October 24, 2016

SCOTT ADAMS: How To Legally Vote More Than Once.


To be fair, conservatives have been getting the “Gorillas in the Mist” treat from the MSM for decades.

This time around though, how much of it is projection, funded by the man who hired Rather to be his anchorman after he cooked the books in 2004, and who is allegedly a 9/11 truther?

PROJECT VERITAS: Rigging the Election, Part Three.

I’ll dub it the Duck Muck. Watch the whole thing.

REPORT: Steven Den Beste has died. I’ll miss him. I’ve missed his blogging for years. He was a giant in the early days of the blogosphere. And even afterward, he made his contributions, like his Unified Theory Of Left-Wing Causes. Rest in peace, Steven.

MY USA TODAY COLUMN: We’re At War Around The World, But Our Campaign Is About Groping. “A different Democratic presidential nominee — former senator James Webb, say, or even Sen. Bernie Sanders — could separate himself from Obama’s policies and their results. But Clinton can’t. Obama’s policies, and their ugly results, are Clinton’s policies as well. Better to talk about sex, even Bill’s affairs, than that.”

NOBODY TELL NOTORIOUS ROBOPHOBE MATTHEW YGLESIAS: Scarily real SEX ROBOTS to replace humans? Bizarre festival coming to UK.

The two-day event, the International Congress on Love and Sex with Robots, will explore robot emotions, personalities, humanoid robots, intelligent electronic sex hardware and entertainment robots.

The lecturer agreed to give the conference the go ahead after it was banned in Malaysia.

Dr Devlin blasted calls for sex robots to be banned.

She said: Our research aims to carve a new narrative, moving away from sex robots purely defined as machines used as sex objects, as substitutes for human partners, made by men, for men.

“A machine is a blank slate – it is what we make of it. Why should a sex robot be binary? What about the potential for therapy? It’s time for new approaches to artificial sexuality.

“Cutting edge research in technology and ethics is vital if we want to reframe ideas about the human-tech relationship.”

Earlier this week the World Health Organisation said anyone who failed to find a sexual partner should be classified as disabled – perhaps the sex robots might one day be availabe on the NHS.

Sex Robots have their fans and their detractors in roughly equal measure.

David Levy, the chess champion and author of Love and Sex with Robots said: “I believe that loving sex robots will be a great boon to society.

“There are millions of people out there who, for one reason or another, cannot establish good relationships.”

But last year some scientists called for a ban on Sex Robots and even created the Campaign Against Sex Robots.

It’s sad to see such rampant robophobia.

YEAH, I DON’T THINK THE DOJ REALLY CARES: Memo to the DOJ: Facial Recognition’s Threat to Privacy is Worse Than Anyone Thought.

WE SHALL NOT SEE HIS LIKE AGAIN: Steven DenBeste 1952(?)-2016

TEST DRIVE: 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE Manual. “Before we get into the nitty-gritty details of how this hit parade of Chevrolet performance parts translates into test results, let us remind you of how well this sub-$50K Camaro SS 1LE performed at this year’s Lightning Lap competition at Virginia International Raceway. In Turn One, its 1.11 g of grip matched that of the Ferrari 488GTB, and in the uphill esses it managed a higher average speed (121.6 mph) than the McLaren 570S. Do we really need to tell you how many 1LE Camaros you could buy for the price of either of these exotics?”

ALL IS PROCEEDING EXACTLY… WAIT, WHAT? Mosquitoes May Meet Their End Thanks to Marlon Brando.

Nope, never saw that one coming.


Related: Five Reasons Football Fans Are Losing Interest In NFL Games.

COMMUTER CAR: This Daily-Driven Lamborghini Murcielago Has Over 250,000 Miles. “Simon, the owner who lives in England, has had no problem racking up over 258,000 miles on his Murcielago, driving it rain or shine on his 180-mile commute every day.”

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MY USA TODAY COLUMN: We’re At War Around The World, But Our Campaign Is About Groping. “A different Democratic presidential nominee — former senator James Webb, say, or even Sen. Bernie Sanders — could separate himself from Obama’s policies and their results. But Clinton can’t. Obama’s policies, and their ugly results, are Clinton’s policies as well. Better to talk about sex, even Bill’s affairs, than that.”

