THAT ABOUT WHO YOU’RE NOT ALLOWED TO CRITICIZE? Space Force Unit C.O. Relieved of Duty for Criticizing Marxism in the Military.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Concealed Carry Myths.

STARLINK UPDATE: It’s worked fine for me so far, still quite fast. According to the statistics panel, it’s had 5 minutes of downtime during the past 24 hours, due to satellite unavailability. The most I’ve noticed is a momentary hiccup lasting maybe 5 seconds, presumably while switching from one satellite to another. To be honest, it seems to be as steady as my Comcast service, which occasionally hiccups too for no obvious reason. (My old Bellsouth DSL service, though slow, never hiccuped.)

I’ve run the speed test several times and it’s been between about 200 and 300+ mbps down, and between 12 and 32 mbps up. Ping times generally around 30 ms, though the stats page shows the longest ping in the last 24 hours to be 327 ms.

One piece of advice for people getting Starlink: It comes with a tripod antenna mount. My excellent installers mounted that but made some modifications because they were afraid if they screwed it into my roof directly it would cause a leak. Starlink sells a number of roof- and wall-mounting kits on the website and you might want to look and order the one that looks best for your situation. They’re not very expensive.

WITH REASON: Poll Shows Low Trust in U.S. Public Health Systems.

SCIENCE DENIERS ABOUND: Despite CDC COVID Guidance, Some Still Require Masks.

OLD AND BUSTED: CNN Compares Trump to Hitler and Kristallnacht Years.

Outkick.com, November 13th, 2020.

The New Hotness? Muslim CNN reporter: ‘The world today needs a Hitler.’

—Robert Spencer, Jihad Watch, today.

AT MCGILL UNIVERSITY, A BIG PROGRAM FROM the McGill chapter of the Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship on May 31, including Jordan Peterson, Barbara Kay, Gad Saad, and many others.

SO AT THIS POINT, MASKS ARE ALMOST PURELY A TOOL TO VIRTUE-SIGNAL: ‘Taking Away The Male Gaze:’ Some Women Want To Keep Wearing Masks Indefinitely.

ANSWERING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: Is It Possible to Get Too Much Sleep? Here’s What Scientists Think.

YOU’RE GONNA NEED A MUCH BIGGER BLOG: What the Media Gets Wrong About Israel.

In these circles, in my experience, a distaste for Israel has come to be something between an acceptable prejudice and a prerequisite for entry. I don’t mean a critical approach to Israeli policies or to the ham-fisted government currently in charge in this country, but a belief that to some extent the Jews of Israel are a symbol of the world’s ills, particularly those connected to nationalism, militarism, colonialism, and racism—an idea quickly becoming one of the central elements of the “progressive” Western zeitgeist, spreading from the European left to American college campuses and intellectuals, including journalists. In this social group, this sentiment is translated into editorial decisions made by individual reporters and editors covering Israel, and this, in turn, gives such thinking the means of mass self-replication.

Read the whole thing.

Related: The Hamas Rocket Attacks Are Based on a Lie.

ISRAEL SHARED INTELLIGENCE TO US SHOWING HAMAS OPERATED INSIDE BUILDING WHERE AP, AL-JAZEERA HAD OFFICES:

Israel shared intelligence with the US showing how Hamas operated inside the same building with the Associated Press and Al-Jazeera in Gaza, officials in Jerusalem said on Sunday.

Officials in more than one government office confirmed that US President Joe Biden’s phone call to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday was, in part, about the bombing of the building, and that Israel showed Biden and American officials the intelligence behind the action.

“We showed them the smoking gun proving Hamas worked out of that building,” a source close to Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said. “I understand they found the explanation satisfactory.”

[…]

The US was the only country to inquire about the IDF strike on the building, which the military said housed Hamas military intelligence offices, as well as AP and Al Jazeera, other news outlets, and other offices and apartments.

Also, a former AP reporter noted that Hamas operated in and around the building back in 2014, which shreds the statement from AP’s CEO who said that he had no idea Hamas was around the building or something.

Thus, we’re left with: Plausible Deniability, AP Style. “The ability of the modern press to be oblivious to facts they don’t wish to know or might prove harmful to their narrative is so well established and the ignorance of modern journalists is so obvious that the idea that terrorists could operate with impunity right under their noses for a decade is as believable as it gets.”

