HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Portland State rejects ‘Conservative Political Thought’ course because it’s not inclusive.

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HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: ABA legal ed section’s council adopts tighter bar pass standard; clock for compliance starts now.

Following multiple years of discussion, and two rejections from the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates, the council of the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar adopted a proposed revision to tighten an accreditation standard regarding bar passage Friday.

To be in compliance with the revised version of Standard 316, at least 75% of a law school’s graduates who sat for a bar exam must pass within two years of graduation. Under the previous rule, there were various ways to meet the standard, and no law school had been found to be out of compliance with it.

Those ways include:

• Having a 75% pass rate for all graduates over the five most recent calendar years;

• Having a 75% pass rate for at least three of those five years;

• And having at least 70% of its graduates pass the bar at a rate within 15 percentage points of the average first-time bar pass rate for ABA-approved law school graduates in the same jurisdiction for three out of the five most recently completed calendar years.

Under ABA rules, the House of Delegates can send a proposed revision back to the section’s council twice, but the council has the final decision on matters related to law school education. The House of Delegates voted against the proposed revision in February 2017 and this past January.

This is going to hurt some places.

BUT SINCE THE PRESS BLAMES HIM FOR HILLARY’S LOSS, THERE AREN’T MANY COMPLAINTS: Theory of Revised Julian Assange Indictment Could Apply to Ordinary Reporters.

ANN ALTHOUSE busts the hypocrites.

First, I’m tired — and was tired long ago — of the Hillary Clinton theory that every attack on a woman is “sexist.” Women in high positions need to be attackable or I don’t want them in high positions. So that theory will perversely push me into the sexist position that women should not hold high positions.

Second, the video Trump tweeted is not the video of Pelosi that was determined to have been “doctored.”

Much, much more at the link.

PETER BERKOWITZ: Harvard’s Latest Enfeeblement of Liberal Education.

MICHAEL MCCONNELL: What Should Free Speech Mean In College?

TRULY BASED ON A TRUE STORY:  McAleer’s ‘FBI Lovebirds’ Will Shame Media, Hollywood (Again).

EXCEPT AS SOON AS THE INVADERS TAKE IT, THEY’LL ESTABLISH CONTROLS TO ENTRY:  France belongs to everyone.

THEY’RE NOT WRONG:   Crossfit quits Facebook, Instagram: “utopian socialists”.

THIS JUST IN: OCCASIONAL CORTEX APPARENTLY HAS TWO HEADS:  Head and shoulders, knees and womb.

Which finally and for good disproves that canard about two heads thinking better than one.

OH, DEAR LORD:  Racism: Is There Anything It Can’t Do?

APPARENTLY MANY REASONS, BUT AN OVERABUNDANCE OF VIBRANT BANLIEUES CAN’T HELP:  Why Does France Keep Getting Attacked?

THE END OF AN ERA:  Rolling Thunder Motorcycles Will Ride In D.C. For The Last Time.

WEIRD. I’M SURE THERE’S MORE DEATHS ATTRIBUTABLE TO HARVARD GRADUATES: Why becoming a Wienermobile driver is harder than getting into Harvard.

BUT I THOUGHT THE SCIENCE WAS SETTLED: Discovery of billion-year-old fungi changes our understanding of life on Earth.

DEAR COLORADO, PLEASE STOP IMPORTING THESE POLICIES:  Open Letter to Gavin Newsom: Your Policies Are Tearing My Family Apart.

THIS IS MY SHOCKED FACE. BEHOLD HOW SHOCKED IT IS:  Scientists discover China has been secretly emitting banned ozone-depleting gas.

GREAT AGAIN: Average US salaries on the rise thanks to booming economy.

OPEN THREAD: Do your best work.

OUR IMPARTIAL JUDICIARY: Utah State Trial Judge Disciplined for Anti-Trump Remarks in Courtroom.