SO BE FIT: Fitness, not physical activity, mitigates negative effects of prolonged sitting. ” Findings – published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings – showed that when compared with women and men who were the least sedentary, women and men from the most sedentary group were 83 percent and 63 percent more likely to have cardiovascular risk factors from extended time sitting, respectively. However, when the team took participants’ level of fitness into consideration – measured by having high age-specific cardiorespiratory fitness – they found that the fittest 40 percent had a decreased likelihood of cardiovascular risk factors from prolonged sitting. This finding held true even though the fittest participants spent between 12-13 hours per day sedentary and did not meet current moderate to vigorous physical activity guidelines.”

MAN WRITES TONGUE-IN-CHEEK LETTER TO THE EDITOR ABOUT YOGA PANTS. The result? Death threats, vulgar voice mail and a wave of outrage on local social media accounts which resulted in hundreds of women showing up in front of his house to protest. “His life was disrupted and he’s been turned into a villain, all over a note which he admits he wrote as, ‘a humorous break from the current political campaign rhetoric.’ Now he’s become a symbol of female oppression. And to top it off, Alan is gay and owns yoga pants himself.”

I blame female privilege. Plus: “Here’s one question we might want to be asking: is life simply too easy these days? Seriously. How did that many people manage to find time in their schedules to gin up a social media campaign and organize a protest over this guy’s letter to the editor? Is the country really in such great shape that we have nothing else to occupy our waking hours? Don’t you people have jobs? And if not, don’t you need jobs?”

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: The NAACP, Standing in the Schoolhouse Door, 2016.

WELL, THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY, YOU KNOW: Hospitals printing 3-D hearts to help in surgeries.

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UPDATE: Note all the endorsements in the comments, including one from James Lileks.

I HOPE WE’RE NOT TOO MESSIANIC, OR A TRIFLE TOO SATANIC. They Weren’t Kidding: After-School Satan Clubs Are Now Organizing Across the Country.

The 21st century really isn’t working out how I had hoped.

MAYBE I COULD BORROW SARAH HOYT’S SHOCKED FACE: The New Yorker Endorses Hillary Clinton.

VOTE MCMULLIN, GET ROMNEY? Jim Bennett emails:

With McMullin level-pegging with Hillary and Trump in Utah, and the outlier polls showing Trump within striking distance of a Hillary tie, the prospect of an Electoral College deadlock with Romney as the third choice (by McMullin directing his electors to vote for Romney, which they could) is looking better than ever.

What would make that particularly ironic are all the statements from Hillary and Obama about how Romney was , after all, perfectly well qualified to be President. It wold be most amusing if those statements were to come back to haunt them.

Yes, yes it would. Still something of a longshot, but hey, it’s 2016. Anything can happen, even a Cubs/Indians World Series. And I should note that Jim noted this possibility quite some time ago.

NEWS YOUR DM CAN USE: How and When To Go Gonzo in Your Roleplaying Game Campaign.

Moe Lane on Gonzo the Great as the ultimate dungeon master.



The five-point early voting advantage in 2012 still wasn’t enough to deliver the state to Mitt Romney.


In 1997, [David] Horowitz wrote:

[Hayden] came back from Hanoi proclaiming he had seen “rice roots democracy at work.” According to people who were present at the time, including Sol Stern, later an aide to Manhattan Borough President Andrew Stein, Hayden offered tips on conducting psychological warfare against the U.S. He arranged trips to Hanoi for Americans perceived as friendly to the Communists and blocked entry to those seen as unfriendly, like the sociologist Christopher Jencks. He attacked as “propaganda” stories of torture and labeled American POWs returning home with such stories as “liars.”

Meanwhile, Kathy Shaidle links to an amusing early-’80s SCTV parody of Hayden and Fonda discovering just a few of the many errors of their misbegotten philosophy via Bill Buckley on Firing Line.

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MY USA TODAY COLUMN: We’re At War Around The World, But Our Campaign Is About Groping. “A different Democratic presidential nominee — former senator James Webb, say, or even Sen. Bernie Sanders — could separate himself from Obama’s policies and their results. But Clinton can’t. Obama’s policies, and their ugly results, are Clinton’s policies as well. Better to talk about sex, even Bill’s affairs, than that.”

HEY, BIG SPENDER: Facebook co-founder drops unprecedented cash to stop Trump.

Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz vaulted suddenly and without any advance warning to the top rung of Democratic party mega donors with two unheralded tears through his checkbook in the last six weeks. His money significantly altered the short-term financial position of the pro-Hillary Clinton forces and revealed a previously unknown source of cash for Democrats.