Why, it’s as if “one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter,” to coin a favorite journalistic piece of moral equivalence.

FASTER, PLEASE: Bio-inspired scaffolds help promote muscle growth.

UNEXPECTEDLY! Inflation accelerating faster than expected, says Obama economist Lawrence Summers.

Or to put it another way: When in Doubt, Print Money.

21st CENTURY HEADLINES: Biden Stumbles on an Innovative Way to Push His Transgender Agenda: Import Trans Migrants.

THE CORBYNIZATION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY CONTINUES APACE: AOC Falsely Smears Israel as an ‘Apartheid State.’

AOC has company, of course: The Squad’s Noxious Anti-Semitism.

CCP REACHES HIGH GROUND OF RED PLANET: China Successfully Lands a Rover on Mars.

Fortunately, the Biden administration is laser focused on these sort of big issues: Space Force Unit C.O. Relieved of Duty for Criticizing Marxism in the Military.

AT HELEN’S PAGE (scroll down and click on blue logo) : The author of Before I Go and the Before I Go Workbook also offers financial planning here.

NOT THE BABYLON BEE: May I present to you the photo of the year.

BOTTOM STORY OF THE DAY: Bland Rebrand: CNN, Don Lemon Pull Desperate Stunt to Launch the New Show Title.

SCIENCE! Teacher caught on video berating vaccinated student for not wearing a mask. “The unidentified Poynette School District teacher can be seen on video calling the student a ‘little dink’ and a ‘jerk’ (twice), and telling him ‘nobody likes you.'”

Public schools are a hostile environment for students.

DISPATCHES FROM AL SHARPTON’S NETWORK, PART I: MSNBC’s Matt Negrin Falsely Claims Republicans Trying To Murder Democrats.

Flashback: Bernie Bro James T. Hodgkinson, Attempted Assassin Of Steve Scalise, Already Being Erased From History. And additional examples of leftist violence and eliminationist rhetoric at the link.

ANALYSIS: TRUE: Johns Hopkins doctor: Closed schools are an ‘American disgrace’.

FLASHBACK: Pallywood.

Related: How the AP Botched Its Investigation of Civilian Deaths in the Israel-Hamas War.
Posed photographs. Intentional miscategorizations. Buried corrections. One-sided sourcing. Cherry-picked quotes. And a just-plain-wrong conclusion about “most” Gaza casualties being civilians.

DISPATCHES FROM THE INTERSECTION OF THE NEWSPEAK DICTIONARY AND THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: Penn State bans all references to binary gender, including ‘he’ and ‘she.’

NOTHING TO SEE HERE, MOVE ALONG: The latest Navy UFO video displays a new level of weirdness.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Disney Stock Tanks As Subscription Numbers Plummet In Second Quarter.

SCIENCE: Vindicated: Trump says he was right on masks, Fauci wrong.

AT HELEN’S PAGE: Professor Carol’s book Why Freshmen Fail: and How to Avoid It. (Bumped)

AMERICA’S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD: Oops! AP Reporter Forgets To Remove Hamas Headband Before Going Live.

In real life, it works in reverse. The Israeli Ynet News Website reported in 2007 that: Terrorist at journalists’ party. Top terrorist Zakaria Zubeidi made “guest appearance” in video prepared by Reuters staff as “going away” gift for colleague, Ynetnews has learned.

BLUE STATE UPDATE: California’s Unemployment-Claim Backlog Grows as Embattled Gov Newsom Faces Reelection.

GREAT MOMENTS IN AMNESIA: Leftist’s brain melts after hearing a conservative say, ‘property destruction is not violence.’

“That sounds familiar. Maybe it’s because 1619 Project creator Nikole Hannah-Jones said last summer on TV that ‘destroying property, which can be replaced, is not violence.’ That was after Sally Kohn weighed in on the looting and property destruction in Minneapolis, pointing out that property is insured and can be replaced.” Our brains melted a little bit when we heard both those statements, so we know the feeling.”

Flashback to the far-left Nation magazine a year ago: In Defense of Destroying Property. We cannot conflate the destruction of plateglass with the violence that is being protested.

And curiously enough  — wait for it — the Associated Press as well last year!

WHY THEY FIGHT: HAMAS’ TOO-LITTLE-KNOWN FASCIST CHARTER.