TRUE STORY, TENNESSEE REQUIRED MARRIAGE LICENSES BECAUSE COUNTY CLERKS WEREN’T GETTING THEIR FEES WHEN PEOPLE JUST GOT MARRIED AT CHURCH AND RECORDED IT THERE: Alabama votes to end marriage licenses.

WELL, GOOD: CDC: Flu season wraps up as a few cases linger.

GREAT MOMENTS IN SELF-AWARENESS: Socialist Bernie Sanders at Rally: Trump Trying to Turn U.S. Into ‘Authoritarian Form of Government.’

NO, TRUMP DID NOT SHARE A ‘DOCTORED’ VIDEO OF PELOSI:

There’s just one problem. The video not manipulated. It is not doctored or altered or fake. Whatever word you want to use, it doesn’t matter. It wasn’t even deceptively edited. No matter what Trump’s opponents claim, one thing is undeniable: Nancy’s speech is not altered in the video. The video is a series of clips made into a montage—a common method for saving time. The video Trump shared is a clip from Lou Dobbs Tonight on Fox Business from the same day. Greg Jarrett (filling in for Lou Dobbs) aired the montage from her press conference and discussed it with his guest, former Reagan White House political director and Fox Business political analyst Ed Rollins.

You can watch the segment by clicking here and scrubbing over to 6:55 (cable subscription and login required) to see the portion of the segment that Trump tweeted.

Despite the fact that Trump did not share a video that deceptively altered Pelosi’s speech, social media was buzzing over this false narrative, from the left and Never Trump right.

Shades of the media’s old “selectively edited” trope. So does this mean anytime the media uses a montage, we can call the video “doctored” or “manipulated?” Team America has had it!

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MICROBIOME NEWS: Possible link between infant gut microbiome and development of allergies.

CHRISTIAN TOTO: Why Hollywood Is Weaponizing Nostalgia Against Trump—from ‘Laugh-In’ to “All in the Family’ to ‘The Jeffersons.’

Today’s stars leverage everything in their arsenal against President Donald Trump. They flex their social media accounts, incorporate anti-Trump rants into films and TV shows, and turn awards shows into Democratic pep rallies.

Robert De Niro alone spends more time cursing out President Trump than starring in movies worthy of his talent.

So it’s only natural to look to the past to hit Trump anew. The “Laugh-In” special allowed progressive stars to do just that. The sitcom recreations, though, offered a more subtle approach to the same model. The shows leaned on the original scripts with only minor modifications.

Laugh-In was so long ago it had what is now that rarest of Hollywood Unicorns: a Republican comedy writer/producer.

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): We watched the first 15 minutes of this and had to turn it off. It was just terrible. Woody Harrelson was nonstop smarmy mugging as Archie, Marisa Tomei had the screechy Edith voice, but that was all, and the rest of the acting was pedestrian at best. The script was the original, but honestly, if you watch the original show it doesn’t hold up very well either. All those “timely” shows from the 1970s have aged much worse than the silly non-topical shows from the 1960s.

NEW SOCIALIST “IT GIRL” CONTINUES TO PAY DIVIDENDS: Ocasio-Cortez Denies Science in Nonsensical Rant About Colonialism, Yucca, and ‘Cauliflower or Something.’

As another distaff socialist would say, really, at this point, what difference does it make? AOC Was Wrong, We Actually Have Only 5 Years Left.

EUROPEAN CHAUVINISM AS THE ANTIDOTE TO NATIONALISM?

Macron has talked of creating networks of European universities, schools and cultural institutions to ensure that “every European recognizes their destiny in the figures adorning a Greek temple or in Mona Lisa’s smile,” as well as similar networks of European police forces and militaries to keep Europeans safe in an era of radical Islamist terrorism, Russian espionage and U.S. disinterest.

In other words, counter nationalism with a kind of super-nationalism and throw in a dose of anti-Islamist rhetoric. Mimic the caricature you have developed of your opponents, and beat them at their own game.