In the days after Moskovitz’s money landed, the party’s leading finance operatives struggled to control their excitement at the prospect of finally having an answer to Republicans’ Sheldon Adelson in the shape of a Silicon Valley titan like the ones Democrats have been chasing after for well over a decade.

“This is a unicorn-type campaign gift — you just don’t see someone basically walk into a campaign without a significant track record of activity and contribute at this level,” said veteran Democratic strategist Chris Lehane, a Clinton White House alum who works closely with top party donors in Silicon Valley.

Closely indeed, I’m sure.

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EVERYTHING OLD IS (OR COULD BE) NEW AGAIN: Disputed Presidential Elections Are Nearly As Old As The US Presidency.

THEY ANSWERED THE CALL: Why the Pentagon Is Hounding CA Veterans for Money.

Nearly 10,000 soldiers — many of whom served in multiple combat tours — have been ordered to repay large enlistment bonuses (of $15,000 or more), the Los Angeles Times reported. Worse, if the veterans refuse, the Pentagon uses interest charges, wage garnishments, and tax liens to recoup the money.

“I feel totally betrayed,” Susan Haley, a 26-year veteran and former Army master sergeant who deployed to Afghanistan in 2008, told the Los Angeles Times.

Haley comes from a family of heroes: her husband also served, and her eldest son lost a leg in Afghanistan while serving as a medic. Haley said she sends the Pentagon $650 every month, a quarter of her family’s income, just to pay the $20,500 in bonuses which was given to her improperly, in exchange for her six-year reenlistment. Haley said she fears her family may have to sell their house to repay the bonuses.

“They’ll get their money, but I want those years back,” she declared.

Read the whole thing.

PAUL RAHE: Do Elections Matter Any More? Only when Democrats win them.

MY WIFE SAYS “MUCH FASTER, PLEASE.” Dutch Designer Creates ‘Smog Free Tower’ That Converts Chinese Pollution Into Diamonds.

MAYBE WE COULD HAVE CONSEQUENCES FOR THE PEOPLE WHO MISLED THEM INSTEAD? Lawmakers condemn Pentagon push to make California veterans pay back enlistment bonuses.

Has anybody asked President Obama — or Hillary — about this?


TAXPROF ROUNDUP: The IRS Scandal, Day 1264.

THIS ACTUALLY MAKES ME FEEL BETTER ABOUT THEM: Iran’s President Criticizes US Presidential Candidates.

GO HOME FEMINISTS, YOU’RE DRUNK: Harpies protest ‘large-breasted’ Wonder Woman as Honorary Ambassador.

Why are Democrat ideologies such cesspits of woman-hating misogyny?

WHY ARE LEFTIST INSTITUTIONS SUCH CESSPITS OF WORKER EXPLOITATION? Struggling to Serve at the Nation’s Richest University. “I’ve been at Harvard University for 17 years, but I’ve never been in a classroom here. I’m a cook in the dining halls. I work in the cafeteria at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where every day I serve amazing students studying medicine, nutrition and child welfare, as well as the doctors and researchers who train them. . . . I serve the people who created Obamacare, people who treat epidemics and devise ways to make the world healthier and more humane. But I can’t afford the health care plan Harvard wants us to accept.”

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: Colleges reject The Vagina Monologues because it suggests that “in order to be a woman, you must have a vagina.”

Earlier: It’s Come To This: University Cancels ‘Vagina Monologues’ Because a White Lady Wrote It.

THE MEANING OF IS: No, the Clinton campaign didn’t actually deny Dem operatives incited violence at Trump rallies.

Larry O’Connor:

Today, you’ll see many mainstream media reports saying Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook denied any involvement in the “bird-dogging” activities revealed by James O’Keefe’s video investigation released last week by Project Veritas.

But, did he really? I don’t think so.

As is typical with everything surrounding the Clintons, you need to really look at what he said and parse the sentence down to its actual meaning.

Of course Mook didn’t say anything that he could be pinned down on later. A lie is the default response from the Clinton Camp, and if pressed they will admit to only as much truth as they absolutely must.

This has been the Clinton’s SOP for more than 30 years, and the Democrat-operatives-with-bylines are usually all-too-happy to play along.