If you had any doubts about what the conquest would entail, the Covenant’s Article 13 makes the political implications of these religious demands clear. Diplomatic efforts such as “peaceful solutions, initiatives and international conferences” are “in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement.” In fact, there is “no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are a waste of time and vain endeavors.”4 Nor can any individual Muslim abstain from warfare, according to document. Article 15 declares, “Jihad for the liberation of Palestine is an individual duty. In the face of the Jews’ usurpation of Palestine, it is compulsory that the banner of Jihad be raised.” Many anti-Zionist assaults have been bloody, but Hamas’s distinctive contribution was the theological sanction of violence.

Though Islamism owes a considerable debt to Nazism, the Hamas Covenant claims that it is Israel that is the equal of Nazi Germany. In Article 20, the authors write that they confront “a vicious enemy which acts in a way similar to Nazism, making no differentiation between man and women, between children and old people….”5 The “Israelis as Nazis” canard has been a staple of both secular and religious anti-Zionist propaganda since the 1960s. When the secular anti-Zionists such as Nasser, Arafat, and Assad, Sr., spoke about global conspiracies against the Arabs, they attributed a mythical conspiracy against the Arabs to “U.S. imperialism” and its Israeli “spearhead”—echoing the propaganda of their patrons, the Soviets.6 Indeed, the Hamas Covenant of 1988 notably replaced the Marxist-Leninist conspiracy theory of world politics with the classic anti-Semitic tropes of Nazism and European fascism, which the Islamists had absorbed when they collaborated with the Nazis during World War II. That influence is apparent in Article 22, which asserts that “supportive forces behind the enemy” have amassed great wealth:

With their money, they took control of the world media, news agencies, the press, publishing houses, broadcasting stations, and others. With their money they stirred revolutions in various parts of the world with the purpose of achieving their interests and reaping the fruit therein. They were behind the French Revolution, the Communist revolution and most of the revolutions we heard and hear about, here and there. With their money, they formed secret societies, such as Freemason, Rotary Clubs, the Lions and others in different parts of the world for the purpose of sabotaging societies and achieving Zionist interests. With their money they were able to control imperialistic countries and instigate them to colonize many countries in order to enable them to exploit their resources and spread corruption there.

The above paragraph of Article 22 could have been taken, almost word for word, from Nazi Germany’s anti-Jewish propaganda texts and broadcasts.

Read the whole thing.

IT’S NOT ABOUT REVENUE, IT’S ABOUT CONTROL: The Biden Tax Mirage: Higher Rates Produce Less Revenue From The Rich.

May 15, 2021

OPEN THREAD: Wait a minute, this is not a place, it’s a state of mind.

AT MCGILL UNIVERSITY, A BIG PROGRAM FROM the McGill chapter of the Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship on May 31, including Jordan Peterson, Barbara Kay, Gad Saad, and many others.

SPACE TOURISM: Japanese billionaire, Russian actress to fly to ISS.

THE ANSWER IS YES, BY THE WAY: Should America Go Nuclear?

HMM: New York Yankees Report 8 ‘Breakthrough’ COVID Cases. “The New York Yankees have reported eight ‘vaccine breakthrough’ cases, in which a person tests positive for COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated, including shortstop Gleyber Torres. Torres, three coaches and four members of the support staff tested positive. All eight received the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the team said on its Major League Baseball website. Only one person is showing symptoms, the team said.”

Prediction: We’re going to find that immunity resulting from infection is stronger than vaccine-based immunity. Of course, most of this is an artifact of very sensitive testing.

A TIMELY REPRISE: I wrote this article for The Daily Caller a few years ago. It seems sadly appropriate. And the outrage about the IDF bombing the building where the AP resides doesn’t cut it. The Committee to Project Journalists’ indignant press release never once mentions that the building was home to Hamas operations.

The AP, caught up behind the facts, later issued this statement:

I have to say I find this a bit hard to believe. As one commenter noted on my FB page:

“If AP did not know that Hamas was in the building, then they are incompetent reporters. If AP knew that Hamas was in the building but kept silent, then they are complicit. If AP comprehended that it would be used as a human shield, then it is a Hamas collaborator.”

I might add as a denouement that using US journalists as hostages and shields is nothing new to Islamic militants.