It’s a clever response. However, there are problems with it. First, staffing a network of universities that preaches a European destiny and extols Greek temples and Mona Lisa’s smile won’t be easy.

To be fair, this wasn’t the EU’s first attempt at a version of Whig history, where, instead of all of history being a prelude to the classically liberal England of the 19th and early 20th century, all of European history leads to the glorious founding of the transnational “progressive” EU. Recall the outrage in 2012 when the EU opened a museum focused on “The European Civil War,” or as sane people like call it, World War II. As Bryan Preston wrote at the time:

That’s a rather provincial attitude to take, regarding a conflict that saw action from Guam to Alaska and the Philippines to North Africa. For a continental civil war, it was a very far-flung conflict. I’ve personally stood atop Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima, and walked the streets of Paris, France. They’re…pretty far apart.

If this is to be Europe’s revisionist attitude going forward, then on behalf of everyone outside Europe, I ask the continentals from now on to keep their “civil wars” to themselves.

Indeed. In the meantime though, if Macron wants to shift how European history is taught in the classrooms of EU nations after decades of academics teaching victimhood-steeped “black armband history,” have fun storming the castle.

HOW’S THAT SPACE PROGRAM GOING? Mile-wide asteroid with its own moon will fly by Earth on Saturday.

THAT’S DUMB BECAUSE SHUT UP: Rep. Massie: Why Do the Dem Sponsors of Green New Deal Not Have Solar Panels in Their Houses?

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21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Sex robot threat: AI girlfriends ‘indistinguishable from humans’ after major 5G upgrade.

If they’re good enough to fool notorious robophobe Matthew Yglesias™, it’s a reminder that this is the year 2019, after all.

ANDREW SULLIVAN: Good-bye, Theresa. Hello, Boris?

But there’s no sign yet that the center has been able to marshal arguments anywhere nearly as potent as the nationalist right’s. In fact, some of the Brussels plutocrats and Eurocrats seem intent on making things worse. Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, and hate-figure in Britain, declared to CNN this week: “These populist, nationalists, stupid nationalists, they are in love with their own countries. They don’t like those coming from far away, I like those coming from far away … we have to act in solidarity with those who are in a worse situation than we are in.” He somehow avoided calling them all deplorables.

But he’s right of course. People do tend to be in love with their own countries, just as they love the borders that allow their countries to exist. Those who turned the E.U. into a kind of megastate incapable of summoning real patriotism never quite grasped this, and still don’t.

If you want to know why neo-fascism is resurgent in Europe, this is why. The European project overreached, and has never recovered from the financial crisis a decade ago. Europeans have always been more attached to their own national identities than to some abstract edifice like the E.U.

Read the whole thing. To be fair though, this isn’t the first time that Andrew has seen neo-fascism resurgent somewhere in the world.

EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN: Medicinal Herbs Used in The US Civil War Could Help Us Kill Drug-Resistant Bacteria.

CHANGE: “Now that the Russia collusion allegations have evaporated, the long knives are out and the president’s antagonists are watching their backs. They have moved from accusing President Trump of treason to pushing revisionist narratives that try to shift the blame for the debunked probe onto others.”

Ultimate conspiracy theory: It was actually Trump who caused the Steele Dossier to be commissioned, as a poison pill that his Deep State adversaries would be unable to resist, ensuring their destruction and his eventual ascendancy.

Wilford Brimley voice: “Mr. Trump, are you that smart? . . . Never mind, you ain’t gonna tell us, are you?”

NOBODY GOES THERE ANYMORE, IT’S TOO CROWDED: Overcrowding On Mount Everest Leads To Two More Deaths.

SO I MENTIONED OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING THE OTHER DAY, BUT LET ME GO A STEP FARTHER: I don’t think even driver’s licenses should be issued by the state. Instead, you should just have to show proof of insurance. The insurance companies have a better incentive to monitor your driving than the state does, since they have skin in the game. And they won’t be tempted — as legislatures constantly are — to revoke your driving privileges because of unrelated items like unpaid student loans or child support.