I REMEMBER WHEN BIG MONEY IN POLITICS WAS BAD: How mega-donors helped raise $1 billion for Hillary Clinton.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: More law schools are covering bar review costs: Is it improving pass rates?

Out of law schools who have July 2016 bar results for first-time test takers, many saw their pass rate percentages drop.

And of the schools that saw pass rates rise, some are increasingly covering partial or entire bar review costs for graduates.

Mike Sims, president of the test prep group BARBRI Bar Review, told that ABA Journal that more than 30 law schools now pay for their students’ bar review. According to the business’s website, courses cost between $2,595 and $3,995, depending on when someone enrolls.

“I beg for money from alumni and say it’s a great investment, because otherwise these people will keep failing,” says Lawrence W. Moore, interim dean of Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.

The school’s first-time test-taker pass rate for July 2016 was 76.69 percent; last year it was 71.53 percent.

The commercial bar-prep classes do help — if students apply themselves.

DUCK AND COVER: Russians Conduct Nuclear-Bomb Survival Drills as Cold War Heats Up.

At the Kremlin’s Ministry of Emergency Situations, the Cold War is back.

The country recently held its biggest civil defense drills since the collapse of the U.S.S.R., with what officials said were 40 million people rehearsing a response to chemical and nuclear threats.

Videos of emergency workers deployed in hazmat suits or checking the ventilation in bomb shelters were prominently aired on television when the four days of drills were held across the country. Students tried on gas masks and placed dummies on stretchers in school auditoriums.

The capital’s civil-defense plans are also being upgraded, said Andrey Mishchenko, deputy head of the ministry.

“An inventory was taken in Moscow of the city’s underground spaces, in order to allow us to plan for sheltering 100% of the city’s population,” he said, as reported by state news agency RIA Novosti.

In parallel, commentators on state-dominated airwaves issued some of the shrillest anti-American rhetoric in years. “Russia is sick of America’s arrogant lies,” influential commentator Dmitry Kiselyov said this month after a Syrian peace plan collapsed.

“Just” 88 days until the next president is sworn in.

PUNCHING DOWNTICKET: Buoyed by rising polls, Clinton shifts to a new target: the House and Senate.

THE INSTA-WIFE: Early Voting and the “Fed-up” Voter.

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MY USA TODAY COLUMN: We’re At War Around The World, But Our Campaign Is About Groping. “A different Democratic presidential nominee — former senator James Webb, say, or even Sen. Bernie Sanders — could separate himself from Obama’s policies and their results. But Clinton can’t. Obama’s policies, and their ugly results, are Clinton’s policies as well. Better to talk about sex, even Bill’s affairs, than that.”

JAYVEE UPDATE: ISIS Attempting to Establish Caliphate in Afghanistan.

THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE IS #11 in Heterodox Academy’s Ranking of the Top 150 U.S. Colleges By Intellectual Freedom.

NYU, unsurprisingly, is down near the very bottom — though still a few places above Mizzou!

A LITTLE PIECE OF POLAND, A LITTLE PIECE OF FRANCE: In Russia’s ‘Frozen Zone,’ a Creeping Border With Georgia.

Mr. Tatiashvili’s troubles started early in the summer when earth-moving equipment turned up without warning and started digging a wide track through an apple orchard and a field of wildflowers on the edge of the village. He was out at the time, so he avoided being trapped.

“It is too dangerous for me to go home,” he said, complaining that the boundary has become so mobile that nobody really knows its final destination. Mr. Tatiashvili now lives in his brother’s house, away from the border in the village center.

The destitute mountainous area of South Ossetia first declared itself independent from Georgia in 1990, but nobody outside the region paid much attention until Russia invaded in August 2008 and recognized South Ossetia’s claims to statehood. With that, the territory joined Abkhazia in western Georgia, the Moldovan enclave of Transnistria and eastern Ukraine as a “frozen zone,” an area of Russian control within neighboring states, useful for things like preventing a NATO foothold or destabilizing the host country at opportune moments.

Russia has been annexing little bits of Georgia in this manner since at least 2014.

CLARICE FELDMAN: The Incestuous Left and Those Who Provide Cover for them.

As the election nears, the media hype, designed to affect the results, demoralize and demonize Trump and his supporters and confirm the bias of its elite coastal consumers, continues. Saturday’s opinion-posing-as-news lead in the Washington Post says the end is near for Trump — the polls have him down everywhere and he was booed for crass attacks at the Al Smith dinner in New York. What do you expect from media whose reporters are literally in bed with the administration?