STEPHEN GUTOWSKI: Analysis: Dogs Can’t Smell Serial Numbers and the Dangers of Mindlessly Repeating Police Narratives. “Dogs, no matter how well trained, can not tell if a gun has a serial number engraved into it or not. That is not the impression you would get if you listened to KSBY’s report on Santa Barbara, California’s new police dogs, though. The NBC affiliate chose to frame their story on the dogs through the lens of their ability to detect so-called ghost guns.”

They’re not even good at sniffing for drugs: The Police Dog Who Cried Drugs at Every Traffic Stop: Cops laugh about “probable cause on four legs” but the damage to innocent lives is real.

STUMBLING ALONG: U.S. Consumer Confidence Crashes ‘Unexpectedly.’

Ok, let’s see a show of hands — who actually finds this perfectly obvious news to be “unexpected”?

No one here? Good.

So just how biased and corrupt is even the financial media now?

It’s this biased and corrupt.

Consumer sentiment in the U.S. has unexpectedly decreased in the month of May, according to preliminary data released by the University of Michigan on Friday.

The report showed the consumer sentiment index dropped to 82.8 in May from 88.3 in April. The decrease surprised economists, who had expected the index to rise to 90.4.

It didn’t take an economist to predict that keeping several large states’ economies closed, the federal government printing money faster than a counterfeiter rolling down the autobahn in a Lamborghini, and Biden deliberately strangling domestic energy producers in the name of his Green New Deal scheme, would bring about inflation.

I’m not an economist. I anticipated it. I bet every reader here did too.

What does it take to see this gigantic freight train barreling down the tracks straight at you? Eyes and common sense.

The lack of the latter inside the head of President Trunalimunumaprzure led America’s Newspaper of Record to report: Biden Worried Gas Shortages May Hurt Carter’s Chances Against Reagan.

SPACE JUNK — BETTER PUT UP MY UMBRELLA: Lasers Could Clear Space Junk From Orbit.

HOW JON STEWART KILLED COMEDY:

For those of us who grew up with it, The Daily Show’s deterioration felt like a genuine cultural loss. The issue wasn’t that Stewart had become a prominent progressive voice. It was that he’d become a pundit, another voice screaming into the void. Punditry is my job and there’s nothing inherently wrong with it. But in today’s howling mob of a mediascape, there’s nothing daring or rebellious about it either. There aren’t even any barriers to entry: a 10-year-old latchkey kid can finish his snack, log on to Twitter and start calling the president a c**t. It’s the most saturated market on earth, even as we thirst for actual insights.

So no surprise, then, that Stewart gave way not just to a successor but to about four million of them. Today, his heirs, who mimic both his approach and his politics, are spread across practically every network on TV. The ‘funnyman as newsreader’ shtick traces back to long before Stewart — Mort Sahl, SNL’s Weekend Update — but today it’s become so pervasive as to feel like newsreel propaganda. Stephen Colbert puts his hands in his pockets and mugs at Donald Trump. John Oliver reads Vox articles off the teleprompter and intersperses them with f-bombs. Samantha Bee is so edgy as to sometimes even call Republicans racists. Jordan Klepper covers hot-button issues, and while he’s never done a segment on mercy killings, his show did recently undergo one.

None of these people are in any sense of the word interesting. What they are is partisan comfort food. Are you worried that the right-wing goons are on the march again?

The key phrase there is “partisan comfort food.” In the age of a massively splintered media, the palace guard approach is the safest method to holding onto an audience that’s a sliver of what Johnny Carson enjoyed:

This is also my theory about the big entertainment awards shows like the Oscars and the Emmys. If the big, broad, general audience you used to have is gone, and deep down you think it’s never coming back, then why not make a harder bid for the loyalty of the smaller audience you’ve got left? In a time when the entertainment industry is (or thinks it is) a one-party state with no dissenters, you had better echo that politics back to your base.

What were once cultural institutions with a broad, bipartisan audience are becoming niche players with a narrow fan base. They no longer view partisan politics as a dangerous move that will shrink their audience. Instead, they’re using partisan politics as a lure to secure the loyalty of their audience, or what is left of it. Not that it’s going to work over the long term, because people who want to have their biases confirmed will just watch the five-minute YouTube clip Chris Cillizza links to the next day.

Why Late Night Hosts Like Jimmy Kimmel Are Suddenly So Political, Robert Tracinski, the Federalist, October 5, 2017.

I’M NOT SURPRISED THAT YOU LOSE CARDIO FITNESS FASTER THAN STRENGTH: Here’s How Quickly We Become ‘Unfit’ if We Drop Our Exercise Routines.