INDIAN OCEAN NAVY POWER PHOTO FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: The U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence sails with ships from the Royal Australian, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, the French Navy aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle and its escort ships through the Gulf of Bengal. The caption says the allied fleet was participating in an anti-submarine exercise and enhancing interoperability between the U.S. and French navies.

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION LAUNCHES INVESTIGATION INTO CHICK-FIL-A BANS: “The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced on Friday that it will investigate whether two airports violated federal law or transportation regulations by denying a contract to Chick-fil-A on religious grounds.”

BABY BOOMER JET REALIZES it may never be able to retire.

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I WAS HOPING WE COULD DO BETTER THAN THAT: Bringing human-like reasoning to driverless car navigation.

HMM: EIGHT REASONS FOR APPLE TO BUY TESLA.

EVEN CNN IS STARTING TO FIGURE OUT THE MODERN WORLD:  “How an internet mob falsely painted a Chipotle employee as racist.”

SNOWFALLS ARE NOW JUST A THING OF THE PAST: Mammoth Mountain to Stay Open Into August After Recording Its Snowiest May Ever.

(Classical reference in headline.)

WHO DO YOU THINK I THINK I AM? Nebraska Man Arrested For Giving Cop Fake Name While Wearing Name Tag With Real Name.

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THERESA MAY’S CALAMITOUS PREMIERSHIP COMES TO AN END: “Most of the leading candidates to replace Mrs. May are more sympathetic to free markets and classical liberal ideas. As well as cleaning up Mrs. May’s many mistakes in the handling of Brexit, it must be hoped that whoever comes next will also clean up the mess she made of economic policy.”

Faster, please.

HE’S REALLY TAKING THE LEAD ON THIS: Cruz: Defund colleges that don’t support free speech.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: How To Roast Naomi Wolf.

I gotta be honest: as a writer, when I first heard about this, my first thought was, There but for the grace of God go I. That was Alan Jacobs’s too. He writes:

Wouldn’t you — wouldn’t anyone — assume that the phrase “death recorded” means “death sentence carried out”? I know that’s what I would assume. Now, someone might say, “Well, she should have looked it up.” But we only look words or phrases up when we have reason to think that we have misunderstood them.

But Jacobs backtracked a bit when he learned that Wolf had faulted professional historians for missing this “fact” — when actually, they were right and she was wrong. Jacobs:

As I say above, it’s reasonable that the term “death recorded” would raise no alarms; but it’s far less reasonable to blithely assume that all previous professional historians simply missed information that was there to be read.

Sounds like confirmation bias got the best of Naomi Wolf (and, one assumes, her editor). I’m just now starting my next book, and you’d better believe that I’m taking this self-immolation as a sign to be even more careful.

As Rod Dreher writes, it’s terrifying to think of being dunked on by an interviewer with a fact that destroys much of your book’s thesis. And if Wolf was a conventional historian or even a mainstream partisan pundit on either side of the aisle, most authors and journalists would feel much more sympathetic. But Wolf has a long history of crankery and conspiracy theory peddling, and it finally caught up with her in a very public way.

More from Dominic Green at the American edition of the London Spectator: False history from Naomi Wolf and Marc Lamont Hill.

The truth, host and historian Matthew Sweet explained to Wolf in an excruciating interview, is the opposite. The verdict ‘Death recorded’, which Wolf takes as proof of execution, was created in 1823 to allow judges to abstain pronouncing a death sentence. Worse, one of the men that Wolf describes as an ‘executed’ victim of Victorian homophobia was prosecuted, and not executed, for raping a child.

‘Well, that’s a really interesting thing to investigate,’ Wolf understated.

As another legendary fabulist said, summing up his own career, “If the documents are not what we were led to believe, I’d like to break that story.”

K-12 IMPLOSION FLASHBACK: Are Homeschoolers Overqualified? A shocking letter to Mike Rowe suggests they are.