Not only are reporters feeding debate questions to the Clinton campaign, we have a video of one of them, Andrea Mitchell, seemingly being fed what to ask by Hillary’s traveling press secretary.

Extensive evidence from Wikileaks, FOIA responses, and “human sources” of the incestuous and improper coordinatioN between the media and the Democrats have been detailed by Sharyl Attkisson. . . .

Wikileaks promises to unleash even more insider accounts of the Clinton campaign and DNC shenanigans this coming week and has said it has even more current information — material respecting serious wrongdoing by the DNC head Donna Brazile and Clinton’s vice-presidential running mate Timothy Kaine coming up next. James O’Keefe of Project Veritas says that on Monday he is releasing a video of Robert Creamer, shown as a vote fixer in previous videos, coordinating with Clinton and Brazile. “Anything happens to me, there’s a deadman’s switch on Part III, which will be released Monday. @HillaryClinton and @donnabrazile implicated.”

Back in the 1990s, Fritz Fiedler and I wrote a (never published) novel called Deadman, in which the MacGuffin involves the scheduled release of damning data about government wrongdoing over the Internet, set up by a guy who turns up dead in the first chapter. Reality, it seems, is catching up.

KURT SCHLICHTER: Trump’s Right – The System Is Rigged And We Don’t Owe It Our Default Acceptance. “We owe the system nothing. Nada. Zip. Instead, the system owes us fairness and honesty, and without them it has no right to our default acceptance of its results. That acceptance must be earned. This means that the system must aggressively police its own integrity, and this year it has utterly failed to do so. . . . Is this dangerous talk? Hell yes – but the danger doesn’t come from us pointing out the corruption. The danger is the corruption. I walked through wrecked villages in the aftermath of a civil war, so I sure as hell don’t need your lessons about what lies at the bottom of the slippery slope your ruling class is tobogganing down. I know.”

NOTHING TO SEE HERE, IT’S OLD NEWS, TIME TO MOVE ON: Clinton Ally Aided Campaign of FBI Official’s Wife.

The political organization of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, an influential Democrat with longstanding ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton, gave nearly $500,000 to the election campaign of the wife of an official at the Federal Bureau of Investigation who later helped oversee the investigation into Mrs. Clinton’s email use.

Campaign finance records show Mr. McAuliffe’s political-action committee donated $467,500 to the 2015 state Senate campaign of Dr. Jill McCabe, who is married to Andrew McCabe, now the deputy director of the FBI.

The Virginia Democratic Party, over which Mr. McAuliffe exerts considerable control, donated an additional $207,788 worth of support to Dr. McCabe’s campaign in the form of mailers, according to the records. That adds up to slightly more than $675,000 to her candidacy from entities either directly under Mr. McAuliffe’s control or strongly influenced by him. The figure represents more than a third of all the campaign funds Dr. McCabe raised in the effort.

McAuliffe approached McCabe to run on March 7, 2015. The New York Times broke the Clinton email story on March 2.

DIVERSITY IS OUR STRENGTH: Verdict on swimming pool rape case overturned. “An Iraqi refugee who was jailed after claiming it was a sexual emergency when he raped a boy in a swimming pool has had the sentence overturned. An appeal court accepted the defence lawyer’s claim that the lower court had not done enough to ascertain whether or not the rapist had realised the schoolboy was saying no. . . . At the pool, Amir A. dragged the schoolboy, aged ten, into the changing rooms where he locked the door and violently sexually assaulted him, leaving him in need of urgent treatment at a local children’s hospital. The boy is still plagued by massive post-traumatic stress disorder.”

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: Liberal Jews teach their kids to deal with anti-Semitism on liberal campuses.

Why are Democrat-monopoly institutions such cesspits of rabid anti-Semitism?

ROSS DOUTHAT: The Dangers Of Hillary Clinton:

The dangers of a Hillary Clinton presidency are more familiar than Trump’s authoritarian unknowns, because we live with them in our politics already. They’re the dangers of elite groupthink, of Beltway power worship, of a cult of presidential action in the service of dubious ideals. They’re the dangers of a recklessness and radicalism that doesn’t recognize itself as either, because it’s convinced that if an idea is mainstream and commonplace among the great and good then it cannot possibly be folly.