MATT TAIBBI:  On the Hypocrites at Apple Who Fired Antonio Garcia-Martinez. Much easier to ruin a career than mess with a corporate cash cow.

The Verge triumphantly reported on Apple’s move using the headline, “‘Misogynistic’ Apple hire is out hours after employees call for investigation.” Other companies followed suit with the same formulation. CNN: “Apple parts ways with newly hired ex-Facebook employee after workers cite ‘misogynistic’ writing.” CNET: “Apple reportedly cuts ties with employee amid uproar over misogynistic writing.”

Apple by this point not only issued a statement declaring that Antonio’s “behavior” was demeaning and discriminatory, but by essentially endorsing the complaints of their letter-writing employees, poured jet fuel on headline descriptions of him as a misogynist. It’s cowardly, defamatory, and probably renders him unhirable in the industry, but this is far from the most absurd aspect of the story.

I’m a fan of Dr. Dre’s music and have been since the N.W.A. days. It’s not any of my business if he wants to make $3 billion selling Beats by Dre to Apple, earning himself a place on the board in the process. But if 2,000 Apple employees are going to insist that they feel literally unsafe working alongside a man who wrote a love letter to a woman who towers over him in heels, I’d like to hear their take on serving under, and massively profiting from, partnership with the author of such classics as “Bitches Ain’t Shit” and “Lyrical Gangbang,” who is also the subject of such articles as “Here’s What’s Missing from Straight Outta Compton: Me and the Other Women Dr. Dre Beat Up.”

It’s easy to get someone like Antonio Garcia Martinez fired. Going after a board member who’s reportedly sitting on hundreds of millions in Apple stock is a different matter. A letter making such a demand is likely to be returned to sender, and the writer of it will likely spend every evaluation period looking over his or her shoulder. Why? Because going after Dre would mean forcing the company to denounce one of its more profitable investments — Beats and Beats Music were big factors in helping Apple turn music streaming into a major profit center. The firm made $4.1 billion in that area last year alone.

Read on for the “misogynistic” language Garcia-Martinez used in one of his books that caused social media and Apple’s board to dive for their fainting couches.

FORMER PROFESSOR SENTENCED TO 37 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR USING FEDERAL GRANTS TO AID CHINA’S MEDICAL RESEARCH:

A biomedical professor has been sentenced to 37 months in prison for carrying out a scheme to use millions of dollars in federal grant money to advance research in China, according to the Justice Department.

Zheng Songguo, a former professor at Ohio State University (OSU), pleaded guilty in November to lying on his National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant applications, in order to use $4.1 million in research grants to develop the fields of rheumatology and immunology for China, the department said.

He was arrested last May in Anchorage, Alaska, as he was preparing to board a charter flight to China in an attempt to flee the United States. When taken into custody, he was carrying multiple items, including two laptops, three cell phones, several USB drives, several bars of silver, expired Chinese passports for his family, and deeds for property in China.

The judge also ordered Zheng to pay more than $3.4 million in restitution to the NIH and about $413,000 to OSU.

Related: Fauci Must Be Held to Account for His Role in Funding Wuhan Lab Research.

More: Report: Chinese paper discussed weaponization of SARS coronaviruses in 2015.

BASICALLY, ONLY WHEN AND WHERE THE MOB GIVES YOU NO CHOICE: I’m Fully Vaccinated. When, Where, and Why Should I Still Mask Up?.

THE CORBYNIZATION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY CONTINUES APACE: Biden sending $10 million to unnamed Palestinian groups.

ANNALS OF LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY: CNBC Host Laughs at Pete Buttigieg Trying to Sell ‘Infrastructure.’

MARK JUDGE: Revisiting Fast Times at Ridgemont High.Fast Times was a huge hit and a cultural touchstone. The film, unlike anything else at the time, reflected the truth. In the audio commentary, Heckerling observes that the teens in the movie were like ‘little adults.’ She notes that while the kids struggle with issues like sex, abortion and drugs, most of them also have jobs. About half the scenes take place with characters at work, and the closing credits show the places where they all have jobs shutting down for the night.”

Plus: “Especially in light of today’s woke guidelines strangling filmmaking, Fast Times represents a genuinely free vision—and also, ultimately, a decent one.”

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: University of California drops SAT scores for admission.