OFFICIAL DNC WAR ROOM ACCOUNT CALLS BLACK NEUROSURGEON A ‘MORON:’

Impressive ratio on this tweet. Why is the Democratic Party such a cesspit of racism, and the mirror image of the alt-right?

THE SAT’S ADVERSITY SCORE: Redlining In Reverse.

FOR SOME THAT’S NOT A BUG, BUT A FEATURE: Rural Americans would be serfs if we abolished the Electoral College.

AGGRESSOR IN GHOST PAINT: An F-16 from the 64th Aggressors Squadron takes off from Nellis AFB, Nevada wearing the unit’s new “ghost” paint scheme. According to the caption, the new paint scheme was based on an idea “generated from the 57th Wing commander’s social media account…”

WHAT PASSES FOR “WHITE SUPREMACY” IN THE 21st CENTURY: “So ‘white supremacy’ consists of such sinister elements as perfectionism, sense of urgency, ‘worship of the written word’– I suppose that means using correct grammar and spelling, ‘either/or thinking,’ individualism and objectivity. I think I am starting to get the picture. One thing that puzzles me, however, is the inclusion of ‘right to comfort.’ Isn’t it leftists who think they have a right to ‘safe spaces’ where they can’t be offended?”

COLLUSION: Duke Pays $54.5 Million To Settle Class Action Alleging Non-Poaching Agreement With UNC Stifled Lateral Faculty Moves.

I remember my Antitrust prof, Ralph Winter, saying that universities think the law doesn’t apply to them, and that they’d be sorely surprised one day to find out that it did. Maybe now is the time.

DISPATCHES FROM THE MEMORY HOLE: CNN Completely Edits African American Pro-Lifer Out of Abortion Documentary.

Evergreen:

Though the tweet from Iowahawk on the media that we often use to accompany it is a little too spot-on in this case:

CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION OPENS: On this day in 1787, the Constitutional Convention convened in Philadelphia. It had been scheduled to start on May 14th, but on the appointed day, there was no quorum.  Nor was there a quorum on May 15th, 16th, 17th or for many days thereafter.  Some began to wonder whether the convention would be a failure (as a similar meeting in Annapolis, Maryland had been the year before).

But they were worrying unnecessarily.  Their colleagues were on their way, delayed in transit.  Soon delegations from every state except Rhode Island had arrived.  In the meantime the early arrivers (like James Madison, who was so eager that he had arrived on May 4) could cool their heels at the Indian Queen Tavern.

 

STRAIGHT TO HELL: MILLENARIANISM AND THE GREEN NEW DEAL.

The Historian Norman Cohn, in his 1957 book, The Pursuit of the Millennium: Revolutionary Millenarians and Mystical Anarchists of the Middle Ages, found that Millenarian movements always picture salvation as:

  • Collective, in the sense that it is to be enjoyed by the faithful as a collectivity.
  • Terrestrial, in the sense that it is to be realized on this earth and not in some other-worldly heaven.
  • Imminent, in the sense that it is to come both soon and suddenly.
  • Total, in the sense that it is utterly to transform life on earth, so that the new dispensation will be no mere improvement on the present but perfection itself.
  • Miraculous, in the sense that it is to be accomplished by, or with the help of, supernatural agencies.

It might have been expected that millenarian thinking would disappear with the Enlightenment and the Age of Reason. But Cohn found that these ideas and the manias they inspired reemerged in the twentieth century’s secular totalitarian and revolutionary movements.

In what could be a description of the Green New Deal, Cohn argued that these movements felt themselves to be engaged in a struggle of unique importance, “different in kind from all other struggles known to history, a cataclysm from which the world is to emerge totally transformed and redeemed…this is the essence of the recurrent phenomenon of revolutionary millenarianism.”

Sandy’s War, to coin a phrase.

THE #METOO WRECKING BALL TURNS OUT TO BE A BOOMERANG:

Author of the article, Melissa Locker goes on to say, “It’s an infuriating addition to the challenges that women already face in the workplace, adding to their emotional labor by making sure their male bosses feel comfortable interacting with them alone and at those all-important work socialization events.”