Almost every crisis that has come upon the West in the last 15 years has its roots in this establishmentarian type of folly. The Iraq War, which liberals prefer to remember as a conflict conjured by a neoconservative cabal, was actually the work of a bipartisan interventionist consensus, pushed hard by George W. Bush but embraced as well by a large slice of center-left opinion that included Tony Blair and more than half of Senate Democrats.

Likewise the financial crisis: Whether you blame financial-services deregulation or happy-go-lucky housing policy (or both), the policies that helped inflate and pop the bubble were embraced by both wings of the political establishment. Likewise with the euro, the European common currency, a terrible idea that only cranks and Little Englanders dared oppose until the Great Recession exposed it as a potentially economy-sinking folly. Likewise with Angela Merkel’s grand and reckless open-borders gesture just last year: She was the heroine of a thousand profiles even as she delivered her continent to polarization and violence.

This record of elite folly — which doesn’t even include lesser case studies like our splendid little war in Libya — is a big part of why the United States has a “let’s try crazy” candidate in this election, and why there are so many Trumpian parties thriving on European soil.

Also, the contempt for those she regards as non-elite. Economic problems, even sheer incompetence, are one thing. But people hate being regarded with contempt.

HMM: Plane crash in Malta kills five people on surveillance operation.

The Maltese government said the plane was taking part in an operation to track illicit trafficking routes, including human and drugs trafficking. The Fairchild Metroliner crashed at 7:20 a.m. local time on Monday, Malta International Airport said.

“Our thoughts are with the families of the people involved in the accident today,” the airport said in a statement.

The Maltese government later said that an investigation was under way. It said in a statement: “The flight was part of a French Customs surveillance operation which has been taking place for the past five months, with the aim of tracing routes of illicit trafficking of all sorts, including human and drug trafficking amongst others.

Malta lies just north of Libya.

VIDEO: Bob Woodward Says Clinton Foundation Is “Corrupt” And Clinton Didn’t Answer The Questions.

But surely…


NO. NEXT QUESTION? The Hill: Could A President Hillary Heal A Divided Nation? “The former secretary of State has been a polarizing figure for decades. She is the most unpopular nominee of modern times, with the sole exception of her Republican counterpart, Donald Trump. To many conservatives, she represents everything that is wrong with liberal politics. . . . If Clinton wins, said former Republican Sen. Judd Gregg (N.H.), ‘for the first time in our history, we will have a president who more than half the people don’t trust and don’t like. That means that, rather than having the historic honeymoon period — being given the benefit of the doubt for a time — she won’t have that, unless she creates it.'”

I hope I’m wrong, but I suspect that a Hillary presidency will be a case of having learned nothing and forgotten nothing.

REVENGE IS A DISH BEST SERVED COLD: UK could slash corporation tax to 10 percent if EU blocks Brexit trade deal.

“People say we have not got any cards,” the newspaper quoted an unidentified source familiar with the British government’s thinking as saying.

“We have some quite good cards we can play if they start getting difficult with us. If they’re saying no passporting and high trade tariffs we can cut corporation tax to 10 percent,” the newspaper quoted an anonymous source as saying,” the source was quoted as saying.

Cutting corporation tax could attract companies away from the EU to Britain, boosting its economy and challenging Ireland’s preeminence as Europe’s low tax home for large international companies.

Just think of Brexit as a contested divorce between a rich old couple with no prenup.

HUMAN SACRIFICE, DOGS AND CATS LIVING TOGETHER, MASS HYSTERIA: “Who would have thought that you’d find something sensible—extremely sensible—about the environment in Cosmo.”

Related: Claudia Rosett on The UN Commissars of Climate Change.

OUR ALLIES THE TURKS: Turkey Is Bombing Anti-ISIS Fighters in Iraq, Syria.

On Wednesday, Turkey launched one of its biggest airstrikes in decades — bombing 18 positions in northern Syria and killing an estimated 200 fighters.

But the strikes north of Aleppo didn’t involve President Bashar al-Assad’s army, or any of the main groups fighting his government like the Free Syrian Army, the Jihadi militia Jabhat Fatah al Sham, or even ISIS.

Instead, Turkey bombed People’s Protection Units, or YPG — Kurdish militia the U.S. considers the most effective force against ISIS in Syria.