GLENN GREENWALD: Liz Cheney Lied About Her Role in Spreading the Discredited CIA “Russian Bounty” Story.

Does this sound even remotely like what Cheney claimed to Baier? She denied having played a key role in spreading the Russia bounty story because, as she put it, “every single thing I said, I said: if those stories are true.” She also told him that she never referred to that CIA claim except by saying: “if these reports are true.” That is false.

The issue is not merely that Cheney lied: that would hardly be news. It is that the entire media narrative about Cheney’s removal from her House leadership role is a fraud. Her attacks on Trump and her party leadership were not confined to criticisms of the role played by the former president in contesting the validity of the 2020 election outcome or inciting the January 6 Capitol riot — because Liz Cheney is such a stalwart defender of the need for truth and adherence to the rule of law in politics.

Read the whole thing.

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PRO TIP: DON’T BASE YOUR PRESS OFFICE IN A BUILDING THAT HOUSES HAMAS. IDF razes Gaza high-rise hosting Hamas military intelligence, intl media offices. “The IDF fighter jets razed on Saturday afternoon a high-rise building in the Gaza Strip hosting the Hamas military intelligence units. The Jala Tower complex in the Gaza Strip is also where the Gaza offices of several international news media outlets are based, including the Associated Press and al-Jazeera.”

Related: Associated Press CEO Gary Pruitt Confirms the AP Works in a Hamas Operated Facility.

The CEO of the Associated Press claims he is “shocked and horrified that the Israel military would target and destroy the building housing AP’s bureau and other news organizations in Gaza.”

This is a very important admission from the head of a global news organization. The building Israel blew up is actually an intelligence facility for the terrorist group Hamas. This is a statement of objective fact that is not actually in dispute.

Gary Pruitt, with his statement, is admitting the Associated Press worked out of Hamas’s building. Al Jazeera and other media enterprises were in the building as well.

Do you really believe the Associated Press is capable of telling the truth of the situation when its reporters are working in the same building as terrorists and that building is owned by those terrorists?

AP having a meltdown at being caught in the same building housing Hamas makes for quite a contrast with last year’s pro-riot reporting in America:

Related: Feint by Israel May Have Delivered a Major Blow to Hamas.

THE POWER LINE WEEK IN PICTURES: Gas Mask Edition.

Is it merely a coincidence that the CDC abruptly announced this week that masks are no longer necessary for people who have been vaccinated? Could it be that with multiple crises piling up for the Biden Administration, they need to do something to improve the mood of Americans suddenly re-enacting the gas lines of 1979?

No. Next question?

ROGER SIMON: This Time Israel Should Finish Off Hamas.

The Jerusalem Post has an article on what can be done about these myriad social media lies about Israel. The Post’s intent is laudable, but the reality is it’s unstoppable. Social media, we should all know by now, is the Devil’s spawn. Believe it at your, and the world’s, peril.

But there is something that can be done about Hamas.

Israel, and those of us who support her—even some liberal Jews, if they can be shaken from their morally narcissistic lethargy—can ignore public opinion for once, it’s not going to get better anyway, forget this “light unto the nations” business that no one could live up to in the first place, and go full bore on the terrorists of Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

No mercy, this time. Full Dresden—or enough Dresden for them to know for once you’re very serious, desperately wave the white flag and disarm the way Germany and Japan did.

If you don’t win a war, I mean really win it, as both the United States and Israel have seen to their detriments, you are going to fight it again and again and again.

Winning a war seems awfully unconventional, but it would nice to give it a try for a change.

 

SWALWELL FLIPS OUT WHEN CONGRESSIONAL STAFFER ASKS WHY HE’S STILL WEARING A MASK:

Swalwell may have been mad that Dyer’s boss, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) got the best of him in an exchange about his relationship with an alleged Chinese spy.

Why was Swalwell being ‘anti-science’ and wearing a mask, thus sending mixed signals to people about getting vaccinated?

It’s safe to say that Swalwell’s message on masks has been a complete mess.

There was this winner from March of last year from Swalwell.

Of course, since then, he’s been all-in telling people to wear masks.

So no one should be bullied for wearing a mask, but it was ok to bully people to wear a mask? He doesn’t see any irony in that?

“Douche gigolo, California congressman” is a rather irony-challenged fellow.

FIGHT THE POWER, STICK IT TO THE MAN: In reversal of initial decision, college gives Zionist student group recognition on campus.

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