Infuriating, maybe, but not unexpected.

As Glenn has written, “you could write a strong argument for patriarchy using only the things feminists say about the fragility of women.” Read the whole thing.

GEORGE KORDA: Is UT’s sensitivity training order … insensitive? He’s been asking a lot of questions about this, and not getting many answers.

FROM BLAKE SMITH, IT’S:  Lyddie Hartington: Galaxy Sleuth.

Facing poverty after a childhood among the wealthy and powerful, Lyddie Hartington decamps to Ceres, a newly colonized planet on the edges of the galaxy. Armed only with a change of clothes, a letter of introduction to the directors of the Andromeda Company, and a blaster, she is determined to make her fortune.

But Ceres is nothing like Orion-14, and before she knows it, Lyddie is witness to a murder- a murder that goes to the heart of the Andromeda Company and puts her life in danger. With the help of her new friend, an entirely too handsome captain of the Galaxy Watch, she must discover the murderer and solve the mystery of her family’s downfall.

If she can survive long enough to do it.

LOOK, STAMP CURRENCY ALL YOU WANT TO. JUST STOP PRETENDING YOUR ARTS AND CRAFTS ARE SOME FORM OF BRAVE “RESISTANCE”, OKAY?  BECAUSE YOU WON’T LIKE ME WHEN I’M ANGRY:  No, President Trump Is NOT Delaying the Harry Tubman $20 Bill.

WATER WET, FIRE HOT, AND NOW THIS. ALAS SHOCKED FACE, HOW MUCH MORE CAN YOU TAKE?  CAIR Slams Release of ‘Aladdin’ in Age of Trump.

AND THAT, CHILDREN, IS WHY WE CALL IT “DOPE”:  Man allegedly hiding drugs in butt accidentally shoots himself in testicles.  And no one knows if he ever even visited Florida…

OR FASTER, IF HUMANLY POSSIBLE:  Build the Wall! NOW!!

ECONOMISTS HAVE A NAME FOR THIS SORT OF THING: “MORAL HAZARD”:  Here’s who lost out on Robert Smith’s student loan payoff.

AKA WHY THE LEFT IS PANICKING:  Russia hoax origins to be exposed as Trump authorizes AG Barr to declassify Russia probe documents.

LOOK, MY SHOCKED FACE CAN ONLY TAKE SO MUCH. I’M GIVING IT ALL SHE’S GOT CAPTAIN!  Obama Appointees in the Communist Orbit.

IF ONLY WE’LL STOP SHREDDING IT:  America’s Best Defense Against Socialism.

THIS NEEDED TO BE SAID:  We Don’t Have a Problem with White Supremacy. We Have a Problem with Leftist Supremacy.

LYSISTRATA HAS NEVER BEEN FUNNIER:  HARRIDANS ON SEX STRIKE!  Can the nation hope to survive?

AFTER CAULIFLOWER AND COW FARTS:  Tornadoes: AOC’s New Climate Change Boogeyman.

GIRLS WILL BE BOYS:  All the girls I grew up with were tomboys.  It didn’t last.  I wonder how we would be treated today.

May 24, 2019

OPEN THREAD: Yes, please.

I’M SEEING THIS AS THE PLOT DEVICE for a weird combination of Bob & Doug MacKenzie’s Strange Brew and some sort of Zombie horror film: Scientists extract yeast from ancient pottery, recreate 5,000-year-old beer.

WHY I’M NEVER LONELY: Face mites feast on skin oils, mate while you sleep.

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THE CORBYNIZATION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY CONTINUES APACE: The “Calming Feeling” as Jew-Hate Now Takes Deeper Root in the Democrat Party — follow the Gulf states money.

CHANGE: Tougher Vaccine Rules Advance in California. I think we’ll see tougher vaccine rules in lots of places.

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