Turkey has sent 2,000 troops into Iraq, where they are watching the massive military operation aimed at recapturing Mosul from the extremists. Baghdad maintains Turkey has violated its sovereignty and on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for an ex-Mosul governor who allegedly “invited” in the troops.

These latest in a series of military moves reveal how the government of President Tayyip Erdogan is reasserting its historic territorial claims while also trying to crush the country’s mortal enemies — Kurdish separatists.

If Erdogan’s aim was to occupy the Syrian- and Iraqi-owned Kurdish territories in order to permanently solve “the Kurdish problem,” what would he be doing any differently?

ANN ALTHOUSE: Robby Mook’s sleight of hand about the Democratic operatives who manufactured violence at Trump rallies. “That doesn’t get the DNC off the hook. Why were these people hired? They did something, and then they were hired. Were they hired because they’d shown what kind of dirty tricks they were capable of?”

Of course they were. The Democrats send people to manufacture violence at Trump rallies, then their operative-with-bylines friends in the media cluck their tongues at how Trump is “manufacturing violence.”

Plus: “Mook sounds so guilty there. He’s mad that any video exists (because it hurts his candidate), and he’s also telling us not to make any inferences about anything that isn’t proved by video. Again, I’m thinking: They did something bad before they were agents of the DNC, so why did the DNC hire them and what did they do?”

Well, he sounds guilty because he is guilty. And he’s angry that the video means that even his allies in the press have to take some notice.

IT DOES SEEM THAT WAY: It’s Time to Rename NSA the National INsecurity Agency.

This debacle is another public black eye for the Agency when it really didn’t need one. In the aftermath of Snowden’s appearance in Moscow, NSA and the whole Intelligence Community swore to fix mistakes and finally get serious about security. The “insider threat” problem was going to be addressed, at last. “This time it’s different,” Agency higher-ups told Congress, asking for a chance to repair a broken counterintelligence system that keeps giving us traitors, defectors, and uncaught moles.

Except they didn’t mean it. Congress was skeptical of NSA promises, and the Martin disaster shows they were right to be. How anybody stole 500 million documents from the Agency across two decades without getting caught needs to be answered—in detail and, for once, with total honesty.

At this point, I expect neither.

THE INTERNET OF POLITICAL THINGS: Amazon Echo now fact-checks politicians.

Duke Reporters’ Lab has introduced an Amazon Echo skill that lets you fact-check any politician scrutinized by PolitFact, FactCheck.org or the Washington Post. If you want to know if Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump is telling it straight, you just have to ask your wireless speaker whether or not a claim is true.

It’s not perfect. You have to sit through a lengthy introductory spiel before you can ask your question, and Duke stresses that you should mention major keywords to get the right answer. Still, there’s a certain pleasure to knowing that you can call a would-be leader’s bluff while you’re busy making dinner.

RELATED? Could Facebook’s Algorithm Tip an Election?

THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG: A New Climategate Scandal?

DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I DO WITH VIDEO STRAIGHT OUT OF 1984: Clinton lectured State Dept. staff on cybersecurity in 2010 video.  Now I’m going to have nightmares.

REMEMBER, REMEMBER, IT’S NOT ALL THIS NOVEMBER:  In 2018 Dems Will Be Defending 24 Senate Seats (5 In Red States, 6 More In Purple States), The GOP Will Defend 10. Sorry, Democrats: The GOP isn’t dead yet.

WHAT A REVOLTING DEVELOPMENT: Clinton Ally Aided Campaign of FBI Official’s Wife.

OURS WILL PROBABLY NOT IMPRESS FUTURE GENERATIONS, EITHER: The beauty routine of a Victorian woman was anything but glamorous.

WHAT AN AMAZING COINCIDENCE: You don’t suppose she also has some swamp land in Florida she’d sell at a low, low price? Porn star launched sex shop one day before Trump allegations.


DEVIATIONISM WILL NOT BE TOLERATED: Tim Burton is Right About Hollywood Media Bias.

CHILDREN’S CHORES NEED DEFENDING? In Defense of Chores.  Though to be fair, I raised my sons according to my principles.  I neither believed they should get paid for nothing, nor did I believe they should do chores without pay.  So instead of an allowance we had a table of prices.  Cheap, because they were unskilled labor (very.) And if one of them had a fat bank account by 10 and the other didn’t, well, that was none of my business.  The lesson seems to have gone home for both of them.  They work hard for what they want.

October 23, 2016

YEAH, BUT EVEN IF THEY DID NOTICE, IT’S NOT LIKE THEY’D REPORT ON IT: New emails show Clinton camp worried journalists would notice ‘huge’ gender pay gap at Clinton Foundation.

BACK IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The Electoral College.

CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: WikiLeaks: WhiteHouse EmailGate Damage Control and More Pay to Play. “Abedin to Mook: Hillary ‘created this mess and she knows it’.”

TO BE FAIR, HE’S EMINENTLY MOCKABLE: Maria Bartiromo Mocks Obamacare Architect Emanuel.

As Peggy Noonan recently wrote, “It’s the big fact of American life now, isn’t it? That we are patronized by our inferiors.”

IN THE COMMENTS TO MY DISASTER-PREP POST THE OTHER DAY, a reader recommended this bathtub water-storage bag as a good storm-preparation item. It looks very useful.

I’VE SEEN THE REACTION TO HIS RALLIES, AND THEY’RE WORRIED ABOUT MILO? NYU Cancels Milo Yiannopoulos, Feared ‘Attacks’ on Islamic and Gay Students. “It’s true that Yiannopoulos is a venomous critic of Islam, feminism, and some aspects of LGBT culture (though he is gay himself, as he frequently notes). But he hasn’t ‘attacked’ anyone—he hasn’t assaulted anyone, and his followers haven’t either. Indeed, I would be more worried about someone committing violence against Yiannopoulos. In reality, these sorts of safety concerns are overblown, and are being used to chill speech.”

So I guess NYU thinks it’s DePaul now.

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WHEN SOCIAL MEDIA IS ANTISOCIAL: Facebook employees tried to censor Donald Trump posts: This is what happens when social justice warriors move from college to social media companies. “Keep in mind this is not an issue of a post calling for violence. This was a matter of considering the post offensive.”

BEING SHIRTLESS ON TV CAN BE GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH: Australian swimmer thanks fan who raised alarm over mole.

CREATING A PERMANENT CAR CULTURE IN AFGHANISTAN: A detailed Jim Dunnigan analysis of the problems involved in refurbishing Afghanistan’s humvees. “The normal useful life of a hummer in Afghanistan is 7.5 years and currently nearly 60 percent of Afghan hummers are older than that.” Afghanistan doesn’t “have enough troops trained to do simple maintenance and repairs…” Then: “Corruption (mainly stolen parts and tools) and poor management of maintenance personnel (assigning mechanics to other jobs) adds to the problem.” An informative read.

CULTURAL SIGNIFIERS: Vasectomy Parties are the New Trend for Couples Going ‘Child-Free.’ “Vasectomy parties can be compared to baby showers, except instead, they celebrate the babies that will never be. Guests are invited to live it up ‘in a house with sharp furniture and exposed outlets.’ They can plan on games such as The Price is Right ‘where they talk about what they can buy now that they’ve saved money by not having kids.’ In lieu of suggesting baby names, party attendees can help name the new (not family) car or boat. The trend is attributed to changing attitudes about parenthood among millennials of child-bearing age (15-44).”

SHOULD OBESE AIRLINE PASSENGERS PAY MORE FOR THEIR TICKETS?: Pay-by-weight is not a new idea. This is a BBC report that really addresses more than that specific issue. The gist of the argument: “A kilo is a kilo is a kilo…” and “…Aircraft only have weight to sell…” Of course individual rights are in the discussion. A passenger’s total weight includes the passenger’s baggage, and the article notes this.

OF COURSE IT DOES: Clinton Campaign Says It Has Nothing To Do With Trump Accusers.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Nonsense paper written by iOS autocomplete accepted for conference: New Zealand professor asked to present his work at US event on nuclear physics despite it containing gibberish all through the copy. “The text really does not make any sense.”

I don’t think this is an Alan Sokal-level hoax. I think instead that this is one of those bogus conferences that will accept any paper, allowing professors to fill their vita with “presentations” while spending their travel budgets.






I REMEMBER WHEN WE USED TO HAVE ANTITRUST LAWS: AT&T-Time Warner deal raises concern from both Trump and Clinton camps.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Focus On Reputation/Selectivity Over Earnings/Outcomes Will Render U.S. News Rankings An Anachronism.

AMAZON’S CURRENTLY OFFERING J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy for $4.99 on Kindle.